HARVEY COUNTY, KANSAS

BIOGRAPHIES

ADAMS, WALTER GRANT

Walter Grant Adams was born at Fredericksburg, Indiana, August 15, 1869, son of Leander Franklin and Eliza Jane (Skinner-Brown) Adams. The father, born in Rutland, Massachusetts, March 12, 1812, died at Fredericksburg, February 22, 1880. His wife, Eliza, was born in Lebanon, Kentucky, August 31, 1829, and died at Fredericksburg, January 2, 1883.

Reared on a farm, Walter Grant Adams worked first in the rice fields of Louisiana, later becoming manager of an irrigation project in that state. He was later employed in office work with the Crowley State Bank of Crowley, Louisiana and since 1911 has owned and operated the Newton Creamery.

A Democrat he was candidate for the legislature in 1918 and in 1926. In 1931 he was elected city commissioner and having received the highest vote polled, was made mayor. His marriage to Blanche Adell Bartley was solemnized at Sedgwick on August 3, 1904. She was born at Patch Grove, Wisconsin, August 6, 1874. There are three children, Helen Amanada, born March 8, 1906 (Mrs. Alexander C. McBurney); Julia Blanche, February 20, 1909; and Michael Bartley, July 16, 1916.

Mr. Adams is active in the Chamber of Commerce, and has served as president and director. He is a Rotarian, and a member of the Red Cross. He is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church and since 1919 has been a director of the Young Men's Christian Association. He is a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Newton Country Club, the Kansas Creamery Men's Improvement Association and the American Association of Creamery Manufacturers. Residence: Newton. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 12)

AXTELL, JOHN THOMAS

John Thomas Axtell, surgeon, was born at Roseville, Illinois, August 11, 1856, son of John Milton and Lydia Letitia (Long) Axtell.

From 1880 until 1882 Dr. Axtell was a student in the medical department of the University of Michigan. He received his medical degree from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1883.

On May 18, 1882, he was married to Lucena Chase, of Newton, Kansas, and to them were born the following children, Lillian, who is married to Dr. John L. Grove; Marguerite, who married Dr. Harold M. Glover; Mildred, who married Alden E. Branine; and Marian, who married George D. Hanna.

Dr. Axtell was the founder, in 1887, of the Axtell Hospital, now the Axtell Christian Hospital at Newton. He is president of the Axtell Investment Company, the First National Building Investment Company, is a director of the First National Bank, and is a member of the Axtell Clinic. He was the founder and first president of the Kansas Hospital Association, is a former member of the Newton school board, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Medical Association, the Kansas State Medical Association, the Kansas State Medical Society (ex-president), the Golden Belt Medical Society, and the Harvey County Medical Society.

He is a Republican, a Congregationalist, a Rotarian, a Mason and Shriner. Residence: Newton. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 51)

CALHOUN, JOSEPH PAINTER

CALHOUN, Joseph Painter, clergyman; born Gohenville, Pa., Feb. 15, 1852; son of Capt. Samuel Neal and Hannah (Sheridan) Calhoun; paternal grandparents Hon. John and Elizabeth (Anthony) Calhoun; maternal grandfather John Sheridan, his maternal grandmother was a Miss Campbell prior to her marriage; student in Glen Run Academy, Armstrong Co., Pa., 1871-1875; studied law under tuition of Judge John V. Painter, Kitanning, Pa., 1875-1876; student Western Theological Seminary, 1877-1890; received D.D. degree from Franklin College, New Athens, Ohio, 1902; married Madge F. Stockdill, May 9, 1879; ordained Presbyterian minister, 1879; stated supply, Le Claire and Princeton, Iowa, 1879, 1881; Crooked Creek and Cherry Run, Pa., 1885-1890; pastor State Lick, Pa., 1890-1894; Newton, Kan., 1894-1895; Homewood Avenue church, Pittsburg, Pa., 1895-1906; pastor First Presbyterian church of Maryville, Tenn., 1908-1910; at present he is pastor of Fourth Presbyterian church, Knoxville, Tenn.; superintendent of evangelist work in the South and Southwest, Presbyterian church, U.S.A.; as chairman of committee, Pittsburg, Pa., he originated and organized first simultaneous campaign in 1904, by which many thousands were added to the churches participating in same, and this plan has since been adopted throughout the world. (Source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler)

DAILY, WILSON LEE

Wilson Lee Daily, for many years a prominent Harvey County lawyer, was born in Greensburg, Indiana, December 10, 1854, son of Samuel Gates and Julia Ann (Morgan) Daily. His father was born in Decatur County, Indiana, October 10, 1812, and died at Savannah, Missouri, April 11, 1866. He was the son of Charles M. Daily of Donehough, Ireland, and Sarah Gates of Massachusetts. Julia Ann Morgan was born at Mount Sterling, Kentucky, October 5, 1814, and died at Savannah, on February 5, 1893.

Wilson Lee Daily attended public school in Andrew County, Missouri, and the State University of Missouri. He has been in active practice of law in Kansas since 1893 until his recent retirement. A Democrat, he has been county engineer for two terms and twice judge pro tem of the district court.

His marriage to Arabella Maughmer was solemnized at Savannah, Missouri, November 11, 1880. She died at Burrton, May 31, 1925. To them three children were born, Ben W., June 7, 1883, Cora Lee, February 4, 1886; and Arthur W., born October 30, 1889, who died September 6, 1913. Mrs. Daily, who was the daughter of Benjamin and Katherine Maughmer, was born in Savannah, November 1, 1858.

Mr. Daily is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Burrton, and Lodge No. 182 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Residence: Burrton. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Page 289-290)

HARRIS, HARRY

Harry Harris, lumberman, was born in Newcomerstown, Ohio, April 10, 1875 and for 40 years has resided in Kansas. His father, George Washington Harris, was born in Newcomerstown, June 22, 1852, and died at Burrton, December 26, 1930. His mother, Elvira Cramer, was born in Newcomerstown, September 19, 1850, and died at Burrton, on March 14, 1903.

Harry Harris, was graduated from Burrton High School in 1895 as valedictorian of his class. He farmed until 1917 when he entered the lumber and hardware business. He is now owner of the Harry Harris Hardware and Lumber company. Active in Democratic politics, Mr. Harris was elected to the state legislature in 1922 and 1930. He was a candidate for the same office in 1924. A delegate to all Democratic state conventions since 1912, he also served as delegate to the Democratic national convention in 1928.

His marriage to Mary Ellen Davis was solemnized at Burrton, December 14, 1904. There are six children, Mac, born November 8, 1905, who married George F. Galloway; Mildred, September 20, 1907, who married John Kinsley Merritt, Blanche, September 20, 1910, who married Orval Matlack, Beula, January 16, 1913, Warner May 11, 1916; and Harold, February 18, 1920.

During the Spanish-American War, Mr. Harris served as a private in Battery A, of the Colorado Volunteer Artillery. He is a member of the First Christian Church, is past master of Burrton Lodge No. 182 of the Masons, and since 1919 has been treasurer of the Burrton School Board. Residence: Burrton.(Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Page 485-486)

JEROME, WILLIAM WARREN

William Warren Jerome, editor and publisher, was born in Kane, Green County, Illinois, January 15, 1871, and came to Kansas on May 10, 1881. His father, Francis Henry Jerome, was born in Clayton, Iowa, August 13, 1845 and served in the Civil War with the 153rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry. His death occurred at Grand Island, Nebraska, March 2, 1908.

Alma Jane Warren, wife of Francis Henry Jerome, was born in Madison, Wisconsin, August 26, 1848, and died at Burrton, Kansas, July 2, 1918. Her great-grandfather was General Warren of the Revolutionary War.

Mr. Jerome attended the public schools of Kansas, and on May 23, 1896 was married to Amanda M. Driscoll at Kansas City, Missouri. There are two children, Julia Claytie, born September 20, 1898, who married Clarence B. Hoskinson; and Charles Clayton, September 22, 1901, who married Sarah Elizabeth Hunter, who is the daughter of a colonel in the United States Army. Julia Claytie was graduated from Burrton High School, and taught in the public schools before her marriage. She has four children. Charles Clayton was graduated from high school and from the United States Naval Academy in 1922. He served as flight squadron commander in China, 1929-30, and is now taking a special service course in aeronautical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Boston. He holds the rank of first lieutenant.

Mr. Jerome served as an officer of the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory at Hutchinson, under three governors, Governors Stanley, Bailey and Hoch. He was railroad cashier for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad for five years. He served as clerk of the Kansas State Senate the session of 1915 and has held the offices of peace officer, city clerk, city treasurer, and clerk a number of years. Since 1911 he has been the editor and owner of the Burrton Graphic. He has written numerous special articles for the daily press, and is the author of several poems widely published.

Mr. Jerome was chairman of Liberty loan drives during the World War, and served as food administrator for his section. He received a medal as reward for services from the United States government. He is a member of the Sons of Veterans of the Civil War, the Salvation Army, of which he has served as a board member for six years, 1924-30, the Burrton Chamber of Commerce (secretary 1918-26), the Blue Lodge of the Masons (1912-) and the Kansas State Historical Society. From 1924 until 1930 he served as secretary of the Burrton Country Club of which he is a member. He enjoys golf, while his hobby is gardening. His religious affiliation is with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was elected mayor of Burrton in 1933. Residence: Burrton. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Page 592)


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