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Biographical Sketch of John Sminck Van Epps

Van Epps, John Sminck; coal agt.; born, Cleveland, Aug. 13, 1885; son of John Payson and Mary E. Sminck Van Epps; educated, Cleveland High School; married, Cleveland, April 20, 1881, Fanny Noakes; issue, three children, Sally, Leslie J., and Mrs. J. C. Sanderson; Western sales agt. for the distribution of Anthracite, West of Buffalo, produced by the Delaware & Hudson Co., from 1879 to 1902; from 1902 to date, handling same product as Western sales agt. for Millspaugh & Green Co., Utica and Syracuse; sales agt. for The Millspaugh-Green-McMorrich Co., Detroit, Mich.; sec’y and director Trerorton Coaling Co. of Ohio and Pennsylvania; director and chairman of the executive committee, The Ohio Lemon Co., Ohio; trustee Y. M. C. A.; member Masonic order, Halcyon, Rotary, Kokoal; member Union Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Fellow-Craft Club, Detroit,...

Biographical Sketch of Leslie Van Epps

Van Epps, Leslie; wholesale coal dealer; born, Cleveland, May 9, 1883; son of John L. and Fannie Noakes Van Epps; educated, Central High School and Case School of Applied Science; married, New York City, Sept. 29, 1908, Mabel E. Anderson; two children; supt. “Catherine Colliery,” of the Trevorton Co., of Trevorton, Pa.; sec’y and treas. The Van Epps Coal Co.; member Phi Kappa Psi...

Biography of Theodore C. Van Epps

THEODORE C. VAN EPPS. – Mr. Van Epps, a portrait of whom is placed among the illustrations of this work, is one of the best known men in Washington’s capital city. He was born in New Scotland, eight miles west of Albany, New York, February 15, 1847, and is the son of Charles and Angelica (Vedder) Van Epps, both of whom were born in New York of Holland parentage, his mother being a cousin of ex-President Martin Van Buren. His great-grandfather was from Holland, and founded the town of Amsterdam in New York State. At the age of six Theodore moved with his parents to Davenport, Iowa, and in that city received his education. In 1867, having spent one year at St. Louis, he found employment as a school-teacher in Muscatine, Iowa. In the autumn of 1868 he moved to Cass county, Nebraska, and located a homestead on which he lived until 1875. In that year he crossed the mountains to Washington, selecting Olympia as his future home, and purchasing with S.C. Woodruff as partner the stationery store of A.J. Burr & Co. In 1881 Mr. Van Epps purchased his partner’s interest, and continued the business, conducting one of the largest and most successful book, stationery and notion stores to be found on the Sound. In February, 1889, he sold his store to is son, W.A. Van Epps, for some years previous his able assistant, and opened his present elegant office in the Olympia Block, where he has done a general real-estate and loan business. In public affairs Mr. Van Epps has been active and progressive. He is a...

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