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Biography of George Mitchell

George Mitchell was the son of Rev. John Mitchell and his first wife, Catherine Margaret Teter. John Mitchell was born at Dawston, Lancashire, England, May 1, 1763, and came to America in 1774. He lived in Hampshire, Rockingham, and Harrison (later Lewis) counties, Virginia. He died April 29, 1840, and his tombstone is still standing in the old Harmony churchyard near Jane Lew, Lewis County, West Virginia, where he had “preached the Gospel forty years.” This John Mitchell, Mrs. Guernsey’s greatgrandfather, according to the records in the War Department and Pension Office, served as a private in the Virginia militia and also in Capt. James Pendleton’s eompany, First Continental Artillery. He was in battle at Petersburg and was present at the siege and surrender of Yorktown. On her father’s side Mrs. Guernsey is also descended from the Rev. Anthony Jacob Henkel, who came to this country in 1717 as one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in America. He settled in Pennsylvania and became pastor of the church at Faulkaer’s Swamp, the oldest existing Lutheran Church in the United States. Mrs. Guernsey’s ancestors on her mother’s side were pioneers in the early settlement of Maryland and Western Pennsylvania, and in addition to the Rev. John Mitchell, the following are among Mrs. Guernsey’s Revolutionary ancestors: George Teter from Virginis, Patrick McCann from Maryland, Anthony Altman, Christopher and John Harrold from Penusylvania. As elsewhere told, Mrs. Guessnsey’s father, Rev. Daniel P. Mitchell, went out to Kansas to organice Methodism throughout that part of the country, and was well known and beloved for his broadmindedness and keen sense of justice as...

Biography of James Colyer Gordon

James Colyer Gordon, superintendent of the waterworks system of Independence, had, together with his father, who for thirty years was engineer of the waterworks, had more to do with making this public utility a splendid and effleient organ of public service than any other individual. Independence had had a system of waterworks for thirty years or more. For many years it had been a municipally owned plant and the city corporation had expended an immense amount of money in perfecting the plant and the source of supply. The new water plant is located a mile and a half northeast of the city on the Verdigris River. Its more important equipment is as follows: An Allis-Chalmers Corliss Compound 4,000,000-gallon high duty pumping engine, besides a 3,000,000-gallon low duty and a 1,500,000-gallon low duty pumping engine. There are two pumps, Gardner Compound Duplex, with a capacity of 1,500,000 gallons each, inherited from the old plant, and there are 300 horse power boilers. The storage capacity is for 8,000,000 gallons, divided into three basins, and there is a clear water well. The plant also comprises three gravity filters, each of 1,000,000 gallons capacity. This branch of the Gordon family is of Scotch-Irish descent and a great many of the family are to be found in the states of Indiana and Illinois. James Carter Gordon was born at New Harmony, Indiana, October 31, 1874. His father is Francis Marion Gordon, who was born at Poseyville, Indiana, in 1848, was reared there and married Rose Anderson, who was born in Indiana in 1852 and died at Independence in 1896. Francis M. Gordon early learned...

Biography of Ralph L. James

Ralph L. James. A comparative newcomer to Kansas, Ralph L. James has been identified for the past six or seven years with the city of Independence, where for a time he was connected with the First National Bank and is now assistant to the general manager of the Petroleum Products Company. He comes of a New York State family. His grandfather, John Hugh James, was born in Wales in 1815, came to this country at the age of ten years with his parents, and grew up in Oneida County, New York, on a farm. He became a farmer and died at Farmersville, New York, in 1888. In Franklinville, New York, Ralph L. James was born February 8, 1886. His father is R. E. F. James, who was born in New York State in 1860, and now lives at Scio, that state. For many years he conducted a cheese factory at Franklinville, and in 1906 began conducting a creamery and condensed milk factory. From Franklinville he moved to Belfast, New York, and in 1913 to Scio. He is a republican, and has served on school boards in his home state and is an active Methodist, having been trustee of the church at Belfast. He is affiliated with the Knights of the Maccabees. R. E. F. James was married to Marcia Carpenter, who was born at Farmersville, New York, in 1865. Their children are: Ralph L.; Lee T., who is associated with his father in business at Scio and is a graduate of the high school of Portville, New York; and Margaret, now a senior in the high school at Scio....

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