Curtis Fletcher Marbut, Barry County, MO

 The Story of Curtis Fletcher Marbut

Story and Photos Submitted by: Darla Marbut

  Obit Submitted by: Barbara Erwin

Curtis Fletcher Marbut was born July 19, 1863 and died August 25, 1935 in Harbin, Manchuria, China of pneumonia. He was there to study soil types.

He was the son of Nathan Thomas Marbut and his wife Malinda Jane (Browning) Marbut. He married Florence Lucy Martin Dec. 17, 1891. She was born January 1, 1865 daughter of W. L. Martin and Louisa Lennon Martin. Florence died March 24, 1909. Curtis and Florence are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, Barry Co., Mo.

Their children were: Louise Marbut, Thomas Fiske Marbut, William Martin Marbut, Helen Marbut and Frederick Browning Marbut.

Even though Curtis' family lived in the home he designed Cape Cod style, he never got to live in it.

Newspaper Items:
C. F. Marbut left for Jefferson City, Friday, where he will take the place of his chief, State Geologist Winslow, a few weeks, while the latter is in Chicago. In September, Mr. Marbut will be joined by Mrs. Marbut when they will start for the East, visiting in Chicago and Niagara Falls on their way. Mr. Marbut will enter Harvard College where he will pursue his studies in geology. Cassville Republican, Thursday, August 17, 1893 

1913-Prof. Curtis Marbut who for the past few years has been connected with the United State soil Survey at Washington D.C., spent the first of the week at his farm near McDowell. We understand he has resigned his position in the state university at Columbia to continue his work in the government service with a good increase in his present salary. October 9, 1913, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Curtis Fletcher Marbut's picture is on the Barry Co site under famous Missourians. 

Nathan Marbut's photo is on the site. He was Curtis' father.

Story and photos submitted by: Darla Marbut

Obit For Dr. Curtis Marbut Headline


Parents Names:
Place Born: Verona, MO
Date Born: July 19, 1863
Date Died: August, 1935
Place Died: Harbin Manchuria
Cemetery: Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, Barry Co., MO
Newspaper: Cassville Democrat
Paper Date: Aug. 29, 1935
Abstract or Extract: Extract
Living People: No
Permission: N/A

Native Of This County Was On Way To China To Make Soil Survey When Double Pneumonia Kills Him WASHINGTON

Aug. 25, Word of the death of Dr. Curtis Marbut, chief of the soil survey of the Department of Agriculture and former geology professor at the University of Missouri, in Harbin Manchuria, was received today by the State Department. Dr. Marbut, 72 years old, reached Harbin Monday suffering from pneumonia after a railroad trip from England by way of Moscow. He was on his way to Peiping to study Chinese soils at the request of that Government. He sailed on a six-months leave of absence from Baltimore July 17 to attend a meeting of the International Conference of Soil Workers in Oxford, England, before going to China. He intended to come back through India to Italy for research work in Rome before returning home. In charge of the soil survey since 1910, he would have retired from Government service July 1, 1936.

Dr. Marbut was internationally known for his soil research work. In 1919 he made a study of soils in Central America with a party sent under the direction of President Wilson and in 1923 he was member of a party sent to the Amazon River Valley by the Government to study the possibilities of rubber development. He was awarded the Cullum medal of the American Geographical Society in 1929 for research conducted into Africa soils and the next year, after a trip to Russia, published a study of wheat production possibilities in that country.

Born July 19, 1863, near Verona Mo., he was graduated from the University of Missouri in 1889. And received a graduate degree from Harvard in 185. (Wrong date). He later received honorary degrees from the University of Missouri and Rutgers College. He joined the University of Missouri faculty in 185, [date not complete] serving until 1910.

Arrangements are being made to have the body cremated and returned to Cassville, Mo., for burial.

Thus passes an outstanding son of Barry County, a man whom every civilized nation interested in soil and in agricultural progress has used. Down near McDowell, Dr. Marbut was building a house in which he had expected to retire soon. In fact, he had retirement in sight when he started work on the house last year, but he was drafted for some work up at the University of Missouri and shortly he was back in the harness of going good, and other countries were calling for his services. Mr. Marbut was born near Verona, Mo., July 19, 1863.

He was graduated from the University of Missouri in 1889. he later received honorary degrees from the university and from Rutgers College. He joined the staff of the University of Missouri in 1895, serving until 1910. Since that time he had been sent on government missions and had been used by the university from time to time. Mrs. Marbut died several years ago and is buried at Cassville. That is where the ashes of Dr. Marbut is expected to be burial.

Five children survive: Mrs. Leroy Moomaw of Dinkinson, N.D., T. Fiske Marbut of Emporia, Kas., Dr. W. Martin Marbut, Echo, Ore., Helen Marbut, Harrisonburg, Va. And Frederick B. Marbut of Washington, D.C. Jake and Ethel Marbut are brothers of Dr. Marbut and Vede and Clint Marbut are cousins. Mrs. Marbut, whose maiden name was Martin, died in Columbia in 1909 of pneumonia.

In the news dispatches, Verona is given as Dr. Marbutís birthplace, but that is because Verona was the post office of those who lived in the Marbut Valley, or Little Flat creek in those old days. The new home which Dr. Marbut has under construction is a short distance down the valley road from the Marbut spring and thrence up a little ravine in a secluded spot. It is near the spot where his father settled something like 100 years ago.

Newspaper Cassville Democrat Date Aug. 29, 1935

Submitted by: Barbara Erwin


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