“A welcoming village rich in heritage where many families planted their roots:

New Market, Marion County, Missouri”

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The Eberle Family left to right:  Emma, Katherine and Frederick

For this trip to NewMarket, we are going to launch out from the State of Virginia, City of Richmond with Dr. Daniel Norton. Dr. Norton is known as the father of the Norton grape.

    Dated in the years 1818-1820 have been recorded for the Norton grape. Dr. Norton had 27 acres, a large vineyard for this time era, where he grew and cultivated plants in a serious experimental way, including grapes.

    Dr. Norton grew grapes for food and wine. He was cross breeding grapes to produce a very enjoyable and drinkable wine. Hence, the Norton grape, half by chance and half on purpose, he created the USA’s hybrid Norton grape. This creation was a success that could withstand weather, diseases and was a joy to drink. Dr. Norton’s achieved success in stepping over and crossing into the world of America’s first quality wine.


    In over 200 years of colonial America, no one had been able to do it. Dr. Norton did. Dr. Norton launched his newly created grape to the public in 1822, when he offered to sell Norton’s seedlings in Virginia, in a Long Island, New York catalog.  Next, the grape was migrated west to Missouri with German immigrants.

    Four years before NewMarket was established, Hermann, Missouri was established and settled by German’s. By 1873, these Hermann, Missouri German’s had developed the wine business and perfected the Norton grape to the excitement of entering the Norton wine in Vienna and came home with a gold medal in the International Exhibition in Vienna, from Hermann, Missouri. A bottle of Norton wine came home as one of the best red wines in the world. It is the truly great American Virginia-Missouri wine. It is a Missouri heritage grape, and a Missouri heritage wine. The Norton grape had planted roots in NewMarket.


An early image of Frederick Carl Eberle before settling in NewMarket.

    Dr. Norton created the Norton grape, and Mr. Carl Eberle, of NewMarket, planted, grew and helped perfect the Norton grape into wine.

    The Thurman store log book, of NewMarket, dated January 9, 1869, shows Mr. Eberle purchasing three items, two bottles of Ayers Sarsaparilla and a box of pills. On January 14, 1869, Carl returned to the store to purchase more household items listed as a comb, broom, a hoop skirt (a dress from this era for a lady, strand beads, two pieces of jasper calico, pencils and a pencil slate (chalk board).

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An excerpt from the Thurman Store in 1869 shows Eberle’s purchases for his wife, Katherine and daughter, Emma.

    At this time, Eberle would have been settled in NewMarket for less than a year, with his first wife Katherine and daughter, Emma, who would have been nine years old at the time. The medicine purchased was made in Lowell, Massachusetts by the company J.C. Ayer & Co. The medicine claimed to heal diseases such as, forms of tuberculosis and dysentery. Records state, Katherine passed away of dysentery in 1883 and suffered 16 years with the sickness. He later married Rosene Nearelbreach on July 6, 1887. Carl Eberle was not only an industrious man of wine and flowers, but also a husband and father purchasing items to care for his family.

    A trip to NewMarket today leads visitors in the woods where NewMarket once thrived, revealing proof with the many Norton grapevines and flowers growing in the midst of trees and overgrown vegetation, where the eye can locate foundations where houses once stood. In the trees, grapevines remain today which were brought there by immigrants who settled in NewMarket and carried the Norton grape cuttings with them, especially the very early German settlers, more than 100 years ago.


Above: Yellow loosestrife plant, passed down through the Eberle generations and is now planted in the garden of Mr. Eberle’s great, great, great granddaughter, Gail Wideman, of Burlington, Iowa. Widman explained each generation were wonderful gardeners.

    A person walking through can imagine this place where hard-working men and women once lived with children playing and living to establish what has become history in New Market, Marion County.

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