Location: Sedgwick County KS

Brownfield, Haynes W., Dr. – Obituary

Haynes W. Brownfield, 60-year-old physician and surgeon, one of Anthony’s most prominent professional men for the past 35 years, passed away at his home shortly after 1:30 o’clock yesterday morning. He had been bedfast for the past six months. He had made himself vitally useful to the community and the community esteemed him not only as a doctor but as a most public-spirited citizen. Funeral services will be held this afternoon, Thursday, at 2:30 at the Gem Mortuary, with Rev. Victor A. Major of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery. Dr. Brownfield was born October 24, 1879, at Buffalo, LaRue County, Kentucky. The county seat of LaRue County is Hodgenville, a town best known to fame for the fact that nearby stands the log cabin, now carefully preserved, in which Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809. That cabin is not far form the birthplace of Dr. Brownfield. The Brownfield family has lived there since the time of the Lincoln family. During his boyhood, Dr. Brownfield attended the public schools of Buffalo, Ky., continuing his education in high school and the East Lynn College of that place. He graduated from college with the bachelor of science degree in 1897 and then entered the Louisville Hospital College of Medicine. He took his M.D. degree there in 1901 and in the same year came to Kansas. For...

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Mankins, Jeremiah Paul Lee – Obituary

Jeremiah Paul Lee Mankins, 29, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 8, 2008, at Joplin, Mo., after a short battle with cancer. His memorial service was Nov. 12 at Miami, Okla. There will be a celebration of his life in Baker City at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St. Jeremiah was born on July 10, 1979, at Wichita, Kan., to John and Tami Mankins. He moved to Oregon with his parents in April 1980. Jeremiah attended Brooklyn School and then Baker Valley Christian Academy. He was very active in the Royal Rangers club while growing up. He graduated in 1996. In 1998, Jeremiah moved to Cherokee, Okla., where he met his future wife, Melissa. They moved to northeastern Oklahoma in June of 1998. They were married on May 7, 1999, and made their home at Commerce, Okla. Jeremiah didn’t just get a wonderful wife with his marriage, he also got a wonderful family in Oklahoma, family members said. He was employed by Oram Materials at Joplin, Mo., as a forklift technician. His job, which he loved very much, took him to sites in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. His co-workers, bosses and customers became good friends. Jeremiah loved to help anyone he could and he had a heart of gold, his family members said. He didn’t know a stranger and he loved his family...

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Biography of Charles W. Harvey

Charles W. Harvey is one of the veteran business men and residents of El Dorado, and in recent years had been a leader in the oil development work of Butler County and that vicinity, and had shared in the prosperity that had attended the development of these resources. Mr. Harvey was born in Appanoose County, Iowa, May 10, 1868. His father, Elijah E. Harvey, was a pioneer Kansan and a man of great usefulness both as a minister of the Gospel and citizen. He was of English descent, and some of his forefathers fought in the Revolutionary war. A distant relative of the same branch was former Governor Harvey of Kansas. Elijah E. Harvey was born in Virginia in April, 1829, and when a small boy he enlisted for service in the Mexican war under the noted Jim Lane, then of Indiana and afterward of Kansas. He went in as a drummer boy, but after getting enrolled took up and performed the duties of a private. He was with General Taylor’s army from the battle of Buena Vista until that short but glorious struggle was terminated. He was a vigorous Unionist in sympathy and in action, and at the beginning of the Civil war he formed a company in Iowa which subsequently became Company B of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry. He saw much active service along the border during...

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Biography of Henry Carl Alwes

Henry Carl Alwes is manager of the Western Typesetting Company and president of the Gate City Directory Company of Kansas City, Missouri. He organized the latter company in 1911 and from the beginning had been its manager. Mr. Alwes had conquered obstacles in the path to success as he had met them. He is a man of versatile talents. He is a practical printer, is a pharmacist by profession, had filled offices of responsibility as editor and newspaper manager, linotype operator, and in other ways in connection with some of the best known newspapers of Kansas, Chicago and the Middle West. Mr. Alwes was born in Schleswig, Germany, December 11, 1873, the oldest son of nine children born to Henry and Margaret (Schroeder) Alwes. His parents were both natives of Germany and are now living at Ottawa, Kansas. The grandfather, George Frederick Alwes, was killed in the battle of Fredericia, Denmark, during the German-Danish Revolution of 1848. Mr. Alwes is a great-grandson of a soldier who followed the great Napoleon. This ancestor went with Napoleon in his Russian campaign, and lost his life during the retreat from Moscow at the crossing of the River Beresina. On the maternal side of the family Mr. Alwes is descended from people who were residents of the northern section of Schleswig-Holstein and were loyal to the Danish rule. Henry Alwes, father of the...

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Biography of Ray Broomfield

Ray Broomfield is one of the youngest bank officials in Kansas. He went with the Neal State Bank as cashier upon its organization in October, 1915, and his thorough knowledge of banking and his genial personality were a decided factor in the success of that institution. Mr. Broomfield is now cashier of the Home State Bank, Clearwater, Kansas. The Neal State Bank was started as a state bank and had a capital of $10,000. The officers are: A. N. McQuown of Wichita, president; C. W. Boone of Neal, vice president. Mr. Broomfield was born at Milton, Kansas, April 21, 1891, and was twenty-four years of age when he accepted the cashiership of the Neal State Bank. He is descended from a branch of the Broomfield family which came out of Ireland and settled in the early days in Kentucky. His grandfather was an early settler in Illinois, where he died, and was not only a farmer, but also a clock maker. J. M. Broomfield, father of Ray Broomfield, was born in Iowa in 1862, and from that state his parents removed to Illinois, and about 1876 he was brought by his mother to Kansas, locating in Milton. He grew up and married at Milton, became a successful farmer, and in 1905 retired from his farm, first moving into the Town of Milton, and in 1913 going to Clearwater, where...

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Biography of H. F. G. Wulf

H. F. G. Wulf though a native of Germany grew up in Kansas, and had had a long and varied and successful experience as a farmer, merchant, and business man. His present home is at Humboldt, where he is president of the Monarch Cement Company. His abilities were called upon to reorganize that local industry. Judge Thomas C. Wilson, of the District Court, First Division, Sedgwick County, appointed him July 10, 1912, as receiver. The plant had become heavily involved, but Mr. Wulf soon had it reorganized, and in addition to paying every creditor a hundred cents on the dollar soon had the concern on a money making basis. He not only reorganized the plant and paid off its debts, but did not squeeze out a single stockholder who had any actual cash investment. The offices and plants are situated a half mile south of Humboldt. The Monarch Cement Company had a capacity of 2,000 barrels a day, and from 100 to 125 men are employed in the industry. Mr. Wulf was born in Steyerberg in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, November 20, 1871. His people were high class Germans. His grandfather, Frederick Wulf, was born in Steyerberg in 1805, served his regular term as a German soldier, and in 1885 immigrated to America, following other members of the family, and died the next year at Cheney, Kansas. He...

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Biography of Edward Staton Hymer M. D.

Edward Staton Hymer, M. D. A physician and surgeon of most thorough qualifications, whose work had brought a large practice and a rising reputation, Doctor Hymer had spent his professional career chiefly at Sedgwick. A resident of Kansas most of his life, Doctor Hymer was born at Albany, Missouri, November 6, 1883. His remote ancestors came from Germany. His father is E. R. Hymer, who was born in Illinois in 1852, grew up in that state, and at an early day came to Kansas and located at Centralia. After several years he removed to Missouri, but in 1884 was back in Kansas at Garden Plain and since 1897 had been a merchant of Belle Plaine, where he handles a general stock of goods, including groceries and hardware. He had spent his entire life as a merchant. He is a republican and had served on the city council of Belle Plaine, and had been a lifelong worker and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is now superintendent of his church Sunday school. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. E. R. Hymer married Lucy Staton, a native of Illinois. They had four children: May, who died at the age of one year; Gertrude, living with her parents; Carrie, a bookkeeper and stenographer at Wichita; and Edward S. Edward Staton Hymer was educated in the public...

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Biography of Rev. James J. Barry

Rev. James J. Barry since his ordination as a priest of the Catholic Church had been identified with various Kansas missions and pastorates, and in the fall of 1915 became pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Humboldt. Organized Catholic services were first held in Humboldt in 1866. The first church was begun in that year, though not completed in detail until 1868. The old church was replaced by the present substantial brick edifice in 1911. This is situated on the large grounds owned by the parish at Fifth and Central avenues. There is also a substantial rectory. The parish had sixty families and includes territory five miles north, eight miles west, six miles east and five miles south of Humboldt. The old building during the ’60s was superintended in its construction by Fathers Shoemaker and Ponzizlione. Colonel Thurston, a prominent pioneer, took the financial responsibility and bought the ground on which the church now stands. The original grounds comprised forty acres. The few Catholics then living in the vicinity of Humboldt lent all the aid they could toward the building of the original church. In 1869 Bishop Miege sent Father Heller to take charge of Humboldt and the surrounding Catholic community, but Father Heller gave up the task at the end of 1870. After that St. Joseph’s had no resident pastor for several years, though occasional services were...

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Biography of John W. Mahuran

John W. Mahuran, postmaster of Chase, also editor and owner of the Chase Register, was about fourteen or fifteen years old when he made his first acquaintance with a printing office. He had worked as a printer or as a newspaper editor and owner the greater part of his active life. He is one of the second generation of Kansans, and was born in a sod dugout on a farm in Reno County, February 24, 1876. As a boy he imbibed some of the spirit of the western plains which had always been a noticeable feature of his business and newspaper career. His parents were James W. and Mary (Ansala) Mahuran. His father, who was born on a farm in Indiana in 1840, was a corporal of Company G, Fifty-Ninth Indiana Infantry in the Civil war. Though he was out three years and six months and in many battles and campaigns, including the march of Sherman to the sea, he was never wounded. In 1873 he joined the pioneers of Central Kansas, taking up a homestead in Reno County twelve miles west of Hutchinson. That homestead he had developed as a fine farm and still owned and occupies it, being now at the venerable age of seventy-seven. His is one of the few homesteads in Kansas that had never been mortgaged. His wife was born in Ohio in 1845...

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Biography of B. A. Welch

B. A. Welch, a native of Kansas, had been a prominent citizen of Kingman County for many years, is a former clerk of the District Court, was a farmer in early life, and for the past ten years had been active in the State Bank of Kingman, in which he is now cashier and active head. Mr. Welch was born at Valley Center, Kansas, September 8, 1876. He comes of a pioneer Pennsylvania family. His great-grandfather fought as a soldier in the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, Josiah Edward Welch, was a soldier in the War of 1812. He afterwards went as a pioneer to Wisconsin and died in that state about 1850. Darius Welch, father of the Kingman banker, was born at Shinglehouse, Potter County, Pennsylvania, in 1838. He went with his parents to Wisconsin in early times, and for some years was engaged in the lumber industry, principally in rafting ties down the Kickapoo and Wisconsin rivers and also down the Mississippi. At the outbreak of the Civil war he joined Company F of the Eighth Wisconsin Infantry and was in the service three years. It was the Eighth Wisconsin which gained special fame not only for its fighting qualities but also for the fact that its regimental mascot was a live eagle, known as “Old Abe,” which remained with the regiment, circling about through shot and shell...

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Biography of Orville L. Cully

Orville L. Cully, cashier of the Saxman State Bank, is a banker of thorough training and long experience, having entered the banking institution immediately after he left school. Mr. Cully was born in Sedgwick County, Kansas, February 20, 1882. In the paternal line he is of Scotch ancestry, his great-grandfather having come from Scotland and established a family in Indiana in pioneer times. Mr. Cully’s father was Henry Cully, who was born in Union County, Indiana, in 1858. He grew up and married in his native County, was a farm boy, and in 1874 came to Kansas and located in Sedgwick County. There he identified himself with the range stock industry and fed and grazed his cattle over the district south of Wichita. In 1903 he engaged in the banking business in Southern Kansas, and in the spring of 1907 he and his son Orville organized the Citizens State Bank of Claflin. He was its president, while Orville was cashier. In 1911 he bought the Farmers State Bank at Larned, and continued as president of this institution until his death. He controlled both these banks and also the First State Bank of Millikin, Colorado. Henry Cully died at Larned in 1912. He was a democrat in politics and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife, Alice Stevens, who was born in Union County, Indiana, in 1854, is...

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Biography of T. J. V. Clark

T.J.V. CLARK. – Mr. Clark, a portrait of whom will be found within these pages, is a man substantial and popular, greatly given to building up the city of his residence, and always inventing ways and means of increasing the quantity and variety of products in the surrounding country. Yakima county owes much to him for the introduction of the new grains and new machinery; and not only has he brought there improved products and methods to the notice of the farmers, but has paid them for their crops, thus giving them substantial encouragement. He is the true merchant, whose place in society is to find a use and exchange for everything is produced or made. His life has been spent in the West, although he was born in Maryland, August 27, 1847, and served in the Union army, enlisting in May, 1862, in the Twenty-third Battery, Indiana Artillery, U.S. Volunteers while but a boy of fourteen. He was discharged on account of wounds on November 26, 1863, at Indianapolis, Indiana. He also attended Rock Hill College, Maryland, after the war, with the intention of studying law, but went west to Kansas and Colorado, serving as scout and guide in the regular army during the Indian wars of 1865 and 1870. During the latter year he married Miss Maggie Mann, one of the pioneer girls of that country, and...

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Biography of William Henry Von der Heiden

William Henry Von der Heiden has been a resident of Newton, Kansas, forty years, and had been enrolled among the leading attorneys of Harvey County since 1889. He was born at Shullsburg, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, January 11, 1869, a son of H. D. Von der Heiden, who was born at Burbach, Germany, in 1834, who was reared in his native village, came to the United States in 1854, was engaged in the mining industry in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, was married there, and in 1861 volunteered his services for the defense of the union of his adopted land, enlisting in Company C, Thirty-third Wisconsin Infantry, under the command of Colonel Moore and General H. J. Smith. He participated in the siege of Vicksburg, took part in the ill fated Red River campaign, where he was the victim of a sun stroke, and never fully recovered his health. By trade he was a stone mason. He moved to Newton, Kansas, in May, 1878, and he built a number of the early business structures and homes of the city. He died at Newton in 1910. He was a democrat before the Civil war, and after that was an ardent republican. His church was the German Evangelical. H. D. Von der Heiden married Margaret Muller, who was born near Mainz, Germany, in 1839. She died at Newton, Kansas, in 1892. There were four...

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Biography of Charles E. Phillips, M. D.

Charles E. Phillips, M. D. A resident of Kansas since infancy, Doctor Phillips is a highly trained physician and surgeon and since locating at Zenda twelve years ago had built up more than a local reputation in the field of surgery and enjoys a highly successful and profitable practice. Doctor Phillips was born in Knox County, Missouri, August 15, 1877. His father is Mr. P. W. Phillips, now a resident of Pratt County, Kansas. In his experiences as well as his achievements he deserves mention as one of the remarkable men of Kansas. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1839, and at the age of three years was left an orphan. He grew up in Dearborn County in Southern Indiana, married there, and in 1861, at the age of twenty-two, enlisted in the Seventh Indiana Cavalry. He was all through the war, never missing a battle of his regiment, and part of his service was in the State of Kansas. He took part in the battle of Mine Creek at Mound City, Kansas, the last battle of the war which occurred in this state. That was during Price’s last raid. In this engagement Mr. Phillips was wounded, a bullet passing through his left eye, and that bullet had since been carried at the base and within the skull. It seems remarkable that he should live and retain...

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Biography of O. F. Walke

O. F. Walke who has spent most of his life in Kansas has developed a very substantial business career, and for several years has been proprietor of the Independent Laundry, one of the best equipped establishments of its kind in the southern section of the state. He is of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and his great-grandfather came from the North of Ireland, and was an early farmer in Ohio. Mr. Walke’s grandfather, William Walke, was born in Ohio in 1840, came to Kansas about a quarter of a century ago, and was an active farmer until he retired and died at Columbus, Kansas, in 1912. He made a record as a soldier during the Civil war, enlisting in an Ohio regiment of infantry in 1862 and serving until the close of hostilities. He was a member of the Christian Church, and was a stanch republican of the old school. He was also affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. His wife, Caroline Walke, was born in Ohio in 1843 and died in Columbus, Kansas, in 1911. Mr. O. F. Walks was born at Woodstock, Champaign County, Ohio, April 2, 1888. His father is W. H. Walke, who was born in Ohio in 1856. He was reared in Ohio, where he married Miss Rella McDougal, who was born in that state in 1862. They have two sons: O. F. and D. E.,...

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