John Taggart- was born in Ireland in 1828, died at his home near Bethany, August 23, 1913, in his eighty-sixth year.  He was a democrat of the Jeffersonian school.  Next to the family Bible, he esteemed and venerated the democratic platform.  He was elected state senator in 1886 and reelected for another term of four years, was a member of the Methodist Church and had been an Odd Felllow for more than sixty years.

submitted by: Melody Beery

Lorenzo Dow Thompson

Lorenzo Dow Thompson was the first representative in the General Assembly of Missouri from Harrison County.  Thompson achieved fame earlier in life by defeating Capt. Abraham Lincoln in a wrestling match.  In conversation at Bethany, the county seat of Harrison County, Gen. Henry Cadle added new details to the famous story and to the account of Thompson's life.

Thompson emigrated from Illinois to Harrison County, Missouri, and was elected its first representative in the General Assembly in 1846, and was re-elected in 1848.  He was also a member of the first grand jury of Harrison County.  Politically he was called an anti-Benton democrat.  Positive in all his convictions, he was called eccentric toward the end of his life, but all who knew him testify that he was able, upright and a good neighbor and citizen.  In 1875 he died indigence, at the age of sixtyfive years, and his body lies in Oakland Cemetery, six miles north of Bethany.

An old resident of Bethany, E.L. Hubbard, now ninety-one years of age, told General Cadle that he sold Mr. Thompson "the first suit of store clothes."  It was in this suit that he made his first appearance in the Legislature in 1846.  Mr. Hubbard says that Thompson was a powerful speaker of rough and ready sort, with but little education, and was a powerful man physically, as Abraham Lincoln found him in wrestling with him.

General Cadle has furnished an account of the wrestling match, in which Capt. Abraham Lincoln was defeated by Private Lorenzo Dow Thompson.  The match was celebrated the state over long before Lincoln became famous.  Historians have said that Lincoln claimed that the day he was elected captain of a company of sixty-day volunteers, in the Black Hawk war, was the proudest day of his life.  Lincoln said he was then out of a job, and enlistment in Governor Reynolds militia to remove Black Hawk and his band from Illinois soil, "dead or alive" appealed to his love of adventure. He enlisted with sixty-seven other Illinois men in a militia company in Sangamon County.  Lincoln was elected their captain on the 21st of April, 1832.  Thus organized the company was marched to Beardstown to be sworn into the service, and then towards Rock River, where Captain Lincoln was to meet Zachary Taylor, Jefferson Davis, William H. Harney, Albert Sydney Johnston and others who were to be prominent figures in American history.  Near Beardstown, the companies of Captain Lincoln and Capt. William Moore from St. Clair County came upon a camping ground simultaneously, and for its occupancy a strife arose.  It was suggested that Captain Lincoln and Captain Moore settle the matter by a wrestling match.  But as every rule of wrestling forbade a contest so unequal, Captain Moore who declined, suggested the selection of a man to represent each company.  That appeared fair enough, and Captain Lincoln selected himself to represent his company, while Captain Moore asked his brother, Jonathan Moore, orderly sergeant, to make the selection.  The latter knew his business, selecting as Captain Lincoln's antagonist Lorenzo Dow Thompson of St. Clair County.  Honathan Moore refereed the match, which was to consist of the best two in three falls.  He tossed up a coin, winning choice of the "holts" for Thompson who chose "side holts."  Lincoln's was "Indian holt"  There was much betting on the result;  horses, pay rolls and reputations were risked.  To the surprise of Captain Lincoln and his company, in the first round Thompson threw the captain upon the ground.  This, in the presence of a few friends would have been dreadful, but for Abraham Lincoln, captain of the company, the most famous wrestler, to be thus beaten surrounded by an army was a catastrophe.  His friends shouted: "That's only one fall, while two more are due."  Captain Lincoln returned to the wrestling with the remark, "Now Mr. Thompson, it's your turn to go down."  Once more the legs of the valiant captain rose in the air, and both men fell to the ground in a heap.

"Dog fall," yelled Lincoln's men.

"Fair fall," retorted Moore's men, but Lincoln, disgruntled and defeated though he was..in one fall at least...was a good loser.  Springing to his feet before the referee could act, he exclaimed:  "Boys, the man actually threw me once fairly, broadly so, and his second time...this very fall....he threw me fairly, though not apparently so."  That settled the matter, and the frankness of the speaker saved him his reputation, although his men lost all of their valuable property.

Prof. Risdon Marshall Moore, then of McKendree College, called in 1860 upon Mr. Lincoln at the latter's house in Springfield with a delegation of college men.  Professor Moore was introduced as "of St. Clair county."  During the conversation which followed, Mr. Lincoln asked:  "Which of the Moore families do you belong to?  I havde a grudge against one of them."  Professore Moore replied:

" I suppose it is my family you have the grudge against, but we are going to elect you president and call it even."

General Cadle had in his library at Bethany notes of this wrestling match and a biographical sketch of Lorenzo Dow Thompson, who is yet well remembered by many of the older citizens of Harrison County.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery

Walton E. Todd- state bank examiner, was for years prior to his ppointment to this important position, one of Harrison County's widely known and successful bankers.  Mr. Todd is a native of Harrison County, born near Hatfield, Missouri, July 17, 1888.  He is a son of Richard D. and Jala (Underwood) Todd. Richard Todd is a native of Kentucky and came to this state in his boyhood days and for many years was engaged in farming and the mercantile business in Harrison County.  He is now living retired at Hatfield.  His wife died in 1889 when Walton E. Todd of this review was about one year old.

Walton E. todd received his early education in the public schools of Mercer, County, Missouri.  Later he attended Elliotts Business College at Burlington, Iowa, and was graduated from that institution in 1908.  Earlier he served as a clerk in a mercantile house in Mercer County, and after graduating he engaged in the mercantile business with his father at Hatfield, Missouri.  Some years later they disposed of the business and he accepted the position of cashier of the Bank of Hatfield, which position he filled most successfully.  He left Hatfield to become cashier of the Citizens Bank of Blythedale, in 1919.  While at Blythedale, Mr. Todd became interested in the project of establishing the Bethany Trust Cmpany and assisted in organizing that company in 1919.  This company began business January 1, 1920, with Mr. Todd holding the position of assistant treasurer.  Later he scucceeded I.E. Nelson as treasurer of the institution and was capably filling that position when he was appointed state bank examiner May 1, 1921.
Walton E. Todd was married March 26, 1910, to Miss Grace A. Brazzell of Hatfield, Missouri.  She is a daughter of John P. and Alice (Dixon) Brazzell of Hatfield. To Mr. and Mrs. Todd has been born one son, LeRoy, born March 3, 1911.

Mr. Todd is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and he and Mrs. Todd are members of the Christian Church.  Mr. Todd has been a close student in the practical field of banking and is well posted in the details of the many phases of this important business and is eminently qualified to fill the responsible position which he holds.
[Source: History of Harrison County, Missouri, Geo. W. Wanamaker, 1921]

Mahlon C. Turner
is a son of Robert and Phoebe [Canady] turner, natives of Illinois, and was born in Daviess County, September 11, 1860.  The father emigrated to harrison County, Mo., when Mahlon was a small boy, and there engaged in farming near Bethany until his death in 1880.  His mother having died soon after his birth, Mahlon was reared by his father, and during his youth learned the harness and saddle trade in Bethany.  In January, 1887, he bought the harness and saddle establishment of Arthur Edson, and is now successfully engaged in that business on the east side of the square, and is controlling a large share of the patronage of the city and county in this line.  In 1883 he married Mollie Keen, of Daviess County, Mo. by whom he has one son- Don. D.  Mr. Turner is a Democrat in his political views, and is one of the enterprising business men of Bethany.
[Source: History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Missouri, Goodspeeds, 1881]

was born in Jennings, Ind., March 10, , and was but an infant when his parents decided to move to Mercer County.  He lived at home upon the farm until nineteen, and then went west, where he spent some time in the Colorado Mountains and Wyoming as a freighter hand.  After passing a winter in Kansas he engaged in farming and stock raising in Mercer County, Mo., ten years and in 1877 came to Harrison County, Mo.  Here he bought a small farm, and shortly after married Eliza Humble, a native of Hancock County, Ind. [born Oct. 29,1854], by whom he has had four children; Nellie G., born June 22,1879; Amos B., born September 18,1881; Besside D., born October 4,1885, and Rocky P., born September 18,1887.  Mr. Twadell owns 260 acres of land, 180 being in the home place, which is well cultivated and improved.  In politics Mr. Twadell is a stanch Republican.
[Source: History of Harrison and Mercer Counties, Missouri, Goodspeeds, 1881]

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