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Biography of Hon. Frederick Dozier Gardner

Hon. Frederick Dozier Gardner, who in 1921 retired from the office of governor of Missouri after a four years’ term spent as chief executive of the state, was born in Hickman, Kentucky, November 6, 1869, a son of William H. and Mary Ellen (Dozier) Gardner. The father, a native of Weakley county, Tennessee, became a Confederate soldier in the Civil war and while the war was still in progress he wedded Mary Ellen Dozier of Mississippi. They established their home at Hickman, Kentucky, where they became parents of five children. The mother was one of the victims of the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 and the father afterward removed with his family of five children to the old home in Weakley county, Tennessee. Frederick Dozier Gardner acquired his education in the public schools and left Tennessee at the age of seventeen years to become a resident of St. Louis, where he arrived in the winter of 1886-7. Here he secured employment as a clerk with the St. Louis Coffin Company and while employed by that concern acquainted himself with each and every department of the business, including the measuring, grading and purchase of lumber. He also learned all about wood-working machinery used in the coffin industry and gained a thorough practical knowledge of carpentering, cabinet-making and painting as applied to casket manufacture. He was promoted to the position of bookkeeper and in 1893 became a stockholder in the company, of which later he was elected secretary. He was afterward chosen president, becoming the controlling stockholder, and he is today practically the sole owner of the business, which is one...

Biography of Lauchlan Donalsdon

Lauchlan Donaldson, one of the ablest lawyers of Tiptonville, is the son of Wellington and Elizabeth A (Meriweather) Donaldson. His father was born in St. Johns N.B., and when a young man went to the republic of Texas, where he was engaged with a corps of engineers to survey the Guadalupe River, receiving as compensation a large tract of land. In 1843 he moved to Tennessee, and married Miss Meriweather, in Obion County, who was a native of Montgomery County, Tennessee Soon after they were married they settled at Meriweather’s Landing, and made it their permanent home. Mr. Donaldson, Sr., was by preference an Episcopalian, though neither his wife nor he was connected with any church. He was a Whig until after the war, then a democrat. He enlisted in the Confederate Army during the late war, and became one of the defenders of Island No. 10. During the siege he died. He had four sons, three of them in the Confederate Army. He was for awhile magistrate in Obion County. His wife is still living, and is now seventy two years old. In early life she was quite a huntress, being very expert in using firearms and killing game. Her father moved to Meriweather’s Landing in 1827, when it was thinly settled, only an Indian trail running from Stone Ferry to New Madrid. Our subject, Mr. Lauchlan Donaldson’s ancestors, was Scotch on his father’s side, being the last of the McDonalds, of Glencoe, and on his mother’s side Welsh and English. He was born January 4, 1844, in Hickman, Kentucky, and received his early education in Obion County....

Biography of Judge James P. Wood

Integrity, intelligence and system are qualities which will advance the interests of any man or any profession, and will tend to the prosperity to which all aspire. The life of Judge James P. Wood in the professional arena has been characterized by intelligence, integrity, sound judgment and persevering industry. He is one of Cleburne County’s most popular and capable attorneys, who has acquired prominence because he is worthy of it. He was born on a farm in Barbour County, Ala., in 1843, a son of James and Nancy (Byrd) Wood, who were born, reared and married in the Old North State, and in 1830 moved to Barbour County, Ala., where they both died when fifty-two years of age. The father was prominent in the Democratic circles of Alabama, and also stood high in Masonry and mercantile and agricultural circles. Judge James P. Wood was the eighth of nine children born to his parents, and received his education in the Military Academy of Clayton, Ala. Early in 1861, before Alabama had succeeded from the Union, he had joined the Clayton Guards of the First Alabama Infantry, and was stationed at Pensacola for one year. At the reorganization of the Confederate Army, in 1862, he became a member of Company B, of the Thirty-ninth Alabama Infanty, and held the rank of second lieutenant. On July 28, 1864, when he was wounded at Atlanta, he was in command of his company. During his service he was in many battles, among which were Fort Pickens; Mumfordsville, where he was on picket duty, and when that place was surrendered he received the flag of...

Biography of Hon. Conrad H. Dryer

HON. CONRAD H. DRYER. The labor of compiling a review of the industrial institutions of Howell County, Missouri, involves an arduous task, and no subject is found more worthy of the historian’s attention than the mercantile trade, of which Hon. Conrad H. Dryer is a most honorable exponent. In addition to this he is a successful follower of the primitive occupation of man -farming-and the success which has attended his efforts is owing to his own good fighting qualities. He was born in Minden, Prussia, and many of his most worthy business qualities have been inherited from his worthy German ancestors, that people which have so largely settled in the United States and are among her most worthy and substantial citizens. His birth occurred June 21, 1838. His parents, Conrad H. and Wilhelmina (Newman) Dryer, were born in France and Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, respectively, and were married in the city of Minden. During the French Revolution Mr. Dryer’s people were driven from France and took refuge in Germany. Conrad H. Dryer, the father, died in that country in September, 1861, his occupation being that of hotel keeping and dealing in horses for the Government. He and his wife became the parents of four children: Maximillian, who was killed in the Hungarian War; Conrad H.; Johanna, who died in Germany, the wife of August Kuhlman, and Augusta, who died single. Conrad H. Dryer received a good common-school education, and after finishing his education began preparing himself for a sea-faring life, and in 1853 made his first trip to the United States, but during this voyage, a schoolmate of his, who...

Biography of James G. Aydelott

James G. Aydelott, lawyer and one of the most prominent citizens of Tullahoma, Tennessee, was born in Hickman, Kentucky, November 3, 1845, and is the son of John D. and Sarah (Grizzard) Aydelott. The father was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, in 1818, and died at Hickman in 1852. The mother, born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1827, is the daughter of James Grizzard, the pioneer merchant of Tullahoma. When a small boy our subject removed with his mother to Tullahoma, where he has since resided. While a man of good education, his attendance at public school did not exceed three months altogether, having been taught entirely by his mother, who was a lady of fine education and more than ordinary attainments, educated as she was at the old Nashville Female Academy. In 1860 our subject entered the store of J. B. Witherby as clerk, remaining there until the occupation of Tullahoma by General Bragg. He then entered the Confederate Army news depot, serving in that position until the Georgia campaign, when he went on duty at the headquarters of the Army of the Tennessee, where he remained until after the surrender in North Carolina, having been under General Johnston, Bragg and Hood. At the close of the war he returned home and occupied a position as clerk in the store of Crane & Witherby, being at the same time a member of the firm of Aydelott & Stevens, manufacturers of harness, saddles, boots and shoes. In 1869 he entered into partnership with Joel Witherby in general merchandise, in which he was engaged until 1873, when the firm was dissolved...

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