BIOGRAPHIES OF KANSAS RESIDENTS
BARNETT, SAMUEL JACKSON
Barnett, Samuel Jackson, educator, scientist, was born Dec. 14, 1873, in Kansas. Since 1905 he has been professor of physics at the Tulane university of New Orleans, La. He has made valuable researches on experimental and thoreoretical electricity. [Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909 – Transcribed by Therman Kellar]
CATO, STERLING G.
Cato, Sterling G., lawyer, jurist, was born in Georgia. He removed to Alabama, from which state he was appointed an associate justice of the United States court for the territory of Kansas.
[Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909 – Transcribed by Therman Kellar]
MARSHALL, GEN. F. J.
It is impossible in the space here allotted the writer, to give a minute and comprehensive sketch of a man whose career has been so eventful as that of Gen. F. J. Marshall. Gen. Marshall is a scion of the time honored “F. F. V.’s.” He was born in Lee Co., Va., April 3, 1816. His early life was spent in his native State. In 1842, he emigrated to Fair West, Caldwell Co., Mo., where he lived ten years. He was Sheriff of the county four years, and afterwards engaged in merchandising. He was married at Richmond, Mo., November 1847 to Miss Mary R. Williams. In 1852 Gen. Marshall removed to the Territory, afterward Kansas, and settled on the Big Blue River, at a place now the site of Marysville, Marshall Co. This town took its name for Gen. Marshall’s wife. Gen. Marshall was a member of the first Territorial Legislature of Kansas, also a member of the second Legislature – Upper House. In 1855, during the great struggle between the Pro-slavery party and the Anti-slavery party, the Legislative Council of Kansas elected Gen. Marshall a Brigadier General of the State Militia, and at that time the opposing army of Lane was threatening Lecompton, then the seat of Government and Gen. Richardson resigned his position as General in Chief of the State forces. This occurred on the field in front of Lecompton; Gen. Marshall by superiority of rank immediately took command. The excitement on that occasion was very great and Gen. Marshall readily appreciated his grave responsibility. It is a fact that he forcibly prevented one of his subordinate officers from opening fire upon Lane’s troops, and his prompt and decisive action at that critical moment doubtless averted a general war of sections. Gen. Marshall was afterward promoted to the rank of Major General and Commander in Chief of the Kansas Militia. In 1856, he was elected Governor of Kansas under the Lecompton Constitution. After the rejection of the Lecompton Constitution in 1857 he retired to private life. In the fall of 1859, he came to Denver, Colo., and moved out his family in 1861. At Denver, he engaged in freighting and merchandising until the spring of 1864, when he removed to Central City and there engaged in mining for two years. In 1866 Gen. Marshall located permanently in Georgetown, where he has since lived and devoted his attention exclusively to mining. In 1869 he organized the Marshall Silver Mining Company. The property of this company has recently been sold to a New York company – The Colorado Central Consolidated Mining Company, now one of the largest and most prosperous mining interests in the State. Gen. Marshall was intimately connected with the negotiation and sale of the celebrated Bassick mine of Custer County and also the Pelican and Dives mine, of Clear Creek County. In his recent transactions he has met with abundant success. He is now connected with numerous and extensive mining interests in various districts and by his untiring energy and skillful management has amassed a large and increasing fortune. He has adhered firmly to his Democratic principles; has never placed himself as a candidate for office in Colorado, but it is well known that the wide popularity and influence of Gen. F. J. Marshall would greatly advance him in anything he should undertake. (History of Clear Creek and Boulder Valleys, Colorado; Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, 1880, page 519-520)
One of the most illustrious legal products of West Virginia was the subject of this sketch. He was a man of simple habits; was courteous and dignified in his general deportment; attended to his duties promptly and faithfully; was more inclined to listen than to speak; was kind hearted, frank, straight forward, and independent; was conscientious and upright, and was a philosopher and a thinker. In fact he knew something of most everything; could reason from cause to effect on most every branch of human knowledge, and could give a logical reason for every principle he chose to present. He was apparently always thinking about something worth while wherever and whenever one might chance to meet him. He had pronounced convictions practically on everything beneath the sun, except politics. Whilst he always claimed to be a Democrat, yet on election day he generally split his ticket. He was eccentric. That much cannot be denied. He was peculiar. He at times was abstracted. Like Cassius, "he thought too much." But no one can say that he did not always stand "four square" every day in the week and every week in the year.
Mr. Mollohan was the son of the Reverend Charles Mollohan, and was born in Braxton County, Virginia, January 31, 1841, and died while visiting in Kansas, September 25, 1911. His early education was obtained from the public schools of Gallia County, Ohio, and later at Gallipolis, Ohio, Academy. He possessed an aspiration for knowledge which- no circumstances of his youth could suppress, and an ambition to achieve a name and place among men undaunted by any prospect which the future could present to his view. When he quit the Academy he read law under the direction of the late Judge Simeon Nash at Gallipolis, one of the eminent lawyers and text writers of Southern Ohio. In less than two years he was thoroughly prepared for examination. He was critically examined, passed with a high grade, received his license and was admitted to the Gallipolis Bar. He, along with James Henry Nash (son of Judge Nash), a brilliant, brainy young attorney, came to Charleston, West Virginia, in 1865, opened a law office and began a business which was lucrative from the day they hung out their "shingle." Mr. Nash died in about ten years after his arrival and location at Charleston. Later George W. McClintic and William Gordon Mathews became partners with Mr. Mollohan and were members of the firm at the time of his demise.
Mr. Mollohan's practice embraced a period of nearly a half century and extended through the State and Federal Courts to the Supreme Court of the United States, and he appeared in many important cases involving a large number of land titles, tax sales, forfeitures and kindred subjects in many of the different counties of the entire State, he being recognized as one of the foremost, if not the best equipped and strongest land lawyer West Virginia has thus far presented to the profession. He was also a specialist upon all matters involving the construction of all constitutional questions. Indeed he seemed ready and at ease in the discussion of all cases, and especially appeals to the higher courts, involving intricate questions of law. In all cases where he appeared he rarely failed to show that he was generally well fortified behind impregnable breastworks. His successes were the fruits of his unceasing efforts, of vigorous, systematic application, a rectitude of purpose and a determination which nothing short of the achievement of the highest and noblest ends could satisfy. He commanded success and he deserved it.
He was a marked man in another respect. He never was a candidate for an office, never held an office, and never wanted one. He was distinctively a lawyer, and allowed nothing outside of his profession to draw his attention from it.
He married Miss Mary E. Donnally of Warren, Ohio, in 1872, who passed away in the early part of January, 1918. They left five daughters surviving them. Mr. Mollohan never connected himself with any religious organization, nor any secret society: He was an active member of the State Bar Association, and was president of the Association in 1902. He was a marked man, and must be classed among the great lawyers of his generation. [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]
WELCH, WILLIAM M.
William M. Welch, the chief engineer of the Kansas Natural Gas Company, has in his veins that sterling admixture of Scotch and Irish blood that has produced so many of the successful professional men of America, who have entered new fields and developed new industries. He was born in Oil City, Pa., Aug. 23, 1874, a son of John C. and Eliza (McNair) Welch. His father was born in the State of New York, the descendant of an Irish family that located in America at an early day, while his mother was a member of the Scotch McNair family that emigrated from thee old country and located in Pennsylvania soon after the Revolution.
When William was only six years old his parents removed to New York City, and there the boy was reared and sent to the city schools. After graduating in the high school at Brooklyn, he desired to take a professional course and entered the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he graduated in the mechanical engineering course, with the degree of Mechanical Engineer in 1898. In 1899 he was offered and accepted a position as mechanical engineer with the Philadelphia Natural Gas Company, of Pittsburgh, which had control of the natural gas supply of Pittsburgh and vicinity. In 1904 the Union Natural Gas Corporation, with offices at Columbus, Ohio, offered him the position of chief engineer, but he was with this concern only a year when called to Kansas to develop the recently discovered gas field in this state. He at once entered upon his duties of chief engineer for the Kansas Natural Gas Company in 1905, and has acted in that capacity to the present time. Gas engineering is practically a new branch, and each man engaged in the work is an investigator and must make good independently, and upon his own initiative, as there are few established precedents to go by. This Mr. Welch has done, and is regarded as an authority upon the development of Kansas and Oklahoma fields, and the transportation of natural gas. He is also a member of the Natural Gas Association of America, of the American Gas Institute, and the Engineering Society of western Pennsylvania.
Mr. Welch was married in 1901, to Nina Oliver Thompson, of New York City. There are three children in the family: Marjorie Thompson aged eight; Elizabeth Hunter, aged six; and Helen Collins, aged four. Mr. Welch is a member of the Masonic order, and both he and his wife belong to the Episcopal church. (Kansas Biography, Part 2, Vol. III, 1912, Pages 891-892, Transcribed as written by Millie Mowry)