Mrs. Mary Donovan

The home of Mrs. Mary Donovan at 220 East Lake Street was built on the site where the family owned one of the first stores in Marceline. At this time, Lake Street was the main street in town. Next to this home was a barbershop and this building is still standing today.

The first mass … > More >

St. Bonaventure Church

In the spring of 1888, Rt. Rev. John J. Hogan of Kansas City requested Rev. Walter Tormey of Brookfield, to select lots in the new town of Marceline upon which to build a Catholic Church. Fr. Tormey secured the lots.

Rev. Thos. J. Burke came to Marceline in August, 1888 to assume duties as pastor. … > More >

Pioneer Families

Oldham & Adair Families

Mary Ann Sportsman and M. G. Oldham both of Chariton County, were united in marriage July 29, 1857, moved to a home two and one-half miles southeast of Marceline, and became the parents of nine children: J. G. Oldham, H. H. Oldham, M. G. Oldham, Richard Oldham, Alva Oldham, Sally Oldham, … > More >

Reid Family

Thomas Venable Reid was born April 13, 1862 in Rothville where his parents settled after migrating from Virginia in a covered wagon, in 1860. Tom was a farmer and a carpenter in his early years. After his marriage to Della Vaden Simpson they settled in Marceline where he helped on the construction of the first … > More >

History of Marceline

Note: The following article containing a history of the first 50 years of Marceline was reproduced from the 1938 Golden Jubilee edition of the Marceline News. Floyd C. Shoemaker, secretary of the State Historical Society of Missouri, has written the following interesting and complete history of Marceline. Mr. Shoemaker is a Linn County product, having > More >