Ralls County Towns and Villages

New London

New London, the county seat, is the largest town. According to the census of 1910, it has a population of 942. It has grown slowly, but steadily, for the last twenty years. In 1880 it had a population of 683.

In 1836, according to Wetmore's Gazetteer of Missouri, New London had a brick courthouse, five stories (four grocery stores and one tavern), a church, a clerk's office and a jail, which, the writer informs us, was "of little use."


Perry, with a population of 895, and Center, with 540, are the other incorporated towns. Both are supported mainly by agricultural and livestock interests. Perry has also coal fields of importance.


Ilasco, in the northeast part of the county, is a cement manufacturing center and Oakwood is the home of lime manufacture.

Center, Hasco, Hassard, Hatch, Huntington, Madisonville, Rensselaer, Saverton, Sidney,  and Spalding.


© Missouri American History and Genealogy Project
Created August 16, 2017 by Judy White

Source: History of Northeast Missouri, edited by Walter Williams, Volume I, Lewis Publishing Company, 1913