Buchanan County, Mo.
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JOHN S. LEMON is one of the wealthy business men of St. Joseph and a member of the firm of Tootles, Lemon & Co., bankers. He was born in Bullitt County, Ky., August 15, 1833, and when only eleven years of age began clerking in a country store. In 1850, at which time he had reached the age of seventeen, he came to St. Joseph and started in as a clerk with the firm of Powell & Levy, who are both since deceased, and two years later became a partner with them, remaining as such for ten years. In 1862 he entered into partnership with Isaac T. Hosea under the style of Lemon & Hosea, dealing in general dry goods. They continued until 1870, when his partner retiring, our subject continued alone until 1874, when he sold out to Brittain, Ovelman & Co.; having in the meantime built up a large and paying business which he would not have disposed of except on account of failing health.
Of later years Mr. Lemon has been connected with several banks; was the president of the Merchants' Bank for four or five years, being one of its incorporators and remaining with the institution until 1887, at which time he became one of the administrators of the Tootle estate, to which he has since given considerable attention. In 1888 he was appointed curator for the minor heirs. In 1889 the Tootle, Lemon & Co.'s bank was started, and of that concern our subject is the present President. In addition to home banks he is also interested in a number outside the city. The first street railway, now known as the People's Line, was furthered by him, he being one of the incorporators. He is a member of the Board of Trade and is ever found in the front rank of those agitating reform and all measures for the improvement and prosperity of the city.
On January 13, 1870, a marriage ceremony, performed in St. Joseph, united the destinies of Mr. Lemon and Miss Annie I., daughter of George W. Samuel. The lady was born in Savannah, Andrew County, and is possessed of fine educational and literary attainments, being, moreover, active in church and society work. She is a member of the Episcopal denomination, our subject also attending the church to which she belongs, though he is not himself a member. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Lemon has been blessed with a family of four children: Florie I., Mary M., Henry Y. and Lettie B.
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Missouri. Publ. 1893. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

 

Josiah Gregg Lewis. For more than three-quarters of a century a resident of Northwest Missouri, his parents having established their home in Jackson County practically at the beginning of civilized history in that section, Josiah G. Lewis, whose home is at Agency in Buchanan County, has both witnessed and assisted in the development of this section of the state, and now practically retired is passing the evening of a long and eventful life with an interesting retrospect of years and a contented outlook on the present and the future.
J. G, Lewis is descended from stanch old Tennessee ancestors, and each generation has produced respected and useful citizens. It is the family tradition that this branch of the Lewis’s are related to the royal French line of Louis, including King Louis XVI, who was beheaded during the reign of terror at the time of the French revolution.
Josiah Gregg Lewis was born in a pioneer community in Jackson County, Missouri, October 12, 1838, a son of James and Polly (Gregg) Lewis. He was one of fifteen children, ten of whom grew to maturity, and only three are yet living, as follows: David W. Lewis, of Jackson County; Harmon N. Lewis, of Arizona; and Josiah G. of Agency. James Lewis, the father, was a native of Kentucky, a son of Nathaniel Lewis, also a Kentuckian by birth, who spent his last days in Jackson County, Missouri. James Lewis was nineteen years of age when he moved out to the frontier of civilization and established a home in Jackson County, Missouri. Reared to farm life, he spent his entire career in agricultural pursuits, and was a man of no small influence in his community. While a young man he met and married Polly Gregg, daughter of Harmon and Susan (Smelser) Gregg. Both her parents were born in Tennessee, were married in that state, and several of their children were born previous to their removal to Missouri. Harmon Gregg and family established their home in Missouri long before the Indians had been subdued, and during one of the Indian uprisings which occurred after their arrival they were compelled to take refuge at Cooper's Fort, and while thus besieged and sheltered Polly Gregg was born. It will always be one of the interesting facts of the family annals that she came into the light of the world under such unusual circumstances, betokening the hostile conditions which everywhere surrounded American settlers in their advance towards the West.
In the early days of the Gregg residence in Missouri Harmon Gregg carried his trusty rifle with him when he went into the woods to clear off his land or while plowing the soil or in other work about the homestead. After their marriage James Lewis and his bride began housekeeping on a tract of land in Jackson County. They had developed a well improved homestead, with many acres under cultivation, with good barns and outbuildings, and many other evidences of rural thrift, before the war came on. During the great civil conflict between the North and the South, Jackson County, it need hardly be stated, was one of the border communities which suffered more severely and from a more rancorous type of warfare than was experienced in any of the communities further north or further south. Mr. Lewis did all that he could honorably to remain neutral during that struggle, but as his son John F. Lewis had cast his lot with the Confederacy and had joined General Price's army, the Union sympathizers living in the community and the Kansas raiders thus had all the excuse they cared for in order to confiscate and destroy his property and subject him and his family to any cruel and inhuman treatment that the stress of war so easily contrives. As a result of the persecution, the threatened danger by day and by night, James Lewis was finally driven into exile and compelled to remove his family north of the Missouri River to find a home in Ray County until the close of the war. During his absence his home was practically robbed of everything of any value, and the fair prosperity which had been slowly built up in the previous years was practically ruined. Josiah Gregg Lewis was also forced, under such exasperating conditions, to take sides in the conflict and it is a source of gratification to him today that he did his full share in helping to drive the Kansas raiders out of Jackson County.
But as conditions grew worse and to remain longer at home meant either the killing of his treacherous neighbors or himself falling a victim to their plots and guerrilla warfare, he finally told his father that he must leave home and breathe the freer air of the western territory. Thus in 1863 Mr. Lewis engaged to drive a team across the plains to Fort Kearney and thence to Fort Laramie. Arriving at the latter post he determined to go on into the Northwest, to Montana and Idaho. He remained in the mining districts of what are now the western states until the end of the war, and was engaged in various occupations. However, on Christmas Day, 1864, Mr. Lewis married Miss Nancy M. Higgins of Platte County, Missouri, daughter of Andrew J. and Susan (Gregg) Higgins. Andrew J. Higgins was born in Howard County, Missouri, December 29, 1816, and died April 1, 1895. Susan Gregg was born in Clay County, Missouri, September 28, 1823, and died August 8, 1899. The dates of their births indicate the fact that their respective families were established almost at the beginning of civilized things in Central and Western Missouri. There were five children in the Higgins family, mentioned briefly as follows: William Riley, who was born May 8, 1843, and died September 15, 1895, and was never married; Nancy M., who was born December 16, 1846, and is now Mrs. J. G. Lewis; David D., born December 4, 1850; Pauline, born December 6, 1853; and Mary E., who died April 20, 1853, at the age of nine years.
To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Lewis were born three children, as follows: Ellen, who was born October 9, 1865, is how the wife of Thomas J. Staggs and lives one mile east of Agency, and they have one son, Dennis L. Staggs, a prosperous young farmer near Agency; Minnie, the second child, born March 10, 1872, is the wife of Charles Wadsworth, living near Wiggins, Colorado, and they have one child, Lewis W. Wadsworth; Lena, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, was born June 2, 1884, and is the wife of Frank A. Oberquell of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis are active members of the Christian Church, and all their daughters and their sons-in-laws are identified with the same denomination. Mr. Lewis for a number of years has been an elder in the church and his example and influence throughout his career have stood for Christian life and for morality in the community. Though it became necessary during the great civil conflict between the North and South for Mr. Lewis to declare his political views and principles, he has subsequently never taken an active side in polities from a partisan standpoint, although voting and supporting the principles of the Democratic Party.
His career has been mainly taken up with general farming and stock raising, and in that way he has done his best work in the community. Mr. Lewis has been instrumental in introducing into Buchanan County some of its best breeds of live stock, and has been one of the leaders who have advocated the raising of the very best grades of stock of all kinds. While now practically retired from business life, he keeps in close touch with the advanced thought and practice of agriculture and stock breeding, and through his information on these subjects and intelligent interest in many other departments of the world's life is a most entertaining and genial companion and his views and advice are valuable to younger men in life. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis live in a comfortable home in Agency, surrounded by all the conveniences which they have justly earned through long years of honest toil and thrifty management. Though more than three score years and ten, Mr. Lewis carries his age easily, and his powerful physique, erect figure more than six feet tall and almost as straight as in his more youthful days, would readily deceive a stranger in arriving at his correct age. Mrs. Lewis is also hale and hearty and both bid fair to enjoy many years of happy and contented living.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

 

John Sublette LoganJOHN SUBLETTE LOGAN. Probably no citizen of St. Joseph has taken a more prominent part in furthering her best interests, or has been more actively identified with her various enterprises for the past twenty years than bas the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. His birth occurred in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ky., June 25, 1836. His father, Thomas Logan, was of Scotch-Irish parentage and was a successful dry goods merchant. He married Frances Sublette of Woodford County, Ky., March 18, 1834, and died April 18, 1840. Our subject's paternal grandparents were natives of County Donegal, Ireland.
John Logan, the great grandfather of John S. Logan, our subject, descended from that Logan of Restalrig, in Scotland, whose estates were confiscated for connection with the Gowrie conspiracy against King James VI. In the seventeenth century the name was quite common in Scotland. It had an honorable antiquity, first appearing about the year 1180 with one John de Logan, who married a daughter of Tankard, a Flemish settler on Lanark, the charter from Tankard's son for land in frank-marriage with his sister being mentioned in Chalmer's Caledonia. Sir Robert Logan accompanied "good Sir James Douglas" in his journey with the heart of Bruce, and with him was killed by the Saracens in Spain, after which the family bore as a Coat of Arms three passion nails piercing a man's heart. Sir Robert Logan, of Restalrig, married a daughter of King Robert II, and became Admiral of Scotland, and his son, Sir Robert, married Geilles, daughter of Lord Sommerville. The barony of Restalrig, or Lesterrick, was obtained by a Logan in the reign of King Robert Bruce.
Our subject's father, Thomas Logan, was also born in Donegal County, Ireland, August 7, 1801, and after removing to the United States occupied a leading place among the merchants of Shelbyville, Ky. Our subject's mother, Frances, was the daughter of Lewis, Jr., and Susan (Coleman) Sublette, the latter being the daughter of Thomas and Susan (Strother) Coleman. The sister of the last mentioned lady, Sarah, married Col. Richard Taylor, and became the mother of Gen. Zachary Taylor, the twelfth President of the United States. Our subject's maternal grandfather, Lewis Sublette, Jr., with his three brothers—William, James and John—were soldiers in the War of 1812, John being killed in the battle of Dudley's Defeat. Their father, Lewis, Sr., and his five brothers— Arthur, William, James, Abraham and Little Berry —participated in the Revolutionary War, were at the siege of Yorktown, and at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.
Our subject's great grandfather, Lewis Sublette, Sr., married Miss Mary, daughter of John Trabue and Olympia (Dupuy) Trabue. The latter was the daughter of John James Dupuy, whose father, Bartholomew Dupuy and his wife, Susan (LaVillan) Dupuy, aided by their relatives, the Fontaines, made their escape from religious persecution in France and emigrated to Virginia in 1700. John James Dupuy and Susan LaVillan were the children of Bartholomew and Susan (LaVillan) Dupuy. Susan LaVillan was a countess of much influence and distinction and sprung from a race who were Huguenots in faith.
John Sublette Logan was educated in Shelby College and the Kentucky Military Institute in Franklin County. Concluding to become a physician he studied with that end in view and graduated in the class of 1859 from the Kentucky School of Medicine, and during the late war served as a surgeon in the United States Army at the different hospitals of Louisville, St. Louis, Jeffersonville, (Ind.), Camp Joe Holt (near New Albany, Ind.), and Camp Gamble (near St. Louis), being actively engaged for about three years. He first located in this state in November, 1857, at St. Joseph, having come here with his mother and step-father, James L. O'Neill, and his sister, Mrs. Mary Lykens, and step-sisters, Mrs. Milton Tootles, Mrs. W. G. Farleigh and Mrs. Virginia Weakley, all at that time single.
At Madison, Wis., Mr. Logan read medicine with Dr. Alexander Schue, formerly of Kentucky, who was a pupil of the famous German chemist, Leibig, with whom he read until entering college. After attending Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia, our subject enlisted in the United States service as a surgeon, but on first coming to St. Joseph, entered the Buchanan Insurance Co. Bank as its teller, his step-father being cashier.
Previous to his army career Mr. Logan was in partnership with Major T. J. Shew in the insurance business for a short time, and while with him saw Gen. Jef. Thompson, then a dealer in real estate, cut down the United States flag from the postoffice, which has been placed there by John L. Bittenger, the postmaster, now editor of the Herald. While an army surgeon, Dr. Logan made a valuable discovery in the treatment of hospital gangrene, the bromine treatment, which was afterward used extensively in both armies in the treatment of hospital gangrene, and was considered a valuable discovery.
After the war Dr. Logan engaged in farming for about six years in this county, and then re moving to Andrew County in 1870. He purchased the largest apple orchard in northwestern Missouri and made a large income selling fruit to people of the four neighboring states. He was appointed fish commissioner of the state by Gov. Crittenden, with whose family his own had remained on intimate terms for many years. He was also appointed by Gov. Marmaduke, serving for three years with headquarters at St. Joseph.
Mr. Logan is one of the administrators of the Milton Tootle estate, his associates being John S. Lemon and Isaac T. Hosea. The estate is valued at about $4,000,000, its proper administration being necessarily a large responsibility. In addition to his various other enterprises, Mr. Logan owns large interests in agricultural and mineral lands in Missouri and Texas, and commenced dealing extensively in cattle in 1870, and is now interested in cattle in Wyoming and Texas. He is one of the Board of Directors in the Buell Woolen Mill Manufacturing Company, and has handled a large amount of real estate in this city, buying in this vicinity land at $100 per acre, which he afterward sold at from $300 to $1,000. He owns about fourteen thousand acres of land in southern Missouri in the mineral and fruit belt in the southern slope of the Ozark, and has largely speculated elsewhere. In Texas he has an interest in one hundred and thirty-six thousand acres of land, fifty-two thousand of which is underlaid with six-foot veins of coal. A Pittsburg Company have recently leased fifty two thousand acres of it and are now engaged in developing the coal, and building thirty miles of railroad to same, to connect with the Southern Pacific and Texas Pacific railroads.
On November 20, 1862, was celebrated the marriage of John S. Logan and Miss Emma P. Cotton, who was born February 26, 1841, being the daughter of Charles Cotton, of Woodford County, Ky., who was of English descent, and was born October 3, 1781, in Loudoun County, Va. He removed with his parents, William and Frances, to Fayette County, Ky., in the year 1787, where their deaths occurred in 1826.
Mrs. Logan's mother was before her marriage Miss Sarah Blackburn Puryear, born May 1, 1804, and married in 1837. She was called from this life September 17, 1843. She was a daughter of William and Mildred (Bohannon) Puryear, the latter being a daughter of Richard and Sarah (Blackburn) Bohannon, both of Virginia, who were early settlers of Shelby County, Ky. William Puryear was of old French Huguenot ancestry, which numbered many able men and women in the line of descent, the family being noted for its public men, including such famous names as the Nevilles, Fountaines, etc. The Logan family have in tbeir possession a genealogical table dating back to the time of Francis I and as early as 1500.
One of Mrs. Logan's noted ancestors was James de la Fountaine, who served in the household of Francis I and in the same capacity in the reigns of Henry II, Francis II and until the second year of Charles IX, when, in the year 1535, he and his father became converts to Protestantism. On account of his belief he resigned his position in the court, retiring with his family to the paternal estates in Maine, near the borders of Normandy. He had long been watched and hated on account of his piety and his zeal for the pure worship of God, and one night in 1563 he, his wife, oldest son, and a faithful valet, were dragged out and murdered by a number of ruffians who had been dispatched from the city of Le Mans. His two sons, twelve and fourteen years of age, made their escape, and it is through the elder James that Mrs. Logan is descended. Among her ancestors was the Rev. John Cotton, who came to America in 1632 and settled in Showmut, Mass., dow the city of Boston, the name changed in his honor. He had been the minister at St. Botolph's—Old Boston, the most stately parish in England.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Logan has been blessed with a family of six bright and enterprising sons. Charles Cotton, Thomas Trabue, John Sublette, Jr., Frank Puryear, Lewis Sublette and Milton Tootle, all residents of and educated in the St. Joseph public schools. For over thirty years our subject and his estimable wife have been connected with the First Presbyterian church, and both are active in many benevolent and charitable enterprises. Mrs. Logan is a member of tbe Board of Directors of the Home for the Friendless, and is prominent in the Young Woman's Christian Association work and in the Missionary Band, a well-organized society and charity of the First Church.
Politically Mr. Logan is a Democrat and served as a delegate to the State conventions which nominated Gov. Crittenden and Gov. Woodson. Mr. Logan has a fine collection of Indian relics and geological specimens. His career through his long life in St Joseph has done him great credit since he has been a friend to every worthy enterprise and has greatly assisted in many prominent industries.
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Buchanan and Clinton Counties, Missouri. Publ. 1893. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

 

Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., M. D. A rising young physician of St. Joseph, where he is building up a good practice, is fast winning for himself an honorable name in the medical profession of Buchanan County. He was born in this city February 5, 1887, a son of Thomas J. Lynch.
Thomas Lynch, the doctor's grandfather, was born and reared in County Mayo, Ireland, and as a young man immigrated to America. Locating in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was there engaged in various kinds of work until after the breaking out of the Civil war, when he enlisted in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served until honorably discharged from the army. Subsequently migrating to Kansas, he secured a tract of Government land in Nemaha County, near Sabetha, and at once began the improvement of a farm, on which he resided until after the accidental death of his wife. He did not survive her many years, dying in middle life. To him and his wife, whose maiden name was Johanah Sullivan, four children were born and reared, as follows: Margaret, who married Stewart Clarke; Annie, wife of Hugh McAleer; Dennis; and Thomas J.
A native of Cincinnati, Thomas J. Lynch, Sr., was quite young when he accompanied his parents to Kansas, where he completed his education. At the age of eighteen years he entered the employ of the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad Company, with which he has since been continuously associated for thirty years, having served as a conductor on a passenger train. He married Miss Lillie Schultz, who was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, a daughter of Christian and Frederika (Yeager) Schultz, natives of Germany, and among the first settlers of Northwestern Missouri, locating first in Weston, and from there coming to St. Joseph soon after the founding of the town. Two children were born of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Lynch, namely: Lawrence and Thomas J., Jr.
Receiving his elementary education in the public schools of St. Joseph, Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., continued his studies at the Christian Brothers College, in St. Louis. Desirous of studying medicine, for which he had a natural aptitude, he then entered the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, where, he was graduated with the class of 1910. Doctor Lynch subsequently took a hospital course in Buffalo, New York, gaining valuable knowledge and much experience while there, and on returning to Missouri began the practice of his chosen profession in St. Joseph, where he has already built up a substantial patronage, his professional skill and ability being recognized.
Doctor Lynch is a member of the Buchanan County Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and an honorary member of the H. A. Hare Medical Society of Philadelphia. He is now serving as county coroner, an office to which he was elected in 1912. Fraternally he belongs to St. Joseph Lodge No. 40, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and to St. Joseph Council No. 571, Knights of Columbus.
Doctor Lynch married, May 2, 1911, Miss Clara O'Connor, who was born in Buffalo, New York, a daughter of Maurice and Elizabeth (Buirk) O'Connor, natives of New York State, Mr. O'Connor being of Irish descent, while Mrs. 0 'Connor is of English and French ancestry.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

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