Frederick S. Macy, one of the leading members of the Seward county bar, who lives at Liberal, is a fine example of the self-made men of Kansas who have played such an important part in her development, and is to be congratulated upon the rapidity with which he has worked his way upward to a position of confidence among the men of his community and gained a reputation which leads to a practice covering several States. Mr. Macy was born on a farm in Randolph county, Indiana, January 17, 1881, the third son of Charles C. and Elizabeth Stump Macy. The father was born in the same county, March 20, 1857, the eldest son of William P. and Dimis Hoagland Macy, also natives of Indiana. John Macy, the first American ancestor of the family, was an official in Cromwell's army, which defeated James II. of England. He came to this country at an early day, being one of the original purchasers of the Island of Nantucket. John Winchester Macy, a great-uncle of Frederick, was circuit judge of Randolph county, Indiana, for fifteen years, resigning just before his death; he had served in the Sixtieth Indiana regiment during the Civil war. Charles C. Macy had one brother and six sisters: Emma, Effie, Elizabeth, Rose, Sallie and Lula (deceased), and Edward, who is an inventor, living in Beaver county, Oklahoma. Charles Macy was an oil operator in western Ohio and eastern Indiana for some years, being identified with the Standard Oil Company from 1894 to 1911, when he removed to Bartlesville, Okla., where he is an oil and gas promoter. Mr. Macy is a Republican in politics and is a member of the Masonic order. In 1874 Mr. Macy married Elizabeth Stump at Farmland, Ind., who died October 3, 1912. She was born in Randolph county, Indiana, July 8, 1859, the daughter of William Stump, a farmer, who had two sons and three daughters, one of whom, Laura, is the wife of Dr. Joseph F. Bowers, a noted specialist of Denver, Col. Frederick Macy's parents had eight children: Walter, born August 7, 1879, is now in business at Marion, Ohio, married Edna Jones in June, 1912; Claude C., born September 13, 1880, is in the oil business with his father; Frederick S.; Jessie Opal, born February 28, 1883, the wife of Guy C. Roush, an automobile dealer of Peoria, Ill.; Hugh Herman, born October 30, 1888, is with his father; Lulu Emily, born March 20, 1892, teacher, who lives at home; Paul Edward, born September 20, 1900, and Joseph, born October 20, 1905.
Frederick Macy was educated in the public schools of Randolph county, Indiana, graduating from the Pennville High School with the class of 1900. While in school the boy worked at different occupations to pay his expenses, as he was ambitious, and determined to secure an education, which he believed was the best equipment for life. Subsequently he took a normal course and taught one year, but in 1902 he came west, locating at Cordell, Okla., where he attended the normal school and again taught a year. In 1894 he settled in Beaver county, Oklahoma, on Government land, and while proving up his claim taught school one year. Having determined upon a professional career, Mr. Macy began to read law, but in order to make a living he opened up the first set of abstract books in Beaver county, in 1905, at Beaver. A year later he sold his business and removed to Liberal, Kan., forming a law partnership with Charles R. Wright, who died December 18, 1909. Mr. Macy was admitted to practice before the Department of the Interior, Washington, D. C., in 1905, and before the Supreme Court of Kansas, January 23, 1908. His practice has grown rapidly, due to his marked ability as an attorney, and today he practices in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. He has cases in the Federal courts of Oklahoma and Kansas and also before the United States Supreme Court, being admitted to practice before it in January, 1913. Mr. Macy has a large law library, which is considered the best in the Southwest, and, considering that he is still a young man, this is unusual. On June 25, 1910, Mr. Macy married Magdalena, the daughter of H. P. and Catharine Phillips Larrabee, of Liberal. She was born at Joplin, Mo., September 30, 1880, although her father was a native of Canton, Ohio. He died in 1906. Mrs. Macy is a brilliant woman, being a graduate of a good business college, and is thoroughly proficient in stenography. She is now the court stenographer of Texas county, Oklahoma, a difficult position, which she fills with merit. Mrs. Macy is a typical example of the Twentieth century business woman.Pages 39-41 from a supplemental volume 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 October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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