SHERIDAN COUNTY, KANSAS

BIOGRAPHIES

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- Note: the book doesn't show a Sheridan county, but shows this under Sherman county.)

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 (Wilcox) Monteith.

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, Ohio.

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 Garrison.

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 Morton 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) Mowry.

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 literature.

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, 1888.

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 cashier.

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 Loan Association.

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 doesn't show a Sheridan county, but shows this under Sherman county.)



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