JUDGE A. J. OSBORN.
In a record of those who have been prominently identified with the development and progress of Jasper county it
is imperative that definite consideration be granted to the subject of this review, for not only is he a prominent
representative of the agricultural interests of this favored section but has the distinction of being a native
son of the golden west, with whose fortunes he has been identified during his entire lifetime, concerned with various
industrial pursuits and so ordering his life as to gain and retain the confidence and esteem of his fellow men.
Judge A. J., Osborn was born in Duval township, Jasper county, Missouri, November 19, 1847. His father, Wiley Osborn,
was a native of Tennessee, as was also his mother, who was in her maidenhood Miss Eliza Alexander. She passed away
at the comparatively early age of forty years. Wiley Osborn was reared and educated in the state of his nativity,
and in a very early day he came to Jasper county, Missouri, where he secured land from the government, becoming
a prosperous agriculturist of this locality. He was called to the home beyond after reaching the age of about fifty
years. In the family of Wiley and Eliza (Alexander) Osborn were seven children, all of whom grew to years of maturity.
A. J. Osborn, whose name introduces this review, was the fourth child in order of birth in his father's family,
and his early education was received in a log school house in Duval township. He was only about eight years of
age when his father died, and he was then obliged to lay aside his textbooks and remain at home with his mother.
He remained at home until his marriage, which occurred in 1870, after which he located upon the farm which he now
owns and operates. The place consists of two hundred and twenty acres, most of the land being under a high state
of cultivation, and here he is successfully engaged in general farming, his well tilled fields yielding a golden
return for the care and labor bestowed upon them.
In Duval township, Jasper county, on the 8th of June, 1870, Mr. Osborn was united in marriage to Eliza A. Sampled,
a native of Iowa. She came to Jasper county, Missouri, when twelve years of age, and has since been identified
with the growth and development off this section of the state. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Osborn have been born seven children,
namely: George W., who married Ora Lewis; Ola, the wife of Jasper Crampton; Ida, the wife of Ed Gregory, of Oronogo;
Jesse, Fanna, Mary and Ray, at home. The children were all born in Jasper county. Judge Osborn has taken an active
part in public affairs, and in 1896 his fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, elected him to the
office of county judge, in which important office he served with credit for two years. He has held many local offices,
and is recognized as a leader in the ranks of his party in this locality.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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