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Biography of John T. Denton, Hon.

Hon. John T. Denton. While John T. Denton had been a staid and substantial banker, business man and public spirited citizen of Grenola and Elk County for over thirty years, he had covered a great deal of territory in the course of his earlier experiences, and he came through difficulties and hardships on the road to success. He was left an orphan boy in Kentucky, was reared in the home of relatives, started out to make his own way in the world when sixteen, and had always considered it fortunate that he came to Kansas in the early days of the state, and had found his real destiny in her commonwealth. Mr. Denton was born at Wyoming, Bath County, Kentucky, March 9, 1850. His ancestors were English people who settled in Virginia in Colonial days. His great-grandfather was born in Virginia, and as a young man crossed the mountains into Kentucky. Mr. Denton’s grandfather was William Denton, who spent many years of his life in Kentucky as a farmer, but died at Huntsville, Indiana, in 1850. Abraham Denton, the father of the Grenola banker, was born in Bath County, Kentucky, and died at Wyoming in that locality in 1855. He spent all his life in Bath County, was a farmer, stockman, merchant and a hotel proprietor. In politics he was a whig, a follower of the great Henry Clay, and was a member of the Christian Church. His wife, Elizabeth Barber, spent her life in Kentucky, dying at Wyoming in 1852. Thus John T. Denton was two years of age when his mother died and five years old when...

Biography of Ralph M. McKee

Ralph M. McKee is superintendent of the consolidated city schools at Neal in Greenwood County. He is one of the younger men engaged in educational work in Kansas, and had a highly creditable record for the work he had already done and stands high both among his fellow teachers and in his home community. Mr. McKee was born at Xenia, Ohio, December 1, 1893. His McKee ancestors were early settlers in America. Mr. McKee had strains of English and Irish ancestry, and inherits good qualities through both lines. His father, W. T. McKee, was born in Ohio in 1861, and first came to Kansas in 1880. For several years he was engaged in the cattle business about Grenola, and he was married at Concordia that state, where he farmed for several years. Later he returned to Xenia, Ohio, where he resumed farming, and in 1908 came back to Kansas, and had since been a farmer at Elk Falls. He is a democrat in politics. He married Anna E. Liggett, who was born in Ohio in 1862. Of their children, Austin, the oldest, died at Elk Falls, Kansas, at the age of twenty-four, having finished his education in Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. The second in age is Ralph M. and the youngest child is Julia, a graduate of the Howard High School and teaches at Howard, Kansas. Ralph M. McKee received his early training in the public schools at Xenia, Ohio, and in 1913 graduated from the high school at Moline, Kansas. The following year he spent as teacher in a rural school near Howard, the next year was...

Biography of John Hunt

John Hunt is one of the oldest business men in point of continuous service at Grenola, Kansas. He established a lumber business there more than thirty-four years ago, and today he is the only merchant furnishing lumber and building supplies to the people of that community. He had had a long and active career, and aside from his material achievement he may take special pride in the fact that he had reared a large family of self-respecting, honest and worthy children. He represents old American stock. The Hunts came originally from Wales and were settlers in New Jersey in colonial days. The family in the various generations have not failed to give a good account of themselves when called upon to render patriotic service as soldiers. Mr. Hunt’s grandfather was Elijah Hunt, who died at Trenton, New Jersey, before John Hunt was born. Mr. John Hunt was born at St. Louis, Missouri, June 23, 1842. His father, Isaac Hunt, was born at Trenton, New Jersey, in 1793, and was a boy soldier with a New Jersey regiment in the War of 1812. He was reared and married in New Jersey and spent his active career as a farmer. He was one of the pioneer American settlers in the vicinity of St. Louis, Missouri. He arrived there and secured a claim in St. Louis County in 1820, a year before Missouri came into the Union as a state. He developed a farm of 160 acres, but subsequently removed to another farm in Jefferson County, Missouri. He spent the remainder of his life and died in Jefferson County. In politics he...

Biography of Frank Hubert Sherwood

Frank Hubert Sherwood was for many years a successful farmer in Elk County, but in recent years had been owner and had succeeded in developing a very strong independent telephone company at Grenola, and now gives his time and attention to the management of this exchange. Mr. Sherwood also enjoys the distinction of being the mayor of Grenola. The Sherwoods came originally from England, settling in Virginia in colonial days, and Mr. Sherwood’s grandfather, William Sherwood, was born in that state. He was an early settler in Southern Indiana, owned a farm in Bartholomew County, and died at Columbus in that state before Frank H. Sherwood was born. Columbus, Indiana, was also the birthplace of Mr. Frank H. Sherwood. His birthday was June 10, 1869. His father, John B. Sherwood, who was born September 19, 1836, also in Bartholomew County, Indiana, followed farming all his life, and in April, 1886, came to Kansas, locating at Winchester in Jefferson County. He died at Dunavant in Jefferson County January 11, 1915. He was a republican in politics. He was married in Bartholomew County, Indiana, to Miss Sarah Frances Hays, who was born in that county November 20, 1838. She still makes her home at Dunavant, being now in her seventy-ninth year. There were six children. Oscar Melville, who was born at Columbus, Indiana, November 28, 1861, was a merchant, and died at Chicago, Illinois, September 20, 1914. Mary Elizabeth, born October 3, 1864, is unmarried and resided with her mother. The third in age is Frank H. Sherwood. John Wallace, born January 11, 1871, manages the old homestead for his mother....

Biography of Floyd C. Flory

Floyd C. Flory is postmaster of Grenola. He is also widely known among the newspaper profession in Kansas, and gave up his duties as editor of the Grenola Leader to accept his present office. Mr. Flory is a native of Kansas, and the family have lived in this state for many years. Fred C. Flory, a well known citizen of Howard, Kansas, and father of the Grenola postmaster, was born in Iowa in December, 1858. He grew up in that state, came to Kansas when a young man, his first home being at Independence, and he soon afterward became editor of the paper at Longton. He was married near Independence, and then removed to Greeley County, Kansas, taking up a homestead of 160 acres. While living in Grceley County he served as postmaster. He afterward resumed the newspaper and job printing business at Pueblo, Colorado, but in 1895 located at Howard, Kansas, where he had since been editor of the Elk County Citizen. He is an active democrat, is a member and elder in the Presbyterian Church, and had served on both the democratic state and county central committees. Fred C. Flory married Julia A. White, who was born in Illinois in 1861. Their children are: Tom, who is editor of the Gridley Light, at Gridley, Kansas; Floyd C.; Mabel, wife of Carl Zeller of Kansas City, Missouri; Ruth, who lives with her parents and is teacher of domestic science in the Howard public schools; Allen, who assists his father in the newspaper business; and Ebbert, a farmer at Howard, Kansas; Frank, now a junior in the high school...

Biography of James Henry Reed

James Henry Reed, superintendent of the city schools of Grenola, is an educator of wide and diversified experience, and had taught in various localities of several different states. He was born in Orleans, Indiana, January 15, 1858. His Reed ancestors came from England to Virginia in colonial days, and they were also connected with the Massachusetts branch of the same family. His grandfather, Jesse Reed, who was a blacksmith by trade, spent his last years at Orleans, Indiana. The family had lived in Kentucky after leaving Virginia, and from Kentucky went to Indiana. Henry Reed, father of Professor Reed, was born in Kentucky in 1827 and died at Orleans, Indiana, in 1904. His parents had gone to Orleans in 1831, and he grew up as a blacksmith and wagon maker, a trade he followed many years, and subsequently was a farmer. He was elected to fill the office of county treasurer of Orange County and was also township trustee of Orleans Township. He was a democrat and a member and steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife, Martha Sears, was born at Orleans, Indiana, in 1835 and died there in 1867. A brief record of their children is as follows: Mary, wife of William Lindsey, a farmer at Quenemo in Osage County, Kansas; George F., an architect at Springfield, Missouri; James H.; Sallie, wife of Leonard M. Hardman, a farmer at Livonia, Indiana; William A., in the real estate business in the State of Washington; and Martha, who lives at Martinsville, Indiana, widow of Fred Mitchell. James H. Reed received his early education in the public schools of...

Biography of Wayne F. Shaw

Wayne F. Shaw grew up on a farm in Kansas, but at an early age had an ambition to teach, and had made teaching a life work and vocation, attended by unusual success. He is now superintendent of the city schools of Kingman. Mr. Shaw is of a New England family transplanted to Kansas. His ancestors were Scotch-Irish and English people who went to Massachusetts in colonial times. One of his ancestors was a Revolutionary soldier. His grandfather, Elijah Shaw, was born at Buckland, Massachusetts, in 1813, spent his life in that state as a farmer and died at Buckland in 1896. W. R. Shaw, father of the Kingman educator, was born at Buckland in August, 1858, grew up and married there and followed the example of his father as a farmer. In 1896 he brought his family to Kansas, and was a farmer at Grenola for ten years, but since 1907 had been in the general merchandise business at Grenola. He is a republican voter. He married Pearl Sarah Bates, who was born at Cummington, Massachusetts, in 1860, and died at Grenola, Kansas, in 1896, soon after coming to this state. Wayne F. was the oldest of his three children. Harold M. is a dentist at Altoona, Kansas; and Robert L., the youngest, died at the age of four years. W. R. Shaw married for his second wife Ruth Thompson, and after her death married Floy Watson, a native of Kansas. They have four young children named Ernest, William, Earl and Floyd. Wayne F. Shaw was born at Buckland, Massachusetts, October 20, 1884, and was twelve years of...

Biography of Fred E. Deal, M. D.

Fred E. Deal, M. D. Although comparatively recent recruit in the ranks of the Kansas Medical Fraternity, Dr. Fred E. Deal, of Weir City, who possesses the highest qualifications for success in his profession in a natural ability, an inherent energy, a love for his calling and a kind and sympathetic personality, has already achieved more than ordinary prominence and prosperity. Doctor Deal comes of a family which originated in Germany and settled in Pennsylvania during colonial days, and men of the name have been prominent in business and private life, in public affairs and in the various learned professions. Fred E. Deal was born at Grenola, Elk County, Kansas, February 15, 1889, a son of J. F. and Laora Alice (Jones) Deal. His grandfather was Peter Deal, who was born in Ohio, in 1830, and removed from that state to Parker, Indiana, where he followed the business of shoemaking during the remainder of his life, and died in 1907. J. F. Deal was born at Parker City, Randolph County, Indiana, in 1859, and there received his early education. In his youth he decided upon a career in the law, and after comprehensive training was graduated from the law department of the Valparaiso (Indiana) University, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and in 1883 was admitted to the bar. Like most young legists endeavoring to get a foothold, he was forced to overcome many obstacles and pass through a period of hardships, and in order to tide himself over until he could secure a paying practice, he was forced to teach in the public schools to add to...

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