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P. GENTRY; section 28, post office Bainbridge. Among the well known and successful farmers of this county, the subject of this sketch deserves special mention. He is a native of Kentucky, and was born December 15, 1820. In 1832, he with his father's family, removed to this state, and settled in Clay County, where he followed the occupation of farming. In 1847, he emigrated to Oregon and California, where he remained three years, after which time he returned to Missouri, and settled in this county, where he has since resided. In 1866, he settled on his present place, which contains 260 acres of land, all of which is under cultivation. Mr. G. was married, March 20, 1850, to Miss Martha West. Their family consists of George W., Virginia L., Ida P., Albert S. J., James M. and Nancy E. Mr. G. is a member of the Protective Association.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

James Gilchrist. For nearly a half century James Gilchrist has been prominently identified with the advancement of the agricultural prosperity of Clinton County, and during that time as a resident of Shoal Township and proprietor of Lanarkshire Farm, has established for himself an enviable reputation as a skillful farmer and a thoroughly honest man and good citizen. A son of James Gilchrist, Sr., he was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1829, of excellent ancestry.
James Gilchrist, Sr., was likewise a native of Lanarkshire, where he carried on a good business as a carpenter and builder. He died at the age of seventy years. His wife, whose maiden name was Martha Schylr, was born and reared in the same county. Nine children were born of their union, and of these one son died in Canada, and eight children are living: Wilcox, a resident of Shoal Township; Charles, a banker and lumberman, of Shoal Township; James, the subject of this sketch; Thomas, a resident of Clinton County; and the others have settled in other counties or states.
Reared to manhood beneath the parental roof-tree, James Gilchrist was well trained in boyhood to habits of industry, honesty and thrift that have been the guiding principles of his life. In 1855, after a voyage of twenty-one days, he arrived in New York City, where he remained a short time. Going from there to Ohio, he resided a few years in Cincinnati; then, desirous of a change of residence and occupation, settled on a farm in Macomb, Illinois. In 1868 Mr. Gilchrist followed the tide of emigration still farther westward, coming to Missouri. Locating in Clinton County, he bought 160 acres of land in Shoal Township, and began its improvement by putting up a small, boxlike house of two rooms, 12 feet by 16 feet. Clearing a part of his land, he began the raising of oats and corn and started in the stock business by purchasing a few head of cattle and buying some Kentucky horses. As his means increased. Mr. Gilchrist bought more land, adding to his original purchase until he has now title to 1,200 acres of the best land to be found in Northwest Missouri, 800 acres of which is under a high state of cultivation, and very productive. He also makes a specialty of breeding and raising stock of a high grade, and is known as one of the most successful stock growers of the township.
Mr. Gilchrist married, March 6, 1874, Jennie Crider, who was born in Pennsylvania, a daughter of Henry Crider, a Pennsylvania German. Mrs. Jennie Gilchrist died in 1888, at the early age of thirty-eight years, leaving three children, namely: Bessie, wife of W. Williams, of Pratt Township; Edna, wife of Noah Jackson, an extensive farmer and stock raiser of Shoal Township; and Claude, living on the homestead and managing it with most satisfactory pecuniary results. Claude Gilchrist married, in 1904, Lorena Milholland, who was born and educated in Shoal Township, a daughter of William and Bell (Wolfe) Milholland, and into their home two children have made their advent, James Wilber and Helen Bess. Politically Mr. Gilchrist supports the principles of the democratic party by voice and vote.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

J. W. Golden. Noteworthy among the active and prosperous agriculturists of Clinton County is J. W. Golden, of Platte Township, who makes a specialty of stock breeding and raising, keeping upwards of two hundred head of cattle and large numbers of hogs. A son of the late Morris Golden, he was born, in 1871, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, where his childhood days were spent.
A farmer by occupation, Morris Golden was engaged in tilling the soil both while living in Kentucky and after coming with his family to Clinton County, Missouri, where his death occurred when but sixty-four years old. He was an industrious, hard-working man, eminently worthy of the high respect in which he was held, and was a faithful member of the Catholic church. His wife died at a comparatively early age. They were the parents of eight children, as follows: Dennis, living in Nebraska; George, who died at the age of forty-two years; Richard J., of Platte Township; J. W., the special subject of this brief sketch; Mrs. Ellen Flavel; Margaret, who died at the age of thirty years; Frank, deceased; and Osborn, a resident of Kentucky.
Having completed the course of study in the public schools, J. W. Golden became somewhat familiar with the different branches of agriculture under his father's instructions, and later obtained a practical knowledge of stock raising while working out by the month for an expert stockman. Finding that occupation congenial to his tastes, as well as profitable, he continued in it, first buying a small tract of land in Clinton County, which is included in his present home place in Platte Township. Succeeding well in his operations, Mr. Golden has subsequently added to his*original acreage by purchase, and has made improvements of value, having a fine house, two good barns, one thirty-two by forty feet, and one twenty by forty feet, and also having a granary and the other necessary outbuildings for successfully carrying on his work. He raises excellent crops of hay, corn and oats, his land being well adapted for the producing of all the cereals common to this section of the state.
Mr. Golden is married and has four children living, namely: J. W., Jr.; Florence Marie; Mary Ellen; and Francis C. As a successful agriculturist and a trustworthy citizen, Mr. Golden has the respect and esteem of his neighbors and friends, and occupies an important place in the community in which he resides.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

JOHN M. GRAYSON; farmer and stock raiser, section 1, post office Grayson, although not an old settler of this county, is, nevertheless, one who has been closely identified with the agricultural interests thereof. He is a native of Missouri, and was born in Platte County, (December 28, 1845. He was there raised in the occupation which he now follows. His father. George W. was an old settler and a highly respected citizen of Platte County, and a man to whom the county owes much for the interest manifested by him in its prosperity and growth. He now resides in Jefferson County, Kansas. The town of Grayson was named in honor of his family. John Grayson has 180 acres of good, average land, most of which is under cultivation. He has been twice married. First, to Miss Anna Belle Conway. They had, from this marriage, two children, one of whom is living, Conway. Mrs. G.'s death occurred May 4, 1876. He was again married, May 1, 1879, to Miss Maggie Williams. They are members of the Christian Church, and contribute liberally towards its support.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

GAINES GREENE; section 23, post off1ce Gower, among the most prominent stock men and farmers in Clinton County, is a native of Mason County, Illinois, and was born March 8, 1853. His father, Hon. W. G. Greene, is a well known citizen of that state, and has figured conspicuously in the commercial and political circles there for the past quarter of a century. He was an intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln and War Governor Yates, and partly through his influence the former came before the people for President. For a number of years he has been engaged in the banking business at Tallula. He was instrumental in having a number of the now popular railroads in Illinois, and has been prominently identified with a number of commendable enterprises for the state's advancement. Gaines was raised and educated in his native state, attending for a time the Commercial College at Poughkeepsie, New York. He early manifested an interest in farming and stock raising, and to the latter he has given his attention for a number of years. In the spring of 1880, he came to Missouri, locating on his present farm, which consists of 641 acres of land, unsurpassed in the state. A commodious residence is upon the farm, which indicates comfort and prosperity. Mr. Greene is well informed upon the current events of the day and is an interesting member of society. On the 2d of October, 1878, he was married to Miss Julia Blankenship, an estimable young lady of Menard County, Illinois. They have one daughter: Dasie.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

JOHN N. GRIMES; farmer and stock raiser, section 5, post office Stewartsville, is a native of Clintonville, Kentucky, and was born in 1856. At the age of three years he, with his parents, moved to Clay County, Missouri, locating near Liberty, where he continued to reside until 1830. He then apprenticed himself to the firm of Smithey & McCullough, carpenters and house joiners, and remained in their employ till 1854, when he came to Plattsburg, this county. There he was connected with Love & Leeper until 1859, and assisted in building the first Methodist church in that city. During the following spring Mr. G. crossed the plains to Salt Lake City in the employ of Elias Barber, freighter. Associated with eight others he procured an outfit, consisting of a wagon and five yoke of oxen, and with provisions, they started for California, but unfortunately, having lost the most of their oxen, he was obliged to walk the last 150 miles to Honey Lake Valley. After spending some seven years in California and Oregon he returned to this county by the Pony Express in 1866. He was united in marriage on the 24th day of December, 1867, with Mrs. Sarah Best, the widow of Joseph Best. Mrs. Grimes is a native of North Carolina, born on the 11th day of March, 1843. Mr. Grimes' farm consists of 260 acres. He is a member of the Masonic order, and both he and his wife are members of the Lebanon Baptist Church. Their family circle consists of two children: Fannie and John E.; lost one son, Charles T. Mrs. Grimes has three children by a former marriage: Laura J., Albert and Joseph H. The mother of Mrs. Grimes, who is eighty-four years of age, finds a pleasant home with her children.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)

JAMES GROOM; farmer and stock raiser, section 22, post office Gower. There are but few people in Clinton and adjoining counties who have not heard of Uncle Jimmie, as he is usually called, he, who, in the pioneer days of this country, felled the giant oak and assisted in erecting the frontier cabin, and in the bee hunt was found among the foremost, and by whose hand many an agile buck has been slain. Now well advanced in years and past the meridian of life, he is still hale, and bids fair for years to come, to recount his numerous exploits of those halcyon days. He was born in Kentucky, September 3, 1810. His father, with his family, emigrated to Missouri at an early day, locating first in Montgomery County, and then in Clay County. William Groom, his brother, came to Clinton County in 1829, and the subject of this sketch accompanied him, and helped to erect his house, becoming a permanent resident in 1833. He took an active part as an early farm improver, and from that time to the present, has been one of Clinton County's most progressive citizens. He was at the first precinct election in 1833, and helped to carry the polls to Liberty. He was married in 1836, to Miss Rebecca Adams. They have had seventeen children, fourteen of whom are now (1881) living: Ann, Sarah, Archibald, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Larinda, Nancy, Catherine, Rebecca, Littleton, Elijah, Deborah, Mary, Rhoda. Three are deceased: Jacob, James and an infant.
(Source:  The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)


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