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Holt County, MO Biography

Levi OREN, now serving his fourth term as treasurer of Holt Co., was born in Clinton Co., Ohio on Feb. 22, 1842. His grandfather was one of the earliest settlers of Ohio, moving there from York Co., Penn. His parents were Ephraim and Elizabeth (FRAZER) OREN. In 1844 the family moved to Randolph Co. Indiana. Sept. 6, 1860 he married Fannie MOORE, a descendent of the Earl of Antrim, an Irish nobleman. In Dec., 1863 he enlisted in the 9th Indiana cavalry and served until Aug. 26, 1864 in the armies of the Cumberland and the Mississippi, taking part in the battles of Franklin, Nashville and others. While in the army, his wife and her father moved to Holt Co., Mo., and on being discharged, Mr. OREN joined them and began farming in Nickell's Grove. He has always been a Republican and in 1870 received his party's nomination to, and was elected to, the position of county treasurer. He has been re-elected 3 times. Since 1874, he has also been in the drug business at Oregon in partnership with Dr. Reuben KING and carried on a large business under the firm name "KING & OREN." Mr. OREN has four children.

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