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

Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser


Wayne County

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Arab

This post-office is listed in the U. S. Postal Guide, 1924. Exact location is unknown.

Barlow

It was the first railroad station southeast of Mill Spring, on the St. L. I. M. & S. R. R. (--Evening in Wisconsin Edition General Atlas, Rand, McNally & Co., 1896, p. 48.)

Bounds

It was 7 miles north of Greenville, on the road from Greenville to Coldwater. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 537.)

Apparently it was in Section 2, Township 29 N, Range 5 E, near the junction of Highways K & 67. (--General Highway Map of Wayne Co., issued by The Missouri State Highway Department, 4-1-72. Unless otherwise noted, all map descriptions are from this map.)

Brunot

A post-office 6 miles east, northeast of Des Arc. It had 1 store in 1874. (--Campbell's Gazetteer of Mo., 1874, p. 639.)

It was located at Section 6, Township 30 N, range 5 E, on Highway 49, near the Madison and Iron County lines. Also, The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 537.

Burbank

This was a post-office in 1924, according to U. S. Postal Guide for that year. It was located at Section 34, Township 29 N, Range 6 E, on Highway E, east of Greenville.

Burch

This was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, for that year.)

Cascade

It was a post-office in 1924, according to U. S. Postal Guide for that year. It was located at Sections 3 & 10, Township 30, Range 7 E, on Highway M, south of Madison Co. line.

Chaonia

This post-office was six and one-half miles northwest of Wappapello. It was a post-office in 1924. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 537; Postal Guide, 1924.)

Apparently it was in Section 13, Township 27 N, Range 6 E, on north side of Wappapello Reservoir.

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Clubb

It is 3 miles north of Hiram and 6 miles southwest of Ursa. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 537.)

It is located at Section 2, Township 29 N, Range 6 E, at the junction of Highways O, M, & 24.

Clearwater

Clearwater on the St. L. I. M. & S. R. R., 4 miles south of Piedmont, had a fine saw mill, 1 store and 1 hotel in 1874. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 639.)

Apparently it is in Section 9, Township 28 N, Range 3 E, on Highway HH.

Coldwater

It is along the Madison County line, equidistant between Iron and Bollinger Counties. It is six miles south from Twelve Mile, (Madison County). (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 537.)

It is located at Section 6, Township 30 N, Range 6 E, at the junction of Highways 67 & EE.

It is on Cedar Creek, 15 miles east of Des Arc. It had 1 store, 1 carding machine, 1 saw and grist mill and 3 shops in 1874. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 639.)

Danielsville

The original Danielsville was settled by two brothers, James E., and William Daniel, and took the name "Danielsville" in about 1841. (--The Empire That Missouri Pacific Serves, a publication of the Missouri Pacific R. R. p. 299.)

See Piedmont.

Gad's Hill

Gad's Hill was established in 1872 by George W. Creath. (--History of Southeast Missouri, p. 460.)

It is on the St. L. I. M. & S. R. R., 6 miles north of Piedmont. It is noted as the place where a train was recently stopped and plundered by ruffians, as of 1874. It had 1 store and a saw mill. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 639.)

It was named for the country home of Charles Dickens. (--How Missouri Streams, Counties and Towns Were Named, Eaton, Fifth Article, from a series of articles in Missouri Historical Review.)

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Gad's Hill (Cont)

At Gad's Hill, a small station on the Iron Mountain Railway, the first train robbery in the State was effected on January 29, 1874. It was said at the time that the five men who did the work were Arthur McCoy, two of the Younger Brothers, Jim Reed and Green Wood. Only the passengers were robbed. (--Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, 1901, Conrad, Vol. 2, p. 544.) (See Zeitonia).

It is located at Section 34, Township 30 N, Range 3 E, at the junction of Highways CC & 49.

Grangerville

It was on Bear Creek, in the eastern part of the county. It had 1 store, and a population of about 50, in 1874. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 639.)

Gravelton

It is 12 miles south, southwest of Marquard, (Madison Co.). It had 3 stores and 2 shops, and a population of about 50, in 1874. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 639.)

It is located at Section 2, Township 30 N, Range 7 E, on an unmarked county road east of Cascade.

Greeneville also spelled Greenville

Greeneville was laid out as the seat of justice for Wayne County, in 1819 upon the bank of St. Francois River, on Spanish Grant No. 787 ... A store was opened there as early as 1824 by Van Horn T. Wheeler in a little log house ... Other early day merchants were: William Creath, Lysander Flynn, Zenas Smith, and others ... The town is situated on level ground, and in 1826, it was inundated to the depth of several feet by an overflow of the St. Francois River. (--History of Southeast Missouri, p. 458.)

When the town was laid out its site was a cornfield, and the streets were laid out according to the rows of corn. (--Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, Vol. 3, p. 117.)

Formerly there was a Greenville in Saline County, but it later was named Miami. (--Ibid: Vol. 4, p. 374.)

Hiram

It was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

It is located at Sections 18 & 19, Township 29 N, Range 7 E, on Highway C, south of Clubb and north of junction of Highways O & E.

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Isbell's Store

See Patterson. (--History of Southeast Missouri, p. 460.)

Kerrigan

It was 5 miles north of Williamsville. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 537.)

It was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

Apparently it was in Section 4, Township 27 N, Range 4 E, on Ead's Creek.

Kime

It was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

It was located at section 33, Township 28 N, Range 6 E, on Highway BB, south of D.

Kyles

This was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

It was located at Section 32, Township 29 N, Range 5 E, on Highway FF.

Leeper

This was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

It was located at Section 27, Township 28 N, Range 3 E, on Highway 49, south of the junction with 34.

Lodi

Lodi was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

It was located at Section 34, Township 30 N, Range 5 E, on Highway 67 north of the junction with K.

Lowndes

Lowndes a post-office 14 miles east, northeast of Greenville had 1 store and 1 saw and grist-mill in 1874. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874, p. 639.)

It was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

It was located at Section 27, Township 29 N, Range 7 E, on Highway E, west of Bollinger County line.

McGee

It is located at Section 20, Township 28 N, Range 8 E, on the junction of Highways TT & P.

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McGee P. O.

It was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

It is located at Section 35, Township 28 N, Range 8 E, on Highway Z, east of TT, in the Duck Creek Wild Life area.

Mill Spring

Mill Spring was laid out in November, 1871, by the Iron Mountain R. R. Co. (--History of Southeast Missouri, p. 460.)

It was located at Sections 22 & 27, Township 38 N, Range 3 E, on Highways 34 & 49, in the western part of the county, near the Reynolds Co. line.

So named because a mill is run by a large spring. (--How Mo. Counties, Towns, Streams Were Named, Fifth Article, p. 73, from a series of articles in the Missouri Historical Review, Eaton.)

See Otter Creek. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 639.)

Ojibway

It was 3 miles west of Taskee Station. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 537.)

Old Greenville

It was located at Section 7, Township 28 N, Range 6 E, on an unmarked county road, east of 67.

Otter Creek (Mill Spring)

It was on the St. L. I. M. & S. R. R., 8 miles south of Piedmont. It had 3 stores, 2 hotels and 1 saw-mill, (1874). (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 639.) Population about 250.

Patterson

Patterson is 9 miles east, northeast of Piedmont ... It had 1 hotel and 3 stores, 1 school, 1 church (Presbyterian), and a population of about 150. The town was destroyed by fire during the Civil War, all but 2 houses. (--Gazetteer of Missouri, 1874, p. 639.)

Patterson is a little village in Logan Township, containing 3 churches and 2 stores. It was formerly known as Isbell's Store, as Isbell opened the first store there in 1854. (--History of Southeast Missouri, (1889), p. 460.)

It was so named for G. R. Patterson, a dealer in farm implements. (--How Mo. Counties, Towns, Streams Were Named, Eaton, Fifth Article, p. 73. From a series in The Missouri Historical Review.)

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Piedmont

Piedmont was laid out by the R. R. Co., upon the completion of the Iron Mountain Road to that point.* The first stores were opened by Hatten & McSpadden in what was called Danielville, and L. F. Medley ... (--History of Southeast Missouri, p. 459.)

*Its new name is said to have been conferred upon it by Thomas Allen, President of the railroad because of the town's location at the foot of historic Clark Mountain. The name is a combination of the French "Pied" or foot and "Mont" for mountain. Its origin might also have been the Italian work "Piemonte," which means "lying or formed at the base of the mountain." (--The Empire That Missouri Pacific Serves, a publication of the Missouri Pacific R. R. Co., p. 239.)

It is located at Sections 23, 26, Township 29 N, Range 3 E, on Highways AA & 34.

Silva

Silva is located at Section 23, Township 29 N, Range 5 E, on Highway 67, south of the junction with 34.

Stephenson's Mill

Stephenson's Mill on Otter Creek, 5 miles northeast of Williamsville, has 1 store, 1 grist and 2 saw mills, population about 50. (1874). (--Gazetteer of Missouri, p. 639.)

Taskee Station

This was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

It was located at Section 18, Township 27 N, Range 6 E, on Highway 67, north of 172.

Upalika

It was 7 miles southwest of Williamsville. (--The State of Missouri, in 1904, po. 537.)

It was a post-office in 1924. (--U. S. Postal Guide, 1924.)

Wappapello

Wappapello on the Cape Girardeau Southwestern Railroad, was laid out in June, 1884, by S. R. Kelly. (--History of Southeast Missouri, p. 460.)

It was named for an Indian Chief of the Shawnee Tribe. (--How Mo. Counties, Towns, Streams Were Named, Fifth Article, Eaton, p. 73, from a series in the Missouri Historical Review.)

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Wellsdale

Wellsdale on the St. Francois River at the Cape Girardeau Southwestern Railroad, was laid out in 1887 by Peter F. Wells. (--History of Southeast Missouri, p. 460.)

Wilson's

It was between Chaomia and Taskee Station. (--Evening in Wisconsin Atlas, Edition, Rand, McNally & Co., 1896, p. 48.)

Williamsville

Williamsville was laid out in 1872 by Asa E. Williams. (--History of Southeast Missouri, p. 460.)

It was on the St. L. I. M. & S. R. R., 19 miles south of Piedmont. It had 1 store, 1 hotel and a saw mill. Population about 100, (1874). (--Gazetteer of Missouri, po. 639.)

It is located at Section 20, Township 27 N, Range 5 E, on Highways A & 49.

Zeitonia

Zeitonia was a hamlet in Benton Township ... twenty-two miles northwest of Greenville, on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway. It was laid out in 1872* and was called Gad's Hill. At this place the Jesse James gang robbed an Iron Mountain train in 1872. (--Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, Vol. 6, p. 553.)

See Gad's Hill.

*On the 15th of January, 1874, the Hot Springs Coach, in Arkansas, was halted and the passengers robbed by five men wearing United States Army overcoats. Two weeks later occurred the train robbery on the Iron Mountain R. R., at Gad's Hill (q. v.). (--Encyclopedia of the History of Mo., Vol. 1, p. 374.)

Zeitonia is shown by this name in (The State of Missouri, in 1904, p. 537, and Evening in Wisconsin Edition of Rand, McNally's General Atlas, p. 48.)


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