File submitted for USGenWeb/MOGenWeb Lincoln County Missouri History Page by Phyllis Lake, 9 November 1998.  Link change or update: 4 Dec 1999

From The History of Lincoln County, Missouri, (Chicago : Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) pp. 415-416.



Louisville is situated in the northwest corner of the county on Section 7, Township 51 north, Range 2 west; being about twenty-two miles northwest from Troy. It was laid out and platted in 1832 by Hannibal MARSHALL, Enoch EMERSON and Dayton CRIDER, the original proprietors. It was surveyed into nine blocks each containing eight lots. Col. Meredith COX was, perhaps, the most prominent early settler in that vicinity, and there he established and maintained a whisky distillery for a number of years in pioneer times. Following the use of the horse-power mills a Mr. BROWN erected a steam mill at or near Louisville. In 1829 a man by the name of SCROGGINS kept a store at the site of Louisville. This village is situated in a good agricultural country, and has been a place, especially before the railroads came near it, of considerable importance. Latterly its business has been drawn away to some extent to the railroad towns. The town contains, at present writing, one general store, kept by H. H. & T. J, HIGGINBOTHAM. These gentlemen keep one of the most complete stores in the country, having all classes of goods, including dry goods, clothing, groceries, drugs, hardware, agricultural implements, saddles, harness, queensware, coffins, etc., in short, every thing the community needs. A good hotel is kept by Mrs. Erlinda BARTLETT. There are two blacksmith shops, run, respectively, by S. Y. DIXON and S. E. ESTES, and a carpenter shop by Samuel MYERS. The physicians are Drs. R. C. PREWITT, and G. N. TINSLEY; postmaster, T. J. HIGGINBOTHAM. In addition to the above there is a public schoolhouse, a select schoolhouse and Masonic hall combined, and the Christian Church. The latter is a brick structure which was erected in 1874.

Louisville Lodge No. 428, A. F. & A. M., was granted a dispensation July 5, 1870. The original members were J. R. TINSLEY, J. S. R. GREGORY, C. T. NASH, H. F. REEDS, E. J. FISHER, Levi THOMAS, James MERRITT, H. HOPKE, John STONE, H. H. HIGGINBOTHAM and P. H. TUCKER. The lodge received its charter October 16, 1872, with J. R. TINSLEY, W. M., J. S. R. GREGORY, S. W. and C. T. NASH, J. W. The present membership is twenty-seven, and the officers are J. L. BUTLER, W. M.; J. F. YOUNG, S. W.; D. Y. MORRIS, J. W.; D. C. REEDS, Secretary; H. M. REID, Treasurer; S. E. ESTES, S. D.; H. H. HIGGINBOTHAM, J. D., and Josiah YOUNG, Tyler.

In 1882 this lodge and the high school board jointly erected a two-story frame building, 24x46 feet in size, at a cost of about $2,100, the former paying three-sevenths and the latter four-sevenths of the amount. The first story is occupied by the high school and the second by the lodge. The building is paid for, and no debt is pending with either lodge or school board.

On petition of two-thirds of the taxable inhabitants of Louisville, it was incorporated by the county court at its May term, 1874, under the name and style of "The Inhabitants of the Town of Louisville," and Edward HUNTSMAN, A. J. DIXON, William H. BARTLETT, F. M. DIXON and W. J. WALES were constituted the first board of trustees.

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