At a reunion of old settlers of Chariton County, held during the progress of the Keytesville fair in 1877, Hon. Charles J. CABELL, deceased, read an interesting and instructive paper upon the early settlement of the county, from which we glean the following information: In October, 1818, Edward B. CABELL, father of the Hon. Charles J. CABELL, W. W. MONROE, and Daniel DUVALL, accompanied by their families, settled at the town of Chariton and united their destinies with the people of Chariton county. At that time the town of Chariton was the rival of St. Louis, and the home of good society and men of excellent literary attainments. James SAMPLE, who afterwards represented a district of illinois in Congress for six years, conducted a large tannery on a small creek near by, while Mr. CLEMENTS operated a pottery in the same locality. Half a mile or more above the pottery was a distillery owned by the CAMERONS, while another was operated about a mile below the town. In 1819, Col. Joseph J. MONROE, grandfather of Hon. Charles J. CABELL, and a brother of the then President, located at Chariton. Among some of the most distinguished gentlemen who attended the early courts of Chariton county were Archibald and Hamilton R. GAMBLE, Judges MCGIRK, Wash. TOMPKINS, Ryland, Leonard, Gen. John B. CLARK, John WILSON and others.
In speaking of the people of the day, Mr. CABELL says no one was ever turned from their doors hungry; their doors were always open and they kept no locks. There was no law-breaking, no violence or rush for money-making beyond the wants judiciously indulged. They were a band of brothers having a common interest and home.
To relate here the various incidents in the lives of these pioneer settlers, the hardships and privations they endured and the grand achievements they accomplished under adverse circumstances, in transforming a howling wilderness, abounding with buffalos, bears, deer, panthers, wolves and wild turkeys, into a civilized, intellectual community, would make a work far more volumous than our purpose to issue, nor would it accomplish the desired end of the publishers in presenting to the world the grand opportunities and possibilities afforded here to-day.