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Biography of William M. Fitch

William M. Fitch was born in the year 1870, near Plattsburg, Clinton county, Missouri. His father, John G. Fitch, was born near Dayton, Ohio, and his grandfather, Humphrey F. Fitch, was born in New York. His mother, Elizabeth M. Johnson. was born near Maysville, Kentucky, near the place where her father, Milton Johnson. was born. John G. Fitch and Elizabeth M. Johnson were married in Clinton county, Missouri, during the year 1869. William M. Fitch was the only child. He obtained his education in the country schools; in the high school of Stewartsville, and in Stewartsviile Academy. In 1889 he entered William Jewell College, where after four years he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 1894 he began his law studies in the office of Simrall & Trimble, Liberty, Missouri. Mr. Trimble is now presiding judge of the Kansas City court of appeals. During the greater portion of this time Mr. Fitch acted as clerk of the probate court of Liberty, Missouri, while William E. Fowler was judge, and in such capacity wrote the court records for about three or four years. He was admitted to practice law at Liberty, Missouri, in February, 1896. After a few months’ association with the flrm of Simrall & Trimble, he entered the firm of Ellis, Reed, Cook & Ellis of Kansas City, Missouri, which firm was composed of Congressman Ellis and Senator James A. Reed. He continued with this firm until March 1, 1898, when he moved to Maysville, DeKalb county, Missouri, and entered into partnership, in the general practice of law, with Judge Thomas D. Williams. Three years...

Biography of Francis Marion Youngblood

FRANCIS MARION YOUNGBLOOD. There is something essentially American in the life and character of the gentleman who is the subject of this sketch. The United States has given rare opportunities to men with courage, honesty of purpose, integrity and energy to secure success. Francis Marion Youngblood has all the above characteristics, and his success as an agriculturist and citizen has come as his devotion to right and his tenacity of purpose. Mr. Youngblood was born in DeKalb County, Missouri, about 1838, son of Ambrose and Martha (Fanning) Youngblood, who resided for many years in Tennessee. From that State they moved to Illinois, and thence to northwest Missouri. When our subject was about six years old the parents came to Carroll (now Boone) County, and settled on Long Creek, where the father improved a good farm, and where he passed the remainder of his days, dying about 1882. His wife died in the same county a few years before. Mr. Youngblood was considerable of a hunter, and one of his reasons for settling in this section was on account of the game. The grandfather, James Youngblood, was probably a Revolutionary soldier, but very little is known of him. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Youngblood were named as follows: Nancy, wife of John Sharp, of Kansas; Jeremiah McClinton, a soldier in the Federal Army, now resides in Missouri; James resides in Boone County; William, a soldier in the Federal Army, makes his home in Carroll County; and Francis M., our subject. The latter received but very little schooling in his youth, only a few months each year, for he...

Biography of Frederick H. Ireland

Frederick H. Ireland. For many years Fort Scott had been recognized as one of the leading commercial centers of Kansas, being splendidly fitted for such preeminence by its location in regard to transportation facilities. This supremacy, which is recognized even in the old eastern cities, had been brought about and maintained by the aggressive business men who have chosen this city as the field of their operations, many of which are far-reaching in their results. Among the men belonging to this class of citizens is Frederick H. Ireland, of the Ireland & Rollins Planing Mills Company, whose career is one typical of the city’s progressive spirit and advanced commercialism. Frederick H. Ireland was born in Clermont County, Ohio, not far from the City of Cincinnati, September 21, 1861, a son of Robert and Sophia (Morgan) Ireland. His father was born in Dublin, Ireland, where he learned the trade of coppersmith, and as a young man emigrated to the United States, where, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he met and married Sophia Morgan. He was of a roving disposition and traveled all over the West on horseback, following his trade and practicing medicine, and finally died at Cineinnatl, in 1864, of copper poisoning. Sophia Morgan was born in London, England, and was brought to the United States as a girl, the family coming to this country on a sailing vessel which took two months in crossing the Atlantie. Her father was Thomas Morgan, a young man of family, who had studied medicine in his youth, and who passed away at Philadelphia. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Ireland moved with her...

Biography of Mrs. Jennie Stewart

Taking up her residence in Bartlesville eighteen years ago, Mrs. Jennie Stewart has thoroughly identified her interests with those of the town, in whose progress and development she is deeply and helpfully interested, her influence being at all times on the side of advancement and improvement. She was born in Osborn, Dekalb County, Missouri, her parents being Joseph and Nancy J. (Parrott) Truex, the former a native of Tennessee while the latter was born in Illinois. In Missouri her father engaged in merchandising and he also took a prominent part in public affairs serving as a member of the state senate at the time of his death, in 1883. The mother passed away in 1912. Their family numbered seven children: John W., deceased; Daniel A., who is living in Pasadena, California; E. E., 4 resident of Mosier, Missouri; Della A., who has passed away; Jennie, now Mrs. Stewart; and Thompson J. and Claude A., both of whom are deceased. In the acquirement of an education Miss Truex attended the Stephens College at Columbia, Missouri, specializing in the study of literature, and she left school in 1889 to become the bride of J. B. Hockensmith, by whom she had two sons, James Marshall and Frank Edward. The elder son is assistant cashier of the Union National Bank of Bartlesville and the oldest employe of that institution in point of years of service. The Masonic fraternity finds in him an exemplary representative who endeavors to fulfill in his life its teachings concerning mutual helpfulness and brotherly kindness. He married Miss Mabel W. Voegele of Dwight, Kansas, a graduate of the Virgil...

Conyers, Henry – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Former Powder Man Dies In Missouri Word was received here Sunday telling of the death of Henry Conyers who died March 4 at the home of his sister in Osborn, Missouri. Burial took place March 6, which date was the anniversary of his birth. He was an old time resident of North Powder, having lived in this vicinity for the past 34 years and only left here a few months ago. Heart trouble was the cause of his death. He was 65 years of age. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, March 17,...

Biography of William M. Hunter, M. D.

William M. Hunter, M. D., has not only gained status as one of the representative physicians and surgeons of Kansas but has also become a widely known authority in the diagnosis and treatment of all phases of catarrh, to which department of professional work he now gives virtually his entire attention. He maintains his home and office headquarters in the City of Wichita but in his special field of practice he draws an appreciable and appreciative clientage from states far distant from Kansas. The doctor is a scion of a sterling family whose name has been identified with American annals from the time of the War of the Revolution. He is a direct descendant from Granson Hunter, who left his home in Ireland and came with the British forces to America to take part in the Revolutionary war. Shortly after arriving in America he became assured of the legitimacy of the cause of the struggling colonies and so great was his disinclination to fight against the brave colonial forces that he deserted from the British army and settled in North Carolina. Later he removed to Greenville, Illinois, and became one of the pioneers of that state. His son William wedded Miss Polly Anne Grace, and the young couple forthwith set forth to establish a home in DeKalb County, Missouri. They made the trip with one horse, which the bride rode, and the young husband compassed the major part of the overland trip on foot. They became the first white settlers in DeKalb County, and there Mr. Hunter engaged in farming and stock-growing. It is worthy of historic note that...

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