Hart, Edward Studley
The following data is extracted from Centennial History of Missouri.
Edward Studley Hart, who died May 10, 1921, occupied one of the finest homes in Webster Groves. For many years he ranked with the leading printers of St. Louis and his service as mayor of Webster Groves and as the promoter of many public interests well entitled him to the high esteem in which he was held. His was indeed a well spent life and as the architect of his own fortunes he builded wisely and well. A native of Mississippi he was born in Carrollton, March 9, 1855, his parents being Charles C. and Olivia (Studley) Hart. In the acquirement of his education he attended the common schools of Shawneetown, Illinois, his parents having removed to Logan, Ohio and then to Illinois. He passed through consecutive grades becoming a high school pupil and after his textbooks were put aside he entered upon an apprenticeship to the trade of compositor under R. P. Studley & Company in 1871. This firm was established in 1853 and Mr. Hart continued in active connection from 1871 until 1919, or for a period of forty-eight years, at the end of which time he retired from active business to enjoy in leisure the fruits of his former toil. He made steady advancement in his business career, became a member of the firm in 1876 and was elected the president and treasurer of the company upon its incorporation in 1905. The company engaged in business as manufacturing printers, bookbinders and lithographers and through the assistance and later under the guidance of Mr. Hart a business of extensive proportions was built up. He also became the first vice president of the Bank of Webster Groves, and was everywhere recognized as a man of sound business judgment, keen sagacity and unfaltering enterprise and the most envious could not grudge him his success, so creditably was it won and so honorably was it used.
On the 8th of May, 1898, Mr. Hart was united in marriage in Webster Groves to Miss Florence Bate and to them were born three sons and a daughter: Edward S., Jr.; Elizabeth; Robert Page; and Donald Bate. A daughter of a previous marriage, Margaret, married H. M. Patton and lives in Webster Groves.
Mr. Hart became a member of the St. Louis Typothetae and was long identified with the Masonic fraternity, in which he had become a Knight Templar in the York Rite and a Consistory Mason in the Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Mystic Shrine. His religious faith was that of the Congregational church and his political belief was that of the republican party. For seven years he filled the office of alderman of Webster Groves and for an equal period was mayor of the city. Under his administration the electric lights and water and sewer systems were installed, sidewalks were laid and the little village of twenty-five hundred grew to a thriving city of eighty-five hundred, peopled by a class of progressive men who were attracted to the beautiful suburban city as a desirable location in which to reside. It has been the home of many of the most progressive and successful business men of St. Louis, Including Mr. Hart, the man whom his fellow townsmen delighted to honor as their "first citizen" for seven years.
Boath, James Anderson
James Anderson Boath, auditor of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis, was born in Carnoustie, Scotland, September 30, 1885. His father, David M. Boath came to America from Scotland in 1900, and has been connected in the capacity of accountant with various institutions of this city. He married Isabella Sturrock, who was also born in the land of hills and heather and they became the parents of four children, of whom James A. is the eldest. The other three were daughters, namely: Lottie, who died in infancy; Lily, who is living with the mother in Scotland; and Emily Isabella, who is also at home.
James A. Boath was educated in the public schools of his native town, pursuing his studies to the age of fifteen years, when he began providing for his own support by working in a wholesale shoe house as clerk for John Winter & Sons, Limited. He was with that house until he reached the age of twenty-five years, when in 1910 he resigned his position of traveling salesman for the purpose of coming to the new world. Mr. Boath in the meantime had been ambitious to get into accounting work as he had heard that this field in the new world was good and with that thought in mind had been preparing himself by actual practice, evening and spare time study, towards that end. Crossing the Atlantic he became connected with Marwick, Mitchell, Peat & Company of St. Louis as a public accountant, in which position he remained from 1910 until I913, when he joined the staff of the Business Men's League as auditor. This organization was superseded by the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce in 1917 and Mr. Boath was retained in the same position and is now successfully carrying on that line of work for the St. Louis Chamber, his ability making his service highly satisfactory to the organization which he represents.
In St. Louis, on the 8th of April, 1914, Mr. Boath was married to Miss Adele Maria Bourdon, daughter of Adolph Bourdon, now deceased, who was at one time manager of the Noonday Club and was a representative of one of the old French families of St. Louis. Mr. and Mrs. Boath reside at No. 7318 Maple boulevard in the attractive suburb of Maplewood. During the World war Mr. Boath not only subscribed liberally to various war activities but did personal work in securing subscriptions to the Liberty loan campaigns. He belongs to Tower Grove Lodge, No. 631, A. F. & A. M., and in religious faith is a Protestant. He is an enthusiastic golfer and fisherman. His entire life has been characterized by a spirit of progress and advancement and the laudable ambition which brought him to the new world that he might enjoy the opportunities here offered has led him in all of his activities until he has won for himself a most creditable place as a St. Louis auditor.
Source: Centennial History of Missouri