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Amasa Jeffcoat (1843-1934), Liveryman

Henry and Sarah E. (Wilcox) Jeffcoat welcomed their second son, Amasa Jeffcoat, to the world on February 4, 1843 in York, Illinois.  Henry was a farmer originally from Aylesbury, England.   When just a year old the family moved to Will … Continue reading

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Oscar Allen Dentzer (1875-1940), Grocer

John Dick Dentzer and Sarah Jane Dentzer gave birth to Oscar Allen Dentzer on February 4, 1875 in Forest City, Illinois.  The family migrated to Dickinson County, Kansas by 1880, when the family was living on 161 acres in the … Continue reading

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Joseph Gerald Armitage (1836-1900), Merchant and Missionary

Born on October 28, 1836 in Three Rivers, Michigan, Joseph Gerald Armitage grew up on the family farm in Lockport Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan.  His parents, William and Lydia Armitage, were natives of England.  Joseph grew up working on … Continue reading

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Albert Lenze (1853-1918), Cigar Maker

Between 1898 and 1918, travelers arriving in Abilene by train were greeted by a vibrant 12 block downtown centered on the intersection of NW. 2nd and Broadway Streets.  Among the banks, hotels, dry goods stores, clothing stores and pharmacies was … Continue reading

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