Dr. J. W. Comp, practitioner, farmer and stockman, was born in Perry County, Pa., March 7, 1840, being one of six children of Andrew and Margery (Miller) Comp. The former died March 7, 1887, but the mother is still living. Dr. Comp's youth and early manhood were spent on his father's farm. In 1862 he began the study of medicine under Dr. J. M. B. Jackson, continuing two years, and in the spring of 1865 left his studios to engage in the war, but before he could reach the theater of action peace had been declared. From the time he was sixteen years of age until he came to Missouri he was engaged in teaching, and after coming to this State, in August, 1867, almost immediately took charge of a school in Morgan County. December 25, 1867, he was married to Salina A. Argenbright, by whom he is the father of four children: Elvis M., who was born in 1871; Nannie, who was born on the 16th of April, 1873; George, born August 10, 1875, and Maggie Florence, born January 31, 1882. Dr. Comp attended a course of medical lectures in St. Louis in the winter of 1886—87, and is engaged in practicing his profession. Through his wife he owns ninety-six acres of prairie land, which is under excellent cultivation and well supplied with good buildings and orchard, and besides this property he owns eighty acres of timber land near the home place. He served as justice of the peace for about eight years prior to 1882, and in the fall of that year was elected judge of the county, and is now serving as notary public, being usually consulted in neighborhood differences. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, a stanch Republican in politics, and he and wife belong to the Methodist Church.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.