The first successful parachute jump from a moving airplane was made by a Missouri native named Albert Berry in St. Louis in 1912.
Grundy County, Missouri, has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century when it was first settled by European-American pioneers. The area was originally home to Native American tribes, including the Kickapoo and Missouri tribes, who lived off the land and utilized its natural resources. In 1839, Grundy County was officially established and named after U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy.

The pioneers who settled in Grundy County faced many challenges, including harsh weather conditions and the constant threat of raids by Native American tribes. However, they persevered and established thriving communities. The county quickly became known for its agricultural production, with farmers growing crops such as corn, wheat, and oats. The construction of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad in the late 1850s further boosted the county's economy, allowing for easier transportation of goods.

During the American Civil War, Grundy County witnessed significant conflict between Union and Confederate sympathizers. Although the county officially remained loyal to the Union, there were numerous skirmishes and raids throughout the area. The county became a strategic location for both sides, with its fertile farmland and abundance of resources attracting attention. After the war ended, the county began to rebuild and focus on its agricultural heritage.

Over the years, Grundy County has continued to grow and develop. The early 20th century saw advancements in technology and infrastructure, with the introduction of electricity and modern transportation systems. Today, Grundy County remains largely rural and agrarian, with farming, ranching, and small businesses contributing to the local economy. The county is also known for its beautiful landscapes, including scenic rolling hills, rivers, and nature trails, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Grundy County, Missouri.

  • 1839 - Grundy County was established on January 29.
  • 1841 - Trenton became the county seat on February 8.
  • 1851 - The first railroad was built.
  • 1861-1865 - Grundy County residents fought in the American Civil War.
  • 1879 - A fire destroyed most of the Trenton business district.
  • 1881 - The Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad was completed.
  • 1888 - A new courthouse was constructed.
  • 1930s - The Great Depression impacted the county's economy.
  • 1950s - A population decline occurred due to modernization in agriculture.
  • 1960 - Lake Trenton was created.
  • 2000s - The county experienced growth and development.