By Joel P. Rhodes
Lawyer and journalist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Louis Houck is usually referred to as the “Father of Southeast Missouri” simply because he introduced the railroad to the quarter and opened this backwater region to industrialization and modernization. even supposing Houck’s identify is little recognized this present day outdoors Missouri, Joel Rhodes exhibits how his tale has relevance for either the nation and the nation.
Rhodes offers a extra whole photo of Houck than has ever been on hand: reviewing his lifestyles from his German immigrant roots, contemplating his profession from either social and political views, and grounding the tale in either country and nationwide background. He particularly tells how, from 1880 to the Nineteen Twenties, this self-taught railroader developed a community of 5 hundred miles of music during the desert of wetlands referred to as “Swampeast Missouri”—and how those “Houck Roads” supplied a lift for inhabitants, agriculture, lumbering, and trade that reworked Cape Girardeau and the encircling area.
Rhodes discusses how Houck suits into the period of financial individualism—a time whilst males with little formal education formed smooth industry—and additionally provides voice to Houck’s critics and indicates that he used to be no longer regularly a simple guy to paintings with. In telling the tale of his railroading company, Rhodes chronicles Houck’s conflict with the Jay Gould railroad empire and provides key perception into the advance of America’s railway approach, from the cutthroat practices of ruthless marketers to the often-comic ineptness of start-up rail lines.
More than just a biography of a enterprise entrepreneur, the publication tells how Houck not just built the sector economically but in addition the lead of Andrew Carnegie through making artwork, tradition, and formal schooling on hand to all social sessions. Houck additionally served for thirty-six years as president of the Board of Regents of Southeast Missouri nation Teacher’s collage, and as a self-taught historian he wrote the 1st accomplished debts of Missouri’s territorial period.
A Missouri Railroad Pioneer chronicles a multifaceted profession that reworked a sector. Solidly researched, this full of life narrative additionally deals an pleasing learn for someone attracted to Missouri history.
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A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck (Missouri Biography Series) by Joel P. Rhodes