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  • Collection: RIVERDALE EARLY HISTORY

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The first bridge at the Gilmore-Walker Mill was constructed in 1907. By this time the mill site was known as Riverdale. This quality photograph was likely taken shortly after the new iron bridge was in place.

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Shown is the interior of the large Riverdale Mill which had been primarily built by Homer Gilmore before his 1902 departure. In this 1907 photo Charles Brown is on the left with John Leonard Hawkins on the right. Hawkins was the acting postmaster…

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This photo shows the new 1907 Riverdale Bridge in place with a new addition to the mill on the left (south). The old building on the north (right) could easily be a structure in place from the Civil War era. The man standing in front of the door by…

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For over 20 years the Riverdale flouring mill on Finley Creek below Ozark was operated by Civil War veteran Homer Gilmore. In 1902 he sold to former Christian County sheriff David Walker.

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Homer Gilmore was born in WS in 1844 and first saw the Ozarks while fighting on the Union side in the Civil War. Then after the War he came to the future Riverdale area and bought a mill and property from the Clapp and Edwards families. He remained…

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Alexander Clapp and family in the 1890s. Mr. Clapp bought the so-called Riverdale mill from Benjamin Hooten in 1857. He sold it to Homer Gilmore and Lou Gilmore in 1881. Standing: Jim Clapp and Oliver Clapp. Seated in the middle: Will Clapp,…

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Alexander Clapp was the owner and miller of the Riverdale mill from 1857-1881. Born in NC in 1827 he came to Mo as a boy in 1837. His father was David Clapp who spelled his name Klopp. Alexander's wife was Phoebe Naves (1838-1912). Alexander was a…

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This is believed to be Adam Willhite while in the Civil War. He was born in 1830 and died in 1868. His wife was Hester Willhite (1833-1899). Both are buried at the Jones Chastain Cemetery near Riverdale.
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