Clipped From Moberly Monitor-Index
Worth Ago Home business prospects of rivaling those of St. Louis, but the end of the steamboat era left the city only symbols of its earlier importance, beautiful pre-Civil War homes and the library. Lewis and a brother came to Missouri in 1824 with little money, but "they brought with them the tobacco plant that had brought wealth to so many Virginians and which was to do the same for them. As the family fortunes grew, they built schools, churches and handsome homes in and around Glasgow. Built 23-Room Mansion. In 1858, Benjamin Lewis began construction of his home, ''Glen Eden," a 22-room, three and a hajf story mansion which after its completion three years later became one of the show places of Central Missouri. It was the only house of that period 'supplied with running .water for kitchen, laundry and bath, but its furnace heated only one room, the 18 by 36 foot dining- room. The mansion was destroyed by fire in 1908, however, and only an iron fence that enclosed the yard remains on the site. Although he sympathized with while Lewis' old Negro servant Zebedee, went in search of the ransom. Zebedee first appealed to the president of the bank, but learned that the vaults had been emptied and 'the money sent to St. Louis that day in anticipation of a raid. The banker, Mr. Dunnica, turned to 'Mrs. James Thompson, a woman noted for her resourcefulness, for help. She led the -way to her conservatory, where she seized flower pot after flower pot, emptied the earth and picked gold pieces from the ^depths. -Lewis .was saved but returned home with injuries from which he died two years later, leaving a fortune of $750,000. In his will Lewis left $10,000 for the 'purchase and maintenance of a library in Glasgow, and following his death his wife, Eleanor, and brother built a large library building overlooking the river at a cost of $26.000. The library, now 75 years old, still serves needs of the community and is far-reaching in its "influence. In the waJnut cases are many rave old volumes and files of newspapers dating from 1840 to 1858, covering some of the years of this area's greatest .prosperity.