1937, L.M. and William (Buster) Laurie bought an old building on the
east side of Highway 5 at Route O and began operating a grocery store
and filling station. A year later, Buster Laurie traded a horse for a
year's lease on a building across the road on the west side of Highway
5. This became, and would remain, the Laurie Market.
market was the only building in the area to have a phone and the only
facility with a drilled water well. The Lauries allowed several nearby
families to tap into the well, and folks throughout the area would come
to the store to use the phone.
1947, Tom and Buster Laurie purchased a sawmill and sold it a year
later to Les Moore. This small operation grew to become Laurie's largest
business as Moore's Lumber and Supply.
1961, residents of the area petitioned for a post office and chose the
name Laurie because of the goodwill generated by the family store over
the years. The town itself was incorporated on June 13, 1966.
Laurie is located in Morgan & Camden County Missouri.