We are hoping that you will be attending our bi-monthly meeting on the square in Pineville at the new McDonald County Historical Museum, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

We are hoping that you will be attending our bi-monthly meeting on the square in Pineville at the new McDonald County Historical Museum, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21.  

We are fortunate that the Design Committee, those ladies whose vision was accomplished creating amazing exhibits in the museum, will be our guides on that afternoon. Do mark your calendar and join us. Coming soon, also, is Jesse James days, in August, the 28 through the 31. A wonderful ‘festival’ and celebration that grows with every year. In the museum, you will find available the “Illustrated History Of McDonald County, Missouri From the Earliest Settlement to the Present time, edited and compiled by J. A. Sturges, Attorney at Law, Pineville, Mo. 1897.”

We take great pride in making this interesting publication available. I found the following story of McDonald County interesting:

“…the name Buffalo, was given this creek by the first Catholic Missionary that ever visited the Indians of this part of America. During his journey considerable heavy rain fell and the creek, as well as the river rose until it was past fording, and the party was obliged to go into camp between the two streams until the water ran down. While thus delayed a buffalo cow was killed by one of the party and the robe, or skin, was preserved. From this event the missionary gave the name Buffalo to the creek and Cow Skin to the river.

A very pretty origin for the names of two of the most noted streams in our county. Next south of this is Patterson Creek, named from John Patterson, an old bachelor who settled on the creek about the year 1833.  The creek rises about two miles west of the town of Anderson and runs principally west, passing into the Territory about a mile south of Tiff City.  South Indian creek takes its source at a large spring in the town of Rocky Comfort and runs south of west for some 10 or 12 miles where it connects with the main creek which has its source in Newton County, and enters McDonald County about 12 miles from the northeast corner.

 The main creek flows south and west from where it enters this county, and empties into Elk River just above the old town site of Rutledge. This is one of the most beautiful of streams; throughout its entire length the rich bottom lands, fine farms, herds of all kinds of stock and comfortable, home-like houses and barns impress one with the belief that he is in one of the favored spots of the earth.
Many years ago, in the earliest settlement of this part of Missouri there was an Indian camp on this creek just about where it now crosses the north line of this county. The name was given it from this Indian camp. East of this, and still in the northern part of the county are the North and South Elk Horn. These two streams each rise from springs and are fed by the same means.  The valleys are narrow but very productive, and many nice farms are found along these two streams. Many of the older inhabitants do not remember the origin of the name, but I have been able to glean the information that it was formerly the grazing and stamping ground for herds of elk, and the name was given on account of finding horns of these animals along the two streams. 

Mr. John Roseberry, now deceased, more than 60 years ago found an immense set of elk horns in that vicinity. He was a large, tall man, but the horns were so large that when the tips were placed on the ground he could stand straight under the crown.  
This may seem somewhat incredible, but it is vouched for by so many reputable citizens that it is given as an absolute fact.” 

We count our blessings that Attorney Sturges (Judge Sturges) cared enough to preserve these interesting facts. Do you have an interesting story you would like preserved for posterity?

Do join us at our meeting on the 21st, or write to us at Post Office Box 572, Pineville, Mo. 64856, or go to www.mcdonaldcohistory.org. or info@mcdonaldcohistory.org.  
Hope to see you Sunday, July 21.

Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.