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Chariton courier. (Keytesville, Chariton County, Mo.) 1878-current, May 29, 1896, CHARTION COURIER SOUVENIR EDITION, PART III, Image 11

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this department of their buinc s is the post-office and village of
occupies is a neat structure, the above name, which during
20x30 feet in ize and was erect- the past lew years has developed
ed at the time the firm was or- iato a trading point of consider
ganized. When in Xewhall. able magnitude. The town was
don't fail to F. W. Wehrli & established in 1S77, with a grange
Dr. A. J. Darrah & Cc
This firm. o-ni-ed .i the:na,ne-
above named ut-ntlt-min and here, the Methodist Episcopal,
Messrs. Jam C. and Anthony : S 'Uth. The various lines of
J. Koehl. haw liven doabrs in . mercantile enterprises are rcpre
drugs and kindn-d Uu" at this sented here bv several solid
point since J.m'.nre. H55. and
are success rs vt S J. S:imgh
nessy. They ar: pretnr.il to
compound tree.ii.i s .it all
hours of the tav r 11: ; lit. do C.iarit-tn countv. Prominent
business on a cash basis and. among the mercantile concerns
have a lively trade. ; .t" Muselfork. m iv be mention-
Jed the produce, egg and poultry
OL'THRIDOE MILLS j . j-ines of
Is located on the Mussel Fork, six
miles north and one mile west of Key
tesville, and is the trading o:nt and
Kst-omcc for a thickly settled sur
rounding rountrv. The torvn is oaned
Mr. F. J. Ellis.
Who is also it largest merchant,
carrv.n a lare and well assorted
stock of general merchandise in con
nection with which he deals tn country
produce. Mr. Ellis owns a fine farm
of 400 acres, three store bail lings, a
blacksmith shop and the mill at this
oint. He handles cattle anil hogs,
having at the reent writing alout So
head of the former and 100 head of
the latter on hand. He is tostmastcr
at this place. In every sense he is a
live, rustling man and ittpular with all
who know him. He probabiy has
more -business irons in the fire than
any other man in Chariton county.
Dsrrah & Oldham.
This firm. comioscd of Messrs. Dr.
A. J. Darrah and R. S. Oldham,
deals in drugs, groceries, cigars, to
bacco, poultry and eggs, and embark
ed in business here about a year ago.
They compound prescriptions at all
hours, this work being in charge of
Dr. Darrah, who is a registered phar
macist. They have a fair trade w hich
is steadily increasing.
This place has been rightly named,
for the amount of business transacted
here would astonish the uninitiated.
Trade is located in Mussel Fork
township on the banks of the stream
of that name, is alout 12 miles north
and a little cast of KeytesviHc. There
is a good general store and a fine
flouring mill situated here, more a!out
which may be learned in the following
IV. M. Wescott,
Dealer in a general line of dry
goods, staple and fancy groceries,
boots and shoes, cigars, tobacco
and notions, begin business at Trade
June 1 st. 1895, succeeding Summers
Ilrothers. Mr. Wescott is prepared to
order anything not kept in stock, on
short notice, and makes a siecialty of
handling all kinds of country produce.
He is jostmaster at this joint having
been apiointcd to this josition on the
third day of August. 1S95. His deputy
is Miss Cora Ixng. a deserving
young lady. He has had a growing
business and is a most worthy and live
young business man.
Oriental Mills,
The Oriental mills are owned and
successfully operated by Mr. J. Van
Iluskirk. who ha had charge since !
January, iSSi.and are among the lead
ing manufacturing interests of the coun
try. The main mill building is 32x55 feet,
containing three stands of rolls and
all other machinery necessary in the
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manufacture of high gTade flour, all of !
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which has been put in new by Mr.
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an I'.ubkuk since he took charge.
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The engine room covers a ground
plan of 14x20 lect and contains a 35-!
horse power engine anil a 40-hcrsc
I tower loiler. These mills have a
capacity of 35 barrels of flour u.iDcuCi.,...s.8
day, the brands being the -Silver anJ was appointed to the office
Leaf and -Economy." Mr. Van of postmaster in January of the
P.uskirk manufactures meal and feed! Present year. Mrs. Carlstcad
of all kinds and also supplies a large j acts as his deputy. This house
surrounding territory with the products prepared to compound pre
of these mills. scriptions at all hours. Mr.
i Carlstcad has a neat, well con-
Occupying a portion of Mussel-:
fork township, and located upon'
the high ground that forms the
watershed between the Musscl-
fork and the main Chariton river,
hall and was called Pee Dee
until fie post-office was estab
lished, when it took its present
is one church
firms The country surrounding
the place is moderately fertile
and the farms will average with
I i,.m- ,( tntixt other narts of
; Thomas Trow,
Who commenced business at this
point in February of the present
year. Mr. Trow was formerly
in business here, but for a time
was engaged in other pursuit.
For the purpos-; of gathering
in the above mentioned products,
this gentleman keeps constantly
on the road one wagon and at
tim-s tn re aw required. He
han.ll-s. on an average, twelve
casrs of eggs and about three
hundred pounds of chickens per:
wee" the year r.nnd. and a large
amrunt of all other kinds of
poultry and produce including
hidrs. p-rltsand game, which he
ships to Chicago ami New York
markets and for which he pays
the highest market prices in
cash or trade. In addition to the
above, Mr. Trow carries a stock
of dry goods, groceries, hard
ware and tinware, and in all
line, has a thriving patronage.
J. S. Kelso
In Mussclfork leading dealer
111 general merchandise The
stock that he carries includes a
line of dry goods, staple and
fancy groceries, boots and shoes,
hats and caps, plow gear, nails
and light hardware, tinware,
glass and qucensware and seeds.
Mr. Kelso owns 1C0 acres
of fine land, one-fourth of a mile
north of town, and also his store
building at this point He has
been in business here since
March, 1S'K, and has bunt up
and retained a very desirable
vrade, which is due to his square
and honorable dealings with all.
C B. Welch, Sr.
Mr. Welch is one of
Chariton county's wealthy
farmers and for many years was
in the general merchandise busi
ness at Mussclfork, but at the
present writing is not engaged
in this line of trade as he is re
modeling and enlarging his store
building and preparing to resume
business on a larger scale than
ever before. He would sell the
business and building at a reas
onable figure, but in case he does
not he will re-open the same this
coming fall. Mr. Welch owns
6O0 acres of land a short distance
south of Mussclfork, also three
business houses and one dwelling
in the town. He is a thoroughly
reliable business man and courte
ous gentleman, and helps this
souvenir edition for the general
good that it may do, for which
he has the thanks ot the Cou-
U. Lartstead.
Is Musselforks postmaster,
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also the only deaier at this place
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In druffs druggists' sundries,
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patent medicines, toilet articles.
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and tobacco. Mr. Carlstcad locat-
ducted establishment and a renu-
merative trade.
C D Welch.
This gentleman owns and
operates the oldest and largest
blacksmith and repair shop at
this point, having been engaged
in business here for the past fif
teen years. He owns one-half
acre of ground, a good 24x32 foot
dwelling and a shop 18x50 feet.
to which is added another build
ing covering a space of 10x18
feet. Mr. Welch is assisted by
Mr. A. F. Chapman, who is a fine
mechanic. He is jrepared to do
all kinds of blacksmithing, wood
and plow work, horseshoeing a
specialty and new work done to
order, all of which he fully guar
antees. He has a good business,
but owing to the fact that he de
sires to go to farming, he would
sell at reasonable figures. In ad
dition to the above he owns a
fine 20-acre farm, west of town,
and is otherwise in comfortable
J. S. Doughty.
The place to get good square
meals and fine accommodations
all around is tound at the resi
dence of the above named gentle
man, who has been a resident of
Mussclfork for nineteen years,
While this is the only hotel here
and is run as such, it also gives
all the homely comforts so dear
to the traveling man, and every
thing is kept neat and clean and
no trouble is spared to give every
one a cordial welcome and the
right kind of entertainment at
any hour of the day or night.
Mr. Doughty is assisted by his
daughter. Miss Corrie, who has
charge of the domestic arrange
ments, also by his son, Mr. Fred,
who, like his worthy father, is a
most atTable gentleman.
One of the leading trading
points tn Chariton county is
Indian Grove, which is located
about ten miles north of Keytes-land
ville in the northeastern part of
Brunswick township. Its im
mediate surroundings are the
high rolling prairies to the west
ward from the Mussclfork, and
the town itself is pleasantly lo
cated on an elevatoin from which
a grand view can be had in every
direction for many miles.
Indian Grove has a good dis
trict school and the Presbyteri
ans and Catholics have each a
commodious house of worship,
and a good following. The
secret societies are represented
by the Masons, Knights of the
Maccabees, G. A. R. and Sons of
There arc several good bnsi
ncss houses here the following
being among the prominent
O. K. Adams.
Is the oldest established busi
ness man in Indian Grove, having
been here since March, 1SS7.
He carries a large stock of gener
al merchandise, including dry
goods, foot-wear of all kinds,
hardware and harness, wooden,
glass and qucensware and screen
doors. He owns an acre of land
upon which is situated his resi
dence and store building, the lat
ter being a 20x40 foot structure.
Mr. Adams is postmaster at In
dian Grove, the office being locat
ed in his store. He was appointed
in April. His deputy is Mr. L.
Joseph. Mr. Adams has a neat
place of business, a fine stock of
goods and a good trade.
J. L. lilse Co
Arc the only dealers at Indian
Grove in drugs and chemicals.
They also carry a complete stock
of lubricating and linseed oils,
paints and painters supplies,
cigars and tobacco, toilet articles
and cutlery, and arc prepared to
compound prescriptions at any
hour of the day or niht. This
firm has been in business here
since September, ISiW, and
from the first the enterprise has
been a growing success.
C. C. Isle.
Among the business men of
Inbian Grove is C. K. Ifde, suc
cessor to A. Senn, who began
here March 1st of the present
year. He deals in groceries,
glass and queensware, tin, stone
and wooden goods and hard
ware. As far as prices arc con-
cerned he will not be undersold
J -"j uuujtiu luc wuuy. ir.
Isle buys country produce of all
kinds and in all departments has
a good and growing trade. He
owns his own store building
and dwelling and one and a half
acres of land and is otherwise
well fixed. For the right kind of
goods at prices to suit the times,
see Isle,the grocery and hardware
man of Indian Grove.
About sixteen miles northeasi
of Keytesville in the extreme
southern part of Bee Branch
township. Is the thriving village
of Bynuraville, with a population
of about sixty inhabitants.
There is a union church building
here which is used by the Metho
dist Episcopal (South) Baptist,
Presbyterian and Christian de
nominations. Educational facili
ties are afforded by a good school
located a short distance north
west of town. Bynumville is the
trading point for a large scope of
couniry anu mere
is annually an immense amount
of goods handled here by the
mercantile houses.whose sketches
appear below:
IV. P. Davis & to.
The above named company
was the first established mercan
tile concern at Bynumville, Mr.
Davis having been in business at
this point since 1873. The
building in which this firm does
business is owned by Mr. Davis
and is a commodious two-story
frame, 24x42 feet, containing an
elegant and well selected stock
of general merchandise and mil
linery, Mrs. Davis being a prac
tical trimmer. This firm han
dles drugs and medicines also,
compounds prescriptions by
day or nigtit.
In connection
with the above they buy all kinds
of produce, and carry a lull line of
oils and deal in the Buckeye
hatvesting machinery and binder
twine. They have an excellent
Bartholomew Green.
The above named firm, com
posed of Messrs. F. F. Bartholo
mew and C. X. Green, was or
ganized in August, 1892, and
are successors to Brockman &
Bartholomew. They . carry a
full line of general merchandise,
boots and shoes, staple and fancy
groceries, glass and queensware,
lubricating and illuminating
oils, and make all kinds of coun
try produce a specialty. They
employ the services of Mr. Jas. M.
Ramsey, and have a large patron
age, which is due to the fact
that they deal in nothing but
what is first-class in every par
ticular. Dodge A Sullivan.
Dealers in general merchan
dise, carry a full stock of every
thing usually found in a first
class country establishment of
this kind, in addition to which
Mr. Dodge does repairing of
watches and clocks. The mem
bers of the firm are Messrs. F.
E. Dodge and Dennis Sullivan,
Mr. Dodge has been in business
here for the past eleven years,
while the present firm has been
in existence since January, 1S95.
The building that they occupy is
a 24x50 foot structure with a
ware-house to the rear, the whole
being owned by Mr. Dodge, who,
aside from his connection with
the above concern, is Bynuu;
ville's capable postmaster, and is
agent for the celebrated Victor
fire-proof safe, manufactured at
Cincinnati, Ohio. This firm has
a thriving trade, and is thorough-,
ly up-to-date.
E. D. Dodge
is Bynumville's oldest estab
lished and leading mechanic. He
has been located here since 13S2,
having worked at his trade since
1877, coming to this place from
Huntsville, Mo. He owns an
! acre of land in the south part of
town just over the line in Cock
rell township, upon which is situ
ated his residence and shop, the
latter of which he is going to re
build this fall. He employs a
wood-workman during the busy
season. Keeps wagon stock on
hand and does a general line of
blacksmithing, repairing of farm
machinery and vehicles and
makes a snecialtr of hnrrh....
ing. He also re-builds wagons!
and is prepared to order all kinds!
of farming implements and ma-
chineryon short notice. He is
one of Bynumville's worthiest
citizens, an estimable gentleman
and fully deserves the excellent
trade that he is enjoying.
Sumner is situate in Cunning
ham township, in the northwest
portion of Chariton county,at the
junction of the Wabash and the
Chicago,Burlington &Kansas City
railways. It is indeed a thriving
City town with a populationof 750
inhabitants and is duly incorpor
ated, having a board of trustees
and a mayor. Mr. D. M. Brown, an
affable gentleman, is the mayor.
U A a XuJU James Bdkcr anJ
r, . r .... Pnmnn ih( h(V,r.
of aldermen. The religious de
nominations are represented by
organizations of both branches
of the Methodist church, the
Missionary Baptist and the Chris
tian churches. The following
secret societies have organizations
at Sumner:
A. F. and A. M., I. O. O. F., K.
of P., M. W. A., A. O. U. W.
and the G. A. R. Sumner is up
with the times in educational
matters. In 1SS4 there was erect
ed a large brick school-house at
a cost of S6,000 in which there
have been taught public schools
that do credit to the community.
At the present time Prof. R. X.
Linville is the principal of the
school, assisted by three compe
tent teachers. During the last
scholastic year the enrollment of
pupils was about 200. The
course of study is well ar
ranged, and the work done in the
school has reached a high stand
ard of excellence. Sumner's sur
roundings are the level and fertile
second bottom lands of Grand
river, which stretch out in
every direction in scarcely per
ceptable undulations until they
reach the high prairie to the
eastward, or westward to the
heavily timbered sections skirting
Grand river.
The streets are laid out at
right angles. The main busi
ness thoroughfare passes through
the center of the town from east
to west. The Wabash railroad
runs through its western borders
from south to north, while the
Chicago, Burlington & Kansas
City railroad passes from the
northeast to the southwest along
the northern portion of the town.
The larger portion of the busi
ness houses and residences of
Sumner are located south and east
of the tailroads. Many of the
citizens have beautiful and cosy
The shipping facilities here
ner are second to no town of its
size in the state. Its two rail
roads, which furnish direct com
munication with St. Louis and
Chicago, respectively, afford com
petition in freight rates, and
bring this portion of Chariton
into direct intercourse with all
the principal markets and centers
of commercial activity.
The various lines of business
peculiar to an agricultural and
stock-raising community are well
represented in Sumner. The
many advantageous features
herein enumerated heathly lo
cation, good schools and churches,
lively business men in many
lines of trade, and rare market
ing facilities make Sumner a de
sirable place for a home.
The Farmers' Mutual Fire and Light
ning Insurance Co.
This is a new organization,
having been in operation but a
few weeks, but from the first its
success has been pronounced,
there having been written during
the first twenty-one days of its ex
istence policies amounting to S7r,
000. As its name indicates it is
for the mutual insurance of farm
property against loss by fire or
llightning, and while it is a mutu
al company it has features that
are not to be found in any other
similar institutions. The plan
that it has adopted looks to the
after thev occur, and from money
airM,iv rniwt.i f
already collected from the policy
holders. Fifty cents on the one
hundred dollars is charged all
who take out insurance, and this
remains to the credit of
the party until a loss oc
curs, when his proportion of the
loss is taken from it and the
amount so paid to be replaced
by the insured. If there are no
losses the money is to be returned
to the policy holder, at the ex
piration of his policy, or can be
applied to new insurance, as he
chooses. As long as a party has
any money left in the company
he has insurance. To illustrate:
If a party takes out a policy for
one thousand dollars, he deposits
85 with the company. If a loss
occurs, and his pro-rata share o
lt is SI, he is charged with the
dollar, and notified to replace it in
30 days. Should he fail to do this,
and burn out before he had done
so, he would get but SS00 as the
amount, $4 which he has left in
the company insuring but SS00.
But so long as he has any money
left on deposit, he has that pro
portion of insurance. By paying
his assessment in promptly his
full insurance is always in force.
If be wishes to withdraw at any
time, he can do so and take out
his money, less 10 per cent, and
his pro-rata share of the expense
up to time, iieing a mutual
company it i3 like all others, in
that every policy bolder is bound
for the losses, and if some fail to
pay and are not worth it above
exemptions in law, those who are
good must make up the dificien-
company claims over all others
is. it asks and requires that every
member pay in at the time of
taking out a policy, an amount
which will represent his part of
any ordinary loss, and if he
should fail to replace his share of
a loss in 30 days, the liabilty on
his account is decreased propor
tionately by the cutting down of
his policy. By this system the
man who is worth a good sum of
money does not become responsi
ble for a great many who are not
responsible, and very slow to pay
if they ever do, and the policy
holder suffering a loss does not
have to wait indefinitely for his
The policy of this company is
one of the neatest and best used
by any concern of its kind, is de
ed to protect the insurer
. .
as well as the insured and
well worth examination by
contemplating taking out insur
ance. The officials of this com
pany are from the ranks of the
b?st known men in this portion
of the state, and their reputations
guarantee a safe and conserva- .
tive management of tne affairs
of this institution. Newton
Long, the president, is one of
Chariton county's best farmers and
business men, and the vice-president
is Capt. William Smith, one
of Livingston county's wealthiest
citizens. Mr. E. B Kellogg, the
secretary and general manager, is
well-known to the people of Chari
ton county as one of its foremost
financiers, he having filled the
office of county treasurer for nearly
eight years, besides many other re
sponible and important positions.
Any further information that may
be desired regarding the Farmers'
Mutual Fire it Lightning Insurance
company of Sumner, can be
promptly obtained by addressing
this gentleman.
Sumner Exchange Dank.
This institution was established
and incorporated under the state
laws in 1801, with a capital stock
of S10,000, all of which is owned
and controlled by home capitalists
The president of this enterprise is
Mr. G. I. Taylor and its cashier is
Mr. E. B. Kellogg, while Mr.
Alex Kellogg occupies the position
of book-keeper. The house
occupied by this bank is a two-

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