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Gus Fulhage and Julia Mae (Kesterson) daughter of Isaac Easterly Kesterson Sr. in their younger years.

Gus Fulhage born 3 Oct 1879 died 2 Feb 1977
Julia Mae Kesterson born 19 Mar 1892 died 12 Dec 1981
They were married 14 May 1913 in Yates Center, Woodson Co KS
They had two daughters Minnie Mildred and Dorothy


Gus Fulhage and Julia Mae (Kesterson) daughter of Isaac Easterly Kesterson Sr. when they were older.

Our Senior Citizens -- Yates City News December 24, 1969

Living an entire life of 90 years on the same farm on which he was born and still able to enjoy the fruits of his labor, is a record to be proud of. Thisis the life of G. A. "Gus" Fulhage who lives theree miles east of Yates Center. He was born there on October 3, 1879. In 1870, Mr. and Mrs. William Fulhage arrived in Woodson County from Germany, coming from the same locality that their friends the Stockebrands, Laubers and Toedmans had a few years previous.

William Fulhage homesteaded a part of the present G.A. Fulhage farm along Owl Creek, building along the north side of the creek. With two other neighbors, Fulhage drove a covered wagon to Independence, Kans., to get the deeds to their farms. In later years the farmstead was built on higher ground along what is now US 54. Gus Fulhage was married to Miss Julia Kesterson, May 14, 1913. They have lived over 56 years on the same farm. They have two daughters, Mildred, a music consultant for the elementary schools in Kansas CIty KS, and Dorothy who lives at home and is Medical Record Librarian at the Neosho Memorial Hospital at Chanute. He also has one living sister, Mrs. Will Reep of Kansas City.

Mr. Fulhage enjoys good health at the age of 90 years. Due to an operation on one eye a few years ago, he gave up driving the car. However he still reads a great deal and really enjoys his daily newspaper. He is a great lover of flowers as his flower garden often indicates as one drives by the farmstead. His love for his home and farm has always shown in the way he has kept it up and he can still drive his little Ford tractor all over the farm although he no longer farms, but has it rented out to a relative.

Thisi snot the first interview we have had with Mr. Fulhage as we consulted him many times about matters concerning the Owl Creek and Durand localities. Hismemory of by-gone days is remarkable. It is always a great pleasure to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Gus Fulhage -- L.A.H. (Mrs. Harding).

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