A history of Jasper County, Missouri
In presenting this volume to the public, the writer begs leave to make the following introductory announcements and explanations.
In gathering the data for the history, a vast amount of interesting matter was collected, and had we utilized it all, a book would have been created twice the size of the one offered. It was thought, therefore, that a more condensed history giving a sufficient number of stories in each of the several periods to correctly represent the habits, manners and customs of the people during each of the epochs and the events which helped to mold the destinies of the county, would be most appreciated by the public. It was difficult at times to determine just which facts to include and which to omit, and some events which we desired to mention at length were omitted because we were unable to secure accurate and complete data for their narration.
The matter for the history has been obtained from the following sources: Personal interviews with old-time citizens of the county; replies to letters addressed to different well informed citizens; scrap books saved by lovers of historic information and the newspaper files that were preserved.
To each and all who have so kindly given us data for the work, we wish to here return our most sincere and heartful thanks. We are especially indebted to the following: To John Nelson, of Carl Junction, for the loan of a file of the Weekly Carthage Banner covering the period of the later sixties^ the seventies and the early eighties; to the Carthage Press and the Joplin Daily News-Herald, whose editors both kindly placed their valuable files at our disposal; to the Joplin Public Library for the loan of the early files of the Daily Herald covering the later seventies and the eighties; to Charles Ebert, of Los Angeles, California, who forwarded to us from the far golden west, a most excellent and (systematically kept scrap book of Webb City and Carterville events which happened during the eighties and early nineties. We found this information invaluable for the reason that the early files of the Webb City and Carterville papers had not been preserved.
There is one feature of our work which is not as complete as we had originally intended it to be, to-wit: the lodge and church chapters. In view of this we deem it proper to make a special explanation relative to these two important parts of the history. The statement briefly made is this: In May, 1911, we mailed out something like fifty letters to the pastors of different churches in the county, asking them to assist the author in collecting the historic material for the church story. To these letters less than one-half replied and not having access to the records, we could not make as complete a church story as we had hoped to do. In like manner, some of the lodges of the county failed to provide us with desired information and mention of them was necessarily abbreviated. However, we did not neglect the important part of the history, but obtained much information regarding the societies that did not respond to our request from the newspapers, mention being made of their several organizations.
We believe that the information herein contained is authentic, — at least, we have used every effort to make it so, and if inaccuracies have crept into the book, it is because we have been misinformed.
Table of Contents
COUNTY TAKING FORM 3
CIVIL AND POLITICAL 14
PIONEER SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES 22
VARIOUS PIONEER EVENTS 31
PRECEDING ACTUAL WARFARE 45
THE WAR IN JASPER COUNTY 51
THE WAR CONTINUED 58
REORGANIZATION OF THE COUNTY 67
OF GENERAL COUNTY MOMENT 77
CARTHAGE HISTORY 83
POLITICS AND RAILROADS 89
EDUCATIONAL MATTERS 96
COUNTY SOCIETIES 109
MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS 115
CARTHAGE IN THE 'SEVENTIES 120
CHURCHES AND SOCIETIES 132
FOUNDING OF JOPLIN 141
JOPLIN IN 1873 165
JOPLIN IN THE MIDDLE 'SEVENTIES 174
IN THE LATER 'SEVENTIES 199
COUNTY POLITICS 225
CITY OF CARTHAGE 233
JOPLIN, CIVIC AND BUSINESS 255
JOPLIN, RELIGIOUS AND SOCIAL 273
MILITARY AND SPECTACULAR 285
WEBB CITY 297
CARTERVILLE and OTHER MATTERS 307
COUNTY AT LARGE 319
MINES AND MINING 336
MILITARY MATTERS 340
CARTHAGE IN THE 'NINETIES 350
LODGE AND SOCIAL EVENTS 356
JOPLIN IN THE 'NINETIES 363
JOPLIN EDUCATIONAL TOPICS 375
SOCIAL, BENEVOLENT AND CHARITABLE 386
MUNICIPAL AND MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS 399
WEBB CITY 415
Newspapers — The Cabterville Bank — Public Schools — Churches — Among the Lodges — Carterville Bands — Carl Junction — Sarcoxie — Oronogo — Asbury 424
GENERAL COUNTY TOPICS 437
MINING AND BANKING 449
OLD-TIMERS FROM EVERYWHERE 455
GENERAL JOPLIN MATTERS 464
EDUCATIONAL AND RELIGIOUS 474
THE NEGRO LYNCHING AND THE RIOT 496
JOPLIN'S FRATERNITIES 503
GENERAL CLUB AND SOCIAL LIFE 522
CITY OF CARTHAGE 533
WEBB CITY AND CARTERVILLE 551
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The history of Jasper county covers five distinct periods of growth — the pioneer period, the county duping the Civil war, the reconstruction days, the reopening of the mines after the war and the subsequent development of the county's resources.
It is full of exciting incidents and is important because it tells a story of progress, and in perpetuating the names and deeds which have helped to mold the destinies of the great middle west, we serve the future generations by holding high the lamp of experience which has guided an active and energetic people along the pathway of success.