By Joel P. Rhodes
Lawyer and journalist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Louis Houck is frequently 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 though Houck’s identify is little recognized this day outdoors Missouri, Joel Rhodes exhibits how his tale has relevance for either the kingdom and the nation.
Rhodes offers a extra entire photo of Houck than has ever been to be had: reviewing his existence 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 specifically tells how, from 1880 to the Nineteen Twenties, this self-taught railroader built a community of 5 hundred miles of song in the course of the wasteland 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 encompassing area.
Rhodes discusses how Houck matches into the period of financial individualism—a time whilst males with little formal education formed glossy industry—and additionally provides voice to Houck’s critics and exhibits that he was once 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 gives key perception into the advance of America’s railway method, 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 constructed the zone economically but in addition the lead of Andrew Carnegie by way 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 university, and as a self-taught historian he wrote the 1st entire bills of Missouri’s territorial period.
A Missouri Railroad Pioneer chronicles a multifaceted occupation that remodeled a area. Solidly researched, this energetic narrative additionally bargains an wonderful learn for a person attracted to Missouri history.
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A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck (Missouri Biography Series) by Joel P. Rhodes