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Hon. Douglas Dale, was born at Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana, on the 4th of October, 1825. While an infant he was taken by the family to Noblesville, Hamilton County, where he was brought up and educated. He was  occupied some time in farming and in 1846 he with his father embarked in the mercantile trade at Noblesville. After a few months he left there and enlisted at Indianapolis for service in the Mexican war, entering the First Regiment of volunteer infantry, commanded by Captain John McDougal. He served from June, 1846, until October following when he was discharged at the mouth of the Rio Grande River on account of disabiUty., He then returned home and for eighteen months again gave bis attention to merchandising at Circletown. Subsequently he was with an engineering corps, working on the Peru & Indiana Railroad, and after about one year he became assistant civil engineer on the Fort Wayne & Southern road. Thus he continued to be occupied until the latter part of 1853 when he accepted a like position on the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad for five months. In 1855 he removed to Taylor County, Iowa, and entered into the mercantile business at Bedford, erecting the first frame building in that town. After a period of two years, in 1857, he was elected clerk of the circuit and county courts and discharged these official duties for two years. In 1861 he engaged in farming and inJuly of that year he raised the company known as the Taylor County Light Horse Company. Of this he was commissioned captain by Governor Kirkwood. A few months later at the request of the citizens of Andrew County, Missouri, Mr. Dale assisted in August, 1861, in the organization of the Union forces at Savannah and in two days organized a battalion of three companies of Union soldiers of which he was elected major. He received the commission known as the Fourth Missouri Battalion, M. S. M., and was soon detached to accept the position of colonel but accepted the lieutenant colonelcy of that battalion. Thus he remained until discharged, having been in the six months service. In April, 1862, he assisted in raising the Fourth Missouri Cavalry, M. S. M. Volunteers, and was commissioned major, serving until March 22, 1865. On August 12, 1862, he was wounded in Andrew County, Missouri, while in pursuit of a company of Confederates who were going north. Sometime succeeding this he was on detached duty, stationed finally at Jefferson City. He was mustered out March 22, 1865, and then returned to Iowa, there residing until November, 1866, when he came to Cass County, Missouri. From January, 1867, till May, 1868, he was in no especial business, and for three months thereafter traveled in Iowa for a St. Louis stationery house. Returning to this county he was elected sheriff and collector of the county, holding these offices for two years. In 1880 Mr, Dale was elected to represent the people of Cass County in the legislature, and has filled this position in a manner highly satisfactory to his constituents and with much credit to himself. October 17, 1853, he was married to Miss M. J. Cole whose death occurred in August, 1854. He was again married October 19, 1856 to Mrs. L. E. Dale (Blount). They have three children living: Denver, Zulietta and Major. Mr. Dale is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to blue lodge, chapter and commandery He was an Odd Fellow and an encampment member. In 1863 he had a daughter six years old shot and killed while sitting with another child eight years of age. They were both killed by the same bullet.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

E.C. Deacon, of the firm of E. C. & A. G. Deacon, dealers in hardware, tinware, stoves, agricultural implements, owes his nativity to Canada, where he was born October 11, 1829. He was there reared and educated, and at the age of seventeen years engaged in school teaching, which profession he continued until 1848. In that year he removed to Lake County, Illinois, and embarked in the dry goods trade at Waukegan, Illinois, the firm being E. C. Deacon & Co. There he remained occupied in business until 1868, when he removed to Harrisonville and joined his brother in their present calling, purchasing the interest of W. H.Crotzer. This firm now carries as large, if not the largest stock in their line of any one in this county, and they have a trade that warrants them in conducting an extensive business. E. C. Deacon was married at Waukegan, Illinois, November 8, 1852, to Miss Arabella Strong, a native of Massachusetts. They have three children : John T., Andrew S. and Lillie. Mr. D. is one of the charter members of the Masonic lodge of Harrisonville, and a member of the chapter and commandery in that fraternitJ^ The family belong to the Presbyterian Church. John B. R. Deacon, also a member of this firm, was born in Canada November 21, 1827. He there grew to manhood and received his education. In 1847, he was interested in the mercantile trade at Brighton, Canada, where he remained for eight years. In 185s. he removed to Missouri and settled in Harrisonville, and with W. H. Crotzer formed the establishment of which the present firm is the successor. Mr. Deacon was married October 25, 1846, to Miss Flovia A. Proctor, a native of Canada. They have two children living: John and Allie.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

John N. Denham, section 6, was born in Boone County, Kentucky, December 23, 1863. While he was an infant the family moved to Cass County, Missouri, where he was reared to manhood and received his education. At the age of fifteen years he began learning, the art of printing. In 1874 he was associated with H. Westbrook in publishing the Times, at Pleasant Hill, for about nine months, and in 1876 he, with H. P. Steele, managed the Cass County Times for nine months. In 1877 he became occupied in the meat market business at Harrisonville, in which he continued until the spring of 1882, when he started farming. He has a good farm of loi acres, most all of which is under fence. Mr. Denham was married November 5, 1873, to Miss Lizzie Mahan, a native of Ohio. They have two children, Gertrude L. and Harry N. He is a member of the 0. M. P. and the K. of H. orders.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

The subject of this sketch is a native of Belknap County, New-Hampshire, and was born December 29, 1818. He was there brought up to manhood, receiving his education from the schools of that vicinity. He followed the occupation of farming and the trade of stonemason for some time, and in 1841, removed to Boston, Massachusetts, where he resided for three years, going thence to Natick. One year later, in December 1844, he emigrated to Buenos Ayres, South America, which was his home, for three and one-half years. In November, 1848, he returned to the United States and settled in his native county. In 1854, he removed to Maine, and located in the town of York, where he lived one year, thence to Iowa, making his abode in Chickasaw County, where he was interested in farming. In i860, he was elected county judge of that county, serving one year, and in 1858, he was elected justice of the peace for two years. In 1864, he went to Franklin County, Kansas, and in about two years came to Cass County, Missouri, where he has since resided. In 1870, he was elected county clerk and held this position through the bond swindle, with honor to himself and credit to the county. His term expired in 1874. Mr. Dore was married January 26, 1850, to Miss Lydia A. Straw, a native of New Hampshire. They have one child living, Henry W.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

Bayett Doveton, a native of England, was, born in Summersetshire, December 14, 1848. He was there reared, receiving his education from the Hermitage College, of Bath, England, of which college he was a student from 1862 to 1866. He then entered the employ, as junior clerk, of the West of England Bank, and arose steadily from that position to teller. After six years service with this institution he emigrated to America, and settled in Montgomery County, Kansas, where he lived for four years, and for the following two years he was book-keeper of the First National Bank of Kansas City. He then came to Harrisonville, Missouri, and since then has been identified with the bank at this point as bookkeeper. He is a member of the Knights of Honor, and also belongs to the O. M. P. and is a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Doveton was married-, in 1874, to Miss Ida Radford, a native of Canada. They have one child living, Fenton J.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

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