Papinville: 175th Anniversary


The Papinville Historical and Cemetery Association will be celebrating the 175th birthday of Papinville. The town was platted on April 5,1847. Melcourt Papin and Michael Geraud gave 70 acres of ground for the town and Freeman Barrow was the recorder of deeds. We have not been able to have our annual picnic for two years, because of the Covid. We hope that we have no interferences this year. The date is set for Saturday September 24th.

Stories about Papinville and people will start being in the Mid America Shopper, Mid America Live (internet) and on the Butler radio station starting next week. We are still planning activities for the celebration and will keep you informed. So far the activities are: music by the Heartfelt Band, Pie Auction along with other items, conservation exhibit and a historical tour of Papinville by wagon ride. Jack York will have a display of items he has found in the Papinville area with his metal detector. More events will be added along with the dinner menu. Put the date on your calendar SEPTEMBER 24th.

Next week the first story will be about Melicourt Papin .You will read and hear more information on Papin next week. The stories will run through August and September. Some of the stories will be on The First Murder Trial in Papinville, Halley’s Bluff, Platting Papinville, businesses in Papinville, Early Entertainment and several stories people have told about the early days in Papinville. Hope you will enjoy these stories each week and learn more about Papinville. It is a very nice little community with a lot of history. We hope we can keep the history alive but we need people to help. If you would be interested in helping please let us know by calling these numbers 417-395-4288 and 417- 395- 2594. We have a very nice museum, shelter house, school with all original furnishings and a bridge that is on the National Historical Register. If you would like to use the shelter house for a reunion or gathering contact the numbers above. We have restrooms and a kitchen.

           Submitted by Phyllis Stewart (Activity Director)