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Biography of William James Phillips M. D.

William James Phillips, M. D. The community of Beaumont, Kansas, esteems Dr. William J. Phillips as its pioneer physician and surgeon and as a man whose capable efforts have been directed through a long period of years largely to the service of his fellow men. Doctor Phillips had gained his best recognition in a comparatively limited community, and had been well satisfied to do his work there and to merit the esteem and respect of those closest to him. Many men more widely known have not accomplished so much in that work which is so vitally necessary to human welfare. Doctor Phillips comes of ancestors who were originally people of Wales, came to America in Colonial times, and in one generation after another the family extended itself across the country, first to Ohio, later to Iowa and in the person of Doctor Phillips to Kansas, Doctor Phillips was born in Washington County, Iowa, October 2, 1856. He also had some Irish blood, since his paternal grandmother came from Ireland when she was nine years of age. His father, George Phillips, was born in Ohio, February 10, 1814, and died at Daytonville, Iowa, February 6, 1873. His death occurred at the age of fifty-eight years, eleven months, twenty-six days. He grew up on an Ohio farm, lived in that state until about twenty-one years of age, and about 1835 went to Illinois, first to Sangamon County and afterward to Schuyler County. From there he moved to Iowa and was one of the early pionesrs in Washington County. He followed farming in early life, afterward was a merchant, and at the...

Biography of William H. Squier

William H. Squier probably had more active connection with the commercial life of Beaumont than any other citizen. He is vice president of the Beaumont State Bank, conducts a large and successful hardware business and is also proprietor of the lumber yard there. Mr. Squier is a native of Pennsylvania, and that state was the home of the family for several generations. The Squiers are of both English and French descent. On immigrating from England more than a century ago they first located in New Jersey and afterward moved to Pennsylvania. Mr. Squier’s grandfather, Amzy Squier, spent all his life in Pennsylvania and was a farmer in one of the soutbweatern counties. William H. Squier was born in the southwest part of Pennsylvania May 3, 1869, and his father, Clinton Squier, was born in the same region in 1842. Clinton Squier became a Pennsylvania farmer, married in that state, and in the fall of 1878 brought his family West, first locating in Northwestern Missouri, at Hamilton in Caldwell County. He farmed there for several years, and on September 29, 1883, arrived in the Beaumont District of Kansas. He preempted a claim two miles east of Beaumont and was one of the men to whom credit is due for the early development of this section of a rich farming area. His home was in that district the rest of his life, but he died in a hospital at Topeka July 1, 1913. Clinton Squier made a record as a soldier in the Civil war which will always be cherished by his descendants. He enlisted in 1862 in the Twenty-second Pennsylvania...

Biography of Granville T. Ledgerwood

Granville T. Ledgerwood. The community around Beaumont in Butler County and also in Greenwood County had known Mr. Ledgerwood as a substantial farmer citizen and business man for over thirty years. As a farmer he attended strictly to his business, worked with all the power that was in him and in time acquired a well developed farm and sufficient property for his needs. Mr. Ledgerwood is now a resident of the Village of Beaumont, and among other interests is looking after the local postoffice as postmaster. He comes of that fine stock of people that located in East Tennessee during pioneer times and subsequently showed their independence and love of the Union during the dark days of the Civil war. The Ledgerwood family came originally from England and settled in Virginia, later going to East Tennessee. Some members of family fought in the Revolutionary war. The name originated in 1127 in Berwickshire, England, derived from the lands of Ledgerwood in Berwickshire. The coat of arms are: Argent, a chevron engrailed between three wolves heads, erased sable, collared and ringed, or. The crest is: Ont of a mural coronet, or, a wolf’s head, sable, collared and ringed, or. Motto, “Spera in Deo.” On the maternal side the family is related to President Rutherford B. Hayes. Mr. Ledgerwood’s grandfather, Samuel Ledgerwood, was born in Union County, Tennessee, in 1811. He lived there all his life and died in 1881. His career was spent as a farmer. All his sons but one gave service in the Civil war and to the Union cause. He had four sons and one daughter. The oldest...

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