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Biography of Olney N. Morse

The subject of this sketch, who was one of the argonauts of 1849, was born in Westfield, Chautauqua county, New York, December 4, 1826, and is the son of William and Lydia Ford Morse. During his early years he resided on his father’s farm, and received his education at the common schools until the spring of 1849. In that year he organized a company with nine other young men to cross the plains to the gold fields of California. Being elected secretary and treasurer of the party, he was sent to St. Louis in advance, and purchased the outfit and provisions, being soon joined by his associates. Having come to Council Bluffs, this little band started on foot or horseback across the plains, their company being known as the Westfield train. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now They arrived in Sacramento October 17, 1849, and still maintained their organization as they proceeded to the Amador mines, where they met with good success. January 1, 1850, Mr....

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Biographical Sketch of Henry L. Valade

Henry L. Valade, proprietor of the City Hotel of Canyon City, has had a number of years of experience in his chosen calling, namely, with the Norton House, of Ellensburg, Washington, and the Rainier Grand and Arlington hotels of Seattle, since taking charge of his present property he has made a number of desirable improvements, having added a first-class bar, over which is dispensed high grade wines and liquors, making a specialty of case goods. His wife, formerly Mrs, Ella Rau, of this county, has personal charge of the culinary department which is sufficient guarantee of the service rendered their many...

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Biography of John C.Dallenbach, M. D.

John C. Dallenbach, M. D. Among the leaders in the medical profession at Champaign is a native son, Dr. John C. Dallenbach, who belongs to one of the old pioneer families of the county, which was founded by the grandfather, John Dallenbach, who came here when his son, John J. Dallenbach, was three years old. Few names in this section have been more continuously or justly held in esteem and the present representatives perpetuate the sterling characteristics of the older generations. John C. Dallenbach was born at Champaign, Illinois, December 22, 1881. His parents are John J. and Anna (Mittendorf) Dallenbach, the former of whom was born in Ohio and the latter in Cook County, Illinois. When the grandfather, in 1857, came with his family to Champaign County he located on a farm in Champaign Township, but only for one year, moving then to Champaign and establishing the meat business, which continued a stable industry of the city, until his descendants sold it in 1917, under the old family name, the grandfather being succeeded by his two sons, John J. and William C. Dallenbach. Of his parents’ three children, Doctor Dallenbach is the eldest, his next younger brother, Karl M., being an instructor in psychology in Cornell College, Ithaca, New York. The youngest of the family, Louis E. Dallenbach, owns and manages a large chicken farm near Champaign. In...

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Biography of Z. C. Mills

Z.C. MILLS. – Z.C. Mills of Seattle, Washington is a native of the Empire state, and was born in 1834. While yet in his boyhood, his parents moved to Illinois, where he grew to manhood and received his education. After he had reached his majority, he engaged in business with his father. He was successful; but, when an American has once felt the excitement of moving, it is almost impossible for him to be contented, so long as there are new countries to be found beyond the Western horizon. Accordingly, in 1859, when the Pike’s Peak gold excitement reached his home, young Mills started for the new El Dorado, and settled in the new town of Denver, where he opened a tin store. That country, not proving as productive as expected, Mr. Mills, with others, pulled up stakes in 1862, and started for the Salmon river diggings, which were then just reaching their fame as the richest strike yet. The party crossed the Rocky Mountains, the Bitter Creek Desert, Green River, the Wasatch Range, went down the Bear River past the famed soda springs, and had reached a point above Fort Hall, when news reached that the Salmon river gold bubble has burst reached them. They retraced their steps to Fort Hall, and there joined a train bound for Oregon. In the eastern part of that state they stopped,...

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Biography of Thomas Mercer

THOMAS MERCER. – This well-known and highly respected resident of Seattle, Washington, whose portrait, together with a view of his beautiful home, is appropriately placed in this volume, was born in Harrison County, Ohio, March 11, 1813, and was the eldest son of Aaron and Jane Dickerson Mercer, – the latter a native of Pennsylvania and the former from an old Virginia family. Thomas resided at his birthplace until twenty-one years of age, and after his school days entered his father’s woolen factory and learned the trade thoroughly. In 1834 he moved with his parents to Bureau County, Illinois, and located on a farm near Princeton. April 20, 1852, with his wife and four children, he left the Illinois home, and with horse-teams crossed the plains to Oregon, being captain of the Mercer train. On arriving at the Cascades, Oregon, he buried his wife, who had been stricken with disease at The Dalles. His first winter in Oregon was passed at Salem; and in the spring of 1853, with one of his companions of the plains, Mr. Dextor Horton, now a well-known banker of Seattle, he came to the present site of that city. He took up a claim of one hundred and sixty acres adjoining that of D.T. Denny, – now having all undergone the wonderful transformation from a tract of wooded, rugged hillside to lots graded and...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. Henry A. Smith

DR. HENRY A. SMITH. – Doctor Smith was born in Wooster, Ohio, April 11, 1830, and is the son of Nicholas and Abagail (Teaff) Smith. His father, who was a Baptist minister, died when he wa but nine years of age, and left his mother a widow with eleven children, Henry being the youngest son. When he was about sixteen years old he moved with his mother and one sister to Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Soon afterwards he entered Alleghany College, Pennsylvania, and studied medicine. In the spring of 1852, in company with his mother and one sister, he started west in Doctor Miller’s train, arriving in Portland October 26th of that year. He came on to Seattle, Washington Territory, the following January, and in that year, 1853, took up one hundred and sixty acres in what is now known as Smith’s Avenue, a suburb of Seattle. In 1855 he spent nine months as surgeon in the Indian war, and was afterwards elected the first school superintendent of King County. He has represented King county two terms in the legislature, Snohomish county, one term in the house and two terms in the council, at the last session of which he was president. He conducted a hospital in Snohomish for eight years, and in 1866 sold most of his property to the Seattle & Lake Shore Railroad. The Doctor has a...

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Biography of David A. Neely

DAVID A. NEELY. – The gentleman who forms the subject of this sketch was born to John and Mary Davis Neely in Murray County, Tennessee, on July 18,1823. In 1824 his parents moved to Carroll County, West Tennessee, and settled on government land. There he lived with his parents, his father following the quiet life of farmer and preacher of the gospel until the commencement of the Rebellion. John Neely raised the first company under the Union flag in West Tennessee. All of his sons, five in number, joined the Union army; and only two sons lived to see peace proclaimed, the father and three sons being killed. Being the eldest of his father’s family he was kept busy on the farm, and only had the opportunity to attend school a short while in each fall; so by the next fall he had nearly forgotten what he had learned at the log schoolhouse the year before. Indeed he was far more interested in farming, hunting wild turkeys and raccoons than in securing an education. On December 22, 1844, he was married to Miss Irena Kemp, a native of Georgia; and he then left his parents’ farm and settled on a rented farm, living one year in Carroll county. In December of the following year, he moved to Gibson County, and after six years’ residence there moved to Obion, Tennessee,...

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Biography of Robert Moran

ROBERT MORAN. – Among the many who have risen to prominence in the Pacific Northwest, the Empire state furnishes a considerable proportion, one of the number being the subject of this sketch. He was born in New York City January 26, 1857, and in that metropolis secured his education, and also mastered the trade of a machinist. In 1875 he concluded to come West, and following up the idea found himself in San Francisco in the fall of that year. Not seeing any opening then for a man possessed with no capital but integrity and push, he soon left that city for the Sound. He arrived in Seattle without a cent, and was among strangers, but this fact did not deter him from making an effort to build himself up, and upon soliciting was given employment as engineer on one of the vessels which ply the waters of the Sound as well as those of Alaska. In 1882 his mother and brother Peter came to Seattle; and he quit steamboating, and together with his brother started a small machine shop, locating it on Yesler’s wharf. Their capital at the beginning was only about a thousand dollars; but, by efficient management and master workmanship, their business quickly grew to large proportions, they now employing a force of eighty men in their shops. In the great fire of June 6, 1889,...

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Biography of Harry Newton Duckworth

Harry Newton Duckworth. On the proved basis of his worth Harry N. Duckworth is one of the leading building contractors of Independence. When a young man he started out to learn the carpenter’s trade, and had been in the contracting business for a number of years, not only at Independence, but elsewhere in Kansas and in other states. Some of the finest residences in Kansas have been put up under his direction and through the organization and facilities which he had assembled. Mr. Duckworth is a native Kansan and was born on a farm 2 1/2 miles south of Howard in Elk County, March 22, 1877. His family is one that in the different generations had played its worthy part in several states. The Duckworths originally came from England and settled in Virginis in colonial times. His grandfather, Albert K. Duckworth, was a native of Indiana, and moved to Iowa soon after the territory was admitted to the Union, and was one of the pioneers of Davis County, where he had a farm and where he also served as a county official. O. L. Duckworth, father of Harry N., was born in 1841, near Greencastle, Indiana, and was about nine years of age when his parents moved out to Davis County, Iowa, where he was reared and where he married in 1864. He spent his life as a mechanic...

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Biography of A. F. Wohlenberg, M. D.

Dr. Wohlenberg, a practicing physician and surgeon of Kendrick, is a native of Lyons, Iowa, born April 27, 1862. As the name indicates, he is of German descent. His parents, Ludwig A. and Maria (Vollbehr) Wohlenberg, were both natives of the Fatherland and came to America during their childhood. After their marriage they located on the farm where Ludwig Wohlenberg is now living, retired from active business life, enjoying the handsome competence which came to him as the result of arduous toil in former years. He has held various township offices, discharging his duties in a most acceptable manner, and has been a lifelong member of the Lutheran church. The Doctor’s mother died in 1864 when he was but two years old, and the father afterward married again. By the first union there were two children and by the second four, and of the number four are yet living. Dr. Wohlenberg was educated in the public schools, and in his boyhood worked on a farm and clerked in a store, thus entering upon his business career. Determining to devote his attention to the medical profession, he began preparation for his chosen life work in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Chicago, from which he graduated in 1894. He began practice in Seattle, Washington, and thence came to Kendrick, where he has since enjoyed a profitable and constantly increasing...

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Biographical Sketch of George F. Gund

Gund, George F.; brewer; born La Crosse, Wis., April 5, 1855; educated, public school, La Crosse, Wis., and Northwestern University, at Watertown, Wis.; one son, George, graduated from Harvard, 1909; now residing in Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Agnes, who attended The Mittelberger, Hathaway-Brown and Briar-Cliff Schools; served in the city council at La Crosse, Wis., for three years, at the age from 22 to 25; member (three years) Governor’s Guard, La Crosse, Wis.; business career: Six years with the Batavian Bank, La Crosse, Wis.; sec’y and treas. the John Gund Brewing Co. of La Crosse, until 1880; when he moved to Seattle, Wash., and purchased an interest in a brewing concern there; three years later, the Seattle brewing concerns became the Seattle Brewing & Malting Co., of which he was pres. until 1897; in the spring of 1897, came to Cleveland and purchased the Jacob Hall Brewing Co., which, on Jan. 1, 1900, was changed to the Gund Brewing Co.; pres. and treas. The Gund Brewing Co.; director, Broadway Savings & Trust Co.; Woodland Ave. Savings & Trust Co., Cleveland Life Insurance Co., and The Realty & Rental Co.; past pres. Cleveland Brewers Board of Trade; past pres. and trustee Ohio Brewers Ass’n; past trustee four years and for many years member labor committee of the United States Brewers Assn; member Iris Lodge, No. 229, Webb Chapter, No. 14,...

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Yocom, Leota Lotta Patterson – Obituary

Leota Lotta Yocom, 72, of 718 N. Sixth Ave., Yakima, who received head injuries when she fell to pavement after being hit by a car at Third and West Yakima Avenues, Yakima, Friday morning, died Sunday [August 31, 1980] at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was born in 1898 in Tokio, ND [MN], to Oscar and Odessa Patterson. She and Chester Yocom were married in Wenatchee; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Yocom taught school in Malaga and received education and trained as a practical nurse in Wenatchee. She and her husband moved to Edmonds and Seattle, where she was a practical nurse at Virginia Mason Hospital. She is survived by two sons, Chester Yocom of Seattle and Lance Yocom, of Anchorage, Alaska; and three brothers, Dwain Patterson of Everett, Robert Patterson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Paul Patterson of Seattle. Yakima Herald Republic, September 1, 1980 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cooke, Daisy Victoria Storey – Obituary

Mrs. Daisy Victoria Cooke, 78, of 410 S. 49th Ave., died Monday [September 19, 1977] in St. Elizabeth Hospital. Mrs. Cooke was born in Cumberland, Wash. Her parents, George C and Emma Storey, were Washington State pioneers. Mrs. Cooke was educated in Seattle Public Schools. On Sept. 19, 1922 she married Howard P. Cooke in Wenatchee. Today was their 55th wedding anniversary. They moved to Yakima 10 years ago from Port Orchard. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, served as a musician for many drill and degree teams for fraternal organizations, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 279, Cooties, Women of the Moose Post 389 in which she hild a friendship degree, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 2229 of Toppenish, American Legion Auxiliary Post 36. She also was a member of the National Federation of Grandmothers of America. Survivors are her husband; two sons, Clifford Cooke of Bremerton, and Howard P. Cooke Jr., of Sam Jose, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Lewis (Dorothy) Hunt of Phoenix, Ore.; a sister, Mrs. Ray Goodwin of Seattle; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren. Yakima Herald Republic, September 20, 1977 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Curry, John Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. John Curry Passes To Rest Mrs. John Curry passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 1937, at the home of her son, William G. Curry, near Flora. She had been in poor health for months, suffering from troubles brought on by her advanced age. Funeral services were held at Flora Methodist church Tuesday, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. G. Luscombe, and burial was in the Flora cemetery. Lizzie Maria Burnett was born in Ireland, Dec. 12, 1857, and came to the United States alone when a young woman. She was married to John Curry at Seattle, Wash., March 26, 1887. Then years later Mr. Curry came to explore Wallowa county and filed on a homestead in the north end, which remained his home until he passed away, Feb. 23, 1935, and has been the home of his widow since then. Mrs. Curry was survived by four children: William G. and Samuel of Flora, Vena of Long Beach, Cal., and Mrs. J. B. Rowell of Honolulu, Hawaii territory and by 11 grandchildren. Two children passed away years ago. Miss Curry came from California for the funeral, her brothers meeting her at the train late Monday night. A long time resident of the county, Mrs. Curry had done her full part in the development of the north end. She was a woman of kind and gentle character...

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Biography of John McNarrey

John McNarrey. The fireman is the favorite popular hero of peace. The records of fire departments in large cities are brightened by deeds of splendid courage and devotion to duty, and firemen are men proved in fire literally and figuratively. Chief John McNarrey of the Kansas City, Kansas, fire department is a fine example of the best in this service. He had been almost continuously connected with the local department for twenty-four years. When he began with the department it had only three fire stations or houses and at the present time as chief he had direction of the men and the equipment in nine stations, and had a roll of 114 men in the department. He entered the service in 1893 as a hose man, and by fidelity to duty and efficiency in time of action had worked his way to the chief responsibilities of the department. He was appointed assistant chief under Mayor Gilbert, filled the office two years, and during the succeeding administration went back into the ranks. He became chief of the department under the administration of Mayor George Gray, and had filled the office continuously since 1907. Chief McNarrey was born near Belfast, Ireland, May 19, 1868, and is of Scotch parentage. His people were Scotch Presbyterians and his parents were John and Margaret (Reid) McNarrey, natives of Scotland. His father was a tailor,...

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