Location: Highland Kansas

Biographical Sketch of Rev. Samuel M. Irvin

Rev. Samuel M. Irvin, a Pennsylvanian, was appointed a missionary to the Iowa Indians by the Presbyterian Foreign Board in 1835. A regular mission, of which he was appointed superintendent, was established at the Platte Purchase, Northwestern Missouri, in April, 1837. In the following year it was moved across the Missouri River and located near the present Town of Highland, Doniphan County, Kansas, and there Mr. Irvin and his wife coutinued their labors until the mission was discontinued, after which he was for several years connected with the Highland University. At the time he came to Kansas the nearest postoffice was at Liberty, Missouri. Mr. Irvin’s ‘death occurred in...

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Biography of Edward E. Doughty

Edward E. Doughty, who had been cashier of the Troy State Bank since the organization of that institution eleven years age, while not a native of Kansas, represents a family which had been identified with the northeastern part of the state since territorial days. Mr. Doughty was born in Nodaway County, Missouri, September 20, 1877, a son of William L. Doughty and grandson of Abel Doughty. The family came originally to New York in Colonial times. They were Scotch people. Abel Doughty was born in New York State and in 1856 came to Kansas when it was a territory and located on a farm near Highland, where he spent a number of years. He finally removed to Missouri and died near Craig in that state. The maiden name of his wife was Harriet Blanchard. William L. Doughty was born in Steuben County, New York, in 1843, and was thirteen years of age when his parents removed to Kansas. He grew up on the frontier, had a farm traiming and he afterwards applied his education to work as a school teacher and did railroading for a time. In 1885 he removed from Northwest Missouri to Troy, Kansas, and followed farming, fruit growing and was also a traveling salesman. He died at Troy in 1914. He was a republican, and a very active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which...

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Biography of John Adams Jones

John Adams Jones. While the main work of his life for over twenty years had been education, and he had served fourteen years as superintendent of the city schools of Highland, Mr. Jones had many other interests and ties to connect him with that thriving town of Doniphan County. Besides his position as a Kansas educator, all the older base ball fans who followed the fortunes of the teams in the Western League know the name of Mr. Jones as a former pitcher and one of the steadiest and most resourceful players of the national pastime. Mr. Jones was born at Edinburg, Indiana, October 29, 1874, but had lived in Kansas since he was ten years of age. The Jones family traces its lineage back to Wales, and in the earlier generations they settled in Ohio and from there moved to Indiana. Mr. Jones is a grandson of Isaac Jones, who in the early days had a farm in Brown County, Indiana, and lived there until his death in 1886. W. F. Jones, father of John A., was born in Brown County, Indiana, in 1852, grew up and married there and entered actively upon his vocation as a farmer. In 1884 he removed to Elk County, Kansas, locating on a farm near Howard and developing his land from practically a virgin state. In 1908 he retired and had since...

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Biography of William M. Boone, M. D.

William M. Boone, M. D., who located at Highland, Doniphan County, a well-equipped physician and surgeon in 1892, had steadily practiced in that community for over a quarter of a century and is now the oldest member in point of continuous service of the local profession. Doctor Boone belongs to the family of Kentucky Boones and four or five generations back his ancestry was the same as that of the famous frontiersman and hunter, Daniel Boone. The Boone family origlnated in Southern England, and it will be recalled that Daniel Boone was a native of Pennsylvania but subsequently went to the Carolinas. Doctor Boone’s grandfather was Hiram C. Boone, who was born in 1788 and stood in the relationship of first cousin to Daniel Boone. He became a pruminent man in Meade County, Kentucky, where he died in 1863. He had fought in some of the Indian was and was major of the State Militia. By occupation he was a planter and had numerous slaves to work, his fields and gather his crops, as well as look attar the duties of the household. His second wife was Sallie Staples, and she died in Meade County, Kentucky, at the age of seventy-five. A record of their children is: Clemmie, who married Doctor Bay, who served as a surgeon in the Union army, and both are now deceased; Sallie H., who...

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Biography of Louis P. Johnson

Louis P. Johnson has spent his years profitably in Doniphan County, partly as a farmer, partly as a business man and partly as a public official. He now conducts the only hardware store at Bendena and is also the present postmaster of that town. Mr. Johnson was born in Doniphan County January 16, 1870. His father, Claus Johnson, was born in Denmark in 1836 and was one of the early farmer settlers in Doniphan County. He came to the United States in 1865, and for a time lived near Racine, Wisconsin. In 1866 he removed to Donipban County, Kansas, and was suceessfully engaged in farming there uptil his death in 1907. The old homestead, situated a mile and a half northeast of Bendena, comtains 160 acres, and it is still owned and occupied by Mrs. Claus Johnson, whose maiden name was Belle Nelsen. She was born in Denmark in 1838 and is now nearlv eighty years of age. Of ber two children Louis is the older, while the son, A. O. Johnson, still farms the old home place. The late Claus Johnson was a strong old line republican and he and his family were members of the Lutheran Church. Louis P. Johnson grew up on his father’s farm, attended rural schools, and his higher education was required by one year in Highland College at Highland, Kansas, and in 1899 he graduated from Ritner’s...

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Biography of A. M. Minier

A. M. Minier, assistant cashier and managing officer of the First National Rank of Highland, is a native of this community and is directly connected with a family that originally established this town in Northeastern Kansas. It was his maternal grandfather, John Bayless, who founded the Town of Highland. Mr. Bayless was a native of New York State and first came out to Kansas in 1855, when it was a frontier territory. He acquired large tracts of land in what is now Doniphan County and from that land was taken the site of the present Town of Highland, which was platted in September, 1858. Some years afterward John Bayless returned to New York State, where he died. The First National Bank of Highland was originally the Citizens State Bank. It had operated under a national charter since April 11, 1908. Its record had been characterized by strength, conservatism of management, and a helpful influence in behalf of every legitimate enterprise in that community. The bank had excellent quarters on Main Street at the corner of Ives Street. Its capital stock is maintained at $25,000, the surplus and profits amount to $15,000, and the deposits have been steadily growing. The personnel of the officers and directors is proof of the high character of the institution. The present list of officers are: R. H. Martin, president; George S. Hovey, vice president, who is...

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Biography of Louis L. Marcell

Louis L. Marcell. The discovery of oil and gas and its development in Neosho and the surrounding counties had not only added to the wealth and prosperity of this section of the state but had also brought forward a new type of business man: the oil producer and refiner. Today one of the leading representatives of the oil industry in the Mid-Continent field is Louis L. Marcell of Chanute, Kansas, who became interested when the business was in its infancy and had been a factor in making it one of the largest industries of the state. Mr. Marcell was born in Highland, Doniphan County, Kansas. He is the son of Charles Louis and Mattie J. Birchfield Marcell. Though a Kansan by birth, his family had its origin in France. It was from the Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland, that Peter Marcell, the first American ancestor and the great grandfather of Louis L. Marcell came to this country settling in New York City. His son Charles M. Marcell removed from New York to Frankfort, Kentucky, coming to Kansas in 1857 and settling on a farm in Doniphan County. Charles L. Marcell was then ten years of age. At sixteen years of age he enlisted with the National Guards of Kansas toward the close of the Civil war. Mr. Marcell still owned the farm settled by his father. Charles L. Marcell is...

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