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Biography of William F. Hill

William F. Hill is the dean of the newspaper profession in Pottawatomie County. The Becorder had been published consecutively at Westmoreland for thirty-two years, and Mr. Hill had been proprietor and publisher of the paper for more than a quarter of a century. When he first came to Kansas it was in the role of a teacher, and he was at one time principal of schools in Havensville, and Westmoreland of Pottawatomie County. He is of English ancestry, and his forebears came to Virginia in Colonial times. His grandfather, John R. Hill, was born in Ohio and spent his life as a farmer, living both in Ohio and Indiana. His death occurred near Goshen, Indiana, in 1856. Samuel Hill, father of the Westmoreland editor, was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1832, and when a young man went to Indiana, where he married. In 1832 he became an early settler in Monroe County, Iowa, and in that county on April 10, 1856, his son William was born. A few months later the family removed to Ringgold County, Iowa, where Samuel Hill spent the rest of his sctive life as a farmer with the exception of a few years inĀ Oklahoma. He died in Ringgold County in 1914. He was a republican and a very active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He also made a military record as a faithful soldier of the Union during the Civil war. In 1862 he enlisted in the Ninth Iowa Cavalry and was in service until the close of hostilities. Most of the time was spent in Arkansas and along the Missouri-Kansas border fighting the...

Biography of Orion Littell Rider

Orion Littell Rider, a leading attorney of Vinita whose professional ability is indicated by the large and distinctively representative clientage accorded hire, has served his fellow citizens in various capacities and has always done able and conscientious work. His birth occurred in Mason county, Illinois, on the 7th of January, 1874, and his parents were Dr. Robert G. and Harriet M. (Littell) Rider, the former born near Cleveland, Ohio, and the latter in the state of New Jersey. The father was a physician, acquiring his professional training in Pennsylvania, and he first opened an office at Mobile, Alabama, whence he removed to Havana, Illinois, where he engaged in practice until the outbreak of the Civil war, when his patriotic spirit prompted him to lay aside all personal considerations. On the 1st of October, 1862, he was made captain of Company K, Eighty-fifth Illinois Infantry, which he had raised, and on the 12th of May, 1863, won promotion to the rank of major. He participated in the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, and remained in command of his regiment until wounded near the close of the war. After receiving his discharge from the service he returned to Havana, Illinois, where he continued to follow his profession until 1880, when he removed to Ringgold county, Iowa, where he engaged in practice for four years, and then lived retired until his death, which occurred in November, 1889, at the age of seventy. The mother long survived him, passing away in April, 1921, when in her eighty-fourth year. Mr. Rider attended the high school at Mount Ayr, Iowa, was for two years a...

Biography of John Franklin Coffman M. D.

John Franklin Coffman, M. D. For nearly ten years Doctor Coffman had successfully practiced as a physician and surgeon in Marion. Throughout that period he was associated with Dr. E. P. Marner, one of the oldest physicians of Marion County, and their relations were dissolved only when Doctor Coffman answered the call for duty in the medical department of the American army. He was born July 1, 1883, at Glenwood, Iowa, a son of John Franklin and Mary E. (Turpin) Coffman. His father, who was born in Hagerstown, Indiana, June 25, 1850, spent all his active career as a farmer and is now living retired. The mother was born September 16, 1856, in Monroe County, Indiana. They were married at Lexington, Illinois. Their five children, four sons and one daughter, are as follows: William Turpin, born July 19, 1870, at Lexington, Illinois, died April 14, 1912, at Unadilla, Nebraska. He was also a member of the medical profession. James A. was born October 10, 1872. Merten M. was born May 5, 1875, in Ringgold County, Iowa. Doctor Coffman was the fourth in age. Mabel, born October 19, 1884, at Tingley, Iowa, is now the wife of Earl Ross, of Galena, Kansas. Doctor Coffman was educated in the public schools of Ringgold County, Iowa, attending country schools at first and afterwards the Tingley High School, and in 1902 graduated from the Lake High School of Chicago. At the age of twenty-one, in 1904, he entered the Ensworth Medical College of St. Joseph, Missouri, and took his degree Doctor of Medicine with the class of 1908. In September of the same...

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