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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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The Kirksville Creamery was built in the spring of 1883, by J. S. Blackman & Co. This firm operated it for one season, and then sold it to Wilkes, Blackman & Wilkes, which firm existed for about two years, and then was succeeded by W. J. Wilkes, who had control of it until June 1, 1887. It was then that E. V. Blackman purchased a half interest. They have twelve teams gathering milk from the vicinity of Kirksville, and their weekly production of butter is 4,500 pounds, which they ship chiefly to New York City. They employ four men in the creamery, and their business has been steadily increasing. It has also led to a larger number of cattle being raised in the vicinity, there being probably three times as many grown as there was at the organization of the creamery. Mr. Wilkes is a native of Bloomington, Mo., and came to Kirksville many years ago. The other partner, Mr. Blackman, was born in New York State in 1845, and was there reared and married. His wife, Elpha, is a daughter of W. B. Monroe. After his marriage to this lady they came to Adair County in 1865. They spend their summers in Kirksville, but since 1883 he has made the land of flowers his home, where he and Mr. Wilkes are engaged in the real estate business. Besides their creamery business they deal extensively in eggs and poultry, shipping several car loads of the latter, and one of the former every week. The firm is one of the leading interests of Kirksville and vicinity, and its management is in thoroughly competent hands.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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