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Biography of M. H. Osburn, M. D.

M. H. OSBURN, M. D. There are always in the medical profession some individuals who become eminent and command a large patronage, and among those who deserve special recognition is Dr. M. H. Osburn, whose face is a familiar one in the home of the sick and afflicted. He has practiced his profession in his section of Missouri for twenty years and his name has become almost a household word. He is a Georgian by birth, born March 27, 1838 a son of Ectyl and Cynthia (Nelson) Osburn, who were born in the Palmetto State and Georgia, respectively. The paternal grandfather, William Osburn, was born in South Carolina also, was of English-Irish descent, and throughout life followed the occupation of farming, to which occupation he reared his son, Ectyl. The latter, with his wife, emigrated to Missouri in 1867 and settled on a farm three miles from Rome, but eventually died in Ozark County, Missouri, in 1886. He was a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church for a number of years, and during the great Civil War was a member of a Tennessee regiment. His wife, who was a daughter of Wiley Nelson, died in 1883, after having borne him ten children, the following of whom are living: Dr. M. H.,G. W.,J.H.E., Howell C., Mariah, Frances and Mary A. Those deceased are William N., Sarah J. and Cynthia C. The boyhood days of Dr. Osburn were passed in the State of his birth, and there he received such education as could be obtained in the common schools of that section and period. At the age of twenty-two years he...

Biography of Capt. Jared E. Smith

CAPT. JARED E. SMITH. This prosperous merchant of Roy, Missouri, was born in Tennessee, October 8, 1826, a son of William P. and C. (Patterson) Smith, who were born in North and South Carolina, respectively, were pioneers of Tennessee and moved from that State to Texas in 1851, settling in Ellis County, where both were called from life. They reared eight children; Jared E.; Benjamin Franklin (deceased); Henry W. (deceased); William H., who is a resident of Texas; Melissa, and the following daughters, who are dead: Mary J.; Eliza A. and Ona. The subject of this sketch is the only living member of the family except William H. and Melissa, both of whom were alive in 1873. Jared E. grew up and was married in Maury County, Tennessee, to Miss Sarah R. Mack, a daughter of John and Sarah Mack, the former of whom was a resident of Greene County, Missouri, and died in Springfield in 1854. In the spring of 1851 Capt. Smith came to Missouri and located in Springfield, where he made his home until 1882, at which time he became a resident of Roy. His attention was first given to the building business, and to him is due the credit of having put in operation the first steam power in southwest Missouri in March, 1858, consisting of a planing mill, grist mill, foundry and machine shop, the machinery of which, bought in St. Louis, was with much labor conveyed to Greene County. He operated this mill until the opening of the war and in 1864 sold it to John Smooke. At the first call for troops...

Biography of John Kintrea

JOHN KINTREA. Among the countless industries of the United States, there are none which attracts more universal attention than that of merchandising. Among those prominently engaged in this occupation in Taney County, is John Kintrea, who has a fine store at Kirbyville. This gentleman was born at Woodstock, February 28, 1852, and, no doubt, inherits his perseverance, industry and sturdy traits of character from his Scotch ancestors. His father, James Kintrea, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1820, and when a young man emigrated to Canada. Later he found his way to Missouri and followed the painter’s trade at Springfield, while a resident of that city. His death occurred in Oregon on the 4th of July, 1893, while there visiting. Politically he was a Democrat and socially a Mason of a number of years’ standing. He was well known and well respected all over Greene County. He married Miss Margaret Katna, a native of Scotland, born near Edinburgh, who died in Springfield in 1890. Ten children were born to this worthy couple, five sons and five daughters, all but two surviving: Agnes, wife of John Edgerton, of Portland, Ore.; Margaret, single, resides at Paris, Canada; John, subject; William, single, resides at Springfield where he is in the dry goods business; Belle, wife of Dr. Bissett, of Springfield; James, married, resides at Portland, Ore.; Catherine, wife of William Thompson, resides at Paris, Canada; Jennie, wife of Thomas Flittan, resides at Parsons, Kan.; while Valentine and Frank both died young. The parents of these children were active members of the Presbyterian Church. Our subject spent his boyhood days in his native...

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