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EDWARD WEBBER, proprietor of livery, feed stable and 'bus line, is a native of England, and was born September 9, 1844. In 1855, he, with the family, immi462 grated to America, settling in Livingston County, Illinois, where he resided for three years. From there they removed to Will County, Illinois, and here Edward was reared to manhood and received his education, following farming as his vocation during that time. In 1872, he came to Missouri and resided in Bates County for two years, when he returned to Illinois, remaining ten months. He again came to Missouri and was engaged in the restaurant business at Harrisonville for ten months, when he became landlord of the Blair House for the following year. After that time he was the lessee of the City Hotel and continued to be its host for one year. In 1878 he embarked in the livery business with one team of horses and a buggy and has worked his way up from that small beginning to his present successful business. He now has the largest barn in the county which extends the entire length of a block fronting on both streets. He also runs the city bus—the only one here. Mr. Webber was married January 29, 1872, to Miss Marietta Van Ripper, a native of New York. They have three children : Cora M., Boy and Edward E. He is a member of the Knights of Honor and also of the M. U. A. A. They are members of the Episcopalian church.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

JOHN F. WHALEN, real estate agent, was born in Clarke County, Indiana, August 12, 1832, and was there reared to manhood and educated, following coopering as his business. In 1855 he came to Missouri and settled in Cass County, engaging in the dry goods and grocery trade at Austin, where he remained till 1861. In that year he enlisted in the Confederate service for three years, after which time he returned to Indiana, where he resided till 1865. He then again came to this county and was occupied in different lines of trade till 1872, when he entered the dry goods business, under the firm name of J. W. McSpadden & Co., at Harrisonville. He was a member of that firm for two years, and for the following two years was interested in the stock business. After this time he embarked in his present calling. Mr. Whalen was married in January, 185 1, to Miss Ellen Newgent, a native of Indiana. They have five children : John W., Lydia J., Nora, Eddie P. and Jake L. Mr. W. is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also belongs to the Baptist Church. He takes a prominent interest in the politics of the county, and is a Greenbacker in his preferences.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

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