SMITH COUNTY, KANSAS

BIOGRAPHIES

WALTER GEORGE HENRICHS

Walter George Henrichs, manager of the Farmers Cooperative Grain Association, was born in Athol, Kansas, November 17, 1903, son of Fritz and Helen (Eilers) Henrichs.

Fritz Henrichs, a farmer was born in Oldenburg, Germany, June 26, 1854, and died at Athol, January 13, 1923. His wife, Helen, was born in Germany, June 8, 1861 and resides at Athol.

Walter George Henrichs attended public, and high school at Atchol until his graduation in 1922. He was married to Mildred Dorothy Kubias, at Smith Center. Mrs. Henrichs was born in Center Point, August 27, 1906.

Mr. Henrichs is a Republican and vice chairman of the county central committee. In 1932 he was a delegate to the state convention. He is a member of the Congregational Church, the Masons and Athol Chamber of Commerce. Residence: Athol. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 511)

HILL, JOHN HENRY "DICK"

John Henry "Dick" Hill, for many years a prominent banker, was born in Marion County, Illinois, April 25, 1855 and died at Smith Center, January 6, 1926. He was the son of Richard Henry and Lucy Ann (Burrow) Hill, the former of whom was born in New York State, April 6,1 830. The father died at Smith Center, August 10, 1898. His wife, Lucy, a native of Illinois, born January 6, 1837, died in Marion County, Illinois, September 17, 1856. She was the daughter of the Reverend Henry Burrow and Elizabeth Adams. Elizabeth Adams was carried as a child by Nancy Adams, wife of John Adams, from Virginia to Kentucky, seven hundred miles, on a bread mixing board. This was in 1810 when the family moved from Virginia to Kentucky.
Mr. Hill first came to Kansas with the A. J. Watson family, who were relatives by marriage in 1871, they settling on a claim in Jewell County. Mr. Hill then returned to Carbondale, Illinois, attending Southern Normal there. Later he went to Colorado, where he and his father engaged in gold and silver mining. Seven years later he returned to Smith Center.

On November 10, 1885, Mr. Hill was married to Ada Virginia Venables at Cora, Kansas. Mrs. Hill was born in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, February 21, 1863, the daughter of William and Phebe Jane (Van Winkle) Venables. She died at Smith Center, April 22, 1926. She was an active worker in the First Congregational Church, a member of the Ladies Co-operative Society, the Fortnightly Club, and the Domestic Science Club. To Mr. and Mrs. Hill the following children were born: Mac H., September 19, 1887, who married Elsie Mary Storr at Kansas City, Missouri, July 19, 1911; Vera Virginia, February 3, 1893, who married Frank Thayer, Ph. D. at Smith Center, June 6, 1917; Joel randall, May 7, 1899, who married Evalyn McGuire at Creston, Iowa, June 7, 1931 and Richard I. C., August 1Club. To Mr. and Mrs. Hill the following children were born: Mac H., September 19, 1887, who married Elsie Mary Storr at Kansas City, Missouri, July 19, 1911; Vera Virginia, February 3, 1893, who married Frank Thayer, Ph. D. at Smith Center, June 6, 1917; Joel Randall, May 7, 1899, who married Evalyn McGuire at Creston, Iowa, June 7, 1931 and Richard I. C., August 15, 1886, who died October 10, 1887. Another daughter, twin to Vera Virginia, was born and died on February 3, 1893.

At the present time, Mac is president of the First National Bank of Smith Center. Mrs. Thayer is a graduate of Hardin College in Mexico, Missouri, while Joel is a graduate of the State University of Iowa, having received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1921. He was a member of the Student Army Training Corps there, being discharged on December 18, 1918. He has been in the national banking department and was publisher of the News-Advertiser at Creston, Iowa three years.

In 1886 Mr. Hill was elected clerk of the district court of Smith County, Kansas. He served two years as mayor of Smith Center, and six years as treasurer of the board of education.

In 1891, he began his banking career at Kensington, Kansas, being elected cashier of the First National Bank of Smith Center, on January 1, 1897. He was elected vice president of this bank on January 1, 1923, which position he held at the time of his death. He was a director of the First National bank, The Central Trust Company of Topeka, the First National Bank of Kensington, the First State Bank of Thol, the First State Bank of Bellaire, and the First State bank of Portis.

Mr. Hill carried the surveyor's chain with which the townsite of Smith Center was surveyed in the spring of 1872. He served as president of the Smith County bankers Association from the day of its organization until his death, and was a member of the Smith Center Chamber of Commerce. His religious affiliation was with the First Congregational Church. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 524 & 526)

HILL, MAC HENRY

Mac Henry Hill, president of the First National Bank of Smith Center, was born in Smith County, Kansas, September 19, 1887 son of John Henry and Ada Virginia (Venables) Hill.

The father, a native of Marion county, Illinois, was born April 25, 1855. His death occurred at Smith Center, January 8, 1926. At the time of his death he was vice president of the First National Bank of Smith Center, president of the Smith County Bankers Association, and a member of the First Congregational Church.

Ada Virginia Venables was born in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, February 21, 1863, and died at Smith Center, April 22, 1926. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Smith Center, the Ladies Cooperative Society and the Fortnightly Club.

Mac Henry Hill attended public school at Smith Center and in 1905 was graduated from the Smith Center High School. He engaged in the jewelry and optical business in Smith Center from 1907 until 1913, when he entered the First National Bank. He is a director of the First National Bank of Smith Center, and is president and director of the First State Bank of Athol. Mr. Hill is a Republican.

During his banking career Mr. Hill has written numerous articles on banking projects, which have been published in professional magazine, including the Burroughs Clearing House.

On July 19, 1911, he was married to Elsie Mary Storr at Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Hill was born in Rosedale, Kansas, March 3, 1889, daughter of Rainer and Clara (Weston) Storr. She is a member of the P. E. O. Sisterhood (past president), the First Congregational Church, the Ladies Co-operative Society (president), the Civic League (past president).

Mr. Hill has served one term as master of Western Star Lodge No. 174 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and one term as high priest of Lebanon Chapter No. 67 of the Royal Arch Masons, both at Smith Center. He has also been treasurer of Western Star Lodge No. 174 for the past eight years. He is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason (Topeka Consistory), and a member of Isis Temple of the Shrine at Salina. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and has been president of the Smith Center Board of Education since 1928. His favorite sport is golf. Residence: Smith Center. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 526)

GEORGE BENJAMIN KAPPELMAN

George Benjamin Kappelman, superintendent of schools at Smith Center, was born at Linn, Kansas, December 6, 1885 son of Frank Henry and Lissetta Charlotte (Kanke) Kappelman.

Frank Henry Kappelman, whose parents were German was born in Boef Creek, Missouri, November 29, 1860. His wife, Lissetta, was born in Gasconade County, Missouri, March 17, 1865.

Educated first in the rural and elementary schools of Washington County, George Benjamin Kappelman later attended St. John's Lutheran College at Winfield, receiving a diploma from the commercial department. He attended State Teachers College at Emporia and in 1917 was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree. In 1927 he received his Master of Science degree from Kansas State College. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa.

A teacher in the rural schools of Washington County, from 1906 until 1908, the following year Mr. Kappelman became principal of the consolidated school at Hymer. He served as superintendent at Linn from 1911 until 1913 and at Mogranville from 1913 until 1920. At that time he became principal of the rural high school at Powhatan, continuing until 1923, when he became principal of the rural high school at Miltonvale. He has held his present position since 1929.

Mr. Kappleman's marriage to Annie Rachel McAlister was solemnized at Waterville, Kansas, August 12, 1914. Mrs. Kappelman who is of Scotch Irish descent was a teacher before her marriage. She was born at Barnes, October 20, 1891. Mr. and Mrs. Kappelman have two children, Mac, born July 9, 1915; and Margaret, March 2, 1919.

Mr. Kappelman is a Republican. He is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Chamber of Commerce, the Young Men's Christian Association, the Parent Teachers Association, and the First Presbyterian Church. His professional organizations include the National Education Association, the Secondary School Principals Associations, the Department of Superintendent was, the Kansas State Teachers Association, and the Kansas State Principals Association. During the World War he was a four minute speaker and a member and captain in the state guard at Morganville. His hobby is farming. Residence: Smith Center. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 613)

FRANK ELSWORTH LUMPKIN

Frank Elsworth Lumpkin, general merchant, was born in Lindon, Iowa, March 9,1864, son of Robert Washington and Margaret Maria (Kent) Lumpkin. The father, a farmer and holder of minor political offices, was born in Dalton, Indiana, March 14, 1824, and died at Lindon in October, 1892. His English ancestors settled in North Carolina, and afterward moved to Wayne County, Indiana.

Margaret Maria Kent was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 7, 1834, and died at Merna, Nebraska, in November, 1915. She was an ardent church worker, and the daughter of Merrill Kent, of New Hampshire and Mary Bradley, daughter of a prominent slave holder in the south.

Educated in the public schools of Iowa, Frank Elsworth Lumpkin attended Iowa Business College at Des Moines. He came to Kansas on March 17, 1885, and has since engaged in the mercantile business.

A Democrat, Mr. Lumpkin has been a member of the house of representatives two terms, 1913-14, and 1931-32. He was re-elected to office on November 8, 1932. Mr. Lumpkin has always taken an active part in the political activities of his county and state. He served on the public utilities, state affairs, and fees and salaries committees in 1933.

On March 30, 1887, he was married to Mary Giralda Cole at Otego. She was born in Jasper County, Indiana, February 25, 1870, daughter of Phillip H. and Mary E. (Freeland) Cole. There are five children, Augusta, born August 8, 1888, who married Earl O. Collier; Mary C., August 31, 1894, who married Roy P. Kirkpatrick; Elmer E., February 23, 1900, who married Dorothy L. Isom; Frank K., April 28, 1902 who married Ruby Wilson; and Roy W., July 14, 1906, who married Dorothy May Mace. Mrs. Lumpkin is a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Royal Neighbors of America (past chancellor).

Mr. and Mrs. Collier reside at Smith Center, Mary resides at Bogue, while Elmer is a merchant at Phillipsburg. Frank is a merchant at Colby, while Roy is associated in business with his father.

Mr. Lumpkin is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and Western Star Lodge No. 174 of the Ancient and Free Accepted Masons at Smith Center. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of Aldworth Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. He is eligible to the Sons of the American Revolution through his grandmother Bradley of Kentucky. Mr. Lumpkin is fond of baseball and devotes much time to reading.

Mr. Lumpkin was killed in an automobile accident at Wamego, Kansas, on June 26, 1933. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 718)

JOHN EDWARD MAY

John Edward May, sheriff of Smith County, was born in Columbia, Iowa, November 16, 1882, son of Frank and Arizona (Colwell) May. He has resided in Kansas 48 years.

Frank May, a farmer was born in Knoxville, Iowa, August 12, 1857 and died at Smith Center, November 8, 1923. His wife, Arizona was born in Knoxsville, January 15, 1856, and died at Bellaire, Kansas, February 19, 1907.

Reared on a farm, John Edward May attended public school and thereafter continued farming until 1919 when he engaged as a nurseryman for S. c. Stevens. He was for two years produce clerk for S. C. Walter & Son, and for six years engaged in the produce business for himself.

A Republican, Mr. May was elected sheriff of Smith County in November, 1928 and re-elected to the same office in 1930. He is a member of the school board, the township board, the Chamber of Commerce (1922-), the Odd Fellows, the Masons, and the Security Benefit Association. During the World War he was a member of the National Guard, and active in Red Cross work and the sale of government bonds. His religious affiliation is with the First Methodist church.

His marriage to Dessa dora Bennington was solemnized at Lebanon, October 5, 1902. Mrs. May was born in Bellaire, April 5, 1883. There are two children, Ferne Alice, born September 1, 1903, who married J. R. Witmer and Verlyne Edwin, April 27, 1911. Mr and Mrs. Witmer have a son, John Joseph, born September 28, 1931. Residence: Smith Center. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 747)

CARL S. McCORMICK

Carl S. McCormick, a farmer and livestock breeder, was born in Cedar, Kansas, December 23, 1893, son of Isaac Sherman and Nancy Matilda (Hutson) McCormick.

Isaac Sherman McCormick, a farmer, and a lieutenant in the Kansas State Guard, was born in Tama, Iowa, March 14, 1866, and now resides at Kinsington, Kansas. His father, John Henry McCormick was a native of Pennsylvania. Isaac S. McCormick came to Kansas in 1883 and with his parents, locating in Smith County, where John H. McCormick bought a relinquishment. The land is now the property and home of Carl S. McCormick and has been in the family since the original purchase by the McCormicks. It is named the "Mac Bess Farm."

Nancy Matilda Hutson was born in Indiana, February 14, 1870 and is still living. Her entire life has been devoted to her home and family.

Carl S. McCormick attended public school until 1912 and in 1915 was graduated from a two year high school course at Cedar. He was captain of both the baseball and basketball teams while in high school. Since reaching maturity Mr. McCormick has devoted his entire time and attention to farming and livestock breeding. He is a Republican and in 1932 was elected justice of the peace of Valley Township.

On October 11,1919, he was married to Bessie B. Tulley at Phillipsburg. She was born in Colinsville, Indiana, February 27, 1898, the daughter of Thomas O. and Nora (Cochran) Tulley, a native of Iowa. She was a rural school teacher before her marriage, having taught in Smith County. Mr. and Mrs. McCormick have two children, Elton Glenn, born January 12, 1922 and Lois Jean, January 25, 1926. Mrs. McCormick is a member of the Christian Church at Cedar in which she is quite active. She also takes an active interest in community affairs.

Mr. McCormick enlisted in the United States Navy in 1918, as a second class musician, serving until released from active service in 1919. During 1917-18 he served as sergeant in the state guard. He has been president of the Farm Bureau for two years, since 1925 he has been a member of the Holstein-Freisian Association of America. At the present time he is serving as clerk of the high school board of Cedar. He enjoys baseball, while his hobby is breeding Holsteins. In 1932 Mr. McCormick started to show his herd at county and state shows with marked success. Residence: Cedar. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 759)

BERNICE WHITE SCOTT

Bernice White Scott, musician and teacher of piano and pipe organ was born in Mankato, Kansas, July 3, 1892, daughter of Hays B. and Diana (Parsons) White. Her father, a farmer, was a member of congress from the sixth congressional district from 1918 until 1928. He was born in Fairfield, Iowa, September 21, 1855, the son of Thomas and Martha White.

Diana Parsons was graduated from Mankato High School in 1910. She has a state teachers piano certificate and the degree of Bachelor of Music from Kansas University. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, MacDowell Fraternity and the Kansas Authors Club. In 1920 she studied with Carl Busch at Kansas City. She taken work in piano with Carl A. Preyer and pipe organ with Charles S. Skilton.

Her marriage to James M. Scott was solemnized at Mankato, November 6, 1918. Dr. Scott a physician and surgeon was born at Lebanon, March 15, 1893, the son of Glenn and Minnie (Graves) Scott. Dr. and Mrs. Scott have one son, James White, born February 2, 1926.

Mrs. Scott is a member of the Lebanon Library Club, the Lebanon Music Study Club, the Order of Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her religious affiliation is with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Scott is a member of the Congressional Club of Washington, D. C. Residence: Lebanon. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 1024 & 1025)

JAMES MALCOM SCOTT

James Malcolm Scott, physician and surgeon, was born in Lebanon, Kansas, March 15, 1893, son of Frank Glenn and Minnie Eva (Graves) Scott. His father, whose grandparents came from Glencoe, Scotland, was born in Mount Vernon, Missouri, February 10, 1869. He is a horse and mule buyer.

Minnie Eva Graves was born in Beloit, Kansas, April 8, 1872, and died at Lebanon, December 14, 1924. She was of Scotch descent, her grandparents, coming from Glasco. She was the organizer of the Mankato Public Library, of which she was librarian from its organization in 1898 until her death in 1924.

Educated first in the public schools of Mankato, James Malcolm Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree and the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas. He attended George Washington University Medical College one year, receiving the Harkness scholarship for one term in Harvard Medical college. He served his internship at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D. C., in 1921. For one term he was a student at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi, and in 1913 won a freshman numeral in football at Kansas University.

Since 1921 Dr. Scott has been in practice at Lebanon. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Kansas State Medical Society, the Smith County Medical Society, and a member of the staff of Community Hospital at Beloit. He is the owner of the Lebanon Hospital.

On November 8, 1918, Dr. Scott was married to Essie Bernice White, the daughter of Hays B. and Diana (Parsons) White, at Mankato. Mrs. Scott who is a pianist and a composer of music, was born at Mankato, July 3, 1892. She is quite active with her music in musical circles. Her father was Irish and her mother French. Dr. and Mrs. Scott have one son, James White, born February 22, 1926.

Dr. Scott is a Republican. He served in the United States Army from October 18, 1917, until January 6, 1919, with the rank of private in the 84th division. He enlisted and was stationed at Aviation Island, San Diego, California, at Allentown, Pennsylvania, and at Camp Mills, New York. He is a member of the American Legion and is a member of Mankato Lodge No. 83, and the Consistory at Topeka. His religious affiliation is with the Christian Church. His hobby is politics. Residence: Lebanon. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 1026 & 1027)

NETTIE SYLVIA SMITH

Nettie Sylvia Smith, designer, was born in Smith Center, Kansas, November 18, 1885. She is the daughter of Ira Brooks and Cora Belle (Morgan) Smith, her father a native of Grass Lake, Michigan, born January 1, 1840. He was a farmer and carpenter, who served four years in the Civil War. He died at Kansas City, Missouri, February 29, 1908. His wife, Cora, was born in Chili, New York, March 25, 1850.

Nettie Sylvia Smith received a teacher's diploma from the Kansas University School of Fine Arts in 1912 and prior thereto in 1908, was a student in Kansas State Normal School. She attended Chicago Art Institute the summer terms of 1917 and of 1926, and is a member of Delta Phi Delta.

During 1914 and 1915, Miss Smith was instructor of drawing in the Republic County Teachers Institute. She has engaged in free lance work chiefly for the Bruce Publishing Company in Milwaukee, including many cover drawings for the Industrial Arts Magazine and the American School Board Journal. She is the author of a book, Designing with Wild Flowers, published in 1927.

Miss Smith is a Republican. She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Rembrandt Club. She enjoys nature study, music, kodaking and Indian Lore and child study. Residence: Smith Center (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 1083 & 1084)

BLANCHE CUTHBERTSON WERTS

Blanche Werts, educator and clubwoman, was born in Monroe, Iowa, February 6, 1867, daughter of Frank T. and Ellen Jane (Estle) Cuthbertson. Her father, a native of Ohio, born December 8, 1836 was an early day teacher in that state. A musician, he played in the orchestra during Jennie Lind's first trip to America. He served in the Civil War from Ohio and coming to Kansas, helped to organize Republic County. He served as justice of the peace for more than 20 years, and was active in Democratic politics. His death occurred at Scandia, October 20, 1929.

Ellen Jane Estle was born in Indiana, March 24, 1842, and died at Scandia, May 6, 1930. Her father was at one time one of the five wealthiest men in Iowa.

Ellen Jane Estle was born in Indiana, March 24, 1842, and died at Scandia, May 6, 1930. Her father was at one time one of the five wealthiest men in Iowa.

Blanche Cuthbertson attended public school and while caring for her mother during a several years illness studied under the personal tutelage of her father. She taught in the public schools of Republic County from 1882 until 1885, when she was married to Joseph E. Werts. They have five children, Bertha, born April 7, 1886, who married Elbert E. Rorabaugh, Lula, May 28, 1887, who married Roy Moore; Joseph R., September 8, 1893, who married Ruth Ross and who served with the 89th division during the World War; Gwenaveer, February 6, 1895 who married George B. Dusinverre; and Mack A., March 21, 1897, who married Ruth Badger, and who served in the United States Naval band during the World War.

A Republican, Mrs. Werts has always taken an active part in politics, and in 1924 was unsuccessful candidate for representative. She is a member of the Rebekahs and was state president from 1929 until 1930 of the Rebekah's Assembly of Kansas. She is also a member of the Security Benefit Association. She is a member of the Home Economics Club, the Rebekah circle, the Civic League, the First Christian church of Smith Center and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Residence: Smith Center. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 1208)

SHAFER, EMELINE

Mrs. Emeline Shafer, of Lee township, was born in Kingston, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, December 9, 1808. Her father was Peter Shafer and her mother was Elizabeth Shoals, both of Pennsylvania. Grandfather Shoals and his wife both came from Germany and both were sold for their passage, as was the custom in those days, that their time for one year should be sold to pay their passage. Being sold to the same man in Philadelphia they became acquainted, and when they left this place they were married and walked the whole distance from Philadelphia to the Wyoming valley along the banks of the Susquehanna river. Here they soon became tenant farmers, and by industry and economy they became owners of a good farm there. Mrs. Shafer had grown up in the same neighborhood with her husband, and though marriage did not change her name, she was not related to him. Of course their means were very small, but their neighbors were in the same condition. After nine years they moved to Ohio by team. This was a pleasant trip of two weeks in 1834. They lived four years in Union county, four more in Madison county, and then traded their nice farm of 100 acres with good buildings and orchard for 160 acres of timber, two miles west of Mt. Sterling village, getting $200 in cash. They again took up the line of march, bringing with them their four children. They moved into an old log stable near their land, which they made tenable for a short time. Mr. Shafer was tired of his trade when he found that much of the fine timber had been cut, and upon making inquiry he found that the man who had taken much out of this timber had used it to fence eighty acres near what is now Fargo. They settled this by trading an eighty of Mr. Shafer's for the improved eighty that had been fenced with his timber. This was the place where Mrs. Shafer now lives, on which there was a comfortable, but rough house 16 x 16, with a fireplace and stick-and-mud chimney. They have lived here ever since. Here Mr. Shafer died in 1864, aged sixty nine years.

They had buried three small children in Ohio and had eight living at his death, although all had gone from home but three. Charles Shafer and his brother Hiram D. were soldiers in the One Hundred and Seventeenth Illinois Volunteers Infantry from Brown county; Charles returned to die at his brother's at Mound Station at the age of twenty eight years. Hiram was in active service as a musician for over three years; Francis was in the ranks from February, 1864, to September of the same year. Of the eleven children born to Mrs. Shafer, seven are still living. Benjamin and Francis are at home conducting the farm for their venerable old mother. She has 170 acres in this farm. She has three motherless grandchildren with her, Maude, Cora and William. Perry Shafer, the eldest son, is a farmer in Kingman county, Kansas; Denison is a farmer in Smith county, Kansas; Wealthy Ann is the wife of Thomas Crabb, a farmer in Smith county, Kansas; Emeline, wife of Jordan Madison, a farmer in Leavenworth, Kansas; and Caroline, wife of James Wilson, a farmer in Kingman county, Kansas.

This grand old lady is now nearly eighty-four years of age and is still as vigorous as most women at fifty years. She thinks nothing of walking three or five miles and attends church regularly in the village. She has a lively recollection of much of her experience in pioneer life. She tells how they shelled the corn by driving the horses over it on the barn floor and drew it sixteen miles to the river market and then sold it for ten cents a bushel. She tells her children that a person can live entirely on corn meal, because she has tried it. All of her experiences, with many of her rough ones, are told with a zest which shows the stuff that this old heroine was made of, and it is refreshing to hear her speak of it as a rich romance in which she took part. ("Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 169-170, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois. Submitted by Sara Hemp)

BEST, ELMER

Elmer Best, born October 29, 1887, born at Edmond, Kans.; died in Gaylord, Kans., June 11, 1896. Parents: Lucy Shepard and Frank Best. (Source: "The descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I." By William Field Reed, 1900 submitted by K. Torp)

BEST, RALPH

Ralph Best, born June 16, 1889 at Edmond, Kans.; died at Smith Center, Kans.; December 30, 1901. Parents: Lucy Shepard and Frank Best. (Source: "The descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I." By William Field Reed, 1900 submitted by K. Torp)

SHEPARD, BERTHA

Bertha Shepard, born in Gaylord, Kans., August 15, 1875; married in Norton Co., Kans.; October 3, 1900 to Daniel Dunningham who was a farmer, stock raiser, etc.; in politics a Republican; they resided, 1904 at Oakley,Kans.(Source: "The descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I." By William Field Reed, 1900)
submitted by K. Torp

CUNNINGHAM, MABEL

Mabel Cunningham born July 20, 1901, parents Bertha Shepard and Daniel Cunningham. (Source: "The descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I." By William Field Reed, 1900 submitted by K. Torp)

SHEPARD, JOSEPH HENRY

Joseph Henry Shepard, born in Gaylord, Kansas, January 28, 1878; he was a farmer and in politics a Democrat; married october 8, 1900 to Ellie Salms; they resided, 1904 at Lenora, Kans.; parents Bertha Shepard and Daniel Cunningham. (Source: "The descendants of Thomas Durfee of Portsmouth, R.I." By William Field Reed, 1900, submitted by K. Torp)

CLARK, HENRY A.

Henry A. clark, abstracter and insurance man was born at Jamesport, Missouri, February 6, 1863, son of Alfred and Martha Ann (Corn) Clark. His father was a plasterer, brick layer and farmer who served in the Civil War. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, September 11, 1823, and died at Winfield about November 8, 1900. Martha Ann Corn was born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, October 19, 1931 and died at Smith Center, Kansas, June 18, 1895.

Educated in the public schools of Smith County, Henry A. Clark engaged in farming until 1903. He then served as county clerk of Smith County for four years, and since that time has engaged in the insurance and abstract business. he has been extremely active in Repbulican politics, both state and national for more than 50 years.

On february 6, 1884, Mr. Clark was married to Emma M. Jones, at Smith Center. She was born in Rose Hill, Iowa, February 6, 1859 and died at Smith Center, March 5, 1927. To them the following children were born: Edna M., July 7, 1885; Warren N., August 16, 1887; who married Savella Lohr; Alfred, July 28, 1889, who married Margaret Mackey; Mabel C., May 25, 1891; who married Loren Wolfe; Anna B., October 14, 1892, who died October 30, 1907; Zelda J., January 26, 1895; who married Jess Post; and Marion V., May 10, 1898, who married Hugh Henderson.

Edna is a graduate of Kansas University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. She received her Master's degree from Chicago University in 1929. For nine years she has served as professor of English at the State College for Women in Texas. warren is a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University and for 21 years has been a clergyman in Chicago. He is noted as a lecturer, and has delivered addresses in 20 states of the United States and in Canada. Alfred has had three years training at Kansas University and is a graduate of the Effingham school of photography. He now owns and operates a photographic stuido at Smith Center.

Mr. Clark has been a member of the Modern Woodmen of America for 36 years and of the Odd Fellows for 28 years. He has served as past grand of the Odd Fellows, and as past chief patriarch in the Encampment, and past commander of the Patriarchs Militant. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Red Cross and the Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys baseball, football, golf, cribbage, and checkers. His hobby is service to his community. Residence: Smith Center. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 228)


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