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Biographical Sketch of Gen. Carmi W. Babcock

Gen. Carmi W. Babcock, president of the first free state council of 1857-58, a leading citizen of Lawrence and a prominent contractor in the building of several noted structures of the state, was born in Franklin County, Vermont, April 21, 1830. In 1850, after teaching for a time, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he read law and was admitted to the bar. He arrived at Lawrence in September, 1854, and finding that everything was too unsettled to make the practice of the law reliable he engaged in the real estate business. In 1857 he established a bank, only to see it swept away by the panic of that year. He received his appointment as the first postmaster of Lawrence February 1, 1855, but was removed in 1857 to make way for a pro slavery man. He was also the second mayor of Lawrence; a member of the Committee on Resolutions at the convention of National Democracy, which assembled in June, 1855, and a member of the executive committee of the Free State convention held at Grasshopper Falls August 26, 1857. In 1869 he was appointed surveyor general of Kansas, holding the office for two terms, or until its discontinuance. He was one of the builders of the great bridge across the Kaw at Lawrence, completed in December, 1863, and, as a member of the firm of Bogert & Babcoek, completed the east wing of the state house. In November, 1871, he became one of the incorporators of the Kansas Magazine Company. His death occurred at St. Louis October 22,...

Biographical Sketch of Warren Bicknell

Bicknell, Warren; pres. Cleveland Construction Co.; born, Morrisville, N. Y., Feb. 19, 1868; son of Charles T. and Susan Payne Bicknell, educated, public schools of Morrisville, N. Y., and Massillon, O.; graduated from Adelbert College in 1890; married, St. Paul, Minn., February, 1900; issue, Frances Louise born, November, 1900, Warren, Jr., born, 1902, and Elizabeth, – born, – February, 1904; business career, for a time studied law in. the office of Boynton, Hale & Herr; a year and half sec’y Cleveland Athletic Club; one year in the coal business in New Castle, Pa.; sold. interests there and became auditor of The Cincinnati and Miami Valley Traction Co., and gen. mgr. of the Dayton Traction Co.; the two companies consolidated and he became sec’y and auditor of the company known as The Southern Ohio Traction Co., located at Middletown, O.; after two years resigned to accept the position of gen. mgr. of The Aurora, Elgin & Chicago Traction Co., with headquarters in Chicago; resigned after two years, and came to Cleveland; pres. from 1903 to 1906, of The Lake Shore Electric R. R. Co.; resigned in 1906 to become pres. of The Cleveland Construction Co., one of the largest companies of its kind in the state engaged in building electric and steam railroads, erecting light and water plants and constructing telephone lines through various parts of the country; pres. Springfield & Xenia R. R. Co., Citizens Railway & Light Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, Havana Electric Railroad of Cuba; chairman of the board of directors of the Toledo Railroad & Light Co., and receiver of the Municipal Traction Co. of...

Biographical Sketch of Burt M. Gardner

Gardner, Burt M.; salesman; born, Cleveland, Jan. 16, 1867; son of George W. and Rosaline L. Oviatt Gardner; public school education; married, St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 12, 1895, Marian P. Hall; one son; 1892-1901, associate editor The Iron Trade Review, located at Chicago, Ill.; 1895-1898, sec’y The Western Foundrymens’ Ass’n; 1901-1906, iron and steel broker in Chicago, Ill.; 1909, sales agt. Ansonia Brass & Copper Co., New York; 1912, district sales agt. for Ohio for Worth Bros. Co., of Coatville, Pa.; and Michigan Copper & Brass Co. of Detroit, Mich.; pres. The Standard Iron & Steel Co.; treas. Ventwell Stove Front Co.; director American Portable Seating Co.; member Hermit and Athletic Clubs, Cleveland, and Fulton Club of New...

Biographical Sketch of Frank Higley

Higley, Frank; lawyer; born, near St. Paul, Minn., March 16, 1861; son of Aaron and Charlotte Finney Higley; educated, Cleveland Central High School, graduated, University of Michigan Law School, 1884; married, Cleveland, 1891, Carrie M. Maltby; issue, Raymond, Albert and Charles Higley; deputy clerk of Supreme Court of Ohio; practiced law in Cleveland since 1884; director The National Safe & Lock Co.; member Chamber of Commerce and Tippecanoe...

Biographical Sketch of George C. Simpson

Simpson, George C.; insurance; born, St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 5, 1874; son of William H. and Sarah M. Cheetham Simpson; educated in Milwaukee, Wis., public schools; married, Milwaukee, June 25, 1901, Blanche Rogers, June 25, 1901; issue; one son, George Rogers, born Nov. 29, 1906; first lieut. Light Battery A, W. V. Artillery, 1898; bank clerk, Milwaukee, 1891-1895; fire insurance since 1895; Northwestern Nat’l Ins. Co., 1895-1903, beginning with office work, then state agt. and mgr. in Cleveland, 1900-1903; local mgr. Royal Ins. Co., 1903-1911; sec’y the O. M. Stafford, Goss, Bedell Co. since 1911; Mason; member Mayfield Country Club and Military Order of Foreign...

Biographical Sketch of Andrew Barclay Meldrum

Meldrum, Andrew Barclay; Presbyterian minister; born, Scotland, Sept. 9, 1857; son of Capt. Robert and Agnes Ness (Grant) Meldrum; educated, professionally, at Knox College and University of Toronto, graduating in Theology at the Theological Seminary of San Francisco; (D. D. Hanover College); married, in 1885, to Laura R. Rison, of Oakland, Cal.; issue, two sons and two daughters; in 1907, married Ella Hoyt Herrick, of Cleveland; pastor in San Francisco, Cal., Evansville, Ind., St. Paul, Minn., and now Old Stone Church, Cleveland; Grand Chaplain, Masonic Grand Lodge of Ohio, 1913; member Robert Burns Society of Cleveland, and Rotary Club; Chaplain Cleveland...

Biography of L. W. Servey

The lumber industry of Washington County finds a prominent representative in L. W. Servey, who as President of the Ochelata Lumber Company is controlling a large and growing business, which he has developed through close application, capable management, energy and determination. He was born in Dempsey town, Venango County, Pennsylvania July 2, 1813, of the marriage of A. J. and Adeline (Weikal) Servey, both now deceased. The father, who was a building contractor, went to Kansas in 1868 and there took up a homestead, which he improved and developed. L. W. Servey completed a course in the high school at Iola, Kansas, after which he attended the normal school at Mankato, Minnesota, and a business college at St. Paul, that state. Following the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he became a member of the Fifteenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Captain Spicer. After receiving his discharge Mr. Servey entered the employ of the Clark & Bates Lumber Company, first working in their plant at Gas City, Kansas. He was then sent by the firm to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, arriving there on the 1st of December, 1899, and eating his first meal at the National Hotel, which was the first good hostelry established in the town and was situated on the present site of the Model Clothing Store, being operated by Frank Overlees. The yards of the Clark & Bates Company were then located where the Union Bank now stands; Keeler’s store was at that time in the old town of Bartlesville; and on the present site of the courthouse there was an oil well. Mr. Servey also went to Collinsville...

Biography of Edwin Caldwell

Edwin Caldwell, of Riverside, was born in Putnam County, New York, September 13, 1824. His father, Absalom Caldwell, was a native of that State, and a farmer by occupation. Mr. Caldwell was reared upon his father’s farm, and educated in the public schools. In 1846, deciding to seek his home in the great west, he went to Wisconsin, and located in Washington County, establishing his residence in the town of West Bend. There, in partnership with his brother, he built saw and flour mills, and was prominent in building up the pioneer industries of that section. The California gold fever claimed him as a victim, and in 1849 he joined the army of gold seekers, and crossed the plains. Upon his arrival in California he located in the mining districts, and for a year or more endured the hardships and discomforts of a miner’s life. In 1851, having met with moderate success, he returned via the Isthmus route to his Wisconsin home, and engaged in his old pursuits In 1856 he sold out his business interests in Wisconsin, and transferred the scene of his operations to St. Paul, Minnesota. There he engaged in a brokerage and commission business. The year 1861 again found Mr. Caldwell seeking the Pacific coast, and in that year he located at Gold Hill, Nevada, and again engaged in mining. While there he was superintendent of the famous Yellow Jacket mine, which during his superintendence advanced from $25 per foot to $2,700 per foot. In 1864 he resigned his position, and came to California, first residing at Petaluma, and later in Oakland and San Francisco....

Biography of Hon. John Lloyd Campbell

Hon. John Lloyd Campbell, Judge of the Superior Court in and for San Bernardino County, was born in Equality, Gallatin County, Illinois, in 1855. His father, Hon. John Lewis Campbell, was connected with the banking business in Shawnee town, and with iron and salt manufacture in Southern Illinois for many years. In 1857 he moved to Sioux City, Iowa, and was there elected County Judge. When the war of the Rebellion broke out, he moved back to Illinois and enlisted in the Third Illinois Cavalry, of which he was made Major. In 1863, while placing his pickets near Jackson, Mississippi, he was shot in the side, shoulder and face by a squad of Confederate soldiers and supposed to be fatally wounded; but, by the exercise of his extraordinary will aided by great tenacity of life, he partially recovered and lived until 1875, though always suffering from the effects of his wounds, which finally induced the paralysis which terminated his life. After the war he was appointed Postmaster at Olney, Illinois, by President Lincoln, which office he held until his death, in 1875. After graduating from the high school of his native State the subject of this memoir entered Hanover College, Indiana, but was called home at the end of his first college year by the death of his father, and did not return. He attended Columbia College Law School, New York, and was graduated where from in the spring of 1878. Coming to California, he settled in San Bernardino in 1879, and entered into a law partnership with Colonel A. B. Paris, which was terminated at the end of...
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