KIOWA COUNTY, KANSAS

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Biographies

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ASHER, CHARLES MILLS

Charles Mills Asher, farmer, was born in Haviland, Kansas, April 28, 1894, and since 1920 has been secretary and director of the Brenham Mercantile Company. His father, Allen Dayton Asher, was born in Almo, Indiana, September 18, 1861. He is a farmer. His wife, Hanetta Newlin, was born in Bridgeport, Indiana, January 9, 1871.

Upon his graduation from public school, Charles Mills Asher attended Haviland Academy, graduating in 1913. Thereafter for two years he was a student at Friends University.

On August 18, 1915, he was married to Lora Isabel Elliott at Haviland. She was born in Sterling, November 3, 1894. There are two children, Shirley Faye, born November 7, 1917; and Betty Jean, November 14, 1925.

A Democrat, Mr. Asher served as township trustee from 1922 until 1930, as a member of the state legislature from the 93rd district in 1930 and in 1932 was re-elected to the same office.

He is a member of Prairie Flower Friends Church, the Lions Club, the Kiowa County Historical Society, and the Haviland Rural High School Board (treasurer). Residence: Haviland. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 44)

BENNETT, MARY MARIA

Mary Maria Bennett, pioneer physician and surgeon now retired, was born in Huntsburg, Ohio, February 1, 1852, daughter of Reuben Barnum and Mary Hercelia (Pinney) Knapp. Her father, a contractor and builder, served as captain in the state militia in Ohio. He was born in Huntsburg, Ohio in 1830 the son of John Albacinda Barnum Knapp of Danbury, Connecticut, and who died in the army hospital in Camp Chase, Ohio, April 16, 1865. His wife, Mary, was born in Hartsgrove, Ohio in 1831 and died at Geneva, Ohio in 1909.

Upon her graduation from Grand River Institute at Austinburg, Ohio, Mary Maria Knapp entered Hiram College in 1872 and in 1884 received her Medical degree from the Homeopathic Hospital College at Cleveland, Ohio. She practiced from 1884 until her recent retirement.

On July 30, 1872 she was married to Almon Loniel Bennett in Ashtabula County, Ohio. He was born in Harpersfield, Ohio, April 2, 1851 and died at Nickerson, Kansas, April 24, 1916. He was a physician whose ancestors came from New York to Lake County, Ohio. To Dr. and Mr. Bennett was born two children, Nathan George, May 19, 1873 who married Maud E. Boughton; and Mabel Jean, October 5, 1875, who married Justin Bert Cooke and who died May 4, 1919. Nathan has been a physician at Haviland, Kansas, since 1902 having been graduated from Barnes Medical College at St. Louis in that year. Mabel was graduated in pharmacy at Kansas University in 1900 and from 1902 practiced at Haviland.

Dr. Mary Bennett is a member of the Christian Church, the Young Women's Christian Association, the Christian Endeavor, the Order of Eastern Star (worthy matron two years) and is particularly interested in temperance and woman's suffrage. Residence: Haviland. (Illustriana Kansas by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 95-96)

CLARK, SCOTT THOMAS

The Reverend Scott Thomas Clark, clergyman and educator, was born near Concordia, Kansas, December 9, 1883, son of James Albert and Armelda Susanna (Vass) Clark.

The father, a native of Keokuk County, Iowa, born April 7, 1851, was a farmer and thresherman. Politically he was a Republican, a Granger, and in latter life a Socialist. He was a fine Christian, a member of the Friends Church first, and then of the Methodist Church. His Grandfather Sampson was one of the five brothers of that name, who came from England during the Revolutionary period.

Armelda Susanna Vass was born in Carson County, Iowa in 1856 and died at Wichita March 10, 1918. She was a true Christian, the mother of fifteen children, and a pioneer in Kansas from 1872. She participated in the opening of the Oklahoma Strip in 1894. Her paternal ancestors were English and her maternal ancestors German, of the Depew family.

Educated in public schools of Oklahoma until 1900, and having taught two years, Scott Thomas Clark attended the preparatory department of Friends University until 1905 and in 1914 received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Friends University. He attended Kansas University the summer of 1927, Oklahoma City University the summer of 1926 and in 1930 received the degree of Master of Arts from Winona lake School of Theology in Indiana.

A minister of the Friends Church since 1912, Mr. Clark has served as pastor, evangelist and lecturer, and is one of the leading preachers of the Kansas Yearly meeting of Friends. He has been president of Friends Bible College at Haviland 16 years. He was the editor of Good Tidings for six years and is now planning to publish his Master's thesis. The Dispersed Jew in Giving to the World Knowledge of the One True God.

On September 1, 1910, Mr. Clark was married to Elsie Grace Coppock near Cherokee, Oklahoma. She is the daughter of Alvin and Laura (Stanley) Coppoe, and was born near Weber, Kansas, October 7, 1885 of English descent. She is a teacher and minister, descended from Thomas and Ann Coppock, who came from England, Mr. and Mrs. Clark have six children: Wayne Emerald, born September 15, 1913; Ruth Joy, twin, January 8, 1916; Roy Pleasant, January 8, 1916; Mary Esther, March 26, 1920; Lucy Marva, September 17, 1922; and Lois Naomi, January 18, 1919. All were honor roll students in the grades, academy and college and all active workers in the Friends Church.

Mr. Clark served on the cabinet of the Young Men's Christian Association one year while in college. He has been president of the Kiowa County Holiness Association 13 years and is a member of the Eudational Board, the National Holiness Association and chairman of the committee on Christian eduation for the Kansas Yearly meeting of Friends. He enjoys tennis for recreation while his hobby is Christian education for youth. Residence: Haviland. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 230)

ISHAM, BRET H.

Bret H. Isham, farmer, was born near Eureka, Kansas, July 8, 1878, son of charles W. and Mollie (Futhey) Isham. His father, also a farmer, was born near Shelby, Illinois, September 23, 1855. His mother was born near Bowen, Illinois, january 10, 1856, and died at Haviland, April 10, 1927. The father was Scotch-Irish, and the mother Scotch and Pennsylvania Dutch.

Bret H. Isham attended the public and high school at Greensburg until 1896, and for two years after that time was a school teacher. He then engaged in the transfer business for a period of two eyars in Pasadena, California and since that time has been a farmer and stockman.

On December 10, 1902 he was married to Willanna May Crebs at Haviland. Mrs. Isham, who was a teacher before her marriage was born in Centerville, Pennsylvania, May 30, 1875. She was the daughter of William J. and Isabelle (Walt) Crebs, who settled in Kansas in 1878. She has been an elder in the Friends Church for the past ten years. To Mr. and Mrs. Isham the following children were born, Marguerite, February 24, 1905, who married Gooding; Mildred, July 20, 1906; O. Van, February 14, 1908; Mercedes, August 23, 1909; Dean, February 27, 1911; and Martha, August 20, 1915.

A Republican, Mr. Isham has always taken an active part in local party politis, and at the present time, is serving as precinct committeeman. He is a member of the Parent Teachers Association, and is affiliated with Friends Church at Haviland. He enjoys football, while his hobby is mechanics. Residence: Haviland. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 582)

McKINLEY, CHARLES M. D.

Charles McKinley, M. D., a talented and successful physician of Strong City, Kan., is a native of Indiana, having been born in Knox county, that state, Oct. 30, 1874. He is the second son of Robert McKinley, who was born in Knox county, Indiana, in June, 1840, and was educated in the public schools of that county. He became a farmer and was married in 1867 to Miss Julia Haupt, the daughter of Jacob Haupt, a native farmer of North Carolina. Three children were born to Robert and Julia (Haupt) McKinley; William, who was born in 1869 and now lives at Oklahoma City, Okla.; Charles, of this record; and Jacob, who died in infancy. The father now resides at Greensburg, Kiowa county, Kansas, where he continues to follow his vocation of farming; the mother died in 1877 in Knox county, Indiana.

Dr. McKinley was educated in the public schools of Kiowa county, Kansas, and at the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia and graduated from the latter school with the class of 1898. He had determined upon the profession of medicine as his life work but prior to taking up its study, he became a teacher and taught four years-two years at Caney, Kan., and two years at Independence. He then matriculated in the medical department of the University of Kansas as a medical student, and was graduated with the class of 1906. On being graduated Dr. McKinley located at Strong City, Kan., where he began the practice of his profession and has already won a due measure of success and a representative patronage.

Dr. McKinley was united in marriage March 13, 1909, to Miss Harriett Doolittle, the daughter of John Doolittle, a successful merchant at Elmdale, Kan. Dr. McKinley was elected coroner of Chase county as the Republican candidate in 1908 and reelected in 1910 and is also county health officer. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and belongs to the Chase County and Kansas State Medical associations. (Kansas Biography, Part 2, Vol. III, 1912, Pages 1053-1054, Transcribed as written by Millie Mowry)

 

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