JAMES B. WILD.
Among the successful and enterprising business firms of Sarcoxie, Jasper county, Missouri, is that of James B.
Wild & Brothers, nurserymen, of which James B. Wild is president, and his brothers, Henry N. and Frank H.,
are the two other members of the firm, the business having existed since 1875.
James B. Wild was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on September 26, 1849. His parents were born in Germany and after
emigrating to America settled in Wisconsin, where they remained until our subject was ten years old, when they
removed to St. Louis, Missouri. Here young James took a short course in the Bryant & Stratton Business College.
In 1868 he came to Jasper county, Missouri, and acted in the capacity of foreman for an uncle, in the lumber business,
in a sawmill, later engaged in cigar manufacturing, and still later became a farmer, continuing in agricultural
pursuits until 1875. At that date, in association with his brothers, Henry N. and Frank H., he embarked in the
nursery business, it being organized in 1875 under the firm name of James B. Wild & Brothers. This business'
was started in a small way, but now six hundred acres of land is under cultivation and the business has become
of great volume and importance through the county. In addition to nursery stock small fruits are largely grown
for the northern market.
Mr. Wild was married on August 22, 1875, to Miss Rosa Belle Monholen, who was born in Newton county, Missouri,
and three children were born of this union. The sons are successful men of business, Gilbert H. being a grower
of fruit and flowers for the northern markets, making a specialty of peonies, and Edward A., also interested in
fruit and owns the Wilds livery stable in Sarcoxie. His marriage was to Miss Grace Davidson, and Gilbert H. married
Miss Daisy Allen, Minnie H., the daughter of our subject, is attending the Sarcoxie high school.
The firm of James B. Wild & Brothers ranks high in financial circles, all of its members being stockholders
in the State Bank of Sarcoxie, while the personal integrity and responsibility of each one is above question. James
B, Wild is a highly esteemed citizen of this cty, has long been a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the Patrons
of Husbandry, and was one of the first delegates to the first convention of the latter order in the county. He
is proud of the fact that he was a delegate to the first silver convention, held at Pertle Springs, Missouri, when
the state first took a decisive sand in favor of free silver.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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