History of Towns in Cass County, Missouri
From: History of Cass County, Missouri
By: Allen Glenn
Publisher: Historical Publishing Co.
Topeka Cleveland 1917


On the construction of what is known as the L. & S. branch of the Missouri Pacific railroad, north and south through the center of the county, in 1880, the town of Archie came into existence. It is located near the center of the south boundary of the county. It draws an extensive trade from both Cass and Bates Counties.

The first business house was built in 1880 by Henry T. Carr. From the day of its laying out the town has had a steady growth. It is surrounded by a rich agricultural country and is one of the principal railroad shipping outlets for this country. Today it is quite a busy trading point. Investments in town property are safe and sound. It has passed the day of experiment. The values are fixed and reliable. It contains a safe and reliable bank, a mill, elevator, the center of a good telephone system, extensive granitoid walks, its church edifices are substantial and modern, all well attended by a devout Christian people. It contains a commodious brick high school building, furnishing extensive and convenient educational facilities for the locality. The push and thrift and able, high, fair and progressive spirit of its business people makes its future quite promising for a business location, residence or investment. Archie is on the map to stay as one of the good towns of the county.


Cleveland is on the western border of the county near the halfway distance north and south of the county. It is located on the Kansas City and Southern railroad, and was located on the projection of this railroad. The population of Cleveland is about 400, and it has a high school of a high order of training.

The Cleveland Bank is managed by W. E. Morgan, one of the safe financiers of the county, and is a valuable adjunct to the business of the surrounding country. Quite an extensive business is done at this place both in Cass County and across the line in Kansas.

The ability of its business men is a safe criterion of the town's future prosperity. Already its schools, churches and city government make it a pleasant place for one to have a home, and a sound place to invest. Cleveland is substantially built and the rich agricultural lands around bids an omen of great prosperity and progress.


In the extreme southwestern part of the county is located Drexel. It was platted on the completion of the Kansas City and Southern railroad in 1891. The town of Brosley went out of existence and practically moved to the present site of this city.

Drexel is organized as a city of the fourth class and governed as such by its mayor and board of aldermen. The last governmental census gave it a population of 512. It has probably doubled its population since then. Its business houses are principally constructed of brick. There are two substantial banks, well managed and backed by some of the wealthiest men of the county. Drexel has a high school building which would do credit to a city of many times its population. The churches are several, all substantial structures and well attended. Drexel well merits the reputation as a church going and working people. The town is thoroughly abreast of the times, has electric light and telephone systems. The streets have good granitoid walks, along which are handsome homes and well kept lawns. Every branch of business is represented.

The Drexel Star is a well edited, printed and newsy paper, keeping the surrounding country informed as to the going on in town as well as the outside world. The Drexel Mercantile Company is one of the big institutions of the county. Should one be seeking a pleasant home place, Drexel is such an ideal place in which to rear a family. The surroundings are elevating and clean. It has passed the day of doubt, there are investments safe and profitable. Its bank clearings and business record is of the highest order. No person has seen all of Cass County, unless they have visited Drexel and seen the push and energy of her people.


Six miles east of the county seat, on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas and on the Frisco railroads, is located East Lynne. It was founded in 1871 by Noah M. Givan and Daniel K. Hall, at the time of the projection of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway. It was named after the old time country play of that name.

The first business house was built by J. W. McSpadden. The first residence by J. C. Bridges. The first church erected was a Baptist church. The first child born was a son to John M. Farmer, now deceased. The first marriage was Harry Hudson to Mary Jasper. Dr. G. W. Farrow was the first physician (he now resides in Kansas City). Rev. A. P. Williams, a Baptist minister, preached the first sermon and Frost Snow opened the first saloon. The first railroad, in its existence bore several names, is now known as the Missouri, Kansas and Texas.

Owing to fires and other drawbacks, East Lynne had a hard time to retain an existence. Today it is on a safe basis. It is surrounded by a fertile country and a substantial citizenship, generally of German origin. It today, contains two well managed banks, carrying large deposits. Equipped with a good common school and church facilities, it is on a sound and firm basis for future prosperity. The two railroads given competition in shipping and gives decided advantages in facilities for transport of products, both in and out of the county. East Lynn has recovered from its discouragements and is pushing forward to success, which the business men of the town and people of the community so much deserve.


Ten miles west of the county seat, on Pony Creek, across the range line, between ranges 32 and 33, in 1871, was founded the hamlet of Freeman. It is practically the successor of Morristown, situate one mile north of Freeman, and dates its ancient history as far back as 1854. When, what is now called the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad, was constructed, east and west, through the center of the county, the town of Freeman was born, or more correctly speaking, the town of Morristown picked up her skirts and moved to the railroad, for the simple reason the railroad would not climb the hill to her. This town was also platted by Hall and Givan, with other associates.

Freeman, probably at its birth, had more native Cass Countians than any other new town of the county. People from other parts of the county, for speculative purposes, settled other towns, but not so with Freeman. As a general rule its people lived nearby prior to the opening of the town. Freeman in its earlier days had a good trade from the country around. In time other towns sprung up, curtailing her trade, largely. She lived through the time of depression caused in this way, and is now one of the prosperous towns of the county, enjoying an extensive and very profitable trade. Her merchants deal fairly and attract and hold a good trade. She is now on the high tide of prosperity.

Freeman has one bank of $10,000 capital, holding large deposits and doing a business creditable to a bank of many times its capital. This institution is managed by W. H. Lundy, the genial and affable cashier, a safe and reliable man for both bank and customer. The schools, churches and lodges of Freeman are all well supported and attended and considered by her people as a great asset to the town. Such high ideals of necessity make a pleasant place to reside, to do business, trade and invest.


The new town of Peculiar is located on the Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield railway, ten miles northwest of the county seat. By the last general census it contained a population of 206, and now has approximately a population of 500. It is a well built and goodly managed town. Situate as it is, in the midst of the finest agricultural country the eye ever beheld, does in fact, and of necessity, do a lucrative business.

The business men of the town have a keen insight to the demands of the people and are eager to meet such. Their people are wideawake and alert to them and their neighbors' welfare. In this union is the secret of the success of all.

There is a substantial bank here in point of capital and is superbly managed. It is profitable to its stockholders and a blessing to the community. A lumber yard meeting the demands and approval of the people. Practically all lines of business are filled. Peculiar is renowned for her school and church facilities. Her people always aspire to better and higher ideals and are known as a God serving and happy people.


When the good Lord made the earth He seemed to be partial to Raymore, situate near the central north line of the county, by establishing her in the midst of a veritable garden. It is conceded by well informed people that the country contributory to this little town is of the very richest and most fertile. Close to a great market, ready and able to raise anything produced in the agricultural line, equipped with ample business concerns, well managed, what else can be said.

Raymore has a bank, the capital stock of which is not for sale, well managed, safe and sound. Good church edifices, well attended, high class of schools, low taxes and a happy people. Why shouldn't they be? Here are great investments. The purchaser will have to pay well for such. These intelligent people know the value of what they have.


Situate on the main line of the Missouri Pacific railroad, about seven miles east of Pleasant Hill, is Strasburg. The last government census gives its population at 350. It has very materially increased in business and population since that time. It has a bank, well managed and in healthy condition, financially. There is a large trade, tributary to the town and the merchants are doing well. A person can get his purchases as cheaply here as any place, and is at home. Home merchants who keep the goods, demand, and should have the trade of the tributary territory. This the Strasburg merchants get, for the reason they are fair in their dealings. The town rejoices in good school and church facilities.


This place is equipped with a first class small town bank, backed by ample capital and well managed. The surrounding country gives the town loyal support. The town has had a hard, uphill pull since its starting. West Line came into existence with the advent of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway, for a time flourished and seemed to loose ground.

Upon the building of the Kansas City and Southern railway, the town was given a new impetus and is now in prospering condition. Here is a fine opening for persons seeking homes and investments, whether in the town or surrounding country.

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