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Lee Emrick, section 29, is a native of Preble County, Ohio, where he was born November 23, 1843. He resided there until sixteen years of age, after which time he began his studies at Oberlin College, where he attended for one term. In the fall of i860 he occupied the position of steward of different packets on the lakes between the United States and Canada, and was so engaged until November, i860, when he returned home, and commenced school teaching. The following summer he attended school at the Lebanon Academy, and in the winter of i86i-'2 was employed in school teaching in Darke County, Ohio. In the spring of 1862 he enlisted in the Federal army, Company D, Sixty-Ninth Ohio Regiment, and in 1864 was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps of the Fifth Regiment, serving until the close of the war. He then went home, and after a month's stay, came to Cass County, Missouri, and began farming. He has a fine tract of land, comprising 420 acres, most of which is under fence. On the place is an orchard of 500 trees and, also a vineyard of some 600 vines. Mr. Emrick is among the largest bee raisers in the county, .having at this time about 100 colonies. He was married March 10, 1868, to Miss Annie Holaway, a native of Missouri. They had four children, Victor, Warren, Eugene and Fleming. The latter is dead. Mrs. Emrick died June 9, 1875. He was again married October 12, 1876, to Miss Florence Milan, of Missouri. They have two children, Arthur and Stella. Mr. Emrick is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also belongs to the Grange.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

T. D. EVANS & CO.,
T.D. Evans & Co. are dealers in staple and fancy groceries, wines and liquors, and are also agents for Anhauser's beer. The subject of this sketch, and at the head of the above mentioned firm, was born in Wales, August 28, 1840. He was reared to manhood and received his education in his native country, and has been from youth engaged in -the grocery business. In 1864, he immigrated to America and resided for two months in New York City, after which he went to Waupaca, Wisconsin. There he clerked in a grocery store for two years, and subsequently removed to Si Louis, Missouri, where he followed the same business on the corner of Eleventh and Morgan Streets. In 1867, he came to Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and was landlord of the Sherman House until March, 1868, when he settled in Harrisonville, Missouri, establishing his present business. He purchased the stock of Bossiger & Jones, and in 1870, erected the building which they now occupy. In 1879, Mr. S. J. Beattie became a member of the firm. They are doing a large business and have a capital of $15,000 invested. Mr. Evans is an extensive owner of real estate in Harrisonville, and has four or five business houses and a like number of residences, besides 200 acres of well improved farm land. He was married February 22, 1869, to Miss Harrietta M. Briggs, a native of Louisiana.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

Hon. Charles Franklin Easley, Surveyor General of the Territory of New Mexico, is a native of Missouri. He was born near Harrisonville, Cass county, that State, on the 30th of July, 1853, springing from an old Southern family. His father, Achilles Easley, was born in North Carolina, February 16, 1797, and was an engineer, surveyor and farmer, who served as Surveyor of his county for eighteen years, doing the greater portion of that work in the section of the State in which he resided. He died in 1893, at the ripe old age of ninety-six years and three months. He married Miss Julia Fulton, who was a native of Tennessee, and a daughter of Arthur Fulton, also of that State. They became the parents of a family of eight children, five sons and three daughters. The mother is still living, and is now, in 1895, eighty years of age. In religion the family, as far back as is known, were Presbyterians.

General Easley was the fifth child, and was educated in the common schools and in an academy of his native town. During the war his people lost much of their property, and he was unable to spare the time and money for a higher education, but he had studied surveying in the academy at his own request, and had also been instructed by and practiced with his father. For a number of years he had carried on surveying, and at the same time operated the farm and stock business.

The year 1880 witnessed the arrival of Mr. Easley in New Mexico. Here he engaged in the Government surveying and in real-estate dealing. He also took up the study of law, making a specialty of land law, and after his admission to the bar engaged in that particular line of practice, in which he has been eminently successful. He is thoroughly versed in the law regarding titles and abstracts and everything connected with his specialty, and has secured a large clientage. Other business interests also claim his time and attention, for he is a man of broad capability and carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. He is a member of the John Shaw Cattle Company, which has headquarters on the Pecos river, where there is a rich stock range. In 1885 he was appointed by President Cleveland as Register of the Land Office, in which capacity he served for two and a half years, when he resigned in order to give more attention to his law practice. He next had the honor of being elected a member of the Twenty-ninth Legislative Assembly of the Territory. This was the first Assembly in which the Democrats had a majority in the lower house, and during this term the present school law of the Territory was introduced. Mr. Easley made an able fight in its behalf and was largely instrumental in securing its passage. In that session he also led the opposition to the bill for the removal of the capital from Santa Fe, and was instrumental in its defeat. Mr. Easley was the organizer of the Mutual Building & Loan Association of Santa Fe, an enterprise which has not only been successful, but has proved of great value to the city. He also became the first president of the Board of Equalization, and in 1893, over thirteen applicants, he received from President Cleveland the appointment as Surveyor General for the Territory. In his application for this position he was endorsed by the greater number of leading citizens of the Territory, and also by Senator Cockrell, of Missouri, who had been an old-time friend of his father. Mr. Easley is thoroughly informed concerning the duties and details of the Surveyor General's office, and makes a most capable and efficient officer. In April, 1895, he was elected Mayor of the city of Santa Fe, having been nominated by acclamation by the Democratic city convention, and without solicitation on his part and against his earnest protest. After he was nominated he made the race and was elected.

On the 23d of July, 1882, Hon. Charles F. Easley was united in marriage with Miss Anna McBroon, a lady of Scotch descent. Their union has been blessed with three sons and three daughters, and with one exception all were born in New Mexico. They are named Julia Ethel, Charles Ralph, Anna Mabel, and the youngest is yet unnamed. Elmer Franklin died in April, 1894, at the age of three years and two months, and Edna Eliza died in August, 1888, aged about one year. Mrs. Easley is an esteemed member of the Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Easley is an active member of the Masonic fraternity, having taken all the degrees in the York and Scottish rites. He has long been Master of the blue lodge, and has also held many offices in the higher branches of the order. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity, and was one of the organizers of the Grand Lodge of the Territory, and is now serving his second term as their Supreme Representative. 'General Easley is a man of strong impulses, and possesses a great degree of natural as well as acquired ability. He has always been an ardent and uncompromising Democrat, and since coming to New Mexico has exercised a potent influence in the councils of his party, and has never lost an opportunity to advance its interests; but when the campaigns are over he is a genial, social and warm-hearted man, who has many friends.

Source:  "An Illustrated History of New Mexico . . .;" The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895; transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team

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