HARRISON COUNTY MISSOURI
BIOGRAPHIES
"F"

Frank Fancher.
 a veteran of the World War and a representative young man of Bethany, Missouri, is a native of this county.  He was born October 7, 1888 and is a son of W.S. and Sallie (Nowland) Fancher.
 

W.S. Fancher andhis wife were both born in Missouri.  They are the parents of the following children:  Bert, Union Township; Jessie, married Rupert Buks, Jamesport, Missouri; Cora, married William Eaton, Grant Township; Frank, the subject of this sketch; Harry, lives in Bethany; Max, who is engaged in the grocery business at Brooklyn; and Roy, who is employed in a shipyard near San Francisco, California.

Grank Fanchere was reared in Harrison County and educated in the public schools and after the United States entered the World War, he was chosen for service under the selective draft and entered the army July 25, 1918.  He was sent to Camp Pike, Arkansas, where he wasin training for a period of six months, when he was transferred to Camp Dodge, Iowa, where, after the armistice was signed, he received his honorable discharge.

After being discharged from the army, Mr. Fancher returned to Harrison County where he resumed his former occupation of farming and stock raising.  He is a dependable young man and is making good.
Source: History of Harrison County, Missouri, Geo. Wanamaker, 1921



C.C.(Charles Cameron)Fordyce-of Grant Township has been prominently identified with the development of Harrison County in various ways for a number of years.  He was born near Dallas, West Virginia, July 7, 1853, a son of John and Margaret Ann (Cameron) Fordyce.

John Fordyce was a native of Stubenville, Ohio, and a son of pioneer parents of that state.  Margaret Ann Cameron was a native of Scotland and came to America with her parents who returned to their native land some time after her marriage to John Fordyce.  The Fordyce family came west in 1875 and settled in Iowa.  The father died in Harrison County, Missouri.  The mother died in Taylor County, Iowa.  They were the parents of six children:  Mrs. Elizabeth Potter, Bethany, Missouri; Mrs. Margaret McConnell, Washington County, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Caroline Power, Spirit Lake, Iowa; C.C. the subject of this sketch; George, deceased and Mrs. Lou Johnson who lives near Bedford, Iowa.

During the Civil War, John Fordyce, served in Company G, 85th Pennsylvania Infantry.

C.C. Fordyce was educated in the public schools and when about seventeen years old began working out by the month.  About two years later he came to Missouri, landing at Chillicothe, and walked from there to Bethany, a distance of about fifty miles in one day.  When he came to Harrison County, Mr. Fordyce had $305.00.  He worked one year for eighteen dollars per month and then returned to Pennsylvania for a short time and came back to Harrison County in the spring of 1875 and was married.  He farmed and rented land for two years when his wife was given eighty acres of land by her father.  Later they sold that farm and bought 160 acres in Trail Creek township.  Later Mr. Fordyce sold that place at a profit of $2,000.00.  He then bought a farm in Grant Township, two miles northeast of his present home and in 1899, bought the eighty upon which his residence is located.  He bought more land from time to time and is now the owner of 766 acres besides some timber land.  Mr. Fordyce was extensively engaged in farming and stock raising for a number of years and met with success.  During recent years he has rented land to his sons who are now successfully operating it.

In additon to his farming operations, Mr. Fordyce has been and is still interested in a number of other enterprises in which he has investments.  He was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Ridgeway, and served as president of that institution for eleven years.

Mr. Fordyce was married April 21, 1875, to Miss Ida F. Boyce, a native of Harrison County, Missouri.  She was born near Blue Ridge, and was a daughter of Daniel D. Boyce, a pioneer settler of Harrison County, who came here about 1855.  He served as lieutenant in the Union Army during the Civil War and for many years was prominent in Hrrison County.  He served as county judge and held various other offices.  To Mr. and Mrs. Fordyce were born the following children:  Gertrude, married C.E. Smith, Bethany, Township; Bessie, married R.D. Swain, Grant Township; Daniel, Oswego, Kansas; Orrie, a farmer in Sherman Township; Roy, Bethany, Missouri; Ralph, Grant Township; and Lela, married Clifford Polley, Sherman Township.  There are fourteen grandchildren in the Fordyce family.

Mr. Fordyce is a Republican and has held a number of local offices and served as justice of the peace for four years.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Church and are among the highly respected and dependable citizens of Harrison County.
[Source: History of Harrison County, Geo. W. Wanamaker, 1921]

Jesse F. Frank-a progressive and well to do farmer and stockman of Dallas Township, who is the owner and proprietor of Hill View Farm, is a native of Iowa.  He was born in Warren County, July 7, 1881, and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Opie) Frank, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the mother was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Henry Frank came West and located in Iowa about 1870 and was engaged in farming and stock raising in Warren County until the time of his death.  He served in the Union army during the Civil War, having enlisted in 1862.  He participated in a number of important engagements and numerous skirmishes and was with Sherman on the famous march through Georgia and to the sea.  He died in Warren County Iowa in 1887 and is buried there.  He was married to Elizabeth Opie, December 25, 1866.

To Henry and Elizabeth (Opie) Frank were born five children as follows:   Alice, married James Frank and they live in Illinois; Cora, married L.C. Wright and they live in South Dakota; Nancy, married A.N. Smith, Centerville, Kansas; Grace married Joe Tremble and they live in Iowa; and Jesse F., the subject of this review.

Jesse F. Frank was reared on a farm and received a good common school education in the district schools.  He began life as a farmer and stockman and is now the owner of a splendid farm of 320 acres which is known as Hill View Farm and is located in Dallas Township, about one and one half miles south of Martinsville.  The place is well improved and all of the improvements have been made by Mr. Frank.  He carries on general farming and stock raising and is one of the successful farmers of Harrison County.  he raises registered big boned Poland China hogs and at this writing has about eighty head on hand.  Mrs. Frank is one of the successful poultry raisers of this section.  She raises standard bred White Leghorn chickens of the Hill View strain.  She also raises Mammoth White Holland turkeys with which she has been very successful.

Mr. Frank was married August 6, 1901 to Miss Effie England, a native of Harrison County and to this union two children have been born as follows:  Archie H. a graduate of the Bethany High School, of the class of 1921 and now a student in the University of Missouri at Columbia; and George D. who is attending school in Bethany.

Mr. Frank is one of the dependable citizens of Harrison County and the Frank family is well known and highly repsected.
[Source:  The History of Harrison County, Missouri, Geo. W. Wanamaker, 1921]

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