Location: Andrew County MO

Biography of Lawrence McDaniel

Lawrence McDaniel, member of the St. Louis bar and professor of law at Benton College, is a man who at all times has measured up to the fullest requirements ‘and highest standards of American citizenship and whose activity clearly reflects credit and honor upon the profession which he represents. Born in Savannah, Missouri, January 31, 1884, he is a son of Gilbert and Jane McDaniel. He completed his education in the University of Missouri, which conferred upon him the LL. B. degree, and, having thus prepared for the bar, he entered at once upon the active practice of law, in which he has since continued. He has not only tried many cases but many kinds of cases and has tried all well. From 1913 until 1917 he served as assistant circuit attorney in St. Louis and in the latter year was called to the office of circuit attorney, in which position he continued for a four years’ term, or until 1921. His knowledge of the law is comprehensive and exact, and he has shown marked ability in accurately applying its principles to the point in litigation. Moreover, he has won a most creditable position as an educator in professional fields, being now professor of law in Benton College. Mr. McDaniel has been married twice. On the 30th of August, 1906, in St. Joseph, Missouri, he wedded Miss Claire Webster...

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Biography of Charles H. Groom

CHARLES H. GROOM. Charles H. Groom, one of the most progressive and successful young attorneys of Taney County, Missouri, was born in Holt County, Missouri, January 16, 1861, to the union of Sylvanus L. and Semira E. (Boswell) Groom, natives, respectively, of the Empire State and Indiana, the former born May 19, 1818. Isaac Groom, grandfather of the subject, was a native of the green isle of Erin and was probably the first of the family to come to America. He passed the remainder of his days in the State of New York. Sylvanus L. Groom and his brother, Edward, were the only surviving members of the father’s family. They emigrated to Detroit, Mich., at an early date and studied law, medicine and theology. In 1859 Sylvanus came to Nodaway County, Missouri, and began practicing law at Marysville. When the war broke out he enlisted from Holt County in the Thirteenth Missouri Infantry, and served as a private, although he was offered a higher rank, which he refused. He served faithfully up to the battle of Pittsburg Landing, when he received a gunshot wound and subsequently a furlough for thirty days. Upon reporting for duty he was again sent home for ninety days; but before that time had expired he again entered the army, enlisting in the Twenty-fifth Missouri Infantry, Company H, with which he remained until the cessation...

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Biography of James M. Meek

James M. Meek is one of the veteran stock farmers and dealers of Nemaha County, and is now living retired at Centralia. Mr. Meek is widely known over this section of Kansas, especially through his terms of service in the Legislature and the Senate, in which he proved a capable representative of his constituency and did much to promote the wholesome business and civic interests of his state. Mr. Meek was born in Union County, Ohio, September 28, 1852, grew up in Northwest Missouri, and had been a resident of Kansas over thirty-five years. His ancestors were English people who came to this country, and the family were pioneers in Ohio. Grandfather Samuel Meek was an Ohio farmer and died in Richland County in that state before the birth of James M. Meek. Reason Meek, father of James M., was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1822. He grew up there, was married in Union County, and in 1864 removed west to Black Hawk County, Iowa, and in the spring of 1866 settled in Nodaway, Missouri. He was one of the early settlers in that section of Northwest Missouri, and spent his active life as a farmer. He died in Nodaway County in 1891. Politically he was a democrat. The marden name of his wife was Matilda McIlroy, who was born in Ashland County, Ohio, in 1826 and died...

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Biography of Robert Wilson Morrison

ROBERT WILSON MORRISON. – This leading pioneer of the immigration of 1844 was born March 14, 1811, in Fleming County, Kentucky, of Scotch parentage. In 1822 he moved with his parents to Montgomery County, Missouri, living with them until his marriage in 1831, to Miss Nancy Irwin. Two years later a move was made to Clay County, and thence to Clinton County, on the border of the territory occupied by the Indians of the plains. Upon the consummation of the “Platte purchase,” he moved with his family into that frontier region, and for six years lived in Andrew County. The excitement and interest in respect to Oregon was then, in 1843-44, reaching a high pitch among the people of the frontier; and in that particular neighborhood the Oregon fever was still further inflamed by letters from a man named Smith, formerly of that section, but then in Oregon, who was urging his people to come to the land by the Pacific Ocean. Indeed, all information obtainable was found to be favorable to Oregon; and, in time for the trip next season, Mr. Morrison was among the number who were armed, equipped and well prepared for the march across the plains. His wife and six children were of course to accompany him; and there were two young men taken into the family as fellow-travelers, – John Minto and Willard H....

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Biography of George W. Reed

George W. Reed, present mayor of Axtell and cashier of the Citizens Bank, had been actiyely identified with that community for the past ten years. The Citizens Bank of Axtell was established in 1886. It began with a state charter and had remained a solid and conservative financial institution for over thirty years. Its capital stock is now $25,000 and it had a surplus of $8,000. The bank is situated on Fifth Street and Maple Avenue. The present officers are: P. J. Gurtler, president; George W. Reed, cashier; and William Berry, assistant cashier. Mr. Reed is a native of Missouri, of the northwestern part of that state, and was born at Fillmore, a village in Andrew County, July 28, 1879. His paternal ancestors came originally from England and were early settlers in Illinois. His father, Franklin Reed, was born in Illinois, but grew up and married in Missouri. For many years he had been engaged in the mercantile business at Fillmore. He also served as postmaster of that village several years. He is a republican and a very active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Franklin Reed married Catherine Ingersoll, who was born in Ohio and died in Fillmore, Missouri, in January, 1917. Of their three children George W. and J. T. S. are twins. The latter is cashier of the...

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Biography of Jacob Jones

Jacob Jones, a pioneer property-owner, merchant, farmer, blacksmith and hotelkeeper at Montpelier, Idaho, and one of the most prominent citizens of the town, was born in Breconshire, South Wales, May 14, 1825. His parents were descended from old Welsh families and his father was a Methodist, and his mother was a Presbyterian. Of their ten children he was the youngest. He was educated and entered upon the active struggle of life in his native land and there married Miss Anne Collier on the Saturday before Christmas, 1852. As early as 1846 he had been converted to the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and he had done much missionary work in its behalf, as a result of which many hundreds have embraced the faith. His wife had also been for some years a convert. In the spring of 1853 only a few months after their marriage, they set out for the United States, on board the sailing ship International, from Liverpool. There were six hundred passengers, and the voyage consumed eight weeks, at the end of which time they very gladly disembarked at New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Jones and his brother, Henry, went to Fillmore, Missouri, where the brothers engaged for a time in contracting and building. From there Mr. Jones went with his family to Nebraska City, Nebraska, where they lived eight years....

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Biography of Charles F. White

Charles F. White. Although a resident of North Topeka only since the early part of 1916, Charles F. White had demonstrated within the year that he is a man of force and ability, and a promising acquisition to the agricultural life of the community. His entire career had been passed in Kansas and from the time he started life on his own account he had devoted himself to farming, so that he had the necessary experience and the thorough knowledge needed in the acquiring of a full measure of success in this fertile farming locality. Charles F, White was born at Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas, in 1877, and is a son of William and Harriet E. (Stevenson) White. His father was born near Lexington, Kentucky, in 1827, and at an early age was left an orphan and forced to make his own way in the world. He was but sixteen years of age when he went to Lexington, Missouri, and there secured a position as a clerk in a general store. For some years he followed merchandising in Missouri, but eventually Kansas called him and, in 1851, he arrived at Council Grove, being the second white man to locate at that place. The first was the noted Judge Huffaker, who had gone there some time previous to teach the Indians in the old mission, which still stands as...

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Biography of John W. Peters

John W. Peters for a number of years had been one of the leading ranchers and stock raisers and dealers in Wabaunsee County. His home is at Eskridge and he had spent the greater part of his active life in that community. Mr. Peters was born in Monroe County, West Virginia, March 2, 1862. His birth occurred after his father died and he was only two or three years old when he was orphaned by the death of his mother. He is of substantial Holland Dutch ancestry. His forefathers came from Holland and were colonial settlers in Pennsylvania. His grandfather, John Peters, was a native of Pennsylvania, and became a pioneer in Monroe County, West Virginia, or Old Virginia as it was then, Poterstown and Peters Mountain in that vicinity were named in his honor. He had a large plantation for the raising of tobacco and other crops and also kept a tavern and was a man of more than ordinary local prominenee. His death occurred at Peterstown. J. A. Peters, father of John W., was born at Peterstown in Monroe County in 1817, and died there in January, 1862. He spent his active life as a farmer, was a democrat, and was a working member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He married Sarah Peck, a sister of Senator Peck of West Virginia. She was born in Monroe County...

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Biography of Allen Dale Hileman

Allen Dale Hileman. Belonging to that class of business men whose practical education, quick perceptions and great capacity for painstaking industry have advanced them to positions of business prominence formerly occupied only by men many years their seniors, Allen Dale Hileman, while representing the vigorous and resourceful present of Kansas, gives promise of participating in its more enlightened future, more especially at Cherryvale and in Montgomery County, where he is engaged in a well-established real estate, loan and insurance business and also connected with the Montgomery County National Bank. Allen Dale Hileman, or Dale Hileman, as he is universally known, was born in Andrew County, Missouri, June 3, 1875, a son of John S. and Mary J. (Briggs) (Shelby) Hileman. The Hilemans came originally from Germany and settled in the colony of Pennsylvania prior to the Revolutionary war. In that struggle fought the great-great-grandfather of Dale Hileman, while his great-grandfather was a soldier in the Mexican war. Daniel Hileman, the grandfather of Dale Hileman, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1808, and was there educated, reared and married. He was a man of diversified talents and at different times during his life followed the vocations of farming and carpentering and the profession of medicine. Mr. Hileman was a pioneer into Ohio as a young man and subsequently moved on westward to the State of Missouri and took up his residence...

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Biography of Pius B. Humphrey, Prof.

Prof. Pius B. Humphrey. The claim of Prof. Pius B. Humphrey upon the esteem and confidence of the people of Caney, Kansas, is based upon five years of faithful and efficient service in the office of superintendent of city schools. When he came to this city, in 1911, he was admirably fitted to take charge of the institutions in which the mind of youth is molded and developed, and since that time he has through steady and constant endeavor built up a school system which may be said to be second to none of a city this size in the state. His entire career has been devoted to work of an educational character, and in whatever community he has centered his activities he has always gained the good will and respect of his fellow-citizens. Professor Humphrey was born in Scotland County, Northeastern Missouri, April 7, 1872, and is a son of Thomas P. and Sarah Jane (Stough) Humphrey. The family originated in England and the original American progenitors came to this country long before the Revolutionary war, being early settlers of Kentucky. From that state the family branched out to other parts of the country, one going to West Virginia, in which state was born in 1803, William Humphrey, the grandfather of Pius B. In 1838 William Humphrey came to the West, locating in Lewis County, Missouri, and twenty...

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Biography of Arthur Winford Goodwin

Arthur Winford Goodwin. When the details of his career have been examined it will be seen that Arthur W. Goodwin had been the architect of a successful career in commercial fields. He started at the bottom, laboring as a boy in country stores to pay his own way in the world. He gained more than mere wages. All those early experiences he had turned to profit since he became a business man on his own account, and at the present time he is a member of the firm which conducts the largest department and general merchandise establishment at Howard, in Elk County. He is of an old American family. The Goodwins came from England and settled in New Hampshire in Colonial days. His grandfather, Daniel Goodwin, was a native of New Hampshire, where he was born in 1795. Little more than a boy, he served as a soldier in the War of 1812. He subsequently became an early settler in Louisville, New York, where he followed the trade of carpenter and the business of farmer until his death in 1883 at the venerable age of eighty-eight. The father of the Howard merchant was Rev. W. C. Goodwin, who became well known in Kansas as a pioneer minister of the Methodist Church, and whose career is sketched above. Rev. Mr. Goodwin married Miss Ellen Southworth, who was born in Louisville,...

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Emele, Elmer A. Obit

Elmer Emele Of Baker Succumbs Former Farmer Employed By City for Last 16 Years. Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Elmer A. Emele of Baker died yesterday afternoon at his home on tenth Street after a long illness. Born October 24, 1889, in Rosendale, Missouri, Mr. Emele crossed the plains with his parents when was but four years of age. The family camped here in September 17, 1873 and later moved to Big Creek, which is now known as Medical Springs. Mr. Emele purchased the Ross homestead in that region and lived there much of his early life, engaging in farming and stock-raising. He and Miss Elsie Sams were married June 22, 1894. they moved to Baker in 1906. Mr. Emele had been employed in the city street department here for the last 16 years. Mr. Emele is survived by his widow; three daughters, Nell Emele of Portland, Barbara Emile of Salem, Mrs. Mike O’Donnell of Baker; four sons, Alfred of Portland, and Harry, Vernon and Donald of Baker; two sisters, Mrs. William Pope and Mrs. Matt Dean; one brother, Ben Emele of Haines, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the Baker Funeral Home with Rev. J. T. Croot officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Baker Democrat Herald – – August 31,...

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Holt, William – Obituary

Three Killed In Auto Accident After attending a dance in Pendleton, Saturday night, William Holt of Baker, with three companions, Ben Griggs, Miss Helen Whitted and Miss Barbara Watkins of Pendleton, went on a joy ride in a Cadillac car. At a point about one-half mile west of Reith the car plunged over the grade and into the canyon below, about 120 feet, and was crashed into atoms on the huge boulders. Three of the inmates of the car, William Holt, Ben Griggs and Miss Watkins were killed out right and their bodies terribly mangled, the body of Holt being almost unrecognizable, as reported by those who reviewed the remains. Miss Whitted who was picked up unconscious and taken to the hospital at Pendleton where she has since hovered between life and death, but with chances for recovery. News of the tragic accident reached Baker Sunday morning and several friends of Holt went to Pendleton and the scene of the crash. Holt had for the past three years been a driver for the Boise-Pendleton auto stage. He had been a resident of Baker since childhood. He was born in Andrew county, Mo., November 12, 1900. He is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Win Duncan of Medical Springs; Mrs. W.H. Gilkison of Haines, Mrs. John Wellingham of Sparta; Mrs. J.W. Gilkison of Baker. His father, M. S. Holt, formerly residing...

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Lorentzen, Emma – Obituary

Emma Duncan Lorentzen, 73, 1905, Cherry St. died Tuesday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at West and Co. Chapel with the Rev. Allen Lambert officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery with the Pomona Grange conducting graveside rites. Mrs. Lorentzen, daughter of Milt and Virginia Hoit, was born in Andrew County, Mo., on Feb. 27, 1887, and came to Baker County in 1892. She married Win H. Duncan at Baker in March of 1911. He died in August of 1945. Mrs. Duncan than married Albert P. Lorentzen on May 9, 1959. Mrs. Lorentzen was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Missouri Flat Grange, Barracks 78 Auxiliary of World War I Veterans, Pomona Grange, the state and national granges, and the Pioneers Assn. She served as treasurer of Pomona Grange for 18 years and was president of the Baker County Historical Society for several years. Mrs. Lorentzen organized the Friendly Club of Baker. Survivors are the widower, Albert, of Baker; a son, Roscoe E. Duncan of Keating; two daughters, Mildred W. Williams of Portland and Wilma Y. Bennett of Klamath Falls; two sisters, Matilda A. Willingham of Elgin and Linnie Gilkison of Keating; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Baker Democrat Herald – – Feb. 16,...

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Biography of Ira C. Buzick

Ira C. Buzick was one of the pioneer lawyers of Lincoln County. He was the first man elected to represent that county in the State Legislature after the county was formally organized in 1870. He had a long and active career as a lawyer and in public affairs, and the name is still continued on the professional rolls of the Kansas bar through his son, Alonson Ruckman Buzick of Salina. Ira C. Buzick was born June 21, 1841, at Dayton, Ohio. His parents were also native Ohioans. At the age of twenty-two he took up the study of law, and when twenty-five years of age graduated from Allegheny College at Meadville, Pennsylvania. He soon afterwards went west and first located for practice at Oregon, Missouri. In 1868 he represented Holt County in the Missouri Legislature. He also founded the New Era, the first republican paper even published at Savannah, Missouri. Besides his newspaper work and his practice as a lawyer he served for a time as principal of an academy at Savannah. In 1870 Ira C. Buzick came out to Kansas and located in Lincoln County. Lincoln County was created about 1867, but it had no civil organization until 1870. Mr. Buzick took an active part in that process by which the county was organized, and in the election of November of that year he was chosen to represent...

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