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Location: Taylor County IA

Biography of C. N. Crain

C. N. Crain, a successful and enterprising agriculturist and stockraiser of Valley township, is the owner of a well improved and valuable tract of land of three hundred and three acres, known as the Nodaway Valley Stock Farm. His birth occurred in Taylor county, Iowa, on the 12th of April 1859, his parents being John F. and Margaret (Howard) Crain, the former a native of Missouri and the latter of Indiana. In 1854 they took up their abode in Taylor county, Iowa, where the father purchased land and made his home until called to his final rest in 1871. The mother still lives in that county, having now attained the age of seventy-four years. Unto this worthy couple were born eight children, seven of whom yet survive. C. N. Crain acquired a common-school education in early life and remained under the parental roof until he had attained the age of twenty-one years. Tie then secured employment as a farm hand and was thus busily engaged for a period of six years, at the end of which time he rented a tract of land, devoting his attention to its operation for a few years. In 1889 he bought the farm on which he now resides in Valley township, Page county, and as the years have gone by has placed many substantial improvements on the property, erecting a commodious and attractive...

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Biography of Frederick William Herman

Frederick William Herman identified with a number of substantial business enterprises at Lincoln, Kansas, Frederick William Herman, who had been a resident of Lincoln County since 1873, conducts them with the thorough efficiency that brings profit to himself and contributes also to the commercial prosperity of the city. Mr. Herman is a grain merchant and owned a fine elevator. He is also an extensive grower of flowers and vegetables and markets the same all over this section of the state. Frederick William Herman was born in Ross County, Ohio, September 21, 1851. His parents were Alexander and Amelia (Bodenstadt) Herman. The father was born in Germany in 1809, came to the United States in 1839 and died in Ross County, Ohio, in 1885. By trade he was a silversmith. He was married in Germany to Amelia Bodenstadt, who was born there in 1811, and died in Lincoln County, Kansas, in 1895. They came to America at a time when the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean consumed fifty-two days. They settled first in Pennsylvania and from there moved to Ohio. They were members of the Lutheran Church but later in life united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and were always liberal supporters of the same. They became the parents of the following children: Henry, who was a soldier in the Union army in the Civil war and lost his life...

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Biography of Edward A. Wills

EDWARD A. WILLS. – The subject of this brief article came to Union county possessed of but little goods of this world but endowed with a rich capital of courage, stability, and pluck, and with heart and hands to take hold of whatever opportunity opened to make a good success. Here he has found that which he sought, and from the possessor of limited capital he has, by his good financiering, connected with equal executive ability and wise management secured for himself a gratifying competence and placed his name among the most substantial citizens of the county, while also he has worught out achievements in other lines that mark him as a genious and benefactor of his fellows. Mr. Wills was born in Taylor county, Iowa, on April 3, 1866, being the son of William E. and Martha J. (Laney) Wills. The father was a farmer and carpenter and died when our subject was one year old. In his native place the son was reared and there attended school, gaining a good educational discipline. He also worked on the home place and for the neighbors, until he had arrived at man’s estate, and then fitted the old-fashioned “prairie schooner” and traveled toward the west until he landed in Oregon, arriving in this state on August 1, 1887, and in the Grande Ronde valley on October 1, 1887. He engaged...

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Conaway, Barry – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Barry Conaway Passes Away A. B. Conaway, attorney and justice of the peace, in Enterprise for over 30 years, passed away at St. Vincent hospital in Portland Monday after a month’s illness. He was taken to Portland about ten days ago when it became apparent that he was losing ground rapidly. Although there seemed to be only slight hope that anything further could be done for him in his weakened condition, it was hoped that something might be found which would be able to check the malady with which he was suffering. Barry, as he was affectionately known to everybody in Enterprise and Wallowa County, was born Jan. 28, 1881, near LeRoy, Illinois and later moved with his family to Clearfield, Iowa. He attended Drake University where he was an outstanding star in football, baseball and track. For several years he held many school and conference championships in various fields of athletic competition. He weighed around 240 lbs and was a particular strong contender in all contests in which strength was an important element, such as the hammer throw. After graduating from the law school at Drake, Barry returned to Clearfield. In a short time he received word from the dean of the law school to drop in and see him, which he did at once. The dean showed him a letter which he had...

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Biography of L. E. Phillips

To the list of the many names that are synonymous with the commercial development of Bartlesville may be added L. E. Phillips, who is vice president of the First National Bank and of the Phillips Petroleum Company, and who since 1904 has been one of the substantial and influential citizens of Bartlesville. He was born in Taylor county, Iowa, August 18, 1876. He spent his childhood and early youth on a farm there, attending the common schools to the age of sixteen and also learning many valuable lessons in the school of experience. When seventeen years of age he took up the profession of teaching in the country schools of his county. L. E. Phillips dates his residence in Oklahoma since 1904. He settled at Bartlesville and in the following year he and his brother, Frank, in association with H. J. Holm organized the Citizens Bank & Trust Company. They conducted their banking establishment successfully for a period of six years, or until 1911, when they consolidated their interests with the Bartlesville National Bank. This consolidation was maintained for nine years. In 1920 they bought out the First National Bank, which they consolidated with the Bartlesville National Bank and continued to conduct their banking enterprise under the name of the First National Bank, Mr. Phillips becoming vice president thereof. They started business with a capital stock of fifty thousand...

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Curtis, Emma Irene – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Emma Irene Curtis, of Vale and formerly of Enterprise, died June 4, 2007, at an Ontario Care Center. She was 95. Mrs. Curtis was born Dec. 28, 1911, in Lenox, Iowa to Willis Marion and Ella Inez Wolfinger Davis. She received her schooling in Coffeyville, Kansas. On March 10, 1935 she married Paul Wayne Curtis in Coffeyville. In 1943, the couple moved from the Midwest to Richland, Wash., where her husband was employed as an electrician on the construction of the Hanford Nuclear Plant. In 1948, they moved to Enterprise where Mr. Curtis opened a Radio and TV repair shop. Mrs. Curtis worked in the shop along side her husband. While living in Enterprise they were both active in the Community Church, school functions and sports with their three sons who all graduated from Enterprise High School. In 1962 the couple relocated their Radio and TV repair shop to Milton-Freewater, Oregon. They were active in the church and community there. In 1977 she retired to Umatilla. They enjoyed traveling to visit family and old friends during their retirement. Her husband died in 1994. She came to live in Vale with her oldest son and family. She still enjoyed traveling to family and friends until no longer able to do so. She was much loved by family and friends and will be sorely missed. She is survived by...

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Biography of Marion J. Simmons

Marion J. Simmons. To that class of representative citizens who work with the full measure of manly strength for individual success, but also unselfishly endeavor to promote public prosperity, belongs Marion J. Simmons, of Elk City, president of the Citizens State Bank, leading agriculturist, public-spirited citizen and an ordained minister of the United Brethren Church. He has through his abilities and industry accumulated a competency in his individual enterprises, but has always felt it his bounden duty to aid his community and his fellow men, and thus, while holding a position of prestige in the business and financial world, also has a firm place in the esteem and confidence of those among whom he has lived and labored. Mr. Simmons was born near Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa, February 22, 1860, and is a son of William and Susan (Wininger) Simmons, and a member of a family of French origin which was founded in the colony of Virginia prior to the revolution. His grandfather, John Simmons, was a pioneer to Indiana, where he passed his life in farming, and died in DuBois County before the birth of Marion J. Simmons. None of the grandfather’s children survive. William Simmons was born in DuBois County, Indiana, in 1826, and was there reared on a farm and educated in the public schools. Some time after his marriage he went to Iowa and located...

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Biography of James W. Chenoweth

Capable, progressive and conscientious, the subject of this memoir is worthy of representation in any volume that purports to detail the lives of its leading men, and it is with pleasure that we are enabled to give space here to mention the salient features in his interesting career. Mr. Chenoweth was a man of broad views and a good public spirit, while his abilities and energy were commensurate with the stanch integrity and intrinsic moral worth which he constantly manifested in his course of uprightness and worthy achievement. On April 10, 1860, James W. Chenoweth was born near Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa to William T. and Minerva Chenoweth. During his youthful days his time was divided between gaining a good education, assisting his father on the farm and in learning the carpenter trade, and to his credit is it mentioned that he was very successful in each line. At the age of eighteen he was ready to enter the Agricultural College at Manhattan, Kansas, and thither he went, continuing in that institution until he graduated. Following this important event in his life he went to teaching for a time, but not being enamored of the confinement gave up the profession and turned his attention more particularly to the prosecution of his trade. His proficiency in it will be understood when we mention that for a number of years he...

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Biography of N. P. Damewood

In a history of the agricultural development of Nebraska township and of Page county mention should be made of N. P. Damewood, who for more than half a century has been identified with the farming interests of this part of the state. His home is situated on the county line and comprises one hundred and two acres. That which lies in Page county is on sections 24 and 25, Nebraska township, while twenty-two acres extend across the boundary line into Dallas township, Taylor county. His life record began in Dubois county, Indiana, November 9, 1852, and in the spring of 1857 he was brought to Iowa by his parents, Isaac and Elizabeth (McFarren) Damewood, who settled in Taylor county. Both the father and mother were natives of east Tennessee, where they were reared and married. They afterward went to Indiana, where two children were born unto them. When they had spent six or eight years in Indiana they determined to seek a home west of the Mississippi and as stated took up their abode in Taylor county. Their last days were spent in Page county where the father served as sheriff for eight consecutive years. He died at the age of seventy-seven years and the mother passed away a year later at the age of seventy-five years. They had a large family of thirteen children: F. A., who for...

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