This Month in History

from “Diary of a Town, Wellington, Missouri”
copyright 1984 by Joanne C. Eakin

July 1852 – Cholera broke out in Wellington begin brought and spread by a man named Patterson.  Mrs. A.N. Duck, mother of Mr. Davis K. Duck died 7/15 and about the same date a male slave belonging to Mr. Alex Sheer.  Mrs. John Sneed, Mrs. Georgie Duck, Mrs. N. Cundiff, William Porter and many others had attacks but recovered.

July 1, 1842 – About this time was commenced the erection of the first school house in the neighborhood.  The site chosen being on the north bank of the Tanyard Branch on the Greenton or as now known, Odessa road or a short distance to the west of it, as the same now runs.  Robert Hale Esy being teacher of the first school opened on the first Monday in September.

July 10, 1864 – Sunday: Jefferson Wilhut and Albert Estes killed at the old Warder Church on the big Sni Creek southeast of town. Estes was killed a short distance down the creek from the church while in the water crossing the creek. Wilhut died in or near a deep ravine north and west of Mr. Joe Warder’s house, his horse having been shot from under him near an elm tree standing in the lane east of the house. Wilhut after that going west on foot following the ravine to the point where killed defending himself as long as a load remained in his pistols when he threw them away. John Prock saved his life only by scaring an old cow into the creek and holding to her tail while she swam over, Prock being unable to swim himself. The Federals were Colorado troops under command of Captain Hensley. Wilhut and Estes were both buried at the old Tom Hopper Grave Yard in section number 1, township 49, range 28.

July 12, 1878 – John Prock had Joe and Jesse Stovall arrested for an alledged assult with intent to kill him, but the case of dismissed. On the same day, John Prock tried by jury before G.W. Ferrell, J.P., for assaulting Joe Stovall with a knife in an altercation resulting from a horse race in the lane running west from the Greenton road ¾ of a mile south of town on July 6. Prock having persued Stovall from the race ground where he had wounded Stovall in the head into town both being mounted where Prock was restrained from further violence. The first Jury impaneled disagreed and a second likewise 7/28. On the same day a third jury composed in part by Thomas E. Chinn, George Moore, George Stultz, Thomas Porter, and C.S. Cole found Prock guilty of assult and he was put under bond for appearance in the criminal court.

July 24, 1896 – Friday: At about 4:30 AM, the Wellington Mills and Elevator owned and operated by Messers. Oscar Mindnep, H.F. Wille, and Otto Koch, were discovered in flames their destruction being so far consummated as to render all efforts at detention thereof fruitless.  Total losses about $15000 insurance $2000.  While this disaster fell heavily on all of the proprietors and the entire community, it was most severe in its effects on Mr. H.F. Wille who thereby lost most all of the possessions of both himself and wife.  Mr. Walter Bryant was probably the first to note the fire.

July 31, 1873 – A number of persons living in both Greenton and vicinity and Wellington united in an excursion to Kansas City and returned on steamboat Joe Kinney under management of Father Buiotern.

William Chile’s History of Lafayette County, Missouri fixes the first settlement of Clay Township in said Township and County in late 1819.

In the Spring and Summer of 1820, population increased by nine.

September 4, 1837 – The Town Platt of Wellington is first recorded by the Lafayette County Recorder of Deeds.  At the suggestion of Clinton Bledsoe, the former name of “Tyro” was discarded and that of “Wellington” substituted.

Wellington is located in Lafayette County, Missouri, overlooking the Missouri River. Passing through Wellington is Missouri Route 224, which has been designated as the Old Trails Scenic Byway because of its unique history and scenic qualities.

Founded in 1837, Wellington is a rural community with a rich history. The citizens of Wellington encourage family growth and leadership while maintaining traditional values.