Location: Hutchinson Kansas

Biographical Sketch of J.C. O.Morse

J. C. O. Morse, who was the first superintendent of the State Reformatory at Hutchison, a former member of the State Board of Railroad Commissioners and now president of the Kansas Casualty and Surety Company of Wichita, had had a long and prominent career in Kansas. He is an able business man and the efficiency of business characterized all his public work. His name is widely known among financial and business circles, and he had attained that position after beginning life as a Kansas farmer. His home had been in Kansas since he was about thirteen years of age. He was born in Henry County, Illinois, January 15, 1857, and in 1870 his parents moved to Kansas and located in Sedgwick County for four years, subsequently moving to Sumner County. Born and reared on a farm, he had a common school education partly in Illinois and partly in Kansas, and until 1889 made farming his regular pursuit in Sumner County. In that year he was elected sheriff of that county, and filled the office four years. When the State Reformatory was completed at Hutchinson, Mr. Morse was appointed its first superintendent in 1895, and during the next two years he gave all his time and energies to inaugurating the service of that important state institution. In 1897 he was appointed superintendent of the Hutchinson Water, Light & Power Company,...

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Biography of John B. Furstenberg

John B. Furstenberg is the president and treasurer of the Boggs Broom Corn Company and his efforts have been an important factor in making St. Louis the center of the broom corn trade of the world. He is at all times actuated by a most progressive spirit and his initiative and energy have enabled him to formulate new plans that have led to the continued growth and development of the business. He is possessed of the spirit of western enterprise and progress and is by birth, training and preference a western man, for he was born in Sterling, Kansas, July 23, 1888. His father, B. C. Furstenberg, was born in Illinois in 1860 and is now a resident of Wichita, Kansas, where he is engaged in the broom corn business. He married Barbara Rauh, a native of Pennsylvania, who was born in 1858. They were married at Sterling, Kansas, 1n 1886. In the acquirement of his education John B. Furstenberg attended a convent of Hutchinson, Kansas, and afterward became a student in the Salt City College of Hutchinson, from which he was graduated. He began learning the broom corn business under the direction of his father and in 1910 came to St. Louis, where he established the firm of B, C. Furstenberg & Son and later took over the business of the Boggs Broom Corn Company, of which he...

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Biography of D. W. Stevick

D. W. Stevick. The people of Champaign County appreciate the ability and the achievements of D. W. Stevick, chiefly through the medium of his newspaper, The Champaign Daily News. Progress has always been the keynote of Mr. Stevicks life. He has been inspired with “that delightful discontent which the hope of better things inspires,” and this has given meaning and potency to his efforts as a newspaper man. When he came into possession of The Champaign Daily News, he was well aware of the deplorable conditions existing relative to the strongly entrenched liquor forces, and had a thorough understanding of the stupendous task he was undertaking in combating them. He faced the issues squarely, and with an invincible spirit of confidence and hope undertook to lay bare tlie existing facts to the public, feeling they had a right to know. As is always true in such matters, the bitterest opposition arose from the friends and supporters of the traffic. Ridicule, sarcasm and misrepresentation were all brought to bear upon the gallant young editor. Like a true soldier he met successfully every attempt of the enemy to discomfort him. With the heartiest support of the best class of the people in Champaign County, he demonstrated that when a people unitedly determined to stamp out existing evils they are bound to win. Mr. Stevick has raised the standard of civic righteousness...

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Biography of F. Dumont Smith, F. Hon.

Hon. F. Dumont Smith. During his thirty years of membership in the Kansas bar, F. Dumont Smith has attained such distinction as to make him a well known figure in the life and activities of the state. Noted as an exceptionally well trained lawyer, he has also been prominent as a public speaker, editor and writer and has wielded an influence proportionate to his versatile abilities. For many years his home was in Kinsley, but he is now at Hutchinson. He is a man of fortunate endowment and of fine American ancestry. He was born on a farm near Kewanee, Illinois, January 31, 1861, a son of Samuel M. and Elizabeth (Rose) Anderson Smith. His first American ancestor was Nathaniel Smith who came from Yorkshire, England, in 1640, and settled in the valley of the Connecticut near New London. The maternal grandfather Samuel Bowles Anderson, a native of Vermont, was the first surveyor-general of Michigan. He married Maria Willard, who was descended from Major Josiah Willard, who came from Bristol, England, and established the Willard family in America in 1631. Samuel M. Smith, father of the Hutchinson lawyer, was born in Connecticut, while his wife was a native of New York. They were married in Michigan, moved from there to Illinois, and about 1877 settled in the State of Virginia in the valley of the Potomac below Mount Vernon....

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Biography of Simon P. Kramer

Simon P. Kramer. During the greater part of the years since 1880, Simon P. Kramer had been a resident of Kansas and had been identified with the milling industry. He is one of the oldest flour millers in the state and had operated in many different towns. In 1915 he removed to Topeka, where he bought and reorganized the Topeka Flour Mills Company, of which he is now president. He had now one of the finest mills in equipment and service in this section of the state. It is equipped throughout with Allis-Chalmers machinery and only recently he gave an order for an oil burning engine to replace the old engine. Mr. Kramer is a thoroughly progressive and alert business man, and under his administration he intends to make the Topeka mills one of the finest plants of the kind in the Middle West. His business interests have taken him to many states, and he had been more or less on the move ever since early manhood. But contrary to the old proverb he had accumnlated a generous share of material prosperity while going from place to place, He was born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, February 15, 1858, one of the twelve children of Jacob and Mary (Miller) Kramer. His father was also a miller by trade, and spent his lifetime in that occupation. He conducted a water...

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Biography of William R. Murrow

William R. Murrow. Kansas, with splendid natural resources and true western energy and progressiveness, has afforded to her native sons the best of opportunities, and it is gratifying to note that the greater percentage of the younger generation representative of pioneer families has had the good judgment to pay unfaltering allegiance to the Sunflower commonwealth and to aid in the furtherance of the civic and material progress and prosperity of the state. In the thriving City of Independence, Montgomery County, such a native son is he whose name initiates this paragraph, and his prominence and influence in the business affairs of this section of the state is indicated fully by his incumbency of the responsible position of the manager of the Kansas Gas & Electric Company. William Rollins Murrow was born at Ellinwood, Barton County, Kansas, on May 16, 1878, and is a son of William D. D. and Ploma Elizabeth (Lawrence) Murrow, the former of whom was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1845, and the latter of whom was born on the shore of the Bay of Fundy, in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1854. The father passed the closing years of his life at Ellinwood, Kansas, where he died in 1880, and the widowed mother was a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, at the time of her death, in 1895. The subject of this sketch is...

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Biography of Judson Wheeler Mitchell

Judson Wheeler Mitchell, manager of The Emporia Ice & Cold Storage Company, had been a Kansas business man for a quarter of a century. He was born at West Damascus, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1863, and was the son of Harvey Wheeler and Mary E. (Avery) Mitchell. The Mitchells were originally a Scotch family, one branch of which settled in England in the seventeenth century. Matthew Mitchell came to America in 1635, making the voyage in “The Good Ship James,” which was accompanied by an armed vessel, “The Angel Gabriel.” He landed at Boston, and later settled at Stamford, Connecticut, where he died in 1647. The fourth generation of his descendants settled in the Delaware Valley, purchasing 750 acres of land where Cochecton, New York, and Damascus, Pennsylvania are now situated. The subject of this sketch was the grandson of John Tyler and Almira Wheeler Mitchell, the latter being a daughter of Major Ebenezer Wheeler, who served his country through the War of 1812. Mr. Mitchell had in his possession the letters written from army headquarters to Major Wheeler’s family during the second war. Through his mother, Mary E. (Avery) Mitchell, Mr. Mitchell is descended from the Groton branch of the Averys in America. The founder, Christopher Avery, came to America from Salisbury, Wilts County, England, in company with John Winthrop, landing at Salem, Massachusetts, June 12, 1680. Harvey Wheeler...

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Conrad, Leland R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Leland R. Conrad of Hutchinson, Kan. died July 1, 2006, at home. He was 69. Mr. Conrad was born July 21, 1936, in Enterprise to William Wallace and Alice Luella Hazen Conrad. He served in the U.S. Navy. On Jan. 17, 1959, he married Patricia J. “Pat” Swartzell in Hutchinson, Kan. He was employed for 36 years at Ineeda Uniform and Laundry and then for three years at American Packaging Corp. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife; son Richard Conrad of Hutchinson; daughter Brenda Heim of Hutchinson; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services, including military honors conducted by the U.S. Naval Honor Guard, have been held. Wallowa County Chieftain, July 13,...

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Myers, Millie E. – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Summerville for Mrs. Millie E. Myers who passed away at a La Grande hospital Saturday night. Mrs. Meyers was the mother of Mrs. Wayne Crow, of Tracy, Calif., who had been with her for several weeks. Mrs. Meyers was born at Hutchinson, Kansas, March 22, 1885, being 55 years of age, and had made her home in the Grande Ronde valley for 52 years. Survivors are her husband, Edgar Clyde Myers; a son, Charles H., Summerville; two daughters, Mrs. Crow, Tracy Cal.; and Mrs. Lawana Carlson, Portland; two brothers, George Elmer, Halfway, and W.A. Elmer, Lower...

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Christensen, Betty Jane – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Betty Jane Christensen, 88, formerly of La Grande, died March 17 in Gilbert, Ariz. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 1802 Gekeler. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the LDS Stake Center, followed by dedication of the grave at Grandview Cemetery. Mrs. Chistensen was born March 16, 1919, to Roy and Blanche (Kessler) Grice in Hutchinson, Kan. Her family moved to Oregon when she was a child, first to Pendleton and a short time later to La Grande. She spent more than 70 years in the Grande Ronde Valley. A 1937 graduate of La Grande High School, she was involved in many high school activities, including her role as Little Eva in the play “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in which she was hoisted to heaven on a rope. After high school, trained and graduated as a registered nurse from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Mrs. Christensen returned to La Grande in 1941, where she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She later joined the Army Nurses Corp and spent most of her time on the maternity ward in Oakland, Calif. She met Russell “Lamar” Christensen upon her return to La Grande....

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Craig, Edwin L. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon 1923-2007 Edwin Leonard Craig, 83, of La Grande, died March 9 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Mr. Craig was born May 13, 1923, to Leonard Clinton and Marguerite Elizabeth (Kinsloe) Craig in Hutchinson, Kan. He was raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, and graduated from high school in Rock Springs, Wyo. He married Norma Bluhm Aug. 7, 1942, and served in the Army during World War II. Norma died while he was stationed in France. On April 14, 1946, Mr. Craig married Sylva Fay Gilson in Rupert, Idaho. In 1954 they moved to La Grande, where he operated Craig’s Cleaners until he retired in 1986. Mr. Craig was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed boating and waterskiing with his family and was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife, Sylva Fay Craig of La Grande; sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin B. and Lesta Craig of Montclair, Calif., John L. and Jody Craig of La Grande, Thomas A. and Teri Craig of Eastside, Steve A. and Rhonda Craig of Albany and Bruce D. Craig of Salem; and nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LDS church library or a charity of choice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.,...

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Gamble, Julia Florence Beatty – Obituary

Mrs. Julia F. Gamble, formerly of Hutchinson, died at midnight Tuesday [June 30] at her home in Tribune. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Tribune Methodist Church. Mrs. Gamble is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Kauffman and a son, Ralph Gamble, both of Tribune. Hutchinson News Herald, July 1, 1953 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Gamble, Henry M. – Obituary

Henry M. Gamble, 74, resident of Hutchinson 50 years, died in his home, 1540 East Fourth, at 4:45 yesterday afternoon after a long illness. He was born in Nokomis, Ill., and came to Hutchinson 50 years ago, working in produce and wholesale houses many years before opening his own grocery. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Julia [Beatty] Gamble; a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Kaufman of Tribune; a son, Ralph Gamble of Houston, Tex.; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Hutchinson New, March 11, 1942 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of Norman B.Fall, M. D.

Norman B. Fall, M. D. Though established in his profession at Geuda Springs only a few years, Doctor Fall had proved himself a physician and surgeon of thorough competence and equal to all the emergencies and exigencies of his work, and at the same time had taken a decided interest and wholesome part in the affairs of his community. Doctor Fall is a native of Kansas, having been born at Hutchinson February 7, 1891. His ancestors were Scotch-Irish people who settled in North Carolina in colonial times. His grandfather, Abram Fall, who was born in South Carolina in 1843, was a Kansas pioneer. After leaving his native state he lived in Indiana and Iowa, but in 1874 came to Kansas and spent the rest of his active life as a farmer near Hutchinson, where he died in 1909. He married a Miss Asher, a native of Indiana. She died in Reno County, Kansas. The father of Doctor Fall is G. T. Fall, who is a resident of Hutchinson. He was borr near Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1861, and during his boyhood lived in Indiana and Iowa, and was thirteen years of age when his parents came to Reno County, Kansas. He had had varied experiences as a farmer and coal miner, but had done his chief work in agriculture and still lives on his farm just south of the City...

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Biography of Hon. George A. Neeley

Hon. George A. Neeley, of Hutchinson, is one of the younger men of Kansas, but had already gained distinction both in the law and business and as a valiant fighter for the cause of advanced principles in public affairs. Mr. Neeley came into special prominence not only in Kansas but over the nation during his two terms as congressman from the “Big Seventh” district. He was elected on the democratic ticket. In 1910 he was a candidate for the office against the redoubtable E. H. Madison. Madison was elected, but died in September, 1911, before finishing his term. At a special election on January 11, 1912, Mr. Neeley was chosen his successor for the term ending in March, 1913, and in 1912 was regularly elected to the sixty-third congress by the biggest majority received in that year by any congressional candidate, either republican or democratic, in the State of Kansas. In 1914 Mr. Neeley contested the nomination in the democratic primaries for the United States Senate. He had six opponents, but won the race. In the following election he was defeated on the face of the returns by Charles Curtis, though out of a total vote in the state of 527,000 the plurality of Curtis was only 3,896. While in Congress Mr. Neeley was especially prominent in banking legislation. He was a member of the Banking and Currency Committee...

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