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Biographical Sketch of J.C. and J. E. Baggott

J. E. and J. C. Baggott, farmers, P. O. Ionia. J. E. was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, June 29, 1852. Came to Doniphan County, Kan., in 1869, and to Jewell County in 1873, and took a homestead ten miles southwest of Mankato, and the three Baggott brothers own 1,080 acres of land. J. C. was born in Pennsylvania, May 28, 1855. Came to Kansas at the same time his brother, J. E., came. The brothers have made most of their money by their diligent efforts, and are bound to be among the rich men of Western...

Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Harding

For many years Benjamin Harding was a leading free-soil man and a resident of Doniphan County, Kansas. A native of Otsego County, New York, born in November, 1815, at the age of twenty-five he became a resident of Livingston County, Missouri, and in 1842 entered the Indian trade at the Great Nemaha Agency. He moved to St. Joseph in 1849, but re-entered the Indian trade at Wathena, Kansas, in 1852. In 1854, while serving there as a judge of election he incurred the enmity of the pro-slavery people, and twice reported at Leavenworth to answer charges brought against him, which were finally dismissed. He was a delegate to the Big Springs convention of 1855; served in the Territorial Council in 1857, 1858 and 1859; was a member of the Railroad convention of 1860, and held the office of register of deeds of Doniphan County in 1862-66, after which he passed a somewhat retired life. He died at his home in Wathena, January 15,...

Biographical Sketch of Rev. Samuel M. Irvin

Rev. Samuel M. Irvin, a Pennsylvanian, was appointed a missionary to the Iowa Indians by the Presbyterian Foreign Board in 1835. A regular mission, of which he was appointed superintendent, was established at the Platte Purchase, Northwestern Missouri, in April, 1837. In the following year it was moved across the Missouri River and located near the present Town of Highland, Doniphan County, Kansas, and there Mr. Irvin and his wife coutinued their labors until the mission was discontinued, after which he was for several years connected with the Highland University. At the time he came to Kansas the nearest postoffice was at Liberty, Missouri. Mr. Irvin’s ‘death occurred in...

Biography of Daniel W. Wilder

Daniel W. Wilder was one of the very few able men of Kansas who had little to do with politics or public office and passed most of his life in newspaper and literary pursuits. He graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1852, four years later received the degree of A. B. from Harvard and studied law in that institution at Rochester, New York, before he came west. In 1857 Mr. Wilder came to Kansas, located at Elwood in 1858, edited the Free Press and practiced law. He was one of the founders of the republican party in Kansas in 1859; became editor and one of the publishers of the Free Democrat at St. Joseph, Missouri, in August, 1860, and in the December following Mr. Wilder and the whole office force was indicted for violating the laws of a slave state and advocating emancipation. He then returned to Kansas and became editor of the Leavenworth Conservative, an anti-slavery paper, and in 1863 was appointed surveyor-general of Kansas and Nebraska by President Lincoln. In 1865 he became editor of the Evening Express at Rochester, New York; returned to Leavenworth in 1868 and was editor of the Leavenworth Times and Conservative; was elected president of the Missouri Valley Associated Press in September of that year, and re-elected in 1870, during which year he became editor of the Fort Scott Monitor. Mr. Wilder was one of the incorporators of the Kansas Magazine in 1871, to which he was a frequent contributor; was one of the founders of the Kansas Historical Society in 1875, of which he was later the president and for...

Biography of Sardins Mason Brewster

Sardins Mason Brewster was born in Irving Township, Brown County, Kansas, on June 19, 1870. When he was about four years of age his parents moved to White Cloud, Doniphan County, Kansas, where he resided for more than thirty years. His father was Arthur Seeley Brewster, a native of New York, who came with his parents to Ashtabuia County, Ohio, at an early age. His father was a practicing attorney at White Cloud and practiced in Doniphan, Brown and neighboring counties. He was for six years county attorney of Doniphan County, Kansas, and held many positions of public trust. He was a graduate of the Albany Law School. He died December 24, 1905. Sardins Mason Brewster was admitted to practice law in Doniphan County in 1897. In 1898 he was elected county attorney of Doniphan County, Kansas, taking office in 1899. He served five consecutive terms of two years each. In 1908 he was elected to the State Senate from the First Senatorial Distriet, consisting of Brown and Doniphan counties and served in the sessious of 1909 and 1911. In 1911 he was appointed assistant attorney-general of the State of Kansas by Attorney-General John S. Dawson and served in that position until January, 1915. In 1913 he was elected as a member of the House of Representatives from Doniphan County, Kansas, and served in the Legislature of 1913. In 1914 he received the Republican nomination for attorney-general of Kansas and was elected to that office, taking office in January, 1915. In 1916, he was renominated by the republicans for the office of attorney-general and was ro-elected. He was married...

Biographical Sketch of George G. Brown

This representative agriculturist and patriotic citizen is one of the leading farmers of the vicinity of Nyssa, having a quarter section of good land, which is his family home, two miles west from that town. Mr. Brown was born in Platt County, Missouri, on January 22, 1850, being the son of George and Jemima (Harris) Brown. In March 1855 the family went to Doniphan County, Kansas and the father was one of the early settlers of that section. He was a pro-slavery advocate and was through the exciting times of that period. In 1867 they removed to Newton County, Missouri, and in 1869 the father died there. Our subject grew to manhood on a farm, gaining his education as best could be done from the scanty opportunity of the common schools, which, however, was made the most of by our subject. On March 15, 1874, in Newton County, occurred the marriage of Mr. Brown and Margaret D. Cary. In 1878 they removed to Grayson County, Texas and there Mr. Brown devoted his energies to farming and stock raising until 1886, at which time he returned to Newton County, Missouri, and two years later came thence to this country across the plains with teams and wagons. He had his wife, four children and mother on the trip and one hundred (lays were consumed in making it. They arrived at Long valley, Idaho. without serious accident and there Mr. Brown engaged in raising stock. It was in 1891 that Mr. Brown removed his family to his present abode. He entered a homestead and began the toil of making a fertile farm...

Biographical Sketch of Thomas J. Vanderslice

Thomas J. Vanderslice, a prominent figure in the earlier affairs of the Great Nemaha Indian Agency, a public man of the territory and state, was a native of Scott County, Kentucky, born in 1827. He enlisted from his native state as a soldier for the Mexican war, but never saw service. In 1853 he came to Kansas and stopped at the Great Nemaha Agency, where his father, Maj. Daniel Vanderslice, had just assumed the agency there of the Iowas, Sacs, Foxes and Kickapoos, and from 1854 to 1856 served as farmer and miller for the Sacs and Foxes, He was elected to the Territorial Legislature of 1860 and to the State Legislature of 1868, and served two terms as sheriff of Doniphan County, beginning 1874 and 1876. During the Civil war he belonged to the state troops who repelled Sterling Price in his threatened raid against Kansas City. Shortly before his death he moved to Oklahoma, dying at Perry March 18,...

Biography of Andrew Garfield Marple

Andrew Garfield Marple, a successful educator and school administrator, is now superintendent of the city schools of White Cloud, Kansas. He is a native of this state, was educated here, and most of his work in mature years had been secomplished within the borders of Kansas. He was born at Yates Center, Kansas, November 16, 1881. His ancestors were Englishmen who settled in Virginia more than a century ago. His grandfather, David Marple, was born in Virginia in 1812, grew up and married in that state Miss Sneff, and subsequently removed to Northern Illinois, where he became a merchant. By trade he was a cooper. His death occurred at Sheffield, Illinois, in 1893, at the age of eighty-one. His son W. F. Marple, father of the White Cloud school man, was born in Virginia in 1840, grew up and acquired his early education in that state, and was a young man when his parents removed to Bureau County, Illinois, near Sheffield. In that community he lived for a number of years, married there, and assisted his father in the mercantile business. In 1860 he went out to California as a gold prospector, crossing the plains with a party of men in prairie schooners. He had an experience in the varied events and activities of the far west, and in 1865 returned to Illinois. In 1870 he came ont to Kansas and located at Yates Center, where he was one of the early merchants in the hardware business. For a few years he was also in business at Osage City, and on returning to Yates Center he took up farming which...

Biography of Joseph H. McGauhey, M. D.

Joseph H. McGauhey, M. D.,had been in the general practice of medicine at White Cloud, twenty-eight years, and is also identified with the banking business of his town, and had farming interests in Brown County. The McGauhey ancestors were Scolch-Irish, and Doctor McGauhey’s great-grandfather was the immigrant to this country. His grandfather was Archibald McGauhey, who spent most of his life as a farmer in Indiana, where he died. John McGauhey, father of Doctor McGauhey, was born in Pennsylvania in 1809. For a time during his childhood his parents lived in North Carolina and afterward moved to Indiana, where he grew to manhood and where he married. For several years he lived on a farm near Paoli, Indiana. About the time the Platte purchase in Northwest Missouri was opened to settlement he removed to that frontier region in 1837 and established a home in what is now Buchanan County. There he homesteaded 160 acres, developed it as a farm, and it was still his property when he died at Agency, Missouri, in February, 1888. He was a democratic voter, an elder and active supporter of the Christian Church, and during the war with Mexico he served the government in the freighting service. During the Civil war he was a staunch supporter of the Union. His first wife was Miss Fulton, whom he married in Indiana. She died in Buchanan County, Missouri, and her children, all deceased, were named William, Thomas, David, James, Benjamin, John, Elizabeth and Mary. For his second wife John McGauhey married Elizabeth Williams, who was born in Kentucky in 1830 and died at the home of her son...

Biography of A. Beauchamp

A. Beauchamp. More than thirty years ago A. Beauchamp entered the service of the Chicago, Burlington & Quiney Railway at Atchison as car clerk, and had been continnously with that road, being now one of the veteran employees, and by successive promotions now handles the responsibilities of local agent for the company at Atchison. Mr. Beauchamp is a native of Kansas, and was born in Doniphan County September 15, 1856. That date indicates the pioncer residence of the family in this state. He was born four years before Kansas became a state. It was in the border epoch of Kansas history and his father, Edward A. Beanchamp, was one of the early settlers and homesteaders of Doniphan County. The Boauchamp family originated in France, and it was Mr. Beauchamp’s great-grandfather who came to this country about the time of the Revolution. The family from France had gone to England and thence to the United States. They afterwards located in Kentucky. Edward A. Beauchamp was born in Kentucky in 1813. He grew up in his native state, as a young man went to Illinois, where he married, thence removed to Missouri, and in the spring of 1856 arrived in Kansas. He located a few miles west of the Missouri River in Doniphan County and preempted a claim of 160 acres, He battled sturdily with the virgin soil in an effort to make a living until 1866, and then removed to Mount Pleasant in Atchison County, where he bought another farm. In 1878 he went to Nemeha County, owned a farm in that locality, but finally retired from its management and...
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