Pictorial and Genealogical Record
of Greene County, Missouri

Together with Bibliographies of Prominent Men of Other Portions of the State, Both Living and Dead


C. W. THRASHER. The bar of Springfield, Mo, contains among its members many of the brightest, most learned and proficient lawyers in the country. Some of them are prominent as citizens as well as in the professional arena, and many of them are identified with the public institutions and business corporations of the city. Such an one is C. W. Thrasher, who is a product of the Granite State, born in Grantham, January 31, 1829. The father, Ephraim Thrasher, was of English ancestry, and was a farmer by occupation. He married Miss Alice Nutter, who was of Scotch descent, and in 1886 emigrated to Vermont, where his death occurred in 1853. He was a prominent man in politics and affiliated with the Democratic party. The Thrasher family came to America at an early date and some members of this family served in the early wars. Mr. and Mrs. Thrasher were the parents of five children, as follows: Laura A., Mariette, Charles W., DeWitt C., who is residing in Vermont, and Martin E., a physician, who died in 1858. The mother of these children died in Vermont in 1865. C. W. Thrasher is one of the successful legal practitioners of the county, and the substantial traits of the Puritan forefathers of his father, inherited by him, are strengthened by the instincts of frugality and careful consideration of ways and means which he has inherited from his mother's side of the house. Until seven years of age Mr. Thrasher resided in New Hampshire, but he then moved with his parents to Vermont, where he remained until twenty-one years of age. He secured a good practical education in the common schools and academy and later entered Dartmouth College. In 1855 he began the study of law and was admitted to the bar two years later. From that time up to 1864 he practiced law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and then came to Missouri, locating at Neosho. There he remained nine years and then came to Springfield. This was in the spring of 1875 and he continued the practice of law up to 1891, when, failing in health, he retired from the practice, and is now living a retired life. When he first came to the city he became a law partner with Henry C. Young, who was one of the early pioneers of the county. Mr. Thrasher has ever been a Republican in his political belief and during the war was a stanch Union man. In 1862 he enlisted in the Eleventh Rhode Island Regiment, with which he served as captain of Company B, during his term of enlistment. He has ever been prominent in political affairs and was the Republican candidate for Congress in the Thirteenth District of Missouri in 1874. In his private life Mr. Thrasher has been as exemplary as in his public career he was useful and influential. His law practice while embracing both criminal and civil cases has in later years been confined mostly to land cases. He is a member of the G. A. R., Springfield Post. He was married in the East to Miss M. A. Grow, a native of Vermont, and the daughter of Silas Grow. This worthy couple have a pleasant residence at 881 Benton Avenue, and are highly esteemed by a host of friends. They have one child, Alice L., who is attending Drury College.

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