BENJAMIN F. AND WILLIAM T. CLARK; (twins), are natives of Indiana, and were born in Hancock County, May 7, 1860. March 10, 1865, they moved with their parents to DeKalb County, Missouri, where the latter now resides. "Their father's family consists of ten boys and five girls—five of each are now living. The resemblance of the two used as the subject of this sketch was so close that when they were quite young it was necessary to place a different colored string of beads around their necks. Their appearance and actions were very much the same, and rendered it most difficult to tell them apart. They were educated in the schools of DeKalb County, and have never been parted for any great period of time worth mentioning. From May, 1878, till July, 1879, B. F. acted as Deputy County Clerk of DeKalb County, Missouri, and August 27, 1879, he took charge of the store as one of the firm of Clark & Son, druggists, in which he has met with great success. Being an accommodating and a pleasant business man, he finds numerous patrons. March 26, 1878, W. T. came to Stewartsville and accepted a position in the drug store of W. A. Clark, his uncle, and which is now the store known as Clark & Son. He continued as clerk in the same till March 26, 1879, when he was given the position of bookkeeper in the Stewartsville Bank, in which institution he has since been employed, and in which he is now cashier.
(Source: The History of Clinton County Missouri; published 1881; O.P. Williams & Co.; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)
Hon. Edward F. Cornelius. The capacity for public service which the individual develops in business affairs may often exceed that gained by the professional legist, for the practical abilities which make for success in the transactions of commercial life are found no less eminently fitting for the requirements of the handling of the affairs of the state or nation. Some of our ablest legislators have come from the field of agriculture, where their abilities have been prepared and sharpened for the momentous questions of every-day public life. In this class is the Hon. Edward F. Cornelius, for many years a farmer and dealer in stock in De Kalb County, and now representative of that county in the State Legislature. He is a native of Buchanan County, Missouri, and was born July 21, 1866, a son of William A. and Mary J. (Wilson) Cornelius. His father was for many years a substantial agriculturist of Buchanan County, Missouri, where he settled during the '40s, first entering a tract of land from the United States Government and substantially adding to it later by purchase until he had 470 acres. He is now deceased, but the mother still survives and is making her home on the old farm. There were twelve children in the family, as follows: Lorena, who is the wife of James Bermond; Amanda, who married George W. Castle; Ella M., who is the wife of B. E. Carpenter; Hon. Edward F.; William B., of Andrew County, Missouri; John C, a resident of Buchanan County, Missouri; Alice, who married Wallace Courtney; Effie, who is the wife of W. B. Wintenburg; Edith, who married Harvey Marker; and three children who are deceased.
Edward F. Cornelius was reared on the homestead place in Buchanan County and there received his early education, in the common schools, subsequently spending two years in Sturgisville College. Following his graduation there from, he engaged in school teaching for one year, and when twenty years of age came to De Kalb County and turned his attention to farming. On September 10, 1888, he was married to Miss Rosa Clark, and they settled down to housekeeping on a rented farm. Mr. Cornelius was possessed' of no funds and was forced to go into debt for his outfit, but energetic and persevering labor soon placed him upon the high road to success and position, and he was eventually able to purchase a tract of eighty acres. This property formed the nucleus for his present magnificent farm, comprising 720 acres of some of the best land to be found in the county. For a number of years he devoted himself entirely to general farming, but later branched out into buying and feeding stock, which he has since made a prominent feature of his business, and in addition is an extensive raiser of corn and alfalfa.
The success that Mr. Cornelius has acquired through his long and active career he accredits to staying by his work and paying strict attention to business. Throughout his whole career Mr. Cornelius has maintained a character that is above reproach, and as a practical and public-spirited citizen has the esteem of all who know him. A leader in the local democracy, Mr. Cornelius was elected a member of the Forty-seventh General Assembly, and is the present representative of De Kalb County, his public service being characterized by the same ability and devotion to duty that have marked his activities in his private interests. Fraternally he is popular with his fellow members in Weatherby Lodge, No. 235, A. F. and A. M., and Russell Chapter, No. 77, R. A. M. Mr. Cornelius was reared in the faith of the Presbyterian church, in which his father was a deacon, but is now connected with the Baptist church, in which he holds a like position. He is a friend of education, religion and good citizenship, and is an important moral force in his community.
Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius: Roy, who left home to make his own way in the world at the age of sixteen years, is now twenty-three years of age, a resident of Alaska and a successful young business man; Clinton, who is in his second year at the state university at Columbia; "Vernon E., a graduate of the Maysville High School, who is engaged in business in that city; Edith, who is a student of the high school here; and Lester, who attends the graded schools.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]
CRENSHAW, John Holmes, osteopath; born, Amity, De Kalb Co., Mo., Aug. 11, 1877; son of Giles Young and Annie C. (Holmes) Crenshaw; graduated from Mayville (Mo.) High School, 1894, Birmingham (Ala.) Business College, February, 1897, American School of Osteopathy, Kirksville, Mo., June, 1899; married, St. Charles, Mo., Jan. 26, 1901, Clara May Stokes. Was employed by Charles Counselman & Co., grain merchants, of Chicago, ILL., conducting branch office for them at Mayville, Mo., buying grain, for one year; practiced osteopathy in Illinois one year, since in St. Louis. Member State Board of Osteopathic Registration and Examination, 1903-08, St. Louis Osteopathic Association, Missouri Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Association. Democrat. Residence: 957 Hamilton Avenue.
(Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)