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Location: Delphos Kansas

Biography of William Haley, Hon.

Hon. William Haley. To give adequate expression to the influence a man exerts over his fellows it is necessary to delve into the motives which inspired him and the circumstances under which he acted. While his contemporaries are in most cases better able to judge him after he had passed from this world, some men so firmly mark their impress upon their community that their characters are capable of being determined while they are still in the heyday of life. Judged in such a manner, Hon. William Haley shows up very advantageonsly, for he is a man of alert capability who had always acted from the best of motives and who had faithfully performed whatever duties have been laid upon his shoulders. A resident of Ottawa County for forty-three years, and for the greater part of this time engaged in agricultural pursuits, he now makes his home at Delphos, where he had lived since 1907, and is accounted one of his community’s most substantial and infiuentlal citizens, being representative of the sixty-second district in the Kansas Legislature. William Haley was born in Ontario, Canada, October 12, 1859, a son of James and Jane (Butler) Haley. His grandfather was William Haley, who was born in 1806, in Cornwall, England, and was reared and married in that country, where he was variously engaged as a general workman. In 1850 the grandparents...

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Biography of Mamir Maud (Tart) Partridge, Mrs.

Mrs. Mamir Maud (Tart) Partridge. One of the leaders in club, social and religious work in Ottawa County and in the movements which make for better education, finer citizenship and higher morals, is Mrs. Mamie Maud (Tart) Partridge, of Delphos, who had been a resident of Kansas since 1884. She is a woman whose activities have touched life on many sides, for in addition to the things above noted she had been a school teacher and a public official, and in each of the many capacities in which she had acted had been a powerful influence for good among the people of the community. Mrs. Partridge was born at Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, a daughter of Nelson and Naney (Aikins) Tart. Her father, who still survives as a resident of Bennington, Kansas, was born in 1839, in Vermont, a member of an old New England family of French extraction which on first coming to America had located for a time in Canada, but subsequently removed to the Green Mountain State. Nelson Tart was reared in Vermont and from that state enlisted for service in the Union army during the Civil war, through which entire struggle he fought bravely and faithfully, participating in fourteen important battles, including those of Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor, Frederickaburg and Gettysburg. With a spendid record, on receiving his honorable diseharge he turned...

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Biography of George S. Smith, Rev.

Rev. George S. Smith. The career of George S. Smith had led him into various of life’s activities. He had wielded the implements of destruction as a soldier in his country’s services, had preached the gospel of peace and good will as a minister of the Christian Church, had manipulated the tools of the agriculturist in the cultivation of the soil, and had represented his fellow citizens in legislative halls. In each avenue of endeavor he had handled himself worthily and had discharged his duties faithfully, and this fact alone would entitle him to representation among the leading citizens of Ottawa County. George S. Smith was born in Highland County, Ohio, November 5, 1841, a son of Samuel and Margaret (Bell) Smith. The Smith family originated in Scotland, being a part of the old and honored Stowe or Stough stock, while the Bells originated in England and came to America with William Penn. Samuel Smith was born June 23, 1816, near Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and died at Detroit, Pike County, Illinois, August 28, 1857. He was reared and married in his native country, where for some years he was engaged in farming, but in 1840 went to Illinois as a pioneer of Pike County. While farming was his principal vocation, he was a man of far more than ordinary education and for a number of years combined school...

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Biography of John O. Adams, Hon.

Hon. John O. Adams. Of the men who in recent years have come to the forefront in the business and official life of Ottawa County, few have accomplished such great and substantial results within so short a period of time as had John O. Adams. A resident of Delphos since 1901, this energetic and capable young man had worked his way to a substantial place in business circles, while in official affairs he had been equally energetic and successful, and in the spring of 1917 was elected mayor of the city. His record as a merchant and as a public servant had been an honorable one, marked by distinctive schievement and straightforward acceptance of his opportunities and responsibilities. John O. Adams was born at Langley, Kansas, September 24, 1889, being a son of John R. and Mary C. (Sward) Adams, and a member of an old New England family which immigrated from England to Massachusetts during the era of the American colonies. John R. Adams was born in 1860, at Walpole, New Hampshire, where he was reared and received ordinary educational advantages. When he left his native state, in young manhood, he went to Zearing, Iowa, where for several years he followed the trade of earpenter, and in 1885 came to Kansas and settled at Langley, where he continued to follow that vocation. Subsequently he removed to Marquette, Kansas,...

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Biography of Cassius C. Surber, M. D.

Cassius C. Surber, M. D. An exceptionally long and valuable service in the field of medicine has been rendered by the Surber family in Kansas. The late Dr. David Surber was a distinguished physician in Kansas during the territorial period and afterward. The son, Dr. Cassius C. Surber, has been in practice more than thirty years, the greater part of that time at Independence, and is undoubtedly one of the ablest surgeons in the state. Originally in Germany, the Surbers were colonial settlers in America, and the family subsequently became pioneers in the Territory of Indiana. Dr. C. C. Surber’s grandfather Henry Surber was born in Indiana in 1808. He became a minister of the Campbellite or Christian Church, and carried the gospel into the new State of Iowa and afterwards continued his pioneer labors as a missionary and minister in Kansas. He died in Leavenworth County, Kansas, in 1876. The late Dr. David Surber was born in Indiana in 1828. He was reared in his native state, but went in young manhood to Iowa, and in 1856 graduated from the Scudder Medical School of Cincinnati. He lived a time in Iowa, where he married, and in 1858 came to the Territory of Kansas and was one of the first to practice medicine in Clinton, Douglas County. From there he removed to Lawrence in 1867, later to Perry in...

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