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Biography of Rev. William Knipe

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Rev. William Knipe is one of the few surviving participants in the war with Mexico, which was fought nearly seventy years ago. Many other interesting distinctions attach to this venerable and useful resident of Kansas. He was one of the pioneer Methodist missionaries in Jackson County, Kansas, and is one of the very oldest members of the Methodist Conference. He was also a soldier of the Civil war and few men who live so long succeed in compressing so much useful service to humanity within a lifstime. His birth occurred in a log house in Wayne County, Indiana, September 28, 1827. He is now nearing the eighty-ninth milestone on the journey of a well spent career, and enjoys the comfort of a good home in Manhattan. His parents were John and Jemima (Jackson) Knipe, His father, though born in England, was of German lineage. He came to the United States in early manhood in company with his brother Thomas Knipe. Settling on a farm in Wayne County, Indiana, he was a pioneer there and spent his days usefully and honorably. Reverend Mr. Knipe’s mother was a native of North Carolina. She died when he was six years old and ten years later he was deprived of the guidance and care of a father. From that early...

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Biography of Bartholomew John Bux

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Bartholomew John Bux. By many years of industry, directed by sound judgment and thorough common sense, B. J. Bux had become one of the most prosperous citizens of Kansas, owner of many valuable farms, and is now living retired at Meriden, where he is one of the directors of the State Bank. A resident of Kansas since he was six years of age, Mr. Bux was born in St. Clair County, Illinois, January 6, 1864. His people were all Germans, His father, John Bux, was born in Baden, Germany, in 1828, grew up there, and had six years of experience in the German army, On coming to America he landed at New Orleans and there enbarked on a Mississippi River steamboat for the North. This boat was sunk at Cairo, Illinois, but John Bux was rescued. He soon settled in St. Louis, and from there moved across the Mississippi to Belleville, Illinois, and had his home in St. Clair County for nineteen years. By trade he was a bricklayer and he conducted a brick yard at Belleville. In 1870 John Bux brought his family to Shawnee County, Kansas, buying a farm. On that land he lived and followed agriculture for thirty-three years. In the environment with which they had become familiar through these many years of toil and family associations...

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Biography of J. T. B. Gephart

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now J. T. B. Gephart is president of the Citizens State Bank of City Falls, Jefferson County. Mr. Gephart had been prominently associated with banking in that old town of Kansas for over thirty-four years. The present Citizens State Bank is the logical successor of the old Hicks, Gephart & Company, which was instituted as a private banking house in 1871 by Mr. S. C. Gephart and W. C. Hicks. On the death of Mr. Hicks in 1878 he was succeeded by W. F. Hicks, and the death of S. C. Gephart in 1882 brought his son J. T. B. Oephart into his place. Then in 1888, on the death of W. F. Hicks, Mr. Gephart bought the other interests but continued the bank as a private institution under the name Hicks, Gephart & Company. Then in 1897 the Citizens State Bank was organized and acquired the old firm of Hicks, Gephart & Company. At the present time the offleers are J. T. B. Gephart, president, and Charles T. Gephart, cashier. The banking house is situsted on Broadway and Sycamore streets. While for many years Mr. Gephart had given his almost undivided time and attention to banking, he is known to the older citizens as a very skillful physician and surgeon, and though no longer in practice...

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Biographical Sketch of Carl H. Skinner

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Carl H. Skinner is superintendent of the city schools of Nortonville. He had been engaged in school work since before he attained his majority, and is one of the school men who are thoroughly in love with their calling and profession. Mr. Skinner possesses that fundamental requisite of a good teacher–a love for and understanding of young people. That is worth more than a bundle of academic degrees. But he also possesses in addition the technical skill and the experience which enable him to guide and administer a school system. A native of Kansas, Mr. Skinner was born at Burden in Cowley County, January 16, 1889. His father, James E. Skinner, was born in Illinois, in 1854, and his family removed to Neosho County, Kansas, in 1866, locating near where the City of Erle now stands. He became a farmer there and subsequently removed to Cowley County, where he was successfully engaged in agriculture until his death at Burden in 1908. Politically he was a republican. James E. Skinner married Mary M. Fowler, who was born in Illinois in 1861. She is now living at Nortonville and owned the homestead of 160 acres in Cowley County. Their children are: Earl, who died at Burden, Kansas, where he was a farmer, at the age of thirty-one; Pearl,...

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Biography of Edmund Woodbridge Buffon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now E. W. Buffon. For the greater part of twenty years Edmund Woodbridge Buffon had been engaged in educational work and is now superintendent of the city schools of Centralia. He is a highly educated gentleman and had made his influence a decided factor in Nemsha County in other ways than as a school man. Mr. Buffon was born at Beatrice, Nebraska, November 30, 1875, but had lived in Kansas since early childhood. His ancestry goes back to Denmark. His great-grandrather came from that country and settled in one of the New England states. Mr. Buffon’s grandfather, George Buffon, was born in Vermont. His wife, whose maiden name was Hannah Chipman, was a native of the same state. They were married in Ashtabula County, Ohio, and were the first couple given license to be married in that county. They were farming people and subsequently removed to the vicinity of Danville, Illinois, where both of them died. Mr. Buffon is a son of the late Dr. Charles Woodbridge Buffon, who was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, in 1823. He spent his early life in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan, became a successful physician, practiced at Waterloo, Iowa, and during the Civil war served four years as a surgeon in the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Illinois Infantry. After the war...

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Biography of Walter E. Brown

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Walter E. Brown is one of the younger members of the Atchison bar, but had been favored by his ability and training and early associations and had attained just recognition as one of the resourceful lawyers of the state. He is junior member of the well known firm of Waggener, Challiss, DeLacy & Brown, senior partner of which is one of Kansas’ most distinguished and eminent lawyers and citizens, Hon. Bailie P. Waggener. Mr. Brown represents a pioneer name in Kansas history. He was born in Whiting, Kansas, November 17, 1887. His grandfather, Michael Brown, came to Kansas in 1872 and homesteaded 800 acres in the Kickapoo Indian Rescrvation in Brown County. Michael Brown was born in the North of Ireland and was of Irish Presbyterian stock. He came to America at the age of eleven years with his father, grew up in Binghamton, New York, and became a lumberman, but followed farming chiefly after his removal to Kansas. The death of this honored old settler occurred at Whiting in 1910, when he was eighty-one years of age. William E. Brown, father of the Atchison lawyer, was born in Binghamton, New York in 1856, spent his boyhood there, and came to manhood on his father’s homestead in Brown County, Kansas. He followed farming only briefly and...

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Biography of George Eli Whitcraft

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now George Eli Whitcraft, superintendent of the city schools of Oskaloosa, had been active in educational work in Kansas for over twenty years, being well known as a teacher, superintendent and school executive throughout Northeastern Kansas. He was born in Jackson County, Kansas, June 28, 1872. His people have been in the state almost as long as Kansas had been a state. His grandfather, George Whiteraft, was born in Ireland in 1798, and came to America when a boy. After a brief residence in Pennsylvania he went to Ohio and was a farmer in that state for many years. He served as a soldicr in the Mexican war and during the ’60s he came to Kansas and was a pioneer in Jackson County. His death occurred st Holton in 1871. John L. Whiteraft, father of Professor Whiteraft, was born in Ohio in 1837, was reared and married in Hocking County, and following his father came to Kansas in 1870. Locating in Jackson County, he acquired a farm but in 1874 returned to Ohio. He lived there until the death of his wife in 1880, then returned to Kansas and finally retired into Holton, where he died December 6, 1913, In 1864, when a young man, he enlisted in Ohio in Company B of the Fifty-fifth Ohio Infantry,...

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Biography of Anna Mallows, Anna

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Miss Anna Mallows. To paraphrase an old proverb, To woman’s work there is neither end or limit of capacity for human service and usefulness. Women have succssded as home makers, as teachers, in all the learned professions, in executive business, and one of the bright Kansas women, Miss Anna Mallows, is a very successful newspaper woman, proprietor, and publisher of the White Cloud Globe. The White Cloud Globe is now the only paper published in that city. It was founded in 1892 by John J. Faulkner, and throughout its twenty-five years it had never exhibited more enterprise as a real newspaper than under the present management. The offices of the plant are on Main Street, and its circulation extends all over Doniphan and surrounding counties, and many copies go to diverse parts of the United States and even to China. Politically it is a republican journal. Miss Mallows was born at White Cloud. Her father, Samuel Mallows, was born near Wilton, Norfolk County, England, in 1843, and was thirteen years of age when he came to this country with his parents. The family were among the pioneers in the rural district near Iowa Point, Kansas, and Samuel Mallows grew up on the homestead claim his father had pre-empted not far from Iowa Point in Doniphan County....

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Biography of Charles R. Hewins

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Charles R. Hewins is in point of continuous service one of the oldest educators in Kansas. His work had been accomplished almost entirely within the limits of Doniphan County. For thirty years he had been connected with the schools of that county and in November, 1916, he was elected county superintendent, beginning May 14, 1917. Mr. Hewins represents a pioneer family of Northeastern Kansas, and his own birth occurred near Wathena on December 1, 1866. His family were Colonial settlers in Maine from England. His grandfather, John A. Hewins, Sr., was a native of Maine, followed farming in that state all his life and died at Augusta in 1879. He married Roxanna Day, also a native of Maine, who died near Augusta. J. A. Hewins, father of Professor Hewins, was born near Augusta, Maine, in 1828, grew up in the Pine Tree State and arrived in Kansas in the spring of 1866, the same year that his son Charles R. was born. He was one of the early farmers in the vicinity of Wathena, and supent many industrious years in that locality, where he died in 1914. He was an old soldier of the Union, having enlisted from Iowa in 1861 in Company I of the Twenty-first Iowa Infantry. He was through all the war and...

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Biography of Columbus M. Hixon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Many articles have appeared in the press of our land on the “corruption in politics.” but, while this may be found to some extent in the largest cities, the majority of our American citizens are too practical and public-spirited to wish to entrust their affairs in unscrupulous hands, and especially in the selection of one to manage the financial interests do they show great discrimination in choosing a man of known integrity and unimpeachable honor. It was these qualities which secured to Mr. Hixon election to the responsible position of county treasurer of Washington County. His record in the walks of public and private life had been as an open book, and his honesty, combined with excellent business ability, led to his selection for the office which he is now so acceptably filling. Mr. Hixon was born in Ashland County, Ohio, Tune 3, 1854, and is the third in order of birth “of the five children of Jacob and Casandre (Stonebreaker) Hixon, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Subsequently they became residents of Indiana, and thence went to Holton, Kansas. The father is accounted one of the leading and influential citizens of the community and has been honored with a number of county offices. He is a man of the highest integrity; fully meriting...

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Biography of William Edwin Nelson

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William Edwin Nelson, who became superintendent of the public schools of Sabetha in the fall of 1917, is a thoroughly experienced educator, a native of Kansas, and for five years before removing to Sabetha was superintendent of schools at Robinson. Mr. Nelson had the qualification and training of a practical lawyer, which was the profession of his father. For many years one of the ablest attorneys of the Trego County bar was the late John A. Nelson. Born in Sweden, near Stockholm, in 1851, he was brought when an infant to the United States by his parents, who located in Illinois, where he grew up and acquired a liberal education. He was graduated from Knox College at Galesburg, Illinois, with the degree A. B., studied law in Galesburg, was admitted to the bar, and after some years of practice there moved out to Western Kansas in 1879 and was one of the pioneer lawyers at Wakeeney. He enjoyed a large and infinential elientele in that section and was in active practice until a short time before his death, when he removed to Lawrence, Kansas, and died there in November, 1915. For many years he served as county attorney of Trego County, and was a member in good standing of the Trego County Bar Association, the State...

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Biography of Shepard Keene Linscott

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Shepard Keene Linscott. The late Shepard Keene Linscott, who was born March 6, 1887, and died December 11, 1905, represented in the best sense the highest type of American manhood. A farm near Chesterville, Maine, was the place of his nativity and he was the only son of Shepard and Esther (Keene) Linscott. The house in which he was born was built by his grandfather, Samuel Linscott, who was a soldier of the Revolutionary war. When but sixteen years of age, Shepard Keene Linscott left the parental roof and became a pioneer farmer of Henry County, Indiana. Realizing the importance of an education, he became a student at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, and while there met, and on March 8, 1858, married Myra Simmons. That he might contribute his mite to the preservation of the Union, he became a member of the Ninth Illinois Cavalry and served in Alabama and Mississippi until after peace was declared. It is worthy of note that he was one of the few soldiers of the Civil war who never applied for a pension, although legally entitled to one. From Illinois Mr. Linscott moved to Washington County, Iowa, and there engaged in mercantile pursuits at Dayton, and later at Washington, and still later was identified with the lumber business at...

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Biography of Charles Daniel Ise

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Charles Daniel Ise, a prominent lawyer and now county attorney of Montgomery County, had an individual record worthy of mention in this history of Kansas, and also represents a family which have many claims to distinction, some of them gained in this state, and others back in the Germen fatherland where the ancestors for generations were of the nobility. In Germany the name was spelled Eisenmenger. The family seat for generations had been in the Kingdom of Wnerternberg, and they had been members of the noble classes in that kingdom from the fourteenth century. One of the family was hero of the book known as “The Man of the Iron Hand.” The grandfather of the Independence attorney was Christopher Eisenmenger, who, in the decade of the ’40s, was considered the richest citizen of the Kingdom of Wuertemberg, owning controlling interests in every brick and tile manufacturing establishment in that country. He participated in all the wars of Germany in his time, and it is said that his father was slain in the battle of Waterloo. Christopher Eisenmenger was a very progressive man and advocated and to some degree brought about reform far in advance of his time. Partly for this and also for religious reasons he fell into the disfavor of the ruling house of Hohenzollern,...

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Biography of Oliver Franklin Winner

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Oliver Franklin Winner. The excellent business standing of Oliver Franklin Winner rests upon many years of connection with agricultural affairs in Shawnee County, where he is still the owner of a large and valuable property. Particularly is he known as an authority upon the subject of alfalfa growing, to which he has devoted many years of study and investigation. Mr. Winner is an Illinoisan by nativity, and was born at Belvidere, Boone County, in 1859, being a son of Martin W. Winner. Martin W. Winner was born in New York, from which state he emigrated as a young man to Bremer County, Iowa, being a resident of Waverly at the time of the Civil war. He was a stanch Union man and endeavored to enlist in the army of the North, but owing to a slight physical disability was rejected. For twelve years he was engaged in the harness business, but eventually turned his attention to farming, in which vocation he continued to be engaged until his death, in 1901. Mr. Winner was married in 1858 to Miss Nancy Farr, of Boone County, Illinois, and they became the parents of two daughters and five sons: Oliver Franklin, of this review; Ida, who died in 1891; Clarence, who is traveling in the South; Albert, who is a...

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Biography of Sumner W. Dee

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mr. Dee is the only clothing merchant who deals exclusively in everything that pertains to men’s and boys’ wearing apparel in the city of Caldwell. He was born in Holton, Jackson County, Kansas, November 26, 1862, and is a son of Chester Dee, of Burlington, Vermont whose ancestors settled in Virginia in 1620. He is a direct descendant of the first colonial governor of Vermont, and members of the family were prominent in the early history of the colonies and in the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, when a boy, saw the battle at Ticonderoga. Mr. Dee married Miss Elizabeth Blake, a native of Indiana, and of this union two children were born, a son and a daughter, the latter of whom is now Mrs. Charles West, whose husband is a drygoods merchant. Mr. Dee was with General Fremont during the ascent of the latter to Pike’s Peak, and he was a member of the Fifteenth Kansas Volunteer Infantry at the time of the civil war, at the conclusion of which he settled on a farm in Iowa, where he now resides, with his wife, at the age of sixty-five years. Sumner W. Dee received his education in the public schools of Brooklyn, Iowa, and at the Northern Indiana Normal School, at Valparaiso, after which he learned...

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