Location: Havana Kansas

Biography of John P. Brady

John P. Brady. Since he was fifteen years of age John P. Brady had had a varied and extensive experience as an oil worker. He began in his native state of Pennsylvania, and had been in most of the important oil fields of the country. For the past few years he had had his home at Havans, and is one of the leading individual producers in that section. His birth occurred at Parkers Landing in Pennsylvania on June 3, 1876. His people, however, were early settlers of Ohio. His grandfather Barney Brady was born in County Cavan, Ireland, came to the United States when young, and acquired a homestead in Southern Ohio at Hamden. He died there at the age of eighty-eight. Jerome Brady, father of John P., was born at Hamden, Ohio, in 1835, and lived there until the breaking out of the Civil war. He then enlisted and served four years in an Ohio regiment, and made a most ereditable record as a soldier, participating in many of the historic battles, including the Battle of the Wilderness. After the war he was attracted to the oil fielde of Western Pennsylvania, going first to Oil Oreek, and was a producer from 1865 until 1900. He also owned a farm with some oil wells on it at Parkers Landing. In 1900, on retiring from the oil industry, he returned...

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George, Mable I. Nollsch Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Mable I. George, 93, of La Grande, died Nov. 24, 2005 at her home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande. Committal and interment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mrs. George was born on Feb. 9, 1912, to Henry and Hattie Wade Nollsch at Havana, Kan. The family moved to Oregon in 1922 and lived in the Rock Creek and Muddy Creek areas of Baker County. She married Paul E. George on Nov. 2, 1932, at La Grande and they made their home at Union. In 1942 they moved to Huntington where Mr. George worked for the railroad. While living there she was active with the PTA and was president of the Rebekah Lodge. In 1946 they moved to La Grande. Mr. George died in 1988. Mrs. George enjoyed outdoor activities, particularly camping, berry picking and mushroom gathering. She also enjoyed visiting with relatives and friends. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and Willis George of Umatilla; son, Rod George of La Grande; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Henry, Charlie and Guy Nollsch; and sisters, Oma George, Virgie Doty and Lila Bell....

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Biography of John Wesley Wheeler

John Wesley Wheeler. Forty-five years ago when the greater part of Kansas was still an unbroken prairie and open cattle range, John Wesley Wheeler pioneered into the southern part of the state, and his subsequent activities as a homesteader, farmer and stock raiser, have enabled him to amass a competence sufficient for all his future needs. In the meantime he has provided liberally for his family, has borne an upright and commendable part in local affairs. He is now living retired at Havana in Montgomery County. He is descended from Scotch-Irish ancestors who located in Pennsylvania. Mr. Wheeler himself was born at Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, April 11, 1839. His father, Jesse Wheeler, was born in Pennsylvania in 1788, about the time that the American colonies were confederated under the United States Constitution. He was reared and married in his native state, and moved from Little York, Pennsylvania, to Seaeca County, Ohio, where he was a very early settler. He afterwards moved to Hancock County, Ohio. His early years, from eighteen to twenty-one, were spent according to the fashion of the times, as a “bound boy” in apprenticeship to the carpenter’s trade. That trade gave him an occupation for all his subsequent years, and he followed it until too old to work any longer. He began voting as a democrat, but when the republican party was formed sixty years...

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Biography of William E. Rippetoe

William E. Rippetoe. When the veterans of the lumber business in Kansas are mentioned, there is a place for William E. Rippetoe, who now has two yards, one of them at Havana, where he resides. Thirty years of active experience constitute his record, and furthermore he is one of the old-timers of Kansas, his family having been transplanted to this state when Kansas was still a frontier territory and a battle-ground of contention between the North and South. There has been something of the pioneer spirit apparently in every generation. One of his ancestors was banished from France along with many other Huguenots who did not receive even wore treatment during the era of persecution. Then after the family had been transferred to American soil there was another representative, William Rippetoe, great-grandfather of the lumberman above mentioned, who did loyal duty as a member of Washington’s staff during the Revolution. John Rippetoe, the grandfather, was born in 1790 in that part of old Virginia which subsequently by division became the State of West Virginia. As a young man he journeyed down the Ohio and found a satisfying place to live and work out his destiny in Kentucky, where he became a farmer, and died in Russell County in 1863. From Kentucky John Rippetoe, Jr., who was born in Russell County in 1829, moved into northwest Missouri, and while living...

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