HARRISON COUNTY MISSOURI
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FAMOUS FOLKS FROM HARRISON COUNTY, MISSOURI

CHARLES BENJAMIN "BABE" ADAMS

B: 5-18-1882  D: 7-27-1968
BASEBALL PLAYER FOR PITTSBURG PIRATES

Babe Adams was born May 18, 1882 in Tipton Inidana and came to Missouri when he was in his teens.  His baseball careerer began in 1906 when he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.  This contract was sold to the Pittsburg Pirates in 1907.  Babe remained with the Pirates for the remainder of his baseball career.  He is most widely recognized and remembered for his performance in the 1909 World Series.

Babe married Blanche Wright of Mount Moriah Missouri in March 1909
He died July 27, 1968 and is buried in the Mount Moriah Cemetery.
submitted by: Melody Beery,Source: various newspaper articles and Library of Congress Records



A MISSOURI PITCHER WINS WITH PITTSBURG
Charles Adams, the pitcher who led Pittsburg to victory over Detroit in the World's Championship baseball game at Pittsburg Friday, a a Missouri boy.  He is a son of B.F. Adams of Mt. Moriah in Harrison County.  He was discovered by Frank Hamilton of Jamesport, an umpire in the Missouri Valley league who saw him pitch for Blue Ridge against Jamesport several years ago and tipped the league managers off to Adam's skill.
{source: Chillicothe Constitution, Oct. 9, 1909 edition}


Babe Adams Home
Babe Adams returned home last week after finishing another successful season as a pitcher in the National League.  His last work was in the series with Cincinnati which decided second place in the league race.  This season Babe had a little hard luck which undoubtedly figured against him in the averages for the season, when he was struck on the foot bgy a batted ball and because of the injury had a hard time  getting back into condition.  After his recovery he showed the same ability which has kept him in the big show for season after season.  Adams is now the oldest pitcher in point of service in either major league, it is said, having started with Pittsburg in 1909, winning the World's Series almost single handed for his club.  His whole major league experience has been with the Pittsburg club.  At the time his start was made the following men, all now passed from major league baseball, were among his team mates:  Gibson, catcher; Abstein, first base; Hans Wagner, infielder, Byrne, infielder, Fred Clarke, outfielder, Tommy Leach, outfielder, Nick Maddox, Lefty Liefield, pitchers.  It is along time for a man to have been pitching big league baseball, but if you saw Babe Adams on the street and didn't know who it was, you would guess him to be about 32; and if you were told he was a ball player, you would probbly decide that if he took care of himself he ought to be able to play for about twenty years yet.
Source: Bethany Republican, Bethany, Missouri, Oct. 11, 1922




Adams, Charlie "Babe"  
"Babe" Adams former pitching star of the Pittsburg Pirates who now lives near Mr. Moriah Mo. is the democratic candidate for sheriff of Harrison county, Missouri.
(source: Miami Daily Arizon Silver Belt August 22, 1928)



FRANK BUCKLES
Last Surviving World War I Veteran

Frank Woodruff Buckles was born February 1, 1901 to James Clark Buckles and Theresa J. Buckles (nee Keown) in Bethany, Missouri.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 at the age of 16 and served with a detachment from Ft. Riley, Kansas, driving ambulances and motorcycles near the front lines in Europe. 

During World War II, he was captured by Japanese forces while working in the shipping business, and spent three years in the Philippines as a civilian prisoner.  Mr. Buckles died
February 27, 2011 at the age of 110 years and 26 days.

Source: Wikipedia


General Benjamin Prentiss

For many years one of the most distinguished citizens of Missouri as well as of the nation was the late Gen. Benjamin M. Prentiss, who for twenty years lived at Bethany, where his death occurred on February 8, 1901. General Prentiss was a soldier of two wars, rose to the rank of Major-General U.S. volunteers during the Civil War and was the hero of the great battle of Shiloh. In his political career he was an associate of Lincoln and other distinguished leaders of Illinois, and in the later years of his life was one of the most admired orators and leaders in the republican party of Missouri.    Benjamin M. Prentiss was born at Belleville, Virginia, November 23, 1819. He was a direct descendant from Valentine Prentiss who came to America from England in 1620. Another direct ancestor was the noted Elder Brewster of the Mayflower colony.

General Prentiss spent his early childhood in Virginia and from there his parents moved to Quincy, Illinois. His education came from the country schools of Virginia and afterwards from a private military school. Migrating west in 1836, he located in Marion county, Missouri, and engaged in the manufacture of cordage. In the spring of 1841 he went to Quincy and established himself in the same business with his father. During the Mormon excitement at Nauvoo, Illinois, he was in the service of the state and at the opening of the Mexican War he was appointed adjutant of the First Illinois infantry. With this regiment he served through the entire war, first as First Lieutenant and afterwards as Captain of Company 1, which he commanded under General Taylor at the battle of Buena Vista.

After his return to Quincy and also after the war, General Prentiss was engaged in business as a commission merchant and also as a manufacturer of cordage. With the outbreak of hostilities between the north and south he was one of the first to respond with the offer of his services. At the first call for troops he sent a telegram to the Governor of Illinois, tendering two companies and has the distinction of having been the first officer commissioned by the state. Beginning as a Captain he was promoted to Major, from that to Colonel, and then to the rank of Brigadier-General before reaching the actual scene of hostilities. General Prentiss was placed in command at Cairo at the beginning of the war and established a blockade of the Mississippi river. While there he was waited upon by a delegation of Kentuckians, who protested against the landing of troops on Kentucky soil. This delegation reminded him that Kentucky was a sovereign state, the peer of Illinois, but to this General Prentiss replied that when the president called for troops to defend the union, Illinois promptly furnished her quota, while Kentucky had failed to respond and consequently her wishes were not entitled to the same consideration.

After leaving Cairo, General Prentiss was ordered by General Fremont to Jefferson City, Missouri, to take command of all north and central Missouri. He fought at Mount Zion and a number of other minor engagements in the state. Subsequently being ordered to the field by General Halleck, he proceeded to Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, where he arrived April 1st and organized and took command of the Sixth Division, army of the Tennessee. It was there that his reputation as a military leader was secured beyond all peradventure. The historians of that great battle have all united in giving General Prentiss' command credit for maintaining the integrity of the Union position during the first day, and thus insuring what amounted to a virtual victory for the union arms. It will be recalled that the other federal Generals in council doubted that the confederates were massed in force at Shiloh, and at his own request General Prentiss was permitted to send a small force forward to ascertain whether the enemy was not there in force. Five companies from General Prentiss' division were selected for that task and these troops while reconnoitering received the first onslaughts of the enemy, arrested their charge and thus gave the Union army time to form the line of battle.


The confederates attacked in such force and with such energy that General Sherman's corps and all the other commands were compelled to give ground and General Prentiss himself had to retire to a better position. At his command his troops finally took position in the old sunken road and there their resistance was so deadly that the confederates called the place the "Hornet's nest", and there the most sanguinary struggle of the day was centered. It was while General Prentiss was holding this line that General Grant came up and requested him to hold the road until sundown at all hazards. General Prentiss gave his promise and he afterwards stated that again and again he looked for the setting sun and was almost convinced from the slowness with which that luminary moved toward the western horizon, that it had surely caught upon a snag. No reinforcements were sent to his hard pressed troops and at 5:30 in the evening General Prentiss and his 2,200 soldiers were captured. For the following seven months he endured the rigors of Confederate prison.

After being exchanged, General Prentiss was commissioned a Major-General of volunteers for his gallantry at the battle of Shiloh. He served on the court martial in the case of Gen. Fitz John Porter, and he was the last member of that court to pass away. At the close of this trial he was ordered to report to General Grant at Milliken's Bend, by whom he was assigned the command of the eastern district of Arkansas, with headquarters at Helena. Here on the 4th of July, 1863, he commanded the union forces in the battle of Helena, gaining a decided victory over the enemy, whose forces were equal to four times his number.

During his residence at Quincy, General Prentiss was appointed United States pension agent by General Grant, and filled the office eight years. In 1878 be moved to Missouri, spent a short time in Sullivan County and then engaged in the practice of law at Kirksville. After moving to Bethany in 1881 he continued the practice of law, and in 1888, after the election of President Harrison, was appointed postmaster and received the same honor from President Mckinley. In 1880 General Prentiss served as a delegate-at-large to the republican national convention which nominated General Garfield and was a delegate to the national convention of 1884 which placed Blaine and Logan in the field as the national republican candidates and seconded the nomination of John A. Logan for president. He frequently attended the Missouri conventions of his party and was one of the most influential and popular leaders in the state.

 

The first wife of General Prentiss was Margaret Sowdosky. Their children were: Harrison Tyler; Guy Champlain, who marched with Sherman to the sea and died in Quincy; Jacob Henry, who spent his last years in Bethany, where his family survive him; Ella, who married Doctor Blackburn and still lives in Bethany; Benjamin M., Jr., of Colorado; Clay, of Bethany. The oldest of these children, Harrison Tyler, known better as "Tip", was a drummer boy at Shiloh under General Sherman.

General Prentiss' second wife was Mary Worthington Whitney, a daughter of Joseph Ingram Whitney, who came from Maine. Mrs. Prentiss was born in Pennsylvania, December 16, 1836, and died in Bethany July 28, 1894. Her children were: Joseph W., of Bethany; Arthur Oglesby, who died in California; Edgar Worthington; and Mrs. Mary Cover, of Harrison county.

History of Harrison County
by: George W.Wanamaker, published 1921
by Historical Publishing Co.






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