Archive for September, 2011

The William Andrew West and Laura Stewart Family Chart

Published under Charts on 09/05/2011

When the photo at the center of this chart was taken in 1893 William Andrew West and Laura Stewart were experiencing hard times in Allen County, Kansas.  Andy wore a pair of work shoes, while his wife’s feet were wrapped in a burlap like fabric and the children were barefoot.  Their lot had improved by the time the next portrait was taken of Continue Reading »

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William Edwin Schmertz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Published under Biographical,Immigrants on 09/05/2011

“WILLIAM E. SCHMERTZ was born in Prussia, May 24, 1826, and accompanied his father to the United States in 1832, and settled in Pittsburgh. In 1848, at the age of twenty-two, he embarked in the retail shoe business, and in 1869 he commenced manufacturing, being the first who succeeded in this particular line in Pittsburgh. About two hundred persons are Continue Reading »

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Biography of William Erwin Schmertz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Published under Biographical,Immigrants on 09/05/2011

“William Erwin Schmertz, president Third National Bank of Pittsburg, was born in Drieburg, Westphalia, Prussia, May 24, 1826.  His father, John Christian Schmertz, was a collector of revenues for Baron von Sierstof, and his mother Caroline (von Westphalen) was descended from a Saxon to whom Charlemagne granted the province of Westphalia in 803.  In 1832, William E. came with his Continue Reading »

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John Cerny and Theresa Zahorec Family

Published under Biographical,Immigrants,Origins on 09/05/2011

Ján Čierný (John Cerny) was born on 29 Jun 1888 in Trenčianska Teplá, Trenčín, Slovakia. He died on 14 Nov 1973 at the age of 85 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.  According to the 1920 census, He arrived in the United States in 1905 and became a naturalized citizen in 1913.  The family moved to 2511 Harvey Avenue in 1922 and Continue Reading »

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Slaves Belonging to the Estate of Christopher J. Whaley

Published under African Americans,Slaves and Their Owners on 09/05/2011

Inventory and appraisal of the personal estate of Christopher J. Whaley made on 23 Feb 1859 in Charleston District, South Carolina.     

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Biography of Frank L. Abbey of Newton, Kansas

Published under Uncategorized on 09/05/2011

Frank L. Abbey, M. D., long a resident of Newton and formerly a druggist but for twenty years a successful physician, had during the greater part of his professional career been identified with the Axtell Hospital as a member of its staff of physicians. Doctor Abbey was born at Kingsbury, Illinois, February 1, 1861. He is of English ancestry, his Continue Reading »

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Biography of John William Wilhoit, M.D. of St. George, Kansas

Published under Biographical on 09/05/2011

John William Wilhoit, M. D. For a period of more than thirty years Doctor Wilhoit had quietly and efficiently preformed his services as a doctor at St. George and is the oldest resident physician of that town of Pottawatomie County, one of the oldest established in this part of the state. Doctor Wilhoit is a man of high standing in Continue Reading »

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Biography of James Claude Wilhoite, M.D. of Manhattan Kansas

Published under Biographical on 09/05/2011

James Claude Wilhoit, M. D. This is the name of a prominent young physician and surgeon at Manhattan, but a man who in spite of his years has attained an enviable prominence in the professional and business life of his home state. Doctor Wilhoit has those natural gifts which together with thorough training make the proficient surgeon. His work is Continue Reading »

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Biography of Richard M. Kleinhans of Michigan and Parsons, Kansas

Published under Biographical on 09/05/2011

Richard M. Kleinhans is a veteran railroad man, having been in the active service more than twenty years. He started in his native State of Michigan, worked through various grades of promotion with the Lake Shore Branch of the New York Central lines, and finally came to the Southwest in the employ of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas. He is Continue Reading »

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Bertha Falck from Obergrombach

Published under Immigrants,Jewish Ancestry,Origins on 09/05/2011

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