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Biography of Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith, of Topeka, was one of the notable pioneers of Kansas. He lived in this state half a century. During this time he distinguished himself by a large degree of constructive enterprise in various business affairs. He was a pioneer merchant at Topeka, was also one of the early county officials, was a banker, was interested in the building of railroads and was throughout noted as a man of unusual sound judgment, of great foresight and discernment, and of absolute integrity. The record of his life as given in the following paragraphs is essentially a part of Kansas history. He was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, near Reading, June 24, 1829, and died at his home in Topeka, November 30, 1908. His parents and grandparents were natives of Pennsylvania, their families having come to this country from Leipsic, Germany, at a very early date. When he was two years old in 1831 his father, John Smith, and mother, Hannah Darsham, moved to Somerset, Perry County, Ohio. He received a good education in the country schools and one item of his early experience was clerking in the Boyden Store, where one of his classmates, Phil Sheridan, was also employed. Phil Sheridan later became the dashing cavalry leader and one of the most distinguished generals of the Civil war. In April, 1852, Jacob Smith married Jane K. Von Cannon, at Tiffin, Ohio. Their wedding journey was to Bluffton, Indiana, where they were to make their home, and there Mr. Smith set up in the mercantile business. His daughter, Ida, was born there in 1855. In 1857 Jacob Smith decided to...

Biographical Sketch of G. W. Ifer

One of the representative citizens of Delaware is G. W. Ifer, farm manager of the Sanders Oil Company and owner of two of the most modern business blocks in town. He was born in Wells County, Indiana, on the 6th of November, 1868, and came to Oklahoma in the year that this state was admitted to the union. For six months he resided at Keefer and then spent a like period in the oil fields at Jenks. Subsequently he became farm manager of the Sanders Oil Company at Delaware and with the exception of one year he has since been in charge of all their oil property in the vicinity of Delaware. Mr. Ifer owns considerable well improved business property in Delaware, having demonstrated his faith in the growth of this community by building a fine garage and modern drug store, the latter being operated by his son-in-law, George Chambers. One of the main reasons for the erection of the drug store building was to give the second floor over to the Masonic lodge for its meetings, etc. Mr. Ifer is an exemplary member of that craft, belonging to Delaware Lodge, No. 477. He has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite and is likewise a member of the Mystic Shrine. Mr. Ifer married Miss Arlie Dawley and they became parents of a daughter, Minnie F. She married George E. Chambers, and they have two children: George W. and Peggy L. Mrs. Ifer has passed away. Mr. Ifer is one of the most public-spirited citizens of Delaware and is never too busy to devote a portion of his...

Gross, Charles – Obituary

The brother of a Hartford City resident, Charles E. Gross, 83, Bluffton, suffered an apparent stroke and died early Wednesday morning at his residence. Born in Blackford County, he was a retired grain elevator operator. Survivors include his widow, Martha Gilbert Gross, two daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Pero, Flint, Mich., and Marilyn Gross, Bluffton; a son, Neilon of Flint, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Clinton (Dorothy) Cheesman, Hartford City, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton. The Rev. Calvin Ley will officiate. Burial will be in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Thursday. The Hartford City News Times, February 12, 1975 Contributed by: Shelli...

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