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Biography of Hon. William A. Pearce

HON. WILLIAM A. PEARCE. The practical value of shrewdness and discrimination combined with strict probity is exemplified in the prosperous condition of those who transact business on these principles. Mr. Pearce is a man who has kept fully abreast of the times in the matter of enterprise, and is considered one of the most substantial and useful citizens of the town of Doniphan, Missouri He is a native of the Prairie State, born in Vienna in 1861, and is the son of I. N. Pearce, formerly a prominent merchant of Vienna. The father came to Missouri in 1878, settled in Butler County, and has held the office of probate judge almost ever since going there. He is now about seventy-nine years of age. William A. Pearce grew up in Vienna, Illinois, received his education in the public schools, and then branched out as a printer, working on the Old Yeoman. He left there in 1878 and came to this county, where he became a printer for the Prospect. Mr. Pearce was but seventeen years of age when he came here and he had but 35 cents to his name. He worked for Pinckney Mabrey, was in his office two years, and then went with T. W. Mabrey, who established the Prospect and the News and consolidated them as the Prospect News. In 1887. Mr. Pearce sold his interest and formed a partnership with T. M. Thannisch and opened a general store. Two years later he engaged in business with R. E. Lee under the firm name of Pearce & Lee, and they have since built up an extensive trade....

Biography of Abner Jefferson Ponder

ABNER JEFFERSON PONDER. It is an indisputable fact that the United States stands alone in the preeminence of having an array of citizens, who, without adventitious aid or accident of birth, have attained to wealth and distinction in public affairs. This is the glory of the country, and every man who has it in him can prove himself a man. This thought naturally suggests itself in looking over the career of A. J. Ponder, for he began the hard battle of life in early boyhood, and has climbed step by step the ladder of success until he now not only commands a goodly amount of this world’s wealth, but also holds a high place in the estimation of his fellows. He is a noble type of the true American citizen, for he is loyal, public spirited and charitable, and in the community in which he has so long made his home he is a leader of thought and influencer of action, and always on the side of justice and right. He is a product of Hickman County, Tennessee, for there his eyes first opened on the light of day December 13, 1822. His parents, Archibald and Sarah (Kinzie) Ponder., having also been born there. In the fall of 1842 these worthy people started overland for Missouri, driving a yoke of oxen, their objective point being Arkansas, but upon their arrival in Ripley County they were persuaded to settle here, and a location was made in the woods, ten miles from Doniphan, but they afterward moved to a farm four miles southwest of that place, on Current River. Although the...

Biography of Hon. Thomas Mabrey

HON. THOMAS MABREY. The parents of this influential citizen, Frederick and Nancy (Mabrey) Mabrey, were natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father went to Williamson County, Tennessee, when a young man, married there, and in 1838 came to Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, where he was among the early settlers. All his life he had followed agricultural pursuits and was reasonably successful for that day and time. He died near Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, in 1848, when about seventy years of age. The mother died in 1837, when a comparatively young woman. Born to their marriage were nine children, of whom our subject, the eighth child, is the only one now living. He was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, June 2, 1835, and was educated in the common schools of Cape Girardeau County and in Jackson Academy, and later branched out as an educator, teaching for eighteen months in Jackson Academy. His object was to get a collegiate education, but the war broke out and he threw aside his books to enlist in Gen. Jeff. Thompson’s regiment, in July, 1861, in the six months’ Missouri State service. He held the rank of lieutenant, but subsequently entered Col. White’s regiment, C. S., with which he remained until the cessation of hostilities. He was first lieutenant of Company K, and was on detached duty for the most part, recruiting soldiers. He was in a number of prominent engagements but was never wounded nor taken prisoner. Previous to the war he had read law under Greer W. Davis, of Jackson, Missouri, and had been admitted to the bar in 1859. After...

Biography of William Proctor, M. D.

WILLIAM PROCTOR, M. D. (deceased), was a physician who always loved knowledge and as a physician was devoted to his profession, careful in his investigations and gave all the time he could find in his busy life to books and periodicals devoted to medicine and surgery. His range of information was broad, and during the many years he pursued the calling of AEsculapius he won a wide reputation and a large practice. He was born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1826, and died January 10, 1890, when sixty-four years of age. He was a graduate of William and Mary College, of Virginia, and studied law under his father, Thomas Proctor, who subsequently moved to Tennessee, where the Doctor was his stenographer. During the Mexican war the Doctor joined a Tennessee regiment and fought through the war. He was in the battle of Buena Vista and the City of Mexico, and had command of the flags on the rampart. For bravery he was promoted to the rank of captain on the battlefield at Chepultepec, when seventeen years of age. After the war he went to Warren County, Kentucky; where he studied medicine. Later he went to the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, and subsequently began practicing in Warren County. When the Civil War broke out he was Government contractor for the Federal Government and furnished a post at Bowling Green with horses and feed for them. He was there all through the war and after-ward engaged in farming and stockraising, and also dealt in tobacco. In the year 1874 he moved to Ripley County, Missouri, located at Doniphan, and at once...

Biography of Judge Daniel K. Ponder

JUDGE DANIEL K. PONDER. In recounting the forces that have combined to make Ripley County, Missouri, what it is, more than a passing reference must be paid to the life and labors of Judge Daniel K. Ponder, of whom it may be truthfully said that no one has done more to lay the foundations of the country’s prosperity deep, and to build upon them surely and well. His ability has been backed by enterprising business measures and progressive ideas, and since 1890 he has ably filled the responsible position of county judge, and has discharged his duties with impartial fairness. He was born in Hickman County, Tennessee, in 1831, a son of Archibald and Sarah (Kinzie) Ponder, a notice of whom is given in the sketch of A. J. Ponder. The youthful days of Judge Ponder were spent in attending the public schools of Ripley County and in assisting his father to clear up the homestead, and while thus employed he learned lessons of industry and perseverance that were the stepping stones to his success in later years. At the age of twenty he turned his attention to farming on the Calumet River on his own account, and here his early experience and hard work were of material use to him, and there he laid the foundations of his present comfortable fortune. The land was quite heavily covered with timber, but he set energetically about the work of clearing, and was successfully engaged in tilling the soil up to the opening of the Civil War, when he gave up that business to open a hotel in Doniphan, and in...

Biography of John H. Nunnelee

JOHN H. NUNNELEE. The sons of Tennessee are well represented in Ripley County, Missouri, and they hold conspicuous places in many pursuits which make that county a substantial star in the galaxy of Missouri’s many interesting counties. John H. Nunnelee is one of the prominent residents of the same and was recently solicited by the Democratic party to accept the nomination for collector. He was born in Columbia, Tennessee, July 22, 1858, to the marriage of James M. D. L. and Lucy Jane (Fowlkes) Nunnelee. The father was a native of Hickman County, Tennessee, and the son of Edward Nunnelee, who was born in the State of Virginia. The latter, when a boy of thirteen, ran away to join the army and was under the command of Lafayette all through the Revolutionary War. He afterward entered the Missouri Medical College, came out a surgeon and physician and practiced his profession in Hickman County, Tennessee, until his death, which occurred when he was eighty-seven years of age. He became quite wealthy and was honored and respected by all who knew him. This esteemed citizen of Hickman County was a member of the A. F. & A. M. lodge at Nashville, Tennessee, and held many positions of trust in his county. The father of our subject was born January 17, 1826, and died September 3, 1876, in Hickman County, Tennessee, where he had made his home nearly all his life. He followed farming in his younger days and later became assistant superintendent of schools, filling this position for two years. After this he was salesman for a time, then in the...

Biography of Judge Morgan White Cotton

JUDGE MORGAN WHITE COTTON. Judge Morgan White Cotton, probate judge of Ripley County, Missouri, and a man well and favorably known in this part of the State, was born in Reynolds County, Missouri, May 10, 1847, to the marriage of Isaac White Cotton and Christine (Jeffrey) Cotton. Like many of the prominent citizens of this county, Isaac White Cotton was a native of Tennessee, and there made his home until about 1840 when he came to Missouri. Here he settled in the woods of Reynolds County, on Webb’s Creek, and began improving and clearing. Few settled here before he did, and he experienced all the hardships and privations of the early pioneers. His entire life was spent in tilling the soil, and he remained in Reynolds County until his death in 1884, when fifty years of age. Previous to the Civil War he was elected county assessor, and about the time of the breaking out of hostilities he was holding the office of sheriff. He was in the first six months’ service during the war. Mrs. Cotton died during these stirring times. Mr. Cotton was afterward married to Miss Jeanette Davis, and after her death he married again. Politically he was a strong Democrat, and fraternally a Mason. Judge Cotton was one of a family of eight children born to his father’s first marriage, and he spent his school days in Reynolds County. During the latter part of the war he was in the Confederate service, Col. Pollock’s regiment, and was in the Missouri raid. He surrendered at Jacksonport, Arkansas, in June, 1865, and afterward commenced farming in Reynolds...

Biography of Dr. John H. Moore

DR. JOHN H. MOORE, who has made his home in this county for a number of years, came originally from St. Francois County, Missouri, where his birth occurred on the 27th of January, 1838. His father, Dr. Robert Moore, who was a practicing physician in Iron and St. Francois Counties, Missouri, for years, died in the former county in 1854. He was born in Smith County, Tennessee, in 1807, and was a son of Armstead Moore, who was of Irish parentage. The father of our subject began the practice of medicine when twenty-one years of age, and about the year 1830 came to Missouri from Illinois. He settled in St. Francois County, but subsequently moved to Iron County, where he carried on a successful practice for many years. While in Tennessee he met and married Miss Mary Baugh, member of a prominent family of that State, and five children were the fruits of their union: Amanda, the widow of Col. Frank McGhee; Tobitha (now deceased) married Sim Frazier; Mary; Armsted was a soldier in the Union Army, and died in service; and John H., subject. Dr. Moore, father of these children, was one of the first practicing physicians of this section of the State. He was a strong Democrat in politics. His wife is still living in Arcadia, Iron County. Our subject, Dr. John H. Moore, attended the schools of Arcadia and began the study of medicine in 1857, going to Texas and studying with an uncle, Dr. Bert Moore. In 1860 he began practicing at Piedmont, but remained there only a short time, after which he went to...

Jones, Roy Vernon

Roy Vernon Jones, 79, of Haines, died Feb. 21, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At his request there will be no service. Disposition was by cremation. Mr. Jones was born on March 5, 1925, at Doniphan, Mo., to Eddy and Lina Eagan Jones. He was the youngest of 11 children. He started his education in Missouri and completed it at Rockbridge, Ill. At age 18 he was inducted into the U.S. Army at Peoria, Ill. He suffered injuries in a training plane crash and was given a medical discharge after three months. He had a beautiful voice and played the guitar. He, his brother and a friend played music and entertained for dances and for a short while on the radio at St. Louis, Mo. He later moved to New Plymouth, Idaho, to live with a sister. He met the love of his life, Wanda German. They were married on June 1, 1946, at Payette, Idaho. After spending some time in Idaho, they moved to Iowa. Their first son was born and died in infancy. They returned to Oregon and lived around Vale where Mr. Jones worked on a ranch. He started his career as an auto mechanic at the Chevrolet garage at Ontario in 1948. The couple’s second son was born at Ontario in 1948. They moved to Baker City in 1952. Mr. Jones worked at the Chevrolet garage for several years. He started working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1967 and continued there until his retirement in 1991. The couple’s daughter was born in Baker City in 1954 and a third son was born in...

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