Personal Reminiscences
and Fragments of the Early History of
Springfield and Greene County, Missouri

PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF EARLY SETTLERS


"CIRCUIT JUDGES TO 1860"

CHARLES H. ALLEN (HOSS ALLEN)

He was a Whig and the country was Democratic. At his first session of court the Senator from this district went to the court room to "lick him.'' Peaceable citizens stopped his progress, but a commotion was created and one of the Headlees, Whig supporters of "Old Hoss,'' went to his defense and told "Old Hoss'' the situation. "Old Hoss'' said, "Sheriff, adjourn court." He took off his wig and gown and laid them on the railing in front and walked up to the irate Senator and said, "Maj. W, I am `Hoss Allen' NOW and I can lick you," but friends interfered and got the irate Major out of the court house.

FOSTER P. WRIGHT

CHARLES S. YANCY

PATRIC H. EDWARDS

Of whom this story was told:

His brother sent him to feed the hogs when he was, a boy, and he was gone a year, and when he came home he went to where he had hung his basket containing the corn to feed the hogs--when he "lit out''-got the basket and "showed up'' to his brother on the porch.

Brother: "Where have you been?"
P. H.: "Been to feed the hogs."
Brother: "You've been a long time at it."
I think he had.

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