SHAWNEE  COUNTY
 

BIOGRAPHIES

BAILEY, J. A.

J. A. Bailey, Manager of the Security Insurance Co. of Atchison, with offices at 416 Kansas Ave., has been local manager of this company for three years. The company was organized in 1919 and has over 2200 policy holders in Topeka and vicinity. The Security Insurance Company is one of Kansas' strongest insurance companies and write all kinds of health and accident policies under the strict rules of the state of Kansas. This is the only white company in Kansas giving employment to colored field men, agents and managers. The Topeka office employes three agents, who are Mrs. Elizabeth Duke, Mrs. Mattie Perkins and Wm. Mallory. For information call J. A. Bailey, phone 23168. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

BRADSHAW, WILLIAM M.

Attorney William M. Bradshaw, who has practised law in Topeka nine years finished Washburn College in 1919. He has had extensive practice in all courts and is Speical Assistant General of the State of Kansas. He ably assisted in the prosecution of the case of State of Kansas vs The National Industrial Insurance Company as Special Assistant from the Attorney General's office. This case involved $100,000.00 worth of insurance on the lives of colored people which was about to be cancelled through fraudulent means. The Attorney General intervened and directed Attorney Bradshaw to handle the case as one of his representatives. The Insurance Company lost the case in the District Court of Shawnee County, Kansas and in the Supreme Court of the State of Kansas and the colored people will get their insurance at a reasonable premium rate.

As Special Assistant Attorney General Mr. Bradshaw prosecuted the ouster proceedings instituted against Charles Holman (White), Marshal of the Court of Topeka, who was guilty of Malfeasance and Nonfeasance in public office. The case was handled so efficiently by Mr. Bradshaw that Holman resigned before it could be determined in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Bradshaw also won a $10,000.00 alienation of affection suit at Hutchinson, Kansas, brought by a colored man against a white man for alienating his wife's affections. This was the first case in the United States where a white man was forced to make retribution and damages for destroying the sanctity of a colored man's home.

Mr. Bradshaw is a member of The Calvary Baptist church and also actively identified with a number of fraternal organizations of Topeka and the State of Kansas.

Miss Martherine Hicks is Notary Public in the office of Mr. Bradshaw. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

COLEMAN, A. MRS.

Mrs. A. Coleman who owns and conducts the Hopewell Sanitariuma t 1735 Fillmore for the past seven years is one of Topeka's most successful business women. She is widely known through the southwest for the results from her Sanitarium. Physicians recommend her institution very highly and this is the only Sanitarium of its kind operated by one of our race for white patients in the state of Kansas. Mrs. Coleman specializes in treating Rheumatism, Neuritis, colds and Lagrippe. The Sanitarium is equipped with all the latest modern devices for violet and radio treatments, turkish baths, etc. She is a loyal member of high standing in Cavalry Baptist Church. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

CORBIN, EUGENE

Eugene Corbin manager of the People's Cafe, 310 Kansas Avenue for seven years, with a motto of service with a "hop," gives the best of service quality in cold drinks, lunches, cigars and tobacco. On the merits of this he has won a large patronage from the public. The People's Cafe is the social center for the young as well as the grown up of the city. So make this cafe your headquarters when in Topeka. Mr. Corbin is 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Elks. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

DAVIS, ALEX H.

Alex H. Davis, who owns and operates the Davis Auto Repair Shop, at 718 E. 10th, has operated at this location for the past 14 months and is an experienced mechanic, having 14 years of experience. Mr. Davis finished College in Emporia in 1921 and specializes on any make of car, both mechanically and electrically. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

DAVIS, PETER

Peter Davis, owner of The Davis Coal Co. at 14th & Monroe, is one of Topeka's most experienced Coal dealers, having been in this business for thirteen years, and he is also one of Topeka's oldest citizens. Mr. Davis came to Topeka in the year of 1884, making him a resident of the city for forty-three years. You will find Mr. Davis to be an honest and upright business man. He is Vice-President of the recently organized Investment Loan Assn. He is a Masonic and Knight Templar, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and is highly respected by both races. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

GUY, JAS. H.

Jas. H. Guy was born at Greenfield, Ohio. Educated at West Geneva college of that state. Admitted to the practice of law, from the office of Judge WIlliam Lawrence of Bellefontaine, Ohio being the first colored person to be admitted under the then new law requiring examination by the supreme court for admission to practice law in that state. He came to Kansas in 1884 locating in Topeka, where since he has been engaged in the active practice of his profession. He served four years as deputy county attornery of Shawnee county. Being the first colored person to hold such position in this county. The first of the 15 years consecutively, attorney of the Sunflower Grand Lodge K. of P., of Kansas. For 15 years, National President of the Knights and Ladies, a fraternal insurance order. He with the late E. P. McCabe, former state auditor, organized the Miami Land Co. Mr. Guy organized the Logan arm and Cattle Co., and served as its president till the sale of its lands and voluntary dissolution. Served four years vice president under Senator Capper, of the Topeka branch of the National Association for the advancement of Colored People and served as one of its attorneys in the celebrated Robert Hill extradition case. Attorney for the United Brothers and Sisters of the Mysterious Ten, special attorney for the P. S. C. and lecturer on Law, Kansas Vocational School. He is a Mason, and a member of the Kaw Valley Consistory, No. 16, Valley of Topeka. The "Blue Book of Topeka," has the following to say of Mr. Guy:

"There is no colored man who will pursue the history of this man without inspiration to greater effort and larger ambition. Starting in he trackled the legal profession and by indomitable effort he mastered the secrets of the profession and won from an unsympthetic coterie of examiners the right to practice law. He landed in Topeka without a dollar and today is worth thousands and has besides the esteem and admiration of colleagues and the people of the city. He is unselfish in his devotion to the uplift of his race and loyal in his support to the best things for the advancement of his people." (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

HALL, GERALDINE

The Hall Grocery Store at 1169 Buchanan which was formerly owned by the late S. E. Hall is now operated by his daughter Miss Geraldine Hall who has managed the business successfully since her fathers death. This is one of the oldest established stores in Topeka owned by colored people and has a nice patronage. When in need of groceries, meats or vegetables, Miss Hall will always give you service and quality with a quick snappy delivery service. When in need of service Dial 23310. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

HIGH, S. W.

S. W. High, North Topeka's popular Grocery man who possesses Great ability and keen eyesight has been a successful groceryman for the past nine years. He was in business at 508 W. Ry for five years before locating on Harrison St. Mr. High has everything that a real grocery store should have and gives to the customer the very best values at the lowest possible prices. He is prominent in church work and fraternal organizations, being a member of the Masons, Elks, Knights of Tabor and a member of the Second Baptist church. He is located at 811 N. Harrison. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

HUNT, C. H.

Mr. C. H. Hunt, who has lived in Topeka the last seven years, has recently launched into the grocery business at the corner of 12th & Lincoln. The store has a complete line of fancy groceries. His business has been growing constantly which was built on his motto of quality merchandise and honesty toward every one. Should Mr. Hunt's business justify he plans to move in a large modern store in the near future. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

JONES, SAM

Sam Jones has been a Peace Officer of Topeka and Shawnee county practically for the past twelve years and at the present time is first Deputy Marshal under W. H. Williams the present marshal of the Court of Topeka. Mr. Jones was a member ten years of the Police Department four years as city detective and has been a resident of Topeka twenty-seven years. He is efficient courteous and fearless to the public and assures prompt transactions for his superiors at all times. Mr. Jones has one son, George R. Jones who is employed by the Los Angeles Post Office as Assistant Rate Clerk who made a grade of 99 per cent before entering the Post Office. George R. Jones received his education in Topeka. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

LYTLE, CHARLES C.

Charles C. Lytle of this city (Topeka) has worked out of the State Fire Marshall's office as a field Deputy for the past three years and during this time has demonstrated a high order of ability and understanding in his service to the people. He is a tireless worker and expert in ringing confessions from fire Bugs. Mr. Lytle is the only member of the State Peach Officers Ass'n of Kansas belonging to our race and has been a peace officer in different capactities for 23 years, having held the office of Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Marshall of the Court of Topeka and two years chief of Detectives of the Topeka Police Department. Mr. Lytle also owns a first class barber shop which his sons operate at 326 Kansas Avenue. He also owns a beautiful home and large farm at Tecumseh, Kansas a short distance from Topeka. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

MARTIN, DR. T. P.

Dr. T. P. Martin, Physician and Surgeon has practiced medicine for the past 26 years. He finished at Shaw University, Raleigh, N. C. and has been located in Topeka for the past 20 years. Dr. Martin practiced in New Jersey for five years before coming to Topeka and was intern at Freedmans Government Hospital, Washington, D. C. At present he is medical examiner of the Elks Central Lodge No. 55. Dr. Martin is a member of the St. Simons Episcopal Church. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

McKNIGHT, WILLIAM THOMAS

William Thomas McKnight, 2nd is a native of Topeka, Kansas and come from a family that has been identified with Kansas affairs for the past fifty years. He received his early training and education in the public schools of Topeka and received his college degree from the University of Kansas. He graduated from the school of Law at Yale University. He has been admitted to practice before the supreme and inferior courts of Kansas and Ohio. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and is active in civic life in the city of Topeka, where he is now practicing his profession. Office 406 Kansas Avenue. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

MERILL, T. E.

When speaking of our prominent and young progressive business men of Topeka and those who believe in a high class serivce and the best equipment Mr. T. E. Merill, the proprietor of Merill's Tire and Battery Service 623 East 10th who has had 18 years of experience in the tire and battery work can give real service with satisfaction. He is agent for Firestone tires, Exide Batteries and handles cities service gasoline and oil at his filling station. Accidentally he is the only colored man in Topeka operating a tire, battery and filling station. Mr. Merrill has been at this location for three years and is a member of Central Lodge No. 55 and is a member of the S. Simon Episcopal Church. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

MONROE, HENRY I.

Henry I. Monroe, Dept. County Clerk of Shawnee County, has held this office for the past 16 years and has been identified in the Court House for 28 years. He was Deputy Treasurer for seven years. Mr. Monroe came from Tennessee to Kansas the year of 1879, first settling in Dunlap before coming to Topeka and is one of Topeka's highly respected citizens. You will find him honest and straight-forward in his dealing with superiors and the public. He is a faithful and honest worker in Shiloh Baptist Church, helping in every wawy with any worthy cause. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

NASH, S. G.

S. G. Nash, proprietor of Nash Cleaners and Dyers, has lived here for five years. Mr. Nash is an artistic tailor, renovator and dyer, having had a number years experience. His shop and plant contains the latest modern machinery and is equipped to give his patrons the best of service. He was formerly located at 1725 Kansas Ave., three years and is now located at Freeman Heights, across from the K. V. School. For prompt service, Dial 29-91. Mr. Nash is a local member of Shiloh Baptist Church. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

OVERTON, M. W.

M. W. Overton, a resident of Topeka for thirty years and who has thirty-seven years of experience in the grocery business has operated the Overton Grocery at 1109 Washington the past four years. He always carries a complete line of quality groceries, fresh meats and vegetables. Mr. Overton's motto is honesty and a square deal to all. When in need of any thing in his line do not forget the number. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

PAYNE, B. F.

Apex Theater, 302 Kansas Avenue, has now been in operation for 15 years, and was formerly owned by the late H. E. Sheppard. Mr. B. F. Payne, the present owner, bought over the theater November 1st, 1927. To this date this is the only theater owned and operated by a colored man in the state of Kansas. Mr. Payne has done considerable improving to the equipment, etc., and is hoping that in the near future should business justify, to remodel and expand. He books the very best prictures obtainable for his many customers without any advancement in the price of admission. The theater goers of Topeka should be proud of this enterprise as there is no other Topeka theater that colored people can go to without being segregated. The pictures shown by Mr. Payne are the same as shown by other high class theaters and some are first run, meaning the first picture to be shown in Topeka. Mr. Payne gives employment to 5 the year round and two temporarily and books a Topeka orchestra regularly. Mr. Payne is an accomplished business man, a Spanish-American veteran, a member of the Masonic and all the auxiliaries and is strictly a Topeka product, having been born here. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

ROBINSON, N. L.

N. L. Robinson, proprietor of the R. I. Cafe, 112 Kansas Avenue, in the heart of the wholesale district and also the R. I. Cafe No. 2 Manhattan has lived in Topeka for the past forty years. He is one of Topeka's oldest businessmen, having operated a cafe in Topeka for fifteen years. You will always find the cafe's operated by Mr. Robinson full of fresh fruits, cold drinks, candy, cigars, tobacco and canned goods. His cafe's are noted from caost to coast for his famous sugar cured hams, fish and fried chicken. Mr. Robinson the near future is planning on opening a chain of cafe's in St. Joseph, Mo., Newton, Emporia and Wellington as soon as he can get suitable locations. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

ROSS, DR. M. L.

Dr. M. L. Ross, Physician and Surgeon finished from Me. Harry Medical college in 1913 and is one of Kansas' most successful and prominent physicians. He is a real booster behind every civic and welfare undertaking both physically and financially. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

SCOTT, ELISHA

Elisha Scott, atty and Counsellor at law with offices at 410 Kansas, is one of the Southwest's most noted Attorneys, having had twelve years practice. He was educated at the Kansas Vocational school and finished law at Washburn College in 1916. Atty. Scott has defended the well known riot cases of Tulsa, Okla., and Coffeyville, Kansas, and some of the notable Indian and oil cases from all parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and throughout the southwest. Atty. Scott is well known from coast to coast for his efficiency and shrewdness as a lawyer. He owns a beautiful home at 1139 Lane and valuable city property. He has been a resident of Topeka the past thirty six years. Atty. Scott is also an ex-service man and was commissioned Captain in the world war. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

STONESTREET, FRED M.

Fred M. Stonestreet has been located the past 25 years at 636 Quincy and has lived in Topeka 61 years. He was the first and only colored Marshall of the Court of Topeka, beginning the term of 1898 serving four years. And was also the first colored fireman of Topeka, being a member of the Headquarters Co. before our local fire company was organized. Mr. Stonestreet launched in to the undertaking business the year of 1903, at that date the only colored undertaker in Kansas. To date he has conducted more funerals than any other colored undertaker in the middle west. All have found him to be a strictly square business man and his motto is prompt and courteous treatment and always strives constantly to establish himself high in the esteem of those requiring his service. On this basis, Mr. Stonestreet's has brought sucess from his faithful laboring. At present he gives employment to fur the year around excluding himself. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

STONESTREET, WILBUR F.

Mr. Wilbur F. Stonestreet, his son has now been in business with his father since 1910, his father having trained him when he was a school boy and now masters the business in every capacity, having an embalming diploma fromt he State of Kansas. Stonestreet & Son are liked by both races they stand high in church, fraternal and social organizations. Fred M. is a 32 degree Mason, Knights of Tabor, K. or P., Elk, Woodman, U. B. F., and others of high standing. Mr. Stonestreet owns some nice city property and his modern home at 1020 Woodward. He is a real pillar of Topeka, being behind every civic and welfare project both physically and financially for our group. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

TOLBERT, PRESTON MR. & MRS.

Mr. and Mrs. Preston Tolbert who are Pierce Addition's leading Grocers are Topeka's oldest citizens. Their store has been in operation for the past seven years. Mr. Preston is the proprietor, with his efficient wife, Mrs. Tolbert as the manager. You will always find a complete line of fresh groceries, meats, vegetables and fruits at their store. Their slogan is service and quality and on these merits they have a large patronage in this vicinity. Mr. Tolbert is a Mason and Odd Fellow and both Mr. and Mrs. Tolbert are leading members of Shiloh Baptist Church. Mrs. Tolbert is a member of the House Hold of Ruth and The Court of Calantha. When in need of groceries or meats, think of 2301 Jefferson. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

WEBB, F. O.

F. O. Webb, a U.S. Government Meat Inspector, has been in the employment of the Government for 14 years and has been a resident of Topeka for eight years. Mr. Webb is formerly from Chicago, and has charge of the inspection of meats at the Wolff and Kaw Packing Companies of this city. He is a member of the Masons and a member in high standing of Shiloh Baptist Church. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

WHITNEY, C. A.

C. A. Whitney Topeka's pioneer Real Estate and Fire Insurance agent, has lived in this city the past 36 years and has just finished his tenth year in business in our city. He is widely known throughout the state as an upright and highly respected citizen and is one of our most progressive businessmen. Mr. Whitney handles real estate all over the U.S. and is a member of the Masonic Lodge and also a devout member of the St. John A. M. E. Church. You will find this office located at 330 Kansas Avenue. (The 1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

WILLIAMS, B. G.

B. G. Williams, a leading citizen of Topeka for 28 years and an employee of the state house for the past 16 years, is a real asset to the city, having helped every worthy enterprise in every way possible, both physically and financially, one hundred percent. Mr. Williams has recently finished a beautiful modern home at 1503 Quincy, ne of the finest in the state of Kansas. He is the father of two daughters, who are teaching in the Topeka public schools, one, Miss Mamie Williams, teaching at Buchanan and Miss Ethel at McKinley. Mr. Williams is a Mason of high standing. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

WIMS, FLOYD

Floyd Wims editor and owner of the Little Weekly, has been publishing this paper for almost a year. This is Topeka's newest publicity sheet, having a large circulation and is quite popular in the homes of the old and young. His charges are quite small for subscriptions. Send him 25 cents and you will receive is three months, those wishing to receive it by mail. Mr. Wims is a Topeka product and finished school here. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wims who operate the Wims Lunch Room at 523 N. Kansas. Mr. Wims is an A-1 printer, having been emlpoyed by the Smith Trust Co. for the past 25 years as their printer. The publishers of the colored directory think this very commendable for a young man of 18 years of age and wish him an abundance of success. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

WRIGHT, JOHN M.

John M. Wright, was born in 1866 at Calom, Cass County, Michigan and moved with his parents to Lawrence, Kansas in 1870, attended schools of Lawrence, Ottawa, and Parsons. Special courses in Shorthand in the Standard School of Shorthand and Business Administration, Theory and Practice of Accounting and General Auditing at Kansas State University. He taught school in the Indian Territory and at Topeka, two and a half years. Mr. Wright was the first clerk appointed to the Topeka post office from the civil service examinations. He served in this capacity seven months and in January, 1892, was appointed by Col. John M. Brown as Deputy County Clerk in 1897 was elected as County Clerk, serving two years. He was appointed County Treasurer by Mayor Billard, serving two years. He was executive secretary of the Y. M. C. A. Building No. 5 at Camp Grant, Ill., six months during the World War. With the exception of three years he has served as Deputy County Clerk, Deputy County Treasurer and County Clerk since January 1892. (1928 Topeka Colored Directory)

CHASE, GEORGE GRIFFITH

Chase, George Griffith, lawyer and trust officer; born, Topeka, Kan., Oct. 10, 1877; son of George S. and Alice Margaret (Griffith) Chase; educated in public schools of Topeka and high schools of Washington, D. C; B.S., Columbian (now George Washington) University, Washington, D. C, 1900, LL.B., 1902; unmarried. Lived at Topeka, Kan., until 1894, when moved to Washington, D. C., with parents. Admitted to bar of District of Columbia, 1902, Indian Territory, 1903; came to St. Louis, December, 1903, and engaged in general law practice until 1909; since assistant trust officer St. Louis Union Trust Co. Member of St. Louis Bar Association. Republican. Club: Missouri Athletic. Recreations: tennis and golf. Office: 4th and Locust Sts. Residence: 4715 Westminster Ave. (Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

CLARK, ALLEN WALTER

Clark, Allen Walter, president American Paint Journal Co.; born near Topeka, Kan., Dec. 28, 1867; son of Rev. W. A. Clark, D.D. (well known Baptist minister and editor) and Jane Clark (Jordan) Clark; educated at Franklin College, Franklin, Ind.; married, South Whitley, Ind., June 9, 1889, Florence Shun; children: Charles Allen, March Alicia, Florence June, Cummings Collins. Began journalistic work, 1888, as editor of Morning Record, Chico, Cal., and after that was, successively, manager of the Arkansas Baptist Publishing Co., Little Rock, Ark.; manager Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock; manager Morning Post, South Bend, Ind.; publisher New Era, Greensburg, Ind.; manager National Rural, Chicago; served with organization and press departments, National Democratic Committee, in 1896 and 1900 campaigns; left Indiana in 1900, and settled in St. Louis in 1901, and for one year was office manager Barnes Crosby Engraving Co.; from Jan. 1, 1903, to July 1, 1908, president Kinloch Paint Manufacturing Co.; then established American Paint and Oil Dealer. Member Business Men's League, etc. Democrat; in 1895-96 organized anti-administration forces for Indiana Democratic State Convention, which sent instructed delegation to Chicago. Baptist. Office: Kinloch Bldg. Residence: 5524 Maple Ave. (Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)

BRUCE, PEARL WILLARD

Pearl Willard Bruce railway accountant was born in Lancaster, Missouri, August 4, 1870, son of Dr. Michael Reynolds and Margaret Ann (Taylor) Bruce. His parents were married November 9, 1865 at Bevier, Missouri.

Michael Reynolds Bruce was born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, November 9, 1834, and died at Topeka, May 18, 1888. He is buried in the soldiers' plat in the Topeka Cemetery. He was a physician and surgeon who participated in the gold rush to California in 1849 and who held the brevet of major in the 42nd Missouri Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. His wife, Margaret Ann, was born on the Goucher farm near Hillsville, Pennsylvania, August 5, 1844, and died at Glenwood, Missouri, December 13, 1875.

The Bruce family is traced to the great-grandfather of Pearl Bruce, James Bruce, who with three brothers, Thomas, Henry and William came from Scotland and all of whom are said to ahve served in the Revolutionary War from North Carolina. James moved to Bedford County, Tennessee in 1800 settling near Chapel Hill on Duck River, where he built the first grist mill in that state. He was born in 1768 and died March 8, 19822. His wife, Lucy Gaines who was an Irish descent, was born in 1763 and died October 9, 1834. Both are buried in the old Dr. Swanson Cemetery at Chapel Hill.

James Bruce's son, Thomas Bruce was born in North Carolina, September 12, 1797, and died January25, 1862. He was a soldier in the Black Hawk Indian War in 1832 and a member of Captain Dunn's Company, 2nd Regiment 1st Brigade of the Illinois Mounted Volunteers which were called the Keokuk Iowa Rangers. He is bured in Keokuk Cemetery and has a government headstone.

Mary (Polly) Kemp Turpin, wife of Thomas Bruce, who was born on December 25, 1797 was the daughter of a plantation owner. Her father was the owner of White Sulphur Springs near Nashville, Tennessee. His name was Edmond Turpin and in 1815 when the army of General Jackson camped there on the way to the battle of New Orleans, the general was a guest at the home of her father. General Jackson wore a pair of yarn socks, which the grandmother gave him on that occasion. She married Thomas Bruce, May 8, 1817 and her father gave her as a wedding present a slave girl, Aunt Susa, who had taken care of her all of her life. When the grandfather freed his slaves, before the proclamation, Aunt Susa refused to leave and took care of not only the father, but also Pearl W. Bruce. She died in Keokuk, Iowa, at the age of about 80 years.

Another great-grandfather of Pearl Willard Bruce was Andrew Patterson, born in 1759 and who died May 3, 1828. He married Margaret Dickson who was born in 1756 who died May 15, 1842, their marriage having been solmnized on June 2, 1785. Both are buired on the old two hundred acre farm called Patterson's Hope, located jointly in Mercer and Beaver Counties in Pennsylvania. He received this land as a bounty for services in the Revolutionary War. He seved three years as a gunner corporal in a regiment of artillery and artificers in the Pennsylvania line under Colonel Benjamin Flowers, being stationed near carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was discharged because of disability received from wounds and this land was given him by a special act of the Pennsylvania legislature published in the Laws of the Commonwealth in 1808, Volume 8, Page 39, Chapter 31.

His daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Patterson was born February 8, 1788 and died in 1877. She married Robert Goucher, who was born near Baltimore, Maryland, May 14, 1788 and who died of cholera in St. Louis, MIssouri, May 5, 1855. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, with the rank of private in Captain Warren Bissel's Company of Infantry in Colonel William Rayon's Regiment and in the Ohio militia from August 26 until November 8, 1812. On his record of service Mr. Bruce the subject of this sketch joined the Washington Society of the war of 1812.

Robert was the son of Henry Goucher, (born September 8, 1757; died January 14, 1842) said to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War, who married Rhoda Rose, (born september 26, 1749; died June 14, 1841) daughter of Andrew Rose, Jr., great grandfather, Andrew Rose, sr., President McKinley and whose father, Andrew Rose, Sr., English Puritan came from Holland with William Penn in 1682to Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Robert's daughter, Sarah, born July 18, 1812, died October 6, 1852, married Henry Taylor born 1814 died 1859 who were grandparents of the subject of this sketch.

This Patterson family was related to the family in Baltimore, Maryland. Elizabeth (Betty) Patterson having married Jerome Bonaparte, younger brother of Napoleon. The Gouchers were related to the Baltimore Gouchers one of whom John P. was the founder and president of Goucher College for Women there.

Dr. Michael Reynolds Bruce, mentioned above moved his family from Glenwood, Schuyler County, Missouri, in the winter of 1876-77 to Augusta in Butler County, Kansas. As there were no railroads at that time the family moved by stage coach down the Walnut Valley near the junction of the Walnut and Whitewater Rivers. Because of the fact that Dr. Bruce secured a pension for him because of wounds received in the Union Army, while he and Mr. Anderson were in the army of the Cumberland, Mr. Anderson to show his gratitude gave Dr. Bruce the buffalo robe. Pearl W. Bruce slept between the folds of this robe with his dog as his foot warmer in their old stone house in Augusta.

In May, 1888, Pearl Willard Bruce was graduated from high school at Augusta, Kansas. Since June 2, of that year he has been a railway accountant and at the present time is assistant chief clerk to the ticket auditor of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in Topeka and in charge of interline ticket accounting for the the Santa Fe System. He is a Republican, a member of the Security Benefit Association, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Kansas State Historical Society, the Sons of Veterans of the Civil War (quartermaster, 1889), the American Legion Fathers (secretary) the Sons of the American Revolution (secretary for Kansas), and the Society of the War of 1812. He is a member of Lowman Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church of Topeka, in which he has held membership since 1891. His favorite sports are hunting and fishing.

On December 24, 1892, he was married to cora Lee Stoner at Concordia. She was born near Linn, June 26, 1872 and died at Topeka, August 18, 1917. She was the mother of five children and the great-granddaughter of Eliza Grant-Gossett a cousin of General Ulysses S. Grant. The children are: Hazel Elizabeth born October 14, 1893 who married Howard E. Fichtner; Thomas Harold, July 12, 1896 who married. Hazelle Kinne; Charles Edmond, March 3, 1899 who married Ann Boyd; George Willard, January 24, 1901 who married Hazel Marie Weekes; and Lee, November 24, 1902 who married Margaret Ann Berry.

Hazel is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota at Washburn College. Thomas and Charles served in company A, 110th engineers, 35th division, American Expeditionary Forces and both were wounded in the Argonne drive. President Woodrow Wilson gave to each a certificate as follows: Columbia gives to her son the accolade of the new chivalry of humanity. served with honor in the World War and was wounded in action. They were both recently awarded the George Washington Purple Heart Gold Medal for Military Excellence. George W. Bruce received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn College in 1925 and is an educator. Lee Bruce has his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn and his Master's degree from Chicago University. He is a high school principal. Lee and George are both members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

On May 29, 1919 Mr. Bruce was married to Lyde e. McConnell. She was born near Abilene, Kansas, September 8, 1878 the daughter of John G. McConnell, a Civil War veteran. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Residence: Topeka. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 163-165)

BRUSH, HENRY PERRY

Henry Perry Brush, chief of police of Topeka, was born in Elyria, Ohio, January 29, 1872. He is the son of Elbert A. and Ellen (Smith) Brush, the former of whom was born in Eaton, Ohio and died at Carlisle, Ohio, March 28, 1911. Ellen Smith, wife of Elbert A. Brush was born in Wooster, Ohio, May 21, 1846 and died at Topeka, February 28, 1891.

Henry Perry Brush received his education in public schools. He was married on December 13, 1893 to Rose K. wagner at Elyria. She was born there on November 29, 1873 of German parentage. Mr. and Mrs. Brush have one son, Oliver, born October 11, 1899, who married Ursula Gibson.

Mr. Brush is a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist Church, the Chamber of commerce, the Masons and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. he enjoys hunting and fishing. Residence: Topeka (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 167)

VAN BUCK, WALTER

Walter Van Buck, civil engineer was born at Oskaloosa, Kansas, February 5, 1889 son of Charles Addison and Emma (Morrison) Buck. His father a farmer was born at Harkers Corner, Illinois, September 15, 1847; and died at Oskaloosa in November 1921. His mother was born at Crestline, Ohio, July 6, 1849.

Mr. Buck attended public and high school at Oskaloosa and upon his graduation in 1907 entered Kansas State Agricultural College. He received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1911 and the degree of Civil Engineer in 1916. His fraternity is Sigma Nu.

From May 1912 until May 1915 Mr. Buck was city engineer of Junction city. The following two years he served as superintendent of construction for the A. Jaicks Company and from May 1917 until July 1919 served in the United States Army. He held the rank of captain corps of engineers, serving with the 23rd regiment as captain of Company C and F and Wagon Company No. 4 and as commanding officer of the 4th and 2nd Batalion.

From1 919 until January 1923 Mr. Buck was assistant state highway engineer of Kansas, and from February 1924 until April 1925 was field engineer for the Portland Cement Association. Since that time he has been state highway engineer, Kansas Highway commission. His memberships include the Masons, the American Legion, the Kansas Engineering Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

On July 14, 1912, Mr. Buck was married at Manhattan to Hester Glover. She was born at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, May 31, 1889. Two children were born to them, Barbara July 22, 1913 and Harriet November 9, 1917 who died February 25, 1920. Residence: Topeka. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 168)

BULLIS, MEDA MILLER

Meda Miller Bullis, clubwoman, was born in Sabetha, Kansas, December 27, 1876, daughter of James Meriba and Miranda (Strawn) Miller. The father, born in Warren County, Indiana, April 6, 1842, served in the Civil War with the 32nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was a merchant who had been active in the Pawnee city (Nebraska) Grand Army of the Republic until the organization was discontinued recently.

Miranda Strawn was born in DeKalb County, Illinois, February 11, 1848 and in 1931 celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary. Until its charter was returned, recently she was active in the work of the Women's Relief Corps.

Meda Miller was educated in the public schools of Pawnee City and in June 1894 was graduated from high school there. She taught in the public schools of Pawnee City for thre eyears and attended the University of Nebraska for one term.

On June 27, 1900 she was married to Wilbur Ellis Bullis at Pawnee City, Nebraska. He was born at Humboldt, Nebraska, February 15, 1876 and is in the wholesale building material business. There are two children, Edrey born February 26, 1902 who is married to Glen R. Miller; and Joy Miller, born April 12, 1904 who married Della Elizabeth McClung. Both daughter and son have two children, Phyllis Ann and Maralee Miller, Wilbur Edwin and Ruth Ann Bullis.

Mrs. Bullis has resided in Kansas since 1900. For nine years she served as a member of the board of the Young Women's Christian Association and for two years has been president of the Woman's Club of Topeka. Previously she served two years each as secretary and third vice president of the Woman's Club. The Woman's Club of Topeka is departmental and has 700 members. It owns its own club house, which is situated at 9th and Topeka Boulevard, and is valued at more than $200,000.00

Mrs. Bullis is a member of the First Batptist Church at Topeka, and is a member of the Delphian Society. She was a supervisor of Red Cross rooms and an officer in the Volunteer Motor Service Corps during the World War. Her favorite sport is golf while her hobby is music. Residence: Topeka. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 172)

BULLIS, WILBUR ELLIS

Wilbur Ellis Bullis, vice president of the Lusco Brick & Stone Company, was born at Humboldt, Nebraska, February 5, 1876 son of Roy C. and Mary Ellen (Frazier) Bullis. The father who was of English descent was born in New York State, September 13, 1849 and died at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 28, 1931. His wife, Mary Ellen was born in Jasper county, Iowa, June 8, 1851 and died at Humboldt, Nebraska February 5, 1923. She was of Scotch and Pennsylvania Dutch extraction and active in the work of her church.

On June 29, 1900 Mr. Bullis was married to Meda Miller at Pawnee City, Nebraska. Mrs. Bullis was born at Sabetha, kansas, December 27, 1876 and is now president of the Woman's Club of Topeka. there are two children, Edrey born February 26, 1902 who is married to Glenn R. Miller and Joy Miller born April 12, 1904 who is married to Della Elizabeth McClung, Edrey attended Hardin Colelge, while Joy attended the University of Kansas and was a student in the first Around the World University Afloat.

Mr. Bullis began his career as a telegraph operator with various railroads. For the past 25 years he has been interested in the manufacture and sale of brick and other building materials. He is a member of the First Baptist Church, the Boy Scouts of America (board of directors for several years), the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Elks, and the Masons. For six years he has served as president of the Topeka Country Club of which he is a member. He is a Mason (Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons No. 17; Topeka Consistory; Arab Shrine). His favorite sport is golf. Residence: Topeka. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 172)

BURNS, LUTHER



(Photo submitted by Bruce Burns, decendant of Luther's brother, Amos Gothard Burns)


Luther Burns, lawyer was born in Columbus, Indiana, March 21, 1869 son of Amos and Marcella (Gore) Burns. The father, an educator and lawyer was born in Maryland, and died at Kansas City, Missouri in February, 1925. His wife, Marcella, died in Kansas City in December 1926.

Luther Burns attended public schools and has been admitted to the bar at Wichita, Kansas City and the United States supreme and federal courts.

On April 19, 1899, he was married to Mary Alice Burwell at Kansas city, Missouri. She was born at Gibson City, Illinois, February 27, 1878.

After leaving school, Mr. Burns taught school for a time and afterward became connected with the law firm of Sluss & Stanley at Wichita. He continued with them for 10 years, removing to Topeka in 1899. From that time until 1902 he was executive and private secretary to Governor W. E. Stanley. In 1902 he joined the legal department of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Company. At the present time he is general attorney for Kansas and Mssouri of that railroad company. He is a Republican.

He is a member of the First Methodist Church, the American Kansas State and Shawnee County Bar Associations, the Children Home and Service League of which he is trustee and the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. His club is the Topeka Country Club. Residence: Topeka. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 181)

BUELL, CHESTER ARTHUR

Chester Arthur Buell, general agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad was born in St. Marys, Kansas, June 1, 1882, son of John Floyd and Avis Adelaide (Allen) Buell. The father was born in Sherburne, New York, June 23, 1841 and died at Topeka, July 16, 1916. The mother was born in Geneva, Wisconsin, July 25, 1951, and died at Topeka, May 31, 1930. Chester Arthur Buell has two brothers, F. A. and A. E., and two sisters, Mona Glenna nd Meta Martha.

John Floyd Buell entered the Civil War in 1861 as a second lieutenant in Company F, 114th, New York Infantry. He was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant of his company in 1862. He engaged chiefly in the grain business, but was extremely active in all civic enterprises. At the long Republican he served as mayor of St. Mary's, postmaster of St. Marys as representative of Pottawatomie County in the Kansas legislature in 1897 and held many offices in the Masons of which he was a 30th degree Scottish Rite member. He also served as past master of the Blue Lodge at St. Marys.

Chester Arthur Buell attended public school at St. Marys and Northern Illinois College of Optics. He was manager of the St. Marys football team and a player. He was active in all sports, a member of St. Marys band and after coming to Topeka played for the famous Lincoln Post Drum Corps.

After leaving school Mr. Buell opened a small store in St. Marys and shortly thereafter moved to Topeka to live. On February 15, 1904 he went to work for the Missouri Pacific railroad freight house and from that time until January 1, 1925 held practically every position in the Topeka station, working up to general agent on that date. He is now general agent of the freight and passenger departments.

On May 23, 1925 he was married to Marion Agnes Bissell at Topeka. She was born in Ford County, Kansas April 1, 1889.

Mr. Buell is a Republican. He has always been active in fraternal and civic affairs and served as overseer of the Ancient Order of United Workmen in St. Marys; was chief forester of the Modern Woodmen of America drill team; organized the coming Men of America Lodge and served as its president; and was secretary of the fire department at St. Marys.

In Masonic circles Mr. Buell has always been particularly active. He has served as master of Golden Rule Lodge No. 90 as president of the Past Masters Association, as district deputy grand master, as high priest of Topeka Chapter No. 5 (1923) as illustrations master of Zabud Council (1921), as commander of Topeka Commandery (1922-23), as first platoon commander of the commandery drill team, as wise master of Unity chapter of the Rose Croix (1931), as master of Kadosh of Topeka Consistory and as master of Orient Lodge of Perfection and of the Council. He received the degree of knight commander of the Court of Honor, has served as sovereign of the Red Cross of Constantine and as monarch of Media Grotto. He has served also as first lieutenant of Media Grotto patrol, and was first president of the Kansas State Grotto Association. He is also a member of Helena Chapter No. 210 of the Order of Eastern Star, Topeka Council No. 1, Ancient Toltee Rite and Arab Temple of the Shrine.

Mr. Buell is active in all civic enterprises as well as masonry and has charge at the present time of the Scottish Rite dining room. He is a member of the Kansas Optometry Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the Hi Twelve Club. In the Chamber of Commerce he served as chairman of the fire prevention committee until 1931 and 1932. He is a lover of out of door sports, and is particularly fond of hunting and fishing. He is a breeder of Chesapeake Bay dogs, Residence: Topeka. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 170-171)

CALDWELL, ROBERT CHARLES

Robert Charles Caldwell, postmaster of Topeka, was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, September 20, 1871, son of William Henry Harrison and Carlie Adella (Cobleigh) Caldwell. His father, an editor and publisher, was born in Quincy, Illinois, November 8, 1841. He held the rank of major in the Civil War and in 1879 founded the Beloit Courier. Later he was a regent of the State Normal School and receiver for the Kirwin Land Office. His death occurred at Topeka, July 6, 1913.

Carlie Adella Cobleigh was born in Lisbon, Illinois, May 10, 1849, a descendant of Hiram Powers, noted sculptor who designed and completed The Greek slave.

Entering the postoffice department in 1903 Mr. Caldwell was special delivery messenger and substitute city carrier in 1903 a clerk in 1904, finance clerk in 1908, cashier in 1911 assistant postmaster in 1915 and acting postmaster from June 1 to June 23, 1926. On the latter date he was commissioned postmaster and on April 28, 1930 was reappointed to that office.

Mr. Caldwell is president of the Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma Postmasters Association, having served two years. He is a member of the national parcel post commission of the United States postoffice department, organized in 1931, with national parcel post directors and postmasters from New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Kansas City, Missouri and Topeka.

On November 15, 1909, he was married to Hazel Beryl Forbes at Topeka. She was born there June 15, 1882 and died there on July 26, 1917. There were two children born to them, William Forbes, January 4,1 911; and Helen Louise, June 13, 1914 who died May 31, 1926.

On June 15, 1921, Mr. Caldwell was married to Eleanor Mac Hartley at Minneapolis, Kansas. She was born there on January 15, 1881 and before her marriage was an insurance clerk.

Mr. Caldwell is a dyed in the wool Republican. He served as master of Golden Rule lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in 1919 as patron of Helena chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in 1920 and in 1930 as district deputy grand master of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in 1920 as grand pursuivant of the Kansas Grand Lodge in 1921 as high priest of Topeka Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons in 1928 and as knight commander of the Ancient Toltec Rite in 1932.

In 1885 at the age of 13 years, Mr. Caldwell became a drummer in the state militia, and from 1886 until 1895 was a snare drummer in the Kansas National guard and received his honorable discharge. In 1891 he was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, but did not graduate. During the World War he participated in all loan drives, and was a member of the local price fixing committee, appointed by President Wilson.

In 1927 and again in 1931 he was a member of the board of directors of the Co-operative Club. He is a member of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, the Theiro Dancing Club, and the North Topeka Baptist Church. Residence: Topeka (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 187)

CAPPER, ARTHUR

Arthur Capper, United States Senator, was born at Garnett, July 14, 1864 son of Herbert and Isabella (McGrew) Capper. He was graduated from high school at Garnett I n1884 and began as a compositor for the Topeka daily capital in 1884. Since 1892 he has been proprietor and publisher of that paper and is also the publisher of capper's Weekly, Farmers Mail and Breeze, Household Magazine, etc.

On December 1, 1892, Mr. Capper was married to Florence Crawford of Topeka. He is a Mason, an Elk, an Odd Fellow, a member of the Ancient Order of the United Workmen and the Modern Woodmen of America. His clubs are the Chevy Chase, the Press (Washington, D. C.) and the Topeka Country Club.

In 1911, Mr. Capper was candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. He was elected for the terms 1915-19; and has been elected United States senator 1919-25; 1925-31; and 1931-37. He has served as president of the board of regents of Kansas State Agricultural College and is a member of the Kansas State Historical Society. Residence: Topeka. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 197)

  
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