Its First Hundred Years
"Parson" Mapes, a Baptist preacher, grandfather of Reg Mapes, evangelist now living at Spokane, homesteaded land on Bull Creek near the Glendale School. Aunt Jane and Uncle George Adamson settled near Mount Hollow. They were the grandparents of Mary Jane Shipman and she and George Shipman were married in their house where her parents lived after the death of the older Shipmans. Henry Shipman lived on Bull Creek where he owned two hundred acres of fine bottom land. His son, John, now lives on a farm near Sparta and his nephew Math lives at Chadwick. Math and another nephew, George, worked for Henry Shipman on the farm he homesteaded and later added to by purchase. It was on this farm that Henry Shipman's grandfather Carver was killed by Confederate soldiers. The soldiers, twelve or fourteen of them, are said to have forced Mr. Carver to carry all of his cured pork to their supply wagon. In an argument over the confiscated meat, he was shot and the soldiers rode on down Bull Creek in search of more supplies. Within the hour Willis Kissee and Mac Smith, Union soldiers, arrived from their camp near Linden, in pursuit of the "Rebs." They followed the Confederate soldiers into Taney County, trapped them in a cave, smoked them out by building a brushfire in the opening and, according to a report made back at the Union camp, "got them all." Mr. Carver was buried in his own yard, near the small log house where he lived and died. Grandma Carver continued to live there.
Emmaline and Johnson Boles lived east of Chadwick near the place where Oren Casey now lives. Emmaline is described by old timers as a firey little woman whose caustic tongue and iron hand kept her own family and a good part of the neighborhood in line with her ideas of proper behavior. She is also remembered as a good neighbor and friend in time of sickness in that day when a doctor was seldom within call.
The first doctor in Chadwick is believed to have arrived there on
horseback in 1844 although there is no record of his name. Certainly
one of the earliest doctors in the vicinity was "Doc" Henslee, father
of Orb Henslee who now lives near Reeds Spring. Orb's wife and her
sister Sarah Casey, are the daughters of Aunt Peggy Raines, one of
the early midwives