History of Grant Township, Nodaway County, Missouri
From: The History of Nodaway County, Missouri
National Historical Company
St. Joseph, Mo.: 1882



Grant Township was made out of territory originally belonging to Washington and White Cloud Townships, but the boundaries not being found on record, we take the following boundaries from the county map prepared by Messrs. Morehouse and Sisson:

Commencing at the northeast corner of section 17, township 63, range 34, thence west between sections 8 and 17, 7 and 18, in township 63; range 34, thence west between 12 and 13, 11 and 14, to the northwest corner of section 14, in township 63, range 35, then south three miles to the northwest corner of section 35, township 63, range 35, thence west between sections 27 and 34, township 63, range 35, to the northwest corner of section 34, thence south to the south line of Nodaway County, thence east to the southeast corner of section 32, township 62, range 34, thence north three miles, then west one fourth of a mile, thence north three miles, then east one fourth of a mile, thence north four miles to the place of beginning.


Grant Township is as well watered as any section of the county. The Platte River runs along the eastern border of the township for some distance. Long Creek flows nearly through the whole township from north to south, and empties into the Platte River near the southern boundary. One Hundred and Two touches the northeastern corner of the township where it is deflected slightly towards the west, but returns and entering the township flows through the entire extent. The land of the township is rather rolling, the inequalities increasing as we approach the streams. Belts of timber are found along the water courses, which increase in width as we go southward. It is estimated that about one eighth of the area of the township is timbered land, the usual varieties of timber in this latitude being found. Limestone and freestone are found in abundance along the streams, quarrymen taking out as large slabs of stone from the various quarries as can be handled. The soil is rich, and is well adapted to all the cereals and to the grasses.


Jack Brown located in Grant Township in 1841.
Gillam Bailey in 1842
Judge Charles Myers in 1842.
Absolom Rhodes in 1842.
Dyer Cash in 1842.
Henderson Glenn in 1842.
James Pennington in 1843.
Jude Thomas Brown in 1844.
Byrd Billings in 1850
Win. Goferth in 1841.
Wm. Campbell in 1842.
Wright Bailey in 1842.
Barnabas Myers in 1842.
David Rhodes in 1842.
Wm. Smith in 1842.
Phillip Boler in 1843.
Joseph Blakely in 1844
Preston Curnett in 1844.
Valentine Korell in 1851.

Sometime before the year 1850, Frank Conlin came and settled in the Narrows, about one mile and a half east of the present site of Barnard. The Narrows is a strip of land or ridge between the One Hundred and Two and Platte Rivers, about three miles long and one mile wide. In the central portion it is timbered from east to west. At an early day Isaac Broderick emigrated from Tennessee and settled three miles and a half southeast of the place where Barnard is now located. Judge Elijah Shelton came from Indiana and located four miles east of the present site of Barnard. Dr. Wm.Amlagg grew up in Nodaway County, about three miles northeast of Barnard. Joseph Blagg located four miles east of where Barnard is situated. In 1848, A. J. Dearing came from Virginia and stopped in Cooper County and Andrew County awhile, but removed to this county in 1856, and settled on the divide two miles and a half west of Barnard, but removed in a year to section 16, where he opened a claim and still resides. James F. Hainey emigrated from Kentucky to Washington Township in April, 1851, and died there in May, 1862. P. J. Hainey, his son, lived on the old homestead until seven years ago, when he came to Guilford, Grant Township, and afterward removed to Barnard. Valentine Korell came from Prussia June 19, 1850, arrived in New York August 4, 1850 and went to St. Louis. He came to Nodaway County March 1, 1852, and settled on the present town site of Barnard. He was the first blacksmith in the town of Barnard, and is now the mayor.


Many amusing circumstances have happened in pioneer life that create a broad smile upon the faces of those who are surrounded by the wealth and refinements of modern society. The following incident occurred in Barnard in "ye olden time," and deserves a record in the chronicles of that historic city. Late one evening a couple came to 'Squire Korell and desired to know how much he would tax to marry them. The 'Squire replied that his charge would be two dollars and fifty cents. The man said he had no money, and wanted to know if the 'Squire would not trust them. The 'Squire replied that he never married people on time, but always received his fee in hand. The party then retired for consultation, and there followed a conference with significant whisperings and conversation in undertone. Soon the couple seemed to be reassured and approached the 'Squire and asked "if he would not take his fee in beeswax? The 'Squire replied that he would take beeswax at its market value. So the beeswax was brought in and weighed and found to be worth sixty cents. The 'Squire said there was not enough beeswax to marry them. Another conference ensued when the lady approached, and in very sweet, beseeching tones, said: "'Squire, will you not marry us as far as Me beeswax goes.?" The 'Squire gave a broad smile and consented, said he thought there was enough beeswax to stick them together. The ceremony proceeded, and soon the happy couple were made one and went on their way rejoicing.


This town was named in honor of J. F. Barnard, Superintendent of the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs Railroad. The land on which the town is located was originally owned by J. C. McCandliss, A. J. Dearing, Samuel Stonehocker and John McFarland. A town company was formed by A. P. Morehouse, John Strong, John McFarland, Samuel Stonehocker and J. F. Barnard.

The railroad depot was built in April, 1870.

The town was surveyed by Mr. Brady, and laid off and platted in May, 1870.

The first lot was sold at private sale to James U. McKenzie in the the early part of May. Mr. McKenzie put up the first store for general merchandise and sold the first goods in the town.

The first public sale of lots was on May 14, 1870. Amos Baker & Bro. then put up a store and opened a general stock of merchandise.

The next store was erected for general merchandise by Forrest & Shuff, who commenced doing business. About the same time a hotel was erected and opened by Samuel Stonehocker, who was the first hotel keeper in the new town.

A blacksmith shop was put up in 1873 by John T. Gamble, who was the first blacksmith in the town.

The first livery stable was erected by Davis & Stonehocker in the year 1873.

In 1876, A. W. Bear & Co. erected a drug store and commenced doing business.

The Methodist Episcopal Church was erected in the year 1874, and the Presbyterian Church was built in 1878.

The first boot and shoe store was built, in 1873 by Valentine Krell, who commenced the manufacture and sale of boots and shoes.

A school house was erected in the year 1873, and a school opened. Miss S. A. Miller and Miss F. G. Miller opened the first millinery store.

J. J. Rankin put up the first saloon in 1876.

The grist mill at Barnard was built in the year 1869, by James C. McCandliss. There is an excellent dam thrown across the One Hundred and Two River at this point, which utilizes the whole power of the river. The mill grinds at all seasons of the year, and does most excellent work. It cost over $12,00o.

The first death in Barnard was that of a young man named Oliver Britton, and occurred in July, 1871.

The first birth was a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eaton, in the summer of 1871.

Barnard is located in the midst of the rich valley lands of the One Hundred and Two River, and is surrounded by some of the finest farming country in Nodaway County. It is the center of a large trade, and is already a shipping point of considerable importance. More than 20,000 bushels of grain have been shipped from Barnard during the past year. The town must of necessity grow in population and wealth; and increase in importance as a trade center. The population is now about 500.

The town was incorporated August 25, 1881.


The first trustees of the town were: V. Krell, H. C. Annan, J. A. Forrest, Sr., J. W. Heath and Amos Baker.

Valentine Korell, mayor; E. D. Adams, Samuel Phillips, J. M. Gavin and J. J. Jeffreys, trustees, 1881.


Adams, E. D., blacksmith.
Annan, H. C. & R. L., general merchandise.
Asquith, Hobert, groceries.
Bariteau, L. C., grain merchant.
Blakeley, Felix, saloon.
Clawson, D. B., harness maker.
Connutt & Gausach, livery.
Dearing, M. G. & Son, hardware.
Earls & George, hardware, furniture and agricultural implements.
Elrod, James & Co., groceries.
Frederick, E. G., saloon.
Garvin, J. M. & Son, general merchandise.
Harlan, John, carpenter shop and wagon shop.
Hartwick, J. G., shoemaker and boot and shoe store.
Heath, J. W., physician.
Hainey, P. J., justice of the peace.
Jeffries, J. J., expressman.
Jamerson, J. A. & Co., meat market.
Korell, Valentine & Son, blacksmiths.
Korell, Valentine, mayor.
Lyle & Sharp, milliners.
McKee & Co., stock buyers.
McAdow, J. S., physician.
McCaskey, N. & Co., druggists.
Nance, Frank, depot agent.
Pew, James, restaurant.
Phillips & Gaddis, agricultural implements.
Phillips, Samuel, druggist.
Powell, Milton, blacksmith.
Rankin, J. J., saloon.
Reed, Mrs. John, milliner.
Reed & Custis, grain merchants.
Robison, Samuel, marshal.
Slimmer, Charles, meat market.
Stockton, J. C., livery.
Stockton, J. C., Western Hotel.
Stonehocker, Robert, carpenter.
Thompson, J. B., postmaster.
Williams & Williams, general merchandise.
White, Robert, carpenter.
Whiteford, J. & Son, lumber yard.
Williams, George R. & Co., general merchandise.


This church had a preliminary organization in the country, two miles west of Barnard, at a place called Salem. It was re-organized in the year 1870 at Barnard, by Elder Sherwood, of St. Joseph. The members at the time of the re-organization were as follows: J. C. McCandliss and wife, James Giffin and wife, Wm. Giffin, Samuel Stonehocker and wife, Mrs. S. McFarland, Mrs. C. C. Baker, Mr. C. House and wife, Albert Ulman and others. The following persons have been pastors of the church: Rev. E. B. Sherwood, Rev. Wm. Tisley, and Rev. D. B. Suther. The church edfice is valued at $1,500. The church has had no settled ministry for about a year.


The Methodist Episcopal Church of Barnard was organized in the year 1871. The following are the names of the original members: John R. Phipps and wife, Martin Baker and wife, Newton Wilson and wife, James H. Brown and wife, Alfred Baker and wife, Amos Baker and wife, Mr. Bartlett and wife, Mrs. David Wilson and Miss Martha Wilson. During the first year services were held in the depot by Rev. Mr. Cowden. Services were' held afterward in the school house by Rev. A. K. Miller. Rev. Isaac Chivington, afterward put up the church, which is valued at $1,500. The following named persons have been pastors of the church: Rev. E. V. Roof, Rev. John Moorhead, Rev. Robert Devlin and Rev. Mr. Powers. There is a good Sabbath school, and the church is doing a good work. In the early history of the church there were some great revivals.


White Hall Lodge was organized August 8, 1868, at White Hall school house, about two miles and a half southeast of where Barnard is now located. It was afterward moved to Barnard. The present membership numbers thirty six. The names of the present officers are as follows: J. A. Jamersoix, W. M.; N. McCaskey, S. W.; J. H. Perry, J. W.; Smith George, Treasurer; L. Williams, Secretary; A. L. Williams, A. D.; J. B. Kildow, J. D.; J. H. Haughtaling, Senior Steward; A. J. Dearing, Junior Steward; Harvey Davis, Tyler. The lodge meets on or after the full moon each month.


This lodge received its organization July I, 1876. The names of its charter members are as follows: V. Korell, J. E. Follett, G. E. Smith, S. Hartsell, Henry Cady, James A. Forrest, Sr., John Montgomery and David Wilson. The present officers are: Samuel Phillips, W. C.; Jonas Thompson, V. C.; V. Korell, Chaplain; Jonas Thompson, R. S.; J. E. Follett, P. S.; John D. Montgomery, Treasurer. The lodge meets the third Friday in each month. The membership numbers twenty four.


The Barnard Lodge received its organization in September, 1880. The following persons were constituted charter members:

George Williams, Cana Baker, Hobart Aisquith, Dr. A. B. Allen, H. H. Seeley, M. W. Gavin and John Harlan. The following named persons are officers of the lodge at the present time:

George Williams, W. M.; Cana Baker, Foreman; Albert Ulman, Overseer; H. Seeley, Recorder; H. Aisquith, Receiver; John Price, Guide; Alexander Jameson, Watchman; John Harlan, P. M. W.; A. B. Allen, Examing Physician. The membership numbers twenty one. The lodge is harmonious and prosperous.


Barnard Lodge was organized June 7, 1873. The names of the charter members were as follows: James A. Forrest, Sen.; J. E. Follett, John Montgomery, Solomon Hartzell and V. Korell. The officers of the lodge are: John Reed, N. G.; Chas. Broderick, V. G.; John W. Porter, R. S.; J. P. Korell, P. S.; S. Philips, Treasurer. The lodge meets the first and third Saturday evenings of each month. The lodge owns its lodge room, and is prosperous. The present membership numbers fifty three.


This Lodge received its organization August 15, 1876. The charter embers of the Lodge were as follows: S. Phillips and wife, J. A. Forrest and wife, V. Korell and wife, J. E. Follett and wife, J. B. Thompson and wife, W. J. Thompson and wife, R. S. Hartsell and wife, J. A. Forrest, Sen., and wife, John D. Montgomery, G. E. Smith and wife, David Wilson and wife, and Henry Dorst and wife.

The present officers of the Lodge are: A. Korell, N. G.; Samuel Phillips, V. G.; John D. Montgomery, R. S.; David Wilson, Treasurer; Henry Dorst, P. S.

The Lodge meets on Wednesday night each month before the full Moon. The membership numbers thirty seven. The Lodge is reported to be in fine condition.


Originally there was a post office, a store and a few dwellings one mile south of the present site of Barnard. The place was known among the early settlers as Prairie Park. Subsequently the business went to other points, and the place was given up as a trade center.

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