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Biography of Joseph H. Mercer

If Kansas should be called upon, through some unfortunate circumstance, to lose at this time the services of Hon. Joseph H. Mercer, state live stock commissioner, it would still owe him a debt of gratitude for the great work he has accomplished in the eradication of the evils attending the foot-and-mouth and other diseases injurious to animals in Kansas, in the bringing about of a better understanding between the farmer and the packer, in the arrangement of freight rates, and in the protection of the interests of the farmer, and particularly of the live stock man, in various ways and along numerous lines. Himself a practical farmer and student of live stock conditions, Mr. Mercer thoroughly understands every phase of agricultural work and through this understanding is able to handle the most delicate situations that arise in a position that calls for the utmost finesse, the greatest degree of diplomasy and unceasing application. Joseph H. Mercer, state live stock commissioner of Kansas, and secretary of the Kansas Live Stock Association, was born on a farm near Williamsburg, Noble County, Ohio, September 7, 1864, and is a son of Newlin Mercer and grandson of Jacob Mercer. For generations the family has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and Newlin Mercer was of the calibre that led to his enlistment in the forces of the North to support the Union during the dark days of the Civil war, in which struggle he served four years. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Alma Jones, was of Welsh ancestry, and bore her husband three children. Her death occurrod in 1866. Left motherless when...

Biography of George S. Murphey

For over forty years George S. Murphey had been a banker. Nearly thirty of those years have been spent in Kansas, and as president of the First National Bank of Manhattan he is at the head of one of the strong and stable financial institutions of the state. Most of his life had been spent in the West and he was in the Middle West at a time when it was really the Far West. His birth occurred in Delaware, Ohio, September 24, 1846. His father James Murphey was born in Penusylvania and his mother Rhoda Carpenter was born in New York, and after their marriago in New York State they moved to Delaware, Ohio. In 1856 the family moved out to Blackhawk County, Iowa, where the parents settled on a farm and there spent the rest of their houored and useful careers. Of their children five sons and one daughter reached maturity. The State of Iowa sixty years ago was a new and undeveloped portion of American territory. George S. Murphey from the age of ten until he was twenty-five lived on a farm in that state and necessarily his education was confined to such advantages as the common schools of the day afforded. When twenty he assumed the management of his father’s farm, and five years of that work and subsequently three years of experience in the agricultural implement business at Elk Point in South Dakota gave him a practical insight into agricultural conditions and an understanding of the life of a farmer which have been valuable assets in his later business career. When Mr. Murphey entered...

Biography of Charles Hugh Neilson, M. D.

Dr. Charles Hugh Neilson, an internist with offices in the Humboldt building in St. Louis, and widely known in educational circles, being now head professor in charge of the department of medicine in the St. Louis University, was born in Sunbury, Ohio, July 19, 1872. His father, A. W. Neilson, was also a native of the Buckeye state and belonged to one of the old families of Ohio of Scotch lineage, the first representative of the name coming to the new world during the colonial epoch in American history. One of the early ancestors in the paternal line served in the Revolutionary war. A. W. Neilson became a successful farmer and stock raiser and is still actively engaged in that business at the age of eighty-three years. In politics he has always been a stanch democrat and has taken an active part in political and civic matters but without aspiration for public office. He married Miss Nellie Alice Schanck, a native of Ohio of Dutch descent. Many generations of the family have been represented on this side of the Atlantic, the family being well known in New Jersey and Ohio. Mrs. Neilson is also living and has reached the age of seventy six years. By her marriage she became the mother of five sons and a daughter and it is a notable fact that the family circle yet remains unbroken by the hand of death. Mrs. Neilson was one of eleven brothers and sisters, of whom six lived to celebrate their golden wedding. Dr. Neilson was the eldest child in his father’s family and in the public schools of...

Biography of James H. Richards

Among the prominent lawyers of Boise is Judge James Heber Richards, who has practiced at the bar of this state for nine years, winning an enviable reputation by his erudition, his ability to give to each point of a case its due prominence, his force in argument and his mastery of the intricate problems of jurisprudence. In a witty after-dinner speech Chauncey M. Depew once said, “Some men achieve greatness, some men are born great, and some men are born in Ohio.” The first and last clauses are both applicable to Judge Richards, who is a native of the Buckeye state, his birth having occurred in the town of Mount Vernon, on the 5th of May 1852. He is of English and Scotch descent, his ancestors being among the early settlers of New York and Ohio. They were enterprising, progressive businessmen, and thrifty farmers. The father of the Judge, Daniel Richards, was born in Syracuse, New York, and married Miss Clarissa Allen, a representative of one of the distinguished families of America. Among its members was Colonel Ethan Allen, who in connection with his “Green Mountain Boys” won fame in the Revolutionary war. Her uncle, I. J. Allen, was an intimate friend of John Sherman, a journalist of considerable prominence, later was consul to China, and is now writing on the legal department of the new Standard dictionary. Another uncle, William Allen, “stumped” the state of Illinois in company with Abraham Lincoln, and was one of the warmest friends and supporters of the martyred president. Daniel Richards engaged in the manufacture of linseed oil in Ohio, and was also...

Biography of John Q. Moxley, M. D.

Dr. John Ouincy Moxley, the pioneer druggist of Lewiston, and a successful practicing physician, was born in Scioto County, Ohio, April 15, 1846, and is of English lineage, the original American ancestors having been early settlers of New England. His father, Thomas S. Moxley, was born in Vermont, and when a young man removed to Ohio, where he engaged in the practice of medicine for fifty years. He married Miss Susan McConnell, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and to them were born six children, three of whom are now living. The father died in the seventy-fourth year of his age, and the mother passed away at the age of seventy-nine. Their son, John Ouincy Moxley, completed his literary education in the Ohio Wesleyan University, and in the Miami Medical College, of Cincinnati, prepared for his profession. Subsequently he engaged in the practice of medicine in the Buckeye state, and in 1873 emigrated westward, locating in Mount Idaho, this state, where he practiced for six months. He then came to Lewiston and bought of Dr. Kelly the pioneer drug store of the town. Since that time he has conducted the store and attended to a large practice, which is steadily increasing in volume and in importance. He is a competent physician, with a comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the science of medicine, and his professional labors have been followed by excellent results. He has also built up a good trade in the store, and has the good will and respect of all with whom he has been brought in contact. In addition to his other business interests the Doctor was for twelve...

Biography of Joseph C. Straughan

When we think of the wonderful development of our country in the last half century we find that it is largely due to two agencies, railroad construction and civil engineering, and of both of these industries Joseph C. Straughan is a representative. The era of progress and development in the various sections of this great republic west of the Atlantic coast has been almost invariably ushered in by railroad construction, and the vast network of glistening rails that trace their parallel course over mountain and plain and through the fertile valleys, represent more than mere corporate enterprise and accomplishment, since the railroad has proved the avant courier of civilization and of that substantial and permanent improvement which has placed our national commonwealth upon a stable foundation. For many years Mr. Straughan was connected with railroad construction in the Mississippi valley and later became an important factor in opening up the region of the northwest to civilization through his labors as United States surveyor-general for Idaho. A native of Ohio, he was born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, on the 15th of June 1849, and is of Welsh and Scotch ancestry. The founders of the family in America came to this country with William Penn and were members of the Society of Friends. Notwithstanding the fact that this religious organization was opposed to war, the great-grandfather of our subject entered the colonial service and fought for the independence of the nation. His son, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, also fought in the war of 1812. The maternal great-grandfather of Mr. Straughan also entered the army and was...

Biographical Sketch of Alfred Arthur

Arthur, Alfred; music teacher; born, Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 8, 1844, son of Hamilton and Margaret Hanna Arthur; educated, Boston School of Music, married, Delaware, O., Dec. 12, 1871, Kate S. Burnham; two sons, Alfred Franklin and Edwin Denison; served from 1861 to July, 1865, in the 23rd Regiment, O. V. V. I., during the Civil War; at an early age studied flute and piano; studied voice with B. F. Baker, form and composition with Julius Eichberg and August Luch, also studied with Henry Brown and Mathew Arbbuck, noted soloists; was tenor in the Church of the Advent in Boston; moved to Cleveland and established himself as teacher of voice; was tenor at Trinity Cathedral and Second Baptist Church; in 1873 established The Cleveland Vocal Society, a famous organization noted for their productions of large forms, such as Rubenstein’s “Tower of Babel,” Berlioz’ “Damnation of Faust,” St. Saens’ “Sampson and Delilah,” etc.; visited Europe and studied methods of musical instruction; in 1885 founded The Cleveland School of Music; in 1887 went abroad again to study teaching methods under the best instructors, and selected studies and library for his school; in 1878 founded and directed the Bach Choir, and in 1892 the Sacred Music Society, both famous choirs, noted for their excellent work; director of Oratorio Society and conductor of five May Festivals; composer of a number of studies, and progressive studies for medium voice, 79 studies for low voice, and 70 studies for mezzo soprano, text book on Elementary Theory, also numerous songs and compositions for violin and piano; pres. and director The Cleveland School of...

Biographical Sketch of Edwin James Foster

Foster, Edwin James; attorney-at-law; born, Strongsville, O., 1847; son of Nathan and Betsy Hulet Foster; educated, Ohio Wesleyan University one year; graduated at Baldwin University in 1873, A. B. & A. M.; graduated from the Boston University Law School in its second class; married, Cleveland, 1280, Julia E. Stroud; two children, Athene S. and Merlyn S. Foster; was assignee of The Cleveland Paper Co., carried on the business and effected a settlement of over $300,000; settled the claim of Engineer Folsom, who went down on his engine at the time of the Ashtabula disaster; this settlement was attempted at the request of an old gentleman who had been a partner to him; Mr. Folsom was told that no legal charge would be made, but if a settlement was made he might fix a reasonable fee; I secured a settlement of $12,000, and a life position at better than $100 per month; Mr. Folsom has never fixed any fee or written me as much as a line of thanks; I have been a student all my life; have contributed articles to the press and have several volumes of writings, nearly ready for the publisher; was an early member and officer of the Y. M. C. A.; started the mission from which developed the Park St. Congregational...

Biographical Sketch of Albert Richard Davis

Davis, Albert Richard; automobiles; born, Delaware, O., Dec. 20, 1877; son of A. R. and Jennie Christy Davis; public and high school education; married, Cleveland, Sept. 20, 1900, Hortense Tello; two children; manager Studebaker Auto Co., until July, 1911, when he formed the A. R. Davis Motor Co., taking over Studebaker interests locally; pres. A. R. Davis Motor Co., member Chamber of Commerce, Union, Cleveland Athletic, Hermit, Rotary, Cleveland Automobile and Euclid...

Biographical Sketch of George Hamilton Eichelberger

Eichelberger, George Hamilton; lawyer; born, Urbana, O., Jan. 24, 1877; son of George M. and Emma Ring Eichelberger; educated, Ohio Weslyan University; married, New York City, Aug. 11, 18908; Frances Staunton Dodge; one daughter; United States Marshal at Shanghai, China, 1897-1900; since coming to Cleveland, connected with 5th Ohio Infantry as battalion adjt.; practiced law in Cleveland since 1901, (Reed & Eichelberger); Mason; member Union, Athletic, and Euclid Clubs. Recreation:...
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