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JAMES C. WASHBURN, farmer, section 27, was born in Clarke County, Indiana, September 25, 1822. His father, Isaac Markham, was born in Kentucky, and his mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Watson, was from Clarke County, Indiana. James learned the cooper’s trade in youth, at which he worked until he obtained some land of his own. In 1866 he came to this state and county. He was married to Miss Sarah Summers, January 4, 1852. She was the daughter of Elijah Summers, of Kentucky. They have eight children – Benjamin F., James A., Martin Albert, Martha A., George, Sarah Emma, Julia Ann and Dolly Ethel. Mr. W. is a hard-working man, and has a good and well improved farm of 240 acres. He also improved a farm in Indiana. He attended the Clarke County High School during his youth, and received a good education and taught school for several years. When not engaged in teaching, he worked at his trade. He is a Democrat in politics, and belongs to the Christian Church. He is one of the substantial men of the township, and knows well how to exercise good judgment. His advice is often sought for by his friends, who are well acquainted with his ability and candor. He has reared a large family of children, and has done much to give them a good common education. Benjamin F., his oldest son, lives at home, and is a young man of ability and high standing in the county. He is a leader in the Republican party, always attends the conventions and takes a deep interest in the political questions of the day.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

In business circles George L. Wilfley is widely known, and the safe, conservative business policy which he follows has gained him the public confidence in an unqualified degree and made the Maryville National Bank, of which he is the president, one of the leading institutions of the kind in this section of the state. He is a representative of one of the early families of Nodaway county. His father, Redmond Wilfley, was a native of Buchanan county, Missouri, born in 1825, and the grandfather was originally from the state of West Virginia. Having arrived at years of maturity, Redmond Wilfley married Maria Baker, a daughter of Charles Baker, one of the pioneers of Nodaway county and a sister of George S. Baker, a leading banker and very prominent and influential citizen of this state. Mr. Wilfley came to Nodaway county at a very early period in its development and was engaged in merchandising and in other business lines in this place, his labors contributing in a large measure to the commercial activity of the city. About the time of the close of the Civil war he removed to Kansas City, Missouri, where he was engaged in the manufacture of lumber for a time and later went to Pettis county, this state, passing the last years of an active and honorable life there. His wife died in 1894. In their family were the following named: Mrs. Walter Bales, of Sheridan, Wyoming; Mrs. Sarah Eaton, of Kansas City, Missouri; Charles B., also of that place; and George L., of this review.
George L. Wilfley spent the greater part of his boyhood and youth in Kansas City and acquired his education in the public schools there. He entered upon his business career as a clerk in a grocery store in. Sedalia, Missouri, and after three years' experience in that line became connected with the banking business in a clerical capacity in the Missouri Valley Bank, at Kansas City. His training there well fitted him for his later independent career as a banker. After he had spent three years in the Missouri Valley Bank he came to Maryville and secured a position in the employ of the firm of Baker, Saunders & Company, with whom he remained for four years. He then purchased an interest in the Bolckow Savings Bank, at Bolckow, Missouri, and was active in the management of that institution until 1887, when he returned to Maryville and became a partner in the banking business of Baker, Saunders & Company. 11 February, 1890, immediately after the death of Mr. Saunders, Mr. Wilfley organized the Maryville National Bank, which was capitalized at fifty thousand dollars. Its officers were George S. Baker, president; George L. Wilfley, cashier: and George S. Baker, J. S. Frank, E. D. Orear, John Lieber and Patrick McNellis, as members of the board of directors. In 1896 Mr. Baker retired from the presidency of the bank and Mr. Wilfley became his successor, with Elmer Fraser as the cashier. The board of directors now comprises VV. R. Wells, A. M. Howendobler, Patrick McNellis, Elmer Fraser and George L. Wilfley. The bank's surplus is nineteen thousand dollars and the amount of its deposits are one hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars.
In 1881 Mr. Wilfley married Miss Jennie Saunders, a daughter of J. H. Saunders, a retired pioneer merchant of Maryville who came to this city when it was yet a part of Andrew county. The year of his arrival was 1844 and in 1845 ne opened one of the first stores in the village. With the exception of a few months spent in California during the gold excitement and a brief period in Atchison county, Missouri, he was constantly in business here until 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Wilfley have four children— Clifford R., Ray S., Marjorie and Geneva. In the conduct of his business enterprise Mr. Wilfley has ever displayed marked ability and executive power. Although he entered business life in a humble clerical capacity he is to-day one of the foremost representatives of financial interests in Nodaway county, and throughout his career has sustained an unassailable reputation for commendable business methods and integrity.
Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack

Hervey H. WillsieHON. HERVEY H. WILLSIE: The citizens of Atchison county, Missouri, have in the Hon. Hervey H. Willsie, familiarly known as '"Hub" Willsie, a representative in the state legislature to whom they may safely entrust their best interests, for Mr.Willsie, who is a prominent citizen of Tarkio, is not only a plain, common citizen, as all his ancestors have been before him, but has in every relation of life demonstrated that confidence may be reposed in him to the fullest extent.
Mr. Willsie's great-grandfathers were among the Knickerbockers in New York and he possesses the same sturdy, upright character that distinguished them. He was born at Burr Oak, Winneshiek county, Iowa, June 24, 1856, a son of William H. and Cynthia (Harden) Willsie. His father was born and reared near Lake Champlain, and his mother, who was born in Canada, came from an English family. They located early in Iowa, where Mr. Willsie was in business as a hardware merchant, at Oskaloosa, for a number of years. From Iowa the family removed to Missouri, in 1867, since which time Mr. Willsie has been a resident of the state. William H. and Cynthia (Harden) Willsie, who lived out their days in Missouri, had seven daughters and three sons, of whom nine are living. One of these, Mathilda Sage, lives in Davis, South Dakota. Mrs. Lou Beatty lives at Mishawaka, St. Joseph county, Indiana. Mrs. Helen Leggett lives at Rogers, Arkansas. McClelland Willsie is a well-known lawyer at Des Moines, Iowa. Lucinda Willsie lives at Evanston, Illinois. I. G. Willsie lives at Parker, South Dakota; and Mary is the wife of Ed F. Rankin, of Atchison county, Missouri. The father of these children, who died at the age of sixty-five years, became prominent as a farmer and stockman in Missouri and was known as a man of enterprise and integrity and was highly respected by all who knew him. During the latter part of his life he was a member of the Greenback party.
Hervey H. Willsie was brought up on the farm and taught that all good and necessary things may be won by hard work. His educational advantages were not great, but by reading and observation he became a well informed man. Political questions have commanded his attention since he was a mere youth. He came to Atchison county thirty-three years ago and has since that time been actively engaged in the pursuit of farming. He owns a line farm of four hundred acres, with ample buildings and plenty of good stock, and is one of the most progressive and successful farmers in the county and is associated in business enterprises with Ed F. Rankin. Politically he is a member of the Populist party, for the success of which he is a zealous and active worker and in the councils of which he is very influential. He was the judge of the north district in 1896-98, and no man ever occupied that position with more fairness or more ability. In 1900 he was elected, by a fusion of the Democrats and Populists, to represent Atchison county in the state legislature and those who know him best say that he will be a representative of the whole people and that every vote cast for him was cast in the interest of the common people of Atchison county. He is a splendid type of the stalwart farmer and a safe leader in all public affairs, with a happy faculty of making and retaining friends, and is abundantly able to discharge the important duties devolving upon him.
In October, 1884, Mr. Willsie married Miss Jennie Wishard, of Atchison county, a woman of much intelligence and education, who was born at Canton, Illinois, a daughter of Edward and Amanda (Smith) Wishard, now of Stanton, Stanton county, Nebraska, who was reared and educated at Bushnell, Illinois. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Since he grew to manhood he has had the welfare of Atchison county near his heart and has most devotedly done everything in his power to advance its most important interests. He regards the people of the county as his people and has never lost an opportunity to aid their progress and prosperity. He is a genial, whole-souled man who invites the approach of every one whom he can serve arid his integrity has been so many times tried and proven good that the trite saying ''his word is as good as his bond" applies to him as fully and as exactly as to any man in the world. His ability is such that he has been found adequate to all demands upon him, and should his fellow citizens call him to places of still higher responsibility those who know him best believe that he will fill them manfully and patriotically and with an eye single to the public weal.
Source:  A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: with numerous sketches ... By William Smith Bryan publ. 1876 Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack

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