As one of the older towns in Vernon County, Moundville pre-dates the Civil War. However, the border war in western Missouri so devastated the area that the town had to begin anew when the war had ended. Citizens came and went. Some, such as Harvey Karnes, Mr. Cooper and Professor Miles, left their indelible marks on the town. Schools, churches, hotels, mines, factories and businesses all added to the early successes of the town. This historical and genealogical work is the result of many years researching Moundville, the early folks who founded it, and those who contributed to its success. Stories and illustrations that describe early life in Moundville are often warm, sometimes touching and occasionally tragic. In one way or another, all are important to the development of the town. This book contains original illustrations from Barbara Irwin.
Lyndon Irwin is an Agriculture Professor at Missouri State University. He is a member of the St. Louis World's Fair Society and a popular speaker on World's Fair topics. His writing about the Fair has been included in documentaries and public television programs. He is also the author or several other earlier literary works including There Will be a Wreck!read more