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Biography of J. W. Searson, Prof.

It is a laudable aim of educational institutions continually to bring solidity and scholarship to their teaching boards, thereby adding greatness to their organizations and at the same time making certain the wider diffusion of knowledge. The Kansas State Agricultural College, at Manhattan, Kansas, had pursued this course in the selection of its faculty, with the result that some of the ablest and most enlightened educators of the country devote their time and efforts to this progressive institution. Among these mention may be particularly made of Prof. J. W. Searson who, for the past six years, had occupied the chair of English. J. W. Searson was born on a farm near Grand Island, Nebraska, in 1873. His educational training began early in the country schools, after which he pursued academic and collegiate courses. When only twenty-six years old he received his Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, having won his Bachelor’s degree in the previous years, entering the university after being graduated from the Grand Island High School in 1891. He had since been working for his Doctor’s degree. Mr. Searson entered the educational field as an instructor very early and his abilities soon won definite recognition. In 1894-95 he was principal of the Weeping Water High School, and from 1896 to 1898 he was a teaching fellow in the department of history in the University of Nebraska. In 1899 he accepted the position of instructor in history in the high school of Lincoln, Nebraska, and for six years following, was superintendent of the city schools of Wahoo, Nebraska. This mutually pleasant association was broken in 1905 when...

Biographical Sketch of Charlie E. Amidon

This well known and representative farmer and stockman is a substantial and enterprising citizen of Malheur County, dwelling near Ontario, five and one-half miles southwest, where he has a fine farm of one hundred and eighty acres, well tilled and improved with buildings, orchards, and so forth in addition to which he owns one hundred acres of land in another place, besides other property. The birth of Mr. Amidon occurred at Flenn, Allegan County, Michigan in 1860, August 23, being the son of Edson and Electa (Tracy) Amidon. The father enlisted in Company B, Thirteenth Michigan in October, 1861. He was transferred to Sherman’s Army and was with that celebrity on the famous march to the sea. Before going, he was home on a furlough, on account of the measles. Upon his return to the army after his furlough he was promoted as corporal and he did valiant service in the battles of Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Atlanta, and many others as well as numerous skirmishes. He served until the last disloyal gun was silenced, and then received his honorable discharge, after four years of war toil. Our subject was reared on a farm educated in the common schools and at the age of twelve went with his parents to Grand Island, Nebraska. Two years later the family returned to Wayne County, Michigan and from there he went to Flenn, his birthplace. He lumbered in the woods and in the spring of 1883 he went to Elgan, Illinois, from which place he returned to his home and prepared for the trip to Baker City, whither he came in 1884. From Baker...

Biography of George H. Handy

George H. Handy, probate judge and ex-ofificio superintendent of schools for Owyhee County, Idaho, resides at Silver City. He was born at Grand Island, Hall county, Nebraska, on the 20th of February 1871, and is of Scotch and English ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Parker Handy, was a native of New York city, and for many years was prominently connected with the banking business, his death occurring at the advanced age of ninety years. H. P. Handy, father of the Judge, was also born in New York City, and throughout his active business career has followed civil engineering. He came to Idaho in 1894 and now resides in Nampa, where he is living retired. He married Miss Elizabeth Cassidy, who was born on the Emerald Isle but was of Scotch and English lineage. In their family were eleven children, six of whom are yet living. Judge Handy, the fifth in order of birth, acquired his education under the direction of his parents, both of whom are people of high mental culture. He also attended the public schools of Fort Collins, Colorado, and was graduated with the class of 1888. He then matriculated in the Colorado Agricultural College, but left that institution when in his senior year in order to accept an insurance agency. He continued in that position for three years, and later occupied a number of clerical positions in the service of Larimer county officials. In 1892 he took up his residence in Nampa, Idaho, and in October of 1892 he removed to De Lamar, where he accepted the situation of cashier for the De Lamar Mercantile & Banking...

Biography of Eldred Lloyd Eaton

Eldred Lloyd Eaton has been engaged in practice as a lawyer for the past six years, and in many ways had justified his choice of a profession and calling. In attainments and ability he now ranks as the leading lawyer of Chase County, his home and offices being. in Cottonwood Falls. Mr. Eaton had had a very active career, and he entered the legal profession after considerable experience as a teacher and business man. He was born at Hillsboro, Iowa, November 23, 1876, a son of Eugene E. and Etta Charity (Fligg) Eaton. His grandfather, Ebenezer Ancel Eaton, was a native of Needham, Massachusetts. Eugene E. Eaton was born in Lee County, Iowa, January 3, 1851, and spent the greater part of his life as a farmer and stock grower. He died April 6, 1906, at Stratton, Nebraska. Mr. Eaton’s parents were married in Van Buren County, Iowa, in 1874. The mother was born in that county September 14, 1854, and she is now living at Whittier, California. There were six children in the family, four sons and two daughters: Edith, born in 1875, died in 1876; Eldred L.; Gussie E., born August 20, 1879, unmarried and living with her mother; Glenn F., born October 7, 1882, a contractor and builder at Sioux City, Iowa; William D., born September 20, 1885, a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Paul H., born September 14, 1889, a lawyer at Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1878, when Eldred L. was two years of age, his parents removed from Iowa to Hamilton County, Nebraska. He grew up on his father’s stock ranch there and acquired his...

Biography of John William Bartholomew

In no profession does advancement depend more entirely upon individual merit and ability than in the law. Close application, keen analysis, clear mental perception and careful preparation are indispensable elements in the life of every man who attempts to gain prominence in this arduous calling. That John William Bartholomew is lacking in none of these requisites, is indicated in the fact that he is numbered among the most capable lawyers of Miami and throughout his career he has maintained the highest standards of professional ethics. A native of Indiana, he was born near Morocco, in Newton County, November 20, 1858, his parents being George C. and Nancy (Moorman) Bartholomew. The father was born in Upper Kent, England, and there followed the trade of a miller. Coming to the United States; he engaged in farming in Indiana until 1861, when he enlisted at the first call for volunteers, becoming a member of Company E, of the Ninety-ninth Indiana Regiment. He valiantly defended the interests of his adopted country during the Civil war and lost his life at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, which occurred on the 22d of August, 1864. The mother, who is of English parentage, was born in Indiana and is now residing in Newton County, that state. In the acquirement of an education John W. Bartholomew attended the grammar schools and the high school at Burnettsville, Indiana, and from the age of fourteen years has been dependent upon his own resources for a livelihood. He first engaged in newspaper work and became the owner of a paper at Buckingham, Illinois, his publication being known as the...

Lundgren, Keith Mickey – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Keith Mickey Lundgren, 89, of Boise and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 9 at his home. Mr. Lundgren was born May 6, 1917, in Osceola, Neb. As a young man growing up on the Great Plains, Keith was drawn to the romance of the railroad and the possibilities of the West. After graduating from Grand Island High School in Nebraska, he joined the U.S. Navy. He spent six years, just prior to World War II, aboard the U.S.S. Lexington traveling around the Pacific and through the Panama Canal, including several weeks searching for the lost aviator Amelia Earhart across the central Pacific Ocean in 1937. Mr. Lundgren was discharged from the Navy in 1941 and went to work at the Naval Shipyards in Bremerton, Wash., as a coppersmith. It was there that he met his future wife, Jacqueline, daughter of his coppersmith instructor. In 1945 Keith was hired by the Union Pacific Railroad. He spent his career as a brakeman and conductor working around the Pacific Northwest for Union Pacific and Amtrak, primarily out of Portland and La Grande until retiring in 1982. After retirement, Keith and Jacqueline moved to Tillamook County, where they enjoyed saltwater fishing, crabbing, clamming and entertaining family and friends. In 2002 they moved to Boise to be closer to family. Mr. Lundren was a long-time member of the Elks. He will be remembered by his family for his low-key and benevolent ways and for his ready enjoyment of the humor that life offers. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Jacqueline S. Lundgren of Boise; children, Stewart G. Lundgren of...

Ferguson, William B. – Obituary

Funeral services for William (Bill) Ferguson, age 71, well known Enterprise and Baker, Ore., business man were conducted Friday, Feb. 27, in Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. Richard K. Toll of St. Stephens Episcopal Church officiated. Burial followed in the family plot in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Ferguson died Wednesday, Feb. 24, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 12, 1904, in Corning, Kansas, the son of George and Mattie Mae Casey Ferguson. He had his schooling in Broken Bow and was married to Isla Pearl Williams, May 2, 1925, in Grande Island, Nebraska. He moved from Kansas to Nebraska and ranched with his father for several years. In 1944 he was in the automobile business in Enterprise, Oregon until 1966 when he moved to Baker City and operated Ferguson Motors with a dealership for Datsun vehicles until his retirement. He had been in the automobile business from 1935 to his retirement in Baker City. He was a great outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing but most of all he loved Oregon and was always glad he had settled here. He is survived by his wife, Isla; two sons, William C. Ferguson of Pendleton, Oregon, Jack Ferguson of Baker; two daughters, Audrey Best of Baker, Virginia Hayden of La Grande. Oregon; three brothers, Roy, Glen and Robert Ferguson all of Broken Bow; Kansas; three sisters, Edith Thompson of Colorado; Grace Bronson of Iowa; Hazel Tiff of Berwyn; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends who wish may contribute to the Mt. States Tumor Institute and this may be...

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