Location: Washington Missouri

Biographical Sketch of Francis M. Parker

Francis M. Parker was born in Howard county, Indiana, May 23, 1852, and there received his early education. In the fall of 1866 he came with his parents to this State and county, and settled in Washington township. Here he completed his education, farming in summer and attending school in winter. On attaining his majority he began farming for a livelihood, and continued until the fall of 1873, when he went to Kansas. He made the trip to the “grasshopper kingdom,” overland, and was fifteen days on the road. Arriving at his destination, he again resumed farming, but only stood it one year, and returned to Missouri after being eaten out by the pest of the redlegs, the Kansas grasshoppers. Something possessed him to try Kansas again, so he returned to that State, after spending less than a year in Daviess county, making the second trip in 1875. His second return to Missouri is evidence of the fact that he thinks this is the best State in the Union. At this writing Mr. Parker is keeping a restaurant and boarding house at Jamesport, where the weary may rest, and the hungry satisfy the inner man. Mr. Parker was married on the 10th of November, 1878, to Miss Martha Melton, the accomplished daughter of John A. Melton, formerly of Missouri. This lady was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, August...

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Biography of Thomas J. Flint

Thomas J. Flint was born on a farm near Brookville, Franklin county, Indiana, on the 4th day of August, 1835. His parents removed to Daviess county when he was six years of age, and settled upon a farm in what is now Washington township, where he lived and grew up, receiving a good common school education, attending the common schools of the, township and the select school at Miami, in Saline county. When eighteen years of age he began teaching school in Butler township, Harrison county, and continued in that occupation in Harrison and Daviess counties, up to 1868, excepting four years he served in the Union army. He enlisted in the State militia in 1861, served six months, and at the expiration of that time reaeelisted, becoming a member of Company D, Twenty-seventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and remained in the service until January, 1863, when he was discharged on account of disability caused by sickness. On regaining his health he again enlisted, this time in Company F, Forty-third Missouri Volunteer Infantry. As a private in the. Twenty-seventh Regiment he was elected second lieutenant by his company, and held the same position in the Forty-third, when mustered out at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, June 30, 1865. Returning to Daviess county, he soon after engaged in the mercantile business with S. W. Flint, under the name and style of S....

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Biography of Emmett R. North, M. D.

Dr. Emmett R. North, a St. Louis oculist of highly developed skill and proficiency along professional lines, was born in Labaddie, Missouri, October 13, 1877, his parents being Eugene Benton and Mary Sale (Pipkin) North, both representatives of old Missouri families. The father is now deceased. The North family was founded in America prior to the Revolutionary war by one of the name who settled in Virginia. The grandfather of Dr. North was Flavius Josephus North, who came to Missouri in the early part of the nineteenth century and served as a member of the first Missouri state legislature. The Pipkins were also an old Virginia family of French origin and became connected with St. Louis county in the days of early Missouri settlement. Eugene Benton North was a physician and surgeon and at the time of his death was filling the position of chief surgeon of the Wabash Railroad. He passed away in 1887, at the comparatively early age of thirty-four years. His widow is still living and makes her home in St. Louis. They had but one child. Dr. North was a pupil in the public schools of Labaddie in early boyhood and afterward attended Central College at Fayette, Missouri, from 1893 until 1897. Determining upon the practice of medicine as a life work he pursued studies in the Beaumont Hospital Medical College, now known as the...

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Biography of Edward C. Stuart

Edward C. Stuart, starting upon his banking career as clerk in the First National Bank of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is now the vice president of the First National Bank of St. Louis, one of the largest and strongest financial institutions of the Mississippi valley. Advancement came to him in recognition of his worth and ability in his chosen field of labor. He has ever made it his purpose thoroughly to master any task entrusted to him and as power grows through the exercise of effort he has become a strong factor in financial circles of his adopted city. He was born in Powhattan, Arkansas, March 2, 1879. His father, Pitman C. Stuart, was a native of Lawrence county, Arkansas, and was a representative of an old English family that in an early period of American settlement was established in Virginia. From that date representatives of the family went to Kentucky and later to Arkansas. Pittman C. Stuart was married to Miss Katherine Williams, a daughter of William Williams, of Cape Girardeau county, Missouri. Her grandfather in the paternal line was born in Wales and came to America in young manhood. The death of Pittman C. Stuart occurred in 1881, and the mother still survives, making her home in Cape Girardeau. Edward C. Stuart was educated in the public schools of Cape Girardeau until he reached the age of fourteen...

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Biography of Ludwig O. Muench, M. D.

Dr. Ludwig O. Muench, a veteran of the World war, who as a member of the Medical Corps won his captaincy while in France, and who has done important hospital work in St. Louis in addition to his extensive private practice, was born in Washington, Missouri, June 16, 1890, a son of Dr. Otto L. Muench, also a native of Missouri, and a representative of one of the old families of this state. The paternal grandfather, Ludwig Muench, came from Gottingen, Germany, in 1848, making his way direct to this state, where he resided until his death. He was a pharmacist and chemist by profession and for many years engaged in the retail drug business in St. Louis, but passed away in Washington, Missouri, in 1894, at the age of sixty-four years. His son, Dr. Otto L. Muench, was reared in this state and obtained his professional training in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was graduated from the Miami Medical College at Cincinnati, with the class of 1888, at which time the M. D. degree was conferred upon him. Since then he has been in active and continuous medical practice in Washington, Missouri, and is recognized as one of the able representatives of the profession in that part of the state. He served as regimental surgeon at Camp Lewis, Washington, during the World war and was commissioned a captain. He...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles O. Cole

Charles O. Cole was born in Scioto county, Ohio, March 7, 1830. Silas Cole, his father, was a native of New York. He was reared upon a farm, and has since engaged in farming and stock-raising, in which he has been very successful. He came to this county in 1872, and is one of the leading farmers of the township and owns a farm containing 440 acres of land. Mr. Cole was united in marriage, February 12, 1852, to Miss Sarah A. Orm, who was born in Scioto county, Ohio, June 15, 1834. By this union they have eleven children; namely, Francis C., born January 25, 1853; Ernest O., born March 5, 1855; Almeda, born October 20, 1856-died; Clara J., born September 23, 1858; Oscar L., born November 4, 1860-died; Lucy B., born July 12, 1862; Albert B., born November 18, 1864; Charles H., born April 20, 1868; Mary E., born November 23, 1869; Bertha M., .born November 3, 1871; and Laura, born August 30,...

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Biographical Sketch of E. H. Cole

E. H. Cole was born in Lorain county, Ohio, December 18, 1829. His father, Joseph Cole, was a native of New York, and his mother was born in Pennsylvania; Leonard Cole, his grandfather, was a, native of New Jersey, and was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, also in the War of 1812, and died in Ohio -at the good old age of 105 years. Mr. Cole was reared upon a farm, and bas ever since made that his principal business. In September, 1852, he left Ohio mid settled in Cedar county, Iowa, where he lived until March, 1874, when he came to this county. Mr. Cole was united in marriage, June 7, 1857, to Miss Sarah J. Eastlack, of Linn county, Iowa. She was born in Clinton county, Ohio, October 17, 1837. By this union they have seven children: Lina M., born July 30, 1858; Annie R., born June 24, 1860; John W., born December 6, 1864; Frank S., born April 16, 1866; Jennie A., born September 24, 1871; and Louella, born November 1,...

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Biographical Sketch of Eli J. Walls

Eli J. Walls was born in Scioto county, Ohio, November 12, 1827. He was reared upon a farm, and received his education in the common schools of the Buckeye State. He came to this county in 1845, and has resided here ever since engaged in farming and stock-raising, in which pursuits he has been very successful. His mother, a cheerful old lady of eighty-one years, is also a resident of Daviess county. On the 6th of March, 1851, Mr. Walls was joined in marriage to Miss Catharine Netherton, who came to this county in 1834, and whose parents were among the number who suffered by having their home plundered and burned by the “Saints” during the Mormon troubles in the pioneer days. Mr. and Mrs. Walls have become the parents of eight children, whose names and dates of birth are as follows: Mary E., born March 10, 1852; James W., born May 25, 1854; Nancy J., born December 6, 1856; Joseph, born January 12, 1860; Laura A., born January 28, 1862; Thomas S., born May 9, 1865; Charles B., born July 14, 1869; and Benjamin J., born December 14,...

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Biographical Sketch of Ferdinand Tourney

Ferdinand Tourney was born in Ohio, November 15, 1833. His parents moved to Illinois when he was about six months old, and there Ferdinand was reared and educated. He began life as a farmer and continued that business during his residence in Illinois. In the spring of 1862 he came to this State and settled in Daviess county, and immediately engaged in farming. Mr. Tourney is a man of fine business qualifications, and his reputation for fair dealing with his fellow-men has won for him many warm friends. He was married in Livingston county, this State, in November, 1866, to Miss Laura Hultz. Mr. and Mrs. Tourney are the parents of eight children, named Margarent A., James P., Frank M., Charles E., Anderson, Donazila, Ora A. and Mary...

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Biographical Sketch of John L. Netherton, Elder

John L. Netherton is a native of Daviess county; and was the first male child born in Grand River township, the date of his birth being September 20, 1836. He is a son of James and Nancy Netherton, who were among the early settlers of this county, and also sufferers at the hands of the Mormons, having had their house plundered and burned by them. Our subject, was reared upon the home farm, and has since given his attention to agricultural pursuits. His early education was received in the common schools, which he has supplemented with a private course of study under the instruction and direction of Prof. McGay, of Grand River College, Edinburg, and in addition to which he thoroughly versed himself in the spirit and teaching of theology, was admitted into the church and licensed to preach the gospel in the Baptist Church in 1868. He now has charge of the Hickory Creek Baptist Church, and the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Mr. Netherton was united in marriage, March 5, 1857, to Miss Rachel Glaze, who was born October 31, 1834. They have seven children; namely, Catharine, born December 29, 1857; Nancy E., born February 2, 1861; James N., born June 25, 1863; George B., born March 17, 1865; John W., born May 8, 1868; Thomas M., born May 28, 1870; Francis G., born March 28,...

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Biography of Martin Scott, Elder

Martin Scott is a native of Jackson county, Tennessee, and was born March 14, 1807. His father, John Scott, was a soldier of the Revolutionary War. When the subject of our sketch was a child his parents moved to Indiana, where he was reared upon a farm, and received his education in the common schools of that State. He is one of a family of fourteen children, four of whom are ministers in the Christian Church. When he was fifteen years old, his parents moved to Sangamon county, Illinois, and at that time there were but three houses in what is now the city of Springfield, Illinois. In 1827, he moved to Tazewell county, Illinois, and settled on a farm. A short time thereafter, by a change of county lines, he became a resident of McLean county, and a few years later, by the same process, was made a citizen of the county of DeWitt, and. thus without moving once he resided successively in three different counties. While a resident of McLean county he was three times elected sheriff of the county, and it was while living there that he began his work in the ministry. In 1844 he was ordained and has been preaching ever since. With the assistance of John A. and William S. Brown and James Scott, he built the Pilot Grove Christian Church. He is...

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Biographical Sketch of Martin G. Scott

Martin G. Scott was born in DeWitt county, Missouri, August 6, 1842. His parents were both natives of Tennessee, and he accompanied them to this county in 1855, and has since made this his home and farming his principal occupation, in which he has achieved fair success. He received only a common school education, but has added to his knowledge by profiting by his experience. In 1876 he was engaged in the mercantile business, as a partner with John H. Stucker, of Jameson, and continued about eighteen months. He enlisted in Company H, Twenty-third Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry, August 5, 1861, and served three years and three months; was taken prisoner at the. battle of Shiloh, and held in captivity for six months, and was exchanged and joined his regiment; was wounded, July 27, 1864, while in front of Atlanta, Georgia, being shot through the right lung, from which he has never fully recovered. Mr. Scott was united in marriage, February 14, 1867, to Miss Caroline M. Terry, who was born August 28, 1848, in Daviess county, Missouri. They have had five children; namely, Ruth J., born June 9, 1868; Lawrence I., born February 3, 1871-died; James D., born December 19, 1872; William J., born August 14, 1876; and Etna P., born March 18,...

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Biographical Sketch of Gideon Smith

Gideon Smith is a native of Franklin county, Indiana, born June 29, 1833, and is a son of Jonathan Smith, of this county, whose biography appears in this book. He came to this county in 1840, with his father and family, and was educated in the common or subscription schools of the county. He has been engaged in farming up to the present time, with the exception of twelve years, during which time he worked at making and burning brick. In May, 1864, he enlisted in the Enrolled State Militia, and served his country in that command until the expiration of his time, when he enlisted in Company F, Forty-third Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry, in August, 1864, and served in that company until the close of the war. He made rails for one dollar per one hundred, for the money with which he entered his first piece of land. Mr. Smith was married, October 30, 1861, to Miss Mildred Basket, who was born November 10, 1840. They have eight children; namely, Mary A., born December 3, 1862; John F., born February 3, 1864-died; Sarah C., born May 1, 1866; Emma F., born January 22, 1868; Annie B., born July 4, 1870; Laura E., born June 17, 1872; 011ie E., born November 13, 1876; and Florence E., born July 15,...

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Biography of Jonathan Smith, Elder

Elder Jonathan Smith, the subject of this sketch takes high rank among the early pioneer preachers of Daviess county. To such men as he, who endured the hardships and privations of the early days, and lightened ‘the labors of himself and neighbors by the cheerful rays of scriptural light, much of the progress of the county is due. Jonathan Smith was born in Washington county, Tennessee, December 9, 1805. His father, Richard Smith, was a native of Virginia, and served his country in the War of the Revolution; he died in Franklin county, Indiana, in July, 1840, aged eighty-nine years. When our subject was two years old his parents removed from Tennessee to Kentucky, and thence to Franklin county, Indiana, in 1811, and while living here his father rendered efficient service in the suppression of the Indian troubles which agitated that portion of the country in the early days. In the Hoosier State our subject grew to manhood, his time being employed upon his father’s farm and in securing such education as the subscription schools of that day afforded. He early showed a liking for the ministry, and gave his leisure moments to the careful study of the sacred precepts and commands of the Bible. In 1840 he removed with his family to Missouri and located in this county and engaged in farming. Shortly after his arrival he became...

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