Location: Adair County MO

Biography of Joseph Knight

JOSEPH A. KNIGHT. – A capable and enterprising citizen of Union county who has labored for the advancement of the county for many years, displaying both ability and integrity in these efforts as in all his career, the subject of this article is deserving of representation in ths volume, and it is with pleasure that we accord to him such, being assured that he is one of the substantial men of the county. Caswell county, North Carolina, is his native place and September 19, 1838, the date of his birth, his parents being William and Susan R. (Harrison(, natives of North Carolina, the father being a farmer there until 1843, in which year he removed to adair county, Misouri, in that place also being numbered with the agriculturists until the time of his death, which occurred September 19, 1865, the mother passing away in October of the same year. They sleep quietly in Macon county, Missouri. Until the age of majority our subject remained with his parents and then started on the path of independent action in life, going first to Kansas, where for six months he was engaged in farming and then returned to Missouri, remaining there until 1865. In this last year he came overland to the Grande Ronde valley, purchasing a farm of two hundred acres near Summerville from the state and settling down to farming...

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Biographical Sketch of Andrew T. Still, Dr.

Dr. Andrew T. Still, founder of the American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, was a resident of Kansas for over twenty years, during which he farmed, practiced medicine and fought in the Civil war. He was a native of Lee County, Virginia, born in 1828, and the family moved to Tennessee when he was a young boy. He was educated in that state, for nearly three years attending Holston College, at Newmarket. As his father and older brother were physicians, he decided to take up the study of medicine himself. When qualified to practice he was of great assistance to his father, who had been a missionary to the Indians at Macon County, Missouri, for many years. In 1853 he accompanied his father to the Wakarusa Methodist Mission in Douglas County, Kansas, where he engaged in farming and the practice of medicine. He was a member of the Territorial House of Representatives in 1857. In the previous year he and his brother had donated 480 acres of land as a site for Baker University, Baldwin, and as he engaged in the lumber business about that time his sawmill cut much of the lumber used in its construction. Doctor Still served in Company F, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, from its organization in September, 1861, until it was dishanded in April, 1862. He then organized a company of militia and in...

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Biography of Adrian D. Nichols, D. O.

The school of osteopathy has a worthy representative in Adrian D. Nichols, who is a successful practitioner of St. Louis, and since his graduation from the Kirksville School of Osteopathy has practiced in this city. He was born on a farm near Nashville, Illinois, April 17, 1870, and is a son of David William and Tabitha (Ballard) Nichols. The father, a native of the state of New York, was born in what was then known as Bath Village but is now the city of Syracuse. He was a son of William Nichols who came to America from Scotland in early life. David W. Nichols was born in 1832 and pursued his education in the schools of Michigan, to which state his parents removed when he was quite young. Later the family home was established at Quincy, Illinois, where he was residing at the time of the outbreak of the Civil war. Upon President Lincoln’s call to arms he was one of the first to enlist, joining Major Wood’s One Hundred Day Men. The commander later turned his troops over to the Mulligan Brigade at Lexington. They were exchanged as prisoners of war at Jefferson Barracks, after being kept there for a time. They were paroled and discharged at Hannibal, Missouri. Later Mr. Nichols joined the forces of General Curtis at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and at Corinth joined the troops...

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Biography of John D. Hayward, M. D.

Dr. John D. Hayward, a St. Louis surgeon, was born January 18, 1878, in Kirksville, Missouri, his parents being James M. and Susan (Arnold) Hayward. The father, a native of Indiana, was of English lineage, the ancestral family line being traced to James Hayward, who came to America in the Mayflower. One of his descendants, who also bore the name of James Hayward and who was the great-great-grandfather of Dr. Hayward, served under Washington in the Revolutionary war. As settlement pushed westward the family became connected with Indiana and fn that state James M. Hayward, the doctor’s father, was reared and educated, but prior to the Civil war he came to Missouri with his parents, settling in Schuyler county. There the grandfather engaged in farming and James M. Hayward afterwards began farming and stock raising on his own account. He followed the business successfully for many years and is now living retired. His wife, a native of Missouri, belonged to one of the old pioneer families of the state of Scotch-Irish descent. She passed away in 1879, leaving a family of eight children, four sons and four daughters. Dr. Hayward, the youngest child, was educated in the public schools and in the Kirksville State Normal school, where he remained a student for three years. He then matriculated in the Barnes University as a medical student and was graduated there...

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Biography of Orin Smith Miller, D. O.

For seventeen years Dr. Orion Smith Miller has engaged in the practice of osteopathy in St. Louis and throughout the intervening period has enjoyed an extensive patronage which is at once an indication of the skill and ability that he displays and of the success which he is attaining in his chosen field. St. Louis numbers him among her native sons, his birth having here occurred October 7, 1865. His ancestral line is traced back to Pennsylvania and in the family mingled traits of English, Irish and Dutch blood, although representatives of the name have long resided on this side the Atlantic. The doctor’s father, Isaac Newton Miller, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and about 1841 became a resident of St. Louis, where he joined Daniel Catlin in the tobacco manufacturing business, with which he was connected until January, 1899, when he retired from active life, spending his remaining days in the enjoyment of well earned rest. He married Annie Elvira Smith, who was born in Indiana and came with her parents to St. Louis in 1845. The death of Mr. Miller occurred June 18, 1908, when he had reached the age of seventy-two years and ten months. To him and his wife were born five children, four of whom are living: D. C., a capitalist of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Bessie, the widow of John R. Scott, formerly connected with...

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Biographical Sketch of James T. Hatfield

Three and one-half miles northeast from Owyhee is found the comfortable and valuable farm and home of the subject of this article. The estate is one of eighty acres of fine land, all covered by the Owyhee ditch and well cultivated and productive of abundant returns of hay, fruit and other valuable crops. Mr. Hatfield is one of the originators of the Owyhee ditch, and he labored faithfully on it from the time it was started until it was finished. Reverting to his personal history we note that James T. was born in Adair County, Missouri, on July 14, 1839, being the son of Andrew and Mary Hatfield. He removed with his parents while still a child to Putnam County, in the same state, and there remained with them until the time of his marriage, which happy event occurred on September 9, 1858. Miss Lucinda Sumpter then becoming his wife. In September, 1861 Mr. Hatfield enlisted in the Confederate Army under Price and participated in the battle of Lexington serving three months. Then he returned home and being convinced of the error of the cause of Confederacy, he did what few men would have the courage to do, that was own his mistake and offer his services on the right side. He enlisted in Company F. Ninth Missouri Volunteers and served in this capacity until the fall of 1863,...

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Biography of Frank A. Parker, D. O.

Frank A. Parker, D. O. Among the different recognized schools of the healing art, the science of osteopathy has undoubtedly made notable progress within the last decade. Its principles have been found to be so sound and its cures of the ills of the human body so remarkably successful that its practitioners can show lists of satisfied patients each year increasing, from every walk of life. Among the leading osteopathic practitioners at Champaign no one is better known or more thoroughly relied on than Dr/ Frank A. Parker, who has been engaged in the practice of his science here since 1906. Frank A. Parker was born in Ford County, Illinois, November 6, 1866. His parents were Henry J. and Susanna (Walton) Parker, the former of whom was born in New York and the latter in Ohio. Both are now deceased. The father was a merchant and also was a farmer in Indiana. The youngest of a family of twelve children, Frank A. Parker had no exceptional advantages in youth but grew to the age of eighteen years as a farm hand during the summer seasons, attending the common schools during the winters. This educational training was later supplemented with a course of instruction at Valparaiso, Indiana. He was ambitious and an agricultural life as a finality did not appeal to him. Therefore he went to Chicago, the great city...

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Biography of A. W. Matthews

A. W. Matthews, former county official, had been active in business affairs at Washington for upwards of twenty years, and had a well established business in real estate and loans. He individually owned considerable farming property and had made all he had by close attention to business and honorable and straight-forward relations. Mr. Matthews was born on his father’s homestead in Cloud County, Kansas, November 23, 1874. His father, W. T. Matthews, who now lives at Miltonvale, Kansas, was born in Iowa in 1848. When he was a boy his parents moved to Kirksville, Missouri. Grand-father Matthews was in business at Kirksville for a number of years and died at the age of eighty-nine. The maiden name of the grandmother was Covey. She also died at Kirksville. W. T. Matthews grew up in Kirksville, Missouri, and though very young at the time he enlisted and served until toward the close of the Civil war and did most of his fighting against the bushwhackers. In 1873 he brought his family to Kansas, homesteading 160 acres in Cloud County. He proved up on his land, and finally established the first store at Miltonvale and was active in business as a merchant until 1909, since which date he had lived retired. He is a republican and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. W. T. Matthews married Anna Raridon, who...

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Biography of Pius B. Humphrey, Prof.

Prof. Pius B. Humphrey. The claim of Prof. Pius B. Humphrey upon the esteem and confidence of the people of Caney, Kansas, is based upon five years of faithful and efficient service in the office of superintendent of city schools. When he came to this city, in 1911, he was admirably fitted to take charge of the institutions in which the mind of youth is molded and developed, and since that time he has through steady and constant endeavor built up a school system which may be said to be second to none of a city this size in the state. His entire career has been devoted to work of an educational character, and in whatever community he has centered his activities he has always gained the good will and respect of his fellow-citizens. Professor Humphrey was born in Scotland County, Northeastern Missouri, April 7, 1872, and is a son of Thomas P. and Sarah Jane (Stough) Humphrey. The family originated in England and the original American progenitors came to this country long before the Revolutionary war, being early settlers of Kentucky. From that state the family branched out to other parts of the country, one going to West Virginia, in which state was born in 1803, William Humphrey, the grandfather of Pius B. In 1838 William Humphrey came to the West, locating in Lewis County, Missouri, and twenty...

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Beecher, Henry Ward – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Henry Ward Beecher Moved to Adair Co., MO when he was 8. At 15 he enlisted in Co. A, 39th Missouri Volunteers and served until 19 July 1865. Saw many battles and skirmishes. In 1867 he accompanied Gen. Marcia, chief inspector of US troops to New Mexico, and encountered several Indian raids. About 1872 with infant son, he and wife started for far West. First to San Francisco, then Portland, OR by boat. After short stop in Willamette Valley went by team and wagon to Eastern OR landing in the Grande Ronde Valley in 1875, then in 1876 came to Wallowa Valley (then called Indian Valley) and took up a pre-emption on Alder Slope. There were few families then at Alder, and he kept the first post office. Active in GAR (John F. Reynolds post), served as commander for two years. [editors note: another article list the “facts” a little...

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Biography of Armon P. Vaughn

Armon P. Vaughn. The condition and the high standards of the public schools of Rosedale reflect the power and efficiency of Armon P. Vaughn as an educator and an educational leader. Mr. Vaughn for the past four years had been city superintendent of schools there, and had two more years to serve in his present term. He came to Rosedale in 1907 and for four years was principal of the Columbian School and for two years was principal of the high school before his election to his present office. The enrollment in the public schools of Rosedale is 1,725 students, while the number of teachers is 48. Ten years ago when Mr. Vaughn first came in touch with educational conditions there were 26 teachers and an enrollment of 1,225. Though the schools are now much crowded the students are much better provided with educational facilities than they were ten years ago. There are more teachers to the number of pupils, and in many ways the standard of educational efficiency had been kept rising. Ten years ago there were only three teachers in the high school, while now the staff numbers nine. Manual training is an important feature of high school work, and in the manual training department are opportunities for learning the fundamentals of several mechanical trades, while the domestic science department fills an important need with the girl...

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Biography of Patrick A. Dickerson

Patrick A. Dickerson is now serving his second term as sheriff of Rice County, with headquarters in the county seat at Lyons. Mr. Dickerson had had a varied and active experience in life, but for many years was in railroad work and was called from a position in that service to his present office. Mr. Dickerson was born at La Plata, Missouri, August 10, 1877. The Dickerson family came originally from Ireland to the United States. His father, P. H. T. Dickerson, was born in Baron County, Kentucky, in 1833. He made a successful career largely by hard work and sturdy determination. When he was ten years of age his parents died, and, set adrift in the world, he soon afterwards walked the entire distance to La Plata in Northeastern Missouri and had many hard knocks while establishing himself. He worked at many things and for many people until he reached his majority and then took up a homestead in Missouri of 160 acres. Later he sold that and bought another farm and gradually accumulated a most satisfactory prosperity. At the time of his death in La Plata, which occurred in 1899, he owned 210 acres of good farming land. He was a democrat and a member of the Christian Church. During the Civil war he served with a Home Guard Regiment in Missouri. The maiden name of his...

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Biographical Sketch of Jonas L. Roe

JONAS L. ROE.- Mr. Roe was born at Huntington, Pennsylvania, January 10, 1852, and is the son of James Roe, a farmer and carpenter, and a captain in the state militia. In 1854 our subject removed with his parents to Iowa, and subsequently shared with them the returns of hard labor and sagacious investments. Being a bright boy, dividing his time between following the plow and attending school, and growing up a vigorous youth, he took a thorough course of study at the Kirksville, Missouri, State Normal school, and at the age of twenty-one began independent life as teacher in Iowa. Crossing the plains to Oregon in 1880, he continued in the same public-spirited profession, and in 1883 anchored himself to the permanent interests of the country by purchasing a choice tract of land in the section known as the Sand Ridge, near Union, Oregon, a region justly celebrated for the production of wheat. There he has devoted himself exclusively to farming, having made a financial success of the undertaking, and has thereby provided his family a delightful home. He was married to Miss Lucy C. Cochran in 1875, and has a son and two daughters. Having ably filled local offices, he was in 1888 elected by the people of Union county to care for their political interests in the state legislature. In that capacity he has made an...

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Biographical Sketch of George E. Miller

Wallowa county has her full quota of stock men, among whom are some of the ablest in the state, but there are none in our county who stand better among the people generally, being well liked and esteemed, than the capable gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph and whose life has been one of uprightness and guided by sound and sagacious principles, while he is possessed of an unswerving integrity, that stamps him the man under all circumstances and in all relations. Mr. Miller is a native Oregonian, being born to John and Louisa (Schulle) Miller, on October 28, 1868, in Marion County. The father is a native of Ohio, and the mother of Missouri. The father was a farmer and stockman of Adair County, Missouri, and came west in the early sixties, engaging in freighting and mining for eight years in various places. In 1868 he returned to Missouri and settled, remaining there since that time. But little mention is made of our subject’s career until he had reached the age of majority. At that time he was suffering from ill health and came to Oregon to be made sound in body once more. He settled in Wallowa County, remaining in and around Wallowa town for several years and engaging himself with the different stockmen of the vicinity, among whom was John C. Stailey. In the fall of...

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Biography of Henry W. Beecher

The list of the real pioneers of Wallowa County would be sadly incomplete, as also the enumeration of the leading citizens of today, were there failure to add that of the worthy gentleman, and capable and patriotic citizen, whose name is at the head of this article and who is one of the prominent agriculturists of our county having wrought here since the earliest settlements and in addition to this, he is one of the immortal number who stepped to the front ranks when the call came from Columbia to her sons for strong arms to defend her honor. Mr. Henry Ward Beecher was born near Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, on May 17, 1849, being the son of Jesse and Helen B. Beecher. He was reared on a farm having rather limited opportunity to attend school, which lack has however, been amply made up for in the personal research that he has prosecuted since. In 1858, the family removed to Adair county, Missouri, and the father died in 1861, and the mother in 1865. Although but a lad a few days past fifteen years of age, our subject enlisted in Company A, Thirty-ninth Missouri Volunteers, on August 6, 1864. He was soon plunged into the terrors of war and the spirit that animated him was given ample chance to assert itself, and right nobly did he rise to the...

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