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Prairie Township - Andrew Jackson, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Gallia County, Ohio, September 15, 1832. His father, William Jackson, of Greenbrier County, Virginia, was a farmer and stock dealer by occupation; he married Susanna Pruit, who came originally from Botetourt County, Virginia. When four years of age, Andrew accompanied his parents to Jackson County, Ohio, where he remained most of the time for 30 years. In December, 1860, he was married to Miss Phebe A. Craig, of Vinton County, Ohio. In the spring of 1858, he had purchased a flouring mill in Vinton County, which he operated for two years. Disposing of it, he returned to Jackson County, which was his home until 1866, when he came to Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. For four months he looked about for an opportunity to invest, and finally decided to go to Moniteau County, where he stopped a year and half, having previously leased a farm while casting about for a location. At the expiration of that time, he came to Bates County, Missouri, in May, 1868, with his family, and purchased the south half of section 16, less the old town of Papinville, and then he laid off 20 acres for an addition to the town, now known as Jackson's Addition to Papinville. He sold, in all, 127 acres, and having later bought 70 acres, he at present has, in addition to his half section, 263 acres in Bates County, and 160 acres in Franklin County, Kansas. Mr. J. has held all the important offices in his township, and for one term served as county judge. While in Ohio, he entered the State Militia in 1862, as first-lieutenant of Company B, and after one year the company disbanded and he received an honorable discharge. He has three children living, Leonard C., William Thomas and Mary Lusetta, all of whom are attending school, endeavoring to secure an excellent education. Mr. Jackson is an extensive raiser of and dealer in stock. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)


John F. Jarvis, In the old territorial days of Washington, five days before its admission into the sisterhood of states, a young man located temporarily in Spokane county, and rented a farm. This was in 1884, and the pioneer locater was the subject of this article. He was born in Henry county, Missouri, October 4,1862. His parents were John C. and Indiana (Ridgeway) Jarvis, the father a native Illinois and the mother of Ohio. They also, removed to Washington in 1884, living in Spokane county two years and, in 1886, going to Stevens county where John C. still lives, the wife and mother died in 1901. They were the parents of thirteen children, six of whom are still living: John F.; Frank; Dora, wife of John Collins, of Valley; H.V.; Charles, and Barton. In the public schools of Henry and Bates counties, Missouri, our subject received an excellent education, and so attaining his majority, sought employment on a farm where he continued one year, coming to Washington in 1884. At first he rented a farm in Spokane county, but subsequently preempted eighty acres near Chewelah, Stevens county. This property he disposed of and leased a hay ranch in 1895. He then purchased two hundred acres of hay and timber land upon which he now lives, cultivating one hundred and forty acres, and surrounded by all the comforts of home. The property is fenced with good buildings and other facilities foe conducting farming operations on a paying basis. On the place is a young orchard and in addition to its products, last season he marketed one hundred and twenty-five tons of hay. In December, 1892, Mr.Jarvis was united in marriage to Della M. Bly, widow of William Bly, and daughter of Robert A.Glenn. They have three children, Alta Z., Byrl and Laurel, all of whom are at present with their parents. The father and mother of Mrs. Jarvis, Robert A. and Charlotte (Barton) Glenn, were natives of Illinois. They were the parents of three children, Della M., Albert E.and Edgar, deceased. Mr. Jarvis has always manifested a lively interest in the fortunes of the Democratic party, and  is an ernest and conscientious worker in local affairs involving the duties of good citizenship. In the community in which he resides respected and has won and holds the confidence of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. ("The History of North Washington" , published 1904 Stevens County, WA Biographical Sketches)

JARVIS, Winfield S.
Spruce Township - Winfield S. Jarvis owes his nativity to Madison County, Illinois, where he was born July 11, 1840. His father, Fletcher Jarvis, was a native of Virginia, where he grew to manhood and married Ann Eliza Brown, of Illinois. Her parents were Kentuckians by birth. Winfield was raised in Madison County on a farm, his primary education being obtained at the common schools. He afterwards attended the high school at Collinsville, and graduated at Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College, at St. Louis. Since finishing his studies he has been engaged in teaching during the winter months and working on his farm in the summer season. He came to Missouri in September of 1877, and located in Bates County, where he purchased his present farm. He has 167 acres, 113 in his home place, all under fence, with a fair house and granary, and a young orchard, located in section 36. Mr. Jarvis was married in his native county, December 24, 1874, to Miss Anna M. Martin, a daughter of Henry and Anna Martin. She was also born in Madison County, Illinois. They have two children: Leonora Ann, born December 13, 1875, and Henry W.F., born July 26, 1877. They have lost three children, two in infancy, and Harold A., who died February 1, 1881, aged seventeen months. Mr. Jarvis politically is a Democrat. He was nominated by his party and elected township assessor in 1881, and is the present assessor. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Jarvis belongs to the Masonic fraternity. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

Mt. Pleasant Township - John R. Jenkins, circuit clerk. The subject of this sketch is a native of Nelson County, Virginia, where he was born October 7, 1840. His father, John E. Jenkins, was also born in Virginia, May 10, 1810, and was there married, in February, 1845, to Miss Rosa J. Cash, of that state, who was born in 1820. They had eleven children, of whom John R. was the ninth child. In 1847 the family went to Edgar County, Illinois, where they resided until 1858, in that year removing to Clinton, Henry County, Missouri. This was his home until the commencement of the war. The death of his parents occurred there but six days apart, his father dying December 20, 1875, and his mother December 26, 1875. In 1861, Mr. Jenkins enlisted in Captain Owens' company of the Confederate M.S.G., under General Price, and was with him on his famous raid through Missouri. After remaining in the service for two years, he returned to Clinton, and from 1865 to 1870 was engaged as traveling salesman for Guiterman, Bros. & Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1872 he came to Bates County, Missouri, and gave his attention to agricultural pursuits, till called to his present position, in 1878. In 1874 he was elected justice of the peace of Mingo Township, serving for four years, and during this time he was the collector of that township. He is a member of Butler Lodge, No. 254, A.F. and A.M. Mr. Jenkins was married, May 22, 1869, to Miss Antoinette Davis, a native of Indiana. They have one child living, Mabel. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

JETER, Nicholas B.
Mt. Pleasant Township - Nicholas B. Jeter, dealer in jewelry, watches, clocks and silverware, is a native of Howard County, Missouri, and was born July 26, 1844. His father, B.F. Jeter, was a Virginian by birth, and his mother, Mary J. (Beckhardt) Jeter, came originally from Howard County, Missouri. His maternal grandfather, Nicholas S. Beckhartt, was the first white settler above St. Charles, Missouri, on the Missouri River, and he was married in Missouri while it was still a territory. The subject of this biography was reared to manhood in the county of his birth, receiving the advantages of a good English education. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Ninth Missouri Infantry, C.S.A. At the battle of Lexington, Missouri, he was captured and confied at Alton, Illinois, for about four months, then being transferred to Johnson's Island where he remained two months when he was exchanged. He again joined his command and served with it till the close of the war. Reurning to Howard County Mr. Jeter became engaged in the jewelry business at Fayette which he continued for four years. He subsequently gave his attention to the same occupation at Tipton, Missouri, for three years, at the expiration of that time going to Sedalia, Missouri, where he was interested in trade for six months. In 1873 he came to Butler and opened his present business in which he has been quite successful. Mr. J. was married March 16, 1870, to Miss Florence M. Saunders, a native of Howard County, Missouri. They have one child now living, B. Frank. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. and K.of H. fraternitites and also belongs to the Jewelers' League, of New York. They are connected with the Christian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

Rockville Township - Dr. John Johannes was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 16, 1829, his parents being George and Christina Johannes nee Roesner; the former was a brickmaker by occupation. John obtained a thorough education in the schools of his native country and in 1849 he emigrated to the United States, settling in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended the Lutheran College for a year or more, thus perfecting himself in the English language. Subsequently he studied medicine with one of the professors who was of the homeopathic school. In 1852 he removed to St. Louis where for eighteen months he ws employed in a store, and upon going to Benton County, Missouri, he bought a claim and entered eighty acres of land and improved a farm. In 1861 he went to Allen County, Kansas, located a land warrant and after preparing a farm he returned to Benton County to move his family. The community being in such an unsettled condition, he joined the Union Volunteer Militia and immediately found himself engaged in the battle of Cole Camp, June 19, in which he received a severe wound and where he was taken prisoner. He was parolled by Governor Jackson, and after partially recovering from his wound he returned to Kansas with his family, on August 13. Besides improving his farm, etc., he was obliged to take up the practice of medicine which he followed for five years, with very great success. In May, 1866, he sold his farm there and also the one in Benton County and came to Bates, settling in Prairie City. He built the second house in the place and was also the town physician. He purchased 500 acres of land, has improved several farms and has ever assisted in promoting the advancement of this vicinity, although his capital upon commencing life was but ninety-five cents. In 1851 the doctor married Miss Babeth Eidelath in Logansport, Indiana. They have eight children living: Erhard G.F., William Henry, Albrecht, Nicholas L., Christopher, John Freddie, Agnes, Magdalene and Caroline. Two sons died in infancy. Politically he is a Democrat and religiously a Lutheran. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

Osage Township - L. Johannes is one of Rich Hill's most popular grocery men, having come to Bates County, Missouri, in 1866, and first locating at Prairie City, where he and his brother began in the mercantile business. Afterwards they started a store in Rockville, which his brother still continues. The subject of this sketch settled on a farm in 1878 and carried on agricultural pursuits till October 18, 1881, when he began business at Rich Hill. He is a native of Bavaria, Germany, and was born August 4, 1837. In 1854 he emigrated to America, landing at New Orleans and locating in Benton County, Missouri, where he learned the trade of brick laying and plastering. He was there engaged at his trade, contracting, etc., till 1862, when he moved to Allen County, Kansas, and followed the same calling there till coming to Bates County. During the war Mr. J. was for a short time in the State Militia. He was postmaster at Rockville for seven years and trustee of that township for two years. He was married, July 31, 1861, to Miss Mariah Gerkin, a native of Jefferson County, Missouri, where she was born February 9, 1844. They have eight children: Ellenora, Leonard, Elizabeth, Edward, Frederick, Adolph, Christian and Albert. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

JOHNSON, William H.
Spruce Township - William H. Johnson, farmer and stock dealer, section 21, was born in Saline County, Missouri, August 7, 1853. His parents were W.R. Johnson, born in Lafayette County, and Nancy A. (Beaty) Johnson, a native of Saline County. William H. passed his boyhood days on his father's farm, and received a common school education. He moved to Bates County in the fall of 1869, and bought land and located in Spruce Township, on the farm where he now resides. He has seventy-five acres of land, all fenced and in a fair state of cultivation, upon which is a young orchard. Mr. Johnson was married here, January 29, 1874, to Miss Alice Short, a daughter of John Short. She is a native of Bates County. They have two children: William Albert, born February 14, 1875; and Alonzo, born February 18, 1878. They have lost three children, who died in infancy. Mrs. Johnson is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)