Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
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E. B. McNEILL. Like many another boy reared on the farm, E. B. McNeill, agent of the Missouri Pacific railroad at Springfield, turned his attention to railroading and has continued to the present time, showing a peculiar adaptability for the same so that he has won and retained the confidence of his employees, for he is not only capable of quickly grasping the various, details of his work, but is faithful and energetic in the performance of the same.
Mr. McNeill was born in White county, Arkansas, May 16, 1881. He is a son of John T. and Amanda (Lessenbury) McNeill. The father was born in Tennessee, from which state he came to Arkansas in an early day, where he established the family home on the farm where he still lives in White county. The mother of our subject was also born in Tennessee. Her death occurred in White county, Arkansas, July 10,1914. These parents were young when they left their native state and they were married in Arkansas. John T. McNeill served as a Confederate soldier during the last two years of the Civil war, was under Gen. Sterling Price and was in the famous raid of that great leader into Missouri.
John T. McNeill has been a successful farmer and stock raiser. His family consisted of eleven children, six of whom are still living, namely: Florence married C. M. Welbon, and they live in Colorado; E. B. of this sketch; William E. lives in Kensett, Arkansas; Elmer is engaged in railroad service in Arkansas; Mrs. Anna Davidson lives in Kensett, Arkansas; Mrs. Grace Taylor lives in White county, Arkansas.
E. B. McNeill grew up on his father's farm in his native county and there assisted with the general work when a boy, and in the winter months he attended the common and high schools in Arkansas. He left the farm when nineteen years of age and began his career as railroader for the Iron Mountain as clerk and later as telegraph operator in his native state, working at many points on the system. He came to Springfield in June, 1912, since which time he has been filling his present position, most of his work being on the White river division.
Mr. McNeill was married on June 12, 1907, at Calico Rock, Arkansas, to Allie M. Crews, who was born at Walker, Missouri. She is a daughter of Cassie Crews and wife. She received a good common school education. One child has been born to our subject and wife, Dorothy May McNeill, whose birth occurred May 12, 1911.
Politically, Mr. McNeill is a Democrat. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, is associate member of the Springfield Club, and his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. Our subject has never affiliated himself with any religious body.
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