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Biographical Sketch of Thomas R. Shaw

Was born near Decatur, Macon county, Illinois, June 19, 1845. In 1846. his parents removed to Iowa and settled near Mount Pleasant. He completed his education in the Mount Pleasant high school under Prof. John. A. Smith, in 1861. From that time until 1864, he was employed as a clerk, excepting one year spent in visiting relatives at Lexington, Kentucky. In 1864 he enlisted in Company A, Forty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry for a term of 100 days. At the expiration of his enlistment he returned home and soon after made a prospecting tour to the Missouri River, visiting Omaha, Plattsmouth, and Nebraska City, and finally came to Gallatin in September 1865, where he began the study of law under Col. James H. B. McFerran and was admitted to the bar in May, 1865, by the Hon. K A. DeBolt and at once began the practice of law at Gallatin. In 1871 he was appointed, public administrator, to fill a vacancy, by Gov. Joseph McClurg, and in 1872 was elected to the same position. In 1876 he was elected Probate Judge and in 1880 was reelected his own successor. September, 1867, Mr. Shaw was joined in marriage to Miss Jane Buchhols, a lady who was born and reared in Gallatin. They have five children; namely, Pinkie, Milo Francis, Charles Lewis, Preston and an...

Baker, Daniel Henry – Obituary

Word was received here last night of the death of a well-known former Mt. Pleasant man. Mr. Henry Baker passed away at the home of his daughter in Aurora, Ill, with whom he had been staying for the last few months [March 23, 1909]. Mr. Baker had not been in good health for some time prior to his death, and but a short time ago he suffered a severe paralytic stroke form which he partially recovered but which was the ultimate cause of his death. He will be brought here from Aurora tomorrow and the funeral services will be held Friday from the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Rath, on East Madison Street. He leaves three children, Mr. John Baker and Mrs. George Rath of this city and Mrs. Wilson of Aurora. Mt. Pleasant Daily News, March 24, 1909 FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT Friday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rath, on East Madison Street occurred the funeral of Mr. Henry Baker who died last Wednesday at the home of another daughter, Mrs. Wilson in Aurora. Rev. Nicholas was in charge of the services and spoke in a helpful way from scriptural passages also giving an outline of Mr. Baker’s life, a great part of which has been spent in Mt. Pleasant. He was for years in the employ of Dr. Pitcher, and was familiarly known to many as “Daddy” Baker. He leaves a son and two daughters, Mr. John Baker of this city, Mrs. George Rath, also of Mt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Wilson of Aurora, Ill. Interment took place at Forest Home Cemetery. Mt. Pleasant Daily News,...

Biography of Julius S. Waters

A distinguished jurist has said: “In the American state the great and good lawyer must always be prominent, for he is one of the forces that move and control society. Public confidence has generally been reposed in the legal profession. It has ever been the defender of popular rights, the champion of freedom regulated by law, the firm support of good government. In the times of danger it has stood like a rock and breasted the mad passions of the hour and finally resisted tumult and faction.” A review of the history of Julius Spencer Waters shows that his life is largely an exemplification of this statement; that as an individual he has shared in the work thus attributed to the class, and through many years has labored for the good of the nation, advocating every measure intended to advance the welfare, prosperity and happiness of his people. His ancestors were among those who fought for American independence, his grandfather, Walter Waters, and his brothers all serving in the colonial army. His father, William Waters, was born in Monroe County, New York, in 1795, and was a soldier in the war of 18 12, participating in tire battle of Lundy’s Lane under General Scott. He was one of the pioneers of the western reserve of Ohio, locating in Ashtabula County. In 1837 he removed with his family from Ohio to Boonville, Warwick County, Indiana, and when his son Julius was eight years of age went to Iowa, taking up his abode near what is now Mount Pleasant, Henry County. About this time the family was bereft by death of...

Biography Of Thomas Benton Murdock

In 1841 Thomas Benton Murdock was born in the mountains of Virginia. He was one of the five children who lived to maturity of Thomas Murdock and Katherine Pierrepont. On the mother’s side came the pride of the Pierrepont; from the father’s the insurgent instincts of the Irish Murdocks who left Ireland after the Irish rebellion failed in 1798. Though reared in the mountains among the most simple people and most primitive surroundings, the Murdocks who have been known in Kansas for half a century have proved soldiers of the militant democracy. They have been fighters who led naturally, by instinct and training, but never fighters for the old order. They always were pioneers, always moving out into new territory of thought and action, looking forward. Thomas and Katherine Murdock could not endure the iniquity of slavery, so in 1849 they freed their slaves and left the slave country for Ohio. They settled near Ironton, along the Ohio River, but lost everything they had in the panic of 1855. Loading their household goods upon a boat, they went down the Ohio to the Mississippi and journeyed as far west as Mount Pleasant, Iowa. There the family spent the winter, and the father went to Kansas and found a location. He brought his family to Topeka in the winter of 1856-57. They rented a little hotel and kept tavern, among others having for guests Jim Lane and A. D. Stevens, famous as a border fighter under Montgomery and afterward killed at Harper’s Ferry under old John Brown. Going and coming in the little Kansas town of the Virginia abolitionist were...

Biographical Sketch of Hon. Alvin T. Ferriss

HON. ALVIN T. FERRISS.- This representative citizen of Eastern Washington was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 1852, being the son of James R. and Mary Worth Ferriss. He resided at his birthplace until fifteen years old, at that date removing with his parents to Northwest Missouri. In the spring of 1872 he came west to Denver. After a short stay among the Rocky Mountains, engaged in mining and other operations, and at one time as railroad contractor on the Oregon Short Line, he crossed the continent in 1883 to Washington Territory, and, after looking over the country, selected Pullman as his future home. Soon after his arrival, he started the present large hardware business with Charles Kingman. In two years he was joined by his brother, James Ferriss, and conducted the business under the firm name of Ferriss Bros. In June, 1887, they suffered a loss of twelve thousand dollars above insurance by fire, but in the same year rebuilt, erecting their present commodious building where they carry a stock worth forty thousand dollars, and are the largest firm in their line in the Palouse country. Besides his mercantile business, Mr. Ferris is also active in financial circles, being president of the Pullman Bank. In the fall of 1888, his popularity was evinced by his election as representative of Whitman county on nominating of the Republican party, receiving the largest vote on his ticket. He was married in Pullman in 1885 to Miss Lizzie Harris, a native of Missouri. By this union they have two children, Robert and...

Biography of Hon. Amos F. Tullis

HON. AMOS F. TULLIS. – Amos F. Tullis was born January 6, 1830, at Carthage, Rush county, Indiana. Both of his parents were natives of Ohio, and, having migrated to Indiana, followed farming. At the age of five years his mother died; and five years later his father followed her to the great silent majority, leaving a family of four sons and two daughters, of whom Amos was the fourth child. He lived on the farm of his parents until 1846, when he accompanied an older sister with her husband to Iowa. He resided at Mount Pleasant, Burlington and Ottumwa in that state until March 18, 1852. On that date, with his two brothers, John, now deceased, and James, now one of the substantial farmers of Lewis county, he started with ox-teams to cross the plains for Oregon. They arrived at Portland on the 8th of August. They did not tarry at that embryo metropolis, but started for Olympia, on Puget Sound (then Oregon Territory), which they reached August 27th. Mr. Tullis found immediate employment in the sawmill of Ward & Hays at Tumwater, and shortly afterwards leased the mill for six months. He loaded the ship Leonesa with the entire result of his occupancy, and accompanied her to San Francisco, intrusting the sale of the same to a commission merchant in San Francisco; but not a dollar was ever realized by him for that six months’ labor. It was Mr. Tullis’ intention with the proceeds of that cargo to have returned to his home in Iowa; but his scheme was defeated by his bad luck. Without means, he...

Biography of Julias A. Crane, M. D.

Julias A. Crane M. D., of Santa Ana, is of New England parentage, and was born in Portage County, Ohio, January 21, 1846. His father, Rev. Eber Crane, was a clergyman of the Baptist denomination, born in Clinton, Connecticut (on Long Island Sound), May 3, 1808, and died at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, April 4, 1884. He was educated at the academy in South Reading, Massachusetts, and pursued his professional studies at the Newton Theological Institute, in the outskirts of Boston, at which time-honored institution he was graduated August 20, 1834. He was a zealous and life-long Abolitionist, a coadjutor and personal friend of William Lloyd Garrison, and to the close of his eventful and, at times, stormy life, always and everywhere had ” the courage of his convictions.” Dr. Crane’s mother, Nancy A. (Knowlton) Crane, was born near the Green mountains, Vermont, January 5, 1817, from which State, while yet a child, her parents moved to the Western Reserve in Ohio. She is a woman of great force of character, strong individuality, beloved by her children and highly esteemed and admired by all who know her. Dr. Crane received his literary education at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, after which he took up the study of medicine in the city of Cleveland. He was graduated from the Charity Hospital Medical College (now the medical department of the University of Wooster) in the spring of 1870, and on March 15, 1882, received the ad eundem degree of M. D. from the Medical Department of the Western Reserve University of Cleveland. In the year 1873 he was appointed first assistant physician in the...

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