Location: Champaign County OH

Biography of Hon. John A. Fuson

Hon. John A. Fuson, an eminent practicing physician and surgeon of the Fourth District, was born in 1815, in Champaign County, Ohio. He is the third of seven children (three living) of James and Martha (Sneed) Fuson, both of whom were natives of Patrick County, Virginia. The father was of English descent, born in 1792. Two years after marriage he moved to Champaign County, Ohio, where he engaged in farming, occasionally preaching. He died in 1863. The mother was of French origin, born about 1795, and died in 1885. The subject of this sketch received a limited education in the common schools of his native county, remaining with his parents until he was twenty-two, when he came to Tennessee, and settled at Alexandria, Dekalb County, where for three years he studied medicine under direction of Dr. Thomas J. Sneed, at the expiration of which time he began practicing at Liberty, in 1842. In 1847 he married Martha L., Daughter of John W. and Lucy W. (Flowers) Allen, near Rome, Smith County. Mrs Fuson was born in White County, in 1826, and became mother of eleven children. The eight surviving ones are James; Lucy Jane,Wife of Chas. McCaverty of West Virginia; John A.; Elizabeth, Wife of Isaac N. Fite; George M.; Wm. Francis; Josephine, Wife of Chas. Williams, and Joseph Benjamin. In 1856 the Doctor purchased a farm in the...

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Biography of Austin McCreary Keene

Austin McCreary Keene. The subject of this sketch is one of the prominent 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 Willard Volney Church

Willard Volney Church is one of the older settlers in Marion County. This county had been his home for upwards of forty years, and during that time he had played a varied part as a lawyer, public official and business man. Mr. Church was born at Fort Ann, New York, February 16, 1853, a son of Volney and Harriet (Bush) Church. Mr. Church had the rather rare distinction at this time of being the grandson of a Revolutionary soldier. His grandfather, Willard Church was born at Mansfield, Connecticut, in 1758 and was a very young man when he took up arms and fought for independence from Great Britain. His father, Volney Church, was born in New York, February 25, 1804, and was reared and educated as a physician, but subsequently became a minister of the Baptist Church. To these two vocations he gave the best of his years and energy. In 1853 he removed to Hudson, Michigan, and his death occurred at Saginaw in that state in 1893. He and his wife were married May 19, 1831, at Whiting, Vermont. Harriet Bush was born at Norwell, Vermont, June 6, 1813, and she died at Fenton, Michigan, August 12, 1860. She was a very devout woman and in close sympathy with her husband in his ministerial labors. They had six children, four sons and two daughters: Harriet Eliza, who was...

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Biography of Francis M. Spencer

Francis M. Spencer. During more than a quarter century’s identification with the building and contracting business in Kansas, with headquarters at Topeka, Mr. Spencer has established a reputation for responsible financial management and systematic and accurate execution of every contract which he undertakes, even down to the last detail. Few men in the business in the entire state can exhibit a finer record in buildings actually completed and now conspicuous in various cities as Mr. Spencer. While a complete list would be impossible, the more notable of his contracts are the following: Topeka Manual Training School, the Capper Building, the New England Building, the Young Men’s Christian Association Building, the Washburn College Observatory, the Washburn College Gymnasium, all of Topeka; the Santa Fe Railway Hospital at Mulvane, Kansas; the State Normal School Building at Emporia; the Central Park, Washington and Van Buren schools in Topeka; the Santa Fe Railway Motive Power Office Building at Topeka; St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, and has recently completed Ursuline Academy at Paola, Kansas, and the Kansas Masonic Grand Lodge Building of Topeka. His firm, F. M. Spencer & Son, contractors, is now engaged in erecting a Santa Fe depot and office building at Marceline, Missouri, and a union depot at Salina, Kansas. Francis M. Spencer was born near Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio, May 11, 1856, a son of John F. and Sarah...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry R. Cool

Cool, Henry R.; wholesale lumber; born, Urbanna, O., Oct. 22, 1878; son of William A. and Lena Rose Cool; education, Urbanna University and Ohio State University, 1899; married, Cleveland, Nov. 23, 1904, Helen Ranney Adams; issue, Kenneth Adams, Dee. 13, 1905, Janet Ranney, July 12, 1907; New York mgr. of Eastern Sash, Door & Glass Co.; resigning to join his father in lumber business; later junior partner in W. A. Cool & Son (1904); sec’y Service Recorder Co.; director Adams Bag Co.; member Chamber of Commerce, and Hermit Club; Chi Phi; interested in the development of southern timber and farm holdings;...

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Biographical Sketch of George Hamilton Eichelberger

Eichelberger, George Hamilton; lawyer; born, Urbana, O., Jan. 24, 1877; son of George M. and Emma Ring Eichelberger; educated, Ohio Weslyan University; married, New York City, Aug. 11, 18908; Frances Staunton Dodge; one daughter; United States Marshal at Shanghai, China, 1897-1900; since coming to Cleveland, connected with 5th Ohio Infantry as battalion adjt.; practiced law in Cleveland since 1901, (Reed & Eichelberger); Mason; member Union, Athletic, and Euclid Clubs. Recreation:...

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Biography of I. F. Sarver

I. F. Sarver. It was due to his personal popularity and his high business standing that I. F. Sarver was elected sheriff of Sedgwick County in 1914. It was the first and only office for which he was ever a candidate, and he was elected by a large majority by his wide circle of friends in both parties, and reelected in 1916 by a large majority. Sheriff Sarver is almost a native son of Kansas, having been brought to the state when two years of age, and is thoroughly typical of the splendid spirit of this commonwealth. He was born in Champaign County, Ohio, January 24, 1869. In 1871 his parents Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Sarver came to Kansas and located near Topeka in Shawnee County. His father is now a resident of Topeka and still owns a section of rich farming land in Shawnee County, besides some valuable business and residence properties in Topeka. Besides an education in the common schools, I. F. Sarver spent two years in Washburn College at Topeka. He grew up on a farm and while he has a host of loyal friends he has always been strong, vigorous and self reliant in carving out his own destiny. In 1898 he came to Wichita, and for several years was associated with his father-in-law in the hotel business there. As Wichita is one of...

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Rouse, Levi J. – Obituary

Another Old Pioneer Departed Last Sunday, Feb. 3, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, after several weeks of intense suffering from a complication of diseases, Levi J. Rouse, one of the oldest, most widely known and respected pioneer citizens of this part of this state was claimed by the angel of death and taken to another world. His demise is a time of sincere mourning, for he was well and favorably known throughout all parts of this and Union counties; he having been closely associated with the educational, political and industrial development of both for many years. Levi J. Rouse was born near Urbana, Champaign, County, Ohio, October 15th, 1835. His early life was spent on the farm with his parents until the age of seventeen he procured a certificate and embarked in the life of the educator. He was successful as a teacher and continued teaching in Ohio and Iowa until the year 1859 when he crossed the plains and settled at Independence. In the spring he went with a drove of cattle to California, spending the summer at Shasta, returning in the fall to Independence The next winter was spent in clerking for Captain Lyon. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Rouse was one of the first ones to enter the Oro Fino mining regions and from that time on until 1866 he engaged in mining there...

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Biography of Winfield Freeman

Winfield Freeman. Lawyer, author, traveler, leader in republican politics and a business man, Winfield Freeman has been a Kansan for more than thirty-five years. He has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the foremost members of the bar in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born at London, Ohio, January 3, 1848, a son of James F. and Eleanor (Dawson) Freeman. His early life was spent in Winchester, Ohio, where he attended the public schools and where he read law in the office of Hon. A. Stiver. Admitted to the bar in 1869, at the age of twenty-one, he practiced law for a number of years in Ohio, and in 1878-79 served as prosecuting attorney of Preble County. Since 1879 he has been a resident of Kansas. From 1880 to 1884 he was assistant attorney for the Solomon Valley Railroad Company. In 1881 he was elected mayor of Minneapolis, Kansas. As one of the promoters of the Kansas City Elevated Railroad Company Mr. Freeman removed to Kansas City, Kansas, in 1884, and was actively identified with that transportation service as attorney until 1888. It is forty-eight years since he commenced the practice of law in Ohio in 1869, and his experience is a remarkably long one. He was associated with Silas Wright Porter, now associate justice of the Supreme Court of Kansas, from 1891 to 1899, and was also...

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Biography of Amos S. Lapham

Amos S. Lapham. There are but few members of the bar of Southeastern Kansas who have exceeded the record of Amos S. Lapham, of Chanute, for length and continuity of service, for devotion to the best ethics of the profession and for connection with important litigation. His standing is that of one of the foremost members of the bar of this part of the state. Judge Lapham was born on a farm in Champaign County, Ohio, April 6, 1845, and is a son of Oziel and Mahala (Steere) Lapham, and belongs to one of America’s old and honored families. John Lapham, the great-great-great-great-grandfather of Judge Lapham, was born in 1635, in Devonshire, England, and came to America prior to 1673, for on April 6, of that year, he was married at Providence, Rhode Island, to Mary, the daughter of William Mann. He lived at Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, and Dartmouth, Massachusetts. In the same year he was a freeman and deputy to the general assembly, and in 1675 was constable. He owned several hundred acres of land in the vicinity of Providence, but in 1676, at the outbreak of King Philip’s war, removed to Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He was a large landholder for his day, and at the time of his death, in 1710, his estate, of which his wife Mary and son John were executors, was found to...

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Biographical Sketch of Elias Anderson

Elias Anderson, farmer; P. O. Diona; is a native of Ohio, and was born in Champaign Co. June 16, 1807; he remained with his parents until he was 32 years of age, his father having died about the year 1833; he remained with his mother until her removal to Michigan, where she died in the year 1844; Mr. Anderson, before his removal to this county, married, Sept. 20, 1835, Miss Hannah Place, her parents being natives of Pennsylvania; in the year 1839, they came to this county and settled where he has ever since resided; they had five children, four living – Thomas, born Sept. 6, 1839, Clarinda, Aug. 14, 1841, Eunice, March 6, 1843, and Jasper, Dec. 28, 1847, and one deceased-Elias, who died Sept. 25, 1868; his wife died March 19, 1851; he married his second wife (the widow of Isaac Clark), April, 1852; they had four children, all living – Louisa, born Feb. 26, 1853, Bartholomew, March 7, 1855, Rachel, Sept. 25, 1857, and James, Jan. 30, 1862; his wife died Sept. 25, 1865, and on Dec. 13,1866, he was married to the widow of Henry Brant, who was formerly Miss Margaret Tombs, of New...

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Biography of John T. Taylor

John T. Taylor, farmer; P. O. Rardin; born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Dec. 24, 1843, where he lived until 9 years of age, when he emigrated with his parents to Illinois and located in what is now known as Morgan Tp., in the fall of 1853, and where he has since continued to live within two and a half miles of his present location; he lived with his parents and engaged in farming until the spring of 1864, when he commenced farming upon his own account upon the place where he has since lived. He owns in his own farm 714½ acres, which he has improved, and upon which he has erected good buildings, and 98 acres in other parts of the county; when Mr. Taylor first located upon his present place, there was upon the same an old log house and barn, which were among the first buildings erected in this township; he erected his present barn in 1869, and house in 1873. His marriage with Mary Elizabeth Ross was celebrated Jan. 21, 1864; she was born in Morgan Tp., Ill., Nov. 11, 1845; seven children are the fruit of this union, two of which are deceased; the names of the living are Clarinda J., Margaret E., Alice A., Samuel P. and Martha I.; the deceased are John P. and Sarah C. Mr. Taylor is a son of...

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Biographical Sketch of Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Oakland; born in Champaign Co., Ohio, April 25, 1820, where he lived until 1853; his father, John Taylor, died when he was 13 years of age, and, he being the oldest son, remained with his mother and managed the farm until 23 years of age, at which time he rented land and engaged in farming until the fall of 1853, when he emigrated to Illinois with his family and located in what is now known as Morgan Tp.; he then rented the A. B. Florer farm, where he lived for twelve years, the last few years of which he had power of attorney to transact business in the name of A. B. Florer in his absence; he removed upon his present place in 1865, where he has since continued to live, and where he owns sixty acres of land, upon which he has good farm buildings. He married Jan. 12, 1843, to Elizabeth Moody; she was born in Ohio Nov. 12, 1817; she died Dec. 18, 1860, leaving five children now living, having lost three by death; the names of the living are John T., Oliver S. William II., Emery M., Francis B. S., marriage with Mary Housel was celebrated Feb. 2, 1862; she was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, March 4, 1829; five children were the fruit of this union, three...

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Roll Of Capt. Thomas Stretch’s Company

(Probably from Champaign County). Served from November 27, until December 27, 1812. Capt. Thomas Stretch Lieut. Ezekial Arrowsmith Ensign, Walker Johnston Sergt. James McLaughlin Sergt. George Faulkner Sergt. William Sargent Sergt. Frederick Stonebager Corp. Joseph Hill Corp. John Long, Sr. Privates Clark, Marcus Clark, Reuben Colbert, Jesse Comer, David Comer, Peter Dils, Samuel Hanback, Lewis Harber, Elisha Hufman, Jeremlah Humphries, Robert Kite, Benjamin Kite, Samuel Long, John, Jr. Longfeller, Joseph Lyon, John Maggeat, Adam McAlexander, James McIntyre, Thomas Megill, John Metz, Emanuel Mitchell, James Mitchell, John Mitts, Samuel Monroe, James Moody, John Runkle, Peter Slegle, Jacob Smith, James Stephens, Christian Stephens, John Whiteman, John Wilson,...

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Roll Of Capt. Gabriel Cox’s Company

(Probably from Champaign Co.) Served from September 14 until October 16, 1812. Capt. Gabriel Cox Lieut. Nicholas Sturm Ensign Nicholas Van Densan Sergt. Ezekiel Rice Sergt. Walker Aldridge Sergt James Herd Sergt. William B. Craghill Corp. John Reid Corn. John Bowman Pifer. Newton Burroughs Drummer, William Hull Privates Beacon, David Bendure, William Blackford, John Blair, William Brooks, Thomas Carter, Israel Davidson, Stephen Dean, Barzilla Dillon, Richard Dillon, William Dotson, Thomas Gandy, Abijah Gerard, Jacob Goodfellow, Moore Green, John Griffith, Azel Haney, James Hanna, David Heaton, Jonah Herd, Thomas Hopkins, Richard Hunt, John Hutchinson, Thomas Jones, David Jones, Stephen Kennedy, Samuel Keyser, Benjamin Moss, Jacob Parks, James Patrick, Johnson Perry, James Price John Rudesilly, Jacob Simpson, Alexander Smith, David Smith, John Spencer, Aaron Sturm, Mathias Turner, Robert White, Benjamin White, Joseph Williams,...

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