Location: Cincinnati Ohio

Biography of James H. Riggs

JAMES H. RIGGS. – One of the capable and esteemed gentlemen of Union county is named at the head of this article and is deserving of representation in the history of his county, since he has labored here with assiduity and energy for the development of the county and its resources and has manifested meanwhile both ability, sagacity, and integrity in his endeavors, being one of the leading agriculturists of the county. Mr. Riggs was born in Roachdale, Lancashire, England, on December 18, 1837, being the son of Levi and Elizabeth (Standring) Riggs, natives also of England. The father was a manufacturer in England and the family came to this country in 1848, going to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where they remained three years, then removed to Cincinnati, where the father continued until the date of his death. Our subject started for himself in 1859, crossing the plains to Utah and driving a freight team, and remaining in Cache county, Utah, until 1871, engaged in farming. Then he came to Union county, purchased a quarter-section on Pumpkin Ridge near Summerville, where he has engaged in farming since that time. In 1896 he turned this place over to his sons, remaining with them until 1897, when he moved to another place of one hundred and sixty acres two and one-half miles northeast from Elgin. The place where the sons are living contains...

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Biography of Thomas Shirman Salathiel

Thomas Shirman Salathiel for twenty-two years had been in the practice of law at Independence, and is one of the ablest members of the profession in Southern Kansas. In that time he had handled a vast volume of litigation involving both private and public interests, and as a lawyer, business man and citizem had identified himself closely with the life and affairs of his home city. A native Kansan, he represents a family that had lived here since territorial days. His grandfather, Morgan Salathiel, was a native of Wales and was a mineralogist and geologist. In the service of a syndicate that was acquiring coal lands in Peunsylvania and Ohio he came to America in 1832, and carried on an extensive series of investigations over the coal areas of those two states. He made permanent settlement in that section of Southern Ohio known as the Hanging Rock Iron Region, near the present City of Ironton, but later moved to Cincinnati, where he died about 1849. John Salathiel, father of the Independence lawyer, was a Kansas pioneer. He was born in 1836 in Southern Ohio at the site of Ironton, spent his early life in that state, and in 1859 came out to Kansas and located in Douglas County near Lawrence. Subsequently he clerked in a store and finally engaged in business for himself. In 1862 he moved to a...

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Biography of William A. Quigley

William A. Quigley. A varied and eventful career had been that of Mr. Quigley, the efficient and popular cashier of the Kansas National Gas Company in the offices of this corporation at Independence, Montgomery County. Mr. Quigley claims the old Hoosier State as the place of his nativity, was there reared and educated and it was given him to represent that commonwealth as one of the valiant soldiers of the Union during the major portion of the Civil war. His activities in the business world have been diversified and he had been a resident of Kansas for the past thirty years. His paternal grandfather was born in Pennsylvania and passed the closing years of his life near Cincinnati, Ohio, where he settled in 1816 in the pioneer days. The original American progenitors of the Quigley family came from Ireland and settled in Pennsylvania prior to the war of the Revolution. William A. Quigley was born in Jefferson County, Indiana, on the 19th of July, 1842, and is a son of Hiram and Melvina (White) Quigley, the former of whom was born near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1812, and the latter of whom was born in Jefferson County, Indiana, in 1823. Hiram Quigley was about four years old when his parents removed from Pennsylvania and settled near the present Village of North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1816. There he was...

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Biography of Edwin F. Guyon, M. D.

Edwin F. Guyon, M. D., who has become known as county physician of Bear Lake county, Idaho, assistant surgeon for the Oregon Short Line, member of Idaho and Oregon State Medical Associations and of the American National Medical Association, and as author of the law to prohibit illegal medical practice in Idaho and coauthor with Dr. C. J. Smith of the law to prevent illegal medical practice in Oregon, is one of the leading physicians in Idaho and is doing much to elevate his profession and augment its usefulness throughout the northwest. Dr. Guyon began the practice of medicine in Pendleton City, Oregon, in 1891, and continued it there successfully for five years, when his health began to fail and he sought a higher altitude and a dryer atmosphere at Montpelier. The colder climate agreed with him, and he regained his health, and by the time he had done so he had built up a large and rapidly growing practice, in which he has been successful professionally as well as financially. Dr. Guyon was born at New Orleans, Louisiana, November 7, 1853, of Huguenot ancestors, on his father’s side, who came early in our history from France and settled in New York and New Jersey. John Guyon, his father, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and married Miss Emily Shattuck, a native of St. Louis, but a descendant...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. L. B. Powell

Dr. L. B. Powell, drugs, was born near Frankfort, Ky., September 3, 1847. Remove to Illinois. In March, 1862, enlisted in Company D, Sixty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; transferred to Company G, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; was discharged in August, 1865, when he returned to Port Byron, Ill., and in 1869 went to Texas. In 1871 the Doctor was crossing the Staked Plains, at the head of the Concho River, when he, with his party of nine, was attacked by the Indians. Three of the men were killed and one committed suicide, and all of his party, including himself, were wounded. The Indians stole 1,000 head of cattle from the party. Dr. Powell, while in Texas, was appointed one of the State police by Gov. Davis. He came to Jewell County Kan., in 1872. In 1875 he graduated at the Eclectic Medical College, at Cincinnati, Ohio, and returned to Jewell City, Kan., and engaged in the practice of his profession. Came to Mankato and went into the drug business under the firm name of Reynolds & Powell. Was elected Coroner of Jewell County in 1881. Is a member of the G. A. R. at Jewell...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. Thomas Kirk, Jr.

Dr. Thomas Kirk, Jr., was born in Clearfield, Pa., January 20, 1859; attended the Eclectic Medical College at Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated in June, 1880, and first located in Bellefonte, Pa. Came to Burr Oak, in Jewell Co., Kan., in 1881, and engaged in the practice of his profession; he is now working into a fine...

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Biographical Sketch of John Blechschmid

Blechschmid, John; florist; born, Germany, June 7, 1870; son of John and Christina Hess Blechschmid; educated, public schools, Germany, and Newport, Ky.; married, Cleveland, April 26, 1906, Marie Sterk; three children; 1893, worked for Eugene Walter, florist, Lexington, Ky.; one year for Wm. Jones, florist, Newport, Ky.; one year for Mrs. Hennings, florist, Cincinnati, and several other firms and private parties; then was in Indianapolis, Ind.; then back to Cincinnati, as head gardener in The Zoo; was there two years; in 1904, started his own business in Cleveland; designer and decorator; vice. pres. The Florist...

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Biographical Sketch of Paul J. Brown

Brown, Paul J.; automobile business; born, Zanesville, O., Nov. 10, 1864; public school education; started with The Jacob Smith Carriage & Wagon Co., 1875-1879; then went to Pittsburgh in various carriage and wagon shops; came to Cleveland in 1890; foreman for The Jacob Hoffman Wagon Co., 1890-1898; then went to Cincinnati with The O. Armleder Co. until 1901; returned to Cleveland and formed partnership with firm of Broc Carriage & Wagon Co.; upon incorporation of firm, in 1903, elected vice pres. and gen. mgr.; in 1908, sold his interest and retired to the farm; in 1909, formed the Brown Auto Carriage Co., pres. and gen. mgr.; member I. 0. O. F. and Automobile Club; Independent in...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis S. Bing

Bing, Louis S.; merchant; born, Washington Court House, O., Dec. 31, 1860; son of David and Rosina Bing; educated, Cincinnati, O.; married, Jan. 12, 1892, Theresa Nathan; issue, Hortense R. Bing, born Jan. 12, 1894, Louis S. Bing, Jr., born, March IT, 1899; pres. The Bing Co.; member Masonic Fayette Lodge; Excelsior and Oakwood Clubs. Favorite recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of Gardner Abbott

Abbott, Gardner; attorney; born, Cincinnati, O., Dec. 11, 1878; son of Willard and Caroline Powers Younglove Abbott; educated Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; Yale University, A. B.; Columbia Law School, LL. B.; married, Cleveland, Oct. 16, 1912, Lois A. Allen; member Cleveland Board of Health, 1912; Troop A, 1st Sergt.; entered the office of Blandin, Rice and Ginn, 1905; started business for himself in 1909; vice pres. Bates Valve Bag Co.; pres. Abbott Realty Co.; sec’y Babies’ Dispensary and Hospital and Cleveland Music School Settlement; member Andover P. A. E.; Alpha Delta Phi; Wolf’s Head; Columbia Phi Delta Phi; director Union and Hermit Clubs and Nisi Prius; Chamber of Commerce; University, Tavern, Mayfield Country, and Chagrin Valley Hunt Clubs. Recreations: Music and...

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Biographical Sketch of Webb C. Ball

Ball, Webb C.; jeweler; born in Knox Co., Ohio; married in 1879 to Miss Florence I. Young of Kenton, O.; issue one son and three daughters; at an early age apprenticed to a watch maker to learn the watch making and jewelers’ trade; came to Cleveland in Mch., 1879; for 5 yrs. had been business mgr. of the Dueber Watch Case Mnfg. Co., then located in Cincinnati; head of Railroad Time Inspection System as well as one of the leading merchants of Cleveland; the name Ball today stands for accuracy in construction of Railroad watches; in connection with Railroad inspection service offices are maintained in Cleveland, Chicago and San Francisco; pres. The Webb C. Ball Co.,...

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Biographical Sketch of Albert Harlow Bates

Bates, Albert Harlow; patent lawyer; born, Cincinnati, O., Jan. 24, 1869; son of Cyrus S. and Lavena S. Bates; educated, Kenyon Military Academy, Gambier, O.; Brooks Military Academy, Cleveland; Lehigh University; graduated, 1889, Mechanical Engineer, Ohio State University; graduated, 1892, LL. B.; married, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 11, 1904, Kathleen Jones; two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth; one son, Darwin Bates; in 1892-3, in legal dept. of The Brush Electric Co., Cleveland; 1893-96, with Robert H. Parkinson, patent lawyer, Chicago, Ill.; 1897-1905, member the firm of Thurston & Bates, patent lawyers, Cleveland; 1906-9, member firm of Bates, Fonts & Hull, patent lawyers, Cleveland; 1906 to the present time, practicing attorney under the name of Albert H. Bates; member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Cleveland Engineering Society, Chamber of Commerce and Psi Upsilon Fraternity; member Athletic, Shaker Heights Country and Cleveland Automobile Clubs. Recreations: Fishing and...

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Biographical Sketch of Moses J. Gries

Gries, Moses J.; rabbi; born, Newark, N. J., Jan. 25, 1868; son of Jacob and Katie Gries; educated, Hughes High School, Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati and Hebrew Union College; married, Cleveland, June 15, 1898, Frances Hays; issue, two sons; pres. Central Conference of American Rabbis; member Board of Governors, Hebrew Union College, Board of Editors, Department of Synagogue and School Extension; member committee on Municipal Arts and Architecture of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (group plan); member board of trustees Cleveland Associated Charities; trustee Cleveland School of Art; Federation of Jewish Charities; director of The City Club of Cleveland; also past pres. of the following: Educational League, B’nai B’rith; Cleveland. Council of Jewish Women; Alumni Assn of the Hebrew Union College; Jewish Religious Education Ass’n of Ohio; and the Ohio Rabinnical Ass’n and pres. of Council Educational...

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Biographical Sketch of Tracy W. Guthrie

Guthrie, Tracy W.; manufacturer; born, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 2, 1866; son of Julius C. and Emily A. Tracy Guthrie; educated in Chicago public schools, Chickering Institute, Cincinnati, public schools in Detroit, Mich., and Elmira, N. Y.; married, New Rochelle, N. Y., Feb. 8, 1910, Settal Horn; pres. Continental Coal Co., Columbus, O., 1903-1904; pres. Republic Iron & Steel Co., Pittsburgh, 1905-1911; sec’y and gen’l mgr. Standard Welding Co., Cleveland, to date; member Loyal Legion, Union and Country...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis C. Greiner

Greiner, Louis C.; optometrist; born, Cincinnati, Ohio; son of Charles and Augusta Fichs Greimer; educated, Cincinnati public school and Hughes High School, same city; has been in the optical business since leaving school; formerly in the employ of A. M. Jordan, one of the largest optical houses in Cincinnati; came to Cleveland, Oct. 17, 1910; has been with The Dodd-Rogers Co. since; member Walnut Hill Lodge, No. 483, F. & A. M., Kilwinning Chapter, No. 97, R. A. M. Recreations:...

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