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Biography of Harry C. Bohrer, M. D.

Dr. Harry C. Bohrer, a St. Louis surgeon, who though among the younger representatives of the profession, has attained a prominence that many an older physician might well envy, was born in Macon, Missouri, October 8, 1890. His father, the late George W. Bohrer, was also a native of this state and a representative of an old Pennsylvania family that was established in Missouri in pioneer times. The grandfather was David Bohrer, who came to Missouri long prior to the Civil war and devoted his life to agricultural pursuits here. George W. Bohrer was reared and educated in Kansas and Missouri and after attaining his majority took up educational work, which he followed to the time of his death, passing away at Brookfield, Missouri, in 1906, at the comparatively early age of thirty-eight years. He was also a graduate in medicine but never engaged in practice. He married Fannie Lankford, who was born in Shelbina, Missouri, and belonged to one of the pioneer families of Indiana. She still makes her home in St. Louis. Dr. Bohrer, the only child of the family, was educated in the public schools of Chicago, in the Bleese Military Academy at Macon, Missouri, and in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, from which he was graduated in 1912, having pursued a two years’ course there which won for him the Ph. G. degree. He next entered the St. Louis University of Medicine and was graduated with the class of 1916. He afterward became an interne in the St. Louis Baptist Hospital, where he thus served for a year and was resident physician for two...

Biography of Henry William Kuechenmeister

Henry William Kuechenmeister is a prominent figure in the industrial and commercial circles of St. Louis as the secretary and treasurer of the St. Louis Paper Can & Tube Company. He also has other important interests and is recognized as a dynamic force in business affairs-one who inspires others with his contagious enthusiasm and who never stops short of the successful accomplishment of his purpose. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, January 22, 1877, and is a son of John Kuechenmeister, whose birth occurred in Mecklenburg, Germany, but who came to America in 1868, settling in Chicago, where he engaged in business as a brick contractor. He continued his residence in that city for more than a half century, passing away in March, 1919. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Bertha Schwartz, was also a native of Germany and their marriage was celebrated in Chicago in 1872. They became the parents of four sons and two daughters, all but one of whom are living. Henry William Kuechenmeister pursued his education in the public schools of Chicago and started out on his business career in that city but soon afterward came to St. Louis, where in connection with his brother he has been active in the development and conduct of the business carried on under the name of the St. Louis Paper Can & Tube Company. His brother, John Henry Kuechenmeister, is the president of the company while Henry William Kuechenmeister is the secretary and treasurer. They have developed an enterprise of extensive proportions notwithstanding the fact that they started out with limited capital and small equipment. Today...

Biography of Rev. ZeBarney Thorne Phillips, D. D.

Rev. ZeBarney Thorne Phillips, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal church, St. Louis, was born in Springfield, Ohio, May 1, 1875. His father, ZeBarney Phillips, was born in Chautauqua county, New York, and at the time of the Civil war enlisted in the Union army, serving throughout the period of hostilities in the One Hundred and Twelfth New York Volunteer Infantry. He married Sallie Essex Sharp, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, the wedding being celebrated in Springfield, Ohio, July 12, 1866. They became the parents of four children, all of whom survived the father, who passed away on the 24th of May, 1879, at the age of thirty-six years. Dr. Phillips, the youngest of the family, pursued his early education in the public schools of Springfield, Ohio, completing the high school course by graduation when a youth of sixteen. He was afterward graduated from Wittenberg College at Springfield with valedictorian honors of his class when twenty years of age and in early manhood developed his musical ability, becoming a talented musician and serving for twelve years as church organist. At length he determined to enter the ministry and became a student in the General Theological Seminary of New York city, from which he was graduated in 1899. On the 9th of July of that year Dr. Phillips was ordained a deacon of the Episcopal church and his first work was at St. Luke’s church in Cincinnati, where he spent six weeks during the summer, immediately after his ordination. On the first Sunday of October, 1899, he took charge of St. Mary’s church at Hillsboro, Ohio, and on the 1st of...

Biography of Thomas Harper Cobbs

Thomas Harper Cobbs, lawyer and senior member of the firm of Cobbs & Logan, 1111-1116 Third National Bank building, St. Louis, Missouri, was born August 26, 1868, on a farm in Fairview township, Lafayette county, about six miles southeast of Napoleon, Missouri. His father, Thomas T. Cobbs, was a native of Tennessee. His grandfather, Thomas Cobbs, was a native of Virginia and a descendant of EnglishWelsh parents. His grandfather was among the pioneer settlers of Lafayette county, having come to that county in 1830, and having built the first gristmill in that section. After his grandfather’s death, his father operated the old water power gristmill until it became out of date and then devoted himself to farming until 1890, when he retired and moved to Marshall, Missouri, where he died in 1913. His mother, Catherine Harper Cobbs, was a native of Woodford county, Kentucky, and a member of the Harper family, one of the best known families in the “blue grass” region. They were breeders of fine horses and were the owners of “Longfellow” and “Tenbroek,” two of the most famous race horses of their day. His mother died at Marshall, Missouri, in 1910. He has one brother, William S. Cobbs, of Norborne, Missouri, and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Hyland, of Marshall, Missouri, now living and has lost two sisters, Mrs. Catherine Chinn and Mrs. Sarah Drysdale. Thomas Harper Cobbs was reared on the home farm and attended the Fairview district school and the Pleasant Prairie Cumberland Presbyterian church until he reached the age of seventeen years. In the fall of 1885 he entered Odessa College at Odessa, Missouri....

Biographical Sketch of John Henry Kuechenmeister

John Henry Kuechenmeister, president of the St. Louis Paper Can and Tube Company, was born in Chicago, Illinois, March 10, 1875. His father was John Kuechenmeister, a native of Mecklenburg, Germany, who came to Chicago in 1868 and engaged in the brick contracting business, dying here in March, 1919. His mother was Bertha Schwartz, who was also born in Germany, and who married John Kuechenmeister in Chicago in 1872. Four sons and two daughters were born to them, all but one of whom survive, a daughter having passed away. John Henry Kuechenmeister received his education in the public schools of Chicago. His first business enterprise was a paper-box factory in that city, which he later sold and went to St. Louis to establish the St. Louis Paper Can and Tube Company, of which he is the president, while his brother, H. William Kuechenmeister, is the secretary and treasurer. Starting in a small way they have recently removed to their new plant which covers several acres and employs several hundred people. Their product is in international demand. Mr. Kuechenmeister is also the president of the Martha Investment Company which handles the real estate for the Can Company. Mr. Kuechenmeister gives no allegiance to party in politics. His religious faith is that of the Lutheran Evangelical church. His wife was Miss Martha Seidel. They have two...

Biography of Harry Jiencke

For about a quarter of a century Harry Jiencke traveled about over the State of Kansas as a salesman, building up a large acquaintance and business relationship, but for the past twelve years had been prominently identified with the oil and gas and various other industrial affairs of Independence, where he is one of the well known citizens. Of an old German family of Mecklenburg, he came to America when only a youth. He was born May 27, 1858. His father, Joachim Jiencke, was born in Mecklenburg in 1806 and died there in 1869. He was a man of more than ordinary prominence. He had extensive farming and stock raising interests, was a member of the legal profession and held a judicial office, and during his service in the regular army went through the rebellion of 1848. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. His wife, Henrietta Ahrens, was born in Germany in 1818 and died there in venerable years in 1905. To their marriage were born a large family, fifteen children, and a brief record of them is as follows: William, now deceased; Gustav, a confectioner living in Chicago; Mina, who died in infancy; Louisa, still living in Mecklenburg, Germany, the widow of Henry Demin, who was a miller; Fritz, deceased; Karl, deceased; Marie, living in Mecklenburg, the widow of Otto Beutler, who was a confectioner; Panl, a confectioner in Meeklenburg; Edward, a tobacco manufacturer at Berlin, Germany; Henrietta, wife of Henry Schaffer, a retired farmer now living in Chicago; Emma, wife of Henry Vitense, who holds the office of postmaster in the City of Mecklenburg; Harry,...

Biography of William A. Harris, Gen.

Gen. William A. Harris was a brave officer of the Confederacy, a pioneer railroad engineer, a successful and leading stock raiser of improved breeds and, both in state and national bodies (including the Congress of the United States), an untiring and effective promoter of agricultural interests. Born in Loudoun County, Virginia, October 29, 1841, as a boy he was educated in his native state and at Buenos Aires, Argentina, whither his father had been sent as United States minister. In June, 1859, he graduated from Columbia College, Washington, District of Columbia. Immediately afterward he went to Central America and spent six months on a ship canal survey, but returned home and entered the Virginia Military Institute in January, 1860. He was in the graduating class of 1861, but in April of that year he and his classmates entered the Confederate service. He served three years as assistant adjutant-general of Wilcox’s brigade and as ordnance officer of Gens. D. H. Hill’s and Rhodes’ divisions of the Army of Northern Virginia. In 1865 he came to Kansas and entered the employ of the Union Pacific railroad as civil engineer. The road was then completed to Lawrence, and his first work was to build the Leavenworth branch, which he completed in 1866. Mr. Harris was resident engineer of the road until it was completed to Carson in the fall of 1868, when he accepted the agency for the sale of the Delaware reservation and other lands, in connection with farming and stock raising. In 1876 he became interested in short-horn cattle and in a short time his herds were known throughout the...

Biography of Leo D. Kelly

Leo D. Kelly, assistant cashier of the National Bank of Commerce in St. Louis, came to Missouri from the neighboring state of Illinois, his birth having occurred at Russell, Lake county, March 12, 1886. His father, the late Timothy Kelly, was a native of Michigan and of Irish descent. He became a successful farmer and a stock raiser, following agricultural pursuits until he passed away at Russell, Illinois, in 1908, at the age of sixty-eight years. His wife, who in her maidenhood was Margaret Hoye, was born in Salem, Wisconsin, and was also of Irish lineage. She died at Russell, Illinois, in 1906, when sixty-six years of age. By her marriage she had become the mother of eight sons and six daughters, of whom thirteen are living. Leo D. Kelly, who was the youngest of the family, passed through consecutive grades in the public schools until he had completed a high school course and later attended the College of Commerce at Kenosha, Wisconsin, from which he was graduated in 1904. He started out in the business world as a stenographer in Chicago and afterward entered the railroad service with the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Company in Chicago, becoming private secretary to H. T. Miller, the vice president of that road, and later filling the position of secretary under W. E. Hodger, vice president of the Santa Fe Railroad Company. In 1907 Mr. Kelly came to St. Louis and accepted the position of secretary to Thomas Randolph, then president of the Commonwealth Trust Company, with whom he continued until November, 1908. He then entered the service of the Bank...

Biography of Warren P. Elmer, M. D.

Dr. Warren P. Elmer, making a specialty of internal medicine, was born in Lodi, Ohio, October 1, 1879, a son of Warren Elmer, who was also a native of the Buckeye state and a representative of an old family of Ohio and New York. The Elmers are of English origin and the family was founded in America in 1650 by Edward Elmer, since which time representatives of the name have participated in the Colonial wars, the Revolutionary war and other military struggles, defending American Interests. Warren Elmer, Sr., was a breeder and stock raiser, who specialized in breeding and raising carriage horses and in this was very successful. He wedded Virginia White, a native of Ohio, who was descended from Vermont ancestry, and to a more remote period the ancestry is traced back to Peter White, who came over on the Mayflower and who was the father of Peregrine White, the first white child born in New England. The family was founded in Ohio during the latter part of the eighteenth century. The death of Warren Elmer occurred October 6, 1917, when he had reached the age of seventy-eight years and his wife died in November, 1918, at the age of seventy-four years. Dr. Elmer is the only survivor of a family of three children. He was educated in the public schools at Lodi, Ohio, in Stanford University of California and in the University of Michigan, which conferred upon him the M. D. degree in 1903. He was also graduated from the St. Louis University in 1905 with the Bachelor of Science degree. He entered upon professional work as...

Biography of John Joseph Horan

John Joseph Horan, manufacturers’ agent of St. Louis, was born in New York city, September 10, 1859. His father, Patrick Horan, who departed this life in 1890, was born in Ireland and came to America in 1840.He was an engineer, connected with the United States navy. He married Ann Flynn, also a native of the Emerald isle, their wedding being celebrated in New York. They became the parents of two sons and a daughter: John J.; Thomas H., who died in 1906; and Mary, who died at the age of fourteen years. John J. Horan is therefore the only surviving member of the family. He was educated in the grammar and high schools of New York, attending the latter for three years, and in 1873, when a youth of fourteen years, he entered the employ of the American Whip Company as a clerk. He rose to the position of manager by the time he reached the age of twenty years and continued to act in that capacity until 1885. He then resigned and went with the Woodbury Whip Company of Rochester, New York, which he represented upon the road as a traveling salesman until 1901. Again he resigned his position and engaged in business on his own account as an equal partner in the Cowles-Horan Whip Company of Westfield, Massachusetts. He became manager of the St. Louis office and also representative in the western territory, acting in these capacities from 1901 to the present time. He is likewise manufacturers’ agent for other saddlery and for automobile accessory lines and throughout the intervening period, covering two decades, has most successfully...
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