GRANT COUNTY, KANSAS

BIOGRAPHIES

BAKER, HORACE HENDERSON

Horace Henderson Baker, superintendent of schools at Cimarron since September, 1930, was born at Jefferson City, Tennessee, December 21, 1897, and for seventeen years has resided in Kansas.

His father Wallen Winfield Baker, was born at Sneedville, Tennessee, May 29, 1869, and has served as superintendent in Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Kansas. Now retired, he resides at Lebanon. He is descended from the English family of Baker and the Welch family of Walden.


His mother, Elizabeth Ann Manly, was born near Newmarket, Tennessee, March 24, 1874, and died at Wichita, February 20, 1917. She came from the English family of Hudson and the Irish family of Manly, her father, D. F. Manly, having been a well known Baptist preacher in Tennessee. She was a teacher and active in social welfare and church work.

Horace Henderson Baker attended public school in Tennessee and Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Baptist Academy, and in 1914 was graduated from high school at Blackwell, Oklahoma. He was a member of the football, basketball and track teams at Harper High School, and took post-graduate work there in 1915-16.

In 1920 Mr. Baker received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairmount College, now Wichita University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Delta, the Men's Honor Five, Phi Lambda Psi (Men of Webster), and its president 1918-19, secretary 1917-18. During 1918 and 1919 he was left end on the Fairmount College football team. He was president of the student council one year.

His marriage to (Ethel) Evadenne Bishop was solemnized at Anson, Kansas, August 3, 1921. She was born near Conway Springs, October 24, 1898, the daughter of Silas and Kate M. (McBride) Bishop. There are two children living, Charles, born April 11, 1926; and Allan, August 11, 1928. Kathryn, born October 27, 1922, died November 4, 1922. Mrs. Baker, before her marriage a teacher, is former president of the 20th Century Culture Club, and now chairman of the Gray County Welfare Council.

From 1916 until 1920 Mr.. Baker was a stenographer and office assistant at Fairmount College, and the year of 1920-21, was high school principal and teacher of English in the South Haven Rural High School. He was superintendent at South Haven 1921-22 and 1922-23, and at Milton 1923-30. While at South Haven he coached football one season and debate two years.


His thesis for his Master's degree, written while a student at Chicago University was A Comparative Study of Pupil Achievement in Consolidated and One-Teacher Schools. He received his Master's degree in 1927, and was elected to Zeta chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. He is the author also of an article, The Live Wire Teacher of English (Kansas Bulletin of Teachers of English, 1931).

Mr. Baker is president of the Gray County Teachers Association, chairman of the 1933 Southwest Conference of Consolidated Schools, and chairman of the senior high school department, Dodge City section, Kansas State Teachers Association, 1933 session. He is a member also of the National Education Association, the National Department of Secondary School Principals, the Kansas High School Principals Association, the Gray County Athletic Association (president 1931-32) ; and the Sumner County Teachers Association (president 1923-24) ; he was association chairman, High School Round Table, Sumner Count}'' 1924-25; and president of the Sumner County Athletic Association 1926-28.

His other memberships include the Chamber of Commerce, the Masons (Blue Lodge and Chapter), the Red Cross, the Gray County Welfare Council, the Milton, Kansas, Baptist Church, and the American Legion. He is affiliated with the Community Church at Cimarron, where he teaches the Livewire Sunday School Class. During the World War he was enlisted in the Students Army Training Corps at Fairmont College. Residence: Cimarron. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 60)

ELWOOD, J. N.

J. N. Elwood, living in the southern part of the county, represents Grant and Stanton counties in the legislature, and will be a candidate for renomination. He is a prosperous stockman and can be elected. (The Wichita Daily Eagle, August 12, 1900)

HENTHORN, ELI

The Pooh Bah of Ulysses and Grant county - every shortgrass county has a Pooh Bah, is Eli henthorn. He is county attorney, postmaster, editor and proprietor of the only paper in the county and chairman of the county central committee. He also was congressional committeeman for some years. (The Wichita Daily Eagle, August 12, 1900)

HUTCHISON, WILLIAM EASTON

District Judge William Easton Hutchison of Garden City got his start in Grant county. He lived in early days in Liverpool and Appomatox, both deserted cities now. He than moved to Ulysses and soon after was made county attorney. When Judge Theodosius Botkin was removed as Judge in 1891 Hutchison was appointed, then elected for a full term and is now on his second term. He is a good judge, an excellent politician and very popular. (The Wichita Daily Eagle, August 12, 1900)

TOWLER, ED

Ed Towler, proprietor of the hotel at Ulysses, is a leading Populist politician of Grant county. He attended the Long meeting Tuesday afternoon and was an attentive listener, though he shook his head at some things Long said. At supper, when Fred Smith had developed something more than his usually vigorous appetite, and while the meal was on, Smith made the remark that he did not see how a man who set such a table filled with good things could be such a rank Populist. That's easy to see, said Long. He can't make anything on fellows with appetites like yours; it reminds him constantly of the famine in India and the result is that he is a Populist. (The Wichita Daily Eagle, August 12, 1900)

 

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