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Biography of William Thomas Montgomery

William Thomas Montgomery is one of the pioneer settlers of Saline County, Kansas, where he had lived for thirty-five years. It was in 1881 that Mr. Montgomery came to this district of Kansas. He had acquired a broad knowledge of farming in several more eastern states, and when he located in Kansas he bought land in Liberty Township of Saline County, and was an active farmer there for fourteen years. He then bought 240 acres in Walnut Township of the same county, and his energies have since been absorbed in the management of that fine estate. He had some of the choicest land in the county, and the improvements measure up to the best standard of agricultural equipment and progress in this section of the state. Mr. Montgomery was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1850, a son of William and Mary (Farlow) Montgomery. His parents were natives of Scotland and came to America in 1844. The father, who was a machinist by trade, died in Illinois in 1906, while his wife passed away in 1903. William T. Montgomery was the third in their family of nine children, four sons and five daughters. The two oldest died in infancy, as did also Catherine, the next younger sister of William T. Lucy was killed by a skyrocket on July 4, 1885. Jennie M. was killed when kicked by a horse in 1872. John Irwin lives at Dana, Illinois, and Robert E. is a retired resident of Kansas City, Missouri. The youngest of the family was Samuel, who died when one year old. William Thomas Montgomery was reared and educated in...

Biography of Robert J. Montgomery

Robert J. Montgomery, the Moline manufacturer, was born May 20, 1864, on a farm near Orion, Henry County, Illinois. His parents were Alexander E. and Margaret Montgomery. When but eight years of age the family removed and took up residence on Rock Island Arsenal, where the son grew to manhood. After completing a course in the Moline public schools our subject learned the tinner’s trade at Rock Island Arsenal, but being ambitious to enter business for himself, he formed a partnership with his brothers to operate a machine shop. under the firm name of Montgomery Brothers. This was done in 1891. Two years later the concern was consolidated with the Moline Elevator Company, and Mr. Montgomery has been actively connected with this firm since. He has had charge of the outside construction of the company and as superintendent of the erection of elevators, operating in nearly every city of any size in the United States and Canada. In addition to his holdings in this particular factory Mr. Montgomery was one of those interested in the Deere-Clark Motor Car Company, and holds stock in the Moline Automobile Company, Root & Vandervoort Engineering Company, and the American Harvester Company. He has also extensive land holdings at Alberta, Canada. In politics Mr. Montgomery is a Republican. He joined the United Presbyterian Church of Rock Island in 1883 and transferred his membership to the Moline Church when the latter was formed in 1898. Our subject married, October 24, 1893, Lillie R. Matthews, the nuptials being celebrated at McPherson, Kansas. Mrs. Montgomery was the daughter of Samuel and Rose Matthews, pioneer settlers of Scott...

Biography of Robert S. Montgomery

For a period of over 35 years the subject of this sketch was one of the leading farmers of Rock Island county. His farm was one of the largest and best under the highest state of cultivation, while the improvements upon it were among the finest and latest in design. Not only was the owner a leader in agricultural, but he was likewise foremost among his fellow men, in church, in politics and in society. His sons and daughters, following the example he set for them, grew into useful men and women and went out to fill responsible positions in the world. Robert Simington Montgomery was born March 30,. 1836, at Danville, Pennsylvania, and died January 6, 1900, at his homestead on section 26, Edgington Township. He was a son of Daniel and Margaret (Simington) Montgomery, natives of the Keystone state, but residents of Rock Island County from the year in which the son was born. The father became one of the chief landholders of the community, entering 1,000 acres from the government where the homestead stood. He also acquired a section of land lying to the south and several other farms in the county, besides a considerable tract in the vicinity of Joliet. The father died in 1849 at the age of 45 and his two sons, Robert and Daniel, succeeded to his landed interests. Both improved the opportunity thus opened to them and both were successful in the highest degree. Our subject attended the public schools and supplemented them with a collegiate course at Macomb, Illinois, after which he returned to the farm upon which he had...

Biography of Alexander Montgomery

ALEXANDER MONTGOMERY – Unique among the business institutions of Hadley, Massachusetts, is the Montgomery Company Incorporated, rose growers, the firm consisting of Alexander Montgomery, president, and his two sons, Alexander William Montgomery, general manager, and Robert James Montgomery, treasurer. Each of these three men has a long record of experience behind him, and the concern, which has been deservedly successful, holds a place of high honor in the trade and has frequently been represented on the officers’ lists of florists’ organizations. The Montgomerys are descendants of an old Scotch family with a tradition of farming and gardening that goes back for many generations. Originally however, the Montgomery family came into Scotland from Normandy, and the name was spelled de Montgomeric. (I) Alexander Montgomery, grandfather of Alexander and great-grandfather of Alexander William and Robert James Montgomery, lived and died in Wigtownshire, Scotland; and the records show that he was the son of Alexander and the grandson of still another Alexander Montgomery, and that he devoted his entire life to farming. He married Robina Lockhart, of Limeburn, Scotland; and their children were: a daughter, who died young: William, of further mention; John; Alexander; Elizabeth; Jane; and Robert. The last named emigrated to America, and settled in Hanover, Massachusetts, where his descendants now live. (II) William Montgomery, son of Alexander and Robina (Lockhart) Montgomery, was born in Wigtownshire, Scotland, in 1824, died in Wellesley, Massachusetts, March 14, 1898. He was a farmer and gardener in Scotland, and in 1885 came to the United States to join his son Alexander, who had come over several years previously, and worked with him until two...

Biography of Alexander E. Montgomery

Alexander E. Montgomery, well and favorably known for a generation past in Moline and Rock Island, was born February 2, 1831, in County Down, Ireland, and died in the City of Moline, Illinois, at his daughter’s (Mrs. Thornton’s) home, on Twelfth Avenue, July 17, 1906. His father and mother, James and Margaret (nee Swart,) were natives of Scotland, descended from Scotch-Irish ancestry, of honorable history. Mr. Montgomery received a common school education in his native land. In the year 1849, at fourteen years of age, he immigrated to New York City, and entered the service of the United States Hotel as bookkeeper. In the year 1853 he came west, and for seventeen years succeeding, lived on a farm in Rural Township, Illinois. At the expiration of this period, in 1870, Mr. Montgomery sold his farm, removed to Rock Island, and entered upon contract work for the United States Government, in connection with which he built the excellent rock road, which traverses the Arsenal between Moline and Davenport approaches. During the first year in this employment he resided part of the time in Rock Island and part of the time in Davenport; then taking up his abode in a dwelling on the Arsenal Island, belonging to the government, he continued in that residence until the house burned down July 21, 1898. Thenceforth Mr. Montgomery resided in Moline until his death, continuing an unbroken service with the government for the prolonged period of thirty-four years, during the earlier portion at the Arsenal Shops, and latterly as guard at the Moline Bridge, where his honest Scotch face and sturdy figure were a...

Biography of Samuel H. Montgomery

Among the names of Rock Island County’s citizens none is better known and none held in more honor and respect than that of Montgomery. The elder Montgomery’s were among the oldest settlers of this county, and early acquired large holdings in farm proper-ties. Their children have been prominently identified with the business and farming interests of Rock Island County for more than a quarter of a century. It is of one of the sons of those pioneers, Alexander E. and Margaret Montgomery, the life history of the former appearing upon another page of this work, that this sketch is to treat. Samuel H. Montgomery was born on a farm near Coal Valley in Rock Island County August 2, 1866, his parents, as has been stated, being Alexander E. and Margaret Montgomery. His early boyhood was spent upon his father’s farm, and later lived on the Arsenal Island for twenty years until married. He attended the public schools of Moline, and later entered and graduated from the high school of that city. After completing his studies he decided to master the machinists’ trade and to that end he secured a position in the machine shops at the Rock Island Arsenal. After serving his apprenticeship he continued to work at the Arsenal and later at Williams, White & Company in Moline until the summer of 1891, when with his brothers, Alexander E. Jr., James T. and Robert J. Mongomery, the firm of Montgomery Brothers was organized for the purpose of doing a general machine and repair business. In March, 1893, the above firm was merged with the Moline Elevator Company, and...

Biography of Samuel Douglas Montgomery

SAMUEL DOUGLAS MONTGOMERY, Among the officials of Madison County who are rendering the community signal service in the discharge of their duties, none have attained a greater degree of popularity than that which has come to Samuel Douglas Montgomery, who has served efficiently since January 1, 1911, in the office of County assessor, A resident of this County since early boyhood, he was for years identified with the agricultural and stock raising interests of this section, and the success with which he met in his own affairs made his fellow citizens confident that he would have no trouble in successfully handling the affairs of the County in the office which they tendered to him, That this confidence was not misplaced is at once evident when Mr. Montgomery’s record in office is seen, He is a native of Butler County, ,Ohio, and was born April 18, 1859, a son of Samuel and Mary (Thurston) Montgomery, both American born. Mr. Montgomery’s grandparents were natives of England, and shortly after their marriage in that country emigrated to the United States and became early settlers of Butler County, Ohio, where the grandfather purchased a tract of land and spent the best years of his life thereon, He was a man of integrity, industry and enterprise, strong in his convictions of right and wrong, and public spirited in matters pertaining to his community, He gained and held the esteem and regard of his fellow citizens through a long life of honorable dealing, and his influence was sought in all matters of public importance. In 1865 Samuel Montgomery came to Madison County, Indiana, purchasing a...

Biography of J. B. Montgomery

This well known citizen, though not among those who came to Portland at the earliest day of the city’s history to lay here the foundations of municipal and commercial greatness, is a prominent and representative man of the reinforcement that came when Portland was just beginning her larger growth; and to this reinforcement much of the credit of the city’s remarkable progress is due. James Boyce Montgomery was born at Montgomery’s Ferry, on the Susquehanna river, in the State of Pennsylvania, twenty-five miles north of Harrisburg, on the 6th of December, 1832. He went to school until he was sixteen years of age, when he was sent to Philadelphia to learn the typographical art. During several years he worked in the office of the well known Evening Bulletin, of that city, and became an expert printer. By the year 1853, he had shown that there was good stuff in him, when he was tendered an associate editorial position on the Sandusky (Ohio) Daily Register, by Gov. Henry D. Cooke. In this position he displayed so much vigor and ability that he was soon asked to take editorial charge of the Pittsburg Morning Post. This offer he accepted, and soon became one of the proprietors of the paper. The paper was successful under his charge, but Mr. Montgomery saw wider opportunities for activity in the railroad development of Pennsylvania, just then beginning; so he sold out his interest in the paper to Col. James P. Barr, his co-proprietor, who continued its publication with great success till his death many years later. With two associates, Mr. Montgomery, in 1858, took a...
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