Zadok completed the years of his youth on the farm in this county, and received an ordinary common school education as he grew up. They have two children: Ernest and Amanda. The homestead of the family contains acres, and is an excellent farm. Harbit is an energetic young farmer, and is steadily making his way up by industry and good management. Among the substantial and highly respected citizens of Jackson township is Mr. Hayden, the subject of the present sketch. He is a man who has come up in life solely by his own exertions and merit, and in the face of obstacles and disadvantages that it required no ordinary courage, resolution and strength of character to overcome.
At the age of seven years he was left an orphan by the death of his father, or perhaps worse than an orphan so far as his own advantages were concerned, for he and two elder brothers had the care of his mother's family, in addition to providing for themselves. He worked his way up, however, through all difficulties and came to be, as he has long been regarded, one of the well-to-do and representative citizens of his community.
In he was made a candidate by his friends in different parts of the county for the office of county judge, and although running against one of the best-known and most popular men in the county, he came within seven votes of being elected. Hayden was born in Monroe county. His father died in , leaving his wife a widow, and seven children to care for.
Isaac early apprenticed himself to the shoemaker's trade, at which he worked two years, but not liking the inactivity of the calling, he decided to learn the blacksmith's trade. This he worked at for a time, but an oportunity [sic] being offered for him to learn the wool carder's trade, which was then quite profitable, he accepted the offer and agreed to work three years in order to learn it, his only compensation being his board and clothes and a six months' term at school.
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After serving out this term he felt that he had enough of wool-carding, for employment in that trade proved to be scarce and not very profitable after all. He then went to making rails by the hundred and then engaged in digging wells by contract, in which he made some little money. Later along he concluded to learn the cabinet maker's trade, at which he worked for nearly two years, and then he learned house carpentering. This latter he followed for about nine years, but finally settled down to farming, having married in the meantime.
After farming for some years, he had accumulated some means, whereupon he enlisted in the drug business and kept a drug store at Paris for some time. He finally sold out, however, and resumed farming, which he has ever since followed. It is thus seen that Mr.
Hayden has learned five different trades and followed four additional occupations, or in other words, about all the different employments that then offered. April 12, , he was married to Miss Dollie Curtright, who is still spared to accompany him on the journey of life.
In an early day, Mr. To this day he has the reputation of being one of the best rifle shots in the community. He and wife are members of the Christian Church. Hayden besides farming is engaged in breeding and raising fine stock, particularly high-grade cattle, of which he has some fine representatives. Holdsworth's father, John H. Holdsworth, came out to Missouri from New York City with his family in , and settled on land 11 miles north-east of Paris, part of which he had bought 20 years before. Afterwards he became quite a prominent citizen of the county and represented this senatorial district in the State Constitutional Convention of He was a conscientious, consistent Republican in politics, and after the Confederate soldiers changed their policy from shooting to voting, his promotion in public life, of course, ceased, as the Southern element was and is largely preponderant in this part of Missouri.
However, in he was appointed postmaster at Paris, and held that office until his death, which occurred January 31, James P. He had previously been deputy under his father, and indeed had done the principal part of the office work. He makes an efficient and popular postmaster, and has the hearty indorsement of the Government authorities and the people. He was born in Brooklyn, N. He was reared in this county and educated in the common schools.
April 3, , Mr. They have two children: Katie and Lucy. Holdsworth is a member of the Christian Church. Howell started out for himself in this county when a young man, without any means or other help, and by hard work and a frugal life, has accumulated a comfortable property.
He has an excellent stock farm of about acres, all under fence and in a good state of improvement. Howell makes something of a specialty of raising mules for the market, which he has found a profitable industry. He was born September 25, When he was a youth about 17 years of age he came to Monroe county, Mo.
They had a family of nine children. The father died there in the fall of , and the mother in the spring of John H. Four children are the fruits of their married life: George, James S. Howell comes of one of the oldest and best families of North Missouri. His grandparents settled in Marion county from Kentucky in , and from them branches of the family have extended into nearly all the neighboring counties, being among the most useful and highly respected citizens of their respective communities.
Howell's father, Maj.
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William J. Howell, was still in boyhood when his parents removed to Missouri. Reared in that county, he exerted himself for the acquisition of an education, and became a young man of fine mental culture. He read law under the distinguished member of the bar. Judge Urial Wright, one of the most eloquent advocates as well as one of the ablest lawyers who ever addressed judge or jury in this or any State of the Union. Young Howell became only less famous at the bar than his distinguished preceptor. He early became known as one of the ablest lawyers of the State, and making his home in Monroe county, was repeatedly honored by the people of this county with the commission of representative in the State Legislature.
He also represented this district in the State Constitutional Convention.
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In each of these bodies he took a commanding position by virtue of his ability and high character. Thus by his own personal worth and exertions he rose from the average station of a farmer's son to that of one of the distinguished and representative citizens of the State. Even before he was 21 years of age he was elected circuit clerk of Monroe county and had barely attained his majority when he was sworn into office. His death was as widely and as deeply mourned as any citizen who was ever laid to rest within the borders of the county.
Judge Howell left a large family of children. He was three times married. His first wife was formerly Miss Louisa Smith, of Palmyra.
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Of that union a son and daughter are living, Harry C. Howell, of Paris, and Mrs. Boatner, of the same place. There are no children by this wife. His last wife was, before her marriage. Miss Ellen Stone, formerly of Nelson county, Ky. There are two of the family of this marriage living: Mrs. Howell of the same city. Henry C. Howell was born on the old family homestead, in this county, February 21, , and was reared on the farm.
Given a good education, he was graduated at the Paris high school and after completing his studies, resumed farming and the stock business, to which he had been brought up. His father left an estate of 4, acres of land and had been a prominent slave holder before the war. But while his slave property was swept away by the war, his land, consisting of a number of farms, was left, and young Howell succeeded to an ownership of his share of the estate.
He has over acres on the farm where he now resides, where he has continuously been engaged in stock-raising and feeding and shipping stock, as well as trading to some extent in them, since his location on his present place. He fattens about head of cattle annually. His farm is an excellent stock farm, well arranged for the business, including fine water facilities, etc. On the 14th of April, , Mr. Howell have had the misfortune to lose their only child, who died at the tender age of thirteen months, February 18, Howell are members of the Christian Church.
Howell ranks among the best and most highly respected citizens of Monroe county. But there is and has always been since the colony of Pennsylvania was founded a distinctive and pre-eminent class of barn builders, and these are the Pennsylvanians themselves. No less a personage than Horace Greeley once said that he could always tell a Pennsylvanian by the size, comfort, convenience and finish of the barn on his farm, whether in the East, West, North or South.
And so it is that wherever you find a Pennsylvanian, one of the better class, at least, engaged in farming, you find him with a big barn, whatever his other improvements may be, and generally they are good, substantial and comfortable. Houston is of Pennsylvania parentage and a farmer, thrifty, well educated and energetic, and his farm forms no exception to those of the generality of Pennsylvanians. He has a place of acres, all under fence except 60 acres of timber, and his place has substantial, durable and comfortable improvements on it, from the dwelling down to the pig-sty in the barn yard.
Houston is a man of sterling character, possessing strong convictions, ready at all times to stand by them, but at the same time a kind-hearted man, generous and liberal in all his impulses, a good neighbor and a worthy, valuable citizen. His father was the second son of William Houston, of Lancaster county, Pa. His father being a man of great pith and enterprise, accumulated a handsome estate, represented his county in the Legislature of Ohio, participated in the War of , and was all his life a Democrat.
His mother was a daughter of Joseph and Mary Cowden, an old and respected family of that State. Both parents were Presbyterians, born and reared in the faith and of uncommon faith and piety.