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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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E. R. Clough, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Laclede County, Mo., was born in Summit County, Ohio, and is the son of Jeremiah and Susan (Simpson) Clough, natives of Vermont and Pennsylvania, respectively. The Clough family were early settlers of Vermont, and Jeremiah Clough moved from that State to Summit County, Ohio, at quite an early date. Here both parents passed the remainder of their days. Of their seven children, three sons and four daughters, five are now living: Celestia, wife of H. E. Meriner; Jane, wife of T. E. Robinson; Edwin R., Walter W. and Charles. E. R. Clough attained his growth and was educated in Summit County, Ohio. He remained and assisted his father on the farm until 1862, when he enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Fourth Ohio Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He was at the battle of Knoxville, battle of Atlanta, Franklin, and crossed the mountains to the capture of Fort Fisher. Then his regiment took charge of the surrender of Johnston’s army. After his discharge Mr. Clough returned to Ohio, and remained in that State until the latter part of 1865, when he came to St. Louis, thence to Salt Lake City and other cities, prospecting for a location. He visited Old Mexico and Texas, but returned to St. Louis in the latter part of 1866. He was then employed on the now St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad, and remained in the employ of this company until 1869, as railroad conductor on passenger trains. In 1869 he located at Lebanon and engaged in general merchandising, the firm being known as Clough & Lindsay. This partnership was dissolved in 1872, and afterward Mr. Clough engaged in the drug business, which he continued until the spring of 1887, when he moved his stock of drugs to Akron, Ohio. Since that time he has turned his attention to stock-raising. He owns over 3,000 acres of land in Laclede County, with several hundred acres under cultivation. He owns one of the finest farms in Laclede County, consisting of 325 acres, all under cultivation, and joining the city of Lebanon. Two hundred acres of this are in meadow land, and on the same he has the fair ground, where he built the race track at his own expense. He has abundance of water on this farm, it being piped 2,500 feet from a magnificent well. Mr. Clough was general superintendent of the Fair the last season, and he is also superintendent of the Lebanon Water Works. He is one of the leading and pushing men of Laclede County, and is a valuable citizen. He owns land in Dakota, Tennessee, Ohio, and has mining interests in Utah. He also has property in Kansas and several other States. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Blue Lodge and Chapter, and is a Republican in his political views.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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