By Joel P. Rhodes
Lawyer and journalist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Louis Houck is frequently known as the “Father of Southeast Missouri” simply because he introduced the railroad to the zone and opened this backwater sector to industrialization and modernization. even if Houck’s identify is little recognized at the present time open air Missouri, Joel Rhodes indicates how his tale has relevance for either the nation and the nation.
Rhodes provides a extra whole photo of Houck than has ever been on hand: reviewing his existence from his German immigrant roots, contemplating his occupation from either social and political views, and grounding the tale in either nation and nationwide background. He in particular tells how, from 1880 to the Twenties, this self-taught railroader developed a community of 5 hundred miles of music during the desert of wetlands often called “Swampeast Missouri”—and how those “Houck Roads” supplied a lift for inhabitants, agriculture, lumbering, and trade that remodeled Cape Girardeau and the encircling area.
Rhodes discusses how Houck matches into the period of monetary individualism—a time while males with little formal education formed smooth industry—and additionally offers voice to Houck’s critics and indicates that he was once now not regularly a simple guy to paintings with. In telling the tale of his railroading firm, Rhodes chronicles Houck’s conflict with the Jay Gould railroad empire and gives key perception into the improvement of America’s railway procedure, from the cutthroat practices of ruthless marketers to the often-comic ineptness of start-up rail lines.
More than just a biography of a company entrepreneur, the ebook tells how Houck not just built the sector economically but additionally the lead of Andrew Carnegie by means of making paintings, tradition, and formal schooling to be had to all social sessions. Houck additionally served for thirty-six years as president of the Board of Regents of Southeast Missouri country Teacher’s collage, and as a self-taught historian he wrote the 1st finished debts of Missouri’s territorial period.
A Missouri Railroad Pioneer chronicles a multifaceted occupation that reworked a quarter. Solidly researched, this energetic narrative additionally deals an pleasing learn for somebody attracted to Missouri history.
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A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck (Missouri Biography Series) by Joel P. Rhodes