Volume 3, Number 8
(continued from Spring Quarterly 1968-1969)
Ponce De Leon was founded in the early 80's as a health resort, taking its name from the historic Ponce de Leon's "Fountain of Youth" Spring.
The town is surrounded by a hilly country. The soil is rich and fertile, conducive to the growth of all kinds of native fruits, and vegetables, grains, and grasses. Its blue grass pastures are among the best to be found in the state. Dairy farming and poultry raising are among the leading industries of our citizens. We have two established churches, a good graded school, and a high school is to be put into operation this fall.
The town is noted as a trade center for poultry, cream and farm products, the merchants paying the highest prices that the market affords. The amount paid by our merchants for cream, eggs, and poultry etc., to the farmers the past twelve months has run above $50,000.00.
We have numerous springs of pure soft water bubling from the hillsides. Many cures of various skin and bladder diseases have been attributed to the use of the water from these springs.
Our people are hospitable, industrious, and offer the glad handshake to the new comer who would desire to locate here and contribute to the making of better homes, churches, schools, and higher level of society. Our business firms are as follows:
Bank of Ponce de Leon: Dr. J. H. Wade, president; G. W. Hendricks, cashier; Roy Vineyard, Wm. Cox, and Sidney Magers, directors. Willard Solomon, General Merchandise and Filling Station. J. A. Edwards, General Merchandise and Filling Station. Elmer Cox, Groceries and Provisions. Thomas Solomon, Blacksmith. Holland Dennis, black smith. F. I. Mease, Canning Factory. Raymond Mabe, Garage.
by Frank Douglas
Cape Fair is located in Stone County, Mo., 12 miles southwest of Galena, the county seat of Stone County and 16 miles southeast of Crane, Mo. It is located 1/4 mile off Highway No. 44, the connecting link between Cassville, Mo., the county seat of Barry County, and Galena, the county seat of Stone County.
Cape Fair is located at the head of the famous Horse Shoe Bend, in the James River. One can start floating from Cape Fair in the morning at sunrise, continue down the river until 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and land at Jackson Hollow, a distance of some thirty miles, and walk back to the place of departure in one hour - a distance of less than four miles.
Cape Fair is a village of about one hundred inhabitants. A list of business enterprises consist of the following:
Cape Fair Mercantile, General Merchandise. L. F. Bowman, General Merchandise. J. O. Carr, Garage. John Melton, Garage. Jim Essary, General Blacksmithing. Uel Bennett, Hotel. O. G. Douglas Jr., Postmaster. E. R. Morrison, Canning Factory. J. O. Carr, mail carrier on Star Route. Joseph H. Jones, Mail Carrier on Route One.
Cape Fair has two tourist camps, Bear Den Camp, managed by Bert Blair (Write for literature and rates - Galena Mo., Rt. 3, or Cape Fair Mo.) Pittsburg Lodge, managed by G. O. Packwood. (Write for rates at Cape Fair, Mo.)
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