Henry Minton, Holt County Sentinel, 28 July 1899, p4, c5

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of two one cat the I of in no at the !v UXI on An is to to II in h or his I of of u One of the Pioneers Henry Minton, Esq., from near Fo 1 tescue. was in town last week, and I we had quite a pleasant chat with him. He is a gentleman of good intelligence, and has had a wide experience. He tells' us that he was lwrn in Wavne countv, Kentucky, on the 14th day 'or March. Ia22, and hence he is uow'p,-ul 77 ears of age. His folks were extremely jioor, and his father died when lie (Henrv) was but 0 years old. This occurred in East Tennesseo to which place the folks had moved when Henry was but 3 years old. A family of eight children, fourbovsand four girls, was thus left for his mother to supjiort, and their agi-s ranged all the way from l! months to Ml vears -the oldest lieing a girl, the pecoiiifuvin Ikvs, Elisha and John, nnd the third the sub ject of this sketch, Henry. At the age of 14 young Henry and his mother and tho family removed to Missouri, and settled in Franklin county. Here Henrv lived for 10 years until he was 21. He then took a prospecting trio into Texas. and while there the Mexican war came on, and on May 10, 1S17. at the town of liostrop, in Bostrop county, ho enlisted in Co. 1-1, 2nd Regiment, Texas L'av., Vols, which organization was afterwards afterwards called "Tevas Rangers." Sam Highsmith. at that time a noted Texan, was his captain. His command was or dered lirst to Austin, then to San An tonio, from there to Frcderickshurirh. and ranged all along the frontier or Texas and Old Mexico. He served one year, the term of Ins enlistment, and when inschargi-tl came back via Galves ton and New Orleans to his home in Franklin county, Missouri. Here he spent but a few mouths and in August of the same ( ISIS) came in company with Ins brother r.hsha, to Oregon anil Holt county. He was favornhlv impressed with Holt couutv, esiieeiailv the Mis souri river led loms in the vicinitv of where he now lives, and returned to Franklin couutv. intending to move his mother and folks here the next spring (1810) and make this their future home. About this time the gold discovery was made in California, and instead of com ing to Holt county, he, together with a Company of 00 or 70 other men and 20 wagons loaded with provisions, made the start on April 1, ISI'.i. overland, with ox teams for California. In Henry's wagon, which had four yoke or cattle to it, were himself, his brother Isaac, and a neigh bor boy named James GrolF. Both the others died on the way, and Henry was the only survivor of his wagon nuss that ever re iched the gold diggings. 1 1 e says that a great many people died on the way to California in those days, and that the last ."iiHIor ( miles of the road was literally strewn with wagons, pieces of wagons, dead oxen, log chains, piles of bacon, tobacco, and every imaginable sort of wreckage anil plunder -and I worst of all many new made graven lined I the road on both sides. .Most of the I daeth that occurred, were from what was called "mountain fevc-," and most of the cattle that died, did so from drinking alkali water. Mr. -Minton and tfie survivors of the company he went with, reached Sacramento Citv on the 4th day or October, 1S4! -having been on the road just six months and four days. He says that his whole outfit. oxen and wagon, when he got there was a sorrv looking rig, and would not have sold for more than Kh-ents He stayed in California California two ears (lacking one month). dug gold for himself part of the time, and part of the time drove a frieght wngon for others.nnd saved his money (or gold dust and nuggets: there was no coined gold in circulation there tlienjand on the lirst day of Septemlier, lSTd, he, with about 2.(X)i) worth of his saving. took ship at Sail Francisco for home bv the Panama route. He was on the ocean for some f,()0J miles, the ship stopping but once, to wit: at Akapulko. Old Mexico, for coal and water. When he irrived at I 'an ma he rode a mule across the isthmus and took a ship lor Cuba. I" roni Cuba he returned to .Nrw Orleans where he exchanged his gold dust and nugii.'ts for gold coin. He then took a boat lo St Isolds, and from there home to Franklin county, where he arrived October 1 1. lSTd In the spring of 1S.V2. he with his brother. Elisha. who had come to Holt county with hun in 4S. came again to Holt county, andhclocnt-ed andhclocnt-ed on the same tract of land that lie now occupies, ile was married on Dccembi l.itfi,of the same (1H..2), to a daughter Joseph C. Bovd, one of the well-to do earlv settlers of Holt countv. On July IrtiSt. the civil war beingat its height fie again enlisted in behalf of his country and went to the war to battle for tin union. His hrst enlistment was a pri vate in Co. D , 14th Kans. Cav. Vols. but in February. ISi'.l. he was promoted to the iKisition of 2nd lieutenant and was transferred to Company Iv of the saint regiment. He was with General Steele in the hard campaigning against Priceand McC iillocli during the spring of ISO mil in April of that year was taki prisoner ai i-anincii, .ric. lie w:i marched on foot with about :K) othi prisoners, and made to travel in all kim of weather Imostly mint weather) for hundreds m miles, and was finally lodged in the military prison at Camp Ford near Tyler, Texas. Here he was kept on snori rations, and was refused the privi- ege iff even writing a letter to his family for lb months, when on February 1S0.1, he was exchanged and allowed return to his home. This he did by wav f .New Orleans and St. Ixnus. and after spending :!0 days at home returned to command, finding them at Pint of hi iJliiff, Ark. He then remained with his coiiiiiianil until the close of the war. when he was ordered to Fort Gibson. I I , and from there lo Lawrence. Kas.. where on June i", IS0T, he was mustered out Mr. Minton s wife was born in Coom county. Missouri, and is now about t!2 years of age. I hey have nine childrc K x Imys and three girlsi living, and one girl dead. Ihrecof the bovs. Joseiil i.. Isaac M. and John K. are doctors of medicine, and also do a great busiuc: in farming and stock feeding. Win. I and ( Ii'orge H. are farmers, traders am stock feeders and slupiicrs and th viiuiigcst boy, Hamp. is still in school lle has allenileil luilli the university at i oiiimiiia anu ine .-lale .Normal at Ivirksyille, as did most all theother liv in incir voungir nays, l he girls wen educated at" Kirksville and Stanlierrv and are all married: the oldest. Mattii being the wife of Philip Davis, an exten sive farmer and land owner: the second Iirn, being the wife of Jefferson Docker, a banker of Holckow. Mn.. and the third l.ui-retia. is now Mrs. Tyler and lives on the line farm her father gave her near I'orti-scue. Mr. and Mrs. Minton have 1 1 grand children, some of whom nre al most grown, and it is to ln hoped that that they may Isith hy,- many, manv vc.im vet. and have the uleasureof ir.irs ing gnat grand children. and L'rcat irrenl grand children. 'I li,. Minton children own nhout .i.lHKI acres of land in the vi cinity of Fortescuc and Xanier. 'J.7IKI acn-Hoi which were given them bv their p.III'lltS. is by

Clipped from The Holt County Sentinel28 Jul 1899, FriPage 4

The Holt County Sentinel (Oregon, Missouri)28 Jul 1899, FriPage 4
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