Scott County and Blodgett History
Contributed by Edward Reynolds

Biographical and Industrial Edition of
The Scott County Missouri Newsboy
VOL. XIII Benton, MO., April 20, 1900 No. 11.

Edward Reynolds grew up in Blodgett off and on in the 60’s and 70’s. His father was born in Blodgett, and his family has lived in the area since the 1800’s. Edward responded to a query about the courthouse being destroyed. He has never heard of the courthouse being destroyed, but thought there was a fire or tornado or something drastic around the turn of the century. He contacted his father who has quite a bit of Scott County history, and found information that Blodgett has been destroyed three times, once by a tornado and twice by fire. Edward also called the Scott County courthouse about the courthouse history. He was told that the courthouse has never been destroyed, but that some of the early records were destroyed by Union raids during the Civil War. This resulted in the remaining records and courthouse being moved to Commerce from 1863 -1878. Not all the records were destroyed. The present day courthouse was built in 1912.

Edward is also tracing his family from the Scott County area. His great-grandfather was Willis Rowlett Reynolds, who lived behind the Baptist Church. His Aunt Ruth lived next door and his cousins the Blasingame’s lived at the end of the street. Edward is also related to the Nuckles, Strayhorns, Parkers and many others in Blodgett.

Edward lived in Blodgett when the old school burned down. He attended the Centennial in 1970 and still has newspapers from that event.

If you are interested in contacting Edward with any questions, or if you are acquainted with any of his family names, you can reach him at: elreynolds@reynoldsgen.org.


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