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


JAMES S. SARTAIN. From the great Prairie state, where lived such renowned men as statesmen, warriers, men of business and, authors, comes James S. Sartain, engineer of the Fruit Dispatch Company, of Springfield. He has not tried to emulate in his life work the eminent men of his native state only in that he has tried to do something well, not desiring the plaudits of the world in a public way, and so he has done his allotted work on earth just the same as if his name was inscribed high on the honor roll of the nation, for all good work by mankind is viewed as a part of the plan of creation, and we are taught that "each thing and person in their place is best."

Mr. Sartain was born October 18, 1868, in Pike county, Illinois. He is a son of Charles and Matilda (Ham) Sartain. The father was born in North Carolina in 1845, and the mother was born in Pike county, Illinois, in 1854. These parents received common school educations and were married in Pike county, Illinois, whither the father removed from the South when young. He devoted his active life to general farming and stock raising. He remained in Illinois until 1880, when he removed to Bates county, Missouri. During the Civil war he served a full term of enlistment, participation in a number of battles, and was captured at Arkansas Post. His death occurred in Bates county, this state, in 1909. His family consisted of nine children, seven of whom are still living.

James S. Sartain grew to manhood on the home farm and received his education in the public schools of Bates county and the high school at Adrian, that county. He lived on the home farm until he was eighteen years old,. then engaged in the threshing business for several years. He also became a stationary engineer. In 1908 he moved to Springfield from Butler, Bates county, and here he has since been running an engine, at the present time being engineer at the plant of the Fruit Dispatch Company. He is regarded as an expert in his line and likes the work; moreover, he has proven to be a thoroughly trustworthy employee.

Mr. Sartain was married on November 18, 1889, in Adrian, Missouri, to Eulalia McCraw, who was born, reared and educated there, the date of her birth being February 27, 1874. She is a daughter of James and Margaret (Calland) McCraw, who were, natives of Pennsylvania, but who came West in early life. The father is still living, but the mother is deceased.

Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Sartain, namely: Grace, born February 3, 1882, and Fred, born May 2, 1894.

Politically, Mr. Sartain is a Democrat, and fraternally he belongs to the Knights of Pythias.

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