NORRIS FELLOWS, Springfield, Mo., is one of the leading business men of this city and a gentleman well known for his integrity of character. He is of old Colonial American stock and the son of Erastus and Elizabeth (Cole) Fellows. (See sketch of Col. H. F. Follows.) He was born at Wellsboro, Pa., October 1, 1863, received a common school education and attended the Academy at Alfred Center, N. J., and a commercial college at Binghampton, N. Y. He learned farming, and in May, 1860, came to Missouri and began to clerk in his brother's land office in Springfield. In July of the same year he went to Fort Scott and was land agent for the first land office ever opened in Fort Scott. In March, 1861, he returned to Pennsylvania, and the spring of 1862 returned to Missouri and settled at Raleigh and became clerk in the Quartermaster's office under Capt. Grimes. In 1863 he was superintendent of the furnishing department of MeElhaney, Jaggard & Co., and in l865 this firm sold out to Mr. Fellows and A. C. McGinty, and the name of the firm was Follows & McGinty, who did a general -merchandise and forwarding business, and when the 'Frisco road was extended to Arlington, the firm located there and remained until the completion of the railroad. Mr. Follows sold out in 1868 and was in Hartwell in general merchandise business until 1871, when he sold out and returned to Pennsylvania and purchased the old homestead and engaged in farming and real estate, until 1875, when he came to Springfield and bought stock in the Springfield Wagon Company. Mr. Follows was elected treasurer, and most of the time has identified himself thoroughly with the interests of the company and is at present vice president of the company. Mr. Fellows married in 1869 Harriet N., daughter of Sebastian Duncan, and to Mr. and Mrs. Fellows have been born six children. W. H., Helen, Susie, Robert M., Norris L., and Harris. Mr. Fellows is a member of the K. of H. and of the Woodmen of the World, and is one of the trustees of the latter organization. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fellows are members of the Calvary Presbyterian Church. Politically, Republican. He has been a member of the city council and has taken an active interest in having good schools, and served on the school board nine years. He has an old powder- horn carried by his great grandfather, John Drake, in the Revolutionary War and in the War of 1812. It is carved finely with a representation of the harbor of New York and also the name of John Drake. Erastus Follows, the father of our subject, had seven uncles killed at the massacre of Wyoming. Very few of the settlers escaped.
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