Welcome to Bonne Terre At one time the richest lead ore in the world was located in Bonne Terre and surrounding area.  The French discovered lead in Bonne Terre in 1720 and they called the settlement “La Terre Bonne”, “Good Earth”, in reference to the mineral wealth.  The actual town was formed in April 1864, when St. Joseph Lead Co. purchased 946 acres of land.  The City of Bonne Terre was incorporated as a third class city in 1917.



  • Court will be held on May 4, 2016 in the Auditorium at City Hall at 9 a.m.
  • The Council meeting will be held on May 9, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
  • The water bills are due on May 16, 2016.  The penalties go on May 23, 2016
  • City Hall will be closed on May 13, 2016 in observance of Truman’s birthday.  Friday’s trash will be picked up on Thursday.  There will be no recycling that week.
  • City Hall will be closed on May 30, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day.  Monday’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday.  There will be no recycling that week.

3 Responses

  1. John Mallo
    John Mallo at |

    I wanted to know if you have any old records dating back to the 1920’s? My dad and his family lived on a farm near Bonne Terre back then. My dad was born in 1922 I believe, and his father Walter Mallow and my great grandfather, John Henry Mallow farmed near the town of Bonne Terre. I was back there when I was around 11 or 12 years old. But I don’t remember a whole lot about the town. My great grandmother was still alive at the time and her last name was Bockencamp. She was my grandmothers mom. From what I was told her husband owned a store in Bonne Terre, but lost it during the Great Depression. I have no clue as to when he passed away, or when my great grandfather Mallow passed away. My dad John F. Mallow moved to Colorado in 1943 and married my mom. I was just curious if you could e-mail me any information on them. Thank You, and Have A Merry Christmas!

  2. Mark E Parks
    Mark E Parks at |

    Hi John,
    Your father, John Fredie Mallow was born on 11 Dec 1922 in Potosi, Washington Co., MO. I am sorry for your loss of both your father and mother.

    Your grandfather, Walter Fredie Mallow relocated to New Mexico along with several of his children. Walter was a WWII vet and was born on 12 Dec 1895. He died on 16 Dec 1958. He married Verna L Bockenkamp on 15 May 1917 in Clayton, St. Louis Co., MO. Verna was born on 19 Mar 1902 and died on 6 Feb 1989. Both are buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico. They have children buried in MO, CO, CA and NM.

    Your Great grandfather John H/W Mallow (Middle Initial listed as W on Death Certificate) was born 10 Apr 1867 and died on 28 Oct 1945. He was the son of Henry Baer Mallow and Nancy Jane Chapman. His wife, Mary Ella Blount was born on 20 Sep 1861 and died on 25 Jul 1940. She was the daughter of Thomas Henry Blount and Sarah Stone. Both are buried in the Blount Cemetery in Washington Co., MO.

    Your Great grandfather Fredrick Andrew (Fred) Bockenkamp was born 18 Jun 1880 in St. Genevieve Co., MO and died on 12 Oct 1955. He is the son of Friedrich Wm Bockenkamp (Friedrich arrived in New Orleans on the ship Bremen on 28 Oct 1857. His port of departure was Bremerhaven, Germany. He was a widower when he and his son, Fred show up on the 1880 census). Fred Jr.’s wife was
    Mary Jane (Mamie) House. She was born on 7 Jan 1884 and died on 28 Oct 1971. Both are buried in the Germania Cemetery in Bonne Terre, St. Francois Co., MO.

    All of the burial info can be found on Find A Grave. Death certificates can be found on http://www.sos.mo.gov from 1910-1962. Hope this gets you going in the right direction. Happy hunting.


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