James Long ~ Washington County, Missouri

JAMES -  James Long has contributed his full share to the development of the mineral resources of Washington County, JamesLong.jpg (4190 bytes)as well as its commercial interests, and no one occupies a more creditable position.  He was born in that part of Washington County now included within the limits of St. Francois County August 2, 1830.  His father was Samuel Long.  James Long became connected with the mining and smelting business in early time.  He is one of the largest taxpayers in the county, and owns one of the choicest tracts of land in the Moses Austin Grant, which includes 3, 400 acres.  He served as sheriff and collector of the county four years, and was treasurer six years.  He was married in 1862 to Miss Bettie M. Poston, of St. Francois County, a daughter of Richard and Martha Poston.  [Married by John H. Headle, MG,  Methodist Episcopal Church South, St. Francois County]   Their family consists of three daughters:  Lillie A. (now Mrs. Nichols), Mattie D. and Minnie H.  In his business relations Mr. Long enjoys, in an unusual degree, the confidence of the community. From:  Goodspeed's History of Washington County - 1888 Reprint


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James Long built this beautiful Victorian style house in Potosi circa 1865 & the grounds occupied the entire block on Mine, Pine & Clark Streets, with a stable & carriage house on the rear lots.  The house has approximately 10 rooms not including the entrance hall, basement & attic.  It is still furnished with many of the Long family's original furniture. James died in 1916 in the house at left.  It is said that his ghost haunts the home.  


He is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery on Breton Street almost directly across the street from where he lived.  Also buried there are his wife Betty Poston Long, & daughters Mattie & Minnie Long, & Lily Long Nichols.

Children of Bettie Poston & James Long:

Lillie - was married to Noah Nichols.   They had a son & a daughter, Gladys, who was born in 1892 in Potosi.  In 1916 Gladys married a lawyer Parke Monroe Banta & they lived in the Long House prior to moving to Arcadia.  they had three daughters: Doris, Carol & Beth.  Mr. Banta served in WWI, was Social Security Administrator for Missouri & was elected to Congress in 1946.  He also served as the first General Counsel for the U. S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare. On his retirement he & Mrs. Banta returned to Potosi & took up residence again in the Long Home.  Mr. Banta died in 1970 & Mrs. Banta in 1989.

Mattie - died in the house in 1894.

Minnie - was married to James Strother Hutchinson of Shreveport, Louisiana in 1891.  He died in 1899. After returning to the house circa 1900 she lived there for over 50 years.