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Mount Hope Cemetery, Sumner County, Kansas

(Loc. 1 mile south, 11 miles east of South Haven, Sumner, Kansas) BAKER Melissa B., b. 1 Aug. 1855, d. 11 Apr. 1930. Wm. C., b. 8 Apr. 1841, d. 13 Dec. 1917. Husband of Melissa B. Baker. BECKELHIMER Bobby Dean, b. 2 Apr. 1929, d. 25 June 1929. On same stone as George Lee Beckelhimer & Patricia Ann Deibel. George, b. 15 May 1879, d. 19 Feb. 1956. Husband of Margaret Beckelhimer who was born 6 Mar. 1892, they were parents of Imogene, Dwight, Margaret, Tom, Donald & Bobby. George Lee, b. 7 Aug. 1951, d. 21 Jan. 1952. Son of Tom and Dolly Beckelhimer. On same stone as Bobby Dean Beckelhimer and Patricia Ann Deibel. BIGGS Ephraim, d. 29 Jan. 1899, ae. 76 yrs. BOND Lannie B., d. 9 Mar. 1884, ae. 18 yrs., 11 mos., 28 days. Wife of H. W. Bond. Ray, d. 11 Oct. 1890. Infant. BOTT George, b. 18 July 1902, d. 27 Sept. 1945. Husband of Helen Mildred Bott. Helen Mildred, b. 23 Oct. 1901, d. 5 Jan. 1954. CARSON Chas. B., no dates. Member of Co. F. 6 Illinois Cav. (G.A.R.) Jennie E., b. 31 July 1854, d. 27 Feb. 1940. CHANDLER Lloyd W., 1880 – 1960. Lucile, 1885 – 1921. Rose Anna, 1879 – 1960. CHILDRESS Infant son, d. 11 Dec. 1921. Son of Jim and Mable Childress. COGGINS Della,...

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Old German Lutheran Churchyard Cemetery, Argonia, Sumner, Kansas

(6 miles north, ¾ mile west of Argonia, Sumner, Kansas) This cemetery was on June 17, 1961 grown up in brush and back from the road. Most bodies had been removed to other burial places when the church was dismantled several years ago. There are no buildings at the site at this time, and like many other old cemeteries may not be in existence for many years. FITZ Herman C., b. 20 Dec. 1912, d. 27 Dec. 1912. Son of August and Anna Fits. MULLER Ralph F., b. 15 Mar. 1923, d. 9 June 1923. Son of F. and E. Muller. Theoder K., b. 22 Nov. 1915, d. 27 Aug. 1919. Child of F. and Muller. RODSCHUN Arthur, d. 5 Nov. 1934, ae. abt. 3 mos., 8 days. Year illegible. Argonia undertaking co. in charge. TERZENBACK August J., b. 30 July 1824, d. 21 May 1902. Spouse of Wilhelmine Terzenbach who was born 19 Nov....

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Morris Center Cemetery, Sumner County, Kansas

(Loc. 7 miles south, 1 mile east of Argonia, Sumner, Kansas) ALTON Solomon, b. 19 June 1849, d. 13 Apr. 1886. ANTHONY Adams, d. 5 May 1881, ae. 19 yrs., 6 mos., 6 days. Child of N. and A. Anthony. Jare Lee, no dates. Child of John N. and Leona Anthony. ASHER Henry P., d. 27 May 1881, ae. 10 days. Child of J. I. and Mary F. Asher. Mary F., d. 21 May 1881, ae. 38 yrs., 1 mo., 21 days. BAGGITT Nancy, d. 26 Mar. 1882, ae. 57 yrs., 11 mos., 9 days. BEAM Gean, d. 6 Aug. 1877. Child of S. A. and F. T. Beam. BROOKS Gracie L., d. 24 Feb. 1880, ae. 1 yr., 2 mos., 28 days. Child of W. P. and I. Brooks. BURNETT Earl, d. 4 Aug. 1901, ae. 21 days. Child of J. L. and Burnett. Eva Alice, b. 16 May 1871, d. 19 Aug. 1884, ae. 13 yrs., 3 mos., 3 days. Daughter of A. I. and M. Burnett Ida M., d. 6 Aug. 1901, ae. 24 yrs., 10 mos., 10 days. On same stone as Earl Burnett. CARR Eliza A., 1823 – 1909. Wife of Isiah Carr. Isiah, 1819 – 1900. COOK Frank, d. 11 Sept. 1879, 1 yr., 4 days. Son of H. and J. Cook. COSBY Benjamin, b. 29 Jan. 1824, d. 2 Nov. 1895. Husband...

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Porter Cemetery, Zyba, Sumner County, Kansas

(Loc: 2 miles west ½ mile south of Zyba, Sumner, Kansas) ANDERSON Eliza J., d. 6 May 1881, ae. 46 yrs., 6 mos., 2 days. Wife of R.A. Anderson. Jessie L. Price, 1878 – 1959. Same stone as Rueben Hartly Anderson. Laura, b. 9 Aug. 1871, d. 3 Feb. 1896, ae. 24 yrs., 5 mos., 24 days. Wife of F.J. Anderson. Rueben Hartly, 1880 – 1943. Same stone as Jessie L. Price Anderson. ANTHONY Harriet E., 1894 – 1922. Wife of George M. Anthony who was born in 1872. Rowenna L. Y., b. 9 Feb. 1843, d. 3 Sept. 1891. Wife of Spencer Anthony. Spencer, b. 3 Dec. 1837, d. 3 Nov. 1885. BAILEY Mable, d. 28 Nov. 1889, ae. 3 yrs., 5 mos., 14 days. Dau. of C.F. and H.M. Bailey. BARNETT Aaron, b. 17 Nov. 1870, d. 16 July 1958. Adam, b. 25 Dec. 1820, d. 27 Apr. 1882. Husband of Sarah Barnett. Arthur, b. 3 Apr. 1891, d. 16 Dec. 1894. Son of W.H. and E. Barnett. Brother of Daniel J. Barnett. Daniel J., d. 19 May 1883, ae. 24 yrs., 2 mos., 12 days. Son of A. and S. A. Barnett. Daniel J., b. 10 Oct. 1892, d. 19 July 1909. Son of W.H. and E. Barnett. Brother of Arthur Barnett. Emma, 1868 – 1937. Wife of Wm. Henry Barnett. Eva, b. 16 Apr. 1880,...

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Biography of Hon. Charles P. Hangen

Hon. Charles P. Hangen, who has recently finished his second term as member of the State Legislature, is one of the prominent bankers of Sumner County, being cashier of the National Bank of Commerce at Wellington. He was born in Darke County, Ohio, November 9, 1877, but has lived in Kansas since 1882. In that year his parents, Christian and Sarah Hangen, came to Kansas and located six miles southwest of Wellington on the farm still owned by Mrs. Hangen. Christian Hangen was a native of Germany and his wife of Ohio. He was successfully identified with general farming and stock raising in Sumner County until his death in 1903 at the age of fifty-five. In the meantime he had acquired a fine place of three quarter sections of land. His widow now resides in Wellington. Charles P. Hangen in addition to the local schools attended the business college at Fort Scott, and has lived in Wellington since he was twenty-one years of age. In 1906 upon the organization of the National Bank of Commerce he was elected cashier, and his financial ability and his personal popularity have been important factors in the success and growth of that institution to one of the strongest banks in that part of Kansas. Mr. Hangen is an active democrat. He was first elected a member of the House of Representatives from the...

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Biography of Abraham Lincoln Barner

Some of the most substantial people of Kansas today, well able to ride about over the improved highways in their automobiles, came into the state in the early days with the slow and tedious method of the prairie schooner or the mover’s wagon. Such an emigrant party arrived in Sumner County in 1873. They had come overland from Central Illinois, being twenty-six days on route. Three wagons comprised the train, and the driver of one of those wagons, then thirteen years of age, was Abrabam Lincoln Barner, who is now living retired at Belle Plaine in Sumner County, and for years had been prominently known as a farmer, stockman, land owner, banker and closely identified with many of the business and civic affairs of his home section. The head of the family at that time was his father, Michael Barner. Michael Barner had come out to Sumner County in the spring of 1873, with two other men, and they bought three-quarter seetions, two for $800 each and another for $850. One of these quarters had an unfinished house on it, but one of the familiar Kansas winds of that day soon blew it away. When Michael Barner brought his family out he bought 160 acres near one of the three quarter sections previously mentioned, paying $1,000 for it. Its chief improvement was a log cabin, and that old building...

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Biographical Sketch of J.C. O.Morse

J. C. O. Morse, who was the first superintendent of the State Reformatory at Hutchison, a former member of the State Board of Railroad Commissioners and now president of the Kansas Casualty and Surety Company of Wichita, had had a long and prominent career in Kansas. He is an able business man and the efficiency of business characterized all his public work. His name is widely known among financial and business circles, and he had attained that position after beginning life as a Kansas farmer. His home had been in Kansas since he was about thirteen years of age. He was born in Henry County, Illinois, January 15, 1857, and in 1870 his parents moved to Kansas and located in Sedgwick County for four years, subsequently moving to Sumner County. Born and reared on a farm, he had a common school education partly in Illinois and partly in Kansas, and until 1889 made farming his regular pursuit in Sumner County. In that year he was elected sheriff of that county, and filled the office four years. When the State Reformatory was completed at Hutchinson, Mr. Morse was appointed its first superintendent in 1895, and during the next two years he gave all his time and energies to inaugurating the service of that important state institution. In 1897 he was appointed superintendent of the Hutchinson Water, Light & Power Company,...

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Biography of Owen Jason Wood

Owen Jason Wood is a lawyer by profession, had been a resident of Topeka since 1890, and for many years had been assistant solicitor for Kansas of The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company. He gained his first knowledge of life in the world in the northwest corner of Indiana, in Lake County. He was born at Crown Point, the county seat, August 10, 1853. His parents were Martin and Susan G. (Taylor) Wood. His father owned a farm and represented one of the early pioneer families of Northwestern Indians and he was a lawyer by profession, and was in practice at Crown Point from 1848 until 1892. He died in 1892 und his widow is now Living at Topeka with her son Owen J. in her ninetieth year. Martin Wood was considered a man of prominence in Lake County, Indiana, and for two terms represented the county in the Indiana Legislature. His earlier years Owen Jason Wood spent on a farm. That environment was a source of good health and of many associations which he had always prized, but the knowledge of farming gained then be had never put to further use. He attended the graded schools in Crown Point, read law in his father’s office, was admitted to the bar and also attended the law department of Indiana State University. He was graduated in June, 1876,...

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Biography of Harrison Haskin

HARRISON HASKIN, Ozark, Missouri Whatever may be said by demagogues about the tyranny of capital, the man who affords employment to his fellow men and maintains industries which turn out articles of utility does more real good for his generation than all the combined agitators of the country. Under existing civilization the only possible solution to the problem of the prevention of want and suffering is found in the great manufacturing plants, which have the capital necessary to pay wages to the many before pay is received for the goods. A glance at the thriving city of Ozark, Missouri, shows numbers of large factories whose busy wheels sing merrily of fair wages, comfortable homes, intelligence, contentment and peace, the result of capital’s effort to add to itself. One name stands out prominently in this connection, Harrison Haskin, who is engaged in the manufacture of harness and saddles. He has been a resident of this city since 1888 and is now one of the foremost business men of the place. He was born near Kingston, Canada, May 13, 1862, and is a son of Squire Haskin, who was formerly a farmer, but is now residing in Wichita, Kan. Our subject was educated in Harrison County, Iowa, where he lived from his fourth to his fifteenth year, and then went to Kansas, where he learned his trade. He served a three...

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Biography of Ralph Chester Dixon

Ralph Chester Dixon. While many of the successful men represented in this publication have found their work as farmers, eattle men, merchants, bankers and in the professions, Ralph Chester Dixon had directed his energies practically along one line since leaving college and had made a notable success as a fruit grower and horticulturist in the vicinity of Arkansas City. He had a splendid fruit farm three miles northwest of the city, and is one of the leading commercial apple growers of the state. Mr. Dixon is a native of Kansas, born at Caldwell August 5, 1875. His people have lived in America for a number of generations. The Dixons came originally out of Ireland and were colonial settlers in Maryland. Until the Civil war the Dixons were slave holders. Mr. Dixon’s grandfather, Benjamin Harrison Dixon, was born near Church Creek, Maryland, in 1812, grew up and married there, and then came West and settled near St. Joseph, Missouri. He was there before the railroad, and St. Joseph was chiefly Important as a river town and a supply point for the West. He acquired a large estate and became a shipping contractor, sending freight across the plains to the Rocky Mountains and further. He owned slaves, and early in the Civil war, because of that fact and because of his pronounced Southern sympathies, was driven out of Missouri and went...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel E. Bartlett

Samuel E. Bartlett, lawyer, of Ellsworth, Kansas, was born on a farm near Wellington in Sumner County, Kansas, January 18, 1882, a son of Samuel Coan Bartlett and Mary Catherine (Wheeler) Bartlett. He is a graduate of the Sumner County High School in 1901, and a graduate of the University of Kansas in 1905, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and in 1908 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Mr. Bartlett was admitted to the bar in 1908 and began the practice of law at Ellsworth. He was appointed city attorney of Ellsworth in 1909, which position he had since held. He was elected county attorney of Ellsworth county in 1910 and was twice re-elected. He is engaged exclusively in the practice of law. In 1911 Mr. Bartlett married Miss Frances Brewster, danghter of Samuel W. and Hattie (Mills) Brewster, the former an attorney at Chanute, Kansas. Both Mrs. Bartlett and her father are also gradustes of the University of Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett have two children, Samuel Brewster, born July 8, 1913, and Mary Frances, born July 2, 1914. Mr. Bartlett is a member of the Green Chapter of the legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi; a Master Mason and past master of his lodge at Ellsworth; and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Ellsworth. Samuel C. Bartlett, the father of the Kansas...

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Biography of Grant Elwood Kelsey

Grant Elwood Kelsey. General farming and the raising of live stock are engaging the attention of many foresighted men in Kansas. Many of these have additional interests as had Grant Elwood Kelsey, a well known citizen and prosperons agriculturist of Menoken Township, Shawnee County, but their land and its rich yielding occupies the first place in their affections. Grant Elwood Kelsey was born on a farm in Dearborn County, Indiana, March 14, 1867. His parents were Scott and Mahala (Allen) Kelsey, who are mentioned elsewhere in this work. He attended the country schools in Indiana and later near Topeka, Kansas, and still later spent two years in the agricultural college at Manhattan, from which he was recalled home by the illness of his father. He was then nineteen years old and the eldest son and the management of the home farm fell upon him. In 1889 he entered a mill at Oxford, Kansas, and learned the milling business under his uncle, B. F. Kelsey, and during the three years he remained there his only brother had charge of the farm. After he returned to Shawnee County, Mr. Kelsey, at the solicitation of the Farmers Co-operative Store Company, became manager of the store and continued in that position until 1892 when the business was sold to the owner of the Exchange Grocery of Topeka and the company was dissolved. Mr....

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Biography of Samuel Price, Rev.

Rev. Samuel Price was identified for many-years with Kansas, and his services and experlences make an important chapter in the life of the state. He was born in Ohio in 1827, his ancestors coming originally from Wales. He was reared and married near Barnesville, Ohio. For a number of years he was editor of the Barnesville Enterprise. In 1878 Rev. Mr. Price removed to Humboldt, Kansas, where he acted as a Methodist minister for three years. Afterwards he held various pastorates in other cities of Southern Kansas. For three years he was located at Wellington, after which he retired from the active ministry and spent the last twenty years of his life at his home in that city, where his death occurred July 30, 1916. He was a colonel of the East Ohio Militia in the Civil war and in politics a republican. To mention only the bald facts of biography is to do injustice to the nobility of his character and his real influence in his generation. Perhaps two quotations can supply some of the deficiencies in this respect. The first is from a Wellington journal, which spoke of him as “Wellington’s Grand Old Man.” “The Rev. Samuel Price, after thirty-four useful years in this community, had been summoned to his reward He went as he lived, kindly, smiling, brave, leaving behind a ray of sunshine which no...

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Biography of Simon P. Kramer

Simon P. Kramer. During the greater part of the years since 1880, Simon P. Kramer had been a resident of Kansas and had been identified with the milling industry. He is one of the oldest flour millers in the state and had operated in many different towns. In 1915 he removed to Topeka, where he bought and reorganized the Topeka Flour Mills Company, of which he is now president. He had now one of the finest mills in equipment and service in this section of the state. It is equipped throughout with Allis-Chalmers machinery and only recently he gave an order for an oil burning engine to replace the old engine. Mr. Kramer is a thoroughly progressive and alert business man, and under his administration he intends to make the Topeka mills one of the finest plants of the kind in the Middle West. His business interests have taken him to many states, and he had been more or less on the move ever since early manhood. But contrary to the old proverb he had accumnlated a generous share of material prosperity while going from place to place, He was born in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, February 15, 1858, one of the twelve children of Jacob and Mary (Miller) Kramer. His father was also a miller by trade, and spent his lifetime in that occupation. He conducted a water...

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Biography of Henry Knight Brooks

Henry Knight Brooks of Topeka is a Kansas man by adoption, and is as loyal to the state as any native citizen. The state may properly congratulate itself that Mr. Brooks has found a congenial home here. As an inventor, manufacturer and practical all around mechanic he has a genius which has made his name familiar in industrial circles, not alone in Kansas but in many parts of the United States. For one thing he deserves credit for building up and developing the Capital Iron Works at Topeka, one of the cornerstones of that city’s industrial prosperity. However, that has been only one phase of his busy career. He was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, January 8, 1869. His father, William Weston Brooks, was a college man and for many years was superintendent of public schools at Kettering in Northamptonshire, and later at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. His mother was Eliza Knight, whose ancestors were Huguenot fugitives that found refuge in England from their persecutors in France. Mr. Brooks’ matternal grandfather, Joseph J. Knight, was president of Albion College, South Hackney, and became a noted man in the East End of London, where much of his life was devoted to work among the slums and poorer classes. He advocated temperance when such a virtue was almost considered a crime, and he was caricatured as Anthony Hum in the Pickwick papers by...

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