Location: Ripley County MO

Biography of John H. Nunnelee

JOHN H. NUNNELEE. The sons of Tennessee are well represented in Ripley County, Missouri, and they hold conspicuous places in many pursuits which make that county a substantial star in the galaxy of Missouri’s many interesting counties. John H. Nunnelee is one of the prominent residents of the same and was recently solicited by the Democratic party to accept the nomination for collector. He was born in Columbia, Tennessee, July 22, 1858, to the marriage of James M. D. L. and Lucy Jane (Fowlkes) Nunnelee. The father was a native of Hickman County, Tennessee, and the son of Edward Nunnelee, who was born in the State of Virginia. The latter, when a boy of thirteen, ran away to join the army and was under the command of Lafayette all through the Revolutionary War. He afterward entered the Missouri Medical College, came out a surgeon and physician and practiced his profession in Hickman County, Tennessee, until his death, which occurred when he was eighty-seven years of age. He became quite wealthy and was honored and respected by all who knew him. This esteemed citizen of Hickman County was a member of the A. F. & A. M. lodge at Nashville, Tennessee, and held many positions of trust in his county. The father of our subject was born January 17, 1826, and died September 3, 1876, in Hickman County, Tennessee, where...

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Biography of Zarah A. Eaton

ZARAH A. EATON. This enterprising business man is successfully engaged in dealing in timber, and is also the proprietor of a well-appointed mercantile establishment at Varner, Missouri He is a native of Licking County, Ohio, where he first saw the light of day in 1829. His parents, Joseph and Euincy (Curtis) Eaton, were born in the State of New York, the birth of the former occurring in 1796. They removed to Ohio in 1811, and in 1838 to Peoria County, Illinois, where Mr. Eaton died in 1857, and his widow in Woodford County, Illinois, in 1890. He was a Congregationalist in his religious belief, and she was a Methodist. Mr. Eaton followed farming throughout life, was a man of prominence and influence in the different localities in which he resided, and in politics was first an old-line Abolitionist and after a Republican. During the early part of his life lie taught school for some time. His father, Joseph Eaton, died in Licking County, Ohio, where he had farmed for many years. He was of English descent and his people came to this country over 200 years ago. Zarah Curtis, the maternal grandfather, who was born in New England, but was an early settler in Licking County, Ohio, was a farmer by occupation, and a minister of the Methodist Church for many years. He was one of the first to...

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Biography of Herman Borth

HERMAN BORTH. Herman Borth, senior member of the firm of Borth, Barrett & Co., at Doniphan, is a man popular with all classes, and has a host of business and social friends. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, October 17, 1851, and no doubt inherits much of his perseverance and industry from his German ancestors. His father, John Frederick Borth, was born in Hamburg, Germany, and when a young man crossed the ocean and settled in St. Louis. In 1858 he moved to Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri, and there died in 1861. While a resident of St. Louis he married Miss Henrietta Vittinghoff, also a native of Germany. After his death she married Christopher Gesell, a native of Germany, who is now deceased. At the present time Mrs. Borth resides in Doniphan. John Frederick Borth was a shoemaker by trade and an honest, persevering citizen. His marriage with Miss Vittinghoff resulted in the birth of six children, four of whom are now living. Herman Borth, the eldest, was educated in the schools of St. Louis, and afterward assisted in any work he could turn his hand to, though for the most part he was on farms in Ripley County, Missouri Later he went to Rochester, New York, and for two years was in the employ of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, first as truckster and...

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Biography of Judge Morgan White Cotton

JUDGE MORGAN WHITE COTTON. Judge Morgan White Cotton, probate judge of Ripley County, Missouri, and a man well and favorably known in this part of the State, was born in Reynolds County, Missouri, May 10, 1847, to the marriage of Isaac White Cotton and Christine (Jeffrey) Cotton. Like many of the prominent citizens of this county, Isaac White Cotton was a native of Tennessee, and there made his home until about 1840 when he came to Missouri. Here he settled in the woods of Reynolds County, on Webb’s Creek, and began improving and clearing. Few settled here before he did, and he experienced all the hardships and privations of the early pioneers. His entire life was spent in tilling the soil, and he remained in Reynolds County until his death in 1884, when fifty years of age. Previous to the Civil War he was elected county assessor, and about the time of the breaking out of hostilities he was holding the office of sheriff. He was in the first six months’ service during the war. Mrs. Cotton died during these stirring times. Mr. Cotton was afterward married to Miss Jeanette Davis, and after her death he married again. Politically he was a strong Democrat, and fraternally a Mason. Judge Cotton was one of a family of eight children born to his father’s first marriage, and he spent his school...

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Biography of Judge Joel G. McClaren

JUDGE JOEL G. MCCLAREN, presiding judge of Ripley County, Missouri, is a man of superior mental endowments, whose reputation is not merely local but extends over a wide stretch of country. Like other citizens of the county he came originally from Tennessee, a State that has contributed so much of population and intelligence to his adopted State, and for the most part since about 1869 has been a resident of this county. His birth occurred in Hickman County May 14, 1847, and there he received his scholastic training. In the month of November, 1863, he enlisted in Company G, Tenth Tennessee Cavalry, under Forrest part of the time, and in November, 1864, participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville. Following the war he turned his attention to farming and continued that successfully until 1868 or 1869, when he went to northwest Texas and was engaged in various enterprises there. Later he returned to Hickman County, Tennessee, but soon afterward moved to Ripley County, Missouri, and has been a resident of the same since. He first worked on a farm by the month, but in the spring of 1870 he went to Lawrence County, Arkansas, where he was employed on a cotton plantation for some time. For his services he received $20 per month. On the 10th of July, 1870, he married Miss Mary E. McClaren, and by this...

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Biography of Joseph Addison

JOSEPH ADDISON POPE. He whose name heads this sketch has been familiar with farm life from his earliest boyhood, and as a follower of this the most useful of callings, he has at all times shown good judgment, and has been successful. He was born in Wake County, N. C., in 1820, in which State his parents, Simon and Martha (Cole) Pope, were also born, the birth of the father occurring in 1793. They made their home in the Old North State until about 1824, then removed to west Tennessee, and both parents died in Benton County in 1840. They were highly respected citizens, were honest and industrious, and became well to do as tillers of the soil. For a number of years the father taught school, and for some time he ably filled the office of justice of the peace. The paternal grandfather was for a short time a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was of English origin and died in Wake County, N. C., as did also his wife. The maternal grandfather, Thomas Cole, was a farmer and was killed in a neighborhood difficulty when Mrs. Pope was a small child. His wife died in Tennessee. Simon Pope became the father of nineteen children, only four of whom lived to be grown: Harriet J., who died in Benton County, Tennessee, in 1891, the wife of Charles...

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Biography of Dr. John H. Moore

DR. JOHN H. MOORE, who has made his home in this county for a number of years, came originally from St. Francois County, Missouri, where his birth occurred on the 27th of January, 1838. His father, Dr. Robert Moore, who was a practicing physician in Iron and St. Francois Counties, Missouri, for years, died in the former county in 1854. He was born in Smith County, Tennessee, in 1807, and was a son of Armstead Moore, who was of Irish parentage. The father of our subject began the practice of medicine when twenty-one years of age, and about the year 1830 came to Missouri from Illinois. He settled in St. Francois County, but subsequently moved to Iron County, where he carried on a successful practice for many years. While in Tennessee he met and married Miss Mary Baugh, member of a prominent family of that State, and five children were the fruits of their union: Amanda, the widow of Col. Frank McGhee; Tobitha (now deceased) married Sim Frazier; Mary; Armsted was a soldier in the Union Army, and died in service; and John H., subject. Dr. Moore, father of these children, was one of the first practicing physicians of this section of the State. He was a strong Democrat in politics. His wife is still living in Arcadia, Iron County. Our subject, Dr. John H. Moore, attended the schools...

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Jones, Roy Vernon

Roy Vernon Jones, 79, of Haines, died Feb. 21, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At his request there will be no service. Disposition was by cremation. Mr. Jones was born on March 5, 1925, at Doniphan, Mo., to Eddy and Lina Eagan Jones. He was the youngest of 11 children. He started his education in Missouri and completed it at Rockbridge, Ill. At age 18 he was inducted into the U.S. Army at Peoria, Ill. He suffered injuries in a training plane crash and was given a medical discharge after three months. He had a beautiful voice and played the guitar. He, his brother and a friend played music and entertained for dances and for a short while on the radio at St. Louis, Mo. He later moved to New Plymouth, Idaho, to live with a sister. He met the love of his life, Wanda German. They were married on June 1, 1946, at Payette, Idaho. After spending some time in Idaho, they moved to Iowa. Their first son was born and died in infancy. They returned to Oregon and lived around Vale where Mr. Jones worked on a ranch. He started his career as an auto mechanic at the Chevrolet garage at Ontario in 1948. The couple’s second son was born at Ontario in 1948. They moved to Baker City in 1952. Mr. Jones worked at the...

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Robb, Earl Robert – Obituary

Earl Robert Robb, 81, a former Baker City resident, died April 18, 2003. A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies, in Boise. Earl was born Jan. 20, 1922, the first child of Albert and Lola Robb at Oxly, Mo. He married Shirley Mahan on March 14, 1948, and lived at Moorpark, Calif., and Baker City before moving to Boise in 1974. He was involved with various agricultural ventures during his working years. Earl served his country during World War II as a pilot flying the Burma Hump in the Himalayan Mountains India. In 1945 he was awarded the Presidential Citation. Earl was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served his Lord and church. He ushered most Sundays until his health failed. His friendliness and kindness will be remembered by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, in 1998; his brother Paul Robb in 1999; and his parents Albert and Lola Robb. He is survived by his daughter, Eileen Robb of Boise; and son, Rodney Robb and his wife, Susie, of Tri-Cities, Wash. Inurnment will be next to his beloved Shirley in the Island City Cemetery at Island City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boise VA, Boise Medical Center, 500 W. Fort St., Boise,...

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