Alonzo G. MASON, subject of this sketch, and a gentleman whose entire career has been characterized by energy and sterling integrity, was born in Chester County, PA, June 28, 1850, the son of Lewis G. and Mariah (Randolph) Mason; the 4th of a family of 8 children, 5 of whom are still living. The father of our subject was born in Delaware in 1801 and in youth recieved the advantages of a good education, graduating at West Point. His death occurred Dec. 1888, his wife preceding him one year. Alonzo G. MASON was reared upon a farm and attended the public schools of the district. At an early age he learned the trade of a plasterer, a business he yet follows when not engaged in agricultural pursuits. In June, '71, Mr. M. bade his native state adieu and started west, landing at Huntsville upon the 15th, without means and a stranger in a strange land. A willingness to work, employment was soon found and to quote the language of Mr. Mason, "From that day to this, I have never seen a man who wanted to work couldn't get employment at some price." On March 8, 1883, our subject was united in marriage to Miss Lucy A., a daughter of Wm. H. and Frances (Harris) Lee. Wm H. Lee was born in Northumberland County, Va., Nov. 9, 1803 and came to Missouri in 1836. His death occurred Jan. 20, 1889. The union has been blessed of four children; namely Bessie L., 12, Dovie M., 11, Fannie R. 8, and Wm. L. now 3 years of age. For 8 years past our subject has resided near Pleasant Woods, Chariton County, engaged in farming and stock raising, meeting with gratifying results. Politically Mr. M. is an ardent supporter of the principles of the Democratic party, while religiously he is an active and consistent member of the Methodist Church. A man of energy, self reliance and earnest purpose, ever ready to aid in the local progress and material advancement of the best interests of his home neighborhood and locality, he is esteemed a true American citizen of sterling integrity and character.