Location: Comal County TX

Biography of Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston, the most distinguished soldier who had ever gone forth from Kansas, was born at New Carlisle, Ohio, November 9, 1865, a son of Edward H, and Ann E. (Mitehell) Funston. When two years old his parents removed to Kansas, and in 1885 he became a student in the State University. He also attended the University in 1889-90, after which he was employed as a newspaper reporter in Kansas City, and the next year was botanist with the Death Valley expedition. General Funston was commissioned by the United States Agricultural Department, in 1893, to explore Alaska and report on the flora. When this work was completed he went to Cuba, where he served for eighteen months in the insurgent army in 1896-97, recaiving promotions to captain, major and lieutenant colonel. Having received a wound, he returned to the United States, and when the war was declared against Spain he was commissioned colonel of the Twentieth Kansas Infantry on May 20, 1898. His regiment was ordered to the Philippines and on May 2, 1899, Colonel Funston was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers for his bravery in crossing the Rio Grande River at Calumpit on a small raft and establishing a rope ferry in the face of a severe fire. He organized and led the expedition that captured Emilio Aguinaldo, the insurgent leader, and on April 1, 1901, was...

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Biography of Charles H. Browne

Charles H. Browne is proprietor and editor of the Horton Headlight-Commercial, now the only journal published in that enterprising and flourishing city of Brown County. Mr. Browne had been largely identified with newspaper work since he left school, and is a vigorous type of citizen and easily a leader in any community. For a number of years he had been connected with the National Guard of Kansas and had been especially active in recent events in which the country had been involved in tronble, first with Mexico and later with Germany. The Horton Headlight-Commercial is a consolidation of half a dozen different Horton newspapers. As reported in the “History of Kansas Newspapers,” issued by the Kansas State Historical Society, the Headlight-Commercial is a continuation of the Horton Headlight, founded in 1886 by Harley W. Brundige and Samuel Baer_ In 1901 it was consolidated with the Leader, which had been founded in 1899 by Johnson & Law. The name was changed to Horton Headlight-Leader, Johnson & Law editors and publishera. But the name was soon changed to Headlight, and this newspaper Mr. Browne purchased in 1906. In 1911 it consolidated with the Commercial under the name Headlight-Commercial, with Mr. Browne as editor and published. The Horton Commercial was founded in 1887 by John S. Sherdeman. At different times in its history the Headlight had had daily issucs. Mr. Charles H....

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Biography of William M. Price, Hon.

Hon. William M. Price, a resident of Kansas for fifteen years, is a successful banker, being now president of the Lyon County State Bank at Emporia, but over the state at large is best known through his services as a member of the State Senate. Senator Price was elected to the Senate in 1912, his present term expiring January 1, 1917. He represents the senatorial district comprising Greenwood and Lyon counties. He had the distinction of having been the chief supporter of the measure now on the Kansas statute books providing pensions for mothers. The Mothers’ Pension Bill as he introduced it in the Senate was drawn up along the lines endorsed by the courts and the various woman’s organizations, and though not adopted in that form he ardently championed it and deserves much credit for the passage of the modified measure as it now stands. During the legislative session of 1915 Senator Price was chairman of the banking committee and a member of the assessment and taxation committee, public utilities committee, election committee, and cities of second class committee. He is regarded as one of the most progressive leaders in his section of the state. William M. Price was born in San Antonio, Texas, July 31, 1870, a son of H. F. and Rebecoa M. (Chilcutt) Price, and in the paternal line is of Scotch-Welsh ancestors and German...

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Klock-Feeley, Kayla Shae – Obituary

Kayla Shae Klock-Feeley, 12, of Canyon Lake, Texas, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 14, 2002, at Canyon Lake as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Her memorial service was Nov. 19, 2002, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake. Burial was at Fair Oaks, Calif. Kayla was born on Aug. 31, 1990, at Sacramento, Calif. She and her mother, Donna Barber, lived in Baker City in 2000. She died when the 2000 Nissan Quest she was riding in collided with a school bus. The crash caused a chain reaction involving two other vehicles, according to a report in the San Antonio (Texas) Express News. The Nissan was driven by her stepmother, Kay Klock. Her daughter, Sidney Klock, 11, also was a passenger in the vehicle. They were on their way to school when the accident happened about 7:20 a.m. Kay Klock is a teacher and physical education coach at Mountain Valley Intermediate School where Kayla attended classes. About 30 school bus children were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises, the newspaper reported. Kayla is survived by her mother, Donna Barber of Sacramento; her father, Lonnie Klock of Canyon Lake, Texas; brothers, Valien Klock of Canyon Lake and Nick Barber, Corey Barber, Jayden Barber and Seth Barber, all of Sacramento; grandparents, Valerie Feeley of Baker City; great-grandparents, Bob and Freda Waldron of Baker City; cousins,...

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Biography of Peter Rainsford Brady

Among the early pioneers of Arizona, none bore a more prominent part in its development than Peter Rainsford Brady. He came, on his paternal side, from good old Irish stock. His mother, Anna Rainsford, was from Virginia. He was born in Georgetown, District of Columbia, August 4th, 1825; received his education, in part, at the Georgetown College, later entering the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, from which he was graduated about the year 1&44. After cruising around the Mediterranean Sea in the United States vessel “Plymouth,” he resigned from the navy, and left his home October 26th, 1846, for San Antonio, Texas, where he enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Texas Hangers, and served with distinction in the Mexican “War. After the war Mr. Brady joined a surveying party under Colonel Andrew B. Gray, who made a survey from Marshall, Texas, to El Paso; thence across the country to Tubac and from the latter point made branch surveys, one to Port Lobos on the Gulf of California, and the other to Fort Yuma and San Diego. Mr. Brady served as a captain on this expedition, and was prominent in many Indian fights. When the work was completed, the company disbanded at San Francisco. Mr. Brady was of an adventurous spirit, and in his younger life preferred the wilderness to the smooth paths of civilization. In 1854 he came to...

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Biography of Smith Deaf Smith

Erastus Smith, better known as “Deaf Smith,” was the son of Chiliab and Mary Smith, and was born in New York on the 19th of April 1787. At the age of eleven years he emigrated with his parents to the Mississippi Territory, and settled near Natchez. His parents were strict members of the Baptist Church, and gave him such moral and intellectual training, as the circumstances around them would permit. He first came to Texas in 1817 likely with some of the patriot forces that were constantly arriving at that time in the Province. He soon, however, returned home; but in 1821 he came again to Texas, for the purpose of making it his home. This he did, never leaving it. He was in the country before Stephen F. Austin, but in what section is not known. His nature was to ramble alone and be by himself. He was not entirely deaf, but unable to hear an ordinary conversation, and if such was going on around him would generally walk away and stand apart, gazing into space. He also had a habit, if anyone addressed him, of putting his finger to his lips, indicating by that, it was supposed, that he was unable to hear the one that addressed him. When the colony under Green DeWitt commenced settling where the town of Gonzales is now located, Smith was one...

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