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Biographical Sketch of Walter C. Blaine

Walter C. Blaine was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, in the class of 189$. He commenced the practice at Murdock, where he remained until October, 1898, when he formed a partnership with Dr. William E. Rice, of Tuscola. Dr. Blaine is a native of Champaign, Illinois, and was born June 1 866. He graduated from the Champaign high school, and after four years attendance was graduated from the University of Illinois, at Champaign, on certificate. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, member of the Woodmen, and a member of the Douglas County Medical...

Biography of Winfield A. S. Bird

For thirty-five years a Topeka lawyer, Mr. Bird’s name had become widely known over the state not only in the legal profession, but as a practical farmer and stockman, by his various distinctions in Masonry and other fraternities, and by his important services in the State Legislature. In his own character and in an carnest ambition to acquit himself well among the world’s useful workers, is to be found the secret of his snccess. He was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, August 31, 1855, and spent his early life there. His father, Archibald Bird, was born in the same county November 22, 1823. He was a man of considerable enterprise, owned and operated a farm, also conducted a saw mill, and made an excellent record of service as a Union soldier during the Civil war. He was in the Sixteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry. His death occurred April 12, 1896, and resulted from wounds he had received while serving his country. Archibald Bird married Elizabeth Ann Heilman, who was born in Allegany County, Maryland, March 25, 1826, and died in Pennsylvania, May 4, 1906. When Winfield A. S. Bird was an infant his parents moved into the woods on White’s Creek in Pennsylvania, and when he was eight years old he witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg, a historic event which made a deep impression upon his youthful mind. During one day of that battle he carried water for the wounded soldiers. On his father’s place he did his share of the work in reclaiming the land, was also employed about the saw mill, and in a limited way attended the Pine...

Biography of Asher R. Robinson

ASHER R. ROBINSON. – One of Union county’s prosperous and substantial business men and agriculturists is found in the person of the subject of this sketch, who has wrought faithfully, here in the industrial world for forty years, during which time he has manifested wisdom and integrity that have given him the confidence of his fellows, and added to his enterprising spirit have enabled him to become one of the well-to-do men who have materially assisted in promoting the welfare of the county in these years of its formative existence, molding its institutions and assisting in its government. On July 27, 1829, Asher R. was born to Asher and Betsy (Worden) Robinson, in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, whence seven years later he was removed by his parents to Michigan, where the father pre-empted eighty acres and builded a home. The son assisted in tilling the farm and attended school until 1849; then his spirit was ready to take part in life’s battle on his own account and he went to the famous pineriers of the Peninsular state, operating there until he was twenty-seven years of age. In 1856 he started on the long and dangerous trip via panama to the Pacific coast, landing in Sierra county, California, in due time, where he at once commenced to mine. Rather poor success attended his efforts in this line, and he turned toward the north, going to the Okanogan and Similikameen rivers, where he prospected for a time and then repaired to Walla Walla and operated a pack train to the mining camps of northern Idaho in partnership with Ed Payne. In October,...

Biographical Sketch of J. E. Faidley

J. E. Faidley was born in Somerset County, Pa., October 9, 1840. Removed to Ohio, thence to Iowa, thence to Nebraska, and came to Jewell County, Kan., in October, 1870 and took a homestead adjoining the town site of Burr Oak. Purchased from Lewis and Godfrey part of the town site of Burr Oak. He is the owner of 2,000 acres of land in Jewell County and a large part of Burr Oak, and has an interest in a hardware and farm implement establishment in Burr Oak, also an interest in a large stock of merchandise, and has done a great deal toward the up-building of the young and thrifty town of Burr Oak. He is a member of the German Baptist Church. He was married in Falls City, Neb., in June 1870, to Miss Joanna Ives. They have five children – Luella, Albert, Irena, Marshall and Allen. He also owns a large interest in the town of Cambridge, Neb., in Furnas County, on the B. & M. R....

Case, Gifford Ryder – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Gifford “Giff” Ryder Case died Feb. 27, 2007, at home in Joseph with his wife Susanna, son Richard, and daughter Lorri at his side. He was 87. Mr. Case was born Sept 21, 1919, on a rural family farm five miles outside of Milford, Penn. He was the third of six boys born to Arthur B. Case and Emilie Fieg Case. Mr. Case loved sharing stories of his childhood and teen years growing up on the beloved Oak Tree Farm. In 1938, after trying a year at Drexel Institute College, he set out on a travel adventure across the U.S. toward the “Gold Coast” and maybe South America in a 1932 Chevrolet roadster. In Southern California, as fate would have it, he met and married the love of his life Susanna Waggoner. They raised four children in Maywood, Calif., sharing just about everything together including a lifelong philosophy centered around the family and a deep religious faith. Mr. Case became a radar technician in the navy during World War II and later trained as an electrician. He belonged to the IBEW Electrical Union for 60 years in which he actively worked 34 years. He willingly shared his numerous electrical handyman skills throughout his life and after retiring would only work for others as a “gift of love.” He was an elder, deacon, teacher, youth director, and choir member in the Bell Christian Church and at his death was a deacon in the Enterprise Christian Church. He was active in various community service organizations, such as city councilman and mayor in Maywood, Calif., little league baseball coach and...

Biography of Ross Homer Rhoads

Ross Homer Rhoads is agent for the Santa Fe Railroad Company at Arkansas City. He had been a railroad man for a number of years, and it was his efficiency and his ability that led to his promotion to one of the most important posts along the Santa Fe system in Kansas. Mr. Rhoads had spent most of his life in Kansas but was born at Somerset, Pennsylvania, April 9, 1883. His grandfather, Samuel A. Rhoads, was a native of Germany and came from there to Pennsylvania. He had ten children: Sarah, deceased; Adaline, single; Etta, deceased; Philip, deceased; Susan, deceased; Hiram, the father of Ross H.; Emma, Jane and Clara, all unmarried; and Frank, a farmer of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. All the unmarried daughters are living on the home place in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Hiram K. Rhoads, the father, was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania, in 1858, grew up and married there, and during his active career followed the vocation of farming. In 1887 he came to Kansas, spending one year as a farmer in Morris County and then removing to McPherson County, where he continued actively as a farmer until 1902. For a number of years he lived retired in the City of McPherson, but since 1914 had had his home at Prairie City, Oregon. He is a republican and a member of the German Brethren Church. Hiram K. Rhoads married Nancy A. Yoder, who was born in Somerset, Pennsylvania, in 1860. They are the parents of seven children: Harve E., a contractor living at Prairie City, Oregon; Ira D., cashier for the Union Pacific Railroad Company at...

Somerset County, Pennsylvania Census Records

1790 Somerset County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1790 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Milford Township Quemahoning Township Turkeyfoot Township Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1800 Somerset County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1800 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Index Partial Brothersvalley Township Turkeyfoot Township Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Brothers Valley Township Brothersvalley Township Partial Turkeyfoot Township Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Index Notes Township Information Addison Township Berlin Town, Brothersvalley Township Brothers Valley Township Cambria Township Elklick Township Londonderry Township Quemahoning Township Milford Township Somerset Township Stonycreek Township Turkeyfoot Township Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1810 Somerset County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1810 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Index Partial Turkeyfoot Township Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Turkeyfoot Township Turkeyfoot Township Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Index Township Information Addison Township Allegheny Township Berlin Town Brothers Valley Township Conemaugh Township Elk Lick Township Milford Township Quemahoning Township Salsbury Township Somerset Borough Somerset Township Southampton Township Stonycreek Stoys Town Turkeyfoot Hosted at Census Guide 1810 U.S. Census Guide 1820 Somerset County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1820 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  1820 Somerset County, Pennsylvania Census Images $ Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Index Partial File 1 of 2 File 2 of 2 Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Brothersvalley Township Index Partial File 1 of 2 File 2 of 2 Hosted...

Somerset County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Somerset County PAGenWeb Project Addison Township/Borough Allegheny Township/Borough Black Township/Borough Brothersvalley Township/Borough Conemaugh Township/Borough Elk Lick Township/Borough Fair Hope Township/Borough Greenville Township/Borough Jefferson Township/Borough Jenner Township/Borough Larimer Township/Borough Lincoln Township/Borough Lower Turkeyfoot Township/Borough Meyersdale Township/Borough Middlecreek Township/Borough Milford Township/Borough Northampton Township/Borough Ogle Township/Borough Paint Township/Borough Quemahoning Township/Borough Salisbury Township/Borough Shade Township/Borough Somerset Township/Borough Stonycreek Township/Borough Southampton Township/Borough Summit Township/Borough Upper Turkeyfoot Township/Borough Cemeteries hosted at Somerset County Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Alphabetical List of Somerset County Cemeteries Locations of Cemeteries of Somerset County Index of Cemetery Names in WPA Records of Somerset County Addison Cemetery A. R. Wright Cemetery – (Ringer Shoemaker) Bakersville Lutheran Cemetery Beachley Cemetery Beam Cemetery Berkey Cemetery Berlin I.O.O.F. Cemetery Berlin Lutheran Cemetery Berlin Reformed Cemetery Bethany Evangelical Church Cemetery Bethel Church of God Beulah Cemetery Bowman Cemetery Boyer Burial Ground Brandt Cemetery Buckstown Cemetery Casebeer Lutheran Church Cemetery Centerville Lutheran Cemetery Christ Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery Clark Cemetery Comp Cemetery Cook Cemetery Countryman Burial Ground Crum Cemetery (Bedford Co., PA) Daley Cemetery Deeter Burial Ground Downey Cemetery Edie Reformed Cemetery Friedens Lutheran Cemetery Friedens Lutheran Cemetery – New Fritz St. Paul Lutheran  Cemetery Garrett Union Cemetery Getz Cemetery Glade Cemetery Glade Reformed Cemetery Greenville Lutheran Cemetery Gross Cemetery Hauger Burial Ground Hays Reformed Cemetery Highland Cemetery Hoffman Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery Horner Lutheran & Mt. Taber Reformed Cemetery Hostetler Church of the Brethren Cemetery Husband Cemetery I.O.O.F.  Cemetery- Stoystown I.O.O.F. Cemetery Jenner’s Crossroads Jersey Baptist Church –...

Biography of Major Henry Clay Connelly

The record of Major Henry Clay Connelly, both as a soldier and as a civilian, is a brilliant one and will live long after he has passed to another world. His father was James Connelly, a son of Bernard Connelly, who settled in Philadelphia about 1800. He afterwards located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where, as a dealer in live stock he became successful. His wife, of English birth, was a Miss Eggleton. She was the first member of the Episcopal Church of England in that county and for many years the only one. James Connelly arrived at man-hood in Somerset County and aided his father in the management of his interests. Some years later he moved to Petersburg, a village in Somerset County lying on the Great National Road, where he became influential and prosperous. He was one of the original promoters and builders of the National Road and was a leading citizen of that locality. His wife was Marie Hugus, her progenitors on both sides being of the sturdy and fearless Huguenot stock, patriots whose zeal and sacrifices have carved for them an imperishable name throughout Christendom. Several of her ancestors, the Hugus and Ankeny families, were Revolutionary soldiers. Peter Ankeny, our subject’s great-grand-father. was a captain in the Revolutionary War under Washington. His wife was a Miss Rosa Bonnet, a member of the historical French family. Major Henry Clay Connelly was born in Petersburg, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, December 22, 1831, and was the fourth in order of a family of eight children. It was there he spent his boyhood days until the death of his father, after...

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