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Location: Dover Kansas

Biography of George W. Dailey

Few men can recite the story of Kansas since statehood from their own recollection. One of these men is George W. Dailey, now a resident of Topeka. Mr. Dailey is a true pioneer of Kansas. He arrived when this and all the country west of the Missouri River was a wilderness. He bore the hardships and difficult circumstances of the frontier settler. He helped defend the country when there was danger, and a public spirit and willingness to sacrifice himself for the benefit of others had been one of the distinguishing traits of his character. In March, 1860, he arrived in Topeka on horseback, he having traveled that way from Marshall, Missouri. He went direct from Topeka to Mission Creek, now called Dover, and with his cousin Charles W. Dailey acquired 800 acres of land in Wabannses county, just across the Shawnee County line. Thus he entered upon his life in Kansas on a comparatively large scale even for those days. After two years on that land he moved to Mission Creek and bought the Doty farm, now known generally as the Dailey farm. On March 7, 1862, Mr. Dailey married Eliza J. Doty. For a quarter of a century Mr. Dailey found all his time and energies absorbed in the management of his extensive farming and stock raising interests in the vicinity of Dover. In 1885 he moved...

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Biography of Merifield Vicory

Merifield Vicory. It is now almost half a century since Merifield Vicory came to Kansas and identified himself with the pioneer activities of the farm and ranch in the Sunflower State, He came to Kansas bringing with him the record of a brave and faithful soldier during the war of the Rebellion, and through his work as a farmer and his public spirit as a citizen had exemplified the same sterling traits that made him a good soldier when the country needed him. Mr. Vicory came to Kansas from Ohio. He was born in Springfield that state August 24, 1840, being the youngest of seven children and the only one now living whose parents were Merifield and Leah (Williams) Vicory. His grandfather was also named Merifield, and was a soldier in the Revolution, having enlisted when a boy of fourteen, and serving as a drummer. This revolutionary soldier afterward followed a career as a farmer. Merifield the second was a gunsmith and blacksmith by trade. He lived in Ohio a number of years, but finally moved to Illinois where he died. Third of the family in as many successive generations to bear the name of Merifield, Mr. Vicory had much to contend with when a youth. When he was about four or five years of age his mother died, and the family home was soon broken up, and the...

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Biography of Horace Mann Philips

Horace Mann Philips. Up to twenty-five years ago Horace Mann Philips was a Pennsylvania banker. To look after his investments in Kansas real estate he came West, and the visit made such a strong impression upon his mind that he determined forthwith to identify himself with the growing Sunflower State. He had been a resident of Kansas ever since, was a former county treasurer of Shawnee County, and is now engaged in banking at Dover in that county. Mr. Philips was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, December 7, 1850. He is one of four children, two of whom are still living, born on Lewis and Jane (Keeley) Philip. He was reared on a Pennsylvania farm, and his education was finished in the West Chester Normal School. After the first twenty-four years of his life had been spent on the home farm he engaged in the real estate business at West Chester and while there he organized the Dime Savings Bank of Chester County. He was its cashier. He and his partner were also in the loan business, and during this time made some heavy loans in Kansas. At one time it seemed that their faith in the western country was misplaced, and during many deprossing days there was much anxiety as to whether the principal of the loans would ever be recovered. It was for the purpose of looking...

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Biography of George Ross

Ross Family. Probably no one family contributed better and stronger men, and more devoted and unselfish womanhood, to Kansas from pioneer times to the present than that of Ross. The annals of Kansas give credit to more than one of that name who played a worthy and distinctive part in the early life of the territory and state. Many of the names are still found in Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties, and some of the finest farms around Dover are owned and occupied by the descendants of the first settlers. The first of the family to come to Kansas Territory were three brothers, William, Edmund and George, who arrived in the fall of 1855. All of them lived at first at Lawrence. They were men of superior intelligence and of a high degree of physical and moral courage. They at once took sides with the free soil element in the great drama of events preceding the Civil war. They were intimate friends and associates of John Brown, James H. Lane and other notable characters of the day, and were active members of the Lawrence Free State Militis. The Ross brothers brought from Missouri to Kansas Territory a negro said to have been the first free negro in Kansas, and their defense of this colored man very nearly embroiled them in several conflicts. To the Ross brothers is also credited the...

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Biographical Sketch of William P. Snyder

William P. Snyder, deceased, was for many years closely connected with the community interests in and about Dover, Shawnee County, and some record of his life and family connections should be entered in this publication. He was born in Fayette County, Ohio, October 8, 1828. His parents John and Malinda (Campbell) Snyder had three children, all of whom are now deceased. Reared on a farm, William P. Snyder adopted farming as his life’s occupation. His early life was spent at a time when public schools were not in vogue, and the advantages of the old time subscription school were all that his means could afford. He spent his boyhod very much as other Ohio farm boys of that time did. In 1855 he married Miss Matilda Denious. She was a daughter of Isaac and Harriet (Coffman) Denious. Isaac Denious was a native of Virginia and the son of a large slave holder and planter. Because of his individual antipathy to slavery he left home and for that reason was disinherited. Settling in Franklin County, Ohio, in pioncer days, he married a daughter of Henry and Margaret (Sells) Coffman. Henry Sells was a soldier in the War of 1812. With his wife and four children William P. Snyder came to Shawnee County, Kansas, in the early days. He pre-empted land in Dover Township, and there spent the rest of his...

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Biography of Thomas K. Tomson

Thomas K. Tomson. A life of more than ordinary fruitfulness and influence came to a close with the death of Thomas K. Tomson at his home in Dover, Shawnee County, November 2, 1910. He was one of the ante-bellum settlers of Kansas. In the fifty years of his residence in the state his name became widely known and respected and as a farmer and stockman he was one of the most successful in his section of the state. He was in his eighty-fifth year when death called him. He was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, September 25, 1826. He grew up there and there married his first wife, who died soon afterward. Though he acquired the tinsmith’s trade, farming and the handling of stock constituted his major vocations. In the early ’50s, with his second wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth C. Davis, and a daughter, he came west and for a time lived near Fort Madison, Iowa. From there he removed to Tipton, Missouri. While his family lived at Tipton he spent most of his time on a boat plying the Mississippi River. His occupation was the making of tinware and the selling of the product to stores in the towns along the river. Those were years when the strife between the anti and pro-slavery people was reaching its final stage of bitterness. Around Tipton, Missouri, the pro-slavery...

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Biography of Harvey James Loomis

Harvey James Loomis. During his long residence within the borders of Wabaunsee County, the late Harvey James Loomis worked out an admirable destiny, and from small beginnings drew around him for the comfort and happiness of his later years such substantial compensations as wealth, the affectionate devotion of his well established children, the eredit for having contributed largely to the general development of the community, and the confidence and good will of his business and social assocates. Mr. Loomis was born on a farm near Wadsworth, Modina County, Ohio, February 18, 1828, the second son of the four children born to James and Lodemia Loomis, who were farming people all their lives. The progenitor of the family came to America from England, shortly after the arrival of the Mayflower, and for years the family was well and favorably known in agriculture, in business and in the professions in New England, but, with the westward tide of civilization, gradually drifted toward the West. Harvey James Loomis received his edueation in the distriet schools of Medina, and, like other farmer’s sons in Ohio at that day, helped his father on the home place during the summer months. He remained on the homestead until his marriage to Miss Sarah A. Reasnor, a native of Pennsylvania, of whose parents little is known as she was left an orphan early and from young girlhood...

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Biography of Samuel Sage

The name Sage had been very prominently identified with Shawnee County, particularly in the community around Dover, for a half century or more. The family is one that would prove a valuable contribution to any community. They have been upright and conscientious citizens, have done their share of the development work connected with the raising of a new country to the best standards of civilization, and there is probably not a single member of the family who had not pulled his own weight in the world. The first of this particular family to come from Somersetshire, England, the original seat of the family, to America was Arthur Sage. His parents were Samuel and Elizabeth (Davis) Sage. Arthur located in Onondaga County, New York. His experience in the New World was very gratifying, and the reports he sent back home caused his father Samuel to also come to America. He too was favorably impressed, and about the year 1849 he sent for the other members of the family to join him. Samuel Sage was twice married. None of the children of his first wife ever lived in America. One son of the first marriage was named Aaron and he gained distinction by being selected a member of the Queen’s Guard. The children of Samuel Sage by his second marriage were: Arthur; Ann, who married Simon Mayne; John; Alfred; Mark; Samuel;...

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Biographical Sketch of Aaron Sage

Aaron Sage, one of the sons of Samuel and Elizabeth (Davis) Sage, had long been a well known resident of the Dover community. He was born in England March 18, 1841, and was eight years of age when brought to America by his parents. Reared on a farm, with meager educational opportunities, he had given the best years of his life to the agricultural industry. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war, having served his time before coming to Kansas. He enlisted and was mustered in December 13, 1861, in Battery F of the Third New York Light Artillery, and remained in service more than three years, receiving his honorable discharge at Hilton Head, South Carolina, March 11, 1865. He was with his battery in the siege of Charleston, at Whitehall and Kingston, North Carolina, and made a very honorable record as a soldier. It was in May, 1865, when he arrived in Kansas with his father. For a time he worked as a farm hand. He laid the modest foundation of prosperity by hauling butter to market with a team of oxen. This was a business which required a great deal of enterprise and hustle. He had to get up in the middle of the night, and did not return from his daily trip until long after darkness set in. In the summer of 1865 Mr....

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Biography of Francis A. Kiene

Francis A. Kiene, of Dover Township in Shawnee County, had lived more than three-quarters of a century. His had been a long life of wholesome industry, strict integrity and more than ordinary achievement and experience. The fruits of such a life are not to be measured in material prosperity alone. He had done his part as a patriot soldier, as a citizen, and as a father and husband. The declining years of himself and his noble wife are being spent in comfort and peace at their fine country home in Dover Township, and they are blessed not only with memories of the long journoy they have made together but also in the lives of their worthy children. One of Mr. Kiene’s sons is now serving as sheriff of Shawnee County. Born October 5, 1839, in Alsace, France, now a part of the German Empire, Francis A. Kiene is a son of John and Agatha Kiene. His father was a thatcher by trade. In that occupation he had much employment in putting the straw roofs on the dwelling places in Alsace. Such roofs were exceedingly common in Europe at that time, though almost unknown on American homes. John Kiene also served fifteen years as a regular soldier in the French army. In 1847 the family emigrated to America. A sailing vessel brought them across and was sixty-three days in making...

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Biography of William D. Butner

William D. Butner. It had been well said that “our civilization rests at bottom on the wholesomeness, the attractiveness and the completeness, as well as the prosperity of life in the country. The men and women on the farms stand for what is fundamentally best and most needed in our American life.” One of the progressive Kansans who have exemplified and put into practice this statement of theory is William D. Butner, of Dover Township, Shawnee County. Mr. Butner had never been content to make his farm pay profits as a business enterprise without regard to the environment of the farm itself or the home in which he and his family live. Business men are coming to realize that a factory not only represents an investment in machinery, but also a place where the human welfare of the employes be safeguarded and the working hours spent there must be made as attractive and wholesome as possible. The same thing is true as applied to a farm. The farm is more than a workshop, it is a home, and the money spent on its improvement does not always yield returns in so much per cent but also in what is more valuable, the comfort, the well being, the contentment of those who occupy it as a home. With these things in view Mr. Butner had contrived to make one of...

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Biography of James Bassett

James Bassett was a pioneer figure in Kansas. He arrived in the territory in 1857 and from that time forward until his death which occurred at Dover in Shawnee County, December 26, 1915, he was an upright, conscientious, hard working and successful citizen. He came to Kansas from Onondaga County, New York. A native of England, he was born in Glastonbury, January 25, 1856, and was one of the nine children of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hale) Bassett. Some years later, in 1849, Joseph Bassett set out for America, determined to establish a home for himself and family in the New World. He found a favorable location in Skaneateles, New York. A year later he went back to England and returned with his family to America. The rigors of a long voyage on board a sailing vessel, which was meagerly provisioned and watered, proved too much for Mrs. Bassett, who died a few days after landing in this country. Joseph Bassett married again, and he and his wife spent the remainder of their days in Skaneateles. The late James Bassett was thirteen years of age when brought to this country, and altogether he received only eleven months of schooling, but by his wide reading he came eventually to be highly educated, and he kept this up to the end of his long and useful life. He grew up on a...

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Biography of James J. Corkill

James J. Corkill, general superintendent of the Beatrice Creamery Company of Topeka, has spent most of his life in Kansas, and besides his present business connections he has a record of honorable service as a soldier, having been a member of the famous Twentieth Kansas Regiment in the Philippines, and afterwards serving two years with the Thirty-sixth Infantry in those islands. He was born on the Isle of Man, England, in 1877, but came to America in 1889. His parents were William and Matilda (Kneale) Corkill. His maternal grandfather was J. H. Kneale, whose family were English and came out of Lancashire. William and Matilda Corkill spent their last years in Kansas and the former died in 1914 and the latter in 1912 at Topeka. William Corkill was a man of high moral character, and an exemplary citizen. He and his wife were the parents of five daughters and three sons: William H., Catherine Matilda, Charles Frederick, Eleanor E., Alice Rebecca, Edith Arabelle, Emily Anna and James J. William H. is a contractor and builder at Cleveland, Ohio. Catherine is the wife of Howard Griggs, a prosperous farmer at Maple Hill, Kansas. Federick for the past nine years has been connected with the Beatrice Creamery Company and resides at 119 Tyler Street. Alice is Mrs. W. E. Johnston, whose husband for a number of years was a stone contractor...

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