Hi, I am Danny Batson (Knouse) and I am a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. I was born in 1951 and graduated from CHS in 1969. I took over my dad’s septic tank business that he founded in 1937. While I have been in every state ...
Hi, I am Danny Batson (Knouse) and I am a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe area. I was born in 1951 and graduated from CHS in 1969. I took over my dad’s septic tank business that he founded in 1937. While I have been in every state (except Hawaii and Maine), there is no place like home! I love taking pictures of old and unusual things and sharing them. There is beauty in everything, if we look for it. I have three Facebook pages filled with local pictures that may be of interest: “Where Has Danny Been,” Chillicothe Now,” and “Danny Batson”.
Hi, I am Gary Thomas and I was born just across from Central School in 1942. I graduated from CHS in 1960 and MU in 1964. After two years in Army, I completed a graduate degree at the University of Chicago in 1970. After working in software development for more than 40 years, I retired from Raytheon in 2007. I have an abiding interest in history and in researching past events, places, and people. My latest project is developing a history-based chronology for Livingston County from 1801-2000.
Judge Joe Slagle: Chapter Three: His First Five Wives (1832-1851)
Joe Slagle came to Missouri in 1839 from Ohio and sold goods at Cox's Mill, which he bought soon afterward. The mill was on Medicine Creek, then the only water mill in Northwest Missouri. A family source written in 1890 indicates that his property suffered a devastating fire in 1845 and Joe had to rebuild. No other details were provided.
In 1846 he was elected to the official bench of the county and served until about 1850. Joe was also a justice of the peace for many years and officiated at numerous weddings. He was one of the largest property holders in Livingston County, having in his possession some 1,400 acres of land.
As stated in Chapter Two, the “Official 1886 History” was sanctioned by Joe himself and does not match well with other reliable sources on certain key information. Some of these sources were early genealogy accounts and official Livingston County records from that time. Also some dates on the Slagle Cemetery markers are simply not correct; which doesn’t help matters either.
The following is my current understanding about Joe’s first five wives (consorts) and children born of each union. Also included is my pure speculation as to whether Joe aided and abetted the demise of any of these wives. Since there was never any proof of wrongdoing, why suggest that he may have murdered some or all? Read what follows for my rationale and you decide. Also note where the first three wives came from!
First wife, on January 27, 1832 he married Catherine Long of Greene County, Ohio; she died June 8, 1841. They had five children: