Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Businesses in Papinville


Last week the story was about the platting of Papinville. This week you will learn about the businesses in Papinville before the Civil War to the 1900’s. The very first businesses however started in Harmony Mission. Harmony closed in 1836 and there were a lot of empty buildings. Many people from the eastern states were wanting to move to the west for new adventure.

The very first business to open in Harmony was owned by William Waldo. It was a merchandise general store that moved into the largest building in Harmony in 1838. He brought goods by overland and one time in 1844 he brought goods by a steamboat named MAID OF THE OSAGE from Jefferson City . Some other stores that started in Harmony where E.H. Hubbard  and Co. and S.H. Loring and Co. that came from Boston in 1938.

When Papinville was platted in 1847 the town really flourished . Many newcomers begin to arrive, new buildings were built and the population increased. From 1852 to 1855 Papinville was the center of much business and a booming town. It is hard to believe that small steamboats came up the river to bring supplies to the stores. Papinville was the center of a large circle where people would come to shop and bring things to the mills. It was the most important town during this time before the Civil War.

These are the businesses that we know of during this period: S.H. Loring and F.F. Eddy moved their stores from Harmony to Papinville in 1848. Mr. Eddy also had the first house of entertainment. There were two blacksmiths Augustine Deville, a Frenchman, and John B. Newberry who also operated a mill from 1853 to 1857.

Benjamin Richardson and partner Mr. Onay operated the town’s first mill in 1853. Eight to ten horses furnished the power and was later changed from horses to steam when Mr. Richardson took over the mill.

In 1853 a building contractor discovered soil suitable for brick making. It was just north of the cemetery. This unnamed man set up kilns and made brick for the courthouse that was built in 1853. 

James McCool had a drum shop. A dram shop is like a drug store. Dr Zachariah Anderson was a doctor and also ran a drug store. George L. Duke operated a wool carding machine. S.S. Duke was a carpenter. Thomas Burnside was a pioneer attorney in 1850. Two other attorneys were H.A. Thurman and D.A.W. Moorehouse.

The county court ordered a bridge to be built in 1852 and it was completed in 1854.  This was a great convenience to the traveling public as well as to the community and the businesses in Papinville.

Next week the story will be about what happened to Papinville during the Civil War and how the people started moving back after Order 11.  Every thing was burnt during this order and people had to rebuild homes and businesses.  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the annual picnic on September 24th. We just got word that B Highway will not be closed until October 23. This is great for Papinville’s celebration, because we have not been able to have our picnic for two years. Come  and help us celebrate Papinville’s 175th birthday. We are planning on having a wagon ride tour of Papinville so you can picture in your mine the businesses and layout of the town.

    Information from:  “Three Mile Square” written by Mildred Marquardt and” Papinville History compiled by Beverly Sullins  and Phyllis Stewart. Submitted by Phyllis Stewart (Activity Director)

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