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March 25, 1841, the first session of the Osage County Court was held at the home of Thomas Robinson, at which time the municipal townships-Benton, Crawford, Jackson, Jefferson, Linn and Washington—were named and the boundaries designated.  At the session of court held on that day it was ordered that the regular sessions of court be held on the second Monday in May and every three months thereafter.

May 10, 1841, the election of justices of the court was ordered, and subsequent terms of court ordered held at Elijah White’s until otherwise ordered.

August 10, 1841, court convened at the home of Elijah White’s.

August 27, 1842, court convened at Adolph Menger’s, near Cave Springs.

November 4, 1842 court convened at Van Buren.

November 17, 1842, it was ordered that the county seat of Osage county be known, and styled as “Linnville.”

May 9, 1843, it was ordered that all subsequent terms of court be held at Linn.

August 14, 1843, court convened for the first time at Linn.

The name “Linnville” was used but once in the records, nor was there ever any order entered of record changing the county seat from “Linnville” to Linn.

The insufficiency of the earlier records renders indefinite the exact dates when the earlier justices were chosen. All that is available from those records are the dates when the several justices served concurrently and the selection of one of their number as presiding justice, as was then provided for by law.


JUDGES OF THE COUNTY COURT
Date Presiding Justices Associate Justices
1841 - 1847 Roysden Roberson
Roysden Roberson
Ruben Terrill
John Chapman, Thos. L. Clark
Ruben Terrill, Thos. L.  Clark
Abraham Edmonson, Chesley Glover
1847 - 1854 Camm Seay
A.S. Rodgers
A. E. Rowden, A. S. Rodgers
John Harris, Camm Seay
1854 - 1862 Andrew Branson
Andrew Branson
Andrew Branson
Andrew Branson
A. E. Rowden, Elijah Jones
C.H.Gregory, Dan Shackleford
J.J.McDaniel, Dan Shackleford
J.J.McDaniel, Francis Meyerpeter
The county of Maries being formed, and Judges Rowden and Jones living in a part of Osage county which was attached to Maries, they ceased to be judges of the Osage County Court, March 13, 1855
1863 - 1865 J.J. McDaniel Andrew Branson, Jno. H. Diercks
1865 - 1866 John Harris Felix Bonnot, Josiah McKnight
Josiah McKnight was president of the court from November 28, 1866 to December 10, 1866
December 1866 -
December 1870
J.J. McDaniel
J.J. McDaniel
W.M.Davies, John W. Johnson
W.M.Davies, William Porth
December 1870 -
December 1871
William M. Davies Chas, H. Burnett, William Porth
Judge Porth resigned
December 1871 -
December 1873
William M. Davies C. H. Burnett, G. H. Schauwecker
Judge Davies and Schauwecker ordered the building of the new courthouse, Judge Burnett dissenting
January 1873 -
December 5, 1874
Chas. H. Burnett Henry Schrader, Bernard Wilde
December 5, 1874 -
November 29, 1876
Chas. H. Burnett Hy, Schrader, Lucine Philbert
November 29, 1876 -
November 26, 1877
Henry Schrader J.G. McKnight, Lucine Philbert
November 26, 1877 -
January  1, 1879
Henry Schrader Jacob Shobe, Lucine Philbert
January 1, 1879 -
January 1, 1881
Henry Schrader Jos. J. Davies
January 1, 1881 -
January 1, 1883
Henry Schrader J.C. Bryan, John Radmacher
1883 - 1884 Lucine Boillot Frank Stonner, John Radmacher
1885 - 1886 Lucine Boillot Wilson Shirley, John Radmacher
Wm. Schwartz succeeded Radmacher, deceased
1887 - 1888 Henry Ernstmeyer J.W Agee, Jos. Nilges
1889 - 1890 Henry Ernstmeyer Jos W Lambeth, Jos. Schrader
1891 - 1892 Frank J. Boillot Robert Findley, Wm Schwartz
1893 - 1894 Frank J. Boillot S.W. Matthews, Jos. Nilges
1895 - 1896 Jesse Benson John H. Iven, Wm Schwartz
1897 - 1898 Jesse Benson Frank J. Boillot, Theo. Wiegers
1899 - 1900 Jesse Benson Wm. Joachim, Theo. Heinen
1901 - 1902 Jesse Benson Wm. Joachim, Theo. Heinen
A. E. Shobe succeeded Jachim, deceased
1903 - 1904 Alex Verdot J.M.Coffelt, Germ. Plassmeyer
1904 - 1906 Alex Verdot J.M.Coffelt, Jos. Nilges
1907 - 1908 Alex Verdot V.F. Boillot, Hy.Porth, Jr.
1909 - 1910 Alex Verdot Hy.Perriguey, Hy.Porth, Jr.
1911 - 1911 W.D.Townley
R.O. Shobe
R.O. Shobe
Hy.Perriguey, Ben Schauwecker
Ben Schauwecker, Louis Vuilcot
Ben Schauwecker, J.W. Agee

REPRESENTATIVES OF OSAGE COUNTY
  Elected   Elected
Andrew Alexander 1842 C. W. Holtschneider 1880
Oliver W. Holmes 1844 J. M. Dennis 1882
W. W. Reynolds 1846 Hermann Gove 1884
Chas. H. Gregory 1848 Wm. J. Cochran 1886
A.E. Rowden 1850 Alonzo Tubbs 1888
Zechariah Isbell 1852 Alonzo Tubbs 1890
Zechariah Isbell 1854 Alonzo Tubbs 1892
Lebeus Zevely 1856 Alonzo Tubbs 1894
Jos. M. Clark 1858 Alonzo Tubbs 1896
John W. Blunt 1860 Alonzo Tubbs 1898
Lebeus Zevely 1862 Alfred A. Speers 1900
J.B.Cooper 1864 Alfred A. Speers 1902
Lebeus Zevely 1866 Alfred A. Speers 1904
Will J. Knott 1868 Alfred A. Speers 1906
Will J. Knott 1870 Alfred A. Speers 1908
Henry Marquand 1872 J. Wm. Vosholl 1910
Jos. P. Wagner 1874 J. Wm. Vosholl 1912
L.A.Lambert 1876 James Robinson 1914
John H. Diercks 1878    

COUNTY CLERKS AND EX OFFICIO CIRCUIT CLERKS
  From To
Eli McJilton March 25, 1841 August 15, 1853
William M. Lamkin August 15, 1853 April 4, 1865
Chesley Glover April 4, 1865 April 8, 1870
Chesley Glover was appointed to succeed Wm. Lamkin by Governor Fletcher, under provision of an ordinance of the State Constitution, entitled “An ordinance providing for the vacating of certain civil offices in the State, filling the same anew, and protecting the citizens from injury and embarrassment.”
Jos. F. Luecke was appointed to succeed Chesley Glover, deceased.
In 1870 the offices of county and circuit clerks were separated.

COUNTY CLERKS
  From To
Jos. F. Luecke April 8, 1870 January 1, 1879
Anton Leiwecke 1879 1890
Jos. Suellentrop 1891 1894
Wm. Flanagan 1895 1902
Jos. Suellentrop 1903 1906
E.M.Zevely 1907 1910
Lafe Vaughan 1911 1914
Lafe Vaughan 1915  

CLERKS
  From To
J. Rhey McCord 1870 1878
E. F. Bautzer 1879 1890
Hermann Gove 1891 1902
H. C. Finck 1903 July 1910
Wm. Flanagan July 1910 Jan 1, 1911
Wiley J. Langendoerfer 1911 1914
Wiley J. Langendoerfer 1915  

SHERRIFFS AND EX OFFICIO COLLECTORS
  From To
Zechariah Isbell March, 1841 August, 1844
John J. McDaniel August 1844 August 1848
Daniel Shackleford August, 1848 August 1852
Jesse C. Evans August 1852 August 1856
John W. Blunt August 1856 August 1860
John W. Hawkins August 1860 March 1862
John B. Cooper March 1862 November 1864
August Kleinsorge November 1864 May 1865
John N. Laughlin May 1865 November 1866
August Kleinsorge November 1866 November 1870
J. G. McKnight November 1870 November 1872
John N. Laughlin was appointed to succeed A. Kleinsorge as sheriff and collector in May 1865.
Office of sheriff and collector was separated in 1872.

SHERRIFF
  From To
Robert M. Glover November 1872 December 1874
Theopile Dubrouillet December 1874 November 1878
John B. Jacques November 1878 December 1880
Hugh Jordan December 1880 November 1882
Theodore Angenendt November 1882 November 1884
Thos. J. Cox November 1884 November 1888
Wm. A. Ferguson November 1888 January 1, 1893
Henry Gidinghagen January 1, 1893 January 1,1895
Edward F. Leach January 1, 1895 January 1, 1899
Jos. W. Schrader January 1, 1899 January 1, 1903
C.J. Lamb January 1, 1903 January 1, 1905
Wm. A. Gensert January 1, 1905 January 1, 1907
Wm. D. Lamb January 1, 1907 January 1, 1913
James B. Cox January 1, 1913  

COLLECTOR OF REVENUE
J.N. Laughlin 1873 - 1874
Gerhard H. Schauwecker 1875 - 1878
Jacob Shobe 1879 - 1880
Herman Crede 1881 - 1884
Theopile Dubrouillet 1885 - 1888
John Feurs 1889 - 1890
Thos. J. Cox 1891 - 1892
Wm. A. Ferguson 1893 - 1896
Henry Krohn 1897 - 1898
Jos. Suellentrop 1899 - 1900
Edward F. Leach 1901 - 1904
Jos. W. Schrader 1905 - 1910
James Farrell 1911 - 1914
Jas. D. Franklin 1915 -
Collector takes office in March following election in November

ASSESSORS
  From To
David Hoops March, 1841 June, 1847
Wm. Breeding June 1847 June, 1848
Zechariah Isbell June 1848 November, 1850
Ben Johnson November, 1850 February, 1852
Zachariah Isbell February 1852 February, 1853
M.W. Sevier February, 1853 November, 1854
Sam Walker November, 1854 January 4, 1858
Township assessors were appointed by the county court January 4, 1858, as follows:
Township Name
Crawford Zachariah Isbell
Washington Jesse C. Evans
Benton Wm.H. Porter
Linn John C. Ferguson
Jefferson Wm. T. Boyse
Jackson John Price
Township assessors were appointed by the county court January 3, 1859 as follows:
Crawford George W. Evans
Washington John W. Johnson
Benton James M Shobe
Linn Lucine Philbert
Jefferson John B. Cooper
Jackson Stephen Borgmeyer
Office of county assessor resumed February 6, 1860
  From To
Zachariah Isbell February 6, 1860 1861
John C. Ferguson 1861 September 1865
Gerhard Schauwecker September 1865 1868
Lucine Philbert 1868 August 1871
Hermann Crede August 1871 March 1881
John Feuers March, 1881 March, 1883
James N. Clark March 1883 March 1885
John Feuers March 1885 March 1889
Gerhard Plassmeyer March 1889 March 1893
Theron Carnes March 1893 March 1901
Thos. J. Fisher March 1901 March 1909
Henry Cramer March 1909 March 1913
Henry Cramer March 1913  

SURVEYORS
Henry Zurnegede 1841 - 1855
James T. Berry 1856 - 1859
Lucine Philbert 1860 - 1868
Alfred L. Bovie 1868 - 1872
S. H. Berry 1873 - 1880
F. J. Laughlin 1881 - 1888
Emile Curtit 1889 - 1892
Lucien J. Philbert 1893 - 1900
F. J. Laughlin 1901 - 1912
H. E. Stienmann 1913 -

PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS
  From To
John C Burch May 1849 May 1852
Solomon Kinzey May 1852 June 1855
Geo w. Hopkins May 1859 February 1864
Peter P. McCord February 1864 January 1873
Samuel Mosby January 1873 January 1877
R. Steele Ryors January 1877 January 1881
Samuel Mosby January 1881 January 1883
J. Rhey McCord January 1883 January 1885
Henry Marquand January 1885 January 1891
J.W. Vosholl January 1891 January 1895
W.L. Vaughan January 1895 January 1901
J.W. Vosholl January 1901 January 1905
John P. Peters January 1905 January 1911
J. Richard Garstang January 1911 January 1913
Wm. A. Davidson January 1913 January 1915
J. Richard Garstang January 1915  
No county attorney between years of 1855 to 1859.

PROBATE JUDGES
  From To
Adam Miller January 1879 January 1883
C. W. Miles January 1883 January 1887
Adam Miller January 1887 January 1891
E. M. Zevely January 1891 January 1901
James Robinson January 1901 January 1903
Frank W. Holtschneider January 1903 January 1907
Wm. A. Davidson January 1907 January 1911
John P. Peters January 1911  

COUNTY TREASURERS
  From To
Preston G. McDaniel August 1841 August 1844
Wm. Lamkin August 1844 February 1849
Theodore Even February 1849 May, 1849
Henry Woody May, 1849 June 1855
Hugh Wilson June 1855 August 1858
Sam Miller August 1858 August 1860
David Hopkins August 1860 November 1862
Adam Miller November 1862 November 1870
John C. Ferguson November 1870 February 1875
Daniel M. Lambeth February 1875 July 1877
James N. Clark July 1877 January 1885
Robert P. Henderson January 1885 January 1889
Henry Gidinghagen January 1889 January 1893
Henry Krohn January 1893 January 1897
Geo. W. Tainter January 1897 January 1901
Lucien J. Philbert January 1901 January 1905
Charles F. Weeks January 1905 January 1909
Chas. O. Muenks January 1909 January 1913
Chas. O. Muenks January 1913  

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS
  From To
Camm Seay November 1841 February 1844
Bernard Bruns February 1844 May 1846
John Scott May 1846 March 1849
Robert P. Howerton March 1849 February 1852
Peter P. McCord February 1852 August 1856
Geo. W. Hopkins August 1856 August 1860
A. Kleinsorge August 1860 November 1864
David C. Duncan November 1864 December 1868
John W. Johnson December 1868 January 1877
F. Bern Le Mans January 1877 January 1881
Ferd Meyer January 1881 January 1883
Wm. Flanagan January 1883 January 1885
J. T. Boyse January 1885 January 1887
Jos. W. Schrader January 1887 January 1889
Luther Lockwood January 1889 January 1891
Chas. R. Manguand January 1891 January 1895
Wm Winkel January 1895 January 1897
Chas. Ernstmeyer January 1897 January 1901
Daniel Hoffman January 1901 January 1909
Chas. Ernstmeyer January 1909 January 1911
A. A. Schmudde January 1911 January 1913
Jno. B. Crum January 1913  

CORONERS
  From To
Nathan Ormes August 1844 August 1848
Hugh Wilson August 1848 November 1854
Reignier Johnson November 1854 August 1860
John C. England August 1860 December 1862
Bernard Westermann December 1862 December 1866
Reignier Johnson December 1866 July 1870
George W. Vaughan July 1870 July 1873
John W. Glover July 1873 January 1876
Henry Hood January 1876 January 1879
Geo. A. Wieser November 1876 January 1879
Paul Jencke January 1879 January 1881
L. M. Roots January 1881 January 1883
W. T. Mahon January 1883 January 1885
L. H. Lockwood January 1885 January 1889
Thos. J. Mahon January 1889 1897
Wm. Frey January 1897 January 1899
A.H. Rickhoff January 1899 January 1907
Jos. J. Radmacher January 1907 January 1913
Jas. J. Radmacher January 1913  

REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS FROM DISTRICTS OF WHICH OSAGE COUNTY FORMED A PART
John Jameison 1847 - 1848
W.V.N. Bry 1849 - 1850
Gilchrist Porter 1851 - 1852
Alfred W. Lamb 1853 - 1854
John S. Phelps 1855 - 1862
Henry T. Blow 1863 - 1866
C. A. Newcombe 1867 - 1868
G. A. Finkelnburg 1869 - 1872
Richard P. Bland 1873 - 1878
John B. Clark 1879 - 1882
Richard P. Bland 1883 - 1894
Joel D. Hubbard 1895 - 1896
Richard P. Bland 1897 - 1899
Dorsey W. Shackleford 1899 - 1914
Dorsey W. Shackleford 1915 -

STATE SENATORS FROM DISTRICTS OF WHICH OSAGE COUNTY FORMED A PART
George W. Miller 1841 - 1852
Andrew M. Elson 1853 - 1854
Allen Hamer 1855 - 1858
Chas. Jones 1859 - 1862
James O. Sitten 1863 - 1864
Girt Goebel 1865 - 1868
David A. Waters 1869 - 1870
James Halligan 1871 - 1876
Henry Read 1877 - 1880
Frederich W. Rehle 1881 - 1884
R. Steele Ryors 1885 - 1892
Samuel Mosby elected in 1892 and died before qualifying
James B. Harrison 1893 - 1896
Hy. H. Hohenschild 1897 - 1900
E. M. Zevely 1901 - 1904
Frank DeVilbiss 1905 - 1908
W. S. Allee 1909 - 1914
W. S. Allee 1915 -

CIRCUIT JUDGES OSAGE COUNTY
  From To
Wm. Scott June 1841 October 1841
James W. Morrow October 1841 1851
George W. Miller October 1851 October 1866
James W. Owens October 1866 December 1868
D. Q. Gale December 1868 April 1875
A.J. Seay April 1875 April 1887
Rudolph Hirzel April 1887 August 1900
John W. Booth August 1900 April 1901
John W. McElhinney April 1901 February 1903
Wm A Davidson February 1903 February 1905
R. S. Ryors February 1905 February 1911
R. A. Bruer February 1911  
Tenure of circuit judges is designated in each case in the foregoing from first session of court held in the county by each of such judges.

SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS OSAGE COUNTY
  From To
Chesley Glover November 1854 November 1855
Leander Rainey November 1855 August 1856
Chesley Glover August 1856 November 1858
A.J. Seay November 1858 August 1860
James T. Berry August 1960 May 1866
J.K.Kidd May 1866 November1866
James N. Clark November 1866 November 1870
Henry Marquand November 1870 November 1872
James Adams November 1872 November 1873
J.K.Kidd November 1873 April 1885
Geo. W. Tainter April 1885 April 1887
L.W. Dallas April 1887 April 1889
A.K. Monroe April 1889 April 1891
Chas. Moore April 1891 1895
J.P. McDaniel April 1895 April 1899
R. H. Bryan April 1899 August 1909

SUPERINTENDENTS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  From To
R.H. Bryan August 1909 September 3, 1910
* Benona Mantle September 3, 1910 April 15, 1911
R.H. Bryan April 15, 1911  
The office of county superintendent of public schools was created by act of the Legislature at the 1908-1909 session.  The law provided that the county commissioner should become county superintendent in August following and serve until April 1911.  Term of office is four years.
* Appointed, vice R, H. Bryan resigned