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Biography of Gaston Frederic DuBois

Gaston Frederic DuBois, president of the Monsanto Chemical Works of St. Louis, was born in Switzerland in 1880 and has been a resident of St. Louis since 1904, arriving in this city when a young man of twenty-four years. He is a son of Louis Ferdinand and Lucy (Smith) DuBois, both of whom are still living in the land of the Alps. The father is now a retired banker, having for many years been a prominent figure in financial circles. The maternal grandfather was a prominent railroad engineer, specializing in the building of Alpine railroads. Gaston F. DuBois was educated in the public schools of his native land and was graduated from the Federal Polytechnic School of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1903, having completed a course in chemical engineering. He afterward went to Germany, where he specialized on electro-chemistry and one year later he came to America. Arriving in St. Louis in 1904 he engaged as chemical engineer with the Monsanto Chemical Works And in 1919 was elected to the presidency of the company. This firm supplied acids and other lines to the government during the World war. In the year 1909 Mr. DuBois was married in Switzerland to Miss Marguerite Gill and they have become parents of three children: Rene, Frederic and Jeanne. Mr. DuBois belongs to the Ethical Society of St. Louis and he has membership with the University Club, the City Club and the American Chemical Society. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he keeps well informed concerning the vital questions and issues of the day. He finds recreation and diversion in music...

Biography of Francis Eugene Nipher, LL. D.

Francis Eugene Nipher, physicist of world-wide reputation, educator and author in the field of his chosen science, was born at Port Byron, New York, December 10, 1847, his parents being Peter and Roxalana P. (Tilden) Nipher. In the paternal line he is descended from Michael Niver, who came from the kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1756 and settled on Livingston Manor in New York. On his mother’s side he traces his ancestry to Nathaniel Tilden, who came from Truterden, Kent, England, in 1634 and settled in Plymouth colony. His collegiate course was pursued in the State University of Iowa, from which he was graduated with the Ph. B. degree in 1870. Three years later his alma mater conferred upon him the Master of Arts degree and in 1905 he received from Washington University of St. Louis the degree of Doctor of Laws. Three years after his graduation from the State University of Iowa he was married on the 1st of July, 1873, to Miss Matilda Aikins, of Atalissa, Iowa, and they have become parents of a son and four daughters, the family home being maintained in Kirkwood. Dr. Nipher has devoted his entire life to physics, largely along the line of research work, although as an educator and as a contributor to scientific literature his name is widely known. From 1870 until 1874 he was instructor in the physical laboratory of the State University of Iowa and in the latter year became professor of physics in Washington University of St. Louis, occupying that position until 1914 when he was made professor emeritus. In 1885 he was chosen president of...

Biography of Joseph Henry Zumbalen

Joseph Henry Zumbalen, professor of law in the Washington University was born in St. Louis, July 4, 1861, a son of Henry and Augusta (Wurtz) Zumbalen, the former a native of Oldenburg, Germany, while the latter was born in Emmerich, in the Rhine province of Germany. The father came to the new world in young manhood, and the mother crossed the Atlantic with her parents when a maiden of twelve summers. Both settled in St. Louis where they were subsequently married and-continued to reside until- called to the home beyond. Joseph Henry Zumbalen was educated in the Lutheran parochial school and in the public schools of St. Louis, passing through consecutive grades to the high school. He afterward attended the Washington University from which he received his LL. B. degree in 1887. He later entered upon the practice of law in partnership with Clinton Rowell and Franklin Ferriss, the latter being subsequently a member of the state supreme court. Mr. Rowell died about 1908 and Mr. Zumbalen continued his partnership with Judge Ferriss, but in 1916 gave up the active work of the courts to accept the professorship in law in the Washington University. He has since been identified with this prominent institution and has displayed superior ability in the educational fields. Mr. Zumbalen is a member of the St. Louis, the Missouri State and the American Bar Associations and enjoys the highest respect and good will of his professional colleagues and. contemporaries. His political allegiance is given to the republican party but he has never sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his efforts and his energies upon...

Indian Portraits

An Artists rendition of Indian Chiefs and Leaders printed on trading card in the early 1900’s. Rain In The Face 1835-1905 Hunkpapa Sioux Rain In The Face went on the warpath many times, but in 1875 was captured by a young US army officer, Tom Custer, who was the younger brother of General George Armstrong Custer. The warrior Chief later escaped and swore that he would “cut out Tom Custer’s heart”. At the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876 both General Custer and his brother Tom died along with the 7th US Cavalry. Rain In The Face claimed to have killed the two brothers, a fact he denied in later years. Kicking Bear, Sioux In 1889 the Sioux began the practice of ‘Ghost Dance’ which had spread from the Paiute tribe in Nevada. In performing this dance the Sioux thought that they would see the return of their dead warriors and the buffalo. Kicking Bear was an advocate of this dance. By wearing only Ghost dance shirts the wearer would, it was thought, be invulnerable to the white man’s bullets. On December 29th 1890 at Wounded Knee 350 Native Americans died and this ended the long struggle for the proud people of the North American Plains. Quanah-Parker (koa-nah), Comanche Quanah Parker was born in 1845 of mixed parents. His father was a Comanche chief of the Kwahadi division and his Mother a white woman-Cynthia Anne Parker. As a young girl of about 12 she was taken by the Comanche in a raid. In 1860 she was recaptured by the US Army but died in 1864. Quanah Parker...

Biography of Bernhard Huenkemeier

Bernhard Huenkemeier, an old and honored resident of Freeport for more than half a century, is deserving of a prominent place in these pages, not only for the energy and ambition he has displayed in the development of the commercial and social interests of this part of the state and the upright and manly character that he has fashioned in the sunshine and shadow of life, but also for his friendly and sympathetic nature.. He is a man of broad sympathies and generous impulses, and during the long years in which he has been connected with very important interests in Freeport, he has made a host of friends who rejoice at every stroke of good fortune that has befallen him, and will gladly peruse this sincere tribute to an honorable man, a public-spirited citizen, a kind friend and neighbor and a gentleman in every social and domestic relation in which he may be found. Mr. Huenkemeier was born in Lippe-Detmold, Germany, August 19, 1822, and is a child of Bernhard and Sophia (Schilling) Huenkemeier, both life-long residents of this ancient German principality, where the family maintained its home until after the death of the husband and father in 1853. The bereaved widow and mother then crossed the ocean and became an inmate of• the household of her son Bernhard for a short time, after which she established a home of her own where she remained until her death. There were five children in the old homestead of whom the subject of this review is the oldest, and the only one now living. His brother Henry married Elizabeth Mernitz, who,...

Biography of Jacob Krohn

Jacob Krohn, Freeport, is the president of the Second National bank of that city, and his careful and conservative management has made it one of the solid institutions of the North-west, for its name and reputation extend far beyond the limits of city or county. Mr. Krohn was born in Pyritz, Pomerania, Prussia, February 22, 1832, exactly one hundred years after the birth of Washington, and received his early education in the schools of his native city. When he was twenty years old he left his Prussian home to found another under more kindly auspices on the soil of the New World. He embarked on the sailing vessel ” Gutenberg,” leaving Hamburg in October, 1852, and after a long and perilous voyage of some four months landed at New York early in the following year. The vessel was much tossed about by rough and stormy winds, and came into the harbor bereft of the greater portion if not all of its sails. He was glad enough to press his foot once more upon the solid earth. He had learned the trade of making cigars, and found employment in that occupation in the cities of New York and Saugerties for some two years. He came to Chicago in 1855, and very shortly after to Freeport. This city pleased him, and he determined that his home should be here. He rented a shop and began to manufacture and sell cigars. He made good goods, was accommodating and friendly, and his trade increased so rapidly that in 1858 he was forced to seek larger quarters. In 1861 he built a large store on...

Biography of William A. Horan

Rev. William A. Horan, late pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, at Freeport, Ill., was born in Pierce township, DeKalb Co., Ill., on Feb. 2nd, 1851, and is the son of the late Patrick M. and Mary (Hanaghan) Horan. Patrick M. Horan was a native of Ireland,, and was born in the year 1800. When a young man he removed to England, where he served in the British army. In 1839 he married Mary, a daughter of Malachy Hanaghan, of county Mayo, Ireland, their union resulting in the birth of twelve children, five of whom are still living. In 1849, in company with their parents and other members of their family, they emigrated to the United States intending to land at New Orleans, but on account of the cholera were not permitted to land but sent up the river and made the first landing at Beardstown, 111. They went directly to DeKalb, Ill., where the father-in-law purchased a tract of 160 acres of fertile farm land in the township of Pierce. Mr. Horan passed away in Aug., 1897, having survived his wife, Mary, twenty-four years. William (our subject) attended the public schools of his native town and the High school at DeKalb, from which he graduated with honor, at the age of fifteen. During the following two years he remained at home on the farm, but, determining to fit himself for the priesthood, in 1868 he entered that celebrated institution of learning, the University of Niagara, Niagara, N. Y., where he spent six years in the study of Classics, and four in Theology. In 1877 he completed the...
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