R. L. SCEARCE; stock raiser and dealer, section 19, post office Plattsburg, is a leader in the stock business of Missouri, and is well known in the northwest. He is a native of Clay County, Missouri, was born October 14, 1843, and is the son of Robert Scearce, deceased, who was one of the early settlers of Missouri. R. L. became a resident of Clinton County in 1851, and has here been raised to manhood and educated. Bob, as he is usually called, has always been a farmer and stock raiser, and, by his good judgment and strict attention to business, has made of it a grand and well deserved success. His landed estate embraces about 600 acres of land, which is well adapted and arranged for stock purposes. An attractive and substantial residence, with out-buildings to conform, adorn his farm and make it one of the most desirable in Atchison Township. He was married February 1, 1866, to Miss Mary M. Biggerstaff, a daughter of the well known Clinton County pioneer, Samuel G. Biggerstaff. They have six children living: Emmett, Lewis, William, Maud E., Ann Eliza, and an infant.
(Source: The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)


S. A. SCEARCE; farmer and stock raiser, section 17, post office Plattsburg. The subject of this sketch is a native of Clay County, Missouri, and was born January 7, 1848. While he was of an early age, the family emigrated to this county, where he has since resided. He has 460 acres of land, making in all one of the finest stock farms in the state, and as a stock raiser, he is well and favorably known throughout this district. His wife was, formerly, Miss Laura T. Thompson, an estimable lady. They have as a result of this union a family of four children, Minnie L., Lizzie A., Nancy A. and an infant. Of such men as Mr. Scearce the citizens of Clinton County may well be proud, and although yet a comparatively young man, he stands in the front rank of our representative farmers.
(Source: The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)


JAMES SHEARER; harness maker and speculator, is a native of Missouri, and was born in Clay County, December 18, 1837. When seven years of age, he went to Clinton County, near Plattsburg, where he was reared and educated. When fifteen years of age, he learned the harness maker's trade, in Plattsburg, which he has followed principally during life, working in many towns in the State of Missouri. In 1869, he came to his present location, and, since 1873, has been operating a shop. He also deals extensively in stock, real estate, etc. Mr. Shearer was married, November 23, 1869, to Miss Sarah H. Perry, who was born in Hancock County, Illinois, April 16, 1845. Their family consists of three children: James P., George W. and Charles E. Mr. S. is a Mason, and member of Stewartsville Lodge No. 182.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)


HON. HORATIO F. SIMRALL, the subject of this sketch, is an attorney of marked ability, residing at Liberty, Clay County, whose talents have been recognized by his fellow-citizens, and, judging from present indications, the honors now resting upon him are but the foretastes of greater ones to come. He was born in Shelby County, Ky., May 4, 1845. His father, James Simrall, was a native of Kentucky and a farmer by occupation. The latter was a son of James Simrall, Sr., who was born in Virginia and went as an early settler to Shelby County, Ky., being among the first to report for duty for the suppression of the Indian troubles, when for a time settlers were obliged to seek shelter in block-houses. He was also a Colonel of a Kentucky regiment in the War of 1812. The father of our subject continued to reside in Shelby County until his death, which occurred in 1863. In early life his political convictions caused him to be a Whig, but later he affiliated with the Democratic party.
The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Cynthia Fitzlen, and was a native of Woodford County, Ky. Her father, the Hon. John Fitzlen, was descended from Scotch and German ancestors, while the Simralls were of Scotch ancestry. The grandfather on the mother’s side was Hiram Graham, a native of Virginia, of Scotch descent. The mother of our subject is still living, in her sixty-eighth year, enjoying the declining years of her life at the old homestead in Shelby County. Mr. and Mrs. Simrall, Sr., were the parents of six boys and two girls, all living. Horatio F., our subject, the third child of the family passed his boyhood on the farm, attended the country schools, and later entered Shelby College, where he pursued his studies until 1866. At that time, feeling prepared to go out in the world, he made his first attempt at taking care of himself by teaching school in Shelby County, Ky. His ambition, however, was to become a lawyer, and in the fall of 1867 he entered the law department of the University of Louisville, Ky., from which he was graduated in 1868.
In January, 1869, our subject came to Clay County, MO., where he taught school for four months before locating in Liberty to begin the practice of his profession. That same year he formed a partnership with Henry L. Rontt, under the firm name of Rontt & Simrall, which connection lasted for two years. Later he was connected in partnership with Judge J. M. Sandusky, this firm being formed in July, 1872, and continuing until 1877, when the Judge was elected Circuit Judge of the Fifth Judicial District of Missouri. Afterward our subject formed a partnership with S. G. Sandusky, and that connection continued for three years, when a law student, Frank H. Trimble, was taken into the business. These gentlemen constitute the present firm, and conduct a practice extending throughout all the State and Federal courts. In 1871 Mr. Simrall was elected Justice of the Peace, which office he held several years, and from 1872 to 1873 he held the position of City Recorder. His fellow-citizens elected him to the office of the Prosecuting Attorney for 1875 and 1876, and also for 1883 and 1884, his entire term of service being four years. In 1884 he was called to occupy a position of still greater honor, for at that time the electors of the Fourth Senatorial District (composed of the counties of Clay, Clinton and Platte) elected him to the State Senate. He was nominated on the Democratic ticket, and elected without opposition.
While in the Senate, our subject served as Chairman of the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, and also on the Committee on Railroads. He took a very active part in all criminal legislation during his term of service. At the special session called by Gov. Marmaduke, he became quite conspicuous, in connection with Senators George A. Castleman, of St. Louis, Mo., and J. P. Hammond, of Johnson County, Mo., in railroad legislation, out of which grew the present railroad land laws. His ability as a director of affairs has been recognized in the city of Liberty, where the citizens have made him Chairman of their Public School Board. In politics he is a stanch Democrat. He has served as Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee, and at the time of writing (1892) is the Democratic Elector of the Third Congressional District.
December 22, 1874, Mr. Simrall married Miss Mattie, daughter of John A. Denny, an old citizen of Liberty. Mr. and Mrs. Simrall are the parents of five sons, namely: Denny C., Horatio F., Jr., James Sandusky, Ernest Graham and Riley Marsh. Our subject is a prominent Democratic pioneer of this place. Socially he is a member of Liberty Lodge No. 49, I. O. O. F. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, in which he is a Deacon.
[Source: PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri. Transcribed by FOGT]


JOHN THOMAS SUMMERS; was born in Clay County, Missouri, November 24, 1842. At the age of eight years he came to Clinton County, Missouri, with his father, Mason Summers. He obtained a good business education, chiefly by his own exertions, and at the age of seventeen he enlisted in the Confederate army, serving until the close of the war. He participated in several hard fought battles; was promoted to lieutenant for meritorious conduct; afterwards commanded a company, and was a general favorite with all the men of his regiment. He received a wound at the battle of Blakely, Mr. S. is entitled to great credit for the care with which he has watched over his aged parents, his father now being in his eighty-first year. John remains unmarried.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)