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Location: Sioux City Iowa

Biography of Arthur W. Bronson

For the past seventeen years a resident of Topeka, Mr. Bronson has been a considerable factor in the material prosperity of the state, particularly in connection with the agricultural interests. As resident agent for a firm of foreign capitalists, he has been instrumental during his time in handling and distributing over $25,000,000 cash to the land owners and farmers of Kansas and adjoining states, and he is perhaps as well informed as any man in the state on the subject of agricultural credit, land values and farming interests from the financial standpoint. A native of Herkimer County, New York, where he was born June 3, 1855, Arthur W. Bronson is a son of O. W. and Elizabeth (Harter) Bronson. His family have been Americans for many generations, and O. W. Bronson was a carriage manufacturer, a trade which he adopted from his father. O. W. Bronson also owned a farm in New York, and it was in the country that Arthur W. Bronson spent the first twelve years of his life. He attended the public schools, and in 1877 graduated in the civil engineering department of Willston Seminary in Massachusetts. Though prepared for a technical profession, Mr. Bronson never practiced civil engineering, but instead engaged in merchandising at Herkimer, New York, and not finding that business to his liking he came west in 1884, and for three years was...

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Biography of Adelia M. Eaton

Adelia M. Eaton was the second daughter of Harvey Eaton, one of the hardy, prosperous pioneer farmers of Pocahontas County, Iowa. She grew to womanhood on the farm, where she learned to be industrious and earnest.

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Waldo, Joel F. – Obituary

Joel F. Waldo, 45, of Baker City, died Oct. 22, 2004, at his home with his devoted wife, Cindy, his mother-in-law, Phyllis, and his minister by his side. He was diagnosed with lung cancer on Oct. 16, 2003, even though he had never smoked a day in his life. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. Pastor Susan Barnes will officiate. Joel was born on Aug. 19, 1959, at Sioux City, Iowa. He worked very hard all his life and was constantly learning new things so he could do it himself. Joel received his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in August 1985. Joel put himself through graduate school with Cindy by his side, encouraging him always. Joel received a master’s in wildlife management from Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas, in December 1988. While in Texas, Joel conducted a research project to determine if horizontal polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of dried whole blood evidence could be used as a law enforcement tool in the identification of big game species. This was adopted by Texas Parks and Wildlife to help them with game-law violators. Joel married Cindy Wichman on June 17, 1989, at Council Bluffs, Iowa. They had dated for 7 years. Joel and Cindy had known each other for more than half their...

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Biography of Frank E. Mossman, A. M., D. D.

Frank E. Mossman, A. M., D. D. One of the institutions which in thirty years of existence had sent hundreds of well-trained and efficient Christians and citizens into the life of Kansas is the Southwestern College at Winfield, of which Frank E. Mossman had been president for the past twelve years. Mr. Mossman is an educator of wide experience and thorough training and had been very valuable to Southwestern College on the administrative side. He was born at Urbana, Iowa, August 26, 1873. The Mossman family were originally Scotch, went from that country to Ireland, and Mr. Mossman’s great-grandfather immigrated across the ocean and settled in Pennsylvania. The grandfather, William Mossman, was born in Pennsylvania in 1803, and became a pioneer farmer in Iowa. He died at Vinton in that state in 1889. He had three sons who were soldiers in the Civil war, named George, A. P. and Frank. A. P. Mossman is now living retired at Oklahoma City. David C. Mossman, father of Doctor Mossman, was born in Illinois in 1848 and died at Sioux City, Iowa, in March, 1915. He was reared and married at Urbana, Iowa, and for a long period of years was a substantial farmer and influential citizen in that locality, but spent his last days in Sioux City. He was a republican, a member of the official board for many years of...

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Biographical Sketch of Lyman Nelson Bedford, D. D. S.

Lyman Nelson Bedford, D. D. S., a leading dentist of Southern California, is a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1851. He began the study of dentistry with his eldest brother, Dr. E. Bedford, in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1876, was graduated at the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1885. He practiced in Sioux City until 1886, when at the request of his brother, Dr. A. D. Bedford, he came to California and located in San Bernardino, since which time he has carried on an active and lucrative professional business. Dr. Bedford’s specialty is in fine operative dentistry, and the scientific treatment and preservation of the natural teeth. He occupies a high rank in his profession, both for his theoretical knowledge and practical skill in all branches of dentistry. While residing in the Hawkeye State, he was a member of the Iowa State Dental Society. In 1888 Dr. Bedford was joined in marriage, in Sioux City, with Miss Etta G. Smith, a native of Massachusetts, an accomplished lady, who after graduating from Oberlin College, Ohio, spent two years in Europe perfecting her studies in music; and after returning taught several years in the Conservatory of Music in the Ohio Wesleyan University. Dr. Bedford owns several pieces of property in the city of San Bernardino, and with his prosperous and growing dental practice has a bright future before...

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Raney, Barbara Phillips Mrs. – Obituary

Huntington, Oregon Barbara Raney, 69, a longtime Huntington and Baker City resident, died Jan. 11, 2004, in Baker City. There will be no funeral. Barbara Jean was born on Feb. 3, 1934, to Roy Grant and Helen Koolukosky Phillips at Sioux City, Iowa. She was raised in Iowa and graduated from Sioux City High School. She moved to Baker City in 1958 and went to work for the Democrat-Herald. She was employed in the classified and circulation departments for 13 years. After her children were grown and on their own, she decided to go back to school. She attended Eastern Oregon University and majored in psychology. In 1985 she moved to Huntington. She married Percy Raney at Winnemucca, Nev., in 1987 and they made their home in Huntington. She and Percy loved to do everything together, whether it be camping, fishing or gardening. Barbara also enjoyed craft work. She enjoyed volunteering for the Senior Center as well as the elementary school at Huntington. In the year of 2000, due to her failing health, she moved in with her daughter in Baker City. Barbara had a wonderful sense of humor. Her family and friends were very special and most important in her life. Survivors include her children, Laurie Jean and Mike Iverson of South Carolina, Vickie Lynn Wagoner of Phoenix, Ariz., Carrie Lee and her husband, Scott Maliwauki of Baker...

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Biography of Alfred Quincy Wooster

Alfred Quincy Wooster. At some time in the life of almost every normal American boy there comes a longing for a “printing outfit.” It is a temporary phase of youth. Sometimes it is satisfied by an indulgent parent who buys a toy press and font of type and the production of a few ink smeared cards is about as far as the son usually gets in mastering the printing trade. Other boys satisfy themselves with work around a real printing office, as a devil, and from this class is recruited some of the real editors and printers of the country. In the case of Alfred Quincy Wooster, now editor and proprietor of the Erie Sentinel, his youthful experience in mastering the printing trade at home turned him to a permanent career. He had spent his early life on an Iowa stock farm. He was well educated, and taught school for a few terms. Then in 1883 he secured the equipment of a job press and some type and other appliances, and at his father’s home in the country, he issued his first three-column folio newspaper, the first copy being dated October 18, 1883. Jannary 16, 1884, his paper was enlarged to a six-column quarto and in October, 1887, the size was increased to a seven-column paper. By 1889 there was a circulation of 2,500. Quoting from an old history...

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Biographical Sketch of Walter William Richardson

Among the leading enterprises which contribute to the business activity and upbuilding of Clarinda is that conducted by the Clarinda Poultry, Butter & Egg Company, of which Mr. Richardson is secretary and manager. As the result of his close application and energy intelligently applied the business has made rapid and substantial advancement and he is today numbered among the most prosperous residents of this city. He was born in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, on the 31st of May 1873, is a son of Henry and Mary Ann (Winskell) Richardson. The father was a farmer by occupation, following that pursuit in order to provide for his family. W. W. Richardson was but a young child when his parents removed from Wisconsin to Iowa and in the public schools of Kingsley in Plymouth county, he acquired his early education. Later he attended what is now the Morning Side College, being graduated therefrom with the class of 1889. He afterward studied law for a time, thinking to make that profession his life work, but later abandoned the idea and in 1892 entered the grain and implement business at Sioux City, Iowa, where he was thus employed for twelve years. During a part of that time he was credit man and traveling salesman for the house. Throughout the entire period he recognized that advancement follows earnest, intelligent effort as a logical sequence and by...

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Biographical Sketch of John Harrison

John Harrison, one of the early pioneers of Douglas Township, Ida County, Iowa, was born in County Monaghan, Ireland, in December, 1824, a son of James and Elizabeth (Clendening) Harrison, natives also of that county. He moved to Scotland with his parents when a lad and was raised and educated there. In 1845, John was united in marriage to Jeanette Stevenson at Argyleshire, Scotland, near Glasgow. Her father was Peter Stevenson. In 1855, he came to the United States, locating in New York, but afterwards he engaged in a sawmill for J. Irvin at Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois. In 1864, Mr. Harrison enlisted in the Civil War, in Co. C, Eighth Illinois Cavalry. He was wounded in he cheek and honorably discharged at Benton Barracks, Missouri, after the close of the struggle. In 1868, he took a pre-emption claim on Section 2, Douglas Township, Ida County, Ia., and at that time Douglas Township only had 6 votes. He went to Sioux City, Iowa, with ox team to mill; often killed deer where Holstein, Iowa, Ida County, now stands. There was only one family between his home and Ida Grove. Mr. Harrison’s house was the stopping place for travelers, and was also a stage station. The Sioux river flows through the farm, and Mr. Harrison is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He has a registered shire horse. Jeanette and...

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Biographical Sketch of Hans J. Lund

Mr. Lund was born February 7, 1845 in Denmark and came to America in 1864. He traveled to Chicago. He came to Ida County in 1883 and lived on a farm until 1904 when he moved to Arthur, and came to Ida Grove in 1910. He married Mrs. Geo. Heitman November 3, 1883. One son, Max Lund, was born to this marriage. He had four step-children: Andrew Heitman, Frank Heitman, Mrs. Geo. Baker, and Mrs. Martha Weed. He died of blood poisoning, which followed as an aftermath of an operation that was performed at Sioux City May 3 at St. Vincent’s hospital. He was apparently recovering after the operation, when infection set in a week after his return to Ida Grove. His funeral took place at his old farm home near Ida Grove, and he was buried in the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery at Kiron,...

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