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Biography of Herbert Andrew Browne, M. D.

Herbert Andrew Browne, M. D. Since 1899 Doctor Browne had been in steady demand for his exceptional professional ability as a physician and surgeon in Galena. His offices are at 305½ Main Street. Doctor Browne is an active member of the Cherokee County, Southeastern Kansas and State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association, and by these associations and by all other standards of judgment that can be applied to members of this profession he ranks as one of the leaders in his section of the state. Doctor Browne came to Galena after one year of practice in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1894 he entered the Homeopathic Medical College of Kansas City, from which he graduated M. D. in 1898. He had since taken courses in chemistry and had attended the Bacteriological Clinics at Kansas City, and had certificate showing this advanced work. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 11, 1878, and during the eighty years his family had lived in America they have been residents in several eastern and western cities. His grandfather Charles W. Browne was born near Belfast, Ireland, in 1818 and came to America about 1836, locating in New York City. He was a merchant tailor. For a number of years he was in business in Chicago, and was head of the firm of Browne and Moran, who conducted the largest merchant tailoring establishment in the West at the time of the Chicago fire. Their business was under the old McVicker Theater. Later he returned east and was in business in Brooklyn but finally retired to a home in Kansas City, Missouri, where...

Biography of Oscar Maxel Yount

Oscar Maxel Yount. The person of this sketch, Oscar Maxel Yount, is perhaps the most wonderful example, everything being taken into consideration, of what a determined will-power can accomplish that the Sunflower State had ever produced. He had been a lawyer and engaged in the active practice of his profession since June 22, 1905. He is a native son of Kansas, and the work he had done in his profession and in civic affairs had brought him a place of special esteem throughout the state and especially in his home community of Galena. He was not born with a “silver spoon in his mouth,” but was handicapped from birth with an extreme case of near-sightedness of vision which is equally as bad, and probably worse, as that of the immortal Blackstone. Mr. Yount never had but little more than 3 per cent of far-sighted vision according to optometrical measurement, his case being one that puzzles the best eye-specialists in this country. He was born on a farm in Cowley County, Kansas, July 28, 1883, and represents one of the early pioneer families of that section. He was started to school at the age of six years under the most trying circumstances, the teacher neglecting to teach him because he was unable to discern the words on the blackboard in the front of the schoolroom and advising his parents to keep him at home until he was twelve or fourteen years old but he was bent on going to school and his parents did not heed the bad advice but continued to send him. To make the situation still worse,...

Biography of John William Waldron, Rev.

Rev. John William Waldron is well known in a number of towns and cities of Kansas through his active ministerial labors in behalf of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is now living at Galena, where he is pastor of the local church of his denomination. He had spent most of his life in Kansas, and by unusual talents as a preacher and unselfish devotion to his church had become a recognized leader in Methodism in this city. Both he and his people for many generations back are English. His grandfather, John Waldron, spent his life in England and was a registered pharmacist. His father is Mr. Thomas Waldron, who now lives at Scranton, Kansas. Thomas was born July 5, 1840, in Worcestershire, England, was reared and married there, and became foreman and superintendent in some of the mines of his native country. In October, 1880, he emigrated to the United States, first locating at Bloomington, Illinois, and in 1882 coming to Scranton, Kansas, where he was identified with the coal mining industry until he retired in 1896. As an American citizen he aligns himself with the republican party and he had always been active in the Methodist Church and is a local preacher. Thomas Waldron married Martha Sales, who was born in Staffordshire, England, April 19, 1844. The only child of his parents, Rev. John William Waldron was born at Pilsley, England, January 19, 1874, and was six years of age when his parents came to America. His first schooling was at Bloomington, Illinois, and he afterwards attended the public schools at Scranton. He took up his theological studies...

Biography of Oliver Wilson Fail

Oliver Wilson Fail. One of the most popular citizens of Cherokee County is O. W. Fail, recently clerk of the District Court at Columbus, and now engaged in the real estate business at Baxter Springs. Mr. Fail had had a varied and active career. He had been a hard worker, had associated with men who work with their hands as well as with their brains, and he long held a card of active membership in the ranks of that army connected with the operation of street and interurban electric lines. In all the relationships of his life he had shown himself worthy of trust and confidence, and it was this stable feature of his character which brought about his election to his public office. He was born in Lenexa, Johnson County, Kansas, May 23, 1883. When he was three years of age his parents removed to Lansing, Kansas, and he began his education in the public schools there. Later, when his parents removed to a farm at Springhill in Johnson County, he attended the rural schools from 1892 to 1896. In 1896 they removed to Argentine, Kansas, and he finished his education in the grade schools there. In 1902 Mr. Fail, then nineteen years of age, took up the serious responsibilities of life on his own account. Going to Wyandotte, now a part of Kansas City, Kansas, he entered the service of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company as conductor. He resigned his position in that capacity in 1905 to live on a farm west of Kansas City, near Edwardsville for a couple of years. In 1907, returning to Kansas...

Biography of George Alfred Sanders

George Alfred Sanders is a Kansas educator of wide experience and exceptional qualifications for hosts of responsibilities, and is now superintendent of the Roseland schools. On May 14, 1917, he will become County Superintendent of Cherokee County for a term of two years. He represents a family that were pioneers in Kansas, and in the different generations the people of the Sanders name have closely followed the westward movement of civilization in America. His original ancestors came out of Germany, first settling in Pennsylvania. From there they went west and shared in the early developments of the States of Indiana and Michigan. Professor Sanders’, grandfather was a native of Michigan, and brought his family to Cherokee County, Kansas, in 1869. He was here almost as soon as the Indians left, and by his thrift and industry developed a farm from some land that for generations had been the hunting ground of the Indian tribes. He died in Cherokee County before Professor Sanders was born. Mr. George A. Sanders, who was born in Cherokee County July 27, 1885, is a son of William A. Sanders, who had spent the best years of his life as a practical farmer in Cherokee County. He was born in Michigan in 1859, and was ten years of age when he came with his parents to Cherokee County. He grew up on a farm, and had found agriculture both a congenial and a profitable pursuit. For many years he had lived on his farm in Lola Township, twelve miles southwest of Columbus. He owned 240 acres there, and by his fruits he provided for the...

Biography of John Wesley Twente

John Wesley Twente. Since the fall of 1911 John W. Twente had been numbered among Kansas successful educators, and is superintendent of the city schools of Baxter Springs. He is well qualified both by natural ability and by training for leadership in educational affairs, and in many ways he had increased the efficiency of the local schools and raised the general standards of educational work at Baxter Springs. As a teacher he is well known throughout Southeastern Kansas, is a member of the Southeast Kansas Teachers’ Association, and also belongs to the state organization of teachers. His home before locating at Baxter Springs was in Missouri. He was born in that state at Napoleon in Lafayette County, September 2, 1887. He represents the third generation of a family that came from Germany. His grandfather, Herman Henry Twente, was born in Leah, Germany, August 8, 1822, was a merchant tailor by occupation, and soon after his marriage came to America and settled in St. Charles County, Missouri, at Femmeosage. Later he removed to Napoleon in the same state and died there in 1896. F. R. Twente, father of Professor Twente, was born in St. Charles County, Missouri, in 1859, when a young man went to Napoleon, was married there, and had spent his active career as a farmer. He now resided at Belton, Missouri. In politics he is an old line republican. He is a Methodist and very active in supporting his church and in participating in church work, and is a steward in his local organization. F. R. Twente married at Napoleon, Missouri, in 1885, Mary Woestemeyer, who was...

Biography of Fred L. Stone

Fred L. Stone. One of the first men to strike a pick into the mineral deposits around the present City of Galena in Cherokee County was the late Joseph T. Stone, whose experiences in that new mining field began nearly forty years ago. His son Fred L. Stone had spent the greater part of his active career in and around mines, beginning as a miner and later developing a business of his own, and is now one of the leading mine operators and business men of Galena. This is a family that had been in America since colonial days. The Stones were English people who came to America and settled in New Jersey. Fred Stone’s grandfather, Lewis Stone, was born in New Jersey, went to Kentucky early in life, where he was a farmer and blacksmith, and he enlisted from that state and saw service throughont the period of the Merican War during the ’40s. His death occurred in Barren County, Kentucky, before Fred Stone was born. Joseph T. Stone, above mentioned, was born in Barren County, Kentucky, in 1847, and in 1852 he was taken by his parents to Southern Missouri. Though a small boy at the time he enlisted in 1862 at Springfield, Missouri, in the Eighth Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, and was in service three years, twenty-one days. He was in the campaigns at Wilson Creek, Neosho, Springfield, Missouri, on Bear Creek, was taken a prisoner of war, and escaped from Baxter Springs, Kansas, just a few hours before Blount’s Guard arrived at Fort Baxter. For a year or so after the war Joseph Stone made his...

Biography of Edwin Grant Betz

Edwin Grant Betz. The Arkansas City Business College is an institution in which the people of that community take special pride. Technical training for business is now a recognized necessity, and among the schools of Kansas that supply such technical training the Arkansas City Business College had in many respects a record of unexcelled competence and thoroughness. The proprietor of this school is Edwin Grant Betz, who had had a varied business experience but had given his chief time through his active life to commercial education. He comes of an old Dickinson County family, while Mrs. Betz, his wife, is of another prominent pioneer family in that section of Kansas. Mr. E. G. Betz was born at Chambersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, August 19, 1869. His paternal ancestors were Germans and his great-grandfather came from Germany and was an early settler in Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Henry Betz, was born in Pennsylvania in 1795, spent his life as a farmer and died at St. Thomas in Franklin County in 1876. W. H. H. Betz, father of E. G. Betz, was born near St. Thomas in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1843 and is now living at Chapman in Dickinson County, Kansas. He grew up and married in Pennsylvania, became a farmer, and on March 15, 1877, arrived at Chapman, Kansas. He was one of the early settlers there, and bought a farm three miles south and two miles east of Chapman and is still owner of 360 acres in that county and considerable city property. He is a republican and had long been closely identified with the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in...

Biography of Seba Clarence Westcott

Seba Clarence Westcott. With a record of twenty-six years of continuous practice at Galena, Mr. Westcott is secure in those honors and successes that come to the lawyer of ability and character, and is one of the best known men of Cherokee County. He has served in the Legislature and conscientious care and business integrity have marked every relationship of his career. His people were among the pioneer settlers of Southeastern Kansas. His father, William H. Westcott moved to Baxter Springs, Kansas, in 1869. He died at Baxter Springs in 1872. By occupation he was a farmer, and in politics was a democrat. William H. Westcott was born in Ingham County, Michigan in 1840 and his wife Mary Wright was also a native of that state and died in Ingham County in March, 1867, a few days after the birth of her younger son, Seba Clarence Westcott. The latter was born in Ingham County March 3, 1867. His older brother is Charles W. Westcott, who was born in 1864 and is an ore buyer and has been connected with the Pitcher firm at Joplin, Missouri, since 1889. The Westcott family originated in England and came to America in colonial days, settling in New York. Charles Westcott, grandfather of the Galena lawyer, was born in 1810 and was an early settler in Southern Michigan. He was a merchant tailor. He died at Lansing, Michigan, in 1887. William H. Westcott ran away from home twice to enlist in the Union army, and finally succeeded in his plan, going out in 1864 with a Michigan regiment and serving a year and a...

Biography of James Henry Boice

James Henry Boice. In 1877 the late F. S. Boice arrived at Galena, and from that time forward was actively engaged in the mining operations that have always formed the basis of the prosperity of that city. For fully forty years the family has been prominently represented at Galena both in the mining industry and in mercantile and other affairs, and the work which was begun by the late F. S. Boice has been continued along even broader lines by his son James Henry. This is a family whose origin was in Scotland. From that county the father of F. S. Boice came in the early days, became a merchant in Ohio, and died in that state. F. S. Boice was born in Ohio in 1838, was reared and married there and while in that state gained a knowledge of the furniture and undertaking business. A few years after the close of the Civil war he determined to seek a new location in Kansas. His destination was Fort Scott. In the absence of a railroad he reached that town by stage coach. He soon afterward opened a stock of furniture, and extended his business by handling agricultural implements. Then in 1877 he removed to Galena, and was identified with the mining and business affairs of that city until his death in 1909. He was one of the organizers of the Citizens State Bank of Galena, and for many years served as its director. Politically he was a republican and was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married Margaret Mahala Ross, who was born in Ohio...
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