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Biography of Joseph Voohers

JOSEPH VOOHERS. In reviewing the leading industries of the town of Willow Springs, the mercantile interests claim special attention. Mr. Joseph Voohers, one of the leading merchants of the place, is esteemed on all sides for his enterprise and just methods, and has many warm friends. He is a native of Missouri, born January 24, 1853. The son of Dr. James B. Voohers, who was an early pioneer of Missouri. The Doctor was born in the Buckeye State, and practiced his profession many years in Springfield, Illinois, Booneville, Missouri, and St. Louis. His death occurred in 1855. Our subject received his education in the schools of Illinois, and when but a boy started out to fight his own way in life, first as a clerk. This he followed up to 1879, when he became a member of the general merchandising company of J. M. Gibberson & Co., of Elsah, Illinois, continuing with the same for two years. After this he moved to north Missouri, clerked for some time, and then on account of poor health emigrated to Howell County, located at Burnham, where he was engaged in general merchandising for four years. Following this he went to Kansas and for four years was engaged in the lumber business. In 1888 he returned to Howell County, and as his health was better there, he opened up a clothing business on First Street, and later a general mercantile business. In 1890 he built the store building on the corner of Center and Second Street, a two-story brick, 24×103, and he has a large stock of general merchandise. He carries a stock...

Biography of S. J. Holt

S. J. HOLT. S. J. Holt, manager of the West Plains Electric Light Company, of which Holt & Fallett are the proprietors, is one of the most successful and prominent business men in the city. The above mentioned business was established in 1889. This company is running the city lights and is doing a milling business, in all about $20,000 per year. Mr. Holt is a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., and his father being a prominent saw mill man, our subject grew up in that business. He became interested in a saw mill at that place, but left there and came to West Plains and bought out the planing mill business here. He has made a success of this venture, and Mr. G. M. Fallett, who came to this section from the Empire State, became connected with him in business. Both are honorable and energetic business men who have been active supporters of all measures for the benefit and upbuilding of the localities in which they live. Mr. Holt came to south Missouri in 1883 and first took a position as general manager for the South Missouri Lumber Company at Burnham, this county. He continued with this company a number of years and then embarked in the saw mill business at Birch Tree, Missouri, continuing this one year. After this he was general manager for the Kansas City Lumber Company at Sedgwick, Arkansas, for some time, so that when he embarked in business for himself he had had a wide experience. The enterprise he and Mr. Follett now carry on is one of the largest in the city...

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