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Biographical Sketch of Alexander P. Riddle

Alexander P. Riddle, a widely known newspaper man and public character of Ottawa County, was born at Harlansburg, Pennsylvania, August 16, 1846. He learned his trade as a printer in the office of the Franklin (Pennsylvania) Spectator, and in 1869 came to Kansas as a “jour.” He first located at Olathe; then moved to Girard, where he set type and became half owner of the Press. In 1885 he sold his interest and settled at Minneapolis, which has since been his home. There he purchased the Minneapolis Messenger, which he still publishos and edits, as well as the Kansas Workman and Sprig of Myrtle. Mr. Riddle has been prominent in state matters, his public services commencing in 1877, when he was chosen journal clerk of the State Senate and served thus for two years. In 1881-3 he represented Bourbon and Crawford counties in the upper house of the Legislature, and in 1884 was elocted lioutenant governor on the tieket headed by John A. Martin. He was re-elected in 1886 and in 1896 was appointed suporintendent of insurance. Mr. Riddle has also been prominent in the affairs of the Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows, having served as grand master of the...

Biography of Paul J. McBride

Every one who had had any relations with the Department of Labor in the state government during the last year realizes that Governor Capper could not have made a better ehoice for the office of State Labor Commission than when he selected Paul J. McBride for these important responsibilities. To his official duties Mr. McBride brought a long and varied experience, most of it obtained in the ranks of organized labor. He is in close touch with the men who toil and he also had that breadth of mind and sympathies which are the fruit of association with people and affairs in more than one field of work and in more than one locality. He had been a farmer, a machinist, both a worker and an employer, and for many years was active in railroad service. He was born in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1860, one of four children, all of whom are still living, and whose parents were David N. and Jane (Clarke) McBride. His father was born in Lawrence County and his mother in Washington County, Pennsylvania. When a young man David N. McBride learned the tailor’s trade, but most of his career was spent as a farmer. When the news of the discovery of gold on the Pacific coast reached his part of the county, he was one of those who eagerly accepted the opportunity to become an argonaut, and joined a company of men at Pittsburg in 1849. They proceeded by boat as far as St. Joseph, Missouri, where they outfitted, and their party combined with others to the number of about 250. This...

Slave Narrative of Angeline Lester

Interviewer: Frank M. Smith Person Interviewed: Angeline Lester Location: Youngstown, Ohio Place of Residence: 835 West Federal Street Story and Photo by Frank M. Smith Ex-Slaves Mahoning County, Dist. #5 Youngstown, Ohio The Story of MRS. ANGELINE LESTER, of Youngstown, Ohio. Mrs. Angeline Lester lives at 836 West Federal Street, on U.S. Route #422, in a very dilapidated one story structure, which once was a retail store room with an addition built on the rear at a different floor level. Angeline lives alone and keeps her several cats and chickens in the house with her. She was born on the plantation of Mr. Womble, near Lumpkin, Stewart County, Georgia about 1847, the exact date not known to her, where she lived until she was about four years old. Then her father was sold to a Dr. Sales, near Brooksville, Georgia, and her mother and a sister two years younger were sold to John Grimrs[HW:?], who in turn gave them to his newly married daughter, the bride of Henry Fagen, and was taken to their plantation, near Benevolence, Randolph County, Georgia. When the Civil War broke out, Angeline, her mother and sister were turned over to Robert Smith, who substituted for Henry Fagen, in the Confederate Army. Angeline remembers the soldiers coming to the plantation, but any news about the war was kept from them. After the war a celebration was held in Benevolence, Georgia, and Angeline says it was here she first tasted a roasted piece of meat. The following Sunday, the negroes were called to their master’s house where they were told they were free, and those who...

Biography of Thomas W. Taylor, M. D.

Dr. Thomas W. Taylor, a well known urologist of St. Louis, was born at Newcastle in Staffordshire, England, March 4, 1880, his parents being James and Elizabeth (Onions) Taylor, who likewise were natives of the Merrie Isle. It was in the year 1882 that the father brought the family to the new world, settling originally in New Castle, Pennsylvania, while later he removed to Piqua, Ohio, where he successfully engaged in mercantile pursuits for many years. He passed away December 16, 1915, at the advanced age of eighty, while his wife died in Piqua, in 1914, at the age of seventy-nine. They were the parents of seven children, four sons and three daughters. Dr. Taylor, the youngest of the family, was but a year old when brought to the new world. He was educated in the public schools of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and of Covington, Kentucky, and completed his academic work at the Ohio Northern University, where he remained to within three months of his graduation. In 1905 he came to St. Louis and entered the Washington University as a medical student, being graduated in 1909. After receiving his professional degree he served as an interne in the St. Louis City Hospital for five months and later spent eighteen months in the Missouri Pacific Railroad Hospital. He then entered upon private practice in association with Dr. J. L. Boehm, with whom he was associated for two years and four months. On the expiration of that period he removed to Birmingham, Alabama, in May, 1913, to take charge of the Hamilton Clinical Laboratory, with which he was connected for seven...

Biographical Sketch of Warren Bicknell

Bicknell, Warren; pres. Cleveland Construction Co.; born, Morrisville, N. Y., Feb. 19, 1868; son of Charles T. and Susan Payne Bicknell, educated, public schools of Morrisville, N. Y., and Massillon, O.; graduated from Adelbert College in 1890; married, St. Paul, Minn., February, 1900; issue, Frances Louise born, November, 1900, Warren, Jr., born, 1902, and Elizabeth, – born, – February, 1904; business career, for a time studied law in. the office of Boynton, Hale & Herr; a year and half sec’y Cleveland Athletic Club; one year in the coal business in New Castle, Pa.; sold. interests there and became auditor of The Cincinnati and Miami Valley Traction Co., and gen. mgr. of the Dayton Traction Co.; the two companies consolidated and he became sec’y and auditor of the company known as The Southern Ohio Traction Co., located at Middletown, O.; after two years resigned to accept the position of gen. mgr. of The Aurora, Elgin & Chicago Traction Co., with headquarters in Chicago; resigned after two years, and came to Cleveland; pres. from 1903 to 1906, of The Lake Shore Electric R. R. Co.; resigned in 1906 to become pres. of The Cleveland Construction Co., one of the largest companies of its kind in the state engaged in building electric and steam railroads, erecting light and water plants and constructing telephone lines through various parts of the country; pres. Springfield & Xenia R. R. Co., Citizens Railway & Light Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, Havana Electric Railroad of Cuba; chairman of the board of directors of the Toledo Railroad & Light Co., and receiver of the Municipal Traction Co. of...

Biographical Sketch of Walter L. McCaslin

McCaslin, Walter L.; pres. Buckeye Stereoptican Co.; born, Plain Grove, Pa., Sept. 9, 1879; son of Robert and Mary Jane McKee McCaslin; educated, public and High School at Emporium, Pa.; two years Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., two years Princeton Preparatory School, Blair Hall; married, Jan. 4, 1910, Millie Robinson, of Lakewood; business career, clerk for the Rating & Collecting Co., Cleveland; cashier Perry Savings Bank, branch of the Central Trust Co., now The Cleveland Trust Co.; three years asst. cashier Internal Revenue Office; formed Buckeye Stereoptican Co.; pres. of the Company; the mirroscope one of the most notable products of the Company; member the Presbyterian Denomination, and the Roadside...

Biography of Charles Reynolds Love

Charles Reynolds Love. A former Topeka citizen well remembered for his activity in business and his benevolence and splendid character was the late Charles Reynolds Love. Mr. Love came to Kansas a great many years ago, and spent many years in Topeka, where he died April 15, 1910. He was of an old and prominent Pennsylvania family and was born at Newcastle in that state August 23, 1848. His parents were John Brown and Maria (Chenoweth) Love, both natives of Pennsylvania. Maria Chenoweth was the daughter of Arthur and Maria (Reynolds) Chenoweth, both of whom were natives of Virginia. This branch of the Chenoweth family is descended in direct line from Oliver Cromwell. The Chenoweths were among the first settlers around Newcastle, Pennsylvania, and the old farm owned by the family included land on which the court-house now stands. The Chenoweth family has furnished many statesmen and makers of history all down the line. Charles R. Love had two brothers who saw active service in the Civil war. Alfred W., one of these brothers, is now deceased, and George Pearson lives in California. Alfred was in Sherman’s army, participated in the great Atlanta campaign and the march to the sea, having enlisted from Illinois. George Pearson ran away from home at the age of sixteen in order to enlist. There was also one sister who died at the age of eighteen years. Charles R. Love received his early education in the public schools of Newcastle, Pennsylvania, and Laharpe, Illinois. His father for a time was a hat maker in Illinois, and afterwards engaged in the mercantile business at Newcastle...

Biographical Sketch of Frank C. Scott

Scott, Frank C.; lawyer; born, New Wilmington, Pa., July 12, 1862; son of William J. and Mary J. Wald Scott; educated, Westminster College, at New Wilmington, Pa, degree of A. B.; married, Cleveland July 24, 1889, Anna B. Graham; issue, William Waid Scott and Elizabeth G. Scott: director the Antisdale Realty Co.; trustee and vice pres. of the Cleveland Law Library Ass’n; member Independent Order of...

Biographical Sketch of Jasper Holmes Sheadle

Sheadle, Jasper Holmes; Iron ore and lake transportation; born, New Bedford, Pa.; son of Obediah and Sarah Barnheisel Sheadle; educated, public schools and Hiram College; married, New York, Kate Buckingham; Republican; joined his father in banking business, in Girard, O.; two years teller of the Girard Savings Bank; at the age of 22 became asst. cashier Second National Bank, Youngstown, O.; left the banking business, and went to New York City, as supt. of laying of gas mains for Standard Gas-Light Co.; 1888, became sec’y of the Mahoning Valley Iron Manufacturers Ass’n, in 1890, became sec’y’ for The Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co.; in charge of ore sales and lake transportation; which business affiliation he continues to hold in connection with other allied interests; sec’y Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co.; vice pres. Cleveland Iron Mining Co.; director Grand Island S. S. Co., Hanna Transit Co., Miller Transit Co., Cleveland Trust Co., National Commercial Bank; sec’y and director S. S. Hopkins Co.; vice pres. Presque Isle Transportation Co., and Lake Carriers Ass’n; member American Iron & Steel Institute and American Institute of Mining Engineers; member Union, Mayfield Country, Church and Rowfant...

Biographical Sketch of James B. Shields

Shields, James B.; cigar mnfr.; born, New Castle, Pa., Nov. 1, 1874; son of Louis and Lena Winternitz Shields; educated, New Castle High School; married, Cleveland, March 6, 1902, Fannie M. Meisel; issue, two sons; J. B. Shields & Co., started in business in 1895; incorporated under the name of Shields-Wertheim Co., 1906; at that time he was elected pres. of the company, and still continues in that capacity; pres. Southern Ohio Coal Co., and Superior Slide Co; director Up-to-Date Laundry Co., H. R. Pollock Co , J. E. Meisel Co.; member Elks, Chamber of Commerce, B’Nair B’rith, Cleveland Commercial Travelers Ass’n, Western Reserve Club. Recreations: Reading and...
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