A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets
Past and Present
of Macon County, Missouri

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


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ANABEL

Anabel is seven miles east of Macon.
THE STATE OF MISSOURI, in 1904, Williams, 437.

It is on the B. & N. R. R.; population 20, Zip 63431.

It is situated on Sec. 10, 11, 14, 15, Twp. 57 N, R. 13 W at the junction of 36 & U.
GEN.HIGHWAY MAP OF MACON CO., issued by The MO, State Highway Dept. 8-1-65. Unless otherwise noted all map locations are from this map.


ARDMORE

Ardmore was located in the southern part of the county, three and one-half miles west of Excello.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It was situated on Sec. 24, 25, Twp. 56 N, R. 15 W on T west of 63.

ATLANTA elevation 895 feet
Atlanta was settled in 1858, by S. Atteberry. The original plat of the town embraced 30 acres of his farm. Mr. Atteberry was originally from Kentucky, but came from Davis County, Iowa, to Missouri in 1845.

The first business house was made from a portion of Mr. Atteberry's barn, and was opened by Dr. Daniels. Sy Sigler erected a house which was used by him as a grocery store.

The business of this place embraced three general stores, two drug stores, and one hardware store; one hotel, one saw and gristmill, one livery stable, one restaurant, two blacksmiths, one furniture store, two millinery stores, etc.

The post office at Atlanta was originally Ohio, but at the suggestion of Semen Atteberry, it was changed to Atlanta after the Civil War of 1861.
HIST. OF MACON CO., 1884: 803, 804.; see also, CAMPBELL, 335: ENC. OF THE HIST. OF MO., 1901, Conard, Vol 1, 78.

It was named for the city of the same name in Georgia.
HOW. MO. COUNTIES, TOWNS AND STREAMS WERE NAMED, 3rd Article, Eaton, 191.

It is situated on Sec. 20, 21, 28 & 29, Twp. 59 N,  R. 14 W at the junction of 63, M & J.


AXTELL

Axtell was located on the Wabash R. R., five miles north of Macon.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It was situated on Sec. 16, 20, 21, Twp. 58 N, R. 14 W on 63 north of Macon.

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BARNESVILLE

Barnesville is six miles west of Atlanta.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It is situated on Secs. 28, 29, Twp. 59 N, R. 15 W on an unmarked county road west of C, south of J.

Mail is via Atlanta; no population is shown.
STANDARD REF. GUIDE OF MO., 1974, Rand McNally.

BARRYVILLE
Barryville was a post-office twelve miles southwest of Macon.
CAMPBELL, 335.

It was situated on Sec. 14, Twp. 56 N, R. 16 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., 1874, Campbell, Map 14.

BEVERLY (ROUND GROVE)
It was a station on the Hannibal & St. Joseph R. R., seven miles east of Macon City, and was located on a rich prairie.
CAMPBELL, 335.

It was situated on Sec. 15, Twp. 57 N, R. 14 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., map 24.

There is a Beverly in Platte County.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.


BEVIER elevation 780 feet

Bevier, on the Hannibal & St. Joseph R. R., five miles west of Macon City, contained about 900 people who were mostly miners. There were about three of four coal mines in the vicinity. The place contained 8 stores and a few other industries.
CAMPBELL, 335, 336.

Bevier was laid out in 1858, by John Duff and named after Col. Robert Bevier of Kentucky. The land upon which the town was started was originally the property of Louis Gilstrap, who entered 160 acres. The plat embraces the northeast quarter and the east half of the northwest quarter of section 15, Township 57, Range 15, and was filed for record June 29, 1858.

James McDermott, an Irishman, opened the first hotel. The first marshal of the town was P. C. Grimes. William Hardister opened the first store; Col. Benjamin erected one of the first business houses. The first dwelling house was built by Arborg Bower. John H. Kennedy was the first white child born in the town. Oscar Parker was the first postmaster. The first mill in the place was erected by Oliver Hughes, in 1880. John Skinner was the first mail carrier, his route extending from Huntsville to Bloomington. The first church was built in Bevier in 1862.
MACON CO., 756, 757.

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BEVIER (Cont)

In 1901, Bevier was the center of the coal fields of Macon County. The town had seven churches, a graded school, a bank,  a newspaper, the Appeal, and about sixty stores and shops. Population 1899 (estimated) 2,200.
CONARD, Vol. 1, 214.

It is situated on Sections. 14, 15, 10, Twp. 57 N,  R. 15 W at the junction of 36, O & C.

BIDDLE
Biddle was the first station south of La Crosse on the Santa Fe Railroad.
MAP OF MO., 1903, Geo. P. Cram & Sons.

Biddle, an incorporated village in Macon Co., on the A. T. & S. F. Railroad, twenty-five miles west of Macon. It was laid out in May, 1888, by the railroad company. It had a church, hotel, flouring mill, and about fifteen stores and shops. The place is also known as Elmer.
CONARD, Vol. 2, 373.

BILLY'S BRANCH
BiIly's Branch, a creek between Macon and La Porte, Macon Co., was named after William Blackwell, pioneer of the county. It was so named because in cutting down a bee tree, the tree fell and crippled his dog.
MACON CO., 787.
BINKLEY
Binkley is situated at Sec. 23, Twp. 56 N, R. 15 W between Highway C and Ardmore. It has no population.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.
BLACKWELL
Blackwell was located on the St. L., K. C. & N. R. R., 8 miles north of Macon.
CAMPBELL, 336.

It was situated on Sec. 8, Twp. 58 N, R. 19 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.
There is a Blackwell in St. Francois Co.
RAND McNALLY, 1974.

BLEES
Blees was the first station south of Macon on Wabash R. R.
MAP OF MO., 1903, Cram.

The Blees Military Academy is described in CONARD, Vol. 1, 295, 296, 297, 298.

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BLOOMINGTON

Bloomington, six miles northwest of Macon City, the oldest town in the county, and until 1863 the county seat, was formerly called Box Ancle. Here, also, in 1837, was established the first mill in the county, owned by Judge Cochran.
CAMPBELL, 336.

It had a high school.
IBID: 335.

The post-office was discontinued pre 1905.
GENERAL SCHEME OF MO., 1905, Still P. Taft, 65.

The first settlers were Clem Hutchinson and Joseph Owensby, who settled in 1832 where Bloomington is now located. There was no store nor use for one at that day. The first store in the county was opened at Bloomington in 1836, by Dabney Garth. After this the county began to settle up, and the place, which was afterwards Bloomington was first called Box Ancle, from some unknown cause. It was a place where a great deal of liquor was drunk and a good deal of fighting took place on every occasion.
MACON CO., 786.

The town of Bloomington was laid out on the southeast corner of the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter; and the southwest corner of the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 27, and on the northeast corner of the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter and the northwest corner of the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 34, Township 58, Rarige 15, embracing  50 acres of land deeded to the county in December, 1837, byJames E. Cochran and C. C. Hubbard; in consideration that the seat of justice should be located upon it. The plat of the town was not filed until May, 1845. The town was laid out by James Ratliff, who was appointed commissioner in June, 1838.

A temporary court house (wooden building) was erected on block 3 in 1838. It was 20x30 feet in dimensions.

It was the intention of the county court to name the county seat Bloomfield, but there being another town of that name in Stoddard County, Mo., it was, at the suggestion of Jefferson Morrow, called Bloomington, which name was approved and adopted by the court.

Thomas H. Benton, at that time a candidate for Governor, made an appearance in 1856. He entertained the crowd of 1,000 for about three hours, and attacked his enemies. So strong was the anti­Benton feeling among some of the people in Bloomington that a store opened in that town was called the"Anti-Benton Store."

Bloomington grew and flourished as a place of business until the location of the Hannibal & St. Joseph and the North Missouri railroads at Macon City, a place at that time of about 3,000, which it was thought that the best interests of the county demanded a change in the location of the county seat.

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BLOOMINGTON (Cont)

Macon County was at that time occupied by soldiers of the Union Army. It was felt that the county records would be safer at Macon than they were at Bloomington. In short they were brought to Macon City, as a kind of "military necessity."

A few of the early business men of Bloomington were Roderick L. Shackleford, A. P. McCall, B. F. Sharp (hotel keeper) and Austin McKinney.
MACON CO., 793, 797, 798.

In early days part of the town of Bloomington was called "Box Angle'." The removal of the county seat caused a decrease in population, and in 1899 it contained less than one hundred people. It had a public school, a church and two general stores.
CONARD, Vol. 1, 304.

It is situated on Sec. 27. Twp. 58 N, R. 15 W at the junction of O & OO, north of Bevier.
Mail is via Bevier--rural; no population.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.


BOX ANCLE   BOX ANGLE

See Bloomington.
BROCK SETTLEMENT
Brock Settlement was in the western part of Narrows Township.
MACON CO., 750.

Narrows Township is i Township 56 N, Range14 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

CALLAO    Callao Township    Elevation 815 feet
Callao was laid out on the Hannibal & St. Joseph R. R., in 1858, by Samuel Humphrey and Samuel Kemm. Kemm erected the first business house in the town, which was used as a store and hotel. The first dwelling house was built by Humphrey. William Ederhurd opened a blacksmith shop. The town contained three dry goods stores and grocery stores, two drug stores, one furniture store, one hotel.
MACON CO., 755.

Callao, on the H. & St. J. R. R., nine miles west of Macon City, was a thriving town containing a woolen mill, a furnace, a lumber yard, several stores, a hotel and some other business houses. Population about 250 (1874.)
CAMPBELL, 336.

It is situated on Sec. 7, Twp. 57 N,  R. 15 W at the junction of 3 & 36, west of Bevier; See also, CONARD, Vol. 1, 470.

The name comes from the Spanish word meaning "bay" or "harbor." The town was probably named for the port of the same name in South America.
EATON, 3rd. Article, 41.

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CARBON

Carbon was located on the H. & St. J. R. R., three miles east of Macon.
CAMPBELL, 336.

It was situated on Section 13, Two. 57 N, R. 14 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Campbell, Map 14.

CARDY
Cardy is situated on Sec. 17, Twp. 60 N, R. 13 W on Highway 3 south of 156 and adjacent to La Crosse.
See La Crosse.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.
CASH
Cash was situated on Sec. 12, Twp. 58 N, R. 16 W at the junction of EE & 3, north of Callao, east of 149.
Also is shown on MAP OF MO., 1916, Rand McNally. It was near Dodd and Star.
COLLEGE MOUND
College Mound was settled about the year 1853, on Section 34, Township 56, Range 15. The plat of the town was filed April 2, 1869, by Thomas W. McCormick, and wife, Mary A. College Mound was the location of what was known as McGee College. In the spring of  1853 Col. R. M. J. Sharp established a country store on the ivide between the East and Middle Forks of the Grand Chariton about one mile north of the Randolph County line.

In the same year McGee College was opened under the patronage of McGee Presbytery, of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Prof. J. W. Bleriot was in charge for a while, but in October,  Rev. James B. Mitchell became president, Prof. Bleriot continuing in the institution.

The influx of students, accompanied by the increase of inhabitants enhanced business, and other houses, opened. In 1861 there were three firms dealing in merchandise and produce: a blacksmith, tin smith, a tailor, and a shoe shop; also a large tobacco factory and a carding machine. There were likewise two or three grist and sawmills in the vicinity.The town was incorporated under the general incorporation laws.
MACON CO., 740, 741. See, also, CAMPBELL, 336; CONARD, Vol. 2, 46.

It is situated on Sec. 34, Twp. 56 N, R. 15 W at the junction of C & T.

It is a rural branch of Excello; population 43.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

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COTTAGE

Cottage was located five miles north of BarnesvilIe in the north central section of the county.
WILLIAMS, 437.

The post-office was discontinued pre 1905.
Taft, 65.

COX
Cox was located in the southeast corner of the county, five miles east of Excello.

It was situated on Sec. 29, Twp. 56 N, R. 13 W on an unmarked county road south of Y.

The post-office was discontinued pre 1905.
TAFT, 65.

It was named for A. S. Cox., the first postmaster and merchant.
EATON, 3rd. Article, 191.

DODD
Dodd was located in the central section of the county on R.F.D from Star, Cash and Callac.
WILLIAMS, 437.
EAST FORK POST OFFICE
It was located on Sec. 15, Twp. 59 N, R. 15 W in Independence
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

This area is adjacent to Plain view (q. v.)

ECONOMY (VIENNA)
It was a post-office three miles east of Atlanta.
CAMPBELL, 336.

It is situated on Sec. 26, Twp. 59 N,  R. 16 W on M west of K.

Mail is via Atlanta; population 30.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

Economy was established by C. H. Nelson, who, when naming it, said, "It was economy to buy at this place."
EATON, 3rd. Article, 191.

ELMER
Elmer is four and one-half miles southwest of LaCrosse on the Santa Fe Railroad.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It is an incorporated village in Macon County, on the A. T. S. F. RR., twenty-five miles west of Macon. It was laid out in May, 1888, by the railroad company. It had a church, hotel, flouring mill and about fifteen stores and shops. The place is also known as Biddle.

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ELMER (Cont)

Population in 1899 (estimated) 300.
CONARD, Vol. 2, 372.

Elmer was laid out in May 1888, by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. An older town, one-half mile away and known as Mercyville, had been laid out as early as 1865, but in 1905, the two towns were consolidated under the name of Elmer. The first blacksmith in Mercyville was "Pap" Williams, and in honor of his wife, Mercy, the town was named.
EATON, 3 rd. Article, 192.

Elmer is situated on Sec. 2, Twp. 59 N, R. 16 W at the junction of J & HH.

Population 193.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

EMERSON
See Excello.
CAMPBELL, 336.

There is an Emerson in Marion County.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

ETHEL elevation 810 feet
Ethel was laid out by the railroad company (Santa Fe), in April, 1858. It was formerly called Ratliff. It had two churches, a flouring mill, a newspaper, the "Courier", two hotels, and about twenty-five business places, including stores and shops. Population in 1899 (estimated) 500.
CONARD, Vol. 2, 385.

It is situated on Sec. 25, R. 17 W, and Sec. 30, Twp 59 N, R. 16 W at the junction of 149 & E. See also, WILLIAMS, 437.

EUREKA
Eureka  was the first station west of Macon on the Wabash R. R.
MAP OF MO., 1903, Cram.

There is also a town by the name of Eureka in St. Louis Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

EVELYN
Evelyn was located in the western section of the county, six miles southwest of Ethel on the Santa Fe R. R.
WILLIAMS, 437.
EXCELLO POST OFFICE  Narrows Township
In 1884 Excello was the only business point in the township. It is located on Sec. 28, Twp. 56, Range 14, and contained two stores and a blacksmith shop. William Jones opened the first business house in the town.
MACON CO., 751.

It is six miles south of Macon.
CAMPBELL, 336.

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GIFFORD

Gifford is located in the northwest section of the county, north from Elmer.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It is situated on Sec. 4, Twp. 60 N, R. 16 W near Adair Co.

Mail is via South Gifford; population 14.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

GOLDSBERRY White Township
The town of Goldsberry, located on Section 2, Township 59, Range 17, was the only business point and had the only post-office in the township. The town was laid out by E. S. Goldsberry and P. J. Burton, in February, 1882, (the plat being filed Feb. 3). The town contained one general store, one drug store, two blacksmith shops and one shoemaker shop. P. J. Burton was the first postmaster.
MACON CO., 808.

It is located at the junction of J & 149.

HAMMACK
Hammack was located in the southwest corner of the county near Chariton Co. line.
WILLIAMS, 437.
HART
Hart was situated on Sec. 17, Twp. 58 N, R. 17 W on Z west of VV.

HART or EVELYN post-office.
So designated on map of MO., 1911, Rand McNally.

HEUER
Heuer was located in the southwest corner of the county on Chariton County Line, on R. F. D. from New Cambria.
WILLIAMS, 437.
HUDSON
See Macon.
HUNTSVILLE
Huntsville about 1839 was business place; it had increased to a right good size for a new county. There were a number of stores and groceries (whiskey shops). In 1839, Dabney C. Garth, Coppedge Dameron, and Alex Dameron were merchants. Dr. Herndon was the leading physician in the town.
MACON CO., 817.

Huntsville is now in Randolph County.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

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JORDAN POST OFFICE   Lingo Township

Jordan Post Office was located In 183- by Jordan Hall and R. C. Mitchell. The place had one dwelling house, one store and one blacksmith shop. Hall was the first postmaster.
MACON CO., 753.

Jordan is no longer listed in Macon County. There is a Jordan listed in Hickory County.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

Jordan Post Office was not listed in Missouri Manual, 1893-94, the earliest Missouri Manual to list post-offices.

KASEYVILLE
It was a post-office 14 miles southwest of Macon City.
CAMPBELL, 336.

It was situated in the southwest corner of the county on Sec. 35, Twp. 56 N, R. 16 W at the junction of 3 & H.

KELLOGG
Kellogg was located northeast of Macon on R. F. D. to Ten Mile from Macon.
WILLIAMS, 437.
KEOTA
Keota was situated in the southwest section of the county, southwest of Bevier, on Sec. 33, Twp. 57 N, R. 15 W south of FF west of C.
KERN
Kern, in the Chariton Valley, was named for Judge Robert H. Kern, of St. Louis. Judge Kern acquired extensive possessions in the Chariton Valley and was one of the first advocates of ditch construction to reclaim the valley lands from overflowing.
EATON, 3rd. Article, 192. (Unable to locate this on any map.)
LACROSSE   (CARY)
It is located five miles southwest of La Plata on the Santa Fe Railroad.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It is situated on Sec. 17, Twp. 60 N, R. 15 W on 3 south of 136.

Mail is via LaPlata.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

LA PLATA   elevation 930 feet
La Plata, on the St. L. K. C. & N. R. R., 20 miles north of Macon City was a busy place of about 700 inhabitants and contained 14 stores, two hotels, and several other business houses.
CAMPBELL, 336.
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LA PLATA (cont) La Plata Township

This town was laid out in 1855 by Lewis Gee and Thomas Sanders on the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 8, Township 60, Range 14. The plat was filed March 17, 1855. Among the early businesses were Thomas Sanders and _____ Jex. Dr. Moore erected the first hotel. The town was incorporated as a city of the fourth class April 5, 1881. Jacob Gilstrap was the the first mayor.

In 1884 Swarthout Barnabas was the postmaster, Brammer & Reed, grocers, John M. Derr had a furniture store, William M. Hodge was the shoemaker and Holbert Maus was the blacksmith.
MACON CO., 811, 812, 815, 816.

It is situated on Sec. 5, 6, 7, 8, Twp. 60 N, R. 14 W at the junction of D, 136 & 63 on Adair County line.

The name is of Spanish origin and means "wrought iron."
EATON, 3rd. Article, 192.

LA PORTE   Ten Mile Township
This hamlet was laid out by a man from Indiana (name unknown), who owned the land, upon which the town was located. The town contained eight or ten houses, two general stores and a church. William Griffin was the first postmaster appointed in the township. The office was called Ten Mile, and was kept in a brick house two miles east of the town.

In 1884 there were two general stores, two shoemakers, one blacksmith, one wagon-maker, one hotel, one cooper, three physicians, one lawyer and two carpenters. Population 50.
MACON CO., 785; See, also. CONARD, Vol. 3, 593; CAMPBELL, 336; Ten Mile.

It is situated on Sec. 20, 29, Twp. 53 N, R. 13 W at the junction of K & DD north of 36.

LINGO POST OFFICE    elevation 816 feet   Lingo Township
Lingo Post Office was settled in 1870, by George Jobson, who opened a coal mine at that place. The town contained one general store, one hotel and one blacksmith shop. Jobson was the first postmaster. Thomas Craig among the earIy settlers of the town.
MACON CO., 753.

It is situated on Sec 8, 9, Twp. 57 N, R. 17 W on W north of 36.

Mail is via Bucklin, Linn Co.; population 25.
RAND McNALLY, 1974.

LOCUST GROVE
See Narrows Township.

There is a Locust in Ozark County.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

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LONGVILLE

Longville was located in the northeast corner of the county south from Anabel.
WILLIAMS, 437.
LOVE LAKE
Love Lake derived its name from a small lake on which it was located north of Macon. Both town and lake were named for James M. Love. It was a station on the northern division of the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway, and five miles south of La Plata. The population was about 50, with daily mail facilities.

James M. Love laid out the town in 1868, and erected the first business house. J. L. Woods sold the first goods, and was also the first postmaster. The town contained one general store, one harness shop and one blacksmith shop.
MACON CO., 804; See also, CAMPBELL, 336.

It was situated on Sec. 5, Twp. 59 N, R. 14 W, west of M north of J.

LUXOR
Luxor was located in the northeast section of the county on R. F. D. from Economy.
WILLIAMS, 437; MAP OF MO., 1917, Rand McNally.
LYDA   Eagle Township
When the post-office at Sumner was discontinued, another post-office was established about the year 1880 in the northern part of the township and called Lyda. Wells Floyd was the first post-master.
MACON CO., 789.

It was north of Blackwell on the Wabash R. R.
MAP OF MO., 1894, Rand McNally.

MCLEANSVILLE     Narrows Township
The first goods sold in Narrows Township were sold by Stanley Coulter at his residence in McLeansville in 1834. McLeansville was named for Dr. McLean and was started about the year 1834. A post-office was kept there at a very early date. Sterling Coulter was the postmaster. James Lamb was also one of the early merchants of McLeansville. Goods were at that time purchased in St. Louis, and shipped to Hannibal, where they were handled in ox wagons.
MACON CO., 750, 751.

It was situated on Sec. 33, Twp. 56 N, R. 14 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

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MABEL

Mabel was the first station east of Macon, on the H. & St. J. R. R.
MAP OF MO.., 1903, Cram.

There was a Mabel in Daviess County in 1893.
MO. MANUAL, 1893-94, p. 293.

MACON     elevation 805 feet
Macon City (the original town) was laid out in 1856, the plat being filed March 12th, on the east half of the southeast quarter of Section 16, Township 57, Range 14, by James Terrell, John M. Curless, Samuel H. Herndon and James Gillespie.

The first settlement, however, was made in 1852, by James T. Haley. The town of Hudson, west of and adjoining Macon City, was laid out in 1857; the plat was filed July 1st by Thomas Rubey, H. L. Rutherford and G. B. Dameron.

History of Macon City April, 1884, states that Old Macon City was laid out in 1856, and the first sale of lots occurred during that year. Hudson was laid out the next year and a sale of lots took place during that year or next. Old Macon and Hudson stood as rival towns, adjoining each other, and as a natural consequence the rivalry created a bad feeling and considerable trouble. Finally, in 1859, at the adjourned session of the Legislature the territory of the town was incorporated under the name of Macon City.

Albert Larrabee was the first postmaster, and also the first mayor. The Legislature in 1863 passed a law changing the county seat from Bloomington to Macon, and striking out the word "city." The first churches were Methodist. The first lumber yard was established by Terrill and Reister in Old Macon. The first business house in Old Macon was erected by John Curless who came Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
MACON CO., 763, 764, 765. see, also, CAMPBELL, 336.

It covers several sections in Twp. 57 N, R. 14 W at the junc­tion of 63 & 36. See, also, CONARD, Vol. 4, 153.

MCGEE COLLEGE    (College Mound)
It was situated at Sec. 34, Twp. 56 N, R. 15 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

There is a McGee in Wayne County.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

MAPLE POST OFFICE    Independence Township
This was a small business point containing  store, sixteen miles north of Macon City. The mail was a semi-weekly one.
MACON CO., 866.

Maples is no longer listed in Macon County; Maples in Texas Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

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MECHANICSBURG    Russell Township

Mechanicsburg was a small place, containing a store, post-office and hotel. It was settled by Thomas Burke, who erected the first business house and hotel. The town was situated on the old stage route about five miles from New Cambria Thomas Burk was the first postmaster.
MACON CO., 800.
MERCYVILLE    Easley Township
It is situated in Secs, 35, 36, in the southeast corner of the township. This town was named after "Pap" Williams' wife, Mercy, and was laid out in 1865. The land was owned by Allen Fletcher and Thomas Truitt.  In 1884, the town contained three general stores, one steam mill, one blacksmith shop and two saloons; no churches. The first postmaster was C. T. Shirely. The first store was put up by Henry Cook. Milton and Marion Truitt built the first mill in Easley Township and located it in Mercyville in 1854. It was a grist and saw-mill.
MACON CO., 821; See also, CAMPBELL, 336; MACON CO.. 820.

It is situated on Sec 35, 36, Twp. 60 N, R. 16 W on an unmarked country road north from Elmer.

Mail is via Elmer; population 35.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

MOCCASINVILLE    Eagle Township
Moccasinville so called because the settlers had no leather to make shoes and used moccasins for their feet. William Blackwell was one of the first settlers. Others were Nathan Richardson, John Walker and the Walker boys.
MACON CO., 786; (exact location was not given.)
NARROWS CREEK
Narrows Creek was a post-office six miles west of La Plata.
CAMPBELL, 336.

It was located in the southeast corner of the county near Shelby County Line.
MAP OF MO., 1894, Rand McNally.

NEWBURG    Easley Township.
Newburg once was called Polkville.
MACON CO., 819.

Newburg was a post-office six miles west of La Plata.

It is situated on Sec. 7, 8, Twp. 60 N, R. 15 W on 136 west of 3.

Mail is via La Plata. There is a Newburg in Phelps Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

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NEW BOSTON    Drake Township

This town was named after Boston, Mass, and was laid out in 1846. It contained about 3O houses, 5 general stores, 2 black­smith shops, 2 saloons and 1 hotel. The town was moved west one and one-half miles into Linn County about the year 1872. All that remained in 1884 to mark the site of the old town was the brick residence of James Morris. The town was originally called New Robinson, after the first post-office. The first store and dwelling house was built in New Boston by James Messenger.
MACON CO., 822.

It was situated on Sec. 6, Twp. 69, R, R. 14 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

NEW CAMBRIA    Lingo Township elevation 855 feet
The plat for New Cambria was filed for record October 1, 1861, by Cyrus O. Godfrey, and the town was located an a part of Section 1. The place was originally called Stockton, in honor of James Stocks, who was a railroad contractor on the Hannibal & St. Joseph R. R. The name was changed in 1864 to New Cambria, by the
Welsh, who composed about one half the population of the town. Stocks erected the first business house; Joseph Willis, O. W. Jones and Judge W. D. Roberts were among the pioneer business men. E. A.
Edwards erected a steam mill in 1866 in the southwest part of town.

In 1864 there were four drygoods and general stores, one livery stable. Population about 600. O. W. Jones was post-master in 1883.
MACON CO., 753; CONARD, Vol. 4, 550.

It is situated on Sec. 1, 12, Twp. 57 N, R. 17 W at the junction of 149 & Z north of 36.

In 1864, as the result of an ad headed "Free Missouri" which appeared in a Welsh newspaper in Utica, N. Y., representatives were sent to this State to select a location for a large colony of Welsh immigrants. In order to attract the Welsh commissioners, the name of Stockton was changed to New Cambria, which means "New Wales."
CONARD, 3rd. Article, 192.

NICKELLTON
It is located in the northeast corner of the county near Knox and Shelby County Lines.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It is situated on Sec. 11, Twp. 59 N, R. 13 W on MM.

Mail is via Atlanta; no population.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

It was named for Davidson Nickell, a prominent man in the county.
EATON, 3rd. Article, 192.

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NUMBER EIGHT

Mail is via Bevier; population 75.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974. (exact location is unknown.)
OAK PARK
Oak Park was situated on Sec 7, Twp. 57 N, R. 17 W near Linn County Line on 36 by-pass.
OHIO
See Atlanta
There is a town by the name of Ohio in St. Clair Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.
PARKA
Parka was located on Sec. 2, Twp. 56 N, R. 15 W in Chariton Township.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., 1874, Map 14.
OLIVER STATION  La Crosse post-office
So indicated on MAP OF MO., 1894, Rand McNally.
PEABODY'S RANCH
It was located on Sec. 9, Twp. 57 N, R, 17 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

Highway 36 runs through this section which is east of New Cambria

PLAIN VIEW
Plain View is situated on Sec. 10, 11, 14, Twp. 59 N, R. 15 W on J west of 63.
Mail is via Atlanta--rural; no population.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.
POLKVILLE See Newburg.

RATLIFF

See Ethel.
REDMAN
It is in the eastern part of the county near Shelby Co. Line.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It is situated on Sec. 3, Twp. 5P N, R. 13 W on KK.

Mail is via Anabel, population 20.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

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ROBINSON

See New Boston.
ROUND GROVE    Round Grove Township
Round Grove was the only trading point in the township, and contained a post-office and depot. It was located on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad and contained three stores, one blacksmith and wagon-shop, one drug store. E. G. Skinner was the postmaster. The first building was put up in the town by Eastman Ryther and A. L. McBride, which was a business house.
MACON. CO., 761.

Round Grove is no longer listed.

See Beverly.
CAMPBELL, 337.

SENEY
Seney was three and one-half miles north of Bloomington and three and one-half miles north of Bevier.
WILLIAMS, 437.
The post-office was discontinued pre 1905.
TAFT, 65.
SHERIDAN
Sheridan was situated on Sec. 32, Twp. 59 N, R 15 W, in Independence Township.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

Highway OO is on the east side of this section which is south of Barnesville.
There is a Sheridan in Worth County.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

SNOW
Snow was located in the southeast corner of the county, near Randolph County line on R. F. D. from Macon.
WILLIAMS, 437.

It was southwest of Cox.
MAP OF MO., 1910, Kenyon Company, Des Moines.

SOUTH GIFFORD
It is situated on Sec. 9, 10, Twp. 60 N, R. 16 W on 156 east of CC.
STAR
Star was on R. F. D. from Cash.
WILLIAMS, 437.
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STOCKTON

See New Cambria.
CAMPBELL, 337.

There is a Stockton in Cedar Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

SUE CITY     Johnston Township
Sue City is located partly in Secs. 29 and 32. in the southeastern portion of the township. It was laid out in 1868 by Joseph T.  Ryster, and was named in honor of his wife, Sue. In 1885, the town contained four general stores, one harness and one millinery store. Dr. L. Garrison was the postmaster. The town had three churches, M. E. Church South, Missionary Baptist, and Christian Church, and also a steam saw and grist-mill and a public school.
MACON CO.,810, 809.

The post-office was, discontinued pre 1905.
TAFT, 65.

It contained several stores and churches and is ten miles southeast of La Plata.
CAMPBELL, 336.

It is situated on Township 60 N, Range 13 W, on K south of
136.

Mail is via La Plata; population 45.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

SUMMIT
Summit was four miles west of Macon. There were three coal shafts at this place, also two stoes. Population about 200 mostly miners.
CAMPBELL, 337.

There is a Summit in Washington Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

SUMNER    Eagle Township
Several years before 1884 there was a post-office in the township called Sumner.
MACON CO., 789.

It was located on Sec. 24, Twp. 58 N, R. 14 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

There is a Sumner in Chariton Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

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TEN MILE     Ten Mile Township

Ten Mile (La Porte) nine miles northeas of Macon, contained two stores and one church.
CAMPBELL, 337.

It is situated on Sec. 20, 29, Twp. 58 N, R. 13 W at the junction of DD and K north of 36.

Mail is via Macon--rural; no population.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

TULLVANIA    Easley Township
Tullvania was a small business point situated in Section 14. James Drake at one time erected a mill near this place. The place was named for Nichola Tull.
MACON CO., 882 ; EATON, 3rd. Article, 192.

It was a post-office 25 miles northwest of Macon.
CAMPBELL, 337.

It was situated on Sec. 14, Twp. 60 N, R. 17 W.

TULLVANIA  NO. 2
It was located on Sec. 26, Twp. 60 N, R. 17 W in Drake Twp.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.
VIENNA or ECONOMY POST OFFCE    Lyda Township
Vienna was settled by Col. Charles Hamilton in 1837. He built the first mill, opened the first store, and laid out the first town in the township. Vienna  was a small business point, located three miles east of Atlanta, and contained one general store.
MACON, 804.

See Economy.
CAMPBELL, 337.

It was situated on Sec. 26, Twp. 59 N, R. 14 W.
NEW ATLAS OF MO., Map 14.

There is a Vienna in Maries Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

WALNUT
Walnut was located in the northwest section of the county.
WILLIAMS, 437.

There is a Walnut Grove in Greene Co.; Walnut Shade in Taney Co.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

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WOODVILLE    Middle Fork Township

Woodville, the oldest town in the county, is located in Middle Fork Township. It was laid out in 1833 and called Centerville; the name was changed by the Legislature to Woodville in 1850. There were in 1884 a post-office and two general stores in the town. John J. Menifee opened the first business house and was the first postmaster. William H. Rowland put up the first dwelling house. John Hutton kept a saloon and grocery. The first school house was built in 1830. Thomas Thompson erected the first mill--water power--in 1834.
MACON CO., 751.

Woodville, one of the oldest places in the county, is nine miles southeast of Macon and contained two stores, two mills, a wagon shop and about 50 inhabitants.
CAMPBELL, 337.

It is situated on Secs. 26. 35, Twp. 56 N, R. 13 W near the Monroe Co. line at the junction of V & Y.

The post-office was discontinued pre-1905.
TAFT, 65.

Mail is now via Excello.
RAND MCNALLY, 1974.

GOGGIN'S HOG OFFICE
It used to be the custom of William Goggin, who was an old settler of Randolph County, to raise and fatten his hogs about one and one-half miles southwest of where Macon City is now located. The old captain would come up occasionally to see about his stock and spend a few days with his friends. These trips and raising stock gave the neighborhood the name of Goggin's hog office, and as being the end of civilization--all north was the land of the Indians and trappers.
MACON CO., 746.

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