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Biography of Ed Heeney

Ed Heeney. For over thirty-five years the name Heeney had been associated with the mercantile enterprise of Severance. The firm of Ed Heeney & Son conducts the largest hardware, implement and furniture house in that part of Doniphan County. The senior member of the firm, who is now practically retired from business responsibilities, is Mr. Ed Heeney, who had lived in Northeastern Kansas since 1870 and had acquired and built up extensive interests both as a farmer and business man. The Heeney family comes from the vicinity of Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland, where Ed Heeney was born May 21, 1852. He was the eighth in a famlly of nine children, and all except the youngest were born in Iroland. His father, Edward Heaney, was born at Oldcastle, County Meath, in 1798, grew up and married there, was an Irish farmer and farming was his vocation throughout his career. In 1853, when his son Ed was one year old, he brought his family to the United States, living for a time in Ohio and also in Illinois, and in 1870 he removed to Doniphan County, Kansas. After coming to Kansas he lived practically retired until his death at his home south of Severance in 1901. He was a democrat and a member of the Catholie Church. The maiden name of his wife was Rosa Baggan. She was born in County Meath, Ireland, in 1813, and died in Doniphan County, Kansas, in 1873. A brief record of their nine children is: Ann, who lives south of Denton, the widow of Stephen Hayes, a farmer; Mary, who makes her home with her...

Biography of John M. Morley

John M. Morley has devoted practically his untire career to the business of banking, is one of the largest private bankers in Northeastern Kansas, is sole owner of the Bank of Severance and is also president of the State Bank of Purcell. Born at Mason in Warren County, Ohio, November 23, 1852, he is of Catholic parentage and ancestry, His grandfather, John Morley, was born in County Mayo, Ireland, and spent his life there as a farmer. Boger Morley, father of John M., was a territorial pioneer in Kansas. Born in County Mayo, Ireland, in 1829, he came to this country in 1850 and lived at Mason, Ohio, until March, 1858, when he arrived in the territory of Kansas and located a tract of land which he developed as a high class farm near Severance in Doniphan County. With the management and cultivation of that farm he was busied until the close of his life on January 20, 1912. Politically he acted as a democrat and was a loyal member of the Catholic Church. During the Civil war he was enrolled in the State Militia and was called out several times to protect the border and also during Price’s raid in Kansas. Roger Morley married Margaret Kilkenney, who was born in County Mayo, Ireland, in 1830 and died in Doniphan County in 1897. They were married in Clincinnati, Ohio. Their children were: John M.; James, who lives on his farm three miles south of Severance; Anna M., wife of Joseph Devereux, a farmer three miles south of Severance; Catherine, wife of Phillip Bower, a farmer near Troy in Doniphan...

Biography of Virgil A. Bird

Virgil A. Bird has long been one of the live business factors in the Town of Bern. He is a native of Northeastern Kansas and his people were among the pioneers of Doniphan County. Mr. Bird was born near Severance in Doniphan County September 3, 1869. His ancestors were New England people, and in that section his grandfather, Isaac Bird, spent his life. The Bird family came originally from England, and became Americans in Colonial days. George Bird, father of Virgil A., was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, in 1834, and is still living, at the age of eighty-three, in Denton, Kansas. Reared and educated in Connecticut, he came out to Kansas in the territorial year of 1858. He settled as one of the pioneers in Doniphan County, was married in that county, and gradnally developed and improved a homestead and had a successful career as a farmer. He still owned his farm of 160 acres 2 1/2 miles north of Severance, but retired some years ago. Politically be is a republican. He is a surviving veteran of the great war between the states. He served three years in the Seventh Kansas Cavalry and was with that regiment in General Sherman’s army on its march to the sea. George Bird married Emma Davison, who was born in New York State in 1841. Of their children Virgil A. is the oldest. Wilbur S. is a carpenter still living with his parents. Elffie May, who died in a hospital at St. Joseph, Missouri, married Charles Harless, a farmer now living in Oregon. Stella Irene is the wife of Linn Harless, a farmer...

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