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PATRICK H. TAYLOR, section 36, was born in Franklin County, Massachusetts, August 3, 1838. Jonathan Taylor, his father, was also a native of Franklin County, and was there reared and married to Miss Alvira Johnson, of the same county. They had twelve children, of whom Patrick H. was the fifth child. The family now reside in Fulton County, Illinois. At the age of eighteen months Patrick was taken by his parents to St. Lawrence County, New York, where they lived until 1853, then removing to Fulton County, Illinois. He was engaged in farming and school teaching until i860, when he emigrated to Morrison County, Minnesota, and in the summer of that year was in the Red River Country, of British America. In the fall of i860 he returned to Morrison County and resumed teaching until the spring of 1861. On his going back to Minnesota, in the fall of i860, he came from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to Bell Prairie, Morrison County, a distance of five hundred miles, in a birch bark canoe. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, First Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and served three years, and after 'ten months spent in civil pursuits he again enlisted, this time in what was known as Hancock's Corps, but called the United States Veteran Volunteers. His service with them continued until July 20, 1866, when he was mustered out as Second Lieutenant of Company C, the same regiment. He was a participant in many hard fought battles, among which may be mentioned those of Bull Run, Ball's Bluff and Savage Station. At this fight he was taken prisoner, and was in confinement at Richmond, Virginia, for three months, then being exchanged. Then followed the battles of Fredericksburg (first and second), Flint Hill and Gettysburg. After his discharge, Mr. Taylor returned to Fulton County, Illinois, and again commenced school teaching. In the spring of 1867, he came to Cass County, Missouri, and was occupied in teaching and farming until 1875, after which time he gave his entire attention to farming. He has a fine farm, comprising 133 acres of well improved land, above the average in this county. In 1867 he retraced his steps to Illinois, and August 29, of that year married Miss Harrietta R. Thomas, a native of Ohio. After that event he came to Cass County. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have seven children, Alvira, Ida, Benjamin, Mary, George, John and Charles. Mr. Taylor was township assessor and trustee of this township under the old township organization, and is the secretary and treasurer of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Cass County. This position he has held since its organization. The family are members of the Baptist Church.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

AUGUSTUS A. TEMPLE, proprietor of restaurant, is a native of Cass County, Missouri, and was born February 26, 1862. He was here brought up, receiving his education in the schools of Pleasant Hill. In 1880 he attended the State Normal University at Warrensburg, Missouri. From his youth he had been engaged in farming and stock raising till the spring of 1881. In January, 1882, he began his present business. He has a nice place^and is now doing the principal share of the business in his line in the place, . and deserves his success.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

OTTO F. THUM. editor of the Cass News, is a native of Ripley County, Indiana, was born March 2, 1857 and is consequently twenty-five years of age. His ancestors were of German descent. Young Thum obtained his education through his own efforts, and by a careful observation in later life of men and things, has acquired such a literary knowledge as places him prominent among the intelligent men of this community. He commenced his journalistic career in January 1872, in the office of the Ripley County Journal, under the management of R. N. Papet, and in June 1873, he connected himself with the Ripley Index at Versailles. In November, 1878, he became publisher of that paper and subsequently he was in the Louisville, (Kentucky) Courier-Journal office for six months. He removed to Cass County, Missouri, September i, 1879, and in partnership with J. W Henthorne, purchased the Cass News in December, 1880. In January 1882, he bought the entire office of which he is now sole proprietor. This paper is the leading representative of the Republican doctrine in this county, and Mr. Thum, though young in years, has given the Cass News a foremost position among the Republican organs of the state. Its general appearance is a model of neatness typographically, and its unswerving political record, and its efforts to keep supplied with the latest and most desirable news are qualities which enable its proprietor to demonstrate that a journal worthy of support will be maintained by an appreciative constituency. Mr. Thum was married on March 6, 1882, to Miss Ella, youngest daughter of Judge Obed Wilson, of Versailles, Indiana.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883



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