Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Frank C. Ruland.

Frank C. Ruland.

Birth: Oct. 1, 1855, Illinois.
Death: Jul. 21, 1923.

Wife's: Allie Brockett Ruland (1857 - 1896), Fannie Ferrer Ruland (1861 - 1939).

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick county, Kansas.

Mr.  Ruland had a Real Estate business in Augusta, Kansas, which is in Butler county, Kansas.  He later moved to Wichita, Kansas. 
Date 1905.
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R. L. Polk & Co.'s Kansas state gazette and business directory, 1904.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

James Alfred Polley.

James Alfred Polley.

Birth: 1837, Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio.
Death: Aug. 30, 1911, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Wife: Nancy Y. Polley (1816 - 1882).

Burial: Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

He served as 1st Sergeant in the 2nd Kansas Militia and was captured at the Battle of the Blue on 22 October, 1864. He and 2 others escaped on 25 October and he lived a long successful life in Topeka, where he was known for his prize-winning buggies and carriages

James A. Polley, business was manufacturing buggies, carriages, wagons, and blacksmithing.  In 1871, his business was called "Polley & Town , Carriage Manufactures."  In 1972-1873 it was under the name of "J. A. Polley & Co."  In 1880 it was called "Topeka Carriage Factory."  In 1882-1883 it was called just "J. A. Polley."

Date 1872-1873.
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The workers for 1872-1873.
Frederick Brown, Painter.
Frank Brubaker, Painter.
John Doty, Blacksmith.
Charles Golden, Blacksmith.
J. Lyon, Painter.
Richard Mason, Blacksmith.
Charles Patterson, Painter.
Amos Plaxton, Blacksmith.
W. C. Roach, Carriage maker.
Edwin Robinson, Blacksmith.
A. J. Scherstein, Carriage trimmer.
David Zimmerman, Book keeper.
Date 1880.
Date 1882-1883.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Patrick Henry McCormally.

Patrick Henry McCormally.

Birth: May 17, 1874, Chapman, Dickinson County, K, Kansas.
Death: Aug. 13, 1945, Junction City, Geary County, Kansas.

Parents: John McCormally (1838 - 1900), Anne Ryan McCormally (1837 - 1930).

Wife's: Agnes Ann Kiernan McCormally (1874 - 1919), Anna Elizabeth Nicholson McCormally (1893 - 1976).

Children: Andrew James McCormally (1926 - 1926), Agnes Ann McCormally (1927 - 1927).

Burial: Saint Patricks Cemetery, Chapman, Dickinson county, Kansas.

After Patrick's father John died he ran the farm which was in section 20, of Dickinson county in Noble township.  They were Farmers and Stock Raisers, their farm was called Pleasant Mill Farm.  Their post office address was  Chapman, Kansas, which was about 2 miles south-west of the farm.

Father John McCormally.

Picture publish date 1901.
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John McCormally.

Birth: Mar., 1838, County Monaghan, Ireland.
Death: 1900, Chapman, Dickinson County, Kansas.

John McCormally (sometimes McGormally) was born in Co. Monaghan, Ireland in March 1838.His wife Anne Ryan Foley, a widow whom he married in August 1873, in New Jersey. Ann had two Foley sons by her first marriage,Timothy and Andrew.

Burial: Saint Patricks Cemetery, Chapman, Dickinson county, Kansas.

Monday, December 23, 2013

August Brasche.

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August Brasche, was born June 13, 1820. Came to Wabaunsee county in 1857. from Wyandotte, where he first located, running the largest drugstore in the city. On June 11, 1866, was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Schultz, of West Branch. Dr. Brasche was elected coroner March 28, 1859, and was re-elected six times in succession. Was township treasurer several terms and was eight times elected township trustee, holding that office at the time of his death, on March 19, 1883, after a few days illness with pneumonia, leaving an estimable wife, three sons and a daughter to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father, a most estimable citizen, and one who was probably more widely known than any other man in the county. Dr. Brasche was a graduate of one of the best medical colleges in Europe, located at Halverstadt, Prussia. In early life entered the Prussian army as Surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant. Was more than usually proficient in the art of surgery and on many occasions demonstrated his thorough familiarity with every detail of his profession.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

William B. Treu.

Picture publish date 1901.
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William B. Treu.

Birth: Oct. 16, 1865, Wabaunsee County, Kansas.
Death: Jun. 8, 1900, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.

Parents: Joseph Treu (1833 - 1901), Catherine Klein Treu (1839 - 1906).

Wife: Kate Little Treu (1873 - 1948).

Burial: Alma Cemetery, Alma, Wabaunsee County Kansas.

Married Katie Little, 18 Oct. 1880.William received good educational advantages, but preferred life on the farm, where he lived until being elected sheriff of Wabaunsee Co in 1885, was relected two years later, and near close of next term he returned to the farm only this time in Texas, in the Beaumont oil fields. But before he could reap the benefit of his new investment, he died June 8,1900, age 34yrs,7mo,and 22days.

Friday, December 20, 2013

H. D. Tebow Or Harvy Day Tebow?

Picture date 1904.

H. D. Tebow came to Republic County in 1883, and settled in section 31, of Beaver township.  He was a Farmer and Stock Raiser.  His wife was Hattie, they had four children but only Clarance Tebow was named.  His farm was in all 635.20 acres.  His post office address was Jamestown, Kansas, which was in Cloud County.  Jamestown was about 8 miles south-east from the farm.

Harvey Day Tebow.
No date is given.
Mr.  H. D. Tebow is somewhat of a mystery, the only time he is shown in a directory is in 1904.  However he is shown to have own land in sections 30 & 31, from 1882 through 1923.  Its possible he moved but kept ownership of the land.  There is a Harvey Day Tebow from Cloud County, they may be link together but I can't seem to find the connection.

I have posted pictures of both H. D. and Harvey Day Tebow, are they father and son or both the same person.  If you have any information I would like to hear about it.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

William H. Summers.

Picture publish date 1910.
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William H Summers.

Birth: 1840.
Death: 1918.

Wife: Martha J Morgan Summers (1857 - 1930).

Children: Hattie, George M., Benjamin A., William H., and Ella Summers.

Burial: Penokee Cemetery, Penokee, Graham County, Kansas.

Mr.  Summers came to Graham County in 1890, and settled in section 12, of Millbrook township.  He was a farmer of 320 acres.  His po
st office address was Hill City, Kansas, which was about 7 miles north-east of the farm. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Robert J. Rea.

Picture publish date 1900.
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Robert J. Rea.

Birth: Aug. 8, 1849, Ireland
Death: Mar. 30, 1939, Idana, Clay County, Kansas.

Wife: Martha Elizabeth Greenlee Rea (1859 - 1942).

Children: Clara Jane Rea Johnson (1882 - 1957).

Burial: Idana Cemetery, Clay County, Kansas.

Mr.  Rea came to Clay county in 1872, and settled in section 3 of Oakland township.  He was a farmer and stock raiser, his farm covered 364.28 acres in sections 3 & 2, his post office address was Idana, Kansas which was about 6 miles north-east
of the farm. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Charles B. Whitson.

Charles B. Whitson.

Birth: February 24, 1837, Pennsylvania.
Death: March 4 1905.

Wife: Amanda A. Whitson, October 12, 1839- May 14, 1926.

Burial: Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Civil War Veteran.
Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: WHITSON, CHARLES B. Rank: 2LT. Company: H. Unit: 51 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: PORT BYRON, ROCK ISLAND CO, IL. Age: 25. Height: 5' 7 3/4. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: GRAY. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: MASON. Nativity: SOMERSET, PA. Service Record. Joined When: JAN 5, 1862. Joined Where: PORT BYRON, IL. Joined By Whom: COL CUMMING. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: FEB 25, 1862. Muster In Where: IN THE FIELD. Remarks: PROMOTED CAPTAIN, RESIGNED MARCH 18, 1863.

Mr.  Whitson, went by C. B. Whitson, the records shows that from 1871 through 1875 he was in the Grocery business, in the 1880 he was a miner.  In the 1890's through 1905 he was shown to be a clerk.
Add date 1871.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Charles Samuel Applegate.

Picture publish date 1918.
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Charles Samuel Applegate.

Birth: Jan. 6, 1866, Clinton County, Illinois.
Death: May 4, 1924, Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas.

Son of Jackson A. & Mary Elizabeth (Fee) Applegate.

Married to Emma Belle Dodge on 12-25-1891 at Langdon, KS.

Parents: Jackson A. Applegate (1832 - 1911), Mary Elizabeth Fee Applegate (1844 - 1923).

Wife: Emma Belle Dodge Applegate (1874 - 1960).

Children: Roy Alfred Applegate (1892 - 1960), Chester Arthur Applegate (1894 - 1959), Lillian May Applegate (1898 - 1910).

Burial: Langdon Maple Hill Cemetery, Langdon (Reno County), Reno County, Kansas.

Mr. Applegate came to Reno County in 1885, and settled in section 33, of Plevna, Township.  He was a Farmer and Stock raiser on his 80 acre farm.  He was also the township Trustee for many years.  His post office address was Langdon, Kansas, which is 5 miles south of the farm. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

James Lewis Cross.

Picture publish date 1906.
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James Lewis Cross.

Birth: Dec. 9, 1869, Pike County, Kentucky.
Death: 1960, Kansas.

Parents: Andrew Rusk Cross (1836 - 1915), Ruth Strickler
Cross (1834 - 1886).

Wife: Nellie Celinda Corner Cross (1875 - 1966).

Children: Clifford Cross (1905 - 1905).

Burial: Wayne Cemetery, Lewis, Edwards County, Kansas.

Mr.  Cross came to Edwards County in 1879, and settled in section 29, of Belpre township.  He was a farmer and stock raiser on his farm of 220 acres.  His post office address was Lewis, Kansas, which was 4 miles west of the farm. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

National & Topeka Starch Co.

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National & Topeka Starch Co.
The National Starch Company was incorporated on December 10, 1886, with a capital of $150,000, Thomas O. McGrew; manger.  
The Starch Factory of 1877 was a early experimental institutions for the manufacturing possibilities of Sorghum and Glucose products. The factory was located in the area of 4th street and Golden, Cyrus K. Holliday and J. G. Sloneker were interested financially.

 In 1890, the Topeka Starch Company own it they ran successfully for about 12 years. In 1890, the earlier manager T. O. McGrew retired and C. H. Titus took over as supervisor. In February of 1891, the factory was ordered closed by the Trust at the time of the closing the factory had about 40 workers and $20,000 dollars worth of products on hand. On October 21, 1902 fire consumed the old factory.

In 1896 through 1897, the National Starch factory had a capital of $50,000, and was not in operation.

In 1899 through 1900, C. H. Titus, was superintend of the National Starch factory.

In 1902, C. H. Titus, was manger of the National Starch factory. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Porters of Topeka, Kansas, Through The Years.

This page was done just for the fun of it.. However there is a serious side to this post.  I know there are many looking for a ancestor that was living in Topeka, Kansas, within a certain time frame, for this reason this post may be of help to you. 
All the names listed here were Porters they could be of a colored race or white, the information doesn't say, but when indicated I will note it.
Job's of a Porter.
1.  a person hired to carry burdens or baggage, as at a railroad station or a hotel.
2.  a person who does cleaning and maintenance work in a building, factory, store, etc.
3.  an attendant in a railroad parlor car or sleeping car.
Note.  Names with Porter at the end means no job business was given.
Names highlighted in black, tells what business they worked at.
All names are alphabetically in order.
Topeka 1871.
J. Bennett ( Colored ), Porter K. P. R. R.
J. Callanan, Porter.
J. Knox, Porter.
J. Lazzelle, Porter.
James W. Phillips ( Colored ), Porter, Brown & Hindman.
N. Williams ( Colored ), Porter Fifth Avenue Hotel.

Topeka 1872-1873.

L. Brooks, ( Colored ), Porter Capitol Hotel.
James Frazer, ( Colored ), Porter Crane & Byron.
George Green, ( Colored ), Porter McMeekin House.
M. Lawrence, Porter Tefft House.
W. Lynch, ( Colored ), Porter Fifth Ave., Hotel.
John Mosby, (colored ), Porter McMeekin House.
William Pepper, ( Colored ), Porter Goslin & Co.
James B. Post, Porter Hartsock & Gossett.
C. Pullman, Porter Capital House.
James Raveling, ( Colored ), Porter Fifth Ave., Hotel.

Topeka 1874.

Anda Brown, ( Colored ), Porter Fifth, Ave. Hotel.
D. Brown, ( Colored ), Porter Tefft House.
James Johnson, ( Colored ), Porter McMeekin House North Topeka.
William Mat, ( Colored ), Porter Tefft House.
James H. Raveling, ( Colored ), Porter Fifth Ave., Hotel.
James Sloughter, ( Colored ), Porter Hance & Sutherland.
George A. Thomas, Porter Quincy Engine House.

Topeka 1880.

Harry Adams, ( Colored ), Porter Tefft House.
Ezeriah Allen, ( Colored ), Porter.
Andrew Brown, ( Colored ), Porter.
Jackson Brown, ( Colored ), Pullman Porter.
Harvey Caldwell, ( Colored ), Porter.
Otis Gregg, Porter.
Peter Latty, ( Colored ), Porter Palace Hotel.
Thomas McManiss, Porter.
Thomas J. McManus, Porter.
William Milehrm, ( Colored ), Porter Fifth Ave., Hotel.
John Mosby, ( Colored ), Porter Tefft House.
Cliff Mucks, ( Colored ), Porter.
Stephen Pasker, ( Colored ), Porter.
George Robinson, Porter Palace Hotel.
Aaron Smith, ( Colored ), Porter.
Alexander Smith, Porter.
George Smith, ( Colored ), Porter.
Charles Sneard, ( Colored ), Porter Tefft House.
Samuel Thompson, ( Colored ), Porter.

Topeka 1882.

Andrew Brown, ( Colored ), Porter Fifth Ave., Hotel.
Jack Brown, ( Colored ), Porter Sleeping Car.
H. Colwell, ( Colored ), Porter.
Charles Cooper, Porter Palace Hotel North Topeka.
R. Downing, Palace Hotel North Topeka.
Stern Foster, ( Colored ), Porter.
Henry Gramphrey, ( Colored ), Porter.
William Hilton, Porter Dutton House.
Crawford Jones, ( Colored ), Porter.
Harrison Kennedy, ( Colored ), Porter.
William Milam, ( Colored ), Porter Fifth Ave., Hotel.
John Mosby, ( Colored ), Porter.
Frank Payne, ( Colored ), Porter.
William Pullen, ( Colored ), Porter.
W. Rolf, ( Colored ), Porter.
Emanuel Schlegle, ( Colored ), Porter Gordon House.
G. W. Scott, ( Colored ), Porter.
Aaron Smith, ( Colored ), Porter Fifth Ave., Hotel.
George Smith, ( Colored ), Porter.
William Spiggs, ( Colored ), Porter.

Topeka 1887-1888.

William M. Bacon, Porter.
C. J. Baker, Porter.
Henry Beck, Porter.
Henry Bizzell, Porter.
Jackson Brown, Porter.
Jack Brown, Porter.
Harvey Caldwell, Porter.
William Campbell, Porter W.A. L. Thompson Hardware Co.
Allen Ellison, Porter.
O. Halderman, Porter.
Edward Harris, Porter St. James Hotel.
Samuel Higgins, Porter.
Daniel Hyde, Porter Throop Hotel.
G. L. Jefferson, Porter.
Lee Jefferson, Porter Windsor Hotel.
Henry Johns, Porter.
Henry Johnson, Porter.
Andy Jordan, Porter Barnes & Sim.
Alex. McAdams, Porter Windsor Hotel.
I. A. McAdams, Porter.
Ed. Matley, Porter Throop Hotel.
F. Matley, Porter.
James Murl, Porter.
George Newberry, Porter St. Nicholas Hotel.
Ed. Owens, Porter Dutton House.
Freeling Payne, Porter Copeland Hotel.
Walter M. Rainey, Porter.
Henry W. Rolfe, Porter.
W. O. Scott, Porter.
J. R. Taylor, Porter.
George W. Todd, Porter.

Topeka 1888-1889.
Joseph Bacon, Santa Fe. Office.
Alfred Beronius, porter.
Andrew Brown, Porter.
Jack Brown, Porter.
Jack Brown, Porter.
Gus Buckner, Porter.
Jno Edmonds, Porter.
Allen Ellison, Porter.
Harry Franklin, Porter.
John Gooden, Porter.
W. B. Hamilton, George W. Crane Publishing Co.
Daniel Hide, Porter.
Andrew Jackson, Dutton House.
Alfred Jones, Porter.
Andrew Jordan, Sim Bros.
Edward Link, Porter.
Charles Lundburg, Porter.
Charles Lundburg, Porter.
Jeff McCemore, Porter.
William McCemore, Windsor Hotel.
E. W. Mattley, Porter.
William Mileham, Railroad Porter.
Charles Morton, Porter.
Felix North, Porter.
Nicholas North, Porter.
Benjamin Thompson, Porter.
Fountain F. Thurman, Windsor Hotel.
George W. Todd, Porter.
Thomas Vaughn, Porter.
George Ware, Clements & Chaffee.
William Warren, Porter.
John Wessley, Porter.
J. W. White, George W. Crane Publishing Co.
Terry Williams, Porter.
G. W. Woodard, Porter.
Francis Young, Porter.

Topeka 1890-1891

Frank Allen, Porter.
Alfred V. Beronius, Porter Santa FE. R. R.
Jackson Brown, Porter.
E. Burnett, Porter.
Harvey Caldwell, Porter Santa Fe. R. R.
Henry Comer, Porter.
Garrett Davis, Porter.
Ed. Drain, Porter Santa Fe. Ry, Office.
John M. Fergoson, Porter Fifth Avenue Hotel.
Julian Gibbons, Railway Porter.
John B. Hall, Porter Santa Fe. Ry.
Solomon Harman, Porter Stevenson & Peckham.
Ben Huntsberger, Porter.
William H. Jenkins, Porter Copeland Hotel.
Andrew Jordan, Porter.
Henry King, Porter Hotel Throop.
Albert Link, Porter.
Charles Lundborg, Porter Santa Fe. Ry Office.
Newton McAfee, Porter.
Ed. W. Matley, Porter.
William Payne, Porter.
E. Price, Porter.
C. T. Proctor, Porter.
George Slaughter, Porter Santa Fe. Ry. Office.
Allen Smith, Porter.
B. F. Thompson, Porter Santa Fe. Ry. Office.
Benjamin S. Thompson, Porter.
Henry Washington, Porter.
George Wear, Porter.
Thomas Weaver, Porter.
John Wesley, Porter Santa Fe. Ry Office.
Harry Williams, Porter Dutton House.
Henry Wilson, Porter.
Charles Zinn, Railway Porter.

Topeka 1893-1894.

C. D. Asbury, Porter.
John Baker, Porter.
Tom Branford, Porter.
Harvey Caldwell, Porter.
Richard Craiger, Porter Santa Fe.
William Graham, Porter.
G. L. Jefferson, Porter.
Thomas Lewis, Porter.
E. W. Mattley, Porter.
Ed. McClelland, Porter.
William Milam, Porter.
William Patten, Porter.
Charles C. Price, Porter.
James Richardson, Porter.
Jordan Richardson, Porter.
A. Ritchison, Porter.
Albert Thomas, Porter Sr. James Hotel.
Ben Williams, Porter.
Edward Wright, Porter.

Topeka 1896-1897.

Robert Barton, Porter.
W. M. Brown, Porter.
Francis Campbell, Porter Hub Clothing Co.
Harry Cigler, Porter Dutton House.
William Conley, Porter.
William Conley, Porter.
James Davis, Porter.
William Delk, Porter.
Edward Drain, Porter.
William Eagleson Jr., Porter.
J. W. Edmonds, Porter Kansas State Printing Co.
Hayden Edmonds, Porter.
Robert Edwards, Porter.
Spotter Ellis, Porter.
Daniel Ezell, Porter.
William Graham, Porter Rock Island Route.
Oliver Halterman, Porter.
George Hamilton, Porter.
James Harper, Porter.
Ed. Haskins, Porter.
Henry Johns, Porter AT & SF R. R.
J. S. Jordan, Porter Fifth Ave., Hotel.
George Kerchavil, Train Porter.
Tom Langom, Porter.
E. W. Matley, Porter.
Robert McKeen, Porter.
Edward Miller, Porter.
James Moos, Porter Commercial Hotel.
Peter Mortonson, Porter.
David E. Over, Porter Kellam Book Co.
William Patton, Porter.
W. H. Perry, Porter.
Silvester Persells, Porter.
W. W. Plumb, Porter Rock Island Route.
William Price, Porter.
William Reynolds, Porter Greenwald & Co.
William Sawyer, Porter.
Austin Sharp, Porter.
Samuel Shuck, Porter General Office At & SF. R. R.
John Smiley, Porter.
Cecil Smith, Porter.
Henry Smith, Porter.
Richard Smith, Porter.
B. F. Thompson, Porter AT & SF R. R.
James Tyler, Porter Throop Hotel.
D. L. Washington, Porter.
Walter Ware, Porter.
Walter Wear, Porter.
James White, Porter.
Andrew Williams, Porter.
Ben Williams, Porter.

Topeka 1899-1900.
Alexander Allen, Porter.
Grant Bird, Porter Santa Fe. Hospital.
George Bradford, Porter.
Fordy Bradfort, Porter.
William Brien, Porter.
Milton Brown, Porter.
Henry Cabbell, Porter.
Rasnay S. Christian, Porter.
Edward Crane, Railroad Porter.
John Dandridge, Porter Crosby Bros.
P. C. Danford, Porter.
H. Davis, Porter Santa Fe. Hospital.
W. Davis, Porter Santa Fe. Hospital.
Edward Drain, Porter General Office Santa Fe. Ry.
William Eagleson, Porter Santa Fe. Hospital.
Albert Elexander, Porter.
Charles W. French, Porter Special Car Santa Fe. Ry.
William Graham, Train Porter.
George Hamilton, Porter.
Arthur Harris, Porter.
Edmonds Hayden, Porter Topeka State Journal.
Don Hyde, Porter General Office Santa Fe. Ry.
G. L. Jefferson, Porter C. R. I. & P. Ry.
W. H. Jenkins, Train Porter.
Dan Jones, Train Porter.
Grant Jones, Porter
Andrew Jordan, Porter.
Simon Jordan, Porter.
George W. Kerchavil, Railroad Porter.
A. W. Link, Train Porter.
James R.  Martin, Porter.
John MAtheney, Porter.
Walter McClain, Porter Greenwald's.
Samuel McLemore, Porter.
Henry Muray, Porter.
Duke Noland, Porter.
John D. Page Jr., Porter Warren M. Crosby & Co.
James Richardson, Porter The Palace Clothing Co.
Oliver Richardson, Porter.
Samuel Shuck, Porter General Office Santa Fe. Ry.
John Smiley, Porter Hotel Throop.
George Swartz, Porter.
Benjamin F. Thompson, Porter General Office Santa Fe. Ry.
James E. Turner, Porter.
Terry Williams, Porter.
Frank Young, Porter.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Doctor Andrew J. Huntoon.

Picture publish date 1898.
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Andrew J. Huntoon.

Birth: Feb. 18, 1832, Unity, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.
Death: May 27, 1902, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Andrew married Elizabeth P. Foster, daughter of Henry Prentice Foster and Elvira, on 22 Nov 1854

May 27, 1902, obituary published in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas:

Dr.  Andrew Jackson Huntoon, a pioneer Kansan, formerly surgeon and captain in the army and who participated in the border troubles of Kansas, died early this morning after several months' illness, at the age of seventy years, at his home at No. 333 Harrison Street.... Dr. Huntoon was the father of a family of four children. Only one child is living, Mrs. Julia Pounds, wife of Thos. E. Pounds, a mine owner of Joplin Mo. He has a brother living, Col. George Huntoon of No. 219 Huntoon street. Charles Foster was a brother-in-law. Dr. Huntoon's wife, and Mrs. Foster were brother and sister.... Dr. Huntoon was one of twins, the twins being a boy and a girl. They were born on the 29th of February, 1832, leap year, therefore having a birthday only once every four years.

Inscription: CO B KAN S.M.INF

Burial: Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Andrew J. Huntoon advertisements

In 1871, Mr.  Huntoon advertise as being a Physician, business at 143 Kansas Ave., residence corner of Harrison and Fourth street.

In 1872-1873, Mr. Huntoon advertise read; Livery and Sale Stable North West corner Seventh and Jackson streets, residence North West corner Fourth and Harrison Streets.

In 1874 , the advertise was the same for 1871.

For 1880, see advertisement.

For 1882 see advertisement.

In 1885-1886, Mr. Huntoon advertisement read; County Treasure, Livery Stable, corner Seventh and Jackson street, residence 105 east Harrison street.

In 1887-1888, Mr.  Huntoon advertise Livery and Feed Stable, 206 West Seventh, residence 333 Harrison phone 213.

In 1888-1889, Mr.  Huntoon advertise his business in Topeka as Livery, Feed and Hack Stable, at 212 West Seventh street, residence 333 Harrison, phone No. 213.

In 1890-1891, Mr. Huntoon advertise his business as Livery Stable, 206, West Seventh street, residence 335 Harrison, phone No. 213.

In 1893-1894, the advertise was the same for 1890-1891.

In 1896-1897, Mr.  Huntoon, advertise his business in Topeka as Livery Sale & Boarding Stables, business was at 206 West Seventh street, residence was 335 Harrison, phone No. 213.

Although Mr.  Huntoon died in 1902, he was still in business.

The year 1880.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

The Copeland Hotel, Topeka Kansas.

 Picture publish date 1905.
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J. C. Gordon built a new hotel on the southeast corner of Kansas Avenue and ninth street, it was called the Copeland Hotel.  It was a four story building was spacious annea, it construction was 1883.

The Copeland was located near the State Capitol and was a sort of headquarters for politicians especially the Republicans.  News Paper correspondent, Fred L. Vandegrift, gave it the poplar designation of "Copeland County."

The Copeland Hotel was destroyed by fire on January 14, 1909, at a loss of $52,000.

Many Kansas Statesmen and Topeka businesses men used the Copeland Hotel as their residence and offices.  Governor W. E. Stanley ( 1899 ), stayed there will in office and Governor E. N. Morrill ( 1896 ).  The Stedman Literary Club, held their meetings there.  In 1890, Doctor J. Albert Berry was the Copeland Holel, Physician.

Workers of the Copeland Hotel, through the years.
Irving W. Doolittle, Clerk.
Charles Hagerman, Steward.
H. M. Shaw, Clerk.
R. S. Brownell, Clerk.
A. E. Guest, Housekeeper.
O. P. M. Wiley, Clerk.
Mark Freeman, Cook.
William H. Jenkins, Porter.
Morella Lee, Waiter.
Nellie McBride, Waiter.
Schuyler Nichols, Clerk.
Schuyler C. Nichols, Clerk.
Mary Reed, Waiter.
H. M. Shaw, Clerk.
Libbie Smith, Waiter.
Stella Van Horn, Dishwasher.
A. P. M. Wiley, Clark.
S. W. Brdsall, Clerk.
Mark Freeman, Cook.
H. M. Shaw, Chief Clerk.
Kittie Clyde, Chambermaid.
L. Doran, Cook.
Mark Freeman, Cook.
Mrs.  E. Jerram, Housekeeper.
Maggie Manchester, Chambermaid.
H. P. Knight, Manager.
John Clements, Waiter.
Frank M. Curtis, Manger.
A. H. Friedley, Night Clerk.
Frank Haley, Cook.
William H. Lucas, Waiter.
Isaac Northington, Janitor.
Jacob Prier, Waiter.
Joseph Smith, Waiter.
James Chappelle, Prop. of the Copeland Hotel.
Mary Dwyer, Chambermaid.
F. E. Etter, Chief Clerk.
Mae Finn, Housekeeper.
William H. Henderson, Waiter.
Frank Irwin, Headwaiter.
O. T. Vaughn, Night Clerk.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Lewis Young Grubbs.

Picture publish date 1905.
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Lewis Young Grubbs.

Birth: 1841.
Death: 1914, Kansas.


Grubbs, Lewis, M.D.--Born Washington Court House, Ohio, Dec. 27, 1841; son of Stephen and Diana (Holland) Grubbs; educated Med. Coll. of Ohio, M.D. '71; married Rebecca J. Wiley, Feb. 1873; Pres. Jane C. Stormont Hosp. and Training School for Nurses; ex-pres. City Bd. of Health; ex-pres U.S. Pension Bd.; mem. Am. Med. Ass'n, Kan. State Med. Soc., and Shawnee Co. Med. Soc.; to Dover Kan., 1871; to Topeka 1880. Office 603 Kansas Avenue, lived at 1210 west Sixth Street.

Civil War service.

Enlisted in the 114th., Ohio, Infantry, Co. C. August 9, 1862, as a Private, age 20, for 3 years.  Mustered out with company July 31, 1865. 

Wife: Rebecca Jane Wiley Grubbs (1846 - 1924).

Burial: Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

William Henry Hinks.

The other day I got a letter from a Mr.  Ron Darland, I was unable to help him.  I thought maybe one of my readers could help him.  If you have any questions or answers for him he can be reach at the following.  rdarland@sbcglobal.net
A little about me and my family.
My maternal ggggrandfather and family. His name was William Henry Hinks and he owned Arrington's only livery stable in l870's-l880's (?) Have handwritten notes from great aunt giving this information and listing children's names:  Harley, Edward, Mae, and John Franklin Hinks (my gggrandfather) who was born in Arrington in l879. William Henry Hinks was married to Victoria Jane Pence. He passed August 2, 1904 and is buried in Muscotah Cemetery. I would love to see if anyone could possibly take a picture of his headstone; of course if there is one. Or to locate the burial location so we might be able to place a stone in memory of him.
Also, I have attached a picture that we believe is Edward, Harley and my gggrandfather John (sitting from left to right) We believe this is possibly the fire department for Arrington or in the surrounding area. I wanted to ask if you might know anything about a fire department approx. dates 1880s to 1890s possibly 1900 but more likely late 1800s and if you know anything about livery stables in the area around or approx same time frame.
Ron Darland.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Fred Poppendick, Topeka, Kansas.

Fred Poppendick is a mystery he is known to be in Topeka, in 1871, he had a Restaurant, Saloon and Billiard Hall on Kansas Ave.  He was still in business in 1872-1874.  After 1874 he is no longer listed in the city directory, then in 1880 he is listed again.  He is hard to find in the listings as his name was spelled many ways; Popendick, Popindick and most common Poppendick.

In 1880, he lived at 152 Quincy Street, while his Restaurant, Saloon and Billiard Hall was on Kansas Ave.  After 1880, his businesses are no longer listed in the city directory.  However in 1885 he is listed as being a resident of Kansas City Missouri.  Then in 1887, he is listed as living at 314 Tyler Street in Topeka, after 1887 he is no longer heard from.

Mr. Poppendick was also a member of the Topeka Turnverein, as a flag bearer.

Authors Note.  If any one has any information on Mr.  Poppendcik I would like to hear about it.

Update December 2, 2013.

His real name is Fredinand, also went by Fred and Frank Poppendick.  was born in 1829, Prussia, died on June 27, 1914, in Chicago, Illinois, and brought back to Topeka for burial at the Topeka Cemetery on July 1, 1914.  His wife Mary Ann Poppendick, died in Topeka? in 1886, she is buried in the Topeka Cemetery.  They had children but not listed here, but they are recorded in the records at the cemetery..

Year 1880.
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Poppendick House, 1880.
Here is a list of workers of the Poppendick House.
Fred Poppendick, Prop.& Clerk, Residence 152 Quincy, St.
Nick Bader, Night Clerk, Residence same.
Charles Carter, "Colored" Yardman, residence same.
John Donald, :Colored" Scullion, Residence same.
Max Flemming, Clerk, Residence same.
Alexander Humboldt, Cook, Residence same.
Alexander Page, "Colored" Cook, Residence same.
Thomas M. Williams "Colored" Waiter, Residence same.
George Wright, "Colored" Waiter, Residence same.
Other Advertisements.
Year 1871.
Year 1872.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Picture publish date 1905.
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Albertus T. Lucas, sheriff of Shawnee County, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, is serving his second term in that capacity and is widely known throughout this section of the State. He has been a resident of Topeka since early youth, and has been identified with numerous enterprises in this city. He was born at Brimfield, Illinois, July 26, 1867, and is one of four children born to John E. and Gruetta (Wilson) Lucas.

John E. Lucas was born at Warsaw, Indiana, where he was reared, later moving to Peoria, Illinois, and finally in 1868 coming to Shawnee County, Kansas. For 12 years he followed farming in Mission and Auburn townships and became a resident of Topeka in 1880. He has long been identified with city affairs in various departments and lately served as city detective. On April 17, 1905, he received the appointment of under sheriff of Shawnee County. He is a citizen of manly attributes, strictly honest and of unquestioned integrity, and possesses the good will and esteem of his fellow-men.

Albertus T. Lucas was less than a year old when he came to Shawnee County with his parents, who settled on a farm in Mission township. Later they moved to another farm, in Auburn township, and in 1880 established the family home in Topeka. Our subject grew to manhood in Shawnee County and received a good education in the country schools and in the schools of the city. Upon arriving at man's estate, he engaged in the livery business and after a time had charge of the money wagon of the Wells, Fargo & Company Express. He next served as steward of the Elk Club and then two years as deputy sheriff. Upon giving up the latter business, he conducted a laundry for one year, after which he sold out and engaged as traveling salesman for a large packing company.

Three years later, in the spring of  1901, he was elected sheriff of Shawnee County on the Republican ticket, receiving a majority of 1,315 votes over Frank M. Stahl and Dan. Markem, Independent and Democratic nominees. He was re-elected November 8, 1904, with little opposition, leading the ticket with a majority of 5,097 over Dan Markem, whom he has twice defeated. He is unswerving in his support of the Republican party. Through his faithful and honest administration of the affairs of the office of sheriff, he stands well in the esteem of the general public.

On January 22, 1896, Mr. Lucas was united in marriage with Mary Miller, a daughter of Bradford Miller, who has been mayor of Topeka, county treasurer and county commissioner. They have one child, Helen. Religiously, they are members of the Presbyterian Church. Our subject is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Modern Woodmen of America, Ancient Order of United Workmen and United Commercial Travelers.