This week I had the opportunity to pick up a couple of historical items from a friend in Kahoka. She wanted to transfer them to the Downing House from the Clark County Museum. I have enjoyed the history of the Scotland County schools, and a Granger yearbook.
I am also interested in the history of Etna, our little town nearby. There is not much left there anymore; memories of the church, school, Tom Horn, and the Etna Cemetery, which I might add is well kept and mowed by Eddie Knupp of Wyaconda. It is located north of Etna and is on a rolling hillside.
The school was located just north of the curve in Etna, on the gravel road going north. All that attended has so many memories of that school and classmates. The church site is kept nicely as well by Larry Mohr. Some of us locals try to keep it neat and decorated.
As with many small towns, at one time, it was quite the busy place. In 1870, there three general stores, two doctors, one drug store, two blacksmith shops, a hotel, two shoe shops and of course, a saloon. In 1871, the largest hotel in Scotland County, was opened in Etna. Also, a furniture factory there. A German by the name of Hettemdofer was owner and made furniture and caskets for all of northeast Missouri. Later, Etna was known as the Hoop Hole. In the fall, 10-15 men would locate there and shave hoops for barrels. The work generally lasted until spring. The barrels were used for molasses, meat and vinegar. The two shoe shops that I mentioned made practically all of the shoes for people in this part of the state.
The church was also a large part of Etna. In 1866. The Methodist Church was built in Etna. The church was a large part of the community. One of the trustees was Louis Ruth, the great-grandfather of Duane. The Ruth’s were owners of the farm that we live on now. It has been in our family many years. Louis Ruth was listed as a local preacher, also. Duane’s grandparents, Charles and Ida (Ruth) Ebeling were married in the Etna Church.
For those of you who are wondering, I am still watching the birds, and hope you are too. Get those bluebird houses ready. I cleaned all of mine out yesterday, and hope to see some hints of blues soon. Until next time, good birdwatching.