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Biography of W. D. McDonald

W. D. McDonald was born in Ross county, Ohio, August 6, 1826. His parents, William and Mary McDonald, were both natives of Virginia. His mother was a daughter of Nathaniel Wilson who was the first State printer of Ohio, and a sister of the late Nathaniel Wilson, who with his father started the Scioto Gazette in 1800, in Scioto county, one of the first papers of Ohio. Mr. Wilson died a few years ago at the age of ninety-two years-the oldest editor then in America. Our subject was five years old when his father died and he was reared by Ex-Governor McArthur, of Ohio, and educated in the select schools of Chillicothe, Ohio. After he quit school he dealt in cattle, driving them to the eastern markets, and continued that business for about seven years. He then engaged at farming which has been his avocation since. In 1854 he settled in Peoria county, Illinois, and in 1856 came to this county. In July, 1862, he enlisted in the Thirty-third Enrolled State Militia and at the organization was appointed adjutant, and soon after was appointed by the governor commissary of exemption, which place he filled for one year, was then appointed acting adjutant general for Colonel Williams, commanding this district, with headquarters at St. Joseph, and held that position under the following officers as they came in command of the district: Brigadier-General Fisk, Brigadier-General Ceig, and Brigadier-General Pennick. During Price’s raid of 1864, Mr. McDonald was put in command of the Thirty-third Regiment and others, and after that resumed duty as acting adjutant general until April, 1865, when he was...

Biographical Sketch of Benjamin G. Kimball

Benjamin G. Kimball is a native of the town of Bradford, Essex county, Massachusetts, and was born November 17, 1814. He was educated at the Bradford College, of Bradford, Massachusetts. His father died when he was young, and when fourteen years old he began clerking in a dry goods house in Genesee county, New York; three years later he changed to the boot and shoe business, and was engaged in that business, as clerk, for two years.. Then worked at the shoemaking business for five years. In 1837 he came to Missouri and settled in Ray county, where he was employed as clerk in the dry goods business for four years. From there he removed to this county and farmed for a while, then began business for himself, in what was then known as Cravensville, or Di-Amon, with a stock of dry goods and a general assortment of merchandise. After four years in that business, he sold out and engaged in farming until 1878, when he engaged in the lumber trade at Jameson, where we now find him doing a good business. He has ever been alive to the public prosperity of the county, and has filled several offices with credit to himself and county, and is at present recognized as one of the leading farmers and business men of the county. Mr. Kimball was united in marriage, February 14, 1843, to Miss Serilda A. Burton, who was born in April, 1826. By this union they have had eight children, six of whom are living, named as follows: George B., James W., Eliza M., Caroline E., Nathaniel T., Alice...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph D. Feurt

Was born in Scioto county, Ohio, August 15, 1817. His father, Thomas Feurt, was a native of Maryland, and his mother, Mary Feurt, was born in Pennsylvania. Our subject was educated in the common schools of Ohio, and at the age of seventeen learned the blacksmith trade, which was his principal business until 1870. He came to this county in 1840 and put up a shop that year in the old town of Di-Amon, which was the first blacksmith shop, north of Gallatin, in Daviess county. After four years working there he bought a farm in what is now Grand River township, and run his shop in connection with his farm until 1870. In 1878 he moved to Jameson, where he now lives. Mr. Feurt was united in marriage, July 7, 1842, to Miss Rachel Walls, who was born January 10, 1822. By this marriage they had eleven children, six of whom are living; namely, Mary C., born July 17, 1843-dead; Nancy, born November 15, 1844-dead; Benjamin, born February 13, 1846; Joseph H., born January 7, 1848-dead; George W., born August 30, 1849; William A., born May 4, 1851; Caroline, born May 4, 1853-dead; John D., born January 4, 1856-dead; Eli, born May 5, 1857; Everett, born November 8, 1859; and Ella, born April 6, 1862. Mrs. Rachel Feurt died May 10, 1862. On the 21st of March, 1869, Mr. Feurt was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Shuman. She was born in. Chester county, Ohio, June 23,...

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