Location: Carter County MO

Biography of Dr. James Snider

DR. JAMES SNIDER. This prominent old pioneer of Carter County, Missouri, was born in Blount County, Tennessee, September 14, 1808, a son of Rev. George and Polly (Walker) Snider, who were born in Virginia and North Carolina January 1, 1769 and October 11, 1768, respectively. They were married in Tennessee and spent their lives in Blount and Monroe Counties. The father was a Baptist minister for over thirty-five years, and went with the Missionary wing of that church when it divided. His father, George Snidcer, was born in Pennsylvania, but later moved to Virginia, and in a very early day moved to Tennessee, where he followed farming until his death in Monroe County. He was of German descent. Capt. John Walker, the maternal grandfather, was of Irish origin, and in a very early day removed to Tennessee from North Carolina, followed farming in Blount County, and there died. Dr. James Snider was the youngest of the following children: Elizabeth, Sallie, John W., Susan, Polly, George and James. He received a very limited education, and November 18, 1830, was married in Monroe County, Tennessee, to Peggy Rogers, a daughter of Jonas and Polly Rogers, who were from the State of North Carolina, and by her, who was born in North Carolina, he became the father of two children: Mary Adaline, who died at the age of twelve years, and John...

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Biography of Hon. Joshua Sholar

HON. JOSHUA SHOLAR. The free country of America affords numberless instances of men who have made their way alone in life, having nothing on which to depend but their own strong arms and a determination to do and to succeed. Such men are always self-reliant, their necessities having taught them that what is done must be done through themselves alone. They are worthy and well qualified to perform what duties they are called upon to discharge and are almost without exception leaders of thought in their community, and lead lives of great usefulness. In considering the gentlemen of this class in Shannon County, the name of Hon. Joshua Sholar suggests itself forcibly, for the reason that he has attained his distinguished position without the backing of family or friends, but has made his way onward and upward in the world by the force of his own talents. Mr. Sholar was born in Washington County, Missouri, January 8, 1845, and is a son of Whitmel and Mary Ann (Neves) Sholar, natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Henry County, Kentucky The parents were married in Washington County, Missouri, whither the mother had come with her parents when quite small, and the father when twenty-four years of age, and here the father died on the 24th of November, 1857, when fifty-six years of age. The mother was born September 6, 1814, and...

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Biography of Hon. Thomas Mabrey

HON. THOMAS MABREY. The parents of this influential citizen, Frederick and Nancy (Mabrey) Mabrey, were natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father went to Williamson County, Tennessee, when a young man, married there, and in 1838 came to Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, where he was among the early settlers. All his life he had followed agricultural pursuits and was reasonably successful for that day and time. He died near Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, in 1848, when about seventy years of age. The mother died in 1837, when a comparatively young woman. Born to their marriage were nine children, of whom our subject, the eighth child, is the only one now living. He was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, June 2, 1835, and was educated in the common schools of Cape Girardeau County and in Jackson Academy, and later branched out as an educator, teaching for eighteen months in Jackson Academy. His object was to get a collegiate education, but the war broke out and he threw aside his books to enlist in Gen. Jeff. Thompson’s regiment, in July, 1861, in the six months’ Missouri State service. He held the rank of lieutenant, but subsequently entered Col. White’s regiment, C. S., with which he remained until the cessation of hostilities. He was first lieutenant of Company K, and was on detached duty for the most part, recruiting soldiers....

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Biography of Zimri A. Carter

This gentleman was a pioneer in the fullest sense of the term, for he came to Carter County with his father, Benjamin F. Carter, in the year 1813, and settled with him on the land where Chilton is now located, nine miles south of VanBuren. The country was in a wild state at that time, Indians roamed the mead, and wild animals were numerous. The Carter family came from the Palmetto State and Benjamin Carter was about the first white man to settle in the county. He became a farmer and stock-raiser and met with unusual success in these occupations. His death occurred many years ago. His children, six in number, were named as follows: William Carter, resided in Reynolds County; Zimri A., subject; Henry died in Wayne County, Missouri; Mrs. John Chilton; Mrs. Mark Chilton and Benjamin F., Jr., who lived and died in Oregon County, Missour. Zimri A. Carter was born in South Carolina March 30, 1794, and was a boy of thirteen years when the family moved to this county. He delighted in hunting, and as the forests abounded in game of nearly all kinds much of his time in youth was spent in seeking the haunts of the bear, panther, etc., and he was a well-known Nimrod. He selected his life companion in the person of Miss Clementine Chilton, daughter of Thomas Chilton, Sr., who...

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Biography of Judge Morgan White Cotton

JUDGE MORGAN WHITE COTTON. Judge Morgan White Cotton, probate judge of Ripley County, Missouri, and a man well and favorably known in this part of the State, was born in Reynolds County, Missouri, May 10, 1847, to the marriage of Isaac White Cotton and Christine (Jeffrey) Cotton. Like many of the prominent citizens of this county, Isaac White Cotton was a native of Tennessee, and there made his home until about 1840 when he came to Missouri. Here he settled in the woods of Reynolds County, on Webb’s Creek, and began improving and clearing. Few settled here before he did, and he experienced all the hardships and privations of the early pioneers. His entire life was spent in tilling the soil, and he remained in Reynolds County until his death in 1884, when fifty years of age. Previous to the Civil War he was elected county assessor, and about the time of the breaking out of hostilities he was holding the office of sheriff. He was in the first six months’ service during the war. Mrs. Cotton died during these stirring times. Mr. Cotton was afterward married to Miss Jeanette Davis, and after her death he married again. Politically he was a strong Democrat, and fraternally a Mason. Judge Cotton was one of a family of eight children born to his father’s first marriage, and he spent his school...

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Biography of Isaac Clinton Clark

ISAAC CLINTON CLARK. It gives us no little pleasure to be able to present our readers with a short biography of a Carter County boy. When starting in life it is a serious question if it is not better for a young man to begin at the bottom and depend entirely upon his own efforts to get along in the world. Isaac Clinton Clark, who is one of the successful farmers and stockraisers of Carter County, has accumulated all his property by his own efforts, thanks to a sturdy, honest and industrious ancestry from whom he inherited those characteristics. He first saw the light in Carter County, Missouri, in 1857, and he is the son of Washington and Susan (Baker) Clark, natives, respectively, of Indiana and Missouri. The senior Clark was probably born about the year 1824, and about 1846 he came with his parents to Missouri, they having started for the Lone Star State. When near the Current River in Carter County they learned that the river was impassable, and they stopped at the farm house of Nathaniel Baker, who also carried on a store. While there the son, Washington Clark, became attached to Miss Susan, one of Mr. Baker’s daughters and soon after married her. After this Mr. and Mrs. Clark abandoned the Texas trip, but moved around in different counties for some time, and finally settled...

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Biography of O. L. Munger

O. L. MUNGER. Special adaptability to any particular calling in life is the one necessary adjunct to permanent success. No matter the vim and determination which characterizes a man’s start in business, unless he is to the manner born, he will find to his sorrow that his lines have been falsely cast, and the quicker he draws back and takes up another calling the better it will be for him. O. L. Munger, editor and proprietor of the Current Local, published at Van Buren, Carter County, Missouri, has made no mistake in his calling. His paper is bright and interesting, and fills a long-felt want, it being the only one published in the county. It was established in 1884 by William H. Paevers, and for the past three years Mr. Munger has had an interest in the paper. In 1893 he took control and became owner. Mr. Munger came originally from Reynolds County, Missouri, his birth occurring March 23, 1865, and he is a son of Francis and Mary (Parks) Munger. Our subject’s grand-father, Marvin Munger, was of English descent, and a native of the State of New York. About the year 1818 he came from the East to Missouri, and settled in what was known as Belleview Valley, making his home at the head-waters of Black River, now in Reynolds County, where he was one of the very...

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Biography of George T. Lee

GEORGE T. LEE. It is a pleasure and a privilege to record the character and enterprise of men of business who, on account of their long tenure and extensive operations, comprise almost a history of the business in which they are engaged. Of such men it is unnecessary to speak in words of colored praise. By their acts ye shall know them.” Their very existence is emphatic evi-dence of the honorable position they occupy and the long course of just dealing that they have pursued. A gentleman in mind is George T. Lee, who was born in Jefferson County, Missouri, February 22, 1844, a son of Giles and Ary (Graham) Lee. Giles Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on March 10, 1796, and he was a son of John Lee, who came to this country from England in early times. The Great-grandfather Lee was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Giles Lee was reared in Virginia and came to Missouri in 1819, settling on the Mississippi River. There he passed the remainder of his days engaged in farming and tanning, his death occurring in 1880. His wife was a native of Jefferson County, Missouri, born on Big River in 1827, and she was a daughter of one of the early pioneers who came from Kentucky. Three children were given them: James W., George T. and Margaret V. William...

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Biography of Charles Jacob Sloop

C. J. Sloop. In January, 1909, Mr. Sloop was admitted to the bar at Topeka, Kansas, and on July 12th of that year moved to Independence. Since then he has been steadily building up a reputation as a sound and safe counselor and as one who can be trusted with the skillful handling of all important interests entrusted to him, whether in civil or criminal law. A native of Missouri, Charles Jacob Sloop was born at Queen City, December 10, 1878. His father John B. Sloop was born in Schuyler County, Missouri, November 16, 1845, and he spent his active life there as a farmer and also bought and shipped stock on a large scale. In 1861 he enlisted in a Missouri regiment and in a company commanded by A. J. Smith, and was in the Union army throughout the war. He was once wounded. He was in the battle of Shiloh, siege of Corinth, Meriden raid, through the Vicksburg campaign, participated in the bloody battle of Tupelo, Mississippi, and followed General Sherman on the march to the sea. After the war he returned to Missouri, and took up farming, which engaged his energies until his death at Queen City in October 1906. He served many years on the school board, and was a member of the board of deacons and a trustee of the Lutheran Church. Politically he...

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