Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens


JOHN S. C. JACKSON. Horticulture is one of the most profitable as well as pleasant vocations, and Greene county has won a high place among her one hundred and thirteen sister counties as a favored section of Missouri for the successful carrying on of this calling. But it requires brains as well as industry to succeed As a horticulturist; one must study, observe closely, experiment, investigate, and know a little about many things; must exercise patience and caution, must know how to select the proper soil and right kind of nursery stock, when and how to fertilize, must watch for frosts, freezes, insect pests and diseases of plants, and know what they are when they appear and how to properly combat them. But the results are worth the cost in money and pains, and it is a healthful, independent and interesting business. One of the successful horticulturists of Greene county is John S. C. Jackson, of Republic township, a man who is well up in the various phases of his work.

Mr. Jackson was born in Knox county, Tennessee, August 1, 1845. He is a son of John H. and Christiana (Chanabary) Jackson, both natives of Tennessee, where they were reared and married. His father moved from Virginia to that state in a very early day. The mother's parents were of German and Irish descent. The parents of our subject devoted their active lives to farming in Tennessee and Greene county, Missouri, and died in the latter place. They were the parents of five children, four sons and one daughter, namely: James is deceased; George W., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume; John S. C., of this sketch; Edward L. and Mary Jane, twins.

John S. C. Jackson was reared on the farm and he received his education in the district schools. He left his native state in 1867, and he and two brothers came to Greene county, Missouri, locating in Republic township on a prairie farm, purchasing railroad land, where they still live, the place consisting of one hundred and sixty acres, which they have kept well tilled and well improved during their residence here of nearly a half century. But our subject has prospered and now owns four hundred acres. Their parents came to this place after the sons had settled it, taking up their residence here in 1870, and here they spent the rest of their lives, the father dying in 1872 and the mother in 1879, and were buried here. Our subject makes a specialty of horticulture, in which he is regarded as an authority. He is growing no less than nine varieties of blackberries, and is now making a feature of a berry new to Missouri the "Himalaya," also the "Star of the World."

Mr. Jackson was married on March 5, 1871, to Nancy J. Liles, a native of Kentucky and a daughter of Green and Nancy (Collins) Liles, who spent their active lives engaged in farming. To Mr. and Mrs. Jackson nine children have been born, namely: Marshall, a farmer of Republic township, married Ira Guiott and they have three children; Glapha married William Robertson, a farmer in Republic township, has been twice married, first to May Brown, and after her death he married Gertie Finley, and he had five children by his first wife; Quinn Kelly, who is farming near Plano, Missouri, married Miss Claude Taylor, and they have one child; Alfred, who is engaged in merchandising at Plano, married Pearl Batson, and they have one child; Molly, who received a business college education in Springfield, is at home; William, who is farming in Republic township, married Kate Crum, and they have one child; Carlos lives at home; Hattie is also with her parents.

Politically, Mr. Jackson is a Republican. He was school director of his district for a period of twelve years. Religiously, he is a member of the Christian church. He is well and favorably known throughout the western part of Greene county, where he is regarded as one of our most extensive, substantial and progressive farmers, stockmen and horticulturists. He has gained and retained the undivided respect of all who knew him. He is always to be found on the right side of all questions looking to the betterment of his community.

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