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Holt County, MO Biography

J. H. C. CURTIS, the present county clerk of Holt Co., was born in Jefferson Co., West Virginia on Jan. 1, 1829. His father was Jacob CURTIS from the state of Penn. The grandparents of his mother, Harriet CHENOWETH, were from England. Mr. CURTIS lived until 1850 in Jefferson and Berkeley Cos., West Virginia. In the spring of 1853, he moved to Butler Co., Ohio and there learned to be a mill-wright, a trade he followed 2 years. His father died in 1855 and he returned to Virginia. He married Margaret ALLYBAUGH on May 20, 1857 and the same day left Virginia for Ill. He located at Galesburg, in Knox Co., and worked at millwrighting until April, 1858 when he came to Holt Co., Mo, arriving at Oregon on May 17. In 1874, he was the Republican nominee and electee of the county clerk position. He was a Whig, then became, and has remained, a hearty and consistent Republican.

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