Arthur L. Eshbaugh

Arthur L. Eshbaugh was born in Niagara County, N. Y., in 1858, and is a prominent farmer and stock dealer in Joachim Township.  He is the youngest of two daughters and one son, born to Henry and Mary A. (Snell) Eshbaugh, natives of Northumberland County, Penn., and Niagara County, N. Y., respectively.  Mr. Eshbaugh was born in 1822, and his wife seven years later.  They were married in Niagara County, N. Y., in 1851, and there remained until 1867, when they removed to Ogle County, Ill., and in 1869 to Jefferson County, Mo., settling in Joachim Township, one mile southeast of Bailey, where he died in 1886.  He was educated in the public schools of Pennsylvania and at Ewingsville Academy, Penn.  He then studied law and made a successful practice of the same at the Niagara County bar for five years; he was compelled to abandon it on account of his health.  He then turned his attention to farming, and held various prominent offices in Niagara County, and at the opening of the Grange movement took a very active stand for the success of the same.  He was master of the Missouri State Grange for eight years and was lecturer of the National Grange for six years. He was president of the State Board of Agriculture at the time of his death, and was one of the prominent men of Missouri, where he was familiarly known. In 1884 his name was placed on the Prohibition ticket for lieutenant-governor with John A. Brooks.  Although an active worker for the cause of temperance, he did not canvas the State in his behalf, and was not in favor of a third-party movement.  At his death the State lost one of its most active and enterprising citizens.  He was always interested in all public meetings and did all in his power to promote the welfare of the country, at the sacrifice of his personal interest.  A Republican in politics, he served in the New York militia during the war as captain but was familiarly called colonel.

Copyright © Jefferson County Historical Society; located by Adam Seaman