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Greene County, IL Biographies


Theodore P. Bates

BATES, Theodore P., industrial commis­sioner; born, White Hall, Greene Co., ILL., Aug. 25, 1873; son of Wesley P. and Mary M. (Baker) Bates; educated in public and high schools, White Hall. In employ of Swift & Co., 1892 and 1893; handling manufacturing properties, East St. Louis, 1894-1906, and in same business in St. Louis and East St. Louis, 1906-09; sales manager for Kettle River Com­pany's creosoting plant, wood paving blocks, etc., 1909 and 1910; industrial commissioner for Business Men's League since 1910. Clubs: Missouri Athletic, Mercantile, Normandie Golf. Recreations: golf and motoring. Office: 510 Locust St. Residence: 11 Beverly PL.
(Source: "The Book of St. Louisans", Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)



Charles Albert Bowman

BOWMAN, Charles Albert, lumber; born, Carrollton, ILL., Feb. 5, 1874; son of John A. and Angie (Black) Bowman; educated in public schools, graduating from high school in 1890; married, Carlinville, ILL., June 5, 1901, Myra May Parker. Began business career in the general merchandise store of L. F. Wheeler, Carrollton, ILL., continuing, 1890-1900; came to St. Louis, 1900, and was with the South Arkansas Lumber Co., 1900-01; joined in organization, 1901, of Huie-Hodge Lumber Co., Limited, of which became vice president; now secretary South Arkansas Lumber Co. Member Order of Hoo Hoo. Office: Fullerton Bldg. Residence: 5228 Von Versen Avenue.
(Source: "The Book of St. Louisans", Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)


James Harvey Cranfill

CRANFILL, James Harvey, manufacturer; born, Rockbridge, ILL., Aug. 21, 1862; son of Zachariah and Mary J. (Cato) Cranfill; educated in public schools; married, St. Louis, 1890, Mary S. Page; one son: Pha. Began active career in printing business, with which was connected until 1889; then became identified with firm of F. Applegren, manufacturers of burnt sugar color, and since 1902 has engaged in same line of business on own account, as president J. H. Cranfill Manufacturing Co. Republican. Presbyterian. Scottish Rite Mason; member Keystone Lodge, No. 243, A. P. & A. M.; St. Louis Chapter, No. 1, R. A. M.; Moolah Temple, Mystic Shrine. Recreation: fishing. Office: 1?23 N. 7th St. Residence: 3832 Russell Ave.
(Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)


Estas Edwards

Estas Edwards, who is carrying on general farming in Roodhouse township, was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, February 10, 1875, and is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of the state. His paternal grandfather was Isham Edwards, a natives of Kentucky, who came to Illinois when twenty-five years of age and devoted his attention to general farming and stock-dealing. He was not only reliable in business and active in the early development of the locality in which he made his home but displayed so many other sterling traits of character that he commanded the highest respect and confidence of all with whom he was associated. He lived at Barrow for twenty years and his last days were spent in Walkerville township. His son, Joseph L. Edwards, was born in Greene county, in 1854 and he, too, has always followed farming. He married Miss Jane Wells, who was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, in 1854.
Mr. Edwards was educated in the school of Barrow, and under his father's direction received his business training, working in the fields when not occupied with the duties of the schoolroom and through the long summer vacations. Since attaining his majority he has carried on fanning on his own account and is now operating land in Rood-house township, cultivating his fields with energy, discretion and good management., so that the result is desirable and his labors are thus rendered profitable.
On the 24th of February, 1895., Mr. Edwards was married to Miss Mettie Barnhart, who was born in Walkerville, Greene county, and their union has been blessed with three interesting children: Edith, Leona and Ernest, aged respectively nine, five, and two years. The parents are members of the Christian church and are highly respected., having a wide acquaintance, for they have spent their entire lives in the county and the qualities which they have manifested in all life's relations have commended them to the confidence and srood will of those with whom they have been associated. Mr. Edwards is a wide-awake young business man, watchful of opportunity and making the most of his advantages and has already attained desirable success.
Source: "Past and Present Of Greene County, Illinois"; by Hon. Ed. Miner, Ex-Secretary Old Settlers Society; Illustrated; "A people that take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote generations.'' - Macauley; Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1905, page 624-625 - Submitted by Sara Hemp


S.M. Link
Born in Carrollton, Illinois, in 1837; died in Kirksville {Mo}, September 01, 1904. At the age of Twenty-One he went to Colorado. In 1867 he came to Kirksville, where he continued to reside until his death. He was at first engaged in stock and implement business. Later he became connected with the First National Bank, more commonly known as the Baird Bank. For twenty years he was its President. He was an ardent member of the Baptist church, having joined it when only sixteen years of age. He was married in 1861 to Miss Link; to them eight children were born, six who survived him. Of him it was said that "his quiet, unostentatious acts of charity towards the deserving poor, his kindly friendship for all the deserving, and his gentle life, strong in all the Christian graces of tenderness, generosity and loving-kindness, will always be a constant example."
[Source: "The History of Adair County Missouri", by E.M. Violette (1911) - DR - Sub by FoFG]


A. P. Lovelace
A. P. Lovelace, who follows farming and for the past twelve years has also been successfully engaged in the raising of poultry, was born in Patterson township, Greene county, and is a son of Price and Sarah (Hubbard) Lovelace. Both were representatives of old families of Kentucky. The father was born in that state and died in 1859. The mother, also a native of Kentucky, was a daughter of John Hubbard.
A. P. Lovelace is indebted to the public schools for the educational privileges he enjoyed in his youth and which fitted him for life's practical duties. He was trained to farm labor and has always engaged in the tilling of the soil, being now engaged in the further cultivation and improvement of his land. In addition to raising the cereals best adapted to soil and climate, he has been engaged in the raising of poultry for the past twelve years, and has some very fine breeds of chickens.
On the 24th of April, 1864, Mr. Lovelace was united in marriage to Miss Ioletha Cotter, a daughter of John and Rebecca Cotter, who were natives of Kentucky and belonged to old families of that state. Mr. and Mrs. Lovelace have three children: Etta, born February 17, 1865, is the wife of A. T. Clarke, a resident of Patterson township and they have six children; Abbie, born February 20, 1867. is the wife of Denver Coates, a resident of Seattle. Washington, and thev have two children: Ada, born October 20, 1874, is the wife of E. E. Steelman and has four children. Mr. Lovelace is a Democrat in his political views and is a stanch advocate of the principles of the party.
"Past and Present Of Greene County, Illinois"; by Hon. Ed. Miner, Ex-Secretary Old Settlers Society; Illustrated; "A people that take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote generations.'' - Macauley; Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1905, page 625-626 - Submitted by Sara Hemp


Henry M. Walls
Henry M. Walls, who is engaged in carpentering and contracting in Roodhouse, was born in Scott county, Illinois, on the 10th of March, 1864, and is a son of George and Sarah J. Walls, who are still residents of Scott county, where they have made their home for many years, the father devoting his energies to agricultural pursuits.
Henry M. Walls is indebted to the public schools for the educational privileges he enjoyed and since putting aside his text-books and entering upon business life he has followed farming and carpentering. He rented land in Scott county until 1901, and in addition to the cultivation of the fields, he also engaged in building to some extent. In the year mentioned he removed to Roodhouse, where he has since conducted business as a carpenter and contractor, and he receives a liberal share of the public patronage, because he is a good workman and conscientious in the performance of any work that devolves upon him.
In 1885 Mr. Walls was united in marriage to Miss Emma Pryor, a daughter of Isaac Pryor, who with his family is living in Glasgow, Illinois. Mrs. Walls was born in South Carolina and in early girlhood was brought by her parents to Illinois, being reared in Scott county, where she was married and where her death occurred. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Walls were born five children, four sons and a daughter, all yet at home, namely: George, twenty years of age; William I., aged eighteen; James, thirteen years of age; Earl, a youth of eleven; and Ida May, a maiden of nine summers. The children reside with their father in Roodhouse and are attending the public schools.
Mr. Walls has always given his political allegiance to the Democratic party and although he keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, as every true American citizen should do, he has no desire for public office, preferring to give his undivided attention to his business affairs, so that he may provide well for his family.

Source: "Past and Present Of Greene County, Illinois"; by Hon. Ed. Miner, Ex-Secretary Old Settlers Society; Illustrated; "A people that take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote generations.'' - Macauley; Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1905, page 626
- Submitted by Sara Hemp


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