From Moser Index on the Springfield-Greene County Library website:
It is located at Section 23, Township 27 N, Range 19 W. James A. Rathbun came to Christian County in 1869 and settled near Keltner where he operated a store until 1893. Later, he moved to a tract two miles south of << Bruner>> . He established a store near the present site of << Bruner>> , and was appointed the first postmaster. He sought to have the post-office named Rathbun, but, after learning that there was another post-office by that name in the state, he requested the name Bruner, and it was so named. (--Christian County, Its First 100 Years, Copyright, used by permission, p. 93.)
The location is seven miles northeast of Sparta. (--The State of Missouri in 1904, p. 359.)
The post-office in 1905 received mail from Sparta. (--General Scheme, p. 23.)
It's unclear why Mr. Rathbun wanted the post office named Bruner. No one with this surname was listed in personal property tax index 1879 - 1900; the only marriage record in Christian County for anyone named Bruner was in 1983; no one with that surname is on any Christian County census; and no burial in Christian County has been found for anyone with that surname.
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