Location of Arkoe, Missouri
|• Total||0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)|
|• Land||0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||974 ft (297 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||68|
|• Density||485.7/sq mi (187.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0713384|
Arkoe is located at .(40.259248, -94.827502)
Origin of name
Arkoe was founded in 1874 by Perry H. Talbott, a prominent physician in Nodaway County, where the town is located. His co-founder was Scott K. Snively, a respected merchant. They donated the land upon which the town was built. The town was incorporated in 1904. It is governed by a five-member board of resident landholders. The titles are, Mayor, Commissioner, Road Commissioner, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each officer serves for two-years. The offices are voluntary and unpaid. According to the bylaws of the town, each board member must be at least 21 years of age, they must own and live on property within the town limits for at least one year prior to running for election to the board. All land within Arkoe is privately held.
Dr. Talbott, his wife Belle, and their children lived west of the town in a large two-story home, which Dr. Talbott called "Seven Gables" after the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel. The home overlooked the One Hundred and Two River, which borders the town on the east. Dr. Talbott chose the town's name from the novel Peter Wilkins and the Flying Indians, by Robert Paltock. Paltock's fictional Indians can fly, taking off and landing on suitable stretches of sandy ground called 'arkoes'.
At the height of its prosperity, Arkoe was home to 129 people. It had two banks, a school, two churches, a livery, two resident blacksmiths, a dressmaker, a grain mill, a railroad depot, a stockyard, two merchants, and four physicians. Arkoe was once one of the "busiest freight stops" in Nodaway County.
On September 18, 1880, Dr. Talbott was shot and killed at his home. His wife, Belle, and his sons Charles Edward and Albert Perry, were initially suspected and arrested for his murder. Eventually, Belle was released and the sons were tried for their father's murder. Both were convicted and sentenced to hang. They were executed in the Beal Pasture (today Beal Park), on the east side of Maryville, on July 22, 1881. News accounts estimated the number of people present at the hanging at over 10,000. The Talbott brothers' hanging is said to have been the first "legal" hanging in Nodaway County. The Talbott brothers are buried in a private family cemetery a half mile west of Arkoe. The tombstone marking their burial site reads, "We died inocent," with the word "innocent" misspelled on the headstone. Also carved into the stone are two hands clasped together as in a handshake.
A photo of the Talbott brothers' headstone is shown in Janet Hawley's publication, The Murder of Dr. Talbott, available through Accent Printing in Maryville, or through the Nodaway Historical Museum in Maryville. Genealogical information and more information concerning Dr. Talbott can be found at http://www.shoreheritage.com/gallery04.html.
As of the census of 2010, there were 68 people, 23 households, and 16 families residing in the village. The population density was 485.7 inhabitants per square mile (187.5 /km2). There were 27 housing units at an average density of 192.9 per square mile (74.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 100.0% White.
There were 23 households of which 52.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.50.
The median age in the village was 31.5 years. 39.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 7.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 58 people, 24 households, and 13 families residing in the town. The population density was 425.4 people per square mile (160.0/km²). There were 24 housing units at an average density of 176.0 per square mile (66.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.55% White, and 3.45% from two or more races.
There were 24 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 152.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 147.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $40,000, and the median income for a family was $51,250. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,725. There were 14.3% of families and 14.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 23.5% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.
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- "Albert Perry Talbott". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2013-06-15.