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Biographical Sketch of I. B. Gurney

I. B. Gurney was born April 10, 1845, near Cleveland, Ohio. His father, Asa H. Gurney, was a native of Ohio, and his mother, Catherine Sortor Gurney, a native Allegany County, New York. When he was ten years of age his parents moved to Lake County, Ohio, where they were located on a farm, and where Mr. Gurney received his education, attending school during the winter for several years, and afterward entered college at Berea, Ohio. In August, 1863, he went to Venango County, Pennsylvania, where he became foreman in the office of the McClintock Oil Company, where he remained until 1866 when he moved to Caldwell County, Missouri, and had charge of a drug and grocery business for a year and then came to Daviess County and settled in Colfax Township. In the fall of 1871 he was appointed United States mail agent on the North Missouri Railroad, and held the position three years when he again went into the drug business at New Castle, Gentry County, finally returning to Daviess County where he has since resided, engaged in teaching and farming. Mr. Gurney has been twice married; first in 1866, to Miss Carrie M. Cole, a native of Ohio, and by whom he had one son; Asa G., born January 25, 1868. He was again married, May 17, 1879, to Miss Marilla Mullins, of Daviess...

Biography of Judge Joseph Oscar Cunningham

Judge J. O. Cunningham. The publishers and editors of this work feel that only a meager tribute can be paid to the memory of Champaign County’s most beloved citizen in the following brief review of his life. Judge Cunningham was a great historian. He contributed liberally to historical literature, was himself the author of a History of Champaign County, and in the closing months of his life he gave generously from the riches of his great collection and from his experience and memory in an advisory capacity to the compilation of the present work. Joseph Oscar Cunningham was born at Lancaster in Erie County, New York, December 12, 1830, and died at his home, 922 West Green Street, Urbana, on April 30, 1917, when in his eighty-seventh year. He was a son of Hiram Way and Eunice (Brown) Cunningham. Some of his early life was spent in northern Ohio, where he attended Baldwin Institute at Berea and also Oberlin College. In June, 1853, at the age of twenty-two, he came to Champaign County, and from that time forward his home was at Urbana. He had previously taught in the village school at Eugene, Indiana, but a month after his arrival at Urbana became associated as one of the proprietors and editors of the Urbana Union. He was a member of this firm of Cunningham & Flynn until 1858, and in August of that year became associated with J. W. Scroggs in the publication of the Central Illinois Gazette at Champaign, a village then known as Western Urbana. In April, 1855, Mr. Cunningham was admitted to the bar. In 1859...

Biographical Sketch of Olin Witmer Broadwell

Broadwell, Olin Witmer; attorney-at-law; born, Dalton, O., Feb. 14, 1855; son of Rev. John Sherman and Catherine S. Morrow Broadwell; educated, Baldwin University, Berea, O., graduating with the class of 1877, with the degree of B. S.; married, Cleveland, Jan. 5, 1882, Belle B. Brown; one son, Edwin Sherman Broadwell, and Mrs. Myrtle May Masters; served as special assistant prosecuting attorney for some time, under the administrations of Hon. W. B. Neff, Hon. T. L. Stremple and Hon. Harvey R. Keeler; admitted to the Bar, April 4, 1879, at Norwalk, O.; came to Cleveland in September, 1881, and became associated with the Forest City Fire Insurance Co.; after several years entered upon the general practice of law; won a reputation as a trial lawyer, and as assistant prosecuting attorney, he took part in many important cases; member Masonic, Knights of Pythias, National Union and Knights and Ladies of Security, Fraternities; his father, Rev. J. S. Broadwell, was of New England stock, dating back to English and French Huguenot ancestry; one of the best known ministers of the Methodist Denomination in Northern...

Biographical Sketch of Arthur Wellesley Barber

Barber, Arthur Wellesley; attorney-at-law; born, Berea, O., Nov. 7, 1858; son of Gershorm Morse and Huldah Lavine Seeley Barber; educated, Western Reserve University, 1883, A. B. and A. M.; 1886, Columbia Law School; married, Lakewood, Dec. 22, 1896, Harriet May Wagar; four children; admitted to the Bar in 1885; member firm of Tanney & Barber and G. M. & A. W. Barber, 1885-1902; member Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, Hudson Chapter, and Sons of...

Biographical Sketch of Wilbur J. Watson

Watson, Wilbur J.; civil engineer; born, Berea, O., April 5, 1871; son of D. R. and Maria Parker Watson; educated, public schools of Berea, Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland, B. S. (C. S. A. S.), S. E. (C. S. A. S.); married, Cleveland, 1900, Harriet Martha Barnes; issue, two daughters; five years in engineering dept. of L. S. & M. S. Ry.; nine years as asst. engineer for consulting engineering firms; last six years engaged in consulting, designing and supervising work in connection with construction of bridges and buildings for cities, counties, railroads and private corporations, etc.; work covers entire eastern part of the United States; has offices in New York and Charlotte, N. C., as well as Cleveland; connected with construction of Rocky River bridge, New City Hall and many other buildings in Cleveland; chief engineer and mgr. Wilbur J. Watson & Co.; member American Society of Civil Engineers, Cleveland Engineering Society, American Railway Engineering Ass’n, American Electric R. R. Society, Ohio Engineering Society, Chamber of Commerce, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Fraternity (Honorary), Cleveland Athletic Club; Grandfather Watson settled in Cuyahoga County in 1832, and Grandfather Parker in Medina County in...

Biographical Sketch of La Zell Tanney

Tanney, La Zell; attorney; born, West View, O., Oct. 8, 1862; son of LaCortes and Abbie E. Brooks Tanney; educated, Baldwin University, Berea, O., Oberlin College, Oberlin, O., graduated in law from Valparaiso, Ind.; with degree of LL. B.; married, Decatur, Ind., June 6, 1888, Cora Tricker; issue, one son, Leigh T. Tanney born Aug. 6, 1891; Cora Tricker Tanney died June 17, 1892; married, Lake Helen, Fla., May 6, 1894, Violetta Giddings; issue, one daughter, Florence M. Tanney, born Dec. 10, 1901, and died June 15, 1911; Violetta Giddings Tanney died in July, 1906; began the practice of law in Cleveland June 19, 1888, in The Wick Block; that building was torn down in 1912, so removed to The American Trust Bldg., and became associated as partner with A. W. Barber, in October, 1906; member I. 0. 0. F., K. of P. Recreation: Baseball...

Biographical Sketch of Edward F. Schneider

Schneider, Edward F.; sec’y and gen’l mgr. Cleveland, Southwestern & Columbus R. R.; born, Toledo, Oct. 19, 1862; son of P. F. and Louisa Ackerman Schneider; educated, public schools, German Wallace College, Berea, O., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy; married, Berea, Oct. 4, 1888, Helen F. Whitbeck; for twelve years with Benton, Myers & Co., wholesale druggists; ten years with Cleveland, Southwestern & Columbus; director Mansfield Ry., Light & Power Co.; Mason; K. of...

Biography of William Colfax Markham

William Colfax Markham, son of the late Dr. L. A. Markham and younger brother of Dean Markham of Baker University, is a Kansas man distinguished by exceptional talents and a versatile ability which have caused him to be referred to as editor, poet, playwright and enterprising citizen. He was born at Bolivar, Ohio, September 10, 1868, and he spent his youth in the various places where his father was engaged in his ministerial labors. For three years he was a student in Baldwin University at Berea, Ohio, and in 1886 he moved with his parents to Missouri and subsequently entered Baker University at Baldwin, Kansas, where he was graduated A. B. in 1891. During the six years he spent in college his entire allowance was only $400, and he supplemented this by working as a janitor and at other sources of profitable employment. Mr. Markham was very prominent at Baker, and became founder of the class organization, the House of Hanover. This organization had been perpetuated at Baker to the present time. He also founded the Alpha Omega fraternity, which eventually became part of the Delta Tau Delta. He had the distinction of having been initiated by the Karnea at Cleveland, Ohio, when the Alpha Omega was incorporated in the Delta Tau Delta. Immediately after graduating from Baker Mr. Markham went to Lamar, Colorado, where he was employed a year as deputy in the county treasurer’s office. In 1892 he entered Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore and specialized in history and politics. While there he was a pupil under Woodrow Wilson. Mr. Markham’s chief vocation had been that of...

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