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Biography of Gilbert L. King

It is now our pleasant privilege to recount the items of the career of the prominent and capable gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph, who is to-day one of the leading men in Malheur county, being not only crowned with abundant financial success as the result of his industry and wise management of the resources that came to his hands, but also a man of prominence in educational lines in younger days, and at the present time a fluent public speaker and well informed man of ability and culture. Gilbert L. was born in Jefferson County, New York, on February 9, 1848, being the son of Lorenzo D. and Julia Ann (Schryver) King. While a child he came with his parents to Dodge county, Wisconsin, and grew up there on the frontier, gaining his education at first from the common schools and thorough reading. On February 4, 1864 patriotism stirred young King to offer his services in the Third Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Company G, being the Twentieth Corps, under Joe Hooker, a part of Sherman’s Army. He participated in the battle of Resaea and in several skirmishes, being wounded in his leg. In July 1865, he was honorably discharged and returned to Wisconsin, thence to Mason county, Illinois, where he taught school for a time. In 1869 he went to Webster City, Iowa and engaged in the grocery business, but sold out in 1879 and repaired to Bloomington, Illinois, where he took a course of two years in the state normal school. He then taught school in McLean County, the same state, and in 1874 he went to work...

Biography of Joseph E. Pearson

Joseph E. Pearson. Among the families that have helped forward the remarkable economic transformation by which the waste lands of Champaign County were reclaimed and converted into productive fields and a smiling landscape of happy homes, a place of prosperous usefulness belongs to those of the Pearson name represented by Mr. Joseph E. Pearson, whose home is in section 11 of Harwood Township. His post office is Ludlow. Mr. Pearson was born in Mason County, Illinois, a son of Robert and Mary (Fletcher) Pearson. His father was a native of England but married in America, and from Mason County moved to Champaign County. When the Pearsons first settled here they had many unpleasant things to contend with. Much of the land was wet, covered with sloughs, and acre after acre had to be redeemed to cultivation at the expense of much labor and money. But Robert Pearson had the energy requisite for such an undertaking, and in course of time he not only had a fine farm, but became one of the extensive land owners in Champaign County, having an estate of 560 acres. He and his wife finally retired to a comfortable home in Rantoul, where this good old timer entered into rest in 1913. Joseph R. Pearson was educated in the public schools, and, was also a student in the State Normal University at Normal and in the college at Paxton. He married Miss Clara J. Johnson, who was born in Champaign County, a daughter of Isaac and Alice (Belford) Johnson. Her father was a native of Vermilion County, Illinois, and her mother of Ohio. Mrs. Pearson...

Biography of Orion Littell Rider

Orion Littell Rider, a leading attorney of Vinita whose professional ability is indicated by the large and distinctively representative clientage accorded hire, has served his fellow citizens in various capacities and has always done able and conscientious work. His birth occurred in Mason county, Illinois, on the 7th of January, 1874, and his parents were Dr. Robert G. and Harriet M. (Littell) Rider, the former born near Cleveland, Ohio, and the latter in the state of New Jersey. The father was a physician, acquiring his professional training in Pennsylvania, and he first opened an office at Mobile, Alabama, whence he removed to Havana, Illinois, where he engaged in practice until the outbreak of the Civil war, when his patriotic spirit prompted him to lay aside all personal considerations. On the 1st of October, 1862, he was made captain of Company K, Eighty-fifth Illinois Infantry, which he had raised, and on the 12th of May, 1863, won promotion to the rank of major. He participated in the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, and remained in command of his regiment until wounded near the close of the war. After receiving his discharge from the service he returned to Havana, Illinois, where he continued to follow his profession until 1880, when he removed to Ringgold county, Iowa, where he engaged in practice for four years, and then lived retired until his death, which occurred in November, 1889, at the age of seventy. The mother long survived him, passing away in April, 1921, when in her eighty-fourth year. Mr. Rider attended the high school at Mount Ayr, Iowa, was for two years a...

Biography of Truman W. Gardner

Truman W. Gardner had a wide and varied experience as a Kansas farmer, real estate man and banker, and is now cashier of the Neosho Falls State Bank in Woodson County. In 1906 he supplied part of the capital and much of the enterprise for the organization of that institution, and had filled the place of cashier ever since. The bank was founded by local people in Neosho Falls and the present officers are: J. Bishop, president; L. W. Knotts, vice president; T. W. Gardner, cashier; and Errol McCullough, assistant cashier. The bank had a capital stock of $10,000 and its surplus and profits according to a recent statement are $5,000. The bank is housed in a substantial brick building which was erected on Main Street in 1898. Truman W. Gardner was born in Mason County, Illinois, August 1, 1869, but had lived in Kansas since 1881. He finished his early education in the rural schools of Anderson County, and also had Normal school work there. The first twenty-one years of his life he spent on his father’s farm, and then engaged in that vocation independently. Mr. Gardner still keeps in close touch with the farming interests in this section of Kansas, and owned farm lands in Woodson and Anderson counties to the extent of 440 acres. In 1899 he left the farm and removed to Neosho Falls where he was in the real estate business for seven years prior to his active connection with the Neosho Falls State Bank. Among other property interests is his home at Ninth and Pecan streets. Mr. Gardner is a democrat, is now...

Harris, Mary Ellen – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Died-At Hot Lake, Oregon, Thursday, August 12, 1926, Mrs. Mary Ella Harris, age 64 years, 8 months and 12 days. The funeral took place from the L. D. S. Church, Union, Tuesday, August 17, 1926, at 2 o’clock p.m. The services were conducted by J. E. Mitchell, with Osborn Richins principal speaker. The remains were laid to rest in North Powder cemetery beside those of her husband and two infant sons who died in August, 1897. Mary Ellen Armstrong was born in Mason County, Illinois, November 30, 1861. She was united in marriage to R. J. Harris January 5, 1881. To this union ten children were born, of whom seven survive and were present in Union at the time of the funeral this week. The surviving children are Charles E. Harris, Frank O. Harris and R. J. Harris, of Union; David Albert Harris, of Anaconda, Montana; Walter F. Harris, of Butte, Montana; Mrs. M. E. Tucker, of La Grande, Oregon, and Mrs. Anna Nelson, of Union. There are ten grandchildren living and four dead, and three great grandsons. Mrs. Harris with her family came to Oregon July 25, 1889, and settled at North Powder, Oregon, where Mr. Harris was accidentally shot October 22, 1898, causing his death in eleven hours. Mrs. Harris with her children came to Union October 20, 1904, and have lived here most of the time since, Mrs. Harris passing away as above noted, August 12th, after great suffering from cancer. Contributed by: Larry...

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