Location: Kokomo Indiana

Biography of C. H. Fortner, M. D.

C. H. Fortner, M. D., has long enjoyed a well-earned reputation and position in the medical profession at Coffeyville. He entered practice with a thorough and comprehensive training and his fine talent soon attracted to him a patronage that has grown steadily in volume and importance, while his participation in progressive movements has made him one of the community’s most valuable and valued citizens. Doctor Fortner represents an old Indiana family. His ancestry goes back through several generations to some Fortners who came from Germany, and the family has lived in this country since colonial times. His grandfather, Aaron Fortner, was born in Indiana in 1831. His people located in Howard County of that state at an early date and he grew up there, followed the trade of wagon maker, and was also a farmer. Politically he was first a whig and later a republican. Aaron Fortner died in Howard County, Indiana, in 1911. His children were: E. L. Fortner, faher of Doctor Fortner; Emma, who lives in Howard County, Indiana, widow of James Roby, who was a farmer; Mattie, who died in Howard County, and her husband, William Myers, a farmer, is also deceased; Dora, lives in Los Angeles, California, the wife of Albert McReynolds; William R. is a mechanic living at Indianapolis; Lillie Washington lives at Alto, Indiana; Grant is also a resident of Indiana. It was...

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Biography of Nathan L. Hollowell

Nathan L. Hollowell is grand keeper of records and seals for the Knights of Pythias of the State of Kansas. He had his offices in the Husted Building at Kansas City, Kansas, and had been a resident of that city for several years. The office is an elective one and for an annual term. Mr. Hollowell became grand keeper May 15, 1910, and had been re-elected every year since then. He had long been prominent in the Knights of Pythias order and became active in the fraternity while living in Indiana. In that state he was a member of the Grand Lodge and came to know some of the foremost members of the order in Indiana. On coming to Kansas he was admitted to the Grand Lodge, and in 1887 was elected to the office of grand master at arms, and in 1888 advanced to grand prelate. In 1889 he became grand vice chancellor and in 1890 grand chancellor. In 1898 he was chosen supreme representative of the Supreme Lodge, and that dignity he enjoyed until 1906. Mr. Hollowell is an old timer of Kansas, and for many years was closely identified with the business and political life of Kingman County. He was born in the small town of New London, Indiana, September 4, 1853, but during infancy his parents removed to Kokomo, Indiana. His people were all Quakers....

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Biography of Joseph Hubbard Butler

Joseph Hubbard Butler, a representative of a pioneer family of Oklahoma, bears a name that has long been an honored one in business circles and public affairs of this part of the state and is now serving as Vice President of the Home Farm Mortgage Company of Vinita, displaying enterprise, determination and administrative ability in the control of his interests. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana, October 12, 1870, of the marriage of Hardy H. and Mary Butler, who were also natives of the Hoosier state. The father engaged in merchandising at Kokomo until 1877, when he went to Sterling, Rice County, Kansas, where he had farming interests, and there conducted an implement business, while he also took an active part in public affairs of that place, being elected police judge on the Republican ticket. In 1884 he came to Indian Territory and for three years devoted his attention to farming and stock raising near Afton, removing in 1887 to Vinita, where he engaged in the wholesale and retail hay and grain business. In 1892 he established his home in Miami, Ottawa County, becoming one of its leading citizens. He served as the first Mayor of the town, was deputy clerk of the United States court at Miami, a member of the council and was again chosen for the office of Mayor, making a most creditable record as a...

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Trout, Billy Dean – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Billy Dean Trout of Eagle, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 6. The funeral service was held today at Summer’s Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian, Idaho. Burial followed at Dry Creek Cemetery. Billy was born to William and Lena Trout in 1929 in Kokomo, Ind. He was the youngest of four children and grew up in Indianapolis. He served four years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He received his private pilot’s license as a young man and enjoyed flying until the early 1990s. He worked as a steamfitter for 20 years; was a photographer for 40 years; and a custom gunsmith for the last five years. He loved to travel and he fished all over the United States, Canada and South America during his life. He lived in La Grande for 25 years, raising three children – Cindy, Eric and Zoeann Trout. He was also stepfather to Jeff, Eric and Tamara Stanley. Billy was close to many of his nephews and nieces. Those who knew him say he shared his love of the outdoors with his family, and friends were never bored when they were with him. Survivors include his wife, Greta Seals Trout; children, Eric V. Trout, Zoeann Trout, Cindy Trout, Tamara Stanley Larson, Eric and his wife, Marcy Stanley, Jeff and his wife, Linda Stanley, John and his...

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Casteel, Cora Elizabeth “Liz” Ireland Mrs. – Obituary

Cora Elizabeth “Liz” Casteel, 70, of Baker City, died Feb. 4, 2005, at her home. Her memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor David Deputy of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Liz was born Feb. 2, 1935, at Kokomo, Ind., to Andrew and Ruth (Cunningham) Ireland. She was raised in Kokomo and received her education there. She worked in a plastics factory. On April 15, 1972, she married Robert Casteel in Las Vegas. They moved to Baker City from California in 1989. Liz was a remarkable mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed being around her grandchildren, her dog, Mac, and her cat, Pepper. She enjoyed the snow and needlework. She made beautiful afghans and enjoyed puzzles. She is survived by her husband, Bob of Baker City; her children, Rochelle Stoaks and her husband, Ron, Michael Shelton and his wife, Peggy, and Dennis Shelton, all of Baker City, Robbin Llamas of Upland, Calif., and Mickie Sharp of La Grande; grandchildren, Candi Linde, Theresa Kinney, Robert Flores, Shannon Regan, Shelley Flores, Jamie Taylor, Jennifer McCarthey, Josh Shelton, Janet Llamas, Monique Gonzalez, Joseph Gonzalez, Natasha Gonzalez, Jaime Shelton and Justin Shelton; great-grandchildren, Cherish Drake, Shawn Murray, Kayla Kinney, J.R. Kinney, Tanis Kinney, Chelsea Davis, Izah Gonzalez, Novalee Gonzalez, Josh McCarthey, Alyssa McCarthey and Zach Taylor. She was preceded in death by her...

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