Location: Kansas City KS

Biographical Sketch of Vincent J. Lane

Vincent J. Lane, the veteran of the newspaper profession in Kansas and a leading citizen of Wyandotte County in every way, was born at West Middleton, Washington County, Pennsylvania, on the 27th of January, 1828, and is a son of Joseph and Margaret (McKeever) Lane, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania, of English lineage, and the latter of whom was born in Virginia, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. The parents continued to reside in Washington County, Pennsylvania, until the close of their lives, and there, in the early days, the father was a manufacturer of furniture at a time when all the work was done by hand. Vincent J. Lane left home when sixteen years of age, taught school in Virginia and Indiana, and in 1857 located at Quindaro and assisted in laying out the town. He served as postmaster of the village from 1858 to 1861, after which he engaged in farming for four years. In the late ’60s Mr. Lane went to Montana, where the gold excitement was then at its height, and there he continued, with varying success, for nearly two years. He returned to Kansas and located in Kansas City, where he had maintained his home during the long intervening years. For a few years he acted as local representative and reporter for the Kansas City Times, and he then assumed a contract for the...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas J. Vanderslice

Thomas J. Vanderslice, a prominent figure in the earlier affairs of the Great Nemaha Indian Agency, a public man of the territory and state, was a native of Scott County, Kentucky, born in 1827. He enlisted from his native state as a soldier for the Mexican war, but never saw service. In 1853 he came to Kansas and stopped at the Great Nemaha Agency, where his father, Maj. Daniel Vanderslice, had just assumed the agency there of the Iowas, Sacs, Foxes and Kickapoos, and from 1854 to 1856 served as farmer and miller for the Sacs and Foxes, He was elected to the Territorial Legislature of 1860 and to the State Legislature of 1868, and served two terms as sheriff of Doniphan County, beginning 1874 and 1876. During the Civil war he belonged to the state troops who repelled Sterling Price in his threatened raid against Kansas City. Shortly before his death he moved to Oklahoma, dying at Perry March 18,...

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Biography of Albe B. Whiting

Albe B. Whiting, a resident of Topeka for the past forty years, is distinguished as being one of the few survivors of the great free-soil struggle in Kansas during the decade of the ’50m. His home had been in Kansas since 1856, and few men now living have more interesting-experiences to connect them with Kansas history. Of New England birth and ancestry, he was born in Lamoille County, Vermont, November 10, 1835, and had already Imssed the fourscoro milestone on life’s joursey. His parents were Harris and Mary (Dodge) Whiting. His father was of old English celonial ancestry, and died in 1847, when Albe B. Whiting was twelve years old. The oldest son in the family, much of the burden of family support fell upon his young abouldera. He became inured to toil, and worked early and late not only as a contributor to the household but also to supply himself with the necessary equipment of education. He attended the common schools, and also paid his way through a few terms at the Academy at Johnson. When quite young he absorbed from his father and mother the abolition and temperance ideas which had much to do with his subsequent life. Thus he became interested in the struggle between the proslavery and the free state elements in Kansas, and that interest led him to ally himself with this section of...

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Biography of John Child Maxson, M. D.

John Child Maxson, M. D. For over twenty-four years Doctor Maxson had practiced his profession in Kansas and is now located at Corning, where as a physician and surgeon of thorough attainments he had an extensive practice. His family were early settlers in Sonthern and Southeastern Kansas. Doctor Maxson is in the tenth generation from the immigrant of the family from England to the American colonies. The founder of the Maxson family in this country was Richard Maxson. Doctor Maxson’s grandfather, James Maxson, spent his life as a farmer in Alleghany County, New York. James S. Maxson, father of Doctor Maxson, was born in Alleghany County, New York, in 1823. He grew up there, and when a young man went to Wisconsin, where he married. For some years he taught school both in Kentucky and Wisconsin. In the fall of 1873 he moved to Lyon County, Kansas, and was one of the early settlers there. By trade he was a painter, and he combined that occupation with farming until 1880, when he removed to Coffey County for three years and then for ten years lived at Parsons in Labette County and finally located at Erie in Neosho County. Late in life he retired to Kelly, Kansas, and died there in 1905, Twice during the Civil war he tried to get enrolled in the Union army, but was rejected on...

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Biography of Louis Henry Rose

Louis Henry Rose. That quality of citizenship which gets things done in a wise and constructive manner and at the same time is constantly looking out for the economy and welfare of the individual is wonderfully well illustrated in the career of Louis Henry Rose, one of the oldest business men of Rosedale. Mr. Rose identified himself with this village of Wyandotte County when its population did not consist of more than 500. He helped make it a city and in recent years had headed the fight to secure its consolidation with that larger metropolitan and industrial group of communities known as Kansas City, Kansas. For thirty years Mr. Rose had been in the real estate and loan business, his headquarters being at 1000 South Boulevard in Rosedale. Mr. Rose was born February 7, 1860, near Wankesha, Wisconsin. His birth occurred on a small farm of forty acres where his father for a number of years had been engaged in the nursery business. He was the youngest of four sons and three daughters. His parents were Thomas and Sybil (Jeffries) Rose. The Rose family is an old one in America. Mr. Rose’s paternal ancestors were English people and early in the seventeenth century joined that religious and high minded group of people who went scross the channel to Holland and subsequently immigrated to America. One of his forefathers, Elijah...

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Biography of James H. Luscombe

James H. Luscombe is present county attorney of Wyandotte County. He was elected in 1916 by a majority of 1,070 on the democratic ticket. He has been practicing law at Kansas City, Kansas, for the past eighteen years and entered the law after a long service as a plaster contractor. The chief factor in his success either as a mechanic or as a lawyer has been hard work. He is noted for the zeal and efficiency with which he handles every interest entrusted to his charge, and his uprightness of character and other qualifications made him one of the strongest men on the county ticket in the last general election in Wyandotte County. Mr. Luscombe has lived in Kansas since 1883. He was born in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, February 24, 1863. He was the oldest of nine children born to James and Sophia (Cordier) Luscombe. His father was born in England in St. David’s parish of Exeter. He was a plasterer by trade and in early youth came to America. He lived in Canada for a time and was always a lover of travel and change of scene and seldom remained long in any one place. As a journeyman he followed his trade in the States, located at St. Louis, where he married, and remained in that city from 1859 to 1863. In the latter year...

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Biography of John William Dale

John William Dale has been one of the constructive factors in Sedgwick County. He was one of the founders of the Town of Andale, and has been identified with the little City of Clearwater from almost the beginning of its growth. In business affairs his interests extend to different lines. He was a landowner in the early days, still has interests as a landowner, and is head of the principal banking establishment of Clearwater. An Illinois man by birth, he was born in DeKalb County of that state December 21, 1847. His father, Frank Dale, was born at Hull, England, in 1812, and was married in Daleville, Pennsylvania, to Marie Webster. She was also born in England. Frank Dale came to America, and after living a short time in Northeastern Pennsylvania went to Michigan, and after two years there came west to Illinois, locating in DeKalb County in the year following the Black Hawk war, in the early ’30s. Frank Dale was a farmer, a merchant, grain dealer, and otherwise a man of more than ordinary importance in that section of Illinois. After a long and honorable career he died at DeKalb in 1886. He and his wife had eight children, four sons and four daughters, a brief record of whom is as follows: Mrs. Clara Metcalf of Isabella, Oklahoma; Mrs. Caroline Bacon of Sandwich, Illinois; Mrs. Mary Watson,...

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Biography of Winfield Freeman

Winfield Freeman. Lawyer, author, traveler, leader in republican politics and a business man, Winfield Freeman has been a Kansan for more than thirty-five years. He has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the foremost members of the bar in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born at London, Ohio, January 3, 1848, a son of James F. and Eleanor (Dawson) Freeman. His early life was spent in Winchester, Ohio, where he attended the public schools and where he read law in the office of Hon. A. Stiver. Admitted to the bar in 1869, at the age of twenty-one, he practiced law for a number of years in Ohio, and in 1878-79 served as prosecuting attorney of Preble County. Since 1879 he has been a resident of Kansas. From 1880 to 1884 he was assistant attorney for the Solomon Valley Railroad Company. In 1881 he was elected mayor of Minneapolis, Kansas. As one of the promoters of the Kansas City Elevated Railroad Company Mr. Freeman removed to Kansas City, Kansas, in 1884, and was actively identified with that transportation service as attorney until 1888. It is forty-eight years since he commenced the practice of law in Ohio in 1869, and his experience is a remarkably long one. He was associated with Silas Wright Porter, now associate justice of the Supreme Court of Kansas, from 1891 to 1899, and was also...

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Biography of Henry E. Dean

Henry E. Dean came to Kansas in 1885 at the age of eighteen. Then and for a number of years afterwards he was a humble worker in the ranks of the industrial army. Success did not come to him like a lightning flash, but as a result of long, steady and painstaking effort. For the first two years he was employed on farms in Leavenworth and Franklin counties. On removing to Kansas City, Kansas, in 1887, he found a job as teamster for one of the packing plants. Making himself known as one who could be trusted, and diligent in the execution of his duties, he was given positions in the rising scale of importance and financial income, and eventually he became foreman in the curing department of Sulzberger & Sons’ packing house. A boyhood desire to become a lawyer had in the meantime crystalized into a set and fixed determination, and for several years, in addition to the duties of the day, he attended night school in the Kansas City School of Law. From that institution he was graduated June 10, 1900, and was admitted to the Missouri bar and soon afterwards to the Kansas bar. Even after his admission he felt that it was the wisest course to continue earning money in the old routine rather than endure the starvation period which confronts the average young lawyer...

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Biography of Clifford C. Nesselrode, M. D.

Clifford C. Nesselrode, M. D. In 1906 there came to Kansas City, a young graduate in medicine who entered St. Margaret’s Hospital as an interne. Very modest was this young man as to his acquirements but not much time elapsed before his medical knowledge and his surgical skill were noted and approved, and at the present time no practitioner enjoys more public confidence or personal esteem than does Dr. Clifford C. Nesselrode. In addition to attending to a large and constantly increasing private practice, he is on the staffs of St. Margaret and Bethany hospitals and on the surgical staff of the University of Kansas School of Medicine at Rosedale. Doctor Nesselrode was born February 25, 1880, near Conway Springs, in Sumner County, Kansas. His parents were James Harvey and Anna (Moulton) Nesselrode. The progenitor of the Nesselrode family, the great-grandfather of Doctor Nesselrode, came to America from Germany and settled in Pennsylvania. There Samuel Nesselrode was born and there married a member of the old German family of Fisher, who proved an admirable wife. They, in course of time, moved to Ohio and in that state their son, James Harvey was born and in 1866 accompanied his parents to Kansas. Samuel Nesselrode purchased 160 acres of land in Johnson County, near Spring Hill, and that property had never since been out of the family. To Johnson County about...

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Biographical Sketch of Rufus E. Cable

Rufus E. Cable was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He came to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1856, and was employed as a clerk in the establishment of W. E. Proctor, who was the proprietor of a general store. The store of Mr. Proctor and all other business houses in Kansas City, Missouri, were at that time on the levee along the south bank of the Missouri River. The residences were scattered about on the hills back of the business houses. At that time M. J. Payne was mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Cable in 1865 moved to Wyandotte, now Kansas City, Kansas, where he had continued to reside to the present time. Wyandotte was then a small village and Mr. Cable had lived to see it become the metropolis of Kansas, with a population of more than 100,000. He had been a factor in this growth and had done his full share of the work required to build up the city. Mr. Cable had been active in politics, and was a member of the board of education and the city council. For many years he was justice of the peace and he served as mayor of Wyandotte. For several years he was probate judge of Wyandotte County. He was a good officer in every position he held. Since he retired from the office of probate judge he had not...

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Biography of William Henry Craddock

William Henry Craddock. As the greatest calamity ever suffered by Kansas City, Kansas, was probably the flood of 1903, that year will always be memorable in the city’s history. Another event associated with that year was the death of William Henry Craddock, who had just completed a service of two years in the office of mayor. Mr. Craddock was stricken on March 2, 1903, and his death occurred on the 4th of the same month at the Savoy Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. He was mourned by the entire city, and never any similar occasion in the city had brought out such a tremendous concourse of citizens of all classes to pay respect to one who was taken away from the midst of a valuable service and position of influence. He was a man of rare ability, was a splendid type of business man, and had a bigness of heart and soul commensurate with his material activities. His birth occurred on a farm near Louisville, Kentucky, December 25, 1851. His parents were William W. and Edna (Smith) McGaryhill Craddock. Edna Smith McGaryhill was the granddaughter of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a leading figure in the revolutionary period of American history. Mr. Craddock’s father and grandfather bore the name William W., both were successful lawyers, and they also rendered distinguished service on the bench....

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Biography of Nicholas Boyns

Nicholas Boyns. Any community however large is the better off for the presence of a citizen of such commercial calibre and individual enterprise as Nicholas Boyns. The time of his arrival on the scene which had been his permanent home for many years was 1871. In that year he landed in Kansas City, Missouri. His arrival made no particular stir, and he was practically unknown and his possibilities of work were unvalued. Deep within him he had ambition, energy and a long look ahead. The first employment which he was not long in finding was as clerk in the famous old department store of Bullene, Moore & Emery, now the Emery, Bird, Thayer establishment. He was with them just two years. He saved his money. There was more than natural economy and thrift in this saving. It was done with a purpose. That purpose came to a concrete result when in 1873 he engaged in business for himself at the corner of Eighteenth and Muncie. His business during all these many years had been that of stone contractor. With all the disadvantages of limited capital and youth and inexperience he made good almost from the start, and for fourteen years was in business at the old location, in the meantime establishing a branch at Eighteenth and Central. At the latter place he subsequently put up his large building and...

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Biography of Gillis Q. Lake

Gillis Q. Lake has been in the drug business at Kansas City, Kansas, for the past eighteen years. Most of the people of that city know how he had built up the two finest drug stores in Kansas City, Kansas. The druggist is both a professional and business man, and Mr. Lake had apparently been equally strong in the professional and practical side of his business career. He was born at Wooster in Wayne County, Ohio, August 14, 1863. His parents were Constant and Ann (McDonald) Lake, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Charleston, South Carolina. His father was twice married, and altogether had a family of fourteen children. Gillis Q. was the child of his second union. The Lakes are of Welsh ancestry while the McDonalds were Scotch. Constant Lake was born in Ohio in 1812, his parents having located there when Ohio was partly Northwest Territory. Constant Lake was considered a successful general merchant in his day, and he provided a good home and gave his children exceptional educational advantages. He was a democrat in politics. Three of his older sons fought as soldiers in the Union army. Two of them lost their lives during the war. One was Col. Joseph Lake, who gave up his life to the cause at Gettysburg. The other son was a private soldier. Some members of the...

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Bruce, Catherine Marie – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Catherine Marie Bruce, 96, of La Grande, died July 29 at her home. A family graveside service will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. Catherine was born Aug. 13, 1911, to Michael and Anna (Hildebrand) Delich in Kansas City, Kan. After high school she worked for Bemus Bags in Kansas City. A friend took her on a blind date with Warren C. Bruce, and he proposed on that first date. Catherine thought he was crazy, but married him six weeks later on July 30, 1932. Her husband hitchhiked to Oregon and found it so beautiful that he returned to Kansas and brought his wife to the state to live. They built their first home out of spare lumber left around the railroad tracks. She learned to cook in the railroad camps her husband worked in at Telocaset and Kamela. Those who knew her say she was a good and simple woman who enjoyed traveling. She was extremely talented at embroidery work and was known for her sense of humor. In recent years her main focus was her great-grandchild, Chance. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Lee Simmons of La Grande; daughter, Shirley Simmons of Cove; sister, Margie Bloom of Osage City, Kan; three grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and other relatives....

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