Laurie, Missouri

In 1937, L.M. and William (Buster) Laurie bought an old building on the east side of Highway 5 at Route O and began operating a grocery store and filling station. A year later, Buster Laurie traded a horse for a year's lease on a building across the road on the west side of Highway 5. This became, and would remain, the Laurie Market.

The market was the only building in the area to have a phone and the only facility with a drilled water well. The Lauries allowed several nearby families to tap into the well, and folks throughout the area would come to the store to use the phone.

In 1947, Tom and Buster Laurie purchased a sawmill and sold it a year later to Les Moore. This small operation grew to become Laurie's largest business as Moore's Lumber and Supply.

In 1961, residents of the area petitioned for a post office and chose the name Laurie because of the goodwill generated by the family store over the years. The town itself was incorporated on June 13, 1966.

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