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Thomas L. Phillips


Thomas L. Phillips, senior member of the firm of Phillips & Morton, druggists of Perryville, Mo., is a native of the county, born in 1863 , and is a son of Robert L. and Evelyn Entler Phillips.

Robert L. Phillips was of Scotch-Irish descent, and was born in Marion County, Ky., in 1818. When about eighteen years of age he left his native State and came to Perry County, Mo., and later established a general store, which he managed until his death. He was a very successful business man, owning at one time over 2,000 acres of land.

He was married three times, his last wife, to whom he was married in 1862, being the mother of the subject of this sketch. But one child was born to their union. Mrs. Phillips was born in Kaskaskia, Ill., on March 18, 1839, and after the death of Mr. Phillips, in 1864, married again. In 1867, she married Augustus Doerr, who now resides in Perryville.

Thomas L. Phillips received his education at St. Vincentís College, Cape Girardeau, and St. Louis University. In 1880, he attended St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and in 1881 he and N. E. Farrar established a drug store in Perryville, under the firm name of Farrar & Phillips. They continued ten months when Dr. W. R. Newman purchased N. E. Farrarís interest, after which the firm was known as Phillips & Newman.

On May 1, 1886, Dr. Newman sold his interest to Dr. David F. Morton, and the present firm was established. They have a first class drug store., one of the best in Southeast Missouri, and are doing a good business.

On September 30, 1885, Mr. Phillips married Emma C. Litsch, a daughter of William Litsch, who for years was one of the reliable merchants of Perryville. Mrs. Phillips was born in the county in 1864. They have two children: Harry Robert and Alfred A. He and wife are members of the Roman Catholic Church. Politically he is a Democrat.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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