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Biographical Sketch of Michael McNamara

MICHAEL McNAMARA. – This prominent resident of Skagit county was born in Woodstock, Canada, in 1848. His early years, however, were spent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and at Chicago, where he completed his growth and education at Chatham, Canada. In 1865 he came overland to California, and the next year reached Puget Sound, finding employment ten years in the logging camps. In 1876 he was able to set up a business of his own, keeping a hotel at Stanwood, and three years later building his present commodious hotel, the Ruby House, which is first class in every respect. His own residence at Mount Vernon, Washington, built in 1887, is one of the finest on the Sound outside of Seattle. Mr. McNamara is married and has three...

Biography of William H. Kozel

William H. Kozel. One of the most prominent business men of Washington County is William H. Kozel, whose interests are concerned with many of the important industries of the little town of Morrowville. Mr. Kezel is a clear-headed business man and had won his success through his own unaided efforts. He had gained a most enviable position in the business world and for a number of years had been doubtless the chief factor in the upbuilding of his particular community. Mr. Kozel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 23, 1865, but had spent most of his life in Kansas. He is a son of Jacob and Barbara (Lackey) Kozel, both of whom were natives of Bohemia, Austria. The grandfather, John Kozel, was also born in Bohemia, was a Bohemian farmer, saw service in the regular army of his native land, and in 1855 brought his family to the United States, landing at New Orleans. He lived to advanced years and died at Lodi, Wisconsin, in 1892. The maternal grandfather Lackey immigrated with his family from Bohemia about 1840. He married both his wives in Bohemia, and his first wife was the mother of Barbara Kozel. His death occurred at Seneca, Kansas, in 1879. He followed farming in Wisconsin and Missouri and about 1867 located two miles north of Seneca. By his first wife he had two children, Barbara and C. M. Lackey. The latter served in the American Civil war as a Union soldier and died on the old homestead near Seneca, having reared a family of twelve children. Jacob Kozel was born July 10, 1834, and had just...

Biographical Sketch of R. G. Patterson

R. G. Patterson, merchant and stock-dealer, was born in the North of Ireland, September 25, 1845. Came to America with his father in 1848, and located in Sauk County, Wis. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1871, and took a homestead two miles east of Omio, where he now lives. Engaged in general merchandising in Omio in 1878, and built his store building the same year. Deals in stock, and keeps 400 head of cattle, 325 head of sheep, 25 head of horses, and is the owner of 960 acres of land. Mr. Patterson is a self-made man, as he was compelled to make his own start in the world, by his own individual efforts. Was married in Milwaukee, Wis., October 13, 1867, to Miss Mary J. McMurray. They have three children – Jessie, born November 16, 1871; Edward, born April 4, 1873; Liddie, September 25,...

Biographical Sketch of Percie D. Crane

Crane, Percie D.; pres. Meech Foundry Co.; born, Michigan, Jan. 9, 1874; son of A. T. and Clara Dunham Crane; educated in Saranac, Mich., schools; married, Milwaukee, 1897, Melia A. Parsons; issue, one son; president the P. D. Crane Co.; member Cleveland Whist Club, Acme...

Biographical Sketch of Erich L. Griebling

Griebling, Erich L.; fire insurance; born, Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 9, 1877; son of Gustav W. and Elizabeth Damkoehler Griebling; married, Milwaukee, Wis., May 1, 1901, Lydia Dammam; two sons, Erich and Ralph, employed by Milwaukee Fire Insurance Co.; in 1898, as entry clerk; in June, 1903, appointed special agt. to travel in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota; in April, 1905, appointed chief clerk at home office of Milwaukee Fire Ins. Co.; in September, 1911, appointed mngr. of Cleveland Branch of Milwaukee Mechanics Insurance...

Biographical Sketch of William Nicholas Hailmann

Hailmann, William Nicholas; educator; born, Glaris, Switzerland, Oct. 20, 1836; son of William Alexander and Babette Hailmann; educated, Gymnasium, Zurich, and with tutor; studied in Medical College, Louisville, Ky., 1855-1856; (hon. A. M. University of Louisville, 1864; Ph. D., Ohio University, 1885); married Eudora Lucas, of Louisville, Dec. 24, 1857 (died 1904); 2d Helena Kuhn, of Detroit, Dec. 25, 1907; teacher of natural sciences, Louisville High Schools, 1856-1865; director German and English Academy, Louisville, 1865-1973; director German and English Academy, Milwaukee, 1873-1878; director German-American Seminary, Detroit, 1878-1883; supt. public schools, La Porte, Ind., 1883-1894; nat. supt. of Indian schools, 1894-8; supt. of instruction, Dayton, O., 1898; head dept. psychology, Chicago Normal School, 1904-1908; prof. history of education, Cleveland Normal Training School since Sept. 7, 1909. Author: Outlines of a System of Object Teaching, 1866; History of Pedagogy, 1870; Kindergarten Culture, 1872; Letters to a Mother, 1876; Early Education, 1878; Primary Helps, 1884; Primary Methods, 1887; Application of Psychology to Teaching, 1887; Froebel’s Education of Man, 1890; Constructive Form-Work, 1901; The English Language, 1902; The Laurel Primer, 1903; etc. Editor: Erzichungsblatter, 1870-1883; Kindergarten Messenger and New Education,...

Biography of William Perry Horton

Horton, William Perry; dentist; born, Pittsfield, Vt., Oct. 23, 1832; son of Dennis and Nancy B. McClellan Horton; educated in Wallingford, Vt.; preparing for college at Castleton Seminary; taught district school for seven years; in October, 1844, came to Cleveland, and in 1845, entered Oberlin College; after a year’s literary course took dental course in study under Dr. George B. Minor and Dr. Ferris at Milwaukee, Wis.; married, Elyria, O., Oct. 28, 1851, Louisa Chase of Maine; issue, two sons, William P. Jr., and Milton Chase, both residents of Cleveland; married, second time, Oct. 21, 1897, Miss Margaret Stroup of Pennsylvania; during dental study in Milwaukee, spent the winter months in school teaching; in 1851 returned to Oberlin and acted as manager of a department store till 1851; then spent six months more with dental firm in Milwaukee and was given certificate of qualification for the practice of dentistry; opened an office in Oberlin in 1852; removed to Cleveland and opened an office with the late Dr. Benjamin Stickland; in 1857, opened an office alone in Chapin’s Hall, present site of Williamson Bldg; identified with the dental profession in Cleveland, being dean of the profession; active in the various dental societies and associations; was the third pres. of the Ohio State Dental Society; also pres. of the Society of the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, and of the Northern Ohio Dental Society; sec’y and treas. of the State Board of Dental Examiners, and sec’y of section 7 of the American Dental Ass’n; contributor of many professional articles to the dental magazines; member of City Council, 1869-1877, and pres. of...

Biography of Vernon H. Branch

Vernon H. Branch of Wichita has had a successful career as a banker in Kansas covering a period of more than thirty-five years. In that time he has been officially identified with a number of important banks in different parts of the state, but is now concentrating all his efforts along the line of investment banking, and is one of the reliable investment bankers of Kansas. He came to Kansas when a youth. His birth occurred at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 3, 1863, but when he was two years of age his parents removed to Orwell, Vermont, his father’s childhood home. In that part of New England he spent his early childhood and youth until he was eighteen, and acquired a substantial common school training. In December, 1881, Mr. Branch arrived at Concordia, Kansas, and became bookkeeper for the Cloud County Bank. Two years later he became its cashier, but resigned in 1886 to become secretary of the Security Investment Company at Cawker City in Mitchell County. From there moving to Beloit in the spring of 1900, he was a hardware merchant of Beloit a year, and then became a stockholder, director and cashier of the First National Bank of Beloit. Since the summer of 1903 Mr. Branch has been a resident of Wichita. Acquiring stock in the National Bank of Wichita, he was made its vice president and a director, and when that bank and the Fourth National Bank were consolidated in 1908, he continued as a stockholder and director and also as cashier in the Fourth National. In the spring of 1911, Mr. Branch, having sold his interests...

Biographical Sketch of Emil F. Kraus

Kraus, Emil F.; insurance; born, Milwaukee, Wis., April 22, 1877; son of Michael and Margaret Casper Kraus; educated, public and high schools, Milwaukee, Wis.; married, Milwaukee, Wis., June 29, 1904, Clara L. Steiner; in June, 1892, began as office boy for The Northwestern National Insurance Co., at Milwaukee, Wis.; transferred to Minneapolis, in July, 1907, as special agt. for Minnesota, North and South Dakota; appointed mgr. of Cleveland Branch, December, 1908; member Athletic...

Biographical Sketch of J. K. Turner

Turner, J. K.; editor; born, Chicago, 1863; son of J. K. and Ellen Brady Turner; educated, common schools, three years; married, Milwaukee, Wis., 1896, May Grace Schiffman; issue, three children; pres. The Manufacturers’ Information Bureau Co.; editor The Mediator Magazine; owner The Mediator Printery; member Chamber of Commerce, Geauga County Farm Improvement Ass’n, Cleveland Humane Society; member the following: The Square Deal Club, The American Academy of Political and Social Science, The American Civic Association, American Geographical Ass’n, National Society for the Promotion of Industrial Education, National Educational Ass’n; member Colonial, Tippecanoe, and Automobile...
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