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Biographical Sketch of George Tuggle

The subject of this sketch,¬†George Tuggle, is a native of Daviess county, and was born September 19, 1848. He lived with his parents on the farm until he reached his fifteenth year, when the spirit of adventure taking possession of him, he ran away from home and started out to seek his fortune in the wild West Denver, Colorado, was to be his destination, but before reaching the boundary line of that great mineral State, the wagon-train which he accompanied became snow-bound and was forced to abandon the trip. Nothing daunted at this disastrous turn of affairs, George bravely faced about and journeyed homeward from Nebraska City, Nebraska, on foot, and thus brought to an end his thoughts of a life in that country. He received an elementary education in the public schools of Monroe township, supplemented by an attendance at the district school at Barnesville, Clinton county, for one year, and completed by a four years course in the Westminster College, at Fulton, Missouri, graduating in 1874 from the scientific department. Returning home he devoted his energies to work upon the farm in summer and teaching school in winter, until the spring of 1876. In this last mentioned year Mr. Tuggle was appointed deputy county clerk by John P. Smith, remaining during that gentleman’s term of office, and was appointed to the same position by his successor, P. R. Dunn, January 1, 1879, and still holds that position, and by his courteous demeanor and prompt attention, gives general satisfaction to all. Mr. Tuggle was united in marriage to Miss Emma R. Davis, of Fulton, Missouri, May 4, 1876....

Biography of Thomas S. Barnes

THOMAS S. BARNES, merchant and farmer of Barnesville, Reynolds County, Missouri, and one of the representative men of the county, was born January 11, 1835, in Wilkes County, N. C. His father, Thomas Barnes, was born in North Carolina, but his grandfather, Edward Barnes, although born in the United States, was of Irish parentage, his father and mother coming to America prior to the Revolutionary War. Thomas Barnes, father of subject, was reared and married in his native State and there remained until about 1835, when he started for the West, coming through by wagon. He brought his family and located at Pilot Knob, Iron County, where he bought land and farmed for some time. In 1837 he sold out and came to this section of the State, locating at Barnesville, which was then in Ripley County, but now in Reynolds County. He bought a tract of land, but soon after entered more land, and engaged in farming, following the same until his death, in 1860. He accumulated a good living and was in much better condition than the majority of emigrants. Being one of the early settlers, he saw the country change from its primitive condition, and assisted materially in that change. For many years he followed milling, owning a water mill on Logan Creek, and he also operated a distillery for a number of years. In those days game was abundant and many pleasant hours were passed by Mr. Barnes in hunting. He was twice married and three children were born to his first union: James, Rebecca and William, all of whom came to Missouri and here...

Biography of M. L. Copeland

M. L. COPELAND. The subject of this sketch is one who has built, by years of industry and good management, a business that is recognized as being one of the best of its kind in this section, a credit to Reynolds County. Mr. Copeland is a man who possesses the inherent qualities requisite to commercial success, in a very high degree, and in his chosen calling has attained an enviable position among his compeers. He is a prominent merchant at Barnesville, and was born in Reynolds County, Missouri, December 24, 1855, to the marriage of William and Elizabeth (Ellington) Copeland. The elder Copeland was born in North Carolina as was his father, Landon Copeland, who came to Reynolds County at an early day, settling on Logan Creek, where he followed farming. He came to this county by wagon and was one of the prominent men in the county in his day. He reared a family of eight children: James, William, Lott, and others not remembered. William Copeland came to this county when a small boy, grew to mature years, and became one of the successful and enterprising farmers and merchants of the same. Early in life he began merchandising at Barnesville at a time when he was obliged to have his goods hauled by ox teams from St. Louis. Until 1876 he carried on this business, when his death occurred. He was living at Ironton during the war and lost all his possessions during that time. When he returned to Barnesville all he had left was the land of that place. He was one of the best known men...

Biography of Dr. W. A. Copeland

DR. W. A. COPELAND. Fortunate as it is in its older physicians, Reynolds County is no less fortunate in the bright galaxy of younger physicians and surgeons, who, during the past few years, have made a reputation for themselves and added luster to the professional status of the county and State. One of the best known of the latter class is Dr. W. A. Copeland, of Barnesville, who was born on Logan Creek November 24, 1858, son of William Copeland. The Doctor grew up on the old home farm, attending the early subscription school and the district school, and made good use of his opportunities to obtain an education. When a young man he started a mill on Logan Creek, but this burned down about the year 1882. While following the life of a miller he began his medical studies, and after continuing this for about three years entered the St. Louis Medical College, where he completed his course in 1883. Following this he began practicing in Barnesville, Missouri, and soon built up an excellent practice over that section of the country. He is a man of the most agreeable manners, pleasant and gifted in conversation, sympathetic and generous; in fact he combines qualities that eminently fit him for a practitioner, while his earnest investigations and careful weighing of subjects fit him most admirably for this most important calling. His career has been rapidly upward, but all the distinction he has received is deserved. As a surgeon he excels, and although still a young man he possesses great energy and the most worthy ambition, being recognized by all as...

Biography of Dr. John H. Moore

DR. JOHN H. MOORE, who has made his home in this county for a number of years, came originally from St. Francois County, Missouri, where his birth occurred on the 27th of January, 1838. His father, Dr. Robert Moore, who was a practicing physician in Iron and St. Francois Counties, Missouri, for years, died in the former county in 1854. He was born in Smith County, Tennessee, in 1807, and was a son of Armstead Moore, who was of Irish parentage. The father of our subject began the practice of medicine when twenty-one years of age, and about the year 1830 came to Missouri from Illinois. He settled in St. Francois County, but subsequently moved to Iron County, where he carried on a successful practice for many years. While in Tennessee he met and married Miss Mary Baugh, member of a prominent family of that State, and five children were the fruits of their union: Amanda, the widow of Col. Frank McGhee; Tobitha (now deceased) married Sim Frazier; Mary; Armsted was a soldier in the Union Army, and died in service; and John H., subject. Dr. Moore, father of these children, was one of the first practicing physicians of this section of the State. He was a strong Democrat in politics. His wife is still living in Arcadia, Iron County. Our subject, Dr. John H. Moore, attended the schools of Arcadia and began the study of medicine in 1857, going to Texas and studying with an uncle, Dr. Bert Moore. In 1860 he began practicing at Piedmont, but remained there only a short time, after which he went to...

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