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Biography of Samuel S. Gross, M. D.

Samuel S. Gross, M. D. With an experience as a physician and surgeon covering over twenty years, and with increasing eapabilities for exact and thorough service, Doctor Gross had been located for the past ten years at Denton, Kansas, where he controls a large practice and had also identified himself with the business interests of the locality. His paternal ancestors several generations back came out of Germany and were early settlers in the State of Tennessee. Doctor Gross’ grandfather was a native of Tennessee and went as a pioneer to that pietureeque district of Northwest Missouri now known as Excelsior Springs in Clay County. There he prcempted a tract of land, and continued to farm it until his death. Doctor Gross himself is a native of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where he was born October 2, 1874. His father, A. W. Gross, who was born at the present site of Excelsior Springs in 1850, had long been prominent in that city both in business affairs and in public life. He had extensive interests as a farmer and- stock raiser, and is also engaged in the banking business at Lawson, Missouri. For one term he represented Clay County in the State Legislature, having been elected as a democrat, and had served as county judge and for eight years was presiding judge of the Clay County Court. He is a deacon in the Christian Church and for thirty ycars was superintendent of its Sunday school. A. W. Gross married Lucy Laffoon, who was born in Clay County, Missouri, in 1851 and died at Exceleior Springs in 1906. Doctor Gross was the oldest of their...

Biographical Sketch of George Denton

George Denton, who died at Denton, Kansas, in 1902, located in Doniphan County in 1873, and was successfully engaged in farming there until 1898, when he retired to Denton. He was a republican and at one time served as a member of the School Soard. He served as president of the Denton Bank until his death. He and his wife were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He had come to the United States two wecks after his marriage to Miss Eliza Topliss. They first located in Morrow County, Ohio, where he followed farming until they removed to Kansas. Miss Eliza Topliss was born in Lincolushire, Eugland, in March. 1839, and is still living at Denton, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Miller. Her father, George Toplies, was born in Lincolnshire and died there in 1911, having spent his vigorous and active years as a farmer. George Toplise married Mary Conoy, who was a lifelong resident of Lincolnshire. In the Topliss family were ten children, and five of them are still living: Mrs. George Denton; Maria, wife of Solomon Denton, a farmer at Denton, Kansas; Martha, who lives in Lincolnshire, England, widow of Joseph Houghton, who was a farmer; Harriet, who is married and still lives in Lincolnshire; George, a retired farmer at Lincolnshire, England; while Sarah died only in the present your, 1917, in Lincolnshire. Mr. and Mrs. George Denton were the parents of six children: Mrs. James Miller; Ellen, wife of Aaron Long, a Kansas pioneor and now living as a retired farmer in Horton, Kansas; Martha Jane, wife of Henry O. Miller, a farmer near...

Biography of James B. Roberts

James B. Roberts, now living retired at Denton, was a pioneer in that section of Doniphan County, and his life, which had been prolonged to four score, had been one of well directed and houorable effort throughout. He is a veteran of the great was between the states, and Mrs. Roberts is couspicuous among Kansas women for the part she had taken officially and otherwise in the Woman’s Relief Corps. Mr. Roberts was born at Remsen in Oneida County, New York, November 7, 1837. His father, Rees Roberts, was born in Wales in 1805. When a young man he came to America, locating first near Utica and afterwards at Remsen in Oneida County. By trade he was a tinsmith and he followed that until 1849. In that year he removed to Columbus. Ohio. and was a farmer in that section until his death in 1872. In politics he became identified with the republican party at its organization in 1856 and steadily voted with it the rest of his life. In religious mattere he was a member of the Presbytexian Church. Rees Roberts married Esther James, who was born in New York City in 1807 and died near Columbus, Ohio, in 1875. They were the parents of eight children: Mary, Louisa, Sarah, all deceased; James B.; George W., a farmer at Deuton, Kansas; Daniel, a farmer near Clearwater in Sumner County, Kansas; William, who died young; and Albert, also deceased. James B. Roberts received his early education in the rural schools of Oneida County, New York, at Remsen, and being twelve years of age when his parents removed to Columbus, Ohio, he...

Biography of Allen Thomas Stewart

Allen Thomas Stewart is one of the younger business men of Doniphan County and had established himself firmly in business and civic esteem at Denton, where he is proprietor of the only drug store and is now serving his second suecessive term as mayor. Most of his life had been spent in Kansas. He was born at Salem, Kentucky, in Livingston County, March 11, 1881, and came to this state with his parents when he was five years old. He attended public schools, graduated from the high school at Seneca. Kansas, in 1901, and following that had two years in the School of Pharmacy in the University of Kansas at Lawrence. The following year he took special work in the Kansas City College of Pharmacy, where he was graduated Ph. C. in 1905. After two years’ employment under his father Mr. Stewart bought his present drug store at Denton in 1907. He had conducted that as a high class pharmacy and general drug store, and it is one of the best business establishments of the town. Mr. Stewart also owned his home a block south and a half block east of the store. Prior to his election as mayor in 1914 he served three terms on the City Council. He was re-elected mayor in 1916, During his term in the council and as mayor Mr. Stewart had been instrumental in securing electric lights for Denton and the town now enjoys a twenty year contract with the Hiawatha Light, Power and Ice Company for that service. Mr. Stewart is of old Scotch ancestry. One branch of his family came from...

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