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Biography of Edmund Woodbridge Buffon

E. W. Buffon. For the greater part of twenty years Edmund Woodbridge Buffon had been engaged in educational work and is now superintendent of the city schools of Centralia. He is a highly educated gentleman and had made his influence a decided factor in Nemsha County in other ways than as a school man. Mr. Buffon was born at Beatrice, Nebraska, November 30, 1875, but had lived in Kansas since early childhood. His ancestry goes back to Denmark. His great-grandrather came from that country and settled in one of the New England states. Mr. Buffon’s grandfather, George Buffon, was born in Vermont. His wife, whose maiden name was Hannah Chipman, was a native of the same state. They were married in Ashtabula County, Ohio, and were the first couple given license to be married in that county. They were farming people and subsequently removed to the vicinity of Danville, Illinois, where both of them died. Mr. Buffon is a son of the late Dr. Charles Woodbridge Buffon, who was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, in 1823. He spent his early life in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan, became a successful physician, practiced at Waterloo, Iowa, and during the Civil war served four years as a surgeon in the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Illinois Infantry. After the war he removed to Beatrice, Nebraska, and in 1878 came to Jackson County, Kansas, where he was in sucoessful practice up to the age of seventy-five. He finally retired and he died at the home of his son Edmund at Powhattan, Kansas, in 1915. Politically he was a republican. Doctor Buffon was three times...

Biography of Henry J. Calnan

Henry J. Calnan, publisher and editor of the Weekly Kansas Chief at Troy, had had an unusually varied experience even for a newspaper man. Since acquiring the Kansas Chief he had improved its influence and strengthened its organization and equipment in keeping with the dignity of the paper as the oldest journal under one continuous name in the State of Kansas. The files of the Kansas Chief contain sixty complete volumes. The paper was founded in 1857 by Sol Miller at White Cloud, Kansas, and was first known as the White Cloud Chief. The paper was moved to Troy July 4, 1872, and subsequently absorbed the Doniphan County Republican, which was founded in 1868. Other papers were established in Kansas before the Chief but they were later merged with other papers or discontinned. As is told in the “History of Kansas Newspapers,” “Doniphan county in the early days was a veritable newspaper graveyard. Many papers were started during the territorial days. Every boomed town had a boom newspaper. Many of the towns were later abandoned and all the newspapers expired with the exception of the Chief. Mr. Miller found it hard at times to keep his paper going, but he was a game old warrior and stayed on in spite of hard times and opposition, and lived to see his newspaper enjoying permanent prosperity and a wide reputation.” Mr. Calnan, who bought the Chief from Mrs. Sol Miller, widow of its founder, was born at Stoneham, Massachusetts, November 17, 1857, and by a coincidence his birth occurred in the same year as the birth of the Kansas Chief, the...

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