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Isaac N. Chandler, section 26, is a native of Belmont County, Ohio, and was born January 10, 1834. He was there reared to manhood and there received his education, and at the age of eighteen years, he began working at the tradeof carpenter, at Flushing, Ohio. This he continued for six years. In^ 1855, he removed to Jasper County, Iowa, where he resided until the spring of 1856, when he went to Lawrence, Kansas. He spent his time between that city and Leavenworth, Kansas, until i857) when he returned. to Ohio, there remaining engaged in farming until 1865. Soon after, he again became a citizen of Jasper County, Iowa, where he made hishome uncil October, 1866, when he came to Pleasant Hill, Missouri. The following spring, he came upon his present place. Mr. Chandler has a. good farm of one hundred and sixty acres, all of which is well improved.. He was married July 8, 1856, to Miss Rachel Groves, a native of Ohio. They have seven children : Alvord L., Alice E., William G., Ida L.,. Lillie, George, and Laura B. They are members of the M. E. Church.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

William C. Christopher is a member of the house of Christopher Brothers, dealers in dry goods,, clothing, boots, shoes, hats, caps, carpets, notions, etc. This firm first embarked in business in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, there doing an extensive trade until 1882. In 1875 they established their store in Harrisonville, Missouri, and in 1876 began business at Warrensburg, Missouri, and! have recently opened a large book and stationery store in the same city.-They also have a complete stock of goods in Butler, Bates County, Missouri. They are by far the largest establishment in their line in Harrisonville, as well as of the cities with which they are identified. Williann C. Christopher, the subject of this sketch, and manager of the Harrisonville house, is a native of Jassamine County, Kentucky, and was born January 22, 1840. When ten years old he was brought by the family to-Cass County, Missouri, where he spent his youthful days on a farm. In 1868 he became associated with his brother in the dry good trade, and did business in Pleasant Hill until 1875, when the firm established a store in Harrisonville, Missouri, as before stated. W. C. then came to this city, and has since been foremost among the prominent citizens of the place. Mr. Christopher was united in marriage May 30, 1866, to Miss Mary B. Warren, a native of Kentucky. They have five children living, Joseph W., Mary E., Katie B., Virgie and Bessie L. Mr. Christopher is a member of the board of school commissioners of this district. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

Frank Chilton, is an extensive dealer in lumber and building material. The subject of this sketch is a native of Wayne County, Missouri, was born June 24, 1833. While an infant he was taken by the family to Madison County, where he resided until fifteen years of age. Then he emigrated to California and was engaged in mining for two years, after which he returned home. In 1853, he again took a trip to California, with a. herd of cattle, which he disposed of to good advantage, and after ten months, he retraced his steps homeward. In November, 1855, he came to this county. In 1856, with his brother, he established a general store at Harrisonville, remaining so occupied until 1861, when their goods were confiscated. In this year Mr. Chilton went to Lafayette County, Missouri, there making his home until 1865, when he removed to New Mexico. In 1865, he again came to this county and lived here until the spring of 1866, when for three months he was in Texas. After that time he returned, and in 1867, embarked in his present business. He carries a large stock of lumber and building material, and is enjoying a liberal patronage. Mr. Chilton has been twice married, first. May 14, 1857, to Miss Sarah M. Ragon, a native of Tennessee. They had two children : William B., and Francis E. Mrs. Chilton's death occurred in 1875. He was again married February 26, 1877, to Miss Mary H. Caldwell. They have one child, Bernetta. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. fraternity, and has belonged to the Christian Church since 1855 .
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

Arthur Conger, abstract, loan and insurance agent, was born in Dearborn County, Indiana, June 13, 1854. At the age of nineteen years he came to Harrisonville, and for two months was engaged in clerking in the county recorder's office. After that time he was employed by Hall & Givan in working on their abstract books. In 1876, he attended Jones' Commercial College at St. Louis for six months, when he returned to Harrisonville, Missouri, and filled the position of local agent for the Uuited States Express Company. This position he held until March, 1878, during which time he was bookkeeper for C. Kelley. He subsequently became proprietor of the abstract books,which Hall & Givan formerly used, and has since enlarged this set until it is now the most complete in the county. Mr. C. was married February 20, 1877, to Miss Ida B. Willson, a native of Indiana. They have two children : Bertha and Frank. He is a nneraber of the Knights of Honor and also of the O. M. P. societies.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

Judge John Coughenour, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, September 1, 1815. His father, 'Christian Coughenour, a farmer by occupation, and his mother, formerly Margaret Dice, were both born in Pennsylvania, and from early youth 'lived in Virginia. In 1835 the family moved to Ohio, where young John remained for three years, and in 1839 he came to this county and settled in Harrisonville (then Van Buren County). Being without means, and the country unsettled and filled with Indians in the place of civilized society, little business presented itself for him to engage in. He is now the only surviving citizen who was at that early day living in what is now Harrisonville. His business was varied, sometimes trading and trafficing with the Indians. He drove stock to New Madrid and shipped to New Orleans for three years. In 1845 he commenced the dry goods business, and continued it until 1862, having been very successful. In January, 1850, he married Miss America Frances Brady, of Boone County, Kentuck}'. They have one child, Mary Viola, born in 1855, (now Mrs. Manville Jordan, of Sedalia). In 1862 Mr. Coughenour was appointed by Gov. Gamble judge of the county court, which position he filled to the satisfaction of all. He is a supporter of the Baptist Church, of which Mrs. C. is a member. During the war Mr. C. was a Union man, always adhering to the Federal side, although his whole life had been spent in sympathy with slavery. Both sides had confidence in his integrity, yet the unprincipled of each belief sought to injure him and destroyed his property. His house was the home of all Union officers, from whom he received many acts of kindness, and through their courtesies he helped many of his neighbors out of their troubles.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

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