Jackson County Biographies
Jackson County Biographies
From The Memorial & Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri SIMEON SEYMOUR TODD, M.D. One of the most progressive physicians of Kansas City, is a native of Indiana. He was born in Vevay, March 10, 1826. The West has been settled up by a class of men who came to this section of the country to secure homes and who have bent every energy to this undertaking. The entire section of the country therefore has become imbued with the spirit of enterprise and progress, producing a phenomenal development that could not be accomplished by the conservative East. Amid such surroundings the Doctor was reared and has naturally partaken of the spirit of the times, and this has characterized his entire professional career. He traces his parental ancestry to this country to John Todd, a native of Lanarkshire, Scotland, who with his parents fled to Ireland under the persecutions of the reign of Charles II, and in 1736 accompanied his son Robert and 2 other sons and a daughter to America, making his home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. David Todd, son of Robert, born in the county of Down, Ireland, came with the family to America, and soon afterward married Hannah Owen, of Welsh parentage. Both died at Lexington, Kentucky. Their son, Owen Todd, was born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, in 1762, and in early life took up the study of law, but coming West afterward entered the employ of the government as a surveyor of bounty land reserves in Kentucky and southwestern Ohio. He served as a soldier in the war of 1812, holding the rank of captain under General Wayne in the battle of “Fallen Timbers,” and was the first presiding judge of the court of quarter sessions of Clermont county, Ohio. “Todd's fork,” of the Little Miami river was named for him. He was reared in the Presbyterian faith, and died in Vevay, Indiana, at the age of 55 years. One of his 11 children was David Andrew Todd, father of the Doctor. He was born in Clermont county, Ohio, October 7, 1799, and for many years engaged in merchandising. He became a pioneer settler of Indiana, and erected one of the first brick houses in Madison, that state. His last years were spent at his home in Vernon, Indiana. He wedded Mary Ogle, born March 27, 1802, a native of Montgomery, now Carroll county, Virginia, and a daughter of Hiram Ogle, who was born in Randolph county, North Carolina, and married Sarah Richardson, of Grayson, nor Carroll county, Virginia. Later he made his home near Vevay, Indiana, where he carried on farming and milling. He was of English descent, and died in 1845. David A. and Mary Todd became the parents of 10 children, 7 sons and 3 daughters, of whom 6 are now living, namely: Hiram H., Simeon S., Owen W., Elhanan P., Robert S. and Catharine M., widow of Alexander Lattimore, of Washington, District of Columbia. Those who have passed away are John H., Marion D., Sarah J., and Mary B. Marion D. Todd was a prominent minister of the Christian church, preaching for some time in Chester, and in Liverpool, England, and was a warm personal friend of Spurgeon, the great Baptist divine. He died at Los Gatos, California. The parents were both members of the Christian church and the father, David Todd, was for many years an elder in that church. In early life he served as justice of the peace for many years. His death occurred in 1864, when he was aged 65, and his wife in 1865, at the age of 63. Both are buried at Vernon, Jennings county, Indiana. The Doctor was reared in Madison, Indiana, and acquired his education in the common schools, studying the classics under private tutorship. He took up the study of medicine at the age of 18, under the direction of Dr. William Davidson, of Madison, Indiana, a Scotch physician of considerable repute, but before he had completed his course he enlisted for service as a private in the Mexican war. On his return he entered the Indiana Medical College at LaPorte, Indiana, and was graduated at that institution in the class of February, 1849. Immediately afterward he began practice, opening an office in the autumn in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where he continued until 1854. In that year he emigrated to California, practicing his profession in Plumas county, where he remained for 2 years. In 1857 he removed to Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, where he continued the practice of his profession till the breaking out of the civil war. In 1861 he opened an office in San Francisco, and soon after was commissioned surgeon of the 4th California volunteer infantry, and served until after the South had laid down its arms and the preservation of the union was an assured fact. Dr. Todd then returned to “the states” and settled in Kansas City, where he has since continuously engaged in practice. Up to 1885 he engaged in general practice, but since that time has made a specialty of the diseases of women. He was the projector and prime mover in the establishment of the Kansas City Medical College, and for many years was dean of the facility, and for 27 years has been a teacher of the diseases of women, to which chair he was appointed on the organization of the school. He now holds the chair of emeritus professor of obstetrics and diseases of women - an honorary position - and continues to deliver lectures occasionally. He belongs to the Jackson County Medical Society, the Kansas City District Medical Society, the Kansas City District Medical Society, the State Medical Society, of which he has been vice-president and president, and the Missouri State Medical Association, of which he is an honorary member. He is also an honorary member of the Kansas State Medical Society, and other organizations of his profession. He was the pioneer west of the Mississippi in introducing surgery in women's diseases, and his superior skill and ability has given him a foremost place in the ranks of the fraternity. On the 10th of October, 1850, Doctor Todd was united in marriage with Miss Judith Ann, daughter of Jeremiah Ridgway, of LaPorte, Indiana. Her mother bore the maiden name of Sarah Ann Willetts. 4 children were born of this union, but 2 died in infancy. Rush B. and Frank S. are now residents of California, and the latter married Miss Nannie E. Mann, by whom he has 4 children. The mother of this family died in 1861. She was a member of the Society of Friends, and a most estimable lady. On January 21, 1867, the Doctor married Mrs. Thirza F. Dean, widow of Dr. William H. Dean, and daughter of Thomas Scott, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also was reared a Quaker, and was called to the home beyond this life March 14, 1888. On the 7th of November, 1889, the Doctor was joined in wedlock with Miss Frances Williams, of Lucas county, Iowa, daughter of Alonzo and Rachel Williams. They are both members of the Unitarian church, and the Doctor is a Master Mason, also belongs to the Loyal Legion, and to George H. Thomas post, G. A. R. In politics he is a republican. JOHN M. FOX Of the popular law firm of Lathrop, Morrow, Fox & Moore, Kansas City, Missouri, is a gentleman of eastern birth and education. He was born in East Lyme, Connecticut, September 9, 1853, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Beckwith) Fox, natives of Connecticut and representatives of families long resident in New England. Their remote ancestors came to this country from England, and some of them were participants in the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Fox's father, the grandfather of our subject, was a veteran of the War of 1812, having served as a lieutenant in that war. Henry Fox was in early life a teacher, but later settled down to farming, and was thus occupied for a number of years. He held various local offices of prominence and trust, and was regarded as one of the most worthy citizens of his community. He died in 1884. The widowed mother is still a resident of Connecticut. Their family was composed of three children, John M. being the 2nd born. John M. Fox spent his early life on his father's farm, and the first school he attended was the country school near his home. Later he was a student at the Connecticut State Normal School, where he graduated with the class of 1874. Then he entered Yale College, graduated at that noted institution in 1879, and in 1881 received a diploma from the Columbia College Law School. Yale College conferred on him the degree of Bachelor of Arts; the Columbia College Law School, Bachelor of Laws; and the University of Kansas, Master of Arts. Immediately after his graduation at the law school in 1881, Mr. Fox came west and located in Kansas City, where he has since been successfully engaged in the practice of his profession. At first he was employed as clerk for the firm of Lathrop & Smith, prominent attorneys, and subsequently he formed a partnership with T. A. F. Jones. In the Fall of 1884, by invitation of his old employers, Mr. Fox returned to them, and in January of the following year became a partner of the firm, which is now one of the best known law firms in the city. They are attorneys for a large number of corporations, railroads, banks, etc., and conduct a most extensive general practice. Mr. Fox is not only well posted in law, and an active, energetic business man, but he has the happy faculty of ingratiating himself with all with whom he has dealings, and thus by being able to adapt himself to all kinds and classes of people he is a valued member of the firm. He was married in 1885 to Miss Nettie Fuller, like himself, a native of Connecticut. They have 2 daughters - Anna E. and Marion L. Mr. and Mrs. Fox are members of the First Congregational church of Kansas City, in which he is now a deacon. MAJOR GEORGE S. HAMPTON Is one of the ablest members of the bar of Missouri. Native talent and acquired ability have won him eminence, and the profession and the public both accord him a leading place in the ranks of the legal fraternity. Thoroughly conversant the law in all departments and familiar with its subtleties, he is a student and worker, possessing that dauntless energy without which one must fail of success in any line of endeavor. Major Hampton was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, December 2, 1838. The family if of English lineage and was founded in America in colonial days. The paternal grandfather, Wade Hampton, was a native of Kentucky and reared a large family, including George S. Hampton, Sr., father of our subject. He, too, was a native of Kentucky, and was a lawyer by profession. He first married Miss Sallie Long, of his native state, but the wife died in early life and their 3 children also passed away in childhood. Mr. Hampton afterward married Mrs. Ann (Fairfax) Hepburn, a native of Virginia, who by her first marriage had 5 sons and a daughter. Colonel W. P. Hepburn is the youngest and the only surviving son. The daughter, Frances M., is living, now at the age of 72 years. By the marriage of the parents of our subject, 6 children were born, 4 sons and 2 daughters, but the only ones now living are Catherine C., wife of William Bremner, of Marshalltown, Iowa, and the Major. Mrs. Hampton was a daughter of Dr. Hanson Catlett, a successful physician who served as surgeon in the war of 1812. He was a native of Virginia, was of English lineage and died at an advanced age. His wife was a sister of Matthew Lyon, a man of considerable note who served as a member of congress from three different states. He was elected the last time while in jail, having been imprisoned for resisting the alien and sedition laws. In 1840 Major Hampton's parents removed with their family to Iowa, where they spent their remaining days. That was during the territorial era, and his father, George S. Hampton, Sr., took a very prominent part in the organization of the state, serving as secretary of the first constitutional convention of Iowa, and was clerk of the supreme court of the state for 10 years. In the latter part of his life he was for a number of years superintendent of public instruction in Iowa. During the war, loyal to the union, he enlisted in what was known as the Gray-beard regiment and served for 2 years, although he had formerly been a pro-slavery democrat. His abilities and fitness for leadership made him a prominent and influential citizen of the state. Both he and his wife were pioneers in the work of the Baptist church in Iowa. His death occurred in 1874, at the age of 73. Major Hampton was reared in Iowa City, acquired his education there, was one of the first students to enter the State university, and held a certificate for graduation. He spent a portion of his boyhood in his father's office and at one time acted as page in the state legislature. When his literary education was completed he studied law in Iowa City and was admitted to the bar in 1860; but after the breaking out of the civil war he could not content himself to follow a quiet business career when the existence of his country was in peril, and enlisted at the first call for 3 year men. He became a member of company H, 13th Iowa infantry, as a private, but soon rose to the rank of lieutenant, and with his regiment took part in the battle of Shiloh. After that engagement he was made a staff officer, with the rank of captain, and for 2 years was on the staff of Brigadier General Thomas J. McKean, of Iowa. He was with him at the battle of Corinth, and took part in the invasion of Mississippi. He was in the siege of Vicksburg, and after its surrender went with the troops to Nebraska to aid in quelling the Indiana in their depredations. In the Fall of 1864 he served as assistant adjutant general on the staff of Major General James G. Blunt, and took part in the Price raid. He was in the battle of Lexington, Big Blue, the defense of the fords of the Little Blue, the defense of the fords of the Little Blue, the battle of Westport and was present at Mine creek when Generals Marmaduke and Cable were captured. With the troops he then pursued the enemy until they crossed the Arkansas river. At the close of the war he was mustered out, being at that time captain and assistant adjutant general. During the service he was a member of the famous “Crocker Iowa brigade.” When the South had laid down its arms and his services were no longer needed, Major Hampton returned to the practice of law and established an office in Lawrence, Kansas, where he practiced for 13 years. In the Spring of 1877 he came to Kansas City, but in the following autumn removed to Cherokee county, Kansas, where he continued a member of the bar until 1884. He was also deputy county attorney for 1 term. For 11 years past he has been a member of the Bar of Kansas City, and has a large clientage, to which his abilities and fidelity to duty well entitle him. On the 27th of October, 1863, Major Hampton married Maria Louisa Asay, daughter of A. B. and Mary (Lewis) Asay. They have 3 children: Frank H., the eldest, now has charge of the drapery department of the North Furniture Company, of Kansas City, with which he has been connected for 10 years. He married Lina Eaton, and they have 1 child, Louisa True. His 2nd son, Alexander A., is foreman of the steel department of the Scotford Stamp and Stationery Company, of Kansas City, in whose employ he has been for 9 years. His only daughter, Mary Ann, is a young lady of considerable musical talent and is at her parental home. The parents and children are members of the Methodist church. Major Hampton is a Master Mason, a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias societies, and of George H. Thomas post, G. A. R. In politics he is a republican, and during Harrison's administration was deputy internal revenue collector under General Devol. He is now attorney for several insurance companies and the Cooper Chemical Company. His home is at 2903 Locust street, over which his wife presides with gracious hospitality, while to their many friends they ever extend a hearty welcome. CHARLES J. BOWER Attorney at law of Kansas City, was born in Ross county, Ohio, April 27, 1843, and descended from German and French ancestry. His father, Robert Bower, was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, and the grandfather, Valentine Bower, spent his entire life in his native land. He reared a large family and lived to an advanced age. The mother of our subject, who bore the maiden name of Genevieve Sheibley, was an Alsatian, and her father spent his entire life in France. While in the land of his birth Robert Bower served as a member of the old guard under Napoleon. In 1826 he crossed the Atlantic to America and located in Stark county, Ohio, where he made his home for a few years, then removed to Ross county, same state, where he spent his remaining days. His death occurred in 1864, and his wife died in 1857. They were members of the Lutheran church. In their family of 11 children were 7 sons and 4 daughters, six of whom are now living, namely: Mary, widow of Basil Bogen; Barbara, widow of Albert Mertz; Genevieve, widow of Philip Dair; Jennie, John and Charles J. The last named resided in Ross county until 11 years of age, when he started out in life for himself, and whatever success he has achieved is due entirely to his won efforts. He grew to manhood in Kenton and Carroll counties, Kentucky, and at the age of 16 he engaged in teaching school. With the money thus acquired he obtained his own education, being a student in Des Peres Institute in St. Louis county, Missouri, in 1857-8. Later he atteneded Wittenberg College, at Springfield, Ohio, where he continued until the war broke out, when he enlisted in the southern army as a member of the 4th Kentucky cavalry, Company F, and served until hostilities were over. He served under Generals Marshall, Preston, Breckinridge, Williams, Echols, Jones and John H. Morgan: he was in all the campaigns of that famous regiment. He was wounded in the right leg at Bull's Gap, Tennessee, but continued at the front until after the war was ended. He surrendered at Mount Sterling, Kentucky, May 1, 1865. Returning then to Carroll county, Kentucky, Mr. Bower was there engaged in teaching school for a time, when, wishing to follow the legal profession, he began studying law in 1867. His thorough application and persistent efforts enabled him to graduate in the Spring of 1868 at the Cincinnati Law College, and in September of that year he came to Kansas City, where he practiced until August, 1894. For 26 years he was a member of the bar of Jackson county and had a good practice, which attested his skill and ability. He was ever a painstaking and conscientious practitioner, laboring earnestly for his clients' interests, a logical thinker, a clear reasoner and a forceful speaker. These qualities brought to him success and won him a place among the leading lawyers of the city, county and state. In August, 1894, he suffered an attack of paralysis, which necessitated his abandonment of his profession. On the 11th of May, 1870, Mr. Bower was united in marriage, in Kansas City, with Miss Sarah Chaplin, a daughter of Benjamin G. and Sarah (Ward) chaplin. They have 6 children - 3 sons and 3 daughters - namely: Frank A., Mary C., Jennie W., Morrison Munford, Henry W. and Florence A. Mr. Bower and his wife attend the Central Presbyterian church, of which he is a member, and since 1871 they have made their home at the corner of 35th street and Cleveland avenue, where they extend a warmhearted hospitality to their many friends. Frank A. Bower, the eldest son, graduated at Washington University, St. Louis, in 1891, and is now a promising young lawyer of the Kansas City bar. Mr. Bower is a member of the Masonic fraternity and in politics is an unswerving adherant of the principles of the democratic party, taking a very active part in its work and doing all in his power to promote its growth and insure its success. He has been a delegate to the county and state conventions since 1876, and was the original Cleveland delegate in this state. He was also the organizer of the ex-Confederate Benevolent Association, which has a large membership. A kindhearted and genial man of strict integrity of character, Mr. Bower is highly esteemed by all who know him, and has a large circle of friends. FRANCIS M. HAYWARD The men who attain eminence, or even a fair standing, at the bar or in other professional lines in the leading cities of this country, must be “brainy” progressive, up-to-date men; and this fact obtains none the less in Kansas City than in some of the more populous cities of the union. The Kansas City bar has many able representatives, and among its list of prominent lawyers is found the name of Francis M. Hayward, a biography of whom we are pleased to accord place in this volume. Francis M. Hayward is of eastern birth. He was born in New Hampshire, February 28, 1856, son of John W. and Easter C. (Morse) Hayward, the former a native of Massachusetts and the latter of New Hampshire; both of English descent. Dr. Lemuel Hayward, the great-grandfather of our subject, was a distinguished man and surgeon in the Revolutionary war; he was an uncle of Chief Justice Shaw, of Massachusetts, and died in 1821. John W. Hayward, the grandfather of Francis M., was a lawyer of Boston and died in that city when comparatively a young man. His son, John W., the father of our subject, is a farmer and still resides in New Hampshire, where he is well known and highly esteemed, he having frequently been honored by official preferment; has served in numerous minor offices and also in the state legislature of New Hampshire. To him and his wife were born three children, Francis M. being the eldest. On his father's farm, located near Walpole, Mr. Hayward was reared. His early education was obtained in the common schools, and at Meriden, New Hampshire, and in 1876 he entered Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1880. After this he spent 2 years in the Harvard Law School. In September, 1882, he came West and located at Topeka, Kansas, where he was soon after admitted to the bar and where he entered upon the practice of his profession, remaining there until 1887, when he came to Kansas City. Both by natural and acquired ability is he fitted for the legal profession, and his ability together with his close application soon gained for him high standing among the leading members of the bar in this city. In 1888 he formed a partnership with F. W. Griffin, under the name of Hayward & Griffin, which existed until November, 1893, when it was dissolved, and since that time he has practiced alone. Mr. Hayward was married in 1884 to Miss Kate S. Davis, of Galesburg, Illinois, and their union has been blessed in the birth of 3 children - Charles D., Margaret and George M. Mr. Hayward is Republican in his views, and, while he has always taken a laudable interest in public affairs, he has never been an office-seeker, nor has he ever allowed his name to be used in any campaign, his whole time and attention being given to his profession. He and his wife are members of the St. George's parish, Episcopal church, and he is vestryman in the same. Thus, in brief, is outlined the life of one of Kansas City's prominent lawyers and most worthy citizens. JAMES L. PHELPS Deputy county clerk, Independence, Missouri, dates his birth in the neighboring state of Illinois. He was born in Ottawa, LaSalle county, January 1, 1855, 9th in the family of 11 children - 5 sons and 6 daughters - of B. T. and Margaret (Reynolds) Phelps. B. T. Phelps was of Virginia birth, born in Bedford county in 1810, while his wife was born in Kentucky. In 1882 he came with his family to Independence, Missouri, and here passed the closing years of his life and died, his death occurring June 1, 1895. Mrs. Phelps survives him and still makes her home in this city. James L. Phelps was reared and educated in Ottawa and is a graduate of the high school of that place with the class of 1874. After completing his high-school course he took up the study of law, and in 1878 was admitted to the bar. From that time until 1885 he made his home in Arkansas and Kansas, practicing law in Newport, Arkansas, and Atchison, Kansas, and in the last named year removed to Independence, Missouri. Here he was for a time employed by different abstract and loan firms, gained a wide acquaintance and soon became a favorite among the people with whom he had dealings. In January, 1889, he was appointed marshal of the court of appeals in Kansas City, which position he ably filled until January, 1895, and since then has been chief deputy in the office of the county clerk at Independence. Mr. Phelps was married in Independence, August 7, 1883, to Miss Nellie Gregg, a native of Jackson county, Missouri, and a daughter of Samuel and Maria (Bryant) Gregg, now residents of Independence. All his life Mr. Phelps has taken a deep and enthusiastic interest in political affairs, always affiliating with the democratic party. While a resident of Atchison he was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace, which he filled most acceptably; and indeed all his services in the various positions which he has occupied have ever been characterized by fidelity and efficiency. He has been a member of the Christian church since 1889, and since 1892 has been a deacon in the church. THOMAS GROTEN DRYDEN Who is now living retired in Lee's Summit, has long been identified with the history of Jackson county, and has taken an important part in the development and upbuilding of the locality with which he has been connected. True to all the duties of public and private life he has so lived as to command the confidence and respect of all, and now is his declining years has the high regard which should always accompany old age. He was born on the 3rd of February, 1813, in Worcester county, Maryland. His father, William Dryden, was a native of that state, born in 1783, and is a son of William and Rachel (Morgan) Dryden. The grandfather also was born in Maryland, and descended from one of four brothers who came from England at a very early day. William Dryden, the father, removed to Ohio, in 1813, taking up his residence in Adams county, where he made his home until his death, which occurred in 1858. He married Nancy Newton, who was born in Maryland in 1793, a daughter of Levin Newton, who was born in Maryland and was of English lineage. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Dryden also was celebrated in the native state, and the latter died in 1886. They had 6 children - Isaac N.; Thomas G., Maria Louisa, Samuel, Mrs. Sarah Morgan and William H. C. Our subject is the only surviving member of the family. During his infancy his parents removed to the Buckeye state and in Adams county he was reared and educated. The wild scenes of frontier life thus early became familiar to him and he aided in the arduous task of developing a new farm. At the age of 19 he began farming on his own account and has since been dependent upon his own resources, so that whatever success he has achieved in life is due entirely to his own efforts. In 1839 Mr. Dryden was united in marriage with Elizabeth Ellis, a native of Brown county, Ohio, and a daughter of Samuel Ellis, who served in the war of 1812, and removed from Pennsylvania to Ohio during his boyhood. Mrs. Dryden died in 1860. In the family were 9 children, 5 of whom reached maturity; Samuel, now a merchant of Lee's Summit; Isaac N., who was killed at the battle of Chickamauga, when faithfully defending the union cause. He enlisted in the 24th Ohio volunteer infantry as a private, but his ability and meritorious service won him promotion and he rose to the rank of captain, in which capacity he was serving at the time of his death. He was then but little more than 21 years of age and was a brilliant young man. Maria Louisa is the wife of W. H. Pittinger. Sarah Arabella is the widow of James F. Shepherd. Thyrza A. is the wife of John Munns, of Prairie township. Mr. Dryden became a resident of Missouri in October, 1865, and after spending one winter in Blue township, Jackson county, removed to Prairie township, where he purchased an improved farm. Shortly afterward he sold this property and purchased a tract of unimproved land in the same township, to the improvement of which he devoted his energies. He followed farming exclusively as a life work, and placing acre after acre under the plow transformed his land into a valuable and productive farm. He is a self-made man in the best sense of that oft misused term, and energy, perseverance and capable management have been the important factors in his success, securing to him a competence which now enables him to live retired. In May, 1889, Mr. Dryden was united in marriage with Elizabeth Ellis, a native of Brown county, Ohio, and a daughter of Samuel Ellis, who served in the war of 1812, and removed from Pennsylvania to Ohio during his boyhood. Mrs. Dryden died in 1860. In the family were 9 children, 5 of whom reached maturity; Samuel, now a merchant of Lee's Summit; Isaac N.; who was killed at the battle of Chickamauga, when faithfully defending the union cause. He enlisted in the 24th Ohio volunteer infantry as a private, but his ability and meritorious service won him promotion and he rose to the rank of captain, in which capacity he was serving at the time of his death. He was then but little more than 21 years of age and was a brilliant young man. Maria Louisa is the wife of W. H. Pittinger. Sarah Arabella is the widow of James F. Shepherd. Thyrza A. is the wife of John Munns, of Prairie township. Mr. Dryden became a resident of Missouri in October, 1865, and after spending one winter in Blue township, Jackson county, removed to Prairie township, where he purchased an improved farm. Shortly afterward he sold this property and purchased a tract of unimproved land in the same township, to the improvement of which he devoted his energies. He followed farming exclusively as a life work, and placing acre after acre under the plow transformed his land into a valuable and productive farm. He is a self-made man in the best sense of that oft misused term, and energy, perseverance and capable management have been the important factors in his success, securing to him a competence which now enables him to live retired. In May, 1889, Mr. Dryden was united in marriage with Martha Elizabeth Bush, a native of Callaway county, Missouri, and a daughter of William F. and Lydia Jane (Cheatham) Powell, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Kentucky. Mr. Powell was born in 1813, and during his boyhood days came to Missouri, where at the age of 21 years he was married. His first wife having died he was again married, at the age of 25, to the mother of Mrs. Dryden. They always lived in Callaway county, Missouri, where Mr. Powell followed farming. Their family numbered 4 children, 3 of whom are now living, namely: Mrs. Dryden, Lemuel F. and Mrs. Lydia J. Thomas. The first named was born December 15, 1840, and by her first marriage had 2 children - Sallie J., now the wife of Charles R. Curry, and Lemuel J. Bush. In 1845 Mr. Dryden became a member of the Masonic fraternity, but is now dimitted, and in the same year united with the Christian church. In politics he has been a stanch republican since the organization of the party, is deeply interested in its growth and success, and served as delegate to its conventions at a time when it was a dangerous thing to announce one's self as an advocate of republican principles. He was also president of the vigilance committee at an early day. Fearless and outspoken in defense of what he believed to be right he has ever been the champion of the poor and friendless, the down-trodden and oppressed, and his generous, kindly nature has won recognition in the friendship of many. HOMER REED There is no business man in Kansas City that stands higher in the esteem of his fellow townsmen that Mr. Reed, who is now serving in the capacity of postmaster. A man of strong convictions, he is positive in his character and of incorruptible integrity. A useful, intelligent citizen, he justly takes rank among Missouri's leading and representative men and has been an important factor in the business interests of Kansas City. His career has by no means been an uninterrupted era of prosperity. He has had many difficulties to overcome and in his early years received few advantages, and after his father's death was largely thrown upon his own resources. Mr. Reed was a native of Jackson county, Michigan. He was born on the 26th of August, 1847, and is the only son of Thomas H. and Mary (Wilcox) Reed, natives of New York. The family from which he descended was early founded in the Empire state, where was established in pioneer days a colony which located what was known as the Reed's farm. James Reed was a captain in the French and Indian war, and served as quartermaster in the revolutionary war. The father of our subject was a farmer by occupation, and in 1840 came to the west, taking up his residence in Jackson county, Michigan, where he built a log cabin, in which Kansas City's present postmaster first opened his eyes to the light of day. The father soon afterward embarked in the mercantile business at Leslie, which he carried on continuously until his death, which occurred in 1866. In this enterprise he achieved moderate success and his entire attention was devoted to his business interests. His wife died in 1893. Mr. Reed of this review was reared in the rural districts of Michigan, taking advantage of such opportunities as came in his way; but these were somewhat meager. He attended a country school, preparing himself for college as well as he could, and in 1864 entered the University of Michigan. He was, however, unable to pursue a continuous course. On his father's death he was obliged to lay aside his text-books and care for the business interests of his mother. Subsequently he re-entered school and was graduated with the class of 1872. He then studied law for a year, and in 1873 came to Kansas City and was admitted to the bar, where he practiced his profession, very successfully, for some time. He was and is a close student and possesses the keen discernment, analytical mind and sound judgment which insure success to a member of the bar. While practicing his business lay largely in the direction of real-estate law, and he invested considerable sums of money for both eastern and western capitalists in real estate. This led to a familiarity with the real-estate market, and from time to time Mr. Reed made judicious investments and now owns and controls extensive property interests in Kansas City. He has been very successful in his business endeavors and has accumulated a competence. Mr. Reed has taken an active part in politics, though never seeking office. In May, 1894, he was appointed to the position which he now fills, and has discharged his duties with a promptness and fidelity that has won him high commendation. He is connected with various benevolent, charitable, literary and social organizations. He was a charter member of the Humane Society, and is a member of the Kansas City Benevolent Trust association, and the Children's Free hospital. He is a man of broad sympathies and quick to respond to a story of distress or need. In 1869 Mr. Reed was united in marriage with Miss Laura Coates, daughter of the late Colonel Kersey Coates. Since the latter's death, Mr. Reed has been associated with J. L. and A. C. Coates in the management of the extensive property interests of the estate, including the erection of the new Coates house, one of the most renowned hotels of the West. He has always been an officer of the Coates House Management Company, the Coates Estate Hotel Company, and the Coates Opera House Company, and is also president of the Forest Hill Cemetery, entirely directing and controlling its policy. THOMAS A. DODDS In the subject of this sketch is found an enterprising and thoroughgoing man, and one who, as superintendent of the streets of Kansas City, has proved himself to be the right man in the right place. In this connection some personal mention of him will be of interest, and a brief sketch of his life is as follows: Thomas A. Dodds was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, February 15, 1855, son of Thomas and Nancy (Stewart) Dodds. Both the Stewart and the Dodds families have long been residents of America, their arrival here being prior to the Revolutionary period. Some of the ancestors of our subject were soldiers in the Revolution. Thomas Dodds was a farmer and tobacco-buyer, passed his life in Ohio, and died in that state about the year 1857. His widow survives and is now a resident of Kansas City. Thomas A. Dodds, our immediate subject, is one of their family of 2 children, the other being deceased. In his native county he spent the first 17 years of his life, receiving a limited education in the common schools and learning the trade of harness-maker. This trade, however, he never followed. In 1871 he and his mother removed to Osage City, Kansas, where he was employed as superintendent and general manager for the Carbon Coal & Mining Company, at Scranton, Kansas. Subsequently he became manager of a hardware store, where he remained thus occupied until 1883, when the company removed to Kansas City. On taking up his abode here Mr. Dodds turned his attention to the real estate business, which he carried on successfully several years. He was for one year in the employ of the Armour Packing Company. In April, 1894, he was appointed to his present position, that of superintendent of streets, by Mayor Webster Davis. The push and enterprise which characterized his labor in other lines stands him in good stead here, and in this responsible position he is rendering a high degree of satisfaction. Politically, Mr. Dodds has all his life been a staunch Republican and has taken enthusiastic interest in public affairs, but has never been an office-seeker. He maintains a membership in the Elks and the National Union. Mr. Dodds was married May 5, 1881, to Miss Mary Bethel, a native of Newburg, Indiana. But their happy married life was a brief duration, ending with her death in 1884. She left a little daughter, Eva B. WILLIAM D. STROTHER, M.D. Who is successfully engaged in the practice of medicine at Lee's Summit, is one of the worthy citizens that Kentucky has furnished to this county. He was born near Bardstown, Kentucky, March 10, 1827, and is the 7th in order of birth in a family of 11 children. His paternal grandfather, Robert Strother, was a native of Virginia, and removed to Kentucky before the beginning of the 19th century. He located near the present site of Louisville, which at that time, however, was little more than a frogpond. Subsequently he removed to Barren county, where he spent his remaining days. Two of his sons were soldiers in the War of 1812. The father of our subject, John Dabney Strother, was a native of Culpeper county, Virginia, but was reared a farmer in Kentucky. He was a self-educated man and the success of his life was the reward of his own labor. He started out for himself as a farm hand, working for $8 a month, and while thus employed he was one day accosted by General Lucas, who asked him if he would accept a position as deputy sheriff. Mr. Strother answered in the affirmative and served in that capacity and as high sheriff of Nelson county for 12 years. He was also offered an excellent position by the governor of the state, but declined. He married Nancy Ann Slaughter, a native of Virginia, and a daughter of Robert and Catherine (Pendleton) Slaughter. In the 18th century they removed to Kentucky and became pioneer settlers of Nelson county, making there a permanent location. Mrs. Strother was reared and married there, and they began their domestic life in Bardstown. An aunt of our subject became the wife of Judge Carpenter, and another married Captain Matthew Duncan, of the United States army, both gentleman of considerable prominence. The Doctor's parents continued their residence in Bardstown until called to the home beyond. In politics the father was an old-line Whig, and in religious belief he was an Episcopalian. His death occurred in 1850, and his wife passed away in 1839. To his children he gave good educational privileges, and of the family of 11 sons and daughters all reached years of maturity. Elizabeth became the wife of Enoch Hinton - both deceased - and had 2 children. Mary became the wife of Henry Glasscock, of Paris, Missouri, and had 5 children. The parents are both deceased. Margaret, living in LaRue county, Kentucky, is the widow of William Slaughter, and has 5 children. Sarah is the wife of Frank Bealmean, of Lee's Summit. Robert is a physician of Kentucky. Maria D. is the deceased wife of William B. Howard. Dr. William is the next younger. Emily is the widow of Charles Cowherd, of Kansas City, and has 3 children. Ben H., of Kansas City, married Miss Frances McCawley, of Washington, DC., and they have 4 children. Catherine is now deceased. Dr. John D., now deceased, married Miss Esther Elliott, of Kentucky, and they have 2 children. Two sons served in the civil war, Dr. Robert Strother having been a surgeon in Genral Bragg's command, while Dr. John D., was surgeon of the first Arkansas regiment, and was at the 1st battle of Manassas. Dr. Strother of this review completed his literary education in St. Joseph's college, of Bardstown, and afterward read medicine with his brother Robert. He was graduated in the medical department of the University of New York City with the class of 1851, and began practice in his native city, where he remained for a year. During the following quarter of a century he was a prominent and successful physician of Bullitt county, and the year 1876 he spent in practice in Texas. He then returned to Bullitt county, and in 1882 came to Jackson county, having since made his home at Lee's Summit, where he is engaged in the practice as a member of the regular profession. He served for five years as visiting physician of the Jackson county asylum and poor farm, and for one year was the resident physician there. In May, 1855, the Doctor was united in marriage with Miss Julia Sanders, a native of Bullitt county, Kentucky, and a daughter of Josseph and Susan (Sommers) Sanders, both of whom are deceased. The lady was born August 29, 1836, and died July 9, 1885. The Doctor and his wife had become the parents of 10 children, 9 of whom reached adult age. Mary Elizabeth is the wife of J. C. Fields, of Lee's Summit. Dr. Joseph S. married Miss Mattie Cowherd, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, and they have 2 children, Edmund and Julia. John D. is an attorney at Blue Springs, Missouri. Lillian is now deceased. George B. married Miss Nannie Parks, an attorney of Belton, and has 2 children, Bessie and George. William Howard married Miss Mussie Parks, lives at Wakefield, Kansas, and has one child, Duvall. Ben Slaughter, who is engaged in the real-estate and insurance business in Kansas City, married Nellie Whiting. Samuel B. is an attorney at Kansas City. Juliette completes the family. The Doctor is a stalwart democrat, unswerving in his support of the principles of the party, and doing all in his power to promote its growth and insure its success. His skill and ability in his profession have brought to him a liberal patronage, while the social qualities of his nature have gained him many friends. WILLIAM S. JONES Is numbered among the pioneer settlers of Jackson county, dating his residence here from 1854. For many years he was connected with the agricultural interest, but is now living retired. He was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, October 3, 1820, and belongs to one of the old Virginia families. His grandfather, William Jones, was a native of the Old Dominion, and in pioneer days removed to Kentucky. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, valiantly aiding in the struggle for independence. The father of our subject, Joshua Jones, was born in Wayne county, Kentucky, and when a young man left home, removing to the western part of the state. He was married in Mercer county, to Nancy Sanders, a native of Fauquier county, Virginia, and a daughter of Olmond Sanders, who went to Kentucky in an early day and spent his remaining years there. Mr. and Mrs. Jones began their domestic life in Mercer county, and then removed to Washington county, but later returned to Mercer county, where the father died in 1857. He was a soldier of the War of 1812. His wife long survived him and passed away in December, 1892. She was a member of the Baptist church, and a most estimable lady. In their family were 5 children, namely: William S., Mrs. Martha Bull, Mrs. Sarah Robertson, Mrs. Lucy Huffman and James Harvey Jones. Our subject was the eldest. He was born in Mercer county and spent his childhood days in that county and in Washington county. The common schools afforded him his educational privileges and after laying aside his text-books he learned the black-smith's trade, which he followed for several years. He also carried on agricultural pursuits, and in order to secure a home removed to Boyle county, Kentucky. As a companion and helpmate on life's journey, Mr. Jones chose Miss Jemima Best, and the wedding was celebrated in 1842. The lady was born in Garrard county, Kentucky, and was a daughter of Banks and Elizabeth (Heptonstall) Best, both natives of Virginia, and early settlers of Kentucky. Their last days were spent in Mercer county, where the father died in 1853, the mother in 1860. They had 13 children, but only 3 are now living, namely: John, Mrs. Jones and William. The grandfather, Caleb Heptonstall, was a soldier of the Revolution. Mrs. Jones was born February 20, 1824, and proved to her husband a faithful companion and helpmate. Their family numbered 5 children, who are yet living. The record of the family is as follows: Mary E., the eldest, is the wife of Hiram G. Townsend, of Kansas City, and they have 2 children, Maud and Blanche. John W. married Eliza Ritter and lives in Prairie township. Ada, Wallace, Thornton, Lester, Walter and Marian are their 6 children. Nannie E. is the wife of Burwood Brown, of Washington township, and they have 4 children, Mabel, George W., Maud and Harrie. George Alfred wedded Mary Jones, and with their 3 children - William R., Minnie Lee and George A., -- they reside in Prairie township. Minnie Lee, the youngest of the family, is the wife of James Bengers, of Kansas City, and they have 3 children - Maud, Margy and James L. After his marriage, Mr. Jones carried on farming in Boyle county, Kentucky, in 1854, when he came to Jackson county, Missouri. For 45 years he has lived either in Lee's Summit or within 3 miles of the town except during the period of the war. In the Fall of 1861 he joined Captain Duncan's company of Colonel Rosser's regiment and participated in the siege of Lexington. Being taken ill he was sent home on a furlough, after which he went to Upton Hayes' camp, and in the battle of White Oaks was wounded by a minie ball which entered the right breast, penetrated the right lung and came out under the shoulder blade. His wound forced him to remain at home until the next spring, at which time he was taken prisoner and sent to Kansas City, where he was incarcerated for some time. When he was given his freedom, as he could not stay in Jackson county, he went to New Mexico with a freighting train owned by George Bryant. While on this trip war order No. 11 was issued, and his family was obliged to leave Jackson county, Missouri, where they remained until the Fall of 1866. In December, 1863, Mr. Jones returned and after much search secured trace of this family. When he again returned to his farm he found everything in a dilapidated condition, for ruin and devastation had followed in the wake of the armies. He now owns 250 acres of valuable land in Prairie township, all highly cultivated, but during the past 6 years he has lived retired, leaving the development of his farm to others, while with a comfortable competence he is resting in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil. Mr. Jones and his wife are members of the Baptist church of Lee's Summit, in which he has served as deacon and trustee, but has not resigned. Socially, he is connected with the Masonic fraternity, the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In politics he has always been a stalwart democrat and has served as school director. The greater part of his time and attention, however, have been devoted to his business interests, which well managed, have brought to him a handsome return. He is public-spirited and progressive, aiding as he can in those enterprises which are calculated to promote the general welfare and build up his community. C. F. WAINRIGHT, M. D. Is more than a physician and surgeon: he is a scientist, who in his investigations has given to the medical profession many valuable truths. His practice, crowned with excellent success, places him at the head of the medical fraternity in Kansas City and all acknowledge that his position of eminence is justly merited. Dr. Wainright was born in Lewis county, Missouri, July 11, 1858, and is a son of Daniel T. and Amanda F. (Agee) Wainright, both of whom were natives of Virginia. The father descended from Huguenot ancestry, while the mother was of English lineage. Throughout the country, Daniel T. Wainright has traveled as a minister of the Methodist church, south, devoting his entire life to the work of Christianity and to the uplifting of his fellow men. He has established many churchs in northern Missouri, and after a long and useful life is now living retired in Newtonia, Missouri, at the age of 84 years. His wife was called to her final rest in 1889, but her memory remains as a blessed benediction to those who knew her. Their family numbered 10 children, 9 of whom are living, namely: Mrs. Jennie Boston, of Newtonia, Missouri; Mrs. Julia King, of that place; William M., a Methodist Episcopal minister, of Carthage, Missouri; George R., of Kansas City; Thomas, who is engaged in the banking business in Monett, Missouri; Dr. S. H., a missionary in Japan, where he has been stationed 7 years; Mrs. Sallie Burk, of Miami, Indian Territory; and Dr. Wainright, of this sketch. Our subject is indebted to the public school system and to the Monticello Seminary for a liberal literary education, and at the age of 18 years took up the study of medicine. It is said that success awaits every individual if he will but enter the field of labor for which nature designed him and continue faithful therein; and if success be any criterion, nature certainly intended that C. F. Wainright should be a physician. He was graduated at the Missouri Medical College, of St. Louis, and immediately entered upon the practice of his profession in Shelby county, this state, where he remained for 8 years, during which time he seved as coroner, and was also secretary of the Shelby County Medical Society. He has always been a student of his profession, and in order to fit himself still more perfectly for his life work he took a course in the Bellevue Hospital College, of New York City, at which institution he was graduated in 1889. A broader field of labor being offered him in Kansas City, Dr. Wainright removed to this city in January, 1890, and was soon established in a large general practice which has proved the ladder on which he has climbed to eminence. There is no profession which offers better opportunities for a successful career and none in which success depends more upon the merits of the individual. In 1891 Dr. Wainright was elected to the chair of professor of clinical medicine and physical diagnosis in the University Medical College, which position he still occupies. He is also professor of physiology in the Scarritt Training School; professor of anesthetics in the Western Dental College; professor of the principles and practice of medicine in the Woman's Medical College, and is consulting physician in All Saints Hospital, Scarritt Hospital, Fort Scott & Memphis Railroad Hospital and the Missouri Pacific Railroad Hospital. He also serves as medical examiner for various insurance societies, including the Bankers' Life of Kansas City, the Bankers' Life of Des Moines, the Bankers' and Merchants' of Chicao, the Endowment Bank of the Knights of Pythias fraternity, and the Knights and Ladies of Honor. Dr. Wainright is an honored and valued member of various medical societies, is a member and one of the founders of the Academy of Medicine, which was organized in his office in March, 1891, and which is recognized by the profession as one of the best societies in the United States. He also belongs to the Jackson County Medical Society, is corresponding secretary of the Missouri State Medical Society, is a member of the American Medical Association, and of the District Medical Soceity. Socially he is connected with the Knights of Phythias fraternity, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a Scottish-rite or 32 degree Mason. In the autumn of 1882 was celebrated the marriage of Dr. Wainright and Miss Ella C. Parsons, a native of Shelby county, Missouri. They have 2 daughters - Helen and Alice. The Doctor and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, south, and in politics he is a democrat. His record entitles him to a prominent place in this work, for his life is an example of the power of patient purpose and resolute working, and illustrates in no uncertain manner what it is possible to accomplish when perseverance and determination form the keynote of a man's life. The spirit of self-help is the source of all genuine worth in the individual, and as exhibited in the lives of many it constitutes the true source of natural strength. HON. A. S. LYMAN One of the leading layers of the Kansas City bar, has attained eminence in his profession, and an honorable place among his fellows. He has a well balanced judgment and possesses strong analytical and logical reasoning power. He delves deep in legal science in the endeavor to bring to light new facts and principles, and is thoroughly versed in his chosen calling, a fact which has placed him in an honorable and foremost position among the members of the fraternity in Jackson county. Mr. Lyman is a native of New York City, born December 1, 1853, and is a son of Henry and Ellen Lyman, also native of that place. The father was a contractor and builder who enjoyed a very extensive trade. Under the parental roof our subject was reared to manhood, and in the metropolis of the east acquired his literary education, being graduated at Manhattan College with the class of 1874. The same year he was admitted to the bar, and at once established an office in New York, where he remained as a legal practitioner until 1885, coming thence to Kansas City. In the 10 years of his residence here Mr.Lyman has succeeded in building up a large practice, and in 1890 was assistant prosecuting attorney under H. M. Withers, serving until the term of the latter expired in 1891. In the Fall of 1890 Mr. Lyman was elected to the state legislature, where he served during the regular session and in the extra session of 1892. During both terms he served as chairman of the committee on appropriations, and was a useful and valuable member of the house, so ably representing his constituents that in 1892 he was elected to the state senate, his term expiring in 1897. He is chairman of the committee on railroads and a member of the committee on appropriations, also a member of the judiciary committee and several others. He introduced and secured the passage of the appropriation bill for the Missouri exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition, also introduced the first appropriation bill for the state militia that had been passed since the war. He was largely instrumental in having the present election bill passed, and has been very active in both houses, proving a good officer and laboring earnestly for the welfare of the general public. In politics, Mr. Lyman is a stalwart democrat, deeply interested in the success of his party, and as a campaign speaker his services are much in demand. He is an orator of superior ability, both on the political platform and before judge and jury, and the standing that is accorded him in his profession well indicates superior merit. MAJOR ALF BRANT Superintendent of the Kansas City workhouse, is a native of Tuscarawas county, Ohio, born September 14, 1833, and is a son of Seth and Rachel (Jackson) Brant. Among his ancestors on both sides were numbered heroes of the Revolution. The father of our subject was a native of Pennsylvania, the mother was a native of Virginia, and from the same family to which she belonged was descended the brave and intrepid Stonewall Jackson of the Confederate service. Both the Brant and Jackson families were founded in Ohio at a very early day and the maternal great-grand-father secured from the government a tract of land which he afterward distributed among his children. His son, Thomas J., always lived upon this grant. The ferry at Wellsville, Ohio, was established by a member of the Jackson family, and is still operated by one of his descendants. The great-grandfather Jackson was taken prisoner by Big Foot, an Indian, just as Poe was approaching with his party. A tomahawk was thrown which broke his shoulder, but he outran the Indian and found protection in Poe's escort. Familiar with the experiences of pioneer life in Ohio, Seth Brant, the father of our subject, also became a frontier settler of Indiana, casting his lot with the early settlers of Owen county. There he spent his remaining days, and his death occurred in 1853. By occupation he was a farmer and followed that pursuit as a means of livelihood throughout his entire career. His family numbered 4 children who grew to maturity: the Major, whose name heads this sketch; Rev. J. E., Margaret J. and Thomas J., who is cashier of a bank in Utica, Nebraska. Major Brant was reared in the state of his nativity and acquired the greater part of his education in the public schools, but also pursued his studies for a short time in the University at Greencastle, Indiana. He afterward engaged in teaching in Lancaster, Indiana, for awhile. He had to give up a cherished plan of securing a collegiate education on account of the death of his father, and soon after he left Indiana and came to Missouri, arriving in this state in 1857. Here he located in Macon county, and opened the Bavier coal mines on land which he had purchased, taking the first coal from this mine. Subsequently he removed to Mercer county, Missouri, where he engaged in farming and merchandising near Pleasanton, until the breaking out of the civil war. He also engaged to some extent in dealing in stock, doing quite a profitable business along this line. He would take stock in exchange for merchandise and drive them to Westport, where he would sell to freighters. Immediately after the breaking out of the civil war, Mr. Brant enlisted in the first Iowa militia, in April, 1861, and was elected first lieutenant and afterward as captain of the company. He served the three months term of enlistment, and then went to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he joined the service as a private of the 5th Kansas cavalry, in which he remained for little more than 3 years. He was the first sergeant of his company, afterward was made first lieutenant, and gallantly participated in all the battles of his regiment. He had a shoulder broken while on skirmish duty by his horse falling. When his term as a cavalryman had expired, Lieutenant Brant re-enlisted in the Hancock veteran corps in 1865, and for another year remained at the front. There were 16 men in this company, including Mr. Brant, who had been officers, yet would not accept any official position in the company, caring not for the insignia of rank and content to faithfully perform their duty as loyal defenders of the old flag and the cause it represented, having only the approval of their own consciences. After 5 year of faithful and meritorious service, Major Brant returned to Missouri to find that he had lost all of his earthly possessions, and that he must begin life anew. He located in Lexington, Missouri, where he carried on a livery stable for a time and subsequently a grocery store. During his residence there he was marshal and collector of Lexington for 4 years. In the Fall of 1876 he came to Kansas City, where he engaged in the dairy business, which he carried on for a few years, when he purchased the broken down plant of the Kansas City Oil Company and began business, under the name of Brant & Son Oil Company. After successfully managing the new enterprise until 1890, he sold out to Sutton Brothers. Once more he resumed the livery business, which he conducted for about 3 years, when, in April, 1894, he was appointed to his present position and has since been the efficient superintendent of the Kansas City workhouse. He has planned a new building, which is now under course of construction, and planned after the manner of his suggestions, and will be one the best equipped and most substantial city buildings imaginable. Major Brant is one of the well known and prominent men of Kansas City. He is a valued member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Grand Army of the Republic, and is now serving as commander of McPherson post. His interest in military affairs has never abated, and he was one of the organizers of Company A, the largest company in the third regiment of the Missouri national guards. For several years he was in command of the company, which was excellently drilled, as he was a splendid disciplinarian. In 1857 Major Brant was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Fairleigh, by whom he has had 3 children, -- all deceased. He is a popular citizen, a gentleman of courteous, genial and kindly manner, and his circle of friends is limited only by the circle of his acquaintances. JAMES P. HENRY, M. D. Has for nearly half a century maintained his residence in Independence, Missouri, and is therefore entitled to rank foremost among its pioneers. There are now only 11 men living in this city and township who were here when Dr. Henry came to Independence in the Spring of 1849. James P. Henry was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, June 29, 1819, and when small removed with his father's family to Harrison county, that state, where he was reared. Jesse Henry, his father, was a man of local prominence in his day. For some 20 years he served as sheriff of Harrison county, his home during this period being in Cynthiana. In 1845 he left his Kentucky home and came over into Missouri, first making settlement in Booneville, and a year later removing to Independence, where the closing years of his life were passed and where he died in the Spring of 1852. He was one of the first mayors of this city. His wife, the Doctor's mother, was before her marriage Miss Nancy Porter. She died in Independence in the year 1876. In their family were 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters - James P., being the eldest. He received an academic education at Cynthiana, and was there deputy sheriff under his father for several years. Later he filled the position of deputy clerk of the circuit and county court for about 2 years in Harrison county. Then he took up the study of medicine, at first in Cynthiana and subsequently in the Transylvania University at Lexington, Kentucky, where he graduated in the Spring of 1843. After practicing one year in Cynthiana he came, in October, 1844, to Missouri, locating at New Franklin, Howard county, where he remained 5 years, or until his removal to Independence in the Spring of 1849. Since that date he has been a constant practitioner. At this writing he is regarded as the oldest practicing physician in Jackson county; and throughout his whole residence here he has in many ways been prominently identified with the best interests of the city. For about 10 years he was the regular attending physician at the county asylum and for a number of years was one of the curators of the orphan asylum of Kansas City, having been appointed to the latter position by Governor Woodson. Dr. Henry is a man of family. He was married in Clark county, Kentucky, in April, 1845, to Miss Eleanor Smith, a native of that county, and to them were born 2 children - Mary E. and Charles M. Charles M., died in Independence, January 17, 1895. He was for many years deputy recorder in Kansas City. Early in life Dr. Henry was initiated into the mysteries of Freemasonry, and has been a Royal Arch Mason since 1845. JUDGE JOHN W. HENRY Judge of the circuit court, and one of the most eminent representatives of the bench and bar of Missouri, now living in Kansas City, is a native of Kentucky. He was born in Cynthiana, Harrison county, January 27, 1825, and is a son of Jesse and Nancy (Porter) Henry, who were also natives of that state. His father was a very prominent man, being recognized as a leader in public affairs, and for many years served as sheriff of Harrison county, while his business energies were directed toward merchandising. In the Spring of 1845 he came to Missouri, locating in Boonville, but about 3 years later he went to Independence, where he spent his remaining days, his death occurring in 1852. His wife survived him about 15 years. They were both members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and people of the highest respectability. Their children numbered 6, three of whom are now living, namely: James P., a physician of Independence, Missouri; Mary T., wife of J. Brown Hovery, once a prominent lawyer of Kansas City; and John W. The paternal grandfather of the Judge was Watson Henry, a native of Virginia, who in the pioneer days of Kentucky settled in that state. He reared a large family and lived to an advanced age. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Andrew Porter, spent his entire life in Kentucky, and engaged in business as a millwright. In the state of his nativity the Judge was reared to manhood and acquired his education. Early in life it became his desire to enter the legal profession, and at the age of 16 he took up the study of law, being graduated in the law department of the Transylvania University before he had attained the age of 20 years. He is a man of broad mind, of keen discrimination and quick perception, -- qualities which are very essential to the successful advocate. Being fitted for active practice, he at once entered upon the prosecution of his chosen profession, with which he has since been connected. As an advocate he was thorough and painstaking, laboring earnestly for his clients' interests. He seemed intuitively to recognize the important points in a case and give them their proper weight and argument, and he won many important cases. His professional career has always been connected with Missouri. He continued in general practice until 1875, when he was made judge of the circuit comprising Macon, Schuyler, Adair and Putnam counties, Missouri. He was on that bench from 1872 until 1877, when he was elected to the supreme bench, and served 10 years. In 1887 the Judge came to Kansas City, and since 1889 has occupied the position which he is now creditably and acceptably filling, that of judge of the 16th judicial circuit. He has a mind particularly free from bias and from impetuosity. His decisions are the results of careful, calm deliberation, of thorough weighing of the evidence and of the law applicable to it. He rarely if ever makes a mistake, and his long connection with the bench, covering a period of about 20 years, indicates his special fitness and the confidence resposed in him. He is indeed a leader in the profession in Missouri, which has ever stood as the protector of the rights and privileges of the people of every civilized nation. He has also served in other official capacities, having in the winter of 1854 been appointed superintendent of the schools of Missouri. For 50 years the Judge has been a resident of Missouri, and in the early days of the history of the state he traveled over 40 counties, making speeches. He has ever been a promoter of the public welfare, deeply interested in all that pertains to the upbuilding of the state, and is one of the most prominent and highly esteemed citizens in all Missouri. In 1849 was celebrated the marriage of Judge Henry and Miss Maria Williams, daughter of Frank and Martha (Talbot) Williams. They have 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Nannie is now the wife of E. C. Johnson, and they have 3 children, -- Hattie, Henry and Marie. Jesse married Miss Katie Davidson, and resides in Jefferson City, Missouri, with their three children - Donald, Porter and Jesse P. Frank, an Episcopalian minister located at Greeley, Missouri, married a Miss Turner. Robert is serving as deputy county clerk of Jackson county. Martha died in infancy. The mother of this family is a member of the Christian church. Their home is located on Linwood avenue, on the outskirts of the city. JOHN O. BOGGS Among those who have passed the center milestone on life's journey, leaving behind them a career untarnished, is numbered this gentleman. Almost with the first introduction of civilization into Jackson county, he took up his residence here. Wild was the land, the forests unbroken and progress still a thing of the future. Indians frequently visited the neighborhood and Jackson county was indeed a frontier settlement. In the labors that have transformed it into its present high improved condition, with its excellent farms, splendid homes and extensive business interests, Mr. Boggs has ever borne his part. Our subject was born in Lee county, Virginia, October 30, 1818, and traces his ancestry back to colonial days. His grandfather, James Boggs, was a native of North Carolina and a soldier in the Revolution. The father, John Boggs, was born in Virginia, in 1771, and in that state was married to Nancy Wells, who was born in Lee county, Virginia in 1773. In 1822, they removed to Kentucky, spending their last days in Lawrence county. They had 14 children, all of whom reached years of maturity, namely: James, Hugh, Mrs. Eleanor Shepherd, Mrs. Phoebe Kendall, David (deceased), Mrs. Nancy Burton, Mrs. Elizabeth Sparks, William, Mrs. Mary Holbrook, Mrs. Rebecca Holbrook, John O., Elijah, Mrs. Aurenia Gamble and Mrs. Jemima Gamble. Two of the sons, William and John, were soldiers in the Confederate army. The parents were both faithful members of the Baptist church, and Mr. Boggs took a very active part in its work. Our subject is the only survivor of the family. On a Kentucky farm he was reared to manhood and early became familiar with all the labors incident thereto, but his school privileges were exceedingly meager and he is principally self-educated. In 1839 he came to Jackson county, Missouri, and made his home 3 miles North of Lee's Summit. For 6 years he worked for others and then began trading in the stock business. In 1849, attracted by the discovery of gold in California, he crossed the plains with ox teams, leaving Jackson county on the 7th of May, and arriving at the gold diggings on the 7th of September. He made the trip in safety and there engaged in trading in hogs, cattle, mules and horses. In this venture he won considerable success and the following year he returned home by way of New York. Mr. Boggs then purchased a farm 3 miles North of Lee's Summit - a tract of wild prairie land on which stood no house or other improvement. He has killed deer all over this prairie and has seen here the Shawnee, Wyandotte and Delaware Indians. For some years after locating on this farm, Mr. Boggs did his own housekeeping as well as farm work. The labor of cultivating the farm was carried steadily forward until the once wild lands yielded to him a good return. After a time he secured as a companion and helpmeet on life's journey Mrs. Peace McGuire, nee Kennedy, a widow lady and a native of Kentucky. They were married in 1857, and her death occurred at Lee's Summit, March 26, 1876. By her 1st marriage she had 2 children: Eliza, now the wife of James Inskip, of Kansas City, by whom she has one son, William; and Paulina, wife of Joseph M. Cooper, of Kansas City, who has 3 children - James, Walter and Peace. Mr. Boggs reared and educated his wife's daughters. He was again married January 7, 1877, his 2nd union being with Mrs. Elizabeth Crane, widow of Dr. Crane, of Ashland, Ohio. She was born in the Buckeye state, and died March 25, 1895. Mr. Boggs was living upon his farm when the war began. He had over 300 acres of land, all fenced, owned a few slaves and was doing well, but both armies invaded this region and from his farm took whatever they desired. Fences were torn down and it seemed that ruin reigned in the neighborhood. Our subject entered the Confederate service and participated in the battle of Lone Jack. He then went South, joined Captain Longhorn's company, which formed a part of Colonel Upton Hayes' regiment and Shelby's command. He was afterward commissioned captain, was assigned to Colonel Slayback's regiment, and was in the commissary department. He took part in the battle of Prairie Grove and in the campaign against the Red river expedition of General Banks, also the engagement at Mark's Mill, where over 1,500 prisoners were captured. He was all through the Arkansas campaign and in the various battles and skirmishes until the surrender of General Shelby at Shreveport, Louisiana. He next went to Baton Rouge and drew rations for the regiment at that place and St. Louis. He assumed command of the regiment after General Slayback went to Mexico, and returned home with and disbanded the troops. He was never wounded or captured, but returned to his farm to find that the labor of years had been all swept away, the crops used for food for the armies and the fences and houses burned to the ground. With characteristic energy Mr. Boggs began again the work of making a good farm, erected new buildings and continued the improvement until 1873, when he sold out. He is still engaged in the stock business and was also for a time engaged in selling dry goods. Politically, Mr. Boggs has always been a democrat, has frequently served as delegate to the party conventions and has been deeply interested in the success of the democracy. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and his religious beliefs is that of the Baptist church, in which he has served both as trustee and clerk of the congregation at Lee's Summit. He has been called to public office on various occasions, having been constable of Prairie township, and a member of the city council of Lee's Summit. He has also been mayor of the city and for 20 years was Justice of the Peace. He has allowed nothing to interfere with his faithful performance of duty, and his public and private life are alike above reproach. A.M. CARTER, M.D. One of the ablest representatives of the medical profession in Kansas City, is a native of Ohio, born in Dresden, February 15, 1840, son of Ezekiel and Rebecca (Bryant) Carter, who were natives of Parker county, Virginia. The father of our subject was a farmer by occupation and he removed to Columbus, Indiana, in 1850, at which place his death occurred in 1873. Mrs. Carter died in 1856. They had a family of 8 children, 4 of whom are living, our subject being their youngest child. He was reared on a farm, and in the common schools and the high school of Indianapolis he obtained a good practical education. In 1857, when 17 years of age, he began the study of medicine, first under a preceptor and afterward at the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, at which he graduated March 1, 1861. Immediately thereafter he located at Lawrenceville, Illinois, where he practiced till July 6 of the same year. At about that time, the war feeling was running pretty high and Doctor Carter's pariotism manifested itself by making speeches to encourage enlistment in a company that was raised in the neighborhood. He had volunteered himself, and when the company was made up he was elected captain by a unanimous vote. The Illinois quota of this call was filled, and the company could not at this time be mustered into service. Captain Carter at once telegraphed Governor “Dick” Yates that he had 110 men and asked for instructions. Governor Yates ordered him with the company to St. Louis, where, August 8, they were mustered into service, as Company C, 11th Missouri infantry, Captain Carter being mustered as commander of the company. His regiment was actively engaged throughout the war, participating in 19 hard-fought battles without receiving a scratch; but upon one occasion his hat was shot from his head and his sword broken by a piece of shell. On the 24th of April, 1864, his company having become greatly decimated by death and capture, it became necessary to consolidate it with Company G, 7th Missouri infantry, when Captain Carter resigned his commission. Upon his return to civil life he resumed practice at Lawrenceville, where for 22 years he lived attending to the demands of his practice, and for 12 consecutive years of the time was public administrator of the county, and for 4 years Justice of the Peace. Since settling in Kansas City he has been actively engaged in the practice of his profession and has built up a large and lucrative business. He is now professor of diseases of children n the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Kansas City, having been called to the chair in September, 1894. A republican in politics, he was a member of the city central committee from 1888 to 1894. He is a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges, becoming connected with both orders in Illinois in 1865; was connected with the grand lodge of the I.O.O.F. of Illinois for 12 years; a member of the grand lodge of Masons of Illinois for 18 years; was an officer in that body from 1878 to 1884; and has been secretary of Heroine lodge, No. 104, A. F. & A. M., of this city since 1890. Dr. Carter was married January 24, 1865, to Miss Kate J. Feagans, a native of Virginia, of which union 2 children were born, one living - Bertha H., wife of B. W. Walley, of Kansas City. In both professional and social circles, Dr. Carter is prominent, being widely known as a Mason throughout the country, and as a physician he ranks with the ablest. W. N. SOUTHERN, SR. Editor and manager of the Daily and Weekly Sentinel, Independence, Missouri, was born in 1850, at Tazewell, located between Cumberland and Clinch mountains, in east Tennessee. He has been connected with the Sentinel since 1887, and manager and editor of the same since 1890. The Sentinel is a Democratic paper and in favor of free coinage of silver, is now in its 13th year, having been established in 1865, and is one of the best known weekly papers in the state. Mr. Southern is averse to making business changes and will doubtless retain control of the Sentinel as long as he lives. Mr. Southern came to Missouri in 1870. In 1874 he went to Texas and engaged with a corporation by which he was employed for 13 years. During that time he returned to Independence and married Miss Emma Henley, daughter of Alonzo and Elizabeth Henley. HON. WILLIAM LARKIN WEBB Editor and proprietor of the Independence Progress, Independence, Missouri, as a gentleman well known in western Missouri, and needs no introduction here. As early as 1832 Mr. Webb's grandfather, Larkin Webb, came from Giles county, Tennessee, to this state and settled in Jackson county. About a year later he purchased land on the Sni creek, in the northern part of Van Buren township, where his closing years were spent, and where he died, leaving a widow and family of small children. His son, Andrew Jackson Webb, the father of our subject, was born in Giles county, Tennessee, July, 1831, and was therefore only a year old at the time of their emigration to Jackson county. At his father's death Andrew J. was yet a mere boy, but upon him devolved the principal care and support of the family, and he provided for them as best he could as long as his mother lived. He was married in 1855 to Miss Sarah Ann Lynch, a native of Platte county, Missouri, born in 1832. Soon after their marriage he purchased a tract of new land in Van Buren township, built a cabin on it, settled there and devoted his energies to the improvement and cultivation of his farm. He still makes his home on it. During the civil war he was a soldier in the Confederate army and served under General Shelby, being in the ranks about 3 years. He and his wife are the parents of 5 children, namely: William Larkin, David R., Mary E., George A. and Midian M. William Larkin was born on his father's farm January 12, 1856, and made it his home until 1891, being absent, however, much of the time. After completing his studies in the common schools he attended the normal school at Warrensburg, Missouri, and the William Jewell College in Liberty, this state, and after leaving college was for some time engaged in teaching, spending his winters in the schoolroom and his summers in work on the farm. Also he served as deputy assessor of Van Buren township. In the summer of 1887 he was appointed by President Cleveland to the position of United States gauger for the western district of Missouri. This office he filled for about one year, when he resigned. In the summer of 1888 he was nominated for the state legislature, to represent the first district, and in the Fall of that year was elected by a large majority. In 1890 he was re-elected. While a member of that honorable body he rendered able service on a number of committees, among which were the emigration committee, internal improvement committee and the committee on local bills: of the first named he was chairman. In 1891, at the close of his 2nd term in the legislature, Mr. Webb came to Independence and assumed the editorship of the Independence Progress. A few months later he purchased a half interest in the paper, still a few months later bought the other half, and has since been sole owner and proprietor. The Progress is a bright, and proprietor. The Progress is a bright, neat and newsy sheet, has a circulation of about 800, and under the present management is enjoying prosperity. The Progress is a bright, neat and newsy sheet, has a circulation of about 800, and under the present management is enjoying prosperity. Mr. Webb takes an active interest in all that pertains to the public good. He is public-spirited and generous, and can be depended upon to aid with his influence and means any movement which promises to advance the best interests of his town. In his religious views he is broad and liberal. Politically, he has always acted with the democratic party. He is a member of both the Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias, maintaining membership in Christian lodge, No. 392, F. & A. M., and Rescue lodge, No. 3, K. of P. March 15, 1894, in Independence, he was married to Miss Mabel Brown, daughter of the late Dr. J. T. Brown, of this city, where she was born and reared. WILLIS PERCIVAL KING, M.D. The life history of him whose name begins this review most happily illustrates what may be attained by faithful and continued effort in carrying out an honest purpose. It is the story of a life whose success is measured by its usefulness, and it furnishes an example of a man who has risen by his own efforts to a position of prominence in the profession which he chose as the field of his life labor. Dr. King is numbered among the native sons of Missouri. He was born in Macon county, near where the little town of Callao now stands, on the 21st of December, 1839. His parents were William and Lucy King. The mother in her maidenhood also had the surname of King. By their respective parents they were both brought during their infancy from Madison county, Kentucky, to Missouri, in the year 1816. This was during the territorial days of the state, when Missouri was a frontier region and gave little promise of development. Situated thus on the far western frontier - at old Franklin, in what is now Howard county, opposite the present day of Booneville - the parents of the Doctor were reared in true pioneer style and had the usual experiences of life in far western districts. The following winter after their arrival the King families had to seek protection in forts on account of the incursions of the Indians. The years passed and the two little cousins, William and Lucy King, grew to maturity and were married in 1834. After the Indians had been driven from the country the families removed to the vicinity of the present village of Armstrong, between Glasgow and Roanoke. There were born to Mr. and Mrs. William King a son and daughter. With their little family they afterward removed to Macon county, a new settlement, and again went through the experiences of pioneer life, its hardships and privations. Something of the primitive condition of the times and locality is shown by the fact that until the Doctor was 10 years of age there was no schoolhouse in the neighborhood. Up to that time he had no mental training save that which his home life afforded. The people of the community were not a highly education class. They were more intent on founding homes and developing this wild region that in gaining knowledge. There were no newspapers and no books. About 1849 a little log schoolhouse was built and therein the Doctor began his education, attending school through the winter months for 3-4 years. This, however, did not content him. With a mind that sought eagerly after better opportunities he made the most of his privileges, but found these far too limited, and his unsatisfied craving for learning caused him to run away from home when 14 years of age that he might go to localities where there were good schools. He worked for farmers through the summer months and in the winter pursued his studies as well as he could. The obstacles and difficulties in his path he overcame by persistent effort, pressing his way on to the goal of his hopes. When the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad was being built he worked in the pit with the construction gangs, driving a cart, for he was too young to use the shovel and the pick. He hoarded his money, spending not a cent that he could help, for he wished to save it for an education. After a time he returned to Howard county - to the old neighborhood, where his parents had lived - and entered school; for Howard county had by this time (1856-1858) become an old community compared with Macon county, and good schools have been established. Dr. King once more resumed his studies and attended and taught school alternately until 1861. In that year he was teaching in Pettis county, Missouri, south of the river. One of the most important events of his life occurred in that year - his marriage to Miss Albina Hoss, of Pettis county, who was then a maiden of 16 summers, while the Doctor was little past 21 years of age. Soon after he took up the study of medicine, which he pursued in the intervals of school teaching for sometime. At length he entered the St. Louis Medical College, and after his graduation in 1866 went at once to Vernon county, in southwest Missouri, where he practiced for 2 ½ years. In November, 1868, he removed to Nevada, the county seat of Vernon county, where he remained for 6 years, and during that time further perfected himself in his chosen profession by pursuing a full course in Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York, in the winter of 1870-1, an ad-eundum degree being conferred upon him in March, 1871. In November, 1874, he removed to Sedalia, Missouri, wishing for a broader field of labor, where greater opportunities would be afforded him for the practice of surgery and genecology, for which departments of the science he was specially fitted. He is extremely competent along these lines and had gained a most enviable reputation. In 1875 Dr. King was made a local surgeon of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and has ever since been in the service of the company. In 1884 he went to New York, where he took a post-graduate course in the polyclinic, and again in 1889-90 and 1890-91. In 1885 he was appointed assistance chief surgeon of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and was put in charge of the Sedalia (now Kansas City) division of the hospital department, and in charge of the hospital of said division, then located at Sedalia. In 1888 the hospital was removed to Kansas City, and the name changed to the Kansas City division. This embraces about 3,000 miles of road. The Doctor is a valued member of various medical organizations. He has served as president of the Pettis County Medical Society; was president of the Missouri State Medical Association in 1881 and 1882, and senior vice-president of the American Medical Association in 1890 and 1891. For 3 years, beginning in 1881, the Doctor was the lecturer on diseases of women in the medical department of the Missouri State University; for 4 years he held a similar connection with the University Medical College, of Kansas City; for 2 years he lectured on orthopedic surgery in the same college; and for the past 3 years he has been the lecturer on railway surgery. He is a fluent and forcible speaker, presenting his thoughts in a clear, concise and interesting, as well as instructive manner. His contributions to medical literature have also been of great value to the profession. Among them is an article entitled “Ligation of Common and External Carotid and Superior Thyroid Arteries for Aneurism of Internal Carotid within the Brain: Recovery;” also an article on “Wiring the Fractured Symphysis Pubis, Supplemented by a Steel Clamp.” He is also the author of a book of 400 pages entitled “Stories of a Country Doctor,” 10,000 copies of which have already been published. FRANK WARREN SEARS Of Kansas City, president of the National Reserve Association, is one of the most prominent and popular insurance men of the west. He was born in Amboy, Lee county, Illinois, June 1, 1863, and is a son of Warren Clark and Nancy (Ives) Sears, the former a native of Massachusetts, born at Greenwich, on the 1st of August, 1834. In his earlier business career he followed banking and afterward turned his attention to merchandising. He served as a member of the state militia during the civil war, and is still living at Burlington, Kansas, at the age of 61 years, while his wife has reached the age of 57. There were only 2 children in the family, and the sister died in 1880, at the age of 22 years. Mr. Sears descended from 1 of the heroes of the Revolutionary war, and is a representative of 1 of the oldest families of New England. The founder of the family in America was Richard Sears, who crossed the Atlantic from England about the year 1644. His son Silas became the father of Josiah Sears, and the last named was the father of Roland Sears, whose son, Freeman Sears, aided the colonies in their struggle for independence. His son, Andrew Turner Sears, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of Massachusetts, and there spent his entire life. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Almond Ives, was a soldier of the war of 1812, and his father, Enos Ives, also aided in that struggle which was followed by the establishment of this glorious republic. The gentleman whose name introduces this sketch spent his boyhood days in his native city and displayed special aptitude as a student in the public schools, being graduated at the high school of Amboy, at the age of 14 years. He then accompanied his parents on their removal to Burlington, Kansas, and through the following summer attended the Coffey County Institute, while in the succeeding winter, having secured the highest-grade teacher's certificate, he taught school. He has always maintained his interest in educational affairs and is himself a man of ripe scholarship and broad general information, who has read extensively and is thoroughly in touch with the questions of his native land. Since 1880 Mr. Sears has been a resident of Kansas City. He first sough and obtained employment in the wholesale drug house of Woodward, Faxon & Company, and after leaving that employ engaged in business for himself as a real-estate and insurance agent. His energies were devoted to that vocation until 1891, when in connection with other prominent businessmen of Kansas City he organized the National Reserve Association, of which he has been president from the beginning. This is a fraternal life insurance company, and has some very noteworthy features. It differs from any other fraternal organization in providing against excessive cost in any one year by placing a limit thereon, and by securing protection through a reserve fund. Its certificates are paid up and non-assessable in 20 years. These features, combined with the low rate of mortality, have made the company strong and popular under the guiding hand and careful management of Mr. Sears. In 1883 was celebrated the marriage of our subject and Miss Marie E. English, of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have an interesting family of 2 children - Warren Frank, aged 10 years; and Helen Clara, who is 7 years of age. Mr. Sears is prominent in social circles, is an honored member of the Odd Fellows society and the Knights of Pythias fraternity, and is a 32nd degree Mason. In manner he is social and genial, easily wins friends and his genuine worth enables him to retain them. CHARLES H. LESTER, M.D. A well-known physician of Kansas City, whose skill and ability are demonstrated by his successful practice, was born on the 10th of May, 1857, a native-born son of this place. There is particular interest attaching to the fact that he thus belongs to the city where he has lived and labored to good result, gaining that honor which is proverbially denied to a prophet in his own country. That there is intrinsic truth in the adage of experience is evident, since it is never so difficult for one to gain distinction as in the community where he has passed his entire life, and where, from the consecutive phases of development, rarely noticeable in their transitions, it is well nigh impossible for the people to realize the superior ability of one from their ranks. It is then significant that in Jackson county Dr. Lester is accorded a marked recognition as a foremost medical practitioner. A son of Dr. Thomas B. Lester, he was born, reared and educated here, and was graduated at the high school of Kansas City. From his earliest boyhood he was familiar with the profession, his father being a well-known physician; and it seemed but natural that his choice of calling should be what it is. He began the study of medicine under his father's direction when young, and after pursuing a course in the Kansas City Medical College was graduated at that institution in 1879. The following year was spent in study in the Bellevue Hospital, in New York. Returning to his native city on the 9th of July, 1880, he at once began practice, while he has continued up to the present time, building up a very large business. Although a young man he today ranks among the foremost of the profession. He has been president of the Jackson County Medical Society for 1 year - an honor justly deserved. For 6 years he served as demonstrator of anatomy in the Kansas City Medical College, and was then lecturer on, and subsequently made professor of, anatomy, and professor of diseases of children in the same institution, filling the latter chair at the present time. He has been connected with this college continuously since 1881. He was professor of the Kansas City Dental College for 5 years, when he resigned owing to the arduous demands made upon his time by his private practice. He is a member of the Jackson County Medical Society, the Academy of Medicine, the Missouri State Society, and the American Medical Association. He is alternate examiner for the New York Life Insurance Company, and by the profession and the public is accorded a high rank in medical circles. His political support is given the Democratic party. THOMAS BRYAN LESTER, M. D. Deceased. It has been left to modern civilization to perpetuate by written record the lives of those who in the quieter walks of business life faithfully perform their duty and win success. Deeds of battle have been the theme of story and song from the earliest ages, but the man who remained in the ranks of commercial or professional life, performing each day's work as it came to him and thus promoting the general prosperity, was unnoted by the singer, poet and historian. Modern civilization, however, accords to all their rightful place in their country's annals, and Macaulay says that the history of a country is best told in the lives of its citizens. Dr. Lester occupied an eminent position in medical circles and did much for the profession by his valuable contributions to the medical literature of the country. It is with pleasure, therefore, that we record a sketch of his life work. He was born in Charlotte county, Virginia, June 24, 1824, and was a son of Bryan W. and Elizabeth (Friend) Lester. The family emigrated to Illinois in 1835, and in Salem, that state, in September 1837, both parents died, leaving him an orphan at the early age of 13. Thus thrown upon his own resources and forced to make his own way in the world, the success he achieved was a doubly creditable one. His elementary education was acquired in the common schools, and subsequently he attended the Mount Vernon Academy and Shurtleff College at Upper Alton, Illinois. In the Fall of 1841 he began the study of medicine under the guidance of Dr. M. W. Hall, of Salem, Illinois, and attended his first course of medical lectures in the medical department of the Missouri University, now the Missouri Medical College, of St. Louis, during the session of 1845-6. During that time the Mexican war was in progress, and in the spring of 1847 a second call for Illinois volunteers was made, to which Dr. Lester responded, becoming a member of Company I, first Illinois infantry, at Alton. On the arrival of the regiment at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the regular medical staff failing to report, he was detached and appointed acting assistant surgeon, a rank he held until he was mustered out at the close of the war. From Fort Leavenworth he accompanied the battalion commanded by Lieutenant Boyakin across the plains to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Brigadier General Sterling Price was in command. In December, 1847, he was put in charge of the general hospital at this point, and in February following was transferred to a similar position at Albuquerque, where he remained until the close of the war. Upon his return, Dr. Lester once more entered the medical department of the Missouri University, and was graduated in the class of March, 1850, whereon he formed a partnership with Dr. A. F. Haynie, and earnestly began practice in Salem, Illinois. While residing there he was married, on the 4th of June, 1850, to Miss Julia Ellen Horner, of Lebanon, Illinois, and their 3 children are Dr. Charles H., of Kansas City; Mrs. George Peake; and Mrs. Dr. J. H. Thompson. Dr. Lester came to Kansas City in 1854, and cast his lot with its early settlers, numbering at that time only about 400 population. Until his death he was actively identified with the city's upbuilding and progress and was especially instrumental in promoting the interests of his profession here. At the organization of the Kansas City Medical College, formerly the College of Physicians and Surgeons, he was elected to the chair of principles and practice of medicine, and in 1877 was made president of the faculty. His services in the early day were required by a mixed population - men of culture from the east who had sought homes here, the adventurous emigrants crossing the plains and the Indians who still lived in the neighborhood, who called him “the great white medicine man.” He was president of the Medical Association of Missouri in 1870, several times served as a delegate to the American Medical Association, and was vice-president at the time of his death. He was ever a close student, carrying his investigations far and wide into the mysterious realms of medicine and disease, and elucidating many of its mysteries. He was one of the most capable and thoroughly informed members of the profession west of the Mississippi, and his contributions to medical journals were many and valuable. He was the author of a valuable treatise on “Points of Analogy between Typhoid Fever and the Exanthematae, -- an argument in favor of its specific nature,” which appeared in the Kansas City Medical and Surgical Review in July, 1860; “Malarial Poison and the Variety of its Manifestations,” published in the Kansas City Medical Journal in August and October, 1871; and the “Chronic Pulmonary Consolidations of Inflammatory Origin, and their Termination,” which was read before the Kansas City District Medical Society in January, 1875. As a writer he was precise and methodical, and as a lecturer ready of speech, clear and convincing. Socially, Dr. Lester was in 1848 initiated into Military Lodge, U. D., of the Masonic order, at Santa Fe, New Mexico, and served as worthy master of Heroine lodge, No. 104, of Kansas City. His early political support was given the whig party, with which he affiliated until 1856, when he joined the democracy, continuing as one of its members until his death. He served as alderman of Kansas City in 1857-8, and in the latter year was president of the council. From 1867 until 1870 he was a member of the board of education, and then declined a renomination, for his professional duties were too pressing to allow of further efforts in public life. His duties, however, were never so great but that he had time to speak a word of encouragement to the downhearted, to give substantial aid to the poor and needy, or to extend a helping hand to those who were struggling to rise. He was especially the friend of young medical students, and did all in his power to aid their advancement in the profession. In manner he was always genial and kindly, but possessed a modest and retiring disposition. For many years he was one of the most active and faithful members of the Central Presbyterian church of Kansas City, and from 1867 until his death served as senior elder, while to its support he made liberal contributions. His public and private career were alike above reproach, and his eminent professional standing was equaled by his high moral character. Shortly after coming to Kansas City he had purchased an acre of ground south of 6th street and extending from Main to Walnut streets. In 1858 he built the house afterward known as the Grand View Hotel, on the high bluff overlooking Main street, and in 1859 erected the old family mansion on the southwest corner of 6th and Walnut streets, which was long one of the landmarks of the city. This eventually became very valuable property, the rapid growth of the city causing a corresponding rise in real estate values. His profession also brought to him a handsome competence, but the monetary question was ever made a side issue when his medical services were needed, and he would as readily respond to a call from one where he knew there was little hope of pecuniary reward as from one who would give him ample return for his labors. He died February 24, 1888, in the 64th year of his age.
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