We have been requested to mention Miss Addis, of Topeka, Kansas, in this book. She is the only lady jeweler in this part of the country and her place of business has won fame on account of having a contract for many of the precious articles which have so recently taken an advance. This is the one reason why she has been credited with the extreme amount of sales, of which a large portion has gone into the new homes in Wabaunsee County. She invites everyone to make her place of business (817 Kansas Avenue) their headquarters while in the City. She handles very rich cut glass, hand-painted china, watches, clocks, diamonds, silverware, latest novelties and souvenirs. Wedding-rings are made to order. Courteous treatment is said to be the pride of this house. Miss Addis prides herself in having the finest line of Christmas presents in the city. A lady jeweler is not often heard of and should be encouraged. Expert repair department. Old jewelry made new. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 59, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
ALLENDORPH, ARTHUR STELLE
Arthur Stelle Allendorph, who was practically a life resident of Kansas was born at Boonesville, Missouri, October 17, 1867, and died at Alma, Kansas, December 20, 1929. His father, Charles Wesley Allendorph was born in New York City, March 26, 1837. He was a civil engineer who surveyed and built the Piasa Bridge, one and a half miles from Delhi, Illinois in 1862. The bridge still stands in an excellent state of preservation. His death occurred at Kansas City, Missouri, March 7, 1923.
Martha Stelle, wife of Charles Wesley Allendorph, was born in Delhi, January 20, 1845, and died at Kansas City, Missouri, August 13, 1930. She was of Irish and French descent.
Arthur Stelle Allendorph attended public school at Lawrence, and was graduated from high school there in 1886. The following two years he attended the University of Kansas. Following his schools days he came to Alma to take charge of his father's pastures northwest of that city, and until his death made his home there. After some years, he purchased this pasture land and engaged extensively in the cattle business. At the time of his death he was one of the largest land owners and cattle operators in the state.
Outdoor life particularly appealed to him and although he came to Alma as a city boy, he became an expert cow-puncher. He was never so happy as when his favorite cow horse and he could make their daily trips. He was keenly interested in all the affairs affecting his community and took an active part in the Commercial Club in the Congregational Church and in the Masonic order.
On June 18, 1901, he was married to Mamie Flinton, at Lawrence. Mrs. Allendorph, who was in business with her husband, was born at Hyde Park, Vermont, October 23, 1871, of French and English ancestry. She resides at Manhattan.
Mr. Allendorph was a Republican. He served for two years as worthy master of the Masons, and was a member of the Alma Commercial Club, and Modern Woodmen of America.
Quoting from the Alma Enterprise of December 27, 1929, we read: "The passing of A. S. Allendorph leaves a vacant place in Alma that will be very hard to fill. He gave steady employment to six men and many more at special times. Whenever the farmers northwest of town had an excess of feed of any kind they knew where to get the cash for it. The small pasture owner could always lease to him at a fair price and he would see that their pastures were filled. While his property and his activities were in the country, his home was in town and he never hesitated to dig down in his pocket to help in every civic enterprise, and he always did it cheerfully and generously. He was a citizen who did not shirk his responsibility in any way. While he was with us, we took all this for granted and seldom gave him the credit that was his due. Now that he is gone, we will realize in the days to come just what he meant to the community and how much he was really worth to the town and to the country about us. Men like Art Allendorph are the exception and are not be found every day. We shall all certainly miss him."
Mr. Allendorph was the first man in Wabaunsee County to bring cattle to fatten in that section. He owned five thousand acres and rented as much more, pasturing as many at 16,000 head in a season. He started feeding cattle in 1886. He built the first rural telephone line out of Alma in 1904 and in that year established the first rural free delivery. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 28 & 30)
BABST, T. P.
Mr. T. P. Babst, who lives on Walnut Grove, near Dover, has been a breeder for thirty years. His specialty is Shorthorn cattle and he has raised some of the finest animals in the United States. He sells all his stock himself and never puts it on show, but the stock has never failed to draw prizes wherever shown by the buyers. The choicest animals on the State Agricultural College farm are from the Babst herd; also nearly all of the Tomson and Son's show animals. Mr. Babst at present keeps a herd of about one hundred and twenty-five cattle. He has the oldest Shorthorn establishment in the State.(Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 24, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
BEACH, W. K.
Commissioner W. K. Beach - Mr. Beach is an "Old Timer." He located at Keene in 1856. Wouldn't tell us anything about himself, hated awfully to have his picture taken. He doesn't seem to believe in making "Graven images." (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 30, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
BEVERLY, GEORGE W. B.
Dr. George W. B. Beverly - U.S. Pension Examiner; County Health Officer; coroner for the past two years; Offices fitted with latest equipment, including X-Ray Machine; Has an extensive practise over the entire county. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 49, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
Andrew Brothers, who maintain a well-kept livery, a dray and transfer, are new men in Altavista, having bought out the old-established business of A. P. McLain about a year ago, which consisted of seventeen head of fine horses. Several carriages and wagons are a part of the equipiment, and are kept constantly in good order. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 56, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
Commissioner B. Buchli - Mr. Buchli was born in Switzerland. He came to Wabaunsee County in 1876, was County Clerk from 1898 to 1903. Mr. Buchli lives on his farm near Sunbeam and is one of the stock raisers of this county. At the present time he is County Commissioner. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 29, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
BUCK, R. M.
Mr. R. M. Buck, of near Eskridge, is one of the stock-raisers of great enterprise. He is making Poland-China hogs a specialty and his herd of one hundred head contains some very valuable animals, including some prize-winners.
Mr. Buck has a herd of fifty Shorthorn cattle, one of which was a prize-winner at the Kansas City Roayl Stock Show.
Mr. Buck is also a breeder of Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 49, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
BURT, L. B.
County Surveyor L. B. Burt - Mr. Burt is the County Surveyor, also Instructor in the Alma High Schools. He lives at Wabaunsee, but is not a historic character, except for the history he made in hiding out to avoid being put in this book. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 35, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
CARROLL, ALFRED EDWIN
Alfred Edwin Carroll, lawyer and editor of the Alma Signal, was born in Alma, Jun e13, 1896, son of Carey Edwin and Myrtle May (Kinne) Carroll. The father, who is a lawyer and publisher, is now serving as judge of the district court of the 35th judicial district of Kansas. His mother is extremely musical and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Descendants of the Mayflower Society, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, Aldine Kindred of America, Alma chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, and Ladies Reading Circle of Alma. Mr. Carroll is a direct descendant of John Alden and Edward Fuller, passengers on the Mayflower, he being the 13th generation of those lines on his maternal side. He is of the 10th generation in direct line to Governor William Bradford, who served as governor of the colonies 32 years. This line is also on his maternal side.
Alfred Edwin Carroll attended public and high schools at Alma, graduating from the latter in 1914; was a student at the University of Kansas, the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia and the Kansas City School of Law of Kansas City, Missouri, receiving his degree of Bachelor of Laws from that school in 1922.
On December 31, 1919 he was married to Lucy Pauline Plesse of Wamego, at Kansas City, Missouri. Together, after their marriage, they attended law school, receiving their degrees and passing the state bar examination in June, 1922.
Mr. Carroll is worshipful master of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (1933); a member of the Arab Shrine of Topeka; a thirty-second degree Mason; a member and past patron of Alma chapter of the Order of Eastern Star; mayor of the City of Alma (1932-1934); served four years as county attorney of Wabaunsee County, Kansas, elected on the Republican ticket; was secretary-treasurer of the Wabaunsee County Republican central committee (1927-1929). During the World War, Mr. Carroll held the rank of corporal in the 35th Division, participating in the engagements of Geradmer, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Sommedieu; is a past commander of the local post of the American Legion and a delegate to the Portland National convention from the fourth district of Kansas. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Page 207)
CARROLL, CAREY E.
Carey E. Carroll, one of the prominent younger citizens of Alma, was born at Maplewood, Ohio, September15th, 1868. He was appointed Court Reporter of the Thirty-first Judicial District of Kansas, under Judge Wm. Thomson, where he remained eight years. During this time he read law and was admitted to the bar in 1895. In November, 1896, he was elected County Attorney of Wabaunsee County.
Between 1898 and 1907 Mr. Carroll served several terms as reporter in the Appellate and Supreme Court at Topeka. For two years he was U. S. Marshal at Wichita. He has been a newspaper man of considerable merit and until recently was interested in several papers.
Mr. Carroll is an extensive property owner in Alma, an active member of the Board of Education and of the City Council. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 43, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
Carey E. Carroll, judge of the 35th judicial district of Kansas, was born at Maplewood, Ohio, September 15, 1868 son of James and Margaret E. (Hodge) Carroll. His father, a lawyer was born at Toronto, Canada, March 14, 1844 and died at Belle Center, Ohio, July 19, 1919.
He was a soldier in the 147th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, and was of Irish and Scotch descent. His wife, Margaret, was born at Maplewood, April 21, 1844 and died at Alma, Kansas, August 20, 1885. Her ancestry was English, German and Scotch.
Carey E. Carroll attended grade school at Maplewood and Alma, and high school at Alma. He was a student at Wichita Business College and is a graduate of Spauldings Commercial College of Kansas City.
A Republican, Judge Carroll served on the city council 10 years, as a member of the school board 20 years, as county attorney four years, as state senator from the 21st district four years, and since 1926 has been judge of the 35th judicial district. He is also the owner and publisher of the Alma Signal.
On September 26, 1893, he was married to Myrtle May Kinne at Alma. She was born at Newberry, May 6, 1873 and is a member of the Kansas Federation of Women's Clubs. There are three children, Marguerite B., born September 18, 1894, who married Edward W. Stuewe; Alfred E., June 13, 1896, who married Lucy P. Plesse; and Lilia M., June 13, 1902, who married Harry R. Palmer. Marguerite is a graduate of the Kansas City School of Law and a practicing lawyer. Lilia attended Kansas State Agricultural College and is a graduate of Huff's Business College of Kansas City.
Judge Carroll served as chairman of the Republican county central committee; is past president of the Kansas Court Reports Association, and was delegate from Kansas to the Macabee's national convention at Detroit. He is a member of the Kansas State Bar Association, the District Judges Association of Kansas, the First Methodist Episcopal Church, the Chamber of Commerce, etc. He is a Mason (Blue Lodge, Kaw Valley Chapter at Wamego, Knights Templar at Manhattan). He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of American and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He enjoys baseball, football and golf. Residence: Alma. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Pages 207-209)
CARROLL, LUCY PAULINE PLESSE
Lucy Pauline Plesse Carroll, lawyer and clubwoman, was born at Wamego, Kansas, April 30, 1899, daughter of Ernest Herman and Anna Marie (Bergmann) Plesse. Her father, a business man and merchant, was born near Leipzig, Germay, January 23, 1857, and came to the United States in 1880.
He was an accomplished linguist, speaking seven languages fluently. His death occurred at Colorado Springs August 15, 1919. His wife, Anna, was born in Saxony, Germany, October 3, 1861, and died at Wamego, March 11, 1916.
The mother of eleven children, she reared one son and seven daughters to maturity. A beautiful singer, her daughter remembers a set of books she won in a music contest as a girl.
Lucy Pauline Plesse attended public and high school at Wamego, being graduated in 1916. Afterward she completed a shorthand and typing course at Huff's Business School at Kansas City, Kansas and in June, 1922, received the degree of Bachelor of Laws from Kansas City School of Laws, Kansas City, Missouri. She is a member of Kappa Beta Pi, legal sorority and a lover of an out-door sports, and in high school received a letter in basketball and track.
On December 31, 1919 she was married to Alfred Edwin Caroll at Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Carroll, a lawyer, was born at Alma, Kansas, June 13, 1896. He is on the maternal line the 13th in direct descent from John Alden. His mother, Myrtle May (Kinne) Carroll is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
After her marriage Mrs. Carroll attended law school with her husband, and upon her graduation passed the Kansas State Bar, being admitted to practice on June 22, 1922. She is a Republican.
Among her memberships are the Kansas Women Lawyers Association (state president 1931-1933), the Ladies Reading Circle (president 1932-33), the Kansas Federation of Women's Clubs (district chairman of co-operation with war veterans for the past six years), the Order of Eastern Star, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was president for three years of the local unit, has served as county membership chairman, and in 1923 was delegate to the national convention at San Francisco. Residence: Alma. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 209)
CASSIDY, J. B.
Mr. J. B. Cassidy, who keeps the dandy grocery store in the middle of the block, holds the enviable distinction of being the only Irishman in town. The claims of the real-estate man who seeks to deprive Mr. Cassidy of half this honor are not taken seriously by the grocer.
Mr. Cassidy is one of the early settlers of Alma, having come before the railroad. By hard work and thrift he has accumulated considerable means. He is now serving his second term as Mayor of Alma. The fact that the Deutschers have twice united to elect the only Irishman in the town to the highest office in the gift of its citizens proves that "there is nothing too good for the Irish." (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 42, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
EARL, W. H.
The oldest pioneer merchant in Wabaunsee County. For forty years we have been supplying the wants of the people in the southern half of Wabaunsee County in the general merchandise business. We carry everything the farmers want in a general way. Have been here all these years and have satisfied thousands upon thousands of customers in the line of Groceries, Dry Goods, Ladies' and Gents' Furnishings, the famous brand of Sunflower Shoes, Crockery, Queensware, Clothing, etc. We buy Flour, Feed and Salt in car-load lots and sell the best of everything at the lowest possible prices. Call and get prices. Highest prices paid for all kinds of produce. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 66, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
FAIRFIELD, S. H.
S. H. Fairfield is one of the men who have been identified with the history-making of Wabaunsee County since he came to Kansas in 1856. He took part in the Civil War and border Wars, serving in Company K of the Eleventh Kansas with honor and distinction. He has held many offices with credit, among them Postmaster in charge of the military mail for Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado in 1863; he was doorkeeper of the Senate and High Courts of Impeachment of Kansas in 1861-2, County Clerk in 1856, County Treasurer from 1867-81, Register of Deeds for several yeras. For two years he was editor and proprietor of the Alma Union and Trustee of Wasbhurn College twenty-five years. The writer acknowledges a debt to him in compiling historical facts for this book. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 44, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
August Falk, proprietor of the Alma Marble Works, operates the only estabilshment in his line in Alma.
He has been in business for thirty years and his work has won more than a local reputation. Mr. Falk has a large monument trade at Herrington, where he spends a part of his time. He does fine work in native rock, as well as, in marble. he also takes contracts for cemete work, and most of the cement walks in Alma are of his building.
Mr. Falk was born in Groszerlang, Brandenburg, Germany, in 1849, and came to Wabaunsee County in 1870. He has always lived at Alma. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 42, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
FIELDS, J. B.
One man who has a system for keeping the boys on the farm, which beats all the 'sage advice" ever printed, is Mr. J. B. Fields, real estate dealer in Alma. Mr. Fields realizes that one way to increase the demand for real estate is to make farmers. To this end he manages various contests - one of these the corn contest. Mr. Field furnishes seed corn to all boys of Wabaunsee County who cares to go into the contest. Some of this corn of the new varieties costing $1.00 for three quarts. Twenty prizes will be given to the boys raising the best corn. The prizes are given by the business men of the county and are of an educational nature, such as a trip to Manhattan to inspect the live-stock and farming methods. The object is to teach the boys the very best kind of farming. Mr. Fields has been in Alma in the real estate business since 1892. He is an extensive real estate owner himself and pastures 1,800 head of cattle. He was the first Shawnee Insurance agent in Wabaunsee County, and is still in the insurance business. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 48, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
HANDLEY, S. M.
Dealer in Windmills, Pumps, Power Mills, and Gasoline Engines, Bathtubs and Kitchen - sinks, Steel Tanks, and Wooden Tanks. Agen for the De Laval Separator, the best on earth; also oil for same. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 67, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
HOSKINS, HERBERT DALE
Herbert Dale Hoskins, educator, was born in Bennington, Kansas, October 29, 1895, son of John Francis and Elma (Jones) Hoskins. The father, a farmer and editor, was born in Guide Rock, Nebraska, September 21, 1874. His wife, Elma, was born in St. Joseph Missouri, February 21, 1876.
Herbert Dale Hoskins attended public school and high school at Bennington and in 1919 received the degree of Bachelor of Science at Kansas Wesleyan University. He lettered in football, basketball, and baseball while there, and was president of the Literary Society and of his class. During the summers of 1924, 1925, 1928 and 1929 he attended Kansas University and the summer of 1932 was a student at Kansas State College.
From 1922 until 1928, Mr. Hoskins served as superintendent of schools at Bennington. The following two years he held the same position at Delphos and is now principal of the Harveyville Rural High School.
His marriage to Elizabeth Brubaker Engle was solemnized at Abielen, on May 30, 1923. Mrs. Hoskins who is of Pennsylvania German descent, was a school teacher before her marriage. She was born at Abilene, August 21, 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Hoskins have one son, Herbert Dean, born March 18, 1929.
A Republican, Mr. Hoskins has always been interested in public affairs. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Wabaunsee Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, and the Masons. His professional organizations include the National Education Association, the Kansas State Teachers Association, the County Teachers Association, Pi gamma Mu and Phi Delta Kappa. His favorite sports are tennis and golf. Residence: Harveyville. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 555)
HUBBARD, JOSIAH M.
Josiah M. Hubbard, was born in Connecticut July 16, 1832. He was educated in the public schools and in 1856 came to Kansas, a member of the famous Beecher Rifle Company. He was president of the first town company of Wabaunsee, where he settled, and was a member of the first state senate. When the civil war came on he enlisted in the Eleventh regiment of Kansas volunteers and was mustered in September 15, 1862, as first lieutenant of company K, serving until the company was discharged, September 13, 1865. he left Kansas immediately thereafter, returning to Connecticut, where he has since resided and where he has held various public offices, being a trustee of the State Agricultural College for many years; he was also a member of the state legislature of 1886, serving as chairman of the committee on agriculture and a member of the committee on judiciary. He is now member and secretary of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration. Mr. Hubbard has been twice married, first to Miss H. E. Fairchild, July 6, 1863, who died in 1867. His second wife died in California in 1899, after prolonged ill health. He resides at Middletown, Conn. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 238)
MAILS, J. J.
Commissioner J. J. Mails - The writer has lost the notes on this man, but sees by the memorandum that he is the only man from Wabaunsee who "signed up." (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 31, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
MARTIN, JOHN ELIHU
John Elihu Martin, lawyer, since 1899 was born in Louisa County, Iowa, December 4, 1868, son of William and Maggie (Dodds) Martin. His father born in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, July 13, 1836 served more than three years in the Union Army during the Civil War with Company C 11th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was a farmer and stockman, whose grandfather came from Ireland in 1827. William Martin died at Topeka, January 13, 1919. His wife, Maggie was born in Lawrence County, June 1, 1844 and died at Topeka, March 3, 1926.
Educated in public school, John Elihu Martin studied law and on October 4, 1899 was admitted to practice. A Republican, he served three terms as county attorney, was candidate for the office of attorney general in 1922 and candidate for nomination for justice of the supreme court in 1932. Mr. Martin ran second each time.
His marriage to Sarah Estella Dill was solemnized at Eskridge on May 27, 1891. She was born in Louisa County, April 2, 1874 and died at Eskridge, September 29, 1929.
To them were born five children, Harry, August 20, 1892, who is married to Marjorie Dutton; Kenneth, September 4, 1894 who married Carrie Coudry; Claire, February 15, 1898, who is married to Helen Crittendon, Gladys, January 16, 1901 who married Leonard Morris, now deceased; and Evelyn, March 19, 1906.
Mr. Martin served five years as a member of the Eskridge Board of Education. He is Blue Lodge Mason and a member of the United Presbyterian church. Residence: Eskridge. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Page 739)
MEIER, G. H.
G. H. Meier - Photographer - Mr. Meier is a Portrait and View Photographer permanently located at Alma, with branch galleries at Alta Vista and Paxico. He can be found - First Saturday of each month at Alta Vista. Third Saturday of each month at Paxico.
Pictures copied and enlarged in India Ink, Crayon, Water Color and Pastel. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 50, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
MESEKE, A. H.
Among the young men whose enterpise is giving Altavista new life and impulse is A. H. Meseke. He is the son of Herman and Caroline Meseke and was born in Wabaunsee County, April 18th, 1879. He attended common school at Templin and at the age of 13 entered the Salina University, where he completed the commerical course in 1895. He entered the Alma State Bank (now the Alma National Bank), at Alma, Kansas, as bookeeper and was later elected Assistant Cashier. In 1900, A. H. Meseke, with others, organized the Altavista State Bank at Altavista and opened a real estate office. January, 1905, he was elected President of the Altavista State Bank. Septembe, 1904, he was married to Miss Lillian E. Simon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Simon, of Alma, Kansas. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 58, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
PATTERSON, F. M.
Superintendent F. M. Patterson - Mr. Patterson is Superintendent of Alma Public Schools. He hasn't missed a year from the schoolroom since he was a child. His ability, together with his forty-five years of experience makes him a valuable man in his profession. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 37, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
PAYNE, CHAS. F.
Chas. F. Payne, the only druggist at Maple Hill, was born in London, England, in 1863. At the age of 15 years was apprenticed to a chemist and druggist at Folkeston, County of Kent. After serving his apprenticeship and having passed the examination he secured a position with a leading firm of druggists in Colchester, Essex, where he remained four years, rising to the position of head dispenser (or prescription clerk); resigning to come to the United States in 1887. Mr. Payne has been in business in Maple Hill for over eight years, coming to that place from Topeka and enjoys the patronage and confidence of the best people in the community. His store is well stocked and is neat and attractive, a feature of the store being no liquors handled for any purpose. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 81, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
Sheriff Frank Schmidt - Mr. Schmidt served as Under Sheriff when Fred Frey was in office. He ws the first officer to sign up for ten of these books, thereby getting the rest of the Court House crowd into trouble. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 34, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
SCHMITZ, ARTHUR & PAUL
Among the prominent breeders of Wabaunsee County are Arthur and Paul Schmitz, who are of Alma. They have been raising Poland-China hogs for the past four years. They have a herd of about one hundred and forty pigs. The young pigs are sold each year to farmers and stockmen for breeding purposes. They will have about eighty for sale this year.
The Schmitz Brothers are also getting a start in registered Hereford Cattle. They have about a dozen head as a beginning and intend to increase their herd. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 46, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
County Attorney - Oscar Schmitz - Mr. Schmitz was born at Alma, December 26, 1875. He is a graduate of Dickinson County High School at Chapman, Kansas, and of the law course of the Kansas State University.
He is serving his second term as County Attorney. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 33, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
SMITH, W. H. H.
W. H. H. Smith, M. D., and a registered druggist of Altavista, Kansas, was born at Jerseyville, Illinois, April 6, 1858, and came to Kansas in 1890, beginning the practise of medicine at Eureka, but came to Altavista in 1897, succeeding Dr. E. W. Elidridge in the practise of medicine and the drug business. By hard work and close attention to business the doctor has built an enviable reputation as a physician, besides making his drugstore the most attractive and complete of any in the county. The doctor will soon retire from active practise of his profession and take life easy at his country home, one of the most beautiful quarter sections in Wabaunsee County, just four miles east of town.
Dr. W. H. H. Smith was graduated from the University of Valparaiso, Indiana, taught school twelve years, the last five years of which time he was State Teachers' Institute instructor; attended the Missouri Medical College one year, was graduated from the Northwestern Medical College, St. Joseph, Mo., 1890; was married to Maria Rhodes, of Effingham, Ill., February 22d, 1882, four children being born to this union - Grover Eugene, graduate of the pharmacy department of the University of Valparaiso, in 1906, now has a position in the laboratory department of the Smith Drug Company, Salt Lake City, Utah; Herman, 19 years of age, and a student of the State University of Lawrence; and Dewey and Wm. H. H., two youngest of the four children. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 57, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
STOTLER, C. C.
County Clerk C. C. Stotler - Mr. Stotler was one of the men who knew it was no use to try and get away when we came after him for a contract to support this book. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 33, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
STEINMEYER, H. W.
Mr. H. W. Steinmeyer, who lives five miles southeast of Volland, is making a specialty of fine blooded Duroc-Jerseys. He has a fine herd and is enjoying a good business. He started his herd ten years ago and besides his immediate home trade, which is large, he is shipping to Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri. We can venture a guess that Mr. Steinmeyer knows his business in the hog line.
Egypt Lad 34032 is at head of the herd. Following are a few of the sows kept in the herd at the present time: Miss Topnotcher 108816, Can Be Choice 112380, Volland Ferry 83624, Royal Gold Dust 122970, Bessie Wonder 112382. You can make no mistake in buying from this herd.
Mr. Steinmeyer also handles the Red Polled cattle, which herd he started five years ago with Mike Sunflower 12567 at head of herd, which is a son of the champion bull of Iowa. Last fall a young bull was added to the herd which is out of Lawn Fall 13221.
On further conversation with Mr. Steinmeyer we find he is keeping a flock of Single Comb Rhode Island Red chickens, which is perhaps of great interest to many who wish the very best stock.
His farm contains 320 acres and lays in the very heart of the alfalfa land.
In answer to our questions, Mr. Steinmeyer said: "Yes, the fine stock business has my undivided attention and I have been able so far to fill my orders. The hogs and cattle which I put out are great advertisers for me." (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 6, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
STITCHER, H. C.
H. C. Stitcher, editor of the Alma Signal, is one of the enterprising young men on which the future depends. He has been in Alma only two years, but has demonstrated clearly his ability as a newspaper man. He has lately been joine din his business by his brother, C. H. Stitcher. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 44, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
Fred Symes, for a number of years a farmer and cattleman, and now a real estate dealer, was born near Topeka, August 9, 1869, son of Edwin and Adella (Miller) Symes. The father, who was born in Somersetshire, England, October 30, 1844, came to America in 1860. He crossed the Atlantic five times. He served with the 76th Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the Civil war, and died at Harveyville, Kansas, January 3, 1923. Adella Miler who was born at Long Point, Illinois, August 8, 1851, died at Harveyville, on November 14, 1882. She was descended from early German settlers in Pennsylvania.
Fred Symes attended public school and business college, and on May 18, 1892, was married to Ella McMillen at Harveyville. She was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, April 20, 1862, and is of Scotch-Irish extraction. There are the following children, neva Jane, born July 22, 1894, who is married to L. R. Shackelford; Don Edwin, February 20, 1898, who is married to Addie Nunemaker; Quinn, December 6, 1901, who died November 30, 1913; and Clad, July 10, 1904, who died January 3, 1909. For 12 years, Neva was associated with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Don Edwin is a graduate of Kansas University and for the past five years has been connected with the budget department of the state of Kansas.
A Republican, Mr. Symes, has been mayor of Harveyville for three terms. From 1896 until 1906 he was a member of the district school board and for the past five years has been a member of the Masons. He is a former member of the Young Men's Christian Association and the Red Cross. He is a present member of the Wabaunsee County Commercial Association. He is a Protesant. Residence: Harveyville. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 1140)
Union Thomas entered business in Altavista in 1888. Sold meat in connection with restaurant. Closed restaurant business in 1890 and continued meat market. In 1897 Mr. Thomas dug an ice-pond north of town, from which he gets not only his own supply of ice, but also supplies his customers. The ice from this pond is pure as well water. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 59, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
UPDEGRAFF, R. T.
R. T. Updegraff, leading business man of Maple Hill is president of the Maple Hill State Bank, head of the Ormbee & Updegraff Mercantile Company, the principal general mercantile store. He is also owner of the Winkler Hotel, meat market and a splendid farm near the town. Mr. Updegraff is a native of Ohio but has been in business here ever since he came to Kansas. No man in the county has more diversified business interests than he has and made such a gratifying success. He is the fortunate possessor of a beautiful home and interesting family. To do business in Maple Hill you must see Mr. Updegraff. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 81, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
WEAVER, W. G.
Mr. W. G. Weaver, who is of New England birth, came to Wabaunsee with his parents in 1868, before pioneer days were over. This was his place of residence until 1895, when he was elected Clerk of the District Court and moved to Alma. At the close of his four years' official term, Mr. Weaver went into the real estate and abstract business. His residence of thirty-eight years in the county renders him particularly competent in both these lines of business - in the real estate business, because he knows every piece of land in the county and is able to meet the individual wants and needs of his customers; in the abstract business, because he knows the history of every piece of land. The four years spent as Clerk of the District Court also gives him valuable knowledge on this point. Mr. Weaver has the only established abstract business in the county. He also handles a loan and insurance business. (Source: Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County, published by the Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas, 1907, page 45, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)