Location: Liberty Missouri

Biographical Sketch of George Brethard Thomas

George Brethard Thomas was born in Hancock, Washington county, Maryland, on the 29th of March, 1842. His father died when the subject of this sketch was twelve years old, and he continued to live with his mother at the old homestead until he reached the age of eighteen, and then migrated to Missouri, arriving in St. Joseph in the spring of 1860. He remained in that city some two months, then came to Gallatin, where he secured employment as clerk in the hotel owned by Thomas Clingan, and remained in that capacity until February, 1861, when he engaged in farming and continued in that “noblest of all pursuits,” until May, 1881. From 1866 to 1875, in addition to his farm occupations, he was a member of the firm of Thomas & Brosins, in the meat market business. He was clerk of the Shriver district, Liberty township, for over ten years, showing by his long continuance in the office that the people appreciated his valuable qualities. On the 14th of February, 1861, Mr. Thomas was united in marriage to Miss Epha Brosins, of Liberty township. From this union, which has proven a happy one, they have five children; namely, Lucinda M., Annie May, Mary Louvenia, Floyd and Georgia, all living at home. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of Gallatin...

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Biographical Sketch of S. L. Doty

S. L. Doty was born in Greene county, Tennessee, August 13, 1831. His parents, Jesse and Rebecca Doty, were both natives of Tennessee. Azre Doty, grand-father of S. L. Doty, was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and was under General Marion, ” the Swamp Fox.” Our subject was educated in the common schools, and at the age of eighteen began to learn the cabinet-making trade, which he made his business until 1865, and since that time he has been farming. He came to Missouri in 1853 and settled in Liberty, Clay county, where he remained four years, then removed to Platte City, Platte county, and in 1865 came to this county and settled on a farm, where he now resides. Mr. Doty was united in marriage February 21, 1858, to Miss Mary M. Wills, who was born in Clay county, Missouri, August 18, 1840. Her family is of Scottish descent, her grandfather having emigrated from Scotland to this country before the Revolutionary War. Mr. and Mrs. Doty have three children: Charles F., born July 31, 1861; Augustus H., born December 14, 1865; and Clara B., born September 26,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. William R. Samuel

(See Downing) Minnie L., daughter of Clement and Rebecca Caroline (Bryan) Hayden, was born at Chouteau April 5, 1879. She was educated in Liberty, Mo. Married on April 21, 1901, William Ruben Samuel, born February 2, 1869 in Calloway County, Missouri. He graduated May 28, 1902, from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri. They are the parents of Rebecca Ann Samuel, born Oct. 3, 1917. Mr. Samuel is Secretary of the State Bankers Association, and is a Mason and Odd Fellow. He was for four years State Insurance Commissioner. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel are members of the Methodist church, and residents of Oklahoma City. Rebecca Wright, born January 1, 1814, married Joel Mayes Bryan, born October 22, 1809. She died April 5, 1882, and he died August 7, 1899. They were the parents of Rebecca Caroline Bryan, born January 30, 1850, who married March 7, 1869, Clement Hayden, born March 20, 1846 in Renfon County, Arkansas. Mrs. Hayden died July 11, 1916 and Mr. Hayden died May 2,...

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Biographical Sketch of David H. Coulson

David H. Coulson, son of John D. Coulson, was born in Chariton County, Missouri, near the town of Keytesville, November 16, 1830. He remained in the place of his birth until he was about seven years of age when his father moved to Howard County, Missouri, where the family remained about two years. In 1839 the family came to Daviess County and settled in Union township. David remained at home until he was about twenty-one years of age. Mr. Coulson was engaged in farming in Union township, Daviess County, Missouri, for three years. He then moved to Liberty Township, where he remained one year. Removing a short distance from this place, he gave his attention for about eleven years to farming and stock-raising. Moving then to Sheridan township he purchased land in section thirty-five where he is now living. In 1860 Mr. Coulson went to Nevada City where he was engaged in mining about eighteen months. He returned home in 1862 when he was enrolled in the Home Guard Militia, and served at intervals during the war. Mr. Coulson was married, in 1852, to Miss Elizabeth J. McBrayer. They have had six children: Samuel D., Sarah M., Thomas R., May C., William B. and Charles...

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Biography of William Leslie Porter

A public office is only an opportunity for rendering real service to the public. Whether that opportunity is utilized depends upon the man. Several years ago the people of Topeka elected William Leslie Porter commissioner of parks and public properties. When he entered office he was new to the duties, and he was practically without political experience. But he had exhibited other qualities far more important that political experience. He had a well defined ambition to do everything he could for the community welfare through the opportunity afforded by his office. Mr. Porter also had a reputation of having a strong will and ample determination to carry out any plan upon which he embarks. The results in the past two or three years stand as a splendid justification of his election as commissioner. Some brief survey of what had been accomplished in those two or three years is necessary to complate the personal record of Mr. Porter and is also an important chapter in Topeka municipal history. In the year 1914 one small playground was eatablished in one of the Topeka parks. The experiment was one of unqualified success from the standpoint of the parents, the neighborhood and the children. Then followed an association composed of members of the school board, the city commissioners and the Commercial Club. The association appointed a legislative committee. This committee appeared before the...

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Biographical Sketch of A. M. Covington

This gentleman was born in North Carolina, March 17, 1807. His parents moved to Tennessee when lie was but six months old, and resided there two years. From there they moved to Christian County, Kentucky, and still later, moved to Hopkins County, where our subject grew to manhood. He began farming there, and continued till 1811, when he came to Daviess County, and entered the land on which he now resides, the place being located in Liberty township, and containing 250 acres of splendid land, which he long ago improved into a good and comfortable home. At the time of his coming, there were but few families in the township, and they were widely scattered. He built him a small log cabin and began cheerfully to improve the place which was to be the future home of his family. At that primitive day, Mr. Covington had to go as far as Trenton, a distance of twenty-five miles, to get breadstuffs for his family, it sometimes taking two days for him to make the trip. He was married, in Hopkins County, Kentucky, January 29, 1835, to Miss M. T. B. Wilson. Eleven children were born of this union, of whom seven are still living: Eliza, Emeline, John H., Elizabeth, Philip E., Margaret 0., and Mary still survive; while Narcissa A., William N., James and Georgiana are...

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Biographical Sketch of William E. Brennon

This gentleman was born in Virginia, July 24, 1827. When he was ten years old his parents moved to Ohio and lived three years, and then came to Caldwell County, Missouri. There William grew up and resided till the fall of 1847, when he came to this County and has lived here ever since engaged in farming. He owns a fine farm of 280 acres in Liberty Township, 240 of which are under fence. His farm is well watered with four living wells, and is suitably improved in every way. Mr. Brennon was married, in Caldwell County, June 10, 1847, to Miss Sarah Hughs, which has proven a happy and agreeable union, as husband and wife have always concurred in the plans and interests of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Jacob Grove

Was born in Augusta County, Virginia, on the 19th of August, 1818.. He was taken to Indiana by his parents, who removed to that State when Jacob was three years old, and there lived until after he became of age. In 1834, he went to Mississippi, and after a sojourn there, went to Illinois, where he began farming, continuing there until the fall of 1857. That was the period of his coming to Daviess County, and he has resided here ever since. Mr. Grove was married, in Illinois, in February, 1841, to Miss Leah Kindig. They are the parents of eleven children, of whom only four still survive: Simon, Mary M., Sebastian, and Eliza are living at the time of this writing; while Sarah E., Samuel, Annie, and four infant children, are all dead. Mr. Grove owns a place containing 150 acres of good land, which he has well improved. In is located in Liberty Township, and is one of the most desirable farces in Daviess...

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Biographical Sketch of A. Fossinger

The above named farmer and stock-raiser, was born February 19, 1820, -and is a native of Pennsylvania. He enjoyed all the educational advantages then at hand in those early days, and remained in his native State until his twenty-second year. In the year 1842 he started out to seek his fortune and found a home in Ohio for eighteen years, learning and working at the basket-making business for a number of years. In the fall of 1860, Mr. Fossinger again changed his residence, giving his preference to the Wolverine State. The next seven years he remained in Michigan and prospered fairly, but at the end of that time, in the fall of 1867, he concluded that a milder climate, cheaper and richer lands, would suit him better, and at the date mentioned. Mr. Fossinger became a resident of Daviess County, settling on section nine, in Liberty Township. He has now a. comfortable home, a well improved farm of 140 acres, and his residences handsomely located and shaded by forest trees, where he leads a quiet and, contented life. Mr. Fossinger was married, in Delaware County, Ohio, in the month of October, 1851,-to Miss Lucinda Wiser. By this union they were blessed with six children; one, Cornelius, is dead, and five living; viz., Emeline, Angeline, Lusina, Barbara and Adam...

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Biographical Sketch of Simon Grove

Was born in Woodford County, Illinois, April 6, 1842, and there received a good common school education. In the fall of 1857 he came to this State and County, and has been a farmer in Daviess County ever since. He has a farm of 120 acres in Liberty township, which he has well fenced and improved. During the Civil War Mr. Grove was Union in principle, and February 27, 1864, enlisted in Company L, of the Twelfth Missouri Cavalry, and served till the close, participating in the battles of Nashville, Franklin, Spring Hill, Harpeth River, Selnma, Columbus, Ebenezer Church, Thomas, Campbellville, and other fights and skirmishes. Immediately after his discharge he returned to Daviess County, and was there married, on the 20th of December, 186:6,. to Miss Sarah Reid, daughter of H. T. and May A. Reid. Mr. and Mrs. Grove have three children, whose names and dates of birth are as follows: Dessie May, born November 6, 1867; Simon, born August 30, 1876; and Charles S., born December 9, 1879. In September, 1871, Mr. Grove met with a very unfortunate accident, which necessitated the amputation of his arm. While assisting his father-in-law to thresh, his left arm was caught in the machinery of the thresher and so mangled that he had to lose it, the surgeons amputating it near the...

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Biographical Sketch of T. S. Eggers

The subject of this sketch was born in Johnson County, Tennessee, September 19, 1852. He continued to reside in the County of his birth till he was fourteen years old, when he went to Indiana, where he resided till the time of his coming to Missouri. His education was received in Indiana, and lie followed the occupation of tilling the soil after leaving school. On coining to Daviess County, Mr. Eggers again engaged in farming, in which he continued steadily until the spring of 1875. At that time he became possessed of a desire to see the great western country, and accordingly made a tour of some magnitude in the wilds of the West, visiting Montana, Washington Territory, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, and numerous places of the mountainous west. The last place he visited was his old hone and birthplace in Tennessee, where lie remained till the spring of 1881. He then returned to this County and settled down, and owns a nicely improved farm of 140 acres in Liberty township, well located, and adapted to the business of stock-raising, having two splendid wells of never-failing water. Mr. Eggers was married, in Daviess County, November 23, 1871, to Miss Christina Myers. They have had three children,, one of whom, Elmore T., is still living, the date of his birth being October 6, 1874. Albert, the oldest child, born November...

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Biographical Sketch of William P. Fisher

The subject of this sketch was born in Ripley, Brown County, Ohio, September 9, 1827. He remained at the place of his birth until thirteen years of age, when he accompanied his father, who-removed to Shelby County, Indiana. There lie finished his schooling, and, in the spring of 1851 came to Daviess County, where he has since made his home. He located in Liberty Township, within one and one-fourth miles of Gallatin, where he has a splendid farm of some 260 acres. His residence is pleasantly situated and, taken altogether, it is one of the best homesteads in Daviess County. He has been quite successful in his farming operations and in the raising of stock, and stands among the most progressive farmers and stock-raisers in the County, and well deserves the high reputation he bears. Mr. Fisher was married, in Shelby County, Indiana, to Miss Julia A. Chapman. The union has been a happy one, and five children gather around the pleasant fireside. They are all living, and are named Pauline, Nelson C., Isabel, Mary L. and Washington 0. Mr. Fisher is now .fifty-four years of age, with a bright and prosperous future before...

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Biographical Sketch of Jesse A. Creekmore

Jesse A. Creekmore is a native of Daviess County, and was born March 21, 1834, and here grew up and received his education. He began life as a farmer, and is still engaged in the same worthy vocation. He owns a place of 160 acres in Liberty Township, which is well improved and arranged as a comfortable home. Mr. Creekmore is one of the earliest settlers in the township, and came to it when but three or four families lived within its limits, and they were miles apart. All kinds of wild game, such as deer, turkeys, etc., was abundant, and went far towards supplying the settlers with food. Breadstuffs could not be obtained within less than fifty miles, it taking from four to five days to make the trip over the primitive roads of that early day. Mr. Creekmore was married, on the 3d day of June, 1855, to Miss Amanda A. Baber. Nine children were born of this union, five of whom still...

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Biographical Sketch of William P. Heyser

The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a native of Kentucky, born July 19, 1840. He was reared and educated in his native State, and left there in 1857, locating in DeKalb County, this State, where lie engaged in farming residing there until 1864. In the spring of that year he went overland with teams to Virginia City, Montana, and there engaged in teaming and cattle-herding until 1867, when lie returned to DeKalb County, Missouri. Mr. Heyser came to Daviess County in 1870, and has resided here ever since, engaged in the laudable occupation of farming. He has a good farm of 280 acres in Liberty township, which he has well improved with a good residence, fencing, etc., and has it well adapted to stock-growing and feeding. Mr. Heyser was married, in Daviess County, December 24, 1869, to Miss Sarah C. Miller. They are the parents of four children; named, respectively, Charles W., Frederick W., Ethel and Sallie.. Mr. Heyser is a good business man and worthy...

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