Holt County, MO Biography

James LIMBIRD, prosecuting attorney of Holt Co. was born at Bicker, Lincolnshire, England on July 24, 1843. He immigrated to America with his father, two brothers and a sister in 1853; the family settled in Allen Co., Ohio. His father died in Toledo en route to Allen Co. and his mother had previously died in England. Thus Mr. LIMBIRD was left at an early age to shift for himself and, except for 3 or 4 months of schooling, had no opportunities for an education after coming to America. He worked on farms in various parts of Ohio until 1861 when he enlisted as a private in the 27th Ohio infantry. He was disabled at Corinth and, as a veteran, went into McLaughlin's squadron of cavalry in which he served until Nov., 1865. He was chief clerk in the adjutant-General's office, of North Carolina, from April to Nov. of 1865. While in the army, he participated in 24 battles and fought for three months around Atlanta. He returned to Ohio in the fall of 1865, taught school that winter, and moved to Carroll Co., Mo. the next spring. There he taught school as well as in Mercer Co., where in March, 1867 he married Josie ARBUCKLE, a native of Ohio. He returned to Carroll Co. in 1869 and began to study law in 1870. In July, 1872 he was admitted to the bar at Carrollton and began his practice at Norborne in Carroll Co. He came to Oregon, Holt Co., Mo. in Feb., 1874 and there established a law practice. He was chosen to be prosecuting attorney of Holt Co. in Nov., 1874 and was re-elected in 1876. He is a Republican.

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