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Biographical Sketch of W. A. L. Thompson

More than ordinary interest always attaches to the man who builds up a business, whether it be a farm, a store is factory or whatsoever establishment that serves the peeple in its line and had the usefulness of an institution. Forty years of careful and painetaking merchandising have been behind the well known Topeka house of W. A. L. Thompson Hardware Company, one of the oldest and most standard mercantile firms of the state. Born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 18, 1848, W. A. L. Thompson was reared in his native state, and lived in Philadelphia from 1866 until he came to Kansas in May, 1869. After several months at Topeka he spent about a year at Park City, was the owner of a general store where he enjoyed a good business from the Texas cattlemen on the old Chisholm Trail until 1872, then moving to Hutchinson, Reno County, where he helped organize the county and was the first candidafe for county attorney. Having traded his Southern Kansas property for a herd of cattle, he moved to Topeka, and remained in the cattle business for three years, then founded what is now the W. A. L. Thompson Hardware Company. He started with a modest stock, but had built it up to be the largest jobbing and retail establishment of its kind in Kansas. On January 7, 1876, Mr. Thompson married Ida Smith, daughter of Jacob Smith, who was a pioneer merchant, banker and man of affairs in Topeka. Two children, a daughter, Helen T. Donaldson, and a son, Roy S. Thompson. In 1888 the Merchants National Bank was organized with...

Biography of Joseph L. Eyman, Dr.

Joseph L. Eyman, M. D. In the profession of medicine and surgery few Kansas physicians have dispensed their services more widely and more successfully than Dr. Joseph L. Eyman of El Dorado, He is a most loyal Kansan. Coming to the state when a child with his parents, he began the practice of his profession twenty-one years later and had witnessed the gradual change and transformation which have made Kansas a highly developed agrienltural and industrial section from what was within his personal recollection an open prairie. Doctor Eyman had traveled over many of the states of the Union, and it is his ardent conviction that no state presents so many all around advantages as the Sunflower commonwealth. It is with more than ordinary satisfaction that he contemplates the prospect of spending the rest of his days in Kansas. Doctor Eyman had built a fine modern brick residence and office at the corner of Fourth and Gordy Streets in the heart of El Dorado. His home is attractive from every point of view and a triumph architecturally. A native of Pennsylvania, Joseph L. Eyman was born at Kittanning in Armstrong County February 23, 1860, a son of J. W. and Rebeca (Richie) Eyman. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania, his father of Pittsburg and his mother of Templeton, Armstrong County. The Eyman family was founded in America prior to the Revolutionary war by three German brothers, Abram, Isaac and Jacob. Abram loeated at Wellsville, Ohio, Jacob at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, while Isaac was a typical frontiersman, never content to settle long in one community and always living well in advance...

Biographical Sketch of J. Milton Dyer

Dyer, J. Milton; architect; born, Middletown, Pa., 1870; son of Cyrus and Eliza Dyer; educated, Central High School and Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland; Technique Hoch Schule, Berlin; Ecole des Beaux Arts; Paris; took degree in 1900; has designed Cleveland City Hall, buildings at Cooley Farms, Warrensville; Summit and Lake County Court Houses; Central National Bank; First M. E. Church; The Guardian Savings & Trust Co.; First National Bank; The Tavern Club; The William Taylor Sons & Co.’s store and arcade; The Sterling & Welch Co. store, and many other important buildings and residences; among the latter being those of Lyman F. Treadway, Loftus Cuddy, J. L. Severance, J. M. Pickands, and E. S. Burke, Jr.; member of the Society Beaux and Arts, Architects, and of Groupe American, Societe des Architectes, Diplomex par le Gouvernment Francais; fellow of American Institute of Architects; member Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Chamber of Commerce, American Civic Ass’n, Union, Hermit, Tavern, University, Euclid and Athletic...

Biographical Sketch of Harry Arthur Parsons

Parsons, Harry Arthur; retired; born, Cleveland, Feb. 14, 1874; son of Charles Alfred and Cordelia Bella (Parr) Parsons; educated, Cleveland public schools, and West High School, and public schools, Harrisburg, Pa., married, Cleveland, June 16, 1902, Mabel Augusta Hanna; passenger agt., Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling R. R., 1891-1894; Lorain Steel Co., 1904-1907; cartoonist and illustrator, New York, to 1900; confidential sec’y to Senator M. A. Hanna, to 1903; member Roadside, Gentleman’s Driving, Athletic, Clifton, Automobile, Yacht, Tippecanoe, and Western Reserve Clubs of Cleveland; Automobile Club, of Southern Cal.; Country Club, of Sault Ste. Marie. Recreations: Yachting, Automobiling, Powerboat Racing, Fishing, Hunting and Baseball; summer home on Steere’s Island, at the Soo; sailing twin screw yacht, Mahapa II, and racing power boat Gray V.; winter home at Mahapa House, Clifton Park, and in...

Biographical Sketch of Charles Alfred Parsons

Parsons, Charles Alfred; real estate; born, Dec. 25, 1847, Hoosick Falls, N. Y.; son of Hial Kenyon and Harriet Robinson Parsons; educated, public school and graduate of Seilers Technical School, Harrisburg, Pa.; married, April 24, 1873, Della B. Parr, Mansfield, 0.; one son, Harry Arthur; Cleveland, 1874, with Cartwright, McCurdy & Co.. iron mfrs., then with Union Foundry Co.; at Harrisburg, Pa., 1881-1886; Pennsylvania Steel Co.; returned to Cleveland, as cashier Union Rolling Mill Co.; in 1892, organized Cleveland Steel Castings Co.; in steel casting and steel brokerage until 1912, when he entered real estate; member K. of P., Royal Arcanum, Royal League, New England Society of Cleveland, Tippecanoe...

Biography of Philip Wing Hathaway

Philip Wing Hathaway, a pioneer of Iowa and the Cherokee Indian Neutral Lands, was born on a farm near Wareham, Massachusetts. His early life was little unlike that of most boys of his day–spent in farm work with few school advantages, intermingled with pleasures and griefs. He stayed at home until 1832, when his father died, which parent left surviving him a wife and six children–two daughters, Adline and Sophia; four boys, Albert, Andrew, Philip and Mathias. Young Philip, tiring of the farm, sought other pursuits more in keeping with his endowed talent as a mechanic. At the age of nineteen he entered the machine shops and rolling mills at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, then followed his trade in the cities of Harrisburg and Philadelphia until soon his energies, natural and acquired abilities brought him in favor with the masters of his trade and promotions followed successively. Finally he became a partner in the ownership of one of Philadelphia’s rolling mills and machine shops which after a few years of successful operation burned down with sad disaster to its owners; and to satisfy their creditors Mr. Hathaway sacrificed his beautiful home and most of his other property, having barely money enough left from the sale to convey himself and family in 1849 to Allamakee County, Iowa, where he located a beautiful homestead twelve miles from Lansing. Here he met J. A. Wakefield, who afterward became famous in making Kansas early history. These men being near neighbors and each members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and strangers to a new country, their friendly relations were that of brother to brother....

Biographical Sketch of John Winkelblack

John Winkelblack, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Charleston; born in Dauphin Co., Penn., March 4, 1805, where he lived until 15 years of age, when he learned and worked at the tanner’s and currier’s trade at Harrisburg, Penn., until 1829, at which date he emigrated to Ohio, working at Cleveland, Massillon and Zanesville until February, 1830, when he went to Pennsylvania and the following spring returned to Zanesville, Ohio, where he followed his trade until the fall of 1835; he then emigrated to Illinois and located upon Sec. 30, Morgan Tp., where he now lives; upon locating here he entered 160 and purchased 236 acres of land, to which he afterward added until he held about 1100 acres, which he had accumulated by his own hard labor, energy and industry; when he first located here, wolves were plenty, and to obtain quail, prairie chickens, wild geese, ducks, turkeys or deer, it was only necessary to shoot from your own door or window; his trips to mill consumed from four to seven days, the distance being fifty miles, either to Roseville or Terre Haute, Ind.; although now in his 75th year, he is in possession of all his faculties, and daily attends to his stock, of which he has 70 head of cattle, 16 horses and 60 hogs. He married, March 4, 1841, to Catharine Weaver; she was born in York Co., Penn., Oct. 23, 1822; she died Jan. 23, 1866, leaving twelve children, viz.: William H., Milton C., Robert A., Mason F., Nancy J., Thomas T., Mary E., John, Victoria S., Daniel, Susannah, Jacob H. Mr. Winkelblack has taken...

Biography of Francis C. Herr M. D.

Francis C. Herr, M. D. One of the most widely known physicians in Franklin County is Dr. Francis C. Herr, who graduated from one of the oldest medical colleges in the country forty years ago, and had been in active practice at Ottawa since 1884. Born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, December 1, 1852, he is a son of Amos F. and Anna (Frantz) Herr, both of whom are natives of Lancaster County. This is a very old and prominent family of early colonial German ancestry. Doctor Herr is a descendant of Hans Herr, who represented a Suabian family of Germany, where the Herrs had a coat of arms and other insignia of rank. Hans Herr came to Pennsylvania in 1709. He was a man of wealth and acquired 10,000 acres of land near Lancaster, where he spent his years. He established a family which had lived for generations and his descendants have become scattered all over the United States. In these generations are found numerous ministers, physicians, civil engineers, lawyers and many who have reached prominence in the political life of the country. Doctor Herr’s grandfather, Francis Herr, was born in Lancaster County and spent his life there. The father, Amos F. Herr, was born in 1818, was a farmer and stock raiser, from which pursuit he gained wealth, and died in Lancaster County in 1905. He and his wife were active members of the Menonnite Church. His wife, who is still living, is a daughter of Christian Frantz, a native of Eden in Lancaster County. Members of the Frantz family were also active in politics and in the Mennonite...

Biography of Thilon J. Rollman

Thilon J. Rollman. While the community of Brookville in Saline County had known Mr. Rollman as a banker for some years, his chief distinction in that part of Kansas rests upon his long and active service as an educator. He is one of the veteran school men of the state, and for thirty-two years he held the principalship of the Brookville schools, which constitutes the longest continuous service in such a position in any one community in Kansas. The influence exerted by such a man of high ideals in the lives of the hundreds of individuals who came under his instruction during that time and in the entire community is incalculable. Mr. Rollman came to Kansas after ten years of educational experience in the East. He was born on a farm near Millersburg, Pennsylvania, January 22, 1845, and had already passed the age of three score and ten. His parents were Samuel and Mary (Bordner) Rollman, also natives of Pennsylvania. He was the first in a family of four children, two sons and two daughters. His brother Samuel and his sister Catherine are now deceased, and his sister Mary, unmarried, lives at the old home in Pennsylvania. Mr. Rollman had a liberal education, much of it acquired at the expenditure of his own labor and means. He attended the Palmyra Academy of Pennsylvania and the Freeland Seminary, and for two years was a special student in the Boston Home College. After teaching five years in his home town of Millersburg, Pennsylvania, he was made principal of the public schools in that city, and held that office five years. Mr....
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