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Biography of Henry P. Robbins

Henry P. Robbins, editor in charge of the editorial page of the St. Louis Times, all round farm hand, court deputy clerk in a court of universal jurisdiction, secretary of a chamber of commerce, member of the bar, assistant to the president of companies which required a study of coal mines and markets, transportation, insurance and corporation law, a volunteer soldier, a printer and an all round newspaper man on weeklies and small city dailies, reporter for Chautauqua, stump speaker in every presidential campaign since his fifteenth year, student librarian in two colleges, school teacher and college tutor in Greek, secretary of two statehood delegations from Indian territory and Oklahoma territory to Washington, participant in or student of all sorts of conventions and conferences, correspondent for the old New York Sun, a student of men and measures with an acquaintance, through accident of residence, vocation or special duties, with prominent men of a score of states and with men of all sorts and conditions, came to St. Louis in September, 1913, as an editorial writer on the GlobeDemocrat under the late Captain Henry King. He remained with that paper for six years, resigning to accept his present position on The Times in September, 1919, because he opposed the policy of the Globe-Democrat on the League of Nations and wished to be in a position to express his views. Mr. Robbins is a native Missourian, born in Dallas County, September 13, 1873, but was taken by his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Martin V. Robbins, to Kansas in his infancy. His father was a pioneer Methodist preacher throughout southwestern Missouri and...

Biography of George W. Pearcy

GEORGE W. PEARCY. Ability, when backed by enterprising business measures and progressive ideas, will accomplish more than any other professional or commercial requirement. An illustration of this is found in the mercantile establishment owned and conducted by George W. Pearcy at Thornfield, MO. This gentleman was born in Platte County, Missouri, in 1848, but his parents, William H. and Jane (Henry) Pearcy, were born in Kentucky in 1813 and Indiana in 1818, respectively. After their marriage, which occurred in Indiana, they came to Platte County, Missouri, later removed to Dallas County, and when the subject of this sketch was four or five years old they came to Ozark County, locating on a farm on Bryant’s Fork where the mother died in 1858. The father afterward removed to Benton County, Arkansas, and later to Johnson County, where he died in 1877, having been a farmer throughout life, and in every sense of the word a self-made man. His father, George Pearcy, was of English descent, was a music teacher by occupation, and died in Platte County, Missouri Nothing is known of the maternal grandfather. After the death of his first wife, William H. Pearcy married again, his second wife being Eliza Scrivner, by whom he had two children: Samantha and Lafayette of Laclede County. George W. Pearcy, the immediate subject of this notice, is the fifth of eight children born to his parents: John W., who died in Indian Territory in 1862; Mary A., who resides in Texas; Sarah J. (Mrs. Baker) of California; Isabella, who died in Ozark County in 1862; George W.; Winfield Scott, who died in Dallas...

Biography of William Hembree

WILLIAM HEMBREE. This well-known business man and successful farmer of James Township, Stone County, Missouri, is a product of the Hoosier State, born in Dubois County, March 9, 1836, to the union of John and Maggie Hembree. The father was born in Knox County, Tennessee, and when a young man went to Indiana, was married in Dubois County, and when our subject was six or ten years of age the family came by horse and ox teams to what is now Taney County, Missouri, locating on Bull Creek, where Mr. Hembree improved a farm. Later he moved to White River in Stone County, and still later, farther up White River, where he made his home until the war broke out. He then removed to a point near Buffalo, in Dallas County, and resided there until peace was declared, when he returned to Stone County, locating just below Galena, where he died soon after. He was a lifelong and successful farmer, and was one of the pioneers of the upper White River country. He was a militiaman during the war, a man whose upright, honorable career commended him to all. His father, Drew Hembree, also came to Taney County and there died when our subject was a boy. He was probably born in Tennessee and was a farmer by occupation. The mother of our subject died in Dallas County during the war. Previous to her marriage to Mr. Hembree, she had married a Mr. Butler, by whom she had three children; John, David and James. Her second union resulted in the birth of seven children as follows: Simeon, who went...

Biography of R. W. Cline

R. W. CLINE. Few citizens of Missouri are more highly favored in respect to mercantile establishment-sin size, purity and general excellence of stock, etc., than Forsyth. Among the leading establishments of this kind is that conducted by R. W. Cline, which for the extent of its trade, the variety of its stock and the superiority of its goods is entitled to more than ordinary prominence and recognition. For a period of about sixteen years Mr. Cline has resided in Forsyth, and during that time he has won the esteem and respect of all. He was born in this State, Dallas County, March 23, 1858, and there grew to mature years and received his education. After reaching mature years he turned his attention to blacksmithing and followed that for about ten years, in Springfield, whither he had moved. In 1877 he came to Forsyth, opened up a blacksmith shop, and remained in that business up to 1887, when he embarked in merchandising and has met with fair success. Industrious and enterprising, all his property has been the result of much perseverance on his part. In politics he is a Republican, and socially he is an Odd Fellow, a member of Forsyth Lodge No. 293, in which he has held office. He owns a mill, and also resident property in Forsyth. He became proprietor of the Forsyth Roller Mills, which are located on Swamp Creek, and which turn out several good brands of flour. This mill has a double set of rollers, and a corn buhr and cotton gin, and is doing a good business. Mr. Cline married Miss Martha Barker,...

Biography of William S. Norton

William S. Norton. Whatever their environment, men of true ability have the power to raise themselves above circumstances, and apparently handicaps and difficulties act only as a spur to increase effort and accomplishment. There are few Kansas whose careers better illustrate the truth of this assertion than that of William S. Norton, who is known so well in Cherokee County as a financier and business man. Mr. Norton could review by personal recollections practically every phase of life in Southwestern Missouri and Southeastern Kansas during the last half century. He was a Union soldier during the war and the keynote to his success can probably be found in the fact that he has been ever ready to meet danger and difficulty and has always been unusually resourceful in every exigency of a long life. As to his ancestry it can be stated that the Nortons were English people and were pioneers to the State of Ohio, where they settled before the War of 1812. Their first point of settlement on coming to America was North Carolina. Mr. William S. Norton was born in Edgar County, Illinois, July 26, 1844. His father was Amos Norton, a native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, where he was born in 1826. After spending the first nineteen years of his life in the vicinity of Mount Vernon, he moved to Edgar County, Illinois, where he married and subsequently identified himself with farming a raw tract of land in that section of the Prairie state. Amos Norton was a Kansas pioneer. The territory was barely opened for settlement when he arrived in 1854 at Fort Scott....

Biography of John Owen Bradshaw, M. D.

Dr. John Owen Bradshaw, a man of high professional attainments, has been identified with the medical fraternity of Welch since 1913, and although he engages in general practice he devotes the greater part of his attention to the treatment of diseases pertaining to the eye, ear, nose and throat, in which he has become recognized as an authority. A native of Missouri, he was born in Lebanon county on the 9th of January, 1875 and his parents were Silas R. and Mary (Bradshaw) Bradshaw, the former a native of Kentucky. The mother’s birth occurred in Lebanon County, Missouri, and although she bore the name of Bradshaw previous to her marriage, the two families were not related. In spite of the fact that he was a native of the south, Mr. Bradshaw defended the Union cause during the Civil war as captain of a company of Kentucky infantry, while his father served as a captain in the Confederate army. Silas R. Bradshaw was a successful farmer, also engaging in the raising of horses, mules, sheep and cattle, and through the capable management of his business affairs he won a substantial measure of success. For fifty years he made his home one of the most highly on his farm and as one of the most highly respected residents of his community. He was a stanch republican in his political views and a leader of his party, being a member of the county central committee. His fellow citizens, recognizing his worth and ability, called him to the office of county judge and he also served in other public capacities, never meeting with...

Breshears, William Reuben – Obituary

Pioneer Succumbs After Illness – Made Wagon Trek With Parents  William Reuben Breshears, 83-year-old retired farmer and railroad man, died at 5:15 a.m., today at a local hospital after a long illness. He was born October 1, 1860, in Dallas County, Missouri, and had lived in Wallowa and Union counties for 67 years, having crossed the plains in an oxen-drawn covered wagon in 1878 with his parents, when he was 17. He settled in the Elgin district and farmed there for about 35 years before he started working for the railroad. After 28 years he retired from railroading at the age of 75 and made his home in Wallowa. Later he returned to Elgin where he made his home with his son, Charles. He had spent the past year in a local hospital. He is survived by the following sons and daughters, Jesse, of La Grande, Charles of Elgin, Herman of Yakima, Vernon of the U.S. army engineers in England, Mrs. Clyde Reed of La Grande and Mrs. Avan Babbs of Eugene and other relatives. Funeral announcement will be made later. La Grande Evening Observer La Grande, Oregon March 21, 1944, pg 5 Contributed by: Dixie...

Biographical Sketch of John A. Endicott

As the older men step aside from the excellent work that they have accomplished in this western country, there are younger ones with fresh vigor and commendable zeal to take up the burdens and prosecute the industries in a manner becoming the foundations that have been laid deep and wide by the worthy pioneers. To this class of younger men belongs the subject of this article, and we are pleased to record concerning him that he has manifested abilities that have stamped him as one of the strong stock men of the county and able to handle successfully the enterprises that he has in hand, while he has demeaned himself with wisdom and energy quite becoming him, as also is the integrity and uprightness that characterize his entire walk. John R. was born in Dallas County, Missouri, on August 6, 1872, being the son of W.C. and Mary J. (Bass) Endicott, natives, respectively, of Indiana and Tennessee. The father was one of the noble men who fought for freedom and good government in the time of the Rebellion, enlisting in the Tenth Illinois, under Sherman, whom he accompanied on the famous march to the sea. When the war was done, and not until then, did he lay down the weapons and retire to private life. In 1878 the entire family came to Union county, the parents being pioneers of that section. At the age of sixteen our subject started the battle of life for himself, working first for his father and for others in the vicinity. In 1893 he came to Wallowa County and sought out a homestead for...

Biography of Dr. Beverly A. Barrett

Dr. Barrett is the son of John S. and Margaret (Patterson) Barrett, and was born in St. Genevieve county, January 8, 1826. The father was also a physician, was a Virginian, and emigrated to this State in 1811, and was a member of the first Missouri General Assembly. Beverly A. was the sixth child of a family of ten children, and had the advantages of a common school education in his native county, subsequently attending a seminary taught by Fox and Davis at Fredericktown  He began the study of his profession in 1845, and after two years’ close application to medical lore, began the practice in Dallas county, Mo., where he remained till 1858, removing thence to Springfield, his present home. In 1864 he moved to St. Louis, and remained there till 1869, he moved back to Springfield which has been his constant place of adolescence then. Dr. Barrett has been in the active practice for thirty-five years, and has done as much labor as any physician in the Southwest. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was at one time master of the lodge. He is also a member of the M. E. Church South and has been for about twenty-five years. Politically, he is a Democrat, and always acts with that party. He is a member of the State Medical Association, and keeps well up in professional literature. Dr. Barrett was married in 1847, to Miss Susan Randleman, in Buffalo, Dallas county, who bore him five children. His first wife died in St. Louis in 1865, and he was again married in 1871, to Miss Mary...

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