Location: St. Francois County MO

Biography of Victor Craig

Victor Craig, of England, came to America in 1760, and settled in Maryland. He had four sons, William, James, Robert, and Samuel. William and James lived in Albemarle County Va. Samuel was drowned in the Susquehanna River. Robert was a soldier of the revolutionary war. He was married first to Susan Carter, of Virginia, who was afterward killed by the Indians. She lived nine days after having been scalped. Mr. Craig was married the second time to Sarah Ellington, of New Jersey, by whom he had-John, David, Victor, Jonathan, Jacob, Cynthia, Nancy, and Sally. Mr. Craig settled in Montgomery County in 1829, and died the following year. His eldest son, John, married Nancy Cobb, and settled in Montgomery County in 1826. He was a blacksmith by trade, and the first one at Danville. In 1831 he built the Dryden horse-mill, on the Booneslick road, below Danville. The mill was run by a cog wheel, and it required three or four hours to grind a bushel of grain. The hermit, Baughman, whose history is given elsewhere, carried the stones of this mill to his cave, many years after the mill ceased running, and arranged them so he could do his own grinding, by hand. He still uses the same stones. Col. David Craig, brother of John, settled in Montgomery County in 1817, and is still living, in his 87th year....

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Biography of Eli T. Brand, M.D.

Dr. Eli T. Brand, president of the Lindell Hospital at 3766 Lindell boulevard in St. Louis, was born in Bonne Terre, Missouri, December 12. 1883, his parents being George W. and Mattie (Boyd) Brand. The mother died in Bonne Terre in 1913, and the father is still living in that city. For many years he was engaged in stock raising but is now living retired. Both he and his wife were native Missourians. Dr. Brand was one of a family of five sons and four daughters. He attended the schools of his native town and in 1904, having determined upon the practice of medicine as a life work, he enrolled as a medical student in the Washington University and won his professional degree upon graduation with the class of 1908. He made his way through the university unaided, scrubbing halls and doing other work that would enable him to meet his tuition, while for more than a year he lived oh the meager sum of twenty cents a day for meals. He slept on the floor every night in the bone-room of the university, making his bed with two blankets. During the last two years of his attendance at the university he was assistant in the anatomical laboratory. Following his graduation he went to Desloge, Missouri, where he opened an office and entered upon practice. He had but fifty...

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Biography of Hon. Robert L. Coleman

HON. ROBERT L. COLEMAN. It is the men of broad and comprehensive views who give life to communities and build cities-men who have foresight and energy, pluck and push to forward their enterprises and still retain an untarnished reputation through it all. Such a man is Hon. Robert L. Coleman, now circuit clerk and recorder and ex-representative of Carter County. He was elected to his present responsible position in 1890 by the Democratic party, of which he is a zealous member. Previous to this, in 1886, he was elected school commissioner, held that position two years, and was elected to represent the county in the Thirty-fifth General Assembly of the State. At present he is a candidate for the office of circuit clerk and recorder, with fair prospects of success. Mr. Coleman is a young man who was born in Carter County, Missouri, August 17, 1863. Son of Francis M. and Adaline (Fancher) Coleman, natives of Tennessee. His grandparents, William and Nancy (Hackett) Coleman, were probably natives of the Old North State, moving from there to Tennessee, and thence to Kentucky, where they remained until about 1859. They then moved to Carter County, Missouri, and there passed the closing scenes of their lives. William Coleman was a farmer and held the office of treasurer of Carter County for a number of years. Our subject’s maternal grandparents, Wesley and Celia...

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Biography of Hon. William Alexander Ramsey

HON. WILLIAM ALEXANDER RAMSEY. This able associateĀ  the Shannon County Court, from the Western District, is a native of Stanley County, N. C., born in 1845, and a son of Sanders Taylor and Leah (Light) Ramsey, who were also born in the Old North State, where they lived until 1846, when they removed to Tennessee, and four years later to Alabama, and two years from that time to Iron County, Missouri, where Mr. Ramsey died in January, 1894, aged about seventy-five years, and his wife in 1866, both having been members of the Southern Methodist Church. Mr. Ramsey was a farmer, a mechanic, and was an exceptionally skillful wheelwright and chairmaker. He led a very active life, made a good living for his family, was honest and upright, and although an uneducated man, was naturally intelligent. His second wife was Martha Howell, who still survives him. The paternal grandfather, Nathaniel Ramsey, is supposed to have been a North Carolinian, but nothing is positively known of him. Christopher Light, the maternal grandfather, came to Iron County, Missouri, about 1852, and finally settled in Dent County, where he died about 1879, a farmer and blacksmith by occupation. His wife died in Iron County in 1879. William Alex. Ramsey was the fifth of eight children born to his parents: John Franklin was a soldier for two years under Price, and died in...

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Biography of Lemuel R. Jones

LEMUEL R. JONES. Among the most esteemed and respected citizens of the town of Western Grove there is not one who has been a more faithful soldier, a more pleasant or agreeable member of society, or a more thorough and sagacious business man than Lemuel R. Jones, who is now notary public and postmaster at that place. His life of industry and usefulness, and his record for honesty and uprightness have given him a hold upon the community which all might well desire to share. He is a native of the State of Missouri, born in St. Francois County, February 1, 833, and ninth in order of birth of a large, old-fashioned family of children born to Solomon and Elizabeth Burmam Jones, natives respectively of North Carolina and Tennessee. The parents were married in the latter State, but later moved to Missouri, where they made their home until 1834, when they came to Pope County, Ark, There Mrs. Jones died about 1836. Mr. Jones afterward moved to Searcy County, and about three years later moved to Newton County, where he married Miss Elsie Lane, and here passed the remainder of his days, dying about 1856, when seventy-six years of age. He was a farmer and one of the pioneers of Arkansas, residing here nearly a quarter of a century. His children were named as follows: Elizabeth; Nancy, Fannie, deceased;...

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Biography of K. Ellis Sherrill M. D.

K. Ellis Sherrill, M. D. A physician and surgeon of finisbed ability and wide experience practicing at Formoso, Doctor Sherrill located in Kansas about two years age, having previously practiced in Missouri and Arkansas. He was licensed to practice by the Missouri State Board of Examiners in 1911, by that of the Arkansas Board in 1912, and by reciprecal privileges now had the right to practice in about forty states of the Union. Doctor Sherrill was born at Bismarck in St. Francois County, Missouri, April 7, 1873. His paternal ancestry is of English descent and was established in old Virginia in colonial times. His father, De Lafayette G. Sherrill, was born in Hall County, Georgia, in 1826 and at the age of thirteen accompanied his parents to St. Francois County, Missouri, where the family loeated on January 1, 1839. He grew to manhood there, and spent his sctive life as a farmer. However, he was a California forty-niner and for five years he carried pick and shovel up and down most of the famous gulehes of that country and was an mnusually successful prospector and miner. He died at Bismarck, Missouri, in 1900. He was a democrat and was one of the leading local members of the Baptist Church. He also belonged to the Masonic fraternity. The maiden name of his wife was Emeline Wallen, who was born in...

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Landers, Wilbur Paul – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Wilbur Paul Landers Wilbur Paul Landers, 96, died in Wenatchee, Wash., Oct. 15. Funeral services will take place at the LDS Church in Island City at 1 p.m Saturday. Viewings will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel and noon until 12:50 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral. Burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery following the services. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Home and Telford’s Funeral Home. Mr. Landers was born Aug. 21, 1910, near Leadwood, Mo., to John and Essie Landers. His family moved to Oregon when he was only 6 months old, arriving by train and traveling through a blizzard in a horse-drawn wagon to Wallowa County. He grew up and attended schools in Wallowa and later moved to the La Grande area. Upon retiring from the Union Pacific Railroad after 37 years, he took on many projects. He was an avid hiker, leaving many younger and stronger men behind. He was a source of information to everyone and was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and had recently moved to the Wenatchee area to be closer to family members. Survivors include his wife, Luella “Jean” Landers; children, Darcia Hing of Dayton, Sherrilyn McClune of Olympia, Wash., and David Landers of Hemet, Calif.; a...

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Biography of Thomas R. Cundiff

Thomas R. Cundiff came to California in 1874, and the next year located in Riverside. Upon his arrival he sought work as a nurseryman, and first worked for Mr. Carleton, and then Mr. Russell. He soon became familiar with horticultural pursuits, and purchasing a team and wagon engaged in improving and planting orchards and orange grove lands for non-residents. He worked for several years at this, and some of the now finest fruit groves in the colony were those he planted in the early days, among which may be noted the groves of Peter Suman and Henry Jaracki, on Brockton Avenue. In 1875 Mr. Cundiff bought twenty acres in Brockton Square, on the south side of Bandini Avenue, and this he partially improved and then sold to Aberdeen Kieth, and in 1877 purchased a twenty-acre tract on the north side of Bandini Avenue. Upon that land he commenced his horticultural pursuits upon his own account, planting a large variety of citrus and deciduous trees and also raisin grapes. In latter years he corrected his mistake by rooting out his deciduous trees and vines and planting oranges. In 1882 he sold the east ten acres of his tract to George Bryant. This fine place is now owned by Captain J. W. Sayward. The remaining ten acres Mr. Cundiff reserved for his home, and erected upon it a neat cottage residence...

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