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Biography of Christopher Columbus Michal

C. C. Michal, for the past fifteen years, had been one of the extensive contractors in Southern Kansas, though his work had been done in various parts of the state. His home and headquarters are at Independence, where he is recognized as one of the substantial citizens. Mr. Michal went to the border with the Kansas National Guards, Company K, Second Infantry, as a sergeant and served three months. His ancestors came originally from Ireland and were early settlers in the United States. They located very early in the nineteenth century in Western Indiana near Terre Hante, where Philip Michal, father of the Independence contractor, was born in 1828. Philip Michal was reared and married in Indiana and lived there as a farmer for many years. From that state he enlisted in 1861 as a member of the Twenty-ninth Indiana Infantry, and was in service until the close of the war. In one engagement he was wounded by a burating shell and never fully recovered from his wounds. However, he participated in some of the greatest battles and campaigns of the war, including Shiloh, Vicksburg, the march to the sea with Sherman, and all the battles of that campaign. Once he was taken prisoner and confined in the notorious Andersonville until exchanged. He was mustered out with the rauk of first sergeant. Some years after the war he left his Indiana farm and in 1882 moved to Cherryvale, Kansas, where he was an early settler and where he continued farming and stock raising until his death in 1896. He was a republican and was honored with various township offices....

Biography of William Nairn, M. D.

For thirty-five years Dr. William Nairn has been a resident of Nowata County, his residence here dating from 1882. While he has long stood in the front rank of his profession he has also become a prominent factor in agricultural circles and is now living on his farm three and one-half miles northwest of Alluwe. William Nairn was born in Jersey County, Illinois, on the 5th of December, 1848, a son of James and Susan (Barker) Nairn, the former a native of Georgia and the latter of Alabama. For some time James Nairn engaged in farming in his native state and later removed to Tennessee, thence to Kentucky and in 1812 he located in Illinois, settling in the old French town of Cahokia, across the River from St. Louis. That town has long since disappeared, having been washed away by the River, when the Channel was changed by Colonel Robert E. Lee, then governmental engineer. That engineering feat caused a controversy that nearly resulted in war between the two states. Subsequently James Nairn located on a farm in Jersey County, Illinois, and he resided there until his death in 1868. Mr. and Mrs. Nairn were married in Illinois, Mrs. Nairn having come to that state with her parents. Her demise occurred in 1872. In the acquirement of his early education William Nairn attended the public schools of Jersey County and subsequently enrolled in the St. Louis Medical College. He was graduated from that institution in 1870, with the M. D. degree and immediately returned to his native state, practicing in the place of his birth for five years. In...

Biography of J. C. Manning

One of the most useful and active citizens of Nowata is J. C. Manning, who has been holding the office of city manager since 1920. A native of Indiana, he was born in La Fayette, on the 7th of April, 1881, and there received his early education. After graduating from high school he became a student at Purdue University and was graduated from that institution in 1901, with the B. S. degree. Subsequently he made his initial step into the business world as an employee in the engineering department of the Illinois Central Railroad and after ten years in that capacity resigned his position to accept a like one with the Rock Island Railroad. At the termination of three years he went with the Interstate Commerce Commission in the government valuation for railroads and one year later became assistant city engineer of Ottawa, Illinois. For a like period he served as assistant county highway superintendent of that community, after which he became city manager of South Haven, Michigan. After acting as city manager of Hayes, Kansas, for some time he came to Nowata in 1920, as city manager, which office he is now holding. Nowata is enjoying a commission form of government and Mr. Manning was appointed by the five commissioners to his present office. He is eminently a man of business sense, of well balanced mind, even temperament and conservative habits and he possesses that kind of enterprise which leads to great achievement. Since assuming the duties of city manager Mr. Manning has been successful in putting through a three hundred and sixty-five thousand dollar paving program and...

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