Location: Washington Missouri

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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Biography of William F. Flint

William F. Flint was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, April 4, 1828. His father, George Flint, was a native of Maryland, and William Flint, his grandfather, was a-soldier in the Revolutionary War. William F. Flint moved to Franklin county, Indiana, with his parents, when he was six years old, and then accompanied them to this county in 1841, where he has lived since, excepting-four years that he resided in Harrison county, returning to this county in March, 1881. He received most of his education by home study, and began teaching school when he had reached the age of eighteen years, which business he was engaged in during the winters for fifteen years, and during the summers gave his attention to farming. In September, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Daviess County Battalion, serving six months, then enlisted as-a private soldier, and rose by promotion to the rank of second lieutenant. After his time of enlistment expired, he again enlisted as a private in a company from this county, and was elected captain. At the organization of the Thirty-third Regiment Enrolled State Militia, he was elected lieutenant-colonel, in 1862, and served in that capacity until August 16, 1864, when he enlisted again as a private soldier, in Company F, Forty-third Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and was commissioned captain and served as-such until his discharge, June 30, 1865. After his discharge...

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Biography of Judge John W. McElhinney

For the fourth term Judge John W. McElhinney has been called to the bench of the thirteenth circuit court of Missouri having entered upon the duties of this position in 1901. His course has at all times reflected credit and honor upon tile state that has honored him and he is today numbered among the ablest of Missouri’s jurists, for film decisions have at all times been strictly fair and impartial, and moreover have been the expression of a comprehensive knowledge of tile principles of jurisprudence, combined with ability to apply accurately his principles to tile points in litigation. Judge McElhinney was born February 4, 1851, on the Mason road in Bonhomme township, between Manchester and Creve Coeur, his parents being Alexander and Martha J. (Hibler) McElhinney. It was about the year 1845 that his father removed to St. Louis county, Missouri, from Butler county, Pennsylvania, and here took up the profession of school teaching and also followed carpentering at an early day. Later, however, he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and subsequently prepared for the bar, devoting his time and attention to law practice in St. Louis and adjoining counties from 1860 until his demise, which occurred July 3. 1985. For almost two years he had survived his wife, who spent leer entire life in St. Louis county and who passed away in December, 1893. The youthful...

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