Jules Edgar Guinotte was born on the old Guinotte
homestead at Fourth Street and Troost Avenue in this city in August,
1855. His parents were among the earliest settlers of this
section of the country, and all his life has been passed in this
city. His education was secured at the local common and high
schools. After leaving them he went to St. Louis University to
take a classical course.
On his return here he engaged in
clerical work for a while, but determined on law as a
profession. He entered the law office of Tichener & Warner,
and after some years of study was admitted to the bar. He then
engaged in general practice, and was busy with the duties of his
practice until nominated and elected Probate Judge by the Democratic
party in 1886. This position he has since held, being returned
each four years with increased majorities. He was renominated
again in the spring of 1902, and re-elected.
Probably no man in the community is better
fitted for the arduous responsibilities of the place than Judge
Guinotte, for temperamentally he is gifted with the generous sympathy
that makes for ideal supervision over the affairs of the widow and
orphan, and the honesty and force of character to carry out the
plans best suited to each circumstance.
Judge Guinotte married in 1883 the only
daughter of the late Dr. John K. Stark.