Sugar Lake was discovered on the morning of July 4, 1803, by
the Lewis and Clark Expedition who recorded this momentous event in their
journal saying, “At one mile we reached the mouth of a bayeau or creek, coming
from the large lake on the north side, which appears as if it had once been the
bed for the river to which it runs parallel for several miles. The water of it is clear and supplied by a
small creek and several springs, and the number of Goslings which we saw on it
induced us to call it
The second event of that momentous Fourth of July at
In 1881, the first history of
The second history of
In the book “The Heritage of Buchanan County, Missouri, by the
Missouri River Heritage Association on
page 89 it states , “
I have a copy of court records for
This Indenture made and entered into this fourteenth day of April A.D. 1851 by and between Thomas Patton of the first part and Leroy Pate of the second part witnesseth that the said Thomas Patton has this day bargained, sold and conveyed and by these presents doth barging, sell and convey unto the said Leroy Pate and to his heirs forever the following described tract piece or parcel of land lying and being in Buchanan County and State of Missouri (to wit) the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest quarter of section Twenty eight in Township Fifty five of Range for Thirty seven also lots one-two and three of the above named township and the receipt whereof is herby acknowledged said tract or tracts of land being in all one hundred and sixty one acres and 75/100. Do Warrant and define the tight of said land to the said Pate against all other claim or claims in law or equity.
Given under my hand and seal the day and date above written.
Thomas Patton (Seal)
Personally appeared before me the
undersigned Justice of the Peach within and for said
William Green J.P.
Filed for record in the office of the
Recorder of Deeds of Buchanan County, Missouri.
I have a cousin whom is living on this very land and it is
located on the Northeast side of
Also in the books it states on page 89, “In 1904 Joe Connor, a prominent person around the lake bought the land from Bob Brananen who had purchased it from Patten earlier. AGAIN this is not true. Bob Branannen was the son-in-law of Leroy Pate. He married Viola Pate. They acquired the land in 1901 after a very nasty dispute over the land. (See more about the court case the Courts Documents page.)
Joe Connor built a large dance hall out on the lake and also
a large dinning room. Boats could be
rented for recreation also. With the
invention of the motor car, Joe Connor saw that
The hall burned down completely in 1930 and a smaller one
replaced it but was less popular though on
About 1930 Chris Dubach and others laid out the south shore as a development under the name of Case de Laga, but the depression ended that though several persons built summer cottages on their lots. During the depression the W.P.A. and the C.C.C were active on the south shore.
The WPA built a fish hatchery, amount other things in 1938 on the south side and raised bass, blue gill and channel cat. During those years Lewis and Clark was developed on the south side and was maintained by the Missouri Conservation Commission.
Andy Cash started a grocery store at Armour and sold
groceries and lilies from the lake to passengers on the train. Later, about 1920 the Cash’s had a business
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