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Biography of Whitsed Laming, Sr.

Whitsed Laming, Sr. The Laming family came to Leavenworth County thirty-five years ago, and there is no name more prominently associated with the business and civic life of the district in and around Tonganoxie than this. The Lamings are bankers, extensive farmers and stockmen, and have also developed some of the largest public utilities and other industrial enterprises in this part of the state. The founder of the family was the late Whitsed Laming, Sr., who came to Kansas in 1882, locating on a farm of 740 acres four miles north of Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County. He was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1827, grew up on a farm and had only the advantages of the ordinary schools of England in his time. He married Elizabeth Caulton. All their ten children were born in England. An older brother of Whitsed, Samuel Laming, had come to America and had settled on a farm in Johnson County, Kansas. He was prospering, had become thoroughly inoculated with the Kansas spirit, and he finally induced his father, Whitsed, to follow him to America. Whitsed Laming had farmed a leased place in England for twenty-one years, and the annual rental per acre for the land was $15. On coming to America he paid $20 an acre for his extensive holdings in Leavenworth County, only $5 more than he had paid as annual rental in England. For about seven years he remained actively supervising his farming interests, and in 1889 he moved to Tonganoxie and founded the Tonganoxie State Bank. He operated that institution until 1900. Desiring to spend his declining years in his native...

Biography of William C. Phenicie

William C. Phenicie, an honored veteran of the Civil war, a resident of Kansas for more than half a century, had played his varied part in life with exceeding industry, thrift, and a public spirited sense of responsibility as a citizen. He is now a resident of Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County. His birth occurred on a farm near Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, December 19, 1841. His parents were George W. and Mary Ann (Howk) Phenicie. His father was an Ohio farmer. He also had the pioneer spirit which led Americans of all classes away from the settled states into the wilder and less developed regions of the West. About 1848 he loaded all his worldly goods on a wagon and drove overland to Steuben County in Northern Indiana. There he and his family had their home when the Civil war came upon the country. He and his wife were the parents of twelve children, four sons and eight daughters, and six of them are still living. All the four sons enrolled as soldiers in the Union army. William C. Phenicie was seven years old when he went to Indiana and he grew up on a farm in Steuben County. He had the sports and pastimes and the hard work of the average farmer boy of seventy years ago. He attended country schools as they were maintained for a few brief months each winter season, but otherwise as rapidly as his strength permitted he made a hand in the clearing, grubbing, sowing, cultivating and harvesting of the fields on the homestead. He had not yet turned his twentieth birthday when...

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