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Biography of William H. Zorger, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William H. Zorger, M. D. For thirty-one years Doctor Zorger has practiced his profession in DeWitt and Champaign counties. He is a talented physician, has the advantage of long and thorough experience, and has been trained in the best schools of this country and by extensive observation and study here and abroad. His able assistant and partner not only in life but in his profession is his wife, who is one of the pioneer women of the state to take up medicine as a profession and is one of the best equipped specialists in Champaign County. Doctor Zorger was born in DeWitt County, Illinois, September 5, 1860, a son of Jacob S. and Margaret (Miller) Zorger. His father was born in York County, Pennsylvania, and in 1833 removed to Monticello, Illinois. He established a mill, which for a number of years was the only mill to supply flour and meal to a large section of country. The mill was sold to Mr. Collins in 1858, and he in turn sold it to Mr. McIntosh, and for many years it was known as the McIntosh Mill. Jacob S. Zorger died at Weldon, Illinois, in 1902, and his widow is still living there. Of their ten children five are living, and Doctor Zorger was the fifth in order...

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Biography of Robert Bruce Spilman

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The name Spilman has for half a century been one of prominence in Riley County. The people of that county, including both the bar and the general public, will always recall with special marks of affection and esteem the life and services of the late Judge Robert Bruce Spilman, who was one of the pioneer lawyers of Manhattan and for ten years occupied a seat on the district bench. A son of William and Dorcas Jane (Garrison) Spilman, who were natives of Kentucky, and early settlers in Indiana, Judge Spilman was born at their home at Rockville, Indiana, August 7, 1840. He was just in the prime of his years and ussfulness when his death occurred at Manhattan, October 19, 1896. His parents in order to provide better opportunities for their children moved from Rockville to Crawfordsville, Indiana. Crawfordsville is the seat of one of Indiana’s most noted educational institutzons, Wabash College, distinguished for the many eminent men who have gone from its halls. Judge Spilman was one of the graduates with the class of 1861. On leaving college he accepted the place of teacher in a school, but soon left the schoolroom to enlist in defense of the Union. Crawfordsville was a hotbed of patriotism during the war, and was the home of General Lew...

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Biography of James W. Shankland, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Dr. James W. Shankland, a St. Louis surgeon who for some time was surgical chief of the Embarkation Hospital at Newport News, Virginia, during the World war and who is now practicing successfully in the metropolis of Missouri, was born in Noble county, Ohio, April 4, 1867. His father, James M. Shankland, was a native of the Buckeye state and a representative of one of its old families of Scotch-Irish descent. The founder of the family in America was Rhodes Shankland, who came to the new world from Scotland prior to the Revolutionary war and settled in Delaware, where during the period of active hostilities between the colonies and the mother country, he filled the office of high sheriff in Sussex county, and was also commissioned captain during the war. His son, Rhodes, was one o1 the heroes who valiantly fought for American independence and was also a soldier of the War of 1812. The grandfather, William Shankland, migrated from the eastern coast to Ohio in the early part of the nineteenth century and there his son, James M. Shankland, was reared and educated. Later he engaged successfully in mercantile pursuits until 1871, when he removed with his family to Des Moines, Iowa, and again took up merchandising, in which he continued successfully for many years....

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Biography of Joseph S. Homan, M.D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Dr. Joseph S. Homan, an alumnus of the St. Louis University in which he won his professional degree, has throughout the intervening period successfully engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in St. Louis. He was born in Buchanan county, Missouri, January -, 1882, and is a son of Henry Homan, a native of Maryland, who represented one of the old families of that state of German lineage, founded in America prior to the Revolutionary war. On leaving Maryland Henry Homan came to Missouri in 1870. He was a Civil war veteran, acting as a bridge builder with the Union troops. In the later years of his life he was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising and was quite prominent in democratic politics in Buchanan county, where he served as justice of the peace and in other local positions. He there passed away in 1913, at the age of seventy-eight years. He married Celia Moxley, a native of Kentucky, whose ancestors came from England. She is still living, now making her home in St. Joseph, Missouri. By her marriage she became the mother of five children, three sons and two daughters. Dr. Homan, the youngest of the family, was educated in the public schools of Buchanan county and also in the State Normal...

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Biography of Hon. Simeon W. Bunch

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now HON. SIMEON W. BUNCH. The fortunate possessor of 205 acres of as good and as there is in the beautiful township of Sparta, our subject is one of the progressive farmers and representative citizens of Christian County, Missouri, where he has long made his home. He came originally from Simpson County, Kentucky, born in 1832. His parents, William and Malinda (Roark) Bunch, were probably natives of Tennessee, where they were reared and married. About 1831 the parents moved to Simpson County, Kentucky, and there the father died about 1833, when in the prime of life. He was a farmer by occupation and a soldier during the Black Hawk War. He was a son of Calloway and Nancy Bunch, who died in Warren County, Kentucky., when our subject was but a boy. The latter belonged to the old Virginia family of Bunches. After the death of her husband the mother of our subject married Joseph Cook, of Kentucky, and in 1837 removed with him to Taney County, Missouri, where Mr. Cook died a few years later. Afterward Mrs. Cook made her home with her children and died at the home of her son in Miller County, Missouri, about 1883. She was a Free-Will Baptist in her religious views. When she and her husband first settled in Taney...

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Biography of Alphius Lamont Hamilton

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Alphius Lamont Hamilton. Forty-five years of continuous work and association with the law, public office, politics and civic affairs in El Dorado and, Butler County have naturally made Alphius Lamont Hamilton one of the noteworthy figures in that section of Kansas. That he takes first rank in the Kansas bar is a distinction that will be readily acknowledged by lawyers all over the state. He is also the dean of the profession in his home county. No one could be more thoroughly American than Judge Hamilton. His ancestors have been connected with every great war in which our nation engaged from the Revolution to the Civil war. He belongs to that class of people who have been called “the sum everlasting to everlasting Scotch-Irish,” and who gave their character to much of American history and were especially prominent in founding and developing the country west of the Alleghanies. One of these Scotch-Irish immigrants during the first half of the eighteenth century was James Hamilton, who located in Newton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was the great-great-grandfather of Judge Hamilton. James Hamilton, who died in 1777, married Peggy Laughlin, and all their three sons served in the Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolution. The youngest son, Hugh, was born near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and married Martha Moorehead. About the...

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Biography of Irvin F. Benest

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Irvin F. Benest. The Benest family came to Kansas in 1871. Two years later came the great financial panic following the failure of Jay Cooke on the famous Black Friday. It was an era of wide spread distress, but Kansas people during those years had even more grievous burdens than hard times. The grasshoppers came as a plague, there were successive seasons of drouth, crops were a rarity, and there was little market for what the farmers did produce. It was during the height of the hard times of that decade that Irvin F. Benest, a lawyer and president of the Greenwood County Bank at Severy, was born, October 24, 1876. His birth occurred near where the Village of Severy in Greenwood County is now located. His grandfather, Joshua Benest, was a Frenchman, born in France in 1826. Soon after his marriage in London, England, he immigrated to the United States, settling in Iowa, where he followed farming and also the trade of carpenter. He died in Marion, Linn County, Iowa, in 1886. His oldest daughter was born in the City of London. F. J. Benest, father of the Severy banker, was born in Linn County, Iowa, in 1851. He grew up and married in his native county, and followed farming as his regular vocation. When...

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Biography of James B. Roberts, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now James B. Roberts, M. D. A physician and surgeon of broad and successful experience, Dr. James B. Roberts had practiced for many years in Kansas, and had long been the leader in professional circles at Goff in Nemaha County. Doctor Roberts was born in Newton County, Indiana, February 18, 1857. His Roberts’ ancestors came originally from Wales and were pioneers in the State of Indiana. His father, Thomas Roberts, was born in that state in 1823 and became a pioneer in the northwestern part of the state in Newton County, where he followed farming until his death in 1858, when Doctor Roberts was only one year old. He was a democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. Thomas Roberts married Sarah A. Anderson, who was born in Ohio in 1829 and died at Des Moines, Iowa, in 1897. Doctor Roberts was the youngest of their four children. Amanda Ann, the oldest, died at Kansas City, Missouri, in 1909. She married Frank Smith, a brick mason and plasterer, who died in Omaha, Nebraska. William J., the second of the children, graduated from the Eclectic Medical University at Des Moines, Iowa, and was a succeasful physician and surgeon practicing at Springfield, Nebraska, until his death in 1897. Jennie is the wife of W. H. Jones, a real...

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Biography of John L. Weaver

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Among the distinguished citizens of Boise is Hon. John L. Weaver, who is now serving as adjutant-general of the state. For many years a prominent representative of the Christian ministry, honored and respected in every class of society, he has for some time been a leader in thought and action in the public life of the state and his name is inscribed high on the roll of fame, his honorable and brilliant career adding luster to the history of Idaho. General Weaver was born in Switzerland County, Indiana, May 26, 1856, and is descended from Swiss, French and Scotch ancestors, who early became residents of America, many years ago the Weaver family resided in Pennsylvania, but the grandfather of our subject removed to Indiana during the pioneer epoch of that commonwealth, and Robert F. Weaver, father of the General, was born in Switzerland county. Having arrived at years of maturity, he married Miss Jane Banta, who was also a native of that county. Industrious and enterprising, he became one of the substantial farmers of the Hoosier state, where he made his home until his death, which occurred when he had attained the age of seventy-seven years. His wife has also departed this life. They were Universalists in religious faith, and their sterling worth won them the...

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Biography of Robert V. Cozier

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now On the roll of Idaho’s statesmen and eminent representatives of the bar is found the name of Hon. Robert V. Cozier, who has left the impress of his individuality upon the legislation and public progress. He is a man of strong mentality, of marked patriotism and broad humanitarian principles, and is therefore well fitted for leadership in the public movements which affect the welfare of the commonwealth. He is now acceptably filling the position of United States attorney for Idaho, and his comprehensive knowledge of the principles of jurisprudence and his ability in handling intricate legal problems make him a most competent official. Robert V. Cozier is a native of Ohio, his birth having occurred in the town of Wapakoneta, October 20, 1867. He is of German and Irish lineage, but for several generations the family has been represented in America. His father, Rev. B. F. W. Cozier, was born in Pennsylvania in 1836, on what is now the battlefield of Gettysburg, and is a prominent minister in the Methodist Episcopal church, having devoted his entire life to preaching the gospel of peace and righteousness among men. In 1870 he removed to Iowa, where the greater part of his ministerial labor has been performed. For years he was a presiding elder, connected with different conferences in...

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Biography of Joel M. Walker

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now In all the walks of life Captain Joel M. Walker has so acquitted himself as to be regarded as a most valued and honorable citizen, and as a representative business man and a leader ni political circles he well deserves mention among the prominent residents of Idaho. Through the civil war he loyally served his country upon the field of battle, and has ever discharged his duties of citizenship with marked promptness and fidelity. It is pleasing indulgence to write the biography of a man who has been so prominent in the civil and military affairs of the nation as has Captain Walker. This country has brought forth many heroes, statesmen, financiers and brilliant men in all spheres of life. Its annals teem with the records of good lives and noble deeds. Most of our noblest and best men are “selfmade,” and a worthy representative of that class is the subject of this review, who deserves prominent mention in this volume by reason of his broad sympathies and public spirit. He has left the imprint of his individuality on each place in which, for any length of time, he ever resided, and Kendrick owes much of its advancement to his efforts. His patriotism is clearly shown by his quick response to the call to arms, when...

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Biography of Edwin J. Moffitt, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Edwin J. Moffitt, M. D. A physician and surgeon of Manhattan for the past fifteen years, Doctor Moffitt is highly esteemed professionally and also as a citizen. He is a man of wide experience and thorough professional qualifications, yet is unostentatious and allows his merits and abilities to speak for themselves. He was born at Jesup, Iowa, May 23, 1872, a son of William and Alice (Muncey) Moffitt. William Moffitt, who was born at Cadiz, Ohio, of Scotch parents, was a Union soldier in the Civil war, as was also his father. Grandfather Moffitt attained the post of provost marshal, and died from wounds received while in the discharge of duty. A shoemaker by trade, William Moffitt soon after the close of the Civil war moved to Jesup, Iowa, where for many years he conducted the only exclusive boot and shoe house of that town. His death occurred in 1895 at the age of forty-eight. Doctor Moffitt’s mother was of English parentage. Her father, Doctor Muncey, was a graduate of Rush Medical College of Chicago and practiced with splendid success and eminent service in Jesup, Iowa, from pioneer days until his death in 1913 at the advanced age of eighty-two. Reared at Jesup, Iowa, to the age of sixteen, and spending the next five years at...

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Biography of Orion Littell Rider

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Orion Littell Rider, a leading attorney of Vinita whose professional ability is indicated by the large and distinctively representative clientage accorded hire, has served his fellow citizens in various capacities and has always done able and conscientious work. His birth occurred in Mason county, Illinois, on the 7th of January, 1874, and his parents were Dr. Robert G. and Harriet M. (Littell) Rider, the former born near Cleveland, Ohio, and the latter in the state of New Jersey. The father was a physician, acquiring his professional training in Pennsylvania, and he first opened an office at Mobile, Alabama, whence he removed to Havana, Illinois, where he engaged in practice until the outbreak of the Civil war, when his patriotic spirit prompted him to lay aside all personal considerations. On the 1st of October, 1862, he was made captain of Company K, Eighty-fifth Illinois Infantry, which he had raised, and on the 12th of May, 1863, won promotion to the rank of major. He participated in the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, and remained in command of his regiment until wounded near the close of the war. After receiving his discharge from the service he returned to Havana, Illinois, where he continued to follow his profession until 1880, when he removed to Ringgold county, Iowa, where he...

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Brewer, Harry P. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Harry Brewer, 80, Greeley, died Saturday, Dec. 19, at Fort Collins Heath Care Center. He was born Feb. 7, 1907 [headstone says 10th] to Ernest N. and Maude (Parkhurst) Brewer in Oskaloosa, Iowa. On June 4, 1939, he married Hazel Lee in Fremont, Iowa. She died Feb. 12, 1978. On April 18, 1978, he married Fern Lakey in Fort Collins. Mr. Brewer grew up in Iowa. He entered the U.S. Navy on Jan. 23, 1942, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was an aviation chief radio technician. He was discharged on Sept. 14, 1945, at the U.S. Naval Training and Distribution Center. After his discharge, he came to Greeley and worked for H. E. Green and KFKA. In 1969 he founded KUAD in Windsor, where he served as chief engineer for 23 years. His son, Phil, purchased the station in 1976. He was a member of Greeley Lodge No. 909 Loyal Order of the Moose, Greeley Lodge No. 809 BPOE, American Legion, and the United Commercial Travelers for 60 years. He was a life member of Pioneer Post No. 2121 VFW. Survivors are his wife, Fern, of Greeley; a daughter, Mrs. Jacob (Ellen) Kerbs of Platteville; a stepdaughter, Donna Anderson of Greeley; a son Philip L. of Windsor; a stepson, Marvin Anderson of Greeley; two sisters, Lola...

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Armon, Samuel D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Retired Farmer And Logger Dies At Enterprise Hospital Samuel D. Armon, a retired logger and farmer of Wallowa who had been in failing health for several weeks, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 1975 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. He was born July 31, 1888, near Des Moines Iowa, son of James Harvey and Frances Armon, and he had lived in Wallowa County since 1906. He was married on Jan. 1, 1911, at Enterprise to Melvina Mae Lortie, who preceded him in death on Aug. 6, 1975. He is survived by one son, Wayne, of Enterprise, three daughters, Mrs. Wilbur (Charlotte) Weaver and Mrs. Norman (Carol) Barton of Wallowa and Mrs. Glen (Carmen) Prince of Enterprise, and 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Wallowa Christian Church with Richard Jenks officiating. Organist was Mary Ann Jenks and soloist was Jo Woodward who sang “In The Garden” and “Beyond The Sunset”. Casket bearers were: Jim Ronsavell, Velpeau Moore, Florian DeJean, Wendell Weaver, Joe Preso and Keith Weaver. Vault interment was in the Bramlet Memorial Cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Thursday September 18, 1975. Contributed by: Robert...

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