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Biography of Natt T. Wagner

Natt T. Wagner manager of the bond department of the First National Bank of St. Louis was born in Asheville, North Carolina, June 12, 1883. His father, J. A. Wagner, is a native of Tennessee, while the latter’s father was a native of Virginia. J. A. Wagner became an architect, devoting his active life to the profession, but is now living retired in Asheville, North Carolina. He has been very prominent in community affairs and during the Civil war served as a captain in the Federal army. He married Emma Brown, who was born in Greene county, Tennessee, and has passed away. Natt T. Wagner is one of a family of nine children, all of whom have attained adult age and are living. He was a pupil in the public schools of Asheville, North Carolina, and in the Davidson College at Davidson, North Carolina, from which he was graduated in 1904 with the Bachelor of Science degree. He then entered the government service, being connected with the allotment of Indian lands in the Indian territory for two years. He then turned his attention to the contracting and bond business in Oklahoma and was thus engaged to the time when he assisted in the organization of a bank at Wichita Falls, Kansas, known as the National Bank of Commerce, of which he became the assistant cashier. He afterward engaged in the bond business in Texas and later was associated with Sweet, Causey, Foster & Company of Denver, Colorado, his time being thus passed until after America’s entrance into the World war. In 1918 he joined the army, becoming a first...

Biography of Hon. David Shelton

HON. DAVID SHELTON – Mr. Shelton, one of the very earliest of the pioneers of Washington Territory, who with Mr. L.B. Hastings and F.W. Pettigrove became a founder of Port Townsend, was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina, September 15, 1812. His father, Lewis Shelton, emigrated to the territory of Missouri in the year 1819, and settled in Saline county but kept on the advance wave of settlement, ever moving westward as the state settled up, and died in Andrew county in 1847. In this frontier life young David came to maturity, and on May 30, 1837, was married to Miss Frances Wilson. This was a young lad whose native place was Whitley County, Kentucky, and the date of her birth March 16, 1817. She had moved from Kentucky after the death of her father, David Wilson, with her mother to Missouri in 1829, and in 1835 had settled in Clinton county. After marriage this young couple moved into Buchanan county and settled near St. Joseph in 1838. In 1847, feeling their pioneer blood stirred by reports of the great West and of Oregon they gathered together all their household goods and effects, and on the 9th of May crossed the Missouri river about three miles above St. Joseph on their way to Oregon. They found the journey long and tedious, as it was accomplished wholly by ox-teams; and from the time of the crossing of the Missouri the way lay through an Indian country. They found the Pawnee Indians disposed to be saucy; for at the mouth of Plum creek on the Platte river the savages caught a...

Biography of John B. West

John B. West, the register of the land office, at Lewiston, was born in Leicester, North Carolina, July 31, 1861. The family to which he belongs is of English origin and its founders in America became residents of the south in colonial days and participated in the development of that part of the country, taking part in many of the events which go to form its history. Erwin West, the father of our subject, was a native of North Carolina and married Miss Caroline Dover, who was likewise born in that state. They had a family of fifteen children, eleven of whom are now living. The mother departed this life in 1898, at the age of sixty-seven years, but the father still resides on the old homestead, highly respected throughout the entire countryside where he has so long continued his residence. He owned an extensive plantation, and while not a slave-owner or a believer in slavery neither was he an abolitionist. His neighbors were slaveholders and he was willing that they should keep them, as he could see no feasible plan for doing away with the system. When the country became engaged in civil war, he was opposed to the severance of the Union, but such was the excitement and such was the pressure brought to bear on him that he was forced to join the Confederate forces. A number of his neighbors, however, who held views similar to his own, escaped to the north and joined the Union army to fight under the old flag. This so enraged the secessionists that they secured thirteen young boys, the sons...

Biographical Sketch of Harold Graham Alexander

Alexander, Harold Graham; treas. National Screw & Tack Co.; born, Cleveland, Sept. 5, 1882; son of W. D. B. and Lida Graham Alexander; educated at University School, Cleveland; Asheville School, Asheville, N. C.; Yale Scientific School (B. S.); married, Cleveland, June 9, 1908, Eleanor Quayle; issue, one daughter, Eleanor May 4,...

Biographical Sketch of Willis Stutson

Stutson, Willis; sales mgr. The Oldsmobile Co.; born, Lancaster, O., Jan. 28, 1884; son of Alverd and Emma Stutson; educated, Asheville schools, Asheville, N. C.; married, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 23, 1905, Ethel Crozier; issue, one daughter, Elizabeth Stutson; 1904-1905, special agt. New York Life Insurance Co., traveling out of Dayton, O.; 1905, 1906, 1907, has his own insurance business, writing general lines in Washington Court House, O.; 1909-1910, traveling salesman, out of Cleveland, for The White Co.; 1910-1911-1912, branch mgr. of The Winton Motor Carriage Co., at Columbus, 0.; at present sales mgr. for The Oldsmobile Co.; member B. P. O. E., Washington Court House, O., Lodge; member Automobile, and Advertising...

Garrett, Jesse Pelum – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Jesse Pelum Garrett passed away at the Walowa County hospital Sunday morning. He was taken to the hospital Saturday after his hip had been broken in a fall on Main Street. He was knocked to the sidewalk when some boys, who were wrestling, bumped into him. At the hospital he sank rapidly, apparently suffering from the shock. Mr. Garrett had been a resident of Wallowa County for about 52 years. He was born in Leicester, North Carolina, on April 3, 1863. When he was a young man he moved to Washington where he lived a few years before coming to Wallowa County. About 1895 or 1896 he filed on a homestead four miles west of Flora and this was his home until 12 or 15 years ago when he moved to Flora. For the past year he had lived in Enterprise. Mr. Garrett was never married. He is survived by two brothers, Willie and Ellen, of North Carolina; two nephews, Edwin Lee Garrett on the Grande Ronde River and Richard Garrett of Jacksonville, Oregon; and by three nieces, Mrs. Lila Botts, Mrs. Neva Botts and Mrs. Velma Osborn. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Howard Stover of the Community Church at Enterprise, will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o’clock at Flora with burial in the Flora cemetery. Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon. Contributed by Julie Botts (I have Jesse as dying July 5, 1948 in my database –...

Biography of J. H. Rash

From territorial days until the present the Rash family has been identified with the agricultural development of Oklahoma, and J. H. Rash is worthily sustaining the traditions of the name in this respect, being the owner of a well developed and modernly equipped farm property three miles west and two and one-half miles south of Wann, which in all of its appointments gives evidence of the progressive methods and enterprising spirit of the owner. Mr. Rash was born in Buncombe county, North Carolina, May 4, 1875, his parents being R. T.. and Mary Malinda (Frisbie) Rash, who made their way to Indian Territory in 1899, during an early period in its settlement. They left North Carolina with the intention of locating in Washington territory, but when they reached Missouri, the father sold their railroad tickets and settled in Benton County, that state, purchasing a farm, upon which the family resided for five years. They then came to Indian Territory, establishing their home on the Big Caney river, half way between Bartlesville and Dewey. Here the father devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits and also raised cattle and hogs, marketing his wheat at Coffeeville, Kansas. The parents are now living two and a half miles northeast of Dewey, on section 16, of which they own a part, this being within a ten-mile radius of where they first settled. Although seventy-six years of age, the father is still active in the operation of his farther and the mother has reached the age of seventy years. To their union were born nine children: Nancy, now the wife of R. J. Surett,...

Earl Thrash

Private, 81st Div., 318th F. A., Btn. F. Born in Buncombe County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Thrash. Entered service June 24, 1918, at Candler, N.C. Was sent to Camp Jackson, from there to Camp Mills. Went to France Aug. 8, 1918. Returned to USA June, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 23,...

J. B. Sawyer

Private, Light Artly., Btry C., 42nd Div., 155th Regt. Born in Buncombe County, 1895; son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Sawyer. Entered service June 24, 1918, at Asheville, N.C., and sent to Camp Jackson, transferred to Camp Stuart, Va. Sailed for France Aug. 21, 1918. Fought at Argonne Forest, Verdun, Sedan. Returned to USA April 20, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., May 13,...

Clifford W. Misenheimer

Private, T. M. C., 117th Co., 19th Div.; of Buncombe County; son of G. W. and Lou Misenheimer. Entered service May 18, 1918, at Asheville, N.C. Sent to Camp Meade, Md. Transferred to Camp Laurel. Sailed for France July 18, 1918. Returned to USA July 4, 1919, Hoboken. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., July 18,...
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