Madison County - Genealogy Trails





Deaths, Marriages and Town Facts and Trivia









Joe Mayhen passed away in what was the Tom White House. 

Red (Bob) Davis, originally from Mississippi County, passed away here. 

Frank Schulte finished his life with his brothers John and Herman at the old Sam Callaway Blacksmith Site, across the street from Waler Joneses photo gallery, the opera house and Mart Tabors residence up on the bank. 

Fred Hertzinger, a shoe cobbler, who died at not too old an age.

Dick Devon located out beyond the "William Mounce place" out "Mill Creek" way.  Here Dick, his wife Ellen and Mary Hunt passed away, devout Catholics.

The old grey mare belonging to N. B. Watts theryu Roy and Harry, resulting tin Harry’s death.




Stella P. Pocahontas Anthony (who married Thompson John Frank) 

Mary Deven married Morris Hunt 

Mrs. Caroline Ramsey who married Thomas McFarland 

James J. O'Conner whose mother was Ellen Fox O'Conner was a St. Louis Federal Courts lawyer married Mary Dorsey.

Dr. George Dines married Catherine Olander 

Frank Anthony married Effy McKenny; went to Los Angeles in 1912 and never came back.


Town Facts and Triva


Father Rothensteiner – Catholic Priest

The Perringer Family- Ollie Perringer and Holly Williams brought the first merry go round to Fredericktown.  They first set it up on vacant ground at the northeast corner of Marshall and College Avenue.  The Wm. Blanton, N. B. Watts, and Rudy houses were later build on this ground.

Fred Hertzinger, a shoe cobbler

Ben McGraw, noted builder of Gredericktown

Felix J. Perkin, Business man

One of the most outstanding family name in and around Fredericktown, was “Anthony”.

Dr. Caruthers left his mark on a lot of people

The Anthony’s had more kinfolk by other names than any other name in the whole surrounding country

Mr. Duyrea opened the Old Copper Mine on a claim near Mine La Motte Station.

Henry Howell was employed as a mule skinner by the Missouri Cobalt company.  Hauled the green oak lumber used to build the miner

Walter Lewis and his family made history in the community as did Alford Buckner and his family.

Theo (Toat) Underringer played a great part in the community. He did the heavy hauling; cut and filled the ice houses in town; did most of the threshing in season in the surrounding country.

Another set of Moore’s, Tom, Bill, Lee and Clearly were his main helpers for years, as well as Bill Chronister, Bill O’Bannon and John Venable.

Out to Mine La Motte some of the old family names who had to do with affairs in Fredericktown.

Mayor Stephens ran the mine.

Frank Thompson, master mechanic at the mine.

John Spickerman, prosperous farmer in the community

Barney O’Connor at the railroad house, North Town

Robert Arnett, the representative for Madison County; a railroad family, North Town

E. H. Day, funeral director

Grandma Miller and the old Madison house

Seatoff and Prokoff, the shoe men

Dick, the news butch on the Belmont Branch too care of some of the wants down

George Gassman, constructed the stairways of Marvin College

Ameling, the diamond drill man

Forney (Mick) Beggs, in construction of what  was called Slab Town 

Henry Howell, employed as a mule skinner by the company.

S. W. Hall, man from Washington State, brought in to run Catherine Mine.  First $10,000 a year man to live in town.

Dick Devon located out beyond the "William Mounce place" out "Mill Creek" way..

Fred Schulte worked with the mine process of the mine activity.

Frank Schulte pulled the last load of chat to the top of the dump, old Mine La Motte was history.

Mr. Benedict was know as the man who laid the first telephone caable across the Mississippi River at St. Louis.  And a pioneer line man in the state of Texas.

Mr. Ben McGraw and W. R. Moore constructed the first brick veneer home in Fredericktown.

William and Allen DEGuire establised the Fredericktown Lumber Company

Judge Holliday (with his gnarled body)



The homes that the miners lived in were built using the first nails that came on the market, instead of the old cut nails.  The 8 penny common, the all round nail. 

About 1925, long since the mine had be closed down, the mill at the river was gone, the river polluted for miles, nothing less than disaster.  Portions of the old mine were dismantled, put in shape, and was installed modern machinery for working over the old Chat Dump.   A man named Freedman was in charge of this project.

 The White farm on the old gravel road, the then Mordica Jackson place on South Wood Avenue, later acquired by M. E. Blanton 

M. E. Blanton acquired the Buckner land on to Little St. Francois River, including what was known as the Bend Field.

Jr. Banes and L. O. Whitworth’s (end of Marvin and South Wood Avenue) houses stand today in the corner of a once wheat field owned by the late Luther Glaves.

The Will Graham house stands today at start of Bloomfield Road.  Barber had a mule stable on this site.

The Nehmiah Johnson place was south of the Valley Farm, along the Boomfield Road.   Mr. William Henry Allen Andrews; later acquired this land now called the Andrews Addition.

On towards town and off the road about half a mile north, Judge Henry McFarland.  Later on this place was the Otto Thost home before he moved to town.  His home and holding finally became the Highland Park addition to Fredericktown.

Across the road, west from Big John, lay the Antone Schulte place.

 The old Sam Callaway Blacksmith Site, across the street from Walter Joneses photo gallery, the opera house and Mart Tabors residence up on the bank.

 Across the old foot bridge and the steps leading down to cross the road, and over to Hank Jones’ layout on the other side.  At the creek end of the wooden platform was the pumping station was the pump that furnished the water for the tank at the depot.

Bossville way.   Dick’s train was known as “Whiskey Dick”

B. Benson Cahoon’s pasture was a haven for anyone who wished to use it., now known as the City Park.

The Cahoon OfficeBulding, the old wing and house

The Court House Square has been changed completely, including the new Court House, built in 1898 which still stands.  With the exception of Philip Cohn Store Building still stands. The Cohen House at the alley

The Spiva Family, donated “Azalea Park” to Frederiocktown by one of the family

With the coming of Marvin College radical changes began to take place.  Was probably the largest single addition to Fredericktown.  This comprised the whole Old Valley Farm,  Henry Ward Addition, the Thost place, known as Highland Park and also B. Benson Cahoon pasture

Young people from different places who came to study and mingle with the town people.   Some of the newcomers stayed and made homes in Fredericktown. Many of them left, and a number of them took members of the town with them.

The old Buck-Eye Mine was acquired by the Bonsor Family and operated by an Ohio firm know as the North American.    They operated for a few years.

The Catherine Mine.  This mine was taken over by a Canadian Company and became known as the Missouri Cobalt.  This company had a problematic time in Madison County. 

The old Hickory Nut Mine short lived.   

Old Silver Mine on Big St. Francois River, also disappointing

The Old Copper Mine was opened on a claim near Mine La Motte Station, by Mr. Duyrea.  There were a few prosperious years.  Mr. Duyrea first lived at the home of Judge Leady on South Main, later at the Home of Dr. George Dines.






Memories Of The Past In Fredericktown, Missouri

Harvey C. Moore 1-16-1997