Place:Lafe, Greene, Arkansas, United States

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NameLafe
Alt namesLoulymasource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS5010791
Newberrysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS5010791
Ramers Chapelsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS5010791
Upper Lafesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS5010791
TypeTown
Coordinates36.205°N 90.507°W
Located inGreene, Arkansas, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


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Lafe is a town in Greene County, Arkansas on Crowley's Ridge. The population was 385 at the 2000 census.

History

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The first settler of Lafe was Mr. Herman Toelken, a German immigrant who had been living in New Haven, Missouri and was seeking new opportunities in an unsettled area. Toelken began cutting railroad ties for the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern (later Missouri Pacific) railroad in order to save enough money to purchase land and send for his family

When Mr. Toelken was settled he began advertising in a Minneapolis, Minnesota German newspaper seeking other German Lutherans to come to the area. Several families responded to this advertisement and an assortment of German immigrant families followed him from Franklin County, Missouri.

On 9 December 1889 an application was made to the US Postal Service for the establishment of a post office for "Newberry, Arkansas", so named due to a sawmill operator of the same name who had set up in the area. The name "Newberry" was denied by the Postal Service so the postmaster combined the names of his daughters and reapplied with the name "Loulyma" which was accepted. Mail arrived addressed to "Loulyma" and freight arrived addressed to "Newberry". In 1901 a new postmaster named Lafayette Mueller took over and sought to settle the name permanently by resubmitting a new name. Townspeople elected to name the town "Lafe" in honor of the new postmaster and the name was officially changed on 21 May 1902.

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