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Biography of Albert C. Blood

Albert C. Blood, who in 1904, organized the Maplewood Planing Mill Company, of which he has since been the president, has thus been connected with the manufacturing interests of St. Louis for seventeen years. He was born in Fulton county, Illinois, February 26, 1852. His father, Joseph P. Blood, was a native of New Hampshire and about 1850 removed to Illinois, settling in Fulton county, near Lewistown, where he engaged in the operation of a grist and saw-mill and also in stock raising. He married Elizabeth A. Ogden, a native of Indiana, who removed with her parents to Illinois, where her people were large land owners. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Blood was celebrated in Illinois, and they became the parents of three sons And three daughters, of whom Albert C. is the oldest. The father died in 1877, while the mother survived until 1884. Albert C. Blood was educated in the public schools of Henry, Illinois, and started out in the business world with the United States Express Company as a messenger between St. Louis and Chicago. He was employed for six years, after which he had various positions with manufacturers of farm machinery in Peoria. He then came to St. Louis and learned the cabinet-maker’s trade and in 1904 organized the Maplewood Planing Mill Company, of which he is the president. They do a general line of millwork, manufacturing sash, doors, blinds, etc. They manufactured material for the use of the government in the World war and not only did Mr. Blood use his plant for this purpose but took an active part in...

Biography of Julius M. Gehrt

Julius M. Gehrt has been successfully identified with Champaign County agriculture for a number of years, and is the owner and proprietor of a fine farm in section 33 of Harwood Township, near the village of Dillsburg. Mr. Gehrt was born at Lawn Ridge, Illinois, a son of John M. and Catherine (Best) Gehrt. His parents were both born in Germany, came to America in early life, were married in this country and the father is still living, at the ripe age of eighty-three, on his farm in Stark County, Illinois. The mother is now deceased. Julius M. Gehrt was next to the youngest in a family of eight children. He grew up on his father’s farm in Stark County and attended the public schools at Spear in that county. January 15, 1902, he married Miss Carolina Kuhn. Mrs. Gehrt is a native of Germany, born near the city of Berlin, and fourth among the five children of Philip and Elizabeth (Hoeltzel) Kuhn. The Kuhn children were named Philip, Salome, Fred, Carolina and Elizabeth. When Mrs. Gehrt was eleven years of age the family came to America and she and her brothers and sisters attended the public schools of Peoria and of Stark County, Illinois. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Gehrt located on a rented farm in Peoria County, but in 1903 they rented a place of 160 acres owned by his father near Dillsburg in Champaign County. Here their years have been prospered and they now have the active management of a place of 347 acres. Mr. Gehrt is a very methodical and progressive farmer and has...

Biographical Sketch of Charles W. Reed

Charles W. Reed is a farmer and successful stockman with home in section 16 of Philo Township. His rural mail delivery comes from Tolono on Route No. 48. Mr. Reed was born in Marshall County, Illinois, March 11, 1869, son of John Caldwell and Mary (Bell) Reed. Both parents were born in Virginia and in early life moved to Illinois. In 1879 John C. Reed came to Champaign County, locating on the farm in section 16 of Philo Township where his son Charles now resides. Both parents are now deceased. Their five children were named: Charles W.; Henry K., deceased; Mary Bell, wife of Professor E. H. Wells, of the University of Nebraska; John, of Ligonier, Indiana; and James, of Philo Township. Charles W. Reed grew up and received his education in Champaign County and at his father’s death took charge of the farm for three years. He then went to Lincoln, Nebraska, bought eighty acres in that part of the state, but after a year went to Denver and in the fall of the same year returned to Philo, Illinois. In the spring of 1906 he entered upon his duties as manager of the old homestead of 160 acres, and has steadily and profitably directed the operations of that fine farm for over ten years. He raises the staple crops and also handles good live stock. On December 24, 1895, Mr. Reed married Miss Abbie Jane Huhn. Mrs. Reed was born in Maryland. They have one son, John Ralph, a volunteer member of Battery B, Third Illinois Artillery. Mr. Reed is a Republican in...

Biography of Henry Van Deman Faris

Henry Van Deman Faris, of Kanopolis, is a Kansas around whom center many associations of territorial and pioneer times. He is by five years the oldest living pioneer in Kansas west of Salina. He had been continuously identfied with Ellsworth County more than half a century. Mr. Faris comes of that adventuresome pioneer stock that in successive waves had peopled and developed American soil. His grandfather, John Faris, was born in Ireland of Scotch descent. On coming to this country he partieipated as a soldier in the struggle for independence, and afterwards became a farmer in Virginia. He located on what was then the far western frontier, along the Ohio River in Ohio County, Virginia, now West Virginia, not far from the small settlement then but now the City of Wheeling. He died there many years before Henry V. Faris was born. He married a Miss Stuart, also of Scotch family. Robert Faris, father of Henry V., was born in Ohio County in what is now West Virginia in 1801. He grew up and married in his native county, took up farming, and in 1828 left the comparatively well settled region around Wheeling and journeyed into the woods of Delaware County, Ohio, where he developed a farm. Then, in 1863, he again took up the journey and made the last stage toward the West, locating on a farm in Marshall County, Illinois, where he spent his last years and died in 1867. He was a man of decided convictions and a natural leader among men. He espoused the whig party and subsequently became a republican of the so-called black...

Biography of Peter G. Johnson

Peter G. Johnson. The years 1858 and 1859 were particularly important ones in the history of Kansas. With the adoption of a constitution in the latter year, the peaceful, homeseeking settlers who had come from afar, even from other lands, to establish themselves on these wide prairies, as yet uncrowded as were older sections, found assurance of settled conditions and of the opportunity of preserving the homes they had founded. In the spring of 1858 the parents of Peter G. Johnson, one of Riley County’s most respected citizens, settled in Butler County, Kansas. They were natives of Sweden who emigrated to the United States in 1856. Peter G. Johnson was born in Sweden, March 15, 1834. His parents were Carrie and John Peterson, the son, according to Swedish custom, taking the surname of Johnson, from his father’s Christian name. The father was twice married, two sons being born to his first union, Peter G. and August, the latter of whom is deceased. Unto his second marriage four children were born: Victor, Oscar, Christina and Tilda. August and Victor both fell victims of savage Indians, in Indian Territory, in 1862. During early manhood Peter G. Johnson followed the sea. He was twenty-three years of age when he accompanied his father to the United States, with whom he tarried in Marshall County, Illinois, for two years before coming to Butler County, Kansas, where the father died soon afterward. This domestic calamity served to break up the family and the sons all adventured further in the West, Peter G. locating in Montana. He was variously engaged there until 1865, and in 1866...

Biographical Sketch of Judson W. Ong, Jr.

Ong, Judson W. Jr.; piano business; born, Lacon, Ill., Nov. 5, 1880; son of Judson W. and Isabelle Mayes Ong; educated, Lacon, Ill., High School; married, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 2, 1902, Mercedes E. Armitage; one son and one daughter, William and Mercedes; entered the retail piano business with George P. Bent, of Chicago, when he was 18; has continued in the piano business; traveled for leading wholesale firms; promoted and built, with H. J. Anderson, one of the most successful player piano mechanisms; came to Cleveland in 1904; has managed the Piano Dept. of the Bailey Co., and was connected with several other firms; in 1911, became identified with the W. F. Frederick Piano Co., as city sales and advertising mgr.; at one time pres. and treas. of The Anderson Piano Co.; was one of the first to introduce the self-playing piano in the West and Middle West; was at one time connected with the New York store of John Wanamaker, as “special piano playing mechanism demonstrator,” and received personal compliments of I. J. Paderewski, in this...

Street, Victoria Hewitt – Obituary

Mrs. Leslie Street passed away at her home in Sturgis Saturday evening [April 20, 1965]. Jesse [Victoria] Hewitt Street was born in Streeter, Ill., March 16, 1878, where she grew to womanhood and was married at Peoria, Ill., in 1899 to Leslie Street. They came to South Dakota in 1911, settling near Faith where they lived until 1945 when they moved to Sturgis. Mrs. Street passed away here in 1949. She is survived by one son, Harry of Rapid City; two daughters, Mrs. May Fuller of Rapid City and Mrs. Evelyn Marshall of Clayton, Idaho; one sister, Mrs. Alice Yeast of Seattle, Wash. and six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday from the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Gover officiating. Special music was provided by Mrs. Elaine Owens and George Minier. Pallbearers were Merle Miller, John Detjen, Les Babcock, Dan Regan, George Alt, and Kelly Donaldson. Interment was in the Bear Butte Cemetery. Sturgis Tribune, April 21, 1965 Contributed by: Shelli...

Cahill, Alice V. Boers – Obituary

Funeral services for Alice V. Cahill, who died Thursday evening at the Sturgis Community Memorial Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home, with Rev. Harold Fitch officiating. Burial will be in the Bear Butte Cemetery under the direction of the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home. Alice Boers was born on June 14, 1905 at Lacon, Ill. to Ole and Daisy [Hewitt] Boers. The family moved to South Dakota in 1911, returning to Lacon until 1915 when they returned to South Dakota. In 1917 they moved to Seattle, Wash. returning to South Dakota in 1921. She was married to Joseph E. Cahill on Oct. 30, 1926 at Dupree, SD. In 1943 the couple moved to Rapid City where they lived until 1946 when they moved to Sturgis and have lived there since. She is survived by 2 sons, Eugene Cahill of Portland, Ore., and Keith Cahill of Spokane, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Virginia) Freeman of Sturgis; one brother, Louis Boers of Sturgis and one sister Doris Boers of Sturgis, and 9 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974 and an infant brother. Black Hills Press, December 13, 1975 Contributed by: Shelli...

Boers, Ole Jacob – Obituary

Ole Jacob Boers was born May 19, 1878 at Lacon, Illinois, and passed away at his home in Sturgis, Friday morning, following a lingering illness. He grew to manhood at Lacon and on August 24, 1902, he was united in marriage to Daisy Ellen Hewitt. Born to this union were four children, two boys and two girls, the eldest son, Ole Allison, died in infancy. Mr. Boers is survived by his widow, a son Louis of Sturgis and a daughter, Doris Boers, and a married daughter, Mrs. Joe Cahill of Sturgis. Also three grandchildren, Eugene Cahill, Sturgis Keith Cahill, with the Air Force at Perrie AFB, near Herman, Texas; Virginia Freeman, Sturgis and three great grandchildren. Mr. Boers has three brothers, Fred, Otto, and Frank Boers of Lacon, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Bert Pembrook, Delano, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Boers came to South Dakota from Illinois in 1911, residing several miles north of Faith. Later they lived in Ziebach County for a number of years, moving to Faith, were they stayed for four years and in 1944 moved to Sturgis, where they have resided since. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home with Rev. Verlyn Smith officiating. Interment was in the Bear Butte Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tello Peterson, Ben Henderson, John Napton, Al Eppenbaugh, Frank Steffes, and Ludwig Graslie. Sturgis Tribune, January 6, 1955 Contributed by: Shelli...

Boers, Louis Paul – Obituary

Funeral services for Louis P. “Slim” Boers, Sturgis, were Friday at Carlsen-Jolley Funeral Home, Sturgis, with the Rev. Randy Hogarth officiating. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery will full military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard. Boers, 78, died April 21, 1993, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1914, at Lacon, Ill. to Ole Jacob & Daisy Ellen (Hewitt) Boers. In 1917 he and his family moved to the Faith area where they lived for several years. They moved to Seattle, Wash., for a short time before returning to South Dakota. He served in the United States Army from April 1942 until January 1946, and upon release from the military he returned to the Sturgis area where he practiced his carpentry trade until his retirement. He had lived at the Highrise since 1977. He was a member of the Sturgis American Legion. Survivors include one sister, Doris Boers, Sturgis; two nephews, Eugene Cahill of Portland, Ore., and Keith Cahill of Sturgis; one niece, Virginia Freeman, Sturgis; and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Alice Cahill. Black Hill Press, April 24, 1993 Contributed by: Shelli...
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