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Levi Wade Childress

rail transportation executive

Levi Wade Childress, American rail transportation executive. Member St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. Independent.; Mason (32°).


Childress, Levi Wade was born on March 20, 1876 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States. Son of William Sumner and Inez (Wade) Childress.


Student in public schools, Murfreesboro, 1882-1892.


Clerk St. Louis Drayage Company, 1893-1894. With various railroads, 1894-1902. With Columbia Terminals corporation since 1902, now Chairman of the Board.

Organized Mississippi Valley Barge line 1929, president 1929-1947, Chairman of the Board since 1947. Director of Mercantile Commerce Bank & Trust Company, Mercantile Commerce National Bank. President Laclede Gas Light Company Former president St. Louis Community Fund.

Director Young Men’s Christian Association. Chairman of the Board Governmental Research Institute, trustee Central Institute for the Deaf Presbyterian Orphanage of Missouri.


Member St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. Independent.; Mason (32°). Clubs: Noonday, Round Table, Racquet, St. Louis Country (St. Louis).


Married Lucy Marshall Turner October 7, 1903. Children: Wade Turner, Fielding Turner, Lila Marshall (Mistress Kenneth B. Wick, Junior.

William Sumner Childress

Inez (Wade) Childress

Lucy Marshall Turner October 7

Wade Turner Childress

Fielding Turner Childress

Lila Marshall (Mistress Kenneth B. Wick Childress

Jr Childress