John Gallup, assistant treasurer of the Missouri Portland Cement Company comes to the Mississippi valley from New England, where the family has been represented since early colonial days. He was born in Mystic, Connecticut, December 14, 1844, son of John Gallup and Roxanna Fish. He received his education in the public schools of Mystic, Connecticut, and also studied under private tutors. After leaving school he gave special attention to accounting and later was associated with his father in the lumber business.
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In Mystic, Connecticut, October 5, 1870, Mr. Gallup was married to Ellen E. Noyes, daughter of George W. and Prudence Dean Brown Noyes. One child was born to them, Mary Elisabeth, now the wife of Harry F. Roach of St. Louis, Missouri.
In 1880, Mr. Gallup came to Peoria, Illinois, and there took charge of the office work of S. C. Bartlett & Company, grain dealers, and when the firm established a branch business at La Fayette, Indiana, he became office manager there and so continued for five years. In 1887 Mr. Gallup came to St. Louis and was offered the position of auditor and treasurer of the St. Louis, Kansas City and Colorado Railroad, a new line being built out of St. Louis to Kansas City. The Santa Fe afterward purchased the Frisco, when the management was merged into that of the Frisco. In October, 1895, Mr. Gallup became connected with the Missouri Portland Cement Company, with which he has since held executive positions, serving now as assistant treasurer. His connection with the company covers more than a quarter of a century and he has witnessed and been identified with its development from a capitalization of one hundred thousand dollars to six million dollars. Politically Mr. Gallup is a stanch republican and is interested in all matters that make for progressive citizenship. lie is a member of the St. Louis City Club and has been a member of the Baptist church from the age o1 ten years. He was one of the founders of the Compton Heights Baptist church of which he is now a deacon and treasurer.
Two of Mr. Gallup’s ancestors, Captain John Gallup and Lieutenant Colonel Benadam Gallup, respectively, rendered distinguished service in the Colonial and Revolutionary wars, and Elisha Fish, the maternal grandfather, was killed in the battle of Lake Erie under Commodore Perry. The families on both father’s and mother’s side trace their ancestry to the Alden family of the Mayflower company.