Location: Fulton County OH

Biography of Wilfred B. Gasche

Wilfred B. Gasche. One of the best known figures in fire insurance circles of Kansas, and, in fact, of the West, is Wilfred B. Gasche, president since 1900 of the Alliance Co-Operative Insurance Company of Kansas, president of the Kansas State Association of Mutual Insurance Companies for the same length of time, and president of the National Association for two terms. Mr. Gasche was one of the earliest promoters of mutual insurance in the Sunflower state, and had steadily advanced in this connection, until he is today a national figure in this line of indemnity against loss. He is a native of Ohio, having been born on a farm in Fulton County, February 3, 1859, a son of Jacob and Elisabeth (Pelton) Gasche, and had been a resident of Kansas since 1886. Jacob Gasche was born in Witzlar, Prussia, and there received his education. He became a thorough linguist, speaking French, Spanish and German fluently, and also being able to translate and write English, although not able to speak the letter language until after he came to America. In his young manhood he adopted the vocation of educator, and until he was twenty-seven years of age was engaged in teaching schools in the vicinity of his native home. At that time his parents, becoming dissatisfied with the congested conditions which existed in their native land and hearing of the...

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Biography of Charlie H. Riker

Charlie H. Riker. At Gage’s Park, on West Sixth Street Road, near Topeks, is situated one of the most beautiful suburban homes of this locality, that belonging to Charlie H. Riker, who for many years had been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Kansas. Mr. Riker was reared a farmer and is the son of a pioneer of 1870, since which time with the exception of several years spent in Ohio, he had been engaged in operations in different parts of the Sunflower State, and in each locality in which operations have been centered, he had not only made a success of his undertakings, but had established a reputation as a public-spirited and progressive citizen. Charlie H. Riker was born in Logan County, Ohio, in 1866, and is a son of William J. and Susanna. (Custenborder) Riker. He is connected with the Custenborder, Riker and Ferris families, all of which were early settlers of Ohio and at first settled near Cincinnati, from whence their members went not only to various parts of the Buckeye State but to other parts of the country, where they became men and women of substance and worth and won success in the various occupations in which humankind may engage. William J. Riker was born in Champaign County, Ohio, and as a young man, after securing a public school education, learned the trade of carpenter. This...

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Biography of Frank Durein

Frank Durein. This venerable man, now in the seventy-fourth year of his age, who with firm step and unclouded mind still walks the streets and attends to his daily routine of affairs, had, during the thirty-seven years of his residence in Topeka, witnessed its great development and borne a share in the startling course of its progress. He had been connected with many and important business enterprises and had done much to contribute to the upbuilding of the city, but since 1890 had lived in retircment, his only activities being those of looking after his large holdings and taking a part in movements for the city’s betterment. Mr. Durein was born September 11, 1843, on a farm at Landuo Rheinfalz, Germany, a son of Matthew and Katherine (Stiner) Durein. His father’s elder and younger brothers, Jacob and Valentine Durein, were with Napoleon on his drive to Moscow, and from the time they left home were never again seen nor heard of. Matthew Durein, who was born Febuary, 11, 1789, had been married before the call came for troops, and consequently was absolved from military duty. He followed farming throughout his life, but while industrious and hard-working gained only a moderate fortune. His death occurred August 8, 1866. He was married three times and had fifteen children, and Frank was born to his third marriage. Frank Durein received only a...

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Biographical Sketch of Moses Gray Carrel

Carrel, Moses Gray; dist. passenger agt. B. & O. R. R.; born, Fulton County, O., June 4, 1854; son of William P. and Elizabeth Waite Carrel; educated at High School and College, Hillsdale, Mich.; married, Reading, Mich., June 8, 1875, Jennie E. Bradley; two daughters and one son; telegraph operator, freight and ticket agt. L. S. & M. S. R. R., 1870 to 1880; ticket agt. Union Depot, Cleveland, 1880 to 1891; sec’y and treas. Merchant’s Bank & Storage Co., Cleveland, 1891 to 1893; mgr. and editor railroad magazine, “The Station Agent,” and financial editor the Cleveland Press, 1893-1894; general passenger agt. C. L. & W. R. R., 1894 to 1904; division passenger agt. B. & O. R. B., 1904 to date; director and seep for several years to date Masonic Temple Assn, Merchant’s Banking & Storage Co.; sec ‘y and treas. W. M. Meridian Lodge, F. & A. M., 1911-1912; E. M. Commander, Holyrood Commandery, No. 32, K. T., 1991-1992; P. M., Bahurim Council, A. A. S. R., Potentate, Al Koran Temple, N. M. S., 1894-1895; honorary 33d°, Supreme Council, A. A. S. R., Northern Jurisdiction, U. S. A.; organizer and see’y International Ticket agts. Ass’n, 1888 to...

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Biographical Sketch of John Danforth Nutting

Nutting, John Danforth; clergyman; born at Randolph, Vt., March 8, 1854; son of Rufus and Sarah H. Nutting; A. B., Wheaton (III.) College, 1878, A. M., 1881; graduate, Oberlin Theological Seminary, 1885; married, Nannie Keith Miller, of Oberlin (class 1883), June 23, 1885 (died, 1886); 2d, Lillis R. Morley, of Mentor, O., (Ohio, 1887), Jan. 1, 1890; ordained ministry in. Congregational Church, 1885; pastor, Wauseon, O., 1885-1888; Newport, Ky., 1888-1890; St. Louis, 1890-1892; Salt Lake City, 1892-1898; sec’y Utah Gospel Mission for special work in behalf of the Mormon people and against the Mormon system, since 1898; writer and lecturer on Mormonism and kindred...

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Biographical Sketch of William Alwood

William Alwood, a prominent citizen of Manchester, Tennessee, was born September 22, 1850, in Fulton County, Ohio. He is the son of Levi S. and Delilah (McQuillin) Alwood – the former of Scotch descent, born in Ohio October 9, 1826, the latter of Irish descent and born June 22, 1830, in Ohio. The elder Alwood was married in 1848; engaged in farming and he came to Tennessee in 1873, his permanent home. He is a republican and in sympathy with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which his wife is a member. After completing his academic studies he was employed on his father’s farm. In 1873 he married Ella Higgins, born September 27, 1853, in Ashtabula County, Ohio, the daughter of Harris Higgins. Our subject immediately moved to Coffee County near Manchester and continued farming several years exclusively, but in 1886 he came to Manchester and added lumbering, also for one year the livery business with J. H. Burger. A careful man, he now owns 550 acres in Coffee County, a Manchester improved lot and a half-interest in the livery values at $3,600. He has four children and is a...

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