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


ELMER G. WADLOW. As a lawyer Elmer G. Wadlow is characterized by quickness of perception. He has a seeming intuitional knowledge of the principles in the cause of trial; a clear comprehension of testimony, and the methods of its analysis and application; and, as an advocate, enjoys rare, peculiar and praise worthy gifts. As a cross-examiner he has tact, without simulated intimidations. He does not, however, confide alone in his inherent power and abilities. Being an alert, logical and indefatigable inquisitor after underlying principles, he thoroughly digests and prepares every case, and then, thrice armed, he becomes a formidable antagonist. He is entrenched in the fundamental and basic principles of the law. In argument he is clear, concise, analytical and convincing. "Persuasion hangs upon his lips and sly insinuation's softer arts, in ambush lie about his flowing tongue.

Mr. Wadlow was born in Ash Grove, Greene county, Missouri, June 22, 1874. He is a son of Elijah G. and Izora L. (Arnn) Wadlow, and is of Scotch, Welsh and Irish descent. The father was born near Cave Spring, Greene county, this state, September 15, 1848, and there grew to manhood and was educated in the early-day rural schools. He devoted several years of his life to farming and was then in the United States internal revenue service, and has for many years lived on his farm near Marionville, Missouri. The mother of our subject was born in Paris, Tennessee, February 11, 1850, and was a child when her parents removed with her to Missouri in the early fifties, and here she grew to womanhood and was educated in the district schools. She is a step-daughter of Judge John R. Earnest, judge of Greene county court from 1856 till 1860. To Elijah G. Wadlow and wife seven children have been born, five sons and two daughters, namely: Clarence was killed by the kick of a horse in 1880 when he was a boy; Elmer G., of this review; Maud is the wife of V. K. Darby, a merchant of Marionville, Lawrence county, Missouri, and they have four children: Clyde V., who is engaged in the mechanical business in Springfield, being a machinist by trade. He married Carrie Weiss and they have one child; Ernest C., who is a Methodist minister, now in charge of a church at Pierce City, Missouri, married Ella Gibson, and they have two children; William H., a paint contractor in Springfield, married Bertha Cohnen; Beulah died in early life.

Elmer G. Wadlow was reared on the home farm and he received his early education in the public schools of Springfield, and he worked his way through school by firing the boiler in the Baker block during nights, and experienced the usual hardships of a poor boy with ambition in obtaining his education. He also attended the Springfield Business College. He studied law in the office of A. Harrington, under the preceptorship of T. J. Delaney and Charles J. Wright, all prominent attorneys of Springfield. He made rapid progress and was admitted to the bar in 1901, and has since been successfully engaged in the practice of his profession here.

Mr. Wadlow was married on November 24, 1901, to Mary M. Evans, who was born, reared and educated in Greene county, Missouri. She is a daughter of John and Mary (McClary) Evans, residents of this county. Mrs. Wadlow has one brother, W. L., who lives in Hartville.

To our subject and wife one child has been born, George W. Wadlow, whose birth occurred August 18, 1902.

Politically, Mr. Wadlow is a Democrat. He has been more or less active in public affairs, and he was deputy county collector under R. H. Trevathan. He attends the Methodist Episcopal church, South. Fraternally, he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Improved Order of Red Men and the Loyal Order of Moose.

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