ITS INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND SOCIAL INTERESTS GROWTH AND PROSPERITY
HISTORY OF MARCELINE, METROPOLIS OF LINN COUNTY.
The decade from 1880 to 1890 will go down in history as the greatest ten years of railroad construction on the American continent. Jt was during this period of unparalleled industrial progress that the … > More >
The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad came to Marceline in the late-1880s and built what would become the the town we know today. Santa Fe decided they needed a road from Kansas City to Chicago, and Marceline became this Missouri division point because of it’s rich deposits of coal. Marceline was incorporated on March … > More >
Thomas J. Sportsman was born September 4, 1862, at Thayer, Missouri, and spent his entire life in Linn County. For many years, he engaged in farming in the vicinity of what is now Marceline. When he was a young man, he used his team of horses and did grading for the road bed on … > More >
George H. Freeman, one of Marceline’s pioneer citizens, was born September 2, 1849, in Macon County. In 1878 he and Nancy Ellen Pillars, of Macon County, were united in marriage. To this union was born three children: Orbra L., 1880; Richard C., 1883; and Jennie Lynn (Freeman) Wilson, 1885.
John A. Floray was born in Brunswick on December 13, 1854, and lived there until he was a young man. He was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad and he worked as far as Marceline and stopped off to stay in 1874. He and John Lynn started a brickyard, a part of which can still … > More >
Peter Wright Sears was born on a farm near Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana, October 2, 1846. On May 7, 1864, he enlisted in Company E. of the 136th Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He remained with his company until the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged.
The small town of Marceline, Missouri, was gradually growing in population and expanding in area. By the turn of the century she was a prosperous mining center. The Santa Fe Railroad had been going through since 1887.
J. C. Taylor owned approximately fifty acres of ground in the northeast part of Marceline. … > More >
In May, 1870, a group of hardy young settlers met in the Locust Ridge school house to arrange for a place of burial against the time of need. They were building a new community on the wild prairies of southeast Linn County. Elmwood Cemetery, established June 11, 1870, was the outgrowth of that meeting.