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Biography of Harry O. Sutcliff

Harry O. Sutcliff is superintendent of the city schools of Wheaton in Pottawatomie County. Mr. Sutcliff is still young, with life before him, but had already proved an instrument of great service in the educational affairs of his native state. He was born on a farm in Jewell County, Kansas, January 14, 1891. The Suteliff family had lived in this state for over thirty-five years. His grandfather, Robert Sutcliff, was born in England in 1820 and came when a young man to the United States, living in Illinois until 1880, when he removed to Jewell County, Kansas, and followed farming in that locality until his death in 1895. R. M. Sutcliff, father of Harry O., was born near, Pontiac in Livingston County, Illinois, March 4, 1861. When he was nineteen he accompanied his father and stepmother to Kansas, and for many years was a successful teacher. Most of his work as an educator was done in Jewell County, though he had taught in other sections of Western Kansas for several years. He homesteaded a claim of 160 acres in Scott County, but after five years, having proved up, sold that and gave his attention to other affairs. He was honored with the office of county clerk of Scott County. Politically he was a democrat and a very useful and active member of the Christian Church. His death occurred in Concordia, Kansas, in January, 1917. He was affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. R. M. Sutcliff married Barbara Oberly, who was born in Germany in 1862 and is now living in Osborne County, Kansas. Harry O. Sutcliff is the...

Biography of Seth Ingalsbee

Seth Ingalsbee is now living retired at Wheaton, Kansas. His had been a long and useful career, and he is now past eighty-eight years of age. He served as a soldior during the Civil war, and came to Kansas a few years later and identified himself with the homesteading era in Pottawatomie County. Mr. Ingalsbee is of early English and of Revolutionary stock. There is a record of military service in almost every generation. The founder of the family and his remote ancestor was John Ingoldsby, who came from England and was a Colonial settler. Mr. Ingalsbee’s great-grandfather was Ebenezer Ingalsbee. He fought with the English army during the French and Indian wars, and was still in the British service when the Revolution broke out. He sided with the Colonists, and was commissioned a captain in the Revolutionary forces. As a precaution against being tried for desertion in the event that he should be captured by the enemy, he changed his name to Ingalsbee, the form of spelling which had ever since been practiced. Mr. Ingalsbee’s grandfather was also named Ebenezer Ingalsbee and also had service as a soldier in the Revolution. He was born at Worcester, Massachusetts, in which colony the family first located, and a number of years after the Revolution he emigrated to Western New York. He was a farmer and shoemaker and died in Cayuga County, New York. Mr. Seth Ingalsbee was born at the Town of Byron in Genesee County, New York, May 15, 1829. He was born a few weeks after Andrew Jackson was inaugurated for his first term as president of the...

Biographical Sketch of Miohakl Joseph McManus, Rev.

Rev. Miohakl Joseph McManus is pastor of St. Michael Archangel’s Church at Wheaton. Father MeManus had lived in America ten years and most of his work as a priest had been done in Kansas. A record of good deeds and capable service preceded him to Wheaton, and in this parish his good work had continued and had brought him high favor both with his own parishioners and non-Catholic people. Father McManus was born in County Mayo, Ireland, May 4, 1881. As a boy he attended the national schools and obtained his classical education in Mount Melleray College, County Waterford, where he was graduated in 1902. He prepared for the priesthood in St. John’s Seminary at the City of Waterford, graduating in 1906. He landed in New York October 26, 1907, and en route to the West he visited a friend at Cleveland a day and reached Kansas City, Missouri, October 29, 1907. Soon afterward, in order to acquaint himself with American manners of life, he entered the Cincinnati Seminary and was ordained a priest June 7, 1908. Father McManus said his first mass at St. Catherine’s Church in Cleveland. From July to November, 1908, he was assistant pastor to Father Kuhl in St. Mary’s Church in Kansas City, and was then connected with the Catholic Orphans Home at Leavenworth until July, 1910. His first regular pastorate was at St. Bridget’s in Marshall County, a community which he served most capably and faithfully until July, 1913. He was then pastor of St. Joseph’s Church at Waverly, Kansas, until he came to Wheaton in July, 1915, and took charge as pastor...

Biography of Harry J. Miller

Harry J. Miller has been one of the business factors in the Town of Olsburg for over a quarter of a century. He was formerly engaged in agricultural pursuits in that rich and fertile district of Pottawatomie County, but now gives all his time to the management of a garage and the real estate business in Olsburg. His people were pioneers in two states, Tennessee and Illinois. His grandfather was born in Tennessee about twenty years after the close of the Revolutionary war and before the opening of the nineteenth century. In 1818 he took upon himself the responsibilities of pioneering in a new country and went to the frontier of Illinois, the same year that Illinois was admitted to the Union, locating in Morgan County, where he was identified with farming the rost of his active career. He died there in 1871. William Miller married Hannah Irwin, who also died in Morgan County. Illinois is the native state of Harry J. Miller. He was born in Cass County February 16, 1861, a son of Francis Marion Miller. His father was born in Morgan County in 1832, grew up there, and was for many years a farmer in that and in Cass County. In the fall of 1873 he moved with his family to Iowa, was a farmer in that state and in 1881 located in Nemaha County, Kansas, where he continued farming, but for several years lived retired at Wheaton, where he died in 1908. He married Sarah Malone, who was born in Cass County, Illinois, and died at Wheaton, Kansas, in April, 1902. They were the parents...

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