Location: Lincoln Nebraska

Biography of J. W. Searson, Prof.

It is a laudable aim of educational institutions continually to bring solidity and scholarship to their teaching boards, thereby adding greatness to their organizations and at the same time making certain the wider diffusion of knowledge. The Kansas State Agricultural College, at Manhattan, Kansas, had pursued this course in the selection of its faculty, with the result that some of the ablest and most enlightened educators of the country devote their time and efforts to this progressive institution. Among these mention may be particularly made of Prof. J. W. Searson who, for the past six years, had occupied the chair of English. J. W. Searson was born on a farm near Grand Island, Nebraska, in 1873. His educational training began early in the country schools, after which he pursued academic and collegiate courses. When only twenty-six years old he received his Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, having won his Bachelor’s degree in the previous years, entering the university after being graduated from the Grand Island High School in 1891. He had since been working for his Doctor’s degree. Mr. Searson entered the educational field as an instructor very early and his abilities soon won definite recognition. In 1894-95 he was principal of the Weeping Water High School, and from 1896 to 1898 he was a teaching fellow in the department of history in the University of Nebraska....

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Biography of R. D. Greer

It is with pleasure that we. are enabled to grant consideration in this volume of the history of Malheur County to the estimable gentleman whose name is at the head of this article, since he is one who partakes of die real spin of the pioneer and since he is a man of excellent qualities and since he has wrought in this vicinity for the substantial progress and up building of the same for many years. Mr. Greer was born in Ohio, on September 28, 1850, being the son of Guin and Elizabeth Greer. In 1866 he came with his parents to Lancaster County. Nebraska and there he received the completion of his education and gave his attention to farming. He first came to Malheur County in 1875, and then two years later returned to Nebraska, only to come west again in 188o. Settlement was made at Emmett, Idaho, and twelve years he labored there, then removed to Weiser, where he operated in the lumbering industry and then moved to Ontario, and there embarked on the mercantile sea. He continued in a successful business there until 1900, when he sold his interests and came to his present place, one mile southeast from Owyhee post office. He has one quarter section, well irrigated and improved and productive of good dividends annually. Mr. Greer is active in the affairs of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Roswell W. Clement

Among the leading agriculturists of Malheur county is to be mentioned the subject of this sketch, whose life has manifested a worthy record of honest and rigorous endeavor, dominated with sagacity and tempered with prudence and display of affability and genial bearing toward all. In Middleville, Barry county, Michigan, on January 5, 1862, occurred the happy event of the birth of Roswell W. Clement, his parents being Judge James T. and Lucy (Hayes) Clement. The family came to Usage, Iowa, while our subject was a small child, and thence they removed to the vicinity of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1868. In these various places Roswell W. was reared, receiving a good education from the common schools. 1881 marks the date when they again removed toward the west, this time journeying with teams, one of which our subject drove the entire distance, to Payette, Idaho, making the trip in eighty days. Here on September 11. 1884, Mr. Clement married Miss Harriet, daughter of John and Melissa Neal, and a native of Denver, Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Neal were early pioneers of the Payette Valley, coming thither from Denver, in which town they also were among the first settlers and lived there when flour retailed at fifty dollars per sack. To Mr. and Mrs. Clement there have been born four children named as follows: Martha Ethel, James R., Walter and Buell J....

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Biographical Sketch of Charles W. Reed

Charles W. Reed is a farmer and successful stockman with home in section 16 of Philo Township. His rural mail delivery comes from Tolono on Route No. 48. Mr. Reed was born in Marshall County, Illinois, March 11, 1869, son of John Caldwell and Mary (Bell) Reed. Both parents were born in Virginia and in early life moved to Illinois. In 1879 John C. Reed came to Champaign County, locating on the farm in section 16 of Philo Township where his son Charles now resides. Both parents are now deceased. Their five children were named: Charles W.; Henry K., deceased; Mary Bell, wife of Professor E. H. Wells, of the University of Nebraska; John, of Ligonier, Indiana; and James, of Philo Township. Charles W. Reed grew up and received his education in Champaign County and at his father’s death took charge of the farm for three years. He then went to Lincoln, Nebraska, bought eighty acres in that part of the state, but after a year went to Denver and in the fall of the same year returned to Philo, Illinois. In the spring of 1906 he entered upon his duties as manager of the old homestead of 160 acres, and has steadily and profitably directed the operations of that fine farm for over ten years. He raises the staple crops and also handles good live stock. On December...

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Biography of Samuel V. Mallory

Samuel V. Mallory, now superintendent of the city schools of Morrill, Brown County, had been a, Kansas educator for many years. He had been connected at different times with the public schools of three states–Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma–and both as a teacher and administrator his work rests upon the seeure foundation of sincere and effective service. Mr. Mallory had lived in Kansas since early youth and he represents some of the best elements of American ancestry. His great-grandfather, John William Mallory, spent his life in Virginia, having been born near Harper’s Ferry. He married Elizabeth peyton, who was the daughter of an officer in the Revolutionary war. Mr. Mallory’s grandfsther was Valentine Roger Mallory, who was born at Harper’s Ferry in Virginia in 1797, and moved from that state to Sangamon County, Illinois, near the capital at Springfield, and was an early farmer in that district. He died at Springfield in 1866. His wife was Nancy Dawson, a native of Kentucky. Several generations of the family were represented in and around Springfield, Illinois, and it was in that city that Samuel V. Mallory was born April 16, 1856. His father is the venerable R. U. Mallory, who was born at Springfield in 1828 and is still living, nearly ninety years of age, at Morrill, Kansas. He grew up and married at Springfield, became a farmer, and in 1871 migrated...

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Biography of Theodore H. Polace

Theodore H. Polace has been a lawyer of recognized standing and ability at the Marysville bar for over thirty-five years. His career began as a teacher, but he soon turned to the law and had found in it an occupation fitted to his talents and tastes, and had made it the medium of his chief service in the world. Mr. Polace was born near Grete in Will County, Illinois, March 12, 1860. He comes of a scholarly family and one that had given several members to the ministry of the Lutheran Church. His father, Rev. Gustav W. Polack, was born at Strassburg, Germany, in 1826. He grew up in that city, studied for the ministry in Berlin, and soon after the German revolution of 1848 came to America with hundreds and thousands of his compatriots. He located near Cincinnati, Ohio, and soon was given charge of the Weiszeichen German Lutheran Church. About 1856 he removed to the vicinity of Crete, Illinois, and in 1868 took charge of a church at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In the spring of 1879 he came to Kansas to accept the position of pastor of the Herrmansburg Church in Marshall County. He was untiring in the work of the ministry, and died while still in the harness. He had preached fifty years, and death came to him while he was still pastor of the Herrmansburg...

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Biography of William Clarence Howie

Out of the depths of his mature wisdom Carlyle wrote, “History is the essence of innumerable biographies,” and Macaulay has said, “The history of a nation is best told in the lives of its people.” It is therefore fitting that the sketches of Idaho’s eminent and distinguished men should find a place in this volume, and to the number belongs William Clarence Howie, a prominent lawyer of Mountain Home. A native of Iowa, he was born in Davis County, near the Missouri state line, November 27, 1860. The Howie family originated in France. Two brothers, who were French Huguenots, were driven out of that country on account of their religious views and fled to Scotland, one locating in the highlands, the other in the lowlands. From the latter our subject is descended. He founded a family in Scotland that became renowned in the history of that country, many representatives of the name occupying prominent positions in public life. John Howie, the father of our subject, was born on Prince Edwards island. His parents had started for America, and in a storm the vessel on which they sailed sought refuge in the harbor of the island, whereon occurred the birth of the son. On reaching the New World the grandparents located in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and later the grandfather removed to Illinois, where he died in the eighty-ninth year of...

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Biographical Sketch of X. X. Crum

Crum, X. X.; real estate; born in Macoupin County, Ill.; educated, public schools Lombard University and Blackburn University, degree of A. B.; in 1883, married Miss Marcia Phelps; issue, two sons; supt. of schools for five years in Carlinville, Dl.; teacher of sciences in Keokuk, Ia.; supt. of schools of Lincoln, Neb.; came to Cleveland in 1881, as sec’y and treas. of the Board of Trade, later known as the Chamber of Commerce; wrote the history ,of the Chamber of Commerce and the Commercial Life of Cleveland; organized the National Safe & Lock Co.; charge of Safe Dept. of MacNeale & Urban Co., of Cincinnati; after four years returned to Cleveland, and entered the real estate business; specialty, city blocks; member Chamber of Commerce and various...

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Biographical Sketch of John Murton Gundry

Gundry, John Murton; banker; born, Mineral Point, Wis., Sept. 7, 1859; educated, public schools in Mineral Point and Northwestern University; left at close of junior year; three law course at Baldwin University, graduated, 1903, LL. B.; married, Sept. 5, 1894, Frances Ruth Gilchrist; issue, five children; spent one year in Chicago, then went to Silverton, Colo.; went into the San Juan County Bank; became partner and cashier of the bank in 1882; acting cashier for a time of the First National Bank of Lincoln, Neb.; same position in the Schuyler National Bank of Schuyler, Neb.; in 1888, engaged in coal operations in the Santana Mountains of Southern California; left in 1889, and spent the summer on Puget Sound; came to Cleveland in 1890; one of the organizers, sec’y and treas. of the Mechanics Savings Bank; elected pres. in 1892, continuing position when bank became Lake Shore Banking & Savings Co., and later Lake Shore Banking & Trust Co.; veteran member Troop A; Republican; member St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Phi Kappa Sigma and Delta Gamma Chi fraternities; Chamber of Commerce, and Union, University, Hermit and Euclid Clubs. Recreations: Golf and Music; summer home at East Orleans on Cape Cod,...

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Biographical Sketch of Leroy Pursel Sawyer

Sawyer, Leroy Pursel; gen. mgr.; born, Schoolcraft, Mich., Dec. 26, 1878; son of Herbert Brown and Lina Frances Pursel Sawyer; educated, public schools, Lincoln, Neb.; Preparatory School, 1899, degree of B. S.; married, Cleveland, Dee. 4, 1907, Jessamine A. Pike, one son, Joseph Sawyer, born, Sept. 23, 1909; father’s home was in Vermont; went to Michigan in 1878, to Nebraska in 1885; prominent in real estate; died in 1895; was alderman of Lincoln, Nebraska, from Republican party; has been in business in Cleveland since February 1905; formerly in the electrical business in Minneapolis, and Chicago; gen. mgr. The Bukeye Electric Works; vice pres. National Electric Lamp Ass’n; member American Institute Electrical Engineers, and National Electric Light Ass’n; member Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Theta Nu Epsilon fraternities, Sons of Jove (Electrical), Chamber of Commerce, Hermit, and Athletic...

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Biography of Nelson Antrim Crawford

Nelson Antrim Crawford is professor of industrial journalism and superintendent of printing with the Kansas State Agricultural College. For several years he was instructor in English in the Agricultural College but has been head of the journalism work since April, 1914. In his special department he has done important work for the Agricultural College. For several years of his early life he was a newspaper reporter and was thus no stranger to the practical phases of journalism when he came to his present position. He has in the past two years increased the work of the department threefold. By virtue of being professor of industrial journalism he is also editor of The Kansas Industrialist, the organ of the Kansas State Agricultural College, and has charge of the college advertising and publicity. He is also editor of The Kansas Churchman, the official paper of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. He was born at Miller, South Dakota, but was reared at Council Bluffs, Iowa, where for many years his father practiced law. His father, Nelson Antrim Crawford, Sr., was born in Ohio of Scotch lineage, the Crawfords being an old Pennsylvania family. The senior Crawford married Fannie Vandercook, who was born in Wisconsin of Holland Dutch origin. She is directly descended from New York Knickerbocker ancestry, and one of her forefathers was Simon Vandercook, an officer in the American Revolution. The...

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Law, Oscar – Obituary

George Law received news of the death of his father, Oscar Law at Lincoln, Nebr. Saturday and left for that place Sunday. The old gentleman was 78 years old and a veteran of the civil war. Both he and his wife made the trip out last summer to the G.A.R. reunion at Portland and visited their son and family here at that time. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday May 22,...

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Biography of Frank Strong

Frank Strong has been chancellor of the University of Kansas since August, 1902. Mr. Strong was educated as a lawyer, but soon turned to school work, and is not only one of the recognized leaders in executive administration of school affairs but a scholar and authority in the field of history. Chancellor Strong was born at Venice, New York, August 5, 1859, a son of John Butler and Mary (Foote) Strong. He spent part of his early life on a farm. His father was for many years internal revenue collector at Auburn, New York, Frank Strong attended the public schools, the Auburn, New York, High School, and in 1884 graduated with the degree of A. B. from Yale College. He spent one year in the Yale Law School, was admitted to the bar at Rochester, New York, in 1886, and in the same year moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he practiced as an attorney at law until 1888. From 1888 until 1902 Mr. Strong was principal of the high school of St. Joseph, Missouri. He then became superintendent of schools of Lincoln, Nebraska, where he remained until 1905. In the meantime, in 1893, he received the degree of Master of Arts from Yale University. He was a post-graduate student at Yale from 1895 to 1897, and in the latter year was given the degree Doctor of Philosophy. From...

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Breshears, W.R., Mrs. – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Mrs. W.R. Breshears Dies at Hospital Mrs. W. Reuben Breshears of Wallowa died Friday morning, April 10, 1942, at the Enterprise hospital where she had been a patient for the past week. She was sixty five years of age and had not been well for a long time. Mrs. Breshears was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and from there moved to Springfield, Illinois. She was married in 1905. The family have been residents of Wallowa county for twenty-five years and have lived in the town of Wallowa for the past eight years. Surviving, besides her husband, are four children, Mrs. Frances Babb of Eugene, Vernon of Eugene, Ralph of Seattle, and Mrs. Aetna Reed of Wallowa. A son, William, died several years ago at Lostine. She is also survived by four step sons, Jess Breshears of La Grande, Charles of Elgin, Herman of Yakima and Everett. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Booth Chapel in Enterprise with Rev. Oliver M. Adams of the Community Congregational Church officiating and burial was in Enterprise cemetery. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, April 16, 1942. Contributed by: Sue...

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Biography of W. F. Kendall

W. F. Kendall, who has been a resident of Bartlesville for the past two decades, is well known as proprietor of the Crescent Planing Mills, in which connection he is conducting a business of extensive proportions. His birth occurred in Iroquois County, Illinois, on the 25th of November, 1880, his parents being W. R. and Elizabeth (Vennum) Kendall, the former a building contractor. In 1896 the family home was established in Lincoln, Nebraska, while five years later a removal was made to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where both the father and mother of W. F. Kendall still reside, the former having now reached the notable old age of ninety-nine years. Mrs. Elizabeth Kendall has passed the eighty-sixth milestone on life’s journey and both she and her husband are well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which they make their home. They reside with Mr. Kendall of this review, as does also their daughter, Mrs. E. K. Saurer. W. F. Kendall had attained his majority when he came with his parents to Bartlesville. Following in the business footsteps of his father he became identified with building operations as a contractor. In 1920, however, he abandoned that field of activity and purchased the business of the Crescent Planing Mills, which were established in Bartlesville thirteen years ago. As proprietor thereof he is actively engaged in the manufacture of doors, windows, cabinet...

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