Sherman County, Kansas



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 - Hoxie is actually in Sheridan county)


William Livingstone Bunten, cashier of The Goodland State Bank was born in Scranton, Kansas, June 30, 1894. His father Daniel Cook Bunten was born in Stevenston, Scotland, June 30, 1864 and came to Scranton, Kansas, in 1883. He died at Terry, South Dakota, April 24,1 900. Jane Shearer McNeish, his wife, was born in Fall Brook, Pennsylvania, January 20, 1872.

Mr. Bunten attended public and high school at Scranton, Kansas and Baker University. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and while in high school was a member of the football, basketball, track and baseball team.

During the years 1912 and 1913 Mr. Bunten engaged in banking and in 1916 he again entered the banking business. He served in the United States Army as a sergeant of the Field artillery at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, during 1918 and since that time has followed the banking profession. From 1926 until 1929 he was associated with the Kansas State Banking department and since that time has been cashier of the Goodland State Bank. He is also a director and stockholder. Mr. Bunten is a Republican.

Mr. Bunten is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Goodland. He is a member of the board of the Boothroy Memorial Hospital at Goodland, having served as a director since 1930. He is a member of the board of hospitals and homes of the Northwestern Kansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and since 1931 has been a member of the finance committee. He has served as chairman of the Sherman County Red Cross since 1931 is a director of the Goodland Boy Scout troop, a director of the Goodland Chamber of Commerce, and treasurer of the Rotary Club. He is a Mason and a member of the Goodland Golf Club.

A member of the American Legion, Mr. Bunten was formerly affiliated with the Luray Post as adjutant and commander. He has transferred to Goodland Post No. 117 and now holds the office of finance officer.

On March 13, 1921 he was married to Nelle Elizabeth Boyle at LaGrange, Illinois. Mrs. Bunten who was a teacher before her marriage was born in Spivey, Kansas. April 18, 1894, the daughter of Kennedy and Myra A. (Manning) Boyle. They have one son, William Daniel born September 18, 1931. Residence: Goodland. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 173-174


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 - Hoxie is actually in Sheridan county)


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 - Hoxie is actually in Sheridan county)


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 - Hoxie is actually in Sheridan county)


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 - Hoxie is actually in Sheridan county)



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