History and images have been compiled from various sources including, among others, the 1987 National Register of Historic Places, Stack & Beasley's 1902 Sketches of Monroe and Union County, Union County Public Library (Patricia Poland, Genealogy & Local History Librarian), the Heritage Room Photo Collection, North Carolina Map Collection, Rootsweb - An Ancestry.com Community and Ancestry.com family histories.

Amos Morehead Stack 1863-1937


A.M. Stack 1863-1937
Amos Morehead Stack was the son of Union County farmer Amos M. Stack who died December 27, 1862, six weeks before son Amos was born on February 12, 1863. Stack graduated from Trinity College in 1884, received his law license in 1885 and moved to Winston-Salem where he helped found the Sentinel newspaper. He then formed a law partnership with Hon. R.B. Glenn in Stokes County. For several years he was superintendent of public schools and county attorney.

Stack-Bickett Law Office - Danbury
By 1888, Stack was in partnership in Danbury, Stokes County, with Thomas Walter Bickett. Historical marker erected on the Stack-Bickett Law Office reads, “Erected in 1888, this building served as the law office of attorney Amos M. Stack, who was elected Superior Court Judge in 1922, and his partner, attorney Thomas W. Bickett, who was governor of North Carolina 1917-1921; for attorney John D. Humphreys, who was elected Superior Court Judge in 1930, but who died before serving; and for attorney Ralph J. Scott, who was elected District Solicitor in 1938, and in 1956 was elected United States Congressman.”

In 1893 Stack represented Stokes and Surry Counties in the State Senate. In July 1899, after his Danbury house burned, Stack returned to Union County and January 1, 1900 became a partner of R.B. Redwine, Esq.

A.M. Stack House - 1902 Sketches of Monroe & Union County 
Stack family home from 1899 until he built the 1910 house.
In Sketches of Monroe and Union County, Amos M. Stack was described, probably by George Beasley (since they co-authored the book), “Mr. Stack is a fine advocate, and is at his best in the court house and before a jury. He is quick to see the salient points of a case and pushes them. During the spring and summer of 1901 Mr. Stack took an extensive trip abroad, visiting Egypt and the Holy Land as well as England and several European countries. While on the trip he wrote a series of articles for the Monroe Journal and attracted wide attention. Since returning his services as a lecturer are eagerly sought after.”

Detail of A.M. Stack House - 1902 photograph
The son of Amos M. Stack (1818-1862) and Sarah A. Hilton (1830-1870), Amos M. married Charity Rebecca Prather (1868-1922) in Mt. Airy, NC in 1892. They had the following children: Lee Prather (1893-1968), Mabel Rebecca (1895-1976), Lillian (1897-1988), Amos Morehead (1899-1985), Guerard (1900-1980), William Redwine ((1902-1973), Robert Glenn (1904-1908), Chattie Prather (1908-1947), Rachel Banner (1910-1911) and Lorraine Gilmer (1913-1998). After wife Charity Prather Stack died in 1922,  in 1925 Amos married Mary Belle Craven in Forsyth County. Amos M. Stack died 2 Sept 1937 in the Ellen Fitzgerald Hospital.

316 East Windsor St. - Later the public library
This house was built about 1910. Judge Amos M. Stack and Charity Prather Stack moved to this site in Monroe in 1899 with their first 4 children. About 10 years later they moved that house down the hill next door and built this home. The old house was moved in two parts to get around a big walnut tree. (Information provided by Virginia Bjorlin.)

Sources:
-Amos M. Stack and George Beasley, Sketches of Monroe and Union County, 1902.
-Gene Stowe and Carl A. Sergio, Inherit the Land
-Historical Marker Database:HMdb.org
-Ancestry.com

1 comment:

  1. Amos Morehead Stack Jr. was briefly married to Actress Elizabeth MacRae, known best as Lou Ann Poovie, Gomer Pyles girlfriend on Gomer Pyle USMC.

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