A. L. MANESS
Among the well-known and reliable mine superintendents of Jasper county, Missouri, is A.L. Maness, who was born in Jefferson county, Missouri, and was a son of J.A. and Susie (Craig) Maness. The former was born in Jefferson county, Missouri, and was a son of Ephraim Maness, who came to this state from Tennessee. J.A. Maness resides in McDonnell county, Missouri. The mother of our subject was formerly Susie Craig, who was born in Jefferson county, and was a daughter of George Craig, who died in Joplin a number of years ago.
Mr. Maness is a practical miner and is known as such through Jasper county, where he has the reputation of being one of the most thorough men in the business. He is now filling the responsible position of superintendent at the Mt. Ararat mine, on the Conner land, in Joplin township. For the past sixteen years he has been engaged in this district, for five years acting as superintendent of the Morning Star mine, and for two years of the Sunflower mine at Midway, Missouri, and for the past eight months has had charge of the Tom S. The ore from this mine is of excellent quality, and he has an excellent mill of one hundred tons; there are two shafts and the depth is two hundred feet.
Mr. Maness was married in Jasper county to Miss Arneze Rickman, a daughter of James Rickman, of Joplin, who is a farmer and one of the early settlers who came from Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Maness have two children – Ora and Maggie. The family residence is a neat country home two miles southeast of Webb City. Mr. Maness is socially connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen, and is regarded as one of the representative men of Webb City.
[Source is: The biographical record of Jasper County, Missouri By Malcolm G. McGregor (1901). Transcribed by Kim Mohler]