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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  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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JOHN M. COOPER, of the firm of Cooper & Wright, general merchants, was born in Illinois December 11, 1841; he received a liberal education and took a commercial course at Jones’ College in St. Louis in 1865; he commenced the mercantile business at New Salem, Ill., in 1866. In 1868, he came to Kansas and located at Baxter Springs, where he carried on the grocery business eight or ten years, and then added dry goods and groceries. He started a grocery store in Galena in 1877, and in 1878 took Mr. Schemerhorn, as partner in the Galena business, adding hardware in 1880; he formed a partnership with Mr. Wright in the Baxter Springs business in April. Mr. Cooper is a large mine and land owner in Cherokee County, owning mines and lands in Colorado, 600 to 700 acres of fine land in Cherokee County, improved and residence and business properties in Baxter Springs. Mr. Cooper started in life without means and to-day owns $60,000 to $75,000 worth of property.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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