CHARLES C. CHRISTIE
This industrious, enterprising and progressive ranch and stock man of Montrose has passed almost the whole of his life on the frontier and has aided in the development and improvement of two or three portions of the country in an efficient and serviceable way. He was born in Daviess County in northwestern Missouri on December 12, 1859, and there he was reared to the age of thirteen, when he left home and went to work for himself as a farm hand in Harrison County, adjoining his native one on the north. His parents were Henry B. and Martha E. (Burton) Christie, the former born in Kentucky on June 2, 1839, and the latter in the same state on August 21, 1843. The father was brought to Missouri at the age of ten, and after he grew to manhood, he taught school in the winter and farmed in the summer for a number of years. He has retired from active pursuits with a good estate and is now living in the town of Hampton, Missouri. Twelve children were born in the family, of whom nine are living, three of them in Montrose County, this state. Charles left home in 1872, when he was but thirteen, and began making his own living working for wages on farms in Harrison County, in his native state, where he remained until 1888. Then, in company with a party having five teams, he came overland to Colorado and located in the vicinity of Olathe. In 1890 he bought the place on which he now lives, which he had previously rented for two years. This is favorably located one-fourth of a mile west of Olathe and comprises one hundred and sixty acres. He has an acre and a half in fruit and produces some of the best of this commodity raised in the county, but his enterprise in this line is only for his own use. His principal crops are grain and hay, and these he produces in abundance and first-class condition. He also raises large quantities of potatoes, to which the soil of his farm seems well adapted. Mr. Christie has been a farmer all his life and makes no pretention to extensive learning outside of his business. He knows that well, however, and he applies to its operations the knowledge he has, conducting them with skill and wisdom, and securing the best results in his efforts. He carries on a general farming industry and also has a herd of good cattle on the hills in summer, which are properly sheltered and cared for in the winter. When he moved into this locality the house in which he now lives was the only frame building in the valley, the others being all rude log cabins. To the development and improvement of the section, he has given ready and efficient aid, and its present state of advancement is largely due to his work and the stimulus of his example on others. On February 22, 1872, he was married to Miss Julia Spiers, a native of Missouri, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Bell) Spiers, of that state, and a sister of Jacob Z. Spiers, in whose sketch on another page of this work the family history is recorded. In the Christie family three children have been born. The oldest is nineteen years of age and the youngest fifteen. Mr. Christie and his wife are members of the Baptist church. He is an earnest Democrat in political allegiance, and has served hi party well in public office and his private station. He was general road overseer two years and has been school director, six. He is also one of the trustees of his church.
(Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed By Joanne Scobee Morgan)
Crain, Thomas J.
Thomas J. Crain was born near the Ohio River, in Fleming County, Kentucky, September 4, 1830. He was reared and educated in his native place, and continued to reside there until 1855, when he migrated to Missouri and entered land in Holt County, improving the same and living upon it until 1864, in February of which year he rented his farm and went to Nebraska City, Nebraska. Here he was engaged in freighting to Denver, Colorado, for one year, when he opened a feeding stable, and carried on that business until the spring of 1866, then went to Hamburg, Iowa, and engaged in stock feeding for one year. Returning to Gallatin in the spring of 1867, he engaged in the mercantile business with William Mann, under the name and style of Mann & Crain, and transacted business until the fall of 1869, when they dissolved partnership and closed out business. He next engaged in the lumber trade, being the pioneer lumber dealer of Gallatin, and there being no railroad at that time, he had the lumber hauled by team from Hamilton, in Caldwell County. In 1871 he retired from the lumber trade and engaged in the grocery business with S. T. Hill, under the firm name of Hill & Crain, until 1875. We find him buying and shipping walnut lumber to Chicago in 1878, and he continued to buy and ship until 1880, when he entered into partnership with A. F. Barnett, forming the present firm of Crain & Barnett, lumber dealers.
Mr. Crain was married to Miss Amanda M. Plumer, of Fleming County, Kentucky, on the 25th of January, 1855. She was a very estimable lady, and died in Nebraska City, Nebraska, September 30, 1865. He was a second time married, in Gallatin, Mrs. M. C. Owings becoming his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Crain are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of Gallatin, and he is a member of Gallatin Lodge No. 106, A. F. & A. M.
Source: The History of Daviess County, Missouri; by Birdsall & Dean; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Pack