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Biography of William Paxton Hazen

William Paxton Hazen, who died at Chetopa, Kansas, April 16, 1909, was for many years a successful Kansas banker. His widow, Mrs. Addie (Glass) Hazen, who survives him, is widely known in women’s circles in Kansas, and is especially active in charitable and philanthropic enterprises in her home city. Mr. Hazen died when at the high tide of his usefulness. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 10, 1858. His father, David Hazen, was a lawyer by profession, practiced for many years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but died in Erie, Kansas. Mr. Hazen’s maternal grandmother, Mary Ewing, had her pew in the First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh for more than forty years. She was the wife of Judge Ewing, a very prominent attorney of Western Pennsylvania. Mr. Hazen on his mother’s side is also a descendant of Roger Williams of colonial history. William P. Hazen was educated in the public schools of Pittsburgh, and after reaching manhood his parents came west to Otley, Iowa, and while in that state he attended the Agricultural College at Ames. On leaving school he came to Cherryvale, Kansas, in 1880, and from there to Thayer. He was cashier of a bank in Thayer until 1887, and then helped to build and organize the Farmers and Merchants Bank at Erie, Kansas, in which he held the post of cashier until 1893. After that for three years he was connected with the National Bank of Pittsburg, Kansas, and then for a year was in the brokerage business at Baltimore, Maryland. Returning to Kansas and locating at Arkansas City he was appointed assistant bank commissioner for the...

Biography of David Adam Kline

David Adam Kline, member of the Muskogee bar engaged in the general practice of law, was born in Marion county, Iowa, June 4, 1874, a son of Lloyd Thomas and Magdalena (Vicinus) Kline. The father was a contractor and builder, devoting his life to that pursuit in order to provide for his family. He moved with his family from Marion county to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1882, and to Chicago, Illinois, in 1887. David A. Kline after completing his high school education and work in the University Academy, later engaged in the study of law. He pursued his studies at Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the State University, and the Chicago Law School, completing his professional training under some of the best instructors of the country. He served as librarian of the United States circuit court of appeals for the seventh circuit, at Chicago, for three years. On the 2nd day of May, 1907, Mr. Kline came to Muskogee, and was admitted to practice in the United States court for the western district of the Indian Territory and subsequently in the state of Oklahoma. He made a special study of land titles in the eastern part of Oklahoma, devoting most of his time to this branch of-the law. He is regarded as an authority on land titles and has displayed marked ability in his special work. He belongs to the Muskogee and Oklahoma Bar Associations, and has been admitted to practice in the United States court, so that he is qualified for practice in any court of the land. On the 17th day of September, 1910, Mr. Kline was united...

Biography of George Washington Smith

George Washington Smith. On first coming to Kansas thirty-three years ago Mr. Smith engaged in educational work, and was at the head of several city school systems for a number of years. He finally entered business at Lawrence, living in that city while his own children were finishing their educations, and in recent years had resumed teaching and is now superintendent of the city schools of Neosho Falls. He is one of the most widely experienced and competent school men in Kansas. He was born at Knoxville in Marion County, Iowa, May 25, 1860. His paternal ancestors came out of England and were early settlers in New York. His father, Chauncey M. Smith, was born in New York State in 1828, grew up there, married in Ohio, and soon after his marriage moved to a farm in Marion County, Iowa. In 1883 he went to Cedar County, Missouri, and was identified with farming in that locality until his death in 1895. He was a republican in politics, and wherever he lived he gave his active support to the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he served as deacon and in other capacities. Chauncey M. Smith married Anna Rogers. She was born in Ohio in 1833, and died at Hamilton, Montana, in 1909. A brief record of their children is as follows: Fannie, who lives at Butte, Montana, the widow of Taylor Kelley, who died in Missouri on a farm; George Washington, who is the second in age and the oldest son; Elmer, a merchant and rancher at Hamilton, Montana; Cora, who died near Hope, Kansas, the wife of Leonard Lockard,...

Biography of H. J. Huiskamp

H. J. Huiskamp. The continuation and extension of the business enterprises which bring reputation and prosperity to a community, in these days of keen competition, depend largely upon the sound business methods under which they are operated, under the management of able and efficient officials. While vast capital is invested in so great an enterprise as is the Buffalo Brick Company, at Buffalo, Kansas, much of its unexampled prosperity must be credited to the energy and good judgment of its general manager, H. J. Huiskamp, who is also secretary. Mr. Huiskamp had developed this into the largest concern of its kind in Kansas, and its annual volume of business, at a low estimate, more than doubles that of any two other plants. H. J. Huiskamp was born at Keokuk, Iowa, October 19, 1873. His parents were S. A. and Alice (Britts) Huiskamp. As the name indicates, Mr. Huiskamp is of Dutch ancestry, both father and grandfather having been natives of Holland. The grandfather, Herman Huiskamp, was born at Amsterdam, married there and was engaged in a substantial business when his death occurred, in 1846. Two years later his widow decided to emigrate with her children to the United States. The family settled first at St. Louis, Missouri, and from there removed to Pella, in Marion County, Iowa, and still later to Keokuk. S. A. Huiskamp, father of H. J. Huiskamp, was born in 1841, in the City of Amsterdam, Holland, and died in Germany in 1913. He was seven years old when his mother brought the family to America, and began to attend school after settlement was made at...

McNaughton, Thomas Dr. – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Many Pay Tribute To Late Dr. McNaughton Well Known Character Given Final and Appropriate Honors Dr. Thomas McNaughton died February 9th, 1916, after an illness of five months, terminating in Pleuro-Pneumonia, which was the immediate cause of death. During his illness anxious inquires were made daily from homes where he has been a welcome visitor in times of illness and from others where he was esteemed as well as a friend or neighbor. When it became evident that the end was near, sorrow over his taking was manifestly general. He died at his residence in Elgin, attended by his wife and several members of the family. Funeral services were held at the City Hall, where the body lay in state one hour before the services, Feb 12th, at 1:00 O’clock PM. The services were conducted under the auspices of Elgin Lodge No. 98 A.F.A.M. Rev. H.L. Willis, pastor of the First Methodist Church, of Elgin, delivered the sermon, in which he paid an eloquent tribute to the memory of the deceased Doctor, accompanied with remarks, suited to the occasion. HE was assisted with a quartet which included Rev. L.S. Chapman, of the Methodist Church, who at the request of the family sang a solo, “Come Ye Disconsolate”, which was a great favorite with the decease. The services were largely attended, many from the country coming considerable distances to be present; and many teams accompanied the remains to the cemetery. Elgin Lodge No. 98 A.F.A.M. acted as escort to the cemetery. There the members of the Masonic lodge formed hallow square about the grave and J.H....

Tuttle, A. R. – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Death of A. R. Tuttle Well Known Citizen and Editor of Elgin Recorder Passes Away The grim reaper, death, has again visited our community and has taken from our midst one of its most prominent citizens. A.R. Tuttle was well known throughout Union and adjacent counties, having been a resident of this county for more than forty years. He was born in Marion County, Iowa, May 6, 1859, and when three years of age crossed the plains with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Tuttle, settling on Willow Creek, in the extreme northern part of Grande Ronde Valley. He resided here until manhood with his parents, and acquired an education in the common schools of the county which enabled him at an early age to engage in the profession of teaching, which occupation he followed for about ten years, making one of the county’s best educators. On December 29, 1877, Mr. Tuttle married Miss Sarah Garrett. To this union was born six children, three of whom, Lee, Terry and Lottie, are left, with their mother, to mourn the loss of a kind and considerate husband and father. In February, 1891, Mr. Tuttle, in connection with G.B. Swinehart, founded The Elgin Recorder, an independent weekly newspaper, the first in the town of Elgin. Shortly after starting the paper, Mr. Tuttle became sole proprietor, and continued so until December, 1901, when, on account of failing health, he disposed of the paper to L. Couch. The following May he went to Portland and underwent, a surgical operation, from the effects of which he seemed to completely recover. After...

Biography of Benjamin Franklin Morgan M.D.

Benjamin Franklin Morgan, M. D., is a physician and surgeon of nearly thirty years’ experience, almost all of which time had been spent in the State of Kansas, and the past seventeen years in the City of Clay Center. The name “Dr. Morgan” is a household word in almost every family throughout Clay and surrounding counties, as four of the immediate family have practiced in Clay Center and never since the year 1883 had there been a time when the familiar form and genial smile of one or more of this family of physicians did not form a part of the memories of a day spent on the streets of Clay Center, and during quite a number of these years the “Shingle” of “Doctors Morgan & Morgan” had swung in the breezes or basked lazily in the sunshine of the Sunflower state. This branch of the Morgan family originated in Wales. Doctor Morgan’s early ancestor came to America just before the Revolutionary war, in which war he joined with the colonists and fought with them for independence. After that he settled in Kentucky. Doctor Morgan’s father, E. D. Morgan, was born at Sardis in the Blue Grass state in the year 1816. In his early manhood he learned the tailor’s trade, which he followed most successfully for many years. In the year 1838 E. D. Morgan was united in marriage with Karrilla A. D. Wilhoit, daughter of Elliott and Julia Ann (Fink) Wilhoit. She was born at Crawfordsville, Indiana, in the year 1814. Elliott Wilhoit was a descendant of John Garr, who was of Bavarian extraction. The immediate ancestor...

Roberts, Editha Iowa Ferguson – Obituary

Roberts, Editha Iowa Ferguson Haaken Co., SD The diminishing list of old settlers in Haakon County this week lost another of its members. Mrs. Joe Roberts passed away Tuesday night [August 2, 1938]. She was 80 years old, and had come to Philip the year it was first settled in 1907. Mrs. Roberts had been failing in health for several years, and during the past three years had been forced to spend nearly all of the time in bed. Funeral services for the deceased pioneer will be held in the Presbyterian Church Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock. ++The Pioneer Review, August 4, 1938++ Funeral services for Mrs. Editha Ferguson Roberts, 80, a resident of Haaken County since 1907, were conducted Friday morning at the Presbyterian Church in Philip, with Rev. H. C. Ernst conducting the services. Mrs. Roberts died Tuesday, August 2, after a lingering illness. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mahaska County, April 11, 1859, the deceased received her early education in the county grade schools. She taught music and later attended the Baptist College at Pella, Iowa. At the age of 16 she became a member of the Baptist Church. In September, 1878, she was married to Joseph Roberts, and to them two children, a son and a daughter, was born. The son, L. B. Roberts, preceded her n death in 1927. Had she lived 32 days more, she and Mrs. Roberts would have been married 60 years. In 1907 the family moved to Philip, where they homesteaded near the Grindstone Buttes. The following year they built the Winchester Hotel, which was their home for 26 years. In...

Leverich, Mary Arizona ‘Zona’ Bever – Obituary

Services for Mrs. Mary Zona Leverich, 88, of 217 SE 70, who died Friday [January 27, 1961], will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Hunter Funeral Home. Burial will be in Moore Cemetery. Mrs. Leverich was born at Pleasantville, Iowa, and had lived in Oklahoma City most of the time since 1897. She was a member of Draper Park Christian Church. Surviving are three sons, Ralph, 216 SW 35; Earl, Hartford, Iowa, and Oren J., St. Louis; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Ritter, 217 SE 70, and Mrs. Ester Gouka, Des Moines, Iowa, and a brother, Roy Bever, Windom, Minn. The Daily Oklahoman, January 29, 1961 Contributed by: Shelli...

Biography of William Jesse Curtis

William Jesse Curtis, attorney at law in San Bernardino, is the oldest son of Hon. I. C. Curtis and Mrs. Lucy M. Curtis. His father was for many years a prominent member of the bar of Marion County, Iowa, and represented that county for several terms in the State Legislature. His mother is the daughter of Jesse L. Holman, one of the judges of the Supreme Court of the State of Indiana, and a sister of Hon. William S. Holman, now a distinguished member of Congress from that State. Mr. Curtis was born at Aurora, Indiana, on the 2d day of August 1838. In 1844, he moved with his parents, to the then Territory of Iowa, and settled in Marion County, near the present city of Pella. The Central University of Iowa was afterward located at Pella, and Mr. Curtis attended that institution for several terms. He read law in his father’s office and was admitted to the bar in 1863, and immediately became a partner with his father in the practice of his profession. In 1861 he married Miss Frances S. Cowles, a daughter of Leonard H. Cowles, of Delaware, Ohio. In 1864 he crossed the plains with ox and mule teams, came to California and settled in San Bernardino, where he has resided ever since. The first few years after his arrival in California, he devoted to teaching school. After this he engaged in farming for several years, but as a practical farmer he was a signal failure, though he still insists that he knows how a farm should be conducted. During all these years Mr. Curtis...
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