September 15, 1858

Hannibal-LaGrange College opened as the LaGrange Male and Female Seminary.  

September 9, 1956

The Broadway Bridge, which crosses the Missouri River, opened in Kansas City. 

September 8, 1842

Phoebe Couzins was born in St. Louis. She went on to become one of the first female lawyers in the United States and the first woman to be appointed to the US Marshall. She earned a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and she is now buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. 

September 7, 1880

The city of Blue Springs was incorporated on this date.

September 3, 1923

Cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, and loyal University of Missouri Alum was born on this day. Beetle Bailey’s Camp Swampy was modeled after Missouri’s Camp Crowder where Mort Walker had been stationed.  

September 2, 1850

“The Children’s Poet,” Eugene Field was born on this day in St. Louis.  His boyhood home is now a the Eugene Field and Toy Museum at 634 South Broadway in St. Louis. 

September 1, 1880

The parent organization of the St. Louis Symphony was organized on this day.  

August 26, 1856

District Attorney Thomas C. Reynolds and editor of the St. Louis Democrat, Benjamin Gratz Brown, fought a duel on Bloody Island.  Brown was wounded, and Reynolds was unhurt.  Brown went on to become Governor of Missouri, and Reynolds went on to become the Confederate Governor of Missouri.

August 25, 1863

General Thomas Ewing issued the notorious Order No. 11, creating a demilitarized zone in Missouri. Jackson, Cass, Bates, and northern Vernon Counties were forcibly evacuated.  

August 19, 1855

Records show a “sharp frost” in Greene County.  This was the beginning of one of the worst winters ever seen.