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WILLIAM CORNELIUS VANAUSDAL. The subject of this sketch was born in Bridgeton, St. Louis County, Missouri, December 4, 1841. He is the son of Wm. M. and Mary Ann (Robertson) Vanausdal. His father was from Greenbrier county, Virginia ; and his mother was a native of South Carolina. His father was drowned off the steamer Belle St. Louis while on his way to St. Louis in the fall of 1876. He and his family came to Boone county in April, 1852. He was both a blacksmith and house-carpenter, but the last years of his life he worked at carpentering exclusively. He built many of the best houses in and around Ashland. Mrs. Vanausdal's brother, Jack Robertson, and her brother-in-law, Win. Fallon, were the first to carry the United States mail across the plains from St. Louis to California upon horseback. Wm. C. Vanausdal, our subject, was educated at Florissant, St. Louis County, and at Ashland College, under the principalship of J. T. M. Johnston and Dr. H. M. Chevins as assistant.
When the war broke out he enlisted in Capt. Martin's company, C. S. A., and was at the battle of Boonville. After Martin's company was disbanded he joined Strode's, and was captured and imprisoned at the University. After his release he started to Salt Lake City, but abandoned the idea and went down to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he remained about two years, and returned to Missouri. He went to St. Louis and went into business with Harris & Pe, mule brokers, government contractors, etc., for whom he worked a year. He then came back to Boone and engaged in farming and stock trading. He made several trips to the Indian Territory for cattle, and continued in the business for two years. He next sold goods in Ashland for Godlove, Payne, Haden & Co., and Wiseman & Johnston. From there he went to Jefferson City and clerked for Crow, Roach & Stokes in 1872. After two years he came to Claysville, and, in conjunction with Thomas McKenna, he did a general merchandising business. He then sold out and went into farming and handling stock for about a year. He now gives his entire attention to the tie business.
He purchased a steamboat and piloted her successfully for about sixty trips, buying and freighting his immense number of ties to the different points upon the river. Mr. Vanausdal was married the 8th of October, 1872, to Miss Martha Jane, daughter of E. W. and Elizabeth Forbis, of Boone county. By this union they have been blest with two children, aged eight and two years. His wife is a member of the Baptist church.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

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