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Biographical Sketch of W. R. Ansdell

W. R. Ansdell is one of the oldest residents of Cloud County and one of the most prominent citizens in and around Jamestown. He is a pioneer homesteader there and had filled many offices of trust and responsibility. He was born in the State of Wisconsin in 1849 and was reared and educated there. In 1870 he came with his father, F. T. S. Ansdell, and four other children to Kansas, and they all settled in the vicinity of the present Jamestown. W. R. Ansdell being then twenty-one years of age was entitled to take up a homestead, and his father also acquired a quarter section. These two tracts were brought to a high degree of agricultural perfection, and Mr. W. R. Ansdell still resided on his old place and for forty-five years had grown the crops adapted to that section. His prosperity as a farmer is measured by the splendid place of 240 acres which he now owned and which is highly cultivated and improved with excellent buildings and other equipment. In 1878 the Village of Jamestown was established and the first postoffice opened there. F. T. S. Ansdell was the third to hold the office of postmaster, and later W. R. Ansdell was given the duties of supervising the distribution of mail and was the ninth postmaster in order of appointment. For two years he also filled the office of justice of the peace and was trustee and treasurer of the township. Every public duty had been performed with the efficiency which had characterized his private conduct of business, and the esteem of his fellow men is...

Biography of Freeman E. Nipps

Freeman E. Nipps is one of the veteran railroad men of Kansas. Like many who have found success in that army of industrial workers, he began at a country station and as a telegraph operator. For more than a quarter of a century he has been the agent of the Missouri Pacific Railway at Topeka. Unlike many railway men, he has at the same time identified himself closely with local affairs, and at the present time his name is familiarly known throughout Shawnee County as chairman of the board of commissioners. Though most of his life has been spent within the borders of Kansas, Mr. Nipps was born at Muscatine, Iowa, July 14, 1865. A few years later his parents removed to Boone, Iowa. There he attended the public schools until he was fourteen, and at that time he accompanied his parents to Kansas. Mr. Nipps is a son of Jacob and Josephine (Pfeifer) Nipps. His father was a man of considerable prominence in Phillips County, Kansas. Before coming to this state he had enlisted in an Ohio regiment during the Civil war, but continued illness prevented his taking an active part for any length of time in the struggle to preserve the Union. By trade he was a mechanic, but the greater part of his career was devoted to agriculture. In order to better provide for his growing family of children he came to Kansas in 1879. That was a comparatively early year in the settlement of Northwestern Kansas, and unlike many who homesteaded at that time his prosperity enabled him to move his property by railroad to...

Biography of Walter E. Pickenpaugh

Walter E. Pickenpaugh is one of the younger generation of business men upon whom had fallen the mantle of responsibility and had already made such headway as to be considered one of Culver’s leaders in business and civic affairs. Mr. Pickenpaugh was born at Jamestown, Kansas, July 22, 1890, twenty-seven years ago. His father, Ed G. Pickenpaugh, was born in Missouri in 1864, grew up a farmer and in 1886 located in Cloud County, Kansas, where he continued in the role of an agriculturist. His wife, Etta A. Stroup, who was born in Eastern Kansas in 1869, lives at Culver, Kansas. They had two children, Walter E. and Gladys E., the latter living with her mother and is a freshman in the Culver High School. Walter E. Pickenpaugh acquired his early education in the common schools of Nemaha County, Kansas, and attended high school at Alton and Oberlin in this state. His business career really began at the age of seventeen, when he left school and found work in Osborne County and in 1908 he was given the position of assistant manager in the lumber yard of the Rice & Johntz Company at Downs in that county. In 1911 he became assistant to the yard manager for the Leidigh & Havens Lumber Company at Lincoln, Kansas, a year later went to Salina for the same firm and in the same capacity, and in 1913 came to Culver as local manager for the Leidigh & Havens Lumber Company. Their yard, well stocked with all classes of building material, is situated on Kansas Avenue and is the only lumber supply business...

Biography of Frank J. Murray

Frank J. Murray. Among the important business houses of Scottsville, Kansas, is the Fitzgerald Lumber Company, the efficient manager of which is Frank J. Murray, a member of one of the old pioneer families of the state, one that still owned the homestead secured many years ago. Frank J. Murray was born in Cloud County, Kansas, not far from Jamestown. His parents were Patrick and Mary Murray, of Irish extraction. They came to Kansas in 1869 and were among the first settlers to locate near Parkerville. In 1872 they took up a homestead and through industry and perseverance Patrick Murray developed an excellent farm. As with other Kansas pioneers, hardships and discouragements were many for a time, but Mr. Murray was an industrious, thrifty man, one who attended strictly to business and he prospered under conditions that a less determined one might have found impossible. Mr. Murray died at his home in 1911, leaving many behind to mourn, a large family and numerous friends who remembered that he was ever willing to help a neighbor over a rough place in life if he could do so. He was a faithful member of the Roman Catholic Church. His widow still lives on the old homestead. They had twelve children born to them, ten after coming to Kansas, and nine are yet living. Frank J. Murray was reared on the home farm. He completed the common school course and later was graduated from the Jamestown High School. Although young for the responsible position he holds, Mr. Murray is capable and gives entire satisfaction. The Fitzgerald Lumber Company was organized as such...

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