Dr. T. R. Bridges is a son of C. L. Bridges, who was a native of Kentucky, and came to this State with his father about sixty years ago. They settled near Palestine, in Cooper County, there residing for two years, but upon selling out moved to near where Syracuse now stands, entering about 1,000 acres of land. The father continued to live here until his death in 1880. When eighteen C. L. Bridges commenced learning the trade of saddler in Boonville, and had the first shop of the kind in the town of Versailles. He continued the business some twenty years. He married, about 1841, Miss Eliza A. Spencer, daughter of James Spencer, of Versailles, by whom he had a family of seven children, who grew to maturity. The subject of this sketch was born in Versailles, where he lived till about the age of fourteen, when his father sold out and moved upon his farm near Syracuse, but in 1885 he sold out and moved to Moniteau County. He is an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Dr. T. R. Bridges was married after reaching manhood to Miss Sarah F. Inge of Morgan County, daughter of James L. Inge, a farmer of Park County, Ill., who settled near Akinsville about 1866. They are the parents of nine children: James O., Alice A., Edna M., William Waddy, John L., Viola E., Horace H. and Sarah F. J . Dr. Bridges studied medicine for about a year with Dr. Joseph Bollinger, of Otterville, and attended a course of lectures in the St. Louis Medical College in the winters of 1864 and 1865, and again in 1877, graduating at the same college. In 1860 he located near where Akinsville now stands, and practiced medicine for ten years. After graduating he located on a farm which he bought, on Self's Prairie, practiced there ten years, then locating at Akinsville in the spring of 1888, where he has continued his practice up to the present time. The Doctor owns a farm of 105 acres four miles west of Akinsville, where his family resides. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and is a Democrat in politics. He was once elected coroner of the county, but declined to accept the office.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.