Friday, February 28, 2014

James H. Heacock.

Mr. Heacock is standing on the left with mail carrier George Roberts.  The date of this picture is unknown but should be between 1905 & 1906.
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James H. Heacock, came to Lyon county in 1877, and settled in section 36, of center township.  His post office address was Olpe, Kansas, which is 4 miles east of his home.  He later become postmaster of Olpe, Kansas, in 1905.

Mr. Heacock was also a civil war veteran, he was a private of the 124th., Pennsylvania infantry, Co. D.  Mustered in August 9, 1862; mustered out with his company May 15, 1863.

If you wish to learn more about Mr. Heacock, and his family take this link.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Daniel Weese.

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Daniel Columbus Weese.

Birth: Jul. 21, 1832, Allen County, Indiana.
Death: Mar. 16, 1906, Fellsburg, Edwards County, Kansas.

Parents: James Weese (1810 - 1854), Catherine Kirkendall Weese (1813 - 1878).

Wife: Margaret Huett Weese (1836 - 1907).

Children: John Louis Weese (1853 - 1864). William W Weese (1856 - 1859). D. S. Weese (1857 - 1857). James Monroe Weese (1859 - 1950). Thomas Jefferson Weese (1865 - 1953). Infant Weese (1867 - 1870). Rosa Weese (1867 - 1870). Daniel Frederick Weese (1870 - 1910). Mary Elizabeth Weese (1874 - 1875).

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

Mr. Weese came to Edwards county in 1879, and settled in section 26, of Franklin township.  He was a farmer and stock raiser on his 320 acres of land.  His post office address was Fellsburg, Kansas which was 4 miles south of the farm.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jacob Bolin.

Picture publish date 1905.
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Jacob Bolin.

Birth: Unknown
Death: Unknown.

Wife may have been Mary E.

Children, may have been Albert Bolin.

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Harvey county, Kansas.

Mr. Bolin came to Decatur county in 1880, and settled in section 10 of Summit township.  He was a farmer and stock raiser on his 240 acre farm.  His post office address was Oberlin, Kansas, which was about 10 miles north east of the farm.

Mr. Bolin was a Civil War Veteran, enlisting into the 71St., Ohio Infantry, Co. G., age 28, enlisted December 14, 1861, for 3 years.  Mustered out with company November 30, 1865; Veteran.     

Monday, February 24, 2014

Charles Reitz, Reserve, Kansas.

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Charles J. Reitz.

Birth: November, 1869, Iowa.
Death: 1949.

Wife: Celia Jane Forbes Reitz, b., Indiana, 1867, d., 1937.

Children: Dorthy G., Edward C., Percy C., Howard D., Loyd N., and Orbet N., or Orbit N. Reitz.

Burial : Mount Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha, Brown county, Kansas.

Mr. Reitz came to Hamlin township and settled in the town of Reserve, Kansas, in 1893.  His business was Harness and Merchandise, he also held the offices of Justice of the Peace and Police Judge.

Reserve, Kansas.
Reserve, is a little town in Hamlin township. Brown county, and is located on the Missouri Pacific R. R. 10 miles north of Hiawatha, the county seat. It has a bank, 2 churches, a number of well stocked retail stores,  telegraph and express offices, and a money order post office with one rural route. The post office open October 5, 1882 and ran to March 18, 1983, first post master Josia Bean.  The population in 1910 was 270.

Friday, February 21, 2014

John M. Foley & Patrick Henry Foley.

Picture date 1906.
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John M. Foley.

Birth: 1851, Connecticut.
Death: 1919, Kansas.

Wife: Bridget Foley, (1851-1937 ).

Children: Mary E. and Agness L. Foley.

Patrick Henry Foley.

Birth: February 14, 1857.
Death: December 22, 1914.

No wife or children are recorded.

All three are buried in the same grave.

Burial: Saint Patricks Cemetery, Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas.

The Foley's lived in Thayer, Kansas, there they ran the Southern Hotel.  The records state that Patrick Henry was the proprietor of the Southern Hotel,  and also was a dealer in real estate. 

John M. Foley, was also in Thayer, Kansas however he is not in the county directory. In the picture I have provided it state the he was proprietor of the hotel and Patrick was the owner.  They moved from Thayer, Kansas some time after 1906, and were in Chanute, Kansas, by 1910.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Peter E. Ewert

Picture publish date 1921.
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Peter E. Ewert.

Birth: April: 1, 1868, Poland.
Death: July 10, 1927.

Wife Lizzie Ewert.

Children: Jacob, Willie, Edwin, Beris, Bena, Adena and Maira Ewert Bartel.

Burial: Johannestal Cemetery, Hillsboro, Marion County Kansas.

Mr. Ewert came to Marion county from Poland in 1876, and settled in section 7, of Risley township.  He was a Farmer and Stock Raiser on his 80 acres of land.  His post office address was Hillsboro, Kansas, which was between 7 & 8 miles south-east from the farm.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

James W. Miller.

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James W. Miller.

Birth: 1864, Kentucky.
Death: Unknown.

Burial: Unknown.

Wife: Mary J. Miller.

Children: Jennie E. Miller, Margaret A. Miller and Ora P. Miller.

Mr. Miller came to Reno County in 1894, and settled in section 21 of Valley township.  He was a Dairyman and had a 160 acre farm called ( Jersey Dairy farm ), his post office address was Burrton, Kansas, which was 4 miles east of the farm, in Harvey County, Kansas..

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

John W. Locke.

Picture publish date 1906.
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John W Locke.

Birth: Aug. 5, 1854, Henderson County, Kentucky.
Death: 1920, Erie, Neosho County, Kansas.

Wife: Rosemma Ruth Burns Locke (1859 - 1934).

Children: Letha Lee Locke Smith (1881 - 1959), Herbert Dudley Locke (1883 - 1969), John William Locke (1886 - 1957), Edward Poe Locke (1888 - 1950), Lloyd Burns Locke (1895 - 1956), J William Locke (1918 - 1975).

Burial: East Hill Cemetery, Erie, Neosho County, Kansas.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lester M. Crawford

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Lester M. Crawford of Topeka is one of the men of remarkable enterprise in a state which for years had been in the habit of contributing enterprise, ideas, principles for the vitalizing and regeneration of the world. He is perhaps best known as the owner and lessee of a chain of theaters in a dozen or more cities of Kansas and other states. He had done more than any other man to bring artistic talent to Topeka and other cities of the state. A theatrical man is not often a pioneer in agriculture, but the readers of that old agricultural journal, The Country Gentleman, will recall several interesting articles describing Mr. Crawford’s experiment in establishing a “fur farm” in Kansas, and his success in breeding and crossing Asiatic sheep with some of the native stock to produce the pelts which are so much esteemed when manufactured into the Persian lamb, Astrakhan and other grades of fur.

Mr. Crawford came to Kansas when a boy of thirteen. His parents Thomas and Charlotte (Hill) Crawford, were natives of Ohio, and his father was a carpenter and at times conducted a farm. Their home, where Mr. Crawford was born, was in the little town of Mount Pleasant in Southern Ohio, in what is called the Hanging Rock Iron Region. The family had also lived in other parts of the state. In coming to Kansas they spent sixteen days en route. A railroad took them to St. Louis, and from there they journeyed for twelve days on a boat up the Missouri River to Leavenworth, followed by a two days wagon journey to Topeka. At that time Topeka had less than a thousand inhabitants and was only a frontier village, without sidewalks, and with only two or three brick buildings. Here Thomas and Charlotte Crawford spent the rest of their lives. Of their eleven children three are now living.

Lester M. Crawford, seventh in age, had had his home in Kansas and is a typical Kansas man since he was thirteen years old. At the age of seventeen he started to learn the printer’s trade and vividly recalls working the old Washington hand press on the Kansas Tribune, published by J. F. Cummings and S. R. Shepherd. An item of his still earlier experience was hauling freight between Leavenworth and Topeka and Atchison. As a printing apprentice he also worked on the old Kansas Free Press at Atchison, published by the honored F. G. Adams. In 1864 a spirit of adventure led him to cross the plains to Fort Laramie, in the employ of a freighter named Moore. On this trip they encountered difficulties on account of Indian depredations. Later he resumed his work as a printer on the Topeka Leader published by J. F. Cummings. When Prouty, Davis & Crane started the Daily Commonwealth, the first daily paper in Topeka, he became circulation manager and advertising solicitor.

In connection with his early newspaper experience about 1868 Mr. Crawford started a bill posting service. It was that which gave him his first insight into the amusement business as a vocation For a number of years he made general advertising and bill posting his regular occupation.

As the owner and promoter of theatrical houses his activities have become widely spread. In 1880 he bought the old Costa Opera House on the site of the present Commerce Building at Topeka. This was remodeled into a theater, but a few months later was burned. It was rebuilt in 1881, and in 1906 was again destroyed by fire. When it was rebuilt it became known as the Commerce Building, furnishing a home and headquarters for the Topeka Commercial Club. As a theatrical manager Mr. Crawford brought to Topeka such noted artists as Clara Louise Kellogg, Joseph Jefferson, Sol Smith Russell, Robison & Crane, Booth and Barrett, Emma Eames Abbott, and in fact all the greatest actors and singers of the day. His success at Topeka led him to expand the scope of his action. He built an opera house in Atchison, the Crawford Theater at Leavenworth, the Crawford Theater at Wichita, Crawford Theater at El Paso, Texas, Crawford Theater at St. Joseph, Missouri, the Oliver Theater at Lincoln, Nebraska. The Gaiety Theater of St. Louis is also owned by Mr. Crawford, and he is lessee of Brandies Theater. Omaha, Nebraska, the Texas Grand Thcater, El Paso, Texas, and is also interested in a number of other places of amusement throughout the country.

For many years he had been making inveetments in farm and ranch lands, and now owned a 1,920 acre ranch in Chase County, Kansas, which is the scene of his extensive enterprise with cattle and Karakule sheep, and he also had another ranch of 2,381 acres near El Paso, Texas. While a great amount of publicity had been given in the magazines and the newspaper press to Mr. Crawford’s experiment in fur farming, the story of his efforts is undoubtedly best told in a fascinating little booklet which he issued under the title “Fur Farming with Sheep,” and detailing his experiences. As he saya he is a pioneer in what he believes is a new industry for sheep growers of the United States, and in his booklet he tells what he knows about raising fur by crossing Karakule sheep from Asia on native American breeds. These experiments were conducted on his ranch near Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, where he made his first test in 1912. At the beginning it should be explained that the hides of the lambs of the Karakule sheep, on account of their special quality, have long held an exclusive place in the world’s fur markets. The industry until comparatively recently was confined to Southern Russia and Asia, and on account of the world’s demand for the Karakule fur its cost had been steadily rising during the past twenty years. There are three kinds of fur produced. If the curls are small and very tight, furriers call it Persian lamb fur. When the curls are larger and loose the pelt is known as Astrakban, and if the pelt shows shades of gray it is called Krimmer. The most valuable pelts are taken from the newborn lambs, usually before they are two weeks old.

It is possible to quote only a few paragraphs from Mr. Crawford’s booklet. “My decision to start a fur farm probably was born from a desire of long standing in me to grow fur. It appealed to me as fascinating work. More than that–for I conldn’t afford to do it for pleasure–it appealed to me as profitable. The opportunity came when a sheep breeder in Texas, who had imported a herd of Karakule sheep direct from Asia, and with whom I had been negotiating offered to sell out to me. It was perhaps the first herd of Karakules ever brought to this country. We closed the deal for thirty-four head–nineteen rams and fifteen ewes–and I removed them to my 1,900 acre sheep ranch near Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. My total investment was about $35,000.

“It may seem that I was taking a pretty big chance to invest so much money in an enterprise before the practicability of it had been proved. But it wasn’t altogether a gamble. Scientists had proved that lambs resulting from Karakules crossed on native American breeds would bear pelts valuable for fur. These tests of course were only scientific; no one had actually attempted the production of the pelts for proflt. But the scientific fact seemed safe enough to me. I was willing to try it. There wasn’t any doubt about the Karakule sheep thriving in this country. They are a very hardy breed, the extreme hot and cold temperatures of their native land having hardened them to the hardships of weather.

“I now gave close attention to stocking and equipping the fur farm. And it was fascinating work I assure you. We repaired the old buildings and fences on the ranch and built a new barn large enough to accommodate 1,200 sheep. I needed some good blooded ewes. The better the grade of native sheep used in breeding for fur the better the pelt will be. So I bought 1,100 selected Lincoln ewes from the Gooding ranch in Idaho. The possibilities of fur farming as a new industry had attracted the attention of experts at the Kansas Agricultural College, partienlarly Dr. R. K. Nabours, an experimental breeder. At my invitation Doctor Nabours became an adviser in the work, and as such had rendered valuable aid to me by his wide knowledge of cross breeding.

“It was well into November, 1912, before we began crossing the Karakule rams on the Lincoln ewes.” Then Mr. Crawford explains that in earrying out his plan to keep a careful record of the breeding the matter was delayed with the greater number of ewes until the season was almost past. “Consequently our crop of half-bloods was small–only about three hundred came. A cold lambing season killed a number of the lambs, some were born dead, so that only two hundred survived. However, not one of the pelts from the one hundred dead lambs was damaged. Death or early birth does not affect their value in the least.”

In the next season, 1913, the breeding was begun earlier and he proflted by his previous experience, and the results were much more satisfactory. It should be noted that not only is the Karakule sheep valuable for its fur, but it also had exceptional qualities as a mutton stock, and it had proved that the quality of mutton produced from the crossing of the two stocks will be greatly improved.

In politics Mr. Crawford is a republican, and is a Knight Templar and Shriner Mason. On January 15, 1868, he married Miss Mary E. Wright of Topeka. To their union were born the following children: Orlin T.; Chester P.; Bertha, who died in her sixteenth year; Roy, who is associated with his father in business; and Edith, Mrs. Oscar Messing of St. Louis.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Joseph Bromich.

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Joseph Bromich, one of Topeka's most successful business men, and proprietor of the Topeka Steam Boiler Works, one of the largest and best equipped west of the Mississippi River. This concern enjoys a very large local trade, and has shipped extensively to all points in the West.

Mr. Bromich was born near Birmingham, England, December 25, 1847, and is a son of Benjamin and Emma Bromich, both life-long residents of England. Joseph was the youngest of four children born to his parents, and began working during his boyhood days, his education being such as he could procure at night after his hard day's work had ended. He learned the trade of a boiler-maker in Birmingham, England, and there followed it until he reached his majority in 1868. Then after his marriage, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean
to seek his fortune in the United States. He located in New York City a short time, then went to Florida where he obtained work in the railroad shops. After a few months in Florida, he embarked for the West Indies.

After visiting many seaports and places of interest, he took passage on the Peruvian naval ship "Maranon," joining the navy as boilermaker and blacksmith aboard ship. Tiring of the navy, he returned to Liverpool, England, arriving there November 30, 1869. He was employed for a time in the phosphorus works of Albright & Wilson at Birmingham, and then determined to return to the United States. On February 23, 1870, he started on the voyage, his family following in November of the same year. Upon arriving in this country he engaged with Lowell & Rose, of Rancocas, New Jersey, to build a phosphorous works. After its completion, he journeyed West to Topeka, Kansas, arriving in July, 1871, and here obtained work the first day at the old Kaw Valley (now known as the Western) Foundry, conducted by Babcock & Cleland.

He remained with this concern two years; during the latter part of this period it was owned by Andrew Stark. He then worked at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway shops under Master Mechanic Faries until in partnership with R. L. Cofran, ex-mayor of Topeka, he purchased the Kaw Valley Foundry property, which had been destroyed by fire. Although it was the time of the panic and also of the disastrous grasshopper visitation, these thrifty gentlemen made a success of their venture and soon found it necessary to enlarge the plant. At the end of three years, our subject disposed of his interest in the business to his partner and established the Topeka Steam Boiler Works, and success has crowned his efforts ever since. He manufactures all kinds of boilers, according to specifications furnished, and conducts the largest and most complete plant west of the Mississippi, with the exception of the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, but not excluding those of St. Louis.

His boiler shop, which in dimensions is 140 by 140 feet, has about 32,000 square feet of floor space, and ncludes in its equipment all of the most modern machinery money can procure. It has labor-saving machinery of every description, run economically by electric power; 500 volts are required when the plant is in full operation. So complete is the equipment that a single man can handle large plates of iron, and the plant is so arranged that a boiler can be loaded in two minutes time with the aid of cranes. In connection Mr. Bromich carries a complete stock of steam and water supplies, handling the very best goods. He is one of the most public-spirited men of the city, whose welfare he has at heart.

Mr. Bromich was married in England in 1868 to Mary Ann Allton, a native of Birmingham, and of six children born to them, three are living: Maria, formerly bookkeeper and stenographer for her father, who is the wife of Edward McGinnis ; Walter, who attends to mechanical affairs connected with his father's business; and Henry, who handles the financial end of the business. The family home is north of the plant, and Mr. Bromich also owns considerable other city property.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

George C. Pritchard.

George C. Pritchard. Farmers and stockmen throughout Shawnee County and over the state at large recognize in the name of George C. Pritchard a man whose services as a doctor of veterinary surgery were extensively employed in the interests of individuals and the entire state for a great many years. Doctor Pritchard is one of the oldest veterinarians of Kansas, has stood at the top of his profession, but is now retired and is devoting himself to the care and management of a fine stock farm near Topeka.

Born in Lorain County, Ohio, January 12, 1852, he is a son of Eli B. and Julia Ann (Edwards) Pritchard. When he was thirteen years of age, in 1865, his parents removed to Gratiot County, Michigan. That was then a practically untouched forest of pine timber. It was in the lumber woods of Michigan therefore that Doctor Pritchard grew to manhood. As a boy he had attended the graded schools in Huntington, Ohio, and afterwards the district schools of Michigan. His father was a physician, and the plan most cherished by the parents was that the son should follow the same profession.

However, the son had special tastes and inclinations of his own. For eight years he acted as manager of the John Jeffrey Estate, consisting of extensive land and stock interests, and for another two years he was in the livery business at Sheridan, Michigan. From early boyhood he had been interested in stock, and his early experiences fortified him in the resolution to become a veterinarian. He did his preliminary reading and study with Dr. A. J. Chandler of Detroit. He then entered the Ontario Veterinary College at Toronto, Canada, where he was graduated veterinary surgeon in the spring of 1886.

For the following year he practiced in association with his former preceptor at Detroit. Then in May, 1887, nearly thirty years ago, Doctor Pritchard located in Topeka and his ability and skill gradually became recognized throughout the country districts surrounding that city. For twenty-seven years he actively practiced his profession, and besides his large private clientage he was appointed to many of the delicate and important responsibilities of larger service to the state.

Governor Llewellyn in 1893 appointed him state veterinarian. He filled that position two years until the office was abolished by legislative enactment. Then in 1895 the State Livestock Commission appointed him inspector at Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the purpose of guarding Kansas against the importation of infectious livestock diseases. In these positions and elsewhere Doctor Pritchard had to exercise a great deal of tact, moral courage and firmness and during nearly all the years of his practice he had almost constantly to combat prejudices and open hostility from those whose interests were contrary to the general welfare. His work as veterinarian covered a wide area, and his service involved work of the hardest kind. For a number of terms he was elected and served as president of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association.

In 1914 Doctor Pritchard bought a tract of 200 acres six miles south of the city on Topeka Avenue. There he owns one of the finest country residences in the entire state. It is equipped with every modern convenience and the surroundings are such as to constitute a model country estate. Having retired from the active practice of his profession he is now free to devote his attention to farming and stock, and is especially interested in the breeding and raising of thoroughbred Holstein cattle. He also has other livestock and has a well developed and thoroughly proportioned farm.

In 1889 Doctor Pritchard married Miss Mary Charles of Hutchinson, Kansas. She died in 1912. In 1913 he married for his present wife Mrs. Lavina (Zimmerman) Sampson. Doctor Pritchard is a republican in politics.

William Marcedllus Risdon

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William Marcedllus Risdon.

Birth: Mar. 4, 1863, Iowa County, Iowa.
Death: Jun., 1909, Clay Center, , Clay County, Kansas.

Son of James Thomas Worthington Risdon (1835-1882) & Mary Catharine (Rumple) Risdon (1842-1925).

Brothers: Charles S. and James W. Risdon.
Sisters: Dorea, Mary J., and Gertrude N. Risdon.

Wife: Mary E Risdon (1866 - 1952).

Burial: Athelstane Cemetery, Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas.

Mr.  Risdon came to Clay county in 1873 and settled in section 14 of Athelstane township.  He was a farmer and stock raiser on his 80 acre farm.  His post office address is Industry, Kansas which is 3 miles south of the farm.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Colonel Henry C. Lindsey.

One of the most interesting citizens of Kansas is Henry C. Lindsey of Topeka. He is one of the men who know by ectual experience and recollection the pioneer times of this state. He was a soldier in the Civil war, afterwards took nart in one of the important Indian campaigns in Western Kansas, and added to his military prestige and honor by service during the Spanish-American war. He is also one of Topeka’s oldest business men.

He comes of a family that have apparently lived on the frontier and taken a leading part in its activities for several generations. Henry C. Lindsey was born at Iowa City, Iowa, August 27, 1844. That was before Iowa became a state. His father, Elzey Lindsey, was born in 1813, in what is now the State of West Virginia, about twenty miles from Washington, D. C., near the present Camp Alger. He was of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and the L├índasys have been identified with American wife sircecolonial days. In 1838 Elzey Lindsey married Elizabeth Gordy of Dayton, Ohio. Not long after hie marriage he went  to the Tarritory of Iowa, and identified himself with Iowa City, the first capital of that state. He assisted in building the state capitol there, but subsequently the seat of government was removed to Des Moines. From Iowa Elzey Lindsey came to Kansas and was an active participant in the movement to make this a free state. At the beginning of the war he joined Colonel Jennison’s famous Seventh Kansas, and later gave his life to his country. He was killed at Germantown, Tennessee, and his body now rests in the National Cemetery at Washington.

Henry C. Lindsey was one of five children: Sarah, Minerva, William, Henry C. and Charles. The daughter Minerva lives with her son in the State of Oregon.

Colonel Lindsey was twelve years of age when his parents came to Kansas in 1856. Growing up on the frontier. he had very limited opportunities to obtain an education. The man who had the most influence over his life and gave him more of his schopling than any one else was E. G. Ross, a prominent early citizen of Topeka who later became distinguished in the history of the state. Mr. Ross befriended young Lindsey in many ways, aided him in his struggles to make a living, and gave him employment on the old Topeka Record. Colonel Lindsey says that he received more practical education while working on the Record than from any other source. Later Mr. Ross became United States Senator from Kansas. He was Kansas senator during the years following the Civil war. It became his unenviable duty to cast the deciding vote in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Every influence except that of his personal integrity and judgment urged him to vote for the impeachment, and Senator Rose had told Colonel Lindsey that before the vote was taken he was approached by some parties who offered him an immense sum of money to cast his vote in favor of impeachment. He could not be bribed, and consequently he became subject to much reproash in later years, though the judgment of modern times is that he acted with true statesmanship as well as according to the dictates of his own conscience.


With the breaking out of the Civil war Colonel Lindsey, though a very young man at the time, joined Captain Ross’ Company in the Eleventh Kansas Infantry as a drummer boy. He was gone altogether three years four months. After the war in 1867 he became a member of the Eighteenth Kansas in Col. Horace L. Moore’s Regiment and took an active part in the Indian campaign. During this service of little less than a year Mr. Lindsey was made captain of Company A.

In the meantime, in 1865, after the Civil war was over, he engaged in the livery business. He is today still in active business and at the same location where he started fifty-one years ago. In 1898, when the Spanish-American war broke out Colonel Lindsey’ was appointed to command the Twenty-second Kansas Regulars, and he went into camp with this regiment at Camp Alger in West Virginia, close to the birthplace of his father.

Colonel Lindsey is a member of Lincoln Post of the Grand Army of the Republic at Topeka. In earlier years he gave much of his time and ability to public positions of trust and responsibility. He was chief of police of Topeka four terms, having been first elected in 1871, and he also served four years as deputy chief. For six years he was a county commissioner of Shawnee County and three years of that time he was chairman of the board. The handsome county jail at Topeka was built during his term of office.

In 1869 he married Miss Mary Stewart, and they became the parents of two children. Catherine W. is now the wife of O. S. Perkins. Harry S. died at the age of twenty-six.

Joseph W. Liggett.

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Joseph W Liggett.

Birth: Sep. 23, 1842, Saline County, Missouri.
Death: Sep. 30, 1911, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas.

Wife: Maria Katherine Gwinn Liggett (1849 - 1883).

Children: Anna N. Liggett (1873 - 1874).

Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas.

Mr.  Liggett came to Ford county in 1885, and settled in the township of Dodge, and settled in the town of Dodge City, were he was the township assessor.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

James B. Hayden.

James B. Hayden.

Birth: January 6, 1849, Ohio.
Death: December 22, 1922.

Wife: Nannie T. Hayden ( 1856-1911).

Children: Bessie Hayden.

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

Mr. Hayden was a Jeweler, Watchmaker and Optician.  He established his business in Topeka in 1869.

In 1871 through 1873, his business was at 191 Kansas Ave., Lived at the Tefft House.
In 1874, his business was at 212 Kansas Ave. Lived at the same.
In 1880, his business was at 212 Kansas Ave., lived at 851 Van Buren.
In 1885-1886, his business was at 190 Kansas Ave., lived at 351 Van Buren.
In 1887-1888, his business was at 608 Kansas Ave., lived at 1027 Van Buren.
In 1888 through 1894 his business was at 602 Kansas Ave., lived at 1027 Van Buren.
In 1896 through 1905 his business was at 727 Kansas Ave., lived at 1027 Van Buren.

He was a member and Treasure of the A. C. Society.

Business Advertisements through the years. 
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Nicholas Lux.

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Nicholas Lux.

Birth: 1857.
Death: 1941.


Lux, Nicholas--Proprietor plating and machine works; born, Belgium, 1857; married Jane Giersch, 1881, Salina, Kansas; came to Kansas, 1880; established works in Topeka 1887. Store: 416 Jackson. 

Wife: Jane C. Giersch Lux (1865 - 1929).

Children:, Jane C Lux Grauel (1883 - 1960), Josephine Catherine Lux Sulzen (1885 - 1957), Francis Lux (1889 - 1890), Flora Lux (1889 - 1891).

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

In 1887 and 1888, Mr. Lux was listed as a Machinist, some time in 1887 he started his business at 117 West Fifth Street.  In 1899 his business was at 416 Jackson street and would be at this address through rest of his business years.   He lived most if not all his life at 313 Chandler Street.

Mr. Lux belonged to the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association.
Branch No. 6., German Catholic Branch: President.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Merton C. Holman.

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Merton C. Holman.

Birth: 1852.
Death: 1926.


Holman, M. C. --Born, Bristol, N.H. May 5, 1852, son of Rev. C. and Lucy (Underwood) Holman; graduated Conference Coll. '68; married Emma Wright, Blue Rapids, 1878; to Williamsburg, Kan. 1869; gen. Mdse business there; Junction City, 1871-75, bookkeeper, N. S. Gilbert & Co.; furniture and carpet store, North Topeka, for a number of years; ex-councilman; pres. Western Woolen Mill Co. Office: Laurent and Madison, N. Topeka.

Wife: Mary Emma Wright Holman (1857 - 1915).

Children: Evelyn, Geneive, Leon Holman.

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

John W. Wooddall

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John Wesley Wooddall.

Birth: Nov. 18, 1838, Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.
Death: Dec. 24, 1923, Cave Springs, Elk County, Kansas.

Farther: Thomas WOODALL b: 12 FEB 1793 in South Carolina
Mother: Varches Deliah SPENCE b: 18 DEC 1808

Wife: Sarah Ann NIX b: 5 FEB 1841 in Pickens, South Carolina
Married: 25 DEC 1865 in Lawrence, Kansas

1. Mary Varches WOODDALL b: 22 NOV 1868 in Lawrence, Kansas.
2. Alta Jane WOODDALL b: 16 FEB 1870 in Lawrence, Kansas.
3. William Martell WOODDALL b: 27 OCT 1872 in Cave Springs, Elk Co., Kansas.
4. John M. WOODDALL b: 25 JUN 1874.
5. Nathan S. WOODDALL b: 27 JUN 1875.
6. Thomas Isaac WOODDALL b: 5 JUN 1878 in Cave Springs, Elk Co., Kansas.
7. James Wever WOODDALL b: 30 JUL 1880 in Cave Springs, Elk Co., Kansas.
8. Celia Alice WOODDALL b: 8 AUG 1882 in Cave Springs, Elk Co., Kansas
9. George WOODDALL b: 14 APR 1888 in Cave Springs, Elk Co., Kansas.

Burial: Mount Zion Cemetery, Elk County, Kansas.

Mr. Wooddall came to Elk county and settled in section 5, of Liberty township.  He was a farmer of 415.68 acres of which 40 was in section 6.  His post office address was Severy, Kansas, which is about 4 miles north of the farm.  Severy, Kansas is in Greenwood county, Kansas.

Civil War Veteran.

John W. Wooddal, private, 9th., Kansas Cavalry, Company H.  Enlisted November 25, 1862, mustered in November 25, 1862.  Assigned to new company C.  Discharged for disability June 25, 1865. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Grand Opera House, Topeka, Kansas

Picture publish date 1905.
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A corporation was organized in 1881 for the construction of the Grand Opera House, the most pretentious amusement enterprise ever undertaken in Topeka. The Grand was built on lots Nos. 193, 195 and 197, Jackson street, at a cost of $40,000, and opened in September, 1882, with the Emma  Abbott opera company as the attraction. It was operated under various managers for a period of 12 years, with a limited financial success, and finally passed into the hands of the Crawford syndicate, and has been closed for the past five years. When in actual running order it was a model playhouse, with a stage 60 by 60 feet, a splendid equipment and a seating capacity of 1,500.

1885-1886;  Grand Opera House. Louis M. Wood and Oliver P. Updegraff Mangers. Jon. Ashbaugh was Janitor.

1887-1888; J. W. Barron, Manger.

1888-1889; Grand Opera House, located on Jackson street, near Sixth avenue, is owned by C. F. Kendall, and is one of the largest and handsomest opera houses in the West, with a seating capacity of over 1,500.

1888-1889; Topeka Humane Society, for the prevention of cruelty to animals ! and children, was duly organized on the coldest day during the winter ' of 1887, in the Grand Opera House, where the greatest cruelty was imposed on the audience by the slow-freezing process it was compelled to undergo, owing to the failure of the engineer to "fire up" the house. nothing has since been heard of this humane society, although j there is still a supply of animals, cruelty and children in our midst.

1893-1894; Grand Opera House, Lester M. Crawford, Prop. and manger.

William R.Fish..

William R. Fish, deceased, was formerly one of the prominent business men and substantial citizens of Topeka. Mr. Fish was born March 6, 1843, at Dupont, Jefferson County, Indiana, and was a son of Marshall and Sarah C. (Abbott) Fish. On the paternal side the family ancestry reached to the pioneers of Kentucky. On the maternal side the ancestry was Irish.

The Fish family removed to Illinois during our subject's boyhood and he attended the public schools of Marion County. When 18 years of age, he went to Chicago where he enlisted for service in the Civil War. entering Company G, 88th Reg., Illinois Vol. Inf. He served through the war. participating in 18 serious engagements and many skirmishes, but surviving all dangers and returning safely home, with a soldier's honors, in 1865.

In 1881 he established himself in the coffee and tea business at Topeka, where he prospered and gained the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. His death took place in June, 1891, as the result of a lamentable railway accident.

Mr. Fish was married in 1870, at Kinmundy, Illinois, to Sarah E. Nevill, who is a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Fuell) Nevill, natives of Kentucky. They had two children, William R. and Kitty M., who died aged three years. Mrs. Fish and son reside in their handsome home at No. 411 Greenwood avenue, Potwin Place. Mr. Fish was fraternally associated with the Knights of Honor and the National Union.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

FISH, WILLIAM R. Rank: PVT. Company: G. Unit: 88 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: COOK CO, IL. Age: 20. Height: 5' 7 1/4. Hair: DARK. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 19, 1862. Joined Where: CHICAGO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: AUG 27, 1862. Muster In Where: CHICAGO, IL. Muster Out: JUN 9, 1865. Muster Out Where: NASHVILLE, TN.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Helmuth Stach.

Picture publish date 1906.
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Helmuth Stach.

Birth: Jul. 17, 1876.
Death: Jul. 16, 1935.

Parents: Edward Stach (1834 - 1913), Bertha Fenske Stach (1836 - 1903).

Wife: Antonia, Antonie, Antonette Stach; ( 1881-1969 ).

Children: Clarence, Walter, Helbert, Wanda and Hertha Stach.

Note: born in Germany, Immigrated 1890, Naturlized 1895.

Burial: Salem Cemetery, Edwards County, Kansas.

Mr.  Stach came to Edwards county in 1890, and settled in section 29, of Logan township.  He was a farmer, stock raiser and a threshing machine operator.  He farmed 640 acres.  His post office address was Kinsley, Kansas which was about 10 miles south east from the farm.

Henry H. Glenn.

Pictures publish dates 1899-1902.
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Henry H. Glenn, one of Topeka's well-known business men and very highly esteemed citizens, was born at Philipsburg, Center County, Pennsylvania, February i, 1833, and is a son of George and Sarah (Hartsock) Glenn.

Mr. Glenn was educated in the common schools of his native locality and removed as far West as Illinois in 1857. He was still in that State when the Civil War broke out and he enlisted for the three years service, in September, 1861, entering Company C, 34th Reg., Illinois Vol. Inf., under Col. E. N. Kirk. Two months later he was appointed quartermaster sergeant. After one year of service he was taken ill and was so sick that his life was despaired of. His comrades demanded his discharge from their colonel without his knowledge and the report was sent on to the headquarters of the department. Being delayed by red tape and having been overlooked in the various business affairs of the official quarters, the discharge did not arrive for three months and by that time he had entirely recovered.

It was a unique situation. The colonel was aware of his mathematical accuracy and desiring his services appointed him civilian clerk in the brigade commissary department. Therefore he continued in the army through the whole of his term of service, doing as necessary and as important work as if he had been out on the field. When Sherman started on his "March to the Sea," Mr. Glenn, by the advice of his superior officer, boarded the last train for the North and thus arrived unexpectedly. He is a member of Lincoln Post, No. 1, Grand Army of the Republic, of Topeka.

In 1888 he came to Kansas and conducted a mercantile business at Leavenworth for three years and then came to Topeka. Here he has been in partnership with his son in conducting "The Fair" and has but lately disposed of his interest.

Mr. Glenn was married February 8, 1855. to Elizabeth C. Gorazier, who is a daughter of Henry and Mary (Beck) Gorazier, of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. They had the pleasure of celebrating their "Golden Wedding" on February 8, 1905.

They became the parents of four children, two of whom died in infancy, the survivors being Jessie E. and William C. The former married G. R. Bothwell, a mining broker of Salt Lake City, Utah, and they have had seven children : Ina G., who is in her second year at Leland Stanford, Jr., University, California; Zayda, Charlotte, Roy and Floyd, all attending school in Salt Lake City, and two who died in infancy. William C. Glenn has been and still is engaged in business enterprises with his father, He married Margaret Aument and they have two children : Charlotte M. and Harry A. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn are valued members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: GLENN, HENRY H. Rank: PVT. Company: C. Unit: 34 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: BRADFORD, LEE CO, IL. Age; 29. Height; 6'. Hair: BROWN. Eyes; BLUE. Complexion; LIGHT. Marital Status; MARRIED. Occupation; FARMER. Nativity; CENTRE CO, PA.

Service Record. Joined When: OCT 1, 1861. Period: 3 YRS. Remarks: TRANS TO NON COM STAFF AS QUARTERMASTER SERGEANT.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Michael Hogan

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Michael Hogan.

Birth: Sep. 29, 1852.
Death: Mar. 16, 1908.

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


Hogan, M. Born in Ireland, 1852; son of James and Bridget Hogan; educated in common schools and high school; to America in 1877; married, Chicago, 1877, to Sarah Maloney; worked in general offices of the C.B & Q RR. 2 years, and general offices, Santa Fe Rwy. Co. for 9 1/2 years; started in undertaking business, 1888, Topeka and has been in it here ever since; to Topeka, 1878. Establishment: 314 Kansas Avenue.

Authors research.
In 1882 through 1886, he was a clerk for Sec'y Land Lengue, was living at 215 Locust Street.

In 1890-1891 his Undertaker business was at 109 east Third Street.
He moved around 1887 to 635 Locust street and lived there the rest of his life, his wife was still living there in 1921.
Some time after 1891 his Undertaker business moved to 314 Kansas Ave., and stayed there
 till his death.
In 1893 he was a member of the Catholic Mutual Benefit Ass'n, was Treasure.
In 1899-1902, he was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Branch President.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

John M. O'Connell.

Picture publish date 1817.
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John M O'Connell.

Birth: 1870.
Death: Sep. 27, 1959.

Parents: Daniel Calvin O'Connell (1841 - 1893), Mary Ellen Sullivan O'Connell (1854 - 1933).

Wife: Jeannette Wheeler O'Connell (1874 - 1962).

Children: Dan C., Ivan B., Cornealius N., John B., and Jennette O'Connell.

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Logan, Phillips County, Kansas.

Mr. O'Connell came to Phillips county in 1879, and settled in section 36, it was a 160 acre farm but he didn't own the land.  It was own by Sarah McKinney who later would become Mr. O'Connell, mother-in-law.  Mr. O'Connell later would become a farmer on section 36, and Logan's Township, Trustee and Treasurer.  His post office address was Logan, Kansas, which was about 2 and a half miles west of the house. He would also own 164 acres in section 1, of Logan township. 

Frederic Swoyer, 7th., Kansas Cavalry.

Capt Frederic Swoyer.

Birth: Dec. 4, 1833, Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Jan. 4, 1863, Summersville, Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Wife: Sarah M Swoyer (____ - 1870).

Children: Jacob Swoyer (____ - 1861).

Burial: Newville Cemetery, Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Captain Frederic Swoyer was a man of great physical courage, but exceedingly reckless. In the winter of 1861-'62 he did a little steeple chasing down Delaware street, in Leavenworth, and while putting his horse over a sleigh loaded with cord wood, sanding across the street, the animal fell and broke the Captain's leg. He limped through the rest of his life. His death was the result of his recklessness, but he was brave and patriotic and did splendid service while he lived.
( Killed in action January 3, 1863, at Somerville, Tennessee.)