SILAS A. STUCKEY.
On the roster of county officials in Jasper county appears the name of Silas A. Stuckey, and no higher testimonial
of his faithful and efficient service can be given than a statement of the fact that he has been reelected for
a second term of four years, so that his incumbency will continue until 1903. He was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania,
December 16, 1850, a son of Richard S. and Martha J. (McVictor) Stuckey, both of whom were also natives of Bedford.
The father was a farmer by occupation, and his father was one of the pioneer settlers of Bedford. He became very
prominent in military circles there and was known as Major Stuckey, being for a long period connected with the
militia of Pennsylvania with official rank. He married a Miss Silvers, of Pennsylvania, whose ancestors came to
this country with the Penn colony. After engaging in the cultivation of his farm in Pennsylvania for a number of
years Richard S. Stuckey brought his family to the Mississippi valley, locating in Knox county, Illinois, where
he resided until 1867, at which time he came to Jasper county, Missouri, settling near Twin Grove upon a new farm.
He improved the land, transforming it into richly cultivated fields, and upon that place both he and his wife spent
their remaining days.
Silas A, Stuckey was only two years of age when his parents went to Illinois, where he was reared until his sixteenth
year. He began his education in the common schools, later attended a high school and then supplemented that course
by study in a normal school. After coming to Jasper county he pursued a four months' course of study, and for seven
years engaged in teaching through the winter months, proving a capable educator. On the expiration of that period
he embarked in business, engaging in merchandising. After four years, however, he abandoned commercial pursuits
to engage in zinc and lead mining, which he has followed successfully in the vicinity of Joplin. He is at present
financially interested in the Duenweg mine and also the Lehigh mine, both in Jasper county. Mining has become one
of the leading industries of this portion of the state, and the development of the rich mineral resources of southwestern
Missouri contributes not alone to the individual prosperity of the stockholders but also to the general success
and welfare. Mr. Stuckey also aided in organizing the Carl Junction Bank, and was its first vice president, but
after a time disposed of his stock in the enterprise.
On Christmas day of 1873 Mr. Stuckey was married to Miss Sarah J. Jackson, a daughter of Joel Jackson, a prominent
pioneer,settler who located in Jasper county in 1840. He wedded Mary Secrest, who became a resident of the county
in 1849. Five children, now living, have been born unto. Mr. and Mrs. Stuckey: Pearl, Mary Josephine, Anna Fern,
Georgia Gertrude and Eugenia; and three, David Perry, Artemus Jackson and Lena, died in infancy; and the first
named is now assisting her father in the office. In his political views Mr. Stuckey is a stanch Republican, and
takes an active interest in party work. In 1894 he was the nominee for the position of county clerk, and after
being elected and serving for four years he was again chosen to the office by popular ballot, so that he is now
serving for the second term. He is a man of strong purpose, of decided views and of unquestioned integrity, and
his upright life has not only been crowned by business success but has also gained for him the unqualified respect
and confidence of his fellow men.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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