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W. L. MACK - the present clerk of the Probate Court, of Greene County, Mo., has been a resident of this section since November 2, 1852, having come thither from Maury County, Tenn., where he was born August 24, 1833, his parents being John A. and Sarah S. (Mack) Mack, both of whom were born in Virginia and were taken to Maury County, Tenn., when about four years of age, where they grew up and were married. About 1852 they came to Greene County and settled fifteen miles south of Springfield on a prairie farm, which the father tilled and also practiced law, a calling he had previously followed in Tennessee. He died December 12, 1869, having first been a Whig and later a Republican in politics, and during the war he was a very strong Union man, and he and five of his sons were in the Union army. He was a member of Company B, Sixth Missouri Cavalry, and after serving several months was honorably discharged for disability. He held the office of circuit attorney, appointed by the Governor of the State, and was then elected Probate clerk, and later to the position of Judge of the Probate and Common Pleas Court, a position he was holding at the time of his death. He was also a member of the Constitutional Convention for four years. His wife died in September, 1874, having become the mother of nine children, six of whom she reared: Marshall H., who died in 1889; W. L.; Robert B., who is living seven miles south of Springfield, and was a lieutenant in the First Arkansas Cavalry; R. E. M., who was captain of Company G, First Arkansas Cavalry, and was killed in battle; Osman M., who died in the service of his country in 1863 while a member of Company B, Sixth Missouri Cavalry, at which time he was but nineteen years of age, and John A., who is living seven miles south of Springfield. He was a soldier in Company B, Sixth Missouri Cavalry, with which he served three years and eight months, receiving his discharge at the age of twenty-one years. The father became well known in Greene County, and to know him was to honor him. He and his wife were members of the Christian Church, and were very highly regarded by the citizens of the county. W. L. Mack was about nineteen years of age when he came to this county, and until the opening of the war he assisted his father on the farm. He then enlisted in Company B, Sixth Missouri Cavalry with which he served for some time, then recruited a company and served until the termination of hostilities, proving himself a valuable and faithful soldier. He was never wounded although he was in a number of fights and was out on scouting duty the most of the time. After the war be continued to farm until 1883. He was married before the war to Miss Amelia P. Dew, daughter of Wilford and Barbara Dew, and their union has resulted in the birth of six children: Maude E., wife of Joseph Dodson; Iona L.; Caddie S.; Rowan E. M., who is married and resides in the county; Edwin A., and Lillie B. Mr. and Mrs. Mack reside in the northeast part of Springfield, where there have a pleasant home, besides which they own some valuable land in Christian County. Mr. Mack has always been a Republican, and from 1865 to 1866 he held the office of deputy county clerk. In 1867-68 and 1873-74 he was deputy sheriff and jailer, and for the past five years he has been clerk of the 'Probate Court. He is a man of much prominence, is kind and charitable, a true friend and an upright, honorable and useful citizen. He and his family attend the Christian Church.

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