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Biographical Sketch of John M. Miller

John M. Miller was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, May 31, 1834. His parents, Robert and Rachel Miller, both natives of Virginia, when he was six years old moved to this county, where he was reared and educated in the common schools. In 1859 he crossed the plains to California, came back the same year and crossed again in 1860 and returned in time to serve one year in the Enrolled State Militia during the war. He is a farmer by profession. Mr. Miller was united in marriage, in October, 1863, to Miss Elizabeth C. Foster, who was born April 5, 1838, and died November 7, 1877. They had by this marriage six children: Mary B., born August 19, 1864; John Y., born March 24, 1866; May, born May 2, 1869; Effie, born December 22, 1871; Robert, born January 4, 1875; and Maud, born January 17, 1877. February 4, 1879, he married Miss Mary A. Goodbar, who was born .January 9, 1841, in Virginia. They have one child, Joseph, born January 7,...

Biography of Andrew L. Buzzard

Andrew L. Buzzard was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, December 10, 1836. His parents were also natives of that State. His mother’s maiden name was Elizabeth Kincaid and her ancestry were of Irish extraction. In 1852, at the age of fourteen, our subject immigrated, with his parents, to Daviess county, Missouri, and in 1857 began business on his own account as a farmer and stock-dealer which business he still conducts on an extended scale, in addition to his banking operations. Mr. Buzzard entered the Farmer’s Bank January 1, 1877, as cashier in which capacity he continued until 1880 when he was elected to the office of president and his son .Samuel W., succeeded him as cashier. This bank has a capital stock of $50,-000 and does a general banking and collecting business with all the principal points in the country. Mr. Buzzard was married in Harrison county, Missouri, December 19, 1858, to Miss Julia A., daughter of David and Mary A. Travis, natives of ‘Tennessee. Mrs. Buzzard was born near Bloomington, Illinois. Their family consists of four children: Samuel W., Halleek, Effie Lee and Edwin. Politically, Mr. Buzzard is a Democrat and was elected by his party to represent the county in the Thirty-first General Assembly, which trust he discharged with great credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his constituency. He is an ardent supporter of all educational institutions and was instrumental in securing the fine school building which is the pride of the town. Mr. Buzzard owns several large well stocked and equipped farms in addition to his city property and is one of...

Biography of David F. Hanna, M. D.

The subject of this sketch was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, August 18, 1851. His father, John W. Hanna, is also a native of Virginia. His mother, whose maiden name was Rebecca Deitz, died at the birth of our subject, and he was reared by his grandmother, a most estimable and cultured lady who carefully trained the mind of her young, charge in those channels calculated to make him a pure minded, honest and honorable man and a respected and useful citizen. He was educated at Louisburg Academy and grew to manhood in his native county. After leaving school he clerked for a short time in a dry goods store at Meadow Falls, Virginia, and then, in the winter of 1870, commenced the study of medicine in the office of A. C. Kincaid, M. D., a prominent physician of that section of the country, under whose instructions young Hanna remained three years. He then attended lectures at the famous Medical College of Virginia and was during the same time resident student at Central. Lunatic Asylum at Richmond. After attending four courses of lectures at the excellent institution named above, our subject graduated with high honor and for proficiency and meritorious conduct received the appointment of resident physician and surgeon of the city hospital and alms-house at Richmond. Having filled that responsible and arduous position with distinguished ability during one term he was reappointed for another year, but at the end of six months resigned and in August, 1876, returned to Falling Springs, Virginia, and established an office there. He rapidly rose in the confidence and respect of the...

Biography of William Kirkpatrick

Wherever his lot may be cast in the north, the intelligent, progressive southerner finds a welcome and makes many friends. If he fought on “the other side” in our great civil war, he is everywhere regarded more highly than the southern union man or the southern non-combatant. He is made to feel at home by Grand Army men and is quickly on fraternal terms with those whom once he faced on the field of battle. William Kirkpatrick is one of the prominent pioneer farmers of Blackfoot, Idaho, where he located in 1873, on one hundred and sixty acres, west of the town site, which property he still owns. The county was then unsurveyed and had few inhabitants except Indians, with whom the whites at times had misunderstandings but managed to evade actual warfare. Mr. Kirkpatrick improved his property, cultivated it profitably and gave much attention to stock raising. He has a fine water right and is enabled to raise large quantities of alfalfa hay, upon which he feeds his stock in winter. He has become an influential citizen and is a Democrat of the deepest dye, declaring his intention to vote the Democratic ticket as long as he lives. His ideals of military genius and statesmanship are Robert E. Lee and Grover Cleveland. He is active in partisan work and in the conventions of his party. In 1878 he did faithful and efficient service to his fellow citizens as deputy sheriff, and in that capacity won an enviable reputation as a reliable and fearless public officer. Mr. Kirkpatrick is a southerner, having been born in Greenbrier county, Virginia (now...

Biography of James William Bell

James William Bell, a resident of Topeka for more than thirty years, has built up a business and reputation as a buyer and dealer in horses which is by no means confined to the State of Kansas. His operations extend practically over the entire country. He has been a prominent exporter to foreign markets. James William Bell was born in Greenbrier County in what is now West Virginia but was then Virginia, December 18, 1854. The Bell family goes back to Scotch-Irish antecedents and the first of the name came to Virginia in colonial times. David Henderson Bell, father of James William Bell, was born at Rockbridge, Virginia, in 1818, and when a young man removed to Greenbrier County in what was then the western part of the Old Dominion. Acquiring a large tract of land in that rugged region, he farmed and raised stock on an extensive scale. For the pursuits of his mature years James William Bell had the equivalent of a liberal literary training. Most of his education was acquired in a school and under a prominent educator. This educator was Doctor Macalhaney and the school was known as Louisburg Academy. Outside of school his other experiences as a young man comprised much work on the home farm, and he also entered a store belonging to his uncle. After several years of clerical experience he removed to Richmond, Kentucky, where he was identified for several years with a large mercantile house, and then established a mercantile business of his own. During his career as a merchant Mr. Bell acquired solid and substantial success. It was for...

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