Location: Mansfield Ohio

Biographical Sketch of Robert B. Mitchell, Gen.

Gen. Robert B. Mitchell was a soldier of the Mexican war from Ohio, a leading figure of Kansas territorial days, one of the ablest officers of the Oivil war representing the Union army of the state, and finally governor of the Territory of New Mexico. He was born in Richland County, Ohio, April 4, 1823; educated at Washington College in Pennsylvania, after which he studied law; was admitted to the bar, and practiced at Mansfield, Ohio, from 1844 to 1846. He then entered the army as a first lientenant in an Ohio regiment and served through the Mexican war, resuming his law practice in 1847_ In 1856 he moved to Kansas, where he became an active participant in political affairs as a free-state advocate, and in 1857 was elected to the legislature. From 1858 to 1861 he held the office of territorial treasurer. At the outbreak of the Civil war he entered the army as colonel of the Second Kansas, and was severely wounded at the battle of Wilson’s Creek. Subsequently he raised a regiment of cavalry and was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers. At the battle of Perryville, Kentucky, October 8, 1862, he commanded a division of the Third Army Corps, and at Chickamauga was in command of the cavalry corps of the Army of the Cumberland. At the close of the war he was appointed governor of...

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Biography of John M. Everts

John M. Everts. When he came to Kansas Mr. Everts took up farming and with every reason might still be classifled as a farmer since he had two well improved places in Nemaha County near Baileyville. For over twenty years, however, he had given much of his time to the Baileyville State Bank, of which he is the general cashier. Mr. Everts was born near Mansfield in Richland County, Ohio, August 10, 1857. His grandfather, Gilbert Everts, was born in Canada in 1802, but reared his family and spent many years as a farmer in Richland County, Ohio. In 1880 he removed to Kansas, and became owner of a farm at Hutchinson near the present salt works. He finally retired and spent his last days at Robinson, Kansas, where he died in 1887. Politically he was a republican. His wife, whose maiden name was Walters, was born in Richland County, Ohio, and died at Robinson, Kansas, in 1887, the same year as her husband. Of their children those still living are Solomon; Harrist, a resident of Bueyrus, Ohio, and widow of James Stough, a boilermaker; and Matilda, wife of Harvey Hiskey, a farmer at Robinson, Kansas. Solomon Everts, father of John M., was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1829 and is still living, at the age of eighty-eight, at Galion, Ohio. He spent his active years as a...

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Biographical Sketch of Peter Becker

Peter Becker was born in Prussia, Germany, in 1841. His father, George Becker, was born in Prussia and came to the United States about 1846, locating at Mansfield, Ohio, where he was a merchant. He had served his term in the regular army of Germany. Peter Becker was five years of age when brought to the United States, and he grew up at Mansfield, Ohio. From that point he enlisted and served as a Union soldier, and after his period of gallant and faithful service he returned to Mansfield, was married there, and in 1868 brought his family to Atchison, Kansas. Here he became a pioneer merchaut and for many years conducted a successful grocery business. He built his residence and store on Main Street just outside the limits of Atchison, and became a very extensive property holder. His death occurred in Atchison in November, 1914. Mr. Peter Becker was a democrat and at one time served as treasurer of Shannon Township of Atchison County. He was affiliated with Friendship Lodge No. 5, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with Unity Camp No. 356, Modern Woodmen of America, and was associated with his old army comrades in A. S. Everest Post No. 493, Grand Army of the Republic. In Mansfield Peter Becker married Louisa Gribling, who was born in Coblenz, Prussia, in 1842, and died at Atchison in August, 1901. They...

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Biography of Horatio W. Gates

Horatio W. Gates is one of the oldest and best known undertakers and embalmers in the State of Kansas. He had been in business for many years at Rossdale, his present location being 29 Southwest Boulevard. He had not been alone in that profession, and it is noteworthy that Mrs. Gates was the first woman to receive an embalmer’s license in either Kansas or Missouri, and while many women have in recent years taken up the profession she was one of the real pioneers. Mr. Gates was born August 2, 1849, at Mansfield, Ohio, but had been a resident of Kansas since 1870. He first came to the state in 1867, but only remained about a year. He was the youngest of eight children of Jacob and Ann Maria (Bell) Gates. His mother was a sister of Dr. S. B. Bell, one of the founders of Rosedale and whose name is perinanently linked with the history of Kansas because of the magnificent gift he made to the state in the form of a hospital and school of medicine. Jacob Gates was born in 1801, and both he and his wife were natives of New Jersey. His father was a Revolutionary soldier and lost a leg during the struggls. Jacob Gates removed to Ohio in early days. In New Jersey he had operated a textile mill. An older brother had...

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Biographical Sketch of John G. W. Cowles

Cowles, John G. W.; financier; born, Oberlin, O., March 14, 1836; son of Rev. Henry and Alice Welch Cowles; educated in public and preparatory schools of Oberlin; entered Oberlin College, graduating in 1856; studied for the ministry, earning money for education by teaching; graduated from the Oberlin Theological Seminary in 1859; married, in 1859, to Lois M. Church, of Vertmontville, Mich.; issue, two daughters, living, and two sons, deceased; second marriage, to Miss Beatrice Walker, of Brantford, Conn.; issue, one daughter, Jeanette, born in 1905; preached in the Congregational Church of Bellevue from 1859 to 1861; joined the army then; elected Chaplain of 55th O. V. I.; in the fall of 1862; resigned as Chaplain, and became the pastor of the First Congregational Church, Mansfield, in 1865; went to the church in Saginaw, Mich.; after six years, and on account of ill health, gave up the ministry and came to Cleveland, and for 3 years was editorial writer for the Leader; gradually drifted into the real estate field and had a prominent part in the large real estate deals of the city; mgr. of the real estate interests of John D. Rockefeller and Charles F. Brush, for eight years; served as pres. Cleveland Trust Co.; pres. Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (1896); pres. Park Board Commission (1900); trustee Oberlin College since 1874; LL. D., 1898; member Ohio Commandery of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Clarence W. Courtney

Courtney, Clarence W.; civil engineer; born, Mansfield, O., Aug. 16, 1879; son of John W. and Mary B. Whiteman Courtney; degree of mechanical engineer, Case School of Applied Science, 1903; married, Cleveland, June 2, 1904, Mary L. Gates; issue, Leland S., Oct. 17, 1907, John R., Oct. 10, 1910; member Phi Kappa Psi, Tan Betta Pi, Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland Athletic Club, Cleveland Engineering Society; Mason; consulting engineer for municipal improvements and architectural engineer for factory and commercial buildings since...

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Biographical Sketch of Frederick Charles Deisher

Deisher, Frederick Charles; master plumber; born, Pottsville, Pa., Jan. 31, 1873; son of Wm. E. and Jane E. Smith Deisher; educated, Cleveland schools; married, Mansfield, O., June 13, 1898, Josephine Schambs; three children; for eight years F. C. Deisher Plumbing & Heating, Incorporated, Feb. 28, 1913; pres. and mgr. The Deisher Plumbing & Heating Co.; F. & A. Masons; raised Iris Lodge, No. 229, Nov. 28, 1904; Exalted Cleveland Chapter, No. 148, Cleveland, March 9, 1906; created Knight Templar in Holyrood Commandery, No. 32, Cleveland, Dec. 20, 1906; created Grand Elect Mason, 14th degree, in Eliadah Lodge of Perfection, Feb. 28, 1908; created Prince of Jerusalem, 16th degree, Bahurim Council at Cleveland, March 11, 1908; created Knight of Rose Croix, 18th degree, in Ariel Chapter, Cleveland; created Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, 32nd degree in Lake Erie Consistory, March 13, 1908; Al Koran Temple, AI Sirat Grotto, Cleveland Council, No. 36, Royal and Select...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles A. McDonald

McDonald, Charles A.; coal business; born, Pittsburgh, Pa., April, 1862; son of Duncan and Mary A. McCollough McDonald; educated, Wooster University, Wooster, O.; married, Mansfield, O., Dec. 30, 1896, Minnie L. Carrother; one son, Walter N. McDonald; treas. in the following coal companies: The James Mullin. Co., The State Line Co., The South Palmyra Co., and The Fairfield Co.; Masonic, K. T., Shriner, 32nd degree; member Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Cleveland Athletic, and Hermit...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Alfred Parsons

Parsons, Charles Alfred; real estate; born, Dec. 25, 1847, Hoosick Falls, N. Y.; son of Hial Kenyon and Harriet Robinson Parsons; educated, public school and graduate of Seilers Technical School, Harrisburg, Pa.; married, April 24, 1873, Della B. Parr, Mansfield, 0.; one son, Harry Arthur; Cleveland, 1874, with Cartwright, McCurdy & Co.. iron mfrs., then with Union Foundry Co.; at Harrisburg, Pa., 1881-1886; Pennsylvania Steel Co.; returned to Cleveland, as cashier Union Rolling Mill Co.; in 1892, organized Cleveland Steel Castings Co.; in steel casting and steel brokerage until 1912, when he entered real estate; member K. of P., Royal Arcanum, Royal League, New England Society of Cleveland, Tippecanoe...

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Becker, Maude Elsie Mrs. – Obituary

Telocaset, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Maude Elsie Becker, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Snider, of Telocaset, died at Baker June 16, and was interred at Union Saturday last, services by Rev. Pratt of Cove. Maude Elsie Becker, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Snider, was born July 24, 1887, at Mansfield, Ohio, died June 26, 1918, at Baker, Ore., age 30 years, 11 months and two days. She came to Washington with her parents at the age of 2 years. She was married to Paul M. Becker, November 3, 1908; to that union three children were born–Fern Emily, Maude Eleanor, and Dorothy Pauline. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her children, her father and mother, four brothers and four sisters, all of them present excepting one brother who is on his way to France in the U. S. service. During her last illness she gave her heart to Christ and expressed a clear belief that she was saved. The funeral was conducted at Telocaset by Rev. C. C. Pratt, Saturday, June 29, 1918. The Weekly Eastern Oregon Republican, July 6, 1918 Contributed by: Holly...

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Biography of Col. James Taylor

COL. JAMES TAYLOR. – The immigration of 1845 was large, and furnished many of the leading men of the Northwest, among that number being Colonel James Taylor of Astoria, Oregon. Although now past eighty years of age, he is still one of the active citizens of a city which boasts of many men of energy. He is one of the fathers of the place, not only in point of time, but as owner of considerable property in the city and adjacent country, embracing the heights west of the city, which will one day be occupied with handsome residences, as they command a magnificent view of the estuary of the Columbia river, and Young’s Bay, and its beautiful rivers, also of the imperial Saddle Mountain or Swallatache, and a wide view of the main ocean beyond the Clatsop Plains. The Colonel is of Scotch and Irish descent, and was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, in 1809. When thirteen years of age his father moved west to Mansfield, Ohio, and bought a farm near by, where he spent his boyhood. The winter of 1830-31 found him teaching a six-months’ school in the neighborhood. The following summer he joined an older brother who had preceded him to Fort Findlay, now the city of Findlay, Ohio, then a wilderness, including the great black swamp of the Maumee country, and inhabited by several tribes...

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