Discover your family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

Start Now

Biography of Francis M. Spencer

Francis M. Spencer. During more than a quarter century’s identification with the building and contracting business in Kansas, with headquarters at Topeka, Mr. Spencer has established a reputation for responsible financial management and systematic and accurate execution of every contract which he undertakes, even down to the last detail. Few men in the business in the entire state can exhibit a finer record in buildings actually completed and now conspicuous in various cities as Mr. Spencer. While a complete list would be impossible, the more notable of his contracts are the following: Topeka Manual Training School, the Capper Building, the New England Building, the Young Men’s Christian Association Building, the Washburn College Observatory, the Washburn College Gymnasium, all of Topeka; the Santa Fe Railway Hospital at Mulvane, Kansas; the State Normal School Building at Emporia; the Central Park, Washington and Van Buren schools in Topeka; the Santa Fe Railway Motive Power Office Building at Topeka; St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, and has recently completed Ursuline Academy at Paola, Kansas, and the Kansas Masonic Grand Lodge Building of Topeka. His firm, F. M. Spencer & Son, contractors, is now engaged in erecting a Santa Fe depot and office building at Marceline, Missouri, and a union depot at Salina, Kansas. Francis M. Spencer was born near Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio, May 11, 1856, a son of John F. and Sarah (Shield) Spencer. His father was born in Clinton County, Ohio, April 14, 1828, was a farmer and moved to Kansas in 1873. In 1895 he retired from active work as a farmer, and his death occurred in Topeka, December 11,...

Biographical Sketch of Henry R. Cool

Cool, Henry R.; wholesale lumber; born, Urbanna, O., Oct. 22, 1878; son of William A. and Lena Rose Cool; education, Urbanna University and Ohio State University, 1899; married, Cleveland, Nov. 23, 1904, Helen Ranney Adams; issue, Kenneth Adams, Dee. 13, 1905, Janet Ranney, July 12, 1907; New York mgr. of Eastern Sash, Door & Glass Co.; resigning to join his father in lumber business; later junior partner in W. A. Cool & Son (1904); sec’y Service Recorder Co.; director Adams Bag Co.; member Chamber of Commerce, and Hermit Club; Chi Phi; interested in the development of southern timber and farm holdings;...

Biographical Sketch of George Hamilton Eichelberger

Eichelberger, George Hamilton; lawyer; born, Urbana, O., Jan. 24, 1877; son of George M. and Emma Ring Eichelberger; educated, Ohio Weslyan University; married, New York City, Aug. 11, 18908; Frances Staunton Dodge; one daughter; United States Marshal at Shanghai, China, 1897-1900; since coming to Cleveland, connected with 5th Ohio Infantry as battalion adjt.; practiced law in Cleveland since 1901, (Reed & Eichelberger); Mason; member Union, Athletic, and Euclid Clubs. Recreation:...

Rouse, Levi J. – Obituary

Another Old Pioneer Departed Last Sunday, Feb. 3, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, after several weeks of intense suffering from a complication of diseases, Levi J. Rouse, one of the oldest, most widely known and respected pioneer citizens of this part of this state was claimed by the angel of death and taken to another world. His demise is a time of sincere mourning, for he was well and favorably known throughout all parts of this and Union counties; he having been closely associated with the educational, political and industrial development of both for many years. Levi J. Rouse was born near Urbana, Champaign, County, Ohio, October 15th, 1835. His early life was spent on the farm with his parents until the age of seventeen he procured a certificate and embarked in the life of the educator. He was successful as a teacher and continued teaching in Ohio and Iowa until the year 1859 when he crossed the plains and settled at Independence. In the spring he went with a drove of cattle to California, spending the summer at Shasta, returning in the fall to Independence The next winter was spent in clerking for Captain Lyon. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Rouse was one of the first ones to enter the Oro Fino mining regions and from that time on until 1866 he engaged in mining there and other sections of Idaho, after which he settled in Grand Ronde Valley teaching there until 1885 when he became a resident of this county. When the county was organized, he was appointed the first superintendent of schools in 1887....

Pin It on Pinterest