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Biographical Sketch of J. W. Phillips

Of the many leading and successful business men of Tuscola who have fought their way successfully through life and who have been the architect of their own fortune in the true sense of that term is the subject of this sketch. He is a dealer in poultry, produce, fish, etc., and is also interested in the ice business. He founded his present business in Tuscola in 1896, constructing a building 80×20 feet, and one and one-half stories high. This building burned ill August of the following year, and he immediately erected on the same site a more commodious one, 120×30 feet. It is safe to say that Mr. Phillips’ poultry business is one of the very largest in the state outside of Chicago. He has about twenty-five men traveling and buying poultry and produce throughout the year. For fifteen years previous to his coming to Tuscola he was engaged in the same line at Arthur. Mr. Phillips was born in Clay County, Tennessee, April 18, 1861, his parents removing when he was quite young to Hawkins County, some fifty-five miles east of Knoxville, in the same state. He is a son of William Phillips who was a native of Hawkins County, Tennessee. William married Miss Emily Phillips (no relation, though bearing the same name). The father died in 1863, and his mother in 188, aged seventy-seven years. In February, 1881 Mr. Phillips wedded Miss Nellie M. Fitch, of Coles County, Illinois. They have four children: Vena, Dona, E. W. and Herald. Mr. Phillips is a member of the Woodmen and...

Biography of Andrew J. Coffey

ANDREW J. COFFEY. Ozark County, Missouri, is well known for the richness of its soil, and among those industrious farmers who have assisted in making this section the rich agricultural district that it is may be mentioned Andrew J. Coffey, who was born in Ashe County, N. C., in 1833, of which State his parents, Cleveland and Susan (Hayes) Coffey, were also natives. During the early boyhood of Andrew J. Coffey, he was taken by his parents to Hawkins County, Tennessee, and soon after to Granger County, where the mother died some fifty years ago. Mr. Coffey remarried afterward and then returned to the Old North State, where he died about 1866, having been a farmer and mechanic throughout life. He was a man of much industry, led an active and upright life, and in religion was a Missionary Baptist. His father, Jesse Coffey, was an early settler of North Carolina and breathed his last in Burke County when Andrew J. was a small lad. He was of Irish ancestry, a farmer by occupation, and was a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church. The children born to Cleveland and Susan Coffey are as follows: Andrew J.; William, who was a soldier of the Confederate Army and was killed at Mission Ridge; Thomas was a Federal soldier, but nothing has been heard of him since the war; Martha died young; Susan E. is the wife of Aaron McGinnis, of Ozark County, Missouri The education and rearing which was given the average farmer’s boy of his day was given to Andrew J. Coffey, and in 1849 he came to the conclusion...

Biography of Hon. James D. Gideon

HON. JAMES D. GIDEON. No better citizens have come to Christian County, Missouri, than those who crossed the Mississippi River from Tennessee, and who brought as their inheritance the traits of character and life which has ever distinguished them. Hon. James D. Gideon, who is one of the foremost farmers and stockraisers of Union Township, Stone County, first saw the light in Hawkins County, Tennessee, in 1833. His parents, John and Polly (Evans) Gideon, were also natives of that State, the father born in Hawkins and the mother in Jefferson County. Both were fairly well educated for those days, and made their home in Tennessee until 1843, when they removed to Lincoln County, Kentucky Six years later, or in 1849, Mr. Gideon came on foot to what is now Christian County, and being a clock tinker he made the trip to work at his trade. He remained in this State until 1853, having in the meantime taken up a claim in what is now the southeastern part of Christian County (then Taney County), and then returned to Kentucky to get his family. He then settled on his claim, improved a good farm, but during the war he sold this and moved to Greene County. After the war, in 1866, he returned to this county and located on Bear Creek, where his death occurred in 1870, when sixty-six years of age. For many years he was a Baptist in his religions views. In connection with his trade he also carried on farming, and was fairly successful. A Democrat in early life, he later advocated the principles of the Republican party,...

Biography of John McCoy

JOHN MCCOY (deceased). All people of true sensibility, who have a just regard for the memory of those who have departed this life, cherish the details of the history of men, whose careers have been marked by uprightness and truth and whose lives have been filled up with acts of usefulness. It is, therefore, with gratification that we present to our readers a sketch of John McCoy, whose life in this county has been such as to make his memory justly respected. He was a native of that grand old Mother of States, Virginia, his birth occurring in 1799. When about two years of age he was taken by his parents to east Tennessee, where he was reared in the then wild country, with-out the advantages of an education, just merely learning to read. He was married in Hawkins County, Tennessee, and made his home there until 1841, when he came by wagon to what is now Christian County, being six weeks and two days in making the journey. He at once purchased a portion of the present home, having sixteen or seventeen acres in cultivation, upon which was a rude log cabin. This was about three miles southeast of Ozark, and there Mr. McCoy improved a good farm and spent the remainder of his days, until his death in 1875. For many years he operated a distillery, and soon after the war built a flouring mill, which he and his sons carried on until 1875. He was active, industrious and honest and made a good property. Although a Union man during the war he did not enter the...

Biography of Joseph Lebow

JOSEPH LEBOW. The original of this notice is a Tennesseean by birth and has inculcated into him the sterling principles of the better class of citizens of that State. He was born in Hawkins County in 1833, and is the son of Isaac and Sarah (Gray) Lebow, both natives of Tennessee. The father born in Grainger and the mother in Washington County. Both parents received limited educational advantages and after marriage located in Hawkins County, where the mother passed away in 1865 and the father in 1882. Both were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. Mr. Lebow was a well-to-do farmer, and, when only eighteen years of age, was a a soldier in the War of 1812, under Jackson. His father, John Lebow, was a native of the Keystone State, but removed to Grainger County, Tennessee, at an early date. There he was engaged as a farmer and distiller until his death. Our subject’s maternal grandfather, Robert Gray, lived in Tennessee nearly all his life, and was of Scotch-Irish origin. He reared a large family. The eleven children born to Isaac and Sarah (Gray) Lebow were named in the order of their births as follows: Mary was the wife of George Bassett, and both she and her husband are now deceased; the next two were twins and died in infancy; John and Robert, twins, are deceased, the former died at Kingston, Ga., while in the Confederate Army and Robert died at home; Joseph, subject; William; Albert died in Hawkins County, Tennessee; Jefferson died during the war; Sarah Catherine, deceased, was the wife of Jacob Johnson,...

Biography of Hon. Pleasant N. Gulley

HON. PLEASANT N. GULLEY. This worthy representative of a successful, thoroughgoing and industrious Missouri farmer and stockraiser came originally from Hawkins County, Tennessee, where he was born in 1824. His parents, Lewis and Jane (Rolin) Gulley, were born in the Old Carolina State about 1784 and 1786, respectively, where they were reared and married, after which they moved to Tennessee and entered land in Hawkins County, and on that land spent the rest of their lives, dying in 1849 and 1833, respectively. They were Methodists, and the father was a soldier in the War of 1812 under Gen. Jackson. He was one of six sons, all of whom were men of considerable prominence; Elder Nathan was one of the first Baptist ministers of North Carolina; Robert, Reddick and George being the only ones remembered. Their father came to this country from Wales in a very early day and settled and eventually died in the Old North State, where, by industry, good management and honesty, he had accumulated a comfortable fortune. The maternal grandparents also lived and died in North Carolina. To Lewis and Jane Gulley the following children were born: George W., who died in Illinois at the age of seventy-eight years, a blacksmith; John, who died in Hawkins County, Tennessee; Alfred is a farmer of Van Buren County, Tennessee; Pleasant N. and Wiley R. died in Texas, about 1889; Martha died in infancy and another daughter died in infancy unnamed. Pleasant N. Gulley spent his early life on his father’s farm, but was deprived of nearly all educational advantages owing to the fact that the country was new,...

Wilson, Adolphus Mathew – Obituary

Funeral services for Adolphus Mathew Wilson, 82, who died September 18 at a local hospital, were held Saturday at the Moser & Egger Chapel. Burial was in Highland Cemetery. Mr. Wilson, born September 10, 1869 in Rogerville, Tenn., had lived in this community for the past 14 years. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Garman of Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. Julia Stewart of North Bend, Ore.; a son, Don Wilson of Colville; two sisters, Victoria Johnson of Rogerville and Mrs. Sarah Long of Churchill, Tenn.; a brother Tom of Colville; seven stepdaughters, Mrs. Katherine Spears of Yakima, Mrs. Lue Sage, Mrs. Anna Hansen, Mrs. Margaret Schierman, Mrs. Carrie Modrell, all of Tacoma; Mrs. Eva Woods of Burns, Ore., Mrs. Alice Witte of Ft. Worth., Tex.; four stepsons, Reser Morefield of Ellensburg, Robert Morefield of Wilnona, Roy Morefield of Grangeville, Tenn., Sam Morefield of Colville; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Paul Just, Amos Slentz, Floyd White, Burr Mosby, Larry Daylie, Frank Newton. Colville Statesman Examiner, September 28, 1951 Contributed by: Shelli...

Rutledge, Mary Palmer – Obituary

Mary M. Palmer Rutledge, 86, widow of the late S. C. Rutledge, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. A. W. Welch, 410 Island Home, yesterday afternoon at 12:45 o’clock. Mrs. Rutledge was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, November 23, 1839. She was converted and became a member of the Baptist Church at the age of 13 and lived a consistent life for 72 years. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. G. A. Toomey, Miami, Fla., and Mrs. A. O. Child, Powell’s Station; three sons W. T. Rutledge, Thorp, State of Washington; John M. Rutledge, Knoxville, and S. W. Rutledge, Etowah, Tenn. Funeral services will be conducted at the Glenwood Church Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Dr. J. K. Haynes, of the South Knoxville Baptist Church, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Claude E. Sprague, pastor of the Deaderick Avenue Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be C. A. Child, G. S. Child, Clarence Carroll, Elmer Carroll, Sam R. Toomey, and Jastin E. Rutledge, all grandsons of the deceased. Contributed by: Shelli...

Cates, Jesse – Obituary

Jesse Cates, 79, well-known Ellensburg resident for a quarter of a century, died at the Valley Hospital last night. He was born in Campbell County, Tennessee, August 27, 1858, and was married to Nannie Harrell of Rogersville, Tenn., February 28, 1904. For many years he was a federal revenue inspector in Tennessee. He had lived in the valley since 1913, residing at 301 Washington Street. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nannie Cates; a daughter, Mrs. Fannie Baker of Knoxville, Tenn., a grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Honeycutt Chapel with Rev. Floyd Brown in charge. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, May 16, 1938 Contributed by: Shelli...

Cooke, Ella Harrel – Obituary

Ella Cooke, 96, died Saturday, April 19, 1997 at the Masonic Retirement Center in Des Moines, Wash., where she has been a resident for 9 years. She was born Jan. 1, 1901 in Hawkins County, Tenn. She came to the Ellensburg Valley with her parents, Edward and Julia Harrel, as a small child. She and her husband, Budd Cooke who preceded her in death, lived in the Colockum Pass area north of Ellensburg for over 40 years. She loved to do crafts and handiwork. Before her move to the coast, she belonged to Jolly Neighbors and to the Country Mothers Club. She was a member of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, serving as Noble Grand twice and of Grace Chapter OES. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Loretta and Jean Wilson of Belfair; four grandchildren, Rod Malone ad his wife Molly, Eugene Ore, Steve Wilson and his wife Susan, Snohomish, Gayle Padvorac and her husband Andy, Kirkland, Tim Wilson and his wife Nancy, Sumner; and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother William Harrel of Ellensburg. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 25, at Steward and Williams Chapel in Ellensburg. Rev. Charles Henney will officiate. Burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. o 4:30 p.m. The family has suggested that memorials may be made to the Masonic Retirement Center Endowment Fund, 23660 Marine View Dr., Des Moines, WA...
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