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Biography of Orval Duane Allis

Orval Duane Allis is a Kansas educator, superintendent of schools at Virgil. He is a graduate of Baker University, is a native of Kansas, and his people settled in the state while the Civil war was in progress. Mr. Allis had in his veins the blood of a substantial ancestry, the English and Holland Dutch predominating. His paternal ancestors came from England to Vermont in colonial times. His great-grandfather, William Allis, was born in Vermont, but early moved to Steuben County, New York, where he married, where he spent his career as a farmer, and where he died. F. G. Allis, the founder of the family in Kansas, was born in Otsego County, New York, in 1833. He grew up in Steuben County, and while living there taught school, followed the trade of carpenter, was a justice of the peace, and also did farming. He married in 1855 Catherine Winne. She was born in Steuben County, August 9, 1829, and is now living at the venerable age of eighty-seven in Virgil, Kansas. Her ancestors, the Winnes, came out of Holland and were settlers in New York long before the Revolution. In 1864 F. G. Allis and wife brought their family to Kansas, locating on a homestead of 160 acres in Greenwood County. He livcd the life of a farmer there until his death at Virgil on May 11, 1894. Mrs. Catherine Allis is one of the oldest residents in this section of Kansas, and had witnessed practically its entire development. She and her husband had the following children: Egbert, who was born in 1857 and died in 1917, at...

Biography of Andrew J. Howell

Andrew J. Howell, postmaster and merchant at Virgil; had a partieularly large personal following throughout Greenwood County because of the many years he spent as a teacher in the public schools. While few school men become wealthy, it is doubtful it any occupation or vocation had more enduring satisfaction in respect to the value of the service rendered humanity. Mr. Howell was a hard working and conscientious teacher, and there are hundreds of his old pupils, grown to manhood and womanhood, who have an affectionate regard for his memory and delight in his prominent posterity. Though he had lived in Kansas since early boy hood Mr. Howell was born in Daviess County, Indiana, October 7, 1863, His Howell ancestors came originally out of France and settled in Virginia. His father, C. H. Howell, was born in Virginia in 1828, but when a boy the family removed to Daviess County Indiana, where he grew up and married. He lived on a farm in Indiana, but in 1872 came to Quiney Township in Greenwood County, near Virgil, and developed a tract of land from its primeval condition. He died at Virgil January 8, 1891. In politics he was a democrat. His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Elzick was born in 1841, and died in Daviess County, Indiana, in 1866. Their children were; Emma, wife of J. L. Sharp, a blacksmith at Virgil, Kansas; Thomas, a lumber dealer in Arkansas; Rhoda E., wife of Charles S. Jones, a bookkeeper for a lumber company in Arkansas; and Andrew J. Beginning his education in Indiana, Andrew J. Howell continued to avail himself of...

Biography of William Thomas Grove, M. D.

William Thomas Grove, M. D. Doctor Grove had been one of the foremost physicians and surgeons of Eureka for twenty-two years. He is a man of high attainments in the profession. While most of his work had been in general lines he is a recognized expert in diseases of the eye, car, nose and throat and had largely specialized in that department of practice. His standing as a citizen is not less than that he enjoys in his profession. Doctor Grove found the road to a professional career somewhat uneven and punctuated with difficulties. He began working for his own living when a boy, and had experiences as a farm hand, teacher, clerk and in various other lines before he reached the goal of his ambition. He was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1867. His ancestors came originally from Holland in colonial days. There were three Grove brothers, one of whom settled at York, Pennsylvania, another in Maryland and another in Virginia. Doctor Grove is descended from the Pennsylvania branch. His grandfather was born in Pennsylvania, and died at York in that state, where for many years he kept a tavern. Robert C. Grove, father of Doctor Grove, was born in Pennsylvania in 1842, was reared and married in that state, and at the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in a Pennsylvania regiment of infantry. After his career as a soldier he became a school teacher, and had followed that profession for fully half a century. Soon after the war he moved to Gallatin, Missouri, where he taught school, and is now a resident of Springfield,...

Biography of Malcolm Campbell Newman, M. D.

Malcolm Campbell Newman, M. D., whose work as a physician and surgeon had brought him high standing among the citizens of Toronto and over a large part of the county, moved to Toronto in 1913 from Virgil, where he had practiced for several years. Doctor Newman looks after a large general medical and surgical practice, having his offices on the main street of town, and since locating at Toronto had served as health officer. He is a member of the Woodson County and State Medical societies and the American Medical Association. Doctor Newman was born in Gentry County, Missouri, August 20, 1881. The Newmans combine both Scotch and English stock and were early settlers in the State of Ohio. Doctor Newman’s mother’s people were pioneers in Indiana. Isaac B. Newman, his father, was born in Pike County, Ohio, in 1841. In 1865 his parents removed to Gentry County, Missouri, and he came with them and married there. For a number of years he was a merchant and hotel proprietor at Darlington, Missouri. In 1886 he came to Greeley County, Kansas, and was identified with stock raising there until he retired to California in 1911. He died at Huntington Park, California, in 1913. He made a creditable record as a soldier during the Civil war. He went out with the Seventy-sixth Ohio Infantry in 1862, and was in the army three years until 1865. He followed the regiment in all its campaigns, and two of the conspicuous battles in which he took part were Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain. It is not known that his soldier experience made him a republican,...

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