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Biography of Levi Livermore Tucker

Levi Livermore Tucker, late superintendent and president of the Kansas Wesleyan Business College of Salina, devoted practically his entire life to the training of young men and women for business. Fully forty years were given to that profession, and few men accomplished a more satisfying aggregate of results in this field than Professor Tucker. He was of New England birth and ancestry. The farm in Orange County, Vermont, where he was born December 10, 1853, was also the birthplace of his father, Levi Livermore Tucker, Sr., and the house that thus served as a birthplace to these two generations was also the birthplace of Professor Tucker’s oldest living child. Mr. Tucker’s mother was Betty Putnam Carleton, also a native of Vermont. His early education Mr. Tucker acquired in the Vermont Conference Seminary at Newbury, where he was graduated with the class of 1874 at the age of twenty-one. He afterwards took a two years’ course in the Troy Rosiness College of Troy, New York, and for one year taught in the Troy Conference Business College at Courtney, Vermont. Following that came three years spent as principal of the Schofield Business College of Providence, Rhode Island. For fourteen years Mr. Tucker was principal of the New Jersey Business College at Newark, then for one year had charge of the office of a leather factory at Newark, and for ten years...

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Biography of Richmond T. Battey

Richmond T. Battey is a retired banker at Florence, Kansas, with which community he had been, identified as a businees man and leader in public affairs for forty years. Mr. Battey is one of the old timers of Kansas. His recollections of the state go back to the territorial period of the latter ’50s. His experiences as a whole and particularly those of his earlier years are mainly a reflection of those events and times which form the substance of Kansas history. He knew the western plains and the old trails by actual experience, and is perhaps as well informed on that phase of the great western history as any man now living. Mr. Battey was born at Providance, Rhode Island, September 16, 1849, and came to Kansas with his parents, Stephen and Rebecca (Cady) Battey. His father was an early day Kansan, concerning whom some record should be made in permanent form. He was a native of Rhode Island and died at Florence, Kansas. In early life he was a confectioner and baker, but subsequently entered the ministry of the Baptist Church and gave several years to that work. In 1858 he came to Kansas, and during the first year he leased land now occupied by the campus of Washburn. College at Topeka. After farming this land a year he went into the freighting and transportation business over...

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Biography of Frank Sigel Dietrich

The day of the lawyer who depended upon inspiration, and whose chief preparation for forensic victory was the acquisition of alcoholic stimulants, is past. The lawyer of today depends not alone upon inspiration, but also upon hard work in preparing his cases for trial, and upon their careful presentation and handling in the courts. Usually he has to convince hard-headed business men of the merits of his case, which involves nothing of sentiment or of sensationalism and much of pecuniary interest and of commercial right and wrong, pure and simple. He goes before a judge and jury cool, collected, alert, bristling with business, equipped with a thorough knowledge of principles and decisions applicable to his case, ready for emergencies, and with the persuasive oratory of reason and precedent clearly expressed and logically arrayed, but having little need for mere theatrical display. Thus equipped, thus discharging his duty to his client, to the court, and to himself, he wins upon the law and the evidence, ably interpreting the one and bringing out the full force of the other. Such a modern, successful lawyer is the subject of this sketch, concerning whose life we have gathered the following facts. Frank Sigel Dietrich was born near Ottawa, Kansas, January 23, 1863, and came of German ancestry. Both his father and his mother were born near Frankfort, in Germany, where they spent the...

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Biography of Peter Donnelly

Among the prominent pioneer miners of Silver City we should mention this highly esteemed citizen of Dewey, Owyhee County. He is a native of Ireland, born in county Longford, October 31, 1833. In 1840 his parents emigrated to the New World, settling in Rhode Island, and young Peter was brought up in the city of Providence. He arrived in California in the spring of 1853 and for several years followed placer mining, in all the prominent diggings of that state. Upon the discovery of gold at Oro Fino he was among the first to arrive there, in April 1862, and engaged in furnishing the miners with meat. He arrived in Idaho basin in March, 1863, and in June following came to the vicinity of Silver City, as a member of the company headed by Captain Michael Jordan. The packers then at the gulch were Cyrus Iby, Dr. Rood (one of the original discoverers). Jack Reynolds and a Mr. Boon. A man named Thompson whipsawed the lumber and made and set the first flumes. Mr. Donnelly and his partner, Michael Jordan, set an Indian-head on the top of a pole at the camp, which became the occasion of the place being called “Skull Camp.” Another partner was a man named Charles Skinner. They together opened the wagon road to Snake River, having first obtained from the territorial legislature a charter,...

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Biographical Sketch of Newton S. Calhoun

Calhoun, Newton S.; pres. and treas. The Johnson Jennings Co.; born in Connecticut, Feb. 12, 1855; son of William E. and Almira Tracy Calhoun; educated, Suffield Academy, in Connecticut, and Brown University, Providence, R. I., graduating in 1879, degree of A. M.; married, Cleveland, 1884, Miss Caroline Jennings; issue, one son, Tracy Jennings, born in 1885, and one daughter, Carol, now Mrs. Lyman Narten; business career, taught school two years in the Providence high school; studied law while teaching and summers; one year in office of Judge Tillinghast in. Providence; came to Cleveland in the fall of 1882; in 1883, began law practice with the late A. C. Caskey; in 1896, became treas. of the Johnson-Jennings Co., and in 1905, was made pres.; also vice pres. and treas. the Royal Tourist Car Co.; member Chamber of Commerce and Athletic Club; Republican; member Pilgrim Congregational...

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Biographical Sketch of James Humphrey Hoyt

Hoyt, James Humphrey; lawyer; born, Cleveland, Nov. 10, 1852; son of James Madison and Mary Ella Bebee Hoyt; educated, public schools, Hudson Academy, one year Western Reserve University, two years Amherst College, graduated, Brown University in 1874, graduated, Harvard Law School, LL. B. 1877; married, June 17, 1884, Jessie P. Taintor; issue, one daughter, Katherine Boardman and one son Elton II.; formed law partnership with H. S. Sherman, firm name, Sherman & Hoyt; later Willey, Sherman & Hoyt, and then Sherman, Hoyt & Sherman, Hoyt & Dustin; now firm name is Hoyt, Dustin, Kelly, McKeehan & Andrews; gives attention to civil practice; prominent Republican; nominated candidate for Governor in 1895; member Union, Tavern, Country, Euclid, Roadside, Mayfield Golf, and University Clubs, of Cleveland; Corinthian Yacht, New York Yacht and Metropolitan Clubs, New York City; noted as brilliant after dinner...

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Biographical Sketch of Frank Perkins Whitman

Whitman, Frank Perkins; physicist; born, Troy, N. Y., July 29, 1853; son of William Warren and Caroline Keith (Perkins) Whitman; A. B., Brown University, 1874, A. M. 1877 (hon. Sc. D., 1900); studied Johns Hopkins; married Charlotte Webster Wheeler, of Providence, R. I., May 26, 1881; instructor in English and Classical Schools, Providence, 1874-1878; prof. physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, 1880-1885; Western Reserve University since 1886; Fellow A. A. A. S. (vice pres. 1898); member American Physical Society, Astronomical and Astrophysical Society, America, Illuminating engineering Society. Contributor to scientific...

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Biographical Sketch of Edwin L. Thurston

Thurston, Edwin L.; patent lawyer; born, Pawtucket, R. I., Oct. 3, 1857; son of Thomas E. and Anne W. Falconer Thurston; educated, Brown University, class of 1881, B. P. H.; began the practice of his profession in, Chicago; came to Cleveland, October, 1887; has been a member successively of the following firms, Watson & Thurston, Wing & Thurston, Thurston & Babis, Thurston & Woodward, Thurston & Kwis; pres. The Maxwell Filing Systems Co., Chi Phi College Fraternity; member Union, Mayfield, Country, and Automobile Clubs. Recreation:...

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Ambrose Todd of Kansas

Ambrose Todd7, (Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 12, 1825, died Dec. 4, 1880, married July 4, 1850, Mary Booth, who died Dec. 16, 1896. She was English, coming from a village near Leeds, distant but a few miles from Pontefract, Yorkshire, the home of William Todd, our first known ancestor. He went in early life to Woonsocket, R. I., and engaged in his trade of wheelwright. There he married and lived until 1855 when he emigrated to Kansas, settling on a farm near Manhattan. He lived in Kansas the remainder of his life, engaged at his trade for a considerable portion of the time, but taking up the fruit and nursery business in his later years. For several years he was superintendent of the Mechanical Department in the Kansas State Agricultural College. Children: 1255. Albert, b. Oct. 21, 1854, d. April 27, 1913, m. Jan. 17, 1899, Helen Gordon Pettes. No children. He was a Colonel in the U. S. A. in the later part of his life. He d. soon after having been retired. 1256. Irving, b. Feb. 1, 1860, m. July 2, 1902, Annie j. Hooley. He was an Episcopal Minister and was in 1912, a teacher in Howe,...

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Albert Todd of Woonsocket RI

Albert Todd7, (Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 25, 1816, died May 20, 1854, married July 30, 1839, Abigail Maria Andrews, who was born May 23, 1818, died May 14, 1871. In early life he went to Woonsocket, R. I., his mothers brother, Edward Hotchkiss, living near that town. There he pursued his calling of a printer. He married the daughter of a farmer living not far from Woonsocket, and lived in the old farm house until his death. Children: *1247. Javan Nelson, b. Jan. 7, 1841. *1248. David Chauncey, b. Dec. 6, 1842. 1249. Sarah Ames, b. May 5, 1847, d. May 3,...

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Javan Nelson Todd of Providence RI

Javan Nelson Todd8, (Albert7, Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 7, 1841, died Aug. 31, 1900, married Oct. 17, 1864, Helen Sutton Osborn, who was born Oct. 17, 1841, died Aug. 12, 1892. Mr. Todd lived his adult years mainly in Providence, R. I., residing only for a time in the later years of his life in Georgia. Child: *1953. William Osborn, b. Aug. 4,...

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William Osborn Todd of Providence RI

William Osborn Todd9, (Javan N.8, Albert7, Chauncey6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 4, 1865, married April 23, 1889, Lucy T., daughter of Robert K. and Frances M. Atwood, who was born Sept. 9, 1868. They lived at 14 Princeton Ave., Providence, R. I. Child: 2561. Robert L., b. May 29,...

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Ellen Isabelle Todd Trow of Providence RI

TROW, Ellen Isabelle Todd8, (Asa A.7, Lyman6, Asa5, Gershom4, Gershom3, Michael2, Christopher1) born April 11, 1850, in Chesterfield, Mass., married June 21, 1867, Walter B. Trow. They lived in Providence, R. I. Children: I. Hattie Belle, b. Nov. 15, 1868, m.(???)McLaughlin. II. George Walter, b. Aug. 10, 1872, d. June 9, 1873. III. Inez Cleora, b. June 24, 1879,...

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Biography of Harry Joseph Jeffway

Few men engaged in the electrical construction and contracting business in this part of the State have been trained in so practical and, indeed, in so high grade a school of experience in electrical work as Harry Joseph Jeffway, who not only has an established repute for unrivalled excellence in his Easthampton business, but who throughout the World War was on duty at submarine bases of the greatest responsibility as an electrician, afterwards also continuing in related lines for the United States Government in the shipyards. Mr. Jeffway is an expert in all matters electrical; he has built up an extensive business in company with his brother, William Edward Jeffway, a sketch of whom precedes this, and his popularity combines with his professional ability to secure his success. His ancestors came from France to America during the Colonial era; and the family name is an irreproachable one in matters of good citizenship and industry. Adolphus Jeffway, a sketch of whose life appears in the biography of William Edward Jeffway, was the father of Harry Joseph Jeffway, the subject of this review. Harry Joseph Jeffway was born August 19, 1895, in Chateaugay, New York, where he attended the public schools, and he afterwards attended school in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and at Easthampton. After a short season of employment in the mills at Easthampton, he began to engage in electrical work,...

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Biography of William Edward Jeffway

WILLIAM EDWARD JEFFWAY. To the prosperous activities of the electrical business at Easthampton, in which William Edward Jeffway is engaged in company with his brother, Harry Joseph Jeffway, he has brought the results of a varied and practical experience in the employ of a number of concerns engaged both in general manufacturing and in horticulture and orcharding, as well as in electrical matters. A veteran of the World War, he served in the Ordnance Department overseas, and shared with his comrades in a number of important engagements on battlefields in France. He is prominent in the community and social life of Easthampton, and is highly regarded by his associates and patrons in his business life. Mr. Jeffway is a descendant of early French settlers in Canada, his name having been spelled Geoffroy, according to the genealogical dictionary of L’Abbe-Tanguay. Nicholas Geoffroy came to Canada from France before 1679; he married Ursule Pepin, and is thought to be the progenitor of families bearing that name in Canada. Jeremiah Geoffroy (as he spelled the name), grandfather of Mr. Jeffway, was born March 30, 1803, in Canada, and he died at Chateaugay, New York. February 7, 1876, his father having died at St. Martin’s, Canada, when he was fifty-two years old. There were two other sons, namely, Vincent and Francis. Jeremiah lived at St. Martin’s and at Black River, Canada, afterwards removing...

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