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Location: Adrian Michigan

Biography of Chester Adelbert Latham

A member of the bar of Wichita, Chester A. Latham is now established in a good practice as patent attorney in that city, and represents one of the early Kansas families. The Lathams have lived in the Sunflower State nearly half a century. Though brought to Kansas in early childhood, Chester Adelbert Latham was born in Adrian, Michigan, December 19, 1861. He obtained his early education while living on the farm near Wichita, and also attended the Wichita High School and for three years was a student in the Kansas State Agricultural College. Mr. Latham had had a varied business and professional career, and whatever he had done had done well. From 1885 to 1888 he was a manufacturer of wooden pumps. In the meantime he was studying law in the office of D. W. Welty, one of the early attorneys of Wichita, and on May 7, 1889, was admitted to the Kansas bar. A few weeks previously Oklahoma Territory had been opened to settlement, and for a brief while Mr. Latham had experience as a lawyer at Guthrie. Returning to Wichita, on June 1, 1891, he accepted an appointment as city mail carrier and continued in that work for fourteen years. For a number of years Mr. Latham had been studying patent law and some exceptional opportunities for work in that branch of the profession came during the...

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Biography of Isaac N. Sullivan

As long as the history of jurisprudence in Idaho shall be a matter of record, the name of Judge Isaac Newton Sullivan will figure conspicuously therein, by reason of the fact that his has been the distinguished honor of serving as the first chief justice of the state as well as from the fact that he is recognized as the peer of the ablest representatives of the legal profession in the entire northwest. For the third term he is occupying a position on the bench of the Supreme Court, and his career has been an honor to the state which has so highly honored him. Judge Sullivan is a native of Iowa, his birth having occurred on his father’s farm in Coffin Grove Township, Delaware County, November 3, 1848. He is of Scotch, Irish and German extraction, and in his life exhibits some of the most commendable characteristics of those nationalities. His paternal grandfather, Aaron Sullivan, was born in the north of Ireland and when a young man emigrated to New Jersey. He was married in New Jersey and at an early day in its history removed to Ohio, locating in Logan County, near Degraff. He had seven children, born in New Jersey and Ohio, and reared and educated in Ohio. The third of this family was Aaron Sullivan, father of the Judge. He married Miss Jane Lippincott, and...

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Biographical Sketch of Judge William E. Ambler

Ambler, Judge William E.; real estate; born, Medina, O., 1845; son of Chester C. and Margaret Eglin Ambler; educated, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.; A. M., Albion College, Albion, Mich.; B. S., Adrian College, Adrian, Mich.; A. M., Albany Law School, Albany, N. Y., LL. B.; married, Lyons, Mich., Dee. 25, 1871, Flora E. Lewis; issue, four children, Jay C., Angell A., William and Marguerite Faye; Judge of the Probate Court of Oceana Co., Mich.; state senator eight years, from Mich.; Pres. Pro. Tem. of the Senate; member of judiciary committee; chairman of committee of appiopdis and finances; have practiced law for 22 years; pres. The Curtis-Ambler Realty Co.; vice pres. The Cuyahoga S. & L. Co.; pres. The Ambler Realty Co., and The Realty Buying & Renting Co.; chairman of the board of trustees of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.; member Colonial and Athletic Clubs and Chamber of...

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Wickham, Fannie, Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Fannie Wickham, sister of the late George W. Hyatt, died May 5 at her home at Adrian, Mich. according to word received here Tuesday. She was a victim of pneumonia. She was in Enterprise several times during the life of Mr. Hyatt. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, May 14, 1931, Page...

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Wickham, Fannie, Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Fannie Wickham, sister of the late George W. Hyatt, died May 5 at her home at Adrian, Mich. according to word received here Tuesday. She was a victim of pneumonia. She was in Enterprise several times during the life of Mr. Hyatt. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, May 14, 1931, Page...

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Gabriel Hubbard Todd of Adrian MI

Gabriel Hubbard Todd7, (John6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born in 1805, at Stamford, Connecticut, died Oct. 31, 1892, at Adrian, Michigan, married in 1827, Mary P. Ireland, who was born in 1807, died Nov. 10, 1892. Early in life, Mr. Todd learned the blacksmiths trade which he followed in New York City until 1833, when he removed to Adrian, Michigan, making the journey by way of the Erie Canal to Buffalo. At Buffalo, he chartered a schooner to carry his family and household goods to Toledo, Ohio. The journey from Toledo, Ohio, to Adrian, Michigan, occupied five days. Arriving at Adrian, Michigan, which at that time consisted of only a few log houses, he opened a blacksmith shop at once, which was the first in that region. After working three years at his trade at Adrian, he removed to Rome Township, Michigan, where he cleared a section of land. He helped to organize a Methodist Society; gave land for a school house and also for a cemetery. Here most of his active years were spent in honest toil. He established and merited the reputation of being an honest, conscientious and upright man, a kind neighbor, a good citizen and a consistent Christian. During eight years of this time, he kept a tavern, but it was one from which no drunkard ever reeled, because, it was kept without a...

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Harvey Todd of Adrian MI

Harvey Todd7, (John6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born March 13, 1801, at Stamford, Connecticut, died Oct. 16, 1866, at Adrian, Mich., married in Norwalk, Connecticut, July 6, 1825, Maria Nash, who was born April 21, 1803, in Norwalk, Connecticut, died Sept. 21, 1870, at Adrian, Michigan. Children: 1106. Hannah Maria Todd, b. at Stamford, Conn., d. Oct. 28, 1865, at Adrian, Mich. Unmarried. 1107. Barbara Ann Todd, born Feb. 11, 1831, died April 5, 1870, married March 13, 1849, Edward Seldon Townsend, at Adrian, Michigan. Children: I. James Edward Townsend, b. March 10, 1850, d. Oct., 1900, m. Etta Bailey. Issue: (1) Emily Townsend. (2) Jesse Townsend. II. John H. Townsend, d. aged 13 months. 1108. John Harvey Todd, b. May 21, 1836, d. June 18, 1837, in Michigan. 1109. Lydia Jane Todd, born June 2, 1838, married Sept. 24, 1867, Walter B. Fuller, at Adrian, Michigan, where she now (1915) resides, he died Oct. 23, 1905, in Denver, Colorado. He was a veteran of the civil war. Children: I. George Porter Fuller, b. Aug. 21, 1868, d. July 19, 1906, in Denver, Colorado, m. Luella L. Sheets, who continued to reside in Denver, Colorado. Issue: (1) Haryle J. Fuller, b. Dec. 31, 1897, Hartford, Connecticut. (2) George W. Fuller, b. Sept. 6, 1902, in Pueblo, Colorado. II. Frederick W. Fuller, b. Dec. 24, 1871, in Palmyra, Michigan,...

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George Harvey Todd of Butler MO

George Harvey Todd8, (Gabriel H.7, John6, John5, John4, John3, John2, Christopher1) born in Rome, Michigan, Sept. 23, 1839, died in 1896, married in Adrian, Michigan, June 19, 1861, by Rev. Edwin H. Brockway, of the M. E. Church, Susan Maria, daughter of Ransom and Sally Ann (Wade) Todd, who was born in Adrian, Michigan, April 18, 1840. After their marriage they lived in Rome, Michigan, until Oct., 1862, when they moved back to their old home town, Adrian, Michigan, where they lived until Aug. 20, 1864, when he enlisted in the Union Army and she returned to Rome, Michigan, to stay while he was absent. In April, 1867, they moved to Burlingame, Kansas, where they lived only till the following Sept., when they went to Pleasant Hill, Missouri; thence in March, 1870, they moved to Butler, Missouri, where they were living in 1875. Children: 1823. Elbert Ransom Todd, born in 1862, died in 1915, married in 1903, Maud Gallager. Children: I. George Emmet Todd, b. 1904. II. Charles Elbert Todd, b. 1907. 1824. Henry Hubbard Todd, born in 1866, married in 1892, Carrie Belle Dixon. Children: I. Harold Leland Todd, born in 1894, married Mabel Weinberg. In 1920 they were living in Albion, Mich. Child: (1) Robert Louis Todd, b. Dec. 10, 1917. II. Virginia Belle Todd, b. 1912. 1825. Llewellyn Everett Todd, b. Oct. 24, 1871, in Butler,...

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Biography of Rev. Berry Edmiston

Rev. Berry Edmiston, of Riverside, located there in 1878. He first resided on the Government tract at the head of Magnolia avenue, on Palm avenue. In the spring of 1880 he purchased a ten-acre tract on the west side of Bandini Avenue, about three miles south of Riverside. Upon this tract he erected his cottage residence and devoted him-self to horticultural pursuits. He has now three acres in budded orange trees of the Washington Navel variety, two acres in apricots and about four acres in raisin grapes. In 1881 he purchased a ten-acre tract adjoining him, on the south and west of which is bottom land, being mostly devoted to raising alfalfa, but he has on that tract about two acres of deciduous fruits, such as peaches, pears, apples, etc. In 1888 he purchased ten acres located on the Government tract, about a half-mile south of his home place, which is now in alfalfa. Mr. Edmiston came to California broken in health, after long and arduous labors in the educational institutions, and the ministry of the Methodist and Swedenborgian Churches. Upon a partial recovery of his health he commenced his labors in Riverside, and in 1885 established the new church society of the Swedenborgian faith; and through his efforts, mainly, their chapel was built on Central Avenue. He was the first officiating minister of that society in Riverside and...

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Biography of C. J. Van Doren

C. J. Van Doren’s extended business experience had been almost entirely in connection with the cement industry. He knows the business in every detail, both on the technical and manufacturing side, and also selling end. Mr. Van Doren is now superintendent of the Great Western Portland Cement Company’s plant at Mildred, Kansas. A native of Michigan, he was born at Adrian July 22, 1874. His paternal ancestry goes back to Peter Van Doren who immigrated from Holland and settled on Long Island between 1637 and 1640. Mr. Van Doren’s grandfather, Jacob Van Doren, a native of New York State, was a pioneer in Southern Michigan, locating on a farm near Adrian in 1837. He spent the rest of his life there. His wife was Drusilla Burgess, who died at Adrian. Chester C. Van Doren, the only child of his parents, and father of C. J. Van Doren, was born at Adrian in 1844, and spent all his life in that section of the state, being a farmer and later a merchant. He was a democrat and a member of the Masonic fraternity. His death ocurred in 1908. He married Sarah Katherine Whittaker, who was born near Toledo, Ohio, in 1845. They were the parents of four children: Dora, wife of Ernest C. Smith, who besides looking after a real estate business at Adrian, Michigan, is one of the leading...

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