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Biographical Sketch of Gen. Carmi W. Babcock

Gen. Carmi W. Babcock, president of the first free state council of 1857-58, a leading citizen of Lawrence and a prominent contractor in the building of several noted structures of the state, was born in Franklin County, Vermont, April 21, 1830. In 1850, after teaching for a time, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he read law and was admitted to the bar. He arrived at Lawrence in September, 1854, and finding that everything was too unsettled to make the practice of the law reliable he engaged in the real estate business. In 1857 he established a bank, only to see it swept away by the panic of that year. He received his appointment as the first postmaster of Lawrence February 1, 1855, but was removed in 1857 to make way for a pro slavery man. He was also the second mayor of Lawrence; a member of the Committee on Resolutions at the convention of National Democracy, which assembled in June, 1855, and a member of the executive committee of the Free State convention held at Grasshopper Falls August 26, 1857. In 1869 he was appointed surveyor general of Kansas, holding the office for two terms, or until its discontinuance. He was one of the builders of the great bridge across the Kaw at Lawrence, completed in December, 1863, and, as a member of the firm of Bogert & Babcoek, completed the east wing of the state house. In November, 1871, he became one of the incorporators of the Kansas Magazine Company. His death occurred at St. Louis October 22,...

1862 James L. Fisk, Minnesota Wagon Train

In August a train arrived from Minnesota, under James Reed, like the others, in quest of Salmon River, but willingly tarrying in the Beaverhead Valley; and several weeks later a larger train under James L. Fisk, which left Minnesota in July, by a route north of the Missouri, and was convoyed over the plains by a government escort. They were destined to Washington, but the greater part of the company resolved to put their fortunes to the test in the Rocky Mountains. The company consisted of 110 men, and an unknown number of women and children. Their names, so far as known, were: W. S. Arnold, Mrs Arnold, Hosea Arnold, Smith Ball, Mrs Ball, Dr Biddle, Mrs Biddle, B. B. Burchett, Mrs Burchett, Miss Salhe Burchett, Miss Mary Burchett, Mrs Bennett, Henry Buckner, Mrs Buckner, Mrs Brown, Thomas Caldwell, Mrs Caldwell, J. M. Castner, Mrs Castner, Joseph Carrol, Mrs Carrol, J. B. Caven, Mrs Caven, Mr. Dalton and 2 sons, Mrs Dalton. Miss Desdemonia Dalton, Miss Matilda Dalton, Mrs L. W. Davenport, Miss Mary Donnelly, Mrs Catherine Durgan, Mrs. Hewins, James Harby, Mrs Harby, G. Kuster, Mrs. Kuster, Frank Le Graw, Mrs Le Graw, Mr Meredith, Mrs Meredith, Mrs Susan Peabody, Frank Ray, Mrs Ray, Dr Ray, Ned Ray, Mr Short Mrs Short, Mr Tilly Mrs Tilly, H. T. Tyler, Mrs Tyler, Wilson Waddams, Mrs Waddams, Miss Sarah Waddams, Henry Zoller, Mrs Zoller, Miss Emma Zoller, N. P. Langford, Charles St...

Treaty of July 15, 1830

Articles of a treaty made and concluded by William Clark Superintendent of Indian Affairs and Willoughby Morgan, Col. of the United States 1st Regt. Infantry, Commissioners on behalf of the United States on the one part, and the undersigned Deputations of the Confederated Tribes of the Sacs and Foxes; the Medawah-Kanton, Wahpacoota, Wahpeton and Sissetong Bands or Tribes of Sioux; the Omahas, Ioways, Ottoes and Missourias on the other part. The said Tribes being anxious to remove all causes which may hereafter create any unfriendly feeling between them, and being also anxious to provide other sources for supplying their wants besides those of hunting, which they are sensible must soon entirely fail them; agree with the United States on the following Articles. Article 1. The said Tribes cede and relinquish to the United States forever all their right and title to the lands lying within the following boundaries, to wit: Beginning at the upper fork of the Demoine River, and passing the sources of the Little Sioux, and Floyds Rivers, to the fork of the first creek which falls into the Big Sioux or Calumet on the east side; thence, down said creek, and Calumet River to the Missouri River; thence down said Missouri River to the Missouri State line, above the Kansas; thence along said line to the north west corner of the said State, thence to the high lands between the waters falling into the Missouri and Desmoines, passing to said high lands along the dividing ridge between the forks of the Grand River; thence along said high lands or ridge separating the waters of the Missouri...

Treaty of October 21, 1837-2

Articles of a treaty made at the City of Washington, between Carey A. Harris, thereto specially authorized by the President of the United States, and the Sacs and Foxes of Missouri, by their Chiefs and Delegates. Article 1. The Missouri Sac and Fox Indians make the following cessions to the United States: First. Of all right or interest in the country between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and the boundary line between the Sac and Fox and the Sioux Indians, described in the second article of the treaty made with these and other tribes on the 19th of August 1825, to the full extent to which said claim was recognized in the third article of said treaty; and of all interest or claim by virtue of the provisions of any treaties since made by the United States with the Sacs and Foxes. Second. Of all the right to locate, for hunting or other purposes, on the land ceded in the first article of the treaty of July 15th 1830, which, by the authority therein conferred on the President of the United States they may be permitted by him to enjoy. Third. Of all claims or interest under the treaties of November 3d, 1804, August 4th, 1824, July 15th, 1830, and September 17th, 1836, for the satisfaction of which no appropriations have been made. Article 2. In consideration of the cession contained in the preceding article, the United States agree to the following stipulations on their part: First. To pay to the said Sacs and Foxes of the Missouri, the sum of one hundred and sixty thousand dollars ($160,000.) It...

Biography of Edmund Raymond Kinsey

Edmund Raymond Kinsey, president of the board of public service of St. Louis and identified in a professional capacity with the public interests of the city since 1912, was born in Muscatine, Iowa, January 24, 1873, his parents being William M. and Lucy Loretta (Chapin) Kinsey. In the paternal line he is descended from one of the old and distinguished American families that has figured prominently in public affairs throughout the history of the nation. A member of this family was one of the first justices of. the supreme court of Pennsylvania and his portrait is over one of the three chairs in the old courtroom in Independence Hall at Philadelphia, in the room occupied by the supreme court when that city was the national capital. The first representative of the family in America came to the new world with William Penn, settling in Philadelphia, and through many generations the family has been connected with the Society of Friends or Quakers. William M. Kinsey, a lawyer by profession, also became a lawmaker, serving as a member of the fifty-first congress from the tenth district of Missouri. He was judge of the St. Louis circuit court for a period of twelve years, from 1904 until 1916, and in many ways has left the impress of his individuality upon the legal records of the state. At the time of the Civil war, when but sixteen years of age, he endeavored to enlist in the Union army, but his father would not permit him to go to the front. He was very active in support of many interests of the late war...

Biography of James W. Shankland, M. D.

Dr. James W. Shankland, a St. Louis surgeon who for some time was surgical chief of the Embarkation Hospital at Newport News, Virginia, during the World war and who is now practicing successfully in the metropolis of Missouri, was born in Noble county, Ohio, April 4, 1867. His father, James M. Shankland, was a native of the Buckeye state and a representative of one of its old families of Scotch-Irish descent. The founder of the family in America was Rhodes Shankland, who came to the new world from Scotland prior to the Revolutionary war and settled in Delaware, where during the period of active hostilities between the colonies and the mother country, he filled the office of high sheriff in Sussex county, and was also commissioned captain during the war. His son, Rhodes, was one o1 the heroes who valiantly fought for American independence and was also a soldier of the War of 1812. The grandfather, William Shankland, migrated from the eastern coast to Ohio in the early part of the nineteenth century and there his son, James M. Shankland, was reared and educated. Later he engaged successfully in mercantile pursuits until 1871, when he removed with his family to Des Moines, Iowa, and again took up merchandising, in which he continued successfully for many years. He passed away in 1910, at the advanced age of eighty-one. He had long given his political allegiance to the republican party, had served as a member of the city council and of the board of public works and was always keenly and helpfully interested in civic matters. He, too, displayed the same...

Fort Snelling, Minnesota

The historic post of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, for more than a generation after its establishment, in 1819, the most remote western outpost of the United States, is situated at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, eight miles southeast of Minneapolis by river and six miles from St. Paul. It lies in a region of rare natural beauty, in the vicinity of the Falls of Minnehaha, Bridal Veil Falls, and other points locally notable and is, itself, no mean attraction to the many visitors who are attracted to the locality every year. The old fort standing on its high bluff at the headwaters of America’s greatest river is a most picturesque object. The reservation of Fort Snelling contains 1,531 acres, though originally this tract was much larger than now. The fort structure which one sees from the river is an irregularly shaped bastioned wall conforming in outline to the high plateau of land upon which it is situated. It occupies the extreme end of the point of land formed by the juncture of the two rivers, and on the Mississippi side the bluff upon which the fort is situated descends abruptly to the water, the river there running almost in a canyon. On the Minnesota side the slope is more gradual and ends in a low marshy flat which extends from one third to one half a mile and is frequently submerged during high water. The altitude of the post plateau above the river is 300 feet.   The establishment of Fort Snelling was one of the fruits of the work of Lieutenant Z. M. Pike, the first...

Minnesota WW2 NMCG Casualty List – A Surnames

ABBAS, John, Cpl., USMCR. Father, Mr. Dick Abbas, Raymond. ABRAHAMSON, Gerald T., Pfc., USMCR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Abrahamson, 1148 Lincoln Ave., St. Paul. ABRAHAMSON, Robert Carl, Seaman 1c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bernard Abrahamson, RFD 1, Box 585B, Duluth. ADLER, Glen M., Pfc., USMC. Father, Mr. Herbert Adler, 1612 W. Minnehaha St., St. Paul. AHLGRIM, Alvin Roy, Pfc., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Gladys Ahlgrim, Box 172, Brainerd. AHRENS, Daniel M., Pfc., USMCR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Ahrens, 868 Margaret Ave., St. Paul. ALDINGER, Robert Carl, Fireman 2c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eric George Aldinger, Rt. 3, Winona. ALDRICH, Raymond Earnest, Fireman 2c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Nellie Rose Aldrich, 225 Mississippi Ave., Bemidji. ALTO, Eino John, Electrician’s Mate 1c, USN. Father, Mr. August Alto, Brittmount. AMBROZ, Harry James, Seaman 1c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Verna Ambroz, 1124 Aldrich Ave., Minneapolis. AMBURGEY, George, Fireman 1c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Amburgey, Little Pine Rt., Aitkin. AMIOT, Lloyd J., Pvt., USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Lloyd J. Amiot, Dobner Weelian Apts., Thief River Falls. AMUNDSON, Donald R., Pfc., USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Donald R. Amundson, 720½ Labree Ave., Thief River Falls. ANDERSEN, Kenneth Merton, Seaman 1c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto S. Andersen, Delavan. ANDERSEN, Richard Warren, Seaman 2c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Donald Andersen, 5241 27th Ave., S. Minneapolis. ANDERSON, Anton Elliott, Lieutenant (jg) (Supply Corps), USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Endre Benoni Anderson, Box 349, Northfield. ANDERSON, Arvid E., Pvt., USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Arvid E. Anderson, 3220 Florida Ave., St. Louis Park, Minneapolis. ANDERSON, Delbert Jake, Boatswain’s Mate 2c, USN. Father, Mr. Edwin Sigfried...

Minnesota WW2 NMCG Casualty List – L Surnames

LABEEUW, Edward J., Pvt., USMC. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Labeeuw, 54 E. 6th St., Proctor. LABELLE, James D., Pfc., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Theresa G. Hodge, 1323 5th St., NE Minneapolis. LA BELLE, Stanley Burton, Pfc., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Esther La Belle, 205 W. 15th St., Minneapolis. LABOR, Steve John, Apprentice Seaman, USNR. Father, Mr. Steve Labor, 618 Chapman St., E. Ely. LACKEY, Blaine Williams, Pfc., USMCR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Lackey, Gen. Del., Wabasha. LAHDE, Robert Arvid, Machinist’s Mate 3c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arva Lahde, 612 Hayes St., Eveleth. LAIR, Kenneth E., Pfc., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Grace Clark, Rt. 10, White Bear. LAIS, Leo Vernon, 2d Lieutenant, USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Lauretta Nathalie Lais, 61 S. Campridge St., St. Paul. LAMM, Frederick William, Electrician’s Mate 2c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Elmer Lamm, Gen. Del., Big Lake. LAMBERT, Leonard Arthur, Machinist’s Mate 2c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wilfred Lambert, 326 Ontario St., SE Minneapolis. LA MERE, Merlin Joseph, Seaman 1c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse La Mere, 1122 Jefferson St., NE Minneapolis. LA MONT, Julian Leo, Seaman 1c, USNR. Father, Mr. Victor J. LaMont, 9309 Boyd Ave., Duluth. LAMPI, William August, Seaman 1c, USNR. Mother, Mrs. Hilja Gustava Lampi, 615 E. 27th St., S. Minneapolis. LANGE, Floyde Roland, Seaman 1c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Robert Lange, Donnelly. LANGER, Robert Cecil, Gunner’s Mate 3c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Langer, N. Cedar St., Owatonna. LANQUIST, David Winton, Ensign, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Alfred Lanquist, 1516 7th Ave., E. Duluth. LANTHIER, Robert Marion, Motor Machinist’s Mate 2c,...
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