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Joseph E. Adcock. An honored veteran of the Civil war, with a record for brave service during the great struggle between the North and the South and for faithful citizenship during the days of peace which followed, Joseph E. Adcock is now living in comfortable retirement at his home at Helena, enjoying the fruits which his years of labor have brought him. He is a native of Trimble county, Kentucky, and was born August 3, 1846, a son of Elijah and Susan (Adcock) Adcock.
Mr. Adcock's parents, who were cousins, were both born near Spottsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, and after their marriage there removed to Kentucky, where the father died when Joseph E. was a lad of eight years, Mrs. Adcock surviving until 1856 and passing away at Macomb, Illinois. There were six children in the family, namely: Amanda, who is the widow of James Alberson and resides at Chicago; Mrs. Mary Salter White, who is deceased; Joseph E., of this review; George T., now a resident of Wyoming, who served 100 days in Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War, and then enlisted in Company L, Seventh Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, with which he served one year; Mrs. Nancy Powell, who left a large family at the time of her death; and Sallie, who died at the age of six years.
Joseph E. Adcock received his early education in the public schools of Trimble County, Kentucky, but his education was interfered with by the occurrence of his father's death, and in 1855 he accompanied his widowed mother to Macomb, Illinois. Her death followed in 1856, and from that time forward Mr. Adcock was reared largely by strangers. He lived at the home and on the farm of A. C. Russell for several years, and was there at the time of the outbreak of the Civil war, and in August, Mr. Adcock's service was crowded with active participation in some of the principal engagements of the long and bloody struggle. He fought at Corinth and Nashville, was with General Grant in all his campaigns in the West, and engaged in Grierson's Raid, from LaGrange, Tennessee, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Finally, Mr. Adcock celebrated Thanksgiving Day, 1864, by being captured by the Confederates, at Campbell, Tennessee, and was taken to the awful Andersonville Prison, where he was confined until the close of the war. At all times Mr. Adcock conducted himself as a brave, faithful and efficient soldier, cheerfully performing whatever duty he was called to discharge and winning the respect and esteem of his comrades and officers.
When he once more joined the workers in the ranks of peace, Mr. Adcock returned to Illinois, where he remained for one year, and then decided he was ready to establish a home of his own. He was married October 22, 1866, to Miss Lizzie Satterwhite, who was born in Oldham County, Kentucky, November 3, 1848, a daughter of Mortimer and Jane (Callis) Adcock, who spent their lives there. Mr. and Mrs. Adcock began housekeeping in Iroquois County, Illinois, where they resided for fourteen years on a farm, and in 1881 went to the West, locating on a ranch in Wyoming. That state continued to be their home until 1887, when they came to Missouri, Mr. Adcock establishing himself in the transfer business at St. Joseph. After thirteen years they returned to Wyoming, where for six years Mr. Adcock carried on ranching and railroading, and in 1910 retired from active pursuits after having spent a number of years in farming in Andrew County, Missouri. He has since made his home at Helena, and is in the enjoyment of a handsome competence, earned through long years of faithful and energetic labor. Mr. Adcock is known as one of the substantial and representative men of his community. He is a republican but not a politician. Mr. Adcock has never lost interest in his comrades of the war days, and is a valued member of the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic. With his family he attends the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Adcock have been the parents of five children, as follows: Susan J., who is the wife of Enos Thompson, of Helena; Anna M., wife of Daniel Thompson, of Rochester Township; Maggie, the wife of Samuel Driver, of Caliente, Nevada; Orin K., who resides also at Caliente; and Sallie, who died at the age of five years.
Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs. 1737-1738; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


John Aebersold. The possibilities of a human life and the wide opportunities of America are well illustrated in the career of John and painful effort the capital which he brought with him into Andrew County.
John Aebersold was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, December 25, 1835, a son of John and Catherine (Buhler) Aebersold, likewise natives of Canton Bern. His father was born in 1810, and died in the old country when the son, John, was seven years of age. The mother, who was born November 17, 1811, followed her son to America in the summer of 1867, and spent the last thirty years of her life in the Aebersold home in Andrew County. She died in March, 1900. Her children were John; Jacob, who died at the age of twenty; Elizabeth Steiner, of Switzerland; and Caroline, deceased.
John Aebersold spent the first twenty-four years of his life in Switzerland, where he was educated in the national schools, and learned two trades, first the baker's occupation, and later the miller's trade. In 1859 he came to America, spent five years in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and in 1864 reached Andrew County. Here he invested the capital which represented his sayings since coming to America in a tract of raw land, forty acres, north of Amazonia. Later he sold that and bought his present place in section 14 of Lincoln Township. At the present time Mr. Aebersold owns 125 acres, and at one time his farm comprised 285 acres, but it was too much for his individual management, and he sold more than half of it. He did much pioneer work in Andrew County, having cleared about one-third of his land, and developed it into a farm that has long yielded regular returns in grain, fruit, and livestock.
Mr. Aebersold has been a republican voter ever since his naturalization as an American citizen, and has been one of the leaders and most generous contributors to the German Reform Church at Amazonia. He helped build the church of that denomination in Amazonia, and gave more for its construction than any other member. With success as a farmer he has naturally been called upon to take his part in other public affairs, and at one time was vice president of the Exchange Bank at Savannah, and also a director in the Commercial Bank at Savannah. At the present time he retains no active business interests, his son-in-law operating the farm, and in the eightieth year of his life is enjoying those comforts and the leisure which are the merited reward of his earlier efforts.
In 1859 in Ohio Mr. Aebersold married Anna Barbara Yenni, who was born in Canton Bern, Switzerland, September 13, 1840. She died at the Aebersold homestead in Andrew County, February 17, 1914. Her parents were John and Barbara Yenni, a family long well known in Andrew County. Mr. and Mrs. Aebersold were the parents of five children: Louis A., who lives in Jackson Township, Andrew County; Emma Catherine, wife of Mike Ordnung, of Nodaway Township; Mary, wife of Frank Ruhl, who manages the Aebersold farm; Fred A., who died at the age of eleven years: and John A., who died in childhood.
When John Aebersold landed in Ohio he possessed only fifty cents in American money. For five years he worked at day wages on farms in Eastern Ohio, and spent the winter months as a coal miner. He learned the English language by the rough and ready method of actual conversation and by hearing others speak it, and learned to read and write by the help of newspapers. He has mastered the language, and for many years has been a devoted reader of the county and the daily metropolitan papers, and also has taken several agricultural journals. He takes no German papers, and has completely transformed himself into an American citizen, and is one of the most loyal Americans to be found in Northwest Missouri. When Mr. Aebersold reached Andrew County he had about three hundred dollars, representing his hard earned savings during his residence in Ohio. Aside from what his hard labor has accomplished Mr. Aebersold gives the credit for his success in life to his good wife. She was an industrious homemaker, always ready with valuable counsel to her husband in his affairs, and is remembered by all the people of her community in Andrew County for her kindness of heart and practical charity. When people were in trouble she was always sympathetic, and turned her sympathy into deeds of practical helpfulness and was a welcome visitor at every home in times of affliction.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs.1963-1964; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


L. A. Aebersold. Representing an Andrew County family that has been identified with that section for a half century, L. A. Aebersold has exhibited the sturdy qualities of his Swiss ancestors and has established himself securely both in material circumstances and in the esteem of his community. Mr. Aebersold has accomplished those things that are most worth while, has provided a home, has reared a family, has lived amicably with his friends and neighbors and enjoys esteem both at home and abroad.
L. A. Aebersold was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, October 30, 1859, a son of John and Barbara (Yenni) Aebersold. Both parents were born in Switzerland, and his father is still one of the honored old residents of Andrew County, and a sketch of his life and family will be found on other pages in this publication. L. A. Aebersold was the oldest of five children, three of whom are still living. He was five years old when his parents in 1864 left Ohio and after spending the following winter in Indiana came into Andrew County in the spring of 1865 and located in Lincoln Township. Here Mr. Aebersold grew up, attended the local schools, and learned the lessons of industry on his father's farm. He remained at home with his parents until 1881, and then spent a year in Colorado employed by a railroad contractor in getting out ties. On his return to his father's place he farmed a year, then married, and took his bride to a rented place in Nodaway Township, where he spent one year. In 1883 Mr. Aebersold came to his present homestead in section 36 of Jackson Township. His first purchase was 160 acres, and he subsequently added another eighty acres, making a fine farm of 240 acres, nearly half of section 36. This has been his home ever since with the exception of one year which he spent in Texas. Mr. Aebersold has invested his surplus in the lands of Western Texas, and owns two sections in Gray and Parson Counties and has brought that land into an improved condition and employs it both for grazing and for the staple crops of that part of the Lone Star State.
When Mr. Aebersold located on his home farm in Jackson Township a little more than thirty years ago, the house was a small one of four rooms, and there was also a small pole barn., His own progress and prosperity is exemplified in the changed conditions in these two classes of improvements. There now stands a fine modern nine-room dwelling, with attractive surroundings, and with well equipped and substantial barns and other outbuildings. Mr. Aebersold has found success in general farming and stock feeding and shipping.
Politically he is a republican, and has served his community as a school and road officer. He was brought up in the faith of the German Reform Church and is a member of that denomination in Amazonia. Fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America. On December 31, 1882, Mr. Aebersold married Lizzie Maag, who was born at Savannah, Missouri, October 5, 1860, a daughter of Casper and Margaret (Smith) Maag. Her father was a native of Switzerland and her mother was born in Canada, and both died in Lincoln Township of Andrew County. Mr. and Mrs. Aebersold have a fine family of children, most of whom are established for themselves and by their lives are honoring father and mother. Their names and stations in life are: Albert Aaron, who lives on one of his father's farms in Texas and by his marriage to Georgia Goodloe has one child, Herman L.; John Alexander married Frances Cottrell, lives near Fillmore in Andrew County, and has one child, John C.; Roy Tillman, lives in Texas, and by his marriage to Emma Yenni has two children, Devere and Lawrence Sheldon; Robert Carl, who lives on the homestead with his father, married Emily Faires, and has one child, Warren G.; Louis Emmett is cashier of the Farmers Bank of Nodaway; Walter Ray lives at home; Emma Elizabeth died in 1900 at the age of two years; Barbara Elizabeth died at the age of eight months.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs.1957-1958; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]

 

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