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John M. Surface

John M. Surface was born on a farm in Indiana in 1847, he resided there until the advent of the civil war, when at the age of 16 he enlisted in the 7th Indiana Regiment and served until hostilities ceased.  He took part in many notable engagements, among them being the Battle of the Wilderness, at which he was severely wounded, and Appomattox, where Lee surrendered to Grant.  Mr. Surface located in Eastern Jackson County in 1878 and practiced medicine there until 20 years ago.  He has since engaged in the drug business, having stores at 18th and Lydia Ave., and 19th and Grand Ave.  Mr. Surface became the Republican candidate for Judge of the Western District in 1900 and was elected by over 3500 majority.  As a judge of the County Court he has always stood for the interests of the taxpayers he represents.  His defeat for re-election was due to the Democratic landslide.
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