Jeremiah Boyle Larimer, an active attorney of Topeka, is a Kentuckian by birth and ancestry, but has been a resident of Kansas since he was twelve years of age, when, in the year 1872, his father, Samuel Larimer, removed from Kentucky and located on a farm in Shawnee county. Samuel Larimer was a marble dealer and was born in Allegheny City, Pa. He died in Kentucky in 1887. He was married to Miss Hettie Hendricks, a native of Lexington, Ky. Three of the children born to this union are now living: Mary Ellen; Henry Gottlieb; and Jeremiah Boyle. All three are residents of Topeka and the brothers are engaged in the practice of law in that city. The mother died when her son, Jeremiah, was but a child and subsequently the father married Miss Mary D. Crow, who is now living in Topeka, where several of her children make their homes. Ten children were born to this second marriage, and nine are living: Laura, who married Walter L. Thomas and resides in Kansas City, Mo.; Samuel, who holds a position on the Santa Fe railroad at Des Moines, Iowa; Nellie, the wife of Charles B. French, of Tonganoxie, Kan.; James Evans, a lawyer in Topeka and at present the auditor of Shawnee county; Delia, who married Wilbur C. Haswell and lives in Chicago; David Stout, a resident of Los Angeles, Cal.; Maud, the wife of Henry W. Baskette, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Gilbert Walker and Hugh, both of whom are railroad men in the employ of the Santa Fe Railroad Company at Topeka.
Jeremiah Boyle Larimer was born at Danville, in Boyle county, Kentucky, Dec. 28, 1859. At Danville he began his education in the preparatory department of Center College. In 1872, at the age of twelve, he accompanied the family in their removal to Kansas and spent the remainder of his boyhood on his father's farm in Shawnee county, attending the country schools and later entering the Topeka High School. For a period of five years after completing his high school course he engaged in the work of a civil engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad Company. At the end of this time he began to prepare for the legal profession and entered the law department of the University of Michigan. After his graduation at that institution in 1882 he returned to Topeka and began the practice of his profession, which in the last twenty-eight years has won him a well deserved reputation for marked ability and professional success. Mr. Larimer is an active Republican and because of his prominence and popularity the candidacies for public office have been frequently offered him, but aside from a few minor offices, which he could not avoid, he has repeatedly declined these honors, preferring to give his entire attention to the practice of law. That this devotion to his profession has been amply repaid is evidenced by his large clientage, and the positions of trust and honor which have been conferred upon him as a lawyer. He is an ex-president of the Shawnee County Bar Association and has in the past been president of the Kansas State Bar Association, and is a member of the American Bar Association. He is attorney for the Prudential Trust Company, the Prudential State Bank and the Shawnee State Bank, and is president of the Prudential State Bank, a member of its board of directors and of the directorate of the Prudential Trust Company. Although Mr. Larimer has refused political offices, the record of his public services is a long and worthy one. He is vice-president and a member of the board of trustees of the Industrial and Educational Institute at Topeka, the secretary of the board of trustees of the Stormont Hospital, of Topeka; a director of Central Young Men's Christian Association, of Topeka; one of the trustees of Mount Hope Cemetery at Topeka, and a member of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Omaha, Neb. He is a popular member of the social organizations of Topeka, a charter member of the Saturday Night Club, and maintains memberships in the Commercial, the Fortnightly and the Country clubs. He is a member of the Knights and Ladies of Security. On Dec. 25, 1884, he was married to Miss Sarah Jane Osborn, whose home was near Milan, Mich. They have four children: Julian, Osborn Hendricks, Alice, and Ruth. Mr. Larimer and his family reside at 314 Woodlawn avenue.Pages 695-697 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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