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Woodland Complexes in Northeastern Iowa

This book, written by Wilfred D. Logan, an archeologist with many years of experience in the National Park Service, increases our understanding of the peoples whose burial mounds are preserved within the national monument and other sites in the surrounding locale. The volume presents data, not heretofore analyzed, from a large number of excavations in northeastern Iowa, and systematizes the material to develop a background against which to view the Effigy Mounds and the people who built them.

Biography of John B. Adams

John B. Adams is manager of the Security Abstract Company of Independence. This is the largest abstract firm in Montgomery County, and in many ways its business rivals in volums that of any similar concern in the entire state. Mr. Adams had had a very active business career, beginning in boyhood, and taking him into many fields of activity, and during his life in Southern Kansas he had seen Independence grow from a frontier town to one of the metropolitan centers of Kansas. He comes of that same ancestry which, originally transplanted from England to the shores of Massachusetts, produced some of the great historical characters of the new nation. An uncle of his father was Charles Francis Adams, one of the ablest American statesmen during the early half of the last century and of the same stock which the two presidents of the United States belonged. Mr. Adams’ grandfather was Samuel Adams, who brought his family from Massachusetts into the wilds of Indiana early in the nineteenth century. He spent his life in that state. John Quincy Adams, father of John B., was born in 1822 in that portion of Marion County, Indiana, which several years later, by official ensctment, became the capital of the state and is the present site of the city of Indianapolis. He was reared near that city, and in 1847 moved to Clayton County, Iowa, soon after the admission of Iowa to the Union. He was married in Iowa in 1848 to Phoebe Ann Ballow, who was born in Illinois in 1827. Her father, George Ballow, was a virginia gentleman who came west...

Biography of Alexander D. McKinlay

The west is peopled with brave men, as men’s bravery is measured, but it has some notable citizens whose experiences extend back into the days of constant adventure and ever present peril. Could the exploits and dangers of such men of the west be written down and put into book form, they would form a series of narratives of more absorbing interest than the most exciting romances of western life and adventure that have ever been penned. A fair representation of this class is Alexander D. McKinlay. He is a son of Henry and Barbara Clarke McKinlay, natives of Scotland, and was born in Clayton County, Iowa, February 20, 1853. His father was born in Edinburg in 1823, and died in Clayton county, Iowa, in 1872. His mother, who was born in Sollen, in 1815, lives on the old family homestead in Iowa. They came to America and to Iowa in 1847 and became successful farmers, highly respected by reason of their high character and upright lives. Of their nine children, Alexander D. McKinlay was the fifth child in order of birth. He was reared to help at the work of the farm, and for a time attended school in a primitive log school house, and remained in Iowa until 1877, when, at the age of twenty-four, he emigrated to Idaho and located in Idaho county, where he lived until 1885. He farmed until 1882 with sufficient success to acquire some capital and commercial standing, and then bought thirteen hundred head of cattle and drove them over the old Mullan road to Montana, where he turned them over to...

Biographical Sketch of N. S. Stewart

N. S. Stewart, hardware merchant, was born at Battle Creek, Mich., February 27, 1853. Removed to Clayton County Iowa; thence to Jackson County, Minn; came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1872; clerked for McLain in the implement business for five years. In May 1882, he engaged in the hardware business, under the firm name of Faidley Bros. & Stewart. Mr. Stewart, by hard work as a clerk for several years, made the foundation for his present flourishing business. The firm is one of the best in Burr Oak, and they are doing a splendid business. He was married at Smith Center, Kan., November 15, 1880, to Miss Emma C. Gist. They have one child –...

Schmitz, John – Obituary

Death Claims John Schmitz, 96, Local Banker Long Career in Banking Spanned Fifty-Four Years; Came to Baker in 1889 Baker City’s oldest banking figure, John Schmitz, 96, died Wednesday at his home. He had been in failing health for sometime but had remained interested in current events until his death. Mr. Schmitz was born in Communia, Iowa, March 31, 1865, the son of Gearhardt and Elizabeth Schmitz. He came west to Pendleton in 1887 and on to Baker in 1889. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and had always taken an interest in civic affairs. He was first married to Johanna Watterman who died Dec. 4, 1944. In 1947 he was married in La Grande to Leona Hyatt who died Feb. 22, 1957. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday from the West and Company chapel. The Rev. Tom Foster of North Powder will officiate, Baker Lodge No. 338 B.P.O.E. will have charge of graveside rites at Mt. Hope cemetery where internment will be made. Mr. Schmitz had a long career in Baker, coming her from Pendleton about 1889. He went into business with John Watterman and remained partners until 1905 when Mr. Schmitz started his long banking career. Mr. Schmitz with other local men promoted and organized the Baker Loan and Trust Company. William Pollman was the president and Mr. Schmitz was vice president. After the death of Mr. Pollman in 1930, he acted as president until April 30, 1932 when First National of Baker, the Citizens National bank and Baker Loan and Trust merged and acted as president of First National until 1934....

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