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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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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Henry J. Curtice was born in Rochester, N. Y., January 4, 1831, and is a son of Samuel and Mary (Johnson) Curtice, natives of New Hampshire and Frederickton, New Brunswick, respectively. Samuel Curtice was a lumberman and farmer by occupation, and was the father of eleven children, Henry J. being the youngest. Our subject was reared principally in Chautauqua County, N. Y., and his early days were spent in following the plow and working in the printing office, following the latter occupation the most of the time after attaining his fifteenth year. Having a predilection for the study of law, he entered the Albany Law School, and was graduated from the class of 1854. He located in Whitewater, Wis., and in connection with his law practice conducted a newspaper. He then went to Waukesha, in the same State, thence to Waltona at the end of one year, where he continued his journalistic work until the breaking out of the war, when he responded to the call for troops, and enlisted in the Third Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, serving three years. He was commissioned second lieutenant of Company G, and was mustered out as captain of the same company. In 1866 he located in Greene County, Mo., and settled on a farm, but three years later located in Springfield, and began editing the Missouri Daily Patriot. From Springfield he removed to Marshfield, and here conducted the Marshfield Citizen for two years, after which he became a resident of Granby, Mo., and published a paper there by the name of the Miner. In 1879 he came to Neosho, where he has since published a paper called the Miner and Mechanic. In 1884 his office was destroyed by fire, but, phoenix-like, it arose from its ashes, and is recognized as one of the leading Republican papers in Southwest Missouri. Mr. Curtice is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a stanch supporter and adherent of the Republican party. He was married in 1856 to Louise Capron, a native of Massachusetts. They have three children: William H., the editor and publisher of the Seneca Dispatch, Charles and George L., who are associated with their father, and are thoroughly versed in the newspaper business. They have had wide and varied experience in large offices in metropolitan cities, and are thus able to assist their father materially.

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