Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

DANIEL E. CLOUD. Much depends on the kind of start one gets in this world, just as it does in a race. The horse that gets the best start, all other things being equal, will almost invariably win the race. So in the race of life; if you are properly started, with suitable grooming, such as good educational and. home training, you will lead in the race in after years and enjoy your existence, at the same time accomplish something worth while and be of service to, your associates. Such home influences were thrown around Daniel E. Cloud, one of the best known citizens in the northern part of Greene county. Both father and mother were people of sound principles and exemplary habits and at their deaths, many years ago, there was no word of reproach spoken by any one, and they left a name revered by their many friends.

Mr. Cloud was born on December 8, 1857, in Pike county, Arkansas. He is a son of John B. and Amanda (Kelley) Cloud, the latter having been a daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth Kelley. Mr. Kelley was for many years a prominent citizen of Arkansas in the days of the early settlers. He was a minister in the Christian church, and had the distinction of being a member of the first Legislature of Arkansas. John B. Cloud was born in Logan county, Kentucky, in November, 1836. There he grew to manhood, was educated in the common schools and there resided until 1854, when he re moved to Clark county, Arkansas. He became owner of a good farm of one hundred and sixty acres which he operated and he also dealt extensively in live stock. During the Civil war he served four years as a member of Company H, Sixth Arkansas Volunteer Infantry, of the Confederate army. He enlisted early in the conflict, proved to be a gallant and efficient soldier, and for meritorious conduct was promoted to captain of his company in April, 1862, and continued as such until the close of the war. He saw much hard service and participated in many battles and skirmishes, including Pea Ridge, Corinth, Farmington, Iuka and Port Hudson. He was captured during the last named engagement and was held prisoner nine months at Johnson Island, Ohio, being exchanged in March, 1864. Soon thereafter he returned home and joined the army of the Trans-Mississippi, his operations being confined to Arkansas during the rest of the war. After the close of hostilities he went to Okolona, Clark county, Arkansas, where he engaged in raising blooded stock. He and Amanda Kelley were married in 1856, in Arkansas, and to them seven children were born, named as follows: Daniel E., of this sketch; Elizabeth, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, is the widow of Adolphus Cothan, he being deceased; John S. died when fourteen years of age; Hettie, of El Centro, California, is the widow of Charles Kemp, he being deceased; Nannie died in 1895; William T., who is treasurer and col- lector of Washita county, Oklahoma, lives at the town of Chickasha; Beulah is the wife of Thomas Hayes and they reside in Arkansas. Politically, J. B. Cloud was a Democrat. He was a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, also belonged to the Christian church, in which he was an elder for many years. His death occurred in 1894, his wife having preceded him to the grave on May 10, 1885.

Daniel E. Cloud grew to manhood in Arkansas and there attended the common schools, and after working in a store for two years he came to Missouri and attended Morrisville College in Polk county for two years, then returned to Arkansas and engaged in the live stock business for two years Returning to Missouri he located in Greene county, where he has since resided, engaged in general farming and stock raising, also merchandising. He operated his farm in Cass township until 1898, and still owns two hundred and twenty-five acres there. In the last mentioned year he engaged in the general merchandise business at Cave Spring, continuing for five, years, then came to Willard and continued in the same line of endeavor until 1914 when he traded his stock of goods for a farm in Murray township, which he is now superintending, keeping his Cass township farm rented. He owns in all four hundred acres of valuable, well-improved and productive land and is successfully carrying on general farming and stock raising on a large scale. While a merchant he enjoyed a large patronage, both at Cave Spring and Willard, always carrying a large and well-selected stock of general merchandise and dealing courteously and honestly with his many customers.

Mr. Cloud was married on July 11, 1882, to Ida B. Appleby, a daughter ,of Samuel G. and Martha Appleby, one of the oldest and best-known families of northern Greene county. Mrs. Cloud grew to womanhood on the farm here and was educated in the public schools and finished her schooling in Morrisville, Missouri. Five children have been born to our subject and wife, namely: Gertrude is the wife of A. F. Logan, a traveling salesman for the firm of Keet & Rountree, of Springfield; Horace E. died February 22, 1904; Beulah is the wife of Guy Murray, a farmer of Greene county; John S. lives at home and is engaged in the general mercantile business at Willard; William Clay is attending school, he completed the eighth grade this term, while only twelve years of age.

Politically, Mr. Cloud is a Democrat. He belongs to the Masonic Order, Blue Lodge, Royal Arch and Council; also the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen and the Court of Honor, all of Willard. Mrs. Cloud is also a member of the last named order. They belong to the Christian church at Cave Spring, in which Mr. Cloud was an elder during the period of his residence at that place.


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