Fulton Missouri, 1820-1920

The story of the growth of Fulton, Missouri from a lonely homestead in the wilderness to a thriving small city is captured in rare old photographs from the archives of the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society and transcribed articles from local newspapers and other contemporary sources.





Fulton Missouri, 1920 – 1960

History of Fulton, Missouri 1920 -1960, using transcribed newspaper articles, contemporary records, and vintage photographs from the collection of the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society. Includes chapters on Helen Stephens, the “Fulton Flash” who broke world records at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, chapters on Winston Churchill’s visit to Fulton in 1946 and complete text of his “Iron Curtain” Sinews of Peace address, thought by historians to be the beginning of the cold war. Includes a chapter on the Metz brothers coal mine disaster in 1936 that killed four brothers, three who went down the shaft to save the first. Another chapter details the 1936 beating and torture of elderly blackfarm laborer, Bill Howe, by three white robbers from St. Louis, and the intensive two year effort by Howe’s white neighbors and the Callaway Sheriff’s Department to hunt down, convict, and punish those three white men. The growth and problems of Fulton’s State Hospital No. 1, Missouri’s largest institution for the mentally ill is followed through the forty year period. Early coal mines, the firebrick industry and the shoe manufacturing factories are chronicled with pictures of employees and stories about strikes, protests, and layoffs. This history tells the story of a town, primarily through direct transcription of events reported in the newspapers of the time.

History of South Callaway, Missouri.

South Callaway Missouri book coverI transcribed History of South Callaway, Missouri. It was originally published in the Mokane Herald-Post in 1903. It has detailed stories of hundreds of Callaway County pioneers including genealogy tracing three or four generations. Family histories are brought to life by William Nash Moore, a 73 year-old native Callawegian, who grew up with the new county and knew everyone for miles around.

Surnames (a partial list)

A partial list of the families included: Allen, Bagby, Baker, Bartley, Bennett, Benson, Billingsly, Blackburn, Brite, Brooks, Brown, Bryan, Caldwell, Chappell, Cleveland, Coats, Coblenz, Coats, Collier, Conger, Daugherty, Davis, Dickinson, Dollar, Doyal, Duncan, Dunlap, Elley,Ewens, Ewing, Ferguson, Ferree, Gathright, Gibbs, Gilling, Glover, Grant, Gray, Griffin, Hansard, Harlan, Harris, Henderson, Herring, Hinton, Holman, Hopkins, Hord, Hornbuckle, Humphrey, Jackson, Jones, Kemp, Kouns, Lock, Longley, Lynes, Martin, Mason, McCall, McGary, Michael, Moore, Mosley, Nance, Nash, Neal, Nichols, Nicholson, Nickell, Oliver, Payne, Pemberton, Pierce, Putnam, Ramsey, Ratekin, Robiou, Rogers, Rose, Roy, Sanders, Scott, Smart, Smith, Stephens, Stone, Straw, Strickland, Tarelton, Tarleton, Taylor, Tennyson, Thomas, Turner, Wadley, Waggoner, Walker, Weaver, Whanger, Wheeler, Whyte, Wilkerson, Williams, Wrenn, Wright, Wylie, Young, Yount, Zumalt.

Towns and More

Details of the founding and first settlers of Callaway County Missouri towns and villages include Cote Sans Dessien, Portland, Barkersville, Steedman, Tebbetts, Mokane, Smith’s Landing, St. Aubert, and others. Descriptions of pioneer life include land clearing, flax and cotton growing, harvesting, and step-by-step cleaning and preparing for spinning and weaving into cloth. Stories of the abundant wildlife include hunting and trapping and touch on the disappearance of animals already experienced in the early 1900’s. Other chapters cover the first one-room school houses, the founding of early churches, brush-arbor revivals, feuds between neighbors and family members, elections, politics, and cider making, log cabin building, shingle making, sawmills, steam mills, the Callaway Mining Company, land sales, trades and tranfers, road building, bridge building, corn shuckings, steam boats, keel boats, flat boats, river trade, Indians, and more.

Kemp & Rogers

Kemp & Rogers: England, Virginia, Missouri

More than 400 years of history of the Kemp Family and the Rogers family, beginning in England, through Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri. The ancestors and descendants of Thomas Henry and Dora Birch Kemp are followed, along with the ancestors and descendants of William Riley Rogers and Martha Belle Horner Rogers.




Branch Family History

Branch Family History


More than 500 years of history covering the Branch family from 1430 in Abingdon, England, 1621 in Jamestown, Virginia, through the descendants of James Daniel Branch of Callaway County, MO. Transcribed wills, maps, photos and family stories are included.

2 Responses to HISTORY BOOKS

  1. Todd Baslee says:

    How Do?
    I have a bit of a genealogy question for you.
    Do you write in your books about the “other” Rogers family in Mokane? I am a part of the “other” Rogers and our family is trying to figure out if there is a connection between the two Rogers’. Please email me when you can. I would greatly appreciate it.

  2. carolynbranch says:

    Hi Todd,

    Thank you for commenting!
    I sent you a private email with more details, but the short version is that I think both the Rogers families who have been in Mokane for generations are descendants of the same Kentucky pioneers.

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