Location: Keokuk County IA

Biography of William Henry Folmsbee

William Henry Folmsbee was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 22, 1831. His parents were Isaac and Deborah Folmsbee; his father, who was major in the United States regular army, died when the subject of this sketch had reached the age of seven years, and his mother followed him to the grave “some two years later. Thus thrown upon the world at this early age to provide for himself, he found a kind friend in the person of Dr. William Ensign, who gave him a home, reared and educated him. He attended the common and higher schools of Cincinnati, and while yet a lad, began medical studies in the office of Dr. Ensign, remaining under his kind friend’s instruction, until he was twenty-two years of age, when he took a partial course at the Miami Medical College, of Cincinnati, and, in 1855, graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Keokuk, Iowa. He began practice in Richland, Keokuk county, Iowa, remaining there until 1859, when he removed to this county and located in Gallatin, where he has secured a large and remunerative practice. In the fall of 1861, Dr. Folmsbee joined the Federal army as assistant surgeon of Colonel Pody’s regiment, but resigned the same year on account of poor health. However, in the latter part of 1861 he was again in the field and organized the first company, under...

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Biography of Hon. J.R. Blakaby

Malheur County can boast of many distinguished pioneers who have made brilliant success in both the financial world and in the political realm, and one of the prominent men of this influential number is the gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, and who stands as one of the real builders of the County and is also one of the largest general merchandise operators within her borders at the present time, his store being located in Jordan Valley. Mr. Blackaby was born in Iowa, on April 12, 1861, being the son of Bernard and Emeline Blackaby. There he grew to manhood and there also he received his primary education, completing the same when he graduated from the college in Keokuk, Iowa. That was in 188o, and immediately he came west. locating in this County and engaged in farming and teaching school. Three years were spent in the work of the educator and four as deputy clerk of the County and four years he served as postmaster in Jordan Valley. In 1898 the people recognizing his abilities, rewarded him with a term in the state legislature, where he did excellent work, serving on important committees and taking part in beneficial legislation for the entire state. Eighteen hundred and ninety-one was the year when he embarked on the mercantile sea and now he has one of the largest...

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Biography of Dr. James W. York

DR. JAMES W. YORK. This prominent physician has been a close student of his profession and in his mission of “healing the sick,” his generous treatment of his patients, his liberality and kindness of heart, have won for him not the respect alone, but the earnest regard of the large clientele, he has gathered around him. For thirteen years be has resided in Billings and is known as a man of untarnished integrity of character and of high moral standing. His birth occurred at Richland, Keokuk County, Iowa, March 27, 1851, and he is a son of James M. and Frances C. (Ward) York, natives of North Carolina. The York family came to this country from England and settled in the Old North State, where they were classed among the best citizens. Several members of this family served in the Revolutionary War and later other members served in the War of 1812. Jacob York, grandfather of subject, was born in North Carolina and there passed his entire life. The brother of that veteran, Capt. Bill York, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Our subject’s maternal grandparents were James and Martha Ward, and the family is of Irish descent. The first members of the Ward family to settle in America came here prior to the Revolutionary War, and Great-grandfather Ward took part in the struggle for independence. He had...

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Biography of John Hornbeak

Success in business life is a guerdon that is very cautiously bestowed upon a person by the goddess, who in a measure guides, and invariably decorates, man’s efforts. And this same success is far more apt to come because of the pursuer’s genius or adaptability for his calling, than from any mere luck, ambition, push or demand. There are favorable opportunities in men’s lives, which, if taken advantage of, will take them far along the road toward the consummation of their ideals, and, too, there are those who have a strange intuition of that time and avail themselves of it. But never does this mysterious aid come to those without ambition and fixed purpose. Determined effort invites success. Included in the narrow circle of men who have fought the battle successfully is John Hornbeak, a prominent merchant of Sparta, Missouri He was born in Warren County, Tennessee, August 12, 1830, and is of German descent. His ancestors came to this country at an early date and settled in North Carolina, where they made their home for many years. The parents of our subject, James F. and Sarah (Johnson) Hornbeak, were natives of Tennessee, and in that State were married. The father was born in Grainger County in 1800, and about 1841 he and family moved to Greene County, Missouri, locating about six miles south of Springfield. There he resided...

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Biography of David T. Miller

In both the military and political service of his country David Truxton Miller has won distinction by his loyalty to the public good, his fidelity to the trust reposed in him. On southern battle-fields he has followed the stars and stripes to victory, and in the civic department of the nation’s service he has labored to promote the principles which underlie good government and form the foundation upon which all stable prosperity must rest. He has inscribed his name high on the roll of Boise’s distinguished citizens, and is now serving as deputy collector of internal revenue there. Born in Ohio, on the 2d of May, 1843, Mr. Miller is of English and Irish lineage, his ancestors having come to America in 1728. Representatives of the family participated in the war for independence, and in one of the battles of the Revolution the paternal great-grandfather of our subject sustained a gunshot wound in his thigh. Although he carried the ball to the day of his death, he attained the ripe old age of eighty years. His son, David Miller, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Alexander, Virginia, and became the father of John Wesley Miller, who was born in Pennsylvania, and on arriving at years of maturity married Matilda Ford, a native of Washington County, Ohio. They became the parents of eight children, five of whom are...

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Biography of Bertha Louise Ahrens

Bertha Louise Ahrens (B. Feb. 26, 1857), missionary teacher among the Choctaw Freedmen of Indian Territory since 1885, and principal teacher at Oak Hill Academy, 1905-1911, is a native of Berlin, Prussia. Her parents, Otto and Augusta Ahrens, in 1865, when she was 8, and a brother Otto 5, came to America and located on a farm near Sigourney, Iowa, after one year at Bellville, Illinois; and four, at Harper, Iowa. The schools and Churches first attended used the German language. Her first studies in English were in the graded schools at Sigourney and here at seventeen, she became a member of the Presbyterian Church under the pastorate of Rev. S. G. Hair. He loaned her some missionary literature to read and it awakened a desire on her part to become a missionary. This desire was expressed to the Women’s Missionary society of the Church and she was encouraged to attend the Western Female Seminary, now college, at Oxford, Ohio. After a course of study at this institution she enjoyed a year’s training in the Bible school connected with Moody’s Chicago Avenue Church, Chicago. During the next year, after hearing in her home town an appeal in behalf of a Negro school in the south, she was led to offer her services to the Presbyterian Board of Missions for Freedmen. In December 1885, she received a commission with request...

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Biography of James A. Paull

James A. Paull, present county treasurer of Ellsworth County, had long been identified with business, industrial and civic affairs in this section of Kansas. Mr. Paull had a very interesting ancestry. The family originated in Alsace Lorraine, immigrated to England, and from that county Richard Paull established the name in America. Richard Paull was born in 1615 and at the age of twenty, in June, 1635, embarked on the “True Love de London” for the Bermudas. He soon settled in Massachusetts and on November 7, 1638, married Margery Turner, of Cohasset, now Taunton, Massachusetts. There are several public records concerning this Massachusetts colonist. He was subject to military duty in 1643, was member of a jury on inquest in 1650 and again in 1653, and was surveyor of highways in 1652. His death occurred before March, 1654, when about thirty-nine years of age. James A. Paull’s grandfather was Richard Paull, a native of New York State and of the sixth generation from the original Paulls settling in Ameriea. He died in Kane County, Illinois, before his grandson was born. He married Clarinda Gooding. She had an ancestor, William Gooding, who served in the Revolutionary war, She was descended from Governor Edward and Susanna Winslow, who came over in the Mayflower and their marriage, celebrated May 12, 1621, was the first marriage ceremony in New England. Clinton E. Paull, of...

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Biographical Sketch of F. C. Hoyt

F. C. Hoyt. As a banker in Oklahoma and Southern Kansas F. C. Hoyt is widely known and his financial ability united with his conservative judgment has placed him in the front rank of bankers in the two states. He is now a resident of Wichita and president of the Union State Bank of that city. Though born in Keokuk County, Iowa, in 1873, Mr. Hoyt was brought by his parents in 1876 to Portis, Osborne County, Kansas, and thus grew up to imbibe the spirit and atmosphere of Kansas life. His education came partly from public schools and partly from Stockton College, and as a youth he learned the printer’s trade. As a journeyman printer he worked in a number of cities throughout the country and had the usual interesting experiences of one who follows that trade. He was among the early settlers of Oklahoma Territory, and for one year conducted a weekly paper at Taloga in Dewey County. In the same county in 1898 he engaged in the drug business at Seiling, and gave four years to that enterprise. It was at Seiling that he first entered banking, establishing the First National Bank, of which he became president, and he is still at head of that institution, which, however, is only one of the various banks with which his name is identified. In 1902 he organized the...

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Biographical Sketch of D. H. Dillon

D. H. Dillon, merchant, P. O. North Branch, was born in Keokuk County, Iowa, October 12, 1846. Enlisted in the United States army, in Company A, Forty-eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1873, and took a homestead ten miles northwest of Burr Oak, in Walnut Township. In the spring of 1878 Mr. Dillon established himself in business, carrying a general stock of goods. He built a building in 1882, 22×40 feet, and has the same well filled with goods. He was appointed postmaster in May 1878, and named the office North Branch. With Malen Lamb, he has laid out a town, which they called after the post office. He was married in Warren County, Iowa, April 30, 1866, to Miss Emma...

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Biography of James McGrew, Hon.

Hon. James McGrew was one of the historic characters of Kansas, has a place in the history of the state at large because of his early activities and influence as a free state man, and his service in the office of lieutenant governor, while locally he is to be credited with much of the enterprise which entered into the foundation of the present metropolis Kansas City, Kansas. He was born in Adams County near the great battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, January 26, 1822, and died at his beautiful old home, erected in the early days, and known as McGrew’s Grove, on Quindaro Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas, January 19, 1911, aged eighty-eight years, eleven months, twenty-three days. He was reared and educated in Pennsylvania, and in 1844, at the age of twenty-two accompanied his parents to the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation in the Territory of Iowa. His parents both died in that state. James McGrew early identified himself with mercantile activities, and was practically a lifelong merchant. He conducted a general store at Lancaster in Keokuk County, Iowa, and in September, 1857, came to Wyandotte County, Kansas. He was associated with the party headed by Thomas H. Swope in organizing the old City of Wyandotte. He was one of the first merchants there, and from 1860 to 1870 had both a wholesale and retail grocery business. A special...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry McGrew

Henry McGrew, a son of the late Governor James McGrew and his wife Mary (Doggett) McGrew, has spent practically all his life in Kansas City, Kansas, was formerly prominent as a member of the bar of that city, and is still one of the leading business men. He was born at Lancaster, Keokuk County, Iowa, April 18, 1857, the same year that his father came as a pioneer to Wyandotte, Kansas. He grew up at Wyandotte, attended the public schools, and had all the advantages that a young man of ambition would crave as a preparation for a career. Determining upon the vocation of lawyer, he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he was graduated LL. B. with the class of 1879. He engaged in practice at Kansas City, Kansas, and while in active practice he served five years as city attorney of Wyandotte and for two years 1891-92 was county attorney of Wyandotte County. In the meantime he became actively interested in the management of extensive real estate and other properties and business affairs, and since 1904 he has been practically retired from his legal practice. Mr. McGrew has done much to develop some of the best sections of Kansas City, Kansas, for residence and business uses, and is one of the men first in influence and power in the general commercial life of the...

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Biography of J. Edward Cook

J. Edward Cook. Judicious and legitimate has been the advertising policy that has been utilized in the exploitation of the King Ni-Ko system for the cure of the tobacco habit, and the basis of this advertising has been proved efficacy and definite results. The system of treatment accomplishes all that is claimed for it and this fact constitutes the best of the commercial assets on which has been developed the extensive and beneficent business enterprise of which the popular and progressive proprietor is the well known citizen of Wichita whose name initiates this paragraph. Mr. Cook was born in Keokuk County, Iowa, on the 13th of November, 1864, and after having profited by the advantages of the public schools he continued his higher studies in turn in Pleasant Plain Academy, at Pleasant Plain, Iowa, and Grillett Academy, at Glen Elder, Mitchell County, Kansas. After due preparation he was ordained a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his first pastoral charge was in Jewell County, Kansas. He later filled various pastorates in two circuits of the Northwest Kansas Conference, and finally he went to Carlsbad, New Mexico, where for a few months he had charge of the Methodist English mission. Thereafter he was engaged for some time in characteristically vigorous and effective evangelistic service, and he next assumed the position of superintendent of a magnetic healing institute at Centerdale,...

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Hearing, Mary E. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Lostine Christian church for Mary Elizabeth Hearing, Wallowa County pioneer, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Dolkey near Medford, May 29, 1929. Rev. Arthur Harriman of Wallowa conducted the services. A quartet, Mrs. Orval McArtor, Mrs. Roy Haun, Roy Haun and Chas. Bridwell, sang appropriate hymns, with Mrs. S.L. Magill at the piano. Interment was in the Lostine cemetery. Mary Elizabeth Conner was born in Sigourney, Iowa, July 28, 1846, and crossed the plains to Portland, Oregon in 1853 at the age of seven years. She was united in marriage to George Hearing in 1865. To this union were born eleven children, seven of whom are still living. The children surviving the aged mother are Mrs. Alice Bayne of Bend, Oregon; Mrs. James Leeper, Mrs. Otto Dolkey in Medford, Oregon; Mrs. George Childers, Mrs. Oliver Wood of Lostine; George Hearing of Minam, and M.V. Hearing of Wallowa. All of them were present to pay their last respects to the memory of their mother. Mrs. Hearing was one among the early pioneers, having come to Wallowa county in 1884. She lived on a homestead, experiencing all the hardships of an unsettled land. She lived at different locations in the valley continuously for 41 years. Her husband preceded her in death April 27,...

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Goodman, Miles W. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Miles W. Goodman Dies At Lostine Resident of County for 31 Years Succumbs After Long-Period of Ill Health. Miles W. Goodman died Thursday, November 22, 1917, at his home at Lostine of cancer of the stomach. He had been suffering from the malady for a year, but was confined to his bed only two weeks. Three and a half years ago Mr. Goodman was thrown from a buggy in a runaway and his hip was crushed. He was unable to get out at all for a year and then had to use crutches, and, and from the time of the accident never was free from pain. But he bore his suffering with fortitude born of a high character and his cheerful manner concealed the pain from others. The funeral was held on Friday at the home. It was in charge of the Masonic fraternity, of which Mr. Goodman had been a member for 28 years. A number of Masons attended from Enterprise, where Mr. Goodman joined the order. He was a charter member of the Lostine Lodge and served as master several years. At the funeral, Rev. Jasper Bogue delivered the address, and burial was in the Lostine cemetery. Mr. Goodman was born October 10, 1851, in Keokuk County, Iowa. When he was 13 years old his father died. He was a justice of the...

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Goodman, Mary S. Mrs. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Passes To Home Beyond Mrs. Mary S. Goodman, widow of the late M.W. Goodman, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 1930, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vernon Ainsworth, at La Grande. She had enjoyed good health thru the fall and early winter when she was in Enterprise with relatives and was stricken with the flu and other complications only a couple of weeks ago. The funeral is to be held a 1 p.m. today at the Presbyterian Church at Lostine and burial will be in the cemetery at that town. Rev. H.L. Ford, pastor of the Christian Church of Enterprise will conduct the service. Mary S. Wagner was born January 15, 1858, in Keokuk County, Iowa, and was reared in that community. She was married to Miles W. Goodman in Iowa, September 11, 1873, and they came to Wallowa County with her brothers, A.M. Wagner and J.S. Wagner in 1886, just before the town of Enterprise was started on Bennett flat. They were, therefore, members of the little group that founded the town. They remained here until 1897 when they moved to Lostine where they remained a year. Then they moved back to Enterprise but stayed here only until 1901 and again established their home at Lostine where they remained until Mr. Goodman passed away, November 22, 1917. Five children survive Mrs. Goodman,...

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