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Edgar Bachus "Ed" Schermerhorn
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1851
Channahon
Will County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 1, 1923
Galena
Cherokee County
Kansas, USA



Edgar Bachus "Ed" Schermerhorn
19 November 1851 - 01 February 1923

E. B. SCHERMERHORN
PIONEER CITIZEN DIES
______

Cherokee Countys wealthiest Resi-
dent and President of Citizens
Bank Dies Two Weeks After Wife
---Also Was Prominent Mason
_______

E. B. "Ed" Schermerhorn walked
into Galena forty-six years ago with
only 50 cents in his pocket, obtained
a position as clerk in a mercantile
store and became the wealthiest resi-
dent of the county, bank president,
state official, influential politician
and Galenas most prominent citizen,
died at his home, No. 803 East Fifth
street, at 11 oclock Thursday night.

Mr. Schermerhorn was 72 years
old, his death being contributed to
heart disease, and occurred just two
weeks after the death of his wife. He
suffered some time from the disease
that caused his death, although even
his closest friends were not aware
that his condition was as serious as
it was. They believe his death was
hastened by the death of his wife.
The story of Mr. Schermerhorns
career probably is more interesting
that that of any citizen of the
county. Born in Illinois, he went to
Greenville, Mich., when a youth
and obtained a position as bank mes-
senger. From that state he went to
Colorado, and then to Baxter Springs
in 1876. A year later he came to
Galena. Transportation was not so
cheap in those days as it is now, and
as the young mans pockets were not
bulging with cash, he walked from
Baxter to Galena.

With just 50 cents as his capital,
Schermerhorn looked over the young
mining camp and decided to remain
here. He began applying for work
and was accepted by the late J. M.
Cooper of Baxter, who conducted
mercantile stores in Baxter and
Galena and who also was interested
in lead and zinc mines here, his firm
operating under the name of the J.
M. Cooper Mining and Mercantile
Company.

Mr. Schermerhorn proved to be an
excellent employee. He soon gained
the confidence of Mr. Cooper and
what was to be a most successful
business career was begun. As time
passed, he became a member of the
firm and his possessions increased.
Mining and farm lands, real estate
and bank stock were acquired and
his wealth accumulated rapidly. For
many years he had been the largest
land owner and heaviest taxpayer in
Cherokee county. He gave liberally
to charity and civic interests, al-
though those acts were not generally
known because of his distaste for
notoriety in such matters. Many of
his donations were for causes out-
side his home city and county. He
gave $1,000 to the fund for Joplins
Young Mens Christian Association
building erected a few years ago. He
gave to the city of Galena, last sum-
mer, a tract of his land located on
Shoal Creek, which provides the city
with a wonderful natural scenic park
site. Also about a week ago, Mr.
Schermerhorn gave to the local Chris-
tian church the lot adjacent the
church on the north.

E. B. Schermerhorn was a very
enthusiastic member of the Masons,
being a member of the following
branches, Knights Templars Com-
mandery of Galena; Scottish Rites of
Wichita, Kansas Shriner of Pitts-
burg; the Chapter of Baxter and
the Masonic lodge of Galena; he was
also a member of the local A. O. U.
W. No. 9 and B. P. O. Elks, No.677
of Galena and a member of the Oak
Hill Golf Club and Joplin Country
Club.

For eight years Mr. Schermerhorn
was chairman of the Kansas board
of control, which directs the opera-
tion of state institutions. He also
served in the state legislature and on
the city council. Until a few years
ago he was active in republican poli-
tics and became influential through-
out the state. He had been president
of the Citizens bank of Galena many
years.

Mr. Schermerhorn was twice mar-
ried his first wife having died Decem-
ber 23, 1915. He is survived by a sis-
ter, Mrs. J. K. Lennon of Quaker
Valley, a few miles west of Galena,
and three brothers, B. L., L. D. and
L. J. Schermerhorn all who reside in
Greenville, Michigan.

Funeral arrangements will not be
complete until the arrival of Mr.
Schermerhorns brothers who expect
to arrive in Galena Sunday morning.

GALENA EVENING TIMES
Friday, February 2, 1923
Page 1
_______________

~`~

EDGAR B. SCHERMERHORN
PIONEER CITIZEN SUCCUMBS
______

Cherokee Countys wealthiest Resi-
dent and President of Citizens
Bank Dies Two Weeks After Wife
---Also Was Prominent Mason
_______

E. B. "Ed" Schermerhorn walked
into Galena forty-six years ago with
only 50 cents in his pocket, obtained
a position as clerk in a mercantile
store and became the wealthiest resi-
dent of the county, bank president,
state official, influential politician
and Galenas most prominent citizen,
died at his home, No. 803 East Fifth
street, at 11 oclock Thursday night.

Mr. Schermerhorn was 72 years
old, his death being contributed to
heart disease, and occurred just two
weeks after the death of his wife. He
suffered some time from the disease
that caused his death, although even
his closest friends were not aware
that his condition was as serious as
it was. They believe his death was
hastened by the death of his wife.

The story of Mr. Schermerhorns
career probably is more interesting
that that of any citizen of the
county. Born in Illinois, he went to
Greenville, Mich., when a youth
and obtained a position as bank mes-
senger. From that state he went to
Colorado, and then to Baxter Springs
in 1876. A year later he came to
Galena. Transportation was not so
cheap in those days as it is now, and
as the young mans pockets were not
bulging with cash, he walked from
Baxter to Galena.

With just 50 cents as his capital,
Schermerhorn looked over the young
mining camp and decided to remain
here. He began applying for work
and was accepted by the late J. M.
Cooper of Baxter, who conducted
mercantile stores in Baxter and
Galena and who also was interested
in lead and zinc mines here, his firm
operating under the name of the J.
M. Cooper Mining and Mercantile
Company.

Mr. Schermerhorn proved to be an
excellent employee. He soon gained
the confidence of Mr. Cooper and
what was to be a most successful
business career was begun. As time
passed, he became a member of the
firm and his possessions increased.
Mining and farm lands, real estate
and bank stock were acquired and
his wealth accumulated rapidly. For
many years he had been the largest
land owner and heaviest taxpayer in
Cherokee county. He gave liberally
to charity and civic interests, al-
though those acts were not generally
known because of his distaste for
notoriety in such matters. Many of
his donations were for causes out-
side his home city and county. He
gave $1,000 to the fund for Joplins
Young Mens Christian Association
building erected a few years ago. He
gave to the city of Galena, last sum-
mer, a tract of his land located on
Shoal Creek, which provides the city
with a wonderful natural scenic park
site. Also about a week ago, Mr.
Schermerhorn gave to the local Chris-
tian church the lot adjacent the
church on the north.

E. B. Schermerhorn was a very
enthusiastic member of the Masons,
being a member of the following
branches, Knights Templars Com-
mandery of Galena; Scottish Rites of
Wichita, Kansas Shriner of Pitts-
burg; the Chapter of Baxter and
the Masonic lodge of Galena; he was
also a member of the local A. O. U.
W. No. 9 and B. P. O. Elks, No.677
of Galena and a member of the Oak
Hill Golf Club and Joplin Country
Club.

For eight years Mr. Schermerhorn
was chairman of the Kansas board
of control, which directs the opera-
tion of state institutions. He also
served in the state legislature and on
the city council. Until a few years
ago he was active in republican poli-
tics and became influential through-
out the state. He had been president
of the Citizens bank of Galena many
years.

Mr. Schermerhorn was twice mar-
ried his first wife having died Decem-
ber 23, 1915. He is survived by a sis-
ter, Mrs. J. K. Lennon of Quaker
Valley, a few miles west of Galena,
and three brothers, B. L., L. D. and
L. J. Schermerhorn all who reside in
Greenville, Michigan.

Funeral rites were held at the
Methodist Episcopal church Wednes-
day afternoon at 2:30 oclock. The
Reverend Elmer E. Hollar officiated.
George Winter of Joplin sang. The
funeral was in charge of the Masons;
the Knights Templars furnished an
escort. Interment was made in the
Schermerhorn Mosaleum in Mt. Hope
cemetery, near Webb City.

The body lay in state at the Meth-
odist Episcopal church Wednesday
from 10 oclock a.m., until 2 p. m.

The honorary pallbearers were:
Albert Schmidt, L. J. Haines, William
Schmidt, C. L. Sawyer, J. K. Wingert
of Joplin, E. E. Sapp, M. Robeson,
George I. McCullagh and John
McCullagh.

The active pallbearers were: R.
A. Coles, H. H. Hubbard, E. E. Jul-
ien, E. R. Wheeler, Warren Stringer,
Harold Powell, B. F. Russell, and
Max J. Starina.

GALENA WEEKLY REPUBLICAN
Friday, February 9, 1923
Page 1
_______________

~`~

Edgar Backus Schermerhorn -
Born Nov. 19, 1851 in Channahon, Will County, IL.
Died Feb. 01, 1923 Galena, KS.

~`~

Will County IL Marriage Records:
Schermerhorn, Isaac B. & Backus, Jane
07/07/1850 License No. 1291

Note: Bachus/Backus was found spelled both ways. Backus was probably an incorrect spelling.

~`~

From copy of the deed from Columbus Courthouse:

This would appear to be Edgar's heirs. They all signed the Galena Belle Mansion over to their sister Minnie:

QUITCLAIM DEED of March 31, 1923
FROM
Lucius B. Schermerhorn, single [Widowed]
Byron L. Schermerhorn and Phena, his wife
Lyman Jay Schermerhorn and Jennie, his wife
Ralph Schermerhon and Matie, his wife
TO
Minnie Kenyon Lennon

~`~

Michigan Marriages:

Schermerhorn, Lucius B. & Lottie Churchill
25 Mar 1883 Pg 209 Vol. A
Schimerhorn, Byron L. & Phena Hahn
05 Sep 1888 Pg 16 Vol. C
Schermerhorn, L. J. & Jennie Waters
12 Jan 1893 Pg 106 Vol. C
Schermerhorn, Minnie A. & Ed Kiniou
06 Mar 1889 Pg 28 Vol. C
(Groom s/b Kinion aka Kenyon??)

~`~

Cemetery information:

East Montcalm Cemetery, Montcalm Twp., Montcalms County, MI

Schermerhorn:

Byron L. 10 Sep 1857 - 02 Nov 1927
Phena [Hahn] 21 May 1866 - 29 Jan 1945
Ralph E. 1885 - 1968
Maytie [?] 1886 - 1973 (w/o Ralph)

Riverside (Langston) Cemetery, Langston Pine Twp, Montcalm Co., MI

Schermerhorn:

Lucius B. 09 Nov 1855 - 07 April 1935
Lottie [Churchill] 19 Jul 1880 - 27 Jun 1902
Lyman J. 1862 - 1940
Jennie L.[Waters] 1875 - 1961
Neitzel Herbert H. 1889 - 1964 (son-in-law of
Mrs. L. J. mentioned in newspaper?)

~`~

Mount Hope Cemetery Mausoleum:

Bottom, North side: Edgar B. Schermerhorn,
11/19/1851 - 2/01/1923
Next Up, North side: Abbie Schermerhorn,
9/27/1850 - 12/23/1915
Next Up, North side: Orpha Brannon,
3/27/1853 - 3/28/1919 Sister of Abbie
Top, North side: Ella Schermerhorn,
11/17/1877 - 1/18/1923

Bottom, South side: James Lennon
From Obit: 6/17/1852 - 8/13/1928
Next up, South side: Harriet M. Lennon,
8/11/1865 - 9/18/1910
Next Up, South side: Minnie A. Lennon,
12/07/1867 - 1/31/1939
Top, South side: Apparently empty.

~`~

First wife, Abbie Brown Simpson.

Jasper County MO. Marriage records:

Edward B. Schemerhorn - Abbie Simpson
21 Nov 1878 366 Book F
She should have been listed as Mrs. His name is incorrect. Because he was called "Ed" for Edgar, maybe they assumed he was Edward?

Second wife, Ella Marie Brace Sumner.

Harriet M. Schermerhorn Lennon
and sister
Minnie Adelia Schermerhorn Kenyon Lennon
were both married to James K. Lennon.

From Don Freeman, a Schermerhorn researcher:

Abbie was the first entombed in the Schermerhorn Mausoleum. However obviously their mausoleum was not completed when Abbie passed as she was first entombed on 12/26/1915 in the Rogers Mausoleum & then removed and entombed in the Schermerhorn on 08/26/1916. My information shows that she had the disease "gastritis" and that she had a bronze casket. So apparently their mausoleum was constructed between 01/1916 & 08/1916.

~`~

Interment.net

[DF] Don Freeman [cfreeman2@sbcglobal.net]

Lennon James K., 17 Jun 1852, d. 13 Aug 1928, h/o Harriet & Minnie Schermerhorn, [DF]
Lennon Minnie A., b. 1869, d. 31 Jan 1939, 2nd w/o J.K. Lennon, [DF]
Lennon, Harriet M., b. 11 Aug 1865, d 18 Sep 1910, 1st w/o J.K. Lennon, Removal from Ks. Cemetery to family mausoleum 10/01/1928, [DF]
Schermerhorn Edgar Bachus, b. 19 Nov 1851, d. 01 Feb 1923, s/o Isaac B. Schermerhorn & Mary J. Bachus, [DF]
Schermerhorn Ella M., b. 17 Nov 1877, d 18 Jan 1923, 2nd. w/o E.B. Schermerhorn, [DF]
Schermerhorn, Abbie, b. 22 Sep 1851, d. 23 Dec 1915, 1st w/o E.B. Schermerhorn, d/o Thomas Brown & Anne Smith, [DF]
Brannon, Orpha B., b. 27 Mar 1854, d. 29 Mar 1919, d/o Thomas Brown & Anne Smith, [DF]

~`~

Kansas Legislators Past and Present

Name: Edgar Bachus Schermerhorn
Born: November 19, 1851, in Channahon, Illinois.
Died: February 1, 1923
Occupation: Farmer, Banker, Merchant
County: Cherokee
Town: Galena
Party: Republican
District: 26
Chamber: House 1901, 1903, SS1903, 1905

Notes: Came to Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1875. Twice married, first on November 21, 1878 to Miss Abbie Brown Simpson, she died December 23, 1915. He married Ella Brace Sumner on November 19, 1919, she died on January 18, 1923.

Mr. Shermerhorn, was by all accounts a very successful business man, rated as being a millionaire. Both Governors Hoch and Stubbs appointed him to special boards. The home he started to build in 1891 is "now listed on the National Register of Historic Places". Mr. Schermerhorn, is reported to have been a very generous and caring individual, giving to the less fortunate and many charities. He also donated 22 acres of land, in 1922, to the city of Galena to be used for a city park. The park was named Schermerhorn Park.

Source material:Information provided by Don Freeman, who has spend approximately three years researching sources on Mr. Schermerhorn. Books containing biographies are: History of Cherokee County and its Representative Citizens, 1904, Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, 1914, and Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history.

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Family links: 
 Parents:
  Isaac B. Schermerhorn (1821 - ____)
  Jane B. Schermerhorn (1828 - 1871)
 
 Spouses:
  Ella Marie Brace Schermerhorn (1877 - 1923)
  Abbie Brown Schermerhorn (1851 - 1915)
 
 Sibling:
  Edgar Bachus Schermerhorn (1851 - 1923)
  Minnie Adelia Schermerhorn Lennon (1869 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Webb City
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
 
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