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Biography of John C. Asahl

John C. Asahl, a resident of Ramona since 1903 and connected with its mercantile interests throughout, the period, has also figured prominently in connection with public affairs of the city and no man has labored more earnestly, zealously and effectively to bring about public progress, reform and improvement than he Mr. Asahl is a native of Missouri, his birth having occurred in the city of California, March 7, 1870. His father, Charles Asahl, was a native of Germany and came to the United States in 1850, settling in Chicago in the year of the yellow fever plague. He was a mason and followed his trade in Chicago and afterward in California, Missouri. Later he went into the hardware business in California, Missouri. Subsequently he removed to Kansas City, Missouri, where he turned his attention to the hotel business, his sight having almost failed him in the meantime. There he passed away in 1901. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Anna Roedel, died when her son, John C., was an infant and the father afterward married again, his second wife being still a resident of Kansas City. John C. Asahl acquired his education at the place of his nativity, studying in both German and English schools until he was fifteen years of age, when he started out to provide for his own support, making his initial step in the business world as an employee of the firm of Gille & Van Peyma, dealers in heavy hardware. He remained with that house for fifteen years, winning promotion from time to time and eventually he entered the employ of the...

Biography of B. F. Rowland, M. D.

Important and varied interests claim the time and attention of Dr. B. F. Rowland, a leading druggist of Ochelata, who also figures prominently in financial circles as Vice President of the Ochelata State Bank, and he is likewise the owner of a good farm in this vicinity, his business affairs being most judiciously managed. He was born in Moniteau County, Missouri, June 7, 1866, his parents being Powhatan and Mary W. (Longdon) Rowland, the latter a daughter of a circuit rider in Missouri, who was one of the well known ministers of the early days. B. F. Rowland’s father engaged in general merchandising at Jamestown, Missouri, but in 1849 he joined the rush of gold seekers to California, where he won success in the mines, later returning to Missouri. In 1878 he moved to Kansas, where he passed away in 1902, at the venerable age of eighty-six, having long survived the mother, whose demise occurred in Kansas, in 1886, when she was sixty-six years of age. Their son, B. F. Rowland, acquired his early education in the public schools of Missouri, after which he completed a course in medicine at Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1894 he opened an office at Oologah, in Rogers County, Oklahoma, where for two years he followed his profession, after which he removed to Ringold, there continuing in practice for three years. On the expiration of that period he purchased a drug store at Ochelata which he has since conducted, being recognized as one of the leading pharmacists of this part of the state. He carries a large stock of drugs and druggists’ sundries and...

Biography of George L. Atkeson

George L. Atkeson. To those parents who value the intellectual development of their children, it is a matter of vital importance that in the early and formative period of their lives, their instructors in the public schools should be thoroughly qualified for such responsibility in scholarly attainments and in personal character. In securing so widely known and so experienced an educator as George L. Atkeson as superintendent of their city schools, the good people of Altoona, Kansas, displayed exceptional wisdom. Intelligent public opinion here, as at other points, makes more insistent demands, asks for more decided results than in old days, a realization having come that the needs of future generations must not be imperiled by any narrowing of public school education in the present. A wider and deeper service is demanded than ever before, and to this field of effort a welcome is given the able, the understanding, the progressive educational leader, a worthy example of this class being found in George L. Atkeson. He is a native of Missouri, born near Tipton, in Morgan County, September 20, 1866. His parents were Francis M. and Mary A. (Frye) Atkeson. Francis M. Atkeson was born in 1830, near Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia, in which section the early ancestors of the family had settled after coming from England. His father, Andrew Atkeson, was also born in what is now West Virginia, and from there, probably in 1832, removed with his family to Morgan County, Missouri. He became a farmer there and operated the first blacksmith shop in Tipton. Practically Francis M. Atkeson spent his entire life near Tipton,...

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