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Biography of Forrest C. Donnell

Forrest C. Donnell of St. Louis, a member of the firm of Spencer & Donnell, attorneys-at-law, was born August 20, 1884, in Quitman, Nodaway county, Missouri. His father is John C. Donnell, who was born in North Carolina. While residing in Maryville, Missouri, the latter served as mayor of the city and has always been active in business and public affairs. He married Barbara Lee Waggoner, a member of one of the pioneer families of the state of Missouri. The father and mother of the subject of this sketch now reside in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Donnell being an officer of the Funsten Electric Company. Forrest C. Donnell was graduated from the Maryville, Missouri, high school in 1900 and thereafter entered the university of Missouri, from which he received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in 1904 and LL. B. in 1907. While in the university of Missouri he was a member of the Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Phi fraternities and was elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa, Theta Kappa Nu and QEBH societies. He was valedictorian of his class in high school and also in the university of Missouri. While in the university there were awarded to him the Rollins scholarship in 1903 and the Edward Thompson prize in 1907. He also served as business manager of The Independent, published by the students of the university of Missouri, and represented the university of Missouri in the interstate debates with the University of Nebraska and the University of Illinois. Following graduation he removed in 1907 to St. Louis where he entered upon the practice of law....

Biography of Walter A. Long

Among the bright and promising young attorneys of Christian County, Missouri, is Walter A. Long, who has secured a satisfactory degree of worldly success by reason of his personal traits and the exercise of unmistakable business ability. His natural acumen, added to the thorough education he received in his youth, makes him judicious in law, and his desire to reach the highest possible position in the profession keeps him ever on the alert to add to his knowledge by observation and study. For the past six years he has practiced his profession in this and other counties of the State, and his career thus far before the bar illustrates how admirably adapted he is to prosecute this most exalted of professions. Mr. Long is a native of this State, born near Westville, Chariton County, October 2, 1856. He is a son of L. D. and Nancy (Reagan) Long, and grandson of John S. Long. The Long family is of Irish origin, and the family tree took root in Virginia at an early day, some members of this family serving in the Revolutionary War. Later the Longs emigrated to Kentucky and settled in Madison County, where the members took up large tracts of land. In this State the father of our subject was born in 1810, and there grew to mature years. He was married there to Miss Reagan a native of that State, and together they emigrated to Missouri in 1847, settling in Chariton County, where they made their home until July 22, 1864, when the father was killed by a band of bushwhackers. He had enlisted in the...

Biography of Edward E. Doughty

Edward E. Doughty, who had been cashier of the Troy State Bank since the organization of that institution eleven years age, while not a native of Kansas, represents a family which had been identified with the northeastern part of the state since territorial days. Mr. Doughty was born in Nodaway County, Missouri, September 20, 1877, a son of William L. Doughty and grandson of Abel Doughty. The family came originally to New York in Colonial times. They were Scotch people. Abel Doughty was born in New York State and in 1856 came to Kansas when it was a territory and located on a farm near Highland, where he spent a number of years. He finally removed to Missouri and died near Craig in that state. The maiden name of his wife was Harriet Blanchard. William L. Doughty was born in Steuben County, New York, in 1843, and was thirteen years of age when his parents removed to Kansas. He grew up on the frontier, had a farm traiming and he afterwards applied his education to work as a school teacher and did railroading for a time. In 1885 he removed from Northwest Missouri to Troy, Kansas, and followed farming, fruit growing and was also a traveling salesman. He died at Troy in 1914. He was a republican, and a very active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he served as steward and trustee. He was a boy in Doniphan County when the war broke out, and he enlisted from Troy in the Thirteenth Kansas Infantry and served nearly three years, from 1862 until the close of hostilities....

Biography of James M. Meek

James M. Meek is one of the veteran stock farmers and dealers of Nemaha County, and is now living retired at Centralia. Mr. Meek is widely known over this section of Kansas, especially through his terms of service in the Legislature and the Senate, in which he proved a capable representative of his constituency and did much to promote the wholesome business and civic interests of his state. Mr. Meek was born in Union County, Ohio, September 28, 1852, grew up in Northwest Missouri, and had been a resident of Kansas over thirty-five years. His ancestors were English people who came to this country, and the family were pioneers in Ohio. Grandfather Samuel Meek was an Ohio farmer and died in Richland County in that state before the birth of James M. Meek. Reason Meek, father of James M., was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1822. He grew up there, was married in Union County, and in 1864 removed west to Black Hawk County, Iowa, and in the spring of 1866 settled in Nodaway, Missouri. He was one of the early settlers in that section of Northwest Missouri, and spent his active life as a farmer. He died in Nodaway County in 1891. Politically he was a democrat. The marden name of his wife was Matilda McIlroy, who was born in Ashland County, Ohio, in 1826 and died in Nodaway County, Missouri, in 1902. Their children were: Cassandra, who died in Nodaway County, Missouri, the wife of James McGinnis, who is still living in that county; James M.; John, a farmer in Nemaha County, Kansas; S. S. Meek,...

Biography of William Emmett Ham, M. D.

William Emmett Ham, M. D. The thirty-five years since he received his medical degree from Rush, Medical College of Chicago Doctor Ham had spent almost entirely in practice at Beattie, Kansas. He was the pioneer physician there, though the village had been established in 1870. He had remained throughout the years the leading general practitioner. of the town and a large surrounding country community, and he is the present president of the Marshall County Medical Society. Doctor Ham is of oldĀ AmericanĀ stock. His paternal ancestors came out of England and settled in New Hampshire in Colonial times, and some of the family fought in the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, John Ham, was born at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1808. He grew up and married there, and became a broker in grain, pork and other commodities. As a result of the severe panic in 1837 he suffered financial lossee, and seeking an opportunity to begin over again he went to what was then the far West, Northern Indiana, in the vicinity of the present great industrial city of South Bend. He established a home on a farm near Mishawaka and was quietly engaged in agriculture the rest of his active career. He died at Mishawaka in 1876. John Ham married Selina Clark, also a native of New Hampshire, who died at Mishawaka. Of their children the oldest was John Ham, the father of Doctor Ham. Joseph, the second in age, went out to California in 1849, became a gold miner, afterward fought in the Civil war as a Union soldier, and is still living in California, retired. Henry, the third son,...

Biography of J. H. Stephens, Mrs.

Mrs. J. H. Stephens. As president of the City Federation of Women’s Clubs, an active factor in the Current Club and a member of the Carnegie Library Board, at Coffeyville, Mrs. J. H. Stephens occupies a prominent position in the social, civic and intellectual life that has made this city one of the centers of cultural interests in the state. Mrs. Stephens (Esther Logan) comes of an old colonial family of English origin. The Logans were pioneers in Kentucky, in which state Mrs. Stephens’ grandfather was born and died. Her father, G. H. Logan, was born in Somerset County, Kentucky, January 6, 1840. In early manhood he accompanied his widowed mother when she removed to Nodaway County, Missouri, where he later engaged in merchandising. In 1889 he went to Oklahoma and was the pioneer merchant at Kingfisher and continued there until 1906 when he came to Kansas and is the senior member of the Logan-Stephens Mercantile Company at Coffeyville. He married Julia Bradford, who was born August 25, 1849, in Missouri, and died at Coffeyville in March, 1914. They had one child, Esther, who became the wife of J. H. Stephens. J. H. Stephens was born in Linn County, Missouri, December 18, 1871, and was educated in the public schools. He entered business at Linneus, in his native county. For several years he was a cashier in the employ of the New York Life Insurance Company and for three years was a merchant at Kingfisher, Oklahoma. In 1904 he came to Coffeyville and entered the mercantile business being now the junior member of the firm of the Logan-Stephens Mercantile...

Biography of Arthur D. Catlin

Arthur D. Catlin, superintendent of the city schools of Yates Center, is a graduate of Baker University, and began teaching before he reached his majority. He is largely self educated, a man of broad and liberal ideas and of high standards of citizenship, and is doing much to increase the efficiency and usefulness of the city school system at Yates Center. Mr. Catlin was born at Hopkins in Northwest Missouri December 26, 1882, and spent his boyhood years there. The Catlins came out of England, and Mr. Catlin is probably descended from a branch of the family which established itself in New York in colonial days. From the East they came west into Ohio and later to Indiana. The Catlins were among the very earliest settlers in Western Indiana. Mr. Catlin’s grandfather, William Catlin, was born in Indiana in 1830, spent his life as a farmer, and died in Parke County of that state in 1863. His wife, a Miss Stewart, was also a native of Indiana and died in Parke County. They had three children. One of them died in infancy, a daughter grew up and married but is now deceased, and the only surviving son was Charles S. Catlin, who is now a resident at Olathe, Kansas. Charles S. Catlin was born in Parke County, Indiana, in 1860, grew up and married there, in 1881 removed to Hopkins, Missouri, and in 1904 came to Olathe, Kansas. He had spent his career as a farmer and is still looking after his extensive interests at Olathe. He is a republican and a member of the official board of the...

Biography of Charles T. Bickett

Charles T. Bickett. Well established in business affairs at Coffeyville, with an office for the handling of insurance, collections and also for the discharge of his duties as justice of the peace, Charles T. Bickett has had an unusually wide range of experience and association with Montgomery County, where he has lived since pioneer times. His ancestry goes back to an old English family, and in fact may be traced to that noted scholar and thinker, Thomas a’ Becket, of the fourteenth century. The Bicketts came from England to Virginia in colonial times. From Virginia they spread across the mountains into Kentucky, and Mr. Bickett’s grandfather was born either in Kentucky or Virginia and was a Kentucky farmer. Charles T. Bickett was born at Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri, February 7, 1860. His father, Hiram J. Bickett, was born at St. Mary’s, Kentucky, in 1813, was reared and married there, was a school teacher for several years, and in 1856 became one of the early settlers in Nodaway County, Northwest Missouri. He taught school in that section of the state until 1876, and in that year moved to Kansas, locating at Wellington, and in 1879 buying a farm three miles west of Liberty in Montgomery County, on which he lived until his death October 14, 1884. He was a Kentucky democrat and a member of the Catholic Church. His, wife, Cynthia Bickett, was also born in Kentucky and died in Missouri in February, 1860, at the birth of her youngest child, Charles T. Bickett. The older children were: Jerome, who died in Maryville, Missouri, in 1862; James A., who is...

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