COL. FRANCIS MARION CURLEE
Served as Camp Commander
beginning in 1914. He was born in Corinth, Mississippi on February 1st,
1877, and was the son of William Peyton, and Mary Elizabeth (Boone) Curlee.
Col. Curlee graduated from the University of Mississippi LL.B in 1902,
and practiced law in Corinth, Mississippi til 1905 when he moved to St.
Louis. On November 25th, 1915 he married Miss Lucille Straubstadter in
Charleston, West Virginia. Miss Straubstadter was a descendant of the St.
Cyr family of St. Louis. The couple had one son, F.M. Curlee Jr.
and were divorced in 1930. F.M. Curlee Jr. died in a car wreck on February
22, 1944. Curlee served in the Field Artillery during World War I from
1917 til 1919 where he attained the rank of colonel In 1925 Col. Curlee
bought the Nathan Boone Home near Defiance, Missouri, and his life’s work
was the restoration of this historic site. He eventually purchased 509
acres with a value of $250,000 (during the depression era). In the 1950's
Col. Curlee became ill, and offered the property for sale. In 1956 the
“Daniel Boone Shrine Association” was formed, and opened the home to the
public. Col. Curlee died in 1958, and it wasn’t til 1964 that the
home was finally sold to the present owners. Curlee was the
great-grand nephew of Daniel Boone who died in the home in 1820. . Col.
Curlee’s brother, Shelby Hammond Curlee, died in 1944, leaving Col. Curlee
the head of the Curlee Clothing Co. The company had been in business since
1900, and was originally the Corinth Woolen Mills. They relocated to St.
Louis in 1903, and eventually became one of the most successful clothing
manufacturers in the country. Col. Francis Marion Curlee died on March
17th, 1958 and was buried in Corinth, Mississippi.
Sources; The Book of St. Louisans 1912, p.143
Missouri Historical Society Bulletin 1958
“Daniel Boone” by Rolla P. Andrae