Biography of M. M. Pease
M. M. PEASE. This resident and prominent citizen of West Plains, Missouri, came originally from the Granite State, his birth occurring January 15, 1855. At an early date he came with his father to Missouri, and in this State he has since made his home. In the year 1877 he started out in business for himself and engaged in saw milling in Douglas County. This business he has followed for the most part ever since. He is also doing business at Dora, Ozark County, where he is a member of the Pease Milling Company. The members of this firm are: C. E., M. M. and A. M. Pease. The mill is operated by steam and has a capacity of forty barrels per day. Three hands are employed. Our subject and his brother A. M. are also members of the concern known as the Pease Lumber Company, located four miles west of Salome Springs, in Ozark County. They manufacture lumber and the mill has a capacity of 15,000 feet per day. Our subject has made a success in a business way and is possessed of an unlimited amount of energy, perseverance, and industry.
Mr. Pease is a member of the A. O. U. W., and is with the Populist party. Since 1876 until recently he has been a Greenbacker, and he has ever been active in political matters and a leader in his vicinity. He has been a delegate to the State conventions, is chairman of the Congressional District, and is a prominent man in the party. Mr. Pease first married Miss Winnie Johnson, of Laclede County, and daughter of John A. Johnson. Seven children were born to this union, but only three are now living: Walter A., Myrtie M. and Oliver R. The others died young. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Pease married Miss Eva White, a native of Ohio, and the daughter of W. S. White, of Douglas County. Three children have been given them: Norton, Byron and Susan M. Mr. Pease owns real estate in West Plains and a good farm in Douglas County. In a business way he has made a complete success, and seems to prosper in whatever enterprise he attempts. He is public-spirited and takes an interest in all worthy movements.