Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
JESSE E. GALLOWAY. It is interesting to consider the pleasure and profit of farm life as compared with other vocations. We are told that business is nothing more than being industriously engaged in the affairs of some occupation from which we derive our support. Farming is the world's biggest business. It furnishes the nations with food and is the basis of all prosperity and happiness, in a material sense, and therefore should receive our closest and most enthusiastic consideration, and be safeguarded by our best brains and legislation. One of the large agriculturists of Greene county is Jesse E. Galloway, of Clay township, who takes a delight in his vocation, and, being at the same time a keen observer and a hard worker, has succeeded.
Mr. Galloway was born in Stone county, Missouri, March 9, 1854. He is a son of Charles and Susan (Carney) Galloway. The father was born near Knoxville, Tennessee, but he came to Missouri when a young man and settled in Stone county, and, prospering, became owner of five farms there, owning about five hundred acres at the time the Civil war began. He was an extensive dealer in live stock. He was a soldier in two wars, the Mexican and Civil, joining the Union army in 1861; he became first a captain, then a major, and served for some time as scout for General Lyon. He made a fine record as a soldier, saw much hard service and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He returned to his farm, but his death occurred several years afterward in Springfield. He was a member of the Baptist church. His wife was also a native of Tennessee and was a small girl when her parents brought her to Missouri. She was killed in the tornado that destroyed the Galloway home on April 18, 1880. She was a member of the Baptist church. To these parents nine children were born namely: Mrs. Catherine King, Thomas, Jesse (subject), Charles, Mrs. Susan Thompson, Nathaniel, Alec, Abner, and Andrew Jackson.
Jesse E. Galloway was reared on the home farm, where he worked until he was twenty-three years of age. He had been educated in the meanwhile in the public schools. In starting out in life for himself he went to Kansas and purchased one hundred and sixty acres, remaining on it seven years, when he sold out and came back to Greene county. He has been very successful as a general farmer and stock raiser, and is now owner of four hundred acres of well-improved and valuable land in Clay township, where he is carrying on general farming on an extensive scale. He deals heavily in live stock.
Mr. Galloway was married in 1888 to Elizabeth Meese, by whom three children were born, Charles, Jesse and Richard. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Galloway married Lula Willoby, a native of this state. She was reared in Christian county and educated in the common schools. To this second union nine children have been born, namely: Mrs. Catherine Gibson lives in Colorado; Nathaniel, Finis, Ellis, Joe, Norma, Julia, Luella and Jake. They are all at home with their parents but the eldest daughter.
Politically, Mr. Galloway is a Democrat, but preferring to devote his time to his home and his large farming and live stock interests, he has never been active in public affairs.
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