Missouris Shoal Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Lathrop, Missouri


Mules were invaluable in the settlement of the prairie states

Teams are still used today



It could be said that our beautiful Missouri mules put Lathrop, Missouri, on the map. The firm of Guyton and Harrington was located in Lathrop, Clinton County, Missouri. They supplied mules and horses for use all over the world, from the cotton fields of the American South to South Africa. At one time there were 53,000 head of horses and mules located at Lathrop. They were ideal service animals in that they were powerful and could survive in poor conditions. Mules were hardy enough to withstand rough treatment, heavy loads, little feed, long hours, and poor shelter when the horse could not. They were the backbone of agriculture and industry in Missouri, and have become a symbol of hard work and determination. President Harry S Truman, proud son of a horse and mule dealer, invited a four-mule hitch from his hometown of Lamar to drive in his 1948 inaugural parade up Pennsylvania Avenue.

Missouris Shoal chapter was organized in 1977. The name was chosen to represent both the history and geography of the area. The Missouris were an Indian tribe in the area and Shoal Creek is a local waterway. We support the local school by sponsoring various contests and awards each year. Our members donate both time and money to the local veterans' hospital, helping with birthday parties and other activities. We proudly support our soldiers by sending boxes of food and personal items to those stationed overseas.

Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, at 1:30 P.M. Each regular meeting includes devotions, patriotic exercises, the President General’s message, and a National Defense report. Inquiries about our chapter, membership requirements, or help with ancestor research may be directed to Mrs. Mary Goldberg.

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