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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


Stoddard County

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Acornridge

Acornridge is located at Sec. 10, Twp. 26 N, R 9 E, on Highway J east of WW. (--General Highway Map of Stoddard County, issued by The Missouri State Highway Department, 10-1-71. Unless otherwise noted, all map descriptions are from this map.)

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Missouri Manual, p. 381.)

Advance

Advance in the extreme northern part of Stoddard Co., is on the Hoxie Branch of the Frisco. In 1912 it had a population of 621. It had about twenty business establishments. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 391.)

It is 3 1/2 miles northeast of Brownwood, 2 miles southwest of Toga. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

It is located at Sec. 11, 12, Twp. 28 N, R 10 E, at the junction of Highways 91, 25, C & O.

Aid

Aid is located at Sec. 25, 26, 23 & 24, Twp. 26 N, R 9 E on Highways F southwest of the junction with J.

Aquilla

Aquilla is north of Bloomfield near the Castor River. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

It is located at Sec. 25, 36, Twp. 27 N, R 10 E, at the junction of M, Y & 25.

Ardeola

It is in the northeast part of the county, 3 miles north of Bridges, 2 1/2 miles southwest of Bell City. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

Ardeola is located at Sec. 10, Twp. 27 N, R 11 E, on an unmarked county road southwest of Bell City.

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Mo. Manual, p. 381.)

It was discontinued as of July 31, 1917. Thereafter mail was via Advance. (--Mo. Manual, 1917-18, p. 644.)

Asherville

Asherville is located at Sec. 15, Twp. 26 N, R 8 E, on Highway J west of 51.

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Mo. Manual, p. 381.)

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Barham

Barham was the second station south of Avert, or north of Idalia on the St. Louis Southwestern R. R. (--Map of Mo. Geo. F. Crum.)

Avert

Avert is located at Sec. 3, Twp. 26 N, R 11 E, on Highway AB, east of 25.

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Mo. Manual, p. 381.)

It was discontinued as of October 31, 1919. Thereafter mail was handled via Bloomfield. (--Mo. Manual, 1919-20, p. 732.)

Baker

Baker is located at Sec. 28, 29, 32 & 33, Twp. 25 N, R 11 E, on Highway HH between CC & 153.

Bell City Elevation 330 feet

Bell City is a town on the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad* and laid out soon after the building of that line ... There were churches, a public school, hotel, four stores and other smaller business establishments. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 391.)

*The St. Louis Southwestern Railroad was organized January 15, 1891, and June 1st following the receiver of the St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas Railway Company delivered possession and control. Its origin, 1876, was in a company organized to construct a railroad from New Madrid, Mo., to Helena, Ark., which company consolidated with the Texas & St. Louis ... (--Encyclopedia of the Hist. of Mo., 1901, Conrad, Vol. 5, pp. 466, 467.)

Bell City is 2 1/2 miles north of Ardeola. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

It is located at Sec. 1,2, Twp. 27 N, R 11 E, at the junction of N, P, & 91.

Bernie elevation 300 feet

The town of Bernie is situated on the main line of the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad between Dexter and Malden. The first settlement was made there in 1878. It was incorporated as a village in 1890 and as a city in 1908, the first mayor being L. J. Turner. (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 391.)

It is located at Sec. 33, 34, Twp. 24 N, R 10 E, and Sec, 3,4, Twp. 23 N, same range, at the junction of Highways V, Z & 25.

Birds Corner (Birds Corners)

It is located at Sec. 16, 21, Twp. 26 N, R 11 E, on Highway AB between N & Y.

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Bloomfield

The location of the seat of justice for Stoddard County was made by John McCombs, Michel Rodney, and Henry Shaner. They selected fifty acres of land donated to the county by Absalom Bailey, and laid out a town, which they named Bloomfield, because the spot at the time was covered with a profusion of flowers ... Among the first residents of the town were Orson Bartlett, who had a store; ... John N. Mitchell, a Methodist, local minister; Thomas Neal, who had a tanyard in the northwest part of town ... Herman Reed, who kept a hotel ... In 1844 or 1845, Edmund White opened a store on the south side of the public square, and put in the first complete stock of goods in the town ...

During the decade prior to the Civil War Bloomfield experienced a good deal of prosperity, and, with the exception of Cape Girardeau, was equal to any town in Southeast Missouri, but during the war nearly every building was destroyed ... In fact, had it not been the county seat, it would doubtless, before this time (1888) had ceased to exist as a town. (--Goodspeed, p. 470.)

Bloomfield, the county seat, is 7 miles north of Dexter ... It was the site of an ancient Indian village, and was first settled by the whites in 1824, was incorporated in 1856 and its charter was revised in 1869 ... On September 21st, 1864, the court house, all the business houses and most of the residences were destroyed by fire. A few weeks later, the ruined town was occupied by United States troops, who build a large fort occupying the court-house. Since the war the town has been rebuilt in a substantial manner, a new courthouse costing $25,000, replacing the old one. There were 2 churches -- Baptist and Methodist, 1 public school, 9 stores and 1 newspaper -- The Southeast Reporter, published by O. C. Jones. Population, 1874, about 400. (--Campbell, 608.)

It is situated on Sec. 13, 14, 23 & 24, in Twp. 26 N, R. 10 E, at the junction of 25, J & E. (--Map of Stoddard Co., 10-1-71.)

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Bridges

Bridges was in the north central part of the county, near the Castor River. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

It was between Avert and Ardeola on the St. Louis Southwestern R. R. (--Map of Mo., Geo. F. Crum.)

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Mo. Manual, p. 382.)

Brownwood

Brownwood, situated at the crossing of the Zalma and Brownwood branch and the Hoxie branch, was a saw mill town. (--Hist. of Southeast Missouri, 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 391.)

It is in the north part of the county near the Bollinger Co. line, 3 1/2 miles southwest of Advance. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

It is located at Sec. 16, 21, Twp. 28 N, R 10 E, on Highway BB south of the junction with C.

Buffington

It was a station and country store on the St. L. I. M. & S. R. R., 12 miles east of Dexter and is on the Castor River. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, p. 608.)

It is located at Sec. 3, 10, Twp. 26 N, R 11 E, on Highway 114 west of CC.

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Mo. Manual, p. 382.) Mail now via Essex.

Castorville

Castorville was on the Castor River, 11 miles northwest of Bloomfield. It had 2 stores, 1 flouring mill, 1 church -- Baptist. Population -- 1874, about 80. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 608.)

It is no longer listed.

Charteroak

Charteroak is located at Sec. 13, 24, Twp. 24 N, R 12 E, on Highway D, west of New Madrid Co. line.

Charity

It was north of Bloomfield on the St. L. I. M. & S. R. R. (--Sectional Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

It is no longer listed.

Circle City

Circle City was located at Sec. 31, Twp. 26 N, R 12 E, at the junction of Highways N & E. No longer listed.

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Clim Island

It was north of Morehouse P. O., or Morehouse Sta. (New Madrid Co.) in the eastern edge of the county. (--Sectional Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Cline's Island

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

It is not shown on Gen. Highway Map of Stoddard Co.

It is north of Gray's Ridge. (--Sectional Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Curdton

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Missouri Manual, p. 383.)

It is near Puxico, through which point mail is handled.

Day

Day was north of Avert on the St. Louis Southwestern R. R. (--Sectional Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Demmittville

Demmittville is near Parma which is the mailing point. (--Standard Ref. Guide of Mo., 1974, Rand, McNally & Co.)

It is located at Sec. 13, Twp. 24 N, R 11 & 12 E, at the junction of Highways 153 & D.

Dexter Elevation 380 feet

Dexter is situated not far from the center of the county. It is on the east side of Crowley's Ridge, the site of the town being about 75 or 100 feet higher than the level plains to the south and east. It was laid out as a town in 1873 ... Among the early merchants were: R. P. Liles & Co., William Edwards, J. M. Miller, Sisel and Plant, and Riggins & Co.

(For an account of the rivalry between Bloomfield and Dexter, see opening remarks on page I). (--Hist. of Southeast Mo., 1912, Douglas, Vol. 1, p. 390.)

It covers several sections in Twp. 25 N, R 10 E, at the junction of Highways 60, 114 & 25.

Drum

Drum is not shown on the Gen. Highway Map of Stoddard Co.

The post-office was discontinued as of July 31, 1917. Mail thereafter via Advance. (--Missouri Manual, 1917-18, p. 644.)

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Dudley

Dudley ia a post-office 5 miles east of Dexter. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

It is located at Sec. 28, 29, Twp. 25 N, R 9 E, at the junction of Highways TT & 60.

Durnell

Durnell is located at Sec. 24, 25, Twp. 27 N, R 11 E, at the junction of Highways N & Y. Mail via Bell City.

Essex

Essex is located at Sec. 15, 16, Twp. 25 N, R 11 E, at the junction of Highways 114 & EE, southeast of Bloomfield.

It is on the St. Louis Southwestern R. R., 5 miles east of Dexter. It had 1 store in 1874. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., p. 608.)

Fleetwood

It was north of Bell City on the St. L. S. W. R. R. (--Map of Mo., Geo. F. Crum.)

Frisco

It is located at Sec. 33, 34, Twp. 25 N, R 11 E and Sec. 3, 4, Twp. 24 N, same range, on end of KK, south of 114.

The post-office was discontinued as of July 31, 1917; thereafter mail via Dexter. (--Missouri Manual, 1917-18, p. 644.)

Grayridge (Gray's Ridge)

It is located at Sec. 8, Twp. 25 N, R 11 E, on Highway 114 between CC & 153.

It is a station 9 miles east of Dexter. (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 608.)

Guam

Guam was located at Sec. 14, Twp. 26 N, R 11 E, on Highway AB west of N.

Headquarters

It was north of Idlewild. (--Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Heagy

No population; location unknown other it is somewhere on St. Louis Southwestern R. R. (--Standard Ref. Guide of Mo., 1974, Rand, McNally & Co.)

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Hendley

It was south of Zeta, on the St. L. S. W. R. R. (--Sectional Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Himmel

Himmel is located at Sec. 22, Twp. 27 N, R 12 E, north of Highway Y west of DD.

Hunterville

Hunterville is located at Sec. 18, 7, Twp. 25 N, R 12 E, and Sec. 10, 13, R 11 E, Twp. 25 N, at the junction of Highways 114 & 153.

Idalia

Idalia is located at Sec. 27, 28, Twp. 26 N, R 11 E, on Highway FF, southeast of Bloomfield.

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Missouri Manual, p. 386.) Mail now via Bloomfield.

Idlewild

Idlewild is located at Sec. 8, Twp. 27 N, R 9 E, on Highway 51, southwest of K. It is in the northeast part of the county, near Duck Creek Wild Life Refuge.

Kinder

It is located at Sec. 3, Twp. 27 N, R 9 E, at the junction of Highways K & 51, in the northwest corner of the county. The post-office was discontinued as of Nov. 1, 1931; thereafter it was supplied from Puxico. (--Missouri Manual, 1931-32, p. 730.)

Lakeville

Lakeville was 19 miles northeast of Bloomfield, on the line of the projected I. M. & T. R. R., which had 36 miles graded from Cape Girardeau; it was a thriving town containing 1 saw-and grist-mill, 4 stores, 1 public school, a Union church, a Masonic Hall and 1 hotel. Population about 200 (1874).

Lakeville Post-Office

See Advance. (--Sectional Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

La Valle

La Valle is located at Sec. 32, 33, Twp. 24 N, R 11 E, on Highway Z west of New Madrid Co. line. Mail via Catron.

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Leora

Leora is located south of the Bollinger County line, at Sec. 7, R. 10 E., and Sec. 12, R ( E, all in Twp. 27 N, on Highway M, south of K. There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Missouri Manual, p. 387.)

Marco

Marco is located at Sec. 1 & 6, Twp. 24 N, R 11 E, on Highway 153, north of Demmittville. The post-office was discontinued as of July 31, 1917; thereafter mail was via Essex. (--Missouri Manual, 1917-18, p. 644.)

Maulsby

It was south of La Valle and north of Sommers on the St. L. S. W. R. R. (--Map of Western States, 1911, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Messler (Mesler)

It was a post-office listed in Missouri Manual, 1929-30, p. 944. It is located at Sec. 6, Twp. 28 N, R 11 E, on Highway P, south of O, in the northeast corner of county. Mail now via Painton.

Miller

It was first station north of Bernie, on the St. L. S. W. R. R. (--Map of Mo., Geo. F. Crum.)

Mingo

Mingo was located at Sec. 3, Twp. 26 N, R 8 E, on Highway T, west of 51. There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Missouri Manual, p. 389.) No longer listed.

Painton

Painton is located at Sec. 13, 23, Twp. 28 N, R 11 E, at the junction of Highways of P & O, in the northeast corner of the county.

Paradise

Paradise was second station north of Bell City, on the St. L. S. W. R. R. (--Map of Mo., Geo. F. Crum.)

Penerman

It is located at Sec. 23, Twp. 25 N, R 11 E, on an unmarked county road between Highways 114 & 153, east of Dexter.

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Perkins

Although the major portion of Perkins is in Scott County, a small portion is shown to be at Sec. 12, 13, Twp. 28 N, R 11 & 12, on Highway P, on the Scott County line.

Piketon (Spring Hill)

This community was 10 miles north of Bloomfield, and was a place of considerable importance. It had 2 stores, 1 school and a Methodist Church. The population was about 60 (1874). (--Gazetteer of Mo., p. 608.)

Powe

Powe is located at Sec. 9, Twp. 23 N, R 9 E, on Highway U, west of H, in the southwestern corner of the county. The post-office was discontinued as of November 1, 1931. Thereafter it was supplied from Bernie. (--Missouri Manual, 1931-32, p. 730.)

Puxico

The first settlement at Puxico was made September 29, 1880, and the town was incorporated June 2, 1884. The first mayor was E. L. Hawker ... The business interests of the town were, for the first period, in the hands of J. A. Hickman, John Reed, H. B. Purcell and T. J. Moss. In 1912 there were four general stores, a handle factory, flour mill, electric light plant, canning factory, saw mill and planing mill. (--History of Southeast Mo., 1912, Douglas. Vol. 1, p. 392.)

Puxico is located in the northwest corner of the county at Sec. 26, 35, Twp. 27 N, R 8 E, at the junction of Highways PP & 51, near Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.

Pyletown (Pyle P. O.)

It is located at Sec. 18, Twp. 24 N, R 9 E, on Highway H between ZZ & 25, southwest of Dexter. Mail now via Dexter.

Randol

Randol was located at Sec. 30, Twp. 25 N, R 8 E, south of Highway 60, west of TT.

Redd

Redd was located at Sec. 2, 3, Twp. 25 N, R 9 E, on an unmarked county road west of F, south of Aid.

Spring Hill

See Piketon.

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St. Luke

St. Luke was in Liberty Township, approximately 5 - 10 miles south of Dexter. (--New Atlas of Mo., 1874, Campbell, Map #30.)

Stoddard

Stoddard was located at Sec. 24, Twp. 25 N, R 9 E, on an unmarked county road, west of ZZ, south of 60, west of Dexter.

Stone

Stone was a post-office near Dexter. It was discontinued as of July 31, 1917; thereafter mail via Dexter. (--Missouri Manual, 1917-18, p. 644.)

Sugar Creek

Sugar Creek was north of Puxico. (--Sectional Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Swinton

It is in the northern part of the county, 4 miles south of Brownwood. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

It is located at Sec. 3, Twp. 27 N, R 10 E, on Highway E, west of 25.

There was a post-office there in 1901-02. (--Missouri Manual, p. 312.) Mail now via Advance.

Tilman

Tilman was in the northern part of the county, east of Swan Pond. (--Sectional Map of Mo., 1894, Rand, McNally & Co.)

Toga

Toga was a post-office in 1901-02. (--Missouri Manual, p. 393.) Mail now via Advance.

Toga is located at Sec. 6, Twp. 28 N, R 11 E, northeast of Advance on Highway 25.

Toppertown (Topper Town)

It is located at Sec. 26, 27, Twp. 27 N, R 11 E, on Highway Y, east of 25.

Vinson

Vinson is near Dexter, through which point mail is handled. (--Standard Reference Guide of Mo., 1974, Rand, McNally & Co.)

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Shawnee Village

It was an old post-office listed in Postal Guide, 1842. Exact location is unknown.

West Prairie

West Prairie was a post-office in 1861. (--U. S. Postal Guide.) Location is unknown.

Zadock

Zadock was a post-office in the north central part of the county, 4 miles north of Aquilla. (--The State of Mo., in 1904, p. 521.)

The post-office was discontinued as of July 31, 1917; thereafter mail was via Bloomfield. (--Missouri Manual, 1917-1918, p. 644.) Zadock no longer listed.

Zeta

Zeta was a post-office listed in Missouri Manual, 1929-30, p. 944. Location is unknown. It is no longer listed.


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