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Biography of Roderick Morrison

Roderick Morrison, a well known oil producer and manufacturer at Independence, became identified with the oil industry in the eastern states when a young man, and while other enterprises have engaged him his interests have been continuousty identified with some phase of the petroleum industry through all his active years. Out of his experience he had elaborated one of the important devices used in oil and gas fields, and is now manufacturing it at Independence under the name of the Eclipse Pulling Machine. Mr. Morrison is a Canadian by birth and of Scotch ancestry. His grandfather was Angus Morrison, who spent his life on a farm in Scotland. His father was George Morrison, who was born in Southerlandshire, Scotland, in 1809, and emigrated to Canada in 1841, settling on a farm in Oxford County, Ontario. He gave the best years of his life to agriculture, but was a man of considerable prominence in local affairs, serving on the school board and in other occupations. He was a conservative in politics, and an active member of the Presbyterian Church, in which he held the position of elder. George Morrison married Henrietta MeIntosh, who was born in Southerland, Scotland, in 1821, and died in Oxford County, Ontario, in 1885. George Morrison died on the old farm in Ontario in 1893. Their children were: Elizabeth, deceased wife of John McCall, who is a farmer in Oxford County, Ontario; Catherine, who still resided in Oxford County, the widow of John McKay, who was a farmer; Hector, an oil producer who died at Bradford, Pennsylvania; Donald, a Presbyterian minister now living in Holmes County,...

Biography of William Henry Wilson

William Henry Wilson is one of the oldest of Topeka’s merchants. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war, and has been a resident of Topeka since December 17, 1877. Along with success in business he has given his time unselfishly and conscientiously to the betterment of his city, and he should be long remembered for his efficient service while on the city school board. He has also attained the highest honors in Masonry. His parents, Orrin and Sarah T. (Wilson) Wilson, had six children named Helen Jane, William Henry, George W., Clarence E., Mary E. and Louise. William Henry was born at South Granville, New York, April 16, 1842. His great-grandfather in the maternal line, William Park, was a sergeant and later quartermaster in Col. Elias Wood’s Massachusetts Infantry during the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, William Wilson, who married Susan Bothwell, fought as an American soldier in the War of 1812, and participated in the campaign around Lake Champlain. After the war he returned to his farm in Washington County, New York, where he lived until death. Orrin Wilson was born July 4, 1803, was reared and educated in Western New York and spent all his life as a farmer. It was in the district schools of New York State that William H. Wilson acquired his early training. However, at the age of fifteen he left school to begin an apprenticeship at the marble cutter’s trade at Scoharie, New York. He was working at his trade until August 5, 1862, when he answered the call of patriotism and enlisted in Company C of the One Hundred and...

Biographical Sketch of Augustus F. House

House, Augustus F.; physician; born, Cleveland, Oct. 7, 1847; son of Hudson M. and Mary Snyder House; studied at Woodville and Oberlin; graduated Western Reserve Medical College; post-graduate work at Vienna, Berlin and London; married, Cleveland, 1872, Mary Grace Cleave; two children; clinical professor of surgory, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Cleveland; director and member of finance committee of Lake Shore Banking & Trust Co.; member American Medical Ass’n, Ohio State Medical Ass’n, Cleveland Academy of Medicine (president, 1898); pres. of medical staff and trustee St. Clair Hospital; Past Eminent Commander of Oriental Commandery, K. T., Past Most Excellent High Priest, Webb Chapter, R. A. M., Past Master, Cleveland City Lodge, F. & A. M.; member of Library Board five years; member Co. G, 3d Ohio Veteran Vol....

Biographical Sketch of D. Jay Collver

Collver, D. Jay; district passenger agt., N. Y. C. Lines; born, Stanhope, N. J., Aug. 20, 1846; educated, public schools, Clyde, O.; engaged in the dry goods business in Clyde; came to Cleveland about 1875; entering the service of the Bee Line R. R. Co., now part of the Big Four system of the N. Y. Central Lines; originator of long-distance excursions and high-class tours in the U. S.; enlisted Co. A, 72d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, November, 1861; discharged, March, 1863; re-enlisted, 1864, 196th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Hospital Steward) ; chief clerk at headquarters Duryea; brigade to close of war; married, April 29, 1891; Francis M. Harris; member Cleveland Athletic Club; Chamber of...

Biographical Sketch of Hon. Willis Vickery

Vickery, Willis Hon.; lawyer; born, Bellevue, O., Nov. 26, 1857; son of William and Sarah Perkins Vickery; no schooling until the age of 19, excepting three months in the winter; then entered the Clyde, O., High School, graduating in 1880, valedictorian of class; studied law in the office of Everett & Fowler, at Fremont, O.; continued law studies combined with teaching in the schools of Clyde and Castalia, O., in 1882, entered the law dept. of Boston University; graduated in 1884; admitted to the Ohio bar in 1885; married three times; three children by first wife, who was Anna L. Snyder; second marriage to Eleanor R. Grant, of Boston, Mass., and third marriage to Mrs. Rosalie Griggs Mayberry, of Cleveland; in 1885, opened law office in Bellevue, firm Vickery Bros.; came to Cleveland in 1896; practiced alone, and was associated with Hon. Chas. S. Bentley, firm of Bentley & Vickery, before elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas; member of firm of Vickery, Fleharty & Corlett; assumed duties of Judge in January, 1909; in 1897, one of the organizers of the Baldwin University Law School; was sec’y and managing officer; same position when school consolidated with the Cleveland Law School; prominent in the lake front litigation settlement and by decision the city is likely to recover land on the lake front worth thirty million dollars; republican; not a partisan, and believe in the elimination of politics from the courts; known over the United States as a student of Shakespeare; former pres. the New York Shakespeare Society; member the Bibliophile Society, of Boston, Mass.; Carteret Club, Newark, N. J.;...

Biographical Sketch of Jesse Stephens

Stephens, Jesse; attorney; born, Wood County, Feb. 9, 1865; son of David and Elizabeth Bonam Stephens; educated, Fostoria Academy and The Ohio Northern University; read law with the Hon. Thomas N. Bierly, of Toledo; admitted to the bar in 1889; married, Fremont, O., 1887, Miss Belle Clark; issue, two sons, A. A. and Clarence Clark Stephens; practiced law in Fostoria, O., for twenty years, attaining a high place in the legal profession; particularly noted as trial lawyer, having tried some of the most important cases in Northwestern Ohio; has never sought political honors, although urged to become a candidate for District Judge and Congressman from the 13th district; because of increasing clientele in Cuyahoga County, came to Cleveland, and began practicing with his son, A. A. Stephens, a graduate of Western Reserve Law School; counsel and director The Commonwealth Realty & Building Co., The Seneca Coal Co., Fostoria, O., counsel The Toledo, Fostoria & Findlay Electric R. R. Co., Toledo; The Union National Bank, Fostoria, and The Atlas Mnfg. Co., and The Peabody Buggy Co., all of Fostoria; member Pemberville Lodge, No. 516, F. & A. M., since 1889; his family were among the early settlers of Maryland and Western Pennsylvania, Scotch-Irish-German descent; active in Colonial cause during the...

Biographical Sketch of Edward Martin Quinn

Quinn, Edward Martin; cigar merchant; born, Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, June 8, 1863; son of Arthur and Julia Ryan Quinn; district school education; commercial training in retail cigar store of his brother, J. R. Quinn, Cleveland; married, Cleveland, June 3, 1903, Lottie May Fike; one son, John Ryan, born, March 7, 1904; formed partnership with F. R. Harris; firm name Quinn & Harris, cigar dealers, Hollenden Hotel. Recreations: Hunting and...

Biographical Sketch of Charles T. Richmond

Richmond, Charles T.; manufacturer; born, Johnsville, N. Y., June 13, 1856; son of Theodore and Caroline Baucus Richmond; educated, Greylock Institute, South Williamstown, Mass., and Yale ’78, S. Ph. B.; married, Fremont, 0., Jan. 28, 1891, Mrs. Addle G. Noble; after graduating, became deputy collector Internal Revenue, 10th District of Massachusetts (three years); then founded Richmond Carbon Co., North Adams, Mass. (four years); then became pres. Thomson-Houston Carbon Co., at Fremont, O., (five years); since 1893, with National Carbon Co., Cleveland (twenty years); consulting engineer and asst. sec’y National Carbon Co.; member Delta Psi Fraternity; member Chamber of Commerce, Athletic Club, Lakewood Yacht Club, Cleveland Rotary and Tippecanoe...

Biographical Sketch of La Quinio Rawson

Rawson, La Quinio; lawyer; born, Fremont, O., Oct. 28, 1871, son of Joseph L. and Margaret A. Gelpin Rawson; educated, High School, Fremont, O.; Cincinnati College, Law Department, 1892, degree Bachelor of Law; married, Fremont, O., Dec. 26, 1895, Beatrice Frances Floyd, of Cleveland; one daughter, Beatrice Rawson; member Ohio Legislature from Cuyahoga County, 1904-1905; served as Chairman of Committee on Insurance, and as member of Committee on Finance; sec’y and member executive committee The Cleveland Life Insurance Co.; member Ohio State Bar Ass’n and National Geography Society; member Masonic Fraternity, New England Society, Society of Mayflower Descendants; member Athletic Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Chamber of Industry, Vestryman Church of the Ascension (Protestant Episcopal), Lakewood, O.; member executive board of the Municipal Association of...

King, John – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon A Direct Descendant of the Pilgrim Fathers, and an Honered Pioneer of Eastern Oregon At the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.L. Harris, in Elgin. December 12, 1904. John King, aged 84 years, 9 months, 10 days. The deceased was among the well known citizens of Union and Wallowa counties, in which territory he had made his home since 1882. A son of Jacob King, one of Ohio’s pioneer settlers, he was able to trace his lineage directly to the Pilgrim Fathers, whose landing at Plymouth Rock in 1820 (Says 1820) marked one of the events which were to have distinctive quality in the history of our land. He was the third born in a family of eight children and was born near Zanesville, in Perry County, Ohio, March 2, 1820 of which family only three are now living. In 1849, on July 4th, he was united in marriage to Miss Maria A. Dawson, and to this union was born eight children, four of whom are now living. In early manhood he hewed out his home in the timbered regions on the south bank of the Maumee river, thirty miles from Teledo, Ohio, and here it was that his own family was born and reared. here, too, at his early home, he was wont to receive visits from many of Ohio’s great pioneers, among whom were general James Steelman and General Mead, whose records as Ohio pioneers are part of the state’s history. At his boyhood home, the tavern built by Jacob King beside the old stage road near Fremont, Ohio, he attended school at...
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