BROOKS, JAMES JACOB
James Jacob Brooks, principal of the Sheridan Community High School at
Hoxie, was born in Clayton, Kansas, June 10, 1899. He is the son of
George Washington and Ellen (Kirk) Brooks, the father a native of
Springfield, Pennsylvania, born February 22, 1872. George Washington
Brooks, who is a farmer and livestock raiser, has served as president
of the board of trustees of the United Brethren Church, and a member of
the city council and a stockholder and director of a bank. Ellen Brooks
was born near Lincoln, Nebraska, September 30, 1875.
James Jacob Brooks attended rural and elementary schools at Clayton,
Kansas, and in 1917 was graduated from the Clayton Rural High School.
He attended York College at York, Nebraska, from 1919 until 1921 and
the State College at Hays, Kansas, the summer of 1923. He was a student
at the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1918 and the summer of 1932.
He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn College in
1924, and his Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1931.
In 1924 Mr. Brooks became principal of the Clayton High School and in
1925 superintendent of the Jennings Consolidated School. Since 1931 he
has held his present position. He is a Democrat.
His marriage to Gladys Olive Perkins was solemnized at Fairmont,
Nebraska, December 24, 1922. She was born there, December 16, 1899.
Mr. Brooks is a Mason, an Odd Fellow and a member of the Order of
Eastern Star, the Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross, the Red Red Rose,
the Young Men's Christian Association, the Methodist Church and the
American Legion. During the World War he served in the Students Army
Training Corps from October until December 1918, stationed at Lawrence,
being honorably discharged on December 25, 1918. Residence: Hoxie.
(Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton
Baldwin, 1933, Page 154 - Note: the book doesn't show a Sheridan
county, but shows this under Sherman county.)
BUTTS, JOHN S.
John S. Butts, owner of a farm of 320 acres in Reilly
township and 160 acres in New Mexico, is a native of Kentucky and a son of
William and Mary M. (Hansford) Butts, who were born and reared in Casey county,
Kentucky. William Butts, his father, was born in 1836, and learned the trade of
carpenter in his youth. He served as a Union volunteer in Company C, Eighth
Kentucky cavalry during the Civil War. He left his native State in 1877 and
came west to Holton, Kans., and worked at his trade in that city for five
years. He then spent four years in Arkansas, and retuned to Kansas, where he
spent his remaining years with the exception of two years spent in Oregon. He
was a member of the Methodist Church and was a Republican in politics. His
wife, Mary M., was born in Kentucky, in 1837 and was married to William Butts
in 1857. Five children were born to William and Mary M. Butts, as follows: Mrs.
Mary Hunt, died in Oklahoma; John S., subject of this review; William, deceased;
Mrs. Lizzie A. Bostwick, Bancroft, Kans.; the fifth child died in infancy.
John S. Butts, with whom this review is directly concerned
was born in Kentucky, December 5, 1865, and started out in life for himself
when eighteen years old. He worked as farm hand until 1888 and then rented a
quarter section of land for three years. He continued renting farm lands until
1895, at which time he bought eighty acres near Bancroft, and lived thereon for
three years, after which he sold out and bought 640 acres in Sheridan County,
Kansas. One year’s residence was sufficient for him in Sheridan County,
however, and he sold his large tract and returned to Nemaha county, purchasing
320 acres in Reilly township, which is his present home place. Mr. Butts is
essentially a cattleman and raises and feeds for the markets from 100 to 200
head of cattle annually. He was married in 1890 to Miss Lucile McCormick.
Mr. Butts is allied with the Republican party and is a
member of the Modern Woodmen of America. (History of Nemaha County, Kansas, by
Ralph Tennal, 1916, page 892, transcribed by PT)
MILES, VESTA MAY
Vesta May Miles, county superintendent of schools of Sheridan County,
was born in Remus, Michigan, February 10, 1897, daughter of Charley E.
and Frances (Frye) Miles. The father, who is a farmer was born in
Hartford City, Indiana, September 7, 1871. The mother was born in
Keokuk, Iowa, June 2, 1872, her grandparents having come from Hungary.
They had one child born on the Atlantic Ocean enroute to America.
Vesta May Miles was graduated from public school in 1913; enrolled in
the Sheridan County Community High School in 1914, where she was an
honor graduate in 1918. She later attended Kansas Wesleyan Business
College at Salina, and now has approximately seventy hours college
credit from Fort Hays, Kansas, State College at Hays. Miss Miles taught
in the rural schools of Sheridan and Decatur Counties for six years,
and five years in the grade schools of Decatur County.
Miss Miles was elected to her present position on the Democratic
ticket, July 1, 1929 and in 1932 was elected to her office for the
third successive term, being the first superintendent in Sheridan
County to enjoy that distinction. She is a member of the Methodist
Church (she is quite active in her church, especially the Junior
Deparmtent, which she superintends), the Royal Neighbors of America,
the Rebekah Lodge and has filled all chairs in the latter organization.
She has also served as delegate to grand lodge at Topeka, in 1918. Her
hobbies are hunting and piecing quilts. She enjoys music, playing the
violin, piano and clarinet. Residence: Hoxie. (Illustriana Kansas, by
Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Page 791-
the book doesn't show a Sheridan county, but shows this under Sherman
MONTEITH, EDSON ALLEN
Edson Allen Monteith, abstractor of titles, was born in Wayne County,
Iowa, December 16, 1882, son of Charles Franklin and Lucy Ellen
The father, a dealer in grain, livestock and farm implements, was born
in Des Moines, Iowa, June 2, 1857, and died at Selden, Kansas,
September 11, 1917. He was the son of Robert Monteith and Leah
Shepherd, both natives of Pennsylvania.
Lucy Ellen Wilcox was born in Denville, Iowa, September 8, 1859, and
now resides at Selden. She is the daughter of Minor D. Wilcox, a native
of Rhode Island, and Rebecca Southard, who was born in Licking County,
Educated in public school at Selden, Edson Allen Monteith began the
abstract title business. Later he added insurance, loans and the
selling of real estate. He now owns and manages the only complete set
of abstract books in Sheridan County.
A Democrat he was elected register of deeds of Sheridan County in 1904
at the age of 22 and served from 1905 until 1909, casting his first
vote in the election of 1904.
His marriage to Edith May Falls, was solemnized at Hoxie, Kansas, June
19, 1906. She was born near Altoona, Kansas, November 20, 1871. There
is one son, Charles Falmoth, born July 30, 1910 who married Ruth
During the World War Mr. Monteith was legal advisor under the draft
system and in 1932 was chairman of the Sheridan County Federal Relief
Committee. He has held various offices in the Kansas Title Association
and is secretary of the Hoxie Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of
the First Methodist Episcopal Church, the Modern Woodmen of America and
the Hoxie Golf Club. Recently he was elected for a third term as
treasurer of School District No. 19 of Sheridan County. Residence:
Hoxie.(Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert
Baldwin, 1933, Page 815 - Note: the book doesn't show a Sheridan
county, but shows this under Sherman county.)
MOWRY, AUBERT JACKSON
Aubert Jackson Mowry, civil engineer and county engineer of Sheridan
County from 1917 until January 1933, was born at Morland, Kansas,
September 11, 1893, son of Aubert Lamar and Maud Estella (Jeffery)
The father who is a farmer resides at Studley, Kansas. He was born in
Severance, Kansas May 13, 1873. The mother was born in Chicago,
September 1, 1872, her parents having come from the Isle of Wight,
England. On the Mowry side the family descended from John Brown.
Mr. Mowry attended public school until 1907 and from 1909 until 1913
was a student at Kansas State College at Manhattan. He is
secretary-treasurer and director of the Hoxie Building & Loan
Association since July 18, 1929. Mr. Mowry is a Republican.
On June 9, 1917 he was married to Luvena Kathryn Kiggins at Hoxie. She
was rural school teacher before her marriage and was born at
Litchfield, Illinois October 2, 1895, daughter of John F. and Mary
Idella (Gamble) Kiggins. There are four children, Aubert, born March
14, 1919; Kenneth, September 20, 1920; Gerald, February 28, 1926; and
Maridel, May 6, 1928; Mrs. Mowry is a member of Hoxie Chapter No. 317
of the Order of Eastern Star, and is affiliated with the Christian
Church. She is also a member of the Delphian Club. Her hobby is
Among Mr. Mowry's professional organizations are the American
Association of Civil Engineers and the Kansas Engineering Society of
which he has been a member since 1920. Since 1931 he has served the
Kansas County Engineers Association as the president. Mr. Mowry's
outstanding achievement in connection with the Engineering Department
was the origination of the county system of highway marking, which is
rapidly gaining favor over the entire state. He was master of Hoxie
Lodge NO. 348 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in 1926. During
1925 and 1932 he was worthy patron of Hoxie Chapter No. 317 of the
Order of Eastern Star and in 1930 served as president of the Chamber of
Commerce. Mr. Mowry's grandfather, Andrew Jackson Mowry, was a member
of Smithton Lodge NO. 1 at Severance, Kansas of the Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons. Mr. Mowry was a line officer in the United States Navy
during the World War at the Bremerton Navy Yard at Seattle, and is a
member of the American Legion. He is a charter member of Sheridan Post
No. 221 at Hoxie and has acted as adjutant historian and chaplain. He
is eligible to the Sons of the American Revolution. Work is his hobby.
Residence: Hoxie.(Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin &
Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Pages 839-840 - Note: the book doesn't
show a Sheridan county, but shows this under Sherman county.)
REED, B. R.
B. R. Reed has been one of the influential men of Sheridan
County for a number of years. After he retired from the office of county treasurer
he entered the Hoxie State Bank, of which he is the present cashier.
The Hoxie State Bank was organized under a state charter
June 17, 1909. Besides Mr. Reed, the officers are S. Larrick of Lenora, Kansas,
President, and F. M. Burr, vice president. It is a strong and well managed
institution, capitalized at $50,000, with a surplus and profits of $20,000.
B. R. Reed has lived in Sheridan County since boyhood. He
was born at Denver, Colorado, December 5, 1873. His branch of the Reed family
came from England about the time of the Mayflower Pilgrims. His grandfather,
Roland Reed, was born in Chenango County, New York, in 1819, spent his early
life in his native state and later became a pioneer farmer in Nebraska. He died
at Beaver Crossing, Seward County, Nebraska, February 8, 1884. His wife Jane
Weatherbe, born in 1820 in Pennsylvania, died at Beaver Crossing, October 1,
Charles F. Reed, father of the Hoxie banker, was born at
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, November 11, 1845. In 1863, when eighteen years of
age, he ran away from home and enlisted in the Union Army, in the Forty-fifth
Pennsylvania Infantry. He was with that regiment until severely wounded in the
battle of the Wilderness. When the war was over he went west to Colorado, and
in the early days was a freighter between Eastern Nebraska and Denver. Later he
conducted a lumber yard for Halleck Brothers in Denver and in 1874 moved to a
farm in Seward County, Nebraska.
Charles F. Reed, homesteaded a 160 acre claim in the
northwest part of Sheridan County, Kansas in 1886. He lived on that claim and
developed it as a fine farm until 1915, having in the meantime increased it to
320 acres. He then sold it and retired and resides at Rexford, Kansas. He is a
republican, is affiliated with the Grand Army of the Republic and the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married Melissa Cox, whose birth occurred
September 17, 1854. Their children are: Lettie, who lives at Hutchison, Kansas,
widow of Isaac Zeigler, who was a cement contractor in Hutchison; B. R. Reed is
second in age; Carl H., a real estate broker at Selden, Kansas; Ira W., a
farmer at Selden; Maude, wife of Willis Teeters, a farmer at Fairfield,
Nebraska; Floyd a farmer at Rexford, Kansas; Clay, assistant cashier in the
Hoxie State Bank; and Ruby, at home with her parents.
B. R. Reed was thirteen years old when his father
homesteaded in Sheridan County. He attended school in Nebraska and completed
his education in Sheridan County. He reached his majority on his father’s farm,
and for two years taught country school in Sheridan County and continued in the
same occupation for one year longer. For three years he farmed on his own
account, and in 1899 was elected county clerk of Sheridan County. He was re-elected
in 1902 and filled that office in a most capable manner for five years. In 1905
he entered the real estate business at Selden in partnership with his brother
Carl H. They were associated until 1809, when B. R. Reed moved to Hoxie to
enter upon his duties as county treasurer. He was re-elected in 1910 and was in
the office four years. On retiring he became bookkeeper in the Hoxie State Bank
and six months later was made assistant cashier, and since 1916 has been
Mr. Reed is a member of the Kansas Bankers Association and
the American Bankers Association. He is a man of considerable property, having two
sections of the good wheat lands of Sheridan County. He also owns a modern home
and other real estate in Hoxie. He is a republican, is a member and trustee of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, is past noble grand of Hoxie Lodge of Odd
Fellows and a member of Hoxie Camp, Modern Woodmen of America.
September 6, 1900, at Belknap, Iowa, Mr. Reed married Miss
Anna E. McCarty, daughter of Howard and Mary (Wilson) McCarty, the latter still
living at Norton, Kansas. Her father was a farmer near Belknap, Iowa. Mr. and
Mrs. Reed have four children: Howard C., born October 1, 1902, Wilburma Lois,
born March 18, 1905; Bernice, Eleanor, born November 23, 1906; and Anna Mary,
born January 13, 1915. (A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, Volume 4, by
William E. Connelley, volume 4, 1919, pages 1920-1921, transcribed by PT)
SCHROPP, WILLIAM FRANKLIN
William Franklin Schropp, lawyer and county attorney of Sheridan County
was born in Hoxie, Kansas, March 18, 1892. His father, Edward Everett
Schropp, is a farmer. He was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, September
6, 1864. His wife, Ida McCartney, was born in Kirksville, Missouri,
October 2, 1871.
In 1920, Mr. Schropp received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kansas
City University. He was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Laws from the
School of Law at the University of Colorado in 1929. From 1920 until
1926, he was school superintendent, two years at Alexander, and four
years in the Hoxie High School. He has been active in the practice of
law since 1929 and in 1931, was elected for a two year term as county
attorney. He is director and vice president of the Hoxie Building and
On August 26, 1920, Mr. Schropp was married to Ruth Irene Christmore at
Edna, Kansas, her birthplace. She was born March 11, 1895, of
Pennsylvania Dutch descent. There are two children, William Franklin,
born July 8, 1923; and Charles Edwared, July 21, 1927.
For the past two years Mr. Schropp has been roll call chairman of the
local Red Cross. He is county chairman of the Society for Crippled
Children is a member of the Hoxie Chamber of Commerce and the Methodist
Episcopal Church at the present time, he is serving as master of Hoxie
Lodge No. 348 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
During the World War he served as corporal, 164th Depot Brigade, and
during 1920-30 served as commander of the American Legion Post No. 221
of Hoxie. Residence: Hoxie(Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin
& Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933,. Page 1021 - Note: the book
show a Sheridan county, but shows this under Sherman county.)