L. DUPUY SMITH;
druggist, was born in Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri,
May 22, 1846. When ten years of age he, with his parents,
moved to St. Joseph, where he was reared and educated. The
senior Smith being a prominent druggist of that city for
many years, L. D., after he attained the age of sixteen,
clerked in his father's store till 1867, when he moved to
Stewartsville and began in the drug business for himself.
Here he has since continued in the same occupation, except
in the year 1876. During this time he has built up an
enviable and successful reputation. He was married October
14, 1869, to Miss M. A. Craig, of Missouri. They have two
children, Frank C, and Guy H. Mr. S. is a Mason and member
of Stewartsville Lodge No. 182. He also belongs to the I.
O. O. F., and is a member of Stewartsville Lodge No. 137.
His grandmother on his mother's side is now living in
Brooklyn, New York, and is over ninety years of age.
(Source: The History of Clinton County Missouri;
published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by
Andrea Stawski Pack)
Charles A. Sombart.—The
Sombart family have een one of the most prominent and
substantial families in Boonville E over 80 years.
Members of this old pioneer family have been closely
identified with the commercial and industrial history of
Cooper County since the first advent of the ancestor of
Charles A. Sombart into Cooper County in 1837. They have
been industrial developers, and men of progress and
initiative, and have used their capital for the betterment
and advancement of their home city. Charles A. Sombart,
retired miller, of Boonville, is a worthy descended, of
excellent ancestors, and has been a builder and developer
of the most progressive type. He was born in Boonville,
Nov. 22, 1856.
The history of the Sombart family begins with William
Sombart, who was born in Burg by Harrtingen on the Ruhr,
Prussia, Sept. 22, 1796. He came of a good family and was
well educated in his native land. He studied at the
University of Berlin and became a skilled engineer During
the German War he volunteered in the army and fought under
Marshall Blucher in the battle of Ligney, June 16, 1815.
When 22 years of age he was given the office of inspector
of roads in Olpe, and later had charge of the roads in
Gielenkirchen by Achen. Illness, caused by hardships
endured during his war service, necessitated his
retirement from the service on a pension. He married Julia
Westhoff, the daughter of a minister, and after his
marriage they resided at Bonn. In 1837 he immigrated to
America, and after a stay of some months in St. Louis, he
came to Cooper County and located on a farm near
Billingsville, where, on account of having independent
means of his own, he took life easy and lived comfortably.
He retired from the farm in old age and located in
Boonville, where he died at the ripe old age of 82 years.
His wife died Aug. 7, 1872. They reared a family of seven
His son, Charles William Sombart, father of Charles A
Sombart, of this review, was born in Olpe, Province of
Westphalia, Prussia, May 2, 1820. He first attended school
in Germany and completed his education in Cooper County.
He was reared on his father's farm, and in 1849, he and
his brother, Julius, became inoculated with the prevailing
"gold fever," and made the overland trip to California,
where they remained until 1852. They engaged in mining and
trading, and were very successful, laying the foundation
of their future large fortunes. Upon their return to
Boonville, in 1852, the brothers engaged in the milling
business under the firm name of C. W. & J. Sombart.
They commenced with a small, old-fashioned mill, a short
distance below the Sombart mill in Boonville, but a few
years later acquired the present Sombart Milling Co.
property. They soon built up an extensive milling business
and by additions and improvements to their property
created one of the most valuable and best known milling
properties in central Missouri. In 1879 the concern was
reorganized and became the Sombart Milling and Mercantile
Company, C. W. Sombart, president.
Aside from his milling business, Judge Sombart dealt
largely in the purchase and sale of real estate, and
became the owner of much fine property in Boonville. He
was interested in the "Star" line of Missouri River
steamers. Jan. 6, 1852, he was married to Mrs. Catherine
Thro, formerly Catherine Robinrith, born in Alsace, and
coming from there to St. Charles County, Mo. She died May
10, 1885. The following children were born to this
marriage: William Alexander, Kate, Charles Augustus, of
this review; Fannie, Frank Siegel, Robert Nathaniel, and
Henry Edward. All of these are deceased excepting W.
Alexander, a resident of Boonville; Charles A.; and Robert
N., who resides in St. Louis. Judge Sombart was married
the second time to Mrs. Sophie Hain, widow of the late
George Hain, of Boonville. Judge Sombart departed this
life in June, 1898. He was prominent in the affairs of the
republican party, but was never ambitious for political
preferment. He served the people in various capacities,
such as a member of the Board of Education, and judge of
the County Court. He held the latter office for four years
and ably served the people of Cooper County during that
time. Judge Sombart was a director in the old Central
National Bank, and the Commercial Bank of Boonville.
Charles A. Sombart, of this review, was reared in
Boonville, and studied at the private school conducted by
Prof. Allison, one of the founders of Kemper Military
School at Boonville. When the Sombart Milling Company was
incorporated in 187G, he became a member of the
organization with his brother, William Alexander, and a
cousin. After the death of Judge Sombart, he and a
brother, Henry E. Sombart, bought control of the milling
company and conducted the business successfully until
1909, when Charles A. Sombart became sole owner of the
business, as a family corporation. Dec. 25, 1918, he sold
the mill to a corporation and* retired from active
business, having been a miller from 1876 to 1896, and been
engaged in the business for 42 years. Mr. Sombart has well
earned his retirement. He has, like his father before him,
always taken a commendable interest in local enterprises
and invested his working capital so as to benefit his home
city. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers Bank and
the Citizens Trust Company of Boonville, and is
financially interested in the Boonville National Bank. For
some time he was president of the Farmers Bank, and was
president of the Citizens Trust Company until its
amalgamation. He is largely interested in Boonville real
estate, and has always been a worker for the best
interests of Boonville, its growth and advancement.
In 1905, Mr. Sombart erected the Hotel Frederick, an
imposing, modern structure, costing over $40,000. This
investment was mainly for the purpose of providing
Boonville with a modern hostelry, and has never paid him
an adequate return on the investment. Mr. Sombart erected
this building at a time when there was a crying need for a
modern hotel in Boonville, and others were loath to place
money in a venture which did not promise an adequate
Mr. Sombart has one of the most beautiful residence
properties in Boonville, which he erected. Mr. Sombart.
also built the block at the southwest corner of High and
Main Streets. He was married Feb. 2, 1887, to Mary Frances
Brechwald, of Galesburg, Ill., a daughter of Charles
Brechwald. Mrs. Mary Frances Sombart died. Nov. 17, 1917,
at the age of 57 years. Three children were born to this
marriage, two of whom are living: Helen Frances and
Frederick Charles, at home in Boonville. Frederick C. is a
member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and Knights
of Pythias. Mr. Sombart is a republican, but has never had
aspiration for office or political matters to any great
extent. His children are members of the Episcopalian
Church, and he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias.
History Of Cooper County Missouri by W.F. Johnson 1919