Location: Keosauqua Iowa

Biography of Justus Nathan Baird

Justus Nathan Baird. Since his admission to the Kansas bar in February, 1909, Justus Nathan Baird has concentrated every energy upon the worthy task of building up a clientage and reputation at Kansas City, Kansas, and the esteem paid him by his fellow lawyers and the large practice he enjoys is ample evidence of his success. He practices in all the courts of the state and has offices in the Husted Building. Mr. Baird is a graduate in law from the University of Michigan, and was influenced to locate in Kansas by the presence in this state of two brothers, both of them prominent and well known physicians. One of them is Dr. O. C. Baird, of Chanute, and a member of the State Medical Board and the other is Dr. J. Baird of Coffeyville. One of nine children Justus Nathan Baird was born on a farm near Keosauqua in Van Buren County, Iowa, March 17, 1882. He is grateful for the fact that his life was spent in the invigorating and wholesome atmosphere of the country. His parents were Nathan and Lucinda S. (Jones) Baird, both natives of Ohio, and of New England and Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. The respective families were established in this country in colonial days. Nathan Baird was an Iowa pioneer. He went from Ohio overland with or teams to that state in 1854 and...

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Biographical Sketch of Adolf Sumerlin

Adolf Sumerlin, editor and attorney at law, Mattoon; born in Keosauqua, Iowa, Aug. 24, 1851; moved with his parents, Rufus and I. A. Sumerlin, to a farm in Scotland Co., Mo., in 1859; his father having embarked in the newspaper business in Memphis in 1860, he commenced learning the printer’s trade; in 1865, he moved to Shelbyville, Ill.; in 1869, he conducted the reportorial department of the Shelby Leader, which his father had purchased in 1865; in. the same year, commenced reading law with Thornton & Wendling; moved with his parents to Springfield, Mo., in April, 1871, and after completing his law studies in Phelps & McAbel’s office, was admitted to practice in the courts of Missouri in October, 1871; moved to Mattoon, Ill., in September, 1872, and with his father purchased the Mattoon Commercial; they continued to run the paper together until August,1876, when the paper was purchased by the Mattoon Commercial Printing Co., who appointed A. Sumerlin editor; at present, is editor of the Commercial and practicing...

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Biography of Jay Baird, M. D.

Jay Baird, M. D. The medical profession of Kansas has one of its able representatives in Dr. Jay Baird of Coffeyville. Doctor Baird is a man of broad experience, splendidly equipped professionally, and has acquired success and high standing in this state, and is particularly well known among eclectic physicians, and in 1915-16 served as president of the State Eclectic Medical Association. Some generations back his ancestors were prominent Scotch people, and in that country enjoyed the distinction of a coat of arms marking them one of the ancient clans of Scotland. This coat of arms represents a bull and boar rampant. From Scotland the Bairds came to Pennsylvania in colonial times. Josiah Baird, grandfather of Doctor Baird, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1802, and when he was quite young his parents moved to Muskingum County, Ohio, where he married and where he took up the trade of blacksmith. A number of years later, along in the ’50s, he moved out to Iowa with his son, the father of Doctor Baird, and lived in Van Buren County of that state until his death in 1886. In religion he was a stanch old Covenanter Presbyterian. Politically he was a republican. Josiah Baird married Mary Thompson, who was born in Ohio in 1806 and died in Van Buren County, Iowa, in 1892. Their children were: Nathan; Cephas, who was a minister...

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