Location: Fulton Missouri

Biographical Sketch of George Tuggle

The subject of this sketch,¬†George Tuggle, is a native of Daviess county, and was born September 19, 1848. He lived with his parents on the farm until he reached his fifteenth year, when the spirit of adventure taking possession of him, he ran away from home and started out to seek his fortune in the wild West Denver, Colorado, was to be his destination, but before reaching the boundary line of that great mineral State, the wagon-train which he accompanied became snow-bound and was forced to abandon the trip. Nothing daunted at this disastrous turn of affairs, George bravely faced about and journeyed homeward from Nebraska City, Nebraska, on foot, and thus brought to an end his thoughts of a life in that country. He received an elementary education in the public schools of Monroe township, supplemented by an attendance at the district school at Barnesville, Clinton county, for one year, and completed by a four years course in the Westminster College, at Fulton, Missouri, graduating in 1874 from the scientific department. Returning home he devoted his energies to work upon the farm in summer and teaching school in winter, until the spring of 1876. In this last mentioned year Mr. Tuggle was appointed deputy county clerk by John P. Smith, remaining during that gentleman’s term of office, and was appointed to the same position by his successor, P....

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Biographical Sketch of George Godfrey

George Godfrey lived at Ritford, England. His son Peter married Dorothea Learey, of England, by whom he had Thomas, John, Edward, George, Charles, and Mary. Thomas came to America and settled in Canada. John went to California, and died on his return to England. Edward lives in Mercer County, Pa. George married Mary Ostick, of England, and settled in Pittsburg, Pa., in 1830, in St. Louis in 1836, and in Montgomery County, where Jonesburg now stands, in 1838. His children are Mary A., George, Edward, William O., John W., Henry M., and James A. Mary A. married Rev. George Smith, a Methodist minister, who came to Montgomery County in 1836. Mr. Godfrey has been a devoted Methodist for many years, and a leading member of his church. His brother Charles settled in Louisville, Kentucky, and his son, Charles, Jr., lives in Fulton,...

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Biography of Benjamin H. Charles

Benjamin H. Charles, who enjoys the reputation of being one of the leading municipal bond lawyers in the United States and who in the practice of his profession is accorded an extensive clientage in St. Louis, where he makes his home, was born at Chester, Illinois, April 26, 1866, his parents being Benjamin H. and Achsah Susan (Holmes) Charles. The father was a Presbyterian minister of note who led a very active life. He was a man of positive character and high ideals and at different periods acceptably served as pastor of churches in Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri. He was graduated from Centre College at Danville, Kentucky, in 1853 and among his classmates were the late Senator Vest, Judge Phillips and Governor Crittenden of Missouri. Dr. Charles became prominent in connection with educational interests, especially in girls’ schools and was president of the Synodical College at Fulton, Missouri, from 1877 until 1888 inclusive, this being an excellent girls’ college. His last pastorate was in Trinity church at St. Louis. His wife was a daughter of the late Joseph B. Holmes, one of the early day river millers who owned two large mills at and near Chester, Illinois, the flour which he manufactured being largely for the export trade, most of it being sent to Liverpool, England. In the maternal line Mrs. Benjamin H. Charles, Senior, was a granddaughter of...

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Biography of William N. Collier

William N. Collier, one of the most prominent breeders of thoroughbred Hereford cattle in the United States, makes his home at Fulton and has extensive farm property in Callaway county, on which are found his fine herds. Mr. Collier was born in the Blue Grass state, his birth having occurred near Falmouth, in Pendleton county, Kentucky, February 13, 1876. He is a son of William A. and Oetavia (Wyatt) Collier, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, to which state their parents had removed from Virginia. When William N. Collier was a lad of five years his parents went to Ellis county, Texas, where the father operated a cotton gin. There the son was reared and educated, attending the public schools, and when not busy with his textbooks his time was given to his father in the cotton gin until he reached his twenty-first year, at which period in his life he began riding the range and for twelve years thereafter engaged in punching cattle. During this time, or in 1902, he filed on a homestead, taking up four sections of land in Borden county, Texas, where he began his career as a raiser and breeder of cattle. After filing on his land he purchased a few Texas cattle, which he had on the range for three years. He then purchased his first thoroughbred cattle from A. B. Jones...

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Biography of Hon. John G. Slate

Hon. John G. Slate, of Jefferson City, who since 1912 has served on the bench of the circuit court of Missouri, his record reflecting credit and honor upon the judicial history of the state, was born January 26, 1860, in Cole county, about eight miles west of Jefferson City, his parents being Robert T. and Isabella D. (Jones) Slate, the former a native of Tennessee, while the latter was born in Kentucky. The father was a farmer, who in antebellum days owned a large number of slaves, having a plantation on the river. He also conducted a wood yard and sold wood to be used on the river steamboats. Judge Slate can well remember seeing the soldiers on these boats returning from the Civil war. Having been reared in the south he would call out “three cheers for Jeff Davis.” On one occasion the soldiers fired some shots and he thought they were shooting at him for calling out as he did. His father served with the Confederate army, was in the fight at Fulton and was captured and sent to the military prison at Alton, Illinois. While he was thus incarcerated much of his property on the farm was stolen. The death of Robert T. Slate occurred in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1872. Judge Slate obtained a common school education in Boone and Cole counties of Missouri and...

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Biography of Irving H. Boemer, M.D.

Dr. Irving H. Boemer, a St. Louis physician, with offices 1n the Metropolitan building, was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, September 13, 1889. His father, Henry Boemer, was also born in St. Clair county, while the paternal grandfather was a native of Germany. Henry Boemer is now living retired and makes his home in St. Louis. In early manhood he wedded Katherine Merod, who was born in St. Clair county and is a representative of an old French family. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Boemer was celebrated in 1887 and they became the parents of two eons and two daughters: Irving H. Lilburn, who is a student in the University of Illinois; Aurelia, the wife of Sidney Seligstein, of St. Louis; and Melba, living at home with her father. Dr. Boemer pursued his early education in the public schools of St. Louis and after attending the Central high school became a student in the University Preparatory School of this city. He next attended the Westminster College at Fulton, Missouri, and then entered the St. Louis University, from which he was graduated in 1915 with the M. D. degree. He has specialized in surgery in both his studies and in his practice. He was an interns in St. John’s Hospital from 1915 until 1917 and through the succeeding period has engaged in general surgical practice. having a...

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Biography of A. O. Harrison

A. O. Harrison, a member of an old and honored family that has figured prominently on the pages of American history, is a leading representative of the Bartlesville bar and is now capably filling the office of city attorney. A native of Missouri, he was born in Callaway County, September 25, 1871, his parents being Jilson Payne and Catherine (Bernard) Harrison, the former a native of Kentucky, while the latter was born in Virginia. In the paternal line the ancestry is traced back to General William Henry Harrison, known as “Tippecanoe,” who won fame in the Indian wars of 1812. The paternal grandfather of the subject of this review, Micajah Volney Harrison, represented his district in the Missouri state legislature in the late ’40s and was prominent in public life. He died in 1853 and the state subsequently erected a monument to his memory. His brother, Albert Gallatin Harrison, went from Kentucky to Missouri about 1830 and he also took a leading part in public affairs, being elected congressman from Missouri at a time when that state comprised but two districts. Both Harrisonville and Harrison County were named in his honor and he died in 1836, while serving his second term in congress. The maternal grandfather, Thomas Bernard, traveled in a prairie schooner from Virginia to Missouri in 1836 and in that state he engaged in farming, up to...

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Steers, Sadie – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Funeral Services for Sadie Steers to be Saturday Funeral services for Mrs. Sadie Steers will be held Saturday, July 5, at 2 PM, at the Elgin Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Steers died Tuesday at a La Grande hospital at the age of 89. She had been in failing health for a number of years, but was able to care for her personal needs very well up until she was taken to the hospital June 18. Interment will be in the Summerville cemetery. Rev. Volney Johnson will be in charge of services at the church here, and Mrs. Ona Harwood will sing. Pall bearers will be John Croghan, Bill Townsend, Earl Moore, John Waelty, Kenny Dunn and Louis Phillips. Mrs. Steers was born August 8, 1868 (should be 1869) in Illinois, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William (should be Thomas Jefferson) Althiser. She was married to W.A. Schaffer at Fulton, MO., in 1888, and to this union four children were born, three daughters and one son. She came west in 1906 and married L.N. Steers of La Grande and has resided in the county since. Three children survive her, Mrs. Opal Miller of La Grande, Mrs. W. A. Doty of Goldendale, Wash., and Mr. H.M. Schaffer of Salem. There are nine grandchildren: Vernon Newman, Yakima, Wash.; Harold Newman, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Clara Hyatt, Seattle,...

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