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Biography of Robert M. Baker

Robert M. Baker was a pioneer Kansan. Nearly fifty years ago he identified himself with the frontier in Phillips County and helped to develop that wild prairie section into one of the finest agricultural districts of the state. In the year 1900 he moved his home to Topeka, where he lived in retirement until his death. He was born at Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1839. His father James Baker had a specially adventuresome and interesting career. James was born in the historic town of Battle, forty miles from London, England. As a young man a romantic experience caused him to run away from his home in England and come to America. Here his first employment was in assisting the troops of General Andrew Jackson to erect the breastworks of sand bags and cotton bales at New Orleans to repel the British invasion. A little later he went into Ohio, and there married the young lady on whose account he left England. The late Robert M. Baker grew up in Ohio, received his education there, and during the Civil war he and his brother Wilson did hazardous duty as bridge builder in Sherman’s army, being attached to the pioneer corps. His brothers Isaac and Thomas were privates in the Union army. In 1868 Mr. Baker joined the Missouri Conference of the Methodist Church at Chillicothe, having early in life devoted himself to the cause of the ministry. He finally moved out to Kansas and located eight miles southwest of Phillipsburg, and three miles west of Glade on the Solomon River bottoms. He lived in Phillips until in 1900 removed to...

Biography of Edward Buckman

Edward Buckman. A few years ago Edward Buckman retired from his farm in Shawnee County, where he had spent the most profitable years of his life, and is now living retired at his home 1516 Guthrie Street in Topeka. The Buckman family has played a very worthy part in developing the lands of Kansas since pioneer times, and Mr. Edward Buckman has also found opportunity at different times to exercise his influence for good in local affairs. He was born on a farm in Columbiana County, Ohio, June 26, 1853, one of the four children born to Thomas and Susan (Howell) Buckman, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. Of these four children the two now living are Edward and his sister Mercy, Mrs. W. H. Coultis of Topeka. In 1869 Thomas Buckman and his family and also his brother A. Harding Buckman brought their families out to Kansas, locating on adjoining farms in Shawnee County. Thomas Buckman and family for three years lived on seventeen acres on West Sixth Street in Topeka, and in 1872 moved out to the land which in the meantime he had broken up with teams of oxen and horses, and thereafter he gave all his time and energy to the improvement and cultivation of this place. The life and character of the late Thomas Buckman were such that they deserve more than passing mention in any history of Kansas: Politically he was a whig and afterwards an equally active republican. Back in Ohio he held some offices in the city of Alliance, and after coming to Shawnee County he was sent to represent...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph Bomgardner

Bomgardner, Joseph; mfr.; born, Wilmot, O., 1855; son of B. F. and Harriet Putnam Bomgardner; educated, grade school, Winfield, O., Commercial School, Painesville, O., Literary Course Mount Union College, Alliance, O.; married, Winfield, O., Oct. 24, 1878, Kizzie Olis; 4 children; no military record, and takes very little interest in politics; worked on his fathers’ farm until he was 21; salesman on the road for 30 years; in the meantime, in-vented a number of patent articles and is now engaged in the manufacture of a number of them; namely, elevators, invalid chairs, and beds, etc.; member advisory board, Colonial Savings & Loan Co.; member Chamber of Industry. Recreation:...

Biography of Earl J. Andrews

Andrews, Earl J.; architect and builder; born, Wilmington, O., Nov. 16, 1882; son of William Garner and Rachel Seal Andrews; educated, Marion, Ind., high school and Marion Normal & Science College; married, Canton, O., April 10, 1904, Birdette Wertenberger; learned carpenter’s trade in Cleveland during summer vacations and in 1903 finished trade and took up drawing and de-signing at the same time following practical building work; in 1905 started in business for myself; was the first Cleveland architect to dispense with sub-contractors and employ my own labor and material, thus eliminating annoyance to clients in dealing with a great number of men; have built 60 high grade houses in the neighborhood of Wade Park ranging from $8,000.00 to $30,000.00, in the last six years; high grade homes are my specialty and I make that class of work a study for the comfort of the owners down to the servants. Business blocks, factories and apartments are entirely out of my line. I have never once failed to deliver a home complete upon the specified time; the whole secret of this is the absolute command of all trades during construction; member Chamber of Commerce, Builder’s Exchange, Al Koran Temple Mystic Shrine, Cour De Leon Commandery; member Athletic, Automobile, Country and Manufacturer’s Clubs; recreation, howling in winter months and baseball fan (33rd’), and some golf; my parents were natives of Ohio; my father was raised on a farm; in 1892 he moved to Marion, Ind., and engaged in the hay and grain shipping business; my father retired from business two years ago and bought back his old homestead farm in Clinton Co.;...

Biographical Sketch of Thomas P. Ballard

Ballard, Thomas P.; real estate; born, Canton, O., Apr. 27, 1854; son of Martin and Sophia Ball Ballard; educated, A. B. Amherst College, 1876 and A. M. 1879; married, Columbus, O., Jan. 20, 1886, Isabella Clerk (deceased) ; one son, Clifford B. Ballard; married, Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 29, 1907, Frances Anne Keay; one son, Hyde Whitcomb Ballard; 1877-79, supt. schools Navarre, O.; 1879-80, prin. Unadilla N. Y. Academy; 1880-90, agt. for Ginn & Co. of Boston at Columbus, O.; 1890, admitted as partner of Ginn & Co., 1892-99, Chicago office of Ginn & Co.; 1899-1906, social and settlement worker, Philadelphia; 1906, real estate, Cleveland; 1894-99, trustee Chicago Commons; 1897-99, trustee Cong. City Mission Society, Chicago; 1895-8, trustee Central Cong. Church, Philadelphia; 1913, director Civic League, Cleveland; member Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity; 1886-91, Columbus, O., Club, Chicago; Union League, Congregational, Sunset, Evanston, Amherst, Evans-ton Boat Club; Cleveland City Club; Council of Sociology; member Chamber of Commerce; committee on Municipal Affairs, 1912; vice pres. Cleveland Real Estate Board, 1911; chairman Board of Trustees, 1912, and pres....

Biographical Sketch of Matthew B. Excell

Excell, Matthew B.; attorney; born, July 13, 1869, Jackson, Mich.; son of John Wesley and Emily Tayler Excell; educated, Cleveland public schools and Central High School, graduated Mt. Union College, 1888, Ph. B., 1891; married, Oct. 3, 1894, Maud M. Amerman of Alliance, O.; one son, Allen J., born May 14, 1896; while at college wrote for the Alliance Leader, later became its editor; in 1892, was elected mayor of Alliance; studied law, was admitted to the bar, and came to Cleveland in 1894; asst. director of law for the city, 1899-1901; Democrat; has served as pres. of the Board of Public Safety; member Euclid Ave. Methodist Church; member of its Mens’ Club; member Athletic, Whist and Crank and Sociology Clubs, and the Chamber of Commerce, Cuyahoga County and Ohio State Bar...

Biographical Sketch of Harrison W. Ewing

Ewing, Harrison W.; attorney-at-law; born, Milton, Mahoning County, O., July 26, 1874; son of Harrison J. and M. Patterson Ewing; educated, Cleveland Central High School, 1892, Adelbert College, 1893 and 1894, special St. Louis Law School, Washington University, 1896, Law School, Western Reserve University, 1897-1899, LL. B., 1899; married, Cleveland, June 27, 1903, Elmyra C. Lucas; one daughter, Marjorie Gaile Ewing, born June, 1905; admitted to the bar, June, 1899; law firm H. J. & H. W. Ewing, 1899-1903; Ewing, Neiding & Kramer, 1905-1909; Ewing, Kramer & Counts, 1909-1912; Dawley, Ewing, Counts & Terrell, 1912 to date; director Hanna Moving & Storage Co.; member Cleveland Bar Ass’n; B. P. O. Elks, past exalted ruler Cleveland Lodge, 1904; Knights Pythias, Biglow Lodge, F. & A. M., Thatcher Chapter, R. A. M.; member Ranney Chapter Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity; member Lakewood Yacht Club. Recreations: Hunting and...

Biographical Sketch of William Louis Day

Day, William Louis; judge, born, Canton, O., Aug. 13, 1876; son of William Rufus (q. v.) and Mary Elizabeth (Schaefer) Day; graduate Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass., 1896; LL. B., University of Michigan, 1900; married Elizabeth E. McKay, of Caro, Mich., Sept. 10, 1902; admitted to bar, 1900, and practiced at Canton; city solicitor, 1906-1908; U. S. atty., Northern Dist. Ohio, 1908-1911; U. S. dist. judge, May 13, 1911-; Republican, Lutheran. Clubs : Hermit, Cleveland Athletic, Nisi...

Biographical Sketch of Lather Day

Day, Lather; lawyer; born, Canton, O., May 9, 1879; son of William R. and Mary E. Lebaufu Day; married, Canton, O., June 24, 1903, Ida McKinley Barber; two daughters, Katherine and Ida; practiced law in Canton, O., six years; entered firm of Goulder, Day, White, Garry & Duncan, in November, 1910; member Psi Upsilon Fraternity and Athletic, Euclid, and Lakeside Country Clubs; and Chamber of...

Biographical Sketch of Henry Payne McIntosh

McIntosh, Henry Payne; banker; born, Cleveland, Oct. 27, 1846; son of Alexander and Agnes Nicol McIntosh; educated, Cleveland public schools; married, Jan. 19, 1871, Olive Manfull; issue, three sons and three daughters: 1860 to 1868, employ of the Cleveland & Erie R. R. Co., in telegraph department; chief operator at time of resignation; 1868, bookkeeper for E. Teeters & Sons, hankers. Alliance. O.; also with Alliance & Lake Erie R. R. Co., as sec’y, spending about twelve years in Alliance; 1876, returned to Cleveland. to assume charge of the business interests of Hon. Henry B. Payne; 1901, resigned, to become pres. of The Guardian Savings & Trust Co.; pres. of the following. Cleveland & Eastern Traction Co.. Cleveland, Youngstown & Eastern R. R. Co., Vulcan Steamship Co.. treas. Standard Tool Co., Standard Welding Co.; director Cleveland Railway Co., Buffalo Steamship Co.; chairman of the board of directors, Chicago. Lake Shore & South Bend R. R. Co., First National Bank. Hydraulic Pressed Steel Co., International Banking Corporation of New York; member Al Koran Temple, N. M. S., Iris Lodge No. 229, F. & A. M., Cleveland Chapter No. 148, R. A. M., Holyrood Commandery, No. 32, of which he is Past Em. Commander; also Past Rt. Em. Grand Commander of the State of Ohio; Elidah Lodge of Perfection, Bahurim Council P. J., Ariel Chapter, Rose Croix, H. R. D. M., Lake Erie Consistory, S. P. R. S.; 32nd°, Supreme Council Sovereign Grand Inspectors, General, 33rd and last degree of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the U. S. of America; member Athletic, Country, Euclid, East End Tennis, and Union...
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