Ezra Fox - Paris, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 28.977 W 091° 59.994
15S E 586009 N 4370849
Honoring the first settler
Waymark Code: WMMHHF
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 09/23/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
Views: 2

County of marker: Monroe County
Location of marker: Main St. (Bus US 24), Courthouse lawn, Paris
Marker erected by: His Descendants
Date marker erected: 1939

Marker text:

In Memory Of
First White Settler In Monroe County
Born in Virginia 1773
Moved to Clark County, Ky in 1810
Moved to Monroe County, Mo in 1819
Died near Middle Grove 1853

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History of Mark:
No doubt Mark Twain knew well the story of the Paris Foxes. Ezra Fox was first to settle in the county in 1819. His son Josephus, honored founder of Paris, donated the land for the new county seat in 1831 and planted an imported-by-covered-wagon California redwood the following year. The tree towers over the city at 150 feet today. Mrs. Josephus Fox, however, received the highest honor of all: that of naming the new town. Naturally, she chose the name of her hometown of Paris.

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