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Biography of Judge W. W. Luna

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JUDGE W. W. LUNA. Ozark County, Missouri, is an Eden of fine farms and agricultural tracts. There are comparatively few very small tracts, and each farmer tries to outdo his neighbor in the cultivation and improvement of his land. Of the many fine, attractive places none are more conspicuous than that belonging to Judge W. W. Luna, comprising 280 acres of fine bottom land, of which he has been the owner since 1883. The place is well improved, is principally river bottom land, and everything about his estate indicates to the beholder that a thorough and experienced hand is at the helm. Judge Luna was born in Marshall County, Tennessee, December 11, 1852, a son of Elisha and Eliza (Gray) Luna, who were also born in Marshall County, Tennessee

The father served throughout the Mexican War under Gen. Taylor, attained the rank of third sergeant, but lost his eyesight during the latter part of the war from becoming overheated. He has now been blind for about thirty-five years. He came to Ozark County, Missouri, in 1855, opened up a farm on Pine Creek and has made his home there up to the present time, being now in his seventy-fifth year. He has always supported the principles of the Republican party, and his sons are stanch supporters of that party also. To him and his wife a family of sixteen children were given, all of whom are living, with one exception: Harriet, wife of H. N. Shepherd of this county; Nancy (Mrs. Upton) resides in the Choctaw Nation; Linnie (Upton) resides in this county; John T. resides here; James died in 1890 in this county, having been a soldier of the Civil War; Eliza (Mrs. Cochran) lives in this county; R. T. is living near Dora, Missouri, P. P. resides on Bryant Creek, this county; E. J. is a resident of this count; W. W., the subject of this sketch; A. H. lives here; S. P. lives near Dora; A. C. resides on Cane Creek; M. J. lives on Pine Creek; L. C. lives with his father on Pine Creek; and Amelia lives near Dora.

The subject of this sketch was but a lad when his parents became residents of this county, and here he obtained a fair education in the common schools. He was married in this county to Miss Sarah Patrick, a daughter of Dr. Patrick, one of the pioneer physicians of the county, who died in 1883, and in time the following family gathered about their hearthstone: Tesley, Lizzie, Austin, Everett, Arthur and Agnes. Four children are deceased: Samuel, Homer, Leonard and Alton. Judge Luna has always been a Republican in politics, and in 1890 was elected to the office of probate judge, and at the present time is a candidate for the office of county sheriff, with every promise of being elected. He is a substantial citizen, public-spirited and law-abiding, and he and his wife are attendants of and members of the Christian Church.


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