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Biography of John Knox Rankin, Col.

Col. John Knox Rankin, who died at his home in Lawrence, October 29, 1915, was a distinguished citizen of Kansas. He was a territorial pioneer, had served with credit in the many scenes of the Civil war enacted in this state, and was well described as “an ardent advocate of the activities that promoted the welfare of state and city, and a splendid embodiment of the best of Kansas citizenship.” The many qualities and characteristics that found expression during his long life were undoubtedly inherited in part from a notable ancestry. He was descended from John Rankin, who was of pure Scotch descent and had emigrated from County Donegal, Ireland, sailing from Londonderry and arriving at Philadelphia in 1727. He settled near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from him have descended many of the prominent Rankins of this country. His second son was Capt. Thomas Rankin, who was born in 1724 and died in 1810. Capt. Thomas Rankin early joined that conspicuous center of Scotch-Irish Presbyterianism in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania in Washington County. From that district he organized a company that did valiant service in the Revolutionary army. Four of his sons were members of that company, including Richard Rankin, who was born in 1756 and died in 1827. This Richard Rankin was the grandfather of the late Colonel Rankin. Many of the Rankins and their relatives helped win the struggle for independence during the Revolution. An uncle of the late Colonel Rankin was also in the War of 1812 and was killed in the battle of Horseshoe Bend on March 21, 1814, on the Tallapoosa River in Alabama....

Palumbo, Leo – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Leo Palumbo, 89, a longtime Baker City resident, former elementary school principal and musician, died June 6, 2003, at Settler’s Park. Visitations will be until 6 o’clock tonight at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. There will be a vigil service at 7 p.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Interment will be at 3 p.m. MDT Tuesday at Park View Cemetery in New Plymouth, Idaho. Leo Joseph Palumbo was born Nov. 24, 1913, at Logansport, Ind., to James Cosimo and Rose Catanzaro Palumbo. The family moved to Payette, Idaho, in 1923 where Mr. Palumbo established the J.C. Palumbo Fruit Co.: grower, packer and shipper of fruit, potatoes and onions. Leo attended Payette schools, graduating in 1932. He then attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated cum laude with a degree in commerce (now business administration). Leo returned to Payette and joined his father at the fruit company. In February 1941, Leo was among the first group of men drafted into the U.S. Army. His gear was on a train with troops destined for the South Pacific when he received orders to report to Officer’s Training School at Camp Lee, Va. Leo spent three years at Kodiak, Umnak, and Bethel, Alaska, as a stevedore officer. He was honorably discharged in January 1946 with the rank of captain. Leo then returned to Payette to the fruit company. Leo and Mary Louise Campo (his father’s bookkeeper) were married on March 20, 1946. When the fruit company was sold...

Gaede, Baker & Co.

Gaede, Baker & Co., dealers in a general line of fancy dry goods, clothing and gents furnishing goods and livestock. They opened trade January 1, 1882, and carry a stock of $6,000 and employ one clerk in the business. The individual names of the firm are Richard Gaede, H. C. Baker and S. H. Fields. H. C. Baker first came to Dodge City January 1, 1882. He was born at Logansport, Cass Co., Ind., September 16, 1849. The family moved to Nemaha County, Neb., in 1856, where he was raised in a small village. He first began business in life as a clerk in a store at Brownville, Neb., and has always followed mercantile pursuits. He went to Atchison County, Mo., in 1874, and clerked in a dry goods store for some time, when he purchased a third interest in the same and continued for three years. He then became a member of the firm of Gaede, Baker & Co., until he came to Dodge City. He was married in May 1877, to Miss Bertha Renner, of Rockport, Mo. They have two children – Nellie and...

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