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Biography of William A. Myers

One of the well known and highly regarded citizens of Topeka, Kansas, with which state he had been practically continuously identified since 1888, is William A. Myers, who is a leading factor in and a probable candidate of the republican forces in Shawnee County. For twenty-eight years he had been a competent and faithful employe of the State of Kansas, in the state printing department, is a man of property and of personal high standing. William A. Myers was born in 1856, in Saint Joseph County, Indiana, and is a son of Andrew and Ellen (Oliver) Myers, and a grandson of Jacob Myers, the family history extending no farther back than the Pennsylvania Dutch antecedents of the latter. Jacob Myers was born in Pennsylvania and as he married in Stark County, Ohio, it is probable that he went there in early manhood. He continued in Stark County until in early middle age, when he removed to Elkhart County, Indiana, that section then being pioncer land, almost a wilderness. He reared a family of thirteen children to maturity. Andrew Myers, father of William A., was young when his parents settled in Elkhart County and there grew up. He learned the milling business and coutinued in the same line as long as he was active in affairs, earning the respect of all with whom he had business relations because of his industry and personal integrity. Mr. Myers still survives, bearing well the weight of eighty-one years, and makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. Ida Mather, at Westherford, Oklahoma. In 1855 he was married to Ellen Oliver, who was born in...

Biography of Hon. Matthias Kenaga

HON. MATTHIAS KENAGA. The occupations to which Mr. Kenaga is devoting his attention are of the utmost importance to any community, and this is especially so in regard to the lumber business, which he is very extensively and successfully carrying on. He was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1842, but his parents, Abraham and Christina (Sese) Kenaga, were Pennsylvanians, and were taken to Ohio by their parents when young. The mother of the subject of this sketch died when he was an infant, and his father after-ward married Esther Kore, and in 1850 removed to Whitley County, Indiana, where he was engaged in carpentering until his death, which occurred in 1861. He was for many years a member of the A. F. & A. M., and as a public-spirited citizen was an active worker for the Democrat party. His father, Christopher Kenaga, was a Pennsylvanian by birth, and was one of the first settlers ot Tuscarawas County, Ohio, where he died before the subject of this sketch was born, a member of the German Reformed Lutheran Church, and a minister of considerable renown. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and lost a leg in the service. His wife, Catherine Harbarh, died in Ohio also, after having borne him nine children: John, Michael, Christopher, Jacob, Abraham, Cath-erine, Lydia, Martha and Esther. The great-grandfather, Christopher Kenaga, was also born in Pennsylvania, and there his entire life was spent in following the carpenter’s trade. He was all through the Revolutionary War and on many a bloody battlefield fought for American independence. His people were early German settlers of...

Biography of Julius Isay

Julius Isay is one of the most prominent businessmen of Owyhee County, being the senior member of the firm of Isay & Gombrig, dealers in general merchandise, both at De Lamar and Silver City. A country has but one chief ruler, be he king, emperor or president. Comparatively few men can attain to the highest offices in civil or military life, but commerce offers a broad and almost limitless field in which one may exercise his powers unrestrained and gain a leader-ship as the head of a chosen calling. Drawing the lessons which we do from the life of Mr. Isay, we learn that the qualifications necessary for success are a high ambition and a resolute, honorable purpose to reach the exalted standard that has been set up. From an early age he has depended upon his own resources and has won the proud American title of self-made man. Mr. Isay was born near Treves, Germany, September 22, 1862, his father, Mark Isay, being a prominent cattle dealer in that country. He obtained a good education in the excellent schools of his native land, and when eighteen years of age determined to cross the ocean and see what fate had in store for him in the land of freedom of which he had heard such favorable reports. He was well acquainted with the German and French languages, but knew no English; and although he had energy and ambition he had no capital. On the completion of the ocean voyage he made his way to Indiana, where he had an uncle living, to whom he stated his desire to become...

Biographical Sketch of Worth M. Tippy

Tippy, Worth M.; clergyman; born, Larwill, Ind.; Nov. 8, 1867; son of Oren and Mary Elizabeth Carder Tippy; educated, DePauw University, Ph. B., DePauw University, Hon. D. D., Baldwin University, Hon. D. D., Cornell University, two years graduate work as Sage scholar, 1901-1903; married, Vevay, Ind., May 16, 1895, Zella Birda Ward; issue, Marian Ward, born Nov. 18, 1896; Helen Ward, born Dec. 12, 1898; member of Mayor’s Committee on nomination for Charter Commission, 1913; pastorates, Dryden, N. Y., 1892; LaFayette, Ind., 1893; Oxford, Ind., 1894; Terre Haute, Ind., 1895; Broadway Church, Indianapolis, Ind., 1900; Epworth Memorial, Cleveland, 1905 to present date; university preacher, Indiana University, 1901-1904; Cornell University, 1909-1911-1913; lecturer on “The Social Functions of the Church,” Post Graduate Ass’n, Bloomington, Ill., and before the pastor’s organizations and conferences in South Dakota and Indiana; member executive Committee Methodist Federation for Social Service; pres., 1912-1913, Federated Churches of Cleveland; director Humane Society, City Club; member St. Luke’s Hospital Ass’n; member Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Psi Phi Chapter; member Chamber of Commerce, Council of Sociology, and Indianapolis Literary Club; fond of flowers and all outdoor sports. Author of “The Socialized Church,” 1909; prominent on committees of finance and conference work of Methodist denomination; member committee on Social Service, Cornell...

Biography of George Brinton Ross

George Brinton Ross is chief grain inspector of Kansas. His residence is still at Sterling and in Rice County his activities as a farmer, business man and banker have been centered for over thirty years. Mr. Ross was instrumental in securing the passage of a bill by which the office of the state grain department was removed from Topeka to Kansas City, Kansas. This had proved a wise measure, since it had enabled the grain department to perform the business which this inspection service deserves. It had increased the volume of business performed by the department, since it places all the grain landed on Kansas City, Kansas, side readily accessible to the inspectors. There is no state in the Union that now contains a higher efficiency in its grain inspection than Kansas. Those competent to judge say that this improvement is principally due to George B. Ross and at least there can be no question that the department standards and service have improved 100 per cent since he came into office. Mr. Ross came to Kansas a poor boy in the early ’80s and even he is willing to admit that he had made something more than a moderate amount of success in farming, stock raising and business affairs generally. George Brinton Ross was born on a farm in Whitley County, Indiana, August 12, 1864. He was one of three children, all of whom are in Kansas. His brother Frank W. is president of the Farmers State Bank of Sterling, while William Ross is a farmer in Rice County. The parents of these brothers were William and Catherine (Knop)...

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