Sunday, July 31, 2011

Richard Thomas Clay Lord

Richard Clay was the youngest son of Andrew Lord, and youngest brother of James Joseph Lord.

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Eliza Jane Davis, born 04 Apr 1838; died 10 Jun 1935 in Dry Creek Twp, Howell Co., MO; married Richard T.C. Lord 14 Aug 1856 in Rush Co., Indiana; born 29 Apr 1834 in Kent Co., DE; died 19 Jun 1908 in Howell Co., MO.
Notes for Richard T.C. Lord:
A Venerable Citizen

After a serious illness of only a few days R. T. C. Lord died at his home in Pomona on June 19th from a complication of kidney trouble and old age.

Mr. Lord had been feeble for a year or more, but was down in town on Tuesday before his death on Friday. He was born April 29, 1834, in Kent county, Delaware, and is descended from good old Revolutionary stock, his paternal grandfather having been a soldier in the war for Independence. His parents, Andrew and Letitia (Reed) Lord, were also natives of Delaware, the former born in 1792 and the latter in 1793. The subject of this sketch was the youngest of a family of nine. He was but six years old when his mother located in Indiana, and in the primitive schools of Rush county he pursued common branches of learning. His early life was not an easy one, for as soon as he was old enough to handle the plow he was forced to assist in the farm labor and aid in the support of the family. Like a dutiful son he remained at home until twenty-one years of age, giving such assistance as he could to his widowed mother, and then began farming for himself.

August 14, 1856 Mr. Lord was united in marriage with Eliza J. Davis and they began their domestic life in Indiana, but in 1860 went to Iowa, locating in Jasper county, where he followed farming for eight years. He then spent a year in Oskaloosa College, after which he engaged in business as a grocer and coal dealer, which he continued for twelve years. For about four years of that time he personally superintended the mines and under his direction they proved quite productive. The real estate and insurance business next engrossed his attention and yielded him a good income. In 1880 he removed to Des Moines, where he became a real estate dealer. For six years he was handling land for the Missouri Pacific and Iron Mountain Railroad, carefully looking after its interests. In whatever community residing, Mr. Lord has taken an active part in its progress and development. While a resident of Oskaloosa, for twelve years he served as a trustee of Oskaloosa College, and for eight years was treasurer. He took an active part in organizing Drake University at Des Moines, and after its establishment was a trustee. The cause of education found no truer friend than Mr. Lord or none who gave more liberally for its support. Both he and his wife held membership in the Christian church, where for some forty years he has filled the office of deacon. The duties and responsibilities devolving upon him throughout his business career have been many, but has ever pursued the even tenor of his honest way, and by his upright life has won many warm friends, who held him in the highest regard.

His desire to help his friends and the unfortunate eventually caused him great financial loss. He came to Howell county in 1898 and bought a farm adjoining Pomona and has resided there since and had the full confidence and esteem of all the people. His widow survives him and has the sympathy of the entire community. The interment was in the Mackey cemetery Saturday, June 20th.
      Howell County Gazette, Thursday, July 2, 1908 

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