Location: Wallace County KS

Biography of John Wilson Bogue, Hon.

Hon. John Wilson Bogue. It is not possible for every man to succeed in both business and public life. Each line of endeavor demands certain specific characteristics, and few there are who have so many differentiating ones, or are capable of adapting those which they possess so as to make them eminently fitting for divergent avenues of progress. Conditions in any live community are exacting; they demand much from the citizens of a prosperous and growing city before they are crowned with success. But there are some men who seem possessed in equal degree of the qualities which make for achievement in both business and public affairs, and in this connection mention is due of Hon. John Wilson Bogue, mayor of Neodesha, and president and manager of the V. V. V. Brick and Tile Company, one of the city’s leading and growing industries. John Wilson Bogue was born at Marion, Indiana, September 2, 1868, and is a son of Thomas and Emily (Wilson) Bogue. The Bogue family springs from France, in which country, in 1786, was born the grandfather of John W. Bogue, Barnaby Bogue. He was a young man when he came to America and settled in the Carolinas and subsequently became a pioneer of Marion, Grant County, Indiana, where the remainder of his life was passed in farming and where his death occurred in 1846. He married...

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Biography of Oscar Maxel Yount

Oscar Maxel Yount. The person of this sketch, Oscar Maxel Yount, is perhaps the most wonderful example, everything being taken into consideration, of what a determined will-power can accomplish that the Sunflower State had ever produced. He had been a lawyer and engaged in the active practice of his profession since June 22, 1905. He is a native son of Kansas, and the work he had done in his profession and in civic affairs had brought him a place of special esteem throughout the state and especially in his home community of Galena. He was not born with a “silver spoon in his mouth,” but was handicapped from birth with an extreme case of near-sightedness of vision which is equally as bad, and probably worse, as that of the immortal Blackstone. Mr. Yount never had but little more than 3 per cent of far-sighted vision according to optometrical measurement, his case being one that puzzles the best eye-specialists in this country. He was born on a farm in Cowley County, Kansas, July 28, 1883, and represents one of the early pioneer families of that section. He was started to school at the age of six years under the most trying circumstances, the teacher neglecting to teach him because he was unable to discern the words on the blackboard in the front of the schoolroom and advising his parents to...

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Lawson, Lela E. McCready Mrs. – Obituary

Lela e. McCready Lawson, 93, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 24, 2005, at Ventura, Calif., after a long illness. Her graveside service will be Thursday at Santa Maria, Calif. Lela was born on Nov. 7, 1911, in Weskan, Kan. At the age of 18 months, she traveled by covered wagon with her mother, Edna, grandparents, Samuel and Mattie McCartney, and her Aunt Dorothy, age 6, from Weskan, Kan., to Baker City. A year later, the family moved to Delta, Colo., where Lela received her schooling. She married her life’s companion, Carl Lawson, on Aug. 19, 1929, in Delta. They had one daughter, Nadine, their pride and joy. Together they lived in California, Colorado, and Idaho, eventually returning to Baker City. Some years were spent in La Grande before a final move to Santa Maria, Calif. Being the oldest of 11 children, Lela learned early to be a caregiver and mentor to her siblings as well as many others. She spent her life giving and serving. She dedicated her life to the Lord when she was very young and served many years as a Sunday school teacher and worker. Her last five years were spent in foster care and nursing homes. She was much loved by her care providers for her sweet spirit. Lela was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Edna Alexander; her beloved husband,...

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Biography of Thomas A. Biggs

Thomas A. Biggs, cashier of the Farmers State Bank of Barnard, and one of the progressive and enterprising business men and financiers of Lincoln County, was born on a farm six miles south of Barnard, February 13, 1881, a son of Capt. John J. and Mary Ann (Stokes) Biggs. The Biggs family were pioneers in Ohio, where, in Meigs County, January 13, 1838, was born Capt. John J. Biggs. His title was secured as a soldier during the Civil war, he having enlisted from his native county in 1861 as a member of an Ohio volunteer infantry regiment, from which he was honorably discharged after a year or more of service because of disability. Going to Illinois, he organized Company C, 112th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, of which he was made captain, and with which he fought until the close of the war, participating in numerous engagements, including the battle of Shiloh. He had a fine record as a soldier, and after the war settled in Illinois, where he remained until 1879, in that year coming to Kansas and buying a farm of 160 acres six miles south of the Town of Barnard. In 1890 he moved into town, where he followed the trade of his younger days, that of blacksmith, and continued to be so engaged until his death in February, 1913. Captain Biggs was a republican, and...

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