Location: McKean County PA

Settlers from Bradford, Pennsylvania

From Bradford, Penn., in the early spring of 1883, a colony consisting of sixty-five men, women and children settled along the south side of the Keya Paha river. They played an important role in the early history of the eastern end of the county. Their children and grandchildren are still numbered among Keya Paha County’s leading citizens. Iowa, Wisconsin and eastern Nebraska also sent large numbers of settlers. Probably no other section of Nebraska has seen more crime and tragedy enacted on its soil than has that section which is now Keya Paha County. It was the battleground between the lawless and the law-abiding elements of its citizens, each faction struggling for supremacy, and each upheld in the belief that their claims were paramount. The story of this struggle will probably never be recorded and Time will erase the thrilling tales of the daring deeds of the horse thief and the cattle rustlers as well as those of the early peace officer and the “Vigilante.” The Niobrara proved to be an almost impassable barrier between the two portions of what was then from county, and there were many long weary miles to be travelled to reach the railroad or the seat of the county government. The honest people were at the mercy of the thieves and other outlaws. Poor roads, poor bridges and other drawbacks influenced public opinion to...

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Biography of Richard Watson Argue

Richard Watson Argue, who died April 24, 1916, was very well and prominently known in the oil industry of the Mid-Continent field, lived at Independence a number of years, and Mrs. Argue, his widow, is still a resident there and had proved her resourcefulness as a business woman in looking after the extensive properties left by Mr. Argue at the time of his death. He was born near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 1, 1845, a son of John Wilson Argue, who was born in County Cavan, Ireland, went to America early in life, and followed farming in Canada. He died on his farm near Ottawa. Reared in Canada, gaining his education in the public schools, Richard W. Argue spent the first twenty-one years of his life at home, and then took up the oil business at Titusville, Pennsylvania. He followed the oil fields, with all the ups and downs and fortunes and vicissitudes of that industry through Pennsylvania, operating in Titusville, Crawford County, Clarion County, and McKean County, and later established himself at Buffalo, New York, becoming an extensive operator in the gas fields in West Seneca. From Buffalo in 1897 he extended his activities into Wood and Allen counties, Ohio, and became a very prominent business man of Lima. In 1963 Mr. Argue came to Kansas, locating in Independence, and thereafter was an oil producer both in Kansas...

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Biography of Andrew Benson

Andrew Benson has had a long and varied experience in the oil fields of both the East and West, and for a number of years had been established at Independence, from which city as headquarters he had operated extensively in the oil and gas districts of Southern Kansas and Oklahoma. Born March 5, 1864, in Warberg, Sweden, he was six years of age when his parents came to the United States in 1870 and settled in Jamestown, New York. He grew up there on a farm, received a fair amount of schooling, and in 1883, at the age of nineteen, went to Bradford, Pennsylvania. In the meantime he had received some experience while employed in a furniture factory at Jamestown, New York. At Bradford he became identified with the oil business, and for many years was connected with the Oil Well Supply Company of that city. In 1898 the company sent him to the West Virginia oil fields. In 1903, with his family, he removed to Independence, Kansas, where he had since operated extensively as an oil and gas man. He occupies a suite of offices in the Booth Building and had acquired some valuable properties, including his fine residence at 409 North Ninth Street, other residence buildings, and some unimproved property. Mr. Benson is president of the Benson Oil & Gas Company, and of the State Line Oil...

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Biographical Sketch of Ralph Martin Hulett

Hulett, Ralph Martin; architect; born, Cleveland, March 28, 1873; son of Martin Paul and Esther Fawcett Hulett; graduated from the Cleveland public schools in 1891, then took up the study of architecture under special tutors; married, Bradford, Pa., Aug. 28, 1895, Clara C. Goodyear; one boy, Coulter Townsend Hulett, age 15; was architect for numerous buildings in Cleveland, such as high class apartments and residences, The Farmers & Mechanics Bank Bldg., the lodge rooms of Brooklyn Lodge, F. & A. M., The Richmond Hotel, Akron and several school buildings for the centralized school districts adjacent to Cleveland and Akron; since forming the Ralph M. Hulett Co., have specialized and designed numerous factories in and around Cleveland; designed the Christian Missionary Alliance, hotel at Beulah Park; organizer and head of the Ralph M. Hulett Co., architects and engineers, main office, Lenox Bldg., Cleveland; the firm has representatives in Akron and surrounding towns; associate member the Cleveland Real Estate Board; member Brooklyn Lodge of Masons, 454, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, No....

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Biographical Sketch of John S. McCarrens

McCarrens, John S.; advertising; born, July 27, 1869; son of D. A. and Anna McGinley McCarrens; educated, public schools, Bradford, Pa., and Niagara University, Suspension Bridge, N. Y.; married, Toledo, O., June 24, 1896, Mary Sweeney; issue, two daughters and two sons; advertising mgr. and business collector; member Cleveland Advertising Club. Fond of Horseback...

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Biography of Alfred Thomas Bailey

Alfred Thomas Bailey, whose life record constituted a fine example of manliness, industry and enterprise, was prominently identified with oil interests of northeastern Oklahoma and his sudden demise in 1918 brought with it a sense of overwhelming loss to his mother, to whom he was ever a most devoted son, and was also the occasion of deep and sincere regret to the many he had made during the period of his residence in this part of the state. A native of Canada, he was born at Ottawa, in the province of Quebec, on the 25th of September, 1873, his parents being Thomas S. and Ida (Walters) Bailey, the former a native of London, England, while the latter was born in Galt, Canada. The father met an accidental death in a factory in Canada in 1887. The maternal grandfather, Thomas Bailey, was a man of marked intellectual attainments and served as district judge at Ottawa, Canada, making a highly commendable record in that connection. He passed away at Osgood, Canada, in 1884. His daughter Ida married Thomas S. Bailey on the 25th of September, 1872, and they became the parents of five children : Alfred, Charles, Enid, Edna and Blanche. The daughter Enid married A. E. Dwelle, formerly a well known resident of Bartlesville but now acting as vice president and assistant cashier of the State Bank of Pasadena, California....

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Biography Of Irving Hill

Irving Hill, of this sketch, is one of the citizens of prominence in Lawrence, who is identified with the younger generation in the promotion of its industries, its finances and its civic affairs. He is of good Scotch blood, and comes naturally by his traits of intellectual and business acumen. William Hill, his father, was born in Greenock, a suburb of Glasgow, and when a boy came with his parents to the United States and settled at Baraboo, Wisconsin. There he followed newspaper work, became owner of a paper in that place, and later corresponded for the Chicago Tribune and a newspaper published in Nashville. In the Civil war he served as captain of a company in the Eighth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and subsequently was on the staff of Gen. Giles Smith. In 1870 he came to Kansas and founded the Neodesha Savings Bank, now the First National, of which he is president. His wife was Ellen Clark Maxwell, and their marriage resulted in the birth of four sons and a daughter, of whom Irving Hill is the youngest. Mr. Hill was born at Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, on December 23, 1876, and received his earlier education in the grammar and high schools of that place. He then completed a course at the state university, from which he was graduated in 1896 with the degree of B. A. After...

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McKean County, Pennsylvania Census Records

1790 McKean County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1790 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1800 McKean County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1800 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1810 McKean County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1810 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at McKean County Pennsylvania Genealogy Ceres Township Hosted at Painted Hills Genealogy Society Ceres Township Hosted at McKean County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb Archives 1810 and 1820 Census Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives 1810 and 1820 Census Hosted at Census Guide 1810 U.S. Census Guide 1820 McKean County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1820 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  Hosted at McKean County Pennsylvania Genealogy 1820 McKean County, Pennsylvania Census Images $ Ceres Township Sergeant Township Shippen Township Hosted at Painted Hills Genealogy Society Ceres Township Hosted at McKean County, Pennsylvania PAGenWeb Archives 1810 and 1820 Census Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives 1810 and 1820 Census Hosted at Census Guide 1820 U.S. Census Guide 1830 McKean County, Pennsylvania Census Records Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial Hosted at McKean County Pennsylvania Genealogy 1830 McKean County, Pennsylvania Census Images $ Bradford Township...

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McKean County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at McKean County PAGenWeb Project Bernard’s Cemetery Willow Dale Cemetery Bradford Twp. St. Bernard’s Cemetery in detail Bradford Twp. St. Bernard’s Cemetery surnames and map Oak Hill Cemetery Bradford Twp. Oak Hill Cemetery Bradford Twp. Bradford Poor Farm Bradford Kendall Creek Cemetery Bradford Kingsbury Monument Bradford Littleton Cemetery Bradford Longfellow Avenue Cemetery Bradford Servicemen Buried in Bradford Area Cemeteries Ceres Cemetery Ceres Twp. Myrtle Cemetery Ceres Twp. Barbertown Cemetery Ceres Twp Bell Run Cemetery Ceres Twp. King Cemetery Ceres Twp. Gary Cemetery Ceres Twp. Lamphier Cemetery Eldred Twp. Fowler Brook Cemetery Eldred Twp. Larabee Cemetery Eldred Twp. Loop Cemetery Parmeter Eldred Twp. Rice Cemetery Cemetery Eldred Twp. Slack Hollow Cemetery Eldred Twp. Wolcott Cemetery Eldred Twp. Stulltown Cemetery Eldred Twp. Beardsley Cemetery Foster Twp. Derrick City Private Cemetery Foster Twp. Bentley Hill Cemetery Hamilton Twp. Ludlow Cemetery Hamilton Twp. Martin Cemetery Hamilton Twp. Morrison Cemetery Hamilton Twp. Ludlow Cemetery, Servicemen Buried in Bradford Area Cemeteries Nebo Cemetery Mt. Jewett, Hamlin Twp. Nebo Cemetery, Veterans Bridge View Cemetery Hamlin Twp Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport Keating Twp. Charles Irons Farm Keating Twp. Crossmire Keating Twp. Kingston Cemetery Keating Twp. McKean Co. Courthouse Basement Smethport Old Smethport Cemetery Smethport Pelton Keating Cemetery Twp. McKean...

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Biography of Albert L. Alderman

ALBERT L. ALDERMAN. – The pioneer experiences of Mr. Alderman are not exceeded in interest by those of any of the early settlers. Born at Old Bedford, Connecticut, and taken as a child to Wyoming county, New York, where he lived until twenty-one years of age, he set out at the age of twenty-four upon the career that did not end except upon the Pacific coast. He was at Bradford, Pennsylvania, for a time with an uncle, and in 1845 came out to Quincy, Illinois, and that same winter made up an outfit for coming to the mythical Oregon. At St. Louis, in March, he met a Mr. Good and Judge Quinn Thornton, who were also on the way to our state. At the rendezvous he found a large company assembling, aggregating five hundred wagons. An organization, the most complete that had ever been attempted, was here made. The wagons and outfits were inspected; and none unfit for the journey were allowed to proceed. A legal tribunal was established, having a judge and a jury, which was composed of six men. The military organization was also fully equal to the requirements. On the way to Fort Hall no more serious trouble was experienced than crossing swollen streams; and this was effected by using two large canoes lashed side by side into which the loaded wagons were run, with the...

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Biography of Robert H. Childs

Robert H. Childs, now superintendent of the Petroleum Products Company plant in Independence, is one of the veteran oil men of America. His father was a pioneer in the oil fields of Western Pennsylvania, and Mr. Childs himself grew up in that environment, and took to the work as naturally as a New England youth goes to sea. There is probably not an important oil field in the country with which he has not been identified in some capacity or another. The Petroleum Products Company established a plant in Independence in 1908. The general officers of the company at Chicago are: H. J. Halle, president; R. J. Dunham, vice president; and Ed C. Ennis, secretary and treasurer. The general manager and superintendent at Independence is Mr. Childs. This plant refines oil products and its output is an important list of standard petroleum products, which are sold throughout the Middle West. The plant at Independence has a crude oil capacity of 5,000 barrels daily, this oil coming from the Oklahoma and Kansas fields. About 200 men are regularly on the pay roll. Robert H. Childs was born at Enterprise, Warren County, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1851. He comes of old and substantial American stock. His ancestors came from England to Rhode Island in colonial times. His great-grandfather John Cole Childs served with credit in the War of the American Revolution. He...

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Biography of Clark H. Kountz

Clark H. Kountz, of Independence, though a young man, is a veteran in the oil industry, and for over ten years has been a factor in the Kansas oil fields, being now vice president of the Prairie Pipe Line Company. He was born near Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania, August 24, 1883, a son of Frank P. and Maggie E. Kountz. His father was born in 1847, and died in 1911, and his mother, still living, was born in 1849. The Kountz family removed from Western Pennsylvania to Findlay, Ohio, which was then in the center of the Ohio oil fields, and in the public schools of that city Clark H. Kountz acquired his early education. At the age of eighteen, in July, 1901, he became a clerk in the office of the Ohio Oil Company at Findlay. He grew up in the atmosphere of oil fields, and with four years of business experience in Ohio he came to Kansas in June, 1905. Becoming connected with the Prairie Oil & Gas Company at Independence, he was promoted to secretary of that company in 1910, and in 1915 assumed his present post as vice president of the Prairie Pipe Line Company. Mr. Kountz is also a director in the First National Bank of Independence. He is a member of the Masonic Order and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. On...

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Biography of William M. Rounds

William M. Rounds. Among the men who have won places of responsibility in the gas and oil business in Kansas, one of the best known is William M. Rounds, district superintendent for this part of Kansas and local manager at Caney of the Prairie Pipe Line Company. From the time of his graduation from high school, twenty-three years ago, Mr. Rounds has been identified with his present line of business, and few men are better informed in its various branches. He has been a resident of Caney since 1915 and has already established himself in the confidence of the people of this thriving city. William M. Rounds was born in Buchanan County, Iowa, July 25, 1876, and is a son of William M. and Emma (Stalnaker) Rounds. He belongs to a family which, originating in England, was founded in America during Colonial days, the first of the name in this country locating in Vermont. His grandfather, William Seward Rounds, was born in 1809, at Brattleboro, Vermont, subsequently removed to McKean County, Pennsylvania, where he was engaged in farming for a number of years, and in 1862 went to Olean, New York, and enlisted in the Union army for service during the Civil war. He was captured by the Confederates and sent to the awful Andersonville prison, where he died along with hundreds of his comrades, in 1864. William M....

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Biography of Marcellus Marcus Pietrzycki, M.D.

MARCELLUS MARCUS PIETRZYCKI, M.D. – Doctor Pietrzycki, the well-known surgeon, was born April 25, 1843, in Horodyszeze, Sambor District, Galicia, Austria, and was educated as an apothecary and chemist. He came to the United States in 1866, before the Austro-Prussian war. He engaged, soon after his arrival in the United States, as assistant and prescription clerk with Doctor Arnold of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, who had a very extensive coal-mining practice, and remained with him for one year studying medicine. He emigrated to California in the fall of 1867, and settled in San Francisco, receiving the appointment as an apothecary in the German Hospital, where he remained for five years, during part of which time he attended the Pacific (now Cooper) Medical College, from which he graduated in 1872. The next spring he went to Stockton, California, to practice his profession, and in November, 1873, remove to Rio Vista in Solano county, California. We quote from the history of Solano county, California: “Doctor Pietrzycki came to this county in November, 1873, and settled in Rio Vista, where he now resides and practices medicine. He always took an active part in enterprises pertaining to the welfare of the town. He was twice elected school trustee, and also clerk of the board. He took a very active part, and, in fact was one of the prime movers in establishing the Montezuma telegraph line...

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