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Biography of Mrs. Nora (Van Horn) Havens

Mrs. Nora (Van Horn) Havens. Long, honorably and prominently associated with business and public affairs in different sections of Kansas, the names of Van Horn and of Havens still represent very important interests. The Van Horn name had been a familiar one in Kansas since 1857, and that of Havens for the past forty-six years. A well-known representative of both is found in Mrs. Nora (Van Horn) Havens, a highly esteemed resident of Minneapolis, Kansas. Mrs. Havens was educated at Topeka, Kansas, but her birth took place at Kent, in Jefferson County, Indiana. Her parents were Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth (Robertson) Van Horn. The Van Horn aucestry had been traced to Holland, from which country, in colonial days, seven brothers of the name came to America. The immediate ancestor of Mrs. Havens founded the Philadelphia branch of the family, and the great-grandfather of Mrs. Havens was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Benjamin Franklin Van Horn, father of Mrs. Havens, was born March 4, 1827, at Kent, Indiana, and died at Minneapolis, Kansas, September 29, 1911. He grew to manhood in his native place and was married there and prior to coming to Kansas, in 1857, was a tanner. He located at Topeks, and engaged in a mercantile businces, but in 1860 removed to Greenwood County, Kansas. There he continued merchandising and also became a farmer. In 1863 he...

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Biography of Mamir Maud (Tart) Partridge, Mrs.

Mrs. Mamir Maud (Tart) Partridge. One of the leaders in club, social and religious work in Ottawa County and in the movements which make for better education, finer citizenship and higher morals, is Mrs. Mamie Maud (Tart) Partridge, of Delphos, who had been a resident of Kansas since 1884. She is a woman whose activities have touched life on many sides, for in addition to the things above noted she had been a school teacher and a public official, and in each of the many capacities in which she had acted had been a powerful influence for good among the people of the community. Mrs. Partridge was born at Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, a daughter of Nelson and Naney (Aikins) Tart. Her father, who still survives as a resident of Bennington, Kansas, was born in 1839, in Vermont, a member of an old New England family of French extraction which on first coming to America had located for a time in Canada, but subsequently removed to the Green Mountain State. Nelson Tart was reared in Vermont and from that state enlisted for service in the Union army during the Civil war, through which entire struggle he fought bravely and faithfully, participating in fourteen important battles, including those of Shiloh, Lookout Mountain, Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor, Frederickaburg and Gettysburg. With a spendid record, on receiving his honorable diseharge he turned...

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Biography of Lucetta S. Carter, Mrs.

Mrs. Lucetta S. Carter. Political struggle, public life and social leadership have brought the names of many women in the last quarter of a century into the limelight in the country, but it is not so frequently that the name of one becomes a household word in her state, through the activities and results of a quiet business career. Such a name is Lucetta S. Carter, philanthropist, through whose generous benefactions Wichita had benefited through the Children’s Home, the First Unitarian Church and Fairmount College. To this womanly duty of enriching others, she brought no inherited fortune; on the other hand, her gifts have been made from the returns of a business directed by her own energy and good judgment. Lucetta S. Carter was born at Enosburg, Vermont, July 11, 1828, and is a daughter of David and Ruth Stevens (Wilson) Fassett. The paternal ancestors of Mrs. Carter went from Scotland to Ireland in the sixteenth century. The real name of her great-great-grandfather was Patrick Macfairson. He changed his name to Fassett on account of some land grant. It was this ancestor who emigrated to America from Rock Fassett Castle, Ireland, in 1700. He located at Hardwick, Massachusetts, but prior to the opening of the Revolutionary war the family had removed to Bennington, Vermont. His son, the great-grandfather of Mrs. Carter, was an officer in the Revolutionary war, and...

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Biography of J. H. Stephens, Mrs.

Mrs. J. H. Stephens. As president of the City Federation of Women’s Clubs, an active factor in the Current Club and a member of the Carnegie Library Board, at Coffeyville, Mrs. J. H. Stephens occupies a prominent position in the social, civic and intellectual life that has made this city one of the centers of cultural interests in the state. Mrs. Stephens (Esther Logan) comes of an old colonial family of English origin. The Logans were pioneers in Kentucky, in which state Mrs. Stephens’ grandfather was born and died. Her father, G. H. Logan, was born in Somerset County, Kentucky, January 6, 1840. In early manhood he accompanied his widowed mother when she removed to Nodaway County, Missouri, where he later engaged in merchandising. In 1889 he went to Oklahoma and was the pioneer merchant at Kingfisher and continued there until 1906 when he came to Kansas and is the senior member of the Logan-Stephens Mercantile Company at Coffeyville. He married Julia Bradford, who was born August 25, 1849, in Missouri, and died at Coffeyville in March, 1914. They had one child, Esther, who became the wife of J. H. Stephens. J. H. Stephens was born in Linn County, Missouri, December 18, 1871, and was educated in the public schools. He entered business at Linneus, in his native county. For several years he was a cashier in the employ...

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Biography of Mary Pierce Van Zile

Mary Pierce Van Zile. A very important member of the faculty of the Kansas State Agricultural College is Mrs. Mary Pierce Van Zile, dean of women and dean of the division of home economics. Her name is a household word in many widely separated homes, for each year Mrs. Van Zile has under her immediate care and instruction from 800 to 900 girls. They come from many environments and are mostly in the most receptive period of their lives, and the influence exerted by Dean Van Zile largely moulds their future. Mary Pierce Van Zile was born on her father’s homestead, near Solomon, in Dickinson County, Kansas, February 7, 1873, and is a daughter of Lyman B. and Lea A. (Bandy) Pierce. The father was a native of Vermont and came of sterling New England stock. The mother was born in Indiana of equally excellent people and pioneer settlers. Lyman B. Pierce served as a soldier during the Civil war, in the Union army, for four years and three months, and shortly after its close pre-empted a homestead in Dickinson County, Kansas. After proving upon that land he removed to Henry County, Iowa, settling at Winfield, where he has since resided, devoting his active years largely to the manufacture of tiling, brick and sewer piping. He can look back over eighty years of a well-spent life. At Winfield, Iowa,...

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Biography of Henrietta Fulford (Wilson) Kinley, Mrs.

Mrs. Henrietta Fulford (Wilson) Kinley. In the developing of the beautiful city of Topeka, Kansas, many people who had been born in other states took part and it is surprising how large a number were natives of Illinois. As a rule they were well educated and accustomed to the refinements of life and in their new surroundings their influence was progressive and beneficial. One of these families bore the name of Fulford, a name that became well known at Topeka and which is yet identified with the city’s best interests. A well known and highly esteemed member of this sterling old family is found in Mrs. Henrietta Fulford (Wilson) Kinley, residing at No. 1616 Polk Street, Topeka. Mrs. Kinley was born in Canada and raised at Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois. Her parents were Abel Fulford and wife, highly respected residents of Iroquois County. They were the parents of eight children and those who reached mature years were: Abel King, Jonathon, Elizabeth, Melissa, Catherine and Henrietta. Abel King Fulford died at Topeka, Kansas, at the age of sixty-seven years, in 1913. He enjoyed a large measure of public confidence and frequently was elected to city offices and was so highly esteemed personally that it was said that everyone was his friend. At one time he filled the office of street commissioner. More than forty years ago he built a house...

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Biography of Mrs. Jane Buford

Among the honored pioneer women of Oklahoma is numbered Mrs. Jane Buford, who resides in a beautiful home at No. 102 North Cherokee street in Bartlesville. She is a member of the Delaware tribe of Indians and during her infancy was brought by her parents to Indian Territory at an early period in its settlement. She acquired a thorough knowledge of the English language, in which she converses as fluently as in her native tongue, and as a young woman she was united in marriage to Jacob Wheeler, now deceased. They became the parents of three children: Lena, the eldest in the family, was accorded liberal educational advantages, attending the University at Muskogee and Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kansas. She is the widow of Dennis Parker and the mother of three children, Geneva Blanche, Edward Job and Leona Marie, all of whom are attending school. Edward Wheeler, the second in order of birth, acquired his education in the schools of Fort Worth, Texas, and Chilocco, Oklahoma, and is still at home. Bryant, who was educated at Lawrence, Kansas, is deceased. All of the family have their allotments of land and receive royalties in oil. Following the demise of her first husband Mrs. Wheeler married Mr. Buford, who has also passed away. Previous to establishing her home in Bartlesville she resided on a large farm within a few miles of...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Joel Mayer

Well known at Oilton and in Creek county is Mrs. Joel Mayer, who was born in Ramona, Oklahoma, on the 6th of February, 1900. She is a daughter of Reuben Bartlett and Roxie Ann (Pierson) Tuner. The former was one of the well to do old settlers of Oklahoma, important in the tribal affairs of his people in the early days, and the family has long been represented in this section of the state. The daughter, Mrs. Mayer, pursued her education in St. Francis Convent at Nevada, Missouri, and then returned to her home in Oklahoma, having since been a resident of this city. She was a young woman of but nineteen years when on the 17th of February, 1920, at Sapulpa, Oklahoma, she became the wife of Joel Mayer. She bore the maiden name of Maudine Mae Tyner and by her marriage has become the mother of an interesting little son, Joel B. Mayer, Jr. Mrs. Mayer has always lived in Oklahoma save for the period of her attendance at school in Missouri, having a very wide and popular acquaintance...

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Biography of Mrs. Mary C. Bezion

One of the pioneer citizens of Nowata county is Mrs. Mary C. Bezion, residing on her farm two miles southwest of Delaware, hale and hearty at the age of seventy-three years. A native of Kansas, she was born in Wyandotte county, on the 14th of April, 1849, a daughter of Jim and Nancy (Washington) Secondine. Her father, who was chief of the Delaware, was born in Ohio. He was with General Fremont during the Mexican war and his picture has been preserved in the archives at Washington, D. C. Mrs. Bezion was but fourteen years of age when her father died. Her mother was half Wyandotte and half white, and was a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. She was married to Jim Secondine in Kansas and her death occurred while residing in the Cherokee Nation, thirty-nine years ago. Mrs. Bezion received her education in the schools of Kansas and is a very intellectual woman. She came to Indian Territory with the first Delaware emigrants and located at Grand River, where she resided but a short time. Subsequently she removed to Coodys Bluff and from there came to her present home, two miles southwest of Delaware, where she has one hundred and ninety-eight acres, a fine home and oil holdings, from which she draws royalties. Although she rents her farm to a tenant, she still resides on it, and administers...

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Biography of Miss Callie Eaton

There is no doubt that the teacher is one of the most important forces in the progress of the world, and Rachel Caroline Eaton, familiarly known as “Miss Callie,” county superintendent of schools of Rogers county with residence in Claremore, a conscientious and progressive educator, deserves prominent mention in a work relating to northeastern Oklahoma and those who have contributed most to its development. A native of Oklahoma, she is a daughter of G. W. and Nancy Elizabeth (Williams) Eaton. Mr. Eaton came to Indian Territory soon after the Civil war and Married Nancy Williams of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. In the early ’70s they located at the foot of Claremore Mound, five miles north of Claremore. There the father engaged in farming and stock raising, likewise operating a mercantile business in Claremore. He is now seventy-eight years of age and is living in retirement at Inola, Rogers County, where he owns a farm. The mother is deceased. She was a daughter of Merritt and Lucy (Ward) Williams, the father being a member of a fine old Boston family. Mrs. Williams was a descendant of “Grannie” Ward, a Cherokee, and a historical character among her people in Georgia. The Ward family were southern sympathizers during the Civil war and were driven from their home, returning at the close of that conflict. During the war they lived in Texas and St....

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Biography of Mrs. Jennie Stewart

Taking up her residence in Bartlesville eighteen years ago, Mrs. Jennie Stewart has thoroughly identified her interests with those of the town, in whose progress and development she is deeply and helpfully interested, her influence being at all times on the side of advancement and improvement. She was born in Osborn, Dekalb County, Missouri, her parents being Joseph and Nancy J. (Parrott) Truex, the former a native of Tennessee while the latter was born in Illinois. In Missouri her father engaged in merchandising and he also took a prominent part in public affairs serving as a member of the state senate at the time of his death, in 1883. The mother passed away in 1912. Their family numbered seven children: John W., deceased; Daniel A., who is living in Pasadena, California; E. E., 4 resident of Mosier, Missouri; Della A., who has passed away; Jennie, now Mrs. Stewart; and Thompson J. and Claude A., both of whom are deceased. In the acquirement of an education Miss Truex attended the Stephens College at Columbia, Missouri, specializing in the study of literature, and she left school in 1889 to become the bride of J. B. Hockensmith, by whom she had two sons, James Marshall and Frank Edward. The elder son is assistant cashier of the Union National Bank of Bartlesville and the oldest employe of that institution in point of years...

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Biography of Mrs. Addie Wagon Lowen

Agricultural interests of Washington County find a prominent representative in Mrs. Addie Wagon Lowen, whose farm is situated near Bartlesville and constitutes one of the best improved and most desirable properties in this part of the state. She was born in Indiana, her parents being Richard and Victoria Evans (Pitman) McDaniel, the former a native of North Carolina, while the latter was born in eastern Tennessee. On coming to Indian Territory they settled near Bartlesville, where the father engaged in general farming and stock raising until his demise, which occurred in 1907. The mother is now living on a homestead in southern Oregon. On the 22d of November, 1893, Addie McDaniel was united in marriage to Joseph Wagon, a member of the Delaware tribe, while she is of Cherokee, Scotch and Irish descent. They became the parents of two children: Edgar Joseph, who is deceased ; and Katie, who is a graduate of the local high school and also of the Bartlesville Business College. She has been in the employ of the Chamber of Commerce here, but is now with the Young Women’s Christian Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Wagon passed away on the 25th of April, 1899, and in 1901 his widow wedded N. L. Lowen, by whom she has two daughters, Sarah Viola and Mary Leathe, both graduates of the Bartlesville high school, and the latter will...

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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 Mrs. Emma Daniels

Mrs. Emma Daniels, a native daughter of Oklahoma and a member of an old an honored pioneer family of the state, is the owner of a good farm near Ochelata, in Washington county, and the discovery of oil on her property has also added greatly to its value. She is a daughter of Mrs. Jacob Dick, a native of Texas, who was formerly Mrs. William Rogers. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers were Oklahoma pioneers. Mrs. Dick resided in Oklahoma since 1872, and after the demise of Mr. Dick, who was a native of this state and a farmer by occupation, she made her home with the subject of this review until her death on November 1, 1921. In the schools of her native state Emma Dick received her education and on reaching young womanhood she married George Daniels, a Cherokee and a native of Oklahoma, born December 25, 1851. In early life his parents removed from Georgia to Indian Territory, settling among the Spavinaw hills, in the Delaware district. Mr. Daniels devoted his life to farming and was a successful agriculturist. Four children were born of that union: Lucy became the wife of Phyletius Reed, who was a machine gunner in the World war and died in France. He was a member of the Cherokee tribe and after his demise his widow married J. M. Mangan, a well known farmer;...

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Biography of Mrs. Ellen Howard Miller

Mrs. Ellen Howard Miller is a woman of broad interests and accomplishments, her greatest pleasures centering around those things that are instructive and up building to herself and the people and conditions around her. To her the realm of civics is one of unlimited interest, in which she loves to spend her time when business, home and Church interests will allow, and in this field many enterprises and activities of economic value owe their birth and fostering to her inspiration and initiative. One of the earliest of these enterprises was the forming of an organization of the women of Vinita, her old home town, for the purpose of having the cemetery surveyed, fenced and improved. While still in Vinita she had charge of the Demorest contest work among the young people and was also sent as representative from Indian Territory to the World’s convention of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union held at Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition. When the World’s Dry Farming Congress met in Tulsa in 1914, she was appointed delegate both by Bartlesville and Washington County and at this congress her farm on the Caney River was awarded one of the prizes. At this time she was also elected Oklahoma’s first Vice President for the Woman’s Dry Farming Congress for the following year. In club work, too, she has taken an active part, especially in matters...

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