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Biography of Dr. Wesley B. Wasson

DR. WESLEY B. WASSON. The value to any community of a professional man is not marked merely by his learning and skill, his proficiency in medical and surgical practice, but also by his character both private and professional, his honorable adherence to medical ethics and his personal integrity and benevolence of purpose. When a physician combines these characteristics it is with great pleasure that we record his life-work, and such a man do we find in Dr. Wesley B. Wasson. Although but just starting on his career in the medical profession, this young physician and surgeon has already become prominent in his calling and has the confidence of all. He was born on Spring Creek, in Stone County, in 1862, and is a son of John T. and Caroline (McCullah) Wasson, the former born in Darke County, Ohio, February 29, 1820, and the latter in Tennessee, March 10, 1830. Although the father received but a limited education in his youth he was a man possessed of a great amount of good common sense and good judgment. About 1852 he came down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the mouth of Arkansas River, then up that stream to Ft. Smith, and then by land across the country to Stone County. There he stopped for a time with Alex. McCullah, and soon after married his daughter. From that time until 1867 he remained in Stone County, and then moved to Christian County, locating on Finley River, where he now has a good farm. He is one of the honest, industrious and well-to-do farmers of his section, and has made his property...

Biography of Dr. G. P. S. Brown

DR. G. P. S. BROWN. Prominent in the professional world of Christian County is the name of Dr. Brown, whose services to humanity are worthy of record in this volume, for the professional career of a skillful and devoted physician ever furnishes material of great interest to all readers, and the life narrative of Dr. Brown is no exception to this general statement. He is a native of Greene County, Missouri, born in 1853, and the son of John D. and Mary (Bray) Brown, both natives of the Old North State, the father’s birth occurring in Randolph County in 1798, and the mother’s in 1808. John S. Brown, the grandfather, was born in North Carolina and was of English origin. John D. Brown, father of subject, was a prominent attorney, a wise counselor, and a man who won the respect of all with whom he came in contact. At an early date he removed to Arkansas, and soon after to Greene County, Missouri, locating on a tract of wild prairie land near Henderson. This he changed into a fine farm, and on it he died in 1863 of smallpox. For a number of years he was probate judge of Randolph County; also held the office of district attorney, and was school commissioner of Greene County, Missouri, for some time. In politics he was a stanch advocate of Democratic principles and an active worker for his party. At the breaking out of the Rebellion he was quite wealthy, but lost much of his property during that time. Mrs. Brown is still living, and has now reached the advanced age of...

Biography of G. W. Nokes

G. W. NOKES. It matters little what vocation a man selects as his life occupation so long as it is an honorable one. If he is an honest, upright man, courteous in his intercourse with his fellowmen and possessed of the average amount of energy and business sagacity, he is bound to make his business a financial success. Because the subject of this sketch is possessed of all these requirements, is the chief reason that he has succeeded; because he is above the average in point of natural business qualifications, is the reason he today stands among the best merchants of the county. A brief sketch of Mr. Nokes is here appropriately given: A native of Cannon County, Tennessee, born in 1845, he is the second in order of birth of eleven children, ten sons and one daughter, born to Nelson and Flora A. (Elam) Nokes, natives of Cannon County,Tennessee, the father born about 1821 and the mother in 1825. The parents were reared and married in that State and there remained until 1854, when they came to the neighborhood of Nixa, Missouri, then in Greene County, and settled on a claim in the woods. Mr. Nokes improved four good farms in this neighborhood and there passed the remainder of his days, dying in August, 1879. He was a Union man during the war, but took no active part, being an invalid. He furnished three sons for the Federal Army. Industrious, honest and upright, he was respected by all and was an active member of the Christian Church. A Democrat early in life he was later a Know-Nothing and...

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