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Biographical Sketch of S. L. Doty

S. L. Doty was born in Greene county, Tennessee, August 13, 1831. His parents, Jesse and Rebecca Doty, were both natives of Tennessee. Azre Doty, grand-father of S. L. Doty, was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and was under General Marion, ” the Swamp Fox.” Our subject was educated in the common schools, and at the age of eighteen began to learn the cabinet-making trade, which he made his business until 1865, and since that time he has been farming. He came to Missouri in 1853 and settled in Liberty, Clay county, where he remained four years, then removed to Platte City, Platte county, and in 1865 came to this county and settled on a farm, where he now resides. Mr. Doty was united in marriage February 21, 1858, to Miss Mary M. Wills, who was born in Clay county, Missouri, August 18, 1840. Her family is of Scottish descent, her grandfather having emigrated from Scotland to this country before the Revolutionary War. Mr. and Mrs. Doty have three children: Charles F., born July 31, 1861; Augustus H., born December 14, 1865; and Clara B., born September 26,...

Biography of James Wallingford Waggener

James Wallingford Waggener is general superintendent of the Atchison Railway, Light & Power Company, and for many years had been in active charge of the varied public utilities directed under that corporate title. Mr. Waggener is an able business man, was educated for the law, and was in practice for a number of years until he transferred his talents to more active and constructive fields. Mr. Waggener is a brother of Hon. Balie P. Waggener, the eminent Kansas Lawyer. The details of the family history will be found in connection with the sketch of that prominent Atchison citizen. James W. Waggener was born at Platte City in Platte County, Missouri, August 11, 1853. He acquired his early education in Gaylord College at Platte City, and in March, 1869, at the age of sixteen, came to Kansas with his mother. In Atchison he attended St. Benedict’s College. Leaving school in 1871, he began earning his living as a clerk. He clerked in different establishments, chiefly in drug stores. In the meantime he was attracted to the law, his brother having already attained distinction in that profession. He read law in the office of his brother, who was thea one of the firm of Horton & Waggener, and was admitted to the bar in 1881. For three years he practiced as head of the firm of Waggener & Everest, his partner being Frank Everest. From the law Mr. Waggener first turned his attention to the contracting business, and operated quarries and furnished crushed stone in immense quantities to the Missouri Pacific Railway Company. That was his business until 1895. In the...

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