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Biographies of Russell County Kansas

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The following 31 biographies were extracted from the History of the State of Kansas, 1883 and pertain specifically to Russell County. To view the entire history of Russell County visit Russell County, Kansas History and Genealogy Russell County is one of the central counties of Kansas, it being two hundred and forty-four miles from the Missouri River to the east line of the county, and one hundred and ninty-two (sic) miles from the east line of the county to the west line of the State. A line drawn through the center of the State, from east to west, would pass about three miles south of the south line of the county. The county is bounded on the north by Osborne County, on the south by Barton, on the east by Ellsworth and Lincoln counties, and on the west by Ellis County. The county contains 576,000 acres, or 900 square miles, and is divided into eight civil, or municipal, townships, those of Paradise and Fairview embracing nearly the northern half of the county, the other portion being divided into six townships of very unequal size. The county is governed by a Board of three Commissioners, who are elected for three years, and is so arranged that one is elected each year. That all portions of the county...

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Biography of Benjamin Franklin McGath

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Benjamin Franklin McGath is one of the old-timers in Champaign County, and has witnessed its growth and development since 1861, the same year that he went out to do service as a Union soldier. He made a creditable record in the army and his entire life has been a record of patriotic devotion and duties worthily and successfully performed. His birth occurred in Vermilion County, Indiana, March 15, 1841. He is the only survivor of a family of ten children, six sons and four daughters, born to William and Nancy (Fannon) McGath. He was the eighth in order of birth. His father was born near Wilmington, Ohio, grew up and received his education there and also married in Ohio and went across the country in pioneer style to Indiana and settled on a farm in Vermilion County in the valley of the Wabash River. His death occurred there about 1847 and he was one of the pioneers in that section. He was a Jeffersonian Democrat and he and his wife were active Methodists. His wife was born in Ohio and was of German ancestry. She was a kind and loving mother, and after her husband’s death she lived for sixteen years at the home of her son Benjamin, and her death occurred in 1900. She was...

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Biography of Samuel R. Dillinger

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Samuel R. Dillinger. One of the well known families of Clay County is that of Dillinger, which for many years had been active in the grain elevator business, and it had a worthy representative in Samuel R. Dillinger, who is manager of the Farmers Elevator Company at Bennington, Kansas. Mr. Dillinger was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, July 15, 1855, and is the elder of two sons born to his parents, who were Daniel and Nancy (Davis) Dillinger. His younger brother, Daniel Dillinger, came to Kansas in 1886 and is a prosperous farmer in Sherman County. In tracing his ancestry back several generations Samuel R. Dillinger finds that his paternal grandfather, Daniel Dillinger, was born in 1789, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, where his grandfather had established himself when he came from Germany. Daniel Dillinger followed agricultural pursuits in Westmoreland County and died there in 1845. On the maternal side the grandfather, John Davis, born in 1803, in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, was a descendant of a Hessian soldier who settled in Pennsylvania during the War of the Revolution. John Davis came to the West in the early 50’s and settled in Des Moines County, Iowa, where he became a farmer, having previously been a miller. He was married in Pennsylvania to Louisa Groover, and both died...

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Biography of Henry W. Weber

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Henry W. Weber, cashier of the Farmers State Bank of Wilson, had worked and had lived in close touch with business and banking affairs since he was a young boy. Part of his early experience was as a farmer, and he is individually owner of a farm and had that invaluable asset of the country banker, a close knowledge and sympathy and understanding with farming interests and farmers. Mr. Weber was born near Dubuque in Russell County, Kansas, March 31, 1883. His father, Nicholas Weber, who still lives in that community, had long been a prominent man of affairs in Kansas. He was born in Luxemburg, Germany, in 1855 and left his native country when about eighteen years of age for America. He came here poor and with neither capital nor influential friends. For five years he worked at wages in Dubuque County, Iowa, and there gained his first real knowledge of merchandising. In 1878 Nicholas Weber arrived in Kansas and settled in Barton County, just over the line from Russell County. There he established a general mercantile store, also conducted farming on an extensive scale, being owner of 4,500 acres of farm lands at the present time. Prosperity had attended his efforts in every direction and he is an example of the man who had...

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Biographical Sketch of David L. Stagg

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now David L. Stagg. There are many fine farms and prosperous farmers in Riley County and quite a number of them may be found in Ogden Township. One of these is David L. Stagg, who was born in Russell County, Kansas, April 17, 1880, but has spent almost all his life in Riley County. His parents were James and Anna E. (Haynes) Stagg. James Stagg was born in New Jersey, June 25, 1841, and died in Riley County, Kansas, October 8, 1910. In Illinois he was married to Anna E. Haynes, who was born in Ohio, September 23, 1843, and died in Riley County, September 7, 1905. Four children were born to them in Illinois namely: Harry K., May, Grace and Josephine. In 1877 James Stagg removed with his family from Illinois to Kansas and settled in Russell County and they resided there until 1882 removing then to Riley County. In 1887 Mr. Stagg located on a farm in Eureka Valley, at the foot of what is now known as Stagg Hill, and continued there until within a short time before his death which occurred at Manhattan, where he had established his residence, retiring from a long and active career as a farmer. To his first marriage two children were born after coming to Kansas, David L....

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Biography of Silas R. Dague

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Silas R. Dague. As president of the Dague Business College, in the City of Wichita, Mr. Dague has been the potent force in the development and upbuilding of one of the admirable and influential educational institutions of the Sunflower State, and the college of which he is the executive head is maintained at the highest modern standard, with the best of material facilities and with a corps of instructors who are notable for distinct efficiency in the work of the respective departments to which they are assigned. Mr. Dague was born in Will County, Illinois, on the 17th of February, 1884, but he has maintained his home in Kansas since early childhood, his parents having removed to this state in 1891, when they established their residence at Wilson, Ellsworth County. In the public schools at Wilson Silas R. Dague continued his studies until he had been graduated in the high school, and for two years thereafter, 1903-04, he was a student in Baker University, at Baldwin, this state. For several years thereafter he taught private schools in various cities in the Middle West, and he then, in consonance with his ambitious purpose, entered the Louisville Business College, in the metropolis of the State of Kentucky, where he completed a thorough course in bookkeeping and higher accounting....

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Wyckoff, Chris – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Chris Wyckoff, age 84 of Rt. 1 Wallowa, died Tuesday June 27th at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. Mr. Wyckoff was born on April 8, 1894 at Luray, Kansas, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Dye) Wyckoff. He served with the U.S. Army during World War I and on July 14, 1918 was married to Frances Naomi Bratton at Lucas, Kansas. They moved to Baker County on February 23, 1937. Mrs. Wyckoff preceded her husband in death on October 31, 1947. On December 28, 1949 he was married to the former Cora Ellena Bratton at Baker. They moved to Wallowa in June of 1950. She preceded him in death on December 31, 1975. Mr. Wyckoff was a member of the Wallowa Methodist Church; World War I veterans; Wallowa Grange for over 25 years where he served as Past Master and Chaplain; was on the executive committee of the Oregon State Grange and was a member of the National Grange. In 1965 he was named Father of the Year of Wallowa County. Survivors include his sons, Dwight Wyckoff, Wallowa; Dean Wyckoff, Bakersfield,; Burl Wyckoff, Seattle; Jean Wyckoff, Corvallis; Richard Sherley, Simi, Calif; Daughters, Mrs. Bette Lewis, Olympia, Wash.; Mrs. Ron (Barbara) Edwards, Baker; Mrs. Warner (Elaine) Stein, La Grande; 29 grandchildren, 14...

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Hixson, Erma V. True Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Erma V. Hixson, 95, a former Baker City resident, died May 27, 2005, at a foster care home in Perry. Her graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Harvest Church in Baker City will officiate. Mrs. Hixson was born on Oct. 5, 1909, at Paradise, Kan., to Abraham Fredrick True and Artha Jane Kidd True. The family lived in several places, including Colorado and South Dakota. They moved to Oregon in the 1930s, living at various times at La Grande, North Powder and Baker City. Erma married Ernest A. Hixson on March 5, 1949, in Baker County. Much of her life was spent on the farm. She loved horses. She loved riding in the car, and in later years took her exercise walking in downtown Baker City. She was a longtime member of the Assembly Of God Church. Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Marie True of La Grande and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest, who died on May 23, 1990; brothers, Enard True, Ira True and Glen True; and a sister, Effie Severns. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St., Baker City, OR 97814. Coles Funeral Home is in...

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Ulrey, Glenn – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Glenn Ulrey, 86, a Baker Valley resident, died Jan. 11, 2005, at Serenity Farms foster care home near Haines. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home. The Baker City AMVETS, Post No. 1874, will accord military rites. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. Mr. Ulrey was born on April 28, 1918, at Lucas, Kan., a son of John Harrison and Ada Bille Standley Ulrey. He received his education in Kansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and remained there until his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in the mid 1960s. He proudly served his country for 23 years. Mr. Ulrey spent most of his military career in the United States and was a mess sergeant. He was stationed at the Baker Air Force Base when he retired. He purchased a ranch on Spring Creek Road; it was his hobby to work on the ranch. Mr. Ulrey was a member of the NRA. He was honored as Citizen of the Year by the national gun rights group, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Alan Gottlieb, chair of the committee said “If it weren’t for people like Glenn Ulrey, our constitutional...

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Biography of Hon. James Ralph Anspaugh

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Hon. James Ralph Anspaugh, as cashier of the Gridley State Bank, had been a factor in business affairs in that section of Kansas for a number of years. His recent capable service as a member of the State Senate from the Fifteenth Senatorial District had made his name known and appreciated over the state at large. The Fifteenth District which he represents comprises Coffey and Franklin counties. Senator Anspaugh is a native Kansan. He was born in a sod house that stood on his father’s claim in Russell County, Kansas, September 19, 1883. He is a son of John W. and Eliza Jane (Leffler) Anspaugh. His grandfather, James Anspaugh, was born in Pennsylvania. John W. Anspaugh, who was born in Williams County, Ohio, in 1847, spent his active life as a farmer. Coming to Kansas in 1880, he bought land in Russell County, farmed there until 1884, and then removed to Coffey County and bought a place four miles northeast of Gridley. He died there in the full vigor of his years July 26, 1885. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married in 1879, his wife being also a native of Williams County, Ohio, born in 1854. Three sons were born to them, Senator Anspaugh...

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Biographical Sketch of Sutter, Emile

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Sutter, Emile was born in France, October 1, 1855, learned the trade of watchmaker and jeweler in Locle, Switzerland, came to America in 1879, and located in Russell, Kan. Edward & Emile Sutter, dealers in musical instruments, watches, clocks and jewelry. They opened business in March of 1879, and carry a general stock of $600. He was married May 20, 1876, to Miss Laura Amanda Marchand, a native of Switzerland. They have three children Henry E., Lina and Jennie. Edward. Members of the Russell Lodge, A. O. U....

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Biographical Sketch of Sutter, Edward

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Sutter, Edward a native of France, born February 6, 1858. Went to Locle, Switzerland, with his brother Emile, and learned the same trade, but Edward came to America in 1876 and located in Wooster, Ohio, remaining there a year. Then he came to Kirwin, Kan., where he engaged in the jewelry business, and thence he came to Russell. He is unmarried. Members of the Russell Lodge, A. O. U....

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Biographical Sketch of Tusten, H. W.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Tusten, H. W. farmer, P. O. Russell, came here with the Northwestern Colony, in the spring of 1871. He opened the first general store and continued merchandising for six years. At the same time he opened a farm of 320 acres, and now has 200 acres of it under cultivation. He makes a specialty in the stock business, dealing largely in cattle and horses. He keeps the Membrino stock of horses. He was born in Ontario County, N. Y., in 1833, lived in his native State until 1841, and then came with his parents to Kenosha, Wis., where they lived about seven years. Thence went to Green Lake County, where they farmed for some time. He then went to Minnesota and followed various occupations for six years. He then engaged in lumbering at Fond du Lac, Wis., for four years, and in merchandising for three years. Thence he came to Kansas. He was married in 1867 to Miss Matilda de Neveu, a native of the latter city. They have four children – Herman W., Hattie D., Arthur E. and Emma. He is president of the town site, member of the City Council,...

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Biographical Sketch of Walker, Joseph H.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Walker, Joseph H. farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Fairport, Russell County, located in Saline Township, Ellis County, August 5, 1882, on Section 20. He has a homestead and timber claim, and railroad land, consisting of Section 20, 640 acres of land, sixty acres of which he has under plow. He has 360 head of cattle, amongst which can be found some fine Durham stock. He first landed in Kansas in April 1881, and prospected until he located as above named. He was born in West Townsend, Mass., in 1857, and removed to Cambridge, Mass., in 1865. Lived in his native State until 1881, and attended school until he came to Kansas. His ranch is twenty miles northwest of Russell, and twenty-five miles northeast of Hays City. The Saline River has its course through his ranch. This place is known as Lost Canon Ranch. There are many natural curiosities to be found in this vicinity, amongst which are sharks’ teeth and many specimens of fossil shells, etc., which are worthy of the attention of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Yoxall, Albert

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Yoxall, Albert farmer. His parents came with the Northwestern Colony from Oshkosh, Wis. to Russell in the spring of 1871. His father opened a lumberyard in Russell and continued until 1876. Then engaged in farming, locating on Section 32. Has 160 acres of fine land, 140 of which are cultivated. His father, John Yoxall, died in October 1880. He was a native of England, born in 1815, came to America in 1869, and settled in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where he engaged in lumbering, until he came to Kansas. Albert Yoxall, his son, was born in England, January 1, 1856, married in 1881 to Miss Alice Overholswr (sic), of Lancaster County, Pa. He was engaged as associate cashier of Russell bank three years, and before and after the death of his father he has been engaged as first...

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