Location: Sedgwick County KS

Biography of George W. Robinson

George W. Robinson of Wichita has been a Kansan forty years. His first work in this state was as an educator at Winfield, continuing from June, 1876, to June, 1879. He soon turned to the more congenial work of a business career. The field in which his energies have found their most successful issues has been in banking, and there are a number of flourishing institutions in the state which were organized or at some time in their career have received the benefit of his excellent judgment and financial ability. Born February 20, 1855, in Piqua, Ohio, he went to Illinois when a boy and was a student in Hedding College at Abingdon, in that state, until 1873. While in Illinois he taught in the country schools of MacDonough, Fulton and Adams counties, and during the school years of 1874-75-76 was principal of schools at LaPrairie, Illinois. He next accepted the superintendency of the schools of Winfield, Kansas, and held that position from June, 1876, to June, 1879. In June of the latter year he became associated with his uncle, M. L. Read, and brothers, M. L. and W. C. Robinson, in the M. L. Reads Bank at Winfield. Since then his business record has been almost exclusively in the field of banking. In July, 1884, the M. L. Reads Bank was merged into the First National Bank of...

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Reece, Lacy D. – Obituary

Lacy D. Reece of Milton Freewater and a former resident of Enterprise passed away Wednesday, January 22, at the Veterans Administration Hospital at the age of 80. Reece lived at Rt. 3, Milton Freewater. Mr. Reece moved from Clearwater, Kansas, where he was born Sept. 5, 1894, to Oklahoma, and in 1913 he moved to Falls City, Ore. He married Ruth Eaton in Enid, Okla., and the couple then moved to Enterprise. Reece served with the U.S. Army during World War I. He returned to Enterprise after the war and worked as a meat cutter. His wife passed away in 1943. On June 30, 1945, Mr. Reece was married to Nancy Waterman at Baker. They moved to Hermiston in 1946 where he worked until his retirement in 1961. After his retirement the couple moved to Milton Freewater. He began working for DeMoss Grocery in Walla Walla until his second retirement. He was a member of the Grant Farmer Post No. 992 of Walla Walla and attended the Assembly of God Church in Milton Freewater. Mr. Reece is survived by his widow, Nancy, at the family home; his sons, Dean Reece of Enterprise, Wilbur Reece of Hermiston, Bill Reece of Miami, Fla., Wade Reece of Edmonds, Wash., and Larry Reece of Walla Walla; daughters, Mrs. Wolvert (Margaret) Fisher, Enterprise, Mrs. Harold (Milly) Garland of Walla Walla, Helen Ingram of Athena,...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Parmely

Parmely, Benjamin; lawyer; born, Ashland, O., Oct. 9, 1869; son of M. B. and Elizabeth Porter Parmley; early education in the public schools of Dayton; two years in Garfield University, Wichita, Kan., LL. B. University of Michigan, 1892; married, Columbus, O., Nov. 16, 1904, Miss Mary E. Tolford; issue, one daughter, Elizabeth; admitted to the bar in 1893, one and one-half years atty. for the Fidelity & Casualty Co., then practiced in the firm of Estep, Dickey, Carr & Goff; later with Kline, Carr, Tolles & Goff; in 1896, organized the law firm of Wilcox, Collister, Hogan & Parmely; in 1903, became associated with James J. Hogan, in general law practice, specializing in corporation law; served as asst. U. S. atty, from May, 1901, to September, 1905, was United States Commissioner for six months; member Cleveland Bar Ass’n, Phi Delta Phi Fraternity, Country, Union, Hermit, Young Men’s Republican, and the Nisi Prius...

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Biography of Oliver Morton Williams

Oliver Morton Williams, one of the younger citizens of Kansas, has played his part efficiently as a teacher and business man, and is now manager and part owner of the Coffeyville Business College. This college is an institution noted for its thorough work in training young men and women for responsible positions in commercial affairs. A native of Kansas, Mr. Williams was born at Oak Valley, October 24, 1887. Several generations back his ancestors were living in Wales, and after coming to the United States settled perhaps first in New York, and afterwards went to Maryland. The great-great-grandfather’s name was Timothy Williams, and he was of Welsh descent. He was a Revolutionary soldier and also had three sons in the Continental army. The three sons were captured by the British and taken to Montreal, Canada, to the British prison. One of them was a physician, and he was soon taken out of the prison. The reason for this removal was not known by the other brothers but they supposed for service in the British hospitals, and they never heard of him afterward. The other two were kept in the prison for three years and three months, then were released and came back home. Great-grandfather Benjamin Williams was born in Pennsylvania about 1770. He was too small to serve as a soldier in the time of the Revolution, but he...

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Biography of John Mahlan Moore

John Mahlan Moore has long been prominently identified with financial affairs in Kansas, was one of the leading bankers of Wichita and assisted in the organization of many banks in that section of the state and remained a resident of Wichita until a few years ago when he was translated to a higher sphere of banking in the metropolis of the Misspuri Valley at Kansas City. Mr. Moore is now vice president of the Southwest National Bank of Commerce of Kansas City, Missouri. His successful career in banking affairs in the Middle West is not due to a wealthy or influential environment as a boy. Like many of the eminent business men of America he was born on a farm. His birth occurred in Shelby County, Kentucky, October 31, 1859. He was the second in a family of eight children. His parents were Thomas H. and Mary Elizabeth (Weekley) Moore, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, their ancestors having come into that state from Virginia. John M. Moore had a country training and only the advantages of the common schools and for two years an academic course. At the age of seventeen he left the farm to become clerk in a store. He remained with one firm at Shelbyville for ten years, part of the time as bookkeeper. There he laid the foundation of his business experience. Finally...

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Biography of Elisha H. Rollins

Elisha H. Rollins, partner of Mr. Ireland in the proprietorship of the Ireland & Rollins Planing Mills Company, and one of the progressive and energetic business men of Fort Scott, was born March 15, 1859, on Prince Edward Island, a son of John and Mary (Harker) Rollins, natives of that place, who passed their entire lives there in agricultural pursuits. The father died in 1909, at the age of seventy-five years, while the mother passed away many years before, being forty-seven years old at the time of her demise. The fourth in a family of nine children, Elisha H. Rollins received a public school education, and in his youth learned the trade of carpenter, which he followed at his native place until 1876. In that year he came to Kansas City, Missouri, where he followed his trade for three years, and then came to Fort Scott and continued at his trade as a journeyman until he joined Mr. Ireland in the planing mill business. Like his partner, Mr. Rollins is a man of foresight and good judgment, a thorough business man, and a citizen of high character and standing. He is a republican in politics, a Presbyterian in his religious faith, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Fraternal Union. On August 30, 1886, at Fort Scott, Mr. Rollins was married to Miss Jennie...

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Biography of William Henry Craddock

William Henry Craddock. As the greatest calamity ever suffered by Kansas City, Kansas, was probably the flood of 1903, that year will always be memorable in the city’s history. Another event associated with that year was the death of William Henry Craddock, who had just completed a service of two years in the office of mayor. Mr. Craddock was stricken on March 2, 1903, and his death occurred on the 4th of the same month at the Savoy Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. He was mourned by the entire city, and never any similar occasion in the city had brought out such a tremendous concourse of citizens of all classes to pay respect to one who was taken away from the midst of a valuable service and position of influence. He was a man of rare ability, was a splendid type of business man, and had a bigness of heart and soul commensurate with his material activities. His birth occurred on a farm near Louisville, Kentucky, December 25, 1851. His parents were William W. and Edna (Smith) McGaryhill Craddock. Edna Smith McGaryhill was the granddaughter of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a leading figure in the revolutionary period of American history. Mr. Craddock’s father and grandfather bore the name William W., both were successful lawyers, and they also rendered distinguished service on the bench....

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Biography of Joseph Newton Allen

Extensively interested in farming and also identified with the oil industry of the southwest, Joseph Newton Allen has made for himself an enviable place as a business man in Muskogee. Born on the 7th of February, 1868, in Greencastle, Indiana, he comes of Scotch-Irish ancestry, through a line of Virginia and Kentucky pioneers, being the eighth son of a seventh son and the seventeenth child in a family of eighteen children. His early education was acquired in the public schools of Greencastle, which is the seat of DePauw University, formerly known as Asbury University. When his public school course was completed he took up the study of law and was graduated at the age of twenty-one from the College of Arts and from the Law School of DePauw University, becoming during his student days a member of the Phi Delta Theta. He was heavily in debt for his education and thus handicapped, started out in the business world. In 1890 he became principal of a ward school in Wichita, Kansas, and was identified with the schools of that city for a period of eleven years, or until 1901, spending much of this time as principal of the high school in that city. He then removed to Muskogee in the Indian Territory, where he was admitted to the bar and entered upon the practice of law but gradually relinquished his...

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Biography of Henry Justin Allen

Henry Justin Allen of Wichita had achieved a position among Kansas’ leading newspaper editors and publishers. He began as a newspaper reporter, was editor and owner at different times of various papers in the state, and is now proprietor of the Wichita Beacon. Mr. Allen was born at Warren, Pennsylvania, September 12, 1869, and his parents John and Rebecca Elizabeth (Goodin) Allen were natives of the same section. John Allen served four years in the Ninth New York Cavalry, and a few years after the close of the war came west to Kansas, where he went through the pioneer hardships entailed upon the early settlers. Mr. Allen’s mother is still living, a resident of Clifton, Kansas. While the accident of birth deprived Henry J. Allen of being a native son of Kansas, he had spent nearly all his conscious existence here. He attended the common schools at Burlingame, and completed his education in Washburn College at Topeka and at Baker University, from which he holds the degree Master of Arts. He found newspaper work congenial to his tastes and talents, and as soon as possible became an individual publisher. In 1894 he bought the Manhattan Nationalist, and subsequently owned the Ottawa Herald and several other small town dailies in Kansas. In 1897 Mr. Allen purchased the Wichita Daily Beacon and is now chief owner of that paper, the recognized...

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Biography of Andrew C. Jobes

Andrew C. Jobes. Though vice president of the First National Bank of Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Jobes still had his home in Kansas and had been a resident of the state for thirty-two years. Throughout that time he had been an active factor in banking, and made his reputation which preceded him to the metropolitan district of Kansas City at Wichita, where he assisted in building up one of the largest and strongest banks of Southern Kansas. Like many men who have gained prominence in the financial world Mr. Jobes was born in a home of comparative poverty, and was reared close to the simple realities of life, finding some encouragement outside and much more within himself to make the best of his opportunities. He was born at Damascus in Mahoning County, Ohio, April 21, 1857, youngest of the four children of Andrew and Mary (French) Jobes. Both parents were natives of Ohio, and the grandfather, Louis Jobes, was a native of New York State, his wife having come from Ireland about 1801. Andrew Jobes, Sr., was a cabinet maker by trade. He died just sixty days after the birth of his youngest son Andrew. That left the widowed mother and four children. The two oldest sons, William and Charles, were respectively eight and four years of age. The town where Mr. Jobes was born was the center of...

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Herndon, Marchieta L. Blank – Obituary

Marchieta L. Blank Herndon, 76, died at home in Wichita, Kans., with her husband at her side, after a battle with cancer. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Cove Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Mrs. Herndon was born in February 1930 at Personia, Okla., to Roy and Agnes Sheppard. In 1962 she married Robert L. Blank, who preceded her in death in 1981. She then married Robert Herndon in 1984. She is survived by her husband, Robert Herndon of Wichita; children and their spouses, Terrine and Chuck Warriner of Salt Lake City, Zane and Sheba Botham of Chewelah, Wash., Rock Botham of Joseph and Bill Herndon of Wichita; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East are handling arrangements. Remembrances may be sent to the family via www.downingandlahey.com The Observer, La Grande, Oregon – Obituaries for the week ending Oct. 14, 2006,, Published: October 16,...

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Biography of Elmer Stover Emmert

Elmer Stover Emmert, senior partner of the well known firm of Emmert Brothers and thus head of one of the strong insurance agencies not only of Muskogee but of the state, was born in Humboldt, Kansas, May 18, 1868, and is a son of David B. and Margaret D. (Moffett) Emmert, the former a newspaper publisher. During the early boyhood of Elmer S. Emmert the parents removed with their family to Wichita, Kansas, and there he pursued his education in the public schools until a further removal was made to Albuquerque, New Mexico. After the death of his father, at that place, he went to Lanark, Illinois, where he finished his high school education, and then went west to seek his fortune, stopping at Topeka, Kansas, where he entered the employ of the Santa Fe Railroad Company and was thus employed for a period of ten years. He afterward became connected with a building and loan association and while thus engaged extended his efforts into the insurance field, writing insurance at various points in Colorado and Texas. The business career of his brother, Robert G. Emmert, was similar and with the ambition to establish an agency of their own they came to Muskogee in 1904, representing the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee. Soon afterward the firm of Emmert Brothers was made general agent for eastern Oklahoma and...

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Biography of Frank R. Glascock

After many years of activity in real estate circles of Haskell, Frank R. Glascock is now living retired at the age of seventy, having through industry, ability and perseverance accumulated a substantial competence which enables him to rest from further labor. He is a native of Ohio, his birth having occurred in Highland County on the 22d of February, 1851, and his parents were Joseph and Alcinda (Stone) Glascock, the former of whom was born in Culpeper County, Virginia. On starting out in life for himself Frank R. Glascock engaged in farming and merchandising at Hillsboro, Ohio, for a number of years, later removing to Wichita, Kansas, and subsequently to Garden Plain, becoming one of the pioneer settlers and up-builders of that place. He organized the first bank and also established the first grain elevator there and remained one of the foremost business men of that locality until 1906, when he came to Haskell, where he has since made his home. For many years he was connected with realty interests of this city and in association with his two daughters, Nellie C. and Sarah S., organized the Creek Land & Loan Company, while subsequently John McLemore became a member of the firm, with which he is still identified. This is one of the leading real estate agencies of the city and Mr. Glascock continued active in its control for...

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Biography of J. W. Smith

The demise of J. W. Smith, which occurred at Dewey on the 27th of October, 1921, when he was sixty-seven years of age, removed from the scene of life’s activities a man who was straight-forward and reliable in business, progressive and loyal in citizenship and true to the ties of home and friendship. He was born at Franklin, Venango County, Pennsylvania, August 18, 1854, and two of his brothers, John and Will, are still living in that state, while another brother, Wesley, a veteran of the Civil war, is residing in Iowa. In 1907 Mr. Smith came to Oklahoma, establishing his home in Dewey, where he remained until 1913, when he went to the Cushing oil fields and from there to the oil fields of Kansas. In 1917 he made his way to Ranger, Texas, where he engaged in the business of oil drilling, and he also became field manager in that state for a large oil company, continuing to act in that capacity until failing health obliged him to return to his family, then living at Wichita, Kansas. During her husband’s absence Mrs. Smith had successfully conducted a large modern rooming house in that city for both transient and regular guests, her establishment containing forty-two rooms. Thinking that a warmer climate might prove beneficial, Mrs. Smith advised her husband to return to Dewey and here he passed away...

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Biography of Samuel Francis Woolard Col.

Col. Samuel Francis Woolard is known to the people of Kansas with well earned distinction in several lines of effort and influence. He had been a Wichita business man for over a quarter of a century and is one of the prominent insurance men of the state. He is a retired officer of the National Guard and a growing circle of appreciative readers know him as an author and publisher. A native of Illinois, he was born October 17, 1865, in Fayette County, son of W. W. and Lucy (Stites) Woolard, his mother a native of St. Clair County, Illinois. His father served with distinction as captain of Company H, Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, during the Civil war. Besides the services his father rendered during the crisis of the ’60s, Colonel Woolard is descended from other American patriots, one or more of his ancestors having fought with valor in the Revolution. Colonel Woolard grew up in Illinois, attended public school at Mulberry Grove, and completed his education in Baker University at Baldwin, Kansas. He early took up insurance work, and since February 27, 1893, had been state agent and adjuster for the American Central Fire Insurance Company of St. Louis. His home and business headquarters are at Wichita and that city had never counted on him in vain as a worker to realize any definite plan of civic advancement and...

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