a prominent citizen of Bethany, and a member of the firm of Slemmons and Walker, leading merchants of this city, was born in Andrew County, Missouri, December 5,1875, the son of William S. and Catherine [Calvert] Walker.  George Walker was educated in the King City grade schools and spent one year in the high school there.  At the age of fifteen he began working in his father's King City store and has been engaged in the mercantile business all of his life.  George P. Walker is in charge of the dry goods department, Mr. Slemmons the clothing department and James M. Walker is head of the grocery and queensware department.

George P. Walker was married April 5,1910 to Lois E. Barnes, a daughter of C.S. and Emma Barnes of Bethany, Missouri.  Mrs. Walker was born near Bethany and was educated in this county.  Mr. and Mrs. Walker have a daughter, Emma Nadine.
Source: The History of Harrison County, Missouri, Geo. Wanamaker, 1921

WANAMAKER, Judge George W.
Judge George Wanamaker was born near Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, October 08, 1846.  He spent his early life in that country and was educated at Albert College, Belleville, Ontario, later graduating from the law department of the University of Michigan.  
In 1870 he came to Missouri, and to Kirksville in 1876.  He remained here two years, serving as city attorney by appointment, and during the last year of his residence here was a partner of H. F. Millan.  In 1878 he went to Bethany Missouri where he has since resided.

In 1881 he became a member of the law firm of Wanamaker and Barlow, at Bethany, of which he remained a member for twenty-three years.
He filled the office of city attorney of Bethany three terms, and was assistant prosecuting attorney of Harrison County for four years.  In 1904 he was elected circuit Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit, and re-elected in 1910.  He is regarded as one of the able jurists of the State, a man of the highest judicial temperament, wide learning, sterling honesty and of the keenest insight into matters of law.  Those who have watched his career feel sure there are yet many honors in store for him.

He was married to Miss Bessie Templeman, daughter of Wm. A. Templeman, of Bethany, December 23, 1879.
Source: History of Adair County by E.M. Violette, together with "Reminiscences and Biographical Sketches" edited by C.N. Tolman, published by The Denslow History Company, 1911

died near Mount Moriah December 4, 1913, in his ninety-fourth year.  He had been a resident of Harrison County more than fifty-seven years.  At the age of fourteen he rode horseback from Wayne County, Pennsylvania, to Missouri.  He was a prominent Mason and at one time was one of the largest land owners in the county.

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LOTTIE WILSON - Lottie deprived herself of luxuries but provided them for others. In her early life she taught school. She was independent in character and vigorous in mind and body She drove her own car and carried a revolver for her protection.

At age 86 she fell at her home south of Ridgeway and broke a hip She recovered from the injury enough to sit up, but her interest in life lapsed and she failed steadily toward the last. She was born April 16. 1857, and died October 6, 1943 Her body was cremated and the ashes were put in the Missouri River in North Kansas City, Missouri.  "Lottie's" parents, Almon Ford Wilson and Emeline Stein "'Leonard" Wilson came to Missouri from Vermont as a young family. Her four sisters were Laura, born and died in Vermont; Jessie Clara, died young; Velmer Eldora married James Atterberry, children, Victor and Frank, Ida Emetine married Andrew Robertson, children. Joseph Earl and Jennie.  Her two brothers were Almon Ford Jr., never married; and Frank David married Permelia Porter Gillispie, had 11 children.
[source: Harrison County Bicentennial History 1976].

Perrin Gladstone Wightman
was born in Bethany, Missouri, October 26, 1885.  Married Miss Margaret Crowley in St. Louis, Feb. 1, 1911. They have two little daughters, Isabel Margaret and Marian Crowley.

P.G. has spent his life in Bethany except about eight years when he was with Woodward and Tiernan, of St. Louis, one of the largest job printing plants in the west.  He worked in the mechanical department of the Clipper when it was first organized and again went into the office and assumed the management two years before the death of his brother Sam.  His national propensity, the talents he inherited from his forbears, and his large experience in city offices, all combine to make him a most efficient master printer and an exceptionally capable manager.  He excels in business ability but is also a writer of force, power and clarity.   The Clipper now has an immense circulation, far beyond the fondest dreams of its founders.  Its subscribers are not only the representative people of Bethany and vicinity but are also well distributed over a large area and hence the paper is considered an excellent advertising medium.

Mr. Wightman, like his father and brother, is a Republican in politics.  He is secretary of the Republican Central Committee. He devotes himself almost exclusively to his newspaper work but is efficient in any capacity.  Fraternally he is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Knights of Pythias, is a member of the Missouri Press Association and president of the Northwest Press Association.  His religious connection is with the Methodist Church.  He is a man honorable and sincere in all his dealings, is in full fellowship with honest toil and as  a citizen he commands high regard of his fellows.
Source: History of Harrison County, Missouri, Geo Wanamaker, 1921

John E. Wyant - a well known farmer and stockman of Jefferson Township, is a native of Harrison County and was born in 1879.  He is a son of J.R. and Martha (Shain) Wyant.  J.R. Wyant came from Iowa to Missouri with his parents in 1867 and was here married to Martha Shain in 1872.  She was born in Harrison County.  Her father was a very early pioneer settler in this section and upon coming here he settled on the land where the town of Eaglesville is now located.

To J.R. and Marth (Shain) Wyant were born the following children:  Ollie, married L.J. Nible, of Eagleville; Anna married John Franklin and they live in Oklahoma; Liew, married Josie McCoy and lives  in Jefferson Township; John E., the subject of this sketch; Arthur, lives in Union Township; Mrs. Stella Hillyard, Grant Township and one child died in infancy.

John E. Wyant was reared on a farm and received his education in the public schools of Harrison County.  He has been engaged in farming and stock raising practically all his life and has met with uniform success.  Mr. Wyant was married to Miss Elma Edson, a native of Harrison County and a member of one of the early pioneer families of this section of the state.  To John E. and Elma (Edson) Wyant were born the following children:  Lloyd R., St. Joseph, Missouri; Clare, Nellie, Ivan, Loah, Claude and Gerald, all residing at home.  The mother of these children died March 11, 1921 and her remains are buried in the Morris Chapel Cemetery.  Mr. Wyant is a substantial citizen and is a member of the Christian Church.
Source; History of Harrison County, Mo. Geo. Wanamaker, 1921

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