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The Guide

appointed to govern the county— Overton Bettis, James Logan, Solomon Bollinger, William Street, and Ezekiel Rubottom. The Wayne County courthouse burned in 1854. The records in the new courthouse were stolen in 1866 and in 1892 the courthouse burned again. As a result, few official county records prior to 1893 survive. In the Census of 1820, the large area of Wayne County had a population of only 1,239 whites and 204 slaves, but unfortunately the list of Head of Households has been lost as were early local census records. The Civil War divided families. Towns were burned; all of the houses in Patterson were burned except two. Battles were fought. Two battles were fought in Patterson, where Fort Benton was located. There are Civil War graves in several locations in the county, including Patterson Cemetery where there is a mass grave of soldiers. An unknown soldier’s grave is located south of Greenville adjacent to Highway 67. In the late 1870s and 1880s,

Page 9 many towns were laid out by railroad companies. The major industries in the county were agriculture and timber. Timber remains a major industry in the county. Few farmers make a living with row crops, but numerous individuals raise cattle, goats, and hogs. The way of life slowly changed for Wayne Countians. Factories opened in the county. For nearly 50 years, Brown Shoe Company was the major employer for people living in the county. The two public school districts are among the largest employers in the county. Other major employers include Windsor Foods and McAllister Software Systems. In the 1940s, two flood control projects changed the county. The Corps of Engineers built Wappapello Lake and Clearwater Lake. Each year, thousands upon thousands of tourists visit the county to explore the county’s waterways and parks. The largest incorporated town in the county is Piedmont. However, there are more residences in the Wappapello area.

UPS, FedEx Information Q: How do you mail a package by UPS or FedEx? A: Alps Supermarket in Piedmont is a UPS mailing point. Gastineau Hardware in Ellington is the UPS shipping point in Reynolds County. In order to ship an item by FedEx, you can schedule a pickup online at www.fedex.com/us or call 1-800-463-3339. There are also FedEx Express Drop Box sites in Poplar Bluff, Fredericktown, and Farmington.

Zip Codes Reynolds County Black.............63625 Bunker..........63629 Centerville....63633 Corridon........63633 Ellington........63638 Lesterville.....63654 Oates............63625 Redford.........63665 Reynolds......63666

Wayne County Cascade.......63632 Clubb............63934 Coldwater.....63964 Greenville.....63944 Hiram............63944 Lodi...............63950 Lowndes.......63951 Mc Gee.........63763 Mill Spring.....63952

Patterson......63956 Piedmont......63957 Shook...........63963 Silva..............63934 Wappapello...63966 Williamsville..63967

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