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Biography of Samuel Kinney

SAMUEL KINNEY. – Samuel Kinney, a brother of Robert C. Kinney, was one of the founders of our early society in Oregon, and a man of unusual force and of marked worth. He was born in 1810 in the State of Illinois. He was brought up on a farm, acquiring nerve and muscle and an intrepid spirit, and gained the education of the times in his native district. He was early married to Miss Ann Maria Porter, who was also a native of Illinois, where she was born in 1814. Soon after his marriage, about 1832, he removed to Iowa, locating at Bloomington, now Muscatine, a city founded by his brother Robert. Here he was engaged for a time in teaming, and also with his brother in operating Vanetta & Deshler’s sawmill. His wife’s health being poor, however, and being himself possessed of an enterprising and adventurous spirit, he determined to find a new home in Oregon, and in 1847 made the trip across the plains. Little difficulty was experiences on the journey; and there was no trouble from the Indians except that near the Umatilla the Cayuses were found to be impudent, among other things making request to buy some of the girls, and even threatening to steal them. One saucy fellow went so far as to ride up and seize the eldest daughter in order to drag her from her horse, and appropriate her. Mr. Kinney, however, was on the spot instantly, and with his whip-stalk knocked the Indian from his horse into the dust. The emigrants – the train was now divided off from forty to...

Biography of John C. Lardner, M. D.

John C. Lardner, M. D., is one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Fort Scott, has been a resident of Kansas since 1879, and represents a prominent family of Bourbon County. His parents were highly respected people and reared a family of educated men. Doctor Lardner’s brother Hubert is a prominent member of the Fort Scott bar and two other brothers have also become well known in Kansas. Doctor Lardner was born in Muscatine, Iowa, April 1, 1869, of Irish parents. His parents were John and Mary (Butler) Lardner, both natives of County Galway. They came to Kansas in 1879, settled on a farm in Bourbon County, and the father followed farming until his retirement. He died at Bronson, Kansas, in 1903, at the age of seventy-four. The mother passed away at Manhattan December 24, 1915, at the age of eighty-three. Doctor Lardner from the age of ten years lived on a Kansas farm, acquired his higher literary training in the Kansas Normal College at Fort Scott, where he was graduated Bachelor of Science in June, 1891. From 1888 to 1899 he followed chiefly the vocation of school teacher, and taught in country, village and city schools. He then entered the Kansas Medical College, from which he received his degree Doctor of Medicine in 1902. Since then he has been in active practice at Fort Scott. Doctor Lardner is a democrat, but has had no aspirations for political service. He is a member of the Catholic Church. On September 6, 1899, at Cherokee, Kansas, he married Miss Marie W. Germain. Mrs. Lardner was born at Girard, Kansas, daughter...

Biography of Theodore C. Van Epps

THEODORE C. VAN EPPS. – Mr. Van Epps, a portrait of whom is placed among the illustrations of this work, is one of the best known men in Washington’s capital city. He was born in New Scotland, eight miles west of Albany, New York, February 15, 1847, and is the son of Charles and Angelica (Vedder) Van Epps, both of whom were born in New York of Holland parentage, his mother being a cousin of ex-President Martin Van Buren. His great-grandfather was from Holland, and founded the town of Amsterdam in New York State. At the age of six Theodore moved with his parents to Davenport, Iowa, and in that city received his education. In 1867, having spent one year at St. Louis, he found employment as a school-teacher in Muscatine, Iowa. In the autumn of 1868 he moved to Cass county, Nebraska, and located a homestead on which he lived until 1875. In that year he crossed the mountains to Washington, selecting Olympia as his future home, and purchasing with S.C. Woodruff as partner the stationery store of A.J. Burr & Co. In 1881 Mr. Van Epps purchased his partner’s interest, and continued the business, conducting one of the largest and most successful book, stationery and notion stores to be found on the Sound. In February, 1889, he sold his store to is son, W.A. Van Epps, for some years previous his able assistant, and opened his present elegant office in the Olympia Block, where he has done a general real-estate and loan business. In public affairs Mr. Van Epps has been active and progressive. He is a...

Biographical Sketch of C. C. Van Houten

C. C. Van Houten lived on a farm near Battle Creek, in Maple Township, Ida County, Iowa, and was identified with the agricultural interests of this place since 1882. Mr. Van Houten was born in Clarion County, Pa., April 24, 1856. John Van Houten, his father, a native of the Keystone State, served during the Civil War as a member of Company K, One Hundred and Forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He then resided near Cushing, Iowa. John married Miss Mary Ann Boyles, a native of Pennsylvania. They had seven children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. C. C. Van Houten was reared on a farm in his native state. At the age of twenty, he came to Iowa and located in Cedar County, 3 years later went to Benton County, and in 1882 came from there to near Battle Creek. Here he owned 120 acres of land in Section 8, Maple Township, well improved with good buildings, fences, grove, orchard, etc., and under a high state of cultivation. His house was 16 x 24 feet, with an L, 14 x 20 feet, and there were two barns, one 24 x 32 feet, and the other 16 x 20 feet. Mr. Van Houten was married at the age of twenty-seven in Muscatine, Iowa, to Lizzie Fricke, a native of Muscatine County, Iowa, and a daughter of August and Fredrica (Herwig) Fricke, the latter a native of Germany. They had four children: the first born died in infancy, Charles Leander, Homer P., Malcom D., and Orr...
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