Oscar B. Steely, M. D., is a prominent resident and physician living at Pocatello, Idaho, and is surgeon of the Idaho and Montana division of the Oregon Short Line Railroad. Dr. Steely was born in Belleville, Pennsylvania, August 22, 1862, and is descended from English and German ancestry. His forefathers in both lines were among the early settlers of Pennsylvania, and his maternal grandfather (Baker) did patriotic service as a soldier in the Revolutionary war. His parents were William and Sarah (Baker) Steely, both natives of Pennsylvania. His father, who for many years was a successful dealer in meats, died at the age of seventy-six, in 1897. His wife died at the age of seventy-six, three days prior to the death of her husband. They lived happily as man and wife for forty-nine years and enjoyed in the highest sense the respect of all who knew them. They had eight children, four of whom are living and of whom Dr. Oscar B. Steely was the youngest born. Dr. Steely was prepared for college in the public schools and was graduated from Pennsylvania College in the class of 1883 and from the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1891. For a year thereafter he practiced in one of the principal hospitals of Philadelphia, and thus especially fitted himself for the duties of railway surgery. From that institution he came direct to...Read More
Location: Philadelphia County PA
The sturdy German element in our national commonwealth has been one of the most important in furthering the substantial and normal advancement of the country, for it is an element which takes practical values into account, and one of higher intellectuality which appreciates educational advantages and applies classical and special knowledge to the common affairs of life. Idaho has no citizens more patriotic than those of German-American birth, nor has it a citizen whose influence is better directed than that of one of the leading citizens of Montpelier whose useful career is here outlined. Charles Hoff was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19, 185 1, a son of John G. and Catharine (Pfitzenmaier) Hoff and a brother of Henry Herman Hoff, to a sketch of whose life, which appears in this volume, the reader is referred for much of interest concerning the Hoff family history. Charles was the seventh son in order of birth in a family of nine. By circumstances affecting the fortunes of his family he was prevented from attending school after he was ten years old. Previous to that time, however, he was a student in the public schools of Philadelphia, and, possessing an active, receptive and retentive mind, he there laid the foundation of his present wide range of useful information, most of which he obtained in the hard but thorough school of experience. When...Read More
The German character has impressed itself upon our American progress by the inculcation of lessons of thrift, industry and respect for the law. It has made itself felt in the development of our public educational system. In the possession of a goodly number of citizens of German parentage Idaho is fortunate. One of its leading representative German-American citizens is Henry Herman Hoff, of Montpelier. Henry Herman Hoff was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1849, a son of John G. and Catharine (Pfitzenmaier) Hoff, who were born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1814, were married in the Fatherland, and came to the United States in 1835. Mr. Hoff became a wholesale boot and shoe merchant at Philadelphia, where he died in 1891, aged seventy-seven. Mrs. Hoff died in 1861, aged forty-seven. They had seven sons and two daughters, of whom only four are living. Henry Herman Hoff, the sixth son in order of nativity, attended the public schools of Philadelphia until he was twelve years old, and then took up the battle for bread on his own account. He spent six years in acquiring a knowledge of the butcher’s trade and business, in which he has been employed almost continuously since, latterly as the proprietor of extensive interests in that line. He was at Chicago four years, until after the great fire of 1871, of which he has a vivid...Read More
Dr. G. S. Christ, was born in Lehigh County, Pa., October 31, 1839; removed to Illinois, thence to Jewell County, Kan., October 1, 1870, and engaged in the practice of his profession; also took a homestead, and now owns the same. Attended the Medical department of the State University of Pennsylvania, located at Philadelphia. And graduated in 1866. Is a member of the Odd Fellows, K. of P. and P. O. S. of A. lodges. In the Odd Fellows Lodge he has held office of Past Grand, in the Masonic, Senior Warden, and in K. of P., High Worthy Chancellor. The doctor has been one of the Examiners of the Board of Education of Jewell County. Was in the United States army for two years as Citizen Sergeant. Was married October 30, 1860, in Lehigh, Pa., to Miss Eliza Warmkessel, now deceased. They had three children – Emma, George, and...Read More
John Andrew O’Farrell was born in the county of Tyrone, province of Ulster, Ireland, on the 13th day of February 1823. He pursued his education in the common schools until his thirteenth year, and was then placed in a naval school where he remained for two years. He went to sea in the Oriental Steamship line when fifteen years of age, sailing from the East India dock on the Thames, London, England, to the city of Calcutta, Hindustan, East Indies. The return trip occupied seven months time and the vessel delivered and received mails and passengers at the isle of St. Helena, off the west coast of Africa, and at all the ports of entry on the African coast and the isles of Madagascar and Ceylon in the Indian ocean, thence to Madras and Calcutta. At the age of sixteen, on his return from India to London, Mr. O’Farrell was transferred to the Australian liner, Nebob, of the East India Company, sailing from Birkenhead, opposite Liverpool, England, to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. On the return trip they stopped at Chinese and Japanese ports for mails and passengers, and sailed the Pacific route through the straits of Magellan, crossing the southern Atlantic to the Cape of Good Hope and taking on mail and passengers at St. Helena and other stations on the way to England. This trip occupied thirteen...Read More
The rewards of purity in public life are many, but one of the most important and apparent is continuance in public life. This is true everywhere, and of course it is true in Idaho, where the fact is emphasized and illustrated by the career of Judge Mayhew of Wallace, Shoshone County, Idaho. At least he lives at Wallace, but he is a man of the west and for the west, and his influence is active and far-reaching. Alexander E. Mayhew, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Conklin) Mayhew, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 31, 1830. His father, a native of Philadelphia, was for many years a merchant of that city, but died in New Jersey in 1871, and his mother, born in Philadelphia, died in New Jersey, in 1887. The boyhood days of Judge Mayhew were passed in Philadelphia, where he attended the public schools and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with the class of 1852. He read law under the preceptorship of William D. Baker, one of the leading Philadelphia lawyers of his time and one of the most successful in the country, and in 18c; q he located at Atchison, Kansas, where he continued his legal studies in the office of Abel & Stringfellow, being admitted to the bar in 1856. He entered upon the practice of his profession in Atchison and served one year...Read More
James H. Bean, M. D., has attained a distinctive position in connection with the medical fraternity of southern Idaho, and is now successfully engaged in practicing in Pocatello, where he also conducts a drug store. Realizing the importance of the profession, he has carefully prepared himself for his chosen life work, and spares no effort that will further perfect him along that line. By the faithful performance of each day’s duty he finds inspiration and added strength for the labors of the next, and his marked skill has secured him prestige as the representative of one of the most important professions to which man may direct his energies. Dr. Bean is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, born October 23, 1856, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His father, James Bean, was born in London, England, and there married Miss Harriet Harvey. In 1856 they came to the United States, locating in Boston, where the father engaged in business as a florist for a time. Later he was connected with the coal trade for twenty-five years, and is now living retired, at the advanced age of eighty years. In 1876 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died in her fifty-seventh year. They were consistent members of the Episcopal Church, and people of genuine worth, who won the warm regard of all with whom they came in contact....Read More
Dr. R. C. Holderness was born in the state of North Carolina in the year 1827. In the year 1850 he graduated in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently moved to the state of Arkansas, Calhoun County, where he began the successful practice he has always enjoyed. In the year 1863 he migrated to Hopkins County, where he has lived since in the enjoyment of a lucrative practice. The doctor married Miss Virginia Thomas, an old Carolina lady, in the state of Arkansas. They both came from the same county in North Carolina and migrated to the same county in Arkansas. They were united in marriage in the year 1854. Ten children were born to this union, five sons and five daughters. Four of these were born in Arkansas. Nine of his children are living; only two single, who live with their aged father in Cumby. His companion died in the year 1894, and is laid away in the cemetery in Cumby. She was a Christian lady, and practiced her religion in all the walks of life; a devoted mother and an affectionate wife. Dr. Holderness has ever taken great interest in public enterprises and has contributed his time and money to aid in the completion of them. He is a cool-headed man of fine judgment. The social position of his family is equal to any in...Read More
Drew, Frank M.; mgr. Star Theater; born, New York City, June 30, 1852; son of Frank N. and Louisa M. Drew; educated, public schools, Philadelphia, Pa.; Military Academy at Village Green, Pa.; married, 1885, Blanche C. Collard, of Wyandotte, Mich.; issue, six children; actor for two years, following the profession in New York City; sixteen years in the circus business; conducted museums in Providence, Columbus, Cleveland and Indianapolis; in 1883, built the Cleveland Theater and became connected with Mr. Campbell in conducting playhouses in various places; leased Colonial theater in Cleveland and subject to Ray F. Comstock; member Elks and Masonic Bodies; fine summer home at Girard,...Read More
Boggis, Herbert James; mfr.; born, Lock Haven, Pa., March 22, 1862; son of Robert H. and Helen Taylor Boggis; educated, Yale, 1885; married, Philadelphia, Feb. 18, 1886, Sarah W. Parsons; issue, Mrs. R. H. Wright, Oct. 20, 1888, Henry P., May 21, 1895, Mildred, Feb. 9, 1900; began work with McIntosh-Huntington Co.; entered employ of the Taylor & Boggis Foundry Co. in 1886, be-coming sec ‘y of company in the fall of 1887; took charge of No. 2 foundry in 1890, and in 1910, upon death of Mr. Boggis, Sr., took charge of foundry; vice pres. the Taylor & Boggis Foundry Co.; member Delta Kappa Epsilon, Chamber of Commerce; pres. College...Read More
Bacon, Leon Brooks; lawyer; born, Taberg, Oneida County, N. Y., July 24, 1870; son of Sidney Brooks and Esther D. (Munger) Bacon; grandson of Rufus Bacon, graduate of Harvard College, 1810, and Ann Tucker (Dalton) Bacon, of Boston, Mass.; B. A., Williams College, 1893; LL. B., Syracuse University, 1899, admitted to the bar in New York, 1898, and in Ohio, 1903; Publishers Weekly office 1894-1895, in business London, England, 1895-1896; married at Philadelphia, Pa., July 24, 1900, Anna Osborne Anthony, niece of Susan B. Anthony; children, Harriet Anthony, Ann Dalton and Susan Anthony; compiled History of Descendants of Michael Bacon of Dedham, Mass., 1640, and History of Descendants of John Anthony, Jr., of Portsmouth, R. I., 1634; director The Star Lubricating Oil Company; editor for Northern Ohio, The Williams Alumni Review; secretary The New England Society of Cleveland and the Western Reserve; secretary Men’s League for Woman Suffrage in the State of Ohio; Municipal Ass’n of Cleveland; past pres. Williams Alumni Association of Cleveland; member of special committee of Chamber of Commerce to draw bill for Cleveland Municipal Court, passed by the General Assembly, 1910; chairman Committee of Constitutional Convention Conference composed of 25 Civic Organizations of Cuyahoga County to elect delegates to Ohio Constitutional Convention, 1911; member Kappa Alpha Society of Williams College, Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity of Syracuse University. Clubs : University, Cleveland; University, Syracuse, N....Read More
Bradley, Arthur; law and insurance; born, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 18, 1856; son of Joseph William and Clara Amelia Morse Bradley; educated, Swathmore College, Pa., class of ’76, degree A. B.; studied and admitted to the practice of law in Philadelphia, Pa., 1881; Ohio U. S. Courts in 1910; married, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 24, 1891, Alice Deering llsley; one son, Arthur llsley Bradley, born July 25, 1899; practised law in Philadelphia until 1886; general publishing business, 1886-1888; connected with West Pub. Co. of St. Paul, Minn. (law publishers), 1888-1891; general solicitor of Warren Scharf Asphalt Paving Co., N. Y., 1881-1901; general insurance business, legal and expert work, from 1903 to date; Masonic Fraternity and Elks; Past Master Franklin Lodge, No. 134, Philadelphia, Pa., Signet Chapter, No. 25 (no office); Elks Peoria Lodge, No. 20; pres. the Builders Exchange, 1898-1899; member Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland Ass’n of Credit Men, Mens’ League for Equal Suffrage; member University, Rowfant, and Automobile Clubs. Recreations: Tennis, Fishing and...Read More
Ballard, Thomas P.; real estate; born, Canton, O., Apr. 27, 1854; son of Martin and Sophia Ball Ballard; educated, A. B. Amherst College, 1876 and A. M. 1879; married, Columbus, O., Jan. 20, 1886, Isabella Clerk (deceased) ; one son, Clifford B. Ballard; married, Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 29, 1907, Frances Anne Keay; one son, Hyde Whitcomb Ballard; 1877-79, supt. schools Navarre, O.; 1879-80, prin. Unadilla N. Y. Academy; 1880-90, agt. for Ginn & Co. of Boston at Columbus, O.; 1890, admitted as partner of Ginn & Co., 1892-99, Chicago office of Ginn & Co.; 1899-1906, social and settlement worker, Philadelphia; 1906, real estate, Cleveland; 1894-99, trustee Chicago Commons; 1897-99, trustee Cong. City Mission Society, Chicago; 1895-8, trustee Central Cong. Church, Philadelphia; 1913, director Civic League, Cleveland; member Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity; 1886-91, Columbus, O., Club, Chicago; Union League, Congregational, Sunset, Evanston, Amherst, Evans-ton Boat Club; Cleveland City Club; Council of Sociology; member Chamber of Commerce; committee on Municipal Affairs, 1912; vice pres. Cleveland Real Estate Board, 1911; chairman Board of Trustees, 1912, and pres....Read More
France, E. Miller; insurance; born, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 30, 1866; son of A. J. and Annie Ainsworth France; educated, Philadelphia public schools, and Pierce School; after entering business, took full course in telegraphy and shorthand at night school; married, Roslyn, Long Island, July 7, 1891, Alice H. Leys; one son, Leys, and one daughter, Helen; from 18 to 42, was telegraph operator New York Division of The Pennsylvania R. R.; three years stenographer and private sec’y, four years as see’y and treas. the Standard Wheel Co. (the Vehicle Wheel Trust), of Indiana; 1897, entered the life insurance business, spending two years in Indiana, then moved to Cleveland, and have continued the same business; general agt. The State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of Massachusetts; member committee of management, Central Y. M. C. A.; Mason, Woodward Cleveland Chapter, Cleveland Council; member Willowick, Euclid, Athletic, and Colonial...Read More
Cogan, James Edward; physician; born in Canada, Dec. 15, 1871; son James and Mary Daly Cogan; Phm. B., Toronto University, 1892; M. S., Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa., 1896; married, Cleveland, June 1, 1905, Katherine M. Gleason; two children; 1910 to 1913, member Cleveland Board of Health; visiting ontologist and laryngologist to St. Alexis Hospital; assistant visiting ophthalmologist to Lakeside Hospital; secretary of Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat section of Academy of Medicine, 1910 to 1912; member American Medical Ass’n, Ohio State Medical Ass’n, Cleveland Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Ophthalmology and Ota Laryngology; member Knights of Columbus and...Read More
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