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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


Ralls County

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Briggs

Briggs was located between Center and Owensdale on St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand McNally.)

Center

Center is an incorporated village ... ten miles west of New London ... It was founded in 1871. It had a good public school, Baptist, Methodist Episcopal, and Christian Churches, a newspaper, the "Intelligencer," a flouring mill, saw mill, two hotels, and about twenty stores, shops, etc. Population, 1899 (estimated) 450. (--Ency. of the Hist. of Mo., 1901, Vol. I, 551.)

It had one good school, one store, and several shops. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, 466.)

It is situated on Sec. 35, 36, Twp. 55 N, R. 6 W at the junction of CC, H, & 19. (--General Highway Map of Ralls Co., issued by The State Highway Dept, 8-1-65. Unless otherwise noted all map locations are from this map.)

Cincinnati

Cincinnati was located in the northwest section of the county three and three-fourths miles south of Hatch, near Salt River. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, Walter Williams, 489.)

It was a town on the north bank of Salt River, and had two stores, a post-office and tavern. (--Wetmore's Gazetteer of the State of Mo., 1837, 155.)

It was situated on Sec. 8, Twp. 55 N, R. 6 W in Saline Township. (--New Atlas of Mo., 1874, Campbell, Map 20.)

The post-office was discontinued in 1905. (--General Scheme of Mo., 1905, Taft, 88.)

Clemens

Clemens was located south of Saverton on B-N Railroad. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand McNally.)

Crigler's Mills

It was twenty miles west of New London, and had one mill, one store and several shops. (--Campbell, 466.)

It was situated on Sec. 18, Twp. 55 N, R. 7 W in Saline Township. (--New Atlas, Map 20.)

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Garden Grove

Garden Grove was a post-office and store, twelve miles southwest of New London. (--Campbell, 466.)

It was situated on Sec. 10, Twp. 54 N, R. 6 W in Jasper Township. (--Map of Mo., 1894, Rand McNally.)

Greenlawn

Greenlawn is located in the western portion of the county near Monroe County line. (--Williams, 489.)

It is situated on Sec. 9, Twp. 54 N, R. 7 W at the junction of an unmarked county road and J, west of Perry.

The post-office was discontinued in 1905. (--Taft, 89.)

Mail is via Perry (rural) no population. (--Standard Ref. Guide of Mo., 1974, Rand McNally.)

There was a post-office there in 1893-94. (--Mo. Manual, 291.)

Hassard

Hassard was a post-office on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad, nineteen miles west from New London. (--Campbell, 466.)

It was a post-office in 1893-94. (--Mo. Manual for those years, 292.)

Stephen Thomas Elkhall was appointed mail agent of this place in 1887, his estimable wife, being appointed postmaster the same year. (--Owens, 165.)

It is situated on Sec. 10, Twp. 56 N, R. 7 W at the junction of J & an unmarked county road south of 24, on Norfolk & Western Railroad.

Mail is via Monroe City, Monroe Co.; population 15. (Rand McNally, 1974.)

Hatch

Hatch was three and three-quarters miles south of Shiel. (--Williams, 489.)

It was situated on Sec. 6, Twp. 55 N, R. 7 W on an unmarked county road south of A.

The post-office was discontinued in 1905. (--Taft, 88.)

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Hope

Hope was located in the extreme southeast corner of the county near Pike County line. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand McNally.)

Hope is no longer listed in Ralls County; there is a Hope in Osage County. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

There was a Hope in Christian County, 1893-94. (--Mo. Manual for those years, 292.)

Huntington

It is in the northwest portion of the county on N. & W. Railroad, west of Rensselaer. (--Williams, 489.)

It is situated on Sec. 8, Twp. 56 N, R. 6 W on DD south of Marion County line.

It was a post-office in 1893-94. (--Mo. Manual, for those years, 292.)

It has no population. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

Hurdsburgh

It was on the state road leading from Palmyra to St. Louis, and had one store, a post-office and tavern. (--Wetmore's Gazetteer of the State of Mo., 1837, 155.)

It was on the Marion County line, on Sec. 3, R. 5, of Clay Township, 56 N. (--New Atlas, Map 20.)

Hutchinson

Hutchinson is in the southwest corner of the county, near Audrain County line. (--Williams, 489.)

It is situated on Secs. 25, 26, Twp. 53 N, R. 7 W on 19 south of D.

The post-office was discontinued in 1905. (--Taft, 89.)

Mail now is via Laddonia, Audrain County (rural); no population. (Rand McNally, 1974.)

Hutten

It was in the northwest section of the county, southwest of Cincinnati. (--Map of Mo., 1894, Rand McNally.)

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Ilasco

Ilasco, in the northeast corner of the county, on Mississippi River, was the location of a cement manufacturing plant. (--Williams, 489.)

It is situated on Secs. 2 & 11, Twp. 56 N, R. 4 W on 79 south of AA.

Mail is via Hannibal; population 250. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

Jessamine

Jessamine was in the southeast corner of the county near Pike County line, northeast of Nadine. (--Williams, 489.)

The post-office was discontinued in 1905. (--Taft, 89.)

Joanna

Joanna was in the northwest portion of the county near Monroe County line. (--Williams, 489.)

Lickscreek

See Perry.

McDowell's Cave

It was in the northeast corner of the county near Marion County line. (--New Atlas, Map 20.)

There is a McDowell in Barry County. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

Madisonville

Madisonville twelve miles south southwest of New London, had three stores, two mills, several shops, two churches-Christian and Cumberland Presbyterian. (--Campbell, 466.)

There was a post-office there in 1893-94. (--Mo. Manual, 293.)

It was situated on Sec. 16, 17, Twp. 54 N. R. 5 W on C east of PP.

Nadine

Nadine is in the southeast corner of the county near Pike-Audrain County lines. (--Williams, 489.)

It is situated on secs. 26, 27, Twp. 53 N, R. 8 W on P near Audrain County line.

Mail is via Vandalia, Audrain County (rural); no population. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

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New London

New London, the judicial seat ... ten miles south of Hannibal, was settled in 1819 and became the county seat in 1821, and was first incorporated in 1869. It had a graded public school, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal and Christian Churches, a court house and jail, two banks, flouring mill, grain warehouse, large canning factory, two weekly newspapers, the "Record" and the "Times," two hotels, and about thirty stores, shops, etc. ... Population, 1899 (estimated 1,200. (--Conard, Vol. IV, 554. See, also, Campbell, 466.)

It contained a brick courthouse, five stores, four grocery stores, and one tavern; a church, a clerk's office, and a jail, which was of little use. (--Wetmore, 154.)

It is situated on Surveys 1753 and 2854, Twp. 53 N, Ranges 4 and 5 west, at the junction of 61, A 19, V & A.

James S. McGowan had a dry goods store there in 1895; Dr. Whitely Gray Hendrix was a physician in 1895. (--Owens, 397.)

Newport

Newport was five miles above Cincinnati, on the same side of Salt River, and had one store and a post-office. (--Wetmore, 155.)

The post-office was not listed in Mo. Manual, 1893-94, the earliest Manual to list post-offices.

Newport is no longer listed in Ralls County; there is a Newport in Benton County. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

Noonan

Noonan was five miles southwest of Center. (--Williams, 489.)

It was situated on Sec. 18, Twp. 54 N, R. 6 W on 19 west of Perry.

Orrwood

Orrwood was southwest of Center, on St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad. (--Map of Mo., 1894, Rand McNally.)

Owendale

Owendale was southwest of Ralls Junction. (--Map of Mo., 1894, Rand McNally.)

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Perry

A city of the fourth class, on Lick Creek, in the southwestern part of Ralls County, and the terminus of the Perry branch of the St. Louis & Hannibal Railroad, twenty miles from New London ... It had a graded school, four churches, two banks, a newspaper, the "Enterprise," a flour mill, a grain elevator, two hotels, and about thirty miscellaneous stores and shops. There were coal mines nearby ... Population, 1899 (estimated) 900. (--Conard, Vol. V, 88; see, also, Campbell, 466.)

It is shown as Perry, Lick Creek, in Salt River Township. (--New Atlas of Mo., Map 20.)

It is situated on Secs. 26, 27, 34, Twp. 54 N, R. 7 W at the junction of 154 & B.

Plumb Creek

Plumb Creek was south of Ralls Junction. (--Map of Mo., 1894, Rand McNally.)

Pigeon Creek

It was in Sec. 13, 14, 23 & 24, Twp. 56 N, R. 5 W in Clay Township. (--New Atlas, Map 20.)

Ralls Junction

It was south of New London, at the junction of St. Louis & Hannibal Railroads. (--Map of Mo., 1894, Rand McNally.)

Rennselaer

Rensselaer, on the Norfold & Western Railroad, twelve miles west of Hannibal, was a newly settled town, which contained one school and one church. (--Campbell, 466.)

It is situated on Secs. 2, 3, 10 & 11, Twp. 56 N, R. 6 W on H south of Marion County line.

Mail is via Hannibal; population 58. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

St. Paul

Father John O'Hanlon was the priest at St. Paul, in a log church, ca. 1848. (--Owens, 90.)

The location of St. Paul is unknown.

There is a St. Paul in St. Charles County. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

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Salt River

Salt River is the first station north of Ralls Junction. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand McNally.)

Mail is via New London (rural); no population. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

Saverton

Saverton had several stores and shops, one school, and is near Saverton Springs, remarkable for their medicinal properties. A battle was fought here between the Indians and whites during the War of 1812; the Indians defeated the whites, killing several and wounding others. (--Campbell, 466.)

It is a station on the B-N Railroad, ten miles northeast of New London. It had a public school, Baptist and Methodist Episcopal Churches, a general store and a drug store. Population 1899, (estimated) 125. (--Conard, Vol. V, 489.)

It is situated on Secs. 18, 20, Twp. 56 N, R. 3 W at the junction of 79 & M.

Shiel

Shiel was two miles south of Huntington. (--Williams, 489.)

It was situated on Sec. 20, Twp. 56 N, R. 7 W on DD south of Huntington.

Sidney

Sidney, three miles southwest of Rensselaer, contained three stores, one school house and church. (--Campbell, 466.)

It was situated on Sec. 24, Twp. 56 N, R. 6 W in Saline Township. (--New Atlas, Map 20.)

Sidney is no longer listed in Ralls County; there is a Sidney in Putnam County. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

Spalding

It is south of Renssalaer and east of Shiel. (--Map of Mo., 1911, Rand McNally.)

It is situated on Sec. 23, Twp. 56 N, R. 6 W on H north of A.

Mail is via Hannibal; population 40. (--Rand McNally, 1974.)

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West Hartford

West Hartford was in the southwest portion of the county, southwest of Madisonville. (--Williams, 489.)

It was a post-office and store, eighteen miles southwest of New London, and contained one cheese factory, one church -- Congregational, and one school-house. (--Campbell, 466.)

It was situated on Sec. 6, Twp. 53 N, R. 6 W in Salt River Township. (--New Atlas, Map 20.)

Robert K. Phillips was postmaster, 1885-1895, having entered upon his duties in May, 1885. (--Owens, 779.)

The post-office was discontinued pre 1905, as it is not listed in Taft, 88, 89.

Only a church and cemetery are shown in this section. (--Map of Ralls Co., 8-1-65.)


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