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


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J. E. BONEBRAKE came to Abilene in 1871 and commenced dealing in farm machinery in a small way. In the fall of the same year he added hardware, and kept adding to his stock until it included everything in the line of hardware and farm machinery. In 1879 he built the J. E. Bonebrake Opera House at a cost of $45,000, with magnificent storerooms on the first floor. The building is 75 x 120 feet, heated by steam and lighted with gas throughout, and is occupied on the first floor by the J. E. Bonebrake Hardware Company, which was organized January 1, 1882, with a paid-up capital of $75,000, and did a business of $180,000 during the year 1882. Besides being president of the hardware company he is president of the First National Bank, the Kansas Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company and the Abilene Water and Gas Company. He was born in St. Joseph County, Ind., June 15, 1848; was raised and educated in his native State, and was married to Miss Elvira A. Martin of the same place; they have two children, Grace and Howard.

W. H. H. BONEBRAKE, merchant, was born in Crawford County, Ohio, June 27, 1845. When young moved with his parents to St. Joseph County, Ind., where he was raised to manhood and educated. In 1863 he enlisted in the Twenty-first Indiana Battalion Light Artillery and participated in the battle of Nashville, Tenn., and others of less importance, and was honorably discharged June 27, 1865. He then located at South Bend, Ind., where he engaged in various pursuits until 1869 when he moved to Chillicothe, Mo., where he remained for some time contracting and building; after which he returned to South Bend, Ind., where he operated in coal and lime for eighteen months. In 1872 he came to Kansas and settled in Abilene, where he was employed as clerk until 1882, when he became a partner in the firm of J. E. Bonebrake & Co. This firm carries a stock of $50,000 and does a business of $185,000 per year. Married in Kansas City, Mo., September 23, 1872, to Miss L. B. Hanna. She was born in Pope County, Ill., September 10, 1851. They have three children - Arthur F., Myrtle, and Ralph. Mr. Bonebrake is identified with the Republican party and is a member of the K. of P. and the A. O. U. W.

MARY BRADFIELD, farmer, Section 39, P. O. Abilene, was born in Darke County, Ohio, December 2, 1830, and was raised and educated in St. Joseph County, Ind. She was married in Cass County, Mich., June 5, 1851, to e. W. Bradfield, a native of Virginia, born in Londen County, December 24, 1826, and was educated in the States of Ohio and Indiana. He came to Kansas in 1858, and settled in Dickinson County, where he engaged in farming. He died June 21, 1879, leaving an estate of 700 acres, two miles southwest of Abilene, where Mrs. B. is engaged in agricultural pursuits. She has a family of seven children - Bartlett B., Vinelda V., Jesse J., Ellis E., Dora D., Anna A. And Mary M.

JOHN J. COOPER, dealer in live stock, was born in Canada, September 20, 1847, where he was raised and educated and soon after engaged in farming, which he pursued until 1869, when he came to the United States and settled first in Neosho County, Kan., for a short time. He moved to Dickinson County, in 1871, pre-empted and homesteaded 160 acres, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1877, when he located in Abilene, served two terms in the City Council. He was married in Abilene, Kan., September 20, 1872, to Miss Jane Etherington, a native of Huron County, Canada; born August 12, 1851. They have five children - William E., Maria A., Ida M., Florence L. and Minnie M.

JAMES CULBERTSON, Probate Judge of Dickinson county, located in Abilene, engaged in the practice of law February 10, 1870, since which he has practiced his profession. The firm name is now Culbertson & Mead, formed in July, 1880. Mr. C. was County Attorney in 1870, City Attorney from 1872 to 1880; was elected Probate Judge in the fall of 1880. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, October 26, 1845, lived in his native city until 1857, when he moved to Portsmouth, Scioto Co., Ohio, where in 1867 he entered the law office of Judge Crane of the latter place, and read law some time under him, and then with Robert Spry of the same place. He was admitted to the bar in 1869, admitted to the bar in Abilene in April, 1870. He was married in 1873, to Miss Mary Corylind Junken, of Abilene. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Knights and Ladies of Honor, also Abilene Post No. 63, G. A. R. He enlisted in July, 1861, as a drummer boy in Company I, Twenty-sixth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served until November, 1862, and was discharged on account of disability contracted in the service; he afterward served in recruiting service for some time.

WILLIAM t. DAVIDSON, secretary Kansas Farmers' Insurance Company, and general insurance agent, Abilene is the home office of the above insurance company. It was chartered by Kansas State Legislature. He is also engaged in the life insurance business. He first came to Abilene March 17, 1871, at which time he engaged in the stock business, then into bookkeeping and clerking, and from that into the insurance business and real estate. Was Deputy Sheriff of Dickinson County four years. Born in Lawrence, Pa., July 26, 1842, raised and educated in his native State. Enlisted August, 1864, in Company C, Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, transferred to Company B same regiment, then made the skirmish Company of Two Hundred and Fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He participated in all the battles of his command; mustered out July 8, 1865. He then attended the Iron City Commercial College, graduating March 9, 1867.

WILLIAM R. DRYER, cashier of the First National Bank of Abilene, first came to Abilene to locate in 1879. He had been interested previously in real estate, owning a farm of 600 acres of land; he also has a grazing farm where he keeps 250 head of cattle and 2,000 sheep. He has buildings on his farms costing upwards of $5,000. He was born in Ontario County, N. Y., February 3, 1841. He was raised and educated in his native State. He was a clerk in the Flour City Bank of Rochester, N. Y., for three years. Was bookkeeper in the New York State Treasury for four years, also in Adjutant General's office in New York State for one year.

W. H. EICHOLTZ, city undertaker, all kinds cabinet work, scroll sawing, turning, planing, etc. He opened the business in 1870, was the first established business of the kind in Abilene. He first came to Abilene in March, 1870, and engaged in his present business, employs four or five men, and keeps a stock of about $6,000, using two floors seventy-five feet deep by twenty feet wide; also part of another building. He was born in York County, Penn., March 5, 1843. Enlisted in June, 1861, in Company B. Eighty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Participated in all the battles of his command, and was taken prisoner at the battle of Winchester, in June, 1863; confined in Libby and Belie Isle prisons ten weeks, paroled, exchanged, and returned to his regiment, and was mustered out if October, 1864, and ten completed his trade of cabinet making, and went to Mendota, Ill., and worked in an organ factory until coming to Kansas. He was married in 1868 to Miss Mary A. Gross, of York, Pa. They have three children - William Martin, Hattie M., and Gracie A. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., K. of P., and A. O. U. W., and Abilene Post No. 63, G. A. R. Has been a member of the City Council for ten years, and is the present chief of the fire department.

L. H. FAULKNER, of the firm of L. H. Faulkner & Co., dealers in clothing, gents' furnishing goods, hats, caps, boots and shoes, opened trade in 1880. Carries a stock of about $14,000. F. B. Bearce, of Chicago, is the company. They occupy the first floor and basement of rooms twenty-four by seventy-five feet. Sales equal $25,000 per annum. Mr. Faulkner was born in Boston, Mass., in 1853; raised in Plymouth, Mass., attended school until twenty-one years of age. He then began as a traveling salesman for a Boston boot and shoe house, and continued four years. He then came to Abilene, Kan., and engaged in his present business. He was married in 1876 to Miss Hattie E. Bearce, of Turner, Maine. They have two children - Jennie B. and Arthur H.

HENRY H. FLOYD, firm Rice & Floyd dealers in general stock, sash, lumber, doors, blinds and building material, stock $10,000. They have done business as a firm since 1873, being the oldest established business of the kind in Abilene. Mr. Floyd began the above business in the spring of 1871, and continued until the above copartnership. He was born in Newburyport, Mass., in 1849. Was raised and educated in his native State, finishing his education in the Putnam Academy. He located in Abilene in the spring of 1870. He is now Mayor of the city and Clerk of Grant Township, and director of the First National Bank, secretary of Dickinson County Fair, and a stockholder in the Johntz & Rice flouring mills. Has a cattle ranch under the firm name of Floyd & Boardman. They have 600 acres fenced and 100 cattle.

GEORGE A FREEMAN, dealer in real estate, loan and abstract office, also insurance agent. He opened the above business on his own account in January, 1881. He first located in Abilene in March, 1878, when he engaged in various occupations for some time. He had charge of a large wheat farm for some time. He then engaged as clerk for parties in the real estate business until opening the above office. He was born in Monroe County, N. Y., August 9, 1852, where he was raised and educated. He clerked for ten years in a house furnishing store in New York for one firm. He was thrown on his own resources at the age of fourteen years, and has since worked his own way.

FRANK GARCELON, of the firm of Austin & Gracelon, physicians and surgeons. Dr. Gracelon began the practice of medicine in Abilene, June 1, 1882, in company as above stated. He was born in St. Albans, Me., June 6, 1848; spent his boyhood days in East Livermore. He attended the Lewiston Falls Academy several years. He then entered the Medical Department of Bowdoin College, at Brunswick, Me., where he graduated in medicine in 1870. Began the practice of medicine in East Livermaore, where he continued until 1878; then went to Weston, Mass., practiced a year, when he returned to East Livermore, and continued his profession until coming to Abilene. He was married in 1877, to Miss Nellie Coffin, of Harrington, Me. They have one son - Harris Garcelon. He is a member of Androscoggin Royal Arch Chapter of Masons, and a member of the Maine Medical Association.

A. M. GERMAN, proprietor of livery and sale stables, was born in Montgomery County, N. Y., February 14, 1813. In 1819 he moved to Lincoln County, Can., where he was raised and educated, after which he turned his attention to farming and stock raising until 1846 when he located in St. Marys, County of Perth, and engaged in hotel-keeping for many years. He came to Kansas in 1869, and settle in Dickinson County, on his present place of 640 acres. In 1880 he moved to Abilene, where he engaged in the livery and sale trade. He has been married three times, first in Oxford County, Can., May 25, 1833, to Miss Margaret Pickard, a native of Canada, who was born July 22, 1817; died July 25, 1839. By this marriage or union they had two children - Richard D. and Margaret E. The second time to Miss Hester Ann Johnson, at Buffalo, N. Y., July 4, 1847. She was born in Oxford County, Can., August 24, 1827; died July 25, 1849. By this marriage he had one child - Lavelle, born at St. Marys, Can., May 13, 1849. The third marriage was to Rebecca Johnson, on May 22, 1851. She is a native of Canada, born August 23, 1829. By this marriage he had ten children - Cicero, Guadaloupe, Blanche, Leonidas, Edith, Laciede (deceased), Pythias, Demosthenes, Laciede the second, and Bismarck.

COL. J. W. GORE, proprietor of the cottage House, Abilene, Kas. This is the large suburban hotel, containing thirty rooms, with accommodations for thirty guests. It was erected in 1867, at a cost of $10,000, and opened to the public. It is a quiet, homelike place for Kansas sojourners. Mr. Gore is a native of New York City, born in 1833. Has kept hotel nearly all his lifetime, and pleasure-seekers, or the business world, who stop at the Cottage House will find a wholesouled host.

J. A. HANSBROUGH, photographer, was born in Cooper County, Mo., October 3, 1840. He received the foundation of his education in his native county, and finished his course at Lexington, Mo., after which he served an apprenticeship at carriage painting. This occupation he followed at Lexington, Mo., until 1861; he then moved to Kansas City, where he engaged in the art of photographing, which has occupied his time in various cities, some of which may be mentioned - Lexington, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo.; Atchinson, Kas.; Platte City, Mo. And Wamego, Kas. - for twenty-one years. In 1878 he settled in Abilene, where he engaged in his occupation with satisfactory results. He was married in Pottawatomie County, Kas., October 20, 1874, to Miss Nannie P. Powell. She was born in Baltimore, Md., November 24, 1853. They have three children - Bessie, Charles A., and Gussie P.

C. G. HAWK, County Treasurer Dickinson county, first located in Abilene in the spring of 1874; came as Deputy to County Treasurer office under C. H. Lebold; worked in that capacity four years. He was then elected to the above office in the fall of 1877, taking charge the following year. By re-elections has sine held the office. He was born in Navarre, Stark Co., Ohio, August 1, 1847; raised and educated in his native State. Married in 1873, to Miss Anna Nixon, of Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They have two children - Edith I. And Florence N. Mr. H. is a member of the Knights of Pythias.

R. H. HAZLETT & CO., dealers in general line merchandise, first opened the trade in 1867. It was the first established general store in Abilene; they then carried from $500 to $1,000; they now carry a stock of $35,000 and do an annual trade of $60,000. They occupy two floors, forty-six feet front and eighty-five feet deep, besides the basement. Employ eleven clerks. The company is H. H. Hazlett and E. E. Hazlett. H. H. Hazlett was born in Zanesville, Ohio; lived in his native State until fifteen years of age; went to California where he was engaged in business for some time, and died in 1881. E. E. Hazlett first came to Abilene, Kansas, in 1880, and became partner in the above firm. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio, January 10, 1852; was raised in the drug business; now has a drug store in Phildelphia, Pa. He began the study of medicine in 1876, graduated in medicine in the University of Pennsylvania in 1880; graduated in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1874. He is a member of the Masonic order.

[Image of J. M. Hodge] HON. JOHN M. HODGE was born in Carroll Co., Ohio, February 4, 1825. He was educated in his native State, studying medicine in Willoughby Medical College and at the medical college of Cincinnati, by which last institution he was graduated a doctor of medicine in 1850. For fourteen years he was associated in the practice of his profession with the eminent Dr. Alden I. Bennett. Early in 1861, at the solicitation of Governor Dennison, he accepted the position of Quartermaster of the Fifty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Stanley Matthews commanding. He acted as Quartermaster of Camp Jenkins, near Louisville, Ky., under General O. M. Mitchell. At Camp Wickliffe, Ky., he acted as Quartermaster of the Brigade commanded by Brig. General Jacob Ammon, of the Twenty-fourth Ohio. In July, 1862, he became Acting Brigade Quartermaster of the Twenty-third Brigade, Army of the Ohio, Colonel Stanley Matthews commanding. Colonel Matthews says of Dr. Hodge: "In all these different positions, most of which he served under my eye, he discharged his duty in all respects perfectly, showing untiring zeal, great faithfulness and complete knowledge of his business. In my opinion he is the best officer in the quartermaster's Department that I met with in the service." Although the condition of his health almost precluded the possibility of active service, he struggled on, however, kept up by a highly patriotic nature, doing splendid work until after over two years of arduous duty, he was compelled by an aggravated sickness to resign. His record in the army is an enviable one, as numerous official and private documents, emanating from the highest authority, attest, all of which confer upon him a degree of loyalty and administrative ability second to no one. Dr. Hodge was a presidential elector at the early age of thirty-one on the Fremont ticket, a rare honor in that period of American politics. After partially regaining his health he located in Mendota, Ill., where he engaged in mercantile pursuits until his removal to Abilene, Kan., in the spring of 1870. Since his arrival in this State he has borne a prominent part in politics, always having been an uncompromising Republican, and his represented his county in the Legislature twice - in 1874, 79. He has repeatedly been elected a delegate to various conventions - county, state and congressional of the dominant party. In the summer of 1874 Dr. Hodge was appointed Receiver of the United States Land Office at Cawker City, and with it removed to Kirwin, Phillips County, in January, 1875; he remained there until 1878. In 1880 he was appointed Register in the Salina Land District. Dr. Hodge, since his location in Dickinson County, has taken an active part in the development of the wonderful resources of Central Kansas. He was married August 22, 1847 to Miss Olive M. Tinker, of Bolivar, Ohio. Dr. Hodge has a beautiful and cultured home at Abilene, where he has also two sons in business. Highly respected all over the State for his ability and integrity, he may be classed, without any attempt at affectation, one of her prominent public men.

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