Location: Logan County IL

Biographical Sketch of A. M. Gott

Gott, A. M. (See Cordery)—Sue T., daughter of Charles, a native of Spartenberg Dist., S. Car., and Jane (Collins) Harris, was born July 6, 1846. Married Nov. 8, 1869, Alfred Mason Gott, born Sept. 28, 1844, in Logan County, Illinois. Was a member of Company A, Terry’s Texas Rangers before and during the Civil War. Mrs. Gott died March 30,...

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Biography of Eugene R. Van Meter, M. D.

Dr. Eugene R. Van Meter, one of the medical graduates of Washington university, who since 1905 has engaged in practice, is now specializing in diseases of the ear, nose and throat and has developed a high degree of proficiency in that field. A native of Illinois, he was born in Elkhart, Logan county, September 19, 1884. His father, the late William H. Van Meter, was also born in Illinois and came of Dutch ancestry, the family having been founded in America by Just Jans Van Meteren, who came to the new world in 1662 and settled in Ulster county, New York. Later generations changed the spelling of the name to the present form and in all of the wars of the country the family has been represented on the side of patriotism and of progress. William H. Van Meter, the father, was reared and educated in Illinois and there successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising. He was also a Civil war veteran, having served with Company F of the Seventy-third Regiment, volunteering in defense of the union and remaining with the army for four years. He spent his entire life in Illinois, passing away September 9, 1905, at the old home, when sixty-four years of age. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Catherine Cleary, is a native of Ohio and of Irish descent. She is...

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Biography of Richard Allen

Richard Allen had been professor of history in the Montgomery County High School since the organization of that excellent institution more than fifteen years ago. He is one of the most widely known educators in Southern Kansas. His Allen ancestors came originally from England, one branch settling in Massachusetts and the other in Virginia during colonial days. His grandfather, William Allen, was born in Virginia in 1780, and some years later the family moved across the mountains into Kentucky, and subsequently became early settlers in Illinois. William Allen died in White County, Illinois, in 1845. Richard Allen was born in Logan County, Illinois, December 7, 1864. His father, B. F. Allen, was born in White County of that state in 1833, and was one of the Kansas pioneers, Reared in Illinois, and taking up the vocation of farmer there he first came out to Kansas in 1859, when it was still a territory. He spent some time near Augusta in Butler County, being there when the population was almost completely composed of Indians and before the homestead act was passed. He afterwards returned to Illinois, and served as a soldier in the Civil war, but after four months was incapacitated being taken ill with cholera and his life was despaired of for some time. After the war he followed farming in Logan County, Illinois, but in 1871 emigrated across...

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Biography of Daniel Mooney

Daniel Mooney, proprietor of a fine and valuable farm in section 18 of Compromise Township, came to America from Ireland about the close of the Civil War, and has had a long and active career in America for more than half a century. He was born in the north of Ireland, a son of Peter and Mary (Graham) Mooney. His parents died in the old country when Daniel was about twenty years of age. He had the usual education given to Irish boys, and about the time his parents died, having heard much of the opportunities of America, he came to this country, first joining his cousin, Patrick Grimes. From New York he came on to Illinois, having friends in Sangamon County, and was soon working at farm labor at wages of $20 a month. One of the great events with which he associates his coming to America was the assassination of President Lincoln at the close of the Civil War. Central Illinois was by no means so attractive or beautiful as old Ireland, but Mr. Mooney had the true Irish grit and determination and determined to make the best of his circumstances. While working as a farm hand on the raw prairie there were many unpleasant things to contend with, including mosquitoes and flies, fever and ague. He was industrious, and in a few years felt justified in...

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Biography of Carl Wilhelm Spoehrle

Carl Wilhelm Spoehrle. Since his arrival in Champaign County in 1873 the career of Carl Wilhelm Spoehrle has been one in which industry, integrity and fidelity have served to give him an ever-increasing success, a standing as a reputable and substantial citizen, and the respect of the community in which he has so long resided. At the time of his arrival he was in modest circumstances, and he found the new community in which he settled little more than a raw prairie. His own development from his former position to one of affluence has kept steady pace with the progress of the county to its present proud position among the leading agricultural centers of the state. Mr. Spoehrle was born in Germany, a son of Gottlieb and Katherine Spoehrle, natives of that country, where their entire lives were spent. Carl W. was given an ordinary educational training by honorable parents who were possessed of only moderate financial means, and in his youth showed himself ambitious to make something of himself. The opportunities in his native land, however, were not any too plentiful, and his future did not seem bright, so that when nineteen years of age he was glad to accept the invitation of his sister, Christina Magdalina, who had preceded him, to come to the United States. He accordingly took passage on a sailing vessel, and after a...

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Biography of John Francis McCabe

John Francis McCabe. A man of broad usefulness and influence in the community was taken away in the death of John Francis McCabe. He stood high among all classes of people, was industrious, quiet in his manner, seldom attracting much attention beyond the borders of his own neighborhood, but wherever known was recognized for his sterling merits and his efficiency in everything he undertook. Mr. McCabe was born in Logan County, Illinois, a son of John and Ann (Spencer) McCabe. His parents were natives of Ireland, coming to America when young and marrying in this country. When John F. was a year and a half old they located in Champaign County. There were only two sons in the family, James E. and John F. The McCabes were among the pioneers of Champaign County and acquired an estate of 520 acres. All of this was developed, cultivated and beautified through the efforts of the family. The home is in section 10 of Harwood Township and it is one that does credit to those who contributed to its development. John F. McCabe married Mary Agnes Quinlin. She was born at Farmer City in DeWitt County, Illinois, a daughter of Michael and Mary (McKevitt) Quinlin. Her father was born in Ireland and her mother in Ohio and they were married at Lincoln, Illinois. Mrs. McCabe was the second of nine children. With...

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Biography of Johnathan T. Snyder

Jonathan T. Snyder. One of the old homesteads of Williamsport Township in Shawnee County is that of Jonathan T. Snyder. He had been a resident of Kansas nearly fifty years, and during almost all that time had been continuously devoted to farming and stock raising. At the same time he had borne an infinential part in the affairs of his home community and is one of the highly respected men of that section of Shawnee County. He was born on a farm near Johnsville, in Morrow County, Ohio, August 14, 1845, a son of John and Mary (Held) Snyder, the former a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the latter of Germany. Of the nine children, six are still living. Beared in his native state, with a practical education in the district schools, Jonathan T. Snyder early in life started out to make his own way. In the spring of 1869 he came west as far as Logan County, Illinois, and in the fall of the same year journeyed on to Kansas. The first three years of his residence in Kansas were spent in the employ of the Santa Fe Railway. Since then he had been altogether a farmer and stock raiser, and though now past seventy years of age is still carrying on the work on his wife’s father’s old homestead, which he pre-empted from the Government, and...

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Biography of Mahlon F. Stout

Mahlon F. Stout. Many of the finest citizens of Kansas were never heard of outside of their home state. Their names in fact have not been generally known outside of their home communities and counties. They led quiet, unostentatious lives. They did the duties which lay nearest them, they were honest, straightforward, beloved and idolized in their home, upheld all the moral virtues and practically everything which their lives touched was benefited thereby. Such a citizen was the late Mahlon F. Stout of Williamsport Township in Shawnee County. He did not live to a great age, but he filled his brief life with a multitude of kindly and benignant activities. He was born in Clinton County. Ohio, June 30, 1850, one of fourteen children. Of the thirteen that grew to maturity only three are now living. Their parents were Seneca and Rachel (Clevenger) Stout. Seneca Stout was an Ohio farmer, a Methodist and a republican. In 1857 the family removed to Illinois, first locating in Logan County and afterwards in Tazewell County, where both parents died. The youthful years of Mahlon F. Stout were largely spent in Tazewell County, Illinois. His home was a farm and his environment the wholesome country district. A distrlct school gave him an education, but he was able to attend it only during the winter months. Two of his older brothers entered the Union...

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Biographical Sketch of Ivan T. Quick

Quick, Ivan T.; general insurance; born, Canada, April 5, 1888; son of Oscar and Clara Clark Quick; educated, Lincoln, Ill., Odd Fellows Orphan’s Home, eighth grade; clerk in wholesale grocery house in Aurora, Ill., in 1904; 1905, came to Cleveland; formed partnership of Quick & Hunter, in Pittsburgh, in 1906, failed; was then in the employ of the East Ohio Gas Co. for a year and a half; employed by The Paul E. Kroehle Co., merchandise brokers, in 1908; employed by The Manhattan Soap Co., of New York City, as salesman, in 1909; started in the insurance business in Cleveland, March, 1910, under J. J. Shipley; formed the partnership of Shipley & Quick, in 1911; entered the corporation of Shipley & Quick Co., in 1912; pres. Shipley & Quick Co.; sec’y and director The Cooperative Investment Co.; director the Utility Sales Co.; member The Independent Order of Odd...

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Reece, William J. – Obituary

William J. Reece died Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.H. Bonner, at Weiser, Idaho. He had been there only a few days, as his son, Floyd, had taken him there last week from Yakima, Wash., where he had been for some time with another daughter, Mrs. Willard Phillips. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church, Enterprise, tomorrow, Friday, at 2 p.m. and burial will be in the Enterprise cemetery. C.L. Booth has driven to Weiser for the body accompanied by Emerson and Floyd Reece. Mr. Reece was born in Logan county, Illinois, Dec. 20, 1869 and was married Dec. 20, 1891, to Margaret Ann Cox. They moved to Oklahoma where they farmed a few years and then came to Oregon more than 2 years ago. Mrs. Reece died June 21, 1934, and the surviving children are: Mrs. E.H. Bonner of Weiser, Idaho; Mrs. Willard Philips of Yakima, Wash.; Mrs. F.E. Laird of Hermiston; A.M. Reece of Grandview, Wash.; and Lacy, Wilbur, Floyd, Emerson, Homer and Wayne Reece, all of Enterprise. A brother, Lon Reece, lives in Kansas. During his residence in the county Mr. Reece made many friends. He was generous and loyal and a man of fine character. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper, Enterprise, Oregon, dated February 11, 1936 Contributed by: Michelle...

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Bonner, Lois (Reece) – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Lois Bonner, 91 years old, of Weiser, Idaho, died Feb. 14, 1984 at Weiser, Idaho at the Weiser Care Center. Services were Feb. 17, 1984 at the Thomason Funeral Chapel in Weiser. Burial was at the Hillscrest cemetery. She was born Sept. 26, 1892 at Atlanta, Ill., the daughter of William J. & Margaret Reece. She was married to Earl Bonner on Dec. 14, 1917 in Enterprise. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon, Feb. 23, 1984 Contributed by Michelle...

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Biography of Alfred Mason Gott

Alfred Mason Gott is quietly passing his days in the home of his niece, Mrs. D. D. Howell of Nowata, and around him are many relics, showing that all of his days have not been as quiet and peaceful as at the present, for he is numbered among the old Indian fighters of this section of the country and has passed through all of the experiences and hardships of pioneer life and the later era of progress and development. That his business affairs have been carefully managed is indicated in the fact that he is now one of the largest property owners in Nowata, holding both improved and unimproved land. The story of his life if written in detail would present many most interesting and oft-times thrilling chapters. Mr. Gott was born in Logan County, Illinois, September 28, 1841, his parents being Robert L. and Sarah (Seward) Gott. The former was a son of Jonathan Gott, a native of Kentucky, in which state he was reared. Mrs. Sarah Gott was a native of Ohio. During the infancy of Alfred M. Gott his parents left Illinois and removed to Falls County, Texas, where he pursued his education in subscription schools. With the outbreak of the Civil war he joined Captain Harrison’s regiment known as the Terry Texas Rangers and for a time was under the command of General Joe Wheeler....

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Jewell, Jessee – Obituary

In Memorium In memory of Jesse Jewell who died at Cove Oregon, April 25, 1894, age 53 years and 16 days. Mr. Jewell was borne in Buttler county, Ohio, April 9, 1841, came to Illinois with his father, in the year ’59, residing there until the war 1861. He enlisted, at the age of 23, serving three years, then re-enlisting and serving until the close of the war, 1865. He then married Miss Sarah Hetchler, September 21?, 1865, at Lincoln, Ill., uniting with the Methodist church at that place living there 11 years. He came to Cove, Oregon, 1876, where he has resided until his death. He joined the Baptist church at Cove, December 4, 1892, of which he has been a faithful member. He was the father of 10 children – one having preceded him to the Heavenly home- five sons and four daughters, remaining. One daughter married, living at Enterprise, Oregon. He was an affectionate husband and loving father leaving a wife, 9 children and many friends to mourn his loss. A FRIEND Eastern Oregon Republican Tuesday, May 1,...

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Biography of Willis Franklin Sams

Willis Franklin Sams. Neosho County figures as one of the most attractive, progressive and prosperous divisions of the State of Kansas, justly claiming a high order of citizenship and a spirit of enterprise which is certain to conserve consecutive development and marked advancement in the material upbuilding of the section. The county had been and is signally favored in the class of men who have controlled the affairs of its different communities in official capacities, and in this connection Willis Franklin Sams, commissioner of finance of Chanute, is worthy of representation as one who had served the locality faithfully and well in positions of distinct trust and responsibility. Mr. Sams was born in Logan County, Illinois, January 8, 1862, and is a son of William H. and Almira (Buckles) Sams. On the paternal side he is descended from an old English family which located in North Carolina in Colonial days, his paternal grandfather being a native of Tennessee, born in 1804. The grandfather, who was a farmer by vocation, was the pioneer into Illinois, and there rounded out his long and industrious life, passing away at Mount Pulaski, that state, in 1874. William H. Sams, the father of Willis F. Sams, was born in 1841, in Logan County, Illinois, and was there reared, educated and married. In 1862 he enlisted in Company B, One Hundred Sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer...

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Biography of Hon. Jeremiah D. Botkin

Hon. Jeremiah D. Botkin. This distinguished citizen of Kansas was born April 24, 1849, in a log house on a farm in Logan County, Illinois. His parents were Richard and Nancy (Barr) Botkin, and his ancestry traces straight back to a Revolutionary hero. Richard Botkin was born April 24, 1822, in Clark County, Ohio, and he died at Wellington, Kansas, March 24, 1898. He was a son of George and Sarah (Hester) Botkin, the father being a native of Virginia and the son of Charles Botkin, a Revolutionary soldier from that state, and the mother a native of Ohio. Richard Botkin was a farmer all his life. He removed from Ohio to Illinois in 1844 and engaged in farming there until 1866, when he came to Kansas and bought an improved farm in Linn County. In 1879 he removed to Harper County and took an active part in the original organization of that county. In 1888 he retired from farm life and his death occurred ten years later. In politics he was a sound republican. He was one of the old members of the Masonic fraternity, and from youth up had been a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In Logan County, Illinois, in 1848, Richard Botkin was married to Mrs. Nancy (Barr) Cline. Her people were pioneers in Sangamon County, Illinois, and she was born on a...

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