Location: Oil City Pennsylvania

Biographical Sketch of John Michael Burns

John Michael Burns has been a business man in Independence since 1905, and by the qualities of push and enterprise which are indicative of his character he had developed what is now the largest bakery establishment of the city. He was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania, December 1, 1878, but spent most of his years in Ohio until coming to Kansas. His father Michael Burns, who now resided at Lima, Ohio, was born in Ireland in 1848, and came to this country when a youth. He first lived in Oil City, Pennsylvania, where he married. By trade he is a carpenter and builder. In 1880 he made his home at Rixford, Pennsylvania, from there moved to Bolivar, New York, and since 1887 had been a resident of Lima. He is now retired from the active work of his trade. He is a democrat and a member of the Catholic Church. Michael Burns married Anna Quinn, who is also a native of Ireland. They are the parents of seven children: John M.; Joseph, a printer in the office of the Toledo News-Bee at Toledo, Ohio; Anna, at home with her parents; Robert, a chauffeur at Lima; Cecilia, at home; Kate, wife of C. E. Lohner, a bookkeeper in the offices of the Prairie Oil and Gas Company at Independence, Kansas; and Frances, at home. John M. Burns had his first...

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Biography of Victor A. Hays

Victor A. Hays is an example of the successful American who began as a telegraph operator and has reached a commanding position in industrial affairs. He is president of the Kansas Natural Gas Company and has spent the greater part of his active career in the oil and gas fields of the East and Southwest. Like many other successful men in the oil and gas industry Victor A. Hays is a native of Venango County, Pennsylvania, and of Irish ancestry. He was born near Oil City on April 27, 1863. He was educated in the public and Normal schools and began his independent career in 1880 by learning telegraphy. He was employed in that work until 1886, when he engaged in the natural gas business, entering the service of the Oil City Fuel Supply Company as bookkeeper, and has since been continuously in that business. Mr. Hays has been identified with the Kansas Natural Gas Company since 1905, beginning as general auditor and holding that position until he was elected president in December, 1914. His home has been at Independence since 1910. He is also president of the subsidiary companies of Kansas Natural Gas Company, including the Marnet Mining Company, the Edgar Oil Company, and the California Oil and Gas Company. Mr. Hays resides at 216 South Fifth Street. He is a democrat, a member of the Presbyterian Church,...

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Biographical Sketch of Alfred Burns Smythe

Smythe, Alfred Burns; banking and real estate; born, Nevada, O., Aug. 4, 1874; son of Marcus and Mary Burns Smythe; educated, common schools and Oberlin Academy and Oberlin College, Oberlin, O.; married, Oil City, Pa., Nov. 13, 1902, Catherine Loomis; issue, two sons, mgr. Real Estate Dept. of The Cleveland Trust Co.; pres. The Land Security Co., The Loop Realty Co., The Seneca Security...

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Biography of William Geiser

William Geiser. An impressive illustration of what may be accomplished through industry, sobriety and persistent endeavor is furnished in the career of William Geiser, one of the well known oil producers of the Mid-Continent field and the directing head of the Geiser & Bogue Machine Shops at Neodesha. Without aid and relying solely upon his own inherent energy, perseverance and sound judgment, he had worked his way upward from the very bottom of the ladder, and had built up a business that is highly creditable to himself and the community of which he is a worthy member. While he had been so doing, Mr. Geiser had not been unmindful of the needs of the community, for on various occasions he had contributed cheerfully of his time and abilities to the furtherance of civic welfare movements, and in positions of trust had rendered services to the city of his adoption that have been of incalculable value. Mr. Geiser was born at Sasbachwalden, Baden, Germany, May 23, 1847. His father died when he was still a small child, and when he was seven years old he was brought to the United States by his mother, Mrs. Helena Geiser, who was born in Germany and died a. York, Pennsylvania, in 1886. William was the youngest of three children, the others being: Mary, deceased, who was the wife of the late Henry Schum...

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