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Christian County
History and Genealogy: A Researcher's Guide


Christian County, in 1859, was one of the last counties in Missouri to be organized. The county seat is Ozark. Listed below are collections in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Rolla that deal in some manner with Christian County. The microfilm for those collections which have been microfilmed are available for inter-library loan.

American Sunday-School Union, field workers' record books, 1917-1930.
These are records of field work by F. L. Spindler and J. S. Wallace, missionaries for the American Sunday-School Union, in Christian, Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Texas, Webster, and Wright counties in Missouri.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Finley Lodge No. 206 (Ozark, Mo.), records, 1869-1931.
Records of the Odd Fellows lodge at Ozark in Christian Couny, Missouri. Included are membership registers, rolls of officers, and official reports to the state lodge. Finley Lodge No. 206 was organized in 1869. The records of the lodge consist of membership books, rolls of officers, and official reports. The collection appears to date from 1901. Originals belong to the Christian County Museum. Microfilm at the Christian County Library. Being indexed for database.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Nixa Lodge No. 561 (Nixa, Mo.), records, 1898-1909
Records of the Nixa Odd Fellows lodge, including minutes of meetings 1 October 1898 through 13 February 1909. Originals belong to the Christian County Museum. Microfilm at the Christian County Library. Index of members on Christian County Database site.

Edmond Laramore, Baptist associations minutes, 1912-1980
Printed minutes of annual meetings of United or Missionary Baptist associations in southern Missouri.

William Henry Lynch papers, 1859-1905
Diaries and miscellaneous papers of a southern Missouri educator. He was principal of schools in Steelville, St. James, Salem, West Plains, and Mountain Grove, Missouri. He also taught in Ozark, Missouri, and was a field representative of the Southwest Missouri State Teachers' College from 1910 until his death in 1924. Original collection at the Christian County Library.

Mark Twain National Forest, local history collection, 1930s-1980s
Unofficial files, selected for their historical research value, on miscellaneous subjects accumulated by the Forest. Included are local histories; material on the Civilian Conservation Corps, Youth Conservation Corps, the "Irish Wilderness," the Eleven Point National Scenic River, watermills, Forest Service activities; transcribed reminiscences of "old timers" and Forest Service retirees, and several versions of histories of the Forest itself.

Melton, Emory (1923- ), Papers, 1972-1996
Papers of a Republican Missouri state senator, representing the 29th Senatorial District. The papers include constituent, legislative, and general correspondence, and subject and legislative files, 1972-1996. [Note: this collection is in Columbia, rather than Rolla]

Missouri Dept. of Resources, "The White River Country," n.d.
This is a map, which appears to have been produced during the 1930s, of the White River watershed encompassing all or parts of eleven counties in southern Missouri. Topographic features and recreational sites are shown, as are mills, mines, bridges, fords, schools, and churches.

John Smith Phelps, receipt, 1864
This is a receipt given by John S. Phelps at Ozark, Christian County, Missouri, to Jesse Jennings, administrator of the estate of George Yocum, deceased. The receipt was for a retainer paid to Phelps for legal services involving the Yocum estate. He later served as a congressman and Missouri Governor. Phelps County was named for him.

Roller family papers, 1866-1871
These are papers, mostly correspondence, of the Elias and Elizabeth (Payne) Roller family of Christian and Douglas counties in Missouri and Scott County, Virginia. Most letters are addressed to Jacob Roller (1832-1934), in Virginia, from his relatives in Missouri.

Southwest Bethel Association of Missionary Baptists, minutes of annual sessions, 1880-1885
Printed minutes of the annual meetings of the Southwest Bethel Association of Missionary Baptists, which was composed of churches in Christian, Stone, and Taney counties.

St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Co., records, 1859-1980
635 items in 56 cartons. These are corporate minutes and financial account books, and other records of the St. Louis-San Francisco ("Frisco") Railway Company (1916-1980) and predecessor, subsidiary, and constituent companies, most notably the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway (1876-1896) and the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad (1896-1916). The "Frisco" operated in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It became part of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980.

Paul A. Wobus papers, 1918-1989
A proponent of nondenominational "community churches," Wobus made several hundred trips into the Missouri Ozarks during a period of over thirty years.

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