to the Jefferson County Missouri
Heritage & Historical Society ... online!
emphasis of our organization is to collect, preserve and print historical materials,
cemeteries, and to make the public aware of the rich heritage in Jefferson
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They are not to be sold or reproduced
for any commercial purpose, or used on any other web site.
President: Bill Haggard
Treasurer: Lisa K.
We meet every other month on the 2nd Sunday at 2:00 at the First United Methodist Church, 113 Grand Ave, Festus,
Membership is $10 a year and everyone is welcome to attend!
2020 Upcoming Meeting Dates
June 14, 2020
August 9, 2020
October 11, 2020
DESTROYED JEFFERSON COUNTY CEMETERY!
In 2015, Ameren UE, and their subcontractor, Asplundh,
damaged the historic Smith Speed graveyard in Hematite by driving their heavy
equipment through it, crushing and breaking most of the stones. Ameren testified
in court that they didn't know the cemetery was there. However, In 1977, a
separate lawsuit was brought against Ameren for damage that they did to the
cemetery when installing their power lines. Documents, surveys, deeds, and
evidence from that case prove without a doubt that they most certainly knew of
its existence. The following aerial photo, taken by Peter Newton, clearly shows
the broken stones, and the machines tire tracks left in the cemetery.
More of the story can be read in
this article from the May 14, 2020 issue of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Or
here for a .pdf version.
Please use this button if you would like to donate
funds to help the Historical
Society repair this cemetery!
JCHHS is proud to
present the new publication
Kennett Castle or
Selma Hall and the Families That Lived There
Lisa K. Gendron, author
The book tells the
story of the pre-civil war castle, built on the banks of the Mississippi river
by Ferdinand Kennett. The author presents extensive research through
documents, stories and full color photos to illustrate the history of the
castle and the lives of those that have lived and worked on the estate from
the beginning, to the present owners, Union Pacific railroad.
The book can be
purchased on our publications page, or through Amazon.
The Grand Opening of our new county wide museum was fantastic!
If you missed it, we are open on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of Festus-Crystal City,
113 Grand Avenue in Festus, Missouri.
Photos from the Grand Opening!
If you have historical items with Jefferson County MO significance from schools, churches, scout
groups, organizations, etc...
that you would like to display or donate
to the museum,
please contact Historical Society President
Bernard Laiben at
Jefferson County celebrated its 200th year! We had some great events!
Bicentennial Facebook Page
June 16, 2018 - Wine & Beer Showcase - The Lalumondiere Mill & Rivergardens -
Photos from the event!
July 21 - Parade - Hillsboro Business 21 to Fairgrounds
Jefferson County Fair/Bicentennial Art Contest - Hillsboro
August 4 - Living History Day - Northwest Library - High Ridge
August 25 - Bicentennial Car Cruise - De Soto
Photos from the event!
September 15 - Living History Day - Kimmswick
Photos from the event!
September 22 - Bicentennial Car & Motorcycle Show - De Soto
October 6 -
Bicentennial Expo - Hillsboro Civic Center
September 28 - October 28 (Weekends) - Pierce
Century Farm Bicentennial Corn Maze
(see the video
Our 200th Anniversary commemorative Bicentennial Coin is now
We hope you were able to purchase this great piece!
COUNTY BICENTENNIAL CALENDAR!
This beautiful calendar features historic scenic photos of the county by
local photographers. These make great gifts and are only $10
We only have a VERY limited supply of these left! Each page is great for
History of Jefferson County Missouri
By Lisa K. Gendron
Member Photos - New
photos added - Feb. 2020
April 2019 -
History of the Hematite
August 2018 - History of Jefferson County
Missouri Emergency Services
April 2018 - Archaeology Sites added (more
added Sept. 2018)
December 2017 - 1963 Fox C-6 Teachers Association
Members added to Schools
Former Circuit Court Judges 1819-1941
added to Court Records
1859 Murder Case - Smith/Williams
added to Court Records
- 1819 Territory of MO Slavery Issue
added to History Articles
- I Remember When memories of long time members
Betty & Blaine Olson added with photos!
- Alphabetized Last Name Index
to all burials in our database added to Cemetery
Transcriptions & "I Remember When" section added for local memoirs
- Missouri State Penitentiary
records, tried in Jefferson County, MO added to the
of prominent business men from 1820-1921 added
- Caveland Skating Rink
history article added & State Hospital (Fulton)
1850-1910 added to Court Records
February 2014 -
Jefferson County Missouri Marriages from 1839-1850 have been added to the site.
- Added Presbyterian Cemetery at Gamel and
the 1900 County Ward Book was added to History Articles.
- Baker (aka Hillcrest) School article and photos have
been added to the "Schools" page.
- Jefferson Co. Marriages through 1838 have been
added to the site.
The Heritage News
Our society newsletters, containing interesting articles about Jefferson County, MO have been added to the site. Find the index in the menu on the left under "History Articles."
- Passports have been added to the site! These records are from the early 1900's and include photographs of the applicants! Kay Clerc Fakhar has transcribed an index for this outstanding collection. Find them
menu on the left under "Passports."
1826 Petition to move the county seat from Herculaneum to Hillsboro, complete with signatures! Find it under the "Courts" section.
John Linhorst has created a wonderful tool
by taking the 1876 & 1898 historical atlases of Jefferson County and creating a series of overlays for use within the Google Earth software. It gives the user a good look at
how things have changed (and how some things have not changed!) in Jefferson County.
Check them out under "Land Records, Maps & Place Names" on the menu at left.
July 2010 - The Old Settlers List 1864 - 1950 has been added to the site.
Transcribed by Betty Olson, find it under "History Articles." Also Carole Goggin has supplied us with
a Jefferson County MO Place Names list. Find it under
More cities have been added to the Historical Postcards and photographs on our site. More towns will be added soon!
Dec 2009 - Funeral Home Records have now been added to our site! These records are from the Mahn, Mothershead, Fink, and Dietrich Funeral Homes, and now include the older Coxwell and Stovesand records!
Jefferson County Leader newspaper article featuring several of our members in their quest to find and replace the gravestone for former county collector John Williams!
The following members can be contacted for information concerning
Jefferson Co. Missouri history.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Museum &
Lisa K. Gendron email@example.com
(Website & General)
Kay Clerc Fakhar
KayClerc@yahoo.com (Newspapers &