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JOHN M. LANE. Successful farming calls for the best of judgment. It means good crops, good live stock well fed and handled, and a thoroughly balanced business in every way. John M. Lane, a farmer of Jackson township, Greene county, seems to know what constitutes success in agriculture and is therefore making a good living on the place where he has been privileged to spend his entire life. That he knows what to do and when to do it is evidenced from the fact that this farm is today as productive as it was when it first came into possession of the Lane family over a half century ago.

Mr. Lane was born on the home place in the township and county above mentioned, September 8, 1860. He is a son of William and Sarah (Rudde) Lane. The father was born in Tennessee on a farm and there he was reared and was educated in the rural schools in his native community. He came to Missouri when a young man, and located in Greene county at an early day. When the war between the North and South began he cast his lot with, the Union army, as first lieutenant in Company Seventy-second Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and he proved to be a brave and efficient soldier. He fought in the battle of Springfield, January 8, 1863, in which he was gallantly engaged in defending the city from Marmaduke's raiders when he was severely wounded from the effects of which he died eleven days later. During the gold fever days of the early fifties he had made two trips across the great western plains to California, driving a herd of cattle to the West. He secured a farm of two hundred and sixty-five acres in Greene county and was a man of much industry. His wife vas born in Caswell county, North Carolina, and her parents brought her from that state to Greene county, Missouri, when she was a young girl and here she grew up on a farm and received her education in the common schools. After the death of her husband she managed the home farm until her marriage to John McCabe. Her death occurred in 1889 on the homestead. She gave thirty acres for the town site of Stafford. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Her father, Joseph Rudde, was a large slave owner in the early days and he settled the place where our subject now lives.

To William Lane and wife three children were born, namely: Thomas, deceased; John M. of this sketch; and Edward, of Kansas City.

John M. Lane was reared on the home farm and attended the neighborhood schools. He has never left the homestead and owns one hundred and fifty-five acres of the same, which he has kept well cultivated and well improved, and although the land has been in the Lane family for seventy-five years it has been so carefully tilled and handled that it is still productive and more valuable than ever before. General farm products and live stock are raised.

Mr Lane was married in 1888 to Tobiatha Winn, which union resulted in the birth of three children, namely: Sadie R., William and Mrs. Jane Hessie. The wife and mother passed away in 1898. She was a daughter of Richard M. and Martha Winn. Our subject subsequently married Mrs. Allie (Fitch) Lane, widow of his deceased brother. By this second union one child has been born, Joe. By her first marriage the second Mrs. Lane became the mother of five children, namely: James, Richard, Blue is teaching school in Strafford; Thomas, and John.

Politically, Mr. Lane is a Republican. His wife is a member of the Baptist church.


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