Oak Grove, AR - Carroll County

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The historic town of Oak Grove developed around the homestead of early settlers John and Spence O'Neal, who had arrived in the area by 1877 and built a home and store. Oak Grove was first surveyed by William R. Phillips, who divided the town into 16 lots measuring about 75x100 feet. The O'Neal homestead acted as the center of town. The town was located about 10 miles North of Green Forest and only 4 miles from the Missouri border. The Oak Grove Post Office was established on August 21, 1871, with John S. O'Neal serving as first postmaster. The building was originally located at the intersection of HWY 21 and HWY 103. Later, the post office was relocated about a half mile to the north where it served the community in the same building as the medical practice of Dr. R.P. Moore. The doctor's brother, James R. Moore opened a store and served as postmaster during this time. Postal Service was then transferred to Indian Creek in 1883, but transferred back to Oak Grove on October 17, 1895. Dr. R.P. Moore established a medical office in the 1890's and his brother James R. Moore soon Oak Grove wasn't officially incorporated until September 12, 1938.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F) Lodge #340 in Oak Grove was instituted on April 20, 1905. It was later consolidated with Berryville Lodge #82 on May 1, 1929.

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