Location: Detroit Michigan

Biographical Sketch of Thomas William Hill

Hill, Thomas William; banker; born, England, May 30, 1847; son of Thomas R. and Mary Alice Hunt Hill; public school education; married, Detroit, Mich., July 15, 1870, Harriette C. De La. Hooke; one son, Harold H.; came to America with parents in 1850; located at Flint, Mich.; enlisted, September 1863, with the Michigan Cavalry (Custer Brigade), (Sheridan’s Cavalry Corps); served until the close of the war; with the W. U. Telephone Co. at Toledo until 1869; with the same company at Detroit, as bookkeeper and cashier, 1869-1885; transferred to Cleveland, as mgr. of their Cleveland office, 1885-1892; elected cashier Cleveland National Bank, October, 1892; appointed member and elected pres. New City Hall Commission in 1898; served as such until January, 1912, when commission was discontinued; pres. Merchants’ Banking & Storage Co.; sec’y, treas. and director Electric R. R. Improvement Co.; same offices in Forest City Electric Co.; treas. and director A. S. Gilman Printing Co.; director and officer in several other corporations; member Y. M. C. A. Corporation; sec’y Oriental Lodge, F. & A. M., Detroit, 1875 to 1885; sec’y Tyrian Lodge, F. & A. M., Cleveland seventeen years; treas. since 1906; member Colonial, and Masonic...

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Biography of Henry Clinton Kibbee

Henry Clinton Kibbee. Among the representative business men of Topeka, Henry Clinton Kibbee occupies a foremost place and is well known in financial circles not only in Kansas but over a wide territory. He came to this great state in 1887 and, with the whole world as his field of choice, has never found a more desirable section in which to live. His business concerns for thirty consecutive years have caused him to travel the country over, hence this is a proof of some value that Kansas can offer many attractions in the way of comfortable living and preservation of health. Henry Clinton Kibbee was born at Port Huron, Michigan, May 24, 1859, and he is a son of Doctor Jared and Fanny E. (Gillingham) Kibbee. Dr. Jared Kibbee was a graduate of the old Cleveland Medical College, entering that institution after preparatory reading and study in his native state, Vermont. He practiced in Mount Clemens, Michigan, and was its first postmaster. Thence he went to Detroit and finally to Port Huron, Michigan. He returned to Cleveland and graduated in dentistry and continued during his active years to practice in that profession. In the public schools of Port Huron, Henry C. Kibbee completed his educational course and had his health been robust, would probably have learned some trade as his natural inclination was in the directions of mechanics. In...

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Biographical Sketch of Hal. H. Hill

Hill, Hal. H.; contracting engineer; born, Detroit, Mich., Feb. 9, 1875; son of Thomas W. and Harriette C. De La Hooke Hill; educated, Cornell University, class of 1897, mechanical engineer; early education, University School, Cleveland; contracting engineer The Erie City Iron Works, Erie, Pa.; member American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Union, Roadside, Chagrin Valley Hunt Clubs of Cleveland, and the Erie Club, Erie,...

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Biographical Sketch of Davis Hawley

Hawley, Davis; banker; born near Hamilton, Ont., Sept. 18, 1850; son of Davis and Sabra Amelia Lake Hawley; educated, district schools; married, Cleveland, November, 1873, Miss Mary Switz; issue, one son, Davis Hawley, Jr., born Oct. 5, 1878; employed in Detroit, Mich., two years, came to Cleveland in 1866, went to work as cigar boy at the Weddell House; after three years entered the shops of the White Sewing Machine Co.; remained three and one-half years; in 1878, clerk Hotel Clinton, run by his brother, in 1878, became mngr. of the Hotel Clinton; in 1882, with his brother, D. R. Hawley, and John Langton, erected The Hawley House, disposed of his interest to his brother in 1901; has since been pres. of the Cuyahoga Savings & Loan Co.; one of the organizers and tor a number of years until 1892, sec’y of the Cleveland Baseball Club of the National League; one of the organizers and and director Cleveland Athletic Club; veteran member Cleveland City Lodge, No. 15, A. F. & A. M., Webb Chapter, No. 14, R. A. M., Cleveland Council No. 32, R. & S. M., Oriental Commandery, K. T., and Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine; interested in real estate as an...

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Biographical Sketch of J. H. Jones

Jones, J. H.; banker; born, Dundee, O., Aug. 20, 1867; son of A. C. and Annie Russell Jones; common and high school education, and one year at Ohio Northern University; married, Detroit, Mich., 1904, Lottie M. Vemmard Allen; issue, five children; Republican; three years member Public Library Board; never held political office and does not expect to do so; began work with The Iron Valley Bank, at Canal Dover, O., twenty-six years ago; served two years as clerk; one year at The Citizens Bank, at Ada, O., as asst. cashier; for nearly twenty-three years, has been with The Lake Shore Banking & Trust Co., as clerk; promoted to sec’y, then treas. of Company, and treas. and cashier of the St. Clair & Superior St. offices; treas. The Vandalia Gas Co., The Merry Land Co.; treas. and sec’y Houghton Land & Drainage Co.; treas. Sales Corporation Co., and Julier Baking Co.; member Masons, Union, and Athletic Clubs. Recreations: Fishing and...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Edmund Jackson

Jackson, Charles Edmund; manufacturer; born, Lowestoft, Eng., April 10, 1865; son of Edmund J. and Lucretia Betts Jackson; educated, Lowestoft, Eng., and Cleveland, O.; married, Detroit, Mich., July 19, 1890, Mary M. Cooper; one son, Herbert C. Jackson; mgr. E. C. Jackson & Co.; business founded Aug. 20, 1896; machine and blacksmith shop and a general repair shop for all kinds of machinery; Master Mason, Halcyon Lodge, Royal Arch Mason, Cleveland Chapter, Knight Templar, Holyrood Commandery, 32nd degree Mason, Lake Erie Consistory, Noble of Mystic Shrine, Al Koran Temple. Recreation is an annual...

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Biographical Sketch of Roy Wright MacDiarmid

MacDiarmid, Roy Wright; candy merchant; born, Detroit, Mich., Jan. 31, 1889; son of Alex. A. and Hester L. Wright MacDiarmid; after finishing the public schools, was in a banking position for a time; then with Marks, wholesaler of Ladies’ Furs, as cashier and office mgr.; there five years; in 1905, entered with his family into making and retailing their homemade candies, retaining his position with Marks until 1909, resigning then to devote his entire time to the MacDiarmid’s candy business; came to Cleveland in 1910, and established three retail stores and a complete department for making candies; treas. and mgr. The MacDiarmid Candy Co., Cleveland, and sec’y of same company of Detroit; member Masonic Order, Athletic, and Rotary...

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Biography of George C. Pritchard

George C. Pritchard. Farmers and stockmen throughout Shawnee County and over the state at large recognize in the name of George C. Pritchard a man whose services as a doctor of veterinary surgery were extensively employed in the interests of individuals and the entire state for a great many years. Doctor Pritchard is one of the oldest veterinarians of Kansas, has stood at the top of his profession, but is now retired and is devoting himself to the care and management of a fine stock farm near Topeka. Born in Lorain County, Ohio, January 12, 1852, he is a son of Eli B. and Julia Ann (Edwards) Pritchard. When he was thirteen years of age, in 1865, his parents removed to Gratiot County, Michigan. That was then a practically untouched forest of pine timber. It was in the lumber woods of Michigan therefore that Doctor Pritchard grew to manhood. As a boy he had attended the graded schools in Huntington, Ohio, and afterwards the district schools of Michigan. His father was a physician, and the plan most cherished by the parents was that the son should follow the same profession. However, the son had special tastes and inclinations of his own. For eight years he acted as manager of the John Jeffrey Estate, consisting of extensive land and stock interests, and for another two years he was in the...

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Biography of John McEwen Ames

John Moewen Ames. One of the leading business institutions of Caney, Kansas, is that operating under the name of Kan-o-Tex Refining Company, an industry which has contributed materially to the importance of this city as a center of business activity. The credit for the success of this enterprise is largely due to its president, John McEwen Ames, a man of broad experience and marked business talents, who, until coming to Caney in 1915, had been identified with large business corporations in the East. Mr. Ames was born in New York City, New York, February 12, 1867, and is a son of John Hubbard and Sarah Lucy (Hyde) Ames. He belongs to a family which originally came from England to Weathersfield, Connecticut, during colonial times, and on his father’s side has Revolutionary ancestors, one being Ithiel Battle, the grandfather of his maternal grandmother, who enlisted in the patriot army from Tyringham, Massachusetts; while another was Josiah Harvey, a surgeon’s mate who enlisted from Connecticut, and who was the father of Mr. Ames’ grandfather’s mother. Mr. Ames is also directly descended from Mayflower ancestors, as is shown in the following genealogy: John Tilly and wife were on the Mayflower, and both died a little after coming ashore. Their daughter, Elizabeth Tilly, was married in 1620, when fourteen years of age, to John Howland, aged twenty-eight years, also of the Mayflower. Their...

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Biography of Richard M. Kleinhans

Richard M. Kleinhans is a veteran railroad man, having been in the active service more than twenty years. He started in his native State of Michigan, worked through various grades of promotion with the Lake Shore Branch of the New York Central lines, and finally came to the Southwest in the employ of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas. He is now car accountant for that road with headquarters at Parsons. Born in Detroit, Michigan, September 8, 1877, he is a son of George and Cecelia (Hunt) Kleinhans. His father was born in Pennsylvania in 1813, moved from that state to Ohio, and from there to Michigan. He was a wholesale butcher, a business to which he devoted the best years of his life, and he died at Detroit in 1901. Politically he was a democrat, and was an upright Christian man. His wife was born in Ohio and died in Detroit. Reared and educated in Detroit, Rlchard M. Kleinhans after graduating from the Detroit High School in 1893 entered the employ of the Lake Shore Railroad. He was with that company one year and then spent two years with the Michigan Central, following which he returned to the Lake Shore and was continuously in its service for seventeen years. Mr. Kleinhans has always been noted as a faithful worker and early gained the confidence of his superior officials by...

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Biographical Sketch of Myron Bond Vorce

Vorce, Myron Bond; pres. Vorce Engineering Co.; born, Cleveland, Aug. 14, 1871; son of Charles M. and Evelyn Cornelia Marshall Vorce; public school education; married, Detroit, Mich., 1903, Miss Ethel Ridgley Stearns; clerk in store; then went with a surveying party; became interested in engineering; studied along that line while in Tennessee; accepted position with E. W. Bowdich, of Boston, under their employ was sent to Cleveland to develop Euclid Heights. Clifton Park and other work of that kind; accepted position as asst. engineer for Park Board; in that position until 1897; then went to work in private practice, but in 1898, entered the city engineering dept., as asst. engineer in charge of the intercepting sewer; promoted to pavement engineer; made building inspector in 1905; served until March, 1907; formed Vorce Engineering Co.; pres. and gen. mgr.; member Civil Engineers Club, and Auto Club; member Lakewood Yacht Club; director and former commodore; member council of the Yacht Racing Union. Recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles A. Ricks

Ricks, Charles A.; sec’y and treas. Kuhlman Car Co.; born, Knoxville, Tenn., Aug. 14, 1868; son of Augustus J. and Emma Maxwell Atwater Ricks; educated, Kenyon Military Academy, and Kenyon College; married, Oct. 21, 1897, at Detroit, Mich., Miss Margaret Trowbridge; business career, 1888 clerk First National Bank, Massillon, O., sec’y and treas. Massillon Loan Ass’n; came to Cleveland in 1890, and became auditor and traveling salesman for the Standard Oil Co.; in 1896, appointed mgr. of the Cleveland station; in 1900, organized the G. C. Kuhlman Car Co., sec’y and treas., builds electric and steam railway cars, turning out an average of 600 cars a year, employ 700 men; Republican; Episcopalian; Psi Upsilon Iota, member Military Order, Loyal Legion; Chamber of Commerce, Union, and Country Clubs. Recreations: Golf, and...

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Biography of Dunham O. Munson, M. D.

Dunham O. Munson, M. D., is one of the leading specialists of Southeastern Kansas. He has practiced at Pittsburg upwards of twenty years, and while the earlier part of his practice was devoted to general medicine and surgery, for the past five years he has given his time exclusively to the diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. He is a man of splendid attainments in his profession and undoubtedly inherits much from his fine old Ameriean ancestry. He was born at Brockport, New York, June 27, 1859, but a part of his early life was spent in Ontario, Canada. He attended the public school and high school at Bowmanville in Ontario, was graduated from high school in 1879 and then removed to Detroit, Michigan, where he spent a number of years as bookkeeper with a music house. He had a long and varied business career before entering his profession. For four years Doctor Munson was in the real estate business at Denver, Colorado. He had long cherished an ambition to enter the field of medicine, and finally removed to St. Louis and became a student in the Marion-Sims College of Medicine, now the medical department of St. Louis University. He was graduated there M. D. in 1896. In the past twenty years Doctor Munson has been continuously a student and a close follower of every advance made...

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Biography of Carl E. Seastrand

Carl E. Seastrand, manager for the John Lumbard Tire & Supply Company of Muskogee, was born in Sweden on the 12th of April, 1877, and is a son of Carl A. and Christina Sjostrand, who were also natives of Sweden. The father was a shoe merchant in that country, devoting his entire life to the business. He also engaged in the manufacture of shoes, employing twelve men in that connection. He died in February, 1918, and is still survived by his widow, who yet makes her home in Sweden. Carl E. Seastrand was reared and educated in his native country, supplementing his public school training by a business course. He was then employed as a bookkeeper in a wholesale grocery house for a period of two years, after which he went upon the road for the same house, traveling through northern Sweden until 1907, when he came to America, attracted by the opportunities of the new world. He first made his way to Detroit, Michigan, where he went to work in the Morgan & Wright factory and there learned the tire business, becoming familiar with every phase of the trade during the year in which he remained with the house. In 1908 Mr. Seastrand arrived in Oklahoma and secured a position as bookkeeper with the Lumbard & Severin Tire Company of Oklahoma City, with which he remained until 1912,...

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Biography of John Lumbard

The name of John Lumbard is closely interwoven with the history of Muskogee, for he remained an active factor in the development and progress of this section of the state to the time of his death. He was born in Sweden, May 21, 1862, and was a son of William and Catherine Lumbard, who were also natives of that country. The father was warden of the Lutheran church in Sweden, to which he belonged through the greater part of his life, and was always a faithful follower of the teachings and high purposes of the church. He died in Sweden in 1892, and his wife passed away in the same year. John Lumbard, whose name introduces this review, spent the period of his boyhood and youth in his native country, pursuing Mr. Nolle is a member of the United Brethren church and is his education in the public schools, while subsequently he worked in the sawmills there until he determined to try his fortunes in the new world. On the 28th of February, 1891, he reached the United States and took up his abode in Brooklyn, New York, where he worked until about 1895. At that time he entered the employ of Morgan & Wright at Chicago, when the firm first started business in an old box car on May street. He learned the tire business thoroughly, mastering every...

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