JOHN H. MILLS.
Comparatively speaking, the mining interests at and near Webb City, Jasper county, Missouri, are of recent development,
and to say that a man has been identified with them for a quarter of a century is to give him deserved place among
pioneers in his land. John H. Mills, mine operator and one of the owners of the Pedagogue mine, on the Rex land,
came to Jasper county in November, 1872, and has been mining for twenty five years, during which time he has lived
at Webb City. He has operated most of the time on his own account. He opened the Big Four mine in South Carterville,
one of the most productive in the district, out of which he took thirty thousand dollars' worth of ere, the Birch
mines at Carterville, the Mills and Schaffer mines on the Center Creek land at Webb City, where the first deep
digging on Center creek was done, and other valuable and important properties. He has been superintendent for the
July Mining Company at Carthage, and of the Maloney amine at Carterville, one of the largest mines in the southwest,
and of a number cf other productive mines in the district.
John H. Mills was born in Wayne county, Pennsylvania, and at the age of seven years went with his father, George
P. Mills, to Nebraska,' where he was reared and educated. In 1872 he accompanied his farther to Jasper county,
where the latter is living at the age of seventy six years. George P. Mills had mined a good deal in the district
and was identified with the Mills and Schaffer mines and with the Gammom mines, and has long been one of the best
known citizens of Jasper county. His good wife, who is now living at the age of seventy two years, was in her maidenhood
Mathilda Tucker, and was born in Chenango county, New York, where her parents were among the early settlers and
where her brothers have been prominent among politicians and as bankers. John H. Mills is the only son of his parents.
He has a sister, Mrs. Ella Sigler, the wife of the Hon. Albert Sigler, of Carthage, ex county recorder of Jasper
county. Another sister, Frances, is the wife of John Young, a well to do blacksmith of Joplin.
John H. Mills married Mary C. Smith, daughter of James C. Smith, of Walnut, Crawford county, Kansas, by whom he
has children named as follows: Mathilda, Alice, Albert, Mary, Rachel and James. Albert, who is only seventeen years
old, fills the responsible position of machinist at the Webb City Separating Works. In 1890 Mr. Mills filled the
office of councilman of Webb City, to which he was elected by the combined vote of the Democrats and the Populists.
A man of good ability, he brings to bear upon any task which he undertakes a mind well trained, well balbalancedd
of good judicial quality, and fulfills all obligations without fear or favor and with regard only to the question
of right or wrong. His public spirit is such that he is always found among those who seek the advancement of the
best interests of the town and county. As a mine prospector and operator he has had such a long and varied experience
in this field that his opinion is always sought upon questions of doubt or in dispute, and his decision when given
is usually regarded as final. He is a member of the Knights of Honor, and personally is very popular in a wide
circle of acquaintances.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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