Location: Marion Kansas

Biography of John S. Dean

John S. Dean, of Topeka, has been a Kansas lawyer for over thirty years, was for five years United States district attorney and by the force of his ability and his acknowledged service in many capacities is undoubtedly one of the foremost living lawyers of the state. His birth occurred in Seneca County, Ohio, November 11, 1861, and he is a son of William O. and Harriet J. (Curtiss) Dean. Mr. Dean was well educated, having attended college at Oberlin and determined upon the law as a profession when quite young. He became a student in the office of Judge James Pillars at Tiffin, Ohio, and in 1883, at the age of twenty-two, took the examination before the Ohio State Supreme Court. He was admitted to the bar, and in the same year came west to Kansas and established his home and office at Marion. Being well grounded in the principles of law, a hard worker, and possessing natural qualifications to an unusual degree for his chosen profession, success followed almost as a matter of course. It is likely that he would have made a success of medicine, the ministry or in commercial lines, for he is the type of man who would succeed in almost any environment and in any line of endeavor he might select. In the language of a well known citizen of Kansas Mr. Dean...

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Biography of David C. Stahlman

David C. Stahlman, M. D.The kind of energy, resource and large-mindedness required of the man who would succsed in any of the learned professions in these days of strennous effort seem to be an integral part of the equipment of Dr. David C. Stahlman, a medical and surgical practitioner, who with the exception of two years had been engaged in the practice of his honored calling at Potwin, Butler County, since 1900. The recipient of a patronage that is as remnnerative financially as it is satisfying intellectually, Doctor Stahlman is an enthusiastic and careful thinker, and notwithstanding his well known caution and respect for tradition is not afraid of untrod paths or of independent individual effort. Doctor Stahlman was born January 10, 1867, in Steuben County, Indiana, and is a son of Ernest and Rachel (Handley) Stahlman. His father was born in 1819, on the Rhine River, Germany, and was twenty years of age when he immigrated to the United States, first locating in the State of Pennsylvania and later removing to Steuben County, Indiana, where he became a pioneer farmer. He passed the remaining years of his life in agrienltural pursuits in the Hoosier State, and died in Steuben County June 7, 1871. He was politically a republican, and his religious faith was that of the Methodist Episcopal Church. By his first wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth...

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Biography of J. Newton Rogers, M. D.

J. Newton Rogers, M. D. While too much credit can never be given the pioneers as a class, the work of the physician in a new and frontier country is deserving of special consideration. Not even the minister of the Gospel did so much to relieve affliction and distress as the hard working, patient and skillful doctor who rode his rounds, often for many miles between calls, and disregarded weather and every hardship in order to be of service to those who needed him. Of pioneer, physicians there was perhaps no finer type than the late J. Newton Bogers, who came to Marion, Kansas, in 1865, when that was a village of some few years’ growth and in the same year that Marion County was organized. His was truly a life of service and devotion to humanity. Doctor Rogers was born October 28, 1841, on a farm in Williams County, Ohio, a son of Adolphus and Cornelia (Whaley) Rogers, his father a native of Massachusetts and his mother of New York. Though Doctor Rogers lived an arduous life, he lived the full span allotted by the psalmist and died at Marion, Kansas, in peace and follness of honor and esteem August 19, 1912, aged seventy-one. He grew up on his father’s farm, attended country schools, also an academy at Hillsdale, Michigan, and in order to secure the means required...

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Biography of Braden C. Johnston

Braden C. Johnston is a lawyer by profession and had in a few years’ time snccessfully established himself with a good practice and standing at Marion. A native of Kansas, his birth occurred on a farm two miles north of Lyons in Rice County March 7, 1889, His parents are James A. and Cynthia (Chitty) Johnston. His mother is of the same branch of Chittys that gave to the legal profession some of its brightest lights both as lawyers and authors of standard law books. James A. Johnston was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1852, and when a child he accompanied his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston, from Pennsylvania to Coshocton County, Ohio. He grew up there on a farm, had a public school education, and at the age of eighteen moved to Iowa. He began life with only his bare hands and a sturdy ambition. For a few years he was employed as a farm hand in Iowa, and in 1878 came to Kansas, working for two years on a farm in Rice County. Frugal and industrious and spurred by his marriage and the responsibilities he had assumed as head of a home, be bought a tract of undevcloped land in 1880 and from that time forward had been one of the successful and prosperous farmers of Rice County. His homestead now consists of 640 acres of...

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Biography of Edson Baxter

Edson Baxter. Now serving as clerk of the District Court at Marion, Captain Baxter is an old timer of Kansas and had lived in close touch with the developments of half a century and his own part therein allows him to speak with authority on the history of that period. The Baxter family came to Kansas in territorial times and did their pioneering in Morris County. Edson Baxter was fifteen years of age when he accompanied the family caravan overland, and he was able to make himself useful from the very beginning of the settlement. He was born on a farm in Lasalle County, Illinois, October 8, 1842, a son of June and Elizabeth (Lenox) Baxter. He is a descendant of the noted English divine, Richard Baxter. June Baxter, his father, was born near West Point, New York, June 30, 1805. In early life he learned the trade of blacksmith, and from New York went to Illinois. In 1858 he brought his family with wagons and teams westward from Central Illinois and located on land which he pre-empted in Morris County, Kansas. The rest of his active years were spent there as a farmer, and he died May 20, 1890. When the Baxter family settled in Morris County the settlers lived chiefly along the creeks. Law and order were not securely established, and besides some Indian seares the population...

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Biographical of Joseph Edward Wagoner

Joseph Edward Wagoner, who had spent all his life in Chase County, had developed the interests of one of the leading farmers and stock raisers in that section and is today one of the big producers in the ranks of Kansas agriculturists. Mr. Wagoner was born August 17, 1875. His birth was a log house on a farm in Chase County, where his parents, Henry and Louisa (Fleming) Wagoner, was among the early pioneers. His parents were both born in Illinois and the father acquired some large land holdings and for many years directed the operation of a ranch on an extensive scale in Chase County. Joseph E. Wagoner grew up on his father’s farm and had a public school education. Since leaving home he had applied himself steadily to the task of farming for over twenty years and his big stock ranch of 580 acres is now located a mile south of Matfield Green. Mr. Wagoner is a republican in politics and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On April 14, 1903, at Marion, Kansas, he married Miss Ruby Braudley. She too is a native of Chase County, having been born in a log house April 16, 1876. She is a daughter of Henry Brandley and a sister of Mrs. Arthur. T. Crocker. More detailed mention of the Brandley family is made in an article...

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Biography of Andrew Jackson Bixler, Rev.

Rev. Andrew Jackson Bixler, an Ohio man by birth and a veteran Union soldier, came to Marion, Kansas, over forty-five years ago and gave the best years of his active career to the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is now living retired in a comfortable home at Marion. His had been a life of almost ceaseless activity and devoted to the welfare of church and society. His birth occurred on a farm in Stark County, Ohio, October 6, 1844. His parents were David L. and Catherine (Richards) Bixler. His father, who was born in Maryland in 1796, moved at the age of seven with his parents to Berks County, Pennsylvanis, and there his early life, until the age of twenty, was spent on a farm. His parents having died in the meantime, he came to Stark County, Ohio, which was then a comparatively new district in Northern Ohio. The site of the present City of Canton contained only a few buildings, and he went a little distance away from that center and established a home on Government land. He developed a good farm and made agriculture his vocation until July 20, 1867. He was a life long member of the Church of the Brethren. He was twice married, and was the father of eighteen children by his two wives. In 1818 he married Miss Markley, a native...

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Biography of John Sayre Downes

John Sayre Downes. The City of Topeka is the home of the largest organization of its kind in the United States, the Aetna Building and Loan Association, which maintains about 600 agencies in Kansas and Oklahoma. The growth and development of this institution during the quarter of a century in which it has been in existence is a commentary upon the success to be attained by enterprises in the Sunflower State when their policies are directed by men of substantial ability, strict integrity and business foresight. At the head of the Aetna Building and Loan Association today, in the office of president, is found John Sayre Downes, a business man of sterling capacity, who during the twenty years of his connection with the company has been appreciative of the value of fair treatment for policy holders and the results occruing therefrom. President Downes is a self-made man, whose own experience should serve as an encouraging example to those starting life in modest circumstances, as well as being illustrative of the desirable results attainable through thrift and wise investment. John Sayre Downes was born on a farm in Oneida County, New York, August 31, 1855, and has been a resident of Kansas since 1878. He is one of six children born to Thomas and Mary (Sparrow) Downes, natives of England, who were brought as small children from that country to...

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Biography of Calvin M. Hill

Calvin M. Hill. One of the long established business houses of Topeka, and one which has established itself firmly in the confidence of the public by reason of the honorable manner in which its affairs have been conducted, is the wholesale wall paper and retail paint business of Calvin M. Hill. Mr. Hill has been a resident of Kansas for thirty-four years, having come here with his parents in 1882, and, with the exception of four years has been identified with the painting and decorating business throughout his career. His present enterprise was started in a small way sixteen years ago, and from its start has prospered and developed. Mr. Hill was born at Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois, October 27, 1867, and is one of eight children (of whom six are still living) born to Samuel B. and Mary (Hutchins) Hill. His parents came to Kansas in 1882, locating at Marion, where his father was engaged in the painting business until his death. The mother still survives. Calvin M. Hill was primarily educated in the public schools of Illinois and was fifteen years of age when he accompanied his parents to Kansas. He was graduated from the Marion High School in 1889, subsequently spending one year in study at the State Normal School, Emporia, and thus prepared himself for teaching, which he thought to make his regular calling at...

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Anderson, H.W. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Graveside services are being held this morning (Thursday) at 10 o’clock in the Enterprise cemetery by the Booth-Bollman Funeral Home for Henry Walderman Anderson whose body was found Sunday morning in his cabin on the mountainside on Scotch Creek above Alder Slope south of Enterprise. The Rev. John Sinclair will officiate. Mr. Anderson owned a tract of land on Scotch Creek and had been cutting timber. He frequently walked to Enterprise for food supplies. About three weeks ago, after being notified by neighbors that Anderson had not been seen for several days, Sheriff Dick O’Brien and Ted Grote went to his cabin and found that he needed food. After they returned, Ray Dunsmore flew over the cabin to drop food which Mr. Anderson failed to find. O’Brien and Grote then returned to the cabin with the food Dunsmore had dropped. Last week neighbors again reported that no sign of Anderson had been seen for several days and that the cabin roof remained covered with snow. Sunday morning Sheriff O’Brien and Cliff Keyser visited the cabin on snowshoes. They found the door locked and they were able to force entrance they found the lifeless body of Anderson lying on the bed. It is estimated that he had died possibly ten days before. Part of the food that had been dropped by Ray Dunsmore had been used....

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Biography of William Hebard Grayum

William Hebard Grayum. Perhaps one of the greatest factors in the wonderful progress that the State of Kansas had made in the last twenty years, had been the recognition of the value of education and the provision made for the extension of a sound public school system. Communities vie with each other in efforts to secure for the heads of their own institutions, scholarly men with progressive ideas, and to these hearty support is generally given, with results satisfying to the schools and the public at large. In this connection may be mentioned the able principal of the high school of Neodesha, Wilson County, William Hebard Grayum, who, for the past three years had devoted himself to the interests of this institution. Professor Grayum is a native of Ohio and was born September 17, 1887, at Gallipolis, in Gallia County. He is a son of C. W. and Ora Z. (Hebard) Grayum. The early history of the Grayum family leads way back to the disastrous dynastic struggle of the Wars of the Roses in England, during the fifteenth century. In one of the Irish regiments, but whether attached to the House of York or the House of Lancaster, is not clear, was a faithful, hard driven soldier of the name of Grayum, and from him descended the British soldier who accompanied his regiment across the Atlantic Ocean to preserve...

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Biography of William M. Burkholder

William M. Burkholder is one of the younger native Kansans filling places of responsibility and action and recently became proprietor and editor of the Anthony Bulletin. He had one of the older papers of Harper County. The Bulletin had enjoyed an independent existence since 1891, but is a continuation of several earlier papers. The old Harper County Enterprise was founded at Anthony in 1884, was consolidated in 1891 with the Alliance Bulletin of Harper, and was continued under the name Weekly Bulletin. The editor and publisher prior to Mr. Burkholder’s ownership was R. P. McColloch. The Bulletin is independent in politics and had a circulation all over Harper and surrounding counties and also in Oklahoma. The offices and plant are on North Jennings Avenue. William H. Burkholder was born at Tribune, Kansas, October 10, 1890, and represents a family that had been identified with this state for over forty years. He is descended from one of eight brothers who came out of Switzerland and founded homes in Pennsylvania in 1754. These brothers were early members of the Mennonite sect, and it was owing to religious persecution in Switzerland that they sought new homes and freedom of worship in America. The great-grandfather of William Burkholder in 1816 moved with a party of people of similar religious views to Ontario, Canada, and the colony founded there the Town of Waterloo in...

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