... I will always remember Moore as the man who tried to undercut Allen by giving all his customers a free jug of whiskey if they used his mill.James Allen and his brother, Dr. Thomas Allen, moved to Ray County from Farmville, Va. in the 1830s and settled northeast of present-day Henrietta. In 1849, James built his three-story brick, stream-operated flour mill in the community they called Farmville.
Now this is where the story of James Allen starts to get interesting because he decided to build a railroad from Farmville to the Missouri River, which was five miles away. Sometime between 1849 and 1851, Allen’s railroad was completed and became the first railroad in Missouri. Continued