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Hon. T. W. Guy, florist at Kimmswick, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio,
born in 1831, and was educated at Woodward College, Cincinnati, and
Hanover College, Indiana.  He also took a course at the Ohio Medical
College at Cincinnati, but did not practice.  He afterward went on a
farm near Oxford, Ohio where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until
1864, at which date he removed to St. Louis County, Mo., and in 1865
came to Jefferson County, settling near Sulphur Springs, where he was
engaged in fruit growing until 1872.  He then removed to Kimmswick,
where he has since been quite extensively engaged in the growing of
flowers of nearly all kinds.  His establishment is known as the
"Montesano Greenhouse," and would compare favorably with a like 
enterprise in almost any city.  He was offered a position on Gen. M. S.
Wade's staff during the war, but before the time for enlistment was
taken down with the typhoid fever, and never afterward entered the 
service, but was only in the Ohio militia as a lieutenant.  Previous
to the war, in 1855, he married Miss Mollie M. Graves, of Hamilton
County, Ohio, who bore him four children, only one living: Everett W.,
a florist of Belleville, Ill.  Mrs. Guy died in 1879.  In 1882 Mr. Guy
was elected justice of the peace of Rock Township, and served for two
years.  In 1883 he married Miss Anna E., daughter of George and Anna
Priester.  Mr. Priester is a native of Germany, but came to the United
States when but two years old.  To the second marriage of Mr. Guy were
born two children: Ada and Alexander.  In 1882 he was elected justice
of the peace, and in 1886 was elected to represent Jefferson County in
the State Legislature.  He is a Republican in politics, and cast his
first vote for Gen. Scott in 1852; he and wife are members of the 
Presbyterian Church.  His father, Dr. Alexander Guy, was born in North
Carolina in 1800, but in 1828 went to Ohio, where he married Miss Susan
Wade, in 1830.  He graduated in physics at the Ohio Medical College the
same year of his marriage, and practiced very successfully for nearly
forty years.  He is still living at Oxford, Ohio, being one of the 
leading physicians of that place, and even yet is frequently consulted
by many of the eminent physicians.  He is of English descent, and a man
of considerable means.  His wife was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1805
and died in 1850.  Her father, David E. Wade, was a native of New Jersey, 
and served through the Revolutionary War as a non-commissioned officer.  
After his marriage he settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1798, and here 
passed the remainder of his life, dying in 1840.  He was a tanner and 
shoemaker by trade, and had the contract for and furnished Gen. St. 
Clair's army with shoes during his warfare with the Indians. He established, 
perhaps, the first tanyard ever started in Cincinnati, where he soon became 
one of the city's wealthy and influential citizens.  Mr. Guy's grandmother, 
on his father's side, was a Rolfe, and a direct descendant of James Rolfe, 
who married the celebrated Indian maiden, Pocahontas.