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Duncan Robbins

Obituary of Hale S. Duncan, Springfield, Missouri.

Hale S. Duncan, a Confederate veteran, well known throughout Southwest Missouri, was born July 8, 1843, and died April 6, 1920, at his home in Springfield, Mo. His parents removed to Missouri when he was three years old.

Hale Duncan enlisted in the Confederate army in August, 1861, at Greenfield, Mo., and served in Company G, 16th Missouri Infantry, under Gen. Sterling Price; was in the battles of Lexington and Lone Jack, Mo., and was taken prisoner while in hospital at Little Rock, Ark., in 1863, sent to St. Louis, then to Alton, Ill., prison, then to Richmond, Va., and paroled.

After the war he worked in Louisiana for one year, then went to Tennessee, returning to Missouri in 1869 and locating at Ash Grove. He was married in 1871 to Miss Mary C. Robbins, also a native of Tennessee, who died in 1903.

Mr. Duncan was a great reader and student, especially of the Boble. He possessed a wonderful memory, and, being an entertaining conversationalist, had many friends and admirers. He was elected revenue collector of Green County in 1882, and moved his family to Springfield, the county seat. He served two terms as collector, also two terms as city councilman, after which he was engaged in the real estate business until his retirement in 1917. He is survived by one son, Dr. W. T. Duncan, and one daughter, Miss Lulu Duncan, residents of Springfield, also one brother living at Ash Grove.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, May, 1922.

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