Biographies & Obituaries

Biographies and Obituaries contain close to the same information, they are presented together here and arranged according to surnames.

SIEBEN, Leonard, Assessor of Phenix Township, is a resident on section 28, of the same township. He was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Feb. 15, 1844. His parents, Joseph and Aboline Sieben, were also born in the same part of "Das Faderland." In 1852 the family removed to the United States, and the father made a location at first in Whiteside County. There they lived as renters until the death of the father. That event occurred Jan. 1, 1859. The death of the mother took place in Chicago a few months after coming to this country. Joseph Sieben was married again after the death of his first wife, and of the second marriage there was one child born. The first wife was the mother of seven children, all of whom are now living and are located as follows: John, the oldest, is a citizen of Loraine Township; Teresa is the wife of Henry H. Haniman, of Osco Township; Valentine is represented by a sketch in another part of this volume; Margaret is the wife of George Arnett, of whom a biographical notice is given elsewhere; Leonard is the next in order of birth; Henry lives in Montana; Jacob also resides in that Territory.

Mr. Sieben was a lad of 13 when his father died, and he was under the necessity of undertaking the settlement of the question of taking care of himself without aid, either in the merits of the problem or in the fact that presented itself with convincing force. He first obtained employment as a farm assistant in the vicinity where he had lived, but he was occupied there only a brief period. In 1864 he set out for the territories, and he went to that part of Idaho which is now named Montana. In company with three others he made the journey to the distant West over-land, and they traveled there in three months and seven days, lanmding at Virginia City.

He was first employed as a teamster and followed that occupation until the spring of 1866. He then bought a team and engaged in freighting goods between Fort Benton and Virginia City, to the city of Helena and to other towns in the interior which were then the sites of the mining camps. He operated in that line of business until the spring of 1870, when he went to Utah and there bought a herd of young cattle which he drove to Montana to sell. He devoted three years to the prosecution of that business and at the end of that time he settled in Meagher County, in Montana Territory, where he lived on a stock ranch until the fall of 1879. He then sold out and returned to the East, and soon after, in January, 1880, he bought a farm on section 28 in Phenix Township. This has since been his home and his field of operation as a farmer. He has improved the place and all its appurienances and has one of the most desirable places in the township. Mr. Sieben affords a good illustration of what a life devoted to worthy effort may bring forth. With nothing to aid him but a determination to make good use of his time in taking advantage of the opportunities afforded in a free land, where his privileges were not restricted beyond those of any other class, he has made his way to a position, not only of comfort and ease, but to one of confidence and trust in the gift of his fello-citizens. He was elected to the office of Assessor in 1884.

April 9, 1878, he was married to Sarah, daughter of Henry and Susan (Henney) Hines. She was born in the township where she now lives. To her and her husband four children have been born, and they are named as follows: Olive, Sylvia, Ira and Erie.

THOROUGHMAN, Thomas H., pioneer (1832-Dec. 24, 1896). Thoroughman studied law and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1858, being appointed city attorney of St. Joseph and then being elected circuit attorney. He was commissioned in the Confederate forces in 1862 with rank of colonel. In 1863 he was captured, imprisoned at Quincy, Illinois, then paroled, when he went to Montana, forming a law partnership with Alex C. Davis at Virginia City. The firm later relocated at Helena. Thoroughman was commissioned a Brigadier General in the Montana Militia by acting governor Thomas Francis Meagher in 1867, but after Meagher's death was demoted to colonel by Governor Green Clay Smith; his principal responsibility was the Gallatin Valley, although there was no fighting against Indians. In 1870 Thoroughman went to St. Louis where he practiced law until his death. He was married twice; the first marriage was before he went to Montana and by it he fathered three daughters. He married again at Virginia City and fathered five children, including two sons.
~Source: "Meagher County News, Jan. 16, 1897", White Sulphur Springs, Montana

TOOLEY, Clarence Phillip, merchant and statesman of Two Dot, Mont., was born Aug. 31, 1874, in Evanston, Wyo. In 1905-09 he was a member of the Montana state senate for Meagher county. ~Source: "Herringshaw's American Blue-book of Biography", by American Publishers' Association, 1914

TOOLEY, Clarence Philip, merchant, legislator, was born Aug. 31, 1874, in Evanston, Wyo. He was educated in the public and private schools of Baldwinsville, N.Y. He is now a successful merchant of Two Dot, Mont.; and prominently identified with the business and public affairs of his city, county and state. He was a representative in the eighth general assembly of the Montana state legislature; and was a member on several important committees. He is now a member of the Montana state senate for Meagher county for the term of 1905-09; and resides in Two Dot, Mont. ~Source: "Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography", edited by Thomas William Herringshaw, 1914