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Chris Bachman. For more than thirty years Chris Bachman has been a prosperous and progressive farmer of Andrew County and has one of the best improved places in Monroe Township, located on section 6, with mail facilities from the rural route of Cosby. Mr. Bachman represents the hardy Swiss stock in Northwest Missouri, and though he began his career in this part of the state as a renter, he has long since been numbered among the independent farmers, with a record of unusual prosperity to his credit.
Chris Bachman was born in Switzerland, September 16, 1848, a son of Chris and Elizabeth (Dummarmut) Bachman. His parents were substantial Swiss people, and his father was employed as a carpenter in that country. In 1868 all the family except one daughter left Switzerland and emigrated to America and came direct to Andrew County, locating on a farm north of Amazonia. The father died there in April, 1898, at the age of eighty years and seven months, and the mother passed away in December, 1888, at the age of sixty-one. After coming to this country the father followed farming. He was a republican in politics, and a member of the German Reform Church at Amazonia. Their ten children were: Chris; John, a grocery merchant in St. Joseph; Jacob, who lives in Andrew County on a farm; Fred, a resident of the State of Ohio: Charles, who died unmarried; Gottlieb, a resident of Idaho; Elizabeth Zahnd, of Andrew County; Maggie Martha; Anna, who is a widow living in Amazonia; and Rosa, deceased.
Chris Bachman lived with his parents until after his marriage, and on starting out for himself became a renter, and operated another man's farm two years. His first purchase of land in Andrew County was fifty acres south of Savannah, and thirty years ago he sold that property and bought his present place. He has in his homestead 165 acres, besides 100 acres three miles north in Rochester Township. On his home farm Mr. Bachman has done much work of improvement, and has two sets of buildings, and devotes his land to grain and stock farming.
Politically he acts with the republican party, and is a member of the German Reform Church at Cosby. Mr. Bachman was married March 19, 1878, to Rosa Elise Strasser. She was born in Switzerland, October 16, 1853, and came to this country with her widowed mother in 1873. Barbara (Ott) Strasser, the mother, died on the 22nd of January, 1882, and her husband, Joseph Strasser, died in 1861, in Switzerland. To Mr. and Mrs. Bachman have been born two children: Otto and Alfred, the latter at home. Otto lives on a part of the homestead farm, occupying the second group of buildings, and by his marriage to Elsie Snowden has one child, Imogene.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1890; Pgs.1841-1842; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Joseph W. Barmann. Having taken an intelligent and purposeful participation in the happenings which have made up the history of Andrew County between the time of his arrival in 1876 and the present, Joseph W. Barmann, of Nodaway Township, claims place also among the agricultural promoters and well-known and financially strong citizens of the county. He is a native of Ross County, Ohio, and was born November 20, 1853, a son of George and Josephine (Gertisen) Barmann.
The Barmann family was founded in the United States in 1816, when George Barmann, the paternal grandfather of Joseph W. Barmann, left his native Baden, Germany, and with his little family boarded a sailing vessel for this country. Owing to storms which took the vessel far out of its course it required eight months to make the journey across the waters, and during this trip one of the children died, but port was finally made, and the grandfather took his family to what is now Cincinnati, Ohio, he there being the owner of ten acres of land on the present site of the customs house, where he spent the remaining years of his life. In addition to the one that was lost at 'sea, the grandparents had a family of six children.
George Barmann, son of George the emigrant, was eight years of age when he accompanied his parents to the United States, and his boyhood and youth were passed in the vicinity of Cincinnati, where he was given ordinary educational advantages. When he embarked upon a career of his own he chose farming for his work, and in this continued to be engaged during the remainder of his life in Ross County, Ohio, where he died in 1888. He was married in Ohio to Josephine Gertisen, who was also born in Baden, Germany, in 1811, and whose father, John Gertisen, was likewise an early settler in the vicinity of Cincinnati. She died in 1882, having been the mother of twelve children, of whom ten grew to maturity, while six are still living.
Joseph W. Barmann was educated in the public schools of Ross County, Ohio, and grew to manhood on his father's farm, being well reared to habits of industry and thrift and thoroughly trained in farming.
He owns his father's farm, as well as a tract of 160 acres lying five miles north of Savannah. These properties total 484 acres and make Mr. Barmann one of the substantial men of his part of the county. In addition to general farming operations, he has been successfully engaged in the raising of blooded Holstein cattle and high grade horses and hogs, and as a stockman is known far and wide in Andrew County.
Mr. Barmann was married in 1883 to Miss Mary Jane Barr, who was born two miles south of Savannah, Missouri, April 26, 1862, a daughter of Boyd and Mary Jane (Jenkins) Barr, the former born in Ireland the latter in Kentucky, and early settlers in Missouri where they located in 1848. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Barmann: George, who died at the age of twenty-nine years; Nellie, who is the wife of A. H. Zimmerman, of Southern Florida; and Pearl and Charley, who reside with their parents.
Mr. Barmann has a number of interests outside those of an agricultural nature, and for the past ten years has been a member of the directing board of the First National Bank of Savannah, of which he has been vice president for five years. He is a republican, but has taken only a good citizen's part in politics, although he has always been ready to assist in movements for the public good. With his family, he attends the Catholic Church.
Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs. 1700-1701; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Alexander Marshall Bedford lived in Andrew county from Aug 1850 until his death in 1912. The following is his Biography, written in his own hand on May 24, 1912. This Biography comes from the Selecman Family History compiled by Redmond Selecman Cole in 1942.
I, A.M. Bedford, was born March 30, 1828 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky near the Fork of Ruff Creek. My father, John Bedford moved from there when I was two and a half years old (I can recall many things that happened while there) to Mead County Kentucky, eight miles of Brandenburg. Father died when I was ten years old, mother when I was twelve; was converted at eleven; did not join the church as most all thought, I was too young to be taken into the church (how they missed it).
I was taken by my Uncle Henry Russell to Nelson County, Kentucky near Bloomfield. While there, the Presbyterians held a protracted meeting at Big Springs. I was one of the 85 converts united with that church although raised as a Methodist before the split. I was fourteen years old and old enough to know what I was doing. I remained in that church until the close of the Civil War. Came to my church but they wouldn't let me be a member without I acknowledged I had done wrong or was sorry for it. Do I have to do this? Gabriel will blow his horn a thousand years before I will do it. I had been in the rebel army for three years and nine months.
No free schools and chances bad. I had to buy my books and pay tuition. I well know how I obtained my arithmetic. I cut timothy seed after night, rubbed them out with a washboard and paid for my books. Maybe you think I was not pleased,..I was, and anxious to learn. I worked for nine dollars a month for April, May, June, and July; after for seven dollars a month and many days for twenty five cents and worked three years for $50, but was paid off with $36.
I went to Louisville and worked at the Park House for $1.00 per day. I thought I would soon get rich. I was boarded then to Missouri at twenty-two bringing sister Lucy and Brother John with me. We took the boat at Louisville for Saint Louis on the Steamer Washington soon got there but nine days and nights coming to St. Joseph (no railroads in the state of Missouri) on the Steamer Embassy. We arrived April 22, 1850, went to brother's store for four months, then he started a branch house at Savannah August 22. I went to that little town, took charge of a $20,000 stock, cleaned up the store room. I took up license and opened out. This was Bedford and Craig. Many thought I headed the firm but I would say I am only a clerk.
In November 4, 1851 I was united in matrimony to Mary E. Selecman, daughter of Henry Selecman. We went on a farm; was blessed with a large family, ten children, six boys and four girls. Two of the girls have passed away.
When we had six children then I left for the war saying slavery is the cause. It had been brewing for thirty years, now it is on us. I was in Blue Mills, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Corinth (was wounded there). I fought at Champion Mills but I fell into the hands of the Federals; was sent to Iuka; was paroled not to take up arms against the Government untill I was legally exchanged. I was taken out to Mr. Thompson's in Alabama near Tuscumbia; stayed about two months and then reported to my command at Jackson, Miss. I boarded at the Bowman House for four dollars a day so I thought I would try the country for two and a half a day. When exchanged I went into the fight at Champion Mills; had a hard fight; fell back to Big Black Bridge and was recaptured 17th of May 1863 and released the last day of May 1865. I was two years and thirteen days a prisoner. I had my oath in my pocket (released at Fort Delaware) was promised protection in life and property but was ordered away and ten days to leave.
When I was on the coast of South Carolina from Ft. Delaware 600 of us were put in the hull of a boat and the hatch door let down. All the air we could get was from the bulls eyes, ten feet apart. When a storm would come up we closed the eyes as water would get in. We were on this boat for eighteen days; then landed on Morris Island and put under the fire of our own guns. I can't say I was afraid as I believed the Lord was with me. I promised the Lord if I was spared to get home to my wife and six children I would be a better man.
I had erysipelas; was near Death's door; was making rings to get a little money to buy some things to eat but I went blind and was so for about two months.  I had read the Lord was the same, yesterday and forever. I reasoned thus. When Jesus was on earth the blind received their sight, the lame walked, the lepers were cleansed, the dead were raised up and the poor had the gospel preached to them. Now here is a poor blind soldier-give him his eyesight. I looked out as I was on my bunk and saw the yard. I was ready to shout and tell my bunk mate I could see the yard but he was so tired he did not enjoy it.
It was given to the officer in charge to put to our credit and when we arrived at our destination they paid me my money in Virginia and Tennessee money worth fifty cents on the dollar in place of our greenbacks. Then our load of bread for five cents here was twenty-five cents there and my month worth only fifty cents on the dollar and then divided with my mate, my money did not go far. In the language of our Saviour, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
While on starvation, the Lord was near unto me. I was very happy when I returned home. I called in my family and we knelt down and had a prayer. I wanted to fulfill my promise I made to the Lord. I never thought of preaching but built churches, taught Sabbath schools and every other good thing. I was happy in quoting the Scriptures and many citations I did not know was Scripture but would hunt them up. The Lord has been wonderfully good to me all through life.
I am trying to live as long as I can but ready to go at any time.
In the year of 1887 W. S. Wells started the State Bank. I took some stock in it; was vice president up to the time when J.L. Bennett left us; then made president and am still president. But must say I had promised to do all I could for the Lord. I went to work to build a church for the M.E. C. South while a Presbyterian. Neighbors could not understand this as we only had three members of that church. But we built the church and Brother Dockery, father of A.M. Dockery, came to dedicate the church and asked for the name. Several spoke out "Bedford Chapel". This was caused by W.F. Ford (Uncle Frank, as he is called) who was plastering and I was carrying the hod waiting on him. "Frank, help me name this church". He answered, "I have it named already".
"What is it?"
"Bedford Chapel". "Hush" said I, "before I hit you" "No foolishness now".
He said,"Lay down your hod and quit and this house will not be finished" I submitted to him. I have done but little preaching but been happy trying. I want to keep my promise and do what I can.
(Electronicaly transcribed and contributed by Mark Jones)


Charles Bennett. Long life and prosperity have been given to Charles Bennett, of Andrew County, who has already passed the seventy-fifth milestone of life's journey, and while on the way has accumulated more than an average share of this world's goods, represented in substantial lands and farm improvements in section 15 of Platte Township. His home has been in this one locality since 1867. He is the third of thirteen children born in Quebec whose parents were Andrew and Ann (Abbott) Bennett. All the children grew to maturity, and two of the sons and two of the daughters are now deceased. The parents were natives of County Cork, Ireland, his father born in 1797 and his mother in 1817. They were married in Canada in 1833, Andrew Bennett having emigrated to America at the age of thirty-four. His death occurred in 1865, having for many years followed farming both in the old country and in Canada. In 1867 the widowed mother with her children removed to Andrew County, Missouri, and some years later she removed to Gentry County, and died at Stanberry at the home of her youngest daughter June 4, 1911, at advanced years.
Charles Bennett grew up on a Canadian farm, and as his parents were poor and burdened with the responsibilities of a large household, his educational advantages were somewhat neglected, and during his active manhood he has acquired most of his learning by close and attentive reading and observation. For several years after coming to Andrew County he and his brother Andrew worked together and engaged in farming on a partnership basis.
Mr. Bennett now owns a well improved farm of 250 acres in Platte Township, but at one time his possessions amounted to 500 acres, part of which he distributed among his children. On October 1, 1912, he suffered a heavy loss by fire which destroyed a fine barn 168 by 42 feet, with a hundred tons of hay and all the farming implements. He carried $1,500 insurance, but the total loss was more than six thousand dollars. Mr. Bennett is an. interesting talker, a man of broad views gained by practical acquaintance with the world and with men, and' possesses a philosophic turn of mind. As a result of an accident and advancing years he has almost lost his eyesight, and now has to see the printed page through the eyes of other members of the household.
In 1881 Mr. Bennett married Mrs. Susanna H. (Nugent) McComb. She brought him one son by a former marriage, Thomas Leroy McComb, who is now in the grocery business in Kansas City.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have four children of their own: Andrew, a farmer in Gentry County, who married Flora Ingles and has three children; Anna, who is the wife of Frank Troupe of DeKalb County, and has four children; Joseph Emerson, who married Ada Van Natta and has two sons; and Winnie, living at home.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs.1889-1890; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Joseph L. BennettHonorable Joseph L. Bennett. In 1856 there arrived at Savannah, Missouri, one who was destined to take an important part in the development and upbuilding of Andrew County. There was nothing in his appearance, however, to justify the belief that such was the case, for he had just completed a long and arduous journey from Louisville, Kentucky, having traveled from that city to St. Louis, Missouri, then on to Weston by boat, and because of the shallowness of the river had been compelled to complete his trip by stage. Moreover, he was practically at the end of his resources, his cash capital being in the neighborhood of twenty-five dollars. This was the modest and unassuming advent of Judge Joseph L. of his community's most substantial men, a successful agriculturist, a capable financier and business man, and a citizen who has been repeatedly called upon to represent his fellow men in public positions of trust.
Judge Joseph L. Bennett was born in Spencer County, about twenty five miles south of the City of Louisville, Kentucky, February 29, 1836, and is a son of Joseph H. and Susan W. (Overton) Bennett, and a grandson of John and Charlotte (Drake) Bennett, members of a family which originated in New Jersey. Joseph H. Bennett was born in the Jersey Blue State, February 24, 1799, and as a young man went to Kentucky, where he was married August 29, 1821, to Miss Susan W. Overton, who was born in Kentucky, October 8, 1798. Mr. Bennett was a carpenter and cabinetmaker, and in addition owned a small farm in Spencer County, which he cultivated for a number of years. He was an industrious, capable and persevering man, and through a life of earnest endeavor accumulated a competence. He was also a man of some importance in public affairs, and for thirty years served in the capacity of assessor of his county. He was a democrat in his political affiliations, and both he and his wife were members of the Baptist Church. The father died at Louisville, Kentucky, November 22, 1888, while the mother passed away at Spencer, that state, October 22, 1872. They were the parents of twelve children, as follows: John E., born in 1822, when sixteen years of age went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, there taught school for some years while reading law, was admitted to the bar and engaged in practice until his death in 1849; Fannie C., born November 20, 1823, married Gideon G. Jewell, who is now deceased; Sarah Ann, born April 13, 1825, died August 15, 1847; Joseph D., who died in infancy, October 1, 1826; Samuel C., born September 6, 1828, who died December 18, 1875; Susan M., born August 18,1829, married James Tansill, and is now a widow and resides in Chicago; Charlotte A., born January 27, 1831, died July 28, 1847; Julia A., born May 12, 1833, died October 2, 1857; Judge Joseph L., of this review; Nancy J., born July 14, 1839, married James H. Bennett, deceased, and is now a resident of Savannah; James H., born November 24, 1841; and Bernard, born January 24, 1844.
Joseph L. Bennett received his early education in the public schools of his native place, was reared to young manhood on the home farm, and as a youth carefully saved his earnings that he might secure a start for himself in some new and undeveloped region where land was cheap. Accordingly, in 1856, he left the parental roof and journeyed to St. Louis, as before related, where he boarded the boat and paid his fare as far as St. Joseph. The river was found to be too low for navigation, however, and the steamship company sent its passengers on to their destination by way of stage coach, and it was thus that Mr. Bennett came to his new home. From that time to the present, with the exception of one year, 1857, in Kansas, he has been a resident of Andrew County, and this has been the scene of his labors and of his success.
From the time that he secured his first tract of land farming and stockraising have continued to be his chief occupations, and for several years he devoted his attention to the raising of Short Horn cattle, in addition to which he was for eighteen years hog buyer for a large St. Joseph packing company, although he resided during this time on his farm adjoining the City of Savannah. He was for many years a partner with his brother-in-law, S. R. Selecman, in farming on Selecman Heights, Savannah, but Mr. Bennett disposed of twenty-one acres of his interests in 1897 in this Addition, a residence district of Savannah which he platted himself. In the line of finance Mr. Bennett was the original organizer of the State Bank of Savannah, in 1887, and was its president for a number of years. In various ways he has assisted in the development and growth of his community, and as a citizen he is known to be progressive and public spirited. A lifelong democrat, in 1887 and 1888 he served very capably in the capacity of collector of revenue of Andrew County, and in 1881 was appointed county judge to fill a vacancy and served ably for two years. Judge Bennett, however, is primarily a business man, and while he has always shown fidelity in discharging the duties of citizenship, he has not been a seeker for public favors.
Judge Bennett was married August 1, 1857, to Miss Martha S. Selecman, who was born in Kentucky, February 8, 1841, and came to this county with her parents, Henry and Mary Selectman, in 1844. She died March 15, 1894, without issue. Judge Bennett has reared and educated three children of his relatives, and now has three more under his charge who are being trained to man and womanhood under his wise direction and being given the advantages of superior mental training. Judge Bennett was married the second time, October 9, 1895, to Miss Elizabeth E. Gore, a native of Andrew County, and a daughter of Green L. and Emeline Gore, both of whom are deceased.
Mr. Bennett was converted, in 1854, in Spencer County, Kentucky, and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Savannah, which was organized in 1902. And of this church Mrs. Bennett is also a member. Mr. Bennett is one of the trustees of the church, and he and other trustees selected and paid for the present site. In this connection it is with pleasure that we state: "Mr. Bennett has been one of the most liberal contributors to the Baptist Society."

[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs.1472-1474; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]

J. E. Boatright. One of the oldest homesteads in Nodaway Township of Andrew County is the Boatright farm, in section 36, which has been under cultivation and improvement for more than half a century, and its present proprietor, J. E. Boatright, was born there more than half a century ago. He is a farmer and stock raiser, a thorough business man, and among other good things that come into his life is the head of a happy home and the father of a large family of children.
J. E. Boatright was born on his present farm September 10, 1863, a son of Joseph and Sarah (Davidson) Boatright. His father, who was a native of Gentry County, Missouri, enlisted in the Confederate army at the beginning of the war and was killed in service. This son is the only child. The mother was born in Tennessee, was brought to Andrew County by her parents when she was a child, and lived on the old farm until her death in December, 1900, at the age of sixty-three.
J. E. Boatright grew up on the homestead farm, gained his education in the country schools, and has been a practical farmer and manager of the resources of the soil since boyhood. His farm comprises 150 acres of good land in Nodaway Township, and in 1911 he improved it with a handsome modern home of ten rooms. He also rents another farm, and the chief feature of his business is the raising of cattle and hogs.
Politically Mr. Boatright is a democrat and is a member of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church. His fraternal affiliations are with the Modern Brotherhood of America and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On October 24, 1890, he married Eunice Jane Deming. Mrs. Boatright was born in Andrew County October 21, 1871, a daughter of William W. and Isyphenia (Files) Deming, her father a native of Vermont and her mother of Andrew County. Her parents were married in 1870, and the father died in March, 1894, while the mother is still living in this county. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Boatright are: Ernest, who died at the age of one year; Elmer, a farmer in Nodaway Township; Glenna; Floyd; Marie; Harold; Arthur; Mildred, who died at the age of three months; Margaret; and Marjorie, who died when one year of age.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pg.1901; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Hon. Charles F. Booher. When the Fourth Missouri District reelected Charles F. Booher to Congress in November, 1914, it insured the retention in the House of Representatives of a faithful and able public servant, a man who has already spent eight years in Congress, and whose long career as a lawyer in Northwest Missouri and whose ripe experience and judgment insure the wisdom of his choice as a popular representative.
Charles F. Booher was born at East Groveland, Livingston County, New York, January 31,1847, a son of Henry and Catherine (Updegraff) Booher. His father was a native of Switzerland and his mother of Germany, and both were brought to America in early childhood by their respective parents. They were reared in New York State and married in Livingston County, where they spent the rest of their lives on a farm. The mother died in 1859 at the age of forty-four, and the father in 1886, aged seventy-four. Congressman Booher's father was a great reader, and was well posted in political history. Throughout his career he voted with the democratic party. Both parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They reared ten sons and one daughter, and three of the sons and the daughter are now deceased. The sons, Henry, Samuel and James, were all soldiers in a New York regiment during the Civil war, and Sam was killed at Blackwater River, Virginia, and is buried in the National Cemetery at Hampton. James died several years after the war as a result of wounds. The son Henry now lives at Ceneseo, New York.
Charles F. Booher was reared on a farm in Livingston County, New York, and lived in that vicinity until 1870, when he came west and located in Andrew County. Here he taught school, worked on a farm, studied law and was admitted to the bar at Savannah in 1871. Altogether he taught school for about seven years. Mr. Booher practiced alone until 1888, and in that year formed a partnership with I. R. Williams, a firm that is now one of the oldest in the Andrew County Bar, and Booher & Williams have since controlled a large amount of the best legal practice in the Savannah courts. Since Mr. Booher's election to Congress his son Lloyd has been the active member of the firm, though its title still remains Booher & Williams.
Mr. Booher has always affiliated with the democratic party, and in his earlier public career served as prosecuting attorney of Andrew County.
His recent election in 1914 qualifying him for his fifth successive term. Mr. Booher is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
In 1877 he married Sallie D. Shanks of Rochester, Missouri. To their marriage have been born four children: Lloyd W., a young attorney and partner of his father; Prince L., who is his father's private secretary at Washington; Nellie, at home; and Helen W., wife of G. E. Hines of Kansas City, Missouri.
Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs. 1726-1726; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Lloyd W. Booher. The son of Congressman Charles F. Booher, Lloyd W. Booher, took his father's place in the old established and prominent law firm of Booher & Williams in 1909, and has been one of the active lawyers of Andrew County for the past fifteen years. As his father began practice at Savannah in 1871, the name has been continuously identified with the law and with public affairs in this city over forty years, and is one of the most prominent and best known in Northwest Missouri.
Charles F. Booher, who has represented the Fourth Missouri District in Congress since the Sixtieth Congress, was born at East Groveland, New York, January 21, 1848, a son of Henry and Catherine Booher. The family came out to Northwest Missouri many years ago, and Charles F. Booher was educated in district schools and in 1871 was admitted to the bar and at once began practice at Savannah. In 1887 he formed a partnership with Isaac R. Williams, and the firm of Booher & Williams has been continuously in practice at Savannah since that time. Mr. Booher's career as a lawyer has been marked by numerous political distinctions. He served six years in the office of prosecuting attorney, was democratic presidential elector in 1880, for six years held the office of mayor of Savannah, and in 1906 was elected to represent the Fourth District in Congress. He took his seat in 1907, and is now concluding his fourth term. Congressman Booher was married at Rochester, Missouri, January 11, 1877, to Sallie D. Shanks.
Lloyd W. Booher was born at Savannah, November 12, 1877, and this city has been his home all his life. He was graduated from the high school in 1895, entered the University of Missouri in the same year, and after one year in the Academic Department took up the study of law and was graduated LL. B. in the class of 1898. Admitted to the bar in the same fall, on reaching his majority, he began active practice, and in 1909 became a member of the firm of Booher & Williams. Mr. Booher had the distinction in 1900 of being the only democrat elected to a county office in Andrew County. He was elected prosecuting attorney and served one term. Mr. Booher was a member of the Beta Theta Pi college fraternity during his university career, and is affiliated with the Masonic lodge at Savannah, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at St. Joseph, the Knights of Pythias at Rochester, and is a member of the St. Joseph Country Club. On January 15, 1902, he married Josephine E. Hurley, who was born in Andrew County. Her father, O. J. Hurley, was for a number of year’s editor of the Savannah Democrat.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pgs. 1643-1644; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Hon. Peter C. Breit. To the professional success which has attended the practice of Peter C. Breit as a lawyer at Savannah for twenty years, have come also the honors and distinctions of public office, and his record throughout has been one of faithful devotion to the interests of his clients and competent discharge of the duties of citizenship.
Peter C. Breit is a native of Andrew County, born on a farm April 26, 1866, and his family on both sides have been identified with this section of Northwest Missouri since pioneer times. His parents were Christian and Margaret (Jenkins) Breit. His father, a native of Switzerland, was brought to America when a child, located in Ohio in 1842, and not long after moved out to Northwest Missouri, grew up and became a farmer in Andrew County, and spent the rest of his life actively engaged in that location. He died in Andrew County in 1875 at the age of fifty-seven. The mother was born in Tennessee, and her family came from Kentucky to Missouri during the early '40s. She died in 1887 at the age of sixty-one. There were four sons and four daughters in the family, and the Savannah lawyer is next to the youngest.
His boyhood and youth were spent on a farm, with a country school education, and for the most part he had to work out his own destiny, ambition and self-reliance having been the actuating principles in his successful career. He attended a business college at Savannah, took up the study of law on his own account, and later spent one year in the law department of the University of Missouri, graduating in 1894 LL. B. Admitted to the bar in the same year, he began practice at Savannah, and in the past twenty years has been connected with much of the important litigation tried in the local courts. Mr. Breit's offices are in the First National Bank Building.
As a republican, he has long been active in local affairs. In 1890, four years before his admission to the bar, he was elected county assessor, and held that office two years. In 1894 Mr. Breit was elected a member of the Legislature and was returned to the office in 1896. On November 3, 1914, he was elected probate judge of Andrew County.
Mr. Breit is affiliated with the Masonic Order and the Knights of Pythias. In April, 1906, he married Miss Mary E. Doersam, who was born in Andrew County, a daughter of Adam Doersam.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Capt. William Henry Bulla. The late Capt. William Henry Bulla was one of Andrew County's distinguished citizens from the time of his arrival here in 1867, until his death, which occurred October 9, 1902. As a soldier of the Union, he earned promotion by his fearless exploits upon the field of battle during the Civil war; in the pursuits of agriculture he subsequently showed himself a man of industry and energy, and as a private citizen and public legislator he gave to his community his best energies. A work of this nature would be decidedly incomplete did it not contain the records of such representative men.
Capt. William Henry Bulla was born at Richmond, Indiana, October 29, 1836, and was a son of David H. and Sarah (Cox) Bulla. His grandfather was William Bulla, a native of North Carolina, who came of French-German lineage. David H. Bulla was born at Richmond, Indiana, January 14, 1812, and in early life followed farming, but subsequently became a wholesale dealer in tobacco, having an establishment at the corner of Seventh and Main streets. Louisville, Kentucky. He William Henry, of this review; and David, born July 28, 1838, died February 1, 1839.
William Henry Bulla was given a public school education and grew up amid rural surroundings, continuing to farm in the vicinity of Richmond, Indiana, until reaching the age of fifteen years. At that time, with an uncle, he immigrated to Iowa, where he was engaged in farming, and in the spring of 1857 went to Kansas and entered 160 acres of land on the Neosho River, in the vicinity of Emporia. While there he assisted in surveying the City of Emporia, carrying the chain. After a short experience as a farmer in that vicinity, he entered the employ of the Santa Fe Mail, but in the spring of 1859 resigned his position to join a great immigrant train the destination of which was the famed gold fields of Cripple Creek and Pike's Peak, Colorado, and there continued with more or less success in mining and prospecting.
The outbreak of the Civil war drew Captain Bulla to Omaha, Nebraska, and thence to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he joined a cavalry organization known as the "Stewart Horse." Shortly thereafter this regiment disbanded, and Captain Bulla enlisted in Company F, Second Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, November 9, 1861, as a private. His subsequent service was one of constant activity. He participated in the great battle of Shiloh, was wounded at Corinth, May 9, 1862, fought at Iuka, Second Corinth, Siege of Vicksburg, Raymond, Champion Hill, Jackson, Stone River and Tupelo, and at the sanguine engagement at Franklin, declared by many authorities to have been the bloodiest of all the great conflict, was again wounded and was captured by the enemy, November 30, 1864. Captain Bulla experienced the horrors of Andersonville Prison, for he was confined in that stockade until April 14, 1865, when he was released, sent to St. Louis, via Vicksburg, and there mustered out of the service, May 15, 1865. In the meantime he had won repeated promotion, and was serving as second lieutenant at the time of his capture by the Confederates, and while held prisoner by them his captain's commission was granted him, but this did not reach him until he had reached home, although he had been receiving a captain's pay for some time. His entire record was one of the greatest bravery and faithful performance of duty, and in after years those who had fought side by side with him through the war related many tales of his prowess in action.
Captain Bulla returned to his native place after the close of his military service, but in 1866 went to Omaha, Nebraska, where he fitted out a wagon train with general merchandise and made a trip to Virginia City. With a number of others he then constructed a fleet of seventeen flatboats at the foot of Yellowstone Falls, this being freighted with passengers and taken to Sioux City, Iowa. Captain Bulla located on his farm on Empire Prairie, Andrew County, Missouri, in the spring of 1867, and there began a career in agriculture which only terminated with his death. His original purchase was 180 acres of land, on which he carried on operations of a general farming nature, and to this he subsequently added eighty acres, his widow still being the owner of the entire tract. Since her husband's death, however, she has resided in her handsome home at Savannah. As an agriculturist, Captain Bulla did much to popularize the use of progressive and modern methods. While he realized the value and practicability of time-proved methods, he was ever ready to experiment with innovations and inventions, and when his judgment told him they were serviceable, he did much to advance their interests. His business associates knew him as a man to be relied upon implicitly, and no blemish mars his record in commercial circles. A lifelong republican, he held various minor offices within the gift of the people, and was sent twice to the Legislature of the state from Andrew County, being also a member of the special session called at the time of the burning of the State University. His labors as an official in behalf of his community and his constituents were at all times conscientious and commendable. Fraternally, Captain Bulla was connected with the Masons, and until his death he held membership and took a lively interest in the Grand Army of the Republic and the Andersonville Veterans Association.
Captain Bulla was married January 11, 1870, to Miss Irene Thompson, who came to Andrew County, Missouri, from Blair County, Pennsylvania, in 1859, her father, Michael Thompson, having come here three years previously to prepare a home for his family. She had been given a country school education, and as a young woman taught school at Narrows, Nodaway County, Missouri. She was still a young girl when the Civil war broke out, but rendered her country invaluable service in carrying messages of importance for the Government, but finally her activities were discovered, and her life was so threatened that her parents forbade her continuing this work. She has been very prominent and active in the work of the Women's Relief Corps, at King City, and for three years has served as senior vice president thereof. Various other social activities have attracted her attention, she being treasurer of the Women's Missionary Society and past matron of the Eastern Star, at Whitesville, and for years she has been a generous and helpful factor in the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bulla: Julian, born December 11, 1870, residing on a farm in Gentry County, Missouri, married Sarah Hensen, of King City, and has four children—Louise, Maude, Glenn and Clyde; and William H., born May 6, 1872, residing on the home farm in Andrew County, married Clara C. Peters, and has two children—Alice Virginia and William Henry.
[Source: A history of northwest Missouri, Volume 3; Edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1915; Pg. 1656-1658; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]

REV. CHRISTOPHER LILLARD BUTTS

1844-1889

 

Religious Activity in Missouri  1870-1889

Rev. R. M. Rhoades

 

            The ancestors of Elder C. L. Butts were of English origin.  His great-grandfathers, Butts and Lillard, came from England previous to the Revolutionary War.  The one family, Butts, settled in Virginia; the other, Lillard, in Maryland.  Both families took an active part in favor of the Colonies in that war.  From these two families that first came across the ocean have sprung, as far as is known, all the Butts and Lillards scattered over this country.  Their descendants are to be found in almost every state of the Union.

            The grand-father of the subject of this sketch, Mr. Samuel Butts, emigrated with his family, in 1810, from Virginia to Kentucky, the father, William Hamilton Butts, being at that time five years old. The family settled on Salt River, in Anderson County.  In the same community was a descendant of the Lillards, having come from Maryland.  The two families became united by the marriage of Mr. Wm. H. Butts and Miss Frances A. Lillard in March, 1829.

            After eight years sojourn in Kentucky, Mr. and Mrs. Butts came to Missouri in 1837, and located first in Ray County.  Two years after they removed to Caldwell County.  Here  the subject of this sketch was born, February 2, 1844.  In the spring following his birth, the family moved to Andrew County and settled on a farm near Filmore.

            Here “C. L.,” as he was familiarly called in after years, grew up to manhood.  His parents were both Baptists, and had brought their membership with them from Kentucky, and had united with a Baptist Church some five miles distant.  Religious opportunities, however, except in the home, were not very good.  Preaching services were held only “once a month.”  There were no Sabbath Schools and no prayer meetings, except at the family altar.  The social amusement of the community was the dance, of which young Butts was very fond.  Under such influences it was not to be wondered that he led a kind of dual life, influenced in part by parental control and in part by the social influences surrounding him.

            His opportunities, in this early period of his life, for an education were limited.  He had only the common school of that day, which last but a few months in the year, and was not of a very high order as an educational institution.  Yet, under the control of his parents, and using judiciously such opportunities as they could afford and he could obtain, he received a fair English education, sufficient to enable him to teach at the early age of seventeen, having taught in Holt, the adjoining county, in the spring and summer of 1861.

            Elder Isaiah T. Williams, brother of the noted and devoted Dr. A. P. Williams, was the Baptist preacher in the community where young Butts lived, and was pastor of a Baptist church at Nicholl’s Grove, Holt County.  In the winter of 1860 a protracted meeting was held with this church by the pastor, and many precious souls were converted.  Among the number was “C. L.,” after a severe conflict between his innate love of worldly pleasures and the influence of the Holy Spirit, in which the latter was victorious.  He immediately made a public profession of faith in Christ, was baptized, and united with the church at that place.

            The Civil War coming on, he, with his brothers, enlisted in the Confederate service for three months; was in the battle of “Blue Mills”; also at Lexington when Col. Mulligan surrendered to General Price.  His term of service having expired, he returned home; but, owing to the “troubles” in the community, in 1862 he left Missouri and went to Kentucky.  Here he remained, teaching, principally, until the close of the war.  During these years not much progress was made in the religious life or in religious work.

            At the close of the war he returned to Missouri, and proceeded on to Sidney, in Southwestern Iowa, where his parents were living, and engaged in business.  Here he entered into partnership with his father, in which he continued for a year or more.  During the time he became, by relation, a member of the Baptist Church at this place.  He immediately took an active part in church work, especially in the Sunday School.  In 1866 he is again in the school room teaching.  This year also, in March, he was united in marriage to Miss Wayne Dennis of Sidney, Iowa, a most estimable young lady, who proved a true and faithful companion and a helpmeet in reality.

            Even while in Kentucky, young Butts had premonitions of a call to preach the Gospel.  But by reason of his environments there, he easily resisted these convictions.  When, however, he returned to Iowa, and came under the influence of such men as his father, I. T. Williams, B. T. F. Lake and I. Seay, these convictions returned.  Accordingly, without his knowledge or assent, the church at Sidney, Iowa, licensed him, at its regular meeting in November, 1866, to exercise his gifts among them and elsewhere as the spirit should direct.  Feeling the necessity of a better education for the work to which he believed God had called him, the next year he settled all his temporal business in Iowa, and in September, 1867, entered Georgetown College, Kentucky.  He remained here one year.  The next year, 1868, he entered William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri.  Here also he continued one year.  Returning he located in Hamburg, Iowa, and in September, 1869, established a private graded school there.  This he continued successfully for two years, preaching at various places in Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri.

            In January, 1870, the church at Hamburg set him apart by ordination to the work of the Gospel ministry, elders M. F. and I. T. Williams favoring the council.

            He closed his school at Hamburg in 1871, and henceforth until his death devoted himself to preaching the Gospel, sometimes as an evangelist and sometimes as a pastor, in both of which he was eminently successful.  His field of labor was principally Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri.  In both of these territories Elder Butts’ name is a household word.  He was pastor at Pleasant Grove, McKissicks Grove, Shiloh, Lacy Grove, and other places in Iowa, and at Rock Port, Walkups’ Grove, New Liberty and other places in Northwest Missouri.  He held protracted meetings with all these churches while pastor.  But his labors were not confined to these.  Wherever there was destitution he would find time from his pastorates to preach the “unsearchable riches of Christ.”  In this way he was successful in establishing a number of churches, both in Iowa and in Missouri.

            In his work as a pastor his object was to build up the church, to strengthen it and to make it efficient in the work of the Lord.  In protracted meetings, his object was to win souls to Christ, and his preaching was adapted to this end.  Every sermon carried with it prominently the two great fundamental ideas of the Gospel, man a sinner and Christ a Savior. His themes were:  Salvation by grace; justification by faith; regeneration; repentance; faith; obedience to the requirements of God.

            Elder Butts died at Cameron, Missouri, August 4, 1889 and his remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Liberty, Missouri.  His wife, Mrs. Wayne Butts, died at Craig, Missouri, and at her request was buried by the side of her husband in Liberty.

            To Elder and Mrs. Butts four children were born, two daughters and two sons.  The eldest, a daughter, Mrs. Ada Butts Smith, was born June 29, 1867, and is now a resident of Craig, Missouri.  The second, a daughter, Mrs. Mollie B. Rippe, was born June 25, 1870; died at Craig, Missouri, February 1, 1898, and was buried in the New Liberty Cemetery, five miles east of Craig.  The third, a son, William, was born June 10, 1875; and the last, a son, Neal, was born June 13, 1879; both of whom are now residents of St. Louis, Missouri.

(Source: Missouri Baptist Biography A Series of Life-Sketches Indicating the Growth and Prosperity of the Baptist Churches As Represented in the Lives and Labors of Eminent Men and Women in Missouri Prepared at the Request of the Missouri Baptist Historical Society by J. C. Maple A.M., D.D. and R. P. Rider, A.M. Volume III; Published for The Missouri Baptist Historical Society, Liberty, Missouri by Schooley Stationery and Printing Co, Kansas City, Missouri (1918) transcribed by Mary Saggio)


 

 

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