Location: Hardin County IA

Biography of John J. Fowles

John J. Fowles has been a Kansas educator since 1908 and is now superintendent of the city schools of Summerfield. Largely through his own earnest efforts he acquired a liberal education. He was born in Eldora, Iowa, January 3, 1884. He is of a Colonial American family. This branch of the Fowlers came out of England and settled in New York in pioneer times His grandfather. Thomas Charles Fowler, was born in Kentucky and died at Eldora, Iowa, before John J. Fowler was born. He was one of the pioneers around Eldora and became well known as a stockman and farmer and a raiser of blooded horses. He married Miss Winterstein, a native of Iowa, who also died at Eldora Four of their children are still living: Henry A., connected with the engineering department of Vermillion University at Vermillion, South Dakota; Stephen and Nieholas, also residents of South Dakota; Blanche, wife of George Diedrich, a retired farmer living in Iowa. T. S. Fowler, father of Superintendent Fowler, was born in 1851 and went as a child to Iowa with his parents. He grew up and married there and became a successful farmer and livestock man at Eldora, where he died in 1896. He was a democrat and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He married Mary Patterson, who was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1852 and died...

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Biography of Newell Jonathan Brown, M. D.

The well established family physician obtains an influence in any community which is more far-reaching than that of any man sustaining other relations to the public. The reasons for this are too obvious to require mention here. Dr. N. J. Brown is to the people of Hailey the ideal family doctor, and he is the oldest physician and surgeon in the place. He cast his lot with the citizens of Hailey in 1883 when the town was but two years old, and from that time he has practiced his profession in Hailey and its tributary territory, and shown a helpful interest in every movement tending to the greatest good of his townspeople. Dr. Brown comes of a good old English family, and was born in Stanstead, Canada, March 10, 1854. Generations before that time his progenitors had come over in the Mayflower and located in New England, whence his particular branch of the family had, in the exigencies of life, found its way to the Dominion. The “pilgrim” of the Brown family who landed at Plymouth Rock was James. Ozias Gilbert Brown, the father of Dr. N. J. Brown, was born at Epsom, New Hampshire, March 27, 1806, and, now in his ninety-fourth year, is living in Stanstead County, province of Quebec, rounding out a life as a useful citizen and a successful farmer. He married Miss Margaret Foss,...

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Biography of Staas Spekker

As his name indicates, Staas Spekker, of Lewiston, the well known assessor and tax collector of Nez Perces county, is of German birth, one of the representative citizens that the Fatherland has furnished to the New World. The German element is an important one in our national existence, for its men of sterling worth, of enterprise and perseverance, have done much to promote the industrial, commercial and professional interests of the land. In his business career Mr. Spekker has manifested the sterling character of his race, and is regarded today as one of the valued citizens of northern Idaho. He was born in Hanover, Germany, March 4, 1841, was educated in the schools of that country, and during the period of his scholastic training studied the English language, so that he was familiar with the tongue of the people among whom he cast his lot in 1871. Before coming to this country, however, he had had practical experience in farming. Having attended a school of agriculture, he accepted the position of superintendent of a large estate owned by a German nobleman, and held that position until, tiring of the manners and customs of the nobility, he determined to seek a home in the land of the free. Accordingly he crossed the Atlantic and located first at Ackley, Hardin county, Iowa, where he was employed as a farm hand. Mr....

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Biography of Peter J. Ringler

Peter J. Ringler, who is manager and part owner of the Parsons Bottling Works, one of the largest concerns of its kind in the state, has had a very active and successful business career. He was born in Livingston County, Illinois, December 14, 1868. His grandfather Peter Ringler was born in Kurhessen, Germany, came to the United States about 1876 after his wife had died in Germany, and lived on a farm in Livingston County, Illinois, until his death. In Germany he was a contractor for the building of railroads, and he also served his regular term in the German army. Peter Ringler, Jr., father of the Parsons business man, was born in Kurhessen, Germany, in 1825. He came to this country about 1843, locating first in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was engaged in the bakery business, and afterwards for several years was connected with the Armour Packing Company in Chicago. He was married while living in Chicago and from there moved to a farm in Livingston County, Illinois. That farm was where he reared his children. In 1882 he moved to Sibley, Iowa, continued farming in that state for a number of years, and in 1906 went to the Northwest, spending a short time in Dakots, and from there went to Minnesota. He died in March, 1915, in a hospital at Staples, Minnesota. He was a democrat, had...

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Carnes, Effie May Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Passed Away Last Saturday Morning The community was saddened last Saturday morning to learn of the death of Mrs. Homer M. Carnes, a prominent young matron of this vicinity. Mrs. Carnes had been ill only a short time, many of her friends not being aware of her serious condition. Mrs. Effie May Carnes was born in Whitten, Hardin County, Iowa, February 9, 1895. She came to North Powder, March 3, 1907, where she has since lived. She was baptized into the M.E. Church, at this place, by Rev. Harry Young, in February, 1914. She was an earnest church worker and her interest and work in the Sunday school will long be remembered. She was married to Homer M. Carnes, June 16, 1915, and they lived in Corvalis, Oregon, for nine months, where Mr. Carnes was in the employ of the state and government investigational work in forage. Upon his resignation they moved upon a farm on Wolfe creek, near North Powder, where they have since lived. Twelve days before her death she was taken to St. Elizabeth hospital, where she passed away, at the age of 24 years, 4 months and 12 days. She leaves a husband and two children, Zelpha Lucile age 3 years, 3 months, and Orris Albin, 1 year, 11 months to mourn her loss and who will miss a loving...

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George Todd of Alden IA

George Todd7, (Charles6, Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 5, 1836, died May 15, 1908, married June 17, 1858, Harriet, daughter of Gary and Emeline (Main) Terrell, who was born Jan. 20, 1837, in Cortland, N. Y., died Dec. 18, 1911, in Alden, Iowa. After their marriage they made their home in the same house where Mr. Todd had been born twenty-three years before and there in the same home the three oldest children were born. For eleven years they resided at Homer, N. Y., and then in the spring of 1869, they moved to Iowa and settled on the farm west of the town (Alden) where the two youngest children were born and it was while living there that the son Ernest died. In the spring of 1892, Mr. and Mrs. Todd decided to quit farming and accordingly moved to Alden, which remained their home until the time of their deaths. Children: *1750. George K., b. June 1, 1859. 1751. Ella A., b. April 16, 1861. *1752. Lena Bell, b. May 23, 1865. 1753. Ernest Gary, b. Sept. 4, 1870, d. April 15, 1895. *1754. Lucy Grace, b. April 13,...

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Lena Bell Todd Wheeler of Iowa Falls IA

WHEELER, Lena Bell Todd8, (George7, Charles6, Dan5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born May 23, 1865, married May 4, 1886, Frank Wheeler, who is a doctor. They lived in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Child: I. Josephine, b. Oct. 27, 1895, m. Jan. 22, 1909, Frank C. Walker, they lived in Otley,...

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Leep, Janie E.

Janie Elizabeth Leep, 70, 2350 F. Street, died Monday evening at her home. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. (PST) Thursday at West and Co. Chapel with Joe Jewett officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Leep, daughter of George and Lizzie Haines, was born in Gifford, Iowa, on November 22. 1890. She moved to Baker County at 18 and was married t Willis Leep at Halfway on Nov. 11, 1911. Mr. and Mrs. Leep lived in Halfway from 1912 until 1942 when the family moved to Baker. She was a member of the Christian Church. Survivors are the widower; a son George of Baker; a brother, Herman Haines of Star, Ida., four sisters, Lidia Ellis and Mary Harris, both of Baker, Rosie Banks of Milton-Freewater and Telva Womack of La Grande; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Baker Democrat Herald – – August 30,...

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