Laclede in Linn County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Laclede is distinguished as the boyhood home of John Joseph Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I. He was born near Laclede in Linn County, Sept. 13, 1860. At the time, his parents, John Fletcher and Ann Elizabeth Thompson Pershing, were living in a cabin between Meadville and Laclede, near the father's work as section boss on the Hannibal and St. Joseph R. R. then being built through here.
Later the family moved to Laclede and the father opened a general store. The Pershing Boyhood Home in Laclede and Pershing State Park, west of Laclede, are State memorials. The park, 1,836 acres of beautiful woodland, through which flows scenic Locust Creek, was established, 1938, and dedicated, 1948.
Pershing's appointment to head the A. E. F., 1917, topped a brilliant career followed since his graduation from West Point, 1886. In 1919 he was appointed General of the Armies of the U. S., the only one ever to have held that rank. He died, July 15, 1948, and lies buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Laclede, named for the founder of St. Louis, was laid out, 1853, by J.E. Worlow. It is one of several Linn County towns on the first railroad to cross Missouri, the Hannibal and
Northward is Linneus, seat of justice for Linn County. Settled, 1834, by John Holland, it is named for Swedish botanist Linnaeus. The county, a rich farming area, once quite heavily mined for coal, was organized, 1837. The name is for Lewis F. Linn, the "Model Senator from Missouri," 1833-43.
Linn County's real growth followed the chartering of the Hannibal and St. Joseph R. R., 1847. Towns on the line are Bucklin, laid out, 1854; Meadville, 1860; and Brookfield, 1859, all named for railroad employees. In the Civil War, raids were directed against the railroad held by the Union.
To the southeast, on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe R. R. is Marceline. Named for the wife of a railroad official, it was laid out, 1887. Walter E. Disney, creator of the world-famous "Mickey Mouse" and other animated cartoons, lived as young boy near there.
Erected 1955 by State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Missouri, State Historical Society of marker series.
Location. 39° 47.302′ N, 93° 10.183′ W. Marker is in Laclede, Missouri, in Linn County. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home (within shouting distance of this marker); John Joseph Pershing (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Laclede (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Laclede (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Laclede (approx. 0.2 miles away); Phil Kearny Post No. 19 G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Locust Creek Covered Bridge (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laclede.
Also see . . .
1. Laclede, Missouri, at Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site, MO. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. 1930 Linn County, Missouri, Plat Book. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.