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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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CICERO C. CHRISTISON, attorney-at-law, of Holden, enjoys a large and increasing practice. A young man possessing marked ability, keen judgment and a mind stored with information of things relating to his profession, he has built up an excellent reputation in this vicinity, though his residence here covers a period of but little more than two years.

Our subject was born at Atlanta, Logan County, Ill., September 11, 1864, being a son of Alfred and Soretta (Whitaker) Christison. The father is still living, his home being on a farm in Macon County, Ill. He is also a native of Logan County, and his boyhood was spent on a farm.

At the age of eighteen he commenced learning the baker’s trade at Atlanta, Ill., being Employed at that occupation for many years, and during the war served eight months as a baker in the Government service at Lincoln, Ill. In the fall of 1872 he sold out his business interest and for a year resided in Osage County, Kan. At the end of that time he returned, settling once more on his old farm in Macon County, where he has since lived, and which is a fine place of three hundred and twenty acres.

The first few years in the life of C. C. Christison were spent at his birthplace, but when he was in his eighth year he went with his parents to Kansas. At the age of nineteen years his father gave him his time and paid his tuition for nearly five years at Lincoln (Ill.) University. In June, 1888, he graduated from that well known institution with the degree of Bachelor of Science. For the succeeding four years he engaged in teaching, the first year having a country school, and later becoming Principal of the Broadwell schools, in Logan County. The fourth and last year he held the position of Principal of the Midland City schools. In the mean time he had taken up the study of law in his spare hours, and in the summer vacations devoted considerable attention to the subject. In June, 1893, he was graduated with honor from the law department of Cumberland University, at Lebanon, Tenn., and in September of the same year came to Holden, which he wisely selected as his future field of work.

In matters relating to politics Mr. Christison is a Democrat, as was his father before him. In 1891 he became a member of the Masonic order, joining Mt. Pulaski (Ill.) Lodge No. 87, but since coming to Holden has been transferred to the local lodge here. On Christmas Day, 1888, occurred his marriage with Julia E. Hummell, of Lincoln, Ill. The lady was born and educated in that city, graduating from the high school. The young couple have a pleasant home, where they take great pleasure in entertaining their many friends.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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