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    Boynton is situated six miles north of Milan on the C.B. & K.C. railway. It was laid out as a town in 1877. Boynton is a thriving trading point. E.W. VanWye is postmaster. (Source: The Milan Standard, Souvenir Edition, Milan, Mo., Friday, November 29, 1895.)

    Browning lies mostly in Linn [County] and partly in Sullivan [County] and is a flourishing business town of about 800 people, and the town contains a liberal minded, set of business men. The city supports two newspapers and two banks, and several of the fraternal orders have strong organizations there. The town contains many nice residences and the churches are well attended. Browning in 1997 is a much smaller town of about 360 people. Most of the small businesses are now gone. The newspaper (The Browning Leader Record) was taken over by the Milan Standard in March of 1973. The Browning Leader Record papers have been microfilmed and are on file in the Sullivan County library in Milan, Mo. (Source: The Milan Standard, Souvenir Edition, Milan, Mo., Friday, November 29, 1895.)

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    Cora is about seven miles south of Milan on the C.B. & K.C. railway. It was laid out in October 1877, and has been a good trading point ever since, containing a number of stores and enterprising business men. (Source: The Milan Standard, Souvenir Edition, Milan, Mo., Friday, November 29, 1895.)


    Green City was surveyed April 30, 1880 by T.J. Dockrey for the proprietor, Henry Pfeiffer. The plat contains fifty lots, each 60 feet x 130 feet in dimensions. The streets running east and west are First, Second, Third and Fourth, and those running north and south are West, Grant, Green, Lincoln and Sherman. The public square lies between Second and Third and Green and Lincoln. Ash's addition was made December 3, 1880 by Eliza J. Ash and her husband. The addition contains six blocks, and the streets running north and south through it were Douglas, Hancock and State Road. In 1880 no one was living on what is now the town plat but J.B. Ash and family. The first family to move in was that of L. L. Cram who lived for some time in the railway depot, a building erected by means of donations made by the farmers of the vicinity. This point is probably the highest on the Quincy, Missouri and Pacific Railway between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and is about 1,200 feet above sea level. The first lot in town was sold to the Birdseye Grange Association and the second to H.O. Woy who removed an old building from Kiddville and erected it upon this lot. D. Godfrey and a Mr. McDonald opened in this building the first stock and goods sold in the town, and it's sagely related by the knowing ones that the first articles sold were six tin fruit cans. S.H. Davis brought from Kiddville the small frame building in which he kept the first post office and built the first dwelling house in the town. Mr. Davis remained postmaster until some time after the change in the administration in 1884 when he was succeeded by L.L. Cram. C.B. Comstock in 1880 or 1881 erected a fine store building and also a warehouse, and other buildings were put up in rapid succession until in 1882 there were about 150 inhabitants in the place. The creamery was completed this year. There are now two churches in the place, Methodist and Presbyterian. In Green City, there are now three large dry goods stores, one grocery, one furniture store, one hardware store, two livery stables, one drug store, two blacksmith shops, one lumber yard, one millinery store, one harness shop, carpenter and builder, the Weston House, R.S. Magee, physician and surgeon and Drs. Ferrell and Roberts. Green City was incorporated February 10, 1882 upon the petition of S.H. Davis, J.A. Hill, C.J. Pfeiffer and others to the number of thirty-nine of her inhabitants. C.B. Comstock, J.B. Ash and W.S. McDonald were appointed trustees. 1. (Source: History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri. The Goodspeed Publishing Company. 1881. Chicago p. 185.)



    Southwest quarter of southwest Section 2 Township 63 Range 20. January 20, 1958. Branson Jackson, Proprietor. The completion of the Railroad, which left this little town inland, caused this hamlet to die. The Jacksons removed to Boynton and conducted business in that town. Do not confuse this with Jacksonville, Mo. in 1997; it is a different town all together.


    Kiddville, ten miles northeast of Milan was laid out in 1858 by Matthew Kidd, has a post office, two stores, one blacksmith shop, one wagon shop. Population about 100. (Atlas 1877) Kiddville begins at the corner of West Street on the partition line, the west end of dividing Sections No.13 and 24 in township 63 Range 19 at a distance of C. 25'05 sticks from the South West Corner of Section 13, Said towns contain twelve blocks and six streets. Each block 12 rods square and each street 4 rods wide, the streets running east and west 48 rods long and those running north and south 60 rods long. Matthew Kidd, X his mark, Mary Kidd, X her mark filed July 29, 1857. Marion Sanders, J.P., Allen Gillespie Recorder. The streets running east and west are: L Whig, Gideon and Liberty, those running north and south, named West, Selex, and Jackson. Mar. 1854. Wilson Baldridge, surveyor. The town previous to the building of the Quincy, Missouri & Pacific Railroad had two or three stores and twenty or thirty people but after Green City was begun on the railroad most of the inhabitants moved to that place and Kiddville died a natural death.



    Newtown: It being situated in Sullivan County, State of Missouri and on the west 1/2 of Lot Number 2 of the northeast quarter of Section 2 Township 64 Range 22 commencing at the N.E. corner of Main Street on the northern boundary line of said Section 2, thence running the line of Main Street, Oak Street and Green Street and all parallel with the South seventeen degrees east on the reverse bearings of the same lines. North 17 degrees west to the lines of Olive Street and all the parallel lines with them, it was run South 73 degrees west except the northern boundary line running south 79 1/2 degrees west and the line of said section number 2, the reverse bearings of those lines of Olive Street and their parallel lines would be north 73 degrees east. The width of Main Street is 66 feet. Each of the other streets 50 feet in width. Each and all alleys 12 feet in width. All lots facing on Main Street and all its parallel lines are 40 feet by 60 feet back except the fractional lots on the north are running South 17 degrees east you will see each representative line marked on the plat, marked in feet and inches along said line. Surveyed Aug. 6, 1857. Filed Feb. 8, 1858, David A. Moore, Proprietor, Allen Gillespie. Recorder. Guymon's Addition, 29 Dec. 1886. James C. Guymon, Mariah E. Guymon, Moses W. Guymon, Nancy L. Guymon, William T. Guymon, Susan F. Guymon, Elizabeth Thompson, J.M. Thompson. her husband, Samuel Cokes, Julia Ann Cokes his wife, Putnam County. E.M. Strauss, N.P. Newtown was laid off 8 blocks. each containing 8 lots. It lies partly in Sullivan County and partly in Putnam County. The first store was a drugstore kept by Jones and Eaton, the first grocery by Miller, Evans and W. Todd. The first dry goods stores were kept by Jones and Moberly, and Guymon Bros.


    Owasco, ten miles southeast of Milan, was laid out by Peter Putnam in 1858. It is now owned by Arthur Brock, who has a general store and is doing a prosperous and honorable business. (Atlas 1877) Peter Putnam bought an acre of ground from James Cleeton, built a store, which he ran for a year or two and sold it to John McKinzey who later sold to Arthur Brock. There was a store, a post office and a blacksmith shop. The population consisted of less than twenty people, the members of three or four families.

    Pennville: James H. Rouse, proprietor of the town of Pennville in the County of Sullivan, and State of Missouri. The above town is situated on the southwest 1/4 of the northwest 1/4 of Section 8 Township 64 Range 18. The above named town lots are sixty feet by one hundred twenty-five feet. 20th July 1857. James H. Rouse. Martin J. Lyle, J.P. Allen Gillispie, Clerk.



    Scottsville, ten miles south of Milan, is a good point of trade. It once did the leading business of the county. Two general stores, one drugstore, one hotel, one saw and grist mill, two blacksmith shops, one church. Population about 150. (Atlas 1877) Scottsville, second oldest town in the county. Know all men by these presents, that I, Milton H. Williams, of Sullivan County, have caused to be surveyed and laid off a certain town on the west half of the southeast quarter of Section 13, Township 61, Range 21, which town is to be known and called by the name Scottsville, having as its beginning, at its southwest corner, which is situated north 350, east 9 chains, 72 1/2 links from a hickory fourteen inches in diameter, standing and growing in the northeast corner of the northeast quarter of Section No. 24, same township and range, it being a witness tree to the half mile corner of the section line between sections 13 and 14; said town running north 100, west 630 feet to the beginning; and in said town I have caused to be laid off and set apart for public uses the following streets and alleys, to wit: on the side of said town parallel with the whole length of the town the whole length thereof; Buena Vista Street 45 feet wide running from West Street to East Street, parallel with the town, the south side of Taylor Street being 250 feet northward from the south lines of the town; Cerro Cordo alley running parallel with the town from West Street to East Street, being ten feet wide and passing through the center of Blocks 1 and 2; Doniphan Alley running parallel with the town from West Street to East Street, being ten feet wide, and passing through the center of Blocks 3 and 4. (Milton H. Williams - 2nd day of July 1847.)

    Additions were made by Isaac Keller and J.C. Johnson. The first Merchant in Scottsville was Washington Weathers (1847). The next Milton H. Williams & Son, 1850 Mr. McCormack, young Biswell sold dry goods and groceries, 1855 George Smith kept a store, 1855 to 1867. Dan Ransom sold dry goods and whiskey. Other merchants were Tyer, Bagwell, and Tunnell. There were seven stores in Scottsville, at one time, each doing business. (Source: "Sullivan County History, Vol 1.") Scottsville today in 1997 is gone. Not even a building is left standing, just memories of a town long ago.





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