Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Judge Robert B. Meador.Date: July 5 1917
Newspaper published in: Houston, MO
The above well known and highly esteemed citizen passed away at his home 1 1/2 miles south of town, at 4 o'clock last Thursday morning after a lingering sickness with kidney trouble.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church Friday forenoon, conducted by Rev. W. L. Hatcher, pastor of the Baptist church, assisted by Judge C. M. Beaumont, after which the remains were laid in their final resting place in Houston cemetery.
One who knew and loved this good father, good citizen and faithful Christian gentleman furnishes us the following tribute to his life and character.
"Robert Bruce Meador was born January 1st, 1838, and departed this life June 28th, 1917, at his home just south of the city of Houston. Had his life's journey been continued until early dawn of our next New Year's morn, he would have passed the eightieth milestone of a well directed and successfully spent career.
"Judge Meador was a Virginian by birth, a Missourian by choice and was possessed with those traits of character and Southern hospitality so often found in the anti-bellum lives of men of that great old commonwealth.
"In 1861 at the beginning of hostilities between the States, Judge Meador enlisted his services and cast his fortune of the future with the cause of the Confederacy under the command of the gallant General Stonewall Jackson. Judge Meador participated in the first battle of the war at Bull run, at which place General Jackson won the sobriquet, "Stonewall" from an opposing general who saw Jackson in the distance and said, "there stands Jackson like a stone wall."
"Judge Meador was one of 25 men left by Jackson to keep up five camp fires each, to hold at bay the entire command of General Banks while Jackson and his army moved on to Richmond to participate in the Seven Day battle, and so well did that 25 do their work that General Banks thought Jackson's entire command was camped near him and therefore did not move until the seven days' battle was ended.
"At Chancellorsville when Jackson fell from his horse wounded, Judge Meador aided in carrying him up the cannon swept road and into the brush away from the fire of the enemy.
"After Jackson's death, Judge Meador came under the command of General Robert e. Lee and surrendered with him at Appomattox Court House at the close of the war, having participated in a great number of the fiercest battles of the war.
"At Gettysburg, Judge Meador was knocked from his horse in that world famous charge of the confederate army and so well trained was his horse that it continued the charge and on the retreat came back into the Confederate camp with its original set of fours.
"April 14, 1862, while on furlough, Judge Meador was united in marriage to Miss Louise Cannaday, who with seven children survive him.
"In 1872, deceased moved to Texas county, Mo., and began his life's work of clearing land and planting many wild acres of this, a then practically undeveloped and unsettled country. He holds the distinction of having cleared 500 acres of Texas county lands.
"For a period of six years deceased held the office of Presiding Judge of the County Court of Texas county, where he served with honor to himself and distinction to his county.
"He was a great advocate of decorum and sobriety and an uncompromising believer in the dignity of labor. By his many little kindnesses he ingratiated himself into the lives of many a boy and girl of Texas county.
"In war he was a brave and stubborn soldier; in peace a calm and law abiding citizen, and in death an avowed servant to the will of God.
"Rapidly is the scythe of time removing from our midst the noble patriots of the late conflict between the States and soon nothing will be left except their memory.
"In his death the family has lost its best friend, the community a good citizen and the Country a patriot."
Besides his wife, Louisa Meador, he leaves seven children living: Ben C., George T., Maggie Kyle, Robert T., Ida McLachlan, Toney T. and Frank H.
To them and all other relatives, the Herald extends most earnest sympathy, and in the death of a noble, upright and honorable man like Judge Meador the community as well as the family suffers a great loss. He was a man of integrity, his honest far above question; kindly in disposition but firm at all times for the right. His memory will be cherished and revered in the hearts of loved ones and friends.
In the words of Dean Stanley; "Give us a man, young or old, high or low, on whom we know we can thoroughly depend - who will stand firm when others fail - the friend faithful and true, the adviser honest and fearless; in such an one there is a fragment of the Rock of Ages - a sign that there has been a prophet amongst us." Such a man was Judge Robert B. Meador.