From Jan: History of Audrain County, Missouri, St. Louis Nat'l Historical Co., 1884, pages 691-693 HON. JOSEPH B. BOTKIN, Mayor of the city of Mexico, and proprietor of the Prairie City Livery, Feed and Sales Stables. Mr. Botkin is one of those stirring, enterprising Ohioans, so many of whom have made Missouri their home since the war, to the great benefit and advantage of this State. He was a gallant soldier of the Union during the Rebellion and was twice taken prisoner, making good his escape, however, each time, for he had no appetite for the luxuries of the average Confederate prison-pen, and then he could see a great deal more fun with the "boys" on his own side. Mr. Botkin was born in Clark County, of the Buckeye State, August 27, 1842, and was a son of Abraham Botkin and his wife, whose maiden name had been Sarah Wilkinson, both of old and respected Ohio families. Mr. Botkin's father was a substantial farmer of Clark County, and J. B. spent his youth on the farm in the festive employment of following the plow, and when not at work, attending the district schools. When the war broke out, however, soldiering seemed more desirable to him than raising corn, and accordingly he enlisted in Co. F., of the 44th Ohio Vol. Inf., in which he served for about thirty months. He then re-enlisted, becoming a member of the 8th Ohio Cavalry, under Col. Ralph Moore, of Troy, O., a regiment that became known by the sobriquet of "the boys that fear no noise." He followed the flag of his country, except when the "rebs": had charge of him, until it floated in triumph at Appomattox, and until he was afterwards honorably discharged. Returning to Ohio, after the white-winged angel of peace had flapped her wings and crowed, he remained there until 1871, engaged in the quiet pursuits of honest industry; and then, having become aware of the many charms and attractions of Audrain county, in this State, he came out here to grow up with the country. For two years he was engaged in the retail liquor business at Mexico, dishing out pure and unadulterated Democracy to all the boys at two drinks for fiften cents a piece. By this time he felt sufficiently "organized" to have two years of rest and fun, which, as he says himself, was equal to the value of regular quadrennial coupon-clips of Standard Oil Company stocks. Following this, Mr. Botkin engaged in the livery business, establishing the Prairie City livery, feed, and sales stables, of which he is still proprietor. Of course he has fine stock and the handsomest turnouts that can be shown in North-east Missouri, and being a lively, jolly fellow, he gets all the drummers' trade and everybody else's. It goes without saying that Mr. Botkin is a favorite among the boys, and withal, he is popular among all classes, and an evidence of this fact is the position he now holds, that of mayor of the city. A man of good business qualifications, active and energetic, and public-spirited and full of life, he makes a rara avis mayor. It is not too much to say that he is one of the most popular mayors who ever occupied the chief executive chair of Mexico.