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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

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A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Early Marthasville History




In 1980, Ralph Gregory of Marthasville, a very active local historian, published a small booklet about the early history of the sister city to La Charrette Village. The Three Pines Publishing Company of South and Third Streets was the publisher of A History of Early Marthasville, Missouri shown here. Here is revealed how the oldest surviving town in Warren County joined with its famous but short lived neighbor. The title link offers opportunity to learn more about Marthasville.

Dr. John Young, a physician, founded Marthasville in 1817, but apparently it was Dr. John Jones who most actively practiced medicene there. Young opened the first general store and built water-powered mills on nearby Tuque Creek. Several churches dominated the landscape during its formative years.

Today it has little industry serving mostly as a bedroom community to larger communities in the area. A nice place to live and rear a family. It is recognized for agricultural pursuits, its local bed-n-breakfasts, wineries, the Katy Trail and its prominate German heritage as shown at http://deutschcountrydays.org/

Gregory, now 96-years young, was honored for his continuing contributions to local history by the the Washington Historical Society at their 2005 Christmas Party. The 'Museum Builder Award' is the highest honor the Society bestows. Ralph was among the first to publish a review on La Charrette, and was ever helpful in my researching its history. Congratulations, with thanks, to this exceptional gentleman.

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