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Biography of Joseph Lister

In a corner of the north transept of Westminster Abbey, almost lost among the colossal statues of our prime ministers, our judges, and our soldiers, will be found a small group of memorials preserving the illustrious names of Darwin, Lister, Stokes, Adams, and Watt, and reminding us of the great place which Science has taken in the progress of the last century. Watt, thanks partly to his successors, may be said to have changed the face of this earth more than any other inhabitant of our isles; but he is of the eighteenth century, and between those who developed his inventions it is not easy to choose a single representative of the age. Stokes and Adams command the admiration of all students of mathematics who can appreciate their genius, but their work makes little appeal to the average man. In Darwin’s case no one would dispute his claim to represent worthily the scientists of the age, and his life is a noble object for study, single-hearted as he was in his devotion to truth, persistent as were his efforts in the face of prolonged ill-health. No better instance could be found to show that the highest intellectual genius may be found united with the most endearing qualities of character. Kindly and genial in his home, warmly attached to his friends, devoid of all jealousy of his fellow scientists, he lived to see his name honored throughout the civilized world; and many who are incapable of appreciating his originality of mind can find an inspiring example in the record of his life. There is no need to make comparisons either...

Biography of Andrew McGregor

This doughty end intrepid frontiersman, now one of the leading farmers and stock men of his vicinity, having a tine estate eight miles west from Ontario, which is the family home, and being a man of prominence and capabilities, has accomplished much in the development of the County and we are pleased to accord to him a representation in the history of Malheur County. Mr. McGregor was born in Glasgow, Scotland on June 28, 1845, being the son of Duncan and Marguerette (McIntyre) McGregor. The father was born in Inverness, north Scotland, on February 14, 1800 and the mother was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on August 27, 1865. In 1846 the family came to America in a sailing vessel, being six weeks on the trip. Landing in New York, they made their way to Boston, where the father worked at block printing and dyeing in a calico factory. In 1849 marks the date when they came to the vicinity of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and there on August 14, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Twentieth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, being mustered in at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin, and went thence to the barracks at St. Louis, and served under General Schofield in the First Brigade, Second Division, Army of the Frontier. He participated in the battle of Prairie Grove; Arkansas, December 7, 1862, was in the third siege of Vicksburg in 1863, took part in the battle of Yazoo, Atchafalga Fort Morgan, Alabama, Spanish Fort, the siege of Mobile, and many skirmishes and received an honorable discharge on July 14, 1865, at Galveston, Texas. Following the war he returned to this...

Biography of David Langton Grey

David Langton Grey, a certified public accountant of St.. Louis, is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, his birth having there occurred August 22, 1875, his parents being John Edward Ogilvie and Lydia Margaret (Gavin) Grey. In the acquirement of his education, he attended George Watson’s College, and afterward entered the Edinburgh University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1893, thus becoming well qualified for life’s practical and responsible duties. He started upon his business career in the same year, in connection with the firm of A. &. J. Robertson of Edinburgh, with whom he continued until 1901. Being desirous of trying his fortune in America and testing the truth of the favorable reports which he had heard concerning better business opportunities on this side of the Atlantic he resigned his position and sailed for the United States. From 1901 until 1903 Mr. Grey was with the firm of Patterson, Teele & Dennis of New York, and then came to St. Louis, where he entered the employ of Price, Waterhouse & Company, chartered accountants of New York, whom he is now representing as St. Louis manager, a position which is indicative of his high professional standing and capability. Mr. Grey was married in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1906 to Miss Wilhelmina Isabella Christianson Hay of that city, and they have become parents of two daughters: Wilhelmina Minnetta and Gladys Gavin. The religious faith of the family is that of the Episcopal church, and Mr. Grey’s appreciation for the social side of life is manifested in his membership in the Noonday, Racquet and University Clubs. He turns to tennis,...

Biographical Sketch of William Agnew

Agnew, William; attorney-at-law; born, Glasgow, Scotland, May 30, 1870; son of John and Elizabeth Black Agnew; educated, Cleveland public schools and Cleveland Law School, LL. B., Baldwin University; married, Cleveland, June 20, 1899, Anna B. Coville; Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts, 1903-11; admitted to the Bar, June, 1906; member Cleveland and Ohio State Bar Ass’ns; trustee Broadway Y. M. C. A.; member Masonic (Knights Templars and Scottish Rites) and Knights of Pythias; member City and Athletic Clubs; recreations, travel, curling and bowling; (vice pres. American Bowling...

Biographical Sketch of Lance G. Finlay

Finlay, Lance G.; sales engineer; born at sea, Nov. 16, 1875; son of George Finlay, fleet paymaster, R. N., and Emma M. Williams Finlay; educated, public schools, School of Science, University of Glasgow; married in New York; was engaged for a number of years in the sugar industry, building several plants in Trinidad, Cuba, and other sugar-producing countries; then asst. sales mngr. for De Ha Vergne Machine Co. of New York City; also in consulting practice; came to Cleveland in 1907, and engaged in business for himself, in high-grade machinery and equipment; district mngr. The Terry Steam Turbine Co., Providence Engineering Works, Schutte & Koerting Co., Raymond Concrete Pile Co.; member Athletic...

Biographical Sketch of Donald C. McIntyre

McIntyre, Donald C.; the well-known general freight traffic mgr. and district passenger agt. for the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., at Cleveland, Ohio; was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but when a child of five years was brought by his parents to America, locating first at London, Ont., and later in one of the suburbs of that city, where he received a fair education in the district schools; at the age of 22 he entered the employ of The Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., as watchman on one of their steamers, and was thus employed until appointed to a position in the general offices of the line at Detroit; in 1884, he was appointed local freight agent at Detroit, and became general agent in 1887; five years later, Mr. McIntyre was also made district passenger agt.; he has since had charge of the eastern terminal of the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Company, and is most capably and satisfactorily filling that responsible...

Biographical Sketch of William Knox

Knox, William; architect; born, Glasgow, Scotland, Jan. 20, 1858; son of Thomas and Margaret Neilson Knox; studied in the Free Church Seminary, in Glasgow, special course in architecture in Glasgow and Edinburgh; married, Painesville, O., June 21, 1891, Miss Agnes Julia Child; issue, three children, Carlos C., Beulah G., and M. Neilson; business career, successor to Mr. Aitken, in the firm of Moffett & Aitken, in Edinburgh; in 1886, left Scotland to travel; applied for and secured position with Burnham & Root, architects, of Chicago, Ill.; later office mgr. for Henry Ives Cobb, eminent architect; came to Cleveland in 1893; after a few months, formed partnership with J. H. Elliott, under firm name of Knox & Elliott; have been the architects for many fine buildings throughout the country and in the city, the Rockefeller Bldg., Trinity Congregational Church, building for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Elks’ Bldg., as well as numerous factories and beautiful residences; member American Ass’n for the Advancement of Science, Chamber of Commerce, Euclid, and Rowfant Clubs; interested in scientific research; has the finest collection of seaweed in the country; authority on the subject of...

Biographical Sketch of Malcolm McBride

McBride, Malcolm; plumber, born, Glasgow, Scotland, April 29, 1865; son of Daniel and Marion Ferguson McBride; educated in West Chester, Pa., public schools; married, Cleveland, Dec. 24, 1889, Clara Budbill; issue, three sons; came to West Chester, Pa., from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1879; came to Cleveland in June, 1884; worked as journeyman plumber until June, 1908, then became successor to his uncle, A. A. Parker, in the plumbing business; member Cleveland City Lodge No. 15, F. & A. M., also Oak Lodge No. 77, K. of...

Biographical Sketch of John Rankin

Rankin, John; cement contractor; born, Glasgow, Scotland, Dec. 12, 1878; son of John and Elizabeth Wilson Rankin; educated, Alexander School. Glasgow; married, Cleveland, O., March 9, 1910, Margaret Brocklehurst; issue, Elizabeth Watson, Rebecca Margaret, John Ambler; gunner 82nd Light Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, 1897-1900; foreman on the concrete Breakwaters, Clyde, built by the Glasgow Harbor Trust; came to Canada in 1902, and filled important concrete contract at Indian Head, and elsewhere in Saskatchewan; came to Cleveland in 1907, and engaged in same business here; installed the only reinforced platform in the city. Recreations: Horsemanship and...

McNaughton, Thomas Dr. – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Many Pay Tribute To Late Dr. McNaughton Well Known Character Given Final and Appropriate Honors Dr. Thomas McNaughton died February 9th, 1916, after an illness of five months, terminating in Pleuro-Pneumonia, which was the immediate cause of death. During his illness anxious inquires were made daily from homes where he has been a welcome visitor in times of illness and from others where he was esteemed as well as a friend or neighbor. When it became evident that the end was near, sorrow over his taking was manifestly general. He died at his residence in Elgin, attended by his wife and several members of the family. Funeral services were held at the City Hall, where the body lay in state one hour before the services, Feb 12th, at 1:00 O’clock PM. The services were conducted under the auspices of Elgin Lodge No. 98 A.F.A.M. Rev. H.L. Willis, pastor of the First Methodist Church, of Elgin, delivered the sermon, in which he paid an eloquent tribute to the memory of the deceased Doctor, accompanied with remarks, suited to the occasion. HE was assisted with a quartet which included Rev. L.S. Chapman, of the Methodist Church, who at the request of the family sang a solo, “Come Ye Disconsolate”, which was a great favorite with the decease. The services were largely attended, many from the country coming considerable distances to be present; and many teams accompanied the remains to the cemetery. Elgin Lodge No. 98 A.F.A.M. acted as escort to the cemetery. There the members of the Masonic lodge formed hallow square about the grave and J.H....
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