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Biography of Dr. A. B. Davis

The humanizing influences of Christianity are shown in thousands of directions, but in none to a more marked degree than that of medicine, and although there are pretenders in every profession who for a time may overshadow those more worthy, yet they eventually reach their level and the deserving are then shown in their true light. One of the young but already prominent physicians of Marion County, Arkansas, is Dr. A. B. Davis, of Powell. He was born in Adairsville, Ga., April 18, 1857, a son of P. R. Davis (see sketch of J. F. Davis). He was about twelve years of age at the time the family came to Arkansas, and the most of his literary education was obtained in this section, although his initiatory training was obtained in the State that gave him birth. When about twenty years of age he began the study of medicine with Dr. R. J. Pierce, and he received his first course of lectures at Little Rock, but gave up this work and for some five or six years was engaged in teaching school. He then for some time followed mercantile pursuits at Powell, and then went West and for six months was a resident of California. In 1891 he returned to Arkansas and again took up the study of medicine, and in 1891 took a course of lectures at Little Rock. He then located and practiced for some time at Powell, but not being satisfied with the knowledge he had obtained of his profession, he entered the Medical Department of the Nashville University, of Nashville, Tennessee, and there pursued his studies...

Biography of David Magness

DAVID MAGNESS. 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 perseverance, he is bound to make a success of what-ever he undertakes. One of the most noted and successful firms in Newton County is that of Cantrell, Magness & Co., general merchants, cotton buyers, etc., of Western Grove. David Magness is a native of this State, born in Marion County in 1845. He is a son of Samuel and Almira (Onstott) Magness. The father was a native of the Old North State, born in 1818, and came with his parents to Marion County, Arkansas, at a very early day. There he grew to mature years, received a limited education, and married. A prominent and successful farmer and stockraiser, and an honest, industrious citizen, no man in the county had more friends. His death occurred in Marion County in 1857, when in the prime of life. He was a FreeWill Baptist in his religious belief. His brothers and sisters were named as follows: Joseph, William, Wilshire, Robert, Hugh, Teaff, Elizabeth, Annie, and Jane, who is the wife of Mr. Pumphry, of Lead Hill, the only one now living. Their father, Joseph Magness, came to Marion County in a very early day and settled in Pawpaw thickets, where he improved a good farm, and died many years ago. He was a prominent farmer and stockraiser. The mother of David Magness died in 1875, when fifty-three years...

Biography of James P. Brady

JAMES P. BRADY. Agricultural pursuits have formed the chief occupation of this gentleman, and the wide-awake manner in which he has taken advantage of every method and idea tending to the enhanced value of his property has had considerable to do with his success in life. He was born in Georgia February 9, 1847, a son of Hiram J. and Charity (Cook) Brady, of that State, and grandson of Enoch Brady, who was a son of Irish parents and a participant in some of the early wars of the United States. Hiram J. Brady, with his family, emigrated to Arkansas in 1873, coming thither by rail and water, purchased land and made a location on Sugar Orchard Creek, where they lived until their deaths in 1885 and 1883, father and mother, respectively. The father was a lifelong farmer, but at one time also followed merchandising Georgia and acquired a goodly property. He was a Democrat politically, held the office of county judge of Fannin County, Ga., and was a leading politician of that section. He and his wife were members of the Primitive Baptist Church and the father was a deacon of that church in Georgia for many years. Their children were as follows: Eloch wasa man of family and died while serving in the Second Georgia Infantry during the war; Thomas was a man of family and died in Georgia before the war; Mary A. is the widow of Thomas Smith and is living three miles from Powell; John W. is living about a mile and a half from Powell and is a man of family; James P.;...

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