Greene County Biographies
Greene County Biographies
From The History of Greene County, Missouri," St. Louis: Western Historical Company, 1883 William Murray This subject is a native of McMinn County, Tennessee, born June 24, 1829. His parents were Renne and Anne Murray, the former a native of North Carolina, born May 25, 1801, and living in Greene County at this writing. When William was a small boy his father removed to Gibson County, Tenn., where his mother died. From thence they moved to Monroe County, where William was chiefly educated. He came West in 1852, and crossed the plains to the gold country (California) where he remained over two years, returning to Tennessee, in the fall of 1854. In 1855, he came out to Missouri, locating in Greene County, and the next year purchased the place where he now resides in Boone Township. He has added to his original purchase from time, till he now owns a fine farm of 360 acres, and is one of the best and most successful farmers of the township. He was married March 8, 1853, to Miss Melinda Stone, a nat- ive of Tennessee. Her father was James and her mother Meriline (Brow- der) Stone, both of Tennessee. Mr. Murray and wife have nine living children, named: Thomas J., Mahala E., William B., Harvey, Melinda J., Sarah B., Mary E., Charles and George. Both Mr. Murray and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The land, now com- prising Mr. Murray's farm, was an unbroken wilderness when he first came to the county. He has, however, by perseverance and industry, improved it into a splendid homestead, and has 150 acres of it under fence, the most of which is in a high state of cultivation. Abel J. Neaves Mr. Neaves was a native of Kentucky, born October 12th, 1833. His parents brought him to Missouri when he was an infant. His father, Thomas B. Neaves, was sheriff and representative of this county. Abel grew to manhood and was educated in this county. He was a farm- er and stockdealer, and one of Greene's best citizens. The farm he owned is the one his surviving wife, now Mrs. S. A. Bodenhamer, resides upon. He was married in Arkansas, January 29th, 1854, to Miss Sarah A., daughter of Phillip C. Holledger, of Pope county, Arkansas. They were blest with four children, three of whom still survive, all daughters. Mr. Neaves was a Southern man during the war, and was a recruiting captain for Waldo P. Johnson. He was killed at Yellville, Arkansas, in October, 1863. During his lifetime he was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Charles S. Neiswanger This gentleman is the son of Isaac and Elizabeth S. (Askew) Neiswanger, and was born at St. Clairville, Ohio, April 14, 1849. In 1868 he went to St. Louis, Mo., but soon after came to Springfield where he was in the drug store of Milner & Co. for two years. He then went back to St. Louis, where he graduated in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and also took a private course in chemistry at Washington University under Professors Leonardt and F. E. Nipher. He returned to Springfield in 1880, where, upon January 11th, of that year, he was married to Miss Hayes. They have one child, Helen. Mr. Neiswanger's father is a noted veterinary surgeon, of St. Clairville. He and his wife reared a family of four boys and four girls, all of whom are living. Neiswanger Bros. have one of the best appointed retail drug stores in Southwest Missouri and do the largest retail business in the city. Charles S. and his wife are members of the Calvary Presbyterian church. John W. Nelson Was born in Montreal, Canada, March 19, 1842. His parents were William and Martha Nelson, the former being still alive and residing in Ray county, Missouri, though the latter died in 1856. He was but five months old when his parents came to Missouri, and located in Ray county where, besides the father, four brothers and two sisters still reside. He began "firing" on the H. & St. Joe R.R. in 1859, continuing till 1861, when he enlisted for the war in Company E, 13th Missouri infantry serving therein till captured by Gen. Price at Lexington. Being parol- ed, he remained at home till his exchange in January, 1862, then enter- ed the 3rd Missouri Cavalry as sergeant, and marched from Chillicothe to Pea Ridge, via Springfield, participating in the battles of both those places and at Prairie Grove. In May 1864, he re-enlisted in the 13th Missouri and served till mustered out at Leavenworth, Kansas. Go- ing then to Rolla, Missouri, he began working for the St. L. & S.F.R.R. company, and was brakeman on the first regular reight that ran to Levanon. In 1870 he began "firing" on the same road, and in 1874 was given charge of an engine, since which time he has served steadily as engineer. Mr. Nelson was married October 15, 1866, to Elizabeth Charles, by whom he has had four children, two of whom are still living. He is a member of the Springfield Lodge, No. 218, I.O.O.F., the Temple of Honor, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. John Glenn Newbill The eldest son of T. G. Newbill is a native of Southwest Missouri, his birth place being in the northeast corner of what is now Webster County. His childhood was passed on his father's farm, two and one half miles west of the city of Springfield. He was educated principally in the district school and schools of Springfield, and studied three years un- der the tutorship of Dr. Wm. V. Allen, formerly of Bates County, Mo. For several years while prosecuting his studies, he alternately worked on the farm and taught in the public schools of Greene and Bates count- ies. Returning in 1876 from a two years' trip to the Pacific coast, he afterwards engaged in the business of journalism. At present he is the editor of the Springfield Express, one of the leading and most reliable Democratic papers in the Southwest, in which capacity he has labored with untiring energy since the establishment of the paper on the 1st day of April, 1881. He is also secretary of the Democratic Central Committee of Greene County. He was married on the 4th day of the pre- ceding January, to Miss Carrie Leona Rhoades, daughter of B. T. and Ottilie Rhoades, of Montgomery County, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Newbill are the parents of one child, Albert Glenn Newbill, born to them Feb- ruary 1st, 1882. Tyree Glenn Newbill Father of the subject of the preceding sketch, was born in Franklin County, Virginia, May 17, 18??. He was married December 1st, 1846, to Nancy A. Johnson, only daughter of James M. and Elizabeth Johnson, and in the following year removed to Southwest Missouri, locating on the farm now owned by Dr. H. H. Lea, in the northeast corner of the territory now known as Webster County. Three years afterward he re- moved to Greene County, where he purchased the fine farm of Samuel McClelland, two and one half miles west of Springfield. Here he en- gaged largely in agriculture and stock raising, and was one of the foremost men in the county in the importation and breeding of the different kinds of fine stock. In the spring of 1854 he took a drove of cattle and wagon train across the plains to the Golden State, re- turning home by way of Panama and New York in the following autumn. As will be seen elsewhere in this work, he was twice elected president of the Southwest District Agricultural and Mechanical Association for the two years prior to the war, at which time that association stood in the front ranks of similar institutions of the kind in the West. He was also prominently connected with the association as a member of the board of directors from its inception up to that time. In the political campaign of 1860 he was a staunch supporter of Douglas, but in the late war he took the side of the Lost Cause. In the early part of the winter of 1860 he went to Bell County, Texas, to close up his stock business there, after which he was never nearer his home in Greene County than when confined for a few weeks as a prisoner of war in the old McDowell College, St. Louis, in the summer of 1863. After his release he again went South to engage in cotton speculation, where it is supposed he lost his life in the month of December, 1864, the date of his last letter to his family, as nothing was ever learned of his whereabouts afterwards. His wife and six children are living, five in Greene and one in Bates County. Job Newton This gentleman was born in the State of Delaware, July 26, 1826 and came to St. Louis, Mo., in 1838. In 1849 he crossed the great plains to California, leaving St. Louis in March and reaching California in the following September. The train he was with took the first merch- andise to Salt Lake. In 1851 he returned to St. Louis, and in 1854 he re-crossed to California and freighted goods for John Howe, with a large wagon train. He returned to St. Louis January 8, 1855, and upon the 5th of October, again started to California, going by way of the Isthmus of Panama. He came back to St. Louis in 1856, where he re- mained until 1868, when he came to Springfield, and brought his family the year following. He was engaged in the general merchandise business until 1872, and then embarked in the general produce trade, which he still carries on. He was elected to the city council in 1869, from the fourth ward, upon the Democratic ticket. He has always taken an active part in the building up of the city, and was a leading spirit in the erection of the opera house. He was married in September, 1856, to Miss Minerva C. Ault. They were blest with five children, all sons, three of whom are now living. Mr. Newton is a Royal Arch Chapter Mason St. John's Commandery, No. 20. His father died when he was but an in- fant, and his mother died in St. Louis soon after her removal to that city. Mr. Newton is one of the stauch business men of Springfield, and has done much to advance her commercial interests. Lewis A. Newton This gentleman is the son of Henry W. and Mary (Coleman) Newton, and was born June 16th, 1832, in Caroline county, Virginia. He was reared upon the farm, and attended Richmond College for three years. After completing his education he returned to the farm and lived there until 1859, when he moved to Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where he taught school two terms, and then went to Owensburg, Kentucky. He returned to Law- renceburg soon after, and upon the 30th of September, 1860, was married to Miss Eliza V., daughter of Edwin Martin. Their union was blest with nine children, four boys and five girls. He came to Springfield, Mo., in October, 1860, but soon went to Cassville, Barry County, and follow- ed his profession of teaching. In the spring of 1862 he returned to Springfield, and accepted the position of first clerk in the quarter- master's department, which position he held until November, 1865. In January, 1866, he went with Captain R. B. Owens to Fort Riley, Kansas, and took charge of the abstract department. In November, 1866, he came back to Springfield, Missouri, and engaged in prosecuting claims again- st the government. He was elected upon the Democratic ticket to the office of county collector, in 1874, and served two years. In 1869 he was city assessor, and a member of the council in 1871, and has been a member of the school board as one of the directors. Mr. Newton is a Mason, and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church. His father died in 1852 and his mother in 1876. They had seven children, four boys and three girls, of whom Lewis A. is the oldest. Danton H. Nichols Mr. Nichols has the reputation of being one of the most popular offic- ials of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway Company. Thrown upon his own resources at the age of seventeen, with a fair education, having attended the Illinois military academy two and a half years previous, he came to Missouri and engaged in braking on a freight train, and has since held various positions on the St. Louis & San Francisco railway, which he filled satisfactorily to the company, and thereby gained their confidence and respect, which induced them to appoint him superinten- dent of the A. & P. division of the road in 1875, and in 1881, promoted him to master of transportation, which position he holds at present. He is the son of Mathias H. and Sylvia S. Nichols, born in Allen county, Ohio, August 14, 1849. On the 8th day of September, 1874, he married Miss Katie Cummings, daughter of Daniel and Mary Cummings, of St. Louis. They have three children, Mamie, Sophia and Danton. Mr. Nichols belongs to St. John's commandery, No. 20, Knights Templar. He is also past master of Wentworth Lodge, No. 113, A.O.U.W. Socially, Mr. Nichols is an affiable and agreeable companion. His motto, to which he has rigid- ly adhered in business, is to do that which his sense of right demands, leaving the consequences to take care of themselves. William H. Noe Mr. Noe is a son of L. F. and Catherine M. (Holmes) Noe, and was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He was educated in the public schools of Livingston County, New York, and followed farming until his eight- eenth year, when he dealt in horses for some time, and then he engaged in railroad building, taking charge of the horses used in the trans- portation of track and building material. After this he became a contractor and builder of railroads, and built first the road from Housatonic to Danbury, Connecticut. He then took a contract upon the old Duchess and Columbia R. R., then upon the Stanford and New Canaan railway, and many smaller contracts upon leading roads. He laid the foundation for the Rockland Print Works, taking a contract to remove seven thousand yards of "hard pan" in thirty days. He finished the work in just twenty days. Mr. Noe made the beautiful and extensive improvements upon the grounds of W. T. Garner, on Staten Island. He then came West, taking contracts and handling stock. He bought land in Greene County, and has one of the best improved farms in this sec- tion, stocked with the finest breeds of horses, cattle and hogs. In politics Mr. Noe is a Democrat. Walter A. Noleman Mr. Noleman was born May 25th, 1848, in Jefferson County, Illinois. In 1868 he commenced firing on an engine on the Illinois Central railroad, and worked at it four years. He then ran a switch engine in the yards at Centralia, Illinois, several months. He then removed to Stone coun- ty, Missouri and engaged in sheep raising for two years. He next went to firing upon the St. L. and S. F. railway, and was promoted engineer upon that celebrated road, and is now running an engine. Mr. Noleman was married to Miss Elizabeth M. Thompson, of Centralia, Illinois. Their union has been blest with one daughter, Sarah Ann. Mr. Noleman is a member of 'Frisco Lodge, Division No. 5, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. William S. Norfleet Mr. Norfleet is the son of David and Elizabeth (Shackleford) Norfleet, and was born March 10, 1826, in Wayne County, Kentucky. His parents emigrated to Polk County, Missouri, in 1838, and at the age of eighteen William came to Springfield, and went to school to J. A. Stephens, who was killed by Zagonyi's men in their charge into Springfield, in 1861. He lived here until 1848, and studied medicine in the office of Dr. Shackleford. In the fall of 1848 he went to Sarcoxie, Jasper County, and practiced his profession for a time. In the spring of 1850, he went to California, and returned in the winter of 1854, to Springfield. He next purchased a farm on Grand prairie, four miles northwest of the city, where he dealt largely in stock. He sold the farm in 1863, and in 1868 he bought another farm upon Kickapoo prairie, a mile and a half southwest of Springfield, where he lived until September 15, 1881, when he moved into Springfield. He suffered greatly during the war at the hands of the soldiers, his stock driven off, and himself kept a prison- er for a week in the court house. Mr. Norfleet was married May 13, 1858 to Miss Elizabeth C. Shultz, a native of Tennessee. Their union has been blest with seven children, five of whom are now living, three sons and two daughters. He is a Mason, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. His father sold goods for a while at Ebenezer, this county, but was a farmer most of his life. He died in Texas, in 1868, and his mother died in 1862 at Ebenezer. They reared four boys, all now living, William S. being the oldest. Mr. Norfleet is one of Greene's affluent citizens and a thorough gentleman. Dr. A. J. Norris This gentleman was born in Lincoln County, Kentucky, June 24, 1836. When he was but six years of age he walked three miles to school. The doctor says his teacher knew the front part of the spelling book, but stuttered so badly the scholars could hardly understand him. He also states that in four days he mastered the alphabet, which had been cut out of the book and pasted upon a shingle for his especial benefit. He was then taken sick and lay upon a bed of pain for four years and arose a cripple for life. He then went to school a short time, and at the age of seventeen he began teaching school, which he followed for fif- teen years. When the civil war came on he enlisted in the 19th Ken- tucky Volunteers, United States Infantry, and served for nine months when he was discharged for disability. He then entered the secret service and served as a spy for eighteen months. He then assisted in raising a battalion of cavalry, known as Hall's Gap Tigers, with which he served until the close of the rebellion. He was in several hard fought battles and skirmishes, including the sanguinary battle at Perryville. At the close of the war he attended school in Illinois and resumed the occupation of teaching. He went to Kansas in 1867 and taught school in Council Grove, read medicine, and in 1870 went to Fayetteville, Arkansas where he read law three years, taught school and prosecuted claims against the government. He then turned his attention to one branch of the medical profession, viz.: Ophthalmia. The doctor moved to Ash Grove, Greene County, Mo., in 1876, where he fitted up a hotel, known as the Empire House. To use his own words, he is "an oculist, hotel-keeper, livery stable boss, notary public, real estate and insurance agent, a Greenbacker in good standing, prac- tices law for exercise and preaches for fun. He is a whole souled, genial gentleman and one of the substantial citizens of Greene County. Aaron Nutt Mr. Nutt is the son of Moses and Catherine (Haley) Nutt, and was born in Burlington County, New Jersey, February 22, 1810. His father was a soldier in the War of 1812. His parents moved to Pennsylvania, and in 1822 they moved to Clermont County, Ohio. When Aaron was about four- teen years of age his father was killed by the falling of a tree while chopping in the woods. Aaron was then bound out and learned the black- smith's trade. In 1831 he worked at his trade at Cincinnati, and for about two years followed steamboating. In 1836 he went to Fort Smith, Arkansas, and worked at his trade. In 1838 he went to the Choctaw Nation, where he followed his trade until 1852, and was said to be the best blacksmith in the nation. In 1852 he came to Springfield, Mo., and went to work for Maupin & Perkins. He was soon made foreman and held the position two years, and then carried on a shop for himself. In 1857 he moved out upon the farm where he now resides, and is one of Greene's most substantial citizens. He was one of the charter members of the first Odd Fellow's Society in this county. Mr. Nutt was marr- ied January 11, 1853, to Miss C. Blackman, daughter of Stephen and Matilda (Campbell) Blackman. Their union has been blest with eight children, five of whom are now living, viz.: Stephen R., Kate, Lizzie, Lucy and Moses. His first wife died in 1871, and in 1876 he was again married, to Miss Nannie Hammonds. John O'Day, Esq. Among those who have given Greene county its enviable reputation for possessing men of high character, large brain, and sterling worth and ability, is Mr. John O'Day, one of the leading members of the Greene County bar. Mr. O'Day was born in the city of Limerick, Ireland, on November 18, 1843. He was brought in infancy with his father's family to America, his parents settling at first in the State of New York. When he was about 12 years of age the family removed to Juneau County, Wisconsin, where John was educated in the common schools and at an academy. Arriving at the years of maturity, and developing a remark- able talent for that profession, he engaged in the study of law, under Judge Windsor, of Maustin, Wisconsin. In 1862 he attended the law school at Albany, N. Y., and in May, 1864 he was admitted to the bar at New Lisbon, Wisconsin, before Hon. Geo. W. Cate, afterward a prom- inent member of Congress. Leaving Wisconsin in September, 1865, Mr. O'Day settled in Springfield, February 14 following, and has here since remained, engaged in the active practice of his profession, in which he has been extraordinarily successful. For years he was one of the leading criminal lawyers in the Southwest, and now is regarded as standing in the front rank of the corporation attorneys of the country. Since the year 1870 he has been in the employ of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway Company, and for five years past has been the general attorney of that great corporation, as well as of two other important western railroads, the St. Louis, Wichita and Western, and the Joplin and Girard Railroad. A considerable portion of Mr. O'Day's time and attention has been given to politics. An active, earnest, zealous Democrat, he has performed valuable service for his party in Missouri. In 1874 he became a member of the Demo- cratic State Central Committee, and four years later he was chosen its chairman, serving from 1878 to 1880. In 1882 he was again selected as chairman and served as commander-in-chief of the Democratic hosts that won such a sweeping victory that year. Under Mr. O'Day's management, and mainly owing to his personal efforts, every congressional district in the State was carried by the Democracy, four Republicans and Green- backers retiring to have their seats filled by Democrats. Though an active worker in politics Mr. O'Day has always refused to become a candidate for any office, receiving his sole reward in the gratifica- tion of seeing his party's triumphs and its principles vindicated. May 16, 1865, Mr. O'Day was married to Miss Jennie Campbell, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a native of Painesville, Ohio. They are the parents of two promising sons, Alexander and John, Jr. Mr. O'Day in religion is a Catholic; Mrs. O'Day is a communicant of the Episcopal- ian Church. It is quite too early to write a proper sketch of Mr. O'Day, whose future is yet so largely before him and so full of promise, and this apology is given for the imperfection of what is here set down. Samuel Odell Mr. Odell is the son of Samuel and Ovela (Welch) Odell, and was born at East Hartford, Connecticut, October 8, 1834, and was educated there and in Lower Canada. At the age of thirteen he was bound out for three years to learn the carpenter's trade. In 1858 he went into the "oil regions" in Pennsylvania and Canada. He put down the first well at Enescilow. He enlisted in May, 1861, in Company A, 5th Connecticut volunteers for sixty days, and was at the battle of Bull Run. After the expiration of sixty days, he and his brother Alexander joined Com- pany A, 8th Connectiucut volunteers, and remained three years and ten months. He was wounded at the battle of Seven Pines, and was captured before Richmond and confined six weeks at "Castle Thunder" and escaped. In 1865 he returned to the oil regions, and was master and superinten- dent for the United States petroleum company. In 1866 he went to Cin- ciunnati, and from there to St. Louis, Missouri. In 1868 he was a delegate to the national Democratic convention from the eighth ward of St. Louis, that nominated Seymour and Blair, and also a delegate to Jefferson City in the interest of John S. Phelps. He came to Spring- field in the latter part of 1868, and in 1871 was street commissioner, and in 1872 was a member of the council from the fourth ward. In 1877 he went to the Black Hills, and travelled over the great West. He is now proprietor of the Odell House on Boonville Street. He was married February 2, 1868 to Miss Victoria Bouguenot, who was born at Paris, France. They have one son and two daughters. Mr. Odell's father died at East Hartford, Connecticut, in 1846 and his mother died in 1864. They had three children, viz.: Alexandria, Victoria and Samuel. Sam- uel's father was a civil engineer, and was on the government survey in Illinois, Missouri and the one establishing the boundary line between the United States and Canada. William B. O'Neal Mr. O'Neal is a son of Jesse and Annie (Brown) O'Neal, and was born March 30th, 1841, in Carroll County, Arkansas. In 1861 he enlisted in the 24th Missouri volunteers, Col. Coyd, and remained in the service three years and four months. His regiment was assigned to Gen. Curtis' command, operating in southwest Missouri and Arkansas. He was at the battles of Pea Ridge, Fredericktown and many skirmishes. He was with Gen. Baldy Smith at the charge of Fort DeRussy, Sabine Pass, and the various engagements of the Red river expedition. His regiemtn was at the battle of Wilson's Creek, but was not called into the action. He was mustered out at St. Louis in October, 1864. At the close of the war he located upon a farm in Greene County, near Republic. He was the founder of the town, making the original plat. Besides farming, he has been engaged in general merchandise, and is a large property holder in the town. Mr. O'Neal has filled the office of constable of the town- ship for ten years, and received the Greenback nomination for sheriff in 1878. He was married the first time, August 5th, 1865 to Miss Sophrina, daughter of John Luce, of Greene County. She died August 16, 1881 and Mr. O'Neal was married upon the 30th of January, 1882 to Elizabeth Hainer, also of this county. John H. Onstott Mr. Onstott is the son of John W. and Rebecca Onstott, and was one of a family of two sons and two daughters, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, July 23, 1839. His father, John W., was a native of Kentucky, born in Shelbyville in 1781. He served in the War of 1812, and was in the same company with Dick Johnson, who killed Tecumseh, enlisting as a private, but coming out as a commissioned officer. After the war he came to Little Rock, Arkansas, and entered 80 acres of land, where the court house now stands. He sold the land for a shot gun and thirty dollars in money. In 1837 he moved with his family to Fayetteville, where he died in 1863. His wife, mother of John H., died in Springfield, Mo., in August, 1882. She was a South Carolinian, and was married to the elder Onstott at Little Rock. The subject of this sketch was educated at Arkansas College, located at Fayetteville, then presided over by Robert Graham. At 21 years of age, he went to Illinois, whither he re- moved his mother and family after his father's death. After the civil war, he came to Springfield, this county, where he has been engaged in active business ever since. For several years he was at the head of the "Springfield Zinc and Lead Company," and in 1876 he opened the "Alma" mine in Christian County, of which he is sole proprietor. Its name being in honor of his oldest daughter. Mr. Onstott takes great interest in public improvements, and was largely the means of securing the water works in Springfield. Formerly he was president of the imp- lement and hardware firm of H. O. Dow & Co. In 1882, he organized the South Western Implement Company, with a cash capital of $10,000 and is now the president and principal proprietor of that concern. They work about 75 operatives, and have four men "on the road" as "drummers." Their works cover half an acre of ground. They have the exclusive right of manufacture and sale of the Davis Automatic Hay Stacker. Mr. Onstott was married to Miss Veda Massey, of Springfield, February 14, 1869. They have three children: Alma, Edna and John H., Jr. Mr. Onstott belongs to the K. of P., K. of H., and Chosen Friends. He is also a strong temperance advocate, and labors arduously in that cause. Charles Baker Owen Capt. Owen is the son of Solomon H. and Mary E. (Bushong) Owen, and was born in Marshall county, Tennessee, February 28, 1827. At the age of about nine years his parents came with him to Greene county, Mo., and the father entered land four miles north of Springfield. Charles Baker grew up on the farm, and received his education in the neighborhood schools. When he arrived at manhood he began trading in stock for him- self, and at the age of twenty-seven was made deputy under Sheriff Sam Fulbright. In April, 1855 he went on "Pool's Gold Hunt" out to Kansas, on which the party made quite a trip, killing plenty of game, but find- ing none of the metal which is heavy to get, but light to hold. They were gone about four months. In September, 1856, Mr. Owen was married to Miss Sarah Ellen Garbrough, a native of the same county as himself. Two sons, John S. and Stephen A. Douglas, were born of that marriage, both of whom still survive. His first wife died March 18, 1862, and he was a second time married, January 31, 1865, to Nancy C. McCroskey. Eight children were born of this second marriage, all of whom are liv- ing at this writing. Until the civil war began, Capt. Owen was contin- uously engaged in farming and stock raising. Being Union in principle, he at once became a supporter of the national government, enlisting in the Home Guards in the spring of 1861. On the night of the 9th of August, 1861, he guided Gen. Sigel to the Wilson Creek battle ground. On the 19th of the same month, he enlisted in 24th Mo. Infantry, U.S.A. but saw no active service till the next year. March 1st, 1863 Mr. Owen was promoted to the capitancy of Company D, and thus served till must- ered out October 14, 1864. He was at Fort DeRussey, Pleasant Hill, and Yellow Bayou. At the close of the war he returned to Greene county and engaged in farming. In 1866, he went to Texas and soon after traded for a lot of cattle from the Chickasaw Indians, which herd he drove to Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1868, Mr. Owen was defeated as the Democratic candidate for sheriff. He was elected as an independent candidate in 1870, but beaten as the Democratic nominee in 1872, by only five votes. In 1874, he was elected by 154 majority. He again received the Demo- cratic nomination in 1882, but his Republican opponent was elected. Captain Owen owns 1,133 acres of land in this and Christian counties, the best of which lies along the James river, the bottom of that stream being exceedingly rich and productive. J. S. Owen Mr. Owen is the son of C. B. and Sarah E. Owen, and was born in this county September 11th, 1857. He received his education at Drury College, and since leaving school has been engaged in farming. He was married April 20th, 1881, to Miss Sarah M., daughter of Reuben A. M. Rose. Their union has been blest with one son, Charles B. Mr. Owen and his brother, Stephen, own two hundred and eighty-six acres of fine land. It is the old Owen homestead, and one of the best in the county. John H. Paine Mr. Paine is the son of Jessie L. and Harriet (Allen) Paine, and was born May 14th, 1832, in Lawrence County, Tennessee. When he was four years of age his parents moved to Dallas County, Missouri, where he grew to manhood. He was educated in Dallas County and at Ebenezer, Greene County. He sold goods for his father in Dallas until 1858, when he was elected clerk of the county and circuit courts upon the Democratic ticket, and served until 1861. In 1863 he moved to Spring- field and entered the quartermaster's department under Capt. R. B. Owens, and remained in that office until the war closed. In 1872 he was appointed city clerk, and served until 1874. In 1874 he was elec- ted clerk of the circuit court upon the Democratic ticket, and held that office for four years. In 1879 he was appointed deputy circuit clerk, under J. R. Ferguson, which position he held until 1882, he was elected county recorder of Greene County, beating his opponent by 228 votes. Mr. Paine was married upon the 19th of August, 1863, to Miss Mary E. Cross, of Trumbull County, Ohio. They have been blest with six children, four girls and two boys. His wife is a member of the Christian Church, and he is a member of the Knights Templar, and a Royal Arch Mason. His father, Jesse L. Paine, was elected clerk of the county court of Dallas County for three consecutive terms, and was at one time probate judge of that county. He died in Texas in 1868, and his wife died in 1880. Jacob Painter This gentleman is the son of Samuel and Betsy Painter, and was born in Burke county, N. C., in 1810. When he was two years of age his parents moved to Tennessee, and when he was fifteen they moved to Montgomery County, Illinois. In 1831 he came to Greene County, Mo., and settled at the "Big Spring," five miles southeast of Springfield. In 1832 Mr. Painter built a mill near his home. He built it all himself, hewing the timber and forging the iron for the machinery used. This was about the first or second mill erected in the county. People came for fifty miles to get their corn ground. He also ran a blacksmith shop, and he would fill up the hopper of the mill and start it grinding, and then work in the shop until it was ground. He is also a lock and gunsmith, and carried on the business before anyone else in the county. He made for years, on an average of two pistols per day, selling them for ten dollars a pair to those outfitting for trips across the plains. Mr. Painter was married, in 1830, to Miss Betsy Compton. Their union was blest with two sons and two daughters. His first wife died in 1836, and in 1839 he married Fannie Freeman of this county. They had four sons, all living. His second wife died May 15, 1880. Mr. Painters is the only living of a family of six children. He is living in the same house built by him forty five years ago. He is one of the old land- marks of the county, and politically is, and always has been, a Demo- crat. William Palmer Mr. Palmer was born in Boone County, Missouri, May 16th, 1848, and is a son of James W. and Sarah Palmer, who now reside at North Springfield. In 1869 William began firing on an engine upon the I. and St. L. rail- road, but in a few months went on the O. & M. railroad, and fired four years. He was then promoted engineer, and ran a train several months. Then he went back to the I. & St. L. railroad, and ran an engine until 1875, when he came back to North Springfield. July 6th, 1875 he went to work for the St. L. & S. F. railroad, and was soon given an engine, which he ran until November 5th, 1882. He is now running an engine on the K. C., S. & M. railroad. Mr. Palmer was married July 19th, 1875, to Miss Mary A. Foltz. Their union has been blest with two children, Nettie and John. William H. Park Dr. William H. Park is a son of John and Elizabeth (Waggoner) Park, and was born January 8, 1825, at Milton, Pennsylvania. When he was about six years of hage his parents moved to Tiffin, Ohio. He was educated at Tiffin and at the Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio. In the spring of 1855 he graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Philadel- phia. He was appointed resident physician at the alms house of the city of Baltimore, Md., but soon after returned to Tiffin, Ohio. In August, 1862, he was commissioned as surgeon of the 49th Ohio Regiment, Col. W. H. Gibson. He was mustered out at Victoria, Texas, in Nov., 1865. He was at the battle of Shiloh, Stone River, Liberty Gap and Chickamauga. He was captured and taken to Atlanta, and afterwards con- fined at Libby Prison and at Andersonville. Afterward he was at the battle of Nashville and went with the army to San Antonia, Texas. In May, 1866, he came to Greene County, Missouri, and settled upon Leeper Prairie, near Bois D'Arc, and was one of the first to settle upon that celebrated prairie after the war. He followed his profession and at one time owned about 700 acres of land. He came to Springfield in September, 1881. He is now of the firm of T. E. Crank & Co., druggists of North Springfield, and at Golden City. He was married Nov. 9, 1858, to Miss Clara Rupert, of Bloomsburg, Penn. They have had six children, one son and five daughters. His wife is a member of the Calvary Pres- byterian Church. The doctor's father died at Tiffin, Ohio, in August, 1868, aged eighty, and his mother died July 12, 1881, aged eighty-four. In 1850 Dr. Park went to California and returned in 1853. He was min- ing and merchandising while there. Rodolphus G. Parker Mr. Parker is the son of Joseph and Catherine (Adams) Parker, who were natives of Maine. His ancestors upon his mother's side, the Stillsons, were the original settlers of Deer Island, now a noted summer resort upon the shore of Maine. R. G. Parker was born in Hancock county, Maine January 21, 1830. In 1845 his parents moved to Ottawa county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood, and was educated at the common schools and at Oberlin College. In 1853 he graduated at Bryant & Stratton's commer- cial college, Cleveland, Ohio. His father was a ship carpenter, and R. G. began learning it as soon as large enough to handle tools, and has followed the trade most of the time since. He taught school for a short time when a young man. In 1855 he went to Kankakee, Ill., where he was foreman upon the first store building put up in the place. In 1857 he took up a claim in Dakota county, Nebraska, where he worked at his trade until 1859, when he went to St. Joseph, Mo., and in 1860 went to Pike's Peak freighting. He returned to Ottawa, Ohio in the fall of that year. In 1865 he moved to Odell, Ill., where he remained until 1870 contracting and building, also owning a half interest in a boot and shoe store. In 1870 he came to Springfield, and worked at bridge building for the Frisco road, and has been with them ever since, save two years. He is now shipping clerk in the bridge department. Mr. Parker was married December 27, 1860 to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Barzilla and Elizabeth Dean, of Ottawa County, Ohio. She died at Rolla, Mo., in 1872. They had six children, three of whom died in 1872 with diphtheria, within eleven days. Those living are Talba C., Frank B., and Clara J. Mr. Parker married the second time, October 22, 1876 to Mrs. Susan C. Hardin, formerly a Miss McBride, of Tennessee. Her par- ents were neighbors and friends of Andrew Johnson, who made her fathers wedding coat. W. D. Parker This gentleman was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, county of Middlesex, November 21, 1849. He is a son of Robert J. Parker, of Toronto, Canada West, who was a successful surveyor for many years in Canada and Michigan. He died in 1865. W. D. Parker was educated in the best public schools of his native province, and was employed as clerk in a store in Strathroy, Ontario, for four years. He then took a course of telegraphy, at the telegraphic school at that place, which he completed in August, 1870. Since then he has been engaged in oper- ating for the Tominion Telegraphic Company, and for 'Frisco Railway Company, now being under the employ of the latter. Mr. Parker was married in 1878 to Miss Frances A. Steer, daughter of Stephen and Sarah Steer, of Middlesex, Ont. They have one child, Ferdinand Bruce. Dr. Horace Monroe Parrish Dr. Parrish is the son of Peyton and Mary A. (Porter) Parrish, and was born at Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, March 18th, 1823. In November, 1837, he, with his brother Edwin R., and his uncle William Parrish, came to Greene County, Missouri, and settled nine miles north- west of Springfield, on Grand Prairie. In March, 1840, he began the study of surveying under County Surveyor J. L. McCraw, and then under J. C. Farmer. Upon the 9th of February, 1841, he entered the office of Dr. G. P. Shackleford, and graduated in the medical department of Kemper's College, March 1st, 1845. Nine years after he was given the degree at Nashville, Tennessee. He followed his profession until 1866, and from 1867 until 1880, followed surveying. He did a large practice in medicine, often riding fifty or sixty miles to see patients. He is a Royal Arch Chapter Mason, and of the United Order, No. 5. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and his wife of Calvary Presbyterian Church. Besides his town property, the doctor owns about twelve hundred acres of land in the county. He was married July 17th, 1849, to Mrs. Sarah J. Collins, nee Carson. They had five children, viz.: Albana C., wife of Dr. Clements; Mary B., wife of E. E. Adams, of Chicago; Sarah E., Joseph E., and Frank M. (deceased). The doctor's grandfather, Joseph Parrish, was an Englishman, and came first to Vir- ginia, and from there to Kentucky in 1793. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was wounded at Guilford court house in the hip. George Washington Patterson George Washington Patterson, M. D. Dr. Patterson is the twelfth son of Lewis and Mary Y. (Pearson) Patterson, and was born in Hamilton County, Tennessee, March 7th, 1850. He was educated at the Sale's Creek Acad- emy. He was engaged in farming until 1875, when he began the study of medicine under Dr. H. C. Rose, of Rhea County, Tennessee. In 1876 he entered the Kentucky school of medicine, at Louisville, and afterward practiced under Dr. Rose, and graduating from the Nashville medical college in 1878. He then started west, overland, making a short stop at Sprinfield, Missouri. Then continued west, and when the party got to the head of Clear creek they were stricken with malarial fever. As soon as they were able to travel they went to Newton, Kansas. The doc- tor returned to Greene County and began the practice of his profession at Cave Spring, where he remainded a year and then removed to Bois D'Arc, and in partnership with Dr. E. D. Robinson practiced for a year. He next moved to Republic, where he practiced a year, and then went to Bellevue hospital medical college and graduated in the class of 1881-82 and returned to Republic, where he is gaining the professional reputa- tion he so well deserves. John A. Patterson Mr. Patterson is the son of Louis and Mary (Pearson) Patterson and was born in Hamilton County, Tenn., November 24, 1830. He was educated at home and at Cleveland College. In 1853 he came to Wright County, Mo., and in 1855 he came to Greene County, and settled near Walnut Grove, where he farmed until 1861. He then came to Springfield and went into Capt. J. E. Smith's company of militia. In November, 1864, he was elected sheriff of the county upon the Republican ticket, and re- elected in 1866 and 1868. He had been United States deputy marshal in 1863-4. In 1871-2 he was deputy county clerk. He was city marshal in 1873-4 and 6. In 1877-8 and 9 was deputy sheriff under A. J. Potter. In November, 1880 he was elected sheriff, and re-elected in 1882. Mr. Patterson was married February 8, 1853, in Monroe County, Tennessee, to Miss Sarah C. Heiskell. They have had ten children, all of whom are living. Mr. Patterson is a member of Masonic and Odd Fellow's societ- ies, and has made one of the best county officers the county ever had. His father was born in 1797, in Virginia, and moved to Tennessee when young, and died there in 1866. He was a farmer and a tanner. His mother was born in 1800, and died in 1878. They had thirteen children, John A., being the fourth child. Mrs. Patterson's father, Daniel Hei- skell, was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, March 7, 1799 and died in Monroe County, Tenn., July 22, 1875. He was a great religious work- er, and built a church at Sweet Water, Tennessee, costing him six thou- sand dollars. Her mother was born in Greene County, Tenn., April 15, 1803 and died August 1, 1841. John A. Patterson Mr. Patterson is the son of Joseph A. and Martha (Alsup) Patterson, and was born in what is now Webster County, Missouri, September 11, 1848. He was educated in the common schools and at Dansville, New York semi- nary. In 1870 and 1871 he was elected to the office of school superin- tendent of Webster County, upon the Liberal Republican ticket. He was admitted to the bar at Marshfield, Missouri, in September, 1875, and in October of that year came to Springfield. He was elected city attorney in 1877-8 upon the Republican ticket. Mr. Patterson was married to Miss Lou M., daughter of Rev. J. P. Bridwell of Webster County, Mo., formerly of Louisville, Kentucky. Their union has been blest with three sons and one daughter. Mr. Patterson's father came from Nash- ville, Tennessee, to Webster County in 1840. They both died the same year, 1881. They had two sons, John A. and Gideon M., a dentist in Springfield. Ely Paxson Mr. Paxson is the son of M. and Maria (Shipman) Paxson, and was born January 17, 1847, in Hancock County, Ohio. He was educated in the public schools, and learned the cabinet-maker's trade in his native county. He came to Springfield, Missouri, October 24, 1868 and work- ed for J. Kassler at the undertaking business for two and one-half years. He then went into partnership with Mr. Kassler and in March, 1880, bought his partner's interest and since that time has carried on business alone. He has the largest establishment in the city, and is one of the staunch business men of the city of Springfield. He was married March 20, 1873, to Miss Anna Belle Keet, daughter of Thomas Keet, of Springfield. He is a Mason and a Knight of Honor. Himself and wife are members of Grace Methodist Church. Mr. Paxson's parents are living in the city. They came to Springfield, May, 1867, and his father is now in the shop with his son Ely. James W. Peacher Mr. Peacher is the son of Alexander and Nicy (Brightwell) Peacher, and was born in Orange County, Virginia, September 26th, 1830, and was ed- ucated in his native county. He worked upon the farm, until the age of twenty-one, and then learned the trade of plasterer. April 11th, 1857, he came to Springfield, Missouri, and followed his trade until the war. During the war he remained in town selling goods as a clerk and for himself. In the years 1868-9 he lived upon his farm near Springfield, but returned to town, and for a year was in the grocery business, and next in the dry goods trade. In October, 1877, he opened out a stock of boots and shoes, and has the only exclusive, and the largest, retail boot and shoe house in Springfield. He was married January 15th, 1865, to Miss Juliet Ingram, daughter of S. N. Ingram. She died in 1872, and on the 14th of January, 1875, Mr. Peacher was married, the second time, to Miss Jimmie, daughter of J. T. Campbell. Their union has been blest with two sons and one daughter. Mr. Peacher is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and his wife is a member of the Christian Church. His father died in 1865, and his mother in 1877, in Virginia. Both were over eighty years of age. They had seven children, four sons and three dau- ghters, James W. being the third child. Leonard B. Perkins Mr. Perkins was born in Parishville, St. Lawrence County, New York, March 12, 1840, his father bearing the Christian name of Cyrus G., and his mother, Martha A. He remained at home and attended school until he was fourteen years old, then went to Lowell, Massachusetts, and worked in a cotton factory for a year or two. Returning home, he learned the painter's trade, serving an apprenticeship of three years, following that vocation till the commencement of the war. He enlisted for U. S. service in April, 1861, going to Albany, where he was sworn in for three months. He next enlisted in the 6th New York infantry for two years, which period he served out, participating in all battles in which his regiment was engaged. After returning home, he married Miss Emma L. Dervey, on June 4, 1863. Three children have been born to them of this union, one only of whom survives at this writing. After his marriage he lived six months in Washington City, going thence to Alex- andria, Virginia, where he remained three years. Subsequent to this he was in Baltimore, and his native county, Iowa, Woodstock and Muscatine, in which latter place he had charge of the largest creamery in the world. He next went to Kansas, where he remained a short time, coming to North Springfield, this county, in June, 1880. Here he opened a restaurant, and in the spring of 1882, erected his brick house. He is a member of St. Mark's lodge, No. 63, A. F. & A. M., and also of Inde- pendence lodge, No. 77, I.O.O.F., Baltimore, Maryland. John G. Perryman John G. Perryman is the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Wood) Perryman, and was born December 13th, 1821, in Rutherford County, Tennessee. His father was a Tennessean and his mother a native of Virginia. They had nine children, viz.: Thos. J., Jacob G., Owen Wood, Benjamin F., Jane, Louisiana, Martha and Harriet, four of whom are now living. John G. is the oldest of the nine children. He came with his father to Greene County, Missouri, in 1837, and settled in the northern part of the county upon Grand Prairie. He lived with his father upon the farm un- til he was twenty years of age, when he learned the blacksmith trade, and carried on the business for fifteen years in this county. He then abandoned it for farming and stock trading, which he has carried on until the present. In the year 1871 he bought the old Hosman homestead adjoining Ash Grove, where he now lives. Mr. Perryman married the first time, August 10th, 1848 to Miss Mary Lemon, by whom he had six children, four of whom lived to be grown, viz.: Jacob L., Owen Wood, Sarah and James G. His first wife died in November, 1860, and is bur- ied at Cave Spring, this county. He married the last time Cassandra Gresham, of Dade County. By this union he was blest with seven child- ren, viz.: Mary, Burton, Nancy, Emma, George, Walter and Lura, all of whom are now living. Mr. Perryman owns one of the best farms in his section, well stocked, in a high state of cultivation, and the best orchard in the township. He and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church at Ash Grove. He is regarded as one of Greene's most substantial citizens, and is a gentleman of integrity. J. G. Pettitt, M.D. Dr. Pettitt is the son of Dr. B. M. Pettitt, and was born at Auburn, N. Y., June 10th, 1846. His father was a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and afterwards studied homoeopathy, and was one of the first and oldest homoeopaths in the United States. He is still living. J. G. Pettit was educated at Monroe Collegiate Institute, near Syracuse, N. Y. He followed the avocation of civil engineering for seven years, on the A. and P. R. R., now the 'Frisco. He studied medi- cine with his father, and took two courses of lectures at Rush Medical College, Chicago, leaving the senior class to enter the army. He was in the 6th New York Cavalry, Col. Harris. He practiced medicine two years in New Mexico, and came to Strafford late in the summer of 1879, where he has since practiced his profession at Strafford and Cedar Gap as surgeon of the railroad. Dr. Pettitt was married June 25th, 1871, to Miss Anna M., daughter of Col. R. M. and Mary M. Jones, of this county, formerly of Giles county, Tennessee. Their union has been blest with three children, two girls and a boy. Col. John E. Phelps This gentleman, who was an active participant on the Union side during the civil war, is a native of Greene County, born April 6, 1839. He was the first born of five children of Gov. John S. Phelps, whose biog- raphy is given at length in this volume. There were two sons and three daughters of these children, of whom John E., and Mrs. Mary Montgomery, of Portland, Oregon, still survive. Those deceased were, Thomas H. B., Lucy Jane, and a second Lucy Jane, born after the death of the first of that name, and christened in honor of her memory. Col. John E. Phelps was educated partly at Fayetteville, Arkansas, completing his course at the private school of Charles Carleton at Springfield. He began busi- ness for himself at the early age of 13, when he made quite a specula- tion on a cattle trade, selling his purchase to Indian Agent A. J. Dorn at a profit of $1,500. He continued in the cattle trade, and driving mules to the Southern market till 1859, when, in partnership with A. J. Dorn and J. L. French, he went into the wholesale grocery business, and was the first commercial traveler "drummer" that represented a Spring- field house and he carried his samples in his saddle bags, his mode of locomotion being on horseback. This business he continued till cleaned up by the Confederates after the battle of Wilson's Creek. He then proceded to Rolla, and did scouting duty for Gen. Curtis, furnishing his own horse, and receiving no compensation. At the battle of Pea Ridge, he was a volunteer Aid on the staff of Gen. E. A. Carr. Subse- quently, he received an appointment as second lieutenant in the regular army, and went to Helena, Arkansas, and reported to Gen. Carr as Aid on his staff. He served eighteen months of that staff partly in St. Louis and partly on the campaign in he rear of Vicksburg. He was then order- ed home on account of physical disability, and arrived there July 4, 1864. The very next day he began organizing a volunteer regiment, which was mustered in March 18, 1864, as the second Arkansas Cavalry, and was ordered to Memphis, Tenn., which place they reached by an over- land march of forty-two days, reaching there January 25, 1865. There the regiment did duty till May, when it was ordered to Lagrange on out post duty. There Col. Phelps was mustered out at his own request, his rank then being Brevet Brigadier General of volunteers; and the board of examiners pronounced him physically incompetent. He requested to be sent on frontier duty at Fort Laramie, but instead of having his re- quest granted, he was ordered to his regiment at Little Rock. This was the 3rd regiment U. S. regulars, in which Phelps held the rank of first lieutenant, and brevet captain, major and lieutenant colonel. He was then at home, sick and disgusted with scenes of war, and so closed his military career by tendering his resignation, which was accepted in September, 1865. Since then, he has lived in private life, except be- ing for a time receiver of the U. S. land office, under President John- son. At this writing he is traveling for the machine house of D. M. Osburn & Co., Auburn, N. Y. Col. Phelps was married July 21, 1864, to Margaret J., daughter of William White, of Greene County. They have two daughters and one son, who are at school in Springfield. Politi- cally, Col. Phelps is a Democrat, and during the war fought to save the Union...not to free the negro. Few men have done more public ser- vice for a less compensation than Col. John E. Phelps. John S. Phelps Hon. John S. Phelps. The prominence, both State and national, of this most distinguished citizen of Greene County, may well serve as a reason why this sketch is given at greater length than that of other citizens mentioned; however, even this is but the merest outline of a life whose long public service makes up a history which would require a volume in itself, if given in a manner anything like that merited by the disting- uished subject. John S. Phelps is the son of Elisha Phelps, and was born in Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, December 22, 1814. The father, Elisha, was a lawyer of great prominence in that State, who served his fellow citizens in the Legislature, in State offices, and three terms in the national Congress. Noah Phelps, father of Elisha and grandfather of John S., was a captain in the Revolution and a most successful scout and spy. He was one of the "committee of safety" that planed the capture of Ticonderoga. Like his son and grandson, he too, served the people in legislative and other capacities of public trust. Mr. Phelps was reared in his birthplace, receiving his education in the public schools and in Washington (now Trinity) college at Hartford, completing his course there in 1832. Subsequently, he studied law under his father for three years, and was admitted to the bar on the twenty- first anniversary of his birth. After two years of practice in Hartford he determined to come West and seek a better and wider field for an ambitious young lawyer. Acting with that wisdom and foresight which has ever characterized him in both public and private life, he chose the newly admitted State of Missouri, and in 1837, set foot upon her soil. It was necessary to be re-examined, before being enrolled as a member of the Missouri bar, and young Phelps went to Boonville, where Judge Tompkins of the Supreme Court had agreed to meet and examine him; the judge, however, failed to come, and Mr. Phelps mounted a horse and proceeded to Jefferson City, where the judge resided. Here again was a disappointment, for he of the gown and peruke was some distance in the country at a saw mill where the seeker finally found him; but "all is well that ends well," and there, sitting on a log in the woods of Cole County, Missouri's future Governor was examined and license being written on a leaf torn from an old blue ledger, that being the only paper in the mill camp. Armed with this document, with his heart full of enthusiasm, this youth of twenty-three started for the great South- west, locating at Springfield, then a mere hamlet, but rapidly becoming the trade center of a vast scope of country. He at once entered upon a lucrative practice, and rapidly rose to the head of the profession, practicing over a district of country extending from Warsaw on the north to Forsythe on the south, and from Waynesville on the east to Neosho on the west. He was soon recognized as the leading member of the bar in that section, for young as he was, his great legal attain- ments enabled him to cope successfully with the most experienced lawyers; and during the whole course of his professional career, never once did he violate the courtesies that should always exist between members of the legal fraternity. His public life began at an early age. In 1840 he was chosen to represent Greene County in the General Assem- bly of Missouri, and but little of his life has been spent in retire- ment since then. In 1844, he was elected to Congress, that being the last election under the then existing system of a general ticket; and for eighteen consecutive years, served in the same high position of public trust. Any attempt at a full statement of his acts comprised in those years, his many valuable services, would far transcend the limits of this work; but the bare fact, that for twelve years he was a member of the committee on ways and means, always the most important committee of a legislative body, and part of the time its chairman, is, in itself the best evidence of the esteem and confidence reposed in him on the part of his co-workers in Congress. A brief summary may here be given of some of the great questions of public interest then agitating the country, in each of which Mr. Phelps actively participated, always guided by those principles of unswerving Democracy which had been his from early boyhood: The Oregon Question; Establishment of an Indepen- dent Treasury System; Revenue Tariff Question; Mexican War, and terri- torial acquisition consequent thereon; Admission of California; Postage Reduction; Establishment of an Overland Mail Route (by coach) to Cali- fornia; Land Grants to Missouri for Rail Road Purposes; Kansas-Nebraska Bill; The Civil War, and a long series of other questions of greater or less interest, those enumerated being the most important. Only the briefest outline can here be given of Mr. Phelps' position on the weig- htiest of these grave questions; but those desiring to post themselves more fully are referred to the Congressional Record extending over those periods of time. The acquisition of California and other terri- tory west of the Rio Grande, led to an active discussion of the slavery question, when the proposition to admit California and establish terri- torial governments in other districts came up in Congress. Mr. Phelps favored the admission of California, for which Congress had provided no territorial government, and which had so rapidly filled up after the discovery of gold there in 1848. The thousands of people who flocked to that Eldorado, finding themselves without any law for protection, and having the spirit of self-government strong within them, proceeded to organize as a State government, adopting a constitution and sending Gwinn and Fremont as Senators. Her admission was strongly resisted in Congress, but Mr. Phelps made a powerful speech in favor thereof, and with the able assistance of others who favored it, succeeded in passing the bill admitting California. When the slavery phase of the question was broached, he urged the non-intrevention policy, preferring to leave it to the people themselves to speak their will in this regard. He advocated postage reduction, and voted for the bill reducing it to three cents on prepaid and five cents on upaid letters. Any further reduction he thinks unwise, as the system is now on a good, self sus- taining basis. Mr. Phelps believed in a tariff for revenue only, and voted for the tariff of 1846, a measure denounced by the protectionists as one fraught with destruction to the manufacturing interests of the country. In about ten years thereafter, when a further reduction of duties was advocated and carried, the leading manufacturers of the country besought Congress not to interfere with the rates of duties established in 1846. Mr. Phelps favored the measure granting bounty lands to soldiers and extending pre-emption privileges to actual sett- lers. He also favored the granting of lands by the general government to Missouri to aid in building a railroad from Hannibal to St. Joseph, and from St. Louis to the southwest corner of the State. In 1853, when Congress was discussing the building of a trans-continential railway, Mr. Phelps favored the construction of a road on or near the thirty- fifth parallel of north latitude, through the Indian country via Albu- querque to San Francisco, on which route the Atlantic and Pacific is now in part constructed. He was always opposed to national banks, and lost no opportunity to fight any and all measures favoring those vamp- ire like institutions. During his last term in Congress, which was in Mr. Lincoln's first administration, he was part of the time in the field, the war being then in progress; and he was appointed on the committee of ways and means before tendered to any other citizen. While he advocated measurers raising men and money to prosecute the war, he opposed the confiscation act as unconstitutional, and strongly opposed the practice of military arrests of private citizens and confining them without due process of law. He was still a member of Congress, as we have seen, when the war came on, and was opposed, both on principle and policy, to secession, and did all in his power under the consitution, to aid in suppressing the rebellion. In 1861, he raised a regiment, known as the "Phelps Regiment," which did valiant service for six months, and was commanded by Col. Phelps in person at the memorable en- gagement at Pea Ridge, in which it suffered such heavy loss. Without solicitation on his part, Col. Phelps was appointed military governor of Arkansas, in 1862, which he accepted at the earnest request of his friends. Ill health, however, soon necessitated his return to St. Louis. In 1864 he resumed the law practice at Springfield, his con- gressional career having closed in 1863. His party, the great Missouri Democracy, nominated him as their candidate, in 1868, for the office of Governor. Having been a Union soldier, he could the more safely make the canvass as the Democratic candidate. He went into the campaign claiming his constitutional right to discuss any and all political questions, and he fearlessly did so. But the hated "Drake Constitu- tion," to which Phelps was always opposed, had disfranchised so many citizens of the State that the Democrats, though greatly in the major- ity, failed to elect their man; and a Governor, whom only a minority of the people favored, was declared elected. The Phelps canvass, however, had an inspiring and salutary effect on the party, and eight years afterwards he was nominated and elected Governor of Missouri by a larg- er majority than any preceeding Governor had ever received. He was the centennial (1876) candidate, and was the first to warm the gubernator- ial chair under the long term, four years, provision of the new consti- tution of 1875. No man has ever done greater honor to that highest State office than John S. Phelps, and no lady has ever done the honors of the Governor's mansion with more becoming grace than did his daugh- ter, Mrs. Mary Montgomery. Had not the constitution fixed the one term limit on the Governor's office, there is no manner of question but that Gov. Phelps (had he been willing) would have again been called to that great civil trust. In the convention of 1876, no less a person than the Hon. George G. Vest, Missouri's greatest Senator since the days of Benton, was defeated by Governor Phelps for the Democratic nomination. It may here be said of Gov. Phelps, that notwithstanding the many posi- tions of official trust he has filled, yet, aside from the military, he has never held any office except by the votes of the people. Since the expiration of his gubernatorial term, Gov. Phelps has lived in greater retirement than for years previous, only occasionally giving legal ad- vice in some very important cases. He has spent considerable time in travel, and in 1882, made a trip for pleasure and recreation to New Mexico, Arizona, and Chihuahua, Mexico. He also gave much of his time and attention to his invalid sister, Mrs. Eno, who never recovered from the illness with which she was taken down soon after her return from Europe. Few men have greater conversational powers, or enjoy more keenly the social intercourse of friends, than does Missouri's ex-Gov- ernor, when in company of some of those that constitute his large circle of distinguished acquaintances from various parts of this broad land. Great, genial, magnanimous, as easy of approach as a child, and yet dignified withal, Gov. Phelps is just that style of a man that a whole people would love while they revere him, following his lead with that implicit confidence which is the surest criteron in pronounceing him a noble man as well as great statesman. Mrs. Mary Phelps Mrs. Phelps was born in Portland, Maine, in the year 1813. Her maiden name was Whitney, her father being a sea captain. While she was yet young he lost his life at sea during a storm, and shortly afterward the death of her mother left her an orphan in the full sense of the word. In 1837 she was married to John S. Phelps, who had but recently been admitted to the bar, and in the fall of the same year they concluded to cast their lot in the then far West. After arriving at St. Louis, and profiting by the advice of friends in that city, they determined upon Springfield as their future home, and from that year until the day of her death, with the exception of occasional visits to relatives, she was prominently identified, in a woman's sphere, with all that went to make up the history of our city. Mrs. Phelps possessed characteristics which pre-eminently fitted her for the arduous duties which devolved upon the wives of Southwest Missouri in those early days. Added to a cultured mind, which served to temper the asperities of frontier life, she brought a will that never failed in the accomplishment of the many prominent undertakings in which she engaged. Hundreds of instances corrobating her monaly enterprise are upon the lips of those of our older citizens whose intimate acquaintance with the deceased dated back forty years, but one will serve to illustrate, the hearty spirit with which she entered upon the new life into which she had been ushered. It occurred about a year after their arrival in Springfield. Her husband was then struggling practitioner, and from his scant fees had saved sufficient to purchase a lot at the corner of what is now St. Louis Street and Benton Avenue. The circuit at that time embraced as much territory as is now contained in two or three Congressional districts, and in his arduous practice he was frequently absent from home for months at a time. They were then boarding with "Uncle Joel" Haden, and it was after one of those long jaunts over the circuit, that returning to his boarding house in the evening, Mr. Phelps missed his wife, and upon inquiry the landlord called his attention to a newly erected log cabin upon his lot, with the remark that he guessed she would be found over there. He at once proceeded to the place indicated and was wel- comed by his young wife to the first home he ever owned. During his absence she had the cabin built, and had furnished it in accordance with the demands of those primitive times, having conceived and execut- ed the plan as a pleasant surprise for her husband. During the civil war the active and philanthopic efforts of Mrs. Phelps will ever remain inseparable with the history of the sad strife in the Southwest. Like her husband she espoused the Union cause, and labored unremittingly in support of her convictions. When friends and neighbors had fled, terror-stricken, from the country which was almost a constant scene of strife, she remained at her post nursing and caring for the sick and wounded soldiers. The day before the battle of Pea Ridge, in which both her husband and son were engaged, she left the city for the camp, with several wagons laden with provisions, lint, bandages, etc. Arriv- ing on the ground just as the second day's fight began she inspired the troops with courage by the fearlessness and enthusiasm with which she entered into the work of caring for the wounded of her husband's regi- ment. During the entire day she was exposed on the field of battle attending in person to the removal of those who required attention, and many a wounded soldier on that hard won day, had reason to bless Mary Phelps for her thoughtfulness and patriotism in providing comforts which otherwise would have been unattainable. At the battle of Wilsons Creek, when the panic-stricken Federal troops abandoned the field and their leader, the brave Lyon, to the triumphant enemy, Mrs. Phelps sec- ured the body of the dead chieftain, removed it to the homestead, and had it properly cared for. At the close of the war, Congress, in rec- ognition of the services which she had rendered during the war, placed at her disposal a large appropriation, for the purpose of establishing a soldiers' orphan home. A building was erected near the city, in which were gathered a number of these "wards of the nation," who were cared for until they were claimed by relatives, or found homes. Al- though advanced in years she was physically vigorous until she contrac- ted a severe cold, which caused typhoid pneumonia and resulted in her death on Friday morning, January 15th, 1878. Her mental faculties re- mained unclouded to the last, and she crossed the "dark river" with a full consciousness of all that was going on around, giving directions to her attendants with that firmness and decision which had character- ized her entire life. The funeral services were held on Sunday after- noon, at two o'clock, at Christ (Episcopal) church, Rev. Thomas F. James officiating. The very large attendance proved the high esteem in which the deceased was held in this community. The church was densely packed, and hundreds were gathered around the entrance, unable to gain admission, half an hour before the arrival of the corpse. The chief mourners were Gov. Phelps, Mrs. Montgomery, his daughter, and Col. John E. Phelps and wife. The pall bearers were C. B. McAfee, J. T. Morton, C. B. Holland, R. J. McElhany, L. A. D. Crenshaw, Mr. Epperson, Capt. Julian and John S. Waddill, being from among our oldest citizens, who, for more than a quarter of a century, had been intimate friends of the family. The exercises at the church were brief, consisting of a burial chant, rendered by the choir, the reading of the burial service, and the singing of the hymn, "Rock of Ages," by the choir and congregation. A large concourse followed the remains to their final resting place, in the Hazelwood Cemetery. In the death of Mrs. Mary Phelps an active and useful life was suddenly brought to a close. The poor, and those cast down by misfortune, lost a large hearted and sympathizing friend, whose place was not easily filled, and citizens in every station will, for many years, miss one whose busy life reflected such earnest, practical Christianity, inasmuch as she "visited the sick," "comforted the weak hearted," "raised up those who were cast down," and, as far as in her power lay, went about "doing good unto all men." Such a life is not without its reward. Dr. Charles E. Pierce Dr. Pierce is the son of Samuel W. and Mary O. (Loomis) Pierce, and was born at Lafayette, Indiana, September 15, 1853. He was educated at Battle Ground High School and at Valparaiso, Indiana. In 1874 he ent- ered the E. M. College at Cincinnati, and graduated at the winter term, January 22, 1878. He then went to Shelby County, Tenn., and followed his profession until 1880, when he went to Arkansas and remained until January, 1883, when he came to Springfield, Missouri. He was married January 16, 1883, to Miss Grace A. Young. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and his wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church. His father, Samuel W., was a son of Rufus and Polly Pierce, and was born in Spring- field, Ohio, July 9, 1828 and died at Lafayette, Indiana, January 28, 1860. His parents were married July 4, 1852, at Lafayette, Indiana. They had four children, viz.: Charles E., George T., born August 14, 1855; Otho, born March 8, 1858 and died July 23, 1858; and Mary Olive, born March 23, 1860. George S. Piper Mr. Piper was born in Washington County, Virginia, July 16, 1828, and is the oldest child of Samuel Piper, a prominent farmer of that county. George S. was brought to Greene county, Missouri, by his parents when he was twelve years of age. He grew to manhood upon the farm, and has since made that his vocation in life. Mr. Piper married March 4, 1856, to Miss Margaret J., daughter of Henry C. Morrison, of this county who came to Ebenezer, Greene county, Missouri, about 1830. Their marriage has been blest with twelve children, eight sons and four daughters, seven of whom are yet living, six sons and one daughter. Mr. Piper has one hundred and ninety acres of land in the farm upon which he lives. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the enrolled Missouri militia, in Cap- tain George A. Dillard's company E, Col. C. B. Holland. Being absent on a sick furlough he was not at Springfield when the town was attacked by General Marmaduke upon the 8th of January, 1863. When the war clos- ed Mr. Piper was honorably discharged, and is now one of the most sub- stantial citizens of the county. L. T. Piper Mr. Piper was born in Washington county, Virginia, August 30, 1837. He is the oldest of a family of eight children, three boys and five girls, five of whom were born in Virginia, and three in Missouri. He was bro- ught to Missouri by his parents, who settled near the headwaters of the Dry Sac river. Here Mr. Piper grew to manhood, receiving such educa- tion as the schools of that day afforded. He has always enjoyed the best of health, and never had but one accident happen him in his life. When he was about fourteen years of age, a wagon ran over his leg, breaking the bone. He was taken home, and his leg set by his father, without the aid of a physician. He was not able to resume active work for about three months. He was, at the beginning of the war, in Capt. Piper's company, afterwards commanded by Capt. John A. Mack. After the battle of Wilson's Creek, he went to Rolla and joined Capt. C. B. Holl- and's company. In 1862 he joined Capt. Geo. A. Dillard's company E, 72nd regiment, under Col. Holland, who was promoted, and the regiment was then commanded by Col. Henry Shepard. They were in the battle of Springfield, upon the 8th of January, 1863, when the town was attacked by Gen. Marmaduke. Mr. Piper served until the close of the war, par- ticipating in all the actions of his regiment. After being honorably discharged he returned to his old homestead, where he still resides. He was married January 1, 1866, to Miss O. M. Pipkin, of this county. They have had five children, three of whom are still living. He is one of the best citizens of the county. Peter Piper Mr. Piper was born June 18th, 1810, in Pickaway County, Ohio, and is the son of Philip and Sarah (Gay) Piper. His parents were both natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. Piper removed to Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1838, and followed farming until 1872, when he came to Greene County, Missouri, where he has since resided. Mr. Piper has been married five times. His present wife was Miss Jane, daughter of Jesse Hines, Esq., of Kentucky. Although Mr. Piper is in his seventy-third year, he is hale and vigorous as a man twenty years his junior. He has seen many changes come over the land since his youth, and yet has promise of many years to come. One of his sons is a prominent farmer near Ash Grove. Samuel Piper Mr. Piper was born October 11, 1802, in Washington County, Virginia, where he grew to manhood and received his education. He was married to Miss Sarah Smith, of his native county. She was of German descent; her ancestors were early settlers of Virginia. They had eight children, seven of whom are still living. Mr. Piper emigrated to Greene county, Missouri, in the fall of 1839, and upon the first of January, 1840, he settled on section 6, township 29, range 20. His children were George S., Mary E., Theophilus C., Sarah A. (deceased), L. T., Harriet, Nancy A. and Margaret C. Mr. Piper endured all the hardships incident to a pioneer's life. He frequently made trips to St. Louis by wagon for goods, supplies, etc. During the civil war his sympathies were strong- ly with the Union, though too old to take active part. In 1874 he was stricken with paralysis, and after three weeks died at the advanced age of seventy-two. He was one of the old landmarks of the county, and a man who enjoyed the confidence of all. John W. Plank Mr. Plank is the son of Jacob and Barbara (Zook) Plank, and was born in Wayne County, Ohio, January 27th, 1824. His parents were originaly from Pennsylvania. John W. grew to manhood in his native county, and learned the cabinet maker's trade with his brother-in-law, but worked for a number of years at the carpenter's trade. In 1847 he moved to Elkhart County, Indiana, where he lived until 1868. He then came to Greene County, Missouri, and purchased the farm upon which he now re- sides. It is a splendid place of four hundred and eighty acres, and he is also the owner of an improved farm in Cedar County, containing two hundred and eighty acres, all of which was made by his industry and perseverance. He is one of Greene's most substantial citizens, and enjoys the confidence of all. Mr. Plank was married March 30th, 1848, to Miss Mary, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Blough) Stutzman, of Elkhart County, Indiana. Their union was blest with eleven children, nine of whom are living: Chancy M., Lavinia A., Amanda J., Lucy A., Milo J., James M., Harvey A., Leander D., and Jerome N. C. Joseph Pollack Mr. Pollack was born in Reidseitz, Province of Alsace, France, October 30, 1842. When he was about eighteen years of age, he emigrated to America, landing in New York city in November, 1860. He came straight on to Dayton, Ohio where he remained six months, and then moved to Springfield and embarked in the clothing business, and sold goods until 1866. He then sold out and went to farming, which occupation he has since followed. Mr. Pollack was married March 1, 1866, to Miss Bettie Skeen, of Greene county. Their union was blest with nine children, six of whom are now living. Mr. Pollack is a member of St. Nicholas lodge, No. 435, A. F. & A. M. He is a Democrat in policits, and is one of Greene's most substantial citizens. His wife is a member of the Metho- dist Episcopal Church South. Felix R. Porter This gentleman is the son of William C. and Judith R. (Owen) Porter, and was born in Weakley County, Tenn., March 7, 1841. His parents mov- ed to Springfield, Missouri, in June, 1856. They lived some little time in town, but his father soon purchased a farm three miles east of Ebenezer, this county. It was here that Felix was educated and grew to manhood. At the commencement of the civil war he enlisted in the Con- federate service under Capt. Bradford, whose company was then attached to Gen. Price's body guard. After the battle of Pea Ridge he was taken sick, but in the fall of 1862, he joined Company A, 3rd Missouri Cav- alry, Col. C. E. Green. The regiment was attached to Gen. Marmaduke's brigade upon the 12th of January, 1863. They surrendered at Shreveport Louisiana, June 7, 1865. Mr. Porter was in the battles of Helena, Little Rock, and Poison Springs. At Little Rock, he had his gun shot from his hands, and was wounded in the left leg. At Poison Springs he was wounded in the right shoulder. He was married January 17, 1867, at Smithville, Arkansas, to Miss Sadie Fields. Their union has been blest with two sons and two daughters. He was elected by the city council in 1873, to the office of street commissioner, and has been to a considerable extent engaged in mercantile business. He was elected justice of the peace upon the Democratic ticket for Campbell township, in 1882. His father was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina, in 1803, and came to Williamson County, Tennessee, in 1811, where he marr- ied and reared a large family, all sons. William G. Porter Mr. Porter is the son of William C. and Judith R. (Owen) Porter, and was born January 30th, 1829, in Williamson County, Tenn. In 1836 his parents moved to the western portion of that State, and in May, 1856, came to Greene County, Missouri, and settled upon a farm ten miles north of Springfield. William G. soon after purchased a farm of his own several miles east of Springfield, where he lived until after the civil war. Just before the battle of Pea Ridge a detachment of Gen. Curtis' men and some of Gen. Price's pickets had quite a little fight at his place. Mr. Porter had a small stock of merchandise which the soldiers unceremoniously appropriated to their use, besides taking everything of value in the house. He is the oldest tobacconist in the Southwest, having followed it since coming to the State. He was marr- ied in Weakley County, Tenn., February 5th, 1850, to Miss Mary A. Stubblefield. Their union was blest with five sons and two daughters, all of whom are living save one son. His father was born in Rocking- ham County, N. C., in 1803 and was taken to Tennessee in 1811. He died at his home in Arkansas in 1878, and his wife died in 1881. They had a large family, all of whom were boys. John Potter Mr. Potter was born in Eurzig, Prussia, and emigrated to America in 1857, and located at Jefferson City, Missouri. He moved to Greene County in 1860, locating where Brookline now stands, where he remained until 1862, when he went to Springfield and worked in the government wagon shops until 1865. Mr. Potter was married upon the 30th of March, 1862, to Elizabeth Phillips. Their union has been blest with four children, one girl, Mary Josephine, and three boys, Frederick William, Lyman Theodroe and Roy. Mr. Potter was the first man sworn in Captain Abernathy's Home Guards and his sympathies were always with the Union. When General Marmaduke attempted to enter Springfield in the fall of 1863, he with all the hands of the shop, was called out to repel the attack. At the close of the war he engaged in the manufacture of wagons at Springfield, but at the end of a year removed to Little York, one and one-half miles from Brookline, where he embarked in the grocery business until November, 1871, when he moved to Brookline and engaged in general merchandise. He has been postmaster of Little York and Brookline for sixteen consecutive years, and station and express agent at the depot for eight years. In politics Mr. Potter is a Republican and has the confidence of all. Benjamin B. Price This gentleman is the son of Hon. William C. Price, and was born in Springfield, Missouri, January 1st, 1848. He was educated at Salisbury Institute at Batesville, Arkansas, and at Mountain Home, Arkansas. He studied law in St. Louis in his father's office, and at Springfield. He was admitted to the bar in February, 1873 before Judge Geiger, and was also admitted at Mountain Home, Arkansas, in 1875, and at Dallas, Texas in 1881. He was for several years probate judge of Ozark County, Mo. He returned to Springfield in February, 1882, and formed a law partner- ship with Thomas W. Kersey. December 8th, 1882, he was married to Miss A. H. Beal, of Ellis County, Texas. Mr. Price is a member of the I. O. O. F. George Price Mr. Price was born in Grundy county, Tennessee, July 1, 1844. He came to Missouri in 1861, and soon after his arrival he enlisted in the 2nd Missouri artillery and served until the close of the war. In 1866 he commenced upon an engine on the Missouri Pacific railroad, and worked upon that road until 1870. He then came on the St. L. & S. F. railroad and fired until 1876, when he was promoted to engineer and has been running as such ever since. July 4, 1869, he was married to Miss Mary A. Maugan, of Jefferson County, Missouri. Their union has been blest with three children, viz.: Mary A., Matilda J. and Eunice V. Mr. Price is a member of the following benevolent societies: Springfield Lodge, No. 218, I.O.O.F.; Pacific Division No. 83, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and of the Locomotive Engineers Mutual Life Insurance Assoc- iation. Isaac Price Mr. Price is a son of William and Matilda Price, and was born in Grundy county, Tennessee, September 17, 1849. In 1858, his parents moved to Rockport, Arkansas. His father dying there, he and his mother moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1862. In 1863, when he was but fourteen years of age, he enlisted in Company M, 2nd Missouri artillery, and served until the end of the war. In the winter of 1865 he was put into the cavalry, and sent to the plains, where he fought Indians in many skirm- ishes. After the war he went to work in the Pacific Flour Mills, St. Louis, and then worked a while for the Missouri Pacific railroad. In 1872 he commenced working for the St. Louis and San Francisco railway, and has now been foreman of the paint shops of that road for eight years. Mr. Price is a member of the A.O.U.W., and is a Select Knight. He is a self-made man, having been left fatherless when he was twelve years of age. He was married in 1872 to Miss Margaret, daughter of Thomas and Mary Mangan, natives of Ireland. Their union has been blest with six children, five of whom are living. Col. John H. Price Col. Price was born in Russell county, Virginia, in July, 1822. He went to the common schools of that county until he was fourteen years of age, when his parents emigrated to Greene county, Missouri and sett- led in Taylor township. His father becoming afflicted with rheumatism, the care and cultivation of the farm devolved upon John until 1843, when he commenced the study of law. His health becoming impaired he resumed active business and made several trips to Texas in 1844. In 1854 he took five hundred head of cattle to California, and returned to Missouri in 1855. At the beginning of the civil war, in 1861, he es- poused the cause of the South. He was captured at the battle of Wilson's Creek and taken to St. Louis, where he was soon afterward ex- changed for Major White. He resumed service and was at the battle of Elk Horn. He was recaptured upon the 8th of March, and taken to the Alton military prison, where he was confined six months and released upon the 21st of September. Again he sought the armies of the Confed- eracy and was in Price's raid into Missouri. At the close of the war he went to Batesville, Arkansas, and lived there two years and then returned to Missouri, and resumed control of the farm, where he has since resided. Col. Price was married in September, 1869 to Mary, the daughter of Samuel and Eliza Caldwell. Their union has been blest with two children. He has one of the best farms upon the James river, and is one of the most prosperous farmers in that section. Col. Price is a gentleman of the old school and has the respect and confidence of all. William C. Price Judge William Cecil Price was born in Russell County, Virginia, April 1, 1816, and is the third child of Crabtree and Linny C. Price, the family being of Welsh descent. His father was a farmer, who emigrated to Greene County, Missouri, in 1836. William had the advantage of a common English education in boyhood, and at twenty years of age was sent to Knoxville College, Tennessee. On returning from college he taught school in this county, and subsequently clerked in a general merchandise store, reading law whenever he had any spare time. In 1840 he was appointed deputy sheriff of Greene County, and one year later was appointed justice of the Greene County court, filling out an un- expired term. He was admitted to the bar in 1844, practiced law till 1847, and was then elected probate judge, holding the position for two years. In 1854 Judge Price was elected to the State Senate, but re- signed in 1857 to accept appointment as judge of the 27th judicial circuit. In 1859 Gov. Stewart appointed him to represent Missouri as agent at the general land office at Washington, on the subject of swamp and overflowed lands, in which service he saved several hundred thou- sand acres of land for his State. President Buchanan appointed Judge Price, in 1860, to fill the unexpired term of Judge Casey as U. S. Treasurer, which postion he held till the inauguration of Lincoln. When the civil war came on, Judge Price being Southern in all his sentiments and interests, entered the Confederate service as private under Gen. Price, in McBride's brigade, Missouri volunteers. He was captured at Pea Ridge, taken to Alton, imprisoned eight months and then exchanged at Vicksburg. President Davis assigned him to the adjutant general's department, with the rank of major, and he did duty as recruiting offi- cer in Missouri. In the spring of 1864 he resigned, and being finan- cially ruined by the war, he began farming in Arkansas, where he re- mained till 1867, when he removed to St. Louis and there practiced his profession. He located at Springfield in 1869, where he has ever since continued to reside. In June, 1842, he married Miss Sarah J. Kimbrough of Kentucky. She died in August, 1859, leaving four sons and three daughters. Judge P. was again married, August 27, 1860, to Lydia C. Dow, daughter of Ira M. Dow, of Vermont. She was born March 15th, 1836 and educated at Fairfax, Vermont. Of the last marriage there were born three children. Judge Price takes little interest in politics of late years, preferring private life. Formerly he was connected with the M. E. Church South, but does not now join in religious services with that body. William T. Prigmore This gentleman is a Missourian, born in Jasper County, March 15, 1854. He is a son of Dr. L. Prigmore, who resides at Rolla, Missouri, and his mother is also still living. In 1871 he began "braking" on the St. L. & S. F. railraod and has been in the employ of the same road, off and on, ever since. July 29, 1879, he was promoted to the position of freight conductor which he has held ever since. Mr. Prigmore was marr- ied June 13, 1877, to Miss Norah S. Robberson, of Dixon, Missouri. He is a Free Mason, and a member of Arlington Lodge, No. 346, A.F. & A.M., at Dixon. Pleasant T. Prophet The subject of this sketch is a son of Arnton and Jemima (Brigham) Pro- het, and was born in McMinn County, Tennessee, August 31, 1835, where he continued to reside till 1852, when he moved with his parents to Greene County, Missouri and settled at the head of Clear Creek. Here he engaged in farming till 1881, when he sold his farm and embarked in the mercantile business at Bois D'Arc of which place he is one of the leading business men, as well as a highly respected citizen. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church South, at twelve years of age, and has constantly adhered to the faith since then, filling creditably the sev- eral functions of steward, secretary, class leader, and trustee of the church. He was one of the original members in the organization of the church on Clear Creek. He was married in 1858, to Miss Nancy Barrett, of Greene County. She died in 1862, having had two children, one Sarah J., still survives her. Mr. Prophet was a second time married in 1868, to Miss Blackwell, daughter of Sylvester and Martha Blackwell, of this county. Seven children have been born to this union, all of whom are still living, and are an honor to their parents. Robert Coats Prunty,M.D. Dr. Prunty is the son of Thomas and Sarah (Rives) Prunty, and was born in Warren County, Kentucky, July 7, 1820. His grandfather, Robert Prunty, was born in Franklin County, Virginia, and emigrated to Kentuc- ky in 1806. His grandfather, upon his mother's side, Burwell Rives was also of Franklin county, Virginia, and came to Kentucky about the same year. Robert Coats Prunty lived in that State until he was nineteen years of age, receiving his education at Bowling Green. In 1839 his parents moved to Greene county, Missouri, and purchased the place upon which the doctor is now living. His father died September 10, 1860, upon the homestead, and his mother died in McLean county, Illinois, March 18, 1864. Robert read medicine under Drs. Shackleford and Perham and began the practice in 1845 at Ash Grove. His health failing he went to Virginia, and on his return stopped in Warren County, Kentucky, and practiced four years in the vicinity of his birthplace. While mak- ing his home in Kentucky, he attended the medical department of the Missouri State University, at St. Louis, that department of the Univer- sity being then in that city, and graduated in 1847. He was married January 18, 1848, in this county, to Miss Mahala S., daughter of Col. Nathan Boone, who was the eighth child of Daniel Boone. She died Nov- ember 2, 1849, leaving one child, now Mrs. Belle Boone Cowden, of Springfield. The doctor was married the second time to Miss Olevia Shipp, of this county, in January, 1854. She died in 1859, and he married Mrs. Mary F. McGown, on the 22nd of March, 1863. Their union has been blest with four children, viz.: Burwell R., Matilda P., Amanda J., and Mary F. In 1863, Dr. Prunty went to McLean county, Illinois, and sold goods at Leroy for some time. He then sold out and practiced medicine at Down's Station until his return to this county in 1868. He practiced two years at Ash Grove, and then moved back upon the old homestead, where he has since been engaged in farming and stock trading. Rev. Douglas P. Putnam Mr. Putnam is the son of Rev. Charles Marsh and Abbie S. (Edgerton) Putnam, and was born at Jersey, Ohio, February 8th, 1844. He gradua- ted from Wabash Indiana College, at Crawfordsville, Indiana, and re- ceived his theological education at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and at Lane Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. He was ordained to preach in the Presbyterian Church at Portsmouth, Ohio, where he was assistant pastor for one year. In 1871 he went to Monroe, Michigan, where he had charge of the church until 1881. He then came to Spring- field, Missouri and took the pastorate of Calvary Presbyterian Church. In 1862 he enlisted in the 92nd Ohio Infantry, as a private, and serv- ed as adjutant's clerk. There were five great-great-grandsons of Gen. Israel Putnam in the regiment, viz.: Col. B. D. Fearing, Douglas Put- nam, Jr.; Daniel E. Putnam, David Putnam and our subject. The first four were wounded. Our subject was married June 22nd, 1870, to Miss Jeannie H. Williamson, daughter of John A. Williamson, prominently connected with railroads in New York, but now of Lafayette, Indiana. They have five children, four girls and one boy. Mr. Putnam has in his possession several very old letters written by General Washington, General Putnam and John Hancock. They bear dates of 1776 and 1777. The father of our subject was born in February, 1802, in Marietta, Ohio, and graduated from Yale College in 1826, and at Andover Theolog- ical Seminary in 1829. He then took charge of the Presbyterian Church at Jersey, Ohio, where he remained until 1869, just forty years. He died in 1870, and his wife died in March, 1878. Thomas E. Quicksell Was born in Montezuma, New York, August 8, 1834. When fourteen years old he began working at a saw mill, at which he continued four years. He next went on a farm and remained till July, 1862, when he joined Company C, of the 74th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving in the civil war till July, 1865. He had been in the battles of Stone River, Mun- fordsville, Mission Ridge, and several other fights and skirmishes, and was once captured at the battle of Munfordsville. He was exchanged, however, and finally mustered out at Camp Norton, Indianapolis. After the war, he began "firing" on the Pittsburg, Ft. Wayne & Chicago R.R., where he fired till 1871, then was put in charge of an engine, which he ran until 1876. He then ran twenty months on the Michigan Central, after which he came to North Springfield, and in April, 1879, took an engine which he is now running. He has been twice married. First, in 1859, to Angeline Sult (who died in 1861), by whom he has one child. On July 4, 1869, he married Mrs. Mary E. Hill, by which marriage he has four children. Mr. Quicksell is a member of the Odd Fellows Order at Ft. Wayne, and also belongs to the A. O. U. W. Elkanah Quisenberry (Deceased). This gentleman was born in Clarke County, Kentucky, July 15th, 1830. His father was Colby B. Quisenberry, one of the early settlers of Clarke county. Elkanah spent the greater part of his life in Kentucky. He was educated in the colleges at Winchester and Lexing- ton, and followed farming as an avocation the most of his life. He spent some five years in Texas and New Mexico ranching, and returned to Kentucky in 1860. When the war broke out he joined Morgan's Confeder- ate cavalry, and was taken prisoner in Ohio, on the famous Morgan raid, and held twenty-five months. When released he returned home and re- mained in Kentucky until 1875, when he came to Greene county, Missouri, and bought a farm. Mr. Quisenberry was married November 5th, 1867, to Ellen, a daughter of John and Mahala (Adams) Thornton, of Henry county, Kentucky. Their union was blest with six children, viz.: Florence B., Arthur T., Charles D., Mattie L., Gracie E. and Gertie E., twins. Mr. Quisenberry died November 13th, 1880, and his widow lives upon the home place two and one-half miles west of Springfield. Henry T. Rand Mr. Rand is a son of John H. and Irene (Trumbull) Rand, and was born at Manchester, New Hampshire, November 4, 1848. He grew to manhood in his native town, and in 1865 entered Darmouth College, from which he gradu- ated in 1869. The same year he accepted a position as civil engineer upon St. Louis & San Francisco railroad, and remained in the offices at St. Louis a year. He then engaged in merchandising at Pacific City, being postmaster and city clerk. In 1873 he located at North Spring- field where he has since been engaged in the grocery business, doing a business of twenty thousand dollars a year. He is the present secre- tary of the school board. Mr. Rand was married April 30, 1871, to Miss Sarah O., daughter of William C. Inks, of St. Louis County, Missouri. They have four children, Florence J., Willie M., Harry T. and Walter H. Mr. Rand is a member and trustee of the Congregational Church. Thomas Rathbone This gentleman is the son of John and Sarah Rathbone, and was born in England, July 19, 1827. At the age of thirteen, he was apprenticed for seven years to learn the tinner's trade. After completing his trade he worked at it in his native town until 1852, when he came to the United States and located at Williamsburg, N.Y., where he worked at his trade. In 1858 he moved to Springfield, Mo., where he worked at his trade and farmed until 1875. He then went into the stove, hardware, and tinware business, doing the leading business in the place, carrying a large stock, and is one of the best practical tinners in the Southwest. Dur- ing the war he served in the Home Guards, and was in the fight against Gen. Marmaduke. He and his teams were pressed into service when Fremont retreated to Sedalia, and had many narrow escapes upon his re- turn. He is a member of the Temple of Honor, No. 23, and has filled the various offices connected with it. He was married in 1847, to Miss Sarah Warr, of his native town. Their union has been blest with four sons and one daughter. Mr. Rathbone is one of the best citizens of the county, and enjoys the friendship of a large circle of acqaintances. Richard F. Rawdon Mr. Rawdohn was born in Warren, Ohio, August 29, 1845. At the age of sixteen he commenced railroading, doing his first work at braking upon the Atlantic and Great Western railroad in Ohio, which he followed for six years. In 1869 he came West and braked on the 'Frisco road for six months, and then went with the engineer corps, and was on the survey from Pierce City to the Arkansas river in the Indian Territory. He then went to St. Louis and braked upon the Missouri Pacific road for six months, and was then promoted conductor, and ran a train five years. When the Missouri, Pacific and 'Frisco separated, he came on the latter road, and has been running a train ever since. For the last two years he has been running a passenger train, and is considered one of the most reliable upon the road. Mr. Rawdon was married to Miss Kate Griffith, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Their union is blest with three child- ren, viz.: George, Alice and Charles. James H. Rea Mr. Rea was born in Franklin county, Illinois, June 29th, 1845. His father, Thomas Rea, was a native of Bedford county, Tenn., born June 11th, 1811, and died in Franklin county, Illinois, in April, 1861. His mother was Miss Thenia Brashers, born in Tennessee, July 14th, 1811 and is still living in Franklin county, Illinois. James was ed- ucated in the common schools of that county, and began farming at an early age. In February, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, 30th Illinois Infantry, and afterwards in Company A, 136th Ill. Infantry, and served until mustered out in October, 1864. He was at Chickamauga, Moscow, the seige of Vicksburg and Lookout Mountain, besides many minor engage- ments. He was wounded at Chickamauga. At the close of the war he returned to Illinois, where he lived until the fall of 1877, when he moved to this county. Mr. Rea was married January 7th, 1865, to Miss Nancy Eubanks, of Franklin county, Illinois, born January 14th, 1843. Their union has been blest with eight children, viz.: Emma D., born November 16th, 1865; Harvey, born October 11th, 1867; Rosanna, born April 6th, 1870; Benjamin F., born August 7th, 1872; Thomas E., born September 19th, 1874; Harry, born August 10th, 1876; Maurice V., born February 29th, 1880; and Abram, born May 24th, 1882. Mrs. Rea was the daughter of John D. Eubanks, M.D., born in July, 1800. He was a chap- lain and surgeon in the Mexican War, and died at Tampico, Mexico, in December, 1847. Her mother was Annie Smothers, born in Tennessee, on July 16th, 1801 and died in Franklin County, Illinois, August 15th, 1875. Mr. Rea lives five miles east of Springfield, on the Martin Ingram place, where he carries on farming and deals largely in live stock. Jesse O. Redfearn Mr. Redfearn is the son of Josiah and Lucy K. (Bennett) Redfearn, old settlers of Greene County, the former a native of Tennessee, and the latter of North Carolina. Jesse was born in this county, April 10, 1856, and was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools. Like his father, he too, became a farmer, and continued this vocation till 1882, when, moving to Bois D'Arc, he engaged in the mercantile business with Messrs. Hoyal and Johnson, the firm style being Hoyal, Redfearn & Johnson. Mr. Redfearn was married December 21, 1877, to Miss Catherine H., daughter of Benjamin R. and Celia D. Johnson, of Greene County. Mr. and Mrs. Redfearn have had three children, named respectively, Bertha C., Carrie J. and William R. Mr. Redfearn has amassed what he possesses by his own industry and thrift, and owns, besides other property, a well improved farm of sixty-five acres. Josiah F. Redfearn Mr. Redfearn is the son of Townley and Sarah (Mason) Redfearn, and was born in Robertson County, Tenn., July 23, 1830. His parents were nat- ives of North Carolina, but were reared in Tennessee. They emigrated to Greene County, Missouri, in 1837. His father died in 1838, leaving his mother with a family of six children. His mother died in 1880, being eighty-three years of age. His grandfather, Jesse Mason, preach- ed the first sermon in the western part of the county, at the house of Josiah's father. Josiah received his education in the county, going to the first school taught in the township. He has always followed farm- ing, and served as school director several terms. He saw six months' active service in the militia in his brother's company. He owns 160 acres of good land, the result of his industry and perseverance. Mr. Redfearn was married February 3, 1848 to Miss Lucy K., daughter of Per- minter and Sarah (Kelsey) Bennett. They were natives of South Carolina but moved to Greene County, Mo., in 1840. Mr. and Mrs. Redfearn have had ten children, seven of whom are now living. Mr. Redfearn is one of the best citizens of Center Township. John Reynolds John Reynolds (deceased). Mr. Reynolds was the son of David D. and Polly (Kelly) Reynolds, and was born in Monroe County, Tennessee, November 28, 1824. His parents were natives of that State, and emi- grated to Greene County, Missouri, in 1834, and settled in Pond Creek township. At their house was held the first religious services in that part of the county. It was here that John grew to manhood upon the farm. He was married October 31, 1850, to Miss Hannah E., daugh- ter of William and Sarah (Squibb) Likens, of this county. Their union was blest with six children, four of whom are now living: William F., James H., Thomas B. and Susan J. Mr. Reynolds was one of the pros- perous farmers of his neighborhood, owning a farm of two hundred and thirty-four acres. He was a member of the Methodist church, and was a quiet, peaceable citizen. He was a member of the Home Guards, and was the first man murdered in that part of the county. He was killed in his own house on the night of November 22, 1861. About eight o'clock a party of men, three or more, came to his house and one of them came in, saying, "We've come to hang you for voting for Lincoln!" Mr. Reynolds hit him upon the head with a shovel and put him out, and, while holding the door he was shot through the window, dying in a few seconds. His widow is yet living, and reared her little ones under difficulties which only a fond mother and noble woman could surmount. B. C. Rice B. C. Rice was born in Polk County, Missouri, December 15, 1844. His father, Jonathan Rice, was a native of Logan County, Kentucky, and came to Polk County, this State, in about 1830. The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools of his native county, and at an early age began farming. In 1863, he enlisted in Company L, 15th Miss- ouri Cavalry, of Confederates, under Col. John Allen, and was on Gen. Price's last raid through Missouri and participated in the battle of Big Blue, and other engagements. After the war, he returned to Polk County and went to farming on the old homestead, and also engaged in buying mules for the Southern market. Mr. Rice came to Walnut Grove in 1878, and clerked for B. Y. Acuff and J. Brown till August, 1880, when he opened up a drug store for himself, the firm being Rice & King. The firm was dissolved by mutual consent in October, 1882, and Mr. Rice made a trip to Texas, returning in December following. Mr. Rice was married December 5, 1880, to Miss Barbara McMehen, daughter of James McMehen, one of the most prominent citizens of the northwest part of Greene County. Mr. and Mrs. Rice have one child, a boy named James B., born May 12, 1882. Mr. Rice is a Freemason in good standing, and his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South. They have many warm friends, and are highly esteemed by all who know them. Mr. Rice has been quite successful in business, and retains the confidence of the people among whom his business career has been known. W. D. Rice This gentleman is the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Porter) Rice, and was born in Polk County, Missouri, February 11, 1857. His father was a native of Logan County, Kentucky, born in March, 1801 and died in 1860, in Polk County, Missouri, upon the old homestead. His mother was the widow of James Chastine, who was married to her in Kentucky. Mr. Chas- tine was one of the early settlers of Greene County, and entered the land where Walnut Grove is now located. He died about the year 1838, and Mrs. Chastine was married to Mr. Rice in 1839. She died November 6, 1880. W. D. Rice was educated at Morrisville Institute, and taught school in Polk and Greene Counties about two years. He then followed civil engineering in Texas for two years, and returned to Greene County in January, 1880, and went into the drug business in Walnut Grove. He followed it about six months, and then embarked in the general merchan- dise business of Brown & Rice, and at once took the lead in the busi- ness of that place. Mr. Rice was married about June 5, 1881 to Miss Maggie, daughter of Josiah Brown, Esq., one of the prominent citizens of this county. Their union has been blest with one son, born March 23, 1882. Mr. Rice is one of the substantial business men of the county, young as he is, and already ranks well in the mercantile world. William S. Riggs Mr. Riggs was born February 26, 1829, in Maury County, Tennessee. He was educated in his native county, and in 1855 he came to Greene Coun- ty, Missouri, and settled six miles north of Springfield. Here he was engaged in farming until 1867, when he moved into the city, where he has since been engaged in carpentering and hotel keeping. The hotel is on the corner of Boonville and Water streets, is a two story frame, 52x31, and contains thirteen rooms and basement. Mr. Riggs was marr- ied in March, 1856, to Miss Emily McCracken. Her family were among the earliest settlers of the county. They are blest with three sons and one daughter. Mr. Riggs' parents were natives of North Carolina. His father died in 1849 and his mother is yet living in the county. They had seven sons and two daughters, William S. being the second child. David M. Ritter Mr. Ritter is the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Miller) Ritter, and was born in St. Joseph County, Indiana, February 10, 1843. His grandfather was a soldier of the Revolution, and was one of the men who threw the tea overboard in Boston Harbor. David grew to manhood upon the farm, and in July, 1862, he enlisted in the 21st Indiana Battery, and was at the battles of rome, Gainesboro, Carthage, Hoover's Gap, Cattle Gap, Chickamauga, Nashville and Columbia, besides many smaller engagements. He held the rank of corporal, and was mustered out June 26, 1865. He came to Greene County, Missouri, in 1866 and located upon Leeper prairie, where he lived two years, and then came to the farm upon which he now lives, containing two hundred and seventy acres, well watered and stocked. It has fourteen hundred bearing apple trees, one thousand of which were of his own planting. Mr. Ritter was married May 30, 1872 to Miss Josephine, daughter of Joseph and Lucinda Martin, of Greene County. Her father was a soldier in the Mexican War. Mr. and Mrs. Ritter have three children: Howard J., Clara L. and Ethel. Dr. Edward A. Roberts Dr. Roberts was born and brought up in the State of Georgia. In May, 1866, he came to St. Louis, from there to New Orleans, but returned to St. Louis, July 11, same year, and passed through the terrible cholera ordeal of that year. In August took the cholera, after partial recov- ery became a patient of St. Luke's hospital (Episcopal) and remained one month until fully restored to health. November 1, 1866, he was appointed superintendent and resident physician of St. Luke's hospital, where he remained over six years, resigning December 1, 1872. He was then appointed visiting physician upon a salary, but after four months he came to Springfield where he has practiced his profession. In 1877 he was appointed Alms-house and jail physician and holds that position for 1883. He was a member of the city council from the third ward upon the Democratic ticket during the years of 1876-7-8 and 9. He was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 1881, but was defeated by James Abbott, by thirty-five votes. He was also defeated in 1882 by Geo. S. Day. He is now councilman from the third ward, elected April 3, 1883. In 1882 he was appointed city engineer and street commissioner. He is a member of the board of health, and is chairman of the Democratic county central committee. The doctor has always taken an active part in public enterprises, and is one of the most useful citizens of the county. He was married February 28, 1868 to Miss Minnie B. Coleman. They are blest with two children, Roberta Lee, born July 4, 1870 and Susie, born June 1, 1875. He and his wife are members of the Episcopal Church, and he has been junior and senior warden of the church at Springfield. Dr. Roberts' parents were natives of Virginia. His mother died in 1852, and his father died in 1856. They had a family of ten children, Edward A. is the oldest. Benjamin J. Robertson This gentleman was born in Greencastle, Indiana, February 13, 1844. At seventeen years of age he joined Company G, 63rd Illinois volunteer in- fantry, and served one year as second sergeant. He was then promoted to quartermaster sergeant. In 1863 he was advanced to rank of first lieutenant and regimental quartermaster, which he held till the close of the war. He served through the siege of Vicksburg, also at Black River, Champion Hill, Chattanooga, the campaign before Atlanta and Sherman's march to the sea. He returned to Illinois after the war, and was employed over two years in the office of the Illinois Central railroad at Tuscola. Next he was engaged in the American express com- pany's office at Mattoon. A year later he began braking on the C. & A. R.R., and continued nine months, when he was made freight conductor, and ran a train five months. The machine shops at Bloomington were his next field of a labor, where he remained three years. In September, 1879, he went to Pierce City and began braking on the Kansas division of the "Frisco" line. He was again given charge of a train in May, 1881, which he has conducted since then. His removal to North Spring- field was in 1880, where his family now reside. Mr. Robertson was married March 30th, 1868, to Miss Mattie Blake, of Charleston, Illinois and has at this writing a family of four children. William J. Robertson Mr. Robertson was born in Tennessee in 1806, and grew to manood in his native State. He was married in 1836 to Miss Mary A. Lotspeich, of Monroe county, Tenn., and in 1839 they emigrated to Missouri, and sett- led in Greene county, where he entered three hundred and sixty acres of land. He was one of the pioneers of the county, and helped to "make the wilderness bloom as the rose." During the late war farming in his neighborhood was carried on under difficulties. The girls would act as sentinels, and give the alarm at the approach of the soldiers, and the men would hide themselves. Mr. and Mrs. Robertson reared a family of nine children, seven girls and two boys. He died October 12, 1877, be- ing nearly seventy-one years of age. His widow still survives him, living upon the farm with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David Snider. One by one the fathers of the county are being called home, and their hardy descendants become the life-blood of the land. Edwin D. Robinson, M.D. The professional gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a native of this State, and was born in Chillicothe, November 2nd, 1854. His par- ents were Edwin and Eliza (nee Cravens) Robinson. He grew up in the town of his birth, and there acquired his elementary education. Sub- sequently he attended Central College at Fayette, Missouri, and in 1875 commenced the study of medicine under Dr. Ross of Springfield. He then entered the Missouri Medical College, of St. Louis, in 1877, graduating with the degree of M. D., in 1879. Soon after he located for practice at Bois D'Arc, this county. In 1881, he entered Bellevue hospital med- ical college of New York, graduating from there in March, 1882. After practicing three months, in the hospital department he returned to Bois D'Arc, where he is enjoying a fine practice and taking a leading rank among the M. D.'s of the Southwest. John B. Robinson This gentleman is the son of Charles and Sarah (Barham) Robinson, and was born in Stokes County, North Carolina, March 2, 1810. His parents were natives of that State, and his grandfather was a soldier in the Revolution. The parents of John B. moved to Lyon county, Kentucky, the same year he was born. It was here he grew to manhood upon the farm and received his education. For some time after he was grown he drove the stage between Russelville and Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 1837 he came to Polk County, Missouri, and engaged in farming. In 1844 he moved to this county and settled upon the place where he now resides. He is one of the pioneers of the county and has seen many changes come to the people and the face of the country. He owns a fine farm of four hundred acres, and has accumulated it all since coming to this county. Mr. Robinson was married in 1840 to Miss Louisa E., daughter of Geo. H. and Susan (Gee) Irwin, of Polk County, Missouri. Her parents were natives of North Carolina, and her father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was at the battle of New Orleans. They have had seven child- ren, five of whom are now living, Geo. W., James F., Sarah S., Mary L., and Martha J. They are all married and living in Greene County. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have been members of the Baptist Church for over forty years. He is regarded as one of the best citizens of the county. Charles Warrington Rogers This distinguished gentleman and successful railway manager was born at Exeter, N. H., Oct. 7, 1834. His parents were of English parentage, and he is a lineal descendant of the martyr John Rogers. His maternal grandfather, Enoch Poor, was a general in the Revolutionary army. His father, a banker, died when Charles was two years of age, and his mot- her died eight years later, thus leaving him an orphan at that tender age; nevertheless his early education was not neglected, as his native New England is proverbial for good schools. At the age of fifteen he went to sea as a sailor boy, and when sixteen years old he made the voyage to California round Cape Horn. He remained in California three years and then resumed seafaring and engaged upon a vessel trading be- tween the State and the East Indies. He afterwards became captain of the merchant-ship "Winfield Scott," and upon that vessel circumnaviga- ted the globe. In 1863 he placed his services at the disposal of the Federal government and was appointed acting ensign and commander of the gunboat "Hydranga," remaining in the service until November, 1865, participating in the naval operations in the vicinity of Charleston, S.C. After being promoted to the grade of acting master, he within four months embarked again in the California and East India trade as captain and part owner of the merchant-ship "Templar." He spent four years in this trade and returned to New England. In 1871 he came to Missouri to accept the position as wood agent upon the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. In Oct., 1872, he was promoted to be fuel and claim agent of that road and its leased lines, including the Missouri Pacific railroad. In May, 1874, he was appointed purchasing agent of the whole system embraced under the A. & P. management. In March, 1876, when the lease of the Missouri Pacific and its joint management with the Atlan- tic and Pacific was formally abrogated by the U. S. district court, Mr. Rogers was placed in immediate charge of the road between Pacific and Vinita by the receiver as its general superintendent. Retaining this position he became, on the reorganization of the company, one of its incorporators and general superintendent, and in May, 1879, was gazett- ed as general manager under its new title of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway. March 9, 1881, he was unanimously elected to the position of 2d vice president and general manager, from which position he was advanced on the 4th of March, 1882, to that of 1st vice presi- dent and general manager, and upon the 13th of March, 1883, he was un- animously re-elected to the same position. Thus step by step, by his splended executive ability and practical knowledge of railway manage- ment he has risen from wood agent to the high and responsible position of vice president and general manager. When he assumed charge of the road in 1876 it only operated 327 miles of road, and since that time 550 miles of new railroad have been added to the system, most of which was under immediate direction of the general manager. Mr. Rogers was married in April, 1863, to Miss Mary, daughter of Hon. Tristram Shaw, M. C., from New Hampshire. Their union is blest with one son living. No man in the last decade has, by brain and action, done more for the material advancement of Greene County, and the State of Missouri, than Charles Warrington Rogers. Jake Rothschild This prince of Springfield's merchants is the son of Leopold Rothschild and was born February 12, 1850, upon the beautiful and historic Rhine, in Germany. He was educated in the country, and in August, 1868, he came to America, landing in New York. He soon after removed to St. Louis, but only lived in that city a short time, and then went to Mar- shfield, from where he moved to Springfield, and opened out one of the largest stocks of clothing ever brought to this part of the State. He is well and favorably known all over the country, having traveled sev- eral years for wholesale houses of Cincinnati and Chicago. Bentley J. Rountree Mr. Rountree is the son of M. J. and Mary L. (Winton) Rountree, and was born in Greene County, Mo., January 2, 1849. He was educated here in this county and remained at home upon the farm until the civil war. In 1864-5, was in the quartermaster's department at Springfield, under Capt. C. B. Owen, as post messenger. When the war closed he went to school for two years, and then acted as salesman for his father in the nursery business. He was married September 30, 1868, to Miss Eva Hovey daughter of E. Hovey, of Springfield. They were married at Buffalo, Mo. They have three children, Hattie, Minnie, and Herman. From 1872 to 1874 Mr. Rountree was in the drug and grocery business, and was also a teacher of music for some time. From 1875 to 1879 he was traveling salesman for H. D. Brown, dealer in musical instruments, etc. Upon the first of January, 1880, commenced traveling for Jacob Strauss & Co., wholesale saddlery, etc., St. Louis, and so far has done well. Mr. Rountree belongs to one of the most respected of the pioneer families, and deserves the success with which he has met. Joseph Rountree Joseph Rountree was the son of Thomas and Eva (Sturgess) Rountree, and was born in Orange County, North Carolina, in April, 1872. He was the youngest of a large family, and received a good education for that early day, being very proficient in mathematics, and a good scribe. He taught school for many years in North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri. He moved to Maury county, Tenn., in 1819, where he lived for about ten years, and then with several friends came to Missouri, and traveled about for nearly a year, looking for suitable lands upon which to locate. They finally selected Greene county as their future homes, and in 1830 Mr. Rountree brought his family and located three miles south of Springfield, upon the afterward famous Wilson's Creek. He owned several hundred acres of choice lands in different parts of the county. He and another gentleman went to Boonville, Cooper county, and got a lot of fruit trees and set them out, and grew the first orchards in the Southwest. He next built a large store house and stocked it with gen- eral merchandise in 1833, and sold goods for three years. He then sold the building to some parties at Springfield who moved it to where the court house now stands. It was used for many years as a land office. Mr. Rountree taught school in the old log school house, three miles southwest of Springfield for two sessions, and it was probably the first school house built in this part of the State. Mr. Rountree was married in Caswell county, North Carolina, in 1806, to Miss Nancy Nic- hols, by whom he had ten children, six boys and four girls, two of whom died in infancy. Those wo lived to be grown or nearly so, where Junius M., living in Greene county, aged seventy-three; Zenas M., Lucius A., Louisa A., wife of Dr. Slavens, of Dallas county, Mo.; Caroline, who died when quite young; Judge M. J., Almus L. of California, who has been sheriff of Santa Cruz county for many years; Allen J., who died in his twenty-second year; and Almarinda C., the late wife of Wm. Massey, of Springfield. Mr. Rountree died upon the 26th of December, 1874, at his home on Wilson's Creek, near Springfield. Judge M. J. Rountree Judge Rountree is the son of Joseph and Nancy (Nichols) Rountree, and was born March 24th, 1820, in Maury County, Tennessee. He received his early education from his mother, an intelligent, cultivated lady, and from the common schools of his section. At the age of twenty he went to work upon a farm by the month, working in the summer and going to school in the winter. In December, 1829, the parents of our subject moved to Missouri and settled upon Wilson's Creek, within two miles of Springfield. Judge Rountree was married upon the 7th of March, 184-, to Miss Mary Winton, of Polk County, Missouri. They have had eight children, four of whom are now living. Their first born died in infan- cy. Sarah F. died in her nineteenth year, Bentley J. is a traveling salesman, Joseph W. is in the nursery business with his father, Mary E. is at home with her parents, Thomas J., is a tobacconist at Carthage. In 1845 he bought a small farm three and one-half miles southwest of Springfield, where he lived about six years, when he sold out and bought a place of two hundred acres southeast of Springfield, where he lived until the war closed. He then sold his farm, and went to Spring- field temporarily, but soon purchased an eighty acre tract of land east of the city, and started a nursery in 1867. In 1870 he traded for the house where he now lives on East Elm street, which is upon a four acre lot. He was a justice of the peace for four years. In 1872 he was elected judge of the county court, and held that position six years. In 1880 he was elected upon the Democratic ticket to the mayoralty of the city of Springfield. Judge Rountree is a self-made man, and no man in this county stands better in the estimation of his fellow citizens than he. Newton M. Rountree Mr. Rountree is the son of Z. M. and Elizabeth (Massey) Rountree, and was born November 5th, 1838, on his father's farm three miles northeast of Springfield, Missouri. He was educated in the county, and in 1860 entered the store of Massey & McAdams, as clerk, and in 1864 became a partner in the house and so remained until 1869. From 1869 to 1871 he was of the firm of Keet, Massey & Co., and when the firm reorganized in 1871, it became Keet, Rountree & Co., and so continues. Mr. Rountree was married in 1867 to Miss Grabella, daughter of Hon. Charles Haden, of this county. Their marriage is blest with three sons and two daugh- ters. Mrs. Rountree is a member of the Christian Church. They are both of the pioneer families of the county, and none are more honorable or more highly respected in Greene County. William Jones Rountree This gentleman is the son of Almus L. and Delina (Mitchel) Rountree, and was born October 17th, 1847, on the farm now owned by Z. M. Roun- tree, near Springfield, Missouri. He was reared by his grandfather upon the farm, and was educated at the public school of Springfield. At the age of seventeen he accepted a clerkship in the store of Massey, McAdams & Co., of Springfield, where he remained until March, 1865, when he enlisted in Company F, 14th Missouri Volunteers, U. S. A. He was mustered out at Leavenworth, Kansas, the same year, and returned to Springfield, where he attended school until 1867. He then engaged with Massey, McAdams & Co., and sold goods for them for eighteen months. In the fall of 1869 he went to California, and returned in 1870 and took a position as clerk in the St. Louis and San Francisco freight and ticket office, where he continued until 1873. In the spring of 1874 he went to Texas, and was chief clerk on the Houston and Texas railroad. He was next appointed agent at Calveras, Texas, where he remained until 1876. He returned to Springfield in the fall of that year, but soon afterwards went to Joplin, Missouri, where he sold groceries for nine months, when he returned to this city and took the position of conduc- tor on the popular Gulf railroad. Mr. Rountree is a member of the I. O. O. F., K. T and Brotherhood of Railway Conductors. He was marr- ied on September 15th, 1876 to Miss Fannie E. Massey. They have three children, viz.: Frank M., John F. and Etta. The Rountrees are some of Greene's earliest and best settlers. Zenas Marion Rountree 'Squire Rountree is the son of Joseph and Nancy (Nichols) Rountree, and was born June 8, 1812 in Orange County, North Carolina. He remained with his parents until April, 1832, when he came to Greene county, Mo., and settled on a farm three miles southwest of Springfield, on Wilson's Creek, and there followed shoe-making, which trade he had learned in North Carolina. He moved into Springfield in 1834, and started the first shoe shop in the town. He followed his trade until 1835, and then entered the store of Fulbright & Carter, as clerk, and next sold goods for D. D. Berry. On the 24th of August, 1837 he married Eliza- beth Massey, who was but fifteen years of age at the time. After his marriage he entered lands in different parts of the country, and made his home and reared his family upon Grand prairie. They were blest with eleven children, five boys and six girls, two of the girls are dead. In 1861 Mr. Rountree, commonly and familiarly called "Uncle Buck" moved to St. Louis, and was there appointed by Sample Orr, as first clerk of the register of land's office, at Jefferson City. He retained that position until 1862, when he returned to Greene County. Mr. Rountree was elected justice of the peace in 1857 and served until 1861. He was again elected in 1878. In 1880, he was elected city recorder, and served for one year. He is at present a justice of the peace in this township. His father died in 1874 and in 1876 "Uncle Buck" moved upon the old homestead where he now lives. No man in the county is more respected than he, and he has promise of many years yet to live. Henry C. Ruby Henry C. Ruby was born in Sangamon County, Illinois, July 15, 1842, re- ceiving his education in the common schools of that county, where he grew to manhood. His parents were S. S. and Mary Ruby, the former a native of Knox County, Indiana, and the latter of Franklin, Kentucky. His first business venture was that of mining in Dade County, Mo., in 1874, where he was quite successful. He continued there till 1880, then came to Ash Grove and opened a first class restaurant and boarding house. In July, 1867, he married Miss Elizabeth Simpson, who was born in St. Clair County, Illinois, September 5, 1842. They have four chil- dren, two sons and two daughters, named, Mary I., born January 4, 1869; Clyde, born November 8, 1872; Myrtle, born January 22, 1878; and Char- les, born February 6, 1882. During the civil war Mr. Ruby enlisted in the government service in September, 1861, joining company I, of the 7th Ill. Cavalry, under Col. W. P. Kellogg, and served till mustered out, November 3, 1865 during which time he was once taken prisoner. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., and himself and wife both belong to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which denomination Mr. Ruby is a local preacher. J. Chris. Rule John Christopher Rule is the son of Raymundes and S. J. Rule, and was born in Baltimore, Md., November 20th, 1844. In the fall of 1866, Mr. Rule came to Springfield, Mo., and opened a saloon, where he remained until 1872. In May, 1875 he opened a saloon on Commercial street in North Springfield, where he is still doing business. He was married June 9th, 1869, to Miss C. W. Heffernan. Their union has been blest with seven children, six of whom are now living. John G. Russell This gentleman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, January 1st, 1842. He learned the trade of cabinet-maker, serving some six years apprentice- ship. In 1869 he came to the United States, landing at New York City. In the spring of 1874 he came to Springfield, Missouri, and has ever since been engaged in the furniture trade. His store is at 219 Boon- ville street, and is a two story and basement building, 100x21 feet. They carry a general stock of furniture, carpets, picture material, etc., and do a wholesale and retail business. Mr. Sander was married in New York City, to Miss Alice Ashman. She died in 1876, and in 1881 he was again married to Miss Mary Swansen, of Wright county, Missouri. Mr. Sander has been very successful in business here in Springfield, and promises to be one of the leading mercantile men of the Southwest. John G. Russell Mr. Russell is the son of James and Lucy (Bent) Russell, and was born in St. Louis County, Missouri, November 6th, 1830. He was educated at St. Louis and at Yale College, but was called home by the death of his father before he completed the college course. He held several minor positions in St. Louis, and in 1863 became one of the firm of Park, Russell & Co., or Oak Hill Fire Brick Co., and so remained until 1875. He came to Springfield in the fall of 1879, and since 1880 has been one of the proprietors of the Queen City Mills. Mr. Russell was married November 8th, 1853, to Miss Pauline Parker, of St. Louis, formerly of Rocheport, Boone County, Missouri. They have had nine children, six girls and three boys, five girls and one boy living. Mr. Russell is a member of the Knights of Honor, and he and his wife are members of the Calvary Presbyterian Church. His father died in St. Louis County, in 1850, and had been for many years a judge of the county court. He was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and emigrated to Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, in 1825, and moved from there to St. Louis County. Mr. Russell's mother died in 1870. Daniel Boone Savage Mr. Savage is a son of Thomas B. and Frances S. (Robinson) Savage, and was born April 6th, 1838, in Madison County, Illinois. He received his education at Highland, Illinois, and lived upon the farm with his father until the war commenced. He enlisted in Company C, 117th Illi- nois Infantry, as a private, but was afterward promoted to corporal. He participated in the battles of Clinton, Mississippi; Fort De Russey, Louisiana; Pleasant Hill, Louisiana; Yellow Bayou, Louisiana; Lake Chi- cot, Arkansas; Lupelo, Mississippi; Hurricane Creek, Mississippi; Franklin, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee, and Blakely, Alabama. In 1865 he returned home and engaged in farming. In 1869 he came to Missouri and settled in Greene County. He was a member of the police force of Springfield in 1873, and deputy constable in 1874-6. In 1876 was elec- ted constable of Campbell township, and re-elected in 1878 and served until 1880. He is now of the firm of Winkel & Savage, on St. Louis street. They have the largest meat market in the city. Mr. Savage was elected a justice of the peace of Campbell township in November, 1882. He was married November 29th, 1865, to Miss A. L. Hanptly, of Madison County, Illinois. Their union has been blest with nine children, seven of whom are living. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, an Odd Fellow and a Knight of Pythias. His father was killed by a team running away in St. Louis in 1858. His mother died in 1871. They had ten children, five boys and five girls; seven are yet living, Daniel being the third son and fifth child. John Schmook Mr. Schmook is a son of Michael and Fredricka (Zeuner) Schmook, and was born in Berlin, Prussia, August 29th, 1825. He was educated in his native city, and learned the cabinet maker's trade under his father, serving some four years. From April 1st, 1846 to April 1st, 1849 he served in the Prussian army in the engineer corps. In 1850 he returned home to civil life and started in the cabinet business, which he follow- ed until 1854. In September of that year he crossed the Atlantic and landed at New York, where he lived for a year and a half, and then he "came West." He first stopped at Iowa City, where he lived until 1856, and then went to New Orleans, then to Leavenworth, Kansas City and St. Joe. Not liking the business outlook in the places he visited, he re- turned to Iowa City, and remained there until 1859, when he came to Springfield, Missouri, and worked for Ebert, Hurst & Co., furniture dealers and manufacturers. He next went into business for himself. He accumulated quite a competency, and is and has been identified with all the leading industries and enterprises of the city. He has represented the third ward in the city council twice. He was married in St. Louis in 1865 to Miss Anna Kirfer. Their union has been blest with thirteen children, ten boys and three girls; five boys and one girl are living. Mr. Schmook is a substantial citizen and a public-spirited gentleman. Valentine Schuller The subject of this sketch was born in Chilicothe, Ohio, February 20, 1852. He began "braking" on the 'Frisco in 1874, and was advanced to a conductorship on October 4, 1878, and has been running a train ever since. Mr. Schuller belongs to Ozark Division, No. 30, O. R. C. Nov- ember 25, 1879, he was married to Miss Alla D. Lawson, by whom he has one child, a son, named Verner, born October 15, 1882. W. M. Schultz W. M. Schultz was born in Claiborne county, Tennessee, December 7th, 1845. His father, Jacob Schultz, came to this county in 1858, and settled on a large farm two miles southwest of Springfield, where he resided until his death, in 1865. Here the subject of this sketch still lives, having made farming his vocation in life. In February, 1863, he enlisted in the cause of the Sunny South, joining Capt. Brown's comany, of Green's regiment and Marmaduke's division. Sub- sequent to this, he was on Gen. Polignac's escort, and still later was transferred to Waller's Texas regiment. He was through the Banks campaign in Louisiana, and surrendered at Marshall, Texas. Returning to his Greene county farm, he has since paid his attention to farming and stock raising, and owns a place of two hundred acres of fine land. Mr. Schultz was married June 4, 1881, to Miss L. E. Payne, a native of this county, and a daughter of Jacob Payne, one of the early settlers of Greene. One child has been born of this union, a son, named Jacob P. Schultz. Mr. Schultz is one of the steady, substantial men of the county, and does well his part in life as a tiller of the soil. Prof. Edward M. Shepard Professor Shepard is a son of Samuel and Mary (Dennis) Shepard, and was born at Winsted, Conn., May 15, 1854. In 1871 and 1872 he followed civil engineering on the Chicago and Northwestern, and the Boston and New York railroads. He graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts, in the class of 1878, receiving the degree of A. M. He arranged the museum at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. In 1878, he was called to the chair of natural science at Waynesburg College, Pennsylvania, but resigned to accept a similar call from Drury College, at Springfield, Missouri. He was married June 28, 1881 to Miss Harriet E. Ohlen, of Madison, New York, a graduate of the Vassar College in the class of 1874. She was lady principal of Drury College for three years. Prof. Shepard's father died in 1872 at Norfolk, Connecticut. His mother is living here with him. They had three children, the professor being the oldest. Henry Sheppard Henry Sheppard, among the early people of Greene County, was the man who made and left the best impression. He was born in Cumberland coun- ty, New Jersey, on November 8th, 1821, of the seventh generation from the original settler of his name. His father was a quiet man of moder- ate means who gave to his sons what education he could in schools and at home taught them, by precept and by example, industry, self-reliance and truth. The mother was a deeply religious woman. Henry, the oldest son, an ambitious and independent boy, supported himself from the age of fifteen. He was trained in business by an old-fashioned Philadelphia firm; and he learned well their lessons of judgement and labor. During these years of youth his chief recreation were a literary society and the volunteer fire company to which he belonged. Often after a hard day in the store he would run miles with his engine and work for hours at night, sometimes in stations of danger. A vent for his superabun- dant energy was necessary, and he found it in this innocent excitement. During this period he joined the church of Dr. Albert Barnes, whose influence on his life was great and good. Leaving Philadelphia with the savings of his salary and full credit on his late employers' book, he went in 1843 to Camden, Ark., where he remained about a year. The place was good for trade, and he always spoke warmly of the simplicity and honor of the people among whom he dwelt; but he was unwilling to take his promised wife to so unhealthy a country. He came to Spring- field in 1844 and went into business with his friend Clement Jaggard, now a wealthy citizen of Altoona, Pa. He found a good climate and agreeable people. The place, though a mere hamlet, was promising, and his business prospered. In 1845 he went to New Jersey and married Miss Rhoda Nixon, the young lady to whom he had been attached from early youth. For the next sixteen years his life was a busy one. A thriving trade, droves of stock collected and sent to other places as distant as California, a temporary business in Fort Smith, Ark., preparations to take part in the Mexican War ended by the sudden peace, and other like things, occupied him closely; but this material life was softened by a happy home, by sociality, by friendship, and by charity; it was made honorable by his uprightness, by his ever developing intellect, and by his courage. Mr. Jaggard returned to Pennsylvania in 1850 and Mr. Sheppard formed a partnership with John S. Kimbrough, now of Clinton, Mo., which continued until the war separated them. The friendship thus begun was ended only by death. In 1861, Mr. Sheppard threw himself with all his heart into the cause of the Union. He was a Democrat and a slaveholder, owning a few domestic servants and satisfied that it was right to own them, but he was none the less a Union man. He served in the army in various grades from private to brigadier general. When he reached the latter rank his small stock of strength had all been given to his country, and he resigned, never to enjoy health again. On the 8th of January, 1863, with his regiment, he greatly assisted in repell- ing Marmaduke's attack on Springfield, which saved immense stores of food, clothing, and ammunition to the United States. This success pre- served the fruits of the war in Southwest Missouri, which would other- wise have been lost. That day's fight was as heroic as Corse's defense of Allatoona, for it was made with but little shelter of fortifications and with no hope of succor. After the war Col. Sheppard was engaged in active business till 1868, when he retired. Thenceforth he attended to the light duties of a bank director, and he managed his property; but most of the time he passed at his beautiful home, occupied with reading writing, and horticulture. He was very fond of trees and of gardening, and in his success with fruit took more pride than in any other thing. In 1874 he was attacked with pneumonia, which assumed a chronic form. The loss of a dear daughter in 1875, so depressed him that he was un- able to rally, and thenceforth he gradually declined. Yet his illness, though painful, was not dark. He recovered his spirits in a great de- gree, he traveled, he read, he enjoyed the society of his friends, and his unselfish tenderness to his family grew with the passing years. At last on December 19th, 1879, in the City of New Orleans, among his nearest and dearest, with sunshine and flowers about him, he fearlessly almost gayly went out of the painful prison of his body into the pres- ence of his long loved Father. He left one son and one daughter, Francis, a retired officer of the navy, and Margaret. His other two children died before him. Col. Sheppard was six feet tall and very slender, with black hair, gray eyes and a striking appearance. His manner, though decided, was kind and engaging; but he became stern in the presence of anything offensive to his moral sense. He never filled a political office, though interested and influential in politics; and he was not affiliated with any of the secret societies. He was an ex- cellent writer, mastering his subject, treating it originally, putting his personality into the lines, knowing what to bring out and how to arrange, and possessing an easy and rapid but pointed and epigrammatic style. He was logical and clear, in speech or on paper; and he was strong in a playful sarcasm that convinced without wounding. His style was formed and maintained by careful reading through life of Shakes- peare, Macaulay, Scott, Irving, Motley, Prescott, Bancroft and Thack- eray, besides the standard poets and a great miscellany. He had a large fund of information which he constantly increased. Though he always regretted that he had not a college training, it is doubtful if many graduates are, at forty, better mentally equipped than he was; while in the careful and sympathetic courtesy which was born with him he had something no school ever gave. He was a natural gentleman. He was also a delightful social companion, reassuring, appreciative, full of gayety, unassuming knowledge and pleasant humorous talk; and he had the faculty of inducing his comrades of the hour, were they high or low to show only their good qualities. His personal purity was unquestion- ed; he hated meanness, and he lived the poor. None but himself knew the extent of his charity, but some persons knew it was large. A vol- ume could be written on the excellencies of this man, for he was most noble in nature. He was widely known and honored; and the better men knew him, the more they respected him. Doubtless he had faults; he was a man, but the memory of his virtues shine so brightly in the minds of those who knew him well, that its brilliancy either hides his defeats or else makes them seem to be adornments, even as the sun turns the near clouds to gold. In him, will and courtesy, resolution and defer- ence, purity and humor, tenacity and integrity, bravery and modesty, justice towards man and duty towards God, were so beautifully blended and harmonized that no person could name the one thing that gave him so much influence and love. T. A. Sherwood Hon. Thomas Adiel Sherwood was born at Eatonton, in Putnam County, Georgia, June 2, 1834, where he spent his early life. His father, Rev. Adiel Sherwood, D. D., was a Baptist clergyman of great learning and prominence, who was born and reared at Fort Edward, in the State of New York. The family were of English extraction. Dr. Thomas Sherwood, and Andrew, his brother, immigrated to this country during its colonial period, from Nottinghamshire, England, and settled in Connecticut. Dr. Thomas Sherwood was the grandfather of Major Adiel Sherwood, who served in the war of the Revolution under Gen. George Washington, and was pre- sent with him at Valley Forge, and in several of the battles of that memorable war. Major Adiel Sherwood was the father of Rev. Doctor Adiel Sherwood, and grandfather of the subject of this sketch. In 1852 Rev. Doctor Sherwood, for several years president of Shurtleff College, and the author of several theological works, removed from Alton, Illinois, whither he had removed from Georgia, and settled at Cape Girardeau, in the State of Missouri, and with him came his son, Thomas Adiel, then a young man 18 years of age. Young Sherwood had already acquired a good education at Mercer University, Georgia, which he completed at Shurt- leff College, Alton, Illinois. After leaving college he studied law, occasionally teaching school, until he graduated at the Cincinnati, Ohio, Law School, April, 1857. At school and college he was a thorough and diligent student, and completely mastered whatever he attempted to learn. After his graduation he received a license to practice law in Missouri, from the Hon. Harrison Hough (then Judge of the 10th Judicial circuit), at Charleston, Mississippi County, in May, 1857. In January, 1858, Mr. Sherwood removed to Neosho, the county seat of Newton County, Missouri, where he located and practiced his profession until 1859, when he removed to Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri, where he remained until 1863. On the 18th day of June, 1861, he married Mary Ellen Young, daughter of G. R. and N. Young. In December, 1863, Mr. Sherwood moved to Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, where he re- sided until January, 1868, then removed to his farm about two and one half miles southwest of that city, where he has since resided, although from August, 1876 to the fall of 1882, he and his family resided temp- orarily in St. Louis. While he was engaged in the practice of law at Springfield, his extensive business led him to visit the circuit courts of most counties in Southwest Missouri, nearly all of which at that time could be reached only on horseback or by carriage. And many were the hardships endured, and diversified and sometimes amusing the occur- rences encountered, by the attorney of that day in this part of the State. Mr. Sherwood, although by nature of a retiring disposition, was soon recognized by his associates at the bar as a young man of unusual ability and untiring industry. He was from the beginning eminently de- voted to his profession, and sought not only to know the rules of law but the reason therefor. And his arguments were uniformly marked by unusual care and research, and by a skill and knowledge of the law rarely possessed by one of his experience. In 1872, Mr. Sherwood was nominated by the Missouri Democrats for Judge of the Supreme Court, to which office he was elected for ten years at the general election following. He presided as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Miss- ouri, from January 1, 1876 until the expiration of his first term of office January 1, 1883. In 1882, he was again nominated for the same position and duly elected at the general election in that year, as his own successor, for a second term of ten years; which office he now holds. In the performance of his official duties, Judge Sherwood has even more than sustained his reputation as a lawyer. Careful, learned, painstaking, and first of all, his published opinions have made a record which places him among the foremost jurists of the land. Judge Sherwood is progressive in his style of thought; holding enlarged and liberal views on all subjects, and fully alive to the changes that are constantly taking place in the business methods and relations of men. In his hands we may be assured that our system of jurisprudence will ever keep pace with the growing necessities of the times, and the real progress of the country. Still in the prime and vigor of manhood, a man of real merit, devoid of ostentation, dignified in manner, possess- ing eminent legal learning, an iron will, and earnestly devoted to the faithful performance of the duties of the office which he holds, Judge Sherwood has fully realized the fondest expectations of his friends and fully merits the honors he has so fairly won. Frank A. Shipman Mr. Shipman is a son of Jesse P. and Lydia (Huber) Shipman, and was born at Findley, Hancock County, Ohio on April 13, 1858. He came to Springfield in May, 1866, where he was educated in the public schools. He clerked one year in a queensware house, and then for ten years was clerk in the bookstore of A. R. Fearn. He became a partner in the house February 1, 1882 and the firm is now A. R. Fearn & Co. They have the largest book, stationery and wall paper store in Southwest Missouri, and do both a wholesale and retail business. Mr. Shipman is a member of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church. Jesse Shipman, the father of our subject, was born at Bloomington, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1827. He first moved to Ohio, from there to Chillicothe, Mo., and in 1866 to Springfield, Missouri, where he died September 24, 1876. His widow is still living in Springfield. They had three sons and one daughter. Dewitt Shockley This gentleman is the son of Benjamin and Lilly (Beal) Shockley, and was born in Giles county, Tennessee, August 9th, 1839. His parents came to Greene county, Missouri in 1841, where Dewitt grew to manhood and was educated. When he was quite young he began farming, settling upon a farm near the Shockley homestead. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, 8th Missouri Cavalry, under Col. Geiger. He was at the battles Prairie Grove and Little Rock, and participated in many skirm- ishes. He was mustered out of service in November, 1865, and in the same year was married to Miss Clarissa Brown. She was born in Tenn., May 7th, 1848. She was reared in Searcy county, Arkansas, and lived there until 1862, and then came to this county. They are blessed with a family of five children, three girls and two boys. Mr. Shockley owns a farm of two hundred and ten acres of good land, and is one of the substantial citizens of the county. He and his wife are members of the Christian church.
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