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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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SAMUEL DAY, M. D., has made his home in Holden for the past fifteen years. In 1883 he purchased a stock of drugs and has since conducted a drug and stationery store, keeping also a full line of wall paper, paints, oils, etc., in which he has a good trade. He is a member of the Missouri Eclectic Medical Society, and frequently meets with them at their conventions at St. Louis. His first Presidential vote was cast in 1868 for the Democratic candidate, and he has ever adhered stanchly to that party.

The Doctor was born in Licking County, Ohio, November 10, 1846, being a son of John and Nancy (Claypoole) Day. The father was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, and moved to LickingCounty in his boyhood, there engaging in agricultural pursuits on attaining his maturity. Our subject received a good common-school education and passed his early years in the usual manner of farmer lads.

Shortly after reaching majority Dr. Day took up the study of medicine under the instruction of H. C. Dicus, of Martinsburg, Knox County, Ohio, doing work in the office and practicing to some extent for two years. In In 1870 helocated in Pittsville, Johnson County, Mo., and though he had no funds and was somewhat in debt, soon had a good country practice. Thus prospered, he paid off his indebtedness, and, going to Cincinnati, took a course in a physio-medico institute, graduating in March, 1875. Returning to his home in Pittsville, he resumed his practice and continued to live there until 1880, when he sold out and came to Holden. He has been quite successful as a family practitioner and is investing, from time to time, in numerous local enterprises and industries. He is a stockholder in the Farmers’ Commercial Bank, of which he has been a Director for several years. He formerly owned his father’s old farm of one hundred and ninety acres, but he has sold all but thirty-six acres. Besides this tract he owns one hundred and sixty-six acres in Madison Township.

December 17, 1868, Dr. Day married Laura A. Glancy, of Licking County, Ohio, one of his childhood’s playmates. They have had three children. Clara E., born in Ohio, married Gordon Batsell, of San Angelo, Tex. She is a graduate of Holden College and has been the mother of two children. Alice V., a well educated young lady, born at Pittsville, Mo., February 7, 1872, departed this life at her home in Holden, May 1, 1895. Herman H., the only son, who was born in Pittsville in 1876, has a decided talent for music. In the Odd Fellows’ society Dr. Day holds several offices, and is now Examining Physician in the Lodge of Woodmen of the World. He is in favor of good schools and teachers, and has served as a member of the School Board. In company with his good wife, he holds membership in the Baptist Church.

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