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Biography of Horace Mann Philips

Horace Mann Philips. Up to twenty-five years ago Horace Mann Philips was a Pennsylvania banker. To look after his investments in Kansas real estate he came West, and the visit made such a strong impression upon his mind that he determined forthwith to identify himself with the growing Sunflower State. He had been a resident of Kansas ever since, was a former county treasurer of Shawnee County, and is now engaged in banking at Dover in that county. Mr. Philips was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, December 7, 1850. He is one of four children, two of whom are still living, born on Lewis and Jane (Keeley) Philip. He was reared on a Pennsylvania farm, and his education was finished in the West Chester Normal School. After the first twenty-four years of his life had been spent on the home farm he engaged in the real estate business at West Chester and while there he organized the Dime Savings Bank of Chester County. He was its cashier. He and his partner were also in the loan business, and during this time made some heavy loans in Kansas. At one time it seemed that their faith in the western country was misplaced, and during many deprossing days there was much anxiety as to whether the principal of the loans would ever be recovered. It was for the purpose of looking after these investments that Mr. Philips arrived in Kansas in 1891. He found conditions better than he had expected, and after his primary mission was successfully accomplished, he found himself overpowered with a love of Kansas and its people, and...

Biographical Sketch of Harry Brinton Jones

Jones, Harry Brinton; florist; born, West Chester, Pa., Sept. 13, 1872; son of William, Jr., and Mary B. Painter Jones; educated, West Chester Friends High School and Pierce Business College, Philadelphia, Pa.; 1890-1893, apprentice to Robert Craig & Co., Philadelphia; 1894-1898, mgr. The Penroch Floral Co., Wilmington, Del.; for four months, floral artist to J. Lewis Lousie, Washington, D. C.; asst. mgr. the J. M. Gasser Co., from Oct. 9, 1899, to July 1, 1909; since then sec’y and treas. The Jones & Russel Co.; member Biglow Lodge, F. A. M., and Rotary Club; member Society of Friends; fond of general outdoor...

Biographical Sketch of Malcolm McBride

McBride, Malcolm; plumber, born, Glasgow, Scotland, April 29, 1865; son of Daniel and Marion Ferguson McBride; educated in West Chester, Pa., public schools; married, Cleveland, Dec. 24, 1889, Clara Budbill; issue, three sons; came to West Chester, Pa., from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1879; came to Cleveland in June, 1884; worked as journeyman plumber until June, 1908, then became successor to his uncle, A. A. Parker, in the plumbing business; member Cleveland City Lodge No. 15, F. & A. M., also Oak Lodge No. 77, K. of...

Biography of James C. Lysle

James C. Lysle. The important industries of Leavenworth still include manufacturing and some of the soundest enterprises in this line at the present date their beginning back in the city’s pioneer days. Immediately in this connection, comes the name of James C. Lysle to mind, for he was one of the earliest, one of the most persevering and one of the most straightforward manufacturers that the city had ever known. He was, entirely, a self-made made and in youth had but few educational advantages, but through quiet persistence, faith in himself and his fellow men, and a determination he never departed from, to deal justly with every one, he became possessed of an ample fortune and beyond that was an influence for good that will long remain effective in the city in which he spent forty-four years of usefulness. James C. Lysle was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, December 2, 1828. His father was William Wilson Lysle, who was descended from Scotch ancestors. James C. Lysle grew to manhood in his native place and had but little school training. While quite young he went to work in a paper mill at Mount Vernon and carefully saved his earnings and finally invested them in stock in the mill and lost them when the mill people became bankrupts. Later, with others, he leased the mill and because of his knowledge of the business would, in all probability, have prospered there, but just then the Civil war came on and once more he saw his investment worthless. These backsets were serious for a young man just starting into business, but it is...

Biography of H. V. Foster

No history of Oklahoma especially having to do with the development of the great oil industry in the state would be complete without extended reference to the Foster family. Their activities have been a most potent element in connection with the development of the natural resources of the southwest and I L and H. V. Foster maintains the family standard of activity, progressiveness, initiative, determination and sagacity in relation to business affairs. He is today President of the Indian Territory Illuminating Oil Company, with headquarters at Bartlesville and is the directing head of the company which controls the famous Foster lease in the Osage Nation. He entered actively upon the management of these interests in 1902 and in the passing years has become an outstanding figure in connection with the oil development of the southwest. A native son of New England, he was born September 6, 1875, in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, his parents being Henry and Gertrude (Daniels) Foster. The father was also born in Westerly, while the mother’s birth occurred in Paxton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The name of Henry Foster is indelibly engraved upon the financial records of his native state, for he became one of the foremost financiers of Rhode Island, where he engaged in the banking business for many years. Attracted by the opportunities of the growing west, however, he made his way to Independence, Kansas, in 1882 and there centered his extensive financial operations to the time of his demise. He passed away February 25, 1896, at the comparatively early age of forty-seven years. Though his death seemed untimely he had accomplished much...

Biography of John Wilson

John Wilson. Indelibly interwoven with the early and later history of Leavenworth and one of the great industrial captains of his day, was the late John Wilson, one of the solid men of this city for many years. His life story is interesting from every point of view, not alone because of the great business enterprises he fostered and founded, but also for achievements in other fields where his personality counted and where the life he lived so closely touched others that his memory will long be kept green. Mr. Wilson became a permanent resident and property owner in 1857 and for very nearly fifty years was identified with the progress and development of Leavenworth. John Wilson was born at Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania, October 9, 1828. His parents, James and Rebecca (Whiteside) Wilson, were of Scotch-Irish descent. The father was a man of considerable consequence in Chester County, serving for twenty-five years as a magistrate and was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He served as a sergeant in the company of Captain Holmes in the War of 1812. He and his wife were intelligent practical people and their son John profited by their openmindedness for he was given educational advantages such as many youths of the time and neighborhood did not enjoy. After attending the common schools he was employed for a time as a clerk in a store, performing his duties very willingly, for already he had the business instinct that later was a dominating factor in commercial life. He then spent two years in an academy at New London Chester County, after which he resumed...

Chester County, Pennsylvania Census Records

1790 Chester County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1790 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives 1790 Head of Household A-L 1790 Head of Household M-Z 1790 Surname Index A-Cow 1790 Surname Index Cowe-Hal 1790 Surname Index Hall-Lew 1790 Surname Index Lew-Pea 1790 Surname Index Pear-Sum 1790 Surname Index Sutt-Zoo File 1 of 7 File 2 of 7 File 3 of 7 File 4 of 7 File 5 of 7 File 6 of 7 File 7 of 7 Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project 1790 Federal Census Records Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1800 Chester County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1800 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives File 1 of 8 File 2 of 8 File 3 of 8 File 4 of 8 File 5 of 8 File 6 of 8 File 7 of 8 File 8 of 8 Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1810 Chester County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1810 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at Census Guide 1810 U.S. Census Guide 1820 Chester County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1820 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  1820 Chester County, Pennsylvania Census Images $ Hosted at Census Guide 1820 U.S. Census Guide 1830 Chester County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  1830 Chester County, Pennsylvania Census Images $ Hosted at Census Guide 1830 U.S. Census Guide 1840 Chester...

Chester County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Chester County PAGenWeb Project Brownback’s German Reform Church Franklin Cemeteries German Reformed Congregation of Vincent Township – early burials Mt. Olivet Christian Church Sadsbury Meeting Cemetery Burials St. Augustine’s and St. Monica’s Cemetery St. Denis’ Cemetery St. Mark’s Episcopal Church St. Monica’s Cemetery St. Peter’s Great Valley Episcopal Church St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemeteries hosted at Chester County Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Chester County Arlington Cemetery (Partial) Beth Israel Cemetery Beula Bapatist Church Brownback’s German Reform Church Chestnut Grove Cemetery Annex Fairview Cemetry Fairview Presbyterian Fernwood Cemetery Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church Great Valley Presbyterian Cemetery Haym Salomon Memorial Park Hollingsworth Family Burial Ground Homeville Cemetery Honeybrook Presbyterian Cemetery(partial) Honeycomb Union AME Hopewell United Methodist Cemetery Lewisville, Chester County, New London Presbyterian Cemetery New London Presbyterian Cemetery (addition) Oxford Cemetery Plainfield Lutheran Cemetery Rolling Green Memorial Park – West Chester St. Agnew St. Andrew’s Burials St. Mary’s – West Grove St. Patrick’s Cemetery Shenkel United Church of Christ Cemetery, North Coventry Stone Graveyard Burials (1872), Lewisville, Chester County Thunder Hill Cemetery, New London Upper Octoraro Presbyterian Willistown Friends Burial Ground (Partial) Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Cemeteries hosted by Bruce and Marge Galus Sandlier Brownback’s Reformed Church and Cemetery East Vincent Church and Cemetery St. Vincent Church and Cemetery Morris Cemetery Cemetery Photos Hosted at Chester County Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Cemeteries Hosted at Pennsylvania Gravestones Brower Oak Grove Cemetery Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Cemetery Oak...

Biography of J. B. Congle

J.B. CONGLE. – Mr. Congle was one of the men of wealth who contributed largely to the early growth and prosperity of our state, and especially of Portland. He was born December 9, 1817, in Chester county, Pennsylvania. In the year 1832 he went to Philadelphia to learn the harness and saddlery trade, and in the spring of 1838 removed to Virginia, thence to Missouri, and in the year 1841 was at Lafayette, Indiana, where he resided ten years thereafter. On May 21, 1844, he was married to Miss Ellen H. Gray, of the place last named. He came as an argonaut to California in 1849, and returned to years later to his home in Indiana. In 1853 he came to Oregon and located at Corvallis, then known as Marysville, and esteemed the head of permanent navigation. Here he lived eight years, and was the first mayor of the city. In 1857 he was elected sheriff of Benton county, but resigned the position after three months. In 1861 he removed to Portland, and made that city his residence until his death. Positions of trust and honor he was frequently called upon to fill, and served the public faithfully. He was elected councilman of the second ward in 1870, and in 1872 was chosen representative to the state legislature from Multnomah county. He became a member of the Masonic order in Indiana, and in 1874-75 was grand master of this order in Oregon, and in 1879-80 was grand high priest. Mr. Congle’s two daughters, one of whom is the wife of Honorable Richard williams, ex-representative to Congress from Oregon, and...

Biography of Mark D. Mitchell

Mark D. Mitchell, who was born at Franklin, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1871, is a lawyer by profession, but has used his legal knowledge chiefly to further his interests and those of his associates as an oil producer in Kansas. He has operated in various fields both East and West, and is now one of the prominent business men of Independence. His father, John L. Mitchell, was born in Center County, Pennsylvania, in 1836, a son of Thomas Mitchell, also a native of Pennsylvania, but who died at Ashtabula, Ohio. John L. Mitchell died in Franklin, Pennsylvania, in 1898, having spent most of his life in that city, where he was a banker, a prominent citizen, and a leader in the republican party. He married Harriet Raymond, who was born at Utica, Pennsylvania, in 1837, and died at Franklin in January, 1915. Their children were: John R., a banker at St. Paul, Minnesota; Lida, who lives at Cleveland, Ohio; Mark D.; Thomas, an oil producer living at Franklin, Pennsylvania; Lynn, a banker at St. Paul, Minnesota. Mark D. Mitchell graduated from the high school of Franklin, Pennsylvania, in 1890 and then entered Amherst College, where he completed the regular course and graduated Bachelor of Science in 1894. His education was continued in the New York Law School, from which he holds the degree LL. B., granted him in 1896. For about two years after leaving university he engaged in various occupations, but since 1898 has been identified almost altogether with the oil industry. He was an operator in Pennsylvania fields, but since 1907 has had his home at Independence, Kansas....
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