Location: Shelby County MO

Biography of Elisha J. Parker

ELISHA J. PARKER. – A man who posseses the qualities that enable him to brave the dangers of the new country and settle in and develop the same, while he makes a success of the various undertakings that are incident to pioneer life, maintaining a record for uprightness, honor and ability, is one who deserves to be represented in the history of his county, while his name should be placed high in the roll of honor. Such an one is the gentleman of whom we know have the pleasure to write, and the strong character of Elisha J. Parker has left its impress for goood indelibly on the communities where he has resided, and it is to such stanch characters that we are indebted for the advancment of our county and the upbuilding of our free institutions. Mr. Parker was born in Shelby county, Missouri, in 1845, on a farm and in 1852, when he was seven years of age, he was taken across the plains with the balance of the family, and the sad event of the father’s death occurred when they were in the midst of the weary journey across the plains. The mother went on with her little flock and located in October, of the same year, on a farm which the father had taken in Sonoma county in 1849. They lived there one year and...

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Biography of John A. Keck

John A. Keck was born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 27, 1843, but his parents, John and Elizabeth Keck, removed from his native city when he was but six months old, and settled in Bracken county, Kentucky. From there they removed, after a residence of about six years, coming to Missouri and settling upon a farm in Shelby county, where he was reared to manhood and received his education. His mother is still living, and is a descendant of the Tevis family, who founded Tevis college, of Kentucky. His father died in Gallatin in 1876. Our subject lived with his parents in Shelby county until 1862, when he enlisted in Company B, Missouri Cavalry Militia, and served one year. He received his honorable discharge at the expiration of the time mentioned on account of being disabled by a horse falling upon him, and from the results of which accident he is still a cripple. Returning to his home in Shelby county he engaged in teaching school in that and they adjoining counties of Lewis and Knox, following that profession until 1867. The year 1868 he spent in the southern part of the State, and in 1869 came to Gallatin; receiving the appointment of deputy county clerk, he served in that capacity until 1870, and was next engaged in the drug business one: year, then became deputy postmaster under Captain John...

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Biography of Henry M. Brownfield

Henry M. Brownfield is one of the old timers of Champaign County and has had his home in this region since early childhood and for a period of more than sixty years. The honor and respect due him are the result not only of long residence, painstaking work and management as a practical farmer, but also to his most creditable record as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Mr. Brownfield is a native of Missouri, having been born in Shelby County, October 15, 1842. His parents, John R. and Susan (Mullens) Brownfield, were both natives of Kentucky, and were pioneers in north-eastern Missouri, where they married. In 1851 the family came to Illinois and settled eight miles north of Urbana. Henry M. Brownfield was one of seven children. He obtained his early education by attending an old log school house on the prairie, known as the Peters’ school. He had barely finished his lessons when the war cloud arose, and in the exciting times of 1861, when every youth responded to the call of patriotism, he enlisted at Homer, and was sent to Hannibal, Missouri, where on October 1, 1861, two weeks before his nineteenth birthday, he was sworn into the service of the United States. He remained performing camp duty at Hannibal from October to the following February. Mr. Brownfield was a member of...

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Biography of Jonas H. Shambaugh

JONAS H. SHAMBAUGH. Deceased, was one of the thrifty stockmen and agriculturists that materially assisted in the subjugation of the wilds of Union county and one, too, who wrought with such excellent skill and wisdom in his effots that unbounded success attended him, while his broad public spirit and capabilities were manifested in his labors for the good of the county and its development, while his unquestioned integrity and uprightness were conducive to great good to his associates in the lofty examples that were characteristic of his personality. In the historic Shenandoah Jonas H. was brought into this life, his parents being natives of Virginia, also, and January 13, 1830, the happy day their son was born. At the end of his first decade in this pilgrim way he accompanied his parents to Shelby county, Missouri, and there fortified himself for the conflicts of life by a good education from the public schools. It was in the famous year of 1849 that he started across the plains to the mecca of the west, the gold fields of California, there spending seven years in active effort in the mining industry and also in the prosecution of the grocery business. At the close of that period he returned to Missouri and immediately engaged in operating a hardware store, where for six years he labored with ability and enterprise. Eighteen hundred and...

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Biography of W. T. Yoe

The Independence Tribune is one of the oldest papers in Kansas, with a record of continuous issue in one locality for forty-six years, and it is even older than that since the same plant had been used for publishing a paper in Missouri for several years before its removal to Independence, when that town was located on the frontier and at the very beginning of its growth and development. The Tribune ever since its establishment has been under the control of two veteran newspaper men, both brothers, W. T. Yoe, who is editor, and Charles Yoe, who is president of The Tribune Printing Company. The manager of the publication is Charles Albert Connelly, who grew up in the Tribune establishment and has himself been identified with that journal for more than thirty years. The record of the Yoe brothers in connection with The Tribune is one of special interest to Kansans. W. T. Yoe was born at Port Republic, Calvert County, Maryland, March 26, 1845. The Yoes were an old Maryland family, having come from England with Lord Baltimore and most of the descendants of the first emigrants still live in Maryland. Walter Yoe, father of the Yoe brothers, was born in Maryland in 1800 and died at Rushville, Illinois, in 1867. He was reared and married in Maryland, and in 1848 moved to Rushville, Illinois. He followed his...

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Biography of Charles Yoe

The record of the Yoe brothers in connection with The Tribune is one of special interest to Kansans. W. T. Yoe was born at Port Republic, Calvert County, Maryland, March 26, 1845. The Yoes were an old Maryland family, having come from England with Lord Baltimore and most of the descendants of the first emigrants still live in Maryland. Walter Yoe, father of the Yoe brothers, was born in Maryland in 1800 and died at Rushville, Illinois, in 1867. He was reared and married in Maryland, and in 1848 moved to Rushville, Illinois. He followed his trade as carpenter and builder, was a republican in politics, served a time as a member of the Illinois militia. His wife was Elizabeth William Harris, who was born in Virginia in 1818 and died at Rushville, Illinois, in 1859. Her family came from the North of Ireland, and her brother, Rev. William Harris, was a Baptist minister, served as a colonel in the Confederate army, and died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, in 1870. Walter Yoe and wife had three sons: W. T., Charles and Franklin F. Franklin is a druggist at Independence, Kansas, and thus all three of the brothers are identified with that city. Charles Yoe, the younger of these veteran publishers, and the president of the company, was born at Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois, September 22, 1849, the year following the...

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Biography of Charles A. Looney

Charles A. Looney, editor and general manager of the Muskogee Times-Democrat, with which he has been identified for more than two decades, is a well known and influential factor in journalistic circles of northeastern Oklahoma. His birth occurred in Shelbyville, Missouri, on the 27th of April, 1877, his parents being William Thomas and Annie B. Looney. After acquiring his preliminary education he pursued a course of study in the high school at Eldorado Springs, Missouri, and subsequently entered the University of Missouri, thus being well qualified by liberal educational training for life’s practical and responsible duties. When his textbooks were put aside he entered the newspaper field and at different periods he has since acted as reporter, editor, Washington correspondent and general manager of newspapers. His initial experience was obtained as a reporter on the Free Press at Eldorado, Missouri, while three years later he went to Carthage, that state, as a reporter on the Carthage Morning Democrat, of which he afterward became city editor. In 1901 he became identified with the Times Democrat of Muskogee in a reportorial capacity and was next made Washington correspondent, while later he became managing editor of this publication, of which he is now general manager and part owner. The paper enjoys an extensive advertising and subscription patronage and under the capable control of Mr. Looney its circulation is steadily growing, while its...

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Biography of Lyman U. Humphrey

Lyman U. Humphrey, the eleventh governor of Kansas, was a resident of this state forty-four years. The City of Independence, which was his home all these years except the time he spent in the state capital, will always honor his name, and his upright life and splendid record of public service serve to brighten the annals of the entire state. He was born at New Baltimore, Stark County, Ohio, July 25, 1844, and died at his home in Independence September 12, 1915. Few men can accomplish so much in a lifetime of seventy-one years. He had a worthy ancestry. His father Lyman Humphrey was born in Connecticut of English descent in 1799. The Humphrey ancestors located in New England during the early part of the seventeenth century. Lyman Humphrey as a young man moved out to the Western Reserve of Ohio, locating at Deerfield. That village had among its shops and other institutions a tannery, formerly owned by Jesse Grant, the father of Gen. U. S. Grant. This tannery was bought by Lyman Humphrey, but after engaging in the business for some years he took up the law as a profession. He filled a place of usefulness and influence in his community, served as a colonel of the militia, and died at the age of fifty-four. At Niles, Ohio, he married Elizabeth A. Everhart, daughter of John and Rachel...

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Stalcup, Susie L. Clay – Obituary

Mrs. Susie L. Stalcup, 86, of 1012 So. 4th St., died Monday in a local hospital. She was born in Shelbina, Mo., moved to Cle Elum, Wash., in 1901 and resided here 29 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Winnie Feyko, Seattle; one son, S. R. Stalcup, Tacoma; five sisters, Mrs. Mittie Barry, Los Angeles, Mrs. Grace Daniels, and Mrs. Callie Bryan, both of Shelbina, Mrs. Lucy Cunningham, Austin, Ind., and Mrs. Jessie Scearce, Tacoma; four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be announced by Tuell’s. Contributed by: Shelli...

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McCullough, Frank – Obituary

Gas From Car Brings Death To McCullough Frank McCullough, retired farmer of Haines, was killed by monoxide gas from an automobile in the garage at his home there shortly before noon last Friday. He is said to have been in the closed garage about ten minutes when found by Fred Shanklin, who has been living at the McCullough home all winter. Shanklin heard the car running in the garage and opened the doors to find McCullough dead. Mr. McCullough has been suffering from heart trouble for some time. Mr. McCullough was born in Shelby County, Missouri, January 26, 1865. He crossed the plains in 1881 and located in Baker county, where he lived continuously until his death. Mr. McCullough, who owned several ranches in the county, lived on a farm in the Muddy Creek section. He moved to Haines 15 years ago. He was a member of the Moose lodge in Baker. Mr. McCullough was married to Hester Ann Moore in Weiser October 18, 1886. He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Faitha Waltz of Haines; two sons, Ancel of Haines and Elwood of Los Angeles; two brothers, Harvey of Haines and Charles of Bridgeport; and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Cox of Haines, Mrs. Dora Fosnot of Salem, and Mrs. Belle Newles of Kansas. The body was taken to the West and company parlors at Baker. A...

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Biography Of John H. Miller

John H. Miller. In a study of conditions which have combined for the advancement of men of prominence in the business world, the student invariably finds that those upon whom rests dependence for counsel, advice and leadership are those who have won their way to the forefront through the force of their own industry and application, rising gradually and fighting their way in the face of all opposition. The traits of character which may be depended upon for the greatest rewards are industry, integrity, self-reliance and perseverance, and to these may be attributed the success that had crowned the efforts of John H. Miller, president of the Miller Refining Petroleum Company, of Chanute. Mr. Miller had been the architect of his own fortunes and occupies an enviable position in business and financial circles, not alone on account of the success that he had achieved, but also on account of the honorable, straightforward business policy which he had ever followed. Mr. Miller was born in Shelby County, Missouri, February 1, 1857, and is a son of John L. Miller. His father was born in 1822, in Scotland, and came to the United States when about twenty-one years of age, first locating in New York City, where for several years he worked as foreman in a shoe factory. He was married in New York, where four of his children were born,...

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Biography of R. G. Winston

Many of the substantial and thrifty citizens of this western county of Wallowa have come from the east as is the case in many of the other adjacent counties, and here these pioneers have found a home, while they have taken hold of the resources given by nature and have wrought out wealth and the comforts of civilization. Notable among this number is the esteemed and genial citizen whose name is at the head of this paragraph and to whom we are pleased to accord a representation in the history of our county, since he has labored here from the early days of its existence and has materially augmented its wealth, while he has ever lifted his voice and vote for those principles that are wholesome and upright. Mr. Winston was born in Taylor County, Kentucky, in 1835, and there spent the days of his minority, starting for himself when he was twenty-one years of age. He followed farming in Shelby County, Missouri, until 1882, and then determined to visit the western country and see its opportunities and prospects. He landed first in the Walla Walla valley, near Milton, and there and in the vicinity spent two years coming to Wallowa County in 1884. Immediately upon looking over the country here he took a homestead, the property being located twenty miles northeast from Joseph. He engaged in stock raising...

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