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younger society set in Denver.

Such in brief is the history of Arthur Scott Miller who, ever actuated by a
laudable ambition, has carefully and wisely utilized his opportunities and as the
years have gone on has reached a most creditable place not only in the business circles
of his adopted city but also in the high regard of Its leading men.


There are many who have attempted to define success and to establish rules for its
attainment. Careful analyzation into the cause of business advancement always brings
the individual to the conclusion that one of its indispensable concomitants is unfaltering
industry, a fact which Arthur E. Gaines grasped at the outset of his career, and the fact
has influenced his entire connection with business life. He realized, too, that in com-
mercial activities one must give value received and that there is no better advertisement
than satisfied patrons. His business methods, therefore, have ever measured up to the
highest commercial standards and he is now senior partner in The Gaines & Erb Manu-
facturing Company in Denver, manufacturers of artificial limbs, also dies, tools and
mechanical work.

Mr. Gaines was born in Council Bluffs. Iowa, January 25, 1876, and is descended from
one of three brothers who came to the new world on the Mayflower at the time of the
colonization of New England. His father, the late Makee C. Gaines, was a native of
Vermont, his birth having occurred at Castleton, that state, where his ancestors had
lived through several generations. He, however, left New England to try his fortune in
the new but rapidly developing west and settled in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he took
up his abode in the latter '70s. For a quarter of a century, covering the last period of
his life, he was with the Grand Union Tea Company of Council Bluffs, where he con-
tinued to make his home until called to his final rest. He passed away March 31, 1918,
at the age of sixty-eight years, his birth having occurred September 11, 1849. He was a
man of domestic tastes who took no active part in clubs or politics but outside of busi-
ness hours spent his time with his family. In matters of citizenship, he was a loyal and


devoted American, giving his earnest support and effort at all times to the furtherance
of the Interests of state and nation. He married MInta Englesperger, -who was born In
Ohio and is of German lineage. She is still living and occupies the old home at Council
Bluffs. They became the parents of five children.

Arthur E. Gaines whose name introduces this review was the second in order of
birth of his father's family and in the public schools of his native city he pursued his
education to the age of thirteen years, when necessity prompted him to start out in the
business world on his own account. He was first employed in the sales department of
the Standard Oil Company at Council Bluffs and continued with that corporation for
five years. He afterward became a street car conductor for the Omaha & Council Bluffs
Street Railway Company and was engaged in that work for three and a half years.
Later he was with the Union Pacific Railroad Company as a brakeman, making the run
between Grand Island and North Platte, Nebraska. He continued in the railroad service
for four years, or until January, 1902, when he met with an accident which occasioned
the loss of his right leg. After recovering from his injuries he went to Chicago to be
fitted with an artificial leg and his interest in the matter resulted in his taking employ-
ment with a dealer in artificial limbs. He there thoroughly learned the business in all
its departments and it was wliile there that he made the acquaintance of Arthur A. Erb,
his present partner. At length they determined to engage in business on their own
account and sought a profitable field of labor in the west. In 1904 they came to Denver
and established their business at its present location. The beginning was small but with
the passing of time the firm has built up a very extensive trade, their patronage exceed-
ing that of any other establishment in the same line of manufacture in the west. They
make shipments to all parts of the world and have a branch establishment in Pueblo.
With the passing years tlieir business has further increased and they employ twenty-
eight skilled workmen and yet, the efforts of these men can by no means supply the

On the 14th of October, 1903 Mr. Gaines was married in Council Bluffs to Miss Rose
Shearon, a native of Indiana and a daugliter of L. and Minnie (Kirby) Shearon, the
former now living, while the latter has passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Gaines have a daugh-
ter, Minta Le Rea, who was born in Denver, February 8, 1907. The family reside at
No. 1736 Franklin street, where Mr. Gaines owns his home.

His military experience covers service with the old Third Regiment of the Iowa
National Guard, in which he served as a noncommissioned officer. His political alle-
giance has always been given to the republican party and fraternally he is an Odd Fellow
of high degree. He is also the present czar of the Muscovites and is chief patriarch
of the encampment branch. In fact, he is very active in the order and is treasurer of
the cantons of the military brancli of tlie Odd Fellows. During one of its military drills
his team won the grand prize, a silver cup as well as money. Mr. Gaines is also a past
president of the general relief department of the Odd Fellows Society of Denver and is
a member of the Grand Lodge of Colorado. He likewise belongs to the Brotherhood of
Railway Trainmen, to Denver Lodge, No. 21, Loyal Order of Moose, to the Lions Club
and to the Kiwanis Club of Denver. He belongs to St. Stephen's Episcopal church. An
active member of the Denver Civic and Commercial Association he is also a member of
the board of directors of the Denver Manufacturers Association. His activities are thus
broad and varied and touch the general interests of society in many ways, his aid and
influence being always given on the side of progress and improvement. His wife is
active in the Red Cross and in other public matters affecting the general welfare. Both
are highly esteemed and Mr. Gaines is recognized as a close student of the many prob-
lems which affect general progress and which have bearing upon the business develop-
ment of Denver. He is highly esteemed as a man, respected as a citizen and his personal
qualities are such as have won for him warm friendships.


Dennis Sheedy, conducting a profitable business at Brush as proprietor of the
Sheedy Mercantile Company, was born in Canton, Illinois, on the 3d of March, 1868,
a son of Michael and Johanna (Callahan) Sheedy, who were natives of Ireland and
who came to America at an early day, establishing their home in Illinois. The father
was a railroad contractor, which business he followed until 1871, when he removed
to Nebraska, where he took up land and began the development and improvement of
a farm, continuing its further cultivation until his life's labors were ended in death.
He passed away in the year 1900 and liis widow survived him until 1907. He was a



brother of Dennis Sheedy of Denver, a prominent banker and the president of the
Denver Dry Goods Company.

Dennis Sheedy of this review, who was named for his uncle, was reared and
educated in Nebraska and also at St. Marys, Kansas. When his course was completed
he made his initial step in the business world by securing a clerkship in a store. He
followed clerking for several years and in 1904 removed to Yuma, Colorado, where he
worked for three years. On the expiration of that period he came to Brush, Morgan
county, and purchased the general merchandise stock of Ole Nelson. He afterward
sold an interest in the business to Mr. Nelson's daughter and the store was conducted
under the name of the Nelson-Sheedy Mercantile Company for five years, when Mr.
Sheedy disposed of his interest to the Nelsons and bought out the general merchandise
establishment of O. C. Jensen. He has since conducted business alone and has built
up a trade of large and gratifying proportions. He carefully manages his business
affairs and his progressive spirit is bringing excellent results. He puts forth every
possible effort to please his patrons and has ever realized that satisfied customers
are the best advertisement. He is also a stockholder and one of the directors of
the Stockmen's National Bank of Brush.

In June, 1906, occurred the marriage of Mr. Sheedy and Miss Hattie Giddings.
Their religious faith is that of the Catholic church and fraternally Mr. Sheedy is
connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His political allegiance is
given to the democratic party and for four years he has served as a member of the
town board of Brush.


Training in Cornell College, in the Chicago Medical College, experience in St. Luke's
Hospital in Chicago and active practice in Buffalo, New York, have qualified Dr. G.
Brinton Hepp for the important professional work that he has done as a physician and
surgeon since coming to Denver in 1910. He was born in Armor, New York, January 22,
1866, and is a son of Louis Hepp, a native of Sipperfeldt, Germany, whence he camei
to America in 1850. He settled at Armor. New York, and now resides in Hamburg,
that state. He was for many years engaged in mercantile pursuits at Armor and was
active in support of educational movements and of civic interests. For years he served
as a trustee of the Armor school board and did everything in his power to promote the
cause of public education. He married Caroline Ackerman, who was of German descent
but was born in the Empire state. She also is living. They became the parents of
four children, three of whom survive: Edward, who is now an agriculturist living at
Hamburg, New York; Perry, a practicing dentist of Denver; and G. Brinton of this
review, who was the second in order of birth.

G. Brinton Hepp was reared on his father's farm and early in life acquired a prac-
tical knowledge of farm labor. During his college years he passed his vacations at
home on this farm which''he really considered his home until the age of twenty-flve
years. After mastering the branches of learning taught in the public schools of Armor,
Dr. Hepp continued his education in Hamburg Academy, now the Hamburg high school,
from which he was graduated with the class of 1886. He next entered Cornell University,
where he pursued a scientific course, being graduated from the Ithaca institution with
the Bachelor of Science degree. He next entered the Chicago Medical College, in which
he completed his course in 1891, and after his graduation he took further work in the
Post Graduate Hospital, where he acted as interne for a year. He was also connected
with St. Luke's Hospital of Chicago in a similar capacity and began the private prac-
tice of his profession in Buffalo, New York. He located there in 1893 and continued
an active member of the profession in that city for seventeen years, or until 1910. when
he removed to Denver. He has since been in active and continuous practice in Colorado
and his recognized ability has won him professional prominence and success. He
belongs to the Denver City and County Medical Society, the Colorado State Medical
Society and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Hepp was married in 1902 to Miss Frances French, a native of Rochester, New
York, and a daughter of Orra Clark and Anna French. They have become parents of
two children: Clark Louis, who was born in Buffalo, New York, December 6, 1902; and
Florence Frances, born in Buffalo, December 31, 1904.

While a student at Cornell. Dr. Hepp had two years' military training, which covers
his military experience. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party and
he alw^ays keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, but has never



sought or desired office. Fraternally he is a Mason, belonging to Liberty Lodge, of
which he served as treasurer, and his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church,
which has guided him in all of his life's relations. Dr. Hepp is today one of the
respected citizens and valued representatives of professional life in Denver. Thoroughly
satisfied with the west, he expects to make this city his home throughout his remaining
days and in Denver he has built up a very large practice, which has come to him in
recognition of his professional skill and ability. He is most conscientious in the dis-
charge of all of his professional duties, is careful in diagnosis and his analysis of a
case is seldom if ever at fault. He is keenly interested in everything that has bearing
upon his profession and his broad reading keeps him in touch with the latest research
work and scientific development that has to do with the practice of medicine and surgery.
He does not hastily discard old and time-tried methods, yet he keeps in touch with
the trend of modern thought and utilizes every available means that will assist him
in the pursuit of professional activity.


Harry J. English, connected with the wholesale lumber business of Denver as presi-
dent of the R. W. English Lumber Company, was born in Ludlow, Illinois, September
25, 1870, a son of Robert Wallace and Ella (Crawford) English, the former a native of
Erie, Pennsylvania, while the latter was born in Greenupsberg, Kentucky. In early life
they removed to Illinois, where the father engaged in the lumber business. He became
a resident of Chicago in 1S75 and there continued until 1888, when he came to Denver
and organized the R. W. English Lumber Company, making this city the headquarters
for the business, which in its varied trade relations covers a wide territory. He con-
tinued as president of the company until his death, which occurred in 1916, when he had
reached the age of seventy-one years. He was thus long an active factor in the trade
circles of city and state and his enterprise and progressiveness carried him into impor-
tant connections. • At the time of the Civil war he responded to the country's call for
troops, enlisting in the Sixty-eighth Illinois Infantry, with which he served for some
time. His salient traits of character were of a most commendable nature and his enter-
prise and ability brought him to a prominent position during his residence in Colorado.
His widow survives and is yet residing in Denver. They had two children.

Harry J. English was a pupil in private schools of Chicago and afterward attended
the Phillips Exeter Academy, of Exeter. New Hampshire. He later entered Yale Uni-
versity and after finishing his education came to Denver, the family having in the mean-
time removed to this city. Here he became associated with his father in the lumber
business and after the father's death was elected to the presidency of the R. W. English
Lumber Company and has since directed its interests. He is thoroughly familiar with
every phase of the lumber trade and his executive force and wise direction have been
strong elements in the further development of the business.

In 1896 Mr. English was married to Miss Mary K. Jackson, of Schenectady, New
York, a daughter of Colonel Jackson of the United States army. They have one son,
Allan Jackson, who was born in Denver, November 15, 1898. He attended Pomfret School
of Pomfret, Connecticut, preparing there for Yale University which he entered in the
class of 1919 S. He is now serving as second lieutenant of field artillery in the United
States army.

Mr. English is a member of the Denver Club and Denver Country Club. He is promi-
nent in social and club life and enjoys a personal popularity among a large circle of
friends and acquaintances.


Roady Kenehan, prominent in labor circles of Colorado for many years, has devoted
much of his life to public service. He was born in Rathdowny, Queens county, Ireland,
May 1, 1856. a son of Thomas and Bridget (Bacon) Kenehan. The father engaged in
blacksmithing and horseshoeing, a pursuit which the ancestors had followed through

Roady Kenehan acquired a common school education in Rathdowny and when
nine years of age began learning the trade of horseshoeing and became an expert work-


man along that line. For many yeal-s he continued active in blaclismithing. He came
to the United States in 1873 making Philadelphia his home.

He received military training as a member of the Fencibles of Pennsylvania, and
Gallo Glasses, an Irish regiment, which had its origin in 1564, when Shawn O'Neill went
to England to make terms of peace with Queen Elizabeth. The Gallo Glasses carried
a battle axe, and wore a wolf dog skin over their left shoulder. They were O'Neill's
bodyguard on this momentous occasion. This regiment is in existence in many parts
of the world where Irish, and men of Irish descent, are located.

Leaving Philadelphia in the spring of 1S79, Mr. Kenehan traveled west to North
Dakota. He came to Denver, April 7, 1880. He was for twenty years secretary-treasurer
of the Journeymen's Horseshoers International Union of the United States and Canada
and during that period worked continuously at horseshoeing.

In Denver, Mr. Kenehan was married to Miss Julia Casey, a daughter of Martin
Casey and their children are: Thomas, Ella, Katharine, Grace, Ready, Jr., and Martin.

Mr. JCenehan has always given his political allegiance to the democratic party and
has been a most earnest worker in behalf of labor in the ranks of the democratic party.
In April, 1897, he was appointed a member of the newly created board of arbitration
by Governor Adams. At the expiration of his first term, he was reappointed by Governor
Thomas, and for a third term in 1901 by Governor Orman. In May, 1904, he was elected
supervisor for the first district of Denver. He closed his term in this office in May,
1908, and the following November was elected state auditor of Colorado. Two years later
he was elected state treasurer, and in 1912 was again elected state auditor. On July 22,
1917, Mr. Kenehan was appointed by Secretary of War Baker, a member of District
Draft Board No. 2 for the state of Colorado. He was elected secretary of the draft board
and held that position during its existence. He was a member of the Colorado state labor
advisory board and filled the office of secretary during the existence of the board. On
April IS, 1918, he received the appointment of federal director of labor for Colorado from
Secretary of Labor Wilson.

Mr. Kenehan's study of labor conditions has been most thorough and comprehensive.
He is a broad-minded man of wide vision and with a spirit responsive to equity and fair-
ness in all regards. He has sought just solution for many problems with which he has
had to deal and his work in connection with Colorado and the war is of great value to
vealth and country.


James Benjamin Walker is the owner of a splendid farm property improved
with all modern equipment, in the vicinity of Husted, and in his business career
has ever displayed the spirit of typical western enterprise and progress. He is a
native son of Colorado, his birth having occurred near Monument, August 12, 1864,
his parents being Henry B. and Mary Walker, the former a native of Illinois, while
the latter was born in Germany. The father became one of the pioneer settlers
of Colorado, having crossed the plains in 1860, and during the Indian troubles of
1868 his home and buildings were destroyed by the red men, at which time he was
residing on a claim near Monument. Subsequent to the Indian troubles he bought
a relinquishment of a Mr. Cousins and thus came into possession of a ranch, six
miles south of Monument, whereon he resided until 1907, when he sold that prop-
erty and took up his abode in Colorado Springs. A year later he removed to Den-
ver, where he passed away in 1914 and where his widow still resides.

James Benjamin Walker was reared under the parental roof and early be-
came an active assistant of his father in the work of developing and improving the
ranch. He continued to assist his father until he felt able to start out in business
on his own account, at which time he purchased his present ranch property, com-
prising nine hundred acres, lying in a beautiful green valley about three miles
off the main highway, leading toward Colorado Springs from Monument. He has
greatly improved his property, bringing the fields under a high state of cultiva-
tion and pasturing two hundred head of cattle on his rich meadow lands. He has
attractive modern buildings and all the substantial improvements found upon a
model farm of the twentieth century, including a large silo. He Is recognized as
one of the leading and most progressive farmers of the community.

In 1907 Mr. Walker was united in marriage to Miss Janet Reid, a native of
Scotland and a daughter of Robert and Maggie (McTavish) Reid. Her mother
died when Mrs. Walker was but six weeks old and she was reared by her aunt,



Maggie Reid, with whom she came to America at the age of six years, arriving in
Chicago on the 20th of January, 1878, and there she received her education. For
a number of years she lived with her uncle, Alexander McCormack, at Palmer Lake,
Colorado, and for two years was a resident of Denver.

Mr. and Mrs. Walker are widely and favorably known in the district in which
they reside, enjoying the friendship and kindly regard of all with whom they have
come in contact. Mr. Walker stands as one of the most progressive agriculturists
of his community and his methods may well be followed by those who wish to make
their efforts along agricultural lines count for the utmost.


Frederick Russell Mcllhenney, who has been closely identified with ranching
interests in Elbert county and with political activities as well, was born in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, on the 14th of April, 1856, a son of William S. and Katherine (Achuff)
Mcllhenney, the former of Scotch-Irish lineage, while the latter came of Pennsylvania
Dutch ancestry. His education was acquired in the public schools of his native city
and he was a youth of seventeen years when on the 11th of May, 1873, he arrived in
Colorado, settling first at Colorado Springs. In 1875 he removed to Riverbend, in
Elbert county, and has since resided within the borders of the county, covering a period
of forty-three years. He has been active in its business affairs and in its development.
For many years he engaged in ranching and for two decades he conducted a store in
Riverbend. His fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth, have called him to public
office and for four years he has served as assessor of Elbert county. In 1918 he was
given the republican nomination for county treasurer and he is regarded as one of
the leaders of his party in his section of the state.

Mr. Mcllhenney was married thirty-seven years ago to Miss Mary Hudson, In
what is now the city of Eastonville, Colorado. They became the parents of four sons
and two daughters. Two of these children have passed away: Theodore, who died in
1913 at the age of twenty-nine years; and Evelyn, who died in infancy. Two of the
living sons are married and one son is now in the service of his country, being
stationed at this writing (December, 1918) in England. As one of the pioneers of
Colorado, Mr. Mcllhenney has for forty-five years witnessed its growth and develop-
ment and throughout the entire period has borne his share in the work of public
progress and improvement. He can relate many an interesting incident concerning
the early days and conditions which then existed and his memory forms one of the
connecting links between the pioneer past and the progressive present.


William M. Lampton is the genial and well known general freight agent of the
Denver & Rio Grande Railroad at Denver. He has faithfully served this company for
nearly twenty-seven years and is one of the most popular representatives of railroad
interests in this section of the country. He was born in Pettis county, Missouri, Sep-
tember 2. 1863, a son of Mitchell M. and Elizabeth (Rowland) Lampton, both of whom
were natives of Kentucky, whence they removed to Missouri in 1856, settling in Pettis
county, where the father engaged in farming for a number of years. He passed away in
Sedalia, Missouri, in 1S85, while his wife died in St. Louis in 1894. During the Civil

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