Location: Randolph Kansas

Biography of Leslie V. Johnson

With all the progressiveness and enterprise of the native Kansan, Leslie V. Johnson had made his years in this state count chiefly as a banker, and for many years had found a large opportunity to serve the public through his post as cashier of the State Bank of Randolph in Riley County. As in the case with many successful business men and financiers, he had the atmosphere of a farm during his youth. He was born on his father’s farm in Pottawatomie County, October 8, 1872, and his earliest recollections are associated with that rural district. As a boy he went from home to the rural schools, and subsequently enjoyed the advantages of higher training, at first in the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia and later in Holton College. His banking career began in the employ of an institution at Oldsburg, Kansas. In 1898 he transferred his connection to the State Bank of Randolph, and had been closely identified with its management ever since. In 1901 he was elected cashier, and now had the executive management of one of the strongest and best conducted banks in Riley County. The State Bank of Randolph was organized in 1887, and is now elosing its thirtieth year of executive existence. Beginning with a capital of $10,000, that had since been increased to $25,000, and a recent bank statement in 1916 showed...

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Biography of Owin E. Edgerton, M. D.

Owin E. Edgerton, M. D., had found the reward which goes with a long and active service in the profession for the benefit of humanity. For fully thirty years he had practiced in Riley County. He had been content to serve to the best of his ability a growing circle of families, many of whom he had known since childhood, and over the year had brought him increasing success, not so much, perhaps, in the material rewards of professional endeavor as in that fine esteem which is bestowed upon the unselfish doctor. He is almost a native of Riley County. He was two years of age when his father first came to this county in 1859, as a pioneer. His father, Asahel 8. Edgerton, was born in Indiana, and after going to Iowa married Miss Melissa Osbourn, who was also a native of Indiana. In 1859, Asahel S. Edgerton came out to Kansas and settled near Fort Riley. He was a tiller of the soil, and he left his plow in the field to return to Iowa in 1861 at the outbreak of the war, when Kansas was an unsafe place for his family to live. A year later he enlisted in the defence of the Union as a private in Company I of the Twenty-ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was with that gallant reglment in all its battles,...

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Biographical Sketch of John William Chelander

John William Chelander is junior member of the furniture and undertaking firm of John Chelander & Son at Randolph, Riley County. He has had a very successful career, and for a young man has shown a wonderful amount of ability and is as public spirited as he is thorough in the performance of his duties as a merchant. He was born in Sweden, May 6, 1885, and as an orphan child was brought to America at the age of three months. At the age of four he was adopted by John Chelander and wife, and grew up at Randolph, where he gained his education. What he learned in school was supplemented by practical vocational training in the shop and business of his foster father, John Chelander. In 1905 he was made a partner, and has since assumed many of the heavier responsibilities of the firm of John Chelander & Son. In 1907 he married Jessie J. Larson. His foster father, John Chelander, was born at Hedemora, Sweden, September 17, 1844, and during his youth in Sweden he learned the cabinet maker’s trade. After coming to America he was employed in that line in St. Joseph, Missouri, for seven years. While living there he married Bertha Catharine Johnson. The name Chelander has been closely identified with the business affairs of Randolph for forty years. In 1876 Mr. John Chelander located...

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Biography of Henry A. Johnsmeyer

Henry A. Johnsmeyer. One of the worthiest families to receive attention in the annals of Riley County is that of Johnsmeyer, which has been identified with the early settlement, the development, and the civic and community life there for more than half a century. Henry A. Johnsmeyer was born soon after the family came to Kansas, and he has himself prospered to a degree where his extensive landed estate and his large business affairs constitute him one of Riley County’s notable men. His father was the late C. A. Johnsmeyer, who died on his farm in Jackson Township of Riley County in 1911. He was born near Wehrendorf in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, September 13, 1840. Reared and educated in his native country, at the close of four years of service in the Sixth Hanoverian Infantry he emigrated in 1865 to America. Of all the various nationalities of the great German Empire that have come to America none has surpassed in virile power and sturdy industry the Hanoverians. On arriving in New York City C. A. Johnsmeyer was employed for two months in a grocery store as a clerk. His aim was to identify himself with the western country, and on leaving New York City he journeyed by way of one of the early railroads through the Middle West as far as Kansas City. From there a boat...

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Biography of William Peterson

William Peterson, during the last years of his life, lived retired with his wife in a comfortable home at Randolph in Riley County. He had a remarkable range of experience. A native of Sweden, he came to the United States a poor man. He had hardly become accustomed to American ways before he entered the army to fight for his adopted land. Three years of gallant and faithful service as a Union soldier are to his credit. Nearly fifty years ago he came out to the new State of Kansas. He was a homesteader and for years a successful farmer in Pottawatomie County. The fruits of his labors enabled him to retire and enjoy in comfort his declining years. He was born February 17, 1834. Childhood and youth, the advantages of schools and much of hard work were his portion during the twenty-six years he lived in Sweden before immigrating to the United States. On August 17, 1860, be landed at the City of Boston. A day or two later he was working at Jamestown, New York. From the tasks which furnished him a livelihood he was called to the higher service of his adopted country. August 27, 1861, a year and ten days after he came to this country, he enlisted as a private in Company A of the 112th New York Volunteer Infantry. That regiment saw some...

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Biography of Lloyd S. Fry

Lloyd S. Fry. When he came to the City of Manhattan in 1883, Mr. Fry engaged at once in the work which had occupied him for a number of years in Pennsylvania and Kansas and which brought him an enviable place among the state’s leading educators. He was employed as a teacher in the College Hill School, and in 1886 was elected superintendent of the city schools of Manhattan, a position he held two years. His record as an educator included two years in charge of the schools of Randolph, one year at Atwood, three years at Hays City. In all this time he was also an important factor in school institute work, and showed unusual ability not only as an instructor but in broadening and uplifting the general standards of school management in his county. When he gave up teaching in 1894, Mr. Fry went to farming. For eighteen years he conducted a general farm and dairy in Manhattan Township of Riley county, and that was a business congenial as well as profitable, so that in 1912 he was able to retire from his active duties as a farmer and has since lived in a comfortable home in Manhattan. Lloyd S. Fry was born near Millerstown in Perry County, Pennsylvania, April 25, 1855, a son of Simon H. and Catharine A. (Bretz) Fry. His parents were natives of...

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