E. B. Christie was born in Shelby county, Kentucky, March 10, 1851; son of J. B. and Letha Christie, nee Bohannon, both natives of Kentucky. His parents came to Missouri in 1853 and lived in Daviess county till 1862, then removed to Harrison county, where they still reside. Young Christie was a diligent student and at the age of eighteen qualified himself for teaching which calling he followed very successfully in Daviess and Harrison counties. He was the first teacher in Pattonsburg of which he is now mayor.
On August 20th, 1876, he married Miss Marv E. Best, a native of Noda way county, born February 25, 1858. Her father was killed in 1862 in Nodaway county by persons claiming to be Union soldiers, and her mother died in 1860. Two children have been the fruits of this union; namely, Ernest E., born December 20, 1878; and Eva May, born June 15, 1881.
Mr. Christie has served his township as assessor and is an active, public spirited man and takes a lead in educational matters.
After his marriage he engaged in the mercantile business and erected the first stone building in Elm Flat, continuing in this business till February 1; 1881. He is now engaged in erecting a large bnsiness house in the town of Pattonsburg. Another member of the family is a brother-in-law, Silas R; Best, who was born February 1, 1860. Mr. Christie is a prominent and leading member of the I. O. O. F.