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Biography of Lewis C. Nelson .

Lewis C. Nelson. The large industries in and about Coffeyville have naturally drawn to that city many of the expert technical men as well as business executives, and one of these is Lewis C. Nelson, superintendent of the Ludowici-Celadon Company, manufacturers of hollow roofing tile. Mr. Nelson as a young man became an expert wood worker, later developed a proficiency and familiarity with the pottery industry and for a number of years has been one of the trusted officials of the present company. His birth occurred in Glasgow, Scotland, July 15, 1871. His father Charles W. Nelson, who was born in the vicinity of Glasgow in 1842 was a weaver in the woolen mills, and died at Glasgow in 1884. He was a conservative in politics and an active member of the Episconal Church. He received military training as a soldier in the English army. Charles W. Nelson married Ida Froley, who was born near Glasgow in 1847 and died there in 1877. L. C. Nelson, the only child of his parents, was six years old when his mother died, and thereafter he received a rudimentary training in the public schools of Glasgow. At the age of twelve he was brought to the United States by his uncle John Nelson, who established his home at Boston. Since that time Mr. Nelson has been largely dependent upon his own resources for advancement. For two years he found such work as was fitted for his strength and ability in Boston, and he then began an apprenticeship in ornamental wood carving and modeling. He served a five year’s apprenticeship at Boston, and...

Biography of Joseph Kennedy Hudson, General

Gen. Joseph Kennedy Hudson. One of the ablest soldiers of Kansas and most determined fighter for the free-state movement, the late General Hudson will have a lasting fame not only for what he did in the trying years of Kansas’ youth, but also as founder and for many years editor of the Topeka Capital. It was his resourcefulness as a practical newspaper man and his wonderful ability as an editor and molder of public opinion that gave the Capital its wide influence and standing as a journal, and the history of the Kansas Press had no more notable figure than Joseph Kennedy Hudson. It is not the purpose of this article to describe in detail the history of the Topeka Capital. That belongs to other pages. But something should be said of General Hudson’s personal relations with that journal and also of his ability and personality as an editor. It was in 1873 that he purchased the Kansas Farmer and moved it from Leavenworth to Topeka. He continued to edit and publish this paper until 1879. In March of the latter year he began the publication of the Topeka Daily Capital, now owned by Governor Capper. To the task of making a metropolitan daily paper with at least a state wide influence, General Hudson brought keen foresight, rare judgment, magnificent courage and a fund of energy and endurance that was a marvel to his associates. In a few years he had made the support of the Capital almost indispensable to any general movement in state politics or affairs, and he also elevated it to the position of one of...

King, John – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon A Direct Descendant of the Pilgrim Fathers, and an Honered Pioneer of Eastern Oregon At the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.L. Harris, in Elgin. December 12, 1904. John King, aged 84 years, 9 months, 10 days. The deceased was among the well known citizens of Union and Wallowa counties, in which territory he had made his home since 1882. A son of Jacob King, one of Ohio’s pioneer settlers, he was able to trace his lineage directly to the Pilgrim Fathers, whose landing at Plymouth Rock in 1820 (Says 1820) marked one of the events which were to have distinctive quality in the history of our land. He was the third born in a family of eight children and was born near Zanesville, in Perry County, Ohio, March 2, 1820 of which family only three are now living. In 1849, on July 4th, he was united in marriage to Miss Maria A. Dawson, and to this union was born eight children, four of whom are now living. In early manhood he hewed out his home in the timbered regions on the south bank of the Maumee river, thirty miles from Teledo, Ohio, and here it was that his own family was born and reared. here, too, at his early home, he was wont to receive visits from many of Ohio’s great pioneers, among whom were general James Steelman and General Mead, whose records as Ohio pioneers are part of the state’s history. At his boyhood home, the tavern built by Jacob King beside the old stage road near Fremont, Ohio, he attended school at...

Biographical Sketch of D. A. Bowman

D. A. Bowman, blacksmith and general jobber; P. O. Humbolt, Ill.; was born in Perry Co., Ohio, Dec. 5, 1845. He married Miss Sarah McCravy Oct. 1, 1867; she was born in East Tennessee; they had three children, two living, viz., Charles A. and Lydia L. He lived in Ohio three years, when, with his parents, he came to Illinois, and settled near Robinson; in 1860, he began to learn his trade with T. J. Sims, plow-manufacturer at that place, In 1864, he enlisted in the 135th III. Regt., he being Regimental Fifer; was discharged in November following, and began work at his trade with Mr. Stifle, of Stiflesville; next worked at Oblong City with Mr. Zugler; next with Mr. Sentney, in Humbolt; then with Miller & Miller, of Mattoon, and, in August, 1866, he began work in Arcola for Mr. Jacobs, and, in June, 1867, he worked in Humbolt for Mr. Sentney, and, in October, after his marriage, he went in partnership with Mr. Jacobs, of Arcola; in 1868, he worked for Mr. Garrett, in Windsor, and, in 1869, he opened a shop of his own in Arcola; in the fall of the same year, he came to Humbolt and carried on wagon and carriage making and blacksmithing; in 1874, he sold his wagon business and rented out his blacksmith-shop and took a position at Homer in the carriage factory of Mr. Cusick; in 1875, he returned to Humbolt and resumed business in his former stand, and, as will be seen, his nineteen years’ experience has been such as to specially adapt him to his specialties of horse-shoeing...

Biographical Sketch of Adam Whitmer

Adam Whitmer, farmer; P. O. Humbolt. The subject of this sketch was born in Perry Co., Ohio, Dec. 26,1832; he married Miss Olara Jane Bugh Nov. 1, 1864; she was born same place Jan 11, 1838; they have three children, viz., Laura, Elmo and Eva. He lived in Ohio until 1854, when he came to Illinois and settled in Crawford Co., where he lived one year; he then went to Dakota and engaged with a Government surveying party; he camped for two and a half years, where Yankton now stands; he lived in Dakota until 1859, when he went to Colorado and engaged in mining, and lived there until 1864, when he returned to Ohio, and in 1865 he came to Coles Co., Ill., and settled on his present place and has lived here since. He has been Township Collector one year and School Director some five or six years. He owns 160 acres, in this township, which he has earned by his own labor and...

Biographical Sketch of Bush Bros.

Bush Bros., farm and stock; P. O. Charleston; David, John and Nelson; David was born in Northampton Co., Penn., March 1, 1832. He married Miss Elinor Stiff Jan. 28, 1864; she was born in Perry Co., Ohio; they have five children – four living, viz., Lillie D., John H., Eliza M. and Mary F.; he lived two years in Pennsylvania, when, with his parents, he moved to Ohio, and, in 1838, they came to Illinois and settled in Edgar Co., where they lived until 1849, when they came to Coles Co., and settled about two and a half miles west of Charleston, and in 1854, they came to Seven Hickory, and settled near the present place. John H. Bush was born in Perry Co., Ohio, Oct. 5, 1837. He married Miss Polly Ann Jarvis Oct. 27, 1874; she was born in Illinois; they have one child, viz., Loyal Nelson; in 1862, he enlisted in the 123d Ill. Inf.; was in the service three years; after one year’s service he was sent to the hospital, remaining six months; was then transferred to Invalid Corps, and acted as guard. Nelson Bush was born in Edgar Co., Ill., May 8, 1846, and in company with his brothers has always lived with his parents; their parents, Jonathan and Eliza Lee Bush, were natives of Pennsylvania; he died Oct. 6, 1856; she died in January,...

Bowman, Mary Foster – Obituary

Grandma Mary Bowman, nee Foster, widow of John Bowman, deceased, died at the residence of Absalom Nellans, six miles southwest of Rochester, Monday, January 28 [1889]. Yesterday her remains were taken to the Lutheran Cemetery near Bloomingsburg for burial, prior to which Rev. A. E. Gift delivered an eloquent funeral sermon. Deceased was born in Perry County, Ohio, some 78 years ago, and emigrated to Fulton County, Indiana, during the early part of its history. She was brought up in the Lutheran faith from infancy, to which she devotedly clung to the end. Having lead a truly Christian life, deceased was possessed of many other womanly virtues. Her many friends and neighbors will ever remember her spirit of benevolence, hospitality and cheerfulness. For the constant practice of these commendable virtues, her Creator did not let her pass away unrewarded, and left her in the full enjoyment of her mental faculties to the last moment of her long and fruitful life. The Rochester Sentinel, 1889 Contributed by: Shelli...

Roll Of Capt. Adam Binckley’s Company

(From Perry and Fairfield Counties) Served from June 1, until August 12, 1813. Capt. Adam Binckley Lieut. John Middaugh Ensign, Richard Grabb Sergt. William B. Davis Sergt. John Overmire Sergt. John Fowler Sergt. Henry M. Davis Corp. Peter King Corp. John Leidy Corp. John Henry Corp. John Winner Privates Acker, George Acklin, Alexander Ammach, Abraham Amspach, Adam Baker, Henry Bonesteel, Henry Bouler, Alexander Bowland, Hugh Breson, George Bucket, William Buckson, Thomas Cock, Jacob Crosby, Edward Deal, David Downhouer, Jacob Dubler, Philip Dubler,John Fogt, Michael Grelle, Philip Hall, Benjamin Hawk, Solomon Houty, Christian Hutsman, Jesse Kinnon, William Lancaster, William Landfer, Benjamin Lane, Peter Miller, Philip Moyer, John Notestine, John Rannels, Thomas Richard, Samuel Sain, David Shunk, Henry Smith, Daniel Spohn, Adam Stener, Jamb Swinehart,...

Biography of William Ingram Shriver

William I. Shriver. The financial interests of a section of country are exceedingly important and their healthy growth an indication of public prosperity. Directly connected with this growth are the men whose knowledge, judgment, foresight and energy are necessary in the organization and maintenance of these enterprises and in the retention of public confidence. Capital with no wise directing hand or stabilizing intellect would be useless and the results of unregulated effort would be unsubstantial and retrogressive. William I. Shriver, cashier of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank of El Dorado, is one of the men well known as a helpful force and factor in banking circles of Butler County. He had won his way, step by step, to his present position, having been continuously identified with this institution since 1898. William Ingram Shriver was born at Bristol, Perry County, Ohio, February 25, 1846, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Rhinchart) Shriver. The family was founded in Pennsylvania during colonial times by immigrants from Germany, and the grandparents of William I. Shriver, William and Delilah Shriver, were born in the Keystone State. William Rhinehart, the maternal grandfather of Mr. Shriver, was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, went to Perry County, Ohio, as a pioneer, and there passed the rest of his life in agricultural pursuits. John Shriver, father of William I., was born September 23, 1818, in Greene County, Pennsylvania, and was about twenty years of age when he went with his parents to Perry County, Ohio. He had received an ordinary public school education, but was possessed of good inherent business talents, and became one of...

Biographical Sketch of D. A. Rice

D. A. Rice, station agent, telegraph operator and grain-dealer, Oakland; born in Chautauqua Co., N. Y., April 4, 1847, where he lived until 9 years of age, when he removed with his parents to Pickaway Co., Ohio, where he commenced the study of telegraphy, living there three years; then to New Lexington, where he lived two years, the last year, having charge of the telegraph office at that place; he lived in Ohio and engaged in telegraphing until 1870, when he removed to Illinois and located at Effingham, where he was engaged at telegraphing for a short time, when he changed to another station and was employed by that line for three years; he then removed to Ohio, where he was engaged in telegraphing until 1876, when he came to Oakland and took charge of this office, which he has since operated. He was married July 12, 1868, to Alice J. Hughes; she was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, Jan. 6, 1852; they have two children now living by this union-Eva, born Dec. 9, 1870, and Wilber, born Jan. 6,...
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