Location: St. Louis Missouri

Biographical Sketch of Ernest Lucas

Ernest Lucas, secretary of the Rubelmann-Lucas Hardware Company of St. Louis, was born in Gasconade county, Missouri, on the 2d of February, 1860, and is a son of George and Amelia (Prosch) Lucas. He supplemented his public school education by study in Johnson’s Business College and thus qualified for the active and responsible duties of life. He started upon his business career as a salesman in his father’s grocery store in 1877 and after three years’ preliminary training there of a thorough character he came to St. Louis in 1880 and entered the employ of Rubelmann & Company, hardware dealers, and through the intervening period of forty years has been associated with the business. In July, 1885, upon the incorporation of the RubelmannLucas Hardware Company, he became one of the directors and the secretary and has continued in this official connection with the business. He is a member of the Missouri Athletic Association, also of the Liederkranz Club and he largely finds his recreation in fishing, but the major part of his time and attention is concentrated upon his business affairs and the house of which he has now been a representative for four decades largely stands as a monument to his keen business discrimination and indefatigable...

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Biography of Hon. Frank Landwehr

Hon. Frank Landwehr, judge of circuit court at St. Louis, was elected to this position in 1918 and since taking his place upon the bench has displayed the most scrupulous care and exact justice in the performance of his judicial duties. St. Louis claims him as a native son, his birth having here occurred February 8, 1884. His father, Frank Landwehr, came to America when a lad of fifteen years, during the late ’40s, making his way direct to St. Louis, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1893, when he was fifty-two years of age. He devoted his attention to merchandising and was very successful in his business affairs. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Caroline Suever, also came to America when a young maiden of thirteen years. She, too, made her way to St. Louis and in this city was married. Nine children were born of this union, three sons and six daughters, Judge Landwehr being the, eighth in order of birth. The mother passed away January 16, 1918, at the age of seventy-five years, living to see her son reach a prominent position as a representative of the bar but not to see him take his place upon the bench. Judge Landwehr pursued his early education in the grade and high schools of St. Louis. He then entered upon the study of...

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Biography of Shirley D. Gregson

Shirley D. Gregson, president of the Gregson Furniture Company of St. Louis, was born at Ava, Illinois, January 9, 1878. His father, James M. Gregson, was also born in Illinois and in 1888 removed to St. Louis where his remaining days were passed, his attention being devoted to various lines of business. His death occurred October 28, 1917. The mother bore the maiden name of Lou Barker and was twice married, being Mrs. Lou Brickey, a widow, at the time that she became the wife of James M. Gregson. She was born in Kaskaskia, Illinois, and married Mr. Gregson at Red Bud, Randolph county, Illinois, in 1874. She is living at the age of seventy-three years. By her former marriage she had a son, H. L. Brickey, and by her second marriage her only child is Shirley D. Gregson of this review. Under the parental roof Shirley D. Gregson remained through the period of his boyhood during which time he was acquiring a public school education. In 1895 he started in the business world by handling household fixtures, etc., as a member of the firm of Gregson & Company and in 1913 this business was incorporated under the name of the Gregson Furniture Company, with S. D. Gregson as the president, Monroe Price vice president and J. A. Roof as secretary. The company today handles a large line of...

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Biography of Herbert S. Gardner

Herbert S. Gardner, president of the Gardner Advertising Company of St. Louis, was born December 22, 1872, in Warsaw, Missouri, his parents being Nicholas S. and Susan Frances Gardner. The father was a merchant of Warsaw, Missouri, at one time and afterward lived at Appleton City, Missouri, where he continued in business for a number of years. In 1887 he came to St. Louis and was associated with the Brown-Dougherty Company, in the wholesale dry goods business. In later years he retired and passed away in 1891. For several years he was a member of the state guard of Missouri. Has wife was the daughter of John M. Holmes of St. Louis, who died when Mrs. Gardner was but a small child, and she afterward made her home with her uncle, Charles Holmes, who was a well known citizen of St. Louis, where he engaged in business as a cracker manufacturer and dealer. Mrs. Gardner survives her husband and resides in St. Louis. Herbert S. Gardner, of this review, was educated in the public schools of St. Louis and at the old Polytechnic school, then located at Seventh and Chestnut streets. He afterward worked in the public library under Frederick Crunden, who was librarian for a number of years. In November, 1888, he entered the employ of the Frisco Railway Company, in the accounting department, doing clerical work and...

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Biography of Cyrus F. Blanke

Cyrus F. Blanke, president of the C. F. Blanke Tea & Coffee Company of St. Louis, was born October 24, 1862, in Marine, Illinois, a son of Fred G. and Caroline (Ortgis) Blanke. The father was born in Germany and came to America in 1847. He carried on general merchandising at Marine, Illinois, for a number of years, but his marriage was celebrated in St. Louis. To him and his wife were born ten children, seven sons and three daughters, of whom Cyrus F. is the fifth in order of birth. Four children, three sons and a daughter, have passed away, while those who survive are: Emma, the widow of Charles Spies; Maude, the widow of Harry Amanda; Albert G., who is engaged in the real estate business in St. Louis and who married Lillie Verborg; Richard, who wedded Hazel Thompson; Fred; and Cyrus F. of this review. The last named was educated in the public schools of Marine, Illinois, and also attended a commercial college in St. Louis, thus qualifying for the responsibilities of business life. He started out as a clerk in a retail grocery store in St. Louis when sixteen years of age and between the ages of seventeen and nineteen years was a clerk in a St. Louis wholesale tobacco factory. He then became connected with the Steinwender-Stoffregen Coffee Company and acted as collector for...

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Biography of John Julius O’Fallon

John Julius O’Fallon is a capitalist of large interests, partly received through inheritance and since largely increased through judicious investments. He is financially interested in many important business concerns which annually yield to him a substantial revenue. He was born in St. Louis, March 6, 1840, and is a son of Colonel John and Caroline Ruth (Schutz) O’Fallon. The father figured prominently in the history of St. Louis during the first half of the nineteenth century. Viewed through the perspective of the years, it is seen that he was active in fashioning the civilization of the city during its formative period. He was born near Louisville, Kentucky, November 17, 1781, and died in St. Louis, December 17, 1865. For nearly nine hundred years the O’Fallons have figured in Irish history. The first mention of them was in the year 1017, when King Brian-Boru was killed in a battle with the Danes at Clontarf. One of the clans that fought under Brian was that of Faolan, chief of the Desie of Munster, and which was led on that occasion by Mothla, Faolan’s son. After that they were called the O’Faolans, later the Phelans, and still later the O’Fallons. In the year 1170 Malachi O’Fallon, Prince of the Desies, in connection with O’Ryan of Idrone, commanded the Irish troops at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion. It was this Malachi O’Fallon...

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Biography of Douglas B. Houser

Douglas B. Houser, vice president of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, was born in this city August 28, 1892, and is a son of the late Daniel M. Houser. The father was born in Washington county, Maryland, December 23, 1834, and was a son of Elias and Eliza Houser. He was a youth in his fifth year at the time of his parents’ removal to Clark county, Missouri, whence they came to St. Louis in 1846. He had no educational advantages other than those afforded by the public schools and the year 1851, when he was sixteen years of age, saw him facing the problems of the business world with a career of success or failure before him, as he should make it. His first service was in a humble capacity in the workrooms of the Union, a newspaper which was merged into the Missouri Democrat upon its purchase by the firm of Hill & McKee. The history of its evolution is contained elsewhere in this volume. It is inseparably interwoven with the annals of St. Louis and its record omitted from history’s pages would leave but a garbled version of growth and development here. Marshall Field, master of finance and merchant prince, gave this advice to young men: “Try always to be ahead of your position and increase your efficiency.” Although the words were not uttered at the time...

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Biography of Frederik Gustave Bardenheier, M. D.

Dr. Frederik Gustave Adolph Bardenheier, who is well known in professional circles as a specialist in the treatment of diseases Of the ear, nose and throat, was born in St. Louis, April 13, 1881, and he has chosen to make the city of his nativity the scene of his professional labors and successes. His father, Philipp Bardenheier, came to the United States in the early ’50s and won success along commercial line. The mother, Mrs. Helen Bardenheier, arrived in this country from the Rhine region of Germany some time after her future husband crossed the Atlantic. Dr. Bardenheier was educated in the parochial and public schools of St. Louis and later pursued a preparatory course prior to entering upon his medical studies. He attended the Marion Sims Beaumont Medical School from 1899 until 1903, in which year he was graduated on the completion of the regular four years’ course. He afterward spent two years in the St. Louis City and Female Hospitals, gaining that broad, varied and valuable experience which is never as quickly acquired in any other way as in hospital practice. He subsequently devoted two years to the general practice of medicine and surgery and then went abroad to complete his studies by specializing on diseases of the ear, nose and throat in medical centers of Germany and Austria. He has been very successful in the line...

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Biography of Marvin E. Singleton

Marvin E. Singleton, one of the many to lay aside personal interests to serve the cause of democracy when America was at war with Germany and possessor of the Distinguished Service Medal awarded by congress for meritorious work as ordnance district chief during the World war, has for many years been a conspicuous figure among the prominent business men of the country. He was born in Ellis county, Texas, January 6, 1872. His father, John Hawkins Singleton, a native of Kentucky, was one of the pioneer settlers of Texas where he moved in 1848; he served in the Mexican war, the Texas Revolution and as a first lieutenant in the Confederate army, in which conflict his brother was killed. Rebecca Ann Barker, his mother, was a native of Tennessee and moved to Texas with her parents during her girlhood and there she later became the wife of Mr. Singleton. She died in May, 1901, when in her seventy-second year. The country schools of Ellis county offered Marvin E. Singleton no special advantages over those to any other young man and even this opportunity for education was necessarily shortened owing to the death of his father. He secured a position as clerk in a merchandise store where he remained only a short time, leaving to take up work as a shipping clerk in a cotton warehouse. And later he became...

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Biography of Charles Pope O’Fallon

Charles Pope O’Fallon, a representative in the third generation of the O’Fallon family in St. Louis, giving his attention to the management of estates, and invested interests, was born in Madison county, Alabama, August 3, 1868, and is a son of John Julius O’Fallon, mentioned elsewhere in this work. His ancestral line is one of which he has every reason to be proud and is given in detail in the sketch of his father. Dr. James O’Fallon served as a surgeon in the American army in the Revolutionary war and the great-granduncles of Charles P. O’Fallon included General William Clark, Governor William Clark and George Rogers Clark, while one of his great-uncles was Dr. Charles A. Pope, a celebrated surgeon. Charles P. O’Fallon, after attending the public schools of St. Louis, continued his education under a private tutor and afterward had as his preceptor President George B. Stone, of Washington University. He entered Princeton, becoming a member in the class of 1890. Impaired eyesight, however, obliged him to discontinue his studies and later he obtained a clerkship in the Merchants National Bank. His business training in that connection has proven of great value to him since he took over the management of estates. It was in 1891 that he joined his father in this business and through this connection he has become financially interested in various enterprises of St....

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Biography of Frederick R. Cornwall

Frederick R. Cornwall, patent attorney of St. Louis, was born in Washington, D. C., February 23, 1872. His father, the late James G. Cornwall, was a native of Virginia, where his ancestors, who were of Scotch-Welsh lineage, lived for many generations, the family having been founded in America by William Cornwall, who was one of the first settlers in the Virginian colony. James G. Cornwall was a blacksmith by trade and a Civil war veteran, defending the interests of the Union in the contest between the north and the south. He was with the United States navy at Washington and during the latter years of his life resided in the national capital, there passing away in 1880. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Frances Reid, was born at Langley, Fairfax county, Virginia, where her ancestors had settled in pioneer times. She passed away in 1878, at the age of forty years, survived by all three of her children, two sons and a daughter, all of whom are yet living. Frederick R. Cornwall, the youngest of the family, was educated in the public schools of Washington and afterward attended the National University Law School in the capital city, being there graduated with the LL. B. degree in 1891 and the LL. M. degree in 1892. Prior to his graduation he was employed in the agricultural department in Washington...

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Biography of William Divine Davis, M.D.

Dr. William Divine Davis, who has engaged in the practice of medicine in St. Louis since his graduation from the medical department of Washington University in 1909, save for the period of his service in the World war, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, August 29, 1887, a son of Thomas Winfield and Mary (Divine) Davis. The father was born August 26, 1859, his parents being William G. and Jane (Thomas) Davis, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, who in 1868 emigrated to the new world, settling in Terre Haute, Indiana. The father comes of a musical family that for years sang throughout England and the United States as “The Davis Family Musical Company,” Thomas Winfield Davis being the tenor, with a voice of rare beauty and exceptional quality and power. He wedded Mary Divine, who was born April 18, 1864, a daughter of David and Mary Jane (Eperson) Divine. David Divine was a direct descendant of Colonel Isaac White, who commanded the colonial forces in Virginia and was a representative of the families of Haddon, White and Divine. In the maternal line he was a cousin of Generai “Stonewall” Jackson. Mary Jane Divine was of the Jennings, Waldon and Eperson families of Virginia and Kentucky. Her daughter and namesake, Mrs. Mary Divine Davis, was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and in that state the Davis family maintained their residence for some time....

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Biography of Hon. Robert W. Hall

Hon. Robert W. Hall, judge of the circuit court of St. Louis, Missouri, was born in Ontario, Canada, September 27, 1873, and is a son of James Hall, also of Canadian birth and of Scotch and English descent. The founder of the family in the new world first settled in the state of New York but later representatives of the name went to Canada. James Hall was for many years a successful agriculturist and stock raiser but is now living retired. He has been very active in connection with political and civic interests in Ontario, being affiliated with the conservative tory party, and recognized as a man of considerable influence along those lines. He married Sarah Jane Fawcett, a native of Canada and of Irish descent. By her marriage she has become the mother of six children, five sons and a daughter, of whom one son and the daughter are now deceased. Robert W. Hall, the third in order of birth in this family, was educated in Thornbury, Ontario, Canada, where he attended the public and high schools. While pursuing his high school studies during spare hours, Saturdays and summer holidays, he worked in a printing office, acquiring a thorough knowledge of the printing business. He afterwards looked after the advertising end of the business and did reporting. He likewise took a course in banking at Belleville, Ontario, and...

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Biography of Hon. John Hugo Grimm

John Hugo Grimm was born January 17th, 1864, at No. 21 South 10th street in St. Louis, in the immediate neighborhood of Turners’ Hall, in which companies of the Home Guards, which took part in the capture of Camp Jackson in 1861, had been organized and drilled. Valentine Grimm, his father, had emigrated to America from Coblenz, Germany, established his home in St. Louis, and became an American citizen, July 28, 1859, and was a leading member of the St. Louis Gymnastic Society (the Turners) to which history accords the position of first organizing and preparing for the conflict between the southern states and the Union as early as November, 1860, and becoming the nucleus of the four organized regiments tendered President Abraham Lincoln by Hon. Frank P. Blair, after Governor Claiborne F. Jackson declined to furnish “one man” to the Union cause, to fill the quota of about four thousand men called for national defense by the President. Valentine Grimm, in April, 1861, was among the first to be mustered into the United States service and was sergeant of Company B, First Missouri Volunteers, one of the first companies that entered the St. Louis arsenal to support the Union cause. He was an able and forceful speaker and fearlessly contributed logical arguments to guide the Turners’ Society, besides his services as a soldier. In 1862 he married Magdalene...

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Biography of Otto J. Wilhelmi, Jr., M. D.

Dr. Otto J. Wilhelmi, Jr., devoting his attention largely to the practice of surgery in St. Louis, was born in this city October 16, 1891, a son of Otto J. Wilhelmi, who is a native of Franklin county, Missouri, and a grandson of Julius Wilhelmi, founder of the Missouri branch of the family and of German descent. The grandfather came to America and settled at Washington, Franklin county, Missouri, there residing to the time of his death. The father was reared and educated in this state, pursuing his studies in the Washington University and afterward going abroad for further study in Germany, France and Italy. Upon the completion of his preparation he took up the profession of architecture, in which he has since been engaged, and is today an architect of national reputation, having won notable eminence in his chosen calling. For some time he was the architect for the St. Louis public schools and several of the most beautiful and attractive school buildings of the city stand as monuments to his skill and handiwork. He was also one of the founders and originators of the St. Louis Crematory. During the period of the Civil war he served as a drummer boy. He married Amelia Stifel, who was born in St. Louis, a daughter of Christopher A. Stifel, who was of German descent and belonged to one of the...

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