Bio of John Percy Campbell (1866-1942, Ripley Co., MO)

From Missouri the Center State 1821-1915, Vol. III, Walter B. Stevens, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.: 1915, a biography of John P. Campbell (son of Samuel P. Campbell and Frances Thaxton, grandson of William Thaxton and Martha — of Hardin Co., Tennessee. If anyone knows William’s parentage, we would like to know it.)

JOHN P. CAMPBELL.

John P. Campbell, editor of the Prospect-News, published at Doniphan, was born in Tennessee in 1866, a son of Samuel P. and Frances D. (Thaxton) Campbell, who were also natives of the same state. The father, however, was of Scotch descent, while the mother is of Irish lineage. In the year 1868 they left Tennessee and for three years lived in Stoddard county, Missouri, then removed to Ripley county, Missouri, taking up a homestead in the western portion of the county. There the father engaged in farming and also conducted a blacksmith shop, occupying the farm until he reached the evening of life, when he retired from business cares and took up his abode in Doniphan, where he passed away at the ripe old age of eighty-six years. His widow died in July, 1914, at the advanced age of ninety years. In their family were nine children, four sons and five daughters, all of whom are yet living except two daughters. Those surviving are: Mrs. Martha Austin, now of Texas; William L., also living in Texas; Elizabeth, the wife of L. Crim, of Doniphan; David L., of Doniphan; Malissa, who is the widow of W. H. Beal and makes her home in Arkansas; Samuel B., of California; and John P. Those who have passed away are Mary A. and Sarah.

John P. Campbell acquired his early education in the common schools of Ripley county and has learned many valuable lessons since that time in the school of experience. Moreover, he has always been of a studious disposition and possesses an observing eye and retentive memory, so that he has added in many ways to his knowledge. He has taught in both private and public schools and imparts readily and clearly to others the knowledge that he has acquired. He became an apprentice upon the paper which he now owns and which was originally the property of P. Mabrey, being then published as the Prospect. It is today known as the Prospect-News, having been consolidated with the Current River News. Mr. Campbell was elected in 1894 to the office of circuit clerk and recorder of Ripley county and served for two consecutive terms, making a most creditable record in office. In 1899 he purchased a half interest in the Prospect-News and a year later became sole owner of the entire plant, which he has since operated. He thus became proprietor of the two oldest papers of the county and is today publishing an excellent country journal, which has a wide circulation and a liberal advertising patronage. During the period from 1905 until 1909 he occupied a position in connection with the state insurance department at Jefferson City and at all times his official duties have been promptly, capably and efficiently discharged. In addition to publishing his paper he conducts a general life and fire insurance business and writes many policies each year.

In 1895 Mr. Campbell was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Morgan, of Rolla, Missouri, a daughter of Lem C. and Augusta Morgan. They have become the parents of three children: Marvine, who was born in 1896 and was leader of the class in high school with which she was graduated; Mary E., who died at the age of two years; and Percival M., born in 1902. The family hold to the faith of the Christian church and Mr. Campbell is a Mason, exemplifying in his life the beneficent spirit of the craft. His political allegiance has always been given to the democratic party and in matters of citizenship he has ever displayed public-spirited devotion to the general good.

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