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Location: Holmes County OH

Biography of Peter Calvin Croco

Peter Calvin Croco. With the exception of several years spent in Missouri, Peter Calvin Croco had been a resident of Kansas since 1876, and as he had carried on operations in most every part of the state few men are better informed as to agricultural conditions here. At the present time he is the owner of a good property in Tecumseh Township, Shawnee County, which he is cultivating along modern lines, and on which he had up-to-date improvements that make the farm of 155 acres a model which many agriculturists might copy. Mr. Croco was born in Holmes County, Ohio, May 17, 1853, and belongs to a family which had a most interesting history. His great-grandfather, Peter Croco, was born about 1750, in Poland, and in his young manbood joined the Polish army, where he recalved a strict and thorough military training. Later, he joined the army of Frederick the Great, king of Prussia and after a few years of service onlisted in the English army, with which he came to America to fight against the Colonists. It was not long, however, before the principles for which the forces of Washington were fighting became known to him and he transferred his allegiance to the patriot army, with which he served bravely during the rest of the struggle. He joined the army of the American commander-in-chier just prior to the...

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Biography of E. Clate Fair

E. Clate Fair. As a young man of seventeen years Mr. Fair accompanied his parents on their removal from Ohio to Kansas, in 1884, and here he had been closely and successfully concerned with the retail drug business during the long intervening period of more than thirty years. In 1904 he opened his present handsomely appointed and well equipped drug store at 211 North Pennsylvania Avenue in the thriving little City of Independence, the judicial center of Montgomery County, and his establishment is one of the leading prescription pharmacies in the county, with a substantial and representative patronage. He had not been imbued with ambition for political preferment of any kind, but is a supporter of the cause of the republican party and had identified himself fully and loyally with the civic and business interests of Independence. The genealogy of the Fair family traces back to sterling English origin, and the first representatives in America settled in Pennsylvania’ prior to the war of the revolution. E. Clate Fair was born at Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio, on the 27th of March, 1867, and is a son of Elfjah Weaver Fair and Rachel (Shunk) Fair, the former of whom was born at Farmerstown, Holmes County, Ohio, in 1838, and the latter of whom was born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1838. The father died at Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas, on the...

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Biography of Charles S. Elliott

Charles S. Elliott. Some of Topeka’s most valuable citizenship had been furnished by the Elliott family during the past forty years. One of them was the late George N. Elliott, who was prominent as a lawyer and at one time filled the office of probate judge in Shawnee County. Mr. Charles S. Elliott, son of Judge Elliott, was for some years connected with the work of the first State Railway Commission of Kansas as its secretary, had been active in business affairs at Topeka for many years, and only recently retired from the office of president of the Topeka Commercial Club. George N. Elliott, who came to Kansas in 1878, and began the practice of law at Topeka, was born at Millersburg, Ohio, grew up and received his education in that state, and later moved to Winterset, Iowa, where he married Mary E. David. He continued the practice of law in Iowa. He possessed an intense loyalty to his country and its institutions, and early in the Civil war, leaving behind his young wife and two children, he went into the army, joining the Thirty-ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was made captain of his company when mustered into service. He was in the war almost from the beginning until the end. He fought in the Atlanta campaign, on the march to the sea, the campaign through the Carolinas, and...

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Biography of John R. Kellogg

JOHN R. KELLOGG. – No compilation that purports to give representation to the leading men of Union county would be complete were there failure to incorporate therein an epitome of the career of the venerable and esteemed gentleman whose name is at the head of this article and who has the distinction of being among the very first dauntless men who made permanent settlement in this favored section, and who is no less distinguished by his faithful labors in all the long years since that have resulted so well in the development and progress of Union county, as well as in the upbuilding of her institutions and the bettering of his fellows. On July 20, 1830, in a village in Oswego county, New York, there was born a son to Martin P. and Melvina (Potter) Kellogg, the subject of our humble sketch. The father was a faithful laborer in the ministry of the Methodist church and moved from place to place, taking our subject at an early age to Holmes county, Ohio, and also to various other sections of that classic commonwealth. At the noted Oberlin College of that state John R. was trained not only in the lore of books, but in the sound principles that have characterized him in his later life of worthy service. At the age of twenty-three he departed from his alma mater and...

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Biographical Sketch of B. M. Duncan

Duncan, B. M.; attorney; born, Millersburg, O., June 30, 1879; son of John and Isabel Jameson Duncan; educated, St. Laurence University and Ohio State University, law course; member of firm Howell, Roberts & Duncan; member Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Phi (Law) and Phi Beta Kappa...

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Biographical Sketch of William F. Finley

Finley, William F.; banker; born, Millersburg, O., Oct. 16. 1879; son of Calim and Laura Gray Finley; education, Millersburg High School and Mt. Union College; married, Fredericksburg, O., Nov. 25, 1907, Grace Morgan; two children; asst. treas. Garfield Savings Bank; member Chamber of Commerce; Woodward Lodge, F. & A. 31., Alpha Tau...

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Biographical Sketch of Jeremiah Jay Sullivan

Sullivan, Jeremiah Jay; banker; born, Fulton, Stark County, Nov. 16, 1844; educated, village schools; enlisted 3rd Ohio Battery, 1862; mustered out as sergeant, 1865; moved to Millersburg, 1866; engaged in general merchandise until 1878; elected state senator by Democratic party, 1879; served two terms; entered hardware business in Millersburg in 1883; re-elected state senator; national bank examiner 1887; came to Cleveland in 1889 and organized Central National Bank; served as treas., cashier, vice pres., pres., 1900; pres. Chamber of Commerce, 1893; member Union, Country, Roadside, Colonial, and Euclid Clubs; married, 1873, Selina J. Brown; issue, two daughters and one...

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Biography of Zolo A. Emerson

Zolo A. Emerson. Through the business ability and courtesy of its owner the general merchandise store of Zolo A. Emerson in a comparatively short time has become an important source of supply to the people of Auburn and the surrounding vicinity. In addition to rendering this service to his fellow citizens, Mr. Emerson has a further claim to their esteem in the manner in which he is discharging the duties [p.1749] of postmaster, which office he has efficiently filled since his appointment in 1908. Mr. Emerson is a native of Holmes County, Ohio, born at Millersburg, September 24, 1873, one of the eight children of Albert B. and Betsy L. (Doughty) Emerson. The father was born in Ohio, while the mother, a native of Nottinghamshire, England, came to the United States when twelve years of age with her parents, who located at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a miller by trade. Mr. Doughty came to Kansas, in 1872, and ran a mill on the Cottonwood River, which is still dependent upon water power for its operation. Albert B. Emerson received his educational advantages in Keene, Ohio. In his youth he mastered the shoemaker and harnessmaker’s trades, which he followed until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he enlisted in Company I, Ninety-seventh Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served bravely and faithfully through three years of the war. He participated...

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Biographical Sketch of Frederick Wilhelm Huston

Huston, Frederick Wilhelm; attorney-at-law; born, Millersburg, O., 1889; son of John and Sarah Close Huston; educated, Western Reserve University, LL. B.; member the firm Huston, Huston & Bricker; member Theta Lambda Phi, William R. Day Chapter, The Singers Club and Trinity Cathedral...

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Biographical Sketch of Fred Schauffler

Schauffler, Fred; real estate; born, Millersburg, O., Nov. 24, 1876; son of Carl and Amelia Joss Schauffler; married, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Oct. 16, 1909, Nina Knickerbocker; served in Co. L., 14th U. S. Infantry, during Philippine insurrection, and Boxer uprising in China, 1898-1900; with The N. Y. Central Lines from April, 1905, to July, 1911, first three years in clerical capacity, last three as traveling land agt.; in July, 1911, opened offices in Cleveland to handle factory property, still at it; pres. Schauffler Realty Co., and Factory Building Co.; member Cleveland Real Estate Board and Chamber of...

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Hayes, Rebecca Jane Fry – Obituary

The death of Mrs. Rebecca Jane Hayes, wife of Sanford Hayes, occurred on Sunday morning [May 25, 1913], after a lingering illness. The funeral services took place on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Kittitas Baptist Church, Mr. Hanson of the Church of Latter Day Saints officiating, and were attended by a large number of friends of the deceased. Mrs. Hayes was a pioneer of the Kittitas Valley, having come here in 1882. She was 77 years of age, her birthplace being Millersburg, Ohio, in 1836. During the course of her early life she made four overland journeys across the plains. Mrs. Hayes was one of a family of eleven children, all of whom are dead except a sister, Mrs. Maria Wheeler. She was the mother of seven children, five sons and two daughters, all of whom survive her. They are James, Sanford, Samuel, Milo, and William Hayes; Mrs. Shelton and Mrs. Fortney of Ellensburg. Twenty-three grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren are numbered among her descendants. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wheeler, Maria Fry – Obituary

Mrs. Maria wheeler, pioneer of the ’70s, is called by death. Was mother of 11 children, and leaves 28 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Crossed plains in 1850. Funeral to be held tomorrow from baptist church-well known among pioneers. Mrs. Maria (Grandma) Wheeler, aged 84, one of the earliest pioneers of the state, and a resident of Kittitas Valley since 1871, passed away last evening [May 27, 1917] at the home of her son, A. L. Wheeler of Kittitas. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Baptist Church, Rev. Mr. Cline reading the service. Interment will take place at Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. Mrs. Wheeler was born in Millersberg, Ohio, in 1835 [headstone reads 1832], the last of eleven children. She was married in Ohio to Chas. Wheeler, and in 1853 the family started across the plains, arriving in Olympia in 1854. For seventeen years they lived at Yelm prairie, and were there during the Indian uprising of 1855. In 1870 Mr. Wheeler and his eldest son, George came to Ellensburg, and one year later they were followed by the family, settling on a place 8 miles east of Ellensburg and one mile south of Kittitas. Mr. Wheeler died in 1882. Mrs. Wheeler is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Morrison of Kittitas and Mrs. Samantha Curtis of Brewster and two sons: A. L. Wheeler...

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Beights, Moses Washington – Obituary

Moses Washington Beights, son of James and Mary Beights, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, September 9, 1854, and departed this life on August 31, 1938 at the age of 83 years, 11 months, and 22 days. When a youth he moved with his parents to Henry County, Iowa, and continued to reside with his parents until he reached his majority. On March 12, 1879, he was united in marriage to May Jane Morrow who preceded him in death on January 29, 1934. No children were born to this union. Mr. Beights and his wife resided in Henry County, Iowa, until 1882 when they moved to Omaha, Nebraska and in July 1889, they came to Alta, Iowa which was maintained by them as their place of residence until the times of their respective deaths. Mr. Beights is survived by one brother, Mr. Menno Beights of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. During the years Mr. Beights resided in Alta, he followed various pursuits of labor for a livelihood, chief among which were paining, auctioneering, and paper hanging. Mr. Beights was a member of Hercules Loge, No. 375, Knights of Pythias and of Alta Lodge, No. 388, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His lodge membership in the Order of Knights of Pythias covered a period of over forty-five years and he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for thirty-three...

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Compton, Margaret Mrs. – Obituary

Muddy Creek, Baker County, Oregon Margaret W. Compton, aged 82, of Muddy Creek, died at 7 o’clock Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Castor, at Union, following a brief illness. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Haines Tuesday at 2 o’clock, with Rev. R. C. Lee of Union officiating. Margaret Walthal Compton was born Jan. 7, 1849 at Wilmington, Ohio. She died Apr. 11, 1931, at Union, Oregon. Margaret Walthal was married to Benjamin Compton Aug. 22, 1867, in Clinton County, Ohio, the husband preceding her in death: Dec. 6, 1919, as did one daughter, Sarah Ethel Compton, Dec. 8, 1920, at Haines, Oregon. She leaves to mourn her demise, four sons and one daughter: A.M. Compton, Bigfork, Mont.; T.W. Compton, Whittier, Calif.; Seth Compton, Benkelman, Nebr.; W.T. Compton, Haines, Ore.; Mrs. Mary E. Castor, Union, Ore.; and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Hare, Jacksonville, Florida; fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. “Our memories of mother are sweet to us but never as sweet as mother.” She was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, which faith she professed to the end. A. M. Compton, the eldest son, was unable to attend the funeral. North Powder News – Oregon Trail Weekly Friday April 17, 1931 Transcribed by: Charlotte...

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Biography of George Washington Kanavel

George Washington Kanavel, a pioneer of Harvey County, had been a prominent business man and for a number of years served the State of Kansas in positions where his integrity and financial training made him valuable. He was born on a farm in Holmes County, Ohio, January 27, 1844, a son of Thomas and Mahala (Helm) Kanavel. His father was born in Ohio in 1815 and his mother in 1820. Thomas Kanavel was a carpenter by trade and died in Ohio in 1876, while his wife passed away in 1893. George W. Kanavel, one of eight children, grew up in Coshocton County, Ohio, and had a public school education. At the age of seventeen, in November, 1861, he enlisted in Company F of the 88th Ohio Infantry, and served throughout the war as a private and non-commissioned officer. He was present as a gallant soldier on seventeen battlefields, including Iuka, Corinth, Jackson, Champion’s Hill, Missionary Ridge, siege of Vicksburg, the campaign from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and the march from Atlanta to the sea. With the close of the war he served an apprenticeship at the trade of shoemaker in his home community in Ohio. He gave up this occupation and in 1872 arrived in Kansas, taking up a homestead in Harvey County. In 1873 he entered the Methodist ministry, and for eight years carried the responsibilities of this work...

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