Among the well known residents of East Hollow, Galena township, Jasper county, is John Huff, a successful mine
operator and merchant. Mr. Huff was born in Noble county, Indiana, June 14, 1848, and was the son of Jacob and
Mary (Domer) Huff. Jacob Huff was an old settler of Noble county, emigrating there from Tuscarawas county, Ohio,
to which place his father had come from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, at an early day.
John Huff grew to manhood in Noble county, Indiana, and in 1863 Jacob Huff, his father, sold his farm in Noble
county, Indiana, and moved to the northern part of La Grange county, same state, adjoining Noble county. In January,
186, John Huff enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Fifty second Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served in the
Army of the Potomac. Next, in the spring of 1866, Jacob Huff sold his farm in La Grange county, Indiana, and moved
to Mercer county, Missouri, and lived there eight years and then sold out his farm at that place and moved to Clark
county, Washington Territory, where he lived until his death several years ago.
John Huff was married in Mercer county, Missouri, in 1872, to Miss Esther Combs, and to them three sons were born,
Joshua, Claud and Ivan. The oldest son, Joshua, married Miss Paxton, of Pierce City, and resides in Houston, Texas,
where he is engaged as a conductor on the railroad, on the East and West road. Claud, the second son, married Miss
Mabel Blunk, of Granby, and they reside in Monett, Missouri, where he has a position as express messenger for the
Wells Fargo Company on the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway. Ivan, the youngest son, is with his brother in
Houston, Texas, where he has a position as fireman on the East and West road.
The second marriage of Mr Huff was to Miss Annie M. Stong, daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Stong, of Tullahoma,
Tennessee, and their residence is in East Hollow.
For a period of ten years Mr. Huff followed farming in Mercer county, Missouri, but in 1876 came to Cherokee county,
Kansas. In 1877 he began business in Brownsville in general merchandise, and was also first postmaster at Brownsville.
In the same year he was interested in the grocery business, also mining in Galena. Later he moved to Crestline,
Kansas, where he engaged in general merchandise and was also postmaster at that place, and in 1887 he came to East
Hollow, Jasper county, where he opened up a general store and also engaged in mining. Afterward he sold out his
store and engaged in the livery business, in which he is engaged at this time.
In politics he is a Republican, and is socially connected with the Workmen, the G. A. R., the Knights and Ladies
of Security and the Odd Fellows. Mr. Huff is a good business man and has been identified with much of the progress
of this part of the county. His standing in the community is excellent and he is one of the representative men
of East Hollow.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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