Location: Wayne County NY

Biographical Sketch of Oliver A. Smalley

Oliver A. Smalley was born on a farm near Wayne Center, Wayne county, New York, June 16,1848. When he was eight years of age his parents, Silas H. and Almira Smalley, removed to Manchester, Delaware county, Iowa, and there he lived until he was seventeen, receiving his education in the common schools of that place, supplemented with a course in the Commercial College of Dubuque, Iowa. Leaving home in 1865 he entered the office of the Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad Company, at Manchester, as assistant freight agent and baggage master, and remained in the employ of that company until 1868. In 1869 he removed to Missouri and located in Gallatin, engaging in the hardware business with his father, under the firm name of S. H. Smalley & Son. This firm continued to do business until 1862, when they closed out and the junior partner accepted a position as traveling salesman for Ladd & Talcott, of Quincy, Illinois, holding the position until 1874. From that date until 1876 he was variously employed, and in 1877 engaged in the butcher business, and from that time was employed as salesman in different houses in Gallatin until 1881, when he engaged with G. W. Henderson in his present business of dealing in flour, feed, grain, etc., under the firm name of O. A. Smalley & Co. In 1872 Mr. Smalley was appointed...

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Biography of Patrick H. Coney

In many ways the State of Kansas during the last half century had had no more interesting, patriotic, versatile figure than Patrick H. Coney of Topeka. He came to Kansas after making a brilliant record as a soldier in the Civil war. He had been extremely successful as a business man, and his interests as a business man have extended over a wide and diversified field. No man in the country had exhibited a more intense loyalty and devotion to the welfare of the veterans of the great struggle between the North and the South. Mr. Coney is a lawyer, had practiced in Topeka over thirty years, is also a vigorous writer, had been a publisher in his time, and had always made his private success subsidiary to the public welfare. He was born in Newbury, Vermont, March 10, 1848, a son of Luke and Honor Berry Coney. The genealogy of this family is traceable back to Laogare, ancestor of the Southern Hy Nials, a son of Nial of the Nine Hostages, Kings of Ireland in A. D. 379. His father, Luke Coney, was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, and emigrated to the United States in 1839. After living a time in Boston he moved to Vermont, where he married, and in 1850 went to Wayne County, New York. His later life was spent in Topeka, where he died...

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Biography of James O’Laughlin

JAMES O’LOUGHLIN. – This gentleman, whose portrait adorns the opposite page, is one of the representative men of Skagit County, Washington. He is a native of Ireland, thus making Skagit, as every county in the United States indebted to the emerald Isle. County Clare was the region of his birth; and the time was April 9, 1844. Before he was three years old, his parents crossed the ocean to this land of liberty, bringing their nine children with the. They located at Lyons, New York, but in 1856 went to Lapeer, Michigan. There the boy James learned the tinsmith’s trade. After the completion of his apprenticeship, he clerked in a hardware store nine years. In 1870 he removed to Yankton, Dakota, where he lived one year. In the following year he set forth with his family to cross the continent. Coming to Puget Sound via San Francisco, he made his first pause at Port Townsend in May, 1871. Thence he proceeded to Seattle and in December of that year established himself at La Conner. He worked at his trade there till 1877. Then, having purchased one hundred and sixty-four acres of land near the town, he devoted himself to farming. His neighbors having inveigled him into political life, he was elected in the fall of 1880, to be sheriff and assessor of Whatcom County. At that time, Whatcom included...

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Biography of C. W. Wernicke

The County treasurer of Lincoln County, Idaho, C. W. Wernicke, is also the pioneer hardware merchant of Shoshone, and throughout the eighteen years of his residence here has been prominently connected with the various interests which have contributed to the growth, prosper-ity and advancement of town and County. He belongs to that class of progressive German citizens who have severed the ties binding them to the old world in order to seek homes in the land of the free. He was born in Goldburg, Germany, on the 13th of January, 1847, and in the land of his nativity acquired his literary education and learned the tinsmith’s trade. He was a young man of nineteen years when he decided to come to America. Hearing of the advantages afforded by the United States to young men of energy, diligence and ambition, he crossed the Atlantic resolved to try his fortune among new scenes. He had only money enough to pay his passage, and landed in New York city almost penniless, ignorant of the language and customs of the people among whom his lot was to be cast. With resolute heart, however, he started out to seek work and secured employment at his trade in Lyons, New York. Later he worked as a tinsmith in Jackson and in Paw Paw, Michigan, and after a time began business on his own ac-count on...

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Biography of Theron J. Smith

Theron J. Smith, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has influenced the settlement of more families in the Snake river valley than any two or three other men. He has been a factor in local real-estate transactions, and without doubt has been, in a general way, one of the most efficient promoters of the growth and prosperity of Idaho Falls and the settlement and development of its tributary territory. As immigrant agent of the Oregon Short Line Railroad, he has brought many excursions to this part of the country from Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois, and these excursions have resulted in a marked increase of population at and near Idaho Falls. He began the work six years ago, and an idea of its value is afforded by the fact that in 1898 fifty-eight persons were settled by him in Bingham county. Theron J. Smith was born in Wayne County, New York, July 22, 1844, and was descended from early settlers of Dutchess County, New York, many of whom were prominent in their time. His grandfather, Samuel Smith, together with his brothers, served the cause of the colonies in the American Revolution, and they were paid in colonial scrip, which was never redeemed, but they had the satisfaction of knowing that they had risked their lives in a good and triumphant cause. Late in life Samuel Smith represented his district in the assembly...

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Biographical Sketch of F. L. Pound

F. L. Pound. Merchant, Ionia, was born in Wayne County, N. Y., May 15, 1844. Removed to La Salle County, Ill., in 1860. Enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry in August, 1862; was discharged in June, 1865, when he returned to Odell, Ill. He came to Jewell County, Kan, in 1870, and took a homestead nine miles from Mankato. Is now doing business in Ionia, in same county in a room 34×50 feet, two stories high, built in 1882. Held office of Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. Is a member of the Odd Fellows’ fraternity. He was married in Illinois in 1868, to Miss Susan M. Downing, of Lyman, Mass., now deceased. His second marriage was to Miss Libbie Winslow, of Pontiac, Ill., February 8, 1874. He is the father of three children – Florence B., Ora and...

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Biographical Sketch of J. C. McWaters

McWaters, J. C.; insurance; born, Newtonville, Can., Sept. 17, 1853; son of John and Jean Copeland McWaters; common school education; married, July 9, 1878, Wolcott, N. Y., Florence E. Russell; issue, seven children, of which five are living; at the age of 20, came to Cleveland, and worked for Mabley & Hull, men’s clothing; later with E. R. Hull & Co.; then with E. R. Hull & Dutton, gen. mgr. ten years; went into business as senior partner of The McWaters-Dolan Co., now dissolved; interested in real estate; instrumental in securing street lights and well lighted stores; one of the founders of Trinity Congregational Church; pres. of its building committee; Mason, Elk, and Owl; Cleveland Automobile...

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Biography of Joseph Edward Exner

Joseph Edward Exner, now president of the Coffeyville Shale Products Company and especially identified with a number of other manufacturing and business concerns of Montgomery County, is a veteran railroad man, having retired from the hazardous and responsible position of locomotive engineer some thirteen years ago to take up a career as a manufacturer at Coffeyville. He is an Eastern man, though most of his experience in railroading and business has been gained in the West. His Exner ancestors had their original seat of residence in Germany. During colonial times two brothers of the name came to New York State, while another brother went to Australis. At Savannah, New York, Joseph Edward Exner was born November 10, 1861, a son of Edward Exner. His father was born at Clyde, New York, in 1829 and was a successful farmer and stock raiser at Savannah and Port Byron, New York. His death occurred at the latter place in 1902. He was a democrat and a member of the Methodist Church. Edward Exner married Mary Jane DeVoe, who was born at Montezuma, New York, in 1841 and died at Savannah in that state in 1869. Their children were: Maitie, wife of Willis M. Frost, a retired farmer at South Butler, New York; and Joseph E. Reared on a New York State farm, until he was eighteen years of age Joseph E. Exner...

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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. 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. Colonel Snyder followed farming and grain buying principally during his active career, and when Oklahoma lands were thrown open for white settlement, joined the rush, although then well advanced in years, and succeeded in securing a claim where now stands the City of Guthrie. He took an active part in the early history of that city and for a period served as city treasurer. In his later life he...

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Biography of Edwin Ruthven Heath

Edwin Ruthven Heath, a prominent physician and specialist of Kansas City, Kansas, had a record among Kansas citizens that is unique. As a boy he knew the terrors, excitements and thrilling incidents of life in California following the discovery of gold in ’49. As a traveler both in North and South America he had contributed a part of the world’s knowledge of geography, peoples and science. He spent twelve years in South America, practiced medicine in remote construction camps and among wild and semi-barbarous tribes, and he helped build some of the pioneer railways of that continent. To as great a degree as it could be said of any one, Dr. Heath had lived the strenuous life. He had been a resident of Kansas since 1881, and here had given his chief attention to the practice of medicine. Dr. Heath was born at Janesville, Wisconsin, July 13, 1839. He is the only survivor of three children whose parents were James and Madelia McLean (Boyce) Heath. Both parents came from Vermont, and his father, James, was the youngest of nineteen children. Dr. Heath’s brother, Ivon D., was a successful farmer, was a friend of Dr. Root, surgeon of the Kansas Seventh Regiment in the Union Army, and Ivon was made hospital steward under Colonel Cloud and served in that capacity through the war. In 1848, during the historic gold rush...

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Biography of C. F. Lutes

C. F. Lutes. The largest hand glass plant west of the Mississippi River is that of the Fredonia Window Glass Company, located at Fredonia, Kansas. The president and general manager of this enterprise, C. F. Lutes, had been connected with the glass industry ever since entering upon his career, and is a man of experience, resource and energy, who, since coming to Kansas in 1904, had occupied a position of importance among the business men of Fredonia. The success of the company with which he is identified, and its allied interests at Caney, Kansas and Okmulgee, Oklahoma, must be accredited to his efforts and good management. Like numerous other men who have reached successful places in business affairs of Kansas, Mr. Lutes is a native of Indiana. He was born at New Albany, the county seat of Floyd County, on the Ohio River, January 1, 1871, and is a son of F. W. Lutes and a member of a family that was founded in America by a German emigrant to New York during ante-Revolutionary days. Daniel Lutes was born in 1803, in Connecticut, and as a young man learned the trade of glass-blowing, which he followed throughout his career. During the latter part of his life he resided at Mount Clemens, Michigan, and there his death occurred in 1873, when he was seventy years of age. He had been...

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Asahel Todd of Pultneyville NY

Asahel Todd7, (Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Feb. 5, 1787, died Jan. 12, 1871, married first, May 3, 1812, Mary Ann Fitch, who was born in 1794, died May 13, 1814. Married second, July 20, 1814, Philane Long, who was born March 7, 1793. He was a physician and lived in Pultneyville, N. Y. Child by Mary Ann Fitch: *1331. Mary Ann, b. March 24, 1813. Children by Philane Long: *1332. Albert S., b. May 10, 1815. *1333. Rexaville, b. April 2, 1817. *1334. Angeline, b. March 5, 1819. 1335. Libanus M., b. March 13, 1821, d. May 4, 1847. *1336. Asahel, b. March 26, 1827. 1337. Augusta P., b. Nov. 30, 1829, d. July 25, 1855, m. Oct. 12, 1852, T. Scott Ledyard, who was b. in 1827. *1338. Eliza P., b. March 2, 1833. *1339. William H., b. Aug. 23,...

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Albert S. Todd of Pultneyville NY

Albert S. Todd8, (Asahel7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born May 10, 1815, died Nov. 13, 1878, in Pultneyville, N. Y., he was married twice, first, March 28, 1840, Almira G. Campbell, who was born in 1814, died 1844. He married second, Nov. 1, 1848, Delia A. Vosburgh, who was born 1829. Children: 2040. Albert V., b. Aug. 9, 1849, d. March 20, 1873. 2041. Mary A., b. Oct. 31, 1851,...

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Frederick Sweeting Todd of Williamson NY

Frederick Sweeting Todd9, (William H.8, Asahel7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born June 29, 1865, in Williamson, Wayne County, N. Y., married in Rochester, N. Y., Sept. 6, 1903, Lydia Strong Kenyon. Children: 2629. Harriet Kenyon, b. Aug. 18, 1904. 2630. Frederick Sweeting, b. April 23, 1907. 2631. Clarissa R., b. June 22, 1908. 2632. William Rinoldo, b. Aug. 25,...

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Bethel Todd of Buffalo NY

Bethel Todd9, (Edwin H.8, Bethel7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 28, 1858, in Poultneyville, N. Y., died March 13, 1912, in Buffalo, N. Y., married March 15, 1882, Ella S. Cochran, of Onondaga, Mich. He went with his parents from Poultneyville, N. Y., to Port Dalhousie, Ont., Canada, where his father started in the hotel business. At the age of about 15, Mr. Todd obtained employment on a vessel plying on the great lakes, determined to be a sailor, which occupation he followed until his marriage. During the winter of 1881-82 he went to Onondaga, Mich., to visit his mothers relatives and while there he met Miss Cochran, who was soon to be his future wife. She being a farmer’s daughter, seems to have exerted some influence upon him to attempt farming for a time, but the renumeration being to meager to suit him, he soon returned to the lakes for the summer season, the winters he passed in St. Catherine’s, Canada, which was the home of his mother, until after her death when he made Buffalo, N. Y., his headquarters for his remaining days, his death being caused by Pneumonia. Children: *2644. Glenn David, b. Aug. 14, 1883. *2645. R. V. Eddie, b. Aug. 21, 1886. *2646. Eva Ettie, b. Aug. 21,...

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