Location: Dearing Kansas

Biography of William Martin Ladd

William Martin Ladd. Prominent among the younger Government officials of Montgomey County, Kansas, is William Martin Ladd, who is capably discharging the duties of postmaster of the thriving little City of Dearing. Mr. Ladd had as training for his official services an experience in banking, and having attained his position by virtue of successful participation in a civil service examination, is handling the affairs of the mail service in an entirely acceptable manner. He is a native son of Kansas and was born at Vernon, Woodson County. October 4, 1891, his parents being Ira W. and Mine L. (Martin) Ladd. Mr. Ladd belongs to a family of Scotch-Irish descent, which, it is believed, was founded in this country during colonial times. His grandfather was Ira W. Ladd, who was born in Ohio, and who through a long and useful career practiced medicine and surgery in the Buckeye State. He died at Edgerton, Ohio, in 1866. Doctor Ladd married Alies Thornburg, who was born in 1841, in Ohio, and died at Dearing, Kansas, in November, 1914, and their only child was Ira W. Ira W. Ladd was born in 1868, in Butler County, Indiana, and was there reared and educated, remaining in that community until 1886, when he removed to Vernon, Kansas, where be was married. He was a pioneer farmer of Woodson County and continued to be engaged in...

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Biography of Morillo Abial Spalding

Morillo Abial Spalding. In Morillo Abial Spalding the thriving community of Dearing, Montgomery County, has a citizen who has contributed to its upbuilding a conservative and reliable general mercantile business, who formerly, for eight years, carried on the drug business, and whose long experience in a commercial way has been a decided factor in helping his city to better things. Mr. Spalding was born at Morrisville, Vermont, February 13, 1856, a son of A. W. and Mary (Tenney) Spalding, a grandson of Warren Spalding, a Vermont farmer who spent his life there, and a member of a family, which originating in England, was established in the Green Mountain State in Colonial times. A. W. Spalding was born in Vermont in 1836, and was there educated and reared. He grew up as a farmer and that vocation he adopted upon reaching manhood, subsequently continuing as a tiller of the soil throughout his life. In later years he moved to New Hampshire, and in that state his death occurred in 1896. He was a republican in his political views, a man who took a great interest in the welfare of his community, and one who had the respect and esteem of his associates. He was a faithful member of the Universalist Church. Mr. Spalding married Miss Mary Tenney, born in 1836, in Vermont, who died at Morrisville, that state, in 1896....

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