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Biography of William Hebard Grayum

William Hebard Grayum. Perhaps one of the greatest factors in the wonderful progress that the State of Kansas had made in the last twenty years, had been the recognition of the value of education and the provision made for the extension of a sound public school system. Communities vie with each other in efforts to secure for the heads of their own institutions, scholarly men with progressive ideas, and to these hearty support is generally given, with results satisfying to the schools and the public at large. In this connection may be mentioned the able principal of the high school of Neodesha, Wilson County, William Hebard Grayum, who, for the past three years had devoted himself to the interests of this institution. Professor Grayum is a native of Ohio and was born September 17, 1887, at Gallipolis, in Gallia County. He is a son of C. W. and Ora Z. (Hebard) Grayum. The early history of the Grayum family leads way back to the disastrous dynastic struggle of the Wars of the Roses in England, during the fifteenth century. In one of the Irish regiments, but whether attached to the House of York or the House of Lancaster, is not clear, was a faithful, hard driven soldier of the name of Grayum, and from him descended the British soldier who accompanied his regiment across the Atlantic Ocean to preserve British supremacy in her colonial possessions. Family annals tell of his escaping a service that was little better than slavery about the time of the Battle of New Orleans, in 1815, after which he settled in West Virginia and occupied...

Biography of Thomas Walter Butcher

Thomas Walter Butcher. Among Kansas men who have performed services of far reaching benefit to the state there is a distinctive place for Thomas Walter Butcher, now president of the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia. Mr. Butcher began his career as an educator in Kansas, and most of his work had been done within the state. He was born at Macomb, Illinois, July 3, 1867, a son of Boman Rilea Butcher and Adaline (Vail) Butcher. His father was a Union soldier during the Civil war. Mr. Butcher was reared in Illinois and Kansas and attended the public schools of both states. He graduated Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1894, and had since accepted opportunities to study both at home and abroad. He had the degree Master of Arts conferred by Harvard University, and spent the year 1908-09 in graduate study in the University of Berlin, Germany. Mr. Butcher had been a teacher all his active life and had dignified the calling as a profession and not as a mere occupation. He began as a teacher in rural schools, afterward was ward principal, high school principal, superintendent of city schools, and through his individual experience had come into the closest touch with educational conditions in the Middle West. He served as principal of the high school at Wellington, Kansas, from 1894 to 1897; of the Sumner County High School from 1897 to 1906; and then became president of the Central State Normal School at Edmond, Oklahoma. He left the Oklahoma Normal School in 1908. In 1909 he became superintendent of the city schools of Enid...

Cavin, Kenneth Dean, II – Obituary

Kenneth Dean Cavin II, 53, of Edmond, Okla., a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 16, 2005, at Edmond. There will be a Celebration of Life service for him at 11 a.m. Thursday at Baggerley Funeral Home at Edmond. Ken was born on May 31, 1951, at Baker City where he grew up and attended school. He was a 1969 Baker High School graduate. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard in 1969 and served his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He then attended the Oregon Military Academy and was commissioned as first lieutenant in the Guard upon his graduation. He commanded the Baker Guard unit. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant from the U.S. Army in 1980. Ken married Donna Jackson in 1970 and they had two daughters: Desiree Stout and Ashley Cavin. Desi is married to Charles and the couple have two children, Preston and Chloe. Ashley is attending graduate school and is engaged to be married to Jason Thomas. Ken’s parents live in Oregon, and he was especially close to his mother-in-law, Nadine Jackson, of Edmond. He also was very close to his father-in-law, Preston “Tex” Jackson, who died earlier. He also was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Hershel. Ken worked for and was president of the Kempton Group for 15 years. Family members expressed appreciation for the kindness and friendship shown to Ken by the men and women in that organization. He enjoyed golfing and traveling with his wife. He was especially proud of his two daughters and enjoyed and loved his two grandchildren. “Ken will leave quite a void in...

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