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.