Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
SAMUEL MACK LLOYD. One of the representative business men of Greene county of a past generation was the late Samuel Mack Lloyd, who devoted his earlier life to general live stock pursuits, but for over a decade he was in the tin and stove business in Springfield. He was essentially a man of affairs, sound of judgment and far-seeing in what he undertook, and with scarcely an exception every enterprise to which he addressed himself resulted in gratifying financial returns. He began life poor in this world's goods, but rich in what is of far more value than material wealth—a sound mind and a sound body. He possessed concentration of purpose and energy that laughed at restraint; keen foresight and the rare executive ability that made everything undertaken accomplish the purpose for which intended. To these qualities were added scrupulous integrity in all dealings with his fellow men and an honor in keeping with the ethics of business life, while behind all and controlling all were the great principles embodied in the Golden Rule, without which no man however great his wealth, and however distinguished his name, can be truly successful.
Mr. Lloyd was born in the state of Delaware, in the year 1833. When he was a small child his parents moved to Canton, Lewis county, Missouri, and established their home on a farm, the father devoting his active life to agricultural pursuits, and there he and his wife died when our subject was but a boy. Their family consisted of four children, all now deceased, namely: Jeremiah was the father of James T. Lloyd, who became a noted politician and a congressman; John, Samuel Mack and Henry.
Samuel M. Lloyd grew to manhood on the farm where he worked hard when a boy, and he received his education in the public schools of Canton, Missouri, and when but a boy he manifested decided natural talent as a judge of live stock, and, consequently, turned his attention to dealing in live stock, which he followed principally up to 1883, in later years under the firm name of S. M. Lloyd & Company, and he was very successful all along the line in this field of endeavor.
In the fall of 1883, Mr. Lloyd located in Springfield, and continued to make his home here the rest of his life. He conducted a tin and stove establishment on Boonville street, his shop being one of the largest and best known of its kind in southwest Missouri, and he did a large and successful business, under the firm name of S. M. Lloyd, Tin and Stoves. He conducted this business ten years or until 1893. His health had begun to fail and he gave up the business that kept him so closely confined, and in order to have something to do, accepted the position of relief officer of Springfield, being appointed by Jerry Fenton, at that time mayor, and he continued to discharge the duties of this office until his death.
Mr. Lloyd was married, October 10, 1882 in Canton, Missouri, to Eva Bartlett, who was born on September 12, 1859, in LaGrange, Missouri. She is a daughter of Henry S. and Mary (Barker) Bartlett. The father was born in New Hampshire, April 26, 1832, and his death occurred in Springfield, Missouri, in 1906. The mother of Mrs. Lloyd was born in Kentucky on November 13, 1846, and is still living, making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lloyd, in a handsome residence on East Elm street, Springfield. Mr. Barker devoted his active life to mercantile pursuits, and was a man of business ability and exemplary character.
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd, namely: Nelle, born on January 5, 1884, married T. J. Means, who is in the railroad service; May Elizabeth, born on November 17, 1885, is the wife of Holland Keet, a well known young business man of Springfield.
Politically, Mr. Lloyd was a Prohibitionist. Fraternally, he belonged to the Masonic order and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South. He was summoned to his eternal rest on January 17, 1896. Interment was made in Maple Park cemetery. At a meeting of the Springfield Board of Charities the following resolution was passed on Mr. Lloyd's death:
"Whereas, In the mysterious providence of God, S. M. Lloyd, relief officer of the Board of Charities of Springfield, Missouri, has been removed by the hand of death;
"Resolved by the Board of Charities assembled in special session, first: That, while bowing submissively to the will of God, we express our earnest regret at this seemingly untimely death and our appreciation of his efficient conscientious discharge of the arduous duties of his trying office during his brief administration, we could sincerely say to him, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
"Resolved, second: That we tender his bereaved family our sincere sympathies in the loss of a true husband and devoted father, and commend them to the care of Him who is pledged to be the husband of the widow and father of the fatherless.
"Resolved, third: That a copy of these resolutions be furnished to the family, the daily papers, and that they be spread upon the minutes of the proceedings of the board."
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