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Biography of Captain C.W. Brown

CAPT. C. W. BROWN. This gentleman is the very efficient collector of Christian County, Missouri, is public spirited, takes a deep interest in all the affairs of his section, and is popular and well liked by all classes. Since 1873 he has made his home in this county, but was formerly a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, from which place he enlisted in the Federal Army in May, 1861, becoming a member of Gen. Sigel’s command, under whom he served during the battles of Wilson’s Creek and Pea Ridge. He was afterward in the siege of Vicksburg, and during the latter part of the war held the rank of captain. For about two years after the war closed he was on duty in Texas, and served in all about six years. After following various occupations until 1873, he came to Christian County, Arkansas, and engaged in farming in this county, and is the owner of a fertile farm of eighty acres six miles southwest of Ozark, where he has a comfortable residence. For the past ten years he has traveled throughout southern Missouri as a special agent, and is well known from the Kansas line to the Iron Mountain Railroad. He has been successful in business, has a sufficient amount of this world’s goods to keep him in comfort the rest of his life, all of which is the result of his own efforts. He has held the position of United States timber agent, United States deputy marshal and has been postmaster at Ozark, Grant and other places. In politics he has ever been a stanch Republican and is...

Biography of Jacob Yocum

JACOB YOCUM. Stone County has been fortunate in being developed by men who are not only ambitious but broad-minded and farseeing. Many portions of it are as attractive as though laid out by a landscape gardener and reminds one of the beautiful Champs d’Elysee of which Paris is so proud. In all the county there is no more diversity of scenery than in Washington township, and that portion of it in which our subject lives. Jacob Yocum is a native of this county, or what is now Stone County, born in 1837. Son of Levi and Mary (Patterson) Yocum, who were among the first settlers of what is now Stone County. Both died in this county, the father about 1852 and the mother three years later. They were worthy and earnest members of the Methodist Church. The grandfather, James Yocum (the name was formerly spelled Yoachum), it is thought was a German, and was one of the first white men to make a home in what is now Stone County, this being at the mouth of James River. Yoachum Creek was named for him and the name of Yoachum is a household word to every old settler and their descendents in this region of country. Grandfather Patterson was also a very early settler of this county and passed his last days on James River. The eight children born to the parents of our subject were named as follows: Elizabeth, who married J. M. Pollen, returned to our subject’s home after the death of her husband, residing there eight years, then went to her farm in Lawrence County and married...

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