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WARREN E. BRINKERHOFF
BRINKERHOFF, Warren E., manufacturer; born, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1859; son of Henry V. and Hannah (Robb) Brinkerhoff; educated in public schools of Tiffin, O.; Heidelberg College, Tiffin; special study at Ohio State University; married at Tiffin, Nov. 24, 1904, Kate Van Buskirk. Began active career as teacher in Tiffin public schools, continuing for two years; came to Detroit, 1883, and entered employ of Detroit Bridge and Iron Works Co., remaining with the company until March, 1904; has been secretary and manager American Wood-Grain Co. since 1904, manufacturers of wood-grain flooring and wood-grain paper for wainscot, ceiling and wall paneling. Independent Republican. Member Detroit Engineering Society. Recreation: Use of the Camera. Office: Bouevald and Orleans St. Residence: 69 Maybury Av.
["The Book of Detroiters". Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis Copyright, 1908 - CW - Sub by FoFG]


S.E. CHAMBERLAIN
Architect. Was born in Hedgetown, Seneca county, Ohio, and was reared in his native place, learning the carpenter trade. In 1860 he went to Peru, Ind., following his trade till April 19, 1861, when he enlisted in Company B, Thirteenth Indiana, and was discharged June 26, 1862, on account of physical disability. Participated in the battles of Rich Mountain, Green Brier, Winchester, Va. and other skirmishes. From the service he went to Lambertville, N.J.; remained four months, went to Ohio, and there remained until the spring of 1863, when he went to Fort Wayne, Ind. Stayed till August and went to Chicago, remaining till October, 1864, when he went to Niles, Mich. and in January, 1869, returned to Chicago. In 1878 he moved to Kansas City, commenced following his trade and also studying architecture till 1869, since which time he has made architecture his exclusive business. Was married to Miss Annette Corell, September 25, 1867. She is a native of Pennsylvania and was born in Erie county, December 25, 1843. Have one child, Robert E. [Source: The History of Jackson County, Missouri, Illustrated, Union Historical Company (1881) Transcribed by Kim Mohler]


ELINOR COONROD
COONROD, Elinor, attorney; born Tiffin, Ohio; daughter Severius A. and Elizabeth (Conway) Coonrod; Scotch-Irish descent; educated Heidelberg University and Chattanooga University; graduate University of Chattanooga, LL.B. 1907; scholarship honors at Chattanooga University; member Kappa Kappa Alpha Sorority of Heidelberg; member Woman’s Club of Chattanooga (Literary and Civic); author articles for publications of Ohio; admitted to bar of Hamilton County in 1907; admitted to practice in Supreme Court of State same year; first woman to be accorded that honor; honors in English and oratorical work of Heidelberg; Catholic, St. Peter and Paul of Chattanooga.  [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]


HON. JOSEPH E. FRICK
Hon. Joseph E. Frick, justice of the supreme court of Utah, was born in Tiffin, Ohio, August 6, 1848, a son of Michael and Mary (Kuen) Frick, who were natives of the Rhine province of Germany but came to America in early life, establishing their home in Ohio. Subsequently they removed to Iowa, settling in Iowa county, where the father took up the occupation of farming, in which he continued to the time of his death. During the period of his early youth Judge Frick was a pupil in the district schools of Iowa county through the winter months, while the summer seasons were devoted to various kinds of work for which a boy is fitted. He contributed to the support of the family and was largely engaged in farm duties until he reached the age of eighteen. He then turned his attention to mechanical pursuits and became an expert along that line. He was employed in that way for eight years, but upon the advice of Judge Kinney, of Toledo, Tama county, Iowa, he decided to enter upon the study of law and in that city began reading in preparation for a career at the bar. He thoroughly mastered the principles of jurisprudence and was admitted to practice in 1879, entering upon the active duties of the profession in 1880 in Toledo, Iowa. The same year he removed to Fremont, Nebraska, where he won substantial success, continuing his work in the courts of that district until July 8, 1897, when he removed to Salt Lake City. Here he again opened an office and remained in active private practice until 1906, when on October 1st of that year he was appointed to the supreme bench and in November following was elected for the regular term of six years. In 1912 he was reelected for another six year term, following which he was appointed by Governor Simon Bamberger to fill the vacancy in that body caused by the death of Judge William M. McCarty. Judge Frick has rendered many decisions of deep interest, based upon a thorough knowledge of the law as applied to the points in litigation. He has passed upon many important cases and in all of his professional career has shown himself to be possessed of a rare combination of talent, learning, tact, patience and industry. The successful lawyer and the competent judge must be a man of well balanced intellect, thoroughly familiar with the law and practice, of comprehensive general information, possessed of an analytical mind and a self-control that will enable him to lose his individuality, his personal feelings, his prejudices and his peculiarities of disposition in the dignity, impartiality and equity of the office to which life, property, right and liberty must look for protection. Possessing these qualities, Judge Frick justly merits the high honor which was conferred upon him by his elevation to the court of last resort in Utah. While a resident of Dodge county, Nebraska, he was elected county attorney and served for three years. He also served as insanity commissioner of Dodge county for fourteen years. In Utah he has been a member of the board of corrections for two years and is now an ex-officio member of the board of pardons. On the 24th of December, 1872, Judge Frick was married in Iowa county, Iowa, to Miss Katherine L. Kunz and they have two children living. Fred O., who was born in Iowa in 1879, was educated in Nebraska and is now chief clerk of the Continental Life Insurance Company of Salt Lake City. He is married and has one child, Gladys. Etta; L., who was born in Fremont, Nebraska, in 1888, resides with her parents in Salt Lake City. Judge Frick is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Kiwanis Club of Utah and the Commercial Club of Salt Lake City and along strictly professional lines has connection with the Utah State Bar Association. Though his life has been one rather of modest reserve than of ambitious self-seeking, he has shown himself a peer of the ablest representatives of the judiciary of Utah and his mental talents led to his selection for the important position which he now fills..
[Source: "Utah since Statehood: Historical and Biographical", Volume 2; By Noble Warrum; Publ. 1919; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.]


FREDERICK AMBROSE GIDDINGS
GIDDINGS, Frederick Ambrose, lawyer; born Seneca Co., Ohio, Feb. 17, 1862; son Frederick S. and Mary Elizabeth (Marshall) Giddings; Scotch-Irish and English descent; educated University of Michigan; married Louise Sevier June 27, 1895; admitted to bar at Columbus, Ohio, in 1887; admitted to bar in Chattanooga same year.  
[Source: "Who’s Who in Tennessee", Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by K. Mohler]


THOMAS HANCE
HANCE, THOMAS, Farmer and Stone Mason (Renter), Sec. 33 ; Marengo P.O.; born in Seneca Co., Ohio, January 27,1833; came to McHenry Co. in fall of 1837; owns property in the village of Marengo, value $3,000. Married Mariah Bennett, of Marengo Township, McHenry Co., Ill., October 3, 1858; she was born April 15, 1840; has two children. Members of the Free Methodist Church of Marengo
. ["Biographical Directory of the Tax-payers and Voters of McHenry County, Illinois..", C. Walker & Co, 1877 - tr. by K.T.]



OREILLE E. BURGNER McKEE
OREILLE ELIZABETH BURGNER McKee, born Flat Rock, O., April 22, 1862. Entered the Freshman class in 1878 and graduated from college in 1883. From 1883-85 she was a teacher in Chicago; 1885-87 in the public schools of Oberlin. Jan. 31, 1888 she married Stuart M. McKee, and resided first in Dakota and later in Michigan. She died at her home in Portland, Mich., July 29, 1897. [Class of 1883]
[Source: "Necrology Oberlin College For The Year 1897-8". Transcribed by: Helen Coughlin]


CALVIN SPENCER
SPENCER, CALVIN, Farmer; Marengo; born in Cayuga Co., N. Y., October 6, 1807 ; came to McHenry Co. September 14, 1835 ; made the first claim same day to land - now the village of Marengo; owns 160 acres of land, value $8,000; has been member of Board of Trustees four years. Married Mary Ann Hance, in Seneca Co., Ohio, February 18, 1828; has seven children; kept hotel, also, from 1836 to 1842.
["Biographical Directory of the Tax-payers and Voters of McHenry County, Illinois..", C. Walker & Co, 1877 - tr. by K.T.]



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