Location: Woodson County KS

Biographical Sketch of Samuel E. Hoffman

Samuel E. Hoffman was born in Pennsylvania about 1835. He came to Kansas from Iowa, locating in Neosho Falls, Woodson County, in 1858, being the first lawyer in that section of the state. Mr. Hoffman was prominent in the early stages of statehood, being a member of the Wyandotte constitutional convention of 1859 and of the first State Senate in 1861. He was also one of the agents appointed to select lands granted to the state by the general government in 1861-62. The later years of his life were spent in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was engaged in...

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Biography of Andrew Garfield Marple

Andrew Garfield Marple, a successful educator and school administrator, is now superintendent of the city schools of White Cloud, Kansas. He is a native of this state, was educated here, and most of his work in mature years had been secomplished within the borders of Kansas. He was born at Yates Center, Kansas, November 16, 1881. His ancestors were Englishmen who settled in Virginia more than a century ago. His grandfather, David Marple, was born in Virginia in 1812, grew up and married in that state Miss Sneff, and subsequently removed to Northern Illinois, where he became a merchant. By trade he was a cooper. His death occurred at Sheffield, Illinois, in 1893, at the age of eighty-one. His son W. F. Marple, father of the White Cloud school man, was born in Virginia in 1840, grew up and acquired his early education in that state, and was a young man when his parents removed to Bureau County, Illinois, near Sheffield. In that community he lived for a number of years, married there, and assisted his father in the mercantile business. In 1860 he went out to California as a gold prospector, crossing the plains with a party of men in prairie schooners. He had an experience in the varied events and activities of the far west, and in 1865 returned to Illinois. In 1870 he came ont to Kansas...

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Biography of William A. Nelson

William A. Nelson, a real estate man at Fall River, knows the early pioneer, conditions of this section of Kansas from first hand. He was a homesteader in Greenwood County in the early ’70s. He passed through that trying period when grasshoppers, season after season of drouth, low prices for farm products and other conditions made the lot of the Kansas farmer one hardship after another. He came through it all, gained and still retains a large share of the landed wealth of Kansas, and is a man whose experience demonstrates that there is nothing whatever the matter with Kansas. Mr. Nelson’s ancestors came from England and were Colonial settlers in Virginia. Several generations of the family lived in the western sections of the Old Dominion, in what is now the State of West Virginia. Mr. William A. Nelson himself was born in Highland County, Virginia, May 10, 1844. His grandfather, Elijah Nelson, was born in Pendleton County, in what is now the State of West Virginia, and was drowned in that county before William A. was born. He spent his life as a farmer, and during the War of 1812 was an American soldier. He married Margaret Kincaid, who was likewise a life long resident of Pendleton County. Pendleton County was also the birthplace of Elijah Nelson, father of William A. Born, in 1820, he was also among...

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Biography of Louis N. B. Anderson

Fortunate is the man who has back of him an ancestry honorable and distinguished, and happy is he whose lines of life are cast in harmony therewith. In person, in character and talents, Mr. Anderson is a worthy scion of his race. Though his life has been one rather of modest reserve than of ambitious self-seeking, he has shown himself a peer of the brightest men of his adopted state, and his mental talents led to his selection for the important position of superintendent of public instruction of Idaho for the years 1897 and 1898, in which capacity he served with distinction. For several generations his ancestors have devoted their energies to the advancement of intellectual acquirements among their fellow men. His great-grandfather, a native of Denmark, followed school teaching in his native land prior to his emigration to America. The latter event occurred, however, in the colonial period of our country, and he aided in the struggle which brought to the nation her independence. He afterward erected a schoolhouse, and conducted a private school throughout the remainder of his life. He was born December 22, 1747, and died in 1834, at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. His son, Allen Anderson, the grandfather of our subject, was born in North Carolina, in 1777, and he likewise devoted his life to educational work. He married a Miss Evans, and...

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Biography of John Pellegrino

John Pellegrino. Among the men of high merit that the State of Kansas has called to responsible position, is John Pellegrino, of Pittsburg, Kansas, state mine inspector. From the age of fifteen years to the present, Mr. Pellegrino has been identified with mines and mining, with the exception of two years, during which interval he served faithfully as a United States soldier in the Philippine Islands. He has had a wide field of experience, and by hard, practical work in the mines and by persistent study in different institutions of learning, he has thoroughly qualified himself for the important post he fills. John Pellegrino was born June 3, 1878, at Coblentz, on the Rhine, in Germany, to which country his grandfather, Giovanni Pellegrino, had brought the family from Italy. He was born near Turin, Italy, in 1814. He was a farmer and died in 1891 in Luxemburg, Germany. Michael Pellegrino, father of John Pellegrino, was born in Germany in 1847, and died May 2, 1894, at Esch sur L’Alzette, in Luxemburg, Germany. He married Josephine Paulus, who was born in 1851, near Bingen, Germany, and died in 1890 in the same province as did her husband. Michael Pellegrino was a merchant and inn-keeper. He had two sons, John and Peter, the latter being an electrician at Esch sur L’Alzette, Germany. John Pellegrino attended the excellent public schools of his...

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Biography of Calvin Arthur Davis

Calvin Arthur Davis. The superintendent of the Cudahy Refining Company at Chanute, Kansas, Calvin Arthur Davis, is one of the sons of the Sunflower state who has worked his own way to position and independence. A product of the farm, when he started upon his career his equipment consisted of ambition, determination and good common sense, and these qualities he directed so well that he soon became recognized as a man from whom large things could be expected. Promotion naturally followed, and his career has since been one of constant advancement. Mr. Davis was born on a farm south of Fort Scott, in Bourbon County, Kansas, August 24, 1880, and is a son of Calvin and Hattie H. (Peterson) Davis. The family came originally from Wales and settled in Virginia, during the Colonial era, later branching out to Kentucky and other southern states. Luther Davis the grandfather of Calvin A., was born in 1815, in Kentucky, and prior to the Civil war was a planter and slaveholder near the city of Lexington. From Kentucky he went to Cumberland County, Illinois, where he farmed until the spring of 1877, at that time coming to Kansas and homesteading a tract of 160 acres of land in Butler County. There he passed the remaining years of his life in agricultural operations, becoming one of the substantial and highly respected citizens of his...

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Biography of Asa Knowles Talbot

Asa Knowles Talbot. It is no small distinction in the business world to create and build up a business which is generally recognized as the leader of its kind in a city or county. That is the place occupied by the A. K. Talbot Harness and Manufacturing Company at Coffeyville. It is the leading concern in the handling of harness and other goods in Montgomery County, and Mr. Talbot has also developed a factory for the manufacture of leather novelties and is at the head of a very successful concern. While he has spent nearly all his life in Kansas, Mr. Talbot was born near Owensville, Indiana, February 2, 1871. The Talbots are of Scotch-Irish descent. His father, William H. Talbot, who was born in Ohio in 1839, was one of five sons, three of whom identified themselves with southern states and two went to Indiana. William H. Talbot was married at Evansville, Indiana, and in following his trade as plasterer and brick mason resided there, at Owensville, Princeton and other places in the state. He made a most creditable military record, having served throughout the war from 1861 to 1865 with the First, Indiana Cavalry. He participated in the early campaigns by which Southwestern Missouri was cleared of Confederate forces, and fought at the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. He was three times wounded. In 1877 he came...

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Biography of William Martin Ladd

William Martin Ladd. Prominent among the younger Government officials of Montgomey County, Kansas, is William Martin Ladd, who is capably discharging the duties of postmaster of the thriving little City of Dearing. Mr. Ladd had as training for his official services an experience in banking, and having attained his position by virtue of successful participation in a civil service examination, is handling the affairs of the mail service in an entirely acceptable manner. He is a native son of Kansas and was born at Vernon, Woodson County. October 4, 1891, his parents being Ira W. and Mine L. (Martin) Ladd. Mr. Ladd belongs to a family of Scotch-Irish descent, which, it is believed, was founded in this country during colonial times. His grandfather was Ira W. Ladd, who was born in Ohio, and who through a long and useful career practiced medicine and surgery in the Buckeye State. He died at Edgerton, Ohio, in 1866. Doctor Ladd married Alies Thornburg, who was born in 1841, in Ohio, and died at Dearing, Kansas, in November, 1914, and their only child was Ira W. Ira W. Ladd was born in 1868, in Butler County, Indiana, and was there reared and educated, remaining in that community until 1886, when he removed to Vernon, Kansas, where be was married. He was a pioneer farmer of Woodson County and continued to be engaged in...

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Biography of Thomas F. Morrison

Thomas F. Morrison. One of the prominent members of the Neosho County bar is Thomas F. Morrison, who as a practitioner at Chanute since 1903 had been connected with much of the important litigation tried in the courts of this district. He is also a leading member of the democratic party of this portion of the state, where his influence had been widely felt in political as well as professional circles, and had represented his community in the Kansas Legislature, as a member of which body he was the author of some exceedingly beneficial legislation. Mr. Morrison was born June 19, 1875, in Henry County, Missouri, and is a son of Samuel and Nancy (Phelps) Morrison, and a member of a family which came from Scotland to America during the latter part of the seventeenth century. From the original settlement in Virginia, the family moved to Tennessee, in which state, in 1789, was born the grandfather of Thomas F. Morrison, James Morrison. He passed his entire life in Tennessee, where he was a prominent planter and large slaveholder, and died in 1880 in Greene County. Samuel Morrison, father of Thomas F., was born in Greene County, Tennessee, in 1833, and was there reared, educated and married. He engaged in farming there until 1862, when he enlisted in the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry, for service during the Civil war, and served...

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Biography of Mary Pearl Smith, D. O.

Mary Pearl Smith, D. O. The theory upon which osteopathy rests is that most diseases and pains are due to some mechanical interference not permitting a free flow of forces and nourishment between the parts of the human anatomy so as to establish normal tissue and harmony of conditions. This adjustment theory had long since passed the experimental stage, and osteopathy is now a widely recognized science. It is a sane factor in lessening the suffering of mankind, and through it, in many thousands of cases, there had been re-established harmony of conditions and action known as health. A capable and enthusiastic exponent of this school of healing is Mary Pearl Smith, D. O., whose professional career had been characterized by truly remarkable results. She had been a resident of Fredonia since January, 1914, and during three years had built up a large and representative practice. Doctor Smith was born at Jefferson, Montgomery County, Kansas, July 27, 1887, and is a daughter of Emery Erwin and Mabel Dean (Simpson) Smith. She traces her lineage to an English family which came to America and settled in New York during the days of the colonies. Her paternal grandfather was Ephraim Lynn Smith, who was born about 1832 in Southern Indiana, where he grew to manhood. Later he became a pioneer farmer near Carlyle, Allen County, Kansas, in 1866, and then near...

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Biography of Edward Henry Leitzbach

Edward Henry Leitzbach. The thirty odd years since he came to Humboldt have dealt kindly with Edward Henry Leitzbach. In that time he had attained one of the most substantial business positions in the community, had acquired a large share of material prosperity, and had used his means and ability wisely to promote those institutions and affairs which are most vitally connected with a city’s welfare. Though of German ancestry, as his name indicates, Mr. Leitzbach was born in Connecticut at Robertsville in the town of Colebrook on August 6, 1864. His father, Nicholas Leitzbach, was born on the River Rhine in Germany in 1827. He was educated in his native land, learned the trade of cabinet maker, and served his time in the German army, being a participant in the war between Denmark and Germany during the close of the forties. He came to the United States in 1857, locating at Robertsville, Connecticut, where he followed his trade for many years. In 1887 he followed his son to Humboldt, Kansas, and continued working at his trade about ten years. His death occurred in December, 1911. In American politics he was allied with the democratic party. Nicholas Leitzbach married Elizabeth Esslinger. She was born in Germany in 1840, a daughter of Daniel Esslinger. Daniel Esslinger was born in Germany in 1812, brought his family to America about 1853, and...

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Biography of George Washington Smith

George Washington Smith. On first coming to Kansas thirty-three years ago Mr. Smith engaged in educational work, and was at the head of several city school systems for a number of years. He finally entered business at Lawrence, living in that city while his own children were finishing their educations, and in recent years had resumed teaching and is now superintendent of the city schools of Neosho Falls. He is one of the most widely experienced and competent school men in Kansas. He was born at Knoxville in Marion County, Iowa, May 25, 1860. His paternal ancestors came out of England and were early settlers in New York. His father, Chauncey M. Smith, was born in New York State in 1828, grew up there, married in Ohio, and soon after his marriage moved to a farm in Marion County, Iowa. In 1883 he went to Cedar County, Missouri, and was identified with farming in that locality until his death in 1895. He was a republican in politics, and wherever he lived he gave his active support to the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he served as deacon and in other capacities. Chauncey M. Smith married Anna Rogers. She was born in Ohio in 1833, and died at Hamilton, Montana, in 1909. A brief record of their children is as follows: Fannie, who lives at Butte, Montana, the widow of...

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Biography of Charles Edwin Westlake

Charles E. Westlake. There is a type of business man who had apparently a peculiar genius for doing a number of things well and efficiently. Such a man had the commercial instinct highly developed. Charles E. Westlake of Sedan illustrates the type. He had been a farmer and rancher, had merchandised in several different lines, had been an oil producer, and is now engaged in the undertaking business at Sedan, and one of the livest and most energetic citizens of that town. Both he and his family have been identified with Kansas a great many years. The Westlakes originated in England, where his grandfather, John Westlake, was born. He came to Canada, but lived retired in that country and died in the Province of Quebec, being killed by a runaway horse. As a resident of England he followed merchandising. Walter Westlake, father of Charles E., was born in England in 1842, came as a young man to the Province of Quebec, Canada, was married there, and for several years engaged in farming. In 1872 he landed at Sabetha, in Nemaha County, Kansas, and continued an active farmer in that community until his death in 1906. After becoming an American citizen he supported the republican party and was the recipient of several township offices in Nemaha County. He belonged to the Episcopal Church and was affiliated with the Indenendent Order...

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Biography of Alfred Harris Hecox

Alfred Harris Hecox. One of the native sons of Allen County who are now holding official positions in the employ of the United States Government, is Alfred Harris Hecox, who since July, 1914, had served in the capacity of postmaster of the City of Iola. Mr. Hecox had had a diversified and interesting career, in which he had visited various parts of the country and engaged in a number of different occupations which have brought him in close touch with the public and at the same time had given him a broadened experience. These qualities have served him well in the discharge of his official duties and have helped to make him a popular and efficient official. Mr. Hecox is descended from English ancestors who left their native land and located in the Colony of Connecticut prior to the American War of the Revolution, and from that community the family branched out into other localities to the west and south, the branch of which Mr. Hecox is a member having found settlement in Illinois. He was born on a farm in Allen County, Kansas, October 30, 1869, and is a son of Jeremiah and Sarah (Harris) Hecox. Jeremiah Hecox was born in 1826, in Hancock County, Illinois, and was there reared and married and engaged in farming. He was past middle life when he ventured to take his place...

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Biography of Augustine P. Heimann, Rev.

Rev. Augustine P. Heimann is the beloved priest and rector of St. Martin’s Catholic Church at Plqua, Kansas. He is a veteran in the service of the church in Kansas. He came to the state more than a quarter of a century ago, soon after his ordination as a priest, and for years had devoted himself to the constructive as well as the spiritual administration of several important parishes in different counties. Father Heimann was born in Lafayette, Indiana, February 15, 1866. His father, August Heimann, was born in Silesia, Prussia, in 1834. When eighteen years of age he came to America, locating at Lafayette, Indiana, and spent many years in the railroad service. He finally retired and came to Kansas to live with his son, Father Helmann, and died at Odin in this state in 1910. August Heimann married Louiss Miller. She was born in 1836, at Dunningen in Wuertemberg, Germany, and her parents came to this country in 1850, locating in Covington, Indiana. August Heimann and wife had the following family: Albert, who died at the age of four years; Mary, who died when three years old; Augustine P.; and Emma, who became a member of the Sisterhood of the Precious Blood and died in 1912. Father Heimann was educated in the parochial schools of Lafayette, Indiana. He was early destined for the priesthood, and for five...

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