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Slave Narrative of Barney Stone

Interviewer: Robert C. Irvin Person Interviewed: Barney Stone Location: Noblesville, Indiana Place of Birth: Spencer County, Kentucky Date of Birth: May 17, 1847 Age: 91 (about) Robert C. Irvin District #2 Noblesville, Ind. EX-SLAVE, LIFE STORY OF BARNEY STONE, FORMER SLAVE, HAMILTON CO. This is the life story of Barney Stone, a highly respected colored gentleman of Noblesville, Hamilton County seat. Mr. Stone is near nintey-one years old, is in sound physical condition and still has a remarkable memory. He was a slave in the state of Kentucky for more than sixteen years and a soldier in the Union army for nearly two years. He educated himself and taught school to colored children four years following the Civil War. He studied in 1868, and has been a preacher in the Colored Baptist Faith for sixty nine years, having been instrumental in the building of seven churches in that time. Mr. Stone joined the K. of P. Lodge, the I.O.O.F. and Masonic Lodge and is still a member of the latter. This fine old colored man has always worked hard for the uplift and advancement of the colored race and has accomplished much in this effort in the States of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. He, together with his preaching of the gospel, and his lecturing, has followed farming. He now has a field of sweet corn and a fine, large...

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Biography of Wylie White Cook

Wylie White Cook. During a period of more than thirty years, Hon. Wylie White Cook has been almost constantly before the people of Kansas as the incumbent of public positions, and that he still retains in marked degree the confidence and respect of Kansans is evidence of his worth, fidelity and integrity, for the duties of the various offices which he has held have in nearly every case directly affected the welfare of the community. In Mr. Cook’s case it has almost invariably been a case of the office seeking the man, for with but one exception in his long career his election or appointment has come to him without solicitation on his part, a fact which makes his record all the more remarkable. Mr. Cook, who has been a resident of Kansas since July 1, 1881, and is now living at Topeka, was one of three children of Levi and Margaret (White) Cook, and was born at Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, July 1, 1859. The family of which Mr. Cook is a member originated in Scotland, from which country the progenitors came to America in 1640. On the journey to this country, the father died and was buried at sea, and the mother, with several children, established the family in the East, from whence it scattered to Pennsylvania and North Carolina. It is from the latter branch that...

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Biographical Sketch of Amos N. Barron

Barron, Amos N.; manufacturer; born, Charlestown, Mass., Aug. 24, 1866; son of Henry and Elana Barron; educated, Prescott Grammar School, Charlestown, Mass.; Boston Latin School, Boston, Mass.; Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; married, Cleveland, Feb. 11, 1908, Jane Carson; one year with The General Electric Co. in Lynn, Mass.; and for one year with one of their sub-companies in Chicago and New York; then entered the employ of The National Carbon Co., in 1894, as traveling representative; after 5 yrs. was made mgr. of the Noblesville, Ind., works; came to Cleveland to assist the general mgr. in supervision of the various factories of the company; was made factory mgr., and last year asst. gen. mgr. of the company; member American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Board of Education, Y. M. C. A., and Chamber of Commerce; member Masonic Order; member Union, Harvard, Country and Rowdant Clubs, of Cleveland; and Niagara Club, of Niagara Falls, N. Y. Recreations: Golf and...

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Passwater, Nancy Wilson – Obituary

Nancy Wilson Passwater was born to Jessie and Rebecca McClellan Wilson in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, July 17, 1828. At the age of sixteen she joined the Christian Church of that city during the pastorate of Brother Longly. On September 14, 1847, she was united in marriage to Samuel Passwater, who proceeded her in death October 8, 1896 in Bates County, Missouri. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Melvina White of Fremont, Iowa, and Mrs. Emeline Beckett, of Passaic, Missouri, both of whom are still living. Early in the year 1852 the family moved to Iowa, where they lived until 1866, when they moved to Adrian, Missouri. In Adrian she united with the Christian Church and became a Charter Member of the same. Four years ago Mrs. Passwater went to live with her daughter in Fremont with whom she resided until her death November 21, 1916, after an illness lasting about four weeks. In addition to her daughters, there are thirteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many friends who greatly deplore her loss. Sister Passwater had a beautiful character. She was a most earnest follower of Christ for over 70 years, a lover of Sunday School, and a devoted worker for the church which she loved, while at the same time she had a wider vision and a large sympathy with all Gods people of whatever denomination. In...

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Biography of M. J. Cook

M. J. Cook. The long and successful life of M. J. Cook is an illustration of the possible control over early limitations and of the benefits derivable from wise utilization of ordinary opportunities such as may present themselves to any individual. He was a lad of but eleven years when he first took his place among the world’s workers, and his early years were crowded with hard and unceasing labor for small remuneration, but his industry had been rewarded with substantial results, and his success is all the more satisfying in that it had come as a direct outcome of his own efforts. Farming, milling and banking have all been engaged in by him and have yielded him prosperity, and at this time he is not only one of the most well-to-do men of Burr Oak, but a citizen who stands high in the esteem of his fellowmen, an exmayor of Burr Oak, and a man whose record in business and civil life is one upon which there is no stain or blemish. M. J. Cook was born on a farm near Noblesville, Indiana, August 8, 1852, a son of Jefferson and Ellen (Powell) Cook. The Cook family settled as pioneers in Indiana, where the grandfather of M. J. Cook, Levi Cook, passed his life in farming and milling and died in 1853. Jefferson Cook was born near Noblesville,...

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