My ggg-grandfather's name was Isaac Bass, who came to the Cole County area in the early 1800's, from Kentucky I believe. One of his sons was Metheldred Bass, who may have been the "prominent farmer" (a note mentioned by the GNIS web page when I queried their site about the 'Bass' I noticed on one of my mapping programs I happened to be viewing about Cole County), and I was wondering if anyone has any information regarding this. When Miller County was formed, most of the Bass's moved that way. When I was in the Cole County area last year, I didn't see anything mentioning a "Bass" (except the Old Bass Road), but I didn't have the time (unfortunately) to stop and ask questions. I hope to be traveling that way again this year, and if there are any leads regarding this, I'll follow up on them. Thanks so much.