Location: McCune Kansas

Biography of John D. Burton

John D. Burton. Like many of his contemporaries in the field of journalism in Southeastern Kansas, John D. Burton, proprietor and editor of the Potwin Ledger, began his career at the case. His entire life had been devoted to newspaper work, as compositor, editor and owner of publications in various parts of the country, but principally in Kansas, where he had resided and labored since the fall of 1878. While his present publication was founded only recently, it had already gained a wide circulation and promises to become an organ of influence in public matters under Mr. Burton’s wise and experienced direction. John D. Burton was born at Springfield, Illinois, July 1, 1857, and is a son of David A. and Elizabeth (Tarr) Burton. He comes of a family which, originating in England, was founded in North Carolina by three brothers, William, Thomas and Allen Burton, the last named of whom, his great-grandfather, became a pioneer farmer of Indiana and died in the vicinity of Terre Haute. Allen H. Burton, son of the immigrant, and grandfather of John D. Burton, was born at Charlotte Court House, North Carolina, and was there reared, educated and married. Subsequently he went to Indiana, but later became a pioneer into Williamson County, Illinois, where he condueted a blacksmith shop until his death. He married Cynthia Boyle, a native of Ireland. David A. Burton, father of John D., was...

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Biography of Washington E. Gregg, Hon.

Hon. Washington E. Gregg. The chief executive office of any community is a responsible one and the individual occupying it has resting upon his shoulders not only the numerous burdens connected with the management of a city, but also the accountability for its commercial and moral integrity. As he is, so is his community, for it soon reflects his character and manner of dealing with large problems, and unless he keeps a firm grip upon the reins of office and forces his associates to handle civic affairs in an expeditions and straightforward manner, his administration soon shows the effect of lax principles and the community suffers accordingly. For this reason, of late years the people of the more advanced and progressive cities are choosing their mayors from among their sound business men, for they recognize the effect of example and action, and realize that a man who has accomplished much in a commercial, industrial or financial way, is very liable to be able to carry on the affairs of complicated civic government. The present incumbent of the mayoralty office of McCune, Kansas, is Hon. Washington E. Gregg, who has been engaged in business here for thirty-two years, is proprietor of the largest business establishment in the city, and is president of the McCune State Bank. Washington E. Gregg was born October 2, 1858, in Madison County, Ohio, and is...

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Waltman, Mildred Maxine – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Mildred Maxine Waltman, 88, of La Grande and formerly of Nampa, Idaho, died Feb. 23 at her home. A brief graveside service will take place at noon Mountain Standard Time Thursday at Nampa’s Kohler Lawn Cemetery, where she will be buried next to her beloved husband, Buzzie. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, La Grande. Mildred was born June 30, 1918, to Henry and Pearl (Poole) Daniel in McCune, Kan., the sixth of 10 children. The family moved to Nampa in 1930. Mildred married Cecil A. “Buzz” Waltman July 9, 1934, and they made their home in Nampa. They celebrated their 65th anniversary prior to Cecil’s death in 1999. In 1953 they bought a small farm home east of Nampa, next to the railroad tracks. A historical article lists the house as the only remains of the lost town site of Collopy. Mildred lived there until August 2004, when she moved to La Grande to be close to her only remaining sister and her husband, Wynona and Walter Enter. Mildred was a homemaker. Unable to have children of their own, Mildred and Buzz were delighted to care for their many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Mildred loved to bake, and her nieces and nephews have fond memories of Auntie Mildred’s pantry where they could always find home-baked cookies, cakes...

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Biography of G. W. Traylor Dr.

Dr. G. W. Traylor, who practices in association with Dr. J. Arthur Knoop at McCune, was born in Neosho County, Kansas, July 9, 1877, and is a son of Dr. J. B. and Mary Augusta (Meade) Traylor. The Traylor family came originally from France, where the name was spelled Trealor, and located in the Carolinas during colonial times. Dr. J. B. Traylor, father of Dr. G. W. Traylor, was born in Indiana, in 1846, and died at McCune, Kansas, in 1899. As a young man he went to Chicago, Illinois, where he attended Rush Medical College, one of the oldest and most prominent in the country, and while in that city was married. After his graduation from the medical institution he began practice at Chicago, but in 1877 removed to Kansas City, Missouri, and there attended the Kansas City Medical College, from which he was duly graduated. In 1877 he came to Kansas, locating first at Jacksonville, Neosho County, and in 1880 changed to McCune, where he was the pioneer physician of the town and where he built up a large professional business. He continued to make his home here during the remainder of his life, and won the respect of his fellow practitioners, the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and the reverence and gratitude of his patients. He was politically a democrat, and fraternally affiliated with the Independent Order...

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Biography of Hon. W. W. Thompson

Hon. W. W. Thompson. The interests of the widow and orphan are protected and safeguarded so far as is humanely possible in Labette County where W. W. Thompson is probate judge. That is the finest proof of his administration of that office during the last six years. Judge Thompson, while not a lawyer by profession, is a man of judicial temperament, of wide experience in business and public affairs, and has both the personal integrity and impartiality which qualify him so well for his present duties. He is one of the older settlers of Labette County. He was born in Montgomery County, Illinois, April 3, 1864, and is of Scotch descent. His grandfather Archibald Thompson was born in Scotland, came to America in time to participate in the War of 1812, afterwards settled in Kentucky, where he married, and then moved to Illinois where he followed farming in Clinton County until his death in 1866. Judge Thompson was about two years of age when his grandfather died. The father, G. W. Thompson, was born in Kentucky January 19, 1839. He grew to manhood in his native state, but was married in Jefferson County, Illinois, where he spent many years as a farmer and stock raiser. He died in Montgomery County in January, 1906. He was a deacon in the Baptist Church and in politics a democrat. G. W. Thompson...

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