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Biography of Abraham D. Berry

Abraham D. Berry, who now enjoys prosperity as a farmer and oil producer at Wayside, is one of the men who became acquainted with this part of Kansas when the Indians were reluctantly giving it up as a hunting ground. He has been a resident of Kansas almost continuously for forty-five years. As a pioneer he helped lay the foundation for the present magnificent prosperity of Kansas. Born in LaGrange County, Indiana, May 10, 1847, he went as a small boy with his parents to Livingston County, Illinois, received his education there, and spent the first twenty-one years of his life on his father’s farm. It was in 1870 that Mr. Berry first came to Kansas. His first location was at the old trading post in Linn County. He found employment in different lines for several years, but in 1872 returned to Illinois for a couple of years. He made his permanent settlement in 1874 and after his marriage at Trading Post in Linn County he moved in the same year to what is now Wayside. At that date, forty-two years ago, he located on his present farm. Mr. Berry owns 320 acres in Rutland Township in the suburbs of Wayside, besides a farm in Caney Township, and a Texas farm in the Rio Grande Valley. On his farms in Rutland and Caney townships there are now fifty-eight producing oil wells, and these would give him a fortune apart from his substantial interests as a farmer and stock man. His farms are thoroughly developed, and he has a complete equipment of buildings, modern machinery, and for years has carried...

Biography of Daniel Lester Mowrey

Daniel Lester Mowrey of Wayside is a man of extensive experience in the oil districts of the Southwest, and is manager of oil production in this part of Kansas. His ancestors came originally from Germany and settled in Pennsylvania. The family as a whole has furnished its male members chiefly to the mechanical trades and professions, and the family record is a very worthy one. Mr. Mowrey was born at Emerickville, Pennsylvania, January 20, 1885, and having only recently passed his thirtieth birthday has the promise of many years of usefulness before him. His father, W. H. Mowrey, was born in Pennsylvania in 1844, and died at Emerickville in 1907. His active career was spent as a farmer and stock raiser. As a democrat he was entrusted with a number of township offices, and was also a liberal supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church. W. H. Mowrey married Catherine Ishman, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1859 and died at Emerickville in 1904. Daniel L. Mowrey of Wayside is their oldest child. The others are: Theodore, a machinist at Sharon, Pennsylvania; Clyde, also a machinist at Sharon; Amor, a steel worker at Sharon; Alvin, who assists his brother Daniel at Wayside; Raymond, still in school at Spartansburg, Pennsylvania. W. H. Mowrey’s first wife was a Miss Hunsinger. Her children were: Charles, who is machinist in a paper mill at Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania; Hermann, a farmer at Emerickville; Michael, a farmer at Maysville, Pennsylvania; George, an engineer at Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania; and Mary, wife of Charles McMillan, who is connected with a tannery at Reynoldsville. Daniel L. Mowrey received his early education...

Biography of Bert L. Horton

Bert L. Horton, whose full name is Hubert Lee Horton, has spent about thirteen years of his life in Kansas and is one of the large oil producers in Montgomery County. His home and many of his business interests are at Wayside. He is of Pennsylvania birth and ancestry. There were three Horton brothers back in colonial times who came from England. Mr. Horton’s grandfather, Thomas Horton, was reared in New York State, where for a time in the early days he conducted a distillery, but subsequently moved to Tioga County, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in farming until his death. It was in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, that Hubert Lee Horton was born November 23, 1876. His father Hector Horton was born in New York State in 1823, went to Tioga County as a young man, was married there, and followed farming and stock raising until his death in August, 1898. He was a republican. The maiden name of his wife was Permelia Emmick, who was born at Babb’s Creek, now Morris, Pennsylvania, and is still living in Butler County of that state. Their children were: Charles A., an oil producer in Butler County, Pennsylvania; Frank, in the pipe pulling business in the Tulsa oil fields and a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Maria, wife of A. C. English, who has a fruit farm at La Porte, Texas; George E., an oil well driller at Bartlesville, Oklahoma; F. J., who is one of the very successful men of Iola, Kansas, where he is known both as a farmer and as an oil and gas producer; May, who died unmarried in 1899...

Biography of William C. Kandt

William C. Kandt, a native of Kansas, and member of a pioneer family in the state, has been a banker all his active career, and while he maintains offices and has his home at Independence he is active cashier of the Wayside State Bank and president of the Citizens State Bank of Elk City. His birth occurred in Dickinson County, Kansas, August 24, 1877. His grandparents, John and Mary Kandt were German people who came to this country in the early ’50s and in 1857 pioneered into Dickinson County, Kansas, where they were among the first to break the virgin soil and where they lived as farmers the rest of their lives. A. F. Kandt, father of the Independence banker, was born in Germany in 1850 and was brought to this country when three years of age. His parents first lived in Wisconsin, and he was about seven when he came to Kansas. Reared and educated in Dickinson County, he has followed an active career as a farmer and stock raiser, but since 1906 has lived retired at Herington, in Dickinson County. He is a democrat and has filled various township offices, including the office of treasurer. He is a member and deacon of the German Lutheran Church. A. F. Kandt married Fannie Kux, who was born in Austria in 1852. Her father, Ignitz Kux, brought his family to America when she was very young, settling in Chicago and afterwards becoming an early farmer in Marion County, Kansas. A. F. Kandt and wife were married in Dickinson County, and their children were: William C.; Ida, wife of W. F....

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