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Biography of Thomas Azro Noftzger

Thomas Azro Noftzger had long been successfully identified with the legal profession in Kansas, and is now senior member of the firm of Noftzger & Gardner, with offices in the Beacon Building at Wichita. His partner is Mr. George Gardner. Mr. Noftzger was born November 15, 1861, in Jackson Township of Kosciusko County, Indiana. His father, Levi J. Noftzger, was born September 3, 1836, and is still living at the age of four score. The mother, Mary C. Noftzger, also living, was born September 2, 1840. Party through the liberality of his parents and partly through his own ambitious determination Thomas A. Noftzger gained a liberal education. In 1883, at the age of twenty-two, he completed the course in the department of litsrature, science and the arts at the University of Michigan, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. He soon afterward took up the study of law at Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the office of Robertson and Harper, and after his admission to the bar began active practice, and in 1884 came to Kansas and located at Anthony, where he continued to reside until 1912. He had practiced in this state steadily and had won a high reputation by the excellent ability in handling many cases of importance. In the way of public service he had served as city attorney of Anthony, as county attorney of Harper County, Kansas, and from 1901 to 1909 was senator, representing the Twenty-seventh Senatorial district. He is an active republican, a Mason, a Knights of Pythias and Elk. At Wabash, Indiana, November 15, 1886, he married Lelia K. Kidd. Her father,...

Biographical Sketch of Carl H. Skinner

Carl H. Skinner is superintendent of the city schools of Nortonville. He had been engaged in school work since before he attained his majority, and is one of the school men who are thoroughly in love with their calling and profession. Mr. Skinner possesses that fundamental requisite of a good teacher–a love for and understanding of young people. That is worth more than a bundle of academic degrees. But he also possesses in addition the technical skill and the experience which enable him to guide and administer a school system. A native of Kansas, Mr. Skinner was born at Burden in Cowley County, January 16, 1889. His father, James E. Skinner, was born in Illinois, in 1854, and his family removed to Neosho County, Kansas, in 1866, locating near where the City of Erle now stands. He became a farmer there and subsequently removed to Cowley County, where he was successfully engaged in agriculture until his death at Burden in 1908. Politically he was a republican. James E. Skinner married Mary M. Fowler, who was born in Illinois in 1861. She is now living at Nortonville and owned the homestead of 160 acres in Cowley County. Their children are: Earl, who died at Burden, Kansas, where he was a farmer, at the age of thirty-one; Pearl, wife of W. J. Bowman, a farmer at Burden; Verlin, who was a young farmer and died at Burden at the age of twenty-three; Carl H.; and Blaine, who is a cowboy on a ranch at Douglas, Wyoming. Carl H. Skinner grew up on his father’s farm in Cowley County, attended the rural...

Biographical Sketch of Volney B. Ballard

Volney B. Ballard has been a leading factor in business affairs at Attica since 1910, is proprietor of the only drug store of the town, and is also the leading banker. Mr. Ballard was born at Huntsville in Reno County, Kansas, August 22, 1883. His ancestors settled in New York from England in Colonial times, and some of them fought as soldiers in the Revolutionary war. His father is Volney B. Ballard, Sr., a resident of Attica. He was born in Jefferson County, New York, in 1844, grew up and married there and learned the blacksmith’s trade in early life. When no more than a boy in years he entered a New York regiment of infantry and was fighting the battles of the Union throughout the South for a period of three years. In 1881 he brought his family to Huntsville, Kansas, buying a farm, but since 1890 had lived retired. His home was at Nickerson until 1915, when he moved to Attica. He is a republican in politics. Volney B. Ballard, Sr., married Cora A. Hill, who was born in Jefferson County, New York, in 1857 and is still living. They have three children: May, unmarried and teaching school at Dragoon, Arizons: Volney B.; and Herbert C., a merchant at Cochize, Arizona. Mr. Ballard spent his early youth on a farm in Reno County, attended rural schools there, and in 1903 graduated from the Reno County High School. One of his important early experiences was teaching in Reno County for three years. He left school work to enter the Kansas University in the pharmacy department and graduated Ph....

Biography of E. Clate Fair

E. Clate Fair. As a young man of seventeen years Mr. Fair accompanied his parents on their removal from Ohio to Kansas, in 1884, and here he had been closely and successfully concerned with the retail drug business during the long intervening period of more than thirty years. In 1904 he opened his present handsomely appointed and well equipped drug store at 211 North Pennsylvania Avenue in the thriving little City of Independence, the judicial center of Montgomery County, and his establishment is one of the leading prescription pharmacies in the county, with a substantial and representative patronage. He had not been imbued with ambition for political preferment of any kind, but is a supporter of the cause of the republican party and had identified himself fully and loyally with the civic and business interests of Independence. The genealogy of the Fair family traces back to sterling English origin, and the first representatives in America settled in Pennsylvania’ prior to the war of the revolution. E. Clate Fair was born at Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio, on the 27th of March, 1867, and is a son of Elfjah Weaver Fair and Rachel (Shunk) Fair, the former of whom was born at Farmerstown, Holmes County, Ohio, in 1838, and the latter of whom was born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1838. The father died at Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas, on the 19th of November, 1914, and there his widow still maintains her home. Elijah W. Fair came with his family to Kansas in July, 1884, and for the first three months he worked at his trade, that of blacksmith, at Emporia....

Biography of Simon P. Kramer

Simon P. Kramer. During the greater part of the years since 1880, Simon P. Kramer had been a resident of Kansas and had been identified with the milling industry. He is one of the oldest flour millers in the state and had operated in many different towns. In 1915 he removed to Topeka, where he bought and reorganized the Topeka Flour Mills Company, of which he is now president. He had now one of the finest mills in equipment and service in this section of the state. It is equipped throughout with Allis-Chalmers machinery and only recently he gave an order for an oil burning engine to replace the old engine. Mr. Kramer is a thoroughly progressive and alert business man, and under his administration he intends to make the Topeka mills one of the finest plants of the kind in the Middle West. His business interests have taken him to many states, and he had been more or less on the move ever since early manhood. But contrary to the old proverb he had accumnlated a generous share of material prosperity while going from place to place, He was born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, February 15, 1858, one of the twelve children of Jacob and Mary (Miller) Kramer. His father was also a miller by trade, and spent his lifetime in that occupation. He conducted a water power mill on his own farm back in Ohio, and died there in December, 1883. With an early education asquired in the common schools of Wayne County, Ohio, Simon P. Kramer at the same time acquired more or less of...

Biography of John Wilson Bogue, Hon.

Hon. John Wilson Bogue. It is not possible for every man to succeed in both business and public life. Each line of endeavor demands certain specific characteristics, and few there are who have so many differentiating ones, or are capable of adapting those which they possess so as to make them eminently fitting for divergent avenues of progress. Conditions in any live community are exacting; they demand much from the citizens of a prosperous and growing city before they are crowned with success. But there are some men who seem possessed in equal degree of the qualities which make for achievement in both business and public affairs, and in this connection mention is due of Hon. John Wilson Bogue, mayor of Neodesha, and president and manager of the V. V. V. Brick and Tile Company, one of the city’s leading and growing industries. John Wilson Bogue was born at Marion, Indiana, September 2, 1868, and is a son of Thomas and Emily (Wilson) Bogue. The Bogue family springs from France, in which country, in 1786, was born the grandfather of John W. Bogue, Barnaby Bogue. He was a young man when he came to America and settled in the Carolinas and subsequently became a pioneer of Marion, Grant County, Indiana, where the remainder of his life was passed in farming and where his death occurred in 1846. He married Millie Baldwin, who was born in Indiana and passed her life there, and they became the parents of the following children: Thomas, Robert, William, Jonathan, Jesse, Mrs. Noah Heinz and Mrs. Allen Pemberton. Jesse resided at Fairmount, Indiana, and is...

Biography of Hon. William M. Duffy

Hon. William M. Duffy, attorney at law in Checotah and now serving his first term as justice of the peace, was born in Callaway County, Missouri, on the 21st of August, 1866, a son of Mathew and Caroline (Ellis) Duffy. The father was born in Ireland and came to America when a young man, locating in Missouri, where he engaged in farming. He followed agricultural pursuits the remainder of his life and died in 1874, one of the prominent and representative citizens of the community in which he resided. Mrs. Duffy was born in Missouri and her death occurred in 1872. In the acquirement of an education William M. Duffy attended the common schools of Callaway County, Missouri, and later enrolled in Westminster College at Fulton, where he remained for two years. He then taught school for four years in Kansas and served as County clerk of Harper County, that state, in 1891, being reelected in 1893. During that time he studied law and in 1896 was admitted to the bar. In the same year he located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, for the practice of his chosen profession and he resided there until 1906, in which year he came to Checotah. In the intervening years he has built up a large and lucrative practice, handling much important litigation before the courts and he has taken an active part in public life. From 1911 to 1914 he was deputy County clerk of McIntosh County and he was a member of the state legislature in 1915 and again in 1919. He has served on the town council and is now...

Lee, Marshall F. – Obituary

Thursday at 10:3:00 PM funeral services will be held in the Miles Memorial Chapel for Marshall F. Lee. The Rev. Edwin W. Parker, Methodist minister, will conduct the rites. He will be taken to the Forest Park Cemetery at Anthony, KS for burial in the family plot. Graveside services are scheduled for 3 PM. Lee, 70, died Tuesday morning at his home [March 2, 1948], 1019 N Union Street. He had been in failing health for the past eight years and had been confined to a wheel chair for 16 months. Formerly in the dry cleaning business here, Lee had made his home in Ponca City since 1929. His wife, 2 sons, two sisters, a brother and 4 grandchildren survive him. The Ponca City News, March 3, 1948 Brother Dies in Oklahoma Marshall Lee, brother of Mrs. Ina Brownfield, and a former resident of Anthony, passed away Tuesday morning, March 2nd, at his home in Ponca City, Oklahoma, after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held in Ponca City. Burial will be in Forest Park cemetery, Anthony. All arrangements have not been made at this time. The Anthony Republican, Anthony, KS, March 4, 1948 Contributed by: Shelli...

Brownfield, Haynes W., Dr. – Obituary

Haynes W. Brownfield, 60-year-old physician and surgeon, one of Anthony’s most prominent professional men for the past 35 years, passed away at his home shortly after 1:30 o’clock yesterday morning. He had been bedfast for the past six months. He had made himself vitally useful to the community and the community esteemed him not only as a doctor but as a most public-spirited citizen. Funeral services will be held this afternoon, Thursday, at 2:30 at the Gem Mortuary, with Rev. Victor A. Major of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery. Dr. Brownfield was born October 24, 1879, at Buffalo, LaRue County, Kentucky. The county seat of LaRue County is Hodgenville, a town best known to fame for the fact that nearby stands the log cabin, now carefully preserved, in which Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809. That cabin is not far form the birthplace of Dr. Brownfield. The Brownfield family has lived there since the time of the Lincoln family. During his boyhood, Dr. Brownfield attended the public schools of Buffalo, Ky., continuing his education in high school and the East Lynn College of that place. He graduated from college with the bachelor of science degree in 1897 and then entered the Louisville Hospital College of Medicine. He took his M.D. degree there in 1901 and in the same year came to Kansas. For two years he practiced at Valley Center, and since 1904 had been located in Anthony, doing a general medical and surgical practice. He was a member of the Harper County and Kansas State Medical associations, Anthony Chamber of Commerce, was...

Lee, Marshall Dorr – Obituary

After a long and painful illness, interspersed with periods of convalescence, M. D. Lee died at his home [November 22, 1899] in this city last Wednesday morning. Mr. Lee was born in the State of Indiana, on January 6, 1844, and married to Miss Arda Fisher on December 31, 1874. In 1888 he came to Harper County where he resided continuously up to the time of his death. Mr. Lee was one of our prominent citizens and business men. He was a member of the M. E. Church and of the Knights and Ladies of Security. While engaged in the mercantile business in Anthony, he was elected to the office of county treasurer, in which capacity he served the people for one term, leaving an unblemished official record. After the expiration of his term of office, he reengaged in the mercantile business here, and was so engaged at that time of his death. He has rendered the city valuable services both as councilman and as a member of the board of education. His official and private conduct has always been characterized by energy, prudence and integrity. By his frank and mirthful hearing won a host of friends. Indeed his friends were as numerous as his acquaintances. Funeral services were held on Thursday at the M. E. Church in this city, Rev. Engle officiating. He was buried in Forest Park Cemetery. Mr. Lee leaves a wife and seven children who have the warmest sympathy of the community in their sorrow. The Anthony Republican, November 24, 1899 Contributed by: Shelli...
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