Location: Ann Arbor Michigan

Biography of John W. Burton

John W. Burton was born in Lawrence County, Indiana, November 29, 1842. His father, Eli Burton, is a native of North Carolina, and is now in the seventieth year of his age; his grandfather, John H. Burton, was a native of Virginia. Eli Burton migrated to Indiana, when a young man, bought a farm. on which was a small log house, and there the subject of this sketch was born, and there his father continues to live, but the log cabin has given way to a handsome modern residence, surrounded by the broad acres of a well-improved farm, instead of the thick, heavy timber of the early days. Upon this farm, J. W. Burton and his eight brothers were reared, and taught habits of thrift and industry, working in the summer and attending school in the winter. This school was taught in a log cabin of contracted dimensions, two miles distant from the old homestead, and there our subject received the elementary foundation of his education, which he afterward completed at the University of Michigan, where he graduated, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws, in 1868. At the breaking out of the war, in 1861, although but eighteen years of age, he volunteered for the defense of the Union, enlisting as a private in the Fiftieth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, served three years, and was promoted corporal for...

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Biography of Marcus A. Low

No intelligent resident of Kansas would dispute the assertion that in Marcus A. Low, of Topeka, is found one of the really big men of the state. He is a man of many achievements. His ability in the law had led to distinguished position with great corporations; his ranching and developing of oil and gas properties have been conducted on so large a scale as seemingly might have been weighty enough interests to engage the ordinary man; his political foresight and intnition have caused his selection for public office as high as he would accept, but not upon these evidences of keen foresight and broad vision rests Mr. Low’s most enduring fame. It is as a railroad builder he will be recalled by the people of Kansas who have so proflted through his tireless energy. Marcus A. Low was born August 1, 1842, in the State of Maine. When four years old his parents, Frederick P. and Mary J. (Robinson) Low, moved to Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois, where the father engaged in farming and other occupations. In 1869 the family moved to Hamilton, Missouri, and that place continued to be the home of the parents during the remainder of their lives. In the public schools of Belvidere Marcus A. Low continued until he was fifteen years of age, at which time he entered the academy at Auburn, Maine, with...

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Biography of Julius Thamer Muench

Julius Thamer Muench, attorney-at-law in St. Louis practicing as a member of the firm of Walther, Muench & Hecker, was born in St. Louis August 11, 1875, the son of Hugo Muench, a native of Warren county, Missouri, and Eugenie Thamer Muench, a native of St. Louis. On his father’s side he is a grandson of Friedrich Muench, a native of Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, one of the early pioneers and a precursor of the large number of university men who came to this country after the German Revolution of 1848. The subject of this sketch received his early education in the grammar schools and the old Central high school of St. Louis. Following his graduation from there in 1892, he attended Washington University for three years, then spent a year in the Law Department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and was graduated from the St. Louis Law School with the degree of LL. B. in 1897. He practiced alone for a time and in 1901 formed a partnership with Mr. Lambert E. Walther, under the firm name of Walther & Muench, which, following his father’s return from Saxony, where he had been United States Consul, in 1905, became Muench, Walther & Muench, with the father as senior member. He later again practiced alone for about four years, while his father was on the circuit bench and his...

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Biography of Carl F. G. Meyer

Along the line of steady progression that marks the wise utilization of the varied opportunities which are presented for the attainment of success, Carl F. G. Meyer has reached the presidency of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company, although he started out in the business world in a very humble position. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, March 7, 1880, and here his entire life has been passed. He was a student in Smith Academy and afterward attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, while subsequently he went abroad and entered the University of Paris. Mr. Meyer initiated his business career as an employe of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company in a minor capacity and thoroughly familiarized himself with the various details of the business. From errand boy he worked his way steadily upward, filling almost every position, and to the thoroughness with which he learned the trade may be attributed the fact that he has been so successful during his administration of the affairs of the house and has been able to select the right employes for the various duties assigned to them. In 1917 he became president and general manager of the business but has repeatedly stated that he is a firm believer in cooperation and that as long as he is connected with the establishment of Meyer Brothers Drug Company his policy will be to...

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Biography of Otto P. Meyer

Otto P. Meyer, first vice president of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company of St. Louis, in which city he has spent his entire life, was born February 28, 1870, a son of Christian F. G. Meyer, of whom extended mention is made elsewhere in this work. He was educated in the public schools of St. Louis and in the University of Michigan, from which he received his Ph. C. degree in the class of 1890. Returning to St. Louis, he then entered the business which had been established by his father and was conducted under the name of the Meyer Brothers Drug Company. He has since been connected therewith and in 1895 was made a member of the firm. Ten years later he was elected to the vice presidency, in which official capacity he has since served. With the thoroughness that has ever characterized the family, he has acquainted himself with the drug business and is thus able to render excellent aid in the conduct of the business which is the largest in the country, the Meyer Brothers Drug Company occupying a position of leadership in connection with the drug trade of the United States. In 1894 Mr. Meyer was united in marriage to Miss Alice McGowan of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and to them have been born two daughters: Frances Theodora, who is now the wife of Edwin R....

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Biography of William M. Bryan, M. D.

The medical profession in St. Louis has many distinguished and capable representatives, men who are most conscientious and faithful in the discharge of all professional duties and who are continually striving to promote knowledge and efficiency by broad reading and comprehensive study. To this class belongs Dr. Bryan who was born in St. Louis November 25, 1875. His father, W. J. S. Bryan, also a native of St. Louis is a son of William and Martha Alice (How) Bryan. W.J.S. Bryan is now connected with the board of education of this city. His father, William Bryan, served as vice president of the board of education and later became its supply agent, which office he held until a few years before his death at the age of eighty-three years. W.J.S. Bryan married Nettie Case, who was American born but of English descent, their wedding being celebrated in St. Louis in 1874 and in 1887 Mrs. Bryan passed to the home beyond. In their family were six children, two sons and four daughters, and of these a brother and sister of Dr. Bryan of this review are still living: Grace, the wife of Rev. Frank B. James of Kingston, Illinois; and Howard, who is with the valuation department of the Frisco Railroad and lives in Webster, Missouri. The eldest of the family is Dr. Bryan of this review, who was educated...

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Biography of Warren P. Elmer, M. D.

Dr. Warren P. Elmer, making a specialty of internal medicine, was born in Lodi, Ohio, October 1, 1879, a son of Warren Elmer, who was also a native of the Buckeye state and a representative of an old family of Ohio and New York. The Elmers are of English origin and the family was founded in America in 1650 by Edward Elmer, since which time representatives of the name have participated in the Colonial wars, the Revolutionary war and other military struggles, defending American Interests. Warren Elmer, Sr., was a breeder and stock raiser, who specialized in breeding and raising carriage horses and in this was very successful. He wedded Virginia White, a native of Ohio, who was descended from Vermont ancestry, and to a more remote period the ancestry is traced back to Peter White, who came over on the Mayflower and who was the father of Peregrine White, the first white child born in New England. The family was founded in Ohio during the latter part of the eighteenth century. The death of Warren Elmer occurred October 6, 1917, when he had reached the age of seventy-eight years and his wife died in November, 1918, at the age of seventy-four years. Dr. Elmer is the only survivor of a family of three children. He was educated in the public schools at Lodi, Ohio, in Stanford University of...

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Biography of Frank Eugene Williams

Frank Eugene Williams, an active member of the St. Louis bar, who is keenly interested in questions of civic betterment and whose efforts in that direction are far-reaching and resultant, was born in Saginaw county, Michigan, July 6, 1892. His father, George Gordon Williams, is a native of Flushing, Michigan, and through his active business life followed the occupation of farming but is now living retired, making his home in St. Louis. He is prominent in Masonic circles. He married Anna E. Irland, of Genesee county, Michigan, who passed away leaving two children: Frank E., of this review; and Cecil M., an engineer of Cleveland, Ohio. Frank Eugene Williams attended the district schools of Michigan and also the Yeatman high school of St. Louis, after which he entered the University of Missouri for a literary course, and later became a law student in the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated in 1917. The same year he was admitted to practice at the ‘Missouri bar and has since followed his profession in St. Louis. He is a member of the Missouri State Bar Association and also of the Michigan State Bar Association and he has membership as well with the St. Louis Bar Association. On the 11th of January, 1919, Mr. Williams was married to Miss Grace Ellen Edwards, of Detroit, Michigian, who is a graduate of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Oliver Bernard Zeinert, M.D.

Dr. Oliver Bernard Zeinert, a surgeon devoting his time to important hospital work as well as private practice, has been a lifelong resident of St. Louis county and has practiced in the city of St. Louis since his graduation from medical college. He was born May 29, 1885, in Ballwin, St. Louis county, a son of Dr. Charles B. and Margaret Zeinert. Spending his youthful days under the parental roof he attended the Kirkwood high school and then entered the University of Michigan in preparation for his professional career, winning his M. D. degree in 1907. Returning to St. Louis he has engaged in practice, specializing in surgery; was interne in the St. Louis City Female Hospital and was house surgeon in the Missouri Pacific Railway Hospital and is now visiting surgeon of that institution. When the country needed his aid he became a member of the medical corps of the United States Army and served overseas with Evacuation Hospital, No. 49, for a time and later with Evacuation Hospital, No. 27. In his political views Dr. Zeinert is a republican. He belongs to the University Club and is highly esteemed by his professional colleagues and contemporaries in the St. Louis Medical, the Missouri State and the American Medical...

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Biography of Theodore H. Polace

Theodore H. Polace has been a lawyer of recognized standing and ability at the Marysville bar for over thirty-five years. His career began as a teacher, but he soon turned to the law and had found in it an occupation fitted to his talents and tastes, and had made it the medium of his chief service in the world. Mr. Polace was born near Grete in Will County, Illinois, March 12, 1860. He comes of a scholarly family and one that had given several members to the ministry of the Lutheran Church. His father, Rev. Gustav W. Polack, was born at Strassburg, Germany, in 1826. He grew up in that city, studied for the ministry in Berlin, and soon after the German revolution of 1848 came to America with hundreds and thousands of his compatriots. He located near Cincinnati, Ohio, and soon was given charge of the Weiszeichen German Lutheran Church. About 1856 he removed to the vicinity of Crete, Illinois, and in 1868 took charge of a church at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In the spring of 1879 he came to Kansas to accept the position of pastor of the Herrmansburg Church in Marshall County. He was untiring in the work of the ministry, and died while still in the harness. He had preached fifty years, and death came to him while he was still pastor of the Herrmansburg...

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Biography of Austin McCreary Keene

Austin McCreary Keene. The subject of this sketch is one of theĀ prominentĀ and successful attorneys of Southeastern Kansas. He was born at Middletown, Ohio, September 4, 1865, the son of Marshall B. Keene and Jennette McCreary Keene. Marshall Keene was born in 1823 at Keensburg, Illinois, a village in Wabash County named for his forbears. The Keenes of Keensburg have been men of prominence in that locality, having served as members of the Illinois Asscmbly, and been notable physieians and manufacturers. Jennette MeCreary was born in Monroe, Ohio, in 1836, and was married to Marshall B. Keene in 1861. Mr. Keene was at that time a manufacturer of carriages in Monroe. He had at different times maintained factories in Cincinnati, in Hartford, Connecticut, and later in Monroe. Three children were born to them: Mary, now residing in Fort Scott; George W., living at Carthage, Missouri, a shoe manufacturer; and Austin M. In 1890 Mr. and Mrs. Keene removed to Kansas, settling in Fort Scott where their son Austin had been a practicing attorney since 1887. Here they are passing the evening of their days watched over by their children and grandchildren. A. M. Keene spent his boyhood days in and about Middletown, his birthplace. His education was begun there. Later he attended a country school for some years, but graduated from the Middletown High School. He then entered the University...

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Biography of Hon. John C. Rice

John Campbell Rice, president of the Commercial Bank of Caldwell and a prominent member of the bar of Canyon County, is numbered among the native sons of Illinois, his birth having occurred in Cass County, that state, January 27, 1864. He is of Welsh descent, tracing his ancestry back to the Welsh emigrants of the name who located in the colony of Massachusetts during the early settlement of America. Later, members of the family removed to Tennessee. The grandfather, Ebenezer Rice, removed with his family from Tennessee to Illinois in 1839. Elbert Gallatin Rice, the father, was born in Tennessee in 1823, and was accordingly sixteen years of age when he accompanied his parents to the Prairie state, their home being in what was then Morgan County, but is now Scott County. In his younger years he adhered to the faith of the Baptist church, but afterward united with the Christian church and entered the work of the ministry. By occupation he was a farmer and owned and operated a tract of land, but each Sunday he was found in the house of worship proclaiming the gospel to those who sought to know of the better life. His death occurred in the sixty-ninth year of his age. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Ann Camp, was a relative of General Putnam and a great-granddaughter of General...

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Biography of Milton G. Cage

Among the practitioners at the Boise bar holding marked prestige among the members of the legal fraternity is Milton G. Cage. A native of Tennessee, he was born in Tipton County, near Covington, that state, January 26, 1862, and is descended on both sides from prominent old families of the south. His paternal ancestors came originally from Wales and established a home in America at an early period in our country’s history. His father, Gustavus Adolphus Cage, was born in Middleton, Tennessee, and married Miss Charlotte A. Green, a native of North Carolina. His father was formerly a planter and during the greater part of his life has been identified with the ministry of the Methodist church. He is now living in Colorado, at the age of eighty years. His mental faculties remain unimpaired, and he is still occasionally seen preaching in different pulpits, as opportunity calls. Milton G. Cage was only ten years of age when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Colorado. He was graduated in the high school of Greeley, that state, in the class of 1882, and then, determining to make the practice of law his life work, he became a student in the office of his brother-in-law, Hon. Samuel P. Rose, a prominent attorney of Denver. Lender his preceptorage he continued his reading until the fall of 1883, when he was matriculated...

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Biography of Frank L. Moore

The junior member of the prominent law firm of Forney, Smith & Moore, of Moscow, is Frank Latham Moore, who was born in Olmstead County, Minnesota, February 8, 1863, and is of Scotch-Irish ancestry. The family was early founded in Canada, the great-grandfather of our subject being its progenitor there. The grandfather, Chauncy Moore, was born in Canada, and when a young man removed with his family to Rochester, New York, where Reuben Billings Moore, father of our subject, was born in 1826. The grandfather removed from Rochester to Putnam County, Illinois, where he secured land from the government and made his home until his death, in 1844, when he had reached the age of forty-three years. His wife was a cousin of Captain Johnson, who fought in the war of 1812, and is credited with having killed the Indian chief and warrior, Tecumseh. Her people were of German descent and were early settlers of the Mohawk valley. In 1849 Reuben B. Moore crossed the plains to California with oxen, being the first to arrive at Sutter’s Fort that year. He mined on Feather River, but was principally engaged in constructing ditches and flumes to convey water to the miners. He met with a satisfactory degree of success during his ten years residence in California, and then returned to Illinois. Soon afterward he removed to Rochester, Minnesota, where he...

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Biography of Nathan H. Clark

Nathan H. Clark, though yet a young man, has had a busy and useful career at Idaho Falls, where he has served the people as mayor and member of the town council, and he is now serving as prosecuting attorney of Bingham county. In Idaho Falls he was for three years a prominent member of a leading mercantile house, and here he has in many ways shown himself to be a public-spirited citizen, devoted to worthy local interests. Mr. Clark is a son of Hon. Joseph A. Clark, present mayor of Idaho Falls, and was born at Amo, Hendricks County, Indiana, May 11, 1869. Much that is interesting in the history of his family is given in the sketch of the life of Hon. Joseph A. Clark, which has a place in this work. It was in the high school of his native town that Mr. Clark acquired the basis of his very substantial education. He read law, as occasion permitted, for years, even during his three busy years as a member of the Clark & Fanning Company, general merchants, of Idaho Falls, when he was obliged to give his attention to extensive interests, which included merchandising on an ambitious scale and the erection of a large business block. In 1896 he took a special course in the law department of the Michigan State University, and was admitted to...

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