De Kalb, the seat of justice of Kemper County, is located as nearly as maybe in the geo-graphical center of the county, and has a population of three hundred and four. It has no railway facilities, but is the trading point for a considerable area roundabout and is prosperous in all its interests.
The Free-Will Baptist church was founded in Kemper County in 1882 by Rev. C. F. Johnson, a sketch of whose life appears in this work. The doctrine of the church indicates salvation free to all and obedience and faith in Christ, also free communion at the Lord’s Supper with all orthodox Christians, and baptism by immersion exclusively. The government is congregational. The church consists of about thirty members.
The courthouse in Kemper County, with the county records and public documents, was burned in 1881.
Other towns in this county are Oak Grove, Scooba, Wahalak, Moscow and Kellis Store.
Source: Biographical and Historical Memories of Mississippi, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891