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Gulf Biologic station during 1899-1905, and since the
latter year has been professor of zoology and entomology
and chairman of the college of agriculture of the univer
sity of Tennessee, besides being director of the Tennessee
agricultural experiment station and state entomologist.
He is a fellow of the American Association for the Ad
vancement of Science, and a member of the Association of
economic entomologists, of which he was president in
1907. He was married June 25, 1895, to Sara E., daugh
ter of Edwin H. Fay of Clinton, La., and has two sons
and three daughters.

FRANK WOODMAN,

Manufacturer, Charleston, W. Va,

Was born Sept. 26, 1846, at Mineral Point, Wis. Is a de
scendant of the first man child who saw the light of day in
Newbury, Mass. As the son of Cyrus Woodman, lawyer,
banker and real estate owner, and of Charlotte Flint, his
wife, Mr. Woodman began life with some advantages of



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culture and ease. Graduating from Harvard college in
1869, he chose an open air profession at first and served as
an axeman on the Burlington and Missouri River rail
road in Nebraska for a year, and rose to the place of divi
sion engineer. In 1875, Mr. Woodman selected Charles
ton, W. Va., as his future habitation, and, with an inher
ited means, soon infused much northern energy into that
tranquil and patrician state. At the threshold of his ca
reer there, he became a manufacturer of woolen goods in
the Kanawha Woolen Mills, and later of articles for
household use in the Dawley Furniture company and the
Roy Furniture company, but has since been occupied
with nearly every problem connected with local develop
ment, and, as a maker of bricks, president of the Charles
ton Water Works company, manager and chief owner of
the Elk Foundry and Machine company, and the Charles
ton Gas and Electric company; first vice-president of
Charleston Board of Trade and the promoter of other en
terprises, has revived the city immensely. He is also large
ly interested in the Mountain Lake Land company and
in lands in Minnesota. A bright mind, unflagging labor
and sleepless activity have made him the leading business
man of his city. Oct. 15, 1884, Mr. Woodman married
Nannie M., daughter of Dr. John Cotton, a descendant
of the Rev. John Cotton of Boston, and he is the father
of Ashton Fitzhugh and Charlotte Woodman.

ARTHUR S. GARRETSON,

Railroad Builder.

Has been prominent in financial circles for twenty-five
years and connected with the growth and development of
northwest Iowa and South Dakota; has resided in Sioux
City since 1874; was at tne nea d of a syndicate that built
the S. C. & N. railroad, terminals and the stock yards at
Sioux City; is a democrat of some distinction; was a can
didate for congress in 1896; has literary tastes and is a
self-made man.



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JAMES RENWICK BREVOORT, N. A.,
Architect,

Was born July 20, 1832, in Westchester county, and is a
lineal descendant of Jan Heinrich van Brevoort, who em
igrated from Gronigen, Holland, and settled in New Am
sterdam (now New York) about 1642. He received most
of his art education in New York, in the studio of the late
Thomas S. Cummings, then vice-president of the Nation
al academy of design. In 1873, he went to Europe, where
he remained about seven years, visiting nearly all the
schools and art centers of Europe, studying the ancient
and modern works of art in the galleries of the Old
World. Most of the time while in Europe, his residence
was in Florence, Italy, where he had his studio and pur
sued his profession, painting many works of Italian scen
ery, particularly of the Italian lakes. During his resi
dence in Florence, he received the honor of being made
a member of the Royal Academy of Urbino, the birth
place of Raphael. Some of his most important works have
been pictures of English heaths and moorlands - - such as
A Windy Day on the Border of a Heath, A Day of Wind
and Rain on a Moor, The Night Wind Swept the Moor
land Lea, Home of the Witch, Haunted Pool, etc. The
artist s taste has inclined him to paint more of the solemn
and weird aspects of nature, to which the heaths and
moors of England most readily lend themselves. More
recently he has devoted himself to water-colors of Ameri
can and foreign scenes. His works are well-known, and
can be found in various private collections. He was made
an Academician of the National academy of design in
New York in 1863. In 1870 he was appointed professor
of scientific perspective at the Academy of design, upon
which subject he gave courses of lectures with demonstra
tions during three years. Before devoting himself to the
study of landscape painting, he was employed in the office
of his cousin, Mr. James Renwick, the well-known arch
itect, during four years, and was Mr. Renwick s assistant



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in preparing the plans for St. Patrick s cathedral in New
York, the workhouse on Blackwell s island, and many
other public and private buildings. He came to Yonkers
in 1880, and in 1890 built his present residence. He was
married in 1873 to Miss Marie Louise Bascom, and has
three children, two daughters and one son.

GEORGE WARREN WOOD,

Presbyterian Minister,

Was born Jan. i, 1844, in Bebek, Turkey. His father was
a missionary of the American Board of Commissioners
for Foreign Missions. He was educated in the state of
New York, and except one year at Hamilton college, in
the city; received the degree of Batchelor of Arts in the
city and two years afterward (1865) from Hamilton col
lege, at Clinton, Oneida county,; Master of Arts from
the college of the city of New York in 1866; and was
graduated from Union Theological seminary in 1869. He
was licensed to preach in April of that year, and was or
dained by the Presbytery of Saginaw (Synod of Michi
gan) April n, 1872. The next month (May 13) he mar
ried Harriet Snyder, who has borne him two sons and
five daughters. They live in Michigan, with the excep
tion of one daughter, who is in Alabama. He labored in
Michigan under the Presbyterian board of home missions
until 1876, and under the American Bible society in 1877,
78 and 79. He was a missionary to the Dakota (Sioux)
Indians on the upper Missouri river from 1879 to 1889. In
1892-93 he was a home missionary at Lakefield in the up
per penninsula of Michigan. He published a little pa
per at Mackinaw, Mich., called the Mackinaw Witness;
and afterward went to Fairhope, Alabama, where he has
been treasurer of the Fairhope Single Tax corporation
since 1908.



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GEORGE WELCH SIMMONS,

V ice-President Simmons Hardware Company,
Was born Aug. 12, 1878, in St. Louis, son of Edward C.
and Carrie (Welch) Simmons; graduated from Smith
academy with highest standing in class of 1895, and from
Yale university, A.B., 1900; married, St. Louis, Nov. 21,
1903, Virginia Wright; three children, Richert Wright,
Virginia and Lulie Simmons. Began with Simmons Hard
ware company of St. Louis Jan. i, 1901, at bottom, push
ing trucks in warehouse at a salary of twenty dollars per
month; worked up through every department of house
and went on the road; made general manager, January,
1904; the company is wholesale dealer in hardware, cut
lery, sporting goods, pocket cutlery, etc. Also vice-presi
dent Simmons Hardware company of New York, secre
tary of Hillman Land and Iron company, vice-president
of Simmons Warehouse company, Simmons Hardware
company of Minneapolis, Standard Simmons Hardware
company of Toledo, Dymond Simmons Hardware com
pany of Sioux City, Simmons Hardware company of
Wichita. Episcopalian. Member Missouri historical so
ciety. Clubs: St. Louis, Noonday, St. Louis Country,
Round Table, City. Office, 900 Spruce street; residence,
Clayton, St. Louis county, Missouri.

GEORGE WARREN BROWN,

President The Brown Shoe Company and Pioneer of Suc
cessful Shoe Manufacturing in St. Louis.
Was born March 21, 1853, in Granville, N.Y. He was
educated in the public schools of his native town; and in
1872 graduated from the Bryant and Stratton commercial
college of Troy, N.Y. In 1873 ne secured position as
shipping clerk in a shoe house at St. Louis, Mo.; became
traveling salesman within a year; and in less than five
years became a leading man with his firm, at which time
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St. Louis as a shoe manufacturing center, but was unable
to make his employers see the same idea sufficiently strong
to induce them to then attempt manufacturing. He be
came so much enthused over the idea, however, that he
resigned a lucrative position to put himself on the altar of
shoe manufacturing in St. Louis, if results should so de
cree, but the enterprise proved successful so that his hard
earned savings put into venture, and his investment of
time were not sacrificed. The success of this pioneer con
cern caused other to soon follow and St. Louis has be
come in a comparatively short period the greatest shoe
market (selling exclusively retail dealers) in the United
States. The Brown Shoe company was organized in No
vember, 1878, under name of Bryan-Brown Shoe com
pany. This institution has become ore of the greatest shoe
organizations in America. Mr. Brown has been an im
portant factor in helping to build up many St. Louis en
terprises for the advancement of the city of his adoption.
He is also prominent in religious and philanthropic af
fairs in St. Louis.



TEMPLIN MORRIS POTTS,

Commandant and Naval Governor of the Island

of Guam,

Was born Nov. i, 1855, in Washington, D.C. He was
educated in the private schools of Washington, D.C. ; and
at the United States naval academy. He has filled various
positions of trust and honor in the service of the United
States government. He is now commandant and naval
governor of the Island of Guam; on detached duty as gov
ernor of Guam, November, 1907; commanded U.S. Crui
ser Des Moines, 1908; served as assistant Lupinn Un-
thraut naval fencing, Washington, August, 1908, to
March, 1909; commanded battleship Georgia, 1908*
chief intelligence officer of January, 1909, to date.



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JOHN W. ILIFF,

Cattle Ranchman,

Was born in 1831, in Ohio. A self-made man, never
made more than one excursion into any business vocation
not connected with the soil of his native land. He spent
his early life in farming and managed to gain a good edu
cation and graduated from Delaware college. He first
went to Kansas in 1853, and then to Colorado in 1856,
with a wagon train of provisions, from the proceeds of
which he bought cattle. He originated and developed the
driving of cattle from Texas to the northern ranges of
Colorado, Wyoming and western Nebraska. He gradu
ally acquired the land on all the small streams and around
springs to the extent of some 60,000 acres and this con
trolled a range of several hundred thousand acres. At
one time he had as many as 60,000 head of cattle. He
died Feb. 9, 1878, at his residence in Denver, Col., leav
ing a widow, Elizabeth, two sons, William S. and John
W. Jr., and two daughters, Edna and Louise. All his
children survive him except his youngest son, John W.
Jr. His widow, Elizabeth, is now the wife of Bishop H.
W. Warren and his son William is largely interested in
various gas, electric and street railway systems in the
western states, also irrigation and coal companies.

FRANK DYER CHESTER,

American Consul-General,

Was born Dec. 2, 1869, in Newton, Mass. He was edu
cated in Newton and received the Franklin medal from
the English high school of Boston; and graduated from
Harvard university, from which institution he has re
ceived the degrees of A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. He has
attained prominence as a noted linguist. In 1 893-9 c; he
was assistant in Semitic languages at Harvard university.
In 1897-1904 he was United State? consul at Budapest;
and since 1904 consul-general to Hungary, with head
quarters at Budapest, Hungary.



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REMY JOSEPH STOFFEL,

Physician,

Was born Dec. i, 1851, in Paris, France, son of Remy and
Adelahaid (Marque) Stoffel; educated in public schools
of St. Louis, St. Vincent college, Cape Girardeau, Mo.,
graduating m commercial department, 1874; taught
school in Randolph county, 111., 1874-77; attended St.
Louis medical college, and was graduated as M.D., 1880;
married, St. Louis, 1880, Mary E. Green; children, Le-
onie, Remy, Irene, Clarence. Engaged in general prac
tice of medicine since March 3, 1880. Also proprietor of
Lemp Avenue pharmacy, and treasurer of Josephine Hos
pital corporation. In 1908 in company with his son,
Remy E., a graduate in chemistry from the university of
Michigan at Ann Arbor, he established the Empire Sup
ply and Manufacturing company, engaged in manufac
turing the Royal brands of disinfectants, with laboratories
at 1815 Pertaloggi street.

EDWARD BREITUNG,

Capitalist, State Senator, Congressman,
Was born Nov. 10, 1831, in Germany. In 1872 he was
elected a representative to the Michigan state legislature
for the term of two years; was state senator in 1877-78;
and was mayor of Neguanee in 1878-80 and 1882. In
1883-85 he was a representative from Michigan to the
forty-eighth congress as a republican. He died March
3, 1887, in Neguanee, Mich.; and afterward his body
was moved to Marquette, Mich. Edward N. Breitung
for many years was identified widi the business and pub
lic affairs of Marquette, Mich.; is the son of the late Ed
ward Breitung; and now maintains offices in New York
city, under the corporate name of Breitung and company,
Limited. He has several times doubled his father s for
tune; and has successfully acquired mineral lands and
mines and similar projects in a scientific way through ex
perts.



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J. N. HURTY,
State Health Commissioner and Secretary of the State

Board of Health,

Was born in 1852 in Lebanon, Ohio, of German paren
tage. His father was a pioneer teacher in Indiana, having
been superintendent of schools at Richmond in 1856, at
Liberty from 1858 to 1862, and later at North Madison,
Rising Sun and Lawrenceburg. Dr. J. N. Hurty, the sub
ject of this sketch, studied medicine, pharmacy and chem
istry, at Philadelphia from 1872 to 1875. Selecting his
life work early, there was no hesitancy. Dr. Hurty has
been a continuous resident of Indianapolis since 1873.
During that time he served two years as a member of the
faculty of Purdue university. He served as a member of
the Indianapolis city board of health, and was city health
officer for nine years. He became state health officer, and
secretary of the state board of health in 1887, and has held
the position continuously since, rendering the people of
the state most valuable service. He has earned and en
joys fully the utmost confidence of the citizenship. No
subject affecting the public health is too insignificant to
incite his interest and investigation, and no point in the
state is too remote for his personal visitation when duty
seems to call. Dr. Hurty is also entitled to much credit
for recent legislation to prevent food adulterations, and
to safeguard the public health in various ways. Dr. Hur
ty is a member of the American medical association, the
Indiana state medical society, the American public
health association, and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. He is also professor of hy
giene in the Indiana university school of medicine, at In
dianapolis. He has contributed numerous papers on
medical, chemical and hygiene subjects, and is the author
of Field Water Inspection, School Lessons in Physiology,
Hygiene and Life with Health.



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JOHN B. WORRALL, D. D.

Minister,

Was born in Oxford, Ohio. Centre college, Danville,
Ky., A.B., 1873; same colleee, M.A., 1876, and D.D.,
1893. Western Theological seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa.,
North Side, B.D., 1876. Licensed to preach by Presby
tery of Ebenezer, in Kentucky, 1875. Ordained and in
stalled pastor of Warren Presbyterian church, Louisville,
Ky., November, 1876. Pastor Loveland, O, 1879-81;
Galesburg, 111., 1885-89; Keokuk, Iowa, 1889-95; Evan
gelist, 1896-1903; Kansas City, Kans., First Presbyterian
church, 1904-07; Wichita, Kans., Lincoln Street Presby
terian church, 1907-09. Cherry Tree, Pa., since 1909
Dr. Worrall is son of one of the best known ministers of
the Presbyterian church in the United States, Rev. Dr.
John M. Worrall, Prof. Emeritus of the Presbyterian
Theological seminary, of Louisville, Ky., now living in
Philadelphia. Dr. Worrall has occupied some of the
best pastorates in the middle west, Galesburg, 111., Keo
kuk, Iowa, and Kansas City, succeeding men of distin
guished ability in the church. He has never sought any
prominent positions in the church, but has given his life
intently to the pastorate and to evangelistic work. In this
pastoral capacity he is well known all through the church
in the union.

JOHN MERLE COULTER,

Botanist,

Was born Nov. 20, 1851, in Ningpo, China. He was
graduated at Hanover college, Ind., in 1870, and during
1872-73 was botanist to the United States geological sur
vey of the territories in the Rocky mountain system. In
1874 he became professor of natural sciences in Hanover
college, where he remained until 1879, when he was ap
pointed to the chair of biology at Wabash. During 1891-
93 he was president and professor of botany in Indiana
university; during 1893-96 president of Lake Forest uni-



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versity; and from 1896 to the present, professor and head
of the department of botany in the University of Chicago.
Prof. Coulter is editor of the Botanical Gazette, and is the
author in part of Synopsis of the Flora of Colorado
(Washington, 1874) ; Manual of Rocky Mountain Bot
any (New York, 1885 and 1910) ; Manual of Texan Bot
any (Washington, 1891-94) ; Plant Structures (New
York, 1899) ; Plant Studies (New York, 1900) ; Plant
Relations (New York, 1901) ; A Text-book of Botan}
(New York, 1905) ; in collaboration with C. J. Cham
berlain, Morphology of Gymnosperms (Chicago, 1910) ;
Morphology of Angiosperms (New York, 1903) ; in col
laboration with C. R. Barnes and H. C. Cowles, A Text
book of Botany (New York, 1910).

WILLIAM M CONOCHIE,

Mayor of Rock Island,

His family came to Joliet when he was six and one-half
years. He did not leave the trade of stone cutting until
after the war. He drifted into the army in a Missour*
regiment late in the fall of 1861 in St. Louis, but on ac
count of his youth was not accepted until Feb. i, 1862, as
a drummer; was at Fort Donalson, Shiloh, Corinth and
with Grant s army at Holly Springs and the Vicksburg
campaign and in the fall of 1863 was temporarily in
Grangers corps at Chicamauga and was with Thomas at
Nursery ridge, all under an assumed name; went home in
December and soon after enlisted in the 72nd Illinois as
a recruit; was in the Atlanta campaign and returned to
Nashville under Thomas; fought at Columbia, Spring
Hill, Franklin and Nashville, and closed military career
at Mobile, Ala. Was mayor of Rock Island four times;
one term as alderman, 1887-89; mayor, 1889-93, 1899-
1901 and again from 1903 to 1905. Member of contract
ing firm of William McConochie and Sons. His daugh
ter, Margrete, passed away April i, 1909.



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JAMES BRECKINRIDGE SPEED,

Merchant,

Was born in Louisville, Ky. ; son of William P. and Mary
Ellen (Shallcross) Speed; educated public schools; bank
clerk Louisville and Chicago until 1861 ; served in Union
army, private and later adjutant, twenty-seventh Kentucky
infantry, 1861-65, serving in all the campaigns in the
West; married, 1868, Cora, daughter of George W. Cof
fin, Cincinnati. In business in Louisville since war; pres
ident Louisville Cement company, Louisville street rail
way system, Ohio Valley telephone company; head of J.
B. Speed and company, cement, etc., and Byrne and
Speed, coal.

JAMES TALCOTT,

Banker and Commission Merchant,
Was born Feb. 7, 1835, m Connecticut; son of Seth and
Charlotte Stout (Butler) Talcott; traces descent from an
ancient and honorable family of Colchester, Essex, Eng
land, the motto on whose coat of arms is Virtus sola nobil-
itas. The father of the American branch, John Talcott,
of Braintree, Essex, England, came to New York in the
company of the Puritans led by Thomas Hooker and John
Cotton, landing at Boston in 1633, and removed with Rev.
Mr. Hooker and his church to Connecticut in 1636 and
became one of the founders of the city of Hartford. An
other ancestor, the Worshipful John Talcott, was treas
urer of the colony of Connecticut from 1652 to 1659. An
other ancestor was governor of the colony of Connecticut
from 1724 to 1741. James Talcott was educated in the
common schools of West Hartford, Conn., Westfield
academy, and Williston seminarv, Easthampton, Mass.
Married Henrietta E. Francis; children, James Freder
ick, Francis Edgar, Grace (Mrs. Warner M. Van Nor-
den), Edith C. (Mrs. H. Roswell Bates), Arthur Whit
ing and Reginald. Commenced business in New York
city 1854, under his own name; his houses, with its vari-



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ous annexes in New York and other cities, sells or finan
ces the product of a large number of mills and manufac
turers of foreign and domestic woolens, cottons, silks,
gloves, embroideries, dress goods, etc. Also finances any
and all lines of trade. Director Manhattan Company
bank, American Hosiery company. Vice-president Cham
ber of commerce, New York; member New York board
of trade and transportation, Merchants and Manufac
turers Board of Trade. Presbyterian elder; founder and
trustee of Northfield seminary, Northfield, Mass. Trustee
Young Women s Christian association, New York city.
Member, International committee, Young Men s Christ
ian association, New England society, American Museum
of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bo
tanical and Zoological gardens; life member of American
Geographical society. Clubs : Republican, Patria, Amer
ican Yacht, New York Riding.



CHARLES DYER,

Second Vice-President National Coal Dump Car

Company,

Was born April 30, 1845, at Springfield, Vt. Educated
at Rutland (Vt.) high school and Eastman s business col
lege at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Entered railway service
1863, since which he has been consecutively to 1866, tele
graph operator Rutland and Bennington railway at Rut
land, Vt., 1868-70, clerk and operator Boston and Albany
railroad; Nov. i, 1870, to Feb. i, 1900, with the Atchison
Topeka and Santa Fe railway successively as clerk and
operator, agent, chief dispatcher, trainmaster and divi
sion superintendent; Feb. i, 1900, to Jan. 30, 1903, gen
eral superintendent Colorado and Southern railway;
May, 1903, to date, second vice-president National Coal
Dump Car company.



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COLONEL ALLEN LEWIS FAHNESTOCK,

Merchant at Glassford,

Has been a faithful member of the Masonic order ever
since 1851, in which year, Feb. 10, he was initiated as an
entered apprentice, April 14 as fellow-craftsman, and
May 12 as a master mason. Next year, May 4, he received
the degrees of mark master and past master, and royal
arch Jan. 6, 1853, at Peoria in the days when , that noted
Mason, editor and lecturer, Thomas J. Pickett, was mas
ter of the lodge in that city. At present Mr. Fahnestock
holds his membership in Lancaster lodge, No. 106, and in
the Peoria chapter. He was worshipful master of the
blue lodge from 1853 to 1862 inclusive, in 1865, and again
in 1896; and he has been a member of the grand lodge of
the state all the time he has been master of the local lodge.
Mr. Fahnestock was born in Abbottstown, Adams county,
Penn., Feb. 9, 1828, and came west in the autumn of 1837,
locating at Lancaster, a mile and a half from Glassford.
Ever since 1856 he has been engaged in merchandising.
Aug. 27, 1862, he was mustered in as captain of Company
I, eighty-sixth Illinois volunteer infantry, of which regi
ment he was appointed major Feb. 5, 1864; April 14 fol
lowing he was promoted as lieutenant-colonel, and was
finally commissioned colonel, but too late for muster. He
served in the department of the Cumberland, and en
gaged in the battles of Perryville, Chickamauga, Mis
sionary Ridge, Buzzard s Roost, Resaca, Rome, Kenesaw
Mountain, Peach Tree creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Savan
nah, Averysboro, Bentonville, etc., - - all of which were
important and hotly contested engagements. Mr. Fahne
stock is a member of Timber Post, No. 432, G.A.R., of
which he has been commander. In civil offices Mr.
Fahnestock has served as town clerk, school treasurer, su



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