Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
JOHN A. GRANADE. To preserve the lineaments of our companions on the highway of life we engrave their portraits; for the same reason we collect the attainable facts of their history. Nor do we deem it necessary, since we speak only truth of them, to wait always until they and their friends have passed beyond recall into the great beyond; to do this would indicate that we were ashamed to publish to the world the history of those whose lives are unworthy of public record. By the introduction of an admirable system of local biography and memorial history, every man, though he may not have achieved what the world calls greatness, has the means to perpetuate his name and record through the coming generations. Thus, no doubt, the descendants of the late John A. Granade, for many years a prominent contractor of Springfield, Missouri, will feel grateful to those who were responsible for setting forth in tangible form his personal life history in these paragraphs.
Mr. Granade was born in Memphis, Tennessee, December 15, 1846. He was a son of Harvey and Nancy (Vaughn) Granade, both natives of western Tennessee, where they grew up and were married and established their home in Memphis, but finally removed into Arkansas, where the elder Granade purchased a large tract of land which he developed into a valuable plantation and on which he spent the rest of his life, dying there quite suddenly.
John A. Granade grew to manhood in Tennessee and Arkansas and assisted his father with his work about the homestead. He received his education in the common schools, and when the Civil war broke out he enlisted for service in the Confederate army, in a Tennessee regiment of infantry, in which he served most bravely until the close of the war. He saw much hard service and took part in some of the great battles in the Western army including Missionary Ridge, where he was severely wounded, being shot through the face. After spending some time in the hospital he rejoined his regiment, never regretting his service to his country, no matter how dangerous or full of hardships, although he was but a boy, being only twenty years of age when he enlisted.
Mr. Granade was married on February 18, 1866, to Saluda Keylon Lloyd, of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a daughter of William and Mary (Williams) Lloyd and was one of a family of eight children, an equal number of sons and daughters. Mrs. Granade was born in 1847, grew to womanhood in Georgia and received a good common school education. She proved to be an excellent helpmeet in every respect, and she is still living, making her home in Springfield with her daughter, Emma and her son, Otto. The former is employed at the Heer Dry Goods store, and the latter is with the Springfield Bakery. They are members of a family of ten children, only three of whom survive, the other living child being John Hardy, who is a merchant in Los Angeles, California; he is married and has five children. The seven deceased children are, Theodore, Minnie E., William Oscar and Fannie, all died in infancy; Lela, who married Wilmer Dix, died when twenty-three years of age, leaving one child, Clyde. The other two died in infancy unnamed.
John A. Granade came to Springfield, Missouri, in 1881, after his father's death and here spent the rest of his life successfully engaged in contracting and building, his business growing to large proportions under his close application and able management and he was widely known as an up-to-date, prompt and skilled workman, honest and straightforward in his dealings with his fellowman. Politically, he was a Democrat, and religiously he belonged to St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal church, South, of which church one of his brothers, who was a prominent minister of this denomination, was pastor or some time. Fraternally, our subject was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons. He was called to his eternal rest September 14, 1890.
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