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Biography of Alfred Clark Pierce

At the age of eighty-one, bearing the impress of a life of remarkable experience, a pioneer builder of Kansas, for many years identified with its public and business life, this venerable citizen is now living in comfortable retirement at Junction City. A small party of free state men arrived in Kansas in 1856. It comprised eight or ten men. One of them was Preston B. Plumb, whose name is a household word in Kansas. Alfred Clark Pierce was also in that little party. At Iowa City, Iowa, he had first met Mr. Plumb, and they were ever afterwards intimate friends. Besides coming to Kansas as pioneer settlers and for the purpose of lending their individual aid to the free state movement, this party convoyed a very significant train of supplies, including 250 Sharpe rifles, a supply of ammunition, and a small brass cannon. Those who are acquainted with the seenes anacted on Kansas soil in subsequent months need not be told to what purpose these military supplies were devoted. At Manhattan the party divided. Mr. Pierce went to what was then the far western Kansas, and located a claim on which the City of Salina had since been built. However, in November, 1856, he abandoned the claim and went to Ogden. There he was employed in cutting logs and later took up surveying. Mr. Pierce permanently settled at Junction City in 1860, and had lived in that community continuously for more than fifty-five years, For some time he was chiefly employed at his work in surveying. His part as a maker of Kansas also included military service. In August,...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph Sherman Van De Boe

Van De Boe, Joseph Sherman; real estate; born, Jan. 20, 1859, Cooperstown, N. Y.; son of John Leeland Van De Boe; common school education; married in December, 1881, Miss Mary A. Wood, of Lebanon; issue, one son, Hugh Robert, born Oct. 14, 1885; Mrs. Van De Boe died in December, 1909, while visiting her son, in Hong Kong, China; business career, began to work when 12 years of age; worked on a farm; mgr. Drug Co. in Andover, N. Y.; realizing the need of further education, worked in country store in Ulysses, Pa., and attended Academy there; then went to Eastman Business College, in Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; worked in store in country, and later taught school; studied more, and graduated from Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass.; lived in Sanford, Fla., for four years; bookkeeper and gen. mgr. of dry goods and grocery store; went into business for himself, continuing until 1887, when store was destroyed by fire; went to Chicago, and did a brokerage business; then with Boston real estate firm; began on small salary, but in ten months made gen. mgr., with salary of $100 per week and expenses; in 1893, located in Buffalo, N. Y.; in 1895, formed partnership with W. M. Hagar; came to Cleveland, and started present business; pres. of the company; has laid out thirteen subdivisions in Cleveland; has a branch office in Columbus, O.; member Chamber of Commerce and Credit Men’s Ass’n, Athletic and Automobile Clubs; Republican; Episcopalian; prominent in...

Benjamin Todd of Cooperstown NY

Benjamin Todd6, (Benjamin5, Titus4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 20, 1787, died Aug. 9, 1814, married Jan. 4, 1814, Elmira North. They removed from Russell, Mass., first to Fly Creek, N. Y., thence to Cooperstown, N. Y., where he died. Child: 925. Celestia B., b. Sept. 23, 1814, m.(???)Peet, in Cooperstown, N....

George Ira Todd of Bartonville IL

George Ira Todd9, (Ira8, Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 9, 1849, in Cooperstown, N. Y., married in 1876, Clara L. Hemstreet, of Mendota, Ill., who was born in 1854, in Lyons, N. Y. About 1895 his mind became deranged through overwork and worry and since that time he has been an inmate of the insane asylum in Bartonville, Ill. He is not very closely confined and is allowed many privileges. Children: 2607. Charles Albert, b. Oct. 1877, d. in 1907. 2608. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1879; unmarried. 2609. Helen Ruby, b. 1881, m. 1913, William Wally, of Morris, Ill. 2610. Flora Elvira, b. 1883, m. 1911, William Rushton, of Minooka, Ill.; they had issue: (1) William; (2) Albert; (3)...

Charles Ferdinand Todd of Duluth MN

Charles Ferdinand Todd9, (Walter S.8, Ira7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 25, 1844, in Cooperstown, N. Y., married June 1, 1871, Harriet Ophelia, daughter of Hon. Elnathan and Salome (Cushman) Hathaway, who was born in Assonet Village, Freetown, Mass. Her mother was a cousin of Charlotte Cushman, the actress. Soon after their marriage, they went to Chicago, Ill., where he engaged in the wholesale produce business and which he continued for several years. Later he moved to Duluth, Minn., where he was a dealer in fancy butter. They lived in Chicago at the time of the great fire. Children: 2603. Frank Buffington, b. Oct. 14, 1874, d. April 23, 1875. *2604. Olin H., b....

Henry Day Todd of Cooperstown NY

Henry Day Todd8, (Caleb7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 8, 1809, in Cooperstown, N. Y., he was three times married, first, Feb. 8, 1832, Thankful Evans, who was born Feb. 14, 1813, in Hindsdale, N. H., died Dec. 15, 1832, he married second, May 13, 1839, Lois Weeks, who was born Jan. 13, 1816, in Clarendon, Vt., died Nov. 1, 1856, he married third, May 9, 1857, Tasile Croteau, who was born April 17, 1831, in Montreal, Canada. Child by Thankful Evans: *2024. Isabella T., b. Dec. 15, 1832. Child by Lois Weeks: *2025. Sabra Amelia, b. Oct. 13, 1843. Children by Tasile Croteau: 2026. Hattie Lois, b. May 1, 1858; is unmarried and lived at 59 Monument Ave., Charlestown, Mass. *2027. Henry Caleb, b. Aug. 13, 1859. *2028. Emma Louise, b. July 4, 1862. *2029. Thomas Eugene, b. July 2,...

Biography of James P. Fulton

James P. Fulton, postmaster at Stanley, Ontario county, New York, and who has held a number of other positions under the government of the United States, has served his country bravely and well, as will be found detailed further on in this sketch. He is a descendant of the distinguished Fulton family, of Ireland, and it seems but natural that his name should be found in the lists of those who fought so gallantly during the civil war, as he but displayed the traits inherited from a number of his ancestors. Among these was his maternal great-grandfather, Captain John Rippey, who was in active service throughout the revolutionary war, was brevetted major, shared the hardships endured at Valley Forge, and participated in all the battles in which Washington was personally engaged. James S. Fulton, father of James P. Fulton, was horn in Seneca township, New York, in 1813, and died there, May 6, 1887. He was occupied as a farmer throughout the active years of his life. He married Margaret Ann, who died January 2, 1892, daughter of Thomas and Anna (Rippey) McCauley. Among their children were: John M., who was graduated from Hobart College, and studied law at the Albany Law School, and is now (1910) a prominent lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri; and James P., see forward. James P., son of James S. and Margaret Ann (McCauley) Fulton, was born in the town of Seneca, Ontario county, New York, August 17, 1843. He attended the district school and from there he went to the Cooperstown high school, from which he was graduated, finally taking a course at...

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