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Biography of Walton Elan Bass

Walton Elan Bass, who came to Muskogee in April, 1916, and is here a prominent figure in connection with loan interests, holding the office of loan examiner in connection with the Farm & Home Savings & Loan Association of Missouri, was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 10, 1878. His parents were William Ambrose and Usa Dissa (Anderson) Bass, the former a dry goods merchant. Walton E. Bass pursued his early education in the public schools and afterward attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, from which he was graduated with the class of 1899, having pursued a mechanical and engineering course. He started out in the business world as a messenger in a bank and rose to the position of cashier of the City Bank of Whitesboro, Texas, with which he was identified for a decade. He afterward became state agent and general loan examiner, for the above company occupying that position to the present time. He moved to Muskogee in April, 1916. Through the intervening period of six years he has been closely associated with financial circles here as a prominent representative of loan interests. He is a man of sound judgment and keen discrimination and these qualities have been most important factors in the attainment of his success. On the 14th of May, 1902, Mr. Bass was united in marriage to Miss Reba McAfee of Whitesboro, Texas, and they have, become parents of a son, Walton Ray, who was born October 3, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Bass have membership in the First Presbyterian church and he is a Mason, having attained the thirty-second degree of the...

Biography of Basil Tonion Barber

Basil Tonion Barber. The ever-changing conditions of present-day competition in business life offer splendid opportunities for men of foresight and sagacity in any growing locality, whether it be developing from wilderness to settlement or from hamlet to metropolis. The ability to recognize in advance the strategic commercial situation is an asset the value of which may not be overestimated, and the man who possesses this quality is bound to find himself, sooner or later, in a position of importance in the business world. It was through the ability to predict where business would develop and to know in advance what kind of business would flourish that had enabled Basil Tonion Barber, of Iola, to reach a position of eminence at an age when most men are just starting upon their careers. When he located at Iola, in 1910, he was still a youth, with only several years’ experience behind him, but he confidently embarked upon his career, and today finds himself at the head of a paying automobile and garage business and proprietor of the largest establishment in the city. Basil T. Barber was born at Sunnyside, a small community of Tennessee, May 27, 1885, and is a son of W. L. and Emily (Condra) Barber. He is descended from Irish ancestors who came to the United States during the colonial period and settled as pioneers in Kentucky, where members of the family became wealthy planters and prominent citizens in various walks of life. W. L. Barber was born in 1859, at Frankfort, Kentucky, and as a young man moved to Sunnyside, Tennessee, where he met and married Emily...

Biographical Sketch of A. B. Conley

A. B. Conley, merchant, and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, Tennessee, was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, November 7, 1847; the son of A. W. Conley, a native of Tennessee. Our subject was reared on a farm in what is now a part of Crockett County. He acquired his education in the common schools and in 1867 began the study of medicine. He attended the Eclectic College at Cincinnati, Ohio, the medical department of the University of Louisiana at New Orleans, and graduated in 1884 from the American Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati. From 1871 to 1880 he practiced in Louisiana and then went to Milan, Tennessee. June 17, 1886, he came to Tullahoma and engaged in general merchandising, his present occupation. At the age of fourteen he ran away from home, joined the Confederate Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry. After a year’s service he returned home on account of sickness. He was married in 1869 to Mattie J., daughter of Washington Mitchell of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Three children were born to them, one girl and two boys; our subject is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows, K. of P., K. of H., K. & L. of H. and A. O. U. W....

Biographical Sketch of J. A. Clark

J. A. Clark, farmer in Coffee County, was born in Rutherford County, August 22, 1822. His parents, Anthony and Sallie (Dunlap) Clark, natives of North Carolina, came to Tennessee in 1800 remained until 1850 and then went to Texas. Here the father died about 1871, and the mother a year later. They were of Irish and English descent. Our subject married Millie Wilkinson in 1844. Born to them are nine children: John, November 5, 1845; Rufus, November 10, 1846; R. S., January 19, 1849; I. M., November 5, 1851; Ellen, March 3, 1854; Sallie, April 4, 1856; James, April 7, 1859; Elizabeth, August 17, 1861; and Willie D., August 30, 1865. Mr. Clark, his wife and six children are members of the Christian Church. He has educated his children, one of whom is teacher in the Winchester Normal School, one principal of Hillsboro (Texas), schools, and a third also teaching in Texas. Mr. Clark is a...

Biographical Sketch of John H. Ashley

John H. Ashley, High Sheriff of Coffee County, and a prominent citizen of Manchester, was born in Rutherford County, June 13, 1848. He is the son of W. F. and Lidia A. (Mankin), both natives of Tennessee and of English descent; the former was born near Beech Grove in 1822 and died November 5, 1878; the latter, still living, was born in Rutherford County in 1822. The elder Ashley was a farmer and a sound democrat. Our subject was the oldest of seven children; received his academic education at Beech Grove Academy chiefly, and for sixteen years successfully pursued agriculture. In 1884 he was elected High Sheriff of Coffee County and was honored by re-election two years later by a handsome majority. He has raised, a self-made man, to his present successful position. December 18, 1868, he was married to Mattie E. Hightower, born in Murfreesboro in 1859, and a graduate from the Female Institute in her native city. Two children were born to them: Freelin H. born February 11, 1881, and Mamie, born September 7, 1883. Mr. Ashley is a stanch democrat and a member of the Separate Baptist Church, while his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is an influential...

Biographical Sketch of S. H. Wood, M.D.

S. H. Wood, M. D., a physician of Hillsboro, was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, November 13, 1824. His parents, Thomas and Susan (Baldridge) Wood, are natives of Orange County, N. C., immigrating to Tennessee about 1806. A blacksmith by trade the elder Wood moved to Hickman County, Kentucky, in 1827, remaining there to the close of his life in 1837. Reared on the farm, our subject began the study of medicine in 1844, and before beginning to practice in Bradyville, Tennessee, attended Louisville University. Since 1866 he has had successful practice at his present home. He married Elizabeth Lyon, of Rutherford County, in 1849. Born to them were John, May 14, 1850, and Mary F., June 10, 1852. His wife died July 10, 1853. He then married Mary J. Lyon, by whom he had seven children. Her death occurred May 2, 1872, at Hillsboro. In 1874 he married Sarah C. Huffar. They have six children. He is a member of the Christian Church. In 1861 he was State Representative, and is now justice of the peace. Politically he is a...

Biographical Sketch of Isaac Taylor

Isaac Taylor, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Campbell; was born in Rutherford Co., Tenn., March 16, 1829, and lived with his father on the farm, engaged with his parents in farming until married to Eliza J. Erwin April 12, 1860; she was born in Coles Co., Ill., Oct. 5, 1841; they have eight children, viz., Marian W., Willie E., Oscar E., Margaret E., Perry S., Isaac V., Balas B. and Cary A. Mr. Taylor was School Director fifteen years and has held the office of Assessor one term. He is a Primitive Baptist. Mr. Taylor is liked by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance, and is a minister of considerable ability, living up to what he...

Howland, Lawson A. – Obituary

Lawson A. Howland, 86, died Jan. 25, 2003, at the Weiser Rehabilitation and Care Center. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Idaho. Burial will be at Salubria Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel. Lawson was born and raised in Cambridge, Idaho. He attended grade school and high school in Cambridge and graduated in 1934. He lived with his parents on the family farm along Pine Creek about four miles northwest of the city. He was very active in sports throughout his childhood, competing in basketball, football, and boxing. The majority of his time during his school years was spent helping with the family farm operation. His father raised purebred Suffolk sheep and Lawson was very involved in all aspects of the business. Throughout his high school years he spent a good deal of time herding the bands of sheep in the mountains and foothills north of town. He was an accomplished sheep shearer and trimmer. Working on the shearing crews took him to the Salmon River and Snake River country, and to Montana as well as the local area in Washington County. A few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Lawson enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his initial training, he was sent to Scott Field, Ill., where he graduated from the Field Radio Communications School in June of 1942. He was then transferred to Smyrna, Tenn., where he graduated from the Air Traffic Control Academy. He was transferred to Selman Field at Monroe, La., on Sept. 14, 1942,...

Rutherford County, Tennessee Cemetery Transcriptions

Tennessee Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Tennessee county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries (hosted at Rutherford County, Tennessee Tombstone Transcription Project) Benevolent Cemetery Johns Cemetery Jones Cemetery Holloway Cemetery Lyon Cemetery Mason Cemetery Miscellaneous Rutherford County (hosted at Rutherford County, TN Cemeteries Homepage ) National Cemetery at Murfreesboro Patterson Cemetery Sharp Cemetery Wadley Cemetery...

Taylor, Roy Daniel “Dan” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Roy Daniel “Dan” Taylor, 55, of Baker City died Feb. 13, 2002, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. There will be a memorial service later. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Crematory. Mr. Taylor was born on Dec. 17, 1945, at Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Roy I. and Ruby B. Haley Taylor. After he retired from the military, he worked for law enforcement for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his sister, Carol Kish and her husband, Joe; a brother, Joe Beasley and his wife, Jean; nephews, Scott Kish, and his wife, Cristy, and Terry Beasley and his wife, Cindy; and a niece, Angela Potts, and her husband, Bryan. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 22, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...
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