PHILLIPS COUNTY, KANSAS

BIOGRAPHIES

ADAMS, MORRISON CARPENTER

Morrison Carpenter Adams, farmer and stockman was born near Black Oak, Missouri, July 2, 1877, son of William Carpenter and Mary (Davis) Adams. The father, who was a pioneer teacher, farmer and stockman, was born near Keene, New Hampshire, October 17, 1846, and died at Glade, January 29, 1924. His English ancestors came to the United States in 1620.

Mary Davis was born near Ottumwa, Iowa, April 4, 1846, and died at Glade, July 1, 1909. She was of English, Irish, Welsh and German extraction. In her youth she was a teacher.

A graduate of rural school in 1892, Morrison Carpenter Adams entered Kansas State Agricultural College in 1895, taking the general science course. He received the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1899. There he was a member of Hamilton Literary Society and in 1900 took postgraduate work.

Mr. Adams has been engaged in stock farming all of his life, and from 1921 until 1924 was manager of the Glade Elevator Company. He has served as township trustee and clerk for about ten years elected on the Democratic ticket.

On April 17, 1907 he was married to Martha Ferguson Chester at Glade, her birthplace. Mrs. Adams, who was a teacher before her marriage was born July 17, 1881, the daughter of William T. and Mary (Stewart) Chester. She is of Scotch, English and French descent. To Mr. and Mrs. Adams three children were born, Muriel, born April 11, 1914; an infant daughter, born June 20, 1912 who died the same day; and an infant son, born April 11, 1919 who died the same day. Muriel was valedictorian of the graduating class at Phillipsburg High school in 1932.

Mr. Adams is a member of Glade Methodist Church, a former member of the Odd Fellows and from 1918 until 1931 was director of the Glade School Board. He has four years military training at Kansas State College, and during the World War, was chairman of the first Liberty Loan drive for Solomon Township. Residence: Glade. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 10)

ALSPACH, CHARLES MORGAN

Charles Morgan Alspach, grain merchant, was born on a farm near Axtell, Kansas, October 21, 1885, son of Cornelius W. and Barbara Priscilla (Wolfgang) Alspach, and one of eleven children.

Cornelius W. Alspach, who was the son of John W. Alspach, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, June 15, 1844, and died at Axtell, June 13, 1917. His wife, Barbara, who was born in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, February 9, 1858, is still living. She is descended from early German settlers in that state.

Educated in country school until April, 1902, Charles Morgan Alspach attended Axtell High School two years and Kansas State College at Manhattan three years. He managed the Farmers Elevator at Kensington for four years, and since 1919 has owned and, operated his own grain, implement, and coal business at Kirwin.

Mr. Alspach is a Republican. He is a member of the Congregational Church, the Red. Cross, the Community Club (secretary), the Masons, and the Kirwin Golf Club.

On June 1, 1910, he was married to Eldora, daughter of George W. and Nellie (Gaylord) Douglass, at Athol. She was born at Chester, Nebraska, October 6, 1885. They have one child, Erma Ellene, born October 7, 1914, who attends Lindsbor College, where she majors in piano. Residence: Kirwin. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 32)

BOYD, FRANCIS WILLIAM

Francis William Boyd, mayor of Phillipsburg and editor and publisher of the Phillips County Review was born in Kensington, Kansas, August 1, 1879. He is the son of George and Ines (Fallon) Boyd, the former of whom was born in Strawberry Point, Iowa, September 5, 1847. He was a farmer, whose death occurred at Kensington, June 11, 1930. Ines Fallon was born in Madison County, Wisconsin, March 23, 1855. She died at Kensington, September 6, 1927.

Upon the completion of his elementary education in 1896, Francis William Boyd took a two weeks course in the Normal School at Smith Center. He was a student at Kansas State College for three years and a half.

From 1903 until 1921 he was editor of the Phillips County Post and since that time has edited the Phillips County Review.

A Democrat, Mr. Boyd has been chairman of Democratic County committee for years. He was  unsuccessful candidate for congress from the sixth district in 1922, secretary of the Democratic State Committee from 1924 until 1926, postmaster from 1912 until 1921 and mayor 1921-32 with the exception of two years.

On August 15, 1905, Mr. Boyd was married to Mame Alexander at Manhattan. She was born in Humboldt, December 13, 1878, a descendant of Winfield Scott. She is a newspaper woman. There are two children, McDill, born April 17, 1907, who married Marie Kreikenbaum; and Francis William, Jr., July 9, 1912. McDill is junior editor of the Phillips County Review. He has attended Kansas State College for two years and took a special course in journalism. Francis is a junior of Kansas State College, where he also is taking journalism. He received both freshman and sophomore honors, and was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams in the latter year. He was a high point guard in the Big Six during this season.

He is a member of the Salvation Army, the Chamber of Commerce (president several times), the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a member of the Phillipsburg Golf Club. Residence: Phillipsburg. (Illustriana Kansas by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 129)

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