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Biographical Sketch of Franklin Swart

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Few if any officials of San Mateo county enjoy more public confidence than Franklin Swart who is serving his second term as district attorney. District Attorney Swart is a self made man. He was born at New Paris, Indiana, on June 25, 1878. He came to California eighteen years ago to attend college. By digging ditches during his vacations and doing odd jobs during the school term, Mr. Swart managed to work his way through Stanford University where he received A. B. and Juris Doctor degrees. Swart has practiced law in San Mateo County since his graduation. In 1910 he was elected district attorney. During his administration he has won, with a single exception, every civil case for San Mateo county; he has purged Colma of the hog and swill nuisance; he won $20,000 for the county in the disinterment cases, and, although not his official duty, he has prepared all legal proceedings in the different school bond elections. One of the most important services performed for San Mateo county by District Attorney Swart was conducting the legal work in connection with the $1,250,000 bond issue for good roads. Standing on a creditable record during his first term of office, the voters returned Mr. Swart in 1914 by a flattering majority. Mr. Swart is secretary of...

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Bowman, Wallace R., Sr. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Wallace R. Bowman, Sr., 73 years old, 27198 Oak Drive, died Aug. 20, 1988, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born July 19, 1915, in Elkhart County, Ind., a son of Frank A. and Carrie (Lampe) Bowman. On Feb. 4, 1943, he married Marion Schrader in Hot Springs, Ark. She died March 12, 1978. On April 6, 1983, he married Nancy Hunt in Sturgis. He was a Sturgis resident most of his life and was employed at the Kirsch Company. For 42 years, he had operated the B & W Tavern, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Jack Johnston Chapter 88 disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 303, Bonita Springs, Fla., Loyal Order of the Moose 574, American Association of Retired Persons and the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 1314 and the Sturgis Elks Lodge 1381. Surviving are his wife; one son, Wallace R. Bowman Jr., Sturgis; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one sister, Geraldine Wolfe, Bronson. He was preceded in death by his parents. Relative and friends may call after 2 p.m. today at the Rosenberg-Schipper Funeral Home, Sturgis, where the family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today. Services are at...

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Slave Narrative of Adeline R. Lennox

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Interviewer: Albert Strope Person Interviewed: Adeline Rose Lennox Location: Elkhart, Indiana Place of Birth: Middle / Paris, Tennessee Date of Birth: October 25, 1849 Place of Residence: 1400 South Sixth Street, Elkhart, Indiana Albert Strope, Field Worker Federal Writers’ Project St. Joseph County-District #1 Mishawaka, Indiana ADELINE ROSE LENNOX-EX-SLAVE 1400 South Sixth Street, Elkhart, Indiana Adeline Rose Lennox was born of slave parents at Middle-sometimes known as Paris-Tennessee, October 25, 1849. She lived with her parents in slave quarters on the plantation of a Mr. Rose for whom her parents worked. These quarters were log houses, a distance from the master’s mansion. At the age of seven years, Adeline was taken from her parents to work at the home of a son of Mr. Rose who had recently been married. She remembers well being taken away, for she said she cried, but her new mistress said she was going to have a new home so she had to go with her. At the age of fourteen years she did the work of a man in the field, driving a team, plowing, harrowing and seeding. “We all thought a great deal of Mr. Rose,” said Mrs. Lennox, “for he was good to us.” She said that they were well fed, having plenty of corn, peas, beans, and...

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Slave Narrative of H. H. Edmunds

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Interviewer: Albert Strope Person Interviewed: Rev. H. H. Edmunds Location: Elkhart, Indiana Place of Birth: Lynchburg, Virginia Date of Birth: 1859 Place of Residence: 403 West Hickory Street Elkhart, Indiana Albert Strope, Field Worker Federal Writers’ Project St. Joseph County-District #1 Mishawaka, Indiana EX-SLAVE REV. H.H. EDMUNDS 403 West Hickory Street Elkhart, Indiana Rev. H.H. Edmunds has resided at 403 West Hickory Street in Elkhart for the past ten years. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1859, he lived there for several years. Later he was taken to Mississippi by his master, and finally to Nashville, Tennessee, where he lived until his removal to Elkhart. Mr. Edmunds is very religious, and for many years has served his people as a minister of the Gospel. He feels deeply that the religion of today has greatly changed from the “old time religion.” In slavery days, the colored people were so subjugated and uneducated that he claims they were especially susceptible to religion, and poured out their religious feelings in the so-called negro spirituals. Mr. Edmunds is convinced that the superstitions of the colored people and their belief in ghosts and gobblins is due to the fact that their emotions were worked upon by slave drivers to keep them in subjugation. Oftentimes white people dressed as ghosts, frightened the colored...

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Biography of William A. Myers

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now One of the well known and highly regarded citizens of Topeka, Kansas, with which state he had been practically continuously identified since 1888, is William A. Myers, who is a leading factor in and a probable candidate of the republican forces in Shawnee County. For twenty-eight years he had been a competent and faithful employe of the State of Kansas, in the state printing department, is a man of property and of personal high standing. William A. Myers was born in 1856, in Saint Joseph County, Indiana, and is a son of Andrew and Ellen (Oliver) Myers, and a grandson of Jacob Myers, the family history extending no farther back than the Pennsylvania Dutch antecedents of the latter. Jacob Myers was born in Pennsylvania and as he married in Stark County, Ohio, it is probable that he went there in early manhood. He continued in Stark County until in early middle age, when he removed to Elkhart County, Indiana, that section then being pioncer land, almost a wilderness. He reared a family of thirteen children to maturity. Andrew Myers, father of William A., was young when his parents settled in Elkhart County and there grew up. He learned the milling business and coutinued in the same line as long as he was active in affairs, earning...

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Biography of J. A. Truex

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now J. A. TRUEX, editor of the Journal and postmaster of West Plains, was a native of the Buckeye State,and was born in Marion County, November,6, 1843. The Truex family is of Dutch origin and an old Colonial one. The father of our subject, Benjamin Truex, was a native of Pennsylvania, and a farmer and carpenter. He raised a family of eight children, of whom our subject was third in order of birth. The latter grew to mature years in his native country, received his primary education in the schools of the same, and subsequently entered the High School at Goshen, Indiana Later he attended the Heading College at Abingdon, Ill, and the Kalamazoo Baptist College. About the year 1856 the family moved to Elkhart County, Indiana, and settled on a farm in Lock Township. Early in life young Truex became a teacher, and continued this until 1869, when he emigrated to Kansas. There he located in Geary County and taught school until 1874, when he was elected county superintendent of schools and held that position up to 1884, five terms of two years each, thus showing his popularity. During that time the county took the premium three times for the best display at the State fair. In 1881 Mr. Truex established the Davis County Republican and...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis P. Vance

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Louis P. Vance, of Mankato, Jewell County, Kan., was born at Goshen, Elkhart County, Ind., December 9, 1837; removed at four and a half years of age to Jefferson County, Iowa, with his parents; was a farmer till his twenty-second year; spent two years prior to the war of the Rebellion in the Colorado mining regions. Enlisted in the service of the United States in March, 1862, as a member of Company B, Thirty-fifth Missouri Volunteer Infantry; was promoted from the ranks through the grades of non-commissioned and two of the commissioned offices of the line; was mustered out in July, 1865, with his company with the rank of Captain, which rank he occupied about ten months prior to the close of the war. Returned to Fairfield, Iowa, and was, by election, Treasurer of Jefferson County eight years, during the years intervening January 1, 1868, and January 1, 1878. Entered into private banking at Mankato, Kansas, with Case, Vance & Co., in September 1877; afterwards was engaged in brokerage, loan and other pursuits in Kansas. Was married May 6, 1868, at Fairfield, Iowa, to Miss Lizzie P. Heron. They had six children born to them – Minnie A., George C., Blanche L., Jessie May and Oscar Perry; the two latter died of scarlet fever, Oscar P....

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Biographical Sketch of Christian Girl

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Girl, Christian; manufacturer; born, Elkhart, Ind., Dec. 31, 1874; son of Joseph and Catherine Linderman Girl; high school education, Elkhart, Ind.; married, Cleveland, September, 1909, Mehitable A. Schottler; organized The Perfection Spring Co. in 1906; organized The Gofy Engine Co. in 1909; and The Marianville Base & Filter Co. in 1912; has been pres. and mngr. of the above companies since; member Cleveland Engineering Society, Society of Auto. Engineers, and on Finance and Endowment and two other committees of same society; member Athletic, Advertising, and Automobile...

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Biography of Rev. B. L. Baldridge

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Rev. B. L. Baldridge was born in Adams County, Ohio, February 9, 1821. His father, Rev. William Baldridge, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1760. He served in the Revolutionary war at the age of sixteen years, and for many years after its close was an active minister in the United Presbyterian Church. He graduated from college in 1790, was licensed to preach in 1792, was ordained in 1793, and died October 31, 1830. The subject of this biographical sketch was educated at Miami University and subsequently studied theology at Oxford. He was ordained January 10, 1851, at Centerville, Michigan, by the United Presbyterian Church. He served as pastor of the Associate Reformed church in Centerville, Michigan, for seven years. In 1857 he was sent as a missionary to Leavenworth, Kansas. Here he organized a United Presbytertian Church and was settled as pastor until 1874; then served as chaplain in the Kansas State prison for about two years. June 3, 1876, he was commissioned Chaplain in the United States army, and continued in this position until 1884, when he was retired. At the time of his retirement he was stationed at Angel Island, California. Mr. Baldridge was married July 27, 1859, at Goshen, Indiana, to Miss Sarah M. Gilmore, a daughter of John and Harriet (Crane) Gilmore....

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Smith, John D. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Baker City, Oregon John D. Smith, 96, of Baker City died Nov. 21, 2000, at his home at Baker City. A family memorial service will be scheduled later. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory. Mr. Smith was born on May 2, 1904, at Elkhart, Ind., to Joseph and Florance Denny Smith. His family homesteaded at Molt, Mt., in 1908. He made Billings, Mt., his home in his youth. He played basketball for his high school team there. He enjoyed many firsts in the early part of the century, from automobiles to airplanes, golf and tennis. He loved to travel and was one of the first to use the Columbia River Gorge Highway in Oregon. He was a banker for the Security Trust and Savings Bank at Billings before going to work for International Harvester in credit collections. He was a salesman for the company in his later life and enjoyed it very much. Places he called his home included Park City and Billings, Mt., and Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Boise and Caldwell, Idaho. He lived at Caldwell for 14 years. He also had lived at Vancouver and Battleground, Wash., Salt Lake City and at Portland, Lincoln City and Baker City. His interests were in people of the simple life, travel in rural areas,...

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Biography of Hon. O. H. Frink

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Hon. O. H. Frink is one of Page county’s representative citizens who has never allowed personal interest or ambition to dwarf his public spirit. His feelings have ever found expression in prompt action rather than in theory and as mayor of Shenandoah lie is now doing effective work in promoting needed restrictive, regulative and constructive measures. He also stands as one who has been prominent in business circles, his previous activity and well directed energy bringing him the competence that makes possible his present retirement. A native of Indiana, Mr. Frink was born in the city of Elkhart, May 26, 1848, a son of Hannibal and Eliza (Armstrong) Frink, natives of Herkimer county, New York, and of Detroit, Michigan, respectively. They were married, however, in Ohio, to which state they had previously removed. After their marriage they began their domestic life there and continued residence in that state until their removal to Elkhart, Indiana, where the father died in 1848. He was a shipbuilder and carpenter by trade. His widow survived him for only five years and departed this life in Lafayette, Illinois, in 1853. O. H. Frink, left an orphan when but five years of age, was reared by a guardian in Elkhart, Indiana, and remained with him until the marriage of his elder sister,...

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