Location: Orange County IN

Biography of George W. Hill

George W. Hill. As the nation grows older more and more honor is paid the men who offered their lives as sacrifice to the preservation of the Union in the dark days of the ’60s. One of these veterans still living in Champaign County is George W. Hill, whose life since the war has been one of peaceful industry as a farmer and he is now enjoying a well earned retirement at his home in the village of St. Joseph. He was born at Paola, Orange County, Indiana, February 22, 1840. It will be noted that his birth occurred on Washington’s birthday and he was given the name of the father of his country. His parents, Erasmus and Huldah (Fawcett) Hill, were both natives of North Carolina and were early settlers in Indiana. George W. Hill received his education in a subscription school known as the Prospect School, kept in an old log schoolhouse. He grew up in Indiana, and was twenty-one years of age when the war broke out and he volunteered his services, enlisting in Company B of the Twenty-fourth Indiana Infantry. He enlisted at Orleans, Indiana, went South to St. Louis, up the river to Jefferson City, on to Sedalia, and from there to Springfield in the southern part of the state, returned to Sedalia and at St. Louis again took boat and went down the...

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Biography of James Henry Powell

James Henry Powell. Chautauqua County had never had a more popular official than James H. Powell, who is now concluding his second term as sheriff. He had been a farmer, public official and prominent citizen of this section of Kansas for a quarter of a century. A noteworthy fact is that when he was re-elected in the fall of 1914 he was given the largest majority ever given a candidate for any office in Chautauqua County and carried every voting precinct. One of the valleys of the State of Tennessee had for many years been known as Powell’s Valley. The Powell family were the earliest and most influential settlers there, hence the name. It was in that locality that Stephen Powell, father of James H., was born. He was in that section of Tennessee which furnished many soldiers to the Union army during the Civil war. He enlisted himself in the Union army, served until he was taken prisoner, and he endured captivity in the notorious Andersonville prison. He was a farmer by occupation, and after or during the war he had his family removed to Clay County, Kentucky, in order to escape the hostility of the Southern sympathizers in Tennessee. Stephen Powell died in Clay County, Kentucky, in 1867. He married Lavina Stanaford, who was born in Virginia in 1825 and was killed in a railway accident in...

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Biography of Robert Scott Mahan, M. D.

Robert Scott Mahan, M. D. While a high medical authority had declared that man’s organs, under natural strain only, ought to last 300 years, the fact is patent that only in rare cases do they function one-third of that time, and that threescore and ten, according to the Psalmist, covers the life history of the majority in any community who reach what is termed “old age.” To combat by medical knowledge and surgical skill the diseases that attack and the accidents that lay low mankind that shorten his life and ruin his happiness, the physician and surgeon is called. There can be no profession more deserving of honor than that which alleviates human pain and brings healing, and no matter how great may be the monetary rewards in some cases, it is largely a humanitarian career, that had been often illuminated by acts of heroic self-sacrifice in the cause of science. The great opportunity does not come in the practice of every practitioner, but if a history were published of the unselfish self-imposed acts performed by the humblest physician in his charity and pity, his place in medical annals would be no insignificant one. A physician and surgeon who had but recently established himself at Elgin, is Dr. Robert S. Mahan, coming here from Cherokee County with years of professional success behind him. Doctor Mahan was born at Paola,...

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Lindley, J. E. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon J.E. (Ex) Lindley, following a stroke of paralysis about two weeks ago, died at his room in Baker Wednesday night at 11:50. He was fifty-six years old on the day of his death and had been a resident of the North Powder community for about 35 years, coming here from Paoli, Indiana, the place of his birth. For the past two years he has been in poor health on account of a first attack of paralysis. He was unmarried. He had engaged at one time in the grocery business at North Powder, but for the past several years had devoted his time to the breeding of blooded sheep on his ranch west of town. B.L. Lindley of Baker and R.E. Lindley of North Powder are brothers of the deceased. Funeral services from the West parlors in Baker Thursday afternoon and burial was in the Baker cemetery. North Powder News Saturday, July 9,...

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Lee, Tabitha Mrs.- Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Tabitha Lee Passes This Life Mrs. Tabitha Lee, aged 76, died at her home in North Powder, Thursday morning at about six o’clock. Mrs. Lee was found in her bed in an unconscious condition at about that time, by Miss Ruth Agustus. She died without a struggle. Heart failure is given as the cause of death. Mrs. Lee was the widow of the late Geo. E. Lee and the mother of Mrs. W.A. Hudelson, Mrs. Walter Jones, Mrs. Howard Sloan, Volney E. and Oey (?) Lee, all of this city. Numerous other relatives survive. Deceased was a native of Indiana, coming with her husband and family from Paoli, in that state 34 years ago and has made her home at North Powder since that time. Funeral services have not been completed but the service is to be held at the local Methodist church Friday or Saturday. Burial will be in the city cemetery. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, September 10,...

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Simonis, Matts Mrs. – Obituary

Coming as a shock to the entire community was the death of Mrs. Matts Simonis, who passed away very suddenly last Friday about noon. Mrs. Simonis had prepared dinner when she was taken suddenly ill, and died about an hour and a half later. Medical aid was sought but she passed away before the physician could reach her. The funeral services which were held from the Methodist church Sunday afternoon were largely attended. The body was laid to rest in the City cemetery. Matilda Ann Harrison was born in Orange County, Indiana, March 4, 1874; died at her home on Wolf Creek July 17, 1925. She came to North Powder with her parents March 16, 1886, and resided here ever since. She was united in marriage to Matts Simonis April 11, 1896, and to this union were born nine children seven of whom survive her. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, her aged father, T.J. Harrison, three sons Ernest, Lawrence and Harrison; four daughters, Ellen and Ethel Simonis and Mrs. Elias Smith all of North Powder, and Mrs. Herman Halfer of Cove, and three grandchildren. Five brothers, Joseph Harrison of Sumpter, George, Ira and Bennett and Charles Harrison of North Powder. Two sisters Mrs. Jake Simonis of North Powder and Mrs. Jane Locken of Haines, besides many other close relatives and friends. North Powder News Saturday, July...

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Lee, Miles – Obituary

Miles Lee Funeral Largely Attended Miles Lee one of the most prominent sheep growers of this section, died last Friday afternoon, May 29, at St. Elizabeth hospital in Baker, where he had been removed two days previous from his home in that city and an operation was performed in the hope of saving his life. Mr. Lee had been in ill health for some time previous, but his condition had not been considered alarming, and news of his death came as a shock to his many friends all over the state. Miles Lee was born in Paoli, Orange county, Indiana, on October 28, 1853, and came to Portland in August of 1881. From there he moved to Baker, and engaged in ranching for a few years. Miles and David Lee, brothers, then entered extensively into the sheep and ranching business, under the name of Lee Brothers, and continued to do so until the time of Miles Lee’s death. He leaves a widow and two daughters, Euthelma (Mrs. E.B. Young) and Miss Ann Lee all of Baker; a brother David Lee, and three nieces Mrs. Walter Steiger, Mrs. John Steiger and Mrs. J.W. Maharry; four nephews, Charles, Leslie, Albert and Chris Lee all of whom are residents of Baker county. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon with an attendance that taxed the capacity of the Calvary Baptist church in Baker,...

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Biographical Sketch of Nelson S. Freeman, M. D.

Nelson S. Freeman, M. D., practicing physician in Farmington; P. O. Campbell; was born in Orange Co., Ind., Feb. 17, 1833, and lived with his parents until 19 years of age. He was married to Mary F. Carman Sept. 29, 1851; she was born in Tioga Co., Penn., April 2,1832; they have had six children – Caroline M., Charles K, Lizzie A., William F., Frank F. and Matthew S., deceased. Dr. Freeman has been practicing medicine twenty-three years; his practice has been quite extensive and attended with good success. Dr. Freeman was Assistant Surgeon in the 63d I. V. I. for four months, and was a second time appointed Assistant Surgeon in the army; he was Captain of a company of colored troops, has been Postmaster in Farmington ten years, was Township Trustee eight years and Township Treasurer two years, which office he still holds. The Doctor’s parents are natives of Virginia, and Mrs. Freeman’s father a native of Pennsylvania, her mother of Connecticut. The Doctor owns a house and lot in...

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Biography of James Henry Reed

James Henry Reed, superintendent of the city schools of Grenola, is an educator of wide and diversified experience, and had taught in various localities of several different states. He was born in Orleans, Indiana, January 15, 1858. His Reed ancestors came from England to Virginia in colonial days, and they were also connected with the Massachusetts branch of the same family. His grandfather, Jesse Reed, who was a blacksmith by trade, spent his last years at Orleans, Indiana. The family had lived in Kentucky after leaving Virginia, and from Kentucky went to Indiana. Henry Reed, father of Professor Reed, was born in Kentucky in 1827 and died at Orleans, Indiana, in 1904. His parents had gone to Orleans in 1831, and he grew up as a blacksmith and wagon maker, a trade he followed many years, and subsequently was a farmer. He was elected to fill the office of county treasurer of Orange County and was also township trustee of Orleans Township. He was a democrat and a member and steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife, Martha Sears, was born at Orleans, Indiana, in 1835 and died there in 1867. A brief record of their children is as follows: Mary, wife of William Lindsey, a farmer at Quenemo in Osage County, Kansas; George F., an architect at Springfield, Missouri; James H.; Sallie, wife of Leonard M. Hardman,...

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