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Biography of James and Thomas Surridge

The Surridge Brothers, of Bridgeport, Idaho County, came to the territory of Idaho in June 1876, and are numbered among the most enterprising and progressive citizens of the community in which they make their home. They are both natives of London, England, sons of John and Mary (Cochran) Surridge, who emigrated to America in 1859, bringing with them their three children. They located at Milan, Monroe County, Michigan, where the father improved a good farm and spent his remaining days. Mr. Surridge died in 1898, at the age of seventy-two years, and his wife is still living, in 1899 at the age of seventy-three. Five children were added to the family in Michigan and all the sons and daughters yet survive. James Surridge was born July 3, 1847, and Thomas Surridge in October 1849. When they became young men they went to California and thence removed to Camas prairie, where they now reside. They took up government land and successfully and extensively engaged in stock raising, being the first to introduce Clydesdale horses and Berkshire hogs into this section of the county. They also graded their cattle with the Durham breed, and thus did much to advance the interests of the stock-raisers of Idaho by improving the grade of cattle, horses and hogs raised. They have become large landowners, their possessions aggregating two thousand two hundred acres, of which...

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Biography of Hon. John S. Barrett

The pluckiest men, those who may go down temporarily in the world’s great battle, but who will never give up the fight and are certain to overcome all obstacles and win the victory sooner or later, are those who have gone into the battle while yet in their childhood, and as boys have done the work of men, and have been men before their time. An illustration of this fact is afforded by the career of Hon. John S. Barrett, of Montpelier, Idaho. John S. Barrett was born in London, England, February 8, 1854. In 1860, when he was eight years old, he and an older sister were sent to the United States with a company bound for Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1864 his father, Henry Barrett, came over and made a home at Salt Lake City. He was a carpenter by trade, an Industrious and reputable citizen and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He died at Salt Lake City in 1897, aged eighty-four years. John S. Barrett had little opportunity for schooling, but he has gained much knowledge by the way he has gone through life and is a well informed man, with special ability for important business affairs. He attended district school a little and was sent to a night school a while. He began his active life as...

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Biographical Sketch of Augustus F. House

House, Augustus F.; physician; born, Cleveland, Oct. 7, 1847; son of Hudson M. and Mary Snyder House; studied at Woodville and Oberlin; graduated Western Reserve Medical College; post-graduate work at Vienna, Berlin and London; married, Cleveland, 1872, Mary Grace Cleave; two children; clinical professor of surgory, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Cleveland; director and member of finance committee of Lake Shore Banking & Trust Co.; member American Medical Ass’n, Ohio State Medical Ass’n, Cleveland Academy of Medicine (president, 1898); pres. of medical staff and trustee St. Clair Hospital; Past Eminent Commander of Oriental Commandery, K. T., Past Most Excellent High Priest, Webb Chapter, R. A. M., Past Master, Cleveland City Lodge, F. & A. M.; member of Library Board five years; member Co. G, 3d Ohio Veteran Vol....

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Biographical Sketch of William Vernon Backus

Backus, William Vernon; lawyer, lecturer and inventor; born, Cleveland, Aug. 24, 1860; son of William and Lena Strobel Backus; educated. public schools and private tutors in German and Spanish; studied in London and Mexico, pupil of Dr. William Windsor; one son, Richard C. Backus, lawyer in New York; one daughter, Edna Lois Backus Scott, E. Orange, N. J.; member and pres. of Cleveland Board of Education, 1880-95; vice pres. American School Ass’n, Mexico City, 1906-8; pres. American Colony in Mexico City, 1905-7; practised law in Ohio; editor of the following: The Spur, The Courier, The American Union, and at one time on the editorial staff of the Cleveland Press; in 1890 invented improved system of halftone engraving, also improvement in oil-burners; removed to Mexico in 1895, remaining there till 1911; while there practised law before the Supreme Court of Mexico, being engaged in many important cases; organized and promoted three Plantation companies which were merged into The Mexican Imperial Plantation Co., a $5,000,000 corporation; in 1906 invented synthetic marble, a substitute for natural marble, patents were issued in various countries; in 1906 reorganized The Jalisco & Michoacan R. R. Co., becoming vice pres. and gen. counsel; sold interests in the road several years later; left Mexico in 1911, during the revolution against Gen. Diaz; in 1912-13 introduced the manufacture of synthetic marble in the U. S.; during the same...

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Biographical Sketch of Leon Brooks Bacon

Bacon, Leon Brooks; lawyer; born, Taberg, Oneida County, N. Y., July 24, 1870; son of Sidney Brooks and Esther D. (Munger) Bacon; grandson of Rufus Bacon, graduate of Harvard College, 1810, and Ann Tucker (Dalton) Bacon, of Boston, Mass.; B. A., Williams College, 1893; LL. B., Syracuse University, 1899, admitted to the bar in New York, 1898, and in Ohio, 1903; Publishers Weekly office 1894-1895, in business London, England, 1895-1896; married at Philadelphia, Pa., July 24, 1900, Anna Osborne Anthony, niece of Susan B. Anthony; children, Harriet Anthony, Ann Dalton and Susan Anthony; compiled History of Descendants of Michael Bacon of Dedham, Mass., 1640, and History of Descendants of John Anthony, Jr., of Portsmouth, R. I., 1634; director The Star Lubricating Oil Company; editor for Northern Ohio, The Williams Alumni Review; secretary The New England Society of Cleveland and the Western Reserve; secretary Men’s League for Woman Suffrage in the State of Ohio; Municipal Ass’n of Cleveland; past pres. Williams Alumni Association of Cleveland; member of special committee of Chamber of Commerce to draw bill for Cleveland Municipal Court, passed by the General Assembly, 1910; chairman Committee of Constitutional Convention Conference composed of 25 Civic Organizations of Cuyahoga County to elect delegates to Ohio Constitutional Convention, 1911; member Kappa Alpha Society of Williams College, Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity of Syracuse University. Clubs : University, Cleveland; University, Syracuse, N....

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Biographical Sketch of William Thomas Corlett

Corlett, William Thomas; physician; born Orange, O., April 15, 1854; son of William and Ann Avery Corlett; educated, Oberlin College, 1870-1873; M. D., Wooster University, 1877; student and asst. London Hospital, 1879-1881; Hospital St. Louis, Paris, winter 1881; diploma Royal College Physicians, London 1881; later studied in Vienna, Berlin and Breslau; married at Rheinpfalz, Germany, Amanda Marie Leisy, of Cleveland; June 26, 1895; prof. diseases of the skin and genito-urinary diseases, Wooster University, 1883-1885; prof. dermatology and syphilograph, Western Reserve University, since 1885; fellow Royal Society Medicine (Great Britain); member 11th International Medical Congress, Rome, 1894; American Public Health Ass’n, Mexico City, 1893; International Congress Dermatology, London, 1896; Member American Dermatology Ass’n (pres., 1905); A. M. A., Cleveland Academy Medicine, etc. Clubs: Union, Country. Author: Treatise on the Acute Infectious Exanthemata, 1901; The American Tropics, 1908. Wrote: The Scaly Diseases of the Skin (Vol. III, Morrow’s System of Dermatology, etc.), 1894; The Vegetable Parasitic Diseases of the Skin (in Bangs and Hardaway’s American Text-Book of Genito-Urinary Diseases, etc.), 1898; Purpura, Pompholyx and, Pellagra, in Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences, 1903; also articles on diseases of the skin in leading American and foreign...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank H. Clark

Clark, Frank H.; electrotype business; born, London, Eng., Apr. 17, 1869; son of Robert and Elizabeth Steeds Clark; public school education, Cleveland; married, Cleveland, Jan. 10, 1900, Edith Handy Johnson; four sons, John Steeds Clark, born Nov. 16, 1900; Robert Johnson Clark, born Sept. 30, 1903; Frank Henry Clark, born Jan. 23, 1908; William Handy Clark, born Dec. 12, 1909; The Eclipse Electrotype & Engraving Co. was established by Howard and Henry White in 1882; he became identified with the firm in 1887, and came into control in 1897; The Eclipse Electrotype & Engraving Co. moved to 2041 East 3rd street, in 1911, where they have what is known as the model plate making establishment of the United States; the excellence of their products are known everywhere where fine printing is done; among notable work done by the concern is “The Encyclopedia Americana;” pres. The Eclipse Electrotype & Engraving Co.; director The Cleveland Folding Machine Co.; Masonic Tyrian Lodge, No. 370, F. & A. M.; Cleveland Chapter, No. 148, R. A. M.; member Hermit, Athletic, Fellowcraft, Rotary, and Euclid...

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Biographical Sketch of George W. Crile

Crile, George W.; surgeon, born, Chili, O., Nov. 11, 1864; son of Michael and Margaret (Deeds) Crile; A. B., Ohio Northern University, 1884, A. M., 1888; M. D., Wooster University, Cleveland, 1887; student Vienna, 1893; London, 1895; Paris, 1897; (hon. Ph. D., Hiram College, 1901); married Grace McBride, of Cleveland, Feb. 7, 1900; prof. clin. surgery, Western Reserve University, since, 1900; surgeon, Lakeside Hospital Alvarenga prize, College Physiology, Phila., 1901; fellow, A. A. A. S.; member-Association of American Pathologists and Bacteriologists, A. M. A.; American Surgical Association; Soc. Experimental Biology and Medicine, American Physiology Society. Author: Surgical Shock, 1897; Surgery of Respiratory System, 1900; Certain Problems Relating to Surgical Operations, 1904; On the Blood Pressure in Surgery, 1903; Hemorrhage and Transfusion, 1909; major and brigade surgeon, U. S. V., 1898-1899, war with...

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Biographical Sketch of Felix Hughes

Hughes, Felix; singer; born at Lancaster, Mo., Oct. 1, 1874; son of Felix Turner and Jean Amelia Summerlin Hughes; brother of Rupert H. (q. v.); academic education; studied at Rudy Institution, Paris, and under singing masters in Paris, Berlin and London; married, Adella Prentiss, of Cleveland, Oct. 5, 1904; appeared in concerts in France; made debut in La Juive, Liege, Belgium; returned to United States, 1901; has sung in concerts, recitals, and oratorios under Van der Stucken and Paur; baritone; repertoire includes 40 operas and all standard oratorios. Clubs: Hermit, Euclid, Mayfield...

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Biography of William Baker, Rev.

Rev. William Baker was a well known figure in Kansas, and had a career of remarkable experience in foreign lands before taking up his residence in the Sunflower State. He lived and developed a fine farm in Wabaunsee County, but spent his last years in Topeka, where members of his family still reside. He was born in London, England, July 6, 1838. His father, William Baker, Sr., was a basket manufacturer and also a native of London. The country home of the family was at Plaistow in Essex County. Reared in the Episcopal or Established Church of England, Rev. William Baker was for a number of years identified with the educational activities of that church. In early manhood he went to teach the English language among the natives of South Africa in Basutoland. Altogether he spent five years as a teacher there under the auspices of the French Missionary Society. For a time he was a companion of the distinguished French missionary Coilliard. At the request of President Oom Paul Kruger in the Orange Free State these missionaries went to South Africa, and when the missionaries requested Oom Paul to call in the natives for worship, Oom asked if he should also call in the dogs. That question illustrated the typical Boer attitude toward all efforts for civilization and christianization in South Africa. In 1878 Rev. Mr. Baker returned...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel Walter Kelley

Kelley, Samuel Walter; physician, surgeon; born, Adamsville, Muskingum County, O., Sept. 15, 1855; son of Walter and Selina Catherine (Kaemmerer) Kelley; preparatory education, public schools, Zanesville, O., and St. Joseph, Mich.; M. D., Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1884; also studied in hospitals in London; married Amelia Kemmerlein, of Wooster, O., July 2, 1884; chief dept. of diseases of children, Polyclinic, Western Reserve University, 1886-1893; prof. diseases of children, Cleveland College Physicians and surgeons (Med. Dept. Ohio Wesleyan University), since 1893; pediatrist City and St. Luke’s hospitals; pediatrist and orthopedist St. Clair Hospital; surgeon-in-chief Holy Cross Home for Crippled and Invalid Children; sec’y med. staff Cleveland City Hospital, 1891-1899, pres. 1899-1902; entered service as civilian surgeon Spanish American War; recommended for “efficiency in the field under most trying circumstances”; commander brigade surgeon of volunteers, with rank of major, Aug. 17, 1908. Editor: Cleveland Medical Gazette, 1885-1901; pres. Ohio State Pediatric Society, 1896-1897; chairman section on diseases of children, A. M. A., 1900-1901; pres. Association American Teachers of Diseases of Children, 1907-1908; member Association Military Surgeons of U. S., Ohio State Medical Ass’n, etc.; Republican. Author: About Children, 1897; In the Year 1800, 1904; Surgical Diseases of Children, 1909; also numerous original articles, editorials, essays, lectures,...

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Biographical Sketch of Carl Lorenz

Lorenz, Carl; journalist; born, Stuttgaart, Germany, March 31, 1858; early education in Germany; at the age of 18, went to Switzerland for further study; remained three years; graduated from the University of Geneva, in 1879; taught school in Paris for two and one-half years; taught Languages in London for two years; came to the United States in 1881; engaged in newspaper work in New York City, for two years; in 1883, located in Portsmouth, O.; resumed teaching, and was principal of a German School until 1887; came to Cleveland, and in 1880, became connected with The Waechter and Anzeiger; now its Sunday editor; 1903, sec’y of the Cleveland Library Board; author of works of fiction, poetry and dramatic...

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Biographical Sketch of Henri S. Rigo

Rigo, Henri S.; chef, Hollenden Hotel; born, Vienna, Austria, Feb. 9, 1882; son of Simon and Hedwig Filler Rigo; educated in public schools in Vienna; at the age of 14, went to Paris, and served two years’ apprenticeship in cooking masters business; studied four years in London; married, Feb. 22, 1906, Miss Katherine O’Shea; while in London, chef at the Mount Ephraim Hotel, and for Lord Lambington, one year; came to New York, and worked in Cafe Martin for one year; went to Florida; in the Royal Poinciona Hotel, at Palm Beach; then in West Virginia for six months; returned to Vienna for a few months; came to Cleveland, soon after returned to America; chef of Hollenden Grill Room for eight months; then made chef of the general dining room; has 95 people under his employ, 35 of whom are cooks; member Biglow Lodge, No. 54, A. F. & A. M., and a Chapter Mason. Recreation: Horseback...

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Biographical Sketch of John Hemwood Oliver

Oliver, John Hemwood; general contractor; born, London, Eng., April 14, 1868; son of John and Sarah Burnham Oliver; educated, Cleveland public schools and business college; married, Cleveland, June 13, 1900, Lydia Schneider; issue, two sons, Chester Henry, and Karl Hemwood Oliver; five years in military, Co. I, 5th regiment, Cleveland, and one year 1st sergt. in the Euclid Light Infantry, Cleveland; learned the contracting business with his father, who was proficient in all lines of building; has been a building contractor for twenty years, for the past five years mostly in building, jobbing and remodeling, taking all branches of the building trades; is a tenor singer, and has sung in many of the Cleveland churches; was a member of the Cleveland Oratoria and Opera Society, when it was in existence; now a member of The Cleveland Opera Club; in May, 1912, took one of the leading parts in the opera “The Highwayman,” at the Colonial Theater; has traveled three winters with opera companies, the Madeline or Magic Kiss, The Scenic Opera Co., and The Girl From Paris, a musical comedy; taking prominent parts in all; two winters with Bullock, the lecturer, singing illustrated songs; member East End Athletic Club. Recreations: Hunting and...

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Cole, Lindford Catherine – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Catherine Lindford 1835 – 1891 At her home near Joseph, December 10, 1891, Catherine Lindford Cole, aged 56 years, 6 months and 14 days. Catherine Lindford was born hear London, England may 17, 1835, her parents removing to America the same year, after a short residence in Pennsylvania,  they removed to Indiana, and finally settled in Clark County, Illinois. In 1854 she was married to Eli Misner who died in 1858. In 1859 Mrs. Misner moved to Iowa. In July, 1860 she was united in marriage to Wiley P. Cole (Rev.William Person Cole Sr.) Mr. and Mrs. Cole removed to Nebraska in 1866, and after 14 years’ residence in that State they came to Oregon and in October, 1880 settled in Wallowa valley where they have since resided. For three weeks previous to her death Mrs. Cole had suffered from an attack of erysipelas, but was considered out of danger from that disease. On the evening of her death she seemed bright and cheerful, and was sitting by the fire conversing with her family when the fatal attack came. She asked to be helped to bed, and as her daughter, son and husband gathered around she told them that she was going, a few moments later the spirit of the faithful wife and mother returned to the God who gave it, the immediate cause of...

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