John E. Price, liveryman at Versailles, has the oldest established stable in that city. It is owned by Monroe Ivy and John E. Price, who have twenty horses in stock and are also engaged in buying and shipping horses and mules. The firm as it now is was established January 1. 1889, by the present owners, and they have all the requisites for a first-class barn. Mr. Price was born in Adair County, Ky., and is the son of Hezekiah Price, who was one of the old settlers of the county. The father was a farmer by occupation, was also extensively engaged in the shipping of stock, and was the owner of 460 acres of land. He moved to Moniteau County, Mo., in 1848, and died in that county, in 1874, at the age of sixty-seven years. The mother died in 1865, at the ago of forty-five years. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The father was an English soldier in the Mexican War, and was killed in a steamboat explosion. Price was but six years of age when he came with his parents to Morgan County, and as a consequence he may be classed with the old settlers of the county. He was married in 1867 to Miss Martha A. Howard, a native of Moniteau County, and the fruits of this union are nine children: Charles B., of Versailles; William P., who has an appointment in the Legislature on the door-keeper's staff; John A., Eliza J., Sarah E., Thomas E., Earl and Stella. Mr. Price is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Price is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Price's war record is as follows: He enlisted in the First Missouri Confederate Regiment, under Col. Burbridge, in 1861, and served until 1865. He was under Joseph E. Johnston in the east, Gen. Price in the west, and was under Pemberton at Vicksburg. He participated in the following battles: Pea Ridge, Corinth, Iuka, Grand Gulf, Port Gibson, Big Black River, and was through the entire siege of Vicksburg. He received two flesh wounds during these battles.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.