GEORGE W. DELO, M. D. In tracing the genealogy of the Delo family, we find that the first representative of this family in America was George Delo, great-grandfather of our subject, who came from France at a period long antedating the Revolutionary War, and settled in the Keystone State. He was married in Westmoreland County, that State, had but one son, George M. Delo, and was a substantial and worthy citizen. He was killed in the Westmoreland Indian Massacre in early days. Some of the early members of this family were soldiers in the Revolutionary War as well as the War of 1812. The Delos were noted for rearing large families as were all the Pennsylvania people, one man being the father of thirty-four children. Our subject's grandfather, George M. Delo, was present at Perry's Victory. In looking back over the career of the Delo family we find the men and women honorable and upright in every walk of life, and ever ready to advance any worthy movement. The father of our subject, Daniel Delo, was born in Pennsylvania, December 12, 1799, and was married in that State to Miss Laughner who was of an old Westmoreland family, some members of which took part in the early wars and were prominent in all public matters. Fourteen children were the fruits of this union, and our subject, whose birth occurred in Clarion County, March 14, 1824, was the oldest of this family. He gained a good education by self- application, and in 1843 was married to Miss Sophia M. Wheaton, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Wheaton. Mrs. Delo was a native of New Jersey and was but four years of age when her parents settled in Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Delo are highly esteemed and honored people and their long lives have been replete with kind deeds. An old fashioned family of thirteen children were born to them, three of whom died young. The remainder are named as follows: C. A., who is a coach maker in the Frisco shops in Springfield, is married and has a family of four children; William R., is an oil man in Bradford County, Penn., and has a family; John A., is a brick mason, in Springfield, Mo., and has a family; Mary E., is the widow of Benjamin LaBelle. She is residing in Springfield; Wesley B. resides in Polk County, Mo., where he follows the occupation of a brick mason; Moria, wife of Henry Gross, resides in Springfield; Christiana, wife of George Attabury, resides on a farm near Springfield; George F., is a railroad mail at Kansas City; Joshua H. is a car maker in the Frisco shops at Springfield, and Hannah J. is the wife of L. B. Cooper, and resides on the farm with her parents. The ones deceased are: Olive J., Daniel and Secilla J. In his early days our subject was a carpenter and a natural mechanic, and built many houses. He is also a fine cabinetmaker and has followed that business nearly all his life. He and family are members of the M. E. Church. He resided for many years in his native State and Alabama, and during that time practiced medicine in connection with agricultural pursuits. About 1874 he came to Greene County, Mo. Previous to moving to Alabama, our subject resided in Elkhart, Ind., for some time. After coming to Greene County, Mo., he located just out of town on a farm of 80 acres, and of late years he has kept a great many cows. By good management and perseverance every thing has seemed to prosper under his hands and he is now one of the substantial men of the country. In politics be is a Prohibitionist and takes an active part in putting down the drink traffic.
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