John Jefferson Clark Breazeale formed the Bank of Ozark and served two terms as a sheriff of Christian County. He refused a third term to accept a position in the Missouri State Legislature in 1872. A Republican, he was a member the Committee on Immigration. He is said to have become one of the wealthiest men of the county. When his eight children married, he gave them each a 40-acre farm and a horse and a cow. He and his three wives were buried together at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Christian County.
He built the three-story building on the north side of
the Ozark square. The first floor was the Bank of Ozark, the second was
the Bronson Light Company and the Christian County Telephone. The
third was for Friend Lodge and Eastern Star. His last son,
George T. was a banker, businessman and politician in Ozark. He purchased
the Finley Light Company from S. E.
Bronson and served as mayor when the city water system was installed.