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Biography of Herbert M. Howison, Prof.

Prof. Herbert M. Howison. As one of the flourishing cities of Kansas, Parsons has representatives in nearly all the industries and professions. As a developer of its musical interest the city has recently received an important addition in the person of Herbert M. Howison, a prominent professional musician and a man of wide experience as a teacher and devotee of the art. Professor Howison is a young man of much talent and has been thoroughly trained in many of the best schools and under some of the best instructors of the country. The family have lived in this country for about four generations. The original Howisons were residents of the Scandinavian Peninsula, removed from there to Scotland, and there the stock was fused with the Scotch and English races. On emigrating to America Mr. Howison’s ancestors located in New York State. His grandfather was Robert Howison, and was a pioneer cattle drover from New York State to Chicago. On one of his trips through the West he lost his life and is supposed to have been killed by Indians. Herbert Milford Howison was born at Chippewa Lake, Michigan, November 21, 1888. His father, James Robert Howison, who was born in New York State in 1851, spent the first thirteen years of his life there, and then went with his mother to Michigan. He has been identified with the lumber business all his active career, and chiefly as superintendent of lumber yards. In 1904 he moved his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in 1909 returned to Michigan and located in Saginaw, where he had previously resided for twelve years....

Biography of Charles E. Spooner

Charles E. Spooner. When he started upon his wage-earning career, at the age of fifteen years, Charles E. Spooner began at the bottom of the ladder in the capacity of bundle-boy in a department store. No favors were shown him, for he had no important friends or other favoring influences, but his fidelity, energy and ability won him recognition and promotion and he soon grew beyond the opportunities of his immediate environment, and from that time his advancement has been sure and steady. In 1888 he became connected with the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad, in a minor position and in the service of this line he has continued to the present, his position at this time being that of general auditor of the line, with headquarters at Parsons. Charles E. Spooner was born at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 11, 1858, and is a son of J. J. B. and Mary (Brewer) Spooner and a member of a family which originated in England and emigrated to New York during colonial days. His great-great-grandfather, William Spooner, fought as a soldier of the Continental line during the Revolutionary war, and his grandfather was “Col.” Alden Spooner, who passed his life at Brooklyn, New York, where he was publisher of the Long Island Star, a pioneer newspaper. J. J. B. Spooner, father of Charles E., was born in 1820, in Brooklyn, and as a lad was adopted by his maternal uncle, George W. Jermain, and was reared at Detroit, Michigan. He was married in the latter state, and there, having inherited his father’s journalistic abilities and inclinations, was for some time the...

Biography of James W. Reid

James W. Reid, assistant general attorney of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Company at Parsons, is one of Parsons’ young lawyers and a man of many brilliant qualifications and of rising reputation. He was born in Johnson County, Missouri, July 22, 1883. His ancestors came out of England and were early settlers in the State of Ohio. His father J. N. Reid was born in Ohio, and died at Xenia in that state in 1896. Most of his active career was spent in Missouri as a farmer, and he was also a traveling salesman for a number of years. Politically he was a republican and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. J. N. Reid married Elmira Elliott, a native of Ohio. She died in Warrensburg, Missouri. James W. Reid received his early education in the public schools of Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri, graduated in 1900 from the high school at Warrensburg, and then came to Kansas and in 1903 received his degree A. B. from Baker University. Newspaper work formed part of his early experience, and he paid some of the expenses of his law course in that profession. In 1907 he graduated LL. B. from the Kansas City School of Law and was admitted to the bar the same year. He practiced for a time in Kansas City, Kansas, but from 1908 to 1913 was associated with John J. Jones at Chanute, Kansas. Since October, 1913, he has been assistant general attorney with the Missouri, Kansas & Texas with headquarters at Parsons. He is a member of the Labette County and State Bar associations and...

Biography of Albert Smith, M. D.

Albert Smith, M. D. It is practically beyond the possible for the conscientious physician and surgeon to arrive at a condition of mind where he is satisfied with his accomplishments, no matter what their degree, for, with an understanding of what great things are coming to the man of science, the numerous avenues yet unopened which will lead to new realms in the cure of the ills of humanity, and a constant yearning to add to his store of personal knowledge, he, of necessity, keeps on striving for perfection as long as life remains. One of the men of the Kansas profession who has already accomplished much out of the ordinary, but who remains a close student and careful investigator, is Dr. Albert Smith, of Parsons, who has been engaged in a general practice here for more than twenty years. Doctor Smith was born at Erie, Kansas, July 24, 1870, and is a son of Irvin and Callie (Kennedy) Smith, and a member of a family which assisted in the pioneer settlement of the State of Ohio. His father was born in 1846, in Columbus, Ohio, and was there reared and educated, but as a young man went to Wabash, Indiana, where he was married and established himself in the drug business. In 1868 he came to Kansas and settled at Erie, where for many years he was proprietor of a leading pharmacy, and retired in 1910 and moved to Parsons, where he now resides. He is a republican and a man of intelligence and real worth. Mr. Smith married Callie Kennedy, who was born in 1850, in Ohio,...

Biography of Richard M. Kleinhans

Richard M. Kleinhans is a veteran railroad man, having been in the active service more than twenty years. He started in his native State of Michigan, worked through various grades of promotion with the Lake Shore Branch of the New York Central lines, and finally came to the Southwest in the employ of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas. He is now car accountant for that road with headquarters at Parsons. Born in Detroit, Michigan, September 8, 1877, he is a son of George and Cecelia (Hunt) Kleinhans. His father was born in Pennsylvania in 1813, moved from that state to Ohio, and from there to Michigan. He was a wholesale butcher, a business to which he devoted the best years of his life, and he died at Detroit in 1901. Politically he was a democrat, and was an upright Christian man. His wife was born in Ohio and died in Detroit. Reared and educated in Detroit, Rlchard M. Kleinhans after graduating from the Detroit High School in 1893 entered the employ of the Lake Shore Railroad. He was with that company one year and then spent two years with the Michigan Central, following which he returned to the Lake Shore and was continuously in its service for seventeen years. Mr. Kleinhans has always been noted as a faithful worker and early gained the confidence of his superior officials by his diligence and keen and active method of transacting every work entrusted to him. He began with the Lake Shore as car checker was promoted to car distributor, then to traveling car agent, then to chief car agent, and finally...

Biography of Edgar W. Boardman, M. D.

Edgar W. Boardman, M. D. Medicine is constantly making tremendous strides forward, with scientific progress shown on every side, and discoveries and inventions are practically changing methods of practice and broadening the viewpoint of both physician and patient. To practice according to the enlightened ideas of the present century requires not only a most careful training but a certain, sure aggressiveness, and no physician of Parsons has this and other admirable qualities in greater degree than has Dr. Edgar W. Boardman, a practicing physician and surgeon of this city since 1888. Doctor Boardman was born at Fort Dodge, Iowa, January 10, 1864, and is a son of Dr. H. E. and Susan C. (Locke) Boardman. The Boardmans originated in England, from which country two brothers came to America at an early day in the history of the American Colonies, one locating in Connectient and the other in Vermont. The old Boardman Hill, at Rutland, Vermont, was a family possession for upwards of 200 years, and it is from this branch that Doctor Boardman is descended. His grandfather was Elijah Boardman, born in 1792, at West Rutland, a farmer by occupation who spent his entire life there and died in 1875. Dr. H. E. Boardman was born in 1835, at West Rutland, Vermont, and was given the advantages of an excellent educational training. He graduated from Middlebury (Vermont) College with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, then took a course at Andover Theological Seminary, from which he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Divinity, and finally pursued his medical studies at Hahnemann Medical College,...

Biography of Peter J. Ringler

Peter J. Ringler, who is manager and part owner of the Parsons Bottling Works, one of the largest concerns of its kind in the state, has had a very active and successful business career. He was born in Livingston County, Illinois, December 14, 1868. His grandfather Peter Ringler was born in Kurhessen, Germany, came to the United States about 1876 after his wife had died in Germany, and lived on a farm in Livingston County, Illinois, until his death. In Germany he was a contractor for the building of railroads, and he also served his regular term in the German army. Peter Ringler, Jr., father of the Parsons business man, was born in Kurhessen, Germany, in 1825. He came to this country about 1843, locating first in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was engaged in the bakery business, and afterwards for several years was connected with the Armour Packing Company in Chicago. He was married while living in Chicago and from there moved to a farm in Livingston County, Illinois. That farm was where he reared his children. In 1882 he moved to Sibley, Iowa, continued farming in that state for a number of years, and in 1906 went to the Northwest, spending a short time in Dakots, and from there went to Minnesota. He died in March, 1915, in a hospital at Staples, Minnesota. He was a democrat, had been honored with various township offices, and was an active member of the Lutheran Church. Peter Ringler married Louisa Strauss, who was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1834, and died at Lake Park, Iowa, in 1904. Her children were: William,...

Biography of Arthur Richard Nash, M. D.

Arthur Richard Nash, M. D. A surgeon whose ability has brought him a rapidly growing reputation in southeastern Kansas, Dr. Arthur Richard Nash has practiced at Parsons for the past four years. He received his degree In medicine nearly twenty years ago, and has had a wide range of experience and opportunity in his profession since then. He is of Irish stock. The Nashs were English originally and moved from there to Ireland. Doctor Nash is a grandson of a physician, Richard Nash, who spent his life in Ireland as a physician and surgeon. He died in County Tipperary at the age of fifty-two. Richard Nash, Jr., father of Doctor Nash, was born in County Tipperary in 1840. His mother brought him to the United States in 1843 and he grew up at Chateaugay, New York, and at Pewankee, Wisconsin. He learned the trade of shoemaker, followed it a number of years and was also a shoe merchant. He was in active business at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, until 1884, and then engaged in farming near St. Croix Falls in that state and in 1900 moved to Eilsworth, Wisconsin, where he now conducts a drug business. He is a republican, and for a number of years served as justice of the peace. He is also a Royal Arch Mason. Richard Nash married Phoebe Ann Laine, who was born in Vermont in 1849, and died at Ellsworth, Wisconsin, in 1914. Doctor Nash is the oldest of their children. Caroline died at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, at the age of three years; Francis Raiph is superintendent of the schools at St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin; Cora...

Biography of Middleton L. Perry, M. D.

Middleton L. Perry, M. D. Among the men of Kansas who are carrying on the highly important work of caring for the afflicted and irresponsible members of society, one of the best known is Dr. Middleton L. Perry, superintendent of the State Hospital for Epilepties, at Parsons. Doctor Perry was born at Lancaster, Dallas County, Texas, August 15, 1868, and is a son of Middleton and Ellen (Ellis) Perry. The family is of English extraction and settled during colonial times in Virginia, where the grandfather of Doctor Perry, Franklin Perry, was born. He was a farmer by vocation and in young manhood moved to Illinois, where he became a pioneer of Greene County and there continued his agricultural pursuits until his death which occurred before the birth of his grandson. Middleton Perry was born in 1814, in Indiana, but as a boy was taken to Illinois, where, in Greene County, he was educated, reared and married. In that state he followed farming, but in 1844, when thirty years of age, went to Texas as a homesteader, and that state continued to be his home until his death, which occurred at Lancaster, in 1892. Mr. Perry took part in the stirring happenings that occurred in the formative era of the Lone Star State and endured the privations and hardships incident to pioneer settlement, and was considered one of the sturdy and self-reliant men of his day who assisted in the development of his adopted commonwealth. He was an industrious man, and through hard and constant work became the owner of a valuable property. Politicelly Mr. Perry was a democrat and...

Biography of Arthur Fulton Cranston

Arthur Fulton Cranston. From time immemorial, the legal profession has attracted to its ranks a large percentage of notably brilliant men. When rightly followed it is one of the noblest callings, affording at once full play to Christian sympathy, and opportunities for helpful public service, and holding a mighty prerogative, that of instigating exoneration of and restitution to the wrongly oppressed, or the administration of just retribution to the guilty. It has no room or opportunity for the weakling, but the strong it strengthens with a keener insight to [p.2032] human thought and feeling, with a more accurate realization of the obligations and responsibilities that are civilization’s bequest to modern manhood. Of the brilliant men in the legal profession of Southeastern Kansas, one of the best known is Arthur Fulton Cranston, of Parsons, legist, legislator, public-spirited citizen and influential republican politician. He was born at Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, December 14, 1867, and is a son of Capt. W. W. and Jennie (Fulton) Cranston. The Cranston family originally came from Scotland, locating in Rhode Island during Colonial days, and in that state was born in 1804 the grandfather of Arthur F. Cranston, Christopher Cranston. Christopher Cranston became a pioneer of the Western Reserve of Ohio, where he settled on school lands and engaged in farming and the raising of livestock, being particularly interested in the raising of sheep. His death occurred on his farm in the vicinity of Woodstock, Ohio, 1859, when he fell from the loft of his barn. He was one of the substantial men of his day and locality, whose efforts assisted materially in the building...
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