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Biography of Edward Staton Hymer M. D.

Edward Staton Hymer, M. D. A physician and surgeon of most thorough qualifications, whose work had brought a large practice and a rising reputation, Doctor Hymer had spent his professional career chiefly at Sedgwick. A resident of Kansas most of his life, Doctor Hymer was born at Albany, Missouri, November 6, 1883. His remote ancestors came from Germany. His father is E. R. Hymer, who was born in Illinois in 1852, grew up in that state, and at an early day came to Kansas and located at Centralia. After several years he removed to Missouri, but in 1884 was back in Kansas at Garden Plain and since 1897 had been a merchant of Belle Plaine, where he handles a general stock of goods, including groceries and hardware. He had spent his entire life as a merchant. He is a republican and had served on the city council of Belle Plaine, and had been a lifelong worker and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is now superintendent of his church Sunday school. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. E. R. Hymer married Lucy Staton, a native of Illinois. They had four children: May, who died at the age of one year; Gertrude, living with her parents; Carrie, a bookkeeper and stenographer at Wichita; and Edward S. Edward Staton Hymer was educated in the public schools of Garden Plain and Belle Plaine, Kansas, graduating from the high school in the latter town in 1900. Soon afterward he entered Northwestern University Medical School of Chicago, where he graduated M. D. in 1905. Before taking up active...

Biography of George Washington Kanavel

George Washington Kanavel, a pioneer of Harvey County, had been a prominent business man and for a number of years served the State of Kansas in positions where his integrity and financial training made him valuable. He was born on a farm in Holmes County, Ohio, January 27, 1844, a son of Thomas and Mahala (Helm) Kanavel. His father was born in Ohio in 1815 and his mother in 1820. Thomas Kanavel was a carpenter by trade and died in Ohio in 1876, while his wife passed away in 1893. George W. Kanavel, one of eight children, grew up in Coshocton County, Ohio, and had a public school education. At the age of seventeen, in November, 1861, he enlisted in Company F of the 88th Ohio Infantry, and served throughout the war as a private and non-commissioned officer. He was present as a gallant soldier on seventeen battlefields, including Iuka, Corinth, Jackson, Champion’s Hill, Missionary Ridge, siege of Vicksburg, the campaign from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and the march from Atlanta to the sea. With the close of the war he served an apprenticeship at the trade of shoemaker in his home community in Ohio. He gave up this occupation and in 1872 arrived in Kansas, taking up a homestead in Harvey County. In 1873 he entered the Methodist ministry, and for eight years carried the responsibilities of this work in addition to the management of his farm. Mr. Kanavel became president of the Sedgwick State Bank in 1882, and in the spring of 1885 he organized the bank at Riverside, California, and served as its first president for three...

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