Location: Dallas County IA

Biography of Hon. P. I. Bonebrake

There is great truth in the sontence “biography is history teaching by example.” After considering the story related in the following paragraphs one is convinced that there is more real history pertaining to a city, county and state in the life record of such a man as P. I. Bonebrake of Topeka than can be found in many pages of the detailed statisties. The editors of this publication have been fortunate in securing a transcript of Mr. Bonebrake’s personal reminiscences of his life and time, and the following article is a digest of those reminiscences, together with such comments as the historical importance seems to deserve. He is an Ohio man by birth, and had now reached that time of life when he can count his years by the fourscore. His ancestors are of old American stock, planted in this country fully 150 years ago. The paternal ancestor came originally from Saxony, while the maternal was from England. His paternal grandfather DeWalt Bonebrake located at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, while his maternal grandfather Isaiah Adams lived in Massachusetts and New York, but most of them emigrated to Preble County, Ohio, about the year 1800. That country was then almost a wilderness, and the homes of the settlers were carved out of the heavy forest. There was no money, settlers had their meat from the forest, their clothes from the wool of...

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Biography of John L. Weaver

Among the distinguished citizens of Boise is Hon. John L. Weaver, who is now serving as adjutant-general of the state. For many years a prominent representative of the Christian ministry, honored and respected in every class of society, he has for some time been a leader in thought and action in the public life of the state and his name is inscribed high on the roll of fame, his honorable and brilliant career adding luster to the history of Idaho. General Weaver was born in Switzerland County, Indiana, May 26, 1856, and is descended from Swiss, French and Scotch ancestors, who early became residents of America, many years ago the Weaver family resided in Pennsylvania, but the grandfather of our subject removed to Indiana during the pioneer epoch of that commonwealth, and Robert F. Weaver, father of the General, was born in Switzerland county. Having arrived at years of maturity, he married Miss Jane Banta, who was also a native of that county. Industrious and enterprising, he became one of the substantial farmers of the Hoosier state, where he made his home until his death, which occurred when he had attained the age of seventy-seven years. His wife has also departed this life. They were Universalists in religious faith, and their sterling worth won them the regard of all. Of their family of ten children, seven are yet living....

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Biography of Hosmer L. Buell

HOSMER L. BUELL.-The subject of this sketch deserves to be placed in the history of Union county for various reasons. He is a man of ability, which is amply demonstrated in the fine drug business that he manipulates in the city of Elgin, where he does a thriving business. He has passed a life of great activity in various leading industries, being ever at the ehad both because of his energy and because of his fitness for that purpose. When the call came for men, brave and true, to face the cannon of the hosts of rebellion, our subject never wavered, but surrendered himself to the fortunes of war and the God of the battle field, and fought through te long struggle until the last shot was silenced and the broken foe bowed in repentence and raised from the field to leave the land to mourn for its dead. Hosmer L. was born in Delaware county, New York, on May 31, 1836, being the son of Dewey and Aurelia (Goddard) Buell, natives respectively of New York and Pennsylvania. The father was a farmer and in 1872 removed with the family to Dallas county, Iowa, remaining there until the time of his death which occured on July 14, 1875, and the mother died in Kansas in 1890. Our subject worked with his father until the age of twenty-three and then...

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Biography of Paul Phillip MacCaskill

Paul Phillip MacCaskill. One of the younger members of the Kansas bar, in active practice at Parsons, Paul MacCaskill has already had a wide range of experience in his profession and in public affairs. While studying law and since he spent a good deal of time in the service of public men, at Topeks and elsewhere, and in 1915 was secretary to Hon. Baille P. Waggener, the Atchison County representative in the State Senate. He is of a fine strain of Scotch ancestry. The name MacCaskill, or MacAskill, is of Norse origin, meaning Anses Kettle, or sacrificial vessel to the gods. The MacCaskills were a sept of the powerful MacLeod clan who prior to 1715 owned the Isle of Skye and other holdings in the Hebrides as well as on the mainland. The MacCaskills lived on the Isle of Skye, and Mr. MacCaskill’s great-great-grandfather Malcolm MacCaskill came to this country in 1811 and located in a Scotch settlement at Fayetteville, North Carolina. He followed planting through his career. The grandfather, Allen A. MacCaskill, was born at Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1828 and died there in 1904. His active career was spent chiefly as a planter and prior to the war he owned a number of slaves. He was also a man of deep scholarship, was a Presbyterian minister, and was well versed in the Gaelic languages and was an...

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Shelton, Mack C. – Obituary

Mack C. Shelton Passes To Rest Mack C. Shelton was born in Dallas County, Iowa on February 25, 1885. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1862, coming first to Willamette valley. In 1873 he came to Union county and purchased a quarter section of land two and one-half miles northwest of Elgin in 1878. While he lived in this vicinity he was engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was married to Miss DeLilah Long September 21, 1874. To this union were born eleven children and two passed away in infancy. His wife passed away July 18,1900. He then sold his property and moved to the Grande Ronde river near Anatone, Washington, where he was engaged in the sheep business for a number of years. Later he purchased a place near Paradise, where he spent his remaining years. He was married to Bernice Hays on November 16, 1918. He passed away at his home on December 24, 1937, at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 29 days. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife; one brother, Haratio Shelton of Ellensburg, Washington; two sisters, Maggie Fine of Walla Walla, Washington, and Alice Bowman of Richland and nine children; Mrs. Lula Griffith of Grand Junction, Colorado; Mrs. Estella Goble, Medical Springs; Mrs. Blanche Ryland, Hermiston; Mrs. Verda Gray, Alicel; Chesley Shelton, Wallowa; Mrs. Rosa Norton, Baley; Lawrence...

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Sturm, Armintia A. – Obituary

Funeral Services For Armintia A. Sturm Paradise, Oregon Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Paradise for Mrs. Armintia A. Sturm who passed away at her home there Sunday, May 26, 1940. E.E. Callahan, pastor of the Enterprise Christian church, was in charge of the services, and interment was in the Paradise cemetery beside her husband and son. Pall bearers were Albert Wilson, William Curry, Doc Shelton, B.D. Beach, William Frazier and Baley Shelton. Armintia Angeline Winters was born in Booneville, Iowa, April 13, 1863, and crossed the plains when 18 years old, settling at Baker where she was united in marriage to Brisco Miller. Mr. Miller passed away in 1890 and Mrs. Miller and their small son moved to Southwick, Idaho, where they resided for a few years. In 1892 she and two brothers came to Wallowa county, crossing the Grande Ronde river before any road was built. Mrs. Miller homesteaded at paradise, being among the first settlers in that country, and altho she had seen many hardships she could see the bright side and was a kind, loving mother and faithful neighbor and was always willing to help any one in need. She was still living on her homestead at the time of her death. Mrs. Miller was married to Henry Sturm in 1897 and to this union three children were born. William, Floyd (deceased), and Artie....

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Biography of L. M. Holt

L. M. Holt was born August 9, 1840, in the town of Sylvan, Washtenaw County, Michigan, near where now stands the town of Chelsea. His parents, natives of Connecticut, immigrated to Michigan while this was still a Territory. In 1852 the father died at Hillsdale, leaving five children. From the age of fourteen the subject of this sketch depended upon his own resources for maintenance and education. Attending the Hillsdale College from 1856 to 1859, he then went to Iowa, where he learned the printing business in the office of the Eagle, Vinton, Iowa. In 1860 he was married to Miss Libbie J. Graves. Spending three years in teaching he was elected in 1863 Superintendent of Schools of Vinton County, having under his charge over 100 schools during his incumbency in 1864 and 1865. In 1866 he established the Dallas County Gazette at Adel, Iowa, which he published for one year; then, selling out here, he removed to Boone, Iowa, purchased the Index, changed its name to the Standard, and published it for some little time, retiring in the spring of 1868. He was now elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention which placed General Grant in nomination for his first Presidential term. In 1869 Mr. Holt came to financial wreck, in the endeavor to publish a Prohibition newspaper in Marshalltown, Iowa; and in December of that year...

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Biography of H. E. Casteel

Herbert E. Casteel, one of Rock Island County’s most enterprising and highly regarded citizens, prominent in banking and business circles and a self made man, was born in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, March 15, 1860, and was the son of Appleton and Elizabeth Gardner Casteel. Mr. Casteel’s strides to prominence are the result of hard toiling and struggle in his early days and his keen business methods and perseverance in later years. Terminating his studies in the public schools of Davenport, he was not any too well provided with education with which to enter the great field of business struggle, but with optimistic ideas he quietly worked them to a point of value and with each change of position came a promotion and higher salary. To this end he directed his ardent ambition until he reached the estimable position of bank president. Mr. Casteel’s business career dates back many years, owing to the fact that he started out for his own livelihood at an early age. When only thirteen years of age he went to Port Byron, Illinois, and two years later, in 1875, he entered the employe of the Port Byron Lumber Company as bookkeeper, which position he held for two and a half years. In 1875 he went to Rapids City, Illinois, where he entered the employe of Taylor Williams at the same occupation and, for two...

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