Surname: Bell

Biography of James William Bell

James William Bell, a resident of Topeka for more than thirty years, has built up a business and reputation as a buyer and dealer in horses which is by no means confined to the State of Kansas. His operations extend practically over the entire country. He has been a prominent exporter to foreign markets. James William Bell was born in Greenbrier County in what is now West Virginia but was then Virginia, December 18, 1854. The Bell family goes back to Scotch-Irish antecedents and the first of the name came to Virginia in colonial times. David Henderson Bell, father of James William Bell, was born at Rockbridge, Virginia, in 1818, and when a young man removed to Greenbrier County in what was then the western part of the Old Dominion. Acquiring a large tract of land in that rugged region, he farmed and raised stock on an extensive scale. For the pursuits of his mature years James William Bell had the equivalent of a liberal literary training. Most of his education was acquired in a school and under a prominent educator. This educator was Doctor Macalhaney and the school was known as Louisburg Academy. Outside of school his other experiences as a young man comprised much work on the home farm, and he also entered a store belonging to his uncle. After several years of clerical experience he removed...

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Biography of George Bell

George Bell and members of his family have been prominently identified with various localities in Kansas for thirty-five years or more. The family now reside in Topeka. The birthplace of George Bell was Darlington, Yorkshire, England, where he was born in 1845. He grew up at Darlington, and while there he lived on an estate where Queen Victoria’s three noted grandsons came to hunt. George Bell came to know these distinguished European characters very well. They are now the Czar Nicholas of Russia, Emperor William of Germany and King George of England. George Bell in 1877 came to America, was first located at Beecher, Illinois, and in 1880 came to Kansas. In Leavenworth County be became a successful farmer and stock raiser and specialized in fine livestock. In 1880 Mr. Bell married Miss Jean M. Christy. They were married in the city of Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Mrs. Bell is a member of a very prominent Canadian family. Her grandfather Robert Christy was a man of prominence in Canada and died there in 1876 at the age of ninety-seven. Her father, Hon. David Christy, was one of Canada’s distinguished statesmen. Born in the city of Edinburg, Scotland, in 1818, he had been brought to Canada in 1834 when a boy, lived in Brantford, became a school teacher at Hamilton, but afterwards entered politics and rose rapidly in the scale of...

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Biographical Sketch of Harry Hollister Bell

Harry Hollister Bell, farmer, stock raiser and oil man, living in Muskogee, is now controlling interests that make him a prominent representative of the agricultural and business life of Oklahoma. He was born in Montague county, Texas, January 20, 1881, and is a son of Elvin Golladay and Margaret (Finch) Bell. The father devoted his life to farming and stock raising, thus providing for his family. The early educational opportunities of Harry Hollister Bell were those afforded by the public schools of his native state. He afterward attended Bacone College of Muskogee and also Henry Kendall College, now at Tulsa, and in early manhood devoted three years to teaching in the Creek Indian schools. As opportunity offered and his financial resources permitted, he purchased land which he began to develop and improve and today he and his associates in business own and control eight thousand acres. Upon his farm he has a herd of two hundred and fifty head of Hereford cattle and is today one of the leading farmers of the state, employing the most progressive and scientific methods in the care of his fields while coiled judgment and marked executive ability are manifest in the marketing of products. He has become interested in oil development in the southwest and his holdings of that character are gratifying. He is likewise well known as a director of the Commercial...

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Biography of John Martin Bell

One of the representative agriculturists of Rogers county is John Martin Bell, who is engaged in farming eight and one-half miles southwest of Chelsea. A native of Texas, he was born in Russ county, on the 28th of October, 1859, a; son of John and Sarah Selesta (Harnage) Bell, both of Cherokee extraction. Upon the outbreak of the Civil war, Mr. Bell’s sympathies being with the south, he enlisted in the Confederate army and his death occurred while he was spending a furlough in Indian Territory. Mrs. Bell died in 1886. In the acquirement of his education John Martin Bell attended the common schools and the Male Seminary of the Cherokee Nation. He later engaged in farming, which occupation he has since followed; He now has a four hundred-acre tract, southwest of Chelsea, much of which is under cultivation and on which oil has been discovered. In addition to general farming Mr. Bell engages in stock raising and he is achieving more than gratifying success in those connections. The farm boasts of a beautiful old country home and the outbuildings are kept in a splendid state of repair. On the 17th of June, 1879, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Bell and Miss Minnie Cherokee McCoy, a daughter of John and Lucy Jane (Adair) McCoy, both natives of Georgia. The father located in Indian Territory in 1833 and the...

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Bell, Jean Gardner – Obituary

Imnaha, Oregon Jean Gardner Bell, 84, of Carlsbad, Calif., died May 13, 2004, at home. She was born Feb. 29, 1920, in Los Angeles, Calif. After graduating from John Marshall High School, she attended Glendale Junior College and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) before marrying Franklin Bell II, a union that lasted 50 years until his death in 1992. They founded Bell Pipe and Supply Company in Anaheim, Calif., and raised their family in Tustin, Calif. In 1975 the couple bought a ranch on the upper Imnaha River where they spent springs and summers and Mrs. Bell worked tirelessly in her garden. After Frank’s death, she traveled extensively throughout the U. S. and abroad with her close companion James “Rip” Harper. Survivors include her companion James Harper; children Madelyn, Kristin and Franklin III; sisters Betty Riley and Suzanne Tully; five grandchildren; brother-in-law Ains Bell; cousin Joanne Youngberg; and friends and other family members. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, May 20,...

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Biography of William H. Bell

Since 1918 William H. Bell has been holding the office of post-master of Pryor and he is carrying out to the best of his ability the duties devolving upon him as the incumbent in that office. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on the 2d of January, 1894, a son of William B. and Walburga (Muschawick) Bell, both of whom are living. The father is engaged in farming near Salina, Oklahoma, and the mother is residing in Waynoka, that state. Two sons and one daughter have been born to their union, William H. being the second in order of birth. William H. Bell received his education in the public and high schools of Pryor and in early life started into the business world. For one year he sold newspapers and then went onto his father’s farm, where he remained until 1916, when he was appointed rural mail carrier on Route No. 2. For two years he was thus actively engaged and at the termination of that time was appointed post-master. Mr. Bell is honored and respected wherever he is known and ranks as one of the most popular citizens of Pryor. At Oswego, Kansas, on the 22d of August, 1921, occurred the marriage of Mr. Bell to Miss Mary Jo Buffington of Pryor, daughter of J. R. Buffington. The Buffingtons are an old Cherokee family of this vicinity....

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Biography of Amanda Payne Morgan Bell

The life history of Amanda Payne Morgan Bell, who formerly, served as County Superintendent of schools, will prove of interest to her many friends and acquaintances. She was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, her parents being Gideon and Mary L. (Payne) Morgan, the former born near Nashville, Tennessee, and of Cherokee Indian descent, while the mother’s birth occurred in Arkansas. In early life the father removed to Arkansas and eventually to Oklahoma, the train on which he was riding being the first to stop at Gibson Station, this state. Here he became a large planter and took a very active part in the early political history of Indian Territory. He was chairman of the first joint statehood convention and has served in the legislature for three terms from Mayes County. He now owns and manages the Morgan Inn, a well known summer resort located on Grand River, Oklahoma. At this resort many distinguished visitors are to be found, General Goethals being one of their guests during the past year. Mr. Morgan is an own cousin to Senator John T. Morgan of Alabama, who has passed away and -who served with distinction for thirty-three years in the senate, making a most notable record. Mr. Morgan is living at the venerable age of seventy years and is still a most active man. His father, George Washington Morgan, was killed while in...

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Bell, Erman – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Erman Bell 89, of La Grande, died Aug. 25 at his home. At his request, there will be no public service. A private burial will be at the Haines Cemetery. Mr. Bell was born May 30, 1912, to Alfred and Ethel Gray Bell in Rock Creek. He attended school in Haines and married Leona Hearing. He worked as a mechanic for the state of Oregon shops in La Grande. He lived in Union for many years before moving to La Grande two years ago. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Vedder of Spokane; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Dufour of Salem; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society or Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer, Thursday, 30 August 2001, Contributed by: Robert...

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Andrew J. Bell

Private, Field Artillery, Batry. A, 30th Div., 113th Reg.; of Carteret County; son of U. S. G. and E. Bell. Entered service Aug. 6, 1917, at Morehead City, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Sailed for France June 5, 1918. Fought at St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne, Woevre offensive. Landed in USA March 19, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., March 28,...

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L. H. Bell

Private, Machine Gun, 50th Co., 5th Div. Born July 16, 1895; son of J. H. and Mary L. Bell; of Duplin County. Husband of Mrs. May Byrd. Entered service July 21, 1918, at Faison, N.C. Sent to Camp Hancock, Ga. Transferred to Camp Logan, Tex., Nov. 7, 1918. In 43rd Bn .of Machine Gun, at Camp Logan, Tex., 4 months. Mustered out at Camp Wadsworth, S. C., Feb. 11,...

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H. L. Bell

Private, 56th Pioneer Inf. Co. E; of New Hanover County; son of C. F. and Mrs. Lillie Bell. Husband of Mrs. Flossie Bell. Entered service Aug. 8, 1918, at Wilmington, N.C. Sent to Camp Wadsworth, S. C. Transferred to Camp Mills. Sailed for France Aug. 16, 1918. In A. of O. 3 months. Returned to USA May, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Merritt, N. J., May,...

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Frank R. Bell

Sergt. Med. Corps, Co. 317 Amb., 80th Div.; of Carteret County; son of Frank W. and Mrs. Dora C. Bell. Entered service Aug. 4, 1917, at Beaufort, N.C. Sent to Camp Lee, Va. Sailed for Bordeaux June 9, 1918. Promoted to rank of Corpl. Feb. 22, 1918, to Sergt. May, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne, where he was gassed. Sent to F. Hosp. No. 97 and Base Hospital No. 12. Landed in USA March 19, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., April 4,...

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William S. Bell

Private, 1st class, Co. H, 30th Div., 120th Reg.; of Bertie County; son of Mr. N. B. and Mrs. Sarah Bell. Husband of Mrs. Cassie (Bryant) Bell. Entered service at Roxobel, N.C., June 25, 1917. Sent to Camp Sevier. Sailed for France May 27, 1918. Promoted to 1st class Private Aug. 25, 1917. Fought in Hindenburg Drive. Wounded in Hindenburg Drive Sept. 29, 1918, by shrapnel. Arrived in USA April 13, 1919, at Charleston, S. C. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 18,...

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John L. Bell

2nd Lt. 113th Field Artillery, Battery F, 30th Div. Trained at Camp Sevier, S. C. Was then sent to Officers Training Camp at Leon Springs, Texas. From there to artillery school in France. Commissioned 2nd Lt. July 12, 1918; assigned from this school to U. S. Field Artillery Motor Training Center at La Blanc Dept. Indre, France. Sailed for USA March 4, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., April 25,...

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