May 17, 1867

The Missouri Press Association was organized on this date.


May 16, 1927

Runaway mules killed A.W. Bisby north of Brookfield.


May 15, 1913

A large number of federal marshals left Springfield for the wilds of Ripley and Oregon counties to break up some illicit stills. These were said to be the last in Missouri. The press releases, however, got out before the raids and they whole thing.


May 14, 1804

The Lewis and Clark Expedition (the Voyage of Discovery) left St. Louis to explore the unknown west.  


May 13, 1946

St. Louis became the first city in the nation to offer telephones in your car. A radio telephone was available for fifteen dollars a month.  


May 10, 1881

Washington University established the first Art Museum west of the Mississippi, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, on this date.


May 9, 1927

A tornado in Poplar Bluff killed 104 and injured 350 more.  


May 8, 1871

Phoebe Couzins became Missouri's first woman law school graduate (Washington University in St. Louis). In 1887 she became the first female US Marshall in the country's history. She was also on the Board of Directors for the World's Fair.


May 7, 1839

Joseph Robidoux paid $8 for a license to run a ferry across the river at what is now St. Joseph.


May 6, 1888

St. Louis residents were finding eels in their sinks. The water commissioner said that eels and minnows could easily pass through the filters when they were young and then would grow while they lived in the settling basins.