Twenty-Third District - William Hunter, Commerce, Scott county (Democrat). Born in Mississippi county, Mo., September 11, 1848; educated in Georgetown College, Kentucky, and at Harvard University; admitted to the bar in 1873; prosecuting attorney of Scott county for six years; elected to the State Senate in 1884; chairman of committee to settle with State officers in 1886-87; lawyer. Married. (Source; Roster of State, district and County Officers of the State of Missouri, Vol. 6. Publ 1888)
A. J. Martin, M. D.
Dr. A. J. Martin, a physician and surgeon of East Prairie, was born in Mississippi county, Missouri, in 1870. His father, Dr. S. P. Martin, was one of the pioneer physicians of that county, having settled there in 1870, twelve years prior to the founding of the town of East Prairie. For fifteen years he was the only medical practitioner in the southern part of the county and he continued actively in practice in East Prairie until his retirement from business life in 1892. He then went to Texas for the benefit of his health, which had became impaired as the result of a wound which he had sustained while serving in the Confederate army during the Civil war. He was an invalid for four years prior to his death, which occurred in Stephenville, Texas, in 1901. His service during the war was with Company B of the Second Kentucky Regiment of Cavalry, in which he enlisted and was elected second lieutenant. He was under command of Captain Niven Campbell and Colonel Woodward. He joined that command at Williamsport, Tennessee, December 9, 1862, was wounded at Farmington, Kentucky, October 6, 1863, and was made a prisoner of war. His wife passed away in the same year in which his death occurred. In their family were two sons and six daughters and all are yet living with the exception of two daughters. Lulu gave her hand in marriage to Andrew Doil, of Stephenville, Texas; Mattie is a graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and is engaged in the drug business at Stephenville, Texas; A. J. is the subject of this review; Gabrella is the wife of C. M. Hayden, of East Prairie, Missouri; and Dr. S. P., resides in East Prairie, this state. Dr. Martin acquired his literary education in the Baptist College at Clinton, Kentucky, and afterward entered the St. Louis University for the study of medicine, being graduated there from with the class of 1896. In April of the same year he began practice, settling at East Prairie, where he has since remained. He is now examiner for the Phoenix Life and New York Mutual Life Insurance Companies, having acted in that capacity for the past eighteen years. In addition he enjoys a large general practice and his ability has made him thoroughly competent to meet the demands that are placed upon him in a professional connection. He belongs to both the Southeastern Missouri and State Medical Associations and by wide reading and study he keeps in close touch with advanced thought and scientific investigation in the field of medical practice. He likewise has important agricultural interests, being the owner of two hundred and forty acres of land adjoining the corporation limits of East Prairie. This entire tract is in a high state of cultivation and is well improved. The farm work is carried on under the direct supervision of Dr. Martin, who not only sees to the tilling of the fields but has stocked the place with thoroughbred hogs and cattle, making a specialty of Poland China hogs and Red Polled cattle. He has a fine residence upon his farm and there makes his home. In 1896 Dr. Martin was married to Miss Annie Millar, a native of Mississippi county and a daughter of John A. and Annie Millar, her father being one of the old-time farmers of the county. He was born in this state, while his wife was a native of Kentucky. Mrs. Martin is the youngest of their five living children and by her marriage she has become the mother of three children: Erline, born in September, 1897, who will complete the high-school course in 1916; Millar, whose birth occurred in 1901 and who died at the age of two years; and Eveline, whose natal year was 1911. Dr. Martin and his family hold to the faith of the Christian church, and he also has membership with the Woodmen of the World. In politics he is a democrat but not an office seeker, for he finds that his professional duties and his agricultural interests make ample demand upon his time and energies and, moreover, he regards the pursuits of private life as abundantly worthy of his best efforts. [Missouri The Center State: 1821-1915, Volume 4 by S. J. Clarke, 1915 – Transcribed by AFOFG]
Paul Byrd Moore
Moore, Paul Byrd, private secretary to Governor Lon V. Stephens, was born October 26, 1867, in Charleston, Missouri. His grandfathers, James L. Moore and Noah Handy, came from the eastern shore of Maryland during the early part of the present century, and were among the first settlers of Mississippi County, Missouri, where Joseph C. and Ella (Handy) Moore, parents of Paul B. Moore, were born and reared. His father, after receiving a thorough collegiate and professional education, entered the business world at the age of twenty, and, until his retirement in 1880, was a leading member of the bar of southeast Missouri; he repeatedly served his people and party usefully and with honor to himself. He is regarded among his people as being the prominent spirit and promoter through whom his section of the State attained its present commercial and educational importance. Inheriting from his parents a vigorous intellectuality, and reared in an ideal home, Paul B. Moore enjoyed the additional advantages of a broad and liberal education. In his youth he attended Bellevue Collegiate Institute, at Caledonia, Missouri, and later completed a high school course at Nashville, Tennessee, where he was graduated as valedictorian of his class. He then entered Vanderbilt University, of Nashville, and was graduated from that institution in the class of 1888 with the degree of bachelor of arts. During the next two years he attended the law department of the same institution and received from it the degree of bachelor of laws in 1890. Recognizing travel and observation as affording opportunity for the acquisition of knowledge not obtainable from books, he went abroad with his brother, James Handy Moore, who was also a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and is now a prominent banker, and passed the following sixteen months in visiting all portions of the European continent, Asia Minor, Palestine, Egypt and the northern coast of Africa. Well versed in history and with keen perceptions, his mind grasping and connecting past events and present conditions, he concisely and brilliantly, yet in a philosophical vein, penned his observations for his home paper, and the articles written and published in this connection were reproduced in a number of American journals. Upon his return to the United States he turned his attention to law, taking an active interest at the same time in public affairs. In the autumn of 1892, when he was barely twenty-five years of age, he was nominated by the Democratic party of Mississippi County for Representative in the Legislature, and was chosen to that position by a flattering majority. At the ensuing session of the Thirty-seventh General Assembly he was made chairman of the committee on criminal jurisprudence, the committal of so important a trust to so young a man attesting the high estimate placed by his associates upon his maturity of mind and intellectual attainments. His subsequent conduct of the affairs of this committee demonstrated that no false estimate of his abilities had been made. His course as a legislator received spontaneous and general commendation, and he was renominated by acclamation and reelected to succeed himself. Having risen steadily in the estimation of his political associates, he had frequently been spoken of as having admirable qualifications for the speakership of the House of Representatives, and had not the Republicans gained the ascendency he would, undoubtedly, have been made Speaker of that body in the Thirtyeighth General Assembly. During the session of that body he served upon leading committees of the House, where his intelligent labors and well-directed efforts in behalf of the public welfare were appreciated alike by his political associates and those opposed to him in their party affiliations. Vigorous in debate, possessing much political sagacity, and having an intimate knowledge of parliamentary procedure, he was always a conspicuous figure on the floor of the House, and his utterances attracted respectful and marked attention. In 1893 Governor William J. Stone had appointed him lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp on his military staff. For this position his military instincts and polished manners peculiarly fitted him, and his services in this capacity were appreciated, both by his chief and the officials of the military department of the State with whom he was brought into contact. In January, 1897, when Governor Lon V. Stephens was inaugurated he appointed Colonel Moore his private secretary, and to the delicate duties and important responsibilities of this position he brought the most desirable qualities, coupled with admirable tact and discretion. In the treatment of all those who seek the executive office he is courteous, considerate and tactful. Quick to discern the relative importance of men and affairs, and recognizing the fact that the public official is the servant of the people, he advanced the mission of the caller without burdening the chief executive of the State with unnecessary importunity and detail. He has always been a zealous adherent to the Democratic party, has represented his county as delegate to various district and State conventions, and is now serving his second term as a member of the State central committee from the Fourteenth Congressional District. In this district he has frequently been mentioned in connection with congressional honors. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In fraternal circles he is prominent and popular as a Knight Templar Mason, a member of the Order of Odd Fellows and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was an enthusiastic member of the Chi Phi Greek letter fraternity in his college days, and still takes a deep interest in that society and its affairs. October 5, 1895, Colonel Moore married Miss Margaret B. Stephens, of Boonville, daughter of the late Colonel Joseph L. Stephens and sister of Governor Lon V. Stephens. This highly connected lady, endowed with beauty of person, a cultivated mind and refined manners, has from early womanhood been a leader in the best social circles of the State. She found a station eminently befitting her at the side of the mistress of the executive mansion in extending its hospitalities and conducting its social functions. [Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference, Volume 4 by Howard Louis Conrad, 1901 – Transcribed by AFOFG]
F. M. Wilkinson
F. M. Wilkinson, financier and man of affairs, has at different times conducted mercantile, banking and agricultural interests and success has attended his efforts along those various lines. He is today president of the East Prairie Bank, of which he was one of the organizers, and he has other important business connections in his section of the state. His birth occurred in Barry county, Missouri, in 1862, his parents being James and Mahala J. Wilkinson, who were natives of Kentucky, and in 1856 became residents of southwestern Missouri. Soon after the close of the Civil war they returned to Fulton county, Kentucky, and there the mother passed away in 1879. Mr. Wilkinson continued his residence in his native state until 1887, when he took up his abode in Mississippi county, Missouri, where he purchased land and followed farming until his death, which occurred in January, 1912. To him and his wife were born ten children, of whom seven have passed away. Those living are: F. M., of this review; Lee, a resident of Sikeston, Missouri; and William, whose home is in East Prairie. F. M. Wilkinson acquired his early education in the schools of Kentucky, having been taken by his parents to that state during his early childhood. He remained at home until nineteen years of age, when he began farming on his own account in Kentucky, devoting the succeeding five years to general agricultural pursuits. At the end of that time he became a resident of Mississippi county, Missouri, where he carried on general farming for two years. He next opened a general mercantile establishment in East Prairie and conducted the business with growing success for fourteen years, carrying a large and well selected line of goods. He then became one of the organizers of the Farmers' Bank of East Prairie, but two years later disposed of his interest in that institution and aided in the organization of the East Prairie Bank, of which he became president and has so remained to this time (1914). He is also one of the leading stockholders of the bank and has instituted the policy which has made it one of the strong and reliable financial institutions of that part of the state. On its organization in December, 1905, the bank was capitalized for fifteen thousand dollars; today there is a surplus, including undivided profits, of sixteen thousand dollars and the bank has many large depositors. S. P. Martin is now vice president of the bank, while J. R. Presson is the cashier. In addition to his financial interests Mr. Wilkinson owns business and residence property in East Prairie and is the owner of a farm of three hundred acres of valuable land near East Prairie, all in a high state of cultivation, well improved and having all modern equipments and conveniences. Mr. Wilkinson operates his land and has the place splendidly stocked with cattle, including a herd of twenty-six head of thoroughbred Aberdeen Angus cattle, which he is raising for beef purposes. In 1882, Mr. Wilkinson was married to Miss Alice Hogan, a native of western Tennessee and a daughter of James Hogan. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he belongs also to the Odd Fellows lodge, while his political support is given to the democratic party. He does not seek nor desire office, however, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs, which are carefully managed and intelligently directed. Determination and energy have enabled him to overcome difficulties and obstacles in his path and gradually he has worked his way upward until he stands among the resourceful and prosperous residents of Mississippi county. [Missouri The Center State: 1821-1915, Volume 4 by S. J. Clarke, 1915 – Transcribed by AFOFG]
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