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In July 1895, the Sedalia Democrat printed a series of articles about Otterville, a “flourishing little town” in Cooper County about 15 miles …

Sedalia’s growth in the years after the Civil War was marked by new residents, new businesses, and new buildings. The village slowly began to take on the appearance of a town. The changes are outlined in the 1882 History of Pettis County, which used a collection of Sedalia Times newspapers saved by Francis Sampson.

Pettis County was blessed with many natural resources such as timber and stone that could be used for building. In addition, the county had large deposits of clay which could be used to make bricks. In the mid- to late 19th century, the county had several brick kilns. One of the brickmakers was Simon Rowlette, who also built several brick buildings in central Missouri. Some of the buildings he built are still standing.

Sometimes I find myself missing the strangest things, and I guess that comes from rummaging around in the past looking for something to write about. I am pleasantly surprised sometimes though, when someone who has read one of my stories tell me they missed the same things. It is what keeps me writing.

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessar…