Looking Back: Centre grad head west; Old record books
Four Danville men, who were referred to as “The Junior Colonels,” a unique organization of St. Louis, Missouri, were featured in an article reprinted Jan. 8, 1900, in The Kentucky Advocate. The Advocate indicated Centre College graduates Robert W. Fisher, Hugh B. Rowland, Ward Goodloe and Dodd Pierce, all of Danville, went west to grow up with the country.
- Fisher was born July 14, 1873, and died Nov. 10, 1954, in Danville. He was a son of Felix and Susan Bennett Fisher. He worked for Mississippi Valley Trust Company, one of the strongest trust companies in the country, having become so largely through the efforts of Breckinridge Jones, one of St. Louis’ most successful Kentuckians. Fisher also was assistant treasurer of the Kentucky Society.
- Rowland was born and raised in Danville. He was the nephew of former Governor D.R. Francis of Missouri and James L. Ford. Rowland worked for Brown Shoe Company in Missouri.
- Goodloe was a Kentucky native and grew up in Danville with his parents, W.O. Goodloe and Emeline Bent Goodloe. He worked as secretary to the General Agent of Illinois Central Railroad. He was born March 13, 1878, and died Aug. 15, 1861, in Kirkwood, Missouri. Goodloe’s brother, Bent, also a Centre graduate, practiced law for three years in Louisville before going to St. Louis, where he became employed by Carleton D.G. Company. He also was the Chesterfield of the Junior Colonels. He died in 1919 in St. Louis and is buried in Bellevue Cemetery.
- Pierce was chaplain of the group, and was the son of the Rev. Dr. E.H. Pierce, a Methodist minister and president of Wesleyan College in Winchester. Pierce was a member of the 1896 class of Centre and also was a graduate of the law department at the University of Virginia. He was also right tackle for the University of Virginia’s football team in 1897 and 1898. He practiced law in the Union Trust Building in St. Louis.
(Editor’s note: This article was first published by the Courier Journal in Louisville. Information also was taken from Ancestry.com and Bellevue Cemetery records.)
Old record books contain interesting information
Several old books and records stored in an attic on East Green Street were found by Heber McGrath, a well-known barber at Richardson’s Barber Shop in May 1928, according to an article in The Kentucky Advocate. McGrath purchased the house of the late Georgia Ann Meaux and while cleaning the house, he discovered a book that formerly belonged to the late Dr. John C. Young, former president of Centre College.
The book contained a translation by Dr. Young of the Book of Job. It also had records of numerous marriages of early Danville families that were made by Young, including: Beriah Magoffin and Ann Nelson Shelby, April 11, 1840; Joshua Fry Bell and Mary K. Helm, Oct. 20, 1835; Dr. Joseph Weisiger and Isabella Clay, July 11, 1837; Thomas C. Nichols and Frances Pomeroy, Sept. 28, 1937; Jacob K. Bishop and Mary Jane Elizabeth Garnett, Jan. 8, 1851; C.W. Metcalfe and Elizabeth B. Welsh, April 23, 1856; and Gibson J. Doran and Ann T. Rowe, Dec. 2, 1853.