Robert W. Rea, M.
D. A prominent and successful physician and surgeon of
Plattsburg, Missouri, Robert W. Rea, M. D., is a man of wide experience in
his profession, and one who gives much time and thought to the study of
diseases and the better and more modern ways of treating them. A native of
Missouri, he was born in Savannah, Andrew County, December 15,
The doctor's father, Hon. David Rea, was born and reared in
Indiana, and came from distinguished ancestry, having been a lineal
descendant of Jonathan Rea, a noted patriot, who was for many years
prominent in public affairs during Colonial times. Entering the legal
profession, Hon. David Rea was for many years a leading attorney of
Savannah, Missouri, where he spent the larger part of his three score and
ten years of earthly life. He married Nancy E. Beattie, who was born in
Virginia, and belonged to one of the well-known families of the South,
having been a near relative of the Calhoun family. Six sons and two
daughters were born of their union.
Robert W. Rea was brought up in
Savannah, Missouri. He acquired his education at the State University of
Missouri. In 1885 he was graduated from the Missouri Medical College, St.
Louis, and after taking a post-graduate course in medicine he was
appointed by President Cleveland as physician for the Indians at White
Earth, Minnesota. ' Since taking up his residence in Plattsburg Doctor Rea
has won a fine reputation for professional knowledge and skill, and has
built up a large and lucrative patronage. He is a member of the Clinton
County Medical Society, and of the Missouri State Medical Association, in
both of which he has served in an official capacity. The doctor is active
and influential in democratic ranks and a stanch supporter of President
Wilson and his policies, in 1913 having had the honor of being one of the
national electors from Missouri. Religiously he and his family are
Doctor Rea married, in 1889, at Plattsburg, Missouri, Miss
Lulu De Berry, who was born and educated in Liberty, Missouri, and to them
three children have been born, namely, Ruth, Leonora, and Hazel.
History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ.
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MORRIS A. REED is an
Attorney at-Law, and located at 414 Francis street, St.
Joseph. This noted gentleman was born in Watertown,
Jefferson County, N. Y., where he was reared and given what educational
advantages the town afforded, and after-ward graduating from the Union
Academy, Jefferson County. When the late war broke out he entered company
A, of the Tenth Regiment of New York Heavy Artillery, in September, 1862,
and afterward received an appointment on the staff of Gen. Piper, who at
that time was Division Commander in the defenses of Washington, D. C. He
acted as Assistant Inspector General and Aid-de-camp on Gen. Piper's staff
until the last year of the war, when his command was sent to join Gen.
Sheridan in the valley of the Shenandoah. After returning from this
campaign he served at various times under the commands of Gens. Smith and
Our subject was detached for special service at different
times: once, when the rebel rams descended the James River from near
Richmond to clear the stream, he was on guard duty in command of a squad
of men sent across from Drewry's Bluff and was the first to report the
coming of the Confederates. The Confederates floated down the river and
far beyond the forts and batteries of the Unionists, under the protection
of a terrific cannonade carried on between the land batteries of the
opposing force, until they reached a boom in the river which delayed them
considerably. Under constant fire, they cleared the river of its
obstruction, but instead of passing on down and attacking the Federal
gun-boats, they turned back and finally made good their retreat. Lieut.
Reid's duties were to watch every movement and report the same. After this
he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant which position he retained
until his discharge and the close of the struggle.
After peace was
declared, our subject returned to Watertown and studied law with Brown and
Beach (Ex-governor), and was admitted to the bar in 1869, after a two
years* preparation. In making his choice of a location where he might make
a good start in his profession, St. Joseph was selected the favored place.
Here he formed a partnership with Col. John Doriphan. In 1888 this firm
dissolved partnership and our subject started for himself in his chosen
profession. In 1882 he made a brilliant canvass for congress, and Col.
James N. Burnes, his successful opponent, gave him the credit of
conducting the closest and fairest campaign that he ever passed through.
For ten years he practiced law in various courts.
He was made a
Register under the United States Bankrupt Law of 1867, which position he
held until its repeal. In 1889 he was made city councilor under Mayor
Englehart, retaining the position for two years, at the end of which time
he was appointed General Attorney for the St. Joseph and Grand Island
Railway Company, and operated lines, to which he devoted the major part of
his time, also engaging largely in corporation practice, acting as
attorney for the State National Bank for twelve years.
1872, Mr. Reid was married to Miss Margie R. Kimball, of Bath, Me. Two
children blessed this union: Clara A. and Morris H., who is a member of
the Sophomore class of Yale College. Clara graduated from Mrs. Celte's
school, of St. Joseph, and is at the present time a student in Mrs.
Tucker's conservatory of music. Mr. Reed has a fine residence which he
built in 1876, and which is fitted with every convenience for a model
home. This elegant family dwelling is rendered still more attractive
because surrounded with spacious and well-kept grounds, and is the scene
of many social gatherings.
Our subject is connected with the
Congregational Church, his wife being a zealous worker and an active
member of the same, and president of its Ladies' Aid Society. Mr. Reid is
an honored and self-reliant gentleman, public spirited and enterprising,
and has worthily won his way upward to the esteem and confidence of his -
fellow citizens. In all business transactions he is even suave in manner,
high minded and honorable, disdaining to stoop to the trickery now
characterizing so many professions. He is on the contrary well and
favorably known as one of the foremost members of the St. Joseph
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton
Counties, Missouri. Publ. 1893. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)
Morris Adelbert Reed; With a conspicuous place in the
legal profession of Northwest Missouri, and prominent both by his
professional attainments and his services in public affairs, Morris A.
Reed has been practicing as a member of the St. Joseph bar for the past
forty-five years, and is one of the oldest attorneys in this quarter of
the state. As a lieutenant he made a brilliant record on the Union side
during the Civil war, and was admitted to the bar in New York State, a few
years niter the war closed.
Morris Adelbert Reed was born at Watertown,
New York, in 1838, a son of Lewis and Angeline (Spinning) Reed. Through
his father's mother Mr. Reed is a descendant from the Ball family, who saw
conspicuous service in the Revolutionary war. Mr. Reed was educated at the
Jefferson County Institute in Watertown, New York, and in the Belleville
Academy at Belleville, New York, graduating from the latter in 1861. After
a year at home, he enlisted in September, 18G2, in Company A of the Tenth
New York Heavy Artillery, receiving his commission as second lieutenant
and was afterward promoted to first lieutenant. Soon afterwards came his
appointment on the staff of General Piper, who at that time was division
commander in the defenses of Washington, as acting assistant inspector
general of said division. During the last year of the war hi; served in
the Shenandoah Valley, under General Sheridan and under General Grant at
the siege of Petersburg. With a record as a faithful and efficient
soldier, Lieutenant Reed returned to his old home town of Watertown,
studied law in the office of Brown & Beach, and on his admission to
the bar in 1867 located at St. Joseph, Missouri, where forty-five years of
his active professional work and his residence have been.
Mr. Reed up
to 1888 was associated in partnership with Colonel John Doniphan, under
the firm name of Doniphan & Reed. That was one of the foremost law
firms in St. Joseph, during its existence. After 1888 Mr. Reed became
associated with Mr. W. K. James, under the firm name of Reed & James.
That firm, which lasted until 1898, was also one of special ability and
with a large clientage among the most important interests. Mr. James in
1898 was elected circuit judge, and since that time Mr. Reed has devoted
himself alone to the practice of law. At the present time all his work is
office counsel practice, and his time is taken up by several large private
interests, among which may be mentioned the Burnes National Bank of St.
In 1873 Mr. Reed was appointed register in bankruptcy, which
position he held until the repeal of the Bankruptcy Act. In 1882 he
entered politics on the republican ticket as candidate for Congress
against Colonel James Burnes, and gave the latter the closest race he had
through his congressional career. Mayor Englehart in 1888 appointed Mr.
Reed city counselor of St. Joseph, and his service in that capacity lasted
two years. In January, 1892, Mr. Reed was appointed general attorney for
the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railway Company, and represented that
corporation until 1904.
During the recent general election in 1912, Mr.
Reed was republican candidate for Congress in his district. His social
relations are with the Sons of the American Revolution, to which his
membership was granted by his connection with Revolutionary sires already
mentioned. His church is the Christ Episcopal church of St. Joseph.
October 15, 1872, Mr. Reed married Miss Margie R. Kimball, a daughter of
Lotus Kimball, a banker of Hath, Maine, and representing one of the old
families of shipbuilders in Bath during the period when sailing ships were
much in vogue. Mrs. Reed died July 1, 1904, leaving two children. Clara
A., wife of O. B. Knight of St. Joseph, and Morris H. Reed, who with his
brother-in-law, comprised the firm of Knight-Reed Millinery Company at St.
Joseph. Mr. Reed and family reside at 547 North Sixth Street, and his
offices are at Francis Street.
Source: A History of Northwest
Missouri Volume III; publ. 1915 in III Volumes; Edited by Walter Williams;
Submitted to Genealogy Trails and transcribed by Andrea Stawski
HON. JAMES C.
ROBERTS, deceased. There is in the development of
every successful life a principle which is a lesson to every man following
in its footsteps—a lesson which leads to higher and more honorable
positions than the ordinary. Let a man be industriously ambitious, and
honorable in his ambitions, and he will rise, whether having the prestige
of family or the obscurity of poverty. These reflections are called forth
by a study of the life of the Hon. James C. Roberts, who was not only a
prominent pioneer farmer of Buchanan County, but one of her most active
and public-spirited citizens, promoting her best interests in every way.
He was a man of unusually good judgment, and had any amount of push and
Mr. Roberts was born January 19, 1831, in Davidson County,
Tenn., and was the son of William and Sarah (Chowning) Roberts, natives,
respectively, of Connecticut and Tennessee. The elder Mr. and Mrs. Roberts
were farmers by occupation, and became residents of Tennessee as early as
1818, where they were classed among the most honored and respected
citizens of Davidson County.
The original of this sketch was reared on
his father's farm in the above-named state, and when old enough entered
Franklin College in Davidson County, from which institution he was
graduated with the class of 1850. Later taking up the study of law, be
read Blackstone diligently in the office of John A. M. Ewen, of Nashville,
and was admitted to the bar in that city in 1853. When ready to open an
office of his own young Roberts moved to Dover, now known as Fort
Donelson, and there engaged in the* practice of his profession until 1855,
the date of his advent into this county.
Locating upon a beautiful farm
on Section 1, Washington Township, our subject was engaged in its
cultivation for a few years, or until he saw an excellent opening for him
to take up again his law practice in the city of St. Joseph. Removing
thither he was very successfully employed until 1860, when he was elected
to represent Buchanan County in the Missouri Legislature. That body was
broken up the following year by Gov. Jackson, and our subject, being a
southern sympathizer, was disfranchised. Going to Tennessee he remained
for three months, and then receiving a pass from Gen. Schofield, returned
home. The following July, however, he again went to Tennessee, and after a
residence there of another three months came north and permanently
established himself on his estate in Section 1, this township.
Roberts during his life figured very prominently in public affairs, and in
1875 was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention, which met at
Jefferson City, with which body he sat until their work was finished. He
was prominently mentioned as candidate for Congress in 1870, but did not
secure the nomination. Mr. Roberts was a proficient linguist, being a
complete master of Greek and Latin. He also possessed fine literary
tastes, wielded a vigorous pen and was an orator of marked ability.
his death our subject left a valuable estate comprising five hundred and
eighty broad acres. He was one of the county's most prominent citizens and
occupied a high station among his fellow agriculturists as well as being a
shining light in the legal profession.
October 28, 1855, Mr. Roberts,
of this sketch, and Miss Margaret Cornelia, daughter of Jesse C. and
Margaret (Kay) Ingram, were united in marriage. The mother was born in
Virginia in 1814, and the father in South Carolina, November 11,
They resided for many years in Tennessee, where the mother departed this
life in 1835. Mr. Ingram in 1851 removed to this state and made his home
with his daughter, Mrs. Roberts, until his decease, which occurred January
21, 1872. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
South, while his good wife held membership with the Baptist denomination.
William Roberts, the father of our subject, was a very influential and
prominent man in his locality and at one time was Presiding Judge of this
county. He enjoyed the respect and esteem of every one who knew him, and,
as he was in a position to become acquainted with all people, his circle
of friends was extremely large. The parental family of our subject
included nine children, only five of whom are living.
Mr. and Mrs.
Roberts have been blessed by the birth of five children, one of whom is
deceased. The mother was born July 10, 1833, at Dover, Tenn., and
completed her studies in the Clarkesville Female Seminary and the
Nashville Female Academy. Her eldest son, Jesse I., married Eva M.
Donovan, and makes his home in St. Joseph. They have three children. James
C. married Anna L. Van; they also reside in St. Joseph and have one child.
Frank K. married Melissa Hayward and resides on the home farm and has one
child. Charles W., the youngest, assists his brother in carrying on the
The Hon. James C. Roberts departed this life at his home
April 4, 1885. His death was very unexpected, for, although he had been
ailing for a week prior to his decease, his health was generally good.
Socially he was a Royal Arch Mason and in politics was a stanch Democrat.
He was also President of the Board of Managers of Asylum No. 2, and was
active in the organization of the State Grange. As before stated he was a
man of high attainments, and while a member of the Legislature in January,
1801, made a telling speech on a bill for calling a state convention. He
discharged his public -duties with a promptness and fidelity which won him
the commendation of all, and as a friend be was true as steel.
younger sons of Mr. Roberts conduct the home place for their mother, while
Jesse I. is one of the prominent grocers of St. Joseph, being a
Vice-president of the firm of George A. Ken-nard Grocer Co. James C. holds
a position of Discount and Collection Teller in the Schuster-Hox National
Bank in St. Joseph.
(Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of
Buchanan & Clinton Counties Missouri, Publ. 1893. Transcribed by Linda
Joseph Robidoux, the son
of Joseph and Catharine Robidonx, was born in St Louis, August 10, 1783.
He was the eldest of a family consisting of six sons and one daughter;
to-wit, Joseph, Antoine, Isadore, Francis, Michael and Palagie.
Louis, the second son, lived and died in California, after his removal
from St. Louis. Joseph, Antoine, Isadore and Francis were all buried in
St. Joseph. Joseph, the father of this family, was a Canadian I Frenchman,
and came from Montreal, Canada, to St. Louis, where he located shortly
after the settlement of the city by the French.
Being a shrewd
business man and possessing great energy he accumulated a fortune. His
wealth, his business qualifications, and his genial disposition, made him
many friends among the leading merchants and influential men of that city.
He occupied a large mansion, located between Walnut and Elm streets,
surrounded with every comfort and convenience. Here he entertained his
friends in a royal style, and so noted was his hospitality that the first
general assembly of Missouri did him the honor of holding its first
session at his house, on the 7th of December, 1812.
Four years after
his marriage his wife died. After her death young Robidoux, then in the
twenty-third year of his age, became an extensive traveler. He made a
voyage up the Missouri River in company with one of the partners of the
American Fur Company.
Blacksnake Hills had been seen by some of the
men connected with the fur companies while enroute on one of the
expeditions, their attention being attracted thither, not only by the
topography of the country, bat by the presence of the congregated tribes
of the Sac, Fox and Iowa Indians, who assembled here en masse at
stated seasons of the year, preparatory to crossing the river, either on a
visit to other tribes farther west, or for the purpose of hunting.
Seeing the Indians here in large numbers while on their journey at
this time, the partners debarked, and after looking at its points and its
advantages as a probable future trading-post, they proceeded on their way
to Council Bluffs, Iowa, the original place of their destination.
Being favorably impressed with the ** Bluffs "as a trading-post, Mr.
Robidoux" returned to St. Louis and purchased a stock of goods, which he
transported up the Missouri by a keel-boat, arriving at the “Bluffs" in
the fall of 1809.
Here he remained for thirteen years, and while
residing at the "Bluffs," in 1813, he married Angelique Vandory, another
lady of St. Louis, who died in the city of St. Joseph on the 17th of
January, 1857. By this union they had six sons and one daughter.
(Source: The history of Daviess County, Missouri, Pub.
JAMES H. C. ROBINSON,
M.D., is President of the St. Joseph Milling Co., which is
located at the corner of Tenth and Jackson streets, St. Joseph. This
company has a capital of $32,000 and its business is over $60,000 per
annum. The Doctor had previously been connected with the milling business
for some fifteen years, with R. H. Faucett of this city, and was also one
of the incorporators of the R. T. Davis Milling Company, being one of its
Dr. Robinson was born in Boyle County, Ky.,
January 15, 1832, and when seventeen years of age came to Missouri with
his parents, James and Elizabeth (Crow) Robinson, natives of Kentucky.
They located on a farm in Jackson Township, in Buchanan County, fifteen
miles south of St. Joseph. The father died on a farm in Crawford Township
about 1882, in his eighty-fifth year, his wife dying four years later,
aged seventy-seven years. He had been actively engaged in farming for many
years, owning a place of three hundred and twenty acres. Joining an
overland company, he went to California in 1850 with his two brothers,
Harvey N. and Joseph W., both now deceased.
After remaining in the
Golden State for about one year, mining at Placerville, our subject
returned by way of the Isthmus with a little money over and above his
expenses. For two years he remained on the home farm and then began to
read medicine with Dr. Charles L. Crow, his uncle, who was practicing in
that vicinity. In 1856 Dr. Robinson began practice, having previously
taken a medical course at the Transylvania University at Lexington, Ky.
The Doctor began his practice at Bloomington in this county, at which he
was actively engaged for twenty-eight years. In 1858 he went to
Whitesville, Andrew County, for a year, then returning to this county,
located in Halleck, where he remained until retiring on coming to this
city. He was very successful as a physician and built up a very extensive
In the fall of 1890 Dr. Robinson came to St Joseph,
but is still called in consultation with other physicians, especially when
the patients are his old friends of former years. Soon after coming here
he secured an interest in the St. Joseph Milling Company and was at once
elected its President. In 1856 was celebrated the union of the Doctor and
Miss Josephine Finney of this county, who was called to her final rest in
1872. A year later the Doctor married Miss Sarah E., daughter of Elijah
Meadows, also of this county. By bis first onion Mr. Robinson has the
following children: Margaret S., widow of W. F. Baker; Elizabeth S., now
Mrs. James A. Cam} bell of this county; Mary F., Mrs. J. K. Graham, whose
husband is a physician; Lee D., a physician and successor to the old
practice of our subject, and James H. C., Jr. A son and daughter have been
born of the second marriage: Plato W., who is a student in a business
college, and Delia J.
Dr. Robinson is active in politics, being
affiliated with the Democratic party. Since 1856 he has been a member of
the Masonic Fraternity and now belongs to Halleck Lodge and Chapter and
the St. Joseph Commandery. He has been an active member of the Blue Lodge
and Chapter, Moila Temple, A. A. M. S., and also identified with other
fraternities, among which are Truter Lodge, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, at Halleck, having served for fifteen years as its Treasurer and
having taken all the degrees, and is also a member of the encampment,
In this county the Doctor owns four hundred acres
of land, which is in two farms. He holds membership with the Christian
Church at Wyatt Park, and numbers many friends on account of his genuine
worth and his genial and social qualities. During the many years of his
residence in this county he has made a wide acquaintance, and by all who
know him he is justly held in the greatest respect.
and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Missouri. Publ.
1893. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)
Theodore L. Robinson;
The years of his life which were most fruitful in accomplishment and in
broad and effective service to himself and his fellow men, the late
Theodore L. Robinson passed at Maryville, in Nodaway County. There his
memory is likely to endure long, and the inspiration of his career and its
example are effective lessons that may be read with profit by all. After
many years spent in battle against adversity, he lived to accomplish those
things which are considered most worth while by ambitious men—honorable
activity in business with satisfying material rewards, the esteem of his
fellow men and a public spirited share in the social and civic life of his
community. Theodore L. Robinson was a native Missourian, born in
Callaway County February 8, 1833. Three years later his mother died, and
he was left in the care of his paternal grandparents by his father, who
went to Texas and whom he never afterwards saw. When eleven years of age
his grandparents moved to the vicinity of St. Joseph, and at the age of
twelve he began work in a hotel in that city. He made himself useful, and
soon attracted the attention of a St. Joseph merchant, in whose employ he
remained for five years.
The agreement as to salary world he was
sixteen years of age, and at once caught the "gold fever," and went West.
His employer furnished him with goods, mostly cheap clothing, to sell in
the West, and in company with another young man he crossed the plains with
a wagon drawn by oxen. His mercantile venture was ill-starred, since
everyone seemed to have supplied himself with clothing and other needed
supplies, and all the stock he carried across the plains was disposed of
at a sacrifice. However, by hard work in mining and otherwise he earned
enough to pay his old employer for all the goods and for the team
furnished for transportation. Six years were spent on the Pacific Coast in
varied experience and hardships, and in 1855 he returned to Missouri,
without money, and with his constitution impaired by exposure and the
rough existence of the West. On his return to Missouri he received news
that his father had recently died in Texas, leaving his second wife a
widow with three little children. His elder brother had also died in the
same state, while a younger brother had died in 1844. Mr. Robinson at once
reentered the employ of his merchant friend at St. Joseph, and remained
until he could equip himself with a wagon and team for the long journey to
Houston, Texas. He went to that state and brought back his father's widow
and her three small children, in order the better to provide for them.
This was only an incident of his long career, but it illustrates
remarkably well the general character of his mind and heart. Soon after
returning from Texas Mr. Robinson was furnished a stock of goods by his
old and always friendly employer, and in August, 1857, established a store
in Maryville, Missouri. That little city remained his home the rest of his
days, where he was honored not only as one of the early merchants, but as
one of the finest citizens. He prospered in mercantile trade and also as a
lumberman. In 1873 Mr. Robinson became actively connected with the Nodaway
Valley Bank of Maryville, as a partner with James B. Prather, Mr. Robinson
having active charge of the business. On the death of Mr. Prather in 1892,
Mr. Robinson made his son, James B. Robinson, cashier of the bank, the
latter having previously been bookkeeper and assistant cashier. The bank
was incorporated April 7, 1894, and Mr. Robinson remained its president
until his death a few weeks later, on May 28, 1894.
This brief outline
of facts only suggests the remarkable struggle of a poor boy against
adverse circumstances and emphasizes his later success. He acquired a
considerable fortune and died both wealthy and respected. Personally he
was a plain and unassuming gentleman, wide awake in his attitude of
affairs, and even tempered and well poised. His progressiveness and public
spirit were as marked as his business ability. While he himself had
succeeded in life without an education, he was none the less a stanch
friend of schools and learning, and for twenty years was a member and
treasurer of the Maryville School Board. Politically he was a democrat,
had fraternal affiliations with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and
died a member of the Christian Church.
On October 9, 1859, Mr. Robinson
married Rebecca J. Ray. She was born in Bardstown, in Nelson County,
Kentucky, and when a child was brought to Nodaway County by her father,
James Ray, a pioneer welfare and in the pleasures of home and in his many
friendships was a strong characteristic.
Source: A History of
Northwest Missouri Volume III; publ. 1915 in III Volumes; Edited by Walter
Williams; Submitted to Genealogy Trails and transcribed by Andrea Stawski
Walter H. Robinson; This
well known St. Joseph business man has been active in the affairs of that
community for more than thirty years, having began when a young man under
age, gradually advancing to a high position as an independent merchant,
and with the modern development of automobile interests has turned his
attention to that field, in which he stands as one of the successful
dealers. He represents an old and prominent family of Virginia, and his
own career well entitles him to a place in the history of Northwest
Born on a Virginia plantation in Rappahannock County,
Virginia, March 4, 1862, he is a son of Benjamin C. Robinson, who was born
in Warren County, Virginia, and a grandson of William Robinson, who was a
native of Scotland, where the Robinson family have resided for
generations. William Robinson and his brother John, who settled in
Kentucky, were probably the only members of the family who came to
America. William Robinson secured a large tract of land in Warren and
Rappahannock counties, was a slave holder, and operated a considerable
plantation. All his career after coming to America was spent in Warren
He married Nancy Garnett. Benjamin C. Robinson, who was well
educated and who during his youth taught school, bought and inherited land
and built his home in Rappahannock County, where he reared his family. He
was also a slave holder before the war, and the old homestead is now owned
and occupied by one of his sons, being located about six miles southwest
of Front Royal, at the head of the beautiful Piedmont Valley, famed far
and near for its natural scenery. Benjamin Robinson was honored with the
office of sheriff in Rappahannock County, and during the Civil war, on
account of his official duties, was exempt from military service. His
death occurred when he was sixty-two years of age.
Benjamin C. Robinson
married Jane E. O'Bannon. She was born in Rappahannock, Virginia, a
daughter of Josephus and Mary (Levell) O 'Bannon who spent all their lives
in Virginia and was one of the prominent families of the state. Prestly
O'Bannon, a brother of Josephus, and a great-uncle of the St. Joseph
business man, made a distinguished record in the early navy of the United
States. He was serving with the rank of lieutenant in the naval forces at
the time of the war against the Barbary States during the early years of
the nineteenth century. He was in the command under the gallant Commodore
Decatur, sent against these Mediterranean pirates, and from the history of
the United States Marines, by Richard S. Collum, we quote the following
paragraph: Arriving before Derne on the morning of March 26, 1805, terms
of amnesty were offered the Ben on condition of allegiance and fidelity.
The flag of truce was sent back with this tart answer: 'My head or yours.'
On the 27th the siege commenced. The enemy made an irregular but
splendid defense by keeping up a heavy fire, of musketry as the assailants
appeared from behind houses and walls. At half past three, however,
Lieutenant O'Bannon and Mr. Mann, a midshipman, stormed the principal work
hauling down the Tripolitan ensign for the first time in the history of
the country hoisting that of the Republic on a fortress of the Old World.
A detachment consisting of the marines from the Argus, twenty-four
cannonries’ and twenty-six Greeks including their proper officers were
under the immediate command of Lieutenant O'Bannon. It was with this force
that the brave O 'Bannon passed through the shower of musketry from the
walls of the houses, took possession of the battery, planted the American
flag upon its ramparts and turned its guns upon the enemy. In his official
report of the affair General Eaton said: “The details I have given of Mr.
O 'Bannon's conduct need no more encomium, and it is believed the
disposition of our government to encourage merit will be extended to this
intrepid, judicious and enterprising officer. The State of Virginia
presented him with a sword for his courageous conduct in this war."
Walter H. Robinson now has in his possession as a relic and heirloom
from this gallant ancestor a beautiful silk shawl which Lieutenant
O'Bannon brought home from his Tripolitan expedition. Benjamin C. Robinson
and wife were members of the Episcopal church and reared their children in
the same faith. Their nine children were Meredith and Alice, twins, Eliza,
Nannie, Jack, Walter H., Albert, Ada and Benjamin C.
Walter H. Robinson
received his early education in the rural schools and also attended Flint
Hill Academy. When he was eighteen he began teaching, and taught for two
terms in Virginia. In 1881, at the age of nineteen, he came to St. Joseph
and found a position as salesman in the store of the Brady Carpet Company.
His fidelity to his duties and his industry secured him advances, until he
was made manager of the store, and finally he and his brother Benjamin
succeeded to the business and conducted it as one of the flourishing
mercantile houses of St. Joseph until 1909. Mr. Robinson then sold out and
engaged in the automobile business, and has since been one of the leading
men in that field in St. Joseph.
In 1890 he married Ida L. Yocum. She
was born in Belmont County, Ohio, a daughter of Jacob Yocum. They are the
parents of two sons, Kenneth and Edwin Bryan. The younger is still a
student, while Kenneth is associated with his father in business. Mr.
Robinson cast his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland in 1884,
and has been a steadfast adherent of the democratic party since that time.
He is in fact one of the leaders in Buchanan County democracy, has served
as delegate to numerous county, district and state conventions, and in
1900 was a delegate to the national convention at Kansas City, and in 1908
was democratic candidate for presidential elector. Governor Lon Stephens
appointed him a member of the board of police commissioners in St. Joseph,
and he was reappointed by Governor Dockery. He has served two terms as
president of the Monroe Club. Fraternally his relations are with Lodge
331, A. F. & A. M.; St. Joseph Lodge No. 22, Knights of Pythias; and
St. Joseph Lodge No. 40, B. P. O. E.
[A History of Northwest
Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and
Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]
Rev. W. C. Rogers. The subject
of this sketch has spent so many years in Northwest Missouri that a short
though impressive review of his life by one who has known him for nearly
half a century, the writer regards as a just tribute to his
Elder Rogers was born in Clinton County, Ohio, June 10, 1828,
and baptized by his father, Samuel Rogers, December 25, 1843. Graduated at
Bacon College in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in 1850. He had begun preaching
three years before that, and in 1852 was graduated at Bethany College,
Virginia, now West Virginia.
Rev. Rogers has preached at Holly Springs,
Mississippi, Louisville, Kentucky, St. Joseph, Missouri, and many other
cities and towns, and did much evangelistic work, having baptized between
four and five thousand converts. He was corresponding secretary of the
General Missionary Society of the Christian Churches in 1865-66. During
his active ministry he held several debates, one of special interest with
Erasmus Manford of Chicago, who was at that time editor of Manford's
Magazine, and a distinguished debater and preacher of the Universalist
Church. Elder Rogers proved himself equal to his opponent, and was
complimented for his ability by such men as Rev. G. W. Longan, Rev. J. W.
Tate and other ministers who were present during the discussion. It would
be easy to say that Elder Rogers won a great victory over his opponent.
That might not be just. The writer will say that the last Universalist
living in the community at the time of the debate made the confession and
was baptized several years later.
Elder Rogers is the author of one
book we mention. It was favorably commented upon by the leading preachers
and writers of the Christian Church. The following notice is from an old
schoolmate, the editor of the Christian Leader, and is as follows: "In
another column we advertise a very valuable book, entitled 'Recollections
of Men of Faith which we have read with much interest, especially from the
fact that we were personally acquainted with some of these notable
characters. The author of the work, W. C. Rogers, and myself were
schoolmates at Bethany College, under the tutelage of the renowned
Alexander Campbell. Many of the ''incidents connected with the lives of
these great reformers and evangelists are new to the present generation,
and these incidents make the book sparkle with rare gems on every
Elder Rogers is now on the last half of his eighty-sixth year,
and is well preserved in body and mind, and capable of doing much work in
his chosen calling.
(By Benjamin F. Poe, Elder of the Christian
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by
Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski
Charles E. Rush; The
connection of Charles E. Rush with library work began with his college
days in 1902, and he has since that time been continuously identified with
library work, either in a public or private capacity. He has gone into the
work with an enthusiasm that has made him one of the most successful and
sought after librarians in the state, and he has been at the head of the
St. Joseph Public Library since 1910.
Mr. Rush was born at Fairmount,
Indiana, on March 23, 1885, and is a son of Reverend Nixon and Louisa
(Winslow) Rush. Both parents were Quakers, of North Carolina ancestry. The
paternal grandsire of Mr. Rush was a slave holder in North Carolina, but
he became early convinced of the error of owning human property, so that
in 1830 he freed his slaves and moved north to Indiana, where the family
has since been established. The father of Mr. Rush is a Quaker minister,
who added farming to his ministerial activities and became one of the most
useful men in his community.
Charles E. Rush was educated in the common
schools of the Town of Fairmount and at the Fairmount Friends Academy. He
had his A. B. degree from Earlham College in 1905, after which he entered
the Library Summer School at Madison, Wisconsin, of which he is a
graduate, and received the degree of B. L. S. from the New York State
Library School at Albany in 1908. He planned a career as librarian when he
was a boy, and so arranged his studies from his college days. He was a
student-assistant in the library at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana,
from 1903 to 1905, and served a year as an assistant at the Wisconsin
University Library at Madison in 1905 and 1906. He was an assistant in the
Free Public Library in Newark, New Jersey, in 1907, and in 1907 and 1908
was engaged as a special cataloguer.
Mr. Rush is a member of the
American Library Association and of the Missouri Library Association,
serving as vice president of the latter organization in 1912 and as
president in 1913. As one who is deeply interested in civic and social
work, Mr. Rush is concerned in making the library a thing of practical
value in the community, not alone for the young readers and students, but
for the laboring man, the busy merchant and business man of every order.
He has prepared a number of pamphlets and magazine articles bearing upon
the splendid possibilities that are to be found from a more intimate
knowledge of the "people's university," among them might be mentioned
"Library Publicity," "The Man in the Yards," and "Two Books a Year for My
Child." His "Reading List for the Boy Scouts of America" was the first
library pamphlet published on the subject and it has been well received
wherever it has been shown.
Mr. Rush is an active member of the St.
Joseph Commerce Club and in 1912 was chairman of the luncheon and
entertainment committee. In 1913 he was a member of the art and publicity
committees of the club, and has been active in the work of the
organization in varied ways.
In 1910 Mr. Rush was married to Miss R.
Lionne Adsit, a daughter of Rev. Spenser M. Adsit, of Albany, New York,
who is a Presbyterian minister. Mrs. Rush is a graduate of Vassar College,
at Poughkeepsie, New York, class of 1906, receiving the degree of A. B.,
and is also a graduate of the New York State Library School at Albany,
class of 1908, with the degree of B. L. S. She spent two years as chief of
the information department in the Public Library at Washington, D. C.,
prior to her marriage.
In 1911 Mrs. Rush was president of the
Federation of Women's Clubs of St. Joseph, Missouri, and since that time
has been a member of the executive committee of the Federation. She is
active in the church work of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Joseph,
of which she is a member, and is president of the Kings Daughters Society,
an auxiliary organization of the church. She is one of the prominent women
of the city and takes a leading place in the representative social club
and civic activities of the city..
Source: A History of
Northwest Missouri Volume III; publ. 1915 in III Volumes; Edited by Walter
Williams; Submitted to Genealogy Trails and transcribed by Andrea Stawski
Chris L. Rutt. Now managing
editor of the St. Joseph News-Press, Chris L. Rutt is one of the veterans
of the newspaper trade and profession in Northwest Missouri, and has spent
practically thirty years in the business in St. Joseph.
Chris L. Rutt
was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 8, 1859. His parents had
emigrated from the neighborhood of Bingen-on-theRhine, in Germany, and in
1865 located in Atchison, Kansas. It was at Atchison that Chris L. Rutt
acquired his early education in the parochial schools and in St.
Benedict's College, and learned the printer's trade in the Atchison
Champion Shop. After several years of touring the country and working as
journeyman printer, he became assistant to the late Maj. Edgar Ross, then
editing the Daily Standard at Leavenworth, Kansas, and subsequently was
employed with several newspapers in Texas.
Mr. Rutt permanently located
in St. Joseph in 1885, and was attached to the Gazette staff under the
late Maj. John N. Edwards. He was for thirteen years secretary of the St.
Joseph board of police commissioners, but at the same time maintained his
connection with the Gazette, under the late C. F. Cochran. Mr. Rutt in
March, 1900, was made managing editor of the Gazette, held that post until
August, 1902, and then became managing editor of the Daily News, now the
On May 11, 1887, he married Miss Annie Herbst of St.
Joseph. To their union five children were born, and those now living are:
Frances Mary, Anna Katherine and Chris L., Jr.
S. A. Clark. Most men
would not be accused of modesty in preparing their autobiography. That is
not true of S. A. Clark, of Carrollton, as the reader of the following
paragraphs must acknowledge. Many friends of this newspaper publisher and
banker and business man might add a number of complimentary things to what
he has said concerning himself, but it would not do to spoil the interest
and the humor of the sketch by any additional comment. If Editor Clark has
handled the various subjects of local life which have come before him in
the daily routine of newspaper work in so felicitous style and with such
genial humor as he has treated his own career, it is not difficult to
understand his popularity and his value as a hard-working citizen of
Without any further explanation his autobiography is
presented at once: In the early part of my existence and when a very small
boy I was born in the "Short-Hills" of Jefferson County, East Tennessee,
on May 15, 1870, just in time for breakfast. There's a great deal in being
born right—in the right time and in the right place—and consequently every
man should weigh this matter carefully before making his advent into the
world. It is an important incident in every life, calculated to make or
mar destiny, and therefore should never be neglected. Had I been born
earlier in life, I would have had to pass through the bloody struggles of
the late Civil war, and the chances are that I would have been on the
losing side. Had I been born in the mountains of Kentucky, I might have
been a consumer of "moonshine" whisky, a feudist who would have lain in
ambush or "Anheuser-Busch" for the slayer of my wife's cousin, and a
ring-tailed tooter from the head waters of bitter creek. On account of
these conditions I preferred being born "After the Ball Was Over," in
I was born in a log cabin, which at that time was
the favorite birthplace of presidents; but it has since gone out of
fashion, and I came upon the stage of action too late to derive any
benefit from the "log cabin" story. It has already been worn to a frazzle.
I came of Southern parentage, my father, W. F. Clark, being a native of
Georgia, and my mother, Elizabeth F. Harkleroad, being a native of
Sullivan County, Tennessee. My father and mother were married on the first
day of May, 1861, and I am their youngest son. When but two years old I
concluded to "go West," and in 1872 brought my parents to Duquoin,
Illinois, and a year later brought them to Carroll County, Missouri. I was
raised on the farm and educated in the district schools of this county and
at the Chillicothe Normal, Chillicothe, Missouri.
That I was born with
high aspirations was shown by my early tendency to climb to the top of the
loftiest trees in the forest. When but four years old I climbed a
lightning rod to the top of a two-story brick building, and when I
returned to terra firma the shock my mother gave me with a shingle made a
lasting impression on my—memory. At the age of nineteen I obtained a
school certificate and taught two terms in the district schools of the
county. In the spring of 1891 I founded the Bosworth Sentinel, at
Bosworth, the first issue being published April 17, 1891. I early espoused
the cause of liberty, and when a lad of only eighteen summers, or
"summers" thereabout, a young lady friend of mine accused me of "taking
more liberty" than any youngster she had ever met. I also insisted on the
freedom of speech—when talking to young ladies—and on the freedom of the
press, and I never knew what an abridgment of either meant until after I
This leads me to tell about my marriage to Miss Laura A.
Crispin, which occurred on June 21—the longest day and the shortest night
in the year—Anno Domini 1893. I then had a luxuriant growth of hair,
instead of being bald as you see me today; but after my wife reads this
autobiography, I won't have any hair at all. I am a republican and believe
in "protection," which never fails to promote the "infant industry." This,
my friends, is one enterprise in which no trust has ever been formed and
nobody, thank God, has a monopoly of the business. However, there seems to
be a striking resemblance between a trust and a baby. Nearly everybody
cusses them until they get one of their own. For many years I contended
that every man should support at least one wife and three children, and
recently I raised the estimate to four. I have three sons—Twyman, Paul and
Merrill—and one daughter —Arbuta—all by my first wife, who is still
In the summer of 1894 I sold the Sentinel and moved to Lawson,
Missouri, where I published the Leader for two years and then returned to
Bosworth and engaged in the real estate, loan and insurance business. The
only office I ever held was that of justice of the peace, and although I
was quite young at that time—in fact, the youngest justice in Missouri —I
have never been able to outlive the title of "Squire." On July 1, 1901, I
became cashier of the Bosworth Exchange Bank, in which capacity I served
until January 1, 1904. During this time I helped to organize the Carroll
County Telephone Company, and served two years as its president. I also
purchased an interest in the Carroll County Abstract Company, and served
two years as president of that corporation. After I severed my connection
with the bank I resumed the publication of the Bosworth Sentinel for a
short time, and then traded it for the Carrollton Republican-Record, of
which I was the editor from August 1, 1904, to January 1, 1913, when 1
relinquished the management of the paper to Mr. J. N. Stonebraker, to whom
I had sold a half interest. Since the first of the year 1 have been
engaged in the real estate, loan and insurance business in partnership
with S. K. Turner.
From a worldly standpoint I have not distinguished
myself among the great men of the age; but when I glance over the school
books which I studied when a boy, I have the satisfaction of knowing that
my name is indelibly written on the pages of history. Although I have
never achieved any greatness—at least not .enough to be burdensome—I have
accumulated .a good supply of shop-worn experience, which was purchased at
the highest market price. In conclusion, I want to say to all young people
who aspire to wear a laurel wreath instead of a straw hat the year round,
to study my life, habits and character, and then—do different.
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