ROBERT W. THURSTON. One of Madison County’s youngest stockmen, Robert W. Thurston has grown up in this County, and from his boyhood days was familiar with the town and the stock industry, He believes in farming as one of the greatest industries to which man can apply his energies, and his success is almost a matter of course, since he was trained to the business in the same way that other young men are trained to enter professions or commercial lines, Mr. Thurston has the management of his father’s large farm of three hundred and sixty seven acres in Monroe Township.
Robert Thurston was born July 27, 1892, near Summitville, in Van Buren Township, a son of Joseph Elmer and Anna (Whitely) Thurston, Mr. J. E. Thurston, the father, is one of the best known citizens of Madison County, has lived here practically all his life, and has been a farmer, a road contractor and stock buyer, He and his wife are the parents of three children, namely: Robert, Marie and Walter.
Robert Thurston was born and reared in Madison County, attended the Summitville schools, and took a preparatory course in Alexandria, and then finished in the Fairmount Academy. On July 30, 1912, he married Miss Eva Davis. They have one child, Lois, Mr. Thurston is a member of the Christian church and his wife belongs to the Quaker denomination. Her parents were Joseph and Ellen (Dougherty) Davis.