|Jerico Springs, Missouri
|My Present Past
|A genealogical experience
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Edgar and Gene Jacobs
Jerico Springs, Missouri 1935
|Donald G. Stratton came to Stockton, Cedar County,
Missouri in late 1879 from Cambridge, Henry County,
Illinois. Shortly after arriving, his attention was called to
the springs and their waters suggested as a remedy for a
chronic affection from which he suffered. Skeptical at
first, he finally tried it and was delighted when a complete
cure was effected. Having satisfied himself by watching the
experience of other invalids, that the springs unquestionably
possessed great medicinal properties, Mr. Stratton bought
the tract of land containing the springs from Mr. Carrico and
laid out a town site. On June 09, 1882 the first nail was
driven in Jerico Springs. Every year since then there is a
large picnic to commemorate the event. On March 05, 1883,
Jerico Springs was incorporated as a village.
|Top: 1945 printing of Jerico Springs, A Brief Historical
Review by John L. Gundy and Son, Commercial Advertising,
El Dorado Springs, Missouri. This section shows the analysis
of the spring water and advertising from the area.
1879 Map of Benton Township, Cedar County, Missouri.
At the bottom of the map in the middle you will find the
sections that J. B. Carrico owned before selling the property
to D. G. Stratton in 1882.
Sections 32 and 33.
|By 1945 the town had been incorporated and the city officials are: Ray L. Morris, Mayor, W. L. Skaggs, F. O.
Potts, Jim Leonard, and O. P. Mitchell serve as Aldermen. Gladys Morris, City Clerk, Willie Mitchell, City
Collector, Don Wright, Treasurer, Bob Bratton, Police Judge and W. F. Evans, Marshal.
Perhaps one of the most vital organizations in Jerico Springs is the Community Teachers Association with Ray L.
Morris as President. The Association embraces twelve districts and covers several counties. The Association
has done much to improve school conditions in their localities and their work is making rapid progress.
The beautiful Spring Park is a cool, restful spot in the center of the business section and is the center of the
town's evening and Sunday afternoon meetings. It is one of the prettiest parks of its size in the state and is
the subject of favorable comments by the many of out-of-town people who visit the Springs annually.