William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas


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J. E. LEEPER, mining operator, was born in Marion County, Ind., in 1847, and was reared in Boone County, Mo., to farming. In 1873, he engaged in mining operations in Dade County, Mo., in the Corry mines and carried it on there successfully until 1877. He then came to Galena, Kan., and has been actively identified with his present industry since. He was one of the party to first discover lead ore on the Baker tract was well as in several other places. He married in 1879, Miss Salina Smith, in Dade County, Mo. They have two sons - Jay and Carle. Mr. Leeper's present industry gives employment to seven workmen. They work two shafts and raise about fifteen tons of zinc and for tons of lead ore a week, all of first quality.

JOHN LEWIS, Superintendent of the Galena Lead and Zinc Company, is a native of Maine, where he was born August 29, 1829. At the age of fifteen, he went to South America prospecting, and at the age of nineteen, began mining in the coppers mines of Cuba, where he worked thirteen years. He then returned to the United States and was engaged in prospecting and speculating, and in the army until 1864, when he came to Missouri and remained in general business until 1870. He then came to Baxter Springs, where he engaged in lead and zinc mining and smelting, and was one of the organizers of the town of Joplin. He shipped the first car-load of lumber to Baxter Springs, and raised the first pound of lead ore ever raised in Cherokee County, one and a half miles from Galena. In 1876-77, he was Superintendent of the famous mines in Jasper County, Mo., and had supervision of the construction of the furnaces for the Galena Lead and Zinc, and the South Side Mining and Manufacturing Company. Mr. Lewis is still Superintendent of the Galena Lead and Zinc Mining Company. He was married to Miss Mary A. Mikels, of Montrose, Penn., in 1862.

WESLEY LEWIS, of the firm of Gates & Lewis, mining operators, was born in Ripley County, Ind., in 1846, and was reared to the farming industry. In 1862, he enlisted in Company F, Sixty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and after an active service of six months, he was taken prisoner and subsequently paroled. January 6, 1864, he re-enlisted as a veteran in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-third Indiana Infantry, and remained in active service until the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged. After the war, he returned home and engaged in farming until 1867, when he came to Kansas and engaged in farming until 1877, when he took up the present industry, which he has actively followed since. He has a family of three sons - George Frank and Fred. He is a member of Frank Blair Post, G. A. R.

Z. H. LOWDERMILK, proprietor of grocery, provision and feed store, was born in North Carolina, January 8, 1841. He was reared on a farm and received a common school education, and enlisted in the Third North Carolina Infantry, in June, 1861, as a private, and was promoted to Fifth Sergeant, of Company H. He participated in the six days' fight around Richmond, in 1862. Was in the battle of South Mound, Md., September 14, 1862, and in the battle of Sharpesburg, September 17, 1862, where he was wounded in the head by a shell, and left the command for a few days. On his return he was elected Lieutenant, took command, and went through the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 14, 1862. In the spring of 1863, he was with Jackson when he flanked Hooper on the right; May 3d, at the battle of Chancellorsville, where he was shot through both lungs, and considered mortally wounded. He was taken off the battle-field to Maj. Lacey's house and kept twenty days before he could be moved. Stonewall Jackson was wounded the same night. Mr. Lowdermilk returned and took command of his company August 1, 1863, and participated in the battle of Mine Run, in November. In the spring of 1864, he participated in the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, and was captured during the day's battle, but escaped the same night, and captured six of the enemy, whom he delivered to the Sixty-first Alabama. He participated in all the battles of the Wilderness, including the 10th and 12th of May, and was, on the latter day, captured by Hancock's corps, and taken to Fort Delaware a prisoner, where he was kept until August 20, when he was taken out with 599 other officers, and shipped on the steamer Crescent, by way of Cape Hatteras to Morris Island, La., where they were placed under the fire of their own guns and kept forty-seven days on three and one-half crackers, two ounces of meat, and half a pint (very thin) of bean soup a day, being guarded by the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Negro Regiment, who frequently shot among the men as though the were shooting at prairie chickens for amusement. On October 24, he was transferred to Fort Pulaski, Ga., where he was guarded by Col. Brown's regiment, the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York. During that winter rations were cut down, by order of Gen. Foster commanding that department, to ten ounces of corn meal per day, without even salt, for forty-three days, and the prisoners were not allowed to buy or receive the provisions that were shipped to them by friends at home. On the 4th of March, 1865, he was sent back to Fort Delaware, where he was kept until June 1, when he was discharged on special release. Mr. Lowdermilk then went to Philadelphia, where he met friends who lent him money to go home to Ashburn, N. C. In 1866, he was elected Colonel of the Sixty-third North Carolina Militia, which afterward disbanded by act of Congress. He remained in North Carolina until 1868, and then went West to Iowa, then to Illinois, and then to Kansas, where he located at Lowell, Cherokee County, and remained nine years on a farm and in merchandise, and now running a flourishing business. He is also in the drug business, in Galena, and owns business houses and residences, in Galena, and a farm in Garden Township, near Lowell. He was elected Township Clerk and Township Treasurer, of Galena, November, 1882. He is a Freemason charter member, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He was married to Miss Mary L. Bookshere, of Randolph County, N. C., February 3, 1864, and has two children - Mary Luetta and Anzeletta.

A. M. McPHERSON, Superintendent and operator in the Galena Zinc Company, was born in Louisville, Ky., in 1845, and was reared in St. Louis County, Mo., to the agricultural industry, which he actively carried on there for several years. He afterward engaged in stock-dealing, with which he was actively connected till 1876, when he engaged in mining operations. In 1879, he joined with Stone & Gove in the present enterprise, and is connected with many other mining operations besides. The firm do (sic) a business in crushing and separating of forty tons of ore a day. They give employment to sixteen skilled workmen, and do an annual business of over $60,000. Their operations are confined principally to zinc ore, and is one of the leading enterprises of the kind in this locality.

J. B. MARTIN, buyer and credit man of S. L. Cheney's Crushing and Separating Works, was born in Kentucky in 1856, and was reared in Livingston County, Ill. In 1869, he located in Bates County, Mo., and followed farming there till 1870, when he came to Kansas. In 1873, he engaged with the West Joplin Lead & Zinc Company, of Joplin, Mo., as mineral grader, with which he was reptuably (sic) connected till 1879, when he accepted a position with S. L. Cheney, and has been connected with his business since. He married, in 1877, Miss Lucy Pinkard, of Jasper County, Mo. They have one little boy - William Edward.

JOHN G. MILLER, civil engineer and surveyor, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1841, and received his education in Union County, Ohio. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Thirteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three months' service, at the end of which time he was honorably discharged. He re-enlisted in 1862, in Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-first Ohio Infantry, and remained in active service until 1863, when he was transferred to the United States Engineer Corps, where he remained until the end of the war, during which time he added practically to the already obtained store of theoretical knowledge in his present profession. Shortly after the war he located in Iowa, where he remained professionally connected until 1870, when he settled in Dixon County, Neb., and carried on his profession there until 1877, after which he came to Kansas, and has been successfully identified with his profession here since. In 1866, he married in Union County, Ohio, Miss Lorinda G. Gleason, of Union County, Ohio. They have one daughter, Flora E.

P. C. MILLIKEN, proprietor City Livery Stables, was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, in 1850, and was identified with stock dealing there. In 1877, he located here and subsequently engaged in mining operations, which he has very successfully carried on since. March 8, 1881, he married Miss Della Taggart, in Hannibal, Mo. She was born in Wisconsin. In 1881, Mr. Milliken engaged in the livery business, which he has successfully conducted to the present time. This enterprise consists of a large two-story building 100x50 feet, with stalls for holding thirty-five horses. His stables contain about twelve horses and ten rigs, consisting of hacks, carriages, buggies, etc. and is in point of convenience second to none in this part of the State.

S. N. MONTGOMERY, grocer, was born in West Tennessee, February 13, 1834. He was bred a farmer, and continued that occupation until 1850, when he began the mercantile business, and continued at it until 1865, in Walnut Grove and Springfield, Mo. He was then on a farm until 1878, in Missouri, and came to Galena, Kan., in 1878, where he opened his present business and has continued it to the present time. He owns a residence and business property in Galena. He was married to Miss Nannie E. Hembree, of Missouri, March 26, 1867, and has three children - Samuel N., Timothy L. and Ollie M.

B. S. MOORE, grocer and proprietor of feed store, was born in North Carolina, April 27, 1842. He received a common school education, and was engaged on a farm until 1876, when he began the grocery business in Joplin, Mo., and continued it eighteen months, when he came to Galena, Cherokee Co., Kan. In July, 1882, he became associated with F. M. Fulkerson in the milling business, and in June, 1882, with W. R. Lewis in the mining business. He owns a residence and business lots in Galena. In 1881, he was elected Councilman of Galena, and was elected Mayor of the same city in 1882. He was married to Miss Orpha H. Borris, of Galena, December 12, 1880.

GEORGE E. MORAN, Superintendent of the Touslay tract, and mining operator, is a native of Alton, Ill., and received his education in the Christian Brothers' School of his native city. At the age of fifteen, he located in Atchison and was interested there till 1880, when he engaged in mining operations in the Ozark Mountains at Marshfield, Mo., which, after prosecuting actively for a year, he abandoned and accepted his present incumbency, which he has reputably held since.

J. C. MURDOCK, hardware merchant, was born in Canada April 7, 1842. He received a classical education, graduating at Regiopolis, Canada, and in 1865, went South and engaged in the stock business, afterward going to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he remained four years, and then went to Leavenworth, Kan., and to Fort Scott, where he was engaged in the same business. He then located at Seneca, Mo., where he was in general merchandise eight years, and came to Galena in 1878 and engaged in the hardware business. He has an interest in property in Missouri and in Galena, Cherokee County, and owns a half interest in forty acres of mining land, and has other mining property. He also owns three business houses and one residence in Galena. He was married to Miss Lizzie Byrne, of Kingston, Ontario, in 1867. They have five children - E. John, Robert E., Oscar F., Anna and Walter Stanley.

C. A. NELSON, general merchant, was born in Sweden August 7, 1851. He came to the United States June 15, 1871, and located in Ford County, Ill., where he was engaged in the tailoring business three years, and afterward was in Chicago, Ill., in the same line until March 20, 1879. He then came to Galena, Kan., where he carries on the same business. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. He was married to Miss Lydia Anderson, of Illinois, October 19, 1874. They have one child, Clara.

E. ST. G. NOBEL, was born and reared in County Meath, Ireland, and graduated in the Museum of Irish Instruction, Dublin, as an analytical chemist. In 1860, he came to America and located in Newton County, Mo., where he began preparations for the development of the mineral wealth of that region, which was prevented by the late war. He afterward engaged in merchandising, with which he was connected until 1876, since which time he has been actively connected with mining operations here.

JOHN PAGE, Superintendent of the Bloomington Mines, and Illinois Lead & Zinc Company, was born in London, England, in 1848, and learned the profession of dyer, there. In 1866, he came to America and settled in Paola, Kan., where he engaged in the railway employ as baggageman in connection with the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf Railway, when, after fifteen months, he located in Sherman, Texas, and conducted the dyeing business for a few years. He then returned to Kansas and carried on his business in Independence, but after a short time located in Joplin, Mo., and carried on his business for four years; after which he engaged in mining enterprises, and has been successfully connected with that industry since. In 1870, he was married in Wellington, Sumner Co., Kan., to Miss Barbara J. Ashenfelter, a native of Pennsylvania. This was the first marriage in the county. In 1878, Mrs. Page died, and is buried in Joplin Cemetery, leaving two little girls - Daisy A. and Nettie, the latter being now buried beside the mother. In 1879, he married in Joplin, Mo., Miss Anna Klein, a native of Buffalo, N. Y. They have one son, Richard Barnby. The company which Mr. Page so ably represents was formed in Bloomington, Ill. It gives employment to about 100 skilled workmen, whose work is now confined to mining operations exclusively, principally zinc ore, the lead ore being as yet undeveloped. Their average yield is about $19,000 worth of ore per month.

E. N. PERRY, mining operator, Stanley Diggings, two and a half miles south of Galena, was born in Lee County, Va., in 1852, and removed with his people to Northern Missouri, at the age of five years, where he was reared to the farming industry. In 1871, he located in Joplin, Mo., and was actively engaged in mining operations there till 1878, when, after spending a few months in Colorado prospecting, he returned and located here, and has been very successfully connected with the mining industry here since. He married on June 12, 1882, Miss Emma Hanks, a native of Johnson County, Mo. Mr. Perry is also actively interested in mining operations in the East Galena diggings. He carries on three shafts in active operation, and has six shafts inactive just now. He is also identified with farming here, having one farm of ninety acres in this county and one of eighty acres in Chautauqua County, both under a state of cultivation.

JAMES B. RAUCH, freight and ticket agent, was born in Ohio, March 28, 1858, where he attended the high school and Commercial College, graduating from the latter. He remained at home two years after graduating, and came West to Missouri i in 1876, where he was in a telegraph office one year, and then took a position on the Chicago & Alton Railroad, which he held six months, and then came to Winfield, Kan., remaining as telegraph operator eight months; on account of ill-health he remained in Kansas about two months longer, and in the mean time he attended the Commercial College a part of that time. He came to Galena in 1879, as telegraph operator at the Gulf Depot, remaining until January 20, 1882, when he took a position on the San Francisco Railroad as agent. He also has charge of Rogers's coal department.

CAPT. GEORGE H. REDELL, mining operator, was born in Groening, Holland, in 1842, and came to America at the age of sixteen, and settled in Alton, Ill., where he learned the profession of millwright, which he followed there for several years. When the late civil war broke out he enlisted his services in defense of the Union in Company K, Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, and remained in active service in command of Company K, as Captain till the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged. Capt. Redell also followed his profession of millwright in St. Louis for some time, retiring from it to accept a position in the city Constabulary, which he reputably filled for eight years, after which he located here, in 1878, and began mining operations, with which he has been successfully connected since. He married in 1861, in Alton, Ill., Miss Mary Oltmins, who was born in Hanover, Germany in 1841. They have one son, George H., Jr. Capt. Redell's interest here consists principally in what is know as Zelligan's town lots, although he is interested in many other mining interests. He now has seven shafts in active operation and four inactive shafts. Their productions consists (sic) principally of lead ore, although he raises considerable zinc ore. They average about 16,000 pounds of lead and 4,000 pounds of zinc ore a week, of first-class quality. He gives employment to about thirty skilled workmen.

VAL RICHARDS, of the firm of Milligan & Richards, was born in St. Genevieve County, Mo., in 1854. At the age of eighteen he learned his trade in Iron County, Mo., and followed it actively in his native State till 1876, after which he located in Kansas, and subsequently engaged at it here, and has successfully conducted it since.

MOSES ROBESON, of the firm of Williams & Robeson, lumber dealers, was born in Pennsylvania October 26, 1834. He received a practical education, and began clerking in 1855, for the firm of William M. Line & Co., of Pittsburgh. He was then with Tyrone Forges, ten years, at the end of which time he went into the mercantile business at Ironsville, remaining two years. He then engaged in the tobacco and cigar business at Tyrone, Penn., one year, and in 1872, went to Missouri and carried on the grocery business. In 1874, he went into the general mercantile business, which he continued for three years, and in 1877 came to Galena, and opened a lumber yard in connection with Mr. Williams. Mr. Robeson also has a lumber yard at Baxter Springs, Run's Creek, lime kilns, and has mining lands leased and being worked. In Galena he owns four residences, and a third interest in property in town that cost $9,000. Also owns three lots valued at $900, and two lots that cost $2,000. Mr. Robeson has bout $5,000 in cash loaned out, besides other real and personal property. HE has been twice elected School Directory. Belongs to the order of A., F. & A. M. and A. O. U. W., and is insured in the latter for $2,000. He was married to Miss Charlotte A. Tolle, of Covington, Ky., January 30, 1877, and has one child - Miletus. He has kept a diary since March 5, 1856, and a cash account since he went into business in 1855, of cash paid out, and he never bought anything without paying spot cash. He also kept a record of his grandfather's children, his own brothers' and sisters's children, and of their childrens' children. Mr. Robeson started in the world even, and has succeeded in getting a long way ahead of the human family generally.

C. W. SEARS, mineral water manufacturer, was born in the State of New York, April 16, 1836. At the age of eighteen he began farming in Illinois, where he remained seven years, and then moved onto a farm in Iowa, and remained five years. He then went to Jasper Co., Mo., where he was farming and cutting shingles for four and a half years, and from whence he came to Montgomery County, Kan., and began the manufacture of mineral water. He was elected Township Trustee, in Montgomery County, Kan., and was School Director in Iowa and Missouri. He was married to Miss Jane E. Smith, of Pennsylvania, March 1, 1857. They have six children - Frank A., Flora J., Leonard W., George K., Laura B. and Ivy Pearl (deceased).

J. A. STEPHENSON, farmer and proprietor of marble works, P. O. Galena, Section 16, Town 3, was born in Kentucky December 18, 1824. At the age of fifteen he began life as a laborer on a farm, adding teaming to his occupation when he was eighteen. In 1852, he went to Indiana, where he carried on his farm business five years. In 1857, he went to Illinois and remained three years on a farm, and then was in the stock business seven years. In 1866, he came to Kansas and located in Lowell Township, Cherokee County, and got treaty right (sic), and worked five years with Joplin Marble Works as agent. He built a shop and started marble works in Galena for himself in 1881, and now carries on both farm and marble works. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is also a local preacher. He organized the First Cherokee Church at Baxter Springs in 1866; organized one at Lowell the same year; at Wirtonia in 1867, and at Fly Creek in 1867. He was married to Miss Sorilda RIchey, of Nicholas County, Ky. They have eight children - Thomas S., Elizabeth F., S. H., William H., May E., Lucy J., Oliver S. and Johnnie G.

CHARLES O. STOCKSLAGER, attorney and mine dealer. Mr. Stockslager was born in Indiana February 8, 1847. He received a scientific education, graduating from the Lebanon Normal School in Ohio, in 1871. He came to Cherokee County in August, 1871, and was employed as Deputy Clerk of the District Court for two years. When his term expired he located at Galena, and engaged in the practice of law. He was elected Mayor of Galena in 1881, and has been City Attorney four years. He was one of the organizers of the town of Galena, and has been attorney of the Galena Mining & Smelting Co., three years. He was also the attorney of the Miners' and Merchants' Bank, City Attorney of Columbus three years; City Treasurer two years, and Police Judge two terms. He was the organizer of the Maggie Taylor Mining & Smelting Company, the Galena Mining & Smelting Company, and the Columbus Mining & Smelting Company. Mr. Stockslager owns an interest in the Maggie Taylor lands, and in the Elliot & Zimmerman tract at Webb City. He has an interest in the Skeeterville mines in Missouri, and in town lots in Mineral Point. He is a member of the order of Odd Fellows. He was married t to Miss Engoba Chrisman, of Columbus, in 1877, and has two children - Rosco N. and J. F.

HARRY TAMBLYN, Secretary of the Cornwall Mining & Smelting Company, and agent of the Giant Powder Company, was born in the county of Cornwall, England, in 1840, and was reared to the mining industry there. In 1855, he came to America and spent the first few years of his life in connection with the mining industry in this country and through Canada, principal among which were the Lake Superior copper mines, the Baryta mines of Connecticut, Lyman gold mine of New Hampshire, the Tillie Foster mines of New York, Beaver Meadow coal mines of Pennsylvania, Mongonia coal mines in Iowa, and New Pittsburg coal mines of Illinois, after which he took charge of the Cornish pump shaft in the Granby mines in Southwestern Missouri, and remained in connection with that industry until 1877, when he came here and joined the partnership in the purchase of the present lands. In 1879, they formed a joint stock company, and he has held the Secretaryship of it since. Mr. Tamblyn was the first agent appointed for this Western country by the Giant Powder Company. While at Granby he prosecuted the introduction of it to the mining profession successfully. He is now paying particular attention to the introduction of it in this locality.

R. A. TEETER, Superintendent of Teeter's crusher, Maggie Taylor tract, was born in Montgomery County, Ind., in 1855, and removed to Iroquois County, Ill., in 1856, with his people, where he was reared to the farming industry. In 1877, he came here and engaged in mining operations the following year, and has been successfully connected with it since. In 1881, he married Miss Elizabeth Eckels, a native of Hancock County, Ill. They have one little boy - Robert. Mr. Teeter formed a partnership with Judge Miller and Capt. A. Arnold in this enterprise in May, 1882. It gives employment to four skilled workmen, and turns out about twenty tons of marketable ore a day.

DIMIT S. THORNTON, was born in Ohio in 1855. Was raised in West Virginia. He received a common school education, and began the telegraph business at the age of thirteen years. After practicing four years he came to Kansas. Here he remained four years and then went to Texas, where he was engaged in stock business for five years. He returned to Galena, Kan., in 1880, and engaged in the grocery business, which he has continued to date. He is interested in mines on leased lands. He was married to Miss Sadie Hills, of Canada, August 29, 1874. They have two children - Ward C. and Joseph J.

ROBERT A. VAUGHAN, mining operator, was born in Darlington District, S. C., in 1837, and located in Texas at the age of fourteen, where he engaged in stock-rearing, with which he was connected until 1864, after which he engaged in stock-dealing through Kansas and Colorado, which he actively followed until 1878, when he took up his present industry, and has very actively carried it on since. He married, in 1856, in Texas, Miss Louisa Joy, a native of Arkansas. They have a family of two sons and two daughters - Dollie E., Wiley R., Jessie and Edith. Mr. Vaughan now has in active operation mines on Lot No. 2, Maggie Taylor tract; Lot No. 20, East Galena tract; Lot No. 1, Hoy tract; and Lot No. 32, Bloomington tract.

WILLIAM O. WILEY, general grocer, was born in Pennsylvania June 23, 1843. He received a fair education, and at the age of twenty-tow began day work on a farm, and continued in that occupation six years. He was then engaged in speculating six years, and afterward in general mercantile line. He came to Kansas in 1871, and engaged in the grocery business which he still carries on, having been also interested in mining and real estate, and now owns and controls a large interest in mines in Galena and vicinity. He was married to Miss Nellie C. Campbell, of Galena, in 1879. They have two children - Maud and Frank.

W. W. WILLIAMSON, mining operator, was born in Surrey County, N. C., in 1830, his parents being John and Elizabeth Williamson, nee Somers. John Williamson was the son of John H. Williamson, one of the first Provincial Governors of North Carolina, and also one of the framers of the State Constitution, and for many years an active official in the State. W. W. Williamson learned the trade of watchmaker and jeweler, in Montgomery, Ala, and at the age of twenty-three he located in Missouri, and was engaged in the mining industry there until the war. He smelted the first lead ore that was smelted in Newton County. In 1861 he was compelled to leave that section of the country on account of his political views, and located in St. Clair County, Ill., where he joined in defense of the Union in Company I, One Hundred and Seventeenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and remained in active service until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged as a veteran of Company I, One Hundred and Seventeenth Illinois Infantry. After the war he engaged in mining in St. Clair County, Ill., and followed it actively there until 1876, when he came to Galena, Kan., and has successfully operated in that industry here since. He has been an active member of the Knights of Labor since its organization here.

G. A. WADLEIGH, dealer in fish, meats, game and hides, was born in New Hampshire in 1845. At the age of twenty-four he went to Florida and remained eight months, and in 1870, went to Humboldt, Kan., and remained one year. He then went to Coffeyville, where he was seven years in the butcher business, and came from that place to Galena in May, 1877, and began his present business. He owns business and residence property in Galena, and is Township Treasurer of Lowell Township. He was married to Miss Amelia A. Anderson, of Coffeyville, in 1874. They have three children - May, George and Frank.

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