Holt County, MO Biography

F. LIBBY, one of the large and prosperous farmers of Clay township, was born in Bangor, Maine on June 24, 1829. His ancestors were among the first settlers of Maine. He was raised on a farm in the vicinity of Saco. At age 15, he went to sea and for four years was employed on vessels trading with the West Indies. Tiring of the vicissitudes common to a career on the seas, he returned to Maine and lived there until 1856. In that year, he came to Indiana and assisted in the construction of the Ohio and Mississippi railroad through that state. The following year, he went to Kentucky and worked on the Lexington and Big Sandy railroad then being constructed. He came to Missouri in 1858 and was engaged in building the Hannibal and St. Joseph railroad; part of the time at work on contracts, part of the time as superintendent, and also acted as wood agent. He subsequently became interested in the Platte Co. railroad and laid the track from Weston to Savannah.

When the Civil War interfered with railroad construction, Mr. LIBBY settled down on a farm four miles south of Graham, in Nodaway Co., and was partly occupied in buying horses and mules for the government during the progress of the war. For a time, he operated a livery stable at St. Joseph and then went to Atchison, Kansas and laid the first 20 miles of track on what was known as the Atchison and Pike's Peak railroad. Returning to Nodaway Co., he engaged in farming and, for a time, was proprietor of a hotel and livery stable at Maryville, Nodaway Co. He moved to Holt Co. in 1871 and located in Whig Valley, where he owns a large and finely improved farm. He has 573 acres of land in the home farm and 855 acres in Hickory township. His stables contain some of the finest horses in Holt Co. He has always been a Republican. His wife was the former Lucy ARDERY of Savannah, Mo.



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