Sesquicentennial Throwback Thursday – Week 2


Perry Enterprise
March 3, 1932

One of the old landmarks, the McClintic Livery barn, was torn down Monday to make was for a new modern filling station which J. A. McClintic and son, Thomas, will erect on this site. 1924 Mr. McClintic sold the corner lot on which was part of the barn, to the Standard people who built an attractive station on the site. The building by the side of the barn, which for years was used by Dr. W. F. Martin for his office, will be also be torn down.

There is quite a bit of history back to the old livery barn. It was built about 55 years ago by Thomas F. Gill, father of Judge M. T. Gill and S. C. Gill and in its day has housed many head of fine driving and saddle horses. For a number of years it was operated by Judge M. T. Gill, who sold it to J. A. McClintic about 1897. Since that time Mr. McClintic has been engaged in the livery and trucking business, using the barn for his teams and later for his trucks. Years ago the Gill home stood on the lot where the post office building now stands.
The contact for the contract for the work was let to Perry and Charles Tredway. The old metal roof, which was put on by Martin Stehle, father of William N. Stehle, was still in good condition.
Mr. McClintic has not decided yet what product he will handle.

perry-1Note; The livery on the right in the older photo is now the site of J & L Collison & Glass at 200 East Main. The doctor’s office on the left is now the “The Old Service Station Antiques” The other photo shows the one room service station that replaced the livery and still in use by J & L as an office. The building used by the antique shop was built a few years later.

Sesquicentennial Advertising Deadline Approaching

Advertise_BookletThis year, the Perry Area will celebrate 150 years during the August 4-7th Sesquicentennial Celebration.  This once in a lifetime event will feature a grand parade, live entertainment, food booths, craft and antique vendors, antique carousel ride and much more.  We are needing support from businesses, individuals and friends of Perry.  We have extended our advertising booklet deadline to April 1st, 2016.  Please click here to learn more information or to download the donation packet.  We appreciate your support.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with the event, please click here to fill out the form.

Sesquicentennial Meeting Set for Thursday, Jan. 21st.

There will a 2016 Perry MO Sesquicentennial public meeting 6:30 Thursday January 21 at the Perry City Hall. The Public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information on how you can support and contribute see or like our Facebook site.  For more information call Ron Leake 573-248-6147 or Email Sweat shirts, hooded sweat shirts and t shirts are available too.

Perry Turns 150 Years Old

Perry Missouri National Defense DayThe historic town of Perry, Missouri, will celebrate its 150th year of its founding in 1866 with the Perry Area Sesquicentennial Celebration.  The celebration will be held August 4th – 7th 2016, sponsored by the Perry Community Betterment Organization (501c3). The organization is working with all Perry area businesses, churches, farmers, clubs, organizations and groups to help with this major community milestone.

Present and former citizens of the Perry area are working hard to showcase their town and its rich history. Many events are being planned to entertain all ages and interests. Some of the events will be a car show, food booths, live entertainment, grand parade, beer garden, antique show, pageants, kids play land, displays, contests and games. One of the highlights will be the famous 1898 Perry Carousel that will bring back many memories for the adults and a new adventure for the young.  The 1898 model carousel features 24 horses and four chariots.  On Saturday night one the biggest fireworks displays in northeast Missouri will take place.

Downtown Perry Mo circa 1940Perry is rich in history and can still be seen in the century old homes still standing in its limits.  The downtown area comprises of thirteen buildings over 100 years old, some dating back to 1888.  Over the years, Perry was a center of coal mining, a branch of the historic St Louis and Hannibal “Short Line” Railroad, large orchards of apples, poultry products and die casting.

With a population of 693, Perry has become widely known for its antique, craft and resale shops.  Perry is the southern gateway to the 18,600 acre Mark Twain Lake.  Many Perry businesses have adapted to the lake and now serve products for the boating, camping, hunting and the fishing industry.