Collection: Ford County Cutlers History of Kansas 1883

Biographical Sketch of Wenie, Frederick T.M.

Frederick T. M. Wenie, of the firm of Sutton & Wenie, attorneys-at-law. He is also engaged in the insurance, real estate and collection business. He first came to Dodge City, Kansas, in 1879, and clerked in the Quartermaster’s store at Fort Dodge until April 1, 1880, when he came to Dodge City and entered the law office of M. W. Sutton as a law student, and was admitted to the bar of practice at the June term of court in 1882. He was appointed City Attorney of Dodge City in April 1883. He was born in Oneida County, N. Y., in 1859 and was raised in his native county. His father, Thomas M. Wenie, was First Lieutenant in the regular army, and employed his son as a clerk for him four of five...

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Biographical Sketch of Draper, M.R.

M. R. Draper, manager of the Dodge City branch of the York, Parker & Draper Mercantile Company. The company was incorporated under the laws of Missouri in 1881, with a paid-up capital of $150,000. Now have a surplus of $150,000. They deal in general merchandise and livestock, and carry a general average stock of merchandise of $25,000 in Dodge City, Kansas, and opened trade in the latter city in 1881. They also have a branch house at Caldwell, Sumner County, Kansas. Their rooms are 25 feet wide by 110 feet deep, and a warehouse 25 x 75 feet. They have a stock ranch in the Pan Handle of Texas, where they keep at present 15,000 head of cattle on a range 12×20 miles. They employ twenty-five men. F. B. York is President; M. R. Draper, Vice-President; D. T. Parker, Secretary and Treasurer. M. R. Draper, manager of the Dodge City House, came to the latter city in 1876. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 23, 1850, and was raised in his native State. He came to Kansas in 1865, located near Leavenworth. He engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1870. He then went into the employ of Parker, York & Co., at Parker, Montgomery County, Kansas, and continued until 1873; thence went to St. Louis, Mo., and there engaged with the United States Express Company and continued until he...

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Wright, Beverly & Co.

Wright, Beverly & Co., dealers in a general stock of merchandise and men’s outfitting goods, opened business in 1877. They employ eight clerks and carry a general stock of $40,000. Individual names of the firm are R. M. Wright and H. M. Beverly. H. M. Beverly came to Kansas in 1870 and engaged in the cattle business at Abilene, afterward at Ellsworth, Great Bend, and finally Dodge City. He has followed the Texas cattle trade for a number of years. He was born in King George County, Va., in 1826, and was raised in Henderson, Ky. He enlisted with Texas troops in Confederate State service, was Second Lieutenant of his company, and served some time in that capacity. He was married in 1850 to Miss Fannie C. Skiles, a native of Kentucky. They have seven children living: E. Bell, William, Harry M., Ellen H., (married to Lieutenant F. D. Sharp, USA), James R. Eva L., and C. May; lost one, Fannie B., who was married to John Frazer, of Kansas City, who is also...

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Biographical Sketch of Emerson, George S.

George S. Emerson, dealer in general merchandise, opened trade in Dodge City in the spring of 1880, and carried on the start a stock of $6,000. He now carries a stock of $14,000 and employs six clerks. He engaged in the stock business in 1876, establishing a ranch in Clark County; has since sold his stock interests. He first settled on the Saline River, Saline County, Kansas, in 1869, where for a number of years he engaged in the stock business. Then went into the business of shipping buffalo bones in a large way, which he continued in connection with freighting until he came to Dodge City. He was born in Providence. R. I., July 18, 1844, and lived in that State until he came to Kansas. Enlisted in the fall of 1864 in Company D, Eleventh Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out in September, 1865. He was married in 1881 to Miss Annie Coffey, a native of Humboldt, Kansas. They have one son, Waldo S. Mr. Emerson has served in City Council two...

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Biographical Sketch of Zimmerman, F.C.

F. C. Zimmerman, dealer in a general line of hardware, guns, ammunition, crockery and glassware, stoves, pumps, lumber and building material, agricultural implements and wagons. He opened business in 1872, being one of the first traders in Dodge City. He first carried a stock of $3,000 in firearms and ammunition only. He now carries a stock of $15,000 and employs three men. He has a fine residence one mile west of Dodge, with 240 acres of land. He was born in Prussia, Saxony, Germany, 1883. When he was only twenty-six years old, he was foreman for Gastrine Renett, gunsmith, Paris, France, and had charge of forty men. He came to New York City in 1863, and worked at his trade of gunsmith in May portions of the Eastern States. He was married in 1865 to Miss Matilda Messenger, of Wurtemburg, Germany. They have two children living, Arthur and Clara. William, Adelia and Blanche are deceased. He is a member of the Knight Templar Lodge, A., F. & A. M., of Great Bend. He was a member of the County Board when Ford County was organized. He served as County Treasurer four years, and is present County Commissioner of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Fringer, Herman J.

Herman J. Fringer, Probate Judge and Assistant Cashier Bank of Dodge City. He also deals in a general stock of drugs and medicines. Opened drug trade in 1872, and carries a general stock of $4,000. He first came to Fort Dodge as Quartermaster’s clerk in 1867, and after some time clerked in a sutler store, until he opened the drug business. He took charge of the Dodge City post office by appointment in 1872, and was postmaster until June 1882, and resigned. He was appointed County Clerk to assist in organizing Ford County, in 1873, and was Clerk of the District Court some time, until an election could be held. He served as Justice of the Peace before the county was organized. Was elected Probate Judge in 1876, and held office two terms; was again elected in the fall of 1882. He is also Notary Public. Was born in Franklin County, Pa., in 1845, and was raised in Canton, Ohio. He began life in the drug trade, and has made that a life business. Enlisted for the 100-day service in Company C, One Hundred and Sixty-second Ohio National Guard, and was mustered out at expiration of service. He is a member of Knights Templar Lodge, A., and F. & A....

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Biographical Sketch of Leidhigh, J. M.

J. M. Leidhigh, of the firm of T. F. Leidigh & Co., dealers in general merchandise. They opened trade in Spear Ville in April 1878, with a stock of $1,800. They now carry an average stock of $10,000. Their store building was erected of stone in 1881 at a cost of $2,000. Size is 25×80 feet. They employ three men in the business. Mr. J. M. Leidigh is also extensively engaged in raising stock. He first came to Kansas in 1870, locating at St. Mary’s, and engaged in the lumber trade, and in 1872 moved to Hutchinson, Kan., where he engaged in the stock business until 1878. He was born in Cumberland County, Pa., December 14, 1842, and was raised and educated in that county. He followed agricultural pursuits and stock rising. He enlisted in August 1862, in Company F, One Hundred and Thirtieth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded in the battle of Antietam and discharged in 1863. He re-enlisted in 1864 in Company F, Two Hundred and Seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was again wounded in front of Petersburg, when leading his Company. He was mustered out in June 1865. He was married in 1865 to Miss Kate A. Myers, of Cumberland County, Pa. They have four children, Dora M., Harry J., Florence L, and Emma F. He is a member of a Temperance organization...

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Biography of Frost, D.M.

D. M. Frost, editor and proprietor of Ford County Globe, published at Dodge City, Kansas, established December 25, 1887. The paper is largely devoted to the livestock interests of the West, and the official organ of the Western Kansas Stock-Growers’ Association. Circulates largely among stockmen, and has a circulation of 700 copies per week. Mr. Frost first located in the State in 1868, at Sheridan, then the terminus of the Kansas Pacific Railway, where he held a clerkship in a general mercantile establishment, but only for a brief period, and early in the spring of 1879 he emigrated to New Mexico and entered the Morino mines near Elizabethtown, where he was engaged in mining, returning to Sheridan, Kansas, in the fall of the same year, re-engaged in mercantile pursuits. In the spring of 1870 he followed the construction of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, and finally located at Kit Carson, Col., which was left the terminus of the railroad for another year. Here he was made deputy postmaster under Major J. A. Soword, and in connection with his official duties taught a six months’ term of school, having won the enviable reputation of being the pioneer schoolmaster on the Plains, or the first to teach a public school on the Great American Desert. After the close of the school he became a partner in the mercantile house of J. A....

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