Butler County Missouri


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Butler County Courthouse

by Robert H. Forister

This is a comprehensive history of Butler County, Missouri, as well as a cross-sectional glimpse of small town and rural Americana from 1849 to 1999. The main objective of its publication is to provide a comprehensive source book of information to students, genealogists, and to anyone else who has an interest in the history of Butler County or rural life in the Midwest in general.

From primary and secondary sources, including the files of local newspapers, the reader is taken on a dramatic journey from pre-Columbian times to modern day era: prehistory; the New Madrid earthquake; early exploration and settlement; the Civil War; railroads, steamboats and highways; the Great Depression; War times; weather and natural disasters; Black history; religion; public services; sickness and health; law and order; and many other sections.

Though focused on Butler County, this book will be of interest to readers nationwide as the county becomes a microcosm of Americana with events and developments described in the perspective of the national scene.

Containing thousands of names, it is also of great interest to genealogists.

Table of Contents

Chapter Headings

  • Prehistory
  • Indians
  • Early Exploration and Settlement
  • Rivers and Swamps
  • Wildlife
  • Timber
  • The Civil War
  • Government and Politics
  • Prohibition 1917-1933
  • The Great Depression
  • Wartime
  • Schools and Education
  • Sickness and Health
  • Disasters and Weather
  • Colonies
  • Towns and Villages
  • Railroads
  • Planes and Automobiles
  • Law and Order
  • Life in Poplar Bluff
  • Entertainment and Recreation
  • Black History
  • Public Services
  • The Media
  • Churches
  • Agriculture
  • Business and Industry
  • Culture and Society
  • College
  • Personal Reminiscences
  • Sources
  • About the Author
  • Index

 

List of Maps

  • Major Indian Trails through Butler County
  • Indian Mound Locations in Butler County - 1908
  • Swamps and Lakes of Southeast Missouri circa 1900
  • Butler County Schools - 1858
  • Butler County Schools - 1910
  • Butler County Schools - 1930
  • Towns and Villages of Butler County
  • Map of Neelyville - 1939
  • Map of Broseley - 1927
  • Map of Qulin - 1930
  • Map of Harviell - 1930
  • Map of Fisk - 1930
  • Map of Rombauer - 1930
  • Map of Butler County 1873 - Showing Railroads
  • Butler County Railroads - 1904
  • Townships of Butler County -1983
  • Map of Poplar Bluff - 1931
  • U.S. Post Offices of Butler County
  • Orchards in Butler County - 1913
  • Region of the Author's Boyhood Home in Butler County - 1931

 

List of Tables

  • Butler County Census - 1850
  • Butler County Occupations - 1850
  • Missouri Hunting Seasons - 1909
  • Fur Prices - 1932
  • Poplar Bluff Industries - 1930
  • Land Transactions in South Butler County Lowlands - 1853-1941
  • Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War from Butler County
  • Union Soldiers of the Civil War from Butler County
  • Civil War Pensioners on the Roll in Butler County 1883
  • Butler County Probate Judges - 1870 - 1940
  • Butler County Judges - 1849-1939
  • Butler County Sheriffs - 1849-1938
  • Butler County Representatives - 1850-1940
  • Butler County Representatives - 1941-1994
  • Butler County Vote on 21st Amendment (Repeal Prohibition)
  • Butler County Places of Birth - 1880
  • Butler County Population by Age - 1880
  • Butler County Presidential Vote by Precinct - 1888
  • Butler County Presidential Vote - 1852-1972
  • Butler County Population by Nativity - 1860-1880
  • Butler County Presidential Vote by Precinct - 1896
  • Butler County Party Committees - 1896
  • Butler County Justices of the Peace - 1896
  • Butler County Place Names on Topographic Maps - 1930
  • Elected Officials of Butler County - 1891-1994
  • Butler County Population by Township - 1880-1910
  • Butler County Presidential Vote by Precinct - 1916
  • Butler County Party Committees - 1916
  • Butler County Women's Political Committees - 1920
  • Butler County Presidential Vote - 1928
  • Butler County Township Constables - 1918
  • Butler County Democratic Party Committee - 1932
  • Butler County Republican Party Committee - 1932
  • Butler County Mayors - 1945-1974
  • Butler County Mayors - 1975-1996
  • Butler County Revenue - 1883
  • Butler County Revenue - 1900
  • WPA Projects in Butler County - 1936
  • A Day at the CCC Camp - 1933-1942
  • Wars in Which the U.S. Has Been Engaged
  • Butler County Men Who Served in WWI
  • Butler County School Statistics - 1875
  • Butler County School Statistics - 1885
  • The State of Butler County Schooling - 1858
  • Employers & Scholars at Taylor's Subscription School - 1847
  • Poplar Bluff School Statistics - 1883
  • Poplar Bluff School Statistics - 1890
  • Butler County School Statistics - 1920
  • Butler County Schools - 1910 (Key to Map)
  • Rural Teachers in Butler County - 1909-1910
  • Poplar Bluff School Statistics - 1920-1928
  • Butler County Schools - 1930 (Key to Map)
  • Butler County Births and Deaths - 1920-1925
  • Causes of Death in Butler County - 1925
  • Violent and Accidental Deaths in Poplar Bluff Township - 1933
  • Analysis of Keith Spring Water - 1942
  • Impact on Butler County of the Next Great Earthquake
  • People Killed in the Poplar Bluff Tornado - 1927
  • Summer Temperatures in Poplar Bluff - 1930
  • Spring/Summer Rainfall in Poplar Bluff - 1930
  • Butler County Voting Precincts - 1890 & 1900
  • Butler County Post Offices - 1905
  • Butler County Post Offices - 1935
  • Butler County Towns - 1875
  • Butler County Post Offices - 1804-1981
  • Businesses & Facilities in Neelyville - 1880-1920
  • Populations of Butler County Towns - 1900-1990
  • Places of Business in Ash Hill, Neelyville & Harviell - 1880
  • Butler County Place Names and their Origins
  • Butler County Men in Currently Active Duty in WWI - 1918
  • Qulin Business Directory - 1964
  • Conditions of County Roads Used by Rural Mail Carriers - 1906
  • Miles and Expenditures of County Roads - 1904
  • Missouri Vehicle Registrations - 1912-1928
  • Selected Fines Imposed in Poplar Bluff - 1877-1909
  • Offenses for which Fines were Imposed in Poplar Bluff - 1972
  • Butler County Crimes - 1979
  • Poplar Bluff Population - 1860-1990
  • Food Prices in Poplar Bluff - 1933-1935
  • Poplar Bluff Postmasters - 1850-1963
  • Blacks in the Butler County Census - 1880
  • Student Enrollment in the Morocco School District - 1934
  • Morocco School Enumeration for Blacks - 1934
  • Points of Delivery for Daily American Republic - 1930
  • KWOC Radio Programs - May 19, 1939
  • Poplar Bluff Church Directory - 1893
  • Butler County Town Populations - 1875
  • Butler County Farm Products - 1880
  • Butler County Tobacco Production - 1891
  • Butler County Livestock - 1900
  • Butler County Poultry & Livestock - 1902
  • Butler County Farm Land Figures - 1902
  • Butler County Farm Products - 1902
  • Orchards in Butler County - 1913
  • Butler County Orchard Growers - 1913 (Key to Map)
  • Average Mean Temperature in Poplar Bluff
  • Average Precipitation in Poplar Bluff
  • Butler County Livestock Farms - 1950 & 1960
  • Butler County Yield Per Acre of Cropland - 1950 & 1960
  • Land Use in Butler County - 1910-1960
  • Poplar Bluff Places of Business - 1880
  • Ash Hill Places of Business - 1880
  • Harviell Places of Business - 1880
  • Neelyville Places of Business - 1880
  • Occupation or Work Status of Butler County Residents - 1880
  • Complete Inventory for a General Store - 1872
  • Estate of Rebecca A. Epps - December 4, 1873
  • Estate of P.R. Varner - December 15, 1865
  • Estate of Ignatious Howard - February 1, 1866
  • Estate of W.F. Smith - March 25, 1866
  • Funeral Expenses Charged to Estate of Catherine E. Mays - 1880
  • Poplar Bluff Business Directory - 1924
  • Origin Dates of Eating Places in Poplar Bluff
  • Chief Employers in Poplar Bluff - 1990
  • Spurlock Families Listed in Census Reports - 1850 - 1880
  • Heads of Households near my Grandmother - 1941-1945

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