STEPHEN J. CHITWOOD.
Among the native sons of Missouri identified with the official interests of Jasper county is Stephen J. Chitwood,
of Carthage, who is now serving as depeputy county clerk. He was born near Mount Vernon, in Lawrence county, April
27, 1872, a son of Stephen D. and Susan (Johnson) Chitwood. The father, a native of Illinois, was born in 1844,
while the mother's birth occurred in Jasper county, Missouri, in 1848. The paternal grandparents of our subject
were Stephen and Sarah (Hodges) Chitwood, natives of Tennessee, and after, their marriage they removed to Texas.
The maternal grandparents, Peter A. and Mary (Maxey) Johnson, were pioneer settlers of Jasper county. The grandparents
have passed away, but both the father and mother of our subject are yet living.
Stephen J. Chitwood, whose name introduces this record, spent his youth at Carl Junction, where he attended the
village school, later supplementing his preliminary course by study in the Gem City Business College, at Quincy,
Illinois, where he was graduated on the 13th of July, 1892. Subsequently he pursued a course in the Shorthand Business
College at Joplin, Missouri, completing the same on the 30th of June, 1893. He took a special examination at the
Gem City Business College and received the degree of master of accounts December 24, 1893. He then became an instructor
in the Joplin. Business College and engaged in teaching throughout the year 1894. On. the 7th of January, 1895,
he was appointed to the position of deputy county clerk under S. A. Stuckey, and has since continued to act in
that capacity. He has also devoted considerable time to lead and zinc mining, and is interested in some of Jasper
county's best mines.
On the 24th of December, 1898, Mr. Chitwood was united in marriage to Miss Laura Caudle, of Carthage, a daughter
of John S Caudle, and unto them have been born two daughters, Laura Marie and Clara May. Socially Mr. Chitwood
is connected with several fraternal organizations, including the Modern Woodmen of America. He has a wide acquaintance
in Jasper county and is held in high regard, owing to his strong mentality, his ability as an educator and his
efficiency in public office.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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