Bronaugh, Missouri

Bronaugh is a small village in southwest Vernon County, Missouri. I've been collecting Bronaugh memorbilia, stories, photos etc. as I research the town's history. Thanks to those who have shared Bronaugh "stuff" as this website continues to expand.

NOTE:  The book "Bronaugh, the Town, the Man and his Friends" is available . For more information about the book and how to order, click here.

NOTE: In 2004, a big screen documentary was released in celebration of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. It is named "The World's Greatest Fair" and in 2005 it is being shown nationally on Public Television (PBS). Several writers were invited to participate by writing segments for the two hour documentary. Lyndon Irwin wrote three of the segments: "Dead Man's Curve", which told about the train wreck; "Dusty Comets", which told about the auto race to the fair; and "Tom Bass", which told about a famous black horse trainer at the fair. If you get a chance to watch the program you will find that Bronaugh certainly gets mentioned (and I made sure they pronounced it right).

 

Here is a Main Street Scene from 1914. Click on the photo for a much larger view.

Here is a very unique early photo showing the Methodist Church with the School across the street.

Here are students at that school, ca 1915. Click on the photo and it will show you a close-up of the students and also identify them.

Early Bronaugh Baptist Church.

Early history of the Bronaugh Christian Church.

The 1924 Bronaugh Basketball Teams won some big games and also got "rave reviews".

 

Bronaugh has an interesting history, particularly regarding its founder, W. C. Bronaugh.

Bronaugh souvenirs

Here is a 1947 school group.

Many children attended nearby rural schools. To visit one, click on Prairie Flower, which was a one room school northeast of Bronaugh.

Or visit Belmont School southwest of Bronaugh

Or visit Avola School east of Bronaugh in 1946.

Here are some 1930-era Bronaugh School Scans.

Some Bronaugh business scenes from ca. 1910.

Bronaugh school photos from 1927-28.

Bronaugh school photos from 1930-31.

Bronaugh High School Graduates from 1934, 1936 and 1938. (1934 grads added in January 2005.)

Bronaugh High School 1939

Bronaugh High School 1940

Bronaugh Hotel and Dog Tax!

The Bronaugh Journal Newspaper

Bronaugh School Photos - 1921

1914 Bronaugh Tornado

1923 photo of Bronaugh students "downtown" with their teacher.

Bronaugh's first photographer was only a boy when he started his business. We have established a page to display some of his work.

The Modern Woodmen of America was a fraternal organization in Bronaugh well before 1900.

Bronaugh also had an International Order of Good Templars chapter.

Bronaugh folks, possibly a logging crew.

Doores Threshing Outfit. Baptist Church in view.

Bronaugh School photos from about 1922.

Bronaugh School photos from mid-1920's.

Bronaugh School photo from 1912

Bronaugh Drug Store

McKill Chapel is the oldest cemetery near Bronaugh.

Worsley Cemetery is the main cemetery nearest Bronaugh.

The Bronaugh Farmer's Exchange was at the west end of Main Street.

The Bronaugh Fall Festival has been held for many years.

The 1951 Bronaugh Girl's Basketball team set some records that still stand today.

The 1936-37 Bronaugh Girl's Basketball team also had a successful season - even during the Great Depression.

Here is a 1915 Train Ticket Ad Card.

Early automobiles on Main street.

Fifteen young Bronaugh ladies lined up in front of the Bronaugh Hotel.

 Here are pages about many early Bronaugh families:

AB
CDE
FG
HIJK
LM
NOPQR
S
TUV
WXYZ
Armstrong
Caton
Feller
Harkreader
Leath
Noel
Saathoff
A. Thompson
Wade
Bales
Cohenour
Fonburg
Hardy
Linn
Nord
Satterlee
Thornhill
Waite
Blevans
Couch
Funderburk
Hartman
Linthicum
Ogden
Schwartz
Titus
Weaver
Bright
Darlington
Funk
Hartzfeld
Longacre
Overstreet
Shanholtzer
Towner
Webb
Brubaker
Davis
Gibbs
Holmes
Loud
Perdue
Shannon
Twigg
Wilker
Buford
Doores
Grace
Hupens
Lucas
Purdum
Shaull

Worsley
Burton
Dorris

Irwin
Martin
Ream
Shields

Yokley

Duncan

Johnson
McKill
Reed
Simpson

Ellis

McReynolds
Reynolds
Skaggs

Mell
Richmond
Smith, Ben

Monroe
Rodgers
Stark

Moore

Starr

Morren

Steinbach

Mulkey

Stoll

Musgrave

Stoneburner

In 1904, there was a terrible train wreck that involved some Bronaugh citizens. For information on it, click here.

My son, Phillip, has done a series of Web pages on the Bushwhacker Wildlife Area just southwest of Bronaugh. It includes some historical information about Civil War times in Vernon County.

If you are doing Vernon County research be sure to visit the Vernon County RootsWeb page.

Here is a nice old map of Vernon County.

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