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Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 2. Biographies
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
Elmer A. Dusenberry is manager of the R. Lee Lumber Company and by virtue of this position and the force of his ability and personality one of the prominent and representative business men of Ludlow. He is a native son of Missouri, born in Dawn, April 20, 1879, his parents being Dr. Frank and Emma (Essig) Dusenberry. both of whom have passed away. The father practiced medicine and surgery at Richmond and Lexington Junction, Missouri, and became one of the most successful professional men in that part of the state. He died in 1882, at the early age of thirty-eight, and is buried near Dawn. His wife survived him until 1888, dying in that year at the age of twenty-nine. She is buried in Carroll county.
Elmer A. Dusenberry acquired his early education in the public schools of Dawn and supplemented this by a course in the Gem City Business College at Quincy, Illinois. He laid aside his books at the age of sixteen and began his active career as a farm laborer, working upon various properties and receiving for his services about thirteen dollars per month. He also spent twenty months in Montana, engaged in freighting from Billings to a ranch, a distance of one hundred miles, driving an eight-horse team. While there he engaged to work for the R. Lee Lumber Company as clerk and bookkeeper in their office at Braymer, Missouri, and through successive stages of progress and advancement attained his present position as manager of the head office. The R. Lee Lumber Company was incorporated with a capital stock of fifty thousand dollars and today conducts one of the largest enterprises of its kind in this part of Missouri, having their main office at Ludlow and branches at Mooresville, Dawn and Chillicothe, Since entering upon active connection with the concern Mr. Dusenberry has made a close study of the business in principle and detail, so that he is well qualified for the responsible duties which devolve upon him as manager, secretary and treasurer.
Mr. Dusenberry married, in Carroll county, in May, 1905, Miss Cora Cherry, a daughter of James A. and Jennie Cherry, the former a prominent farmer, now residing at Braymer, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Dusenberry have two children, Lois V. and Cleo M., who live with their parents in one of the finest and most modern residences in Ludlow.
Mr. Dusenberry has always been a stanch republican but in 1912 gave his allegiance to the progressive party. He is a blue lodge Mason and his religious views are in accord with the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal church. While he possesses a commendable ambition to achieve success in the business world, it has not been the only aim for which he has striven. He has found time for other interests, especially those relating to the general welfare, and his labors are considered a valuable asset in public progress.