Portrait and Biographical Record of Lafayette and Saline Counties, Missouri: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States

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Chapman Bros., 1893 - Lafayette County (Mo.) - 641 pages
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This book doesn't have any mention of the Winn Family or the Blackburn Family. The Winn family are prominent in Lafayette, Co and the town of Blackburn was founded by F A Blackburn. Such an omission tells me that this is more of a family memoir and/or perhaps a deal where you pay to have your name in the book. Napoleon Steele Winn was the mayor of Mayview and the director of the school and he formed the first band in Mayview. I'm not sure how these contributions could be omitted. 

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