WALTER S. WILKINSON, merchant and postmaster of Boris Brule, was born in Perry County in 1850, and is the son of William and Teresa J. (Sweenk) Wilkinson (see sketch of Judge William R. Wilkinson). His mother was the fifth wife of Mr. Wilkinson, and to her were born four children by this marriage. Those living are Walter S., Munson (who married Annie Nellis, and is now a mechanic in West Fall Brook, California) and Benjamin F. (who married Julia DeLassus), and is now a resident of San Diego, California.). By a former marriage, Mrs. Wilkinson was the mother of one son, J.V. Worsham, who resides upon the old homestead. The subject of this sketch for ten years was engaged in agricultural pursuits. In March, 1884, in partnership with his brother, Benjamin F., he purchased a stock of goods of De Lassus and McKinzie, at Anchor Landing, and has since been engaged in merchandising. He has built up a fine trace, his sales during 1887 amounting to about $9,000. Mr. Wilkinson was as successful a farmer as he is a merchant, and during his last year upon the farm raised upon 200 acres of land 5800 bushels of wheat, that netted him over $6000. He has been twice married. His first wife was Emma Dickson, who died leaving one daughter, Ella May. He chose for his second wife Carrie McPike, whom he wedded September 12, 1880. They have two children living; Lulu B. and Walter E.

(The William Wilkinson mentioned in this sketch is believed to the father of John and the grandfather of William R. Wilkinson)

Ben Wilkinson had one son, Paul.

Ella Wilkinson married Dr. Siebert of Jackson.

There is a Leslie and a Roy Wilkinson who are possibly the sons of Munson .


The Sixty-fourth Regiment was organized in Perry County on October 27, 1862. The officers were Robert M. Brewer (colonel), Joseph C. Killian (lieutenant-colonel), Charles A. Weber (major), and Thomas Hooss (adjutant). The company commanders were as follows; Company A, William T. Wilkinson, succeeded by John Seibel.

The Thirtieth Regiment Missouri Infantry was completed on October 30th, 1862, by the consolidation of eight companies of the Thirtieth Regiment with two companies recruited for the Thirty-fourth Regiment, which failed to organize. The officers were B.G. Farrer, colonel; Otto Schadt, lieutenant-colonel, and John W. Fletcher, major. Company B was organized in Perry County on September 15th 1862, with William T. Wilkinson as captain; George S. Ziegler, first lieutenant, and C.M. French, second lieutenant. The regiment formed part of Blair’s Brigade, and early entered the field, sharing in most of the battles of the campaigns on the Mississippi and in the interior. The winter of 1864 was spent in Louisiana on guard and scout duty, and during the following summer the regiment participated in various expeditions in Mississippi and Louisiana. On November 30, 1864, it was consolidated into a battalion of four companies and placed under the command of W.T. Wilkinson, who was advanced to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. The battalion was in active service in Louisiana and in the vicinity of Mibile Bay until June 1865, when it was transferred to Texas. It was mustered out at Columbus, Texas, on the 21st of August following.

CASIMIR CHAPPUIS was born in France in 1837 and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1852. His father and mother, Fracncis and Elizabeth (Bessand) Chappuis, were born in France in 1800 and 1802 respectively. Francis Chappuis settled on a farm of 120 acres three miles south of Perryville, on which he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, he passing away in 1858 and she two years previous. They had seven children born to them, only two of whom are living, Josie (wife of Alban Prosto) and Casimer. The latter grew to manhood on his father’s farm, and in 1860 married Apoline Bessand, also a native of France, born in 1839. She came to Perry County in 1840. After his marriage Mr. Chappuis purchased 120 acres near the old home place, on which he resided four years, when he sold out and purchased 160 acres one mile north of Perryville, a fine farm with good improvements, on which he still resides. Since he was eighteen years of age he has been engaged in threshing grain in connection with his farming interests, and in 1874 purchased a steam engine, the first one in Perry County. Five years later he bought a traction engine, and now has one of the best outfits in his district. To him and his wife have been born six children, whose names are Mary, Jule, Louis, Harsan, Leo and Victor. All are members of the Roman Catholic Church. Although Mr. Chappuis commenced business life a poor man he has been successful and has a good hime, which is due to industry and good management. In politics he is a republican.

ALBAN PROST, a substantial farmer of Perry County, Mo., residing four and one-half miles southwest of Perryville, is a native of France born in 1832, and is a son of John A. and Genersure (Roussillion) Prost. Alban Prost was nine years old when he came to Perry County and located with his parents on a farm, on which he grew to manhood. In 1853 he was united in marriage with Mary J. Chappuis, also a native of France, who was born in 1831, and came to the united states in 1852. Their union has been blessed with the birth of nine children, who are living: Donalle, wife of Alfred Faivre; Zoa, wife of James Greene; Rosallie, wife of Joseph Faivre; Louis, Alfred, Felix, Marcillene, Mille and Jule. After his marriage, Mr. Prost located on the farm which is his present home. It consists of 200 acres of good land, upon which are indications of rich copper deposits. In politics he endorses and supports the principles of the Republican Party, and he and his family are communicants of the Roman Catholic Church.