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Benjamin Hynes Charles, Jr.
Charles, Benjamin Hynes, Jr., lawyer; born, Chester, ILL., Apr. 26, 1866; son of Benjamin Hynes and Achsah Susan (Holmes) Charles; graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, Mo., A.B., 1885; taught school, 1885-88; studied law, 1888-91, graduating from Law Department, Yale University, LL.B., 1891; married, Keokuk, Ia., June 30, 1903, Nancy McCandless Home; one son: Benjamin Hynes, ILL. Admitted to bar, 1892, and since engaged in practice; senior member of law firm of Charles & Lackey (W. G. Lackey), 1898-1900; second associate city counselor, 1903-05; first associate city counselor, 1905-10; since in private practice. Member American Bar Association, Missouri State Bar Assn., St. Louis Bar Association, Civic League. Democrat. Presbyterian. Club: City. Favorite recreation: fishing. Office: 604-605 Merchants-Laclede Bldg. Residence: 20 Parkland Pl. (Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

Jonathan Chesnutwood
Chesnutwood, Jonathan was born 25 Nov 1825 in Stark Co, OH. He came to RC in 1852 where he owned a store in Evansville until the CW. On 10 Jan 1856 in Dresden, TX he married Amanda Hartzell (born in Stark Co, OH). Jonathon's father was Samuel who family came from England to the US. Samuel married Hannah Heigh ca 1796 in Lancaster Co, PA. She was born in PA and her family came from Ireland. In 1814 Samuel moved the family to OH. He and Hannah had 9 children, several of which were born in PA. (1875)
[Source: Men of Wyoming, By C. S. Peterson, Publ 1915. Transcribed by Anna Parks]

James N. Edwards
EDWARDS, James N. - Benson (MN). Born Oct 18, 1846 in Monmouth, Warren county Ill, son of Berry W and Sarah A (Bevins) Edwards. Married thrice: Oct 12, 1879 to Ellen M Kepner; Feb 11, 1891 to Mary E Hunter; July 25, 1901 to Alvira A Turner. Educated in the public schools of Fayette county Ill. Clk in a country gen store until May 1864; enlisted in 143d Regt III Vol 1866; clerk in country store Loogootee Ill; worked in gen store St Elmo III 1870-75; took a trip to California and Oregon. Returned to St Elmo Ill and formed a co-partnership under firm name of Fogler Bros & Edwards; sold out 1877 and moved to Benson Minn residing on farm until 1879; entered the employ of Frank M Thornton, Benson 1879-82; clk in U S Land Office until 1886; appointed assignee for the firm of Wilkins & Buxton; asst cashr Swift County Bank 1887-96; resigned 1896 having been elected judge of probate Swift county 1894; has held office ever since. Local agent for Continental and Milwaukee Fire Insurance Co. Member GAR; IOOF, which order he joined in 1870; Masonic fraternity; K of P and AOUW.
[Source: "Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota". Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Anna Parks]

Chas. A. Elquest
CHAS A. ELQUEST, president and general manager Elquest Hardware Co.; coroner Goshen county, Wyo.; (Rep.); b. December. 24, 1879, Roseville, Ills.; s. of Amos and Anna (Christensen) Elquest; educ. pub. schls. Potter, Nebraska; grad. Fremont (Neb) Normal Business college, 1901; engaged in hardware business in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, until 1910; engaged in hardware and housefurnishing and undertaking business in Torrington, Wyoming, since 1910, under the firm name of The Elquest Hardware Co.; also deals in automobiles; elected 1912 as first coroner of Goshen county, Wyo., (organized 1913) for term of 1913-15; re-elected 1915-17; mem. I. O. O. F. Address: Torrington, Wyoming.
[Source: Men of Wyoming, By C. S. Peterson, Publ 1915. Transcribed by Anna Parks]

Archibald C. Hershey
HERSHEY, Archibald C; born, Monmouth, Ill., (Warren Co) Feb. 9. 1879; son of S. B.. and Ella (Clippigner) Hershery; educated at Beatrice (Neb) High School and University of Nebraska; marrried at Lincoln, Sept. 2, 1900; Clara Quick. Began active career in store of A. G. Stewart, Beatrice, Neb., later with M.S. Walback, Beatrice, Ewing Clothing Co., Lincoln, Neb., Fagley & co., Sioux City, IA., and Armstrong Clothing Co., Lincoln, until 1905; came to Detroit and assisted in founding firm of Hershey & Quick, Sept. 1905; the firm becoming Hershey-Brennan Co., Aug. 1907. Republican. Methodist. Recreations: Hunting, fishing and baseball. Office: 272 Woodward Av. Residence: 85 Hancock Av. W.
[Source: "The Book of Detroiters". Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis, 1908 - Submitted by Christine Walters]

Joseph P. Tracy
TRACY, Joseph P.; born, Monmouth, Ill., (Warren Co) Feb. 28, 1866; son of Alexander H. and Harriet E. (Sherwin) Tracy; educated at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill.; married at Kankakee, Ill., Sept. 17, 1889, Ada M. Heuston. Began active career as western traveling agent, Indiana, Illinois & Iowas R.R. 1887, continuing until 1891; traffic manager Deering Harvester Co., 1892-98; traffic manager International Salt Co., Great Western Cereal Co. and Morton-Gregson Co., general manager Michigan, Indiana & Illinois Line and Morton-Gregson Car Lines, 1899-1906; has been president and general manager Delray Salt Co. since Apr., 1907. Prohibitionist. Member United Presbyterian Church. Office: 71 Griswold St. Residence: 391 Lincoln Av.
["The Book of Detroiters". Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis, 1908 - Submitted by Christine Walters]

Rowland Simmons
Rowland Simmons was born in Virginia, in 1794. He removed with his parents in early life to Warren County, Kentucky. After living there several years, he moved to Morgan County, Illinois. In 1830, he moved to what is now known as Greenbush, Warren County, Illinois, and settled on section five.
He was the first settler in Greenbush Township. His brother James followed him in 1833, and after living in the township a short time, settled on lands now adjoining the village of Greenbush, on the east, where he died, in 1873.
William Simmons, another brother, came later and located in the northeast part of the township. He afterwards moved to Galena, where he was engaged in hauling mineral ore; and later he moved to Iowa where he died.
This William Simmons was the father of James Simmons, who died at the residence of his son James Edmond Simmons, on section two, September 25, 1900. William was also the father of Sarah, who married David Young.
Charles Simmons, who was also a brother of Rowland, resided in Stoddard county, Missouri, in 1845. During that year James and Rowland made him a visit and induced him to move to Illinois. His family, household goods and one sorrel mare were placed on board a boat at Cape Girardeau, and they all started for Copperas Creek, Illinois.
Some place on the route the boat landed and James took the mare and rode home across the country. When he arrived, he sent some of his and Rowland's boys to Copperas Creek after the party. So they came across the country in wagons, arriving at Greenbush, April 27, 1845.

Some time during the early '30', Rowland Simmons planted some apple seed with the intention of grafting the trees after they had grown to sufficient size. One of the trees, when it came to bearing, produced a large yellow apple of the fall variety. This tree sprouted and the sprouts, when dug up and set out, produced the same kind of apple. James Simmons was among the first to procure sprouts from this tree, having quite an orchard of them at one time. They are known as the "Simmons Pippin," and are generally considered the best fall apple in this country.

During the last days of Rowland Simmons, he suffered with a cancer on his face from which he died May 23, 1858.
His wife Julia Ann died January 8, 1845.
Sarah Simmons, mother of Rowland Simmons, died at the residence of Rowland, December 31, 1842. She was about 90 years old.

[Source: pg. 104, "Early days in Greenbush : with biographical sketches of the old settlers" by William L. Snapp, Springfield, Ill.: H.W. Rokker Co., 1905 - Transcribed for G.T. by Andrea Pack"

Harvey Quinn
HARVEY QUINN was born in Xenia, Ohio, September 5, 1829, and was the son of John Quinn, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and Rachel Quinn, nee Nash, who was born in Pennsylvania. In 1831 they moved to Warren County, Illinois, where Harvey was raised on a farm, and attended the common schools. In 1856 he went to Butler County, Iowa, and was there engaged in farming for two years, after which he embarked in the hotel business in Applington in 1859. This he continued until the 15th of August, 1861, when he enlisted in the Dubuque Light Artillery, which was attached to the Ninth Iowa Infantry. He remained in service for something over four years, and was in several important engagements, among which were the battles of Pea Ridge, Helena, Little Rock, Arkansas Post, Pleasant Hill and several minor skirmishes. After the war, he returned to Iowa in October, 1865. Mr. Quinn was married March 28, 1866, in Butler County, Iowa, to Miss Amanda M. Bisbee, daughter of Elisha and Mary Bisbee. She was born in the State of New York, September 3, 1836. Mr. Quinn resided in Butler County, engaged in farming until 1870, when he came to Atchison County, Missouri, in the fall of that year, settling in Dale Township, on his present place. He has a valuable farm of 205 acres, improved, with fair buildings, etc., and a bearing orchard of 150 apple and 100 peach trees, besides other fruit. Mr. and Mrs. Quinn have had three children, only one of whom is living: John Arthur Lee, born May 25, 1874. Mrs. Q. is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and he of the Christian Church. In politics he is a staunch Republican. [The History of Holt and Atchison Counties, Missouri; St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by K. Mohler]

Silas H. Prather
SILAS H. PRATHER, farmer and stock raiser, section 22, was born in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio, December 10, 1846. His father, John H. Prather, was a native of West Virginia and was of Scottish descent, while his mother, Catherine (Chaney) Prather, was born in Ohio and of Dutch extraction. They came to Ohio in an early day. Silas is the only child now living of a family of three children. His mother died when he was about two years of age. In 1856 he accompanied his father and step-mother to Montezuma, Poweshiek County, Iowa, where they remained some three years, then returning to Ohio. Young Prather spent his youth on a farm and obtained a fair education. When President Lincoln issued his first call for ninety-day men the subject of this sketch was among the first to respond. He enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-eighth Ohio Infantry, Company F, and, after serving his time, he returned to Ohio and from there emigrated to Henderson County, Illinois. In 1864 he again enlisted in the Fifty-eighth Illinois Infantry, Company G, and served until the close of the war. He enlisted as a private and rose to first-duty sergeant, serving mostly on detached service, principally in the quartermaster’s office. He remained some time in Montgomery, Alabama, and at the close of the war he settled in Henderson County, Illinois, and a short time after went to Winterset, Iowa, in the fall of 1866, where he remained three years occupied in farming. In 1869 he went to Texas, was interested for two years in the cattle business, and in the fall of 1870 he moved to Henry County, Missouri. There he lived five years engaged in farming. In 1875 he settled in Warren County, Illinois, and became associated with David Rankin in farming and stock raising. He came to Atchison County in the spring of 1878. He owns a third interest with Mr. Rankin in 7,600 acres of land and they are largely interested in stock raising. Mr. Prather superintends the farm. He is a sterling business man. Commencing life a poor boy, he was early deprived of the care of a mother and was thrown upon his own resources. He has worked his way steadily upward by honesty, industry and attention to business. Politically he is a staunch Republican. Mr. P. was married December 20, 1870, to Miss Emma Rankin, youngest sister of David Rankin. She is a native of Illinois and was born December 17, 1845. She died March 15, 1881, leaving three children: Nettie Bell, born December 10, 1871; Homer Dee, born December 1, 1873, and Harry Rankin, born March 4, 1875. Mr. Prather is a member of the M.E. Church, of Tarkio, in which he holds the position of steward. He is also a strong temperance man.  [The History of Holt and Atchison Counties, Missouri; St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by K. Mohler]



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