|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1869|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1955|
A history of Jasper County, Missouri, and its people, Volume 2 By Joel Thomas Livingston
Harvey W. Nash, who is the decidedly popular and efficient incumbent of the office of city collector at Joplin, Missouri, is a citizen who regards a public office as a public trust. He was first elected city collector in 1905 and has been his own successor in the office continuously to the present time, in 1911. Mr. Nash was born at Crown Point, Indiana, on the 17th of November, 1869, and he is a son of E. M. Nash, who was a well known and prominent citizen of Joplin at the time of his demise, in September, 1904. The father was a contractor and stationary engineer during his active business career. He was born in the state of New York in the year 1849 and as a young man established his home in Indiana, whence he later removed, in 1876, to Joplin, Missouri. He married Miss Hannah Shupe, of Pennsylvania. The mother died in 1872, when Harvey W. was a mere child.
At the age of seven years Harvey W. Nash accompanied his father to Joplin and he received his early educational training in the public schools of the east side of the city. After leaving school he was employed by G. B. Young as clerk in a dry-goods store, continuing to be thus engaged for a period of six years, at the expiration of which he began to work for the English Supply Company. After leaving that concern he again clerked in a dry-goods store and two years later he was hired to install the machinery in the mine of the Kansas & Texas Coal Company, at Weir City, Kansas. This latter work consumed a whole year, but so effective and thorough was his work that it has been copied on a number of different occasions. In 1903 he was urged to accept a position in the city collector's office. This he did, becoming deputy collector, under W. A. Kirkpatrick, on the 17th of October, 1903. In 1905 he was persuaded to himself run for the office of city collector and in the ensuing campaign he was elected by a majority of sixty-nine votes -over his opponent. He filled the office with great credit to himself, and so great was the trust in his ability and honesty that he was elected as his own successor in that office in 1907. In that campaign he received a larger majority than any ever given to a candidate in this city, the same being one thousand seventy-nine votes over his nearest opponent. In 1909 he was elected with a majority of four hundred and eighteen votes and he was again elected in 1911, with four hundred and eighty-two majority. Mr. Nash's long incumbency of the office he now holds is the best proof of his capability as a public official. Neither in public nor in private life has he ever betrayed a trust; his word is his bond and he is everywhere honored for his upright and sterling character.
On the 3d of February. 1890, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Nash to Miss Stella M. Lane, who is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Lane, the former of whom is a well known hotel man at Webb City, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Nash have become the fond parents of three children, whose names are here entered in respective order of birth,óWillard Lanoix, who died in infancy; Galen Wayne, attending school; and Donald Carl.
In politics Mr. Nash endorses the cause of the Democratic party, in the local councils of which he has long been a most active and interested factor. In his fraternal associations he is affiliated with the local lodges of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of the Maccabees, the Knights and Ladies of Security and the Knights of Pythias. In their religious faith Mr. and Mrs. Nash are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the different departments of whose work they figure prominently, and the latter is also a valued and appreciative member of the Knights and Ladies of Security and the Knights and Ladies of Honor. It may be stated with authority that Mr. Nash is one of the most popular public officials in Joplin. He is the owner of some valuable real estate in this city, in connection with which he has a very beautiful home, which is a center of refinement and hospitality.
E M Nash (1835 - 1904)
Stella M. Nash (1874 - 1964)*
Galen W. Nash (1901 - 1959)*
Donald Carl Nash (1908 - 1969)*
Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: Webb City Mo
Record added: Mar 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67627968
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