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Biographical Sketch of George Brethard Thomas

George Brethard Thomas was born in Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, on the 29th of March, 1842. His father died when the subject of this sketch was twelve years old, and he continued to live with his mother at the old homestead until he reached the age of eighteen, and then migrated to Missouri, arriving in St. Joseph in the spring of 1860. He remained in that city some two months, then came to Gallatin, where he secured employment as clerk in the hotel owned by Thomas Clingan, and remained in that capacity until February, 1861, when he engaged in farming and continued in that “noblest of all pursuits,” until May, 1881. From 1866 to 1875, in addition to his farm occupations, he was a member of the firm of Thomas & Brosins, in the meat market business. He was clerk of the Shriver district, Liberty township, for over ten years, showing by his long continuance in the office that the people appreciated his valuable qualities. On the 14th of February, 1861, Mr. Thomas was united in marriage to Miss Epha Brosins, of Liberty township. From this union, which has proven a happy one, they have five children; namely, Lucinda M., Annie May, Mary Louvenia, Floyd and Georgia, all living at home. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of Gallatin Lodge No. 167, I. O. O. F. In May, 1881, Mr. Thomas purchased the Palace Hotel, and since that time has conducted that popular hostelry in such a manner as to win a large share of the patronage of the...

Biographical Sketch of S. L. Doty

S. L. Doty was born in Greene county, Tennessee, August 13, 1831. His parents, Jesse and Rebecca Doty, were both natives of Tennessee. Azre Doty, grand-father of S. L. Doty, was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and was under General Marion, ” the Swamp Fox.” Our subject was educated in the common schools, and at the age of eighteen began to learn the cabinet-making trade, which he made his business until 1865, and since that time he has been farming. He came to Missouri in 1853 and settled in Liberty, Clay county, where he remained four years, then removed to Platte City, Platte county, and in 1865 came to this county and settled on a farm, where he now resides. Mr. Doty was united in marriage February 21, 1858, to Miss Mary M. Wills, who was born in Clay county, Missouri, August 18, 1840. Her family is of Scottish descent, her grandfather having emigrated from Scotland to this country before the Revolutionary War. Mr. and Mrs. Doty have three children: Charles F., born July 31, 1861; Augustus H., born December 14, 1865; and Clara B., born September 26,...

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. William R. Samuel

(See Downing) Minnie L., daughter of Clement and Rebecca Caroline (Bryan) Hayden, was born at Chouteau April 5, 1879. She was educated in Liberty, Mo. Married on April 21, 1901, William Ruben Samuel, born February 2, 1869 in Calloway County, Missouri. He graduated May 28, 1902, from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri. They are the parents of Rebecca Ann Samuel, born Oct. 3, 1917. Mr. Samuel is Secretary of the State Bankers Association, and is a Mason and Odd Fellow. He was for four years State Insurance Commissioner. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel are members of the Methodist church, and residents of Oklahoma City. Rebecca Wright, born January 1, 1814, married Joel Mayes Bryan, born October 22, 1809. She died April 5, 1882, and he died August 7, 1899. They were the parents of Rebecca Caroline Bryan, born January 30, 1850, who married March 7, 1869, Clement Hayden, born March 20, 1846 in Renfon County, Arkansas. Mrs. Hayden died July 11, 1916 and Mr. Hayden died May 2,...

Biographical Sketch of David H. Coulson

David H. Coulson, son of John D. Coulson, was born in Chariton County, Missouri, near the town of Keytesville, November 16, 1830. He remained in the place of his birth until he was about seven years of age when his father moved to Howard County, Missouri, where the family remained about two years. In 1839 the family came to Daviess County and settled in Union township. David remained at home until he was about twenty-one years of age. Mr. Coulson was engaged in farming in Union township, Daviess County, Missouri, for three years. He then moved to Liberty Township, where he remained one year. Removing a short distance from this place, he gave his attention for about eleven years to farming and stock-raising. Moving then to Sheridan township he purchased land in section thirty-five where he is now living. In 1860 Mr. Coulson went to Nevada City where he was engaged in mining about eighteen months. He returned home in 1862 when he was enrolled in the Home Guard Militia, and served at intervals during the war. Mr. Coulson was married, in 1852, to Miss Elizabeth J. McBrayer. They have had six children: Samuel D., Sarah M., Thomas R., May C., William B. and Charles...

Biography of William Leslie Porter

A public office is only an opportunity for rendering real service to the public. Whether that opportunity is utilized depends upon the man. Several years ago the people of Topeka elected William Leslie Porter commissioner of parks and public properties. When he entered office he was new to the duties, and he was practically without political experience. But he had exhibited other qualities far more important that political experience. He had a well defined ambition to do everything he could for the community welfare through the opportunity afforded by his office. Mr. Porter also had a reputation of having a strong will and ample determination to carry out any plan upon which he embarks. The results in the past two or three years stand as a splendid justification of his election as commissioner. Some brief survey of what had been accomplished in those two or three years is necessary to complate the personal record of Mr. Porter and is also an important chapter in Topeka municipal history. In the year 1914 one small playground was eatablished in one of the Topeka parks. The experiment was one of unqualified success from the standpoint of the parents, the neighborhood and the children. Then followed an association composed of members of the school board, the city commissioners and the Commercial Club. The association appointed a legislative committee. This committee appeared before the legislature in 1915 and pleaded for the enactment of a law giving to the school board the right to make a levy of a quarter of a mill for the support of playgrounds. The law passed, and thus in 1915...

Biographical Sketch of A. M. Covington

This gentleman was born in North Carolina, March 17, 1807. His parents moved to Tennessee when lie was but six months old, and resided there two years. From there they moved to Christian County, Kentucky, and still later, moved to Hopkins County, where our subject grew to manhood. He began farming there, and continued till 1811, when he came to Daviess County, and entered the land on which he now resides, the place being located in Liberty township, and containing 250 acres of splendid land, which he long ago improved into a good and comfortable home. At the time of his coming, there were but few families in the township, and they were widely scattered. He built him a small log cabin and began cheerfully to improve the place which was to be the future home of his family. At that primitive day, Mr. Covington had to go as far as Trenton, a distance of twenty-five miles, to get breadstuffs for his family, it sometimes taking two days for him to make the trip. He was married, in Hopkins County, Kentucky, January 29, 1835, to Miss M. T. B. Wilson. Eleven children were born of this union, of whom seven are still living: Eliza, Emeline, John H., Elizabeth, Philip E., Margaret 0., and Mary still survive; while Narcissa A., William N., James and Georgiana are...

Biographical Sketch of William E. Brennon

This gentleman was born in Virginia, July 24, 1827. When he was ten years old his parents moved to Ohio and lived three years, and then came to Caldwell County, Missouri. There William grew up and resided till the fall of 1847, when he came to this County and has lived here ever since engaged in farming. He owns a fine farm of 280 acres in Liberty Township, 240 of which are under fence. His farm is well watered with four living wells, and is suitably improved in every way. Mr. Brennon was married, in Caldwell County, June 10, 1847, to Miss Sarah Hughs, which has proven a happy and agreeable union, as husband and wife have always concurred in the plans and interests of the...

Biographical Sketch of Jacob Grove

Was born in Augusta County, Virginia, on the 19th of August, 1818.. He was taken to Indiana by his parents, who removed to that State when Jacob was three years old, and there lived until after he became of age. In 1834, he went to Mississippi, and after a sojourn there, went to Illinois, where he began farming, continuing there until the fall of 1857. That was the period of his coming to Daviess County, and he has resided here ever since. Mr. Grove was married, in Illinois, in February, 1841, to Miss Leah Kindig. They are the parents of eleven children, of whom only four still survive: Simon, Mary M., Sebastian, and Eliza are living at the time of this writing; while Sarah E., Samuel, Annie, and four infant children, are all dead. Mr. Grove owns a place containing 150 acres of good land, which he has well improved. In is located in Liberty Township, and is one of the most desirable farces in Daviess...

Biographical Sketch of A. Fossinger

The above named farmer and stock-raiser, was born February 19, 1820, -and is a native of Pennsylvania. He enjoyed all the educational advantages then at hand in those early days, and remained in his native State until his twenty-second year. In the year 1842 he started out to seek his fortune and found a home in Ohio for eighteen years, learning and working at the basket-making business for a number of years. In the fall of 1860, Mr. Fossinger again changed his residence, giving his preference to the Wolverine State. The next seven years he remained in Michigan and prospered fairly, but at the end of that time, in the fall of 1867, he concluded that a milder climate, cheaper and richer lands, would suit him better, and at the date mentioned. Mr. Fossinger became a resident of Daviess County, settling on section nine, in Liberty Township. He has now a. comfortable home, a well improved farm of 140 acres, and his residences handsomely located and shaded by forest trees, where he leads a quiet and, contented life. Mr. Fossinger was married, in Delaware County, Ohio, in the month of October, 1851,-to Miss Lucinda Wiser. By this union they were blessed with six children; one, Cornelius, is dead, and five living; viz., Emeline, Angeline, Lusina, Barbara and Adam...
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