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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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S. M. Pickler, dealer in general merchandise, lumber, railroad ties, piling, etc., was born in Washington County, Ind., in 1846, removed to Iowa in 1852, and to Kirksville in 1866. He soon after became a student in old Normal College, in which he efficiently filled the chair of elocution, logic and mathematics, until 1873, after which he was the editor and publisher of the Kirksville Journal until 1882. Since that date he has been handling timber and ties, and, in connection with that, he has opened, October, 1885, his general merchandise store, in which he carries a stock of about $15,000, and employs five assistants. He is not only an extensive and successful operator in business, but is also very prominent in political life, having served as county school commissioner, and a member of the Legislature in 1877. He is also identified with the A. F. & A. M. order. His wife, M. M. Bowen, to whom he was married in 1873, is a native of New York, but was reared in Adair County. They have one son and one daughter. His parents, George and Emily (Martin) Pickler, were natives of North Carolina and Kentucky, respectively, and reared a family of ten children. The father was reared in Indiana, and died in Adair County in 1870, while the mother still survives him, and is living in Kirksville. Their son, John A., became a major in the Third Iowa Cavalry. Mr. Pickler has been a success as a teacher, business man and statesman.

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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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