Location: Lamar Colorado

Biography of W. S. Mourning

The successful contractor is not only a skilled mechanic but must also possess the qualifications of sound business judgment and above all a thorough integrity and honesty in carrying out every detail of his work. Those are the qualities at the basis of W. S. Mourning’s success as a contraetor of Wichita. While one of the younger men in the business in Kansas, he had a record of many contracts successfully carried out and his business is still growing. He was born at Quincy, Illinois, May 22, 1883. In 1884 his parents moved to Northwestern Kansas, his father taking up a claim in Sherman County. Besides farming be was also a manufacturer of brick. He conducted a brick yard in Sherman County until 1895, and then continued in the same line of business at Lamar, Colorado. While getting his edncation in the local schools W. S. Mourning learned the business of brick manufacture from his father and also acquired the trade of brick layer. For several years prior to coming to Wichita he followed brick contracting in various cities, and thus gained a broad knowledge of the business. Mr. Mourning had been a resident of Wichita since 1910. As a contractor his specialty is heavy construction and brick work. A number of handsome residences also attest his activity here, one of then being the Evans residence on Belmont Avenue....

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Biography of Zolo A. Emerson

Zolo A. Emerson. Through the business ability and courtesy of its owner the general merchandise store of Zolo A. Emerson in a comparatively short time has become an important source of supply to the people of Auburn and the surrounding vicinity. In addition to rendering this service to his fellow citizens, Mr. Emerson has a further claim to their esteem in the manner in which he is discharging the duties [p.1749] of postmaster, which office he has efficiently filled since his appointment in 1908. Mr. Emerson is a native of Holmes County, Ohio, born at Millersburg, September 24, 1873, one of the eight children of Albert B. and Betsy L. (Doughty) Emerson. The father was born in Ohio, while the mother, a native of Nottinghamshire, England, came to the United States when twelve years of age with her parents, who located at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a miller by trade. Mr. Doughty came to Kansas, in 1872, and ran a mill on the Cottonwood River, which is still dependent upon water power for its operation. Albert B. Emerson received his educational advantages in Keene, Ohio. In his youth he mastered the shoemaker and harnessmaker’s trades, which he followed until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he enlisted in Company I, Ninety-seventh Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served bravely and faithfully through three years of the war. He participated...

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Alfred Todd of Portland OR

Alfred Todd9, (Oliver H.8, Alfred7, Caleb6, Caleb5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 24, 1878, in Colon, Mich., married Oct. 10, 1907, Myrtle Biddleman, of Thornberg, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Michigan, June 20, 1906, after which he practised law in Lamar, Colo., for about six years. They moved later to Portland, Ore. Children: 2569. Oliver Elwyn, b. May 24, 1909. 2570. Rebecca Biddleman, b. April 29, 1911. 2571. Priscilla Fredericka, b. Jan. 6,...

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Hopkins, Orange Allen – Obituary

Orange Hopkins, 88, a former Baker City resident, died April 2, 2005, at his home in Winnemucca, Nev. His funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the Baker Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St. Orange Allen Hopkins was born July 10, 1916, at Lamar, Colo., to Olive and Chester Hopkins. He had a family of five brothers and sisters: Calvin Hopkins, Evelyn Ames, Emma Ellis, Bill Hopkins and Ava Fullerton. The family moved to Idaho when Orange was a teen. He had a great love for horses, and worked with them his entire life. He married Eila “Babe” Buffington in August 1940. Together they had seven children: Joanne Allen, Richard Hopkins, Donna Coble, Kaye Fleming, Linda Peters, Rosanne Van Patten, and Chester Hopkins. They were married for 30 years. Orange lived and worked in many Western states as a roofer, construction worker, sheepherder, and apple orchard manager. He owned and operated an auto-wrecking yard in Portland for many years. While auto racing, he met and became friends with the Ray brothers, Joe and Jess. The family soon attended Pastor Ray’s Church. Baker City was Orange’s home during his highway construction years. He retired from highway construction work in 1980 and moved to Boise. He met Carolyn...

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Biography of William Colfax Markham

William Colfax Markham, son of the late Dr. L. A. Markham and younger brother of Dean Markham of Baker University, is a Kansas man distinguished by exceptional talents and a versatile ability which have caused him to be referred to as editor, poet, playwright and enterprising citizen. He was born at Bolivar, Ohio, September 10, 1868, and he spent his youth in the various places where his father was engaged in his ministerial labors. For three years he was a student in Baldwin University at Berea, Ohio, and in 1886 he moved with his parents to Missouri and subsequently entered Baker University at Baldwin, Kansas, where he was graduated A. B. in 1891. During the six years he spent in college his entire allowance was only $400, and he supplemented this by working as a janitor and at other sources of profitable employment. Mr. Markham was very prominent at Baker, and became founder of the class organization, the House of Hanover. This organization had been perpetuated at Baker to the present time. He also founded the Alpha Omega fraternity, which eventually became part of the Delta Tau Delta. He had the distinction of having been initiated by the Karnea at Cleveland, Ohio, when the Alpha Omega was incorporated in the Delta Tau Delta. Immediately after graduating from Baker Mr. Markham went to Lamar, Colorado, where he was employed a...

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Fullerton, Ava Marie Hopkins Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Ava Marie Fullerton, 70, of Baker City died April 11, 2002, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise of lung cancer. At her request, her body was cremated. There will be a memorial service April 27 to celebrate her life. The time and place will be announced later. The family asks that no flowers be given. Ava was born on Dec. 29, 1931, at her home in Lamar, Colo., to Chester and Olive Hopkins. The family moved to Idaho when Ava was young. She attended grade school at Houston, Idaho, and Notus, Idaho, and attended high school at Caldwell, Idaho. Ava married John Nysingh at Caldwell and they had one daughter, Mayree. Ava later married Earl Cantrell of Cascade, Idaho. Ava, Earl and Mayree lived at Smiths Ferry, Idaho, and at Cascade, Idaho, for several years. Ava worked at Cascade, Banks and for Alan Fackrell at Clear Creek. She also worked in Emmett and Salmon, Idaho. Ava married Jim Fullerton in the late 1960s. They lived at Nyssa, Bellingham, Wash., and Klamath Falls. She lived at Payette, Idaho, and worked in Ontario before moving to Baker City. Survivors include a brother, Orange Hopkins of Winnemucca, Nev.; a sister-in-law, Eila Lewis of Baker City; and numerous nieces and nephews living in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, California, Utah, Nevada, Oklahoma and Florida. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker...

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