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Milton Capps

Milton Capps, an enterprising and successful farmer of Stoddard County, Mo., was born in Guilford County, N.C., June 27, 1827, his father, Bennett, and his mother, Elizabeth (Knoblin) Capps, both being natives of Guilford County , N.C. They remained in this county until about 1839, and then removed to West Tennessee, where they passed the remainder of their days. The father, when a young man, had learned the wagon-marker's trade, but in his latter years followed farming in connection with his trade. Of the six children born to their marriage, four are living. Milton Capps was the second child born to the union of his parents. He was married June 1, 1845, to Martha Turner, who was born in North Carolina, November 12, 1828, and who was the daughter of John and Polly Turner, natives of North Carolina, who came to West Tennessee when Mrs. Capps was a young girl. To Mr. and Mrs. Capps were born nine children seven now living: Bennett M., Mary E., Riley Smith, John Wesley, Martha Ann, Harriet P., William Henry, Almus G. and Samantha C. After their marriage Mr. Capps began farming in Tennessee and continued this occupation until 1859, when he sold out and removed to Greene County, Ark., but started back to Tennessee, and on the way passed through Stoddard County, Mo., where he settled and where he has since remained. He is now the owner of 220 acres of land. Mr. Capps is a member of the Wheel, and politically votes for the best man. He was a Union man during the late war.

William L. Carroll of Scott Co.

William L. Carroll, a successful farmer of Scott County, was born in Indianapolis, Ind., July 4, 1856, and is a son of Matthew and Anna (Burns) Carroll, both natives of County Wexford, Ireland. They were married in their native country and immigrated to America. Locating at Indianapolis, Ind., they resided there until 1859, when they immigrated to New Madrid County, Mo., and located a few miles south of Sikeston. Mr. Carroll was a farmer, and in 1861 he removed his family to Stoddard County, Mo., where he purchased, at a good price, a great deal of swamp land, which afterward proved to be worthless. He, in partnership with Sterling Smith, built what is known as the Levee Road. Although possessing considerable wealth, he was broken up during the war, and died on August 5, 1870. His wife died in 1862. They had five children, only two of whom are living: Patrick (who resides in New York) and William L. Those deceased are Mary A., Hannah and Nicholas E. The subject of this sketch was but an infant when his parents removed to Southeast Missouri. He remained with his father until the latter's death, and received his education at Bloomfield and Cape Girardeau. In 1873 he came to Scott County, and worked for others until he was married. January 15, 1879, to Susan M. Marshall, when he began working for himself. He now owns 320 acres of valuable land. His home farm contains 160 acres, mostly under cultivation, which good improvements. He and wife have had five children: Franklin M., William N., Mary A., Oscar E. and Parthena F. (deceased). Mr. Carroll is a member of the A.F. & A.M., I.O.O.F. and Wheeler Society.

Joseph L. Casey, Sr.

Joseph L. Casey, Sr., was born in Walton County, Ga., December 18, 1832, and is a son of Hiram and Faith (Thompson) Casey, natives of South Carolina and Georgia, respectively. The paternal grandfather was born in Virginia, and immigrated to South Carolina, where he was married. He then immigrated to Georgia and there died. The maternal grandfather was an old Revolutionary soldier. He also died in Georgia. The father of the subject of this sketch was a farmer, and immigrated to De Kalb County (now Fulton), Ga., about 1837. He died there about 1875. The mother died many years before. There were eleven children born to their marriage: Frances, John Osborn, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Mary, David, Elisha, Joseph L., James and Frederick. Seven of these are supposed to be alive. The father was twice married and eighteen children were born to him. Joseph L. Casey was reared on the farm, and in 1854 married Amanda Lokey, a native of Georgia, who bore him ten children, eight now living: Mary E., William J., J. Walton, M. Emily, John H., Joseph L., Jr., E.L. And Frederick E. J.M. and S.F. are deceased. In 1862 Mr. Casey enlisted in the Fortieth Georgia Regiment, and served about two years. He was in several skirmishes and had to resign on account of bone erysipelas in his arm. Mr. Casey remained in Georgia until 1869, when he moved to Stoddard county, Mo., and there he has since resided. He now owns 102 acres of land, most of which is under cultivation. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mrs. Casey's grandfather, Edward Landers, was a native of Virginia, moved to South Carolina and thence to Georgia, serving six months during the revolutionary War. Her father was born in Maryland and followed sailing until thirty-five years old. He then returned to Georgia and married his first wife, Polly Landers subsequently becoming his second companion. They had two children. Mr. Landers died about 1836, his widow surviving until 1845.

Stephen Chapman

Stephen Chapman, at present secretary of the State Board of Equalization, Jefferson City, was born in Dubuque, Iowa, January 13, 1846, and is the son of William and Mary E. (Lindsay) Chapman. The father was a native of the town of Newmarket, Canada, and the mother a native of Huntsville, Ala. The paternal grandfather, Stephen Chapman, was born in West Chester, Chester Co., Penn., and emigrated to Canada before the War of 1812. He remained there until after the so-called Canadian Rebellion in 1837. He then immigrated to Ogle County, Ill., where he regained his citizenship. He was a master-builder or contractor, and was a practical mechanic. William Chapman was reared in Canada, and was about twenty-one years of age when he came to the United States. He served in the Canadian army, and after coming to this country settled at Mount Carroll, Ill., where he was married in 1843, and shortly afterward removed to Dubuque, Iowa. From that place he removed to Rockville, in the same State, where he resided until 1849, when he returned to Illinois, settling in Ogle County, residing there until 1857, when he removed to St. Louis, Mo., and from thence to Washington County, in the same State, where he remained until 1862, when he returned to St. Louis, and from there removed in the same year to Clinton County, Ill., where he remained until 1869, when he removed to Patoka, Ill., where he resided until his death, September 30, 1879. The mother died in Clinton County, Ill., in 1868. They were the parents of six children, three now living: Stephen, Julia A. (wife of W.A. Hall) and Douglass. The father was a mill wright by trade, which occupation he followed in early life. He afterward studied medicine, and began to practice in 1860, and continued to do so until his death, in 1879. Stephen Chapman was about two years of age when he left Dubuque with his parents. He attended both public and private schools at Potosi and Caledonia, Mo., but the most of his education was picked up at leisure moments while at home, and he may be called a self-educated man. In his youth he learned the miller's trade, which occupation he followed for three years in his father's mill, near Caledonia, Mo. He then started to learn the trade of car-builder in the Ohio & Mississippi shops, but quit to enter the army. During the war he served in the Twenty-sixth Missouri Infantry Volunteers, United States army, and participated in all the principal battles in which his command was engaged, including the famous campaign against Atlanta, the march to the sea and through the Carolinas. He was mustered out in August, 1865, at Benton Barracks, St. Louis. He then went to his father's, in Clinton County, Ill., where he remained, and was engaged in farming until November 1866, when he went south, and was engaged about a year in the States of Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, putting up telegraph lines. Returning home he remained at his father's house until November, 1867, when he came to Stoddard County, Mo., where he has since resided. He was variously employed in saw-milling, farming and school-teaching. In 1870 he was elected a justice of the peace in Pike Township, and county superintendent of public schools, which latter position he held for four years. During this time he held, by appointment, the office of probate clerk, and filled the unexpired term of R.M. Fraker (who was removed), as county collector. He afterward engaged in the mercantile business for about three years at Bloomfield, where he has resided since 1871. Retiring from business in 1876 he was appointed deputy clerk of the county court, and in 1878 was elected to that office and re-elected in 1882, holding the office for eight successive years. On retiring from this office in 1887, he was a candidate before the Democratic caucus for chief clerk of the House of Representatives of Missouri, but withdrew on the second ballot. He was appointed by the chief clerk, foreman of the Smooth Journal force, on his staff. This position he held during the regular session of the Thirty-fourth General Assembly. An April 19, 1887, he was elected secretary of the State Board of Equalization, and re-elected February 29, 1888, which office he now fills. He has been town councilman nearly ever since he has lived in Bloomfield, and secretary of the school board for several years. He has also been town clerk. December 24, 1868, he married Miss Nancy J. Pirtle, of Stoddard County, and to them were born five children, four now living: Clarence L., Olive V., Donald R. and Nellie M. Mary Eva is deceased. Mr and Mrs. Chapman are members of the Missionary Baptist church, and he is also member of the four bodies of York Rite Masonry, Blue Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter, Council of Royal and Select Masters, and Commandery of Knights Templar. He is also a member of the subordinate lodge of I.O.O.F. He has passed all the chairs of this order, and has been representative of the Grand Lodge, of Washington Territory, near the Grand Lodge of Missouri. He has served for many years as District Deputy Grand Master in both orders, and has taken great interest in their work.

James Christian

James Christian, another successful citizen of New Lisbon Township, was born in Hawkins County, Tenn., January 17, 1838, and is the son of Lewis and Mary (Cavin) Christian, also natives of Hawkins County. The father died in that county when James Christian was a small boy. His wife died during the war or in 1862. She was a member of the Baptist Church. To their marriage were born seven children, five now living. James Christian was the sixth of the family. He remained at home until October 28, 1861, when he left home and joined Company D, of the Eleventh Iowa Infantry at Cape Girardeau. He was mustered out at Cartersville, Ga., October 28, 1864, and served with credit for three years. He participated in the battle of Charleston, Mo., and was here wounded by a musket-ball, which disabled him for a short time. He was also in the battle of Iuka, Miss., Corinth, Miss., and Champion's Hill, where he received two severe wounds, which disabled him from duty twenty days. He was at Missionary Ridge and all through the Georgia campaign, was in many skirmishes, and was at the siege and surrender of Vicksburg. After the war Mr. Christian returned to Stoddard County, where he has since resided. He engaged in agricultural pursuits, and was then the owner of fifty acres of land. He now has 190 acres of good land, all well improved. December 11, 1864, he married Miss Elizabeth Scism, a native of Hawkins County, Tenn., born in 1845, and died January 20, 1880. She was not a member of the church, but was an excellent woman, a believer in the teachings of the Bible, and was a true helpmeet. Her parents were John and Lucretia Scism. To Mr. and Mrs. Christian were born five children, four now living: John A., Ida M., Virginia E., George A. and Lucretia Ellen, who is deceased. Mr. Christian is a man well respected by all who know him. He is quartermaster in the G.A.R. post.

Martin V. Cline

Martin V. Cline, farmer, was born in Stoddard County, Mo., in 1839, and is the son of Benjamin and Rillie (Bess) Cline. The father was born in North Carolina in 1812, and was a farmer by occupation. He moved to Stoddard County, Mo., in 1820, while yet quite young, and when this county was a wild wood, and before it had joined the Union. He located eight miles northeast of Bloomfield, and entered 1,600 acres. He died on February 20, 1864, leaving a family of seven children, five living, viz: Jane Roby, Martha V., Nelson, Mary and Samuel. Martin V. lived with his parents on the old homestead until his marriage, helping his father carry on the work on his farm. He was married, first, in 1859, to Lizzie Stafford, and they had five children, three of whom are living: Isaac, Christa and Rosena (married to Norman Curby). Mr. Cline's second wife was Sarah Tanksley, who he married in 1871, and they had three children: Samuel, Lydia and Jessie. His third wife was Parlie Sinks, whom he married in 1883. They have had two children, one living, Ned. Mr. and Mrs. Cline are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Cline is a member of the Agricultural Wheel. He owns 120 acres of fine land, which he purchased in 1882, and has improved eighty acres, which are in cultivation, comprising one of the finest farms for its size in Stoddard County.

George W. Clodfelter

George W. Clodfelter was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., August 11, 1839, and is the son of Archie and Mary (Hinkle) Clodfelter, natives of North Carolina. The father was born in 1814, and died in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., with yellow fever, in 1848. He was a farmer. The mother was born in 1815, is now living, and is a resident of Stoddard County. After the death of Mr. Clodfelter she married Thomas Bacon, and moved to Stoddard county in 1848. She is a member of the Christian Church. By the first marriage she became the mother of three children, only one now living. The two decreased were a son and daughter. The latter died when a small child, and the former Columbus G., died at Cape Girardeau. He was a soldier in the confederate service. George W. remained with his mother until October 10, 1860, when he died in Stoddard County, Mo., March 15 1862. To this union was born one daughter Emma M. who is now the wife of Theodore P. Hughes, a farmer of Stoddard County. October 30, 1865, Mr. Clodfelter married Miss Margaret J. Bloys, a native of Carroll County, Tenn., born December 23, 1843. Six children were born to this union, all living: Alonzo G., Daniel L., William, Elizabeth, Maggie F., Archie B. and Jessie. Mr. Clodfelter has followed farming all his life, and is also interested in stock raising. He is a member of the A.O.U.W., and at one time was marshal in that institution. He is a Democrat politically, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.

Quintileus P. Coffman

Quintileus P. Coffman, was born in Union county, Ill., December 12, 1841, and is the son of George W. Coffman, a native of Washington County, Tenn., born in 1812. He went to Cole County, Ill., and there married Miss Lucinda Bales, mother of the subject of this sketch. She was born in Washington County, Tenn., in 1824. Mr. Coffman died in 1868. He was a school teacher but a few years before his death was engaged in merchandising, and he and his partner, Mr. Perkins built the first business house in the now flourishing town of Charleston. In 1843 he moved to Gibson County, Tenn., and from there to Stoddard County, Mo., in 1858 , where he engaged in farming. He was a Democrat until the war, and then became a Republican. Mrs. Coffman died in 1884. Quintileus was the sixth of ten children born to this marriage. His educational advantages were limited to a sister's instruction. In 1861 he left home and went to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and remained three years. Before leaving for Ohio he was forced into Thompson's militia, which he was obliged to do in order to save his life. At the end of three months he quit, joined the Union service, and served with the First Wisconsin Cavalry three months, under Capt. Hides. Then after going to Ohio he joined the one Hundred and Thirty-third Ohio Regiment, and participated in the battle of the Wilderness. He also participated in the battle of Bloomfield, Mo. After the war he taught school for several years, after which he turned his attention to farming, which he has since continued. He is now the owner of 160 acres of good land. September 17, 1867, he married Miss Lurinda S. Foster, who, it is thought, was born in New Orleans, May 8, 1845, and died in Stoddard County, Mo., in 1870. Two children Ida Bell and Albert Clinton, were born to this union, both of whom are now deceased. Mrs. Coffman was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. July 4, 1881, Mr. Coffman married again, and took out the first license issued in the county. He married Mrs. Emma Welch, daughter of G. Hawks and the widow of James Welch. She was born in Monroe County, Tenn., December 11, 1844, and by her marriage to Mr. Coffman became the mother of one child, Ru Otto. Mrs. Coffman is a member of Christian Church, while Mr. Coffman is a member of the G.A.R., the Wheel, and is a Republican in politics.

Delaware C. Colley

Delaware C. Colley, son of James and Henrietta (Maloney) Colley, was born in Charlotte County, VA., February 26, 1829. His paternal grandfather emigrated from England to the colony in Virginia with Lord Baltimore, was killed in the battle of Bunker Hill, and lies buried there. James Colley was a native of Prince Edward County, Va. He moved from there to North Carolina, where he died in Gilpin County, in 1872. He was a consistent member of the Old School Presbyterian Church. His wife was born in Amherst County, VA. Her parents emigrated from Scotland to that State at an early day. Her mother died in Charlotte County, Va., and the father in Rockingham County, N.C. and is buried at Spring Garden. He was buried by the Masonic fraternity, of which order he was a member, being a Royal Arch Mason. He was eighty-three years old at the time of his death, and his wife was eighty-two when she died. To Mr. and Mrs. James Colley were born six children, all living: Jerome F., James A., Delaware C., Luther R., Whitfield M. and Clemantine (wife of Calvin Whitworth). The subject of this sketch, Delaware C., immigrated, with his parents, to Rockingham County, N.C., in 1845 and remained there until 1850, when he moved back to Henry County, Va., and there acted as overseer of the slaves of Capt. William Auglin, for two years. He then went to Phillip T. Hayes' plantation just across the line in North Carolina, and was overseer of the negroes for one year. From there he went to Surry County, N.C., and was overseer of the plantation of Col. Frank Armstrong, and was also postmaster at Thom's Creek for one year. He then went to Stokes County and taught school one year, then was with Dr. Wethers another year as overseer. He was an overseer of the slaves for about ten years. He moved to Salisbury, N.C. where he was overseer for the Widow Walker, daughter of ex-Gov. Morehead, and principal of the musical department at Edgeworth College, Greensboro. He remained with her two years, and at the breaking out of the war he was detailed for government duty, making shoes for the army, in the employment of John F. Forde and O.G. Forde, contractors for 160,000 pairs of shoes, another contract being for 50,000 pairs. He remained in this position until 1863, when he was detailed to work at home for the community, and in 1864 he was taken to the army in Early's division, Fifty seventh North Carolina Regiment, where he served nine months. He was in Hatcher's Run skirmish, and was at the taking of Petersburg, when he became sick on the night of the battle. He was taken to brigade hospital and was sent to Richmond, where he was captured at the taking of Richmond. He was paroled under the stimulations of Lee's surrender. He then returned home. Previous to all this, in 1850, he married Miss Virginia A. Ashby, a native of Virginia, by whom he had seven children, four now living: Mentora L. (wife of C.A. McCawn), Sarah E. (wife Of C.N. Kedd), John W. and Laura B. In 1869 Mr. Colley immigrated to Stoddard County, Mo., and on November 6, of the same year, settled at Bloomfield, where he engaged in the boot and shoe business. This he followed for one year and then rented a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits for four years. In 1876 he purchased his present property, but January 23, 1879, his house and its contents were destroyed by fire. He now has a good building and a good farm, and is out of debt. He was once a very strong man, but his constitution was broken down and for four years he was unable to swallow a mouthful of solid food, but was obliged to take his food in a liquid state, caused by fibroid tumor. Mr. Colley is an intelligent and enterprising citizen, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

John J. Collins

John J. Collins. North Carolina is the birthplace of the father of the subject of this sketch, Joseph A. Collins, but it was his home only in his earliest youth, for he left there when but a boy, and after four years in Kentucky, he went to Iuka, Miss., and remained until his twenty-third years. Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri became his successive homes for the rest of his life, his death occurring in the last mentioned State in 1885. It was in Alabama that he met and married Miss Mary A. Potts, who became the mother of his four children. Of these but two are living: Joe Shelby and John J. It was in 1860 in Monroe County, Ark., that the latter was born, and his early homes were, of course, as varied as those of his father. After the death of the latter young Collins married, and began farming on the place now owned by him. His wedding with Miss Jessie J. Webber occurred on April 29, 1883, and the union has been blessed with a son and daughter: John J.A. and Kittie J. E. Mr. Collins began with a small farm in the vicinity of Essex, and has since slowly added to it until his estate now embraces 320 acres in and around Essex, with 150 acres cleared and under cultivation and well improved, making altogether one of the finest farms in his section. Mr. and Mrs. Collins belong to the order of the Golden Rule, and in the Methodist Episcopal Church Mrs. Collins finds her religious home.

William F. Conyer

William F. Conyer was born in Wilson County, Tenn., January 22, 1844, and is the son of Thomas and Sarah Conyer, about whom nothing more is known. They died when William F. was a small boy. At the age of seven he went to live with his sister in Stoddard County, Mo., and remained there eight years, when he enlisted in Company C, of the Missouri State Militia, Confederate service, where he remained six months. In the fall of 1862 he entered the Enrolled Militia service (Union), served four months, and was at the battle of Bloomfield. He then came back to Stoddard County, and June 18, 1863, he married Miss Fannie Like, a native of Stoddard County, Mo., born June 9, 1846, who died in the same county August 4, 1881, leaving six children, five now living, vis: Harriet Ann, born December 18, 1866; Sarah Ellen, born March 1, 1869; Drucilla Mary, born July 7, 1871; Susan Catherine, born December 15, 1875, and Nellie Adaline, born July 31, 1878. Martha Jane (married to T.R. Lewis) was born November 17, 1864, and died May 4, 1885; James I., born September 5, 1872, died September 4, 1873. When Mr. Conyer was first married he engaged in farming, and had eighty acres of land. He now 320 acres of good land. June 7, 1882, Mr. Conyer married Miss Rosalin Butler, who was born October 9, 1858. Three children were born to this union: Almeta Elizabeth, born December 20, 1883, died December 30, 1883; Laura, born December 25, 1884, and William D., born April 8, 1887, both living. Mr. Conyer is a member of the Christian Church; is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Wheel, and is a Democrat politically. His wife is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Andrew F. Cooper

Andrew F. Cooper, of Cooper & Jorndt, proprietors of the elevator and steam flouring mills at Dexter, was born in Stoddard County, February 1, 1849. The grandparents were living in Tennessee when their son, James A. Cooper, was born in January, 1827. He was still a young man in 1846 when he started for Missouri, and located on a farm about five miles from Dexter. He became an extensive dealer in stock, and for some time held the office of Superintendent of public works. For several years he was also deputy sheriff, under James Dowdy, his wife's father. He was captain of a company under Col. Kitchen, and served throughout the war. He was captured at Bloomfield, and sent to Alton, but after his exchange he recruited a company and became its captain. During Price's raid he as wounded in the left arm by a gun shot. He served gallantly in all the leading engagements west of the Mississippi River. He had been married to Martha Dowdy, a North Carolinian, of Dutch-English origin, and their marriage resulted in nine children, of whom seven are alive: Andrew F. Rachel (a widow), Elizabeth (a widow), Henry, Ambrose, Cordelia (now Mrs. Dr. Brinley) and Thomas. The father died in December 1877, and the mother followed him in the following May. Andrew remained with his parents until twenty-three years of age, receiving his education in the country schools. He had learned milling when a youth, and a partnership in the business between him and his father lasted until the latter's death. He then managed the business alone until 1885, when he and his present partner erected their present extensive mills. The building is a large four-story frame, 36X50 feet, with a roller-process outfit able to turn out seventy barrels every twenty-four hours. The mill is the largest south of Jackson, Mo., and they ship to all points south. Mr. Cooper was married in 1870 to Elizabeth Temple, of this county, and their union has resulted in three children: Martha, Libbie and James. Mr. Cooper shows his fraternal spirit in attachment to three orders: A.F. & A.M, K of H. and K. of P., and otherwise leads the life of a public spirited citizen.

Walter C. Crews

Walter C. Crews, a prominent citizen of New Lisbon Township and the son of M. and Permelia (Cardwell) Crews, was born in Halifax County, Va., May 18, 1838. His parents were natives of Halifax County also. The father was born December 6, 1816, and died in Stoddard County, Mo., November 23, 1877. In his boyhood days Mr. Crews learned the cabinet maker's trade, and was a good mechanic. After a time he engaged in farming, and the last five years of his life he sold drugs at Leora, and made a decided success at that business. He had studied pharmacy during his youth and understood the business. He was justice of the peace for some time, and was well liked by all who knew him. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and a deacon for many years. He was a Republican in politics. The mother was born in Halifax County, Va., September 24, 1818, and died in Stoddard County, Mo., October 23, 1883. She was also a member of the Baptist Church. Walter C. Crews was the eldest of nine children, five of whom are living. These are Walter C., Harriet F. (wife of William A. Tucker, deceased), Isaac H., Elizabeth A. (wife of Benton Strong, deceased) and Mary V. (wife of John Hopgood). Walter C. received a liberal English education at the schools in Virginia, and was but seven years old when his parents moved to Charlotte County, of that State, and in 1859 from there to Carroll County and finally from there to Stoddard County, Mo. He remained with his parents, and worked and managed the farm until twenty-five years of age. October 25, 1860, he married Miss Mary J. Pearman, a daughter of James Pearman, and a native of Halifax County, born in 1840. Nine children were born to this union, seven now living: Louisa F. (wife of W.B. Scott), Syrus G., Susan D. (wife of James Jackson), Virginia (wife of Robert Jackson, deceased), Melissa J. (wife of Jonas Wilson), Adar A. and Luther R. Samuel S. died when eighteen months old, and William A. died when an infant. After marriage Mr. Crews purchased a farm south of Castor River, where he lived until 1870, when he sold out to go to Texas, but did not go. Instead he engaged in the drug and grocery business at Leora, where he continued two years. He then sold his stock of goods and purchased his present farm, which consists of 214 acres, 120 cultivated. He is a Republican in his political views, and was of the Baptist persuasion until that church went down. His wife is a member of the Christian Church.

G.H. Crosser

G.H. Crosser, postmaster at Bloomfield, and the son of Wiley L. and Martha (Horton) Crosser, was born in Stoddard County, Mo., November 19, 1853. His parents were natives of Middle Tennessee, but were reared in Western Tennessee. The father was a farmer by occupation. He immigrated to Stoddard County, Mo., in 1853 and located seven miles west of Bloomfield, where he purchased land, and resided until his death in 1881. The mother is still living and is residing with her son George H. Of the ten children born to their marriage, only five are now living: Theresa, George H., Lucetta, Orlena and Mary E. Henry Crosser, grandfather of our subject, was born in North Carolina and died in West Tennessee. George H. Crosser remained with his parents engaged in agricultural pursuits until twenty-one years of age, when he engaged in school teaching, and followed this occupation two terms. In the fall of 1874 he was employed as clerk in the drug store of W.P. Renners, and there remained until 1877, when he was taken in as a partner. They then moved to Dexter where they continued the drug business until 1881. While there he was postmaster. He was married in 1880 to Mrs. Minnie Slaughter, of Kentucky by whom he had three children: Candace M., M.B. and George. Mrs. Crosser had two children by her former marriages, Edna R. Hight and Fred H. Slaughter. The next year after his marriage Mr. Crosser moved to Bloomfield and engaged in the drug business for himself. In 1883 he associated with P.G. Wilson, and the firm title is now Crosser & Co. He was appointed postmaster in 1885, and took charge of the office January 11, 1886. Mr. Crosser is an intelligent and enterprising young man, and is a member of the I.O.O.F., having passed all the chairs in his order.

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