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Biography of Oliver Denious

Oliver Denious, a resident of Erie, Kansas, since 1894, has lived a life full of activity. His experiences have been in the role of a farm laborer, soldier, farmer, business man, public official, and wherever and in whatever place destiny has put him he has given a good account of his ability and character. He was only twelve years of age when he became self supporting. That was back in Stark County, Ohio. His first work was to hire out to neighboring farmers, and though extremely young, he often did a man’s work. Naturally enough he had limited advantages to obtain an education, and the public schools he attended were in Stark County. After four years working for others he returned to his father’s place and put in one year after the age of sixteen on the old homestead. His birth occurred at Greensburg, Summit County, Ohio, July 8, 1844. Although the Denious family came from Germany to Pennsylvania in early days, their ancestry was principally Scotch. Judge Denious’ grandfather was Michael Denious, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1790 and became a pioneer settler in Summit County, Ohio. He was both a farmer and blacksmith. He saw some active service as a soldier during the War of 1812, and his death occurred at Greentown, Ohio, in 1863. Levi Denious, father of Oliver, was born in Summit County, Ohio, July 9, 1818, and in 1846 he removed to Stark County and died at New Berlin in that county July 17, 1903. During most of his years he followed the trade of carpenter and joiner, and during the winter months...

Biography of Leland Everett Call

Leland Everett Call is professor of agronomy in the Kansas State Agricultural College at Manhattan. Though still a young man he has gone far in the science of agriculture, is already a recognized authority in several special lines, and since coming to Kansas ten years ago has done much to uphold the prestige of the splendid school at Manhattan. He was born at Kent, Ohio, February 9, 1881, the oldest of the four children of Charles A. and Olive (Prior) Call. Both his parents are natives of Ohio, and are still living in that state. His father is a farmer and it was on a farm that Professor Call and his brothers and sisters were reared and received their early training. His paternal grandfather, Moses Call, went to Ohio about 1840, was born in New Hampshire and represented an old New England family. He married a Miss Starr, whose father, Josiah Starr, removed to Ohio as early as 1812. The Starr family was identified with New England practically from the beginning of colonization. Professor Call’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Prior, and that family went out of Connecticut into the Western Reserve of Ohio in the early days. Samuel Prior himself was born in Ohio and he married a Miss Everett, whose people also came from Connecticut. Leland Everett Call as a boy attended the rural schools. He graduated from the high school at Hudson, Ohio, and in 1899 from the Western Reserve Academy of Hudson in 1902. He received every encouragement and advantage and wisely improved his opportunities not only to secure an education but make the best use...

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