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THOMAS S. CARTER; Thomas S. Carter, editor and proprietor of the Sturgeon Leader, was born in Monroe County, East Tennessee, November 14, 1843. He is the son of Lewis and Elizabeth (nee Parker) Carter. The elder Carter was a Methodist minister. The subject of this sketch came to Missouri in 1860, and settled in Hickory County. Went south at the breaking out of the war. Came to North Missouri in 1864 and engaged in farming until 1870, when he removed to Sturgeon where he was engaged as marshal of the town for two terms. He was also a member of the board of education. In 1874, he was appointed clerk of the court of common pleas, which position he has held continuously ever since. He has represented the Democratic Party several times in State conventions, and was one of the delegates to the Cincinnati presidential convention in 1880. Served one session as docket clerk of the Thirtieth General Assembly. He was secretary of the Missouri Press Association for three years. He was married December 6, 1876, to Miss Melissa, daughter of John and Nancy Baker, a native of Boone County. They have four children living: Lora E., Maud M., Pearl and Boone. Mrs. Carter is a member of the Methodist Church South. Mr. Carter was educated at Hiwassee College, Tennessee. He is of Welsh descent on his father's side. His mother was a native of Tennessee. He landed in Sturgeon without a dollar, and has by his own individual exertions and energy accumulated a competence as well as an influential position in the community where he resides.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}


CHARLES, Joseph William, physician, born, Boonville, Mo., Feb. 9, 1868; son of Benjamin H. and Achsah S. (Holmes) Charles; graduate from Westminster College, A.B., 1887, A.M., 1890; Medical Department of Washington University, M.D., 1891; married, St. Louis, 1902, Laura M. Foster. Engaged in general practice in St. Louis since 1891; clinical professor Medical Department, Washington University. Member American Ophthalmological Society, St. Louis Medical Society. Presbyterian. Clubs: University, Bellerive, City, Contemporary. Office: 505-511 Humboldt Bldg. Residence: 3739 McPherson Ave.
(Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)


JAMES WILLIAM CONLEY. James William Conley was born in Cedar Township, Boone County, Missouri, March 18, 1848. He is the son of Benjamin Conley, a pioneer settler and one of the largest land holders in the county. His mother was a native of Kentucky. He is the youngest of a family of five sons and five daughters, of whom three of each sex are living, all in Boone county. He lived on the farm upon which he was born until the fall of 1875, when he removed to the place upon which he now resides. His farm consists of 800 acres of excellent land finely improved. It is situated three and one-half miles northeast of Ashland and fifteen miles southeast of Columbia. He is largely engaged in stock raising and has some very fine thoroughbred cattle. He was married in St. Louis, April 29, 1878, to Miss Abbie S. Terry, daughter of Thomas J. Terry, of the firm of Terry, Hodson & Co. Has had one son and one daughter. The son, alone, is living.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


SAMUEL F. CROSS; Samuel F. Cross was born in Nashville, Tennessee, October 11, 1834. From Nashville he went to Frankfort, Kentucky, and from there to Cincinnati, finally settling in Rush County, Indiana. Was married October 18, 1855, to Edith P , daughter of Philip and Ann Nicholas, of Indiana. Had three children by this marriage, all of whom are living. Their names are Benjamin F., Louis H., and Edwin P. The first wife dying in 1862, he was married the second time, December 11, 1863, to Susan F., daughter of Robert and Susan F. Adams. They had several children by this marriage, all of whom are living. Their names are Carrie B., Joel P., Mary E., Sarah, George W., Ellen W., and Fleming Rucker. Mrs. Cross died June 2d, 1880. Mr. Cross came to Sturgeon April 28th, 1857. His first business was carpentering. He afterwards engaged in the drug business, which he followed for about ten years. He was commissioned a notary public in 1864, and has held the office ever since. He is financier of the A. O. U. W., and secretary of the Masonic lodge. He was commissioned postmaster at Sturgeon, February 7th, 1862, but had charge of the office for a year previous, under John P. Horner, now of Columbia, Missouri. He held this office for seven years, retiring when the present postmaster was appointed. Was elected clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in 1864, and held the office for two years. He is a member of the M. E. Church South. He is also a member of the Good Templar, Masonic and United Workmen lodges. He has been marshal of the town and member of the board of education and city council. He is a Democrat in politics.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}


ISAAC S. CROSWHITE; Isaac S. Croswhite was born in Audrain County, four miles north of Sturgeon, December 12, 1844. He is the son of John R. and Rosa (Mosely) Croswhite, formerly of Clark County, Kentucky. The subject of this sketch was raised in Audrain County where he lived most of his life. He was brought up on the farm. Lived a few years in Carrollton, Missouri. Was married, July 6, 1869, to Miss Amanda Catherine, daughter of Barnabas Woods, who lived six miles south of Sturgeon. Have one child, living, Minnie L. Mr. Croswhite took no part in the late civil war. He is a member of the Old School Baptist Church. Is not a member of any secret order. He is a clever gentleman, highly esteemed by all who know him.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}


JOHN H. CROSWHITE; John H. Croswhite, son of James and Frances (Hughes) Croswhite, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, August 11th, 1824. He came to Boone County with his parents in the autumn of 1826, and settled five miles north of Columbia, where they remained for about fifteen years. In 1841 they removed to Audrain County, and settled two and a half miles north of Sturgeon. The elder Croswhite died on this farm. Mrs. Croswhite is still living, at the advanced age of eighty-six years. The subject of this sketch was raised on the farm, and has followed that occupation all his life, and with more than usual success. He also bought mules for the Southern market, making his annual drives for many years in succession. Was married December 31st, 1851, to Susan L., daughter of Joshua and Jane Lampton, of Boone County. Lived for two years near Hallsville; then moved to his present place of residence, one and a half miles north of Sturgeon. He went to California in 1864, where he staid several years. Was also for a while a resident of Carson City, Nevada. The Croswhite’s where originally from Albemarle County, Virginia, and are believed to be of Welsh descent. The subject of this sketch owns a nice farm of 220 acres, forty of which is in timber. Mrs. Croswhite belongs to the Methodist church «t Centralia. They have no children.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}


WILLIAM R. CROSWHITE.
William R. Croswhite was born in Audrain County, near Sturgeon, February 27, 1857. He is the son of Robert and Mary (nee Palmer) Croswhite. His father was born in Kentucky, but came to Audrain County in an early day and settled on the farm where he now resides. He is actively engaged in farming and stock raising. William R. was raised on the farm and educated at the common schools of the county. In 1881 he attended D. L. Musselman's Commercial College, Quincy, Illinois, graduating from that institution, August 25, 1881. Returning to Sturgeon, he was engaged as a salesman in the store of Rucker & Turner, which position he now holds. He is a polite, affable gentleman, highly esteemed by all who know him.
{Source:  History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882 by Western Historical Company; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.}


WILLIAM HENRY CURTRIGHT. The subject of this sketch is a son of Henry and Elizabeth Curtright, the former of whom was born, lived and died in Kentucky, while the mother was a native of Maryland, though reared in Kentucky. William was born on his father's farm in Bourbon county, Kentucky, July 2d, 1825. He was the third son and fifth child of a family of five boys and three girls, and was reared and educated in his native State. He came to this State and county in 1852, and located on the farm where Bonne Fern me church now stands, and has resided there ever since. Mr. Curtwright has been an extensive stock trader, and his operations in this particular have been in different parts of the land. He is still an importer and breeder of fine cattle. On October 2, 1857, he was married to Miss Catherine Jenkins, a native of Kentucky, and daughter of Theodore Jenkins, of Boone county. They have had two sons and one daughter, the latter of whom died in childhood. Mr. Curtright owns a very fine stock farm of 382 acres, six miles from Columbia, on the gravel road to Ashland. The first owner of this place was Col. McClelland, who settled it and sold to Mr. Theodore Jenkins, from whom Mr. Curtright got the ownership.
[Source: History of Boone County, Missouri; By Author Col. Wm. F. Switzler; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

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