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January 7, 2023 By: Web Master
Family Burial Grounds Clean Up

MCHS long ago identified 221 burial sites, which fall into three categories: Private (for profit or not-for-profit, such as churches); Public (operated by a local government); and Family. Family burying grounds are usually small and unincorporated. They are often abandoned and in appalling condition, but are sometimes maintained by the family or landowner. The County has no responsibility for their upkeep, except for a few instances where a trust has been created with adequate funding. See RSMO 214.140.

It is so sad to see the abandoned cemeteries and to hear stories about them being “farmed over.” However, here we share a positive story. A small family burial ground was respected by the landowner who fenced off the area to protect it from cattle. Descendants became aware of the poor condition and one family cleaned up the grounds at their own expense. They continue to mow it with the help of their grandsons. Before and after pictures are included here. “Wet & Forget made the headstones look almost new. You just spray it on and after several months it kills the black moldy stuff.”
 
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January 7, 2023 By: Web Master
Missouri Digital Newspaper Project

The State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to present a growing collection of digitized historic newspapers. These images are freely available to the public and are keyword-searchable.

Focused on merging meaningful historic content with innovative modern technology, newspapers in our collection are digitized to National Digital Newspaper Program specifications. Many of Missouri’s digital newspapers are also available through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America site, which ultimately aims to include newspaper pages from all states and U.S. territories in its collection. 

January 2, 2023 By: Web Master
One Room School Houses Reminiscences
Until public school consolidation in 1955, Montgomery County had 80 school districts, most of which consisted of one-room school houses. District 1 (Pine Knot) was in the northwest corner and District 80 (Best Bottom) was at the southern-most point of the County. Each district had a school at one time or another, and seven had high schools. Consolidation allowed for a more consistent education, equitable resources and increased salaries for teachers. It was, however an end of an era of “closeness and awareness of one’s neighbors that no longer exists.”
 
In 1974, the Montgomery County Extension Homemakers Association collected stories from teachers and students of the one room school house era. A 432 page hand typed book Reminiscences of The one-room District Schools documents various facts and valuable memories. A volunteer skimmed the book and summarized some of the common themes. Also included is the book’s Table of Contents and a list of the 80 district names. Click here.

July 2, 2022 By: Web Master
Search Missouri State Judicial Records
The Missouri's Judicial Records database can be searched by name. Historic court records Judicial logooffer tremendous insight into the daily lives of the past. Probate files offer insight into lives and relationships through wills, inventories, settlements, and even debts and credits. Guardianships reveal details about a minor’s education, what they wore and ate and even apprenticeship information.
 
In an era when reputation was the basis for social standing, the only legal recourse was litigation. The opportunities for research into social history, commerce, freedom, architecture and other topics are tremendous. Missouri’s circuit courts heard cases dealing with everything from fur trade to the Civil War, steamboats to railroads and agriculture to urbanization.
 
The Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Database provides an index and abstract of the criminal and civil court cases that were appealed to the territorial Superior Court and state Supreme Court of Missouri up to 1874, and a partial listing of cases to 1889. Digital images are available for some case files dating from 1821 through 1865.
 
For a better understanding of our States judicial system, click here.
April 7, 2022 By: Web Master
Where is Daniel Boone Buried?
 
Marker in Frankfort Cemetery, source find-a-grave
Everyone agrees that frontier hero Daniel Boone died at his son’s home near Defiance, Missouri in 1820. Everyone agrees he was buried about fourteen miles west of Marthasville in the Bryan Family Cemetery near the grave of his beloved wife Rebecca. He was so particular about being buried here that he told friends that if he died away from home, he wanted them to bring his remains to this spot on a hill near Terque Creek. That, however, is where the story gets confusing. The people of Marthasville say he still lies in Missouri soil, his home for the last twenty years of his life. The people of Frankfort, Kentucky, will tell you that in 1845 the remains of Daniel and Rebecca were exhumed and reburied at the Frankfort Cemetery on a scenic spot overlooking the Kentucky River. So what is the true story–where is Daniel Boone buried? 
February 12, 2022 By: Web Master
Seats of County Government
There were several seats of governance in our County and the choice of location became quite contentious (and litigious) in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A timeline of the County Seat Removal Conflict is found here. Period newspaper articles describing fires, the loss records, Court rulings, etc. are found hereThank you to a volunteer for sharing them!
  • Pinckney (1818 – 1826) on the Missouri River in (now) Warren County proved to be an inconvenient location for residents in the upper portion of the County. The first courts (county and circuit) were held in a log cabin three miles east of Pinckney, in the dooryard of Benjamin Sharp, the first clerk. The first judges of the County Court were Isaac Clark, Moses Summers and John Wyatt.
  • Lewiston (1826 – 1834) on the Boone's Lick Road west of what is now High Hill, near the [then] geographic center of the County. The town no longer exists.
  • Danville (1834 – 1925), after the organization of Warren County. Fires in 1864 and 1901 destroyed many county records.
  • Montgomery City (1925 – present) residents built a new Courthouse in 1890 where sessions took place, despite it not being the official county seat until 1925. The current building was completed in 1954.