Location: Newton County MO

Biography of William Tillman

WILLIAM TILLMAN – We have before us in the person of the subject one of those hardy, intrepid and commendable pioneers, who wrought in this section for its development, wresting it from the grasp of the savages and fitting it for the abode of man. Especially is our subject to be mentioned in this capacity, since he came here yound and vigorous and wrought constantly here for nearly half a century, enduring all the hardships known to frontier existence, displaying an astuteness, energy, and ability, coupled with faithfulness and integrity that have commended him to the graces and hearts of all who appreciate noble and true qualities and a pioneer and self-sacrificing spirit. William Tillman was born in Newton county, Missouri, on a farm, the date being February 12, 1842. He received a common school education in his native place, securing the same during the winter months, and striving on his father’s farm to practice the art of agriculture during the summers. He continued under the parental roof until 1861, and then in company with three other families, he being nineteen years of age, he turned toward the west with his “prairie schooner” and steadily pursued his way to the setting sun, until the little train halted in the Grande Ronde valley. The accompanying travelers were George and John Howeel, Tomps Crofford and Sandford P. Robertson. They halted but...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Thomas Kerr

(See Duncan and Grant).-Susan Tolbert, daughter of John Tolbert and Amanda Cherokee (Duncan) Scott, was born in Delaware District May 11, 1873, educated in that District. Married at Seneca, Missouri, May 20, 1892, Thomas son of Alexander and Matilda Kerr. They are the parents of Ollie May Kerr, born November 22, 1894, married November 27, 1912, J. C. Carr, and has one daughter, Lena May Carr, born September 23, 1919. Mr. Kerr is a farmer, near Vinita. Charles Duncan, a Scotchman, married about 1784, Dorcas, a full-blood Cherokee, of the Deer Clan. Their son, John, married Elizabeth Abercromby, and they were the parents of Charles Gordan Duncan, born June 3, 1825, and married Sinia Eaton, born February 7, 1825. They were the parents of Amanda Cherokee Duncan, born in Going Snake District, July 26, 1850. Married December 16, 1869, John Tolbert...

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Biographical Sketch of Arthur F. Chamberlin

(See Oolootsa) Arthur Fanshaw, son of Rev. Armory N. and Eunice Dolly (Hoyt) Chamberlain, was born October 9, 185 7 in Flint District. He was educated in the public schools and Male Seminary. Married June 9, 1883, at Neosho, Missouri, Letitia, daughter of Hamilton W., and Margaret Goodykoontz, born March 18. 1861, in Newton County, Missouri. They located in Vinita, and are the parents of. Dolly Edith (Cherokee name Oo-loo-tsa) born August 19, 1887; educated in the schools of Vinita, and Henry Kendall College; married June 22, 1907, William Robinson; Catherine Brown, born December 25, 1893; educated at Vinita and Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; married December 22, 1916, James W. Dunnington, son of W. G. and India Knight Dunnington; Arthur Fanshaw Chamberlain, born March 8, 1900. He was in school in Hampton Sidney College in Virginia at the beginning of the war; he enlisted and was mustered out of service at the close of the war. He is superintendent of a tobacco factory at Danville, Virginia. Reverend Armory Nelson, son of Rev. William and Fern (Hoyt) Chamberlain, was born Nov. 29, 1821, at Brainard Mission. He married December 3, 1846, Eunice Dolly, daughter of Milo and Lydia (Lowry) Hoyt, born Dec. 14, 1820, on Chickamaugua River. Rev. A. N. Chamberlain, although a white man, spoke the Cherokee language perfectly. He died July 4, 1894, and his widow died on...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. John R. Hurst

(See Grant)-John Randolph, son of Christopher Columbus and Mary Ann (Blythe) Hurst was born Monday, April 18, 1853. Educated in the Cherokee National Schools. Married December 8, 1879, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hogan) Brown, born November 14, 1854 in Newton County, Missouri. They were the parents of Christopher Columbus, born September 30, 1880; Mary Ellen, born May 24, 1885; Winema Rachel, born September 30, 1891 and Albert J. Hurst, born January 7, 1894. John, son of William and Nannie (Fields) Blythe married Justin Cadle and they were the parents of Mrs. Mary Ann (Blythe)...

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Biographical Sketch of John G. Cearley

(See Ghigau and England)-John Gordon, son of Edmond Jeptlta and Sarah Letitia (Thompson) Cearley, born in Georgia May 19, 1880, educated in that State and in the Cherokee Nation. Married at Neosho, Missouri, January 15, 1908, Gertrude N., daughter of John Wesley and Ida Josephine (Jenkins) Harris, born near Vinita, January 13, 1899. They are the parents of Howard Luther, born October 8, 1908; Kenneth Raymond, born November 16, 1910 and John Gordon Cearley, born June 28, 1914. Mr. Cearley is a farmer near Big Cabin. Nannie Rider married David Thompson. Their son, Caleb Starr Thompson, married Matilda Cordill and they were the parents of Sarah Letitia Thompson who married Edmond Jeptha Cearley. Arminda England married Elias H. Jenkins and they were the parents of lda Josephine Jenkins who married John Wesley...

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Biographical Sketch of George G. Brown

This representative agriculturist and patriotic citizen is one of the leading farmers of the vicinity of Nyssa, having a quarter section of good land, which is his family home, two miles west from that town. Mr. Brown was born in Platt County, Missouri, on January 22, 1850, being the son of George and Jemima (Harris) Brown. In March 1855 the family went to Doniphan County, Kansas and the father was one of the early settlers of that section. He was a pro-slavery advocate and was through the exciting times of that period. In 1867 they removed to Newton County, Missouri, and in 1869 the father died there. Our subject grew to manhood on a farm, gaining his education as best could be done from the scanty opportunity of the common schools, which, however, was made the most of by our subject. On March 15, 1874, in Newton County, occurred the marriage of Mr. Brown and Margaret D. Cary. In 1878 they removed to Grayson County, Texas and there Mr. Brown devoted his energies to farming and stock raising until 1886, at which time he returned to Newton County, Missouri, and two years later came thence to this country across the plains with teams and wagons. He had his wife, four children and mother on the trip and one hundred (lays were consumed in making it. They arrived at Long...

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Biography of G. T. B. Perry

G. T. B. PERRY. The practical value of shrewdness and discrimination combined with strict probity is exemplified in the prosperous condition of those who transact business on these principles. Mr. G. T. B. Perry, a prominent general merchant of Ozark, has a reputation for honorable dealing built up out of the practice of these invaluable principles. He is a product of the Blue Grass soil of Kentucky, Logan County, near Russellville, and is a son of John T. and Mary E. (Ewing) Perry, both natives of Kentucky. The grandfather, Samuel Perry, was a native of Virginia, and the family came from the East and settled in Kentucky at an early day. The father of our subject was reared in the last named State and remained there until 1867, when he came to Missouri, locating two miles west of Ozark, on the Finley River. There he tilled the soil until his death in 1873. He was a wagon-maker by trade and followed that while residing in Kentucky. In political matters he was a Democrat, but was conservative and was not in favor of secession. He was an exemplary member of the Christian Church. The mother was the only child of William Ewing and came of an old and prominent Kentucky family, being related to Congressman Ewing of that State. Mrs. Perry is still living and resides on the old home...

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Biography of William N. Buchanan

On the roster of county officials of Latah county appears the name of William N. Buchanan, who is now serving as sheriff, and his fearless and prompt discharge of his public duties has gained him the commendation of all lawabiding citizens. For twenty-one years he has been a resident of the county, and has therefore witnessed the greater part of its growth and development. Throughout this period he has been connected with its agricultural interests, and is accounted one of the leading farmers of this section of the state. Mr. Buchanan was born in Newton County, Missouri, April 2, 1857, and is descended from Scotch ancestors, who were pioneer settlers of Indiana. His great-grandfather removed to that state at a very early period in its history, and his grandfather and father, each of whom bore the name of Nathan Buchanan, were there born. The latter was a native of Putnam County, and was married there to Miss Diana Sutherland, a native of that locality. They were faithful members of the Christian church, and Nathan Buchanan, Jr., was a man of ability and influence, having served his fellow citizens in the position of county assessor. In the fall of 1878 he came to Idaho with his wife and six children, and he now resides in Moscow, at the age of sixty-four years. Three of their sons are still living. The...

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Biography of George W. Robertson

GEORGE W. ROBERTSON- In the person of the subject of this sketch, we have exemplified the typical pioneer qualities that are so worthy of encomium, and that have done so much, for this country, practically making it what it is today, and our subject has spent a life of activity in the industries that develop and build up the country, while he has constantly displayed resources of ability and adaptability for the various positions of life that have held him in his career of varied and interesting achievements, manifesting as well, moral worth and a genial and kindly spirit throughout. George W. was born in Newton county, Missouri, on February 3, 1859, and two years later was brought by his parents across the plains by ox teams to Umatilla county, Oregon. In that place they remained until 1864, then came to Union county and the father bought the farm where our subject now resides, one mile south from Island City, and consisting of one quarter section. In the same year in which they came to the county, the father was called hence by death, leaving a widow and a little group of children in the frontier home. Our subject being the only boy, naturally muh of the burden fell upon him and he nobly wrought as his tender years would allow. In this place he gained his education, working...

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Biography of James Colyer Gordon

James Colyer Gordon, superintendent of the waterworks system of Independence, had, together with his father, who for thirty years was engineer of the waterworks, had more to do with making this public utility a splendid and effleient organ of public service than any other individual. Independence had had a system of waterworks for thirty years or more. For many years it had been a municipally owned plant and the city corporation had expended an immense amount of money in perfecting the plant and the source of supply. The new water plant is located a mile and a half northeast of the city on the Verdigris River. Its more important equipment is as follows: An Allis-Chalmers Corliss Compound 4,000,000-gallon high duty pumping engine, besides a 3,000,000-gallon low duty and a 1,500,000-gallon low duty pumping engine. There are two pumps, Gardner Compound Duplex, with a capacity of 1,500,000 gallons each, inherited from the old plant, and there are 300 horse power boilers. The storage capacity is for 8,000,000 gallons, divided into three basins, and there is a clear water well. The plant also comprises three gravity filters, each of 1,000,000 gallons capacity. This branch of the Gordon family is of Scotch-Irish descent and a great many of the family are to be found in the states of Indiana and Illinois. James Carter Gordon was born at New Harmony, Indiana, October 31,...

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Biography of Samuel Aaron Kenoyer

Samuel Aaron Kenoyer, a prominent real estate operator of Miami, has won a substantial, measure of success through the capable management of his business affairs and has also aided materially in improving and developing his city, being recognized as a most progressive and public-spirited citizen. He was born in Kentland, Newton county, Indiana, September 30, 1873, of the marriage of James and Nancy Jane Kenoyer, the former also born in that county, while the latter was likewise a native of the Hoosier state. For a time the father engaged in farming and he afterward turned his attention to the carpenter’s trade, which he followed at Marshall and Kentland, Indiana. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war, enlisting from Newton county in the Fifty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry and serving throughout the entire period of hostilities, after which he was stationed for a time in Texas. Upon receiving his discharge he returned to Indiana, where he resumed his farming operations. He is still living at the age of eighty years, but the mother passed away in 1919. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, actively interested in its affairs, and is affiliated with the Methodist church, of which his wife was also a member. He is a republican in his political views and a stanch supporter of the principles and candidates of the party. Samuel...

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Davies, Eva – Obituary

Eva (Neill) Emmons Davies, former Enterprise resident, died October 7, 1989, at Mt. Vista Care Center in La Grande. She was born June 19, 1899, at Newton County, Missouri, the daughter of George William Neill and Ollie Frances Davidson. On Oct. 18, 1967, she married Leslie H. Davies. He preceded her in death on June 15, 1987. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Lester Emmons, in 1967. She was a homemaker and a member of Enterprise Christian church. Survivors include two sons, Ed Emmons, of Milton – Freewater and George Emmons of Hermiston; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Services and interment will be held Thursday (today) Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Enterprise Cemetery, with Bill Sheets officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the cancer fund in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 3rd and West Main, Enterprise. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon Contributed by S. Renee...

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Emmons, Earl Mrs.- Obituary

Mrs. Earl Emmons is Laid to Rest Succumbs Here After Protracted Illness Mrs. Earl Emmons, who came home a week ago last Monday from Portland where she had been in the hospital for several weeks, passed away at her home on Alder Slope Friday, March 19th. Else Ruth Neal was born January 3, 1901, near Fairview, Newton county, Missouri. At the age of three she came with her parents to Oregon, coming in 1914 to Enterprise or near which she had made her home ever since. She was baptized in the Baptist church when she was 12 years old. she attended high school in Joseph. On May 8, 1918, she was married to Earl William Emmons, and to them were born three daughters. Surviving Mrs. Emmons are her husband and daughters: Geraldine (Mrs. Fred Falconer, Jr.) of Boardman, Oregon, Marjorie (Mrs. Gerald Wilson), and Wanda Jean Emmons, a student at E.H.S.; her mother, Mrs. Frank Gildersleeve of Imnaha; her grandmother, Mrs. Ellen Neal of Weiser, Idaho; a sister, Mrs. Lester Emmons of Joseph, and one granddaughter, Beverly Jean Falconer, besides other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the Baptist church which was filled to capacity, and the altar banked with beautiful floral offerings. Rev. Ernest Losey of the Baptist church had charge of the service and music was furnished by Rev. Ruth...

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Biography of Carl E. Kayser

Carl E. Kayser, son of Carl F. and Lillian P. (Eble) Kayser, was born May 20, 1889, in Newark, New Jersey. His father was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, and his mother was born in the state of New Jersey. His father came to the United States at the age of eighteen years and has been in the teaching profession ever since, being now professor of Germanic languages in Hunter College, New York city. Carl E. Kayser attended the public schools in Newark, New Jersey, and in New York City, and from 1905 to 1909 he attended Columbia University in New York city, from which he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Immediately after his graduation he entered the employ of the American Metal Company, Limited, and, after a thorough apprenticeship in their offices in New York, St. Louis, Denver and Joplin, came to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1912, in the interest of this company. Here, after three months, he became President and general manager of an American Metal Company, Ltd., subsidiary, the Smelter Gas Company. This company supplies gas to the zinc smelting plants of the Bartlesville Zinc Company, the National Zinc Company and the Lanyon-Starr Company. After 1914 he became actively connected with the administration of the plants of the Bartlesville Zinc Company at Bartlesville and elsewhere. In 1915 Mr. Kayser was married...

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Biography of M. W. Burrows

Coming to Indian Territory in 1890, M. W. Burrows was for many years actively identified with oil development work in this state, but has recently purchased a farm in Cherokee County, Kansas, which he intends to devote to the raising of fruit. He was born in Newton County, Missouri, January 17, 1876, of the marriage of J. H. and Mary E. (Medlin) Burrows, both natives of that state. The father is seventy years of age and is now living in Cherokee County, Kansas. In 1890 he came to Indian Territory, locating near Copan, on the Little Caney River, and there the mother passed away in 1899. Subsequently he removed to the eastern part of the state, taking up his residence on the Quapaw Indian reservation, while later he returned to Kansas, in which state he has since made his home. M. W. Burrows received his education in the public schools of Newton County, Missouri, and in 1890 came with his father to Indian Territory, settling on a farm on the Little Caney River, four miles west of Copan, and in addition to cultivating the soil he has also been actively connected with oil development work for the past fifteen years. He recently purchased a, forty-acre farm in Cherokee County, Kansas, one mile from the Oklahoma line and one and a half miles from the Missouri line, twenty acres of...

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