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WILLIAM O. GILLIHAN; The gentleman whose name heads this sketch was born near McComb, McDonough County, Illinois, on April 1, 1841. When he had reached the age of four years his parents removed to Arkansas, and settled near Crawfordsville, Crawford County, and there his father died after a two years residence. In 1847 his mother removed to Iowa, and after several changes, finally settled in Warren county, near Indianola, where they lived until 1855, when (his mother having become Mrs. M. R. Richardson) they removed to Daviess county, seven miles south of Gallatin, and here he lived until 1858. He then left home and began the struggle of life for himself, and obtained most of his education after that date, attending the common schools of Daviess County in 1858 and 1859, and the high school at Gallatin in 1860 and 1861.
In February, 1862, he joined the Federal army, enlisting in Company A, first Regiment, Volunteer Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, and served three years, participating in the battles and skirmishes in which his command engaged, the most severe being the battles of Independence, Boonville, Mine Creek, Jefferson City and Big Blue, during Price's last raid through Missouri in 1864. Receiving his honorable discharge from the service he returned to Gallatin, arriving February 11, 1865. He entered the office of Judge Samuel A. Richardson and began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He began practice in Gallatin, and in 1868, entered into partnership with D. L. Kost, under the firm name of Gillihan & Kost, and they continued to practice until 1870, when Mr. Kost retired, and the present firm of Gillihan & Brosins was formed, and now enjoys a large practice. Mr. Gillihan was appointed county attorney of Daviess County in 186S, was elected prosecuting attorney in 1872, and was financial agent of the county during the years 1872, 1873 and 1874, and served with great credit
Mr. Gillihan was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Brosins, daughter of Dr. G. W. Brosins, of Gallatin, on the 22d of February, 1867. This, union has been blessed with five children; named, respectively, Tessora L, Paul C, Edith M., William L., and Venna. Mr. and Mrs. Gillihan are members of the Christian Church of Gallatin, of which he is an elder. He is, also, a member of Gallatin Lodge No. 106, A. F. & A. M., Gallatin Chapter R. A. M. No. 11, and Gallatin Lodge No. 167, I. O. O. F.
Source:  The History of Daviess County, Missouri; by Birdsall & Dean; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Pack

WILLIAM M. GIVENS, M. D.; William Middleton Givens, son of John S. and Margaret S. Givens, was born near Booneville, Cooper County, Missouri. December 23, 1827. He was reared upon a farm amid the wholesome influences of country life and industry, and educated in the early private schools of his native county, supplemented by an attendance at F. T. Kemper's High School, of Booneville. At the age of seventeen he began teaching school, and continued to follow this profession at intervals until he graduated as a physician. In January, 1854, he entered upon the study of medicine under Dr. H. C. Gibson, of Booneville, remaining under his preceptorship three years, and attending two full courses of lectures at the St. Louis Medical College, passing the regular examination before the faculty, and graduating a Doctor of Medicine, in March, 1857. Immediately thereafter he removed to Daviess county and on the 14th of the following July, was united in marriage to Miss Ada B. Cauthorn. They settled in Gallatin, and Dr. Givens entered upon the practice of medicine, which he has continued almost uninterruptedly ever since. He remained in Gallatin all during the War of the Rebellion, experiencing all the vicissitudes of those troublous times, and although his sympathies were with the South—being by birth and education a Southerner—he remained to a great extent neutral, not wishing to see the Government disrupted, and so tendered his services freely, ministering to the sick and wounded of both Federal and Confederate armies, as they came within his reach. He was not arrested or disturbed, but continued his practice all during the war, and now has not only one of the largest and most lucrative practices in Daviess county, but is also highly esteemed as a citizen, possessing the respect and confidence of the best people in Gallatin and Daviess County.
Dr. Givens is an ardent admirer of the tenets and practices of Freemasonry, having become initiated in 1858, in Daviess Lodge No. 116, of Gallatin; of which he was past master. When that Lodge surrendered its charter, he became a member of Gallatin Lodge No. 106, soon after its organization; was exalted to the most sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason in Gallatin Chapter No. 11; has held the offices of treasurer, king, ex officio high priest (the high priest having died during his term of office), and is now master of the first veil.
Dr. and Mrs. Givens have four children: named, respectively, Annie W., wife of W. A. Wynn; John Parasade Ogle. Carrie Lambeth, and Nathaniel Shores.
Source:  The History of Daviess County, Missouri; by Birdsall & Dean; Publ. 1882; Transcribed by Andrea Pack

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