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Biography of Robert Grostein

Robert Grostein, one of Idaho’s most successful pioneer merchants, has carried on business in Lewiston since 1862 and through the intervening years has borne an unassailable reputation in trade circles, never making an engagement which he has not kept nor contracting an obligation that he has not met. His sagacity and enterprise and moreover his untiring labor have brought to him a handsome competence, and the most envious could not grudge him his success, so honorably has it been acquired. Mr. Grostein is a native of Poland, born in 1835, and is the eldest in the family of four children whose parents were Moses and Bena (Herschell) Grostein. They also were natives of Poland, in which country they were reared and married, the father there remaining until 1838, when he came to the United States. He had been in sympathy with Napoleon, to whom he had rendered active assistance, and for this reason he was obliged to flee from his native land. After spending a year in America he sent for his family, having decided to make his home in the land of the free. He settled first at Mason, Georgia, spending six years there, after which he went to Buffalo, New York, and was engaged in trade there until 1870. In that year he came to Lewiston, Idaho, bringing with, him his good wife, and here they spent...

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Biography of Richard Watson Argue

Richard Watson Argue, who died April 24, 1916, was very well and prominently known in the oil industry of the Mid-Continent field, lived at Independence a number of years, and Mrs. Argue, his widow, is still a resident there and had proved her resourcefulness as a business woman in looking after the extensive properties left by Mr. Argue at the time of his death. He was born near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 1, 1845, a son of John Wilson Argue, who was born in County Cavan, Ireland, went to America early in life, and followed farming in Canada. He died on his farm near Ottawa. Reared in Canada, gaining his education in the public schools, Richard W. Argue spent the first twenty-one years of his life at home, and then took up the oil business at Titusville, Pennsylvania. He followed the oil fields, with all the ups and downs and fortunes and vicissitudes of that industry through Pennsylvania, operating in Titusville, Crawford County, Clarion County, and McKean County, and later established himself at Buffalo, New York, becoming an extensive operator in the gas fields in West Seneca. From Buffalo in 1897 he extended his activities into Wood and Allen counties, Ohio, and became a very prominent business man of Lima. In 1963 Mr. Argue came to Kansas, locating in Independence, and thereafter was an oil producer both in Kansas...

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Biography of Edwin Scotton

Edwin Scotton. Precisely speaking there is no new country and pioneers and pioneer life no longer exist. An absorbing and fascinating condition has passed into history, and its lessons and inspiration live principally in the lives of those who endured the hardships and contributed by various services and diversified gifts to the upbuilding of the present. Shawnee County has as noble a roll call of early settlers as any part of Kansas, and among those inseparably associated with the Fulton County records, none are more deserving of perpetuation in its annals than is the late Edwin Scotton. Mr. Scotton was born at Manchester, England, May 8, 1827, one of twelve children of his parents, a member of an old and honorable English family, and the son of an English manufacturer who owned large brickyards at Manchester. When he was seven years of age, in 1834, Edwin Scotton accompanied his parents to America, and after eight weeks arrived at Buffalo, New York, having come by way of Canada. The family lived at Buffalo until 1846, when they disposed of their property and went to a 160-acre farm near Huntington, Indiana, in an ox cart. Mr. Scotton, who had received his education in the schools of Buffalo, was married December 29, 1852, to Mary Price, who died November 27, 1856, leaving three children; John F., born October 14, 1853; one who...

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Biographical Sketch of Egbert Nelson Fairchild

Fairchild, Egbert Nelson; flour mfgr.; born, Peekskill, N. Y., Sept. 28, 1868; son of Egbert Henry and Mary Seymour Fairchild; public school education; married, Buffalo, N. Y., Oct. 4, 1893, Gertrude A. Kenny; two daughters Catherine and Mary; in flour milling business twenty-seven years; becoming pres. of the Cleveland Milling Co. in 1910; before that mgr. Pittsburgh Flour Co., Minneapolis; member Cleveland Athletic and Euclid Golf...

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Biographical Sketch of Edmund E. Allyne

Allyne, Edmund E.; manufacturer; born, Cleveland, Dec. 25, 1874; son of Joseph and Anna Allyne; common school education; married, Cleveland May 14, 1902, Mildred Ford; issue, Mildred Vernon, born Aug. 23, 1903, Rollin Ford, born May 12, 1905, and Stanley Rodman, born Jan. 24, 1913; served five years Co. K, 5th Inft., O. N. G., 1893 to 1898; started in Jan., 1900, what has grown to be the largest aluminum foundry business in the world with plants in six states. He was the pioneer in the manufacture of aluminum castings, making commercially first casting in 1908. This metal did not begin to come into use for foundry purposes until 1900, the tonnage used at that time was comparatively small. The Allyne Bro.’s Foundry Co., which later became The Aluminum Castings Co., started its first plant here in 1900; in 1903 established a plant in Detroit, Mich., and a year later a plant at Buffalo, N. Y.; other plants have since been established at Bridgeport, Conn., New Kensington, Pa., and Manitowac, Wis.; these plants have a capacity of two million pounds of aluminum castings per month, in addition to a large production of brass castings; up to the present time the Automobile Industry has been the largest users of aluminum castings, but the demand in other fields is steadily growing, and the metal is rapidly coming into more general use;...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Eldridge Bourne

Bourne, Henry Eldridge; college professor; born, E. Hamburg, N. Y., April 13, 1862; son of James R. and Isabella G. Staples Bourne; A. B., Yale University, 1883, B. D. 1887 (Hooker fellow, 1887-1888); (L. H. D., Marietta College, Ohio, 1910); married; associate editor The Congregationalist, Boston, 1888-1889; teacher history and psychology, Norwich (Conn.), Free Academy, 1889-1892; prof. history, since 1892; registrar, 1893-1901; College for Women, Western Reserve University. Author: The Teaching of History and Civics, 1902; Medieval and Modern History, 1905. Editor: Lecky’s French Revolution, 1904. Contributor to...

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Biographical Sketch of Vernon H. Burke

Burke, Vernon H.; attorney-at-law; born, Saybrook, O., Dec. 22, 1865; son of John F. and Minerva C. Stewart Burke; educated, Canisius College, Buffalo, N. Y., Stratton’s Business College, The University of Notre Dame; B. A., C. E., LL. B. degrees; married, Cleveland, Dec. 21, 1892, Matilda B. Hahn; one son, Vernon A. Burke, Jr.; Republican; served on police bench by appointment; senator from Cuyahoga county, 1896-1900; vice chairman Cuyahoga County Republican Committee; has been a trial lawyer; pres. James F. Allen Contracting Co., Cleveland Smelting Co., Idle-wild Co.; sec’y Guest & Buell Co., Fleishman & Smith Co.; director The Cleveland Salt Co.; sec’y Crawford & Soper Co.; Bauck Contracting Co., Rice Bottling Works, The Olds-Oakland Co., etc.; member K. of P., and I. O. O. F., the Athletic, Willowick Country, and City Clubs. Recreations: Motoring, Hunting and...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas A. Burke

Burke, Thomas A.; surgeon; born, Cleveland, April 18, 1864; son of Thomas A. and Ellen Shannon Burke; A. B., Canisius College, 1885; A. M., same college, 1892; Western Reserve Medical College, 1888; married, Cleveland, 1892, Lillian G. McNeil; three children; after graduating in medicine, received appointment as house surgeon at City Hospital; later assistant to supt. Cleveland State Hospital; 1890, appointed visiting physician to St. Alexis Hospital, and later to same position Charity Hospital; 1902, elected coroner Cuyahoga county; re-elected 1906 U. S. pension examiner in President Cleveland’s administration; has made three trips abroad to study in London and Vienna hospitals, devoted to diseases of eye, ear, nose and throat; director ear, nose and throat dept. Charity Hospital; member Cleveland Academy of Medicine, Ohio State Medical Ass’n, Am. Ass’n, Cleveland Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of William Clement Connelly

Connelly, William Clement; mfr.; born, Cleveland, 1875; son of Daniel and Kate Laughlin Connelly; education, St. Ignatius College and Case School of Applied Science; married, Buffalo, Nov. 12, 1907, Mary C. Schaefer; issue, Daniel, born April 6, 1909; on leaving college, entered employ of his father, who had been established as a boiler manufacturer in Cleveland since 1875; business incorporated in 1905, and taken into firm as secretary and treasurer; elected president of the D. Connelly Boiler Co., on death of father, in 1911; member Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of Arthur Nathan Doud

Doud, Arthur Nathan; civil engineer; born, New York, 1872; son of George C. and Martha Dunbar Doud; graduated High School, Winthrop, N. Y., class of 1895; took three years special engineering course at Clarkson Technical School, Potsdam, N. Y., finished there in 1900; married, Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 14, 1901, Nellie M. Wilson; two daughters; followed surveying and engineering work in New York state for three years; then engaged on the hydro-electric development on the St. Lawrence River; for two years and nine months member of the engineering corps, War Dept., U. S. Army, as chief of field party on location survey of forks and dams on the Ohio River, and in charge of lock construction until Oct., 1906; was for some time with Westinghouse. Church, Kerr & Co., on the construction of the New York Terminal of The Pennsylvania Rail-road; from Sept. 1, 1911, to the present time, mngr. of the Acme Equipment & Engineering Co., manufacturers of Doud handling equipment; member Cleveland Engineering Society and National Geographical Society; member Brasher Lodge, No. 541, F. & A. M., Brasher Falls, N. Y. Recreation: Hunting. Inventor and patenter of the Doud Steel Buckets and Cars for handling concrete and excavating...

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Biographical Sketch of Jay D. Fuller

Fuller, Jay D.; manufacturer; born, Alden, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1872; son of Spencer J. and Mary A. Smith Fuller; educated, Alden High School; married, Cleveland, June 4, 1896, Florence Helen Quayle; one daughter, Helen; with the Haserot Canneries Co. fifteen years; established The Fuller Canneries Co. in March, 1904; pres. of the company; in November, 1912, became identified with The Weideman Co., Canned Foods and Mnfg. Dept.; Mason; member Union and Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of Joel Haven Fuller

Fuller, Joel Haven; manufacturer; born, Cleveland, Sept. 6, 1851; son of William and Catherine M. Haven Fuller; educated, common, graded and preparatory schools, Cleveland and Oberlin, O.; married, Buffalo, N. Y., Sept. 12, 1888, Lillian Beatty Turner; issue, one daughter, living and one son, deceased; Republican in National polities, Independent in State, County and Municipal; left school at 17, to take clerkship with C., C., C. & St. L. R. R. Co.; served several years then in County Auditor’s office, and later served thirteen years in office of the Standard Oil Co.; left their employment in 1890, to engage in fire brick pavement business, under name of Stowe-Fuller Co.; vice pres. of the Company; prem. Federal Refractories Co., and Terminal Land Co.; vice pres. National Fire Brick Co., Minor Fire Brick Co.; pres. Lock Haven Fire Brick Co.; sec’y and treas. Square Realty Co.; Masonic 32nd°; member Union, Mayfield Country, Cleveland Gun, and Automobile Clubs; member Cleveland and Pittsburgh Chambers of Commerce. Recreations: Golf and...

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Biographical Sketch of George C. Hascall

Hascall, George C.; manufacturer; born, Yipsilanti, Mich., Jan. 17, 1852; son of Philander and Mary A. Christy Hascall; common school education; married, Alden, N. Y., April 10, 1889, Hattie M. Fuller; one son, Robert G., born March 14, 1893; pres. The Tropical Oil Co., The Hascall Paint Co., The Union Products Co.; pres. The Attan Vic Paint Co., New York, and The Knickerbocker Paint Co.; director The Texas Mnfg. Co., Fort Worth Tex.; member Knights Templar, Oriental Commandery, Mystic Shrine (Al Koran), N. M. S., Lake Erie Consistory, Webb Chapter, Iris, No. 229, F. & A. M., member Chamber of Commerce, Athletic and Automobile...

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Biographical Sketch of Warren Phelps King

King, Warren Phelps; manufacturing business; born, Ithaca, N. Y., Sept. 9, 1865; son of Warren Leander and Mary Eliza Phelps King; educated, Cornell University, class of 1888; married, Buffalo, N. Y., June 2, 1892, Justine McKenna; issue, Warren Griffin King, born, July 6, 1893, and Elizabeth Brewster King, born March 25, 1899; with The Lehigh Valley Coal Co. for five years; New York Car Wheel Works and associated companies, occupying various official positions, for eleven years; pres. Liberty Brass Foundry, Buffalo, N. Y., for four years; vice pres. and treas. The Aluminum Castings Co.; member Society of Automobile Engineers, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Chi. Psi Fraternity; member Union, and Mayfield Clubs, Cleveland, and Buffalo, and Saturn Clubs, Buffalo, N. Y.; his paternal great-grandfather, Francis King, fought through The Revolutionary War, and settled in the town of Ithaca, N. Y.; at the close of the war; his paternal grandfather, Alexander King, born in Ithaca, N. Y., in 1801; he married Rachel Casterline; his father, Warren Leander King, was born in Ithaca. N. Y., in 1829; his maternal grandfather, Elbridge Gerry Phelps, was born near Wethersfield, Conn., about 1805; he married Mary Delialah Knowles; his mother, Mary Eliza Phelps, born in Delaware county, N. Y. State, in...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Sherman Van De Boe

Van De Boe, Joseph Sherman; real estate; born, Jan. 20, 1859, Cooperstown, N. Y.; son of John Leeland Van De Boe; common school education; married in December, 1881, Miss Mary A. Wood, of Lebanon; issue, one son, Hugh Robert, born Oct. 14, 1885; Mrs. Van De Boe died in December, 1909, while visiting her son, in Hong Kong, China; business career, began to work when 12 years of age; worked on a farm; mgr. Drug Co. in Andover, N. Y.; realizing the need of further education, worked in country store in Ulysses, Pa., and attended Academy there; then went to Eastman Business College, in Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; worked in store in country, and later taught school; studied more, and graduated from Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass.; lived in Sanford, Fla., for four years; bookkeeper and gen. mgr. of dry goods and grocery store; went into business for himself, continuing until 1887, when store was destroyed by fire; went to Chicago, and did a brokerage business; then with Boston real estate firm; began on small salary, but in ten months made gen. mgr., with salary of $100 per week and expenses; in 1893, located in Buffalo, N. Y.; in 1895, formed partnership with W. M. Hagar; came to Cleveland, and started present business; pres. of the company; has laid out thirteen subdivisions in Cleveland; has a branch office in Columbus, O.;...

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