Location: Boone County AR

Biography of J.B. Eagel

J. B. Eagel, son-in-law of J. H. Walters, has been a resident of Boone County, Arkansas, for the past ten years, but was born in another part of the county August 25, 1853, the second of twelve children born to Dock and Serena (Swain) Eagel, the former of whom was born in Maury County, Tennessee, in 1824. In 1839 he came to Arkansas, and until his death in 1873, resided in Lonoke County. He was an uncle of ex-Gov. Eagel of the State. He was a Mexican soldier, a soldier in the Civil War, was a Democrat in politics and throughout life followed farming. He was married in Lonoke County, and his wife was a daughter of Jerry Swain, who came from Tennessee to Arkansas about 1840, and she still resides on the old homestead in the county where she was married. Her children were: William, who, with his father and Robert Engel, a brother of Gov. Eagel, was killed by a party of Negroes whom they were trying to arrest for stealing, was but twenty-one years old at the time of his death; J. B.; Jennie, who died when young; Joseph, who is living on a farm in Lonoke County; Frances, wife of L. H. Halloway of Lonoke County; James, who lives with his mother; Charity, widow of Goodman Swain; Robert; Thomas; George, who was killed by accidental...

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Biography of Thomas Newman

In the veins of this gentleman flowed sturdy English blood, for in Dorchester, England, he first saw the light of day. In his boyhood he was brought to this country by his father, John Newman, and with him settled in Philadelphia, Pa., where the latter followed the calling of a mechanic, and eventually died. Thomas Newman attained manhood in the East and then embarked in the battle of life as a railroad engineer, but in 1858 or’59 turned his attention to newspaper work in Kansas, and through its pages advocated the cause of Abolition. After a short time he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he became a job printer, but during the war he joined the Missouri State Militia, and was in active service in the State. He was lieutenant of his company and was in a number of the engagements of the Price raid. In 1869 he came to Boone County, Arkansas, and established the first paper in this part of the country, which tool the name of the Boone County Advocate, and which was published with success up to 1876, when The Times took its place. Although he was a strong Abolitionist and Union man, he was a man of Democratic principles and became the first mayor of Harrison. He was a man of jovial and generous disposition, was finely educated, his friends were legion and...

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Biography of Dr. J. E. Andrews

DR. J. E. ANDREWS. Of late years it has been discovered that the profession of dentistry has been practiced from the earliest ages, but the knowledge of this science has become so perfected that it is now an art. One of the ablest exponents of this branch of human endeavor is Dr. J. E. Andrews, who is the only prominent practicing dentist of Harrison, in which city he has a well-appointed office and a large and lucrative clientele. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, November 16, 1862. His father, W.H. Andrews, having been a North Carolinian, born in 1827 or 1828. At the time of his death, which resulted from yellow fever, in Memphis in 1873, he was engaged in the mercantile business, and was well known and highly honored in that section. His father, Capt. John Edmond Andrews, was a North Carolinian, but at an early day removed to Tennessee and settled near Dresden, on the old Hickman and Dresden road, where he followed planting and became wealthy, being the owner of a large number of slaves. He died many years ago. W. H. Andrews was married at the age of twenty-eight years to Miss Julia Grace, an accomplished and prepossessing lady of great musical ability, who composed the noted “Grace Waltz.” She was related to the poet, John G. Whittier. She died in 1874, having become the...

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Biography of A. C. Hull

This gentleman is the able editor of the Boone Banner, one of the best country journals of which the State of Arkansas can boast. It is published in Harrison, one of the busiest and best towns of north Arkansas, and has an extended circulation throughout one of the largest and richest zinc and lead regions in the United States, and has a rapidly growing field to cover. It finds its way into the homes of the best class of people, who can always glean something useful and interesting from its columns, and it is essentially a paper of, by, and for, the people. He is a native Arkansan, having been born in Marion County, Arkansas, April 20, 1858. His father is Hon. John E. Hull, who was a captain in the Confederate Army, in the support of which cause he laid down his life when A. C. was but seven years old. Hon. John E. Hull was born in Miami County, Ohio, March 10, 1827, and there attained manhood, after which he went to Memphis, Tennessee, where he secured employment as a telegraph operator and made his home for nine years. He then came to Arkansas and settled in the eastern part of Marion County, on White River, where he opened up a rich farm of many acres and became one of the substantial, prominent and wealthy men of...

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Biography of Richard S. Holt

RICHARD S. HOLT. It is a pleasure to write the biography of a man of unusual personal merit-the possessor of a combination of gifts so comprehensive that happiness and success in any enterprise is bound to follow the application of his qualities to the solution of almost any reasonable problem in life. It is an unwritten law that the secret of success in life in all individual cases is the common property or heritage of all unfortunates of the human race. It is therefore eminently proper for the historian or delineator of character to review the lives of those individuals who have not only been successful in the various enterprises in which they engaged, but as citizens and neighbors have won the lasting regard of all. Richard S. Holt, a retired merchant and farmer, and an esteemed citizen of Lead Hill, Arkansas, was born in Cannon County, Tennessee, in 1832. His parents, William H. and Mary L. (Stevens) Holt, were natives of Virginia and Tennessee respectively, the former born in 1799 and the latter in 1802. This estimable couple was married in Tennessee, whither they had gone with their parents when young, and made their home in that State until 1840, when they moved to Ozark County, Missouri, by wagon, being about six weeks on the journey. They improved a farm and resided there until 1849, when the fertile...

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Biography of John Murphy

JOHN MURPHY. This prominent farmer and stockraiser of Harrison township, Boone County, Arkansas, was born in Miller County, Missouri, January 7, 1838, and probably inherits much of his push and energy from his Irish ancestors, his great-grandfathcr Murphy having been a native of the Emerald Isle. The latter came to America after the Revolutionary War and settled in the Palmetto State, where his last days were spent. His wife was a native of Wales. His son, John Murphy, grandfather of subject, was born in South Carolina, but at an early date settled near Murfresboro, Tennessee, where he died when his son, John J. Murphy, father of subject, was but a small boy. The latter was born near Murfresboro, Tennessee, in 1811, and was married in that State to Miss Perlinta Davis, a native of Tennessee, born in 1813. About 1837 this worthy couple removed to Miller County, Missouri, where they resided one year, and then came to Madison County, Arkansas Still later they removed to Newton County, Arkansas, and from there to Boone County in 1875, where Mr. Murphy died the following year. His wife passed away in 1877. They were Methodists for many years. Mr. Murphy was a successful farmer and stock dealer, owning many horses and mules, and was a public-spirited and enterprising citizen. Idiotically he was a Democrat until the war, but after that he affiliated...

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Biography of John R. McCormick

JOHN R. MCCORMICK. During the thirty-five years that this gentleman has been a resident of Boone County, Arkansas, he has thoroughly identified himself with every interest of the same, and has been very public-spirited and progressive. He comes of good old Revolutionary ancestry, as his grandfather, Joseph R. McCormick, fought for independence and carried the scars received in the conflict to his grave. He was wounded seven times, and the last time crippled for life. Nothing is known of his wife and but little of his children. One of his sons, Benjamin F., went to California and died there in 1858, leaving a family. Another son, Joseph R. McCormick, father of our subject, was born in Tennessee in 1800 and was there married to Cynthia Ellis Nunley, also a native of that State. From there they moved to Alabama, and when our subject was four or five years of age they moved to Greene County, Missouri, twenty miles east of Springfield, in what is now Webster County, where the father improved a good farm. There they resided until 1858, when they came to Boone County, Arkansas, and settled near Harrison. The mother died at the home of her son, John R., in 1883, when in her seventy-fifth year. The father died in Greene County, Missouri, in 1863. Both had for a number of years been earnest and sincere members...

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Biography of John H. Middleton

JOHN H. MIDDLETON. John H. Middleton, general merchant, farmer and postmaster at Omaha, Boone County, Arkansas, is a worthy citizen in all the relations of life, and has always been interested in the advancement in the different affairs of his section. He is a successful business man; his generosity keeps pace with his prosperity, and he contributes liberally of his means to the advancement of worthy enterprises, in which respect his generosity has been recognized and appreciated. Mr. Middleton is a product of Bolivar, Missouri, born January 9, 1854, and is a son of William J. and Lovina J. (Beckley) Middleton. The father was born in Tennessee in 1830, and when seven years of age went to what is now Stone County, Missouri, with his mother, and settled near Galena, on James River, where he remained until the breaking out of the Mexican War. He then enlisted and served all through that war as a private. After his return to Missouri he was married in St. Clair County to Miss Beckley and at once located in Bolivar, where he followed merchandising until about 1856. From there he removed to Linn County, Kan., and engaged in business at Centreville for a few years. In 1859 he went to Pike’s Peak, but about a year later returned to St. Clair County, Missouri, where he engaged in the pottery business, following the...

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Biography of Judge John Q. Adams

JUDGE JOHN Q. ADAMS. This gentleman is the worthy son of a worthy father Lynn Adams, an old pioneer of this section whose sketch appears in this work. Judge Adams was born on December 22, 1858, on the old Adams homestead in this county, and here arrived at man’s estate, having acquired a good education in the district schools and the school of Marshall, as well as that of Rally Hill, Boone County. In 1879 he started out to fight life’s battles for himself and at first was engaged in teaching the “young idea,” and connection with tilling the soil, and these occupations he continued to success-fully follow for five or six years. From the time he attained his majority he was always actively interested in politics, and in 1881 was elected on the Democrat ticket to the office of justice of the peace in Hampton Township, an office he filled with marked ability- for eight years, and in 1892 he was elected to the responsible position of county and probate judge, and is now (1894) a candidate for reelection. Since 1881 he has been almost constantly in office, and in every position to which he has been elected he has faithfully discharged his duties and has shown himself to be in every way capable and efficient. He has been a member of various county conventions and was nominated...

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Biography of John W. Hess

JOHN W. HESS. Stone County, Arkansas, can well be proud of the amount of brains and energy possessed by her representative citizens, for, taken as a whole, there are none brighter, more intelligent, or with more ability or push in any direction, and among the number is John W. Hess. He was born near Batesville, in Independence County, April 2, 1840, a son of James and Elizabeth (Wells) Hess, natives of Arkansas and Franklin County, Tennessee, respectively. James Hess was born within two and a half miles of Batesville in 1814, and died in Stone County, Arkansas, in 1874. His father, Samuel Hess, was born, it is thought, in Illinois, near Cairo, and finally located in Arkansas with his brothers Solomon and William and were among the first to settle near Batesville. Samuel Hess moved to Boone County when the subject of this sketch was a lad and afterward came to Richwoods, and died in this county after having spent a successful career in farming. The widow of James Hess is now about seventy years of age and is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which she and her husband were among the very earliest members in this section. The father was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Democrat. He became the father of seven sons and four daughters, of whom John W. is the...

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Biography of William R. Brooksher, M. D.

WILLIAM R. BROOKSHER, M. D. As a successful physician Dr. Brooksher has done much for the cause of suffering humanity, and has won honor and the evidences of deserved success for himself. While engaged in the cares of his profession, he has not forgotten to fulfill the demands of good citizenship, and no enterprise of a worthy public nature has appealed in vain to him for support. He was born in Bartow County, Ga., in 1864, a son of William R. Brooksher, Sr., a sketch of whom precedes this. Dr. Brooksher was reared on the old home farm in this county, receiving the advantages of the public schools in the vicinity of his home, and made good progress in his studies. In 1885 he took up the study of medicine, instinctively turning to that broad field of human suffering for his life work, and pursued his investigations in the office of Dr. R. J. Pierce, of this county, after which he entered the Missouri Medical College of St. Louis, where he remained for some time. In 1891 he graduated from the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, with the second honors of his class, composed of 155 graduates, and in 1892-3 he took a post-graduate course in New York City, and is, without doubt, the best read medical man of the county. He makes it a point to keep...

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Biography of Frank Pace

FRANK PACE is one of the youngest, but none the less one of the ablest, attorneys of northwest Arkansas. He has improved every opportunity for gaining knowledge and has availed himself of every chance for the betterment of his condition and reputation, and more than this cannot be said of the most successful man who has ever lived. He owes his nativity to Boone County, Arkansas, born here, he first saw the light July 25, 1871, being a son of the well-known attorney, Capt. W. F. Pace. Frank Pace, after receiving his initiatory training in the public schools of his native county, finished his education in the State University at Fayetteville, Arkansas, which institution he left at the age of sixteen, while in his junior year, and at once took up the study of law with his father, in Harrison, and on the day he was nineteen years old he was admitted to the bar. He at once began practicing in Harrison, but after a short time located in Yellville, where he has since been located and where he has built up an exceptionally large practice, in fact one of the largest in that section of the State. He is also the leading attorney of the county, is keen, shrewd and quick-witted, and presents his cases with masterly skill before judge and jury. He is a candidate for prosecuting...

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Biography of William G. Pumphrey

WILLIAM G. PUMPHREY. This prominent citizen and retired farmer and stockraiser of Sugar Loaf Township, Boone County, Arkansas, was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, in 1824. His grandfather, Larkin Pumphrey, was probably born in North Carolina, but at an early date moved to Kentucky, and from there to Tennessee, dying in Rutherford County, of the latter State, where he had followed farming. It is thought that he was a Revolutionary soldier. His marriage resulted in the birth of six sons and three daughters, of whom our subject’s father, Lewis Pumphrey, was one. The latter was born in North Carolina, but in after years went with his parents to Kentucky, where he finished his growth and married Miss Polly Thompson, a native of the Blue Grass State. From there he and family removed to Rutherford County, Tennessee, and in about 1835. Mr. Pumphrey came by wagon to what is now Fulton County, Arkansas, where his death occurred two or three years later. His wife had died in Tennessee, and he afterward married again, his second wife dying in Fulton County, Arkansas. Mr. Pumphrey was a well-to-do farmer and trader. Our subject’s maternal grandfather, Meredith Thompson, was probably a native of North Carolina, but was also an early settler of Kentucky. From the latter State he moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee, and followed farming until his death in 1836. His wife...

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Biography of I. C. Wilson

I. C. WILSON. This gentleman is one of the oldest pioneers of Marion County, and his name is so inseparably mixed with its progress and welfare that to leave it out of this work would be like the play of Hamlet with Hamlet left out. He was born in North Carolina February 2, 1814. Of that State his parents, James and Celia (Askew) Wilson, were also natives. In 1845 they turned their faces westward, eventually landed in Arkansas, and here they breathed their last, the father’s death occurring in Yellville at about the age of sixty-seven years, and the mother’s at the age of seventy-nine years. Of them I. C. Wilson inherits Scotch-Irish blood, and was one of the seven children born to them. He came to Marion County, Arkansas, in 1849, making the journey overland. He had married in North Carolina, and some of the older members of his family were born in that State. He located on a farm in what is now Boone County, then Carroll County, and lived there up to 1851, when he moved to Yellville, entered the mercantile business, and also kept an hotel. At the beginning of the war he went to St. Louis, but his stay in that city was of short duration. He rented a farm about twenty-five miles south of the city, on the banks of a small stream,...

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Biographical Sketch of L. R. Smilie

MR. L. R. SMILIE, one of the proprietors, is a native of Pennsylvania. In early childhood he moved with his parents to Livingston County, Illinois, and in 1866 they again turned their faces westward, locating in Crawford County, Kan. Mr. Smilie was a successful farmer, and remained at this place until 1884, when he went to Boone County, Arkansas, where he first engaged in the saw milling business and later in flour milling. He has two sons: Robert Percy and Charles Oscar...

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