Harrison T. Talbott, merchant of Proctor, Mo, is a native of Grant County, Wis., and was born on the 17th of December, 1840, and since 1858 has been a resident of the State of Missouri. When the war broke out he went North, and enlisted in Company I, Tenth Regiment Wisconsin Infantry, and participated in the battles of Bowling Green, Hoover's Gap and Chickamauga, and was taken prisoner there on the second day's fight, and was taken to Libby Prison, where he was kept two months. He was then three months in Danville Prison, eight months in Andersonville, and was then taken to Florence, S. C., but about a week later, in company with a fellow-prisoner, Collimus Fish, broke through the guards' lines, but was recaptured about two weeks later in Union County, N. C., and taken to Salisbury Prison, North Carolina, where he was kept about four months, and was then taken to Libby Prison once more. He was then paroled and sent down James River to Aiken's Landing, where he was received, under a flag of truce, into the Union army again. About six weeks later he was discharged (April 15, 1865), and returned home. His health became very much impaired by prison life, and he now draws a small pension. To his parents, Edward and Zerniah (Gillman) Talbott, were born two children. He was the youngest of the family, and Olive H., who died in May, 1887, was the wife of Elijah Wil1iamson, and left seven children. Mr. Talbott, our subject, was married in Wisconsin to Helen Brooks, a daughter of Silas S. and Elizabeth (Trenn) Brooks, April 21, 1867. She was born in Pennsylvania November 1, 1846, and is the elder of two children, the other being Frank C., of Johnson County, Mo. After their marriage Mr. Talbott and wife resided in Dallas County for six years, and after a residence of one year in Pettis County came to Morgan County and engaged in merchandising at Versailles, where he did an extensive and paying business and remained ten years. He then sold out and went to Benton County, Ark., where he also engaged in merchandising, but sold out at the end of six months at a good profit and returned to Versailles, where he purchased his old store and held forth one year. Since September, 1886, he has resided in Proctor, and has a large general mercantile establishment, his stock of goods being valued at about $3,000. He owns about 500 acres of timber land, and deals quite extensively in railroad ties, furnishing about 50,000 per year. He was engaged in teaching school in Dallas County, having acquired a thorough education in the public schools and an academy of Wisconsin, and was a licensed and acting minister of the Christian Church for ten years, but is now a confirmed Agnostic, and his wife also. He is a Republican in politics, and at the present time is serving as notary public. He and wife have six children: Zerniah, born May 13, 1868, and died December 24, 1872; S. Blackman, born October 3, 1871; Etta, born February 17, 1875; Lycurgus, born September 24, 1879, and died October 13, 1879; Harrison P., born April 29, 1881; and Ann E., born April 24, 1884, and died October 24, 1886. Edward Talbott, our subject's father, was born in Monroe County, Ill., and died in 1843, at the age of forty years, and his wife was born in Maine, and died in 1855, at the age of forty-four years. Mr. T. is a member of the G. A. B., I. O. O. F. and Masonic fraternities.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.