brief biographies appeared in Holt County Newspapers in August and September of
P. H. Chesney
Was born in Missouri, and principally raised
in Holt co., resides on a farm of ninety acres on the Missouri river 1 ½ miles
southeast of Forest City. Mr. Chesney has suffered from overflow of the Missouri
river for the past two seasons. He has a good farm, but subject to damage caused
by broken levee.
Thomas B. Curtis
Has been in Holt county since 1857. His father
James Curtis came here when Thomas was quite a boy. Mr. Curtis owns and occupies
a splendid farm of 80 acres all in cultivation, and beautifully located three
miles north of Oregon; also a farm one mile north of home farm. Excellent
location and residence buildings.
Came to Holt county in 1860, formerly of
Hagerstown, Maryland. He has a good farm of 120 acres. Mr. Bender lives 3 ½
miles NE of Oregon, and is a well to do farmer and stock raiser. He has the best
stallion in Holt county of the Norman and English stock; also good stock of hogs
and cattle. He has a good farmhouse, beautifully located, and premises in the
best of repair.
Napoleon B. Irvin
Has grown up from boyhood to manhood in Holt
county, and has become fully identified with Holt’s best interests. He owns a
desirable little home farm of 40 acres situated north and east of Oregon on the
north line of Lewis township.
John S. Curtis
Came, with the family of James Curtis, to this
county in 1845. He, in the same neighborhood with his brother, and old home farm
8 miles north of Oregon, owns a splendid farm of 200 acres.
O. T. Curtis
Son of John S. Curtis, born and raised in Holt
county, we found on a farm of 80 acres in the same neighborhood with his father.
One of Holt county’s old and reliable
citizens, and for many years a carpenter in Oregon, but now a farmer, well
located on his place, a farm of 240 acres in section 12, Lewis township, four
miles north of Oregon.
Has been in the county 35 years; lives on part
of hill and timberland formerly owned by J. L. Allen.
Lives on a home tract of two or three acres, 2
½ miles se of Oregon, and also owns and farms a place of 27 acres near King’s
and Culp’s. John thrives by industry and honesty.
J. B. Foster
Is a citizen of 12 years in the county,
formerly of Indiana. Lives on a beautiful country home of three acres which he
cultivates in peaches, grapes, blackberries, raspberries, etc. He has been on
this place five years.
Came to Holt county in 1865 and by his
industry and economy has secured an excellent farm of mostly creek bottoms 1 ½
miles south of Oregon formerly known as the Keeny farm. Mr. Galbreath has for a
number of years past been engaged in supplying the water tank on St. Joe and C.
B. RR one mile below Forest City, with water.
Mrs. C. Stephenson
Formerly of Va., been in Holt Co. 28 years,
owns farm of 160 acres. Mrs. Stephenson lost her husband 12 years ago, since
which time she and her two sons carry on the business of the farm.
Has been in Holt County since 1867, lives on
small fruit farm of 52 acres two miles south of Oregon. Mr. King is hard working
and energetic man and will in time enjoy the results of his labors.
R. L. Moore
Son of G. W. Moore, came to Holt county from
Nebraska in 1865. Mr. Moore has a farm of 40 acres, 3 ½ miles south of Oregon.
Mrs. A. S. Conn
Daughter of John Pollock, and old and early
citizen of Holt County and who died several years go. Mrs. Conn owns and lives
on a farm of 160 acres in E. Lewis Township, four miles se of Oregon. Beautiful
woodland pastures are marked features of this place.
Has been in the county since 1864. Lives on
Jacob Quick’s farm of 111 acres. Is one of the pioneers of Holt, and among its
most respected citizens.
J. B. Waggoner
Has been in Holt Co. 30 years. Lives on the
Claber farm of 80 acres.
Came to Holt in 1842. Has a fine high laying
bottom farm of 80 acres, well improved, all under fence and in cultivation. Mr.
Potter entered the farm he now owns in ’49 at $1.25 per acre. He left Holt in
1851 and spent 9 years in Oregon and California, returned and has lived here
ever since. He is a number one citizen.
An old settler and now wealthy farmer, came to
this county in 1843. His farm is located 4 ½ miles north of Oregon, and
contains 200 acres of corn, small grain and an excellent orchard of four or five
acres of choice selections of apples, peaches, etc.