Location: Salem Missouri

Biographical Sketch of Dr. John N. Raley

John N. Raley is a native of Belmont county, Ohio, and was born April 11, 1829; his parents were natives of Virginia. He was educated at the Mount Pleasant Seminary, of Mount Pleasant, Ohio, and lived upon a farm until he was twenty-two years old, then began clerking on a steamboat on the Illinois River, where he was engaged for two years. He was next employed in keeping books for grain merchants on the Chicago & Alton Railroad, in Illinois, and after a few years there moved to the State of Iowa and engaged in farming for two years. In 1857 he began the study of medicine under the direction of Dr. Schatz, of Elsah, Jersey county, Illinois, and graduated in 1861, at the Eclectic Schools of Cincinnati, Ohio. During 1860 and a part of 1861 he was associated with Dr. H. R. Emmons, late of this county, at Maysville, Arkansas, and was there when the war broke out. After he finished his education he resumed practice in Bond county, Illinois, and in 1863 came to this county and settled at Salem, where he had an extensive practice. Early in 1864 he was commissioned assistant surgeon of the Tenth Regiment Missouri Volunteer Cavalry and served. in that capacity until the regiment was mustered out, June 30, 1865. He then resumed practice in this county, and settled in Jameson soon...

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Biography of John J. Enyaet

John J., son of Abram and Jane Enyart, was born near Plattsburg, Clinton county, Missouri, May 15, 1838, and lived there until 1848, when his parents moved to Gentry county, and settled upon a farm in Boyle township. Four years after taking up their residence in Gentry county his father died, and one year later, in 1853, his mother also journeyed to ” that bourne from whence no traveler ere returns.” Thus left alone, he made his home with his half-brother, William Mulligan, until 1857, when he came to Daviess County and lived with his uncle, H. W. Enyart, near Pattonsburg, until 1863, at which time he rented a farm and began work for himself. He followed farming until 1865, then engaged in the mercantile business with Dr. William Pyle, under the name of Pyle & Enyart, carrying on business at Pattonsburg until 1868, when Dr. Pyle retired and C. H. Weldon became his successor, changing the firm name to Weldon & Enyart. After doing business at Pattonsburg one year, this firm removed to Salem, remaining there one year, and next moved to Bancroft, where they continued until 1871, when Mr. Enyart retired from the firm. He returned to Salem, engaged in the mercantile business until 1874, then closed out, rented a farm, and gave his attention to agricultural pursuits, raising and dealing in stock, until 1877. During the...

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Biographical Sketch of James L. Chapman

James L. Chapman is a native of West Virginia, born near Manchester, Hancock County, in the widely quoted “Pan-handle district,” March 23, 1818, and there he was reared, educated, and lived until the 5th of April, 1854. In that year he migrated to the “land of the Hawkeye,” settling in Jefferson county, but remained in that county only till the following fall, then removed to Wayne county, Iowa, and there continued to live and engage in farming until 1864, when he made his home in Missouri, locating in Harrison county. Six years he pursued farming avocations in that county, then removed to Daviess county and settled in Salem township, where he farmed until 1876, and then engaged in the mercantile and hotel business, at Coffeysburg, with his son, William A., under the firm name of Chapman & Son, continuing the business until 1880, when they sold out and came to Gallatin and engaged in the hotel business, for six months, then dissolved partnership. Mr. Chapman then purchased his present fruit farm on the southern limits of Gallatin, where he is engaged in the growing and cultivating of the excellent fruits indigenous to the soil of Daviess county, having made fruit culture a study since early boyhood. He has one hundred and eleven apple trees, two hundred peach trees, two cherry trees, thirty pear trees, beside strawberries, gooseberries, and one...

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Biography of Gabriel Feurt, Judge

Gabriel Feurt was born in Scioto county, Ohio, July 3, 1827. His father, Thomas Feurt, was a native of New Jersey, and his mother, Mary, was born in Pennsylvania. His grandfather, George Bowers, served seven years in the Revolutionary War, and settled in Scioto county, Ohio, when there were but three other families in that county. Our subject received his education in the common schools of Ohio, and came to this county in 1845, in company with his mother and others of the family, and settled where he now lives-never having resided in any other than his birthplace, and where he now lives, in his life. Mr. Feurt was elected justice of the peace in 1861, -and held that office for ten years. In 1870 he was elected judge of the County Court, and filled that responsible office with greatest credit for eight years, and most of that time was the presiding justice. He has made farming and stock-raising his business in life, owns 800 acres of rich and fertile land, and is one of the leading farmers of the county. Mr. Feurt was united in marriage, December 21, 1848, to Miss Sarah Glaze, who was born in Vermilion county, Illinois, January 29, 1833, and is a daughter of Nathaniel and Catharine Glaze. Mr. Glaze was a native of Kentucky, but moved to Illinois at an early day, and...

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Biography of N. B. Brown

N. B. Brown was born in Logan county, Virginia, in 1833, and moved with his parents to Daviess county, Missouri, in 1843, settling three and one-half miles west of Pattonsburg. He was educated in the country schools of his native county in Virginia, and of Daviess county. When he came to Daviess county there were few settlements in the northern part of the county. The county then, and for several years afterward, embraced what is now Harrison county. Mr. Brown came to Salem township, then known as Benton, in 1857, and built the first store-house in Salem. When he first came to the county and for several years afterward, all the grinding of grain was done on a hand-mill belonging to “Old Billy ” Allen. In 1861 Mr. Brown joined the Enrolled Militia of Missouri, and was elected captain of Company B. After the reorganization of the militia in 1863, he was appointed captain of Company M, Fourth Regiment, Colonel John B. Hale, commanding. In this organization he served for nine months, when the old organization was resumed. He participated in the engagement at Union Mills and also in the fight near Camden, where the notorious sill Anderson was killed. Mr. Brown has a finely improved farm, and keeps from 100 to 200 head of cattle on hand all the time. He also does a large business in buying...

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Biographical Sketch of J. W. Rupe

J. W. Rupe was born in Kosciusko county, Indiana, in 1852. At the age of three years he moved with his parents to Iowa City, Iowa, where he resided two years, and then moved with his parents to Bethany, Harrison county, Missouri, where he remained until August, 1877, when he removed to Salem, Daviess county, where he has since resided. Mr. Rupe received his education in the schools of Bethany, Missouri. While in Bethany he learned the trade of harness-making, which he has since followed. Mr. Rupe has been married twice. His first wife was Miss Alice Shockley, of Bethany, by whom he has two children, Della U. and Raymond S. Mrs. Rupe died in March, 1878. Mr. Rupe was married again, September 9, 1880, to Miss Flora Hendricks, daughter of John R. Hendricks, of Salem township, Daviess county. Mr. Rupe was appointed postmaster of Coffeysburg in January, 1880, which office he still...

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Biographical Sketch of James I. Weldon

James I. Weldon was born in Hart county, Kentucky, in 1843. His parents were Jonathan and Sallie Weldon, with whom he moved to Missouri in 1855, where he has lived since that time, in the counties of Harrison and Daviess. He received his education in the schools of these counties in Kentucky and Missouri. Mr. Weldon has been engaged in farming all of his life, and now owns a nicely improved farm adjoining the town of Salem. He is now turning his attention to sheep-raising, as he regards it more remunerative than other kinds of stock. At the age of twenty years, in 1864, he joined Company E, Forty-third Missouri Volunteers and served until the close of the war. Mr. Weldon was married, in 1867, to Miss Sarah M. Handy, daughter of D. W. Handy, of Salem, this county. They have two children living, Dora Alice and Maud, and one dead, a boy named...

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Biography of William J. Pugh

William J. Pugh was born in Preble County, Ohio, in 1836, and is a son of Willianson and Sarah Thigh with whom he moved, at the age of three years, to Rush county, Indiana, where he resided until 1872, when he removed to Harrison county, Missouri, and five years later to his present residence in Salem. Mr. Pugh was educated in the common schools of Rush county, Indiana, and at the Fairview Academy in the same county, which institution he attended ten months. Mr. Pugh commenced teaching at the age of eighteen years, and’ taught for thirteen winters, working a farm during the summers. He has not taught since 1866. Mr. Pugh was elected justice of the peace in Indiana in three weeks after he had attained his majority. He served in this capacity for fifteen consecutive years, and resigned the office when he moved to Missouri in 1872. Before he had resided in Harrison county two years he was elected to the office of township clerk, which office he held two years. He was then elected township collector and served one year and refused a reelection to the same office. In April, 1881, he was elected constable and collector of Salem township, Daviess county, which office he now holds. Mr. Pugh has been in office ever since he was twenty-one years of age, with the exception of intervals...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward McIntire

Edward McIntire was born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, in 1832. His parents were William and Nancy McIntire. He moved with his father to McLean county, Illinois, in 1838. Here he remained until 1856, when he moved to Daviess county, Missouri, settling at Salem, where he has since resided, except during an interval of five years, from 1861 to 1865, which time he spent in Iowa and Illinois. He twice offered to enter the army in behalf of the Union, but was rejected on account of his health. Mr. McIntire started in the furniture business in Salem in 1866, and has followed the business almost continuously since that time. He served as constable of Salem township for eight years, from 1871 to 1879; in politics is a Republican, and strong in the faith of his party; and has been a member of the Christian Church for-twelve years. Mr. McIntire was married, in McLean county, Illinois, in 1850, to Miss. Mary P. Coffey, daughter of the late Judge B. S. Coffey, of this county._ They have had ten children, seven of whom are living, as follows: Margaret A., now Mrs. Armstrong. living in Pattonsburg; Mary A., now Mrs. Butler; William B., married and living in Salem; Nancy, now Mrs. Yarbrough, living in Salem; Martha L., Charles A., and Edwin W. Three have died:. George P., infant, died August 12, 1S73; Clara...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles W. Brown

Charles W. Brown. Among the enterprising young men who have left good homes and friends and came to Missouri, and located in Daviess county, appears the name of Charles W. Keown, of Salem, the subject of this sketch. He was born in the town of Marine, Madison county, Illinois, September 30, 1861. He is the son of Emsley and Anna M. Keown. Mr. Keown attended the public schools of his native town until he was far enough advanced in his studies to enter college, then entered the Eureka College, at Eureka, Illinois, and remained one term, then went to Blackburn University, at Carlinville, Illinois, and there completed his education. In the fall of 1881, he came to Daviess county, seeking a business location, and for that purpose visited several towns and finally chose Salem for his future home, and purchased a half interest in a hardware store and building from his cousin, H. T. Keown. The firm of Keown & Co., carry a large stock of hardware, and also a good assortment of farming...

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Biographical Sketch of M. B. McClung, M. D.

M. B. McClung was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, in 1839, and is a son of Dixon and Ellen McClung. He received his early education in the common schools of his native county, in Virginia. At the beginning of the war he entered the Confederate army, joining an infantry company known as the “Nicholas Blues,” of which he was elected second lieutenant. This company belonged to the brigade of which General John B. Floyd was commander. In the fall of 1861, he resigned his position in the infantry and joined the Fourteenth Virginia Cavalry in which he served until the close of the war, in 1865. In 1868, he moved to Daviess county, having made a previous visit to this State in 1859. He received his medical education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Keokuk, Iowa, at which institution he graduated in March, 1879. In 1877, Dr. McClung was married to Miss Sarah A. Handy, daughter of R. W. Handy, of Salem, this county. They have two children: Theo. Myrtle and Maro...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry T. Keown

Henry T. Keown. The subject of this sketch is the son of John A. and Angeline Keown, and was born in Madison county, Illinois, November 21, 1843. He received a common school education, and lived with his parents until he was eighteen years old, then commenced business for himself. He engaged in dealing in cattle for six years. After his marriage he settled on a farm and stayed there about six years, then purchased a marble shop in New Douglas, Illinois, and was engaged in the marble business by himself until 1878, when he took in a partner (I. A. Olive) and they carried on said business, and also opened a hardware store. In the summer of 1881, Mr. Keown sold his interest in the marble yard and hardware store, and in October moved to Salem, and purchased the store building formerly occupied by E. McIntire, and put in a stock of hardware. The following month he sold a half interest in his business and building, to his cousin, Charles W. Keown. They now carry a large stock of hardware, and also a good assortment of farming implements. On November 21st, 1866, Mr. Keown married Miss Margaret M. Wright. She was born November 17, 1851. They have five children living: William E., Andrew S., Daisy T., Edith C. and Jessie A. Little Effie E. died October 1, 1872, aged...

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Biographical Sketch of D. W. Handy

D. W. Handy was born in Barren county, Kentucky, in 1826, and is a son of Robert A. and Rosana Handy. Mr. Handy lived in Kentucky until the year of 1865 when he moved to Daviess county, Missouri, settling on a farm three miles south of Salem. He remained on the farm three years, when he sold his farm and went into the mercantile business at Bancroft in this county. Here he remained about a year when he sold out and moved to Salem, buying out the store of his brother, R. W. Handy. He remained in business at. Salem until 1879, when he sold out again, and since that time has been engaged in farming and raising and dealing in stock. He recently sold his farm of 500 acres adjoining the town of Salem for $9,000, and now thinks of resuming the mercantile business at the first favorable opportunity. Mr. Handy is now holding the office of trustee and treasurer of Salem township, to which office he was elected in April, 1881. He has been a member of the Baptist Church for twenty-two years. In 1848, Mr. Handy was married to Miss Mary J. Cook, of Kentucky. They have seven children living, as follows: Maggie, wife of J. I. Weldon of Salem; James B., Aaron, William F., Ida B., Olley and Charles M. One child, a boy, named...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry W. Githens

Henry W. Githens was born in Decatur county, Indiana, in 1823, and is the son of Samuel and Jane Githens. His father was one of the pioneers of Indiana. Mr. Githens received a limited education in the schools of his native county. He moved to Daviess county, Missouri, in 1844, where he resided eight months, when he was attacked with the ” Grand River Ague,” which so discouraged him that he left Missouri in disgust, returning to Indiana, where he remained five years, when he again moved to Missouri, and has lived here most of the time since, and owns a fine farm of 160 acres. Mr. Githens married, in Indiana, in 1843 to Miss Eveline Higgins, before he had attained the age of twenty years, and with whom he lived twenty-six years. They had seven children, four of whom are now living; namely, Samuel, Rebecca J., Mary Ann, and George. Three are dead: Lucinda B., and two infants. Mrs. Githens died in 1868. Mr. Githens was married, in 1869, to Miss Justina Nash, by whom he has the following children: Lucinda E., Clara May, Emma, Anna L., and John W.,...

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Biography of Spencer Hugh Ware

SPENCER HUGH WARE. Efficient, capable and trustworthy would be the verdict passed upon the character and official standing of our subject by any one in Shannon County to whom the question might be asked. Spencer Hugh Ware, circuit clerk and recorder of this county, is a most ardent Democrat, and most loyally stands by and works for the nominees of his party. He is a native Missourian, born in Licking, February 10, 1851. The son of Henry and Martha (Mitchell) Ware, natives of Maryland and White County, Tennessee, respectively, the father born in the year 181I. Henry Ware left his native State when a young man and went to Georgia, where he remained a short time. From there he went to Memphis, Tennessee, thence to St. Louis, Missouri, and about 1836 came to Licking, Texas County, Missouri, where he died in 1854. He was a blacksmith by trade, but after going to Licking, Missouri, turned his attention to selling goods and farming. Mrs. Ware is now living at Salem, this State. The original of this notice was but three years of age when his father died, and he grew to manhood in Salem, Dent County. When grown he attended college at Alton, Illinois, afterward Rochester, New York, and finished at Columbia, this State. When but a lad he had medicine in view, but gave that up for law, and...

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