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Biography of William Cant Sturoc

William Cant Sturoc, “the bard of Sunapee ,” as he is often called, was born November 4, 1822, in a humble, straw-thatched cottage in Arbroath, Scotland, son of Francis Sturoc and his wife, Ann (Cant) Sturoc. Doubtless, the poetic genius has descended to him from his paternal great-grandfather, James Sturoc, who wrote a book of “Hymns and Spiritual Songs,” and died in Panbride in 1750. Other distinguished members of the family were well known in the church. Among these was the Rev. David Sturoc, who was of ready speech and pen, and two generations ago repeatedly entered public debate with the renowned Dr. Wardlow, of Glasgow. Francis, the father of William, was well known as highly cultured and profoundly read, although throughout his life he followed mercantile occupations. Cantsland, an ancient estate in Kincardineshire, now in other hands, was for several hundred years in the possession of the Cants, the mother’s family. James Cant, the maternal grandfather of William C., and a resident St. Cyrus in the same county, was cousin to the famous Immanuel Cant, or Kant, who died in 1804. James had four daughters-Helen, Ann, Margaret, and Jane. His only son, John, died in Bridgeport, Conn. Ann Cant married Francis Sturoc, December 19, 1808, and to them were born ten children. The father died in 1851, aged seventy-seven years, after surviving the mother some years. William Cant, the ninth child of his parents, spent his earliest years in Arbroath, Forfarshire, Scotland, there obtaining his elementary education. Afterward he spent two years at Edinburgh, where he took a course of study under Andrew Combe, a wellknown educator of...

Biography of Thomas Carlyle

North-west of Carlisle (from which town the Carlyle family in all probability first took their name), a little way along the border, the river Annan comes down its green valley from the lowland hills to lose itself in the wide sands of the Solway Firth. At the foot of these hills is the village of Ecclefechan, some eight miles inland. Here in the wide irregular street, down the side of which flows a little beck, stands the grey cottage, built by the stonemason James Carlyle, where he lived with his second wife, Margaret Aitken; and here on December 4, 1795, the eldest of nine children, their son Thomas was born. There is little to redeem the place from insignificance; the houses are mostly mean, the position of the village is tame and commonplace. But if a visitor will mount the hills that lie to the north, turn southward and look over the wide expanse of land and water to the Cumbrian mountains, then, should he be fortunate enough to see the landscape in stormy and unsettled weather, he may realize why the land was so dear to its most famous son that he could return to it from year to year throughout his life and could there at all times soothe his most unquiet moods. Through all his years in London he remained a lowland Scot and was most at home in Annandale. With this district his fame is still bound up, as that of Walter Scott with the Tweed, or that of Wordsworth with the Lakes. In this humble household Thomas Carlyle first learnt what is meant by...

Biography of Joseph Lister

In a corner of the north transept of Westminster Abbey, almost lost among the colossal statues of our prime ministers, our judges, and our soldiers, will be found a small group of memorials preserving the illustrious names of Darwin, Lister, Stokes, Adams, and Watt, and reminding us of the great place which Science has taken in the progress of the last century. Watt, thanks partly to his successors, may be said to have changed the face of this earth more than any other inhabitant of our isles; but he is of the eighteenth century, and between those who developed his inventions it is not easy to choose a single representative of the age. Stokes and Adams command the admiration of all students of mathematics who can appreciate their genius, but their work makes little appeal to the average man. In Darwin’s case no one would dispute his claim to represent worthily the scientists of the age, and his life is a noble object for study, single-hearted as he was in his devotion to truth, persistent as were his efforts in the face of prolonged ill-health. No better instance could be found to show that the highest intellectual genius may be found united with the most endearing qualities of character. Kindly and genial in his home, warmly attached to his friends, devoid of all jealousy of his fellow scientists, he lived to see his name honored throughout the civilized world; and many who are incapable of appreciating his originality of mind can find an inspiring example in the record of his life. There is no need to make comparisons either...

Biography of August Siebert, M. D., PH. G.

Dr. August Siebert, engaged in medical practice in St. Louis and well known through his contributions to the literature of the profession, is a native of Hadamar, Germany, and a son of Joseph and Emma (Troost) Siebert. The father was a mining engineer and was also the author of a work on fishes. The ancestry of the family can be traced back to the fourth century, Sigebert in France, prominent leaders in the Crusades. In the middle ages many representatives of the family were professional men, including distinguished physicians. Dr. Siebert was accorded liberal educational opportunities, pursuing his studies in Heidelberg, Germany, Bern, Switzerland, Paris, France, and Edinburgh, Scotland, completing a course in chemistry and in medicine. He came to the United States in 1896 and has now practiced in St. Louis for a period of twenty-five years. In this field he has done an extensive work of important character and is widely known through his contributions to medical literature. He has written many articles on goiters, specializing in this in his medical papers. He is also the author of a book on Logical Foundation of Simple Life and in Heidelberg wrote a volume entitled The Effects of the Light Waves upon the Bodies. He is also the author of many articles on moral and social questions which have appeared especially in magazines and German newspapers. For many years Dr. Siebert carried on an extensive research to effect a cure for the terrible scourge of tuberculosis through the use of light waves and under date of May 21, 1911, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch devoted a full page in the...

Biography of David Langton Grey

David Langton Grey, a certified public accountant of St.. Louis, is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, his birth having there occurred August 22, 1875, his parents being John Edward Ogilvie and Lydia Margaret (Gavin) Grey. In the acquirement of his education, he attended George Watson’s College, and afterward entered the Edinburgh University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1893, thus becoming well qualified for life’s practical and responsible duties. He started upon his business career in the same year, in connection with the firm of A. &. J. Robertson of Edinburgh, with whom he continued until 1901. Being desirous of trying his fortune in America and testing the truth of the favorable reports which he had heard concerning better business opportunities on this side of the Atlantic he resigned his position and sailed for the United States. From 1901 until 1903 Mr. Grey was with the firm of Patterson, Teele & Dennis of New York, and then came to St. Louis, where he entered the employ of Price, Waterhouse & Company, chartered accountants of New York, whom he is now representing as St. Louis manager, a position which is indicative of his high professional standing and capability. Mr. Grey was married in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1906 to Miss Wilhelmina Isabella Christianson Hay of that city, and they have become parents of two daughters: Wilhelmina Minnetta and Gladys Gavin. The religious faith of the family is that of the Episcopal church, and Mr. Grey’s appreciation for the social side of life is manifested in his membership in the Noonday, Racquet and University Clubs. He turns to tennis,...

Biography of Walter J. Reed

WALTER J. REED. – A view of this gentleman’s residence in North Yakima, Washington, his hotel (the Reed House in Cle-Elum), together with portraits of himself and his estimable wife, is placed among the illustrations of this work. Although not a pioneer of Washington Territory, he has been a great factor in the development of Yakima and Kittitass counties. He built the first two-story business house in North Yakima, and is the founder of the town of Cle-Elum, in Kittitas county. He has also advanced a great many matters of substantial interest in both counties, and is one of the best-known citizens of Kittitas and Yakima counties. He is a native of “Scotland’s fair land,” was born near Edinburgh, April 3, 1842, and is the eldest son of John and Isabella (Craig) Reed. When our subject was six years of age, his parents emigrated to American, first locating near Logan, Hocking County, Ohio. Four years later they moved to Cumberland, Alleghany County, Maryland, where his father, being a thorough miner, found employment as superintendent of mines; and Walter attended school. In 1856 they again returned to Ohio, this time locating in Cambridge, and in 1859 took up their residence in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, his father in all the different places being superintendent of mines. August 1, 1861, our subject, then being but nineteen years of age, enlisted in Company K, Sixty-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, his regiment being among the first three-year men to enlist in the main cause, and was immediately assigned to the Army of the Potomac, with whom they remained and took a prominent part in...

Biography of Samuel E. Bibby, M. D.

In the subject of this review we have one who has attained distinction in the line of his profession, who has been an earnest and discriminating student and who holds a position of due relative precedence among the medical practitioners of northern Idaho. He is the leading physician and surgeon of Grangeville and has a very large and lucrative practice. A native of New York City, he was born May 24, 1847, is of Scotch descent and is a representative of a family of physicians. His grandfather, Samuel Bibby, and his father, George Bibby, were both eminent medical practitioners of the American metropolis. The latter married Miss Ann Lavery, a lady of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and they became the parents of eight children. They are faithful members of the Presbyterian Church, and Dr. George Bibby has been a lifelong Republican in his political affiliations. He is now seventy-eight years of age, and his wife has reached the Psalmist’s span of three score years and ten. Samuel Edward Bibby, their third child, acquired his literary education in the schools of his native city. He is a graduate of the University of New York and of the Columbia University of Washington, and his education was further perfected by a course in the Edinburg University of Scotland. Thus afforded the highest educational advantages to be secured by the practitioners of medicine, he entered upon the work of his profession peculiarly well qualified for its arduous duties. He began practicing in New York City, and was afterward retained in a professional capacity in the service of the United States government, after the civil war....

Biographical Sketch of William Knox

Knox, William; architect; born, Glasgow, Scotland, Jan. 20, 1858; son of Thomas and Margaret Neilson Knox; studied in the Free Church Seminary, in Glasgow, special course in architecture in Glasgow and Edinburgh; married, Painesville, O., June 21, 1891, Miss Agnes Julia Child; issue, three children, Carlos C., Beulah G., and M. Neilson; business career, successor to Mr. Aitken, in the firm of Moffett & Aitken, in Edinburgh; in 1886, left Scotland to travel; applied for and secured position with Burnham & Root, architects, of Chicago, Ill.; later office mgr. for Henry Ives Cobb, eminent architect; came to Cleveland in 1893; after a few months, formed partnership with J. H. Elliott, under firm name of Knox & Elliott; have been the architects for many fine buildings throughout the country and in the city, the Rockefeller Bldg., Trinity Congregational Church, building for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Elks’ Bldg., as well as numerous factories and beautiful residences; member American Ass’n for the Advancement of Science, Chamber of Commerce, Euclid, and Rowfant Clubs; interested in scientific research; has the finest collection of seaweed in the country; authority on the subject of...

Biographical Sketch of George Neil Stewart

Stewart, George Neil; university prof.; born, London, Can., April 18, 1860; son of James Innes and Catherine (Sutherland) Stewart; A. M., University of Edinburgh, 1883, B. S., 1886, D. Sc., 1887, M. B. and C. M., 1889, M. D. 1891; D. P. H., University of Cambridge, Eng., 1890; married; demonstrator of physiology, Owens College, Manchester, Eng., 1887-1889; George Henry Lewes student, University of Cambridge, 1889-1893; examiner in physiology, University of Aberdeen, 1891-1894; instructor Harvard Medical School, 1893-1894; prof. physiology and histology, Western Reserve University, 1894-1903; prof. physiology, University of Chicago, 1903-1907; prof. experimental medicine, Western Reserve University since 1907; member Physiology Society (Eng.), American Physiology Society, American Pharmacology Society. Author: Manual of Physiology, 1896, 6th edition,...

McLean, Lauchlan – Obituary

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. (MST) at the Northam-Jones Chapel in Weiser, Idaho, for Lauchlan McLean, 68, Longtime Huntington resident. McLean, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, was the son of John and Catherine McDermitt McLean. In 1914 the family moved to Canada and moved to the United States in 1933, settling in Huntington. He married Leone Zumwalt on Nov. 10, 1925. The couple had always resided in Huntington except for three years. He was employed by the Oregon Portland Cement Company and was general Superintendent of the plant at Lime. He was also a member of the Assembly of God Church. McLean is survived by his widow, Leone Sumwalt McLean; two sons, Neil and Donald, both of Huntington; two daughters, Mrs. LeRoy (Bonnie) Frerichs of Portland, and Mrs. Victor (Linda) Thompson of Longview, Wash.; one brother, John of Huntington; two sisters, Miss Catherine McLearn and Mrs. Joan Molin, both of Victoria, B.C. Canada,; 14 grandchildren; and one great grandchild. The Rev. Bob Roberts of the Ontario Assemble Of God Church will officiate at the services with a private family committal service following at the Fairview Cemetery on the Oregon side. Friends may call at Northam-Jones Chapel this evening and until the service Tuesday. Baker Democrat Herald – – March 2,...
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