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Biography of Charles Clyde Myers

Charles Clyde Myers. A young lawyer of pronounced character, whether considered from the viewpoint of his professional attainments or from the standpoint of progressive citizenship, Charles Clyde Myers had been engaged in practice at Mankato since November, 1913, and is now serving his second term as attorney of Jewell County. Like many of the members of his profession he began his career as a school teacher, and his training had been thorough and comprehensive, so that while he had been in active practice for only comparatively a short period, he had already been able to take a leading place in the ranks of his vocation. Mr. Myers is one of the native sons of Jewell County who had “made good” in his home community. He was born on a farm in the Esbon community August 28, 1885, his parents being Frederick J. and Nannie A. (Pennington) Myers, the former of whom was born at Centerburg, Ohio, April 11, 1855, and a member of a family which, originating in Germany, immigrated to America during colonial times and located in Pennsylvania. Frederick J. Myers was reared in his native state, where he received his education in the public schools, and was still a young man when he came to Kansas, locating in Jewell County in 1880. Here he took up land, cleared and cultivated it, and continued to be cngaged in agricultural pursuite during the remainder of his life, his death occurring on his farm December 4, 1916. Mr. Myers was a sturdy and industrious man who won his fellow-citizens’ confldence by his integrity and straightforward business methods, and who was...

Biography of Alvin W. Miller

Alvin W. Miller, of Formoso, had spent nearly all his life in Jewell County; and since coming to Formoso had built up a large furniture and undertaking business and is widely known as that eity’s progressive mayor. Mr. Miller was born at Lena, Illinois, March 18, 1876. His father was the late T. A. Miller, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1841, was reared and educated and married in his native state and followed the trade of wagon making. For a number of years he lived at Freeport, Illinois, and in 1878 came to Jewell City, Kansas, where he followed his trade suecessfully until his death in November, 1916. He was a republican, a very active supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was past master of Jewell Lodge No. 11, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and was a veteran Union soldier. He went to the war with an Illinois regiment. T. A. Miller married Rebecca Hoover. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1845 and is still living at Jewell City. There were nine children: Harry, a painter and decorator at Jewell City; Warren, connected with a commission firm at Kansas City, Missouri; Charles, a farmer in the State of Washington; Rosa, who died at the age of twenty-four; Andrew H., mentioned in a later paragraph; Louis, who died at the age of thirty-two in Jewell City; Alvin W.; Edith, wife of Alexander Salisbury, a Missouri farmer; and Sherman, who was drowned at the age of eleven years. Alvin W. Miller grew up at Jewell City, where he attended the grammar and high schools. Leaving school at the age of...

Biography of Andrew H. Miller

Andrew H. Miller, brother of Alvin W., is also closely identified with the business affairs of Formoso, where he is manager and treasurer of the Formoso Mercantile Company. He was born at Freeport in Stephenson County, Illinois, June 3, 1872, but, like his brother, was educated in the public schools of Jewell City. He left high school at the age of sixteen, went to work for the Robinson Mercantile Company, and had been connected with that firm almost altogether throughout his business career. In 1900 the company sent him to Formcso as manager of their large general merchandise store, which is one of the chief business enterprises in Jewell County. The store is located on Main Street. Mr. Miller built a modern residence on Main Street in 1908. He is a republican, prasident of the board of education, is past master of Formoso Lodge No. 336, Aneient Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of Jewell Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and Beloit Commandery of the Kuights Templar. In 1898, at Jewell City, Andrew H. Miller married Miss Jessie Postlethwaite. They have one child, John Postlethwaite, born January 17, 1909. Mrs. Louisa McClung Postlethwaite, mother of Mrs. Andrew H. Miller, and residing at their home in Formoso, was born in Williamsburg, Ohio, daughter of Robert R. McClung, one of the Kansas pioneers. Mr. MeClung was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1805, of ancestry that came to Pennsylvania in colonial days from Scotland. he died in Jewell City, Kansas, June 21, 1888, at the age of eighty-three. He was reared and marricd in Butler County, Pennsylvania, moved from there...

Biography of K. Ellis Sherrill M. D.

K. Ellis Sherrill, M. D. A physician and surgeon of finisbed ability and wide experience practicing at Formoso, Doctor Sherrill located in Kansas about two years age, having previously practiced in Missouri and Arkansas. He was licensed to practice by the Missouri State Board of Examiners in 1911, by that of the Arkansas Board in 1912, and by reciprecal privileges now had the right to practice in about forty states of the Union. Doctor Sherrill was born at Bismarck in St. Francois County, Missouri, April 7, 1873. His paternal ancestry is of English descent and was established in old Virginia in colonial times. His father, De Lafayette G. Sherrill, was born in Hall County, Georgia, in 1826 and at the age of thirteen accompanied his parents to St. Francois County, Missouri, where the family loeated on January 1, 1839. He grew to manhood there, and spent his sctive life as a farmer. However, he was a California forty-niner and for five years he carried pick and shovel up and down most of the famous gulehes of that country and was an mnusually successful prospector and miner. He died at Bismarck, Missouri, in 1900. He was a democrat and was one of the leading local members of the Baptist Church. He also belonged to the Masonic fraternity. The maiden name of his wife was Emeline Wallen, who was born in St. Francois County, Missouri, October 3, 1842, and died at Bismarck, January 18, 1914. Their children were: C. M. Sherrill, a farmer at Bismarek, Missouri; R. L. Sherrill, also a farmer there; Doctor Sherrill; H. D., a farmer at Bismarck;...

Biography of Fred S. Watt

Fred S. Watt, cashier of the Lovewell State Bank, is a man of exceptlonal ability and widely known in Jewell County, and besides his banking duties is also pastor of the United Brethren Church at Lovewell. Mr. Watt was born in Webster County, Nebraska, July 30, 1879. He is of English ancestry but the family located in Pennsylvania in colonial times. His grandfather, John Watt, was born in Indiana in 1810 and in 1871 became one of the piommer settlers in Webster County, Nebraska, where he homesteaded 160 acres near Guide Rock. He was a practical farmer, and spent his last years in comfortable retirement at Gulde Rock, where he died in 1891. He married Elizabeth Adams, who was born in Ohio in 1815 and died at Guide Rock, Nebraska, in 1899. Five of their children are still living: James, a retired farmer at Guide Rock; Fred, who follows the trade of butcher at Guide Rock; L. L., a retired hotel man at Guide Rock; Frank Watt; and Addle, who is living at Guide Rock, widow of Charles Ely, who was a farmer. Frank Watt, father of Fred S., was born in Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1857, and was fourteen years of age when his parents removed to the frontier of Nebraska. He grew up there, and on reaching his majority homesteaded eighty acres of land and had developed some important interests as a farmer. He is still living on his old homestead in Webster County. In matters of politics he is an independent and is active in the United Brethren Church. Frank Watt married Sarah C. Bayles, who...

Biographical Sketch of James E. Hyett, M. D.

James E. Hyett, M. D., who had been successfully engaged in practice at St. Marys since 1909, came to Kansas with his parents in 1875. He early learned the lessons of self reliance, and depended upon his own efforts to acquire both a college and a professional training. He was born in Belmont County, Ohio, April 18, 1870. He attended the St. Marys public school, and afterwards was a student in the Academic Department of Washburn College, from which he graduated in 1894. He received his degree of B. S. from Washburn in 1897. Before going to college Doctor Hyett taught school four years in Pottawatomie County and for one year was principal of the high school at Mankato, Kansas. After much hard work he was able to gratify his ambition to enter medical college, and took his training in the Northwestern University Medical School of Chicago, from which he graduated M. D. in 1904. The following year he spent as an interne in a railroad hospital in New Mexico. Doctor Hyett practiced four years at LaCrosse, Kansas, and then in 1909 removed to St. Marys, where he had been accorded a profitable general medical and surgical practice. His offices are in the Erbacher Building. He also owned his home on Eighth Street. Doctor Hyett is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, is a republican in politics and is affiliated with Pottawatomie Lodge No. 52, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, at St. Marys. He is a former member of the Pottawatomie County Medical Society, the Goldeu Belt Medical Society and the American Medical Association. In 1908 at Salina,...

Biography of John J. Fowles

John J. Fowles has been a Kansas educator since 1908 and is now superintendent of the city schools of Summerfield. Largely through his own earnest efforts he acquired a liberal education. He was born in Eldora, Iowa, January 3, 1884. He is of a Colonial American family. This branch of the Fowlers came out of England and settled in New York in pioneer times His grandfather. Thomas Charles Fowler, was born in Kentucky and died at Eldora, Iowa, before John J. Fowler was born. He was one of the pioneers around Eldora and became well known as a stockman and farmer and a raiser of blooded horses. He married Miss Winterstein, a native of Iowa, who also died at Eldora Four of their children are still living: Henry A., connected with the engineering department of Vermillion University at Vermillion, South Dakota; Stephen and Nieholas, also residents of South Dakota; Blanche, wife of George Diedrich, a retired farmer living in Iowa. T. S. Fowler, father of Superintendent Fowler, was born in 1851 and went as a child to Iowa with his parents. He grew up and married there and became a successful farmer and livestock man at Eldora, where he died in 1896. He was a democrat and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He married Mary Patterson, who was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1852 and died at Edora, Iowa, in February, 1897. Her father came to this country in 1856, locating in Hardin County, Iowa. T. S. Fowler and wife had four children; Helen, now living in the State of Washington; John J.; Gail S., wife...

Biography of Harry O. Sutcliff

Harry O. Sutcliff is superintendent of the city schools of Wheaton in Pottawatomie County. Mr. Sutcliff is still young, with life before him, but had already proved an instrument of great service in the educational affairs of his native state. He was born on a farm in Jewell County, Kansas, January 14, 1891. The Suteliff family had lived in this state for over thirty-five years. His grandfather, Robert Sutcliff, was born in England in 1820 and came when a young man to the United States, living in Illinois until 1880, when he removed to Jewell County, Kansas, and followed farming in that locality until his death in 1895. R. M. Sutcliff, father of Harry O., was born near, Pontiac in Livingston County, Illinois, March 4, 1861. When he was nineteen he accompanied his father and stepmother to Kansas, and for many years was a successful teacher. Most of his work as an educator was done in Jewell County, though he had taught in other sections of Western Kansas for several years. He homesteaded a claim of 160 acres in Scott County, but after five years, having proved up, sold that and gave his attention to other affairs. He was honored with the office of county clerk of Scott County. Politically he was a democrat and a very useful and active member of the Christian Church. His death occurred in Concordia, Kansas, in January, 1917. He was affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. R. M. Sutcliff married Barbara Oberly, who was born in Germany in 1862 and is now living in Osborne County, Kansas. Harry O. Sutcliff is the...

Biography of Robert Wilson Turner, Hon.

Hon. Robert W. Turner. One of the most distinguished citizens of Kansas, Hon. Robert Wilson Turner had been a prominent practitioner of the Mankato and Jewell county bar for more than a quarter of a century, and during this time, as well as prior thereto, a leading figure in public life. His public service had been of great practical value not alone to his community, but to the state and the country, and while his fearless independence, both of speech and politieal action, had at times brought him into conflict with other state and national leaders, it had decidedly raised him in public estimation. Robert Wilson Turner, ox-consul general to Spain, was born at Plattsburg, New York, February 4, 1858, a son of Robert Wilson and Martha (Galbreath) (Butler) Turner. His paternal grandfather was Samuel W. Turner a native of England, who was a Government contractor in firearms, and died at Castle Dublin, Ireland, while his maternal grandparents were Samuel and Jane (Lilly) Galbreath, of County Antrim, Ireland, ardent adherents of the principles of Robert Emmet, the great Irish patriot. Robert Wilson Turner, the elder, was born in 1837, at Castle Dublin, Ireland, where he was reared, and during the Crimean war of 1854-56 served in the Thirty-ninth H. M. Infantry, participating in the battles of Alma, Balaklava and Inkermann and the siege of Sebastopol. In 1856 he left the English army and came to America, first locating at Montreal, Canada, where he was married to Mrs. Martha (Galbreath) Butler, widow of Dr. Fred Butler, a preceptor in McGill’s Medical College of Montreal. Sho was born in 1832, at...

Biography of Henry R. Honey

Henry R. Honey. A pioneer of North Central Kansas, where be had resided for more than fifty-three years, Henry R. Honey had watched and participated in its growth and development from Indian days and had been variously identified with the movements and institutions which have brought about advanced civilization and the establishment of conditions that make this one of the most prosperous and enlightened sectione of the country. He had been connected prominently with business and finansial affairs, but more partienlarly with journalistic work, and for over two decades had been publisher and proprietor of the Western Advocate, the leading newspaper of Jewell County. In public affairs he had also been active and prominent, and at this time is postmaster of Mankato, having held this office since August, 1914. Mr. Honey is of Irish descent, but also had a strain of Iroquois Indian blood in his veins, being one-sixteenth Iroquois, this coming through his paternal grandmother. The Honey family originated in Ireland, where the name was spelled Mahoney, and the great-grandfather of Mr. Honey, who spelled his name in the old way, fought as a soldier during the Revolutionary war. Joseph Honey, the grandfather of Henry R. Honey, was born in 1791, in Vermont, was there reared, and married Miss Shipman, through whom Mr. Honey had inherited his Indian blood. Joseph Honey fought as a soldier from Vermont in the War of 1812, being with Gen. Wade Hampton at Lake Champlain, and in 1835 removed with his family to Trumbull County, Ohio, as a pioneer, there continuing in agricultural pursuits until a short time before his death, which occurred...
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