Thomas B. Garey, the efficient superintendent of the John R. Holmes mine, is one of the native sons of Missouri,
his birth having occurred at Granby, in Newton county, in 1859. His paternal grandfather removed from Tennessee
to the northeastern part of Arkansas in a very early day, becoming one of the prominent, pioneers of that locality.
S. H. Garey, the father of our subject, was born near Fort Smith, Arkansas, and when only four years of age was
brought by his parents to Missouri. After reaching years of maturity he engaged in mining in this state, successfully
following that vocation for many years, but in later life he located on a farm in Newton county, where he still
resides. He is now recognized as one of the progressive agriculturists of this portion of the country.
Thomas B. Garey, whose name introduces this review, was reared in the county of his nativity, where he was early
taught lessons of industry and economy. Since locating at his present place he has devoted his time and attention
to mining, and has opened up and developed some valuable mines in this locality. For two years he held the position
of foreman for the Missouri Lead and Zinc mine, and for the past ten years he has held the important and responsible
office of superintendent of the John R. Holmes mine, one of the best producing and most valuable mining properties
in this portion of the state.
As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Mr. Garey chose Miss Fannie Frasier, a native of Stone county,
Missouri. This union has been blessed with five children, namely: Charles Elmer, who ia a graduate of the high
school of Joplin, and is now a student in the Columbia State University; William, an engineer of this city; Roy,
who is attending school; and Edna and Enid, at home. Mr. Garey exercises his right of franchise in support of the
men and measures of the Republican party, and is an active worker in its ranks. The family is one of prominence
in the locality in which they reside, and they enjoy the warm regard of a large circle of friends.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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