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Biography of John Baptist Miege

John Baptist Miege, first Catholic bishop of Kansas, was born in 1815, the youngest son of a wealthy and pions family of the parish of Chevron, Upper Savoy, France. At an early age he was committed to the care of his brother, the director of the episcopal seminary of Moutiers, and completed his literary studies at the age of nineteen. After spending two more years at the seminary in the study of philosophy, on October 23, 1836, he was admitted to the Society of Jesns. The following eleven years he spent in further study, a portion of the time at Rome under eminent masters. In 1847 he was ordained priest and completed his theological training in the following year. In the midsummer of 1849 Father Miege set sall for the Indian mission of North America, and reaching St. Louis in the fall was appointed pastor of the little church at St. Charles, Missouri, which included the mission of the Portage. Later he was removed to the house of probation at Florissant, Missouri, where he taught moral philosophy, and in 1851 was sent to St. Louis University. In the fall of that year he was appointed to the vicariate apostolic of all the territory from the Kansas River at its mouth north to the British possessions, and from the Missouri River west to the Rocky Mountains, being consecrated to that office March 25, 1851, at St. Louis, under the title of Bishop of Messenie. On the 11th of the following May he arrived at St. Mary’s, Territory of Kansas, where he built the first Catholic Church in the great stretch...

Biography of George B. McKinney

George B. McKinney is the vice president of the investment securities firm operating under the name of b’. J. Matre & Company in St. Louis. Before establishing his present business he had gained an enviable record as a salesman who was relied upon from year to year by a large clientele of bond purchasers who found him thoroughly posted and reliable in every way. Before coming to St. Louis he was employed on Wall street in New York city and had become thoroughly familiar with the methods and opportunities of the financial world. He is an eastern man by birth, the place of his nativity being Newark, New Jersey, and the date December 15, 1889. His parents were Joseph and Mary (Wilson) McKinney. The father, a native cf Dublin, Ireland, came to the United States in his boyhood days and as the years passed was known in business circles as a capable master mechanic. He departed this life in 1905, while his widow, a native of the state of New York, is now residing in St. Louis. George B. McKinney was educated in the public schools of New Jersey and in St. Mary’s College at St. Marys, Kansas. He started out in the business world on Wall street, New York City, being connected with several large bond houses, and during that period he became thoroughly familiar with operations on Wall street. He was afterward with the Mercantile Trust Company of St. Louis for a time but resigned his position to go upon the operatic stage, being the possessor of a fine tenor voice, in which connection he traveled throughout...

Biography of John Leo Tierney, M.D.

Dr. John Leo Tierney, a St. Louis physician who specializes in internal medicine and diagnosis, was born in Lead, South Dakota, November 22, 1890, a son of William George and Mary (Yuren) Tierney. The family comes of Irish ancestry, although many generations ago representatives of the name removed to England, where one of the ancestors of Dr. Tierney was knighted as Sir Edward Tierney and a statue erected to his memory in Westminster Abbey. Another of the early ancestors was Sir Matthew Tierney, who was at one time court physician to King George III. William G. Tierney, father of the Doctor, in 1899 became interested in mining and went over the White Pass to Dawson and thence by dog team to Cape Nome, Alaska. He was twice elected mayor of Cape Nome but refused the office. He is now a retired mining engineer, making his home in California. His wife died in 1891, when her son, John L., was but a year and a half old. Dr. Tierney received his early educational training from the Sisters of Mercy at Manchester, Iowa, and for one year was a student in St. Viateur’s College near Kankakee, Illinois. Later he attended St. Mary’s College at St. Marys, Kansas, and next became a student in the St. Louis University of St. Louis, Missouri. He also pursued special courses in Harvard University and in Washington University in St. Louis. He was graduated at St. Mary’s in 1910, receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree, and from the St. Louis University in 1914, at which time the 11 I. D. degree was conferred upon him. In...

Biography of Henry E. Grone

Henry E. Grone, secretary of the Grone Soda Water Company of St. Louis, is native of this city, his birth having here occurred on the 23d of April, 1899. His father, Herman Crone, was also born in St. Louis and was formerly a prominent brewer of the city. He married Adelaide Damhorst, a native of St. Louis and a daughter of C. M. Damhorst, one of the oldest and best known soda water manufacturers in the city. The death of Herman Grone occurred March 24, 1916. In the public schools of St. Louis Henry E. Crone of this review began his education and afterward attended St. Mary’s College at St. Marys, Kansas. On completing his education he became connected with the soda water manufacturing business of H. Grone & Company and has worked up to the position of secretary of the firm, in which capacity he is now serving. The business was established in 1899 by his grandfather, H. Crone, and has been continuously carried on by the family since that time. They are the distributors for the Green River beverages and have an extensive sale for their products throughout the entire country. The business has continuously developed until it is now one of most gratifying proportions, returning a very substantial annual income to the stockholders. On the 22d of October, 1919, Mr. Crone was married in St. Louis, Missouri, to Miss Emily Ryan, a daughter of F. X. Ryan, now deceased, who at one time was connected with the Union Trust Company of St. Louis. Mr. and Mrs. Crone are members of the Catholic church and he is...

Biography of Thomas J. Byrnes

Thomas J. Byrnes has been a leading grain merchant at St. Marys for many years and his participation in civic enterprises had made him an important factor in that city and the surrounding community. St. Marys is his birthplace. He was born March 26, 1870, a son of one of St. Marys pioneers, Edward Byrnes. Edward was born near Dublin, Ireland, in 1834, and came to America when twelve years of age with his parents, who located in New York City and spent the rest of their lives there. In New York City he finished his education and on coming West first located in Kentucky, married there and moved to Missouri, and in 1863 joined the old Catholic community of St. Marys, Kansas. There he continued his vocation in life as a farmer and his homestead adjoined the town on the south. He lived retired from farming for a number of years in St. Marys and died there in December, 1904. He was a democrat and a devout communicant of the Catholic Church. He held various township offices. His wife, Kate Carroll, was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, in 1839, and when eight years of age accompanied her sister Margaret to the United States. They landed in New Orleans and came north to Covington, Kentucky, where she lived with her sister until her marriage. After their marriage they went to Liberty, Missouri, and had a farm in that section until they came to St. Marys. She is still living at the old home in that city. Thomas J. Byrnes was the youngest of four children. James L., the oldest,...

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