Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens


GEORGE GREEN. Americans have always had great admiration for Englishmen, not withstanding that these nations have twice been at war. Each has enjoyed a century of peace and good feeling toward the other, and we have ever welcomed the British to our newer land of opportunity. Greene county has not been fortunate enough to secure many of her immigrants, but what few we have we are glad to note are good citizens in every respect. One of these is George Green, blacksmith foreman in the shops of the Frisco system at Springfield.

Mr. Green was born in Kent Waldwick, England, September 15, 1863. He is a son of Robert and Susanna Green, both born in England, where they grew up and received fairly good educations and spent the earlier years of their lives, eventually emigrating to the United States, where they both died, the father in South Dakota and the mother in Kansas. Robert Green was a carpenter by trade, which he followed for a livelihood most of his life. In his earlier life he was in the British army as a wheelwright and was in the memorable East India mutiny. After coming to America he followed railroading for a while and later was a ranch man in Texas for about four years, His family consisted of four children, namely: Robert is a locomotive engineer on the Frisco, running out of Kansas City, where he lives; George of this sketch; Mrs. Clara Bowen lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and Mrs. George Wallace, also of Kansas City.

George Green was young when his parents brought him to America, and here he received his education. He attended school in different places, including a year in Dallas, Texas, and some time in Rochester, New York. In 1880 he drove overland from Texas to Springfield, Missouri, and began work for the Frisco System in the North Side roundhouse. After remaining there about three years he went to Kansas City and went to work for the Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Memphis Railroad Company, which was leased by the Frisco System in 1900, and when the shops of the former road were opened in Springfield, now known as the South Side Frisco shops, Mr. Green was sent here as blacksmith helper. He continued at his trade until in 1896, when he was elected constable of Campbell township, in which office he served two years with satisfaction to all concerned and credit to himself. In 1901 he was appointed foreman of the blacksmith shop and is still one of the foremen in this shop. He is quite expert in his line and handles men well.

Mr. Green was married in 1882, to Sarah E. Twigger, who was born in Connecticut, in December, 1862. She is a daughter of George and Ann Twigger. She was educated in the common schools. She came west when young in years, with her parents, locating in North Springfield, Missouri, and here grew to womanhood, receiving her education in the public schools of Springfield. She was one of eleven children, ten still living.

To Mr. and Mrs. Green seven children have been born, namely: Frank, born December 25, 1883; Maude, born in 1885, married George Brougher; Ruby, born in 1887; Mrs. Georgia Woodfill, born in 1899; William J., born in 1897; Charles, born in 1900, and Clara, born in 1902.

Politically, Mr. Green is a Democrat. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic blue lodge, the Modern Woodmen and the Loyal Order of Moose. The family are members of the Episcopal church.

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