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Biography of John W. Jacks

The value of the local newspaper in the upbuilding of the best interests of any community is universally conceded. The rule is that good papers are found in good towns, inferior journals in towns of stunted growth and uncertain future. It is not so much a matter of size as excellence and of adaptability to the needs of its locality. These conditions given, in an appreciative and progressive community, the size of the paper will take care of itself in a way mutually satisfactory to publishers and patrons. Montgomery City is fortunate in having the Standard as its local instrument. This paper is owned, edited and published by John W. Jacks and is conducted upon only the highest and most honorable principles. John W. Jacks was born five miles north of Paris, in Monroe county, Missouri, on the 1st of September, 1845, a son of John Richmond Jacks. His father was born to Kentucky in 1815 and came with his parents to Missouri when twelve years of age. The first pair of shoes John R. Jacks ever owned he made himself. In Missouri he engaged in farming and the mercantile business and was a prominent man in the community in which he resided. He was the first marshal of the Court of Common Pleas of Sturgeon, Boone county, and was a man of the highest integrity and personal worth. His father was William Milton Jacks, a native of North Carolina, who married Miss Nancy White in Kentucky and moved to Missouri in 1827. The mother of John W. Jacks was Sarah Keithley. She was born in Pike county, a...

Biography of Mandly Board

Mandly Board, organizer of the Exchange National Bank of Muskogee and President from the beginning to the present time, belongs to that class of substantial citizens who are the real promoters and up builders of a community. Steadfast in purpose, progressive in his views and at all times reliable in his methods, Mandly Board has ever been classed with those who have promoted the material and intellectual progress of the community and upheld its legal and moral status. A Virginian by birth, he claims Front Royal as the place of his nativity and the date as October 19, 1868. He was born on the plantation belonging to his parents, Charles B. and Hannah S. (Iden) Board, and his youthful days were largely devoted to the acquirement of his education. His public school course was supplemented by study in the academy at Front Royal and later he took up the profession of teaching, which he successfully followed for six years, imparting readily and clearly to others the knowledge, that he had acquired. For ten years in early manhood he also engaged in farming. He had early become familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops, while on his father’s plantation, and his efforts as an agriculturist were crowned with a substantial measure of success. Desirous, however, of entering the field of banking, he at length organized the Bank of Sturgeon at Sturgeon, Missouri, and was its cashier from 1904 until 1908. The latter year witnessed the arrival of Mandly Board in Muskogee and here again he entered the field of banking by organizing the...

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