Location: Lake County OH

Biographical Sketch of I. B. Gurney

I. B. Gurney was born April 10, 1845, near Cleveland, Ohio. His father, Asa H. Gurney, was a native of Ohio, and his mother, Catherine Sortor Gurney, a native Allegany County, New York. When he was ten years of age his parents moved to Lake County, Ohio, where they were located on a farm, and where Mr. Gurney received his education, attending school during the winter for several years, and afterward entered college at Berea, Ohio. In August, 1863, he went to Venango County, Pennsylvania, where he became foreman in the office of the McClintock Oil Company, where he remained until 1866 when he moved to Caldwell County, Missouri, and had charge of a drug and grocery business for a year and then came to Daviess County and settled in Colfax Township. In the fall of 1871 he was appointed United States mail agent on the North Missouri Railroad, and held the position three years when he again went into the drug business at New Castle, Gentry County, finally returning to Daviess County where he has since resided, engaged in teaching and farming. Mr. Gurney has been twice married; first in 1866, to Miss Carrie M. Cole, a native of Ohio, and by whom he had one son; Asa G., born January 25, 1868. He was again married, May 17, 1879, to Miss Marilla Mullins, of Daviess...

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Biography of M. J. Morlan

M.J. MORLAN. – This prominent citizen of The Dalles was born in Lake County, Ohio, in 1835. In 1846 he moved to La Salle County, Illinois. In that state his parents were successful in securing good land and in improving their farms; and this was the home of our subject until he attained his majority. With a somewhat limited education, but with abundance of muscle and determination, he began life for himself working as a hired hand on his father’s farm, and saving nearly all his earnings. His innate ambition and desire to reach the higher walks of life induced him to cross the plains in1857 to Portland, Oregon. Being but ill suited with this Webfoot metropolis, he returned eastward as far as Walla Walla and found a desirable location on the Touchet River, improving his own place and assisting the various ranchers until, in1860, he was able to buy a ranch at Dayton. His venture there, however, proving but a partial success, he disposed of his property in 1864, and removed again to Western Oregon, returning eastward in 1867 to Wasco County and engaging in sheep-husbandry. The first four years of that occupation were but little remunerative; and in 1871 he moved to Umatilla county, engaging very successfully in agriculture. In 1873 he was married to Miss Mary E. Jones, who has born him two children, Charles and...

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Biography of Joseph W. Huston

The history of a state as well as that of a nation is chiefly a chronicle of the lives and deeds of those who have conferred honor and dignity upon society. The world judges the character of a community by those of its representative citizens, and yields its tributes of admiration and respect for the genius or learning or virtues of those whose works and actions constitute the record of a state’s prosperity and pride. Among the distinguished citizens of Idaho is Judge Joseph Waldo Huston, of Boise, who holds distinctive precedence as an eminent lawyer and jurist, as a statesman, as a man of high scientific and literary attainments, a valiant and patriotic soldier and as one who occupied a most unique and trying position in an important epoch in our judicial history, in which connection he bore himself with such signal dignity and honor as to gain the respect of all. Judge Huston was born in Painesville, Ohio, April 10, 1833. On the paternal side his ancestors were from County Tyrone, Ireland, and were early settlers in the state of New Hampshire. The military record is one of which the family has every reason to be proud. The grandfather of the Judge valiantly aided in the struggle for independence, and his father, Caleb C. Huston, defended the new republic in the second war with England, after which...

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Biography of Trowbridge C. Egleston

Occupying a prominent position among the leading businessmen of Caldwell, Idaho, we find the subject of this biography, Trowbridge C. Egleston, wholesale and retail dealer in hardware, stoves, tinware, groceries, provisions, wagons and farm machinery. The business of which Mr. Egleston is the head was established in 1884 by Frank R. Coffin & Brother. In 1892 Mr. Egleston purchased the store and has since been at the head of its management, doing a prosperous business. He occupies a brick building, forty by one hundred and twenty-five feet in dimensions, with basement, and also has two large storehouses, in which his supply stock is kept. Mr. Egleston is a native of Ohio. He was born in Madison, that state, June 19, 1857 and traces his ancestry to England. The progenitor of the Egleston family in this country was Eben Egleston, who settled in Massachusetts at an early date. He was by trade a tanner, and was a most influential and worthy citizen. His family comprised three sons. Russell S. Egleston. the father of Trowbridge C. was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, and in early life had excellent educational advantages. He graduated at both Auburn Theological Seminary and Williams College, and was for many years in the active work of the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. He preached in Madison, Ohio, Westfield, Connecticut, and Gaines, New York, his pastoral work covering half...

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Biography of Francis E. Ensign

Holding marked prestige among the prominent members of the Idaho bar is Francis Edward Ensign, who is now engaged in the practice of the legal profession in Hailey. There are few-men whose lives are crowned with the honor and respect which is uniformly accorded him; but through forty-five years” connection with the west his has been an unblemished career. With him success in life has been reached by sterling qualities of mind and a heart true to every manly principle. In his varied business interests his reputation has been unassailable and in offices of public trust he has displayed a loyalty that classed him among the valued citizens of the commonwealth. He has nearly reached the seventieth milestone that marks earth’s pilgrimage, but is still concerned with the active affairs of life, and in the courts of his district displays a strong mentality undimmed by time and a power of argument that wins him many notable forensic victories. A native of Ohio, Mr. Ensign was born in Painesville, March 4, 1829, and is descended from English ancestors who came from the “merrie isle” to the New World, locating in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1630, only two years after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. A little later the Ensigns became pioneer settlers of Hartford, Connecticut. The paternal grandfather of our subject was one of the first settlers of...

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Biography of Selden B. Kingsbury

The profession of the law, when clothed with its true dignity and purity and strength, must rank first among the callings of men, for law rules the universe. The work of the legal profession is to formulate, to harmonize, to regulate, to adjust, to administer those rules and principles that underlie and permeate all government and society and control the varied relations of men. As thus viewed there attaches to the legal profession a nobleness that cannot but be reflected in the life of the true lawyer, who, rising to the responsibilities of his profession, and honest in the pursuit of his purpose, embraces the richness of learning, the profoundness of wisdom, the firmness of integrity and the purity of morals, together with the graces of modesty, courtesy and the general amenities of life. Of such a type Selden Bingham Kings-bury is a representative. For eighteen years he has practiced law in Idaho, and for five years has been a resident of Boise. Mr. Kingsbury was born in Camden, Lorain County, Ohio, on the 29th of October 1842, and is descended from New England ancestry. Members of the family became early settlers of Brockport, New York, and also of Lorain County, Ohio. Lemuel Kingsbury, the grandfather of our subject, valiantly aided the colonies in their struggle for independence, and lost a limb in battle. He attained the age of...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Bomgardner

Bomgardner, Joseph; mfr.; born, Wilmot, O., 1855; son of B. F. and Harriet Putnam Bomgardner; educated, grade school, Winfield, O., Commercial School, Painesville, O., Literary Course Mount Union College, Alliance, O.; married, Winfield, O., Oct. 24, 1878, Kizzie Olis; 4 children; no military record, and takes very little interest in politics; worked on his fathers’ farm until he was 21; salesman on the road for 30 years; in the meantime, in-vented a number of patent articles and is now engaged in the manufacture of a number of them; namely, elevators, invalid chairs, and beds, etc.; member advisory board, Colonial Savings & Loan Co.; member Chamber of Industry. Recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Apthorp

Apthorp, Henry; capitalist; born, Mayfield, Cuyahoga Co., O., Feb. 9, 1841; son of William and Chloe Howard Apthorp; educated, district school in Mayfield and later at academy in Mayfield and in Geauga Seminary; married, Willoughby, O., Dec. 8, 1859, Harriet E. Strong; one son, Warren; worked in a saw mill and hauled some of the lumber that went into the building of the Kennard House in Cleveland; until 22 years of age engaged in farming and lineman and foreman for the Western Union Telegraph Co. and the Lake Shore R. R.; 1876-1880, editor of The Democratic Standard of Ashtabula, O.; 1891, mngr. editor The Columbus Post; 1887-1909 special agt. the L. S. & M. S. R. R. in matters of state legislation in Ohio; in 1892 wrote and published a pamphlet against the proposed two-cent a mile railroad fare; in 1899 wrote a defence of the trusts, and in 1903 opposed Social-ism in a well-written pamphlet; prominent in politics; served two terms as member of the Ashtabula City Council, 1872-3 and 1883-4; 1885-7, railroad commissioner of Ohio; 1893-99, member Board of Managers of the Ohio State Penitentiary and of the Ohio State Reformatory,...

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Biographical Sketch of Warren Hervey Cowdery

Cowdery, Warren Hervey; mfgr.; born, Perry, O., May 21, 1853; son of Lyman Hervey and Sarah Holmes Cowdery; educated, High School, Painesville, O.; married, Geneva, O., Sept. 19, 1878, Hattie Kelley, two sons and two daughters; at 21 years of age, sec’y The Geneva Tool Co.; organized The Ashtabula Tool Co. in 1880; was sec’y and treas. of the company until 1902, then became 1st vice pres. of The American Fork & Hoe Co.; became pres. of the Company in 1908; pres. The National Handle Co.; trustee Hiram College; Ohio Christian Missionary Society; member Willowick Country...

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Biographical Sketch of Albert Judson Cook

Cook, Albert Judson; physician; born, Madison, Lake County, O., Jan. 3, 1850; son of George Turney and Louise Genung Cook; education, common schools and Western University, M. D., 1871; Ad Eundem degree, later; married, Madison, O., Oct. 1, 1873, Grace Evelyn Bidwell; four children, one living; district physician; six years member Board of Health; four years capt. and asst. surgeon, 5th Regiment, O. N. G.; 40 years practiced medicine and surgery in Cleveland; 2nd vice pres., director and chairman of daily and executive committee of The Broadway Savings & Trust Co.; director and member of appraisal and daily and weekly committees of The Woodland Ave. Savings & Trust Co.; interested in the Cleveland Worsted Mills Co. and The Grasselli Chemical Co.; member American Medical Ass’n; Ohio State Medical Ass’n, and Cleveland Academy of Medicine; member Chamber of Commerce and I. O....

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Bissell Cody

Cody, Henry Bissell; real estate; born, Painesville, O., Oct. 12, 1866; son of Lindus and Sarah Amelia Farnsworth Cody; educated, Central High School and Western Reserve University, 1891, A. B.; married, Cleveland, Feb. 26, 1895, Alma C. Canfield; one son, Louis Faucher Cody; pres. 1st Cleveland School Board; pres. Union Woodhill Realty Co.; treas. Woodhill and E. Boulevard Realty Co.; trustee Woman’s Hospital Ass’n, of Cleveland; member civic committee, Federated Churches; member Delta Tau, and Delta Upsilon College Fraternities; Chamber of Commerce and Euclid Club; owner and operator 28 allotments in and about...

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Biographical Sketch of William Knox

Knox, William; architect; born, Glasgow, Scotland, Jan. 20, 1858; son of Thomas and Margaret Neilson Knox; studied in the Free Church Seminary, in Glasgow, special course in architecture in Glasgow and Edinburgh; married, Painesville, O., June 21, 1891, Miss Agnes Julia Child; issue, three children, Carlos C., Beulah G., and M. Neilson; business career, successor to Mr. Aitken, in the firm of Moffett & Aitken, in Edinburgh; in 1886, left Scotland to travel; applied for and secured position with Burnham & Root, architects, of Chicago, Ill.; later office mgr. for Henry Ives Cobb, eminent architect; came to Cleveland in 1893; after a few months, formed partnership with J. H. Elliott, under firm name of Knox & Elliott; have been the architects for many fine buildings throughout the country and in the city, the Rockefeller Bldg., Trinity Congregational Church, building for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Elks’ Bldg., as well as numerous factories and beautiful residences; member American Ass’n for the Advancement of Science, Chamber of Commerce, Euclid, and Rowfant Clubs; interested in scientific research; has the finest collection of seaweed in the country; authority on the subject of...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank J. Jerome

Jerome, Frank J.; lawyer; born, Painesville, O., Nov. 3, 1855; son of Joseph and Susan C. Foster Jerome; educated, Painesville public schools and Ann Arbor Law School; married, Painesville, O., Sept. 10, 1884, Lucy E. Dingley; one son, Frank Jay Jerome; admitted to the bar in 1877; practiced in Painesville until 1893, most of the time in the firm of Burrows & Jerome; entered the law dept. of The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern R. R. Co., at Cleveland, June 1, 1893; appointed general attorney for that road in 1901 and general counsel in 1912; general counsel L. S. & M. S., its leased and operated lines; director Big Four Ry. Co., T. & O. Ry. Co., Lake Erie & Pittsburgh Ry. Co., Cleveland Short Line Ry. Co., Lake Erie & Eastern Ry. Co.; trustee Lake Erie College, Painesville; member Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and Union...

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Biographical Sketch of John C. Lowe

Lowe, John C.; umbrella manufacturer; born, Cleveland, Feb. 5, 1865; son of Frederick and Margaret Wittig Lowe; educated, Cleveland public schools, married, Painesville, Sept. 30, 1891, Bertha A. Taft; issue, John Raymond, born Oct. 22, 1892; Helen Margaret, born Nov. 25, 1894; Harold, born Aug. 4, 1897; Ward Russell, born Jan. 19, 1900; started in business March 10, 1890; pres. and treas. The John C. Lowe Co.; pres. and treas. Edward W. Alexander Co.; pres. The Heights Realty Co.; pres. The Boulevard Land Co.; pres. the American Realty Co., and treas. The Best Realty Co.; trustee Epworth Memorial Methodist Church; member Chamber of...

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Biographical Sketch of George Henry Wilson

WILSON, George Henry; dentist; born, Painesville, O., March 3, 1855; son of Dr. David C. and Marion (Flanders) Wilson; educated, High School, Painesville, D. D. S., University of Michigan, 1878; married Kittie, daughter of Rev. Lathrop Cooley, of Cleverland, Jan. 1, 1880; practiced dentistry, Painesville, 1878-1891, Cleveland, 1891; prof. clinical prosthetic dentistry, Cleveland University of Medicine and Surgery, 1891-1892; prof. prosthetic dentistry and metallurgy, Western Reserve University, 1892-1904; an editor Dentist’s Magazine, 1906-1909; member National Dental Ass’n; 1st pres., Cleveland Dental Library Ass’n; pres. Northern Ohio Dental Ass’n, 1887; Ohio State Dental Ass’n, 1893; Cleveland Dental Society, 1897; member Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity. Author: Manual of Dental Prosthetics, 1911; Chapter on Vulcanized Rubber as a Base for Artificial Dentures, in Turner’s American Text-Book of Prosthetic Dentistry, 1907; also many papers and articles in dental...

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