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Biography of Winfield W. Watson

Winfield W. Watson. It is quite possible that Winfield W. Watson, now at the head and the moving spirit of large business enterprises which contribute to the prosperity of many sections and afford employment to scores of men, would have made an excellent farmer had he, in youth, followed the family calling and devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. Possessing as he does the energy, the good judgment and the broad vision that have made him prominent in commercial life, the same qualities, if brought into play, would probably have made him a forward-going man in any line of activity. Fortunately he was able to follow his preferred line in the selection of a career and he can, in retrospect, look back over a life of business success and forward to enterprises of his founding that are growing continually in volume and importance. Winfield W. Watson was born in a log house on his father’s farm in Kankakee County, Illinois, November 29, 1848. He is a son of John F. and Sarah Jane (Patterson) Watson. His father was of Scotch descent but was born in Kentucky and was a lineal descendant of President Zachary Taylor. Farming was his business during active years. He died at Wilmington, Illinois, in 1899. In 1841 he was married to Sarah Jane Patterson, who was a native of Ohio. She died in Illinois in 1905. They were the parents of the following children: William B., now president of the First National Bank of Momence, Illinois; Margaret Jane Houghton, living in Illinois; Carrie E., who is deceased; Winfield W.; Edwin L., a retired farmer living at...

Biography of Reinhold W. Simon

Reinhold W. Simon. One of the representative business men of Westfall, Kansas, is found in Reinhold W. Simon, who is cashier of the Westfall State Bank, a financial institution that was established in 1916 and already is doing a large business, great confidence being placed in its solidity because of the high character of its officials. Although one of the younger generation of business men here, Mr. Simon had had considerable banking experience and had an enviable reputation for business ability. Reinhold W. Simon was born at Markesan, Wisconsin, January 26, 1889, and is a son of E. F. and Minnie (Matthews) Simon, both of whom were born in Germany, the father in 1862 and the mother in 1865. E. F. Simon was reared in Kolmar Posen, Germany, and served two years in the German army, according to the military law. In 1886 he came to the United States and located at Markesan, Wisconsin, in which neighborhood he worked on farms. He was married while living there, and in 1890, with his family, came to Kansas and for four years afterward worked in a mill at Shady Bend. It was his intention from the first to become an independent farmer, and finally he bought 160 acres of good land situated one mile east of Natoma, Kansas, and there carries on general farming and stockraising, meeting with success in his agricultural efforts. In politics he is a democrat and both he and wife are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. and Mrs. Simon have four children, namely: Reinhold W.; E. A., who is a farmer near Natoma, Kansas; Alma, who...

Biography of James A. Lounsbury M.D.

James A. Lounsbury, M. D. In the career of Dr. James A. Lounsbury there had been demonstrated the fact that an individual can dominate in more than one direction, and that some of the most prominent citizens and successful business men are those who have branched out from their original field of endeavor and directed their abilities towards perfecting various business interests as well as raising the standard of their communities. When he entered upon his active career it was as a laborer in the prolific field of medicine, but subsequent interests wooed him away from his profession and took him into business and financial affairs, and he is now president of the Farmers State Bank of Barnard and had large responsibilities and holdings in commercial and industrial lines. Dr. James A. Lounsbury was born in Genesee County, New York, September 13, 1842, and is a son of Rudolphus and Almira (Brown) Lounsbury, and a grandson of the immigrant who came from England and founded the family in New York. In that state, in 1805, was born Rudolphus Lounsbury, who passed his entire life in Genesee County in agricultural pursuits and died in 1870. He was a republican and a member of the Free Baptist church. Mrs. Lounsbury, who was born in 1807, in New York, died in Genesee County in 1865. There were three children in the family: Earl B., who was a physician and surgeon and died at Byron, Genesee County; James A.; and Carl M., who is a retired farmer of Lincoln, Kansas, where he was a pioneer. James A. Lounsbury received his primary education in...

Biography of Charles F. Reed

Charles F. Reed, manager of the Ball Manufacturing Company’s branch house at Independence, is an alert young business man whose proved abilities and varied experience have well qualified him for some of the larger and more important responsibilities of commercial life. The family of which he is a member originated in Germany and was transplanted to Pennsylvania prior to the Revolutionary war. Mr. Reed himself was born at East Lynne, Cass County, Missouri, April 7, 1892. His father is W. B. Reed, now a resident of Kansas City, Kansas, and a merchant there. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1851 and at the age of seventeen went west of Illinois and engaged in farming near Decatur. From 1880 to 1905 he was in the hardware business at East Lynne, Missouri, and has since lived in Kansas. He farmed at Grainfield from 1905 to 1908, then spent two years as a merchant at Natoma, and has since been in the shoe business at Kansas City, Kansas. He is a democrat, a Mason and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. W. B. Reed married Martha J. Weigle, who was born in Illinois in 1859. J. D. Reed, the first of their children, is a carpenter and builder at Kansas City, Kansas; W. H. Reed is in the real estate and fire insurance business at Kansas City, Kansas; H. J. Reed is general foreman of the store department for the Frisco Railroad, with home and headquarters at Springfield, Missouri. The youngest of the family, Charles F. Reed, spent his early life at East Lynne, Missouri, and in Kansas, graduated from the...
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