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Biography of John Porter

John Porter. This is the name of one of the old pioneers of Kansas territory. It was fifty-seven years ago when he established his first home within the limits of the presant Shawnee County and there began working out his own destiny and to some extent the destiny of Kansas as a free state and the welfare of his children. It is a name that will always be spoken with respect, and those who bear it in the future will have reason to congratulate themselves in the splendid character of their pioncor Kansas ancostor, John Portor. He was a native of England, born July 11, 1822, and was the only member of his immediate family to come to America. His early life was spent on a farm and his education was limited. Soon after his marriage in England to Mary Ann Lunn he started for the United States. It was his belief that the better economic conditions of America would enable him to find a home for himself, and in later years that ambition was well renlized. A sailing vessel brought him and his young wife across the ocean, and they were six weeks two days in making the passage. Their first home in Amerles was at Monroeville, Ohio. Soon after their arrival their first child, Henry, was born. They next moved to Bellevue, Ohio. John Porter came to America a poor many. During the few years apont in Ohio he prospered so far as to acoumulated property to the value of about $600. While he was living in Ohio the people of that state and the entire country...

Biographical Sketch of Roger C. Enwright

Enwright, Roger C.; broker; born, Bellevue, O., and educated in the public schools, formerly connected with the McIntosh-Huntington Co., wholesale hardware as treas. and credit man; after several years spent in New York City and Reading, Pa., as manufacturer’s agents, returned to Cleveland, in 1900, and engaged in the brokerage business with Borton & Borton; member Cleveland Stock Exchange and member Board of Governors; Chamber of Commerce, Euclid, Century, and Hermit Clubs;...

Biographical Sketch of Hon. Willis Vickery

Vickery, Willis Hon.; lawyer; born, Bellevue, O., Nov. 26, 1857; son of William and Sarah Perkins Vickery; no schooling until the age of 19, excepting three months in the winter; then entered the Clyde, O., High School, graduating in 1880, valedictorian of class; studied law in the office of Everett & Fowler, at Fremont, O.; continued law studies combined with teaching in the schools of Clyde and Castalia, O., in 1882, entered the law dept. of Boston University; graduated in 1884; admitted to the Ohio bar in 1885; married three times; three children by first wife, who was Anna L. Snyder; second marriage to Eleanor R. Grant, of Boston, Mass., and third marriage to Mrs. Rosalie Griggs Mayberry, of Cleveland; in 1885, opened law office in Bellevue, firm Vickery Bros.; came to Cleveland in 1896; practiced alone, and was associated with Hon. Chas. S. Bentley, firm of Bentley & Vickery, before elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas; member of firm of Vickery, Fleharty & Corlett; assumed duties of Judge in January, 1909; in 1897, one of the organizers of the Baldwin University Law School; was sec’y and managing officer; same position when school consolidated with the Cleveland Law School; prominent in the lake front litigation settlement and by decision the city is likely to recover land on the lake front worth thirty million dollars; republican; not a partisan, and believe in the elimination of politics from the courts; known over the United States as a student of Shakespeare; former pres. the New York Shakespeare Society; member the Bibliophile Society, of Boston, Mass.; Carteret Club, Newark, N. J.;...

Hall, Gene W. – Obituary

Lostine, Oregon Eugene Walter Hall passed away at his home in Lostine, Oregon, Tuesday evening, November 30, 1926, at 6 o’clock, after a lingering illness of several months. He was born in Bellevue, Ohio, December 19, 1872, and lacked but 18 days of being 54 years old. In 1897, he was married to Belle Alexander, of Rockford, Ohio, to which union was born one child. This home life was early broken into by the death of his wife, and with his little daughter he came to Oregon, where his parents and sisters resided. Here he lived the remainder of his life: 21 years being spent in the public schools of Oregon. Five years previous he taught in Ohio schools. On January 8, 1910 he married Sarah (Sadie) Bruce Womack, of Lostine, Oregon, who, with one daughter, survives him. A little daughter, Neola fern, brightened the home for one short year. Mr. Hall was a man of strong character, never seeking publicity, but ready to assist where he felt he was needed. His influence was deep and far reaching, as was proved through the last weeks of his illness, by many letters and flowers from former pupils, teachers and friends. His great fortitude was apparent from the time he learned of his incurable condition, and the maximum length of his life. He immediately began to make his arrangement’s so as to relieve his loved ones as of much anxiety as possible. The courage with which he met his suffering was most pathetic but he emphasized to the last that his strength came from above. His trust in his Savior, and...

Hall, Gene W. – Obituary

Lostine, Union County, Oregon Gene W. Hall, passed away at his home in Lostine, Oregon, Tuesday evening, November 30, 1926, at 6 o’clock, after a lingering illness of several months. He was born in Bellevue, Ohio, December 19, 1872, and lacked but 18 days of being 54 years old. In 1897, he was married to Belle Alexander, of Rockford, Ohio, to which union was born one child. This home life was early broken into by the death of his wife, and with his little daughter he came to Oregon, where his parents and sisters resided. Here he lived the remainder of his life: 21 years being spent in the public schools of Oregon. Five years previous he taught in Ohio schools. In 1910 he married Sarie B. Womack, of Lostine, Oregon, who, with one daughter, survives him. A little daughter, Neola Fern, brightened the home for one short year. Mr. Hall was a man of strong character, never seeking publicity, but ready to assist where he felt he was needed. His influence was deep and far reaching, as was proved through the last weeks of his illness, by many letters and flowers from former pupils teachers and friends. His great fortitude was apparent from the time he learned of his incurable condition, and the maximum length of his life. He immediately began to make his arrangements so as to relieve his loved ones of as much anxiety as possible. The courage with which he met his suffering was most pathetic but he emphasized to the last that his strength came from above. His trust was in his Savior, and...

Biography of John C. Hoyt

John C. Hoyt became identified with the real estate, loan and insurance business at El Dorado over thirty years ago. He is the dean in that line of business in Butler County, and the reputation for honesty and integrity which had become associated with his name through many long years had brought him all the business that his firm could attend to during the rapid development of Butler County’s resources in recent years. Mr. Hoyt was born near Bellevue, Ohio, September 3, 1860. His people have been identified with Northern Ohio since pioneer times. His grandfather, John Hoyt, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1783. The Hoyts came out of England and were Connecticut settlers in Colonial times, and from there John Hoyt came with the Connecticut colony to the Connecticut lands in Northern Ohio, in what is now the Western Reserve. He located in Erie County, Ohio, spent his life there as a farmer and died at Monroeville in that state in 1874. W. B. Hoyt, father of J. C. Hoyt, was born at Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1824, spent part of his youth in Watertown, New York, and when a young man moved to the vicinity of Cleveland, Ohio. He followed farming there, and after his marriage moved to the vicinity of Bellevue, Ohio, where he spent the greater part of his active life. In 1908 he came to Kansas and lived retired at El Dorado until his death in the spring of 1909. He was a republican in politics and a very active member of the Congregational Church. He married Mary Ann Willard. She was a cousin...

Biography of Harrison B. Oatman

Harrison B. Oatman, of Portland, was born in Courtland county, New York, February 25, 1826. His father, Harvey B. Oatman, died one year after the birth of our subject. One year later he accompanied his mother to Bellevue, Huron county, Ohio, where the family remained ten years and then settled in West Liberty, Ohio. Here they remained four years, after which they removed to Elgin, Illinois, and a few years later to Ogle county, in the same State. The latter place was at this time a new country and here Mr. Oatman commenced life on his own account as a farmer on land obtained from the government. On December, 25,1847, he was married to Miss Lucena K. Ross, a most estimable lady, who from that day to the present time has not only shared his fortunes, but has been a most excellent wife and mother and in its highest sense a worthy helpmate and companion. He remained at Ogle until the fall of 1852, when he removed to Des Moines, Iowa, and the following summer (1853) with his brother, Harvey B. Oatman, and their families, started on the long journey across the plains to Oregon. After several weary months of traveling they arrived in the Rogue River Valley, in the fall of 1853, and here the two brothers and their wives took up a claim of 640 acres to which they were entitled under the donation ate, near Phoenix. The old wagon which had survived the journey of more than 3,000 miles was placed on the line dividing the respective claims and served as a place of habitation until...

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