Bates County Biographies


 

VANCE, Edward S.
Mt. Pleasant Township - Edward S. Vance, the subject of this sketch, was born in Washington County, Illinois, April 14, 1855. When three months old, owing to his mother's death, he was taken to his grandmother's home at Connersville, Indiana, where he lived until his ninth year. Then he accompanied his father to Vandalia, Illinois, residing there till fifteen years of age, after which time he settled in Henry County, Missouri. He completed his education at the Clinton schools, and at the age of nineteen years began the profession of school teaching, which he continued in Henry County until 1879. Then he was engaged as correspondent and reporter on the Sedalia Daily Democrat, and after six months service in that capacity, he was interested in clerical work in the recorder's office at Clinton. After remaining so occupied for a short time he resumed his profession of teaching. In the spring of 1880, he removed to Rich Hill, Missouri, and commenced the study of law under Bowen, Irish & Templeton, and subsequently was employed in the post office as clerk, remaining therein until his superiors were removed from office. He then became special correspondent of the Rich Hill Mining Review, which position he held until November 1, 1881, when he was appointed deputy county clerk. This office he filled until the expiration of his term of service, in December, 1882, having made a most capable duty. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

VAN DYKE, V.B.
V.B. Van Dyke was born in St. Clair Co., Alabama, April 2, 1830; emigrated with his parents to Cherokee County, Alabama, in 1837, where he attended such schools as existed at that time - the school house was built of pine logs, with the openings between the logs for windows. He emigrated to Bates County in 1853 and came to Butler when the place was covered with prairie grass, where he has resided ever since. Together with R.L. Duncan, who was then county surveyor, he surveyed the town when the same was made the county seat in 1856, and surveyed most of the addition made to it since. He operated as deputy county surveyor under R.L. Duncan for four years; was appointed by the county court as assessor of Bates County for the years 1862, '63 and '64 and was elected county surveyor for 1866, and also was elected assessor of Mt. Pleasant Township for two years, 1889 and 1890. Worked in county clerk's office for W.E. Walton; also in recorder's office for Capt. J.C. Martin during his term, and during his long residence in Bates county has followed various other pursuits. Was made a member of the Masonic fraternity in the first lodge that was established in Butler in 1858, and was also a charter member of Butler Lodge No. 254 when same was organized in 1868, of which he is now a member. (Bates County, Missouri History, 1821-1900)

VAN DYKE, V.B.
V.B. Van Dyke was born in St. Clair Co., Alabama, April 1, 1830; emigrated with his parents to Cherokee County, Alabama, in 1837, where he attended such schools as existed at that time - the school house was built of pine logs, with the openings between the logs for windows. He emigrated to Bates County in 1855 and came to Butler when the place was covered with prairie grass, where he has resided ever since. Together with R.L. Duncan, who was then county surveyor, he surveyed the town when the same as made the county seat in 1856, and surveyed most of the additions made to it since. He operated as deputy county surveyor under R.L. Duncan for four years; was appointed by teh county court as assessor of bates County for the years 1862, '63 and '64, and was elected county surveyor for 1866, and also was elected assessor of Mt. Pleasant Township for two years, 1889 and 1890. Worked in county clerk's office for W.E. Walton; also in recorder's office for Capt. J.C. Martin during his term, and during his long residence in Bates county has followed various other pursuits. Was made a member of the Masonic fraternity in the first lodge that was established in Butler in 1858, and was also a charter member of Butler Lodge No. 254 when same was organized in 1868, of which he is now a member. (Old Settler's History of Bates Co., Missouri, published by Tathwell & Maxey, Amsterdam, Missouri; copyright 1897)

VARNES, Stephen S.
Hudson Township - Stephen S. Varnes, section 6, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in Fayette County, in March, 1823. His parents, Jacob and Mary (Stover) Varnes, were Virginians by birth. The early life of S.S. was divided between working on a farm and attending the public schools, where he was educated. He was married in Monongahela County, in September, 1851, to Miss Maria Hair, a daughter of John Hair. After his marriage he resided in Pennsylvania and gave his attention to farming for about 14 years. In the fall of 1865 he came to Missouri and located first in Johnson County, where he lived about two years, coming thence to Bates County in the spring of 1868, when he bought land and improved his present farm. He has 170 acres, 110 acres being in his home place, with 90 acres fenced. A good orchard is upon the farm. Mr. Varnes is extensively engaged in raising and handling merino sheep, and at this time has a flock of over 400 head. His wife died June 6, 1881, leaving three children: John, Phebe (now Mrs. Thomas H. Wix,) and Jasper N. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

VICKERS, John L.
Rockville Township - John L. Vickers, attorney at law, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1841, and was the fifth of seven children. His father, John Vickers, and also his mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Lushy, were both natives of Maryland. When John was sixteen years old his parents removed to West Virginia, where educational advantages were quite limited, so that his education after he left the Keystone state was considerably neglected. At the age of twenty he secured a position with the civil engineer corps on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at which he worked one year. He was then employed by the same company for four years in a different capacity and stationed at Cumberland, Maryland. During this time he was married September 20, 1857, to Miss Mary S. Garton, a native of Virginia. In 1858 he came to Missouri and until 1861 worked at the carpenter trade at Georgetown, Pettis County. He then obtained employment as clerk in a mercantile establishment at Sedalia, where he continued for nearly three years, when he started for himself in the mercantile practice. He remained in Sedalia two years when he located at Taborville and embarked in the real estate business. Mr. V. commenced the study of law just after the war and was subsequently admitted to the Pettis County bar. In 1868 he was the representative of St. Clair County in the legislature. In 1870 he located at Rockville and has since continued hte law practice. He now owns considerable property in and near Rockville including the Rockville mill. He is a notary public and is connected with the A.O.U.W. fraternity. Mr. Vickers is a gentleman of intelligence and culture and is in the whole what might be styled a self made man. His family consists of six children: Samuel B., Edward E., Elizabeth J., Ellen, John Jr., and Thomas. One son, Winter D., a promising young man of nineteen years, died February 3, 1882. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

 

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