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ington and Southern Illinois College, then
located at Carboadale. After his school days
were over, he commenced to teach school, and
devoted all his time to his profession till
1878, when he opened a lumber and general
agricultural house in McLeansboro; contin-
ued it till the fall of 1880, when he became
Principal of the McLeansboro School, with
six assistant teaohers. In February, 1882,
he came to Belle Rive, where he took charge
of the schools, and is yet its Principal. Our
subject was joined in matrimony, October 2,
1872, in McLeansboro. III. , to Miss Letha E.
Baily, daughter of Gephart and Elizabeth
(White) Baily, he a native of Baden, Ger-



many, she a native of Kentucky. Mrs. Letha
E. Garrison was born December 26, 1851, in
Hamilton County, 111. She is the mother of
one little boy — Chalon, born March 18,1882.
Mr. and Mrs. Garrison are members of the
Christian Church. He is a member of the
A., F, & A. M., Belle Rive Lodge, No. 696,
and also an I. O. O. F., McLeansboro Lodge,
No. 191. In politics, he is identiiied with
the Democratic party.

S. F. GRIMES, merchant, Belle Rive, born
January 26, 18:38, in Gibson Couaty, Ind., son
of William H. Grimes, born 1801, a native of
Frankfort, Ky. He diel February 21, 1883,
in Wayne County, 111. Ho was a house car-
penter by occupation, coming to Wayne Coun-
ty in 1850, and his father, Steven Grimes, was
a soldier of the Revolutionary war, the Florida
war and the Black Hawk war. He was fam
ous 51s an Indian lighter, and was scalped and
tomahawked, but survived, although he lost
his eyesight. He died at a ripe old age near
McLeansboro, III. The mother of our sub-
ject, who was a native of Lexington,
Ky., was born 1811; she died 1872, in
Wayne County, 111. She was the mother of
eleven children, of whom five are umv liv-
ing, viz., Mary A, Jewell, Martha Milluer,
Steven F. (our subject), William VV. and
Robert O. Our subject was educated in
different counties in Illinois and Indiana.
He farmed in early life; worked at the print-
er's trade one year; then studied medicine
three years, and then, September 15, 1861,
he enlisted as private in the Forty- eighth
Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company I; was
commissioned as Second Lieutenant, and
after the battle of Shiloh was promoted to
First Lieutenant; he was wounded, and after
his recovery was promoted to Captain of Com-
pany A, serving in that capacity till after the
battle of Ft. McAllister, where he was wound
ed a second time; and finally, at Savannah,



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Ga., was honorably discharged and returned
home. He participated in many thrilling
Bcenes and famous battles, among others,
those of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg,
Jackson, Miss., Mission Ridge, with Gen.
Sherman in his world-famed " march to the
sea," and the battles which occurred in that
march and after reaching the coast. Our
subject has been merchandising ever since
the war, keeping a general store in Piatt
County, 111.: at Spring Garden, this county,
where he moved in 1866; stayed there till
the spring of 1873, when he came to Belle
Rive, where he now keeps a general store.
He is a man that stands high in the commu-
nity in which hs lives. He is an A., F. &
A. M., and also an I. O. O. F. He is no
politician, and votes the Republican ticket.
Our subject married Miss Laura A. Hoskin-
son, born January 26, 1847, in Mount Cariuol,
111., daughter of William W. and Emeline
(Geddis) Hoskinson, both natives of Ohio.
This union was blest with three children,
viz., Florence B., born ^November 2Q, 1864;
Minnie M., born December 2, 1867, and Lora
A., born January '^6, 1873. Mrs. Laura
Grimes is a member of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church.

S. C. GUTHRIE, druggist. Belle Rive,
born May 16, 1858, in Adams County, Ohio.
We count him whose name heads this sketch
among our most wide-awake and intelligent
young business men. He is a son of James
Guthrie, a native of Virginia, boru 1801, who
died here in 187-1; he was a shoe maker by
occupation, but followed farming here. The
mother of our subject, Sarah Huff, born in
1825 in Ohio, is yet living, and the mother
of six children now living, viz., Marion D.,
John E. , Emmerson L., Sebastian C, Frank
S., Louella. Our subject received a common
school education in this county. At the age
of fifteen, he entered R. J. Eaton's drutf



store, where he clerked about six years, when
he took stock in the store and continued the
business himself, being the successor of Dr.
R. J. Eaton. He keeps the only drug store
in Belle Rive. He is Township Clerk, hav-
ing been elected twice. He was joined in
matrimony, February 26, 1880, to Miss Mary
A. Grant, born November 7, 1861, in Pen-
dleton Township. She is a daughter of
William M. Grant, a native of Illinois, where
he was a farmer. Mrs. Mary A. Guthrie is
the mother of one little girl— -Lela Anna,
born June 30, 1881. Mrs. Guthrie is relig-
iously connected with the Methodist Episco-
pal Church. Mr. Guthrie is a member of
theA.,F. & A. M. fratornity. Belle Rive
Lodge, No. 696. In politics, he is identified
with the Democratic party.

ORLANDO M. D. HAM, farmer. P. O.
Opdyke. was born July 4, 1840, in Jefferson
County, 111. His father, James Ham, was
born 1805, in Kentucky; he died in 1845
He was classed among our best citizens. His
father, Moses Ham, was also a native of Ken-
tucky. James Ham followed farming, tan-
ning and merchandising as his occupation.
The mother of our subject, Frances T. Crisel,
a native of Gallatin County, 111., was born
February 8, 1817. Her parents, Henry and
Sally (Truss) Crisel, were natives of North
Carolina. Our subject has one brother liv-
ing — Christopher C. , who is connected with
the Mount Vernon National Bank. Mr. Ham
early turned his attention to farming, and at
present owns 160 acres of good land. He
was joined in matrimony, February 10, 1862,
in this county, to Marinda E. Goodner, who
was born June 28, 1838, in Washington
County, III. She was a daughter of Elijah
Goodner. and is the mother of three chil-
dren, viz., Charles R., born November 22,
1862; Orley T.. born January 18, 1868, and
Ulah Duve, infant girl, deceased. Mr. and



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Mrs. Ham and childi-en are esteemed by the
community in which they live. They are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Ml-. Ham holds the office of Township Collec-
tor, and in politics is identified with the Re-
publican party.

THOMAS G. HOLLAND, farmer and
stockman, P. O. Belle Rive. This gentle-
man is one of our old settlers and self-made
men, who have made their way up in the
world by hard work and perseverance. He
was born October 6, 1814, in South Carolina.
His father was Hugh Holland, a native of
South Carolina, where he farmed. He was a
soldier in the war of 1812, with a good rec-
ord as a brave soldier. He never came home,
and was numbered among the missing heroes.
The mother of our subject was Priscilla
Brown, a native of Richmond, Va. Her
father, Austin Brown, was a silversmith by oc-
cupation and a native of Scotland. She was
married a second time, to J. Eowyear, a shoe
maker, who was the father of two children,
of whom William Bowyear is now living in
Missouri. Our subject only went to the old-
fashioned subscription schools of Tennessee
about twelve months. He has been with
strangers all his early life, having to work
on the farm for his living, and for very small
wages. He came to Jefferson County, 111.,
in the spring of 1837, working for small
wages, till he was married, July 23, 1840, to
Armilda Goodrich, born June 20, 1820. She
is a daughter of Samuel and Calender Good-
rich. Mrs. Holland reared ten childi-en, viz.,
Callie A. Dixon, a widow lady; Mary, wife
of I, M. Casey; Priscilla, wife of Thomas J.
Smith, John G., who married Hattie Baker;
Minnie, wife of J. H. Wheeler, M. D. ;
Douglas, married Nettie Kirkpatrick: India
Viola, wife of C. J. Riddle; Laura, William
St. Clair and Thomas G. are deceased. Af-
ter Mr. Holland got married, he settled on



Government land. He was poor in purse,
but rich in muscle and perseverance. After
raising nine crops, he sold his claim, and then
moved to Moore's Prairie, and there bought
an improvement and deeded 160 acres of land
with a Mexican land warrant, and then com-
menced to farm and raise stock in earnest,
with good success. He has now a good fann
of 240 acres in this county, having deeded
his son 120 acres of land. He also owns
forty acres of timber land in Hamilton Coun-
ty. Mr. Holland has been elected twice as
Township Supervisor, and also filled minor
offices. Mr. and Mrs. Holland are religiously
connected with the Methodist Episcopal
Chm-ch. In politics, he is a Democrat. He
is a stockholder, and at present Vice Presi-
dent of the Mount Vernon National Bank.
W. A. HUGHEY, physician. Belle Rive.
Among oiu- medical men in this county we
are proud to record him whose name heads
this sketch. He was born March 9, 1836, in
Crittenden County, Ky., sou of John R.
Hughey, a native of Virginia, a farmer. He
came to this county in 1869, and is yet liv-
ing here, having reached the ripe old age of
seventy years. The mother of our subject is
Polly Ann (Crider) Hughey, a native of Ken-
tucky; she is yet living, and the mother of
nine children. Our subject is principally
self-educated, receiving his primary educa-
tion in Kentucky. At the age of twenty -one,
he commenced to read medicine with his un-
cle, Dr. C. M. Hughey. After reading two
years, he commenced the practice of medicine
in Wayne County, 111. He came to this
county in 1857, and has been here most of
the time since. He is yet following his pro-
fession in Belle Rive, in September, 1861,
he enlisted in the Forty-eighth Regiment Il-
linois Volunteer Infantry, Company F, serv-
ing three years and three months. He par-
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others that of Ft. Donelsou, Jackson, Mission
Ridge, Atlanta and others. The Doctor
taught one term of school after the war, and
then farmed one year and finally tooli up the
medical profession. He was married, in 1859,
to Lois Smith, a native of this county, born
November, 1840. She is the mother of eight
children, viz., Rosa V., Isaac A., Thomas L.
M., Sarah B. (deceased"!, John S. . Lenora L.,
Joanna M. and Benjamin F. Mr. and Mrs.
Hughey are religiously connected with the
Cumberland Presbyterian Chm-oh. He is a
Republican.

WILLIAM H. HUNTER, lumber and
farm implement dealei". Belle Rive, born
June 5, 1846, in'jRush County, lud., sou of
William Hunter, a native of Pennsylvania, a
farmer; he died in 1878 in this county. His
father was John Hunter, a native of County
Donegal, Ireland. The mother of our sub-
ject was Elizabeth Kirk, a native of Mary-
land, yet living, and the mother of nine chil-
dren, of whom two are now living, viz. :
David S., and William H., our subject, who
received a common school education in Taze-
well County, 111., and attended one year at
the Vermillion Institute, Ohio. In early
life, he farmed till he was seventeen years
old, when he enlisted, March 12, 1864, in the
Ninety-fourth Illinois Volunteers, Company
I; served as a private in that company till
June, 1805, when he was transferred to the
Thirty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry,
Company G. and was promoted Corporal of
the Color Guard. He was not discharged
till May 81), 1866. He participated in the
siege of Fort Morgan. Ala.. Franklin Creek,
Miss. . Spanish Fort, Ala. After he fame home,
he farmed and taught school. In April, 1881,
he came to Belle Rive, where ht' has been in
the Itimber and harness businesses, and is
now engaged in the lumber and farm imple-
ment business, in partnership with L. D.



Davenport. Our subject was marri d, Octo-
ber 5, 1871, to Miss Olive H. Rotramol. born
December 29, 1852, daughter of David and
Mary (Myres) Rotramel. She is the mother
of two children, viz., Harry (deceased) and
Fred, born May 7, 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Hun-
ter are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church. He is an A., F. & A. M., also an
I. O. O. F., and I. O. G. T. and O. I. H.j
has been Assessor of Moore's Prairie Town
ship, and in politics is idoutilied with the
Reptiblican party

WILLIAM A." JONES, merchant, Opdyke.
This gentleman represents one of the
Jones families who came here when the
southwest part of Jefferson County was a
wilderness. He was one of that class who
helped, by his industry and perseverance, to
make out of a wildei'ness a beautiful and
productive country. He was born May 10,
1810, in Virginia, but was reared principally
in Indiana. He was a farmer and merchant
in Indiana, and in 1858 moved to this coun-
ty, where he tilled the soil for about fottrteen
years, breaking np the very soil on which the
village of Opdyke now stands, having built
the first substantial frame house on this
prairie. Al)"ut ten years ago, he again em-
barked in the mercantile business, which he
now follows. He was joined in matrimony
to Sarah Ann Conner, a nutive of Ohio, but
reared in Indiana. She was a daughter of
Willoughby and Rachel (Johnson) Conner,
and is the mother of ten children, of whom
four are now living, viz. ; George W^. and
James W. are twins (they were born July 3,
1830, both are married and mechanics by oc-
cupation); Alanson C. (born January 10,
1844, and is married to Martha Foster, a
grand daughter of Judge Foster, and the
mother of four children, viz.: Melnotte, born
November 18, 1876; Pearl M., born June,
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H., born 1882); Mary Maria Jones (who is
yet living with her parents). The father of
our subject, George Jones, was a native of
Virginia, a farmer by occupation. Ho came
to Indiana in 1816, and died there in his
seventy -fifth year. The mother of our sub
ject, Prudence Keith Jones, was a native of
Virginia; she died in Indiana, and was the
mother of eight children, seven sous and
one daughter. All the boys have been res-
idents of this county. Our subject and wife
are members of the Methodist Episcopal
Chui-ch, of which he is also a local minister.
He is an I. O. O. F. , and in politics has al-
ways been a Democrat. He was a member
of the County Board who built the court
house. He has been no office-seeker nor pol-
itician.

MRS. SAEAH J. JONES, Opdyke, was
born July 29, 1821. She is a daughter of
Jacob Brougher, who was a native of North
Carolina, but was reared in Indiana, where
he died July 23, 1853. The mother of our
subject, Isabella Foutz, was born in 1804, in
North Carolina; she died August 23, 1879,
in Jennings County, Ind., and was the moth-
er of nine children. Her parents. Lewis and
Sarah Dougan, were natives of North Car-
olina, but reared a large family in Clark
County, Ind. Mrs. Sarah J. Jones went to
school in Jennings County, Ind. She was
married in 1841, in Indiana, to George D.
Jones, born May 12, 1821. in Indiana, dying
May 14, 1879. He was a son of George and
Prudence Jones, of Virginia. George D.
Jones, deceased, was a man of considerable
intelliffence. He was identified with the
affairs of the county to a great extent, acting
as Justice of the Peace for many years; also
was Notary Public, and tilling many minor
offices. Among the secret societies he was
well-known. The A., F. & A. M. fraternity
counted him among her active members, as



did also the I. O. O. F. Commencing with
small means, he accumulated wealth. The
family lost in him a true husband and a good
father, and the county an exemplary citizen.
He was the father of seven children now
living, viz.. Lewis E., Silas W,, Jacob B. ,
Saral] C (the widow of A. J. Wilkerson),
Rosa (wife of James Estea), Isaac X., Clem-
ent L V. (born July 25, 1863). Our subject
has a farm of 165 acres of good land, left
her by her industrious husband. Mrs. Jones
is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Chui'ch. Her husband was formerly a mem-
ber of the Methodist Epicopal Church (South).
He came here in 1865.

ALONZO JONES, farmer, P. O. Opdyke,
was born December 24, 1843, in Jennings
County, Ind.. son of Jonathan C. Jones, a
native of Indiana and a farmer. He died in
1878, in this county, to which he had come
in 1858. He was a wide awake, intelligent
farmer, and has set an example worthy of
imitation. He was prominently connected
with tha Methodist Episcopal Church South.
In politics, he was Democratic. His father
was George W. Jones, a native of Virginia.
The mother of our subject, Delilah Keller,
was a native of Indiana. She was a daugh-
ter of Adam Keller, from New Jersey, of
German descent. She is yet living, and the
mother of twelve children, of whom oiu sub-
ject is the oldest. He was educated in In-
diana and Illinois. He has now a farm of
136 acres, which he keeps in a high state of
cultivation. He was married, November 19,
1875, to Miss Ellen Newby. born September
28, 1847, in Jefferson County. 111. She is a
daughter of Hezekiah B. and Nancy (Brown)
Newby, he a native of North Carolina and
she a native of Tennessee. This union was
blessed with two children now living, viz.,
Curran N., born August 14, 1878, and Rado,
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member of the I. O. O. F., Moore's Prairie
Lodge, No. 397. In politics, be is identified
with tiie Democratic party.

J. D. JONES, merchant, Opdyke. born
May 22, 1846, in Jennings County, Ind., son
of James K. Jones, a native of Virginia. He
was a farmer, principally, and is yet living
in Mount, Vernon. His father, George Jones,
was a native of Virginia The mother of our
subject, Hannah S. (Kellar) Jones, was born
in 1819 in Indiana. She died in 1874 in this
county. She was of German descent, and
the mother of five children now living, viz.,
Isabelle D. Stonemetz, Mary L. Stratton,
Jesse D., Frederick C. and Virginia H. Our
subject was educated principally in Mount
Vernon. In early life he tilled the soil. In
1878, he engaged in the mercantile business
in Opdyke, where he now keeps a general
store. Our subject was joined in matrimony,
October 24, 1869, to Sarah F. Estes, born
May 1, 1854, daughter of John and Caroline
(Irvin) Estes. She is the mother of four
childi-en, viz., Carrie A., born September 21,
1870; Nellie J., deceased; John K., born
November 8, 1875; Jessie R., born October
4, 1877. Mrs. Jones is an active member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Jones
is a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity,
Moore's Prairie Lodgo, No. 397. In politics,
he is identified with the Democratic party.

F. C. JONES, farmer, P. O. Opdyke,
This gentleman is a member of the Jones
family, who settled in this part of the county
in an early day, and who have done much for
the advancement of education and the gen-
eral prosperity of the country. He was born
March 15, 1848, in Jennings County, Ind.,
son of James K. and Hannah S. (Keller)
Jones. Our subject received his education
partly in Indiana, and the rest in Jefferson
County, 111., where he follows farming, own-
ing sixtv acres of good land, which hb keeps



in a high state of cultivation. He was
joined in matrimony twice. His first wife,
Ella A. Brittin, died, leaving five children—
Myrta I., Jesse M., Anna A.; Sophia and
Freddie are deceased. His present wife,
Mrs. Catharine J. Wood, was born in 1851,
in Columbus, Ind. She is a daughter of
James McEndree, a farmer by occupation.
She is the mother of two children— James
and Flora Wood. Mrs. Jones is a member
of the United Brethren Church, and Mr.
Jones is religiously connected with the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church. In politics, he is
identified with the Democratic party.

JESSE LAIRD, farmer, P. O. Belle Rive.
This gentleman is one of our self-made and
most enterprising and successful men in Jef-
ferson County. He started in life without a
dollar and without an education. Yet, eleven
years after he started he had accumulated
$20,000. He is not known for style, but for
solid business qualities. He was born April
7, 1825, in Macon County, N. C, son of David
Laird, a native of Virginia. He died in this
county, to which he had come in about 1837.
He was a farmer. The mother of our sub-
ject was Elizabeth fTumbleson) Laird, a na-
tive of North Carolina. She di-ed here. She
was the mother of ten children, of whom
three are now living — Samuel, of Ottawa,
Kan. ; Nancy Cotield and Jesse. Our sub-
ject went to school only about three months,
to the old- fashioned subscription school. He
worked on his father's farm till he had
reached his majority, when he went to the
American bottoms, where he worked for Blair
& McLean; finally came to Jefferson County,
where he bought hogs and drove them to St.
Louis, where he sold them. Getting an in-
sight in the stock business, he devoted his
whole attention to' it, and amassed quite a
fortune. He was the most successful stock-
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owns 280 acres of good land. He is, to a
great extent, connected with the railroad his-
tory of Jefferson County. Our subject was
married June IS, 1S5G, in this county, to
Miss Martha J. Goodmer, born November 18,
1828, near Belleville. St. Clair County. 111.
She is a daughter of Elijah and Mary (Gore)
Goodmer. Mrs. Martha Laird is the mother
of six children — an infant daughter (de-
ceased; Clara L.. born Febraary 23. 1859.
wife of Dell Guthrie, of Belle Kive; Samuel
T., born July 11. 1861; Sarah A., wife of a
A. Shields: Flora R. bom July 23. 1866.
she died October 10, 1SS2; Cora E., born
February 9. 1868. Mi-, and Mrs. Laird are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Chmch,
of which he was once a local preacher for
two years.

JACOB METZ. farmer. P. O. Opdyke.
This gentleman was born June 19. 1849, in
Davton, Ohio, son of Jacob Metz. Sr. . a na-
tive of Hessen, Germany, where he was a
weaver in silk and satin, and after coming to
the United States he followed carpet weaving
for about twenty-three years, but for the last
twenty-live years has followed farming in
Warrick County, Ind. The mother of our
subject. Anna Fischbach, was a native of
German} ; she died in 1856, in Dayton, Ohio.
She was the mother of six childi'en now liv-
ing — Henry. Belle, Matilda, Julius, Jacob
and Emma. Our subject attended school
mainly in Indiana: also took a commercial
course at Evansville, fitting himself for the
mercantile business, of which he followed
various branches in Evansville, Ind. In 1874,
he came to Belle Eive. 111., where he was en-
gaged in the lumber and saw mill business
till 1878, when he was married and settled
down on a farm, where he is considered a
practical farmer. September 26, 1877, at
the residence of Judge Foster, he was mar-
ried to Alice Foster, who was horn June 9,



1855. She is the mother of two children
now living — Harry Foster, born September
22. 1880. and Ruby Nell, born September
24, 1SS2. Ml-. Metz is a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and his wife is
religiously connected with the Christain
Church. He is a strong Prohibitionist, and in
politics he is connected with the Republican
party.

ED MILLER, physician. This gentle-
man, who may be counted among our wide-
awake physicians, was born August 16,
1847, in Jefferson County, 111., son of John
W. Miller, a native of Ohio, where he was
a carpenter. He is now in the fumittu-e
business in Belle Rive, and his father. John
J. Miller, a farmer and miller by occupation.
The mother of our subject. Harriet N.
Dodridge Miller, was a native of Ohio, and
daughter of Enoch and Elizabeth (Miller)
Dodridge, He a native of Virginia, a
saddler, and she a native of Ohio, and
born 1820, in Lawrence County, and died
January 7, 1880. She was the mother of
nine children, of whom three are now living
— John E. , Dr. Merritte S. and Edward, our
subject Dr. Miller received his primary
education in bis native county He worked
on his father's farm till he was eighteen years
old: he then worked at the carpenter's trade
three years, and then kept a drug store in
partnership with his brother. Dr. Merritte
Miller, in Mt. Yernon. At the end of two
yeai-s, they sold out to Ed Shephai-d, and both
went to Kansas, where they remained about
two yeai-s. In 1871. he returned to Jefferson
County, where he read medicine with Dr.
Eaton, and the following year entered the
College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keo-
kuk, Iowa, graduating in February, 1878,
after which he returned to Belle Eive, where
he commenced the practice of his noble pro-
fession. He is yet following it, enjoying the



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