BENJAMIN F. RINEHART.
Benjamin F. Rinehart, who resides on section 29, Jackson township, Jasper county, Missouri, is one of the successful
and substantial farmers of this section. He was born in Owen county, Indiana, September 23, 1856, and was a son
of M. K. and Sophia (Hoobler) Rinehart, the former of whom was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, but came to Jasper
county, Missouri, in 1866. He is living a retired life at present, in Carthage, Missouri. The mother of our subject
was born in Ohio, April 6, 1825, and her death occurred September 6, 1900. A family of five children were born
to the parents of our subject, these being: Mahala M., the wife of C. D. Hill, of Kansas City, Missouri; Benjamin
Franklin; Philip H., of Jackson township, Jaspers county; Isabel L., the wife of S. P. Shaffer, of Jackson township;
and Lucinda Jane, the wife of D. M. Guinn, who resides eighteen miles northeast of Fort Scott, Kansas.
Mr. Rinehart, who is our subject, was nine years old when the family removal was made to Morgan county, Missouri,
and there he lived until 1866 when he came to Jasper county, the following year. His education was received in
Jackson township and he grew up at home, assisting in the work on the farm. In 1878 he was united in marriage to
Sarah E. Hazelwood, who was a native of Jasper county, and who was the daughter of F. J. and H. J. (Onstott) Hazelwood,
who were early settlers of Jasper county. Mrs. Rinehart is the eldest of six children and received her education
in this county. A family of nine children was born to our subject and wife, these being : Charles A.; Oscar A.,
Marion F., Effie, Lula, Nora, John A., Jennie and Findley F., all of whom are at home, the sons assisting their
father on the farm, and all are natives of Jasper county.
Following his marriage Mr. Rinehart settled in Union township where he engaged in general farming until 1900, when
he located on his present well cultivated and productive farm, which consists of two hundred and eighty acres.
He carries on general farming and uses one two horse team and two three horse teams in cultivating his land. His
sons have grown up to industrious habits and he is able to manage his large estate with little outside assistance.
In his political belief Mr. Rinehart is a Democrat and is now serving a term as road commissioner, and for nine
years was one of the school directors of his township. His membership in the United Brethren church has been long
and consistent and his place is seldom vacant at any of the services. In the county he is regarded with respect
and esteem and his honesty and integrity make of him one of the best citizens of Jasper county.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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