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Biography of Jesse B. Horn

Jesse B. Horn is now superintendent of the city schools of Oneida in Nemaha County. He is a native of Kansas, and had spent most of his years since he attained his majority in school work either as a teacher or as an administrator of schools. His ancestry, the Horns, originated in Germany and from there came to Pennsylvania, later removing to Ohio. His grandfather, George Horn, was born in Ohio in 1824, was a blacksmith by trade, and after living for a number of years in Indiana moved in 1869 to Kansas and was a pioneer in Labette County in the southeastern part of the state. From there he removed to Douglas County and finally retired to Seneca, Missouri, where he died in 1898. Besides working at his trade he also owned farm lands in Kansas. E. R. Horn, father of Jesse B., was born in Indiana September 19, 1857, and was about eleven years old when the family came to Kansas. He grew up and received his early schooling in his native state and on coming to Kansas lived at Mound Valley. He was married in Johnson County and since his marriage had lived on his farm four miles northeast of Gardner in that county and is still cultivating his flelds and looking after his crops and land. He is a republican and is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. E. R. Horn, in 1879, married Lulu Miller, who was born March 8, 1862, at Abingdon, Illinois. They have nine children, the oldest being Jesse Burton Horn. R. R. Horn is a farmer at Gardner. James...

Biography of Bernard Stephen Kelly, Father

Father Bernard Stephen Kelly. A man honored and beloved, an ecclesiastic revered and respected by all sections of the community, liberal natured, broad minded, generous, kindly and free, full of understanding of special circumstances and conditions, and with a heart open in sympathy to every necessity, Father Bernard Stephen Kelly, rector of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, is an individual who exerts a powerful influence for morality and Christianity in the City of Leavenworth. Father Kelly is a son of William E. and Katherine (Dowd) Kelly, natives of Ireland, from which country they were brought by their respective parents in early days, settling in and about Middletown, Ohio, where they were reared and, in 1854, married. William E. Kelly was a farmer throughout his life. He secured a better education than that usually accorded boys of his day, and, being industrious, became wealthy. After his marriage he moved to Brimfield, near Peoria, Illinois, and while residing in that community volunteered for service as a Union soldier during the Civil war, but was rejected owing to the fact that he had a large family to support. In 1870 he came to Kansas and purchased a farm in Johnson County, and to his original purchase subsequently added from time to time until he owned three quarter-sections of land, all well improved at the time of his death. The last years of Mr. Kelly and his wife were passed in quiet retirement at Olathe, Kansas, where both died in 1909. They were the parents of a family of remarkable children, sixteen in number, of whom thirteen grew to virile man and womanhood,...

Biography of James Walter Gowans

James Walter Gowans, superintendent of the city schools of Winfield, is one of a trio of brothers all of whom are graduates of the University of Kansas and all capable school men in this state. Mr. Gowans is not only an educator but a thoroughly constructive administrator in educational affairs, and the public schools of Winfield have benefited much from his superintendence. Though a resident of Kansas nearly all his life, James Walter Gowans was born at Centerview, Missouri, September 21, 1877. He is of Scotch ancestry in the paternal line. His paternal grandparents, Walter and Elizabeth (Donnan) Gowans, were both born near Glasgow, Scotland. Walter Gowans was born in 1800, came to this country at the age of twenty-one, and spent his active career as a farmer in Ohio, Illinois, and finally at Centerview, Missouri, where he died in 1887. At one time he was a member of the state militia. His wife died in Ohio. Samuel W. Gowans, father of Professor Gowans, was born in 1846 in Ohio, twenty miles from Columbus, in Union County. He subsequently accompanied the family to Illinois and from there to Centerview, Missouri, where he married. He likewise had followed farming throughout his active career. Coming to Kansas in 1882, he lived for nine years in Butler County and helped develop some of the newer lands of that section. In 1891 he moved to a farm at Lawrence, Kansas, in order to give his children better educational opportunities, and continued farming there until the fall of 1916, when he retired and removed to Ottawa, where he now resided. He is a republican....

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