Location: Springfield Ohio

Biography of Frank P. MacLennan

Frank P. MacLennan is a fortunate man. Kansas is fortunate in having him as a citizen. As a youth he took from this state the raw materials which by the alehemy of a resourceful and independent mind and a vigorous ambition he transmuted into a career which has been of even greater beneflt to the state than it has been to himself. First and last Mr. MacLennan is a newspaper man. He knows how to write, especially when the subject is something not directly counected with himself. In furnishing the data to the editor of this new History of Kansas self-respect and modesty kept the copy boy waiting longer than he ever does when called upon for editorials or column articles on the most diverse subjects and topics. What is said in the following paragraphs concerniug him is partly in his own words, and partly such comment as seems appropriate to a better understanding of the man and his work. He was born March 1, 1855, in Springfield, Ohio, and lived in that state until at the age of fifteen his parents, Kenneth and Adelia M. (Bliss) MacLennan, moved to Emporia, Kansas. Though the facts are simply told, there is a great deal of moral inspiration in the story of his early eareer. “When I was a boy at Springfield I hung around the printing offices, folded papers and...

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Biography of Rev. ZeBarney Thorne Phillips, D. D.

Rev. ZeBarney Thorne Phillips, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal church, St. Louis, was born in Springfield, Ohio, May 1, 1875. His father, ZeBarney Phillips, was born in Chautauqua county, New York, and at the time of the Civil war enlisted in the Union army, serving throughout the period of hostilities in the One Hundred and Twelfth New York Volunteer Infantry. He married Sallie Essex Sharp, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, the wedding being celebrated in Springfield, Ohio, July 12, 1866. They became the parents of four children, all of whom survived the father, who passed away on the 24th of May, 1879, at the age of thirty-six years. Dr. Phillips, the youngest of the family, pursued his early education in the public schools of Springfield, Ohio, completing the high school course by graduation when a youth of sixteen. He was afterward graduated from Wittenberg College at Springfield with valedictorian honors of his class when twenty years of age and in early manhood developed his musical ability, becoming a talented musician and serving for twelve years as church organist. At length he determined to enter the ministry and became a student in the General Theological Seminary of New York city, from which he was graduated in 1899. On the 9th of July of that year Dr. Phillips was ordained a deacon of the Episcopal church and his first work was...

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Biography of Holmes Dysinger, Rev.

Rev. Holmes Dysinger has for the past twelve years been connected with the Western Theological Seminary of the Lutheran Church at Atchison, and since 1910 had been dean of the seminary. He had spent more than thirty years in the work of the church as a minister and as an educator, and had been connected with prominent schools and pastorates in nearly all parts of the country. Mr. Dysinger is of an old Pennsylvania family and was born at Mifflin, that state, March 26, 1853. The Dysingers’ original home was in Southern Germany. They came across the ocean and settled in Pennsylvania not long after William Penn planted his colony there. Joseph Dysinger, father of Rev. Dr. Dysinger, was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, in 1824, and for seventy years was a resident of Walker Township in that county. In early years he followed contracting but later was a farmer. He finally retired to Mifflin and died in that Pennsylvania city in November, 1904. Politleally he was a democrat and a very active member of the Lutheran Church. Joseph Dysinger married Mary A. Patterson, who was born in Walker Township, Juniata County, near Mifflin, in 1831. She is now living at the venerable age of eighty-six, at Atchison. A brief record of the seven children is: Austin, who was a teacher and died at Ottawa, Illinois, in January, 1905;...

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Biography of Merifield Vicory

Merifield Vicory. It is now almost half a century since Merifield Vicory came to Kansas and identified himself with the pioneer activities of the farm and ranch in the Sunflower State, He came to Kansas bringing with him the record of a brave and faithful soldier during the war of the Rebellion, and through his work as a farmer and his public spirit as a citizen had exemplified the same sterling traits that made him a good soldier when the country needed him. Mr. Vicory came to Kansas from Ohio. He was born in Springfield that state August 24, 1840, being the youngest of seven children and the only one now living whose parents were Merifield and Leah (Williams) Vicory. His grandfather was also named Merifield, and was a soldier in the Revolution, having enlisted when a boy of fourteen, and serving as a drummer. This revolutionary soldier afterward followed a career as a farmer. Merifield the second was a gunsmith and blacksmith by trade. He lived in Ohio a number of years, but finally moved to Illinois where he died. Third of the family in as many successive generations to bear the name of Merifield, Mr. Vicory had much to contend with when a youth. When he was about four or five years of age his mother died, and the family home was soon broken up, and the...

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Biographical Sketch of Sterling William Hubbard

Hubbard, Sterling William; pig iron; born, Springfield, O., March 20, 1877; son of Charles M. and Clara C. Diehl Hubbard; educated at Ohio State University; married, Cleveland, Feb. 20, 1907, Helen H. Bartow; issue, one son and one daughter; associate resident mgr. Rogers, Brown & Co.; director Lake Erie Ore Co., Pittsburg Iron Ore Co., Huron Iron Mining Co.; member Beta Theta Pi, Hermit and East End Tennis Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, Erie Club, Erie...

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Biographical Sketch of O. C. Saum

Saum, O. C.; real estate; born, Virginia, March 8, 1872; son of James W. and Sarah E. Maphis Saum; educated, public schools, Shenandoah County Virginia, and business College, Lynchburg, Va.; married, Springfield, O., December, 1899, Vesta Josephine Rupert; issue, two daughters, 12 and 5 years of age; came to Cleveland in October, 1895; business for himself since 1900; specializing in real estate service; primarily to the buyer, for past two years; handled business for out-of-town investors; has done much to promote real estate interests of Cleveland, and is enthusiastic upon real estate organization; has been vice pres. and sec’y of The Real Estate Board, and a member of the valuation committee to appraise the Union Depot site; sec’y The Cushman Land. & Investment Co.; also of The Hiram House Social Settlement; member Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Board, and Fire Insurance...

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Biography of Robert L. Queisser

Queisser, Robert L.; pres. The Queisser-Bliss Co.; born, Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 9, 1866; son of Julius and Caroline J. Schliobitz Queisser; educated, Indianapolis public and high schools; married, Springfield, 0., Nov. 24, 1887, Jessie L. Fried; two sons, Charles Fried, and Robert L., Jr.; regimental adjutant, 3rd Regiment Inf., 0. N. G.; battalion adjutant 7th Regiment Inf., 0. N. G.; captain commissary, 5th Regiment Inf., 0. N. G.; aide-de-camp on staff of Gov. Judson Harmon, four years; former pres. Chamber of Commerce, Zanesville; spent early life in railroad work, leaving a responsible position in the traffic department of The Baltimore & Ohio R. R., to become mgr. of The Ohio Press Prick Co., of Zanesville, one of the subsidiary companies of the Hydraulic Press Brick Co., of St. Louis, Mo.; remained with that company five years, when with William H. Hunt and C. A. Bliss, organized The Hunt-Queisser-Bliss Co., of Cleveland, and entered the brick and builders supply business; three years ago, acquired Mr. Hunt’s interest in the Company, and the corporate name was changed to the Queisser-Bliss Co.; past pres. Brick Building Ass’n of America; sec’y Ohio Face Brick Manufacturing Ass’n; sec’y-treas. The Face Brick Dealer’s Ass’n of America: pres. and mgr. The Queisser-Bliss Co.; Past Exalted Ruler, Springfield, O., Lodge, No. 51, B. P. O. Elks of the U. S.; member Emanuel Lodge, No. 505, F. &...

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Biography of Joseph W. Laybourn

Joseph W. Laybourn. It is doubtful if any one now living knows the ups and downs and vicissitudes of Kansas life during the past half a century better than Joseph W. Laybourn, president of the Citizens State Bank of Osage City. Mr. Laybourn is an honored veteran of the Union army, and came to Kansas soon after the war. He had been a farmer, coal miner, banker, land owner and in every relationship, whether a poor man or high in the scale of prosperity, had been public spirited and a willing worker for the community benefit. Mr. Laybourn was born at a little village called Catawba near Springfield in Clark County, Ohio, April 15, 1841. His parents were Joseph and Mary (Allen) Laybourn. His mother was born in 1804 while coming with her parents from England to New York City, and the vessel landed its passengers four days after her birth. It was a voyage by the old fashioned sailing ship and the family had been on the sea for nearly six months. The first Laybourn ancestor came from England to America soon after the close of the Revolutionary war, locating in New York State. Later he moved across the country into the wilderness of Ohio. This branch of the Laybourn family were iron workers chiefly, and in Ohio most of the male members followed the blacksmith’s trade. Joseph...

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Biography of Joseph Beezley

JOSEPH BEEZLEY. – This pioneer is of distinguished ancestry, tracing his lineage to the Pilgrims. In his own character he exemplifies the qualities of those old heroes. His grandfather was a general in the British army; and his father added new honors to the name by his marriage to Phoebie Reeves of Virginia. Fourteen children were born to this pair, Joseph, of whom we write, being the twelfth, and his birth occurring at Springfield, Clark county, Ohio, in 1819. In 1824 the elder Beezley moved his family to Indiana, where he resided for two years, and from thence, in 1826, to Danville, Illinois. This place was the home of Joseph until 1842, when he was married to Miss Mary Jane Barr, his present wife. He then left his father’s place and, with his wife, moved to Fairfield, Iowa. In this state he was elected sheriff, serving two years. He resided there until 1851, when, on account of the death of his mother, his father desired him to come to the old home in Danville. After the death of his father in the same year, Joseph settled up all his business, and the following March, with his wife and children, set out upon the toilsome and adventurous trip to Oregon, in company with Colonel I.R. Moores, Sr. Their trip was attended with all the trials, hardships and losses incident to...

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Biography of J. R. Bayley, M.D.

J.R. BAYLEY, M.D. – Doctor Bayley, to whom has fallen an unusual portion of public labor and honor, was born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1820. His mother dying, he was cared for by his grandmother, through whose liberality he received an ample education. In 1839 he moved to Clay county, Missouri, but two years later returned to Ohio, and in 1847 began the study of medicine in South Charleston with Doctors Skinner and Steele. He also attended the medical school at Cleveland in 1849, and the next year studied at the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati. Upon graduating from this institution in 1851, he returned to South Charleston, practicing medicine, and a year later continued his profession at Louisburg. He was married in Xenia in 1852 to Miss Elizabeth Harpole, and remained in Louisburg until the autumn of 1854. In this year he prepared to cross the continent to Oregon, and reached our state in May, 1855, settling at Lafayette and practicing his profession. Besides his regular work, he was here engaged in political labors, being elected councilman for the counties of Yamhill and Clatsop to serve in the territorial legislature in 1856. He resigned his seat, however, in 1857, and moved to Corvallis, where he practiced medicine for many years. Here also political preferment was bestowed; and he was elected judge of Benton county. In 1864 he was...

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