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Biography of William F. Hill

William F. Hill is the dean of the newspaper profession in Pottawatomie County. The Becorder had been published consecutively at Westmoreland for thirty-two years, and Mr. Hill had been proprietor and publisher of the paper for more than a quarter of a century. When he first came to Kansas it was in the role of a teacher, and he was at one time principal of schools in Havensville, and Westmoreland of Pottawatomie County. He is of English ancestry, and his forebears came to Virginia in Colonial times. His grandfather, John R. Hill, was born in Ohio and spent his life as a farmer, living both in Ohio and Indiana. His death occurred near Goshen, Indiana, in 1856. Samuel Hill, father of the Westmoreland editor, was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1832, and when a young man went to Indiana, where he married. In 1832 he became an early settler in Monroe County, Iowa, and in that county on April 10, 1856, his son William was born. A few months later the family removed to Ringgold County, Iowa, where Samuel Hill spent the rest of his sctive life as a farmer with the exception of a few years inĀ Oklahoma. He died in Ringgold County in 1914. He was a republican and a very active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He also made a military record as a faithful soldier of the Union during the Civil war. In 1862 he enlisted in the Ninth Iowa Cavalry and was in service until the close of hostilities. Most of the time was spent in Arkansas and along the Missouri-Kansas border fighting the...

Biography of Christian D. Ladner

Christian D. Ladner. In electing Christian D. Ladner their sheriff in 1916 the citizens of Pottawatomie County exereised a wise discretion in the choice of one of the most important county officials. Mr. Ladner is a native of Pottawatomie County, and had played a varied and successful part in the affairs of this community for over thirty years. He is of fine old Swiss stock. His father, George Ladner, was born December 25, 1823, in the largest Canton or Province of Switzerland, Gran Buenden. He grew up in his native country and married there Barbara Neff, who was born in Switzerland in 1833. Her father, Christian Neff, was born in 1801 and in his late years came to America and died in Jackson County, Kansas, in 1883. He followed the business of trader both in the old country and in Kansas. George Ladner learned the trade of shoemaker in the old country, and in 1850 he came to the United States with his wife, first locating at St. Louis. He lived there six years, and for another six years had his home near St. Louis but at Carondelet, Illinois. He was a general workman in St. Louis, and in 1862 he joined the early settlers of Pottawatomle County, where he bought a farm of 120 acres in Lone Tree Township. He homesteaded the forty acres comprising the remainder of the quarter section and gave his energies successfully to the development and cultivation of the land until he retired into Onaga in 1890. He lived there until his death in 1896. His wife died at Onaga in 1903. George Ladner...

Biography of John William Wilhoit, M. D.

John William Wilhoit, M. D. For a period of more than thirty years Doctor Wilhoit had quietly and efficiently preformed his services as a doctor at St. George and is the oldest resident physician of that town of Pottawatomie County, one of the oldest established in this part of the state. Doctor Wilhoit is a man of high standing in his profession, with attainments that rank him among the leaders of the profession in the state. Perhaps there are none who will say he had not chosen wisely in spending his career in a country community where the opportunities for service are just as great as in a city and where he had enjoyed the rewards of community esteem in a richer degree than are ever paid to the city practitiomer. Doctor Wilhoit is a Kentuckian, born in Carter County August 12, 1853. His grandfather, John William Wilhoit, was a native of Germany, and came to this country with four brothers, who settled respectively in Virginia, Mississippi, Missouri and Indiana, while he located in Bath County, Kentucky, as a pioneer farmer. he was unable to speak a word of English when he arrived in America. He spent his life as a farmer in Bath County and died there before Doctor Wilhoit was born. James A. Wilhoit, father of Doctor Wilhoit, was born in Bath County in 1815, and his life was spent in his native state, chiefly in Carter County. He was an industrious and capable farmer. His sympathies were with the North when the war broke out and he offered his services to the Union army but was...

Biography of Walter Robson

Walter Robson, a former representative of Pottawatomie County in the Legislature, is a man of large and important business interests in and around Westmoreland. His chief business is farming, but whether as a farmer, legislator, merchant he had played a forceful and virile part in every one of his numerous interests. Reared in Kansas from early infancy, Mr. Robson was born at Wilmington in Will County, Illinois, February 26, 1875. His father, John Robson, is and for many years had been a prominent factor in Pottawatomie County and is still living on his farm two miles northeast of Westmoreland. He possesses the characteristic qualities of the Scotchman. He was born at Hawick, Scotland, in 1838, grew up and learned the trade of stone mason in his native country and married there Miss Eliza Scott, who was born in Hawick in 1839. In 1867 they came to the United States and for a number of years John Robson followed the contracting and building business at Wilmington, Illinois. In November, 1877, he brought his family to Kansas and then bought the farm two miles northeast of Westmoreland where he still resided. His business interests have constantly grown and he is now owner of 700 acres of rich farming land in Pottawatomie County, owned and built in 1901 the Robson Building on Main Street in Westmoreland and had a three-quarter section of land in Lipscomb County, Texas, in the Panhandle near Higgins. Politieally he is an independent democrat and served as county commissioner three years. For the past ten years he had been president of the Farmers State Bank of Westmoreland. He...

Biography of Herman Zabel

Herman Zabel has spent all his life in Pottawatomie County and is a son of one of the early pioneers there. His own career had been one of varied interests and activities. He still owned a big farm near the county seat and is also vice president of the Farmers State Bank of Westmoreland in that city. His father, the late Charles Zabel, was born near the city of Berlin, Germany, in 1851, and deserves a permanent record among the pioneers of Pottawatomie County. At the age of nineteen he came to the United States, worked in the pineries and around the saw mills of Wisconsin, and in 1857 joined the free state pioneers of Kansas. He homesteaded 160 acres in Mill Creek Township of Pottawatomie County, but after two years on the claim he began the operation of a flour and saw mill at Westmoreland. Subsequently he farmed, was in business as a merchant, and in his closing years was a banker at Westmoreland. He died there in 1904. He was always a staunch republican and was honored with various township offices. His church was the Lutheran, and fraternally he was identified with the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. During the Civil war he belonged to the Kansas State Militia and assisted in repelling the raid of General Price. In Wisconsin before coming to Kansas he married Maria Tessendorf, who was born near Berlin, Germany, in 1844, and died at Westmoreland, Kansas, in 1915. Their children were: Julia, wife of John Pfaff, a banker and hardware merchant at Anadarko, Oklahoma; Mary A., wife of W....

Biography of Warren S. Plummer

Warren S. Plummer, former county clerk of Pottawatomie County, is secretary, treasurer and manager of the Westmoreland Mercantile Company, the largest general merchandise house in business at the county seat. Mr. Plummer started life with an earnest purpose, and had steadily kept that in view and by industry and honorable dealings had attained a position where he is recognized as one of the leading men of his home county. He is a native of Pottawatomie County, having been born near the present Village of Flush, then known as Myers Valley, on January 7, 1875. He is of old American stock, the Plummers having come from England and settled in Virginia in Colonial times. His father Hezekiah Plummer was one of the early settlers in Pottawatomie County. He was born near Chillicothe, Ohio, in February, 1826, and when a boy entered upon an apprenticeship at the cooper and wagon making trade. He became a skilled workman. He was reared and married near Chillicothe and from there moved to Indiana. In 1862 he volunteered his services in Company I of the Thirtieth, Indiana Infantry, but after six months of service was discharged on account of disability. He then went back to Chillicothe, Ohio, and lived there until 1868, which was the date of his coming to Pottawatomie County. He took up a homestead, developed it as a farm, and sold out in 1878 and removed to Morris County, where he bought a new farm. He was a successful farmer and finally retired into Council Grove in 1887, where he died in January, 1899. Hezekiah Plummer was a republican and a member...

Biography of Manasseh Stewart Knox

Manasseh Stewart Knox is one of the oldesb residents of Pottawatomie County. His own recollections of that district cover a period of sixty years, beginning in his early childhood. He knew Pottawatomie County when it was a virtual wilderness and when Kansas was still in the throes of the free stats struggle. Mr. Knox is one of the most substantial land holders and formerly one of the largest farmers in Northern Kansas and is president of the First National Bank of Havensville and had banking interests elsewhere. He was born in Cayuga County, New York, August 21, 1843. His ancestors were Scotch-Irish and English and were colonial settlers in Virginia, His grandfather, John Knox, was a native of Virginia and perhaps through disinclination to the institution of slavery he moved north into Pennsylvania, freeing his slaves. He became a farmer and millwright in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1845. His son, John Knox, Jr., served with the rank of colonel in the Civil war and was killed in battle. The founder of the family in Kansas was Charles S. Knox, who was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, in 1810. He grew up there and when a young man went to Cayuga County, New York, where he became a farmer and where he married. It was in June, 1857, that he joined the pioneers of Pottawatomie County, Kansas. His homestead of 160 acres, now owned by his son M. S. Knox, was two miles north of Havensville and close to the old and now almost forgotten town, America City. Charles S. Knox was one of the useful pioneers...

Biography of James Claude Wilhoit, M. D.

James Claude Wilhoit, M. D. This is the name of a prominent young physician and surgeon at Manhattan, but a man who in spite of his years has attained an enviable prominence in the professional and business life of his home state. Doctor Wilhoit has those natural gifts which together with thorough training make the proficient surgeon. His work is now largely surgery and diagnosis. He was born at Westmoreland in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, July 14, 1885, a son of Dr. John W. and Jennie (Armstrong) Wilhoit. His parents were natives of Kentucky, where they married, and they came to Kansas in 1884 and since 1885 Dr. John W. Wilhoit has practiced medicine with success at St. George, Kansas, and in that vicinity. He is one of the well known men of his county, and has won an enviable reputation in his profession. The early youth of Dr. J. C. Wilhoit was spent in the community of St. George. He attended the public schools there and later the State Normal School at Emporia. In 1907 he graduated M. D. from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. His first practical experience was at St. George, but after a year he located at Manhattan, where he has gained a large and lucrative practice. Doctor Wilhoit is a member of the Riley County and the Kansas State Medical societies and the American Medical Association, and in 1915 was elected president of the county society and also president of the Golden Belt Medical Society. Ever since graduating he has taken every opportunity to associate with the leaders of the profession in America and secure...

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