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Biography of William C. Gillihan

William C. Gillihan was born near McComb, McDonough county, Illinois, April 1, 1841. When he had reached the age of four years his parents removed to Arkansas, and settled near Crawfordsville, Crawford county, and there his father died after a two years residence. In 1847 his mother removed to Iowa, and after several changes, finally settled in Warren county, near Indianola, where they lived until 1855, when (his mother having become Mrs. M. R. Richardson) they removed to Daviess county, seven miles south of Gallatin, and here he lived until 1858. He then left home and began the struggle of life for himself, and obtained most of his education after that date, attending the common schools of Daviess county in 1858 and 1859, and the high school at Gallatin in 1860 and 1661. In February, 1862, he joined the Federal army, enlisting in Company A, First Regiment, Volunteer Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, and served three years, participating in the battles and skirmishes in which his command en: gaged, the most severe being the battles of Independence, Boonville, Mine Creek, Jefferson City and Big Blue, during Price’s last raid through Missouri in 1864. Receiving his honorable discharge from the service he re-turned to Gallatin, arriving February 11, 1865. He entered the office of Judge Samuel A. Richardson and began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in...

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Biography of William W. Earnest

William W. Earnest. Firmly entrenched in the American heart is the public school system, which, while not perfect perhaps, is continually being improved, largely as the result of the efforts of conscientious, intellectual leaders. The city of Champaign in its superintendent of schools has a well qualified, constructive man, a graduate of the University of Illinois and a thorough teacher as well as executive. He is William W. Earnest, who has occupied this responsible office for the past nine years. William W. Earnest was born in Mississippi, October 1, 1863, one of a family of three children born to his parents, who were John W. and Julia J. (Woolley) Earnest. Both parents were natives of Illinois, the father born in Sangamon and the mother in Greene County. Both are now deceased, the death of the father occurring in 1902. He was one of the Argonauts who, in 1850, went to California in search of gold, of which he found enough to pay for his time, and he had many interesting experiences and adventures. From California he returned to Illinois, but afterward went to Mississippi and was engaged in managing sawmills there at the outbreak of the war between the states and found it impossible to escape from a situation embarrassing to a northern man until the opening of the Mississippi and Yazoo mines in the spring of 1864. Later...

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Biography of Joseph G. Waters, Capt.

Joseph G. Waters, soldier, publicist, author of note, public speaker, lawyer, of Topeka, is an individuality out of the ordinary. As a soldier, his services were a credit to his country, and himself, and his five wounds received in action are witnesses of his activity. As an author his published utterances have been rarely seen outside his own family circle owing to the retiemce and innate modesty of the writer, but throughout his writings, whether prose or poetry, forcefulness, pleasing diction and pathos of high order predominated. For three decades his services have been in demand as a public speaker covering a wide variety of subjects and including patriotic political, economic and social questions. On the occasion of Queen Vietoria’s jubilee, he delivered the address in Topeka before those of English nativity or descent, and this was so highly esteemed by her majesty as to be one of six, out of thousands, to be selected as especially pleasing to the queen and worthy of being engrossed and placed in the English archives. For this Captain Waters received a grateful letter of thanks inspired by her majesty. For nearly half a century he had been one of the leading lawyers of Kansas and although past the three-score-and-ten years of life, he continues to be a conspicuous figure in the legals affairs of the state. Captain Joseph G. Waters was born...

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Biographical of George W. Salisbury

George W. Salisbury is one of the younger men in Kansas educational affairs, and is principal of the Atchison County High School at Effingham, and is also president of the Atchison County Teachers’ Associntion. Mr. Salisbury is a native of Illinois, and is a graduate of the university of that state. He was born on a farm in Fulton County, Illinois, November 17, 1888. His ancestors, the Salisburys came originally from England, and there is also an admixture of French stock in the lineage. The Salisburys settled in the South in Colonial times, subsequently removing to Kentucky, where Mr. Salisbury’s grandfather Marcus was born in 1814. He became a pioneer in Fulton County, Illinois, where he followed farming until his death in 1898. William Salisbury, father of George W., was born in Fulton County, Illinois, in 1841, and remained throughout his life in that county, a prosperous farmer, His death occurred near Astoria, Illinois, in 1911. Politically he was a democrat. He married Angeline Stephens, who was born in Fulton County in 1849 and still lives there. Their children were: Leons, wife of M. S. Dutton, a Fulton County farmer; Mary, wife of Omer Severns, a farmer in McDonough County, Illinois; John W., occupying the home farm in Fulton County; Margaret, who resided with her mother; and George W. Mr. George W. Salisbury was educated primarily in the rural...

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Biography of Edward P. Ray

Edward P. Ray. Fortunate is the man who finds his work in the world early in life and concentrates all his energies upon discharging his duties and responsibilities with credit and efficiency. One of this fortunate class was Edward P. Ray of Arkansas City. His father and grandfather before him were in the produce business, established one of the early concerns of that kind in Southern Michigan, and the old house is still flourishing and doing a large business at Coldwater, Michigan, today. Edward P. Ray grew up in that business atmosphere and after breaking home ties and family associations he readily found places of responsibility with other concerns. In the course of his career he came out to Kansas, and for a number of years was manager of the A. S. Kininmonth Company, a produce concern whose activities are practically state wide in Kansas. Mr. Ray was born at Coldwater, Michigan, December 1, 1875, and came of old American Colonial stock. His paternal ancestors settled in New York in the early days. His grandfather, Henry Ray, was born at Oaks Corners in Ontario County, New York, in 1823. For a number of years he was a grocer at Phelps, New York, and organized the produce business which his son, E. F. Ray, still conducts. Henry Ray died at Coldwater, Michigan, in 1885. He came to voting age when...

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Biography of Granville T. Ledgerwood

Granville T. Ledgerwood. The community around Beaumont in Butler County and also in Greenwood County had known Mr. Ledgerwood as a substantial farmer citizen and business man for over thirty years. As a farmer he attended strictly to his business, worked with all the power that was in him and in time acquired a well developed farm and sufficient property for his needs. Mr. Ledgerwood is now a resident of the Village of Beaumont, and among other interests is looking after the local postoffice as postmaster. He comes of that fine stock of people that located in East Tennessee during pioneer times and subsequently showed their independence and love of the Union during the dark days of the Civil war. The Ledgerwood family came originally from England and settled in Virginia, later going to East Tennessee. Some members of family fought in the Revolutionary war. The name originated in 1127 in Berwickshire, England, derived from the lands of Ledgerwood in Berwickshire. The coat of arms are: Argent, a chevron engrailed between three wolves heads, erased sable, collared and ringed, or. The crest is: Ont of a mural coronet, or, a wolf’s head, sable, collared and ringed, or. Motto, “Spera in Deo.” On the maternal side the family is related to President Rutherford B. Hayes. Mr. Ledgerwood’s grandfather, Samuel Ledgerwood, was born in Union County, Tennessee, in 1811. He lived...

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Biography of George W. Barker

George W. Barker. The art of successful salesmanship can not be acquired by every one, for to a large degree it is an endowment of nature, and particularly is this true in the business of auctioneering, in which a feature of chance prevails, which the salesman must have the wide-awake alertness to instantly recognize and take advantage. In systematized selling prices are stable facts, but no one knows better than the successful auctioneer that the price of his goods is controlled by the effect of his own shrewdness, manner and personality. Among the best known residents of Ottawa County is George W. Barker, a substantial citisen of Minneapolis who probably had no equal in this section of Kansas as a general auctioneer. George W. Barker was born in McDonough County, Illinois, November 11, 1866. His parents were Noble and Mary E. (Samon) Barker, the father a veteran of the Civil war, who died at Minneapolis, Kansas, in 1891. He was born in 1826, at Jeffersonville, Indiana, which state was the home of his father, who was born in 1810. Grandfather Barker was a ship carpenter by trade. He came to Kansas in the ’80s and died at Delphos in this state in 1886. Noble Barker was reared and received his education at Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana, but removed to McDonough County in early manhood and there engaged in farming...

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Biographical Sketch of John Bartlett Hull

Hull, John Bartlett; patent lawyer; born, Arlington, Va., Oct. 31, 1866; son of Truman P. and Eliza E. Bartlett Hull; educated, Washington High School, Cadet School U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, Columbia University, Bachelor of Science; National Law School (Washington, D. C.), LL. B.; married, Macomb, Ill., June 21, 1893, Adelina V. Sommers; three children, two daughters and one son; Cadet 3rd Lieut. and 2nd Lieut. U. S. Revenue Cutter Service; patent examiner United States Patent Office eight years; has practiced patent law in Cleveland for over ten years; member firm of Fonts & Hull, patent lawyers; member firm of Bates, Fouts & Hull, patent lawyers; senior member present firm of Hull & Smith, patent lawyers; vice pres. The Perfection Spring Co., also director; see ‘y and director The U. S. Elastic Fiber Co.; pres. and director The Engine Holdings Co.; vice pres. and director The Goby Engine Co..; member Society Automobile Engineers, Woodward Lodge, F. & A. M., Cleveland Chapter, Oriental Commandery, Lake Erie Consistory, Al Koran Shrine; member Chamber of Commerce, Athletic and Euclid Clubs. Recreation:...

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Biography of James N. Dunbar, Hon.

Hon. James N. Dunbar. As lawyer, judge, farmer and stockraiser, Judge Dunbar has long been one of the prominent citizens of Cherokee County, and has taken an active and valuable part in local affairs. It was the confidence felt by the people in his judgment and integrity as well as his sterling reputation as a lawyer that brought about his election to the district bench, and his administration of that position has more than justified the expectations of those who supported him for the office. Though most of his life has been spent in this section of Kansas, Judge Dunbar was born in McDonough County, Illinois, December 23, 1865. As one might expect from the name, the Dunbars are of Scotch ancestry. Members of this branch of the family immigrated from Scotland to Virginia in Colonial times. Judge Dunbar’s grandfather Daniel Dunbar, who was born in Virginia in 1791, went as a young man over the mountains into Kentucky, was a farmer in that state for many years, and died there in 1866. For a time he served as a member of the Kentucky State Militia. The father of Judge Dunbar was W. Dunbar, who was born in Kentucky in 1816, and died in Cherokee County, Kansas, in 1877. During his early life in Kentucky he married his first wife, took up farming there, afterward lived for ten years...

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Biography of Samuel C. Varner

Samuel C. Varner, a retired banker and merchant at Moran, is a veteran of the Civil war, and was one of the earliest business men to locate in Moran. His paternal ancestors came out of Germany and were colonial settlers in Pennsylvania. Samuel C. Varner was born in Pennsylvania at Monongahcla on December 10, 1845. His grandfather, John Varner, was born in the eastern part of that state at Lancaster, was a cabinet maker by trade, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and spent most of his years at Monongahela City and at Pittsburg. He married Elizabeth McKnight, of Maysville, Kentucky. She died at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. John McKnight Varner, father of Samuel C., was born at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1817. He spent his early life at Pittsburg, was married at Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and then lived for a number of years at Monongahela City. In early life he was a glass blower by trade, subsequently became a merchant, and in March, 1857, he came west and located at Canton in Fulton County, Illinois. After coming to Illinois he followed the trade of painter. In 1867 he went to Bushnell, Illinois, and that city was his home the rest of his life. However, he died while on a visit to Moran, Kansas, in October, 1895. He was laid to rest at his old home in Bushnell. Though quite...

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Biography of Thomas Walter Butcher

Thomas Walter Butcher. Among Kansas men who have performed services of far reaching benefit to the state there is a distinctive place for Thomas Walter Butcher, now president of the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia. Mr. Butcher began his career as an educator in Kansas, and most of his work had been done within the state. He was born at Macomb, Illinois, July 3, 1867, a son of Boman Rilea Butcher and Adaline (Vail) Butcher. His father was a Union soldier during the Civil war. Mr. Butcher was reared in Illinois and Kansas and attended the public schools of both states. He graduated Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1894, and had since accepted opportunities to study both at home and abroad. He had the degree Master of Arts conferred by Harvard University, and spent the year 1908-09 in graduate study in the University of Berlin, Germany. Mr. Butcher had been a teacher all his active life and had dignified the calling as a profession and not as a mere occupation. He began as a teacher in rural schools, afterward was ward principal, high school principal, superintendent of city schools, and through his individual experience had come into the closest touch with educational conditions in the Middle West. He served as principal of the high school at Wellington, Kansas, from 1894 to 1897; of the...

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Spencer, Sarah Elizabeth, Mrs. – Obituary

Pioneer of 1886 Dies In Wallowa Wallowa, Oregon Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Spencer, a Wallowa County Pioneer, passed away at her home in Wallowa, Sunday, January 20, 1935. She was nearly 90 years old. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian Church in Wallowa, conducted by Reverend Walter Meyer, pastor, assisted by Reverend L. B. Williams of the Presbyterian Church, and Dr. H.W. Oliver, an old neighbor. Burial was in the Wallowa Cemetery. Sarah Elizabeth Williams was born December 7, 1845, near Blandinsville, McDonough County, Illinois, the daughter of James and Mary Williams. She was the oldest of eleven, only two of whom survive. Edgar Williams, of Everett WA and a sister, Isabel Mackey of Los Angeles, CA. Her girlhood days were spent on her fathers farm. On December 6, 1866 she was married to John Andrew Ghent. Six children were born to this marriage. Iris Bloodsworth of Enterprise, Cora Johnston of Notus Idaho, Anna Brown of Edmonds WA, Rosa Groat of Eugene OR. Ten grand children, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grand child, and numerous nieces and nephews. In 1874 she, her husband and children left IL and moved to Missouri. In 1883 they moved to Oregon to the Grande Ronde Valley. In 1886 they moved to Wallowa, and homesteaded on Parsnip Creek, above Lostine. At that time Wallowa had two buildings. Life was hard and the...

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Biography of Dr. S. C. Bogart

Dr. S. C. Bogart, one of the leading practitioners of dentistry in San Bernardino County, is a native of Pennsylvania, born in October 1852. His parents being what are termed Pennsylvania Germans, spoke and taught their children the language of the fatherland as the sole medium of communication in the family. His mother died in his childhood and he became self-supporting from the age of fifteen years. Soon after attaining his majority he went to Illinois and began the study of dentistry in Macomb; and after completing the study of the profession and a short time of practice in that State, he went to Minnesota in 1876, and married Miss Smith, of Joliet, Illinois, in 1879. During the five succeeding years of his residence in Minnesota Dr. Bogart enjoyed a flourishing professional business. In 1881 he removed to New Mexico. Not being pleased with that country, after a brief stay they came to California and settled in San Bernardino, where the Doctor has been actively engaged in his profession ever since, save about eighteen months. His fine dental practice extends throughout this valley and to the remote parts of the county. Dr. Bogart possesses a business and speculative turn of mind, which he has indulged quite extensively, and successfully, dealing in real estate and in building enterprises. In 1888 he built the two-story brick block that bears his name...

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Biography of Robert S. Montgomery

For a period of over 35 years the subject of this sketch was one of the leading farmers of Rock Island county. His farm was one of the largest and best under the highest state of cultivation, while the improvements upon it were among the finest and latest in design. Not only was the owner a leader in agricultural, but he was likewise foremost among his fellow men, in church, in politics and in society. His sons and daughters, following the example he set for them, grew into useful men and women and went out to fill responsible positions in the world. Robert Simington Montgomery was born March 30,. 1836, at Danville, Pennsylvania, and died January 6, 1900, at his homestead on section 26, Edgington Township. He was a son of Daniel and Margaret (Simington) Montgomery, natives of the Keystone state, but residents of Rock Island County from the year in which the son was born. The father became one of the chief landholders of the community, entering 1,000 acres from the government where the homestead stood. He also acquired a section of land lying to the south and several other farms in the county, besides a considerable tract in the vicinity of Joliet. The father died in 1849 at the age of 45 and his two sons, Robert and Daniel, succeeded to his landed interests. Both improved the...

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