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and success of the party. Socially he w^as a member of the Knights of Pythias
fraternity in Kansas City and he belonged to the Ancient Order of United
Workmen in Burlington, Iowa. His wife is a member of the German Luth-
eran church. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Lengel has resided with
Mr. and Mrs. Jones, who are well known in social circles here. Dr. Lengel
was recognized as a very prominent member of the profession and moreover
was a man of generous spirit, kind hearted and charitable. Many times he
evidenced the kindness of his heart by the professional assistance w4iich he
rendered to those in straightened pecuniary circumstances, for he ever re-
sponded readily to an appeal of sorrow or distress.


Henry C. Murdock, who since 1880 has resided continuously in Kansas
City and throughout this entire period has been engaged in the real-estate
business, was born in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1835, and there pursued his edu-
cation as a pupil in the public schools. His father was Thomas Murdock, a
native of ^^irginia, who, having arrived at years of maturity, Avedded Mar-
garet Forsythe, a native of Pennsylvania. They became the parents of ten
children. The father was a glass manufacturer and for many years conducted
business along that line in Zanesville, Ohio, having one of the leading pro-
ductive industries of the cit3^

Henry C. Murdock, reared under the parental roof, remained at home
until after the outbreak of the Civil war. He had watched with interest the
progress of events in the south and when hostilities were begun he resolved
that he would aid in the defense of the Union and in May, 1861, enlisted in
the First Missouri State Militia at St. Joseph. Missouri. He was commis-
sioned second lieutenant of Company D. Thirty-fifth Missouri Infantry in
1862 and in 1863 was commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant of the same
regiment. With that command he remained until 1865, when he was hon-
orablv discharged.


^Ir. Murdock first visited Kansas City in 1879 and the following year
returned to locate permanently. He had previously lived for sometime in
Lathro}), Clinton county, Missouri, and it was his intention on removing to
the larger city to engage in merchandising here but he did not like the pros-
pect that offered and he began buying and selling land. In this undertaking
he met with success and has since been engaged in the real-estate business,
negotiating many important realty transfers as the years have gone by. He
is a man of good executive ability and excellent management and thus has
reached a gratifying measure of success.

Mr. Murdock is a member of the Loyal Legion at St. Louis and in com-
munity affairs in Kansas City is deeply interested, desiring the substantial
growth of the city and its along those lines which are matters of
civic virtue and civic pride.


A. Sheridan Ennis, numbered among those whose life's labors are ended
but who have left behind a memory that is cherished by many friends, was
well known in Kansas City as a civil engineer. His birth occurred in Hun-
tingdon county,. Pennsylvania, in 1827. The Ennis family is an old one
of that county, the town of Ennisville being settled by representatives of the
name. His father, James Ennis, was a prominent and well known farmer who
engaged also in raising blooded horses. He went to Kentucky, where he
bought fine horses and in their sale realized a good profit. His wife was
Mrs. Carolie Ennis, nee Porter.

A. Sheridan Ennis acquired his early education in the schools of his
native county. He was the eldest child of his father's family and went to live
with a maternal uncle in order to have better educational privileges. In early
manhood he engaged in teaching school for a time and later studied civil
engineering, completing the course in that l)raii('li 1)y graduation. Innnc-
diately afterward lie t<i<>k u]) the profession as a soni'cc (if lixcliliood an<l en-
gaged in civil engineering in diffci'cnt parts of the west.

Mr. Ennis was married in Davis county, Missouri, to Miss Evelyn l^rovvn,
after which they resided for a time in Harrison county, this state, where
Mr. Ennis engaged in farming. He afterward removed to Logan, Phillips
county, Kansas, where he carried on general farming and stock-raising and
later he resided for a short time at Colton, Kansas, l)ut failing health caused
him to remove to Springfield, Missouri, where he died of typhoid fever in
1898. He was a man alway.- loyal to the best interests of his connnunily
his country, his friends and his family. At the time of tlic Civil war he en-
listed foi- thicc months' service in a Pennsylvania regiment and after the ex-
]iiration of that term rccnii-lcd. joining the rcuinicnl oi' Penn.-ylvauia
volunteers, with which he continued until the close of the war, particii)ating
in many important battles which led n|» to the final victory that crowned
the I'nioii army. The Enni< family has a s])lcn(li<l military record, for not


only Sheridan Ennis but all of his brothers were soldiers of the war, one
serving on the Confederate side. His religious faith was that of the Presby-
terian church and his political views coincided with the principles of the

Mrs. Ennis was born in Logan county, Virginia, in 1841, a daughter
of Major John B. Brown, who won his title by service in the war of 1812.
Her mother was Hannah (Hill) Brown. About 1843 Major Brown removed
with his family to Davis county, Missouri. He was a blacksmith by trade
and following that pursuit for some time thus provided for his family. He
also turned his attention to farming and his last days were spent in
Davis county. He was a Kentuckian by birth, while his wife was a native
of Virginia. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Ennis were seven in number:
John A., who travels for the Butler Manufacturing Company, of Kansas
City; Carrie, at home; Arthur S., who died at the age of twenty-three years;
Sadie, at home; Charles A. and Carl F.. twins; and Louise, who completes
the family,

Mr. Ennis was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and w^hen
called to his final rest his remains were interred in the soldiers' cemetery
at Springfield. For him the warfare of life w^as over and he had answered
the la.-t roll-call. He had fought life's battle.s honorably and well and he
left to his family a splendid record of honorable service in the various rela-
tions of life in which he was found.


AVinfred S. Pontius is well known in commercial and political circles.
He is recognized as one of the local leaders of the republican party and was
the first republican ever elected sheriff of Jackson county. In his business
life he has made steady advancement, starting out for himself in a humble
capacity and eventually becoming manager of one of the large mercantile
houses of Kansas City. His birth occurred in Fulton county, Indiana,
December 15, 1859, his parents being Levi and Catharine (Hoffman)
Pontius. The father was born in Ohio and was descended from Pennsyl-
vania Dutch ancestry, while the mother was born in one of the Rhine
provinces of Germany.

Winfred S. Pontius at the usual age was sent to the public school near
his father's home in Fulton county, Indiana, and .later enjoyed the advantage
of instruction for one year in the Normal School at Danville, Indiana. His
initial step in the business world w^as taken as a teacher. Between the ages
of nineteen and tw^enty-one he taught school in his native state and in 1881
he made his way westward to St. Louis, Missouri, and soon afterward ac-
cepted the position of yard clerk for the Wabash Railroad in East St. Louis.
Subsequently he spent two years as night ticket agent for the same road at
Forrest, Illinois, and in 1884 came to Kansas City, where for four years he
was employed by the Union Pacific Railway Company and for a similar


period b}' the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company. His inde-
fatigable enterprise and his careful expenditure during the preceding years
then enabled him to purchase an interest in the Vanderslice-Lynds Mercan-
tile Company, of which he became manager in 1892. Under his control
the business developed, his executive force, dispatch of business and un-
wearied industry being manifest in the increased trade of the house. He is
now manager of the Central Ice Company.

Mr. Pontius' activity in political circles has also made him widely
known. A stalwart champion of republican principles, he was the candidate
on the f)arty ticket for the upper house of the city council in 1900, but with
the entire ticket met defeat. In the same year, however, he was honored
as the first republican ever elected sheriff of Jackson county and made a
creditable record, retiring from office as he entered it — ^with the confidence
a.nd good will of all concerned. He is identified with several fraternal organ-
izations, including the Modern Brotherhood of America, the Modern Wood-
men of America, the Knights of Pythias and the Masons, while his religious
faith is indicated by his membership in the Baptist church. He has always
recognized individual responsibility and his efforts has been exerted along
those lines working for the betterment of the community and the world at

On the 21st of September, 1887, was celebrated the marriage of Win-
fred S. Pontius and Addie M. Quest, a daughter of Charles F. Quest, who
came to Kansas City from Kentucky in 1854. Mr. Quest is also a stal-
wart republican. His wife belonged to a prominent Kentucky family of
Virginian origin — the Flournoys — and the name is conspicuous in the his-
tory of Jackson county, having been associated with the development and
upbuilding of this part of the state since 1827. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Pontius
have been born three children: Charles W., Lawrence Lee, and Agnes Cath-
arine, who are with their parents in a fine home at the corner of Twenty-
third and Brooklyn avenue.

BISHOP p:dward Robert at will.

Bishop Fdward Robert Atwill, bishop of the diocese of Kansas City for
the Pxutestant Episcopal church, has in the exercise of the high functions
of a holy office accomplished much for the uplift of his fellowmen and the
upbuilding of his church. He is a man of ripe scholarship and high attain-
ments and one to whom specific recognition should assuredly be made in this
connection. Descended in the paternal line from Irish ancestry, his grand-
father, Richard Atwill, came from Inniskillen, Ireland, to the United States
and engaged in farming near the Hudson river in New York. He married
Miss Gertrude Roos, a daughter of John Roos, and their son, Robert Edward
Atwill, was born at Hudson, New York, where he followed farming through-
out his entire life. He wedded Margaret Bonesteel, a lady of German extrac-
tion and a granddaughter of John Roos. who was a surgeon of the British



army in the Revolutionary war. Following the close of hostilities he located
at Red Hook, New York, where he continued in the practice of medicine
until his death.

It was at Red Hook, New York, that Bishop Atwill was born, his natal
day being February 18, 1840. He was an only child, and after attending
the home schools became a student in Columbia College, from which he was
graduated in the class of 1862. Determining to take holy orders, he was
graduated from the General Theological Seminary in 1864 and in June of
that year was ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal church by Bishop
Potter, of New York city. Entering upon the active work of the ministry,
he became assistant at St. Luke's, New^ York, where he remained for a time
and was then rector of St. Paul's in Williamsburg, New York. He was then
assistant to Bishop Hopkins in St. Paul's at Burlington, Vermont, and in
August, 1867, was elected rector of the parish there, continuing his labors at
that point for fourteen years. In 1881 he became rector at Trinity church
in Toledo, Ohio, where he remained for nine years, when he was elected
bishop of what was then known as the Western Missouri diocese, but which
in 1903 became the Kansas City diocese. This diocese, formed by the division
of the diocese of Missouri, contains the sixty western counties of the state.
The diocese of Missouri originally covered the entire state and Bishop Atwill
became the first bishop after the division in 1890. The Kansas City diocese
now has thirty-three clergymen, twenty-seven parishes, thirty organized mis-
sions and fifteen preaching stations. The total contributions for 1907 were
ninety thousand, five hundred and forty-three dollars and sixty-three cents
and the property valuation of the church is five hundred and eight thousand,
eight hundred and eighty-eight dollars. Under the guidance and control of
Bishop Atwill the church is making excellent progress, the work being care-
fully systematized, so that the best results are attained. He has under him
a zealous, earnest clergy and his untiring devotion and zeal to the church is
an inspiration to his fellow workers in this field.

Bishop Atwill was married in Geneva, Wisconsin, in September, 1864,
to Miss Mary Whiting, of that place, a daughter of William Whiting. Unto
them were born eight children : Edward Robert, controller of the Waters
Pierce Oil Company at St. Louis; William, who is a journalist of British
Columbia; John R., a graduate of Columbia College of New York of the class
of 1896 and ordained a deacon June 29, 1898, was a missionary in the Kansas
City diocese for a time and afterward rector at Grace church at Carthage,
Missouri, while he is now rector of St. John's at St. Cloud, Minnesota; Fen-
wick Cookson is a business man of Chicago; Douglas Henry, a graduate of
Yale University of the class of 1904, was ordained to the priesthood in May,
1907, and became rector of Calvary church at Sedalia. Missouri; Anna Maria
is the wife of Charles Nearing, of this city; Mary Elizabeth is the wife of
Captain Edgar A. Macklin, of the United States army, now stationed at Fort
Bayard, New Mexico; and Gertrude Roos is at home.

BLshop Atwill is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is a republican
in his political views. He is interested in all the great questions of the day,
keeping abreast of the best thinking men of the age and studying the signs of


the times which indicate the trend of thought and purpose as exemplified in
the Hves of his fellowmen. While he is high in authority in his church, he
is a man of the broadest sympathy and his keen interest in his fellowmen has
given him an understanding of his parishioners and those with whom he
comes in contact, enabling him to judge of their sincerity, their purposes
and their motives and to render assistance when by word or deed he can aid
a fellow traveler on life's journey.


Stephen S. Bayles, whose inherent force of character, firm determina-
tion and honorable purposes made him one of the prosperous and repre-
sentative men of Kansas City, has now passed away, but the record of his
upright life is cherished by many friends who held him in high esteem.
He was born March 4, 1869, in St. Louis, Missouri, his parents being James
A. and Louisa (Allen) Bayles. The mother is now deceased, but the father,
who still survives, is an extensive apple-grower and the owner of large mining
interests. The family numbered five children: Ida; Allen D.; Claribel, the
wife of Wilson Cook, of Kansas City ; Stephen S., of this review ; and Edward
E., also of this city.

Mr. Bayles whose name introduces this record was but a boy when his
parents removed from St. Louis to Lee's Summit, Missouri, and there he
attended the public schools. Later he pursued his studies in the Went-
worth Military Academy at Lexington, this state, and when two years had
been passed there he took up the supervision of his father's interests in the
hardware business in Kanas City. This enterprise was the foundation of the
Gille Hardware Company of Kansas City. When the partnership was dis-
solved Mr. Bayles and his brother retained control of the department which
had been in their charge, continuing the business under the style of the
Bayles Vehicle Top & Trimming Company, and Stephen S. Bayles so con-
tinned in business until his death, which occurred November 20, 1906. Their
enterprise became one of the important manufacturing interests of the city
with a lai-gc output and ready sale on the market. In the control and devel-
opment of the business Mr. Bayles displayed marked enterprise, quickly
noting every possibility for the growth of the trade and fornnilating plans
which led to gratifying success. He was a man of unfaltering energy and
his labors, intelligently directed, gained him a place with the leading man-
ufactures and merchants of Kansas City.

On the 16th of November, 1898, Mr. Bayles was united in marriage to
Miss Cora E. Chisholm, of Kansas City. Her father, Alexander E. Chis-
holm, w^as a native of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where he was reared
and acquired a public-school education. In the Keystone state he married
Miss Mary E. Williams and for a time resided in Tennessee, but subse-
quently removed to the west, living in Kansas until his arrival in Kansas


City in 1875. The later years of his life were largely spent in travel for
the benefit of his health.

In his political views Mr. Bayles was independent and never desired
publicity of any kind. Fraternally he was connected with the Masons. HLs
interests, however, centered in his home. He was a man of domestic taste
and held home ties as most sacred and friendship as inviolable. He found
his greatest happiness in administering to the welfare and interests of his
wife and theirs was largely an ideal companionship. He was a man of
brilliant mind, of kindly disposition and of charitable thought and his
deference for the opinions of others and his genial manner were the soil
from wliich .-prang the fruits of strong friendship and high regard.


George Morton Walker was born in Butler county, Pennsylvania, Sep-
tember 16, 1830. His father, David Oliver Walker, on leaving the east, be-
came one of the early residents of Missouri, where he located in 1835, his
death occurring in Shelby ville, this state, in 1841. He was a lawyer and
attained prominence in his profession, serving as associate judge at the time
of his death. His wife, Mrs. Maria Morton Walker, was a native of the
Keystone state and by her marriage became the mother of four children.

George Morton Walker was in his sixth year at the time of the removal
of the family to Missouri, in November or December, 1835. He acquired
his preliminary education in the common schools and afterward continued
his studies in an academy in northeastern Ohio. In 1857 he removed to
Kansas and was living at Emporia during the troublous times which pre-
ceded the Civil war, when interest centered upon Kansas and Nebraska
relative to the extension of slavery into that part of the country. Following
the outbreak of the Civil war he espoused the Union cause, enlisting as a
private on the 20th of August, 1862, in the Eleventh Regiment of Kansas
Volunteers. Later he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant and
from 1863 served as quartermaster. In that year he was stationed at Kansas
City and received his commission here. He was unwavering in his loyalty
to the Union cause and faithfully discharged the duties that devolved upon
him. Since the war he has maintained pleasant relations with his old army
comrades through his membership in the Grand Army of the Republic and
in the Loyal Legion.

Mr. Walker located in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1866, and there made his
home until 1896, when he went to Keokuk, Iowa, where for three years he
filled the position of city engineer. In 1866 he commenced the preliminary
sui*veys for what is now the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway and was con-
nected with that work as locating and constructing engineer until its com-
pletion to Denison, Texas, in 1873. In 1877 he came to Kansas City to
take charge of the construction of the present railroad passenger yards, com-
pleting this task in April, 1878. He was also engaged on construction and


engineenng work with George H. Nettletou and was associated with the
Southern Kansas and Memphis Raih-oad Companies in location and con-
struction work. He has also been employed at various times by the Santa
Fe Railroad Company and in 1884 located the Central division of that road
in ]\lissouri. In 1900 he again came to Kansas City to accept a position
with the Kansas City Belt Railroad Company as assistant engineer and
draughtsman, which position he held until the 12th of November, 1907.
He then retired and thus terminated a long, useful and honorable business
career which was one of large and growing responsibility. He attained much
more than local distinction as a civil engineer and in fact was connected
in many important ways with railroad construction, so that he thus contri-
buted to the upbuilding and improvement of the west, for no other agency
is so prolific of good results for opening up a new country.

In the year in which he retired from business Mr. Walker also cele-
brated the fiftieth anniversary of his marriage. On the 10th of November,
1857, at Crawfordsville, Iowa, he wedded Miss Zippora Maxwell, who was
born in Harrison county, Ohio. They became the parents of seven children :
John Maxwell Walker, who became a civil engineer, died in Cordoba, Mex-
ico, in December, 1902. His widow, Mrs. Mary (Edwards) Walker, has
made her home in Kansas City since coming here with her parents in 1867.
Their two daughters are now teachers in the public schools of this city. Dr.
Oliver David Walker, the next of the family, is located in Salina, Kansas.
George INIorton Walker is chief engineer at the Avater works of Kansas City.
Mrs. Jennie Hamilton and Mrs. May Kenyon both live in Chicago. Wil-
liam Thomas Walker has charge of the new intake tunnel at Chicago and
is a civil engineer of prominence. James Herron Walker is a practicing
dentist at Salina, Kansas. There are also thirteen grandchildren.

The family home, at No. 2934 Park avenue, was erected by Mr. Walker,
who also built the adjoining house at No. 2932. He has now passed the
seventy-seventh milestone on life's journey and can look back over a career
that has been most useful and honorable. Throughout his entire business
life he was found not only expert in his chosen field of labor but made a rep-
utation for unassailable integrity that may well serve as an example in this
day, when business methods are too frequently inimical to the interests of
one's fellowmen. Many of his fellow citizens mark their appreciation of his
worth in cordial companionship and the warmest friendship and all who
know him speak of him in terms of high regard.


Edward P. Moriarty, starting in business life in an obscure clerical posi-
tion, has come to the front in coiiiniercial circles in Kansas City as a dealer
in automobiles with a business which, already profitable, has every outlook
for a still more prosperous future. In an analyzation of his life work it
will l»e found that persistency of purpose and the mastery of every duty


which the day has brought forth have constituted the basis of his commercial
growth and prosperity. His Hfe record began in Ohnsted county, Minnesota,
March 17, 1868.

His father, John D. Moriarty, a native of Ireland, came to America when
a boy with his two elder brothers, ^Michael and Daniel Moriarty. They lo-
cated in Michigan, where John D. Moriarty largely acquired his education.
At the time of the Civil war he joined the Union forces in the Missi.ssippi
Marine Brigade as commissary steward on the ram Lioness. Following the
cessation of hostilities he was married in St. Louis, where he had been engaged
in the hotel business prior to the outbreak of the war. In 1871 he removed
to Kansas City, where he engaged in the retail grocery business until 1888,
since which time he has lived retired here, enjoying a rest that was made
possible through his activity and energy in former years. He married Ellen
Mahony, who is also living and who came from Asdee, Ireland, in her girl-
hood days.

Edward P. ]\Ioriarty was educated in the Kansas City ward and high
schools and following his graduation, at the age of seventeen years, he en-

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