Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
LUCIUS W. HUBBELL. When a man can command his own self-respect he will have no cause to worry about what the world thinks of him. Lucius W. Hubbell, well-known real estate and insurance dealer of Springfield has always looked well to his self-respect and thus the world has respected and trusted him and since coming to Greene county, some forty years ago, he has built up a reputation that is inviolable, having the good will of all with whom he has come in contact. Like many of the best citizens of the Ozark region he hails from the old Buckeye state, a commonwealth that has produced more presidents, great generals and famous statesmen than any other except Virginia, and the natives of that state are always welcomed into the newer sections of the Union, for they have proven themselves to be people who do things and can be relied upon in all emergencies.
Mr. Hubbell was born in Ashtabula county, Ohio, May 16, 1841. He is a son of William S. and Eliza (Case) Hubbell, both natives of Connecticut, the father's birth having occurred in the town of Birmingham in 1812, and his death occurred in 1899. The mother was born in 1809 at Canton, and her death occurred in 1877. These parents grew up in the old Nutmeg state, and there attended the common schools, and they both emigrated to Ohio when young where they were married. William S. Hubbell was a woolen manufacturer, having served his apprenticeship in Orange, Connecticut, going from there direct to Ohio, and was married about 1835. He built the first woolen mill in that part of the United States. In later life he and his wife removed to Benzonia, Michigan, where they both died. Politically, Mr. Hubbell was a Republican in his later life. He belonged to the Congregational church. His family consisted of seven children, only two of whom are living at this writing. They were named as follows: Harriett, deceased; Helen, deceased; Lucius, of this sketch; John, deceased; Buel; Nelson, deceased; Lizzie, deceased.
Lucius W. Hubbell grew to manhood in his native state and was educated at the town of Kingsville, and graduated from the old Spencer commercial school at Oberlin, Ohio, having taken a commercial course. Later he taught penmanship in the Kingsville Academy. He was teaching there when the Civil war broke out, and he enlisted for service in the Union army when Lincoln issued his first call for seventy-five thousand volunteers, but was rejected as physically unfit for service. He then went to northern Michigan and took up land in 1862, and after remaining there about a year, he started a school at Traverse City, Michigan, teaching penmanship. He was in the employ of Hannah Lay & Company, of Traverse City, Michigan, in 1863, continuing for five years in this large mercantile and lumber firm, then was in active business for himself for many years in Traverse City. In 1874 Mr. Hubbell came to Springfield, Missouri, where he has since made his home. He first engaged in the drug business, under the firm name of L. W. Hubbell & Company, continuing about ten years, later took up real estate and insurance which he still carries on successfully, having built up a large business through his industry and fair dealings. He maintains an office in the Holland Building. For a period of ten years he was interested in mining at Aurora, Missouri, and in Colorado. He has been very successful in a business way. He has a pleasant home on East Walnut street.
Mr. Hubbell has been twice married, first, in Kingsville, Ohio, on July 4, 1862, to Jennie Peck, whose death occurred on April 27, 1872. To this union four children were born, namely: May, who married William L. Case; Nellie, who married Walter N. Case; Agnes has remained single, and Bernice, deceased. On April 8, 1873, Mr.:Hubbell was married in Traverse City, Michigan, to Mina Leach, a daughter of Dewitt C. and Abigail (Comfort) Leach. To this second union were also born four children, namely: Lucius C. who married Clara Gage; Hattie H. is the wife of David H. Frazer; Ruth S. is unmarried, and Alfred W. is also single. The sons of our subject are all members of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Mr. Hubbell's daughters belong to the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Politically, Mr. Hubbell is a Republican, and has been more or less active in party affairs. He served for some time as a member of the city council. Fraternally, he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
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