State Gazetteer and Business Directory of 1883-84
village in Union township, Monroe
County, 18 miles southwestern of Paris, the County seat, 10
east of Moberly, its most convenient shipping point and 5 miles
south of Evansville on the K.&T. division M.P. railway.
Shipments of cattle, hogs, corn & tobacco.
Land average $10 to $25 per acre.
Pop 350. Mail tri-weekly.
Justice of Peace
Drugs & Groc.
Formerly called Mill Grove, stage to Middle Grove 4 miles south.
Tri-weekly fare 25˘. Pop. 20.
Grove was a “real little town” in those days.
Most of the people were “well-to-do” and every business
in the town thrived. Aunt
Jennie confessed. “In
fact, the very bread and butter that I’m living (on) now was made
in our Middle Grove store.” But
business graduates deserted the little town when the railroad and
railroad shops (in) Moberly drew the business.
They retired in Moberly a short time before her husband died.
(Excerpt from the History of Monroe County Families (Aunt
Jennie was (Temple) Stephens wife).