Location: Washington County KS

Biography of Elmore W. Snyder

Elmore W. Snyder. A resident of Kansas since 1878, and with possibly one exception the oldest living bank president in the state, Elmore W. Snyder, president of the Manufacturers National Bank of Leavenworth, had been actively identified with the commercial and financial history of Kansas for nearly forty years. He was born in the Village of Red Creek, Wayne County, New York, November 23, 1850. Jacob Snyder, his great-grandfather, settled in that section of York State in pioneer times and operated a grist mill for many years. His grandfather, Amos Snyder, was there reared, engaged in farming, practiced law and served as judge of Wayne County. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now James W. Snyder, father of Elmore W. Snyder, was born and reared in Wayne County, New York. He achieved prominence during the Civil war by recruiting Company A, Ninth New York Heavy Artillery, of which he was elected captain, and after serving two and one-half years was honorably discharged as colonel of his regiment....

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Biography of John W. Roberts

John W. Roberts, educator, superintendent of the city schools at Sedan, had attained prominence in educational circles in Southeastern Kansas, and though a native of the City of Topeka he represents one of the oldest and most noted families of Oskaloosa. Both his grandfather and father were men of distinction in the newspaper profession and his grandfather edited one of the early free state papers of Kansas. The family of which he is a member originated in England, and there were four of the Roberts brothers who came to America in Colonial times, one of them settling in New York, another in New Jersey and the two others elsewhere. John W. Roberts, grandfather of Professor Roberts, was born at Waynesville, Ohio, in 1822. He was reared on a farm near that town, was married there, and early got into the newspaper business. He organized the company that established a paper at Waynesville and also published a magazine. He was strongly abolitionist, and seeing an opportunity for being of greater influence to that movement he sent the printing press and other materials out to Oskaloosa, Kansas, in 1860, and his brother-in-law, J. W. Day, established there the old Oskaloosa Independent, the first copy of which was issued in July, 1860. John W. Roberts himself came out to Kansas in 1862, and was editor of the Independent until he retired at...

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Biography of W. E. Kearns

W. E. Kearns, a progressive agriculturist of Washington County, resides on a productive and well improved farm near Ramona, and in the development of his property he displays energy, determination and good business ability. He was born at Chepstow, in Washington County, Kansas, September 12, 1874, his parents being Thomas and Jane ( Whitmore) Kearns, both of whom were natives of Ohio. They were married in Williams County, Ohio, and then made their way to La Salle County, Illinois, whence they subsequently removed to Linn County, Iowa, but resided in that locality for only a short time. They next established their home in Iowa County, Iowa, where they remained until 1870 and then went to Washington County, Kansas, where the father took up a homestead, on which the birth of his son, W. E. Kearns, occurred. The mother there passed away in April, 1876, and ten years later the father sold the property and came to Oklahoma Territory, making his home with his sons until his death, which occurred on the 2d of February, 1903. He was a descendant of William Means, who served under General Morgan at the battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary war. Mr. and Mrs. Kearns became the parents of eight children: William, who is unmarried, was for a time engaged in teaching school in Kansas and he also became well known in journalistic circles...

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Tinney, J. C. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Elizabeth Isabelle Tinney died June 30 at her home on 337 El Redondo. Mrs. Tinney, who is well known in Redondo, having been a resident there for three years, was born in Washington County, Kansas, in1880. She was married in 1899, and is survived by her husband, Mr. James Tinney, three daughters, Mrs. Edna Tinney Malone of Oregon, Mrs. Zutubulla Tinney Lytton, and Ida Tinney of Redondo Beach, and one son, Clarence Tinney of Redondo; also four brothers, George Stein of Oklahoma, John and Herman stein of Kansas, and Albert Stein of New York. Funeral services were held Thursday at 11:00 at the Cate Undertaking Parlors, and burial took place at the Redondo cemetery. North Powder News Saturday, July 11,...

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Biography of Paul C. Swan

Paul C. Swan, of Washington, is an all around and thorough business man, and had demonstrated his ability to handle many varied enterprises successfully. He is a native of Kansas and had spent most of his active business career in the northern part of the state. His birth occurred in Republic County, August 5, 1868. His grandfather Swan was a Scotchman who immigrated from his native land to Canada. His father, J. W. Swan, was born at Toronto, Ontario, in 1843, and when a boy went with his parents to Wisconsin, where he grew up and married at Stevens Point. In the early days he employed his skill as a pilot for the lumber rafts which were floated down the Wisconsin River to the markets. At the age of eighteen, in 1861, he enlisted in the Thirty-second Wisconsin Infantry but was rejected on account of disability. He promptly re-enlisted in an Illinois regiment of infantry and was in active service until the close of the war and did a soldier’s full duty. He fought at Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and was with Sherman throughout the march to the sea. After the war, in 1867, J. W. Swan came to Kansas, taking up a homestead of 160 acres at Cuba. That land grew into a good farm and it was his home until 1878, when he entered the livery...

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Legg, Mabel Clare Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Clare Bowman Legg, fifth child of Martin V. and Adeline Bowman, was born April 23, 1883 at Haddam, Kans. and departed this life at Shattuck, Oklahoma at the age of 83 years, 9 months, and 2 days [January 25, 1967]. At the age of 15, she with her parents moved to Drummond, Okla. and later to a farm near Gage. She was united in marriage to Horace Legg of Gage, Sept. 9, 1906, who preceded her in death June 9, 1942. Mrs. Legg became a Christian at an early age, was baptized and joined the Bethel Baptist Church which at that time was a country church located northwest of Gage near the farm where Mr. and Mrs. Legg resided. Years later this church was disbanded and memberships were moved to different Southern Baptist churches. Her membership was moved to the First Baptist Church of Gage where she has worked and been a faithful member. Preceding her in death are her parents, four brothers and two sisters. She leaves to mourn her passing, two sisters Mrs. Hazel Taylor Gage and Mrs. Bernice Farnsworth, Canadian, Texas, and many nieces, nephews and scores of friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sam Gannaway Friday afternoon at the First Baptist Church and the remains laid to rest in Gage Cemetery. The Gage Record, February 1, 1967 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography Of John H. Miller

John H. Miller. In a study of conditions which have combined for the advancement of men of prominence in the business world, the student invariably finds that those upon whom rests dependence for counsel, advice and leadership are those who have won their way to the forefront through the force of their own industry and application, rising gradually and fighting their way in the face of all opposition. The traits of character which may be depended upon for the greatest rewards are industry, integrity, self-reliance and perseverance, and to these may be attributed the success that had crowned the efforts of John H. Miller, president of the Miller Refining Petroleum Company, of Chanute. Mr. Miller had been the architect of his own fortunes and occupies an enviable position in business and financial circles, not alone on account of the success that he had achieved, but also on account of the honorable, straightforward business policy which he had ever followed. Mr. Miller was born in Shelby County, Missouri, February 1, 1857, and is a son of John L. Miller. His father was born in 1822, in Scotland, and came to the United States when about twenty-one years of age, first locating in New York City, where for several years he worked as foreman in a shoe factory. He was married in New York, where four of his children were born,...

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Biography of Charles Elda Banker

Charles Elda Banker, city clerk of Salina, had been a resident of Saline County forty years, and his family is one of the best known in this section of the state. His father was the late John A. Banker, who was especially well known for his services as a landscape gardener in Saline County, and also had the distinction of establishing the first nursery in the county. John A. Banker was born near Germantown, Ohio, December 25, 1848. He followed farming for many years in Ohio, subsequently became a merchant at Germantown, but in 1877 brought his family to Kansas and bought a tract of raw land in Saline County five miles northwest of Salina. That land he developed largely as a nursery, and this nursery supplied the stock for many of the earliest orchards planted in this and surrounding counties. He also established a general store at the station on the Union Pacific Railway known as Trenton, and for a few years he served as station agent. He finally retired from active business in 1892 and spent his last years in Salina. As a landscape gardener he designed many of the most beautiful properties in that city and his services were greatly in demand throughout this section of the state. He served as park commissioner of Saline County for four years, and while in that office he laid...

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Biography of William Tecumseh Rooney

William Tecumseh Rooney, a native of Kansas, had had an active career of over thirty years, spent as a farmer, land owner, merchant and business man. His home and business interests for the past twenty years have been at Haddam, and during that time he had become one of the leading factors in the community. Mr. Rooney was born at Leavenworth, Kansas, October 1, 1865, and the name he bears shows that his father was a great admirer of that brilliant Civil war leader General Sherman. His father, Patrick Rooney, was born at Killkeel, County Down, Ireland, August 12, 1828. He grew up in his native country, and in 1852 married Rosana Levings. She was also born at Killkeel in County Down, in March, 1828, and is still living at Horton, Kansas, in her ninetieth year. In 1854, a little more than a year after their marriage, they set out for the United States. Their first home was at Galesburg, Illinois, and afterwards Patrick Rooney worked on a Mississippi River steamboat. In 1859 he joined the pioneers at the Town of Leavenworth and for the next ten years conducted a draying business. In 1869 he moved to a farm at Capioma, and was a practical farmer until he retired in 1887 and removed to Horton, where he died in December, 1915, at the age of eighty-seven. After coming to...

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Biography of S. T. Yoder

S. T. Yoder, vice president of the Farmers State Bank of Washington, had been a Kansas business man for over thirty years and had acquired many important interests to identify him with Washington County. Mr. Yoder is of the old Pennsylvania stock of Yoders, a family that originated in Switzerland and was planted in Pennsylvania during the very early colonial period in that state. Mr. Yoder himself is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Somerset County May 3, 1851. His father, Benedict Yoder, who was born in the same county, spent his life in that county as an active farmer, following that vocation for sixty-five years. He died in 1910. He was a republican in politics and a member of the Mennonite Church. Benedict Yoder married Sarah Miller, who was born in Somerset County in 1825 and died there in 1900. They had a large family of children, thirteen in number. Samuel B., the oldest, was a Union soldier, was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, and had ever since been a cripple and is still living in Somerset County. Daniel M., the second child, is a well known merchant at Haddam, Kansas. C. C. Yoder is a merchant at Amish, Johnson County, Iowa. John M. was a mail carrier in Iowa and was killed at a railroad crossing in 1903. Mary is unmarried and lives in Somerset County,...

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Biography of Walter E. Wilson

Walter E. Wilson, banker and business man at Washington, is the present bank commissioner of Kansas. His appointment had brought additional credit upon Governor Capper’s administration as one of those that reflect thorough business administration of state affairs. A native of Kansas and of a pioneer family, Mr. Wilson was born at Manhattan August 21, 1871. He is of an old Virginia family, the Wilsons having come from England and first settled at Jamestown in Colonial times and afterwards moving to the western portion of the state in what is now West Virginia. Their affiliations were all with the North during the struggle over slavery. The maiden name of Mr. Wilson’s grandmother was Nancy Lee, and she was a kinswoman of the great Lees of Virginia. Charles L. Wilson, father of Walter E., was born at Charleston, West Virginia, in 1840 and accompanied his parents to Kansas in the spring of 1856. The Wilsons were pioneers in the vicinity of Manhattan and there Charles L. Wilson grew up and married. He was for some years engaged in the harness business at Manhattan, but in 1878 homesteaded 160 acres near Miltonvale and lived on his farm until 1894, when he removed to Topeka and retired. His death occurred in Topeka in 1900. He was an old line republican and for many years held the office of trustee of Star Township....

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Biography of Clarence W. Winbigler, M. D.

Clarence W. Winbigler, M. D. It was nearly thirty-five years ago that Doctor Winbigler began practice at Harper, Kansas. That county was then well out toward the frontier, and with one other physician of Harper he shared the honors of pioneer practice. In early years Doctor Winbigler practiced when there were no telephones, when there were few good roads, and his work necessitated riding night and day through the bare prairies in all kinds of weather. As a physician and surgeon he ranks among the leaders of his profession in this section of the state. Doctor Winbigler was born at Middletown, Indiana, September 13, 1853. His paternal ancestors came out of Holland and settled in Maryland in colonial times. His father, Elias Winbigler, was born at Frederick, Maryland, in 1816. In young manhood he left that state, moving to Middletown, Indiana, where he married and took up farming. In the spring of 1859 he went to Spring Grove, Illinois, where he continued farming until his death July 6, 1864. He was a leader among the abolitionists of Indiana and Illinois, and a stanch republican. At the time of his death he held the office of postmaster of Spring Grove. Religiously he was a member of the Lutheran Church. The maiden name of his wife was Amanda R. Gordon, who was born in Warren County, Ohio, in 1819, and died...

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Biography of David E. Ballard

David E. Ballard is living retired at Washington, Kansas, at the age of eighty-one. Most of his active contemporaries in the strenuous achievements of his earlier years have long since passed away. Mr. Ballard is one of the few survivors of the prominent Kansans who actually laid the foundation of the state. His name is especially associated with the organization of Washington County and the establishment of Washington as its county seat. It was only a few years ago that he disposed of many of his extensive interests, and is now devoting his life to rest and travel. He had taken a permanent home at Miami, Florida, and just recently he returned from a visit to relatives at Lansing, Michigan, and Jamaica Plains, near Boston. Mr. Ballard inherits the splendid qualities of the New England type. He is descended from William and Grace Ballard, who came from England and settled at Andover, Massachusetts, in 1635. His father, Appleton Ballard, was born in New Hampshire in 1808, went to Vermont at the age of twenty-one, married there and became a farmer, and in 1837 located at Sparta, Ohio. There he worked at the trade of shoemaker, built a store, and in 1846 removed to the newly established town of Lansing, Michigan, where the capital of the state had just been located. He kept a store until it was burned, and...

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Biography of W. A. Blair

W. A. Blair, editor and proprietor of the Oswego Independent, has had a long and successful experience in Kansas journalism, has owned several papers in the southeastern part of the state, and has always been a live and vigorous citizen and for four years was county clerk of Labette County. He is a native Kansan, having been born in Washington County January 30, 1879. His paternal ancestors were Irish. His grandfather Andrew Blair was born in County Antrim, Ireland, and spent his life there. For many years he was engaged in the limestone industry and also owned a large amount of land. He was the father of thirteen children altogether. Two of his daughters came to America and both are married, one living in Nebraska and another near Chicago. One son, James, came to this country at the age of forty-five and now resides on a farm near Chicago. David Blair, the father of W. A. Blair, was born in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1849. He came to America about 1866, landing in New York City and going west to Ohio. He lived on farms in the vicinity of Sandusky until 1869 and in that year came out to Kansas and was one of the homesteaders in Washington County. He proved up on his claim of a quarter section, subsequently sold it and in 1888 moved to Labette County,...

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Biography of Hon. Sol. A. Bardwell

Hon. Sol. A. Bardwell. Not so often, as in the election and re-election of Hon. Sol. A. Bardwell, has the public choice fallen upon so able and scholarly a man, one so admirably qualified for high public service. For many years Mr. Bardwell was widely known in the educational field, and still later in business circles, his entire training from boyhood leading along lines that develop mental strength and stable character. Accustomed to leadership and responsibility, he entered upon the duties of a legislator with intelligent vision as well as firmness of purpose. Being a careful student, a ready speaker and naturally aggressive, he became a strong number from the first and aided in bringing about much enlightened and constructive legislation. He was born in Atchison County, Kansas, March 6, 1870, and is one of a family of six children born to Milner and Mary (Washer) Bardwell. Milner Bardwell was born in Massachusetts and came of an old and highly respected family of New England. His father was a Presbyterian minister who was a missionary among the Indians in Mississippi prior to the Civil war, a short time before which he had removed to Indiana. Milner Bardwell was then a young man and in Indiana he was married to Miss Mary Washer, a native of that state. In 1861 Milner Bardwell enlisted in an Indiana regiment for service in...

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