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Biography of W. F. Ryan

W. F. RYAN, another of the proprietors of the The Harrison Roller Mill Company, has been a resident of the county since 1885, having come thither from Kansas, but was born in Clark County, Illinois, February 12, 1858. His father, Jacob M. Ryan, was born in Ohio, but at an early day became a resident of Clark County, Illinois, later moved to Kansas, and in 1882 came to Boone County, Arkansas, where he died in June, 1893, having been an extensive lumber dealer of Harrison. He was a soldier in Company G, Fifty-fourth Regiment of Volunteers, during the war, belonged to the Republican party, and while a resident of Crawford County, Kan., held the office of sheriff two terms, and justice of the peace several terms. He followed merchandising and farming in Illinois, and while in Kansas tilled the soil. His widow, whose maiden name was Abbie Ann, divides her time between her daughter, Mrs. L. R. Smilie, and her son, W. F. Ryan. She bore her husband the following children: Mary R., wife of J. B. Houck, a member of the milling company; Robert O., who is living in Newton County, Arkansas; Wilbur F., of the above-mentioned firm; Reginald C., who is a farmer of the State of Washing-ton; Annace L., wife of L. R. Smilie, of the milling company; O. W., who is a lumberman of Harrison, Arkansas; Rose J. Pearl died young, and T. J. was the wife of R. H. Lawton at the time of her death. They were all reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church. W. F. Ryan received his initiatory...

Biography of Dave Adams

While the race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, the invariable law of destiny accords to tireless energy, industry and ability, a successful career. The truth of this assertion is abundantly verified in the life of Mr. Adams, who, though he has met many difficulties and obstacles, has overcome these by determined purpose and laudable endeavor, working his way steadily upward to success. He is now accounted one of the leading businessmen of Silver City, and has been prominently identified with the development of many of the leading business interests of Idaho since his arrival in the territory in 1868. Mr. Adams was born in Clark County, Illinois, on the nth of April 1843, and his ancestors, who were of Scotch and German birth, were early settlers of Kentucky and Ohio. His father, Abner Adams, was born in Ohio, and in 1831 crossed the plains to California, engaging in mining at different camps in that state until i860, when he returned to his old home for his family. He had gone to the Golden state by way of the northern route, but took his family by the southern route, traveling through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, where he made a location. There his death occurred in 1882, at the age of seventy-one years, but his wife is still living and is now in her seventy-ninth year. Their children are Rebecca, deceased; Dave; Green, who resides in Silver City, Idaho; Amanda, Isabella, George and Albert, all residents of California. Dave Adams received but limited educational advantages in his...

Biography of D. R. Blankinship

D. R. Blankinship. The residence of D. R. Blankinship in Butler County covers a period of more than forty-seven years, during which time he had prospered greatly in the accumulatlon of property and in the gaining of respect and esteem at the hands of his fellow-townsmen. At the time of his arrival this well-known pioneer had little capital to aid him save that represented by his ambition and energy, yet he is now one of the most substantial men of his county, being the owner of 4,300 acres of land, and his home property, located abont two and one-half miles south of Rosalia, in Bosalia Township, had been secured solely through the labor of his hands and the keenness of his mind. Mr. Blankinship was born February 24, 1844, on a farm in Vermillion County, Illinois, and is a son of William C. and Almeda (Stearns) Blankinship. The family originated in England and traces its ancestry back in this country to four brothers who emigrated to America before tho Revolution and settled in the colony of North Carolina. Mr. Blankinship’s paternal grandfather, William Blankinship, was born in North Carolina, became a pioneer preacher and circuit rider of the Baptist faith in Vermillion County, Illinois, and there rounded out an active and useful career. On his father’s mother’s side, D. R. Blankinship is a great-great-grandson of William Smalley, who had a most interesting history. When he was a child, living at Fort Pitts, Pennsylvania, his father was killed by the Indians, and William was taken prisoner and adopted by the Cherokee tribe. After five years he managed to effect an...

Biography of Walter L. McVey

Walter L. McVey is one of the able young members of the Independence bar, and had enjoyed extensive relations with the profession in Montgomery County for the past eight years. Though a native of Illinois, his life had been spent largely in this part of Southern Kansas. He was born at Marshall, Illinois, September 11, 1880. His father, William H. McVey, was born in the same state in 1833, and died in Independence, Kansas, in 1891. He was reared and married in Illinois and in 1883 moved to Montgomery County, Kansas. He devoted his life to the service of the Methodist Episcopal Church as a minister, and on being superannuated retired to his farm in Montgomery County, Kansas, in 1883. He was a republican. The maiden name of his wife was Samantha J. Flemming, who was born in Shelbyville, Illinois, in 1840 and now resided at Independence, Kansas. Their children were: Emma, deceased wife of J. L. Kuhl, who is a merchant at Beardstown, Illinois; Mary F., a teacher of music and living at home with her mother; June, now deceased, whose husband, R. L. Webb, as a farmer in Jasper County, Missouri; George W., a railway mail clerk, who died at Independence, Kansas; Stella, wife of A. C. Sewell, employed by the Baden Mercantile Company at Independence; and Walter L. A cousin of the Independence attorney is Dr. R. Ed MeVey of Topeka. Reared on a farm in Montgomery County and attending the country schools there, Walter L. McVey was graduated from the county high school in 1902, following which he took two years of collegiate work in...

Cole, Lindford Catherine – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Catherine Lindford 1835 – 1891 At her home near Joseph, December 10, 1891, Catherine Lindford Cole, aged 56 years, 6 months and 14 days. Catherine Lindford was born hear London, England may 17, 1835, her parents removing to America the same year, after a short residence in Pennsylvania,  they removed to Indiana, and finally settled in Clark County, Illinois. In 1854 she was married to Eli Misner who died in 1858. In 1859 Mrs. Misner moved to Iowa. In July, 1860 she was united in marriage to Wiley P. Cole (Rev.William Person Cole Sr.) Mr. and Mrs. Cole removed to Nebraska in 1866, and after 14 years’ residence in that State they came to Oregon and in October, 1880 settled in Wallowa valley where they have since resided. For three weeks previous to her death Mrs. Cole had suffered from an attack of erysipelas, but was considered out of danger from that disease. On the evening of her death she seemed bright and cheerful, and was sitting by the fire conversing with her family when the fatal attack came. She asked to be helped to bed, and as her daughter, son and husband gathered around she told them that she was going, a few moments later the spirit of the faithful wife and mother returned to the God who gave it, the immediate cause of death being heart disease. Mrs. Cole was a consistent Christian women, at the time of her death being a member of the Missionary Baptist church. she leaves a husband and six children to revere her memory, and the community deeply...

Biography of John Madison Dosbaugh

John Madison Dosbaugh. Ready adaptation to opportunity, a capacity for gauging the possible value of investments and securities and the well developed speculative instinct that places the natural banker and business man in a class by himself, are factors which have directed the business and financial energy of John Madison Dosbaugh, president of the Dosbaugh National Bank of Cedar Vale, and one of his community’s leading citizens and principal landholders. Mr. Dosbaugh had been identified with the bank of which he is now the directing head for more than a quarter of a century, during which period he had aided it materially in its development as one of the sound institutions of this part of the state, and at the same time had been interested in other ventures of a business and financial nature and had continuously done his full share of labor in the public service. Mr. Dosbaugh was born on a farm in Clark County, Illinois, September 29, 1870, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Mumford) Dosbaugh, natives of Ohio. He is of German descent, his grandfather, John Dosbaugh, having been born at Saarbrucken, on the Saar River, Alsace-Lorraine, when that province belonged to France. He fought as a soldier in the Napoleonic wars, as a private under the great Napoleon Bonaparte, and after his marriage emigrated to the United States and settled as a pioneer farmer in Stark County, Ohio. Later he removed to Clark County, Illinois, where he died on his farm before the birth of his grandson. John Dosbaugh married Miss Kaughman, also a native of Saarbrucken, and she likewise died in...

Cole, Catherine Linford – Obituary

Cole – At her home near Joseph, December 10, 1891, Catherine Lindford Cole, aged 56 years, 6 months and 14 days. Catherine Lindford was born hear London, England may 17, 1835, her parents removing to America the same year. after a short residence in Pennsylvania, they removing to America the same year. After a short residence in Pennsylvania, they removed to Indiana, and finally settled in Clark County, Illinois. In 1854 she was married to Eli Misner who died in 1858. In 1859 Mrs. Misner moved to Iowa. In July, 1860 she was united in marriage to Wiley P. Cole (Rev. William Person Cole Sr.). Mr. and Mrs. Cole removed to Nebraska in 1866, and after 14 years’ residence in that State they came to Oregon and in October, 1880 settled in the Wallowa valley where they have since resided. For three weeks previous to her death Mrs. Cole had suffered from an attack of erysipelas, but was considered out of danger from that disease. On the evening of her death she seemed bright and cheerful, and was sitting by the fire conversing with her family when the fatal attack came. She asked to be helped to bed, and as her daughter, son and husband gathered around she told them that she was going, a few moments later the spirit of the faithful wife and mother returned to the God who gave it, the immediate cause of death being heart disease. Mrs. Cole was a consistent Christian women, at the time of her death being a member of the Missionary Baptist church. she leaves a husband and six children...

Curran, John Paul – Obituary

John Paul Curran, 85, of Enterprise died Dec. 16 at a care center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Katherine’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Father Peter Fernando officiating. Burial will be in the Enterprise Cemetery. Mr. Curran was born Aug. 19, 1920, to Richard and Madeline Dumas Curran in Chicago, Ill. He served in the Marines Corps during World War II, and worked as a truck driver for many years. He was a member of the VFW and served as a commander. Survivors include a daughter, and her husband, Linda and Steve Testerman of Enterprise; a sister, Nanette Wazniak of California; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Katherine, and a son, Michael, died earlier. LaGrande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 17, 2005 – Published: December 19, 2005 ________________________________ John Paul Curran of Enterprise died Dec. 16, 2005, at the Wallowa Valley Care Center in Enterprise of natural causes. He was 85 years old. Mr. Curran was born Aug. 19,1920 in Chicago, Ill., to Richard and Madeline Dumas Curran. On Jan. 27, 1947 he married Katherine J. in Los Angeles, Calif. She died in 2003. Mr. Curran was employed as a truck driver. He served in the Marines during World War II, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was a past commander of the VFW and a member of St. Katherine Catholic Church in Enterprise. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Linda and Steve Testerman of Enterprise, grandson and granddaughter-in-law Tim and Laurie Testerman of Enterprise, grandson and granddaughter-in-law Jason and Leah Testerman of Oregon City and grandson and...

Biographical Sketch of Rev. R. C. Hill

Rev. R. C. Hill, farming and stock; P. O. Charleston; the subject of this sketch was born in Sullivan Co., Ind., Dec. 11, 1817. He married Miss Mary A. Woods Dec. 10, 1839; she was born, in Sullivan Co., Ind., May 23, 1817; they had six children, four living, viz., Franklin P., John W., Martha J. and Elizabeth M.; he lived in Indiana twelve years, when, with his parents, he came to Illinois and settled in Clark Co., where they engaged in farming; in 1846, he came to Coles Co. and settled in La Fayette Tp., remaining one year; he then went to Charleston Tp., where he lived about eighteen months, when he again went to La Fayette Tp., and, in 1853, he came to his present place, and has lived here since, except two and a half years in Charleston; he has been connected with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for forty-seven years, and has been preaching since; licensed 32 years ago; he owns 160 acres in this county, which he has earned entirely by his own labor and management; his parents, Rev. Isaac and Margaret Cunningham Hill, were natives of Kentucky and Pennsylvania; they were married in Kentucky; he died in Clark Co., Ill., and she died here in Coles Co.; they had thirteen children, eight boys and five girls; four of the boys studied medicine, two engaged in the grocery and pork trade and another engaged as a traveling salesman; Mr. F. P. Hill, eldest son of Rev. R. C. Hill, enlisted, in 1862, in the 123d Ill. V. I., which was mounted after four months’ service;...

Biographical Sketch of J. B. Flenner

J. B. Flenner, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Westfield; was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Nov. 18, 1829; up to the age of 24, he remained engaged in farming with his parents; in 1853, they started West, stopping in Clark Co. for five years, when they moved to Coles Co., reaching here in August, 1858, and settled on a farm in Sec. 30, Hutton Tp., near “Otterbein Cemetery,” where his mother died Aug. 1, 1859; shortly after, Mr. Flenner settled upon the farm where he now resides, his father, since the death of his mother, residing with him; his farm contains 570 acres, all improved, upon which he has built what is considered the finest residence in this section of the county; has been School Director for three or four terms. He married Miss Ursula Moore, daughter of Levi D. Moore, of Butler Co., Ohio), Feb. 17, 1853; they had five children – three boys and two girls; two boys living – Wilbur F. and Charles B., one dying in infancy; and two girls both living – Alice F. (now Mrs. Albert Connelly, of Hoopeston, Vermilion Co. Ill.), and Ella. Mr. Flenner has been engaged in breeding Poland-China hogs for nearly forty years, and was instrumental in developing and establishing this breed of hogs in Coles Co; he raises on an average 250 hogs of this breed each year; one year the average weight was 598 pounds, and average age 18 months. Mr. Flenner’s parents connected themselves early in life with the Methodist Church, and were always consistent and upright members of that...
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