Location: Bradford Pennsylvania

Biography of Roderick Morrison

Roderick Morrison, a well known oil producer and manufacturer at Independence, became identified with the oil industry in the eastern states when a young man, and while other enterprises have engaged him his interests have been continuousty identified with some phase of the petroleum industry through all his active years. Out of his experience he had elaborated one of the important devices used in oil and gas fields, and is now manufacturing it at Independence under the name of the Eclipse Pulling Machine. Mr. Morrison is a Canadian by birth and of Scotch ancestry. His grandfather was Angus Morrison, who spent his life on a farm in Scotland. His father was George Morrison, who was born in Southerlandshire, Scotland, in 1809, and emigrated to Canada in 1841, settling on a farm in Oxford County, Ontario. He gave the best years of his life to agriculture, but was a man of considerable prominence in local affairs, serving on the school board and in other occupations. He was a conservative in politics, and an active member of the Presbyterian Church, in which he held the position of elder. George Morrison married Henrietta MeIntosh, who was born in Southerland, Scotland, in 1821, and died in Oxford County, Ontario, in 1885. George Morrison died on the old farm in Ontario in 1893. Their children were: Elizabeth, deceased wife of John McCall, who is...

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Settlers from Bradford, Pennsylvania

From Bradford, Penn., in the early spring of 1883, a colony consisting of sixty-five men, women and children settled along the south side of the Keya Paha river. They played an important role in the early history of the eastern end of the county. Their children and grandchildren are still numbered among Keya Paha County’s leading citizens. Iowa, Wisconsin and eastern Nebraska also sent large numbers of settlers. Probably no other section of Nebraska has seen more crime and tragedy enacted on its soil than has that section which is now Keya Paha County. It was the battleground between the lawless and the law-abiding elements of its citizens, each faction struggling for supremacy, and each upheld in the belief that their claims were paramount. The story of this struggle will probably never be recorded and Time will erase the thrilling tales of the daring deeds of the horse thief and the cattle rustlers as well as those of the early peace officer and the “Vigilante.” The Niobrara proved to be an almost impassable barrier between the two portions of what was then from county, and there were many long weary miles to be travelled to reach the railroad or the seat of the county government. The honest people were at the mercy of the thieves and other outlaws. Poor roads, poor bridges and other drawbacks influenced public opinion to...

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Biography of William J. Bovaird

William J. Bovaird. Due to the important position occupied by Independence in the oil and gas fields of Kansas and Oklahoma, it had become the center of many large business corporations, and one of these is the Bovaird Supply Company of Kansas, whose president is William J. Bovaird. Mr. Bovaird had been identified with the manufacture of tools and apparatos used in the oil fields since an early age, his father having established a business of that kind in Western Pennsylvania in the early days. In 1903 Mr. Bovaird located at Independence and established the Bovaird Supply Company, at first as a branch of the parent company back in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Due to the phenomenal development of the oil and gas districts of Southern Kansas and Oklahoma the Independence concern grew so rapidly that in the spring of 1907 it was incorporated separately under the laws of Kansas, and is now one of the largest corporations of its kind in the West. The officers of the company are: William J. Bovaird, president; John Smith, of Independence, vice president; and W. M. Bovaird, a son of the president, secretary and treasurer. The company manufactures all kinds of oil drilling and fishing tools, derricks and other woodwork for wells, and a general line of repairs. Its output is marketed in all the oil fields of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Some years...

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Biography of Andrew Benson

Andrew Benson has had a long and varied experience in the oil fields of both the East and West, and for a number of years had been established at Independence, from which city as headquarters he had operated extensively in the oil and gas districts of Southern Kansas and Oklahoma. Born March 5, 1864, in Warberg, Sweden, he was six years of age when his parents came to the United States in 1870 and settled in Jamestown, New York. He grew up there on a farm, received a fair amount of schooling, and in 1883, at the age of nineteen, went to Bradford, Pennsylvania. In the meantime he had received some experience while employed in a furniture factory at Jamestown, New York. At Bradford he became identified with the oil business, and for many years was connected with the Oil Well Supply Company of that city. In 1898 the company sent him to the West Virginia oil fields. In 1903, with his family, he removed to Independence, Kansas, where he had since operated extensively as an oil and gas man. He occupies a suite of offices in the Booth Building and had acquired some valuable properties, including his fine residence at 409 North Ninth Street, other residence buildings, and some unimproved property. Mr. Benson is president of the Benson Oil & Gas Company, and of the State Line Oil...

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Biographical Sketch of Ralph Martin Hulett

Hulett, Ralph Martin; architect; born, Cleveland, March 28, 1873; son of Martin Paul and Esther Fawcett Hulett; graduated from the Cleveland public schools in 1891, then took up the study of architecture under special tutors; married, Bradford, Pa., Aug. 28, 1895, Clara C. Goodyear; one boy, Coulter Townsend Hulett, age 15; was architect for numerous buildings in Cleveland, such as high class apartments and residences, The Farmers & Mechanics Bank Bldg., the lodge rooms of Brooklyn Lodge, F. & A. M., The Richmond Hotel, Akron and several school buildings for the centralized school districts adjacent to Cleveland and Akron; since forming the Ralph M. Hulett Co., have specialized and designed numerous factories in and around Cleveland; designed the Christian Missionary Alliance, hotel at Beulah Park; organizer and head of the Ralph M. Hulett Co., architects and engineers, main office, Lenox Bldg., Cleveland; the firm has representatives in Akron and surrounding towns; associate member the Cleveland Real Estate Board; member Brooklyn Lodge of Masons, 454, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, No....

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Biographical Sketch of John S. McCarrens

McCarrens, John S.; advertising; born, July 27, 1869; son of D. A. and Anna McGinley McCarrens; educated, public schools, Bradford, Pa., and Niagara University, Suspension Bridge, N. Y.; married, Toledo, O., June 24, 1896, Mary Sweeney; issue, two daughters and two sons; advertising mgr. and business collector; member Cleveland Advertising Club. Fond of Horseback...

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Biography Of Irving Hill

Irving Hill, of this sketch, is one of the citizens of prominence in Lawrence, who is identified with the younger generation in the promotion of its industries, its finances and its civic affairs. He is of good Scotch blood, and comes naturally by his traits of intellectual and business acumen. William Hill, his father, was born in Greenock, a suburb of Glasgow, and when a boy came with his parents to the United States and settled at Baraboo, Wisconsin. There he followed newspaper work, became owner of a paper in that place, and later corresponded for the Chicago Tribune and a newspaper published in Nashville. In the Civil war he served as captain of a company in the Eighth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and subsequently was on the staff of Gen. Giles Smith. In 1870 he came to Kansas and founded the Neodesha Savings Bank, now the First National, of which he is president. His wife was Ellen Clark Maxwell, and their marriage resulted in the birth of four sons and a daughter, of whom Irving Hill is the youngest. Mr. Hill was born at Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, on December 23, 1876, and received his earlier education in the grammar and high schools of that place. He then completed a course at the state university, from which he was graduated in 1896 with the degree of B. A. After...

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Biography of Albert L. Alderman

ALBERT L. ALDERMAN. – The pioneer experiences of Mr. Alderman are not exceeded in interest by those of any of the early settlers. Born at Old Bedford, Connecticut, and taken as a child to Wyoming county, New York, where he lived until twenty-one years of age, he set out at the age of twenty-four upon the career that did not end except upon the Pacific coast. He was at Bradford, Pennsylvania, for a time with an uncle, and in 1845 came out to Quincy, Illinois, and that same winter made up an outfit for coming to the mythical Oregon. At St. Louis, in March, he met a Mr. Good and Judge Quinn Thornton, who were also on the way to our state. At the rendezvous he found a large company assembling, aggregating five hundred wagons. An organization, the most complete that had ever been attempted, was here made. The wagons and outfits were inspected; and none unfit for the journey were allowed to proceed. A legal tribunal was established, having a judge and a jury, which was composed of six men. The military organization was also fully equal to the requirements. On the way to Fort Hall no more serious trouble was experienced than crossing swollen streams; and this was effected by using two large canoes lashed side by side into which the loaded wagons were run, with the...

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Biography of David Francis Craig

David Francis Craig. Independence is the home of one of the most widely experienced and prominent contractors and producers in the oil and gas fields of the Southwest. Mr. Craig was born in Pennsylvania, got his first experience in the oil industry there, and has followed the progress of oil and gas development in all the important fields of the United States. A man of great foresight and judgment, and of equally remarkable energy, Mr. Craig has accumulated business interests in various sections of the country, but for a number of years has had his home and business headquarters at Independence. He was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, February 25, 1861. His people were originally Scotch, and his grandfather located-in Western Pennsylvania in Mercer County at a very early date and spent his life there as a farmer. Jacob T. Craig, father of D. F. Craig, was born in Mercer County in 1829, and was one of the prominent farmer citizens of that rugged district of Western Pennsylvania. He acquired two of the old farms of Mercer County, the McElree and the old Irwin homestead, and at his death on March 4, 1911, left an estate of 200 acres. He was a democrat, active in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a citizen of the highest standing. Jacob P. Craig married Hannah Irwin, who was born in Mercer County in...

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Biography of Clark H. Kountz

Clark H. Kountz, of Independence, though a young man, is a veteran in the oil industry, and for over ten years has been a factor in the Kansas oil fields, being now vice president of the Prairie Pipe Line Company. He was born near Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania, August 24, 1883, a son of Frank P. and Maggie E. Kountz. His father was born in 1847, and died in 1911, and his mother, still living, was born in 1849. The Kountz family removed from Western Pennsylvania to Findlay, Ohio, which was then in the center of the Ohio oil fields, and in the public schools of that city Clark H. Kountz acquired his early education. At the age of eighteen, in July, 1901, he became a clerk in the office of the Ohio Oil Company at Findlay. He grew up in the atmosphere of oil fields, and with four years of business experience in Ohio he came to Kansas in June, 1905. Becoming connected with the Prairie Oil & Gas Company at Independence, he was promoted to secretary of that company in 1910, and in 1915 assumed his present post as vice president of the Prairie Pipe Line Company. Mr. Kountz is also a director in the First National Bank of Independence. He is a member of the Masonic Order and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. On...

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