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Biography of Charles W. Gaines

--- Charles William Gaines, a resident of Clinton, is the owner of valuable farming property in Missouri, his holdings aggregating two thousand acres.
He was born in Henry County, January 16, 1864, a son of Richard F. and Margaret (Stone) Gaines. The father, a native of Cumberland County, Kentucky, was born in 1839, while the mother's birth occurred in Henry County, Missouri, in 1841. She was a daughter of Judge John Stone, one of the ante-bellum pioneers, a member of the famous Stone family, who removed to Henry County in 1839 from North Carolina. The Stone family was very prominent in the early history of Henry County.
In early life Richard F. Gaines became a farmer and stockdealer. About 1854 he removed to Missouri, settling in Saline County, and in 1860 came to Henry County, where the grandfather of our subject purchased the farm which is now owned by Charles W. Gaines. Richard F. Gaines was largely reared in this state and became an extensive land owner and stockdealer. His father had been a large slaveowner in the South. After the war Richard F. Gaines took charge of the estate and continued thereon until his death in 1891. He dealt extensively in cattle and also in mules during the Civil War. His father owned eight hundred acres of land, to which Richard F. Gaines kept adding from time to time, as his financial resources permitted, until he had about three thousand acres in Henry and St. Clair Counties, the extensive tract being devoted to general farming. He was a man of excellent business ability, energetic and far-sighted, and carrying forward to successful completion whatever he undertook. He lost his first wife in 1868 and was married again to Emily D. Merritt, a daughter of Judge M. B. Merritt, of Henry County. Mr. Gaines' death occurred in March, 1891.
Charles W. Gaines was a pupil in the district schools of Henry County and afterward attended the Fayettte Central College. He was twenty-seven years of age when his father died and was made administrator of the estate, which was settled up two years later. He then engaged in the livestock business, feeding, shipping and selling stock, and, like his father, won substantial success. His business affairs prospered under his capable direction and in matters of business judgment he is seldom if ever at fault. He now owns two thousand acres of valuable farm land and gives supervision to its cultivation and management. He resided upon the old family estate until his marriage in 1899, when he purchased one of the most commodious and beautiful residences in Clinton. There he makes his home while giving supervision to his agricultural and livestock interest.
It was on the 19th of July, 1899, that Mr. Gaines was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Josephine Hannah, who was born in Davidson County, North Carolina, near Salisbury, a daughter of J. P. and Nancy (Covington) Hannah, both of whom are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Gaines have two children, Charles W. and Richard Pinckney, both attending school.
The parents attend the Presbyterian Church, yet Mr. Gaines contributes to the support of all other churches. He is prominent in Masonic circles, is a past commander of Boaneges Commandery of Clinton, and a member of the Mystic Shrine at Kansas City. He is also identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In politics Mr. Gaines is a Democrat and received in 1898 his party's nomination for representative from Henry County, but declined. He was his party's candidate for the same office in 1914. Mr. Gaines represents one of the old and prominent families of this section of the state and his lines of life have been cast in harmony with this tradition. The work instituted by his grandfather and continued by his father has been carried on still further by him, and his business activities have been of a character that has contributed to general progress and prosperity as well as to his individual success. At the same time he has gained a place among the capitalists of Henry County and is recognized as a man of splendid business ability, whose enterprise has found expression in his growing success.

Owner/Source1917 Missouri The Center State, selected bios reprinted by Clinton Democrat, pg:
Linked toCharles William GAINES, Sr.; Richard F. GAINES; Judge John C. STONE

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