Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 1, January, 1994 Page: 39
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Brief History of Columbus
he could not generate sufficient income doing so, shortly returned to his
family home in Pittsburgh (see James A. Kehl, Boss Rule in the Gilded
Age Matt Quay of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh
Press, 1981, pages 7-9). Except for the Lesesne article, no other
evidence to support Quay's residency in Colorado County has been
discovered. Quay was born at Dillsburg, Pennsylvania on September 30,
1833 and died at Beaver, Pennsylvania on May 28, 1904. He won the
Congressional Medal of Honor for his work as an administrator during
the Civil War, served in the Pennsylvania legislature and in various other
offices, then served in the United States Senate from 1887-1899 and
again from 1901-1904. The two year gap was the result of political
Charles Nagel, Secretary of Commerce and Labor under President Taft, was born on the
Charles Nagel was born August 9, 1849 on a farm near the northeastern
boundary of Colorado County (see Charles Nagel, A Boy's Civil War
Story, St. Louis: Eden Publishing House, 1935, page 11). His father,
Hermann Nagel, had bought the farm, 150 acres in the Sion Bostick
Survey, on June 16, 1848 (see Deed Book H, page 543, Office of the
County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas). Around 1855, the family
moved across the county line into Austin County (see A Boy's Civil War
Story, page 20). He left home with his father on November 3, 1863 to
avoid the possiblity of service in the Confederate military forces, and
arrived, after several stops, in St. Louis, Missouri on February 4, 1864
(see A Boy's Civil War Story, pages 238 and 298). He became an
attorney, and shortly secured in Adolphus Busch, the president of the
Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association, a loyal and powerful client (see
A Boy's Civil War Story, page 395). According to a popular history of
the Busch family, in 1908, Busch, motivated by his opposition to the
growing prohibition movement, took a strong interest in the race for the
presidency of the United States. Nagel diligently worked for the election
of William Howard Taft, and, after Taft was elected, was rewarded with
an appointment as secretary of commerce and labor, a cabinet level
position (see Peter Hernon and Terry Ganey, Under the Influence, New
York: Simon & Schuster, 1991, pages 74-75). He assumed the office
on March 5, 1909, and served until March 5, 1913 (see Joseph Nathan
Kane, Facts About the Presidents, fourth edition, New York: The H. W.
Wilson Company, 1981, pages 179 and 187). In 1909, while in the
cabinet, he made a trip to Texas and, on November 1, attended the
Colorado County Fair and addressed a crowd (see The Colorado Citizen,
November 5, 1909). He died on January 5, 1940 (see The Colorado
County Citizen, January 11 , 1940).
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