Oliver H. Grimes, a farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Union, Ind., April 30, 1832, and is a son of Adam and
Sarah (Littrell) Grimes, who were of German and English descent, and were born in Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively.
Grandfather Grimes was a German who came to America and served seven years in the Revolutionary War, being one of the first settlers of Union County, Ind.
They spent the most of their days in Union County, but died in Shelby County, when about sixty-two and fifty-eight, respectively.
The father was a Whig and Republican in politics, and he and his wife were members of the Christian Church.
Oliver H. Grimes is the fifth of their eight children, and received the education and rearing which is accorded the average farmer's boy.
He worked for his father until twenty-one years of age, then began learning the carpenter's trade, at which he worked for about twelve years.
In 1856 he was married to Miss Mildred A. Joyce, a native of Shelby County, Ind., by whom he has the following children:
Albert P. (deceased), Austin H., Missouri A., L. Blanche, Tessie M.,
Rollie Z., Scott A., and Claude H. Mr. and Mrs. Grimes are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
They moved to Barton County, Mo., in I868, and soon after purchased the farm where they now live, which consists of 280 acres of excellent farming land.
Mr.Grimes is a Republican.
History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties, Missouri,
Goodspeed, 1889, Page 898.
Contributed by Bob McKenzie