Police searching for other potential victims(February 21, 2020) - St. Charles County police are searching for potential victims following the arrest of a Lake St. Louis man who engaged in an illegal and inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl reported missing from San Tan Valley, Arizona.
MDC reminds people that a “fed bear is a dead bear.”
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) estimates that Missouri is home to about 540 - 840 black bears with most being in the southern part of the state. As spring gets underway, these magnificent mammals leave their winter dens in search of food. MDC reminds Missourians to “Be Bear Aware.”
By Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library
So you’ve taken a technology class at the Library. You’ve read an eBook, you’ve streamed a movie, maybe you’ve even learned to knit or speak German using resources from our eLibrary. But did you know that the Library also has technology TOOLS? That’s right! You can check out computers, hotspots, and more.
Submitted by Ellen Knoernschild, Friends of Historic Augusta
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the designation of many properties in Augusta being admitted to the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of Historic Augusta seeks to preserve Augusta’s history and to share it with residents and visitors. The article below is the first in a series throughout the year that will highlight the history and historic buildings in Augusta.
PART 1: EARLY SETTLEMENT OF AUGUSTA AREA
Free land to all settlers was the promise of the Spanish government in “upper Louisiana” in the late 1700’s. Spain was concerned about English claims. Daniel Boone was promised 11,000 arpents (about 8000 acres) if he would bring 100 families with him from Kentucky and Virginia. Most of the families were given 340 acres. These Spanish land grants, clustered along the Missouri River and larger creeks, still appear on topographic maps with the survey number and name of the original grantee. After 5 years of residency the grant could be confirmed in New Orleans.
Life remained primitive for many years. Henry Crow’s grant was near what would become Augusta. He died in 1828. He had a large estate at the time of his death -- $577 not counting land or crops; but his kitchen equipment and personal possessions were of more value than his livestock. His 33 head of cattle, 64 hogs, 15 sheep and 24 geese were worth $141. Compare the $3 he got for a steer to $10 for a bed, 50 cents for a hog to $2.00 for a kettle, and 80 cents for a sheep to $2.50 for a Bible Dictionary. The clock was worth as much as 13 hogs. Household items must have been brought from Kentucky 30 years earlier and could not be readily purchased.
In 1800 France gained control of Louisiana. France also issued land grants but was careless, sometimes issuing the same grant to several people. After the Louisiana Purchase all grants were investigated. The Spanish ones were all confirmed and the French ones negated. Until Missouri became a state in 1820 and surveying was done, the only land which could be sold was the Spanish land grants.
PART 2: FOUNDING OF AUGUSTA
In 1810, Leonard Harold, a wealthy entrepreneur from Virginia (possibly Mount Pleasant in Augusta County), came to this area. He married the daughter of Henry Crow, who had a Spanish land grant near what would become Augusta. Harold started buying and selling Spanish land grants. Missouri finally became a state in August 1821, after three years of congressional argument over slavery and the passage of the Missouri Compromise. There was a rush to buy the public lands, mostly at $1.00 an acre. A “cash only” requirement slowed sales. Harold bought 360 choice acres. With an excellent boat landing it was expensive, selling for $2.50 an acre. A ferry started, and by 1825 there was regular steamboat service.
In 1836 Leonard heard that Julius Mallinckrodt was planning a town 1/2 mile west of his property. Leonard was in a rush to start his town first. He had 54 lots surveyed on March 28, 1836, had the plat drawn up that day and took the steamboat to St. Charles the next day to have the survey recorded. The auction was only two weeks later and almost all the lots sold. The average price was $25. All the purchasers had English names. When Julius Mallinckrodt had his auction a few months later the purchasers were German. But the state wouldn’t allow another boat landing, plus the town of New Dortmund was wiped out by a flood.
Leonard’s town developed quickly with mills, pubs, hotels, a saddle-maker’s shop and other businesses on the waterfront. Leonard built a large log house with glass windows (the sign of an expensive house), a tobacco barn, and slave cabins.
Four powerful documentaries about identity, regionalism, and diversity in Missouri communities are featured in St. Charles County Heritage Museum’s “Missouri Film Series: A Local Documentary Showcase” at 6:30 p.m. on select Thursdays in February, March, April, and May.
The “Spanning the Generations” 2020 Art Show, hosted by the Crossroads Arts Council, has issued a call for artists. This will be their 6th annual art show that features 9th grade high school artists through senior citizens – thus the name “Spanning the Generations”.
The Hunt for Hunger program that was started by David Neier three years ago, closed the hunting season this year with total donations of over 7000 pounds! Share the Harvest, local area pantries, and the Salvation Army were thrilled to receive the much needed meat.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Trout Unlimited encourage anglers to test their fishing skills and pursue a “Blue-Ribbon Trout Slam” from Missouri’s nine blue-ribbon trout streams.
Save the Date! On March 14, 2020, a great evening is being planned at the Harmonie Verein in Augusta that will honor and celebrate the past while setting the stage for success in the future.