Location: St. Louis County MO

Biography of Emanuel F. Oehler, M. D.

Dr. Emanuel F. Oehler, whose most proficient surgical work has gained him prominence in the profession in St. Louis, was born in Yorktown, Texas, September 23, 1877, a son of the late Rev. Michael Oehler, who was an Evangelical Lutheran minister. He was born, reared and educated in Baden, Germany, and was graduated from a theological seminary there, after which he was united in marriage to Louise Mueller. They came to America following the close of the Civil war, first settling in New Orleans and later removing to Texas, where Mr. Oehler continued in the active work of the ministry to the time of his death, which occurred at Pflugerville, Texas, in 1882. His wife, who was born in Baden, Germany, died at Johannisburg, Illinois, May 30, 1917, when past the age of seventy-one years. They are survived by all of their four children, two sons and two daughters. Dr. Oehler obtained his primary education in the public schools of the Lone Star state and continued his studies in the Missouri public schools, after which he entered the Pro Seminary College at Elmhurst, Illinois, for the study of theology, it being the wish of his parents that he become a clergyman. He attended the latter school for two years and then entered Central Wesleyan College at Warrenton, Missouri, where he continued his theological studies for four years, completing his...

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Biography of Hon. A. E. L. Gardner

Hon. A. E. L. Gardner, lawyer and lawmaker, representing the twenty-fifth senatorial district in the upper house of the general assembly, makes his home in Kirkwood but practices in Clayton and is also a representative of some of the more important corporations of St. Louis. He was born at Millersport, Ohio, December 4, 1867, and is a son of Thomas W. and Maria (Lindsey) Gardner, who were also natives of the Buckeye state. The father was engaged in mercantile business in Lancaster, Ohio, for many years and in 1879 came to Missouri, settling in Sedalia, where he engaged in merchandising to the time of his retirement from active business. He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving as a captain in the Ninetieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He lived to the advanced age of eighty-eight years, while his wife passed away at the age of seventy-six. Their son, A. E. L. Gardner, was educated in the public schools of Sedalia, Missouri, including the high school. Determining to take up the practice of law, he entered Lewis College at Glasgow, Missouri, where he concentrated his efforts and attention upon preparation for the bar and was graduated with the B. L. degree in the class of 1889. He then entered the Missouri State University and won the LL. B. degree with the class of 1891. Mr. Gardner located for practice in...

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Biography of John Leo Tierney, M.D.

Dr. John Leo Tierney, a St. Louis physician who specializes in internal medicine and diagnosis, was born in Lead, South Dakota, November 22, 1890, a son of William George and Mary (Yuren) Tierney. The family comes of Irish ancestry, although many generations ago representatives of the name removed to England, where one of the ancestors of Dr. Tierney was knighted as Sir Edward Tierney and a statue erected to his memory in Westminster Abbey. Another of the early ancestors was Sir Matthew Tierney, who was at one time court physician to King George III. William G. Tierney, father of the Doctor, in 1899 became interested in mining and went over the White Pass to Dawson and thence by dog team to Cape Nome, Alaska. He was twice elected mayor of Cape Nome but refused the office. He is now a retired mining engineer, making his home in California. His wife died in 1891, when her son, John L., was but a year and a half old. Dr. Tierney received his early educational training from the Sisters of Mercy at Manchester, Iowa, and for one year was a student in St. Viateur’s College near Kankakee, Illinois. Later he attended St. Mary’s College at St. Marys, Kansas, and next became a student in the St. Louis University of St. Louis, Missouri. He also pursued special courses in Harvard University and in...

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Biography of Otto E. Janzow

Among those men who confine their activities to the real estate field and have won success in handling and managing property interests is Otto E. Janzow, of St. Louis, who was born in Lewiston, Minnesota, February 22, 1877. His father, Charles L. Janzow, now deceased, came to the new world from Usedom, Pomerania, Germany, when but five years of age. He entered the ministry of the Lutheran church and was engaged in pastoral work from 1883 until 1911. He married Wilhelmina Miller in St. Louis and they became the parents of three sons and four daughters, Otto E. being the second of the living children. The others are: Paul, who married Clara Trainpe and is a mover; Nina, who is the wife of Herman Ritz, a bookkeeper in Minnesota; Clara; Laura; Hilda, and Carl. Otto E. Janzow was educated in parochial schools of St. Louis and also attended Walther College of this city and also Concordia College at Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. From 1898 until 1901 he was pastor of a church in Minnesota and from 1901 until 1910 was connected with ministerial duties in St. Louis, being pastor of the Grace Lutheran church throughout that period. In the latter year he became identified with the Wellston Trust Company of Wellston, Missouri, serving as secretary and treasurer until 1914. He then turned his attention...

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Biography of Judge John W. McElhinney

For the fourth term Judge John W. McElhinney has been called to the bench of the thirteenth circuit court of Missouri having entered upon the duties of this position in 1901. His course has at all times reflected credit and honor upon tile state that has honored him and he is today numbered among the ablest of Missouri’s jurists, for film decisions have at all times been strictly fair and impartial, and moreover have been the expression of a comprehensive knowledge of tile principles of jurisprudence, combined with ability to apply accurately his principles to tile points in litigation. Judge McElhinney was born February 4, 1851, on the Mason road in Bonhomme township, between Manchester and Creve Coeur, his parents being Alexander and Martha J. (Hibler) McElhinney. It was about the year 1845 that his father removed to St. Louis county, Missouri, from Butler county, Pennsylvania, and here took up the profession of school teaching and also followed carpentering at an early day. Later, however, he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and subsequently prepared for the bar, devoting his time and attention to law practice in St. Louis and adjoining counties from 1860 until his demise, which occurred July 3. 1985. For almost two years he had survived his wife, who spent leer entire life in St. Louis county and who passed away in December, 1893. The youthful...

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Biography of Justin E. Joy

Justin E. Joy, a prominent lumberman of Missouri, who always deserves mention in a history of the state as the one who was practically the builder of Webster Groves, was born at Oquaqua Junction, Iowa, June 17, 1844, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. Edward Joy, who removed to Burlington, Iowa, during the infancy of their son. There the father operated a sash and door factory for many years, or until 1874, when he removed with his family to St. Louis and in subsequent years was employed as superintendent of building by his son Justin. The latter was educated in the schools of Burlington and in the public schools of Denmark, Iowa, from which he was graduated. He later became associated with his brother, James P., and their father in the planing mill and lumber business, organizing tile firm of Joy Brothers & Company. Justin E. Joy became the moving spirit in thin firm, tile success of the enterprise being attributable in large measure to his efforts, his diligence and his powers of organization. In 1873 or 1874 the business was transferred to North St. Louis, where their trade developed to large proportions. Justin E. Joy brought down the Mississippi river the largest lumber fleet ever carried down the river. He closely studied the lumber market and the conditions governing the business and developed his interests along the most...

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Biography of John F. Willman

John F. Willman, sheriff of St. Louis county, Missouri, and prominent worker in republican ranks in St. Louis county, was born in this county, April 20, 1877, his parents being John and Mary (Reichart) Willman. The father was a native of Germany an came to the United States with an older brother when twelve years of age. The mother was born in Bonhomme. St. Louis county, a daughter of Joseph Reichart, who one of the early settlers of St. Louis county, coming from Germany in his youthful day. He died in Baldwin, St. Louis county, at the age of eighty-three years, and had attained a considerable measure of success through the course of an active business life. The father of John F. Willman was a farmer by occupation and was killed in a street-car accident in 1891, when forty-five years of age. He had conducted the old St. Louis House on Main and Lucas streets at an early period, which was one of the most popular hostelries of the city. He was greatly interested in educational work aril did much to further the progress of the schools, serving as a member of the school board for a number of years. John F. Willman went to live with an uncle, Gottlieb Boyer, when thirteen years of age and while there residing attended the district schools. He also had private instruction...

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Biographical Sketch of Oliver Bernard Zeinert, M.D.

Dr. Oliver Bernard Zeinert, a surgeon devoting his time to important hospital work as well as private practice, has been a lifelong resident of St. Louis county and has practiced in the city of St. Louis since his graduation from medical college. He was born May 29, 1885, in Ballwin, St. Louis county, a son of Dr. Charles B. and Margaret Zeinert. Spending his youthful days under the parental roof he attended the Kirkwood high school and then entered the University of Michigan in preparation for his professional career, winning his M. D. degree in 1907. Returning to St. Louis he has engaged in practice, specializing in surgery; was interne in the St. Louis City Female Hospital and was house surgeon in the Missouri Pacific Railway Hospital and is now visiting surgeon of that institution. When the country needed his aid he became a member of the medical corps of the United States Army and served overseas with Evacuation Hospital, No. 49, for a time and later with Evacuation Hospital, No. 27. In his political views Dr. Zeinert is a republican. He belongs to the University Club and is highly esteemed by his professional colleagues and contemporaries in the St. Louis Medical, the Missouri State and the American Medical...

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Biography of William Victor Niess

William Victor Niess, who has held various important positions as a draughtsman, for which work he has been qualified by a thorough course of study in engineering and who is now well known in professional connections in St. Louis, was born April 20, 1878, in the city of Goeppingen, in the kingdom of Wurttemberug Germany, his parents being Christian Ulrich and Marie Louise (Mueller) Niess His father, now deceased, was also a native of Goeppingen and in his early man hood studied the enameling business in Switzerland. After his return to his native city he there established the first enameling factory in Wurttemberg. His wife is a native of Goeppingen and is still living in her native city. Through her maternal ancestry she is a descendant of the German noble family of Woellwarth. William V. Niess, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the school of Goeppingen and, leaving Germany in the fall of 1897, crossed the Atlantic to New York, whence he made his way westward to St. Louis the following year. Here he was first employed in a hardware store in the southern part of the city and in his leisure hours devoted his time to the study of engineering and drawing. When he had acquired comprehensive knowledge of engineering and mechanical drawing he secured a position as a draughtsman and through the intervening period has...

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Biography of G. W. McDowell

This gentleman is one of the oldest and most reliable merchants of Yellville, and is in every way deserving the large patronage which he commands. He has been a resident of the town since 1868, but owes his nativity to the Old Dominion, where he first opened his eyes upon the light April 12, 1832, his parents being Thomas and Rebecca (Lytle) McDowell, the former of whom was born on the Isle of Erin, and came with a brother to the United States about 1800. He-settled in Virginia and his brother in one of the Carolinas, and he became a very wealthy farmer and trader. He was a finely educated gentleman and of unblemished reputation, and left the heritage of an honorable name as well as a goodly property to his descendants. He was born in 1780 and died in 1840. He was married after coming to the United States to a Miss Patton, who bore him five children, two of whom are living: John, of Batesville, Arkansas, and Elizabeth, of Texas. His second mar-riage took place in Virginia, and was to the mother of the subject of this sketch, by whom he became the father of ten children, four now living: Mary, of Summerville, Ore.; G. W.; Cyrus D., who is also in Summerville, Ore.; Virginia, of Howell County, Missouri Four of the others grew up, David, Thomas,...

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Biography of Robert Capps

ROBERT CAPPS. This gentleman has been a resident of this section since 1837, coming thither from St. Louis County, Missouri, where he had settled in 1836. He was born in Mecklenburg County, N. C., February 2, 1820, in which State his parents, Richard and Rachel (Barnhill) Capps, were also born and reared. After their marriage they removed to Tennessee and made a good home for themselves in Grainger County, but in 1836 removed to Missouri, and the following year came to this section of Arkansas. The father became a prominent farmer of Newton County, but was called from life in Boone County in 1867, his wife having died in Alabama in 1828, after having borne him two children: William and Robert. Mr. Capps’ second wife was Pricie Brady, who resides in Indian Territory. Two children resulted from this union. Mr. Capps was a Democrat in politics. The early life of Robert Capps was spent in his native State, and in the mountains of Newton County, Arkansas Following in his father’s footsteps he became quite a noted Nimrod in his youth, and, while the State was in a primitive condition, he killed many bears and deer, and on one occasion in one day killed four panthers. He had many thrilling experiences and many narrow escapes from death, but his nerve and coolness carried him through safely on every occasion. He...

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Biography of Hal R. Coleman

Hal R. Coleman, attorney at law with offices in the Central National Bank building in St. Louis, was born in Warren county, Missouri, December 25, 1878, a son of the late Daniel T. Coleman, a native of Kentucky and a grandson of Jesse and Mary Ann (Trout) Coleman, who were likewise Kentuckians by birth. They came to Missouri in 1841 and here Jesse Coleman devoted his attention to farming and stock raising. He also served his country as a soldier in the Mexican war. The Coleman family comes of English and Scotch ancestry, the progenitor of the American branch being Captain Benjamin Coleman, who arrived in the new world in the seventeenth century, settling in North Carolina when that state was still numbered among the colonial possessions of Great Britain. He served as a captain in the Fifth North Carolina Continental Regiment and on the 30th of April, 1777, was taken a prisoner at Charleston. On the 12th of May, 1780, he was made brevet major of the Second Regiment. He afterward became an active member of the Society of Cincinnati and he passed away in Trimble county, Kentucky, in 1804, at the age of fifty-three years, his birth having occurred on the 23d of May, 1751. (See History of North Carolina Troops in the War of the Revolution, pp. 42 to 92.) Representatives of the family removed from...

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Biography of Hon. J. W. McClurg

HON. J. W. McCLURG, ex-governor of the State of Missouri. A man’s life work measures his success, and the man who devotes his powers to the accomplishment of an honorable purpose is to be honored. If a careful study is made of the motives which actuate every man’s life, there is always to be found some object for which he lives. In Hon. J. W. McClurg it seems to have been an ambition to make the best use of his native and acquired powers and to develop in himself a true manhood. A native of St. Louis County, Missouri, he was born February 22, 1818. Son of Joseph and Mary (Brotherton) McClurg and grandson of Joseph McClurg, who came to America during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. He succeeded in making his escape to this country by concealing himself in the hold of a vessel, and his family soon after followed him to America. He was a man of much energy, and a worker in iron, and soon made his way to Pittsburgh, Penn., where he erected the first iron foundry ever put up in the city, and in or near Pittsburgh he passed the remainder of his days. Although he owned a farm, the most of his attention was given to his foundry, and after he had retired the business was continued by his sons. Joseph McClurg, the...

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Biography of Joseph Meyer

JOSEPH MEYER, manager and president of the Billings Mercantile Company at Billings, has been a resident of this city since 1886, and his reputation stands high in commercial circles for sound integrity and honorable business methods. He is a native of south Indiana, born March 6, 1852, and is a son of Joseph and Barbara (Boehm) Meyer, both natives of Germany. The father emigrated from that country to America in 1845, and made a location in Troy, Indiana, but resided one year in New Orleans, La., previous to that. He is still living and is engaged in the manufacture of harness and saddles. He has been an unusually successful business man. His wife died when our subject was only about a year old. They were married after coming to this country. One child besides our subject was born to this union, George, who was killed in an accident on the Frisco Railroad in 1888. He was married, and his family is living in Indiana at the present time. The boyhood and youth of our subject was passed in the Hoosier State, where he received but a limited amount of schooling on account of the Civil War. Realizing that a good education was one of the things to be desired, by studious habits and perseverance he became a well-posted man, particularly in business matters. During the war, and when quite...

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Biography of Henry Heier

Henry Heier, engaged in the undertaking business in St. Louis, was born in California, Missouri, March 20, 1871. His parents died in his infancy and he was reared in a German Protestant orphan’s home on St. Charles Rock road in St. Louis county, there remaining until he reached the age of sixteen and a half years, when he started out to provide for his own support, securing a position with a wholesale glass and queens ware company of St. Louis. His capability and trustworthiness were so manifest that he remained with the firm for eight and a half years, working his way steadily upward from the minor position of office boy to that of traveling salesman. He acquired his early education in the orphan’s home and after securing his position and recognizing the value of educational training he took up study in a night school and also pursued a business course in the Perkins & Herpel Business College of this city. He likewise became a student of anatomy and embalming at night school and thus qualified for the work which is now claiming his attention. In 1893 he was made assistant superintendent of the orphan’s home in which his own youth was passed, and owing to the fact that the superintendent was away on account of his health, he practically had full charge of the institution. It was in...

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