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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


Pemiscot County

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Acorn Corner

Acorn Corner is located at Sec. 20, Twp. 17 N, R 12 E, at the junction of Highways H, W, & 61. (--General Highway Map of Pemiscot County, issued by The Missouri State Highway Department, 5-1-63. Unless otherwise noted, all map descriptions are from this map.)

Akin Corner

Akin Corner is near Steele, which is the mailing point. (--Map of Mo., 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Bakersville (Bakerville**Hillsman Taylor)

It is located at Sec. 1, Twp. 18 N, R 10 E, on Highway 84, east of NN., Mail Via Bragg City.

Braggadocio

Braggadocio is located at Sec. 26, Twp. 18 N, R 11 E, at the junction of Highways J & Z.

Bragg City

Bragg City is located at Sec. 24, Twp. 19 N, R 10 E, at the junction of Highways A & K.

Brasher (Cottonwood Point)

It is located at Sec. 31, Twp. 17 N, R 12 E, on Highway D, near the Mississippi River.

Blazer

Blazer is located at Sec. 28, Twp. 18 N, R 12 E, on Highway J, north of Steele.

Canady

Canady is located at Sec. 27, 28, 33 & 34, Twp. 18 N, R 12 E, on Highway 61 south of U.

Carlston

Carlston is located at Sec. 4, Twp. 18 N, R 12 E, on Highway 61, south of Hayti.

Caruthersville

It is in the east central part of the county, on the Mississippi River. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

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Caruthersville (Cont)

It is a city of the fourth class in Little Prairie Township, six miles southeast of Gayoso. It occupies a site near the old town of Little Prairie, of which it was the successor, and for many years was called Lost Village. In 1857 a town site was laid out by Colonel John H. Walker and George W. Bushey, and called Caruthersville in honor of Honorable Samuel Caruthers ... Its growth was slow until the building of the St. Louis, Kennett & Southern Railway of which it is the eastern terminus. It had Baptist, Catholic and Methodist Episcopal Churches, a graded school, two banks, four saw-mills, stove factory and wood work factory, two newspapers and an electric lighting plant. The population in 1900 was 2,315. (--Encyclopedia of the History of Mo., 1901, Conrad, Vol. 1, p. 517.)

Samuel Caruthers, born Oct. 13, 1820, died July 20, 1860, was elected to Congress in 1852, and re-elected twice in succession, serving in the Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses. (--Ibid: p. 516.)

Caruthersville is first listed as the county seat of Pemiscot County in Missouri Manual, 1901-02, p. 211.

Concord

Concord is located at Sec. 12, Twp. 19 N, R 12 E, and Sec. 6, Twp. 19 N, R 13 E, on Highway 61 south of K.

Cooter

Cooter is located at Sec. 1, Twp. 16 N, R 11 E, on Highway E, east of 61. It is south of Steele.

Cottonwood Point see Brasher

It is in the southeast corner of the county, 3 1/2 miles north of Tyler. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

It is a village, on the Mississippi River, 18 miles south of Gayoso. It had a church, school 2 saw-mills, a cotton gin and a hotel. Population (estimated) 1899, 300. (--Encyclopedia of the Hist. of Mo., 1901, Conrad, Vol. 2, pp. 143, 144.)

It is near the foot of Island No. 18, and was a trading-point of some importance. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 419.)

Cottonwood Point is shown on the map as being adjacent.

Covington

It was in the southwest corner of the county, north of Samford. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

Samuel T. Cross moved to Covington in 1869 and took charge of a store for one-fourth of the profit. The second year he bought a half interest and was a partner of T. Chamblin, of Dyersburg,

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Covington (Cont)

Tennessee. He served as postmaster off and on for 6 years. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., Goodspeed, pp. 1188, 1189.

Cunningham

It is located at Sec. 7 & 8, Twp. 16 N, R 13 E, near Highway 84, northwest of Caruthersville.

Deering

Deering is located at Sec. 17 & 20, Twp. 18 N, R 11 E, at the junction of Highways C & J, east of Dunklin Co. line.

Game (Stubtown)

It is located in the southeast part of the county. Mail via Caruthersville. (--Map of Mo., 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

It is between Caruthersville and Cunningham.

Denton

Denton is located at Sec. 20, Twp. 17 N, R 11 E, on Highway 164, east of Dunklin Co. line.

Gayoso

Gayoso was 4 miles northeast of Hayti, near Big Lake. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

In 1859 a school-house, a little frame building, covered with oak boards, was built ... The first teacher was an Englishman, named Francis Baker. Before that time schools had been taught in the court house. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., Goodspeed, p. 476.)

Gayoso was an incorporated village, the seat of justice of Pemiscot County. It was situated near the Mississippi River; it was settled about 1799, and was named in honor of Manuel Gayoso, one of the early Spanish Governors of Louisiana. In 1852, it was laid out as a town and made the county seat. It had a court house, public school, church, shingle factory and numerous sawmills near by. (--Encyclopedia of the Hist. of Mo., 1901, Conrad, Vol. 3, p. 15; Gazetteer of Mo., p. 419.)

Don Miguel Gayoso was Spanish Governor of Natchez in 1795. (--Our Storehouse of Mo. Place Names, 1952, Ransay, p. 48.)

Gayoso met the fate of many other river towns. The Mississippi gradually encroached upon it until little was left. The county seat was removed to Caruthersville and the place ceased to exist. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., 1912, Vol. 1, p. 282, Douglas.)

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Gobler

Gobler is located on the county line between Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties, on Highway NN, south of J. It is located at Sec. 34, Twp. 17 N, R 10 E.

Hamlin Farm

It is near Hayti, through which it receives its mail via rural. (--Standard Reference Guide of Mo., 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Hillsman Taylor

See Bakerville.

Hayti

At the junction of the main line of the Frisco with the Caruthersville and Kennett branch, six miles from Caruthersville, is the town of Hayti. It began to be a town at the time of the building of the railroad from Kennett to Caruthersville ... Its business interests consisted of a number of general stores, two banks and several wood-working plants. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 381.)

It is located at Sec. 33, 34, Twp. 19 N, R 12 E, at the junction of Highways 84, P & 61. (--Our Storehouse of Mo. Place Names, 1952, Ramsay, p. 28.)

Hayward

Hayward is located in the northeast corner of the county. It is 3 miles southeast of Portageville, New Madrid Co., near Portage Bayou, near the New Madrid Co. line. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

It is located at Sec. 8, Twp. 20 N, R 13 E, on Highway T, east of I-55.

Hermondale

Hermondale is in the southwest corner of the county, near the Arkansas line. It is located at Sec. 24, Twp. 16 N, R 10 E, on an unmarked county road south of Highway M.

Holland

In 1871 J. C. Winters and J. W. Holland, for whom the town was named, settled on the site of the town of Holland ... The first incorporation was made in May, 1903; Samuel E. Redmond was the first mayor ... The first merchants were W. A. Sanford, Holland Supply Co., A. L. Watson and G. S. Mirice. In 1912 there were five general stores, the usual number of blacksmith shops, restaurants and other small establishments. In addition to these were two cotton gins and a saw-mill in the town ... (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 382.)

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Homestown

Homestown is located at Sec. 36, Twp. 20 N, R 11 E, on Highway B, south of Wardell.

Indian Mound

It is near Caruthersville through which point mail is received. (--Reference Guide of Mo., 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Kaufman

Kaufman was west of Hayti and north of Braggadocio. (--Map of Mo., Geo. F. Crum.)

Kennedy

Kennedy was in the northeast part of the county, near the Mississippi River. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

Kinfolk Ridge

Kinfolk Ridge is located at Sec. 10, Twp. 17 N, R 13 E, on the Mississippi River, south of Caruthersville.

Lint Dale

Lint Dale was a trading-point at the mouth of Old Pemiscot Bayou, and was founded in 1873 by Turner Chambelin and George I. Coleman. It contained a large store and a warehouse, and was the shipping-point for the southern part of both Pemiscot and Dunklin Counties. Three-fourths of a mile below Lint Dale, on the river, was a warehouse known as Midway being exactly half the distance between Cairo, Ill., and Memphis, Tenn. At this point large quantities of cord-wood were annually supplied to steamboats. (--Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, p. 419.)

Little Prairie

The settlement at La Petite Prairie (Little Prairie) was begun in 1794, by Francis Lesieur, at a point a short distance below the present town of Caruthersville. A town covering some 200 arpents of land was laid out, and divided into lots of an arpent each. A fort, called Fort St. Fernando, was constructed on the bank of the river. Among the residents of the town and vicinity, besides its founder, were Jean Baptiste Barsaloux, George and John Ruddell, Joseph Payne, Louis St. Albin, Charles Guibeault, Charles Loignon, Francois Langlois and Peter Noblesse. In 1797 the population numbered 78, and in 1803 it had increased to 103. The village continued to prosper until the earthquakes of 1811-12, which almost entirely destroyed it. Its site was long since carried away by the waters of the Mississippi. Other

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Little Prairie (Cont)

settlements were made in what is now Pemiscot Co., one in the vicinity of Gayoso, one north of Big Lake, another on Little River, and a fourth on Portage Bay. The earthquakes drove most of the inhabitants away, and it was not until thirty years later that any considerable number of immigrants came in.

One conspicuous figure remained in this section after the others had fled. Col. John H. Walker, familiarly known as Hardeman Walker, located on Little Prairie about 1810, and continued to reside until his death. He was sheriff of New Madrid County in 1821-22. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., Goodspeed, pp. 300, 301; Encyclopedia of the Hist. of Mo., 1901, Conrad, Vol. 4, p. 83.)

Note: An arpent is a french unit of land measure still used in certain French sections of Canada and the U. S., equal to about 0.8.5 acre. (--Webster's Third International Dictionary.)

Micola

Micola is located at Sec. 5, 7, Twp. 17 N, R 12 E, on an unmarked county road, west of Bus. 61, south of Blazer.

Netherlands

Netherlands is located at Sec. 10, Twp. 19 N, R 12 E, at the junction of Highways K & P.

Pascola

Pascola is situated on the Frisco R. R., between Kennett and Hayti. It began to be a town on the building of the railroad from Kennett to Caruthersville in 1894 but previous to that time there had been settlers living in the immediate vicinity of the town since 1879. The earliest of these were Tim Ingram and Mrs. Sarah Brown. The town was incorporated in 1899, the first mayor being A. Russell. The merchants in the early periods were John Savails and Edward Harrison. There were, 1912, three general stores and one stove factory. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 381.)

Pascola is located at Sec. 23, 24, 13 & 14, Twp. 20 N, R 10 E, in the northwest corner of the county, at the junction of Highways HH & 153.

Samford

Samford is 3 3/4 miles northwest of Holland. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

A possible location is at Sec. 29, Twp. 16 N, R 11 E, south of Denton.

Schult

Schult is located at Sec. 14, Twp. 18 N, R 12 E, southeast of Carleton, northwest of Cunningham.

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Peach Orchard

Peach Orchard is located at Sec. 23, 24, 13 & 14, Twp. 20 N, R 10 E, in the northwest corner of the county, at the junction of Highways HH & 153.

Shade

Shade is located at Sec. 28, Twp. 18 N, R 12 E, on Highway J.

Stancil

Stancil was in the northeast part of the county, 3 miles south of Stewart.

Stand

Stand is on the Frisco R. R. No population. Location is unknown. (--Rand, McNally Reference Guide of Mo., 1972.)

Stanley

It was in the northeast part of the county, north of Gayoso. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

State Line

State Line is near Steele, through which point mail is handled. (--Standard Reference Guide of Mo., 1972, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Steele

Steele is located at Sec. 25, 26, Twp. 17 N, R 11 E, at the junction of Bus. 61, 164 & E.

Stewart

Stewart is 3 1/2 miles southeast of Hayward, in the northeast corner of the county (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

Stewart (Stewart's Landing) is a shipping-point on the Mississippi River 16 miles above Gayoso. A large amount of oak ship-timber was annually sent from this place, and steam boats stopped here for supplies of cordwood. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 419.)

Stewart is located at Sec. 13, 14, Twp. 20 N, R 13 E, on Highway T, at the edge of the Mississippi River.

Stubtown

See Game.

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Swift

Swift is located at Sec. 34, Twp. 20 N, R 12 E, on Highway P, south of A.

Terry

Terry is located at Sec. 21, Twp. 19 N, R 12 E, on an unmarked county road west of P.

Tyler

Tyler is in the southeast corner of the county, 3 1/2 miles south of Cottonwood Point (Brasher), and 5 miles north of the Arkansas line. It is on the Mississippi River. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 471.)

It is located at Sec. 10, Twp. 16 N, R 12 E, on Highway DD, south of the junction with E.

Vicksburg

It was a post-office near Braggadocio; location unknown. The post-office was discontinued as of October 31, 1919; thereafter supplied from Braggadocio. (--Mo. Manual, 1919-20, p. 732.)

Kennedy

The post-office was discontinued as of July 31, 1917. Thereafter mail was handled via Reelfoot, Tenn. (--Missouri Manual, 1917-1918, p. 644.)

Wardell

Wardell is located at Sec. 24, 25, Twp. 20 N, R 11 E, at the junction of Highways A & B.

Yama

Yama is located at Sec. 26, Twp. 19 N, R 10 E, on Highway A, north of 84.

Hayward

The post-office was discontinued as of July 31, 1917. Thereafter mail was handled via Portageville. (--Missouri Manual, 1917-18, p. 644.)

 


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