"Aunt Em" third from left. There are no
certain identifications for anyone else. Elizabeth Crouch is likely there,
possibly with baby Meredith. Nashville's most famous native son, Harlow Shapley
was born November 2, 1885 in Nashville, so he might be there as well. Shapley
became one of the world's greatest astronomers and scientific writers of his
time. (Though this is an interesting thought, Harlow had a twin brother and
there are no obvious sets of twins here) The photographer came through from
Sarcoxie, Missouri. Nashville had its own photographer shortly after this. See
the next picture. This picture and the one below are from the collection of
Another of Mary's Collection - John Dyer
Store - The sign advertises Shoes and Boots, Dry Goods, Notions, Hats and Caps,
Groceries. Photo is credited to Crandall's Gallery, Nashville, Missouri. That is
a horse and carriage next to the store.
Perhaps this is a good place to enter a
description from Goodspeed's Barton County History - Barton County, Missouri
"Nashville is a village of about 200
souls, in township 30, Range 32, in the southeast part of Nashville Towns plat
was filed by Thomas and Squire Baker, January 28, 1869, The plat of Nashville
Center, a part of the same town, was filed by John Main, April 29, 1870; that of
the west addition to Nashville Center, July 25, 1883. Judge Main built a store
there in 1867. The second store was kept by Marion Dale, and the third by John
Dyer. The present merchants are A. Walker, D. Pittenger, Crouch & Williams, E.
C. Brown and John Dyer."
A group of Nashville men around
1910..probably at Church. Back rows, left to right: Jim Farrell,
Crouch, Russell Letton, Blaine Pittenger, Carl
Crouch, Earl Parker (Aris' brother), Forrest
Letton, Price Kline, Jack Knudsen. Front Row:
Claude Crouch, Earl Taylor, Marlin
Pope - Preacher, Ed Lough, Joe Shaw, Earl Kent
Two different pictures of the Nashville School. No
date on either, but above gives impression that school had been vacated, and
trees appear fuller.
If you have information or photographs concerning the
descendants of Stephen Douglas Crouch or the Barton County village of Nashville,
Missouri, please contact me. I share my pictures and I return any photographs
entrusted to me promptly.