Location: Butler Missouri

Biography of Waller W. Graves

Waller W. Graves, of Jefferson City, judge of the supreme court and recognized as a peer of the ablest members who have sat upon the bench in the court of last resort in Missouri, was born in Lafayette county, this state, December 17, 1860. His parents, Abram L. and Martha Elizabeth (Pollard) Graves, were natives of Missouri and Kentucky, respectively. The father, a farmer by occupation, was also actively interested in public affairs, particularly in relation to the schools and for many years served as a member of the board of education. He was also a Justice of the peace and in official and non-official capacities had much to do with the advancement of public welfare in his county. He died in January. 1919. Waller W. Graves, after obtaining a high school education in his native county, attended the State University at Columbia, but before reaching graduation took up the profession of teaching in Lafayette county. After spending a few months in the school room as an educator he went to Bates county, where he taught school until 1885, at which time he was admitted to the bar, having in the previous years devoted his leisure to the mastery of the principles of jurisprudence. Five years’ study of Kent, Blackstone and other commentaries had qualified him for admission to the bar and he entered upon the general practice of...

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Biography of Andrew, Scott Rev.

Rev. Andrew Scott. The qualities of real manhood and the power of leadership were never in greater demand in church work than today. The clergy have always been men of education and of fine moral standing, and with these qualities the successful pastor must now combine the spiritual enthusiasm and some of the same enterprise and energy which are such vital assets in the business world. A better type of this modern minister Champaign County does not have than in the case of Rev. Mr. Scott, pastor of the Christian Church at Fisher. Mr. Scott is a man of letters, has had the benefit of extensive travel, is a fluent and logical speaker, and in the course of his active career has shown unusual capacity as an organizer, administrator and a real church builder. Some of these qualities he undoubtedly inherited from the land of his birth. He is a Scotchman by nativity, and was born at Melrose in Roxborough. His birth occurred February 13, 1857. He was the third in a family of six children, three sons and three daughters. All these children are living and all in Canada except Mr. Scott. His parents were Adam and Agnes (Gilroy) Scott. His father, who was born in the same locality as the son, was a Scotch teacher, an occupation also followed by the grandfather of Rev. Mr. Scott. In...

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Biography of S. J. Miller

Among the substantial residents of Rogers county are Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Miller, who are residing on their farm seven and one-half miles northwest of Chelsea. Mr. Miller is a native of Missouri, his birth having occurred at Butler, Bates county, on the 4th of June, 1884. His parents were John M. and Rachael (North) Miller, natives of Ohio. In 1866 they moved to Missouri and locating in Bates county, the father farmed until his demise in 1919. He was one of the well known agriculturists in that county and a representative and progressive citizen who did much toward public development and improvement. His widow is living in Butler, Missouri. In the acquirement of an education S. J. Miller attended the schools of his native county and in due time put his textbooks aside and engaged in the oil business. In 1914 he came to Oklahoma and locating at Delaware, Nowata county, he engaged in the conduct of an oil business until 1921. He achieved more than substantial success in that connection. In 1921 he moved onto his present farm which is the property of his wife, her mother having willed it to her. This farm is located seven and one-half miles northwest of Chelsea in Rogers county and consists of seventy-six and a quarter acres of valuable land, highly cultivated. The farm boasts of a modern home...

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Biography of S. B. Ward

S. B. Ward, a pioneer farmer and stock raiser of Oklahoma residing near Ramona, in Washington county, is conducting his operations on an extensive scale and in the management of his business interests he displays marked executive ability, firm determination and sound judgment. A native of West Virginia, he was born January 21, 1860, and his parents, Simon and Savannah (Hammer) Ward, were also born in that state. In 1881 they removed to Missouri, settling near Appleton City, where the father engaged in farming and in that year he planted five hundred acres to corn which averaged between sixty and seventy bushels to the acre. In 1890 he came to Indian Territory, settling on a farm belonging to Chief Bluejacket, in Rogers county, and this property lie continued to cultivate and improve until his demise, which occurred in 1902, while the mother passed away in 1910. In the common schools of West Virginia, S. B. Ward acquired his education and in 1881, when a young man of twenty-one years, be accompanied his parents on their removal to Missouri, where he followed agricultural pursuits independently until 1882. In 1887 he came to Indian Territory and for a year operated the F. M. Crowell place, situated on the line of the Frisco Railroad, between Vinita and Afton, while during the following year he cultivated land on Sabin creek, east of Vinita....

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Biography of Cavaness, James M.

James M. Cavaness. The name Cavaness belongs to both the pioneer and modern era of Kansas. Anywhere in the southeastern part of the state the name is most closely associated with the newspaper business, and two generations are still active in that work, James M. Cavaness and two of his sons, Herbert and Wilfrid, all of whom are connected in some official capacity with the Chanute Tribune. The origin of the Cavaness family was undoubtedly in Ireland, but the first of the name came to America in the colonial period and settled in North Carolina. Urban C. Cavaness, father of James M. Cavaness, was born May 10, 1810, in Randolph County, North Carolina. He was reared and married in his native state, and his first child was born in Randolph County. In 1834 he removed to Indiana and was the pioneer shoemaker at Monrovia in that state. Later he became a hotel proprietor. In 1856 Urban C. Cavaness arrived at Lawrence, Kansas. Later he moved to Baldwin, where he kept one of the first houses of public entertainment in that college town, and he also had a hack for the conveyance of mail and passengers. He was identified with the movement to make Kansas a free state, and during the war saw some active service in helping to repel Price’s raid. Though he was a democrat by inheritance he...

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Biography of S. J. Miller

Among the substantial residents of Rogers county are Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Miller, who are residing on their farm seven and one-half miles northwest of Chelsea. Mr. Miller is a native of Missouri, his birth having occurred at Butler, Bates County, on the 4th of June, 1884. His parents were John M. and Rachael (North) Miller, natives of Ohio. In 1866 they moved to Missouri and locating in Bates County, the father farmed until his demise in 1919. He was one of the well known agriculturists in that county and a representative and progressive citizen who did much toward public development and improvement. His widow is living in Butler, Missouri. In the acquirement of an education S. J. Miller attended the schools of his native county and in due time put his textbooks aside and engaged in the oil business. In 1914 he came to Oklahoma and locating at Delaware, Nowata County, he engaged in the conduct of an oil business until 1921. He achieved more than substantial success in that connection. In 1921 he moved onto his present farm which is the property of his wife, her mother having willed it to her. This farm is located seven and one-half miles northwest of Chelsea in Rogers County and consists of seventy-six and a quarter acres of valuable land, highly cultivated. The farm boasts of a modern home...

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George Harvey Todd of Butler MO

George Harvey Todd8, (Gabriel H.7, John6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born in Rome, Michigan, Sept. 23, 1839, died in 1896, married in Adrian, Michigan, June 19, 1861, by Rev. Edwin H. Brockway, of the M. E. Church, Susan Maria, daughter of Ransom and Sally Ann (Wade) Todd, who was born in Adrian, Michigan, April 18, 1840. After their marriage they lived in Rome, Michigan, until Oct., 1862, when they moved back to their old home town, Adrian, Michigan, where they lived until Aug. 20, 1864, when he enlisted in the Union Army and she returned to Rome, Michigan, to stay while he was absent. In April, 1867, they moved to Burlingame, Kansas, where they lived only till the following Sept., when they went to Pleasant Hill, Missouri; thence in March, 1870, they moved to Butler, Missouri, where they were living in 1875. Children: 1823. Elbert Ransom Todd, born in 1862, died in 1915, married in 1903, Maud Gallager. Children: I. George Emmet Todd, b. 1904. II. Charles Elbert Todd, b. 1907. 1824. Henry Hubbard Todd, born in 1866, married in 1892, Carrie Belle Dixon. Children: I. Harold Leland Todd, born in 1894, married Mabel Weinberg. In 1920 they were living in Albion, Mich. Child: (1) Robert Louis Todd, b. Dec. 10, 1917. II. Virginia Belle Todd, b. 1912. 1825. Llewellyn Everett Todd, b. Oct. 24, 1871, in Butler,...

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Biography of Lewis A. Markham

Lewis A. Markham was a physician by profession, but the services by which he will be longest remembered in Kansas as elsewhere were those he rendered as a devoted minister of the gospel. He spent his last years at Baldwin City, where the family have been prominent for over a quarter of a century. Doctor Markham practiced medicine for six years in Ohio, part of the time in Akron and part of the time at Massillon. He was married at Akron, September 19, 1858, to Sarah Wirt. Sarah Wirt was of a family of pioneers. Her father was born at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and his ancestry went back to 1590. Her mother was a native of Canton, Ohio, and her maternal grandfather owned much of the land included in the present City of Canton. Sarah Wirt was born on a farm near Massillon, Ohio, September 19, 1835. She was educated in Toledo and Oberlin College, and while teaching she met Doctor Markham. At the beginning of the Civil war Doctor Markham assisted in organizing a regiment of which he was to have been surgeon. The governor of the state instead asked him to remain in the barracks at Columbus and assist in recruiting. He then resumed his career as a physician, and was enjoying a large practice worth several thousand dollars a year. He finally became convinced that his duty...

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