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Pettis County, Missouri
Genealogy and History


Source: "The History of Pettis County, Missouri, including an authentic history of Sedalia, other towns and townships, together with ... biographical sketches .. " (1882)

Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Kim Mohler

Grocer, of the firm of E.L. Phipps & Co. Mr. Hain was born in Cooper County, Mo., in 1844. His father, George Hain, was a native of Switzerland, who settled in Cooper County in 1832, and died in 1877. William Hain was raised and educated in Cooper County. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Fifth Missouri State Militia, and served until the close of the war. He took part in the battles of Boonville, Springfield and Pea Ridge, where he was slightly wounded. In 1865, he went to Colorado, where he was Chief Clerk in the Quartermaster's Department for one year, after which he spent one year in Montana. Later, he settled in Nebraska, and sold goods until the fall of 1876, when he returned to Boonville and sold goods until the fall of 1881, when he came to Sedalia, and bought an interest in the house where he is now in business. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the A.O.U.W. He was married in 1871, to Sophia R. Vallrath, of Boonville, a daughter of George Vallrath, one of the early settlers of that place. They have two children, William F. and Rose E.

He is a native of New Hampshire, born in Rockingham County, N.H., Dec. 10, 1825, son of Daniel Haines. He received his education in the schools of his native State, beginning his apprenticeship in the machine shops at the age of seventeen, working in the Amoskeg locomotive works, in New Hampshire. After completing his apprenticeship, he worked in the shops at Lowell and Boston. In the fall of 1855, Mr. Haines moved to Chicago, and accepted a position in the Chicago and Alton shops, as a mechanic, where he remained three years. He then accepted a position in the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad shops, where he worked as mechanic and as foreman for sixteen years. In September, 1875, he removed to Sedalia, and accepted a position as foreman in the shops of the M., K. & T.R.R., which position he held till the M.P.R.R. Co. leased the M., K. & T.R.R., then he was promoted to master mechanic, which position he still holds. Mr. Haines was married Nov. 5, 1853, to Miss Phoebe A. Rowell, of New Hampshire, and from this union they have five children, all of whom are now living, Emma, Ralph W., Nellie J., Hettie H. and Josie D. Mr. Haines is a workman of acknowledged ability, faithful to his trusts, and popular in those whom he superintends.


Was born in 1830, in Brandon, Vermont. Dr. Luke Hale, his father, was one of the first settlers and physicians in Northern Illinois, who practiced medicine about fifty-five years, and died in 1864, in Morris, Ill. His mother, Sarah A., nee Clifford, was born in Vermont, and died in Illinois, in 1873. Dr. R.L. Hale was principally reared in Illinois, and was educated at the schools of Morris, Ill., and Oberlin, Ohio. He afterward took up the study of medicine, graduating from Rush Medical College, at Chicago, in 1853. He began the practice of medicine in Morris, Ill., and continued until 1872, doing most of the surgery there. In 1872 he came to Sedalia, and bought an interest in the drug store of J.H. Mertz, where he has since been in business, having retired from active practice. He is also interested to a considerable extent in real estate, in and around Sedalia, having recently bought forty-four acres in East Sedalia, which will be known as Hale & Tegler's Addition. Dr. Hale was married in May, 1856, to Sarah C. Clifford, of Chicago, a daughter of Samuel Clifford, of that city. They have two children, Anna Cora, wife of Frank Trumbull, of St. Louis, and Florence M., at home. Dr. Hale manufactures all kinds of perfumeries, which are regarded as the very best in the west, and are in great demand.

Of the firm of Hall & Beiler, wholesale grocers. Among the prominent wholesale grocers of Sedalia, stands Jno. L. Hall. He was born in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1827. His paternal ancestors were natives of the same State; his father, Hugh Hall, was born in Knoxville, now deceased, and his mother's maiden name was Looney. She was born in 1807. Jno. L., the subject of this sketch, came to St. Clair County, Mo., with his father's family, in 1840, where he spent his boyhood, and after attaining manhood he engaged in the mercantile business in various places. In 1863 he came to Sedalia, having been interested in a business house here for two years previous to that time. After he came to this city he engaged in general merchandizing, and for several years continued in this line with the house of Cloney, Crawford & Co. In 1868 he went into the grocery business with Mr. Beiler, his present partner, and has continued in that line ever since. After a few years they turned their exclusive attention to the jobbing trade, and by perseverance have built up a trade which will compare with houses in much more pretentious cities. Mr. Hall was married in 1851 to Miss Kittie Wells, of Polk County, Mo., a native of Kentucky. They have five children living, Etta, now the wife of J.J. Fry, superintendent of Iron Mountain Railroad; Christopher C., of Kroft, Holmes & Co., wholesale grocers, St. Louis; Belle, McCord and Ella. Mr. Hall's wife died, Dec. 27, 1871, and in October, 1873, he married Julia C. Chappelier, of Platte County, Mo. They have one child, Jno. C.

Livery and sales stables. Mr. Harris was born in 1843, in Mississippi. His father was Overton Harris. His mother was a Miss Cole. Robert O. was reared in his native State, where he resided until coming west in 1878. In his early life he was engaged in merchandising. In 1878 he went to Atchison, Kans., where he dealt in real estate until 1881, when he came to Sedalia and bought the livery and feed stable which he now owns. He has a large and complete stock of horses and carriages, which are among the finest in Central Missouri. He was married, Aug. 12, 1868, to Miss Mary B. Crawford. They have two children, Ida R. and Overton C.

Retired farmer. Mr. Harris was born in Boone County, Mo., in 1829. His father, Overton Harris, was a native of Kentucky, who located in Boone County, Mo., in 1817, and was the first Sheriff of that county, and then Judge of the County Court until his death in 1844. His mother, Mary, nee Woods, was also a native of Kentucky. O.M., the subject of this sketch, has been a farmer all his life, although he has, at times, been in the mercantile business also. He deals extensively in stock, which he feeds on his farm, west of Sedalia. This is one of the very finest farms in Central Missouri, containing over 800 acres in high state of cultivation. During the late war he was a Government contractor, and furnished large number of mules to the Government. He was married, in 1863, to Manda Wood, a daughter of Clifton Wood, one of the early settlers of the county. They have nine children, all living.

A miller. Mr. Harter was born, in 1842, in Darke County, O. His father, John M. Harter, was a native of Ohio, as was also his mother, Sarah, nee Eakins. Morris, the subject of this sketch, went to Indiana at the age of fourteen years, where he lived on a farm until 1861, when he enlisted in the Federal Army, in Company H, Third Indiana Cavalry, and served three years, taking part in many of the prominent battles of the war, being once severely wounded in the thigh, from which he has ever since suffered. After the war he went to Clay County, Ill., where he was in the saw mill business until 1867, when he came to Benton County, Mo., and was again in the lumber business. In 1868 he built a flouring mill in Henry County, where he remained until 1876, when he came to Sedalia and bought an interest in the "Farmers' Mills," of this city, where we now find him. Mr. Harter has served on the City Board of Aldermen. He was married, in 1872, to Miss Emma Bass. They have two children, Mariam and Arthur C.

Grain and feed dealer, No. 12 Third street, Sedalia, Mo. Mr. Hawks was born in 1840, in North Bennington, Vt. His father, William E., was one of the oldest merchants and most exemplary men in all that country, where he still resides. Mr. Hawks is a grandson of Major Hawks, of Revolutionary War fame. His mother, Eliza H., nee Colvin, is still living. A.W. Hawks, the subject of this sketch, was educated at Burr Seminary, Manchester, Vt. In 1862, he went to Adrian, Mich., where he was in the hardware business about two years. In 1870, he located in Sedalia, and was in the employ of the M., K. & T. R.R., about four years. Mr. Hawks was one of the first agents on the road, selling the first tickets from Parsons, Kan., to New York and Boston; was on the first stock train out of the Indian Nation, and opened the first car accountants' books. In 1874, he returned to his old home, and was in business there until 1878, when he returned to Sedalia and engaged in the grain and feed business, which he still continues. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. He and his wife are members of the First Baptist Church, of this city. His wife was Mary A. Huntington, of Troy, N.Y. They have one child, Susie E. Mr. Hawks is a genial, social gentleman, a prominent member of the church, and a valuable factor in society.

This respected and esteemed pioneer citizen of Pettis County, now of Sedalia, was born near Lancaster, Garrard County, Ky., June 22, 1809. His father, John Heard, died when George was quite a small boy, leaving a wife and seven children to cope with the stern realities of the world. Mrs. John Heard, nee Miss Jane Stevenson, was one of the noted pioneer families of Kentucky. She had previously been married to Mr. Wolfskill, and left a widow with one child, Wm. J. Wolfskill, who resided in Saline County till his death. George Heard came to Missouri in 1817, with his mother, and settled first in Saline County, and after two years removed to a place near Fayette, Howard County, where he grew to manhood, and was licensed to practice law, after which he went to Paris, Monroe County, where, through the influence of Gov. Reynolds, he was induced to go south of the Missouri River, settling at Pin Hook, in the summer and following autumn of 1835; built the first house in Georgetown, Pettis County, where he was long identified with the interests of her citizens, who had great confidence in him as a gentleman and a Christian. Here he taught the first school of the county, and many of the citizens yet live to point with pride the pioneer teacher of Pettis County. His first partner in law was Hon. John F. Philips, who has since become a member of Congress. In 1857, Mr. Heard retired to his farm, one mile north of Sedalia, riding to his law office, a distance of about five miles, till in 1865, when the county seat was moved from Georgetown to Sedalia, where he located. Here he took Judge Foster P. Wright in his office as law partner. When he retired from the practice, his sons, John T. and George C., took charge of the office, and are two prospering attorneys. Mr. George Heard was married to his first wife, whose maiden name was Amanda Gray, in September, 1830. She was the daughter of Mr. John Gray. From this union seven children, two girls and five boys, grew to maturity. Sarah E.J. married John W. Houx; Louvenia B. married E.J. Dillon. The boys are, Jesse F., Alcibiades, John T., Newton S., and George C. John T. was elected to represent the county in the 27th Missouri Assembly, and is now State Senator from his district, and stands high as a gentleman of honor and integrity among his constituents. Mr. Heard, the subject, lost his wife February, 1872, after which he married Miss Mollie Gilpin, in 1874, an intelligent and respectable lady of Maysville, Ky., who has served in the honorable capacity of teacher for nearly twelve years. Mr. Heard was at one time public administrator of his county; besides this he has filled no office of note, and has had no desire for office, believing that his chosen profession, the law, well followed, was worthy of his entire time and attention. Mr. George Heard and his estimable lady live near Sedalia. Having a complete and elegant library, they read and keep up with the times, enjoying life in its most happy conjugal and intellectual requirements. They are both members of the Christian Church and are among its liberal contributors.

Attorney at law. Was born, Nov. 23, 1848, in Pettis County, Mo., and is the son of George Heard, one of the early settlers of this county, whose biography precedes this. George C., the subject of this sketch, was educated at Westminister College, at Fulton, Mo., and at Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended law school at Lebanon, Tenn. In 1873, he was admitted to the bar, and has ever since been engaged in the practice of his profession. He served as City Attorney of Sedalia. In 1880 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney, for Pettis County, which office he now holds. He was married in 1874 to Miss Anna Leet, daughter of Judge Leet, now of Denver, Colorado. They have two children, Florence M. and Anna C. Mr. and Mrs. Heard are members of the Old School Presbyterian Church. Mr. Heard, although a young man, is regarded as being one of the foremost men in his profession in the city. He is an easy and fluent speaker, and his words are always to the point. He is a close student, and his papers show not only fine legal training, but have the scholarly and classic finish that results only from a wide range of reading, and an intimate acquaintance with the masters of English composition. But aside from his acquired accomplishments, he is a man of force and originality of character, and with a presence and manner of mingled suavity that bespeak always and under all circumstances the natural and accomplished gentleman.


Was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parental ancestors were also natives of that State, and are now living in Sedalia. Dr. Heaton was educated in Indianapolis, and in 1876 he began the study of medicine, taking a course of lectures at Chicago, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, graduating from the latter in 1881. In the latter part of the same year he came to Sedalia, where he has begun his practice. Dr. Heaton is a close student and a young man of ability, and we bespeak for him a fair share of the patronage of the public in general.

Of Clay & Heynen, Sedalia Marble Works. Was born in Allegheny County, Pa., in 1853. His father, John Heynen, was a native of Prussia, who came to America in 1843, and died in Johnson County, Mo., in 1880. His mother, whose maiden name was Jane Daily, was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is still a resident of Johnson County. C.H., the subject of this sketch, was principally reared in Brooklyn, N.Y., and in 1870 came west, locating in Kansas City, Mo., where he was employed in a marble establishment of that city, and where he learned the trade. He remained in Kansas City about three years, and afterward traveled over the greater part of the State looking for a location, and finally settled in Sedalia, in 1876 in the employ of C.C. Clay, at that time sole proprietor of the Sedalia Marble Works. Mr. Heynen remained in this position until 1881, at which time he took a partnership interest in the business. This house is the most extensive marble house in Central Missouri, and having a large supply of American and foreign marble and granite, they are prepared to do work that will compare favorably with any establishment in Missouri. Mr. Heynen was married in 1875 to Miss Lola Cahill, daughter of W.T. Cahill, of Sedalia. They have one child named Elbe, and one deceased. He is a member of the A.O.U.W.

Grocer. Mr. Hickey was born in 1846, in western Canada. His father, Edward, was a native of Ireland. His mother, Maria, nee Sharp, a native of Canada. Gilbert, the subject of this sketch, went to California in 1870, where he engaged in the carriage business until 1873, when he went to Utah and remained one year; thence to Iowa, and back to Colorado. In 1878 he came to Sedalia and worked at his trade until 1882, when he bought an interest in the grocery store on East Fifth street, where he is now in business. He is a member of the K. of P., No. 52. He was married in 1880 to Minnie Myers, of Pettis County. They have one child, Alnilda. Mr. Hickey now has charge of the circulation of the Daily Bazoo, and is rapidly increasing its circulation.

The subject of this sketch was born in Belmont County, Ohio, June 20th, 1844. His father, James W. Highleyman, was born near Harper's Ferry. His mother's maiden name was Penelope Riley, a native of Ohio. His father emigrated to Ohio when about six years old, and settled in Belmont County, where Samuel L. received his primary education. He completed his education at the Allegheny College, in Meadville, Pa. In the fall of 1865 he came to Sedalia, and accepted a deputy clerkship in the County Clerk's office, where he remained until 1870; then received the appointment of Revenue Collector. In 1873 he accepted the position of Tax Commissioner and Claim Agent of the M., K. & T. Railway; which he retained until the consolidation of the Mo. Pacific and M., K. & T. Railways in 1880. He was then appointed Tax Commissioner of the consolidated companies, which position he now occupies. On the 10th day of November, 1868, Mr. Highleyman was married to Miss Laura A. Hull, daughter of Dr. A.Y. Hull, formerly editor of the Sedalia Democrat, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Pueblo, Col. By this union they have two children, Lock T. and Wilbur D. Mr. Highleyman is a gentleman of fine native ability, genial and kind in his intercourse with all. His domestic relations are of the most happy character; his wife is a lady of refinement, adorning the home with a true womanhood, and presiding over the household with that quiet dignity of manner which gives an indefinable charm to the home circle.

Chief Clerk Sedalia Post Office. Mr. Highleyman was born in Belmont County, O. His father, James W., was a native of Virginia. His mother, Penelope, nee Riley, was a native of Ohio. Richard R. was educated at Allegheny College, Pennsylvania. In 1861 he was licensed to preach the Gospel in the M.E. Church. Admitted to the West Virginia Conference in 1867. In 1872 and until 1876 preached in the bounds of the Pittsburg Conference. In 1877 came to Sedalia, and was engaged in the M., K. & T.R.R. shops until the spring of 1882, when he was appointed Chief Clerk of the Sedalia Post Office, which position he now fills. He is a member of Sedalia Lodge, A.F. & A.M. He was married in 1861 to Margaret Brady. They have five children, Mary E., James W., Maggie M., Richard R., Jr., Day D., and two deceased.

Was born in 1824, in Fairfax County, Va. His father, Lawrence Hill, and his mother, Jane, nee Perry, were both natives of Virginia. Henry D. first engaged in business in company with his father in the flouring business. Afterwards was in business in Troy and Albany, N.Y. In 1857 he came to Georgetown, Pettis County, Mo., and engaged in business until 1863. Since that time he has been engaged in book keeping. At one time he owned valuable property in Sedalia. He was married in 1841 to Louise F. Johnson, by whom he had one child, now deceased. His wife died in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1849. He was married in 1851 to Mary M. Bacon. She died October 1, 1867.


Is the son of Peter Higgins, a native of Kentucky, but who moved his family to Missouri in the year 1835, and settled on a small creek, known as Spring Fork, in the southern part of Pettis County. Here he lived until his death, which occurred in the year 1864. Wm. B. was born in Pettis County, Mo., May 20, 1837, and is the fourth child in a family of seven children. He received his education from the schools of his native county, attending the first school that was organized in this part of the country. He was married Dec. 18, 1857, to Miss Malinda C. Warren, a daughter of Erbin Warren, a native of Kentucky, but who moved to Pettis County at an early day. From this marriage there were four children, three of whom are now living, viz.: Erbin P., Bettie A., and Wm. I. Mrs. Higgins dying, he was again married August, 1877, to Mrs. Sarah J. Schull. Since Mr. Higgins has been a grown man, he has been engaged in farming, and the raising of stock. He owns a fine farm of 195 acres, well improved, and under a high state of cultivation. As a citizen Mr. Higgins is held in high respect. His demeanor is unassuming, and in business relations he is above reproach.

Was born in 1840 in Germany. In 1867 he emigrated to America, locating in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he engaged in the butchering business until 1877, when he came to Sedalia, where he at once opened a shop, and has ever since followed the same occupation. He has now three shops running, and butchers from 80 to 100 head of cattle per month. He is a member of the D.O.H. He and his wife are members of the German Lutheran Church. He was married in 1873 to Mary Emerick, of Pike County, Ohio. They have three children, John, Jacob and Katie.

The subject of this sketch was born in Syracuse, N.Y., June 18, 1844, and is the son of Ira, Sr., and Mary Hinsdale. Mr. Hinsdale came to Pettis County in 1869, and first engaged in farming. He then came to Sedalia and run the Missouri House, in 1870-71, until it burned. In the fall of 1871 he engaged in the transfer business, in which he is at present engaged, having a larger number of men and teams employed than any firm in the city, and also engages extensively in the ice business, being connected with Henry Schaffer in the latter. In 1880-81 he erected his fine residence on Broadway, between Missouri and Harrison avenues. He engages in the anthracite coal and wood business, and is agent for the Consolidated Tank Line Company's coal oil. He is also engaged with John W. Menefee, in buying and shipping mules and horses to market, at which he and his partner do an extensive business.

Of the firm of Charles Hoffman & Bro., grocers, East Fifth street. Mr. Hoffman was born in 1850, in Gasconade County, Mo. His father, Rev. Andrew Hoffman, was a native of Germany, now Pastor of the Baptist Church in Gasconade County, Mo. His mother, Minnie, nee Holzkaemper, was also a native of Germany. Charles was educated at Central Wesleyan College, at Warrenton, Mo., after which he engaged in school teaching for ten years. He also served his county as Public Administrator, four years, and Justice of the Peace, four years. In the spring of 1881 he came to Sedalia, and, in connection with his brother, Lewis, who is an attorney at law, at Hermon, Mo., opened the store where he is now in business. In 1874, he married Miss Mary Miller, of Bay, Mo., a daughter of William Miller. They have two children living, and one deceased.

Vice-President Citizens National Bank. Was born in Mercer County, Ky., in 1831. His father and mother, Samuel Hogue and Permelia, nee Trower, being natives of the same State. Jno. H., the subject of this sketch, learned the drug business in his early life, and in 1855, went to St. Louis, and engaged in book-keeping. In 1860, he moved to Pettis County, locating in Georgetown, and engaged in the drug business. In 1863, on account of the war, he closed his business, and accepted a clerkship in the interest of the Atlantic & Mississippi Steamship Company. In 1867 he came to Sedalia, and again engaged in the drug business, which he continued for about five years. In 1873 he sold out his drug store and started in the wholesale grocery business, in which he has continued to the present time. In 1877, when the Sedalia Democrat Company was organized, he was chosen President of the organization, which position he still retains. In Jan., 1880, he was elected Vice-President of the Citizens National Bank, a position he still occupies. Mr. Hogue has been identified with the business interests of Sedalia in no small degree, and enjoys the confidence and respect of all with whom he comes in contact.

Was born in Mercer County, Pa., Nov. 13, 1845. Webster Holcomb, his father, was a native of Connecticut, and is now a resident of Trumbull County, O. His mother, Harriet A., nee Deutcher, who is still living, was born in Ohio. David I. was reared and educated in Trumbull County, O., and in 1861 enlisted in Company A, Forty-First Ohio Regiment Volunteer Infantry. He served until the close of the war in the Western Department, and took part in all its battles and sieges, and escaped without any severe injuries, although he received some slight reminders. In 1866 he accepted a position as traveling salesman for a queensware house in Cleveland, O., where he remained until the fall of 1867, when he went to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where he opened a store and continued in business until 1879. From thence he came to Sedalia, and opened one of the largest queensware houses in Central Missouri. In May, 1881, he was elected Alderman of the First Ward in Sedalia. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Holcomb was married, on the 1st day of January, 1868, to Miss Almira B. Ingraham, of Trumbull County, O., daughter of Willis Ingraham, of that county. They have one child, Fred W. The establishment which Mr. Holcomb now owns is an ornament not only to Sedalia, but is an enterprise of which any city in the State might well feel proud. This house of merchandise was opened, in 1875, by John A. Mohlenhoff, of Cincinnati. In 1879 Mr. Holcomb purchased the store, and has since continued the business alone. This is the only store in Sedalia which deals exclusively in queensware, and is the largest in the State outside of St. Louis and Kansas City. He does both a wholesale and retail trade, and carries an enormous stock of goods in his line. Mr. Holcomb imports his earthenware direct from England. He has just completed a large three-story brick building, on Second street, where he has one of the finest arranged rooms in the city, using the entire building for his business. A cut of this house appears on page 533.

Of the firm of Bixby & Houx, hardware merchants. Mr. Houx was born Mary 13, 1831, in Boonville, Mo. His father, Frederick Houx, was a native of Maryland. His mother, Margaret, nee Sears, was also a native of Maryland. John W., the subject of this sketch, was reared and educated in Boonville. He learned the tinning business in his youth, and in 1856, engaged in the business in company with Mr. Bixby, his present partner, with whom he has been ever since. Their business career is given in connection with Mr. Bixby's biography. Mr. Houx was married in 1852, to Miss M. Anderson, of Boonville, Mo. She died in 1855. He was married again in 1856, to Sarah Heard, of Pettis County. They have four children, Edward H., Frederick L., Nora and Vest. Mr. Houx has been for many years a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Of the firm of B.L. Hull & Co., grocers. Was born in 1855, in Osage County, Mo. His father, Jacob Hull, was a native of Missouri, now living in Texas. His mother, Francis C., was also a native of Missouri. B.L., the subject of this sketch, began the mercantile business at his old home, but in 1882, came to Sedalia, when he and his partner, F.E. McKnight, opened the store in East Sedalia, where they are now in business. F.E. McKnight was also born in Osage County, Mo. His father was James G., a native of Illinois. His mother was Paulina, nee Laughlin. F.E. was educated at Westminister College, Fulton. In 1875, he engaged in general mercantile business, which he followed about four years, afterwards dealing in grain for some time. In the spring of 1882 he came to Sedalia, and opened the store where they are now doing a good business. In 1880, he married Mary R. Hull.

Was born in York, Pa., in 1822. His father, Jacob, was a native of Pennsylvania. His ancestors were from Germany. In 1834, William, with the family, moved to Ohio. He learned the harness and saddler business in his youth, and was engaged in that calling about thirty years, at Wooster, Ohio. In 1850, he married Malinda Duffield, of Wooster. They have three children living: William D., boot and shoe merchant, Sedalia; Clarence E., hardware merchant, Sedalia; Lindel, merchant, Denver, Col. In 1865, Mr. Ilgenfritz moved to Sedalia, Mo., bought property upon Ohio street, upon which he built, and which has since become very valuable, being in the heart of the city, although at that time it was wild prairie. He built the first hall erected in this city for theatrical purposes. In 1870, he started the Ilgen House, which he operated several years. In the spring of 1879, he went to Colorado, and has ever since been largely interested in mining, being President of several mining companies. He has served as a member of the City Council, and is held in high esteem by the citizens of Sedalia.

Hardware merchant. Mr. Ilgenfritz is a native of Missouri, and a son of Wm. F. Ilgenfritz, of whom we speak elsewhere. Clarence E. was educated in Sedalia, and at Washington University, St. Louis, graduating from the latter place in 1873, after which he entered the employ of the Simons Hardware Company, remaining three years. From there he went to Colorado, where he was in the hardware business until 1881, when he returned to Sedalia, and took charge of his father's business, and has also engaged in the hardware trade, having one of the largest and most complete stocks of goods to be found in Sedalia, doing both a retail and wholesale business.

Dealer in boots, shoes, hats, and caps, No. 205, Ohio St., Sedalia, Mo. This enterprising young business man commenced at his present stand in November, 1881, and although recently established, his trade has become large and is steadily increasing. Being well and favorably known in the city from his long residence here, and having constantly on hand a stock of first quality goods his future success is assured. He was born near Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 19, 1851, in which State he resided for fourteen years. His father, Wm. F. Ilgenfritz, is a native of Pennsylvania, having removed to Ohio when a young man. The father of our subject was engaged in the saddlery and harness business, and afterwards in farming till 1864. In the spring of 1865 the family removed to Sedalia, where they have since resided, first conducting a bakery, then proprietor of the Ilgen Hotel, which has enjoyed such popularity. W.D. obtained a good education, attending the common schools, and also the State University at Columbia. He was married in December, 1881, to Miss Belle McNair, of St. Louis, daughter of C.A. McNair, at present connected with the Missouri Furnace Co. At the April election, in the city of Sedalia, 1882, Mr. Ilgenfritz was elected on the Republican ticket as Alderman of the First Ward, and is now worthily serving in that capacity.

Circuit Clerk of Pettis County. Was born in Green County, Mo., Nov. 24, 1838, and is the son of Martin and Anna A. Ingram. Martin was a native of North Carolina, born in August, 1803, and is the son of Archibald Ingram, of English descent, who died in North Carolina, in 1858. Martin died in Green County, Mo., June 1, 1881. Anna A. Ingram was born in November, 1804, in North Carolina, and is now living with her youngest son, Martin V., in Green County, Mo. Benton H. is the sixth child of a family of eight, all of whom are yet living. They are Mrs. Mary J. McCracken, Archibald F., now Treasurer of Green County, Mo., Sidney N., John B., Thomas J., Benton H., Martin V. and Virginia A., now wife of John L. McCraw, of Green County, Mo. Benton H. received a common school education. He commenced business in 1862, opening a drug store with Dr. E.T. Robberson, in Springfield, Mo., but sold out in eighteen months, and soon thereafter came to Sedalia, and in 1864 opened a general country store with S.S. Vinton, and continued in this business until 1871, when he lost his entire stock by fire. He then engaged in the fire and life insurance business. In the fall of 1872 he was elected Collector of Pettis County, and held the office one term. In 1879 he was appointed Circuit Clerk of Pettis County, by Governor John S. Phelps, and at the expiration of the term was elected by the people to the office. He is now, July, 1882, renominated for the same office for the coming term, by the Democratic party. Sept. 12, 1865, he was married to Maria Grimshaw, daughter of Jonathan and Eliza M. Grimshaw, at Jefferson City. His wife, Maria, was born in the city of Leeds, England, Jan. 25, 1847. Her father was born in Yeaden, near Leeds, Jan.24, 1818, and her mother in the city of Leeds, May 2, 1818. They came to America in 1851, and located in Jefferson City, where Mr. Grimshaw resides at present. Mrs. Maria Ingram has two brothers and four sisters living, viz.: Elizabeth, wife of Ex-Mayor Geo. L. Faulhaber, of this city; Emma, wife of Lewis Miller, of Peoria, Ill.; Arthur P., Jefferson City, Mo.; Fannie, wife of Charles N. Seipe, of Kansas; Jonathan T., of Leadville, Colorado, and Sallie N., wife of Herman J. Rodman, of Atchison, Kansas. Mr. Ingram and wife have five children, Nellie A., Martin G., Charles H., Juliette B. and Bessie H. He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, at present holding the office of District Deputy Grand Master. He has always had the interests of Sedalia in mind, and was one of the members of the committee which was appointed to consult in regard to the feasibility of construction of the Water Works. In his official capacity he has discharged his duties of the entire satisfaction of his constituents. Politically, he is a firm and consistent Democrat. His present position in society and in the confidence of the people is due to his own energy and perseverance, and among the young men of the great West who have carved a name by their own industry, he stands in the front rank.


Cashier Citizens National Bank, Sedalia. Was born in Erie County, N.Y., January, 1840. At the age of nineteen he went to Memphis, Tenn., where he employed as book-keeper and clerk for a mercantile firm of that city. He remained in Memphis about two years, after which he served in the Confederate army for about one year. After the surrender of Memphis he came to Sedalia, in July, 1862; where he has since remained. He began in Sedalia as clerk and served in that capacity and as book-keeper in various houses until 1868, when the Central Missouri Banking and Savings Association was organized, and now known as Sedalia Savings Bank, at which time he was chosen book-keeper and teller. In 1870 he was chosen cashier; where he remained until 1872, when the Citizens National Bank was organized with Adam Ittel cashier, where he has since remained. Mr. Ittel has been married twice. His first wife, Ella M. Haskins, of Cleveland, Ohio, and by whom he had three children, named respectively, Daisy H., Charlie, and one deceased, was a lady of rare accomplishments. She died in 1875 at Cleveland, Ohio, and is buried at Lake View. He was again married in 1878 to Miss Glorvina Beaty, of Boonville, Cooper County, Mo., and by her he has one child, Willie. Mr. Ittel began life a poor boy, but being possessed of a "will" he sought the "way" and found the old adage true. Holding one of the highest positions in Pettis County, respected for his sterling worth and business qualities, he well deserves the honor which has been bestowed upon him. During his career in Pettis County Mr. Ittel has not escaped the toils of public office. In 1872 he was called upon to officiate as County Treasurer, being elected to that office by a large majority of the votes polled at that election, and was re-elected in 1874. He was the first I.O.O.F. initiated in Sedalia who is now a resident of this county. He is also a devout member of the Old School Presbyterian Church of Sedalia.

Attorney at law, Sedalia. Was born Nov. 25, 1857, and is a native of Louisiana. His father's name was George, a native of England, born in 1817. He came to this country in 1826 and stopped a few years in Pennsylvania, but seeing a better prospect for a young man further South emigrated to Thibodeaux, Louisiana, where he remained until 1869, amassing a fortune, but lost a considerable portion of it in the war. Clifford's mother was a native of Pennsylvania, born in Harrisburgh in 1828. His parents were married in 1846. In 1869 he came with his parents to Pettis County, Mo., and settled on the farm where they now reside. In 1876 he left the farm and attended private school for two years, after which he entered the law office of his brother, Geo. P.B. Jackson, in Sedalia, and commenced the study of law. In September, 1879, he was appointed Deputy Circuit Clerk of Pettis County, and on Sept. 7, 1880, was admitted to the bar by Judge William T. Wood. Jan. 1st, 1881, he was re-appointed Deputy Circuit Clerk, and after serving one year he resigned and began the practice of his profession. Mr. Jackson is a young man of quick perception, a ready speaker and a rapid thinker. Though but twenty-five years of age he already stands high in his profession. A close student, attending faithfully to his clients' business intrusted to his care, he still finds time to pursue a literary line of reading, keeping fully abreast with this rapid age of thinkers. Brought up in the Episcopal Church he leans slightly to that denomination, but is not connected with it. Belonging to no particular denomination, his views are broad and liberal, devoid of prejudice characteristic of those who zealously advocate special dogmas. His temperament is genial and social; his conversation spirited and entertaining; his address pleasant and attractive. Still young, he has already achieved a large measure of success and is destined, if spared to the future, to stand second to none in his influence on the society in which he moves.

Attorney at law. Mr. Jackson was born Nov. 28, 1846. In 1868 he came to Pettis County, Mo.; he was educated in Ohio; he attended law school at the State University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was admitted to the bar in 1866, in New Orleans, and practiced at Thibodeaux, Louisiana, until 1868, when he came to Pettis County, Mo. His health being poor, he remained on a farm until 1873, when he again took up the practice of law. In 1876 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of this county. He was re-elected in 1878. In 1879 he formed a partnership with Col. Philips and has since been associated with him. Mr. Jackson was married in 1877 to Miss Mollie Vest, daughter of Hon. G.G. Vest, of Sedalia. They have one child, George V.

Was born in Lawrence County, O., Nov. 26, 1829. His ancestors were from Virginia, and participated in many of the important affairs of that State. His father removed to Ohio, where he became largely interested in the iron business, and the youthful Jaynes, though enjoying but limited opportunities for an education, improved rapidly, and became an elegant penman, and expert in arithmetic and accounts. From the age of fourteen to that of twenty-one he received a most careful business training with his father, and then became interested in the mercantile business with C. & W.H. Kelley. In 1853 he became connected with the Vinton Iron Furnace, Vinton County, O., and continued with this corporation until 1864, having an interest in the management a considerable portion of that time. To more effectually complete the military organization of the State, in 1861, the Governor of Ohio requested A.D. Jaynes to raise and equip an independent regiment, which he did, and was commissioned Colonel. Near the close of the war the regiment was mustered into the United States service, as the 141st Regiment Ohio Volunteers. This was one of the finest regiments that did service for the Union during the great civil war. Its officers were: A.D. Jaynes, Colonel; T.W. Hampton, Lieutenant-Colonel; A.D. Brown, Major; Dr. C.L. Wilson, Surgeon; and Rev. C.C. Baker, Chaplain. The command did valuable service in forwarding supplies and recruits to the army, and protecting the State during the raids of Lightburn and Morgan. Subsequently Col. Jaynes was ordered, with his command, to report to Gen. George Crook, at Charleston, where he assumed the management of the whole department of West Virginia. His regiment was mustered out of service in 1864 by reason of expiration of time. His duties were performed to the entire satisfaction of both civil and military authorities. After the war closed Col. Jaynes, to find a wider field of enterprise and operation, in company with Cyrus Newkirk, came to the great undeveloped West, and settled in Sedalia, Mo., then only a small village. These two gentlemen, after viewing well the surroundings, decided that this point was destined to become a railroad center and of commercial importance, thereupon they organized the First National Bank, in March, 1866, with a capital stock of $100,000. This bank, with Col. Jaynes as cashier the first eight years, and then until July, 1880, as its President, has ever exercised a wide influence over the material growth of Central Missouri, and thenceforth he has been identified with all the most important enterprises of Sedalia and Pettis County. He took a prominent part in the organization of the Lexington & St. Louis Railroad, and acted as agent of the county in subscribing the stock. He was efficient in 1867-8 in building the Tebo & Neosho Railroad, which afterward became the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad, of which he was, much of the time, General Agent. In 1874, when the road passed into the hands of a Receiver, Col. Jaynes was appointed Treasurer and Agent of the Receiver and General Manager, Mr. Bond, who resided in New York. Probably to him, more than any other person, the credit of forwarding this great railroad enterprise through Pettis County is due. Col. Jaynes has been interested in a number of financial institutions outside of Sedalia. He assisted in the organization of the First National Bank of Fort Scott, being one of the incorporators and a member of the first Board of Directors. In 1869 he organized the First National Bank of Parsons, Kan., and was its President and largest stockholder three years. He organized the First National Bank of Denison, Tex., in 1872, and was, for some time, its President. He was one of the incorporators and Vice-President of the Valley National Bank of St. Louis; was one of the original incorporators and directors of the Life Association of America, and also one of the incorporators of the Missouri Stock and Bond Board of St. Louis. He suggested and advocated the introduction of the Holly Water Works now in use in Sedalia, and being intrusted with the negotiations of the bonds, for building the works, turned them over to the city complete, at a cost of $110,000, which was $50,000 cheaper than any system of like capacity used in this country. He is an ardent advocate of education, warmly in favor of the improvement of our common school system, a pronounced temperance man, honorable in his intercourse with all men, a friend of the poor and oppressed. He is universally esteemed and gives moral tone to the business community. Though often solicited to accept positions, both State and National, he has declined, believing his career lay in another direction. His great ambition is to make the country rich in material improvements, and to do those things which most contribute to the peace, the prosperity and the happiness of the community. Col. Jaynes was married, July 20, 1858, to Miss Mary Jane Brown, daughter of John Brown, Esq., of Athens County, O. Their family consists of five refined and exceptionally well reared children, two sons and three daughters, William V., a graduate in class of 1881, Washington University, St. Louis; John Brown, a graduate of Chickering Institute, Cincinnati; Hattie Ellen, attending the Wesleyan College, Cincinnati; Flora May and Jennie Susan, attending the Public School of Sedalia. The sons and daughters are artists in music, painting and drawing. The Jaynes mansion, one of the finest in the Union, is situated on the corner of Broadway and Ohio street. He and his accomplished wife have drawn discreetly upon the best treasures of modern decorative art for the embellishment of their model home. Tapestry from the first looms of Britain, frescoing by genuine artists in the most elegant French designs, mantels, statuettes and vases, delicately wrought in unique styles from the rarest marbles, upholstering of chaste and beautiful patterns, landscapes and figures of rare finish and beauty sketched and painted by the fair and deft hands of the daughters, and original draughts and sketches wrought by the skilled hands of the household; one of the finest libraries in the West; rare China table service from the land of the celestials; complete telegraphic and telephonic connection with all portions of the city, worked by the sons, who are accomplished electricians and phonographers, with many other gem of beauty and utility, gathered and grouped with exquisite taste in this charming home, with Col. Jaynes and his accomplished family have the appreciation to thoroughly enjoy, and within whose elegant and ample apartments they are wont to dispense a gracious and refined hospitality. This elegant home is adorned with the most ample lawns, beautiful shade trees that the gardner's art could devise, and is enclosed by a superb iron fence. A dozen life-size figures, representing Flora, Hebe, Mercury, the Amazon, the Seasons, with a noble pair of lions, mounted by winged musicians, with harp and lute, happily symbolizing the power of music over the savage nature. The figures are all of pure bronze and life-size Roman and Persian casts, after models by masters in the noblest of arts. Bronze vases and seats, unique and costly; thousands of square feet of cut stone walks, broadly laid in great slabs; a bronze fountain finely set in an ample stone basin. The architecture of this beautiful home, both external and internal, is without blemish, and abounds in fine effects from every possible point of view. Fine contrasts of form and color are everywhere visible, and in all the plans and elegant furnishing, the architect, and the master and mistress of the mansion, have achieved the happiest effects from cellar to attic. Colonel Jaynes is most emphatically a self-made man, individual and positive in his character. By his bravery, energy, persistence and executive gifts, he has led his neighbors into new schemes for the building of a new city, and what Sedalia is to-day, commercially, educationally, morally and progressively, is, in a great degree, the result of his enterprise. His strict integrity and disposition to oblige are among his chief characteristics. Col. Jaynes has never made the mistake common to little men. If he possesses any vanity it does not appear in his intercourse with men. He regards talent and enterprise as a full equivalent for money, and never loses sight of the fact that a brilliant, daring and restless man, although poor, may exercise an influence that wealth can never aspire to. His royal hospitality has been extended to many of the nation's distinguished representatives, as well as fellow citizens in humbler walks. President Rutherford B. Hayes, wife and son, Burchard Hayes, Gen. W.T. Sherman and other distinguished guests, while on a tour through the West, came to Sedalia, Sept. 24, 1879, and breakfasted with Col. Jaynes and lady. President Grant, at one time during his Presidential term, made a tour of the Indian Territory with Col. Jaynes, and such strong attachments existed between them, that when the Colonel was a delegate to the National Republican Convention, at Chicago, in June, 1880, with the "immortal 306," he voted thirty-six times for the nomination of the gallant General for President.

Of the firm of R.M. Olmsted & Jefferson, livery and sale stable. Mr. Jefferson was born in 1851 in Denmark, where his father still resides. In 1871 Henry P. came to this country, locating in Kansas; afterward went to Texas, and in 1877 came to Sedalia, where he has ever since resided. In 1882 he, in connection with his partner, built the stable on Hancock street, East Sedalia, where he is now in business. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. He was first married to Eliza Hill, who died in 1877, leaving one child, Alice. His second wife was Minnie Buningarten, of Sedalia. They have one child, named Lee.


Was born in Preble County, O., in 1835. His father, Stephen M., was a native of Pennsylvania, who died in 1870. His mother, Sarah, nee Parks, was a native of Ohio, now living in Pana, Ill. Samuel was raised on a farm in Ohio; educated at Waveland Collegiate Institute, Montgomery County, Ind., after which he engaged in the lumber business at Terre Haute, Ind., as salesman. In 1861 removed to Litchfield, Ill., and opened a lumber yard on his own account until 1865, when he moved to Pana, Ill., and opened a lumber yard. In 1879 he sold out, and in 1880 located in Sedalia, Mo., but opened a lumber yard at Warsaw, Mo. Mr. Johns continues to reside in Sedalia, while conducting a prosperous business in Warsaw. He has been engaged in the lumber business about twenty-five years, and has accumulated a handsome property. He is a man of integrity, enjoying the entire confidence of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been a Ruling Elder since 1867. He was married in 1859 to Margaret A. White, a native of Perry County, Ind., daughter of William White, now a resident of Pana, Ill. They have four children living, William M., Samuel P., Jr., Robert M., Margaret A. Their eldest child, Laura A., died Sept. 19, 1881, aged nineteen years and four months; buried in Sedalia cemetery. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and fell asleep in Jesus. She was the pride of the family, loved and respected by all her acquaintances, both here and at her old home at Pana, Ill.

Sedalia, Mo. Was born in the State of North Carolina, Davidson County, May 23, 1841. His father, Rev. Thomas Jones, and mother, Lucy, nee Brunnell, were also natives of North Carolina. His mother's death occurred in 1848, and his father's in 1856. Dr. Jones was educated at Trinity College, North Carolina. In 1861 he entered the Confederate army in the Twenty-second North Carolina Regiment, serving as a private during the war. His regiment was a part of Stonewall Jackson's celebrated corps. He was in most of the battles fought by the Army of Northern Virginia, being wounded at the battle of the Wilderness. At the close of the war he prosecuted his studies in medicine by attending the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and at the St. Louis Medical College, where he took his degree in the spring of 1868. Since that time he has lived in Pettis County. He was married in 1875, and has one child, Paul Jones. Dr. Jones is a member of the Pettis County Medical Society, and of the State Medical Association; has been President of the former, and a Vice President of the latter. He was Coroner of Pettis County for two years, and is the present Democratic nominee for that office.

Grocer and provision dealer. Mr. Kahrs was born in 1850 in Pettis County, Mo. His father, Herman Kahrs, was a native of Germany, who came to Pettis County in 1840, where he still resides. His mother, Margaret, nee Cordes, was also a native of Germany, still living. George, the subject of this sketch, was raised on his father's farm. In 1875 he came to Sedalia, and engaged in the Grocery business on Second street, which he still continues, although in the fall of the same year he moved to his own building on Third street, where he has ever since been located. He has a large and complete stock of everything usually found in such a store. He is a member of the K. of P.; also of the German M.E. Church, as is also his wife. He was married in 1874 to Anna Cordes. They have three children living, Charles J.H., Katie M. and Arthur L.


Restaurant. Mr. Kaiser was born in 1841 in Prussia, and in 1856 came to America, locating in St. Louis, Mo., where he learned the confectionery business. In 1861 he enlisted in the Federal army in Company A, Third Missouri Volunteers; was soon after promoted to Orderly Sergeant. He served three and a half years, taking part in many of the battles of Missouri; also siege of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Sherman's Georgia campaign, and the capture of Atlanta, besides many others. For the last six months he was in command of the company. After the war he returned to St. Louis, and in August, 1866, he came to Sedalia, where he engaged in the bakery business. In March, 1879, he bought a bakery and restaurant, to which he has ever since given his time and attention. Mr. Kaiser started here without a dollar, but by industry and economy has accumulated a handsome property. He now furnishes meals for from 250 to 400 persons daily at his restaurant. Mr. Kaiser was married in 1865 to Miss Maggie Hilseweck. They have five children, Anna, Lizzie, Josie, John, Oscar; three dead.

The oldest official of the city of Sedalia by a number of years is the subject of this sketch. He was born in Monaghan County, Ireland, in May, 1831, and was educated in the schools of his native country. In the fall of 1855, he emigrated to the United States, settling in New York, where he remained for about five years; then he moved to Ohio, settling near Dayton; here he remained for several years. Then, in the spring of 1868, he moved to Missouri, settling at Sedalia, where he has since resided. In the spring of 1872, Mr. Kelly received his first appointment as policeman, under Mayor George Cummings, and was reappointed each succeeding year, until the spring of 1877, when he was elected City Marshal. He held this position one year, when he was reappointed by Mayor Geo. L. Faulhaber, to his old position, that of city policeman. He has been reappointed each succeeding spring since. Mr. Kelly has been on the police force of this city since the spring of 1872. He is not only the oldest official of the city, but one of the most efficient officers the city has ever had. He is deservedly popular with all classes, and when Philip Kelly stands at the post, the peace of the city is well guaranteed. He was married, Nov. 29, 1858, to Miss Rose Campbell, a native of Ireland. From this union there were six children, only three of whom are now living, viz.: John, Michael R. and Maggie. Mr. Kelly has given his children an excellent business education, and the sons are each holding honorable positions of trust.

Was born in Morgan County, Ill. His father, William Kennedy, was a native of Kentucky. His mother, Sarah, nee Wright, a native of Tennessee. James W. Kennedy entered the Federal army, 1861, Company I, Fourteenth Illinois Infantry, being the first man to enlist from Morgan County. He took part in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, siege of Vicksburg, besides many others. He served three years. After returning he was in a general merchandising business at Murrayville, Ill., until 1877, when he came to Sedalia, and engaged with W.S. Mackey, as traveling salesman, where he has ever since continued. Mr. Kennedy was married in 1866 to Emma H. Strong, of Morgan County, O. They have three children living, Mattie B., J. Frank and Elizabeth. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the Masonic fraternity.


Is the son of Thomas N. Kidwell, of Washington, D.C. The subject of this sketch was born in Washington City, June 3, 1850, and is the oldest child in a family of twelve children. He received his primary education from the schools of his native city, completing his education at Christian Brothers College, at St. Louis. After quitting school, he took a trip to California and Old Mexico, remaining about three years, when he returned to Missouri, stopping at Hannibal, and engaging in the railroad business. Here he remained five years, then returned to California, and remained three years, engaging in the same business, that of railroading. In Oct., 1871, Mr. Kidwell returned to Missouri again, and located at his old home, at Hannibal, engaging at the same business, but only remained a short time, when he took a trip to Texas. He remained in the Lone Star State two years, when he went to New Orleans, where he remained about a year and a half, engaging all the while in the railroad business. In the spring of 1873, he returned again to Missouri, and accepted the position of conductor and yard master with the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad Company, at Sedalia. He holds the position at the present time. Mr. Kidwell is popular with railroad men, and a thorough, competent man in his business. He was married June 12, 1881, to Miss Lucy L. Edwards, a native of this county.

There are few men of the present day whom the world acknowledges as successful, more worthy of honorable mention, or whose life history affords a better example of what may be accomplished by steady perseverance, energy and industry, than the subject of this sketch. His great grandparents emigrated to Kentucky, from Virginia, at an early day, and were among the hardy pioneers when Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton were the people's idols. They came to Missouri in 1816, or 1817, his parents both being children at that time. The families - both named King - came together and settled in Howard County, near where the town of Old Franklin once stood. When the country became more thickly settled and the Indians were driven out, they removed to a farm between Roanoke and Glasgow. Here his parents grew up, and were married in 1835. They afterwards moved to Macon County, and located about twelve miles west of Macon City, near the Chariton River, where the subject of this sketch was born, the third in a family of ten children. Dr. King's parents were poor; in fact, almost everybody was poor in that county in those days. There were no school houses, no churches, nothing whatever to educate the mind or elevate the morals of the youth of the country. His first recollections are of the early works and sports participated in at that time. The first schooling received was in a scalped log school house, with a wooden chimney, the roof made of clap-boards and held on with poles, and a portion of one log sawed and blocked out to admit light to the writing bench. At the first session only half the floor was laid. The girls occupied some benches made of "slabs" on the part where the floor was laid, and the boys sat on the sleepers or sills in the part where the floor was not laid. School books were not so plentiful then as now. Each pupil brought such books as he or she had. The Testament was frequently used for a reader, alternated with Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. He attended four or five sessions of this school. After attained the age of twelve or thirteen years he worked about the neighborhood, often at ten cents a day, and bought such books as were needed at school and others that suited his taste to read at home. Thirsting for a better education, at the age of fourteen, young Willis ran away from home, and cast his little boat upon the stormy sea of life with none but himself to guide. He worked and went to school alternately, until the line of the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad was begun, when he went to work on that and helped to cut away the timber and brush for the track. When work commenced on the road bed he drove the horses to carts in the "pit" for one year. During all this time the one thought that was ever uppermost in his mind was that he would, at all hazards, obtain an education, and be something, and somebody in the world. During the darkest hours of his life, when on a bed of sickness with death staring him in the face and waiting to gather him in the early harvest, he never for a single moment dropped that one grand idea, and time has shown how grandly it has been fulfilled. Having saved some money he went to Howard County and attended an academy for two sessions, of ten months each, and this was the extent of his regular school education. In glowing terms, Dr. King speaks of his benefactors, those who encouraged and cheered him on, in the end making him what he is. He kept up his studies for several years, teaching in Howard, Macon, Saline and Pettis Counties. He was married to Miss Albina Hoss, June, 13, 1861. Four sons and two daughters have been born to them. Soon after marrying he began the study of medicine, without any preceptor, and afterwards attended the St. Louis Medical College, where he graduated in the spring of 1866, and immediately commenced practicing in the western part of Vernon County, and remained there until the fall of 1868, when he removed to Nevada, the county seat, and continued the practice of his profession until the fall of 1870. He then went to New York and attended Bellevue Medical College, and received the degree ad eundum in the spring of 1871, then returned and resumed his professional practice at Nevada. In the autumn of 1874, desiring a broader field for his work, he removed to Sedalia, where he now has a large and lucrative practice. In order to show the great regard the people of Vernon County had for him, it is only necessary to state that he was a member of the School Board of Nevada, for six years, and Public Administrator for four years. Dr. King says of himself: "I have not succeeded in accumulating much property. Indeed, such a thing would not be expected of me by those who know me. I have but two mottoes, with regard to money making and saving, and they are: What a man gets out of this world he gets as he goes along, and 'shrouds have no pockets.' I do a great deal of work and make plenty of money, and spend it or give it away to those who need it more than I do." Any words concerning himself would be incomplete without a proper tribute to the two persons who have influenced life more than all others, and always for good, his mother and his wife. Of his mother he says: "She was a woman of rare intelligence, for her chances and her time. She read and retained everything that came in her way, and she had a wonderful gift of imparting her knowledge to others. She loved her children and greatly desired to see me attain the object of my ambition. She lived to see me a man, grown and respected, and I had ample opportunity to atone in some degree for the sorrow I gave her in leaving home so young." Of Mrs. King, we may justly say that whatever success the doctor has achieved, to her belongs to a large portion of the credit. Married when only sixteen years of age, she was utterly inexperienced in domestic duties. She has nobly stood by her husband in fortune and misfortune, and ever held up before him that bright star of hope, by which he was able to toil on, work on, at those inspiring toils by which man masters men. He has spent three winters away from her since their marriage, when she has taken upon herself the direction of all his affairs in addition to her own. She has done this without a murmur, always acquiescing in whatever was necessary to promote the well-being of themselves and those dependent on them, no matter what the sacrifice might be. In 1880 he was elected Coroner of Pettis County, and at the meeting of the Missouri State Medical Association in 1881, he was elected President of that body without opposition. He also occupies the chair of "Diseases of Women," in the Medical Department of the State University, at Columbia, where he delivers a full course of lectures on that subject, each year. He does a general practice and is considered one of the most successful surgeons in the State.

Insurance, of the firm of Knapp & Espenchied. Mr. Knapp was born in Crawford County, Pa., in 1836. His father, Timothy Knapp, was a native of New Hampshire. His mother, Clara C. Towry, was a native of Massachusetts. Henry A. Knapp came to Pettis County, Mo., in 1858, where he taught school for several years. In 1862 he enlisted in Company B, 7th M.S.M. Cavalry, and served three years. After the war, he engaged in school teaching for one year, after which, on account of ill health, he again left the school room. In 1874 he opened an insurance office in Sedalia, and has ever since continued in the business, representing the best companies in both this and foreign countries. Mr. Knapp is a member of the I.O.O.F. He was married in 1860 to Miss Carrie W. Ward, a daughter of Wm. R. Ward, one of the early settlers of this county, now a resident of Sedalia. They have four children living.


Of D.T. Chaney & Co., merchant tailoring and clothing. Was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1842. His father, Charles, died in Germany, in 1844, and in 1849 his mother moved with the family to America, and located in New Orleans, where she remained until 1852, when she moved to St. Louis, Mo. She died in 1853. When Charles, was eleven years of age, he was taken as an apprentice in a tailoring establishment, where he learned his trade, working until 1861, at which time he entered the Federal army, under Gratz Brown. In September, 1862, he enlisted again in the Thirtieth Missouri Volunteer Infantry. For three years he was in the Department of the Mississippi, and took an active part in all her battles and campaigns, serving until the close of the war. He entered as a private, but was promoted from time to time, until the close of the war, when he was serving as First Lieutenant, Company D, Thirtieth Missouri Battalion. After the close of the war he returned to St. Louis, and engaged in the merchant tailoring business, which he continued until 1859, when he came to Sedalia, and for some time was in the tailoring business with C.E. Smith. In 1877, he began work as cutter for J.W. Burress, where he remained until March, 1881, when he and his present partner, D.T. Chaney, bought out the business, and are still engaged in it and having a prosperous trade. Being industrious and energetic business men, we bespeak for them a bright future. He was married in May, 1870, to Amanda Berryman, of St. Louis, daughter of Arthur Berryman, of that city. They have three children, Charles J., Arthur and Wilhelmina. They also had two others, deceased: Lillie May, died March, 1875, aged three years; Mortimer, died November, 1881, aged three years and ten months. Mr. Koock belongs to the I.O.O.F., and A.O.U.W. fraternities.

The subject of this sketch is a native Missourian, born in Morgan County, Feb. 4, 1846; son of John D. and Annie Kruse. At the age of sixteen he went to St. Louis and engaged in the butcher business two years; then worked in a rolling mill three years; and finally moved to Smithton, and lived there and in the vicinity until 1870, when he came to Sedalia, and has been engaged in the butcher business ever since. In the fall of 1877, he entered into a co-partnership with Frank K. Fredrick. In 1881, he and his partner built the large brick building on Seventh and Ohio streets, of which an electrotype view appears elsewhere in this volume. They have their meat market in the lower rooms. The hall, on the second floor, is used by the Amity Lodge, A.O.U.W., of which the subject of this sketch is a member. On July 2, 1868, Mr. Kruse married Miss Margaret Kahrs, of Pettis County, and by this union they have four children.

Watchmaker and jeweler. Mr. Kumm was born in 1841 in St. Louis, Mo. His father, Jacob Kumm, was a native of Germany, who came to St. Louis in 1840. Mr. Kumm was reared in St. Louis, where he learned the watch-making business in his youth. In 1861 he came to Sedalia, where he was the first jeweler in the city. He continued in the jewelry business until 1871, when he began the manufacture of soap, in which he was engaged until 1879, when he again engaged in the jewelry business, which he still continues. Mr. Kumm is a Knight Templar, and was among the first Masons in the city. He and his wife are members of the O.S. Presbyterian Church. He was married in 1865 to Miss Rose Brent. They have six children, Clara, Louis, Charlie, Rosa, Philip, Henry; one dead.

Distinctly exemplifying in his personality the gracious influences of the patrician old Southern regime and a scion of an old and honored Virginia family, Mr. Lacy takes just pride in reverting to the historic Old Dominion commonwealth as the place of his nativity and is fully appreciative of the benign conditions and associations under which he was reared and which have made him a true type of the kindly and urbane Southern gentleman, the while he has shown himself possessed of marked executive and constructive ability and is essentially one of the representative business men of the City of St. Joseph, the vigorous and attractive metropolis of Northwestern Missouri. Here he holds the office of vice president of the Tootle-Lemon National Bank, one of the strong and ably managed financial institutions of this part of the state, and he has been an executive of the bank from the time of its organization, his progressive policies, personal popularity and well ordered endeavors having been a potent influence in furthering the success of the enterprise, the while he has gained inviolable place in the confidence and esteem of the people of his adopted city and county.
Graham Gordon Lacy was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, on August 8, 1858, and is a son of Maj. James Horace Lacy and Betty (Churchill) (Jones) Lacy, both representatives of old and distinguished Virginia families. Maj. James H. Lacy was educated at Washington University at Lexington, Virginia, an institution now known as Washington & Lee University, and he was graduated in the law department of this institution, though he never engaged actively in the practice of the profession for which he had thus fitted himself. He inherited a fine landed estate, to the area of which he added materially, and he was one of the extensive planters, substantial capitalists and influential citizens of Spotsylvania County, where he continued to reside until his death, as did also his devoted wife, who was a gentlewoman of most gracious and gentle personality and who was a member of the Churchill family, whose name has been one of prominence in the history of Virginia and Kentucky. Major Lacy was a gallant soldier of the Confederacy in the War Between the States, in which he served on the staff of Gen. George W. C. Smith. He was later appointed a member of the staff of the distinguished Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson, but this position he never assumed, owing to the death of General Jackson.
Reared on the fine old homestead plantation, Graham G. Lacy there gained his early educational discipline under the direction of private tutors, besides having the fortuitous influences of a home of distinctive culture and refinement. He prosecuted his higher academic studies in the Virginia Military Institute, at Lexington, and in 1880, shortly after attaining to his legal majority, he came to Missouri. He located in the City of Sedalia, judicial center of Pettis County, where he read law under effective preceptorship and where he was admitted to the bar in 1882. In the same year he removed to St. Joseph, where he engaged in the practice of his profession, for which he was admirably fortified and in which his success was on parity with his recognized ability. He continued in active general practice until 1889, when he found it expedient, as a matter of obtaining a most desirable field of endeavor, to associate himself with the private banking house of Tootle, Lemon & Company, which was organized in July of that year and of which he became assistant cashier. In the following year he was advanced to the important executive post of cashier, and of this office he continued the efficient and valued incumbent until the business was reorganized and incorporated as the Tootle-Lemon National Bank, on June 1, 1902. He then became vice president of the representative institution, and he has since retained this office, as one of the able and circumspect executive officers of the bank and as a recognized factor of influence in the financial operations in this section of the state.
Mr. Lacy is essentially loyal and progressive as a citizen, and his public spirit has been shown in his active identification with other important enterprises that greatly conserve the well being of the community. He is president and treasurer of the St. Joseph & Grand Island Railway Company, is president of the Westminster Improvement Company, and is a director of each the St. Joseph & Savannah Interurban Railway Company and the Davis Milling Company of St. Joseph, besides which he is financially interested in various other substantial enterprises. Mr. Lacy clings to the political faith in which he was reared and is a stalwart supporter of the cause of the Democratic Party. Both he and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Joseph, in which he is serving as elder, and in his home city he is an appreciative and popular member of the Benton Club, the Country Club and the Highland Golf Club, both he and Mrs. Lacy being prominent in the representative social activities of their home community, and their attractive residence, known, for its gracious hospitality, being located at 2912 Frederick Avenue.
On the 11th of November, 1886, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Lacy to Miss Ellen Bell Tootle, daughter of Thomas E. and Ellen (Bell) Tootle, of St. Joseph, the family having long been one of distinctive prominence and influence in this section of the state. Mr. and Mrs. Lacy have six children: Agnes Churchill is the wife of Eric C. Moore, of Rochester, New York; Mary Graham is the wife of George E. Porter, of St. Louis, Missouri; and the children who remain at the parental home are Lucy L., Bibi E., Ellen Tootle, and Graham Gordon, Jr.
A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.

Judge of the Probate Court of Pettis County. Was born in the year 1849 in Frederick County, Va. His mother's death occurred while he was yet an infant, and he was reared by his grand-mother, Mrs. John Alexander, of Lexington, Va. John A. Lacy received a thorough course at the Washington and Lee University of Lexington, graduating in the year 1869. Afterward he was sent to the University of Virginia, where he graduated in the Law Department of that institution, 1871. In the same year (1871) he came to Missouri, locating in Sedalia, Pettis County, where he commenced the practice of law in the office of Philips & Vest. Although comparatively a young man, his career as an eloquent and able lawyer is well known throughout Central Missouri. His father, Rev. B.F. Lacy, D.D., about this time also removed from Virginia to Pettis County, and for some time was identified with the Presbyterian Church of Sedalia, Mo., and is well and favorably known in Central Missouri as an able and devout expounder of the Gospel. John A. Lacy, as a lawyer, fought his battles single handed, until the second year of his removal from his native State, Virginia. He married Miss Elizabeth P. Myers, also of Lexington, March 12, 1873, daughter of John H. Myers, a broker of that city, and by her has three children, Susan M., John McD. A. and Henry Blain. After his marriage he continued the practice of his profession, making many friends by his genial disposition and rare social qualities. Never swerving from the path into which his moral instincts led him, he became popular as a member of the bar, and in 1876 was elected Judge of the Probate Court of Pettis County, which office he still holds, being re-elected in 1880. Judge Lacy's success has been marked from the beginning, and that his administration as Probate Judge has been characterized by much forethought and discretion is accorded by the fact of his re-election in 1880. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and also Past Grand Chancellor, and at present one of the representatives from Missouri to the Supreme Lodge of the world. Altogether he has, in every capacity in which he has been called upon to officiate, proved himself equal to the emergency, winning a host of worthy friends, and well may the people of Pettis County be proud of a man who has served them so well.

Was born in the city of Nancy, France, March 10, 1816. His father, Caesar Augustus Lamy, has been dead a number of years. When, in 1828, Ernest Lamy emigrated to America, he located at Gallipolis, O., and served as apprentice in the tailoring business. Ten years later he went to West Virginia, where he remained about three years, then came to Missouri, first locating in Osceola, St. Clair County, where he followed tailoring about six years. In 1846 he removed his business to Boonville, and for twenty years carried on merchant tailoring there. After the war, when Sedalia was beginning to assume the character of a business center, Mr. Lamy removed to this city, and since that time, 1867, has made it his home and headquarters in business. The firm, J.A. Lamy & Co., with which he is connected, is doing a large business. Their place of business, located on Main street, is large and convenient, constantly filled with one of the largest stocks of merchant tailoring and gents' furnishing goods and ready-made clothing in this portion of the State. They find employment for eight men in the cutting and manufacturing department, besides clerks and employees in other lines. He was married in 1854, to Miss Lucy C. Parsons, one of the early settlers of Cooper County, Mo. They have had seven children, five of whom are still living, James A., now in business with his father, whose name appears in the firm, Medora, now wife of Captain Harry C. Demuth, of this city, Ella L., now wife of C.P. Brown, of St. Louis, Ernest W. and Florence. Mr. Lamy and family are among the enterprising and highly respected constituents of Sedalia business and social circles. He has served the people in the capacity of City Alderman, City Treasurer and member of the Board of Education. He is a representative man in his line of business, and his life, fortune and present position are striking illustrations of what great results may be accomplished by intelligence, industry and business application.

Was born Nov. 24, 1819, in Columbia, Ky. His father and mother were both born in that State. His father, Louis Lampton, died in 1823, after which his mother moved to Richmond, Ky., and afterward to Hopkinsville, where the subject of our sketch was reared. After Mr. Lampton attained manhood, he was married to Miss Elizabeth S. Rolland, daughter of Reuben Rolland, cashier of Hopkinsville Bank. In the year of 1856 he moved to Pettis County, and engaged in farming, and in 1859 he sold out and moved to Windsor, in Henry County. Here he sold goods until early in the spring of 1861, when he went into the Confederate army, and served until the close of the war. Lampton's life as a solider commenced as First Lieutenant, but he was promoted to Major. He figured in several battles, but not once during the Rebellion was he wounded. In 1865 he came with his family to Sedalia, and engaged in the mercantile business until 1878, when he was elected City Assessor. Mr. Lampton has been connected with the insurance business, and also real estate business. He was one of the early settlers of Pettis County, and has been identified with her prosperity and growth almost from the beginning. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been through all its degrees, having been a Mason since 1844. He is a charter member of the Granite Lodge, of this city, also charter member of the Chapter, also of the Council, and St. Omar Commandery. Himself and wife are members of the Old School Presbyterian Church. They have seven children, named respectively: Augusta R., Reuben L., James J., Lizzie, William M., Mary M., Mitchell M., and two deceased.

Attorney at law. Mr. Lamm was born Dec. 3, 1846, in Wayne Co., Ohio. His father, Wm. Lamm, was a native of Pennsylvania. Henry, the subject of this sketch, graduated from Michigan University, Ann Arbor, in 1869, after which he came to Sedalia and studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1870. He served two and a-half years as Circuit Clerk, and with this exception, he has been constantly engaged in the practice of his profession since his admission to the bar. Mr. Lamm is a member of the Board of Education, and has taken a great interest in the Sedalia schools. He is a member of Granite Lodge, A.F. & A.M., also of the I.O.O.F. He was married in 1874, to Miss Grace A. Rose, of East Saginaw, Mich. They have two children, Nettie R. and Philip F.

Watches, clocks and jewelry. Mr. Landes was born September 22, 1846, in Mifflin County, Pa. His father, George Landes, was also a native of Pennsylvania, as was his mother, Paulina Landes, nee Polick. John, the subject of this sketch, began the watch, clock and jewelry business in 1868, and in 1870 opened his store in Sedalia, on Main street, No. 111. Moved to his present storeroom in the Bazoo building in the summer of 1868, which is one of the best in the city. In the spring of 1882 he was elected Alderman of the Fourth Ward. As a business man and as a citizen, he is held in high esteem by all who know him. He is a member of the Knights of Honor, of which he is Financial Reporter, also of the Knights of Pythias. He and his wife are members of the M.E. Church. He was married in 1871, to Minnie May Kullmer, of Sedalia. They have three children living, Carl, Jessie and Howard.

Photographer. Prominent among the names of the distinguished photographers of Missouri appears the name of Wm. Latour. He was born in the village of Eslingen, Kingdom of Wurtemburg, Germany, Oct. 4, 1845. Came to America with his parents in the year 1851, and settled in St. Louis, Mo. In 1856 he commenced learning the art of daguerreotyping, ambrotyping and photographing, under Aug. Plitt, one of the leading artists of St. Louis. After having become proficient in the art, he was engaged in some of the leading galleries of St. Louis until the close of the civil war, when he embarked in the theatrical profession. He made his first engagement with G.D. Chaplin, who was then the lessee of the Leavenworth, Kan., Theatre. It was during his first theatrical career, in a vacation, May 27, 1866, he came to Sedalia. Here he worked at his profession with H.C. Lesher, until the opening of the season of 1867, when he rejoined his former company, and played the following season, in what was then termed the Western Circuit. On the thirteenth day of April, 1868, he returned to Sedalia, having made up his mind to give up the stage as a profession, he again resumed photography. He first worked for J.C. Downing, and then for Richard Penny, whom he bought out in 1869, and has followed the business ever since, and has established a reputation second to no photographer in the State. The best evidence of his success as an artist is the large brick building, "Latour's Block," on the corner of Ohio and Fourth streets, which he erected in 1879, with money earned in his business, in Sedalia. In the upper rooms of the "Latour Block," he has one of the finest furnished photograph galleries in the West. Mr. Latour was married to Miss Josephine Lyons, Oct. 25, 1869. They have three children, Blanch, Ira and Lionel.


Is the son of John Lauber, a native of Germany, but who came to the United States in the year 1844, and settled in Randolph County, Ill., where he lived until his death, which occurred in the year 1863. The subject of this sketch was born in Germany, Aug. 4, 1843. He received a part of his education in the schools of Randolph County, Ill., completing the same in Moniteau County, Mo. When he was yet a youth he began work for a construction train on the M.P.R.R. Afterwards, in 1860, he worked in the shops of the Missouri Pacific R.R. at St. Louis. He first took an engine on the Missouri Pacific in the spring of 1863, and continued in that position until 1868, when he accepted a position as engineer on the Union Pacific, where he remained about one year. Then he went to California and accepted a position as engineer and conductor on a construction train. In the year 1869 he returned to Kansas City, and accepted a position as engineer on the Kansas Pacific. In the summer of 1870, he returned to the Missouri Pacific, and accepted a position he has held ever since. He has never met with any accidents worthy of mention. He is popular in railroad circles, and a courteous, intelligent and agreeable gentleman.

Was born in Virginia, in the year 1817. His father, Robert S., now deceased, was a native of Virginia, as was also his mother. In 1828, in company with his father's family, he emigrated to Greenfield, Ohio. James P. learned the mercantile business, and in 1839 opened a store in Petersburg, a short distance from Greenfield, where he remained for about ten years, at which time he returned to Greenfield, where he again engaged in mercantile pursuits until the war in 1861. He then went on a farm and remained until 1866, when he emigrated west and located in Sedalia, and again engaged in the mercantile business. Mr. Leake built the first business block in Sedalia on Ohio street, located on the southwest corner of Ohio and Second streets. While they were making preparations for the construction of his building, and were engaged in unloading lumber to be used in the building, a stranger remarked: "What fool is going to build out there on the prairie?" But the wisdom of his choice was soon manifest, as in a short time it was deemed about the best location in the city. In 1873 he built on the same lot the three-story brick block which he sold to Dr. H.W. Wood in January, 1880, and for which he realized the sum of twenty-seven thousand dollars. In 1875 Mr. Leake retired from active business, but being the owner of some very fine farming lands in this county, and considerable real estate in Sedalia, has to some extent turned his attention to the supervision of his estates. Mr. Leake was married to Mary J. Rogers, daughter of Col. Thos. Rogers, of Greenfield, Ohio, in 1840, and has four children living, named respectively, Nannie E., now the wife of O.J. Baldwin, of Greenfield, Ohio, a merchant of that city; Julia A., now the wife of Henry C. Sinnet, of Sedalia; Alletus W., with Maltby & Co., of Sedalia; Emma A., wife of W.J. Maltby, of Sedalia. His wife died in January, 1878, after which he was married to Matilda A. Love, of Greenfield, Ohio, May 16, 1880, and by her has one child, James P. Mr. Leake is a member of the Baptist Church, of Sedalia; and through his influence both as a Christian and business man, the church and moral standing of the city is being advanced wherever he devotes his energies.

Attorney at law. Is a native of Pettis County, Mo. His father, J.B. Longan, is a native of Cooper County, Mo., and his mother, whose maiden name was Reaves, is also a native of Cooper County. George F., the subject of this sketch, was educated at the State Normal School at Warrensburg and graduated at the State University, in 1878, after which he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1880. During the year of 1881 he served the city of Sedalia as City Attorney, in which position he gave general satisfaction. Although young in years he is recognized as a ready debator, concise in language, and vigorous in thought, a keen logician, with the power of pressing his arguments strongly and rapidly. He chooses his positions only after he is himself assured of their strength and he then proves himself an antagonist not to be baffled, or a powerful ally. With these qualities the career before him is a brilliant one; yet, as a professional man, and as a citizen, among his associates and in social life, his record is no less one deserving of preservation from its amenity, and the kindly feeling and respect which he inspires.

Real estate and insurance. Mr. Looney was born, in 1828, in Hawkins County, Tenn. His father, John Looney, was also a native of Tennessee. His mother, Elizabeth, nee Johnson, was a native of the same place. James H. came to Polk County, Mo., in 1854, and after clerking for a few years, opened a store and sold goods until the breaking out of the war. During the war he was Quartermaster of Col. Mitchell's Regiment M.S.M. In 1865 he came to Sedalia, where he was engaged in various kinds of business for some years, but finally engaged in real estate, insurance and money loaning, which he has followed ever since. He owns a beautiful farm just outside the city limits, where he resides. Mr. Looney has been a Mason since 1856. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. He was married in 1859 to a Miss McLain, of Fayetteville, Ark. They have five children living, Perry J., Belle, Mary V., James H., Mack D. Their eldest son, Ralph M., died in May, 1880, aged 19 years.

Post-office, Smithton. Farmer. One of the pioneers of Pettis County, and was born in 1818, in Germany, where he lived until he reached his majority. He emigrated to the United States about 1842, and shortly after that time came to Morgan County, Mo., and remained there a few years,then came to Pettis county where he has since lived. He was married to Miss C. Smith, and they have two children now living, William and Alvina. In 1865, he moved to his present location, where he owns a fine farm of 800 acres, with one of the best stone Quarries in the State. He is numbered as one of the successful farmers of Smithton Township.

Wholesale dealer in boots and shoes, hats, caps, etc. Was born in 1830, in Warren County, Ohio. His father, William Mackey, a native of Virginia, died in California in 1858. His mother, Mary, nee Sinnard, was a native of Pennsylvania, and died in 1834. Wm., the subject of this sketch, went to Galena, Illinois, with his father, when but fourteen years of age, and remained until 1849, when he went overland to California, where he engaged in the mercantile business, remaining until 1857. About this time he returned to the States, remaining but a short time, however, as he returned to California in 1858. In the month of October of the same year he returned, and engaged in the flouring business at Peru, Ind. Mr. Mackey soon after sold his mill and commenced business as a dry goods merchant in the same town. In 1867, he again sold out, and in the month of June of the same year came to Sedalia, Mo., and opened a boot and shoe store, which he has ever since continued. About the first day of January, 1872, he began a jobbing trade, which has been constantly increasing until he now has a jobbing trade almost equal to any house in Missouri. Mr. Mackey was married January 23, 1862, to Sarah McLaughlin, of St. Mary's, Ohio, daughter of G.W. McLaughlin, of that city. They have four children: Wm. B., now at school at Cincinnati, Ohio; George K., Mary G. and Flora S.

Dental surgeon. Dr. Major was born in Franklin County, Ky., March 4, 1829. His father, Oline T., was a native of Virginia. His mother, Nancy T., nee Gunnell, was a native of Kentucky. In 1848, the family removed to Saline County, Mo., where Dr. Major was reared. In 1852, he took up the study of dentistry under his brother, A.C. Major, of Brownsville. In 1863 he located at Glasgow, Howard County, Mo., where he began the practice of his profession. He afterwards practiced at Waverly and Lexington. In 1868 he located in Sedalia, where he has ever since practiced his profession. He was married in 1850 to Miss Rachel Levi, by whom he has three children living: Maggie, Lizzie and Nannie. His wife died in 1857. In 1864 he married Miss Mattie Buckner, and by her has three children: Sallie, George and Anna M. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. He is also a member of the I.O.O.F.

The subject of this sketch was born January 7, 1844, in Van Buren, Arkansas; son of Joseph P. and Abbie Marean, both natives of Massachusetts. His father emigrated to Arkansas about 1836, and opened a general merchandise business near the mouth of the White River, at a trading post known as Montgomery's point, and remained there six years, then removed to Van Buren, on the Arkansas River, and engaged in the mercantile business until the commencement of the civil war, then closed out his business, and with his wife, returned to his native State and settled in Boston, where he and his wife are living at present. Mr. H.H. Marean joined the Third Regiment, Arkansas Volunteers of the Confederate army at the beginning of the war, and served until it was over, then went to Little Rock and remained a short time; from there he went to New Orleans and engaged in mercantile business for about two years, and then went to Boston and accepted a situation of traveling salesman for the firm of Bliss, Whitney & Co., manufacturers and dealers in clothing, and engaged in that business until 1872; then resigned his situation and came to Sedalia and opened a dry goods store on the corner of Main and Kentucky streets, where he remained until 1876, when, owing to the increase of his business, it becoming necessary for him to have a larger store room, he removed his stock of goods to the large and commodious building he now occupies on the corner of Main and Ohio streets. Mr. Marean married Miss Anna Bouldin on October 30, 1881, daughter of Clark Bouldin, one of the pioneer settlers of Pettis County.

Policeman. Mr. Masonhall was born in Allegheny County, Pa., in 1846. His father, John P., was a native of Germany, who came to America in 1821, and is now a resident of Sedalia, aged eighty years. His mother is also living, aged sixty-five years. H.G. moved to Mattoon, Ill., in 1868 or 1869, and engaged in railroading until 1878, when he came to Sedalia and was conductor on the M., K. & T., until 1881, when he joined the police for of Sedalia, where he still remains. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., and also of the K. of P. He was married, in 1880, to Miss Maggie Milligan, of Sedalia, a daughter of Benjamin Milligan, of this city.

Grocer and provision dealer. Mr. Mason was born, in 1857, in St. Louis County, Mo. His father, T.J. Mason, was a native of Missouri, now a resident of Lamonte, this County. His mother, Sarah A., nee Cordell, was a native of Missouri. John W. was raised on a farm. In 1868, he began railroading, which he followed until 1875. He then followed farming until 1881, when he came to Sedalia, and engaged in the grocery business, which he still follows. His father came to Pettis County in 1854, where he has ever since resided. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. He was married, in 1879, to Lillie Swanson, of this County. They have two children, Cornelia and Charles E.

Book and stationery dealer. Was born in Peoria County, Ill., in May, 1850, where he was reared. His father, S.R. McClellan, was a native of Maysville, Ky., but was principally reared in Dayton, O., and died in Sedalia, May 16, 1876. His mother, Charlotte, nee Osborn, was a native of Ohio, now a resident of Sedalia. Edwin McClellan was educated in Oneida and Sedalia. He began business in Sedalia as deputy postmaster, serving in that capacity for a period of six years. In 1878, he left the postoffice and began business for himself, as a dealer in books, stationery, etc. Mr. McClellan has an elegant storeroom on Second street, where he is engaged in business, and commands a large share of the patronage of the people of Sedalia and Pettis County. Possibly no man in Sedalia is better calculated to build up a lucrative business than Mr. McClellan, serving, as he did, a long term in the postoffice of this city, and being a popular official, he acquired a large acquaintance in the County, and his popularity has followed him in his business. He is a self-made man. Beginning life a poor boy, he has, by close attention to business and honesty of purpose, accumulated quite a nice property. He is the owner of an elegant residence on Broadway, in addition to his mercantile establishment. He was married in November, 1880, to Miss Sadie F. Castle, of Sedalia, a daughter of J.C. Castle, a prominent farmer of Pettis County.

Farmer, section twelve, Sedalia Township. Mr. McClure was born in 1835 in Missouri. His father, Dr. William H. McClure, was a native of Kentucky, who located in Lincoln County, Mo., in 1828. His mother, Fannie, nee Bond, was a native of Kentucky also. J.B., the subject of this sketch, was reared principally in Boone County. In 1859 he came to Pettis County and engaged in farming very extensively, and has ever since been one of the prominent farmers of the county. In 1872 he was married to Miss Sallie F. Field, a daughter of Curtis Field, whose biography appears in this work. They have two children living, John F. and Lillian, and two deceased.


Was born in Auglaize County, O., in 1851. His father, George McLaughlin, was a native of Maryland. His mother, Mary, nee Hart, was a native of Connecticut. John C., the subject of this sketch, came to Sedalia in the spring of 1869, when he entered the house of W.S. Mackey as salesman, where he still continues, having been interested in the business for the past three years. He was married, in 1876, to Flora I. Ferguson. They have two children, Mary E. and John C., Jr. Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin are members of the M.E. Church.

Furniture dealer. Mr. McLaughlin was born in 1846, in St. Mary's, O. His father, George W., was a native of Baltimore. His mother, Mary, nee Hart, was a native of Connecticut - a descendant of the Hart family who founded Hartford, Conn. She now lives in Sedalia. George C., the subject of this sketch, was educated at St. Mary's, O., after which he was engaged in book-keeping until 1874, when he came to Sedalia. After keeping the station ledger of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad for a time, he entered the office of Col. A.D. Jaynes (who was at that time Treasurer of the M., K. & T. Railroad), as book-keeper, where he remained four years. In 1880 he engaged in the furniture business, in which he still continues, having the largest and most complete stock in the city. He was married, in 1881, to Nellie Butterfield, of Piqua, O. He and his wife are members of the M.E. Church.


Grain merchant, Sedalia, Mo. He was born, April 8, 1842, in Grant County, Ky. His father, P.F. McNees, and mother, Artemissa, nee Dejarnette, were natives of Kentucky. W.A., the subject of this sketch, entered the Confederate army, in 1862, in Kirby Smith's command, but soon afterward joined John Morgan's command, in which he remained until Morgan's death. After the war he engaged in the saddler and harness business for a short time. In 1866 he came to Williamstown, Lewis County, Mo., where he continued in the harness business until 1867. He then came to Sedalia, where he pursued his trade until 1872, then spent about two years in the grocery business in Scotland County, this state. Returning to Sedalia, he engaged in the grocery business, and afterward in the grain trade, which he still continues. In 1878 he built the elevator on East Main street, the first and only grain elevator in Sedalia. Mr. McNees was married, in 1867, to Miss Mary H., daughter of Ninian Nichols, a native of Kentucky. Five children were born to this pair, two of whom are living, the eldest and youngest, Edgar F. and Mary H. Three died in infancy, Walter Lee, Joseph William and Carl Roy. Their mother died in 1878, and in 1881 Mr. McNees was united in marriage to Miss Esther Adelia Thompson. Both are worthy members of the Baptist Church, and enjoy the confidence and respect of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Was born in Oct., 1802, in Maryland. His father, Benjamin, was also a native of Maryland, as was his mother, Ann, nee Kilpatrick. Absalom, the subject of this sketch, was raised on a farm, but learned the carpenter's trade. In the spring of 1838, he came to Pettis County, and located in Georgetown, where he worked at his trade until 1856, when he located on the farm where he now resides, on the eastern border of Sedalia. Here he entered 1,100 acres of land, on a part of which Sedalia now stands. During the war he remained at home. Was once taken prisoner by the Confederates, being a strong Union man. About this time, his father-in-law, Thomas Allison, was shot but bushwhackers. Mr. McVey is a man universally loved and respected by all. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. He was married, in 1824, to Mary Edminson, by whom he had eight children, three of whom are living, Benjamin, John, Thomas. His wife died in 1838. In 1839, he married Hannah C. Burns, by whom he had eight children, five of whom are living. His wife died in 1855, and the same year he married Lucinda Allison, by whom he had eight children, six living: Charles, Levi, Rebecca, George, Schuyler and Hortense.


Is the son of Absalom McVey, who was a native of Maryland, but removed to Missouri in the fall of 1833, and settled in Georgetown, then the county seat of Pettis County. The subject of this sketch was born in Cecil County, Md., May 24, 1833. He received his education at the private schools of Georgetown, and after completing his education he learned the builder's trade, and built the second house erected in Sedalia. It was a school house. He was a contractor and builder for a number of years, and now has a good position in the Missouri, Kansas & Texas shops. He was married in 1854, to Miss Martha Gent, a native of Virginia, and this union has blessed them with a bright family of children, four of whom are living. Ada, Gen, Trall and Maude. His first wife dying, he married Miss Nellie Watts, in 1866, a native of Wisconsin. From this union there were three children, one of whom is living. Mrs. McVey is a lady of refinement and literary taste, having written considerable for the public press, a history of Eureka Springs, and many other highly prized productions, and is now writing for several eastern periodicals and papers.

Proprietor of Lindell Hotel. The subject of this sketch is a native Missourian, born in Boone County, Sept. 15, 1837; is the son of Daniel and Susan McQuitty, both natives of Kentucky, who came to Missouri in an early day. William H. is the eldest in a family of six children. His brothers and sisters are, Wm. H., Harriett, wife of Dr. G.W. Elliott; Nancy, wife of James M. McKee; Armilda, wife of Robert Baker, and Daniel W., living, and Mary F., deceased. Mr. McQuitty remained on the farm with his father until 1862, then went to Cooper County. October 1, 1863, he married Miss Josephine Scruggs, by whom he has a family of five children, Wm. D., Ada, George, Hortense and Nancy. In 1875 he sold his property in Cooper County and moved to Pettis County, and purchased property in Longwood, where he lived until 1879, then sold his property and purchased a farm in Longwood township, and engaged in farming until the spring of 1882, then rented his farm and moved to Sedalia, and took charge of the Lindell Hotel, and remodeled and furnished it with the modern hotel conveniences, and is now doing a good business, and has a good class of boarders.


Was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1837. His father, Christopher G., was a native of Germany; is now a resident of Charleston, and was during the late war Secretary of Treasury of the Confederate States. His mother's maiden name was Mary Wilkerson, a native of New Jersey. The subject of this sketch graduated at the South Carolina College, in 1856. Three years later he graduated from Charleston Medical College, after which he entered Bellevue Hospital, where he completed the surgical course. He then went to Europe, where he spent two years in Paris, attending lectures and visiting hospitals, and returned home in the spring of 1861, and in April of that year, went to Montgomery, Alabama, and was there appointed, by Jefferson Davis, Surgeon of the Confederate Army, and ordered to report to General Beauregard, at Charleston, and on his arrival the General appointed him Surgeon of his Staff. The doctor was present when the first gun was fired on Fort Sumter, and accompanied his staff to the fort after its surrender. Subsequently he was ordered to Richmond to take charge of Camp Lee Hospital. After Camp Lee he was appointed Surgeon of the Fifth Division, at Winder Hospital, in Richmond, and was shortly transferred to Danville, Va., and placed in charge of the General Hospital at that place. From this position he was ordered to Charleston, S.C., and appointed President of the Examining Board for retirement, furloughs and discharges, for that department. He was then ordered to report to Major General Patten, Anderson's Division of Joseph E. Johnson's Army, and appointed Surgeon of his Division, and in this capacity continued until April 28, 1865. At the close of the war he returned to Charleston, S.C., and commenced the practice of his profession. In 1869 he came to Kansas City, and about 1872 went to St. Louis, where he built up a large practice. He came to Sedalia, in 1881, where he is building up a profitable practice. The doctor was married in 1871 to Miss Maggie Millison, of Decatur, Ill., daughter of Dr. J.H. Millison, of that place. They have two children, Thomas M. and Jessie. Dr. Memminger's social endowments are of the highest order. In stature he is medium, in appearance commanding, educated in the finest schools of this country and Europe, he is prepared to discuss any topic that may arise. His recognized abilities placed him at the head of his profession in the army. A native born Southerner, he carries the honor of that proud birth with proverbial dignity. Such is the brief outline of the life of one whose true merit and genuine worth entitles him to prominence and esteem.

The subject of this sketch was born in Scranton, Penn., Aug. 20, 1844, and is the elder of a family of two children. He received a liberal education from the schools of his native State. In the spring of 1862 he moved to Illinois, where he remained until the fall of '62, when he enlisted in the 88th Illinois "Board of Trade Regiment," United States Volunteers, of Chicago, under Colonel Frank Sherman and Captain Geo. A. Sheridan, who afterwards held the office of Recorder of Deeds, at Washington, D.C., under the administration of President Hayes. Mr. Merrifield was with the Army of the Cumberland and Tennessee, and participated in all the principal battles fought by those armies and was actively engaged from the battle of Perryville to the close of the war. After peace had been declared he returned to his old home in Pennsylvania, where he remained until the year 1870, when he engaged in the railroad business. In the spring of that year Mr. M. moved to Missouri, settling in Sedalia, where he has since resided, and been engaged with the Missouri Pacific as conductor. In November, 1881, he was transferred from the Lexington branch to a passenger run from Sedalia to St. Louis, which position he still fills. He was married May 18, 1866, to Miss R.T. Crandall, a native of Great Bend, Penn.; from this union there is one child, Walter, a bright boy of fifteen years. Mr. M's father, John Merrifield, is a native of Pennsylvania, and still resides at Great Bend. Of Mr. Merrifield it can be truthfully said, that he is one of the most popular conductors that run upon the road. In his long railroad experience he has had but few accidents, and none of them connected with disastrous results. Most of this good fortune is due directly to Mr. Merrifield's good judgment and carefulness. The most unfortunate one in which he was a party was that of the Houstonia cyclone in 1875, in which his train was badly wrecked, several of the cars being literally torn into kindling wood. Mr. Merrifield saw the storm coming and had his passengers all get out of the coaches and he was standing upon the ground near the depot and was taken up by the tornado and carried about a hundred yards across the prairie with lightning express time. Strange to say no one was severely hurt, he receiving only a few slight bruises. From this incident he received his sobriquet, "Tornado Jim," by which he is known from one end of the line to the other. He immediately took his locomotive and run to Brownsville for medical assistance and returning did all in his power to alleviate the suffering of the wounded. In person Mr. Merrifield is tall, straight and spare. He has a pleasant face, keen sparkling eyes, full of intelligence, eagerness and vivacity, an agreeable address and courteous, dignified manners, and is a favorite with his friends, and has the full confidence of his employers.


Of Mertz & Hale, druggists. Among the enterprising men of Sedalia, John H. Mertz takes a high rank. He was born in Frankfort, Germany, Sept. 28, 1846. His father, Henry Mertz, came with his family to America, in 1852, locating at Beardstown, Ill., where he died in 1875. Here John H. Mertz was reared and educated. In the winter of 1863-4, he enlisted in the Federal army in Company G, of the 145th Illinois Infantry, and was stationed most of the time in Missouri, and it was at this time that he became favorably impressed with the State. After the war he took a course at Jones Commercial College, St. Louis, clerking in a drug store at the same time. On March 15, 1865, he came to Sedalia, and clerked for W.E. Bard until July, 1866, at which time he purchased the drug store of Dr. J.G. Beck, and has ever since been identified with the drug business of Sedalia. In 1872, Dr. R.L. Hale became associated with him in the drug business, and together they built the three-story brick block on Ohio street, which they now occupy, and which was at that time one of the finest in Sedalia. They do a large business, having a large jobbing trade, and the enterprising character of Mr. Mertz is well known throughout Central Missouri. A great deal is due his untiring labors in behalf of our growing city. He is President of the Fourth Building Association, of Sedalia, and director of four others, and for the past five years a member of the School Board. He is one of the original members of the Congregational Church of this city. He was married to Miss Nettie P. Lamm, of Sedalia, April 16, 1868, a native of Wayne County, Ohio, and daughter of Wm. Lamm, of that county. They have six children, all living: Ella L., Anna L., Nettie F., Alice B., Henry L. and Mary L. The last two are twins.

Mayor of Sedalia, Mo. Mr. Messerly is a native of Ohio. His father, Lewis F. Messerly, and mother, Elizabeth Messerly, nee Eberhardt, were both born in Switzerland, and came to America in 1842. They are now living in California, Mo. Charles was reared and educated in Ohio, graduating at New Philadelphia High School, in 1869. He immediately came to Sedalia, and engaged as salesman with Major Wm. Beck, one of the first dry goods firms in the city. He remained in the same capacity until 1876, and then became a partner. At this time the new business house on the corner of Second and Osage streets was opened for their use. The firm of Beck & Messerly is one of the best established general stores in this portion of the State, and through their thorough business qualities and long experience, they secure a large and valuable trade. Mr. Messerly is a young man of bright promise. He came to Sedalia with naught but his personal energy and integrity, and by close attention to business, has taken a high station among the enterprising men of this growing city. His popularity may be inferred from the fact that he was elected Mayor of Sedalia, April 4, 1882, by a handsome Republican majority, when the city had for two years been under the rule of the other party. As a social, genial gentleman, Mr. Messerly has rare qualities, and an exemplary influence upon those with whom he mingles. Mr. Messerly is a member of the Granite Lodge, A.F. and A.M., of this city; also of the Sedalia Rifles, holding the office of Sergeant of the same.


Lumber merchant, Sedalia. Was born in Prussia in 1829. His father, Peter A. Meyer, came to America in 1830, locating in St. Louis, Mo., where he engaged in operating a foundry until the time of his death, in 1851. Abraham was reared and educated in St. Louis, with the exception of one year in the State University, at Columbia. In 1850, he went to California, where he remained two years, when he returned to St. Louis and engaged in the leather business until 1859. During the early part of the war he was appointed Assistant Assessor for the United States, for Henry, Benton, St. Clair, Polk, Dallas, Laclede and Hickory Counties. In the year of 1863, he came to Sedalia, and went into the hide, leather and saddler business, which he followed until 1872, when he engaged in the real estate business, which he followed only for a short time. During the succeeding year he organized the First Building and Loan Association of Sedalia. In 1873, he engaged in the lumber business, which he has continued successfully to the present time. Mr. Meyer is the owner of considerable real estate in Sedalia, and his many transactions in that line of business net him a fine profit. He made one addition to the city, known as Meyer & Kahr's Addition. Mr. Meyer is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also an original member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was married in 1852, to Miss Adaline Lumley, of St. Louis, and a native of Louisville, Ky. In 1878, he and his wife visited the old country, attending the Paris Exposition, and visiting England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Prussia and Switzerland, which is now a source of great satisfaction to him, as his companion was called from him soon thereafter. The death of his wife occurred June 16, 1881. He was an honorary delegate to the Paris Exposition.

Of the firm of Vitt & Meyers, dry goods. Mr. Meyers is a native of Cole County, Mo. His father, Peter S., was a native of Germany, now a resident of Sedalia. His mother was also a native of Germany. Peter R., the subject of this sketch, was educated in Cole County, Mo., where he learned the printing business in his youth. In 1871 he entered the First National Bank, of Sedalia, as bookkeeper, where he remained one year, when he entered the dry goods house as salesman where we now find him. After the first year he bought an interest in the business, since which time he has been an active partner in the house. Mr. Meyers was married in 1874 to Miss Bianka Frish. They have two children, Ida A., Leo C., one deceased. Mr. Meyers is a member of the Catholic Knights.

Oldest merchant in Sedalia, was born in Richmond, Ky., Nov. 19, 1831. His parents, James E. and Harriet F. Miller, were born and reared in Madison County, Ky., where they resided until 1844, when they removed to Missouri and located on a farm near where Tipton now stands, in Moniteau County. The subject of this sketch received his academical education at the State University of Missouri, where he prosecuted his studies four years under the able administration of James T. Thanon. He afterwards took the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the St. Louis Medical College, spring of 1860, and attended a third course of lectures at the same college in 1863. Was united in marriage to Miss Nellie M. Hutchin, of Detroit, Mich., May 28, 1861. He had the misfortune to lose his wife October 2, 1880, leaving four girls, Jeannie T., Julia K., Hattie and Katie B. After graduating he engaged in the practice of medicine at Tipton, Mo., where he had a drug store and near by a farm, which he cultivated by slave labor under the management of an overseer. During the fall of 1860, business becoming very dull at Tipton, he concluded to look out another location for the sale of drugs and practice of medicine, and came to Sedalia prospecting. He was well pleased with its location, etc., and was induced by Gen. Geo. R. Smith, with whom he boarded, to purchase a lot, which he did at once, and bought the lot now occupied by Bixby & Houx, of Mr. Wm. Nichol, now cashier of Commercial Bank of St. Louis, for two hundred dollars, and at once commenced the erection of his drug store, a story and half building. He bought a small stock of drugs of John A. Read, who was in the commission and forwarding business, and rented one side of his store room until he could build, which enabled him at once to commence the sale of drugs and practice of medicine. After having opened out in his new house his stock of drugs, which was about the 1st of March, 1861, Mr. W.E. Bard, his present partner, applied to him for a situation as clerk in the drug store; he was accordingly employed at a salary of fifteen dollars per month and board. After the expiration of one year he was taken in as a full partner in the drug business, and the partnership has continued from that day to this, now over twenty years. The doctor was the first physician, as well as druggist, to locate in Sedalia. The war breaking out, and his overseer on his farm near Tipton, having abandoned his situation, the doctor was compelled to return to his old home and take charge of the farm and negroes in person and leave the drug store in the hands of his partner until the close of the war, when he again resumed the drug business in Sedalia. In 1873 he entered the political arena and was elected Mayor of Sedalia over his competitor, Major Wm. Beck, by a large majority. During the same year he was elected a member of the Board of Incorporators of the Female Orphan School at Camden Point, Mo. October, 1879, he was elected the first President of the State Pharmaceutical Association, and was re-elected the following year. Was chosen Vice-President of Pettis County Bank, 1880; was married the second time to Miss Margaret T. Henderson, daughter of the Rev. J.T.A. Henderson, May 23, 1882, at Sedalia, Mo.

Was born in Woodford County, Ky., in 1841. His father, John Mitchum, was a native of Kentucky also. His mother, Julia, nee Davis, was a native of Maryland. C. Mitchum, the subject of this sketch, came to Lexington, Mo., in 1842, with his parents. He was raised principally in Andrew County, Mo. In 1861 he entered the Confederate army in Gen. Morgan's command and served four years, except nineteen months, when he was a prisoner. During his soldier life he was twice wounded. After the war he remained in Kentucky until 1866, when he returned to Sedalia. Since which time he has spent a good portion of his time in farming and dealing in stock. He was married in 1870 to Miss M.A. Wood, a daughter of Watson Wood, one of the early settlers of this county. They have six children, John A., Eva, Ava, Dovey, Mary E. and Virginia.

One of the remarkable men of his age, the latter part of whose life was closely identified with the history of Sedalia, was Dr. T.J. Montgomery. His strong character and remarkable individuality has left indelible impressions upon the city, whose growth he had seen from its infancy, and whose society he had so much to elevate and adorn. Possessed of a mind of rare cultivation and stored with the richest gems of knowledge, Dr. Montgomery was at once conspicuous for his social virtues and his Christian graces. A steadfast friend, a tender husband, a consistent, earnest Christian, and a devoted father, he filled his sphere in life in a way which ennobled himself while benefitting mankind. Few men of his age and country have passed through a more chequered career, or one which involved the elements of a nobler manhood. In the years of his long residence in this county, his strong character and prevailing sense of duty has done much to fashion the social and moral opinions of the community, and wherever the imprint has been felt it has been alike effective for good, and happy in its influence. Dr. Montgomery was born in Danville, Ky., on the 9th day of August, 1812. In 1814 his father started to move from Danville to St. Louis, but owing to the distracted state of the country, from the war then waging between the United States and Great Britain, concluded to stop in Springfield until the war was over, where he remained until he died in 1826. About the time of his father's death Dr. Montgomery met with an accident, which ever afterward had a marked effect upon his life. We give it in his own language, from a hastily written sketch of his life, prepared by him at the importunity of his son: "When I was in my fourteenth year I was sent to school some five miles from town, in the country, boarding out five days in the week and returning on Friday evening. Being very fond of fishing, I frequently spent part of the night on the creek. One night, late in the fall, I and another boy went out fishing, and the night being cold, we built quite a large fire. I soon tired of fishing, and the other boy not being willing to go home so soon, I laid down by the fire, with my back near it and fell asleep. I slept an hour or two, when I awoke and found that it had been raining, a drizzling, cold rain. I was very cold, except my back, which, being near the fire, was intensely hot, while my feet were cold and numb, but, boy-like, I thought nothing of it, and went to my boarding house. In a few days I was taken with a pain in my back, which gradually developed into curved spine. For three years I never knew what it was to be free from pain, day or night. Between the disease and the doctor, my life was a torture. At the end of three years my pains left me, but I was a deformed cripple for life. No one can tell the mental anguish I now suffered. During my confinement of nearly three years I had been almost a constant reader, devouring everything I could get hold of in the form of a book. My mind was well stored with general information, but my prospects for future success very gloomy. Mother was very poor, a large family to sustain, but some how or other, under the Providence of God and the occasional assistance of friends, I managed to pick up a pretty good education, and at the age of eighteen commenced the study of medicine with Dr. E.B. Gaither, of Springfield, Ky. I remained in his office, except when at home assisting my mother, until the fall of 1833, nearly three years." Years afterward, when he had grown to be a middle-aged man, and his fortunes in life were made, in speaking to a young friend - himself deformed - of that great misfortune of his youth, he said, in his quaint, expressive way: "It was for twenty years the horror of my life, but I have outgrown it now, as you will yours in time. It is a great deal better to be lame in the back or feet than in the head." But the encouraging words were accented with a touch of pity or regret, and it is doubtful if the shadow of that youthful affliction was ever completely banished from his life. No one upon whom the finger of Providence has fallen will ever escape its memory. But it stimulated him to exertions that wrested from the jaws of affliction the triumphs of a well-spent life. Others might have given up and fallen by the wayside - it has been the fate of many - but it had no power to swerve his evenly balanced character from the path of duty, or to curb the activity of a mind bent upon achieving its appointed work. An important auxiliary in this was his early and happy marriage. No influence upon man's destiny is so effectual for good, as that of a pure and noble woman's love. Of this event, his manuscript says:
In 1836, I met Miss Emily Flournoy, daughter of Mathew Flournoy, deceased, at a party, and fell over head and ears in love with her. She was then in her 18th year. I paid very close attention, and in 1837 proposed and was accepted by her. She told me, however, that her mother would oppose the match on account of my poverty, and being burdened, as she expressed it, with another family - my mother's. I was very much in love, and told her that if she would stick to me we would marry anyhow. She promised, and I redoubled my exertions in business. In the fall of that year I went to Louisville and attended a course of medical lectures at the Louisville University, and having practiced successfully four years, was allowed by the rules of the school to be a candidate for graduation. I graduated without any difficulty, in 1838. I must, in passing, say to my own credit, although it may look like self-praise, that in my graduating thesis, I took a position in the treatment of the disease on which I wrote, twenty years in advance of the day, and was regarded as a medical heretic. I believed, however, that I was right, and to my great satisfaction, twenty years after, it became the approved treatment, and so continues to this day. I got no credit, however, for it, as my essay slumbered in the archives of the medical institute, and somebody else made the same discovery that I had made, published his treatment and took the honors, and even he is now forgotten.
In the spring of 1838 he married Miss Emily Flournoy, and in the years that followed he learned to treasure his pure and noble wife as his greatest earthly possession. From that time on his course was but a repetition of the vicissitudes which fall to the lot of struggling humanity all the world over. It had its crosses and trials - its successes too; for what life is so severe that it has no sweets. At the time of his marriage he was practicing his profession in Maxwell, a small town in Washington County, Ky., but about a year afterwards, moved back to Springfield, where he continued in the practice until he moved to this State in the fall of 1857. He first settled on a farm on Heath's Creek, about fifteen miles north of Sedalia, but soon tiring of this, he in 1859 moved to Georgetown. He here opened a drug store, and practiced medicine until the spring of 1853. In 1862 he suffered his next and greatest bereavement in the death of his wife, but with a large family of young children he continued to reside in Georgetown until in the spring of 1863, when his daughter, Georgiana, who had kept house for him and cared for his children, sickened and died. The whole county was then torn in pieces by the civil war. From the very beginning, Dr. Montgomery was firm and outspoken in his feelings and opinions, and believing the time had come when even he should do his share in the common cause, he moved his children to St. Louis, and accepted the position of Surgeon in Col. Philips Seventh Regiment, M.S.M. He served with the regiment until the close of the war, being the Medical Director of the District of Central Missouri. While stationed at Warrensburg, he met there Mrs. Amanda Smith, to whom he was married on the 26th day of April, 1864. In 1865 he was mustered out of the service and moved to Sedalia. He at once entered upon a large and lucrative practice, and before many years ranked with the ablest and best men of his profession in the State. In 1872 his health began to fail him, and before long his complaint developed with Bright's disease of the kidneys, and on the 18th day of May, 1878, he died - honored and loved by all who knew him and calmly confident of the well-earned plaudit - "well done, good and faithful servant." In politics Dr. Montgomery was an Old Line Whig until the dissolution of that grand old party compelled him to seek other affiliations, when he allied himself with the Democrats. But he was never a partisan. His conservative cast of character always led him to oppose the extremists of both sections, and fired with that spirit of conciliation and compromise which was so dear to the followers of Clay, the true solution of our sectional troubles. In 1866 Dr. Montgomery was elected an Alderman of Sedalia and was re-elected in 1869, and in 1871 was nominated and elected by the Democratic party to the Mayoralty. These were perhaps the only public offices that he ever filled. Yet his wife and inflexible administration of the laws, and his high sense of duty, made him a very popular magistrate. Recurring to this period of his career, he says in his autobiography:
The office of Mayor was a vexatious and troublesome affair, and always will be to a man who wishes to honestly discharge its duties. I found it to bring many more kicks than coppers, and the only pleasant memory I have of it is that at the close of my term the officers of the city, with the Board of Aldermen, presented me with a beautiful gold watch as a token, they said, of my fearless and honest discharge of the duties of my office.
Dr. Montgomery joined the Presbyterian Church under the ministration of his brother, Rev. Dr. Montgomery, in the early part of 1840, and was an active and zealous member of that church, as long as he lived, having served as an elder for some twenty years. Dr. Montgomery left, surviving him, his widow, Mrs. Amanda J. Montgomery, and three sons and four daughters, all of whom reside in Sedalia, except the wife of Anthony Haynes, Esq., who lives in Boonville.

Was born August, 1844, in Springfield, Ky. His father, Dr. T.J. Montgomery, was born in Kentucky, as was his mother, whose maiden name was Emily Flournoy, and who died in 1862. His father came to Pettis County in 1857, and died in Sedalia in May, 1878. John, the subject of this sketch, was reared and educated in Georgetown, this county, and in 1865 he took up the study of law with Col. John F. Philips, of Sedalia. In June, 1868, he was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of his profession. In 1873, he was appointed attorney for the M., K. & T. Railway Company, and served in that capacity until their consolidation with the Missouri Pacific. In 1880, he, in connection with J.C. Thompson, bought out the Sedalia Gas Light Company, and have since been the sole owners and operators of that enterprise. Mr. Montgomery is also largely interested in real estate in the county. He belongs to the different lodges of the Masonic order, and has just been elected Master of the Granite Lodge, Sedalia. He was married in November, 1868, to Maggie M. Sneed, daughter of John M. Sneed, an old settler and prominent resident of Pettis County. As a lawyer, Mr. Montgomery occupies a leading position. Patient and thorough in investigation, ever vigilant, earnest and persuasive before court and jury, he is generally successful in his causes. Standing as he does in the prime of life in vigorous health, his ability as a lawyer established, with a lucrative practice which has already yielded him a life competence, we predict for him an honorable, useful and brilliant future. He has two children living, Lee and George, and two deceased.

Is the oldest member of the press of Pettis County, though still a man in the prime of mental and physical vigor, still in the harness after twenty-five years of newspaper work. During the war he was a Union soldier; made a splendid record, and attained the positions of Major of Volunteers and finally of Brigadier General of State militia. He started and ran the first paper in the county, in 1860, the Georgetown Independent. He is a practical printer. He had only a common school education, but his vigorous common sense, his courage, his pride and enthusiasm in his profession, his readiness and his ability to work, have made him one of the clearest and most forcible writers of good English in Central Missouri, and as good a reporter for a daily paper as there is in the West. In a town like Sedalia, where the editors and reporters are all known as individuals, the character and the abilities of the man lend character and tone to the paper. Gen. Montgomery has given life, tone and character to the Weekly Times, the Daily Bazoo and the Daily Democrat, while in the position of local editor. The writer has worked with him, shoulder to shoulder, and has been filled with pride in his profession when he saw Gen. Montgomery always bold on the side of right, and always ready for any task in the line of duty, no matter how hard, no matter what the hour, the weather or the difficulties of the task. At two o'clock in the morning, after eighteen hours of hard work, he will put on his rubber coat, buckle on a brace of navy revolvers, ride ten miles into the country at the head of a sheriff's posse in search of a murderer; help to capture the criminal; ride back home, and have the paper out by six o'clock in the morning, with a column account of the deed, which he wrote and in some cases assisted in setting up. He knows everybody; he sees everything; he knows how to tell what he sees; and he is never afraid to tell what he ought. Of the tasks that the editor and reporter must do, he can do them all well. He has gone through an amount of labor, physical and mental, that would kill ten "ordinary" men; but at forty-five years of age he has not a gray hair; he weighs 175 pounds; has an eye as clear as crystal and a complexion like a school girl. He is married and has seven children, and was raised in Pettis County. He is good yet for fifteen years of work. He has been local editor of the Daily Democrat at intervals for the past seven years. During his retirement I. MacD. Demuth and Wm. H. Mugford were local editors.

The subject of this sketch is manager of the Sedalia Business College. He was born in Green County, Ill., March 17, 1851. His father, Amos Moore, was a native of New Jersey, and now is a resident of Jersey County, Ill., and was one of the leading architects of that State and built the first house in Sacramento, Cal. The mother of Wm. H. Moore was a native of Ohio, whose ancestors dated back to Richard Lyman of England, who came to Plymouth in the Mayflower in the winter of 1620. Her maiden name was Clarisa Lyman. She died in the year 1875 at the age of seventy years. Wm. H. Moore entered the army as drummer boy when twelve years of age and served through the war. He was educated at the Illinois College, at Jackson. After he graduated in 1869 he came West and engaged in the wholesale grocery business in Neosho County, Kan., which he continued about two years. In 1874 he was employed by the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad Company as Secretary of their law department, with office at Parsons, Kan. After remaining here some time he resigned his position and went to Salt Lake City, where he took charge of the books for one of the largest mining and smelting companies in the country. Here he remained till 1876, when he came to Sedalia and took charge of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad Company's general ledger. In 1879 he went to Leadville, Col., and was engaged as paymaster and general manager of the Georgetown and Leadville stage line. Mr. Moore has had a large experience in commercial business circles all his life. In 1880 to returned to Sedalia and in company with R.M. Fraker opened a general accountant's office, which proved to be a successful business. From this has grown the Sedalia Business College, which is elaborately noticed elsewhere. Mr. Moore was united in marriage Dec. 11, 1870, with Miss Josie Eller, of Indianapolis, Ind., daughter of Henry Eller of that city. They have one child - Nettie. Mr. Moore is of the best families of this country - the Beechers and Lymans. He is a gentleman of good business tact, who makes his calling a success.


County collector of Pettis County. Was born in Cuba, New York, in the year 1838. He remained in his native State until 1853, when he removed with his parents to Rockford, Ill. Here he engaged in contracting and building, which he followed until 1862, at which time he enlisted in the Federal army, First Illinois Cavalry, and served for two years, being one of an escort for Gen. Steele, a portion of the time. At the battle of Lexington, Mo., the regiment was captured, with the exception of Company K, and was mustered out by special order. He again entered the service as 1st Lieutenant of Co. C, 146 Illinois Infantry, and served until the close of the war in 1865. During the same year, (1865), he married Francis De La Mater, a native of Ohio, and by her has five children, of whom three are living: Sadie, Charles F. and Reuben H. In the winter of 1865-66, he came to Sedalia, where he resumed his occupation as contractor and builder, and in November, 1870, he was elected clerk of the court of Pettis County, serving two terms of four years each. January 1, 1879, he opened the boot and shoe house of Moses & Van Wagner, in which he is still interested. In November, 1880, he was again called to serve as a public officer, being elected to the office of County Collector of Pettis County. Reuben H. Moses has proved faithful to every trust; and as a public officer he has served the people well. His father, A.G. Moses, now deceased, was a native of New York State. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., and also a member of the Congregational Church of Sedalia.

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