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From the date of the Earliest Settlements 
to the present time 

Together with Departments devoted to the Preser- 
vation of Personal Reminiscences, Biographies of 
Prominent Persons and Families, Business Growth 
and Development a History of the Cities, Towns 
and Villages of the County, School, Church, Lodge 
and Club Statistics, with Personal Notes and 
Observations, Etc., Etc. J J t| <I J 


Greenfield, Missouri 


R. A. Ludwick, Manager 
A. J. Young, Editor-in-Chief 

November 1, 1917 

Dade Co. Mo. Historical Society 
207 McPherson Street 
Greenfield, Missouri 65661 


In presenting to the People of Dade County this vol- 
ume, The Pioneer Historical Company has no apologies 
to offer. It has labored long and faithful in procuring the 
data necessary for this work and is under lasting obliga- 
tions to the generous contributors for their unselfish de- 
votion to the cause. 

In writing a History of Dade County and Its People, 
many difficulties have been encountered. More than three 
generations of people have lived and died in the county 
since her history first began, many of them leaving no 
relatives or friends to tell the story of their struggles, at- 
tainments or achievements. Many events of prime im- 
portance have passed into the vortex of oblivion, leaving 
no trace of their happenings and no sponsor for their 
repetition. Hopes, aspirations and ambitions have per- 
ished with the body and gone to the grave unheralded 
and unsung. Yet, out of this vast maelstrom of human 
events the writers of this history have been able to gather 
much of importance and have printed it in order that 
coming generations may know and appreciate the strug- 
gles which the pioneer has made in the interest of civiliza- 


R. A. Ludwick, Manager. 


To the 

Aaron D. States, Original Editor in Chief, (Died Dec. 
5th, 1916.) 

A. J. Young, Editor in Chief. (Successor to Aaron D. 
Special Contributors and Advisory Committee: 

Hon. Phil S. Griffith, Editor of the Vedette. 

Hon. Ben M. Neale, Lawyer. 

Capt. Lewis Renfro, Retired Business Man. 

Hon. W. R. Bowles, Postmaster and Editor of the 
Dade County Advocate. 

Hon. Mason Talbutt, Lawyer. ' 

Judge Frye, Lockwood Merchant and ex-Judge of 
County Court. 

Hon. Sam McMillen, Postmaster at Lockwood, ex- 

Hon. George Wilson, Banker at Everton. 

Hon. Sheridan B. Pyle, Merchant at Dadeville. 

Hon. Howard Ragsdale, Lawyer, Ash Grove, ex-Rep- 

Captain Joseph W. Carmack, Retired Farmer, Dade- 

Captain R. J. Shipley, Retired Farmer, Greenfield. 

Miss Bessie Frieze, School Teacher, Seybert. 

Mrs. Aaron D. States, Supervising Historian, Green- 

E. H. Carender, Supt, Public Schools. 

W. R, Starr, Greenfield, Mo. 

Its History and Its People 

PROLOGUE: By A. J. Young. 


Western Gate Way to the Ozarks: by A. D. States. 
Introduction to Dade County History: by A. D. 


Early Indian History: by A. D. States. 
Organization of Dade County. 
History of Dade County. 


First Land Entries. 

Early Settlements, by Howard Ragsdale. 
The Boone Family, by Howard Ragsdale. 
John Crisp. 


Reminiscences of J. W. Carmack. 

Greenfield and its people in 1867, by Seymour Hoyt. 

I'ncle Daniel Wentworth Scott: 

Early Discovery of Coal in Dade County. 

Samuel J. Weir, Jr. 

The Wheeler Family. 



Military Affairs : 

Civil War Record, by Raleigh J. Shipley. 
The Raid of Kinch West, by J. W. Carmack. 
The Confederate Veterans of Dade County, by Lewis 

Greenfield During the Civil War. 
Kincheon West. 


The Present Court House. 

Appearance of Early Newspapers, by A. D. States. 


Church History: 

Cumberland Presbyterian Pioneers, by W. E. Shaw. 

The South Greenfield Camp-Ground, by W. E. Shaw. 

History of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, 
Mabel Robinson. 

William Ramsey Bennington. 

Ebeneezer Presbyterian Church, by A. D. States. 

Greenfield Christian Church, by A. D. States. 

First Presbyterian Church, Lockwood, by J. B. Lind- 

The Presbyterian Church at Everton, by W. R. Rus- 

First Methodist Church, Lockwood, by A. D. States. 

Arcola Methodist Church, by A. D. States. 

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church, by A. D. 

The Christian Church at Everton, by W. D. Brown. 

First Methodist Episcopal Church at Greenfield, A. 

D. States. 
The Church of Christ at Arcola. 


History of German Settlement in Dade County, by 
Fred Frye. 


The Bade County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance 

Three Mysterious Murders. 


Railroad Matters. 


Greenfield G. A. R. Post. 
John M. Stemmons Camp, U. C. V. 
Odd Fellowship in Greenfield. 

History of Garrett Lodge No. 359 A. F. and A. M. at 
Arcola, Mo. 


The Telephone in Dade County by A. D. States. 


History of the Ladies' Magazine Club of Greenfield. 
The Kensington Club of Greenfield, by Mrs. W. B. Mc- 


The New Century Club of Greenfield, by Harriet Jopes. 
The Magazine Club of Lockwood by Mrs. A. C. Duvall. 
The Merry Makers' Club of Lock wood, by Myrtle 

The Wednesday Afternoon Club of Lockwood by Mrs. 

Lou Grubert. 

The All Sew Club of Lockwood by Mrs. W. M. Hoel. 
The Country Woman's Club of Dade County. 
The Home Makers' Club of Greenfield. 


Greenfield, "The Gate City of the Grotto" by A. J. 


South Greenfield. 



The Town of Corry. 



Dade County Bridges by A. D. States. 

Bade County Court House. 

Dade County Jail. 

Dade County Poor Farm. 

County Officers, Members of the County Court. 

Circuit Court Judges. 

County Court Clerks. 

Circuit Court Clerks. 

Sheriffs of Dade County. 

Prosecuting Attorneys of Dade County since 1872. 

Collectors of the Revenue. 

County Treasurers. 

Recorders of Deeds. 

Judges of the Probate Court. 



Judicial History by A. D. States. 


General Resources and Statistics of Dade County. 

Population Statistics. 

Surplus Shipments. 

Public School Statistics. 

Rate of Taxation. 

Assessed Valuation. 


Purely Pastorial. 

A Dade County Autumn by A. D. States. 

From An Old Timer. 

Of Interest to Stockmen. 

Its History and Its People 


For a number of years it has been the desire of the 
leading citizens of Dade County that a history should be 
written giving to the world an accurate estimate of the 
lives and the achievements of this municipality from its 
earliest existence down to the present time, faithfully re- 
cording the struggles and sacrifices of the pioneers to- 
gether with their reward. A task of this kind requires 
diligent research, accurate detail and faithful record. 

Early in the year 1916 Hon. Aaron D. States, a prom- 
inent citizen of the county and a man in every way quali- 
fied for this great undertaking entered enthusiastically into 
the field but was stricken by the grim reaper before the 
harvest was gathered. Much of the material prepared by 
him was in a crude form and for a time the enterprize was 
jeopardized by the untimely death of Mr. States, but his 
labor was not in vain. After a few months, those having 
undertaken the financial burden of the enterprise came to 
me with the material and data gathered by Mr. States and 




insisted that I complete the work. It was with reluctance 
that I did so, and it is only by reason of the very generous 
efforts of those who have so kindly contributed articles 
that this work is at all possible. 

MUCH of the history of Dade County slumbers in the 
tomb of the maker. In many instances only a partial rec- 
ord was preserved and Father Time has gathered to him- 
self in the silence of death not only the history but also the 

No spirit of self aggrandizement prompts the effort 
necessary to the collation of this great work. Proper credit 
will be given to all those who have contributed to its suc- 

I realize the fact that of necessity, this history will be 
incomplete. Many important circumstances will escape 
the pen of the historian and many events fraught with 
human interest will be missed. It may be left to the his- 
torian of the future to write in greater detail of the facts 
and circumstances which have contributed to make Dade 
County the peer among the counties of the Ozark region, 
but it is to be hoped that when he shall pass along this 
road he will find here and there a footprint in the im- 
mortal sand which will guide him safely to his journey's 

In presenting this volume to the people of Dade 
County it is the cherished wish of the editor that they will 
find in its pages many precious pearls of great price and 
memories of days which have long since passed into the 
valley of yesterday, thereby insuring its welcome into 
every Dade County home. 

November 1, 1917. 



Chapter 1 


Aaron D. States. 

A beautiful stretch of prairie country extends from 
the Kansas State line eastward. It remains prairie until 
it reaches the foot hills of the Ozarks at a point near the 
center line of Dade County where it merges into uplands 
that are covered with timber, interspersed by running 
brooks, fed by living springs. The outlines form a beau- 
tiful countour of natures arrangement, so much so, that 
tourists as well as native citizens, find in the picture rare 
beauty and considerable nature wonderment. 

At the point where the level prairie land unites with 
the upland and the little hills, there is a richness in the 
scenery. Off to the east and the south as well as north, 
master hills show their verdant peaks while the rich valleys 
give evidence of the thrift of the husbandmen. Streams of 
pure water course these valleys and they are fed by living 
springs, that are found on both hillside and lowland. 

The western gateway has a history that will never be 
recorded because of the fact in the remote past the pioneer 
cared but little save for the felling of the forest along the 
streams, and the breaking of the virgin soil and the build- 
ing of his cabin. The cabin was always found near some 
friendly spring. The public highway was then unknown. 
Neighborhood roads supplied the need of primitive travel 
and many of this nature of roads are remembered by the 
elders of the present day a few of them still exist and to 
some extent they are used, yet to the public highway, a 
prominent factor in the up-building of the country much 
attention is given, the main avenues for public travel. The 
neighborhood roads began to disappear some twenty years 
ago taking with them much of the rich pioneer history. 


Tradition is faulty at times and, therefore, not alto- 
gether dependable. The old roadways that wind here and 
there, are easily traced by the marks in the woodland and 
on the hillside, that the wheels of the past have made. 
These old ruts and marks of primal history tell a tale of 
the days when the fathers used to go many miles to mill 
or to their post office or the store that used to furnish their 
needed supplies. 

It would indeed be a difficult matter to learn who first 
discovered the western gateway to the Ozarks. Tradition 
says a company of men who were exploring the south- 
eastern part of the Kansas territory in the first of the 30 's 
stole across the line into Missouri territory and traveled 
as far eastward as the foothills. Another tradition tells us 
that back in the twenties, there came a few men of a dar- 
ing spirit out into the wilderness of grasses and trees, 
among the Indians and all manner of wild animals known 
to this section and traveled as far westward as the junction 
of the level upland at a point somewhere near the center 
of the county and another tradition says some of these 
men of a more daring nature crossed the line into the wilds 
of Kansas where there was an abundance of buffalo, deer 
and other wild game. A search for the names of these 
men proved futile. 

It is evident that this portion of the Ozarks was 
known to others long before these two supposed companies 
of men saw this country. One strong evidence of this fact 
is the old Fort, supposed to have been built by the Span- 
ish many years before. It seems that these Spanish ex- 
plorers and hunters of mineral wealth, built this fortifi- 
cation in order to protect themselves against Indian attack 
and to also give them a place to smelt their ores. Until 
recent years ashes and charred coal could be found at the 
lower end of the enclosure near the spring, that showed 
clearly that a vast amount of fuel had been used for some 
purpose. The banks of this enclosure are about extinct, 
the ashes and charred coals are all gone, nothing of 
any consequence yet remaining but the old spring and it 
will not talk in the language of the historian. Had the 


builders of this old fortification been so thoughtful as to 
chisel on the stone or brass the year they inhabited this 
portion of the Ozarks the whole country would extend it's 
thanks but alas there is no record. This old fortification 
is out on Son's Creek about seven miles northwest of Green- 

There is but little question but what the upper Lime- 
stone and Son's creek country were the first places of 
resort for the Indian and also for the first white people. 
The Indians left traces of their habitation in the way of 
arrows, stone hammers, arrow points and other Indian 
chattels, that points clearly that they were the first here 
and of consequence, were the first to enter the Ozarks from 
the east and north and pass out through the western gate- 
way. Many Indian relics were found in the upper Lime- 
stone and the upper Son's Creek country. In the entire 
western gateway in Dade County is one of special interest 
to the nature lover, the Sac river hill, the Limestone and 
Son's Creek and the fertile valleys form a scene that is 
truly splendid. This gateway north and south and about 
the center, was settled about the same year. Settlers were 
attracted to this section by the mild climate, the richness 
of the soil and the abundance of water supply. They came 
from Tennessee, Kentucky and a few from Virginia. This 
was nearly 83 years ago. Here they found nature gardens 
at every turn and many of these gardens afforded food 
stuff for their cabin. Flowers were here in abundance in 
their richest beauty and they are still here. The fire pink, 
the wild rose, the primitive verbena, the first trumpet vine 
and the first violet, found their home near this gateway 
Mid they have been standing vigil all these years, welcom- 
ing the worthy to admission into a country that is becom- 
ing one of the richest in the middle west. All manner of 
nut bearing trees grow along the friendly streams, and 
they gave succor and aid to the early fathers. They were 
many wild fruits such as wild grapes almost as large and 
sweet as the concord of today, luscious persimmons and 
toothsome blackhaws. In those early days it was no 
trouble to make the product of both field and garden pay. 


There was no drought and there was precious little culti- 
vation needed because of the richness of the soil and the 
absence of weeds. It is said weeds were not known for a 
long time after the first settlements were established. 
Weed seed was brought to this section by the birds and 
the pressure of high winds. In this particular there is a 
vast difference, the weed industry seems to be chief where 
greatest care is not observed. 

Spring and Autumn months especially the months of 
April, May, June and October, are kin to the valleys of 
Arno throughout the western gateway. Almost any year 
the plow can be seen going in the field in the months of 
December and January and many of the early gardens are 
made the latter days of January and the first of February. 
Some years nearly all the spring plowing is done in the 
winter months. Many years the pasture remains clean 
and profitable the entire year with the exception when 
there is a coat of sleet on the ground. Cattle and sheep 
have been known to feed from the pasture fields the entire 
winter months; the climate as a rule, is mild and health- 
ful, the mercury seldom goes below the zero mark and 
most winters it remains at least to forty degrees above. 
Some winters the mercury registers as high as 60 to 70 
degrees several days at a period. Most years the early 
spring crops are planted the latter days of February and 
the first days in March. Sometimes there is a cold wave 
period that strikes this country in early winter and re- 
mains until the dawning of spring this is a rare section. 

The mild climate enables the stock man to care for 
his herd with but little extra expense in winter, over the 
summer months when pasture is at its best. The dairy- 
men find this country an ideal place to carry on his voca- 
tion. This is a real natural dairy country, and the busi- 
ness has been neglected to a great extent. The never fail- 
ing water and the abundance of the grasses linked with 
mild climate and the proximity to market, makes this 
country an ideal country for such culture. There is not 
much need of expensive dairy barns or sheds, yet, many 
who are now engaged in the business find it profitable to 


protect their herds from storm and sleet though these 
barns are not put into actual use save a very few months 
in the year. Many herd owners use well covered sheds 
with openings for the stock. These sheds prove to be 
good herd protectors and they are practically inexpensive 
when compared with the results they obtain; they are the 
best paying improvements that can be made on any dairy 
or stock farm, for it is a well known fact that chilly days 
and damp cold seasons are not very conductive to the 
growth and development of any nature of stock. Some 
day Bade County will be one of the banner dairy counties 
in the middle west. 

Over in Barton county, north of Lamar there is a 
point that is called the Ozark divide. At this point a part 
of the water runs north into the streams that find their 
outlet in the Osage river and a part flows south into what 
is known as Muddy, thence into Spring River. This divide 
is noticeable to the naked eye and many points in Barton 
and places in Dade County. The first little hillocks of 
the Ozark range are to be seen in western Barton County 
and these little hills and rolling prairie are very promi- 
nent until they reach half way across Dade County, then 
merge into real hills where the upland and the valleys 
give protection to the soil tiller, where there are many 
prosperous, happy homes. There are many of these 
homes at the western gateway; some of them are really 
ideal country homes. Throughout the Lockwood and 
Arcola districts there are many of these homes. There 
are a number of ideal farms in these districts and the 
number does not diminish as travel is made eastward 
through the entire county, to the Green County line. 

The early fathers seemed to like the wooded district 
of Dado County better than they did the prairie district. 
Hero is where they built their first cabins, their first 
church, their first school house and their first village. 
This was on account of the water supply and the head of 
timber to build their cabin and otherwise improve their 
farms. Forty years ago land in the Lockwood district 
sold as low as two dollars and fifty cents the acre. It 


was then a wilderness of grass and remained so until the 
advent of the Memphis Railroad about the first of the 
80 's. These same tracts could not be bought now for 
much less than $100 the acre, and many of them would 
demand a much higher price. The building of the Mem- 
phis Railroad, up to the time of its building, was the 
greatest event in the history of the county. Soon after 
the completion of this railroad the western half of Dade 
County was a real mecca for the home seeker, resulting 
in the turning of the wilderness into a veritable garden. 
Too much credit cannot be given George H. Nettleton and 
J. E. Lockwood, promoters and builders of this railroad, 
for the good that has resulted from the building and com- 
pleton of this splendid highway of steel. It has been 
the savior of central south Missouri. 

Conditions at the western gateway of the Ozarks 
remain pretty much the same until the Greene County 
line is reached on the east. The heretofore waste lands 
are now coining into use, especially the hill lands, Avhich, 
heretofore, were covered with grasses, thickets and briars. 
These hill lands are being cleared and the soil is being 
brought into use in the raising of grasses, thus adding to 
the material worth of the county in the way of land pro- 
tection. This section seems to be the home for all the 
grasses, the clover, blue grass and timothy thrive in 
almost every section. Blue grass and clover seem to 
spring simultaneously by the roadside, the newly cleared 
hillside and in waste places this is especially true of 
the clover. This aid of nature assists materially in mak- 
ing the country {he ideal country for dairy herds and the 
raising of young cattle. Pasturage is abundant from 
early spring until the extreme dry weather which usually 
conies the latter days of July and the month of August. 
Then when the early fall season begins the grasses begin 
to take on new life and long before frost the fields are 
covered with the rich crop of splendid feed that often lasts 
throughout the winter months especially during the open 
days of the winter. 

Hill lands that sold for $5 the acre a few years ago 
bring from $25 to $30 the acre and many of the upland 


farms demand as high as $75 the acre. Some of the 
valley land bring $125 to $140 the acre it might be well 
to state not many of the valley land farms are changing 
ownership because of the fact there is no better land in 
any country in the way of productiveness or in the raising 
of diversified crops. The farms that contain part valley 
and part upland are considered the best. These farms are 
giving the best record. The pioneers thus believed, for 
many of them entered land that had a touch of real rustic 
nature as well as plenty of bottom land which they cul- 
tivated. This is one great reason Dade County as a whole 
was slow in converting its hill land into helpmates. It 
has been lately proven that much of the upland is about 
as rich as the bottom land along the various streams. 


Introduction to Dade County History 


Aaron D. States. 

I live neither in the north or the south, the east or the 
west my country is Missouri, the center State. I possess 
a very small portion of Missouri, yet it is my adopted 
asylum it is my country. Why do I like it, listen!" 

It is south Missouri where the Ozarks play with the 
gossamere clouds and the mellow sunbeams, that dance 
over meadow, woodland and tangled wildwood and play 
hide-go-seek amid labyrinth and dell. Where the purest 
crystal water flows in classic rivers and streams and from 
never ceasing nature wells and springs, that give health 
and life. Where talkative, babling brooklets quench the 
thirst of the herds, on its mission to the ' father of waters,' 
passing through bewitching nature gardens, tickling the 
rootlets of herb and fern, then spreading into a broader 
and deeper current to gladden the hearts of the husband- 
men. Where the golden sunlight warms the earth the 
quickest after the snows and the sleets. Where the earth 
responds to every honest touch of the soil tiller and as- 
sures him plenty with some to spare. 

Not so very far from thriving cities, near the track- 
age of the endless steel rail with the master city of the 
middle west hard by. Near a modern village of schools 
and churches and where everybody is hailed as brother, 
and, should I forget to extend the day benediction in pass- 
ing it would be sufficient cause to create a desire in the af- 
flicted to learn, ''What on earth has happened?" In a 
country where the countryman and the townsman sit in 
the same pew, attend the same social functions, whose 


children attend the same school. Where the modern car 
is found, both in town and country, where the public high- 
ways are being made ideal and where all modern improve- 
ments find a people ready to adopt every measure that 
strengthens industrial worth and broadens the sphere in 
making life worth while. Where are no strangers and 
should one come within our gates he is soon a brother. A 
country where boosters live, live not alone for self but 
are willing that others shall live. Where mutual interests 
are considered above par value a country where the prin- 
ciples of a common brotherhood are practiced, at least in 

The Ozark range of mountains is distant kin to the 
Rockies. They extend two hundred miles east and west 
and average a little over a hundred miles in width. This 
scope of country, the Switzerland of the middle west is 
fast becoming the pleasure resort for thousands of pleas- 
ure seekers each year. They find all kinds of nature 
wonderment, little cascades, bewitching grottoes, fruitful 
fields and gardens with farm and town homes, that are 
akin to the homes of city streets. Pleasure resorts abound 
everywhere. Community houses shelter the weary pil- 
grim, log and cobble stone bungalows with verdant gard- 
ens, greet the visitor in all the mountain country. No 
visitor need to be too far distant to hear the pealing of 
the high school and college bell, in order to find pleasure 
and healthful zone. Mountain roads are being made ideal, 
their gentle slope and graceful windings, through nature's 
panoramas, gives the visitor a touch of the sublime and 
the beautiful. The artist, the literatus and the seeker of 
health, climb the mountain peaks, and with glass, can 
soo into four states. This is the home of "The Shepherd 
of the Hills." 

I am a child of nature,.! love my mother. She has 
fed rno and clothed me all these years. She adorns the 
walls of her home with master paintings, she seeks to 
soothe sorrow and strengthen hope and faith. After 
awhik* Kho will clasp me in her bosom and there I will 
sweetly sleep. 



Aaron D. States. 

The Indian tribes that once roamed over the terri- 
tory known in the early history as Barry County, of which 
a part is now Dade County, left but little trace of their 
occupancy, save in arrow heads, stone hammers, and a few 
stones they used to grind their corn. 

Thousands of arrow heads have been found in the 
upper Limestone Country, along the banks of Son's Creek, 
over on the Sac and in many up land districts. There are 
but few living who saw the Indians, mostly Osage when 
they occupied this portion of the country, prior to 
and after the first white settlers. Tradition, with but 
little historic record, says that the Cherokees and the Dela- 
wares were here about the same time, the Cherokees com- 
ing from the Indian Territory in 1835, soon after their ar- 
rival from Georgia, and, the Delawares coming into this 
section soon after their arrival to their new reservation 
on the lands comprising the country, in Kansas, at the 
fork of the Kansas Missouri River junctions. This was 
sometime during the year 1829 and 1830. They strolled 
over south Missouri in search of game, yet, they never had 
possessed a reservation here. Their reservation was ceded 
to them for all time, yet it was not long until they ceded 
back to the United States their lands this was in the 
early fifties. Many of them were loath to leave their homes 
when asked to join their kin in the Indian Territory. 
Some are of the opinion, seasoned by facts, that this tribe 
on its journey to the Indian Territory found plenty of 
game in Western Missouri and eastern Kansas, and that 
when they found the life flowing rivers in south Missouri, 
this country was a sort of Mecca to them for a number of 
years. Game was plenty, a few buffalo, plenty of deer 
and bear, and the rivers and streams were well supplied 
with fish. Early settlers saw ruins of their wigwams and 
their little fortifications. The Delawares were peaceful 
people and somewhat industrious. They loved their home 


in the reservation and they were loath in giving it up to 
the white settlers. A few Indian families, decendants from 
the Delaware tribe, still live in the old reservation beyond 
the Kaw. 

When the last century was young the north part of 
Missouri suffered from Indian invasion and there were a 
number of massacres. The Indian history of that part of 
Missouri, is exceedingly interesting. At that time there 
were no permanent white settlements in this section of the 
state there were a few white explorers, who were in 
search of gold and other valuable metals. We have record 
of this class as early as 1814, yet the record fails to state 
the names of the parties, or their success in the attempt, 
neither does it reveal and information whatever, concern- 
ing the Indian occupancy. 

The truth of the whole matter is the fact that the 
early settler of north Missouri had but little knowledge 
of what the state possessed or rather territory, south of 
the Missouri River. Many descendants of these old time 
settlers of that section are still ignorant of this informa- 
tion, little knowing that a mighty empire lies south of the 
Missouri River and extends to the Arkansas State line, a 
part of which, is Dade County. Because of the first set- 
tlements being made in central and northern part of Mis- 
souri was on account of river transportation though very 
incomplete, yet it afforded a way for the immigrant and 
explorer to reach the interior of the then territory, a way 
of travel that was considered in a measure modern. 

A few Indian graves have been found in sections of 
Dade County but they did not produce much historic in- 
terest. Dr. William Harrison, late of Greenfield, now of 
the city of Tulsa, Okla., in connection Avith Brother Edwin, 
used to delight in assembling Indian relice and at one 
time their collection was considered one of the finest in 
the country, each relic in this collection was found in 
Dade County. The collection was sold to - , 

Kansas City at a good price two years ago. Dr. Brooks 
at Golden City, Missouri has a splendid Indian relic col- 


lection. He has been engaged for a number of years in 
the assembling of his collection and he prizes it highly. 
It is a rare collection and some day it will bring him a 
good price, each relic in this collection was found in west- 
ern Dade and eastern Barton counties. Mr. Brooks has it 
on exhibition in the post office lobby at Golden City. 

There are other smaller collections. It is conceded 
that the first occupant of the territory composing Dade 
County were the Osage Indians, who claimed dominion 
over all the land, lying between the Missouri and Arkansas 
Rivers, embracing a greater portion of the states of Mis- 
souri and Arkansas. The luan Paw Indians also claimed 
dominion and were original occupants of a portion of this 
country in Missouri and Arkansas. Tradition says the 
first Indian occupancy was at the very beginning of the 
last century. If they inhabited this country at an earlier 
period they left no historic trace of the event. It was at 
the time the Indians were being crowded from their happy 
hunting grounds in the territory of Ohio, Indiana and 
Kentucky to a more congenial portion where they would 
not be molested by the whites. At that time St. Louis was 
a pretty active river village and its principal trade was 
in fur production and trading with the Indians. Explora- 
tion parties explored a portion of the interior part of the 
Missouri territory. The Indians soon settled in portions of 
Missouri and it was not long until they had roamed the 
state and many tribes were delighted in the prairie dis- 
tricts of Kansas. 

As early as 1834, we find that a missionary named 
Joseph Meeker, found his way into Kansas and preached 
to the Indians. We have no record of Indian mission 
work in this section of Missouri. The white settlers were 
slow in making the Ozark country their home. There are 
no great water ways in the Ozark country that would 
furnish transportation for the early home-seeker, and it 
was a very difficult matter for the home-seeker to find any 
sort of a trail that might give some evidence of partial 
civilization until the year 1830. It is true that earlier, 
though but a few years, they found their way to Spring- 


field on the east and to the present post on the north, 
where Kansas City now flourishes. The ox team then af- 
forded about the only means of transportation. The 
country was pretty well inhabited by Indians and there 
were but few scattered white settlements. This made it 
undesirable for the first fathers to start on a journey 
through a wilderness inhabited by a people who are sup- 
posed to be the white man's greatest enemy. Though 
this belief, founded upon some principles of fact if any 
new settler experienced trouble with the Indians while en- 
route through Missouri to his new home in Dade County, 
it was never recorded and the fact forgotten. 

The numerous herds of buffalo attracted the Indians 
from Missouri into Kansas teritory at an early period 
and occupied the teritory sometime after civilization en- 
tered that country. A great portion of the early inhab- 
itants of Kansas went to that country from Missouri, as 
well as from the States or districts farther north. The 
Indian always loved the buffalo chase, the excitement 
and its profit appealed to him. There were but few herds 
of buffalo in Missouri, three quarters of a century ago, 
except in western Missouri, \vhere prairie country abounds. 
The Indian always had a liking for rivers and lesser 
streams, where they could build their wigwams and found 
their villages. Southern Missouri and especially the 
southwest portion seemed to be an ideal place for such 
industry. Primitive Barry county once had many signs 
of Indian habitation, especially in the wooded and rural 
districts. The game here was not so large, yet the country 
appealed to the Red Man for a sort of a home land. At 
no time in the early history of Dade County does it appear 
that the Indians gave any great amount of annoyance to 
the early settlers except their petty thieving and their 
delight in giving fright to women and children, who 
always dreaded the autumn months, the time when the 
Indians would flock here on their way back to the Indian 
Territory from their hunting trip to northern Missouri. 
They seldom stole except things to eat, and once in a while 
they would take a calf or a hog. 



FORMATIVE ACT Dade County was organized in 
accordance with an act of the General Assembly of the 
State of Missouri, approved January 29, 1841, and an 
act supplemental thereto, approved February 15, 1841. 
That part of the first act relating to the organization of 
this county, reads as follows: 

''An act to organize counties therein, named, and to 
define the boundaries thereof. 

Section 10. All that teritory included within the fol- 
lowing" described limits, viz: Beginning at the middle of 
the eastern boundary line of Township 28 of Range 25; 
thence north on the range line dividing Ranges 24 and 
25, to the township line dividing Townships 34 and 35; 
thence west on Range 29; thence south to the northwest 
corner of Barry County; thence east to the place of be- 
ginning; is hereby created a separate and distinct county, 
to be called and known by the name of the county of 

Section 11. Josiah McCreary of Barry County; Will- 
iam Coulfield, of Greene County, and Winfrey Owens, of 
Polk County, are hereby appointed commissioners to se- 
lect the permanent seat of justice of said county. 

Section 12. The circuit and county courts of said 
county shall be held at the dwelling house of William 
Penn, in said county, until the permanent seat of justice 
of said county is established, or the county court shall 
otherwise direct. 

Section 46. "The commissioners to select the respective 
county seats aforesaid, shall meet on the second Monday in 
April next, at the places for holding courts for the coun- 
ties, respectively, in which county seats are to be located, 
for the purpose of entering upon the discharge of their 

Section 48. The Governor is hereby authorized and 
required to appoint and commission in each of said coun- 
ties three persons as justices of the county court, and 
one person as sheriff; and the persons appointed and 


commissioned as aforesaid shall hold their offices until 
the next general election, and until their succesors are 
duly elected and qualified. 

Section 49. The circuit and county courts, or judge 
or justices thereof in vacation, shall appoint their re- 
spective clerks, who shall hold their offices until the next 
general election for clerks, and until their successors are 
duly elected and qualified. 

* OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS The supplemental act 
provided that the county court of the several counties 
created by this act should meet on the first Monday of 
March following its passage, and that they should then, 
or at a subsequent term to be held in that month, ap- 
point a county assessor, and that the collectors of the 
revenue of these counties should be allowed until the first 
day of February, 1842, to collect and pay in the revenues 
of their respective counties. It also provided that the 
seat of justice of the county of Dade should be located 
within four miles of the center of the county, and that 
the county courts might appoint surveyors to serve until 
August following, when surveyors should be elected. 

In accordance with the foregoing laws, Gov. Thomas 
Reynolds appointed and commissioned Nelson McDowell, 
William Penn and David Hunter as justices of the county 
court, and Asa G. Smith as sheriff of the county. In 
further compliance with the law, these justices met on 
the first Monday of March, 1841, at the residence of Will- 
iam Penn (on Pennsylvania Prairie), and then and there 
organized their court, and appointed Joseph Allen as 
clerk, and thus completed the organization of Dade 
County. It was contemplated by the prime movers for 
the organization of the county that the seat should be 
located on Pennsylvania Prairie; but the clause in ttie sup- 
plemental act requiring the seat of justice to be located 
within four miles of the center of the county defeated 
their project. Soon after the county was organized, the 
comrnisisoners appointed by the act creating it to select 
the permanent seat of justice met as directed, and se- 
lected the site of the present town of Greenfield, consist- 




ing, as then selected, of fifty-one acres, and procured title 
for the same for the county, from the owners, Matthias H. 
Allison and Mary Ann Allison, his wife, by deed dated 
April 14, 1841. This tract of land was donated to the 
county by the grantors, for and in consideration of the 
location of the county seat thereon, and it consists of the 
northwest quarter of the northwest of Section 19, Town- 
ship 31 north, Range 26 west, together with a strip on the 
north and west sides, sufficient in width to make the 
whole tract contain fifty-one acres. 

After the site for the county seat was selected, the 
sessions of the courts were held at the residence of 
Matthias H. Allison, at Greenfield, until June, 1842, and 
on the 20th day of that month the county court met for 
the first time in the first court house erected for the 
county. As soon as the site for the seat of justice was 
selected, the county court appointed John M. Rankin 
commissioner of the county seat. 

COUNTY BOUNDARY By reference to the descrip- 
tion of Dade County, as given in the act creating it, it 
will be seen that the county extended nine miles south 
of its present southern boundary, and ten miles north of 
its present northern boundary. Thus it included all of 
Township 29, and the north half of Township 28, now 
comprised in Lawrence County on the south, and the 
north two-thirds of Township 33, and the whole of Town- 
ship 34, now comprised in Cedar County on the north. 
The east and west boundaries of the county remain on the 
same lines described in the act of creating it. The county 
was reduced in size to its present limits by an act entitled, 
"An act to define the limits of several counties within the 
State," approved March 28, 1845. The section describing 
it reads as follows: "Beginning at the southeast corner of 
Section 24, Township 33, Range 25; thence west to the 
southwest corner of Section 24, Township 33, Range 29; 
thence south to the township line dividing Townships 29 
and 30; thence east to the range line dividing Ranges 24 
and 25; thence north to the beginning." This makes the 
county consist of Townships 30, 31, 32 and the south one- 


third of 33, and of Ranges 25, 26, 27, 28 and the east tier 
of sections in Range 29, thus making it twenty miles north 
and south, and twenty-five miles east and west. 

MUNICIPAL TOWNSHIPS Immediately upon the 
organization of the county, it was subdivided into mu- 
nicipal townships, but no record pertaining to their forma- 
tion has been preserved. In May, 1854, a new township, 
named North, was formed to comprise all that part of 
Center Township lying north of a line running from the 
southwest corner of Section 19, Township 32, Range 27, 
east, on the section lines to Sac River; and Prairie school 
house, near the residence of Benjamin Appleby, was the 
place designated for holding elections in the new town- 
ship. In February, 1860, another new municipal town- 
ship was formed in response to a petition signed by Wiley 
Irby and others to the number of 81. It was named 
South, and was bounded as follows: Beginning two and 
one-half miles west of the range line between Ranges 26 
and 27, on the township line between Townships 30 and 
31; thence running due south to the county line between 
Bade and Lawrence Counties; thence running due east 
with said county line to the range line between Ranges 
25 to 26; thence north on the range line to the township 
line between Townships 30 and 31; thence west to the 
place of beginning. The place for holding elections in the 
new township was fixed at Finley's mill. 

On the llth of June, 1860, the county court, on peti- 
tion of John A. Ferguson and fifty others, created a p.ew 
township as follows: Beginning at the northwest corner of 
Bade County; thence east to the line between Ranges 27 
and 28; thence south seven miles to the southeast corner 
of Section 25, Township 32, Range 28; thence west with 
the subdivisional lines to the Barton County line seven 
miles; thence north to the place, of beginning; to be known 
by the name of Horse Creek. The place for holding elec- 
tions in the township was fixed at the residence of William 

In August, 1S82, the municipal township of Washing- 
ton was formed out of parts of Townships South, Smith 


and Center; embracing Sections 3 to 10, inclusive, in Town- 
ship 30, Range 26; Sections 31 to 34, inclusive, in Town- 
ship 31, Range 26; Sections 34, 35 and 36, in Township 
31, Range 27, and Sections 1, 2, 3, 10 11 and 12, in Town- 
ship 30, Range 27. 

On the 8th of May, 1883, the municipal township of 
Lockwood was formed, comprising Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8, 
in Township 30, Range 27; Sections 17 to 20, and 29 to 32, 
inclusive, in Township 31, Range 27; Sections 1, 2, 11 and 
12, in Township 30, Range 28; and Sections 13, 14, 23, 25, 
26, 35 and 36, in Township 31, Range 28. Afterward, on 
the 8th of May, 1888, Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8, in Township 
31, Range 27, and Sections 1, 2, 11 and 12, in Township 
31, Range 28, were added to Lockwood Municipal Town- 


The County of Dade lies on the western slope of the 
Ozark Mountain Range, in the southwestern part of Mis- 
souri, is the third county north of the Arkansas line and 
the second east from the Kansas line, and is in latitude 
38 degrees north, and longitude 94 degrees west. It oc- 
cupies portions of Townships 30, 31, 32 and 33 north, and 
Ranges 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 west of the fifth principal 
meridian, and is bounded on the north by Cedar, on the 
east by Polk and Greene Counties, on the south by Law- 
rence, and on the west by Jasper and Barton Counties. 
Its area consists of 500 square miles, or 320,000 acres; be- 
ing 25 miles in length, east and west, 20 miles in width, 
north and south. 

viding ridge or summit of the Ozark Range, between the 
waters which flow northwardly to the Osage River, and 
thence to the Missouri, and the waters which flow south- 
wardly to the Neosho River, and thence to the Arkansas, 
runs diagonally across the southwest part of the county. 
The average elevation of the county above sea level is 
about one thousand three hundred feet, and the surface 


is about equally divided between timber and prairie 
lands. That part lying in the timber and near the water 
courses is rolling, and in many places very rough and 
hilly, while the western portion of the county, more es- 
pecially, breaks down from the elevated Ozark ridges into 
the beautiful valleys and broad prairies of the Neosho 
and Osage basins. 

STREAMS Several cold, swift streams course 
through the country from south to north, which, with 
their numerous tributaries, furnish an unfailing supply 
of the best water for use, and water-power inexhaustible. 
Turnback heads in Lawrence County on the south, and 
flows into the center of the county, where it is joined by 
Sac River from the east, and together flow into the Osage. 
Limestone Creek rises in the southwestern portion of 
the county, and empties into Turnback near Greenfield, 
and furnishes power for mills. Other and smaller streams, 
Son's Creek, Horse Creek, Cedar Creek and Sinking Creek, 
traverse considerable portions of the county, and are fed 
by never-failing springs of pure cold water. Along Sac 
River, Turnback and Son's Creek, the surface of the 
county is bold and precipitious, with fertile valleys com- 
posed of the richest loam lying between the picturesque 
hills and bluffs. These hills are covered more or less 
densely with all kinds of oak, hickory, and other valuable 
timber, and furnish good grazing. Maze Creek, a branch 
of the Sac River, enters the county from the east, and 
flows in a northwesterly direction, across the northeast- 
ern portion. Muddy Creek, being the only one in the 
county south of the dividing ridge, enters the county from 
the south, and flows in a northwesterly direction across 
the southwestern portion thereof, into Barton County and 
into the Xeosho River. The larger streams of the county, 
at all times, afford abundant supplies of stock water, and 
abound in a variety of choice fish. Many portions of the 
county are well supplied with springs of pure, clear water, 
and excellent well water may be obtained in almost any 
part of the county, at a depth of from twelve to twenty 


feet, thus assuring an abundant supply of water for all 

PRAIRIES In the northwestern portion of the 
county, is Crisp's Prairie, some 12 by 3 miles in extent, 
named after its first settlers, the Crisps. It is a beautiful 
rolling- section of country interspersed with groves, and is 
in a high state of cultivation. Rock Prairie, in the south- 
east corner of the county, is another fertile and beautiful 
region covered with fine farms, and all the evidence of 
fertility and wealth. 

Pennsylvania Prairie, named after Judge William 
Penn, an early settler, is situated in the southern portion 
of the county, between Turnback and Limestone Creeks, 
and above their junction. It is one of the richest and 
oldest sections of the county, and is especially noted for 
its fruit growing. After leaving the hills along Turnback 
Creek and Sac River, going westward, one enters that 
vast prairie country, stretching from north to south across 
the entire width of the county, and extending westward 
to the base of the Rocky Mountains. 

The streams that water this grand region flow but a 
few feet below the general level of the rolling prairie, and 
are narrowly fringed with trees, and from the eminences 
one can trace the line of waving trees until the eye loses 
the outline in the dim distance. 

SOIL The prevailing country rock is a sandstone 
and limestone formation w'ith large areas of flint and 
chert cropping out in the most broken parts and along 
the streams. The overlying soil on the uplands in the 
eastern part of the county consists of a red clay and sub- 
soil covered with a red, or what is termed a "mulatto," 
loam. For wheat, corn and tobacco raising, it is unsur- 
passed. The valleys along the streams are alluvial de- 
posits of rich, black loam, from two to six feet in depth, 
overlying sub-deposits of gravel and limestone, and yield 
corn averaging from sixty to eighty bushels per acre, ac- 
cording to the season and thoroughness of cultivation. The 
prairie, or the western part of the county, is composed of 
a clay subsoil, overlaid with a rich dark soil varying from 

one to four feet in depth, resembling the prairie soil of 
Illinois and Iowa, and grows all kinds of cereals in extra 

TIMBER The entire eastern portion of Dade County 
with the exception of the prairies and cleared lands; is 
covered, and in many places densely, with a light growth 
of timber. The timber on the uplands consists of the oak 
in its several varieties, hickory, and a few other hard- 
wood varieties, while in the valleys and along the streams 
it consists of black and white walnut, ash, soft maple, 
sycamore, elm and a few other kinds, including also oak 
and hickory. All the timber of the county, though some of 
it attains a great thickness, has a short and stubby growth, 
in length it will not compare with that of Eastern 
States. Along the bluffs of Son's Creek several groves of 
cedar exist, but the trees are not sufficient size to be of 
use except for transplanting for ornamental purposes. 
Much of the timber consists of what is known as "second 
growth," all of which has grown since the settlement of 
the county began, and since the Indians ceased their an- 
nual burnings over the surface of the country. In some 
places this "second growth" timber is very fine is not 
scrubby, but smooth, and grows rapidly, and is already 
valuable for fencing purposes. There is yet an abundant 
supply of wood for fuel, easily maintained at moderate 
cost. Young timber grows rapidly when planted on the 
prairie, and there are some fine groves in the western part 
of the county. 

CLIMATE The climate of Dade County is a happy 
medium between extremes of heat and cold. The winters 
are mild and short. Snow rarely falls before Christmas, 
and never exceeds but a few inches in depth, and seldom 
lies on the ground longer than three or four days at a 
time. Mercury seldom falls to zero, and is not much of 
the time below freezing point. This is a "sunny climate," 
even in winter, and, except when it is raining or storm- 
ing, the outdoor laborer never has to lose a day's work on 
account of the weather; and the contour of the country 
being, as it is, somewhat rolling, and well supplied with 


forests, it is never visited with severe storms or cyclones. 
There are no swamps or stagnant pools of water in the 
county; consequently it is clear from all malaria, except 
what is caused in all new countries, by the upturning of 
the virgin soil. Though the summers are long, the heat 
is never excessive, being tempered as it is, with the high 
elevation and the breezes from the west. It is doubtful 
whether a more healthy country than the Ozark Range 
can be found anywhere on the continent. Fevers of the 
typhoid type are rare, and lung and bronchial diseases 
are comparatively unknown. The water is pure and 
healthy, and entirely free from alkali or other deleterious 

first settlers landed here they found the forests inhabited 
by buffaloes, bears, panthers, wolves, wildcats, catamounts, 
elk, deer and all the smaller animals common to this lati- 
tude. Wild fowls, such as geese, turkeys, ducks and 
smaller birds, were also natural claimants of the territory. 
The buffaloes soon fled to the westward and became ex- 
tinct; the bears refused to flee, but have become extinct. 
The wolves, the animals of the cat kind, were very numer- 
ous. A war of extinction was begun on them by the early 
settlers, and it has been continued, so that not many of 
these animals now remain. The deer were so plentiful that 
they were found in herds or droves. They have been 
hunted and slain for food, but a few still remain enough 
to amuse the hunters. The elk are extinct. The smaller 
animals, such as foxes, raccoons, rabbits and the like, 
abound in considerable numbers. Wild turkeys were once 
so abundant that the early settlers killed all they could 
consume. Wild geese are very scarce now, but the tur- 
keys and ducks, even yet, abound to some extent. The 
small birds the songsters in great numbers, still make 
the groves ring with their music. 

Chapter 2 


In order to give a more extended list of the early set- 
tlers, there has been compiled from the records a list of 
the names of those who entered lands in the several con- 
gressional townships in the county at or prior to certain 
dates; care being taken to give only the names of those 
who became actually settlers, and omitting reference to 
those already mentioned. The townships and lists are as 

TOWNSHIP 30, RANGE 25 The first entries were 
made in this township in 1844, by James Hembree, Moses 
Theobold, James Douglas, Lysander S. Dunn and Samuel 
Harris. Entries 1845 were made by William Dunn, David 
C. Eastin and M. E. Brown. From 1845 to 1849 entries 
were made by J. H. Hardin, Samuel Nickel and others. 

TOWNSHIP 30, RANGE 26 The first entries in this 
township were made in 1840, by Thomas Box, C. J. Morris, 
Samuel Carr, Reuben Carter, E. F. Morris, C. Beckham, 
Jesse Scott, John Rice, William Mallory, William Snaden, 
William Williams, Sterling and John Sailing, Absalom 
Ren fro, David, A. D. and John Hudspeth, William Snaden, 
Rich T. Willis, Daniel W. Scott, Jas. M. Snaden, John 
Gamble ,Jesse 0. Scott, Jas. Ventioner, John Bowles, A. S. 
Yokimi, and others heretofore mentioned. Others and 
succeeding early entries were made by Jacob Cox, Alex. 
Russell and Andrew Gilmore. 

TOWNSHIP 30, RANGE 27 First entries in this 
township were made by Joshua and Alexander Ragsdale, 
Isaac Preston, Jonathan Parris, Britain Finley, William 
Merriek, Robert Allison, John B. Parris, Jacob Reed, An- 
drew Allison, David Moore and William H. King. Soon 
after entries were made by Jesse Dougherty and others. 

TOWNSHIP 30, RANGE 28 The first entry was in 
1*.")2, by Robert Bird. Others were made in 1854 by David 
(Yandail and Henry Bird. 



TOWNSHIP 30, RANGE 29 Only the eastern tier 
of sections was in Dade county. The first entries were 
made in 1856, by William Russell and John Thompson. 

TOWNSHIP 31, RANGE 25 First entries were made in 
1844, by E. B. Miller, Thomas Stockstell and Samuel L. 
and L. L. Carlock. Subsequent early entries were made 
by James Leeper, Reuben Carter, Calvin Wheeler, John 
D. Ragsdale, Daniel M. McGee, Henry H. Pemberton and 
John M. Tarrant. 

TOWNSHIP 31, RANGE 26 Entries in this township 
date from 1840, made by Joseph R. Davidson, Elijah Mc- 
Millen, John M. Rankin, Emerson C. Scott, C. L. Bidstrap, 
Isaac Stockton, James West, Charles Hoover, John and 
Joseph Sailing, and others heretofore named. Soon there- 
after entries were made by J. N. Weir, Isam A. Young, 
Ramson Gates, A. Cowan, John Tarbot, W. R. Rankin 
and John M. Dicus. Many other entries were made 
during the forties. 

TOWNSHIP 31, RANGE 27 First entries were made 
in 1840, by Thomas A. Dale, John C. Wetzel, William 
Fleisher, William Arbagast, Joshua Carman, John Finley, 
William McMillan, and others mentioned as early set- 

TOWNSHIP 31, RANGE 28 The first entry in this 
township was made in 1853, by Joseph Lawrence, and the 
second in 1854, by Thomas Smith. 

TOWNSHIP 31, RANGE 29 The first entry is 1854, 
by Stephen L. Butterfield. 

TOWNSHIP 32, RANGE 25 First entries in 1839 
were made by Pierce Asbell, William P. and Thomas 
Hudson, James G. Berry, John C. Kirby, Jesse M. Fin- 
ley, Stephen Grey, Tully C. Kirby, Isiah Kirby, Joel 
Dobbs, James H. Gaunt, H. Rook, D. B. Baker, William 
and J. P. Edge. 

TOWNSHIP 32, RANGE 26 First entries were 
made in 1840, by James Hobbs, L. T. Dunnaway, Eber E. 
White, William M. Roark, S. E. Seybert, John F. Johnson, 
Thomas Fleming and William Johnson. 


TOWNSHIP 32, RANGE 27 First entries in 1840, by 
John Asbell, John W. Thompson, Martin L. Hembree, 
James Cole and Washington Farmer. 

TOWNSHIP 32, RANGE 28 First entries in 1853, by 
William Farmer, John Acock, Benjamin Hanley, William 
H. Amos, and Thomas Rhodes. 

TOWNSHIP 32, RANGE 29 First entry made in 
1853, by D. Dewey; next in 1854, by William and Jacob 
Sears; the next in 1855, by Isaac Darneel and Washington 

TOWNSHIP 33, RANGE 25 First entries were made 
in 1845, by John Lindley, Edwin Pyle, Samuel D. Clark, 
Galehu Moore and L. T. Dunaway. 

TOWNSHIP 33, RANGE 26 Ezekiel M. Campbell, 
and others already mentioned in 1840. 

TOWNSHIP 33, RANGE 27 The first entry was 
made in 1840, by Isaiah Lynch. Subsequent entries were 
made in 1850, by John Underwood and Aaron Russell. 

TOWNSHIP 33, RANGE 28 First entry made in 
1S42, by James W. Bass. Later early entries were by 
Asa I). Lacy and Robert Poindexter. 



Howard Ragsdale. 

Probably the first settler in either Smith, Washing- 
ton or Lock wood Townships, was made by a man by the 
name of Box, who settled on Turnback Creek prior to 
1834. William Landers, whose father settled at the 
bluff spring just this side of tlie old Hoyle Mill on Turn- 
back, in 1<S43, was then twelve years of age, and in his 
recollections of pioneer days, states that at that time 
there were hut three white families in Dade County. Be- 
sides his father's family, and that of Guy Clopton, who 


had settled on Sac River at what is now known as ''Bill's 
Ghost House/' the Glenn family, near Cory, and the Box 
family, some five miles further up Turnback from where 
the Landers family settled, in the spring of 1837, the 
McMillen family settled on Limestone Creek about a 
mile and a half below what is now South Greenfield; and 
at this same time the Penn family settled on what is now 
Pennsylvania Prairie. In October, 1837, Joshua Ragsdale 
came to where Penn had settled, and finding that Penn 
had taken up a great amount of land, decided to move 
further north, and with Mr. Penn as a guide, discovered 
what is now called Buffalo Springs, about one and one- 
half miles west of South Greenfield, and there he settled. 
About this same time App Renfro, father of Joe Renfro 
and Lewis Renfro, settled on Honey Creek near Pennsboro. 
The Sailings family had come in some earlier, the exact 
day the writer is unable to ascertain, but it was prior to 
1837, and the exact location of their homestead is not 
known, except it was on Limestone. The above families 
constituted the settlers until about 1841, when the Daugh- 
tery family moved in to the settlement. Of this family 
ther were three families, John Daughtery, who settled on 
what is now the Sam Daughtery farm, about four miles 
south and west of Greenfield; Jesse Daughtery, who set- 
tled about a mile and a half west of South Greenfield; 
and Frederick Daughtery, who settled near Limestone 
Creek, near what is called the Limestone School House. 
About this time, possibly a little later, the McLemore 
family came. Of this family there were four, John Mc- 
Lemore, who settled on Limestone; Arch McLemore and 
Wesley McLemore settled on Sac River, north of Green- 
field, and Jack McLemore, who settled near Walnut 
Grove in Greene County. Lewis Spain about this time 
settled also on Limestone, just above the John McLemore 
place, and the Preston family also settled in the early 
forties on the head waters of the west prong of Limestone 
Creek, in what is now Smith Township and in what is 
known to this day as the Preston settlement. Of this 
family there were three of the men that were heads of 


families, to-wit: Harrison Preston, Henry Preston and 
Isaac Preston. In this same period the Moore family, the 
Snadon family and the Speer family settled on Pennsyl- 
vania Prairie. The Gates family also settled near the 
old Dadeville Spring about the same period. The Bowles 
family settled upon the head waters of the east prong of 
Limestone Creek. 

According to William Landers, when his father first 
settled, the country had never been surveyed. He states 
that he as a boy assisted in making this survey, and that 
until the country was surveyed, there was no land office 
and no entries of land could be made, which retarded emi- 
gration. When the McMillens and Ragsdales, Penns and 
Renfros settled, emigration for some time was very slow 
on that account; but as soon as the land office was estab- 
lished at Springfield, emigration came rapidly, which 
accounts for such a rush in the early forties. There are 
some families who were early settlers, who have lost their 
identity. The Bogart family is but a memory, but they 
were among the early settlers in those townships. The 
McXeese family, another pioneer family, has also lost its 
identity. They also settled in the Limestone country in 
an early day, but of this family there was but one boy, 
and after the Civil war, he never returned. Monroe Mor- 
ris was a pioneer of Smith Township and father of Bud 
Morris of Lockwood, and of Elvis Morris, Jesse Morris 
and Bailey Morris. Among those who also joined in the 
rush to secure homes in the Limestone Country in the 
early forties was the Davidson family. The elder David- 
son was a minister and one of the very first in the county 
and in the William Lander's recollections, he states that 
Davidson was the first preacher he remembered, except an 
Indian convert, who preached some among his people and 
whites when they settled on Turnback in 1834. Of this 
family there were four boys, George Davidson, Wesley 
Davidson, William Davidson and James Davidson. Will- 
iam Davidson now owns the old homestead on Limestone. 
Practically all the settlers mentioned before settled in 
Washington and South Townships and a few in Smith 


Township. The Matlock family were among the early 
settlers of Smith Township, settling some two miles south- 
west of Kingspoint. The Simpson family, relatives of the 
Matlocks, settled on Horse Creek, some ten miles north- 
west of Lockwood, and William Wagner also settled in 
this same point of timber at the same time. This was in 
the early forties. 

The Simpson family were noted for being great 
hunters. At that time western Dade County was infested 
with a multitude of wolves. They were a menace to the 
settlers' stock and became so bold that steps had to be 
taken to combat them. The Simpson boys began the 
work of extermination. They secured a quantity of poison, 
and would kill a deer, and after thoroughly poisoning it, 
would drag it over the prairie, and hundreds of wolves 
were killed in this way. William Wagner has lived up 
until only a few years since, the Matlocks have all passed 
away. Of this family Uncle Luke Matlock was the quaint- 
est character, he wore homespun jeans clothes to the day of 
his death, which has only been some ten years ago. This 
family was composed of Uncle Luke and some two or 
three sisters, none of whom ever married. It is said they 
clung to homespun clothes and old methods, to even 
cooking on the fireplace even to this generation. In this 
same period of the early 40 's the Scott family also settled 
near Pennsboro, and of this family Uncle Bud Scott, a 
noted pioneer, who just recently died, was a member. The 
first settler in Lockwood Township was Jack Finley, whose 
homestead can be seen to this day on the Greenfield and 
Lockwood publijp road. Lockwood Township was slow in 
being settled up, and old-timers being slow to settle on the 
prairie. Alex Ragsdale and William Cunningham and 
Jesse Cartwright also settled in this township about the 
same time. Just prior to the Civil War Judge Wells, 
formerly a member of the Dade County court, came with 
a man by the name of Welty, the two coming from Iowa 
with a large band of sheep, and they took land in what 
is now Lockwood Township, and about this same time a 
man by the name of Churchill, settled just west of Kings- 


point. He was from the same neighborhood of Wells and 
Welty. Churchill built what was in that day a fine house 
on his prairie farm, but Wells and Welty were single 
men and boarded with Alex Ragsdale. In the election of 
1860 over the protest and warning of Alex Ragsdale, 
these men at Kingspoint voted for Lincoln for president. 
Ragsdale had lived there since 1837 and knew the danger 
but despite his protest they voted the night of the elec- 
tion. Ragsdale had secured information to the effect 
that they would probably be mobbed that night and came 
home and told them to get away. They loaded up their 
effects, drove up to Churchill's, assisted him to get a few 
of his effects together, and by midnight they were headed 
for the Missouri River. The mob came to Ragsdale 's in 
search of Wells and Welty, and another bunch went to 
Churchill 's, but they had just gotten away under cover 
of darkness. Welty and Churchill never returned. For 
years the Churchill homestead stood tenantless on the 
prairie, finally decayed and went to waste. Ragsdale sold 
the sheep for Wells and Welty and remitted them the 
money. After the war Wells came back and settled near 
south Greenfield, was afterwards elected County Judge of 
Dado County, and died at his home in Dade County a few 
years ago a respected citizen, but he never forgot his first 
vote in Dade County and his hasty flight to save his life 
from the Missouri pro-slavery men. Jacob Cox was an- 
other very early settler of Limestone. He was the father 
of Sam W. Cox of South Greenfield. 

For most part the pioneers depended upon home in- 
dustry to produce everything in the way of tools that was 
used. John McLemore was the country blacksmith and 
made about everything in the way of tools. Joshua Rags- 
dale was the county tanner, tanning the hides for leather 
that was used for use in those days. He was also a 
cooper by trade, and supplied' the country side with bar- 
rels, tubs, pails, etc. The Speer family were millers and 
had a mill on the headwaters of Limestone, and supplied 
flour and meal (mostly meal) to the pioneers. At this 
place was also a cotton-gin, where the early settlers had 


their cotton prepared for use. Aunt Patsy Morris, wife 
of Arch Morris, one of the early settlers on Limestone, 
was considered a good doctor and attended to a great 
deal of sickness of the neighborhood. She was the mother 
of Dr. Morris, remembered by many of us today as a 
physician at Greenfield. Among some of her treatments 
were witch methods which were greatly believed in at 
that day and time. The Finley family was another very 
prominent pioneer family, and owing to its numerous 
members now residents of Dade County reference can be 
had elsewhere to their history. Suffice to say in this 
sketch that Jack Finley, as before stated, settled on Son's 
Creek in Lockwood Township. Another one of the older 
men settled some three miles southwest of Greenfield, and 
another, James F. Finley, settled northeast of Greenfield, 
Thomas Finley at Pilgrim, and Milton, who was a bachelor, 
settled just east of Greenfield, and one of the girls mar- 
ried Judge Wetzel, father of J. L. Wetzel. The aforesaid 
people compose the first settlers of southwestern Dade 
County. For the most part they came from the south, 
principally from Tennessee, and were industrious, honest 
and in most part far-seeing, and intensely religious. To 
many of the later day people it is a mystery why the first 
settlers chose what is now the most undesirable lands to 
make their homes, usually at a spring, with glade and 
rough land about; but it must be remembered that there 
were two things the pioneer was compelled to have and 
that was wood and water. The present day of drilling 
and blasting was unknown. The only method of fencing 
was by use of rails, there was practically no timber except 
along the water courses, and strange as this may seem it 
was impossible to farm on the prairie on account of a 
certain kind of fly now about extinct (small green fly). 
It was impossible to use work animals except very early 
in the morning and late at night, on account of the pests, 
and aside from all this, there was no market for anything, 
money was very scarce and what there was, the pioneer 
market except a little local market to the new settlers, who 
put into land as fast as he could get it together. The first 


had to purchase provisions for the first year, was when 
the gold fields were opened in California, when there was 
a great demand for oxen and supplies for the great wagon 
trains bound overland for the gold fields. Fort Scott, 
Kansas, then a United States fort, also required provisions, 
and here the pioneers found a market for their bacon and 
dried fruits. This trade with Fort Scott was the first real 
stable market the first settlers had for their products, and 
in this connection might be related the most tragic events 
of the early days. McBride and Etter, two prominent 
early day settlers, had taken a load each of produce to 
Fort Scott to sell, and after disposing of their produce 
started home, near Greenfield. They reached what is 
called ''Ruphs" Point on Muddy Creek just over in Barton 
County, and there camped for the night. "Ruphs" Point 
is a point of timber where it juts out into the prairies of 
Barton County. That night both were murdered, includ- 
ing a small son of Etter 's, who accompanied them. Their 
bodies were never recovered, their money was found in 
an old "polk root" stem, where they had evidently hidden 
it, themselves, before retiring. Their horses were found 
grazing on the prairie, the wagons were found hidden 
in a deep pool in Muddy Creek, entirely submerged, the 
end of the wagon tongues being tied to grape vines, but 
no trace of their bodies was ever found. Jesse McBride, 
William McBride and Robert McBride, well known in 
Greenfield, being merchants there in bygone years, were 
sons of this McBride. Mrs. Alexander Lack of Lockwood 
and Mrs. Dave Burns of Marion Township, were daugh- 
ters of Etter. 


Howard Ragsdale. 

Nathan Boone first settled in Missouri at the village 
of St. Charles on the Missouri River in the year 1799, and 
it is said that lie built the first stone house ever built in 
Missouri. Xathan Boone was the youngest son of Daniel 




Boone, the famous frontiersman of Kentucky. Shortly 
thereafter, his famous father came to live with his son, 
Nathan, and there he lived until his death, which occurred 
in the year 1820. (The writer of this article is indebted 
for the facts herein set forth to "Aunt Mary" Hosman, 
who died something like a year ago at the age of 92 years). 
Aunt Mary was the youngest child of Nathan Boone, and 
shortly before her death she wrote her OW T II personal recol- 
lections of the Boone family, and requested me to put it in 
shape for her and write it on a typewriter. She stated 
that she desired to sign this statement with her own name 
and leave it for her children, so that they might know the 
true facts concerning her family. As a compensation she 
gave the writer of this article a copy for himself. 

Daniel Boone, when he came to Missouri, came to stay. 
He felt that he had been badly treated by the Kentuckians. 
His lands had been taken from him for the reason that 
some way Daniel Boone could never get it into his head 
that he had to get a title from the Government. The old 
frontiersman could not understand this and failed to get 
his government patents, and lost his lands, and to the day 
of his death he never returned to Kentucky. According 
to Aunt Mary, if her father, Nathan Boone, had been living 
at the time Kentucky came and removed his remains and 
built that splendid memorial of marble at his tomb, their 
journey would have been fruitless, for she says Kentucky 
should never have had the privilege of taking his body 
back. A few years back when that State had its great 
homecoming many inducements were offered to Aunt Mary 
as the only living grand-child of Daniel Boone, to go back 
as a guest of the State. She refused, doubtless remember- 
ing the injustice, as she termed it, of having driven her 
grandfather almost penniless from its boundaries, when 
he had given the best part of his life and had done more 
than any other one man had ever done for that famous 
State. Aunt Mary Hosman during the last years of her 
father's life spent a great deal of time with him, and to 
her he told many things that have never been written, and 
will never be written about Daniel Boone. It is so un- 


fortunate that some competent writer did not spend some 
time with Aunt Mary and write her history. It would 
have been a valuable addition not only to the local history 
of Missouri, but would have thrown much light on events 
of historic interest. 

Daniel Boone was not content while living with his 
son in St. Charles. The settlement and village was not of 
his nature, and one day, Aunt Mary says, her father told 
her that Daniel without a word of parting, took his old 
rifle and a young negro slave of his son, Nathan's, and 
disappeared. No one knew where he had gone, days 
passed and no tidings came. He was at that time over 
eighty years of age. The neighbors and friends of the 
family became very much excited and urged Nathan Boone 
to get up a searching party to try and hunt him up, but 
Nathan told them it was no use, they could never find 
him, and that as far as he was concerned he had no fears, 
because his father was so thoroughly posted in wood- 
craft, that it would be absolutely impossible to lose him- 
self so long as he stayed in the woods, and that he knew 
his father would never leave the timber belt. Days 
passed into weeks, and weeks into months and late in the 
autumn, as suddenly as he had disappeared, back came 
Daniel with the negro slave. He told them of his wander- 
ings and claimed that he had been up the Missouri River 
and thence across the State and to the mouth of the Kaw 
River, and that he had come back by the way of the 
wooded water-sheds of the Osage, and he seemed to be 
as happy and spry as a boy. He told of his discovery of 
some salt springs on his travels and fully described the 
whole trip. This was the last hunting trip of Daniel 
Boone, for he passed away shortly, and was taken by 
Nathan Boone and friends and buried in the Bryan ceme- 
tery in ( 1 allaway County, this State. 

Nathan Boone was prominent in the early history of 
the Slate of Missouri. lie was a member of the first Con- 
stitutional Convention ever held in Missouri, in 1820. 
Nathan Boone was also the surveyor who surveyed out the 
famous Boone Lick Road, the first State Highway in the 
State of Missouri. It ran from St. Charles, Missouri, to 


Old Franklin, Missouri, and was the fore-runner of the 
Santa Fe Trail and the old Oregon Trail. Nathan Boone 
surveyed this out in the year 1814, some years before Mis- 
souri was admitted to the Union. The State Legislature, 
in 1913, appropriated three thousand dollars to place 
" markers" along this now historic trail, and yet, the man 
who surveyed and laid it out, and gave it to Missouri, lies 
in an unmarked grave in an old field on the border of 
Greene and Bade Counties. Not even a rough stone marks 
the grave, and the careless farmer plows by and the plow- 
share turns the soil over the grave of this historic man. 

Nathan Boone when he came to this country did not 
come without first having looked the country over. Years 
before, while in the employ of the Government as a Gov- 
ernment surveyor, he had surveyed over this country and 
had fallen in love with the Ozark Hills, and as he grew 
old, and had retired from active life, in the year 1837 he 
brought his family and slaves and settled just two miles 
north of Ash Grove. Here he engaged in farming, and 
became very wealthy. At the time of his death he owned 
some twelve hundred acres of land and many slaves, and 
other personal property. Aunt Mary says, when she w r as 
young and when her father was in the Government serv- 
ice, he was, in addition to being a surveyor, a Captain of 
a Company of Dragoons and that his trips often took him 
among the Indians. He also surveyed and made a plat 
of the Canadian River for the Federal Government. His 
last years were spent in the quiet of his home. He lived 
a life of retirement and in 1856 died and was buried on 
the old homestead. Then followed the Civil War. The 
Boone family went with the South. Franklin T. Frazier, 
a son-in-law of Nathanial Boone, was a State Senator from 
this district. He voted for secession from the Union and 
later went witli that part of the legislature that went to 
Neosho, Missouri, to set up another State Capital and pass 
and act of secession and failed. After the war and the 
Boone family returned, nothing was left, their slaves had 
been set free, all personal property gone, and just the 
land was left. The Boone family had been reared in 
ease and luxury and knew nothing of work before the 


war; their slaves tilled the soil and the income was a mat- 
ter of course. The result was, the Boone family had 
hard luck financially and with the exception of Aunt 
Mary Hosman and Mrs. Franklin T. Frazier lost the for- 
tune that their father had left them. They left again for 
the South so that today none of the family of Boone 
remain, who bear the name of Boone. It is true the Hos- 
man family and the Frazier family remain, but the name 
of Boone has passed away, and Nathan Boone, that 
great character of early Missouri, who was one of the 
most prominent men in the making of this state, sleeps 
in an unmarked and almost unknown grave among the 
hills of the Ozarks. 


In the year 1818, Redden Crisp and his son, John, 
came to Cedar County. From there they went out east of 
Dadeville to what is now known as Crisp Prairie, and 
settled. About the year 1820 John Crisp married Malinda 
English. John Crisp and his wife went to what is now 
known as the old home place, about one-half mile north- 
east of the Crisp store. There they raked up the leaves, 
spread out their blankets and spent the first night. Next 
day, both helping, they started to build a little log house 
which served as their home for the next few years. Dur- 
ing the year 1849, he went to California to dig gold. Mrs. 
Crisp with her children was left at home in charge of the 
farm and a few slaves. One day while he was away, she 
saw a savage approaching the house. She went in and 
closed the door. It was fastened with a wooden pin. 
There was a way of reaching in from the outside and 
opening the door. This the savage tried to do, but Mrs. 
Crisp kept striking at his hand with a wooden poker until 
she broke the Indian's arm. In order to gain revenge, he 
shot off his gun with one hand into the grass to set fire to 
the cabin. Only the path around the house saved it until 
the slaves in the field got there and put the fire out. 

John Crisp was very successful in the gold fields. He 
returned by the way of the Isthmus of Panama and New 


Orleans. His gold he brought back in a leather trunk. 
There were many thieves on the boat, and all the rest he 
had for twenty-four days and nights, was sitting astride 
his leather trunk. He had been gone three or four years. 
Of course he had gone to California along with one of 
the numerous wagon trains of that day. While in New 
Orleans he bought more slaves to cultivate his farms. 

Mrs. Crisp died soon after his return. They had nine 
children. Only one of these, Aunt Lettie Baldwin, is left. 
About the year 1855 he married Millie O'Connor. Ten 
children were born to them. Five of whom are still liv- 
ing. John Crisp had 1,600 acres of land all in one body. 
He had entered all of this except the 160-acre homestead. 
Mrs. Crisp died in 1874. Mr. Crisp, 1876. His sale lasted 
for three days. 


Experience of John Crisp, Bade County's First Settler. 

The following scrap of history taken from the Spring- 
field Leader and dated at Cane Hill, Mo., may be of 

In last week's issue of the Leader I noticed, under 
the head of "Scraps of History of Southwest Missouri," 
that John Crisp was the first settler of Dade County and 
that he had to go forty miles to the nearest justice to get 
married. I was well acquainted with "Uncle John." His 
fine farm is just two and one-half miles west of this town. 
He settled it in 1820. It is one of the finest tracts of 
land in Southwest Missouri. His wife, a Miss English, 
lived at that time one mile southwest of this place. He 
mounted his intended wife on a large ox and took his 
rifle on his shoulder and walked by the side of the ox to 
Justice Fulbright's at Springfield, where the justice made 
them man and wife. After getting married he bought 
his outfit for housekeping, consisting of two tin cups, two 
tin plates and two knives and forks, in Springfield, and 
his wife carried it home on her ox. The old gentleman 
has been dead eighteen years. He was an uncle of Hon. 
John T. Crisp, of Jackson County, Missouri. 

Chapter 3 


Dadeville, Mo., January 20, 1917. 

I have been solicited to give a statement of myself, 
also of some facts to my knowledge of Dade County, Mis- 
souri. And in response to the solicitation I submit the 
following statement for publication in the Dade County 

May 26, 1838, I was born in Overton County, Ten- 
nessee, near Livingston, where my father, John Carmack, 
resided until April 1st, A. D. 1853, when he embarked for 
the west with his family of wife and seven children, three 
boys and four girls, equipped with two yoke of oxen and 
wagon, one horse and carriage, two cows and two dogs. 
My mother, grown sister and little brother, three years 
old, rode in the carriage, the three little sisters rode in 
the wagon. My father and larger brother walked and 
drove the cows, the dogs followed. I was mounted upon 
the rear wheel ox upon a new saddle, with line in hand 
tied around the horns of the lead ox. This position I 
held from Tennessee to Dadeville, Missouri, landing June 
14, 1853. I was then 16 years old, had been conductor of 
this train the entire march (conductors are very im- 
portant). Here we met Col. Thos. Dale, Dr. Samuel Bender, 
and Reverend N. Fisk, who were Tennesseeans. They 
prevailed upon my father to locate here. We drove two 
miles west of Dadeville and camped at W. A. McMaster's. 
Next day my father went to look for a location. My 
brother, 14 years old, took care of our teams. I hired 
to James G. Berry to work in harvest. He paid me 35c 
per day. In a few days my father had bought of David 
Pylc his homestead claim. Then entered the land in Sec- 
tions 5 and 8-32-25. Mr. Pyle vacated and we moved in 
at once, where he remained until his death, December 24, 
1856. hi this neighborhood, Dr. J. H. Mulky, Peter Gear- 
heart, Burket Jonos, J. M. Gaunt, James G. Berry, W. G. 
Dodson, Alfred Divine and Bird Hembree, had located. 


They all had children and no school to send them. The 
above named parties resolved to have a school. Burket 
Jones gave a school house site upon his land near a spring. 
All parties went to work cutting and hauling logs for the 
building. My father made the boards to cover it with, 
while others put up the building. Levi Jones and I made 
rails for 25c per hundred to get money to get nails to put 
the roof on with and to pay for muslin to make the window 
lights. The windows were made by cutting a log out of 
the sides of the house, then stretching cloth over the 
openings, writing desks were made by boring auger holes 
in the logs of the building, driving wooden pins in the 
holes and laying boards on the pins; the seats were made 
of split poles with wooden legs. The gables of the house 
were weather boarded up with clab-boards. Door shutter 
made from side boards of old wagon box and fastened 
with chain and padlock; no floors in the building, no 
stove. Being anxious for school the building was pro- 
claimed ready and christened as West Center School 
House, this being the sixth week in construction from 
the stump to completion. At this juncture, Mrs. Burket 
Jones prepared a sumptuous dinner and spread to all par- 
ticipating in the building work. When summoned all par- 
ties and their families appeared on the scene of action. 
The men folks bringing their guns for a deer drive after 
dinner. After dinner the men with guns and Uncle Burket 
Jones with dogs marched to a clump of bushes a half-mile 
from his house. The gun men took stands near by, uncle 
Burket went to the opposite side of the thicket with the 
dogs and ran -the deer out (about twenty in number). 
John H. Dill, John M. Gaunt and my brother, Hardin, 
each shot a deer. Uncle Burket came to the house, 
hitched his horse to a bobsled and went for the deer, 
brought them in, unloaded them at his door yard, where 
they were dressed and divided and the hides sent to the 
tan yard. Carter S. Pyle was at the feast, here he pro- 
posed to teach a three months' subscription school and 
would take in any kind of stock or produce. This propo- 
sition was accepted, and on the following Monday morn- 


ing he opened school with 26 scholars (warm weather), no 
floor in the building, no stove, and in a few weeks had 
more pupils. His school was a success. When the term 
was ended and subscriptions paid up, he was the best 
prepared man for the winter in the neighborhood. He 
had corn, potatoes, onions, turnips, cabbage, beets, to- 
matoes, hay, oats, pumpkins, chickens, sheep, hogs, pigs 
and calves (choice calves worth $2.50 each). 

School district then organized under the law. Levy 
made to run three months school next year, also for in- 
cidental expenses, flooring the house and buying a stove. 
Mr. Pyle then proposed to teach the next school and wait 
for his pay until the taxes levied was collected. This 
proposition was accepted and the school taught. At tax- 
paying time the taxes were promptly paid by all except 
J. G. Berry, who was opposed to the organization and 
levy. He was sued for his school tax, the board obtained 
judgment and execution against him, then sold a horse 
under execution for $3 to pay said tax; then the name of 
the house was changed from West Center to that of Point 
Victory. Later a move was made and carried to change 
the site one-half mile and to build a new school house. In 
this wrangle two of the board had a fist fight, but pro- 
ceeded to move the site and build a new school house. 
Then christened the building as War Eagle. Some years 
later the name was changed to Jones, which name it now 
bears, still situated on the Jones land. This district has 
turned out some very efficient teachers. 


in the first settling of this neighborhood the settlers 
had to labor under many disadvantages, go through vari- 
ous hardships. We had good land, but covered with wild 
grass about knee high. When .broken out would produce 
all kinds of grain and vegetables we needed to live on, 
no money to pay for labor (John Tyler was president of 
the I'. S.) I made 10 feet rails at 25c per hundred to fence 
a good sized farm, took most of my pay in bacon at 3c 
per pound for my father's family. My father was unable 



to work for some time before his death. After his death 
I had to look after my mother and family. During my 
father's life time, we had fenced and broke out 20 acres 
of land. He had a few sheep, hogs and cows and two yoke 
of oxen at his death. In the spring following his death, 
I broke ground with oxen for a crop, Eber E. White let 
me have a horse to make my crop. My brother, Hardin 
17 years old, took our teams and wagon and freighted 
goods for the merchants at Dadeville and Greenfield from 
Boonville and Syracuse, Missouri. We raised cotton from 
which my mother and sisters manufactured our wearing 
apparel. Mr. Wright Graft had a tan yard that furnished 
leather for shoes for the neighborhood. The demand for 
shoes was very urgent. Mr. Sammy Mack, the shoemaker, 
would take the hides from the tanner before they were 
blacked and just as they were rubbed out of the tan, oose 
and dried, would make the shoes. When finished they 
were about the color of a bull frog. Then the polish was 
put on by disolving copperas in water. Pour this upon 
the bottom of an iron wash kettle then rub with a cloth to 
polish. This shoemaker also manufactured horn combs 
for all the neighbors. At that time I was not acquainted 
generally over the county, but as far as I was concerned 
the conditions seemed to be about as that of our neighbor- 
hood. The west half of Dade County was sparcely settled 
prior to the war of 1861. Of my father's family of nine 
that landed in Dade County, Missouri, June 14, 1853, only 
three are living. My eldest sister, Mrs. Dr. Hamilton, who 
is 85 years old, living in St. Louis, Missouri. Myself, now 
near 79 years old, J. G. Carmack, 67 years old now at San 
Francisco, California. My mother lived to the age of 93 
years. She was the last Revolutionary daughter of Dade 
county, daughter of Paul Chapin of New Jersey, who was a 
drummer boy in Washington's Army and was a command- 
ing Major in the war of 1812. 

My educational experience before leaving the State 
of Tennessee: I had attended school nine months, could 
spell, read and write. After establishing our school at 
Point Victory in Morgan Township, I attended two, three 


months terms, where I mastered the old Blue Back Speller, 
the fourth Reader, Smith's Grammar and Smiley 's Arith- 
metic. Later on I hired to John M. Gaunt to work for three 
months at $10 per month. With this $30 I went to Profess- 
or Rhea who was teaching in Springfield in a little brick 
school house on St. Louis street near what was called the 
Dead Sea (a place they made whiskey). This was called a 
High School. He took me in for three months giving me 
board and tuition for my $30. He advanced my studies 
in addition to reviewing, gave me history, algebra and 
geography. In studying this geography and with his ex- 
planation, found that this earth was not flat as supposed. 
When the term closed, he gave me a very complimentary 
grade card, which served me well later on. I got a job of 
work and got me some more clothes. Alexander Rutledge 
was then County School Commissioner, I approached him 
for examination for teacher's certificate to teach in Dade 
county. He took my examination, granted the certificate, 
then proffered to help me get a school. In a very short 
time he wrote me telling me he had a school for me in 
his neighborhood at a school house near the old Bates Mill 
on Limestone Creek near Smith Pelt's farm. I went, took 
and taught the school with success. By this time the Civil 
War was at hand, so I taught no more until after the close 
of the war, then taught in the Public Schools in this county 
for six years. Since that time, I have worked at various 
avocations, farming merchandising, milling and livery. My 
home had been in Morgan township since 1853. Cast every 
vote I have given in Morgan township except one I gave in 
the field while a soldier in the late war. What I could say 
of Dade county politics would not be of much interest as 
all are aware that dishonest politicians, the boodlers and 
inefficient officers have lowered our financial standing. 




J. W. Carmack, March 18, 1917 

In the year 1853 my first acquaintance in Dade county 
the following named persons were most prominent char- 
acters: Nelson McDowell, Col. Shields, John T. Coffee, 
Arch M. Long, Peter Hoyl, Thos. J. Bishop, Andy Hud- 
speth, John and Bob McGuire, Joseph Lawrence, R. S. 
Jacobs, Jack Sturnbeaugh, John Wetzel, Sam Appleby, J. 
T. Hembree, S. E. Shaw, Silas Seybert, Judge Travis, Rev. 
Murphy, E. E. White, Thos. Dale, Chas. Montgomery, Sr., 
J. M. Clabough, Silas Hobbs, John T. Crisp, Dr. H. Mulkey, 
Rev. N. Fisk, Dr. S. Bender, J. M. Tarrant, Pierce Aspbell, 
H. P. McPeak, J. Lindley, M. Craft, L. L. Cariock, H. Edge, 
J. D. and W. F. Ragsdale, Isiah, J. C. and T. C. Kirby, 
Daniel McGee, B. Logan, Rev. J. D. Montgomery, Rev. 
Garrett, L. H. Hembree, Mart Rector, F. M. Compton, 
Henry, Doc. and J. C. Pemberton, Rufus and W. A. Mc- 
Masters, J. G. Berry, W. G. Dodson, J. B. Clark, Alex. 
Patterson, Jesse Potter, Bennett Pyland, B. Maxwell, Rev. 
Chas. Cox, Peter Gearheart, J. M. Finley, W. N. King, 
Burkett Jones, Reuben Cantrell, W. B. Landers, Wash 
Cotner, Alex. Douglas, Dr. S. Bowles, W. K. Latham, M. 
Allison, J. P. Griggs, Dan Bailey, J. M. Stummons, Sol. 
Wilson, Jas. Wheeler, James Hoover, AV. Y. West, John 
Stockton, J. McClam, Jordan Grant, L. T. Dunaway, Thos. 
Stockhill, Col. J. M. Smith, W. and R. Cheek, F. Delosier, 
Bad Scott, Capt. Pedro, J. H. Stanley, Ed. Hayward, J. 
C. Woody, J. W. Frieze, A. and W. W. Divine, E. S. Rook, 
A. Morgan and Samuel M. Wheeler. 

The only one Iving of the entire list is the last name 
mentioned and he is nearing the century mark in years. 
Many of my acquaintances at that time who were then 
young men are still living in Dade county at this date, 
1917. One young man at that time of my acquaintance, I 
will mention viz: Thomas McConnell, a neighbor of mine 


who died just after the close of the Civil War, June 14, 
1864, when Kinch West's guerrillas burned Melville. 
When leaving the town, they passed by his house (he in 
bed sick). They carried him out into the yard with his 
wife and two children, then set fire to his house burning 
it to the ground with contents. The neighbors joined in 
and built him a little house upon the premises where he 
remained until his death. His family consisted of wife 
and two little boys. T. A. McConnell, late sheriff of Dade 
county and J. B. McConnell now occupying the home. His 
widow, N. C. McConnell, later on remarried to Eldridge 
Miller. To this union were born C. I. and Clarence Miller. 
Mr. Miller died and she was again left a widow and as 
such died after having lived a long and useful life, and 
was highly respected by all who knew her. 



Seymour Hoyt. 

After a dreary ride over the rocks which lay between 
this town and Bolivar I landed in Greenfield, April 8, 1867. 
The "Greenfield House," located on the southwest corner 
of Main and Garrett Streets, where the neat little cottage 
occupied by Postmaster Bowles, stands, was the only hotel 
in the town, and my first stopping place in Dade county. 
The building was a two-story frame, two rooms long facing 
Main Street. The upper story was reached by an outside 
stairway leading up from the porch which extended along 
the front of the building. The hotel was conducted by 
John W. Murphy and wife. Across Main Street was the 
two-story frame residence of the Rev. W. R. Fulton, 
pastor of the Presbyterian church. D. W. Edwards now 
owns the residence and has added to and changed its ap- 
pearance materially. On the next block south and near 
the Public Square was, and is, the house owned by D. C. 
Easton, and now the residence of his daughters, Misses 
Ollie and Frank. Across the street was the residence of 


R. S. Jacobs; the broad porcb added by its present owner, 
J. E. Shaw, makes a decided change in its front. On the 
corner south, fronting the Square was Mr. Jacob's one 
story frame, where he had his general merchandise store, 
with John Bell, clerk. The building was about twenty by 
forty feet with a ware-room on the west about fifteen feet 
wide. West and near the center of the block was a one- 
room frame building- unoccupied. On the corner where 
the Bade county bank stands, was the one-story frame 
where John E. Garrett had a general store. On the lot 
occupied by Eastin's " Daylight Store" was a low two- 
story frame, two-rooms long, fronting the Square, with a 
one-story frame at the northwest corner. Nelson Mc- 
Dowell and Robert McBride, owners. In the lower south 
room Robert McBride and John W. McDowell had their 
stock of goods. Mr. McBride lived in the north lower 
room, and also had two rooms above with the one story 
frame for a kitchen. Tn the third room of the second 
story Judge McDowell had his Real Estate Office. South 
of this building was a one-story frame, some thirty feet 
deep. It had not been occupied for some years, and the 
front had nearly disappeared, what was left had a distinct 
leaning to the south. Newton H. McClure bought the 
building straightened the frame and made it into a neat 
store from which he dispensed a stock of general mer- 
chandise. The C. E. Tarr brick now stands in its place 1 . 
South and on the corner fronting the square was a two- 
story brick, the south two-thirds owned by Win. K. Lathim 
and stocked as a general store. On one side in front was 
the post office, John J. Lathim, post master. Its furniture 
consisted of perhape a dozen boxes for letters, as many, 
only larger for papers, a cancelling stamp, pens and a 
bottle of ink. When the tri-weekly mail came in from 
Bolivar, we were all scooted into the street, while the 
mail was being distributed. I think it was in the latter 
part of the year, that the west end of that part of the build- 
ing from the roof to the second floor dropped out and was 
not repaired until bought by Jesse W. McBride and re- 
arranged for a drug store on the first floor and a residence 


above. The north one-third was owned by Dr. Samuel B. 
Bowles and on the ground floor, he dispensed drugs. The 
entire second floor was vacant. On the south side of the 
square on the corner where Mr. Snead had his drug store 
was a little one-story frame, some fifteen by twenty feet, 
where Dr. Samuel Bender had his office. On the lot where 
Harrison Bros, now sell furniture, there stood a one-story 
frame about fifteen by twenty-five occupied by J. S. and 
Wm. H. McBride, twin brothers, as a general store. Jesse 
W., a younger brother, was their clerk. On the corner 
where the people now go for their mail was a two-story 
brick with an attic. The building was about forty-five feet 
long, fronting the square, two rooms deep with a one-story 
ell at the southwest corner. A broad hall ran through the 
center of the main building. The east lower front room 
was used by all the courts, Circuit, County and Probate 
and was also the office of Nelson B. McDonnell, county 
clerk. The rear room was the office of Arch M. Long, 
clerk of the Circuit Court, and ex-officio Recorder of Deeds. 
The west lower part of the building was occupied by R. B. 
(Uncle Dick) Cook and family, also the east rooms on the 
second floor. The west front room, second floor, was 
Shafer and Merrills' Law office, and the rear room, the 
Vedette office, John W. Murphy, owner and editor. Mason 
Talbutt and John P. Griggs compositors. The attic was 
used by the McBride Bros, as a store-room. East across 
the street was a low-story frame, some thirty feet long, 
fronting west. The lower story just being fitted up by 
Lewis M. Murphy for a tin and stove shop. The upper 
story was vacant. North, across the street, on the site of 
Grether's Hardware Store, Watson had kept up a small 
one-story frame, where he sold whisky. His license ex- 
pired July 4th and was not renewed. About where the 
"Bijou" stands was an old frame of one-story, with a 
side room on the south which Jesse Cartwrite used as a 
stable. The main room was not occupied. Xext north, in 
the center of the block stood the fourteen by fourteen foot 
law office of W. C. McDowell. Next, a one-story frame 
where John Harrison made and sold harness and saddles. 


Next and on the corner, a frame house of four or five 
rooms, the residence of Jno. II. Howard and family. 
Across the street, on the corner now occupied by the B. 
S. Jacobs Bank building, there was a one-story frame about 
sixteen by forty feet filled with a stock of general mer- 
chandise owned by John H. Howard and Company. There 
was a shed room on the north where Temple E. Bell had a 
harness and saddle shop. The square was a picture of 
desolation. In the center a pile of broken brick and 
plaster, what was left of the courthouse, burned during the 
war, and around it stood a lot of apparently dead locust 
trees, used as hitching posts, the ground tramped and cut 
up between. Not a vistage of grass or fence to be seen. 

On the northeast corner of Main and Garrett streets 
was the Presbyterian church of brick, since torn down and 
replaced by the present structure. A short distance north 
was the residence of Dr. Bowles, since remodeled by J. L. 
Wetzel, its present owner. On the west side of the street 
and a half mile north of the square was the house owned 
by Matthias H. Allison, then, the residence of Columbus 
Talbutt and family. It was in this house, the first session 
of the Circuit Court was held, after Greenfield had been 
located and established as the county seat of Dade county. 
The first building south of the square on Main street 
(after the frame at the southeast corner, before described) 
was the home of Win. H. Brasington, the first furniture 
dealer in the town after the war. This house was a part 
log and part frame, since remodeled an^ now owned by 
Silas Montgomery. Across the street south was the resi- 
dence of Wrn. Griggs, father of J. L. Griggs, now owned 
by C. W. Montgomery, Judge of Probate. Opposite, on the 
west side of the street was a one-story frame occupied by 
Robt. L. Butterworth and family. On the southeast corner 
of the block where Jos. Rubenstein has built his residence 
stood a one-story frame occupied by Temple E. Bell and 
his sisters, Annie and Nannie. South of Win. Grigg's resi- 
dence on the east side of the street was a story and a half 
log house, afterward remodeled and now owned by G. L. 
Carr. South and on the west side of the street is the 


John F. Johnson place, then owned by Nelson McDowell. 
The east end was of log with oak siding, on the west a 
one-story frame has been added with a two-room ell on the 
south. Judge McDowell afterwards added a story to the 
first two rooms and the building still stands there, but so 
changed by alterations and additions that it bears no 
resemblance to the original structure. Although nearly 
fifty years, have passed, my mind's eye can see, so clearly, 
those two rooms, for it was there I courted and married 
the brown eyed girl, who now sleeps so peacefully in 
(iivoiifield's beautiful little cemetery. 

East of the Silas Montgomery corner, on the brow of 
the hill where P. L. Montgomery now lives, was the log 
house of his father, J. M. Montgomery. Down the hill 
northeast on the east side of the alley was a two room 
log house and on the west side another log, but unoccupied. 
About the rear end of Jas. Tiubenstein's brick at the south- 
west corner of the square, there was a small one-story 
frame, unoccupied. On the southeast corner of the block, 
R. B. Cook, had his blacksmith shop, with Joseph H. 
Kimber, his partner. On the opposite side of the street in 
the rear of the now opera block, there was a two-room log 
house fronting the street where Win. Griggs had a wagon 
repair shop, and south on the corner, was Henry Grigg's 
blacksmith shop. About where the water tower stands, 
there was a frame building with a loft used by Mr. Kimber 
as a stable. South across the alley from R. B. Cook's Shop, 
Arch M. Long lived with his family. About the spot 
where Howard Wetzel's cottage stands was a three or 
four room house occupied by Mr. Kimber and family, with 
whom I boarded several months after arriving in Green- 
field. At the west end of South or Water Street on the 
site of the present M. F]. Parsonage was a one-room log 
house with a "lean to" of frame, unoccupied. Near the 
north end of the depot grounds and close to the present 
track was W. G. McDowell's residence with a broad lawn 
on the north and east shaded by a natural growth of oaks. 
On west College street where County Clerk Webb's resi- 
dence stands, a three-room cottage was being repaired and 




later, occupied by Francis Clark and family. West of 
the place now occupied by Mrs. W. K. Pyle, W. H. Mc- 
Bride lived with his family and across the street in a one- 
story frame was the two brother, Jas. S., his wife and 
daughter. D. B. Bailey lived in a small frame on the lot 
where he built the present two-story brick. Farther west 
near the electric light plant, was the house where the 
owner, Benjamin Ragsdale, Sheriff, lived. On the north 
side of this street, east of the square and two-thirds of the 
way down the hill was a two-room log house unoccupied. 
Mrs. Sarah M. McCluer with her children, Kate and H. II., 
lived in a one-story frame on the lot where the brick now 
stands and occupied by the owner, Uel Murphy. Opposite 
on the corner of the alley where J. E. Shaw erected his 
garage, R. S. Jacobs had a small frame stable. At the 
then north end of the street, on the lot where Dr. Weir 
lives, was the two-story and ell frame of W. K. Lathini 
and family. On Garrett street that Reverend had just 
finished a two-story frame, since added to and now the 
residence of Jno. E. Scroggs. Northwest of this and nearly 
opposite the present residence of Judge Talbutt, stood a 
one-story building of four or five rooms, owned and oc- 
cupied by Dr. Samuel Bender, wife and daughter. Coming 
back to east Garrett street and on the south side was the 
log house of John Harrison, since remodeled and changed 
out of all resemblance to its old self. A one story frame 
stood on the lot where Amos Helphenstine built the pres- 
ent two-story brick. In the school lot east, was the two- 
story brick, facing west, and called "in ye olden time." 
The Masonic Academy occupied the lower floor as a school 
room and the upper by Washington Lodge No. 87, A. F. & 
A. M. owner of the building. Opposite on the south side of 
the street there was a small frame where Prof. W. R. Ben- 
nington lived with his family. 

In this sketch I have to the best of my recollection 
named every residence, business, church and school build- 
ing as they stood in April, 1867. Several were outside the 
town corporations, but are now within the corporate lim- 
its. Saturdav has alwavs been a bus}- day in Greenfield, 


and on that day every tree in the court yard would have 
one, sometimes three or four animals hitched to it. What 
struck me forcibly was the absence of vehicles. Each 
visitor came in on a horse or mule. The young people of 
that day may vizualize the town as it was then while those 
of the present cannot, with the most vivid imagination, 
see those detached buildings with the waste places be- 
tween. There were no graded streets, no walks of any 
kind, only here and there a few boards or "platforms" in 
front of the store buildings. There was a great sufficiency 
of loose rocks in the streets from the size of a basket ball 
down. The only street work of that year consisted in 
picking ii]) the larger ones and dumping them into gullies 
on the side of the hill east of the square. Nearly all the 
citizens liable for poll tax worked it out that year. As 
before related the Circuit Court sessions were held in the 
east room of the brick, since rebuilt and called k< The Del- 
inonico." Imagine, if you can, the scene in that room 
when an important case was up for trial. There was the 
judge, John C. Price, with his six feet of brawn, often with 
a stubble of gray on his face of three or four days' growth, 
a home made corn-cob pipe in his mouth, the clerk at his 
side at a table about large enough to hold a minute book 
and ink bottle; on the west side a jury of twelve men, 
some smoking, the Circuit Attorney, Joseph Estes, Benj. 
Ragsdale, Sheriff and his deputy, Decatur (Dick) Under- 
wood, the lawyers on both sides, perhaps a half dozen at 
a table some larger than the clerk's, a chair for witnesses 
and as many spectators as could crowd in, standing 
around. All this and these in that room not larger than 
eighteen by twenty feet. Can you imagine it ? Strict 
order prevailed, however, no matter how crowded. Be- 
sides the officers named above, the County Court consisted 
of K. (I. Travis, Presiding Justice; J. L. TTembree and 
Sam 'I. A. llarsbarger, Associates; Benj. Appleby, Judge of 
Probate; \Vm. I,. Scroggs, Public Administrator. My 
memory Tails as to the treasurer, surveyor and coroner. I 
think I have named the head of every family living in 
the town when I arrived, with one notable exception. Dr. 


Wm. H. Jopes. Quite likely he lived in the house, which 
stood on the site now covered by the M. E. parsonage. The 
population of the town did not exceed two hundred. Some 
of these had their peculiarities, and striking ones. Dr. 
Bender was a very eccentric person. Pages could be filled 
with an account of his peculiar ideas. One is sufficient 
here and is inserted by request of Mr. States. The Doctor 
was partial to the perfume of the polecat and would ex- 
tract it from the animals' gland and bottle it. He was 
bitterly opposed to the use of tobacco and should a man 
enter his office smoking he would immediately uncork the 
polecat bottle and sprinkle the contents over the floor, 
saying "You like your stink, I like mine." "Nuff Sed." 
October, 1916. 


Personal and Reminiscent. 

Born in Kentucky on the 21st day of January, 1826 
near the Cumberland River. The farm home was in Ken- 
tucky, while the barn and other farm buildings were in 
Tennessee. His father's name was Daniel Wentworth 
Scott. Elizabeth Flinn-Scott was the mother. The sub- 
ject of this sketch was the second child. In 1830 the fam- 
ily moved from Kentucky to Morgan County, Illinois and 
remained there until 1837 when he moved with his family 
to Dade County when Uncle Bud was about twelve years 
old. He settled in the western district of Pennsylvania 
Prairie near where Pennsborro now stands. The son still 
owns a part of that old home. The Snadens came to this 
district about two weeks after the Scotts arrived. Lewis 
Spain was already here at that time and had a home in the 
same district. There were but few families in this portion 
of Dade County at this time. The newcomers in those 
early days were from Kentucky, Virginia and North Caro- 
lina. The Scotts came to this country in a wagon drawn 
by oxen. It took them nearly five weeks to make the jour- 
ney from Illinois. Horses were then scarce. Oxen were 


used almost exclusively. The man who owned a span of 
good horses was considered a rich man. There was not a 
buggy in the entire country. The nearest mill in those 
days was at Orleans over in Polk county. When they had 
corn to grind it was taken to a little mill on Turnback 
which was owned by Tom Beardon. In those days the 
citizens depended upon Sarcoxie for their mail. One of 
their number would go about once a month after the mail 
for the neighborhood and to mail his neighbors letters. 
Some of the mail was gotten at Springfield. At the time 
the Scotts came to Dade County there was not a home from 
Orleans to Turnback, the Frye ford. 

In those days the Indians were numerous. In the 
upper Limestone district there were at least five 1 hundred 
Indians camped the most of the time and they were at 
most all times friendly with the new settlers. At one 
time t'ncle Bud and Kufus Hudspeth heard that the In- 
dians were fond of dogs and having a good supply of their 
own they determined to do a little trading with the In- 
dians. One night these two, then youngsters, went over to 
the Indian cam]) where there were many hundred of the 
red skins and bantered them for a trade. They failed to 
do any trading, the Indians saying they had dogs enough. 
There was a real Indian trail from the Cherokee Nation 
to the northern country. They would go north in the 
spring and in the late fall return with loads of fur and 
buffalo hides which they would sell to the settlers. This 
they kept up until the beginning of the Civil 'War. 

The father of Hide Bud died in July, ISfJO, the 
mother died in lSf)(5, August IHth, during an epidemic of 
flux which sent terror to many a home at that time. They 
were buried in the cemetery near Pennsboro. The first 
one buried in that cemetery was Mathias Speer, an old 
bachelor who died about 1*40. lie was a lover of sports 
and took great delight in horse racing. There were several 
milt- tracks in those days and when Mr. Speer died he re- 
quested that he be buried as near a race track as possible. 
David Hudspeth who owned the land between the Scott 
home and where Pennsboro now stands, permitted the 


body of Mr. Speer to be buried near the race track that 
passed through it and that was the beginning of the 
Pennsboro cemetery. 

On the fifteenth day of October, 1848 Mr. Scott and 
Miss Mary Ann Springer were married in the little old 
cabin that stands just north of Pennsboro. Soon after mar- 
riage he made the trip to California just after the famous 
forty-nine enactments. Made the trip in a schooner which 
was drawn by oxen. They were four months and ten days 
making the trip from Greenfield to Sacramento. When 
they arrived there the most of their provisions were gone 
and a part of their stock was dead. They had to sell what 
remained of their stock in order to get things to eat. They 
remained in California a little over a year and then pro- 
ceeded to return home via the Isthmus of Panama. When 
they got to a point in the Mississippi River their boat col- 
lided with another boat and it was some days before he 
was able to buy a horse in order to make his way home. 
He was reasonably successful in his Californa trip. "When 
he got home with his horse and his little budget, he went 
to his farm duties and when the war came, thieves came 
also, and took his horse. He was present at the Dildy Mill 
meeting in 1861, when the people met to declare on what 
side of the rebellion they were interested. 

Uncle Bud remained absolutely neutral. He says he 
never killed a man in his life and he never had any desire 
to take life in times of war as well as in times of peace. 
The most of the people were in sympathy with the Con- 
federates. He lost his first Presidential vote in being for 
Lewis Cass of Michigan. His second presidential vote 
was for Franklin Pierce in 1852. He has been a true 
Democrat all his life with the exception of casting his 
vote in 1864 for Lincoln. At that time he and the late 
Perry Farris were going across the country to Illinois. 
When they got to Quincy over in Hickory county, they 
were anxious to get a place to stay over night. They 
went to a home and asked for accommodation, the master 
of the home asked Uncle Bud who he would vote for and 
the reply came, "L T ncle Abe, of course." This gave him a 


passport to all the good things in that home and in almost 
all that community as it was pretty well filled with Fed- 

The old Antioch Church was organized in 1844 and in 
later years Uncle Bud became a member. It was a log 
structure with an old fashioned fire place on one side. 
This old church has a history. The Stampers, the Saters, 
the Willis' and the Gambles, the Mallorys and the Funks. 
Harland Mulkey was one of the pioneer preachers and he 
is still remembered because of his sweet singing and he 
was a most excellent preacher. Allen Scott was another 
old minister, who still lives in the minds of the old 
timers and especially in the mind of Uncle Bud. 

The temporary capital of Dade County was near the 
Scott home. It was located near the big spring. He was 
present at the first circuit court that was ever held in 
Greenfield. The county seat was moved from Dacleville 
to Greenfield in 1841. 'This was in the year 1842 or 1843. 
Judge Yancey was then on the bench. Joe Allan was then 
the county and circuit clerk. The famous Asa G. Smith 
was then sheriff. He is the man who absconded with the 
funds of the county, being county tax collector as well as 
sheriff. He attended the first 4th of July celebration ever 
held in Greenfield and he attended the last one. The first 
one was in 1841. Is there another living man who can 
say this? He was present at the first dance ever held in 
Greenfield. It was at the home of William Latham, just 
before he had completed his new house. The house still 
stands. Uncle Bud says when a man once gets music in 
liis feet lie cannot keep still. The first jail in Greenfield 
was built of logs and it stood near the old spring. It was 
built high and there was a trap door near the roof. A 
prisoner was taken to the top of the roof and then he 
was compelled to descend a ladder into the jail. When 
he was once safely inside the sheriff would take the ladder 
out and close the trap door. In this jail the notorious Pete 
Douglas was confined, waiting his trial for the murder of 
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas, his master and mistress. This jail 
had three walls and it was impossible for a man in those 


days to get out unless aided by man or the law. Pete was 
found guilty and he was hanged about a mile south of 
Greenfield by Sheriff Hedspeth. He was driven to the 
place of hanging sitting on his coffin, and when the wagon 
arrived at the right place the rope was tied around his 
neck and the wagon was removed leaving the body dang- 
ling in the air. 

Mr. Scott is the only one living that was living in the 
Pennsboro district at the time he came there. He and 
Mrs. Scott lived happily together sixty-four years, seven 
months, and six days. This is by far the longest period of 
wedded life that has ever b?en alloted to any Dade county 
couple and it is doubtful whether or not there is another 
instance covering as many years in the history of the 
southwest. They courted three years and still courted 
sixty-four years afterwards. It touches his heart every 
time these days are mentioned to him. The memory of 
his wife is still very sweet to him and he loves to speak 
of her many splendid sterling qualities. She was a most 
excellent woman and her going is still lamented by the 
scores of friends who remember her as a true woman and 
a true companion to her husband and her home. There 
were eight children born to this home. Two died in in- 
fancy. The rest are living in or near the old vicinity. 
Tom who lives in Kansas City, is the only child away 
from home. Mr. Scott was a director in the Honey Creek 
School for thirty years and he at one time was township 
collector of Smith township. George Carmon brought the 
first reaper to the Pennsboro district some years before the 
war. Uncle Bu$ says it was a wonder. He saw the first 
railway train at Tipton in the latter fifties. He is well 
acquainted with the flint in making morning fire and many 
times he was sent by his parents to a neighbor to borrow 
fire. He is of Scotch-Irish descent. The old homestead 
was entered by the father and he and Uncle Bud have 
owned it ever since. Xo trouble to get abstract. While 
justice of the peace he was present at the marriage of one 
couple, Thomas Stovall and Martha Jane Douglas. The 
young" couple rode up to Mr. Scott's front gate and told 


the errand. Mr. Scott climbed on top of the fence and 
pronounced them husband and wife while they were seated 
on their horses. He has perhaps been on more juries than 
any other man in Dade county. He could not serve on a 
murder jury because of the fact he does not believe in 
capital punishment. 

He is making his home with his daughter, Mrs. 
Thomas Poindexter over in the Antioch district, his young- 
est daughter. The elder daughter, Mrs. Lucy (Scott) 
Sater lives at Miller. Dennis, is the youngest son and 
he lives at Pennsboro. Thomas lives in Kansas City, Mrs. 
Amanda Speer is a stister. There are twenty-three grand- 
children and twenty-five great grand-children. In 1839 
there was a school house built of round logs in twenty feet 
of the present home of Dick Daigh. The neighbors as- 
sembled and in less than a day the house was built and 
daubbed inside and out. There was no such thing as a 
nail in those days. He attended school in that building. 
The Moores, the Penns and the Pritchards, the Allisons, 
the Myrics, the Finleys and the Snadons also attended 
this school. They went to school early in the morning 
and stayed until late in the evening being in study for at 
least ten hours. His first church was Antioch. Hiram 
Sampsel and his wife, John Adams and C. C. Coble were 
among the charter members. The first lights were made 
by obtaining a flat rock with a hole in it and then fill the 
hole with grease and place a string wick in it, the fore- 
runner of the tallow dip and the common candle. These 
lamps were extensively used in the early primitive days. 

The first lumber was sawed by a whip saw. His father 
and Thomas McBride sawed the first lumber in Dade 
county. Some of the first plank ever sawed in the county 
are still in existance on the Scott homestead in Pennsboro. 
The scales in those days were rudely made and rocks were 
used as weights. In those days about all that was needed 
was to plant, the crop would sure follow without much 
cultivation. The soil was new and rich and crops never 
failed. The hospitality of those days was never equalled. 
He delights to talk about the generosity and the faithful- 
ness of the people of that early day. 

.). \\. CARMACK. 


The Poindexter home is one of the best country homes 
in the Pilgrim-Antioch district. Mr. Scott is tenderly 
cared for by his daughter and her family and here is 
where he will no doubt spend his last hours. He has been 
ill for some months, the result of old age. He has been a 
reader of the St. Louis Republic since 1848. He was mar- 
ried in a brown green coat with the elbow out. 


The coal belt of Dade County is located in the north- 
western portion and consists of a large, uneven tract or 
territory underlaid with a vein of bituminous coal, of ex- 
cellent quality from five to fifty feet beneath the surface. 
It was discovered by accident. About the year 1850, 
Robert Courtney, an early settler in the Sons Creek neigh- 
borhood was hunting wolves in the prairie near where 
Sylvania now stands. After an unusually long tramp he 
sat down on the ground to rest and in examining a craw 
fish hole noticed that the out-put was filled witli fine cut- 
tings of coal. The next day he returned with tools and 
uncovered a wagon load which he hauled to Springfield 
and sold for $1.00 per bushel. It was then used exclusively 
for blacksmithing. This load of coal was taken from 
section 17-32-28. 

Since that time coal has been mined extensively for 
local use, mostly by stripping and in some cases by slope 
or drift. In 1854 when the Homestead Company was 
formed in Allegheny City, Pa., headed by John Dyer, Sr., 
for president; Hugh McCluey, Alexander Pitcairn and 
John P. Flemming as agents of the company came to Dade 
county and placed land warrants on several thousand 
acres of land in the vicinity of Sylvania. The promoters 
intended to build a manufacturing city at Sylvania to be 
supported by a surrounding population of farmers. The 
civil war blasted the enterprise and the ideal city was 
never built. 

Robert McCluey is a son of Hugh McCluey, one of the 
original Homesteaders, and has been identified with the 
coal industry of the country from the beginning. 



Personal and Reminiscent. 

Samuel J. Weir, Jr., was born in Cooper County, Mis- 
souri, on December 27, 1830, some eighteen miles south of 
Booneville. Booneville was then a prosperous little vil- 
lage town. The father, Samuel Weir, Sr., went to Cooper 
County from Tennessee in 1818. He was a young man and 
had lately married Miss Polly B. Stevens, of Kentucky. 
The elder Weir established a home in Cooper County and 
lived there until the spring of 1840, when he moved to Dade 
County and established the Weir homestead near the north- 
east limits of the city of Greenfield. While a citizen of 
Cooper County, Father Weir first began the ministry, but 
did not enter the profession to any great extent until he 
became a citizen of Dade County. It is said that Father 
Weir married the first couple ever married in Dade County. 
He at once entered a large tract of land, and most of it is 
still very fine in productiveness, and it is now furnishing 
homes for many of their descendents. He was a hard- 
working man and a splendid financier, very successful in 
everything he undertook. He 1 built the old log church on 
the Weir Camp Ground about 1842. Alexander Long was 
one of the elders of that congregation. Father Lon<? was 
the father of the late Arch M. Long, who is still re- 
membered by all the older citizenship. Rev. Jeff Montgom- 
ery was one of the ministers of this church. He came here 
in the early forties. Rev. Mr. Smith and Rev. Mr. Johnson 
were ministers of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at 
that time. Joseph Davidson, the great-grandfather of 
.raincs Davidson, did some preaching for the Methodist. 
Rev. Pensor, a teacher as well as minister, was the first 
Presbyterian minister. The latter forties, Rev. Mulkey 
came to this section and ministered for those of the Chris- 
tian church faith. 

The old log church on the Weir Camp Grounds was 
open to all faiths, including the Baptist, who were led by 
Messrs. Buckley and Buckner, two splendid pioneer min- 
isters, whose work shows to this day. The old log church 


remained on that camp ground until about 1861, when it 
was torn down and moved to the Jonathan Weir farm, 
where it was used for school and church gatherings. While 
the old building stood on the camp ground it was used for 
a schoolhouse, and here is where Helm Wetzel, Pies Mont- 
gomery, Arch M. Long and his brother, the Allisons, the 
Hoyles and the Weirs attended school. Tom Rankin was 
one of the early teachers in that school. He was after- 
ward made County Superintendent of Schools, the first 
one Dade County ever had. Rev. Rankin and Rev. Samuel 
Mitchell, and Luther Mitchell, all prominent in the early 
church work in the ministry, went to this school in their 
young days. In the year 1840 there was standing a log 
cabin, where the business house of Ed Shaw now stands, 
and this cabin was used for school purposes, a subscrip- 
tion school. Uncle Sam went to that school along with the 
McDowells, the Allisons, the Lacks, Aunt Matilda, the 
Latham girls, all attended this school. Aunt Matilda caused 
the entire class to hustle in order to keep up with her in the 
spelling class, as well as in the other branches of study. 
She is still living and is dearly loved by a host of people. 
There were eight children born to the Father Weir 
home. They were all born in Cooper County. The family 
was brought to Dade County in ox wagons, with one little 
horse cart drawn by a horse, in which the mother rode 
the entire journey. They were nearly a week on the way. 
They grazed their cattle along the way. He had a good 
lot of cattle that he brought with him, some sheep and 
horses. When^they arrived at the place where Greenfield 
now stands there was not a house there. The Allison house 
was standing in the northern portion of what is now the 
town. Father Weir, Nelson McDowell, a Mr. Anderson 
and John M. Rankin, the man who laid out the city of 
Greenfield, composed a committee to look for the county 
seat site. After much investigation, they determined that 
the site where Greenfield stands was the most feasible and, 
therefore, recommended that the county seat be located 
there. The old town spring was then a gusher and it at- 
tracted the attention of all the people, and was one great 


cause of the committee selecting this as a county seat site. 
Rank in was also the county surveyor. 

There were but few homes in the country then, the 
Lacks, the McMillans, the Wetzels, the Longs, the Landers, 
the Allisons lived in the country. They were all newcomers 
and the country was new to each of them. The McMillans 
came in 1838 and the Scotts over on the Pennsylvania Prai- 
rie came in 1837. The Wetzels came about the year 1837. 
The nearest mill was then at Hulston. It was then called 
Campbell's Mill. During a dry season they were compelled 
to go to Bower's mill over on Spring River. The mail in 
those days came from Bolivar, and the nearest store was at 
Springfield and Bolivar. Jones and Wilson erected the first 
store building where the Dade County Bank now stands, 
about 1842. This was the first store in Greenfield. William 
K. Latham, who became postmaster, the first one, was at 
last given charge of this store. The first mail after Green- 
field had a postoffice was brought from Bolivar once a 
week. The first courthouse was on the ground where the 
Grether store now stands. It was a frame structure. After- 
wards a brick was built, which was destroyed during the 
war. The father and mother are buried in the Weir Cem- 
eteiy. The father died in 1S48; the mother died in 1884. 
Transfer of land was made from father to son only once. 

Judge Yancy was the first judge; he was a Springfield 
citizen, and among the first attorneys, Little Berry Ilen- 
d ricks, John C. Price, Robert Crawford, a man by the 
name of Payne Otter, and one by the name of Finch. The 
early doctors were Tuttle and Chinneyworth. 

lie was present at the hanging of Pete Douglas. On 
the day of execution Pete v/as attired in white garments 
and driven to the place of execution. Uncle Samuel was 
there and witnessed it. He says it was the most revolting 
scene in his whole life. Rev. Mr. Gould made the prayer 
just before the execution. 

The old wooden wheel clock furnished the time for 
the most favored, while those not so well favored depended 
upon the sun. They carded, spun and wove the cloth that 
made their garments. Hemp still comes in the Weir or- 


chard, where the seed was sown nearly seventy-five years 
ago. The hemp was used to make ropes. The old saddle 
hags Father Weir used are still in possession of Uncle 
Sam. In IS 53 William Wilson moved with his family from 
Tennessee to the Limestone country, and remained there 
one year and then sold out and went to Greene County. 
At this home is where Sam first met his wife, Mattie Wilson. 
After their going to Greene County Uncle Sam went too, 
every once in a while, until he returned with Miss Wilson 
as Mrs. Weir. This marriage occurred nearly sixty years 
ago, in 1858. 

The first one huried in the Weir cemetery was John 
Davidson, an old bachelor, who was huried there before the 
year 1840. Father Weir planted an orchard when he first 
came here, and some of the old trees are still standing. 
They made their horse collars out of corn husks, and the 
names were made of wood. The shoes were home-made and 
all the garments they wore were home-made. 

Father Weir had five slaves and when he died he left 
them to his widow. He was a Jackson Democrat. He was 
a self-made man and never quailed at any responsibility 
that met him. lie possessed a good library in those early 
days, one of the best in the history of Dade County. 

The flies were so bad in this country at that time that 
the horses had to be kept covered during the summer and 
fall months. The old log house, now weather-boarded, the 
one Father Weir built in 1840, is still standing, and here 
is where Uncle Sam still lives. The family lives surround- 
ing the old homestead, except Don and Frank; Frank in 
Wichita and Don in Lamar, Colorado. 


In the year 1838 James Wheeler, the Grandfather of 
"Jim" Wheeler, was the first Wheeler to come to Dade 
County. Samuel Wheeler, Sr., father of Samuel Wheeler 
of Polk Township, went to Illinois from Tennessee in 1836, 
and came to Dade County in 1841. He put up a cabin in 


Polk Township, east of the river, and entered a large tract 
of Ir, nd between where the city of Everton now stands and 
Dado vi lie. Samuel Wheeler and his brother, Francis 
Marion Wheeler of Everton, are the only living repre- 
sentatives of this pioneer. Samuel was only 17 years old 
when his father came to Missouri. He was born in 1824 and 
now resides on the place where he has lived since 1866. 
He recalls the fact of the Kirby family being here when 
they came, and the Tarrant family coming a year or so 
afterward. John Tarrant was particularly an interesting 
pioneer, being one of the early assessors and tax collectors 
of the county. It was the practice in those early days to 
make the assessment and the collection at the same time, and 
then to carry the revenue in gold or currency, horseback, 
to Jefferson City. In 1841 the nearest postoffice was Spring- 
field, where his father, Samuel Wheeler, and his uncle, 
James Wheeler, did most of their trading. The first 
schools in the county were subscription schools and located 
at Pennsylvania Prairie. In 1842 Samuel Wheeler, Sr., 
started a subscription school on the old Wheeler homestead, 
and taught the same two years. Afterward he taught school 
at several different places. The first church was a Baptist 
church, located northeast of Dadeville, and was destroyed 
during the war. It was called Mt. Pisgah. One of the 
early churches of the county was the Sinking Creek church. 
Four different buildings have been erected on this site. 
Rev. Thomas Kelley was one of the early preachers and 
married most of the early settlers. He died many years 
a.u-o. In the early forties there was a traveling preacher 
in these parts, but his name and denomination has escaped 
the memory of the oldest settler. 

In those early days gourds were used universally as 
drinking cups, salt and soap vessels and other purposes 
where metal is now employed. The school houses were 
built of logs, having but one door, and a "chink" removed 
for a window. The desks were planks put on pegs driven 
in the walls and held in place by notches in the ends of the 
pegs. The seats were split saplings, and the floors made 
of puncheons. Xo particular course of study was followed, 


each scholar choosing his own studies and bringing the 
books he fancied most. 

In clearing out the land the old "bull-tongue" plow 
was used and oxen the only teams. Horses were used only 
to ride. Mr. Wheeler recalls going to church in a large 
ox wagon. Each young fellow would get his best girl and 
pile into the Wheeler wagon with chairs. This wagon was 
drawn by two yoke of oxen, and since the traveling was 
slow it furnished a splendid opportunity to "spark," both 
going and coming. 

Corn was ground largely by hand until the advent of 
mills. The usual method was grating the soft corn on a 
tin punched full of holes. The first mill on the Hulston 
site was known as the Pemberton mill. This was erected 
in 1840. Henry Pemberton was the miller, and ground 
wheat and corn. The bolting was done by hand. The 
threshing was done by tramping with horses. A hard piece 
of ground would be cleared off, the wheat piled on and the 
horses ridden in a circle. In the harvest, hand sickles were 
used, and a good hand could cut and bind one acre per 
day. One dollar per day was counted big wages for a 
harvest hand, many working for less. Rails were cut and 
split of a uniform length of ten feet, all the timber being- 
small. Very little saw timber was to be found any place. 
The present growth of black oak were mere saplings in 
those days. Guy Clopton was among the very early set- 
tlers, coming in 1882. Also John Crisp's father and Ingalls 
came at about the same time. Guy Clopton set out the first 
orchard in Dadc County, and tradition says that at one time 
the largest peach tree in the United States grew on the 
ground where Joseph Rubenstein's house now stands in 

The largest apple tree in the state of Missouri was 
located on the old James Wheeler farm. It was 9 feet 10 
inches in circumference, 7 feet from the ground. 

Wild game, deer and turkey, were very plentiful in 
3842. There were no bear here then, no Indians, and fish- 
ing was good. Uncle Samuel Wheeler freighted from Kan- 


sas City to New Mexico, using six yoke of oxen, and greased 
his wagon with tar from old Tennessee. 

Doctors being scarce in those days, medicine was 
largely of home manufacture. A favorite pill was made 
from white walnut bark, which when peeled upward, acted 
as an emetic, and if peeled downward was used as a physic. 
Among the early doctors to practice in Dade County, Dr. 
Perkins and Dr. Bender were about the first. Midwifery, 
which today is almost a lost art, was practiced extensively 
then. Xancy Julian and (Irandma Wheeler traveled many 
miles on horseback and stayed for weeks at a time with 
patients on these errands. Large families and few deaths 
were tbe rule. 

Samuel Wheeler says that in 1842 money was very 
scarce, there being no gold and only a little silver. Cows 
sold for $.1.00 each; hogs were very cheap, and $40 would 
buy a fine horse. Corn sold at 10 cents per bushel, and 
whiskey, either corn or rye, could be had for 25 cents per 
gallon, and there was very little drunkenness. 

Samuel "Wheeler was born November 20th, 1824, son 
of Samuel and Margaret (Cowan) Wheeler. He had three 
brothers and six sisters, all of whom are dead execpt his 
brothci-, Francis M., living at Everton. Tie was married 
in 1859 to Mary Driskell, a native of Michigan, who was 
born August 16th, 1840. They have three children, two 
boys and one girl : 

(1) David, born September 21st, 1860; lives in Colo- 

(2) Margaret, born in 1864, now the wife of William 
Landers of Dadeville. 

(.')) Lewis, born in 1873, married Annie Hurst, daugh- 
ter of Joe and Belle Hurst. Her father is dead, mother a 
widow and lives in Everton. They have four children: 

(1) Emil I)., married Eva Drummond, a native of 
Dade County. 

(2) Kolen Joe. 

(3) Evert. 

(4) Mary Belle. 


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Lewis is farming in Polk Township. Farm consists of 
120 acres. Pie lives in a frame house built by his father in 

Samuel Wheeler is a Republican, a member of the 
Baptist church, served in the Home Guards during the war. 
In 1851 he was engaged in freighting from Kansas City 
westward, and in 1852 he and his brother Marion went to 
the gold fields of California. They arrived in 1853 and 
left in 1857. He returned to Dade County via the Isthmus 
of Panama, bringing $1,500 in glittering gold with him, 
with which he purchased a home in Dade County. 

Sa'nuel Wheeler is still hale and hearty for a man of 
his years, and delights to talk of the old days in the county 
when their voting precinct was located on Sinking Creek, 
a distance of 12 miles, and when the voting was done vice 
I'oce, from president down, each man yelling the name of 
his candidate, which a clerk recorded. All buildings were 
put up out of logs, and without nails. In making a roof 
they used a log for what they called an eave-pole, and upon 
this was put a log called a butting pole. Against this pole 
the roof boards were ended and the process followed till 
the roof was complete. All cooking was done on the fire- 
places, and pot-hooks were in common use. The crane was 
considered a wonderful invention. Horses, mules, hogs and 
cattle were driven to St. Louis and other distant places to 
market. Salt was brought from Sedalia. For many years 
Springfield was their nearest postoffice, and later, Green- 

Chapter 4 


Public Sentiment. The groat majority of the people 
of Dado County have always boon loyal to the Government 
of the United States, notwithstanding the fact that many 
of them were' reared under the influences of the institution 
of slavery. During the Mexican War the county furnished 
a company of soldiers under command of Capt. J. J. Clark- 
son that did excellent service. 

When the late Civil War began, in 1861, the pooplo of 
the northern half of the county were generally loyal to the 
Union, while many in the southern half were in full sym- 
pathy with secession and in favor of the Southern Con- 
federacy; but, upon the whole, a great majority of the 
citizens of the county were loyal to the United States. Some 
of the recent immigrants from the Eastern states especial- 
ly Illinois moved back, and there enlisted in the Union 
Army. Soon after the war began, John T. Coffee and other 
Southern sympathizers enlisted a number of men in Dade 
County, but, owing to the vigilance of the loyal citizens, 
who wore forming organizations for the Union army, they 
were mostly taken beyond the limits of the county to be 
organized, and later a largo number of men followed Price's 
army southward, and became Confederate soldiers, but 
then- is no way of ascertaining their numbers. 

Troops. Several companies were organized within the 
county for the Union Army, of which mention is made as 
follows: Companies A and 1), of the Sixth Regiment Cav- 
alry Missouri Volunteers, were raised almost wholly with- 
in the county of Dade their organizations being completed 
July 4, 1M!1. About the same time Company E, of the same 
regiment, was organized, having been recruited equally 
from Dade and Cedar Counties. Clark Wright, the princi- 
pal mover in the organization of Company A, became its 


first captain, but was made colonel of the regiment upon its 
organization, and Thomas A. Swit/ler was mustered as cap- 
tain of the company. John II. Paynter and Thomas Stock- 
still were mustered in as first and second lieutenants there- 
of. The first officers of Company 1) were: Captain, Wil- 
liam H. Crockett, and lieutenants, Jesse C. Kirby and John 
C. Porter. The first officers of Company E were: Captain, 
Austin Ilubbard, and lieutenants, Thomas Astloy and Jas- 
per Burris. Company L, also of the same regiment, was 
raised, in July, 1862, from Dado, Polk and Greene Counties 
more than one-half of the company being from Dade. The 
first officers of this company were: Captain, Jesse C 1 . Kir- 
by, promoted from first lieutenant in Company I), and lieu- 
tenants, J. W. Cormack and Luther I). Porter. 

The companies comprising; this regiment were first 
formed into three battalions, commanded by Major Wright, 
"Major \Vood and Captain Hawkins. Wright's battalion 
fought in the skirmishes of Copridge's Mills and Wet 
Glaize; Hawkins' in the battle of Fredericktown, and 
Wood's in the battles of Salem and West Plains. These 
three battalions were organized as a regiment, February 
.14, 18(52, Major Clark Wright being appointed colonel; Ma- 
jor S. X. Wood, lieutenant-colonel, and Captain Hawkins, 
first major. The field of war occupied by this regiment was 
Southern Missouri, Arkansas and portions of Louisiana 
and Mississippi. It was often separated, the companies be- 
ing detached and sent to many different points, and were 
often engaged with the enemy. The regiment fought in the 
battles of Champion's Hill, Black River and Bridgeport, 
in Mississippi; fook part in the seige and capture of Yicks- 
burg, also in the movement upon and capture of Jackson, 
and in many other movements. During the years 1864 and 
18(55, u]) to the time of muster out, it was stationed in the 
Department of the Gulf, where it participated in several 
engagements. Companies B, C, F, G, II, 1 and K were 
mustered out at expiration of term, in the months of De- 
cember, 1864, and January, 1865. The remaining compan- 
ies, A, 1), E and I, composed of the veterans and recruits 
of the regiment, were mustered out September 12, 1865. 


Late in the spring or early summer of 1862, a State 
militia company (Union) was organized in Greenfield, and 
on the day that the officers were elected and the organization 
completed, and all were sworn into the service by Enrolling 
Officer John B. Clark, of Dadeville, it was reported by a 
volunteer courier from the country, who came in "under 
whip and spurs," that a rebel force under Joe Shelby and 
John T. Coffee were advancing upon the town. At this 
instant the faithful enrolling officer, Clark, knowing that 
he was the one most desired and likely to receive the harsh- 
est treatment by the enemy, went to the home of W. K. 
Latham and asked the good lady of the house to hide him. 
This she did by putting him into a hole under the building 
where vegetables were kept through a trap door in the 
floor, over which she hastily spread a carpet. The enemy 
rushed into town and captured all of the new company, 
except a few who had retired to their homes in the vicinity, 
and searched eagerly for John B. Clark, but did not find 
him. All of the militiamen captured were sworn not to 
take up arms against the so-called Southern Confederacy. 
Afterward, upon being exchanged, nearly all of them vol- 
unteered in the United States service. 

Company M of the Eighth Regiment Cavalry Missouri 
Volunteers was mustered into the service in August, 1862, 
about one-half of it having been recruited in Dade, and the 
other half in Polk County. The first captain of the com- 
pany was X. S. McCluer, who died at Forsythe, Mo., Jan- 
uary 24, 18G.'>. His successor was Capt. Alfred Kennedy, 
who resigned February 24, 1865. lie was succeeded by 
Capt. X. B. McDowell, who was mustered out with the regi 
ment. The first lieutenant was Samuel G. Appleby, and the 
second, David L. Burnes. The regiment to which this com- 
pany belonged operated mostly in Southern Missouri and 
Arkansas and down the Mississippi, and participated in 
many different engagements. It was mustered out at ex- 
piration of service at Little Rock, Ark., on the 20th day of 
July, 1865, moving thence to Benton Barracks, Mo., where, 
on the 2nd day of August following, it received final pay, 
and the men dispersed to their respective homes. 


Companies E. and I of the Fifteenth Regiment Cav- 
alry, Missouri Volunteers, were raised in Dade County early 
in 1863. The officers of the former were Capt. Edmond J. 
Morris and Lieutenants George F. Alder and Joel T. Hem- 
bree. The officers of the latter were Capt. John H. Howard 
and Lieutenants Robert Cowan and William K. Pyle. All 
of these officers served until the regiment was mustered 
out of service. Eight companies composing this regiment 
were, on the 1st day of April, 1863, organized at Mt. Ver- 
non, Mo., into what was known as the Second Provisional 
Regiment. On the 10th day of May following it was changed 
from the Second to the Seventh Provisional Regiment, and, 
in September and October following, another battalion was 
added to it. Afterward, under orders of the War Depart- 
ment dated June 10, 1864, the Seventh Provisional Regi- 
ment was mustered into the United States service as the 
Fifteenth Cavalry, Missouri Volunteers, for the term of 
twenty months dating back from November 1, 1863, from 
which time the men had been doing actual service as State 
troops, without pay. This regiment did excellent service 
in Southwestern Missouri and Northwestern Arkansas, in 
fighting and extinguishing guerrillas and bushwhackers. 
It was mustered out at expiration of service July, 1, 1865. 

Effects of the Strife. Dade County suffered terribly 
from the ravages of the war. On one occasion, during the 
early part, while the Union State Militia were occupying 
Greenfield, a party of guerrillas, in the interest of the 
Southern cause, and for the purpose of plunder, made a raid 
upon the town. So sudden was the charge that the militia- 
men had not time to* assemble for defense, but each one, 
from the several houses where they happened to be, fired 
upon the enemy, killing one and compelling them to fall 
back. They fled southward and burned the houses of many 
Union men on their way. This and other depredations so 
enraged the militia that squads of them, sent into the coun- 
try, soon surpassed their orders and resorted to desperate 
measures in retaliation, such as burning the houses which 
harbored bushwhackers, whereupon both sides became in- 
furiated and more or less indiscriminately applied the torch 


and killed defenseless men. A number of citizens were 
killed in tlieir fields, or at their homes, or on the public 
roads, by unknown bushwhackers, and many dwellings and 
much other property throughout the county was laid in 
ashes. The capture of Greenfield and burning of the court- 
house has been mentioned elsewhere. Greenfield was occu- 
pied a portion of the time during the war by the militia, 
and at other times by detachments from the cavalry regi- 
ments previously noted. The many cruel depredations, the 
killing of individuals, and other atrocities committed in 
Dade County during the war period would furnish mate- 
rial sufficient in itself to fill a volume. Time, however, has 
served to mitigate these evil effects, and those who once 
fought as enemies, divided by bitter prejudices, have long 
since ceased to harbor ill feeling, and now work side by 
side 1 , united in sentiment, with the one sincere ambition of 
promoting public good. 



Greenfield, Mo., October 17, 1916. 

I will try and give an outline of the names of the field 
officers and the names of the men that were in Company M 
of the Eighth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry. I was the first 
man that volunteered in the company. 
Field Officers: 

Washington F. Gerger, Colonel, Steelville, Mo. 

Elias B. Baldwin, Lieutenant Colonel, Xaperville, Mo. 

John W. Lisenby, 1st Major, Springfield, Mo. 

Joseph (J. Rich, 2nd Major, Lebanon, Mo. 

William J. Teed, 3rd Major, Xeosho, Mo. 
Staff Officers: 

Josiah Lane, Adjutant, Bolivar, Mo. 

A. M. Sevier, (Quartermaster, Neosho, Mo. 

Luther J. Mathew, Com. Sy., Chicago, 111. 

E. A. Clark, Surgeon, Chicago, 111. 

F. 11. Van Eatan, Assistant Surgeon, Jacksonville, 111. 


Commissioned Officers of Company M : 

First Captain Nathan S. McClure, Greenfield, Mo. 

Second Captain, Alfred Kenedy, Greenfield, Mo. 

First Lieutenant, Samuel G. Appleby, Greenfield, Mo. 

Second Lieutenant, David P. Burns, Bolivar, Mo. 
Non-Commissioned Officers : 

1st. Nelson B. McDowell, Greenfield, Mo. 

2nd. Benjamin W. McBryar, Greenfield, Mo. 

3rd. Alexander Foster, Greenfield, Mo. 

4th. James K. P. Jump, Bolivar, Mo. 

5th. John D. Pitts, Bolivar, Mo. 

6th. John M. Tarbctt, Greenfield, Mo. 

7th. Edward Bristow, Stockton, Mo. 

8th. William II. Hook, Bolivar, Mo. 

9th. James R. Stark, Greenfield, Mo. 
Corporals : 

1. James S. Appleby, Greenfield, Mo. 

2. Joseph H. Jump, Bolivar, Mo. 

3. John W. Davis, Greenfield, Mo. 

4. William II. Hubb, Greenfield, M.o 

5. John J. Pyett. Bolivar, Mo. 
Thomas Roberts, Bugler, Bolivar, Mo. 
Oskar M. Griggsby, Bolivar, Mo. 
Edward Barbour, Gorier, Pittsburg, Mo. 
James Taylor, Blacksmith, Greenfield, Mo. 

Privates : 

John H. Anderson, Stockton, Mo. 
Severly Barbour, Pittsburg, Mo. 
Israel W. Burns, Pittsburg, Mo. 
Proctor M. Burns, Pittsburg, Mo. 
William W. Bishop, Pittsburg, Mo. 
Zach A. Bond, Pittsburg, Mo. 
William Box, Pittsburg, Mo. 
Jacob Beem, Pittsburg, Mo. 
Warner Bridger, Pittsburg, Mo. 
Daniel P. Brock, Pittsburg, Mo. 
William Bird, Greenfield, Mo. 
William S. Beal, Greenfield, Mo. 


Robert A. Bales, Greenfield, Mo. 
James B. Bering, Greenfield, Mo. 
Berry Duncan, Greenfield, Mo. 
Olivar Duncan, Greenfield, Mo. 
Green Darrell, Greenfield, Mo. 
Turley Emerson, Bolivar, Mo. 
Nimrod Ford, Springfield, Mo. 
Thomas Frazier, Bolivar, Mo. 
James Gibbs, Greenfield, Mo. 
William J. Griffin, Bolivar, Mo. 
Thomas B. Griffin, Bolivar, Mo. 
William D. Griffis, Bolivar, Mo. 
Samuel Graves, Bolivar, Mo. 
John Q. Greer, Bolivar, Mo. 
Samuel M. Griffith, Bolivar, Mo. 
Nathan Hunt, Mt. Vernon, Mo. 
Marion Hornbeck, Stockton, Mo. 
Olaborn 11. ITarman, Buffalo, Mo. 
William L. Holloway, Bolivar, Mo. 
John Iluckaby, Stockton, Mo. 
Jacob Huft, Stockton, Mo. 
John Heard, Pittsburg, Mo. 
John B. Hart, Pittsburg, Mo. 
James Ingles, Sentinel Prairie, Mo. 
Samuel King, Greenfield, Mo. 
Josiah Kimberlan, Greenfield, Mo. 
William C. Kilingsworth, Greenfield, Mo. 
Josiah Lane, Bolivar, Mo. 
llarvie II. Morris, Greenfield, Mo. 
FJarvie L. Morris, Greenfield, Mo. 
Maxwell Mitchell, Greenfield, Mo. 
James A. Mitchell, Greenfield, Mo. 
John A. Mitchell, Greenfield, Mo. 
Moses B. Mitchell, Greenfield, Mo. 
Francis M. McGinnis, Bolivar, Mo. 
Green M. McGinnis, Bolivar, Mo. 
James M. Molone, Bolivar, Mo. 
Thomas C. Antens, Greenfild, Mo. 
Thomas B. Puckett, Greenfield, Mo. 



Nathan K. Pope, Bolivar, Mo. 
Henry J. Pope, Bolivar, Mo. 
Thomas Paterson, Bolivar, Mo. 
Tilman B. Perryman, Bolivar, Mo. 
John Polard, Stockton, Mo. 
Barney Pitts, Elkton, Mo. 
David Parsons, Elkton, Mo. 
David Rutledge, Springfield, Mo. 
Charles Roundtree, Elkton, Mo. 
Thomas Roberts, Fayettville, Ark. 
Jesse Robinett, Greenfield, Mo. 
Samuel Rodgers, Greenfield, Mo. 
James E. Saling, Greenfield, Mo. 
John M. Saling, Greenfield, Mo. 
Raleigh J. Shipley, Greenfield, Mo. 
Ephriam B. Shipley, Greenfield, Mo. 
John Simons, Greenfield, Mo. 
Frederick Soloman, Greenfield, Mo. 
John R. Sewell, Springfield, Mo. 
Elisha Starkey, Elkton, Mo. 
William C. Talent, Stockton, Mo. 
Francis A. Tuckness, Buffalo, Mo. 
Newton J. Underwood, Greenfield, Mo. 
William C. Watkins, Greenfield, Mo. 
George W. "Watkins, Greenfield, Mo. 
Jason Williams, Humansville, Mo. 
William Wilson, Greenfield, Mo. 
Benjamin Wood, Bolivar, Mo. 
James M. Zumalt, Bolivar, Mo. 
James A. Brown, Arkansas. 
James W. Davenport, Greenfield, Mo. 
Terry W. Davenport, Greenfield, Mo. 
David W. Duncan, Bolivar, Mo. 
Oscar M. Grigsby, Bolivar, Mo. 
John W. McDowell, Greenfield, Mo. 
Willis Price, Prairie County, Arkansas. 
Charles Spencer, Arkansas. 
William Gay, Greenfield, Mo. 


Feelix J. Appleby, Greenfield, Mo. 
Thomas Puckett, Greenfield, Mo. 

The above is a complete list of officers and privates of 
Company M, 8th Missouri Voluntary Cavalry. I was the 
first man that volunteered in this company. It was the 
first company that was made up in Greenfield, Missouri for 
the United States service and out of 65 men that went into 
this company, there are only three of that number now 
living in the county. Uncle James Taylor is living in 
Lockwood. He is about 90 years old ; John A. Mitchell, 
79. He is living on a farm six miles northwest of Green- 
field on the Coal Bank road, and the writer of this history, 
Raleigh J. Shipley, is living on a farm one-half mile west 
and one mile north of the Public Square of Greenfield, the 
County Seat of Bade County, Missouri. I am living about 
one mile from the old farm that my father settled on in 
the fall of 1852, but he came here from Warren County, 
Tennessee, in the fall of 1850, almost 66 years ago. I was 
six years old the 26th of June, when we landed in Dade 
County, the first of November, 1850. I lived with my 
parents until the war broke out, but didn't enlist in the 
regular army until the 30th of August, 1862. My father 
was a cripple and I was put to plowing when I was only 
ten years old. I never had any schooling. I never was in 
school over two months in my life. What little education I 
have I got by studying the school books that I bought for 
my children to go to school. I have always been in favor 
of good public schools. I served twenty years out of thirty 
on the School Board after 1 went to housekeeping. This 
picture was taken for the History on the 24th day of Octo- 
ber, 1916, on the south side of our home on the east side 
of the Greenfield and Stockton road. I was 72 years old 
the 26th of last June and Mrs. Shipley was 70 the 7th 
day of last April. The object of this picture is to show to 
this generation and to the next generation just how we 
had to work and make a living. My wife and I moved to 
an 80-acre piece of land two miles east of Lockwood. 
There was an old log building on the land when I bought 


it. The house was about the center of the eighty, but the 
roof, floor and doors were all rotted down and taken away. 
I took the house down and moved it to the northeast corner 
of the eighty and rebuilt it. I made clapboards two feet 
long, went to the timber and cut my rafters. They were 
post oak and black oak poles. I scalped off one side of 
them to straighten the top side of them. I put the rafters 
up and made out to get rough edge sheeting enough to nail 
the two foot boards on. I put them on shingle fashion; 
that is. it just showed eight inches. I boxed up the gable 
ends and we moved into the house without windows or door 
shutter or chimney. Now I am going to tell you about our 
furniture. My father and I went to my grandfather's 
Son's Creek farm and got some walnut rails out of the 
fence and made a bedstead and bored holes through the 
side and head rails and also some rope cord to hold up the 
bedding, and the other bedstead I took a two-inch auger 
and bored one hole in the back wall and one in the side 
wall just back of the door and then I took a round pole 
about four inches through and three feet long and bored 
two holes into it, and then took a pole six and one-half feet 
long and put it in one hole in the wall and the other end 
in the bedpost. .Then I put one four feet long in the other 
hole in the wall and the other end in the post and then I 
nailed a piece of timber to the wall to hold up my slats 
and that was our other bedstead. Our table was made out 
of rough oak plank about 3x4 feet in length. I bought 
three or four country-made chairs, and we have also in 
our house a small arm chair that I got Squire Warren to 
make for our oldest child, Anna. She was born the 10th 
day of March, 1867. It has been 49 years since I had the 
chair made. She was eight months old and that would 
make the chair 49 years old. Every piece of the chair is 
good yet. TVe raised seven children and they all used it 
and several of our grandchildren use it. Our boy Albert 
wore the front and back post almost into the rounds. He 
would turn it down and push it all over the house learning 
to walk. 


Now I will get back to the old log cabin. We moved 
in this cabin without any floor or door shutters. I bought 
a stone chimney of Marion Holder about two miles east 
of my house, and took my father's ox team and wagon 
and would haul stone all day and at night I would build up 
a fire on one side of the house and I would chink the 
cracks in that side before we went to bed and the next 
night I would build my fire for a light to work by and 
chink, and mother says I kept moving around in this 
way until I got the house all chinked. I got enough floor- 
ing plank from my uncle George Shipley, which they had 
taken out of a barn, that had been used for a threshing 
floor. I also got enough lumber from him to make two 
doors. I made the doors out of rough oak lumber. I 
went to the timber and ciit some small logs and hued one 
side of them and put them in for sleepers then laid the 
floor; then father and I drug up a lot of logs and rolled 
them together and hauled a few loads of lime stone rock 
and put on the logs then set it afire and burnt lime to point 
my house and put up my chimney. I hired Uncle James 
Mitchell, a brother to my mother, to help me put up the 
chimney and point the cracks in the house and make and 
hang my door shutters. We lived in this house about 
seven years. We cooked our grub in these old pots that 
is shown in this picture, and Mrs. Shipley carded the cot- 
ton and spun the thread on the old spinning wheel that is 
shown in the picture and then wove the cloth on an old 
home-made loom that made our under bed ticks, table 
cloths and hand towels. The scythe and cradle is what 
we cut our wheat and oats with. I have cut hundreds of 
acres with one of them. I cut, bound and shocked fifty 
dozen a day and T have mowed, raked and shocked ten ton 
of prairie hay a day with a mowing blade and pitch fork. 
1 never plowed with two horses to a breaking or stubble 
plow before the Civil War. We did all of our breaking 
with a yoke of oxen. My father always kept a big yoke 
of oxen to plow and do our hauling- with and I have driven 
as many as five and six yoke of oxen to a prairie plow. I 
hauled hundreds of loads of wood from my father's old 


home place to Greenfield right along the Old Papinsville 
road that runs right by my door with old Buck and Berry. 
We chopped the timber and split the rails to fence our 
farm. I have chopped the timber and split thousands of 
rails in my life. I cut, bound and shocked six acres of 
wheat the year I was 66 years old. That was six years ago 
last harvest and I have my doubts if there is another man 
in the county or maybe not in the state that can cut that 
amount of grain by hand. The forty acre tract of land 
my father bought in 1852 had two small log rooms on it 
and four or five acres of land in cultivation. The land was 
timbered land, so we would clear the timber and brush off 
three or four acres every winter and we would make rails 
out of the best of the timber to fence the land, the rest 
of the timber we would use for fire wood and we hauled 
some to town and the big rough logs we rolled up in log 
heaps and burnt them to get them out of the way. I have 
seen lots of better timber burnt up than we have to use 
for saw timber now. My father built a good log house on 
the place a few years after we settled on the place and 
lived in that house as long as he lived. He died when I 
was thirty-six years old and my mother died about three or 
four years later. My mother's maiden name was Mitchell. 
Her father, James Mitchell, had six boys and four girls. 
My mother was the third child in the family. The first 
child was a boy, William Mitchell, the second a girl, Mary 
Mitchell and my mother's name was Lucinda Mitchell. The 
Mitchell family are all dead but one, that is Elizabeth 
Cartwright. She is living in Lockwood now, with her 
oldest daughter, Sarah J. Larence. She is 81 years old. 
My grandfather was 85 years old when he died. He was 
of Dutch descent and my grandmother was of Irish 
decent. Her maiden name was Martha McGregory. On 
my father's side my Grandfather Shipley was of Irish 
decent. His father came from Ireland in an early day. 
He was among the Puritans, the first settlers in America. 
My grandfather, Raleigh Shipley, was born and lived in 
North Carolina, but moved to Waren County, Tennessee 
when a young man and was among the first settlers of 


Tennessee. He was in General Jackson's army in 1812 
and went with General Jackson to Mobile, Alabama. He 
lived to be 85 years old. My grandmother Shipley was of 
Dutch decent and she had been dead several years before 
we left Tennessee. Father came to Dade county in the 
fall of 1851 and settled on a farm two miles southeast of 
Greenfield, Missouri. His family is all dead except two 
girls and one boy. Aunt Lucinda Mitchell, the oldest girl 
that is living, is in Greenfield. She is ninety-some odd 
years old, the other girl is living out near Golden City in 
the west part of Dade county. She is eighty odd years old. 
George M. Shipley is 72 years old and is living in Lock- 
wood, Missouri. He served three years in Company A, 
Sixth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry in the Union Army. 

My father lived on his farm three miles northwest of 
Greenfield all through the Civil War. He had the last 
horse taken, two or three times during the war, and Price's 
Army took about everything that he raised on the farm in 
the summer of 1862. One brigade of Price's army camped 
on old Uncle Clement C. Malicoat's land just southeast of 
my father's farm on what is now the Gass farm. One 
good thing was that the Confederate Army never took our 
big yoke of oxen nor our milk cow and father had a small 
bunch of sheep and mother carded and spun the wool 
and made cloth to clothe the family and one thing I re- 
member my mother had spun the thread and wove the 
cloth it was mixed Jeans. She had it laved away to 
make me a suit of clothes out of and my mother and her 
mother, old Grandmother Mitchell were right good tailor- 
esses and they cut and made me a suit of clothes and I 
was married in them, and kept that suit of clothes for 
Sunday suit and there was one other thing that took 
place while T was at home on a furlow, after I had the 
measles. I was at Springfield, Missouri with the measles 
when Marmaduke came there on the 8th of January, 1863 
and I was detailed and sent to Greenfield the ninth day 
after the measles broke out on me. I took cold on the 
measles and was confied to my bed four weeks, was not 
able to get out of bed only as I was helped in and out and 


didn't got back to my regiment until the second day of 
April, 1863. The regiment was at Lake Springs twelve 
miles southeast of Rolla, Missouri. It was then that I 
was taken prisoner by Kinch West and his little band. 
There wasn't but six of the little band, and they had just 
started out to equip themselves for their warfare. They 
took some of my clothing and my blanket and Kinch 
told me they were watching the road to get arms and 
ammunition and clothing and horses. When Kinch put on 
my cavalry jacket he said: "Now I am as good a govern- 
ment soldier as you are." He had a pair of government 
pants when he took me prisoner. I didn't have any arms 
with me. He said it was war times and that if I ever got 
any of them prisoner I could treat them just like they had 
treated me. They kept up this watching and robbing: 
government soldiers over on that old Springfield road until 
the Seventh Missouri Militia was camped at Greenfield and 
a squad of them went out on the Springfield road where 
Kinch 's father lived and burnt his house and that caused 
Kinch to burn some houses and then the militia boys went 
and killed Kinch 's father and then Kinch killed several 
soldiers and got to be quite a bushwhacker and after they 
killed his father he swore vengenance against the men 
that killed him and Kinch had friends living in and near 
Greenfield that got the names of the men that killed his 
father and after the war was over he hunted them up and 
killed them. I was told by good authority a few years 
ago that he was the man that killed Mclnturf and AVilson 
down in the Indian Territory 20 or 25 years ago. Wilson 
was a soldief in the company that was camped at Green- 
field at the time old man West was killed and the man that 
told me about the killing said Kinch told the people down 
there that when he killed Wilson that he had got the last 
of them. 

Now I want to tell another little thing" that happened 
while I was at home that time. I had brought a gun home 
with ine and a few nights after I came home (we had a 
dog there that would give us warning if there was any 
one about the place) one night just after dark he com- 


menced barking out south of the house. So I said to my 
father: ''There is some one out in the brush or timber," so 
he took my gun and a good old rifle he had and went down 
just south of the barn and crawled under an apple tree 
and sat down against the body of the tree and he hadn't 
been there very long until he heard some one climb over 
the gate about 50 yards south of the barn so he let the 
man get within about 30 yards of him and he said he 
could see that he had a bridle or halter in one hand and 
he was satisfied that he was aiming to get a horse out of 
the barn, so he raised one of the guns up and shot at him. 
He said when he shot the man jumped up in the air 
three or four feet high and as he run off he grabbed the 
other gun and shot at him. So the next morning as soon 
as it was light enough so my two brothers could see they 
went out where my father said the man was. They wanted 
to see if there was any blood there or any sign of him being 
hurt, but the boys couldn't see any blood but brother Will 
saw a little piece of newspaper on the ground. He 
picked it up, unfolded it, and there was a ten dollar green- 
back folded up in the paper. The boys came running- 
back to the house. Mother says, "What did you find?" 
Will says, "We didn't find any blood but I found a ten 
dollar bill father shot out of him." We had a right smart 
wood lot that took in the spring and we had a little field 
that joined the lot that they gathered the corn out of, and 
they turned the cows and the horse out in there every 
day, so about three days after he had shot the ten dollar 
bill out of the man the horse was stolen out of the stalk 
field. So we always thought that it was the man that 
was shot at that got the horse. 

F have been a Republican politically. I cast my first 
vote in 1864 for Abraham Lincoln. I think the best man 
that tliis American government ever produced. I served 
two years as road overseer in the south half of North 
Township about twenty-five years ago, and I served years 
as road commissioner in Center Township about twelve 
years ago, and when the County came under Township or- 
ganization 1 was elected member of the township board as 



member for West Center and at the next election was re- 
elected for two years again, and I served two years as 
Justice of the Peace before I was elected a member of the 
board and I was elected Justice both terms that I served 
on the board making six years I served as Justice of the 
Peace in Center Township. The above writeup was done 



Center Township, Greenfield, Mo. 


Captain J. W. Carmack. 

About September 1st, 1864 I was at home from my 
service in the Sixth Cav. Mo. Vols. at Melville (now Dade- 
ville) Missouri. From there I visited Greenfield to see 
some friends. At that time General Sterling Price was in 
southwestern Missouri organizing his rebel forces for a 
raid through the state and the citizens of Greenfield were 
very much excited believing the town would be visited and 
probably burned during the raid. I was delegated by them 
to go to Springfield to see General Sanborn, who was in 
command in this territory, and to appeal to him for troops 
to protect Greenfield. I went and made my plea in their 
behalf. He asked me if I would help to organize the mil- 
itia in Da$e county for protection against the raid. I told 
him I would do all in my power in recruiting and organiz- 
ing for defense. He then said, "Go back home and make 
ready, and in a few days I will furnish you with proper 
credentials and instructions." 

Price Raiders Threatened; and a Defense Company 
Is Organized. I returned to Melville and in a few days re- 
ceived my commission and instructions and was ordered to 
report to Captain J. M. Kirby of the enrolled militia for 
conference as to organization. After conferring with Cap- 


tain Kirby we made a call upon the men available for 
military duty in Bade County to meet us in Greenfield, 
September 16th, 1864, and on that date we organized a 
company as follows : 

Captain James M. Kirby. 

First Lieutenant Cyrus S. Jacobs. 

Second Lieutenant J. W. Carmack. 

And designated as Company "E" 76th Cav. Enrolled 
Missouri Militia with the following non-commissioned of- 
ficers and men: 

Sergeants Summerville D. Brown, Nathan Dinwid- 
die, W. V. Potter, W. W. Ward, Orville Lyon, Martin D. 
Edge, James C. Woody, Solomon Wilson. 

Corporals James W. Berry, John T. Goforth, Jona- 
than Weir, Samuel L. Hankins, William L. Hankins, Wil- 
liam L. Lee, Jeptha Cantrell, Thos. C. Cantrell and David 

Blacksmiths Henry McManus, Enoch Casey. 

Wagoner Henry D. Smith. 

Privates Samuel Acuff, Foster L. Appleby, Joseph 
Allison, Justin Bowles, John A. Bailes, John Bell, Robert 
Bird, James Boyd, John W. Boyd, Sam. L. Bigley, Dekalb 
Bowles, James Buchanan, B. F. Clopton, John T. Gates, 
F. A. Cardwoll, William Coble, David Coble, Hiram Can- 
trell, James Casey, James M. Clabough, James Daughtrey, 
John H. Dill, James Durnal, Ebenezer Divine, James J. 
Divine, Ben L. Edge, AViley S. Ethridge, Thos. Fanning, 
V. M. Foust, William Foust, James Friar, Robert Freedle, 
T. P. Fitzpatrick, Arkley Frieze, John A. Morgan. 

Some of the Enrolled Missouri Militia soldiers who 
were subject to call and out on leave, were then called in 
by Captain Kirby which swelled our number to 103 men. 

Munitions from Springfield Are Stored in the Old 
Wells Hotel. Now being fully organized with muster-in 
roll complete, the next thing- was to procure rations, arms 
and ammunition. I was again delegated to see General 
Sanborn in Springfield and armed with the proper cre- 
dentials I went and made requisition and was furnished 
rations for the command for 30 days, also with eighty 70- 


calibre muskets and 8,000 rounds of ammunition. Return- 
ing with the supplies we stored the commissary supplies 
in the Shields hotel, afterwards the Delmonico, and stored 
our arms and ammunition in the second story of that 

The Price raid was on in earnest by this time, but had 
not yet been molested at this point. However, reports 
were current that Greenfield would be burned during the 
raid. We found out all we could of our situation and said 
but little, keeping our eye on the focus and our ear to the 
ground and making ready for any emergency. 

West-Roberts Guerrillas Appear Along Turnback and 
Lynn Branch. Soon Kinch West and Fate Roberts, with 
their gang of bushwhackers and robbers, began to roam 
along Turnback creek and Lynn Branch, just east and 
south of our headquarters. So far as we knew they might 
have been on a fishing trip, as no one was being molested 
by them that we could learn. We did not meddle ourselves 
with their business methods; just let things take their 
course, keeping our eye on the focus and ear to the ground. 

Day after day they became more conspicuous but 
seemed very unconcerned about the surroundings. Price's 
raiders came nearer and nearer. We paid no attention to 
General Price, thinking he had force sufficient to care for 
himself but still kept our eye on the focus and ear to the 

Kinch West's Sister Comes to Town; Warns Officers 
of Coming Raid. On the 15th of October, 1864, in the 
afternoon, a young lady on horseback rode into Green- 
field, dismounted and made a casual tour around the 
town. Upon her return toward her horse I made it a 
point to meet her and accosted her saying: 

"You seem to be in a hurry." 

"Xo, not much," she responded. 

"Who are you?" I asked. 

"My name is West," she responded. 

"What West?" I asked. 

"Kinch West's sister," she replied. 

"What's your business here?" I asked. 


"Kinch sent me here to see if the soldiers had been 
reinforced last night and said if they had not he was going 
to take breakfast in Greenfield tomorrow morning and then 
burn the town." 

I asked how many men Kinch had with him. 

"About 125 I think." 

"Does he think he can take Greenfield with 125 
men?" I asked. 

"Yes," she responded, "If he couldn't take Green- 
field with 125 men when it only has 40 in it, he'd better 

"How does he know how many men there are in 
Greenfield?" I asked. 

She said, "Do you know and ?" 

I said, "I think I did." 

She said, "they sent a note last night by a boy to 
Kinch at Jesse M-cClain's telling there were only 4C militia- 
men in Greenfield and Kinch sent me to see if any more 
had come in last night. I wish you men would get out of 
Greenfield. Kinch don't want to kill you men, but if you 
stay here and interfere you will get killed. He says he 
has burnt Melville and intends to burn Greenfield to- 
morrow morning. ' ' 

I said to her, "Consider yourself under arrest and go 
with me to Captain Kirby's headquarters and tell him 
your mission and the story you have told me." I took her 
to the captain and she made no change in her story to 

He said to her, "I will keep you under guard all 
night tonight." 

"If vou do Kinch will kill everv one of you tomor- 

* i/ 

row," was her response. 

The captain turned to me and said, "What had we 
better do with her?" 

"[ said, "Captain, give her her horse and let her go 
home and tell Kinch there is nobody here but us and that 
we will have breakfast ready for him tomorrow morning." 

She thanked the captain kindly, mounted her horse 
and left. 


The next thing was to call the company roll and in- 
form our men of the warning we had received from Kinch's 
sister. We also notified the citizens of Greenfield who had 
asked us to furnish arms and ammunition for them to help 
to defend the town in case we were attacked by these out- 
laws. Next in order was to meet at the armory and open 
up our ammunition, load and stack our guns in the hotel. 

A Night Alarm Spoils a Card Party; Causes Fruit- 
less Investigation. At night all things were quiet. As 
usual most of the men lay on their bunks, without un- 
dressing, awaiting developments. Being of a nervous 
temperament I did not go to bed but went with W. R. Law- 
rence and Nathan Dinwiddie to Aunt Julia Wills' parlor, 
where she joined us in a game of whist. About 11 o'clock 
Judge Nelson McDowell rapped on her door, having seen 
a light in the parlor. I met him at the door. He had 
run from home and was almost out of breath, to tell us 
that his wife had heard an unusual knocking and other 
noises down in the hollow near the Wells Grove. 
W. B. Lawrence and I jumped on our horses, taking our 
pistols in hand, and rode quietly out a half-mile to the 
southwest, then circled round to the Coffee farm, now 
occupied by George Wilson, southeast of Greenfield, and 
came in from there, having neither seen nor heard any- 
thing unusual. The facts in the case were, as we after- 
wards discovered, that West and Roberts and their gang 
were at the time hidden in the Wells Grove, and we went 
entirely around them unmolested. The noise that Mrs. 
McDowell heard was the gang hacking down the hedge 
row on the east of the Wells grove, making a gap to get 
through into town without being exposed to view. 

The Attack of October 16th; Raiders Get a Warm 
"Breakfast" At dawn on October 16th, 1864, as Samuel 
S. Acuff and I were feeding our horses in the southeast 
corner of the court house square, three of four men 
charged upon us from behind the livery barn, south of the 
hotel, firing a volley at us as they came. One shot killed 
Acuff and another shot killed my horse. After firing they 
ran down the hill to the east. I ran to the hotel and 


rang the bell, to give the alarm. At that the whole outfit 
raised the yell and came on a charge down South Street. 
On nearing the hotel they were greeted by volleys from 
muskets blazing out of the port holes made in the brick 
walls. This brought them to a right about and a fall back 
in hot haste. They made a stand at Judge McDowell's 
carriage shed, where they lost one killed and three 
wounded. The Judge's carriage and harness were in the 
shed. They put their dead and wounded in this carriage 
and ran it down the hill, where they hitched a team to the 
carriage and took them off the field. Our force was of suf- 
ficient numbers not only to drive them out of town and 
save the village from destruction, but we immediately 
dispatched a messenger to Melville for re-inforcements to 
help drive them further, and in about three hours, Lieut. 
Cowan came with 25 men. With the aid of this detach- 
ment we drove West and Roberts and their gang some 20 
miles. In the engagement we lost two men killed and one 
wounded. We could not tell how many of their forces 
were killed and wounded, as they bore their 's away, while 
much of the time we were housed up and could not see 
all the damage done. One man was shot in the hand, 
which was almost torn off, according to the story told by 
Mrs. McBride. The circumstance was this: Two of the 
West gang got behind an unoccupied dwelling house just 
west of the Lyngar drug store. They would load their 
guns behind the house and then ride around the corner of 
the building and fire at two of our men who were near 
Dr. .Bender's office, at about the east lot now occupied by 
the opera house. The men at the office got a rest against 
the corner of that building, and when one of the gang 
rounded the corner to shoot they let them have it. One 
charge struck one of the raider's hand and tore it badly, 
and tore the stock off his gun, which dropped to the 
ground. His horse whirled round with him to run, when 
the other man at the office shot his horse down dead. The 
comrade who was with him behind the house dismounted, 
put the wounded man in the saddle and got on the horse 
behind him and rode to the house of Mrs. McBride and 


asked for a cloth to bandage the torn hand. She took a 
hand towel from the rack and bound up his wound. The 
men at the office could not reload their guns and pursue 
them in time to catch them, but went to the house and 
picked up the gun that was broken with the bullet, then 
to the horse that was killed and took the saddle. That 
gun and saddle have been souvenir keepsakes for those 
men to this day. Now if any of that wounded man's com- 
rades on the raid will tell who he is and his whereabouts, 
if living, we will send him his gun and saddle. 

Citizen Soldiers Fail to Respond, Except One Arch M. 
Long. We were sadly disappointed in the help of the 
citizen soldiery of Greenfield. They had promised us that 
when the alarm of attack was given by the ringing of the 
hotel bell they would rush to the hotel, where their arms 
were ready, loaded. When the alarm was sounded it was 
a lively time. Instead of running to the hotel the citi- 
zen soldiery of Greenfield (except Arch M. Long) ingiori- 
ously fled to the brush. Mr. Long came to our rescue 
with his shotgun in hand and played a gallant part. After 
we had driven Kinch and Fate out of the country, we 
made a move upon the Price raiders and. captured 42 
men of his command and turned them over to Gen. San- 
born of Springfield. When we arrived at Springfield with 
them their commander said, ''This is our second visit to 

He was asked when he had been there before. 

"When Cockrell took Greenfield," he replied. 

"You were here when the court house was burned, 
were you?" 

"I was with Captain * when the torch 

was set fire to the court house." 

I do not know whether that was true or not. That 
was what he said. His name, as he gave it, was K. B. F. 
Twyinan of Boone County, Missouri. The reason I re- 
member his name is this: He was a very large man, 
about 240 pounds. The horse he was riding had a sore 
back. He swapped that horse to Capt. Kirby for one he 
could ride, giving the Captain a bill of sale for the animal, 


signed K. B. F. Twyman, Boone County, Missouri. His 
commander called him lieutenant. I do not wish to cast 
any reflections upon any party I have mentioned in this 
article, but am recording historical events as they oc- 
curred during those troublous times. 

It Cost the State a Tidy Sum to Save Greenfield From 
Burning. It cost the State of Missouri something to save 
Greenfield from being burned during the Price raid. For 
services of the men and their horses the cost was $2,555.15. 
How I know this: The company was relieved and mus- 
tered out, roll was made October 31, 1864, embracing all 
items of service for both men and horses. In April, 1866, 
I took this roll, went to Jefferson City and made settle- 
ment with the state auditor for all service done by the 
company during said time -of our organization. I have 
before me his invoice of every item for each man. I went 
to the state treasurer, who paid me the above stated 
amount and took my receipt for the' same. The money 
paid me was state money, just in sheets of different de- 
nominations as it came from the press without being torn 
apart. In paying it out I had to clip off the sheets ac- 
cording to amounts due (we called it "Lizzard-skin"). I 
do not write this for the benefit of those who know about 
it but for the benefit of the rising generation, that they 
may know about the fun we had in the days before their 
being. I would tell you more about it but I fear I would 
tire the patience of the devil in the printing office. 

After having been discharged, November 1st, 1864, 
from service in the 76th Regt., E. M. M., I was again com- 
missioned as First Lieutenant in the Veteran U. S. service 
and placed in charge of a recruiting camp at Springfield, 
Mo., recruiting for the 14th Vet. Cal. "Mo. Vols." to go 
against the Indians on the plains, at this camp. Three 
companies wore organized, viz: Capt. Lucian Roundtree, 
Capt. Harry Mitchell, Capt, J. P. Robinson. The day be- 
fore the assassination of A. Lincoln, we received orders 
to take no more recruits. I was then assigned as Provo 
Marshal with headquarters at Mt. Vernon, Mo. The regi- 
ment then had nine full companies. J. J. Gravley was 



commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment and 
took charge, preparatory to moving against the Indians. 
When they were ready to move I was relieved as Provo 
and joined the regiment to act as Adjutant, leaving St. 
Louis in June, 1865, under command of Gen. J. B. Sanborn, 
pursued the Indians through Colorado, where a treaty 
was agreed upon with them. The regiment then moved 
back to Fort Leavenworth for muster out service, Oct. 20, 
1865. The records and men were placed in my charge 
and sent to St. Louis, Mo., where we received our pay for 
services by Col. Bonneville, Paymaster for the U. S. A. 
This being the last service of the 14th Cav. Mo. Vols., we 
disbanded and all set sail for home. Later on after return- 
ing home, I was again commissioned as a First Lieutenant, 
Enrolling Inspector and Mustering officer for the State 
Militia of Missouri. I organized and mustered in three 
companies in Dade County, viz: Capt. Thomas Hopper of 
South Township, Capt. James M. Travis of North Town- 
ship and Capt. E. V. Lafoon of Morgan Township. In 1866 
I was relieved from military duty. During my service 
I had filled most every position known to the service. 



Lewis Renfro. 

Preface: Having been selected by the historical com- 
mittee to write a history of the Confederate Veterans of 
Dade County from 1861 to 1865, I accepted the invitation 
with some hesitancy, from the fact that I have no written 
data or memoranda to guide me in this task, and since 
more than fifty years have taken their flight since those 
memorable events occurred, and knowing the frailty of 
human memory, I shall only attempt to tell the simple 
story as I now remember it in looking through the long 
vista of years which have elapsed, and should I fail to 
mention any name or event of importance it will be an 


error of head and not of heart, for it is my sincere desire 
that all who are entitled to be mentioned in this sketch 
should have their proper place. 

In the early Spring of 1861, at the breaking out of 
the Civil War, several companies of state troops for the 
Confederate service were raised in Dade County. They 
were mustered in for six months. John T. Coffey was 
elected Colonel for one regiment and Colonel James Clark- 
son for another, but their regiments were not all made 
up of Dade County men, but these officers were residents 
of the county when the war broke out. The following 
Captains raised companies in Dade County: John M. 
Stemmons, F. M. Hastings, Tilman H. Lea, I. J. West and 
Captain Bell. They all had full companies and were 
mostly comprised of Dade County boys. These companies 
all took active part in all the battles fought on this side 
of the Mississippi River. The most important battle 
fought by them while in the state service was the battle of 
Wilson's Creek, in which the Dade County boys suffered 
many casualties. Captain Bell was killed, also Lieutenant 
David Vaughn, Colonel Buster was pinned to the ground 
with a bayonet through his side, inflicted by a Dutch- 
man, after which he was shot, several bullets passing 
through his body. I remember that when some of our 
boys went to pull the bayonet from his body our Surgeon, 
Dr. Dunn, rushed up and would not permit it until his 
body was turned over and the dirt wiped from the bayonet. 
The bayonet had encountered a rib and had never pierced 
his stomach, and in a few weeks he was able to return to 
his command, apparently in as good shape as ever. The 
Colonel was engaged in selling goods in Greenfield at the 
beginning of the war, arid as far as is known he is still 
a live and lives in Texas. Tie was an exemplary man in 
every respect, and during the remainder of the war he 
never received another scratch. The battle of Wilson 
Creek was a hot fought battle on a very hot day August 
10th, 1HG1. Several Dade County boys were killed there, 
Colonel Buster was the only Colonel from Dade County 
wounded, and Captain Bell the only Captain from Dade 
County, killed. 


Our next enagement of importance was at Lexington, 
where we captured General Mulligan and his entire com- 
mand. That was no before breakfast spell. General Price 
was in command of the Confederate forces. We tried for 
a day and a night to capture the fort, but was unsuccess- 
ful, but finally General Price adopted a plan which proved 
a success. Hemp bales were rolled up for embankments 
and we starved them out. I think it was on the third clay 
of the siege that General Mulligan capitulated. Two vic- 
tories in succession filled our boys with courage insomuch 
that many of them thought Price's command could whip 
the whole Yankee army. Several Dade County boys were 
killed in this battle. 

After the battle of Lexington we came back south, 
where we had several small engagements, among them 
Cow Skin Prairie, Crane Creek and a few others, after 
which we returned north and engaged in the battle of Mar- 
shal, which proved quite severe. 

I recall now the loss of one brave Dade County man 
in this battle his name was Stoveall, Tom Courtney's 
grandfather. He was shot through the head and killed 
instpatly. My brother, Shelby, was standing by his side 
at the time. 

One of the hottest encounters in this campaign was 
at Lone Jack. We finally captured the town but our 
losses were heavy. The number engaged on each side 
was comparatively small but they fought like demons. 
The Union forces were commanded by Major Foster, as 
brave a man as ever wore a uniform, while our forces 
were under the command of General Cockerel. I have 
received several letters of late years from men who par- 
ticipated in that battle and all ascribe great bravery to 
both Major Foster and General Cockerel. I think General 
Cockerel is still living in Texas. Major Foster has long- 
since gone to his reward, which I hope is one of eternal 
rest, for while a prisoner I became attached to him by 
reason of his manly qualities, and still have great respect 
for his memory. 


Among the Dade County boys to fall in this battle, I 
recall Jim and Bill Gillispie. Their father was the owner 
of the Gillispie Mill on Turnback. Lieutenant Willis 
Taylor was killed there also. He was a son-in-law of 
Judge Hoyle, owner of the farm and mill of that name on 
Turnback about two miles east of Greenfield. After the 
battle of Marshal we had but a few minor skirmishes 
until we w r ent into winter quarters at Springfield, Mo., 
where our army was re-organized and entered the Con- 
federate service. The enlistments were for three years or 
during the war. It was about the middle of February, 
1862, when General Price, then in command, hearing of a 
large Union force marching from Rolla toward Spring- 
field, ordered stakes pulled, and we headed for the south. 
We were reinforced by General McCullough and General 
Mclntosh at or near Elk Horn, where the Elk Horn Prairie 
battle was fought. This was later in February or early in 
March, 1862. The weather was severely cold for that lat- 
itude and the ground was covered with snow. Dade 
County lost some of her brave boys in this battle. After 
this battle Captain John M. Stemmons went from tlie cav- 
alry to the infantry and became Captain of Company G, 
16th Missouri Infantry. Ho was mustered out at the 
close of the war as Lieutenant Colonel of this regiment. 
A few years ago he died at Dallas, Texas. 

Both Captain Stemmons and Billy Williams were 
wounded at the battle of Lone Jack, each being shot 
through the shoulder. As soon as he was able, Captain 
Stemmons returned to his command. Captain Stemmon's 
wife was an Allison, who was raised in Greenfield, being a 
daughter of Judge Mathias Allison. After the war, Billy 
Williams married Miss Lou Beachley. lie died a few years 
ago at Dallas, Texas. Each of these two men were law- 
yers and after the war they formed a partnership and 
practiced in Dallas, Texas, wh'ere they became very 

In the early summer of 18432 a part of the Missouri 
Confederate troops went across the Mississippi river, 
among them General Price, General Joe Shelby, who was 


then a Colonel, Colonel Buster and Colonel Clarkson. 
General Price and General Shelby returned some time in 
the fall, and Shelby was promoted to the rank of Brigadier 
General. I don't know just how this happened for 
Colonel Coffey was senior in rank, but by some hook or 
crook the plum went to Shelby. After this, Coffey re- 
signed his command and was never in the service again. 
His wife was a sister to Uncle Samuel Weir of Green- 
field. Colonel Coffey was one of the leading lawyers 
of southwest Missouri and at one time represented Dade 
County in the State Legislature. 

George Wilson, residing one mile southeast of Green- 
field, lives on a part of the old Coffey homestead. Colonel 
Coffey died some years ago at Georgetown, Texas. 

After the resignation of Colonel Coffey, CM eon 
Thompson was elected Colonel and placed in command 
of the regiment, which was the 3d Missouri cavalry. By 
reason of numerous losses by death, sickness and mining, 
the Dade County boys were consolidated into four r-om- 
panies / three of cavalry and one of infantry. Captain 
T. H Lea commanded Company A, I. J. West commanded 
Company F, F. M. Hastings commanded Company T and 
John M. Stemmons commanded Company G, all of the 
16th Missouri Infantry, composed almost exclusively of 
boys from Dade county. The greater part of these boys 
never returned to Dade County. Many of them are qr.ietly 
sleeping on the battle fields, others are residents of other 
states, mostly Arkansas and Texas. Colonel James Clark- 
son never came back across the river, but was promoted 
to the rank of Brigadier General. After the war while 
making his way back home, he was murdered at Dead 
Man's Lake near the Mississippi River. Robbery was 
supposed to be the motive. General Clarkson was i vet- 
eran of the Mexican war and perhaps the greatest mili- 
tary man that ever went out from Dade County. He was 
an uncle of Fred Clarkson Eastin of Greenfield. He has a 
number of relatives and descendants in the county. His 
brother, Vncle Davy Clarkson, as he is familiarly called, 
served in the Confederate arm durin the entire wa^ re- 


turned to Dade County and died there several years after- 
ward Each of these men had sons in the Confederate 
army. Some were killed in battle and others were 
wounded I recall that young Davy had an arm shot off. 
The Clarksons were pioneers in Dade County. 

I have a complete roster of but two companies which 
I made from memory many years after the war, and a 
roster of Company F, 3rd Mo. Cav , made by Hon S. P. 
Mills, Orderly Sergeant of that company, which will be 
given herein, and a partial list of the members of Company 
G, 16th Missouri Infantry, which I will also attach to this 

Captain F, M. Hastings of Company I, 3d Mo. Cav., 
recruited his company mostly in Arkansas, but there 
were a few Dade County boys in this company. I remem- 
ber that some of the Janes family from this county be- 
longed, but I am unable to recall their names and have 
been unable to locnte any of the members of this company 
who could give me the information. Captain Hastings 
was a good, brave man and had a splendid company, 
which always responded when called upon in times of 
danger. Captain Hastings was Sheriff of Dade County 
when the war broke out. He had a horse killed from 
under him by a cannon ball at the battle of Little Rock. 

An incomplete roster of Company G, 16th Mo. Tiif., 
C. S. A.., made from memory after more than fifty years 
have elapsed, assisted by T. B. Rountree of Cane Hill and 
Charles Winkle of Greenfield. In the first organization 
of the company: 

Captain, John M. Stemmons, of Greenfield. 

First Lieutenant, W. R. Snadon. 

Second Lieutenant, B. F Moore. 

Third Lieutenant, Willis Taylor. 

Orderly Sergeant, T. M. McPatt. 

Third Lieutenant, Thee Buchanan, elected to f U th" 
place of Willis Taylor, who was killed in the battle of 
LOTH- Jack. 

Third Lieutenant, John West, elected to fill the place 
of Thee Buchanan, who was killed. 



In 1863 Stemrnons was elected Major. Rather than 
to become Captain both W. R. Snadon and W. R. Moore 
resigned and went to the Cavalry, and John West being 
wounded, the company was reorganized, and T. M. Mc- 
Patt was elected Captain; Guss Wetzel, First Lieutenant; 
Dick Grout, Second Lieutenant; D. R. Mallory, Third 
Lieutenant; Napokon Parnell, Orderly Sergeant 

Privates in the Company were .s follows: 

Ross Chappel, 
Rufe Chappel, 
Mansfield Oldham, 
G. W. Oldham. 
John Finley, 
J. R Finley, 
Will Finley, 
Polk Gates. 
Jim Brown 
Mat McGregory, 
Jay McGregory, 
Wiley McGregory, 
Bill Sleeper, 
Frank Parnell. 
J. M. Gout, 
Dick Rose, 
Charley Wimkle, 
John M. Beckley, 
Monroe McXatt, 
J. S. McXatt, 
Willis McXatt, 
Garr McXatt, 
Will Daniels, 
Jake Williams, 
Hosea Williams, 

(killed at Lone Jack.) 
Job Robertson, 
John Ray, 
Jim Ray, 
George Handcock, 

Dick Ragsdale, 
John Williams, 
Marion Williams, 
J. M. Carlock, 


Bill Scott, 
Tom Scott, 
John Scott, 
Hale Duncan, 
Tom Duncan, 
- Cook, 
William Ping, 
W. A. Dale, 
John Dale, 
T. B. Rountree, 
Andrew Dale, 
Benton Dale, 
Jim Chambers, 
Robert Daughtrey, 
William Daughtrey, 
J. M. Daughtrey, 
Jim Faires, 
Xewt Faires, 
Jim Foster, 
John McMillen, 
Reason McCullough, 
Jacob Friend, 
William Home, 
Reason Jones, 
John Harvey, 


Marion McLemore, Ed. Fleetwood, 

3-eorge Massongale, Joseph Walker, 

Jack Holder, Ed. Jerome, 

Tom Holder, Harrison Southwell, 
N T ewt Gray, (Doubtful) 

Alexander McBride, Mirel Hardin, 

Rice McBride, S. S. Allison, 
(killed at Helena, Ark.) 



The following is a list of killed from Dade County 
as I remember, there are others I am sure that I cannot 
recall their names, as I have nothing to go by and have to 
trust my memory: 

John Can-, 'Will McMahan, John Mills, Bill Fair, 
Wm. Pirtle, Sanford Pirtle, Jim Gillespie, Will Gillespie, 
Willis Taylor, Wm. R. Stoveall, Capt. Silas Bell, Lieut. 
David Vaughn, George Bowles, Alexander Bowles, John 
Williams, Brown Williams, Lieut. Guss Wetzel, Rich 
Spain, Lieutenant Thee Buchanan, Zeb Stockstell, Mart 
Speer, Frank Speer, Lieut. Ben Finley, Dr. Kennedy, 
John Davidson, Dickson Brown, Bob Kinmons, Mat Mc- 
Gregory, Reason McCullick, John West, jr., Jesse West, 
John M. Williams, E. E. Williams, Jim Scott, Jeff Cald- 
well, Jackson Dougherty, John Zinamon, R. T. Willis, jr., 
John Durnell, Dock West, George Hall, Levy Thompson, 
Lee Fine, Dock Lawson, Rice McBride (killed at Helena, 
Ark.), Lieut. Thee Buchanan. 

This roster was made out by Hon. S. P. Mills, who 
was Orderly Sergeant of this company, who represented 
Mellon County, Texas, in the Legislature two terms and 
two terms from that Senatorial District, was killed acci- 
dentally February 8th, 1916. 

Roster, Company F, 3rd Missouri Cavalry, General 
Joo Shelby's, Brig.: " 

Captain Gentry West, Lieutenant McPhorson, 

Captain J. L. Jenkins, Lieutenant A. C. Bowles, 

Lieutenant T. J. McLuer, S. P. Mills, O. S. 



Hue Arnold 
Robt. Akin 
S. W. Bates 
Burnett Botts 
A. J. Bates 
Ben Bowles 
Stant Buford 
Isral Blackburn 
Tom Bird 
Geo. Cotton 
W. B. Clark 
Will Cook 
Marion Cox 
Jolmithan Cox 
Jeff Colwell 
Elic Cobell 
Ben Collins 
Len Davis 
John Davidson 
Geo. Davidson 
James Davidson 
Len Eaton 
Tom Foresitli 
Joe Foresitli 
John Foresitli 
John Givens 
Ike flicks 
Henry Hicks" 
Finis Home 
Robt. Home 
Joe Home 
Robt. Home 
Joe Hall 
Robert Hardy 
Joe Johnson 
Tip Jessepp 

John Jones 
Jake Jones 
Rufe Lack 
Earle Lacy 
V$ll Long 
Leonidas Morris 
Pat McLemore 
Henry McGhee 
B. P." Moore 
John Mills 
Tom Mills 
K. McGregor 
John Maniese 
Wm. Noale 
P. Nichols 
Duch Pile 
Tom Ragsdale 
T. L. Reed 
John Robinson 
N. E. Robinson 
Wm. Robinson 
Ben Sebastion 
W. R. Snadon 
Henry Sears 
Frank Sears 
Joe Sears 
John Shrum 
Jake Shrum 
Tom Shurley 
M. Templeton 
Robt. Templeton 
James Torbett 
Sam Taylor 
Ruben Ti singer 
Dick L T nderwood. 


Munroe Walker John Williams 

Doc West Wilson 

Dave West Poke Wagoner 
S. B. Williams 


Charley Winkle was of Co. Gr 16th Missouri Infantry 
a Tennessean by birth but a Missourian by adoption, 
being one of Dade County's pioneers. He served through 
the entire war, and is still young for his age, 64. 

E. L. Blevans was born in Cass County, Missouri. 
He served under Col. Irvin, in Rain's division of Price's 
army. He is now in his 71st year. He has made Dade 
County his home for some years. 

J. M. Carlock was of Co. G. 16th Missouri Infantry. 
He served under Col. Stemmons in Rains 's brigade of 
Price's army. He is now 69 years of age and has spent 
much of his life in Dade County. 

A. J. Mills was of Co. A 3rd Missouri cavalry, Shel- 
by's brigade. He is now 68 years old, but "don't look it." 
Tic has spent 64 years of his life in Dade County and his 
neighbor's would be glad to have him spend 64 more here. 

K. F. Poindexter was also of Co. A 3d Missouri cav- 
alry, Shelby's brigade. He is "To the manor born" 
being not only a native Missourian, but also a native Dade 
countian. He is now 68 years of age and one of the 
handsomest and youngest looking in the group. 

E. D. Coble was of Co. I 3rd Missouri cavalry, Shel- 
by's brigade, and Cooper regiment. His age is 77 and 
lie has never claimed any other place home excepting 
Dado County, Missouri. 

Joe Ren fro is a younger brother of Commander Lewis 
Ren fro and possibly the youngest of the group above. 
Tie is also a native of our county. 

Lewis Renfro was of Co. A 3rd 'Missouri cavalry and 
served as lieutenant under Col. John M. Stemmons, for 
whom the local camp of U. C. V. was named, and at its 
organization was elected commander. He has constantly 
served the camp in that capacity with the exception of 


one year, when the late Sam Howard was honored with 
that position. He was born in Dade County, which has 
always been his home, and is now 65 years of age. 

James R. Jeffreys was a member of the 2nd Tennessee, 
1st division, Wheeler's corps. He was born in Tennessee, 
but spent more than half a century in Dade County, Mis- 
souri. He is now a 71-year-old boy. 

II. R. Thomas is one of the original Co. A boys of 
Price's batallion, and though 67 years of age still an all- 
round. He came to Dade County, Missouri, some time in 
the '70s. 

M. J. Sooter, now of Miller, Lawrence County, Mis- 
souri, spent many of the years of his life in Dade County. 
We have not Mr. Sooter 's war record, but one look ar his 
handsome picture will convince any reader that it is 0. K. 
and that he is probably somewhat younger than his reputed 

We have no doubt but this was quite as fine a bunch 
of soldiers as they are citizens, and Dade is sorry that 
she cannot claim them all as her own. 

There are also a number of others of t'sesc ''Old 
Boys" who are still Dade Countians and whom we should 
have very much liked to have in the picture, but they 
were not present and we will have to endeavor to get 
them at some future time. 


The following paper, read by Miss Bessie Hobbs at the 
high school commencement exercises, will be of much in- 
terest to many of our people. An unusual sr.bject has 
been handled in a most interesting manner: 

Long, long ago when savage panthers reamed the 
wilds of the western part of Greenfield, and wolves might 
be seen at any time showing their cruel teeth as if guard- 
ing some hidden treasure; when thr 1 deer lurked here and 
there trying in vain to slum the fatal blow of the hunter; 
and even in the outskirts of the little city, the blood- 


thirsty wild cat searched the hills and hollows for prey, 
then Greenfield wasn't half so imposing as at the present 

In the northwestern portion of the town where now 
the high school, with its beautiful campus, and the resi- 
dences with their smooth, grassy lawns are located, in 
1861 there was seen nothing but a great field of corn. 

There was no negro town; instead there was a huge 
thicket which proved to be an excellent place for the con- 
cealment of bushwhackers during the war. The block 
on which the M. E. church is situated was one great mass 
of briers, hfizel bushes and campbellite weeds, through 
which a path ran obliquely from the present site of the 
parsonage to the Dade County Bank site. One can im- 
agine from this picture that the busy little city was at 
that time indeed very small. The dwelling houses were 
few and far between. Mr. Latham, one of the quite prom- 
inent citizens, lived in the house just south of H. D. 
Sloan's, but at that time this residence was located where 
Dr. Weir's house now stands. It has been but slightly re- 
modeled, and is perhaps one of the oldest houses of the 
town. R. S. Jacobs resided near the public square in the 
house which is now a part of the Ed Shaw home. An old 
residence and one which has been but very little altered 
since it was built is that north of the home of D. R. 
White. During a portion of the war this house was the 
residence of Col. Coffee, probably the most influential 
man of the whole county. He was one of the leading 
lawyers of the town and his popularity gained for him 
the position as speaker of the Missouri house of repre- 
sentatives. At the beginning of the Civil war he enlisted 
in the Confederate army and became captain of a ccmrpany. 
An old-time house which witnessed all the events of the 
war is the Barber house, which is now owned by Mr. Xew- 
ell Cates, the father of Will Cates, who resides near Penns- 
boro. The present residence of 1). R. White was occupied 
by William (Jriggs and it looked very much as it does 
now. Perhaps one of the best houses of the town was 
the home of the Misses Eastin, daughters of the former 


owner. There were, of course, other little houses in Green- 
field at that period, but it would take too long to name 

When you view the present substantial business 
houses of the town did it ever occur to you what were 
once in their places? In 1861, there were only two brick 
buildings on the square. In one Mr. Shields had a hotel; 
now many times enlarged the Delmonico hotel. In one of 
the rooms of the other brick structure was a store which 
J. T. Rankin, Uncle Jeff Montgomery and Rev. W. J. Gar- 
rett owned. The firm was humorously nick-named "Wis- 
dom, Strength and Beauty," the first being "Wisdom," 
Mr. Montgomery "Strength" and Mr. Garrett "Beauty." 
In the other room Dr. Bowles had a little store and also 
kept the postoffice. This building was replaced a number 
of years ago by the Merril-Jopes block. In addition to 
the Shields hotel there were two others, one owned by Mr. 
W. H. Holland and the other under the management of 
W. H. Younger. Mr. Holland's establishment was a two- 
story frame structure across the street from D. W. Ed- 
wards' dwelling and now, though somewhat enlarged, 
known as the "Green House." Mr. Younger 's hotel was 
also a two-story frame building, standing where Mr. Carr's 
meat market now is. 

The grocery and dry goods stores were never sepa- 
rated. There were four of just such stores besides those 
above mentioned. Where the Washington hotel stands a 
small frame building was occupied by John G. Riley and 
Captain John Howard, the latter a far-seeing man arid 
one of the foremost in the history of our city. 

It might be interesting to note that Mr. Brewer's little 
store building formerly located at the present site of the 
Greenfield Dry Goods company store, is the only business 
house in town which has survived the ravages of the 
years without having been remodeled. In 1861 R. S. 
Jacobs there had a little store, the contents of which 
were worth about five or six hundred dollars. Mr. Jacobs, 
too, is fresh in our minds as a man, who, despite hard 
times, was ever successful in a financial way and whose 


influence was felt over all the county. The store of 
Buster & Bryant was in a two-story building located 
where the Jacobs bank stands, that of Mr. Rufus Gates 
in the front part of a little two-roomed building where 
Eastin's store is. These same rooms, but so very much 
changed that they could never be recognized now from 
the front part of the residence of W. M. Holland. 

There were two saddle shops when the war began; 
that of Newell Gates was located in the room just back 
of his brother's little store, and that of Charley Beal & 
T. E. Bell was on the north side, where the Mead building 
is situated. 

It seems that liquor flowed in Greenfield as freely as 
water, for in 1861 there were five saloons and drinking 


places. Elilm Martin's saloon was in a small building 
somewhere near the place where I. B. Tarr's warehouse 
is. Mr. Bender, a well known doctor had a little drug 
store where that of C. H. Bennett is now near this, per- 
haps where the furniture store is was the drug store of 
Xewt McCluer, one of the quite prominent men of the 
town. John Baugh had a little saloon where you now see 
the Dade County Bank. By this general survey around 
the square one can imagine what great spaces were be- 
tween some of the buildings. Now compare the business 
portion of Greenfield of 1861 with that of today and what 
a great difference is found. 

The court house, the second constructed in our city, 
vras a brick building about the size of the one we have 
now,- and located in about the same place. David Eastin 
was at that time county clerk, W. W. Holland, treasurer, 
Arch Lonir, circuit clerk and recorder and Mr. Hastings, 

The jail was a rude structure of logs two stories high, 
the walls containing three thicknesses. The timbers of 
the outer walls occupied a horizontal position while those 
of the middle wall were perpendicular. In the lower story 
the walls were 1 lined on the inside with oak lumber one 
inch thick and into every square inch a ten-penny nail 
was driven. This rough looking old building was, how- 


ever, about as safe for the keeping of prisoners as any 
we have ever had. It was located in the hollow on the 
east side of Greenfield and remained there until 1862 or 
1863, when after the decree was issued that it was to be 
used as a guard house some of the Union soldiers enraged 
because they had been thrust into jail, burned it down 
immediately after the order had been made. 

In 1861 there was but one church in the city, the old 
Presbyterian edifice which stood where the manse now 
stands. Of all the number who were present at the dedi- 
cation of this church, only one remains. P. L. Montgomery, 
of this city. Some of the others are sleeping in the beauti- 
ful cemetery in the eastern portion of the town, while 
others lie in the War graveyard a mile from Greenfield. 
Although the church was Presbyterian, it was used by all 
denominations and it seems perfect peace reigned among 
them. Rev. Fulton, the regular pastor of the church, was 
much beloved by all who knew him. 

The schools, at the beginning of the war were very 
much inferior to those of the present day. A brick school 
building had been begun by the Masonic lodge on the lot 
where the school for the grades now stands, but unfortu- 
nately had not been completed. The old white frame 
building consisting of two rooms above and two rooms 
below, had been moved back far enough to make room for 
,the new building. School was taught in the old house 
by Mr. Williams, until after the winter of 1861, when the 
war rendered its continuance impossible. The school re- 
sembled an academy somewhat, some of the higher branch- 
es of study, such as Latin, Greek and mathematics, being 
taught along with the common subjects. Here Mrs. 
Shafer, widow of the late Judge Shafer, Mrs. Henry Mer- 
rill and Mrs. Will Champlin spent their school days. Out 
in the woods near the place where the mill pond in the 
western part of Greenfield is found, there was also a little 
district school taught by Mr. John Wilson. This was a 
type of the real old-time "Deestrict Skule" upon which 
so many modern entertainments have been based. Taking 
the schools as a whole, they were exceedingly poor. Do 


not some of the elders of Greenfield deserve praise for 
having achieved so much? 

The population of Greenfield in 1861 was about 300, 
71 of whom were slaves. The negro, as usual, delighted 
in having fine clothes and pretty ornaments. Mr. Newt 
McCluer owned a slave, Reuben, who was especially noted 
as a lover of fine dress. His master permitted him to hire 
to other people when he was not needed at home and al- 
lowed him to keep the money which he earned. Reub ac- 
cumulated enough wealth to purchase a very costly watch 
and chain, a gold-headed umbrella, broadcloth suit, stiff 
hat, and fine shoes, so that he made a more stylish ap- 
pearance than any other man in the town, black or white. 
Reub one day did not anticipate a storm when he started 
from home on the way to town, and did not take his um- 
brella with him. Just as he was passing the home of Mr. 
and Mrs. Mathias Allison (among the old settlers of 
Greenfield and the grand-parents of Mason Talbutt) it 
suddenly began to shower. Reub, dreading to get his hat 
wet, took it off and put it under his coat, when Mr. Alli- 
son exclaimed: "Why, Reub, don't you know you oughtn't 
to let the rain pour down on your head that way? You 
are liable to take cold and die." Reub, who could gen- 
erally think of the right thing to say at the right time, 
replied: "A man has a right to take care of his own 
property. This head belongs to Mr. McCluer; this hat be- 
longs to me." 

Some of the negroes now residing in Greenfield who 
were slaves prior to and during the war are: Lucy Rut- 
ledge, Henry Griggs, Henry Stephenson, Bill Long, Manuel 
and Ellen Dicus, and Aunt Lilah Hoyle. 

When the war began several Union companies were 
organixed in Dade County. Companies "A" and "D" of 
the Sixth Missouri cavalry completed their organization 
on July 4th, IHG'l. Clark Wright, who was the first captain 
of Company "A," became colonel and T. A. Switzer cap- 
tain. I. T. Sloan and John Scroggs of this city were mem- 
bers of this company. 


Late in the spring or early in the summer of 1862, a 
Union militia company was organized in Greenfield, and 
on the day that the officers were elected and sworn into 
the service by Enrolling Officer, John B. Clark of Dade- 
ville, it was reported that a Confederate force under Joe 
Shelly and John Coffee were advancing upon the town. 
At this instant, the faithful enrolling officer, knowing that 
he was the one most desired and likely to receive the 
hardest treatment by the enemy, went +o the home of W. 
K. Latham and asked the lady of the house to hide him. 
This she did by putting him into a hole under the building- 
through a trap in the floor, over which she quickly 
spread a carpet. The enemy, who, however, proved not to 
be Shelby and Coffee, rushed into the town and captured 
all but a few of the new company, and searched in vain 
for Capt. Clark. All of the captured ones were sworn not 
to take up arms against the confederacy. Afterwards, 
upon being exchanged, nearly all of them volunteered into 
the U. S. service. Mr. N. S. McCluer in 1862 became the 
first captain of Company "M," of the Eighth Missouri 
cavalry; Alfred Kennedy, first lieutenant, and Mr. Mc- 
Dowell, second. Mr. Raleigh J. Shipley was a member of 
this company. 

In 1863, Company "I" of the 18th Missouri cavalry 
was organized with John Howard captain and W. K. Pyle 
one of the lieutenants. Here Mason Talbutt and Abe Carr 
served during the following two years as soldiers for the 

In addition" to these companies all the other men of 
Greenfield between the ages of 18 and 45 were compelled 
to enroll in the home militia and were known as the "Home 
Guard," but their work was very light and they were 
never passed into actual service. Although most of the 
men of the town sympathized with the north, there were a 
few who believed in the cause of the Confedaracy; Lewis 
Renfro of this city, John M. Stemmons and two of his 
brothers, and Colonel Coffey (as has been noted) were 
hearty supporters of the south. 


One Sunday morning during the early part of the 
war when 'Rev. Fulton was preaching, 60 or 70 unex- 
pected guests arrived at the church. They rushed into the 
room and the people were horror stricken. The weapons 
which some of the congregation chanced to have were 
taken, but nothing valuable as money or jewelry. The 
bushwackers then forced all to take an oath that they 
would not take up arms against the confederacy. The 
sermon was not finished, as pastor and flock went straight 
home as soon as they could get away. 

The enemy then hurried to the store of R. S. Jacobs 
and robbed it. A safe which contained something less 
than a thousand dollars of the county money was blown 
open and its contents taken. After the bushwhackers 
thought they had damaged the town enough they departed, 
perhaps to ravage some other unsuspecting and unguarded 

At most any time were such men lurking about in the 
forests or hiding behind some old building ready to plunge 
the fatal knife or fire the fatal shot into the bosom of some 
innocent man, but to do so was considered no crime in 
those cruel war times, and many foul murders went unpun- 
ished. Another time during the early part of the war a 
band of Guerrillas made a raid upon the town. The Union 
State Militia and the Sixth regiment, under the leadership 
of Major Wick Morgan, were at that time quartered in the 
Shields hotel, and from the windows of the building the 
bullets whizzed out through the air to the enemy, causing 
one to meet death and the remainder to fall back. They 
fled . southward and burned the houses of many Union 
men on their way. 

Probably one of the most well known raids through 
Greenfield during the war -was that of October 6, 1863, 
when the town was captured by Confederate troops under 
command of Gen. Joe Shelby. It must have been pre- 
viously known that the court house was to be destroyed 
for Colonel Coffey, who, being a land owner, was probably 
looking out for his own interests, had ordered the public 
records to be carried out arid piled in one of the houses 


nearby. When he himself arrived, the structure was one 
great mass of flames, the like of which many in town had 
never seen. When- the fire had abated, the soldiers de- 
parted from this part of the country, leaving the little 
county seat in a great uproar. 

A second alarm, which served to increase the terror 
of the people, spread over the town when during the 
night after Shelby's raid news was received that Austin 
King had taken possession of the town. But when the 
second message was sent over the little city that King 
was a Union leader who had come to defend the place, the 
inhabitants once more were relieved. Guards were placed 
in all the most important roads leading to the town and 
again the county seat was at rest. 

Although only a very small portion of the great civil 
war took place in Greenfield, the people nevertheless suf- 
fered at times exceedingly; Once in a 'while the wealthy 
person could obtain from the town market no more than 
he who didn't have a penny for there was absolutely noth- 
ing to buy. At one time, the nearest market to Greenfield 
was Osceola and it was even difficult to obtain provisions 
there for the trip was a dangerous task on account of the 
dreadful work of the bushwackers. 

From the market of Springfield where things were 
considered the cheapest, one could carry ten dollars worth 
of sugar in one end of a common size meal sack and ten 
dollars worth of coffee in the other. Corn bread, bacon, 
hominy and game formed the -staple diet during the war 
and often even they were considered a treat, 

The many cruel depredations, the killing of individ- 
uals and other atrocities committed around Greenfield dur- 
ing the war period, and the hard times which all went 
through, would furnish material sufficient to fill a volume. 

Time, however, has served to mitigate these evil ef- 
fects and those who oiice fought as enemies, divided by 
bitter prejudice, have long since ceased to harbor illfeeling 
and now work side by side, united in sentiment, with one 
sincere ambition of promoting public good. 



In writing a history of a county and its people, living 
and dead, good, bad and indifferent, it sometimes becomes 
necessary to insert a page here and there which appears 
upon its surface more or less dark and gloomy, and es- 
pecially when the incidents relate to circumstances which 
have their foundation in the days that tried the hearts 
of strong men, and caused even the foundations of our 
government to tremble. 

With malice toward none and charity for all, I will 
try to relate the story of "Kinch West" perhaps the most 
notorious, intrepid and fearless man that ever lived in 
Dade County. 

His boyhood was similar to that of any other country 
boy growing up in the environment of forest, field and 
woodland, living very close to nature and enjoying a free- 
dom wiiich comes only from the hills. Like the Shepherd 
Boy of old who came from the Judaeian hills to the court 
of a king and afterward became a famous warrior, the 
life of Kinch West was transformed in a single day from 
that of a quiet, unassuming country boy to an armed des- 
perado by the enactment of a tragedy which would seem 
impossible in a civilized community. 

On the 5th day of April, 1863. a company of men 
whose identity is unknown to the writer of this article, 
visited the home of Billy West, the father of Kinch West, 
about eight miles east of Greenfield, killed the father, 
burned the house and contents, and presumably the same 
parties a few days later killed two of his infan; sons, 
about the age of ten or twelve years, respectively. Billy 
West had sons in the Confederate army. Kinch being one 
of them, and this fact is supposed to bo the cause of the 

When this appal'ing news reached the ears of Kinch, 
IK- became so enraged that he immediately resigm-d his 
j-osition in the Confederate anr.y, came back to th" vicin- 
ity of his old home and organized an independent hand to 
\ isit ven^enee upon the he-ids of the perpetrators ( f this 
vile deed. 


Kinch and his followers claimed to know the names of 
<he guilty parties, but the concensus of opinion at that 
rime was that his evidence rested largely in suspicion. 

His anger and wrath was fanned into a fierce by 
i eason of the exingencies of the war and the peril of the 
limes. As soon as his band was organized they coraenced 
a merciless warfare against the supposed guilty parties, 
<md extended it to every party that interfered or m any 
way opposed his plans. Houses were burned, live ; , were 
taken, property destroyed and a perfect reign of terror 
existed in the community. Doubtless many deeds were 
done and crimes committed which were laid at the door of 
Kinch West ; of which he was innocent, but his name 
was a terror and h'.s threats a thorn iu the flesh to ail who 
opposed him in the tloody warfare upon his enemies. 

His company was an independent one and uncon- 
nected in anyway > iT Jth the Southern Confederacy although 
made up of southern sympathizers and ex-Confederate 
soldiers. They alone were responsible for the enormity 
of their deeds. 

Kinch West never returned to Dade County after the 
war. The West family was one of the oldest and most re- 
spected in the county and were early pioneers. Many of 
his relatives now residing in the county are among our 
very best people. 



In a copy of the Vedette, in June, 1868, while the 
present court house was in the course of construction, had 
the following, on its local page: 

"The new court house and jail is advancing all right. 
W. L. Scroggs, superintendent of public buildings, today 
filed in the office of the Clerk of the County Court, his 
report stating that he has examined the material of the 
bricks for the new court house and jail and pronounces 
them of good material and well burned, and receives them 
as made according to contract. 

F. M. Wilson, the contractor, now wants, the third in- 
stallment, $2,000 which is now due according to contract, 


and the presiding justice will have to call a special term 
therefor, or the work will stop, until the same is paid." 

The jail spoken of in this clipping was in the south- 
west corner of the present court house, the space now 
used by the circuit clerk. The old jail was abandoned 
some fifteen years ago at the time the new one was com- 
pleted. The new jail stands a little to the east of the 
southest corner of the public square. At some seasons of 
the year the old jail held open doors for weeks at a time. 


Aaron D. States. 

In looking over the files of the Greenfield "Vedr-tte" 
from its inception in August, 18G6, to the early and middle 
seventies, it is found that this publication was sure abreast 
with the times in which it was published. It was ably 
edited by Origgs and Talbutt, also by Talbutt and Barker, 
and when the late Charles W. Griffith took the ownership 
in the early part of the seventies, it appears that he put 
forth his best effort in giving the people a good local news- 
paper. He believed in the editorial page and he devoted 
the best of his energies in discussing local, state and na- 
tional interests. 

A little over a quarter of a century ago the Griffith 
home in Greenfield was destroyed by fire. The old files of 
the "Vedette" were consumed in the flames. But few 
copies of the early issues are extant. Fortunately while 
cleaning the old vaults at the court house in recent weeks 
a bundle of these old papers was found that had been placed 
on file in the office of the County Clerk. An early copy of 
the Dade County Advocate, Vol. 1, No. 28, was found at 
this time. Attorney Vohiey Moon was then the editor and 
publisher. He was a Greenfield attorney and is well re- 
membered by the older class of citizens. This was in 1875. 
The initial number of the Advocate presents a very cred- 


liable appearance, but it remained for the present owner 
and publisher, William R. Bowles, to make it the paper its 
mission required. For many years Mr. Bowles has had 
charge of this paper, and it is truly one of the best and 
ablest Democratic newspapers in Missouri, published in 
the country districts. Mr. Bowles is an educated man and 
he loves the Advocate. See article on Greenfield newspa- 
pers from their inception on another page. It is mighty 
interesting history to Dade County people. 

Chapter 6 


W. E. Shaw. 

The early history of the Cumberland Presbyterian 
church in Dade County is shrouded more or less in tra- 
dition, but there are a few well-established facts which I 
desire to submit to the Dade County History. 

Among 1 the early ministers of this church I will men- 
tion Rev. A. A. Young-, who visited Dade County and later 
settled in Lawrence County on Honey creek about eight 
miles northwest of Aurora. Rev. J. D. Montgomery and 
Rev. TV. J. Garrett both settled in Dade County. Rev. Gar- 
rett in Greenfield and Rev. Montgomery on a farm four 
miles northeast of Greenfield now owned by the Scott fam- 
ily. Rev. James Tucker was also among the very early 
preachers of the state to settle in this county. He settled 
on the farm now owned by John Stockton near the Ed Dicus 
farm northeast of Greenfield. He was the father of Mrs. 
Scott, who lived and died on the Emerson Scott farm. She 
was 9(5 years old at the time of her death, and the mother 
of James, Hambleton, Ab. Perry, Price and Emerson Scott 
and Mrs. Narcissus Winkle. 

John Bell and Garnett Davenport came to the county 
just before the war. , 


W. E. Shaw. 

The South Greenfield Camp Ground was located before 
the Civil War. The ground was donated by Jacob Cox, 
father of our lamented Sam Cox. The ten acres where the 
Camp Ground is no\v located was set apart by the donor 
for a perpetual camp ground for the use of the South Meth- 




odist Church. The meetings that were held before the war 
differed from those of later date. Instead of tents, the 
campers built camps made of small logs. Those camps were 
built around the shed on the four sides, each camp owned 
by some liberal person who expected to bear his or her 
part of the expense of feeding the great multitudes of peo- 
ple who attended. For people went a long distance to 
attend those annual gatherings. The camps were usually 
double, with a space between. The rooms were usually 
about 12 or 14 feet square, one room set apart for ladies 
and the other for gentlemen ; the space between was for 
social use, where people would find shade and shelter during 
the time between services. The campers erected cook sheds 
and long tables, where free-for-all meals were served ex- 
cept for those who preferred to go in the covered wagons, 
prepared to take care of themselves. Pastures were pro- 
vided by the liberal farmers for the horses and oxen, that 
were used for the conveyance of all the people. 

The services usually commenced on Thursday night 
and continued until about mid-week, making the series 
about a week long. The preaching and singing was ol the 
old-rime type, and religious awakenings usually followed 
from the first service. Among the ministers was the well- 
remembered James McGehee, a man of great power and a 
s \veet singer in Israel. I remember but few of his co-labor- 
ers ; will mention only Rev. Joe Davidson, another conse 
crated, faithful servant of the Lord. Ministers of other 
churches were also faithful helpers. Rev. J. D. Montgomery 
was among the early day assistants. Those meetings al- 
ways resulted in great good, and all the churches usually 
received a part of the converts, as everything connected with 
those meetings was in perfect union and God honored and 
blessed them all. It was long after the close of the war 
before the fires were rekindled on those sacred grounds. 
During those days the railroad was built and South Green- 
field was located. I think it was about the year 1880 that 
the grounds were once more cleared of briars and rubbish 
and the meetings re-established, continuing for only a few 


years, during which time the South Methodist erected a 
neat church just north of the shed, where they worshiped 
until the congregation constructed and carried out their 
plan of moving their House of Worship to the new town, 
now South Greenfield. Soon after the erection of the church 
on the camp ground, there was a Cumberland Presbyterian 
church organized by Rev. "VV. E. Shaw, consisting of thirteen 
members, known as the South Greenfield congregation of 
Ozark Presbytery. The new organization was heartily wel- 
come to use of the house, where they worshiped with per- 
fect unity, and both churches prospered and worked to- 
gether until the time when the South Methodists were ready 
to move their house, when the ten-acre piece of land that 
constituted the camp ground was sold to the Cumberland 
Presbyterian. The congregation that then worshiped there 
now own and worship in a house built soon after, on or near 
the spot from which the other house stood. Soon after the 
transfer of the property the new owners set about re-estab- 
lishing the camp meetings. Rev. "VV. E. Shaw preached for 
this new Cumberland Presbyterian church for three years, 
with a degree of success, after which Rev. J. F. Daughtrey 
and Rev. George Harbor were pastors. Under their labor 
the church became so much strengthened and encouraged 
that they reorganized the camp meetings under the present 
plan of renting tents and buildings, a restaurant, and set- 
ting a time limit of 10 days for said meetings. I failed to 
remember now which of those brethren, Dauglitrey or Har- 
bor, was first after myself to take charge of the church, but 
the Lord blessed and prospered the work, and soon the en- 
campment became a great annual gathering where a threat 
deal of good was accomplished, when the question of fra- 
ternity and union with the Presbyterian church was ac- 
complished in 11)0(5, the programs having already been made. 
The divided parties went forward, and the encampment 
was for that year under the direction of the union element, 
but the ownership of the property was legally in the hands 
of the Cumberland Presbyterians, who submitted to the 
tamp meeting plan already made, Rev. George Harbor 
being Superintendent in the year 1907. The Cumberland 


Presbyterians claimed their right and took possession of 
the grounds. Sam W. Cox, the leading member and elder, 
having wisely made the conditions of the purchase, making 
each donor a granloi and beneficiary to the pi'operty, to 
hold in trust for their own use as a place of worship. Since 
taking hold of the grounds, the management has continued 
each year to go forward with perfect unity, guaranteeing 
to all people protection, and great gatherings have annual- 
ly met and worshiped God, and great and lasting u'ood lias 
been the result. The large crowds of people have been 
estimated at from five to eight thousand on the Sabbaths 
and most popular days. May the Lord continue the great 



Mabelle Robinson. 

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Greenfield, 
Mo., was organized in the year 1839 by Rev. J. D. Mont- 

Tt was early in the year 1855 that that great man, Rev. 
W. J. Garrett, came to make his home in the little town of 
Greenfield, where his memory will ever be loved and held 
sacred in the hearts of her citizens. Here it was he started 
a boarding school which resulted in Ozark College and 
finally in the High School of today. 

But while the people were prospering in many ways, 
they were in one sense very poor, for they had forgotten 
the promise in that great Book which says, "Seek ye first 
the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these 
things (earthly comforts) shall be added unto you." How- 
ever, it was not the will of God that the Evil One should 
have so much influence in this locality, so Rev. Garrett was 
sent to preach to them the "Whosoever will Gospel" loved 
so much by every true Cumberland Presbyterian. 


Rev. Garrett for some time preached in the court 
house, but at last a house was furnished where the present 
Presbyterian Church stands. Here they worshiped for 
about eight years. They finally decided with the help of 
God to build a new church and sold the old building to the 

Rev. Garrett, Dr. Bowles, Eliot Young and Peter Van 
Osdell were a few of the leaders who helped to push this 
enterprise to a complete and victorious ending. To get the 
lumber to build this church much donation work was done, 
the logs were cut and brought to town from the great forest 
which then stood just north of town. 

It was in September, 1868, that the new temple was 
ready to be dedicated to the full service of our Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ. Rev. J. N. Edmiston and P. J. Reed 
conducted the Dedicatory Services. A revival had been 
going on for some weeks in a brush harbor just north of 
town. This was moved into the new church directly after 
completion. The power of God seemed to fill the congre- 
gation at every meeting. The Christians were comforted 
and filled with a great joy, while the sinners fell down and 
wept bitterly. In this revival, which lasted several weeks, 
many, many precious souls were brought to feel the pardon- 
ing love of our Heavenly Father. 

There were now one hundred members enrolled. The 
following are some of the early preachers : Rev. Garrett, 
who preached about thirty years ; Rev. B. F. Logan, ten 
years ; Rev. Dunlap, Rev. Brown and Rev. R. L. Venice, 
four years. The first year Rev. Venice was pastor, he held 
revivals within which about seventy professed. Most of 
these were young men from the college, who afterward 
united with the church. Following Rev. Venice was Rev. 
J. P. Campbell, who preached two years; Rev. George Har- 
bor, one year; Rev. Lowe, six months; Rev. Cheek, one 
year; Rev. Fly, eighteen months, and Rev. Pitts, a few 

Presbytery has been entertained here quite frequently 
and the Synod of Missouri once, about thirty-three years 


Our present pastor, Rev. W. E. Shaw, was ordained in 
the old church in October, 1884. Rev. J. F. Daughtrey 
preached one year, beginning in 1893. There were about 
twenty conversions recorded in this year. 

Rev. Johnston was pastor when the union question 
came up. He went union and preached at the present Pres- 
byterian Church until his death. The Unionists not only 
took many members with them, but they also took the par- 
sonage, which was then worth about $800. 

When the few true members that remained had some- 
what recovered from the shock which this calamity had 
laid upon them, they found that they were about fifteen 
strong, for "as with Gideon's army, God can accomplish 
much with little." 

It is here that much praise should be given to Rev. R. 
S. Ramsey and Rev. J. F. Daughtrey, who came to the res- 
cue of the little congregation in Greenfield. They stood 
firmly for the Cumberland Presbyterian cause, and used 
all their influence to hold the church together until Rev. 
W. E. Shaw could be employed as pastor at the fall meet- 
ing of Presbytery. 

Rev. Shaw took up the shattered work beginning in 
August, 1906, and ending the middle of the year 1908. Rev. 
Carr then took up the work for two years, or until Rev. 
Shaw could come back to carry on the work up to the pres- 
ent time. In the revival which Brother Shaw held in 1907 
nearly all the young people were converted, who are mem- 
bers of the church today. 

In the spring of 1913 the two churches, the Presby- 
terians and Cumberland Presbyterians, compromised, the 
Presbyterians getting $1,000 and the Cumberlaiicls getting 
the old church and grounds. 

The church has just now come through another great 
struggle, that of building the present new brick church. 
Rev. Shaw, with his little handful of workers, not only 
worked for this, but they also prayed much to Him who 
knows no such a thing as failure. The new church was 


dedicated free of debt May 23, 1915, by Rev. J. E. Cortner, 
pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Marsh- 
field, Mo. 

"With the dedication of the church, a new era is upon 
us, with new duties, new conflicts, new trials and new oppor- 
tunities ; start on the new journey with Jesus Christ, to 
walk with Him, to work for Him, and to win souls to him. 
Know "that if God shuts us in at one door, it is only to 
bring us out at another." The fact that the church in 
Greenfield is still alive and prospering is a sure proof that 
God has some work awaiting it. 



Died, at his residence in Greenfield, on Tuesday, the 
8th day of February, 1876, of acute tuberculosis, Rev. "Wil- 
liam Ramsey Bennington, in the fifty-third yea" of his age. 

The subject of the above notice was well and favorably 
known to most every citizen of Dade County. During a 
residence of nearly ten years here he had endeared himself 
to almost every person with whom he came in contact. 

William Ramsey Bennington was born in Adams 
County, Ohio, on the loth day of December, in the year 

He became a Christian at an ^nrly age, and had 
preached the gospel for more than twenty years. At the 
time of his death he was an industrious teacher in the Cum- 
berland Presbyterian Church. In this cause lie was ear- 
nest, fervent and devoted, doing more than his failing 
physical powers would justify. Among his last requests 
was this: "That the ministers should teach more indus- 
triously if possible." Many will long remember him as 
one who was always ready to give religious instruction and 
to preach the gospel of salvation to his fellow men. 

lie was married to Priscilla Wall on the 4th of Sep- 
tember, 1S42, near Xenia, Greene County, Ohio. They had 
eight children, six of whom are living, five daughters in this 
county, and a son living in Joplin. 


He removed from Ohio to Knox County, Missouri, and 
settled at Edina in 1855, where he published a paper called 
the Knox County Argus, for a short time, taught in the 
high school in the town eight years, and was elected Super- 
intendent of public schools three terms. 

At the breaking out of the late Civil War he was a 
strong Union man, and enlisted in the army and served 
over three years. He saw much hard service under Gen- 
erals Grant and Sherman during the western campaigns. 
He received several severe wounds, the effects of which 
hastened his death. He came out of the army like many 
other gallant, patriotic, honest soldiers, broken in health 
and fortune. He brought his family and settled in Dado 
County in the year 1866, where he had been engaged in 
teaching school and preaching the gospel until shortly be- 
fore his death, when he was compelled to give up his labors 
from the effects of the disease which had been preying upon 
him for some six or seven weeks before. 

He was the County School Commissioner at the time 
of his demise, and by his loss the schools of the county 
are deprived of an earnest, faithful and efficient laborer in 
the cause of education. 

Mr. Bennington was possessed of a very liberal edu- 
cation, and had done much to advance the public schools 
of our county. 

He was a member of the Masonic bodies of Greenfield, 
and requested to be buried according to the rites of the 
order. In his death the lodges lose a good man. This com- 
munity is deprived of a valuable citizen, the churches of 
an earnest and faithful teacher, and his family of a kind 
and indulgent husband and parent. 

In these times of selfish greed and unprincipled rush 
to acquire wealth, it does the soul good to contemplate the 
character of one so pure and disinterested as was that of the 
deceased. And dying in the triumphant hope of life eternal, 
he thought to exhort his ministerial brethren to more ear- 
nest work, to ask his friends and relatives to live so as to 
meet him in that land from whose bourn no traveler returns. 


And as his life was an example of how a Christian should 
live, so was his death a shining example of how a Christian 
should die. 

The Burial of Professor Bennington. Professor Ben- 
nington was buried by the Masonic bodies of Greenfield. 
There were a very large number of Masons present, and 
the Knights Templar turned out in uniform. The proces- 
sion repaired to the late residence of the deceased and es- 
corted the body to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 
where Rev. Mr. Garrett preached the funeral discourse. The 
church was jammed full of the school children and citizens 
from all parts of the county, and fully one-half could not 
even find standing room inside. After the funeral discourse 
the procession repaired to the cemetery, where the body 
was deposited according to the rites of Masonry. After 
returning to the lodge appropriate resolutions were adopt- 
ed, a copy of which are given below. 

At a meeting of Washington Lodge No. 87, A. F. & A. 
M., Thursday, Feb. 1.0th, 1876, the following preamble and 
resolutions were adopted: 

Whereas, It has pleased the Supreme Architect of the 
Universe to remove from our midst to that undiscovered 
country from whose bourn no traveler returns, our beloved 
brother, William R. Bennington; therefore, be it 

Itcsolve.d, That in the death of our brother the com- 
munity has sustained the loss of an honorable, upright and 
exemplary citizen, the church has been deprived of a pillar 
and ornament, the cause of education an intelligent, ener- 
getic and zealous worker, the fraternity an esteemed and 
dearly beloved brother, whose example has ever guided in 
the paths of virtue and truth. Be it further 

Hcxolrcd, That we tender to his bereaved family our 
sincere condolence in this, their hour of great tribulation, 
and accord to them our heart-felt sympathies, as a token of 
respect to the memory of our deceased brother, that the 
lodge and jewels be draped in mourning, and that we wear 
the usual badge of mourning for thirty days. Be it further 

.1. ( . snoi si; AND i) \i (;n i i;i:. 


Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the 
records, and a copy duly certified under the seal of the 
Lodge be furnished the family of our deceased brother. 





Aaron D. States. 

This church, the oldest of its denomination in South- 
west Missouri, was organized June 4, 1842, with twenty- 
eight members. When the Rev. J. W. Bell, who presided 
at the organization, asked the members what name they 
desired to call their church, John M. Rankin arose and in 
a voice trembling with emotion said, "Let it be Ebenezer, 
for hitherto the Lord hath helped us." The church then 
belonged to what was known as the old school branch of 
the Presbyterian family. 

The charter members were John and Polly Rankin, 
Margaret Rankin, Nathan Wilkerson and Nathan Wilker- 
son, Sr., Rebecca Wilkerson, Jane Wilkerson, Nancy Morris, 
John Tarbot, Mary Tarbot, Jacob Montgomery, Rachel 
Montgomery, Anna Montgomery, Nancy S. Davidson, W. 
W. Rankin, Margaret Oerdner, James Sharp, Alfred Cow- 
an, Hannah, a negro slave, Mary Weir, Betsy Wilkerson, 
Sarah Wilkerson, Nancy Bokers, Thomas Ross, Sarah C. 
Ross, Margaret "Rutdledge and George Rutdledge. The 
first families composing the membership were mostly from 
Virginia and Tennessee. 

The first elders were Nathan Wilkerson, Sr., Jacob 
Montgomery and John M. Rankin. The church was without 
a pastor the first two years of its existence, and the elders 
exercised care over the congregation, maintaining regular 

The first minister to take charge of the church was 
Valentine Pentzer, \vho came in 1844 and remained three 


years. He was also employed as principal of the Green- 
field Academy, one of the oldest schools in the entire coun- 
try for higher education. He was a charter member of 
the Washington Masonic lodge at Greenfield. On leaving 
here he went to Illionis, where he died in 1849 at the early 
age of thirty-eight years. Mr. Pentzer was a very able 
man, a good sermonizer, a splendid teacher, and he did 
much for the cause of education while here. 

Mr. Pentzer 's successor was the late Rev. John Mc- 
Farland, a man of deep piety and sterling worth, who came 
to the church in 1848 and remained its pastor until 1860. 
Mr. McFarland had a great influence in moulding early 
Presbyterianism in the entire Southwest, and there are 
many still living who delight to speak of the man and his 
work to this day. During his ministry the first house of 
worship was erected in 1854. It was built of brick and it 
stood on the same lot the present building stands, but it was 
back farther from the street. The erection of the first- 
church building was made possible by the generous gift 
of $600 from Elder James M. Mitchell. Another liberal 
giver was ''Aunt Hannah" Cowen, an old slave. The pio- 
neers were mostly poor and there seems to have been a 
scarcity of money at that time. Hearing the solicitor of 
the building fund speak to her master of the difficulty in 
raising money, "Aunt Hannah" walked into the room with 
a half dollar in her hand, which she had saved from her 
scanty wage, and handing it to the solicitor, she said, "Will 
this buy a brick?" 

Mary McFarland, the minister's gifted and devoted 
wife, was an important active factor in the work of this 
period. She was not only interested in the work of the local 
church, but in the wider field of missions, and she was one 
of the first advocates of the Woman's Presbyterian Mission- 
ary Society. She was educated at the famous school of 
Mary Lyon, Holyoke, Mass. When Mr. McFarland retired 
from the pastorate of the Ebenezer church, a little log school 
house was built on their farm, two miles north of Green- 
field. This school was sometimes called Brush College. 


It is said it was the only school in the Southwest that sur- 
vived the Civil War. When some of the soldiers who have 
been her students at the beginning of the war returned to 
their homes, they went back to Mrs. McFarland's school. 
It is said they found being spelled down by the smaller 
students was about as disagreeable a sensation as being 
shot down by the enemy. Thomas A. Miller, now mayor 
of Aurora, was a one-time student at Brush College. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. McFarland are buried in the Weir cemetery, 
near the home in which they lived for thirty-seven years. 
These most excellent people, people of culture, true relig- 
ion and patriotic service, will never be forgotten by the 
people whom they served. Mrs. McFarland was loved by 
young and old alike, everybody delighted in her companion- 
ship, everybody held her in the very highest esteem. She 
was one of the sweetest mothers of Israel. 

The Rev. W. R. Fulton was a third pastor of this 
church. His pastorate was the longest in its history, ex- 
tending from 1861 to 1878. Under his faithful ministry, 
the church survived the ravages of the Civil War better 
than any other Presbyterian Church in the entire area of 
South Missouri. In 1866 this church had forty members 
and it was the strongest church in the Presbytery in this 
section of the State. The old Fulton home is still standing. 
It has been remodeled and repaired, yet it is where the Ful- 
tons lived, and in that house Elizabeth Parkinson, the 
noted singer, was born. That home is now owned and occu- 
pied by Wood Edwards and family. 

The Rev. George H. Williamson was pastor of this 
church from 1882 to 1885. During this period of pastorate 
the main building of the present edifice was constructed 
under his charge. Mr. Williamson is well known in nearly 
every section of the Southwest. He is a strong, forceful 
pulpit man, and during his real working days he never 
knew when to stop. He had built many monuments to his 
memory in the Southwest. 

One reason this church has become so well established 
is that it has had several long pastorates. One of these 


was that of John R. Gass, who was with the church from 
1891 to 1898, seven years. On account of Mrs. Gass's health 
he resigned and went to New Mexico for a change of cli- 
mate. He is now Synodical Superintendent of Missions for 
that State. Mr. Gass is one of the deepest and most pro- 
found thinkers in his church, and his sermons and lectures 
are gems of rich thought supported by a devotion to truth 
and a desire to reach the highest ideals. His character is 
strong, his knowledge of matters and things keen, and ever 
ready for use. He is devout, sincere just all man. 

Other ministers who have been with this church for 
over a year are Benjamin F. Powellson, 1879 to 1882; 
Willis G. Banker, 1887 to 1890; William G. Moore, a most 
excellent and devoted man, 1889 to 1902; Rev. J. E. John- 
son, 1905 to 1909. The latter took charge of the joint con- 
gregations of the Ebenezer and Cumberland Presbyterian 
churcnes, a relation that was terminated by his death. The 
present pastor, Rev. Edmund S. Brownlee, has been in the 
field since the first of September, 1909. Mr. Brownlee is a 
man of strong character and fitness for all his work. He is 
a man who knows how to meet other men and to give each 
man that which is justly due him; he is a great strength to 
his church and a strong, active citizen. Since its organiza- 
tion, the church has given eight of its sons to the ministry. 
W. M. Mitchell, S. W. Mitchell, J. N. Rankin, Joseph W. 
Scroggs, L. M. Scroggs, W. A. McMinn, Joseph Johnson 
and Samuel F. Wilson. 

In this historic church the Presbytery of Ozark and the 
Women's Presbyterial Society have had their birth, the 
former September 29, 1870, the latter 1876. Here, too, at 
the reunion of the Presbyterian and Cumberland Presby- 
terian churches, the new Presbytery of Ozark was organized 
June 18, 1907. 


Aaron D. States. 

In the beginning of the eighties, Elder Morgan Mor- 
gans, an evangelist of the Christian Church, came to Green- 


field and hold a religious debate with Rev. George W. Brown 
of the Cumberland Presbyterian faith. The debate was held 
in the Cook Pool Hall, and some of the preaching was held 
there, too. The Presbyterian people tendered their church 
to the new faith members, for a part of the time. 

Elder Morgans was considered one of the strong men 
of the ministry in his day, and he was a very forceful speak- 
er There were but few people in Greenfield and adjacent 
country at that time who were of that faith, and religious 
prejudice was rife. The organization of the church was 
completed on January 1st, 1882. It was perfected by the 
late Elder AY. B. Cochran, who did much evangelistic work 
in this section prior to and after the organization was com- 
pleted. Elder Cochran deserves much credit for what he 
accomplished during the early years of the church in this 
section of Missouri. His effective work at Greenfield, Cave 
Spring and Dadeville will live with time. 

The present church building was erected in 1884. Too 
much credit cannot be given to William Mayes, who at that 
time was one of the most active and effectual workers for 
the church. His ability to advise ways and means, and his 
ability to raise funds, enabled the young congregation to 
accomplish much. He is still living. He lives at the home 
of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Lawrence, at Sarcoxie. Though 
pretty feeble, he still retains a good memory, and he de- 
lights in the fact that he had an integral part in the early 
history of the church in Greenfield. The late Joel T. Hem- 
bree, Sarah J. Hembree, his wife, J. F. Ackers and wife, 
J. K. Grider, Lovis Depee and wife, Mrs. Mary Pyle, Miss 
Syra Pyle, Mary E. Bailey, E. D. Hamner, AY'. T/Hamner 
and Mrs. N. X. Higgins were the charter members. 

The memory of the Hamners still lingers in the minds 
of all who were connected with the church up to the time 
of their death. Air. Hamner was a long-time elder in this 
congregation and he was a great, good and grand old man. 
Mother Hamner was considered one of the noble women of 
the community. Her memory will never wane in this con- 
gregation of the church. They are now sleeping in the 


silent, yet talkative, city a few paces to the east of the 
church they helped to found and the church they loved. 
Their son, Prof. Thomas Hamner, a bright educator and 
one of the strongest in character the town ever produced / 
sleeps beside his parents. His death occurred only recently, 
in another country, and his body was brought here for 
burial. The life of Prof. Thomas Hamner w r as one of true 
devotion to principle and to high ideals. His educational 
worth, both in Greenfield and in Texas, as well as in other 
districts, will stand for a long time as a monument to his 
splendid abilities. 

It was expedient for the young congregation to send 
for Morgan Morgans to dedicate their new church building. 
It was dedicated in June, 1884. That was a great day for 
the now church, which, at that time, had a promising future. 
It has passed through many changes, yet it has become 
stronger and better each year. On April 1st, 1891, the edi- 
tor of this history was called to this church, from his home 
at Fort Scott, Kansas, to hold a short meeting. The meet- 
ing began that night and continued three weeks, resulting 
in several additions to the church. The next year Mr. States 
was called to the pastorate, to hold the place until a suitable 
pastor could be obtained. During that year many more took 
membership with the congregation. He was followed by 
Elder McQueary, a very able man, a man who thoroughly 
understood the plea of the church, and he did a great deal 
of good. lie was followed by Elder Adcock, who held the 
place a little over a year. After him came Elders McLaugh- 
lin, George Williams and Cochran. The present pastor is 
Rev. E. (). Sweaney. He is a capable minister, strong in- 
tellectually, broad in scope and true at heart. The church 
never had a better young minister than Rev. E. O. Sweaney. 

Elder Warren was the pastor during the first year of 
the ninties. His work was very effectual for good. His 
congregations were always large. The people love to hear 
him. Then there was Rev. Sam I. Smith, perhaps the most 
brilliant young minister who ever delighted a Greenfield 
audience. He did a good work. The very first ministers 


were N. R. Davis, T. E. Shepherd and J. C. Davis. Elder 
Cochran was called the second time during 1 the early his- 
tory of the congregation. 

This church has been unfortunate in not having very 
Jong pastorates. It is a conceded fact that where there are 
long pastorates more and greater good can be accomplished, 
but the church is gradually growing up to that standard of 
churches that recognize merit, and is willing to sacrifice, 
if necessary, to support the church in all of its work. The 
present membership is one hundred thirty-three. The pres- 
ent Board of Elders and Deacons is as follows : 

Elders I. J. Martin, J. C. Shouse, A. 0. Litchfield, J. 
H. Bell. 

Deacons Prof. E. H. Ca render, P. R. Montgomery, 
Tim Gillaspie, Clyde Hartfield, Don LaFoon, Giles Holman, 
Linville Higgins, M. C. Ritchey. 


Aaron D. States. 

The first congregation of the church in the Dadeville 
district was at what is still known as Pisgah. There is an 
old cemetery near where the old church stood, in which rest 
many of the first settlers of Dade County. Some of the 
headstones are dim with age. The second congregation 
was at Cave Springs. 

The oldest Christian Church is the one at Dadeville. 
It was organized in 1839, three years before there was a 
Dade County. James Hembree and wife, and Xancy Ilem- 
bree, were among the charter members. Matilda Hembree 
was also one of the first members. The congregation was 
organized by Elder Hazelton, an old-fashioned, old-time 
minister, who sowed seed that is still bearing fruit. 

The new membership did not believe in any kind of a 
musical instrument in the house of worship, and no instru- 
ment was allowed in that building, or in the building suc- 
ceeding the first one, until recent years, when many of the 


younger portion of the church sought to be a little more 
modern. The organ is now used in both church and Sun- 
day School services. This church, desoite its various strug- 
gles, has accomplished much good. One of the chief char- 
acteristics connected with this church was a strong desire 
for public debate. Many of the strongest intellects in the 
church have met the strong of other churches in debate at 
Dadeville. The early fathers of that congregation believed 
strongly that the best way to get the plea of their church 
before the people was through the channels of controversy. 
That idea is still manifest among many of the present mem- 

There is no question but what these friendly conten- 
tions accomplished much in those early days in the forma- 
tion of the various congregations of this church in Dade 
County, and, at one time, no congregation of this church 
thought a minister really orthodox unless he was ready to 
affirm or deny at any moment, and unless he was willing 
to meet a minister of another church in public convention. 
Happily that age is fast passing, and ere long the matter 
of religious debate will only be a matter of history. 

This old mother church has had some of the best min- 
isterial talent the church could supply. Many of the old 
fathers have stood in that pulpit and proclaimed the gos- 
pel of truth. It has been a power for good in all relation- 
ships that have entered into the religious and social makeup 
of the community. 

After the year 185,3 the congregation at Dadeville de- 
cided to build a house of worship. It was a frame struc- 
ture. In I860 they built a log meeting house at Cave 
Springs, and in 188G they built the present structure, in 
which they have worshiped all these years. The present 
pastor is J. R. Crank. The early pastors of the church 
were Hlders llazelton, Mcl>ride, Harlam, Mulkey, Xathanial 
Fisk, \V. P>. Coehran, Davis and Randall. 



The next oldest church of this faith in Dade County is 
over at Antioch. It was organized on the second Lord's 

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day in May, 1884, and has never closed its doors from the 
first opening until now, except, perhaps, a few times during 
the Civil War. 

The first meeting house was constructed out of logs, 
and it had a huge fireplace on one side of the room that 
gave it the necessary heat in winter for the comfort of the 
people. Elder Harland Mulkey was one of the pioneer min- 
isters of this congregation. He was a most lovable disciple 
of the Christian faith. His voice was one of the sweetest 
ever heard in song, and his life was filled with precious 
acts and noble deeds. Elder Allen Scott was another pio- 
neer minister, and there are a few still living in that vicin- 
ity who remember his good work and his splendid charac- 
ter. Elder Willis was also one of their early ministers. 
In this community is where the Stampers, Saters, the Wil- 
lises, the Gambles, the Mallorys and the Funks lived. All 
these families have much to do in the making of the early 
history of that portion of Dacle County. 

Uncle Bud Scott, the man whose death, a little over 
a year ago, was mourned by all the people, was a member 
of this congregation. He was a great good man. The 
Greenfield Advocate published an extended account of his 
life history, a few weeks before his death. The Antioch 
church has been a builder of history. In a very early day, 
about the time of the inception of the church, the Antioch 
people decided that they would hold a home coming meet- 
ing during the month of August of every year. This 
they did until recent years, and, it wa c ; very much re- 
gretted when the church decided to discontinue these an- 
nual functions. Their yearly affairs used to bring people 
from other states and the people of the entire southern 
part of Dade and the northern part of Lawrence, counties, 
attended to almost the entire of the population. Usually a 
good and efficient minister was employed to conduct these 
services. A huge brush shed was built near the church 
building in which the daily meetings were held. Every 
member and citizen of that entire country would bring- a 
basket well filled at every session during the week. They, 
indeed, observed a real feast, hungry for something to 


oat, and hungry for the preaching and practice of the 
Gospel. After the old log meeting house there came a 
very commodious frame church building a little after the 
Civil War, which stood until recent years, when it was 
remodeled and improved, making it one of the most sightly 
and most modern country buildings in all the country. 
This church was also rather opposed to any sort of mus- 
ical instrument for a great number of years, but, at the 
present time they have an organ in their church and it is 
used at every service. The late (Uncle) Charlie Sater, and 
Perry Karris deserve a special mtnt : on in connection with 
the Antioch Church. The former was always ready to lend 
a hand and the latter took great Interest in the music. 
His family were nearly all musicians. The widow still 
lives in Greenfield. 

Woodward was one of the sweet singers of Israel and 
he took great interest in the yearly meetings. One of the 
sweetest singers ever heard, one whose voice was full of 
sweet melody without a single discord, was the late David 
D. Pottenger of Ash Grove. He often went to Antioch and 
lead the song service. He was known all over the south- 
west as the leader of song, and though dead for many 
years, still lives in the memories of hundreds of people. 

Antioch Church Record. Mrs. Tosie Scott at Penns- 
boro found an old Antioch Church record which she 
loaned to the editor of this history from which we quote: 

"A list of the membership names of the people, who 
comprise the membership of the Church of Christ at 
Antioch Meeting House, Dade County, Missouri. This 
church was organized the second Lord's Day in May, 1884. 
(iiven under my hand and seal this, the 7th day of Novem- 
ber, 1868. 

R.T.WILLIS, Elder." 

This congregation proceeded a< once to build a church 
house, tlu- day it was organized and the church appointed 
Charles Cox and John Adams to receive and hold the deed 


to ono acre of ground where the church now stands. 
These commissioners having removed from the vicinity of 
the church John Gamble and Charles Sater were appointed 
successors of Cox and Adams. 

Signed, R. T. WILLIS, Elder. 

During the late war the original membership list was 
partly destroyed and a complete roll of membership from 
the beginning until the present is not obtainable. The 
record was the property of the late Uncle Bud Scott, one 
of the early members, and it was found in his belongings 
soon after his death a year ago. Elder Willis was one of 
the first pastors of this congregation. 

The Church at Arcola. The late Rev. AY B. Cochran 
organized a church at Arcola or, January 1, 1882. S. H. 
Bales and wife, AY. P. AYhitley and wife, William Lewis 
and wife, Ebev E. White and wife were listed among the 
first members. The late John G. Sloan was an early mem- 
ber of this congregation as was his wife. Mrs. Bales is 
now a member of the Greenfield congregation. 

The present church building was erected and dedi- 
cated during the year of 1885 Rev. W. B. Cochran 
preached the dedication sermon. Some of the early min- 
isters: Elder W H. Watson, who now lives at Everton; 
Elder John AY. Randall, one of the true saints of his 
time; Elder AY. H. Bryan. This church holds regular 
services most of the time. 

Dr. R. M. Crutcher, one of the leading citizens and 
physicians of Dade county, has been a member of this 
congregation for a- long time, and he has devoted his time 
and means to its upbuild much to the credit of the church. 
He is still very active in church work, his good wife has 
been a support to the church in an unpretentious way. 
There are no better women than Mrs. Crutcher. 

There is great need of church federation in Arcola. 
AYhen once this is accomplished they can be in position to 
employ a good minister and have preaching service every 
Sunday, with their minister living in their midst. The 
Arcola District is peopled with the right sort of folks 


and when once they are convinced that church federation 
is for their good, it will not be very long until that very 
thing will be accomplished. Some of the very best citi- 
zens, in other Dade county districts used to live in the 
Arcola country. Many of them still remain there ready to 
adopt any good measure that comes their way. Elder W. 
PI. Watson deserves much credit for the upbuild of the 
Arcola church. Pie is one of the oldest ministers in south 

The Church at White Oak. One of the strongest mem- 
berships of the church was at one time over at White Oak 
School House some three miles north and a little east of 
Seybert. The membership as high as one hundred and 

This congregation was organized in 1871 by Elders 
E. Goodnight and William Pyle. Elder Goodnight was 
the father of the late James Goodnight who is well remem- 
bered in both Dadeville and Greenfield districts. Elder 
Goodnight and William Pyle were pioneer ministers of this 
faith, and they accomplished much for the cause they 
represented. The White Oak congregation worshipped 
in the school house until recent years when there was 
erected a beautiful little church building at Seybert. This 
gives the congregation a permanent home. 

The elders of the church were William Pyle, John 
Wilkson, F. M. Wilson, D. W. Duncan, J. A. Fox, F. M. 
Montgomery and William PJ. Grisham. 

Back in the early nineties Elder Aaron D. -States held 
a revival meeting for the White Oak congregation that re- 
sulted in adding many new members to their church roll. 
It is said to be one of the best and most effectual meetings 
that congregation ever enjoyed. At that time Ed. Mont- 
gomery, l\ II. Montgomery, Cal. Wilson, W. L. Grisham, 
James A. Fox, and many others devoted their time and 
energy to the success of the church. P. PI. Montgomery 
has been a citizen of Greenfield many years and Ed. Mont- 
gomery has been a citizen of Canada for the past ten years. 
p]lder William Watson had much to do in building the 
White Oak congregation. 


The Church at Bona. In May, 1868 a congregation 
of the Christian Church was organized at Bona some six 
miles north of Dadeville, by Elder W. L. George, S. H. Per- 
kins, J. Cyrus Lindley, Samuel Baker, J. A. Freeze, John 
Long and W. R. Allen as charter members. 

Mr. Allen was one of the pioneer settlers of that sec- 
tion of Dade county and one of the most devoted men of 
the church. He lived in the Cane Hill district. and in after 
years there was a church organized at Flint Hill, near the 
Allen home. He became identified with the new congre- 
gation soon after its organization. Mr. Allen was truly 
a great, good old man, one of the strongest and most be- 
loved of that entire community, both at Bona and Flint 
Hill. He is remembered by a multitude of people until 
this day though he has been dead a number of years. 

The name of J. Cyrus Lindley will never fade from 
the history of the Bona Church and district. His life 
was too full of good deeds and acts to ever be forgotten. 
A man of large affairs, a tender heart and a devotion to 
both church and to his fellow man made him an ideal citi- 
zen. The Bona church is sometimes called the Lindley 
church in his memory. It is true he had much to do in the 
organization and the uplift of that congregation from the 
day of its inception until the day of his death. When he 
died an entire district, irrespective of party or creed, went 
into mourning and many of them are still sad on account 
of his going. (See biographical note.) 

In 1887 a church building was erected and it still 
stands. The early pastors were: W. L. George, II. Dren- 
non, J. W. Randall and Peter Shick. Elder Drennan is 
still living though very old at his home in Seymour. Web- 
ster county, Dade, as well as other counties in the south- 
west will never appreciate fully the great good this man 
accomplished during the active part of his life. Peter W. 
Shick was a unique character, rather of the "racoon" John 
Smith order. He was unique in his preaching as well as in 
his common association with the people. He was exceed- 
ingly conscientious and deeply in earnest and he did a 
great good. The old timers at Dadeville, among them 


Sheridan Pyle, delight to quote Mr. Shick even to this 

In the fall of 1894, Elder States was employed to hold 
a meeting for Bona congregation. In some respects that 
meeting was one of the most effectual. It is there where J. 
C. Shouse, at that time one of the leading farmers and 
stock raisers of the Cane Hill-Bona district united with 
the church along with a score of others who are still faith- 
ful. The music at that meeting was purely congregational 
and it was led by former Judge Rook, now of Ernest 
township. Former Judge King, Mrs. King and a hundred 
others, were the sweet singers of Israel. Their singing 
filled the church to overflowing at every service and at 
times there were more people on the outside of the church 
building than there were inside, they came from a distance 
of fifteen and twenty miles. 

This congregation is known throughout the country 
on account of its good deeds and its splendid services to 
humanity. It is a humanity church, filled with brother- 
hood and true Christian service. 


M. A. Wilkerson. 

The first services of Baptist people were held at 
Tabernacle School House, a brush arbor being built in the 
grove about one and one half miles west of where Lock- 
wood is now located. This was about the year 1880. 
These meetings were held by Rev. Iline, who was leader 
of the organization. About two years later this organiza- 
tion was moved to Lockwood, and was greatly streng- 
thened by the addition of a number of new members. 
Services were held for some time in different church 
buildings of other denominations, the Baptists having no 
place of their own in which to worship. These services 
were conducted by Rev. Young, Collins, Smith and Crab- 
tree. About 1893, Rev. Greer was called as pastor, which 


position he held for about three years. Sometime later 
Rev. Z. T. Eaton was called to take charge as pastor. Not 
having a building of their own, Brother Eaton began to 
lay plans for the erection of a church and by the assistance 
of the few brethern and taking upon himself a great por- 
tion of the responsibility, they soon had the present build- 
ing under good headway. It was completed and dedicated 
January 9, 1898. Rev. L. E. Martin, of Mayview, this 
state delivered the Dedicatory address, followed in solemn 
prayer by Brother Eaton, who held the pastorate for two 
years. Rev. W. F. Parker, W. C. Armstrong, Taylor and 
Rev. Helm, each of these holding pastorates for one year. 
We were without a pastor for a short time until Dr. R. K. 
Maiden of Kansas City, was called. He served as pastor 
over two years and did some good sound preaching. He 
resigned as it was too far to come. Rev. E. J. Barb of 
Lamar, Missouri, held the pastorate nearly two years, and 
did a great deal in getting out people in working order. 
During his stay, we had with us Evangelist W. F. Frazier, 
of Van Buren, Missouri. He did some great work. Our 
membership gained in a short time from thirty to one 
hundred and fifty members. Du.ring the year 1916 we had 
Rev. Tom Proctor of Miller, Missouri. At present we have 
no pastor but will soon call 'one. We have a live wire 
prayer meeting on Wednesday nights. The average at- 
tendance is sixty and we are proud of this as we believe 

P i 

much good is accomplished by prayer. 


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J. B. Lindsey. 

By the efforts of Rev. George H. Williamson, the 
First Presbyterian church of Lockwood, Missouri, was or- 
ganized in December, 1883 with nineteen members who 
were : 

Howard Pierce Keyes Lindsey 

Mary C. Pierce Almira Lindsey 

Bell Pierce Darius Lindsey 

Mary F. Pierce Joseph Lindsey 


Minnie Pierce Mary J. Lindsey 

John E. Mills Alma Barker 

Maggie Mills Mattie Sperry 

Allie Mills James B. Woods 

Howard Pierce and James B. Woods were chosen and 
installed elders for the church. In 1884 a good frame build- 
ing was erected and dedicated as a place of worship. 

Those serving the church as ministers, since its or- 
ganization are the Reverends: 

George H. Williamson J. J. Thompson 

I. G. Hughes W. G. Moore 
J. T. Curtis E. E. Mathes 

II. A. Tucker M. A. Prater 
J. R. Gass Herbert Water? 
Samuel Wiley 

The Sunday School of the church has met continu- 
ously at 10 o'clock each Sunday morning without (it is 
said) one exception in more than thirty years. 



Rev. W. R. Russell. 

This church was organized February 16, 1885 by the 
Rev. W. J. Garrett, as a Cumberland Presbyterian church. 
In 1906, the Cumberland Presbyterian and the Presbyter- 
ian churches united, and has since been known as the 
Everton Presbyterian Church. 

The first Board of Elders consisted of John S. Pember- 
ton, William Y. McLemore and George W. Wilson. Mr. 
Wilson was chosen clerk of the church which office he has 
held continuously to the present time. The present Board 
of resident Elders consists of George W. Wilson, William 
Y. McLemore, William Raubinger, James M. McCall and 
William R. Dye. Mr. Dye has filled the office as superin- 
tendent of the Sunday School for the past twenty-five 

The Register of Communicants shows that the church 
was organized with sixteen charter members and that 



three hundred and seventy-two have been enrolled from 
first to last. 

The first pastor was the Rev. William PI. Stephens. 
The present pastor, Rev. William R. Russell took charge 
in 1888, and has served continuously, with the exception 
of four years, at which time the church was served by 
Rev. John J. Dunham and Rev. Young W. WUtsett. 

The church owns its own house -of worship a neat 
frame building, well furnished and maintains regular 
preaching services two Sundays in each month; a good 
Sunday School with Plome Department and Cradle Roll; 
a good wide awake Christian Endeavor Society and an 
active Woman's Aid and Mission Soci-.-ty. This church 
has been and is an important factor in the educational, 
social, moral and religious uplift of the entire community. 

This record would not be complete without making 
mention of old Brother p], C. Harrington who has served 
so faithfully and painstakingly as janitor for the past 
nineteen years. Much of the success of the church is due 
to this faithful and consistent man of God. 



Aaron D. States. 

This church was oranized during the summer of 1881 
by Rev. Frank Lenig. W. B. Hoel, Mary J. Hoel, Cora E. 
Hoel, C. Ft. Hoel, Jasper and Mary I^emon, J. R. J. Apple- 
by, M. A. S. Appleby, J. K Ford and Mary and Irene 
P'ord were among the first members. 

A number of the first ministers were Revs. I^rank 
Lenig, J, R. Wolf, Chas. E. Evans, J. X Buck, J. J. Martin 
and M. Bell. J. J. Martin is >till one of the most eloquent 
and most active ministers of this faith; his home is now at 
Jasper City, over in Jasper county. Mr. Martin has been 
identified with the church since the days of the Civil 
War. Pie was one time chaplain of the 1 Missouri Prison 
and it is said he filled that office with greater credit than 
any of his predecessors. Mr. Martin has held pastorates 
throughout the south and southwest part of Missouri and 


it is very doubtful if there is another minister of that 
faith who is better known or more highly appreciated. 
His work in Lockwood assisted the young church in laying 
a foundation for its future good works M. Bell went over 
into the Golden City district, in after years and was made 
postmaster of that town during the Taft administration. 
This church owns a beautiful little building on one 
of the main streets of Lockwood and its congregation is 
one of the most wide awake in all the country The Hoels 
were among the most active members. Their citizenship 
was most helpful, in fact, the Hoel family will never pass 
out of Lockwood 's history being imbedded in its moral, re- 
ligious, material and social achievements from its incep- 
tion, for over thirty years. 


Aaron D. States. 

Rev. Isaac Routh went over into the Arcola district in 
1866 and organized a church about one and a half miles 
south of Arcola. Rev. and Mrs. Travis, Archibald and 
Polly Morris, Nancy Ball, Mary Ball, Rev. G. W. Murphy 
and wife, William and Lewis Murphy, Benjaman and 
Louisa Appleby, James A. Travis and Jesse Arbogast and 
Tife as the first members. In 1871 the young congrega- 
tion built a church edifice. The next year there came one 
of the most severe storms in that section and demolished 
the church building. 

Two years afterward the congregation decided to 
Luild a church at Arcola or rather where Arcola now 
'tands. This building was dedicated by Rev. J. J. Bently 
in 1875. James A. Travis was one of the leading members 
of the congregation both in the country and at Arcola. 
Tie became a merchant when Arcola was founded and re- 
mained there several years, then moved to Greenfield and 
rntered the mercantile business. He was at one time 
mayor of Greenfield. There was no better citizen than 
James A. Travis. His widow still occupies the Green- 


field home, Mrs. Sally-Cunningham-Travis, whose father 
was one of the pioneer citizens of the country. 

The church at Arcola has done a great deal of good 
f or that community. The Underwoods were strong mem- 
bers of that church, the Travis, the Murphys and the Ap- 
plebys. They have regular preaching service and they 
sustain a Sunday School. Their church building is one 
of the neatest structures in that section of the county. 
The old church was lately remodeled and modernized. It 
is sure a credit to the town and the community. 




Aaron D. States. 

Some years before the town of Greenfield was known 
Ihe Cumberland Presbyterians met and formed a church. 
It was organized by the late Rev. J. D. Montgomery in 
1839. The first church was in the vicinity of where Green- 
field now stands. A. M. Long and wife, Joseph Lemaster 
and wife, M. H. Allison and wife, J. L. Allison and wife, 
Rev. J. Weir and wife, Leann Dicus and Rev. J. D. Mont- 
gomery and wife constituted the initial membership. 

All these people are listed among the pioneers and 
many of them left a heritage to their children and the up- 
lift of the community that exists to this day. Rev. J. Weir, 
father of the late Jonathan Weir and Samuel Weir, who 
still lives on the outskirts of Greenfield, was one of the 
leaders of men during his citizenship in Dade County. He 
was ever alert to the advancement of his country and he 
was devoted to his church. Many descendants still live 
in that community and they are all honored citizens. Rev. 
J D. Montgomery, one of the first ministers, was another 
leading character in those early days. His work is still 
bearing fruit, though dead a long time, lie still lives. 

A splendid frame church building was erected in 
1868 and it stoo^l until recent years when it was replaced 
by a handsome brick structure, chiefly due to the splendid 
efforts of Rev. William E. Shaw, who is now the pastor. 
The new building stands where the old one stood for over 


forty years. The old church was dedicated by Rev. J. N. 
Edminston and Rev. P. G. Rea. The ecrly pastors were, 
Revs. J. D. Montgomery, W. W. Brown, W. J. Garrett. 
B. F. Logan, R. L. Venice. Father Garrett is well remem- 
bered by every old citizen. He died some two years ago 
at the home of his son in Springfield and he is now sleep- 
'ng in Greenfield's most beautiful cemetery. He was one 
of the most active men in his church and he did much ir. 
spreading Christian interest throughout the country. The 
Greenfield church gave up a part of its membership at 
the time there was a sentiment in favor of uniting all 
branches of the Presbyterian faith. Many of the faithful 
preferred to remain with the old church. This body of 
Christians are doing a good work in Greenfield. The 
yearly encampment at South Greenfield is fast becoming 
a fen day chautauqua each year. 


W. D. Brown. 

The Christian church WPS organize-, i in Everton in the 
v pring of V'00 bv District Evangelist, Joseph Gaylor, in 
the old McLemo v <> Hall. Following is a list >f the original 
officers and charter member^: 

Flders: W. D. Brown, E. II. Caro.ider, Albert Hay- 

Deacons: Dave Hudson, F. () 'Kelly and T. W. Mai- 

Other members were: Sarah A. Brown, Letitia Caren- 
der, Mrs. Dave Hudson, Mrs. F. O'Kelley, Rebecca O'Kol- 
loy, Mrs. T. AV. Mallory, Mr. Humphrey, Mrs. Howard 
Ragsdale, Susie Gillaspie. 

A new building was erected the same year at a cost of 
about $1,000, which was later dedicated by District Evange- 
list J. II. Jones. Among the ministers who have held pas- 
f or;;tc> with tin- clmroli arc Eklrrs Sain I. Smith, \V. II. 
Hah-, .J. II. Bloomer, T. II. Wilson and W. II. Watson. 



Aaron D. States. 

This old church of history and decided action, did not 
find a home in Dade County until after the close of the 
Civil war. This was on account of the hostility it received 
from the principles of slavery. Very soon after slavery 
was abolished this church established many congregations 
in the county, and most of them still thrive and all of them 
are doing an untold good to their respective communities. 

It was in 1864 that Rev. William Denby came to Green- 
field and successfully started a church of that faith. He 
gathered about him such old time pioneers as the late Will- 
iam R. Bennington, of school fame, F. A. Cardwell, William 
and Mary Theoble, M. A. Foster, William, Amanda, Robert 
and Xancy McBride and Victoria McBride and some fif- 
teen others whose names are unobtainable on account of 
the missing church records. It might be well to state that 
the early fathers paid as much attention to recording their 
individual and congregational acts as the people do now. 
It is a detriment to the whole social scheme as well as re- 
ligious, that so little account is kept. 

In 1871 the present church home was built. It was 
dedicated in 1872 by Dr. B. F. Crary, who was then the 
talented editor of the St. Louis Christian Advocate. There 
are a few people still living in Greenfield who remember 
distinctly that splendid sermon. William Denby took up 
the work in earnest at the very first, and it was chiefly 
through hTs splendid efforts that the church was organized 
and the new church building erected. He was a devout 
disciple of the faith and a most excellent speaker. He 
was followed by Revs. Isaac Routh, S. R. Recce, F. S. 
Haughaut, C. L. Howell, T. S. Benifiel, A. R. Nichols, I. J. K. 
Limbeck, R. AV. McMasters, Frank Lenig, J. R. Wolf, C. 
E. Evans, X. H. Buck, William Buck, W. J. Simmons. All 
these were the early pastors. During later years the 
church has been served by Rev. AV. D. Sichuan, a most de- 


vout, sincere and well founded disciple. He is now super- 
intendent of the Springfield district and he is doing a 
great work. Then there was Father French, an old-time 
Methodist minister, full of faith, with plenty of ambition 
and good works. Rev. Mr. Terrantine was one of the de- 
vout faithful ministers, and though he has been asleep for 
a fortnight of years his memory is wide awake in the 
Greenfield congregation and among Greenfield people. Then 
there was Rev. Mr. Ashley, w r ho is so well remembered. 
Last and not least is the present pastor, Rev. G. M. Foster, 
one of the most affable, most agreeable and pleasing, as 
well as competent ministers Greenfield ever had or will 
have. He is a pleasing speaker, chuck full of good hard 
sense. His sermons and addresses are enlivened by real 
native wit and humor and he never fails to interest and 
please an audience, whether on the platform or at the 
sacred desk. Mr. Foster's work will never pass out of 

This first congregation of the Methodist church in 
Dade County has been instrumental in doing a great good 
for the community. Many of Greenfield's leading citizens 
have been and are members of this church. It has done 
much for foreign and home missions, and above all it has 
aided in building and strengthening the character of its 
individual membership thus making better citizens. 



Was organized about the year 1877 with Eber E. White 
and William Lewis as the first Elders. Among the early 
pastors were Clark Smith, John W. Randall, W. H. Wat- 
son, J. T. Hargrave, J. M. Jenkins, W. B. Cochran and J. 
R. Crank. 

This congregation owns a comfortable church building 
and commodious lot. They have never been an entire year 
without a pastor. Since 188,3 R. M. Crutcher has been an 
Elder in this church. A large number of converts have 
been received into the church and it has always been a 
power for good in the community. This church has also 


maintained an excellent Bible School since 1883. The 
present officers are: R. M. Crutcher, chairman; L. 0. Hoi- 
man, secretary; F. B. Davis, treasurer; Matt Crisp and G. 
W. Decker, associate elders, with the following deacons: 
0. E. Whitley, J. J. Whitley, R. W. Whitley, J. T. Scoggin, 
C. A. Jordan and T. J. Wilkins. Preaching at present every 
second Sunday in each month, morning and night, by Rev. 
Plummer of Jerico Springs. 




Fred Frye. 

More than thirty years elapsed from the time of the 
first settlement of pioneers from Tennessee in Eastern Dade 
County before the prairies of Western Dade County were 
settled. The first settlements were made in the wooded 
portions of the county where bright, bubbling springs 
burst forth from the hill sides and where firewood was 
plentiful. Children were born, grew to manhood and died 
without ever dreaming of the splendid possibilities offered 
by the rich, rolling prairies in their very door yard. 

In the year 1881 the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf 
railroad was completed through the county, thereby offer- 
ing a means of transportation far in advance of the ox teams 
of the first pioneers. Upon this railroad the little village of 
Lockwood was located. A few pine board buildings filled 
with nondescript stocks of goods, the primitive boarding- 
house and the irrepressable real estate agent constituted 
its excuse for an existance. 

On the morning of the 16th day of September, 1881, 
four Germans from Washington County, Illinois, stepped 
from the train in Lockwood and looked for the first time 
upon the broad smiling prairies which stretched for many 
miles in every direction. These men were William Meyer, 
Fred Maschoff, Fred Bornpohl and August Kritemeyer. 
They were scarcely able to speak the American language 
and were bewildered by the vastness of the territory lying 


out of doors. They were soon in the custody of Joseph B. 
Lindsey and William M. Taggart, members of an enter- 
prising real estate firm, and were shown the land which 
was destined to be their future home. They remained 
about ten days and each bought land lying south and west 
of Lockwood. They were delighted with the country and 
returned to Nashville, Ills., filled with enthusiasm, and so 
glowing were their accounts of the new found Utopia, that 
on the 12th day of October of the same year, no less than 
eight homeseekors boarded the train in Nashville, coming 
via. Kansas City, arriving in Lockwood on the evening 
train, October 14th. In this company were some of the 
most distinguished German settlers of the County. Fred 
Plies, Henry Bart ling, Herman Rede, Fred Koch, William 
Roohling, Fred Hinne, John Ossenfort and Gotfried Worm- 
bi-od were among the number. These men all bought land 
excepting (Jot fried Wormbrod, who had a sweetheart in 
Washington County who could not be induced to go so far 
out in the "wild and woolly west" to seek a home. This 
influx of land-buyers stimulated the real estate agents until 
in addition to Taggart & Lindsey, Levin W. Shafer and 
John A. Heady of Greenfield, and G. YV. Ilolliday of Golden 
City entered the field. Business in Lockwood began to 
pick up, especially in the hotel line, so much so that im- 
provised beds were made by filling ticks with prairie hay, 
and the weary homeseekers who obtained a "shake-down" 
on the office floor was more 1 than satisfied. Fred Oris, 
Henry Bartling, Fred Hinne and Fred Koch purchased 
what was known as the Thomas P. Abeel tract of land, con- 
sisting of 7(i(> acres, lying northwest of Lockwood. This 
purchase was made through G. W. Ilolliday, Mr. Abeel at 
the time residing in Texas. The new owners took poses- 
sion of their purchase February 14th, 1H82, bringing with 
them their families and all their belongings. The first few 
years were filled with hardships. The prairie sod was not 
over productive and green-head flies swarmed by the thou- 
sands. Being men of grit, they stuck it out and every one 

(A I' I. IJ. M. XEALE. 

(. /. IUSSKLL 


On the 24th day of February, 1882, the third contingent 
bunch of enthusiastic Germans arrived. These were from 
Venedy, Ills., and consisted of William Von Stroh, Fred 
Eggermann, Philip Jung, and Fred Bornpohl. Mr. Von 
Stroh purchased the Judge Taggart tract of 640 acres ad- 
joining Lockwood ; Fred Eggemann bought 320 acres lying 
two miles west of town, and Fred Bornpohl bought 320 
acres lying south of town. Phil Jung bought 1GO acres 
northwest of town. In a few weeks another delegation 
came from Washington County, Illinois. Among them were 
William Kollmeyer, Fred Volkman, Charley Kahr and 
Louis Bohne. All of these men bought southwest of Lock- 
wood, in Grant Township, the banner agricultural town- 
ship in Dadc County. Perhaps the "rawest" bunch of 
Germans who ever landed in Dadc County came on Novem- 
ber 7th, 1S81. They were from Nashville, Ills., and con- 
sisted of Christ Bohme, 'William NieholT, Fred ll'edemann, 
August Kritemeyer, Henry Schepmann, Otto Stark, Her- 
man St river, Krnest Weihe, Christ Vogt and Fred Koll- 
meyer. On their return they reported the time of their 
lives. Many of the crowd were unable to speak a word 
of English, but all could sing "Der Wacht am Reihn," and 
they certainly made things hum both on the train and at 
the hotel. These men all bought south of Lockwood. Christ 
Vogt and Fred Kollmeyer contracted for the Lindsey tract 
of 840 acres one mile southwest of Lockwood, but the trade 
fell through by reason of a forty-acre timber tract which 
the purchasers refused to take. 

In April, 1881, Henry E. Rollman came from Wisconsin 
with his son, William, and purchased the David A. De- 
Armond tract of 1(>0 acres lying one 1 mile north of town. 
In a few years it was sold to Carl Niemami of Wisconsin, 
and is now owned by Mrs. Myrtle Arbogast. This is prac- 
tically the only tract of land bought by the early Gorman 
settlers which has changed hands more than once. All the 
rest is owned by the original purchasers or their children. 

There were a few German families in Dade County 
prior to the exodus from Washington County, Illinois. 


Among them were Henry Gillman, Sr., and his family, 
whose biography appears at another place in this history. 
The majority of the German settlers were members 
of the Evangelical Lutheran church, and very early effected 
an organization and erected a large frame church in Lock- 
wood, in which was also maintained a parochial school. In 
recent years they have erected a splendid brick structure, 
and the old building is still used as a school building. At 
first the pastor was the school teacher, but now the con- 
gregation maintains both a resident pastor and a school 
teacher. Part of the early German settlers were members 
of the German M. E. church, and they effected and organiza- 
tion and erected a church in the country some five miles 
southwest of Lockwood. A Lutheran church was also 
erected near the town of Minert. 

The Germans heretofore mentioned in this sketch were 
largely farmers, but among those who engaged in mer- 
cantile pursuits and have helped to make history for Bade 
County might be mentioned, Herman Haubein, who in com- 
pany with Martin Ileiser were among the first merchants 
in Lockwood. Mr. Ileiser afterward was engaged in the 
milling business, while Mr. Ilaubein erected a creamery 
and electric light plant. Both are now deceased. Fred 
Erye also engaged in the mercantile business in Lockwood 
many years ago, as also did Herman Schuerman. Both 
are still in business. It is needless to state that the Ger- 
man-American population of Dade County form a splendid 
citizenry, which is noted for its industry, frugality, honesty 
and sterling integrity. Their farms are the best in the 
land and they are a happy, contented, home-making people. 



Early in the spring of 1S!)2 a body of German-Amer- 
ican fanners residing in the vicinity of Lockwood met at 
the office of A. .1. Young, a lawyer of Lockwood, for the 
purpose of organizing a Farmers' Insurance Company to 
be conducted on the mutual plan. A temporary organiza- 


tion was formed and a committee appointed to solicit sub- 
scriptions 1o the capital stock. This committee consisted 
of Henry l.artlin-, H. A. Xicinan, Fred Schnelle, F. A. Mc- 
( 1 aleb and .\. ,!. Youmr. Ii was decided to organize when 
.4,~)0,000 of insurabie capital stock \vas subscribed. About 
fifty fanners of Leekwood. Marion and (irant To\vnshi])s 
became charier members of the organization, and on the 
9th day of May, IS!)L\ the coni])any was incorporated. F. 
A. McCaleb was elected president, A. J. YouiiLr vice presi- 
dent and attorney, 11. A. Xieman secretary and Fred 
Schncllc treasurer. r l'he enterprise was a success from the 
start. Little chaimv made in the organization for foni 1 - 
teen years except that A. J. Yonnu' was elected president 
after the first year. The company insured houses, barns, 
live stock, hay. uram, in fact all kinds of farm property 
airainst lire and liuhtninu', on a strictly mutual basis, at a 
rate of less than 40 cents per ^100, during the first twenty 
years of its existance, and paid every dollar of its losses in 
full, cash in hand. 

Jt has now irrown until its membership reaches every 
township in the county and its insured capital is about 
*:2,.")00,000. It's annual rate 1 has decreased as the volume of 
its business increased. It maintains a permanent office in 
Lockwood with a secretary in charire and is at present the 
largest financial institution in the county. 


Three tragedies which have baffled the skill of the 
shrewdest detectives and cheated Justice out of her lawful 
retribution have been enacted in Dade County sinve 1887. 

First of these was the mysterious murder of "Luckey" 
Moriran, a citizen of Dadeville. His body was found in an 
old well at the rear of his premises with every evidence of 
foul play, and notwithstanding a searching inquest was 
held, larii'e rewards offered and competent detectives em- 
ployed, the murderer was never apprehended. 

The second of these unfortunate circumstances was the 
brutal murder of "William Pursel of South Greenfield, which 


occurred about the year 1900. He was a barber by trade, 
single and unmarried and a hopeless cripple. On the even- 
ing of the murder he was seen around his usual haunts in 
South Greenfield in company with friends, and about nine 
o'clock at night was heard, in company with a companion 
on the railroad track near the over-head bridge going in the 
direction of the lime kiln. His body was found the next 
morning on the railroad track a short distance from where 
he was last heard of, a train having passed over it, but it 
was untouched. An examination of the body revealed the 
fact that he had been murdered a short distance from where 
the body was found and dragged upon the railroad track 
for the purpose of hiding the crime. A fine gold watch 
which he carried was missing, also a large roll of bills, but 
a purse containing some $15.00 in small change was still 
on his person. The bloody club which did the deadly work 
was found near the scene of the murder, and papers which 
he had on his person were found the next day in an old 
well in South Greenfield. Suspicion pointed her finger to- 
ward a number of persons but the guilty assassin was never 

The third and last of these tragedies was the murder 
of J. M. Pidcock, a resident of Greenfield, which occurred 
in 1003. Mr. Pidcock had been Circuit Clerk of Bade 
County for eight years, was prominent in politics and lived 
with his aged mother, who at the time of the tragedy was 
away on a visit. Mr. Pidcock failed to call at the postoffice 
for his mail for a period of two or three days, and when 
his mother returned home she was horrified to find his 
nude body hanging in the closed stairway of their home, 
suspended by his shirt and a trunk strap. His feet were 
touching the stair steps, and the concensus of opinion seemed 
to be that he was murdered and placed in that position to 
indicate suicide. His body was in such a state that marks 
of violence were undiscoverable. 

Two inquests were held over his body, large rewards 
offered and the family and friends employed detectives in 
an effort to ferret out the criminals and bring them to 



justice, but of no avail. The matter stands today as one 
of the unsolved mysteries of the county. In each of the 
three cases above mentioned there were clews and theories 
but every one of them led away from the crime instead of 
toward it. Robbery might have been the motive in the first 
two, but in the case of Mr. Pidcock it was either revenge or 
suicide, with the chances ten to one in favor of the former 

Chapter 8 


Railroad Subscriptions and Bonds. On the 15th day 
of August, 1854, the county court of Dade County sub- 
scribed $20,000 to capital stock of the Atlantic & Pacific 
Railroad Company, upon certain conditions expressed in 
the order. Afterward the order was amended, making the 
stock payable in four equal installments, and Peter Hoyle 
was appointed commissioner to subscribe the stock and 
receive the dividends that might arise therefrom. After- 
wards, on the 3d day of November, 1856, Thomas C. 
Fletcher, attorney for the railroad company, appeared and 
moved the court to issue a warrant on the treasurer of 
Dade County in favor of the company, for five thousand 
dollars, the amount of the first installment. The motion 
was sustained, the warrant was issued accordingly, and 
the money was paid to Fletcher as the agent of the com- 
pany. No further amount of the subscription was ever 
paid, for the reason that the railroad company failed ut- 
terly to comply with the conditions on which the subscrip- 
tion was made. Taxes were levied and collected only for 
the installment that was paid. 

On the 15th day of August, 1870, James F. Hardin, 
agent of the Kansas City & Memphis Railroad Company, 
appeared before the county court, and stated that his com- 
pany would agree to build their railroad through Dade 
County, by the way of Greenfield, provided that the court 
would subscribe $300,000 in bonds to the capital s(ock of the 
company. At the same time several prominent and in- 
fluential citizens of the county addressed the court urging 
it to make the subscription. Upon consideration of the 
matter, the court decided that upon the petition of two- 
thirds of the qualified voters of the county they would take 
further action in the premises at an adjourned term to be 


held on the 29th instant following. Accordingly, at the 
appointed time a petition for the making of such subscrip- 
tion, signed by nearly 1,200 voters, and also a remonstrance 
against the making of the subscription, signed by a large 
number, were filed, whereupon the court proposed to the 
railroad company to subscribe the amount of $200,000 in- 
stead of $300,000, upon condition that the road should be 
built through the county and to run within one-half mile 
of the court house at Greenfield, and upon other conditions 
pertaining to the issue of the bonds, etc., and appointed 
John H. Howard to confer with the railroad company, and 
to report his action to the court on the 12th of September 

At the appointed time, Mr. Howard reported that the 
proposition to subscribe $200,000 was accepted by the com- 
pany, whereupon the court ordered that the County of 
Dade, in the State of Missouri, should "take two thousand 
shares of the capital stock of the Hannibal & St. Joseph 
Railroad Company, said shares being of the denomination 
of one hundred dollars each, to aid in the construction of a 
branch road, the name of which was 'The Kansas City & 
Memphis Railroad,' the subscription to be made to, in aid 
of, and for the use of and in the name of the Kansas City 
& Memphis Railroad, as provided in an act of the Legisla- 
ture, to aid in the building of the branch railroad in the 
State of Missouri, approved March 21, 1868." The court 
authority and power to subscribe for the stock subject to 
the conditions and stipulations fully set out in the order. 
Afterward, on the 18th day of July, 1871, the conditions 
expressed in the foregoing order, upon which the sub- 
scription was made, were modified in substance as follows: 
That the work of constructing the railroad should com- 
mence without unnecessary delay at the town of Green- 
field, in Dade County, and be continued in a southerly direc- 
tion toward Ash Grove, and that the road-bed between 
Springfield, in Greene County, and Greenfield, in Dade 
County, including bridging and masonry, should be fully 
completed ready for the iron and rolling-stock, by the first 


of April following; that tho commissioner should at once 
have the bonds lithographed, of the denomination of $1,000 
each, to he payable in twenty years from date, bearing 
eight ])(] cent interest the interest to he payable semi- 
annually, and that 1?. S. Jacobs be (and was) appointed 
commissioner for the county to have custody of the bonds 
when si.'jned and registered in sums not exceeding $7. r ),OC)0. 
That \V. (J. McDowell, D. ('. Eastin and W. M. Tairgart be 
(and \vere) appointed agents on the part of the county to 
inspect the work as it progressed, and to see that the funds 
were economically applied toward the construction of the 
road. That the commissioner should deliver bonds to the 
fiscal a '.rent or treasurer of the railroad company for the 
value of work executed on the road, upon monthly estimates 
thereof, and as fast as he should deliver bonds to the amount 
of s."), (}()(). to take from the company certificates of paid-up 
stock for the same. That the acceptance of these (and 
other minor) conditions, by .John M. Richardson, president 
of the railroad company, should have the force to bind tho 
company to a faithful compliance therewith. 

On the 7th of An mist following, AY. (I. McDowell, one of 
the county agents, filed with the court the written acceptance 
of t'i modified conditions on which the bonds should be 
issued, sinned by the aforesaid James M. Richardson. Sub- 
sequently, on the 1f)th day of November, 1871, the court 
ai:.aiM took action in the premises, and ordered that all 
previous orders relative to the subscription of stock to 
the Kansas City & Memphis Railroad Company, and for 
the issue of bonds to pay for the stock, be further modified 
so that the t\vo hundred $1,000 bonds provided to be issued 
by Hade County, should be issued at once and delivered to 
the commissioner of the county, and that he should be 
authorized to sell the bonds, at his own discretion, and to 
hold the proceeds thereof subject to the order of the court. 

The bonds for the $'J()0,0()0 were prepared and executed 
,<(<) rdingly twenty-live of them being dated October i_', 
1^71, and one hundred and seventy-five dated December 1, 
1*71 ; and all being for $1,000 each. Judge J. T. Ilembree, 

\v. SHAI T:K. 


having been appointed commissioner of the county vice 
Howard, resigned, continued the delivery of the bonds, or 
otherwise dispose of them, from time to time, and on the 
29th day of March, 1873, the court received and accepted 
certificates of paid-up stock in the Kansas City & Memphis 
Railroad to the full amount of the subscription $200,000. 
On the 4th day of May, 1873, the commissioner, Judge Hem- 
bree, made his final report, showing that all of the bonds 
had been issued and delivered to the treasurer of the Kansas 
City & Memphis Railroad Company. Hence the bonds were 
issued and delivered years before any part of the railroad 
was completed, and, when the interest became due, the 
people finding themselves without a railroad, felt greatly 
disappointed, and consequently the county refused or failed 
to pay the interest, and the people generally entertained the 
hope that, inasmuch as the railroad had not been completed 
as contemplated, by resorting to law 7 they might be wholly 
released from the payment of the bonds. But the failure 
to pay the interest soon caused the bringing of numerous 
suits in the United States court for the collection of the 
same. The history of these suits would fill a large volume, 
and is therefore beyond the scope of this work. 

Refunding Bonds. On the 12th day of December, 1881, 
the county court, upon the petition of numerous taxpayers 
of the county, ordered a special election to be held on the 
24th of January following, to submit to the voters of the 
county the question of refunding the $200,000 in bonds, 
and the accrued interest and costs thereon, by issuing new 
bonds for the amount of seventy cents on each dollar, the 
refunding bonds to bear interest at the rate of six per cent, 
the principal to run for twenty years from date, but to be 
redeemable at the option of the county at any time after 
the first five years. The election was held accordingly, 
and the proposition was rejected by a majority of the votes 
cast. Afterward, on the 19th day of June, 1883, another 
petition, signed by numerous taxpayers of the county, was 
presented to the court, praying for measures to be taken to 
refund the bonded indebtedness of the county with six per 


cent twenty-year bonds. Whereupon the court made an 
investigation, and found that the original bonds for the 
$200,000 were still outstanding 1 , and that judgments had 
been rendered in the United States courts against the 
county on account of due and unpaid interest coupons to 
the amount of $74,522.50, and that the total indebtedness 
was about $290.000. A special election was then ordered 
to be held on the 31st day of July following, for the pur- 
pose of submitting the question of refunding the indebted- 
ness to the voters of the county. The election was held ac 
eordin.idy, and, when the votes were counted, it was found 
1,0.'! 1 had been cast in favor of the debt, and 412 
airainst it. In accordance with this decision of the people, 
tlie courl provided for the issuing of new bonds to all bond- 
holders who would enter into the compromise and surrender 
the old bonds. Two hundred bonds of $1,000 each, and 
seventy of $500 each, were then issued, all bearing date of 
Au.u'uM 4, 1SS.'), and old bonds and judgments entered into 
the compromise were then <;n!cel!ed. Since then the entire 
debt has been paid. 

Railroads. The Kan>a- City k Memphis Railroad, 
now known as the Kansas Ciiy. Fort Scott & Memphis Rail- 
road, was completed through the county in 1HS1, by way of 
the present towns of Kvorte.n, South (Greenfield and Lock- 
wood, thus leaving Greenfield, the County Seat, by way of 
which it was promised to be constructed when the county 
court made the order to subscribe stock for its construc- 
tion, over two miles north of its line. The len.uth of this 
railroad within the countv limits is about twentv-six miles. 

Chapter 9 

Greenfield Post No. 75, Department of Missouri, G. A. 
R., was organized May 12th, 1883, with the following named 
comrades as charter members : 

C. W. Griffith. J. T. Hembree. 
J. F. Lyngar. Clovis Depee. 

D. B. Bailey. S. W. Long. 

J. H. Howard. Mason Talbutt. 

E. K. Shackelford. A. Helphenstine. 
E. R. Hughes. A. G. Everett. 
W. C. Young. A. B. Farmer. 
E. T. Kennedy. Martin Fiddler. 
R, B. Stephenson. J. I?. Tarrant. 

J. M. Gaston. Isaac Bardmas. 

G. A. Pollard. J. E. Scroggs. 

Twenty-two (Dead). 

The following is a roster of the Post from its organiza- 
tion : 

C. W. Griffith, 1st Lieut. Co. C, 127th Ohio Inf. 

C. W. Griffith, Capt. Co. K, 6th U. S. Cav. troop. 
J. F. Lyngar, Private Co. F, 15th Mo. Cav. 

D. B. Bailey, Capt. Co. H, 76th E. M. M. 
J. IT. Howard, Capt. Co. I, loth Mo. Cav. 

E. K. Shakelford, Co. L, 8th M. M. Cav. 
E. R. Hughes, Private Co. A, 6th Mo. Cav. 
W. C. Young, Private Co. H, 77th 111. Inft. 
E. T. Kennedy, Capt. Co. C, llth X. J. Inft. 
R. B. Stephenson, Major, 31st AYis. Inft. 
J. M. Gaston, Private Co. F, 26th 111. Inft. 
G. H. Pollard, Co. G, 9th Term. Cav. 

J. T. Hembree, 2nd Lieut Co. E, loth Mo. Cav. 
Clovis Depee, Private Co. K, 1st Ark. Inft. 
S. W. Long, Private Co. D, 12th 111. Inft. 


Mason Talbutt, 1st Ser#. Co. I, 15th Mo. Cav. 
A. Helphenstine, Private Co. F, 8th Perm. Inft. 
A. 0. Everett, Private Co. I, 9th Ohio Cav. 
A. B. Farmer, 1st Ser#. Co. L, 2nd Wash. Cav. 
Martin Fiddler, Private Co. B, 27th Ind. Inft. 
J. R. Tarrant, Private Co. D, (5th Mo. Cav. 
Isaac Bardmass. Ser^t. Co. I, 1st M. S. M. Inft. 
J. E. Scrog^s, Private Co. L, 6th Mo. Cav. 
Frederick Buser, Co. K, 2nd Mo. Inft. 
W. II Watson, Private Co. G, 6th M. S. M. Cav. 
J. M. Kinney. Private Co. A, 3rd Iowa Cav. 
Wm. Lack, Private Co. L. 8th Mo. Cav. 
Henry Lawrence, Private Co. E, 15th Mo. Cav. 
Squire Roberts, Private Co. L, 9th M. S. M. Cav, 
G. AY. Wells, Capt. Co. F, 57th 111. Inft. 
E. H. Barber, Private Co. B, 29th Mo. Inft. 
A. C. Brown, Co. A, 13()th Lid. Inft. 
Alexander Foster, Serai. Co. M, Sth Mo. Cav. 
J. T. Quick, 1st Lieut. Co. K, 72nd Ind. Mtd. Inft. 
S. II. Farthing Private Co. F, 63rd 111. Lift. 
Gcorirc Courtney, Private Co. I, 15lh Mo. Cav. 
..I. II. Sterling, Private Co. L, 14th 111. Cav. 

A. A. Hays. Private Co. 1), 6th Mo. Cav. 

R. C. Divine, Private Co. E, 15th Mo. Cav. 
T. S. lluirbes, Corp. Co. G, 13th Ken. Cav. 

B. C. Pemherton, Serirt. Co. A, 6th Mo. Cav. 
John Humphrey, Private Co. G, 13th Mo. Cav. 

C. W. Lowery, 'Private Co. E, 46th Mo. Inft. 
J. L. Brackett, Private Co. M, 7th Mo. Cav. 
I). R. Miller. Corp. Co. I). 14th Mo. Cav. 

,}. (i. Service, Private Co. K, 72nd Ohio Lift. 
X. II. Buck, 2nd Lieut. Co. II, 20th 111. Lift. 
R. C. Sanfonl, Private Co. A, Sth Mo. Cav. 
\V. E. Druin, Private Co. P>, 142nd Ohio Inft. 
Seymour Iloyt, Private Co. A, 132nd 111 Lift. 
P.. C. Anders, MI, (Wp. Co. F, SOth 111. Inft. 
W. K. Pyle, 1st Lieut. Co. I, I5th Mo. Cav. 
II. W. Francis, Private Co F, 126th Ind. Lift. 
S. S. Chirk, Capt. on -tall' of (Jen. Holland. 


J. W. McBride, Private Co. H, 2nd Mo. Lt. Art. 

A. II. Bowers, Private Co. D, 38th Wis. Inft. 
M. V. B. Gehon, Sergt, Co. A, 6th Mo. Cav. 
Wick Morgan, Major 15th Mo. Cav. 

W. B. McQuirk, Private Co. A, 1st Inft. 
Jud S. King, Private Co. D, 1st Mo. Cav. 
J. J. Shaw, Private Co. I), 6th Mo. Cav. 
G. W. Evans, Sergt Co. II, 79th Ind. Inft. 

F. K. Pearson, Corp. Co. E, 2nd Penn. Art. 

John A. Divis, 1st Lieut. Co F, 5th Iowa Cav., and Co. 

E, 5th Iowa Inft. 

John Bell, Private Co. L, 144th 111. Inft. 
L. J). Brewer, Private Co. B, 51st 111. Inft. 
N. II. Fell, Corp. Co. I, llth 111. Inft. 
R. A. Gipson, Private Co. D, 51st Ohio Inft. 
Mark Stevans, Private Co. A, 129th 111. Inft. 
T. B. Hammond, 1st Sergt. Co. F, 52nd Ohio Inft. 
E. B. Howard, Capt. Co. E, 29th Ohio Inft. 
John Williamson, 1st Sergt. Co. F, 6th Mo. Inft. 
K. S. Allen, Private Co. E, 1st Mo. Cav. 
J. W. Gilmore, Private Co. C, 5th Mo. Inft. 

G. W. Freedle, Private Co. D, 6th Mo. Cav. 
J. F. Harris, Corp. Co. K, 16th Kan. Cav. 

X. M. Gardner, Asst. Surgeon Co. E, 6th Mo. Cav. 
G. W. Thornton, Corp. Co. F, 31st Ind. Inft. 
T. B. Clark, Private Co. E, 66th 111. Inft. 
J. R. Lewis, Corp. Co. L, 6th Tenn. Cav. 
R. J. Shipley, Private Co. M, 8th Mo. Cav. 

B. A. Pylc, Corp. Co. L, 6th Mo. Cav. 

T. W. Burlyson, Private Co. F, 46th Mo. Inft. 

S. W. Baker, 1st Lieut. Co. I, 59th Ind. Inft. 

J. S. Tapley, Sergt. Co. B, 6th 111. Cav. 

J. S. Bryan, Private Co. A, 4th Mo. Cav., and Co. I), 

16th Reserve Corps. 

J. M. Marcum, Private Co. A, 2nd Tenn. Cav. 
E. B. Shipley, Private Co. M, 8th Mo. Cav. 
John Maberry, Private Co. L, 6th Mo. Cav. 
A. R. Reilev, Private Co. I, 102nd 111. Inft. 


Samuel Glcason, Private Co. B, 82nd Perm. Inft. 

J. W. Eldridge, Private Co. A, 71st N. Y. Inft. 

John J. Derby, Private Co. C, 72nd Mtd. Inft. 

Wm. Landreth, Corp. Co. K, 29th Mo. Inft. 

J. L. Brockman, Private Co. F, 13th Kan. Cav. 

R. A. Bell, Private Co. B, 14th 111. Cav. 

R. P. Underwood, Private Co. H, 2nd Mo. Lt. Art. 

George Carroll, Private Co. D, 69th Ind. Inft. 

M. B. Mitchell, Private Co. M, 8th Mo. Cav. 

Henry Hoffman, Private Co. K, 64th 111 Inft. 

H. E." Staten, Private Co. H, 144th Ind. Inft. 

\V. II. Greer, Private Co. D, 45th Mo. Inft. 

A. J. Hembree, Private Co. E, 14th Inft. 

M. L. Mitchell, Private Co. L, 6th Mo. Cav. 

J. F. Moseley, Corp. Co. D, 110th 111. Inft. 

John II. Carlyle, Private Co. I, 88th Ohio Inft. 

John V. Thomas, Private Co. II, 48th Iowa Inft. 

X. A. Dakin, Private Co. K, 6th Calif. Cav. 

Minor Gentry, Private Co. L, 8th M. S. M. Cav. 

V. M. Batts,' Private Co. G, 54th 111. Inft. 

C. Z. Russell. 2nd Lieut. Co. I, 21st Mo. Inft. 

AY. J. Sell', Private Co. I, 26th Ken. Inft. 

J. W. Henry, Private Co. A, 7th 111. Cav. 

Reuben Brown, Private Co. L. .'>rd Iowa Cav. 

John Grifli n, Corp. Co. I, 1st Mo. Inft. 

John Spong, Private Co. H, :J9th 111. Inft. 

G. S. Willson, Musician Co. F, 18th V. S. Inft. 

Jonathan Mess, Private Co. K, 12th Mo. Cav. 

W. T. Wright, Private Co. E. 15th Mo. Cav. 

I). R. Richie, Corporal Co. II, -3rd Mo. Cav. 

G. X. Stanley. 

G. W. Hamic, Private Co. D. 1st Tenn. Inft. 

Levi Johnson, Private Co. E 1st Ark Cav. 

J.' I). Andrews, Corporal Co. L. 9th M. S. M. Cav. 

J. II. Griirgs, Tenneys' Independent Battery, Kas. 

J. F. Harris, Corporal Co. K. 16th Kan. Cav. 

John McPatterson, Private Cos. E and F. .'Uth Ind. 

Joseph Lanliani, Private 1 Co. K, 8th Ind. Inft. 


.1. J. Roberts, Private Co. G, 35 E. M. M. and Troop B 

1st T. S. Cav. 

Hugh Daugherly, Private Co. A '2nd Ark. Cav. 
\V. F. Cluck-. Private C<. C, 12th Ken. Cav. 
A. K. Whiteman. 

,}. W. .McDowell, Corj). Co. M. Sth Mo. Cav. 
J. M. Morris, Private Co. I loth Mo. Cav. 
John Patterson, Private Co. F. 43rd Ohio In ft. 
W. A. JIalJ, Private Co. G, Sth lo\va Cav. 
Nicholas Bender, Private- Co. C, 13th F. S. Int't. 
Alfred Carender, Private Co. I\, 12th Mo. Cav. 
M. I). Merrick, Private Co. I, 7th Provisional E. M. M. 
M. S. Tuttle, 2nd Lieut. Co. B 1st Col. Cav. (and A 1st 

Xeb. Cav.) 

James Hudson, Private Co. K, 52nd Ohio Inft. 
John Weaver, Private Co. B, 47th ill. Inft. 
Leander Pyle, Private Co. E, 7th Mo. Inft. 
William Campbell, Private Co. G, 19th Iowa Inft. 
T. 1). Kirby, Private Co. L. G Mo. Cav. 

F. M. McKown, Private Co. A 7 Iowa Cav. 
David Carson, Serg. Co. G, 49th Mo. Inft. 

E. P. Taylor, Private Co. H. 19th Iowa Inft. 

J. M. Travis, 1st Sergt. Co. II, 2nd Mo. Light Art. 

Jerome Dano, Private Co. A 127th 111. Inft. 

E. F. Heed, Private Co. K, 53rd Mass. Inft. 

Jesse Cartwright, Private. Co. II, 76th E. M. M. & I. 

7th Pro. E. M. M. 
Francis Lord, Private Co. II 35 AVis. Inft. 

C. AY. Kidgeway, Capt. Co. A 116th Ohio Inft. 
AY. B. Eagles, Private Co. L. 28th Ind. Cav. 

G. II. Kilgore, Private Co. E. 149th Ohio Inft. 

J. 1). Games, Private Co. D. 54th Ind. Inft. and II 

1st. AY. V. Art. 
J. F. Gregory, Private Co. I) 80th 111. Inft. 

D. T. AYilkins, Corp. Co. D 136 Ohio Inft. 
Sans Lampheer, Private Co. E 3rd AA'is. Cav. 
AY. II. Ellis, Private Co. C 44th Mo. Inft. 
David Evans, Private Co. F 34th Ind. Inft. 
James Smith, Private Co. I, 111. Inft. 


Jonathan Montgomery, Private Co. A 16th Mo. Cav 
John Clipiuger, Private Co. 1) 23rd U. S. Inft. 

I. K. Zook, Private Co. L 7th ind. Cav. 
Frank Ilallowell, Sergt. Co. K, 1st Xeb. Inft. 
E. C. Culver, Private Co. B 88th Ind. Inft. 
William Kelley, Private Co. A 16th Mo. Cav. 

(). E. E. Lindsay, Private Co. E 8th M. S. M. Cav. 
\V. C. Cole, Private Co. A, 24th Ind. Inft. 
X. E. Moore, Corp. Co. 1). ;5 ( Jtli Ohio Inft. 
AYilliam Wilson, Private Co. F 6th Mo. Cav. 
W. C. Johnson, Private Co. E. loth Mo. Cav. 
L. I), liar-is, Private Co. 1) Uth Mo. Cav. 
Thomas Miller, Private Co. II 16th 111 Cav. 
Wesley Smith, Private Co. E 7th Mo. Cav. 
James Clayton, Private Co. 1), 46th Mo. Inft. 
(J. 11. Turner, Private Co. C, 115th 111. Inft. 
C. W. Earraiid, Private Co. E, 1st Michigan Inft. 
(J. W. Daiidi, Private Co. E, 114th 111. Inft. 
J. M. lloskinson, 1st Lieut. Co. II. 44th Mo. Inft. 
J. M. Pickett, Private Co. L 8th M. S. M. Cav. 
Patrick Coyne, Private Co. (i, :>!)th Jo\va Inft. 
L A. Humbert, Corp. Co. A, 6th Mo. Cav. 
J. 11. Ihirtfrave, Private Co. I), 6th Mo. Cav. 

II. 1). Xoble, Private Co. II, 1st Mo. Inft. 

J. K. Brewer, Private Co. A, Kttrd Ind. Inft. 
J. K. Martin, Corp. Co. I, ir> Mo. Cav. 
T. J. Lowe, Private Co. C, 1st Ken. Cav. 
T. II. Rose, Private Co. P>. 76th Ohio Inft. 
X. A. Carroll, Private Co. II. 1st Iowa Cav. 
J. W. Tyson, Private Co. (i, 1st E. S. Inft. 
Albert MeKinley, Private Co. E, 26th 111. Inft. 
L. A. Miller, Private Co. B, ."Uth Iowa Inft. 
Lewis Redman, Private Co. E, 122nd, 111. Lift. 

I. T. Sloan, Private Co. L. 6th Mo. Cav. 
S. M. Shaw, Corp. Co. I),' (5 Mo. Cav. 

II. M. Robinson, Private Co. II, 41st 111. Inft. 
C. II. Martin, Private Co. II, 8th Mo. Cav. 
J. W. Scott, Private Co. B, 12th Mo. Cav. 
John (Jet/, Private Co. I.), fAith 111. Lift. 

< H.\KU:S \\.\LKKK (;HIFFITH. 



E. A. Garrison, 2nd Lieut. Co. i), ord Ark. Cav. 

William Harper, Private Co. E, 8th Wis. I lift. 

Thomas Gouty, Private Co. E, Mil Mo. Cav. 

Jonathan lloiiek, Teamster Co. K, 4(ith Ohio Ini't. 

W. W. Siinker, Sergt. Co. I, 14 ivas. Cav. 

W. E. Shaw, 1st Serg. Co. 1), 6th Mo. Cav. 

J. \V. Wilkins, Private Co. L, Stli M. S. M. Cav. 

1). K. Baird, Sergt. ( 1 o. E, soth Oliio Int't. 

Isom Wilson, Private Co. II, 21>t 111. Inft. 

William Miller, Private Co. 1, 45th Mo. Lift. 

E. P. Iledgelen, Private Co. C, 10th Mich. Lift. 

E. J. Owens, Private Co. E, 114th 111. Inft. 

E. E. Scrou'ii's Earner, Co. L, 6th Mo. Cav. Co. A 

Phelps Keg-t. Mo. Cav. 

G. W. Hoover, Private Co. I, 6th Kan. Cav. 
J. P. Stoltz, Private Co. E, 5th 111. Cav. 
John Jewell, L'nd Lieut. Co. II, 1 1 Mo. Cav. 
C. 1). Boisseau, Private Co. A, 7th M. S. M. Cav. 
J. P. Fanning, Blacksmith Co. I) 6th Mo. Cav. 
B. E. Thomas, Sergt. Co. E, 52nd, Ohio Inft. 
J. M. Sailing, Private Co. M, 8th Mo. Cav. 
J. E. Smith, Private Co. IF, 44th Mo. Inft. 
J. W. Davenport, Private Co. M, 8th Mo. Cav. 
J. C. T. Wood, Private Co. L, I5th Mo. Cav. 
T. 1). Combs, Searge. Co. L), 6th Mo. Cav. 
Jasper O'Neal, Private Co. I, 2nd Mo. Light Art. 
W. C. Wood, Private Co. K, Mass Inft. "" 
Baptist Ereedle, Private Co. L. 6th Mo. Cav. 

Total dead Ill 

Total Xmiiber 228 

Number remaining in good standing this date. ... 26 



By request I ^vill give the object of the United Con- 
federate Veterans association. It was organized at Rich- 
mond, Virginia, February loth, 14th and 15th, 1889. The 
object and purpose of this organization was to be strictly 
socially literary, historical and benevolent, to unite in our 
general federation all associations of confederate veterans, 


soldiers and sailors who were then in existence, to culti- 
vate the ties of friendship that should exist among those 
who have shared common danger, suffering and priva- 
tions. To see that the disabled are cared for, that a help- 
ing hand is extended to the needy confederates widows 
and orphans. Xo political or religious discussion are per- 
mitted in said oranization. 


On the loth day of September, 1897, pursuant to a call 
published in the Dade County Advocate and the South- 
west News, a number of Confederate veterans met at the 
Court House in Greenfield for the purpose of organizing 
a Camj) of Confederate Veterans. Captain B. M. Xeale 
was chosen chairman and Lieutenant-Colonel (). S. Rag- 
land, secretary. Upon taking the chair Captain Xeale ex- 
plained the purpose of the meeting and the following Con- 
federate soldiers present enrolled their names as charter 

Lewis Renfro, Co. A, 3rd Mo. Cav. 

Patrick McLemore, Co. F, 3rd Mo. Cav. 

J. M. Burton, Co. A, 3rd Mo. Cav. 

J. R. Pointdexter, Co. G., Texas Cav. 

J. M. Sturdy, Co. G, 4th Mo. Cav. 

J. J. Winkle, Co. F, 3rd Mo. Cav. 

R. L. Butterworth, Co.A, 3rd Mo. Cav. 

Isaac Preston, Co. C, 6th Mo. Inf. - 

J. B. Calfee, Co. E. 59th Tenn. Inf. 

J. M. Carlock, Co. G, 16th Mo. Inf. 

Charles Winkle, Co. G, 16th Mo. Inf. 

J. R. Finley, Co. G, 16th Mo. Inf. 

J. P. Duncan, Co. D, 63rd Tenn. Inf. 

T. B. Rountree, Co. G, 16th Mo. Inf. 

W. A. Dale, Co. G, 16th Mo. Inf. 

Jesse J. Hiatt, Co. K, 6th Mo. Cav. 

Joseph Roseman, Co. E, 49th X. C. Inf. 

15. M. Xeale, Capt. Co. B, 1st Mo. Cav. 


O. S. Ragland, Lieutenant-Colonel 3rd Bat., G. M. 

S. II. Howard, Co. (5th Ala. Cav. 

On permanent organization of the camp the following 
officials were elected: 

Commander Lewis Renfro. 

Lieutenant Commander J. R. Finley. 

Adjutant O. S. Ragland. 

Chaplain J. M. Sturdy. 

Surgeon R. L. Butterworth. 

After organization the name "John M. Stemmons" 
was unanimously selected for the Camp name, in honor of 
Captain John M. Stemmons, a Greenfield lawyer, who was 
afterward Lieutenant Colonel of the IGth Mo. Inf. 

By-Laws were then adopted and after the business 
was finished, Congressman lion. David A. DoArmond of 
the (ith District being in the city accepted an invitation 
and addressed the Camp in his eloquent and entertaining 

The Camj) then adjourned to meet the 2nd Saturday 
in October, 1897. 

CAPTAIX B. M. XEALE, Chairman. 
0. S. RAGLAXD, Secretary. 

Three ministers of the gospel have been members of 
this camp. Rev. J. B. Fly, Rev. G. W. Oldham and Rev. 
L. A. Blevans. Two Captains B. M. Xeale and J. M. 
Wills. One Lieutenant Colonel O. S. Ragland. Three 
Lieutenants C. J. Stephenson, .V. .J. Ross and Lewis 
Renfro. One Orderly Sergeant F. A. Wills. 

I' 1 *)! lowing is a complete roster of the John M. Stem- 
mons Camp, r. C. V. of Greenfield, Mo., from its or- 
ganization to the present time: 

Andrews, W. I. (deceased) private Co. E. 9th Mo. 

Blevins, E. L. (deceased) private Co. E. 9th Mo. Cav. 
Burton, J. M. (deceased) private Co. A. 3rd Mo. Cav. 

Brown, T. L. (deceased) private Co. G. 37th Tenn. 

Buck, J. H. private Co. A. 23rd Ark. Inf. 


Birch, D. C. Co. K. 8th Mo. Inf. 
Blevens, A. L. private Co. (1., Irvin's Regiment. 
Brown, F. M. (deceased) private Co. 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Blevins, John, (deceased) private Co. E., 9th Mo. Cav. 
Calfee, J. B., (deceased) private Co. E., 59th Tenn., 


Carlock, J. M., private Co. G., 16th Mo. Inf. 
Creek, A., private Co. C., 9th Mo. Cav. 
Coble, E. J)., private Co. I, 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Cooper, J. M., (deceased) private Co. C., 60th Ga., 


Dale, \V. A., (deceased) private Co. G., IGth Mo. Inf. 
Dou.uhtery, \Y. T., (deceased) private Co. G., IGth Mo. 

Inf. ' 
Duncan, J. P., (deceased) private Co. D., 63rd Tenn. 

Davidson, (!. \V., (deceased) private Co. E., 3rd Mo. 


Einley, ,} . R. private Co. G., IGth Mo. Inf., Lieut-Corn. 
Fly, J. B., (deceased) private Co. I., Sth Mo., Inf. 
Bnttenvorth, R. L., private Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Hunt, .Joel T., (deceased) private Co. II., 24th Texas 

D. C. 
(Jamhill, (i. \V., (deceased), }>rivate Co. I., 3rd Mo. 


Hoover, S. ,J., private Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Hiatt, .1. .1., (deceased) private Co. K, (5th Mo. Cav. 
Howard, S. II., (deceased) private Co. A., 6th Ala. 


Haynes, \V. II., private Co. II., 10th Texas Inf. 
Irhy, Joseph L., (dec-eased) private Co. A., 3rd Mo. 


.JH'1'reys, ,1. R., private Co. E, 2nd Tenn. Cav. 
.lone-, J. M., private Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Literal, James, (deceased) private Co. A., 3rd Mo. 

Maims, E. A., (deceased) private Co. E., 43rd Tenn. 



Merrick, W. PL, (deceased) private Co. I., 3rd Mo. 


Mills, A. J., private Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
McLemore, Patrick, private Co. F., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Means, L. M., (deceased) private Co. F, 9th Texas 

Me Kinzie, Robert, (deceased) private Co. K, 8th Ken. 

Marshall, C. T., private Co. A., Freeraans Regiment 

. Mo. Cav. 

Xeale, B. M., Captain, (deceased) Co. B., 1st Mo. Cav. 
Owens, Oscar, ( deceased ) private Co. C., 5<)th Tenn. 


Oldham, G. W., private Co. G., 16th Mo. Inf. 
Poindexter, J. R., (deceased Co. G., 5th Texas M. T. 
Poindexter, K. F., private Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Preston, Isaac, (deceased) private Co. A., (5th Mo. 


Renfro, Lewis, Lieutenant Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav., Com. 
Roseman, Joseph, private Co. F., (>th Mo. Inf. 
Renfro, J. II., private Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Rauland, O. S.. Lieut. -Col., (deceased) 3rd K. da. M. 


Sturdy, J. M., (deceased) private Co. C., 4th Mo. Cav. 
Sooter, M. J., private Co. C., 4th Mo. Cav. 
Shrum, Jacob, private Co. F., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Sturdy, Farrell, (deceased) private Co. C, 4th Mo. 

Stephenson, ( ). J., (deceased) Lieutenant Co. A, 31st 

I). C. 

Spain, Robert, private Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Thomas, II. B., private Co. A., West's Mo. Bat. Cav. 
Wilbuni, T. J.. private Co. A., ISth X. C., Inf. 
Winkle, J. J., (deceased) private Co. F., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Winkle, Charles, private Co. G., 10th Mo. Inf. 
Wills, J. M., Captain, (deceased) Co. A., 3rd Mo. Cav. 
Wills, F. A., (deceased) 1st Ser. Co. A, 3rd Mo. Cav. 
White, B. F., private Co. G., 14th Ark. Inf. 
Woods, J. C., (deceased) private Co. G., 1st Mo. Cav. 


Of the officials, Lewis Renfro has served continuously 
as Commander since the organization of the Camp ex- 
cepting one year, 1900, when S. II. Howard was elected 
Commander. The Camp has had four Adjutants (). S. 
Ragland, (). J. Stephenson, Captain B. M. Xeale and J. M. 
Carlock. It has had four Lieutenant Commanders J. R. 
Finley, Captain J. M. Wills, F. A. Wills and J. H. Jeffreys. 
It lias had six Chaplains (J. W. Oldham, J. M. Sturdy, 
J. M. Carlock, Patrick McLemore, J. B. Fly and A. L. 
Blcvans. Four surgeons R. L. Butterworth, Isaac Prest- 
on, T. L. Brown and II. B. Thomas. 

The present membership of the camp is as follows: 
Le\vi< KYiifro, Commander. 
J. R. Jeffreys, Lieutenant-Commander. 
.J. M. Carlock, Adjutant. 
L. A. Bieavans, Chaplain. 
11. B. Thomas, Surgeon. 
F. I). Coble 
\V. II. Haynes 
K. F. Poindexter 
A. J. Mills 
J. R. Finley 
J. II. Renfro 
Patrick McLemore 
Charles Winkle 
Robert Spain 
.Jacob Shrum 
J. M. Sooter 
A. J. Olinger 

Making 17 members left out of a total enrollment of 

The following members have been honored by the 
state organization : 

Captain B. M. Xeale was Colonel of the -1th Regiment 
<>f the Western Brigade. 

Lewis Renfro was his Adjutant. Mr. Renfro held a 
U'-utenant Colonel's Commission on fieneral Love's Staff 
and i> now Adjutant (Jem-nil of the Missouri Division 
('. C. V. 


J. R. Jeffreys holds a Major's Commission on General 
W. C. Bronough's Staff. 

J. II. Renfro holds a Major's Commission on General 
W. C. Bronough's Staff. 

Miss Annie G. Xeale was maid of honor on General 
T. C. Love's Staff. 

Misses IJattie Grills, Effie Montgomery and Maud 
Kvle are Maids of Honor on General T. C. Love's Staff. 


Dade Lodge No. 518, I. O. 0. F. was organized Octo- 
ber 10th, 1895 under a special dispensation from the 
Grand Master. The Charter was granted by the Grand 
Lodge on May 21st, 189G. The names of B. B. Crews, AV. 
M. Malone, O.'j. Stephenson, C. I). Boisseau, C. D. Temple- 
man, E. P. Mann and Mack Sailing appear on the face of 
the charter, but C. B. Templeton was never a member and 
Mack Sailing was borrowed from South Greenfield for 
the purpose of organization. The first night was a big 
night when the following new members were taken in: 
I. J. Martin, C. F. Robinson. H. LI. Davis, R. C. Thomas, 
J. W. Hull, Uel Murphy, P. S. Griffith, J. L. Rubeustein, 
Ed. Frieze, A. X. List and T. S. Brown. The first organi- 
zation comprised the following officials: 

(). J. Stephenson, P. G. 

E. P. Mann, X. G. 

C. Z. Russell, V. G. 

W. M. Malone, Rec. Sec'y. 

C. D. Boisseau, Financial Secretary. 

T. S. Brown, Chaplain. 

Fred Grether, Treasurer. 

Phil S. Griffith, Cond. 

Uel Murphy, Warden. 

B. B. Crews, I. G. 
Ed. Frieze, 0. G. 

II. LI. Davis, R. S. X. G. 
I. J. Martin, L. S. X. G. 

C. F. Robinson, R. S. V. G. 


R. C. Thomas, L. S. V. G. 

J. W. Hull, R. 8. . 

J. L. Rubenstein, L. S. S. 

C. Z. Kusscll, Mason Talbutt and 0. J. Stephenson, 

In addition to the above the name of A. 1). States 
appears as a Charter member. District Deputy G. M. 
Major of Springfield officiated in organizing the lodge. 

For a number of years the lodge occupied a rented 
hall over the hardware, store on the north west corner of 
the square and did good work. The membership increased 
and the lodge became financially strong. 

On the llth day of April, 11)10 a proposition was sub- 
mitted to the lodge for the purchase of a lot upon which 
to erect a "Lodge Home." This was the beginning of 
the move for the present Odd Fellow building. 

In order to better prosecute the work, Dade Lodge 
No. 518 I. (). (). F., was duly incorporated under the laws 
of the state of Missouri, April 4th, 1911. K. C. Divine, 
J. AV. Hull, J. L. Rubenstein, II. A. Potter and W. E. 
Montgomery were the incorporators with A. J. Young act- 
ing as attorney for the corporation. By reason of a defect 
in the title to the lot purchased the building was delayed 
until a decree could be obtained in the Circuit Court quiet- 
ing the title. 

The contract for the building was let to W. C. Starr, 
and the work of excavating begun early in the summer of 

On the H)th day of August, 11)11 the corner stone was 
laid by Canton Barton, Xo. 11), with appropriate cere- 
monies. The following articles were placed in a metal 
casket and deposited in the corner stone: 

(1) List of members of Dade Lodge, Xo. f)18, I. 0. 
O. F. 

(2) Xames of members who contributed to pur- 
chase of lot. 

(M) Copy of By Laws of Lodge. 
(4) Copy of constitution of Grand Lodge of Mis- 



(5) History of Dade Lodge No. 518 by A. J. Young. 

(6) History of Rebekah Lodge No. 239. 

(7) Signatures of officers of both lodges. 

(8) Signatures of original members who are still 

(9) Purposes for which building was erected. 

(10) Name of the President of if. S. (W. H. Taft). 

(11) Name of Governor of Missouri. (Herbert S. 

(12) Copy of the Holy Bible. 

(13) Copy of the Greenfield "Vedette." 

(14) Copy of the "Dade County Advocate." 

(15) Names of officers of Canton Barton, No. 19. 

(16) Name of Grand Secretary. 

(17) Name of Commander Militant Patriarchs. 

(18) Copy of "Republican-Sentinel" of Lamar, Mo. 

(19) History of the Building. 

The new building was completed in May, 1912 and 
was dedicated shortly afterward. The Building Commit- 
tee was composed of J. L. Rubenstein, R. C. Divine, J. 
W. Hull, Fred Grether and J. E. Shaw. The Financial 
Committee Edwin Harrison, A. B. Wilkerson and F. G. 
Van Osdell. 

The building proper was erected at a cost of ap- 
proximately $10,000. The furnishings cost perhaps $500 
more. The building is a brick structure, 3 stories high and 
is 44 feet by 98 feet with basement. 

The first floor is a double store-room now occupied 
by Harrison Bros. Furniture Company. The second floor 
is the lodge room proper, with ante -rooms, halls and a 
reception room. The third floor is a complete dining room 
and kitchen. 

When the building was completed, Rebekah Lodge 
No. 239 papered the walls, furnished the dining room and 
kitchen, furnished the reception room and bought a fine 
piano for the lodge room. 

The officia chairs cost about $250.00 and were donated 
by the folowing members: 

Nobe Grand's chair, J. L. Rubenstein. 


B. S. N. G's. chair, W. 0. Underwood. 
L. S. N. G's. chair, Phil S. Griffith. 
Vice Grand's chair, W. R. Bell. 

R. S. V. G's. chair, J. G. Sloan. 

L. S. V. G's. chair, Ben Carr and R. S. Gregory. 

Past Grand's chair, A. B. Wilkerson. 

Chaplain's chair, C. D. Boisseau. 

Conductor's chair, W. E. Montgomery. 

Warden's chair, N. B. Weir and J. T." Willett. 

R. S. S's. chair, J. E. Shaw. 

L. S. S's. chair, R. C. Divine. 

Canopy, W. C. Starr. 

Altar, J. L. Rubenstein. 

Chandeler, F. G. Van Osdell. 

The lodge has had since its organization 253 members 
on its roll. Twenty-nine have " crossed over" others have 
taken withdrawal cards while a few have dropped for N. 
P. D. The present active membership is about 175. Fol- 
lowing is a list of the Past Grands: 

E. P. Mann J. E. Shaw 

C. D. Boisseau W. E. Montgomerv 


Fred Gretcher R. C. Divine 

B. B. Crews R, S. Ramsey 
Mason Talbutt R. F. Vert 

I. J. Martin R. H. Gregory 

J. W. Hull J. A. Taylor 

P. S. Griffith George F. Hull 

J. L. Rubenstein T. R. Courtney 

J. C. Brown J. E. Hull 

Mark Bunker G. W. Curtis 

W. 0. Russell B. F. Starr 

A. H. Montgomery J. M. Mitchell 

E. L. Kell W. R. Bell 

A. B. Wilkerson Bert Slirum 

W. H. Toler S. II. Reed 

Z. T. Martin F. G. Van Osdell 

W. 0. Underwood I,. A. Wetzel 

C. P. Ellis S. H. Wetzel 
J. 0. Wasson J. C. Webb 


Frank Grider Roy Gregory 

H. A. Potter Tim Gallaspy 

A. J. Young J. N. Scott 

J. L. Kilgore Guy Jones 

Frank Hull G. M. Foster 

W. E. Goodnight Hade Carr 

A. B. Ayers 

The present officials of the lodge serving from Jan- 
uary, 1917 are as follows: 

Roy Gregory, N. G. 

W. C. Starr, V. G. 

William Scroggs, Rec. Sec'y- 

J. W. Hull, Fin. Sec'y. 

Hade Carr, Treas. 



Was organized May 1.9th, 1898 with the following 
charter members: Mamie Crews, Mary L. Helman, Rose 
G. Rubenstein, Lottie M. French, Estaria Glascoe, J. M. 
Pidcock, J. C. Brown, 0. J. Stephenson, J. L. Rubenstein, 
B. B. Crews, S. A. French and Sam Kellogg. It has a 
present membership of 42 arid is in fine working order. 
Much of the success achieved by Dade Lodge No. 518 is 
due to the enlivening, entertaining and enthusiastic in- 
fluences of its Rebekah Auxiliary. 

This lodge has lost but two members by death, viz: 
0. J. Stephenson and J. M. Pidcock. Its present officials 
are as follows: 

X. G., Mary Belle Mitchell. 

V. G., Mary Belle Weir. 

Recording Secretary, Kate Miller. 

Fin. Secretary, Mary McMillen. 

Treasurer, Mary Scroggs. 

Warden, Emma Young. 

Conductor, Rose G. Rubenstein. 

Past Grand, Lizzie Jeffreys. 

Chaplain, Minnie Belle Van Osdell. 

I. G., Lizzie Hull. 

0. G., Emma Boisseau. 


R. S. N. G., Sarah Brown. 
L. S. N. G., Ruth Carr. 
R. S. V. G., Tessie Carr. 
L. S. V. G., Susie Gillaspie. 
Musician, Hester Hembree. 



Dr. R. M. Crutcher. 

Master Masons in the vicinity of White Hare, Cedar 
County, Mo., met at the masonic hall in White Hare, 
March 22, A. D. 1870, A. L. 5870, to organize a Masonic 
lodge under dispensation. Brother H. J. Church, D. D. G. 
M. was present and called the brethern to order and 
opened a lodge of Master Masons and called the appointed 
officers to their stations, viz: 

W. C. Montgomery, W. M. 

C. G. Snyder, S. W. 

S. P. Collins, J. W. 

The following brothers were present J. B. Sellars, 
W. X. Sellars, James J. Frisbie, Jesse Harris, P. R. Dix 
and William T. Shaw. Visiting brothers present: 

I). W. Roberts, Union Lodge No. 7, Kansas. 

J. M. Conoway, Stockton Lodge, No. 283, Missouri. 

G. W. Murphy, Washington Lodge No. 87, Missouri. 

W. A. Ackison, Hesperian Lodge, No/ 286, Missouri. 

J. T. Fan-is, Stockton Lodge, No. 283, Missouri. 

The lodge next elected .1. B. Sellars, treasurer and P. 
II. Dix, secretary. The worshipful master then appointed 
W. X. Sellars, s'. I)., J. J. Frisbie, J. D., 1). W. Roberts, S. 
S., Jesse Harris, J. S., Charles Corprell, Tyler and the fol- 
lowing committee on finance: -J. J. Frisbie, R. C. Ball and 
Morris W. Mitchell. 

The following petitions wen 1 received for initiation: 
M. F. lland!e\-. J. L. Thnrman, A. M. Morrison, after 
\vhirh the members of (iarrett Lodge, (". 1)., met in special 
committee for the purpose of organizing under a charter 


at Masonic Hall, White Hare, Mo., October 26th, A. D., 
1870, A. L. 5870. The charter granted by the Grand Lodge 
of Missouri was read and the lodge proceeded to the elect 
the following officers: W. C. Montgomery, W. M., C. G. 
Snyder, S. W., S. P. Collins, J. W., J. B. Sellars, Treasurer; 
J. L. Thurman, secretary and the following officers were 
appointed : 

P. R. Dix, S. D. ; J. J. Frisbie, J. D.; W. N. Sellars, 
Tyler; and the following finance committee: James J. 
Frisbie, Morris W. Mitchell and John Dale. John C. Har- 
ris, chaplain. 

Garrett Lodge, No. 359 continued at White Hare, 
Cedar County and was very prosperous both fraternally 
and financially, having money loaned out, until Jerico 
Springs decided to organize a lodge of Masons, when a 
number of brethern demitted from it to help organize at 
Jerico about April l(Jth, 1884, when Washington Lodge, 
No. 87 at Greenfield and Melville Lodge, No. 458 at Dade- 
ville, were asked for a waiver of jurisdiction that Gar- 
rett Lodge might be removed from White Hare, Cedar 
County, to Arcola, Dade County, a distance of five miles. 
The waiver was granted and the Grand Lodge permitted 
the removal. 

On the 24th day of July, 1884, a Special Grand Lodge 
of Missouri met at Arcola, Missouri, to dedicate the new 
hall of Garrett Lodge. D. D. G. M. Seymour Hoyt opened 
the Grand Lodge with the following officers present: 

Seymour Hoyt, W. M.; J. F. Boston, Deputy; Alfred 
Kennedy, S. W.; T. J. Van Osdell, J. W.; J/E, Clark, 
Secretary; W. Kennedy, Treasurer; E. M. Crutcher, S. 
I).; E. A. Church, J. I).; T. P. Calfee, Tyler,; Thomas 
Toney, Chaplain. 

Seymour Hoyt then read his commission from Lee A. 
Hall, G. M., and proceeded to dedicate the hall, after 
which he made a pleasing address, urging the brethern to 
be faithful and gave valuable instruction in Masonry. He 
was followed by Thomas Toney, J. J. Van Osdell and J. 
M. Travis. This part of the program was followed by a 
splendid dinner for everyone present. 


The lodge met the same night and initiated two mem- 
bers: B. G. Thurman and James H. Martin with the fol- 
lowing officers in the chairs: Samuel Achord, W. M. ; T. 
J. Travis, S. W.; T. J. Pyle, J. W., A. Harrell, Chaplain; 
P. H. Hawkins, Secretary; R. M. Crutcher, S. D.; R. A. 
Church, J. D.; T. J. Underwood, S. S.; John W. Bray, J. 
S.; T. P. Calfee, Tyler. Others present were: W. N. 
Sellers, D. Russell, D. W. Edwards, N. S. Noffsinger, J. M. 
Travis, J. C. Brickey and the following visitors: Seymour 
Hoyt, W. R. Russell, W. R. Bowles and D. B. Beard/ 

During the intervening years Garrett Lodge has dis- 
tributed much charity and made many Masons and is now 
in a prosperous condition. The present officers are: E. 0. 
Kelley, W. M.; C. W. Cassell, S. W.; G. 0. Mitchell, J. W.; 
J. M. Carson, Treasurer; H. W. Kitsmiller, Secretary; R. 
M. Crutcher, S. D.; William Price, J. D.; C. M. Camp- 
bell, S. S.; S. H. McGuire, J. S.; G. H. Maberry, Tyler. 
Many interesting and pleasing events have transpired 
since the organization of this lodge as well as many 
sad ones. Deaths and funerals have been frequent, min- 
istrations of benevolence and charity have made their calls 
and amid these dark and gloomy days have been many of 
sunshine and flowers. Upon the whole, Garrett Lodge has 
had its special mission to perform in the making of Dade 
County history and it has seemingly performed that mis- 
sion well. 

Chapter 10 



Aaron D. States. 

About the time the Greenfield and Northern Railway 
was constructed between North Greenfield and South 
Greenfield in the latter part of the eighties, the builder, 
Thomas A. Miller, saw the importance of having some 
form of communicating service between the two towns, 
either telegraph or telephone. He decided after some 
little investigation that the telephone though in its real in- 
fancy would give the best service, accordingly a circuit 
was builded between the two to\vns and the rude instru- 
ments were installed. Everything worked well until one 
day it was noised around that the Bell Telephone people 
had represententatives going over the country investigat- 
ing the various independent lines in respect to infringe- 
ments on their rights of patent. It was not very long 
thereafter until the line between the two towns was use- 
less on account of the taking of parts of the instrument 
upon which infringements were claimed, therefore, Green- 
field was without any nature of telephone service for a 
few years thereafter. 

The late Captain W. S. Wheeler, Honorable Edgar P. 
Mann, et al, decided that Greenfield and Lockwood should 
be connected by telephone. They constructed the line and 
bought the best instruments obtainable. They were aided 
by Lockwood people. Among them the pioneer telephone 
man of the entire Lockwood district, was D. C. Clark. 
This was at the very close of the eighties and the first 
year of the nineties, when this line was erected and put 
into use. The Greenfield telephone was placed in the 
law office of Mann & Talbutt and remained there until 
the line was purchased by Aaron D. States. Everybody 
thought this line was a wonder and it was surely a revela- 


tion to all the people. This was really the first long dis- 
tance telephone line erected in the country. There were 
other lines erected from Lockwood to Ernest, Arcola, 
Cedarville, Golden City and Stockton about the same 
years. Lockwood soon became a telephone center and 
remained so for a long time. It is yet known for its 
complete exchange under the control of that veteran tele- 
phone man, Mr. Clark, who has stood at the front of the 
telephone development all these years. His devotion to 
Lockwood and the Lockwood territory is a matter of 

Late in the year 1893 James M. Taylor and Isaac 
Evans of Aldrich decided to embark in the telephone 
business to some extent. They first built a line from their 
town to Fairplay. When this line was completed and 
tested they decided to build another line to Bona and 
Dadeville. When they completed the line to these Bade 
County towns, they made arrangements to extend the 
line into Greenfield. This was during the year, 1894. 
After the line was finished into Greenfield, using common 
Series Telephones requiring a metalic circuit, being some- 
time before the advent of Bridged Telephones, a per- 
manent home was arranged in the Delmonico hotel for 
the Greenfield instrument under the care of Uel Murphy, 
there was a long distance instrument placed at Rest-a- 
while, the Greenfield home of Mr. States, the first long 
distance telephone ever installed in a Dade County home. 

Soon after this the next year, Mr. States purchased 
the Taylor-Evans interests in Greenfield and Dade County 
and began the construction of a line to South Greenfield. 
Soon after tins lie purchased the Lockwood-Greenfield 
lino and the line from Lockwood to Golden City, con- 
necting the two at Lockwood and running them to a com- 
mon center at Greenfield, thus directly connecting- Golden 
City, Lockwood, South Greenfield, Dadeville and Bona 
with Greenfield central. 

Mr. States set to work at once to get a Sprinfield 
connection. He aranged and built the line from Everton 
to Ash Grove and from Ash Grove on to Springfield. The 



honorable F. M. Stockard, of Republic, the late Thomas 
Yakely, of Yakely Chapel, and the late William E. 
Drumm, of Bios d'Arc assisting. It was completed to 
Springfield during the year 1900 and the first office in 
that city was at the Hinton Drug Store on College street. 
This was the first long distance line from the west to 
enter Springfield. It preceded the Bell a little over a 
year. In the meantime Mr. States had installed a cir- 
cuit in Greenfield that gave service to fifteen homes and 
business places in the town. After the construction of so 
many lines with the Greenfield offices, he decided that it 
was necessary to install a switch board. 

A fifty-drop capacity board was ordered and in due 
time installed. When the switch-board was installed 
there were about twenty-four Greenfield patrons including 
the business houses. This with the long lines made the 
Greenfield central look like a sure enough telephone ex- 
change. Mrs. States was the first operator and she held 
that position for a number of years, thoroughly looking 
after the entire home business while Mr. States was 
building other lines. Her good work is remembered by 
every old telephone user in Dade county. At first the ex- 
change patrons did not use their telephone as they should, 
sometimes they would walk to their grocer and order 
their needs, instead of telephoning him their wants, but 
they did not fail to call up some friend in some nearby 
town and have a friendly chat every night. And they did 
not fail to chat with their friends and neighbors. The 
idea of using the telephone for business was slow in plac- 
ing its forca upon the people. A great many considered 
it a luxury while others considered it a sort of play 
thing, just to amuse and drive away monotony. 

Soon after the first switchboard was installed in 
Greenfield, a line was constructed to Corry and Seybert. 
The Bridged telephone was then being introduced re- 
quiring only a single wire instead of a circuit. The cir- 
cuit lines were soon discarded and the Bridged telephones 
were used extensively. The first Bridged telephone ever 
placed in Dade county is still giving most excellent serv- 


ice at the cabin home of Mr. States. He recently stood 
in his home and talked to St. Louis and the patron at the 
other end asked Mr. States to not talk so loud. This tele- 
phone has been in use twenty-one years. 

The telephone business remained almost exclusively 
in the control of Mr. States in Greenfield and many parts 
of Dade county until the early spring of 1903, at which 
time a number of local men induced him to form a tele- 
phone corporation known as the Aaron D. States Tele- 
phone Company. The new corporation was completed in 
a short time. Mr. States was made president, he having 
hold the largest amount of stock. The new company as- 
sembled the Arcola-Stockton and immediate telephone in- 
terests and connected them with the Greenfield central. 
A ne\v switchboard was installed, the lines greatly im- 
proved and the service was considered most excellent. 
The company purchased a lot and building which they 
used to further their business interests. This company 
held the fort for a little over a year, then Mr. States left 
the company which afterwards sold the interests to a 
gentleman by the name of McCombs, who operated the 
exchange in a very acceptable manner. In the mean time, 
the long lines were disposed of, they being considered 
unprofitable and more attention was given to town serv- 
ice. Only one or two of the original long lines still re- 
mained in the Greenfield Central. Mr. McCombs sold his 
interest to the present owner, Mr. Watson, who is giving 
the patrons as good service as their patronage demands, 
lie is a very careful and efficient telephone man and he is 
building the Greenfield exchange every day. 

During the first excitement produced by the advent 
of the telephone in Dade county, rural districts and the 
establishment of switch-boards and centrals, the farmers 
got busy in establishing centrals of their own and they 
built many independent lines claiming other telephone 
companies asked too much toll and too much rental. 
Nothing could possibly stop their enthusiasm and their 
ambition in building and operating telephone lines of 
their own. The country has many such lines today and 


the farmers are sustaining a most excellent service at 
their switch-board in Greenfield, and in other towns in 
Dade county. It is a pity that Mr. States and the lead- 
ing spirits in the farmer telephone element in an early 
day, could not have agreed on some plan that would 
have centralized all the telephones in the county. The 
business was then new and the outcome could not be real- 
ized. Some day this great need will be accomplished and 
then the people will be reunited and the service will be 
of such a nature that no one would care to go back to 
the old method. There is great need of better construction 
in all the country districts, great need of better care of all 
country lines, in order to give the people service. The 
telephone is not now considered a plaything, it is an in- 
strument of business, and it thus treated with the excep- 
tion of proper care for the polage and the wire construc- 
tion. This needed improvement will all come in time, 
then and not until, then, will Dade County get what is 
due her in the telephone business. 

Some fifteen years ago the Bell Telephone constructed 
a long distance line into Greenfield, giving Greenfield, 
Everton, Lockwood and South Greenfield, connection with 
all points their lines reach. After a few years they con- 
nected their wire into the Greenfield local switchboard, 
thus giving every patron an opportunity to talk to distant 
towns from their own homes and places of business by 
paying the toll. They do a good business in Greenfield. 
Also at the other points in the county where they con- 
nect with local centrals. Dade county stock men use their 
lines extensivelv as well as Dade countv merchants. 

Chapter 11 


Mrs. Ida Gray Young. 

The Magazine Club is the oldest literary club in 
Greenfield. Early in 1897 Mrs. Jessie Harrison and Mrs. 
Ida Young started the movement to organize a woman's 
literary club, at the suggestion of Mrs. Harrison's mother, 
Mrs. Hawkins; Mrs. Hawkins having recently visited her 
sister's literary club in Nebraska, which had a magazine 
circle and she urged them to organize a similar club 

They suggested the idea to several of their friends- 
Mrs. YVilda McBride among the number who immediately 
offered her home on Wells street as a place of meeting for 

The minutes of the organization read as follows: 

"A few ladies happened to meet together at the 
home of Mrs. McBride, Saturday, March 13th, 1897 and 
they decided they would like to have a club. Accordingly 
the house was called to order and Mrs. Young made tem- 
porary chairman. It was decided that the name of the 
club should be the Magazine Club, and each member 
should furnish a magazine to be circulated among the 
members of said club. Eight ladies were enrolled as 
charter members, as follows: Mrs. Wetzel, Mrs. Eastin, 
Mrs. Ellen Griffith, Mrs. Bowles, Mrs. McBride, Mrs. Nil- 
son (now Mrs. Robertson of Carl Junction), Mrs. Har- 
rison and Mrs. Young. 

Mrs. Harrison was elected president; Mrs. Griffith, 
vice president, and Mrs. Young, secretary. 

It was agreed that the club should meet every two 
weeks, on Thursdays, the meetings to be held at the 
homes of the members, taking the alphabet reversed . 


Club adjourned to meet with Mrs. Young, Thursday, 
March 18th." 

At this first regular meeting of the Magazine club, 
two members were added, Mrs. Mann and Mrs. Stone. 

The president appointed Mrs. McBride, Mrs. Eastin 
and Mrs. Wetzel to draw up by-laws for the new club 
and club adjourned to meet with Mrs. Wetzel, April 1st. 

Three more members were added that day; Mrs. 
Anna Jacobs, Mrs. Flora Merrill and Mrs. Lori Hall, mak- 
ing the membership 13. It was then decided to limit the 
number to 13. These thirteen members were considered 
the original charter members of the magazine Club. 

It was decided to have a paper on Current Events 
at each meeting, also the biography of a poet and selec- 
tions from his writings, after which refreshments and a 
social good time. 

About the middle of May, the Magazine Club, to- 
gether with the Clover Leaf and the P. G. T. Club (these 
two were the girls social clubs) gave a Fad Party at the 
residence of Judge Shafer, which was a great success. 
At the end of the first year the club entertained their 
husbands for the first time at the home of Mrs. Eastin. 

Beginning the second year, the club decided to in- 
crease the membership to twenty, and took in Mesdames 
Laura Harrison, Jopes, Taylor, Edwards, Tarr, Minnie 
Finley, Stringfield and Gass. Mrs. Wheeler was taken 
in as an honorary member as she was only in the city 
temporarily. They adopted club colors, white and yellow, 
a club flower, the field daisy, and a motto, ''Literature is 
the thought of thinking souls." The literary work was 
similar to that of the first year. 

The club celebrated their first anniversary March 13, 
1898 by entertaining their husbands at the home of Mrs. 
Minnie Finley on Alain stret. Each person present rep- 
resented a book. Also gave their first Xew Year's party 
at the home of Mrs. Wetzel. 

The only shadow that second year was the death 
of one of the charter members Flora Carlock Merrill. 

A new name appeared on the 1899 year book Kate 


Shafer Harrison, then a bride, who was taken in to fill 
the vacancy in the club. The club took up more literary 
work this year, also the study of parlimentary rules. The 
second anniversary party was given at the home of Mrs. 
Ida Young, and the New Year's Eve party with Mrs. 
Nilson, at the Washington Hotel. 

At the beginning , of the fourth year (1900) several 
of the members having left town, the club again took in 
four new members; Mrs. Anna Finley, Mrs. Kirby, Mrs. 
Elliott and Mrs. Flora Van Osdell. Mrs. Minnie Finley 
again offered her home as a place to celebrate the anni- 
versary. In 1900 and 1901 the club continued their lit- 
erary work, still taking up miscellaneous subjects. 

They joined the State Federation in 1901 but dropped 
out in two or three years, as there were no district con- 
ventions at that time. 

They celebrated their fourth anniversary (1901) with 
Mrs. Mann and the New Year's Eve party at the home 
of Mrs. Jopes. 

Death again visited the Magazine Club the summer 
of 1901 taking the youngest member, Flora West Van 
Osdell. Since that date although the death angel hovered 
alarmingly near, at times, he has always passed on, leav- 
ing their rank untouched for nearly sixteen years. 

The Club gave their first joint party with the Cen- 
tury Club in 1902, at the home of Mrs/ Grether. They 
again filled vacancies in the club in 1902, taking in Mrs. 
Dora Mitchell, Mrs. Ethel Tarr, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. 
Lena Merrill. They took up the Bay View course of 
study in 1902, which they studied for four years. The 
course included American history, American Literature, 
Mexican History, German History and German Literature, 
with Airs. Lena Merrill. They celebrated their seventh 

The Club celebrated their sixth anniversary (in 1903) 
anniversary in 1904 with Mrs. Ida Young by giving their 
husbands a banquet. The husbands responded with elo- 
quent applause to acts. 

In 1905 the Magazine and Century clubs organized 
themselves into a Cemetery Association for the purpose 


of beautifying the City Cemetery. This work was very 
successful and the cemetery is now maintained at an an- 
nual expenditure of some three hundred dollars. The 
Club for years gave an annual Chrysanthemum Show to 
raise funds but the Association now has an endowment 
fund which will make it self-sustaining in the next three 
of four years. 

In 1906 the club began their Shakesperean study and 
for seven consecutive years they studied the plays of 
Shakespeare. In 1906 four more vacancies were filled by 
taking in Mesdames Mary Neale, Carrie Griffith, May Van 
Osdell and Leo Engleman. 

The club furnished a Ladies' Rest Room during the 
street fair in the fall of 1906. 

In 1907 the club took up the work of improving the 
Public School grounds. They started the fund by giving 
a public ice-cream social that summer. 

In 1907 the club decided to entertain the school fac- 
ulty which they did that fall at the home of Mrs. Eastin 
and since that time it has become an annual affair. Two 
new members were added in 1907, Mrs. Newman and Mrs. 
Thweatt, to fill vacancies in the club. This year the club 
asked the Superintendent, Prof. McPherson, to assist them 
in their Shakespearean study. Pie favored the club, during 
the fall of 1907 and winter of 1908 with the most de- 
lightful and instructive lectures on the plays of Shakes- 
peare that they studied that year. Early in January, 1908 
Mrs. Lucy Jacobs McPherson (the bride of the superin- 
tendent) was taken into the club. In that year it was de- 
cided to use the school improvement fund (which the Cen- 
tury club assisted in raising) for building a cement wall 
on the south side of the public school grounds. 

In 1910 the club introduced the Flower Mission Penny 
seeds into the homes of the school children, in the fall 
holding a flower and vegetable show and awarding prizes 
for best display. (This work has been repeated with in- 
creasing interest and success, which has enthused some 
of the neighboring towns to follow their example.) 

In 1910 the club decided to increase their member- 


ship to twenty-five, and the following ladies were elected: 
Mesdames Nettie Shaw, Dena Wetzel, Tola Iliggins, Ruth 
Grether, Delia Griffiths and Mabel Engleman. 

In 1911 the club gave prizes for the best kept lawns. 
Seats were placed in the cemetery. Twenty-nine dollars 
were raised by selling tags and the money sent to south- 
east Missouri flood sufferers. 

In 1912-13 the club began the study of Famous 
Women, also read Silas Marner. This year book was sent 
to the President of the General Federation of Clubs. She 
wrote to the club a letter complimenting them highly on 
the work they were doing. 

The club helped to establish clean-up day this year. 

Tn 1913-14, the club continued the study of Famous 
Women; also read Vicar of Wakefield, and took up Study 
of Art, taking the works of Raphael and DeVince. 

Mrs. Lillian Wetzel was elected to fill a vacancy in 
the club. The club received a message from New York 
City. Mrs. Pennybacker, the president of the General 
Federation, wired, sending greetings on Opening Day, fall 
of 1914. The club also decided at that meeting to in- 
crease their number to thirty. Mrs. Rawhauser, Mrs. 
Miidrcd Hall, Mrs. McLemore, Mrs. Campbell, and Mrs. 
Wilson were elected as the new members. Farm Boy Fund 
was stalled in 1914. Also again joined the State Federa- 
tion this year, sending delegates to Pierce City to the 
District Convention. 

In 1914-15 the club read Vanity Fair and began the 
History of Art. In 1915 they sent a delegate to the State 
Convention at St. Joseph. 

The study for 1915-16 was Martin Chuzzelwit and 
Italian Art. Delegates were sent to Monett to the District 
Convention. The club assisted in making the Round-up a 
success and in securing Miss Alice Curtis Mover-Wing to 
lecture on woman suffrage. 

The study of 1916-17 is Italian Art and Henry Es- 
mond. The (.Mub became a member of the Associated 
Charities of Greenfield, organized by the Commercial Club 
of the Citv. 



The Magazine Club celebrated their twentieth anni- 
versary at the home of Mrs. Eastin by entertaining their 

They have finished twenty years' work and are the 
oldest and largest literary club in Greenfield. 


Mrs. Walter B. McReynolds. 

The Kensington Club of Greenfield first started as a 
neighborhood sewing circle, on South Main Street. Later 
ladies in the different parts of the town were asked to 
join them. Informal meetings were held twice a month, 
for a year or more. Then on account of sickness, warm 
weather and various other reasons, they discontinued 
their meetings. Several months later, some of the ladies 
decided to call a meeting, and make this an organized 
club. The first meeting .was held at the home of Mrs. H. C. 
Hartfield. The following members present were: Mrs. J. G. 
Carr, Mrs. Lynville Hig"gins / Mrs. Harve Campbell, Mrs. 
H. C. Hartfield, Mrs. Martin Kempert, Mrs. W. E. Mont- 
gomery, Mrs. W. B. McReynolds, Mrs. J. L. Rubenstein, 
Mrs. Fred Shafer, Mrs. L. H. Thomas, and Mrs. J. P. Mc- 
Reynolds. Mrs. H. C. Hartfield was elected President, 
Mrs. J. G. Carr, Vice-President, and Mrs. W. E. Montgom- 
ery, Secretary. It was decided that we should continue 
as a sewing club, and the name of Kensington, suggested 
by Mrs. Lynville Higgins, seemed the most appropriate. 
Constitution and by-laws were drawn and the member- 
ship of the club was limited to eighteen. The vacancies 
were readily filled and the club started out with bright 
prospects. A more energetic crowd of women would be 
hard to find. Delightful meetings were held, and splendid 
ideas in fancy work were exchanged. About this time we 
started a circulating library in the club, each member do- 
nating a good book. Later we decided we would like to 
do charity and civic work. Our charity work started by 
sending poor children gifts at Christmas. Last year we 
bought thirty pairs of good warm stockings, filled them 


with candy, nuts, fruit and toys and had a man dressed 
as Santa Glaus deliver them to the homes. Our work 
has broadened and increased, and we now are looking 
after many people of the city that are in actual need. 
We see that no children are forced to stay out of school 
for lack of proper clothing. We have supplied all the 
needy families we have heard of, with things they need, 
for instance, we have a young girl on our list suffering 
from tuberculosis, to whom we send nourishing food 
twice a week. We hear of some that are destitute at 
nearly every meeting, and each member is only too glad 
to do all they can. Whenever a new baby arrives in a 
destitute family, we see that the child has some clothing 
and often supply the mother with sheets, clean gowns, 
and other necessary articles. Recently a family was un- 
fortunate in loosing everything by fire. We contributed 
canned fruit, groceries, and furnishings to this family. 
The Commercial Club often asks our co-operation in sup- 
plying needy families. We have a rule that in case of 
death in a destitute family, the club sends flowers, and 
at least one member is asked to be present at the funeral. 
We are now making a wool quilt for charitable purposes. 

We have done a great deal in civic work, such as 
donating to the annual dinner given for the benefit of the 
cemetery fund. We gave five dollars to the Dade County 
Scholarship Fund. Our very best civic work has been the 
fly campaign. This was suggested by Mrs. H. C. Hart- 
field. The club was very enthusiastic about it and a com- 
mittee was at once appointed to make plans. The plans 
were adopted and the Commercial Club agreed to help us 
in case the club ran out of funds. We first ordered two 
hundred fly swatters, that the school children sold for us. 
We then requested all the grocery stores, and restaurants 
to screen their doors, and put fly proof coverings over 
all food stuff set outside. Next we offered twenty cents 
per pint for all flies. A club member being at a specified 
place each Saturday to measure and pay for them. We 
offered final prizes to the children bringing in the great- 
est amount of flies during the entire season. The first 


prize, three dollars; second prize, two dollars, and third 
prize, one dollar. In order to instruct children we gave 
away seventy-five fly traps. The first year we bought 
one hundred and eighty-nine pints of flies. To keep up 
the interest we gave two free fly shows, illustrating with 
slides the breeding places of the fly, the danger of the fly 
and many suggestions for making out-houses and barn 
lots more sanitary. During the fly season once a week 
the 1 o'clock whistle blew, and everybody was requested 
to swat flies for at least five minutes. Just after the 4th 
of July, we purchased a poisonous preparation for flies 
and had refuse sprayed. We have now completed the 
third year of our campaign and the results are very 

The social side of our club is not neglected. We often 
have picnics in the woods and entertain our husbands with 
parties. We remember all new babies arriving in the club 
either with a shower or some special remembrance. Two 
years ago we gave Mrs. L. H. Thomas a stork shower. 
Last year we presented Mrs. Carr and Mrs. Wilson ster- 
ling silver spoons for their babies. We also send flowers 
to our members in case of sickness or death in their fami- 
lies. We have annual dues. We earn money in various 
ways to carry on our work. We gave a picture show and 
served ice cream. We gave an Easter tea. One of our 
members, Mrs. W. A. Hall, presented the club with one 
of her own beautiful paintings. We realized $20 from 
this, which was a great help to the club. In March, 1916, 
the club decided to join the federation. Last October, 
Mrs. W. E. Montgomery and Mrs. Fred Sneed were sent 
as delegates to represent the club at the District Federa- 
tion at Mt. Vernon, Mo. The report of the club was read 
by Mrs. Sneed and received warm applause. Some of the 
ladies of the other clubs suggested that this club be put 
on the roll of honor. 

The Commercial Club has been very generous in their 
assistance. Even with this, we often are short of funds, 
and each member makes up the shortage by liberal dona- 
tions. The slogan of this club is "helping others," and 


we hope that we may continue to improve in the years 
to come. The club has always been fortunate in having 
fine officers. Mrs. H. C. Martfield was president during 
the years 1913 and 1914; Mrs. J. G. Carr, during 1915. The 
present officers of the club are as follows: 

President, Mrs. "W. E. Montgomery. 

Vice-President, Mrs. Fred Shafer. 
Secretary, Mrs. Harve Campbell. 

Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Lynville Higgins. 

Treasurer, Mrs. R. P. Murphy. 

The present members of the club are: 

Mrs. H. A. Burkett 

Mrs. Harve Campbell 

Mrs. J. G. Carr 

Mrs. H. C. Hartfield 

Mrs. Albert Hall 

Mrs. Edwin Harrison 

Mrs. Lynville Higgins 

Mrs. Martin Kempert 

Mrs. W. E. Montgomery 

Mrs. W. B. McReynolds 

Mrs. Porter Murphy 

Mrs. J. L. Rubenstein 

Mrs. Fred Shafer 

Mrs. 0. E. Sloan 

Mrs. Fred Sneed 

Mrs. L. H. Thomas 

Mrs. Dr. Geo. Weir 

Mrs. Otto Wilson 

Honorary Members : 

Mrs. F. D. Combs 

Mrs. Frank Johnson 

Mrs. B. F. Melcher 

Mrs. J. P. McReynolds 

Mrs. J. L. Shields 




Harriet Jopes, Historian. 

At the suggestion of Mrs. Aaron D. States, the fol- 
lowing ladies of Greenfield, Mrs. L. W. Shafer, Mrs. R. S. 
Jacobs, Mrs. E. M. Griffith, Mrs. A. D. States, Mrs. Fred 
Grether, Mrs. Sarah McCluer and Mrs. R. H. Davis, met 
at the residence of Mrs. Jacobs, Saturday, March 27, 1898, 
for the purpose of organizing a "Literary Society" to be 
known as The New Century Club. Mrs. Shafer was elected 
President, Mrs. Davis Secretary. 

The first regular meeting of the club was with Mrs. 
E. M. Griffith on April 7, 1898, at which time a Constitu- 
tion and by-laws written by Mrs. Shafer, was read and 
approved. The first program consisted of reading news- 
paper clippings on various subjects. The program for the 
year's work consisted of sketches of the lives of different 
authors, readings and papers by different members of the 
club, discussions on "Woman's Rights," "Liquid Air," 
"Does the Ideal Husband Exist?" "The Four Hundred," 
etc. A club motto: "We do not take possession of our 
ideas but are possessed of them," was adopted. The 
club colors, pale green and heliotrope, were selected and 
the club flower chrysanthemum. 

The club federated with the state in September 1898, 
and sent Mrs. Grether as its first delegate to the State 
Federation meeting at Springfield. The year closed with 
a Shakespeare party, all members appearing in costume. 

The program for 1899-1900 was similar to the pre- 
ceding year, consisting of Current Events, papers, discus- 
sions and parliamentary drills. A Christmas Party was 
held at the home of the Misses Eastin, arid the year closed 
with a reception at the home of Mrs. Elliott. 

During 1900-1901 the study was on Foreign Coun- 
tries, and a number of letters were read from Mr. John 
Merrill, the son of one of our active members, who at 
that time was abroad. A Library was started by buying 
twelve new books, and the year closed with a reception 
at the home of Mrs. Johnson. 


The club studied the life of Julius Caesar during the 
next year. 

1902-3-4, for three years, the club's study consisted 
of the Bay View Course, and this was also the time when 
they launched into active civic work, which has been 
carried on to such an extent ever since that it would be 
hard to draw the line between their interest in this and 
their literary work. During the Street Fair they gave an 
exhibit of Relics, which proved more than interesting and 
attracted many spectators. A prize of $3.00 was given to 
Miss Minnie Van Osdell for an old coin of the year 323, 
and a second prize to Mrs. King for a Bible of the Seven- 
teenth Century. 

On February 18, 1905, the New Century and Magazine 
Clubs met in joint session at the home of Mrs. Johnson 
to perfect a plan to raise money or the purpose of clean- 
ing up and beautifying the City Cemetery. It was decided 
that each member of the clubs raise five dollars for this 
purpose, and a permanent organization was perfected at 
that time, to be known as the Greenfield Cemetery Asso- 
ciation. This work so auspiciously begun, has met with 
the favor of the citizens of Greenfield and the surrounding 
country, and the Cemetery is now maintained at an 
average expenditure of some three hundred dollars. This 
money is raised by means of Annual Memberships of One 
Dollar each, in addition to a Chrysanthemum Show, and 
Dinner held in November of each year in the Court House. 
The Association has also, through the liberality of some 
of its members, both living and deceased, a good sized 
endowment fund, which will in the next three or four 
years, make it self-sustaining. 

During this period we lost one of our most active 
members, Mrs. Anne McBride, on account of removal to 
Kansas City, and the club held a reception in her honor 
at the home of the Misses Eastin. 

During 1904-5 the study of Shakespeare, and in 1905-6 
there were papers and readings on different subjects. A 
Circulating Library was started, containing twenty-two 


books, and a donation of ten dollars made to the Cemetery 

In 1905-7 the study was sketches of noted Authors 
and Artists. The Magazine and Century Clubs improved 
the Public School grounds by having a cement retaining 
wall built across the front of the yard, at an expense of 
some ninety dollars. 

1907-8-9. During these years the Bay View Course 
was followed, and the Civic Work pushed by offering and 
awarding prizes at the Street Fair and raising money by 
selling tags to help defray the expense incurred for the 
school wall. It may be w r ell to state right here that all 
our Civic work has been undertaken and accomplished in 
connection with the Magazine Club. 

In 1909-10-11 the study consisted of Famous Poems 
and Bible Lessons, "Cranford" and "A Tale of Two 
Cities." The introduction of penny packages of flower 
and vegetable seeds to be sold to school children was 
hailed with delight by the latter, and resulted in a 
Vegetable and Flower Show in September, at which time 
prizes were awarded. The clubs also gave prizes for the 
best kept lawns. Seats were placed in the Cemetery, and 
ten dollars given to the Endowment Fund. Twenty-nine 
dollars was raised by selling tags and the money sent to 
the S. E. Missouri Flood sufferers. 

The social features of these years consisted of a 
picnic at the High School campus, to which the husbands 
were invited, also the High School faculty, and a Tacky 
Party at the home of Mrs. Merrill, each member inviting 
a lady guest. 

The study for 1912-13 was the "Blue Bird" and the 
"House of Seven Gables." Clean-up Day was proposed, 
and the city was put in first-class sanitary condition, and 
this has since become an annual event in Greenfield. At 
the suggestion of the clubs an electric light was placed 
at the entrance to the Cemetery and the Curfew rung at 
nine o'clock. 

State President, Mrs. E. M. Shepherd, and Mrs. Miller, 
President of the Sixth District of the Federation, were 


visitors to our club, and were entertained with a luncheon 
at the home of Mrs. Grether. 

During 1913-14 each hostess made out her own pro- 
gram, which made it a most enjoyable year. In connec- 
tion with the Magazine Club, the Court Yard seats were 
painted, penny seed packages were sold, and premiums 
for best flower gardens and most novel bird houses were 

The social features of the year consisted of a picnic 
on Mrs. Shafer's lawn, with an invited guest for each 
member, and the club entertained the Sixth District Fed- 
eration meeting at the Presbyterian Church, during the 
course of which a banquet was given in the Odd Fellows' 
hall, with the Magazine Club as invited guests. 

During the year 1914 Dade County started its Farm 
Boy Fund, to which the club contributed five dollars. 

At this period of our history we lost two of our most 
valued members, viz: Mrs. Hattie V. Merrill, by death, 
and Mrs. Charles F. Newman, by removal to Kansas City. 
A farewell party for Mrs. Newman was given at the 
home of Mrs. Carr, to which the Magazine Club ladies 
were invited. Those present pieced a quilt for Mrs. New- 
man in the club colors. 

In 1914-15 the Club's study consisted of a ''Trip 
Through Europe," and the civic work consisted in help- 
ing to secure Dr. Pearse of Kansas City to lecture on 
Preventive Sickness. 

The club was entertained by the Magazine Club at the 
home of Mrs. Jopes in honor of Mrs. A. C. Thweatt's de- 
parture from the city. 

During 1915-16 the club study consisted of "South 
America," and the civic work, in having the weeds cut; a 
sanitary display of groceries and meats made, and a fly 
crusade, and another donation made to the Farm Boy 
Fund. Mrs. J. F. McComb, another of our members, 
moved away and the club had a picnic in her honor. 

1916-17. Study-Romance of American Cities. A lec- 
ture course of five numbers was held in Greenfield, en- 
tirely under the management of the Magazine and Cen- 

DR. J. C. 13. KENFKO. 



tury Clubs and brought to a successful close. A small 
balance after all expenses were paid being added to our 
growing Farm Boy Fund, which at the present time 
amounts to $81. In November of 1915 Dade County, al- 
ways in the front rank of progressive communities, held 
a three days' Round-Up. The Women's Clubs had a 
prominent place on the program, and in addition to a fine 
Home Economics and Fancy Work Display, were instru- 
mental in bringing to Greenfield Mrs. Alice Curtis Mover 
Wing, Field Secretary of the Missouri Women's Equal 
Suffrage League, who gave two splendid lectures one 
at the Presbyterian Church in the afternoon and one to a 
capacity house at 8 o'clock p. m., at the Opera House. 

This Club is also a member of the Associated Chari- 
ties of Greenfield organized by the Commercial Club of the 
City for the purpose of dispensing well directed charity 
for the needy of our community. 

The club also has one or more deleagtes at Federa- 
tion meetings. Among those w r ho have represented the 
club in the past are: Mrs. F. Grether, Mrs. E. M. Griffiith, 
Mrs. I. J. Martin, Mrs. Anne McBride, Mrs. P. S. Griffith, 
Mrs. Hugh Harrison, Miss Birdie Wetzel, Mrs.. J. G v Carr, 
Mrs. C. E. Bell, Miss Marie Grether, Mrs. E. M, Kimber, 
Miss Frank Eastin and Mrs. J. M. Mitchell. 

Club membership is limited to twenty-five ande meets 
fortnightly on Thursday afternoons. 

The following is a list of the present activeJmembens : 
Mrs. W. T. Allen Mrs. H. C. H^tfield 

Mrs. C. E. Bell Mrs. T. X. Jacobs 

Mrs. J. G. Carr Miss Harriet Jopes 

Miss Ollie Eastin Mrs. E. M. Kirgter 

Miss Frank Eastin Mrs. I. J.Martin 

Mrs. W. P. Finley Mrs. J. M. Mitchell 

Mrs. W. L. Ferguson. Mrs. L. W Sh&fer 

Mrs. F. Grether Mrs. A/D. States 

Miss Marie Grether Mrs. H. D. Sloan 

Mrs. E. M. Griffith Mrs. F. G. Van Osdell 

Mrs. P. S. Griffith Miss Bertha Wetzel 

Mrs. Hugh Harrison Mrs. S. H. Wetzel 

Mrs. Edwin Harrison 




Mrs. A. C. Duvall. 

A number of Lockwood ladies met at the home of 
Mrs. H. A. Cunningham, February, 1905, for the purpose 
of organizing a club. 

Mrs. T. J. Peterson acted as chairman of the meeting. 
The following names were enrolled: Mrs. T. 0. Barker, 
Mrs. C. S. Crow, Mrs. Wm. Cunningham, Mrs. H. A. Cun- 
ningham, Mrs. J. T. Dunning, Mrs. L. F. Evans, Mrs. F. H. 
Farris, Mrs. C. W. Gilman, Mrs. Geo. Oilman, Mrs. John 
McDermott, Mrs. R. E. Morris, Mrs. C. F. Newman, Mrs. 
T. J. Peterson, Mrs. C. D. Pyle, Mrs. M. B. Pyle, Mrs. A. 
C. Thweatt, Mrs. E. E. Williams, Mrs. E. S. White, and 
Mrs. Walter West. 

The next thing was a name for the club. Several 
names were proposed but the one chosen was, "The Maga- 
zine Club." 

The following officers were elected: 

Secretary, Mrs. T. 0. Barker. 

Vice- President, Mrs. T. J. Peterson. 

President, Mrs. C. W. Oilman. 

Treasurer, Mrs. A. C. Thweatt. 

A committee to draw up the Constitution and By- 
laws was appointed. The club membership was limited 
to twenty members. The initiation fee was a dollar maga- 
zine. Each member was to subscribe for a dollar maga- 
zine to be used in the club. 

Having no club study at the beginning, different sub- 
jects were taken up and discussed at the meetings. 

For the year 1906 Mrs. John McDermott was elected 
president; Mrs. C. S. Crow, secretary. In 1907 the club 
bought Stoddard's Lectures, consisting of ten volumes, to 
be used as a club study. The club joined the State Fed- 
oration December 16, 1907. In 1908 the club membership 
was limited to fifteen members instead of twenty. 

A program committee consisting of Mrs. John Mc- 
Dcrrnott, Mrs. T. J. Peterson, and Mrs. M. B. Pyle was 
appointed to plan a study and make a year book, using 


Stoddard's Lectures. This was the first year book. Con- 
tinued the study of Stoddard's Lectures during the year 

1909. In 1910 the lessons were on Missouri Laws. 

In May, 1910, The Magazine Club invited the L. D. 
Club to join with it and organize a Cemetery Association, 
for the purpose of improving the Lockwood Cemetery. 
A joint meeting was held at the home of Mrs. C. S. Crow 
and the Cemetery Association organized. The town was 
canvassed and membership solicited. Years 1911 and 1912 
were given to the study of Stoddard's Lectures again. 
The History of Missouri was taken as a study in 1913. 
The Club gave a donation for a block in the concrete walk 
at the school house that year. Our Own Country was 
the study in 1914. 

Through the efforts of the Magazine Club the Public 
Park was lighted and seated. 

The Club study for the year 1915 was Fine Arts and 
Noted Men and Women. The study for 1916 was miscel- 
laneous; for 1917, South America. 

The officers for 1917: President, Mrs. A. C. Duvall; 
Vice President, Mrs. W. F. Knox; Secretary, Mrs. John 
McDermott; Treasurer, Mrs. F. II. Farris. 

The remaining charter members at the present time 
are: Mrs. C. S. Crow, Mrs. Wm. Cunningham, Mrs. F. H. 
Farris, Mrs. John McDermott. There is now a member- 
ship of 14. 




Miss Myrtle Workman, President. 
The Merry Maker's Club was organized October 18, 

1910, at the home of Miss Rose Perlatti. As its name im- 
plies, it is purely a social club. No line of work being 

The charter members are: Misses Mertie Mayberry, 
Helen Mayberry, Rose Perlatti, Margaret Lindsey and 
Myrtle Workman. 

The members at present are: Misses Mertie May- 
berry, Helen Mayberry, Margaret Lindsey, Myrtle Work- 


man, Ella Russel, Fannie Puckett, and Mesdames Sidney 
Burger, Grover Weiland and W. E. Evans. 

The officers of the Merry Maker 's are as follows : 

Myrtle Workman, President. 

Helen Mayberry, Vice President. 

Ella Russell, Secretary. 

Margaret Lindsey, Treasurer. 

Lockwood, Missouri, 


Mrs. Lou Grubert. 

The Wednesday Afternoon Club was oranized at the 
home of Mrs. W. E. Evans, November 1, 1916. The object 
of the club being to follow some line of study selected by 
the members at present. The club study is "Famous 

The Charter Members are: Mesdames T. 0. Barker, 
Emma Daugherty, L. F. Evans, W. E. Evans, C. W. Gill- 
man, G. A. Gillman, W. F. Grubert, J. F. Horn, C. D. Pyle, 
Joe Temple, and Misses Helen Mayberry, Myrtle Work- 
man, Tillie Pearson and Margaret Lindsey. 

Since the organization of the club the following 
members have been added: 

Mesdames Ira Abrogast, I. G. Hines, U. S. Keran and 
M. B. Pyle. 

The officers for 1916-17 are as follows: 

President, Mrs. W. F. Grubert. 

Vice President, Mrs. Emma Daugherty. 

Secretary, Myrtle E. Workman. 

Assistant Secretary, Helen Mayberry. 

Treasurer, Tillie Pearson. 

Musical Directress, Mrs. W. E. Evans. 

Club Colors, Yellow, Green and White. 

Flower, Carnation. 

Motto: "Excellence is the Reward of Labor." 

Club Meetings, First and Third Wednesdays at 
2:30 p. m. 


Lockwood, Missouri, 


Mrs. W. M. Hoel, President. 

The All Sew Club was organized August 26, 1913, 
with the following officers and members: 

Mrs. J. L. Shields, President. 

Mrs. I. G. Hines, Vice President. 

Mrs. W. M. Hoel, Secretary. 

Mrs. U. S. Keran. 

Mrs. J. F. Horn. 

Mrs. M. B. Pyle. 

Mrs. G. W. Smith. 

Mrs. Chas. Orr. 

Mrs. S. D. McMillan. 

Mrs. P. E. Stewart. 

The Ail Sew Club was formed to promote the Social, 
Civic and Education welfare of the City of Lockwood. 

Program of the Club consists of the following: 

Monthly entertainments. 

Securing seats for the City Park. 

Assisted in securing lights for the park. 

Members made public talks on Civic Welfare. 

Studied Preventive Medicine one and one-half years. 

Studied Laws for Women and Children in Missouri 
one year. 

Studied Suffrage. 

Members and Officers for 1917 

Mrs. W. M. Hoel, President. 

Mrs. M. B. Pyle, Vice President. 

Mrs. I. G. Hines, Vice President. 

Mrs. U. S. Keran, Press Correspondent. 

Mrs. C. D. Pyle. 

Mrs. W. F. Grubert. 

Mrs. J. F. Horn. 


Honorary Members 
Mrs. Otlio Keran. 
Mrs. Fred Kellar. 
Miss Marguerite Hines. 
Miss Rosamond Horn. 
Miss Lois Grubert. 


At the call of the Mrs. States and Mrs. Ayers some of 
the women of Limestone community met at the home of 
Mrs. A. 0. Litchfield and Mrs. C. H. Ayres Thursday, 
September 2nd, 1915, for the purpose of organizing a club, 
with the following members present: Mrs. DeWitt, Mrs. 
Jeffreys, Mrs. Hopkins, Mrs. Arthur Poe, Mrs. States, Mrs. 
Pertle, Mrs. Hurt, Mrs. Litchfield, and Mrs. Ayers. 

In the afternoon the house was called to order by 
the president protem, Mrs. States. They then proceeded 
to organize a club to be called "The Country Women." To 
Mrs. Vida Poe belongs the honor of suggesting the name 
for the club. The election of officers was then in order. 
Betty Ayers was elected Secretary. Did not elect a treas- 
urer at this meeting as did not think we were going to 
need money. It was decided each member should bring 
her own plate, cup, knife, fork and spoon and be as- 
signed a certain dish of eatables at each meeting, and 
the hostess should furnish coffee; also music; also, each 
one take some work if they chose. Also if any member is 
sick, all go in and help her. After each dinner, make up 
boxes for sick or absent ones. They then made a program 
for the next meeting. All members should respond to 
roll call with a humorous story. The meeting then ad- 
journed to meet at Mrs. Hade Carr's September 22nd, 

On. September 22nd, 1915, the club met with Mrs. 
Tessie Carr, who asked Mrs. States to act as President at 
tliis meeting. Several new members were added, namely: 
Mrs. Nellie Sailor, Mrs. Sallie Tucker, Mrs. Anna Marks, 
Mrs. Mattie Glazes, Mrs. Sarah Poe and Mrs. Tessie 
Carr. Members present at this meeting, fifteen; visitors, 


one. All responded to roll call with a story, and this was 
decided to be continued for the present. When some 
suitable subject would be taken up later and discussed. 
Also decided if any member had a friend visiting them, it 
would be all right to take them. Also, the hostess could 
invite anyone she wished to help her entertain. This 
being the first regular meeting the program was short. 
No further business. The club then adjourned to meet 
with Mrs. Rachel Hurt October 13th, 1915. 

The club being well started they decided to elect offi- 
cers to hold their offices for six months. Mrs. Nelie Tay- 
lor, President; Mrs. Bettie Ayers, Secretary; Mrs. Hopkins, 
Treasurer; Mrs. Blanch Gregory, Press Correspondent and 
Chaplin. The Club holds their meetings on Wednesdays, 
every three weeks, with different members, until they 
have met with all of them, when they commence over 
again. The club has had new members added until they 
now number 17. 

On extra occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, 
Fourth of July, etc., the husbands are invited, who gen- 
erally attend, and sometimes give interesting talks. Rev. 
States always gave us good talks when he was among us, 
which we now miss very much. The club is now one 
year and a half old and in a flourishing condition. 

Each member must pay a small tax to keep money in 
the treasury for the expenses of the club. The motto of 
the Country Woman is: "I will speak evil of no one. 
I will excuse the faults of others. I will tell all the good 
I know of every one." 

Our opening song is "Brighten the Corner Where 
You Are," and the closing song is, "God Be With You 
Till We Meet Again." Our club colors are red and white. 

We all realize that this order has helped us in many 
ways as we discuss questions on subjects of interest to all. 

Present Members: 

Mrs. Litchfield. Mrs. Jaunita Mead. 

Mrs. Nellie Taylor. Mrs. Mattie Glaze. 

Mrs. Sarah Poe. Mrs. Jessie Gregory. 

Mrs. Blanche Gregory. Mrs. Minnie Logan. 


Mrs. Mollie Pirtle. Miss Lucy Hall. 

Mrs. Rachel Hurt. Miss Guss Hudspeth. 

Mrs. Vida Poe. Mrs. Josephine States. 

Mrs. Bettie Ayers. Mrs. Jefferies. 

Mrs. Tessie Carr. 

Honorary Members: Mrs. Dewitt, Mrs. States, Mrs. 
Hopkins, Mrs. Fern Poe and Mrs. Marks. 

(Written by Blanche Gregory.) 



The Home Makers Club was organized by Miss Bab 
Bell, a representative of the State University, Oct. 27, 1913. 
Mrs. F. J. McComb was elected president, Miss Gladys 
Lowe, secretary. Nothing further was done until March 
20, 1914, when at the suggestion of Mr. Rodekohr, Dade 
County's farm adviser, Mrs. McComb called a meeting 
at her home inviting 35 women to enroll as members of 
the new club. At that meeting it was decided to limit 
the number to thirty-five, to meet the second Friday in 
each month with the members of the club, taking their 
names alphabetically. The programs were to consist of 
music, response to roll call by household hints, and papers 
written on various subjects pertaining to the home. 
Through the efforts of the farm adviser, Miss Mae McDon- 
ald, from the State University, was secured for lecture, 
after which she established a cooking school, which lasted 
one week with half-day sessions, conducted by Miss Se- 
bastion. This school proved very instructive to more 
than fifty ladies who attended the session and after paying 
the regular expense for such schools, twenty-five dollars, 
put a balance of seven dollars and fifty cents in the 

At this time the club broadened its vision, having 
among its membership several ladies who felt that 
woman 's place is primarily in the home, yet she has the 
mental capacity as well as physical strength to do some- 
thing outside of just four walls, and so become interested 
in civic work such as trying to eradicate the dandelion 
from the cemetery. At Christmas magazines, rag rugs, 



clothes and other useful presents were given to the county 
farm inmates. 

The next year's work followed along the same lines, 
the programs being printed for the whole year made from 
bulletins sent by the university. 

The cooking school conducted this year by Miss Nay- 
lor was quite a success. More civic work was done by 
co-operating with other clubs of the town, such as swat- 
ting the fly, observing clean-up day and so forth. The 
club's special charity work consisted in remembering at 
Christmas the county farm inmates with fruit, candy and 
nuts. During baby week a lecturer from the State Uni- 
versity for one afternoon, was secured and for the Round- 
up a display of fancy work was given. 

For the year 1916 the work was of the same nature, 
but there was no summer school. Social life in the club 
was developed, beginning with a very enjoyable party at 
the home of Miss Marie Grether, and later on, a picnic din- 
ner at the same place. The Home Makers Club was asked 
to unite with other clubs in Greenfield's greatest civic 
work raising money for the Cemetery for which it 
pledged five dollars to be given to same. The programs 
are always interesting and instructive and the club 
through its connection with "The Greenfield Associated 
Charities" is an uplift to the community. At the begin- 
ning of the year 1917 thirty-four members are enrolled, as 
follows : 

Miss Helen Brownlee. Mrs. J. W. McLemore. 

Mrs. Charles Bell. Miss Zetta McLemore. 

Mrs. Harve Campbell. Mrs. J. M. Mitchell. 

Miss Ruth Carr. Mrs. R. P. Murphy. 

Mrs. Mary Davis. Mrs. Lit. Roper. 

Mrs. F. C. Eastin. Mrs. F. L. Shafer. 

Mrs. F. P. Engleman. Mrs. H. D. Sloan. 

Mrs. Bess Erisman. Mrs. R. M. Sloan. 

Mrs. W. P. Finley. Mrs. 0. E. Sloan. 

Mrs. Ralph Furby. Mrs. R. S. Sneed. 

Miss Marie Grether. Mrs. Henry Talbutt. 

Mrs. P. S. Griffith. Mrs. D. E. Tarr. 


Mrs. A. C. Hall. Mrs. L. A. Wetzel. 

Mrs. F. H. Holland. Mrs. W. C. Whaley. 

Mrs. S. W. Jopes. Mrs. 0. J. Wilson. 

Miss Harriet Jopes. Mrs. L. J. Weir. 

Mrs. Eli Kimber. Harriet Jopes, Historian 
Mrs. S. G. Manlove. 


A. J. Young. 

Greenfield, the seat of Justice of Bade County, was 
located in the spring of 1841. A detailed account of this 
event being given in connection with the sketch entitled 
"The Organization of the County." 

The city is very pleasantly located near the center 
of the county, upon what was originally wooded hills and 
sylvan glades in the immediate vicinity of a gigantic 
spring. It occupies a commanding eminence about 200 
feet in elevation above the valley of Turnback, which 
lies two miles eastward, and practically the same above 
South Greenfield, which lies three miles south on the 
Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis railway. Looking 
eastward from Greenfield one gets a delightful view of the 
"Grotto," a veritable paradise of undulating hills and 
fertile valleys, bubbling springs, racing rivulets and a 
riotous profusion of cloudland and woodland blending into 
a grand panorama of Nature's own storehouse of richest 
pastorial gems. To the west lie the broad, rolling- prai- 
ries, unrivaled for richness of soil and clasping in their 
fond embrace a never ending succession of verdant pas- 
tures and waving fields of golden grain. 

Greenfield is indeed set as a choice gem in the very 
"Crown of the Hills," and imparts a radiant glow to an 
atmosphere bristling with ozone and filled with the 
fragrance, 1 of the forest. Greenfield of today, however, 
differs widely from the Greenfield of more than half a 
century ago. 


Aside from the original court house the first business 
building in the town was erected in 1841, at the north- 
east corner of the public square, where the Dade County 
Bank is now located. It was erected by Madison Camp- 
bell, of Polk County, and Caleb Jones & Co., also of Polk 
County, put in a stock of goods, which was managed and 
sold by John W. Wilson. The next merchants of the town 
were John Wells and Rufus Gates, each of whom opened 
stores. Then followed W. K. Latham, and a Mr. Lindsey 
as merchants. The postoffice was established in 1841 or 
1842, and W. K. Latham was the first postmaster. 

Developments In 1847, when William L. Scroggs 
came to Greenfield, there were four little stores in the 
town, the combined stock of which would not equal that 
of one such as the town now affords. One of these 
stores was kept by W. K. Latham, at the southwest cor- 
ner of the public square, where Dr. Lyngar's drug store 
now stands on the corner south: another, where the Dade 
County Bank is located, by Mr. Lindsey, and the other by 
John Wells, on the corner east of the Delmonico Hotel. 
The town grew but slowly, so that, at the beginning of 
the Civil War, it contained only eleven small business 
houses; and all, except one in the Delmonico building, 
were in small wooden houses. Of these, only one that 
of Mr. Jacobs survived the war, and at one time the 
goods of his store were taken by Confederate raiders. 
The other merchants all went out of business on account 
of the ravages of the war. Mr. Jacobs, however, man- 
aged to keep a small amount of goods during nearly all 
of the war period. At the beginning of the war, Green- 
field contained about 300 inhabitants, and at its close, had 
still a less number. Its population is now estimated at 

Then business soon revived the old wooden shanties 
that remained began to be replaced with better buildings. 
Business men with moterate capital and much enterprise 
came in from abroad, and they and the old resident sur- 
vivors of the town and surrounding country have built 
the town almost entirely anew since the war closed. 


There are now surrounding and facing the public square 
twelve brick blocks, containing altogether nineteen or 
twenty business rooms on the first floors, and prepara- 
tions are being made for the construction of more brick 
blocks during the coming season. In addition to these 
are the Delmonico and Washington Hotels both large 
brick houses. The town also contains the Ozark College 
and a large two-story public school house both brick 
structures; two brick and three frame church edifices; 
several fine brick residences, a large number of com- 
modious frames and many neat and beautiful cottage 
residences, all comparatively new, and generally of mod- 
ern architectural style. The old dilapidated wooden 
building standing on the commons on the west side of 
the street leading south from the southeast corner of the 
square, in which the noted lawyer and Southern sympa- 
thizer, John T. Coffee, once resided, is the only house that 
existed in the town in 1847, that has not been torn down. 

The Modern City. Greenfield makes no pretention 
of commercial greatness. It is a city of schools and 
churches, clubs, lodges, societies and ideal homes. Its 
financial institutions and commercial establishments com- 
pare favorably with those of cities twice its size. The 
city owns a municipal water plant constructed at a cost 
of $17,000.00, supplying water from a well drilled to a 
depth of 1,000 feet into a bed of white sand. The entire 
city is well lighted by an incorporated Light & Power 
company, which also operates an Ice Plant. Two tele- 
phone systems with large country connections and long- 
distance service are well established and capably man- 
aged. The streets of the city are graded, graveled and 
oiled, and miles of cement sidewalks connect every por- 
tion of the municipality. Forest trees augmented by 
those of more convenient setting protect the streets and 
lawns from the rays of the. summer sun and cast a cooling 
shade across the parks and commons. 

Greenfield is justly proud of her two banks, the R. 8. 
Jacobs Banking Company and the Dade County Bank, 
each with a footing of more than $250,000, and extending 


a line of credit sufficient to accommodate every legitimate 
enterprise of the city. Greenfield High School is known 
throughout the state for its efficiency and excellency. 
Dade County's Greatest Store, owned and conducted by 
J. L. Rubenstein, and The Day Light Store, owned and 
managed by Fred C. Eastin, are to Greenfield what the 
great department stores are to the large cities. Every line 
of business and enterprise is well represented and they 
work in perfect harmony. The Commercial Club and 
Young Men's Business Club are organizations which have 
for their purpose the betterment of business conditions 
in Greenfield and the welfare of the surrounding com- 

The pride and the boast of the city is that for more 
than thirty years no saloon has existed within its borders. 

The various Societies, Lodges, Newspapers, Clubs, 
Civic bodies and Associations will be mentioned in their 
order under appropriate headings in this volume. 

While Greenfield is a splendid place in which to live 
it is also a good place in which to die. It has one of the 
most beautiful and well kept cemeteries to be found in 
Southwest Missouri. It is owned by the city and man- 
aged by a Cemetery Association. It occupies a highly im- 
proved plat of ground in the northeast quarter of the city 
and commands a splendid view of the surrounding coun- 
try. In its confines are sleeping many of the Fathers of 
the City. Rude monuments of pioneer days and costly 
piles of carved marble unite in this democracy of the dead. 
Interments d#te from the year 1837. Scarcely a family in 
the entire community but what has some loved-one, some 
relative, neighbor or friend sleeping in this quiet city of 
the dead. It is the one sacred spot above all others which 
Greenfield has dedicated to the memory of her lamented 

The present city government is as follows: 

Mayor Phil S. Griffith. 

City Attorney A. J. Young. 

City Clerk Fred L. Shafer. 

Police Judge John E. Scroggs. 


City Marshall Houston Duncan. 
Street Commissioner M. H. Campbell. 
Water Commissioner C. E. Bell. 
Aldermen : 

First Ward Mason Talbutt and R. C. Divine. 
Second Ward R. H. Merrill and R, M. Sloan. 
The following list of business men of Greenfield is 
taken from the Merchant's Assessment of 1916: 
J. R. Brewer, Second Hand Goods. 
Carr & Son, Meat Market. 
Fred Eastin, Dry Goods. 

F. Grether & Son, Hardware and Implements. 
Carl Guenther, Restaurant and Bakery. 
Charles Harrison, Harness Maker. 

Harrison Brothers, Furniture and Undertaking. 

John Harris, Postoffice, Book Store. 

H. C. Hartfield, Hay, Grain and Produce. 

G. C. Holman, Watches and Clocks. 
Hull & Worthy, Flour and Feed. 
Kempert & Furby, Restaurant and Bakery. 

E. M. Kimber, Automobiles and Accessories. 
D. E. Lafoon, Restaurant. 

H. A. Long, Grill Room. 

T. A. Miller Lumber Co., Lumber. 

Mitchell & Sloan, Groceries. 

Morris & White, Hardware and Implements. 

W. B. McReynolds, Millinery. 

Lit H. Roper, Drugs. 

J. L. Rubenstein, General Dry Goods and Furnishings. 

W. L. Scroggs, Groceries, Automobiles and Oil. 

J. E. Shaw, Pumps, Tanks and Builders Hardware 

and Automobiles. 
L. M. Shaw, Farmers Restaurant. 
Sloan Bros., Hardware and Implements. 
0. P. Sloan, Groceries and Produce. 

F. M. Sneed, Drugs, Paints, Etc. 
Springfield & Co., Ice. 

P. D. StringnVld, Buggies. 

L. B. Tarr, Groceries, Wholesale & Retail. 


S. H. Wetzel, Shoes and Gent's. Furnishings. 

T. E. Whaley, Notions, Sewing Machines, Musical 

D. R. White, Buggies and Automobiles. 



The City of Greenfield has had a Commercial Club 
for many years. It was however, reorganized in 1911 and 
has been a powerful exponent in the development of the 
resources of the city. It has donated largely to good 
roads, bridges, public improvements and charity. Its 
officers and members at present are as follows: 

President B. H. Merrill, Assistant Cashier, B. S. 
Jacobs Bank. 

Vice President Dr. J. L. Bawhauser, Physician and 

Treasurer J. L. Wetzel, Cashier B. S. Jacobs Bank- 
ing Company. 

Secretary F. G. Van Osdell, Assistant Cashier, Dade 
County Bank. 

J. L. Bubenstein, Proprietor "Dade County's Great- 
est Store." 

S. H. Wetzel, Shoes and Gents. Furnishings. 

Dr. T. B. Kyle, Physician and Surgeon. 

Dade County Bank. 

J. M. Mitchell, Groceries. 

P. P.. Bower, Monuments. 

F. Grether, Hardware and Implements. 

D. E. Lafoon, Bestaurant and Soft Drinks. 

String-field Ice Company. 

J. C. Shouse, Betired Capitalist. 

L. D. Beitz, Blacksmith. 

J. L. Horton, Pantitorium. 

McConnell & Wasson, Groceries. 

Crews & Son, Barbers. 

A. J. Young, Lawyer, Abstracter and Land Titles. 

G. C. Holman, Jeweler and Optician. 
L. A. Wetzel, Lawyer. 

W. B. Bell, Frisco Station Agent. 


Grand Barber Shop. 

J. W. Hull, Flour and Feed. 

Benton Wilson, Capitalist and Farmer. 

Cagle & Son, Blacksmiths, Horse-shoeing Experts. 

J. E. Scroggs, Police Judge. 

F. L. Shafer, Lawyer and Abstracter, City Clerk. 

L. B. Tarr, Groceries, Wholesale and Retail. 

L. H. Roper, Drugs. 

Dr. G. E. Thweatt, Dentist. 

Edwin Harrison, Cashier Dade County Bank. 

Harrison Bros., Furniture and Undertaking. 

R. S. Jacobs Banking Company. 

Uel Murphy, Constable and Deputy Sheriff. 

Dr. 0. E. Sloan, Dentist. 

C. H. Headlee, Groceries. 

Greenfield Electric Light & Power Company. 

R. D. Payne, Prosecuting Attorney, Farm Loans. 

W. B. Hobbs, Real Estate. 

J. W. Ward, General Repair Shop. 

Harry A. Long, Washington Grill Room. 

W. L. Scroggs, Automobiles and Oil. 

Mason Talbutt, Attorney at Law. 

D. R. White, Garage, Livery, Buggies and Automob- 


W. B. McReynolds, Millinery and Ladies' Furnish- 

H. C. Hartfield, Hay, Grain, Poultry & Produce. 

B. W. Smith, Sheriff. 

F. M. Sneed, Druggist and Drug Sundries. 

H. A. Lilly, Garage, Automobiles. 

Dade County Advocate, "Everything That's News." 

J. C. Webb, County Clerk. 

Morris & White, Hardware, Implements & Auto- 

J. G. Carr, Live Stock and Meat Market. 

S. A. Payne, Lawyer. 

P. S. Griffith, Mayor and Editor of "Vedette." 

Frank Slawson, Poultry, Cream & Produce. 

J. E. Shaw, Pumps, Tanks, Garage and Automobiles, 


Carl Guenther, Restaurant & Bakery, Wholesale Ice 

Kempert & Furby, Restaurant, Bakery, Soft Drinks, 

Miller Lumber Company, Lumber, Cement and Build- 
ers Material. 

F. C. Eastin, Dry Goods, Proprietor "Daylight Store." 

Ben M. Neale, Lawyer. 

Dr. G. L. Weir, Physician & Surgeon. 

T. E. Whaley, Musical Instruments, Notions and 
Sewing Machines. 

Sloan Bros., Hardware and Implements. 

J. L. Wetzel, Cashier R. S. Jacobs Banking Company. 

Chas. Harrison, Harness and Horse Furnishings. 

W. R. Bowles, Postmaster, Proprietor Dade County 

Dr. 0. R. Lee, Dentist and Dental Surgeon. 

A. E. Watson, Mutual Telephone Company. 

John Harris, Postoffice Book Store. 

W. 0. Underwood, Auto Livery, Garage and Auto 

W. 0. Russell, Abstracts, Insurance and Farm Loans. 

R. W. Grether, Hardware, Traveling Salesman. 

F. M. Renfro, General Shoe Repair Shop. 

W. D. Brown, Circuit Clerk. 



Prior to the year 1881 there were no railroads in Dade 
County. In that early day Greenfield was the metropolis 
of the county and all the horsetracks in the road pointed 
in that direction. The old railroad survey to which Dade 
County had subscribed bonds in the sum of $250,000 
touched the townsite of Greenfield on the southwest but 
when the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad was 
built in 1881 it missed the town three miles. It followed 
a natural depression out of the Turnback and Limestone 
hills to the prairie leaving the county seat stranded on 
high and dry ground. 


People in their enthusiasm and speculation expected 
to see Greenfield with her business interests and county 
offices move bodily to the railroad point. To facilitate 
this enterprise Levin W. Shafer, in company with John 
A. Ready, two Greenfield lawyers and real estate dealers 
having financial relations with the Dade County Bank, 
purchased a 40 acre tract of land and laid out the pre- 
tentious city of South Greenfield, with its spacious Pub- 
lic Square upon which a Court House was to be erected 
when the county seat was removed to that point. 

John A. Myers immediately platted an Addition on 
the northwest, G. "W. Yeager an Addition on the southwest, 
Jacob Cox sold lots by metes and bounds on the south and 
L. J. Griggs platted Grigg's Addition on the north, but 
this plat was never recorded. Many business men from 
Greenfield became interested in South Greenfield enter- 
prises. Horace Howard embarked in the livery business, 
J L. Wetzel sold general merchandise and many other 
lines were represented so that in a few years the new city 
attained a population of about 600. 

At this juncture the unexpected happened. T. A. 
Miller, a man of action and great business sagacity con- 
ceived the idea of building a branch railroad from Green- 
field to South Greenfield by popular subscription. Green- 
field business men took kindly to the idea and in a short 
time the Greenfield & Northern railroad was a reality. 
Its original promoters expected to extend this line to 
Stockton and on to some Missouri River point, but the 
north corporate limits of Greenfield became and remained 
its northern terminus. The rolling stock of this road con- 
sisted of one little wheezy, jerky engine, one box car and 
one combination express-baggage-passenger coach, one 
hand-car with tools and equipment sufficient for the sec- 
tion foreman and one hand. Later on this road was ex- 
tended southward thirty miles to Aurora and was sold to 
the Frisco system and is now one of its important 

With the building of this railroad the county seat 
hopes of South Greenfield gradually faded and finally 


vanished in thin air. The* boom proclivities of the town 
subsided and its population gradually diminished until 
now it has something like o()0 people within its corporate 
limits. Having Lockwood on the west, Kverton on the 
east, Greenfield on the north and Pennsboro on the south 
its trade territory is restricted and yet, notwithstanding all 
this South Greenfield has made a substantial little city, a 
junction railroad point and is the center of a rock-road 
district with about 20 miles of permanently improved 
highways. It has privately owned electric light and 
water-works systems, a beautiful public park, is the home 
of the Cumberland Presbyterian Camp Grounds and is in 
every way a very desirable place in which to live. 

The prominent business men of South Greenfield at 
present are: 

J. H. Fuqua, dealer in hardware, furniture, agricul- 
tural implements, automobiles, undertaking and fertilizers, 
is one of the best known business men in Dade county. He 
has resided in South Greenfield practically all his life, his 
father having been engaged in the livery business there 
over 25 years ago. 

Willard Daughtrey, another native son, engaged in 
the grocery business with a large anel ever increasing 

J. L. Gilliland, groceries, flour and feed, is one of the 
permanent fixtures of the town. He has been in busi- 
ness many years and enjoys the supreme confidence of his 

L. S. Couplin, drugs and medicines. Dr. Couplin is 
also a regular practicing physician and is one of the val- 
uable men of the community. 

The T. A. Miller Lumber Company, is one of the old- 
est established firms of the city, this being one of a line of 
lumber yards extending over a part of Missouri and 
Arkansas. It has been in business at South Greenfield 
since the starting of the town. 

The Farmers' State Bank is one of the sound finan- 
cial institutions of the country and ably managed by 
W. L. Ferguson, cashier. It is comfortably housed in its 


own brick building on the west side of the square and is 
equipped with all the up-to-date appliances for modern 

South Greenfield has always been an extensive ship- 
ping point for poultry, produce and grain. The original 
Frisco depot which was destroyed by fire some two years 
ago has been replaced with a commodious station house 
with convenient offices, freight room and passenger wait- 
ing room. 

South Greenfield has suffered two commercial mis- 
fortunes. A number of years ago an extensive lime and 
building-stone works were established on its western sub- 
urb which employed a large number of laborers and an- 
nually shipped many car loads of lime and building stone. 
Those quarries are among the best in the state. The build- 
ings were destroyed by fire and were never re-built. About 
the same time the large 200 barrel flouring mill was also 
destroyed by fire and has not since been re-established. 

South Greenfield has long been known as a religious 
and Fraternal center. For more than fifty years a camp 
ground for religious services has been maintained in a 
beautiful grove adjoining the city on the northwest. It is 
shaded with native forest trees of oak, a bright, sparkling, 
bubbling spring furnishes a never failing supply of pure 
water and a suitable church building, tabernacle, restaurant 
and other conveniences have been erected. The grounds 
are lighted with a modern ascetylene plant and thousands of 
people visit this place annually. It is now the property of 
the Cumberland Presbyterians. 

The Odd Fellows some years ago erected a large, two- 
story frame business house with lodge rooms above, and 
for many years South Greenfield has had one of the most 
prosperous Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges in the country. 

South Greenfield is incorporated as a village by the 
County Court under the laws of the state of Missouri and is 
governed by a Board of five trustees, viz : 

AV. L. Miller, Chairman. 

W. L. Ferguson, Treasurer. 

F. J. McMillen, Clerk and Collector. 


J. H. Fuqua. 

J. L. Gilliland. 

J. N. Godfrey. 

H. 0. Woy, City Attorney. 

Lockwood. "The Queen City of the Prairie" claims 
the distinction of being the commercial metropolis of Dade 
County. Delightfully situated in the heart of a fertile 
prairie with a broad reach of territory lying both to its 
north and south without railroad facilities, gives Lockwood 
a decided advantage as a shipping point. It is indeed one of 
the best shipping points on the entire Frisco system. 

The early history of Lockwood is one of contest, con- 
tention and quarrel, there having been three rival towns 
laid out in 1881 when the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf 
Railroad was first built. William M. Taggart, a capitalist 
with large real estate holdings in the vicinity, Titus B. 
Eldridge, a lawyer of New York City owning a large tract of 
land with Joseph B. Lindsey, as his local agent and W. J. 
Davis, a farmer and early pioneer of the county were mili- 
tant rivals in the matter of townsite promotion. W. J. 
Davis gained the "first blood" in the battle by having the 
railroad adopt his selection of a name for the place called 
Lockwood in honor of the general passenger agent of the 
road at that time. He also secured the postoffice which was 
another powerful lever in his favor. After months of bit- 
ter struggle a compromise was effected and Mission Street 
was agreed upon as the business center of the place and 
practically all the business houses from the various sections 
of the city were moved to the common center. From this 
time on the future of Lockwood was assured. The rival 
factions became harmonious and an era of good feeling pre- 
vailed. During the first ten years of the city's history many 
thrilling events are to be recorded. The fire fiend visited 
the place and swept away almost every original frame busi- 
ness house but they were speedily replaced with substantial 
brick. New capital was attracted to the city, new faces ap- 
peared upon the scene and new enterprises were launched. 


At the close of the first decade of its history Lockwood 
was a city of the 4th class with a population of abouu 800. 
Among its distinguished business men at that time, many 
of whom are now sleeping in the quiet "City of the Dead" 
but who in their lifetime contributed largely to the growth 
and prosperity of the city of the living may be mentioned: 

Captain W. S. Wheeler, a lawyer, business man and 
banker who represented the Eldridge interests for a num- 
ber of years and who was the first mayor of the city after 
its organization as a city of the 4th class. 

Haubein & Heiser, a firm composed of Herman Hau- 
bein and Martin Heiser, general merchants. Mr. Heiser 
was one of the builders of the first flouring mill in the city 
and was also largely interested in farming enterprises. Mr. 
Haubein later established the Lockwood Creamery and feed 
mill and in connection with it erected the light plant. 

Cunningham & Finley, a general merchandise firm com- 
posed of II. A. Cunningham and A. II. Finley. Mr. Cun- 
ningham was also a stock buyer and shipper, Mr. Finley a 
stock feeder and both interested in the Bank of Lockwood. 

E. C. Gillett, buyer and shipper of live-stock, produce 
and poultry in whose employ was Frank Farris now vice 
president of the Bank at Lockwood and who for years oper- 
ated a grain elevator east of the railroad station. 

Waterman & Sons, hardware merchants and dealer in 
farm implements, succeeded by Workman Brothers. 

W. R. Eaton, dealer in lumber, hay, grain, threshing 
machines and farm implements. 

Hunt Bros., dealers in lumber and kindred products. 

(iillman & Son, private bankers. C. W. Gillman, the 
junior member of the firm being an extensive buyer and 
.shipper of livestock. 

Sandmeyer & Bartling, manufacturers of harness and 
dealers in all kinds of horse furnishings. 

Fred Frye, merchant, leading citizen and afterwards 
Judge of the County Court. 

McDermid & Thumser, hardware and seed merchants. 

Herman Schuerman, dealer in general merchandise. 


Dr. F. P. Adams, drugs and medicines. 

J. L. Alverson, shoes and gents, furnishings. 

S. C. Provin, exclusive groceries. 

J. A. Renck, bakery and confectionary. 

Dr. William Terry, physician and surgeon. 

A. J. Young, lawyer, editor and general promoter. 
Hi Curry, lawyer, now located at Webb City. 

J. H. Harris, liverman and buyer of horses and mules. 

D. C. Clark, watchmaker and jeweler. 

Hoel Brothers, a firm composed of W. B. Hoel and C. 

E. Hoel, real estate, loans and insurance. 

Prof. W. H. H. Peirce, editor of the "Times" and gen- 
eral savant of the city. 

C. S. Ring, buyer and shipper of grain. 

William Beisner, real estate, loans and justice of the 

William Crow, veteran Constable, City Marshal and 
general conservator of the peace. 

Heisey & Caldwell, furniture and undertaking. Mr. 
Heisey was afterward mayor of the city. 

J. D. Yoder, drayman and transfer. 

B. F. Whitlock, blacksmith. 

J. N. Burns, associated with W. R. Eaton in the lumber 
business and also connected with the bank of Gillman, 
Burns & Company. 

The above is not by any means a complete list of the 
Lockwood business men in 1891, but it gives a fair idea of 
the business interests as represented at that time. 

About the year 1894 W. A. Rice, a cigar maker by occu- 
pation and a musician by profession, located in Lockwood 
and became connected with the Cornet Band, as leader. 
Under his direction it became one of the most proficient 
musical organizations in Southwest Missouri. 

Lockwood has always taken special pride in her schools 
and churches. Of the boys who grew up and were educated 
in Lockwood and afterward entered business on their own 
account may be mentioned : 

Dr. John McDermid, Physician and Surgeon. 


C. F. Newman, Lawyer. 

Dr. John Buser, Physician and Surgeon. 

Dr. W. M. Hoel, Physician and Surgeon. 

Dr. John Newman, Physician and Surgeon. 

Cortis Pyle, banker. 

Perry Pyle, banker. 

Oliver Smith, banker. 

Otho Reran, banker. 

C. S. Crow, banker. 

And a score or more of others who have made their 
mark in the business world. 

Lockwood today is a flourishing little city of more 
than 1,000 population, with well improved streets, elegant 
homes and modern conveniences. The city is lighted by 
electricity, the streets well oiled, all lines of business 
well represented and the people well governed. 

The following list of merchants is taken from the 
Merchants' Assessment Book of Dade County for 1916: 
J. L. Alverson, Groceries. 
Wm. A, Bowers, Restaurant. 
H. G. Caldwell, Furniture and Undertaking. 
E. M. Carr, Meat Market and Grocery. 

D. C. Clark, Jewelry. 

R. T. Clements & Son, Dry Goods and Furnishings. 

D. & S. Drolesbaugh, Millinery. 

Duckett Sisters, Millinery. 

A. C. Duvall, Groceries. 

W. R. Eaton Lumber Co., Lumber. 

Frye & Bartling, General Merchandise. 

C. N. Gilfert, Meat Market. 

Ilaubein & Newcomb, Hardware. 

Hauridschild & Horstman, Shoes. 

Horn & Algeo, Hardware and Implements. 

Hunt Bros., Lumber. 

Lockwood Furniture (Peer Bros), Furniture. 

Massey & Smith, Drugs. 

A. F. Meisner, Bakery. 

0. E. McCall, Groceries. 


McDermid & Peterson, Seeds and Grain, Flour and 

Charles Orr, Restaurant and Groceries. 

W. H Salow, Harness. 

H. Schuerman & Co., General Merchandise. 

J. H. Sutter, Groceries. 

Sam W. Temple & Co., Shoes and Furnishings. 

G. J. Thumser, Pumps, Windmills, Engines, Etc. 

J. Q. Workman, Automobiles. 

J. D. Yoder, Groceries. 

The present City Government is composed of the fol- 
lowing officials : 

Mayor, R. A. Frye. 

City Clerk, Calvin S. Crow. 

City Collector, H. C. Bird. 

City Treasurer, W. E. Evans. 

City Attorney, E. R. Hightower. 

City Marshal, W. E. James. 

Street Commissioner, W. E. James. 


H. Schuerman. 
A. M. Smith. 
S. M. Bishop. 
A. J. Wolf. 

Police Judge, Captain Meyer. 

Health Officer, Dr. Wm. M. Hoel. 



The Southeastern Metropolis of Dade County is 
located on the Frisco railroad twelve miles southeast of 
Greenfield, in the midst of a populous and highly produc- 
tive agricultural section. It has a population of about 
1,000 people, and all lines of business are well represented. 
Everton is comparatively a new city, dating its birth 
from the building of the K. C. F. S. & G. railroad in 1881. 
Prior to that time, however, Rock Prairie Township had 
its trading point. As far back as 1850 the postoffice of 
Rock Prairie was established, and Thomas Grisham was 
the first postmaster, and later on, John Dunkle. The 


postoffice, however, was moved from house to house and 
accommodated only a sparsely settled community. 

Some time along in the 50 's Sammy Jones had a 
little store at Cross Roads, about one mile Northeast of the 
present site of Everton, at a point where the Springfield 
and Ft. Scott wagon road was crossed by the Booneville 
& Sarcoxie wagon road. This was in the good old freight- 
ing days when produce and supplies were hauled long 
distances by ox and mule teams. The war for a time de- 
stroyed the aspirations of Cross Roads ever becoming a 
city. At the close of hostilities Calvin Wheeler peti- 
tioned Congress for a re-establishment of the Rock Prairie 
postomcc' which had been discontinued during the war, and 
he was appointed postmaster in 1868, and located the 
office at Cross Roads, at which point he was conducting a 
small country store. His son, Martin Wheeler, was deputy 
postmaster and managed the office. James Bell and James 
Byles were the village blacksmiths, Elias Bennett con- 
ducted a drug store and officiated as Justice of the Peace, 
Eli Reich "cobbled" shoes, George Laughingburg estab- 
lished a brewery and manufactured old-fashioned lager 
beer from hops and barley with W. L. Grotzman, who 
ran a pottery as his chief customer. 

This was about 1871. During this year W. T. Hast- 
ings and Joe Irby established a blacksmith and wagon 
shop, Dr. Appleby also located at Cross Roads as a regu- 
lar practicing physician, and afterwards engaged in mer- 
chandising in the partnership firm of Appleby & Wheeler. 
It was in the midst of these activities that the Kansas 
City & Memphis railroad was graded from Greenfield to 
Ash Grove, right through the heart of Cross Roads. With 
these brilliant prospects in view G. W. Wilson erected a 
box store building on one of the principal corners and put 
in a stock of general merchandise, and took into his em- 
ploy his brother-in-law, W. Y. McLemore, who in 1878 
became his partner in the business. 

The building of the Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Gulf 
railroad in 1881, through Dade County, blasted the hopes 
of the Cross Roads city, for the main line missed the place 


just one mile. At this juncture, Judge Ralph Walker of 
Springfield purchased a tract of land in the northeast 
quarter of Section 17-30-25, and laid out the present City 
of Everton. The plat was surveyed February 9th, 1881, 
and on the 25th day of July, 1881, G. W. Wilson and W. 
Y. McLemore moved their general merchandise store from 
Cross Roads to Everton, becoming the first business firm 
in the new city. William Maunger, who had originally 
entered the land from the Government, had lived for 
years near the Reich spring in the northeastern part of 
the city. John Stephenson, the proprietor of a hotel in 
Corry, moved his building overland to the Everton town- 
site and became the first landlord in the new city. During 
the year 1882 Ed. Coker established a restaurant and 
grocery business, and about the same time Ed. Clark and 
E. R. Hughes engaged in the general merchandise busi- 

J. C. Kennedy established the first lumber yard in 
Everton in 1881, but soon sold out to the T. A. Miller 
Lumber Co., the present proprietors of the business. 
About the year 1883 Galbraith & Tarrant built an old- 
fashioned stone-burr flouring mill and run it till about 
1887, when they sold out to Wash Likins, who converted 
it into an up-to-date roller mill with modern equipment 
and electric lights, and then disposed of the property to its 
present owner, William Raubinger, who has made many 
improvements. It is now a standard 100-barrel mill, doing 
a flourishing business. The original townsite of Everton 
soon became too small to accommodate the needs of the 
growing town, -so that numerous additions were platted. 
Burleyson's First Addition was laid out August 25th, 1881, 
and his Second Addition, July 20th, 1883. G. W. Wilson 
platted his First Addition November 19th, 1884, and his 
Second Addition November 8th, 1887. John Dimkle con- 
tributed an addition to Everton on June loth, 1881, while 
Wilson extended Block "C" with an addition August 
17th, 1888. Jacob Green platted his addition November 
21st, 1890, and J. G. Wilson placed his lots on the market 
June 9th, 1890. In addition to these numerous additions 


to the city many lots were sold by metes and bonds and 
are so conveyed at this time. Among the original business 
men to the town but few remain to this day. G. W. Wil- 
son, W. Y. McLemore and Dr. W. I. Oarlock have been 
the land marks in business in Everton during all the 
years of her career. Aaron Burleyson was a farmer and 
cultivated the land in corn for many years where his 
additions were located. He was a native of Alabama, com- 
ing from there to Arkansas and to Bade County in 1862. 
T. W. Burleyson, his son was a regular practicing phy- 
sician in Everton, and his two sons, T. J. and Dave Bur- 
leyson, are still engaged in the drug business there. 

In addition to its other business enterprises Everton 
also had two saloons in an early day. Andy Jack Barker 
conducted an ''irrigation parlor" for a number of years 
on the corner near where his good wife, "Mother" Bar- 
ker, presided over a pioneer hotel, the "Everton House." 
Andy Baker also conducted a saloon for a short time, Jake 
Samples was the pioneer produce dealer in Everton, enter- 
ing business as early as 1885, and in 1895, W. D. Brown, 
present Circuit Court Clerk, entered the produce business 
on a large scale. 

On the 12th day of September, 1882, W. Y. McLemore 
sold his interest in the firm of Wilson & McLemore to 
his partner and the firm continued as Wilson Bros. In 
1884 he again entered the general merchandise business 
in partnership with his brother, J. M. McLemore, and in 
1888 his brother, Robert F., came into the firm, after 
which they moved into the two-story brick building on 
the corner and continued business till 1896. 

G. W. Wilson erected the first brick building in the 
city in 1889. The first bank in Everton was established 
by G. W. Wilson as a private bank, and for a number of 
years was one of the largest private banks in Southwest 
Missouri. On the 1st day of June, 1914, it was incor- 
porated as "The Bank of Everton" with a capital stock 
of $25,000. G. W. Wilson was elected President, W. Y. 
McLemore, Vice President; Monte Poindexter, Cashier: 


Clarence McLemore, Assistant Cashier, and W. 0. Wilson, 

In 1889 W. C. Holman started the first livery business 
in Everton. He was succeeded in 1894 by Monte Wheeler, 
who continued in the business till 1904, when he sold out 
to Cunningham. The original building was destroyed by 
fire. Monte Wheeler, in the year 1904 engaged in the 
hardware business and continued in the same till January 
1st, 1915. 

W. Y. McLemore sold out of the general merchandise 
business in 1898 and entered politics, being elected Re- 
corder of Deeds of Bade County on the Republican ticket 
in 1902, whereupon he moved to Greenfield and spent four 
years in that office. In 1908 he moved to Porum, Okla- 
homa, and engaged in business with success, but the ties 
of Dade County were too strong for him to remain away 
very long. He returned to Everton June 1st, 1914, and re- 
entered business. After the capitalization of the Bank 
of Everton he organized the Everton Hardware Company 
with a capital stock of $10,000, of which G. W. Wilson 
was elected President ; W. Y. McLemore, Vice President 
and Secretary, with Monte Wheeler, W. S. Wilson, W. 0. 
Wilson and John Bell as Directors. This Corporation 
purchased the hardware business of Monte Wheeler, and 
also that of Goforth & Hankins. They are now located in 
business in a brick block on the East side of the street 
running North and South through the business section 
of the city. 

B. F. Johnson was one of the early merchants of 
Everton, succeeding Hughes & Clark in the general mer- 
chandise business. Dr. T. W. Burleyson established the 
first drug store in the place in 1883, Dr. W. I. Carlock 
begun the general practice of medicine in Everton in 1882. 

The three McLemore boys, W. Y., Robert F., and J. 
M., were sons of Archibald McLemore, a Dade County 
pioneer, \vlio came from Tennessee and settled on Sac 
River, five miles Northeast of Greenfield, in 1849. He 
raised a family of six children, three boys and three 
girls, Mrs. G. W. Wilson being one of the girls. This 


family has contributed largely to every business enter- 
prise in Everton. 

One of the largest industries ever started in Everton 
was the Ash Grove White Lime Association, which pur- 
chased a large tract of land adjoining the city and erected 
a lime works plan. The quarries were among the finest 
in the state and for a number of years this industry pros- 
pered. It purchased annually about 3,000 cords of wood 
and employed about sixty men, and shipped many car- 
loads of its product to all parts of the United States. A 
few years ago the kilns were destroyed by fire. The As- 
sociation still owns the land and may again rebuild. 

Smith & Likens were merchants in Everton about the 
year 1894. and in 1896 the firm was Smith Bros. They 
were succeeded by McLemore Bros. 

Parker, Dye & Small was another prominent firm, 
consisting of J. C. Parker, AY. R. Dye and T. W. Small. 
The business still continues as W. R. Dye & Son. It is a 
general merchandise establishment. 

James A. Mason has for many years been identified 
with the business interests of Everton. He came to the 
city as a teacher in the public schools, after which he 
was manager of the T. A. Miller Lumber yard. After 
remaining in this position about ten years, in company 
with his father-in-law, A. Dickinson, he established a 
Furniture and Undertaking business, which after a number 
of years they sold out to A. W. Poindexter. Mr. Poin- 
dexter has been engaged in many business enterprises in 
the city, the largest being the erection of the magnifi- 
cent New Crescent Hotel, a two-story brick structure, lo- 
cated on a beautiful site overlooking the Frisco depot and 
yards and surrounded by attractive shade trees. It repre- 
sents an expenditure of something like $10,000, and is a 
credit to the city. It is no\v owned and operated by R. 

Everton lias always been wide-awake on the question 
of schools. Seeing the needs of higher education in the 
year 1892, a number of public-spirited citizens organized 
the Everton High School as a private enterprise for pub- 


lie use. The loading spirits in this enterprise were James 
A. Mason, G. W. Wilson, W. C. Holman, W. T. Hudson, 
W. 11. Mitchell, W. Y. McLemore and many others. They 
employed George Melcher, one of the leading educators 
of the State, as Superintendent, in which position he con- 
tinued for four years. The city now has an elegant school 
building, costing approximately $10,000, and is modern in 
every respect. 

The legal profession has been represented in Everton 
by one illustrious citizen,, Howard Ragsdale, who was a 
soldier, politician and practitioner. He is now a resident 
of Ash Grove, "just over the line," but still retains a 
large share of the legal practice in Everton. 

pjverton has not been without church interests. As 
early as 1883 the Cumberland Presbyterian church was 
organized by Rev. W. J. Garrett, who was its first pastor, 
and held their meetings in the school house till 1887. when 
they erected a nice frame church building. It is now a 
Presbyterian U. S. A. church with Rev. W. R. Russell as 
pastor, a position which he has held for more than twenty 

The Missionary Baptist church was organized in 1888 
with Rev. W. F. Parker as first pastor. They have a 
church building and Rev. Calton is their present pastor. 

The Christian organization was effected in 1909. 
They have a good building and Rev. A. J. Bloomer is their 
present minister. Each of these churches have a flourish- 
ing Ladies' Auxiliary. 

Fraternally, Everton is represented by the Masonic, 
Odd Fellows and W. 0. W. lodges. 

In 1910 a second bank was organized in Everton UTI- 
der the name of "The Citizens' Bank." It was capital- 
ized at $10,000, with Cyrus Yoakum as President, and Don 
Adamson as Cashier. It is comfortably located in its own 
brick building in the very heart of the city and is doing 
a good business. 

The City of Everton was incorporated as a city of the 
fourth class in 1892, with AY. C. Holman as its first Mayor. 
At the present time John Adamson is Mayor; Don Adam- 


son, City Clerk, and M. F. Stamate, L. E. Cantrell and C. 
W. Edwards as Aldermen. 

Everton has no electric lighting system. There are 
two private systems being operated, one at the Raubinger 
Mill and one by Mr. Riddle. Several private residences 
are, however, brilliantly lighted with ascetylene lighting 
plants, among them being the residences of G. W. Wilson, 
L. E. Cantrell, J. F. Carlock, H. A. Carlock and perhaps 

As a shipping point Everton compares favorably with 
any city of its size on the entire Frisco system. As an 
apple shipping point it holds the record for the entire 
Ozark region. 

The publicity department of Everton has been repre- 
sented by the Everton Journal, a local newspaper, inde- 
pendent of politics and owned by E. H. Carender and 
Howard Ragsdale. 

This sketch is not a complete history of the growth 
and development of the city of Everton, nor does it make 
mention of all the prominent citizens who have contrib- 
uted to its success. It is written from facts gathered 
from talking to various persons and then related in a hap- 
hazard sort of way, but taking all in all, Everton, past, 
present and future is just about as good a little city as 
one will find in a month's travel any place in the Ozark 

Others who have contributed to the growth and gen- 
eral welfare of Everton are W. T. Hastings, who was a 
pioneer Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. Wash 
Hankins was also a J. P. as early as 1885. J. C. Tomson 
first became prominent as a J. P. about 1886, served as 
postmaster two terms, from 1888 to 1892, and from 1896 
to 1900. S. II. Wheeler was another veteran J. P. 

A. F. Nixon was a prominent hardware dealer in an 
early day, and as a Notary Public drew and took the ac- 
knowledgement of many deeds. 

Dr. W. J. Rabinau was a prominent physician a 
number of years ago. Dr. W. R. Beattie came to Everton 
about 1897, and remained till 1909. Dr. Box also prac- 



ticed in Everton, from 1910 to 1913. Dr. W. R. Riley was 
formerly Station Agent at Emmet, married there and 
came to Everton about 1896. In partnership with his son, 
he conducts an up-to-date pharmacy, ice cream stand and 
soda fountain. 

Following W. C. Holman as first Mayor of the city, 
W. D. Brown held that office two terms; J. W. Stockwell, 
Howard Ragsdale, James A. Mason, and Taylor Hughes 
also officiated as Chief Executive of the city. John H. 
Estes was elected to the office, qualified and served four 
days, and then resigned. 

Charioy Barker was the first City Marshal and served 
six years, he was succeeded by James Clark. John H. 
Estes held the office of Constable and City Marshal for a 
number of terms. 

Following are the names of the merchants now doing 
business in Everton, taken from the Merchants Tax-Books 
of 1917: 

W. E. Ballenger, Restaurant. 

T. J. Burleyson, Drugs, Notions and Druggists' Sun- 

Dr. W. I. Carlock, Drugs, Paints, Oils, etc. 

J. Frank Carlock, General Merchandise. 

H. W. Crofford, Produce and Grocery. 

L. A. Cunningham, Grocery. 

Dunn & Taylor, Grocery. 

Everton Hardware Co., Hardware, Machinery, Paints, 

R. L. Farthing, 5 and 10-cent Store. 

M. Funk, Restaurant. 

W. H. Grace, Jeweler. 

Earl Linderman, Grocery and Produce. 

B. F. Meek, General Merchandise. 

T. A. Miller Lumber Co., Lumber and Builders' Sup- 

Poindexter Furniture Co., Furniture and Undertak- 

W. R. Riley & Son, Drugs, Ice Cream and Soda 


H. H. Sclnnickle, Produce and Groceries. 
J. C. Snoddy, Restaurant. 
G. A. Thorpe, Groceries and meat market. 
Zimmerman & Mallory. 
AV. R. Dye & Son, General Merchandise. 


Sheridan B. Pyle. 

In the year of our Lord, A. 1). 1840 there was a cabin 
of native hewed logs erected in the northeast corner of a 
little prairie called Crisp Prairie, in honor of one of the 
early pioneers of the county, John Crisp. The cabin was 
built by a man named Johnson, who occupied it for five 
long years before he had a neighbor. Then in 1845 
Thomas A. Dale, a Tennesseean, settled here and built a 
frame house near Mr. Johnson's, beside the wagon road 
that had been trodden out by ox-teams. A Mr. Theodore 
Switzler, from Virginia, moved to Missouri and also 
stopped beside the road. Mr. Dale and Mr. Switzler 
formed a partnership and entered the mercantile business. 
A postoffi'.v was established and named Crisp Prairie, and 
Mr. Dale was appointed the first postmaster. A Doctor 
from Tennessee, about this time settled here by the name 
of Dr. Bender. He immediately engaged in the active 
practice of his profession, and his fame as a physician 
and surgeon went out over the land, and the sick and 
ailing from a distance flocked to him for treatment. A 
blacksmith shop was built and operated beside the wagon 
road by Mr. William Davidson along about 1855 or 1856. 
Feeling t!i*' necessity of a mill, Messrs Gaunt and Berry 
were induced to build and operate a grist and saw mill. 
Tin- po\ver used to make the wheels go 'round and 'round 
and the upright saw to go up and down was a yoke of 
oxen and ,ni endless-chain tread-wheel. The people came 
for miles to patronize and view in wonder the modern 
machinery of breadstuff and lumber. This history would 
not be complete unless we mentioned that Thomas A. Dale 
induced a young Doctor Hampton from Dale's native 


state and old home, to imigrate to this section of the 
country. The young doctor, after his arrival, engaged in 
teaching school, and soon afterward married Miss Sarah 
Carmack, a sister of J. W. Carmack, one of Dade County's 
prominent citizens. Dr. Hampton soon became a very 
noted character in the neighborhood. For some reason 
or another it became desirable to change the name of the 
postcfiice. Three prominent citizens were selected as a 
committee to decide upon an appropriate name. Dr. 
Bender, Dr. Hampton and Mr. Dale were chosen for this 
honorous duty. Three straws of different lengths were 
placed in a hat and drawn. Dr. Hampton drew the lucky 
straw and selected the name of "Melville," and Melville it 
remained until about ISO.j, when the Government discov- 
ered that the mail was being confused with Millville, an- 
other Missouri postoffice, so the name was changed to 
jJadeville, in honor of Colonel Dade of Mexican war fame. 

As time passed on, other energetic, enthusiastic young 
men were attracted by the agricultural richness of the 
soil and the possibilities for mercantile success in Dade- 
ville, so that the population increased to that of a village 
in a short time. Bob and Dave Long were among the 
first merchants. Robert A. Clark soon began selling goods 
rid continued throughout the Civil War and up till 
; bout 1879, when he sold out to J. W. Withrow and 
>i oved to Springfield, Mo. 

This thriving little town was supported by the sturdy 
settlers and pioneers from Kentucky and Tennessee who 
had found an ideal home on Crisp Prairie. The entire 
landscape was carpeted with blue-grass, with here and 
there along the branches dense copses of underbrush and 
splendid walnut timber. There was an abundance of 
water for their stock, that roamed at will over the prairie. 
West of Dadeville was heavy oak timber and numerous 
bubbling springs of as fine, clear, cool water as ever 
quenched the thirst of man. 

Dadeville has an altitude of 1155 feet and the drain- 
age is divided between Sac River, three miles south, and 
Little Sac River, six miles north. 


The early pioneer, who was a sportsman as well as 
a farmer, was well supplied w r ith fish from these streams, 
while deer and wild turkey from the prairie and barren 
woods wero abundant. 

Along in the early 50 's an academy consisting of two 
rooms was established by private capital, and Nathan 
Dinwiddie conducted the school for the benefit of the 
rising generation. 

Following are the names of a few of the prominent 
families who were residents of Dadeville vicinity: Tar- 
rants, Potters, Lindleys, Haileys, Mazes, Divines, Kirbys, 
Carmacks, Dunways, McMasters, Hembrees, McPeaks, 
Freezes, Smiths, Longs, Pylands, Pyles, Maxwells, Tun- 
nells, Haywards, Hobbs, Oarlocks, Pembertons, Wheelers, 
Grishams, Morgans, Fisks, McGees, Berrys, Gaunts and 

At the breaking out of the Civil War most all of the 
inhabitants of Dadeville and vicinity were loyal to the 
United States Government. In 1860, however, there was 
but one Republican vote cast at this precinct, and that 
was a written ballot, since only democratic tickets were 
printed in the county. A few years ago, Allan McDowell, 
the grand lecturer of the Masonic fraternity for Missouri, 
visited his old birthplace, about four miles northeast from 
Dadeville. I had the pleasure as well as the honor of 
accompanying the distinguished gentleman while hunting 
for land-marks. He mentioned the fact that while his 
father lived here that their children were born in three 
comities, although all in the same house. The explana- 
tion was that Polk, Dade and Cedar counties had all for- 
merly comprised territory which belonged to Barry County, 
and changes in the county boundaries had placed this 
house in three successive counties. 

W. K. Pyle, the father of Sheridan B. Pyle, moved his 
family from Dadeville to Greenfield in 1848, as a County 
Official. In 18(51 at the breaking out of the Civil War, he 
enlisted in the Union army. On the 4th day of July, 
1JSG1, there were 200 men from Dade, Cedar, Polk and 
Greene counties responded to the call at Dadeville, and 


enlisted in the Sixth Missouri cavalry, volunteers, organ- 
izing Companies "L" and "D" and also Company "E." 

On the 14th of June, 1864, the Guerillas burned the 
town of Dadeville, leaving but a few houses standing, and 
killed a number of citizens. Among them were Lieutenant 
Jesse Kirby of Company A, Sixth Missouri cavalry; John 
Cantrell, Shed Berry, a blind negro. William Bradford, 
who was wounded, died shortly afterward. Sam Landers, 
now of Webb City, was also wounded. The town was 
soon rebuilt. 

About the year 1892, Prof. George Melcher, one of the 
leading school men of the state, induced some of the 
enterprising citizens of the town and surrounding coun- 
try to build an academy. The enterprise proved a suc- 
cess and for several years it was one of the leading High 
Schools of Southwest Missouri. Other neighboring towns 
being inspired by the success of Dadeville, began to im- 
prove their graded schools and to establish High Schools, 
so that much of the patronage was withdrawn and the 
Academy went down, but soon afterward eight school 
districts organized a consolidated school district. It is 
said to be one of the largest and wealthiest consolidated 
districts in the state. With just a little "kick" it is 
possible to establish at Dadeville one of the leading High 
Schools of the state. 

Dadeville today is an incorporated city of 500 people. 
It has three churches, nine stores, two blacksmith shops, 
one shoe shop, garage, a fine flouring mill of fifty barrels 
daily capacity, and a flourishing bank. 

S. B. PYLE. 

Sheridan Byron Pyle Says of himself: That he was 
born Sepcember 21st, 1856, in Dado County, Missouri. 
His parents were W. K. and Artimissa Pyle. His mother 
died in 1861, leaving three children, Lisyra and Rosalia, 
his two sisters. His father enlisted in the Union army in 
1862. Indulgent grandparents cared for the homeless 
children until 1866, when his father married Mollie Finley 
and made a home for them on a farm. Rosalia died when 


17 years of age. S. B. attended the country schools, and 
had two years at Morrisville Academy in Polk County, 
working for his board and tuition. He married Matie 
Underwood March 31st, 1877. To them have been born 
four children, Lewis K. Thomas, Roscoe G. and Leslie C., 
only one still living, Roscoe G. Mrs. Pyle's father and 
mother, L. M. and N. J. Underwood, moved from Minne- 
sota to Missouri soon after the war. 

Sheridan B. Pyle engaged in the mercantile business 
in Dadeville in 1880. While not a very successful mer- 
chant, still continues to do business. He votes the Re- 
publican ticket, having but once departed from the faith 
of his fathers, being in 1912, when he voted for Theodore 
Roosevelt for President on the Progressive ticket. He 
was a candidate for Representative once but w r as defeated 
by a good, round majority. 

Editorial Note. It will be seen by the above that 
Sherman B. Pyle is a man of extreme modesty, but I know 
from personal acquaintance that his attainments far out- 
weigh those of men who are given to vain boasting. Mr. 
Pyle has for years been one of the leading citizens of 
Dadeville, identified with every public movement, given 
of his means freely to the support of church and schools, 
invested in speculative mining enterprises ''for the good 
of the community," always at the bat in every political 
campaign to help boost the other fellow into office, a man 
of wisdom, poise and discretion, being the soul of honor 
and a perfect Chesterfield in demeanor. Dadeville can 
well be proud of Sherman B. Pyle when" the entire com- 
munity proclaims him as her First Citizen. A. J. Young. 



A cloud of uncertainty rests over the first discovery 
of mineral at Corry. Tradition says that prior to the com- 
ing of the pioneer, the dusky red man dug lead from those 
native hills and smelted it in the crude furnaces along 
the banks of Sac River, but that is only tradition. 

Shallow mineral, mostly silicate, was known to exist 
in the vicinity of the Pernberton Mill many years ago, but 


its value to the pioneer was unknown. About the year 
1874 the mining industry in Dade county took a boom, and 
its activity spread over a large scope of territory, but 
finally settled in a camp at Corry. The diggings were 
for lead at first, but later on the silicate was also mined. 
Very little machinery was used. A pick, shovel, wheel- 
barrow, windlass and rope was considered a complete 
mining outfit. Wash places were erected along the spring 
branch east of the town and smelters were built for reduc- 
tion of the lead ores. 

On the 27th day of March, 1875, J. M. Blakemore, J. 
M. Alexander and Sylvinia Alexander, his wife, owners of 
the land upon which Corry is located, caused a plat to be 
made and the land surveyed into streets, alleys and town 
lots. No name as yet had ben selected for the new vil- 
lage. Tradition again says that the Alexanders had a 
daughter by the name of Cora, and suggested to the sur- 
veyor who made the plat that the town be called Cora. 
Either by reason of illiteracy or dullness of hearing the 
name "Coiry" was attached to the plat and so remains to 
this day. At this time from 500 to 1,000 people were 
camped at or in the vicinity of the mining camp. The 
place boasted of hotels, general stores, saloons, livery 
stables, restaurants and other business enterprises be- 
longing to a booming mining camp. 

On the 20th day of April, 1876, eighty-five citizens of 
the place presented to the County Court of Dade County 
a petition praying to be incorporated under the laws of 
the state of Missouri as a village. The petition was grant- 
ed and W. M. Taggart, Z. Xorris, A. H. Snyder, W. K. 
Pyle, J. C. Babb and J. M. Stookey were appointed the 
first Board of Trustees. Most of the petitioners as well as 
the trustees are either dead or removed from the county. 
W. M. Taggart afterward located at Lockwood in the real 
estate and banking business, J. M. Stookey was at the 
time Judge of the Probate Court and AY. K. Pyle after- 
ward filled the same office. 

The Corry boom was short lived. In a few years the 
price of mineral declined, transportation to the railroad 


was difficult and expensive, the deep shafts proved a 
failure, and finally when silicate was quoted at $6 per ton 
f. o. b. the bubble collapsed. Levin W. Shafer had been 
the moving spirit of the town and through his efforts for- 
eign capital was interested. .DeArmond, Shoemaker and 
others were associated with him in these ventures. F. D. 
W. Arnold, owner of the Pickwick Hotel at Lamar, was a 
prosperous liveryman of the boom days, while "Dad" Sul- 
livan, "Dutch" Kimber, J. A. Thurman, Alex Foster and 
other residents of Greenfield each survived a severe attack 
of Corry fever. 

Corry is now little more than a wide place in the 
road. A store or two, a blacksmith shop, a Holiness 
church, a dozen or more isolated dwellings, a few shallow 
diggings and a day-dream of former greatness is all that 
remains to mark the place of Dade County's "Deserted 



Dr. R. M. Crutcher. 

For a number of years after the pioneer from Tennes- 
see had erected his cabin near the spring and cleared out 
a few acres of choice branch bottom for cultivation, in 
the wooded sections of Dade County, the deer roamed at 
will during the daytime and the coyote made night hideous 
on the broad rolling prairies of northern Dade. 

On the 4th day of May, 1860, George W. White en- 
tered the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of 
Section 2 -32-27, and sold the same to Isaac Killingsworth 
on the 3d day of April, 1861. On the 20th day of January, 
1872, Cyrus C. Bean appeared upon the scene and for a 
consideration of $14.00 purchased two acres of land in the 
northwest corner of Section 2, upon which he erected a 
combined residence and store building and began selling 
Koods that spring. Application was made for a postoffice, 
which was granted, C. C. Bean appointed postmaster, and 
the location named "Arcola" in honor of the ancient city 

IH()K. K. H. ( AliK.NDKR. 
County Superintendent Schools. 


of Arcola in Northwest Italy, where Bonaparte in 1796 
gained a decisive victory over the Austrian troops. 

Other parties had been engaged in business before the 
advent of the writer in 1876, but at that time Bean's store 
was running in full blast. Charles Rosenhauer conducted 
a booze drug store, and a man by the name of Anderson 
was the blacksmith. He was afterward succeeded by J. 
P. Cagle, who conducted a shop for many years. He in 
turn was succeeded by his son, W. B. Cagle. As late as 
1876 prairie chickens were plentiful and were shipped 
by Mr. Bean in larger quantities than live poultry. Eggs 
and in fact all kinds of produce was plentiful in those 
days and very cheap. Many wagon loads were sent to 
market, usually Ash Grove or Springfield. 

Arcola, however, was destined to be something more 
than a wide place in the road. It was a cross-roads point, 
and early .bad aspirations of becoming a city. On the 27th 
day of July, 1880, C. C. Bean platted four blocks in the 
northwest corner of Section 2, on the 13th day of Decem- 
ber, 1880, E. E. and C. F. White laid out thirty-three lots 
in the southwest corner of Section 35, calling it White's 
Addition to Arcola. On the 14th day of December, 1883, 
J. M. Travis laid out six blocks in the southeast corner of 
Section 34, calling it Travis' Addition, and finally on the 
21st day of March, 1884, S. H. Bales had surveyed and 
placed upon the market three blocks in the northeast cor- 
ner of Section 3, which he called Bales' Addition. Arcola 
was now a city with streets, alleys, public parks and 

About the year 1877, D. Underwood engaged in the 
mercantile business and continued in it till his death, at 
which time the firm was Underwood & Son, being com- 
posed of Decatur Underwood and T. J. Underwood, the 
latter still being one of the leading merchants of the place. 
Mr. Bean finally sold his business to J. M. Travis and R. 
M. Crutcher, and they continued the business for seven 
years, when they sold out to Stewart & Hawkins, the 
junior member of the firm, P. H. Hawkins, having" clerked 
for Travis & Crutcher a number of years and being fully 


equipped for the business. After about six months J. M. 
Travis again became a member of the firm, in which he 
continued until the death of J. T. Stewart. Since then 
the firm has changed hands many times. C. F. White, 
Clyde C. White and J. R. Daugherty were early merchants 
of the place. The hardware business was started by S. H. 
Bales, who was succeeded by Porter & Harber, M. Pyle, 
M. Small, W. H. Watson, John 0. Mitchell and I. A. Young 
& Co., this last named firm being the present owners. It is 
today one of the leading hardware, implement and farm 
supply houses in Southwest Missouri. From time to time 
many other merchants have been engaged in business at 
Arcola, among them W. P. Murphy, C. A. Wilson, Win. 
Meek, Uel Murphy, Ben Appleby, Murphy, Russell & 
Whittaker, L. M. Duncan, 0. C. Whitley, L. Killingsworth, 
J. G. Sloan & Sons. At the present time H. W. Kitsmiller, 
W. T. Underwood & Bro., Achord Bros., J. W. Griffin, I. 
A. Young & Co., and possibly others whose names I do 
not recall are actively engaged in mercantile enterprises 
at this place. For a number of years C. F. White had a 
store in Arcola and his son, C. C. White, in company witli 
J. N. Preston and J. R. Daugherty, succeeded him. Dr. A. 
Higgins came to Arcola in 1904 and opened up a phar- 
macy, also entered the general practice of medicine, in 
which he has been successful. 

For a number of years, Arcola suffered great incon- 
venience for want of proper banking facilities. Finally 
on the 17th day of October, 1910, The Bank of Arcola was 
organized with A. Higgins, President; C. W. Cassell, Vice 
President; W. D. Brickey, Cashier, and W. E. Petty, As- 
sistant Cashier. It was* capitalized at $10,000. In 1912 
W. E. Petty was made cashier and served till 1914, when 
lie was succeeded by J. W. Mayfield, who served six 
7iionths, when on the 4th day of January, 1915, C. C. Dun- 
ran was elected to that position and is still serving. The 
Directors of this Bank are W. U. Brooks, C. W. Cassoll, 
S. P. Guinn, A. Higgins, C. A. Jordan, W. C. Noffsincrer 
and W. D. Brickey. It is one of the sound financial in- 
stitutions of the county. 


Arcola has always been proud of her schools and 
churches. Both the Methodist and Christian people have 
church buildings and consistent membership. Upon the 
adoption of the school law authorizing consolidated dis- 
tricts, Arcola immediately organized Consolidated District 
No. 1, composed of several country districts, and erected 
a modern, up-to-date High School building. The present 
management is: J. T. Wilkins, President; C. C. Duncan, 
Secretary; A. D. Hughes, Vice President; C. C. Duncan, 
Treasurer. W. II. Eiley, Principal; Miss Dobbs, Katie 
Brand, R. M. Owens, Cecil Old ham and F. L. Twaddell, 

Arcola, has always enjoyed a good trade and boasts 
of her splendid citizens. 

Chapter 13 


Aaron D. States. 

Soon after the Civil War the people of Dade County 
began to discuss the importance of bridging the streams. 
They were much in favor of building a bridge across Turn- 
back, "out on the Springfield stage road," and another at 
the point where the Sac and Turnback rivers conjoin. Soon 
after the late Charles W. Griffith bought the old "Vidette" 
from Mason Talbutt and 0. H. Barker and changed the 
name to "Vedette," the first of the seventies, there ap- 
peared several bridge editorials, at intervals, and to show 
the spirit of the press at that time the following editorial, 
from the Vedette, dated March 21, 1871, gives a pretty good 
idea that the people of those early days were thinking along 
right lines of public improvement. It took a little over 
twenty years of this sort of agitation before the first bridge 
was built. It was built across Sac a little below the junc- 
tion of the Sac and Turnback rivers, at the very point where 
the Vedette said it should lie built. This occurred about 
the year 1892, just about the time Mr. Griffith, the writer of 
this editorial, was stricken with his fatal illness. lie lived 
to know that the bridge was constructed, yet he never saw 
it. Here is the editorial: 

"The frequency of high waters during winter, and the 
consequent detention of mails and delay of passengers and 
freight in transit from the railroad, together with several 
fatal accidents that have occurred very recently in this 
part of the State as a result of attempting to ford the 
swollen streams, have set the people thinking pretty seri- 
ously on the subject of bridges. Bridges are undoubtedly 
needed over the principal streams throughout the South- 
west and ought to be built as soon as possible. In this con- 


nection we are happy to state that Mr. W. J. Hobson of 
the firm of 0. Raker & Co., patentees and builders of Bak- 
er's National Truss Bridge, St. Joseph, Mo., visited our 
town this week and exhibited to our citizens the model and 
plans of a cheap, substantial and durable bridge, a large 
number of which have been built by his company in this 
State within the last two years. This late improvement in 
the construction of bridges would seem to be a timely relief 
in these days of hard times and high taxes. This company 
warrants their bridge to be as good as the old standard 
'Howe Truss,' and are prepared to furnish them at little 
more than half of Howe's. 

''It will be admitted that this county is very much in 
want of at least two bridges one over Turnback on the 
stage road to Springfield, and the other over Big Sac below 
the junction. And we believe the County Court would be 
fully sustained by the people, should they decide to take 
immediate steps in the direction of supplying the people 
with good, safe crossings at the points above indicated. It 
may be objected that the county will have sufficient taxes 
to raise in payment of the interest on her bonds voted in 
aid of the construction of the K. C. & M. railroad. It is 
true that, if the road is built, as we hope, the accruing in- 
terest will have to be paid on the bonds. But it does not 
appear probable that that work will be pushed so rapidly as 
that any bonds will be issued in time for the interest to fall 
clue within a year from this time. So that it seems the need- 
ed bridges might be built and paid for before any tax is 
assessed to pay the accrued interest on the railroad bonds. 
We think no reflecting mind will doubt that good bridges 
across the principal streams in this county would pay more 
than their cost every year, in the increased facilities they 
would afford to travel and trade. There is no reason why 
Dade County should be at all behind her neighbors in the 
building of necessary improvements. We learn that Jas- 
per County has recently built several bridges, and Vernon 
County several, while Barton County is reported to have 
bridged nearly every stream within her borders. 


"In conclusion we are happy to be able to say that we 
learn a petition is being circulated asking for the building 
of these bridges. We hope it will be numerously signed 
and meet with a favorable reception at the hands of the 
County Court." 

The second bridge built in Bade County was constructed 
about one year after the first was completed. This bridge 
is across Turnback out on the Springfield way, at or near 
a point that was suggested by the Vedette some twenty 
years before its construction. At this late date, the time 
these bridges were constructed, there were many people 
who did not like the idea of giving up the old ford, thinking 
it good enough and also believing the bridge was too ex- 
pensive. In order to please those who objected to the pass- 
ing of the old ford, the court decreed that all fords could be 
left intact, thus giving the traveler an opportunity to water 
his horses as theretofore. 

These two bridges seemed to encourage the progressive 
citizens, and they at once began the agitation of building 
other bridges and making public improvements of various 
kinds. It was about this time the people began to get inter- 
ested in the good roads movement, and it took nearly twenty 
years of good roads agitation before there was any notice- 
able result. 


The first court house in Bade County was built imme- 
diately after the site for the seat of justice was selected 
and laid out as a town, and named Greenfield. It was a 
temporary one-and-a-half-story frame building, with the 
court room below and office rooms above, and was built by 
R. S. Jacobs arid Joseph Griggs. It stood on lot 5 in block 
5, in the town of Greenfield, and was used as a court house 
until about the year 1850, when a brick court house, about 
the same size as the present one, was erected on the public 
square where the one now in use stands. It had two halls 
on the first floor one passing north and south, and the 
other east and west, through the center of the building. 


There were four office rooms on the first floor, and the 
stairs to the second story at the west end of the east-and- 
west hall. The second story contained the court room, and 
some small rooms adjoining- it on the west side the judges' 
seat being- on the east. The contractor who built this house 
was Dozier C. Gill. 

During the Civil TVar the court house was used a por- 
tion of the time by the Union troops as a fortification, and 
was so occupied on the 6th day of October, 1863, when the 
town was captured by Confederate troops under Gen. Joe 
Shelby, on which occasion his soldiers carried the public 
records (except certain ones which some of the rebel sol- 
diers wished to have destroyed) out of the court house, and 
deposited them with Judge Nelson McDowell, at his resi- 
dence, and then set the building on fire and burned it down. 

In July, 1867, the County Court, being in special ses- 
sion, appropriated $10,000 for the building of a court house 
and jail combined. Subsequently the contract for the erec- 
tion of the building was awarded to Francis M. Wilson, who, 
according to the report of TV. L. Scroggs, superintendent 
of public buildings, dated December 21, 1868, had completed 
the building according to contract. It is a large and sub- 
stantial two-story brick structure on a rock foundation, with 
a hall running east and west through the center of the 
lower story, on the north of which are three offices, and on 
the south three offices. The upper story contains the court 
and jury rooms. 



The first jail in Dade County was built soon after the 
county was organized. It was made of hewn timbers eight 
inches square, the walls consisting of three thicknesses. 
The timbers of the middle wall stood in a perpendicular 
position, while the timbers of the outer and inner walls 
occupied a horizontal position. It was a two-story build- 
ing, and was about sixteen feet square in size. The floors 
were also made of timbers, and the walls of the lower story 
were lined on the inside with oak lumber one inch in thick- 


ness, and into every square inch of surface a ten-penny nail 
was driven. For the keeping of prisoners, this jail was as 
safe as any of the modern iron-celled jails. This building 
was erected by Joseph Griggs, and cost the county about 
$700. It stood in the hollow on the east side of Greenfield, 
about a square in distance from the southeast corner of the 
public square, and was used as a jail until the war period. 
In 1862 or 1863 the officers of the Fourth Missouri State 
Militia, then stationed at Greenfield, concluded to use it as 
a guard house, and the first night after the order was issued 
to that effect it was set on fire and burned down. 

During the year 1897 the County Court made an appro- 
priation of several thousand dollars for the purpose of 
building a modern sheriff's resident and jail combined on 
the county lot one block east of the southeast corner of the 
square. This structure was of brick, two stories high, the 
sheriff's residence consisting of eight nicely furnished 
rooms, and the jail proper being an addition of brick on the 
north equipped with modern steel cells, corridors and other 
up-to-date appliances for the safe-keeping of prisoners. 
U. S. Keran was the first sheriff to occupy this building. 



In keeping with the progress of the age, Dade County 
as early as 1890 abandoned the semi-barbarous custom of 
letting out the paupers of the county by public outcry to the 
lowest bidder, and adopted the more humane plan of a 
County Home. One hundred and twenty acres were pur- 
chased, located upon the Lockwood-Greenfield public road 
and about half way distant between the two cities. At the 
time of the purchase there was a two-story frame dwelling 
upon this land, but during the last ten years there has been 
added three additional structures of brick, with concrete 
floors and sanitary equipment, one for the women, one for 
the men, and the third a general dining hall. In addition 
to this there is the laundry, a water system, and other im- 
provements, making it possible to care for these unfor- 
tunate people, giving them many of the comforts of a real 



home. The farm is well supplied with live stock, farm im- 
plements and garden accessories. The Superintendent is 
employed annually by the County Court and no expense is 
spared and no false economy practiced when the interest 
of the wards is at stake. 


County Court Justices and Judges Nelson McDowell, 
1841-45 ; William Penn and David Hunter, 1841-42 : Eshan 
A. Brown, 1842-44; P. T. Andrews, 1844-45; Isaac Routh 
and D. S. Clarkson, 1844. There are no records to show 
how long the latter two served, nor who were their imme- 
diate successors, but records do show that Peter Hoyle, 
Edward L. Matlock and Lemuel L. Carlock were serving 
in 1852, and continued to serve until 1854, after which the 
complete list, except for the war period, is as follows, viz: 
Newell Gates, Samuel N. King and C. F. Hardwick, 1854- 
58 ; John C. Wetsel and Britian Finley, 1858 to war period ; 
Daniel W. Scott, 1858-60; James R. Witt, 1860 to war 
period. Mark A. Garrison, Joseph V. Grisham and Willis 
G. Dodson, serving at end of war period, held their last 
session in October, 1866 ; E. H. Travis, 1866-72 ; S. A. Harsh- 
barger, 1866-68 ; J. T. Hembree, 1866-72 ; S. S. Butterneld, 
1869-73; Robert Cowan, Samuel E. Shaw, Thomas J. Car- 
son and A. D. Hudspeth, judges, representing, respectively, 
the First, Second, Third and Fourth Judicial Districts of 
the county, and R. A. Clark, presiding judge at large, from 
1873 to 1875 ; J. M. Stookey, sole judge from 1875 to 1876 ; 
John N. Landers, sole judge from 1876 to 1878 ; Samuel E. 
Shaw, presiding justice, 1878-82; James McClelland and 
George AY. Whitesides, associate justices, 1878-80; T. W. 
Davenport and George W. Wells, associate judges, 1880-82 ; 
George W. Wells, presiding judge, 1882-86; E. C. Gillett, 
presiding judge, 1886, term expires 1890 ; T. T. Ellis and 
S. L. Collins, associate judges, 1882-84 ; T. T. Ellis and W. 
M. Brown, associate judges, 1884-86; S. H. Wheeler and 
Fred A. Pierson, associate judges, 1886-88 ; W. N. Poe and 
Fred Schnelle, associate judges, 1888 to 1890. 


O. H. Barker, Presiding Judge, 1890 to 1894. 

A. G. Udell, Associate Judge, 1890 to 1892. 

W. X. Poe, Associate Judge, 1890 to 1892. 

G. W. Evans, Associate Judge, 1892 to 1894. 

T. T. Ellis, Associate Judge, 1892 Died in office. 

W. C. llolman( Associate Judge, appointed to fill 

J/X. Landers, Presiding Judge, 1894 to 1898. 

W. K. Dye, Associate Judge, 1894 to 189G. 

J. C. Wood, Associate Judge, 1894 to 1896. 

John X. Scott, Associate Judge, 1896 to 1898. 

Walter Builing'ton, Associate Judge, 1896 to 1898. 

John X. Landers, Presiding Judge, 1898 to 1902. 

S. M. Shaw, Associate Judge, 1898 to 1900. 

J. M. Brickey, Associate Judge, 1898 to 1900. 

S. M. Shaw, Associate Judge, 19UC) to 1902. 

J. M. Brickey, Associate Judge, 1900 to 1902. 

J. L. King, Presiding Judge, 1902 to 1906. 

\V. X. Poe, Associate Judge, 1902 to 1904. 

J. W. Davenport, Associate Judge, 1902 to 1904. 

J. L. Glass, Associate Judge, 1904 to 1906. 

G. AY. Hamic, Associate Judge, 1904 to 1906. 

J. F. Johnson, Presiding Judge, 1906 to 1910. 

J. X. Scott, Associate Judge, 1906 to 1908. 

Frank E. Chatam, Associate Judge, 1906 to 1908. 

\V. C. Ilolman, Associate Judge, 1908. Died in office. 

S. M. Shaw appointed to fill unexpired term. 

Thomas McArthur, Associate Judge, 1908 to 1910. 

J. L. King, Presiding Judge, 1910 to 1914. 

Elwood Hush, Associate Judge, 1910 to 1912. 

T. P. Stockton, Associate Judge, 1910 to 1912. 

J. B. McLemore, Associate Judge, 1912 to 1914. 

1). C. Hook, Associate Judge, 1912 to 1914. 

T. M. Walker, Presiding Judge, 1914 to 1918. 

l-'red Frye, Associate Judge, 1914 to 1916. 

John <'. McComiell, Associate Judge, 1914 to 1916. 

L. F. Evans, Associate Judge, 1916 to 1918. 

J. \V. Waddle, Associate Judge, 1916 to 1918. 
Circuit Court Judges. C. S. Yancey, 1856; William C. 
Price, I,s0ij-fj7; John H. Chenault, 1857 to war period; 


John C. Price, 1863-69; Benjamin L. Hendricks, 1869-72; 
John D. Parkinson, 1872-80;' Charles G. Burton, 1880-86; 
D. P. Stratton, 1886-92; D. P. Stratton, 1892-98; H. C. 
Tiinmons, 1898-1904; Levin W. Shafer, 1904-05 deceased 
in office, J. B. Johnson appointed till next general elec- 
tion, 1906; B. G. Thurman, 1906-10, nnexpired term; B. G. 
Thurman, 3910-16; B. G. Thurman, 1916. 

County Court Clerks Joseph Allen, 1841-45; Nelson 
McDowell, 1845-60; D. C. Eastin, I860 to spring of 1861; 
Nelson McDowell, 1863-66; N. K. Moore, 1866-68; N. B. 
McDowell, 1868-74; J. R. Tarrant, 1874-86; C. Z. Russell, 
1886-94; C. W. Montgomery, 1894-1902; A. H. Montgomery, 
1902-06; J. W. Bell, 1906-10; 0. H. Divine, 1910-14; J. C. 
AVebb, 1914. 

Circuit Court Clerks Prior to the spring of 1861, the 
clerk of the county court was also clerk of the circuit 
court. D. C. Eastin, who was serving as clerk when the 
Civil War began, refused to take the oath of allegiance 
to the United States, as required by the State Conven- 
tion, which met in February, 1861, to consider the question 
of secession, and thereby vacated the office, and after 
that some time during the war period and also during a 
period for which the records have been destroyed the 
office of the clerk of the county court and clerk of the 
circuit court were separated, and W. K. Lathim became 
clerk of the circuit court, and served until 1865, after 
which the list of circuit court clerks have been as follows, 
viz: Benjamin Appleby, 1856-66; Arch M. Long, 1866-74; 
D. G. Young, 1874-82; E. T. Kennedy, 1882-86; John A. 
Davis, 1886-90; W. C. Young, 1890-94 ;'j. M. Pidcock, 1894- 
1902; C. A. Ketclmm, 1902-10; T. A. Scott, 1910-14; W. D. 
Brown, 1914. 

Sheriffs. Asa G. Smith, 1841-42; William G. Blake, 
1842, six months; M. H. Allison, 1842-43; F. R. McFall, 
1843-45; A. D. Hudspeth, 1845-48; James J. Tucker, 
1848-52; A. D. Hudspeth, 1852-54; John M. Tarrant, 
1854-56; John S. Pemberton, 1856-58; John M. Tarrant, 
1858-60; F. M. Hastings, 1860 to some time during the 
Civil War. E. Sha\v was sheriff at the close of the Civil 


War, and served until 1866; B. R. Ragsdale, 1866-68; 
Alfred Kennedy, 1868-72: John E. Garrett, 1872-74; T. 
J. Carter, 1874-76; J. R. J. Appleby, 1876-78; James C. 
Dunaway, "1878-80; George W. Whitesides, 1880-82; Enoch 
K. Shae'k'/iford, 1882-86; J. M. Divine, 1886-88; J. M. 
Divine, 18S8-1890; T. A. McConnell, 1890-94; Morris Mil- 
ler, 1S94-1S96; Frank Hudson, 1896-1898; U. S. Keran, 
1*98-1902; Isaac Horton, 1902-1904; Tel Murphy, 1904- 
11)00; W. R. Farmer, 1906-1908; T. B. McGuire, 1908- 
1912; I. A. Hall, 1912-1916; B. W. Smith, 1916. 

Prosecuting Attorneys Since 1872. David A. De Ar- 
mond, 1872-73; Henry Merrill, 1873-74; B. G. Thurman, 
1874-76; J. F. Duckwall, 1876-80; W. K. Pyle, 1880-86; S. 
A. Payne, 1*86-88; S. A. Payne, 1888-1890; Seymour Hoyt, 
1890-1892; Seymour Iloyt-i 892-1 894; S. A. Payne, 1894- 
1S96; Mason Talbutt, i896-1898; Mason Talbutt, 1898- 
1900; R. D. Payne, 1900-1902; A. J. Young, 1902-1904; C. 
F. Xewman, 1904-1906; Howard Ragsdale, 1906-1908; Ed. 
Frieze, 1908-1910; Ed. Frieze, 1910-1912; L. A. Wetzel, 
1912-1914, L. A. Wetzel, 1914-1916; R. D. Payne, 1916. 

Collectors. Prior to 1872, the sheriff of the county 
was, by virtue of his office, collector of the revenues. The 
office of collector was established in 1872, and R. B. 
Stephenson was elected, as collector, and served until 
1*74, after which the revenues were collected by township 
collectors, under the township organization system, until 
July, 1S77, when Alfred Kennedy was appointed county 
collector, 1o serve until the next general election in 1878, 
and since that date the collectors have been as follows, 
viz.: W. R. Carlock, 1878-80; E. R. Hughes, 1880-86; (). 
\l. Ilembree, l8*(j-SS; Edgar Clark, 1888-90; Edgar Clark, 
1890-1X92; R. C. Pyle, 1S92-1896; W. F. Bryant, 1896- 
1*9S; .1. F. Stockton, 1898-1902; T. A. Davis,' 1902-1904; 
A. F. Sandemeyer, 1904-1907. 

County voted in Township Organization law under 

which the County Treasurer became ex-officio Collector: 

M. Oui.'k being County Treasurer at the time filled the 

unexpired term of A. F. Sandmeyer until the general 


election of 1908 when he was elected for two successive 
terms, 1908-1916; J. B. Lorah, 1916. 

Treasurers. A. H. Allison, 1854-56; D. L. McMillen, 
1856-60; W. W. Holland, 1860-61; R. S. Jacobs, - -; 

John H, Howard, 1866-72; Alfred Kennedy, 1872-74; 
Lewis M. Murphy, 1874, July to December; W. R, Russell, 
1874-76; L. M. Murphy, 1876-78; T. J. VanOsdell, 1878- 
80; C. W. Griffith, 1880-84; James L. Wetzel, 1884-86; R. 
S. Jacobs, 1886-88; S. W. Baker, 1888 to 1890 : John W. 
McDowell, 1890 to 1892; John Y\ r . McDowell, 1892 to 
1894; S. L. Collins, 1894 to 1896; D. W. Edwards, 1896 
to 1898; P. D. Stringfellow, 1898 to 1900; Harry H. Davis, 
1900, died in office; I. N. Hoi-ton, 1904 to 1908; S. M. 
Quick, 1908 to 1916; J. B. Lorah, 1916. 

Recorders. Prior to January 1, 1883, the clerk of the 
circuit court had, from the organization of the county, 
been ex-officio recorder, and ,prior to the election of a 
circuit court clerk, separate from the office of clerk of the 
county court, the county clerk was clerk of both courts, 
and also recorder. Since a separate office has been es- 
tablished for the recorder, the officials have been O. S. 
Rag-land, from 1882 to 1886; W. E. Shaw, 1886-1890; J. T. 
Cantrell, 1890-1894; T. D. Kirby, 1894-1898; I. T. Sloan, 
1898-1902; AV. Y. McLemore, 1902-1906; John R. Clopton, 
1906-1910; H. H. Finley, 1910-1914; H. H. Finlcy, 1914. 

Judges of the Probate Court. Peter Hoyle, 1845-47; 
Matthias H. Allison, 1847-50; Andres D. Hudspeth, 1850- 
52: Matthias H. Allison, 1852-56: D. C. Eastin, 1856-59; 
Benjamin Applefey, 1859-60; Nelson McDowell, 1860-61; 
-Columbus Talbutt, 1863-64; Nelson Mc- 
Dowell, 1864-66; Benjamin Appleby, 1866-68; Nelson Mc- 
Dowell, 1868-70; Levin W. Shafer, 1870-72; Orlando H. 
Baker, 1872-74; L. P. Downing, 1874-75; James M. Stook- 
ey, sole judge of county court, 1875-76; John N. Landers, 
sole judge of county court, 1876-78; Seymour Ployt, 1878- 
82; Mason Talbutt, 1882-86; W. K. Pyle, 1886-1890; Al- 
fred Kennedy, 1890-1894; Alfred Kennedy, 1894-1898; C. 
L. Pyle, 1898-1902; W. M. Holland, 1902-1906; W. M. Hoi- 


land, 1906-1910; C. W. Montgomery, 1910-1914; C. W. 

Montgomery, 1914 . 

Surveyors. B. F. Walker, 1841-46; William Ander- 
son, 1846-50; X. H. Hampton, 1850-55; R. L. McGuire, 
1855-60; T. A. Switzler, 1860-61; E. S. Rook, 1861-68; 
James M. Travis, 1868-72; A. H. McPherson, 1872-74; 
Arcli M. Long, 1875, April to November; James M. Travis, 
1875-84; Charles E. Woody, 1884-88; Arch M. Long, 1888- 
1892; Benjamin Freedle, 1892 to 1896; J. C. Hedgecock, 
1896 to 1900; W. H. Vanhooser, 1900 to 1904; Ward Mc- 
Connell, 1904 to 1908; John W. Scott, 1908 to 1912; T. K. 
McComiell, 1912 to 1916: M. W. Allison, 1916. 

Chapter 14 



County Court. The formation of this court has been 
mentioned in connection with the organization of the 
county. It was originally composed of three county 
justices, the first three being appointed by the governor 
of the state, and their successors elected by the people, 
and continued to be thus formed until 1873. In May, 1872, 
five petitions, containing in the aggregate the signatures 
of three hundred citizens of the county, were presented to 
the county court. The petitions read, in substance, as fol- 

To the Honorable County Court of Dade County, Mis- 
souri: Your petitioners ask that your honorable body 
submit to the voters of Dade County, the question of or- 
ganizing the county under the new law for township or- 
ganization, by which the present county court shall be 
abolished and a new court organized under the law. 

In compliance with the prayer of the petition, the 
court ordered ''that the question of township organization, 
under the act approved March 18, 1872, be submitted to 
the qualified voters at the general election in 1872, by bal- 
lot to be written or printed, 'For Township Organiza- 
tion,' or, 'Against Township Organization,' to be can- 
vassed and returned in like manner as votes for state 
and county officers." 

On awaiting the votes after the election, it was found 
that 886 votes were cast in favor of township organization, 
and 439 against it; the votes by municipal township 
being- : 

Township Organization. 

For Against 

Center 148 129 

Morgan 216 19 

Sac . 47 54 


North 114 11 

South 18 57 

Polk 77 53 

Cedar North Division 73 5 

Cedar South Division 45 4 

Marion 58 2 

Grant 63 

Rock Prairie 6 86 

Smith 21 20 

In May, 1873, the county, court, under the provisions 
of the township organization law, divided the county into 
four districts, composed of the several townships, as fol- 

District No. 1 to contain Morgan, Polk and Rock 
Prairie Townships; District No. 2 to contain Sac and 
Center townships; District No. 3 to contain North, Cedar 
and Marion Townships; District No. 4 to contain South, 
Smith and Grant Townships. An election was then 
ordered to be held on the 6th day of June following, for 
the purpose of electing, as provided by the new law, a 
county court judge in each district, and one for the county 
at large. The election being held, it was found that R. A. 
Clark was elected at large as presiding judge of the 
county, and that Robert Cowan, Samuel B. Shaw, Thomas 
J. Carson and A. D. Hudspeth were elected judges, re- 
spectively, of the First, Second, Third and Fourth dis- 
tricts. Thus the county court continued to be organized 
until 1875, when township organization was abolished, and 
the court, under a new law, was made to consist of one 
judge only, together with the other usual attendant of- 
ficers, clerk and sheriff. J. M. Stookey was the first sole 
judge serving from 1875 to 1876. He was succeeded by 
John X. Landers, who served until 1876, when another 
change \vas made in the formation of the court, it going 
b;ick to the old system of three county court justices, 
under which it continued to be composed until it was re- 
organized under the new law of 1877. This law, en- 
lit led, "An act to provide for a uniform system of county 
courts," approved April 27, 1887, provided that each 

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county should be divided into two districts as nearly equal 
in population as possible without dividing municipal 
townships, and, at the general election in 1880, and every 
two years thereafter, there should be elected in each dis- 
trict an associate judge of the county court, and, at the 
general election in 1882, and every four years thereafter, 
a presiding judge of the court should be elected at large. 

In compliance with this law, the county court divided 
the county into two districts the Eastern to be composed 
of the municipal townships of South, Rock Prairie, Polk, 
Morgan and Sac, and the Western, of the municipal town- 
ships of Cedar, Marion, Grant, Smith, Center and North. 
In accordance with the law last recited, and the com- 
pliance with it, the county court has ever been, and still 
continues to be composed. Under the head of " County 
Officers," a list of all the county court justices and judges, 
as shown by the records, may be seen. 

In December, 1856, the county court of Bade County, 
appointed Arch M. Long, as agent to select the swamp 
lands of the county, under the act of Congress donating 
these lands to the state. The lands were selected by Mr. 
Long, but the county failed to obtain a title thereto, hence 
the school fund of the county was never increased from 
the proceeds of the sale of any swamp lands. 

Probate Court. The county court exercised jurisdic- 
tion over all probate business until the probate court was 
established in 1845. This court held a special session at 
the house of William Penn, beginning, on the 15th day of 
March, 1841, for the transaction of the first probate busi- 
ness after the county was organized. The first admin- 
istrator was William C. Campbell, who was appointed to 
administer on the estate of Robert Alexander, deceased. 
He filed a bond in the sum of $3,500, with Peter Tloyle as 
surety, conditioned for the faithful performance of his 
duties. Robert Graham and John Edsall were appointed 
witnesses to assist him in examining the books, papers and 
accounts of the decedent, and perfecting an invoice of the 
property. Redden Crisp, the second administrator, was 
appointed to administer on the estate of John Bostick, de- 


ceased. As such, he gave bond in the sum of $800, with 
William Lewis and Bartholomew Millholland as sureties. 
Zepheniah Lacy and William Lewis were appointed wit- 
nesses to assist him, etc. The first will probated in the 
county was that of Thomas Bowles, deceased. It was 
presented by Sarah Bowles, the executrix, and proved by 
John H. Praddy, Marietta Praddy and John P. W. Bowles, 
the three subscribing witnesses thereto. In November, 
1841, James Ventioner was appointed guardian of George 
W. Bearden, infant heir of Lambert S. Bearden, deceased. 
These were the first guardian and ward in the county. 
The first public administrator was John C. Wetzel. 

The first judge of the Probate court was Peter Hoyle, 
who received his commission as such from Gov. John C. 
Edwards, the instrument being dated August 15, 1845. 
Hoyle qualified as probate judge, August 26, 1845, and 
made his first entry of business on the record, Feb- 
ruary 9, 1846. A separate judge continued to be elected 
for the probate court until 1875, at which time the juris- 
diction of this court was assumed, under the law, by the 
sole judge of the county court, and exercised by him until 
the office of a sole county court judge was abolished, after 
which separate judges were elected, and still continue to 
be elected, for the probate court. (See "County Of- 

Circuit Court. The first record of the proceedings of 
this court has been destroyed, consequently a few items, 
such as the first grand and petit juries, the first business 
transacted, and trials had, cannot be given. The first rec- 
ord of the circuit court preserved is that of the October 
term, 1845, when C. S. Yancey was judge. When the court 
house was burned, in 1863, a certain individual, against 
whom stood a record of criminal charges, cut out from 
one of the books the pages containing the record of 
proceedings from October 1860 to October, 1863. This 
court, as well as the others, was somewhat interrupted in 
holding its sessions during the war period. 

The Bade County Bar. The legal bar of Dade County 
has for many years been noted for its brilliant attorneys. 


Many of them have gained distinction, not only in the 
local courts but in the higher tribunals of the state. Others 
have gained a statewide reputation as public speakers and 
politicians. The Dade County Bar as it is now constituted 
is composed of the following local attorneys: 

Mason Talbutt, S. A. Payne, A. J. Young, Ben M. 
Neale, Fred L. Shafer, R. D. Payne, Elmer E. Pyle, Ed- 
win Frieze, Will R. Bowles, all of Greenfield and E. R. 
Hightower and S. A. McMillen of Lockwood. 

Criminal Record. The county of Dade has not been 
as extensively cursed with crime as many of the older 
counties of the state, though her record in that respect is 
sufficiently appalling. Only two executions for the crime 
of murder have taken place in the county, and only one of 
these for a murder committed within its limits. This one 
was the execution of Peter Douglas, a slave, who, about 
the year 1848, killed his wife and two or three of his 
children, and then attempted to kill himself. He was 
tried for the offense, found guilty, and, in accordance 
with the sentence of the court, was executed on the gal- 
lows in the town of Greenfield. During the war period, a 
number of murders were committed in the county, and at 
the close thereof a number of persons were indicted and 
arrested for the offense, but before trial, the cases against 
them were nolle prosequied under proclamation of the 

In December, 1873, a colored man named Monroe 
Richardson was indicted for the murder of another colored 
man named William Miller. He was arrested, placed in 
jail, made his escape therefrom, ran away, and has never 
been re-arrested. At the October term, 1879, of the Dade 
Circuit Court, Thomas B. Hopper was tried on change of 
venue from Cedar County, for the murder in that county 
of Samuel C. Ham. He was found guilty of murder in 
the first degree and was sentenced to be hanged. He then 
took an appeal to the Supreme Court, where the sentence 
was confirmed, and, in accordance therewith, he was, on 
the 25th day of June, 1880, executed upon the gallows, at 


Early in 1881, Donald McElrath, an officer, was 
killed in the town of Greenfield by Taylor Underwood, 
while attempting to arrest him on a charge of crime. 
Underwood was indicted for the murder of McElrath at 
the April term of the court in that year and, on being ar- 
rainged for trial, was granted a change of venue to Barton 
County, where he was afterwards tried and found guilty of 
murder in the first degree, and was sentenced to be hanged. 
He then took an appeal to the supreme court, where the 
judgment was reversed, and he remanded for new trial. 
On being arrainged for the second trial, he plead guilty to 
man-slaughter, and was sentenced to the penitentiary for 

In 1885 there was considerable petty thieving carried 
on in and about the town of Everton, and George Burlis 
was suspected of being engaged in the business; where- 
upon a mob assembled and captured Burlis, took him out 
in the woods, and tried to make him confess. Failing in 
this, they told him to run, and when he ran, some one or 
more of them shot at and killed him. Afterward Jesse P. 
Small, Jacob Sample, S. IT. Wilson, Jr., and G. R. Gar- 
rison were severally indicted for the murder of Burlis. 
Small was tried for the offense at the April term of court 
in 1887, and acquitted; whereupon the case against the 
other defendants were nolle prosequied. Prior to the kill- 
ing of Burlis, a man, in attempting to perpetrate a theft, 
had been wounded by a shot from a revolver or gun, and it 
was supposed Burlis was the man, but it was found, after 
he was killed, that his body had not received the wound. 
After the death of another individual in the place, his 
body was discovered to have been wounded, which led to 
the suspicion that he, instead of Burlis, was the guilty 

In November, 1887, Daniel Pippinger was indicted for 
the murder of Ephriam Walker, and, upon entering a plea 
of guilty of manslaughter at the November term, 1888, he 
was sentenced to serve a term of two years in the peniten- 


On the night of July 3, 1881, a band of disguised in- 
dividuals went to the jail in Greenfield, and took William 
Underwood, James Butler, Jr., and Frank Craft, who were 
confined therein on a charge of horse stealing, and hanged 
them until they were dead, and left their bodies suspended 
from the limbs of the trees on the west side of the court 
house, where they were discovered the next morning by 
the citizens of the town. These unfortunate men were 
supposed to belong to a regularly organized gang of horse- 
thieves. Though this was an unlawful and summary way 
of inflicting punishment, it is said that it had the effect of 
breaking up the horse stealing business in Dade county. 

Chapter 15 


Mineral Resources. The mineral deposits of the 
county consists of coal, iron, zinc and fire-clay. Coal has 
been discovered in several places in the northwestern 
part, and the McCluey Mines, owned by Robert McCluey; 
the McGarvey Mines, owned by Samuel McGarvey; the 
Star Banks, owned by W. L. Burnett, Jr.; the Seaton 
Banks, owned by J. R. Seaton, and many others, have 
been opened and operated by their respective owners. The 
eastern limits of the coal beds, so far as prospected, extend 
to Cedar Creek, and as far south as its head. There are 
three distinct strata, the first, or surface stratum, rang- 
ing from one and a half to three feet in thickness. Lower 
strata run from two to five feet in thickness. The upper 
or surface stratum crops out in many places along the 
valleys and streams. As far as prospected all the strata 
are soft bituminous coal. It usually sells at about $1.75 
per ton at the banks. Estimated products for the winter 
months of 1886-87 were Robert McCluey Mines 60,000 
bushels; twelve other mines, 135,000 bushels. Number 
of men employed, 75 to 90; distance from railroad, eight 

The iron deposits exist mostly in the northeastern 
portion of the county in Morgan township. Solid masses 
of iron ore have been discovered on the surface in many 
localities. At an early date in the settlement of the 
county, a small forge was erected on Sac River, where the 
ore from this region was smelted and manufactured into 
iron. For the want of transportation the work was 
abandoned, and no further developments of the iron re- 
sources in that region have been made. 

Zinc was discovered in Dade County in 1874, at Corry, 
ten miles northeast of Greenfield; at Pemberton, two inilcs 
further south on Sac river, and at the McGee diggings, a 
short distance farther up the river, and nearly due east of 


Greenfield. These deposits consist of carbonites, silicate 
and blende, in almost unlimited and apparently inexhaust- 
ible bodies, from which, since 1784, thousands of tons of 
raw ores have been shipped annually to zinc furnaces at 
La Salle, Illinois; Cherokee, Kansas; Joplin, Missouri and 
other points. Lead mining, however, is the over-topping 
mining industry of Bade County. In the spring of 1875, 
some miners, while mining for zinc, about ten miles north- 
east of Greenfield, and east of Sac river about two miles, 
and near where the mining town of Corry is now situated, 
struck a boulder of lead weighing 50,000 pounds only a 
few feet below the surface. The excitement grew intense. 
Hundreds of miners, prospectors and capitalists flocked to 
the spot. Other rich discoveries of lead rapidly followed. 
The Dade County Mining and Smelting Company was or- 
ganized by the citizens of Dade county. Furnaces were 
erected, and the town of Corry laid out. At the close of 
the year, 1875, over half a million pounds of lead had been 
mined and smelted. 

This company still continues the business, and the 
amount of lead mined and smelted in the county since the 
ore was first discovered and the mines opened amounts to 
several million of pounds, while the amount of zinc that 
has been mined and shipped from the county reaches 
many thousands of tons. Large deposits of fire-clay of 
superior quality exists in the southeastern portion of the 
county near Rock Prairie, about twelve miles southeast 
of Greenfield on the line of the Kansas City & Mem- 
phis Railroad. A pottery has been established at this 
place, and a large quantity of earthenware and tiling has 
been manufactured. 

Manufacturing. Dade County contains all the ele- 
ments which go to make up a good manufacturing center; 
coal, iron, zinc, lead, fire-clay, and the best building stone 
in the west. The stone for the United States building at 
Fort Smith was taken from the stone quarries in Dade 
county, which are said to be superior in quality to any 
building stone in this part of the country. Lime is also 
manufactured in this county. Some of the foregoing has 


been compiled or quoted from a carefully prepared article 
by a well-posted citizen of Dade County, the same being 
verified by existing facts. 

Dade County is abundantly supplied with water 
power, and several flouring mills and saw-mills have been 
erected on her principal water-courses. On the Sac River 
are two flouring mills with the full roller process for the 
manufacture of flour; and there are several grist-mills on 
Turnback and Limestone Creeks. There are also a number 
of waterpower saw mills in the county. 

Agriculture, Stock Raising and Horticulture. Dade 
County is well adapted to general agricultural pursuits, 
and, on account of its mild climate and excellent supply 
of water, it is especially well suited to the raising of stock. 
The mild climate also renders the growing of fruits a 
profitable undertaking. Wheat growing has risen from 
an experimental branch of farming to one of the leading 
crops. The early settlers of the county, coming mostly 
from Kentucky and Tennessee, introduced the wooden 
mold-board and bull tongue, with which the farming was 
principally done prior to the Civil Wai. After the close 
of that struggle, with the coming of settlers from more 
northern portions of the United States came the modern 
implements of the country, as well as better methods of 
farming, and the result has been a very great improve- 
ment in farming, but yet the room for improvements has 
by no means been fully occupied. 

Owing to the mild temperature, high altitude, and 
slight trouble from insects, fruit has always done well in 
Dade County. Before the county was connected by rail 
with Kansas, thousands of wagons came annually from 
that state to this part of Missouri for apples. Kansas 
is still supplied with fruit from this part of Missouri, but 
mostly now by rail instead of by wagons. Apples, peaches, 
pears, plums, especially wild plums, and all the smaller 
fruits common to this latitude, grow here in great abund- 
ance and mature to great perfection. Grapes, both culti- 
vated and wild, produce abundantly. Great quantities 
of wine are made from the native grapes. Fruit raising 


DR. T. R. KYLE. 


for the market is still in its infancy, but farmers are 
planting extensive orchards and preparing for the future. 
The Ben Davis apple is the variety mostly cultivated for 
the market. A large orchard of trees loaded with this 
beautiful variety of apple is one of the most attractive 
natural scenes ever beheld. 

Statistics. To show agricultural and stock-raising 
resources of the county, the following statistics are taken 
from the U. S. census reports for 1880: Number of farms, 
1756; improved lands, 98,290 acres; value of farms and 
improvements, $1,915,817; value of farm implements, 
$103,229; value of live stock, $702,328; estimated value of 
all farm productions for 1879, $554,972. The same report 
gives the amount of vegetable productions for the year 
1879, as follows; buckwheat 465 bushels; Indian corn, 
1,373,896 bushels; oats, 178,978 bushels; wheat, 110,157 
bushels; rye, 1,905 bushels; hay, 2,602 tons; Irish pota- 
toes, 16,860 bushels; sweet potatoes, 4,980 bushels; to- 
bacco, 5,442 pounds. The reader should bear in mind 
that all these productions did not come from the whole 
area of the county, but only from the acres under cultiva- 
tion of the 98,280 acres of improved lands, the latter being 
only about three-tenths of the whole area of the country. 

The amount of live stock in the county, as shown by 
the report, was as follows: horses, 5,332; mules and asses, 
1,368; meat cattle, 21,159; sheep, 12,019; swine, 31,432; 
pounds of wool, 46,354. To show the increase, or decrease 
in the number of head of live stock from 1880 to 1888, 
the following statement of the number of animals in the 
county as returned by the assessor for the purpose of 
taxation for the latter year, is given; horses, 7,928; 
mules and asses, 2,280; meat cattle, 26,244; sheep, 5,923; 
swine, 26,426. A comparison of these figures shows a large 
increase in the number of horses, mules and asses and 
meat cattle, and a large decrease in the number of sheep 
and hogs. The decrease in number of sheep for the eight 
years was 6,069, being more than half the number in the 
county in 1880. This rate of decrease if continued, will 
soon drive the industry of raising sheep from the county. 


The cause for it must be the decrease in the price of 
wool, and what caused the decrease in the price of wool 
cannot be discussed here. The decrease in the number of 
hogs, as shown for the same time, amounts to 5,006, but 
this can be accounted for by the fact that the census re- 
port shows the number of hogs raised during the pre- 
ceeding year, including those sold and slaughtered, while 
the assessor's report shows only the number on hand at a 
certain time when taxes accrue. This, to a very limited 
extent, is also true with reference to the sheep, but only 
so, as sheep are raised almostly entirely for the wool pro- 
duct, only a few being sold or slaughtered. In all prob- 
ability, the number of hogs now raised in the county is 
much greater than in 1880. Stock raising, with the ex- 
ception of sheep, is very profitable in Dade county, and the 
farmers have introduced the best and finest kinds of 

Population. The population of Dade County was, in 
1850, 4,246; in 1860, 7,072; in 1870, 8,683; in 1880, 12,- 
557. The colored poulation, including the foregoing, was 
in 1860, 351; in 1870, 204; in 1880, 248. Nearly all the 
colored people enumerated in 1860 were slaves, that being 
before the abolition of the institution of slavery. The 
census of 1890 will show a marked increase in the entire 
population of the county, as it is increasing considerably 
by immigration. The population of the e.ounty in 1880, by 
municipal townships, was as follows; Cedar, 1,161; Center, 
including Greenfield, 1,968; Grant, 628, Marion, 594; 
Morgan, 1,679; North, 1,200; Polk, 1,117; Rock Prairie, 
1,097; Sac, 1,200; Smith, 741; South, 1143. 

Taxable Wealth and Taxation. As a matter of course, 
the taxable wealth of the county at its organization was 
but meagre, consisting only of the limited amount of 
property owned by the few pioneer settlers. The following 
table shows the amount of taxable wealth accumulated 
from the settlement of the territory composing the county, 
u p to the year, 1880, and increase thereon from that time 
up to 1888: 


Real Estate $ 904,563 $1,537,046 $ 632,483 

Personal property 776,757 1,210,710 433,953 

Merchants' property.... 64,432 104,407 39,975 

Railroad property 338,055 338,055 

Telegraph property 3,838 3,838 

Total $1,745,752 $3,194,056 $1,448,304 


Poulation last Federal Census; color, sex and nativity 
of inhabitants and birthplace of foreigners; other facts: 

Total population 15,613 Denmark 1 

Rural population. . . .15,613 England 25 

White population 15,378 France 1 

Negro population .... 235 Germany 149 

Native white : 

L5,149 Holland 


Foreign born 

229 Ireland 


Male inhabitants ..... 

7,960 Italy 


Female inhabitants. . 

7,653 Russia 


Dwellings, number. . . 

3,530 Scotland 


Males of voting age. . 

4,080 Sweden 


Families, number.... 

3,571 Switzerland 


Foreign Nationalities: 

Wales , 




1 Total 

. . . . 229 



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The folowing table gives the commodities shipped 
from the county in 1912, as supplied by the railroad and 
express agents on whose accuracy and care it depends how 
complete they are. Nothing sold and consumed locally 
is included: 
Live Stock Farm Crops 

Cattle, head 7,517 Wheat, bu 173,588 

Hogs, head. 27,894 Corn, bu 1,244 

Horses and mules . . . 905 Oats, bu 178 

Sheep, head 5,283 Timothy seed, bu. . . 1,005 



Millet seed, bu 477 

Hay, tons 1,497 

Broom corn, Ibs 9,500 

Pop Corn, Ibs 120 

Blue grass seed, Ibs. 6,900 

Cowpeas, bu 556 

Nuts, pounds 998 

Mill Products 

Flour, bbls 10,211 

Corn meal, Ibs 47,269 

Bran, shipstuff, Ibs.. 62,600 

Feed, chops, Ibs 2,352 

Mine and Quarry 


Coal, tons 200 

Zinc ore, tons 93 

Forest Products 
Walnut logs, feet . . . 
Fence and mine posts 
Cord wood, cords . . . 
Farmyard Products 
Poultry, live, Ibs. . . .634,792 
Poultry, dressed, Ibs. 19,153 

Eggs, dozen 906,240 

Feathers, Ibs 2,830 

Stone and Clay 


Lime, tons 864 

Packing House 


Hides and pelts, Ibs 36,233 
Dressed meats, Ibs.. . 1,107 

Tallow, Ibs 1,220 

Lard, Ibs 120 

Flowers and Nursery 

Nursery stock, Ibs. . 
Dairy Products 

Butter, Ibs 

Ice cream, gallons . . 
Milk and Cream, gal. 
Wool and Mohair 

Wool, pounds 

Liquid Products 
Vinegar, galons .... 
Fish and Game 


Game, Ibs 

Fish, Ibs 

Medicinal Products 
Roots and herbs, Ibs. 

Ginseng, Ibs 


Potatoes, bu 

Sweet potatoes, bu. . 
Canned vegetables 

and fruit, Ibs 

Miscellaneous fresh, . 

Apples, bbls 

Pears, baskets 

Apiary and Cane 


Honey, Ibs 

Sorghum molasses, 



Junk, cars 












No. of districts. 
No. of teachers. 

82 Enumeration of Co 4,672 
114 Teachers' salaries $35,166.81 


Incidental exps... 8,035.08 Allotment of State 
Permanent school school funds... 13,114.32 

fund 40,020.55 


(A Panoramic View of the Schools of Dade County as They 

Are Today.) 
(By E. H. Carender, County Superintendent.) 

In this chapter we shall discuss the conditions of the 
schools of Dade county under three divisions, viz.: The 
Teaching Force, The Buildings and Equipment and The 
Community Spirit: 

The Teaching Force. During the year 1915-16 there 
were employed in all of the schools of the county 117 
teachers, 32 of whom were male, and 85 female. Of this 
number 74 were teaching in one-room country schools, 
eight in two-room country schools; 21 were grade teach- 
ers in town, or village schools and 14 were teachers in high 

Certification. Twenty-five of the teachers of this 
county during the year just past hold state certificates; 
nine, life; one 5-year; ten high school teachers training 
certificates; four normal rural: and one special. Fifteen 
hold certificates granted by the normal schools, nine of 
which are diplomas of life tenure, and six elementary. 
Seventy-seven are county certificates classified as follows: 
first grade, eleven; second grade, thirty-one; third grade, 
thirty-three; special, two. 

Training. All have had some normal, or high school, 
training. Eleven have had only one year of high school 
training-, twenty-four have had two years, eleven have had 
three years, and sixty-five have had a full four -year high 
school course. Seventy-nine have had eight weeks, or 
more, of normal school training, preparatory for teaching, 
twenty-three of whom have had two years, or more, of such 

Experience. Twenty-four teachers began the year 
without any previous experience, while forty had five, or 
more years experience. 


Salaries. The lowest salary paid to country school 
teachers was $35 per month; the highest, $65; town grade 
teachers averaged a little more than $40; the highest 
annual salary paid in the county was $1350, for town 
school superintendency; the annual salary of 20 teachers 
was less than $300 each, while three received $1,000, or 
more. The average salary of teachers for the year was: 
Male, $62.40; female, $46.67; general average, $50.80. 

There are some things that should be recorded about 
the present corps of Dade county teachers that statistics 
do not reach. They are as a class very progressive. 
Almost without exception the interest seems to be centered 
in improving the conditions. They solicit the criticism and 
co-operation of the superintendent, and they are con- 
stantly striving to reach the goal of the present standard 
school the certificate of approval which is granted only 
to schools that attain an efficiency of 80% of the modern 
standard, which is based upon an adequate building with 
proper seating, heating, lighting, library, and other neces- 
sary equipment, and good professional standards, and 
community spirit. The general spirit of the teacher ap- 
pears to be not, "How can I manage to get 'by' the in- 
spection?" but, "How high is it possible for me to raise 
the standard of my school?" Cases of non-co-operation 
are so rare as to be a negligible quantity. 

Building and Equipment. A very conservative esti- 
mate places the value of our schood sites and buildings at 
$113,000, with equipment valued at $25,000. In buildings 
recently erected, attention has been given to proper light- 
ing, heating and ventilating; the lighting being flush, 
on only one side, heating by jacketed stove, and ventila- 
tion by fresh air pipe and foul air outlet. The style of 
building has evolved from the uniform box-car type to 
the more artistic, home-like' structure, ordinarily with 
cloak rooms and neat porticos. The latest buildings ap- 
proaching the modern idea are those of Lotus, Union 
Chapel, Stockton, Meek, Liberty and Pleasant Valley. The 
best model in the county, considered from every stand- 
point, is the new high school building Consolidated Dis- 


trict, No. 1, at Arcola. This building very closely ap- 
proaches the ideal for a country school building. It is 
lighted by windows close together on the west side, seated 
with single desks, heated by basement furnace, ventilated 
by gravity draft pipes, has a beautiful frontage with halls 
and cloak-rooms, a work room, or laboratory, a stage and 
an assembly hall which is separated from the study hall 
by a rolling partition, making it easy to connect the two 
rooms for community meetings. Other districts, too num- 
erous to mention, have broken away from the old unitype 
schoolhouse in one or more essential points, and school- 
boards are getting the habit of investigating expert plans 
before remodelling or building. 

Schools without good working libraries are becoming 
very scarce. Three-fourths of them report more than 100 
board bound volumes each in their libraries. All have 
some sort of library, and practically all of the books are 
those recommended by the state superintendent for ref- 
erence, or for supplementary use in class work in the 
schools. The total number of volumes in the school 
libraries of the county is about 15,000 or an average of 
three to each child enumerated. 

Seven districts have voted free textbooks. They are: 
Gentry, Rock Dale, Higgins, Pickett, Flint Hill, Bryant and 

Practically all schools have an adequate supply of 
maps; most of them possess a globe, charts, and other 
minor equipment; many have an organ, a sand table, an 
elegant teacher's desk, and sanitary drinking fountains. 

Community Spirit. By community spirit we mean 
the active inclination of the people to establish social 
centers at home as will lead to a fully developed, well 
rounded citizenship an educational center, if you please 
to call it such, that will furnish an elevated type of enter- 
tainment and instruction for old as well as young, making 
the school house, or the community church, the center of 
attraction for the whole people. 

The two best types of such centers in Dado county are 
Consolidated Districts Nos. 1 and 2. In the former, the 


activities thus far have been predominantly of an educa- 
tional nature. Last year a lecture course including some 
of the best talent that was on the circuit in Southwest 
Missouri, was supported by these progressive people. In 
addition, several home talent entertainments were given 
by Prof. Roy Evans' high school pupils, assisted by the 
grades. A Homemakers' Club and a poultry association 
rounded out the course for the housewives and the 
farmers. The spirit of loyalty, harmony and progress 
that is manifest in this community is undoubtedly not sur- 
passed by any other locality in the state of Missouri. 

The organization for community work in Consolidated 
District No. 2, surrounding Dadeville, is apparently just 
beginning to be thoroughly effective. Prof. Homer Gar- 
land, principal of the high school, has enlisted the sup- 
port of the teachers and patrons in a Parent-Teacher As- 
sociation, which will meet at the different schoolhouses in 
the district eight in number for monthly sessions. One 
of the best meetings of this kind that I have ever attended 
in the county, was recently held at Dadeville. This com- 
munity also has a wide-awake Homemakers' Club, and the 
progressive farmers of Northeastern Dade county always 
take an active interest in agricultural meetings. Wonder- 
ful opportunities await them. 

Dade county's community school fairs which have 
been held in most of the townships for the past few years, 
have attracted statewide attention, as have also her an- 
nual education exhibits and various intellectual contests. 
She has never refused to fall into line in progressive 
movements that tend toward the improvement of educa- 
tional conditions. Last year 500 of her boys and girls were 
enrolled in farm club work under the university extension 
service made possible by the passage of the Smith-Lever 
act by a recent congress. 

Many other communities have made commendable 
progress in social center activities. Among them are: 
Blackberry Flat, a school taught for the past five years 
by Bert Shaffer, a model young man who grew up among 
the people he is serving, and who obtained his education 



in the country school at Davenport, Gloden City High 
School and Springfield Normal. The splendid citizens of 
this community wanted a really educational literary 
society. Mr. Shaffer was the logical leader, and with the 
co-operation of his people he has developed a weekly 
meeting of this kind that is a distinctive type one 
founded upon lofty moral and educational principles; and 
it is needless to say that it is the center of attraction for 
miles around. 

Crisp community has a Hoinemakers' Club that has 
exercised much good influence upon the community life. 
A ladies' club at Rock Dale has been an educational 
factor in that locality. Several other communities have 
promoted and are now promoting effective organizations 
for general advancement. 

The general school spirit throughout the county is 
very encouraging, although I would not be understood as 
representing it as ideal. We still have many poorly con- 
structed school buildings, poorly lighted and poorly heated. 
The source of water supply in too many instances is bad, 
grounds and outbuildings are not cared for in a large 
majority of the districts as they should be, and there are 
yet to be found in every district too large a percentage of 
patrons who give little attention to school progress, too 
many of whom are more interested in keeping the school 
tax rate down than they are in giving the children the 
best advantages of modern education. But compulsory 
education, though feebly enforced, is having a good effect; 
state aid for both rural and high school is lengthening the 
average school term and furnishing an incentive for more 
regular attendance 1 and better school opportunities. Three 
schools of the county offer first class, four-year high school 
advantages, and three others offer approved work in a 
two-year high school course. Last year 347 students were 
enrolled in our high schools, not including many Dade 
county boys and girls who were enrolled in border high 
schools outside of Dade county and in other schools doing 
work of secondary rank. There were 63 high school grad- 


nates this year. We also have an unprecedented number 
of students in the state university and in colleges. 

The average length of the school term in the county 
is just 6.7 days short of eight months. Forty-two of our 
72 districts had eight months or more of school last year. 

Elementary agriculture is taught in each of the com- 
mon schools of the county, without a single exception, and 
an advanced course in the subject is offered in each high 
school. In practically every school the official state course 
of study is followed very closely. 

The total expenses of conducting the schools of Dade 
county last year were $66,428.24. About $50,000 of this 
was paid for teachers' salaries, the remainder being spent 
for repairs, equipment, and the ordinary incidentals. The 
balance on hand in teachers' incidental and building funds, 
is $15,656.06. The permanent funds of the county now 
amount to a little more than $40,000, the interest from 
which is used for the maintenance of our schools. The 
average levy for all purposes last year was 73 cents on the 
one hundred dollars assessed valuation. 

School District Officers and Teachers Dade County Mo. 


The first name given is that of the Clerk; the second, 
President of the Board; the first address given is that of 
all the Officers preceding where no address is given : 

Consolidated District No. 1. C. C. Duncan, secretary; 
J. T. Wilkins, president; A. D. Hughes, Vice-President; C. 
C. Duncan, treasurer, Arcola, Mo. Teachers: W. H. Riley, 
principal; Miss Dobbs, Katie Brand, R. M. Owens, Cecil 
Oldham, F. L. Twaddell. 

Consolidated District No. 2. Secretary, T. II. Ped- 
dicord; president, J. E. Maze; treasurer, L. T. Dunaway, 
Dadeville, Mo. Teachers: Robert L. Meyers, principal; 
Paul Stockton, John Birch, Norma Quarles, Nettie Renner, 
Dwight Holman, Noel Kirby, Will Dodson, Dadeville Mo., 
Tina Tygart, Aldrich, R, 1; Tommy Holman, Lucile Mor- 
ris, Dadeville. 

Consolidated District No. 3. Clerk, W. N. Allison, 
Pennsboro, Mo.; president, C. R. Allison; J. F. Godfrey, 


J. N. Snadon, E. A. Newkirk, C. C. Sexton, South Green- 
field, R. 1. Teachers: T. A. Scott, Pearl Harris, Goldia 
Warren, Geneva Stapp, South Greenfield, Mo., E. 1. 

Greenfield. Secretary, R. W. Grether; president, 
Mason Talbutt; vice-president, F. G. Van Osdell; treas- 
urer, R. M. Sloan; Phil S. Griffith, R, P. Duffy, Fred 
Grether. Teachers: Grade, Hattie Griggs, Effie Mont- 
gomery, Mary "VVetzel, Dorothy Stringfield, Neva Sloan- 
High School, Roy R. Evans, mathematics; Annie G. Neale, 
history and domestic science; Margaret Jane Snider, Ger- 
man and Latin; Inez Aadams, English; L. E. Pummill, 
education, Superintendent. 

Lockwood. Secretary, W. H. Rice; president, Dr. W. 
M. Hoel; vice-president, J. F. West; treasurer, U. S. Ker- 
an. Teachers: Grade Mrs. J. H. Thomas, Edna Bartling, 
Stella Stogsdill, Jennie Messick; High School Mary Gilli- 
land, mathematics and science; Helen L. Gorton, English 
and domestic science; Zoda Lee Gilliland, Latin and Ger- 
man; W. F. Knox, superintendent. 

Everton. Fred Schmickle, secretary; Wm. Raubin- 
ger president; W. Y. McLemore, vice-president; Dr. "W. 
R. Riley, treasurer. Teachers: Grade Mae Trailer, Beryl 
Jones, Zepha Riley, Miss Wilkerson; High School Guy 
A. Cowden, A. B. Dishman, superintendent. 

South Greenfield. Secretary, E. A. Wray; president, 
F. J. McMillen; vice-president, T. A. Cox; W. L. Ferguson, 
treasurer. Teachers: 0. S. Bradshaw, principal; Ruth 
Warren, Miss Goodwin. 

Henry, No. 1. M. A. Burney, J. C. Grisham, Fred 
Edington, Ed. Jerome, Everton, Mo. Leon Small, teacher. 

Scott, No." 2. R, P. Daniel, Everton, R. 1, C. W. Fort- 
ner, Asti Grove, R4; B. J. Delk, H. T. Hailey, Everton, 
Rl. Louis Grantham, teacher, Ash Grove. 

Ray Spring, No. 3. J. H. Wright, M. C. Riggs, Dell 
Dunn, W. B. Mills. Teacher, E. M. Grant, Everton, Rl. 

Grove, No. 4. Palmer T. Hudson, G. A. Hudson, Tay- 
lor Phillips, Boyd Hays. Teacher, Gladys Manka, Everton. 

Silver Star, No. 5. Edward Moore, S. H. Watts, D. 
E. Burney, Ash Grove. 


Hampton, No. 8. W. S. Terrell, Everton, R2; Wm. 
Carlock and A. L. Ritchey, Everton, R3. Teachers: Laur- 
ence T. Evans and Miss Roark. 

Pleasant Hill, No. 9. W. J. Hendrex, Homer Cantrell, 
J. W. Zongker, Everton, Mo. Teachers: Mabel Harpe 
and Miss Darby, Everton. 

Flint HiU, No. 16. W. L. Todd, S. B. Langford, R. 
C. Todd, Roy King, Dadeville. Miss Carrie Mote, teacher. 

Lindley, No. 18. Chas. Mote, J. H. Ritchey, R. A. 
Lindley, John Long, Aldrich, Rl. Teacher: Miss Madge 

Meek, No. 20. J. L. Jones, U. J. Irby, Walter Mai- 
lory, Everton, R5. Luther Dewberry, teacher. 

Pilgrim, No. 21. C. A. Patterson, Richard Jones, John 
Stanley, Everton, R5. Mrs. Lela Fortner, teacher. 

Pickett, No. 24. R. W. Burton, J. N. Jones, James 
Clayton, Wm. Friar, Everton, R5. Rice Gates, teacher. 

Stockton, No. 27. V. H. Pemberton, T. M. Wright, 
H. P. Huges, A. J. Stockton, Everton, Mo., R2. J. 0. 
Stewart, teacher. 

Cave, No. 28. S. P. Davis, John Rutherford, II. W. 
Lee, Lester E. Scott, Greenfield, R3. Harrison Jopes, 

Fairview, No. 29. J. F. Kilgore, Charley White, Mar- 
shall Courtney, Greenfield. Minnie Carroll, teacher. 

Lotus, No. 30. G. W. Franklin, L. A. Litle, S. M. 
Stock well, Everton. Amy Hartfield, teacher. 

Shady Grove, No. 31. E. T. Blevins, Guy Jones, Sid- 
ney Hudspeth, Delbert Shrum, Greenfield. Mrs. Bessie 
Curtis, teacher. 

Sand Mountain, No. 32. Frank S. Newell, (). M. Di- 
vine, Vernie Divine, Greenfield. Clara Marcum, teacher. 

Shaw, No. 33. Mrs. John Divine, W. H. Montgomery, 
II. E. Grisham, E. B. Johnson, Greenfield, Rl. Ora V. 
Mayes, teacher. 

Mt. Zion, No. 34. Aimer Montgomery, T. B. Mont- 
gomery, Seybert; C. D. King, Alfred Friend, Dadeville. 
Alma King, teacher. 


Cave Spring, No. 35. B. F. Ellis, I. E. Murdock, J. 
A. Martin, Arcola; J. K. Ayers, Crisp. A. Elmer Lang- 
ford, teacher. 

White Oak, No. 36. W. H. Toler, J. F. Montgomery, 
S. L. Grisham, E. 0. Ball, Seybert. Ira 0. Dill, teacher. 

Lone Jack, No. 37. Mrs. Georgia Beach, Neola; 
G. B. Manis, Greenfield; H. T. Beach, Neola; Sherman Har- 
per, Greenfield. Vida Hughes, teacher, Neola. 

Crisp, No. 38. J. P. Willett, A. L. Lantrip, E. B. Mor- 
rison, W. A. Price, Crisp. Mrs. Guy McConnell, teacher, 

Limestone, No. 39. L. L. Stark, Fred Hulston, E. A. 
Morris, J. L. Stapp, South Greenfield. Cleo Holman, 

Higgins, No. 40. G. H. Maxwell, R. L. Spain, George 
Parker, Lockwood. Ethel Higgins, teacher. 

Kings Point, No. 41. C. B. Shiner, C. R. Heiskell, 
W. AY. Gipson, Lockwood. Mildred Shouse, teacher. 

Mt. Zion, No. 42. J. L. Glass, R. H. Spain, A. W. 
Read, Bailey Morris, South Greenfield, R2. Lyda Hol- 
man, teacher. 

Freedom, No. 44. G. V. Chappell, Richard Smith, R. 
A. Lamb, Lockwood; A. N. Wasson, South Greenfield. 
Mittie AVard, teacher, Lockwood. 

Oak Grove, No. 45. Ben Franklin, J. 0. Vincent, C. 
II. Morrison, Landon Wilson. C. C. Pyle, teacher, Green- 

Rocky Hill, No. 46. John Bush, Lockwood; Ammon 
Mitchell, James Daniels, Greenfield. Elizabeth Meng, 

Franklin, No. 47. E. G. Evans, L. A. Renfro, Lath 
Lack, Greenfield; I). L. Poe, South Greenfield. Mrs. Ida 
Prouse, teacher. 

Oak Dale, No. 48. T. H. Finley, W. J. Armstrong, 
Theodore Calmer, Roy Davidson. Phyllis Freedle, teacher, 

Elm Limb, No. 50. Elza Dodd, Neola; G. H. May- 
berry, Greenfield, R2; Dan Kreighbaum, Tom McGuire, 
Neola. C. P. Hawks, teacher, Arcola. 


Gentry, No. 52. W. C. Hail, T. R. Courtney, J. W. 
Bowman. Ruth Hughes, teacher, Greenfield, R2. 

Boggy Springs, No. 54. E. 0. Collier, A. A. Collier, 
C. C. McGee, Greenfield; L. C. Kellar, Lockwood. Minnie 
Mitchell, teacher, Greenfield, R2. 

Fairview, No. 58. M. M. Hunt, Golden City; Theo 
Kaelke, W. C. Hamm, Chas. Phillipson, Lockwood. Anna 
McCune, teacher, Golden City. 

Monitor, No. 59. Lula Kollmeier, E. L. Vaile, Wm. 
Cromer, Lum Finley, Lockwood. Mrs. A. M. Turk, 

Cherry Grove, No. 60. F. W. Krietemeier, Dick Moh- 
winkle, Fred Pieppenbrink, Lockwood. Mabel Effie, 

Bowman, No. 61. C. Swarens, H. T. Finke, Wm. Gar- 
ber. J. P. McNeill, teacher, Lockwood, R3. 

Sunnyside, No. 62. Louis Haubein, Ben H. Lammers, 
C. H. Kelley, John Kirkhart, Lockwood. 

Victory, No. 63. H. S. Townley, E. S. John, H. I. 
McCune. Miss Mae Walton, teacher, Golden City, R2. 

Ackley, No. 64. Ed J. Garber, R. A. McDonald, D. L. 
Stiles. Gladys Effie, teacher, Golden City. 

Davenport, No. 65. F. Driscoll, Lockwood, Rl; J. R. 
Eidson, G. Hauffler, Golden City, R4. 

Blackberry Flat, No. 66. Mrs. Annie Harper, Grant 
Harper, Robert Windes, J. H. Gillman, Lockwood. Bert 
Shaffer, teacher, Golden City. 

Chalk Level, No. 67. Mrs. Fred Thurer, Fred Thurer, 
I. L. Hodson, T. C. Finley. Golda Rogers, teacher, Lock- 

Smith, No. 68. J. A. Shank, A. T. Finley. Lettie 
Houdyshell, teacher, Golden City, Mo. 

Pleasant Valley, No. 39. C. E. Lyons, Lockwood; 
John Mammen, Golden City; August Koelliker, Golden 
City. Flossie Mitchell, teacher, Golden City. 

Tabernacle, No. 70. Mabel Hollingshead, Chas. En- 
gelage, Arthur Weissenflush, Henry Von Strohe. Linna 
Stogsdill, teacher, Lockwood. 


Central, No. 71. L. J. Sawyer, W. A. Butcher, W. A. 
Farmer, 0. Montgomery. Dorcas Robinson, teacher, Lock- 
wood, R5. 

Banner, No. 72. F. F. Conn, Jericho Springs, R2; R. 
M. Coyne, Lockwood, R2; C. E. Rector. Jessie L. Berry, 
teacher, Jericho Springs, R2. 

Stony Point, No. 73. Alex Trimble, L. V. Davis, W. 
R. Divine, J. W. Bohon. Mrs. Hattie Bishop, teacher, 

Star, No. 74. J. K. Armstrong, W. H. Windes, J. C. 
Skaggs, C. 0. Hagins. 0. H. Divine, teacher, Lockwood, 

Stone, No. 75. Lina Dalton, J. N. Dalton, W. A. 
Stout, Perry Jones. Roscoe Divine, teacher, Lockwood, 

Old Sylvania, No. 76. Ed Sporman, Will Cole, Adam 
Greer, W. F. Pickett. Nellie E. Mitchell, teacher, Lock- 
wood, R2. 

Shannon Valley, No. 77. Ora Fitchpatrick, D. C. 
Rook, J. H. Fitchpatrick, Will Van Buskirk. Opha Kel- 
ley, teacher, Lockwood. 

Sunshine, No. 78. J. B. Stevenson, P. F. March, A. 
D. Taylor. Mittie McManas, teacher, Lockwood, R2. 

Paragon, No. 80. L. B. Sikes, R. R. Conn, John Bays. 
Lessie Davidson, teacher, Jerico Springs. 

Rock Dale, No. 81. L. B. Higgins, Milford; 0. L. 
Diefenderfer, !. C. Ripple, Jerico Springs; Ashel Smith, 
Milford, Rl. Edna Ray Conn, teacher. 

Cedarville, No. 82. S. W. Evans, Jerico Springs; E. 
R. Everett, Lockwood; F. H. Whitley, Jerico Springs. 
Howard Butcher, teacher, Lockwood. 

Liberty, No. 84. Mrs. John Polston, C. M. Tindill, J. 
M. Polston, H. C. Vanbebber. Anna E. Algeo, teacher, 

Jewell, No. 85. Pricie Carlock, Lee Rountree, W. A. 
Long, M. A. Young. Tom Fitzpatrick, teacher, Greenfield. 



Following is a list of pupils completing the work of 
the common schools in Dade County, Missouri, as deter- 
mined by the final examinations of 1917: 

Cedar Township. Sunshine School Minerva Finney, 
Lockwood, Mo., R2. Old Sylvania Ruth Heiskell, Lock- 
wood, R2; Roy Heiskell, Lockwood, R2; Ettis Welch, 
Jerico Springs, R2. 

Center Township. Cave School Lola Stockton, 
Greenfield, Rl; Lillie Davis, Grenfield, Rl; James 
Stump, Greenfield, R3; Albert Stump, Greenfield, R3; 
Otis Freedle, Greenfield, R3. Oak Grove John Shouse, 
Greenfield, R2. Rocky Hill Nellie and Zora Mitchell, 
Greenfield; Auda Lasater, Lockwood, R5. 

Ernest Township. Boggy Springs Truman McGee, 
Jewell Purdy, Greenfield, R2. Gentry Vance McMahan, 
Greenfield, R2. 

Grant Township. Fairview Louise Phillipson, Gold- 
en City, Abner Hamm, Lockwood, Sunnyside Charles 
Kirkhart, Lilly Kirkhart and Ruby Kelley, Lockwood. 
Ackelley Hattie John, Golden City. 

Lockwood. Iva Spain, Lula Spain, Elbert Spain, 
Henry Wehrman, Eva Parker, Ruth Snadon, and Bessie 
Hodgson, Lockwood. Chalk Level Winnie Hodson and 
Golden Little, Lockwood. 

Marion Township. Tabernacle Edna Brinkhoff and 
Linda Engleage, Lockwood. Pleasant Valley Amy With- 
ers, Jean Erne, Erma Wright, Marie Mammen, Joseph 
Koelliker, Bernice Lyons, Golden City. 

Morgan. Bunker Hill Larue Harpe, Bernice Hoi- 
man, Walnut Grove. Prairie Seth Landers, Golden Tar- 
rant, Glenn Patterson, Alice Cassada, Dadeville. Cave- 
Helen Kirby, Dadeville. Dadeville School Marjorie Hick- 
man, Laurel Glenn, Nancy Morgan, Dadeville. Carlock 
School Joe Wheeler, Nellie Patton, Warren Cantrell, 
Forrest Speight, Everton. Jones School Leona McPeak, 
Dadeville. McConnell School Paul Cowan, Aldrich, Rl. 
Spreight School Maud Rector and Bessie Renner, Dade- 


North Township. Hickory Grove Lester McGuire, 
Kathryn Twaddell, Edna Everett, Arcola. Dead Elm 
Lena Wilkins, Inia Burnett, Arcola. Lake School Ecla 
Jordan, Arcola. Arcola School- Bertha Higgins, Agnes 
Holman, Russell Charles, Mabel Thomas, Walker Under- 
wood, Theodore Achord, Alice Whitley, Gladys Hoffman, 
Arcola, Fontella Stamps, Jerico Springs, Mo. 

Pilgrim Township. Pilgrim School Lloyd Jones, 
Leo Jones, Durward Stanley, Elmer Brown, May Horton, 
Georgia Trimble, Pearl Smith, Hugh Poindexter, Everton, 
R5. Lotus School AVillie Ward, Tressa Huston, Clarence 
Litle, Everton, Mo. 

Polk Township. Hampton School Walter Bowman, 
Blanche Bowman, Corda Hoover, Everton. Pleasant Hill 
School Dean Rowden, Alvin Haggerman, George Zong- 
ker, Everton, R3. 

Rock Prairie. Ray Spring School Yelma Tipton, 
Clema Dilday, Everton,' R4. 

Sac Township. White Oak Susie Shaw, Lucy Mont- 
gomery, Seybert. Shaw School Ruth Duncan, Greenfield. 

South Township. Meek School Ray Poindexter, 
Flossie Xorris, Alma Jones, Gladys Irby, Everton, R5. 
Bryant School Jesse Scott, Xina Terrell, South Green- 
field, Rl. Mound School Lucy Bishop, Erma Fortner, 
Jesse X'ewkirk, Ruby Poindexter, South Greenfield, Rl. 
Pickett School Gilbert Manka, Lelah Friar, Xannie Friar, 
Everton, R5. 

Smith Township. Kings Point School Wilfred H. 
Allison, Lockwood. Mt. Zion School Corda Morris, 
Vernia Modrall," South Greenfield, R2. 

Washington Township. Honey Creek School Bert 
Sexton, South Greenfield, Rl. 


County Superintendent of Schools, Dade County, 
Greenfield, Missouri. 



The following table shows the rate of taxation on 
each $100 of assessed valuation. Property is assessed, 


generally, from one-half to one-fifth of its actual worth, 
depending upon the extent of the returns made; the char- 
acter of the property; its location and whether the hold- 
ing is bringing in an income, and the amount of the same: 

County levy $0.40 Total amt. of county 

Good roads 25 indebtedness 

County school 69 Municipal or twp. in- 

School tax in largest debtedness . . . .$47,000.00 

city 1.50 *None reported. 

Municipal tax $1.00 


Real Estate. 

No. Assessed Average 

Land, acres 310,758 $2,609,217 $ 8.39 

Town lots 1,841 399,944 217.24 

Total assessed valuation 

of real estate 3,009,161 

Personal Property. 

Horses 7,148 228,963 32.03 

Mules 2,790 103,856 37.22 

Asses and jennets 145 6,899 47.58 

Cattle 12,349 139,111 10.42 

Sheep 6,017 6,570 1.09 

Hogs 20,890 47,515 2.23 

All other live stock 1,933 7,374 3.81 

Money, notes, bonds, etc. 261,866 

Bank* Stock 78,983 

All other personal prop'ty 168,507 

Total personal property $1,049,664 

Total taxable wealth.. $4,058,825 

Chapter 16 


Aaron D. States. 

All nature seems to vie in common consent, to make 
one month of the year the most lovely and beautiful in 
all the Dade county territory it is the month of October. 
All other months have their charm yet it remains for the 
tenth month of the year to assemble these charms and 
present them in one lovely panarama. 

The choicest colorings are found in every nature pic- 
ture. They can be found by every roadside, in every 
woodland and on every hill top and hill slope. The sumac 
and the maple trees give the most charming color while 
vine and tangled wildwood afford beauty that cannot be 
portrayed either by tongue or pen. Then, there are many 
of the wild flowers that continue to bloom throughout the 
autumn months, flowers as rich and pleasing as the flow- 
ers of spring and they are used by many in the fall decora- 
tions, of fraternal, home and church functions. These 
flowers when assembled with clumps of painted leaves, 
painted by the unseen artists, form a decoration fitted for 
the nuptial of kings, or the entertainment of potentate. 

These autumn flowers possess as rich colorings as do 
the flowers of June and they retain their comliness until 
freezing weather. The golden rod seems to have selected 
Dade County for its permanent home, the same as the 
wild rose has taken up its habitation for the month of 
June. Many of the cultivated flowers of the garden first 
bloomed in the byways and valleys. The streams seem 
to enter the classic circle during the month of October. 
They seem to sing sweeter and they talk louder when ex- 
cellent beauty meets them at every curve. The willow 
twigs seem to quaver with more grace in their bosom, in 
October than they do in June. This may be on account 
of October being the harvest month, the month of gather- 


ing, storing, getting ready for the hibernal months when 
there will be snows, sleets and rains. Yes, October is a 
rich month and its annual return cheers the husbandmen 
of Dade County as much now as it did the primitive fath- 
ers. This is doubly true to the husbandman who seeks to 
understand nature and can read from its pages at least a 
portion of the great truths they possess. 

Lewis Kenfro states that when he was a boy out on 
Pennsylvania prairie, there were but few trees in all that 
country consisting of several oak trees scattered over the 
prairie. After the prairie fires were abandoned the acorns 
were given a chance to grow and it was but a few years 
until the country along the streams and a part of the up- 
lands were dotted with young timber. 

Mr. Renfro relates that in an early day his father 
used to shoot deer from the veranda roof and that he 
would get on his horse and go after the deer and bring 
him to the home. 

Mason Talbutt also says that when he was a boy the 
most of the timber land around Greenfield was then prairie. 
There were several oak trees here and there that soon 
planted the acorn and when the prairie fires were aban- 
doned it did not take many years for the young timber 
to get a start. This seems almost incredible yet there is 
no question as to the truth of the statement. 


In answer to Brother States' request three weeks ago, 
to hear from the older born citizens of Dade county, and 
seeing no reply as yet, thinking that one was waiting for 
another to give their history, I thought I would start the 
pleasing task. I am nearly as old as Dade county. The 
county was organized in 1841, and I was born out on the 
Pennsylvania Prairie, March 16th, 1843 making me 72 
years old next month. 

1 have lived continually in Dade county all these 
years, save the four years I was in the Civil war. I cast 
my lot with the South and during the four years I lived 
in a tent home on the fields of battle mv heart was still 


with my old home. In fact, Bade county had been my 
home all the days of my life. When the war was over I 
came back and was indeed glad to find my old home 
waiting for me. It is my intention to live here and enjoy 
the companionship of my life long friends until I am 
called hence. I have travelled over many states, but I 
can sincerely say there is no country that appeals to me as 
does the county in which I live, arid in my opinion there 
is no better country. 

I received my education at Honey Creek schoolhouse, 
near where the new schoolhouse now stands; but it was 
quite a differently constructed schoolhouse. I believe it 
will be interesting to many to give a description of that 
building: It was built in 1837 or 1838 of round logs with 
the bark on them; was 18 feet square and the walls were 7 
feet high. In place of rafters it was ribbed over with the 
same kind of material the walls were made of and the ribs 
were far enough apart to suit the clab boards that were 
used to cover it. These clab boards were three feet long and 
were manufactured out of large timbers. The roof was 
weighed down with poles; there were no nails. The end 
rib, the one the roof was started on, was a little longer and 
a hole was bored in it to hold the first rib and a pole was 
laid lengthwise to hold the first course of boards and the 
pole that weighed down the first course answered for the 
second course and so on until the top was reached, and 
there were two poles lashed together that answered for 
the saddle boards. The sleepers were round logs straight- 
ened on the top and puncheons with the top made smooth, 
made the floor. The seats were made of the same material 
with legs made of small sapplings, and I remember some 
of the seats were very twisting and uncomfortable. There 
was a log cut out on either side about 10 feet and these 
places answered for the windows. When it was cold a 
strip of cloth was placed over these primitive windows to 
keep out the cold and to emit a little light. The fire- 
place covered the most of the north end. The writing 
desks were made by boring holes up in the walls the de- 
sired distance, with pegs in the holes, and a clab board 


placed on them for the desk. I do not think there was 
a nail in the entire building. 

There were pieces of timber split wedge fashion and 
drove between the cracks in the logs and then plastered 
over with mud. There was neither joist or loft in the 
building, and when it snowed, the snow was about as deep 
on the inside of the building as it was out of doors. Not- 
withstanding the rude structure, it turned out some teach- 
ers both men and women and, by the way some preach- 
ers, and at some future time I may have something to 
say about the teachers and students that congregated in 
this rude structure. The text books and the method of 
teaching will make mighty interesting reading to many of 
the present day youngsters. Then many can see what 
progress has been made along educational lines and all 
other lines during the years of the mighty past. In con- 
clusion I will say I would be pleased to hear from others 
on the same subject. 




In my article of two weeks ago I promised to have 
something about the teachers, the pupils and the text 
books used in the old Honey Creek school house, also the 
method of teaching. I will now attempt to redeem that 
promise. In those days there were no silent schools, 
everyone studied aloud and some would get very loud and 
the teacher would have to call them dt>wn. We spelled 
every evening for head marks and when the teacher would 
announce the spelling lesson, which he always did a few 
minutes before time to spell, you could hardly hear it 
thunder for everyone would try to make louder noise than 
the other. We would spell for head marks and the one 
that was head at the close of-the spelling contest would go 
to the foot the next day and at the close of the term the 
one that got the most head marks would be remembered 
with a prize, generally a book of some kind that would not 
amount to very much now but was much appreciated then, 


books, magazines and newspapers were scarce then, they 
came so crowded at times that some of the larger scholars 
were allowed to go out-of-doors to study in order to give 
room for the smaller ones. 

The length of the term was generally three months 
and they were all subscription schools. There was not an 
organized school district in the county Greenfield prob- 
ably excepted. There was none such in all the county. 
There were only three school houses in what was then 
known as South township which covered a great deal 
more territory then than now for it has been sub-divided 
many times. The youngsters wonld come from several 
miles around to attend school and all went afoot for it 
was considered a small job to walk four and five miles to 
attend school or church. I will try and give you the text 
books that were used. First we had Webster's elementary 
spelling book, I have one in my possession now, it com- 
mences with A. B. C. and generally becomes a little harder 
as the scholar advances, and, to my mind they have never 
made any improvements of the spellers from that day to 
this. The next highest study was McGuffey's readers, 
then came United States history. I cannot call to mind the 
history used. Old Dad Kirkham furnished the grammar. 
Our first arithmetic was Pike's but later we used Ray and 
we thought it an excellent improvement. No higher math- 
ematics was used in the school. I never heard of algebra 
during my school days. These books, along with Webster's 
unabridged dictionary, constituted the text books of those 
good old days. 

I will now give the names of the patrons of this school 
up to the war: The Snadons, the Scotts, Rutledges, Bowles, 
Hopkins, two families of Millers, two families of Sailings, 
Bogart, Edington, Bicknell, Clouts, Oldham, Sater, Ren- 
fro, Rooks, Chappel, Rutledge, McGuire and Holder. 
There are many others I have forgotten. We used quill 
pens and we made our own ink out of oak bark and 
coperas and sometimes log wood and polk berries. We 
had no lead pencils and we made our slate pencils out of 
slate. I can still make a pen out of a goose quill and can 


still write with it. I believe I could give the names of the 
scholars who attended this school but space forbids. 
When I get to writing along this line there are so many 
things that crowd my mind I hardly know when to stop, 
but I will try and give a more completed account in my 
next letter which will be the last. We had some rude 
scholars at that school as well as now and I have known 
teachers to make board paddles with a handle at the bot- 
tom and paste A. B. C. on them and make those boys 
learn their letters from their paddles. Of course they 
were all boys and girls in those days, like the girls of 
today, they were not very rude. They raised large fam- 
ilies then, all the way from six to twelve children. I be- 
lieve my parents had the largest family, it consisted of 
eight boys and four girls. The children of these families 
were all educated at this school. My father boarded the 
teachers of this school gratis though he received enough 
of benefit to more than compensate him for his trouble, for 
we often studied until a late hour and I often thought we 
received more instruction at night than we did during the 
day. Tuition was from one dollar to $1.25 a month 
and when board was charged it was about that much per 
week. In my next article I will have something to say 
about the teachers and students of this school. 



As I promised in my article to have something to say 
about the teachers and pupils of this school I will now pro- 
ceed to do so. I cannot call to mind in rotation as they 
taught but can remember very well all the teachers I 
went to school to. So I will proceed to name them. About 
the first was Miss Amanda Scott now Mrs. Amanda Payne 
whom all tin? people know, she is now in her eighty-sixth 
year. Xo wonder her children were all teachers for 
they inherited it from their mother who was one of the 
most successful teachers in the county. The next teacher 
was (jfeorgo Foster who was killed accidently in the time 
of the war. He was an uncle to Mrs. Belle Mitchell of 



Greenfield. The next as I remember was a Mrs. Perry, 
don't know what became of her. Then comes a man by 
the name of Davis and one by the name of Spillman, one 
by the name Gregg. I had two brothers who were teach- 
ers, T. F. Rcnfro and J. C. B. Renfro. Martha Bozart, 
Bridge Bozart, Alexander Rut ledge, Jesse Guinn, this was 
an old crusty bachelor and the puncheon floor made so 
much racket that he had them and the sleepers taken out 
and the trash removed. The ground was packed down 
with a maul. I was informed by Mrs. David Higgins 
who went there to school after the war that the sleepers 
and the floor were never put back. Her father, Xewell 
Cates, moved out there just after the war and she went 
one term at this school house to Leander McLemore. 

There was one other who taught here, his name was 
Dollbier. He taught elocution, or pretended to. He would 
rave and bellow at the top of his voice and then lie would 
lower his voice until you could hardly hear him. He came 
hero from the east, I think Massachusetts. He thought 
that he was a stemwinder, and we thought so too for we 
had never been taught anything along this line. In those 
days they generally inflicted the punishment with switches. 
I remember a circumstance which occurred when I was 
quite small. One of our teachers, Mr. Gregg had a very 
weak way of inflicting punishment. He would have one 
to carry the other around on his hacK and every round he 
would lash, the one who was being carried and would tell 
each how many lashes lie was going to inflict. I had a 
brother, J. C. B. Renfro, who was very mischievous and 
he and Andrew Ragsdalo, an uncle of Hon. Howard Rags- 
dale, of Asli Grove. They had done something that they 
needed punishment for and my brother was to carry Andy 
first and just before lie got around where the teacher was 
he pretended to catch his toe uud^r a puncheon and fell 
and it created a terrible lauii'h. The same thing occurred 
the second time, the teacher seeing that it was done on 
purpose let them have it right and left there on tin- floor 
until his switch gave out. I don't remember that they 
ever tried it again. 


There are only two teachers living who taught at 
this school, Aunt Amanda Payne, who is eighty-six and 
my brother, Thomas who lives in Downey, California, who 
was eighty-one the fifth of the present month. This school 
turned out four preachers J. C. B. Renfro, S. H. Benfro, 
J. K. Speer and G. W. Oldham. J. C. B. Renfro died sev- 
eral years ago in Houston, Texas. S. H. Renfro is a dis- 
trict evangelist in northeast Texas. J. K. Speer belongs 
to the Springfield conference. The first three were south- 
ern Methodists, the latter, G. W. Oldham, was a missionary 
Baptist and is chaplain of the house of representatives of 
Oklahoma, so I am informed by his daughter, Mrs. William 
Greer. This is the second time he has filled this position 
which speaks well for one who was educated way back 
sixty years ago in a little log school house and, by the way, 
he was one of my schoolmates. There is but one other I 
know of who is living and that is J. N. Bowles of San 
Antonio, Texas. I will name the teachers who were edu- 
cated at this school W. R. Snadon, John Moore, Mary 
Moore, Martha Bozart, T. F. Renfro, J. C. B. Renfro, 
Amanda Scott, now Amanda Payne, Bridge Bozart, Julia 
Willis, Rufus Hudspeth and afterwards he taught at this 
school house. We had a writing school just prior to the 
war by X. R. Berry. This old historic school house was 
destroyed by fire in 1867 by some unknown cause. It was 
a rendezvous for campers and tramps and I think it caught 
fire in that way. It may be that some one wanted a more 
modern house. I am sure there are others that could do 
the subject justice better than I can. 




One of the most remarkable pioneers who ever lived 
in Dado County, and by reason of his wide experience, one 
of tlio most intelligent is W. J. Davis of Lockwood, whoso 
porsoiial sketch appears in another part of this history. 
Whon Mr. Davis sold his "Evergreen Stock Farm" and 


moved to Lockwood ho purchased oight acres of raw 
prairie land adjoining the city. He moved cedar and 
pine trees to this place from the farm and in six months 
from the time he bought this tract he had it photographed 
and the cut is idven herein. He had the same place again 
photographed two years later and that cut is also given. 

Mr. Davis not only experimented with shrubs, plants 
and flowers, but also with livestock. Having read the 
,'>0th chapter of Genesis and of Jacob's remarkable suc- 
cess in breeding ringstraked, speckled and spotted goats, 
he tried the experiment in breeding mules and found to 
his wonder and surprise that he was able to produce large, 
black, mealy nosed, big-boned mules from little gray jacks 
and maltose jennets. He also claims to have produced a 
spotted colt in like manner by the use of a spotted blanket 
as an object of attention to the dam. 

Mr. Davis made specialty of surgical operations and 
while his theories were directly opposed by most surgeons, 
his common sense methods were eminently successful. In 
cases of rupture his plan was to bring the broken tissues 
together so that they might heal rather than to spread 
them apart with a truss. This plan, Mr. Davis says, will 
work a permanent cure on both man and beast, for the 
reason that he speaks from experience in both instances, 
and knows whereof he speaks. It is to be regretted that 
lack of space forbids lengthy mention of all of Mr. Davis' 
interesting experiments, but they are varied and remark- 
able to sav the least. 


The nucleus around which the Greenfield Cemetery 
was formed was deeded in 1850 by Ezekiel M. Campbell, to 
James Allison, I). C. Gill and G. W. Oldham as Trustees of 
the United Baptist church of Jesus Christ of Greenfield. 
There was one acre in the tract shown on the map as the 
unplatted portion of the cemetery. The deed was made 
to the Trustees for a burial ground or whatever use said 
church may think proper. It is certain however that there 
were graves on the tract at the time the deed was made. 


Eighteen years later it became apparent that this one acre 
tract would be inadequate and E. S. Jacobs, Arch M. Long 
and Wm. G. McDowell purchased two acres adjoining the 
original tract on the south and east for the use of the in- 
habitants of the town of Greenfield for a grave yard. 
These men to hold the title in trust until proper officers 
should be elected. In 1880 the town of Greenfield was in- 
corporated as a city of the 4th class and the trustees con- 
veyed the land to the city. Later the city, by its board 
of Aldermen purchased all the land between the then east 
line of the cemetery and the North and South Quarter Sec- 
tion Line of section 19. It was found that a large part of 
this was unsuitable on account of the shallow depth at 
which the solid limestone was encountered and all of this 
tract lying East of the present east line of the cemetery 
was sold. The first added tract comprises blocks one to 
thirty-six and the portion used of the second comprises 
blocks thirty-seven to sixty-three. In 1899 practically all 
of this ground was sold and there seemed to be no direc- 
tion in which there could be expansion. The city bought 
20 acres lying south of the city and began the improve- 
ment of it as Greenfield Cemetery. The ground was very 
unsatisfactory, was little used and in 1907 was sold. A 
tract of more than five acres having been bought adjoining 
the old cemetery on the north in 1906. This squared out 
the cemetery to its present size of more than ten acres. 
The last tract bought was platted as Association Addition 
to the Greenfield Cemetery. It comprises blocks 64 to 172. 
Recently when the whole cemetery was to be replatted 
some ground was discovered unplatted and unsold. This 
has been platted and appears on the map as tracts lettered 
with "A" and running to "U." 

The first movement looking toward beautifying the 
cemetery was made in 1881. It then covered but 3 acres 
and was a veritable jungle. The Ladies Aid Societies (this 
was before the day of the Woman's Club) asked the men 
of the city to volunteer on a certain day to assist in the 
work of cleaning up the cemetery and announced that the 
workers would be provided with a picnic dinner. The 


male population of the city of every age, color and con- 
dition turned out with axes, hoes and scythes and cleared 
and cleaned up the cemetery in fairly good shape. Disul- 
tory attempts to keep it in condition were made along till 
1903 when the work of beautifying the cemetery was begun 
in earnest by the Ladies Magazine Club and the Century 
Club which clubs took up the burden of raising money and 
improving the cemetery in a business like way. This 
movement crystalized into the Greenfield Cemetery Asso- 
ciation which was incorporated in 1913. This Association 
has a growing list of members and enjoys a present endow- 
ment fund of $3,500. No part of this can be used till the 
fund reaches $4,500, at which time the income will be de- 
voted to the care and maintenance of the cemetery. The 
Association now has 300 members who pay an annual dues 
of $1.00 and are pledged for five years. It is to the ladies 
of these clubs and to their treasurer under whose direc- 
tion their funds have been expended that we owe it that 
the Greenfield Cemetery is one of the beauty spots of 
west Missouri. 

The present trustees are: 

Ben M. Neale, R. H. Merrill, S. A. Payne, F. C. Eastin, 
P. D. Stringfield, F. S. Van Osdell and P. S. Griffith. Ben 
M. Neale, president; F. G. Van Osdell, treasurer and man- 



Nestor of Southwest Missouri Lodges and Mother of 
Free Masonry in this section, was organized under charter 
October 12th, 1847 after working under dispensation for 
more than a year previous. James S. Clarkson was the 
Master under dispensation but before the organization 
under charter, he enlisted in the U. S. army and went to 
the front in the Mexican War, becoming- Master of a 
Military Lodge A. F. & A. M. conducted for the benefit of 
the soldiers. 

In October, 1847 the organization of the lodge under 
charter was perfected with Win. H. Lathiin, W. M., Valen- 
tine Penzer, Sr., W. and Archibold M. Long, J. W. 


The early meetings of the lodge developed that the 
organization was to be a pioneer in education as well as in 
Freemasonry for when its first hall was constructed, a 
frame structure which stood just north of the present 
grade school building on the same lot, it was constructed 
two stories in height, the ground floor being used for an 
academy. It was several years prior to the civil war that 
this building became inadequate both for the use of the 
lodge and for an academy and a larger and more pre- 
tentious brick building was erected on the site of the pres- 
ent grades school building. For its day and time this lat- 
ter was a great credit to the little hamlet of Greenfield. 
In fact there was doubtless none other so good owned by 
the Masonic order in all of Southwest Missouri, not except- 
ing the larger towns. In this building the lodge and the 
academy flourished until the disturbances of the civil war 
made the maintenance of the school impracticable and 
forced the lodge to seek more central and less conspicuous 

At the close of the war, Washington was the only 
chartered lodge in all Southwest Missouri. The inability 
to continue their meetings and preserve their records, 
caused the forfeiture of the charters of all others, but a 
valliant little band of heroic Masters, among whom were 
Dr. S. B. Bowles, W. K. Lathim, Arch M. Long, Nelson 
McDowell, Columbus Talbutt, John C. Wetzol, R. S. Jacobs 
and John Howard, held their meetings sometimes on 
"high hills" or on "low vales" but generally in the old 
court house which was burned by Shelby's brigade in 1863, 
after which the meetings were held in the Lathim building 
on the southwest corner of the square (when they were 
held in doors), until the close of the war, and their own 
building on the hill could be repaired and made use of. 
It is said by the older Masons that Dr. Bowles carried the 
charter of Washington Lodge in his pocket during most of 
the war period. 

The Academy building, as it was most generally 
termed, suffered in turn with most everything else in this 
troublous war period, but very early after the war closed 


it was repaired not only as a Masonic Hall but fitted also 
for an academy. This was the place of meeting thence- 
forth up to the building of the R. S. Jacobs block on the 
northeast corner of the square when a third story was 
added for the Masonic orders. A chapter, Greenfield Xo. 
28, having been organized in the interim. This later hall 
was used by the Masonic bodies a Commandery, Constan- 
tine No. 27, K. T. having been subsequently chartered in 
the same hall, and all bodies occupied it up to the time 
the building burned, December 29, 1914. 

After removing to the Jacobs building, the lodge sold 
their property on the hill to the school district. With the 
proceeds of this sale and some other resources, the lodge 
built the Washington Hotel building which is still occu- 
pied as a hotel and under the original name of the Wash- 
ington. The property was sold some years ago and a 
portion of the proceeds invested in a splendid building 
site on the west side of the square where the construction 
of a strictly modern building is contemplated. 

On the occasion of both the fires mentioned all her 
records were burned, and all lodge paraphanalia but un- 
dismayed her communications are held now in the I. 0. 0. 
F. lodge rooms and should she never accomplish anything 
more it is a proud record to look back upon the achieve- 
ments of Washington Lodge. 

She gave to Missouri her greatest Grand Masonic lec- 
turer, the late L. Allan McDowell, who received his first 
three degrees in Greenfield. 



Prominent Persons and Families 


Was born in North Missouri, February 18th, 1859, son 
of C. C. and Mary (Williams) Allison. His father was a 
native of Tennessee and his mother a native of Missouri. 
His grandfather, Joseph Allison, settled in Dade County in 
the early 30 's in Center Township. Both his parents and 
grandparents died in Ray County, Missouri, and are buried 

Mathias W. Allison remained at home until 21 years 
of age. He received a common school and High School 
education and entered the teachers' profession, which he 
followed for 23 years, mostly in Dade County. He also did 
some farming in the meantime. In 1890 he bought a lot 
and erected a residence thereon in Greenfield, where he 
lived for 11 years. In 1901 he moved to a 120-acre farm 
belonging to his wife some four miles northwest of Green- 

He was married on the 24th day of December, 1884, 
to Mary V. Hampton, who was born February 16th, 1865, 
daughter of James and Fmily (Kjrkwood) Hampton. 
Emily Kirk wood came to Dade County at the age of 15 
years with her parents. Her mother died, and was the 
first person buried in the \Yetzel cemetery near Greenfield. 
After the death of her mother, her father returned to Ken- 
tucky, but Fmily remained with her uncle, John Wetzel, 
and here she married James Hampton. Mrs. Allison was 
the eighth in the order of birth of a family of 11 children. 
Five of these were boys and six girls. Two died in infancy 
and two daughters and one son died after they were 
grown. Their mother, Fmily (Kirkwood) Hampton, died 
April 2Sth, 111]::, at the age of S4 years, 8 months and 17 
days. She was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky, August 
31st, 1*29, and was married to James Hampton July 25th, 



1847. The children who were present at her funeral were 
Mrs. Cerilla Anderson, Mrs. M. W. Allison and her four 
sons, Albert, Hugh, Charley and Frank. 

Mr. and Mrs. Allison are each members of the M. E. 
church, and are the parents of seven children, all living: 

(1) Nora, born March 17th, 1886, married August 
3d, 1916, to Prof. W. S. Smith of Lebanon, Mo. 

(2) Bert, born January 14th, 1888, at home fanning 
with his father. 

(3) Maud, born December 20th, 1890, is now a ste- 
nographer in a prominent law office in Oklahoma City. 

(4) Lenore, born January 31st, 1896, engaged in 

(5) Finis, born July 15th, 1899, is at home. 

(6) Ada Bell, born 'December 30th, 1901. 

(7) Virginia, born March 17th, 1908. 

Mr. Allison is an active Republican and is the present 
County Surveyor of Dade County, lie is a member of the 
I. 0. 0. F. of Greenfield. His father was a member of the 
Missouri State Militia during the war. Mr. Allison was 
the seventh in order of birth of a family of 12 children, all 
but two of which grew to maturity. Mr. Allison is a man 
of culture and refinement and has raised a splendid family. 
He has always been deeply interested in school work, hav- 
ing attended Ozark College in its palmy days, and has suc- 
ceeded in giving his children, when they arrived at the 
proper age, the advantage of a higher education. 


Born in the State of Ohio on the 23rd day of June, 
1867. He is a younger brother of AVesley X. Allison, and, 
by reference to the sketch under that caption, a history 
of his parentage may be found. At the age of 14 years he 
came to Missouri with his father, lived on a farm, attended 
the common schools of the county and spent one year in 
Ozark College in Greenfield. After this limited college 
career, he entered the profession of teaching, and for five 
years "handled the hickory'- in the district schools of 
Dade County. At the mature age of 25 years he met, ad- 
mired and married Fannie Moore on the 9th day of March, 
1892. Fannie was the only daughter of Frank Moore and 


Mary (Caldwell) Moore, the former being a native of Ken- 
tucky, while the latter hailed from Tennessee. They were, 
however, married in Dade County, and were farmers and 
prosperous people. Mr. Moore died March 5th, 1896, and 
Mrs. Moore survived him but four years, departing this 
life in 1900. Mrs. Moore had been previously married to 
Thomas Davis (deceased), who at his death left surviving 
him one daughter, who is now Mrs. George Finley, of 
Greenfield, Mo. 

Mr. Allison entered upon his agricultural career as a 
tenant-farmer, renting the Moore homestead, which em- 
braced 200 acres of choice Dade County dirt, and con- 
tinued to cultivate the same up to the time of Mr. Moore's 
<]<-ath, at which time he had accumulated enough of this 
world's goods to purchase an interest therein, subject to 
the widow's dower, and as the years went by his pros- 
perity continued to such an extent that by judicious buy- 
ing and selling, planning and purchasing, he is now the 
proud possessor of (540 acres of fertile soil in South air! 
adjoining Townships. In keeping with the splendid 
quality of his farm, Mr. Allison is also the keeper of regis- 
tered Shorthorn cattle, and annually feeds for the market 
a car-load or more of hogs, while sheep are kept in suffi- 
cient numbers to discourage the growth of weeds and buck- 
brush about the premises. 

Seven children have come to bring sunshine into the 
home of Mr. Allison and his good wife: 

David F., "born September 21st, 1893. 

John Ernest, born November 16th, 1898. 

Mary, born May 25th, 1901. 

Hoyt Ross, born April 18th, 1905. 

William Ralph, born October l.'Jth, 1907. 

James Wesley, born April 3rd, 1911. 

Harry Watts* born July 22, 1914. 

David F., the elder son, has been given a good educa- 
tion, being a student first at Morrisville Academy and later 
graduating from Marionville College. 

Religiously, Mr. Allison and his wife are members of 
the M. F. Church, but broad enough denominationally to 
worship with God's people by whatever name. 


Aside from his farming 1 enterprises, Mr. Allison was 
one of the original organizers of the Bank of Pennsboro, 
and is now its Assistant Cashier. 

The most generous impulse in the heart of Mr. Allison 
is a desire to be a home builder lie has remodeled the 
old Moore homestead so that it is now one of the most 
attractive farm homes to be found in th * country. In 
addition to the residence, he has erected a mammoth barn 
and many convenient outhouses. His farm has the general 
appearance of thrift, industry and prosperity. 

In politics, Mr. Allison is a Republican. He has given 
many years of service on the school board, and is now 
president of the Pennsboro Consolidated school district. 

Just a word here concerning the Moore family might 
not be out of order. Mrs. Allison's grandparents came to 
Dade County from Kentucky about the year 1837. This 
was David Moore and Nancy (Thompson) Moore. They 
entered and improved 400 acres of land, living in a double 
log hoube, and reared a family of six children, four boys 
and two girls, all of whom are dead except Miss Moore 
of Pennsboro. 

Mr. Moore, the father-in-law of Mr. Allison, was a 
forty-niner, and made four trips to the Golden State in 
the quest of the precious metal, in which adventure he was 
most successful, and on one of the return trips enjoyed 
the unusual pleasure of a trip around Cape Horn and home 
via New York. 

A union between scions of parent pioneer stock which 
possessed the hardihood to brave the threatened death of 
the desert and the dangers of the deep, a heart to subdue 
the forest and conquer the wights of the wilderness, will 
bear its fruit in the commoner walks of life, where a 
heritage of courage and conviction is bequeathed to a 
family of cherished children. 


Entered upon the activities of this life in the State of 
Ohio on the 3rd day of April, 1863. His father, David J. 
Allison, was born in the State of Ohio August 7th, 1828, 


was a farmer by occupation, settled in Jasper County, 
Missouri, in 1881, but in the year 1883 concluded that 
Dade County offered better opportunities, and, in keeping 
with that conviction, purchased 92 acres of land in South 
Township, about five miles from the present site of Penns- 
boro. He was a good man, a member of the M. E. church, 
and died during the year 1900, and was buried at Penns- 

David J. Allison was married to Mary Jane Williams, 
a native of Ohio, about the year 1848. She was born in 
1831, and after her marriage she shared the joys and sor- 
rows of her life with her husband until the year 1875, 
when she was called home. They raised a family of ten 
children, all of whom are now living but four, the subject 
of this sketch being eighth in order of birth. David J. 
Allison remarried, his second wife being Lucinda Weed, 
also a native of Ohio, this event taking place in 1876. 
To this union were born two children. Lucinda (Weed) 
Allison still resides in Pennsboro, and her two children, 
Virgil D. and Lawson Stapp, both live in Dade County. 

Wesley X. Allison in boyhood was a good student, and 
early graduated from the common schools of his neigh- 
borhood in Ohio, after which he attended Rio Grande Col- 
lege in Gallia County, Ohio, and some years later attended 
Ozark College in Greenfield for two years. He remained 
at home until the year 1892, when, on the 27th day of July 
of that year, he married Louann Speer, a native of Dade 
County and a daughter of Mathias Speer, one of the early 
settlers of the county. Her mother was formerly Mary 
Hudspeth, a member of another of the pioneer families of 
the county. 

Mrs. Louann Allison died September 9th, 1900, leav- 
ing surviving her three children, two of whom are now 
living, viz.: Myrtle V., born November 4th, 1893, now Mrs. 
Homer Batten of Carthage. She graduated from Marion- 
ville College in 1915. Truman S. Allison was born March 
5th, 1898, and graduated from Marionville College in 1915, 
and is now at home, engaged in farming. Both he and his 
sister are promising young people, Myrtle being an accom- 


plishod musician, while her brother bears the distinction 
of being a college-bred young man without the snobbish- 
ness which usually accompanies that attainment. Each 
member of this family have membership in the M. E. 
Church, while Mr. Allison also has fraternal instincts, 
being an Odd Fellow, a W. 0. W. and a Mason, and a 
prominent member in each of the three lodges. 

After his marriage, Mr. Allison taught school for 17 
years, two years having been spent in Jasper County and 
the remaining 15 years in the schools of Dade County. 
Mr. Allison also found time during those years to do a 
little farming, but on January 5th, 1915, helped to organize 
the Bank of Pennsboro, with a capital stock of $10,000, 
and a modern bank home of brick was built, equipped 
with up-to-date appliances in the way of vault, safe and 
furniture. Notwithstanding the fact that this bank was 
organized largely for the accommodation of local farmers 
and business men, its deposits have steadily increased 
and are now well above the $15,000 mark. 

The officers of this bank are as follows: 

President, James N. Snaden. 

Vice President, G. W. Snaden. 

Cashier, W. N. Allison. 

Assistant Cashier, C. R. Allison. 

Director, C. P. Collins. 

Director, J. L. Stapp. 

Director, James Copeland. 

All of whom constitute the board of directors. 

As might well be expected, the parent stock being 
firmly grounded in the soil of Ohio, the offspring would 
of necessity be Republican, but contrary to the traditions 
and practices of his party, Mr. Allison was never an office- 
seeker. Besides being a banker, Mr. Allison is a farmer. 
He is the owner of one of the splendid farms of Pennsyl- 
vania Prairie, consisting of 480 broad acres, practically 
in one body, near Pennsboro. His residence is a modern 
structure of eight well-furnished rooms, and pleasant sur- 
roundings. It was built in 1904 and is just such a home 
as any Dade County farmer might well be proud. 


The community in general, in the neighborhood of 
Pennsboro, when speaking of their prominent citizens and 
of the men who have contributed most to the general wel- 
fare of the public, always include Mr. Allison in that list. 
He has achieved success, both socially, intellectually and 
financially, and richly merits the good-will of his neigh- 
bors and the admiration of his friends. 



Among the old soldier records of the Civil war from 
Dade County, none deserves more extended mention than 
['rich' Joe Alexander, late of Dadeville. He was born in 
Henry County, Iowa, June llth, 1843, a son of Daniel and 
Lettie (Rogers) Alexander, both natives of Tennessee, 
where they were married, and emigrated to Iowa as young 
people, and where they remained and farmed up to the 
year 1 s .~>(5, when they moved to Dade County and settled 
about one mile from Greenfield. Here they stayed until 
the Civil war broke out, and, being favorable to the South 
in this trouble, they moved to Texas, and he served in the 
Confederate army as a lieutenant. After the war they 
both remained in Texas, where they passed away. Joseph 
was for the Tnion and remained in Dade. He was mar- 
ried Sept. 20th, 18(50, to Miss Adaline Morris, who was 
horn July Mrd 1^4.'], a daughter of George and Patsey 
Morris. In 18(51 Joseph Alexander enlisted in Company 
C. Sixth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, under Capt. Mont- 
gomery, and served in all, three years and twenty days. 
-aw much active service, but was never wounded or 

T, At Little Rock, Ark., he was transferred 
inois Cavalry, and marched with Gen. Sher- 

-ea. He was in active service before Vicks- 
the battle of Chicamauga. Discharged at 

, La., returning home he rented land for one 
north of Dadeville, then moved to Petis County, 
Mi.-Mniri, where he farmed for four years But he could 
not stay away from good old Dade County, so he returned 


and took up 40 acres of government land in Morgan Town- 
ship, subsequently selling this to a mining company, when 
he bought 40 acres just south of Dadeville, improved it, 
prospered, and added to his holdings until he had 160 
acres in a body of the best land to be had in the county. 
In 1900 he decided to take life more easy, and bought a 
nice little place containing two acres right in Dadeville 
and only a short distance from his fine farm, which he 
turned over to his son, Ulysses, who now resides on the 
home place and has made a decided success as a farmer 
and stockman. To Uncle Joe and his wife were born 
three children, who grew to maturity. They are, Mordica, 
a farmer of Texas; Corry, now Mrs. Ad Wrightman of 
Springfield, Mo., and Ulysses of Dade. There are fifteen 
grandchildren. Uncle Joe passed to "the great beyond" 
Dec. 15th, 1916, mourned by a host of warm friends and 
relatives, lie was of the grand old stock that the true 
pioneer is made of, and has left a memory behind him of 
duty well and faithfully performed; lie was a kindly, love- 
able gentleman, and we of the younger generation arf 
proud to honor his memory. 



Among the highly successful bankers and business 
men, we could not fail to mention J. E. Adamson of Ever- 
ton. Air. Adamson was born in Lawrence County, Mis- 
souri, a son of Edward J. and Elender (Smith) Adamson, 
natives of Tennessee and Missouri, respectively. He was 
of Irish ancestry and settled in Lawrence County Missouri, 
in the early days, where he became a successful fanner. 
He owned some 800 acres of fine laud located on Turn- 
back. He moved to Evcrton in 1889, where he passed 
away in 1901. He was a veteran of the Mexican war and 
served in the Home Guards during the Civil war. He was 
a fine citizen and a Christian gentleman, and died in the 
faith of the M. E. Church, South. 

John E. Adamson was raised on the farm and received 
a good education, attending the country schools and col- 
lege, both at Marionville and Morrisville. For some year& 


Mr. Adamson was in the mercantile business at Lawrence- 
burg, in Lawrence County, and also ran a flouring mill at 
Miller, Mo. In 1898 he was elected as County Clerk of 
Lawrence County, where he served four years. In 1903 
he organized the Bank of Miller, serving as president and 
as cashier for one year, and, selling out the bank in 1907, 
he moved to Springfield for the benefit of the schools for 
his children. In 1910 he organized the Citizens' Bank of 
Everton, and has served as its cashier ever since. 

Mr. Adamson married Margaret Burk in 1887, whc 
was born in Texas, a daughter of John and Sarah Burk, 
who came to Lawrence County about 1872. Mr. Burk is 
now deceased and his widow lives with a daughter in 
Green County. To Mr. and Mrs. Adamson have been born 
seven children, as follows: Luther W., who is a prominent 
attorney of Kansas City, Mo.; Don 0. is assistant cashier 
of the Citizen's Bank of Everton ; Hutton L. is a farmer 
and miner of Lawrence County; Harlan C., Annie Helen, 
Vincil T. and Robert T. are at home, and receiving the 
best of educational advantages. Mr. Adamson is a Demo- 
crat in politics and fraternally is a member of the A. F. 
A. M. and I. O. 0. F. Mr. Adamson is considered one of 
our most progressive and best-educated business men. He 
has the natural instinct of the successful banker, he is 
kindly and courteous in all his business dealings, and this, 
with the deserved reputation as to honorale methods in 
all things, has earned for him his well-deserved business 



The late Judge Walter Buffington was born in Ohio 
March, isf)f), the son of Elisha and Ruth (Smart) Buf- 
fin.irton, both of whom were born in West Virginia and 
emigrated to Ohio in the early 40s. Elisha Buffington 
followed river, and followed this business until he 
came to Dade County, just prior to the Civil war. He 
bought land here and began farming on a half section of 
trood hind. lie brought with him a family of six children, 


and had just begun to get along nicely when the war broke 
out, with all its dangers to settlers in this section, and he 
decided to return to Ohio, which he did, taking his family 
with him. 

His sentiments were with the Union, and he enlisted 
in the Union army and served with credit to himself. He 
subsequently returned to Missouri and purchased a half 
section of land in Green County, near Lawrenceburg, 
where he passed away. 

Judge Walter Buffington started in life for himself 
with little else than a stout heart and a determination 
to make his mark in the world. At the age of 16 years 
he started working out on farms, and continued until his 
marriage. He had purchased 40 acres of land in Dado 
County, near Lockwood, and here his widow now lives. 
On December 31st, 1874, he was married to Miss Josephine 
Gentry, who was born in Kentucky January 20th, 1855, 
a daughter of William E. and Maria (Miller) Gentry, both 
natives of Kentucky. William Gentry and his wife came 
to Dade County in 1872, and settled near Lockwood, to 
the west, but in later years lived just north of Lockwood, 
where they both passed away. Mr. Gentry died January 
23rd, 1890, and his wife followed him very shortly, on May 
18th, 1890. 

When Judge Buffington first went to work on his 
little farm his nearest market was at Nevada, 30 miles 
to the north and west, and Lockwood was a little city of 
the future. This good man and his wife prospered and 
added to their earthly goods until they had 160 acres of 
good Dade County land, but, best of all, they raised a fine 
family of nine children, all of whom are decidedly worthy 
of mention. The oldest, Miller G., was born May 26th, 
1876, married Miss Alpha Mitzell, and they live in Okla- 
homa City, where he is following the railroad business. 
They have one child, Dorothy. Lula R. was born Decem- 
ber llth, 1878, and married Dee Pipkin, a successful farmer 
of Kansas, and they have a family of two children, Paul 
and Josephine. William E. was born June 8th, 1882, and 
is one of Dade County's prominent farmers, having charge 


of the home place, with his mother. Josephine was born 
July 20th, 1884, and married Dr. John E. Newman, who 
is a prominent professional man of Fort Scott, Kas., where 
he owns and operates a hospital. They have two children, 
John and Catherine. Maggie was born Oct. 29th, 1887, 
and married J. P. Mason, and she is a competent stenog- 
rapher and at present living in Oklahoma, while her little 
daughter, Elizabeth, is with her Grandmother Buffington. 
Montie Ruth was born April 27th, 1890, and married Jesse 
Douthart, who is a merchant of Cullison, Kas. Walter, 
born May 24th, 1892, is now teaching in Kansas. Clara, 
born June 24th, 1895, is clerking in Pratt, Kas. Frances, 
born February 24th, 1898, is clerking in Cullison, Kas. Of 
this fine family, all have received good educations, and it 
is a remarkable fact that six of them have been teachers. 

Judge Buffington was a Democrat and prominent in 
his party councils, and was elected judge of the western 
district, in which position he served with entire satisfac- 
tion to all; he also took the census of 1890. He was a mem- 
ber of the I 0. 0. F. and the I. 0. U. W. Mr. Buffington 
died Sept. 28th, 1891, and his demise was a distinct loss to 
the entire county. He was a remarkable man, thoughtful, 
earnest and honorable, loved by all; a great lover of home 
and family, and, it was said by the late Aaron D. States, 
that lie was one of the very best-educated men in Dade 


Silas Bell was born in Tenn, Monroe County, May 
12th, 1848, and is the son of Rev. John W. Bell and Eliza 
.Jane Allen, his wife. The wife died in Tenn, leaving four 
children, of whom Silas was the first son and the second 
in ordor of birth. The others, Mary Ellen, married Mark 
Oil more, and is deceased, after raising a family of six chil- 
dren; Anna R. married W. A. Morris, and they reside in 
Texas, and Thos. J. is deceased. John W. Bell married 
as his second wife Malinda Wilson, who was a native of 
Tenn, and there they were married and came to Dade 
County in 1856, traveling overland by ox and mule teams. 


They bought land in Polk Township and farmed, adding 
to their original purchase until they had 240 acres, living 
there until 1872, when he traded his place for 200 acres 
in Lawrence County, Missouri, where he resided until his 
wife died, and then he divided his land among his chil- 
dren and came to live with his son, Silas. During all this 
time, John W. Bell was a very prominent preacher in the 
Presbyterian Church. He passed to his heavenly reward 
April 24th, 1914, at the venerable age of 89 years, and 
after a long life of doing good to his fellow-man. He 
was loved by all who knew him, and his memory will never 
die. To his second wife were born six children, as follows: 
John, now of Oklahoma; Bettie is deceased; Joe, of Law- 
rence County; Tennessee married Phil Carter and is living 
in Lawrence County, Missouri; America, now Mrs. Perve 
Carter of Lawrence County, Missouri; Charles P. of Okla- 
homa. Silas Bell started out in life for himself at the age 
of 21 on a farm in Rock Prairie Township, just east of 
Everton. This consisted of 84 acres, and this he improved 
and lived there four years, at which time he traded for 
100 acres of the old Bell homestead in Dade County, keep- 
ing this for six years, when he sold and farmed rented 
land for some ten years, finally buying 115 acres in Rock 
Prairie Township, and after greatly improving this and 
also adding to the acreage until he had 155 acres, sold out 
in 1914 and went to live with his son, James A. Bell of 
Polk Township. Silas Bell was married July 30th, 1868, 
to Elizabeth Grisham, born in Dade County in 1849. They 
were the parents of eight children, as follows: John T. 
married Laura Jerome, and both died, leaving one son, 
Leonard Paul, who was raised by his grandparents, Silas 
Bell and wife, and is now living in Ash Grove, Green 
County; Samuel "VV. married Nellie Jerome, and is de- 
ceased, and his widow now lives in Idaho and has one 
son, named Wayne Bell; James A., of whom a sketch may 
be found elsewhere; Michael M. married Pina Woods, and 
is living in Hickory County, Missouri, his family consist- 
ing of two children, Louis and James Silas ' Henry S. 
married Hettie Dawson, and they live near Ash Grove, 


Mo., and have one child, Harold Bell; William A. married 
Elsie Burne, and lives in Idaho, having two children, Her- 
bert and Lorine; Silas D. married Inez Thompson, and also 
lives in Idaho, and has one child, Oral; Lizzie married 
Boyd Hayes, and they live south of Emmet, Dade County, 
and their two children are named Elwin and Virginia. 
Mrs. Bell, the mother of this family, died Feb. 6th, 1908, 
after a life well spent, and leaving a host of warm friends. 
Silas Bell is a Democrat in politics and a member of the 
Baptist Church. He is one of our most honored citizens. 
His word is as good as his bond. May he live long and his 
declining years be full of happiness and contentment, is 
the earnest wish of his many, many friends and neighbors. 


James A. Bell, prominent farmer and stockman of 
Polk Township, Dade County, was born March 28th, 1874, 
a son of Silas Bell and wife, a sketch of whom will be 
found on another page of this work. James Bell had the 
usual farmer boy experiences up to the time of his mar- 
riage, and then life began in earnest, he first operating a 
120-acre farm in Dade County, where he stayed for six 
years, when lie sold this and moved to Hickory County, 
buying 200 acres, and stayed six years and returned and 
bought 335 acres in Rock Prairie Township, which lie 
farmed for four years and then traded for the old Comp- 
ton homestead in Polk Township, where he now lives. 
This fine place consists of 492 acres of as fine land as can 
be found in Dade County. This place includes the old 
Nancy McGee farm, on which zinc ore was first discovered 
in Dade County, and Mr. Boll is now carrying on mining 
to some extent. On this fine tract of land are two sets of 
frame buildings and two silos with 170 tons capacity each; 
also very large and commodious stock barns and sheds. 
This place is exceptionally well-watered with river, spring 
branches and springs. Truly, this is one of the very best 
stock ranches in the entire county, and here one may see 
irreat herds of cattle and hogs of good breeds. Mr. Bell 
keeps a throughbred Hereford bull, and is a decided sue- 


cess as a stockman, always keeping his herds headed with 
good blood. He raises mules to advantage. He carries on 
general farming in the most approved and up-to-date man- 
ner, and to say that he is a success as a farmer and stock- 
man is putting it mildly, indeed. Everything around this 
large ranch shows that Mr. Bell knows his business, and 
it is to be mentioned that, in addition to these large farm- 
ing and stock operations, Mr. Bell and his father, Silas 
Bell, do a large part of the thrashing for that section of 
the country, as they own a complete thrashing outfit. Mr. 
Bell was married Nov. 27th, 1898, to Miss Amanda E. 
Hurst, who was born in Dade County Feb. 20th, 1879, a 
daughter of J. T. and Emily Bell (Hayes) Hurst. The 
father died in 1910, while his wife is now living in Ever- 
ton, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Bell have a fine family of seven 
children. They are all at home and named as follows: 
Olive, born Sept. 15th, 1899; Marvin, born Feb. 13th, 1902; 
Hugh, born Feb. 16th, 1904; John, born April 8th, 1906; 
Howard, born July 13th, 1908; Emily, born Aug. 30th, 
1910, and Silas, born June 21st, 1915. Truly, Mr. and Mrs. 
Bell may well be proud of this fine family, all of whom are 
receiving the best of school advantages, and will surely 
grow up to become good citizens. In politics, Mr. Bell is 
a Democrat, and he and his family are members of the 
Baptist Church. This fine, industrious gentleman we are 
proud to own as a leading citizen of our county. 


George Thomas Barker was born in Henry County, 
Missouri, November 28th, 1872. His father, Shell Barker, 
was born in Kentucky, and came to Henry County, Mis- 
souri, at an early date, where he carried on farming and 
stock raising to a large extent. His wife was Mary Spence, 
who was a native of Missouri. They had six children, 
as follows: Nealie, William, Robert and Mary, all de- 
ceased. Nannie is now Mrs. Henry Barker of Kentucky, 
and George Barker, the subject of this sketch. 

Mr. Barker lived on the farm until he was 11 years 
of age, when he came to Dade County with an uncle, Wil- 


liam C. Barker, who run the Everton hotel for many years, 
in fact, up to the time of his death. Mr. Barker attended 
the Everton schools, after which he went into the grain 
business, working for J. E. Gyles. He followed this for 
11 years, and in 1896 bought out Gyles and conducted the 
business under the firm name of Barker & Poindexter, 
his partner being William B. Poindexter. They run the 
business under this name for about two years, when Mr. 
Barker bought out Mr. Poindexter and continued in the 
grain business for another two years on his own account, 
then selling one-half to A. W. Poindexter, and continued 
again under the firm name of Barker & Poindexter for 
the following two years, when his partner sold out to 
C. W. Barker, and they run the business under the firm 
name of C. W. Barker & Company. This partnership con- 
tinued until the death of C. W. Barker, in 1912. The ele- 
vator is run under the name of John F. Myers & Son of 
Springfield and St. Louis, but Mr. Barker retains one- 
quarter interest. This firm owns elevators at Everton 
Ash Grove and Bois d'Arc. 

Gn October 14, 1903, George T. Barker married Miss 
Mary A. Mason, a native of Missouri, who was born Feb- 
ruary 12, 1873, and to them have been born two children, 
Helen, born July 7, 1898, employed in the postoffice at 
Everton, and Ruth, born July 19, 1902, is at home. 

Mr. and Mrs. Barker are members of the Baptist 
Church, in which they are both prominent. He is a mem- 
ber of the A. F. & A. M. Lodge No. 405, also of the Macca- 
bees and Modern Brotherhood of America. In politics, 
he is a Democrat, serving on the Township Democratic 
Committee for 13 years and was appointed Deputy State 
Fish Commissioner, but resigned this latter position to 
take charge of the postoffice at Everton, when he was ap- 
pointed February 25, 1915, which office he now holds, to 
the entire satisfaction of the citizens of Everton. Mr. 
Barker is a clean-cut business man, and is considered one 
of the foremost citizens of Everton and Dade County. He 
is a courteous Christian gentleman and deserves the high 
esteem in which he is held by all who know him. 



One of the prosperous German-Americans who has 
made good in Dade County. He was born in Washington 
County, Illinois, January 10th, 1855, son of Fred and 
Frederica (Sundermyer) Bartling, both now deceased. 
His parents were each born in Germany, Prussia, and 
came to America in 1854, locating in Washington County, 
Illinois, and engaged in farming. 

Fred Bartling took regular military training while 
in Germany and was an officer in the Franco-Prussian war, 
receiving two medals for conspicuous service and bravery 
in battle. During the Civil war he was chief officer of the 
Home Guards at Minden, Ills. 

Henry was the third of a family of seven children. 
He received his education at Minden, 111., is a member of 
the Missouri Synod of the German Evangelical Lutheran 
Church, and is a Democrat in politics. 

On the 16th day of February, 1877, he was married to 
Minnie Winter, daughter of Henry and Caroline (Hake) 
Winter. Her father and mother were each born in Han- 
over, Germany. Henry Winter was a carpenter by trade, 
but came to Illinois at an early day and settled at Okaw- 
ville, Washington County. He enlisted in the Civil war, 
but was discharged on account of ill health. 

Mrs. Bartling is the oldest of a family of five chil- 
dren. She was educated at Okawville, Ills. 

Mr. Bartling lived at home until his father's death, 
which occurred when Henry was about 13 years of age. 
He then hired out to work on a farm by the year, and re- 
ceived $65.00 per year for the first year, staying seven 
years. His employer was so well pleased with his services 
that he gave him an additional $20.00 each year during 
the service. 

After that he worked at different places for two years, 
when he was able to buy a farm of 100 acres, got married, 
and began farming for himself. At the end of three years 
he sold out at a good figure and came to Dade County, 
bought 320 acres of raw prairie five miles northwest of 
Lockwood. This land Mr. Bartling cultivated and im- 


proved until in a few years it was one of the best farms 
in the neighborhood. In addition to general farming, Mr. 
Bartling raised a large number of cattle, hogs and sheep, 
especially the latter. 

In 1909 he sold his farm and retired to Lockwood, 
buying a fine residence property and 28 acres of land ad- 
joining the city limits on the southwest. The residue of 
his savings he very wisely invested in a splendid Grant 
Township farm of 400 acres. 

Aside from farming and stock raising, Mr. Bartling 
has been and is now an auctioneer, conducting many large 
sales in Dade and adjoining counties. He is a splendid 
judge of live stock values, and has a wide acquaintance 
among the leading farmers, which makes his services as 
an auctioneer especially attractive. 

Two public enterprises have received Mr. Bartling 's 
undivided support The Dade County Fair Association 
and the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Of 
the latter, Mr. Bartling was the principal organizer. 

He has never aspired to be an officeholder, but has 
devoted considerable energy in the good-roads movement, 
and at present is President of the Inter-County Seat High- 
way Commission of Dade County. 

Mr. Bartling personally conducts the farming opera- 
tions on his 28 acres, and raises some live stock and nu- 
merous chickens. He owns and drives a Ford automobile. 
He is a stockholder in the Farmers' State Bank of Lock- 

Mr. Bartling and wife are the parents of seven chil- 

(1) August C. lives at Aurora, Mo., and is engaged 
in the drug business. Married Alice Dunning, a native 
of Nebraska. Of their two children, Marlin died in in- 
fancy. Geraldine is still living. 

(2) Freda married to F! A. Bohne, an employee of 
the Frisco railroad as carpenter. They have one child, 

(3) Martin L. lives at Carleton, Mo., and is engaged 
in the clothing business. Married to Frances Louis of 



Kansas City. They have two children, Betty and Martin J. 

(4) Millie married to Albert Frye January 3rd, 
1916. They are living in Detroit, Mich. 

(5) Minnie living at home. 

(6) Alfred, a student at Vanderbilt College, Nash- 
ville, Tenn. Studying dentistry, class of 1918. 

(7) Arthur, at home. Graduate of Lockwood High 
School Took special course at State University at Colum- 
bia in Agriculture. Is much interested in farming enter- 
prises and is a fancier of pure-bred fowls. He assists his 
father in looking after their farming interests and is an 
active poultry breeder. 


There is probably no better-known and more-loved 
man in North Bade County than Uncle Tom Berry, the 
subject of this sketch. He was born in this county on 
the fine farm he now owns June 17th, 1841, over three- 
quarters of a century ago, and is proud to be a citizen of 
good old Bade County. His father, James G. Berry, was 
a native of Kentucky, where he early married Miss Mary 
Finley, who was born in South Carolina. Together this 
couple came to Dade County in 1836, bringing a family of 
six children. They made the trip overland with horse and 
wagon. This family were pioneers in every sense of the 
word. They first bought out a homesteader on an 80-acre 
tract and went to farming in the most approved manner 
of the times, which was primitive in those early days. 
There were no mills to grind what crops were raised, so 
each farmer had to prepare his meal as best he could de- 
vise. Mr. Berry constructed different devices for this pur- 
pose, the most prominent of them being a stone grinding 
affair called a ''Thumping Dick." 

James G. Berry was successful in his farming opera- 
tion and accumulated much good land, owning at one time 
over 400 acres. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and 
served with valor under Col. Samuel Caldwell in the 
Eleventh United States Volunteers, and was discharged 
in 1813. He was a Whig and later a Republican in poli- 


tics. James G. Berry was born Dec. 7th, 1792, and died in 
Dade County on the place now owned and occupied by 
his son, Thomas, in 1875, while his wife, who was born 
Aug. 19, 1798, lived to be 94 years of age, dying March 
21st, 1892. 

Thomas H. Berry was given 160 acres of good land 
by his father and took care of both his parents in their 
declining years. He was married Oct. 28th, 1883, to Miss 
Birdit Samantha Smith, a native of Cass County, Mis- 
souri, and born Dec. 4th, 1850, a daughter of James Mon- 
roe and Cynthia Ann (Morris) Smith, natives of Tennnes- 
see and Kentucky, respectively. They were early farmers 
of Dade County, having emigrated here in 1853, and set- 
tled north of Dadeville. They accumulated 310 acres of 
good land. Mr. Smith was born April 6th, 1827, and died 
in Polk County at Morrisville Aug. 20th, 1910, while his 
wife was born Oct. 10th, 1829, and passed away in Dade 
County Oct. 15th, 1890. 

Thomas H. Berry has one of the very best farms in 
South Morgan Township. He has greatly improved it 
with good fences and fine buildings, and is now living 
practically retired, enjoying the fruits of his past well- 
directed efforts. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Berry havj been born three chil- 
dren, namely, Howard H., born Sept. 29th, 1884, and mar- 
ried Miss Elva Shaw, a native of Dade County, and they 
have two children, Mary Aline, born Jan. 29th, 1910, and 
Ruth Margaret, born Sept. 2nd, 1914. Mr. Berry is a busi- 
ness man of Greenfield. Cynthia M., born June 13th, 1887, 
married Hugh McConnell, and they have two children, 
Francis Birdit, born April 23rd, 1913, and Hugh II., born 
April 2nd 1915; Elbridge M., born Dec. 20th, 1889, lives 
at home and has charge of the home place and does a 
general farming business. Uncle Tom is a Republican 
and a public-spirited man, always being ready to support 
any enterprise that is for the betterment of the county, 
lie believes in good roads, free public schools and tem- 
perance. Mr. and Mrs. Berry are members of the Chris- 
tian Church. Taken all together, there is no family more 


respected or more loved in this county. Uncle Tom is a 
product of Dade County, and we, all of the younger gen- 
eration, delight to honor such as he. 


Perhaps no man in Dade County, and few in the State 
of Missouri, can trace the branches of his ancestral tree 
to a longer or more illustrous line of progenitors than 
Thomas J. Bishop. If heraldry was in vogue, his family 
escutcheon would fairly bristle with charges of Or and 
Argent emblazoned upon a field of ermine and purple. 

The Bishop family was founded in America by one 
whose given name is lost to the annals of history. He 
sailed from the coast of Flanders sometime during the 
Seventeenth Century in an English vessel and landed at 
the port of New London, Conn., where he was sold for 
his passage money to a farmer by the name of Dart. Hav- 
ing an eye to courtship as well as manual labor, at the end 
of his service he married a daughter of the House of Dart, 
and thereby founded a family that was destined to become 
prominent in American history. He settled at Waterford, 
Conn., and reared a family of boys and girls whose names 
are to the pages of history unknown, save and except the 
oldest son, Eleazor, who, in turn, married and raised a 
family of boys and girls, among them Thomas, Eleazor and 
George, but the names of the girls are veiled in oblivion. 
Eleazor, his second son, married and lived in the vicinity 
of Waterford, near New London. At the breaking out of 
the French and Indian war, Eleazor recruited a company 
of Connecticut volunteers and was commissioned captain 
and served under General Wolfe at the battle of Quebec. 
He had several sons, among them Thomas and Eleazor; 
also daughters, one of whom married a man by the name 
of Stebbens and another was married to a Mr. Fargo. 
Thomas Bishop married a Miss Fargo and lived at the old 
homestead at Waterford. 

At the breaking out of the Revolutionary war, 
Thomas Bishop joined the Army of the Patriots, and was 
engaged in the sanguinary Battle of Bunker Hill, where 


he was permanently disabled. He died in the year 1800. 
He was survived by four sons, Joshua, Isaac, Robert and 
Eleazor. Joshua married a Miss Comstock, Isaac a Miss 
Whipple, Robert married a Miss Holmes, while Eleazor died 
unmarried. Joshua and Robert moved to Chenango County, 
New York, in 1805; Isaac moved to near Binghamton, N". 
Y., in 1820^ Eleazor remained at the old homestead at 
Waterford, where he died. Joshua moved to Pennsylvania 
in 1815 and died there in 1850. Robert moved back to 
Waterford, and after his mother's death lived at New Lon- 
don, where he died in 1847. 

The maternal ancestry of Thomas Bishop also furnishes 
some remarkable characters. One great-great-great-grand- 
mother was a pensioner under the Act of 1832, and con- 
tinued to enjoy this bounty till her death, in 1840. A 
great-great-great-grandfather on his mother's side was 
Zebulon Comstock, who also resided in the vicinity of 
Waterford, but the Comstocks were a nomadic family, 
and their descendants are almost as numerous as the sands 
of the sea, and have established dwelling places in almost 
every state, station, clime and country on the face of the 

An interesting relic or heirloom is now in the posses- 
sion of the Bishop family. It is the sword carried by 
Eleazor Bishop in the French and Indian war and also by 
Thomas Bishop at Bunker Hill. The blade of the sword is 
of the finest Damascus steel, the hilt of silver, and en- 
graved on the blade is the name, "Eleazor Bishop." 

This is certainly an interesting page from the annals 
of the past, and entitles every member of the Bishop fam- 
ily to be enrolled as Sons and Daughters of the Revolu- 

Thomas J. Bishop, the subject of this sketch, was 
born in Benton County, Missouri, Dec. 27th, 1851. He 
was a son of Thomas J. and Frances (Brown) Bishop. 
His father, Thomas Jefferson Bishop, was born in Che- 
nango County, New York, Dec. 22nd, 1807, his parents 
having recently moved there from Waterford, Conn. He 
left home in 1821 and was apprenticed to a merchant in 


Mt. Joy, but afterward found employment in Philadelphia. 
In 1832 he visited New Orleans, traveled in the South, 
and finally landed in St. Louis, where he accepted a situa- 
tion as trader with the Kickapoo Indians, then located 
about five miles southwest of Warsaw, Benton County, 
Missouri. In 1835 he was appointed Clerk of the Circuit 
Court, and a short time afterward was elected Clerk and 
Ex-Officio Recorder of Benton County, Missouri, in which 
office he served until 1854. In 1853 he selected the Bishop 
homestead in Dade County and moved his family to it. 
In 1856 he was elected a member of the Board of Public 
Works of the state and served as its president until 1857, 
when he was appointed Receiver of the United States Dis- 
trict Land Office at Springfield, his term expiring in 1861. 

When the state convention authorized the enrollment 
and arming of the militia, he accepted the office of brigade 
quartermaster, with the rank of Major, on the staff of Gen. 

C. B. Holland, where he served until the close of the war. 
He died at his home in Pennsylvania Prairie Oct. 22nd, 
1898. His wife died in Dade County, Missouri, July 30th, 
1884, and both she and her husband, Thomas J. Bishop, 
Sr., are buried there, having been married at Warsaw, 
Mo., Jan. 1st, 1837, and at the time of their death were the 
owners of a farm of 256 acres in South Township. 

Thomas J. Bishop was the youngest of a family of 
eight children: 

(1) Martha Missouri, born Oct. 18th, 1837, married 
Preston Moore, moved to California in 1860, died there, 
leaving four children, now living, Fannie, Mattie, Lee and 

(2) Joshua, born May 3rd, 1839, died in Washington, 

D. C., buried in National Cemetry, having served in the 
United States Navy 40 years, retired as a captain. He 
married Clara Rogers, but left no children. 

(3) Temperance, born March 10th, 1841, died April 
1st, 1895. She was married to Thomas Alexander and 
left one child, Preston Alexander, now living in Lawrence 
County, Missouri. 


(4) -(5) Zebulon and George (twins), born August 
25th, 1843. Zebulon was a Union soldier and was killed 
from ambush in March, 1864. George died Jan. llth, 1905. 
Neither was ever married. 

(6) Derindah, born June 16th, 1848. Married April 
5th, 1876, to William McLemore. To this union one child 
was born, Gertrude, who resides with her parents in South 

(8) Thomas J. Bishop. 

Thomas remained at home with his father until he 
was 27 years of age, during which time he was engaged in 
farming. On October 9th, 1877, he was married to Clemen- 
tine Scott, a daughter of James and Margaret (Willis) 
Scott. Clementine was born July 21st, 1859. Her father, 
James Scott, was born in Illinois in 1836, and was brought 
to Dade County in 1837 by his father, D. W. Scott, a 
native of North Carolina. Margaret (Willis) Scott w r as 
born in Kentucky and came to Dade County when a child. 
Both the Scotts and Bishops were early pioneer families. 

Thomas J. Bishop and wife left the home farm in 
1879, and removed to a 40-acre tract just one mile South- 
east of Pennsboro, where they now reside. This was the 
"nestegg" for the 746 V-j acres of Dade County soil which 
he now owns. Mr. Bishop cleared out, improved and 
cultivated the original 40 acres, and in 1881 added an 
80-acre tract to it. In 1883 he erected a substantial frame 
residence, rebuilt it in 1895, and at his father's death he 
purchased the interest of all the heirs in the old home- 
stead of 263 acres, and has since added 120 acres to it. 
This, with 240 acres in Smith Township, constitutes his 
real estate holdings. 

Mr. Bishop is engaged in a general farming, stock 
raising and stock feeding business. lie was one of the 
organizers of the Bank of South Greenfield, and is at 
present an officer and a member of its boards of directors. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop are the parents of six children, 
all of whom are living: 

(1) Krma, born August 25th, 1879, educated in 
Springfield, a graduate of Drury College class of 1904 with 


A. B. degree, also graduate of special work at State Uni- 
versity and received B. S. degree in 1910, and holds a 
state Life Certificate. Is now engaged in teaching in 
St. Louis. 

(2) Clara, born May 27th, 1889, graduated from the 
Greenfield High School in 1908, and is at present Secre- 
tary of the County Sunday School Board, in which work 
she takes a great delight. 

(3) Pearl, born Feb. 24th, 1891, attended Greenfield 
High School, and after graduating spent two years at 
Drury College in Springfield. Married Roy Poindexter 
Oct. 9th, 1913. 

(4) Margaret, born Jan. 28th, 1894. Educated at 
Greenfield High School, Drury Academy, and graduated 
from Drury College in 1916 with A. B. Degree. Member 
of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Now teaching in Springfield 
High School. 

(5) Francis Tom, born July 29th, 1900. Is at present 
attending High School in St. Louis. 

(6) Lucy Ruth, born August 6th, 1903. Is now at- 
tending school in Dade County. 

The foregoing record speaks louder than words con- 
cerning Mr. Bishop's attitude toward education. In poli- 
tics he is a staunch Democrat, and his family all being 
members of the Christian Church. No man stands higher 
in the community than Mr. Bishop, and his influence has 
been felt throughout the county in the good-roads move- 
ment, and his voice has ever been raised in support of a 
better school system. Like many of his prosperous neigh- 
bors, he enjoys the distinction of riding in an auto, but 
with him it is a matter of necessity rather than a luxury. 


A native of Dade County, Missouri, was born one and 
one-half miles south of Seybert on Feb. 22nd, 1874, son 
of Dr. D. E. F. and Amanda (Moore) Birch, both being 
natives of Tenn. 

Homer C. Birch is the only surviving child of three 
children born of this marriage: 


(1) Birdie, died Aug. 2, 1900. 

(2) Trixie, deceased. 

(3) Homer Clyde, born Feb. 22nd, 1874. 

Homer Clyde remained at home until his marriage, 
which took place Aug. 2nd, 1892, when he was but 18 
years of age. He was married to Serena Glenn, who was 
born in Dade County Jan. 22nd, 1873, and died April 
13th, 1915, leaving a family of seven children: 

(1) Thadeus, born June 29th, 1894, is now engaged 
in mining in the Corry camp, and living at home. 

(2) John, born Feb. 6th, 1896, is now at home at- 
tending school. 

(3) Macie, born Oct. 9th, 1898, is at home attending 

(4) Howard, born Jan. 16th, 1902, is attending 

(5) Ruth, born July 12th, 1904, is at home attending 

(6) Kyle, born May 17th, 1906, is at home. 

(7) Clayton, born Aug. 7th, 1909, is at home. 

(8) Elmer, born Sept. 1st, 1912, died Feb. 13th, 1913. 
After his marriage Mr. Birch went to farming. He 

started housekeeping with very little on rented land, and 
lived for two years on the John G. Sloan farm, then bought 
40 acres near Needmore in Cedar County. Lived there 
two years, sold out, and rented 90 acres on the Little Sac 
river, where he farmed for three years, then rented the 
Silas Montgomery farm in Sac Township, where he re- 
mained throe years. Next he moved to the Sam Seybert 
farm of 120 acres and farmed this one year, after which 
he rented the old James Goodnight farm of 185 acres 
tli rough John A. Hall, the manager of the Underwriters' 
Land Company, near the Corry mining camp. After farm- 
ing this place for four years, he purchased it. This was 
in 1907. 

At the time of purchasing it, this farm was little 
improved, but he has since remodeled the house, cleared 
out 50 acres, fenced it all with wire, and made general 
improvements. lie sold off 25 acres, so that there are now 



1 60 acres of No. 1 land in this farm. It is all in cultivation 
but 10 acres. 

Mr. Birch is engaged in general farming, and feeds 
some cattle, horses and mules. His farm is well adapted to 
stock raising, being well watered by spring branch and 

In politics Mr. Birch is a Eepublican, is a member of 
the Township Board, and while in Sac Township was 
Clerk of the School Board. He is vitally interested in the 
good-roads movement and in favor of the best possible 
public schools. 

Mr. and Mrs. Birch were each converted at a meeting 
held at Corry by Brothers Worthington, Oldham and 
others, and were afterwards baptized, uniting with the 
Church of God (Holiness), and spent many happy hours 
in the service of the Lord, both at home and in the public 

For eight years he and his wife enjoyed the blessings 
of an eternal salvation, when she was called home. He 
still remains a true and faithful follower of his Savior, 
and is loyal to tha one true Church of God. 


Postmaster, owner and former editor, publisher and 
proprietor of the Dade County Advocate. Was born in 
the City of Greenfield, Dade County, Missouri, Dec. 25th, 
1857, and has lived in the city continuously all his life. 
His parents were Samuel B. and Elizabeth (Vaughan) 
Bowles. The former was born at Portsmouth, N. H., while 
his mother was born in Virginia. She was reared, how- 
ever, in Tennessee, and their marriage was celebrated in 
that state. In the 40 's they removed to Dade County, 
Missouri, where Dr. Samuel B. Bowles followed the prac- 
tice of medicine, becoming one of the prominent and 
valued physicians of Southwest Missouri. Both he and 
his wife passed away in Greenfield. 

In his boyhood days W. R. Bowles attended the public 
schools of Greenfield, spending his youth largely in the 
manner of other boys of his day, and at the age of 14 


years he began learning the printer's trade. In 1887 he 
purchased the Bade County Advocate from Judge Mason 
Talbutt, his brother-in-law, since which time he has been 
actively connected with its management, covering a period 
of 30 years. The Advocate has long been recognized as 
one of the leading Democratic papers of this section of 
the state. The office is well equipped with new and 
modern machinery and does an extensive line of job work 
in addition to the publication of a newspaper. 

In the year 1895, while Mr. Bowles was serving his 
native city as Mayor, he became married to Miss Cora 
Kimber, a native of Putnam County, Illinois, to which 
union five children were born: 

Samuel 0., a city salesman in San Francisco; John 
H., now of Kansas City; Karl C., who is now associated 
with his father in the publication of the Advocate; Kath- 
erine V., who at present is acting as Deputy Postmaster 
under her father in the Greenfield postoffice, and Francis 
Tiffany, now at home attending High School. 

Mr. Bowles is a member of the Masonic fraternity, 
in which he has taken many degrees and in which he is 
much interested. He also affiliates with the Modern Wood- 
men and the W. 0. W. His wife is a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church in Greenfield. Politically, 
Mr. Bowles has always been a Democrat, and lias been 
active in the councils of his party, both as an organizer 
and as a chairman of the County Executive Committee. 
He was appointed postmaster of Greenfield by Grover 
Cleveland, and is now holding that office by virtue of 
appointment by Woodrow Wilson. He lias, however, never 
been considered intensely partisan, his election to the 
mayoralty of Greenfield twice having been on a Citizens' 
ticket. Besides being a newspaper man and publicist, Mr. 
Pjoxvh's is also an Attorney at Law, having been admitted 
to the l)ade County Bar many years ago. Both personally 
and in his paper Mr. Bowles has always been a staunch 
advocate of every movement which had for its purpose 
the betterment of the community, especially in the matter 
of jrood roads and good schools. 



Was born in Jackson County, Tennessee, July 20th, 
1862. His father, Jerry Calvin Brown, was born in East 
Tennessee, and died Jan. 4th, 1888, at the age of 56 years. 
He was of Scotch-Irish parentage, a son of Hiram and 
Betsy Brown. Hiram lived to the unprecedented age of 
110 years, and was an early settler in Carolina, but later 
moved to East Tennessee. 

Jerry C. Brown was a farmer, and reasonably suc- 
cessful in his undertakings. He moved to Kentucky and 
later to Bade County. He settled in 1880 southeast of the 
old Antioch Church, in what is now Pilgrim Township, 
where he bought a small farm. He was a member of the 
Christian Church, a Democrat in politics, a member of the 
Masonic fraternity and an office-holder in Jackson County, 

Jerry Calvin Brown was married to Jane Floyd, a 
lady of Gorman descent, born in McMinn County, Ten- 
nessee, in 1838, and died in Dade County in 1890. She 
was a member of the Christian Church and the mother of 
eight children: 

(1) Sarah J. married E. W. Richards of Kentucky, 
and came to Dade County with the family. 

(2) Rebecca Ann married Charles Simpson, a mem- 
ber of a pioneer Dade County family, and settled in South 

(3) William D. Brown, the subject of this sketch. 

(4) Frank, now a farmer living three miles south of 

(5) Millie married Perry Shaw of Greene County, 
and died July 2nd, 1908, in Greenfield. 

(6) John C. died at Pilgrim, Mo., May 1st, 1912. 

(7) Henry, a railroad man, lives at Everton. 

(8) Josie married Asa Loveless, at one time Chief 
of Police in Springfield. 

William D. Brown was raised on a farm, attended the 
country schools, and later worked in and attended Ozark 
College in Greenfield in 1885, but remained on the farm 
till 1886. 


For a few years he taught school, after which he 
was appointed Postmaster at Pilgrim, serving a little over 
eight years, and was Station Agent for the Frisco railroad 
at the same time. He was also Justice of the Peace in 
South Township for four years. In 1895 he moved to 
Everton and engaged in the poultry and produce business, 
which he followed for 15 years, handling a large amount 
of stuff. In 1907 he was employed by a wholesale produce 
firm, and spent two years in Polk County, after which he 
returned to Everton and managed the Business Men's 
Produce Company a little over one year. In 1911 he 
traded his property in Everton for a stock of goods at 
Stinson, a country point in Lawrence County, and in 1913 
he exchanged this property for his residence property in 
Greenfield, where he now lives. 

In 1914 he was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court of 
Dade County, and moved to Greenfield, the county seat. 

At the age of 14 years William D. Brown suffered a 
severe attack of typhoid fever, which affected his right 
arm and right lower limb, so that for forty years he has 
been obliged to use a support for his lower limb, but is 
able to walk without the use of crutch or cane. 

In 1886 he was married to Sarah Ann Gilmore, born 
in Washington Township, Dade County, Missouri, Aug. 
14th, 1869, daughter of William J. and Francis (Smith) 
Gilrnore. The Gilmores came from Warren County, Ken- 
tucky, in 1856, and settled in Washington Township. Mrs. 
Brown received a common school education, and was one 
of a family of eight children. At the time of her marriage 
she was a member of the Baptist Church, joining at the 
age of 13 years, but she and her husband are now each 
members of the Christian Church. Mr. and Mrs. Brown 
are the parents of five children: 

(1) Ida, born Nov. 3rd, '1887, received her education 
in the Everton High Schools, and is now employed as 
Deputy Circuit Clerk of Dade County. 

(2) Ada, born Dec. 29th, 1889, attended High School 
at Everton, married Hugh Burch, a farmer residing near 
Lock wood, and is the mother of four children, Corinne, 


8 years old; Justin, 6 years old; George, 4 years old, and 
James, 2 years old. 

(3) Vida, born June 16th, 1892, married Emmerson 
Crews, a barber, in Greenfield. 

(4) William, born June 24th, 1896, a farmer. 

(5) Charles Ernest, born Jan. 28th, 1900, and is now 
at home. 

William D. Brown is a Democrat in politics, a mem- 
ber of the I. 0. 0. F. and Rebekah lodges, and also belongs 
to the W. 0. W. and Circle. 

At the breaking out of the Civil war Jerry Calvin 
Brown enlisted in the Confederate Army and saw active 
service during the entire period of hostilities. He lost his 
entire possessions, suffered a number of minor wounds, 
was many times a prisoner of war, but came out of the 
struggle practically a sound man. His brother, James H. 
Brown, fought in the Union Army, came to Missouri after 
the close of the war, and died in 1913 at the age of 80 



A native of Lawrence County, Missouri, born March 
19, 1870, son of Milo Burton and Susan (Hood) Burton, 
pioneers of Lawrence County. Milo Burton was a native 
of Tennessee, while Susan, his wife, was a native of Ken- 
tucky. David Burton, the grandfather of Robert W. Bur- 
ton, with his son, Milo, came to Missouri in 1851 and 
settled in Lawrence County, near the present site of Miller. 
Here they farmed and rented until the breaking out of 
the Civil war, when Milo Burton and his father, David 
Burton, both entered the Confederate Army. David Bur- 
ton died in the service in the State of Arkansas, while 
Milo, though slightly wounded, returned home. Just prior 
to entering the service, Milo Burton had married Mary 
Susan Hood. The wedding took place on Jan. 1st, 1860. 
Mary Susan Hood was born July llth, 1844, a daughter 
of John Alexander and Nancy Hood. The Hoods had 


come from Kentucky in 1852, settled in Lawrence County, 
and, with the Burtons, had joined the Confederate Army. 

After the war Milo Burton followed the occupation 
of blacksmithing and threshing, and in 1874 rented the 
Sturdy farm on Pennsylvania Prairie, which he farmed 
for two years, and then rented the John Moore place. In 
1880 he bought 200 acres, all in Dade County, which was 
little improved. He erected suitable buildings, cleared it 
out, and became a prosperous farmer and stock raiser. 
He added to his original purchase until at the time of his 
death he owned 410 acres, all in Dade County except 76 
acres, which was just across the line in Lawrence County. 
He died Aug. 17th, 1898, and his widow still occupies the 
old homestead. Milo Burton was a member of the Baptist 
Church, a Democrat, much interested in schools, and for 
a number of years was a member of the School Board in 
his home district. A complete genealogy of the family is 
given in the sketch of Thomas W. Burton, recorded under 
the proper caption in this volume. 

Robert W. Burton acquired his education in the com- 
mon schools of the county. He remained at home till 25 
years of age, at which time, on the 7th day of April, 1895, 
he married Etta M. Withrow, who was born in Lawrence 
County, near Miller, Nov. 26th, 1874. She was a daughter 
of N. B. Withrow and Margaret (Baker) Withrow. Her 
father was a native of Arkansas, while her mother was 
born in Missouri. Mr. Withrow was a mechanic, followed 
blacksmithing and carpentering, and also farmed at times. 
During the latter part of his life he lived in South Green- 
field, where he died July 12th, 1890, being survived by his 
widow, who still lives at that place. X. B. "Withrow and 
Margaret Withrow were the parents of eight children: 

(1) Thomas Withrow lives in South Greenfield. 

(2) Mollie lives in Fort Scott, Kas. 

(3) Clara, now Mrs. James Irby of Oklahoma. 

(4) Annie, twin of Thomas (she was Mrs. W. A. 
Bird), now deceased. 

(5) Etta M., wife of Robert W. Burton. 


(6) Lula, now Mrs. Roy McLemore. 

(7) Maggie, now Mrs. Perry McLemore. 

(8) Rachel, now Mrs. C. P. Hawk of Arcola. 
Robert W. Burton, in company with his brother, John, 

were tenant farmers in South Township, cultivating about 
100 acres annually until 1898, when he purchased 100 
acres of new land without any improvements. At that 
time he was living on a rented tract of 127 acres, which 
he purchased in 1900 and upon which he now lives. In 
1901 he built a good barn, but in 1914 the original barn 
bein inadequate for his purpose he erected a new one 
60x70 feet, with cement floors, and granary, which is one 
of the finest modern barns in Dade County. 

Mr. Burton is a splendid farmer and takes great 
delight in blooded stock. He owns a thoroughbred Here- 
ford bull and a modern herd of Hereford and Shorthorn 
grade cows. He has a preference for Poland-China hogs, 
and, while not an extensive swine feeder, he raises a few 
of splendid quality. Not being satisfied with the splendid 
bluegrass and clover which flourishes in Turnback bottom, 
he has propagated a field of six acres of alfalfa, with 
flattering results. His farm is well watered by Turnback 
creek and numerous wells. A gasoline engine is used for 
pumping purposes. Mr. Burton is the proud possessor of 
a Buick Six automobile, which he drives with considerable 

Four children came to bring sunshine into the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. Burton: 

(1) Otto Bland, born June 20th, 1896. 

(2) James Franklin, born Sept. 24th, 1902. 

(3) Willard Thomas, born Nov. 15th, 1904. 

(4) Samuel Withrow, born April 14th, 1910. 

Mr. and Mrs. Burton are each members of the M. E. 
Church (South). He is superintendent of the Sunday 
School, a Trustee of the Church, an active Democrat, a 
member of the School Board for a number of years, served 
as Clerk of the Board 13 years, is at present Township 
Collector, having served six years in all, a Director in 
the Dade County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and a 


man of affairs generally. He holds membership in the 
Odd Fellow Lodge at Everton, and, like all owners of 
motor cars, is a good-roads enthusiast. Mr. Burton is a 
first class-citizen in every respect, and a gentleman with 
whom it is a pleasure to be acquainted with. 


Is the youngest child of a family of nine children, 
born May 28th, 1884, in Lawrence County, Missouri, a son 
of Milo Burton and Mary Hood Burton. His father, Milo 
Burton, was born in Virginia May 26th, 1842, and died 
Aug. 17th, 1898. The parents of Milo Burton were also 
natives of Virginia, and emigrated to Kentucky in a very 
early day. They came to Missouri shortly afterward and 
died in Arkansas during the war. 

Milo Burton married Mary Hood in January, 1860, 
and settled upon a farm two miles Northeast of Miller, in 
Lawrence County. At the breaking out of the Civil war 
he enlisted in the Confederate Army. He was slightly 
wounded in the service and at the close of the war re- 
turned home, bringing with him a faithful and valuable 
horse, which he kept for many years. In 1880 he built 
a comfortable residence, and became an important and 
prominent man in his locality. 

Milo Burton and wife were the parents of the follow- 
ing children: 

(1) Arthusa Ann, born Aug. 21st, 1861, now the 
widow of Robert Lee Friar. 

(2) James William, born April 17th, 1866, died at 
the age of 5 years. 

(3) John D., born Aug. 18th, 1868, died Oct. 9, 1913. 

(4) Robert W., born March 19th, 1870. 

(5) Christopher W., born May 8th, 1873. 

(6) Samuel M., born March 9th, 1876. 

(7) Lemuel L., born Aug. 13th, 1878. 

(8) Joseph E., born April 9th, 1881. 

(9) Thomas W., born May 28th, 1884. 

At the time of his death, Milo Burton owned 410 acres 
of land. The farm was afterward divided, and Thomas 



W. lives on the home place with his mother. He owns 
40 acres in Dade County, which is the old Burton home- 
stead. He also owns 116 acres in Lawrence County, 76 
acres of which was part of the old homestead. 

Mrs. Burton (widow of Milo Burton), vividly recalls 
many incidents which took place at the old homestead 
during the strenuous days of the Civil war. Their home 
was often visited by the soldiers of both the Blue and the 
Gray, they were often compelled to feed large companies, 
and many times their house was searched for fugitives. 
In 1863 their home was burned by the Federal soldiers for 
seemingly no other reason than that they failed to find 
the fugitives they were seeking. At this time she was 
living at the home of her father, and it was the Hood 
home that was burned. Mr. Hood in those days worked in 
the blacksmith shop while his three daughters cultivated 
the farm, raised the crops with oxen and harvested them 
in the most primitive manner. 

Thomas W. Burton is engaged in general farming and 
stock raising. He raises fullblooded and grade Whiteface 
cattle, Poland-China hogs, and feeds largely. 

His farm is well adapted to stock raising, being well 
watered by Turnback creek and also by wells from which 
water is pumped by windmill. 

His political convictions are Democratic and his edu- 
cation was acquired at the Pickett School in Dade County. 
He is a splendid young man, enthusiastic for good roads 
and bridges, progressive in his ideas, and chargeable only 
with the fault of being single, which condition is liable to 
be changed to one of married bliss before this volume 
reaches the press. 



Although he lived and prospered for almost half a 
century, yet John D. Burton died in the very prime of life, 
and while yet a young man. He was born Aug. 18th, 1868, 
a son of Milo Burton and Mary Susan (Hood) Burton, 


and died Oct. 9th, 1913, and was buried in Shiloh ceme- 
tery, near the place where he had spent his entire life. 
Concerning his parentage, their nativity, genealogy and 
migrations, reference may be had to the sketches of Robert 
W. and Thomas W. Burton, brothers of John D. Burton, 
so that extended mention is not necessary here. During 
boyhood he attended the common schools of Dade County, 
and in early manhood became a tenant farmer of the 
fertile fields of South Township until the year 1905, when 
he purchased 86 acres lying west of Turnback, near the 
old Burton homestead. For many years he was associated 
with his brother, Robert W., in farming enterprises. In 
1906 he purchased an additional 129 acres, upon which was 
a good frame house, into which he moved with his family. 
This was the old John Pickett homestead, out of which had 
been given one acre for school purposes and upon which 
stood the Picket school house. Previous to this time he 
had purchased 114 acres on Turnback creek, making him 
now a splendid farm of 329 acres. Mr. Burton was ener- 
getic, industrious and optimistic. His whole life was 
wrapped up in his farm and his family. To the marriage 
of Mr. and Mrs. Burton were born eight children, all 

John D. Burton was married February 7, 1892, to Icy P 
Irby, who was born in Lawrence County, Missouri, Oct. 
Sth, 1870, a daughter of Joseph L. and Delphia T. (Bailey) 

Following are the names of their eight children: 

(1) Arthusie, born Dec. 5th, 1892, married Monroe 
Myers of Dade County, and lives near her mother. 

(2) Ernie, born Feb. 14th, 1895. 

(3) Pairlee, born Aug. 21st, 1896. 

(4) Loucozy, born Nov. 19th, 1898. 

(5) J. Milo, born Nov. 4th, 1900. 

(6) John W., born Dec. 22nd, 1902. 

(7) James P., born Oct. 8th, 1905. 

(8) Delphia Maud, born July 30th, 1908. 


Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Burton has very 
successfully managed the farm and provided for the 

Joseph L. Irby, the father of Mrs. Burton, was a 
blacksmith and farmer, and at the time of his death owned 
116 acres of land, which is now the property of his grand- 
son, Lloyd Irby. Mr. Irby was a veteran of the Civil war, 
having served in the Confederate Army. 

Of Mrs. Burton's brothers and sisters, a more com- 
plete statement will be found in another chapter of this 
history. However, the following statement will be made 

Delia was Mrs. Mitchell Smith of Arkansas. She died 
in the year 1911. 

Mary, wife of John Bell. She is now deceased. 

James F., now a resident of Afton, Okla., was a man 
prominent in the affairs of Dade County up to 1915. He 
was a Democrat in politics, in which he took an active 
part, being a candidate for Probate Judge in 1914. 

Lucy, now Mrs. John Sullivan, lives at Paris Springs. 

The John D. Burton farm of 329 acres is one of the 
most desirable in the south part of Dade County. It is 
well watered and very fertile. Modern machinery is used 
for pumping and driving appliances. Mrs. Burton and 
family are members of the M. E. Church (South), and 
are much given to hospitality. Their farm has the air 
of general prosperity and the family impresses one as 
being surrounded by home conditions which are congenial. 


Was born in Barton County, Missouri, Dec. 25th, 1878, 
son of Alfred Steven Carender, who was born in Cole 
County, Missouri, Dec. 9th, 1842, of Scotch-Irish parentage. 
George Washington Carender, the grandfather of Edward, 
lived in Kentucky in an early day. He came first to Cole 
County, Missouri, and later to Barton County, where he 
ended his days. He was a veteran of the Mexican war. 

Alfred S. Carender was raised on a farm and had a 
common school education. He followed farming nearly all 


his life, with reasonable success. At one time he was 
engaged in mercantile pursuits in a small way. He was 
also a local preacher in the M. E. Church and active in 
the work for many years. When the Civil war broke out 
he enlisted in Company K of the Twelfth Missouri Cav- 
alry, and served until the end of hostilities. He was on 
Sherman's famous march to the sea. He was once taken 
prisoner and spent several weeks in the military prison at 
Andersonville, by reason of which his health was per- 
manently impaired and from which he never fully re- 
covered. He was mustered out at Jefferson City, after 
which he returned to his home, in 1865. His sympathies 
were strong for the Union cause. He was the only child 
of his parents. He was an active member of the Green- 
field Post, G. A. E., and for a number of years served as 
its Chaplain. His people were all Democrats, but he cast 
his first vote for Lincoln in 1864, and continued steadfast 
in the faith through life. He was but 18 years old when 
he enlisted in the army. During his short residence in 
Douglas County, Missouri, he was Sheriff of the county. 
He came to Dade County in 1885 and located first in North 
Township, buying land in Section 23. He moved to Green- 
field in 1891, where he lived until his death, with the 
exception of a short time spent on a farm in Sac Town- 
ship, near Seybert. 

Alfred S. Carender was married to Charlotte L. Tip- 
ton, a native of Cole County, born in 1845, and died in 
Barton County, Missouri, in 1880. She also was of Scotch- 
Irish parentage, her father and mother both dying in Cole 
County. Her father was a farmer. She had a common 
school education, was a member of the Baptist Church, 
and the mother of seven children, one dying in infancy: 

(1) William Andrew, born .in 1869, living at Stock- 
ton, Mo., and is a druggist. 

(2) Margaret L., born in Douglas County, Missouri, 
about 1871, married T. M. Williams, now a farmer at 
Checotah, Okla. 


(3) Mary E., born in Douglas County, Missouri, in 

1873, married T. B. Hembree, a carpenter, of Oklahoma. 
She died in 1916. 

(4) James A., born in Barton County, Missouri, in 

1874, and still resides in that county, a farmer by occu- 

(5) Eliza E., born in Barton County, Missouri, in 
1876, married William C. Green, a farmer, five miles north 
of Greenfield. 

(6) Edward Henry Carender. 

The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and 
attended the district schools and also the Greenfield High 
School. He began teaching country schools in Dade 
County in 1898. He has also been interested in the Ever- 
ton Journal the past 12 years, and still owns it and con- 
tributes to its columns. 

Edward H. Carender was married Dec. 22nd, 1900, 
to Letitia Strader, born in Polk County, Missouri, near 
Wishart, May 18th, 1884, daughter of Martin and Martha 
M. (Wiley) Strader, pioneers of Polk County. He was 
a cooper by trade. Both her parents are now deceased. 
At the time of their death they were residing in Everton, 
where Mrs. Carender attended school as a girl and where 
she was married. Mrs. Carender is a lady of culture and 
refinement, of a loveable disposition, and a temperament 
which wins and keeps friends. It is not saying too much 
to venture that much of Mr. Carender 's success in life is 
due to his wise choice of a wife. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Carender are members of the Christian Church, and are 
parents of five children: 

(1) Cecil Lawrence, born Nov. 29th, 1901. 

(2) Christa Marie, born Oct. 29th, 1905, and died 
in infancy. 

(3) Russell Lowell, born Feb. 17th, 1909. 

(4) Dane Elward, born July 17th, 1912. 

(5) Golden Marcella, born Aug. 31st, 1915. 

Mr. Carender is an active church worker, being an 
Elder in the Christian Church; is a Republican in politics 
and was elected Superintendent of the Public Schools of 


the county without opposition in April, 1911, which posi- 
tion he still retains, having been re-elected in 1915. He 
has succeeded in placing Bade County upon the school 
map of the State of Missouri. Under his administration 
the schools of the county have prospered and advanced as 
never before. A greater part of the school spirit mani- 
fested everywhere in the county is due in a great measure 
to Mr. Carender's enthusiasm for the work. 

Fraternally, Mr. Carender is a Mason, and also a 
member of the local W. O. W. He is a live-wire in school 
matters and an officer of which Dade County and her 
people are justly proud. 


Was born in Polk County, Missouri, Dec. 29th, 1846, 
son of Ashel and Mary L. (Douglas) Carlock, both natives 
of Tennessee, and married there. Ashel Carlock was a 
merchant and farmer. He died in 1857 and his wife died 
in 1858, when James M. was 11 years old. They left a 
family of seven children: 

(1) L. L. H., now living in Tennessee, an M. E. 
preacher, and served in the Confederate Army. 

(2) James M., the subject of this sketch. 

(3) Adelia, now deceased. 

(4) John Lewis, of Jasper County. 

(5) Amelia Jane Clementine, who is now Mrs. Je- 
rome Murry, and resides in Oklahoma. 

(6) Sarah Rebecca Eglentine, now Mrs. Henry 
Mitchell, of Garden City, Kas. 

(7) A son, died in infancy. 

At the death of the father and mother, this family 
of orphan children were scattered out among the relatives, 
.Tamos M. being sent to his uncle, Peter Hoyle, of Dade 
County, where he stayed three years, until the breaking 
out of the war, when his uncle went into Texas, taking 
James with him. After three months they went into 
Hayborne Parish, Louisiana. Peter Hoyle had ten or 
twelve slaves and had sent them south with his son, Dave. 


James M. worked at farming in Louisiana, raising three 
crops, when he enlisted in the Confederate Army July 
19th, 1864, and served until the close of the war. He was 
paroled at Shreveport, La., June 8th, 1865. He then re- 
turned to Clayborne Parish and hired out for $20 per 
month. He returned to Dade County in 1866. He had not 
been able to get much schooling until 20 years of age. 
Having received a small amount of money from his 
lather's estate, he proceeded to spend this in educating 
iiimself, and in 1870 received a certificate to teach school 
from William C. West, one of the first School Superintend- 
ents in Dade County. 

After this he taught school in Dade County for seven- 
teen years. About the time of entering the teachers' pro- 
fession he was married, Feb. 3rd, 1870, to Eliza Ann 
Vaughn, who was born May 21st, 1848, in Giles County, 
Tennessee, daughter of David Franklin and Lucinda 
(Cook) Vaughn, both natives of Tennessee, and married 
there. They came to Dade County in 1853. Prior to this 
time he had visited Dade County and bought land here, 
which he farmed up to the time he entered the army. At 
the breaking out of the war, David F. Vaughn owned 500 
acres of land, all in Dade County except 40 acres, which he 
left in possession of his family, enlisted in the Confederate 
Army in 1861, in Captain Tucker's Company, and was 
killed at the battle of Wilson Creek, in Missouri. He left 
a wife and eight children, all of whom she raised. She 
died in December, 1909, at the ripe old age of 80 years. 
Of the children who are still living are the following: 

(1) J. M. Vaughn, a Presbyterian minister of Lock- 

(2) David S. Vaughn lives in Eureka, Kas. 

(3) William Dewitte Vaughn lives on the old home- 
stead which his father left on entering the army. 

(4) Benjamin P. Vaughn of Neola, Mo. 
Those who have departed this life are: 

Ellen, who married William Grider of Dade County. 
Both are no\v deceased. 


Robert Vaughn lived to be 55 years of age, and died 
in Dade County, leaving a large family. He was a minis- 
ter of the M. E. Church (South). 

Amanda died at the age of 14 years. 

Mrs. Carlock received 44 acres off the original Vaughn 
homestead, and later they added 80 acres by purchase, 
and then sold off 65 acres, so that now they have 59 acres 
in their home place, lying on the Seybert road north of 
Greenfield five miles. 

In 1913 they built a fine little cottage, in which they 
now live in practical retirement. They have eight living 

(1) Mary Florence, born Jan. 29th, 1871, was edu- 
cated in Dade County and taught school for many years. 
She married Smith Thompson, who died in May, 1903. 
In 1917 she was again married, this time to Hon. W. S. 
Pelts, Representative in the Missouri Legislature from 
Dade County. They reside on a farm in Smith Township. 

(2) Felix Lee, born Aug. 2nd, 1872, married Annie 
Duncan, and they now reside in Eureka, Kas. They have 
three children, Chester, Mary and Charles. 

(3) David M., born Dec. 17th, 1873, lives at home. 

(4) Elmer D., born Feb. 13th, 1880, lives at home. 

(5) Ethel Gertrude, born Dec. 15th, 1881, married 
Silas Grisham, and resides on a farm north of Seybert. 
They have one child, Clifford. 

(6) Lacon C., born Oct. 28th, 1883, married Maggie 
Courtney. He is a merchant. They have two children, 
Kenneth and Mabel. 

(7) Mamie A., born Jan. 29th, 1887, married Arthur 
McConnell, and have three children, Clinton, Raymond 
and Mildred. 

(8) Price Clinton, born Jan. 9th, 1891, lives at home 
and runs the home farm. 

Of the deceased children: 

Floyd, born Sept. 7th, 1877, died same month. 

Clarence died in infancy. 

Amy was a twin of Mamie and died in infancy. 

Luetta, born Oct. 3rd, 1875, died at the age of 26. 

l.\( L1J SAM MrMlLLA.N. 


Mr. and Mrs. Carlock are each devoted Christians 
and interested in church and Sunday school work. This 
work extends over a period of 47 years. He has a diploma 
from the Missouri State Sunday School Association for 
the completion of the first Standard Teachers' Training 
Course. He is especially proud of his record as a school 
teacher, having first taught seven subscription schools, 
then, in 1871, he began teaching in the public schools, and 
taught 18 terms, as follows: 

Shady Grove, two terms. 

Lone Jack, five terms. 

Shaw, three terms. 

Limestone, two terms. 

South Greenfield, one term. 

Sylvania, one term. 

Oak Grove, one term. 

McMillen, one term. 

Fairview, two terms. 

On his home place is a historical tree, which Mr. Car- 
lock set out as a sprout in 1853. It is of the Quivering 
Aspen variety and is now nine feet in circumference. If 
this tree could talk, it could relate many romantic, tragic 
and thrilling stories of the history of Dade County in its 


One of the most prominent exponents of Dental Sur- 
gery in Dade County is Dr. L. E. Cantrell of Everton, Mo. 
He is a native of this county, having been born near Ever- 
ton November 12th, 1872, a son of James T. Cantrell, now 
living retired in Walnut Grove, Green County, at the 
advanced age of 75 years, and after having spent most of 
his active life in Dade County. He was brought to Dade 
County when 6 years of age by his father, who was an 
early settler of Dade County, where he entered land and 
became a prosperous farmer. James T. was brought up on 
the farm and received as good an education as the county 


afforded in those early times. He married Miss Mary 
York, who was born in Tennessee in 1852, and a daughter 
of G. P. York, who came to Dade County before the Civil 
war and located on a farm in Polk Township. To Mr. 
and Mrs. James T. Cantrell were born eight children, as 
follows: Elonzo, deceased; Bell, who married William 
Carlock, a farmer of Polk Township, and they have four 
children, Justin, Roy, Elmer and Eeba; Lewis E., the 
subject of this review; Nora, who married Dr. Thee J. 
Drisdel of Dadeville, and they have one child, Dwight; 
Frank, a dentist of Walnut Grove: Homer, a farmer of 
Polk Township; Clint, a telegraph operator, living in Cali- 
fornia; Kate, the widow of Fred Wheeler, and has one 
child, Byron. 

Dr. L. E. Cantrell received the usual school advan- 
tages of Dade County, and began the study of dental sur- 
gery, graduating from the Western Dental College at 
Kansas City,, Mo., in 1901, and immediately began prac- 
tice at Everton, where he met with success from the start, 
and where he now enjoys a large and lucrative practice. 
Dr. Cantrell married Miss Bessie Carlock, a native of 
Polk Township and a daughter of D. E. Carlock, a promi- 
nent farmer of Polk Township. To Mr. and Mrs. Cantrell 
has been born one son, Conrad, born June 23, 1900. Dr. 
Cantrell is a member of the Presbyterian Church and 
fraternally he is identified with the A. F. & A. M. at Ever- 
ton, I. 0. 0. F. Chapter at Ash Grove, Maccabees and 
W. 0. W. In politics he is a Republican, and can always 
be depended upon to lend his assistance to any cause for 
the good of the county and its people. He is a booster 
for good roads and all public improvements. Dr. Cantrell 
is truly one of our prominent citizens, and is well worthy 
of the high esteem in which he is held by all who know 


Was born in Dade County, Missouri, May 8th, 1881, 
son of Abraham and Amanda (Stanley) Carr. His father 


was a native of Tennessee, and when a boy 6 years of age 
he came with his father to Dade County about the year 
1856 and took up land in the northeast part of the county. 

Abraham Carr enlisted in the United States army at 
the beginning of the Civil war when only 15 years of age 
as a member of Company I, Fifteenth Missouri Cavalry, 
and served 22 months. 

During the war his family was broken up, so that on 
his return he became a farm hand, working out many 
places, splitting rails for 25 cents per hundred, and at 
other employment at equally meager wages. 

He first farmed for himself on land near Corry, then 
sold out and located four miles west of Arcola. He ac- 
cumulated quite a large tract of land and much personal 
property. He is still the owner of 320 acres of splendid 
farming land, is hale and hearty for a man of his years, 
and is still active in business affairs. 

Some years ago he moved to Greenfield with his family, 
where he owns a good home, and engaged in the meat 
business, from which he is now retired, devoting his entire 
time to his farming and stock feeding business. 

Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Carr were the parents of eight 
children, one boy, George, dying at the age of 11 years. 
Those living are: Benjamin, Lillian, Ella, Ruth, James G., 
John and May Blanch. 

James G. Carr was married on September 20th, 1905, 
to Miss Lydia Higgins, a native Dade County girl of a 
pioneer family, residing in the vicinity of Pennsylvania 
Prairie. To this union were born three children: 

David, born December 1st, 1908. 

Ann Eliza, born February 27th, 1911. 

Eldrich, born February 28th, 1916. 

Mr. Carr received his education in the common 
schools of Dade County, and entered business in partner- 
ship with his father about the year 1903, taking active 
charge and management of the butcher shop in Greenfield. 
About the year 1915 he bought out the interest of his 
father, and also of his brother, Ben, who at one time was 
interested in the business, so that now he is sole proprie- 


tor of the business, which is the only meat market in the 
city. He is also extensively engaged in buying and ship- 
ping hogs, cattle, horses and mules. 

Mr. Carr is a splendid business man, active in public 
affairs, is a Republican in politics, and has never held or 
desired a public office. He is the owner of a fine home in 
the city of Greenfield, and is one of the substantial busi- 
ness men of the community. 



Was born in Dade County, Missouri, October 25th, 
1846, son of Lemuel and Angeline (Davidson) Carlock, 
both natives of Tennessee. Lemuel Carlock came to Dade 
County when a very young man, but was soon followed 
by his father, Isaac Carlock, and his mother. They were 
among the early pioneers of the county and buried here. 
Lemuel Carlock was a farmer and twice married. His first 
wife was Mary Clopton, by whom he had one child, Mary, 
who married George Ward, both of whom are now de- 

Lemuel Carlock located about three miles south of 
Dadeville, and at the time of his death was the owner of 
about 700 acres of land. It was on this farm that he 
lived with his second wife and raised a family of 11 
children, all of whom are alive except Ella, who married 
John Rountree, and died about 1901. Those living are: 

(1) Biney, now Mrs. John King of Walnut Grove. 

(2) James M. Carlock. 

(.')) David E., now living in Polk Township. 

(4) Minta, now Mrs. William Corran of Cedar 
( 'oiinty. 

(.")) W. I. Carlock, a Doctor, living in Everton. 

(<>) Sallir, now Mrs. W. 0. Wilson of Polk Township. 

(7) Kat<>, now Mrs. James Dicus of Greenfield. 

(*) Lula, now Mrs. William McQuery of Springfield. 

(!') Ashcl, a farmer, living at Walnut Grove. 

(10) Claudio, now Mrs. Watts, living in Colorado. 


Lemuel Oarlock was a Democrat in politics and very 
active. Was Probate Judge of Dade County one year, and 
a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He 
spent his last days in retirement at Ash Grove, and died 

James M. Carlock attended the public schools of the 
county and obtained only a meager education. He was at 
home at the breaking out of the Civil war, when he en- 
listed in Company I, Fifteenth Missouri Cavalry, and 
served under Capt. John Howard of Greenfield for a period 
of 13 or 14 months, until the close of the war. He was 
mustered out at Springfield. Most of his military service 
was in the State of Missouri. After the war he engaged 
in teaming for a period of four years between Carthage, 
Sarcoxie, Greenfield, Dadeville and Sedalia. About this 
time he was married to Mary E. Tarrant, who was born 
in 1852. To this union were born two children: 

(1) Dr. Harry Carlock, whose biography will appear 
under the proper caption in this history. 

(2) Virgil, born September 3rd, 1873, and married 
September 4th, 1911, to Clate Divine, a native of Dade 
County, a daughter of Joe Divine. He is a farmer, a 
Democrat, and they live in Polk Township. 

James M. Carlock is a Democrat in politics, has served 
as a member of the School Board and road overseer for 
many years, and at one time run for sheriff of the county, 
but was defeated by three votes. Mr. Carlock and wife 
are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 
Shortly after his marriage Mr. Carlock bought 80 acres 
of land in Polk Township, upon which he lived for about 
10 years, then sold it to his brother, Ashel, bought 120 
acres from John Wheeler, moved upon it, built a nice 
four-room frame house, and did considerable fencing and 
other improving. This tract of land is well watered with 
a spring branch and good stock well. Mr. Carlock also 
owns an 80-acre tract in Polk Township, making him 200 
acres in all. He is engaged in general farming and makes 
a specialty of raising live stock. His farm is named 
"Clover Dale Stock Farm," upon which he raises for 


market large numbers of cattle, hogs, horses nd mules 
each year. 



One of the prominent men of the younger generation 
in Dade County is Dr. Harry Carlock of Dadeville. Dr. 
Carlock is a native of Dade County, having been born in 
Polk Township September 12th, 1870, and is the descend- 
ant of two of our most prominent pioneer families. He 
is the oldest son of Jarnes Monroe and Mary Elizabeth 
(Tarrant) Carlock. The Carlock and Tarrant families 
were among our earliest and best-known pioneer citizens, 
and a complete record of them may be found elsewhere 
in these volumes. Dr. Carlock has one brother, who is a 
farmer of Dade County, living two miles south and east 
of Dadeville. Dr. Carlock made his home with his parents 
until he was 29 years of age, and during this time he was 
given a first-class education. He attended the public 
schools of Dade County, went to college at the Ozark Col- 
lege at Greenfield, and also attended at the college in Ash 
Grove, Greene County. He decided upon entering the 
medical profession, and studies with Dr. W. I. Carlock 
from 1889 to 1893, and entered for a course in medicine at 
the old St. Louis Medical College, now known as the 
Washington University of St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Carlock 
liked the medical professional life, but became interested 
in veterinary surgery and decided to enter its practice, 
which he did, and when the new examination law went 
into effect in Missouri in 1905, he passed the examination 
with little effort and continued to practice, and has built 
up a large and lucrative practice in Eastern Dade and 
Western Polk and Greene Counties. Dr. Carlock stands 
high in his profession, and as a citizen of good old Dade 
County. He is a Democrat in politics and active in the 
councils of his party. Dr. Carlock was married January 
12, 1897, to Miss Fannie Fern Sullivan, who is a native 
of Peru, hid., and who was born December 27, 1871. She 
is a daughter of Henry G. and Pricilla (Pernell) Sullivan. 


Mr. Sullivan was a business man of Greenfield for a num- 
ber of years, and both he and his wife died at Greenfield, 
where they were living, retired, during their later years. 
Mrs. Oarlock's only sister was Mrs. Jessie (Sullivan) 
Coiner, who died in Lockwood in 1916. (See sketch of 
Miss Bernice Coiner). 

Dr. Carlock resides in the hustling little town of 
Dadeville, where he has a nice home and from which he 
carries on his extensive practice, as well as attending to 
his farming interests on a fine 80 acres one and a half 
miles northeast of Dadeville, and upon which he raises a 
good strain of Duroc-Jersey hogs, in which he is especially 
interested. Dr. Carlock is one of the younger generation 
of Dade County citizens that can always be depended 
upon to give his support to any enterprise that makes 
for the betterment of his country and its people. He is a 
firm, believer in good roads and free schools, a gentleman 
in every sense of the word, courteous, well-bred, finely 
educated, yet easy of approach, and possessing such a 
pleasing personality that it is indeed a pleasure to be 
associated with him in any matter of business or pleasure. 
Dr. Carlock is truly one of our most highly respected and 
appreciated young professional men. 


One of Dade County's foremost professional and busi- 
ness men is Dr. W. I. Carlock of Everton, Mo. He is a 
native of Dade County, having been born in Polk Town- 
ship November 1st, 1851. His father, Lemuel L. Carlock, 
was a native of Tennessee and brought by his father, 
Isaac Carlock, to Dade County when a young man. He 
was of English-Irish ancestry. Isaac Carlock settled on 
government land in Polk Township and lived there until 
his death, and now lies buried in the Carlock graveyard 
in Polk Township. Lemuel L. Carlock was a farmer and 
stockman, and became influential in county affairs. Dur- 
ing the Civil war and for some time after, he was engaged 
in the mercantile business at Dadeville, and served as 


County Judge for two terms. He was a veteran of the 
Mexican war. He was a Democrat in politics and fra- 
ternally a Mason. Angeline Davidson, wife of Lemuel 
L. Carlock, was a native of Tennessee and the mother of 
eleven children, as follows: Nancy, who married John 
King, now deceased, and she lives in Walnut Grove, Greene 
County; James M., a farmer, near Dadeville, a sketch of 
whom may be found elsewhere; David E., a farmer, of Polk 
Township; William I., subject of this sketch; Arminta J., 
now Mrs. William Cowan, of Cedar County, Missouri; 
Asahel L., of Walnut Grove, Greene County; Catherine, 
now Mrs. James Dicus, of Greenfield; Sallie, now Mrs. 
W. 0. Wilson, of Polk Township (see sketch of Oregon 
Wilson) ; Lulu, wife of William McQuerry, a druggist, of 
Springfield, Mo., and Ella, who married John Eountree, 
and is deceased. 

William I. Carlock was raised on the farm, educated 
in the country schools and first studied medicine with 
Dr. John King at Dadeville. In 1871 he entered the St. 
Louis Medical College and graduated in 1873, beginning 
the practice of medicine at once at Everton, Mo., where 
he still is in active practice and where he has built up 
one of the largest drug stores in the county. In 1900 Dr. 
Carlock took a post-graduate course at Chicago, which put 
him up to date with all the modern discoveries of the 
medical profession. In 1873 Mr. Carlock married Fannie 
Tarrant, who was born in Dade County in 1854, a daugh- 
ter of John M. Tarrant, pioneer of Dade County, and of 
whom a sketch may be found in these pages. To Mr. and 
Mrs. Carlock have been born two children, as follows: 
J. Frank, a business man of Everton, and Henry, who is 
a prominent Dentist, with offices in Everton. Dr. Carlock 
is prominent in the Democratic party, and has served as 
County Collector for one term. Fraternally, he is a 
member of the A. F. A. M. at Everton, Chapter at Ash 
Grove and Commandry at Greenfield. He is also a member 
of the W. 0. W. at Everton. Dr. Carlock is one of our 
high-grade citizens, and is held in the highest esteem by 
all who know him, and his honorable, courteous treatment 

\v. L. i I:K<H SON. 


of the public has justly earned for him his high standing 
as a physician and business man. 


The subject of this sketch is one of the unique, strik- 
ing and distinguished characters in Dade County history. 
Perhaps no man ever lived in the county who is better 
known, and few developed a more picturesque personality. 

Joseph W. Carmack was born May 26th, 1838, in 
Livingstone County, Tennessee, son of John and Elizabeth 
(Chapin) Carmack. Paul Chapin, his grandfather, was 
the famous drummer boy for General George Washington 
in the Revolutionary war. lie had two sons who served 
with him in the war of 1812, at which time he was major. 

John and Elizabeth Carmack were both natives of 
Tennessee. They came to Dade County in June, 1853, 
and settled three miles northwest of Dadeville, and took 
up 80 acres of unimproved land, upon which there was 
a small log cabin. John Carmack died in 1856, leaving 
a family of eight children, three of whom are still living: 

(1) Mrs. Dr. N. H. Hampton, No. 2124 Lafayette 
Avenue, Saint Louis Mo. Dr. Hampton was one of the 
prominent men of Dade County in an early day. He prac- 
ticed medicine in Dadeville and was Surveyor by pro- 
profession also. He surveyed the public state road from 
Springfield to Stockton. When the town was located, the 
citizens drew lots for the honor of naming the little vil- 
lage, which honor fell upon Dr. Hampton, and he named 
it "Melville," which has since been changed to Dadeville. 

(2) James G. Carmack lives in Canada. 

(3) J. AV. Carmack of Dadeville, Mo. 

After the death of John Carmack, his widow, Eliza- 
beth, took up 120 acres more land, which her family had 
cleared out at the time of the war. In 1862 she moved 
to Dadeville. 

Joseph W. Carmack enlisted in the Union army July 
5th, 1861, in Company A. Sixth Missouri Cavalry, having 


previously been in the Secret Service of the United States. 
Company A was commanded by Captain T. A. Switzler, 
and the regiment was commanded by Col. Clark Wright. 
He served in this company until September 30th, 1862, 
when he was commissioned First Lieutenant in Co. 
L, same regiment, under Capt. J. C. Kirby. He was dis- 
charged February 18th, 1864, at Pilot Knob, Mo., as first 
lieutenant, then, in September, 1864, he was commissioned 
first lieutenant in the Seventy-sixth E. M. M., under Capt. 
James M. Kirby. Discharged in November, 1864, and in 
March, 1865, was commissioned as first lieutenant in Com- 
pany E, Fourteenth Missouri Cavalry, Veterans. Dis- 
charged October 26th, 1865, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kas. 

During his military service he was actively engaged 
in the following battles: Wilson Creek, Sugar Creek, 
Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, Wet Glaze, Linn Creek, Horse 
Creek, Greenfield, and many others. 

In the spring of 1866 he was commissioned as en- 
rolling and mustering officer of the southwest as first lieu- 
tenant, and was ordered to enroll and organize companies 
in Dade County. Three companies were organized. One 
was placed under Capt. James M. Travis of Arcola, one 
under Capt. Thomas Hopper of Penn Prairie, and one un- 
der Capt. E. V. Lafoon of Dadeville. During the war he 
also served as Quartermaster, Commissary, Provost Mar- 
shal, Adjutant, Mustering Officer, Company Commander, 
Drill Master, and doing every duty known to a cavalry 

He was never married. Elizabeth Carmack, his 
mother, lived to the extreme old age of 93 years 11 months 
and 19 days. She lies buried beside her husband in the 
Rice cemetery, near Dadeville. 

After the war, Joseph W. Carmack lived in Dadeville 
24 years. During that time he bought and sold many 
farms, especially in the territory between Dadeville and 
Corry. At present he is the owner of a splendid farm 
of 200 acres with the finest water system in the county. 
He has erected a nice frame residence. Farm is well 


fenced and 140 acres in cultivation. He is engaged in 
general farming. 

While Mr. Carmack has never been married, he has 
raised several boys, and given them a splendid start in 
life. In politics Mr. Carmack has been one of the most 
active Republicans, covering a period commencing with 
the birth of the party. He was elected Sheriff and Col- 
lector of the county in 1864, but, preferring military 
service in time of war, never qualified, having been com- 
missioned for the army. Pie served as Justice of the Peace 
for 18 years in Morgan Township, and has frequently 
been before the people as a candidate, both in the con- 
ventions, primaries and general elections. He lias the 
distinction of being captain of the "Mollie Dozier," a 
mythical gunboat, which navigates Salt River at the 
close of each political campaign. 

Mr. Carmack has always been a booster for good 
roads, and exemplified his faith by many good works, 
building graded roads on his own account long before 
the movement became state-wide. 

Since the war Mr. Carmack has been a prominent 
member of the G. A. R., attending all the reunions, both 
district, state and National, and has held many offices of 
honor and trust in that organization, including being made 
Colonel of the Sixth Cavalry, Missouri Volunteers, com- 
plimentary. As its Commander, since the war he has 
called this regiment together and held thirty reunions. 
He is now in his 80th year and has offered the service of 
himself and this regiment (about 40 available men) to join 
the Volunteer army to go to France to defend the Stars 
and Stripes for world peace. 


Was born in Lawrence County, Missouri, December 
9th, 1872, son of William and Jane (West) Collins. His 
father lives at Gaither, In Lawrence county where he is 
engaged in business. His mother is dead. 

Mr. Collins remained at home until 21 years of age. 
He learned the blacksmith trade which he followed sue- 


cessfully in Lawrence and Bade counties for twenty years. 
He also farmed a little in the meantime. 

In the year 1913 he entered the mercantile business, 
buying out the general merchandise store of A. 0. Gragg 
& Co., at Pennsboro. He was appointed postmaster Jan- 
uary 26th, 1915 which position he still holds. His stock of 
goods is valued at $4,000 and consists of dry-goods, shoes, 
furnishing goods and general merchandise. 

Mr. Collins was married on the 25th day of June, 1894 
to Minnie L. Stewart, a native of Missouri. Her father 
lives in Lawrence County. Her mother is dead. They 
are the parents of five children Charles, Laura, Ruth, 
Lydia and James Francis, all at home. 

Mr. Collins is a Republican in politics and his frater- 
nal relations consist of membership in the A. F. & A. M. 
at Halltown and an I. 0. 0. F. and M. W. A. at Pennsboro. 

By strict attention to business and an honest effort to 
supply the needs of his customers Mr. Collins has attained 
enviable success in merchandising. He is a valuable and 
useful man in the community, being public spirited, ag- 
gressive and dependable. 



One of the most prominent men of all northern Dade 
County is Frank Chatham of north Sac Township. He 
was born in Shelby county, Illinois, April 15, 1867, a son 
of Thomas D. and Mary (Wakefield) Chatham, both nat- 
ives of Illinois, where they married and passed their lives, 
liis father dying there about 1875 and the mother about 
1H95. Thomas D. Chatham was a Union soldier in the re- 
bellion serving as Sergeant in Co. C 3rd Illinois Vol. Cav- 
alry for over three years. He was a republican. In the 
Chatham family there were five children in which Frank 
Chatham, the subject of this sketch was second in order of 
birth. Of this family three are now living, besides Frank; 
Robert is a resident of Roundstown, Illinois and Anna, 
now Mrs. Calvin Kirkpatrick of Christian County, 111. 
Frank Chatham was only eight years of age when his 
father died and continued to live with his mother until 


she again married, when he struck out for himself work- 
ing at farm labor from place to place and in 1887, he 
visited his uncle James A. Wakefield, who was a farmer 
of Dado County, Missouri. He liked it so well here that he 
stayed working out and farming on the share the first 
year, the second year he worked for Daniel Blakemore. 
On November 28, 1889, he married Cora A. Kirby, who was 
born in Dade County June 19, 1867, a daughter of James 
M. Kirby and Mary Grisham, his wife. For two years 
after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Chatham farmed on her 
father's farm and it was not long before Mr. Kirby gave 
his daughter 120 acres of land in North Morgan Township. 
This was partly improved, had a small one-room house 
and here they settled and went to work in dead earnest. 
In two years they bought a good 40 adjoining remaining 
on this place for four years, when they moved back to the 
Kirby homestead and Mr. Chatham w T ent into the stock 
business with his father-in-law, James Kirby. The Kirby 
homestead was sold out in some two or three years and Mr. 
Chatham rented 225 acres in north Sac. Township of Dee 
White. This was for the year 1904 and 1905, and when his 
lease was up, he bought the entire tract of 255 acres. This 
was a well improved farm and well adapted to stock rais- 
ing, has a good residence and here Mr. Chatham has 
since resided and carried on stock raising and farming to 
a large extent. He has, however, sold 40 acres of his 
original purchase and now owns 215 acres in north Sac. 
Township, also 160 acres in north Morgan Township and 
two and one-half acres located in the town of Dadeville. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Chatham have been born four child- 
ren as follows: The two eldest died in infancy; Those liv- 
ing are James Leslie, born January 28, 1898, is a finely 
educated young man having had the advantages of Dade 
County schools and attended one year at Marionville Col- 
lege and one year at Bolivar, Polk County. He is at 
present farming in North Morgan township he married 
Mabel Willett of Cedar County; Thomas Roy, born Novem- 
ber 4, 1902 is at home attending school. On his fine farm 
Mr. Chatham will average handling a car-load each of 


hogs and cattle and also raising some fine mules for the 
market and he has a fine flock of some 80 head of sheep 
and goats. On this place are two large silos and the farm 
is finely watered with good springs and spring branch, in 
fact, it is an ideal stock farm. Mr. and Mrs. Chatham are 
fine Christian people belonging to the Baptist Church at 
Cave Springs. Mr. Chatham is a red hot republican and 
has been very active in the council of his party. He has 
served on the school board for a number of years and is 
now road over-seer in his district. He was elected on the 
republican ticket as judge of the county court, served two 
years and was one of our most popular judges. Mr. Chat- 
ham is a wide-awake progressive business man and can 
always be counted upon for his assistance in any enter- 
prise that is for the good of the county or its people. 
He is a booster for good roads and a firm friend of free 
public schools. Too much cannot be said of what Mr. 
Chatham has accomplished and all in Dade County too. 
He had little chance for education, but today he is a well 
read, finely posted man. He is certainly a self-made man 
in every respect. He has lived a clean life in every respect 
and deserves the high esteem in which he is held by his 
multitude of friends. Dade county could well stand a few 
more men of the calibre of Frank Chatham. 


An ideal, womanly woman, with all the grace and 
characteristics of feminity, and yet withal, possessing a 
spirit of indomitable courage and filled with the "never- 
say-die" temperament of the Hibernian race, she has won 
for herself that position which easily proclaims her the 
"first woman" in Dade County from a business and 
literary standpoint. 

Bornioce M. Coiner was born in Lockwood, Dade 
Comity, Missouri, September 24th, 1885. 

Her father, George W. Coiner, was born in Virginia 
March 5th, ]H57, and died in the west in the year 1910. 
He was of the Scotch-Irish ancestry, who settled in Vir- 


ginia (now West Virginia) in an early day. They were 
farmers by occupation. George came to Dade County 
with his wife, young son and parents in 1883. In early 
manhood he learned the painter's trade, which he followed 
during life. 

George's mother was born in Virginia of Irish parent- 
age, who were farmers by occupation. She was a mem- 
ber of the Christian church. George had one sister, 
Mary, who married Mahlon Eller, a ranchman, residing 
at Rock Lake, N. D. Thqy have three children. 

George W. Coiner and Jessie Sullivan were married 
in Peru, Ind., March 11, 1881, she being a native of Peru, 
born July 3rd, 1862, a daughter of Henry and Priscilla 
(Parnell) Sullivan, of Irish parentage, he being a shoe- 
maker and came from Indiana to Greenfield, and both 
are buried in the Greenfield cemetery. 

Henry and Priscilla Sullivan were the parents of 
two children, viz: Jessie, intermarried with George W. 
Coiner, and mother of Berniece, and Fannie, now the 
wife of Harry Carlock, residing at Dadeville, Mo. She 
was educated in the schools of Peru, Ind. She was a 
member of the Christian church and Eastern Star fra- 
ternity of Lockwood. She was Worthy Matron of the 
chapter at Lockwood at various times for thirteen years, 
and for some time was District Deputy of this district, 
organizing a number of chapters. She died August 26, 
1916, while undergoing a surgical operation in the Ex- 
celsior Springs Sanatorium, she having been at Excelsior 
Springs five weeks, visiting a son. Five children sur- 
vive. They are: 

(1) Dennis, a farmer, Excelsior Springs. 

(2) Berniece M. Coiner. 

(3) Stella, married Harry G. Dee, formerly freight 
agent of the Frisco railroad at Ft. Scott, Kas., now with 
the same railroad at Wichita, Kas. They have one child, 
Robert L. 

(4) Goldie married Halsey Jewell, agent for the 
Frisco railroad at Garland, Kas. 

(5) Ray, a tailor, at Lockwood, Mo. 


Berniece M. Coiner has lived in Lockwood all her 
life. When a girl she attended the grade schools of that 
place and later spent two years in the High School. She 
entered the office of the "Missourian," a local paper, 
owned by A. J. Young, and learned the "art preserva- 
tive," and by reason of her industry, sagacity and special 
fitness for the work, she was made manager of that pub- 
lication, which position she occupied for three years. In 
March, 1912, in company with John H. Harris, they pur- 
chased the " Lockwood Luminary," which she has since 
managed and edited, and in March, 1916, became the sole 

Berniece is a member of the Christian church, a Re- 
bekah and an Eastern Star, and, while a lady is supposed 
to have no politics, the "Luminary" is a power in Re- 
publican circles. 

She is also a member of the "Missouri Woman's 
Press Association" and formerly a Trustee in that organi- 

In recounting the struggles and successes of this Dade 
County girl, it might not be out of order to state that 
she has supported herself and earned every dollar's 
worth of property which she now possesses. At present 
she is the owner of a well-furnished, comfortable home 
in Lockwood, and the "Luminary" Office is known far 
and wide as one of the best-equipped offices in the state 
for a town the size of Lockwood. Its interior appoint- 
ments are new and up-to-date, while an atmosphere of 
neatness, good taste and prosperity pervades every inch 
of the room. 

The "Luminary" job office has long since gained a 
well-merited reputation for artistic work, but the real 
success of the enterprise has come from the brilliant, 
sparkling bits of philosophy which has eminated from 
the editorial chair. 


Of the highly respected and appreciated farmers of 
Dade County, none stands higher than John Cotter, the 


subject of this sketch. He was born February 22nd, 1858, 
in Jefferson County, Tennessee, a son of William and 
Nancy Jane (White) Cotter, both natives of Tennessee, 
where they were married and came to Greene County, Mis- 
souri, in 1882, and carried on farming until their demise. 
John was the oldest of five children, the second dying in 
infancy, while James, the third in order of birth, is also 
deceased; George H. is a resident of Everton, and Thula 
married John Baxter, and they live at Bois d'Arc, Greene 

For many years Mr. Cotter was a business man of 
Greene County. When about 21 years of age he entered 
into the drug business at Bois d'Arc, which he sold out 
in one year, and then spent two years in Colorado and 
Texas. He returned and put in a new stock of drugs at 
Bois d'Arc, but after two years he moved to Ash Grove, 
where he was employed by Swinney Brothers, Druggists, 
for some five years, at which time he bought out the C. H. 
Van Pelt Drug Store, which he successfully run for 17 
years, finally selling out to A. R. Mason, and moved to 
a fine 300-acre farm that he had bought while in business. 
This place is located two miles west of Everton, and 
was only partly improved. Mr. Cotter has greatly im- 
proved this farm with good fences and outbuildings, and 
now has one of the very best stock farms in the county. 
Here he raises and feeds some 200 head of hogs a year, 
besides cattle. In 1881 Mr. Cotter married Miss Alice 
Wilson, a daughter of Nathaniel and Jane (Baker) Wilson. 
Mr. Wilson is deceased and was a brother of Solomon H. 
Wilson, and a sketch of the Wilson family may be found 
elsewhere in these volumes. Mr. Cotter lost his wife 
September 30th, 1889, and by her he had two children, 
as follows: Harry Arthur, who married Josie B. Meyers, 
who died leaving three children, John M. William B. and 
Elms B. Clyde Everett died February 6, 1910, age 27 

Mr. Cotter is certainly a public-spirited citizen. He 
?s a red-hot Republican, but does not desire office of any 
kind. Fraternally, he is a Mason, belonging to the Blue 


Lodge at Everton, the Chapter at Ash Grove, the Com- 
mandery at Greenfield and the Shrine at Springfield. He 
is a good booster for good roads and a staunch friend of 
our free public school system. Truly, Mr. Cotter is a 
wide-awake business man, and such men as he are the 
making of any community. 



Born in Dade County, Missouri, April 28th, 1848, 
died at his home, near South Greenfield, January 3rd, 
11)17, son of Jacob and Louisa (Johnson) Cox, both natives 
of Filn. )re County, Tennessee, where they were married. 
Came to Dade County by ox team, overland, 1837, being 
six weeks on the road, coming via St. Louis. They had 
two children at the time, bringing both with them, Nancy, 
afterward Mrs. William Moore of Kansas, died September 
28th, 1910, aged 74 years; Mary, afterward Mrs. James II. 
Morgan, died January 18th, 1906, aged 86 years 11 months 
and 28 days. 

Jacob Cox and wife settled on land a half mile south 
of South Greenfield, and lived there one year in a rail 
pen, three sides inclosed, the fourth being a quilt. Later 
on he took up land adjoining where South Greenfield 
now stands, which became his permanent abode until the 
time of his death. First he erected a little log cabin 12x14 
feet, and in this they lived for a few years, when a second 
cabin 16 feet square was built, and in these cabins the 
last of their six children were born. One died in infancy, 
one in adult age, and two still survive. Sarah A Myers, 
widow of Charles B. Myers, now lives in Everton; Charles 
M. Cox, a fanner, living near Golden City. Those de- 
ceased are Samuel \V. Cox, Mrs. Elmira English, Leah M. 
( 'ox and Oranville (J. Cox. 

.Jacob Cox and wife are buried on the home farm, 
.shout !.")() yards southeast of the frame house which he 
huilt in 1 S -V5. .Jacob Cox was a Republican, and both him- 
>elf and wife were members of the M. E. Church (South;. 

In 1*4*, .')() acres of land was bought and entered 


for the South Methodist Camp Meeting Association, 10 
acres of which is still retained by the Cumberland Pres- 
byterians and used by them for camp meeting purposes. 

Jacob Cox died January 7th, 1883. Louisa Cox died 
January 2nd, 1895. 

Samuel W. Cox stayed at home until he was 21 years 
of age, at which time he went to work for himself on 
rented land two miles west of the old Ragsdale homestead. 
He remained here for two years, and then purchased his 
present homestead, then consisting of 75 acres, where he 
has lived and farmed ever since, building houses, barns, 
fences, etc., and adding land thereto, until he acquired 
235 acres, and at the death of his father he received 200 
acres more, making him a fine farm of 435 acres, all in 
one body. 

On the 21st day of March, 1871, he was first married, 
to Harriet A. Ragsdale, who died January 12th, 1881, leav- 
ing three children: 

(1) Harriet Adaline, born March loth, 1872, died 
February 9th, 1894. She married John A. Adams, now 
deceased, and left two children, Christopher C., now of 
San Francisco, and Harriet Ida., now of Kansas City. 
Both are married. 

(2) Thomas Albert, of South Greenfield, lives on 
part of the original land grant to his grandfather. Mar- 
ried Lizzie Bird, and they now have five children, May 
Elizabeth, Grace, Thomas Albert, William Walter and 
Walter Jacob. William Walter died May 20th, 1893. 

The second wife of Samuel W. Cox was Fannie L. 
Mitchell, born July 19th, 1862, on a farm near Chicago, 
111. The were married June 10th, 1883. She was a daugh- 
ter of Gohra.ii Smith and Louisa J. (Babb) Mitchell, both 
natives of the State of Maine, the father being born about 
1832, while the mother is still living on a farm with two 

Mrs. Cox was the oldest of three children, all living. 
Of this second marriage, three children were born: 


(1) Edith A., born January 29th, 1886, married 
John A. Babb of Dixfield, Me. The have one child, 
Richard Edward. 

(2) Samuel Jacob, born June 27th, 1894, died August 
12, 1910. 

(3) Noel Ernest Gohram, born December 25th, 1900. 
Is at home. 

Samuel W. Cox was a life-long Republican and active 
in the counsels of his party. He was also an Odd Fellow, a 
Mason, belonging to all the lodges, a Shriner at Spring- 
field, and to the Commandery at Greenfield. The entire 
family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian 

Samuel W. Cox was one of the original organizers of 
the Farmers' State Bank at South Greenfield, and in 1915 
was elected its President, succeeding B. J. J. Marsh (de- 
ceased). Mr. Cox was also a stockholder in the Dadc 
Count Bank at Greenfield. 

Being an admirer of blooded stock, Mr. Cox was 
among the first to introduce Shorthorn cattle and Poland- 
China hogs into Bade County. His herd of Shorthorns 
was established in 1875, and became famous all over the 
State of Missouri. He exhibited both hogs and cattle at 
the various fairs and was richly rewarded in the granting 
of premiums. 

Besides being a heavy feeder and shipper of both 
cattle and hogs, Mr. Cox engaged in another enterprise, 
which was largely in the nature of an experiment, but 
one which proved to be a glowing success. On the 18th 
day of August, 1914, he began the construction of a fish 
pond on his farm, which would cover about two acres. 
It required a concrete retaining wall 170 feet long, 18 
inches wide at the base, 8 inches at the top and 18 feet 
high above bedrock. This created a pond which was 
supplied with an everlasting spring of clear, cool, spar- 
kling water, having a flow of 50 gallons per minute in the 
dryest time. This pond he stocked with both large and 
small-mouthed bass and crappie, obtaining some from the 
state and the remainder from the government fish hatch- 


ery. At the greatest depth this pond is 9 feet 11 inches 
deep. It answers two purposes first, it is an ornament 
to the farm, adding much to its intrinsic beauty, and sec- 
ond, it furnishes fish and fishing to the occupants, thereby 
becoming a source of profit as well as of pleasure. 


Was born in Dade County, Missouri, December 8th, 
1854, son of Jacob and Louisa (Johnson) Cox, pioneers of 
Dade County, who resided in the vicinity of South Green- 

Charles M. Cox received all his education in the 
common schools of Dade County and remained at home 
on the farm till 23 years of age, at which time, March 
6th, 1878, he was married to Emma B. Teagarden, who 
was born in Henry County, Illinois, October 9th, 1854, 
a daughter of John M. and Mary (Brown) Teagarden, 
who came to Dade County in 1871. They were farmers 
and settled in Grant Township. Both are now deceased. 
After his marriage, Mr. Cox went onto a farm of 160 acres 
of partly improved land in Grant Township, which he had 
bought in 1874 at $12.50 per acre. The improvements at 
the time of his purchase consisted of a small house and 
some fencing. They went to work and improved it from 
time to time until now it is one of the finest farms in 
western Dade County. In 1892 he built a large seven- 
room dwelling, surrounded by a fine lawn, elegant shade 
trees, large barn and substantial outbuildings. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Cox were born six children, four 
of whom are living. Hattie A., died at the age of 4y 2 
years, and Clarence A., died at the age of 10 years, both 
dying the same year. Those living are: 

(1) Howard V., married for his first wife Etta 
Deweese, who died leaving one child, Esther, and for his 
second wife he married Susan Porter. They are now 
living on the old homestead with Mr. Cox. 

(2) Fannie A., married David Nutt, a farmer re- 
siding at Lindsborg, Kas. They have one child, Frances 


(3) Myrtle B., married Manual Mitchell, a mechanic, 
living in Springfield, Mo. They have one child, Irene. 

(4) Homer, at home and unmarried. 

In politics Mr. Cox is what is termed an Independent 
voter, not bound to any particular political party. He 
has been a member of the Christian church for many 

During his li.Vrinie Mr. Cox has witnessed many 
changes. His eai'iy recollection goes back to the days 
when his father would tai\o tiie entire- tamily in an ox 
wagon to Greenfield, starting rariy in the morning and 
spending the entire day in trading and on the road, 
although the distance was little more than three miles. 
His father's original farm comprised what is now a part 
of the city of South Greenfield, and laid mostly in the 
productive Limestone Valley. Mr. Cox grew to manhood 
in this locality, and was well ac^naint'-d witli all the 
pioneer settlers of Pennsylvania Prairie country. 

Mrs. Cox departed this life February Vlth, 1914. 
Since purchasing the original 160 acres, Mr. Cox has 
added 80 acres, so that the farm now comprises i!40 acres, 
situated in the very heart of the best fanning and stock 
raising part of Dade County. In addition to his general 
farming enterprises, Mr. Cox ha< been largely interested 
in raising blooded stock, especially hogs and cattle. His 
herds were known far and wide throughout Southwest 
Missouri. He was one of the first men in his locality to 
appreciate the value of a silo in cattle feeding, and erected 
one with a 100-ton capacity. His farm is well fenced and 
cross-fenced and admirably adapted to both grain and 
stock raising. He has prospered in his business affairs 
and is now ready to retire, having the confidence and 
esteem of his neighbors, as well as a goodly portion of 
this world's goods, which will enable him to spend his 
declining years in comparative ease and comfort. 



Was born in Middle Tennessee April 7th, 1848, son of 
William Henry and Charity (Evans) Crutcher. They were 


farmers and wholesale merchants of Nashville, Tenn., and 
also in the iron furnace business a few years. Both were 
natives of Tenn., and are buried there. 

Robert Madison Crutcher is one of a large family of 
children, but only two brothers are living, one in Kentucky 
and one in Texas. His father was married a second time 
and he has four half-brothers living, two in Montana and 
one in Oregon and one in Arkansas. 

Mr. Crutcher remained at home working with his 
father until he was 24 years of age, obtained but little 
schooling in his boyhood days, for at the age of 13 the 
school buildings of his neighborhood were turned into hos- 
pitals. At the age of 22 years he entered the medical de- 
partment of the University of Tennessee, at Nashville, 
and graduated from that institution in 1874 and came to 
Cane Hill, Mo., where he practiced for two years, and then 
moved to Arcola in August, 1876, where lie still resides. 
In those early days he enjoyed an extensive practice, cov- 
ering a large territory. There were no buggies then, so 
that he was obliged to keep three saddle horses in constant 
use in his ever-increasing business. 

On the 1st day of November, 1874, at Cane Hill, Mo., 
he was married to Mary Victoria Rountree, daughter of 
Rufus M. Rountree, an early settler of Cedar county. To 
this union were born five boys, all living: 

(1) Henry Clarence, born April 10, 1878, resides in 
Portland, Oregon. Is still single. 

(2) James Ernest, born September 8, 1879, married 
Cora Parks, a native of Missouri. They live in Portland, 
Oregon. He is now the Corresponding Secretary of the 
Bell Telephone Company of that city. 

(3) Edgar, born November 1, 1881, resides in San 
Francisco, and is engaged in business as a manufacturer's 

(4) Robert Lee, born March 10, 1883, resides in Al- 
buquerque, New Mexico, and engaged in the laundry busi- 

(5) Lucien M., born March 4, 1888, married Gertrude 
Webb, a native of Dade County. He is a fanner and re- 


sides one-half mile west of Arcola. They have two chil- 
dren, Mary Pearl and Ernest Edward. 

Mr. Crutcher had four brothers in the Confederate 
army. He was not an enlisted soldier himself, being too 
young, but performed valuable scout duty. 

In politics, Mr. Crutcher is a democrat, and for years 
has taken an active part in both state and county politics. 
He has served many years as a member of the school 
board, was the first collector after the organization of 
North Township, and is one of the stockholders in the 
Arcola bank. 

Fraternally, Dr. Crutcher is a Mason, belonging to the 
Blue Lodge at Arcola and the Commandery at Greenfield. 
He is also an Odd Fellow. In religious life Mr. Crutcher 
is a member of the Christian church, has been an elder for 
25 years, was one of the prime movers in the church at 
Arcola, and has been superintendent of the Sunday School 
for more than 25 years, most of the time. 

When Dr. Crutcher first came to Arcola it consisted 
of one store and one saloon. The only church was an un- 
completed Methodist Episcopal building, and for a number 
of years he contributed to the support of this organization. 
He bought a home consisting of two small rooms, one 14 
by 14 and the other 8 by 14. In this humble cottage he 
raised his family. In that day the land surrounding Arcola 
was uncultivated prairie land, but as the years went by 
Mr. Crutcher invested his savings in real estate until he 
now owns a farm of 280 acres North and West of Arcola, 
30 acres adjoining the town on the Southeast, and has added 
to his original dwelling by remodeling and rebuilding, until 
he now has a comfortable 6-room residence. 

In the practice of medicine, Dr. Crutcher has been 
eminently successful. In early days when money was scarce 
and the settlements widely scattered, Dr. Crutcher has rid- 
den many miles over rough roads, through rain and storm, 
no matter how dark the night, to alleviate the suffering 
of some poor family with absolutely no hope or prospect 
of remuneration. His life work has been one of service 
and sacrifice, and as a reward he has gained the confidence, 


respect and admiration of the community in which he lives. 
Few men have contributed more in sincere devotion to duty 
for the benefit of the community than Dr. Robert Madison 


Among the many boys in Dade County who were born 
upon the farm, received their education in the common 
schools and then made good in the business world, none 
stand out more prominent than the subject of this sketch. 
William Cunningham was a pioneer farmer who settled on a 
farm two miles East of where the city of Lockwood now 
stands. His oldest son, Albert, was born and raised on 
this farm. He received his education in the common schools 
of the neighborhood and early in life became attached to the 
cattle industry. In the year 1882, when twenty-five years 
of age, he came to Lockwood and engaged in the mercantile 
business in partnership with A. F. Finley, and shortly 
thereafter was married to Miss Hattie Matthews of Lock- 
wood. He established his permanent home in Lockwood. 
To this union *\ r ere born three children, Mabel, now r Mrs. 
Emery Clements ; Iva, a single daughter, and Laclede, a 

He remained in the general merchandise business about 
twenty years, during which time he was also extensively 
engaged in buying, feeding, pasturing and shipping live 
stock. Careful and conservative in his business ventures 
and always exercising splendid judgment, he made a suc- 
cess in all his undertakings. 

About the year 1895, when the Bank of Lockwood was 
organized, he was one of its principal stockholders, acted 
as cashier for about one year and was its vice president up 
to the time of his death. In business circles, Mr. Cunning- 
ham was always regarded as one of Lockwood 's best citi- 
zens. His death came at a most unexpected moment. He 
was in the very midst of his business activities and in seem- 
ing good health. 

He accompanied a shipment of live stock to St. Louis, 
and while in the city went to a local hospital for treatment 


of a minor difficulty, which on examination proved to be of 
a cancerous nature, alTect-nii' 'he jaw. A minor operation 
was performed, which upon closer examination proved far 
more serious than the doctors at first concluded, and a sec- 
ond operation was decided upon. His wife was notified by 
telegram and she went immediately to his side, but the 
operation proved fatal. His death was a sad shock to the 
entire community. 

His funeral was conducted at the Christian church in 
Lockwood, by Rev. (Jeor.u'e Yarbrough of that church, and 
was one of the largest and most impressive ever conducted 
in the city. The business of the city was suspended during 
the day and almost the entire population attended the fu- 
neral. Amoiiii 1 the deeply afflicted ones were his aired par- 
ents who have since passed away. Five brothers, Lafay- 
ette. Alex, Levi, James and William, and three sisters. Mrs. 
11. A. Peterson of Sprin.u'field, Mrs. Hn.irh Hampton of 
(Jreenfield and Mrs. Ida Smith of Lockwood, were all pres- 

Mr. Cunnin.u'ham was called from a life of business ac- 
tivity while yet in the very prime and viiror of his man- 
hood. His influence had been felt in every important step 
in the development of the city and community, but he left 
for himself a monument of respect in the hearts and lives 
of his neighbors and friends which will stand as lon.u 1 as 
the historv of Dade Countv is read or remembered. 


Of irood old fiuhtinu' stuck, with ancestors tracinir their 
parentage hack to the land of the Shamrock. Albert W. 
I'aiu'li riiteivd ilium the scene of life'- activitie> in (Miri-- 
tian ('onnty, 111.. .June L'lst, 1S((5, a son of Thomas Jeffer- 
son and Mary (Willis) Hai^li. the forme] 1 lieinir a native of 
Saniramou ('onnly, 111., while the latter was born in Dade 
County, Mo. Charles ( '. Dai.di. father of Thomas .1. Daiirh, 
was a nat ive of \Vest Vi ruinia, as also was his father. James 
aiLih. Tin 1 father of James L. I)aiirh came from 
to \\est Virginia prior to the Revolutionary war 
ook an active part therein. His son, James Lewis 


Daigh, was a soldier in the war of 1812, while Charles C. 
Daigh, his son, fought in the Black Hawk war. From the 
above record it is quite evident that the great-great-great- 
grandfather of Albert was the founder of the Daigh family 
in America, and its christening seems to have been with a 
baptism of blood. 

John Lewis Daigh, Albert's great-grandfather, emi- 
grated to Illinois from West Virginia in a very early day, 
when Springfield, the capital of the state, was yet a very 
small hamlet. His family, which were for the most part 
grown, came with him. Charles C. Daigh at that time was 
a young man, and about the year 1832 married Elizabeth 
Patton, a native of Ohio but a girl he had known in West 
Virginia. The Patton family came to Sangamon county at 
the same time the Daigh family came. Charles C. Daigh 
came to Missouri in 1837 and settled in Lawrence county, 
where lie remained until the Civil war, when he returned 
to Illinois, and died there in 1884. 

Thomas Jefferson Daigh came to Missouri in 1868, at 
the close of the war, and settled in Dade County. He re- 
mained in Dade County till 1873, when he bought land in 
Lawrence County, where he farmed until 1884. After 
spending one year in Kansas, he returned to Dade County 
and bought 80 acres of land where Albert now lives. 

Thomas Jefferson Daigh was married to Mary Willis, 
a native of Dade County, but who was residing in Sanga- 
mon County, Illinois, on account of the war, in 18G4. To 
this union were born four children, Albert W., Georgie, 
Emory and Anna, now Mrs. James 0. Clark of Craik, 
Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Albert W. Daigh remained with his father until the 
year 1885, when he went to the state of Washington and 
for three years engaged in farming and fruit shipping. 
Having a desire for a higher education, he entered Cumber- 
land University at Lebanon, Tenn., where he remained a 
student until 1890, when he returned to Dade County and 
engaged in teaching school for seven years. In 1896 he 
was a candidate of the democratic party for Clerk of the 
Circuit Court, but was defeated. He has always been 


active in politics, a consistent democrat and a candidate 
at one time for collector. At present he is assessor and 
clerk of the Township Board. 

On the 23rd day of August, 1893, he was married to 
Stella Shelton, who was born February 17th, 1873. 

They are the parents of but one child, Vivian Offner, 
born June 24th, 1894. 

Mr. Daigh and family are members of the Christian 
church, in which organization he has been an elder for 
several years. 

Mr. Daigh is actively engaged in fanning and stock 
raising and resides upon a splendid farm of 136 acres, 
which he owns in South Township, and is raising some 

In the year 1901 he erected a fine two-story, eight-room 
residence on his farm. The place is well watered by springs 
and wells, the supply being handled by a windmill and 
gasoline engine. Convenient outbuildings of commodious 
dimensions add to the value and beauty of the farm. 

Mr. Daigh is a wide-awake, public-spirited man, with 
lofty moral and religious ideals and a power for righteous- 
ness and right living in his home community. 



Was born in Grayson County, Texas, September 25th, 
1870, son of George W. and Missouri (Menice) Davidson. 
His father was born in Dade County upon the. farm where 
Mr. Davidson now lives, March 4th, 1843, while his mother 
was born in Tennessee, September 14th, 1843. George W. 
Davidson was always a farmer, as also was his father, 
Joseph Davidson, who was a Dade County pioneer, and 
homesteaded the Davidson farm. George W. Davidson 
moved to Texas about 1869, where he engaged in farming 
and then returned to Dade County, where he ended his 
days. George W. Davidson served for three years in the 
Confederate army, as a private, was wounded in battle, and 
died February 13th, 1911. His mother, Missouri Davidson, 
still resides on the old homestead. 


Mr. Davidson is the third in point of birth of a family 
of eight children, four of whom are living. He attended 
school in the Limestone district, and also in Fairview dis- 
trict, this county. 

William D. Davidson was married on the 27th day of 
February, 1901, to Laura Russell, a native of Sac Town- 
ship, Dade County, daughter of C. C. and Mary (Stanley) 
Russell, both natives of Missouri. Her father was for a 
number of years engaged in buying stock, but is now living 
a retired life in Greenfield. Her mother is also living. C. 
C. Russell is a veteran of the Civil war, having served in 
the Union army. Was neither wounded nor disabled. Mrs. 
Davidson is the second of a family of nine children. She 
was educated in the schools of Dade County. 

Mr. Davidson remained at home till about 20 years of 
age, when he engaged in farming upon his own account, and 
has farmed continuously since that date. He devotes his 
entire time to the management of a farm of 200 acres, rais- 
ing grain and live stock. He is a democrat in politics and 
has been a member of the school board for a number of 
years, but never held any other office. 

Mr. and Mrs. Davidson have one child, William Orville, 
born January 1st, 1902. He is still at home. Mr. Davidson 
is a member of the W. (). W. and is an industrious, energetic 
farmer and stock raiser. 


One of the most highly respected and beloved citizens 
of Dade County is Uncle George Daigh of South Green- 
field. He was born in Lawrence County, Missouri, March 
21st, 1839, a son of Charles and Elizabeth (Patton) Daigh, 
the father a native of Virginia and the mother of Ohio. 
They were married in the state of Illinois and came to 
Lawrence County in 1837, and were among the very 
early settlers of that county. George Daigh was the 
fourth in order of birth of a large family, and the first 
child to be born to his parents in this state. He received 
his education in Lawrence County and remained at home 
up to the start of the Civil war, although he worked out 


for two years previous. At the time of the great Civil 
war he helped his father move the family back to Illinois, 
going by way of Kansas, and this accomplished, George 
Daigh was not to be found wanting in patriotism for his 
country, and therefore enlisted in Company E, 114th 
Volunteers, Illinois Infantry, on August llth, 1862, under 
Colonel Judy, and his captain was Captain Shoup. For 
three years Mr. Daigh remained in the army and was des- 
tined to see very hard service and to see the worst side 
of the war. He was in the thick of the fights at Jackson, 
Miss., seige of Yicksburg, and the Seige of Jackson, and 
at the battle of Guntown, Miss., an on the retreat from 
this battlefield was taken prisoner of war and sent to the 
notorious Andersonville prison at Andersonville, Ga., 
where he was kept for three months, and experienced all 
the horrors of that frightful place. Vividly does Uncle 
George remember the conditions at this prison and the 
hardships he wont through are almost indescribable. He 
says that on 36 acres of bare ground 34,000 Union men 
were held, and their rations were a scant spoonful of 
molasses, meal and dry beans daily, and they suffered ter- 
ribly for tobacco, and would trade a day's rations for a 
scrap or two. There were seven prisoners from his com- 
pany, and they used to select one of the seven each day 
who would trad:-- his full ration for tobacco, and then the 
other six would divide their rations with him, and all use 
the tobacco so obtained. The water was filthy, and little 
of that until the famous ''Providence .Spring" broke out, 
and Uncle Geor'jo well remembers the day that this hap- 
pened. This spring broke through solid, hard-packed 
earth, just across the "Dead Line," which was a line 
established by th<" Confederates, beyond which any man 
who stopped w;;- instantly shot, and ho says that many 
and many a poor IV!!o\v, cnwd by hardship and starving, 
would dolibonitc'y stop across this line, and thus end his 

This spring referred to is still running today, and 
it truly scorned that it was sent by Providence for the 
relief of those thousands of brave and suffering men. 


At this time, Uncle George says, the men were dying at 
the rate of 150 a day and were buried in long trenches, 
dug by a detail of prisoners, lie remembers well the day 
that he saw the six raiders hung at Andersonville prison. 
All these terrible sights and through all this almost un- 
believable hardships, Mr. Daigh endured for three months, 
when he was transferred to Charleston, S. C., where he 
was kept one month, then he was taken to Florence, S. C., 
for two months, then was exchanged and came home to 
Illinois, via Savannah, Ga. At this time he was nothing 
but skin and bones, and when his friends came for him he 
was unable to tell his name. After a stay at home, in 
which time he regained his strength, he returned to Ala- 
bama to rejoin his regiment, but when he arrived peace 
had been declared, so his company was discharged at 
Vicksburg August 5th, 1865, and the glorious day had ar- 
rived when he could return to his home and begin life 
in peace. This he did, and in December of 1865, on the 
26th day, he was married to Miss Amanda Willis, who 
was born May 15th, 1846, a daughter of Rev. R. T. Willis, 
and of whom extended mention will be found elsewhere. 
For two years after they were married they rented land 
in Illinois and farmed, then came to Dade County, where 
they remained five years, also renting land, then moved to 
Lawrence County, where they bought 40 acres of land 
near Bowers' Mill. Here they built a little home and set 
out an orchard and lived until 1884, when they decided to 
come back to good old Dade County, aiid consequently 
sold out and bought 68 acres on Turnback Creek, in South 
Township, which they improved, and lived there 17 happy 
years, but in 1901 sold this nice farm and bought 10 acres 
adjoining South Greenfield, which they have greatly im- 
proved, and now have one of the prettiest places in all 
Dade County. Here they are spending their declining- 
years in peace and happiness. A finer, more devoted 
couple cannot be found in our county, and it is a great 
pleasure to visit Uncle George and Aunt Amanda, for 
it makes one feel that life is surely worth living, and that 
love is sweet indeed. Mr. Daigh is a Republican in poli- 



tics and is a prominent member of the G. A. R. at Green- 
field. Truly, this grand old couple is well worthy of the 
high regard in which they are held by all, and the example 
of their well-rounded life is an inspiration to our younger 
generation. It is the earnest wish of a multitude of friends 
that this worthy and greatly-loved couple may live for 
many years yet to come, and that those years may be 
filled with happiness and the joy of living and loving. 

(Biographies Continued in Vol. II.) 


Carthage, : : Missouri 




From the Date of the Earliest Settlement 
to the present time 

Vol. II 

Containing Continuation of Biographies of 
Prominent Persons and Families 


Greenfield, Missouri 


R. A. Ludwick, Manager 
A. J. Young, Editor-in-Chief 
NoYember 1, 1917 


Carthage, : : Missouri 



Prominent Persons and Families 



Was born on the 19th day of July, 1866 in Delaware 
county, Ohio, son of William D., and Louisa (Holt) Darst, 
both of whom were natives of Ohio, were married there. 
Later they came to Greene County, Mo., in the year 1872 
and bought 300 acres of land where the mother died. His 
father then sold out and went to Texas and in company with 
his brother-in-law bought 320 acres of land in Hale County 
which he farmed for two years then sold out and came to 
Dade County, and lived with his son, Rolvin, until he died, 
August 27, 1912. 

Rolvin H. Darst was the 3rd in order of birth of a 
family of seven children. He remained at home until 19 
years of age, worked out for wages. In 1886 he was married 
to Margaret Hurst who was born March 3rd, 1869, died 
June 3rd, 1896, leaving one child, Lloyd, born February 12, 
1887, married Laura Wheeler, a daughter of James Wheeler. 
They have two boys, Lawrence, born October 31, 1906 and 
Lewell, born November 27th, 1910. 

His second child, Clyde, died when five years of age. 

R. H. Darst was again married to Mary Olive Wheel- 
er, who was born February 3rd, 1872, a daughter of Allen 
Wheeler. They were married on the 10th day of February, 

In the year 1892 he bought 160 acres of land in part- 
nership with his brother in Polk Township upon which he 
lived for about 10 years. This land was unimproved. They 


cleared out 120 acres and built a frame house, then sold 
out and bought 240 acres all in one body. This tract of 
land was in fair condition. Mr. Darst has done some clear- 
ing, lots of fencing, so that now it is all fenced and cross 
fenced and all in cultivation except 20 acres. He has re- 
built the dwelling consisting of five rooms with water in 
the house. Has a 130-ton silo and a herd of full blood 
short-horn cattle. . 

He feeds from five to six car loads of cattle and hogs 
each year, has fifteen acres of alfalfa which does fine. Mr. 
Darst was one of the first men in Polk Township to in- 
troduce alfalfa. In addition to being a splendid stock and 
grain farm, Mr. Darst is of the opinion that much valu- 
able mineral underlies his land, since it is right in the min- 
eral belt of Dade County and surrounded by producing 
mines. He expects to do some prospecting the coming 
year. The ranch is r-amed Riverside Stock Farm. 

Mr. Darst and wife are members of the Baptist 
church. He is a Republican in politics and belongs to the 
Odd Fellow and Woodman lodges. He is also a stock- 
holder in the Home Telephone Company. Much of the 
good-roads spirit which has been developed in the com- 
munity is due to the untiring labors of Mr. Darst in that 
direction. He is a good roads enthusiast and strong for 
the Community Spirit. 


Public spirited, picturesque, eccentric, whole-souled, 
wide-awake and active, William J. Davis is easily Lock- 
wood's most distinguished citizen. He was born in Sara- 
toga County, New York, March 27th, 1834. He was a son 
of Richard C. arid Susan (Pawling) Davis, the former be- 
ing a native of Saratoga county, New York of Scotch 
parentage as also was his wife. Her father, Wil- 
liam Pawling, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Her 
uncle, Colonel Henry Pawling served in the Continental 
army with distinction under General Washington. The 
Pawling family was related to General Alexander Hamil- 


ton and General James Clinton. The Pawlings were 

Richard C. Davis and wife were the parents of seven 
children, two of whom died in infancy: 

(1) Alexander, married Mary Sawyer, drowned in 
Illinois river. 

(2) William J. Davis. 

(3) Albert P., married Miss Place. 

(4) Levi II, married Alexander's widow, (twins) 
Albert enlisted in the 105 Ills, infantry at DeKalb, Ills., 
and served during the war. He is now at a Soldiers' Home 
in California. 

(5) Jane Eliza, married J. Sturgeon, and is now de- 

(6) Andrew Jackson, died in infancy. 

(7) Herman, died in infancy. 

William J. Davis grew to manhood upon the farm, first 
in New York and later in the state of Illinois. He has 
a vivid recollection of the days when he cradled grain at 
50 cents per day and threshed at 25 cents per day. He 
mowed with scythe and raked hay at 50 cents, too. He 
was a natural mechanic, handy with tools, and could con- 
struct almost any kind of a farm utensil, including 
wagons, hay-rakes and cradles and his own plow and 
corn planter. His father came from New York to DeKalb 
County, Illinois, in 1846, where he died in 1877. He was 
c Democrat, but he and his four sons voted for "Abe" 
Lincoln in 1860. He was a successful farmer and stock- 
man, and a member of the Baptist church. His wife 
died in 1870. 

William J. Davis came to Dade County in 1869 and 
purchased land for a farm in the then wild prairie, con- 
trary to the advice of all the early pioneers. The city 
of Lockwood now stands on a part of his original pur- 
chase. He named his home the "Evergreen Stock Farm," 
which soon became noted all over Southwest Missouri. 
Mr. Davis imported the first Norman stallion and the 
first Shorthorn bull into Dade County. He also, in 1884, 
imported five Scotch Clyde stallions and four mares, and 


has a certificate from the United States authorities stating 
that they were superior stock and would improve the 
stock of the United States. He made his own cuts to print 
on the bills for his stallions. He was also a breeder of 
fine jacks and a propagator of fruits, flowers and tame 
grasses. He exhibited live stock, fruits, grasses and vege- 
tables at the county, district, state and even national fairs 
for a number of years, having now in his possession a 
string of premium cards and ribbons over 200 feet long. 
He was awarded a gold medal at the Louisiana Purchase 
Exposition at St. Louis in 1904 for the best display of 
tame grasses and clover grown by an exhibitor, competing 
against the world. 

Mr. Davis was the only man in Dade County to give 
the right-of-way to the K. C., Ft. & G. railroad when it 
was constructed. It crossed 80 acres of his land. As soon 
as the railroad was built, in 1881, Mr. Davis platted a 
town and named it Lockwood, in honor of the General 
Passenger agent of that road. In order to encourage 
building, he gave lots to all who would erect buildings 
thereon, and he gave lots and money to every church 
erected in the city except the German, and they never 
solicited it. He gave a whole block to the public school 
and another block to the city for a park. Another act of 
philanthropy which might be mentioned occurred during 
the very early days of Lockwood, when there had been 
a failure of crops and flour was very high. Mr. Davis 
purchased 40,860 pounds of flour and sold it at cost in 
order to prevent suffering. Mr. Davis also gave the lot, 
the water privilege and $50 in cash to the first flouring 
mill erected in Lockwood. 

Mr. Davis built the first house on the present site 
of Lockwood and was the town's first postmaster. As a 
breeder he had wonderful mastery and control over his 
animals. At one time he exhibited on the streets a pair 
of Norman stallions hitched and driven to a wagon with- 
out a halter, lines or bridle. At another time he exhibited 
a 4-year-old stalion on the streets of another town right 
in breeding season, with lots of horses on the streets, 


threw the rein over his back and asked the horse to kiss 
him, which he did, and followed him with his tongue 
against his face whenever he stopped, paying no attention 
to other horses. His exhibitions of live stock, fruit and 
farm products on the streets of Lockwood was the real 
beginning of the Dade County fair. As a veterinary sur- 
geon, Mr. Davis exhibited great natural skill, and per- 
formed many remarkable feats along that line. 

William J. Davis was first married to Sarah A. Kel- 
Jogg. To this union were born three children: 

(1) Susan, intermarried with Charles Polston, a 
farmer, for many years a resident in the vicinity of Lock- 
wood, but now in New Mexico. They have eight children. 

(2) Minnie B., first married to Samuel Hunt. To 
this marriage was born one son, Lola, who is now a 
teacher in a government school in Oklahoma. Her second 
husband, William Rollman, now resides in Iowa. They 
have one child. 

(3) William Henry, in business in Kansas City, is 
married and has one child. 

Tn 1892 he was married to Bertha C. Heisey, a native 
of Pennsylvania, widow of Philip C. Heisey. They have 
no children. 

Besides being a farmer, gardener, stockman and hor- 
ticulturist, William J. Davis is also a great hunter and 
fisherman. It has been his custom for several years to 
spend his winters on the gulf coast of Florida, where 
fishing for game fish is a rare sport. Mr. Davis has 
many rare specimens of forest, field and stream, which 
he exhibits with delight. He is a man of remarkable 
physique, being able now, at the age of 82 years, to sit 
on a chair and place his leg over his shoulders and around 
his neck, a feat which very few men at any age in life 
can accomplish. 

Some years ago, when Mr. Davis concluded to sell 
the "Evergreen Stock Farm" and lead a more retired 
life, he erected a modern home in Lockwood on an eight- 
acre tract within the city limits. To his lawn he moved 
from his farm a large number of evergreen trees, many 


of them eight inches in diameter and 30 feet high. So 
successful was he in this enterprise that in less than two 
years' time his home had the appearance of having been 
settled 20 years or more. On this lawn and eight-acre 
tract Mr. Davis has grown many rare plants, shrubs and 
curious trees. 

Industry and tenacity of purpose has been the watch- 
word of Mr. Davis' life. While he has accumulated a 
large amount of property, mostly the fruit of his own 
industry, he has also been generous, giving to his children 
abundantly. He is still active and able to do as much or 
more work than many men 25 years his junior. 

His wife is a member of the M. E. church, Mr. Davis 
being a Baptist, but not an attendant. He is the oldest 
living member of the local Odd Fellow lodge, has filled all 
the chairs in the subordinate lodge, and also the encamp- 
ment. He votes the Republican ticket and takes a great 
Interest in current events. He has traveled extensively, 
attended many national conventions and expositions, is 
well posted on many topics, is peculiar in this, that there 
never was another man just like him, and as long as Dade 
County history is read, written or talked about, the name 
of William J. Davis will always find a place upon its 



Lewis C. Dunaway, better known as ''Whig" Dun- 
away, all-around farmer, and good citizen of Dadeville, 
Dade County, Missouri, is known to almost every man, 
woman and child in the county. He is a native son, having 
been born in Sac Township December 19th, 1846, a son of 
Lewis T. and Jane (English) Dunaway, both natives of 
Tennessee, where they were married in Ray County arid 
emigrated to Dade County, Missouri, in 1835. They set- 
tled on Sac river and farmed there until 1850, when he 
sold out and moved to Crisp Prairie, east of Dadeville, 
and he died near Rolla in 18G1, his wife living for many 
years after. Lewis T. Dunaway was an outspoken and 


fearless Whig in politics, and it was his reputation along 
this line that gave Lewis C., his son, and subject of this 
sketch, the nickname of "Whig," and while everyone 
knows Whig, very few would know who you meant if you 
should speak of him as Lewis C. 

Whig Dunaway remained at home, working at farm- 
ing, until the Civil war broke out, and during the war, 
up to 1865, when he enlisted in Company E, Fourteenth 
Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, but only served for seven 
months, although it wasn't his fault, for the war closed, 
and friend Whig had to go back to farming, which he did, 
opening up his operations on 180 acres of good prairie 
land east of Dadeville. This land was unimproved, and 
Whig went to work with a will, for it is safe to say that 
he had visions of a coming of an important event in his 
life, for he worked as never before nor since. He broke up 
40 acres of that raw land with steers, fenced it, built a 
small house, and, you bet, got married. He married Miss 
Sarah Jane Eector December 20th, 1868, who was a native 
of Tennessee, born there May 31, 1850, and a daughter of 
Grigsby Eector and Angeline Butler, his wife, both natives 
of Tennessee, where they were married and came to Bade 
County in the year 1852, settling west of Dadeville on 
160 acres of government land. Mr. Rector was a Con- 
federate soldier and was killed during the war at Lone 
Jack, Mo. Whig Dunaway made no mistake in his choice 
of a wife, for she w r as made of the same high-grade mate- 
rial as he, so they did not surprise anyone when they 
began to get to the front at once. They stuck to farming, 
and made a business of it, stayed at the same good old 
place for twenty-five years, prospered, and kept buying 
land until at one time they had 480 acres of as good soil 
as Dade County affords. In 1889 they decided to move 
to Dadeville, having sold some of their land and given 
some to their children. In 1901 they bought 36 acres 
practically in the town of Dadeville, and remodeled the 
residence which now is one of the very best in the town. 
Besides this town property, they also own 120 acres. Mr. 
and Mrs. Dunaway have raised a fine family. Of their 


ten children, eight are living and are a credit to the county 
and the name of Dunaway. In order of their birth, they 
are: Amos, born October 25th, 1869, died in infancy; 
Charlie, May 12, 1871; Anna M., born August 21, 1872, 
now Mrs. Thad Kirby of North Morgan; Nora J M born 
May 29, 1875, now Mrs. Charles McNeal of Cedar County; 
Theron, born April 29, 1878; Lucretia, born January 13th, 
1881, now Mrs. Roscoe Pyle of Carthage, Mo.; Lucy E., 
born September 16th, 1883, now Mrs. Orris Landers, and 
lives east of Dadeville^ Margaret, born February 25th, 
1886, and now a teacher of Roswell, N. M.; Zola P., born 
December llth, 1889, now Mrs. Roy Davis of South Mor- 
gan; Wilford C., born August 22nd, 1892, of Dadeville. 
Mr. and Mrs. Dunaway have 18 grandchildren. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dunaway are consistent members of the 
Church of Christ. Mr. Dunaway is a staunch Republican, 
and can always be found ready to do his duty to his county 
and state. A broad-minded man, ever ready with Ms 
means to further any cause for the betterment of the 
county, and a man of strict honor, he numbers his friends 
by the hundreds, and you would have to look a long, long 
time to find any person who would or could say aught 
but good of our friend and fellow-citizen, Lewis C. (Whig) 


Ex-Judge William R. Dye, a resident of Everton, is 
one of Dade County's most prominent men. He was born 
in Monroe County, Missouri, April 23rd, 1854, the son of 
Edward Dye and Celia Ann Fletcher, his wife. The 
father was also a native of Monroe County, where his 
parents were early settlers and where Edward grew to 
manhood and became a farmer and married, but died in 
early life; in fact, when William R., his only child, was 
only three weeks old. Mrs. Dye was a native of Monroe 
County, where her father, also, was an early settler. 
Mrs. Dye again married and raised a large family by her 
second husband, who was B. F. Fugate. The record of 


this second family is as follows: James is a farmer of 
Polk County; John is a large ranchman of California; 
Solomon E. is a farmer of Hickory County; Charles of 
Oklahoma; Richard is a real estate dealer in Arkansas; 
Henry lives in Polk Township, Dade County; Albert of 
Hickory County; Joseph is a farmer living near Elktown, 
Mo., and Elizabeth, who is now Mrs. T. Martin of Dallas 
Coimty, Missouri. 

William R. Dye had the usual experiences of the 
farmer boy. He came to Dade County in 1874 and at- 
tended school at Dadeville, after which he taught school 
in this county for fifteen years, and during this time he 
did some farming. In 1891 he entered the mercantile 
business at Everton, opening up a general store in a small 
frame building. He prospered, and later he bought his 
present two-story brick building and put in a large stock 
of general merchandise. In 1879 Mr. Dye married Dorothy 
A. Cowan, who was born near Dadeville September 25th, 
1860, a daughter of Robert and Margaret Cowan. Robert 
Cowan was a farmer near Dadeville, and was in the Civil 
w T ar under Captain Morris as his lieutenant. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Dye have been born six children, as 
follows: Margaret, born March 8th, 1881, died November 
8th, 1884; Ella, born January 9th, 1884, is now Mrs. L. C. 
Snoddy of Ash Grove, and she has one daughter, Anneta; 
Albert, born March 6th, 1887, is in the store with his 
father 1 Pearl, born August 10th, 1889, married Charles 
Moody, a banker of Wentworth, Mo.; Clarence Cowan, 
born March 8th, 1892, is a telegraph operator; Rosa Gail, 
born June 12th, 1897, is now attending Drury College at 

William R. Dye has been and is very prominent in 
county affairs. He is a staunch Republican and has served 
with great credit to himself as judge of the county court. 
He and his wife are prominent members of the Presbyte- 
rian church, in which he is an elder. Rev. W. R. Russell 
is now pastor of their church, and it is a pleasant fact to 
record that he has been their pastor ever since he per- 
formed their marriage ceremony in 1879, and it was Rev. 


Russell who officiated at the marriage of three of their 
children. Mr. Dye is a remarkable man, and to say that 
he has made good in every respect would be stating a 
strict fact. He has prospered greatly and is today one 
of our most substantial citizens. Besides mercantile in- 
terests, he is a large land owner, and is the best and most 
sought after auctioneer in the county, for at almost every 
large sale taking place in the county you will see his 
smiling face and hear his voice. Truly, Mr. Dye is one 
of our best-known men. He has lived a clean life in 
every way, and his honest business methods have built up 
for him a name second to none in this county. A large- 
hearted man, he is withal a kindly, courteous gentleman, 
the exact kind of which we need many more within our 
boundaries. He is now serving as acting mayor of 


It would be impossible to write a history of the busi- 
ness development of Dade County, and especially our 
thriving city of Lockwood, and not pay high tribute to 
the memory of the late William R. Eaton. Although com- 
ing to us late, considering the very early organization of 
the county, he brought with him an energy and fine busi- 
ness training much needed in our commercial life. He 
was, at once, a decided success, known far and wide for 
his honest business methods, and made us feel and know 
that a man in the truest sense of the word had come to be 
one of us. His stay was altogether too short, and this 
feeble sketch is as little as we can do to perpetuate the 
memory of this good man, our lamented brother and fine 

Mr. Eaton was born in Wisconsin August 16th, 1861, 
the son of William Tracy and Loverna (Robinson) Eaton. 
Mr. Eaton Sr. was a merchant of Grand Rapids, Mich., 
and his son, William R., was reared in that city, having 
been taken there by his father at the age of 4 years, and 


received the advantage of a good education, having 
graduated from the Grand Rapids High School and later 
from one of the leading business colleges of that city. 

Very soon after graduation he entered the employ of 
a large Chicago business house, for whom he kept books 
for sometime, and eventually became connected with the 
Williams Lumber Company of Springfield, Mo. By them 
he was sent to Lebanon, Mo., to take charge of their large 
lumber interests there, and it was greatly to his credit that 
in a serious lumber fight he won out, and was sent to 
Humansville and later to Golden City making good to a 
marked degree in both places. Then, in 1888, he cast his 
Jot in our midst, coming to Lock wood, where, after work- 
ing for about one year, he bought a one-half interest in 
a lumber yard. He was not long in acquiring the entire 
business, and did business under the name of the W. R. 
Eaton Lumber Co., incorporated, and for over 25 years 
Mr. Eaton was its sole manager. 

It is to be noted that Mr. Eaton had little capital 
when he first launched for himself in Lockwood, but by 
thoroughly honorable business methods and an untiring 
energy he built up a business that, at the time of his 
sudden death, May 4th, 1914, he had an investment of 
$25,000, and had added a large stock of farming imple- 
ments to his lumber interests. 

Mr. Eaton was twice married, first at the early age 
of 20 years, and has a daughter, Helen, who is now Mrs. 
Glenarven Behymer, the wife of one of the leading at- 
torneys of Los Angeles, Cal., and they have one child, 
Mary Louise. 

On January 1st, 1900 ; Mr. Eaton married Grace (Hull) 
Holland, who was born in Clinton, 111., the daughter of 
Ansel and Elizabeth (Bates) Hull. By her first marriage 
Mrs. Eaton had one son, Harold Hull Holland, who is 
now one of our rising young business men, being asso- 
ciated with his mother in the lumber business. Mr. Hol- 
land is married to Miss Kittie Lee, formerly of Miller, Mo., 
and they have one daughter, Dorothy Lee Holland. Mr. 
and Mrs. William R. Eaton have four children, as follows, 


all of whom are at home with Mrs. Eaton: Ruth Eliza- 
beth, William Robert, Grace Loverna and Elsie Rebecca. 
Air. Eaton was an independent voter and took great in- 
terest in civic affairs, lie was a valuable member of the 
Presbyterian church and very active in Sunday school 
work, having served as superintendent for a number of 
years and was elder in the church for some 12 years. 
He was an Odd Fellow, K. of P. and Aiodern Woodman. 
Peace to his memory. 



Mrs. W. R. Eaton, Manager. 

The large lumber interests of the above-named com- 
pany are the legitimate outcome of the efforts of the late 
William R. Eaton, extended mention of whom is made in 
another part of this volume. The business was established 
by Air. Eaton about 1889. At the time of his untimely 
and unexpected demise, Airs. W. R. Eaton, his wife, took 
active and immediate charge of the large business, and 
to this day, be it said, to her wonderful business ability, 
she has successfully managed its affairs and greatly added 

This is the day of business women, it is said, but we 
of Dade County have few instances, in fact, none, where 
a business of such magnitude and complications is man- 
aged entirely by one of the fair sex. 

Airs. Eaton was born in Clinton, 111., had the advan- 
tage of a good education, has improved her opportunities, 
and taken life seriously, and the result is that instead of 
having to dispose of a large, lucrative business on account 
of the death of its founder, she was well equipped to take 
the reins and not only keep it alive but to cope with the 
competition incident and accomplish greater business 
success. This company is known far and wide for its 
fair treatment of its customers and the pleasing person- 
ality of the manager, Airs. Eaton, is making itself felt 


Mrs. Eaton can furnish you with anything in the 
building line, can make your estimates in the most ap- 
proved and up to date fashion, and sell you a bill of goods 
that you can rely upon, and do it so pleasantly that you 
are glad to part with the money. All honor to our one 
and only business woman of the first rank. Mrs. Eaton 
is something of a farmer, too, owning and managing con- 
siderable acreage. In addition to her large business, this 
finely-educated and courteous lady finds time to devote to 
her church. She and her family are a credit to our county 
and city. May she live long and never leave us. We need 
more like her. 


Is a native of Dade County and was born where he 
now lives, in South Morgan Township, on the 26th day 
of December, 1865, a son of Jonathan and Barbara Ann 
(Cook) Edge. Henry Edge, his grandfather, and wife 
were natives of Tennessee, were married there, and Jona- 
than Edge was also born in Tennessee. His grandparents 
came to Dade County overland, in an ox wagon, bringing 
a family of children with them. Jonathan Edge was 
twice married. His first wife was Beckie McClure. She 
died, leaving seven children, three of whom are still living. 
They are Mrs. Clate Hargrave of Walnut Grove, Mrs. 
Steve Gray of Polk County and Mrs. Maggie Baty of Polk 
County. Of the second family of children, William N. 
Edge is the oldest. Mary, who is now Mrs. George Clem- 
mons, lives in the state of Washington. Koxana died at 
the age of 20 years. Luella, his youngest sister, is now 
Mrs. L. E. Brown, and also resides in the state of Wash- 

Jonathan Edge took up 160 acres of land in South 
Morgan Township, which was unimproved, lie broke it 
up with an ox team, farmed it in a primitive manner, 
and prospered. He built a frame house out of native wal- 
nut, dash-sawing the weather-boarding and shingles. It 
was built at a very early date, and was so substantial 


that William N. Edge still occupies it as his home. Jona- 
than Edge was a good farmer, a substantial citizen, a 
Republican in politics, and an active member of the M. E. 
church, as also was his wife. 

William N. Edge has always lived on the old home- 
stead. His father in his lifetime divided the land among 
his children, but by purchase from the other heirs Wil- 
liam has acquired title to 100 acres, upon which he lives, 
farms and prospers. The entire 100 acres is in cultiva- 
tion and well watered. 

Mr, Edge has made considerable improvement in the 
way of wire fencing and outbuildings, so that now he has 
a fine farm, well improved. He raises full-blood Hereford 
cattle. Hi^ herd is headed by a registered bull, "Beau 
Sentinel." He has six registered cows. He also raises 
Poland-China hogs and has a fine flock of Shropshire 

William N. Edge was married on the 3rd day of 
October, 1886, to Florilla Walker, a native of Ohio, born 
April 14th, 1866, daughter of James W. Walker. He was 
an old soldier and lived retired for years. 

W r illiam N. Edge and wife are the parents of six chil- 
dren, five of whom are living, one dying in infancy. 
Those living are: 

(1) Sadie, married Tom Glaze, live in Dadeville, 
and have four children. 

(2) Emma, married William Pyle, and lives in 
Dadeville. They have six children. 

(3) Earl Edger, married Blanch Cannady, a native 
of Dade County. He is a business man in Kansas, and 
they have two children. 

(5) "Willie, married Kib Brame, a farmer of Polk 

(5) Frank is still at home. 

William N. Edge is a Republican, a member of the 
Township Board, has served on the school board, drives 
an Overland car, is a booster for good roads, good schools, 
and is in every way a most desirable citizen of the com- 



Was born in the state of Pennsylvania August 25th, 
1833, son of Christian and Katie (Harsy) Eirsman, of 
Swiss and German parentage. They settled in Mont- 
gomery County, Ohio, in 1836, where they farmed until 
1870, when they came to Audrain County, Missouri. 
Christian Eirsman died in Missouri at the age of 73 years, 
and his widow went back to Ohio, where she died at the 
advanced age of 94 years. 

Jacob Eirsman remained at home until 18 years of 
age, working on the farm and working out. At the age 
of 23 he learned the milling trade, and followed that occu- 
pation until 1882. He followed this occupation in Greene 
County, Illinois, and in 1882 came to Audrain County, 
Missouri, where he purchased land and farmed there 
until coming to Dade County in 1893. His first purchase 
in Dade County was 37 acres adjoining Greenfield on the 
southwest. He lived on this place ten years, then moved 
to Greenfield. He has owned several farms in the county 
and is now the owner of a fine home in the city of Green- 
field, also a farm of 189 acres a few miles northwest of 
the city, well improved, which he gives his personal at- 
tention. He also owns an improved farm of 130 acres in 
Greene County, Illinois, and 80 acres in Texas. 

Jacob Eirsman was married on the 27th day of Octo- 
ber, 1859, to Rachel Crummell, born July 4th, 1839, in 
Ohio. She died in Illinois February 16th, 1906, leaving 
two living children, one of whom has since died. 

Mr. and Mrs. Elirsman were the parents of three 

(1) Katie, born August 20th, 1860, married M. E. 
McMahan of Illinois, where they now live. Mr. McMahan 
is a prominent citizen of Greene County, Illinois, a Justice 
of the Peace and a successful business man. 

(2) Mary Frances, born in 1870 and died in 1875. 

(3) Victor Lee, born August 9th, 1879, died May 
6th, 1908. He married Bessie Finley, daughter of Albert 
Finley, and left three children, Katharine Marie, Tom 


Crummell and Alberta Lee. Mr. Eirsman makes his home 
with Bessie Eirsman and family in Greenfield. He is a 
member of the Baptist church and was made an Odd 
Fellow in 1857. 

Although 84 years of age, Mr. Eirsman is as active 
as many men 20 years his junior. He personally con- 
ducts his farming and stock raising operations on his 
farm, is able to do a good day's work 1 at manual labor 
and his memory is as sound as his physical body. His 
garden, the product of his own labor, has for many years 
been the pride and envy of all his neighbors. During 
the summer months the rising sun finds Mr. Eirsman 
busy with the hoe or other implement of industry, and 
in the winter months he is not idle. 


Born in Greene County, Missouri, in Walnut Grove, 
April 2nd, 1859, son of Stephen A and Louisa (Looney) 
Edmonson. Stephen A. Edmonson was born in 1833 and 
died December 23rd, 1906. Louisa Edmonson was born 
in 1834 and now resides at Walnut Grove, in compara- 
tively good health. 

David F. Edmonson received his education in the 
common schools of the community and entered the teach- 
ers' profession at the age of 21 years. He taught one 
term of school before his marriage, and six terms after- 
wards in Polk and Dade counties. He was married No- 
vember 16th, 1881 to Miss Ophelia G. Cantrel], who was 
born February 20th, 1863, daughter of Elcanah and Pru- 
dilla (Speight) Cantrell. The Cantrells and the Speights 
were pioneer families of Dade County. To this union were 
born six children : 

(1) Jesse, born January llth, 1886, married Fay 
Carlock, January llth- 1906. 

(2) Alice, born December 22nd, 1888, married Gor- 
don Dodd, and lives in Springfield. 

(3) Alfred Ray, born August 18th, 1890, married 


Elva Hargraves October 15th, 1913, lives in Polk County, 
and is a school teacher by profession. 

(3) Madge, born September 20th, 1894, is a school 
teacher, now attending business college in Springfield. 

(5) Allen B., born October llth, 1897, is now attend- 
ing High School at Walnut Grove. 

(6) Mildred L., born January 8th, 1901, is now in 
High School at Walnut Grove. 

The mother of these children died May 21st, 1911. 

On the 25th day of December, 1912, David F. Edmon- 
son was married to Mrs. Hattie M. (Matthews) Cunning- 
ham, widow of H. Albert Cunningham, a native of Dade 
County. She was the mother of three children prior to 
her marriage to Mr. Edmonson: 

(1) Mabel L., born July 3rd, 1887, married Emery 
Clements, a merchant, who is now employed as general 
manager of the Kresge 5-and-10-cent store in Milwaukee, 
Wis. They have one child, Emery Richard Jr. 

(2) Iva M., born November 8th, 1890, lives in Mil- 

(3) Laclede, born March 5th, 1893, married Imogene 
Brown, a Kansas City girl, and they live in Colorado and 
have one son, Henry Albert Cunningham. 

Mr. Edmonson farmed on rented land for a number 
of years, teaching school in the meantime, saved his 
money, and in 1891 he bought the old Bill Crawford farm 
of 200 acres, mostly on time. In a few years he paid off 
the mortgage cleared out the timber, fenced and cross- 
fenced, and improved the dwelling, so that now it is a 
fine seven-room house, with two halls, toilet and bath. 
The house is modern in every respect, including a sewage 
system. He has a splendid well, drilled 200 feet, and 
water raises within four feet of top of ground. This is 
practically an artesian well, with cold, soft water. He 
utilizes a gasoline engine for pumping purposes, has pres- 
sure tank in cellar with connections for irrigating lawn 
and garden. He also uses a windmill in connection with 
the farm watering system. The farm improvements in- 
clude two large, modern barns. 


Mr. Edmonson makes a specialty of raising high- 
class cattle, horses and mules, and he is an enthusiastic 
exhibitor of prize-winning stock at the various county and 
district fairs. Some of his mules, especially, have brought 
record-breaking prices. He usually feeds many hogs for 
the market. Mr. Edmonson has a 40-acre field of alfalfa, 
which has flourished beyond his most ardent expectations. 
In short, Mr. Edmonson has a model stock and grain 
farm, highly improved, rich soil, well watered, conven- 
iently located, and one of which he is justly proud. 

Mr. Edmonson is a Baptist, while Mrs. Edmonson is a 
member of the Christian church. He is a Democrat in 
politics and a stickler for good roads. He has always 
taken a prominent part in school matters and has served 
on the school board for many years. 

Perhaps, if one should search for the key to Mr. Ed- 
monson 's success in life, he would finde it in this: That he 
puts his whole life and soul into his work, declaring that 
whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well. He is 
not satisfied with anything short of the very best. When 
he works it is for the purpose of accomplishing a well- 
defined purpose, and there is no let-up until the object 
of his labor is accomplished. 


Before Dade County was known, at the time when this 
district was known as Barry County, John and Sarah 
(Hasten) Lack moved from Virginia to Dade County and 
bought a claim. This was in the year 1839, 77 years ago. 
At this time there were but few settlers in all this region 
of country. They came to Boonville by water and from 
there to Dade County overland, the primitive way. 

"Aunt Tilly" was 7 years old at the time her parents 
moved to this county, she being the third in birth of a 
family of 11 children, having been born in Virginia April 
23rd, 1832. The elder Lacks began to farm soon after 
they purchased a claim in Lockwood-Greenfield district, 


and by careful management and sagacious living, there 
were added to that Lack homestead 800 acres of land, 
known to this day as the Lack Settlement, and much of it 
is still owned by his heirs. "Aunt Tilly" was born in 
Virginia, the mother of presidents. From her parents she 
inherited an ambitious spirit and a strong determination 
to win in every life attempt. Soon after her Dade County 
citizenship began she determined to gain the best educa- 
tion possible, therefore her parents provided for her the 
best opportunity possible. Her early girl life is closely 
linked with the school history of the county, so much so 
that it is difficult to mention the early school history of 
Greenfield without mentioning her name. All the oldest 
settlers delight to talk about the school interests in those 
days, and none of them fail to mention "Aunt Tilly." 
According to the memory of the oldest inhabitants, it 
was a very difficult matter for members of her class to 
keep pace with her in her studies. She has always pos- 
sessed a splendid memory. While other students were 
fretting over hard problems, she would solve them and 
have plenty of time for recreation and amusement. Her 
bright, witty brain always afforded pleasure for her com- 
panions and her knowledge of matters and various prob- 
lems gave her a wide circle of friends. 

When true character clothes the life there is nothing 
that can foil its purpose. Determination to win is a great 
asset. After a time, when, becoming a young woman, 
school days became more interesting to "Aunt Tilly," 
because of the fact that her life dream was about to come 
true she should become a master of a school room and 
lead others in the paths of education. In 1866 she began 
teaching, and she kept on teaching a few years after she 
and Mr. Evans were married. She taught at the famous 
Honey Creek school house over in Pennsylvania Prairie., 
the school that has one of the richest histories it is pos- 
sible to find, and which is treated in another chapter. She 
also taught near Arcola, as well as in Center Township. 
Many of the tow-headed boys and girls of age remember 
her well as their teacher and friend. At this time Green- 


field was in her swaddling garments, and the old log school 
house served the purpose of church functions, as well 
as school. Helm Wetzel, Samuel Weir and other well- 
known citizens were her schoolmates. One school house 
then stood in the vicinity of the Edward Shaw garage, 
and another stood in the neighborhood of the Dr. Bailey 
home, now the property of Mrs. Dr. Martin. Another 
chapter will give full account of the early school houses. 

The lilies of the valley give no sweeter charm than a 
white-headed old couple on their march to the eternal 
sea. Both fitness and worth surely mark the characters 
of "Uncle George" and "Aunt Tilly." They bear a 
charm in age that wins the admiration of the student, 
the common day man, the man in business, or the man of 
leisure. Their heads are white-capped with the snows of 
many winters, yet their hearts are warmed by the return- 
ing of spring time and early summer sunrays of hope, 
confidence and trust. When they depart an entire county 
will mourn. 

Mrs. Virginia Pearson and Alexander Lack of Lock- 
wood are sister and brother to "Aunt Tilly," and John 
Lack of Center Township is also a brother. The history 
of the Lack family is too important to omit from the his- 
tory of our county and people. 


Was born in Dade County, Missouri, near Seybert, 
November 4th, 1867, son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Cox) 
Farmer, both natives of Tennessee, and married there. 
They came to Dade County in the early 50 's and settled 
near Seybert Here they farmed for many years, raising 
a family of 9 children, Samuel being next to the youngest. 
Four of these children are still living. One brother, 
William, lives in Oklahoma; one sister, Sarah, is now Mrs. 
John Ilarlow of Louisiana, and one sister, Evaline, is 
now Mrs. James Morris, and lives in Aurora. 

Samuel Farmer was 13 years of age when his father 
died, and from then on he fought his own wav in the 


world. He worked out at anything and everything he 
could find to do for seven years, then entered the mill- 
ing business at Seybert. At this time the Seybert mill 
was owned by J. F. Johnson, and he remained in this 
employment for 27 years, working with Mr. Johnson, 
Mr. C. W. Montgomery, and later with Arkley Frieze. 
He became an expert miller, and in 1914 purchased the 
Hulston mill from the Nixon estate. On acquiring this 
property, he refitted and remodeled the same, giving it 
a capacity of 25 barrels per day, with a saw mill in 
connection. It is now in first class condition, equipped 
with a 24-horsepower engine, driven by a 30-horsepower 
boiler, and it is only possible to estimate the extent of 
the waterpower which, with a fail 1 head of water, his tur- 
bine wheels would easily develop 100-horsepower or more. 
He has made a specialty of manufacturing Red Seal first- 
grade and Purity, a second-grade, flour, brands which are 
known all over the country for their excellence. He also 
buys all kinds of grain and produce. 

In addition to his mercantile business, Mr. Farmer 
also does custom grinding, which is a great accommoda- 
tion to the surrounding community. There are 11 acres 
of land belonging to this mill site, and the entire plant 
represents an investment of $5,000. Mr. Farmers' dwell- 
ing is located on this 11-acre tract. 

Mr. Farmer was married on the 2nd day of Septem- 
ber, 1888, to Miss Lake Pyle, a daughter of Carter and 
Sarah (Grant) Pyle, whose history will appear in a more 
extended form in another part of this volume. 

To this union were born 11 children: Howard M., 
Sarah E., Mary, Mabel, Blossom, Nona, Eula, Frieda, 
Archie, Carter and Hazel. Three are married. Howard 
married Anna Woody. They have one child. Sarah E. 
married Dennis Jennings, and lives near Seybert. They 
have two children. Mary married Ira H. Hall, Sheriff of 
Dade County. They have one child. 

Mr. Farmer is a Republican. He and his wife are 
each members of the Christian church, and he has been 
an Elder for some years. Mr. Farmer is a type of those 


industrious men who are self-made. Notwithstanding the 
handicap of poverty in his early days and the burden of 
raising a large family, he has faced the struggle cheer- 
fully, and has succeeded. 


One of the prominent financiers and business men 
of Bade County \vas born September 18th, 1870, in Lafay- 
ette County, Missouri, son of Richard and Mary J. 
(McLay) Ferguson. His father was born in Kentucky 
February 17th, 1839, while his mother was born in Indiana 
August 27th, 1840. His father died during the year 1906, 
while his mother had departed this life in 1876. 

Richard Ferguson was of Scotch-Irish parentage, 
being a son of John Henry Ferguson, who was born in 
England. He was a farmer by occupation and came to 
Missouri in 1860 and located in Lafayette County, where 
for a number of years he enjoyed a fair measure of suc- 
cess. He afterward purchased a farm and moved to John- 
son County, where he spent the remainder of his days. 
During the Civil war he aligned himself with the Con- 
federate cause, and part of his military service was as a 
private in a division commanded by General Price. He 
was a Democrat in politics and early in life united with 
the Christian church. 

Mary J. Ferguson was also of Scotch-Irish parentage, 
and came to Lafayette County in a very early day. Both 
Mr. and Mrs Ferguson are buried in Lafayette County, 
at the Mt. Tabor cemetery. She was a member of the 
Christian church. Five children were born of this mar- 

(1) John Chapman, born in Lafayette County June 
10th, 1863, died December 21st, 1913.' 

(2) Jennie L., born in Kentucky May 31st, 1865, 
married J. S. Gilliland, a farmer, living at Holden, Mo. 

(3) James Walter, born in Kentucky October 27th, 
1867, died March 28th, 1886. 

(4) William Lee, the subject of this sketch. 


(5) Sallie G., born in Lafayette County May 17th, 
1873, married W. 1). Utt, a fanner, living near Holden, Mo. 

A very interesting relic, now in the possession of Wil- 
liam L. Ferguson, is a very ancient book, considerably 
more than 100 years old. It is a small account book, 
originally intended for " Tides men to keep their accounts 
of delivery of goods from on shipboard." It was evi- 
dently owned awd used by Ralph Gorrell during the 18th 
century as a Tidesman's record, but was afterwards trans- 
formed into a family record. The original cash entries 
were in pounds, shillings and pence, and seemed to be 
for "indigo." The first entry of a birth record reads: 
"Ralph G. Maxwell, born October 23rd, 1803." Then 
follows the names and dates of births and deaths, with 
the notation that they were born in Ireland. Adison C. 
DeLay was born July 24th, 1809, in France. These were 
great-grandparents of William L. Ferguson on his moth- 
er's side. The book has every appearance of extreme old 
age, being bound in sheepskin, the pages being yellow with 
age. The entry on the last page in the book is of special 
interest: "February 1st, 1801, Robert Gorrell, Dr. to 
David Gorrell, to cash lent you, 6 pounds, 10 shillings. 
North Carolina currency." 

William L. Ferguson was raised on a farm, attended 
the country schools, after which he took a course at the 
State Normal at Warrensburg. He then taught for two 
years in the country schools, and afterwards was principal 
of the schools in Holden, Mo., for three years, and was 
also principal of the schools at Hallsville, in Boone 
County, for three years. He came from Holden to South 
Greenfield in May, 1904, and engaged in the general mer- 
chandise business with J. L. Gilliland. After one and a 
half years he became interested in, and, with others, organ- 
ized the Farmers' State Bank at South Greenfield, and 
later became its cashier, which position he still holds. 

Mr. Ferguson was married in Greenfield, Mo., Decem- 
ber 22nd, 1901, to May Boisseau, daughter of C. D. and 
Sythia Jane (Gilliland) Boisseau, her father being one of 
the influential citizens of Dade County, having been a 


member of the state legislature from Dade County for 
two terms and prominent in Republican politics. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson are the parents of one child, 
Lucy Lee, born August 6th, 1906. Mr. Ferguson is a 
member of the Christian church, while Mrs. Ferguson 
holds membership in the Presbyterian church at Green- 
field. He is an Odd Fellow, a M. W. A., a Democrat in 
politics, and, while not an office-seeker, he has held many 
positions of honor and trust in his community. He has 
been Trustee and Treasurer of Washington Township 
since its organization, was one of the prime movers in the 
establishment of the village school at South Greenfield, 
was active in the erection of the school building, has 
served many years on the school board, both as director 
and treasurer, which position he now holds, and is treas- 
urer of the city of South Greenfield and of the I. 0. 0. F. 
lodge of that place. 

Mr. Ferguson has been one of the leading spirits in 
the good-roads movement in Dade County, and as a mem- 
ber of the Washington Township organization, and also 
as president of the Good-Roads Committee of that town- 
ship he worked incessantly for the best interests of the 
township in the matter of voting bonds for the construc- 
tion of 17 miles of rock road in his township, and it was 
largely due to his executive ability in the matter of ex- 
penditures that the township was able to build such 
good roads.. 



Was born in the Territory of Arkansas in 1819 upon 
a farm, and received only a common school education. 
He emigrated with his family to Kentucky, where he 
remained two or three years, and then came to Dade 
County in 1849 and located on what is now Pilgrim Town- 
ship, where he bought and entered land. Here he raised 
his family and accumulated property until his real estate 
holdings amounted to 180 acres. He was a member of 
the Home Guards during the Civil war, and a member of 
the Baptist church, but later became a member of the 


Christian church. In politics he was a Democrat. He 
was a great reader and very conversant with the bible, 
and engaged in many biblical discussions. 

He was married to Mary E. Bandy in Arkansas. She 
was a member of the Christian church. To this union 
were born four children, three of whom are living: 

(1) Milton L., a carpenter, now living in Colorado. 

(2) Louisa A., married John M. Shelton. 

(3) Delia F., married Robert J. West, and resides 
near Roberts, Ark. 

Louisa A. Finley was married to John M. Shelton 
November 10th, 1871. He was a son of John D. and Ada- 
line (Brown) Shelton. He was born in Tennessee Au- 
gust 1st, 1847. The family lived in Lawrence County, 
Missouri, in an early day, and John M. came to Dade 
County in the 70 's, and located near Pilgrim and taught 
school seven years. He farmed the Finley homestead 
and died there Marh 14th, 1891. He was a successful 
farmer, a member of the Baptist church, belonged to the 
I. 0. 0. F. and was a Democrat in politics. 

He enlisted in Company E, Forty-sixth Regiment, 
Missouri Infantry Volunteers, and served six months, until 
the close of the war. He was but 18 years of age when 
he enlisted. 

Mr. and Mrs. Shelton were the parents of three 

(1) Stella, born on the Finley homestead February 
17th, 1873, was educated in the home schools and at 
Ozark College in Greenfield. Married Albert Daigh 
October 24th, 1893, son of Thomas J. and Mary J. (Willis) 
Daigh, one of the pioneer families of Dade County, Richard 
Willis having settled early in South Township. Albert 
and Stella Daigh are the parents of one child, Offner V., 
born June 24th, 1894. His parents reside on a farm in 
South Township, while Offner is engaged in farming, and 
also in automobiles. 

(2) Luella, born on the Finley homestead October 
15th, 1874, married Dr. W. R. Riley of Everton, where 
she now resides. 


(3) Douglas Jones, born on the Finley homestead 
December 1st, 1883, and is now farming the Finley home- 
stead. He married Myrtle Dickinson, and they have 
three children, Thomas Randolph, Miriam Lecelia and 
James Dickinson. 

Mrs. Shelton is a member of the Christian church. 
She moved to Everton in 1906, and is now living a retired 
life in that citv. 


It would be impossible to write a complete history of 
Dade County without the name, "Friar," standing out 
prominently upon almost every page. The subject of 
this sketch is a man who is properly styled as being 
"indigenous to the soil," having spent his entire life upon 
the old homestead which his grandfather settled in 
the 30 's. 

Andrew Jackson Friar was born in Dade County, Mis- 
souri, on the 25th day of February, 1863, a son of William 
and Lucy (Hudspeth) Friar, who were natives of Gilford 
County, North Carolina. William came to Dade County 
at the age of 18 years with his father, also named William 
Friar, in the 30 's. They came overland with ox teams, and 
settled upon the farm where Mr. Friar now lives, his 
grandfather taking up about 400 acres of choice land 
along Turnback creek, much of which was splendid bottom 
land. On this farm his grandfather and grandmother 
lived, served, sacrificed and died. They raised a family 
of eight children, all of whom are dead except Susan 
Preston, widow of Isaac Preston (deceased), who is still 
active even at the extreme age of 84 years. 

William Friar, the father of Andrew J. Friar, was 
married in Dade County, Missouri, to Lucy Hudspeth, 
daughter of Andrew Hudspeth, once sheriff of the county. 
William stayed with the old home place, and after the 
death of his father bought out the other heirs and made 
the place of his choice his permanent home. 


In the exciting days of 1849 William contracted the 
"gold fever," and, like the Argonauts of old, he set sail 
in a Prairie Schooner to the golden fields of California, 
and after a period of some years returned home with a 
goodly supply of the yellow metal. William Friar was 
the father of seven children, Andrew J. being the third 
son. Thad and Robert died in Dade County years ago. 
William lives in Dade County. Nannie, now Mrs. Judson 
Adamson lives in Lawrence County. Susan died when 2 
years of age, and Lula died at the age of 5 years. 

William Friar was a Democrat, served during the 
Civel war in the Home Guards under Colonel Bailey, and 
is buried at the Shiloh cemetery. He owned 240 acres 
of land at the time of his death, was a good man, a suc- 
cessful farmer, took great delight in live stock, was an 
upright Christian gentleman, a member of the M. E. 
church (South), and died as he lived, honored and re- 
spected by the people who knew him best. 

Andrew J. Friar has always lived upon the original 
Friar homestead. At his mother's death, in connection 
with his brother, he purchased the interest of the remain- 
ing heirs, and divided the farm so that he acquired 160 
acres, including the dwelling house built by his father 
in 1876. His entire life has been spent upon the farm, and 
contentment is his priceless heritage. Since purchasing 
the farm he has erected a large barn, added to the comfort 
and convenience of the dwelling, and made other valuable 
improvements in order to more successfully carry on his 
farming and live stock enterprises. 

On the 7th day of May, 1893, he married Mollie 
Ruark, a native of Lawrence County, who was born July 
10th, 1873, a daughter of Joshua Wheeler Ruark and 
Selina (Sutton) Ruark, the former being a native of 
Indiana and the latter of Newton County, Missouri. Mr. 
and Mrs. Ruark were married in Newton County, Mis- 
souri. Joshua Wheeler Ruark died in Lawrence county 
June 6th, 1902, at his farm, where he had resided 
36 years, and his funeral was attended by practically 


every citizen in the community. His remains were buried 
in the Sychamore cemetery of that neighborhood. 

Joshua \V. Ruark was 6 years old when he first came 
to Dade County. At the breaking out of the Civil war 
he enlisted in the Federal army and served over three 
years in Company L, Eighth Missouri State Militia. He 
was captured twice and barely escaped being shot while 
in the hands of "Bushwhackers." At one time he and a 
companion were in swimming, when his companion was 
shot, and Mr. Ruark barely escaped a like fate. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ruark were the parents of six children: 

(1) Theodosia, married William Friar, brother of 
Andrew J. Friar. 

(2) Belle, now Mrs. James McPherson of Lawrence 

(3) Walter, a resident of Lawrence County. 

(4) Mollie, wife of Andrew J. Friar of Dade County, 

(5) Ely, a resident of Lawrence County, 

(6) Luther, living at Miller, Lawrence County. 
Andrew J. Friar and wife have a family of five 

children : 

(1) Wana, born March 25th, 1894, married McKinley 
Terrell, a farmer of Lawrence County, Missouri. They 
have one child, Loreva, born September 17th, 1915. 

(2) Freddie, born September 13th, 1895, married 
Earl Meek of Dade County, a farmer living near Emmett. 
They have one child, Willard, born February 29th, 1916. 

(3) Joshua, born October 5th, 1897. 

(4) Lelah, born November 12th, 1901. 

(5) Vonscl, born February 12th, 1911. 

Mr. Friar's farm is well adapted to stock raising, 
being well watered by Turnback creek, and produces 
bluegrass in abundance. He makes a specialty of Short- 
horn cattle and Shropshire sheep, and annually raises a 
large number of hogs. A gasoline engine is utilized in 
pumping water, washing and operating other farm ma- 


Mr. Friar and wife are members of the M. E. church 
(South), in which organization he is a Trustee, and both 
are much interested in the various enterprises of the 
church. He is a Democrat in politics, a member of the 
Township Board and for two years served as Justice of 
the Peace. Fraternally Mr. Friar holds membership in 
the A. F. & A. M. and the W. 0. W. at Everton. 

Tireless industry, unflinching honesty and sterling 
integrity are the characteristics which have marked the 
life of Mr. Friar, and contributed to its unmeasured suc- 
cess. He is one of the landmarks socially, morally and 
financially in the community in which he lives. 


In recounting the early history of the Friar family, 
their geneology, early settlement and achievements, the 
attention of the reader is called to the extended state- 
ment given in the history of Andrew Jackson Friar, found 
under the proper caption in this volume. 

William Friar, the subject of this sketch, was born on 
the Friar homestead in South Township on the waters of 
Turnback May 20th, 1865. His early life was spent on 
the farm, working for and with his father. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of the county, and on May 
26th, 1889, lie was married to Tlieodosia Ruark, a Law- 
ranee County girl, who was born on the 25th day of 
July, 1866. Her father, Joshua Wheeler Rurak, was one 
of the most prominent citizens of Lawrence County. 
There were six children born of this union, viz: 

(1) Joshua Floyd, born May flth, 1890. Married 
to Alice Terrel November 9th, 1913. Alice was born in 
Lawrence County. Two children were born of this mar- 
riage, Orris, born October 23rd, 1914, and Harland Theo- 
dore, born October 8th, 1916. 

(2) Susan, born August 28th, 1891. Married Au- 
gust 17th, 1913, to Marion Loyd Irby. 

(3) Elsa, born Xocember 13th, 1893. 

(4) Willie, born August 24th, 1896. 

(5) Mollie, born January 31st, 1898. 


(6) Nannie, born January 21st, 1900. 

In the year of 1890 William Frair bought 80 acres 
of land from George Lieuallen, which was little improved, 
and upon which was a small house. In 1910 he erected a 
nice frame dwelling and other outbuildings. 

At his mother's death he purchased an additional 80 
acres of No. 1 land in Turnback bottom, which he has 
since highly improved. In company with his brother, he 
is the owner of a registered jack named "Thunder," im- 
ported from Tennessee, and is engaged in breeding and 
raising mules for the market. His farm is well stocked 
with cattle, hogs and sheep, having a splendid flock of 
Shropshires, headed by a registered buck. Turnback 
creek furnishes a never-failing supply of stock water, 
which is materially augmented with wells and a windmill. 

In politics he is a Democrat, and his official life has 
been confined to serving two years upon the district school 
board. Air. Friar's ambition in life has been directed 
toward the establishment of a comfortable farm home, sur- 
rounding himself with the comforts and conveniences 
suitable to his station in life, cultivating the spirit of con- 
tentment and enjoying the benefits which come to one who 
is willing to devote his time and talents to the accom- 
plishment of a well-defined purpose. "By their fruits 
ye shall know them," and by this standard Mr. Friar is 
willing to be judged. 



Born in Dado County, Missouri, July llth, .1860, a 
son of William and Lucy (Hudspeth) Friar, While in 
the very prime of life, the Death Angel called, and he 
answered the summons. His demise occurred on the 25th 
day of February, 1S<K>, lie being a little less than 33 years 
of age. He was a farmer by occupation, a Democrat in 
politics, but neither an office-holder nor an office-seeker, 
devoting his entire time and energy to his chosen calling, 
hi addition to fanning, he handled considerable live stock. 
He was a man of integrity and high ideals, being a mem- 
ber of the M. E. church (South) at the time of his death. 


He was married on the 20th day of October, 1881, to 
Arthusa Ann Burton, who was born in Lawrence County 
August 21st, 1861, a daughter of Milo Burton and Mary 
(Hood) Burton, whose biographies are given at length 
under proper caption in this volume. To this union were 
born five children : 

(1) James Burton, born October 30th, 1882, married 
Florence Pilkington, and lives in Everton. They have one 
child, Howard Burton Friar. 

(2) William Alexander, born October 31st, 1885, 
married Bytha Mallory, and lives on the homestead with 
his mother. 

(3 Robert E. Lee, born March 4th, 1888, married 
Tressie Irby, and lives on the home place. They have 
one child, Velma Lee. 

(4) Effie L., born March 13th, 1890. 

(5) John D., born May 27th, 1892, died January 
13th, 1894. 

At the time of his death Mr. Friar was the owner 
of 292Xo acres of land in Dade County. Just at the time 
when his family needed him the most Mr. Friar was 
called home, but his faithful wife, with a heroism born 
of necessity, took upon herself the burden of managing 
their large farm, the care of the children and the mainte- 
nance of the home. 

In this unequal struggle against adversity, she was 
ably assisted by her brother, Walker Burton, who made 
his home with her for seven years, and materially assisted 
her in cultivating the farm and supporting the children. 
The children, too, as they grew older, became a source of 
aid and comfort, so that in 1907 they were enabled to 
build a large barn, and in 1911, a splendid farm residence. 

The farm is a productive one and supplied with water 
from everlasting springs. Upon its splendid pastures a 
number of mules, a herd of grade Whiteface cattle and 
thrifty Poland-China hogs find ample feeding grounds. 

Following in the footsteps of their father, the boys 
are all Democrats. Notwithstanding the circumstances 
which demanded the help of the children in the home, Mrs. 


Friar has been able to give each of her children a fair 
chance for a good common school education, and she has 
borne the affliction of an All-Wise Providence with a 
fortitude which is commendable to a degree worthy of 


The Frieze family is of German descent coming to 
America during the 18th century and locating in North 
Carolina. Later they crossed over the mountains and 
located in East Tennessee where we find two brothers, 
Jacob and David who married sisters by the name of 
Milburn. Jacob Frieze came to Missouri in 1830 and set- 
tled i 1 ' what was then Polk County. David moved to 
Middle Tennesse, where he raised two sons. The oldest, 
John Wilkerson Frieze was born August 10th, 1821 and 
the younger, Crawford Frieze remained in Tennesse while 
John came to Missouri. Crawford Frieze was a Colonel in 
the Confederate army and John served three years in the 
Union army. 

John \V. Frieze was married in 1840 to Ann Pathiah 
Mills. To this union were born a family of eight children: 

(1) J. E. Frieze of Cedar County. 

(2) J. A. Frieze, now deceased. 

(3) Ark ley Frieze of Seybert, Mo. 

(4) Sarah E., now Mrs. Melcher. 

(5) Saline, was Mrs. Chancy (now deceased). 
(G) Kichard Denton, now deceased. 

(7) Margaret Malinda. now Mrs. Wellington Depree 
of Bona, Mo. 

(8) Idelia, was Mrs. Webb (now deceased). 
During the year 1>S~J() John W. Frieze came with his 

family to Dade County from Tennessee in ox wagons. They 
came to Dr. Bender's near Dadcvillc, an old neighbor and 
friend of the family in Tennessee where they stayed one 
year. He then moved over on Sons Creek and remained 
there one year but was so dissatisfied with the country 
that he loaded up his things and started back to Tennes- 


see. He got as far as Lawson Hembree's, near Dadeville, 
where he was persuaded to remain in Missouri. 

At the breaking out of the civil war he enlisted in 
the 8th Missouri state militia under Captain Kirby 
and served three years. He participated in the campaigns 
against the raids of Coffey and Price. He died July 10th, 

Arkley Frieze was born in Overton County, Tenn., 
May 26, 1845 and came with his father to Dade county 
when he was eleven years of age. He worked with Joel T. 
Hembree in running a saw mill and he helped to saw the 
lumber in the Dade County Court House. Also in many 
other buildings in Greenfield. After that he worked four 
years in the Dadeville flouring mill with Mr. Ingraham. 

On the 19th day of March, 1873 he was married to 
Delitlia Armildia McPeak and moved on to a farm north- 
east of where Bona is now located. Since then he has 
been engaged in general farming, stock raising, trading in 
lands and in 1903 he purchased the flouring mill at Sey- 
bert, and the farm adjacent thereto, erected him a splendid 
new farm dwelling where he now resides. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frieze are the parents of six children 

(1) Edwin, born February 18th, 1874, a lawyer in 
the city of Greenfield, but extensively engaged in farming, 
stock raising, shipping and mining. 

(2) John Harmon, born April 5th, 1877, a large 
farmer and extensively engaged in raising and shipping 
cattle, horses, hogs and mules. He lives in the north- 
eastern part of the county. 

(3) Everett, born August 18th, 1879, a lawyer on the 
Pacific coast, formerly represented Dade County in the 
Missouri legislature. 

(4) Vernon, born February 28, 1882, a lawyer and 
extensive farmer and stock dealer of Dade County. 

(5) Bessie, born September llth, 1884, one of the 
brightest students that ever attended the Greenfield High 
School, graduated from that institution in the class of 
1904; she since has taken post graduate courses in the 
following state institution, Missouri University. She is 


easily one of the best educated young women in South- 
west Missouri. 

(6) Theodore, born June 6th, 1893, also a graduate 
of the Greenfield High School, a splendid student and a 
promising young man. 

While Mr. Frieze himself had only the benefit of a 
common school education he has made a specialty of giv- 
ing his children the benefit of higher education and has 
contributed largely of his means in giving each of them a 
fair start in life both in money and in land. Mr, Frieze 
is however a man of large native ability, being able to 
give the tax collector from memory an exact legal descrip- 
tion of every tract and parcel of land he owns in the 
county, and they number almost a score and many of them 
intricate descriptions by metes and bounds, a feat which 
few men, even those engaged in the professions could ac- 

By reason of his energy, industry, frugality and gen- 
eral application to business, Mr. Frieze has been a pros- 
perous man and has accumulated much property. He is 
an ideal citizen, a Republican in politics and his family 
are members of the Christian church. He is still actively 
engaged in the farming, stock raising, shipping and mill- 
ing business. His home is at Seybert, some ten miles north 
of Greenfield on the Sac River, his farm home being one 
of the few buildings which constitute the village of Sey- 
bert, the remaining ones being a store, a blacksmith shop, 
a few other dwellings, a splendid new Christian church 
and the Seybert mill. 


Fred Frye was born in Hanover, Germany, November 
4th, 1853. His parents emigrated to the United States in 
1854, embarking on August 20th, 1854, on the three-masted 
sailing ship Halifax, and after eighteen weeks' stormy voy- 
age landed in New Orleans on the day before Christmas, 
December 24th, 1854. On that voyage seventeen persons 
died and were buried in the sea. There were 1654 emigrants 


on the ship, and the supplies of foodstuffs and water ran 
short and had to be proportioned to everybody on the ship. 
When we landed in New Orleans we were met by my uncle, 
William Frye, and family, of that city. We stayed in New 
Orleans until January 20th, 1855, and took the river boat 
Louisiana up the Mississippi river to St, Louis, Mo. This 
took eleven days to make the trip to St. Louis. On our 
arrival we were met by another uncle, named Henry. In 
St. Louis we stayed seven days, and at that time St. Louis 
was not very much above Fifth Street West. From St. 
Louis we started on two ox wagons into Southern Illinois, 
Washington County, practically a wilderness at that time. 
Forty-eight miles east of St. Louis, my father bought a 
homestead from an old trapper by the name of George 
Hood, 260 acres, and later bought more land from the 
government, and some from the Illinois Central railroad. 
There were no towns, no schools, no churches, within ten 
miles or more, and we had to get the provisions from St. 
Louis, and could not talk the American language. This 
was an uphill business. When I got old enough to go to 
school we did not have any school, and my father taught 
me and my sister to read and write, to be sure, in German, 
because he did not know anything else. In 1859 there was 
quite a settlement already, and they built a log school house, 
and our first teacher was an old farmer by the name of 
Riddle, and he did Riddle us once in a while, and from that 
time on we had better sailing and things were coming our 
way, and I got to be quite a boy by that time, and soon began 
to look at the girls. 

In the year 1860 there was a little town started in our 
neighborhood, called New Minden, and my father and three 
other men built a largo flour mill, as that proved to be a 
good wheat country, and is yet. The mill was of 250 bar- 
rels capacity, and took eighteen months to complete it. The 
mill is still running. The same mill company also started a 
general store, and called it the Mill Store. In 1862 my 
father sold his one-fourth interest in the mill for $10,000 
and bought the other three-fourths of the General Store 
and there is where I got started in the merchandise busi- 


ness. In 1868 on November 1st my father died and my 
mother continued in the business until 1875 when she 
sold out to another party and from that time on my real 
life began. After a few year's courtship with the girls I 
got married on April 17, 1876 to my present wife, Lily and 
with her I moved back on the farm again where we 
worked for our living until 1881). During my stay on the 
farm I held several public offices such as school board, 
township school commissioner, tax collector and justice 
of the peace and manager and butter maker of a creamery. 
June 12, 1889 I came to Lock wood, Mo., where my- 
self and children built a creamery which we operated for 
about ten years and then was turned into a mill and light 
plant and is at this writing still in operation. December 
28, 1889 i bought a half interest in the store from Martin 
Heiser, known at that time as Hanbein & Heiser store and 
then changed to the firm name of Hanbein & Frye, and 
was operated under this name until 1897 when Hanbein 
sold his half interest to Fritz Warren and the firm changed 
to Frye & Warren and run until the fall of 1900 when we 
sold out to Shafer & Co. In 1901 I started merchandise 
business again at my present place of business. During 
my stay in Lock wood I held different public offices; city 
council three years; justice of the peace; director of bank; 
fair board; and last but not least, member of county court 
for the western district for one term. This was an up 
hill business. Wishing all the Dade County People the 
very best of health, success and prosperity. 



Was born in Putnam county, Mo., November 23rd, 
1S77, a son of William and Margaret E. (Harbert) Fuqua, 
his father being a native 1 of Kentucky, of French-German 
origin, born January 18, 1826 came to Dade county in 
1882 and died here in 1903 at the age of 77 years. 

William Fuqua was a farmer in Kentucky and also at 
Unionville in this state but in coining to Greenfield in 1882 


he engaged in the livery business which he followed for 
one year and then removed to South Greenfield where he 
continued in the same business. He later engaged in the 
Hotel business at South Greenfield but the last few years 
of his life was spent on a little farm near Neola. He how- 
ever moved back to South Greenfield before his death. 
He was a veteran of the civil war but was discharged on 
account of disability. 

Margaret Elizabeth Harbert was born in Putnam 
county, Mo., June 26th, 1844, and is still living in South 
Greenfield. Her parents were Putnam county farmers, 
both are dead and buried in said county. She is a mem- 
ber of the M. E. church. 

William Fuqua and wife were the parents of eight 
children : 

(1) Ida, married F. M. Thompson, now in the grocery 
business in Pittsburg, Kas. They have two children, Dot 
Oscar and Hattie. 

('2) Hattie, married J. M. Turner, a loan broker of 
Trinidad, Colo. They have one child, Thelma. 

(3) Laura, married J. II. Poe, a merchant at Penns- 
boro. They have two children, Leona and Marion. 

(4) William, married Pearl White (now deceased.) 
He is a machinist at Pittsburg, Kas. 

(5) James H. Fuqua. 

(6) Lula, married Dr. L. S. Couplin, a physician at 
South Greenfield. They have two children, Elizabeth and 

(7) and (8) Twins Allie and Alva died in infancy. 
James H. Fuqua was raised in South Greenfield, Mo., 

where in boyhood he attended the public schools of that 
place. He studied the telegraph business with the Frisco 
railroad for two years and after farming for some three 
years in 1900 he went into the general merchandise busi- 
ness at Pennsboro, where he continued until 1911. He was 
cashier for the Frisco Railroad at Monett for about one 
year, when he came to South Greenfield in October, 1912, 
and purchased the hardware stock of B. J. J. Marsh, to 
which he added a line of furniture and undertaking. Later 


he added implements, buggies, carriages, harness and farm 
supplies, until now it is one of the large concerns of Dade 

In the year 1914 he erected a complete waterworks 
system for South Greenfield, and later on, in company with 
J. L. Gilliland, he put in an electric lighting system for 
the town, which is run in connection with the waterworks 

Mr. Fuqua is the owner of a large double store build- 
ing, which he occupies with his merchandise business, a 
splendid home in South Greenfield, and a small farm near 

In 1897 he was married to Laura A. Renfro, who was 
born in AYashington Township January 28th, 1880, a 
daughter of Joseph and Mary J. (Merrick) Renfro, pio- 
neers of Dade County. They have one child, Marie, born 
near South Greenfield in 1907. 

Mr. Fuqua and wife are members of the Christian 
church. He is a member of the Odd Fellows, W. 0. W.'s, 
and votes the Republican ticket. As a citizen, Mr. Fuqua 
may quite properly be classed with those known as "boost- 
ers." He is always wide-awake, outspoken and enthusias- 
tic for any cause which he espouses. He is especially at- 
tentive to his own affairs, and has built up a splendid 
business by reason of his energy and industry. 


The subject of this sketch is one of the early pioneers 
of Western Dade County. He was born in Elkbart County, 
Indiana, July 9th, 1840, son of Frederick and Malinda 
(Ulery) Garver. His father and mother were both natives 
of Ohio. Frederick Garver, his grandfather, was taken 
to Michigan at a very early date, and afterward emi- 
grated to Elkhart County, Indiana, when Indians were 
plentiful and fur trading was the principal commercial 
industry of the country. Amid these wild scenes, Fred- 
erick Garver grew to manhood, married Malinda Ulery, 
whose father, George Ulery, was a weaver by trade, who 



had emigrated to Indiana some years before. Both fami- 
lies were of German descent and both Frederick and Ma- 
linda had been married previous to 1840. In 1842 they 
came to Missouri and settled near Cartilage, in Jasper 
County, where they entered 160 acres of land from the 
Government, on which they lived for 18 years. Finally 
they sold out and came to Dade County, buying land near 
the western line of the county, which they kept for 18 
months, and sold out and bought 120 acres about one mile 
west of their former tract, upon which they lived from 
February, 1859, until 1889, when they again sold out and. 
moved to Greenfield. His father died there July 17th, 
1891, and his mother died there on September 19th, 1891. 
Frederick Garver was a Republican in politics, and both 
he and his wife were members of the Baptist church. 
They were the parents of 13 children, three of whom died 
in infancy and two later in life. Eight are now living, 
six boys and two girls. 

Sarah died leaving one child. She w r as the wife of 
B. M. Crandall, both now deceased. Hannah, who was 
Mrs. Zimmerman, died and left no children. Those living- 
are as follows: 

(1) Jesse, the subject of this sketch. 

(2) Solomon, married Angeline Steeley, a Dade 
County girl, now deceased, and raised a family of nine 
children. He now r lives in Arkansas. 

(3) Susan, married Ben Cooley and lives in Green- 

(4) Ellen, married Tom Drysdale and lives in Polk 

(5) George, married Margaret Steeley, also a Dade 
County girl. They now live in Oklahoma. 

(6) John, married Mrs. Owens and lives near Ever- 

(7) Alva, married first a Miss Cartell of Dade 
County and raised a large family, and after her death he 
re-married in Polk Township. 

(8) Dave, married Louisia Grooms, a Dade County 
girl. They now live near Everton. 


When the Garver family first settled in Missouri, 
neighbors were 15 miles apart and Indians were plentiful. 
In those days Jesse had more friends among the Indians 
than he had among the whites, often sleeping with them 
in their wig-warns and reposing more confidence in them 
than in the whites, for the white men of the country in 
that early day were mostly outlaws. As late as 1850, 
most of the present-day cities were mere trading posts, 
and where fine improved farms are now found, in that 
day the deer and turkey roamed at will. 

Jesse Garver was married in 1862 to Sarah Ells- 
worth, a native of New York, who came to Bade County 
about 1860. To this union were born 10 children, two 
of whom are now living. Only three grew to maturity. 
One, Margaret, married Charles Cox, and died leaving six 
children. Those living are: 

(1) Lizzie, married George Brobrugar. They live 
in Barton County and have four children. 

('2) Nancy, married John Ferguson. They now live 
in Carthage and have two children. 

Mr. Garver was at home w r hen the Civil war broke 
out. He was the first man to enlist at Golden City, in 
Company E, Fifteenth Regiment, Volunteer Cavalry, under 
Captain Morris. This was in August, 1864. He served 
in South Missouri and all through Arkansas for 11 months, 
and was discharged June 30th, 1865, at Springfield, Mo., 
afterwhich lie returned to Dade County and settled upon 
a farm of 64 acres in Grant Township, upon which he has 
lived and farmed ever since. 

What little schooling he obtained before the war was 
received in Dade County. Schools in those days were 
very primitive, often lasting not more than three months 
during the year and conducted practically without books. 
The pupils depended largely upon the store of knowledge 
possessed by the teacher and the three R's (reading, 
'righting and Yithmetic) constituted the complete course 
of study. Mr. Garver has, however, been a great reader, 
and is a well-informed, self-educated man. He has been 
a Republican all his life, and, while he has always been 


active in local politics, being counted as one of the "wheel 
horses" in his township, he has never held or desired of- 
fice. He is a member of the G. A. R. post at Golden City 
and also a member of the I. O. O. F. 

Mr. Garver is a true type of the early pioneer, having 
lived in Dade County during all the years of her adversity 
as well as her prosperity. He has seen the broad prairies 
and fertile valleys transformed from fields of game to 
fields of grain. Cities, towns and villages have sprung 
up under his gaze, families have come and gone, popula- 
tions have changed, but Mr. Garver is still here to tell 
the story. 

He is bearing up well under his weight of years 
and still takes a lively interest in the passing events. He 
enjoys the confidence and respect of his neighbors and 
is one of the substantial men in the community in which 
he lives. 


William J. Garrett, born May 4th, 1820, departed 
this life June 16th, 1915, being at the time of his death 
95 years one month and 12 days of age. 

The time of my first remembrance of Brother Garrett 
dates back to three or four years before the war. 1 
first saw him at the old Sand Mountain camp ground. 
He was preaching to a large congregation of people. I 
was then but a boy of 15 or 16 years, but I was attracted 
by his earnestness and heard him to the close of his dis- 
course, which made such an impression that I never for- 
got him, and always thereafter regarded him as an able 

It was his first visit to the annual camp meeting 
that was held on those sacred grounds. He soon became 
endeared to the vast crowds of people who attended, and 
was always there during some part of those meetings, 
and was gladly received by the people and loved for his 
work's sake. 


When the cloud of war settled down on our country 
and closed for a time these precious meetings, I, with 
many young men, went to the army. I am told that 
Brother Garrett was ever ready through those trouble- 
years to preach the precious gospel wherever his lot was 
cast, though 1 only heard from him incidentally until the 
fearful strife was over. Brother Garrett, with his family, 
moved to some place not far from Sedalia, where he 
labored for the Master until the cloud of war passed 
away, when he returned with his family to Greenfield 
and renewed his work. 

in the autumn of 1886 the cam]) meeting was resur- 
rected from the wreck of war, and the hosts of Israel 
again pitched their tents on the old camp ground. Brother 
Garrett was there, and was one of the ministers who 
preached most ably and spiritually. On that occasion 
a great revival of religion followed, resulting in the salva- 
tion of something near 100 souls, a great number for that 
early day. Among the converts of that meeting there 
were three young men, each of whom in after years be- 
came ministers of the Cumberland-Presbyterian church, 
namely, W. K. Russell, James II. Harriett and W. E. Shaw. 

It was truly a great meeting. It was estimated that 
on Sunday night there were 140 seekers at the altar and 
among them were 45 soldier boys of the Sixth Missouri 
Volunteer Cavalry, and many of them were converted. 
It is due Brother Garrett 's memory that I speak of him 
as a great preacher. He was able, resourceful and conse- 
crated, logical in his deductions, spiritual in his delivery 
and pleasant in his address. He was also a sweet singer, 
and there was a pathos in his great gift of song that was 
truly inspiring and encouraging to the unconverted. 

Brother Garrett was a favorite in funeral preaching, 
and went far and near, in his sympathy, when called to 
such work. lie was also a favorite in solemnizing the 
marriage rite, as his record indicates. 

When I was a licentiate I frequently assisted him 
and Rev. J. I). Montgomery in revival work, and when I 
was ordained to the full work of the ministry he was 


among the number of consecrated ministers who laid his 
hand upon my head. 

Brother Garrett loved his church, with its doctrines. 
He was a strong man in its councils, and was therefore 
prized in his presbytery, and in synod, and was frequently 
sent as a commissioner to the general assembly. 

His services as a pastor were sought by the best 
churches in his presbytery, and his field work, in some 
way, was blessed throughout its boundary, lie was known 
and respected not only in his own church, but also by 
other religious people wherever he went. 

Brother (Barrett leaves a respected and honorable 
family, as a trophy of his sterling worth. Many will rise 
up in the judgment and call him blessed, he having been 
instrumental in leading them to the Savior of men. 

May his mantle fall on others who will continue the 
work so sucessfully begun and completed in his long and 
useful life. W.E.SHAW. 


Financier, farmer and stockman, he was born near 
Carlinville, Ills., June 1st, 1864, the third of a family of 
seven children, a son of Henry Gilhnan, a native of Ger- 
many, who came from the Fatherland many years ago and 
located in Macoupin County, Illinois, near Carlinville. 
True to the traditions of his race, he was an energetic, 
frugal, industrious man, and prospered. In 1861) he 
came to Dade County and purchased a large tract of land 
in Marion Township, upon which he raised large num- 
bers of horses, mules, sheep and cattle. He remained on 
this farm until about four years prior to his death, when 
he moved to Lockwood and retired from active business. 
Fie died in 1009 at the age of 75 years. He was a member 
of the Presbyterian church and voted the Democratic 
ticket till the first administration of Grover Cleveland, 
after which time he aligned himself with the Republican 
party. At the time of his death he owned 1,040 acres of 
land, a fine residence in Lockwood, three business houses 


and a large amount of personal property, including notes, 
mortgages and Government Bonds. 

In 1893 Henry Gillman, H. A. Cunningham and J. N. 
Burns organized the private bank of ''Gillman, Burns 

6 Co.," which operated in Lockwood until 1896, when it 
was changed to "Henry Gillman and C. W. Gillman," 
and so continued till 1903, when it was chartered as "The 
Bank of Lockwood," with Henry Gillman as President, 
C. "W. Gillman as Cashier and John M. Adams as Assistant 
Cashier. About three years before the death of his 
father C. W. Gillman became the President of the insti- 
tution, and still holds that position. 

C. W. Gillman came to Dade County with his father 
in 1869. He attended the common schools of the county, 
worked on the farm, and when coming to Dade County 
helped drive 1,4-00 sheep from Illinois to the Dade County 
farm. His schooling was quite limited. From the age of 

7 years up to the time he was 12 year? old he attended 
public school, and later attended High Schoo 1 in Green- 
field. In the fall of 1882 he took a three months course 
in Business College at Sedalia, returned home, and ac- 
cepted a position in the "old" Bank of Lockwood. For 
many years he has owned and managed many farms in 
the vicinity of Lockwood. At the present time his real 
estate holdings amount to 320 acres in Lockwood and 
Marion Townships, and he buys, sells, feeds and ships 
cattle and hogs extensively. 

For a number of years Mr. Gillman lived in Lock- 
wood, but a few years ago he purchased 160 acres of land 
lying just east of the city and almost joining the corporate 
limits. Upon this he erected one of the finest country 
homes in the state. Equipped with a modern heating 
and water system and lighted by electricity, it is modern 
in every respect. In keeping with his progressive in- 
stincts, Mr. Gillman, at his own expense, graded, graveled 
and macadamized one-half mile of road leading from the 
city to his farm at a cost of about $700, thereby setting a 
good example for his less progressive neighbors. 


Mr. Gillman is the owner of two automobiles, of 
which lie makes constant use, both for business and 

On the 26th day of October, 1898, he was married to 
Lucy B. Pursel, a native Missouri girl, daughter of Alexan- 
der and Annie (McAllister) Pursel, of Scotch ancestry. 
They came to Bade County from North Missouri in 1892. 
He died in 1903. His widow makes her home with C. W. 
Gill man. 

Henry Gilhnan and wife were the parents of seven 
children, viz: 

(1) Emma, married Henry Miller, a farmer of 
Marion Township. 

(2) John H., a farmer in Marion Township. 

(3) C. W. Gilhnan. 

(4) George, a farmer, lives on the old homestead. 

(5) Frank, lives in Lock wood. 
(G) Sophia, lives in Lock wood. 

(7) Lizzie, lives with her mother in Lockwood. 

C. W. Gilhnan and wife have but one child, Mary 
Helen, born April 26th, 1900. She is a characteristic 
High School girl, enjoys outdoor sports and is an expert 
auto driver. 

Mrs. Gillman is a member of the Presbyterian church. 
He is a Mason, a Shriner, and his wife belongs to the East- 
ern Star. In politics, Mr. Gillman is an active Republican 
and, while never a candidate for an office himself, his 
support is much desired by those of more ambitious ten- 
dencies politically. 

Mr. Gillman is yet a young man and vitally interested 
in the enterprises of his business. The full measure of his 
success in life has by no means been computed, but if lie 
should quit the stage of action today and retire to private 
life, the following motto might with all propriety be 
emblazoned upon the family scroll: ''From Slieepfold to 

Mr. Gillman 's financial success in life has in no way 
changed his early tastes or tendencies, lie is a plain 


man of the plain people. Sociable, accommodating and 
kind are words which fitly express his bearing toward his 

neighbors and his friends. 


Born in Johnson County, Missouri, November 13th, 
1863, son of Abel Gilliland, a native of Tennessee, born 
in 1809 and died in 1879, or Irish ancestry. Came west 
when a young man, working in the mines near St. Louis, 
later he came to Johnson County and entered a tract of 
land, erected a two-story log house upon it, which he 
afterward weather-boarded. He was a man of simple 
tastes and retired habits, never desiring to be rich, but 
always lived well. He was very liberal in his political 
views, choosing the man rather than the party, and in 
this way frequently changed the form of his ballot. He 
married Kathryn Stewart in Missouri and raised a family 
of nine children: 

(1) Nancy, married John Heisey, a farmer and 
blacksmith, raising a family of six children. She is 
now dead. 

(2) Jane, married C. D. Boisseau, who is now a 
prominent citizen of Greenfield, ex-member of the Mis- 
souri Legislature, ex-mayor of the city, and a leading 
Republican politician. They had three children. 

(3) Laura, married Daniel Boisseau, an attorney of 
Warrensburg. They have one child, 0. G. Boisseau, an 
attorney and Republican politician of Holden, Mo. 

(4) Josephine, married John Heisey, now deceased. 
She is living in Colorado. They had no children. 

(5) George, now deceased. 

(G) Alice, the present wife of Hon. C. D. Boisseau 
of Greenfield. Her first husband was Washington Ren- 
nick, by whom she had two children. 

(7) Mattie, now deceased. 

(N) Joseph S., a farmer, now residing in Johnson 
County. Married Jennie Ferguson. They have three 

m:\KY AUIKKT i \\i\(;iiAM. 


(9) James L. Gilliland. 

Mr. Gilliland was raised on a farm and received a 
very meager education by attending the common schools 
of Johnson County, lie remained on the farm until 1901, 
when he came to South Greenfield and purchased the 
grocery business then being conducted y J. H. Poe. 

In the grocery business Mr. Gilliland has achieved 
a reasonable degree of success. In 1914, in company with 
J. H. Fuqua, he erected and equipped an electric light 
plant for South Greenfield. 

On the 26th day of August, 1907, he was married to 
Miss Nellie Miller of South Greenfield, a daughter of 
D. R. and Mary (De Berry) Miller, born in 1886. Mr. 
Miller is a retired railroad bridge builder, having worked 
in that capacity for both the Rock Island and Frisco 
railroads. He came to South Greenfield in 1881. Mr. 
Miller is a veteran of the Civil war, serving on the Union 
side, and a Republican in politics. His wife is a member 
of the M..E. church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gilliland have no living children. One 
child was born of this marriage, but died in infancy. 

Mr. Gilliland is a Republican in politics and a mem- 
ber of the I. 0. 0. F. 


The subject of this sketch was born in Ohio, "the 
Home of the Presidents," on the 17th day of December, 
1851, his father, Jacob Glass, and his mother, Eliza (Cou- 
ser) Glass, both being natives of the same state and both 
being buried there, having died about the year 1908. 

Mr. Glass was the fourth of nine children to attain 
adult age, all of whom are now living, except his youngest 
sister, w r ho was Mrs. Elwood Albright. She died in De- 
cember, 1893, leaving three children. The remainder of 
his brothers and sisters still reside in the state of Ohio. 

In early life Mr. Glass gave evidence of possessing 
mechanical skill above the ordinary, and was appren- 
ticed to a harness-maker, in which trade he became very 


proficient. The confinement of the shop not being 1 in 
keeping with his instincts, he again took up farm work, 
where he was employed by the year on various farms in 
his native state up to the time of his marriage, after 
which lie was employed by an uncle for three years. In 
187!) he took up railroad construction \vork, and after 
two years came west, landing in Springfield, Mo., on 
October 20th, 18S1. 

With remarkable foresight, he purchased a magnifi- 
cent tract of land, consisting of 120 acres, which lie im- 
proved and lived upon for 12 years, during which time he 
also followed the stone mason trade, his farm being but 
three miles from Springfield. Desiring a greater acreage, 
he exchanged his Greene County farm for 320 acres in 
Smith Township, Dade County, where he now lives, and 
to which he has added 150 acres, making 1 him one of the 
most desirable stock farms in the county. When he ac- 
quired this tract of land in IS!).'] it was poorly improved, 
having only a small log house, but few acres cleared, and 
no fencing at all. 

At the present time it is all fenced and cross-fenced 
with hog wire, most of the land is in a high state of 
cultivation and beautified with commodious buildings. In 
1911 Mr. Glass constructed an eight-room frame farm 
dwelling, with a modern lighting plant, cement walks and 
porch, a splendid barn and convenient outbuildings. A 
never-failing spring branch furnishes an abundant supply 
of water in the pastures, while the house and barn lots 
are supplied with two excellent wells, equipped with a 
modern windmill. 

Mr. Glass has been able to start each of his boys in 
life with an SO-acre farm adjoining the homestead, which 
speaks well for his generosity, as well as his prosperity, 
lie takes great delight in his farming enterprises and 
manages to raise and market at least one carload of hogs 
each year, to say nothing of the cream, butter and eggs, 
and other farm products which go to the market annually. 

John L. Glass was married to Kliza Jane Lucas, a 
native of Pennsylvania, on the (ith day of April, 1875. She 


was born on the 2nd day of December, 1853, and is still 
living. Her mother and step-father, Isaac P. Edwards, 
came to Greene County, Missouri, in 1881, resided on a 
farm north of Spring-field, and both died there. 

Mr. Glass is the father of five children, all of whom 
are living. 

Thomas F. Glass, his oldest son, was born January 
4th, 1876, was married to Sadie Brown, a native of Web- 
ster County, and they now reside in Dade County on a 
farm near his father's home. To this union were born 
six children, viz: 

Delia, born October 16th, 1901. 

Richard, born June 4th, 1904. 

Wilbert, born October 24th, 1906. 

John Leonard, born March 16th, 1909. 

James M., born January 15th, 1912. 

Jake Lester, born July 1.0th, 1914. 

His second son, George A. Glass, was born December 
17th, 1877. and was married to Pina Reich, a native of 
Dade County They also have six children, viz: 

Mabel, born April 9th, 1905. 

Ralph, born November 3rd, 1907. 

David, born April 17th, 1910. 

Helen, born July 15th, 1912. 

George, born December 17th. 1913. 

Charles, born September 25th. 1915. 

Their oldest daughter, Susie, was born September 
2nd, 1879, and married John L. Berry. They settled also 
in Smith Township, are engaged in farming and have a 
family of eight interesting children, viz: 

Bessie, John Lloyd, Hazel Ruby, a pair of twins 
named Joseph and Jesse. Orvy, Cecil and Clyde. 

The fourth child of John L. Glass, named Jacob 0., 
was born September 9th. 1883. and married Drue Berry, 
a native of Dade County. He still resides on the old 
homestead and is engaged, with his father, in running 
the farm. 

The youngest child, Peachye. was born August 15th. 
1890, and married Rav Barker, a native of Dade Countv. 


They reside on a Dade County farm, and are the happy 
parents of two children, viz: Curtis Leo and Ruby. 

Mr. Glass and his wife have long been members of 
the Christian church, the former having been an elder 
for six years. He has always taken an active part in poli- 
tics, and by nativity and tradition was a Republican. 
In 1894 he was elected Judge of the Western District and 
served in that capacity two years, during which time the 
"good roads" movement was inaugurated, and afterward, 
in 1911, he served one year as County Highway Engineer. 
He has been a member of the school board in his home 
district for 32 consecutive years. Most men have a 
"hobby," and if this fault can be charged to Mr. Glass, it 
consists of just three things: "Good roads, good schools 
and good nomes to live in." AVhen Mr. Glass came to 
Dade County many of the school houses were without 
seats and school interest was at low ebb. He, himself, 
having a good common school education, it was his desire 
that all his children and his neighbor's children should 
enjoy the same boon. 

As an assurance that Mi 1 . Glass shall live to enjoy a 
"green old age," he is now blessed with 22 grandchildren, 
and one remarkable co-incident, which does not often 
occur in the history of any lamily, is this: John L. Glass, 
his son, George, and his grandson, George, were all born 
on December 17th. 

The history of Mr. Glass is but one of the many object 
lessons taken from real life, which demonstrate what in- 
dustry, energy, honesty, fixity of purpose and high ideals 
will accomplish. The owner of a palatial country home, 
surrounded by family, friends and all the necessities of 
life, there is no reason why he could not truthfully say 
unto his children, like Jacob of old, "The blessings of thy 
father have prevailed above the blessings of my progeni- 
tors, unto the utmost bound of the Everlasting Hills." 


Born in Dade County, Missouri, July 10th, 1869, son 
of James and Martha (Freedle) Glenn. His father and 


mother are both living. His father is a native of Dade 
County and lives at Cony. His grandfather, Jack Glenn, 
was one of the very first settlers of the county. Various 
branches of the Glenn family reside in Dade County, but 
principally in the northern and eastern part. 

John Glenn started in life for himself at the age of 
25 years. He received only a common school education 
and adopted farming as his occupation in life. For a 
number of years he cultivated rented land and was suc- 
cessful. In the year 1908, in company with John A. Hall, 
he purchased 289 acres of farm land near Cony, which 
they owned jointly for three years, and then divided up. 
He is now the owner of a fine farm of 145 acres, all in 
cultivation except 10 acres, fenced and cross-fenced. He 
has made numerous improvements, including a modern 
barn and a 90-ton silo. He is engaged in general farming 
and stock raising, his live stock enterprises including 
horses, cattle and mules. 

On the 3rd day of September, 1893, he was married 
to Miss Orneda Hall, daughter of Adam Hall, a pioneer 
merchant of Cony, and whose history is given at length 
in the sketch of John A. Hall. Mrs. Omeda Glenn was 
born in Dade County, Missouri, and her marriage to John 
Glenn six children were born. 

(1) Ormal, born July 22nd, 1894. Died at the age 
of 3 weeks. 

(2) McCoy, born March 8th, 1896, married Bessie 
Friend September 20th, 1916, and they are now farming 
in South Morgan Township. 

(3-4) Effie and Ester (twins), born June 26th, 1899. 

(5) Martha L., born October 12th, 1903. 

(6) Ina Cleo, born February 15th, 1907. 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn are members of "The Church of 
God," commonly called "Holiness," and are faithful ad- 
herents to the cause of Christ. Mr. Glenn is a Republican, 
and active in the local affairs of the community, espe- 
cially the schools, having served several years as a mem- 
ber of the school board. 



A native- of Washinglon County, Iowa, born July 15th, 
I860, a son of Abe and Mary (Lewis) Godfrey, both na- 
tives of Ohio, but married in Iowa. Abe Godfrey was a 
veteran of the Civil war. Both he and his wife are dead 
and buried in Indiana. 

John F. Godfrey was next to the youngest of a 
family of five children. He stayed at home till 30 years 
of age, working for and with his father till he was 16, 
when his father died. lie taught school in Jay County, 
Indiana, from the time he was 16 years of age, three of 
which were spent in Kansas, and at the age of 30 years 
he went to Oklahoma and bought 160 acres of land in 
Lincoln County. On the road to Oklahoma he had the 
good fortune to marry Carry B. Lewis, who was also 
interested in Oklahoma land. She was teaching school 
in Pratt County, Kansas, started for Oklahoma single, 
but returned the wife of John F. Godfrey. This hap- 
pened on August 31st, 1S9L She was also a native of 
Iowa, having been born May 3(/th, 1872, a daughter of 
W. W. Lewis (now deceased.) 

In 1*9!) John F. Godfrey sold his original 160 acres 
and moved to another 160 acre improved tract, where lie 
remained one year, selling- it and buying another 160- 
acre improved farm in Woods County, Oklahoma. He re- 
mained on this place till 1910, when he sold out and 
came direct to Dade County, buying a farm of 160 acres 
lying directly south of South Greenfield. Ninety-five 
acres of this tract is in cultivation and fairly well im- 
proved. He has erected a 110-ton silo since buying this 
farm. lie is engaged in general farming, has about 20 
head of horses and mules, 45 head of cattle and 200 head 
of hogs. The farm in well watered and especially adapted 
for raising live stock. 

Mr. Godfrey and wife were the parents of four 
children : 

(1) Charles Lewis, born July 15th, 1896. Graduated 
from the Greenfield High School in 1917. 


(2) Albert, born January 18th, 1893. Graduated 
from the Greenfield High School in 1917. 

(->) Grace, born Dec. 19th, 1901, is now at home 
attending school. A Freshman in the Greenfield High 
School in 1917. 

(4) Wilford, born August 15th, 1904. 

Mrs. Godfrey died February 14th, 1912, and is 
buried at Pennsboro. She and Mr. Godfrey were both 
members of the Christian church. 

Mr. Godfrey is a Democrat in politics, and was 
Deputy County Clerk in Pratt County, Kansas. He is a 
man of good education, and especially well informed on 
the current events of the day. He is a splendid type of 
the self-made man, battling in early life against adverse 
circumstances and coming out more than winner. 


The man whose name heads this sketch is one of our 
best-known citizens, and has done and is now doing a 
vast amount of good in our midst. He was born in 
Cedar County, Nebraska February 2nd, 1858, a son of 
Archie and Susan 'Delosier) Gothard, both natives of 
Virginia, and came here at an early date, and died when 
their only child, Marion, was a small lad. He was raised 
by his grandfather, Uncle Jack Gothard, with whom he 
lived until 19 years of age. His Grandfather Gothard 
had saved the money coming to the lad from the govern- 
ment on account of his father having been a United States 
soldier, and this he invested in 40 acres of timber land 
in Cedar County, which the young man cleared before 
lie became of age. 

He was an industrious youth and prospered from the 
start, and added 200 acres near his original 40, paying 
$2.50 per acre. A little later he secured an other 40, and 
so, it is seen, he had a fine start in life when quite young, 
brought about by his desire to get ahead in the world 
and his close application to business. Now having 280 
acres of good land, he decided to get married, and. ac- 


cordingly, on August 4th, 1881, he married Miss Belle 
Dodson, who was born in Polk County January 4th, 1862, 
and is a daughter of John and Martha (Grady) Dodson, 
both natives of Tennessee, and came to Polk County, 
Missouri, at an early day. To Mr. and Mrs. Gothard have 
been born six children, as follows: Hattie, born February 
14th, 1884, now Mrs. William Compton, and lives near 
Everton, in this county; Zina E., born January 1st, 1887, 
received a fine education at Dadeville, Carthage and 
Springfield Normal, and is now teaching at dishing, 
Okla., where she has been for the past four years; Archie, 
born January 1st, 1890, also educated at Dadeville, Chilo- 
cothe and Springfield Normal, has taught in Oklahoma, 
as well as Dade County, is no\v a resident of Tulsa, Okla.; 
Eunice O., born August 5th, 1892, also educated at Dade- 
ville, Carthage and Springfield Normal, and is teaching 
in dishing, Okla.; Flossie E., born October 5th, 1896, re- 
ceived the same school advantages as her two older sis- 
ters, is now a successful teacher near Broken Arrow, Okla.; 
Keba, born January 3rd, 1898, is attending school at dish- 
ing High School, where she will soon graduate. As will 
be noted above, Mr. Gathard determined to give his chil- 
dren the very best of school advantages, and to this fact 
we owe his coming to be a citizen of Dade County, for he 
sold out his Cedar County holdings and moved to Dade- 
ville, buying residence property, and in 1908 invested in 
a large farm of 455 acres, all in one body, and located in 
Polk Township, close to Dadeville. This property had 
few buildings and was not any too well improved. Mr. 
Gothard moved his town residence to the farm, fenced the 
place with wire and otherwise greatly improved it, so that 
now he has one of the best stock farms in all that region. 
He raises considerable stock, uses a silo, and all modern 

Mr. Gothard is a Republican in politics, but does not 
care for office, lie desiring to spend his time doing good 
to his fellow-man, for he is a gifted speaker and is a 
teacher and preacher of the Church of God, a devoted 
religious sect that has a large following in this county 



and which comprises men and women of our first families. 
Mr. Gothard is a fine Christian gentleman, always ready 
with his means to help any worthy cause for the good 
of the county and its people. He is in the forerank of our 
best beloved citizens. His life is an inspiration to our 
young people, and goes to show what a clean life, honest 
business methods and attention to the higher things of life 
will surely accomplish, and proves that it pays to live 
a perfect life. 


Was born at Gettysburg, Pa., November 6th, 1837, and 
died at Greenfield, Mo., August 23rd, 1893. His father, 
Jesse Griffith, was a native of Pennsylvania, his parents 
coming from Wales. They were potters, but farmed during 
the latter years of their residence in Pennsylvania. James 
Griffith, a brother of Jesse, left children who reside upon 
and own the old homestead in Pennsylvania. Jesse Griffith 
married Jane Walker, of Wales, who came to Pennsylvania 
with, her parents and was married there. They were the 
parents of two children : 

(1) Charles Walker, the subject of this sketch. 

(2) Mary, married Hiram Merrill and moved to 
Charleston, 111. He was a farmer. She died there. 

The parents of Charles Walker Griffith moved from 
Pennsylvania to Ohio when he was about 10 years of age. 
They settled on a farm, where Charles attended the county 
schools and the school at Marion and afterward graduated 
from the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio, 
taking a classical course. After his graduation, he taught 
in the public schools of London and Bridgeport in Ohio. 
He came to Greenfield in 1870 through the persuasion of his 
friend, Judge 0. H. Barker. 

While living at Belief ountain, Ohio, where for a time 
he edited the Bellefountain Republican, in August, 1863, 
he enlisted in Company A of the 125th Ohio Volunteers, and 
after Lee's surrender he was stationed for some time at 
Fort Kearney, Neb. He was mustered out in 1866. He 


recruited a company at Bellefonntain and was elected cap- 
tain, afterward being raised to the rank of lieutenant-colonel 
of his regiment. Later he went to London, Ohio, and started 
the London Times. Later he served as superintendent of 
schools at Bridgeport, Ohio, and there he was married. 

In 1870 he came to Dade County and purchased the 
Greenfield Vedette, which he edited up to the time of his 
death. He made this paper a live wire and gave to it a 
wide-spreading influence in Southwest Missouri. 

lie was a irraceful, trenchant writer and became well 
known throughout the state, in which he had a wide circle 
of strong and enduring admirers and friends. He was an 
ardent Republican and at the time of his coming to Dade 
County Democracy was in the saddle, but by reason largely 
of his influence both as a political writer and organizer, the 
political com) ilexion of the county was soon changed. He 
served two teems as county treasurer and was appointed 
postmaster of Greenfield by President Harrison in 1889, 
and died before the expiration of his term of office. 

He was one of the oruani/ers and the first commander 
of the Greenfield Post, (i. A. R. He was also a member of 
the local Masonic lodge and for a number of years its sec- 
retary. Mr. Griffith was also admitted to the bar for the 
practice of law while a resident of Greenfield. 

He was married on the loth day of June, 1869, to Ella 
.ynch. born at ( Hivesburg, Knox County, Ohio, March 
1 S 47, daughter of Rev. Samuel Lynch and Sarah (Ber- 
Lynch. Samuel Lynch was one of the early circuit 
riders of the Methodist Episcopal church and was the 
financial auent of the Ohio Wesleyan University at Dela- 
ware, Ohio, \\here he and his wife now lie buried in Grcen- 
\vi io(l ( Vinelery. 

Mrs. Griffith was one of a family of seven children and 
is the mother of five children, all boys: 

(1 ) Robert II., born in Toledo, Ohio, June 7th, 1870. 
He now resides at Washington, D. C., and is engaged in the 
government service. 


(2) Philip S., born in Greenfield, Mo., March 3rd, 
1874, owns and edits the Greenfield Vedette, married Caro- 
line Johnson. They have three boys. 

(3) Merrill M., born in Greenfield, Mo., January 23rd, 
1876. Is now superintendent of Indian Agency at Park 
Hill, Okla. He was married to Hattie Cravens in South 
Dakota. They have four daughters. 

(4) Roland B., born in Greenfield, Mo., March 6th, 
1881, resides in Chicago, is engaged in the printing busi- 
ness; is married to Mabel Hughes. 

(5) Arthur C., born in Greenfield, Mo., December 
25th, 1883, is engaged in the printing business and resides 
in Kansas City. He married Delia Dano of Greenfield and 
they have one daughter. 

Mrs. Griffith owns a beautiful cottage home in Green- 
field, which she occupies as her home. She is a member of 
Ebenezer Presbyterian church of the city, active in church 
work, is a member of the Xew Century Club, the AY. R. C. 
and the Eastern Star. 


AYas born in Clark County, 111., March llth, 1842, son 
of Thompson and Polly (AYheeler) Grisham. They were 
both natives of Tennessee, he being born in the month of 
March and she in the month of May, both in the year 1817. 
Their native home was in the same county. They were 
married February 12th, 1835, and emigrated to Clark 
County in 1836, where they followed farming for seven 
years, then came to Dade County in 1843 and settled at 
Cross Roads, about one mile northeast of where Everton 
now stands. He purchased a claim of 160 acres, which he 
occupied for two years, then sold out and entered 160 acres 
of government land where Michael Grisham now lives. The 
elder Grisham continued to occupy this farm up to the 
time of his death, to which he had added 160 acres, making 
a farm of 320 acres at the time of his decease. Thompson 
Grisham was the first postmaster at Cross Roads, his com- 
mission being dated some time in the 50 's. This office was 


discontinued during the war and afterward re-established. 
In politics, Thompson Orisham was a Democrat, and held 
the office of Justice of the Peace for many years. Both 
he and his wife were members of the Baptist church. The 
original, home-made, pigeon-hole desk which was used to 
hold the mail at Cross Roads and the legal documents of 
Rock Prairie township is still in the possession of Michael 
Gri.sham. Thompson Grisham died in Dade County Jan- 
uary 28th, 1877, and his wife died, also in Dade County, 
March 23rd, 1893, and both are buried in the Sinking Creek 
cemetery. Ten children were born of this marriage who 
lived to maturity: 

(1) Margaret J., born November 27th, 1836, married 
John Wills, a native of Tennessee. They were married in 
Dade County. He was in the Confederate army and was 
killed at the battle of Helena, Ark. She died April 23rd, 
1859. Her son, William Thompson Wills, is now a prom- 
inent man in Rock Prairie township. 

(-) Martha E., born December 5th, 1838, married J. 
M. Jones. Both are now deceased. 

(3) Mary C., born September 16th, 1840, married G. 
A. Hudson. Both are now living on the old Wills home- 
stead in Rock Prairie township. 

(4) Michael, the subject of this sketch. 

(5) Samuel, born February 14th, 1844, married Eliza 
Woodard. He was a veteran of the Confederate army. 
Both are now deceased. 

(G) Xancy E., born October 7th, 1846, married Harve 
Underwood. Both are now deceased. 

(7) Sarah E., born April 15th, 1849, married Silas 
Bell. She is now deceased. 

(8) John T., born February 5th, 1852, married Sarah 
Lawrence, who died, and for his second wife married Lizzie 
Tipton. He is now deceased. His widow resides in Par- 
sons, Kas. 

(9) James S., born July 22nd, 1854. He was never 
married. He was killed August 5th, 1904, by lightning, in 


(10) William M., born March 28th, 1858, married 
Verdie Buttram. She is now deceased. He is living in 
Hickory County, Mo. 

Michael Grisham remained at home until the breaking 
out of the Civil war, when he enlisted in Company E, 15th 
Missouri Cavalry, under Captain E. J. Morris, and served 
two and a half years. He saw active service, mostly near 
home. He was discharged at Springfield, Mo., in July, 1865. 

After the war he returned home and farmed with his 
father for about two years. He first purchased eighty acres 
of timber land and fifty acres of prairie near his father's 
farm. He partly cleared out the timber land and then sold 
it. He has always lived on the old Grisham homestead. 
After the death of his mother, he bought out the other heirs 
and now owns 398 acres, all in one body. The Frisco rail- 
road crosses his land and it is also traversed by Sinking 
Creek, which furnishes it with fine water, together with a 
number of springs. 

Mr. Grisham is now living practically retired from 
active business life. He was married on the 3rd day of 
December, 1902, to Miss Lucinda Payne, a native of Ten- 
nessee, born February 19th, 1858, a sister of Samuel A. 
Payne and a member of one of the pioneer families of Rock 
Prairie township. 

Mr. Grisham is a member of the Baptist church, a 
Democrat in politics, active in local affairs and a man of 
prominence in his community. He has never aspired to 
any political position, but has devoted his entire time and 
energy to his farming enterprises. lie lias maintained well 
the traditions of his ancestors by living a life of strict 
sobriety, honesty, industry and practicing the Golden Rule 
in his dealings with his fellow men. 


Phil S. Griffith was born in Greenfield on March 3rd, 
1874, and succeeded to the editorship of the Greenfield Ve- 
dette during the final illness of his father in 1892. He is 
serving his second term as mayor of Greenfield, and his 


second term as member of the Greenfield School Board. 
He was postmaster under President Taft. Is a member of 
the Board of K events of Springfield Normal School, and 
serving his second term as a member of the Republican 
State Committee. Is a member of the various branches of 
Masonry, including both York and Scottish Kites, the Con- 
sistory and the Shrine. Also of the I. 0. 0. F., B. P. 0. E., 
M. \V* A. and \V. O. \V. Was married in October, 1905, to 
Miss Caroline Johnson. They have three children, all boys, 
Philip, Charles Walker and Kobert. 


One of Dade County's prominent native sons is J. C. 
Grisham ..f Kock Prairie Township. He was born October 
14th, 1877, a son of M. II. and Catherine (Blakey) Gris- 
ham, who were both natives of Dade County, and married 
here. John C. Grisham, father of M. 11., and grandfather 
of J. C. Grisham, of this review, was born in Tennessee 
and came to Dade County in a very early day, and here 
married Miss Nancy J. Wheeler. The Wheeler family 
were among the first pioneer families to settle in Dade 
County, and more data will be found regarding them in 
these volumes. M. II. Grisham was a prominent man, he 
was a member of the Baptist church and a life-long Repub- 
lican. He died March 28th, 1910, while his wife is still 
living on the old home place at the age of 04 years. J. C. 
Grisham was fourth in order of birth of five children 
born to his parents. The others are: Clara, is the wife of 
W. S. Wilson, a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere; 
Minnie, is now Mrs. W. II. Wingo of Los Angeles, Cal.; 
Wiley K. is a farmer of Polk Township, and Edith is 
living at home with her mother, and one child died in 
infancy. J. C. Grisham remained at home until lie was 
2.') years of age, and had the usual experience of the 
tanner bo\, receiving a good education and learning the 
business of farming. December 25th, 1900, he married 
Miss Amy Crane, who was born in Indiana November 22nd, 
187S, and is a daughter of Cyrus and Lillie (Ireland) 


Crane, both natives of Indiana, emigrating to Tennessee 
in an early day and then to Kansas, then to Dade County, 
where they engaged in farming. Mr. Crane is now living 
in Walnut Grove, Greene county, while his wife died Jan. 
5th, 1913. lie was a resident of Dade County for some 
t \venty years before he retired. Mr. Grisham first went 
to farming- on his own account on an 80-acre tract be- 
longing to the old Grishain homestead. He had bought 
this, and after improving it and adding other acreage, he 
traded it for other land, and, in fact, bought, sold and 
traded different places until he finally secured his present 
fine farm of 270 acres. He has greatly improved this 
farm with fences and clearing, until now he has 200 acres 
in cultivation and well improved with buildings, and a 
130-ton silo. Here he carries on general farming and stock 
raising on a large scale. To Mr. and Mrs. Grisham have 
been born four children, as follows: Forest 0., born 
February 18th, 1902; Thelma Fern, born August 8th, 
1903; Ferrel Delight, born May 22nd, 1905; Michael Cyrus, 
born August 8th, 1915. This fine family of children are 
all at home and receiving the best of educational advan- 
tages. Mr. Grisham is a Republican and prominent in 
the affairs of the county. Pie is a booster along all lines. 
He is in favor of good roads and free public schools. In 
short, Mr. Grisham is counted among our most prominent 
farmers, and is a broad-minded gentleman, always ready 
to assist with his time and money any worthy enterprise 
that is for the good of the county or its people. 


Was born in the state of Illinois December 3rd, 1843, 
son of David L. and Lydia (Green) Gregory, both natives 
of New York. They were married at Ostego, X. Y., and 
came to Illinois in 1835. There is in the possession of the 
Gregory family a printed history of their genealogies, 
beginning with John Gregory, born about the year 1300, 
Lord of the Manor of Frisely and Ashfordby, married 
Maude, daughter of Sir Roger Moton, Knight of Peckle- 


ton, Leicestershire, England. Then, beginning witli 
Hezekiah Gregory II, who married Hanah Gardner about 
the year 1800, with his 10 brothers and sisters tbey have 
practically a complete family tree. John F. Gregory, the 
subject of this sketch, is a grandson of John Gregory, 
born July 29th, 1781, one of the 11 children of Hezekiah 

John F. Gregory was 18 years of age at the breaking 
out of the Civil war, when he enlisted in Company D, 
Eighty-sixth Illinois, under Captain Hitchcock, at Peoria, 
Tils. He marched first under General Sheridan, and was 
all through his southern campaign. Participated in the 
battles of Missionary Ridge, Chicamaugua, was in the 
march from Atlanta to the Sea with Sherman, saw con- 
tinuous service for three years, but was never wounded 
nor taken prisoner. He was discharged June 26th, 1865, 
at Chicago. In August, 1865, he attended the review of 
the Grand Army of the Republic by President Lincoln. 
His military service covered 26 engagements. 

On the 6th day of November, 1866, he was married to 
Blanche Lawrence, \vlio was fifth in point of birth of a 
family of eight children, four boys and four girls, six of 
whom are living. She was born April 27th, 1845, at 
Erie, Penn., daughter of John Horatio and Sarah Evans 
Lawrence. Her father was born January 2nd, 1806, at 
Birmingham, England, and her mother was born August 
7th, 1818, a native of Oswego County, New York. Her 
father was a soldier in the British army, served eight 
years in India as an offier and was transferred to the 
Canadian service. Later he was mustered out, and came 
to Now York, where he met and married his wife, the 
mother of Mrs. Gregory. He died in 1889 and his wife 
died in 1892. 

John F. Gregory, at the time of his marriage, started 
out as a farmer, buying 80 acres of land in Triquois 
County, Illinois, where he lived and farmed for 11 years, 
when he exchanged it for 240 acres of unimproved land 
in AVoodson County, Kansas. After living upon the Kan- 
sas land for 10 years, he traded it for 130 acres in Dade 


County. This was in 1888. It was an old, improved 
place at that time, but Mr. Gregory has erected practically 
all the buildings which are now on the place. He built 
the dwelling house in 1898, and since then many fine out- 
buildings. He cleared out about 80 acres, so that it is now 
all in cultivation. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory are the parents of 12 children, 
two dying in infancy. Those living to maturity were: 

(1) David L., born August 13th, 1867, died Novem- 
ber 16th, 1915, aged 48 years. He married Emma Morerer, 
a native of Nebraska, who now resides at El Paso, Tex. 
They have two children, Blanche and Robert Roy. 

'(2) Edgar W., born October 12th, 1868, 'married 
Mrs. Vesta Summers. He is a carpenter, located at San 
Diego, Cal. 

(3) Lula G., born February 28th, 1870, married D. 
Wessel Ten Broeck, a mail clerk in New York. They have 
four children, Herman, Ruth, Robert arid Alice. 

(4) Francis M., born October 8th, 1871, married 
Grace Merchant. They live in Peoria, 111., and he is a 
traveling salesman. They have one child, Wayne L. 

(5) Ida, born March 5th, 1873, married Thomas 
Knapp, a barber. They live in Cleo, Okla. They have 
one child, George. 

(6) Lucian Lee, born September 4th, 1875, married 
Alma Wilkins, a native of Dade County. He is a carpenter 
and lives at El Paso, Tex. They have two children, Gra- 
don and Juanita. 

(7) Orange G., born May 14th, 1877, married 
Amanda Hudspeth, a native of Dade County; she died 
September 30th, 1912, at the age of 35 years, leaving 
three children, John R., Joe IT. and TAicile. 

(8) Alonzo J., born April 23rd, 1879, married Fern 
Notestine. He is a farmer, and they live at Trivoli, Ills. 
They have three children, Richard, Edith and Harold. 

(9) Robert H., born November 2nd, 1884, lives in 
Kansas City, Kas., and is a mail clerk. Married Mamie 
Caldwell. They have two children, Alberta and Robert. 
The mother died June 7, 1917. 


(10) Roy George, born November 24th, 1890, mar- 
ried Jessie Quick, a native of Bade County, lives and is 
farming on the home place. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory are living practically a retired 
life on their farm. He is a Republican in politics, but 
has never desired a public office, preferring a quiet home 
life and the prosecution of his farming industries. lie has 
always taken an active part in school matters and has 
served many years as a member of the school board. He 
is an active member of the G. A. R., and Mrs. Gregory 
takes great delight in the \V. R. 0. Mr. Gregory's mother 
was a lineal descendant of General Nathaniel Greene. 
Three of Mr. Gregory's boys served in the Spanish-Ameri- 
can war, Lucien, Edgar and Orange. Mr. and Mrs. 
Gregory celebrated their 50th (Golden) wedding anniver- 
sary in November, 1916. 


One of the most prominent business men of Dade 
County is John A. Hall of Corey and Greenfield. He is 
a native of Dade County having been born here March 6, 
1861. He is a son of Adam Hall and Lucinda (Coose) 
his wife, natives of Kentucky and Lincoln County, Mo., 
respectively. Adam Hall was brought to Missouri in 1826 
by his father, John Hall who was one of the very early set- 
tlers of northern Missouri. Adam Hall and his wife wcie 
married in Lincoln County and came south to Dade County 
in I860. They rented land for a time, later buying a farm 
upon which they lived until their deaths. Mr. Hall served 
in the Sixth Missouri State Militia during the Civil War. 

John A. Hall is a self-made man in every sense of the 
word. He has practically supported himself since he was 
lf> years of age. The first money that he ever earned was 
for working out at $6.fjO per month in the winter and $10 
during the summer season. His opportunity for schooling 
was exceedingly limited, although at present time he is by 
no means an uneducated man, having improved every op- 
portunity for self-education by reading and observation. 


He early worked in the mines, bought and sold mining and 
farming property and is today considered one of our sub- 
stantial citizens. He was married December 3, 1882 to 
Martha J. Bennett, who was born November 12, 1864, in 
Jefferson County, Illinois, a daughter of Andrew and Mary 
(Scott) Bennett, who emigrated to Missouri in 1866 and 
became prominent farmers of Dade County, was born 
November 24, 1826. He died February 1, 1897; she Feb- 
ruary 21, 1830, and died October 15, 1899. 

To John A. Hall and his wife were born 14 children, 
four of whom died in infancy. Those living are: Clyde M., 
born December 6, 1883, married Kate Glenn and lives in 
Corey; John Calvin, born, September 16, 1885 married 
Lissie Cantrell and live near Dadeville; Ada 0., born 
August 5, 1892, married Charles Glenn, a farmer of Dade 
County; Charles A., born October 23, 1894, married Bertie 
Glenn, a resident of Corey; Veda, born January 10, 1898, 
is living at home ; Vada, born January 6, 1900, married 
Ad Morgan, a farmer living near Dadeville; Howard A., 
born December 3, 1903; Loyd Forrest, born December 13, 
1905; Vida, born September 10, 1910 and Theodore Roose- 
velt, born May 13, 1912, all living at home. 

At present Mr. Hall is a large dealer in mining prop- 
erty and is practically buying the entire output of the Zinc 
and lead mines of Dade County. He is also a farmer own- 
ing 200 acres in one tract, one-quarter interest of a 106- 
acre tract, one-third interest in an eighty, and one-half in- 
terest in a forty. 186 acres of this is good mining land. 
Mr. Hall is one of our foremost business men and the 
money he pays out annually for ore produced within the 
boundaries of this comity is safely estimated at $50,000.00. 
For twenty years the miners of this county have depended 
upon John Hall to dispose of their ore, and to say that 
he has always treated them fair and square is beyond 
doubt. Mr. Hall has ahvays been a republican and very 
active in the counsels of his party. He served as deputy 
Sheriff for a term of four years in 1900. John Hall's 
word is as good as his bond. His is known to every 
man, woman and child in this county and his reputation 


for honesty in all his business dealings is unquestioned. 
He is one of our native sons of whom we are justly 


Was born in Dade County, Missouri, January 27th, 
1879, son of George AY. and Ann (Dunn) Hankins, both 
natives of Dade County, the father having been born near 
Everton in 1854. They were married in Dade County 
about the year 1878 and settled on a farm. He is still liv- 
ing on a farm south of Everton. The mother died in 1880. 
J. William Hankins was the only child of this marriage to 
grow to riaturity. His father, for a second wife married 
Rebecca Dilday a descendent of a pioneer of Dade County 
family. His father is a Republican in politics and a mem- 
ber of the A. F. & A. M. lie has not been a farmer all his 
life, but is now in business at Picher, ()kla. He was in the 
hardware business in Everton for about 12 or 14 years and 
was one of the prominent citizens of that place. 

J. William Hankins received most of his education in 
Dade county, attending first the common schools and the 
High School in Everton and later the William Jewel col- 
lege at Liberty. He remained at home on the farm up to 
the date of his marriage, February llth, 1900 to Miss 
Edith Dickinson, a native of Indiana, born in 1881, came 
to Dade county with her parents about 1882,. 

Five children were born of this marriage: 

(1) Howard D., horn February llth, 1901. 

(2) Reta Xellene, born April 1,'Uh, 1904. 

(3) Mary Etheline, born September 2nd, 1910. 

(4) Elizabeth Rebecca, born January 27th, 1914. 

(5) James William, born January 5th, 1916. 

Mr. Hankins lives on his father's old homestead about 
one mile south of Fverton. He is engaged in general 
farming, fruit farming and dairying. He operates a farm 
of 120 acres and is successful. He keeps Jersey cattle and 
a good grade of hogs. 


In politics Mr. Hankins is an active Republican, a 
member of the school board and enthusiastically in favor of 
good roads. In 1914 he was elected to the Missouri Legis- 
lature and served one term. During the session he was a 
member of the Elections, Constitutional Amendment and 
Township Organization Committees. He was succeeded by 
Hon. W. S. Pelts, and was by appointment made Minority 
Clerk of the 49th General Assembly. 

Mr. Hankins is a prominent member of the Baptist 
church and was licensed to preach in 1902 which occupa- 
tion he follows in connection with his farming enterprises. 

Mr. Hankins is what is generally styled a self-made 
man, having no rich relatives or influential friends to 
boost him. The progress he has made in the world has 
been due largely to his own efforts. He is a man of strong 
will power, courageous and energetic, and pursues his ob- 
jects in life with great determination. While in the Mis- 
souri Legislature his vote was always recorded in favor 
of the farmer and laboring man, and his efforts were di- 
rected especially in the interest of the rural schools. It 
is needless to state, also, that upon all moral questions 
coming before the legislature, Mr. Hankins lifted his voice 
and cast his vote in the right direction. 



The older members of the Harper family were natives 
of England and their early life was as stormy, tempestu- 
ous and full of danger as the ocean between this and their 
native land. 

William Harper, the subject of this sketch, was born 
in Norfolk, England, April llth, 1843, son of Benjamin 
and Mary (Pendel) Harper, both of whom were natives 
of England, were married and raised a family of nine 
children there. 

William was next to the youngest in point of birth. 
In the fall of 1852 an older brother, Joseph, came to 
America. He was the forerunner of the Harper family 
in the United States. The vessel upon which Joseph 


sailed encountered stormy weather and was buffeted by 
wind and wave for eight weeks, and was finally wrecked 
on the Portuguese Islands, but after some delay Joseph 
finally landed in New York, where he farmed for two 
years, then emigrated to Wisconsin, farming there for 
\'l years, alter which he took up a homestead in Minne- 
sota, upon which he resided seven or eight years, going 
from there to Nebraska, where he bought land and lived 
till the time of his death. 

In the spring of K,.'5 hi.- father came over, bringing 
three of his boys with him, lienjamin, Henry and John, 
leaving the mother and smaller children behind. The 
following fall the mother took sail with the remaining 
four children, William, Martha, Mary and Sarah, who 
was then married to lienry Kitteringham, who accompa- 
nied them, his other sister, Alice, having previously sailed 
with her sister-in-law in IS'rJ. On the way over cholera 
broke out on shipboard, with no attending physician, 
and 4-' pas-eiigers died and were buried at sea, among 
them William's mother. The remainder of the family 
settled in New York for a time, where his father died in 
J^o.") in Pennlsville. 

William Harper eventually went to Wisconsin, where 
he stayed a number of years, then to Minnesota. He 
followed farming. At the breaking out of the Civil war 
he enlisted in the Fnion army in Company E, Eighth 
Wisconsin Volunteer Iniantry, under Captain William 
('. Young, and served three years under Colonel George W. 
Robins. Few soldiers saw more of the war or engaged 
in more- important battles, the very mention of which 
causes th<- hair to stand on end. Among them were the 
following: Frederickstown, New Madrid, Island No. 10, 
Farmington, Cornith, luka. Holly Springs, Jackson, 
Champion's Hill, Mechanicsbiirg, \ icksburg, Shreavesport, 
Nashville, TiiM-ombc, (Jermantown and (luntown. He was 
never wounded or taken prisoner. He was discharged at 
Memphis, Tenn., September Kith, 1Mi4, and returned home. 

He was married in Fairboult County, Minnesota, 
August LJ.'h'd, IMJS, to Carrie Laws, who was born in 


England April 24th, 1850, daughter of Major and Maria 
(Hensbey) Laws, both born in England, married there, 
came to the United States in 185S, settled in Iowa, near 
the north line of the state, where 1 they farmed and where 
they also both died. 

At about the time of his marriage William Harper 
took up a homestead of 1(>0 acres, where they lived for 
five years, then removed to Iowa, where he bought a 40- 
acre tract of land, which he worked, and also worked out 
till coming to Dade County in 1888. On his arrival in 
Dado County he bought SO acres of land in Center Town- 
ship, north of Greenfield, where he now lives and which 
he still owns. Here he farmed and prospered, buying an 
additional 40 acres, making him 120 acres in one body. 
They are now living practically a retired life in comfort 
and contentment. 

William Harper and wife have been blessed with a 
family of H) children, all of whom are living: 

(1) Edwin E., born February 8th, 1870, married 
Emma Oakley, a native of Dade County. They live in 
Plattville, Weld County, Colorado, where they are home- 
stead farmers. 

(2) Frederick W., born September 3rd, 1872, mar- 
ried Belle Smith of Minnesota. They live in Idaho and 
have a family of six children, Eva, Myrtle, Eddie, Ernest, 
Gerald and Elmer. 

(.']) Ellen M., born December 15th, 1873, married 
Philip Duffy a Dade County farmer. They have two chil- 
dren, Neva and Raymond. 

(4) Charles W., born September 22nd, 1876, mar- 
ried Millie Judd of Greenfield, live in Sac Township and 
have 10 children, Orvil, William, Eliza, Ethel, Florence, 
Elsie, Lena, John, Josie and Lee. 

(5) Edith E., born October 3rd, 1878, married David 
Vaughn of Dade County, live in Sac Township, and have 
four children, Virgil, Bertha, Osa and Goldie. 

(6) Florence S., born October 30th, 1880, educated 
in the schools of Dade Ctunty, attended Ozark College, 


has taught throe terms of school in franklin district, and 
is still living at home. 

(7) Sherman J., born January 1st, 1883, married 
Leoua Williams, live in West Center Township. They 
have five children, Floyd, Gladys, Bernice, Ora and 

(8) Mary A., born February 2nd, 1885, married 
Arthur Rose, a farmer, living in Oklahoma. They have 
three children, Maurice, Archie and Vera. 

(9) Carrie A., horn January 1st, 1887, married Hugh 
Duffy, a farmer in North Township. They have six chil- 
dren, Oda, Theinia, Mabel. Earl, Carl and AVilma. 

(10) Ilarrie 11, born October 19th, 1889, in Dade 
County, married Jessie Owens of Greenfield and live in 
North Center Township, working the home farm. They 
have two children, Eugenia and Dorothy. 

By the above record it will be seen that Mr. and 
Mrs. Harper have 08 living grandchildren. 

Mr. Harper is a member of the G. A. R. Post at 
Greenfield, a Republican in politics, never aspired to hold 
an ofiice, preferring a quiet home life and its enjoy- 
ments to the turmoil of the political whirl. 


Was horn in East Tennessee on the 1st day of April, 
1840, son of Martin and Xancy (Magee) Hamic, both na- 
tives of Tennessee, where they were married and where 
they both died. They were farmeis and had a family 
of six children, George W. being fourth in point of birth. 
All stayed in Tennessee except James, who came to Dade 
County about 187:1 He followed farming in Dade County 
four of five years and then returned to Tennessee, where 
he died. 

George W. Hamic came to Dade County in 1870. He 
had followed farming in Tennessee up to that time. Par f 
of the trip was made by railway and partly by wagon. 
He settled on a farm about one and one-half miles south 
of South Greenfield. He first bought an unimproved 80 



acres of land, upon which ho built a log house, cleared 
out most of it and did \vell in fanning. In 1874 he 
erected a good log house and outbuildings, and was mar- 
ried to Sarah Bowman September 14th, 1874. She was 
born in Tennessee May 27th, 184!). daughter of John and 
Elizabeth (Evans) Bowman. They came to Dade County 
about 1868 and settled about one and one-half miles south 
of South Greenfield. They were farmers and very suc- 
cessful, lie died in Dade County, and her mother re- 
turned to Tennessee, and died there. 

G. W. Hamic and wife retired from active farm work 
in 1913 and moved to South Greenfield, where he bought 
a fine, comfortable home. They arc the parents of five 
children, all living: 

(1) Yidie Ellen, born July 8th, 1875, married Robert 
Jeffreys, a Dade County farmer. They have one child, 

(2) William David, born March 10th, 1877, married 
Carrie Grewell, a native of Colorado. He is a barber of 
Loveland, Colo., and they have one child, AYilla M. 

(3) May Elizabeth, born September 3rd, 1884, mar- 
ried Ellis Tatum of Everton, Mo., the Frisco railroad 
agent. They have one child, Paul Ellis. 

(4) Albert AY., born May 22nd, 1887, married Irene 
Steed, a native of Kansas. He lives in Kansas City and 
is with Montgomery, Ward & Co. They have three chil- 
dren, Albert, William Robert and George. 

(5) Efrie, born February 19th, 1890. She is at homo. 
Mr. Hamic is a Republican in politics and was 

elected judge of the county court in Dade County in 1904 
on that ticket, and served with distinction for one term. 
As a judge, he was always fair, clear-headed and impar- 
tial. He has served as director on the local school board 
for many years. He sold his fine farm in 1917. He has 
always been a prominent man in local affairs and a 
leader in public enterprises. 

George W. Hamic is a veteran of the Civil war, 
having enlisted in Company D, First Tennessee Infantry, 
under Captain J. W. Branson, and served three years and 


-10 days. He was engaged in the battles of Murphrees- 
boro, Chattanooga, and was with Sherman in his march 
"From Atlanta to the Sea." He was discharged at Xash- 
ville, Trim., September 17th, 1804. 

Mr. Hamie is a man \\lio enjoys the confidence and 
respect of his neighbors, a (jniet, unassuming- man of few 
words, but firm and resolute in his undertakings. Dade 
County boasts of no better citizen than Judge George \V. 


Was born in Giveniield, Mo., June 4th, 1874, a son of 
John Harrison, who died in Greenfield, Mo., in the year 
1D17 at the age of !>:} year>. The elder Harrison was of 
English ancestry. Hugh Harrison was raised in Green- 
field, attended the public schools, spent several years in 
the Advocate office, and was assistant postmaster under 
\V. K*. Howies in the Cleveland administration. He was 
employed in that vocation for four years, and in 18D8 he 
engaged in the furniture business with his brothers, Edwin 
and Charles, under the style and firm name of Harrison 
Hros., in which business he is still engaged. 

lie was married in October, 1S ( .)S, to Eleanor Kate 
Shafer, who was born in Greenfield in 1*74, a daughter 
of Judge L. \V. and Jennie (Howies) Shafer, her father 
in his lifetime having served a part of one term as circuit 
judge of the Twenty-sixth Judicial Circuit. 

In politics Mr. Harrison is an active Democrat. Era- 
ternally he is a member of all four branches of the A. E. 
vV A. M., and has filled the various official positions in the 
Masonic, M. \V. A. and \V. O. \V. lodges. He is an expert 
embalmer and undertaker, and enjoys a splendid business, 
both in the furniture and the undertaking departments. 
Mrs. Harrison is a lady of culture and refinement, of a 
splendid family, active in club work, and successfully 
manages the business of Harrison Hros. on occasions of 
temporary absence of her husband. 



Among the venerable native sons of Dade County, 
none is more worthy of an honorable mention than the 
gentleman whose name stands at the head of this article. 
Mr. Hayward was born in Dade County July 22nd, 1842, 
and has spent his life in our midst. The son of Edward 
and Caroline (Smith) Hayward, he is a native of Buffalo, 
N. Y., while his wife was born in Eastern Tennessee. He 
was a musician and an exceptionally fine dancer, as were 
all of his sons. He made a trip from Buffalo, N. Y., to 
Detroit, Mich., on skates, by way of Lake Erie, beating 
train time, the year he was 21 years old. 

Mr. Hayward Sr. enlisted in the United States army 
and served in the Black Hawk war, and later drifted into 
Dade County, where he found and married his wife in 
1840. Miss Smith was a daughter of one of the first pio- 
neer families of this section of Missouri. lie was a ship- 
builder and a skilled carpenter by trade, and it is a well 
known fact that he built a great many of the early build- 
ings of the county, among them the mill at Hulston, which 
was called Pemberton Mills at that early date. He died 
here in 1896, while his wife had preceded him, passing 
away in 1883. They raised a large and useful family. 
Albert was the oldest, and the following is a complete 
list, giving their places of residence as far as is known: 
AVilliam Dixon and Meridith are residents of Kansas; 
Almira, now Mrs Gains Carmack of Canada ; Emma, who 
married C. L. Pyle, is now deceased: John lives near 
Neola, Dade County; Edward died about 18%; Bettie, now 
Mrs. William MeCracken of Arkansas; Charles is in Cedar 
County, Missouri; Roberta, now Mrs. Morgan Litle of 
Dade County, and Matilda married Anna Pyle and is 
deceased. Albert C. Hayward was a wide-awake and in- 
dustrious youth. He remained at home, working, until 
the war broke out, when he enlisted November 1st, 1861, 
in Company E, Sixth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, and 
served two years and four months, and was discharged at 
St. Louis, Mo., February 17th, 1864, on account of dis- 


ability. He returned home in a weakened condition, was 
nominated on the Republican ticket for county assessor 
and was elected in 18(55, and soon after, on March 15th, 
1800, was married to Harriet Adelia Hector, who was a 
native of Tennessee, born September 12th, 1847, and a 
daughter of Grigsby and Angeline (Butler) Rector, both 
natives of Tennessee, and married there in 1845, and emi- 
grated to Dade County in 1852, settling on 100 acres of 
government land near Dadeville. Grigsby Rector enlisted 
in the Confederate army and was killed while in active 
service in Arkansas, but no records are obtainable as to 
the circumstances. Mrs. Rector is still living, at the ad- 
vanced age of 88 years, making her home with Mr. and 
Mrs. Hay ward. Of her six children, with whom she was 
left and foi whom she had to provide during the war, 
there are four now living. They are Mrs. I lay ward, Mrs. 
L. C. Dunaway of Dadeville, Mrs. Dr. C. K Wilson of 
Memphis, Tex., and Mrs. David Tackett of Stockton, Cedar 
County, Missouri. 

Mr. Hay ward, subject of this sketch, followed the 
carpenter trade and also fanned, but did not secure any 
land in his own name until 1807, when he bought 120 acres 
in Sac Township. This was partly improved, had a small 
low house and little land cleared, and upon this tract he 
lived for 21 years, prospered, and added several small 
tracts. In 1*88 he sold out his Sac Township holdings 
and bought 240 acres of improved land in North Morgan 
Township, where he now lives in a nice, large frame resi- 
dence. H<> 1ms prospered greatly and is now considered 
one of the wealthy fanners of that section of the county. 
His present land holdings comprise his original purchase 
of 2-40 acre- and a fine 120 adjoining him on the east and 
100 acres in section 11 still further east, making 520 acres 
of the finest land the county affords. Mr. and Mrs. Hay- 
ward have been blessed with a fine family, of whom they 
are justly proud. There are six children living, as follows: 
Ina. born April 2!>th, 1874, married F. M. Perkins, lives 
in Cedar County and have two children, Ombra Marion 
and Amos Ilayward Perkins; Albert Clinton, born April 


27th, 1876, lives in Springfield, where he is a prominent 
attorney, and has one child, named Edgar Marion Albert 
Hayward; Ada Madge, born June 29th, 1876, is a finely- 
educated young woman, and is living at home with her 
parents; Hubert II., born June 22nd, 1882, is a business 
man of Greenfield; William Henry, born July 25th, 1886, is 
working the home place, and Homer, born September 24th, 
1888, lives in Dadeville. 

Mr. Hayward, as well as members of his family, are 
much interested in good public schools and have been 
active in their advancement, Mr. Hayward having served 
on the school board for over 30 years, and his wife was 
a teacher for some years before her marriage, while Miss 
Ada Madge, after receiving a fine education at the 
High School and the State Normal at Springfield and the 
Normal at Warrensburg, spent ten years in teaching in 
Dade, Cedar and Polk Counties. In politics Mr. Play ward 
is a Republican and stands high in the councils of his 
party. He is now township collector. Mr. Hayward is a 
broad-minded business man, always ready to help with 
his time and money any enterprise for the good of the 
county. Ho is a booster for good roads, progressive 
enough to own and drive an automobile, a member of the 
Christian church, in which he is prominent, as is his wife, 
a member of the G. A. R. at Springfield, and an all-around, 
highly-respected and desirable citizen, and a man we all 
delight to honor. May he live long among us and enjoy 
his declining years to the full. His is a life well worthy 
of emulation bv our children and their children's children. 



The late Joel T. Hembree was one of Dade County's 
foremost citizens. He was born in Roane County, Ten- 
nessee, October 21, 1824, and was the son of Isaac and 
Mary (Blake) Hembree, and the grandson of Joel Hem- 
bree, wlio was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. and 
who emigrated to Roane Conntv, Tennessee, in 1806. 


Isaac Hembrec was born in Startensburg District, 
South Carolina, in 1796, and was of Welch ancestry. He 
was but 10 years of age when he went with his parents to 
Tennessee, and in that state grew to manhood. He was 
married in Roane County in 1823, and in 1852 came to 
Cedar County, Missouri, locating one-half mile east of 
Stockton, lie died in 1864, having been very prominent 
in Cedar County affairs, and served as judge of that 
county. He was a soldier of the war of 1812 and was 
twice married. His second wife was Miss Selissa S. Price, 
a native of Tennessee, who died in 1883. Mr. Hembree's 
first wife, Mary Blake, was born in Roane County, Ten- 
nessee, in 1S03, and died in 1836. She was the mother of 
seven children, Joel T. being the eldest. He was reared 
to farming, and also assisted his father in running a 
mill and cotton gin, was proficient in operating a ma- 
chine, and also assisted his father in running a distillery. 
In February, 1850, he married Miss Nancy Hembree, a 
cousin, who was born in Roane County, Tennessee, in 1830. 
Two children were born to them, Marrietta C., who mar- 
ried \V. C. Marcum, who are now both deceased, and 
Charles C., who is now a resident of New York City. The 
same year of his marriage Mr. Hembree left his native 
^tate and moved to Dade County, Missouri, locating six 
miles northeast of Greenfield. He was a large land-owner, 
po>sessing some 1.200 acres, and was a very successful 
farmer. August 12th, 1M>2, he enlisted in the Enrolled 
Militia, and in November of the following year he enlisted 
in Company F, Fifteenth Missouri Cavalry, serving until 
July 1, lS(Jf), when he was discharged at Springfield, Mo. 
He was a brave and gallant soldier and was promoted to 
the rank of second lieutenant. 

Mr. llembree was a Democrat in politics up to the 
war, his fir>t presidential vote being cast for General 
('ass in ls4s. Since and during the war he affiliated with 
the Republican party. After the war he returned to 
farming, which he continued until 1887, when he entered 
the milling business. In 1 Sf>4 he lost his wife, and in 
April of the subsequent year he married Miss Nancy Hays, 


a native of Indiana, born in 1834. Kour children were 
the result of this union, as follows: Louis J., who is 
living in Idaho; Hugh A. of Los Angeles, Cal.; Isaac A., 
living near Seybert, Dade County, and Harriett C., who 
died young. Mrs. Heinbree died in January, 1864. In 
March of that same year Mr. llembree married Miss 
Sarah J. Marcum, who was born in Tennessee December 
29th, 1843, ><} daughter of John \V. and Melissa (Craig) 
Marcum, natives of Tennessee and Kentucky, respectively. 
They came to Dade County in 185(5, settling six miles 
northeast of Greenfield, \vhere they bought and entered 
land living there until their demise. They were both buried 
in the Hays cemetery. To this couple were born five chil- 
dren, of whom Mrs. Hembree was the oldest. 

To Joel T. Hembree and his wife, Sarah J. Marcum, 
were born ten children, namely, Mollie, born September 
24th, 1805, is living with her mother at Everton, Mo.; 
Ida M.. born August 23, 1867, is now Mrs. Robert Brock- 
man of Carthage, Mo., and they have two children, Harry 
B., born January 1st, 1889, married Chloe Baldridge, a 
native of Iowa, and they have two children, Robert and 
Catherine, they residing in Sedalia, Mo., and Mary, born 
March 6th, 1892, is now Mrs. Ernest A. Mayabb of Joplin, 
Mo.; Otis C., born March 14, 1869, married Martha Hem- 
bree, and they have three boys, Mary G., James and 
Belton. He is a prominent farmer of Cedar County. 
Sarah Annis, born May 17, 1872, married Thomas A. 
Sharp, a prominent business man of Springfield, Mo. 
They have one child, Sallie, born July 9th, 1907. Maud.', 
born July 14th, 1877, is the wife of Judge John J. Mac- 
Connell, a complete sketch of whom may be found else- 
where. Joel M., born May 28th, 1875, married Grace 
Smith, a native of Indiana, and they are the parents of 
five children, namely, Sadie, Mildred, Joel Reeves, 'Laura 
and Susie Lucile. They reside in Kelso, Wash. Susie L., 
born April 25, 1877, is now Mrs. Frank Carlock of Ever- 
ton. Grant, born September 28th, 1879, married Lillie 
McConnell, a native of Virginia, where they are now liv- 
ing. They have four children, George, Kathryn, Lucile 


and Joel Frank. James G., born July 7th, 1881, is a 
miner of Kellog, Idaho. Dana Byrd, born July 20th, 1883, 
is a resident of Long Beach, Cal. 

Joel T. Hembree served as presiding judge of the 
county court for four years and was public administrator 
for two years. He was a member of the Masonic frater- 
nity in Greenfield Lodge No. 446 and was also a member 
of the Greenfield Post Xo. 75, G. A. R. He was a member 
of the Christian church. He died August 21, 1913, at the 
advaned age of 89 years, after having lived a life of ex- 
treme activity and of great usefulness to his county and 
.state. He was a man beloved by all. His descendants 
are among our very best citizens, and Dade County will 
ever keep green the memory of this fine, Christian gentle- 
man. His widow, Mrs. Sarah J. Hembree, now resides in 
her beautiful home at Everton, Mo., where she numbers 
her friends by the hundreds. Truly, Joel T. Hembree set 
an example of morality and right living that would be 
well for our children to follow. He made a success in 
life and passed away secure in the faith of the Christian 
church. Peace to his memory. 


Was hoi-n in Morgan Township, Dade County, Mis- 
souri, January 7th, 1855, son of Hugh L. Hembree, who 
died in 1901 at about the age of 76 years. He came to 
Dade County with his parents in 1832 and located at 
Melville. They were farmers. His father's name was 
James llembree. They remained a while in Dade County 
and then moved to Arkansas, and in 1842 or 1843 they 
returned to Dade County. They were originally from 
Tennessee. They entered and bought land in Morgan 
Township. Hugh L. llembree was a young man when he 
came to Dade County. He had the advantage of but little 
schooling, about three months in all. He served in the 
I'liion army during the Civil war, but was discharged for 
disabilities. He had attained the rank of corporal. After 

\v. J. DAVIS. 


the war he resumed his farming occupation, and died at 
the home of Oren V. Hembree. 

The mother of Oren V. Hembree was formerly An- 
nette Bender, a native of Tennessee. She had a common 
school education, was of German ancestry, a daughter of 
Samuel Bender, who came from Germany, settled in 
Tennessee, and later came to Dade County. This was 
about the year 1840. He was a noted physician and well 
known in Dade County. He married Mary Dawes, a lady 
of English ancestry. The Hembrees were of Irish-English 

Hugh L. Hembree and wife were the parents of 12 
children, nine of whom grew to maturity. 

Oren V. Hembree was raised on a farm, and attended 
district school and a select school at Dadeville. At the 
age of 25 years he began the study of medicine. He at- 
tended lectures at the St. Louis Medical College and in 
the Missouri School of Medicine at St. Louis, and finally 
graduated from the Louisville Medical College, getting 
his diploma in 1895. He began the practice of his pro- 
fession in Boone County, Arkansas, and later opened an 
office in Dadoville. He -practiced a number of years before 
his final graduation. He continued the practice in Dade- 
ville till the year 1915, when he moved to Greenfield. 

He is attaining considerable success at the county 
seat. He was married in 1883 to Etta Stillwell, born in 
Missouri, but married in Boone County, Arkansas. By 
this union three children were born, one growing to 
maturity : 

(1) Greta, born in Dade County in 1892, graduated 
from Warrenshurg High School and took practically a 
full course at the "VVarrensburcr State Normal, and after- 
ward taught school. She was married to Samuel Allen, 
a farmer, in Boulder. Wyo. She has one child, Leona 
May, about 2 years old. 

Etta Stilwell Hembree died several years ago, and for 
his second wife Mr. TTemhreo married Minnie TTawley, 
born in Aurora, Lawrence County, Missouri, in September, 
1878, daughtor of Harvev and Marv (Shoemaker) Hawlev. 


To this union one child was born, Ariel Maxine, Novem- 
ber 22nd, 1908. 

Mr. Hembree is a member of the Christian church, 
while his wife is a member of the Baptist church. He is 
an Odd Fellow and a member of the W. 0. \V. Politically 
Dr. Hembree votes the Republican ticket. He holds mem- 
bership in the Southwest Missouri Medical Association. 

Since coming to Greenfield he has purchased a neat 
little cottage on Wells street, and is enjoying a good 
practice in his chosen profession. 


The enrly life and history of the subject of this 
sketch was one of poverty, sorrow and adversity. lie was 
born at Fayetteville, Ark., March L'Oth, 1858, son of Lin- 
ville Higgins and Sarah (\Yoodrow) Higgins. Both his 
parents were married in North Carolina and were among 
a number of families who came 1 west from the old "Tar 
Heel'' state, and located in Arkansas in an early date, 
where land was cheap and plentiful. His father took up 
iand when David was yet a very small boy. Mis mother 
died about the year 18(>0, and about a year later the next 
tragedy of his life occurred. His father was called to 
the door of his home at the dead hour of midnight, and, 
without warning, was shot seven times and instantly 
killed. The dastardly deed was the work of "Bush- 
whackers. 1 ' David was sleeping with his father at the 
time, and can well remember the bloody incident. His 
father had two sons in the Civil war, one wearing the 
blue and the other the gray. John was in the Con- 
federate service, and afterward died near Greenfield, and 
his widow still lives in that city. His brother, Moses, 
.joined the I'liion forces and died of disease in the service. 
Besides David, there was one other brother, William, who 
died in Dade County about '20 years ago, and three sis- 
ters, vi/: .lane, who first married John (.'rider, lie died, 
and she afterward married Martin Van Horn of Dade 
County. Both are now deceased. "Nannie, his second sis- 


tor, died in Dado County, single, wlion about 2H yoars of 
ago. Nina, his yonngost sistor married Witt Vaughn. 
She diod about the year 1900, leaving a family of three 

David Higgins, at the ago of 4 yoars, was brought 
from Arkansas to Dado County by his older sister and 
brother, William. They came overland, and, in company 
with a number of neighbors, settled near Greenfield. 

Young David, during those years, was buffeted from 
pillar to post, living first with one family and then with 
another, until finally an old settlor by the name of Paten 
Gardner took pity on the boy and gave him a home for 
five years. David was 9 years of age when his oldest 
brother returned from the war, rented a farm, and, in 
company with his oldest sister, established a home. It 
was in this homo that David grow to manhood, attending 
the neighborhood schools, working out for his board, 
farming during the summer season and supporting himself 
while attending Ozark College in Greenfield. 

At the age of "2'2 years he married Eliza Catos, a native 
of Dado County, who was born December 5th, 1853, a 
daughter of Xowol Catos and Mary (Snadon) Catos, the 
former being a native of North Carolina, while the latter 
was a native of Kentucky. Mr. Catos was a saddler by 
trade and came to Greenfield at a very early date, when 
there were but few houses in the town, and opened a store. 
He did not follow the mercantile occupation long, but 
became a farmer upon a tract of land containing 80 acres, 
which ho purchased and which is now within the corpo- 
rate limits of Greenfield. I a few yoars he sold this tract 
of land and moved to a farm of 640 acres which his wifo 
heired from the estate of William Snadon, the grandfather 
of Mrs. Higgins. 

David Higgins and Eliza Catos wore married on the 
6th day of August, 1879. Two children were born of this 
marriage, Lydia Mary, who married James Carr of Green- 
field, Mo., and L. D. Higgins, each of whom are given an 
extended mention in another chapter in this history. 


Mr. Higgins purchased his first land in Dade County 
in 1881, a 40-acre tract, all in cultivation, which he still 
owns. It is located in South Township and comprises a 
part of his present farm. Since moving upon this land, 
Mr. Higgins has been prosperous to such an extent that 
in 1891 he bought 100 acres in Washington Township. 
He also occupied and cultivated a splendid farm of 180 
acres which his wife heired from her mother, a daughter 
of William Snaden. Mr. Higgins has added to his origi 
nal purchase, until he now has 380 acres in his home place, 
the 140 acres that he first purchased, or 520 acres in all, 
after having given a farm to his son, L. D. Higgins. Mrs. 
Higgins also owns in her own right an undivided one- 
fifth interest in 320 acres in South Township, which came 
to her from her uncle, William Snaden, now deceased. 

Mr. Higgins is still actively engaged in farming enter- 
prises, raising graded Whitoface cattle, buying and selling 
horses and mules, raising, feeding and shipping one or two 
carloads of stock each year. 

In politics Mr. Higgins has always affiliated with t'>e 
Democratic party, and in church membership he belongs 
to the M. E. church (South.) His office-holding career 
has been confined to that of school director, which office 
he has filled for 12 years. He is a director of the R. S. 
Jacobs Banking Co. of Greenfield, and was one of its 
original stockholders. He lias always been an ardent sup- 
porter of the public schools, and exemplifies his road- 
boosting by personally grading the roads adjoining his 
farms. His real estate holdings are among the most desir- 
able, as well as valuable, in Dade County, and he is one 
among the many old settlers to enjoy the luxury of riding 
in an up-to-date equipment manufactured by Henry J. 


Born in Dade County, Missouri, July llth, 1882, son 
of David and Ann Eliza (Gates) Higgins, the former being 
a native of South Carolina and the latter a native of Dade 


County, being a daughter of Xewell Gates, who was one 
of the leading pioneer citizens and office-holders of Dade 

Lynville D. Iliggins entered upon the game of life 
when he was 18 years of age, following the ancient advice 
to go west, which he did, landing in Colorado, and for 
four months worked in a lumber yard, when thought? of 
the home land and his father's house brought him back 
to Dade County, where he engaged in farming with his 
father on the home place till 1904, when he purchased 120 
acres in Washington Township. At that time the land 
was poorly improved, but in 1910 he added SO acres to his 
original purchase, and in September, 1916, his wife pur- 
chased 1:20 acres adjoining, making a fine farm of 320 
acres in one block. In 1915 they erected perhaps the 
finest farm residence in the county, consisting of eight 
rooms, all elegantly furnished, modern in every respect, 
hot and cold water throughout, the admiration and delight 
of everyone who visited them. In less than two years, 
however, the fire fiend claimed this elegant structure for 
a victim, causing a total loss, except a few articles of fur- 

Splendid barns and outbuildings were constructed in 
keeping with the other appointments of the farm. 

Mr. Higgins is an extensive feeder and shipper of live 
stock. In politics he is a democrat, but not an office- 
seeker, is a booster for good roads, financially as well as 

On the 5th day of March, 1904, he was married to 
Capitola Johnson, a daughter of J. F. Johnson, one of the 
wealthiest as well as most distinguished citizens of the 
county. He was a native of Pennsylvania, but came to 
Dade County in an early day, engaged in milling, farming, 
banking and money-lending, being successful in every line 
and at the time of his death left a large estate, both Here 
and in Pennsylvania. 

Capitola was born November 2nd, 1884, an educated 
lady of refined tastes and queenly habits, active in Coun- 
try Club work and sagacious in business. 


To tliis union two children were born: 

(1) Kioise, born December 8th, 1908. 

(2) Mary Frances, born August l>b'th, 1911. 

Mrs. lliggins is a nu inlx-r of tlie Presbyterian church. 


One of the very prominent men of the western side 
of Dade County is L. B. lliggins of Cedar Township. He 
was born in Allegheny County. North Carolina, October 
loth, 18.">8, a son of William and Mary Ellen (Andrus) 
lliggins, both natives of North Carolina, where they were 
married, and came to bade County, Missouri, in 1873, 
buying a half section of land in Cedar Township. This 
was raw land, the only improvement being a small house. 
lie and his family went to work industriously to break and 
improve the place. They fenced the entire tract with rails. 

When William IIiggin< and his wife came to Missouri 
they brought a family of seven children, and had one child 
born to them after their arrival in this country. A brief 
record of this family is as follows: Yalegia is now Mrs. 
C. C. Duncan of bade County. Calvin J., who died in 1894, 
was one of the early school teachers of bade County; he 
married Sarah Martin, who is also deceased; they raised 
a. family of three children who are now prominent citizens 
of this part of Missouri, being Mrs. Gertrude Gray, K. W. 
Higgins and Grace K. Pearson; the first two named are 
teachers of Barton County, Missouri. Aby, now Mrs. H. J. 
Taylor of Barton County. David Iv. lives in Kaston, Colo., 
where he is farming. Joseph II. is a farmer of bade 
County. Mollie, now Mrs. K. M. Cross of Dade County. 
Phoeby is now Mrs. C. A. Martin of Colorado. L. B. is 
the subject of this review. 

L. B. Iliggins received some schooling in early life, 
but, of course, was not given the advantages that our chil- 
dren of today are receiving. He is, however, a well-edu- 
cated man, having always been a great reader and has 
profited by observation. He has always lived on the home 
place, known as the old Higgins homestead, which he now 


owns. His father passed away about 1895, who at one 
time owned as much as 640 acres of good land. He gave 
each of his children a good start in life in the shape of 
40 acres each, lie was a soldier in the Confederate army, 
in which he was conscripted, but only served a short time, 
lie was a republican in politics and a member of the Bap- 
tist church, and, taken altogether, was a highly-respected 
Christian gentleman. His wife passed away July 19, 1908. 

L. B. Higgins has made a success of farming and 
stock raising. He started his farm operations for himself 
on 80 acres of the original homestead, 40 acres of which 
he had received from his father, and an adjoining 40 he 
purchased from one of his brothers. He later bought 80 
acres adjoining him on the south, making 160 acres in a 
body, which is one of the fine farms of Cedar Township. 
This place is all fenced with wire and has good outbuild- 
ings, and in 1897 Mr. Higgins built a large frame resi- 
dence. On March '27, 1881, he was married to Lydia L. 
Taylor, who was born March 28, 1864, in northern Mis- 
souri, a daughter of Perry H. and Mary R. (Allen) Taylor, 
who were married in Chariton County, Missouri, and 
came to Dade County in 1873, settling in Cedar Township, 
where he carried on farming and merchandising. He was 
a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war. He 
died October 13, 1914, while his wife is still living, at the 
advanced age of 75, at Milford, Mo. They were the par- 
ents of a fine family, five of whom are now living. They 
are as follows: Matilda, who is now Mrs. Dr. T. H. 
Duckett of Milford, Mo.; John \V. Taylor is a resident 
of Colorado 1 Molly, now Mrs. J. A. Rector of Barton 
County, Missouri; Laura, now Mrs. AV. M. Crookston of 
Rock Springs, Wyo. 

To Mr. and Airs. L. B. Higgins have been born two 
children, as follows: Eva, born October 18, 1884, married 
E. W. Wagaman, a farmer, of Barton County, and they 
have three children, May, Blanche and Hester; AVilla, 
born November 26, 1887, married J. F. Wagaman of 
Fruita, Colo., where they reside, and have a fine family 
of five children, named Roy, Paul, Orval, Hazel and Earl 


Bryant. Mr. Higgins is an active Kepublican. In 1894 
he was elected as county assessor, serving two years, dur- 
ing which time he lived in Greenfield. He has served two 
years as township assessor, was elected this year (1917) 
to the same office, and for thirty years has been a member 
of the school board. He and his wife are consistent mem- 
bers of the Methodist Episcopal church (South) at Cedar- 
ville. Fraternally Mr. Higgins is a member of the A. F. 
& A. M. at Milford, and the Modern Woodmen of America 
at Jerico. Too much cannot be said of the high standing 
of this fine family. As a general farmer and stock raiser, 
Mr. Higgins ranks second to none. He has lived a Chris- 
tian life, and morally his entire record is above reproach, 
and he numbers his friends by the hundreds in both Dade 
and Barton Counties lie is a broad-minded, courteous 
Christian gentleman, who it is a pleasure to meet and 
know, and we do not hesitate to place him in the front 
rank of Dade County's very best citizenship. 


Horn at Lockwood, Mo., November L } 8th, 1881, son of 
William H. and Mary J. (llollowpeter) Hoel, being the 
youngest of a family of four children, three of whom are 
now deceased. His father was a native of New York of 
English ancestry. Enlisted in the One Hundred and 
Fourth Pennsylvania Regiment, and served three years in 
the Civil war, when he was discharged for disability. 
Came to Dade County about the year 1870, located at 
King's Point, where, in company with his brother, Charles 
E. Hoel, he conducted a general merchandise store, until 
the building of the railroad through the county and the 
founding of Lock wood, 1881, when they moved to the new 
town and established one of the first general merchandise 
stores in the (dace, under the name of Hoel Bros. Of 
late years, William B. Hoel has been engaged in the real 
estate business at Lockwood, where he now resides, at 
the age of 74 years. He is a member of the M. E. church, 
a local preacher, an Odd Fellow, and also a member of 


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the G. A. R., and a Republican in politics. His wife, Mary 
J. Hoel, was born in Pennsylvania, of Dutch parentage, 
daughter of Mathias and Mary Hollowpeter, farmers, 
originally from Holland. She is now deceased. They were 
the parents of five hildren, their oldest dying in infancy: 

(2) Cora, married Benjamin Langhlin, a Colorado 
ranchman, botli of whom are now deceased. They had 
four children. 

(3) Katherine, married C. T. AVooldridge, a real 
estate man in Kansas City. She is now deceased, leaving 
two children. 

(4) Gertrude R., married Homer Laughlin, a Colo- 
rado ranchman. She is now deceased, leaving one child. 

(5) William M. Hoel. 

William M. Hoel was reared to manhood in Lock- 
wood, lie attended the public schools of the city, entered 
Marionville College in 1896, taking the scientific course, 
graduating in 1900, after which he entered a medical 
school in Kansas City, graduating in 190(3, after which 
he located at Sheridan, Wyo., in the practice of his pro- 
fession. In 1912 he returned to Lockwood and took up 
the general practice of medicine, with splendid success. 

In 1906 he was married to Ella E. Stetzler, a lady of 
refinement and culture, born at Abilene, Kas., in 1886. 
She was a daughter of George W. and Jane Stetzler, who 
moved from Illinois to Kansas and then to Kansas City. 
He was a general contractor by occupation. 

William M. Hoel and wife are the parents of one 
child, Luella May, born in 1908. They are both members 
of the M. E. church. Mr. Hoel united with the Elks at 
Sheridan, Wyo., is a member of the local W. 0. W., and 
is its physician, also a member of the American Medical 
Association. He is a Republican in politics. 

His cottage home is one of the most picturesque in 
the city, being among the first of the bungalow type to 
be erected. Mr. Hoel and wife are noted for their hos- 
pitality and are active in church and civic circles. 

He is now a First Lieutenant in the U. S. Army 
located at Camp Doniphan, Okla. 



Germany has given to this country thousands and 
thousands ol her native- sons to enrich our citizenship, and 
To the sons of Germany we are indebted to a large extent 
i or the wonderful advancement of these, the United States 
of America. 

Frederick Hodde was born in Westphale, Germany, 
October 4, 1S.")1, a son of Charles Frederick Jlodde and 
Mary \Vlieinenn, his wife, lie was born in France in 
1M)1, and she in France in 1802. His father, grandfather 
of our subject, Frederick Hodde, was a soldier under 
General Napoleon, and was in the Russian campaign, 
where he was frozen to death near Moscow. Russia, in 
ISO!). Charles Frederick Hodde in later life was a farmer 
of Germany. They were Lutherans in religious belief 
and were forced into Germany from France by the Catho- 
lics, who confiscated their property about the year 18112. 
They received land from the German government, and 
here he grew to manhood, was educated and lived until 
he died, in ISSJ. His wife preceded him, in 18SL 

Frederick Hodde received his education in Germany, 
and followed the occupation of farming up until he was 
.'!0 years of age. He married there a Miss Louise Bock, 
who died about 187!), after bearing him one son, named 
William Hodde, who is now a prosperous farmer of Dade 
County, where he married Mary Brunner, and they have 
live children. Frederick Hodde married as his second 
wile in Germany Miss Louise Winkelmann in 1871), and in 
1 xS emigrated to America, coming to Missouri, bringing 
his new wife and his small son, William. They spent some 
two vears in St. Louis, where he worked at carpentering 
and in the lumber business, and came to Dade County in 
1 SV L'. For the first three years they rented land in Marion 
Township, then bought 1 (iO acres, upon which they lived 
for JO years. Here Frederick Hodde prospered exceed- 
ingly. He \\\->\ added an SO-acre tract, joining, then a 
!>!) acre tract, then a ,V> acre tract, and built him a very 
line house. In 1^1) he bought 40 acres, where he now 
lives, and to thU he has added a '20. lie owned at one 


time as many as 454 acres of some of the best land that 
Dado County affords, which speaks volumes, for Frederick 
Hodde, and also for Dade County, for ho began with prac- 
tically nothing 1 . His second wife died in September, 1896, 
leaving six children, as follows: Henry, of Texas; Charles, 
of North Missouri; Frederick, of Iowa; Minnie, now Mrs. 
YV. \V. Bohno. of Lockwood Township; Mary, now, Mrs. 
Fred Pepinbrink, of Grant Township, and Fmma, now 
Mrs. Ernest Rosenthal, of Iowa. Again, on September 20, 
J911, Mr. llodde married Anetta (Duncan) Cornell, the 
widow of \\". F. Cornell, who died in 1904, leaving 1 four 
children, as follows: Lee Cornell of Colorado; Ara, now 
Mrs. R. C. DoYault of Nebraska, and mother of one child, 
Viona; James Cornell of Nebraska, and Lloyd, who was 
accidentally killed in 1915, at the age of 12 years. 

Frederick Hodde has given all of his children the 
advantages of tine educations, as well as material help 
with land, money, etc. He has sold some of his land, 
but he is still a hard-working man. Ho manages and 
works some 220 acres, with his usual success. He also 
owns land in German}'. Fred Hodde is a red-hot Repub- 
lican, but he does not care to hold office. He ranks, first 
among our citizenship, into which he was naturalized in 
the year 1S95. It is indeed a pleasure to meet and know 
this line gentleman. His home is hospitable 1 , and one can 
learn much along all lines during a few hours' conversa- 
tion with this German-American of such wide experience. 
We are proud to own Frederick Hodde as a citizen of 
Dade County. lie and his kind have been a blessing to 
this part of the state of Missouri, and our earnest wish is 
that he may live long and always remain a citizen of this 
county, where he is held in the highest esteem by all who 
know him, and they are many. 


Among the venerable citizens of Dade County, none 
is better known and respected than Uncle Van Holman, 
the subject of this sketch. He was born in Overtoil County, 


Tennessee, April 4th, 184U, the son of William and Mary 
Holman, both natives of North Carolina, where they were 
married, and emigrated to Tennessee over 100 years ago. 
Uncle Van was the youngest of eleven children that lived 
to be grown, but out of this large family he is the only one 
now living. Uncle Van remained in Tennessee until he 
was 17 years old, when he started north with a party 
named Carter. He had a team and a little money, so when 
Mr. Carter decided to locate further east, he pushed on 
to Dade County, as did his partner and friend, John Belk. 
lie bought 80 acres of partly improved land in 1859 and 
stayed on this for some three years, at which time lie 
moved to Cedar County, buying 280 acres adjoining Stock- 
ton. Farming this for about five years, he decided to re- 
turn to good old Dade County, and consequently sold his 
Cedar County holdings, and bought, in 1870, 320 acres in 
Polk Township. For some seven years he farmed on this 
place, then bought a tract of 172 acres, where he now 
lives, later adding a fine 240 adjoining him on the south 
and east, which he later gave to his son, Oliver. Uncle 
Van has always been an industrious citizen and has pros- 
pered through the years, and by fair dealing has not 
only become one of the wealthy men of the county, but 
has won for himself the name of being one of our fore- 
most citizens, beloved and honored by all, young and old 
alike. He married, November 15th, 1860, Mrs. Jane (Lang- 
ford) Holman. She was the daughter of Andy J. Holman, 
who came to Dade County in 1851, leaving his daughter 
back in Tennessee, where she had married a Mr. Langford. 
About 185!) Mr. Langford died, leaving his wife and two 
children, so Andy Holman, the widow's father, returned 
to Tennessee, brought her and the children out to Dade, 
and Uncle Van promptly took possession of her as his 
wife, for he had known her as a young lady in Ten- 
nessee. To this union there were eight children, as fol- 
lows: William S., now deceased, and a sketch of him will 
be found elsewhere; Newton E., born October 23rd, 1864, 
married Miss Maggie Cowan and lives in South Morgan 
Township; Ida Isabel, born in 1867 and died in 1884; Zora, 


born August 5th, 1869, married William Dunn, and lives 
in Polk County; Oliver and Olive, twins, born May 5th, 
1872, Olive dying at the age of 7, and Oliver is a farmer 
of Polk Township (see his sketch in this volume); Landen 
O., born May 31st, 1875, now a farmer of Cedar County; 
Fannie, born October 23rd, 1879, now Mrs. Mose Anderson 
of Polk County. Uncle Van has twenty-nine grandchil- 
dren. The mother of these children died in 1900, and Mr. 
Holman married as his second wife Mary Jane Stockton, 
who was born September llth, 1861, and a daughter of 
Andrew Jackson Stockton, who was a pioneer of Dade 
County. Uncle Van served in the state militia for nine 
months under Captain Morris. He is a Democrat in poli- 
tics, but never desired to hold office, always preferring to 
devote his time to his large business interests and his fine 
family. He is a member of the Christian church. Uncle 
Van has ranked among our largest land-owners, having 
held at one time over 2.400 acres. He gave his children 
good starts in life with fine farms, and so has disposed of 
all his land except 480 acres, which he rents out, and is 
taking a well-deserved rest. Mr. Holman has always been 
liberal with his means and time to further any cause that 
would help the county. He is in favor of good roads and 
free public schools. He was one of the organizers of the 
Citizen's Bank of Walnut Grove, Greene County, and 
served on its board of directors for many years. He still 
holds his stock in this bank, but has given up the work 
on the board to younger men. Truly, this fine old gentle- 
man is worthy of the high esteem in which he is held. In 
his declining years he is happy and cheerful, delights to 
talks of the affairs of the country, and it is a pleasure to 
visit this kindly gentleman. May lie live long. He has 
been a blessing to our country through all these years, 
and we appreciate him to the full. 


The subject of this sketch was 23 years of age when 
lie commenced business for himself. During his boyhood 


d'dys he had attended the common schools of the county, 
and later attended the Dadeville Academy. He worked 
at home with his father until he married, then bought a 
I arm of 200 acres in Polk Township on Sac river. He 
remained on this farm five years, when he sold out and 
purchased another farm of 240 acres, all in one body, 
in the same township. At the time of his purchase this 
place was fairly well improved, but Mr. Holman has 
cleared out some GO acres, and done lots of fencing and 
cross-fencing, much of it hog-tight, built new barns, re- 
modeled the dwelling- house, built a 127-ton silo in 1914, 
and has added 40 acres to his original purchase, so that 
now his farm consists of 280 acres. He is a breeder of 
registered Shorthorn cattle, having a herd of 20 cows 
and one registered male "Master," also twenty yearlings. 
He also raises hogs quite extensively, being partial to the 
Poland-Chinas. Mr. Holman also handles quite a nice 
Hock of sheep, and finds them to be profitable. 

On the 22nd day of December, 1895, Oliver II. Hol- 
man was married to Laura Graham, born March 1st, 1874, 
daughter of Thomas B. and Ann Eliza (Harris) Graham, 
her father being born March 1st, 1832, and her mother 
February 27th, 1843, and were married October 6th, 1870. 
Her father was born in Ray County, Missouri, but came to 
Cedar County with his father when 9 months old. He 
still owns the old home place settled by his father in 1832. 
Mrs. Ilolman was the second of a family of three chil- 
dren. One brother, James li. Graham, is a business man 
and postmaster at Centralia, Okla. He married Joie Hart- 
icy of Cedar County, and now owns about 200 acres of 
valuable land in Oklahoma. Her sister, Sallie Graham, 
died single at the age of 35 years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ilolman have a family of five children, 
all at home: 

(1) Thomas V., born Xoveinber 6th, 1896. 

(2) Dwight, born October 16th, 1898. 

(3) Olive Berniece, born May 10th, 1901. 

(4) Rollo Oliver, born January 14th, 1904. 

(5) Laura Eunice, born February 26th, 1910. 


Mrs. Ilolamn is a member of the Presbyterian church. 
Mr. Holrnan is a Democrat, a wide-awake, progressive, 
public-spirited man, and a booster for good roads. Has 
been a member of the school board for three years. 


Was born in Dado County, Missouri, August 4th, 1880, 
a son of W. E. and Maggie ( Jordan) ITowell, both of whom 
are living. W. E. ITowell was a native of Ohio and Maggie 
Jordan was a native of Tennessee. Both came to Dade 
County at about the close of the Civil war and wore 
married here. Tie is a farmer of Washington Township. 
They raised a family of three children: 
'(1) W. C. Howell is the oldest. 

(2) John D. married Hettie M. Staggs of Clay 
County, Missouri. They have t\vo living children, Lena 
and Lucile. 

(3) Bertha, now Mrs. Ernest Russell. They reside 
in Greene County, Missouri, and have one living child, 
Myrtle. Mr. Russell is a farmer. 

W. C. Howell received his education in the common 
schools of Dade County, and remained at home until 1898, 
working out for six years, and in 1904 bought his first 
tract of 80 acres of land in Washington Township. He 
still owns this land. It was fairly well improved at the 
time he bought it. He was living as a tenant on the G. S. 
Mitchell farm at the time of his marriage to Joanotto 
Mitchell April ,>d, 1904. She was born in Dade County 
May 27th, 1877, daughter of Gorham S. and Louisa (Rabb) 
Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell was a native of Maine, as also wa 1 - 
his wife. They were married in Maine in 1 86-> and eam<> 
to Cook County, Illinois, and bought 80 acres of land, 
which now joins the city of Chicago. lie kept this land 
for two or three years and then sold out and came 1o 
Dade County. This land lias since become immensely 
valuable. On his arrival he purchased 200 acres of land 
whore his daughter resides. He carried on genera] farm- 
ina 1 and stock raising and erected a substantial residence 


and log out-buildings. He died on this farm March 3rd, 
1907 and is buried at Pennsboro. His widow is still living 
on the old homestead at the age of 74 years. Mr. Mitchell 
was a Republican in politics, a member of the Cumberland 
Presbyterian church and the father of three children : 

(1) Fannie, now Mrs. S. W. Cox. 

(2) Flora L., unmarried, lives on the old homestead 
with her mother. 

(3) Jeanottc, now Mrs. W. C. Howell. W. C. Howell 
and wife are the parents of two children: 

(1) Edrie, born January 9th, 1906. 

(2) Chalmers, born December 8th, 1913. 

Mr. Howcll is engaged in general farming and has 
bought out the Mitchell heirs until he now owns 160 acres 
of the original Mitchell homestead and an adjoining 80 
acres making 320 acres in Dado county. He has built a 
fine barn, cleared out over half the place, built a silo of 
110 tons capacity. His place is well fenced, all hog-tight, 
cross-fenced, well watered with springs, well and wind- 
mill. In addition to general farming, Mr. Howell handles 
a large amount of stock, being a breeder of white-face 
cattle of which two males and six females are registered. 
He has a herd of 15 grade cows and feeds and keeps all 
told about 50 head. He also raises a number of mules for 
market each year, keeping a fine jack and raises about 14 
colts and tries to market two or three span of fine mules 
each year. Mr. I To well also finds sheep raising profitable 
and lias a small flock on the farm. His machinery is mod- 
ern and up-to-date. In fact Mr. Howell is a first class 
Farmer and stock man in every respect. He is a Repub- 
lican in politics, a member of the Baptist church and be- 
longs to the W. (). AV. No better man can be found in 
Washington Township than Mr. Howell, and he and his 
family enjoy the confidence and respect of the community. 


For forty-seven years Taylor H. Hunt has been a 
citizen of Dade county and during all this time he has been 


considered one of our foremost progressive men. Tennes- 
see has given us many of her very best sons and Mr. Hunt 
is no exception to the rule. He was born in East Tennes- 
see, February 6, 1847, a son of Washington and Polly Car- 
oline (Wilson) Hunt. Mr. Hunt's paternal grand parents 
were Wm. and Margaret (Finley) Hunt and were natives 
of the state of Georgia where they were married and came 
to Tennessee at an early day where he bought a large 
portion of the Tellico Plains. In Georgia he was the owner 
of a large gold mining property which he sold for a vast 
sum of money which was considered a fortune in those 
early days. Here on this tract of fine land in Tennessee 
Wm. Hunt and his wife passed away leaving to their eight 
boys and two girls this large acreage which made each of 
them a fine home and here Washington Hunt, father of 
Taylor Hunt, was married and made his home until his 
death. Taylor Hunt received 100 acres from his father 
and upon this land he lived for eight years having been 
married in the mean time to Sarah Lucinda Farmer, on 
February 6th, 1867. To this union were born three 
children as follows: Jesse E., born November 27, 1870 
and married Eva Kirby and they reside in Texas ; Lou T., 
born May 28, 1872, married Mary Hunt and he is de- 
ceased ; Laguarda L., born October 6th, 1874, married Hat- 
tie Lake and they live in Fair Play, Polk county, Missouri 
where he is a prominent physician. Mr. Hunt married 
again on February 21, 1886, Miss Alice Wilson, a native of 
Greene County, Mo., where she was born April 6th, 1860. 
Her father was a pioneer settler of Greene county. To this 
second union six children were born and in order of birth 
they are as follows : Norma D., born June 14th, 1888, has 
received a fine education, having finished high school at 
Dadeville and spent some time at the Springfield Normal. 
She was awarded a life certificate in 1913 and started 
teaching, first she taught one year at Bona then two 
years at Pennsboro, two at Everton and two at Richland 
high while at the present she is teaching in the high 
school at Bishop, Texas ; Ira A., born September 21, 1889, 
received fine education having spent three years at Drury 


college and three years in Washington University at St. 
Louis where he graduated and was admitted to the bar 
and is now a prominent attorney of Bishop and Kingsville, 
Texas; Wm. A., born September 27, 1891, well educated 
and is farming in Cedar county. He married Bernice 
Thomason and have a daughter, Irene ; Lillie P., born 
June 12, 1893, received her education in Dadeville high 
and Springfield Normal and was given a life certificate 
in 1913 and is now teaching in the high school at Mount 
Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri; Finley C., born July 
19th, 1895, graduate of Everton High School, is at home 
running the home place ; Lena G., born July 16th, 1897, 
also finished her education at Everton and Springfield 
Normal and is now teaching in the public schools near 
Mount Vernon, Mo. Well may Taylor H. Hunt and his 
estimable wife be proud of their fine family for they are a 
credit to our county and we are proud to ow r n them as 
native sons and daughters. Taylor H. Hunt came to us in 
1880 and for six years rented land arid farmed, then 
bought himself a fine farm of 110 acres although unim- 
proved he soon made it so for he built a small house in 
1890 and shortly after enlarged it and has continued to 
improve his home until he now has one of the really at- 
tractive residences in the county. Mr. Hunt has been a 
successful farmer and has added to his land until at the 
present writing, he has 140 acres of as fine land as there 
is in the county and all of it in cultivation but about ten 
acres. He has all modern machinery and conveniences in- 
cluding acetylene gas for lighting. Mr. Hunt has made a 
practice of keeping good stock and has made a specialty of 
mules now owning one very fine jack named "Sampson." 
Mr. Hunt is a democrat in politics and he and his wife 
belong to the Baptist church of which he is a deacon and 
also director of building. We always find Mr. Hunt's 
influence on the side of right and progress, he is a firm be- 
liever in good roads, free public schools, and temperance. 
A fine broad minded gentleman is Mr. Hunt, ever ready 
with his time and means to further any cause for the 


good of the county, he is a credit to our county and state, 
may he live long among us. 


The Articles of Association of the R. S. Jacobs Bank- 
ing Company are dated May 9th, 1892, and the Certificate 
of Incorporation from the Secretary of State is dated 
May 12th, 1892, and was filed for record in Dade county, 
May 14th, 1892. The five directors named in the Articles 
of Association for the first year were : R. S. Jacobs, John H. 
Howard, Thomas J. Van Osdell, J. L. Wetzel and Lewis 

It was expected to commence business on June 1st, 
1892, but Thomas J. Van Osdell, who was a director and had 
been agreed upon for the position of Cashier was seriously 
sick on that day, and died on June 3rd. 1892. 

The first meeting of the Board of Directors was held 
June 10th, 1892, and at that time Mason Talbutt was elected 
a director to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thomas 
J. Van Osdell. 

The second meeting of the Board of Directors was held 
June 13th, 1892, and at that meeting J. L. Wetzel was 
elected cashier which position he has held to this date 
and at this meeting the Board of Directors bought of R. S. 
Jacobs & Co. (a firm composed of R. S. Jacobs and Thorn. 
J. VanOsdell, who had been engaged in the Private Bank- 
ing business for several years) the bank building, safe and 
other fixtures for the sum of twelve thousand dollars. 

R. S. Jacobs was a director and president of the bank 
from the time of organization to the date of his death, Jan- 
uary 31st, 1899, and Capt. John H. Howard was then elected 
president (having been vice president from the beginning) 
and served until June 16th, 1906, when he resigned. Capt. 
John H. Howard died September 23rd, 1906. 

Mason Talbutt was elected a director June 10th, 1892, 
and has been on the board since that date ; was vice presi- 
dent while Capt. Howard was President, and has been 
president since June 16th, 1906. 


The dividends paid on each share of stock amount to 
$237 and were paid semi-annually, and in the meantime the 
stock has more than doubled in value. 

The present Board of Directors are : Robert S. Long, 
David Riggings, J. C. Shouse, Ben M. Neale, R. H. Merrill, 
J. L. Wetzel and Mason Talbutt. The present officers are 
Mason Talbutt, president; Robert S. Long, vice president; 
J. L. Wetzel, cashier ; R. H. Merrill, asst. cashier and Leon 
Hall, clerk. 

The last official statement of this bank, under a call 
from the state bank commissioner, is dated March 5th, 1917, 
and is as follows : 

No. 828. 


Of the financial condition of the R. S. Jacobs Banking 
Co., at Greenfield, state of Missouri, at the close of business 
on the 5th day of March, 1917, published in The Vedette, a 
newspaper printed and published at Greenfield, state of 
Missouri, on the 15th day of March, 1917. 


Loans and discounts, undoubtedly good on per- 
sonal or collateral $152,840.47 

Loans, real estate 25,322.93 

Overdrafts 4,689.07 

Bonds and stocks 3,154.06 

Real estate (banking house) 8,500.00 

Furniture and fixtures 2,000.00 

Due from other banks and bankers, subject to 

check 17,038.30 

Cash items 827.76 

Currency 2,748 00 

Specie 6,030.85 

Total $223,151.44 


Capital stock paid in $ 25,000.00 

Surplus fund 25,000.00 


Undivided profits, net 3,621.45 

Due to banks and bankers, subject to check 1,468.49 

Individual deposit subject to check 109,181.19 

Time certificates of deposit 58,880.31 

Total $223,151.44 


Born in Cedar County, Missouri, March 31st, 1872, son 
of John Fletcher and Ellen Amanda (Ridall) Johnson, both 
now deceased. John Fletcher was a native son of Luzerne 
county, Pcnn., born March 10th, 1834 and his father was 
born in England, coming to this country many years ago. 
John F. Johnson came to Cedar County, Mo., in 1866 and 
bought 460 acres of land near Cane Hill. He returned to 
Pennsylvania and married Miss Ellen Amanda Ridall, Fsb- 
ruary 1st, 1869. She was of English ancestry. This newly 
married couple came to the Cedar County farm when Se- 
dalia was the nearest railroad point. When this farm was 
first purchased the dwelling house consisted of a log cabin, 
but Mr. Johnson erected a more pretentious domicile be- 
fore going to Pennsylvania for his bride. The farm was 
mostly timber land which Mr. Johnson cleared out and im- 

Seeing the possibilities of a good flouring mill with 
everlasting water power, Mr. Johnson erected and com- 
pleted a splendid mill at Seybert and started its operation 
January 1st, 1872, and continued to operate it with suc- 
cess until 1887. 

His mother, who was formerly Miss Mary Ann Sey- 
bert was brought to the farm in Cedar county and resided 
with her son until 1890. About the year 1887 Mr. Johnson 
sold the Seybert mill to C. W. Montgomery and moved to 
Greenfield to live. He was one of the organizers of the 
Bade County Bank and was its first vice president. He 
was elected its president in 1890 and held that position un- 
til his death. He died in Greenfield April 6th, 1893 and 
his wife survived him a few years, departing this life in 


Greenfield March 30th, 1916. At one time Mr. Johnson 
owned more than 2,000 acres of land in Dade and Cedar 
counties. He was a man of large affairs and owned a 
large estate in Pennsylvania at the time of his death. 

John F. Johnson was raised in Pennsylvania, quit 
school at the age of 17 years and entered the mercantile 
business at Beach Haven and continued therein until 
1865. He was a man of wide information and practically 
self educated. 

His first vote in Missouri w T as cast at Madison town- 
ship in Cedar county and it was one of but two democratic 
votes cast. In the erection of the Seybert mill the pine 
lumber was hauled by ox-teams from Fort Scott. Nearly 
all the machinery was hauled from Boonville. The original 
wheel that operated the corn burr was made by Marion 
Swingle. Just a few days before the final touches were 
put on the mill a flood came and washed out most of the 
dam. It had to be re-built. Mr. Johnson remodeled the 
mill in 1881, put in what is known as a combination mill, 
and afterward took this out and put in a full modern 
roller plant. This last transformation required about 
three years. 

In after years Mr. Johnson erected many buildings 
in Greenfield and remodeled others, among the most im- 
portant being the old Delmonico Hotel building. 

John F. Johnson was a member of the Baptist church 
while his wife was a Presbyterian. He was a democrat in 
politics, served as Presiding Judge of the county court 
one term. 

Mr. Johnson and wife were the parents of seven 

(1) Lottie E., died in 1874 at the age of 4 years. 

(2) B. Frank Johnson. 

(3) Walter P. 

(4) May, married Floyd Van Osdell. 

(5) Carrie, married Phil S. Griffith. 

(6) Capitola, married Lynville D. Higgins. 

(7) Ira. 


B. Frank Johnson was educated in the common 
schools of Dade county and Ozark college at Greenfield. 
From 1893 to 1897 he was engaged in the milling business 
at the old Hoyle water mill, two miles east of Greenfield. 
In 1897 he moved to a farm in Cedar County consisting of 
320 acres North of Cane Hill. In 1900 he built a fine 
modern residence and is extensively engaged in general 
farming and stock raising. 

On the llth day of May, 1893 he was married to 
Martha Young, a native of Dade county who was born 
September 18th, 1870, daughter of Marshall Young, Sr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the parents of four child- 

(1) Phyllis, born March 23rd, 1896, in Dade county. 
She was married to Lawrence Rountree in September, 
1915, a farmer of Cedar county. They have one child, 
John Franklin, born September 17th, 1916. 

(2) John Fletcher, born December 7th, 1903. 

(3) Byron, born September 7th, 1909. 

(4) Dorothy, born August 9th, 1914. 

B. Frank Johnson is a democrat in politics, is a pro- 
gressive citizen and a good roads booster, drives an 
Overland car and is the owner of the old Marshall Young 
homestead of 140 acres in Sac Township. 


Son of J. F. Johnson, (deceased) a native of Pennsyl- 
vania, who came to Dade County in an early day and en- 
gaged in the milling business at Seybert. He was an ex- 
tensive farmer, stock raiser and feeder and spent the latter 
part of his life in the city of Greenfield, being President of 
the Dade County Bank and presiding Judge of the County 
Court. He was a man of large means and left a valuable 
estate both in Dade County and in his native state Penn- 

Ira H. Johnson was born in Dade County October 17th, 
1885, was married November 1st, 1908 to Dena Montgomery, 
born July 13th, 1885, a daughter ofBenjamin Montgomery 


who resides near Cane Hill in Cedar County, To this union 
were born three children: 

(1) Edna, born September 7th, 1909, is now attending 

(2) Beatrice, born August 19, 1912. 

(3) Ira Harold, born June 28, 1914. 

Mr. Johnson is a farmer and owns a farm of 360 acres 
in Ernest Township, all finely improved, where he resides, 
and a farm of 260 acres in Center Township west of Green- 
field. He devotes his entire time to his farming and stock 
feeding enterprises although he is a large stockholder in 
the Dade County Bank at Greenfield. He has erected a 
splendid 8-room dwelling house on his farm and surrounded 
the same with good out-buildings and many other improve- 
ments. It is decidedly the best improved farm in the 
Township. The farm water supply is obtained from 
a never failing well 300 feet deep. Mr. Johnson handles 
from 4 to 6 car loads of cattle and hogs each year. 

Politically Mr. Johnson has always voted the Democrat 
ticket. He supports and attends the Christian church, 
drives a Ford car and is a booster for good roads. His 
farm reflects the energy and industry of its proprietor, 
and his home is one of happiness, contentment and pros- 


Among the noted pioneers of Greenfield few were 
better known and none more highly esteemed and re- 
spected than the subject of this sketch. John Harrison 
was born in Boone County, Missouri, May 22nd, 1825, and 
diod at the home of his son, Edwin Harrison, in Green- 
field, Mo., in November, 1916. He was the son of George 
and Malinda (Lynes) Harrison, and the grandson of John 
and Elizabeth (Harris) Harrison. George Harrison was 
born in Alexander, Va., September 3rd, 1800, and was 
left an orphan when but a small boy. After the death of 
his parents he was taken by his uncle, a Mr. Dennis, who 



removed to Woodford County, Kentucky, and here George 
learned the saddler's trade. When a young man he went 
to Old Franklin, Howard County, Missouri, and shortly 
afterward to Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, where 
he was married March 24th, 1824, to Miss Malinda Lynes. 
Mr. Harrison died in Hempstead County, Arkansas, Sep- 
tember 22nd, 1859. His wife was born in Madison County, 
Kentucky, August 12th, 1803, and when 5 years of age 
her parents, Joseph and Mary Lynes, moved to St. Louis, 
and from thence to Boone County, Missouri, being among 
the early pioneers to that part of the state. For a number 
of years since 1851 Mrs. Harrison made her home with her 
daughter, Elmira Meng, at Dover, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. 
Harrison were the parents of four children, John Harri- 
son grew to maturity in Boone County and obtained a 
fair education in the common schools of that county. 
Shortly after leaving home he commenced working at the 
harness-maker's trade, but a few years later took up 
merchandising at Walnut Grove, Greene County, Missouri. 
On the 18th day of May, 1853, he was married to Miss 
Mary E. Foushee, daughter of William and Narcissa 
(Hunt) Foushee of St. Charles County, Missouri, and 
a native of Clayborne County, Tennessee, born in 1883. 
William Foushee was a native Virginian. To Mr. and Mrs. 
Harrison were born nine children: 

(1) Roger H., now deceased, for a number of years 
a prominent physician at Gainesville, Tex. 

(2) Charles, a harness-maker in Greenfield, un- 

(3) Mark E., a dentist by profession, formerly of 
Nevada, Mo. 

(4) Edwin, cashier of the Dade County Bank, mar- 
ried, and lives in Greenfield. Has one son, Roger, who 
is now a captain in the United States Army. 

(5) Ralph, now a major in the United States Army. 

(6) William, for a number of years engaged in 
manufacturing in New Mexico. 

(7) Ruth, now deceased. 

(8) Elmira. 


(9) Hugh, business manager of the firm of Harrison 
Bros., furniture and undertaking, in Greenfield, Mo. 

After his marriage John Harrison located in Bolivar, 
Mo., where he established a saddlery and harness shop, 
and where he remained until after the war. In 1866 he 
became a citizen of Greenfield and established a harness 
shop, in which business he remained until the time of his 
death. In May, 1885, he was appointed postmaster of 
Greenfield. He held this office four years, to the entire 
satisfaction of the community. In politics Mr. Harrison 
was always a Democrat, casting his first vote in 1848 for 
General Taylor. Mr. Harrison was an active man in local 
affairs, serving a number of years on the school board 
and in the city council. He was a member of the Chris- 
tian church. Mr. Harrison was one of those quiet, un- 
assuming sort of men, frugal and industrious in his own 
business and carefully avoiding any entanglements in the 
affairs of other men. He died at a ripe old age, honored 
and esteemed bv all who knew him. 


Among the largest and most succcessful farmers of 
Eastern Dade County we must mention John M. Jones 
of Rock Prairie Township. He was born April 30th, 1864, 
in Lawrence County, Arkansas, a son of John M and Mary 
E. (Hector) Jones. 

Joint M. Jones Sr. was born in middle Tennessee, near 
Nashville, January 3rd, 1836, and died August 30th, 1863. 
1 1 is wife, Mary Hector, was born in Warren County, Ken- 
tucky, May 12th, 1S41. She is now living in Rock Prairie 
Township, widow of William C. Jones, whom she married 
after her first husband's death. John M. Jones Sr. and 
William C. Jones were brothers. Mrs. Mary E. Jones 
has every reason to remember vividly the Civil war time 
in Da<le County. Her first husband, John M. Jones, met 
a tragic death at the hands of an assassin. He enlisted 
in the Missouri State Militia at Dadeville and had re- 
turned to his home for a few days to arrange his business 


matters, when he was killed from ambush the day before 
he was to take up his duties in the Militia. He left one 
son, William M. Jones, while John M. Jones, the subject 
of this sketch, was born a few months after his father's 
murder. As stated before, Mrs. Jones married for her 
second husband William C. Jones, a brother of John M., 
and by him she had two children, Julia A., now Mrs. 
Henry Bullington of Rock Prairie Township, and George 
A. Jones, who lives in Arizona. Both the paternal and 
maternal gandparents of John M. Jones Jr. were pioneers 
of Dade County. Samuel Jones and Rodha Butler, his 
wife, grandparents of John M. Jones Jr., were married 
in Tennessee and came to Dade County overland in wagons 
in 1851. He entered some three or four hundred acres of 
land and carried on a large business in horses. He was 
considered a very wealthy man in his day. He owned 
many slaves. He would accumulate large droves of horses 
and drive them into different parts of the south for sale. 
At the time the Civil war broke out he and his son, John 
Sr., father of the subject of this sketch, were in the mer- 
cantile business in Dade County. They opened one store 
at Cross Roads and had another at Dilday's Mill. War 
conditions here made it so dangerous for his property and 
business that he went to Texas, taking his slaves and 
considerable money. He was accidentally killed, being 
kicked by a mule. His wife died in about 1878. 

Martin and Nancy Rector, grandparents of John M. 
Jones Jr., came to Dade County in the fall of 1846, and 
both died here. John M. Jones Jr. received a good edu- 
cation in the public schools of Dade County and Ozark 
College at Greenfield. He taught school in Dade County 
for some six years, and was with Scott Bros, of Kansas 
City, Mo., railroad contractors, for whom he kept books 
for four years, after which he returned to Dade County 
and married Mary I. Patterson, who was born in Dade 
County November 28th, 1869, and was a daughter of J. D. 
Patterson and Margaret Trailer. (A complete sketch of 
whom will be found elsewhere.) For three years after 
his marriage Mr. Jones farmed on 160 acres of rented land 


in Rock Prairie Township, moved to Everton, and there 
entered the mercantile business, where he kept a general 
store for 12 years, subsequently selling out to Parker & 
Dye, who had been his partners, and moved to his present 
location, which is considered one of the finest farms in this 
part of Missouri. He bought 160 acres of Mr. Patterson, 
his father-in-law, who also gave his daughter, Mrs. Jones, 
an adjoining 160 acres. This was well improved land, 
and here Mr. and Mrs. Jones have carried on general 
farming and stock raising and have been very successful 
in their operations. In 1917 he added 108 acres joining, 
making 428 acres in a body. 

In 1905 Mr. Jones built a fine 12-room brick residence, 
which is one of the very few brick dwellings in this 
county. It is modern in every respect, hot and cold water, 
bath and lights. Mr. Jones has numerous fine large out- 
buildings, including a cement silo with a 130-ton capacity, 
and one stave silo of 130-ton capacity. This silo was one 
of the first built in this section of the county; in fact, it 
can be said that Mr. Jones was probably the first in the 
county to become interested in the silo as a farm institu- 
tion. He is a high-grade stock man, raises and breeds 
pure Angus cattle, and his herd of 50 head is one of the 
best that can be found in South Missouri. He handles a 
large number of Poland-China hogs and also raises and 
breeds sheep to quite an extent. He is a breeder and 
finisher of fine horses. He ranks first in the county, 
making a specialty of saddlers and trotting horses. 

To Mr. and Airs. Jones have been born four children: 
Floy B., born February 26th, 1892, married Ross Haley, 
a farmer of Rock Prairie Township, and they have one 
child, Adrain Gather Haley; J. Fay was born June 7th, 
1894, is at homo, is a graduate of Everton High School, and 
now assistant cashier of the Citizen's Bank of Everton.; 
Ruth Beryl, born August 30th, 1896, is attending school 
and lives at home, and Ula Forrest, born June 13th, 1899, 
is also at home. 

Mr. Jones is an active Democrat and has served as 
township treasurer. He does not, however, aspire to office, 
much preferring to spend his time and energy in the con- 


duct of his large business interests. Mr. Jones is one of 
our foremost, progressive farmers, broad-minded and ever 
ready to take his part in any enterprise for the betterment 
of the county and its people, is an active booster for good 
roads and believes in free public schools. His judgment 
is sought upon all subjects of public interest. While a 
fine-class horseman, he also sees the advantage of the 
automobile, as he owns and drives a fine Buick Six. John 
M. Jones is known almost to every man, woman and child 
in this county, and his fine farm home is one of the show 
places of Eastern Dade County. His fine residence can 
be seen for miles around. John M. Jones stands in the 
front rank of Dade County in citizenship. His word is as 
good as his bond. Dade County needs more men of his 


One of the most highly respected and beloved citizens 
of Dftde County is James R. Jeffreys of Washington Town- 
ship. He was born in Middle Tennessee April 7th, 1844, 
the son of Dr. M. N. Jeffreys and Hannah L. Hill, his 
wife, both natives of North Carolina, where they were mar- 
ried and where Mr. Jeffreys was a practicing physician 
for many years, but subsequently moved to Turnerville, 
Ky., where he carried on his profession until his death, 
which occurred in his 84th year, and his wife returned to 
the old home in Middle Tennessee, where she passed 
away some years later. James Jeffreys, of this review, 
remained at home and attended school up to the time of 
the Civil war. He was attending school at Middleton, 
Tenn., at the time, and he, with sixteen other students, 
walked out from school in a body and formed what later 
became Company G, Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. They 
elected Adolphus Gates captain, and the company was 
recruited in the neighborhood and was destined to see 
hard service Mr. Jeffreys was in the thick of the fight 
and was wounded in the hip at the battle of Harrisburg, 
which laid him up for some three months and later was 
wounded in the hand and arm. He was taken prisoner of 


war near Clifton, on the Tennessee river, was paroled after 
two months, and returned to his company. Besides others, 
he saw service in the battles of Fort Donaldson, Shilo, 
Farmington, Tupelo, Franklin, Tenn.; Perry ville, Ky.; 
Okalona, Miss.; Fort Pillar, Tenn.; Paduka, Ky.; Pontatak, 
Miss.; Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dalton, Ga. 
When the war closed Mr. Jeffreys found himself in Ala- 
bama, and he made his way home overland to Tennessee, 
but when he arrived he found that everything had been 
destroyed, but he took up the task of making a living 
and home for himself by farming, at which he could not 
get started in a satisfactory manner, so after three years 
of hard work he decided to emigrate to Missouri, which he 
did, in company with his brother, Al S. Jeffreys. They 
landed in Greenfield March 29th, 1869, and for some time 
Mr. Jeffreys worked out at different places until he got 
a start, and in 1871 purchased a team and rented 16 acres 
of land on Turnback Creek, and on which he raised a crop. 
This was the beginning, and he continued to rent land 
for two years, when he married one of Dade County's 
fairest daughters, Miss Nancy McMillan, and moved to 
40 acres which was part of the old McMillan homestead. 
Here they lived and prospered, and Mr. Jeffreys soon 
bought out one of the other McMillan heirs, and thereby 
added another 40-acre tract, this giving them 80 acres of 
good land, and things began to move faster, so that in a 
short time he was able to buy two adjoining 40 's, making 
them 160 acres in a body, and which is now one of the 
fine farms in the county. His son, James C. Jeffreys, now 
lives on and operates the home place, which is situated 
just east of South Greenfield. Mrs. Jeffreys died May 

10th, , after a long and useful life, and she was beloved 

by all who knew her. She was the mother of two boys, 
who are now numbered among' our best citizens. The 
oldest, James C., married Minnie Tye, a native of Dade 
County, and they have four children, as follows: James 
R., Kathryn, Ester H. and Bedford Forrest. The second 
son, Robert N., is a prominent farmer of Washington 
County, and they have one son, Albert Edgar. 


James R. Jeffreys is a Democrat in politics and has 
served as justice of the peace at South Greenfield for 
twelve years, and has also served on the school board 
and as road commissioner for many years. Fraternally 
he is a member of the A. F. & A. M. Chapter, Council 
and Commandry at Greenfield, and a prominent member 
and officer of the U. C. V. Camp. Truly, Mr. Jeffreys is 
one of our best known and greatly appreciated citizens. 
He has done his share in the building up of the county, 
and also of South Greenfield, where he owns the brick 
structure where the drug store is located, as well as other 
business buildings and a good town residence. Mr. 
Jeffreys has lived a clean and upright life, and his memory 
will always remain green through the numberless years 
after he shall have gone to his final rest. We of the 
younger generation may well emulate the example of 
Uncle Jim Jeffreys, and it is to such as he that Dade 
County does honor in these volumes of history. 


Of Scotch-Irish ancestry and retaining many of the 
commendable characteristics of his early parentage, Ulys- 
ses S. Keran was born November 28th, 1867, in Fort Scott, 
Kas., his father, Asariah A. Keran, a native of Hamilton 
County, Ohio, of Scotch-Irish parentage dying in Dade 
County in 1896 in his 73rd year. His father, John Keran, 
came from Scotland and settled in Hamilton County, Ohio, 
in a very early day. He was a minister of the Protestant 
Methodist church. John's wife was Mary (Clements) 
Keran, of English ancestry. They spent their remaining 
days in Edgar County, Illinois. 

A. A. Keran was one of a family of eight children, 
two boys and six girls, only two of whom are now living. 
He was a veteran of the Civil war, and was assigned to a 
Kansas regiment, of which he was surgeon. His brother. 
William, was also a veteran of the Civil war, serving in an 
Illinois regiment. A. A. Keran was raised on an Illinois 
farm, going there with his parents when a small boy. He 


attended the country and public schools of Paris, 111. He 
then engaged in teaching for some time. In the meantime, 
he read medicine at Paris, and was one of the first gradu- 
ates of the Rush Medical College of Chicago. After 
graduation he practiced medicine at Paris, 111., and later 
went as physician and surgeon to a colony in Minnesota. 
He came to Centerville, Apponoose County, Iowa, and 
after practicing there for some time emigrated to Fort 
Scott, Kas., after which he practiced his profession at Mt. 
Vernon, in Lawrence County, and finally ended his days 
at the home of his son, Ulysses, in Lockwood. 

In early life he joined the Methodist church, in which 
organization he was a local preacher, a man of strong 
will power, deep convictions and vigorous speech. His 
Republicanism was as uncompromising as his religion. 

A. A. Keran was married to Catharine Dick, who was 
born in Oldham County, Kentucky, and died in 1894, at 
the age of 73 years. She was of German descent, her 
parents, Richard and Lucy Dick, moving to Edgar County, 
Illinois, in the early days and were farmers. They were 
members of the Methodist Protestant church. She had 
two brothers, Solomon Dick and Nicholas Dick, who were 
veterans of the Civil war. There were six children in the 
Keran family, three boys and three girls, viz: 

(1) Jennie J., married John Kingsburg, a veteran 
of the Civil war, who died of wounds received in service. 
She is now living at Mystic, la. 

(2) John T., living at Elizabeth, Colo, a retired 
farmer. A veteran of the Civil war, serving in a Kansas 

(3) Ann, married Joseph P. Jones. She is now 

(4) Prince Albert, living at Lockwood, and engaged 
in the real estate business. 

(5) Martha E., married Elmer E. Gray, a farmer. 
They reside at Capron, Okla. 

(6) Ulysses S. 

Either from choice or by dint of dire necessity, Ulys- 
BCS S. Keran remained upon the farm till 25 years of age. 


As a boy ho attended the common schools, receiving a fair 
education. In 1891 he came to Lockwood and engaged in 
the real estate business. In 1896 he was elected mayor of 
the city and served two years. This was his entry into 
the political field. In 1898 he was elected sheriff of Dade 
County and was re-elected again in 1900. He has the 
distinction of being one of the best, if not the very best, 
sheriff Dade County ever had. 

At the close of his second term as sheriff he returned 
to Lockwood and was one of the organizers of the Farm- 
ers' State Bank of that place. During the next two years 
he served as vice president, and after that was elected 
cashier, which position he still holds. 

He was married on the 14th day of March, 1889, to 
Jessie B. Harwell, born at Sparta, 111., May 26th, 1868, 
daughter of Joseph C. and Gene (Walker) Harwell. They 
resided on a farm. One child was born to this union, 
Otho II., born in Lockwood, Mo., October 4th, 1894. He 
graduated from Lockwood High School and had a two- 
year course at the state university at Columbia. He is 
now second assistant cashier in the Farmers' State Bank 
at Lockwood. He was married on the 29th day of June, 
1916, to Miss Irma Caldwell, and lives in a handsome bun- 
galow adjoining the parental roof. 

Mrs. Keran is a member of the Presbyterian church. 
Mr. Keran holds membership in the I. 0. 0. F. and the 
M. AY. A. He is a Republican in politics and a booster 
for everything that pertains to the general welfare of his 

Mr. Keran has attained his greatest financial success 
by wise and judicious investments in real estate. Being 
a good seller as well as a good buyer, he has prospered 
in that line to a remarkable degree. His home is one of 
the best in Lockwood, both in point of structural value 
and furnishings. He is a man who enjoys the brighter 
nde of life and wears the smile which will not rub off. 
Affable, congenial and courteous, Mr. Keran is a man 
with whom it is a pleasure to meet and be associated with. 



Born in Dade County, Missouri, February 6th, 1850, 
son of William N. and Sarah M. (McConnell) King, a 
full biographical sketch being given of each of them in 
the biography and history of R. C. King in this volume. 

John A. King received his meager schooling in Dade 
County, and is practically self-educated, and remained 
at home, working with his father, until he was 28 years 
of age. On the 14th day of February, 1878, he was mar- 
ried to Nancy Ann Lyon, who was born January 10th, 
1858, in Cedar County, Missouri, daughter of William 
James and Sarah A. (Cowan) Lyon, both natives of Ten- 
nessee. They were married in Tennessee and came to 
Missouri in the late 50 's. The mother died in early life 
and her father re-married, and died in Cedar County in 
May, 1899. He was a farmer, a Democrat in politics, and 
served one term as public administrator of Cedar County. 
He farmed extensively and was a big dealer in live stock. 
By his first wife (mother of Mrs. King) he had two chil- 
dren, Mrs. King and Mary, who married Pleasant R. 
Holbert of Cedar County, both now deceased, leaving 
seven children. Mrs. Lyon, mother of Mrs. King, was 
married in early life, previous to her marriage to Mr. 
Lyon, to a Mr. Lightner of Tennessee. One child was 
born of this marriage, a son, who became a noted doctor, 
and practiced many years in Dade County. His name was 
Dr. William Cowan Lightner, and he married a sister of 
John A. King. Losing his health in Missouri, he emi- 
grated to Texas, where he died. His widow, Mrs. M. J. 
Lightner, now resides at 208 West Street, Tulsa, Okla. 

John A. King, about the time of his marriage, had 
received from his father 58'/> acres of splendid land in 
North Morgan Township. He had cleared out and built 
a house 1G by 32 feet, two rooms, and here he took his 
bride. He was an industrious and energetic man, and 
prospered. He added to his original tract until he had a 
fine farm of 315 acres, all in one body. PTe had built a 
splendid six-room, two-story frame dwelling upon it. In 
1910 he retired from the farm and purchased a three and 


one-half-acre tract adjoining Greenfield on the east, with 
a large residence and a view overlooking the city. 

He has made many improvements since purchasing, 
in the way of porches, sidewalks, etc. The residence is 
supplied with city water, electric lights, and is modern in 
every respect. Since purchasing the above, Mr. King 
has added to it, until now his home place consists of 18% 

Mr. and Mrs, King are members of the Presbyterian 
church, the wife being especially active in church work. 
Mr. King is a Demorat, but has never held a public office, 
being a man of simple tastes and devoted to his home life. 

In the fall of 1914 he sold his farm in North Morgan 
Township to Benton Wilson of Greenfield. 

Mr. and Mrs. King are the parents of 10 children: 

(1) Ollie M., born January 3rd, 1879, married Lon 

(2) Reuel, born February 13th, 1881. 

(3) Roy, born August 3rd, 1883. 

(4) Nell, born March 7th, 1886, married Rollo 

(5) Julian, born December 19th, 1888, married Sam 
Duffy, and lives on a farm one and one-half miles south- 
west of Greenfield. 

(6) Gladys, born December 25th, 1891. 

(7) Finis. 

(8) Floy (twin of Finis), born May 7th, 1895. 

(9) Opal, born October 14th, 1898. 

(10) Weldon, born June 10th, 1901. 

By energy, industry and close application to business, 
Mr. ;;nd Mrs. King have been able to retire from the 
strenuous activities of life, and are now living retired 
in an elegant home upon an income which is the fruits 
of hard-earned toil. 


Was born in Dade County, Missouri, in North Morgan 
Township, August 2nd, 1883, son of John and Nancy 


(Lyon) King, members of one of the pioneer families of 
Dade County, whose biographical sketch appears at length 
in this history. 

Eoy was educated in the schools of Dade County, and 
finished in the High School at Dadeville. He remained at 
home on the farm until 1907, when he was married March 
30th to Lake Hailey, who was born February 15th, 1887. 
At this time he bought a 160-acre farm in South Morgan 
Township, in connection with his brother, Ruel, which 
they worked together till 1909, when he purchased the 
old Benjamin Pyle farm of 287 acres in North Morgan 
Township, west of Bona. This was an improved farm, 
with a large frame residence erected in 1894 by J. C. 

Since purchasing- this farm he has been engaged 
largely in the live stock business, feeding most all of the 
grain raised on the place. He keeps a registered White- 
face bull and feeds a carload of cattle or more eacli year. 
He also raises from two to three span of horses and mules 
for market each year. In hogs, he prefers the Duroc- 
Jersey, and keeps thoroughbred stock of this kind. His 
farm of 287 acres lies in one body, is well watered with 
wells and spring branch, and upon which he has made 
numerous improvements in the way of fencing and cross- 
fencing with hog wire, and lias installed a hydraulic ram 
to throw water from the spring into the house and barns. 
His outbuildings are good, and he erected a new barn in 
1913 and also a 120-ton silo. 

Mrs. King is a daughter of Kobert L. and Ann Eliza 
(Langford) Hailey, who reside in North Morgan Town- 
ship, Tiear Bona. 

Mr. ami Mrs. King are each members of the Christian 
church. TTI politics Mr. King is a Democrat, is a good- 
roads man and drives a Ford car. Tie is an up-to-date, 
progressive farmer, and one of the rising young men of 
the county. 

Mr. and Mrs. King are the parents of three children: 


(1) Denzel Virginia, born August 16th, 1908. 

(2) Robert Carlos, born September 1st, 1912. 

(3) John Eldon, born April 30th, 1914. 


One of the foremost citizens of the northeastern part 
of Dade County is Robert C. King of North Morgan 
Township. He was born in Dade County, on the place 
where he now lives, July 5th, 1854, a son of William N. 
King and Sarah M. McConnell, his wife, both of whom 
were natives of Tennessee, and emigrated to Missouri at 
an early date, coming overland to Dade County as their 
objective point. They settled on 360 acres of partly im- 
proved land diretly north of Dadeville. Here they went 
to farming in earnest, and improved the property with 
buildings, fencing, etc. They were prosperous and ac- 
cumulated much lands, raised a fine family of children, 
and passed away here, loved and respected by all. He 
died November 2nd, 1890, while his wife passed away 
some years previous, November 28th, 1877. They were 
both consistent Christians, being members of the Cum- 
berland Presbyterian church. He was a Democrat all his 
life, and at one time served as justice of the peace. Of 
the family born to this fine couple there are five now 
living. They are: 

John A., of Greenfield; Mary J., widow of J. W. 
Lightner, now living in Oklahoma; Robert C., the subject 
of this sketch^ J. L., of Greenfield, and David T., of North 
Morgan Township. Of those deceased, Thomas was a sol- 
dier in the United States Army during the Civil war, and 
died from diseases contracted therein. Four children were 
born and died m infancy. 

Robert C., the subject of this sketch, has always lived 
on the place where he was born. His father lived with 
him in his declining years. Mr. King has always made a 
business of farming. He has been very successful, and 
now owns the greater part of the old homestead, having 
bought out the other heirs. His fine farm of 220 acres 


lies in a solid body and is practically all under cultivation. 
It is well fenced and cross-fenced, and the improvements 
ure all that could be desired. On May 10th, 1873, Mr. 
King married Allie E. Hailey, who was born July 4th, 
1861, a daughter of Allen and Eva (King) Hailey, who 
were early settlers of Dade County. To this union have 
been born five children, four of whom are living: Eva F., 
born February 17th, 1897, died in the prime of life Januarv 
18th, 1913; Clara Bell., born March 18th, 1884, married 
Flay Davis of North Morgan Township, and they have 
two children, Geraldine and another; Raymond, H., born 
January 7th, 1886, married Miss Bertie Long, and lives in 
South Morgan Township, and they have one child, Wilbur 
F.; Harry (r., born October 3rd, 1887, married Sadie Black- 
ford of Portland, Ore., where they now reside; Myrtle 
Rosa, born July 12th, 1891, married Fred Hulston, a 
farmer of Washington Township, and they have one chlid, 
John Kenton. 

Mr. King now lives practically retired, enjoying a 
well-deserved rest, after these years of strenuous activi- 
ties, although he manages his large farm almost entirely. 
Tn politics he is a Democrat, but never has sought or 
desired office, preferring to devote his time to his business 
interests and to his home. He is one of our best citizens, 
always ready and willing to devote his time and means 
to any cause for the good of the county. He and his 
wife are both consistent Christians, being members of 
the Christian church. 

The name of King in Dade County has always stood 
for advancement and good citizenship. Mr. King is 
heartily in favor of our free public school institutions, 
and is lined up right on the subject of good roads. No 
better citizen can be found in Dade County, and the story 
as told by his life shows what can be accomplished by 
honesty, close application and consideration for others. 
Mr. King's life exemplifies all of these attributes, and yet 
he has succeeded in life in every way. Our young people 
of today may well emulate his example. 



One of the most prominent of the young men of the 
eastern side of the county is Roy C. King, of this review. 
Mr. King was born March 25th, 1879, in Polk County, 
close to the Dade County line. His father was Robert R. 
King, who was born in 1848, the son of Henry King, who 
was one of the very earliest pioneers of what is now Polk 
County. Robert R. King served in the Civil war in the 
Sixth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and died in Polk 
County in the year 1893. He married Mrs. Minervia A. 
(Hayter) Kirby, the widow of Sharp Kirby, a sketch of 
whom will be found under the name of Dr. B. B. Kirby. 
Mr. and Mrs. King were the parents of four boys, as 
follows: Fred, married Maggie Cowan and lives in Polk 
County; Roy C., of this review; William A r irgil, who is a 
prominent dentist of Kansas City, Mo.; Elwyn, married 
Miss Lora Hicks, and lives on the home place with his 
mother, Mrs. Robert King. Mr. King had one son by a 
former marriage to Miss Bell Bacon, who died leaving 
her infant son, Jesse B. King, who is now a farmer of 
Dade and Polk Counties. The King family are very 
prominent people of Polk County, and have lived so close 
to the Dade County line that we claim them anyway. Roy 
C. King remained at home until he was 30 years of age, 
and had the usual experiences of the farmer boy, working 
and attending school. He was educated in the schools at 
Dadeville and the Dadeville Academy. On October 3rd, 
1905, he married Miss Dollie Wheeler, who was born June 
29th, 1882, a daughter of John and Jane Wheeler, and of 
whom more extended mention may be found elsewhere. 
To Mr. and Mrs. Roy King were born three beautiful 
children, as follows: Thelma, born July 28th, 1906: 
Muriel, born March 6th, 1911; Cathryn Annett, born May 
22nd, 1914. In 1908 Mr. King came to Dade County to 
become a permanent citizen, moving onto the old Wheeler 
homestead. This fine place was one of the very first to 
be settled in the county, and was the first property of 
Uncle Jim Wheeler, grandfather of Mrs. King. This farm 
comprises 226 acres of fine land, all improved except 40 


acres in timber, and one now may see fine specimens of 
Whiteface cattle, as Mr. King usually keeps around 100 
head, as well as many hogs and other stock. He believes 
in the silo and has a 150-ton cement silo on his place. 

Mr. King is a Republican in politics and has been 
active, but does not care for office, preferring to devote 
his time to his large business interests and his fine family. 
He is one of our hustling young farmers, and is alive to all 
modern improvements, and can always be found ready 
and willing to assist in any enterprise that makes for the 
good of the county or its people. He is a booster for good 
roads and free public schools. 


One of the prominent farmers and business men of 
the younger generation of Morgan Township is Reuel 
King. He is a native of the county, born here February 
13th, 1881, a son of John A. King and Nancy Lyon, his 
wife. (A complete sketch of John A. King and family will 
be found in another section of this volume.) 

Reuel King received his education entirely in Dade 
County. He remained at home until he was 25 years of 
age. In 1907 he bought 160 acres of fine land one and one- 
half miles northeast of Dadeville. This was an improved 
place and known as the Thomas Courtney farm. Mr. King- 
lias one of the finest residences of the county, up-to-date in 
( very way, and can be seen from miles around. Indeed, 
it is one of the show places of the county. The residence 
is a two-story, seven-room house, with a large cement 
collar constructed under the dwelling. Its outbuildings 
are large and commodious, including a fine garage. He 
lias improved quite extensively himself. It is well fenced 
with wire and the place is watered by a living branch. 
Mr. King carries on general farming and stock raising 
and is quite an extensive feeder. He will feed from two 
to three cars of hogs yearly, and raises a number of mules 
for the market each year. lie is a lover of fine stock, hav- 
ing one registered stallion named Louis Hatch, No. 577GO, 


a standard-bred breeding horse, and also a very fine 
8-year-old Jack, named Joe. Besides the mules he raises, 
lie also buys and fits for the market. 

Mr. King married first Hannah Rowe, a native of 
Dade County and a daughter of William Caton. She died 
in 1912, and Mr. King married for his second wife, on 
December 31, 1914, Miss Florence Mitchell, who was born 
February 29, 1880, three and one-half miles northeast of 
Greenfield, a daughter of M. L. Mitchell and wife. (A 
complete sketch of M. L. Mitchell and family may be found 
elsewhere.) To Mr. and Mrs. King has been born one 
daughter, Eleanor, on September 20, 1916. 

In politics Mr. King is a Democrat. He can always 
be found ready and willing to assist in any undertaking 
that is for the betterment of the county. He is a staunch 
friend of free schools and a booster for good roads. Reuel 
King is truly one of our very finest young men. He comes 
from one of Dadc County's foremost families, and we pre- 
dict that the future holds great things for him and his. 
Mrs. King died September 14th, 1917. 


Was born in Benton County, Indiana, July 8th, 1868, 
son of David L. and Sophia (Veil) King, the former being 
a native of Kentucky, born October 6th, 1825, and died 
September 3rd, 1903, while the latter was a native of New 
Jersey, born June 21st, 1833, and died February 28th, 1910. 
The Veils moved to Peru, Ind., at an early date, while 
the Kings located at Logansport. Both families were 
farmers, and it was here that the young people met and 
were married. After their marriage they engaged in 
farming in Indiana, but in 1886 they came to Missouri, 
bringing with them a family of three boys and two girls. 
These children were all married excepting Frank: 

(1) John, now living at 4133 Bell street. Kansas 
City, did not locate in Missouri at first, but went to Kan- 
sas, and after a short time settled in Kansas City, and is 
now occupied as superintendent of a car barn for the 
Metropolitan Street Railway. 


(2) Lavina, who was Mrs. James Watson, lived on 
a farm for some 14 years, when they moved to Aurora, 
where she died, leaving a family of four girls. Mr. Watson 
recently died in Montana. 

(3) Olive, who was Mrs. A. B. Elmore, died in 
Greenfield in 1904, leaving one child. Mr. Elmore still 
resides near Aurora. 

(4) Daniel, an engineer on the Missouri Pacific Rail- 
road, lived in Dade County about seven years, then went 
to Kansas, and later to Kansas City. 

(5) Frank E., the subject of this sketch. 

David L. King was a Republican in politics, and both 
he and his wife were members of the United Brethren 

At the age of 16 years Frank E. King not only sup- 
ported himself, but became the mainstay and support of 
his father and mother. In the year 1893, by selling almost 
every vestige of personal property owned by him, he suc- 
ceeded in making the first payment on an 80-acre farm 
near Pilgrim. The land was only partly improved, and 
was a poor farm, but he stuck to it for a year and a half, 
when he sold out, and for the next few years engaged in 
buying, improving, selling and trading farms, until the 
year 1905, when he was elected superintendent of the 
Dade County Poor Farm, which position he held five years. 
In 1909 he bought 106 acres of land lying four miles south- 
west of Greenfield. At that time the place was in a bad 
state of improvement, the house being unfinished, the 
fences down and fence rows grown up. In a short time 
Mr. King had finished up the house, erected new outbuild- 
ings, fenced and cross-fenced, much with hog-tight wire, 
and improved the lawn, so that he had one of the most 
attractive and desirable farms in the county. The entire 
farm was in cultivation excepting 14 acres, including some 
fine clover pasture. For a number of years Mr. King 
engaged in general farming and stock raising, making a 
specially of Peivheron horses and Shropshire sheep and 
of feeding hogs for the market. In the matter of hogs, he 
was partial to the Duroc-Jerseys. In 1916 Mr. King sold 


this farm for a handsome price, and moved to Greenfield, 
where he bought the old Bailey homestead, consisting of 
a two-story brick residence and several acres of land. 
Since buying this place he has remodeled the house, re- 
painted, and constructed new porches, until it is now one 
of the best homes in the city. 

In 1895, on the 3rd day of September, he was married 
to Lula Bender, a native of Dado County, born April 4th, 
1874, daughter of Henry Clay and Katharine T. (Begley) 
Bender. Her father and mother were natives of Tennes- 
see, but came to Missouri a number of years ago. 

Mr. and Mrs Bender raised a family of eight children: 
residing for the most part in Jasper County, Missouri: 

(1) Mrs. Alva L. White of South Greenfield. 

(2) 0. Carl, now deceased. 

(3) Rella M., now Mrs. R. M. Girton. 

(4) Bicknell. 

(5) Harold. 

(6) Lulu, now Mrs. Frank E. King. 

(7) Lillian T., now Mrs. Lillian T. Whitlock, a 
teacher in Carthage, Mo. 

(8) Gale L., now Mrs. George Cowherd of Kansas. 
Frank E. King is one of the active Republicans of 

Dado County, and has been one of the most enthusiastic 
good-roads boosters in Southwest Missouri. Both himself 
and wife are active members of the Cumberland Presbyte- 
rian church and devote much of their time and means to 
the varied enterprises of that organization. 

Mr. King is now living the life of a retired farmer, 
but this retirement is only temporary. He is still young 
and active, drives a Ford car, and is one of the substantial 
citizens of the community. 


Was born in Morgan Township, Dade County, Mis- 
souri, April 7th, 1859, son of William N. and Sarah (Mc- 
Connell) King. His father was born November 7th, 1820, 
in Tennessee, and died November 12th, 1890, at the age 


of 70 years. He was a son of William Harvey King, of 
English ancestry, pioneers of Tennessee. William N. 
King was raised on a farm and lived in a community 
where school opportunities were poor, consequently his 
education was meager. He came to Dade County in 1850 
and purchased 320 acres of land in Morgan Township. At 
that time it was mostly timber land and unimproved. He 
built a log house, in which he installed his wife, two 
daughters and three sons. He was an industrious man 
and a successful farmer, as well as a stock raiser. Before 
his death all but 40 acres of the land had been put in 
cultivation. About the year 1870 he replaced the log 
cabin with a modern farm residence. He was a member of 
the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and during the Civil 
war Ids sympathies were with the South, but owing to 
physical disability he was unable to enlist in the army. 
He was a life-long Democrat and for years justice of the 
peace for Morgan Township. 

His wife, Sarah Melissa McConnell, daughter of 
Thomas McConnell, was born in Tennessee February 9th, 
1^22, and died in November, 1876. She was of English 
anr-cstry and attended the country schools. Her parents, 
and also those of her husband, died in Tennessee. They 
were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. 

Mr. and Mrs. William N. King were the parents of 
.10 children, five of whom are living: 

(1 ) John A , born in Tennessee in 1849, now resides 
in Greenfield, a retired farmer. 

(_') Robert C., born in Dade County in 1854, and is 
now living on the old homestead in Morgan Township. 

C) Mary I)., born in Dade County April 28th, 1852, 
married Dr. William Lightner. She is now a widow and 
lives with her daughter in Tulsa, Okla. 

(4) Jonathan Leander, the subjet of this sketch. 

C) David T., born in Dade County March Gth, 1864, 
lives on part of the old homestead, but owns other land. 

J. L. King was raised on the old homestead in Mor- 
gan Township, attended the common schools of the com- 
munity, and on the 16th day of October, 1879, was married 


to Mary A. Lyman, born in Morgan Township October 5th, 
1859, daughter of John and Permelia (Pyland) Lyman. 
Her father came to Greene County, Missouri, when 8 
years of age with his parents, and in 1854 located in Mor- 
gan Township, where he met his wife, and while still a 
resident of Green County was married. Soon thereafter 
he took up his residence in Morgan Township, on the 
county line, part of the farm being in Polk County. Per- 
molia Pyland was a daughter of Bennett and Elizabeth 
(Pyland) Pyland (both of same name.) They came to 
Dade County from Tennessee in an early clay, and both 
died on the old Pyland homestead. They were the parents 
of eleven children. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. King are the parents of four chil- 

(1) Lora, born on the old family homestead in 
Morgan township, November 5th, 1881, graduated from 
the William Wood college (for girls) at Fulton, Mo., in 

1902, making a specialty of music. She was married in 
September, 1907 to R, >. Murphy of Greenfield. They 
have two children, King and Lora Lee. 

(2) Jewell, born in Morgan township on the King 
homestead, August 14th, 1889, graduated from the Green- 
field high school in class of 1910, married John 0. Howard 
in 1911. He is a machinist and resides at Clovis, N. M. 
They have one child, Mary Emma. 

(3) Theo, born on the King homestead in Morgan 
township, January 1st, 1897, graduated from the Green- 
field high school in the class of 1915 and is now engaged 
in teaching. 

J. L. King remained on his farm in Morgan Town- 
ship where he was engaged in general farming, stock rais- 
ing, making a specialty of young mules, until the year 

1903, when he moved to Greenfield, having been elected 
Presiding Judge of the County Court. 

He served his first term from 1903 till 1907 and was 
re-elected to the same office in 1910 and served another 
four-year term. After moving to Greenfield Mr. King pur- 
hased a farm of 160 acres lying 4 miles northeast of the 


city and a fine city home on King's Highway at the 
eastern limits of the city and commanding a fine view of 
Turnback valley. He personally managed his farming and 
stock raising enterprises while Judge of the County Court. 

Mr. King in politics, is an active Republican hav- 
ing participated in numerous campaigns both primary and 
general. He is a zealous fighter and a good loser. He be- 
lieves in putting ginger, "pep" and enthusiasm into 
everything which he undertakes, whether politically, re- 
ligiously or financially. During- his last administration as 
Presiding Judge of the County Court the good-roads move- 
ment reached its zenith in Bade county. More bridges 
were erected, more concrete culverts built and more miles 
of road graveled in those four years than in the pre- 
ceeding forty years. It might also be mentioned that the 
crowning feature of his first administration was the pay- 
ment of the old railroad bonded debt which had been 
a ghost and a nightmare to the tax-payers of the county 
for almost half a century. 

Fraternally, Mr. King is a member of the M. W. A. 
and the I. 0. 0. F. He has always been a republican al- 
though the King family have been democrats from "who 
laid the chunk." Mr. King and his entire family are act- 
ive members of the Christian church, Mr. King having 
been an officer, and superintendent of the Sunday School 
for many years. 

W. A. KING. 

Was born in Sullivan county, Tenn., October 19th, 
1861, son of James H. and Elizabeth C. (McConnell) King, 
the former being a native of Tennessee while the latter 
was born in Washington County, Va. They were married 
in Virginia and died there. 

In early manhood James II. King came to Dade 
county and lived with his uncle, William King for two 
years. During this time he was severely crippled with a 
corn-knife after which he returned to Tennessee where 
he married, engaged in farming until the date of his 


death. From the family record we glean the following 
data : 

James Plarvey King was born February 15th, 1834, 
was married to Elizabeth McConnell, April 22nd, 1858. 

Elizabeth (McConnell) King was born December 15th, 
1836, and died March 14th, 1869. 

James H. King was the father of eight children, viz: 

William Andrew (the subject of this sketch) born 
October 19th, 1861. 

Thomas Johnathan, born August 25th, 1864, died De- 
cember 5th, 1881. 

James Harvey, Jr., born June 6th, 1867, now lives in 
Portland, Ore. 

Moses L., born May 6th, 1870, now lives in Tennessee. 

Elizabeth J., was born October 18th, 1872, lives in 

Eliza E., born July 20th, 1878, now lives in Tenn. 

Mary Haworth, born January 5th, 1881, and now re- 
sides at Ashville, N. C. 

William A. King remained at home in Tennessee until 
he was 20 years of age when he came to Missouri and 
entered school, graduating from the Sedalia Business Col- 
lege, making a specialty of telegraphing and came to 
South Greenfield in 1882 as a substitute agent for the 
Frisco railroad, which position he held for four months 
when he received the appointment as agent at Everton. 
He remained at Everton two and one-half years when he 
was transferred to South Greenfield where he remained 
until 1890. His next position was agent at Mt. Vernon 
where he remained ten years and was finally transferred 
to the office at Greenfield where he remained three years. 
About 1888 he had purchased a farm of 124 acres on 
Sons Creek. In 1901 he sold his Sons Creek farm and 
bought a farm of 87 ares adjoining Greenfield on the west. 
There were no improvements on this place, but in 1903 
he erected a fine frame dwelling, built commodious out- 
buildings, planted a large family orchard and moved onto 
the place where he has since resided. In addition to his 


home farm, Mr. King owns an 80-acre farm on the Arcola 
road 3 miles north of Greenfield. 

He is engaged in general farming, stock raising and 
feeding both hogs and cattle for the market. For a num- 
ber of years Mr. King was interested in breeding standard- 
bred trotting horses and during that time owned many 
splendid specimens of tho breed. 

In 1887, on the 10th clay of May, William A. King 
was married to Aimer E. "Hulston, daughter of Christo- 
pher and Nancy C. Hulston, her mother being a Kirby, 
one of the pioneer families of the county. 

Mr. and Mrs. King are the parents of eight children, 
all living but one: 

(1) Jennie Blanche, born April 7th, 1889, married 
to J. Leslie Horton October 1st, 1914, a native of Dade 
county. They have one child, John King Horton. 

(2) Nellie Cecil, born July 28th, 1890, graduate of 
Springfield Business College. Is a stenographer by pro- 
fession and lives in Greenfield. 

(3) James W., born March 24th, 1893, died October 
10, 1897. 

(4) Harold L., born April 5th, 1895, a graduate of 
the Greenfield high school, has spent two years at the 
state university taking an Agricultural course and is now 
a member of the Hospital Corps of the U. S. Navy. 

(5) Elizabeth C., born January 14th, 1898, a grad- 
uate of the Greenfield High School. 

(6) Lora Irene, born December 28th, 1901, is now at- 
tending school. 

(7) William Andrew, born July 8th, 1904, is now in 

Mr. and Mrs. King are industrious, home-loving, 
Christian people, with an intelligent, interesting family of 
children and much to be thankful for. Mr. King is a mem- 
ber of the W. O. W. being a charter member of the Mt. 
Vernon Lodge. 



Among the younger professional men of Bade County, 
Dr. B. B. Kirby stands among the first rank, a native 
of Polk County, Mo., he was born September 10th, 1866, 
a son of Sharp S. Kirby and Minerva Hayter, his wife, 
natives of Kentuckey and Tennessee, respectively. Sharp 
Kirby died in early life when Dr. Kirby was only three 
years of age and his wife married again to Robt. R. King. 
Dr. B. B. Kirby received a good education in the public 
schools of Polk County and the old Baptist College at 
Boliver, Mo. from which he graduated in 1889. He was 
early interested in medicine and entered the Missouri 
School of medicine at St. Louis, now known as the Wash- 
ington University, and received his degree in 1894. He 
located at once at Dadeville beginning what has since 
proved, a large and lucrative practice. Mr. Kirby was 
married Aug. 14th 1895 to Miss Lillie Carr a native of 
Dade County born Dec. 12th 1876, a daughter of Abe 
and Amanda (Stanley) Carr, extended mention of whom 
will be found under the name of James Carr, their son. To 
this union of Dr. Kirby and Miss Lillie Carr were born 
seven children; namely: Ruth, now attending the Spring- 
field Normal where she is taking music; George, Lillian, 
Virginia, Conrad, all at home and receiving the best of 
educational advantages 1 Paul, now deceased, and the 
youngest died in infancy, unnamed. Dr. Kirby has al- 
ways lived in Missouri with the exception of one year 
spent in southwest Kansas, where he proved up on 
160 acres of land under the Old Soldiers' heirs act. This 
tract of land he still owns, as well as a larger acreage in 
Dade and Polk Counties. As a diversion from the strenu- 
ous practice of medicine, Dr. Kirby finds great pleasure 
in managing his large farming interests, which comprise 
the tract known as the old Carlock farm in Polk Township, 
containing 570 acres, and also 200 acres located in South 
Morgan Township of Dade County and Jackson Township 
of Polk County. Dr. Kirby is a large stock man, being 
interested in cattle, hogs and sheep. He fits for market 
from four to six carloads of hogs and cattle yearly. His 


fine fllock of Shropshire sheep, numbering about 75 head, 
is one of the largest and best in the county. Dr. Kirby 
does not hesitate to state that he considers sheep a de- 
sirable addition to the stock farm, and he rates them 
among his sure money-makers. It is his experience that 
ihere is little if any danger from wolves arid dogs. He 
is a believer in the silo, also, having two large silos on 
his places, with a capacity of about 280 tons. He has 
been successful with alfalfa, now having an acreage of 12 
acres, and is intending to expand along this line, and he 
strongly advises others in Dade County to try this valu- 
able crop. 

Dr. Kirby, aside from his extensive practice and his 
large farming stock interests, finds time to devote to the 
social affairs of his town. He is a member of the Wood- 
men of the World and he and his wife are members of the 
Christian church, in which they are active, and he has had 
the distinction of being an elder for the past three years. 
Dr. Kirby is an active Republican, and may always be 
found ready to do his duty in political affairs. To meet 
Dr. Kirby and not feel at ease is impossible. His high 
education, good breeding and constant good nature and 
courteous, smiling personality is a tonic to any person, 
sick or well, and comes without price. Such men are 
indeed a blessing to any community. He is a booster for 
good roads and f re ; schools, and always ready to help 
in any worthy cause. He is liberal and broad-minded, 
a citizen of real value and an honor to his county and his 
;>tate. May he live long and prosper. 


Was born in Hancock County, East Tennessee, on 
the IMth day of November, 1850, a son of William M. 
and Roxie Lana (Delph) Kyle. His father was a native 
of Illinois, but raised in Tennessee, while his mother was 
a native of Tennessee, in which state they were married 
and raised their family of 10 children, seven of whom are 
now livintr. 


The father was a farmer all his life, and moved to 
Ozark County, Missouri, where he retired, the mother 
dying about the year 1892. 

Thomas R. Kyle remained at home until 23 years of 
age. He received a good common school education, and 
after teaching school for a period he entered the study 
of medicine at Baltimore Medical College in 1876, and 
afterward practiced medicine in his home county for 20 

He was married in Hancock County, Tennessee. No- 
vember 23rd, 1879, to Rebecca J. Robinett, a native of 
Tennessee, by whom he had one daughter, Minnie J., now 
Mrs. Dr. J. K. Baker of Tennessee. His wife died March 
6th, 1881. For his second wife he married Mary Ann 
Roller on the 23rd day of March, 1882, a native of Scott 
County, Virginia, and to this union two children were 
born, one dying at the age of 2 months. The other, Maud 
E., is a well-educated and accomplished young woman, 
a teacher by profession, but living at home during vaca- 

Dr. Kyle came to Dade County, Missouri, in 1903, and 
located at Dadeville, where he remained for six years, 
after which he moved to Greenfield, where he now resides. 
After coming to Missouri he spent two years in the Kansas 
City Medical College, from which institution he graduated 
in 1903. 

Since coming to Greenfield the doctor has built up a 
Jarge and extensive practice. He owns one of the sub- 
stantial homes of the city, located on its principal resi- 
dence street. 

In politics Dr. Kyle is a Republican, but has never 
been an office-seeker. Fraternally he is a Mason, belong- 
ing to Washington Lod^e in Greenfield. 


A history of Dade County not containing a sketch of 
William J. Landers of the historic little town of Dadeville 
would be a disappointment to the great multitude of ad- 


miring friends of Mr. Landers. Mr. Landers stands in 
the foremost ranks of Dade County's prominent citizens. 
A native of Dade, born November 25, 1850, and the de- 
scendent of two of the very first pioneer families of the 
county. He is the sen of William B. and Nancy (Hoover) 
Landers. His father came to Dade County in 1832 when 
a young man ; after having spent a few years of his early 
life in and around St. Louis, Mo. The Landers family, 
as well as the Hoover family, were undoubtedly natives 
of Tennessee William Landers Sr. entered land in this 
county in the early 30 's near Dadeville, and was a pros- 
perous farmer. He was a Whig and later a Republican, 
and served as justice of the peace in 1870. He was a 
Christian gentleman and belonged to the Cumberland 
Presbyterian church. He was of the best pioneer stock 
and has handed down to his descendents those sturdy 
and desirable qualities. William J. Landers remained 
at home, working for and with his father, until he was 
30 years of age. He had bought 30 acres of Sac River 
bottom land, paying $12.50 an acre, just previous to his 
marriage in 1880, and this he started out to put in shape 
lor a home for his bride. Tie built a three-room cabin, 
and, being then ready for life on his own account and 
having great faith in the future and in good old Dade 
County, he married November 18th, 1880, Miss Margaret 
C. Wheeler, a daughter of one of our oldest and most 
respected citizens, Uncle Sam Wheeler, a sketch of whom 
appears in another section of this work. Miss Wheeler 
came from the same class of pioneer stock as Mr. Lan- 
ders, and it is no wonder that this fine couple made a 
success of life from the time of their union. From the 
first they prospered, doing general farming, and all the 
time getting ahead, until, at this writing, they have one 
farm of 260 acres, in a body, in Polk Township, also 240 
acres of the old Tarrant homestead in South Morgan 
Township, as well as 80 acres of mining land in Polk 
Township, h: the McGee mining district, and also known 
as Bugle Ridge, or Pea Ridge. This mining property is 
boing developed through different parties, to whom Mr. 


Landers leases the property, taking a royalty which 
yields a nice income. Mr. and Mrs. Landers are living 
now practically retired, having moved to the town of 
Dadeville in 1900, where he bought and remodeled a home 
in the heart of :he town, and since coming to Dadeville 
has been more or less active in the affairs of the place. 
He is a Republican and has been elected as mayor of 
Dadeville, serving for several years. 

To Mr. and Mr?. Lenders have been born two chil- 
dren, Clifford, born September 30th, 1886, and married to 
Miss Cora McConnell, and they have three children, Wil- 
liam Hollis, Dennis and John Dalton; Dorris, born October 
7th, 1890, married Charles T. Maze, a farmer of Dade 
County, and they have three children, Leon, Marion Violet 
and Mary Elizabeth. 

Mr. and Mrs. Landers are supporters of the Presbyte- 
rian church, while he is a member of the Masonic order 
and also the I. 0. 0. F. Both Mr. and Mrs. Landers are 
members of the Eastern Star and Rebeccas. 

To much cannot be said of the good that Mr. Landers 
has done in this, his native county. He has always been 
9 progressive thinker and active in any movement for 
die public good, always ready with his time and money 
for any worthy cause. When they leave us on the long 
journey, they will leave behind them the influence of lives 
well spent, filled with kind deeds to others, and their 
works shall never die. We delight to honor such grand, 
good men and women as the subjects of this sketch, Mr. 
and Mrs. William J. Landers. 


Was born in Galloway County, Missouri, December 
22nd, 1884, son of James Lee, who was born in Kentucky 
September 21st, 1838, of English-Scotch-Irish parentage, a 
third cousin of Robert E. Lee of Confederate fame. James 
Lee was a son of James and Martha (Davis) Lee, the 
mother being a first cousin of Jefferson Davis, President 
of the Confederacy. 


James Lee came to Indiana with his parents and 
settled near Indianapolis about 1858. He was a farmer, 
as also were his parents before him, in Kentucky, where 
they were slave owners. James Lee Sr. died before the 
breaking out of the Civil war, and his widow re-married. 
He was the father of four children, two of whom are 
living, John living in Wichita, Kas., and he has a sister 
living in Indiana. 

James Lee was married to Flora Ottinger, born in 
Tennessee, and died September 7th, 1913, lacking two 
months of being 69 years of age. Her parents came to 
Tennessee from Virginia, and were of the German F. F. 
V.'s. The Ottingers moved to Indiana about 1856 and 
settled near Whitestown and died there. Mrs. Lee had a 
common school education, and was a member of the M. E. 
church, as also was her husband. He was a Mason and 
Mrs. Lee a member of the Order of Eastern Star. James 
Lee was always a Democrat. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee were the parents of eleven children: 

(1) Washington S., resides at Omaha, Neb., and is 
engaged in the grocery business. 

(2) Idfi, married George A. Holt, a farmer of Gallo- 
way County, now deceased. Her second husband is Fred 
L. Henley of Los Angeles, Calif. 

(3) Etta L., married Ross Rebman, a Pullman con- 
ductor. They reside in St. Louis. 

(4) Robert E. Lee, assistant superintendent of the 
United Street Railway Service, St. Louis. 

(5) William J., a manufacturer of ladies' notions 
at Chicago. 

(6) Rosa May, married Frank F. Rebman, salesman 
for the International Harvester Company, and lives in 
St. Louis. 

(7) Marvin C., a dentist, at AVinclsor, Mo. 

(8) John R., a dentist, at Yersailes, Mo. 

(9) Otto 1?., the subject of this sketch. 

(10) Lillian, head milliner in a large department 
store, Seattle, Wash. 


The third child of this family was Lenora, who fell 
from a horse, breaking her spine, and dying at the age 
of 3 years. 

Otto K. Lee was raised on a Galloway County farm, 
attended the country schools, and later entered the dental 
department of the St. Louis University in 1904, and re- 
ceived his diploma in Dental Surgery May 20th, 1907. 
Was examined by the State Board of Dental Surgery the 
following June and given his certificate to practice June 
19th, 1907. 

He located at Dadeville and opened an office for the 
practice of his profession, and remained there till 1909. 
He still continues to make professional calls at Dadeville, 
but has his principal office at Greenfield, and is recognized 
as the leading dentist of Southwest Missouri. He still 
remains unmarried. Fraternally Dr. Lee is a member 
of the Masonic Lodge Xo. 558 at Dadeville, Mo., and be- 
longs to the Springfield District, State and National Dental 
Associations. He is a Democrat in politics. He takes 
great pride in his profession, and strives to excel by pro- 
viding himself with the very latest appliances belonging 
to the art of dental surgery, and to these he adds a skill 
and technical knowledge which is little less than mar- 

His father is still living and makes his home with 
{?. daughter in St. Louis. He is 78 years of age. 


Was born September llth, 1852, on the old home- 
stead in Dade County, two miles north of Bona, in North 
Morgan Township, son of John Lindley, one of the pioneer 
settlers of the county. His father was born August 9th, 
1806, and was killed during the war. His mother, Mary 
Lindley, was born February 25th, 1811. 

On the 25th day of January, 1877, John C. Lindley 
was married to Florence Hailey, who was born in Dade 
County November 23rd, 1854. 


John Cyrus Lindley departed this life in Dade County 
October lOtn, 1902, leaving a family of seven children, all 
now living in Dade County except Elmer, who lives in 
New Mexico: 

(1) James Walter, born September 6th, 1877. 

(2) John Elmer, born February 21st, i879. 

(3) Mary Eva, born February 8th, 1881, married 
Landon Holman, a farmer, and lives north of Arcola. 

(4) Laura Jane, born February 1st, 1883, married 
Bert Davis, lives north of Arcola. 

(5) Alvin Rollo, born February 7th, 1885. 

(6) Frank Lee, born August llth, 1887. 

(7) Riley Joe, born August 31st, 1892. 

Mr. Lindley in his lifetime, was a staunch democrat, 
a member of the Christian church, and a successful farmer 
and business man At the time of his death he owned 
2,000 acres of land in Dade and Cedar counties. In 1891 
he built a fine residence on his farm in Dade County. 

Mrs. Lindley is a member of the Christian church at 


Born in Virginia, August 22nd, 1848, son of William 
and Catherine (Upson) Litchfield, both natives of Vir- 
ginia and married there. William Litchfield was a carpen- 
ter by trade and moved to Kentucky in 1850, settled upon 
a farm which he bought in Lewis county, where he farmed 
and worked at his trade until the time of his death in 
1856. After his death his widow married Benjamin 
Flanders, a farmer. 

Albert 0. Litchfield has one sister living, Mary Ellen, 
now Mrs. William Ruark of Portsmouth, Ohio, three half 
sisters and one half brother living in Ohio and Ken- 

Mr. Litchfield received his schooling in Kentucky. 
Ho left home at the age of 17 years, worked out farming 
;md in the lumber business and finally entered the lumber 
business on his own account, making shingles, lumber, op- 
erating saw mills arid conducting lumber yards and also 
raising tobacco. 




On the 25th day of December, 1872 lie was married to 
Margaret A. Hampton, who was born in Kentucky July 
19th, 1843, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Pool) Hamp- 
ton, both natives of Kentucky, were farmers and lived and 
died there. 

Mr. Litchfield farmed in Kentucky until 1890 when 
he came to Dade Ccunty through the influence of D. T. 
Wilkins, a brother-in-law, who had settled in Greenfield. 
On his arrival in Dade County, he rented the Wilkins farm 
and cultivated it for six years then bought a 40-acre tract 
in Center Township where they lived for a year or two 
then rented the Bob West farm near his 40 acres where 
they lived and farmed for 10 years. In 1904 he sold his 
40 acre tract and bought the Kit McMillen farm of 121 
acres adjoining South Greenfield. 

Since purchasing this farm Mr. Litchfield has made 
many improvements and has fenced a considerable portion 
of it with hog-tight wire. He also purchased and addi- 
tional 5-acre tract adjoining the two of South Greenfield. 
He has improved and enlarged the dwelling and con- 
structed a cement outside cellar. 

Mr. and Mrs. Litchfield are the parents of two child- 

(1) William, died in infancy. 

(2) Bettie Florence, born July 3rd, 1877, married 
January 26th, 1902 to Claude H. Ayres, a native of Kansas 
who was born January 16th, 1877. Four children have 
been born of this marriage: 

(1) Baby died in infancy. 

(2) Audrey Alice, born March 19th, 1905. 

(3) Oren Dale, born August 6th, 1907. 

(4) Leota Kathryn, died at the age of nine months. 
Mr. Ayres and Mr. Litchfield farm together on the 

home place. Mr. Litchfield is a democrat, and both him- 
self and wife are members of the Christian Church. 

In addition to general farming, Mr. Litchfield has 
raised some short-horn cattle. He is a public spirited man, 
deeply interested in good roads and annually feeds a car 
load or more of hogs for the market. 



AVas born in Defiance County, Ohio, February 13th, 
1860, son of Daniel and Samantha (Morris) Lorah. His 
father was a native of Ohio while his mother hailed from 
Indiana. His father came to Carroll county, Mo., shortly 
after the war. He was a farmer and lived there 10 years 
then came to Bates County. He farmed there a few years 
and then moved to New Madrid Co. He died there about 
the year 1898, his wife having preceded him more than 20 

John B Lorah is the 2nd in point of birth of a family 
of five children. He received his education in Missouri, 
and came to Dade county in 1898. He is a saddler, harness 
and shoemaker by trade. He first run a shop in Bona for 
eight years, then moved to Aldrich in Polk county for five 
years, then located ir Dadeville where he lived until com- 
ing to Greenfield. 

lie is a democrat and was elected treasurer of Dade 
county upon that ticket at the election of 1916. His ma- 
jority was 80, a fine showing in a county with a normal 
Republican majority of approximately 400. He is now 
living in Greenfield attending to the duties of his office. 
He is a member of the Christian church, sober, industrious 
and well qualified to fill the office to which he has been 


As an inspiration to young men who start out in the 
world under adverse circumstances, the life and history 
of Albert Lucas may be helpful. Pie was born in Camden 
county, Mo., February 24th, 1875, a son of John Lucas and 
Elizabeth (Richardson) Lucas. His father was born in 
Pennsylvania, while his mother was a native of Camden 
county. John Lucas came to Missouri in an early day 
while yet a single man and married in Camden county. He 
was a fanner and raised his family in Camden county. 
Both lie and his wife are dead and buried in that county. 


He was a man of little property and unable to give his 
children the beriefit of an extended education. 

Albert Lucas received his very meager education in 
the public schools in Camden county which were far be- 
iow the standard of up-to-date efficiency. He left home at 
17 years of age to carve out his own fortune in the world. 
In 1892 he landed in Dade county where he had neither 
friends, relatives noi acquaintances and without a dollar 
in money. For five years he worked as a farm hand on the 
farm of Ewing Morris, then at other places in the neigh- 
borhood, when the wanderlust took possession of him, 
leading him to the state of California. After spending one 
year on the Pacific coast he returned to Dade county and 
worked for four years on the William Preston farm. 

On the 17th of August, 1899 he reached the real turn- 
ing point of his career when lie married Miss Kate Morris, 
a native of Dade county, daughter of J. Monroe Morris 
and Mary Jane (Maniece) Morris. At this time he rented 
200 acres of the Morris farm and cultivated it for five 
years and then purchased 117 acres of the Morris estate. 
This land was well improved except a barn. Since his 
marriage Mr. Lucas has prospered exceedingly well, hav- 
ing purchased an additional 76 acres making him 193 acres 
of splendid farming land in Smith township. 

In 1910 Mr. Lucas erected a commodious barn and 
added other out-buildings to his farm improvements. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lucas have two children: 

(1) Mary Opal, born July 21st, 1901. 

(2) Clarence Albert, born September 6th, 1903. 
Both are attending school. 

Mr. Lucas is a progressive farmer and cattle feeder. 
He feeds for the market one car of cattle and two car 
loads of hogs each year and raises many mules. His 
farm is well supplied with water from spring branch and 
wells. It is well fenced and highly improved. Mr. Lucas 
and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian 
church. Pie is a member of the Masonic fraternity with 
membership at Greenfield, an Odd Fellow and AV. 0. AV. 
with membership at Pennsboro. 


By reason of his prosperity Mr. Lucas is able to drive 
an Overland car, is a Democrat in politics, a booster for 
good roads and always votes "yes" on the proposition of 
increased taxation for good schools. He has been a mem- 
ber of the school board for six years. Thus from penury 
and poverty he has attained prominence, popularity and 
prosperity, not by any mystic witchcraft or wizardry, but 
by the old-fashioned method of honesty, integrity and in- 


A native of Dade county, born three and one-half 
miles north of Dadeville, September 12th, 1852, son of 
Rufus and Susan (King) McConnell. His father was a 
native of Virginia and his mother a native of Tennessee. 
They were married in Tennessee and came to Missouri 
about 1849. Jonatha J. was the first child born of this 
family in Dade County. His sister, Mary, married Henry 
Clay Marcum, both of whom are now deceased, leaving 
a family, a sketch of which will be found in another place 
in this history. His older brother, Elbert H. McConnell, 
is now a resident of Alhambra, Cal. His other sister died 
at a very early age. Rufus McConnell, his father, pur- 
chased 200 acres of partly improved land in Dade County, 
but died in 1855 His widow afterward married John 
Marcum, and they are now both deceased, leaving no 

Jonatha J. McConnell was thrown upon his own re- 
sources when 16 years of age. After his mother's second 
marriage he lived with his brother until his marriage. 
He married his first wife, Mary Fletcher Thompson, a 
native of Ohio, on the 21st day of February, 1878. To 
this union were born six children, four of whom are now 
living, viz: 

(1) Baby, died in infancy. 

(2) Lucy Pearl, grew to womanhood, married Shelby 
Osborn, an attorney of Stockton, Cedar County, Missouri, 
she died leaving one child, Rowena McConnell Osborn. 


(3) Rufus, born on the 15th day of September, 1881. 
Married Mertie Toler, a native of Indiana. They reside 
on a farm in Sac Township, and have five boys, Alvin E., 
William Wilbur, John T., Charles Lester and Carl R. 

(4) William Edward, born December 17th, 1883. 
Married Maude Vaughn, a native of" Dade County, daugh- 
ter of Price Vaughn. They are farming in Sac Township 
and have three girls, viz: Huldah L., Vera E. and Helen 0. 

(5) J. Arthur, born December 13th, 1885. Married 
Mamie Carlock, a native of Dade County, a daughter of 
James Madison Carlock. They now reside upon a farm 
in Sac Township and have three children, viz: Clinton 
A., Raymond E. and Mildred E. 

(6) Mary Edna, born March 15th, 1888. Married 
M. A. Young, have one child, John Marshall Young. 

Jonatha J. McConnell's first wife died July 19th, 1890, 
arid on December 10th, 1891, he was married to Charity 
Maude Hembree, a daughter of Judge Joel Hembree. To 
this union were born nine children, all living: 

(1) 0. Elbert, born January 27th, 1893. He is now 
attending the state university at Columbia, taking a course 
in agriculture. Will graduate in 1918. 

(2) Ida May, born September 8th, 1894. 

(3) Guy B., born July 31st, 1896. Married Minnie 
C. Montgomery October 7th, 1916. 

(4) Howard G., born March 1st, 1898, is still at 

(5) Sarah Elma, born May 22nd, 1901. 

(6) Emery Allison, born July 23rd, 1904. 

(7) Gordon Lee, born December 30th, 1906. 

(8) Frances Mildred, born July 28th, 1909. 

(9) Donald Hembree, born April 6th, 1914. 

After the death of his father, Jonatha J. received 
some land from his estate, and by buying out some of 
the heirs he started with 100 acres lying northeast of 
Dadeville. Here he built a house, made many improve- 
ments and resided till 1889, when he traded it for 170 
acres on Sac river adjoining Seybert. This land was 
little improved, but year by year he has added to its value 


and acreage, until he has now 256 acres of fine land, 
highly improved, making it a splendid country home. 

In addition to raising general crops, Mr. McConnell 
has had good success with alfalfa, to which his bottom 
land is naturally adapted. In keeping with the natural 
resources of his farm, Mr. McConnell raises, feeds and 
markets a large number of cattle and hogs each year. 

Mr. McConnell and wife are members of the Christian 
church. He has served one term as judge of the County 
Court from the .Eastern district from 191 4 to 1916. He is 
a member of the W. 0. W., and while a member of the 
County Court did much toward the good-roads movement 
in the county. 

While there has been nothing of a spectacular nature 
in the life of Mr. McConnell, he is nevertheless one of 
those quiet, reserved, conservative sort of citizens that 
are always to be relied upon in matters affecting the 
general welfare of the community. 


It would be impossible to write a complete history 
of Dade County without making frequent mention of the 
name, McConnell This family was among the pioneers 
and the various branches of the family have figured 
largely in all the principal events connected with the 
growth and development of the county. 

Thomas K. McConnell, the subject of this sketch, was 
horn in Dade County July 27th, 1873, son of John S. and 
Mary Ann (King) McConnell, the former being a native 
of Washington County, Virginia, and born in that state 
February IHh, 1820, while the latter was born in Ten- 
nessee August 8th, 1829. They were married in Polk 
County, Missouri, in 1862. John S. McConnell had been 
previously married to a lady in Virginia, who died, leaving 
three children, who accompanied him to Missouri. He 
finally settled iu Cedar County, Missouri, on government 
land. He was the first county judge of Cedar County, 


and prominent in Democratic political circles of that 

John S. McConnell later came to Bade County and 
settled on a