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Biographical Sketch of Sitler, H.L.

H. L. Sitler, came to Dodge City, Kans., in 1868, and engaged in freighting for the United States government, and contracting, until 1876. He then engaged in the stock business, and continued until 1882. He is one of the stockholders of the Dodge City Bank. He has since the spring of 1882, retired from business. He was born in Crawford County, Pa., August 24, 1827, and lived in that county until 1865. He enlisted in the fall of 1861, to Company I, Second Pennsylvania Cavalry, and participated in all the battles of his command, and was made a prisoner at the battle of St. Mary’s Church, in a cavalry charge, and was confined at Andersonville, Ga., Libby, Va. and Millen, Ga., five months and twenty days. He was mustered out March 2, 1865. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits in Solomon Valley, Saline Co., Kan., until 1868. The country was a complete wild prairie, and not a railroad was then in operation in the State of Kansas; farming was therefore a slow way of making a fortune, and he turned his attention to hunting buffalo and other wild game for some time. He was married in 1875, to Miss Emma Harper of Crawford County, Pa. The Dodge City Town Company was formed in 1872, and he owned the ground where it now stands. He helped to organize the town that year.

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