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The value of character has been exemplified in the life of the subject of this sketch, who is one of the comparatively few prominent residents of Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri, who is a native of the state. Mr. Qualls was born in Greene county, near Springfield, January 29, 1866, a son of Aaron N. and Elizabeth (Ward) Qualls. The father was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1826, and the mother, who was a daughter of William Ward, an early settler of that state, was born in western Tennessee, in 1828. The first American representative of the family of Qualls came from Scotland, and the family has long been represented in Tennessee.
Sherman N. Qualls lived in Oronogo, Jasper county, Missouri, from 1872 until 1899, when he removed to Webb City, where his father is living a life of retirement. He was educated at Oronogo and at the Carthage Business College, in which he was graduated in 1890. After his graduation he was for eighteen months a bookkeeper for J.N. Stults, of Oronogo. Afterward he was deputy assessor of the city of Carthage, under Assessors O.B. Morris and Hiram Phillips. In 1890 he was elected assessor of Jasper county by a large vote for a term of four years, running two hundred and fifty votes ahead of his ticket.
In October, 1889, Mr. Qualls married Miss Mary Offield, a daughter of Lewis Offield, of Cedar county, Missouri, and they have four children, named George W., J. Herman, Blanche and Gertrude. Mr. Qualls took a very active part in politics during the campaign of 1896, in which McKinley and Bryan were for the first time opposing candidates for the office of president, and he also took a conspicuous part in the campaign of 1900. He filled the office of city collector for Oronogo for two years, and was for two years street commissioner. He is a member of the Knights and Ladies of Security, and personally is very popular wherever he is known. As an official, he has met every responsibility devolving upon him and he has fulfilled the duties of his several offices with a degree of courtesy that has made conference with him upon any matter a real pleasure to every one interested.
[Source is: The biographical record of Jasper County, Missouri By Malcolm G. McGregor (1901). Transcribed by Kim Mohler]

Was born in Montezuma, New York, August 8, 1834. When fourteen years old he began working at a saw mill, at which he continued four years. He next went on a farm and remained till July, 1862, when he joined company C, of the 74th Indiana volunteer infantry, serving in the civil war till July, 1865. He had been in the battles of Stone River, Munfordsville, Mission Ridge and several other fights and skirmishes, and was once captured at the battle of Munfordsville. He was exchanged, however, and finally mustered out at Camp Norton, Indianapolis. After the war, he began “firing” on the Pittsburg, Ft. Wayne & Chicago R.R., where he fired till 1871, then was put in charge of an engine, which he ran until 1876. He then ran twenty months on the Michigan Central, after which he came to North Springfield, and in April, 1879, took an engine which he is now running. He has been twice married. First, in 1859, to Angeline Sult (who died in 1861), by whom he has one child. On July 4, 1869, he married Mrs. Mary E. Hill, by which marriage he has four children. Mr. Quicksell is a member of the Odd Fellows Order at Ft. Wayne, and also belongs to the A.O.U.W.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

This gentleman was born in Clarke County, Kentucky, July 15th, 1830. His father was Colby B. Quisenberry, one of the early settlers of Clarke county. Elkanah spent the greater part of his life in Kentucky. He was educated in the colleges at Winchester and Lexington, and followed farming as an avocation the most of his life. He spent some five years in Texas and New Mexico ranching, and returned to Kentucky in 1860. When the war broke out he joined Morgan’s Confederate cavalry, and was taken prisoner in Ohio, on the famous Morgan raid, and held twenty-five months. When released he returned home and remained in Kentucky until 1875, when he came to Greene county, Missouri, and bought a farm. Mr. Quisenberry was married Nov. 5th, 1867, to Ellen, a daughter of John and Mahala (Adams) Thornton of Henry county, Kentucky. Their union was blest with six children, viz.: Florence B., Arthur T., Charles D., Mattie L., Gracie E. and Gertie E., twins. Mr. Quisenberry died Nov. 13th, 1880, and his widow lives upon the home place two and one-half miles west of Springfield.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

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