Samuel L. VanSandt
The prairies of Kansas have offered excellent opportunities for the raising of stock and many prosperous dealers and growers have become so as a result of their connection with the state and with its vast grassy resources. As a blooded horse state it is in its infancy, yet the field offers inducements for the profitable promotion of the business, as is demonstrated in the career of the subject of this review.
S. L. VanSandt, of Chanute, was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, August 9, 1842, and is a son of John and Mary (Bowen) VanSandt, natives of Fleming county, Kentucky. Reared and married in his native state the father belonged to the slave-holding, well-to-do planters of the south but left Kentucky when a young man to get away from the abuses of the system of human bondage. A deep conviction took possession of him that slavery was wrong not only in principle but wrong and cruel in practice and as the North offered a refuge from contact with the hated institution he crossed the Ohio river and ever afterward made his home in the Buckeye state. So active was he in the matter of aiding negroes to escape through the system of "underground railroad" inaugurated many years before the war and conducted with tact and system that, in selecting her characters for "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Mrs. Stowe conferred the honor of "Van Tromp" upon him and, as her characters were true to life, a perusal of the book will reveal the inward history of this good man. His home seems to have been one of the stations along the road of escape and it was he who sheltered Eliza when she crossed the Ohio on the ice in flight from her pursuers. His enthusiasm in the cause of liberty for the black man led him to a violation of the Fugitive Slave law and he was arrested, defended by the Hon. Salmon P. Chase, but convicted and heavily fined. He was a member of a society in the east organized for the purpose of aiding any who should be overtaken by the law in the "underground railroad" business and it was expected that it would hear a share of the cost of the suit and a portion of the fine but the expected aid never came and Mr. VanSandt lost all and became insolvent in the last years of his life. His position not only led to his persecution by the state but by the church also. He was an active and influential member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his home was the minister's home - when in the community - but the church tried him because of his views on slavery and although acquitted, he took his letter out and was not afterward identified with the society. His course was radical for his time and public sentiment condemned it yet his family approved it and his sons have pointed to the position of their father on the slavery question with pride and hold it as one of the distinguished achievements of their worthy ancestor.
John VanSandt was born about 1802 and died about 1847. He was of French lineage, was twice married and was the father of nine children, five by his first wife and four by his second. His second wife, who was of Scotch blood, was the mother of our subject and died about 1868. Her other children were William H. H., M. D., of Putnam county, Indiana; Dr. Hiram G., of Montrose, Illinois: and Lydia, deceased, who was twice married but has no living issue. The sons were all soldiers of the civil war, each serving more than three years and making a creditable record for brave and patriotic service.
Samuel VanSandt was his mother's second child and was liberally educated in the schools of Indiana and Michigan, in which latter state - at Adrian - he attended high school just before the war. He was left without fatherly care and guidance in childhood and soon learned to become his own protector and defender. His mother took her family to Maysville, Indiana, soon after her husband's death, near Glendale, Ohio, and there Samuel L. resided till about sixteen years old when he went to Kentucky where he worked for a time. From there he went to Michigan where his education received its final strokes. The war coming on he enlisted in Company D, 2nd Michigan infantry, and went to the front in the early months of the struggle. He participated in the first "Bull Run" and his regiment covered the retreat of the Federals to Washington where it took up quarters in a barn, after first driving out the swine. The Second went into battle again at Yorktown, on the Peninsula, and was in battle at Williamsburg, Fraziers' Farm, Savage Station and Malvern Hill. After considerable service with the Army of the Potomac the 2nd Michigan was transferred from the command of General Heinzelman to Burnsides' corps and took part in the campaign around Vicksburg, and in the battle of Jackson, Mississippi. Being again transferred the regiment went into Kentucky, crossed the Cumberland Mountains into East Tennessee where it participated in the engagements at Campbell's Station, Loudon and finally the battle of Knoxville and the assault on Fort Saunders. On returning to the Army of the Potomac the regiment took part in the great battles of Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna and others and was a part of the fighting force of this locality when Mr. VanSandt was discharged upon the expiration of his enlistment, having been with the army three years and three months. This regiment was under immediate command of General Phil. Kearney for a time and he became so attached to it as a fighting machine that other regiments designated its membership as "Kearney's bull pups." The war over, Mr. VanSandt returned to Indiana where his mother was and soon after went to Clarinda, Iowa, where he remained with a half brother, Dr. VanSandt, for a year. He then started west and engaged in freighting for the government, making several trips across the plains to Cottonwood and Julesburg, Nebraska. Having gotten together a team and a few dollars he loaded in his few effects and his wife and came to Kansas. New Chicago was then a promising place on the Neosho river and he stopped there and made himself a part of the coming town of Chanute. Since 1870 he has been identified with his county and has lived twenty-eight years of that time in Chanute. He has tasted of the sweets of Kansas life and of the bitterness of the rough-and-tumble of the frontier and has been down and up in the financial scale but he has proved master of every situation and we find him today one of the influential and substantial citizens of his municipality. Mr. VanSandt has been three times married. In 1867 he took in marriage at Clarinda, Iowa, Sadie Frye, of Canton, Ohio. She accompanied her husband to Chanute and bore him the first child born on the townsite. The infant son died and the mother passed away the same year at the age of thirty-four. In 1873 Mr. VanSandt married Mrs. Martha E. Jackson, who had two sons, Bracket and Thomas Jackson, well known men in the locomotive department of the Santa Fe road at Chanute. Three years after their marriage Mrs.VanSandt died leaving a son as the issue of this union, James Warren VanSandt, a fireman on the Santa Fe railroad. In the fall of 1876 the third marriage of our subject was solemnized with Martha E. Worthington of Neosho county. Two children, Olive and Harrison M., have been born to them.
In public affairs Mr. VanSandt has been closely identified with both Neosho county and the city of Chanute. He is a Republican of the first order and his party nominated him for sheriff in 1887 when there seemed little prospect of success. The election passed off and he won and his first administration served to prepare the way for his second election and he left the office in 1891 with the confidence and good wishes of his county. He has served as United States deputy marshal several times and as city marshal and constable of his township and in all positions he has discharged his duties with fidelity and ability. In his business affairs he is prosperous and in business circles his reputation is unassailable. Loyal to his country, loyal to his party and to his friends, Samuel VanSandt is worthy the esteem and confidence in which he is held. . [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; tr. by VB]
Edward H. Voegeli
VOEGELI, Edward H., real estate and loans; born Cincinnati, Ohio; son John W. and Elizabeth (Schue) Voegeli; German-French descent; educated in Memphis and St. Louis; member Tennessee Club, Chickasaw Club and Country Clubs; Memphis Cotton Exchange; author "A Memphian’s Trip Around the World;" started on trip in 1897, visited Hawaii, Japan, China, Straits Settlements, Ceylon, India, Egypt, Palestine and Syria, Turkey, Islands of Rhodes and Corfu, Greece, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Tyrol, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and England; returned to America in 1899; published in serial form in Commercial Appeal for 18 months, "A Memphian’s Trip Around the World;" entered the brokerage and investment business, and at present he is engaged in real estate and loans. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]