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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN F. CODY, superintendent of the Cody Crushing Company, was born in Geneva, Wis., in 1846, and was identified with the carpentering business principally till 1872, when he located in Joplin, Mo., and engaged in manufacturing mining machinery, which he actively carried on till 1882, when he joined the present enterprise which he ably represents. The firm consists of Mr. Cody, M. Robeson, and J. K. Williams. It was established in 1882 for the purpose of mining and crushing. Their crushing and separating business turns out about thirty-five tons of ore a day. It is run by steam, with a capacity of thirty-horse power. It is confined principally to zinc ore.

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