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This map of the immediate Blue Mound vicinity shows the location
of residents and other features that were there in the mid 1920s. The original
map was prepared by Donald Barnes in 2000. It was adopted for the Internet by Joe G.
Dillard and Janiece Linneman.
Click on the symbol/number on the map for more information about it.
Legend for map:
McKerrow - William R (1881 - 1951) and Emma E. (1882 - 1974) lived
here with there 10 children: Marvin, Merl, Buel, Marie, Alta, Eunice,
Lola, Kenneth (1911 - 1965), Gale, and Lena. Betty McKerrow (Buel McKerrow
was her first Husband) McCort said, in a June 2003 email, “About the
little bitty house in Blue mound, you will probably be surprised to know ,
that all of Buel’s family lived there, 10 children and 2 adults. He used
to say when all the folding beds were made out at night, it was wall to
wall beds. you can just imagine. His parents slept in the kitchen in the
wintertime, and moved their bed on the back porch in the summer time. Most
of the boys slept outside in the summer.”
Howard Brown told me in an April 2003 interview that the McKerrow’s had a
year-round spring and during real dry years people would come from miles
around to get water from it.
- L. Elmer (1887 - 1961) and Lydia M. (1892 - 1947) lived here
with there children: Willis, Harold R. (1914 - 1934), Lloyd and Ray.
Elmer and Everett (Everett Haynes: 31 Aug 1896 - 14 Oct 1978) jointly
owned a steam engine and threshing machine and he did all the threshing in
the area. The threshing machine man always got paid, but the neighbors
just exchanged work as they went from one farm to another. Elmer only had
one arm, the other one had been cut off. (Elmer’s Granddaughter, Charlotte
Condron, confirmed that Elmer had his left arm cut off in a fodder
chopper. Also John Dillard, my Brother, remembered how Elmer used to roll
his own cigarettes by putting the bag of tobacco in the crook of the cut
off arm and opening the string with his good arm, shaking out the right
amount of tobacco into the paper which he held in his good hand, and
rolling it up into a cigarette with just the one hand!)
3.Haynes - Everett (31 Aug 1896 - 14 Oct 1978)and Marie (Mar 18 1896 -
Dec 16 1974) lived here. Children? My Brother (John Dillard and I mowed
their yard in the late 40s and early 50s.)
4.Barnes - Lewis C. (May 22 1870 - Jan 14 1931) and Anna M (Aug 19 1877
- Sep 26 1929) lived here. Children?
5.Thomas - Donald Barnes related in an interview in 2000 that, “There
was a large family of Thomases. They lived in lived in a little old house
just South of Blue Mound. They must have had 6 or 8 kids. The oldest one -
reason that I remember the exact year - and where he got the money I don’t
have any idea - but he had a 29 Model A Roadster. It was yellow with black
fenders. And I can still see him going up and down that road with the dust
just flying! I was envious and jealous!”
Howard Brown in an interview in April of 2003 also had a story about the
Thomases. “The old lady Thomas used to live down there were Edwin Haynes
lived on the east side of the road. Her Husband died quite awhile ago. At
one time she was going to sue my Dad. Her dog got into our sheep. My Uncle
Charley (1878-1961) was there (my Dad’s Brother) and all he did was hunt
and work for farmers. I was gone that day. We had sheep in a pasture just
south of the house. The wolves had been getting into them so we were
keeping them in that 5 acres in front of the house. So old Charley saw
this dog going after a sheep and he picked up his rifle and shot him dead.
He was a very good shot. So, Mrs. Thomas said she was going to sue my Dad.
When Dad got home and found that the dog had wool in its teeth, that was
the end of that”.
This later was the residence of Edwin and ??? Haynes. They lived there
with their Daughter Charlotte and ???? M. M. Green started a rock quarry
on this property in 1950. Charlotte was 5 years old at the time. Charlotte
told me that she used to follow me and my Brother around while we mowed
their yard in the late 40s and early 50s.
6.Mossbarger - Lewis (L.E. Mossbarger: 28 Sep 1868 - 05 Apr 1930) and
his wife, Rettie (Rettie McAlear Mossbarger: 16 Sep 1872 - 18 May 1926),
lived here just South of the Mount Hope Church. According to Donald Barnes
in an interview in 2000, Mr. Mossbarger owned a Franklin car. It had an
air cooled engine and he was pretty sure that Lewis didn’t know how to
Lewis was found dead in their well. It was after his wife Rettie died. She
was the head of the family. (Reva Maberry said, “...she had heard that the
reason he drowned was because Rettie wasn’t there to tell him to get
out!”) No one ever knew what happened for sure. They say he had grabbing
hooks trying to retrieve the water bucket down there and he had lost the
Ina Cameron in an interview in 2000 related the following: “My Great Aunt
Rettie McAlear married Lewis Mossbarger in 1910, the same year that my
folks married (John and Lilie Jenkins). Uncle Lewis I called him. He came
from Ludlow where he worked for some farmers and then he got up around
Blue Mound and met my Aunt Rettie. Lewis died in the well. It was after
Rettie died She was the head of the family. They had no children and there
were four of us. My Sister, myself and Mervyn Jenkins and his Sister
Leola. The Lewis’ had no children, so they just adopted us as their
children. When other kids would go to their grandparents, I would go to
their house cause I didn’t have Grandparents then. I never did have any.
So, before she died, they had planned to leave what they had to the four
of us, which was very nominal, just that little 80 acres. It was probably
40 then unless they had bought some more. I don’t know, I was in high
school then. He came down one Sunday and Lewis said that he had gone to
Chillicothe to talk to Mr. Weatherby, a lawyer, about making a will to
leave it to the four of us. And Mr. Weatherby said, “I am just too busy
today come back next Saturday. And next Saturday is when they found him
down in the well!
So his land went to the Kitteridges of Chillicothe. They were just distant
relatives. So was there an accident? I don’t know. They say he had
grabbing hooks. He had a bucket down there and he had lost the rope. And,
of course living alone and there was no one there to help him out. He had
bought a car, but he had never driven a car. Somebody was going to drive
him to Chillicothe that day. That is when he had an appointment with Mr.
Several families lived here afterwards, but Leroy Linscott was the last
owner of this property before the rock quarry moved to this site.
Barnes - Dan and his wife (?) lived here and supposedly had a store
here at one time.
Abandon Building Supposedly was once a post office. It may have also
used as a telephone office. Ina Cameron told me an interview in 2003 that
Carrie McAlear worked at the telephone cental office which was housed in a
small building just south of Blue Mound School. That would have been this
building. She said that it was just across the road from the McAlear place
(House 6)and up a little bit closer to the school. Ina said it was just a
small building but that it may have had several rooms in it. No one lived
there, but they may have at one time. This building was gone by the time
we moved to Blue Mound in 1945.
9.Mount Hope Church
J. M. Hoyt (1 - p 31) stated, “They decided that a
church would be in order, so they began to try to raise funds for that
purpose. Up to that time they had been holding services in the
schoolhouse, but the schoolhouse (most likely the old Burner School) had
been blown away by a tremendous storm (most likely the Great Tornado of
1883) so they raised some money and turned it over to a minister, I think
his name was Jamison. When they got about enough to start building,
Jamison disappeared, so they had to do it over, but it was finally built.”
The Mount Hope Christian Church covenant was adopted on October 16, 1884.
On March 11, 1893, a deed for ground to build the Mount Hope Church from
Charles and Margaret McAlear to B. F. Knox, H. N. Knox and John Burton
(Trustees for the Christen Church at Blue Mound, Missouri) dated November
25, 1885 was filed for record (by S. J. Hoge, Recorder) and witnessed by
J. D. Evans, Justice of Peace, Blue Mound, Missouri. The church was built
The name Mount Hope was originated by Leora Berkshire and Hattie McGill.
H.N. Knox was the first Superintendent of Sunday School, with membership
at 60. E. N. Ware was the first preacher. It seems that a problem was
brewing over the organ in the church. There was a meeting called on
October 2, 1905 for the purpose of uniting all Christian people at Blue
Mound into one body. I think that the meeting failed as there was another
church built which had been gone for many years.
10. Blue Mound School The 1896 Livingston County Atlas shows this school
at its present location - on the east side of the north/south road (Route
Z) and on the south side of the east/west road (no designation?). The
front of the building (28 feet by 31 feet) faced west with six windows on
the north and four windows on the south. There was an anteroom on the
west, with one window on the west and a door that opened to the south. A
dug well with a pump was just a few feet south of the entrance. There was
a “coal shed” just a south of the well. The school also had a flag pole.
After the school closed in the spring of 1957, it was purchased by Mr.
Clarence Christmas (1883 - 1958) and converted into a home. Mr. Christmas
was struck by an automobile and killed about a year later while he was
crossing the road after leaving church. The Reverend and Mrs. James W.
Porter (1916 -1997) purchased the building from Mr. Christmas’s daughter
(Mrs. Zullig). They converted the building by making the anteroom into a
bathroom and changed the entrance to the south side. They also ran a dog
kennel at his location for many years. Reverend Porter passed away and
Estella A. Porter (1917 - 2000) sold the property in 1998/99 to the
Green’s (early owners of the Blue Mound rock quarry). Stella died in 2000.
At this time the building is owned by Hunt Midwest Mining, a Division of
Hunt Enterprises (which includes the Kansas City Chiefs), and is used as a
lab for rock inspection and storage.
- Add(?) and his wife (?) lived here. According to Donald
Barnes in an interview in 2000, “Add’s” property joined the school house
property to the east. He also had a grinding mill just to the east of the
house he lived in. The mill was not very big and was housed in a building
built out of rough, unfinished lumber. He would grind feed for the
neighbors using an International “one lung” gas powered motor for power.
He would climb up on the spokes of the 6 foot fly wheel and then jump off
when his weight brought the wheel down. With a few sputters, the motor
would take off and the grinding would begin”. Dick Maberry showed me his
thumb which had a hunk removed by this mill when he was a young boy. (The
mill was gone when we moved to Blue Mound io 1945. Just a few of the
timbers that made up the building remained.)
12. Fleshman Mill
This was Add Fleshman’s grinding mill (just east of the
house he lived in). According to Donald Barnes in an interview in 2000,
“Add’s” property joined the school house property to the east. He also had
a grinding mill just to the east of the house he lived in. The mill was
not very big and was housed in a building built out of rough, unfinished
lumber. He would grind feed for the neighbors using an International “one
lung” gas powered motor for power. He would climb up on the spokes of the
6 foot fly wheel and then jump off when his weight brought the wheel down.
With a few sputters, the motor would take off and the grinding would
begin”. Dick Maberry showed me his thumb which had a hunk removed by this
mill when he was a young boy. (The mill was gone when we moved to Blue
Mound io 1945. Just a few of the timbers that made up the building
13. Knox - John L. (1895 - 1921) and Amy Jane Knox (26 Oct 1859 - 08 Jun
1933) lived here.
14.Abandon Church This was a Church of Christ which was built in the
early 1900s. It was abandon and supposedly was used as a store for awhile.
This second church in Blue Mound was located about a half mile east of the
four corners on the south side of LIV 430 as you are going east. There was
no indication of a building at that site when we moved to Blue Mound in
1945. It was not shown on the 1878 nor 1896 Plat Maps, but did appear on
the 1917 Plat Map.
Johnny Hoyt had this to say about that church on Page 32
“It seems that a problem was brewing over the organ in the church. There
was a meeting called on October 2, 1905 for the purpose of uniting all
Christian people at Blue Mound into one body. I think that the meeting
failed as there was another church built which had been gone for many
Lori Olson transcribed the following from the original Warranty Deed filed
Oct 25, 1907 at Chillicothe, Missouri.
“This indenture, made on the 8th day of October, 1907, by and between R.
L. Knox and Sarah A. Knox, his wife, of Livingston County, Missouri,
parties of the first part and John Perry, John W. Sullivan and Huston
Carr, Trustees of the Church of Christ of Blue Mound for the use of said
Church. of the county of Livingston in the State of Missouri parties of
the second part:
Witnesseth, that the said parties of the first part, in consideration of
the sum of $1.00 to them paid by the said parties of the second part;
their successors and assigns, the following lots, tracts or parcels of
land lying, being situate in the County of Livingston and State of
Missouri to wit: All of one half acre of ground described as follows:
Beginning 12 rods west of the Northeast corner of Section Thirty five
(35). Township Fifty six (56) of Range Twenty four (24), for a place of
beginning, thence South Eight (8) rods: thence West Ten (10) rods, thence
North Eight (8) rods, thence East Ten (10) rods to the place of beginning.
To have and to hold for the use of said Church of Christ, and upon the
express conditions that no organ or other musical instrument be used or
kept; and that no fair, festival or other practices, unauthorized in the
New Testament, be held, had or conducted in, upon or about said premises,
conduct, acts or unauthorized practices are committed or performed in,
upon or about such said premises, or any organ or musical instrument be
introduced into any house or edifice erected on said premises, then said
premises to become the property of such persons or person of said Church
of Christ who may be opposed to the organ or other musical instruments,
festivals or other things, hereinbefore named, being used in said edifice
or house erected on said lot or parcel of ground.
Signed: R. L. Knox Sr. Sarah A. Knox”
You will note that there is some pretty specific language (I put in bold)
in the warranty deed about organ music or for that matter musical
instruments of any kind. Perhaps I am putting two and two together and
coming up with five, but could it be that the Church of Christ came about
because of that argument in the congregation of Mount Hope over the use of
an organ? If you know the rest of the story, please share it with us.
Rattle Snake Hill
- Rattle Snake Hill is no more. In the early 40s
the road going east from the Blue Mound corner (now LV 430) was mostly a
straight shot east until you got just past the John Perry place; then the
road not only went down a pretty sharp hill, but it also went into an "s"
curve. I don’t know when this hill got its name, but supposedly it was
from all of the rattle snakes the early settlers found in the area.
M. M. Green rebuilt this road in the early 60s. Rattle Snake Hill was
closed and the road straightened and moved to the north.
Rattle Snake Hill is where I got the scar on my chin. The story goes like
this. It was winter and we had been having great fun sliding down this
hill. We would pick up great speed going down. So much speed that we
really couldn't make the sharp curves without caroming off the row of
gravel that the road grader left at the edge off the road each time it was
graded. Then came the fateful day when we not only had snow on the road,
but also several inches of ice. With the ice our sleds flew even faster,
and the last curve was even harder to negotiate. On one particularly fast
run (I was per usual behind my brother), I hit the gravel row of gravel
full speed. The big difference this time from all the others is that I did
not carom off the gravel and proceed on down the hill, but instead shot up
over the gravel and came down in a deep grader ditch that had some sharp
tree stumps left from a ditch cleaning the previous summer.
It was well below zero that Sunday morning. And, my face was so cold that
I did not even sense the immediate pain. I did notice about three or four
drops of blood on the ice and snow. John had already negotiated the run
and had started to walk back for another run. When he got to where I was
climbing up out of the ditch, I knew that I must be hurt pretty bad
because he offered to pull me home on his sled. You got to be kidding! In
Real Life he would not only never offer to do something like this (unless
he was trying to pull another one of his cruel jokes on me) he would just
not have ever done it.
Therefore, when he offered to pull me home, I figured I must be mortally
wounded (maybe even near death!). This suspicion was confirmed when we got
home and my Mother took one look at me and almost fainted. My mom was one
fairly tough cookie, so when she looked faint, I thought "oh poop, I don't
even want to look either - and I didn't - I never saw that sucker until it
was completely healed some months later". I had on a fairly substantial
parka that day because of the intense cold and later remember my Mother,
Father and Brother talking about the blood icicles that had formed between
the cut and the collar of that parka - not a pretty sight I'm sure.
Now what were we to do? We are 12 miles from town (Chillicothe). It is
fairly early on Sunday morning. The road is a veritable sheet of ice. It
is unbearably cold. And, to top it all off, our car (a 1937 Chevy) wont
start! Enter, my cousin, Ocal Berry, who had recently moved back from
I don't remember whether it was John or my Father who went over to get
Ocal. (He lived in the first house on the east as you go north from the
four corners.) It was so slick that he fell twice getting over to our
place. (I assume that his car wouldn't start either.) Ocal was a pretty
good mechanic and finally got our car started, but something was wrong
with the transmission, and we had to drive all the way to Chillicothe in
low gear! I thought that we would never get there! I remember that Mother
had wrapped a couple of towels around my neck to keep the blood from
I guess that we had called the doctor in advance. As I recall, he met us
at his office, or actually at the drug store downstairs from his office.
He had a key for the front door of the drug store and went there before he
took me upstairs to his office, an experience that is hard to forget.
Surprise number on was the pint of whiskey he got while he was in the drug
store. He begin to nip on it right away. In retrospect I don't blame him.
I don't imagine that I would be too happy facing some bloody little kid
early on Sunday after seeing patients all week long (including Saturdays -
I ought to know since I went almost every Saturday for a year or so). He
was good enough to offer me a pull on the bottle, but I declined. What a
fool I was, especially when the first procedure he performed was to deaden
my face with shots. It would have been infinitely better to have taken at
least on liquid shot before getting all those shots with a needle in the
area surrounding the cut. He must have given me at least 6 or 7 shots.
After each one, he would wait a little while, take another pull from the
pint and then ask me, "Does it still hurt son?". Finally, I said no, and
we went on to the next procedure which was to sew up the cut. Eight
stitches as I recall. I didn't do much feel the needle go through the
flesh as I felt the skin bunch up as he pulled the stitch up tight. Almost
makes your skin crawl just to think about it doesn't it?
Well, he finally got it sewed up, bandaged up and got me out of there,
just about the time he finished the pint. Perhaps he gauged the size of
the bottle he needed by the length of the cut. I don't remember how long I
wore that bandage, but it seemed like forever. I recall missing school a
couple of days because I had to come to the doctor which meant I had to
come in with my Mother at 7 or 7:30 a.m. and stay all day (remember my Dad
did not drive and we only had one car anyway). So, after all the bandages
had been removed, I finally ventured a look. What a rough line. You know
as well as I do that with the skill levels and techniques in existence
today that scar would only be a very thin line. But what the hey, he got
it fixed and I hardly ever notice it.
16.Mead - According to Reva and Ralph Condron n a 2003 interview this
was the old Matt Mead house. He and his Wife, Mozine Simmons Mead, didn’t
have any children, but “Donk” Simmons who lived there later had a bunch of
kids. They finally moved off to Oregon. Reva has a picture, taken in 1982,
showing the back side of the Mead house. It once had walnut woodwork which
poachers got to stealing. I’m not sure if anything is left at this time.
My brother, Walter, owns it now. There used to be a lane going up to it
over the hill from the bottom of Rattle Snake Hill.
17.Knox - Don’t know which ones?
- John M. (1877 - 9175) and Jennie A. Hoyt(1879 -1951) lived
here with their with there three Sons, Lee (20 Sep 1903 - 30 Sep 1909),
Ray, and Bill (29 Mar 1919 - 07 Feb 1999). You can read all about the Hoyts’ by clicking on http://www.livcolibrary.org/ and scrolling down to
the place labeled. “Read about Livingston County People”.
19.Owens - Dave and ?? Owens lived here. Reva: Yes. Dave Owens lived on
the hill, north side of the road (rattlesnake hill). According to Reva and
Ralph Condron the house had pilings on one end to hold it up. They also
said that Dave raised tobacco down on the flat near the creek. They often
saw him picking off worms off of the tobacco. They also saw him burning
brush on that piece of land so that the ashes would help nourish the
Dave’s Son, Joe Owens, ran the garage in Blue Mound for awhile. Joe
married Opal Brown, but was later divorced. Joe moved to Chadron,
Nebraska, married again and is buried there. Opal married Ray Marlin. She
died in 1970 and is buried next to John and Ida Brown in the Blue Mound
Cemetery along with her Son Dale Marlin.
20.Perry - John C. (22 Nov 1874 - 1 Jun 1955) and Mary E. (24 Aug 1877 -
28 Jan 1933) lived here with their four children: Rolla J. (Aug 1899 - Apr
1966), Ruby (09 Sep 1903 - 09 Jan 1988) Reva, and Bacil (24 Jun 1911 - 29
Apr 1985). The rock quarry moved to this site in 1957 and it no longer
Later the owners of the rock quarry (M. M. Green) reclaimed some of this
property and in 1997 Green sold 12 acres to Rick McCracken. He and his
Wife built a home just east of where the Perry house used to be.
21.Davis - William (20 Oct 1863 - 27 Jan 1932) and Leila (13 Sep 1877 -
21 Apr 1961) lived here. This house was last owned by Bill Hughes before
it was sold to the owners of the rock quarry.
22.Tucker - No info on the Tuckers. Bob and Addie Dillard lived here in
the 40s and 50s. Then Warner Bachman bought it and sold it to the owners
of the rock quarry. The house was rented for a few years before it was
23.Store - This store was run by various people but includes Charley
Brown (1878 -1961) and Charley (Charles T.) Hoyt (1873 - 1935). Visit our
Businesses page for more information.
24.Garage - This was a garage run by various people. One of them
according to Howard Brown in an interview in 2003 was Joe Owens. Donald
Barnes told me in an interview in 2000 that he was one of the crew that
put a buggy up on top of the repair shop. They took the buggy apart,
carried it up to the roof, and then reassembled it. Of course they had to
reverse the procedure to get it back down.
25.Sperry - Del (1875 - 1959) and Mary C. (1883 - 1956) lived here with
their five children: Hollis, Claudie E. (1905 - 1923), Clyde, Ivan, Paul
and Cecil. The Sperry’s ran the telephone office (known as the Central)
out of their home. Sperry Home and Telephone “Central” Office.
See our Photos page for pictures.
Donald Barnes in a 2000 interview, “A mystery happened when Cecil Sperry
disappeared. There wasn’t any trace of her. She was a pretty little girl.
Somebody took off with her.” Donald also told me that the reason that Claudie died so young was because of an accident. He and Del, who was part
Indian, were cutting corn and Claudie cut himself real bad on the leg with
a corn knife. Del grabbed a chicken out of the yard and cut it in two and
wrapped that on his leg, but Claude got blood poisoning and died. Claude
who was only 18 was still at home at that time.
26.Brown - John Arthur (16 Jan 1872 - 15 Nov 1953) and Ida Bell (11 Dec
1872 - 17 Jun 1961) lived her with their seven children: Rex (15 Jan 1907
- 24 Oct 1988), Ralph, Ruth, Howard, Eva, Opal (1897 - 1969), and Mary
Other families that lived here, in somewhat chronological order, were
Shattos, Gibsons, Irelands and then the rock quarry moved in. Jerry and
Charlotte Condron rented the house for 5 years from 1966 - 1971. Jerry
Condron operated a dozer for Green’s and dozed the house down in 1975.
27.Burton? - Burton, Amos?
28.McCullough - Fred B. (1900 - 1998) and Blanche M. (1907 -1992) lived
29.McCullough Hill - Donald Barnes in an interview told me about he
following event that occurred near this hill which was just north of Blue
Mound before you got to Baxter Hill. It involved him and Herschel
McCracken (one of Harley McCracken’s boys). “It all got started with the
Blue Mound Hill (not Baxter Hill) just North of Blue Mound crossroads.
Just before you get to where Mrs. Hughes used to live on the East side of
the road up on top of the hill. McCulloughs (Fred B. McCullough: 1900-1998
and Blanche M McCullough: 1907-1992) used to live there, too. It was what
we called the Blue Mound Hill and it was a pretty steep with rock ledges
in it. After a rain it would wash out to where it would be a little
incline straight up and down. We had a heck of time with it until we got
Harley McCracken to do some dynamite work in there. It was actually called
the McCullough Hill . And anyway after the dynamite was all shot off,
Herschel and I got out there picking up wire and we picked up a cap (used
to set off the dynamite) too. We took it down to where we lived, down at
the farm and put it on a piece of iron and Herschel got a hammer and hit
it and it blew one of his fingers off! That is how crazy we were.”
30.???? - John and Marie??
- Jake(Jacob) E. (07 Jul 1867 - 26 Jun 1938) and Hattie McGill
(21 Jan 1868 - 10 Aug 1959) lived here with their children Victor and Neal
N. (28 Dec 1904 - 23 Feb 1981).
32.Barnes - Daniel Parker Barnes (1877 - ????) and Mary Elizabeth Groszinger Barnes (1881 - ????) lived here with their children Grace,
Audrey, Doraylld, Jerald D. Barnes (1920 - 1996) and Donald.
Daniel bought this 160 acre farm just North of Blue Mound near the
entrance to the cemetery. There was 40 acres on the east side and 120 on
the west. It was rocky, but they still made a living. They mostly raised
crops and livestock and always had 10 or 12 milk cows and some sheep and
pigs. The farmers pretty much raised corn, oats and soybeans. They didn’t
have much wheat, but always raised oats to feed the horses and chickens.
The Barnes’ also raised cane. They would strip it, bundle it and haul it
in a wagon to the corner to Del Sperry. He had a sorghum mill and would
squeeze out the juice and boiled down into sorghum.
When they first moved in there was an offset in the road in front of our
house. They straightened it out before they left Blue Mound. It use to go
right in front of their old house there. Daniel gave them the land to
straighten it out. It made a good short cut. The offset actually went
around an old pond there which Daniel had dug with a slip and two horses.
(You can still see where it was today although it is filled in with silt.)
33.Cemetery - This is the Blue Mound Cemetery. Supposedly it started out
as the Burner Cemetery and someone even suggested that the two cemeteries
were separated by the road that used to run through the middle. All of
this has not been verified to date. For a listing of those buried in the
cemetery or a CD that contains all the names and photos of the tombstones,
please click on the following blue highlighted material:
34.A Well - This is the location of a well that was dug by Donald Barnes
and his Dad in the early 30s.
- Donald Barnes told me in an interview in 2000, that,
“There was an old bachelor, I don’t remember his name, that lived over
West of the Cemetery. Mom used to make bread and take it to him. He was
just an old bachelor that lived over there by himself”.
36.Barnes - Alford and Lottie lived here with their children Albert,
Dale, Lloyd, and Clarence.
37.Hooten - Tom and Olie?? lived here with their children Marion (17 Mar
1916 - 07 Jan 1990), Martha and Merle.
- Frank A.(12 Aug 1891 - 07 Dec 1955) and ??? lived here with
their children Howard, Iris and Elton.
39.McCracken - Harley R. (12 Oct 1893 - 29 Mar 1994) and ??? lived here
with their Son Herschel. Harley was a good dynamite man according to
Donald Barnes in a 2000 interview. “He was using dynamite to break up
rocks on the McCullough Hill in 1927. I was watching him when the Graph
Zeppelin flew over. Zeppelin Commander Willy had relatives in Chillicothe
and so he flew over Chillicothe. Later, one of Harley’s Sons, I believe it
was Herschel, and I picked up some dynamite caps and went into our garage
and was using a hammer to explode them. He had a real damaged finger, but
I was lucky and didn’t get any injuries.”
40.Blacksmith Shop - This blacksmith shop was owned and operated by
Charley McCracken. Donald Barnes had this to say about Charlie and Mollie,
“I remember Mollie smoked a corncob pipe and used snuff tied in a rag
fastened to a stick. Charlie had a blacksmith shop and Dad went to have a
plow shear sharpened and they were having breakfast. The best biscuits and
gravy I ever ate!”
The “Missouri State Gazetteer and Business Directory” listed other
blacksmith shops or proprietors. For instance, in the 1893-94 directory it
lists a O. Munroe as running a blacksmith shop. Then in the 1899-00
directory it lists a Thomas Hanes.
41.McCracken - Charley C. (1863 - 1940) and Molly ??? lived here with
their children ?????. According to Donald Barnes in a 2000 interview,
“Another McCracken was Charley (Charley C. McCracken: 1863-1940). He had a
black smith shop North of Blue Mound. My Sister’s husband and I went down
there one morning to get a plow share sharpened. And Molly McCracken
(Tabitha J.? : 11 Feb 1898 - 15 Feb 1972) was making biscuits for
breakfast and she wanted to know if I was hungry. And naturally, I was
about 6 or 7 and already had had breakfast, but was hungry most of the
time. But anyway, they were the best biscuits I ever had in my life. You
know they were kinda browned and were really good. Molly smoked a corncob
pipe. And she used snuff. The way the old ladies used to use snuff is they
had a stick and they would cut a little piece of cloth and make a little
bag out of it, put the snuff in the bag, tie a string around it and the
stick, put the bag in their mouth and let the stick stick out. I remember
seeing Molly many, many times with that stick sticking out of her mouth.
And Molly lived to be in her 80's and at least and that didn’t kill her”.
42.Davis - Harvey Andrew (1877 - 1952) and Linnie Warner (1883 - 1959)
lived here with their Son Everett Delpherd (1906 - 19__)
43.Baxter Hill This was the major hill from the north going into Blue
Mound. Donald Barnes in a 2000 interview said, “The old Model T Fords had
to turn around and back up Baxter Hill because the gas tank was under the
front seat and it fed the carburetor by gravity and if the tank was low on
gas there wouldn’t be enough flow to keep the engine going unless you were
going up backward.”
44.Paris - ????
45.McCracken - ????
- Hollis ????
- A unidentified man was found dead in a corn field in 1925.
According to Donald Barnes in a 2000 interview, “One mystery that occurred
near Blue Mound was finding the body of a man in a corn field. Hollis
Sperry lived Northeast of Blue Mound and was the one that found him. He
was in a corn field and had been there for some time. But they never did
find out anything about him. Never knew who he was nor nothing. It was a
big thing, especially for a kid like me who was 7 or 8 years old. It is
something that I never forgot.”
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