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Biography of Kate L. Cowick

Miss Kate L. Cowick, now serving her second term as county treasurer of Wyandotte County, probably had the most responsible office of any woman in Kansas. She had the business efficiency needed in the administration of such an office. She is thoroughly trained in the public service, having for many years been a teacher and administrative official of schools, and her work as county treasurer had given her not a little of justly earned fame among the women of Kansas. Miss Cowick is a native of Missouri, born at Tarkio in Atchison County on February 8, 1885. She was the youngest of the three children of Samuel R. and Katherine (Travers) Cowick. Her mother was born in the South of England and went with her parents to Ireland and from there to the State of Illinois, where she was reared and where she married Samuel R. Cowick. Samuel R. Cowick was for many years a well known flgure in newspaper work. He was editor of a Missouri paper and subsequently moved to Trego County, Kansas, locating at Wakeeny, when that town was on the frontier. There he was connected with the Western Kansas World, a paper which was established in 1879 and is the oldest journad of the county. The family had their home in Wakeeny for fourteen years, when Samuel R. Cowick moved to Lyndon, Osage County, and for three years was proprietor of the Lyndon Herald. After that he lived for several years in Oklahoma, and while living in that state had the misfortune of suffering a stroke of apoplexy. From this he never entirely recovered; and...

Biography of Chester E. Hunsaker

Chester E. Hunsaker is editor of the Everest Enterprise at Everest in Brown County. The Enterprise is now in its twenty-ninth volume. It was first published on March 9, 1888, having been founded in that year by T. A. H. Lowe. It is a weekly paper and had a large and influential circulation in that section of Brown County. Mr. Hunsaker is one of the younger editors of Kansas, and had spent most of his life in this state. He was born at Tarkio in Northwest Missouri July 4, 1891. His ancestors were Colonial settlers from England in New York. His grandfather, Abraham Hunsaker, was born in 1827, lived in Kansas during pioneer times, but was chiefly identified with farming in Northwest Missouri. He died at Westboro, Missouri, in 1898. P. R. Hunsaker, father of the editor of the Enterprise, was born in Western Kansas in 1872 and during the ’80s the family removed to Tarkio, Missouri. He was in business at Tarkio, and afterwards lived in Western Nebraska for fourteen years, being engaged in farming and in 1912 removed to Baker, Kansas, where he is now living retired. He is a democrat and had served two years as road overseer of Mission Township at Baker. He is also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. P. R. Hunsaker married Miss Etta Catuska, who was born near Hiawatha, Kansas, in 1874. They have nine children, Chester E. being the oldest. Hazel is the wife of Leslie Finney and they live on a ranch at Marsland, Nebraska; Orvill is editor of a paper at Fairfield, Nebraska; Edith died at the...

Biography of Carl Judge

Carl Judge. While Carl Judge, the well known journalist, the owner and editor of the Beverly Tribune, at Beverly, Kansas, could ill be spared from the newspaper profession, there are other lines in which he was trained, and in which he would have undoubtedly gained recognition had he chosen to pursue them. Mr. Judge was a man of considerable newspaper experience before he came to Kansas, and had owned and very ably edited other journals than the Tribune. Carl Judge was born in Osage County, Kansas, July 10, 1878. His parents were Martyr C. and Mary (Roberts) Judge. His father was born in the State of New York, March 23, 1841, and died at Perkins, Oklahoma, in February, 1914. His mother was born in Wales, in 1848, and died in 1880, in the City of Austin, Texas. To this marriage three children were born, namely: William H., who resided on the old Judge farm near Perkins, Oklahoma; Herbert T., who is a farmer in the same locality; and Carl. Later in life Martyr C. Judge was married to Lavinia B. See, who was born in 1841, in Virginia, and died near Perkins in the spring of 1917, leaving no children. Martyr C. Judge was of English ancestry and his father founded the family in New York, from which atate, in the son’s boyhood, he removed to Wisconsin. Martyr C. Judge spent his early youth in Wisconsin and in young manhood went to Illinois but when the Civil war came on he returned to Wisconsin and in 1862 enlisted in the Third Wisconsin Cavalry, serving three years and six months....

Biographical Sketch of Capt. John W. Enoch

Capt. John W. Enoch, farmer, P. O. Mankato, was born in Ohio, October 4, 1825. Removed to Northern Indiana, thence to Northwestern Missouri. Enlisted in the United States army in 1862, in Company C, Fifth Missouri Cavalry. He raised the Company for the service, and was elected its Captain. He served two years as quartermaster of the regiment. Was discharged in 1864, in St. Joseph, Mo., when he returned to Atchison County, Mo. Was elected to the State Legislature of Missouri, and held said office in 1869-’70. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1874, and was elected Justice of the Peace, and did a loaning business for two years, Is now engaged in farming, and owns 160 acres of land four miles from Mankato. Was married in Indiana, June 5, 1855, to Alice Eliza A. Kimball, and is the father of four children – J. W., C. F., Carrie and...

Biography of James L. McCoy

James L. McCoy has for many years been identified with the lumber industry both in Kansas and Arkansas, and manages his extensive interests from his home and headquarters at Coffeyville. Nearly all his active career has been spent in the West and in the early days of Oklahoma he went there as a pioneer and opened a farm. James L. McCoy was born in Atchison County, Missouri, May 21, 1862. Four generations of the McCoys have lived in this country, having come originally from Scotland, and the family were early settlers in the State of Ohio. Mr. McCoy’s grandfather, Andrew Cartwright, who was born in Maryland and followed farming in Ohio, was a consin of Peter Cartwright, the famous Methodist evangelist of the early days in Southern Ohio and other states. William McCoy, father of James L., was born in Pike County, Ohio, in 1836, and died at Coffeyville in 1905. He came out to Kansas and located at Coffeyville in 1886, and for many years was in the general merchandise business with store at the corner of Eighth and Walnut streets. He built the fine business block known as the McCoy or Junction Building at the corner of Eighth and Walnut streets. That building is still included in his estate, as are also two dwelling houses, one at 601 Willow Street and another at Third and Union streets. Reared and receiving his early education in Pike County, Ohio, James L. McCoy came west in 1885, and in 1887 went to Arkansas, where he engaged in the lumber business a few miles out of Fayetteville on the Frisco Railroad,...

Biography of George F. Boswell

George F. Boswell, who represents a pioneer family of Montgomery County, has spent most of his active career at Coffeyville, was a merchant there for a number of years, and now devotes his time to the management of his extensive property interests and also his holdings in the oil and gas district. He was born in Atchison County, Missouri, October 29, 1859. The record of his family in America goes back to his grandfather George Finley Boswell, who was born in England of Scotch descent in 1804. After his marriage to Hannah Colter, who was a native of Ireland and of Irish descent, he came to America, settling in Tennessee, where he was a planter and on his plantation he also conducted a hattery. He died in Decatur County, Tennessee, in 1866 and his wife also passed away there. Of their children the only one now living is Mary, who resides at Stoutsville, in Fairfield County, Ohio, the widow of James Chenoweth, who was a farmer by occupation. The founder of the Boswell family in Southern Kansas, was A. P. Boswell, father of George F. He was born in Decatur County, Tennessee, in 1837, grew up and married there, and from early life was well versed in the business of planting and farming. In 1857 he went to Northwest Missouri and was an early settler in Atchison County. After living there a few years and with the outbreak of the war between the North and the South he returned to his native state and in 1862 enlisted in a Tennessee regiment of the Confederate army. He was in active...

Grider, Waitsville – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Grider Laid To Rest Vetern Buried Yesterday With Family and Friends Attending Funeral services were said yesterday over the remains of Waitsville Grider who died early in the week. Three generations, descendents of the deceased, were in attendance at the funeral. Death resulted from cancer. Waitsville Grider was married to Minerva S. Beard August 1st, 1851, in Adair county, KY. He was born and raised in that section and their home was made there for a time, later moving with his family to Watson, MO., in September, 1878. Then he went to Caldwell, Kansas, from where he came west to La Grande in April, 1908. Mr. Grider enrolled in the army September, 1861, in the 19th regiment Kentucky volunteers, and was discharged in 1865. he was the father of 12 children and was survived by seven of them, all of whom were by his bedside during his illness, except one is in Alaska and could not be communicated with. His children included: Fannie Stepp of Boise, Lizzie Brown of Portland, Mollie Buck, R. B. Grider and W. T. Grider of la Grande He had 21 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, and five of his grandchildren attended the funeral. Mrs. Mollie Buck’s two daughters and three children of C. L. Grider making these five. La Grande Evening Observer, December 20, 1912, Front Page Contributed by:Sue...

Garner, James “Ellison” Obituary

James “Ellison” Garner, 89, of Ontario, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Baker City. His funeral was at 1 p.m. MST Monday, Feb. 3, in Ontario at the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel. Vault interment was at the Rosedale Memorial Gardens in Payette, Idaho. Mr. Garner was born on June 14. 1913, at Fairfax. Mo., to Albert and Cordia Spencer Garner. He was educated at Stanberry, Mo. and came to Ontario in 1932. He married Fay Pearson on Aug. 22, 1936, at Payette. Mrs. Garner died in 2000. The Garners made their home at Ontario where he was a partner in the Ontario Grain Co. for 32 years. He also worked for the City of Ontario for seven years. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church and loved hunting and fishing. Survivors include his two sons and their wives; Eugene and Louann Garner of Springfield and Max and Melissa Garner of Haines; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother. He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

Gaede, Baker & Co.

Gaede, Baker & Co., dealers in a general line of fancy dry goods, clothing and gents furnishing goods and livestock. They opened trade January 1, 1882, and carry a stock of $6,000 and employ one clerk in the business. The individual names of the firm are Richard Gaede, H. C. Baker and S. H. Fields. H. C. Baker first came to Dodge City January 1, 1882. He was born at Logansport, Cass Co., Ind., September 16, 1849. The family moved to Nemaha County, Neb., in 1856, where he was raised in a small village. He first began business in life as a clerk in a store at Brownville, Neb., and has always followed mercantile pursuits. He went to Atchison County, Mo., in 1874, and clerked in a dry goods store for some time, when he purchased a third interest in the same and continued for three years. He then became a member of the firm of Gaede, Baker & Co., until he came to Dodge City. He was married in May 1877, to Miss Bertha Renner, of Rockport, Mo. They have two children – Nellie and...

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