Location: Sedalia Missouri

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. William A. Lamon

(See Grant and Cordery)—Martha Evaline Clingan, born at Gibson Station Cherokee Nation, March 21, 1874, educated at the Female Seminary and Sedalia, Missouri, taught at Harrell Institute at Muskogee, and married at Gibson Station February 1, 1899 William Archibald, son of Robert A. and Melvina Lamon, born March 15, 1869 in Granada, Miss. They are the parents of: Mary F., born October 29, 1899; Melvina, born April 17, 1901; Catherine Wise, born October 27, 1902; Helen Martha, April 22, 1904; William Archibald, born February 4, 1910; Robert Edward, born February 4, 1912, and John Clingan Lamon, born May 3, 1913. William Archibald Lamon is engaged in the realty and cotton business and owns the Farmers and Merchants gin at Wagoner. Mrs. Lamon is a Methodist, Eastern Star and White Shriner, a member of the Twentieth Century Club and the Home Mission Society. William Davidson, son of Alexander and Martha (Blythe) Chingan was born November 25, 1833 in Bradley county Tennessee; served the Confederate army as First Lieutenant Company K, 15th Texas Cavalry. Married at Perryville, Choctaw Nation February 6, 1870 Mary Jane, daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Vickery) Bumgarner, born January 18, 1845 on the Grand River Going Snake District. William Davidson Clingan died March 31, 1912. They were the parents of Mrs. Martha Lamon. The name Baumgarner is derived from the Ger­ (I know this error is here,...

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Biography of John H. Rice

John H. Rice had the distinction of having made his mark in two states of the Union of widely different tendencies–Georgia and Kansas. He was born in Greene County, Tennessee, November 14, 1825, and his father, a native of Virginia, was surveyor of the county, named for twenty-six consecutive terms. Mr. Rice commenced his higher education at Tusculum College, in his native county, of which his maternal uncle, Dr. Samuel W. Doak, was president. He was admitted to the bar in 1845 and, a few months afterward, opened an office at Cassville, Georgia. In 1855, in addition to conducting a fair legal business, he became editor of the Cassville Standard. In the following year he was elected major general of the Twelfth Division of the Georgia State Militia, as the Union candidate, and in 1857 located at Atlanta. There he founded the Franklin Printing Company, which, under his management, had become a large book publishing concern at the time of its destruction in the Civil war. Always a consistent opponent of secession, General Rice was prevented from taking part in the War of the Rebellion on account of a stroke of paralysis which he suffered in 1861. In May, 1865, he was appointed purchasing agent for the Federal cavalry forces then operating in Georgia, and served in that capacity until the forces were mustered out of the service in...

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Slave Narrative of Mary Frances Webb

Location: McAlester, Oklahoma Age: 92 (deceased) Occupation: Field Hand Mary Frances Webb, grand daughter of Sarah Vest, aged 92, (deceased) McAlester, Okla. I’ve heard my grandmother tell a lot of her experiences during slavery. She remembered things well as she was a grown woman at the time of the war of the Rebellion. Her home was at Sedalia, Mo., and her owner was Baxter West, a prominent farmer and politician. He was very kind and good to his slaves. He provided them with plenty of food and good clothes. He would go to town and buy six or eight bolts of cloth at a time and the women could pick out two dresses apiece off it. These would be their dresses for dressing up. They wove the cloth for their everyday clothes. The men wore jeans suits in winter. He bought shoes for all his slaves, young and old. He had about twenty slaves counting the children. My grandmother was a field hand. She plowed and hoed the crops in the summer and spring, and in the winter she saved and cut cord wood just like a man. She said it didn’t hurt her as she was as strong as an ox. She could spin and weave and sew. She helped make all the cloth for their clothes and in the spring one of the jobs for the women...

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Biography of Hon. A. E. L. Gardner

Hon. A. E. L. Gardner, lawyer and lawmaker, representing the twenty-fifth senatorial district in the upper house of the general assembly, makes his home in Kirkwood but practices in Clayton and is also a representative of some of the more important corporations of St. Louis. He was born at Millersport, Ohio, December 4, 1867, and is a son of Thomas W. and Maria (Lindsey) Gardner, who were also natives of the Buckeye state. The father was engaged in mercantile business in Lancaster, Ohio, for many years and in 1879 came to Missouri, settling in Sedalia, where he engaged in merchandising to the time of his retirement from active business. He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving as a captain in the Ninetieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He lived to the advanced age of eighty-eight years, while his wife passed away at the age of seventy-six. Their son, A. E. L. Gardner, was educated in the public schools of Sedalia, Missouri, including the high school. Determining to take up the practice of law, he entered Lewis College at Glasgow, Missouri, where he concentrated his efforts and attention upon preparation for the bar and was graduated with the B. L. degree in the class of 1889. He then entered the Missouri State University and won the LL. B. degree with the class of 1891. Mr. Gardner located for practice in...

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Biography of Henry C. Harring, D. C., PH. C.

Dr. Henry C. Harring, secretary and treasurer of the Missouri Chiropractic College and ‘a distinguished representative of his chosen profession, was born May 13, 1888, in Gasconade county, Missouri. His father, the late Henry W. Harring, was a native of Germany and came to America when a child of but four years o1 age, his parents settling in Gasconade county in 1840. There Henry W. Harring was reared and educated and after reaching adult age successfully engaged in farming and stock raising for many years. At the time of the Civil war he responded to the call of the Union and joined the northern army, serving throughout the entire period of hostilities as a member of a Missouri regiment. He remained an honored and respected resident of Gasconade county for many years and passed away June 7, 1920, at the advanced age of eighty-four. His wife was in her maidenhood Fredericka Westholz, who was born in Gasconade county and was of German descent, her father having been one of the pioneer settlers of that part of the state. Mrs. Harring passed away June 22, 1904, at the age of fifty-seven years. By her marriage she became the mother of eight children, two sons and six daughters. Dr. Harring, the youngest of the family, was educated in the schools of Franklin county, Missouri, and of St. Louis, completing his studies...

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Biography of Frank L. Morse, M.D.

Dr. Frank L. Morse, a surgeon of St. Louis, was born in Savanna, Illinois, December 22, 1876, his parents being Charles and Amanda (Daniels) Morse. The father, a native of the state of New York, is descended from one of the families long represented in New York and previously in Massachusetts, a family of Dutch and English ancestry that was founded In America 1n colonial days. Charles Morse, removing westward, settled In Illinois in the early ’70s and in 1910 became a resident of Missouri. For many years he conducted a profitable lumber business but is now living retired. His wife, a native of Tennessee and a member of one of the old southern families, passed away June 26, 1899, in Savanna, Illinois. Dr. Morse, the only child, was educated in the public and high schools of his native city and afterward determined upon the practice of medicine as a life work. With this end in view he matriculated in the old Beaumont Medical College in St. Louis, from which he was graduated in 1900 with the M. D. degree. He afterward served for a year as an interne in the St. Louis City Hospital and for eighteen months in the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad Hospital at Sedalia, Missouri. On the expiration of that period he entered upon general practice in St. Louis and was thus engaged until...

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Biography of Joseph M. Youncs

JOSEPH M. YOUNCS. – The proverb sayeth: “Time and chance happeneth to all men,” but surely it is to the faithful and enterprising ones who are able to discern these things and to take advantage of the opportunity that fortune puts once in the path of every man, that comes the emoluments of sagacity and thrift and honor from their fellows that is due to proper manifestation of sound principles and real merit of stanch integrity. It is but right to say that to the subject of this sketch belongs the distinction of having so ordered his life that he has won the respect and confidence of his fellows and his manipulation of the business affairs that have come to hand has resulted in giving him a goodly share of this world’s property as the result of his sagacity. On May 1, 1846, Joseph M. was born to William and Julia Ann (Carl) Youncs, in Kentucky, and while he was still a child his parents removed to Bates county, Missouri, where they all remained until the breaking out of the Civil war. The elder Mr. Youncs was major of Hunter’s Regiment in the Confederate army, and the subject of this sketch did excellent military duty under his father whose regiment was part of the number that composed Price’s army. Our subject participated in many skirmishes and several battles among...

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Biography of Harris Robert

Robert, Harris, proprietor of the Alamo Pharmacy of Muskogee, has been a lifelong resident of this section of the state, his birth having occurred in Muskogee county, about eight miles south of the city of Muskogee, on the 19th of December, 1882. He is a son of P. C. and Angeline (Davis) Harris, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work in connection with the sketch of their son, Dr. James G. Harris. Robert Harris, spending his youthful days under the parental roof, pursued his education in the old time subscription schools of Muskogee county until he had mastered the elementary branches of learning, while later he entered the Cherokee Male Seminary at Tahlequah. He afterward pursued a business course in Hill’s Business College at Sedalia, Missouri, and subsequently spent two years in working for his father upon the home farm. In January, 1908, he entered the employ of Judge Jackson as minute clerk in the county court and filled that position for two years. He was afterward with the Muskogee County State Bank, of which he was one of the organizers, acting as assistant cashier for a year, after which he was promoted to the cashiership and served in that capacity until 1912, when the bank was nationalized, being transformed into the Exchange National Bank. Mr. Harris continued to act as assistant cashier of the institution until...

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Biography of James N. Dunbar, Hon.

Hon. James N. Dunbar. As lawyer, judge, farmer and stockraiser, Judge Dunbar has long been one of the prominent citizens of Cherokee County, and has taken an active and valuable part in local affairs. It was the confidence felt by the people in his judgment and integrity as well as his sterling reputation as a lawyer that brought about his election to the district bench, and his administration of that position has more than justified the expectations of those who supported him for the office. Though most of his life has been spent in this section of Kansas, Judge Dunbar was born in McDonough County, Illinois, December 23, 1865. As one might expect from the name, the Dunbars are of Scotch ancestry. Members of this branch of the family immigrated from Scotland to Virginia in Colonial times. Judge Dunbar’s grandfather Daniel Dunbar, who was born in Virginia in 1791, went as a young man over the mountains into Kentucky, was a farmer in that state for many years, and died there in 1866. For a time he served as a member of the Kentucky State Militia. The father of Judge Dunbar was W. Dunbar, who was born in Kentucky in 1816, and died in Cherokee County, Kansas, in 1877. During his early life in Kentucky he married his first wife, took up farming there, afterward lived for ten years...

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Biography of John F. Denton

Denton & Limbocker. More of the business of the town of South Mound in Neosho County, is handled through the firm of Denton & Limbocker than any other one commercial organization. They are grain dealers, merchants, farmers, bankers, and both partners also have an important part in public affairs, Mr. Denton being postmaster of South Mound, while Mr. Limbocker is a county commissioner. John F. Denton was born in Pulaski County, Missouri, September 9, 1878. His ancestors were Scotch-Irish people who were early settlers in Kentucky. His grandfather, Thomas Denton, was born in Kentucky, moved into Missouri, and died in Hancock County of that state in 1896. F. M. Denton, father of John F., was born in Kentucky, in 1851, but was reared and married in Pulaski County, Missouri. After farming for a few years he engaged in merchandising at Hancock in Pulaski County, and in June, 1889, came to Kansas. After a month at St. Paul he removed to South Mound, and there took up merchandising and the grain business, which he followed until his death, in May, 1915. He was always a loyal democrat, and was an active supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as trustee of the church at South Mound. Fraternally he was affiliated with the Masonic Order and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. F. M. Denton married Mollie J. Decker, who was...

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Biography of Jasper S. Martin

Jasper S. Martin is well known in financial circles of north-eastern Oklahoma as cashier of the Farmers State Bank of Vinita, with which he has been identified for the past nineteen years, and has promoted the success of the institution by systematic, progressive and conscientious work. He was born in St. Charles, Missouri, April 12, 1880, of the union of Rev. George M. and Hardenia (Tyler) Martin, also natives of that state, the former born in Saline County and the latter in St. Charles County. The father continued to engage in farming in Missouri until 1889, when he. came to Indian Territory, establishing his home near Vinita, where he devoted his attention to the raising of fine driving horses, being the owner of Rex Forrest; one of the most noted horses in the country. He was also a minister of the Baptist Church, taking up religious work when he was twenty-one years of age and continuing active along that line until his demise in February, 1918, at the age of seventy-eight. During his later years he lived retired in Vinita. The mother passed away on the farm near the town in 1905. The father was a Democrat in his political views and fraternally was identified with the Masonic order. Mr. Martin passed the days of his boyhood on the home farm in Craig County, attending the public schools of...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Taylor Burns

Charles Taylor Burns, member of the Muskogee bar, devoting his practice to civil law cases, was born in Smithville, Arkansas, August 20,1871, and is a son of John Henry and Elizabeth Frances (Thornburgh) Burns. The father devoted his life to merchandising and thus provided for the support of his family. Charles T. Burns, having completed a public school education, afterward pursued a business course in the Central Business College at Sedalia, Missouri, and later entered upon preparation for his professional career as a law student in the University of Arkansas. On the completion of the course he was admitted to the bar, in 1899. He then located for practice in Black Rock, Arkansas, where he remained until 1912, when he came to Muskogee and here has followed his profession. Mr. Burns was married on the 21st of October, 1903, to Miss Jennie McCreery of Kansas City, Missouri, and they have won for themselves an enviable position in social circles since coming to Muskogee. Fraternally Mr. Burns is a Mason and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. Along strictly professional lines he is identified with the Muskogee and Oklahoma State Bar...

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Biography of Tiffin P. Logan

Tiffin P. Logan, land and loan agent, Mattoon; was born in Trimble Co., Ky., March 28, 1844; his father was a man of prominence, a cousin to President Harrison, and was honored by the Democratic party with a seat in the Kentucky Legislature during the sessions of 1844-45; in the spring of 1858, removed with his family to Illinois, and located in Windsor, Shelby Co.; here he occupied the office of Justice of the Peace eleven years in succession; here Tiffin P. began life for himself; he lived with his brother-in-law till he attained the age of 15 years; at this age he could neither read nor write; leaving his taskmaster, he determined to lend his energies to the acquiring of an education; by the performance of various commissions he paid his board, tuition, and other necessary expenses, and at the expiration of three years, had acquired a good elementary education, and had $8 ahead; March 8, 1864, he located where Ottawa, Kan., now is, then occupied by eleven tribes of Indians; with these, he lived some six weeks, sole representative of the Caucasian race; here, with a capital of $41, he began the manufacture of shingles, and in nine months accumulated $1,200; owing to ill health, he closed out his business, and engaged in clerking for Holt & Evans, the first white men operating a store in Ottawa;...

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Biography of Thomas Jonathan Wilson

Thomas Jonathan Wilson, the oldest in active pedagogical work of all teachers in San Bernardino County, is a native of Union County, Kentucky, and was born February 7, 1845. At the age of eleven years he moved with his parents to Sedalia, Missouri, in which State he was educated for the purpose of teaching. He taught two years in Texas, and at the instigation of his father, studied medicine, nearly completing the course, and did some practice, sufficient to satisfy himself that the duties of the school-room were more congenial to his taste than dealing out powders and pills. Meeting with an accident in Texas which brought on a hemorrhage of the lungs, he came to California, hoping to benefit his health, and settled in San Bernardino. He began teaching his first school in this State, in September, 1867, and has taught in San Bernardino County every year since. Two of these years, from 1880 to 1882, he was principal of the schools of Colton. He is an ardent lover of his vocation, and enters into the labors of the schoolroom with a spirit and enthusiasm which ensure successful results. He has served six years as a member of the County Board of Education, one year as chairman of the board. He is a zealous advocate and defender of our public school system; and when occasion requires he has...

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Biography of Nelson Bennett

NELSON BENNETT. – Though Toronto, Canada, must be accredited as the birthplace of the distinguished personage whose name heads this brief sketch of a most active, useful and busy life, yet were his parentage and ancestry thoroughly American. On the paternal side the Bennetts were natives of Virginia, three generations back; and his mother was of the ancient and time-honored family of the Spragues of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He was born October 14,1843; and his father died when he was seven years of age, leaving a widow and six children. The family resided upon a farm; and Nelson was afforded the opportunity of acquiring a good rudimentary education in the grammar schools near Toronto. The custom was to work on the farm six months, and go to school the remainder of the year. This was continued until his fourteenth year. In his seventeenth year he left Toronto, and came to Orleans county, New York, the old home of the family, where he attended school for one year. During much of his first year in New York, he was sick from the effects of a singular but severe accident. He was riding horseback through the timber, his horse being on a lope, when he came to a limb extending across the road, which he thought he could avoid by ducking his head. The limb,, however, so caught his body,...

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