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Biographical Sketch of E.J. Evans

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now E. J. Evans, commercial traveler for Weel, Connell & Riddle, dry goods, shoes, clothing, etc., Nashville, was born in 1850 in the District of Columbia, and now resident of Smithville. He is the son of John G. and Lucinda (Vick) Evans. The father, born in 1819, in Dekalb County, Tenn., is the son of Joseph Evans, a native of Maryland, who, when a boy, came to Tennessee and settled where Liberty, Dekalb County, is located, among the very earliest white settlers. John G. had learned the carpenter trade under his father, and after his marriage in 1844, he settled in Liberty. In 1861 he moved to Dry Creek, and in 1881 to Smithville, where he was elected to his present position of register in 1866. His wife, born in 1822, in Dekalb County, is still living. Our subject, educated in Liberty, began reading law in 1872 under Hon. J. B. Robinson, and was admitted in 1873. The following year he was elected county clerk of Dekalb County, and served one term. In 1879 he established a dry goods store in Smithville, and after two years sold out and became traveling salesman for Settle & Kinnard, and two years later for Pigg, Manier & Co., then twelve months after for Tracy & Co., with whom he remained...

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Biographical Sketch of Will A. Vick

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Will A. Vick, editor of Liberty Herald, born in 1864, at Liberty, is the eldest of three surviving children of William and Sarah A. (West) Vick. The father was born in 1824 in Smith (now Dekalb) County. He has been a merchant of Liberty since the age of nineteen. The mother was born in 1829 at Liberty, where she died in 1881. Our subject received his early education at the Masonic Academy of his native place, and later attended the Vanderbilt University, of Nashville. At the age of twenty he became a member of the firm of William Vick & Son. In Connection with his mercantile business he established the Herald in April, 1886. He began with a fir number of subscriptions, and the circulation is now quite extensive. The secret of his success has been in making the paper strictly non-partisan. It strongly advocates prohibition. By the time the Herald is one year old there will be a second story added to the office, and a steam cylinder press used. Mr. Vick is an intelligent, energetic and rising young man, who has a bright, and we trust, successful future. He is a stanch Prohibitionist, and a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church...

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Biographical Sketch of G. Squires M.D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now G. Squires, M. D., was born in 1839, near Middleton, Smith County, one of eight children, four living, of John and Maria (Gulick) Squires, the former of Scotch-Irish origin, Born in Virginia about 1795, and the mother of like ancestry, born about 1804 in Smith County, Tenn. The father’s parents settled at the head of Plunkett Creek in Smith County about 1800, when he was a boy. He was a farmer and a soldier of the Mexican war, the long service in which, during its whole course, lift him in such feeble health that he died in a few years after its close. The mother died in 1843 at the birthplace of our subject. Trained a tanner, and educated at New Middleton Academy (coeducational). Our subject worked at his trade until twenty-two years of age, when he began attending school and studying medicine. In 1869-70 he attended lectures in the medical department of the University of Nashville, at the close of which lectures he began practice at Liberty. In 1873 he married Sarah C., daughter of Eli and Eliza (More) Vick, and born near Liberty in 1851. Their four children were Mattie F., Cecil H., Pearl and Jonathan G., besides whom they are also rearing and educating four orphan children. Our subject has an excellent practice,...

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Biography of Richard S. Rutherford

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now As a man among men, possessed of integrity, ability and perseverance; as a soldier, whose steady and constant service in the struggle for the punishment of treason and the wiping out of the insult to the stars and stripes was valiant and brave; as a business operator, whose wisdom and enterprise have been well manifested: the subject of this sketch stands, and it is fitting that a representation of him be granted space in this volume of Malheur’s history. Richard S. was born in Armagh county, near Bellfast, Ireland, on February 22, 1840, being the son of Thomas and Amelia (Parks) Rutherford, who emigrated to this country when this son was eighteen months old. They settled in Quebec, Canada, whence in 1848 they came to Niagara county, New York. In 1852 they removed to Tuscola county, Michigan, and few years later our subject started in life for himself, his first move was to Scott county, Missouri, where he lived until the breaking out of the Civil War. At that particular time he was in charge of a plantation. On the tenth day of August, 186l, he offered his services to fight the battles of the nation, enlisting in Company H, Eighth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, being in the Fifteenth Army Corps under General Logan and in Sherman’s...

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Biography of Ward Smith

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Ward Smith, secretary of the Hunter-Robinson Milling & Grain Company and manager of the grain department, was born in Tullahoma, Tennessee, May 22, 1888. His father, Dr. J. Crittenden Smith, was a native of Columbia, Tennessee, and is now in business in Chicago. His father, Dr. T. C. Smith, is still living in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. He and his immediate ancestors in the two preceding generations were physicians. The Smith family comes of English lineage. J. Crittenden Smith was united in marriage to Ella Ward, a daughter of John H. Ward, a wholesale furniture dealer of Nashville, Tennessee. He came from England when a child, being brought to the new world by his father, Jehiah Ward. The latter made a fortune in the shipping business and brought it with him to this country. He invested in a tract of several acres of land in what is now New York city, but his heirs, after his death, were unable to get any trace as to what he did with his land or even its location. Two sisters of Jehiah Ward are buried in Trinity churchyard in New York city. The grandfather of Mrs. Ella Ward Smith served in the War of 1812. The ancestors in the paternal line are represented by many families now prominent in Tennessee,...

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Biographical Sketch of Romulus E. Culver

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Romulus E. Culver, attorney at law of St. Joseph, Missouri, was born in Plattsburg, this state, on the 12th of January, 1865, his parents being William L. and Augusta V. (McMichael) Culver. He acquired his education, after completing his public school course, in Central College at Fayette, Missouri, where he won his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1885, and in Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tennessee, where the LL. B. degree was conferred upon him in 1887. Through the intervening period, covering more than a third of a century, he has continuously engaged in the practice of law and has won prominence and distinction in this field. He has served both as prosecuting attorney and as judge of the circuit court in Buchanan county, Missouri, and has made an equally creditable record as city counsellor of the city of St. Joseph, while during the World war period he acted as chairman of the legal advisory board of Buchanan county. On the 21st of April, 1887, in St. Joseph, Mr. Culver was married to Miss Sara Judson, a daughter of Winslow Judson. The children of this marriage were three in number: Sara J., the wife of Donald C. Gaither, of Tampico, Mexico; John C.; and Frederick C. In his political views Judge Culver has always been a democrat...

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Biography of Robert Wray Brooks

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now For twenty-seven years Robert Wray Brooks has been identified with the wholesale paper trade of St. Louis and has developed an extensive business under the name of the Brooks Paper Company, of which he is the president. Studying closely every phase of the trade, actuated in all that he undertakes by a progressive spirit and by firm determination that enables him to overcome all obstacles and difficulties in his path, he has made steady progress toward the goal of success and is now controlling extensive and important commercial interests. Tennessee numbers him among her native sons. He was born in Lexington, May 1, 1860, and is descended from Irish ancestry in the paternal line, while on the distaff side he is of Scotch descent. His father, John Brooks, was born to Londonderry, Ireland, and was of Scotch-Irish parents. He came to America at the age of fifteen years and for an extended period he figured prominently in connection with business, civic, Masonic and religious interests in western Tennessee. From 1840 until 1880 he was a leading merchant of Henderson county, Tennessee, and for many years was owner of extensive plantations in the same county. He was also the enterprising proprietor of grist, cotton and saw mill properties in the vicinity of Lexington and his activities contributed...

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Biography of Dr. George W. Floyd

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now DR. GEORGE W. FLOYD. The noble profession of medicine affords to the student in that science a never-ending source of investigation and experiment. It is perhaps one of the most trying on brain and body of any in the field of science, for it absorbs the attention of him who practices it conscientiously, both day and night, and brings into play the most versatile powers of his being. Among the prominent physicians and surgeons of Western Grove, Arkansas, stands the name of Dr. George W. Floyd, whose kindly nature instinctively turned to that broad field of human suffering for his life work. Dr. Floyd was born in Ray County, Tennessee, in 1850. He is a son of James J. and Louisa Jane (Richards) Floyd, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of North Carolina. The parents were married in Tennessee, and there the father spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1884. He was a farmer all his days, and served in the Federal Army during the Civil War as commissary sergeant. Mrs. Floyd is still living. Grandfather Floyd came from Virginia to Tennessee in an early day, and died in the latter State. Curtis Richards, the maternal grandfather, died in Meigs County, Tennessee. Of the nine children born to his parents, our...

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Biography of Cortez F. Enloe, M.D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Dr. Cortez F. Enloe, a man of strong personality who has been a leader in the public life of Jefferson City for many years and who is numbered among the substantial citizens as well as among the successful physicians of this part of the state, was born in Clarksburg, Missouri, January 28, 1881, his parents being James and Mary (Ryan) Enloe, who were also natives of Missouri. The father was a school teacher in early life but afterward became a merchant and at all times took a deep interest in public affairs, especially in the welfare and improvement o1 the schools. He was for many years county superintendent of schools after he had discontinued teaching. He served in the Civil war as captain of Company F of the Ninth Regiment of provisional Enrolled ‘Militia in 1863. The records in the adjutant general’s office read as follows: “James Enloe, 27th August, 1862, second lieutenant Company B, Forty-second Regiment Missouri Militia-1863. Promoted to Captain Company B, Forty-second Enrolled Missouri Militia, August 20, 1864.” Dr. Enloe obtained a high school education at Versailles, Morgan county, Missouri, but did not graduate and after leaving that institution he became a student in Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, where he pursued his medical course, being numbered among the alumni of that institution...

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Biography of William C. Darrow

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now WILLIAM C. DARROW. A noble class of men have built up the agricultural interests of Douglas County, and among those who have been active and efficient in the work is he whose name stands at the head of this sketch. Mr. Darrow now resides about three miles from Arno and five miles from Ava, and is classed among the successful and prominent farmers of the county. He came originally from Nashville, Tennessee, his birth occurring September 7, 1849. His parents, Joseph and Lavina (Morris) Darrow, were natives of Tennessee, as was also the grandfather, Christopher Darrow, who was a soldier in the War of 1812. The Darrow family is of German-Irish origin. Joseph Darrow was born in the year 1828 and grew to manhood in his native State. He was a mechanic by trade, and was a man well informed on political and general topics. He held many county offices and discharged the duties of all in a very satisfactory manner. Socially he was a Mason and an Odd Fellow. His death occurred in the year 1882. Mrs. Darrow died in the year 1867. Her father, Lemuel Morris, was a native of the old country, and lived to be a very aged man. Our subject was one of eight children, who are named as follows: William...

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Biography of Col. William F. Prosser

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now COL. WILLIAM F. PROSSER. – This gentleman was born near Williamsport, on the west branch of the Susquehanna River, in the State of Pennsylvania, of Welsh parentage, on the 16th of March, 1834. Shortly after his birth, his father removed with his family to Cambria County in the same state, where most of his earlier years were passed in occupations usual to boys whose parents are in moderate circumstances. His early educational opportunities were limited, and were only such as were afforded by a winter attendance upon the public schools of that day, and three terms of five months each at an academy in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the years 1850 and 1851. Teaching in the public schools, surveying and reading law, occupied his time and attention until he was twenty years of age, when, impelled by that spirit of enterprise which actuates so many of the youth of the country, he left his home in Cambria County for California. In 1854 the journey across the plains was long, tedious and laborious; and the party with which he traveled drove ox-teams, or rode on horseback, from the city of St. Charles, Missouri, to the new El Dorado of the West, nearly five months being required for the trip. He first engaged in mining on the American River,...

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Slave Narrative of Lizzie Barnett

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Interviewer: Mrs. Rosa B. Ingram Person Interviewed: Lizzie Barnett Location: Conway, Arkansas Age: 100? “Yes; I was born a slave. My old mammy was a slave before me. She was owned by my old Miss, Fanny Pennington, of Nashville, Tennessee. I was born on a plantation near there. She is dead now. I shore did love Miss Fanny. “Did you have any brothers and sisters, Aunt Liz.?” “Why, law yes, honey, my mammy and Miss Fanny raised dey chillun together. Three each, and we was jes’ like brothers and sisters, all played in de same yard. No, we did not eat together. Dey sot us niggers out in de yard to eat, but many a night I’se slept with Miss Fanny. “Mr. Pennington up and took de old-time consumption. Dey calls it T.B. now. My mammy nursed him and took it from him and died before Mr. Abe Lincoln ever sot her free. “I have seen hard times, Miss, I shore have. “In dem days when a man owned a plantation and had children and they liked any of the little slave niggers, they were issued out to ’em just like a horse or cow. “‘Member, honey, when de old-time war happened between the North and South, The Slavery War. It was so long ago I just can ‘member...

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Slave Narrative of Alice Biggs

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson Person Interviewed: Alice Biggs Age: “Bout 70” Location: Holly Grove, Arkansas “My mother come from Kentucky and my father from Virginia. That where they born and I born close to Byhalia, Mississippi. My father was Louis Anthony and mama name Charlotte Anthony. “Grandma and her children was sold in a lump. They wasn’t separated. Grandpa was a waiter on the Confederate side. He never come back. He died in Pennsylvania; another man come back reported that. He was a colored waitin’ man too. Grandma been dead 49 years now. “Mama was a wash woman and a cook. They liked her. I don’t remember my father; he went off with Anthony. They lived close to Nashville, Tennessee. He never come back. Mama lived at Nashville a while. The master they had at the closin’ of the war was good to grandma and mama. It was Barnie Hardy and Old Kiss, all I ever heard her called. They stayed on a while. They liked us. He’d run us off if he’d had any bother. “The Ku Klux never come bout Barnie Hardy’s place. He told em at town not to bother his place. “I never wanted to vote. I don’t know how. I am too old to try tricks new as that now. “Honey,...

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Biography of Rt. Rev. John Patrick Farrelly, D. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Farrelly, John Patrick, Rt. Rev. D. D.; Bishop of Cleveland; born, Memphis, Tenn., March 15, 1856; son of John P. and Martha Clay Moore Farrelly; early education in the grammar schools of Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky; studied classics for three years at Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.; in 1873, went to Europe, to complete classical education; graduated from the College of Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium; from Namur, went to the American College, Rome, to study philosophy and theology; at the conclusion of a brilliant course received the Doctorate in Sacred Theology from The University of the Propaganda, Rome; was ordained priest, May 22, 1880, by Cardinal Monaca Lavalletta, in the Lateran Basilica, Rome; asst. pastor of the Cathedral, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 5, 1882; pastor of the Cathedral and Chancellor of the Diocese of Nashville, 1883-1887; Sept. 25, 1887, was made sec’y of the American Bishops at Rome; spiritual director of the American College, Rome, 1894-1909; received the title of Monsignor from Leo XIII, and enjoyed the same distinction under Pius X; March 16, 1909, he was notified of his appointment to the See of Cleveland; May 1, 1909, he was consecrated Bishop in the Chapel of the American College, Rome, by Cardinal Gotti, Perfect of Propaganda; assigned by Bishop Morris of Little Rock,...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Leopold Borgerhoff

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Borgerhoff, Joseph Leopold; University prof.; born, Belgium, Sept. 27, 1870; son of Theodore and Elizabeth (Opt’ Eynde) Borgerhoff; education, Ecole Moyenne, Leau; Ecole Normale de I’Etat, Burgess; University of Brussels; came to America in 1895; M. A., Vanderbilt University, Tenn., 1901; studied University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago; married Elizabeth Woodward Guerard, of Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 16, 1903; fellow and assistant in romance languages, Vanderbilt University, 1900-1; assistant in Germanic languages, University of Wisconsin, 1901-1902; fellow in Romance languages and assistant in Spanish, University of Chicago, 1902-1903; instructor romance languages, 1903-1906, associate professor, 1906-1910, professor since 1910, Western Reserve University; member Modern Language Ass’n, American. Club: Alliance Francaise, of Cleveland (pres.) ; editor, Laurie’s Memoires d’un Collegien, 1908; Rostand’s La Princesse Lointaine, 1909, contributor Modern Language Notes, Sewance Review, Nation, Le Soir (Brussels),...

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