Rufus E. Standefer, M. D.
From the book Tennessee
- The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol II, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co, 1923.
Rufus E. Standefer, M. D., a practicing physician of Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tennessee, is one of Tennessees native sons, his birth occurring on the 24th of January, 1884, on his fathers farm in Bledsoe county. His father, James E. Standefer, also a native of this state, was born in 1850 and was the son of James and Catherine Standefer. Throughout his active life he followed the occupation of a farmer, and died in 1920, having reached the venerable age of three score years and ten. He married Martha Griffith, daughter of Marion and Julia Ann Griffith of this state. His wife, who survived him, was six years younger than himself, her birth having occurred in the year 1856.
Rufus E. Standefer obtained his basic education in the public schools of Bledsoe County, where he spent his boyhood in the usual fashion of country youths. His general education was continued at Burritt College, Spencer, Tennessee, where he prepared for entrance to the Atlanta Medical College, Atlanta, Georgia. He was graduated from the medical college with the M. D. degree in the class of 1915. Four years later he was able to continue his professional studies in the New York Post Graduate Medical School, where he took a number of graduate courses. From New York City, he went to Greenville, South Carolina, to do some special work for the United States government, gaining an experience that was at once interesting and valuable professionally. Upon his return to Dunlap from Greenville, he resumed his duties as a general physician and is now enjoying an extensive and important practice. In addition to his private practice he is serving as county physician for Sequatchie County. He has always followed closely all scientific developments bearing upon his profession and keeps in touch with the general medical advancement through his membership in the American Medical Association.
In Bledsoe County, on the 30th of June 1908, Dr. Standefer was united in marriage to Miss Clara C. Roberson, daughter of Polk and Phillia Ann Roberson, residents of this state. They have become the parents of two children: James Edward, born in 1912: and Eddie R., who died in infancy.
In spite of the many demands made upon his time and energies by his large practice, Dr. Standefer has been able to participate in various activities of the community. He has served as justice of the peace and in political affairs gives his allegiance to the Democratic Party. As a businessman he possesses ability and sound judgment, and has an interest in a prosperous mercantile establishment of Dunlap. In fraternal circles he is known as a master Mason, a Knight of Pythias and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. During the years Dr. Standefer has made his home in Dunlap he has attracted to himself many warm friends from the laity and among the members of the medical profession in the county, by whom he is held in high esteem.
The Standefer family first came to notice four or five hundred years ago. The name originated in one of the border wars between England and Scotland. When a young officer displayed remarkable courage in successfully defending an important point, the fact was called to the attention of the prince in this language. "He stands ever," and the name should now be Standever instead of Standefer. Two young men of the Standefer family came to this country from Scotland about the end of the seventeenth century or the beginning of the eighteenth century, landing at Baltimore, Maryland. One went west across Virginia to Kentucky and there is only meager information concerning his descendants. One of this family rendered good service to the border settlers in the war with the Indian tribes. The other brother went south and from this family were descended the Standefers in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina. From this family was descended James Standefer, who came from Virginia with his wife and one child in 1805 to Tennessee, settling in Sequatchie Valley. He entered a large body of land just east of what is now Dunlap, Tennessee, but found before he made much improvement that this was in the Indian Territory. He then moved up the valley, locating another boundary of land in what is now Bledsoe County. He went with General Jackson to New Orleans and was in command of a regiment at the battle of New Orleans in 1812. From this time on he was active in the politics of Tennessee, serving one or two terms in the legislature. Subsequently he was elected to congress, in which position he remained, with one exception, to the end of his life. He was defeated one term by a Methodist preacher by the name of Seuter. After this he was re-elected and remained a member of congress until his death, which occurred at Kingston, Tennessee. His district included the following counties: Campbell, Anderson, Morgan, Roane, Monroe, McMinn, Rhea, Hamilton, Bledsoe, and Marion. The eldest son of Congressman James Standefer, William I. Standefer organized a company and went with it to Mexico as captain in 1848, serving with that rank throughout the war. Another son, Luke Standefer, was educated at West Point. After leaving there he and his father became interested in government lands in the delta and also had business interests in Vicksburg and New Orleans. He was employed by Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas under government direction to locate the lines between these three territories. Soon after the completion of this work he disappeared entirely. The last trace of him was a receipt from a postmaster for a sum of money. James M. Standefer, the youngest son, was educated at the University of East Tennessee, now the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. One of his grandsons is a successful young physician now in the practice of medicine at Dunlap and bids fair to take prominent place in his profession. Two sons of James Madison Standefer, Luke and W. L. Standefer, served in the Confederate army, belonging to the first company that left Sequatchie Valley. Another son, R. M. Standefer, is a minister of Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and a member of the Holston conference. He is the only minister in the history of the family of whom there is record.
From: Standefer, Harry; Standefer, Standifer, Standiford; A Family
History and Genealogy; c1989; p. 136
Rufus Eddie, M.D., a practicing physician of Dunlap, Sequatchie County, TN was a native son. He was born 24 Jan 1883 on the farm of his father, James Edward Standifer, in Bledsoe County, TN. He obtained his basic education in the public schools of Bledsoe County where he spent his boyhood in the usual fashion of country youths. His general education was continued at Burritt College, Spencer, TN where he prepared for entrance to the Atlanta Medical College, Atlanta, GA. He was graduated from the medical college with the M.D. degree in the class of 1915. Four years later he was able to continue his professional studies in the New York Post Graduate Medical School, where he took a number of graduate courses. From New York City he went to Greenville, SC to do some special work for the US government, gaining an experience that was at once interesting and professionally valuable. Upon his return to Dunlap, TN from Greenville, he resumed his duties as a general physician. In addition to his private practice, he served as County Physician for Sequatchie
County. He always followed closely all scientific developments bearing upon his profession and kept in touch with the general medical advancement through his membership in the American Medical Association.
He married Miss Clara C. Roberson, daughter of Polk and Phillia Ann Roberson on 30 Jun 1908 in Bledsoe Co, TN.
In spite of the demands made upon his time and energies by his large practice, he participated in various activities of the community. He served as Justice of the Peace, and in political affairs he supported the Democratic Party. As a businessman he possessed ability and sound judgment. He had an interest in a prosperous mercantile establishment in Dunlap.
In fraternal circles he was a Master Mason, a Knight of Pythias, and was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. While he made his home in Dunlap, he attracted many warm friends from the laity and members of the medical profession in Sequatchie Valley. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
Dr. Standifer offered to send Bob Standifer's wife, Mildred Ota Ka King, the valedictorian of the 1939 graduating class of Sequatchie County High School, to college and medical school. She declined the offer because nice girls did not do such things in those days.
He was one of the first Standifers to spell his name with an "e". His father and all before him spelled their name with an "i."
UPDATE: Obituary - Found in Collier Cemetery, Bledsoe Co., TN by Sue Douglas Condra and Sara Agee Goins, pub.1991. There is no notation as to what newspaper this obituary was published but it was a "Special to the Chattanooga Times". 1956.
Dr. Standefer, 73, of Dunlap is Dead.
Dunlap, Tenn., May 23 - Dr. Rufus Eddie Standefer, veteran physician of Sequatchie Valley, died this morning in Sequatchie General Hospital here. He was 73.
Coming here in 1915, Dr. Standefer practiced throughout the valley and mountain areas. Educated at the Medical College in Atlanta, he was a member of the Church of Christ, the Masons and the American Medical Assn.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clara Roberson Standefer; two sons, James Edward and Roberson Standefer, both of Chattanooga; three sisters, Mrs. Florence Austin, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mrs. Grace Roberson, Pikeville, Tenn., and Mrs. Ora Anderson, Chattanooga; a brother, Otis Standefer, Chattanooga; four grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. (CST) Thursday at Mount Airy Church of Christ. Minister Thomas Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Collier Cemetery.
Pallbears, active, Joe Ike Roberson, R. D. Roberson, Jr, Erl K. Roberson, Raymond Roberson, Wayne Standefer; honorary, Joe Johnson, Otta Wagner, Ernest Goforth, Ed B. Wilson, Dr. Cecil Newell, Dr. Ed Newell Sr., Dr. Greer, Dr. Tom Cranwell, Dr. J. F. Barker, Dr. Clifford Ludington, E. L. Glivins, Newt Gray, Chester Allen, Lester Harwood, Dr. E. E. Haymore, Charles Holder, Lee Marsh, Waylen Hackworth, Linton Condra, John L.Goins, Frank E. Haskell Jr., G. Hixson, Fred C. Wilson.
Clara Roberson Standefer
Clara Standefer's obituary. (No identifying newspaper)
Mrs. Clara Roberson Standefer, widow of Dr. R. E. Standefer of Dunlap, died in Asheville, North Carolina, early Sunday, May 16, 1982. She had been a member of Dunlap Church of Christ for over 50 years and was a member of Dunlap Book Club and Senior Citizens.
Surviving are two sons, James Standefer of Chattanooga; and Roberson Standefer of Asheville, North Carolina; one brother Ralph Roberson of Pikeville; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Tuesday afternoon at Dunlap Church of Christ with Minister Ernest Laws officiating. Burial was in Collier Cemetery.
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