The town of Fenton was incorporated. Its petition for incorporation claimed, “35 legal voters, 40 to 50 women, and about 90 children, with fair prospects for an increase in the latter.”

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.