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Biographical Sketch of William Elgin

William Elgin is a native of Ohio, born in Wayne County, May 28, 1827. When he was four years of age his parents moved to Montgomery County, Ohio, and until he reached his twentieth year he attended school in that County, and also learned the cabinet-maker’s trade and spent some tine in farming. In 1849 he went to Dayton, Ohio, and from thence to Logansport, Indiana, working at his trade in both cities. At the end of two years he returned to Montgomery County and turned his attention to farming. After this he removed to Warren County, and enlisted, in 1861, in Company E., Fiftieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but remained only a short time on duty when he was appointed to act as captain of a company for home protection. In 1865 he came to Daviess County, purchased a farm in Sheridan Township, which he improved and cultivated for a few years, when he sold it and purchased the farm on which he now resides. Mr. Elgin was married, December 16, 1847, to Miss Rhoda M. Crosley, a native of Warren County, Ohio. They have four children: Josephine, born July 15, 1850; William Harry, born. July 22, 1859; Anna D., born October 31, 1863; and Clara, born March 16,...

Biography of Robert Pugh

One of the valuable acquisitions to the citizenship of Shawnee County was made about the close of the Civil war when Robert Pugh came to Kansas and became one of the pioneer homesteadors in Topeka and Tecumseh Township. During his active lifetime Robert Pugh developed a splendid estate as a farmer, and the qualities of his enterpriss descended to his only son living, Burton H. Pugh, who for many years had been one of the leading factors in the potato industry of the Kaw Valley. A native of Preble County, Ohio, Robert Pugh was born January 26. 1830, a son of Merritt Pugh. When a child his family removed to a farm in Cass County, Indiana, where he grew up. Such education as he acquired was from the district schools. In Cass County, Indiana, Robert Pugh married Susan Troutman. In 1865 they removed to Kansas, and Mr. Pugh bought 240 acres in the northeastern corner of Topeka Township and the southeastern corner of Tecumseh Township in Shawnee County. At that time the land was almost entirely unimproved. That was the stage of Robert Pugh’s subsequent labors, and in time he had his land developed into one of the most productive farms in the state. His death occurred in May, 1898. His widow, Mrs. Pugh, is still living and resided on the old farm with the only survivor of their four children, Burton Homer Pugh. The late Mr. Pugh was an active member of the Methodist Church. In politics he was a stanch republican, and he was a very well read man. Born on the farm where he now resided,...

Biography of Frank Kern Robeson

Frank Kern Robeson. Of the many business establishments in Champaign County perhaps none has a wider connection with the families of this section of Illinois and a better reputation due to many years of successful business relations than the Robeson Department Store, founded and built up by the veteran merchant Frank Kern Robeson, who has the distinction of having developed the first real department store in the city of Champaign. While his success and position in the community are now so well established, it is noteworthy that Mr. Robeson did not always have an easy course and one free from obstacles. He was born in the state of Pennsylvania. His parents, Alexander M. and Jane (Kern) Robeson, were natives of the same state. Their ancestors had come to America prior to the Revolutionary War. Both the Robesons and the Kerns were engaged in the great iron industry of Pennsylvania until a short time before the Civil War. In 1863 Alexander M. Robeson and his family moved to the pineries of Northern Michigan. During the next winter they and four other families endured the hardships of frontier life. When navigation closed in the fall there was no communication with the outside world except mail every two weeks brought in on sledges drawn by dogs. When navigation opened in the spring the Robesons took the first boat, a sailing vessel that left for Bay City, and thence proceeded by rail and by stage over corduroy roads to Rensselaer, Indiana. Rensselaer, now the county seat of Jasper County, was then a sparsely settled section in swamps and with no railroad communications. The...

Biography of Fremont McMillen

Fremont McMillen. After spending his early youth in Champaign County, Fremont McMillen made choice of the various vocations and professions and determined to become a farmer, a business in which he had been thoroughly trained as a youth. He has never had any substantial reasons to regret that early choice, since his years of labor have brought him profitable rewards, the esteem of a large community, and ample means for his family and those dependent upon him. Mr. McMillen has one of the fine farms in Champaign Township on Rural Route No. 3 out of Champaign. Though a resident of Champaign County most of his life, he was born near Logansport, Indiana, June 15, 1856, a son of William and Rosanna (Henderson) McMillen. His parents were both born in Ohio. In 1859 they came to Champaign County and acquired a farm in section 4 of Champaign Township. Here the parents lived out the rest of their useful and honored lives, and both of them passed away in this county. There were nine children, the first, a daughter, dying in infancy; Franklin and Lucinda are also deceased; Susan lives at Logansport, Indiana, the widow of F. Gotchell; Newton, Isabella and Lucretia are all deceased; Joseph lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, and the ninth and youngest is Fremont. Mr. Fremont McMillen, after arriving at the age of twenty and after completing his education in the local schools, rented the home farm of 110 acres and continued its active ‘management under his control until 1905. In that year he bought another place of 161 acres in the same section, and now has...

Biography of Isaac Divan

Isaac Divan when a small boy fought for the preservation of the Union, some years later came to this part of Illinois, built a home and developed a farm, and for the past nine years has enjoyed the comforts of retirement in his pleasant and attractive home at Ogden. Mr. Divan was born in Licking County, Ohio, September 26, 1848, son of Jacob and Ellen (Jones) Divan. His father was a native of Pennsylvania. There were nine children, six daughters and three sons, in the family, all of whom received their education in the primitive district schools of Licking County. There were no such opportunities for an education open to the boys of that day as at present, and Mr. Divan recalls the scantily furnished log buildings in which he learned his early lessons. When he was seven years of age his father was killed by a falling tree and at an early age he had to assume responsibilities in advance of his years. He was not yet thirteen when the war broke out between the North and the South, and as the war progressed he found himself unable to restrain his enthusiasm and passion for his country, and with about eighteen other boys went to Newark, Ohio, and became members of Company L in the First Regiment of United States Engineers. This regiment was sent to relieve some of the veteran troops whose time had expired. They recruited and disciplined at Todd’s Barracks in Columbus, were sent to Chattanooga, did garrison duty and other work in Tennessee, and after five months of active service Mr. Divan was mustered...

Biography of Jackson Fickle

JACKSON FICKLE. – It is to the pioneer, sturdy, brave, and proud against hardhsip, with a spirit ready to undertake any task or face any danger, that we owe a debt of gratitude for the development of these fertile regions of eastern Oregon, and all too soon that worhty figure is passing from these scenes where he labored so faithfully, and planted the banner of civilization on the hitherto undisturbed plains of nature’s domain. An exemplary member of that deserving and noble band is the gnetleman that it is now our pleasant task to epitomize as to his career in a brief review. From the stanch old buckeye state, in Marion county, came Jackson Fickle, having been born in 1832 to Daniel and Hetty (Tipton) Fickle. While yet a child he was removed to Cass county, Indiana, where the parents remained until the time of their death. In 1858 our subject went to Missouri, and one year later on to Denver, and after spending one or two years there he returned to Missouri and on May 1, 1862, he turned his teams to the west and took up that memorable journey across the plains. Without serious accident or molestation from the savages he landed in Auburn, Baker county, in due time. Here he operated as a freighter for some time between Columbia river and Idaho City and Boise, then went to the Grande Ronde valley and took a quarter-section of land where he has lived since, engaged in the art of agriculture. His place is one mile east from Union and he is one of the leading farmers and...

Biography of Hiram W. Oliver

HIRAM W. OLIVER. – It is with pleasure that we are enabled to grant to the esteemed pioneer and capable citizen whose name is at the head of this article a representation in the history of the county of Union, where he has labored long and faithfully, both for its advancement and development and for the successful culmination of his various business enterprises, wherein he has demonstrated a consummate wisdom in handling the raw resources of the wild country and in subduing it and bringing forth the wealth that lay wrapped in its coffers of natural stores, while also he has manifested a stanch and upright character, unswerving integrity, and capabilities of the best order. Hiram W. was born on December 29, 1827, in Rush county, Indiana, being the son of Elijah T. and Catherine (Boone) Oliver. Catherine Oliver was a granddaughter of a brother of the famous Daniel Boone. He came to Kentucky with Daniel and brought his family there. Another brother, Isaac Boone, was killed in the battle on the Raisin river. With his parents, our subject removed to Cass county, thence to Pulaski county and in the spring of 1849 to Morgan county, the latter being in Illinois. Soon after, they went thence to Marion county,Iowa. In January, 1855, Mr. Oliver returned to Scott county, Illinois, to marry the lady of his choice, Miss Julia A. McCaleb, a native of Tennessee. Her grandfather, a Scotchman, was a Continental soldier in the time of the Revolution. In the spring of 1864, he gathered his worldly possessions together and undertook the journey across the plains, his two brothers...

Biographical Sketch of Max Hilman

Hilman, Max; merchant; born in 1875; educated, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; married, St. Louis, Mo., 1906, Helen Schwab; two children; for twelve years, mgr. and vice pres. the Emerson Elm Mfg. Co., St. Louis, Mo.; since 1908, vice pres. and treas. The Lindner Co., Cleveland; vice pres. and treas. The Wadsworth Co., Akron, O.; vice pres. and treas., The Wadsworth Stone Co., Cleveland; and vice pres. The Gruby Co., Logansport, Ind.; member The Chamber of Commerce, the Advertising Club, Oakwood, and City...

Biography of John William Bartholomew

In no profession does advancement depend more entirely upon individual merit and ability than in the law. Close application, keen analysis, clear mental perception and careful preparation are indispensable elements in the life of every man who attempts to gain prominence in this arduous calling. That John William Bartholomew is lacking in none of these requisites, is indicated in the fact that he is numbered among the most capable lawyers of Miami and throughout his career he has maintained the highest standards of professional ethics. A native of Indiana, he was born near Morocco, in Newton County, November 20, 1858, his parents being George C. and Nancy (Moorman) Bartholomew. The father was born in Upper Kent, England, and there followed the trade of a miller. Coming to the United States; he engaged in farming in Indiana until 1861, when he enlisted at the first call for volunteers, becoming a member of Company E, of the Ninety-ninth Indiana Regiment. He valiantly defended the interests of his adopted country during the Civil war and lost his life at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, which occurred on the 22d of August, 1864. The mother, who is of English parentage, was born in Indiana and is now residing in Newton County, that state. In the acquirement of an education John W. Bartholomew attended the grammar schools and the high school at Burnettsville, Indiana, and from the age of fourteen years has been dependent upon his own resources for a livelihood. He first engaged in newspaper work and became the owner of a paper at Buckingham, Illinois, his publication being known as the...

Harrison, Bennett – Obituary

Bennett Harrison, 76, died Wednesday in a La Grande hospital. Mr. Harrison was born in Cass County, Indiana, coming to Oregon at an early age, and he lived 69 years in Union county. He was unmarried and his survivors are nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Saturday from the Daniels Funeral home, with burial in the North Powder cemetery. Rev. Gene Robinson officiated. The Record Courier; Baker City OR; Thursday, February 7, 1957; Page 6. Contributed by: Pearl...
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