Indian Grove, one of the leading inland trading posts of Chariton County, is situated upon a very hight plateau in Brunswick township, about ten miles northwest of Keytesville, and is surrounded by as fine a farming, stock raising, and fruit growing country as is to be found in the state.
The citizens of the village and vicinity are a thrifty, enterprising and intelligent class of people, who have accomplished much towards the development and improvement of their locality. They dwell in substantial, and in many instances, handsome residences; have good out buildings and barns, good fences, fine orchards and the best of stock.
The village of Indian Grove is comparitively young, in point of years, the first business house, a little box shanty used also for residence purposes, being erected in 1889 by J. H. HECK, who opened up a small line of goods and secured the establishment of a post office, he recieving the appointment as first postmaster. At present the village has three general stocks of dry goods and groceries, one drug store, one blacksmith shop, and one implement house. All carry good stocks and are amply prepared to answer all demands of their trade.
At the Grove are two large and substantial church edifices, occupied by healthy, active congregations. The Catholic church was erected in 1885, at a cost of $2,000 and is indeed a credit to the religious zeal of its members. The Old School Presbyterians have a nice building, well furnished and conveniently located and have enjoyed a very successful career.
Among the civic societies of the village that have contributed materially to the moral and social conditions of the neighborhood since their organization are the Masonic and Knights of the Maccabee fraternities. The Sons of Veterans and the Grand Army of the Republic also have strong camps at this pretty little village.
The social and moral influences of Indian Grove and vicinity are quite strong and highly desirable and the party seeking a new location among the rural districts of Chariton county, with good mail services and first class educational advantages can find a suitable home among the hospitable people of Indian Grove.