Frank P. Rutherford
From the 1889 Goodspeed History
          Frank P. Rutherford, another prominent merchant of Houston, Texas Co., Mo., and the son of John and Mary (Taylor) Rutherford, was born in Anderson County, Tenn., May 16, 1853. The parents were natives of Anderson County, Tenn., the father born in 1815, and died in 1875 in Texas County, Mo. The mother was born in 1817, and died in Texas County, Mo., in 1887. They were married in Tennessee, where they lived until 1864, when they moved to Boyle County, Ky., and there resided three years. They then moved to La Fayette County, Mo., where they remained until coming to Texas County, Mo., in 1871. He was sheriff of Anderson County, Tenn., for four years, was a successful farmer, and was a Democrat in his political view. He and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Besides his farming interest he was also engaged in merchandising at Chester at the breaking out of the war, but his business was broken up during this struggle. To his marriage were born seven children, four now living: Isaac, a carpenter at Mammoth Springs, Mo.; James, at Dayton, Wash. Ter.; Mary, wife of A. G. Bate, and Frank P. The last named, when a boy, learned the carpenter’s trade, at which he worked until 1878, when he opened a cabinet-shop and furniture store, with a very small capital. He has been quite successful, although starting with limited means. September 29, 1879, he married Miss Alice Kelley, a native of Webster County, Mo., and the daughter of William C. Kelley. To this union were born two children, James and Ernest. Mr. Rutherford has a branch store at Cabool, furniture establishment, which is doing well at that place. He is Democratic in his political principles, and Mrs. Rutherford is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.


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