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Biography of William A. Conklin

WILLIAM A. CONKLIN. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is the efficient county clerk of Ozark County, Missouri, and his career thus far in life presents an example of industry, perseverance and good management, rewarded by substantial results well worthy the imitation of all who start out in life as he did, with no capital except a good constitution and a liberal supply of pluck and energy. In addition to discharging the duties of his official position with marked ability, he is also the proprietor and editor of the Ozark County News, a newsy and instructive weekly, published in the interests of the county and of the Republican party, of which Mr. Conklin.has always been a member. He was born at Shepherdsville, Kentucky, September 29, 1855. The son of William and Mary J. (Neldon) Conklin, the former of whom was of German extraction and a native of the State of New York. At an early day he removed to Kentucky, was married there and in 1856 took up his residence in Pulaski County, Missouri, where he made a good home for himself and family and resided until his death in 1867. He was a son of William Conklin. In the public schools of Pulaski County, Missouri, William A. Conklin laid the foundation of a good, practical education, and in 1872 he entered the high school at Richland. In 1876 he started out to do business for himself and established a paper at Gainesville, Missouri, known as the Gainesville Gazette, of which he was manager one year. At the end of that time the Gazette and the Triblune consolidated...

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