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O'Neal, J. B.

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O'Neal, J. B.
March 12, 2007 09:49PM
Souvenir Edition, The Williamstown Courier, Williamstown, Ky, May 30,
1901, reprinted September 19, 1981 by the Grant County KY Historical

J. B. O'NEAL. Grant County has not within her borders a nobler man, a
more perfect gentleman, or a better citizen, than J. B. O'Neal. He was
born in Carroll County October 2, 1856. He is of Irish descent, as his
name indicates, and is glad of it, too. His father was a plasterer, and
under his tutelage he learned that trade. John worked on a farm most of
his life, save a brief time spent as clerk in a store. In February,
1887, he leased the old Hogan homestead, one mile south of Dry Ridge,
and moved from Carroll County there. He rented the farm for six
consecutive years and then bought it, paying $81 per acre for the land.
He has since been offered $100 per acre for it. By this observation we
note that John has been a very successful farmer, and that when Carroll
County lost one of her best citizens Grant gained one. February 5,
1885, he was married to Miss Anna Hatcher, a noble Christian lady, of
the county of Carroll. Only two children have been born to them, one
of whom is yet living, a charming girl (Edith), 14 years of age, who is
the pride and joy of the household. While Mr. O'Neal has been a
hard-working man, his labor has not been in vain, for his is now on
"easy street" in life. He and his good wife are both members of the
Dry Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, and have been for many years, and
both are workers in the cause of religion and humanity, and never let
an opportunity go by to do good. He is a Mason and and Odd Fellow, and
no man in either order is in better standing. In politics Mr. O'Neal
is a Democrat, and was prevailed upon by the Democrats of the First
district to make the race for magistrate next November. While the
district is close politically, his friends entertain high hopes of him
winning. While a strong partisan and a man who has never "scratched"
he is yet conservative, and never offered any man an insult in his
life, or abused one of any party for differing from him.

O'Neal Hatcher Hogan

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