Location: Glasgow Scotland

Biography of Joseph Lister

In a corner of the north transept of Westminster Abbey, almost lost among the colossal statues of our prime ministers, our judges, and our soldiers, will be found a small group of memorials preserving the illustrious names of Darwin, Lister, Stokes, Adams, and Watt, and reminding us of the great place which Science has taken in the progress of the last century. Watt, thanks partly to his successors, may be said to have changed the face of this earth more than any other inhabitant of our isles; but he is of the eighteenth century, and between those who developed...

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Biography of Andrew McGregor

This doughty end intrepid frontiersman, now one of the leading farmers and stock men of his vicinity, having a tine estate eight miles west from Ontario, which is the family home, and being a man of prominence and capabilities, has accomplished much in the development of the County and we are pleased to accord to him a representation in the history of Malheur County. Mr. McGregor was born in Glasgow, Scotland on June 28, 1845, being the son of Duncan and Marguerette (McIntyre) McGregor. The father was born in Inverness, north Scotland, on February 14, 1800 and the mother was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on August 27, 1865. In 1846 the family came to America in a sailing vessel, being six weeks on the trip. Landing in New York, they made their way to Boston, where the father worked at block printing and dyeing in a calico factory. In 1849 marks the date when they came to the vicinity of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and there on August 14, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Twentieth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, being mustered in at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin, and went thence to the barracks at St. Louis, and served under General Schofield in the First Brigade, Second Division, Army of the Frontier. He participated in the battle of Prairie Grove; Arkansas, December 7, 1862, was in the third siege of Vicksburg in...

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Biography of David Langton Grey

David Langton Grey, a certified public accountant of St.. Louis, is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, his birth having there occurred August 22, 1875, his parents being John Edward Ogilvie and Lydia Margaret (Gavin) Grey. In the acquirement of his education, he attended George Watson’s College, and afterward entered the Edinburgh University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1893, thus becoming well qualified for life’s practical and responsible duties. He started upon his business career in the same year, in connection with the firm of A. &. J. Robertson of Edinburgh, with whom he continued until 1901. Being desirous of trying his fortune in America and testing the truth of the favorable reports which he had heard concerning better business opportunities on this side of the Atlantic he resigned his position and sailed for the United States. From 1901 until 1903 Mr. Grey was with the firm of Patterson, Teele & Dennis of New York, and then came to St. Louis, where he entered the employ of Price, Waterhouse & Company, chartered accountants of New York, whom he is now representing as St. Louis manager, a position which is indicative of his high professional standing and capability. Mr. Grey was married in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1906 to Miss Wilhelmina Isabella Christianson Hay of that city, and they have become parents of two daughters: Wilhelmina Minnetta and...

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Biographical Sketch of William Agnew

Agnew, William; attorney-at-law; born, Glasgow, Scotland, May 30, 1870; son of John and Elizabeth Black Agnew; educated, Cleveland public schools and Cleveland Law School, LL. B., Baldwin University; married, Cleveland, June 20, 1899, Anna B. Coville; Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts, 1903-11; admitted to the Bar, June, 1906; member Cleveland and Ohio State Bar Ass’ns; trustee Broadway Y. M. C. A.; member Masonic (Knights Templars and Scottish Rites) and Knights of Pythias; member City and Athletic Clubs; recreations, travel, curling and bowling; (vice pres. American Bowling...

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Biographical Sketch of Lance G. Finlay

Finlay, Lance G.; sales engineer; born at sea, Nov. 16, 1875; son of George Finlay, fleet paymaster, R. N., and Emma M. Williams Finlay; educated, public schools, School of Science, University of Glasgow; married in New York; was engaged for a number of years in the sugar industry, building several plants in Trinidad, Cuba, and other sugar-producing countries; then asst. sales mngr. for De Ha Vergne Machine Co. of New York City; also in consulting practice; came to Cleveland in 1907, and engaged in business for himself, in high-grade machinery and equipment; district mngr. The Terry Steam Turbine Co., Providence Engineering Works, Schutte & Koerting Co., Raymond Concrete Pile Co.; member Athletic...

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Biographical Sketch of Donald C. McIntyre

McIntyre, Donald C.; the well-known general freight traffic mgr. and district passenger agt. for the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., at Cleveland, Ohio; was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but when a child of five years was brought by his parents to America, locating first at London, Ont., and later in one of the suburbs of that city, where he received a fair education in the district schools; at the age of 22 he entered the employ of The Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., as watchman on one of their steamers, and was thus employed until appointed to a position in the general offices of the line at Detroit; in 1884, he was appointed local freight agent at Detroit, and became general agent in 1887; five years later, Mr. McIntyre was also made district passenger agt.; he has since had charge of the eastern terminal of the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Company, and is most capably and satisfactorily filling that responsible...

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Biographical Sketch of William Knox

Knox, William; architect; born, Glasgow, Scotland, Jan. 20, 1858; son of Thomas and Margaret Neilson Knox; studied in the Free Church Seminary, in Glasgow, special course in architecture in Glasgow and Edinburgh; married, Painesville, O., June 21, 1891, Miss Agnes Julia Child; issue, three children, Carlos C., Beulah G., and M. Neilson; business career, successor to Mr. Aitken, in the firm of Moffett & Aitken, in Edinburgh; in 1886, left Scotland to travel; applied for and secured position with Burnham & Root, architects, of Chicago, Ill.; later office mgr. for Henry Ives Cobb, eminent architect; came to Cleveland in 1893; after a few months, formed partnership with J. H. Elliott, under firm name of Knox & Elliott; have been the architects for many fine buildings throughout the country and in the city, the Rockefeller Bldg., Trinity Congregational Church, building for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Elks’ Bldg., as well as numerous factories and beautiful residences; member American Ass’n for the Advancement of Science, Chamber of Commerce, Euclid, and Rowfant Clubs; interested in scientific research; has the finest collection of seaweed in the country; authority on the subject of...

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Biographical Sketch of Malcolm McBride

McBride, Malcolm; plumber, born, Glasgow, Scotland, April 29, 1865; son of Daniel and Marion Ferguson McBride; educated in West Chester, Pa., public schools; married, Cleveland, Dec. 24, 1889, Clara Budbill; issue, three sons; came to West Chester, Pa., from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1879; came to Cleveland in June, 1884; worked as journeyman plumber until June, 1908, then became successor to his uncle, A. A. Parker, in the plumbing business; member Cleveland City Lodge No. 15, F. & A. M., also Oak Lodge No. 77, K. of...

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Biographical Sketch of John Rankin

Rankin, John; cement contractor; born, Glasgow, Scotland, Dec. 12, 1878; son of John and Elizabeth Wilson Rankin; educated, Alexander School. Glasgow; married, Cleveland, O., March 9, 1910, Margaret Brocklehurst; issue, Elizabeth Watson, Rebecca Margaret, John Ambler; gunner 82nd Light Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, 1897-1900; foreman on the concrete Breakwaters, Clyde, built by the Glasgow Harbor Trust; came to Canada in 1902, and filled important concrete contract at Indian Head, and elsewhere in Saskatchewan; came to Cleveland in 1907, and engaged in same business here; installed the only reinforced platform in the city. Recreations: Horsemanship and...

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McNaughton, Thomas Dr. – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Many Pay Tribute To Late Dr. McNaughton Well Known Character Given Final and Appropriate Honors Dr. Thomas McNaughton died February 9th, 1916, after an illness of five months, terminating in Pleuro-Pneumonia, which was the immediate cause of death. During his illness anxious inquires were made daily from homes where he has been a welcome visitor in times of illness and from others where he was esteemed as well as a friend or neighbor. When it became evident that the end was near, sorrow over his taking was manifestly general. He died at his residence in Elgin, attended by his wife and several members of the family. Funeral services were held at the City Hall, where the body lay in state one hour before the services, Feb 12th, at 1:00 O’clock PM. The services were conducted under the auspices of Elgin Lodge No. 98 A.F.A.M. Rev. H.L. Willis, pastor of the First Methodist Church, of Elgin, delivered the sermon, in which he paid an eloquent tribute to the memory of the deceased Doctor, accompanied with remarks, suited to the occasion. HE was assisted with a quartet which included Rev. L.S. Chapman, of the Methodist Church, who at the request of the family sang a solo, “Come Ye Disconsolate”, which was a great favorite with the decease. The services were largely attended, many from the country coming...

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Biography of Alexander McGregor

Alexander McGregor, farmer; P. O. Charleston; the subject of this sketch was born in Perthshire, Scotland, July 1, 1807, where he attended the common schools in his youth and assisted his father in farming until upward of 21 years of age, when he located in Glasgow as clerk and salesman in the wholesale store of Robert & John Henderson, with whom he remained until 1842, when he emigrated to America, landing in New York in April, of the same year, coming directly West; he lived in East Oakland Tp. until the spring of 1843, when he located forty acres of land in Morgan Tp., upon which he settled and, about 1845, entered forty more and afterward added by purchase until he had 535 acres, which he made by his own hard labor; he has always been one of the most industrious and hard-working men of Morgan Tp., and is held in high esteem as a citizen; he has always taken a deep interest in the cause of religion and education, having been an active member of the Presbyterian Church for upward of half a century; on Jan. 9, 1872, he was stricken with palsy, and upon the 13th of the same month received his second shock, since which time he has been confined to the house, and is nearly in a helpless condition, which affliction he has borne with...

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Biography of Alexander Keir, Jr.

Alexander Keir, Jr., a farmer near San Bernardino, is a Scotchman, and was born in Glasgow. His father, Alexander Keir, Sr., was a coal miner, and was born in Scotland, in 1815. His mother, Marion (King) Keir, was born in Scotland in 1814. They came to this country in 1848 and stopped at St. Louis. They had eight children, the subject of this sketch being the third. The oldest, William, was scalded to death in Scotland; one sister, Elizabeth, died of cholera in St. Louis, in 1849; the youngest sister, Espy, was bitten by a snake. In 1850 Mr. Keir crossed the plains with an ox team and cows from Salt Lake, in a train consisting of ten wagons, which was called the “Scotch train.” They tarried two years at Cedar City, 250 miles south of Salt Lake, and left there September 15, 1853, for California, where they arrived November 15, of the same year. Mr. Keir took up a piece of what he thought was Government land in Los Angeles County, but was obliged to surrender it later to Mr. Workman. In 1854 he came to San Bernardino County and bought twelve acres on Base Line, one mile east of San Bernardino, at $15.50 per acre. He now owns a fine tract of 100 acres, devoted to fruit, vegetables and general farm products; he also owns a valuable...

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Biography of John Wilson

JOHN WILSON-The family of Wilson, of Greenfield, is of Scotch Origin, Robert Wilson, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, having been the father of Mr. John Wilson, who is the founder and senior partner of the firm of John Wilson & Company, of Greenfield Robert Wilson was born in Glasgow in 1839, and died in New Cummock, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1870, in the part of the country that Robert Burns, at the early age of thirty-one years, made famous the world over. He was general manager of the Bank Colliery at New Cummock, was a hard worker and had to apply his managing skill under difficult circumstances, having a hard set of men to deal with. As a boy he grew up in the collieries, was first a foreman and later became general manager, and as such had the management of some five or six large mines. He took a deep interest in all things that would lead to the betterment of conditions for the miners, and was instrumental in furnishing entertainments for their benefit, possessing himself a fine tenor voice and being a musician of note. At these gatherings Burns’ poems were read to the men, and there were other kinds of entertainment for them. He took no interest in politics, and in religion was a member of the established church of Scotland. He was married to Mary Martin...

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Biography of George B. Calhoun, M.D.

GEORGE B. CALHOUN,M.D. – There are but few men better known or more highly respected in the medical profession on Puget Sound than Doctor Calhoun, an excellent portrait of whom appears in this history. He is a native of New Brunswick, and was born October 19, 1837, his parents being John and Mary (Brewster) Calhoun. When he was but a small boy, he moved with his parents to the sunny South, locating in Maryland. His father, being a shipowner and seafaring man, was stricken, while on a voyage to the Bermudas, with yellow fever, from which he died. Our subject, with his widowed mother, then moved to East Boston, and a few years alter was placed in the excellent Horton Academy, Nova Scotia, where he remained until 1857. He was then sent to the university at Glasgow, Scotland, and after five years’ constant application was awarded his degree, standing near the head of his class. In 1862 he returned to America. After traveling two years for pleasure, he entered the United States army as assistant surgeon, remaining in that capacity until June, 1865. In August of the latter year, he came via the Nicaragua route to the Pacific coast, and in June, 1866, took charge of the marine hospital at Port Angles. But, Congress designating Port Townsend as the port of entry, Doctor Calhoun took up his residence in...

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Biography of Robert Houston

Robert Houston, son of Robert and — (Melvin) Houston, was born in 1821, in Glasgow, Scotland, and died in 1856, in Farmington, New York. His father and mother lived and died in Scotland. His brother James was a merchant in England, and afterward in California. Robert Houston was educated in the common schools of his native land and learned the trade of shoemaker, which he followed until 1845, when he came to this country. He stayed for a short time in New York City, and then made his home in Canandaigua, New York. where he was employed first by See & Lekland and later by Mr. Tozer, of the same town. He removed to Manchester, New York, and started in business on his own account as a shoe manufacturer, continuing to the time of his death. In politics he was a Democrat; in religion a member of the Trinity Church. He married Jane Carson, of Glasgow, born in 1821, in that city, died in 1890, at Farmington, New York, daughter of James and Margaret (Carson) Carson, granddaughter of James and Margaret (McDowell) Carson. Her father was a farmer, a Republican in politics, and a Methodist in religion. Her grandfather was of Dumfries, Scotland. She had sisters, Margaret, Ellen, Isabel and Agnes, and a brother James Carson. She was an earnest, loving, self-sacrificing woman, and after the death of her...

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