Location: Perry Kansas

Biography of J. L. Raines

J. L. Raines.  The bankers of Kansas paid a significant honor to J. L. Raines in 1916 when they elected him president for the year of the Kansas State Bankers Association. Mr. Raines is a country banker, president of the Bank of Perry, and while most of his financial service had been rendered in connection with that institution his range of vision and judgment had not been confined by the limits of his experience. Mr. Raines took the lead in establishing and organizing the Bank of Perry in 1890, his principal associate being W. H. Huddleston, of Oskaloosa. It was started under a state charter. It had grown and flourished and now had a capital and surplus of $25,000, and had had an enviable record throughout the more than a quarter of a century of its existence. The bank building, erected in 1890, is a modern brick structure on Front Street in Perry. The present officers are: J. L. Raines, president; Thomas Lee, vice president; V. C. Raines, cashier; and Edna Baines, assistant cashier. J. L. Raines was born in Pettis County, Missouri, December 24, 1852, but had spent most of his life in Jefferson County, Kansas. His father is the venerable H. C. Raines, now living, at the age of eighty-seven, in Perry. The Raines ancestors came out of England and settled in North Carolina in Colonial times. The grandfather...

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Biographical Sketch of Dale Stark

Dale Stark is the present postmaster of the Village of Perry in Jefferson County. The Stark family had been primarily identified with this town from its very founding through all the years. The postmasters’ grandfather, N. J. Stark, came to Kansas in 1860 and acquired a tract of land in Jefferson County on which he subsequently platted the Town of Perry. He was a farmer by regular vocation, and he established the first lumber business at Perry. He was born in Michigan in 1812, a date which indicates that he was a member of one of the very earliest families in that territory, and he died at Perry, Kansas, in 1894. Mr. Dale Stark was born at Perry November 15, 1890. His father, F. M. Stark, who was born at Petoskey, Michigan, in 1855, was brought to Kansas at the age of five years. In the vicinity of Perry he grew up and married, and first became associated with his father in the lumber business and afterward bought the local yard, which he kept until 1901, and then sold it to J. Thomas & Son. Following that for two years he was a merchant and in 1903 removed to Kansas City, Missouri, where he is still living and is assistant superintendent of the warehouse of Jones Store Company. Politically he is a democrat, is an active worker in the...

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Biography of Alvis Clayton Zimmerman, M.D.

Alvis Clayton Zimmerman, M. D. Having survived all his contemporaries, Doctor Zimmerman may be justly called the pioneer physician and surgeon at Perry, where he established himself in practice twenty years ago and where his skill and ability have brought him a commendable place professionally and in the social and civic life of that community. Doctor Zimmerman was born in Jefferson County, Kansas, April 9, 1874, and represents a very early pioneer and territorial family in this section of Kansas. He is a son of the venerable Mathias Coffman Zimmerman, who is still living at Oskaloosa, Kansas, retired, past four score years of age. The Zimmerman ancestry is traced back to Holland, and from there it was brought to Pennsylvania in Colonial times. Doctor Zimmerman’s grandfather was born in Pennsylvania in 1790, and on going west as a pioneer located in Ray County, Missouri, where he followed farming and where he died about 1840, long before that country was well settled up. It was in Ray County, Missouri, that Mathias C. Zimmerman was born in 1836. He grew up and married in that community, became a farmer, and was a very successful stock raiser and handled hogs and cattle for many years. In 1857, at the age of twenty-one, he came to the Territory of Kansas and bought a farm in Jefferson County. That farm consists of 160 acres...

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Biography of Cassius C. Surber, M. D.

Cassius C. Surber, M. D. An exceptionally long and valuable service in the field of medicine has been rendered by the Surber family in Kansas. The late Dr. David Surber was a distinguished physician in Kansas during the territorial period and afterward. The son, Dr. Cassius C. Surber, has been in practice more than thirty years, the greater part of that time at Independence, and is undoubtedly one of the ablest surgeons in the state. Originally in Germany, the Surbers were colonial settlers in America, and the family subsequently became pioneers in the Territory of Indiana. Dr. C. C. Surber’s grandfather Henry Surber was born in Indiana in 1808. He became a minister of the Campbellite or Christian Church, and carried the gospel into the new State of Iowa and afterwards continued his pioneer labors as a missionary and minister in Kansas. He died in Leavenworth County, Kansas, in 1876. The late Dr. David Surber was born in Indiana in 1828. He was reared in his native state, but went in young manhood to Iowa, and in 1856 graduated from the Scudder Medical School of Cincinnati. He lived a time in Iowa, where he married, and in 1858 came to the Territory of Kansas and was one of the first to practice medicine in Clinton, Douglas County. From there he removed to Lawrence in 1867, later to Perry in...

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