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Biographical Sketch of Joseph A. Wickham

Joseph A. Wickham was born in Monroe, Michigan, November 14, 1844. When he arrived at the age of ten years his father died, and he left his native place and went to Brunswick, Chariton county, Missouri, to live with an uncle. There he lived for five years and attended the common schools of that place. In 1861 he served in the Missouri State Guards under General John B. Clark, and in 1862 went to Norwalk, Huron county, Ohio, to finish the jeweler’s trade under James A. Wilkinson, with whom he worked a year before leaving Brunswick. In 1863 he enlisted in Company C, Sixty-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served during the war; was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, and received his honorable discharge at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1865. Returning to Norwalk he was engaged by his old employer in the jewelry business, and remained with him until the following February, when, he removed to Richmond, Missouri, and established himself in the jewelry business. In Richmond he remained until 1872, then came to Gallatin and opened his present drug and jewelry store. Mr. Wickham was elected mayor of Gallatin in 1875 and reelected in 1876. In the spring of 1877 he was appointed city treasurer of Gallatin, and is now serving his fifth consecutive term in that responsible office of trust, honored and held in universal esteem by the citizens of Gallatin. On the first day of February, 1872, Mr. Wickham was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Cunningham, of Richmond, Missouri. They have four children; Frank, Alfred, Herbert and Charles. Mrs. Wickham is a member of the Old School Presbyterian...

Biography of John H. Townsend

John H. Townsend was born at Smyrna, Costa (now Kent) county, Delaware, March 16, 1843. When seven years of age his parents removed to Madison county, Indiana, and settled at Collinsville, where he lived with them until he reached the age of eighteen years, and was there educated. On leaving home in 1861 he went to Placerville, California. On his arrival there he had but six dollars. On the first day after his arrival he was employed as a clerk by B. Meacham, a dry goods merchant, at a salary of six hundred dollars per year and board, and remained with him until 1865, receiving an increase of salary each year. By investing his earnings in mining stock and loaning he accumulated enough to return to the East. Leaving Placerville in October, 1865, by steamer, and by way of the Nicaragua route, arriving at Brunswick, Missouri, where his parents had removed to during his absence, in the following November. In the spring of 1866 he engaged in the mercantile business at Brunswick with his uncle, Luke Townsend, in the firm name of L. & J. H. Townsend. Their co-partnership was of short duration as his uncle died in nine months after. However, young Townsend purchased his uncle’s interest of the executors and continued in business at that place until December, 1874. In this latter year he came to Gallatin and in April, 1875, established his present business, carrying on the dry goods and grocery business, separately, on an extensive scale and is one of the staunch business men of Gallatin. December 3, 1868, Mr. Townsend married Miss Arbetia V....

Biography of John D. Coulson

John D. Coulson was born near McMinnville, Warren county, Tennessee, February 9, 1807, and was there reared and educated. He attended the old time subscription schools, taught in a log cabin with dirt floor, warmed from a huge fireplace, seats of split logs raised on pegs, and the only window being the space left by an absent log; thus he acquired his early education, and there he lived until he attained his twenty-third year. Leaving his old home in 1829, he journeyed toward the West, and arrived at St. Louis on the 3d of March, the eve of General Jackson’s inauguration as President of the United States, and for whom he had cast his first vote. He arrived in Howard county on the 8th of March, stopped on a visit to his sister, and was soon after employed by Bull & Graves, of Old Chariton, as a clerk, remaining until the 18th of August, when he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Lewis, a sister-in-law of Mr. Graves. With his bride he then took a pleasure trip to his old home in Tennessee, returning in November and settling in Chariton county, where he engaged in farming, stock-raising and hunting-enjoying the latter sport especially. In November, 1840, he removed to Daviess county and settled on a farm two miles south-west of Gallatin, which he improved and lived on until 1869, then sold out and removed to Gallatin, where he now resides. In 1854 Mr. Coulson was elected one of the county judges, and in 1860 was again elected to the same position, holding it during and until the...

Biographical Sketch of David H. Coulson

David H. Coulson, son of John D. Coulson, was born in Chariton County, Missouri, near the town of Keytesville, November 16, 1830. He remained in the place of his birth until he was about seven years of age when his father moved to Howard County, Missouri, where the family remained about two years. In 1839 the family came to Daviess County and settled in Union township. David remained at home until he was about twenty-one years of age. Mr. Coulson was engaged in farming in Union township, Daviess County, Missouri, for three years. He then moved to Liberty Township, where he remained one year. Removing a short distance from this place, he gave his attention for about eleven years to farming and stock-raising. Moving then to Sheridan township he purchased land in section thirty-five where he is now living. In 1860 Mr. Coulson went to Nevada City where he was engaged in mining about eighteen months. He returned home in 1862 when he was enrolled in the Home Guard Militia, and served at intervals during the war. Mr. Coulson was married, in 1852, to Miss Elizabeth J. McBrayer. They have had six children: Samuel D., Sarah M., Thomas R., May C., William B. and Charles...

Biography of Rev. Joseph F. Lubeley

Rev. Joseph F. Lubeley, pastor of the Holy Trinity church at Fourteenth and Mallinckrodt streets in St. Louis, was born in Lockhaven, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1873, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Selter) Lubeley, both of whom were natives of Germany, where they were reared and married. Immediately after that important event in their lives they sailed for the United States, taking up their abode at Lockhaven, Pennsylvania, where the father taught school and also served as organist in the church. In 1877 he came to St. Louis and was made teacher and organist in St. Liborius parish, with which he was connected to the time of his death in 1895. His widow survives and resides with a daughter on a farm in St. Charles county, Missouri. Joseph F. Lubeley of this review attended the St. Liborius school and afterward was a student in St. Francis College at Quincy, Illinois, there pursuing his college work and course in philosophy, remaining as a student in that institution for six years. He was then sent to Innsbruck, where he attended the Jesuit University for four years, and in 1895, not having reached the canonical age, he taught at St. Francis seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a year. On the 4th of July, 1896, he was ordained to the priesthood in St. Anthony’s church of St. Louis by Archbishop J. J. Kain. He then served as assistant to Father Hoffman of St. Henry’s church, where he continued his labors until December 1, 1900, at which time he was appointed pastor of sacred Heart church at Troy, Missouri, over which he presided until...

Biography of Arthur Ogden Archer

Arthur Ogden Archer, who is president of the Archer Petroleum Company of St. Louis, in which city he has resided since 1912, was born in Stock township, Noble county, Ohio, and spent his youthful days upon his father’s farm. He represents one of the old and highly respected families of the Buckeye state, its men always being inspired by courage, fidelity and loyalty to duty. His grandfather, Absalom Archer, was a son of Simon Archer and was born in Stock township, where he devoted his life to agricultural pursuits. He wedded Rhoda Swainey, who belonged to one of the pioneer families of that district, and they became the parents of five children: Isaac, who became a Union soldier in the Civil war and died at the front in 1865; Aaron; Adaline, whose daughter, Rhoda McGovern, Is a Sister of Charity in Nebraska; George W.; and Andrew Jackson, who died in boyhood. Of this family Aaron Archer became the father of Arthur O. Archer and was born in Stock township, Noble county, October 24, 1844. Following the inauguration of hostilities between the north and the south he joined Company G of the One Hundred and Eighty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry and during the war was injured in an explosion at Chattanooga, Tennessee, but after a brief period spent in a hospital rejoined his regiment. Following his discharge he resumed the occupation of farming, in which he was engaged until 1890, when he removed to Caldwell, Ohio. He married Cordelia Riddle, a daughter of Michael and Susanna Riddle, her father being one of the substantial citizens of that community. Mr. and Mrs....

Biography of Walter A. Long

Among the bright and promising young attorneys of Christian County, Missouri, is Walter A. Long, who has secured a satisfactory degree of worldly success by reason of his personal traits and the exercise of unmistakable business ability. His natural acumen, added to the thorough education he received in his youth, makes him judicious in law, and his desire to reach the highest possible position in the profession keeps him ever on the alert to add to his knowledge by observation and study. For the past six years he has practiced his profession in this and other counties of the State, and his career thus far before the bar illustrates how admirably adapted he is to prosecute this most exalted of professions. Mr. Long is a native of this State, born near Westville, Chariton County, October 2, 1856. He is a son of L. D. and Nancy (Reagan) Long, and grandson of John S. Long. The Long family is of Irish origin, and the family tree took root in Virginia at an early day, some members of this family serving in the Revolutionary War. Later the Longs emigrated to Kentucky and settled in Madison County, where the members took up large tracts of land. In this State the father of our subject was born in 1810, and there grew to mature years. He was married there to Miss Reagan a native of that State, and together they emigrated to Missouri in 1847, settling in Chariton County, where they made their home until July 22, 1864, when the father was killed by a band of bushwhackers. He had enlisted in the...

Biography of Anthony Wayne Fairchild, M. D.

Anthony Wayne Fairchild, M. D. The work which he had done as a member of the medical profession in Fall River had already attracted much attention to Doctor Fairchild, whose attainments and abilities are much above the average. Not only does a large clientage esteem him for his services, but his wife, Mrs. Fairchild, is likewise a graduate physician and had a considerable practice, specializing in discases of the eye. The Fairchild family originated in England, coming to America in Colonial times. Doctor Fairchild’s grandfather was Minor Fairchild, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1818, and became a pioneer farmer in Missouri. He died in Chariton County of the latter state in 1899. Minor Fairchild married Miss Goodwin, who was born in Pennsylvania and died in St. Charles County, Missouri. Dr. Anthony Wayne Fairchild was born at Wentzville, Missouri, June 1, 1878. His father is H. W. Fairchild, who was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in 1851, but when a young man came with his parents to Wentzville, Missouri. He was married at Wentzville to Miss Emma Hines, also a native of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where she was born in 1850. H. W. Fairchild followed school teaching and farming for many years, but finally removed to the City of St. Louis, where he was in the insurance business and subsequently became a merchant. He now lives at St. Louis and had a farm outside the city limits. He is a republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. He and his wife have the following children: Ida, who...

Biography of Otto F., Dierker, M. D.

Otto F. Dierker, M. D. Among the well-established physicians and surgeons of Lincoln County, Kansas, no one is held more trustworthy than Dr. Otto F. Dierker, who had been suecessfully engaged in the practice of his profession at Sylvan Grove, Kansas, since 1905, coming here shortly after his graduation from college and the securing of his degree. It is creditable both to Doctor Dierker and to the people of this pleasant little city that the cordial relations established at this time have never been severed, there being warm friendship, trust and appreciation on both sides. Doctor Dierker had built up a large and substantial practice through his professional knowledge and skill and at present is serving as city health officer. Otto F. Dierker was born at Sweet Springs in Saline County, Missouri, February 1, 1882, and is a son of William F. and Adeline (Schelp) Dierker, still residing at Sweet Springs. The paternal grandfather, Frederick Dierker, was born in Hanover, Germany, and came with his family to America in 1853. His business was farming and he settled in Franklin County, Missouri. From there in 1874 he removed to Saline County, Missouri, and there engaged in agricultural pursuits until the end of his life. William F. Dierker, his son and father of Doctor Dierker, was born in 1853, in Germany, and was reared in Franklin County, Missouri, later becoming a farmer in Saline County and in 1914 retired from active work on his farm. In that county he was married to Adeline Schelp, who was born in 1860, at Concordia in Lafayette County, Missouri, and eight children were born to...

Houses of the Missouri Tribe

In the narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition appears this record: “June 13, 1804. We passed a bend of the river. Missouri and two creeks on the north, called the Round Bend creeks. Between these two creeks is the prairie, in which once stood the ancient village of the Missouri. Of this village there remains no vestige, nor is there any thing to recall this great and numerous nation, except a feeble remnant of about thirty families. They were driven from their original seats by the invasions of the Sauks and other Indians from the Mississippi, who destroyed at this village two hundred of them in one contest.”1 About 5 miles beyond they reached the mouth of Grand River which flows from the northwest, serves as the boundary between Carroll and Chariton Counties, Missouri, and enters the left bank of the Missouri River. Therefore the old village of the Missouri evidently stood at some point in the latter county. It was probably composed of a number of mat and bark covered lodges resembling the village of the Osage which stood a few miles farther up the river. Two days later, June 15, the party identified the site or remains of the former village of the Little Osage, and, so the narrative continues: “About three miles above them, in view of our camp is the situation of the old village of the Missouri after they fled from the Sauks.” From this village the few Missouri Indians appear to have sought refuge among the Oto, then living on the banks of the Platte. For Further Study For further study on...
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