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Biography of James Leonard Gibbs

James Leonard Gibbs, county assessor of Mayes county, has the distinction of being the first republican ever elected to the office of assessor in this county. He assumed office on the 3d of January, 1921, for a term of two years. Mr. Gibbs was born at Eagle Mills, Lawrence County, Tennessee, on the 15th of August, 1.863, a son of A. B. and Evelyn (Shannon) Gibbs, both of whom are deceased. For many years the father was a builder and contractor in Tennessee and at the close of the Civil war removed to Illinois. In 1880 he went to Cherryvale, Kansas, and followed the same line of business until his demise in May, 1890. His widow survived him until December, 1918, her death occurring in Gage, this state. Four sons and four daughters were born to their union, James Leonard being the fifth in order of birth. James Leonard Gibbs improved what educational opportunities were offered to him and then read and studied by himself, being ever desirous of increasing his knowledge. He started farming at an early day and for five years followed agricultural pursuits in Kansas. He then removed to Gage, this state, where he farmed for another five years, at the termination of which time he engaged in contracting and painting. He achieved substantial success in that connection and followed that line of occupation in Gage until 1915, when he came to Pryor. He established the same line of business here and conducted it for a period of six years, when, drifting into politics, he was elected county assessor of Mayes County and became the incumbent...

Legg, Mabel Clare Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Clare Bowman Legg, fifth child of Martin V. and Adeline Bowman, was born April 23, 1883 at Haddam, Kans. and departed this life at Shattuck, Oklahoma at the age of 83 years, 9 months, and 2 days [January 25, 1967]. At the age of 15, she with her parents moved to Drummond, Okla. and later to a farm near Gage. She was united in marriage to Horace Legg of Gage, Sept. 9, 1906, who preceded her in death June 9, 1942. Mrs. Legg became a Christian at an early age, was baptized and joined the Bethel Baptist Church which at that time was a country church located northwest of Gage near the farm where Mr. and Mrs. Legg resided. Years later this church was disbanded and memberships were moved to different Southern Baptist churches. Her membership was moved to the First Baptist Church of Gage where she has worked and been a faithful member. Preceding her in death are her parents, four brothers and two sisters. She leaves to mourn her passing, two sisters Mrs. Hazel Taylor Gage and Mrs. Bernice Farnsworth, Canadian, Texas, and many nieces, nephews and scores of friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sam Gannaway Friday afternoon at the First Baptist Church and the remains laid to rest in Gage Cemetery. The Gage Record, February 1, 1967 Contributed by: Shelli Steedman Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT...

Biography of William H. Holt

William H. Holt came to Kansas a number of years ago as a railway employee, but soon took up banking and had had a wide experience in that field, partly in Kansas and partly in Northwestern Texas, and is now cashier of the Central National Bank of Ellsworth. This is one of the largest and most substantial banks in Southern Kansas. Mr. Holt was born at Grafton, West Virginia, August 2, 1879. His ancestors came originally out of England and were colonial settlers in Virginia. His father, James W. Holt, was born at Kingwood in Preston County, West Virginia, in 1850, and had spent his entire life in West Virginia, being now a resident of Grafton and a retired publisher. In politics he is a republican and for several years served as postmaster of Grafton, as mayor two terms, and as a member of the Lutheran Church and the Masonic fraternity. He married Anna Jordan, who was born at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1852 and died at Grafton in 1897. They reared a family of very capable children, their names and situations in life being noted as follows: John A., a banker at Gage, Oklahoma; Alfred, a druggist at Grafton, West Virginia; William H.; Howard H., who succeeds his father as publisher of the Grafton Daily Sentinel and still had active charge of the journal; Mrs. Lillian Rightmire, living at Montgomery, West Virginia, her husband being master mechanic in the Chesapeake & Ohio shops; and Catherine, who married Frank Shrewsbury of Montgomery, West Virginia, an engineer with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. William H. Holt graduated from the high school...

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