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Subject: Christopher, Wiley, & Gordon E. Statler Family Biography
Date: 5 Mar 2006 18:47:21 -0700
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Surnames: Statler, Hart, Steel, Day, Kinder, Sample, Fowler, Wells, Drum, Revelle, Gordon, Rhodes,
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1880 Goodspeeds History of S.E. Missouri, page 849
George E. Statler, dealer in general merchandise, Lutesville, Mo., was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., in 1845, and is a son of Wiley Statler, of German descent, who was born in 1811, in what is now Bollinger County.
The later's father (Wiley Statler's father) Christopher Statler, was born in Lincoln County, N.C., but immigrated to Southeast Missouri in its early settlement. Wiley grew to manhood in Bollinger County, and about 1833 married Mary Hart, nee Steel, immediately after which, he removed to Cape Girardeau County and located near Millersville. In 1853 he removed to Oak Ridge when he has since resided. He has never held any office, but is one of the influential men of his section.
His wife (Christopher's wife) was born in Sumner County, Tenn., in 1812, and died in 1886. She was the mother of eight children, one by the first and seven by the second marriage. The son by the first marriage died on the day she was buried. There are five children living: James C. (of Texas), Robert F., Elizabeth (Mrs. Nicholas Day), George E. and Gilbert D.
George E. grew to manhood on his father's farm, and at the age of eighteen entered a store as salesman. When twenty-two years old he taught one school. In 1869, he went into partnership with W. F. Kinder, at Burfordville, in which he remained on year, and spent the winter of 1870-71 in Texas. Returning to Marble Hill, he remained on year, and in March, 1878, engaged in the family grocery business at Lutesville. The next fall W. F. Kinder again became his partner, and they added a general stock of merchandise, and continued in business seven years, when they took a third partner, W. W. Sample.
After eighteen months, Mr. Sample sold to W. T. Wilson, and in eighteen months Mr. Statler sold to Mr. Sample, and in the fall of 1883 he made a trip west. Returning in three months, he went into business at Marquand with G. L. Fowler, but after twelve months came to Lutesville, and went into partnership with F. M. Wells, Robert Drum, and J. W. Revelle, erecting a brick building at the cost of $5,000, and established a general store. In February, 1888, the firm dissolved, since which time Mr. Statler has been alone in business.
In October, 1873, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Gordon, born on the shore of Lake Ontario, N.Y., in 1848. To them were born four children: Ernest W., Gordon G., William K. and Charles C. The mother died in 1883.
In December 1886, Mr. Statler married Miss Mary B. Rhodes, daughter of Samuel Rhodes. She was born in Bollinger County, Mo., in 1866. They have one child, Grover R. Politically, Mr. Statler is a Democrat. He is a Mason and a member of the A.O.U.W. He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.