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Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri



The Mitchell Hotel was located on east Cherry, nearly a block east of the southeast corner of the square.

The Tyler Mansion at 511 East Cherry served briefly as Nevada's YMCA (from 1904 - 1908).


Below left is an undated postcard actually labeled, "YMCA, Nevada, MO". However, long ago, someone drew a line through YMCA wrote, "Hotel Strain, 511 Cherry St." Thanks to Nancy Thompson for sharing this card and the information below:

In 1880, 26-year-old James Strain, born in Indiana, is living in Deerfield Township of Vernon County, Missouri, and working as a drug clerk. He is living in the Wilbourn Cline household. Cline and his wife are also from Indiana, and Cline is a physician.

In the 1900 Vernon County, Missouri Federal Census, the James Strain family is boarding in a home on E. Austin Street in Nevada, Missouri. Both children living with them were born in Missouri -- they are 19 and 4 years old. Strain is a druggist.

In the 1908-09 Nevada, Missouri City Directory, James E. Strain is a druggist at the State Asylum and residing at 421 E. Walnut.

1910 Vernon Co, Missouri Federal Census. 511 East Cherry, Dwelling 29.

STRAIN, James E., Head, 55 year old white male, married one time for 28 years, born Indiana, parents born Indiana, drug store druggist, rents home....Francis A., wife, 55 year old white female, married one time for 28 years, 2 of 3 children living, born Indiana, parents b. Indiana, keeper of boarding house. Also living in the home are a son, a daughter and son-in-law and child, and nine borders. Their occupations are an interesting collection: news office printer, express company agent, roundhouse machinist, light and water manager, drugs traveling salesman, boarding house waiter, and boarding house dishwasher.

The 1913 Nevada, Missouri City Directory lists Strain Hotel, J. E. Strain, propr. This dates the card.

The 1920 Vernon County, Missouri Federal Census shows James and Frances Strain still living at 511 E. Cherry, renting, but there are no boarders enumerated in the same dwelling. His occupation is hotel keeper.

Nevada leaders helped fund Nevada's own armory which was in the 400 block of East Cherry.

The Elk's Club met on the second floor of the Duck Block building.

Post cards from the Lyndon Irwin collection.

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