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Biography of Ray L. Bailey

Ray L. Bailey is one of the widely known men of Shawnee County, and is now successfully farming a fine place four miles north of North Topeka. He makes farming a real business, understands it in all details, and gives it the same energy and close attention which he formerly paid to his work as a traveling salesman. He was on the road for a number of years, and his firm sent him on a number of missions to Old Mexico. On account of his travel and extensive acquaintance in that southern republic he is well informed as to Mexican internal affairs. Mr. Bailey was born in Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, August 24, 1868, but has been a resident of Kansas since his parents brought him to this state in October, 1872. M. D. Bailey, his father, has long been a prominent man in Kansas. On coming to the state in 1872 he and his family settled in Pawnee County. He was also a native of Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and the Bailey family were among the pioneers in that district. The father of M. D. Bailey was Benjamin F. Bailey, who was born in Pennsylvania and in early territorial days, before the Civil war, came out to Leavenworth, Kansas, and opened a store. Mr. A. Meyers, who is now living in Meyers Valley, in Pottawatomie County, is one of the men who recalls Benjamin Bailey as a Leavenworth merchant in 1855. Benjamin Bailey finally returned to Pennsylvania, having remained in Kansas only a few years. M. D. Bailey, after coming to Kansas, was employed in the United States Land...

Biography of Joseph R. Bernauer

Joseph R. Bernauer. Since assuming the management of the Fredonia Window Glass Company’s plant at Caney, Joseph R. Bernauer has been successful in showing excellent financial results, and has evidenced a broad knowledge of mechanical science as well as a wealth of executive ability. Many years of practical experience contribute to his equipment, and during his career he has been connected with some of the leading concerns of this kind in the West. Mr. Bernauer was born in Baden, Germany, August 13, 1863, and is a son of Raymond and Brigeta (Schlagel) Bernauer. His grandfather, Quirin Bernauer, was born in Baden, Germany, where the family has resided for many generations, in 1800, passed his life as a successful merchant, and died in 1883. Raymond Bernauer was also born in Baden, in 1834, followed the weaver’s trade for some years, and likewise engaged in farming to some extent. He was also possessed of much inventive genius, as his invention of the wire screen will testify, but his career in this direction was cut short by his early death, in 1869. Mrs. Bernauer, who was born in 1843, died in 1883, in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church, of which her husband was also a member. They were the parents of three children, namely: Joseph R., of this review; Pauline, who is still a resident of Baden; and Otto, a blacksmith by trade, who died at Fredonia, Kansas, when thirty-five years of age. Joseph R. Bernauer received his education in the public schools of his native land, after leaving which he served an apprenticeship to and thoroughly mastered the blacksmith’s...

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