JOHN W. BELL.
Among the citizens of Jasper county, Missouri, who own productive farms underlaid with coal and who combine the
occupations of farmer and miner none is held higher in public esteem than John W. Bell, who lives on section 16
in Jasper township.
Mr. Bell was born October I, 1867, on Red river, in the Cherokee Nation, a son of J. W. and Mary A. (Morrow) Bell,
natives of Macoupin county, Illinois. His father died on the way from Illinois to Missouri. His mother, who is
living at Medoc, brought him to Jasper county when he was about one month old. John W. and Mary A. (Morrow) Bell
had a son and a daughter and the latter died at the age of two years. The son, who is the immediate subject of
this sketch, was educated in public schools at and near Carthage. He began business as a general merchant and for
about three years had a store at Medoc, where he filled the office of postmaster. In 1896 he located on his farm,
which he had bought some time before, and engaged in general farming. It consists of one hundred and sixty acres,
and he is the owner also of two hundred and forty acres in Barton county, which he rents out. On his home farm
is a good coal mine, consisting of a coal vein three and a half feet in thickness, which he is working profitably.
Mr. Bell is a Republican and ie active in local political affairs, and he is a popular member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. He was married July 4, 1888, to Dora Wamplet, a native of Nodaway county, Missouri, and they
have two daughters and three sons, named as follows: Jennie M., Galen M., Howard W., Clara M. and John M.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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