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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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W. H. Curtice, editor and proprietor of the Seneca Dispatch, is a native of Whitewater, Wis., born July 7, 1857, his parents being H. J. and Louise (Capron) Curtice. The father is a well-informed man, and is the editor of the Miner and Mechanic, of Neosho. In 1866 he removed to Springfield, Mo., and here his son, W. H., was educated. Our subject also learned the art of printing, with George M. Sawyer, in the office of the Springfield Patriot, and has followed that trade ever since, working at different places east and west. He became interested in the Miner and Mechanic with his father in 1881, and took the job department. In two years, on account of his health, he sold out, and in September, 1884, he took a position with the Huber & Wack Milling and Live Stock Co., of Seneca, as cashier. He remained with them three years, and then established a job printing office at Greensburg, Kas., in August, 1887. October 1 of the same year he purchased the Seneca Dispatch, which he has since operated, adding to the plant his job office, and otherwise improving it. Mr. Curtice is a member of the K. L. of H., and is a man of education and influence. He was married in Newton County, Mo., December 4, 1881, to Miss Alice Ames, a native of Clyde, Ohio, and the daughter of D. D. and Emma Ames. Mrs. Curtice has been conducting a music school in Seneca since 1884, giving piano and vocal lessons, and a large hall on the same floor as the printing office is used for this purpose.

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This family biography is one of 220 biographies included in The History of Newton County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Newton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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