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Biographical Sketch of Carl H. Skinner

Carl H. Skinner is superintendent of the city schools of Nortonville. He had been engaged in school work since before he attained his majority, and is one of the school men who are thoroughly in love with their calling and profession. Mr. Skinner possesses that fundamental requisite of a good teacher–a love for and understanding of young people. That is worth more than a bundle of academic degrees. But he also possesses in addition the technical skill and the experience which enable him to guide and administer a school system. A native of Kansas, Mr. Skinner was born at Burden in Cowley County, January 16, 1889. His father, James E. Skinner, was born in Illinois, in 1854, and his family removed to Neosho County, Kansas, in 1866, locating near where the City of Erle now stands. He became a farmer there and subsequently removed to Cowley County, where he was successfully engaged in agriculture until his death at Burden in 1908. Politically he was a republican. James E. Skinner married Mary M. Fowler, who was born in Illinois in 1861. She is now living at Nortonville and owned the homestead of 160 acres in Cowley County. Their children are: Earl, who died at Burden, Kansas, where he was a farmer, at the age of thirty-one; Pearl, wife of W. J. Bowman, a farmer at Burden; Verlin, who was a young farmer and died at Burden at the age of twenty-three; Carl H.; and Blaine, who is a cowboy on a ranch at Douglas, Wyoming. Carl H. Skinner grew up on his father’s farm in Cowley County, attended the rural...

Biography of Robert V. Grattan

Robert V. Grattan is one of the well known and active factors in the community at Burden, and during the past administration had made a very satisfactory record as postmaster. Mr. Grattan is a native of Burden, Kansas, where he was born May 29, 1884. His father, Robert Grattan, was an Irishman, born at Newtownards in Ireland and came to this country when about thirty years of age. In 1871 he was a pioneer homesteader in Cowley County, locating 160 acres of land one mile west and four and a half miles north of Burden. He proved his real Irish character for industry and thrift, and was a succeasful farmer on that place until his death in 1889, at the age of about sixty-nine. He affiliated with the democratic party, Robert Grattan married Mrs. Amanda C. (Grisham) Tatum. She was born in Kentucky in 1847 and died at Burden, Kansas, February 3, 1909. By her first marriage to William Tatum she had a child, William V. Tatum, who now lives on a farm north of Burden. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grattan had three children: Mollie, who lives at Pittsburg and is now the wife of J. R. Sivey, a painter and paper hanger; Roberta Alice, who is unmarried and lives with her brother Robert; and Robert V. Robert V. Grattan was educated in the public schools at Burden, attended the high school, and at the age of about nineteen gave up his studies and returned to the home farm, which he actively managed until 1905. Subsequently this farm was sold. In 1905 Mr. Grattan came back to Burden and...

Biography of William H. Manser, M. D.

William H. Manser, M. D.,had that splendid satisfaction which comes to the man who found himself in a congenial vocation early in life and had steadily broadened and improved his service and capacity for doing good. Dr. Manser is now the oldest physician in point of continnous service at Burden, where he had practiced thirty-three years. Though of New England ancestry, the Mansers having located in Massachusetts in Colonial times, Dr. Manser is a native of old Virginia, born at Beckley in what was then simply Western Virginia and as a result of the Civil war became the State of West Virginia. Dr, Manser was born there March 29, 1859. His grandfather, Jared Manser, was born in Massachusetts in 1790, spent all his life in the Bay State, and died at Monterey in 1883. He was a hatter by trade and also followed farming. He married Laura Garfield, who was born in Massachusetts and died at Monterey in that state. John Garfield Manser, father of Dr. Manser, was born at Monterey in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in 1821. He was reared in his native Iocality, and when a young man went to Mercer County, Virginia, where he married. In 1851 he graduated M. D. from the Medical College of Ohio, and gave the rest of his active career of more than thirty years to the practice of medicine, chiefly in Mercer County, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 1884 he retired from practice and came to live with his son in Burden, where he died in 1885. He was on the Southern side during the war between the states, and served as assistant...

Biography of Edgar Ernest Brooks, M. D.

Edgar Ernest Brooks, M. D.The town and community in which he had gained note as a successful physician and surgeon is also Dr. Brooks’ birthplace. He is one of the leading members of the medical fraternity of Cowley County and had now been in practice at Burden for nine years. Dr. Brooks was born in that community August 1, 1884. He was one of a family of eleven children. This branch of the Brooks family came to America from England and were pioneers in the province of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brooks’ grandfather, John Brooks, was born about 1806. He spent the greater part of his life in Eastern Tennessee, in Grainger County, and though he was advanced in years at the time, he and his three sons, M. L, T. J. and A. P. Brooks, all fought with the Union army during the Civil war. They were residents of Eastern Tennessee, a district which was almost universally loyal to the Union. In 1881 John Brooks came out to Kansas with his five sons, the youngest of whom was Nathaniel Brooks, father of Dr. Brooks. He took up a claim and lived on it until his death at Burden about ten years later. John Brooks married Miss Sellers, a native of Tennessee, who died at Burden, Kansas, January 15, 1882. Nathaniel Brooks was born in Grainger County, Tennessee, in 1846, and is now past the age of three score and ten, but still quite active as a farmer, his home being a mile north and one mile east of Burden. He was reared and married in his native county and spent...

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