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Biography of Adolph Carl Stich

Adolph Carl Stich, who died at his home in Independence October 8, 1915, was identified with Independence more than forty years, and for many years was one of the foremost citizens of Kansas. Only one estimate could be placed on his career–it was constructive, efficient, positive, and redounded not so much to his own advantage as to the community in which he lived. He was a true type of the business and city builder. No other individual contributed so much to the material and civic advancement of Independence. The record of his life is one that can he read to advantage not only for its relations with one of the best cities of Kansas, but also because it represents the unfolding and development of a great and strong man. He was intensely an American, though of foreign birth and parentage and representing the sturdy virtues of the German fatherland. He was born in the little Town of Stade, Hanover, Germany, October 13, 1846, a son of Carl and Eleanor (Hilbers) Stieh. There were three other children: John, William and Doretta, all of whom are still living. In 1857, when A. C. Stich was eleven years old, the family came to the United States and located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where his parents spent the rest of their lives. He attended school in Germany and also in Kalamazoo, and while he had no college training he became a man of wide information and cultured taste, largely through his experience with business affairs and the opportunities brought to him by much travel and wide reading. Like many successful men he had the...

Biography of Alonzo F. Dove

Alonzo F. Dove, postmaster at Hamilton, is a native of Greenwood County and son of a pioneer family there. For many years he followed the work of educator in his native county and since retiring from the school room had been engaged in telephone work and had handled loans and insurance at Hamilton, where his last teaching work was done, and during the present administration was appointed to the office of postmaster. Mr. Dove’s English ancestors emigrated to Virginia in the colonial period of our history. In Rockingham County of that state was born Henry Dove on February 7, 1765. He married Susannah Hoffman, who was born in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, June 26, 1777. The grandfather of Mr. Dove, Elijah Dove, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, July 27, 1811, where he spent most of his life and raised his family. In later years he went to Illinois and spent the rest of his life in that state. He died at Shelbyville, Illinois, in 1906. Elijah Dove had two brothers, Ruben Dove, whose home was in Winchester, Ohio, and Jacob Dove of Warsaw, Indiana. There were five sisters, namely: Laney Dove (Montgomery), Peggy Dove (Orwic), Mary Dove (Hummel), Annie Dove (Benadnur), all of Winchester, Ohio, and Elizabeth Dove (Kistler) of Warsaw, Indiana. The wife of Elijah Dove, Anna Mary Small, was born in York, Pennsylvania, March 18, 1814. She was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Louchs) Small, both of whom were born in York County, Pennsylvania, John Small on September 16, 1781, and Elizabeth Louchs on January 16, 1794. The Louchs family were French Huguenots. Mrs. Anna...

Biography of J. Newton Rogers, M. D.

J. Newton Rogers, M. D. While too much credit can never be given the pioneers as a class, the work of the physician in a new and frontier country is deserving of special consideration. Not even the minister of the Gospel did so much to relieve affliction and distress as the hard working, patient and skillful doctor who rode his rounds, often for many miles between calls, and disregarded weather and every hardship in order to be of service to those who needed him. Of pioneer, physicians there was perhaps no finer type than the late J. Newton Bogers, who came to Marion, Kansas, in 1865, when that was a village of some few years’ growth and in the same year that Marion County was organized. His was truly a life of service and devotion to humanity. Doctor Rogers was born October 28, 1841, on a farm in Williams County, Ohio, a son of Adolphus and Cornelia (Whaley) Rogers, his father a native of Massachusetts and his mother of New York. Though Doctor Rogers lived an arduous life, he lived the full span allotted by the psalmist and died at Marion, Kansas, in peace and follness of honor and esteem August 19, 1912, aged seventy-one. He grew up on his father’s farm, attended country schools, also an academy at Hillsdale, Michigan, and in order to secure the means required for his medical education taught school and raised sheep. His medical studies were pursued in the University of Michigan Medical Department at Ann Arbor, and after completing the full course was graduated with the honors of his class. His first...

Biographical Sketch of Judge William E. Ambler

Ambler, Judge William E.; real estate; born, Medina, O., 1845; son of Chester C. and Margaret Eglin Ambler; educated, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.; A. M., Albion College, Albion, Mich.; B. S., Adrian College, Adrian, Mich.; A. M., Albany Law School, Albany, N. Y., LL. B.; married, Lyons, Mich., Dee. 25, 1871, Flora E. Lewis; issue, four children, Jay C., Angell A., William and Marguerite Faye; Judge of the Probate Court of Oceana Co., Mich.; state senator eight years, from Mich.; Pres. Pro. Tem. of the Senate; member of judiciary committee; chairman of committee of appiopdis and finances; have practiced law for 22 years; pres. The Curtis-Ambler Realty Co.; vice pres. The Cuyahoga S. & L. Co.; pres. The Ambler Realty Co., and The Realty Buying & Renting Co.; chairman of the board of trustees of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.; member Colonial and Athletic Clubs and Chamber of...

Biographical Sketch of Elroy McKendree Avery

Avery, Elroy McKendree; author; born at Erie, Monroe Co., Mich., July 14, 1844; son of Casper Hugh and Dorothy (Putnam) Avery; Ph. B., U. of Mich., 1871, Ph. M., 1874; Ph. D., Hillsdale Coll., 1881 (1894; D. C. L., 1911); served in Civil War: mustered out as sergt. maj., 11th Mich. Cav.; married, Catherine Hitchcock Tilden (q. v.), July 2, 1870; Prin. High School, Battle Creek, Mich., 1869; high and normal schools, Cleveland, O., 1871-9; member’ Cleveland City Council, 1871-2; Ohio Senate, 1893-7; Fellow A. A. A. S.; member many history and economic societies. Author: Elementary Physics, 1876; Elements of Natural Philosophy, 1878; Physical Technics, 1879; Teachers’ Hand Book of Natural Philosophy, 1879; Elements of Chemistry, 1881; Teachers’ Hand Book of Chemistry, 1882; Complete Chemistry, 1883; First Principles of Natural Philosophy, 1884; Words Correctly Spoken, 1887; Columbus and the Columbia Brigade, 1892; School Physics, 1895; Elementary Physics, 1897; First Lessons in Physical Science, 1897; School Chemistry, 1904; The Town Meeting, 1904; The Groton Avery Clan, (2 vols.), 1911; History of the United States and Its People, 16...

Biographical Sketch of Moses Gray Carrel

Carrel, Moses Gray; dist. passenger agt. B. & O. R. R.; born, Fulton County, O., June 4, 1854; son of William P. and Elizabeth Waite Carrel; educated at High School and College, Hillsdale, Mich.; married, Reading, Mich., June 8, 1875, Jennie E. Bradley; two daughters and one son; telegraph operator, freight and ticket agt. L. S. & M. S. R. R., 1870 to 1880; ticket agt. Union Depot, Cleveland, 1880 to 1891; sec’y and treas. Merchant’s Bank & Storage Co., Cleveland, 1891 to 1893; mgr. and editor railroad magazine, “The Station Agent,” and financial editor the Cleveland Press, 1893-1894; general passenger agt. C. L. & W. R. R., 1894 to 1904; division passenger agt. B. & O. R. B., 1904 to date; director and seep for several years to date Masonic Temple Assn, Merchant’s Banking & Storage Co.; sec ‘y and treas. W. M. Meridian Lodge, F. & A. M., 1911-1912; E. M. Commander, Holyrood Commandery, No. 32, K. T., 1991-1992; P. M., Bahurim Council, A. A. S. R., Potentate, Al Koran Temple, N. M. S., 1894-1895; honorary 33d°, Supreme Council, A. A. S. R., Northern Jurisdiction, U. S. A.; organizer and see’y International Ticket agts. Ass’n, 1888 to...

Biographical Sketch of George Anderson Groot

Groot, George Anderson; attorney-at-law; born in Washington County, N. Y., Aug. 3, 1843; son of John Aaron and Eliza Jane (Heath) Groot; educated in district and common schools, attended Oberlin one term in 1860; attended school in Camden and Amherst in Lorain County, in 1864; received captain’s commission from the College again in 1865-1867; then at Hillsdale, Mich., graduating in June, 1870, degree of M. S.; married, Huron, O., Dec. 12, 1872, Maora Agnes Sage; enlisted in the Union Army in the War of the Rebellion, in Co. H, 8th O. V. L, April 20, 1861, discharged August, 1861; re-enlisted in Co. I, 8th 0. V. I., in August, 1861; discharged because of gun-shot wounds received in the battle of Fredericksburg; during service, participated in 33 engagements, elected Capt. of State Militia by the voters of Camden township, in Lorain County, in 1864; received captains commission from the governor, and served until the militia was dismissed at the close of the war; was appointed crier of the U. S. Circuit and District Courts for Northern Ohio District in January, 1869, until 1873; entered law office of Estep & Burke, Cleveland; was admitted to the practice of law December, 1873; was elected to the Board of Education in 1876; nominated by the Republican party for Common Pleas Judge of Cuyahoga County in 1883; defeated by a small majority; delegate and sec’y of the Republican State Convention that first nominated J. B. Foraker for Governor of Ohio; delegate to free silver convention in St. Louis and seconded the nomination of W. J. Bryan as candidate for president; joined the Peoples party...

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