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Location: Sedan Kansas

Biography of Asa Knowles Talbot

Asa Knowles Talbot. It is no small distinction in the business world to create and build up a business which is generally recognized as the leader of its kind in a city or county. That is the place occupied by the A. K. Talbot Harness and Manufacturing Company at Coffeyville. It is the leading concern in the handling of harness and other goods in Montgomery County, and Mr. Talbot has also developed a factory for the manufacture of leather novelties and is at the head of a very successful concern. While he has spent nearly all his life in Kansas, Mr. Talbot was born near Owensville, Indiana, February 2, 1871. The Talbots are of Scotch-Irish descent. His father, William H. Talbot, who was born in Ohio in 1839, was one of five sons, three of whom identified themselves with southern states and two went to Indiana. William H. Talbot was married at Evansville, Indiana, and in following his trade as plasterer and brick mason resided there, at Owensville, Princeton and other places in the state. He made a most creditable military record, having served throughout the war from 1861 to 1865 with the First, Indiana Cavalry. He participated in the early campaigns by which Southwestern Missouri was cleared of Confederate forces, and fought at the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. He was three times wounded. In 1877 he came...

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Biography of D. C. Hampton

Coming to Oklahoma during the territorial period in its development, D. C. Hampton is thoroughly familiar with the early history of the state and his memory forms a connecting link between the primitive past with its hardships and privations and the present with all of the advantages and comforts of present-day civilization. He is numbered among the progressive merchants of Bartlesville and his business interests are capably and successfully conducted. He was born in Moultrie County, Illinois, April 30, 1858, of the marriage of Roland Thomas and Ruhama (Howe) Hampton, and in 1866 was taken by his parents to Neodesha, Kansas. In that vicinity the father engaged in farming and it was on his land that the first oil was found in that part of the state. In 1871 the family went to Sedan, Kansas, and there the father followed agricultural pursuits until November, 1874, when he came to Indian Territory, acquiring land ten miles north of the present site of Bartlesville, and this he continued to operate until his demise, which occurred in 1896. In 1885 his son, D. C. Hampton, moved to a farm six miles west of Bartlesville and improved a tract of one hundred and eighty acres owned by his brother, Harrison. Twelve years later the subject of this review removed to Blue Mound, twelve miles northeast of the town, where for five years he...

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Biography of James Otis Tulloss

James Otis Tulloss. In 1856, the year the republican party had its first presidential candidate in the field, and when the Kansas-Nebraska question was agitating the entire nation, the citizenship of this then territory acquired an important addition in certain members of the Tulloss family. It is a name therefore that had been identified with Kansas for sixty years. James O. Tulloss named above had no part in that earlier period of the family’s connection with Kansas. He represents a younger generation, and his active career had been largely confined to the past twenty years, during which time he had built up one of the largest hardware businesses in Chautauqua County, located in Sedan. The family is of English origin, and was transplanted to Virginia in colonial days. From there other members of the family crossed the mountains to Ohio, and were pioneers in that state as they were also later in Kansas. The pioneer Kansan of the name was John Smith Tulloss, who was born in Knox County, Ohio. He came to Kansas in 1856, homesteaded 320 acres in Franklin County, busied himself with its care and cultivation for a number of years, and died at Rantoul in the same county. He married Julia Smith, a native of Ohio, and both she and her husband died at Rantoul before the birth of James Otis Tulloss. Their children were:...

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Biography of Charles W. Brown

Charles W. Brown, a resident of Caney, had a close relationship with this section of Southeastern Kansas, where he had resided for more than thirty-five years and where he still owned a large ranch. Mr. Brown’s mother was an eighth Osage Indian and a member of that tribe, and her family thus had proprietory rights in the lands of Southern Kansas and Northern Oklahoma long before white settlers were permitted to settle there. In the paternal line Mr. Brown represents a pioneer family of Wyandotte County, Ohio. His ancestors came from England in colonial days. His grandfather William Brown was born September 12, 1796, in Somerset County, Maryland, and was an early and very prominent settler at Carey, Ohio, where he died in June, 1866. With an exceptional education he was a leader among his fellow citizens and served as a judge at Carey for many years. He was also a writer and author, and spent most of his life on a farm. He married Eliza Kooken, who was born in Pennsylvania, February 14, 1804, and died at Carey, Ohio, in 1876. Charles W. Brown was born in the State of California January 26, 1861. California was the home of the family for a few years while his father W. S. Brown sought a fortune there in the gold fields. W. S. Brown was born in Ohio May 11,...

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Biography of Carl Ackarman

Carl Ackarman of Sedan had justified all the predictions and wishes of his friends as to a successful career in the law. He had ability, training, industry and courage, and had handled with exceptional skill every interest entrusted to him since he opened his law office at Sedan. In 1916 he was re-elected for another term as county attorney of Chantauqua County. His first term had given such general satisfaction that he was unopposed by any candidate for re-election. Born at Moline, Kansas, January 16, 1881, he was reared in Sedan, educated in the public schools, graduating from high school in 1898, and for the following four years gave his time and energy to his father, a well known hardware merchant. He preferred a professional rather than a commercial career, and as soon as he could give up his responsibilities in connection with his father’s business he entered the law school of the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where he remained until graduating in 1905 LL. B. Mr. Ackarman made not only a good student record in Lawrence, but also contributed to the athletic prowess of the university team. He played three years on the Kansas University football team, and he contributed to the many victories won by the team in those years. He also excelled in the weight events in the track and field contests. He is a...

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Biography of Charles Edwin Westlake

Charles E. Westlake. There is a type of business man who had apparently a peculiar genius for doing a number of things well and efficiently. Such a man had the commercial instinct highly developed. Charles E. Westlake of Sedan illustrates the type. He had been a farmer and rancher, had merchandised in several different lines, had been an oil producer, and is now engaged in the undertaking business at Sedan, and one of the livest and most energetic citizens of that town. Both he and his family have been identified with Kansas a great many years. The Westlakes originated in England, where his grandfather, John Westlake, was born. He came to Canada, but lived retired in that country and died in the Province of Quebec, being killed by a runaway horse. As a resident of England he followed merchandising. Walter Westlake, father of Charles E., was born in England in 1842, came as a young man to the Province of Quebec, Canada, was married there, and for several years engaged in farming. In 1872 he landed at Sabetha, in Nemaha County, Kansas, and continued an active farmer in that community until his death in 1906. After becoming an American citizen he supported the republican party and was the recipient of several township offices in Nemaha County. He belonged to the Episcopal Church and was affiliated with the Indenendent Order...

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Biography of William Taylor Williams

William Taylor Williams. More than a half century had passed since William T. Williams, one of Sedan’s foremost citizens, had his first glimpse of Kansas, of which state, for almost that long, he had been a continuous resident. The marvelous changes which have been wrought in the country through the civilizing industries of men of enterprise, are reflected in some degree, in the advancement of his own fortunes, but none of these developments have come without strenuous effort, persistent energy and never failing courage. This may well be given emphasis in view of the fact that charges have been made that in these luxury-loving days, too many American youth appear but too well satisfied with the advantages that have been provided by the manly endurance of an older generation. With leisure and love of case, they invite weakness instead of seeking strength that comes through courageous bearing of hardships and the stimulation of overcoming obstacles. William Taylor Williams, vice president of the First National Bank, Sedan, Kansas, was born in Hart County, Kentucky, May 22, 1848. His parents were Ansel and Mary (Gooch) Williams. His grandfather, David Williams, was born in Wythe County, Virginia, in 1801, and died in Grayson County, Kentucky, in 1850. His father was born in Wales and was the founder of the family in America. The grandmother was Jane Jackson, who was born in South...

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Biography of Harry R. Harshbarger

Harry R. Harshbarger of Sedan had found varied employment for his energies since he reached manhood, but is now chiefly engaged in the business of oil production, and had some of the most valuable properties of that kind in Chautauqua County. He was born at Vermilion, Edgar County, Illinois, May 28, 1868. His father was John W. Harshbarger, long and favorably known in Kansas. John W. was born in Cabell County, Virginia, in what is now West Virginia, in 1835. His father, John Harshbarger, also a native of Virginia, died in the western part of that state three months before his son, John W., was born. Grandfather John Harshbarger was a blacksmith. His wife was a Miss Doolittle, of a Maryland family, and a sister of United States Senator Doolittle of Maryland. The Harshbargers originated in Switzerland and came to Baltimore in colonial days. John W. Harshbarger was reared in Edgar County, Illinois. He also married there. While a young man he studied medicine and in 1861 he enlisted in Burgess’ Sharpshooters and participated in a part of the Missouri campaign and also was in some of the fighting cast of the Mississippi, but after the battle of Shiloh was discharged on account of disability. He then re-enlisted as a hospital steward in the regular army and for four years was stationed in that capacity at the Army Hospital...

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Biography of Elmer E. Glenn

Elmer E. Glenn. When Elmer E. Glenn was a young man he learned the blacksmith trade in the railroad shops at Ottawa, Kansas. He spent his early life on a farm near that city. The trade which he learned and worked at for a number of years had been the basis upon which he had built his present successful business at Sedan, where he is proprietor of machine shops specializing in the repair and manufacture of oil well tools. Though Mr. Glenn had spent most of his life in Kansas he was born at Mattoon, Illinois, November 11, 1874. His ancestors were Scotch-Irish people who emigrated to Pennsylvania in colonial times. His grandfather, Joseph Glenn, who was born in 1800, was an early settler near Mattoon, Illinois, and died there in 1880. J. R. Glenn, father of the Sedan business man, was born near Mattoon, Illinois, in 1844, was reared and married there, took up the vocation of farmer, and in 1886 removed to Kansas, settling on a farm near Ottawa in Franklin County. That had ever since been his home, though in 1916 he retired, at least temporarily, and had spent his time in Los Angeles, California. J. R. Glenn had always supported the republican party and its candidates, and is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is an honored old soldier, having gone out...

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Biography of Roy L. Fruit

Roy L. Fruit, one of the progressive newspaper men of the state, is publisher and proprietor of the Sedan Times-Star, one of the oldest republican journals in the southeastern quarter of the state. The Times-Star inherits the history of half a dozen or more papers which have had their share in the newspaper history of Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua Journal was founded at Sedan in 1875 by H. B. Kelley and R. S. Turner. It was consolidated with the Sedan Times in 1885. The Cedarvale Times, founded in 1878, was removed to Sedan the same year and the name changed to the Chautauqua County Times with P. H. Albright editor and publisher. Another change of name occurred in 1901 after which it was the Sedan Times, with A. D. Dunn as publisher. As already stated it was consolidated in 1885 with the Chautauqua Journal under the name Sedan Times-Journal and with R. G. Ward editor and publisher. The Cedarvale Star was founded in 1884 by I. D. McKeehan and was consolidated with the Times-Journal at Sedan in 1894 and the name of the consolidated paper became the Weekly Times-Star. Adrian Reynolds and F. G. Kenesson were editors and publishers. Freeman’s Lance, founded in Pern in 1891 by W. A. Tanksley, was moved to Sedan in 1892, was known as the Sedan Lance, and A. S. Koonce was its editor...

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Biography of William L. McNaughten, M. D.

William L. McNaughten, M. D., had been long and favorably known as a capable physician and surgeon in Chautauqua County, and now controls a large practice at Sedan. In his younger days he met and overcame obstacles and had to work for every step of his advancement while gaining his education and preparing himself for his profession. When nineteen years of age his education in the common schools was completed, and he then began working on a farm and learning the carpenter’s trade. As a carpenter he worked in Missouri and in 1883 moved to Kansas, locating in Montgomery County. For nine years he was one of the force of carpenters employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. He had long felt that his real sphere was in the profession of medicine, but having a family to care for there were some weighty reasons why he should continue working at his mechanical trade. All the leisure time he had he applied to the study of medicine and he followed that with a course in the Kansas City College of Physicians and Surgeons and in 1897 entered the Columbian Medical College for one year. As an undergraduate he practiced for a year in Cedar County, Missouri, and in 1901 was given his degree M. D. In the meantime Doctor McNaughten had located in Chautauqua County in 1898 and was in...

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Biography of Norman L. Hay

Norman L. Hay. When a group of really progressive, enterprising and public-spirited men get in control of a local government, it matters little what special form of charter or municipal organization they operate under, they do things and an entire community feels an uplift. This is well illustrated in the case of the City of Sedan, where Norman L. Hay had been mayor since 1912, and in close co-operation with the city council dominated by similar ideas as to the public good, he had brought about results which justify unusual pride in the part of Sedan in its civic and municipal efficiency. Mr. Hay had served on the city council three years before he was elected mayor. When he took charge of the city government there was a municipal debt of $8,000. Under the old regime this debt was almost stationary, but during the first two years of the Hay administration, with the aid of the council, old debts to the extent of $3,500 were paid, expenses were kept rigidly within the budget of allowances, no new debts were contracted, and the city now had the pleasant anticipation of retiring all its bonds, except the waterworks bonds, in April, 1917. At the same time the municipal administration had been exceedingly progressive. An electric lighting system was installed, and a franchise was granted to the Sedan Electric Light Company, and...

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Biography of Fred Ackarman

Fred Ackarman lost no time after graduating from the high school at Sedan with the class of 1902 before finding his real and permanent vocation in life. For the past thirty-five years an old and widely patronized hardware store at Sedan had been conducted under the Ackarman name, and on leaving high school Fred Ackarman entered the store to give his father his active assistance and in 1903, when his father retired from business, the son was thoroughly competent to handle the business and maintain the prestige of the establishment over Chautauqua County. Born at Sedan, September 1, 1882, Fred Ackarman is a son of Mr. E. C. Ackarman, who is still living at Sedan, now retired. E. C. Ackarman was born at Rome City, Indians, August 28, 1847. The family history of the Ackarmans in America largely centers around that old Indiana town. Fred Ackarman’s great-grandfather, Andrew Ackarman, came from Germany and was one of the first settlers in the vicinity of Rome, Indiana. He followed his trade as tanner there until his death. The grandfather, whose name was also Andrew Ackarman, was born near Rome, Indiana, in 1812, and died there in 1890. His life was spent as a farmer. He was active in the Masonic fraternity and the Methodist Church. He married Ruth Carr, who was born in Kentucky, in 1820, and died on the old...

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Biography of Fred N. Adam

Fred N. Adam. The popular and energetic postmaster of Longton, Kansas, Fred N. Adam, who was appointed to this office in April, 1916, had been a resident of Longton since 1911, and had been well known in mercantile circles as one of the proprietors of the establishment conducted under the style of Adam Brothers. Almost immediately upon his arrival here he became known as a live and energetic citizen, capable of handling official duties, and his appointment as postmaster was preceded by several terms of good work as a member of the local council. Mr. Adam is a native son of Kansas, having been born at Monmouth, Crawford County, August 18, 1884. He belongs to a family which came originally from Scotland and located in Virginia (now West Virginia) during colonial days, and is a son of L. C. and Thursa (Casterline) Adam. L. C. Adam was born in that part of Virginia which is now West Virginia, in 1852, and was twelve years of age when he accompanied his parents to Crawford County, Kansas, the family settling as pioneers at Monmouth. His education, commenced in the public schools of his native state, was completed in the new locality, and there he was reared to manhood and married. Mr. Adam commenced his independent career at Monmouth as a mercantile operator, but in 1888 removed to Cedar Vale, Chautauqua County,...

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Biography of John W. Roberts

John W. Roberts, educator, superintendent of the city schools at Sedan, had attained prominence in educational circles in Southeastern Kansas, and though a native of the City of Topeka he represents one of the oldest and most noted families of Oskaloosa. Both his grandfather and father were men of distinction in the newspaper profession and his grandfather edited one of the early free state papers of Kansas. The family of which he is a member originated in England, and there were four of the Roberts brothers who came to America in Colonial times, one of them settling in New York, another in New Jersey and the two others elsewhere. John W. Roberts, grandfather of Professor Roberts, was born at Waynesville, Ohio, in 1822. He was reared on a farm near that town, was married there, and early got into the newspaper business. He organized the company that established a paper at Waynesville and also published a magazine. He was strongly abolitionist, and seeing an opportunity for being of greater influence to that movement he sent the printing press and other materials out to Oskaloosa, Kansas, in 1860, and his brother-in-law, J. W. Day, established there the old Oskaloosa Independent, the first copy of which was issued in July, 1860. John W. Roberts himself came out to Kansas in 1862, and was editor of the Independent until he retired at...

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