History of Dover, Missouri

The village of Dover's first settlers were Solomon Cox, John Lovelady and Mary Cox, sister of Solomon. The year was 1817. That same year W.R. Cole settled one(1) mile east of Dover, part of which is presently owed by Tulipana Farms. In that same year one and a half (1 1/2) miles west was settled by James Bonds, no relations to the movie Bond, or was he. In 1818, the first marriage was performed in Dover, guess who, two of the original settlers Mary Cox and John Lovelady.

In 1835 , Dover was platted on Section 29, Township [51, Range 25]. Businesses in Dover during this time included a Blacksmith, Liveryman, Pool Hall, Hotel, Two (2) general stores, a Doctor and a newspaper " The Dover Democrat". The story is told that a young man was observing people preparing for church in Dover, and was inspired to write " Put on your old Gray Bonnet." I don't know if you remember it, but I do? Tabor Creek , west of Dover, divides Dover and Lexington townships. Dover's history tells us that two Frenchmen, Ely and Curtis, were traveling up the Missouri River when they came to this stream of water, Tabor Creek. Upon seeing the beauty of the clear sparkling water and the beautiful countryside surrounding it, one of them exclaimed, "Terre Beau", which loosely means beautiful land in French. Terre Beau was later shortened to Tabo Creek by later settlers. This is where our name for the winery came from. Is Terre Beau, grammatically correct, I don't know, is it proper French, some say yes, others say no , but ,"Terre Beau " is what the good citizens of Dover have given us.

The first school was opened in 1822 . A school called Dover Academy was established in 1836 , and students paid $1.00 per month for the common branches of education and as much as $1.50 for the higher branches. Dover also had a private college , it was referred to as the "Finishing School for Young Ladies". One of our most illustrious citizens was Major John Newman Edwards, who fought with General Joe Shelby's regiment in 1862. In 1868 Major Edwards along with John C. Moore inaugurated the Kansas City Times Newspaper. Major Edwards is buried in Dover Cemetery.

This brief history of Dover was taken from the original "History of Dover Missouri", written in 1976 by the Bicentennial Committee. This book was the work of interested citizens who have given their best efforts to collecting, compiling, and editing the material.