Levi A. Holman is a native of Rav county, Missouri, born January 24, 1843, and has lived in the county all his life except the time he was absent in the 1 lie civil war. He enlisted, in the fall of 1862, in company F, tenth Missouri cavalry, and served until the close of the war. He participated in the battles of Cherokee Valley, Tupelo, Corinth, Selma and a number of others. He was discharged in June, 1865, and returned to his home in this county, and resumed his former business of farming and stock raising. Mr. Holman was married, December 28, 1865, to Miss Mary Teegarden, a native also of this county, born July 31, 1846. The issue of this marriage has been six children: Celia C., born April 21, 1867; Hardy, born March 21, 1869; Fanny B., born November 24, 1871; James, born January 9, 1873; Nancy, born December 9, 1878; Julia, born December 24, 1880. Mr. Holman and his wife are both members of the Christian Union Church, and he is a member also, of the Farmers' Club, Mr. Holman is a prosperous farmer and a valuable and leading citizen.


Was born in Todd county, Kentucky, on the 28th day of October, 1822. He began the study of medicine in the year 1845, with Dr. Vaugh. of Todd county, Kentucky, as his preceptor, and graduated from the Louisville Medical College in 1848, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He came to this county in 1850, and has practiced his profession with good success here, ever since. Dr. Gordon was married in Ray county, Missouri, in 1851, to Miss Martitia Hargrave, by Rev. D. H. McClure. Mrs. Gordon was born in Alamance county, North Carolina, in 1830. Three children were born of this marriage: Howard S., born August 2, 1852; George A., born May 11, 1861; Mary A., born August 8, 1863, died August 11, 1864. Dr. Gordon is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is now located at the town of Vibbard, this county, where he owns valuable property. His practice is very extensive, and his attention is entirely given to it. He is an able and popular physician and leading citizen.


Thomas A. Sloan was born in Bledsoe county, Tennessee, August 28, 1848. He came, with his parents, to Ray county, Missouri, in the year 1853, and has had his home here ever since, and has been engaged chiefly in farming. Mr. Sloan enlisted, May 2, 1862, in company A, 3d Missouri cavalry, Captain Elliott, Colonel King, and General Schofield commanding, and served during the remainder of the war. He was captured by General Jo. Shelby's men, at Neosho, Missouri, and taken to Little Rock, Arkansas, and paroled. He returned to his regiment, and was subsequently captured by a guerrilla band, under Captain Johnson, but succeeded in making his escape, and rejoining his comrades the night following his capture. He participated in the battles of Lone Jack, Springfield, Cane Hill, Camden, Little Rock, Ft. Smith, Van Buren, Pilot Knob, and others. He was discharged, May 11, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Mr. Sloan was married, June 21, 1868, in Ray county, Missouri, to Miss Susan M. McGaugh, by Reverend D. H. McClure. Mrs. Sloan was born in Warren county, Missouri, April 15th, 1846. They are the parents of three children: Joseph S., born April 15, 1869; William H., born July 4, 1871; Frederick H., born July 10, 1874. Mrs. Sloan is a member of the M. E. Church South. Mr. Sloan located at Vibbard, Sep. tember 1, 1880, and opened a livery stable in that place, which he is at present (April, 1881) conducting. He is a very popular gentleman, and a useful citizen of Vibbard.


Joshua Butler Gant is a native of Ray county, Missouri, born April 15, 1848. He was reared on a farm and engaged, after growing up, in farming, until the age of twenty-nine years, when he and his brothers entered the mercantile business at the town of Vibbard, Ray county. This business they have ever since conducted, and now have a flourishing trade besides owning the handsome store house in which their stock is kept, and other valuable property in Vibbard. Mr. J. B. Gant is a practical experienced business man, a good citizen and a valuable member of the community in which he lives.


Samuel L. Crowley was born in Ray county, Missouri, May 20, 1850. He grew up on his father's farm, which was the present site of the town of Vibbard, and has spent the greater part of his past life here, engaged for the greater time in buying and shipping live stock to market. From 1873 to 1879 he lived in Vernon county, Missouri, occupied in farming and dealing in stock. He returned to Ray county in 1879, and is now located at Vibbard, where he owns and operates a large flouring and saw mill, and his business is in a highly prosperous condition. Mr. Crowley was married in the month of June, 1869, in Vernon county, Missouri, to Miss Fannie Hughes, by Rev. W. Ditzler. She was born in Ray county, Missouri, May 27, 1851. The issue of this union has been four children: James W., born April 9,1872; Eugene, born January 9, 1874; Robert and Frank dead. Mr. Crowley is a member of Harmony Lodge, No. 384, A. F. & A. M., and his wife is a member of the Christian Union Church. Mr. Crowley is a man of great energy, industry and enterprise in business, and he has, in consequence, been more than ordinarily successful. He is respected and esteemed for his many excellent qualities as a man and a citizen, by all who knew him.


Thomas H. Lile was born in Warren county, Missouri, January 1, 1845, and at the age of ten years came with his parents to Ray county, and has had his home here ever since. He enlisted in 1861, in company B, 3d Missouri regiment of volunteers, but was soon afterward transferred to the 6th Missouri, commanded by Colonel Catherwood. He served during three years and was discharged at St. Louis, in 1864. He participated in the battles of Springfield, Lone Jack, Pineville and Sycamore, Arkansas, besides many skirmishes. Mr. Lile was married in 1871, in Ray county, to Miss Mary Meyers, a native of this county, born September 17, 1847. They became the parents of five children: Matthew W., born August 22, 1872; Robert, born January, 1874; Etta May, born March 1, 1879; Henry T. and George E. dead. Mr. Lile and wife are members of the Christian Union Church, and he is also a member of the Farmers' Club. He owns a neat, well cultivated farm, and is very popular among his neighbors, the respect of whom he enjoys.


Stephen Savage was born at New-castle-upon-Tyne, England, April 29, 1842. He came to the United States at the age of twenty years, and enlisted in company A, Fifth New York artillery, and rose from the rank of a private to that of seeond lieutenant. He was discharged at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in 1865. He was in the battles of Piedmont, first and second Winchester, Snicker's Gap, and others. Was twice wounded. After the war he was engaged at the watchmaking trade, in New York city, and afterwards in different places in Illinois. He was married December 31, 1870, in Illinois, to Miss Anna LaPlaunt, a native of St. Joseph, Missouri, born May 16, 1849. They became the parents of four children. Mr. Savage and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is now located, engaged at his trade, in Vibbard.


James R. Holman was born in Ray county, Missouri, August 15,1849. After finishing the common school course here, our subject attended college at Columbia, Missouri, and subsequently took a commercial course at St. Louis. Mr. Holman has been dealing in stock during the past fifteen years, and is now, perhaps, the largest shipper in the county. He owns one thousand acres of land, about four hundred acres in the prairie, all fenced, handsomely improved, and stocked with the best

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