Chamois 3

 

The Townley house, which faces north on 3rd Street in Chamois, is now a Museum, open on special occasions and by appointment.  It has the original furnishings used by the Townley family. Note the Chamois H. S. letter sweater on the wall.

On the side of the house are the graves of the family dogs.


The house is located across from the original town square in Chamois.  I passed this house a thousand times on my way to the Chamois High School, but never realized that it had some historical significance.


The white frame Methodist Church faces 3rd Street near the corner of Main street. It is located next to the barn on the Townley property, at the foot of the school house hill.


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The original red barn on the Townley property is still there.  Behind it is a small building which houses the bell from the Maceo school for “colored folks.” Chamois was segregated until 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed.


The last black person in Chamois was Oscar (Toad) Anthony.  Black families in Chamois included those of Fred Patton, Rube Evans, Jerry Berry, Rube Childs, Matt Circutt, Adam Anthony, and Alfred Gay.


In 1974, the first and only black student, Leroy Anthony, graduated from Chamois High School. 



TOWNLEY HOUSE - OLDEST HOUSE IN CHAMOIS, MO - BUILT IN 1856