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Biography of Frost, D.M.
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D. M. Frost, editor and proprietor of Ford County Globe, published at Dodge City, Kansas, established December 25, 1887. The paper is largely devoted to the livestock interests of the West, and the official organ of the Western Kansas Stock-Growers’ Association. Circulates largely among stockmen, and has a circulation of 700 copies per week. Mr. Frost first located in the State in 1868, at Sheridan, then the terminus of the Kansas Pacific Railway, where he held a clerkship in a general mercantile establishment, but only for a brief period, and early in the spring of 1879 he emigrated to New Mexico and entered the Morino mines near Elizabethtown, where he was engaged in mining, returning to Sheridan, Kansas, in the fall of the same year, re-engaged in mercantile pursuits. In the spring of 1870 he followed the construction of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, and finally located at Kit Carson, Col., which was left the terminus of the railroad for another year. Here he was made deputy postmaster under Major J. A. Soword, and in connection with his official duties taught a six months’ term of school, having won the enviable reputation of being the pioneer schoolmaster on the Plains, or the first to teach a public school on the Great American Desert. After the close of the school he became a partner in the mercantile house of J. A. Soword, and the new firm was known as D. M. Frost & Company, where he remained successfully in business until the great Carson conflagration, in which he stood a loss of all his property he had here made and accumulated. From this point he went to Dodge City, Kansas, and finally located at Sergeant, or what was then known as the western State line of Kansas; here he was appointed postmaster, and did a mercantile business in a small way, removing to Dodge City in the summer of 1874, where he was engaged in several avocations of life, and finally was admitted to the bar as a practicing attorney of the State, and continued the practice of his adopted profession until 1877, when he engaged in the newspaper business, in which business he is successfully engaged at this time. In 1875 he was elected Representative of the One Hundred and Third District of the State of Kansas, and represented his district in the State Legislature of 1875-76. He was appointed Enumerator of the United States Census in 1880, in one of the districts of Ford County, Kansas. He has held other minor offices, both elective and appointed, among which was the Police Judgeship of Dodge City for several years, Justice of the Peace and Notary Public. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1846. His parents immigrated to Illinois at an early period of his age, and was raised in Will and Du Page counties of that State. He was married January 30, 1879 to Miss Alma H. Hagaman, daughter of Rev. Abraham Hagaman, an eminent Presbyterian divine of St. Louis, Mo. They have two children, a daughter and a son Alma May, born September 5, 1880, and D. M. Jr., born January 18, 1882. He has represented the I. O. O. F. at the State Grand Lodge three times, of which he is a member.
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