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Biography of Lawrence McDaniel

Lawrence McDaniel, member of the St. Louis bar and professor of law at Benton College, is a man who at all times has measured up to the fullest requirements ‘and highest standards of American citizenship and whose activity clearly reflects credit and honor upon the profession which he represents. Born in Savannah, Missouri, January 31, 1884, he is a son of Gilbert and Jane McDaniel. He completed his education in the University of Missouri, which conferred upon him the LL. B. degree, and, having thus prepared for the bar, he entered at once upon the active practice of law, in which he has since continued. He has not only tried many cases but many kinds of cases and has tried all well. From 1913 until 1917 he served as assistant circuit attorney in St. Louis and in the latter year was called to the office of circuit attorney, in which position he continued for a four years’ term, or until 1921. His knowledge of the law is comprehensive and exact, and he has shown marked ability in accurately applying its principles to the point in litigation. Moreover, he has won a most creditable position as an educator in professional fields, being now professor of law in Benton College. Mr. McDaniel has been married twice. On the 30th of August, 1906, in St. Joseph, Missouri, he wedded Miss Claire Webster and on the 22d of June, 1918, in St. Louis, he was married to Miss Elsie Belle Smith. His children are three in number: Gilbert W., Lydia and Lawrence, aged respectively thirteen, nine and five years, all born of his...

Biography of George W. Reed

George W. Reed, present mayor of Axtell and cashier of the Citizens Bank, had been actiyely identified with that community for the past ten years. The Citizens Bank of Axtell was established in 1886. It began with a state charter and had remained a solid and conservative financial institution for over thirty years. Its capital stock is now $25,000 and it had a surplus of $8,000. The bank is situated on Fifth Street and Maple Avenue. The present officers are: P. J. Gurtler, president; George W. Reed, cashier; and William Berry, assistant cashier. Mr. Reed is a native of Missouri, of the northwestern part of that state, and was born at Fillmore, a village in Andrew County, July 28, 1879. His paternal ancestors came originally from England and were early settlers in Illinois. His father, Franklin Reed, was born in Illinois, but grew up and married in Missouri. For many years he had been engaged in the mercantile business at Fillmore. He also served as postmaster of that village several years. He is a republican and a very active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Franklin Reed married Catherine Ingersoll, who was born in Ohio and died in Fillmore, Missouri, in January, 1917. Of their three children George W. and J. T. S. are twins. The latter is cashier of the Farmers State Bank at Lindsborg, Kansas. The only daughter, Sarah, married F. X. Zachman, a dentist by profession, but now living on a farm at Bonner Springs, Kansas. George W. Reed grew up in the Town of Fillmors, Missouri, attended...

Biography of Charles F. White

Charles F. White. Although a resident of North Topeka only since the early part of 1916, Charles F. White had demonstrated within the year that he is a man of force and ability, and a promising acquisition to the agricultural life of the community. His entire career had been passed in Kansas and from the time he started life on his own account he had devoted himself to farming, so that he had the necessary experience and the thorough knowledge needed in the acquiring of a full measure of success in this fertile farming locality. Charles F, White was born at Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas, in 1877, and is a son of William and Harriet E. (Stevenson) White. His father was born near Lexington, Kentucky, in 1827, and at an early age was left an orphan and forced to make his own way in the world. He was but sixteen years of age when he went to Lexington, Missouri, and there secured a position as a clerk in a general store. For some years he followed merchandising in Missouri, but eventually Kansas called him and, in 1851, he arrived at Council Grove, being the second white man to locate at that place. The first was the noted Judge Huffaker, who had gone there some time previous to teach the Indians in the old mission, which still stands as a historic memento binding together the past and the present. After going to Council Grove, Mr. White turned his attention to farming, and subsequently lived on one place for a period of twenty-nine years. His life was one of hardships...

Biography of Ira C. Buzick

Ira C. Buzick was one of the pioneer lawyers of Lincoln County. He was the first man elected to represent that county in the State Legislature after the county was formally organized in 1870. He had a long and active career as a lawyer and in public affairs, and the name is still continued on the professional rolls of the Kansas bar through his son, Alonson Ruckman Buzick of Salina. Ira C. Buzick was born June 21, 1841, at Dayton, Ohio. His parents were also native Ohioans. At the age of twenty-two he took up the study of law, and when twenty-five years of age graduated from Allegheny College at Meadville, Pennsylvania. He soon afterwards went west and first located for practice at Oregon, Missouri. In 1868 he represented Holt County in the Missouri Legislature. He also founded the New Era, the first republican paper even published at Savannah, Missouri. Besides his newspaper work and his practice as a lawyer he served for a time as principal of an academy at Savannah. In 1870 Ira C. Buzick came out to Kansas and located in Lincoln County. Lincoln County was created about 1867, but it had no civil organization until 1870. Mr. Buzick took an active part in that process by which the county was organized, and in the election of November of that year he was chosen to represent the county in the State Legislature during the session of 1871. He was very active at Topeka in behalf of his constituents and also gave important service on various committees. As a lawyer he built up a splendid practice at...

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