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Biographical Sketch of Carl H. Skinner

Carl H. Skinner is superintendent of the city schools of Nortonville. He had been engaged in school work since before he attained his majority, and is one of the school men who are thoroughly in love with their calling and profession. Mr. Skinner possesses that fundamental requisite of a good teacher–a love for and understanding of young people. That is worth more than a bundle of academic degrees. But he also possesses in addition the technical skill and the experience which enable him to guide and administer a school system. A native of Kansas, Mr. Skinner was born at Burden in Cowley County, January 16, 1889. His father, James E. Skinner, was born in Illinois, in 1854, and his family removed to Neosho County, Kansas, in 1866, locating near where the City of Erle now stands. He became a farmer there and subsequently removed to Cowley County, where he was successfully engaged in agriculture until his death at Burden in 1908. Politically he was a republican. James E. Skinner married Mary M. Fowler, who was born in Illinois in 1861. She is now living at Nortonville and owned the homestead of 160 acres in Cowley County. Their children are: Earl, who died at Burden, Kansas, where he was a farmer, at the age of thirty-one; Pearl, wife of W. J. Bowman, a farmer at Burden; Verlin, who was a young farmer and died at Burden at the age of twenty-three; Carl H.; and Blaine, who is a cowboy on a ranch at Douglas, Wyoming. Carl H. Skinner grew up on his father’s farm in Cowley County, attended the rural...

Biography of William F. Isley

William F. Isely is a native of Brown County, where his father was a pioneer farmer, and he himself followed farming on an extensive and successful scale for many years but is now living in Fairview of that county. where among varied other interests he is president of the Fairview State Bank. He is also the city’s mayor. Mr. Isely is of sterling Swiss stock. His grandfather, Christian Isely, was born in Switzerland, came to America after his marriage, and located near Winesberg in Holmes County, Ohio, where he engaged in farming and also in the manufacture of harvesting implements. His death occurred at Winesberg before his grandson, William F. Isely, was born. Christian Isely married Barbara Ozenberger, also a native of Switzerland. She died near Fairview, Kansas. Of their children two are still living; Christian, a retired farmer at Wichita, Kansas; and Barbara, who lives at Winesberg, Ohio, widow of Jacob Kendle, a farmer. Mr. William F. Isely was born on a farm three miles north of Fairview in Brown County, Kansas, July 13, 1873. His father, Henry Isely, who was born near Winesberg, Ohio, in September, 1841, grew up in that community, married there, and when a young man of twenty-one enlisted in the Sixty-seventh Ohio Infantry in 1862 and did his part as a brave and gallant soldier until the close of the Civil war. He was in all the battles in which his regiment participated, and just before the surrender at Appomattox he was wounded. Following the war he removed west to St. Joseph, Missouri, and for a time taught school. His settlement in Brown...

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