Charles. Henderson was a wholesale grocer in Joplin.  He was born in Vevay, Switzerland County, Ind., Ang. 16, 1835. His father, Charles Henderson, was a native of Kentucky, born in 1796; his mother, Caroline Ann (Wescott) Henderson, was a native of the Island of Guernsey, born in 1805.

He remained in the county of his nativity until fifteen years of age, and attended the common schools, receiving a liberal education. He then engaged in flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and continued in that occupation for ten years; he then accepted a position as pilot on a steamboat, at first in the transport service for four years, and then in carrying the United States mails for six years. He then quit the water and went to Fairbury, where he engaged in the grocery business for a time.

He came west in 1871, locating at Baxter Springs, Kan., and engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery business; he continued until 1876 and then came to Joplin and established his business, Mr. Henderson was married in Switzerland County, Ind., in December 1863, to Miss Hattie, daughter of Capt. Stivers, of Carrollton, Ky. They had one child, Charles G., born December 1864,  Mrs. Henderson. died in the spring of 1867/

Charles was again married in Cincinnati. Ohio, October 19. 1867, to Miss Sarah L., daughter of J. B. and Elizabeth McQuigg, of Blair County, Pa. Mrs. H was born in the last-named county, March 13, 1848. This union was blessed with one child, Lillie May, born Aug. 13, 1869, in Cincinnati.

518 South Sergeant
Circa 1917
Colonial Revival


C. HENDERSON S WHOLESALE GROCERY HOUSE was located on the corner of Main and Sixth streets in an elegant brick, which he erected around 1883. The building had twenty-five feet front of Main Street, by 100 feet deep, two stories, with basement, and was filled to its utmost capacity with a full line of the best goods for the wholesale trade. In 1883 Mr. and Mrs. Henderson had a beautiful home on the corner of Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Mr. Henderson was a man of more than ordinary business qualifications.