Location: Cedar County MO

Biographical Sketch of William Franklin Minton

It is with pleasure that we essay the task of epitomizing the salient points in the interesting career of the estimable and enterprising gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, and it is very fitting that such be granted space in the history of Malheur County, since he has labored here for the up building of the county and has wrought with wisdom and energy for this end, while also he has spent much time on the frontier and in other places, always, however, manifesting that same energy and capability in furthering the chariot of progress and building for the generations to come. Mr. Minton was born in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on November25, 1856, being the son of Willis J. and Martha S. (Coker) Minton. When he was a lad of seven he was taken by his parents to Cedar County, and in 1874 went with his parents to Pueblo, Colorado, and thence he went to Florence, Colorado, and there followed farming for a time. There also he was married on August 14, 1880, Miss Minerva Jackson becoming his wife on that occasion. In 1884 he removed with his family to New Mexico, securing a farm, which he tilled until 1889. In the last year mentioned he came via the Southern Pacific to San Francisco and thence on the steamer “State of California” to Portland....

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Biography of John H. Martin

JOHN H. MARTIN. Douglas County, Missouri, is well known for its successful, thrifty and enterprising farmers, and for its well-tilled and fertile farms, and among those successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits is John H. Martin, who was born in Blount County, Tennessee, July 27, 1842, a son of Adrian and Sallie (Kerr) Martin, natives of Tennessee, and grandson of John Martin, a native of Massachusetts, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and who removed to Tennessee at an early day. The maternal grandfather, David Kerr, was a Tennessean and was a son of one of the early pioneers of that State. Adrian Martin was a successful tiller of the soil and died in Tennessee in 1873, in which State his widow is still living. Their children are: John H.; Elizabeth A., wife of John N. Hutton, of Tennessee; Mary C., wife of Simeon Griffith,of Tennessee; Sarah E.,who died young; Jesse L. is in the livery business in Ava, Missouri; David C. is a man of family, and resides in Tennessee, and James M., who is living in Ava, is also in the livery business. The mother is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church as was also the father. The subject of this sketch passed his school days in Blount County, and at the age of eighteen years enlisted in Company H., Second Tennessee Cavalry, which formed...

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Francis, King Samuel – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon K.S. Francis Left $93,000 Estate of Pioneer Farmer Is Left To Five Daughters Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, October 6, for King Samuel Francis, who passed away at the Enterprise hospital Saturday, October 4, 1941, following an illness of several months. He had been a member of the Christian church since early in life. E. E. Callahan, pastor of the Christian church, was in charge of the service, and music was furnished by Mrs. Donna Dixon and Mrs. Helen Kay and Mrs. C.F. Johnson. Pallbearers were G. W. Franklin, G. E. Long, Fred McFetridge, Harlan Green, I. L. Cornwell and Wm. Hahn, and interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Mr. Francis was one of 11 children born to Mr. and Mrs. John Francis, and was born in St. Clair county, Mo., January 30, 1862, later going to Cedar county, Mo., where he spent his boyhood days. In March of 1886 he came to Wallowa County, homesteading in the Trout creek district where he resided for several years. From that time on Mr. Francis made his home in the county with the exception of three years in Washington, one in Yakima and two in Dayton. For 16 years he lived on Prairie creek but in 1932 made his home on a farm about two miles south of Enterprise. On October 12, 1891, King Francis and...

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Biography of William L. McNaughten, M. D.

William L. McNaughten, M. D., had been long and favorably known as a capable physician and surgeon in Chautauqua County, and now controls a large practice at Sedan. In his younger days he met and overcame obstacles and had to work for every step of his advancement while gaining his education and preparing himself for his profession. When nineteen years of age his education in the common schools was completed, and he then began working on a farm and learning the carpenter’s trade. As a carpenter he worked in Missouri and in 1883 moved to Kansas, locating in Montgomery County. For nine years he was one of the force of carpenters employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. He had long felt that his real sphere was in the profession of medicine, but having a family to care for there were some weighty reasons why he should continue working at his mechanical trade. All the leisure time he had he applied to the study of medicine and he followed that with a course in the Kansas City College of Physicians and Surgeons and in 1897 entered the Columbian Medical College for one year. As an undergraduate he practiced for a year in Cedar County, Missouri, and in 1901 was given his degree M. D. In the meantime Doctor McNaughten had located in Chautauqua County in 1898 and was in...

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Biography of George L. Wilkie

George L. Wilkie, a progressive farmer residing near Bartlesville, is interested in all modern developments along agricultural lines and by his prosperity in a modern enterprise conducted along scientific lines, is proving the value of system in promoting productiveness. He is a native son of Oklahoma, his birth having occurred at Bartlesville on the 26th of June, 1890, and his parents were Andrew and Leona (Tayrien) Wilkie, the latter a representative of one of the pioneer families of this state. His father was a native of Germany and when a young man of eighteen years he came to the United States, two years later making his way to Indian Territory, where he engaged in farming and stock raising until his death, which occurred on the 3d of September, 1900. Louis F. Wilkie, a brother of the subject of this review, is represented elsewhere in this work. George L. Wilkie acquired his education in the government school at Pawhuska, the public schools of Bartlesville and he also attended school at Eldorado Springs, Missouri. On starting out in life independently he also chose the occupation of farming, which he has since successfully followed, and is now the owner of a valuable farm of one hundred and sixty acres, situated two miles northwest of Bartlesville, near the Mound. He has added many improvements to his place, including the erection of a fine...

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Biography of K. J. Montgomery

K. J. Montgomery, a progressive young business man, familiarly known as “Jack” to his many friends in Vinita, is numbered among the leading cattlemen of northeastern Oklahoma and worthily bears a name which for the past eighteen years has been synonymous with enterprise and integrity in business circles of Craig County. He is a native of Missouri, his birth having occurred in Cedar County on the 21st of January, 1887, and is a son of Thomas R. Montgomery, who was born in Tennessee. The father subsequently removed to the west, becoming the owner of one of the finest farms in Cedar County, Missouri, on which he engaged in feeding cattle on an extensive scale. Later he established his home in Morrisville, Polk County, that state, where he continued his stock raising operations, while he also engaged in the dry goods business, likewise conducting a bank and a flour mill. In 1903 he arrived in Craig County, Oklahoma, purchasing a large ranch in partnership with a Mr. Peariman and engaging in the feeding and shipping of cattle. He developed a large business in that connection, conducting his operations under the firm style of Montgomery & Peariman, and he also figured conspicuously in financial circles of Centralia, Oklahoma, as President of the First National Bank. He is a very enterprising and progressive business man who has made a success of everything...

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Burford, James S. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Pioneer, Passes; Burial Thursday James S Burford, 76 year old pioneer of Union County, died this morning (June 25, 1935) at the Grande Ronde hospital after a short illness. (He was born February 19, 1859 per funeral card). Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Methodist church at Cove with Rev. Smits in charge of the services. Burial will take place at the family plot in the Cove Cemetery. Friends may view the body at the chapel of Walters Funeral Home. Mr. Burford crossed the plains to Oregon at the age of 17 years and has been a resident of Cove the last 53 years. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge at Cove. Survivors include six sons; William, Orphia, Frank, and Archie, all of Union: Arthur of Sandpoint, Ida., and Claude Burford, of Salem and six daughters; Mrs. Vivian Mytinger of Pendleton; Mrs. Hazel Hartley of Cove; Mrs. Ruth Cockrell of Union; Mrs. Bina Vann and Mrs. Opal Gassett, of Cove, and Mrs. Leitha Parr of Everett, Wash. James Samuel Burford, son of Preston Williamson Burford and Elizabeth Ann Hornbeck, was born in near Stockton, Cedar Co, MO 02-19-1859. James died 06-25-1935 in La Grande, Union Co, Oregon, at 76 years of age. – Margaret. Contributed by: Arthur S....

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Wilkinson, Andrew – Obituary

Died—At Vader, Washington, Monday, August 9, 1926, Andrew Wilkinson, age 84 years, 7 months and 14 days. The funeral took place from the Methodist church, Union, Friday, August 13, 1926, at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Word was received at Union early Monday morning of the serious illness of Mr. Wilkinson, and his daughter, Mrs. Webb, left that morning on No. 17 for Vader, but her father passed away before her arrival at Vader. Mrs. Webb returned with the remains Thursday, and the funeral took place as above noted. “Uncle Andy” Wilkinson was one of the old settlers of this section, and had a friend in every acquaintance, and all regret his passing away, though it has been evident for several years that he was nearing the end. Andrew Wilkinson, son of Jacob and Matilda Wilkinson, was born in Cedar County, Mo., Dec. 26, 1841, and died at the home of his son, Edward, at Vader, Washinton, Aug. 9th, 1926, age 81 years, 7 months and 13 days. In 1863 he left the home of his birth and came to Denver, Colo. Five years later he in company with others came by ox team over the plains through Montana via Walla Walla, Wash., thence to the Grande Ronde Valley, and after a time purchased a large farm in High valley, where he entered the cattle business, as well as developing his...

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Biographical Sketch of J. T. Montgomery

J. T. Montgomery, physician, P. O. Charleston; born in Cedar Co., Mo., Oct. 18, 1852. He emigrated with his parents and located in Alton, Ill., in 1861, for about six months, then Windsor for three years, where his father was located as minister of the C. P. Church. He located in Oakland, Coles Co., in March, 1867, when he attended school until 1871, where he worked as farm laborer during the summer and fall, in which way he obtained the means to attend the Mt. Zion Academy until he had exhausted the proceeds of his summer’s labor, when he engaged as clerk in the dry goods store of Wilcox & Burroughs, at Fairmount, Ill., where he remained until winter, when he taught school for six months, and having laid up sufficient means to defray his expenses in further educating himself, he went to the Normal School, at Normal Ill., for six months; he continued in this manner, teaching, then expending his savings in schooling himself until he received his education, graduating from the Chicago Medical College in the Centennial Class of 1876, having devoted four years to the study of medicine; he then engaged in partnership with Dr. W. J. Peak, at Oakland, under the firm name of Peak & Montgomery. He located upon his present place in August, 1876, since which time he has successfully followed the practice...

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