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Location: Ogle County IL

Biographical Sketch of Noble L. Prentis

Noble L. Prentis, a leading Kansas editor for twenty-one years, and for the last decade of his life identified with the Kansas City Star, was born on April 8, 1839, in a log cabin three miles from Mount Sterling, Brown County, Illinois. His parents were natives of Vermont, descended from English settlers, and on both sides of the family came of brave Revolutionary stock. His parents died at Warsaw, Illinois, of cholera during the epidemic of 1849, leaving him an orphan at the age of ten years. He went to live with an uncle in Vermont and remained there until he was eighteen, when he moved to Connecticut and served an apprenticeship at the printer’s trade. He then came west and worked for a time in a newspaper office at Carthage, Illinois. At the opening of the Civil war he enlisted as a private in the Sixteenth Illinois Infantry and served four years, when he was honorably discharged. He published a paper at Alexandria, Missouri, until Capt. Henry King of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat induced him to come to Topeka in 1869 and assist him on the Record. During the succeeding eight years he was engaged on the Junction City Union and the Topeka Commonwealth, and about 1877 began to work on the Atchison Champion. He remained with that paper during Colonel Martin’s term as governor and in 1888...

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Biography of Holmes Dysinger, Rev.

Rev. Holmes Dysinger has for the past twelve years been connected with the Western Theological Seminary of the Lutheran Church at Atchison, and since 1910 had been dean of the seminary. He had spent more than thirty years in the work of the church as a minister and as an educator, and had been connected with prominent schools and pastorates in nearly all parts of the country. Mr. Dysinger is of an old Pennsylvania family and was born at Mifflin, that state, March 26, 1853. The Dysingers’ original home was in Southern Germany. They came across the ocean and settled in Pennsylvania not long after William Penn planted his colony there. Joseph Dysinger, father of Rev. Dr. Dysinger, was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, in 1824, and for seventy years was a resident of Walker Township in that county. In early years he followed contracting but later was a farmer. He finally retired to Mifflin and died in that Pennsylvania city in November, 1904. Politleally he was a democrat and a very active member of the Lutheran Church. Joseph Dysinger married Mary A. Patterson, who was born in Walker Township, Juniata County, near Mifflin, in 1831. She is now living at the venerable age of eighty-six, at Atchison. A brief record of the seven children is: Austin, who was a teacher and died at Ottawa, Illinois, in January, 1905;...

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Biography of Lewis E. Schuler

Lewis E. Shuler has been identified with Jewell County around the community of Lovewell the greater part of his active life. At one time he was a Lovewell merchant. His ehief interests and activities are as an agriculturist and he owned some of the best farms in that section of the state. Mr. Shuler was born in Ogle County, Illinois, Octobor 10, 1866. In the remote ancestry he is of German stock, the Shulers having come from Germany to Pennsylvania a number of generations ago. His grandfather, William Shuler, spent many years as a farmer in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, but late in life retired and moved out to Illinois, dying in Stephenson County. Mr. Shuler’s father was Thomas Shuler, one of the pioneers of Northern Kansas. He was born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1828, was reared and married in his native county and became a blacksmith. In 1850 he moved out to Ogle County, Illinois, followed his trade there, and in 1861 enlisted in the Fifteenth Illinois Infantry. He was a gallant and faithful soldier of the Union and was in active service until the close of the war. Among the many engagements in which he participated were the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg and the campign of Sherman from Atlanta to the sea. In March, 1871, Thomas Shuler brought his family to Kansas, locating first at White...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. H. Hannum

Dr. H. Hannum was born in Paine’s Point, Ogle Co., Ill., March 11, 1854. Attended Rock River Seminary in Illinois; also attended Rush Medical College, of Chicago, and graduated February 22, 1881, after having taken a full course of clinical and didactic instruction during three winters and spring terms of the institution, and received a certificate of honor for the same. The doctor first practiced in Illinois, came to Kansas in April, 1881, and settled in Burr Oak, where he has been engaged in the practice of his chosen profession ever since. He is also a graduate of the Kalamazoo Commercial College. Is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has acted as secretary of the lodge; and is a member of the Knights of...

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Biography of Mary Pierce Van Zile

Mary Pierce Van Zile. A very important member of the faculty of the Kansas State Agricultural College is Mrs. Mary Pierce Van Zile, dean of women and dean of the division of home economics. Her name is a household word in many widely separated homes, for each year Mrs. Van Zile has under her immediate care and instruction from 800 to 900 girls. They come from many environments and are mostly in the most receptive period of their lives, and the influence exerted by Dean Van Zile largely moulds their future. Mary Pierce Van Zile was born on her father’s homestead, near Solomon, in Dickinson County, Kansas, February 7, 1873, and is a daughter of Lyman B. and Lea A. (Bandy) Pierce. The father was a native of Vermont and came of sterling New England stock. The mother was born in Indiana of equally excellent people and pioneer settlers. Lyman B. Pierce served as a soldier during the Civil war, in the Union army, for four years and three months, and shortly after its close pre-empted a homestead in Dickinson County, Kansas. After proving upon that land he removed to Henry County, Iowa, settling at Winfield, where he has since resided, devoting his active years largely to the manufacture of tiling, brick and sewer piping. He can look back over eighty years of a well-spent life. At Winfield, Iowa,...

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Biography of Enoch Hassebroek

Enoch Hassebroek. As proprietor of a large general store, at Riley, Kansas, Enoch Hassebroek is a leading factor in the town’s commercial life. The business of modern merchandising is a more or less complex one and experience counts for much. Mr. Hassebroek was carefully trained by his merchant father and for the past fifteen years has been at the head of his own establishment. The modern merchant needs large capital behind him because, an account of the awakened demands of twentieth century customers, he must go to the ends of the world to secure his goods, and he must know how to buy closely, and watchful of the markets, in order to sell profitably. Mr. Hassebroek’s reputation for reliable merchandise has carried his name all over this section of the country. He was born in Ogle County, Illinois, July 4, 1872, and is a son of Casper W. and Ida (Groenhagen) Hassebroek. Casper W. Hassebroek was born in Oldersum, Prussia-Germany, August 23, 1836, and died in Riley County, Kansas. He was a son of William and Ann (Freerks) Hassebroek, who emigrated to the United States in 1853 and settled in Ogle County, Illinois, where they spent their last years. Their family contained the following children: Fritje, Frederick, Johanna, Wiemke, Casper W., Albretje, David, Grytie and Wilkea. Casper W. was seventeen years old when he accompanied his parents to the...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Eugene Wettstein

Wettstein, Frank Eugene; banking and real estate; born, Rochelle, Ill., June 6, 1867; son of Otto and Louise Tracy Wettstein; educated, Rochelle High School, class of 1884; married, La Porte City, Ia., Sept. 22, 1896; married Maud Wagoner; issue, two sons, William and Frank Jr.; republican; five years a member of the Illinois National Guard; in 1889, organized First National Bank, La Porte City, Ia.; in 1900, organized First National Bank, Dysort, Ia.; vice pres. and gen. mgr. Guarantee Title & Trust Co.. Cleveland; 1903 to 1908, promoted Gates Mills property; built all roads at Gates Mills; pres. Pease Engineering Co., 1904 to 1908; chairman Board of Trustees, Cleveland Homeopathic Medical College, 1907-1909; chairman Finance Committee, Cleveland Associated Charities, 1906-1908; sec’y and treas. Maple Leaf Land Co., sec’y and treas. Davenport, Ia., Land & Investment Co.; trustee Cleveland Pulte Medical College; Mason; also member Union and Tippecanoe Clubs and Cleveland Chamber of...

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Biography of Charles W. Shinn, Hon.

Hon. Charles W. Shinn. In an able and vigorous service of eight years on the bench, Hon. Charles W. Shinn, now city attorney of Neodesha, Kansas, gained an enviable reputation for legal ability, thorough understanding of the law, wise judgments and unimpeachable integrity. As a private practitioner of law this reputation is still justified, while as a citizen Judge Shinn is numbered with the foremost men of Neodesha. Judge Shinn is a native of Illinois, born May 30, 1854, in Hancock County, and is a son of John K. and Tabitha (Ogden) Shinn. The Shinn family is of English ancestry and of Revolutionary stock. Family records show that as early as 1678 John Shinn, an honest farmer and millwright in England, found religious persecution intolerable, and with others of the Quaker faith crossed the Atlantic Ocean and settled in New Jersey, establishing a Quaker colony there. Of this ancestor Isaac Shinn, the great-grandfather of Judge Shinn, was a descendant and he served in the Revolutionary war, afterward settling in Harrison County, now in West Virginia. George Shinn, grandfather of Judge Shinn, was born in Harrison County, Virginia, in 1787, and in 1836 was the pioneer of the family in Hancock County, Illinois, where he died in 1861. He married Sarah Kirk, who was born in Harrison County in 1783 and died in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1871. No member...

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Biography of Claude Luman Steele

Claude Luman Steele, who for two decades was an active and prominent business man, of Muskogee, dealing in real estate and farm lands, was born at Paines Point, Illinois, and was the youngest son of John Roland and Adelaide (Grant) Steele, the latter a representative of the same branch of the family as General U. S. Grant. John Roland Steele was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was brought to America when but three years of age, the family home being established in Rochester, New York. After attaining adult age he wedded Adelaide Grant, a native of the Empire state. Removing to Illinois, they lived for a time at Paines Point and for a considerable period at Rochelle, Illinois, and it was in the latter place that Claude Luman Steele was reared and educated. He was seventeen years of age when he became a resident of Parsons, Kansas, and there he engaged in business with his brother, J. F. Steele. He continued his residence at Parsons until 1900, when he removed to Muskogee, where he established a real estate and farm land business, in which he continuously and successfully engaged to the time of his demise, which occurred on the 16th of March, 1920. In 1895 Mr. Steele was united in marriage to Miss Leda Crawford and they became the parents of two sons: John Russell, who was born in...

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Emmons, Leonard- Obituary

Leonard Emmons Services Today Another pioneer of Wallowa County, Leonard Berton Emmons, of Enterprise, passed away at the Don Huffman ranch on upper Imnaha Sunday evening, September 19, 1954. He had been in ill health for the past six years. Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o’clock from the Booth-Bollman chapel, with Rev. John Munsey officiating. Interment will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Son of John and Martha Emmons, he was born at Carthage, Ill., December 8, 1874. For a time he lived in Nebraska but for the past 65 years he had been a resident of Wallowa county where he farmed and raised livestock. On November 13, 1895 he was married at Enterprise to Ivy Bloom. After her death he was married June 5, 1901 to Bertha Wright who also preceded him in death. On November 29, 1923 he was married to Rose Allison. Three sons and four daughters survive: Lester, of Walla Walla, Earl and Milford of Enterprise, Mrs. Elnora Lawhead, Downey, Calif., Mrs. Macel Reece, Enterprise, Mrs. Vivian Hovis, Joseph, and Mrs. Mildred Santoes, Imbler. There are also two brothers, George, of Baker, and Charles D. of Enterprise, two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Thornburg, of Enterprise, and Mrs. Lillie davis, of Geneva, Neb: 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Wallowa County Chieftain – Thursday, September 23, 1954 Contributed by S. Renee...

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Emmons, George Madison- Obituary

Services at Baker For George (Madison) Emmons (No Name on Paper) George Madison Emmons, aged 80, 1908 Cherry Street, Baker, Oregon, died Saturday afternoon at his home. Services for Mr. Emmons were conducted at 11:00 am Tuesday morning at West and Company Chapel. Joe Jewett officiated. Interment was in Mount Hope. Mr. Emmons, son of John and Martha Emmons, was born in Carthage, Illinois on October 5, 1880. He moved with his parents to Oregon at the age of 5 and had lived in this state since then. He was a farmer in Wallowa, Union and Baker counties. he was married to Pearl Akins in Enterprise on October 14, 1902 and the family moved to Enterprise in 1925, then to La Grande in 1928 and to Baker in 1932. He is survived by his wife, Pearl, of Baker; by a daughter, Mrs. Erma Nutt of Baker; by a brother, Charles Emmons of Enterprise; a sister, Mrs. Charles Thornburg of Enterprise; by a daughter-in-law, Esther Emmons of La grande; two grandsons, LeRoy Emmons of Wallowa and Donald Emmons of La Grande; by a granddaughter, Patricia Schon, of Baker; and by 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Thornburg and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Homan drove to Baker for the funeral. Contributed by: S. Renee...

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George Henry Todd of East Wallingford VT

George Henry Todd7, (Levi6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born June 14, 1851, in East Wallingford, Vt., married in Rochelle, Ill., Sept. 13, 1877, Lucy Brown Prescott, who was born in Burlington, Mass. Mr. Todd graduated from the West Aurora High School in 1871. After his graduation he was engaged in the dry goods business until 1895, when he disposed of it, and became interested in the low lands of the Mississippi Valley. He was the leader of a Company that had huge levees erected so that many acres of inundated land were redeemed. Completing this work he became a member of the firm of White & Todd, of which firm he was still a member in 1917. Children: *1798. Bertha May, b. Jan. 29, 1879. *1799. Fred Arthur, b. Sept. 29, 1881. 1800. Ethel Marion, b. March 18, 1889; she is a graduate of Beloit College located in Beloit,...

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Bertha May Todd Willson of Rochelle IL

WILLSON, Bertha May Todd8, (George H.7, Levi6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 29, 1879, in Rochelle, Ill., married in Aurora, Ill., Feb. 18, 1905, Osbourne V. Willson, who was born Jan. 3, 1877, in Aurora, Ill. Child: I. Eleanor Todd, b. Jan. 24,...

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Fred Arthur Todd of Illinois

Fred Arthur Todd8, (George H.7, Levi6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Sept. 29, 1881, in Rochelle, Ill., married in Aurora, Ill., June 12, 1906, Helen Hill, who was born Aug. 15, 1882, in Milwaukee, Wis. Children: 2455. Kathryn Hill, b. March 12, 1910. 2456. A daughter, b. Jan. 5, 1914. 2457. Ruth Constance, b. Feb. 24,...

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