JAMES M. RISNER, Among the most intelligent and highly-respected families of Stone County, Ark , we may well note that of which Mr. Risner is the head, for he is one of the substantial citizens of the county, and has a beautiful and fertile farm of 480 acres in the heart of Richwoods Township. He was born in what is now Stone County, October 5, 1853, a son of George and Margaret (Young ) Risner, who were Tennesseans by birth, but who came to Arkansas when still unmarried, and were united in wedlock in what was then Izard, but is now Stone County. The father died in 1875, at the age of forty-six years, and the mother in 1859, when still quite a young woman.
The subject of this sketch was the fifth of six children born to this worthy couple. and after the death of his mother he made his home with his uncle, Christian Young, who was killed during the war, after which he made his home with the widow for a short time. He then ran away and made his home with Robert Cagle until almost grown, when he lived with Walter Cagle for a short time. He was given the advantages of the common schools during his boyhood, and upon starting out in life for himself was totally without means. He, however, was strong and well, and was determined to make a success of his life, and with this capital, which is by no means an insignificant One, he began his independent career, and, owing to the care and thought he has always given them, his enterprises have been attended with good results, and he is now in independent circumstances. He has over 200 acres under cultivation, and has always given considerable attention to stockraising, an occupation that he has found to be both profitable and pleasing. He has been quite extensively engaged in the purchase and sale of horses, cattle and hogs, and has become well known throughout the county as a successful, but always an honorable and upright dealer. May 1, 1889, he was married to Miss Fanny Chambers, of this county, and they have a pretty and hospitable home. Mr. Risner is a Democrat in his political views, and being a decidedly public-spirited citizen, does all in his power to benefit the community in which he lives, or Stone County. He is what may be termed a “hustler,” and deserves great credit for the honorable position in business and social circles which he has gained.