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Biography of Harry Newton Duckworth

Harry Newton Duckworth. On the proved basis of his worth Harry N. Duckworth is one of the leading building contractors of Independence. When a young man he started out to learn the carpenter’s trade, and had been in the contracting business for a number of years, not only at Independence, but elsewhere in Kansas and in other states. Some of the finest residences in Kansas have been put up under his direction and through the organization and facilities which he had assembled. Mr. Duckworth is a native Kansan and was born on a farm 2 1/2 miles south of Howard in Elk County, March 22, 1877. His family is one that in the different generations had played its worthy part in several states. The Duckworths originally came from England and settled in Virginis in colonial times. His grandfather, Albert K. Duckworth, was a native of Indiana, and moved to Iowa soon after the territory was admitted to the Union, and was one of the pioneers of Davis County, where he had a farm and where he also served as a county official. O. L. Duckworth, father of Harry N., was born in 1841, near Greencastle, Indiana, and was about nine years of age when his parents moved out to Davis County, Iowa, where he was reared and where he married in 1864. He spent his life as a mechanic and farmer, and in 1870 went to Elk County, Kansas, and was one of those who took up homesteads in that new district. His quarter section was located 2½ miles south of Howard, and he afterwards retired from the farm...

Biography of Charles H. Apt

Charles H. Apt first came to Kansas in the weeks following the first election of Grover Cleveland for the presidency. He had already been thoroughly trained and for a time had practiced law in Ohio, and deciding upon a location in Kansas, he transferred his professional interests to this state and for more than thirty years had been a successful lawyer, had acquired a large amount of farming interests, and is one of the best known citizens of Iola. He is now head of the law firm of Apt & Apt, having a son in partnership with him. The Apt family originated in Switzerland. Mr. Apt’s grandfather, Henry Apt, was born in Pennsylvania, probably of Swiss parentage, followed the business of carder and wool worker, and died at Basil in Fairfield County, Ohio. Frederick W. Apt, father of Charles H., was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1824, but when a boy was taken to Fairfield County, Ohio. He grew up and married there, and was a blacksmith by trade. In 1861 he enlisted for service in the Union army, but in a short time was discharged. In 1863 he removed to Indiana and soon afterward again enlisted, this time in the Eighty-seventh Indiana Infantry. He remained in the service until the close of the war, and suffered such hardships and exposure that he was taken seriously ill before being brought home. He was at Washington at the time of the Grand Review, but was not able to march in the procession. He was carried home on August 22, 1865, and died the following September 12. His death occurred...

Biography of Samuel G. Delametter

Samuel G. Delametter, an enterprising and progressive young citizen of Bartlesville, has been identified with insurance interests since 1918, traveling throughout northeastern Oklahoma as a representative of the Business Men’s Insurance Company of Kansas City, Missouri. His birth occurred in Pratt, Kansas, on the 18th of August, 1885, his parents being J. V. and MaryyDelametter, the former a native of the state of New York and the latter of Kansas. J. V. Delametter, who devoted his attention to merchandising in the Sunflower state, made his way to Bartlesville eighteen years ago and first became proprietor of a restaurant here, while subsequently he conducted a laundry and later engaged in dealing in groceries and meats. He now owns and occupies a farm two miles from Bartlesville, receiving royalties from the ten oil wells on the property. His has been an active, upright and honorable “career and he has long enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the substantial and esteemed citizens of the community. The demise of his wife occurred more than two decades ago. Their son, Walter F., who is now twenty-five years of age, is an automobile salesman residing in Bartlesville. Samuel G. Delametter, who was a youth of eighteen years when he accompanied his father to Bartlesville, continued the operation of the Delametter laundry after the latter disposed of his interest therein and was thus actively engaged until 1918, when he sold out and turned his attention to the insurance field, handling life, health and accident insurance. His office is No. 28 Johnstone building in Bartlesville and he travels throughout northeastern Oklahoma for the Business Men’s Insurance...

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