Location: Boone County AR

Biography of Capt. Oliver E. Hindes

CAPT. OLIVER E. HINDES. There are few men in business circles who show as much fitness for their avocation in that they are wide awake, reliable, experienced and energetic as does Capt. Oliver E. Hindes, and there are none who have a more thorough knowledge of the wonderful mineral wealth and fine agricultural lands surrounding Lead Hill, Arkansas, than has he. The Captain has explored the entire mineral region of north Arkansas and south Missouri, and is perhaps more familiar with that field than any other man. He is one of the prominent farmers and land speculators of Lead Hill, and has spent much of his time and means to advertise and interest people in this section. Capt. Oliver E. Hindes was born November 11, 1836, in Louisville, Kentucky, to the union of Silas and Jane (Bell) Hindes, natives of the Keystone State, where they were reared and married. Later they removed to Louisville, Kentucky, and thence a few years later to New Jersey, where they remained until our subject was about six years old. They then went to the Empire State and there passed the remainder of their days, the mother dying when the Captain was about eight years of age, and the father a few years later. Farming was the latter’s occupation in life, and he was a soldier in the War of 1812. The grandfather, Esau...

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Biography of John Stone

JOHN STONE. Among the prominent farmers and stockraisers of Sugar Loaf Township, Boone County, Arkansas, stands the name of John Stone, whose fine farm and surroundings show what perseverance and industry will accomplish. Mr. Stone was born in Lauderdale County, Ala., in the year 1829, to the marriage of Noble and Mary (Simmons) Stone, natives of the Palmetto State. When both father and mother were children they went with their par-ents to Alabama, grew to mature years in that State, married, and when our subject was about six months old they removed to Marion County, Tennessee There the mother died in 1850. She was a worthy member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Stone selected Miss Nancy Crow as his second wife, and about 1861 they came to what is now Boone County, Arkansas, where the father passed the remainder of his days, dying in 1863, when over sixty years of age. Farming had been his life’s occupation. In religion he was a Baptist. His father, Solomon Stone, was a Revolutionary soldier. The latter was of Irish origin and probably a native of South Carolina. He moved from that State to Alabama, thence to Tennessee, where he followed farming until his death in 1839, when quite aged. He was a wealthy slave owner and an influential citizen. Our subject’s maternal grandfather was also a native of South Carolina and moved...

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Biography of W. F. Ryan

W. F. RYAN, another of the proprietors of the The Harrison Roller Mill Company, has been a resident of the county since 1885, having come thither from Kansas, but was born in Clark County, Illinois, February 12, 1858. His father, Jacob M. Ryan, was born in Ohio, but at an early day became a resident of Clark County, Illinois, later moved to Kansas, and in 1882 came to Boone County, Arkansas, where he died in June, 1893, having been an extensive lumber dealer of Harrison. He was a soldier in Company G, Fifty-fourth Regiment of Volunteers, during the war, belonged to the Republican party, and while a resident of Crawford County, Kan., held the office of sheriff two terms, and justice of the peace several terms. He followed merchandising and farming in Illinois, and while in Kansas tilled the soil. His widow, whose maiden name was Abbie Ann, divides her time between her daughter, Mrs. L. R. Smilie, and her son, W. F. Ryan. She bore her husband the following children: Mary R., wife of J. B. Houck, a member of the milling company; Robert O., who is living in Newton County, Arkansas; Wilbur F., of the above-mentioned firm; Reginald C., who is a farmer of the State of Washing-ton; Annace L., wife of L. R. Smilie, of the milling company; O. W., who is a lumberman of Harrison,...

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Biography of Kemmer F. Cantrell

The general mercantile firm, of which this gentle-man is a member, Cantrell & Angle, is well-known throughout Marion County, and enjoys a liberal patronage. Mr. Cantrell is a member of one of the pioneer families of Arkansas, and was born November 8, 1853, a son of William P. and Elizabeth (Payne) Cantrell, and grandson of Abner and Mary (Maxey) Cantrell. In 1830 the grandfather’s family emigrated from Alabama, taking up their abode in Madison County, Arkansas, but in 1854 removed to Boone (then Carroll) County, and located on a farm three miles from Lead Hill, but settled eventually in Marion County. There the grandfather died in 1889, at the advanced age of ninety-seven years, being probably the oldest man in the county at that time. He enjoyed remarkably good health all his life, was active and energetic, and was a thrifty and highly-respected farmer. To him-self and wife, who died in 1870, a large family of children were given, of whom William P. Cantrell was the eldest, the others being Thomas, Henry, Marian, John, Edward, Caroline, Adaline, Melissa, Jane, Catherine and Elizabeth. Edward is the only son living and Caroline is the only daughter who is dead. William P. Cantrell was fourteen years of age when he became a resident of Arkansas. He was married in Madison County. In 1854 he came to Marion County, and on the farm...

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Biography of Capt. James T. Hopper

CAPT. JAMES T. HOPPER. This gentleman is one of the very oldest residents of Boone County, Arkansas, and resided in this vicinity long before such a town as Harrison was thought of. He is a product of Warren County, Tennessee, his birth occurring on his parents’ farm, January 3, 1832. The fifth in a family of nine children born to Moses and Rebecca (Hicks) Hopper, the former of whom was born in Kentucky in 1802, his father, Gillum Hopper being of English birth. Upon coming to this country he settled first in Virginia, then in North Carolina, then in Kentucky, and finally in Tennessee. He was a Democrat, as was also Moses Hopper, and the latter was, like his father, a tiller of the soil. He was a man of education, was liberal, generous and high-minded, and prior to his death, which occurred in 1862, he became possessed of a comfortable competency. He was killed by bushrangers near Harrison, in Boone County, Arkansas, on account of his Union principles, although he took no active part in the war. He was very charitably inclined, and is still gratefully remembered by many a poor man whom he generously assisted along the hard pathway of life. He came thither from Tennessee in 1851, and made a good home one mile north of Harrison. His wife was a daughter of A. Hicks, a...

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Biography of E. J. Rhodes

E. J. RHODES. Among the reputable men of Harrison, Arkansas, who in their conduct of business matters, and the duties belonging to the various relations of life, have acquired a worthy name, is E. J. Rhodes, who, although but in the prime of life, is old in experience. The record of his life is one of interest, for it shows what can be accomplished when one possesses the determination to forge ahead, and has the wisdom to make the most of the opportunities which present themselves. He was born in Jefferson County, Iowa, March 17, 1845, the second of eight children. Ira G. and Ann E. (Botts) Rhodes, who were born in Trumbull County, Ohio, and Kentucky, respectively. He is of German descent and traces his ancestry back through his grandfather, Joseph Rhodes, to his great-grandfather, John Rhodes, who was a native of Connecticut. In 1815 the Rhodes family took up their residence in Ohio, but later were among the very first settlers of Jefferson County, Iowa, at which time that now flourishing common wealth was a Territory. Ira G. Rhodes settled on what was known as Congressional land, which he still owns. He has been a lifelong Republican, has been treasurer of Jefferson County and is very prominent in the affairs of his section. Although now eighty years of age, he is still interested in the welfare of...

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Biography of George W. Coker

GEORGE W. COKER. In compiling an account of the mercantile establishments of the town of Lead Hill, Arkansas, it is the desire of the publishers to particularly mention those classes of houses which are the best representatives of each special line of trade, and which contribute most to the city’s reputation as a source of supply. As one of the leading representatives of general merchants and cotton dealers, the firm of G. W. Coker & Co. may well be quoted, for the extensive trade they have built up is the outgrowth of enterprise and commercial sagacity. Mr. Coker was born in Marion County, Arkansas, in 1850, and is a son of William and Margaret (Holt) Coker, both born in the year 1821, the former in Marion County, Arkansas, and the latter in Cannon County, Tennessee Previous to her union with Mr. Coker, the mother of Geo. W. Coker married Thomas Pumphrey in Tennessee, and in 1839 came to Ozark County, Missouri, where she remained a few years. From there she moved to Fulton County, Arkansas, where Mr. Pumphrey died. After the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Coker they resided in Marion County, Arkansas, until the Civil War, when they refugeed to Greene County, Missouri There Mr. Coker died in 1865. He was a successful farmer and stockraiser, a prominent Mason for a good many years, and a Democrat in...

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Biography of Judge B. B. Hudgins

JUDGE B. B. HUDGINS. The present circuit judge of the Fourteenth District of Arkansas is Judge B. B. Hudgins, who was born in Taney County, Missouri, August 15, 1854, the eldest child born to Dr. John W. and Malinda (Byrne) Hudgins, who were born in Jackson County, Ala., and Marion County, Tennessee, respectively. The paternal grandparents were Benjamin and Martha (Ellis) Hudgins, and were born and reared on the Atlantic coast, and Benjamin was a young man when he came West. He was descended from one of three brothers who came to this country from England. Dr. John W. Hudgins was a young man when he removed to Tennessee, but prior to this he was married in Alabama to Eliza Proctor, by whom he had three children: William L., James and Cynthia, the two sons being now residents of Texas. Their mother died in Missouri, and Dr. Hudgins afterward married Miss Byrne, a daughter of Brice and Ann (Rawlston) Byrne, natives of North Carolina, but who were reared and spent their lives in Tennessee and later in Arkansas. William Byrne, the father of Brice, came from Ireland when a young man, married in North Carolina, and later moved to Tennessee, his death occurring in Jackson County. In 1848 Brice Byrne located in Carroll (now Boone) County, and there made his home until his death in 1869. He was a...

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Biography of Capt. J. W. Story

This able attorney at law has his office at Harrison, Arkansas, and in every branch of his profession he is meeting with marked success. He has a decided veneration for the law, and this, combined with the accuracy of his legal knowledge, lucidity of statement and felicity of illustration has given him the confidence of all his patrons. He is a native of Tennessee, and a son of N. W. and Katie Story, who lived and died in White County of that State. His father was a successful farmer, a man of pure and exalted character, who enjoyed in a high degree the confidence and esteem of his neighbors. The subject of this sketch was one of a family of four sisters and three brothers. The other two brothers are now prominent lawyers of Sparta, Tennessee. The early life of Capt. J. W. Story was spent in his native State, and there he obtained his education. He graduated from the Law Department of Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1868, and entered upon the practice of his profession in that city the same year. In 1873 he went to Sherman, Tex., but since 1885 he has been a resident of Harrison, Arkansas, and one of its most successful practicing attorneys. He has devoted himself exclusively to his profession and is justly considered one of the foremost attorneys of Boone...

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Biography of William P. Norman

WILLIAM P. NORMAN. There is nothing which adds so much to the prestige of a city or town, in the estimation of the public, as a first-class livery stable. In this respect Harrison is certainly to be congratulated. Among her establishments of this kind are found men of great business tact and enterprise, and none more so than William P. Norman, who conducts one of the busiest, best-managed livery stables in the county. Mr. Norman came originally from Mississippi, his birth occurring in Marshall County in 1853, and he is a son of Jesse L. and Mary Ann (Clayton) Norman, natives of South Carolina, where they were reared and married. From there they removed to Mississippi some time in the forties and there passed the closing scenes of their lives, the father dying in 1874 and the mother in 1892. Both were Missionary Baptists for many years and were well and favorably known over the section in which they lived. He followed the occupation of a planter, and at the time of the breaking out of the Civil War was quite wealthy. Then he lost all. In politics he was a Democrat, and for a number of years he held the office of justice of the peace. His father died in South Carolina many years ago and left a large family. Grandfather Fielding Clayton was a planter, and died...

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Biography of John A. Bunch

JOHN A. BUNCH. This gentleman is the receiver of public moneys in the Government Land Office at Harrison, Arkansas, and is a native of this State, born in Newton County, September 15, 1860, a son of Capt. Larkin and Eliza (Maxwell) Bunch, the former of whom was born in Overton County, Tennessee, a son of Nathaniel Bunch, who came to Arkansas in 1840, and made a home for himself and family in the northwest corner of Newton County, being one of the first to settle in that region. He also was a native of Tennessee, and was a soldier in the War of 1812 under Jackson, and after his death his wife received a pension for the services he rendered the Government. He was a farmer and died in 1858. Larkin Bunch was a young man when he came to Arkansas with his parents, the journey thither being made by wagon. He followed in his father’s footsteps, and became a farmer and stockman, and when the Civil War came up he left home and joined the command of Gen. Price, with whom he took part in the Missouri raid. He assisted in organizing one of the first companies in Newton County, of which he was elected captain, and died while serving the Southern cause, at Pilot Knob. He was a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church. His wife was...

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Biography of Hon. H. C. Tipton

HON. H. C. TIPTON. It has been said by the great Bacon that “the greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.” Thus the profession of law is the most momentous and important of human callings, and he who assumes the practice of it takes upon himself the weightiest responsibilities that the confidence and trust of his fellowman can put upon his shoulders. One of the leading attorneys of northwest Arkansas is Hon. H. C. Tipton, who was born in Tennessee in 1840, a son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Anderson) Tipton, the former of whom was a native of Carter County,Tennessee, and a son of John Tipton also of that county. The family tree took root on American soil during Colonial days, the first member of the family coming thither with Lord Baltimore and settling in Maryland. From there they drifted to different States, and became prominently connected with the early history of Tennessee, some of the members of the family enlisting in the Mexican War from that State. After some years’ residence in the State of his birth, Isaac Tipton removed to Mississippi, and died in De Soto County, in 1853, his wife, who was a daughter of Thomas Anderson, of Tennessee, also dying there. Mr. Tipton was a farmer and a man of prominence. The subject of this sketch was the youngest of...

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Biography of Jesse P. Briscoe

JESSE P. BRISCOE. The time has never been that the prescription drug gist was not of as great importance to a community as the physician. Indeed it would be difficult to name a branch of business that is more indispensably important than that devoted to the sale and importation of drugs and the preparation of prescriptions. Neither is there any line of business demanding more ability and scientific knowledge. One of the eminent prescription druggists of Harrison, Arkansas, is Jesse P. Briscoe, who is a gentleman of bright talent and enterprise. He was born in Benton County, Arkansas, May 15, 1856, the fifth of twelve children born to James and Martha (King) Briscoe, the former of whom was born in Tennessee, and with his father, John Briscoe, became a resident of Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, the latter’s death occurring in that county. James Briscoe attained manhood in Greene County, and when still young removed to Berry County, Missouri, and later to Benton County, Arkansas, being a resident of the latter place when the war came up. In 1864 he returned to Berry County, Missouri, and was there living at the time of his death, which occurred in 1886, when sixty years of age. His wife, who was a native of Tennessee, died in 1879, a daughter of Jesse King. She bore her husband the following children: Jane who is...

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Biography of L. A. Saffer

L. A. SAFFER. The vocation of the pharmacist is unquestionably a highly important one in any and every community, for upon his care and skill, almost as much as upon that displayed by the medical profession, oftentimes depends the physical welfare – nay, the life or death of the sick or suffering. Among the favorably known druggists of Harrison, Arkansas, may be mentioned the name of L. A. Saffer, who has an attractive and well-appointed store. He was born in Canton, Illinois, April 5, 1854, the elder of two children born to John M. and Martha M. (Barnes) Saffer, the former of whom was born in the Hoosier State and became an early settler of Illinois, to which State he removed with his father, William Saffer, and was there reared to a knowledge of farming, an occupation which he pursued of his own accord in later years. When the Civil War came up John M. Saffer at once enlisted in the Eighty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was one of the first to go forth to battle for his country, and was killed in the engagement at Kenesaw Mountain while with Sherman on his March to the Sea. He was a private, and was in a number of important engagements before the one in which he met his death. He was buried on the battlefield. The mother of the subject...

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Biography of D. P. Redwine, M. D.

D. P. REDWINE, M. D. Few, perhaps none save those who have trod the arduous paths of the profession, can picture to themselves the array of attributes, mental, physical and moral, and the host of minor qualities essential to the making up of a good physician. His constitution must be of the hardiest to withstand the constant shock of wind and weather, the wearing loss of sleep and rest, and contact with disease of all kinds. The above are but a few necessary remarks introducing Dr. D. P. Redwine, who is a native of Searcy County, Arkansas, where he was born January 18, 1855, a son of William P. and P. M. (Hotchett) Redwine, the former of whom came to this county from his native State of Georgia. The Doctor passed his boyhood days on the farm on which his father settled after coming to this section, and obtained a good practical education in the public schools of Marshall and Boone Counties, Arkansas He took up the study of medicine in 1881, and after a thorough preparation took a course of lectures, and in 1882-83 pursued his investigations in the University of Kansas City. After leaving this institution he successfully practiced his profession for some time, but in 1890 entered the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, where he took a course of lectures and thoroughly fitted himself for...

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