Bond County Illinois
Lemuel H. Cole
A lifetime of intense activity in Neosho county, Kansas, is the record of the pioneer whose name introduces this personal review. Coming to the county as a youth of sixteen, in August, 1859, he has, from early manhood, been a loyal and devoted factor in the material, political and social development of it, fighting its industrial and commercial battles as assiduously and determinedly as he did her military ones and rounding out his career in the full assurance of duty well and faithfully performed.
Mr. Cole is one of "the landmarks" of Neosho county; not solely because he is one of its first settlers, but because of the prominent relation he has sustained to it in the many phases of business life. Whether farmer, livestock dealer or counsellor in public affairs, his ripe judgment, thorough reliability and demonstrated integrity have been auxiliary elements to his success and rendered him a conspicuous figure amongst citizens in private life.
Our subject came to Kansas with his father, Edwin H. Cole, who was well known among the earliest of Neosho county settlers, and who died here in 1872 at the age of fifty-one years. The family was direct from Jackson county, Missouri, to which point it had emigrated from Hamilton county, Indiana, in 1857. In Switzerland county, the latter state, Lemuel H. Cole was born on the 14th of May, 1843. Cornelius Cole, his grandfather, pioneered to southeastern Indiana and settled in Switzerland county in the fore part of the nineteenth century and spent his remaining years there. He was born in Pennsylvania but his children were born in Indiana.
Edwin H. Cole grew up in Switzerland county, Indiana, and was married there to Rebecca Danner, a daughter of Isaac Danner, a Virginian, and one of the first settlers in the timbered country of "Old Switzerland." His wife accompanied Mr. Cole through all his removals in Indiana, Missouri and Kansas, and passed away in Neosho county in 1874 at the age of forty-nine. Her husband was a farmer and as successful as the early day men of his calling could be. He gave three years to the military service of his country in the Ninth Kansas Cavalry, during the rebellion, and after the war took a claim two miles southeast of Chanute which he deeded and improved and where he passed away. He was a Republican from the old Whig party but was without political aspirations or ambition. The following children were born to this worthy couple, viz, Lemuel H., our subject; W. M., with the Kansas City stockyards people; Permelia, wife of J. O. Harrison, of Iola, Kansas; Rosa, deceased wife of Eber D. Pearce: George of the firm of Cole & Ott, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Allie, who married C. L. Houston, of Neosho county, Kansas.
L. H. Cole secured his education in Indiana, where he grew up amid rural environment. He aided his father in his operations in the west preliminary to his establishing a home here, and when the civil war broke out he enlisted as a private in the same company and regiment with his father; the latter commanded by Colonel Lynn, and the company by Captain Coleman. The regiment served on the border between Missouri and Kansas and in the states of Missouri and Arkansas. The service it rendered was somewhat of a give-and-take character and "Bushwhackers" and small bands of the enemy's troops came in for their share of drubbing from the Kansas boys. Mr. Cole was detailed as a scout and while so employed received a wound which, now, only serves as a mark to remind him of the experiences of his youth. He was discharged at Leavenworth, Kansas, June 4, 1864.
On renewing his acquaintance with civil life Mr. Cole returned to his home and was soon in the midst of the duties of improving a claim which he took up in Canville township, deeded and still owns as well as the old home of his father. He embarked in the cattle business as a raiser and when his circumstances justified the venture he engaged in the live stock business as a shipper and about this time took up his residence in Chanute. It is in this latter occupation that he is best and most widely known. For more than twenty years has he followed it and its extent and importance has been such that his is a familiar face to feeders and shippers and commission men all along the line. Having an interest in the development of speed in Neosho county he was one of the organizers of and is the president of the Chanute Fair and Driving Park Association.
Mr. Cole was first married in September, 1865, to Nancy Fisher, a daughter of Thomas Fisher, a North Carolina gentleman who came to Kansas as a pioneer from Illinois. Mrs. Cole died in 1882, leaving the following children: Angie, wife of John Chrisman, of Anniston, Alabama; Addie M., wife of Harry Rolland, of Kansas City; Amy, of Chanute, and Walter, who died at twenty-four years. In December, 1885, Mr. Cole led to the marriage alter Miss Perneshia D. Ray, a daughter of Albert Ray, of Bond county, Illinois, whose wife was, nee, Nannie Payne. An only child, Lemuel Ray, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Cole.
Our subject is not a fraternity man. His membership in the Select Knights and in the Ancient Order of United Workmen constitute his connections with secret societies. His wife holds a membership in the Degree of Honor, the women's auxiliary to the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and in this order she is the central figure in Kansas. In May, 1901, she was chosen Grand Chief of Honor of the Degree of Honor, and is conducting a campaign for the growth and welfare of the order. She enjoys the unusual distinction of having been chosen Chief from the floor of the lodge room, as a private as it were, instead of advancing to the position by successive steps and as a reward for long service in lower spheres. This selection came to her as a compliment to her worth and ability and not as a result of political manipulation, as is so frequently the case.
Mr. Cole's political history is short and can be summed up in the statement that he is a Republican. He has voted the ticket longer in Neosho county than any other man and his familiar countenance has often been seen in party conventions. He has been a lifetime friend of public education, has served on the school board in his country district and is now serving on me Chanute City Council. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; tr. by VB]
George M. Crocker
Born, Greenville, Ill., (Bond Co) Aug. 9, 1848; son of Samuel H. and Harriet (Ferguson) Crocker; educated at normal school, Normal, Ill., and Newberry Seminary, Newberry, Vt.; married at Washington, D.C., June 28, 1888, Cecelia T. S. Steele. Came to Mt. Clemens, Mich., from New Hampshire, 1866; studied law and was admitted to the bar in Macomb Co. early in the '70s; filled positions of probate clerk, judge of probate, prosecuting attorney of Macomb Co. and mayor of city of Mt. Clemens; became auditor Detroit, Bay City & Alpena R.R., 1892, and upon reorganization of the road as the Detroit & Mackinac Ry., Feb. 1, 1895, was elected auditor and purchasing agent, in which he continues; also vice president since Nov., 1896. Member Masonic order, Knights Templar. Office: 514 Majestic Bldg., Detroit. Residence: Mt. Clemens, Mich. [Source: "The Book of Detroiters", Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis, 1908 - Submitted by Christine Walters]
W.E. Goddard, head of the firm of Goddard & Son, prominent ranchers and stock-growers of Montrose county, is a native of Maryland, born in 1837. His parents were John and Eliza (Abel) Goddard, also natives of that state, where the mother died in 1837 when her son W.E., the last born of eleven children, was eleven days old. After her death a few months the father moved his family to Illinois, and settling on a farm in Bond county, lived and labored there until the fall of 1859, when he went to live with one of his daughters in St. Louis. He remained with her until his death, in 1861, and his remains were buried in that city. On the Illinois homestead W.E. Goddard grew to manhood and in the district schools of the vicinity he acquired a limited education. He learned the business of farming and raising stock by practical experience in every branch of it, and this has been his occupation almost ever since he started in life. His first independent move was to take charge of his father's farm when he was twenty-two years of age. After managing this for a time he went to Montana in the spring of 1865 and engaged in prospecting and mining for three years. Returning then to Illinois, he married Miss Sarah Scott, a native of Tennessee who emigrated to Illinois with her parents when she was young. The marriage was solemnized on January 1, 1869, and the young couple lived in Illinois until the death of the wife, in 1876, after which Mr. Goddard made his home with a brother in St. Charles county, Missouri, until 1879. He then came to Colorado and after passing seven years at Silverton and vicinity, he moved to the place he now occupies, purchasing it as unimproved land. Here he started an industry in general farming and stock-growing in partnership with his son, E.A. Goddard, the survivor of two born to him in his marriage, the other one, William M., having died in childhood. This enterprise has grown through judicious care and good management to large proportions, a high rank as to products and profits of considerable magnitude. The place at the same time has been furnished with good buildings of every needed kind for the business and been made one of the most comfortable and restful country homes in this part of the state. The firm produces a high grade of Shorthorn cattle, omitting no effort to keep the standard high, the breed pure and the condition of the cattle good. They also have a large and thrifty orchard of apple and peach trees from which they have abundant yields of excellent fruit. Secure against the winds of adversity, sheltered from the storms of life, at peace with all the world and firmly fixed in the good will and esteem of their neighbors and their fellow citizens generally, the father and son live on their comfortable estate and find occupation for all their time and energies in their expanding business except what are required for social duties and the claims of the community on them in a public way. To these they give a ready and serviceable response, performing with alacrity, cheerfulness and vigor all the duties of good citizenship and showing a wholesome and helpful interest in the general welfare of their neighborhood, county and state. (Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)
G. W. Lowrance
The person whose name introduces this biography is a merchant well and favorably known in Thayer and the proprietor of a leading general store in that city. He was born in Morgan county, Illinois, July 10, 1841, and William and Mary E. Lowrance were his parents. The father died in Illinois in 1868 at the age of sixty-three, a member, for years, of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and an official of its local board. The mother resides in Green county, Illinois, at the age of eighty-three years (1902). Six of their eight children are living and our subject is the second born.
G. W. Lowrance had scarce more than finished his common school education when he enlisted, August 4, 1861, in Company G, 59th Illinois volunteer infantry, fighting his first real battle at Pea Ridge, Arkansas. The only wound he received was in this engagement but it was of so slight a nature as not to cause him any inconvenience. The siege of Corinth followed next in order and then the battle of Perryville, Kentucky, where Buel turned Bragg and started him on the retreat south. His next battles were Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Rock Face Ridge, Resaca and the others on the Atlanta campaign. After the fall of Atlanta he returned north with "Pap" Thomas and fought at Franklin and Nashville, where Hood's army was all but annihilated. Here the field work of the 59th Illinois ended, on the east side of the Mississippi, for it was transferred to Texas and remained there under General Post and other commanders till his muster out at Brownfield in December, 1863. He was discharged at Springfield, Illinois, January 16, 1866, having served four years, five months and fourteen days, a record of active service seldom surpassed in the annals of the civil war.
The war over Mr. Lowrance went to farming in Illinois and continued at there till 1870, when he engaged in the mercantile business in Palmer, Christian county. After several years in this vocation he sold his stock and returned to the farm till 1881, when he engaged in the hardware and implement business in Greenville, Illinois, running the same four years, when he came west to Vernon county, Missouri, and spent another year and a half on the farm. Disposing of his real holdings there he went to Schell City, Missouri, and opened a general store, such as he conducts in Thayer. Two years later he located in Foster. Missouri, in the same business, selling out after six years and coming to his present location in 1892. Wherever he has been located Mr. Lowrance has been an interested citizen in municipal affairs and has performed whatever public service has been required of him with fidelity and ability. He has served on the board of education in nearly every place in which he has lived and was chosen the first mayor of the new town of Foster, Missouri.
March 8, 1864, Mr. Lowrance married Miss Mary M. Stout, a daughter of Charles and Belinda Stout, the latter of whom still survives at the age of ninety-three (1902) and resides in Greenville, Illinois. The former died at the age of sixty-four. Mr. Lowrance took advantage of the opportunity and was married while at home on a veteran furlough. Eight children have graced the household of Mr. and Mrs. Lowrance. They are, H. G., partner in the store and postmaster at Thayer, is married to Miss Kate Russell and their four children are Lillian M., Lena M., Russell O., and Mark H.; Harry W., who died at two years of age; Lena J., who died at nineteen years old, the wife of M. D. Russell; Arthur D., another partner in the father's store, is married to Blanche Palmer and has one child, Wayne; Ethel; Anna, wife of Dr. Murphy; Cora E. and George C., twins, the former dying at the age of two years and the latter deputy postmaster of Thayer. He was born February 20, 1880, was educated chiefly in the Thayer high school and, May 3, 1898, enlisted in Company G - his father's company letter - 20th Kansas, Col. Fred Funston, who won a brigadier's star in the regular army. The regiment spent six months in camp in San Francisco drilling and otherwise preparing itself for efficient service in the field. October 28th it sailed aboard the "Indiana" for Manila, P. 1. Three days were spent in Honolulu sight-seeing and the remainder of the trip was one long watery waste to Manila, where the vessel arrived December 1st. Eleven days waiting in the bay for the preparation of quarters on shore and the regiment disembarked and was introduced to the Philippines. Its history from this time forward till the end of its short but remarkable campaign in the island is a matter of public record and the personal incidents, alone, of the privates and officers of the regiment form its unwritten history. On the 28th of October, 1899, the 20th Kansas was discharged at San Francisco after a service of eighteen months. They were in thirteen engagements, had some fatalities and made a record for daring and bravery that startled the country and won the admiration of enlightened nations everywhere.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Lowrance are members of the Methodist church in which he has been an officer nearly a third of a century. He is a Master Mason and has pessed [sic] nearly all the chairs of the lodge. He cast his first presidential vote for General Grant and is yet an ardent and enthusiastic Republican. His son, H. G. Lowrance, has served as chairman of the Republican county central committee for the past three years and has served on the committee for seven years. His work at organization in Neosho county contributed its full share toward the 25,000 majority for President McKinley in 1900. . [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; tr. by VB]
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