|History of Caldwell County,
As written in the 1876 Atlas
of Caldwell County Missouri
In 1872, a
law was passed authorizing counties to adopt the Township organization law by a ma jority
vote. Accordingly a petition was presented to the County court on the 7th of May, 1872,
asking that the ques tion be submitted to the voters. The court ordered an election to be
held for that purpose on the 30th of May, when 1,173 votes were cast for and but 17
against the adoption of Township organization. Under the new order of things the
Supervisors of the several Townships constituted the justices of the County Court. On the
9th of July, 1872, the court convened at the court-house. S.D. Davis representing Davis
Township; Elmore Waters, Fairview; G.W. Murphy, Breckenridge; F.M. Thompson, Lincoln; B.F.
Hicks, New York; Jeff. Van Note, Gomer; Robert Murray, Grant; Jac. Allee, Kingston; Ad.
Evans, Hamiiton; J.F. Hines, Rockford; J.F. Dodge, Mirable; and P.S. Kinney, Kidder. The
court was jocularly called the "Twelve Apostles." The reforms and
retrenchments begun under their administration caused the County indebtedness to decline
until now the glad tidings have gone forth that Caldwell County is out of debt.
Crosby Johnson, An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Caldwell County, Missouri.
1876. Edwards Brothers
Change of County Seat
Burning of Records
Since the War
Soil & Products