This history was transcribed exactly as written from
"Young's History of Lafayette County, Missouri by Hon. Wm. Young, Illustrated,
Volume 1, Copyright, 1910, B.F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana." Pages 351 - 361



     Shoe Shop -- W. E. Cunningham.
     Hotel -- R. C. Caplinger.
     Livery -- R. C. Caplinger.
     Physician - C. R. Boone.


     Just a little to the north of the village of Aullville, at one time was the home of that well-known Confederate general, Joseph Shelby, who at an early day was a large land owner in this county. Southwest of Waverly is what is known as the "Shelby tract," consisting of about eight hundred acres of excellent land, now held by the Yancey brothers.

     In the sixties and seventies there were enacted many dark, criminal deeds in and near the village of Aullville, some of which it is probably not wise to blacken the pages of this volume with, but there are others that would seem to find a proper place in the annals of the county, of which this work is supposed to impartially treat. Within the nearby vicinity of the place the notorious outlaw, Jesse James, once made his hiding place during the interims between the dark crimes with which he was from time to time connected. It was in the seventies, when Hon. William Young was sheriff of the county, that Jesse James was hiding from justice in this township and being hotly pursued by the officer named, that he left his bed, just in time to make his escape. Sheriff Young had difficulty in crossing the waters of Davis creek, hence lost his man, who even then was known as among the greatest of highwaymen.

     At other points within this county Jesse James remained at farmhouses several weeks, but at the time was unknown to the people here. It was right after the close of the Civil war, and his carrying such an array of firearms and going "armed to the teeth" as he was, finally caused a suspicion among the members of a family where he was stopping as a boarder, and one of them told him he must leave, as such things did not look well in a civilized country. He took the hint and left, and not long thereafter it was learned that the "boarder," who came and went at all times of the day and night, was none other than the notorious Jesse James, so much wanted by the state and federal authorities for numerous crimes.

     Until a vigilance committee waited on a large number of bad citizens in the vicinity of Aullville, in the seventies, that community was the scene of foul deeds. When crime was committed, sympathizers were on hand to see that the law was thwarted in bringing them to justice. Many

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guilty persons escaped their just deserts. On one occasion more than fifty persons were personally placed under arrest by Sheriff Young and brought to Lexington, and placed -- some as witnesses and others as criminals -- on trial.

     Outside of Concordia and Aullville, in Freedom township, are these churches: The Baptist, two and a half miles to the west of Concordia; the Evangelical church, two miles to the east of town, and a Lutheran church, four miles west of town.

     There are small coal mines within Freedom township, west of Concordia, but not of any great magnitude, and they are only periodically worked.

(Transcribers note: This ends this chapter.)

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