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New Melle in St. Charles County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

New Melle

 
 
New Melle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 22, 2021
1. New Melle Marker
Inscription.  
The St. Paul Lutheran Church stands directly on the ridge of Missouri and Mississippi River watersheds. Rainwater from the west side of the roof eventually flows into the Mississippi River, and water from the east side finds its way into the Missouri River.

Friedens (Peace) united Church of Christ's bell tower stands on the highest point of any incorporated municipality in St. Charles County.

1839 - German immigrants began arriving from Melle, Germany. they call their new settlement New Melle.
1845 - General stores that were in operation were, Rudolph Dercus, Koelling Bros. and Sudbrock & Co.
1849 - Philip Klippel built a small hotel and bar room.
1850 - Conrad Mallinckrodt laid out and surveyed a rectangular shaped town consisting of 16 lots. Post office opened with John F. Dierker as postmaster.
1857 - Work began on the Charles E. Meier General Store. The family continued the business until the 1930's. The building has been restored and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Dr. Theodor Borberg set up his practice of medicine. He was also prominent

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in grape growing and production of wine. At one point, 48,000 gravevines were growing in the area.
1858 - An oxen mill was set in operation.
1860 - First public school was opened.
1868 - Steam-grinding flour mill was built. The flour from this mill was recognized as the sixth best in state of Missouri. St. Paul and St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Churches were united, using the building that St. Peter's Congregation built of native stone. Today the church and school building are on the National Register of Historic Places.
1871 - Fritz Kamphoefner's house was built. It is now the home of the Boone Duden Society's Archives/Museum. At this location were the Kamphoefner's blacksmith shop and the Auping wagon-making shop. Stahlhuth Brick Factory was in operation. John Kessler built a General Store and tin shop in Market Square.
1880 - Ed Karrenbrock's Creamery was in operation.
1992 - Dr. Oscar Muhn, MD, set up his practice of medicine. First telephone exchange of this area was set up in John Kessler's General Store.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionCommunicationsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
 
Location. 38° 42.559′ N, 90° 52.766′ 
New Melle Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 22, 2021
2. New Melle Marker
W. Marker is in New Melle, Missouri, in St. Charles County. Marker is on Mill Street (State Highway F) just south of State Highway D, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3575 Mill St, Defiance MO 63341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Melle Sister City Photo Display (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hier Ruhen In Frieden (about 700 feet away); Butler Bro's General Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boone Homestead (approx. 4.2 miles away); Daniel Boone Home (approx. 4.2 miles away); Daniel Boone (approx. 4.2 miles away); Searching for Opportunity (approx. 4.2 miles away); Nathan Boone (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Melle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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