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The county was organized January 2, 1833.
  It was named after the American Revolutionary War, General Nathanael Greene.
Springfield is the County Seat.

Greene County in 1865

Situated in the south-western part of the State, is, topographically speaking, higher than any of the adjacent country, and the streams are all clear and rapid.
The prairies are large, rich and beautiful, skirted by timber along the streams, and in small groves. 
Occasional “barrens” intervene which are stony and sparsely timbered.  Though timber is not very abundant, there is sufficient for all practical purposes.
The elevated ridges, erroneously named “Ozark mountains”, extend through this county. The soil is not as deep and fertile as in many portions of the State, yet it is considered a good agricultural district and is well adapted to the culture of all kind of cereals, grasses, and produces an abundant yield of fruit.  It is peculiarly adapted to grape culture, and the neglected “barrens” contain all the elements to insure success in vine growing, and with proper management would yield a greater profit than many of the farms that produce 25 to 30 bushels of wheat to the acre.  Peaches grow large, and seldom fail.
The country is well watered, as is shown upon the map, besides large springs of clear, cold water are abundant, some of which furnish excellent water power for manufacturing. Of minerals, there are beds of iron, copper and lead, but no systematic mining has yet been done.
The Southwest Branch of the Pacific railroad will traverse the county when completed. The variety of soil, mild and healthy-climate, advantageous natural position and certain market for all farm products, and remunerative wages for all kinds of labor are inducements which immigrants should not overlook.
Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton

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County Updates

March 2014
Lots of new bios added

Sept 2013
Township Histories
Walnut Grove and Boone
Several Biographies
July 2013
County History
Early Settlers
June 2013
Bios: Bagby, Green, Qualls
Obits: Miller, Morris, Templeton
1883 Pensioners



County Contributors
Bud, Foxie
Tammy Clark, Dale Donlon
Jody Eggensperger
Rena S. Forester
, Debbie Gibson
Carrie H., Rhonda Hill
Alice Horner, Jerry Long
  Linda Irvin , Debbie Lee
Marjorie M. Medley
Kim Mohler , Jerry Parrish
Richard Ramos, Christi Scovel
Peggy Thompson
Carrie Tuck, M. Wagner
Andaleen Whitney, Mary Wilson

Surrounding Counties

Polk County (north) 
Dallas County (northeast)
Webster County (east)
Christian County (south)
Lawrence County (southwest)
Dade County (northwest)



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