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Biography of Miss Neva M. Scott

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The self-supporting woman of today wants to work for and deserve whatever success may come to her. These women are not asking for favors. All they want is fair competition. Formerly all that the self-supporting woman could hope for was to make a living, but since the World war the forward march of working women has taken on new life and women are everywhere measuring up to new standards. It is not enough that they take care of their own needs. In addition to this they must contribute something for the betterment of the world and in doing so they become bigger women and are better qualified to do bigger work at their desks. Among the successful self-supporting women of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is numbered Miss Neva M. Scott. She was born in Cattaraugus county, New York, her parents being John T. and Olive (Myers) Scott, the former a native of New Jersey, while the mother’s birth occurred in Pennsylvania. The father was an oil producer of Illinois, from which state he removed with his wife and family to Oklahoma in 1910, and settled at Bartlesville. He and his family now live in a fine brick home, which is situated on Osage and Seventh streets, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Neva M. Scott acquired her early education in the public...

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Biography of F. S. Cravens, Mrs.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. F. S. Cravens is the proprietor of the Cravens School of Music at Emporia, and for a number of years had been one of the leaders in musical circles of that city. She is a native of Kansas and one of the notable women whom this Sunflower commonwealth had produced. The daughter of a pioneer citizen of Manhattan, where she was born in February, 1866, she exhibited unusual musical talents when a girl, and by careful training and study both in America and abroad had long enjoyed a high position both as an individual artist and as a successful teacher. Her maiden name is Etta Dent. After attending the public schools of Manhattan she went back to the old home of her family at Galesburg, Illinois, was a student in the high school there and also spent one year in the Musical Conservatory of Knox College. She was married at Manhattan to S. F. Cravens, who was born in Kearney, Missouri, and died at Phoenix, Arizona, in 1906. He was a musical director and teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Cravens taught music in Kansas City, Missouri, later established the Cravens School of Music at Topeka, and from there went to Denver, Colorado, where they were directors of music in the Denver University. Subsequently they were again...

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Biography of Edna L. Johnson, Miss

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Miss Edna L. Johnson. In no other field have woman’s work and influence proved such ennobling factors as in the sphere of education. The instruction and the character training of the children of Kansas are largely in the hands of devoted women, and many of the most responsible posts in the school system of the state are filled by woman teachers. The entire school system of Cowley County is under the supervision of Miss Edna L. Johnson, county superintendent of schools, and the people of the county recognize her unqualified fitness for the duties of the office. Miss Johnson was first elected county superintendent in the fall of 1914 and was re-elected in 1916, so that she is now in her second term. She first took office May 10, 1915. Under her supervision are 137 schools, 166 teachers, and an enrollment of 3,350 scholars. Her office as county superintendent is in the courthouse at Winfield. Miss Johnson had spent much of her life in Kansas, but was born near Danville, Illinois, daughter of Josiah Johnson and Emma (Mosier) Johnson, both of whom were born near Danville. In the Johnson lineage there is an admixture of Polish stock, and a number of generations back the family was connected with Count Sandusky’s relationship. The Johnsons were early settlers...

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Biography of Miss Isa Allene Greene

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Miss Isa Allene Greene grew up in Bourbon County, Kansas, and in that section taught her first school. Through her work she had become one of Kansas’ noted educators. She had proved herself a real teacher. She possesses the ability, rare as it is in any time or generation and rare even in these modern times when so much emphasis is placed upon it, of vitalizing and inspiring the intellectual activities of those under her charge, and all her work had been characterized by a depth of sympathy and understanding which is more necessary in any rational scheme of education than mere ability to impart knowledge. Miss Greene had taught for many years in Kansas and was recently promoted to the great responsibility of superintendent of the School for the Blind, Kansas City, Kansas. Miss Greene was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, at the Town of Smithfield December 29, 1866. She was next to the youngest in a family of ten children. Her parents, Harvey and Nancy (Jaco) Greene, were both natives of Pennsylvania. Her maternal grandfather was of English descent, while her paternal ancestors were Welsh and German. The grandparents came to America about 1800. James H. Greene was a cooper by trade, and also a local minister of the Methodist Church. He and his...

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Biography of Mrs. Anna Parks

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Anna Parks, a native daughter of Oklahoma and a member of one of the old and prominent families of the state, is the owner of a valuable farm near Bartlesville and is a most capable business woman, displaying marked executive ability, foresight and enterprise in the management of her interests. She was born on the present site of Bartlesville, her parents being John and Jennie (Downing) Lovelady, the former a native of Germany, while the latter was born in Indian Territory and was of Cherokee extraction. In 1860 the maternal grandfather, Jesse Thompson, settled near the present location of Bartlesville, becoming the owner of a large tract of land which he developed and improved. He was one of the most prominent men of his day, serving on the Cherokee council at the time the government transferred the Osage from Kansas to Indian Territory, and he also assisted in making the treaty for the land for both the Osage’ and Delaware tribes. John Lovelady came to the United States as a youth and resided for a time in New York. In 1893 he made his way to Indian Territory, where he acquired land, becoming one of the well known settlers of the region. Mr. and Mrs. Lovelady reared three daughters: Susie and Mary, who were Anna’s...

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Biography of Mrs. Leda C. Steele

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Leda C. Steele, one of the most notable figures in the musical circles of Oklahoma and the southwest and enjoying as well an international reputation in connection with her art, makes her home in Muskogee, where she has resided since 1900. She was born in St. Paul, Kansas, a daughter of Edson H. and Artimissia (Sutherland) Crawford, the former a native of Elgin, Illinois, while the latter was born in the vicinity of Elgin. The father was a veteran of the Civil war. Having pursued her education in the public schools of St. Paul, Kansas, and in the high school at Erie, Kansas, Mrs. Steele afterward took up the study of music in the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston, Massachusetts, where she was under the instruction of such eminent teachers as Busoni, Bertha Fiering Tapper, Carl Stasny, a favorite pupil of Liszt, William L. Whitney, Louis C. Elson and Samuel W. Cole. In later years her teachers were Charles W. Clark and D. A. Clippinger of Chicago and William S. Brady of New York. For years Mrs. Steele has appeared with great success on the concert stage and has sung with equal success before the National Federation of Musical Clubs in its conventions at Memphis, Tennessee, and at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has appeared...

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Biography of Miss Lura E. Mount

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Since 1920 Miss Lura E. Mount has been active as county superintendent of schools of Adair county. She is a native of this county, having been born in 1895 near Stilwell, where she now resides. Her parents were R. S. and Pearl (Denton) Mount, both of whom are now deceased. In the acquirement of an education Miss Mount attended the public schools of Stilwell and after graduating from the high school here, she enrolled as a student in the Northeast Normal College at Tahlequah, from which institution she was graduated in 1915. She immediately engaged in teaching school and for one year she taught in Grove, Delaware county. For two years she was an instructor in the high school at Stilwell and was superintendent of schools at Watts for one year. In 1919 she was elected county superintendent of schools of Adair county and took over the duties of that office in 1920. She is now active in that capacity and has won recognition as one of the prominent educators in the state. In her political views Miss Mount is a republican, and she takes an active part in local affairs. Her religious faith is that of the Baptist church, and she is secretary of the Sunday school. Along strictly professional lines she is secretary of...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. C. J. Lyon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. C. J. Lyon, wife of the late T. B. Lyon of Coffee County, was born February 10, 1829, and daughter of James and Jane Mason, the former born August 3, 1789, in North Carolina, and the latter July 2, 1800, in South Carolina. The father’s father came to Tennessee in 1780, living on Stone River, and in Bedford County. He died May 26, 1863. Jane Mason’s parents came to Bedford County, in 1800; one was of Dutch and the other of Irish descent. Our subject, one of seven children, married Joseph Tillman, September 17, 1850. He was born February 4, 1826, in North Carolina, and receiving a wound at Shiloh, died in Holly Spring Hospital, April 25, 1862. He enlisted in the Forty-fourth Tennessee Infantry five months before his death. Six children were born to them: Mary A., Martha J., Eliza N., Flurina C., Joseph P. and Elizabeth. They were married in Bedford County, moved to Coffee County, and located at her present home. April 23, 1879, she married T. B. Lyon, who was born December 31, 1812, and died February 3, 1885. Mrs. Lyon was educated, and is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian...

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Miss Willie Ramsey Young

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Young, of Charlotte, N.C. Is a graduate of Elizabeth College, Charlotte, and of Smith, Northampton, Mass.; also of the National Training School, New York. She taught at Virginia College, Roanoke, Va., for two years, and was then elected one of the two Field Directors of the South Atlantic States for the Student Body of the Y. W. C. A. While filling this office the National Board of the Y. W. C. A. sent her to France as a war worker for the Red Cross nurses. Upon her arrival at Paris she was sent to Chaumont to take charge of the hut at the Compound over which General Pershing had charge. Her’s was a noble work, and a great compliment was paid her when, at a conference of the Board after the war was over, the Board said, “We could not have done without her.” Miss Young spent a year in France, and upon her return, after the war was over, resumed her work as Student Body Secretary of the Y. W. C. A., with headquarters at Richmond, Va., which position she still...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Sarah Ann Bryant

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Sarah Ann Bryant; P.O. Westfield, Clark Co.; was the daughter of Samuel Jack, of Ohio, who was a native of Virginia; she came to Coles Co. with her parents when she was 19 years of age, where they both died. She married James Parker May 26, 1842; he was the son of George Parker, and died May 7, 1864; they had ten children, two only living – Matilda J., now Mrs. John Anderson, of Hutton Tp.; Harriet R., now Mrs. Wm. Mars, of Johnson Co., Mo.; eight deceased-Jonathan, who enlisted in Co. “F,” 123d Regt. Ill. Vols., was killed at the battle of Perryville, Oct. 8, 1862; William J., Jeptha, Samuel, Emeline, Sarah (who married Ashbury Lemaster, of Jasper Co., Ill., January, 1869), Melissa A., and one that died in infancy. She married her second husband, Mr. John Bryant, of Indiana, August, 1866; he died Dec. 9, 1869. Mr. Parker was a Deacon of Good Hope Baptist Church for many years; Mr. Bryant was a Methodist and Mrs. Bryant a...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Joseph Waltrip

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Joseph Waltrip; P. O. Westfield; is a daughter of Daniel Goble of Hutton Tp. She was first married to Nathaniel Lee Aug. 14, 1853, who died in the year 1856; they had one child, Cynthia (now Mrs. Reason Wiley, of Hutton Tp.); she was again married July 18, 1858, to Joseph Waltrip, who was born in Kentucky in 1819, and after remaining there until the age of 16, moved to Coles Co., and settled in Charleston Tp. on Sec. 25, engaged in farming; he had been previously married to Miss Eliza Jane Hall, daughter of Michael Hall; she died in November, 1857. Mrs. Waltrip had four children – two girls, Cynthia J. and Eliza, and two boys, one living, Wm. J., and one deceased-Daniel. She at present farms 70 acres, part of her husband’s estate of 250 acres. Mr. Waltrip died Feb. 16,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Ellen Hoots

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Ellen Hoots, farming and stock-raising; P. O. Cook’s Mills; one of the natives of Illinois; was born in Clark Co., July 4, 1845. She is the widow of the late Francis M. Hoots; they were married Nov. 21, 1861; they have had ten children, eight of whom are living, viz., Edwin, Wm. A., Linea Albia, Bertie N., Arthur A., Nora Eva, and Francis; deceased, Albert B. and Rosa. The farm of Mrs. Hoots is principally managed by herself and her children; it contains 316ΒΌ acres, valued at...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Diantha F. Benefiel

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Diantha F. Benefiel, farmer; P. O. Etna; is the daughter of James and Elizabeth Shores, of Bradford Co., Pa.; moved to Coles Co., Oct. 12, 1843; was born in Bradford Co., Penn., Sheshequin Tp., April 22, 1823; her maiden name was Diantha F. Shores ;. was married to her first husband, William N. Smith, March 31, 1844; names of children, boys-George W., Miren L., Julius E., William W.; girls-Elizabeth H., Arloa N., Irena S. George W. died Jan. 24, 1871. Her husband, William W. Smith, died April 8, 1861; is the owner of 320 acres of’ land, also a large flour-mill at Kickapoo, also three offices and four stone houses in Mattoon; is all valued at or near $30,000; was married to her second husband, Mr. George W. Benefiel, Feb. 6, 1868; has no children by her second husband; her first husband’s parents’ names were Jerrad and Clarinda Smith, of Coles Co., Ill.; Jerrad died Sept., 26, 1844; Clarinda died Sept. 18,...

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Biographical Sketch of Miss E. C. Dyer

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Miss E. C. Dyer, Cashier Riverside Banking Company, was born in Illinois, taught school before engaging in the banking business, about fifteen years ago, first in that State and for the past twelve years in Riverside. She is a lady of culture, possesses remarkable force of character and extraordinary business...

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Biography of Mrs. Ellen Woods Crafts Meacham

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Ellen Woods Crafts Meacham. This lady, who, with her husband and family, occupies as a residence one of the old landmarks of the county (the well known Crafton Retreat), is a native of Jackson, Michigan, and daughter of Myron Harwood and Miranda (Capen) Crafts. Her father, who was born in Whately, the family seat, was a man of great force of character. He came to San Bernardino County when the country was new, locating at the place which took his name, and left the impress of his character indelibly upon the community. His unusual business ability, while securing for him ample means and property, could have enabled him to accumulate a much vaster fortune had his inclinations run more to hoarding. He established his home at the place which took the name of “Crafton Retreat,” a spot of great natural beauty, which has been rather enhanced than detracted from by the hand of man. He had a clear foresight of the great future which was in store for the community of his adopted home, and his judgment was verified even before his death, which occurred in this county. He was one of the early members of the Republican Party, and during the war stood manfully by his convictions, though he and a Mr. Robbins at...

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