GEORGE W. STEBBINS.
It is probable that there are few states in the Union that have had a more pronounced influence in shaping the
destinies of the middle west and southwest than New York, whose sons have been pioneers and leaders in industrial
and material progress in the new parts of our country for more than a hundred years. Missouri owes much to the
Empire state for an important element in its early settlement and for an important factor for good in its later
development. Prominent among the native sons of New York now residing within the borders of Jasper county, Missouri,
is George W. Stebbins, manager of the Spring River Stone Company, at Carthage.
George W. Stebbins was born in the town of Greenwich, Washington county, New York, a son of Calvin and Eliza (Taylor)
Stebbins, both natives of the state of New York. The American ancestry of the family of Stebbins came from Wales,
and Luther Stebbins, the paternal grandfather of our subject, served as a loyal American soldier in the war of
1812. Calvin Stebbins, who during his entire active life was a contractor and builder, died at Carthage, Missouri,
in 1880. Mrs. Stebbins died at Greenwich, Washington county, New York, when the subject of this sketch was little
more than four years of age.
When George W. Stebbins was six years of age his father took him to Vermont, where he attended public schools and
was for a time a student at an academy at Charlotte. When he was sixteen years old he laid aside his school books
to become a clerk in a store at Warrensburg, New York. Eventually he went west to Chicago, thence to Galesburg,
Illinois, where for five years he engaged in contracting and building, and later to Peoria, Illinois; where he
made his headquarters for a year while traveling through Illinois, Iowa and Missouri in the interests of the Fairbanks
Scale Company. From Peoria he went to St. Louis, Missouri, where he opened a house for that company, which he managed
for two years. From St. Louis Mr. Stebbins went to Carrollton, Missouri, where for five years he was the proprietor
of a hardware store, which he sold in 1875 in order to remove to Carthage, where he gave his attention to mining.
He began zinc mining in 1890, and in 1900 organized the Spring River Stone Company, in which E. W. Johns and Henry
C Johns are also concerned.
In 1873 Mr. Stebbins married Miss Elizabeth Orchard, a daughter of Thomas Orchard, of Carrollton, Missouri, but
a native of Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Stebbins have two children, Joseph C., who is connected with his father in business,
and Ruth, who is still at home.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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