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GEORGE W. EDWARDS, farmer and stock raiser, section 14, was among the first settlers on the prairie in this locality. He was born July 4, 1836, in the town of Scipio, Cayuga County, New York, and was the son of Eber and Mahala (Kilburn) Edwards, who were natives of New York State. George was the eldest in a family of five children. He was reared to manhood on a farm at his birthplace, receiving a common school education. He has always been quite handy with tools, but has given the principal part of his attention to agricultural pursuits through life. In 1861 he moved to Pennsylvania and remained there four years, thence to Rock County, Wisconsin, settling near Janesville. In the fall of 1870 he came to Missouri and located in Tarkio Township, Atchison County. He settled on his present farm in the fall of 1873 and now owns 160 acres, moderately improved. He has a fine orchard and an abundance of small fruit. He commenced life on his own account when fourteen years of age and worked eight years by the month, and has risen to his present position only by his own exertions. Mr. Edwards was married January 1, 1856, to Miss Hannah Johnson, a native of Yates County, New York, born April 2, 1836. She is a daughter of David H. and Nancy M. (Fish) Johnson. They have had six children, five of whom are living: Ella A., born October 14, 1856 (now Mrs. James Jackson, of this county); Clara M., born September 4, 1864; Maggie G., born April 10, 1868; Bertha L., born January 3, 1870, and Helen M., born February 3, 1875. Mrs. Edwards is a member of the M.E. Church.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

WILLIAM EICKHOLT,
farmer, section 31, was born in Putnam County, Ohio, December 28, 1848. His father, Barney Eickholt, was born in Germany, and his mother was formerly Elizabeth Neiman. William received a good education in Ohio. Barney Eickholt had a very valuable farm in Ohio, which was divided at his death, which occurred in 1876. His wife is now living with her son, in Nodaway County. William came to this county in 1869, and worked out and rented land for several years, until he bought the farm he now owns of H.H. Clayton, containing 140 acres. He has erected a good house and barn, and made many other valuable improvements. His farm is a good one, and he knows how to conduct it properly. Mr. Eickholt is a man calculated to lend his influence in supporting all good works. He married Miss Katie Frede in 1879. She is the daughter of Joseph B. Frede, Sr., of Watson. They have one child, a son, Joseph, born July 6, 1879. He is a Democrat in politics, and religiously a Catholic.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

JOHN J. EILERS, dealer in groceries, boots and shoes and gents’ furnishing goods, at Phelps City, was born in Starck Volt Aust Amich, Kingdom of Hanover, October 26th, 1845. He received a good education, and was reared a farmer. In 1865 he came to this country with his father and settled in Adams County, Illinois, removing to Atchison County, Missouri, in 1868. Here he went to work on a farm, and in 1874 he opened a small saloon in Phelps City, commencing with very little means. For seven years he continued the business and made a good start. He then rented out his saloon and fixtures and opened an excellent family grocery, with a good assortment of boots and shoes. He has a well-stocked establishment and is doing a thriving trade. He is well informed in business matters and accommodating to his customers, and being possessed of a good judgment, is ably fitted for the different positions of trust and responsibility to which he is called to fill. Mr. Eilers married Miss Sarah F. May, daughter of Wiley May, Esq., of Benton Township, February 13, 1870. They have one child living: Leoly Maud, born October 25, 1875. Three died in infancy. He is a Free Mason, a Republican in politics and religiously a Lutheran. Mrs. E. is a member of the Christian Church.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

ANDREW ELLIS,
carpenter and contractor, was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, on the 31st of May, 1838. His father, J.S. Ellis, was born in Becket, Massachusetts, and his mother, Rebecca (McArthur) Ellis, was a native of Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Andrew passed his youth on the farm, and after receiving a preparatory education in the common schools, he attended the college at Meadsville, Pennsylvania. At the age of fifteen years he commenced to learn the carpenter’s trade in Ashtabula County, Ohio, and has followed it through life. He has worked at various places: Cincinnati, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Chicago, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dubuque, Burlington and Des Moines, Iowa. He remained at Des Moines some two years, and while there remodeled Governor Merrill’s residence, one of the finest in the city. He was also engaged in business at that place. Mr. E. is the discoverer and sole proprietor of Ellis’ Pain Boss and Twin Flower, which relieves all pain. He did a large and flourishing business there, and then took a trip through the southwest, and finally located at Tarkio, in November, 1880, when the town was in its infancy. He owns considerable town property, about eight residence houses. He understands his trade thoroughly, has had a large experience in all its branches, and is one of the best workmen in Northwest Missouri. During the war he espoused the Union cause. He enlisted in Company C, Sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, and took part in many of the hardest fought battles, among which was that of Shiloh. He was disabled and sent home, and was helpless for a long time, and still suffers from the effects of his wound. Mr. Ellis was married May 29, 1863, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Miss Rachel A. Dimmick, a daughter of Hezekiah and Polly H. Dimmick. She is a native of Hendricks County, Indiana. They have two children: Perry, born October 24, 1866, and Kitty, born September 13, 1869.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

CHARLES A. ELLIS, M. D.; The profession of medicine in its practice in flourishing country towns, is not usually unpleasant or unprofitable. The successful practitioner in such environments has ample opportunity to know his patients and their families thoroughly and to inform himself as to previous diseases, even pre-natal influences which have affected the health of any patient. In the case of Dr. Charles A. Ellis, the physician has the still further advantage of having grown up among his patrons, and of adding to his knowledge of therapeutics a thorough knowledge of drugs and medicines acquired by many years' experience in the drug trade.
Charles A. Ellis, M. D., of Maryville, a representative of one of the early families of Nodaway county, was born in Maryville, August 4, 1862. He is a son of Leander T. Ellis, a pioneer teacher, politician and local preacher, who died in Maryville in 1869. That citizen so prominent in his day was born in North Carolina in 1797, and was reared and married in Kentucky. He came into Missouri and settled upon the Platte Purchase when a young man and was one of the conspicuous characters of Nodaway county from 1848, the date of his arrival, to the date of his death. When not holding some public office he was engaged in teaching. He held the office of school commissioner, which corresponded to the present office of county superintendent of schools, and was the judge of the county court. He was a man of much religious zeal and enthusiasm, preaching and exhorting and doing other labor for the advancement of the cause of Christianity, for many years, and without charge. His first wife was a Miss Humber and those of their children who grew to manhood and womanhood are: Dr. T. C. Ellis, of Barnard, Missouri; Mary A., who married James A. Key and lives in Nodaway county; Amanda, who became Mrs. Dittemore and lives in California; Lizzie, now Mrs. Henderson, living in California; Hannah, the wife of John Grant, of Lexington, Missouri; L. G., of California; N. D., living in southern Missouri; William C., of California; Patia, Mrs. Blackman, of Oklahoma; Sarah J., who lives in California, and is the wife of John Ferguson; and the late Albert T. Ellis, of Maryville. His second wife was Mrs. Elizabeth (Carr) Cross, whose acquaintance he made and whom he married in Nodaway county. They had three children: Alexander C., deceased; Dr. Charles A.; and Alvah C, of Leadville, Colorado. Mrs. Elizabeth Ellis was the widow of Asa Cross and three of her children by her first marriage lived to maturity. Almira married E. L. Cook and died in Idaho; Aldello was a soldier in the Union army in the Civil war and died not long after the close of the war as the result of disabilities contracted in the service; Diedrick was accidentally killed in Nodaway county.
Dr. Charles A. Ellis, the immediate subject of this sketch, was educated in the city of Maryville. His first entrance to business was as a clerk for his brother in the drug trade. He remained with that once prominent concern for fifteen years, and, while so connected, was elected the mayor of Maryville and was, perhaps, the most youthful chief executive the city ever had. While he was a Democratic candidate, the young Republicans flocked to his aid to such an extent as to make him mayor of a Republican city. He made a canvass for nomination as county recorder and was defeated only in a close contest. The strength he showed in that campaign made him the leading candidate for nomination at the next convention and four years later, in 1894, he was' nominated,, but that year was an off year for the Missouri Democracy, the state went Republican for
the first time in its history, and Doctor Ellis suffered defeat with the other nominees on his ticket. Dr. Ellis is a Mason and a member of both orders of Woodmen and of Lincoln Legion of Honor, of Maryville. He married, December 16, 1883, Miss Lulu M. Anderson, a daughter of E. M. Anderson, of Maryville. Dr. Ellis's career as a druggist and licensed pharmacist prepared the way for an early entry upon the practice of medicine, after his retirement from the drug business. He took the prescribed lecture course in the Kentucky school of medicine at Louisville, and was graduated at that institution June 29, 1898. Clinic and hospital work formed an important feature of his course and he received a diploma also from the Louisville City Hospital.
Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack

THOMAS J. EMMERT is a member of the firm of Emmert & Neal, dealers in general merchandise. This house was organized in November, 1880, and is composed of T.J. Emmert and Albert F. Neal. They have a large and complete stock, and do a good business. Mr. Emmert also owns an excellent furniture store, and conducts it in connection with his other business. Thomas J. Emmert was born in Washington County, Maryland, on the 21st of September, 1845. His parents, Samuel and Mary (Newcomer) Emmert, were natives of Maryland. Thomas grew to manhood at his birthplace, on a farm, receiving his education in the neighboring schools. In 1865 he engaged in the mercantile business at Funkstown, Maryland, remaining there one year, and then went to work for his father in his flour and paper mills. After remaining with him some two years he moved to Middleboro. Two years later he came west, in the spring of 1869, and settled in Corning, Missouri, where he was occupied in the mercantile business. Thence to Center Point, in the spring of 1878, embarking in the mercantile business at that point. In November, 1880, he came to Tarkio and took in Mr. Neal as a partner. Mr. Emmert is pleasant in his manners, and is a good salesman. He is a member if good standing of the Masonic fraternity. Politically he is a staunch Republican. He was married on the 17th of September, 1872, to Miss Eliza R. Betebever, a native of Ogle County, Illinois, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Betebever. By this union they have had three children, two of whom are now living: Lee Z., born September 16, 1873, and Mabel Maud, born November 30, 1881. Himself and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

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