George Rauk


(Farmer and stock – raiser, Post office, Duncan’s Bridge) 

From beyond the poetic and vine-clad waters of the Rhine, celebrated in song and story from time out of mind for the scenes of noble courage and grand achievement, and of happy loves and gentle wooing they have witnessed, came George Rauk, the subject of this sketch.  

He was born in the land of the Nibelungen Lied, January 6, 1835, and was a son of Erkwein and Eve (Modt) Rauk, whose families had been settled in Germany since before the time that Caesar attempted to conquer the brave spirits of her dark forests. Young Rauk was reared in the noble fatherland and in 1853 shipped for the New World on this side the mad-capped waters of the Atlantic. He landed in New York and continued in the Empire State for two years. He then migrated across the blue-mist peaks of the Alleghanies, and over the sea-like valleys of the Ohio, to the distant shores of Lake Michigan, settling on the rich, luscatine soil of Wisconsin, where he remained pursuing the rural labors of Cincinnatus for five years. From the land of the wolverines he came to Missouri, and settled in Monroe County, where he has since resided.  

Here he has followed farming and has been known as one of the industrious, hard-working men of the township, respected by all for his honesty and industry. During the late war he served for some time in the militia. On the 20th of January, 1869, he was married to Miss Betsey Baird, a daughter of Thomas Baird of ancient Caldeonia. They have no children. Mr. and Mrs. Rauk are members of the M.E. Church. Mr. Rauk is one of the sterling, substantial, enterprising farmers and stockraisers of this part of the country, a man progressive and liberal in his ideas and of marked intelligence, one of the useful and valuable citizens of his community. Such men develop a country and add more to its prosperity and advancement than a score of inactive, inert men, who sit around and grumble at the seasons, the soil, the markers, and their bad luck, instead of going to work and accomplishing something for themselves, their family and the prosperity of the country. 

Source: From the files of Neil Block, transcribed by Lisa Perry; newspaper article titled “History of Monroe County, Reprinted from an 1884 history of Monroe County, which (provides) early anecdotes and names of many early settlers.” From: MONROE COUNTY APPEAL, Paris, Mo., Thursday, February 24, 1972, Page 7, Section 2.