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Biography of James L. Fitzmorris

James L. Fitzmorris is a native of Kansas, was a soldier in the famous Twentieth Kansas Infantry during the Philippine war, had gained more than a local reputation as a blooded cattle raiser and extensive rancher, and had also played a worthy part as a citizen of Fall River, where he is now serving as mayor. Mr. Fitzmorris was born in Elk County, Kansas, July 25, 1875. His father, Morris Fitzmorris, who was a very early settler in Kansas, was born in Ireland in 1843, a son of Thomas and Margaret (Carney) Fitzmorris. Thomas Fitzmorris in old age came to America, after having been an Irish farmer, and he died in Greenwood County, Kansas. Morris came to this country in 1853, when a small boy, and for several years earned his living by varied employment in New York City. During a part of the Civil war he was in the Government service, was also employed by the Government after the war, and for a time was a member of a Kansas regiment. About 1868 he located near Pickaway, Kansas, homesteading a claim there, but in 1872 removed to Elk county and homesteaded another quarter section. That farm was his home and the scene of his industrious activities until he retired to Fall River, and his death occurred at Wichita, Kansas, in 1900. He was a democrat in politics, filled several township offices, and was a member of the Catholic Church. He married Anna McKale, who was born in Virginia in 1854, and died in Elk County, Kansas, January 3, 1880. There were three children: Maggie, who is the wife...

Biography of Anthony Wayne Fairchild, M. D.

Anthony Wayne Fairchild, M. D. The work which he had done as a member of the medical profession in Fall River had already attracted much attention to Doctor Fairchild, whose attainments and abilities are much above the average. Not only does a large clientage esteem him for his services, but his wife, Mrs. Fairchild, is likewise a graduate physician and had a considerable practice, specializing in discases of the eye. The Fairchild family originated in England, coming to America in Colonial times. Doctor Fairchild’s grandfather was Minor Fairchild, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1818, and became a pioneer farmer in Missouri. He died in Chariton County of the latter state in 1899. Minor Fairchild married Miss Goodwin, who was born in Pennsylvania and died in St. Charles County, Missouri. Dr. Anthony Wayne Fairchild was born at Wentzville, Missouri, June 1, 1878. His father is H. W. Fairchild, who was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in 1851, but when a young man came with his parents to Wentzville, Missouri. He was married at Wentzville to Miss Emma Hines, also a native of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where she was born in 1850. H. W. Fairchild followed school teaching and farming for many years, but finally removed to the City of St. Louis, where he was in the insurance business and subsequently became a merchant. He now lives at St. Louis and had a farm outside the city limits. He is a republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. He and his wife have the following children: Ida, who...

Biography of William A. Nelson

William A. Nelson, a real estate man at Fall River, knows the early pioneer, conditions of this section of Kansas from first hand. He was a homesteader in Greenwood County in the early ’70s. He passed through that trying period when grasshoppers, season after season of drouth, low prices for farm products and other conditions made the lot of the Kansas farmer one hardship after another. He came through it all, gained and still retains a large share of the landed wealth of Kansas, and is a man whose experience demonstrates that there is nothing whatever the matter with Kansas. Mr. Nelson’s ancestors came from England and were Colonial settlers in Virginia. Several generations of the family lived in the western sections of the Old Dominion, in what is now the State of West Virginia. Mr. William A. Nelson himself was born in Highland County, Virginia, May 10, 1844. His grandfather, Elijah Nelson, was born in Pendleton County, in what is now the State of West Virginia, and was drowned in that county before William A. was born. He spent his life as a farmer, and during the War of 1812 was an American soldier. He married Margaret Kincaid, who was likewise a life long resident of Pendleton County. Pendleton County was also the birthplace of Elijah Nelson, father of William A. Born, in 1820, he was also among the early pioneers of Kansas. He grew up and married in Pendleton County, became a farmer, and in 1869 came West and settled at Leroy in Coffey County, Kansas. He farmed in that locality until 1871, when he moved into...

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