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Biography of John E. Stuewe

Stuewe Family. For thirty-four years the name Stuewe had been prominently identified with the material prosperity of Wabaunsee County. Those of the name here are all descended from Helmuth Stuewe, whose grandchildren and great-grandchildren are numerously represented in the county. John E. Stuewe was the son of Helmuth. He was a native of the Duchy of Mechlenburg, Germany, and was a farmer there. He married Lisette Schroeder. All their children were born in Germany and were named in order of birth, Edward, Ferdinand, Albert, Matilda, Meta, John H. and Otto. In order to avoid the compulsory military duty incumbent upon the young men of Germany, John E. Stuewe with his father, wife and children, immigrated to the United States in 1871. They had friends living in Mitchell County, Kansas, and hither they moved and both Helmuth and John E. Stuewe, his son, homesteaded a quarter section of raw prairie land. On the land was plenty of limestone, and from this was built their first home. The rafters were made by axe from living trees. Owing to a lack of means they were unable to shingle the roof of this house. To provide such means and also money sufficient to buy provisions, the two oldest boys, Edward and Ferdinand, hired out as farm hands in Dickinson County. The money they earned was entrusted to the mails and was stolen. To losc such an amount now would be considered lightly by members of the Stuewc family, but it was then a calamity, leaving the family practically destitute. John E. Stuewe at this crisis dug cellars for his neighbors in order to...

Biography of Richard E. Thoes

Richard E. Thoes, present postmaster of Alma, represents one of the oldest and best known pioneer families of Wabaunsee County. His father is still living at Alma, now in his ninetieth year, and is one of the survivors of that historic time when Kansas was a territory and the center of conflict between the free state and the slavery forces. This Kansas pioneer is Mr. Joseph Thoes. He was born in the Rhine Provine of Germany in November, 1828. His father, John Thoes, was born in the same locality, was a farmer by occupation, and for nine years was a soldier in the French army during the Napoleonic wars. He finally took his family to Algiers in Northern Africa, and spent the rest of his life looking after a farm in that country. Joseph Thoes learned the trade of shoemaker during his early youth, and spent six years in France. In 1851, at the age of twenty-three, he came to the United States and landed in New York City, where he lived for two years, and on July 1, 1852, arrived at what was then practically the frontier outpost of the Missouri River Valley, Westport, now Kansas City, Missouri. After a year there he moved into Kansas and located in Wabaunsee County. He took up a homestead, and still owned that tract of land upon which his pioneer efforts were expended more than sixty years ago. He is now owner of a fine and well cultivated farm of 260 acres four miles south of Alms. For some years he had lived retired in Alma. He began casting his vote...

Biography of George W. B. Beverley, M. D.

George W. B. Beverley, M. D. A resident physician and surgeon at Alma since 1903, Doctor Beverley is an Englishman by birth and secured his early training and his professional qualifications in some of the best schools of that country. His birth occurred in the county or shire of Hereford, England, August 27, 1872. He was christened George William Bertram Beverley. His father, Addison Beverley, spent his life as an English farmer and stock man. He was born in Yorkshire in 1840 and died in Somersetshire in March, 1916. He became widely known as a breeder and raiser of the famous pedigreed white faced cattle and his cattle were frequently exhibited and were sold throughout the British Empire. During his later years he served as justice of the peace in Somersetshire, presiding at Long Ashton sessions. In matters of politics he was originally a conservative and later became a liberal. He was a leading member of the Church of England and served as warden for many years. Addison Beverley married Elizabeth Bray, who was born in Hereford County, England, in 1840, and died in Somerset in April, 1917. Of their children Dr. George Beverley is the only one living in the United States. Ethel May, the oldest, resided in Somerset County, but is now employed in Red Cross work in a war hospital. Elizabeth Alice Gertrude died at the age of twenty-four in Somerset County. Brenda Marguerite is the wife of Charles B. Turner, the latter being an expert in a munition factory and their home is at Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset County. The fourth among the children is Doctor...

Biography of Elmer Birdell Gift

Elmer Birdell Gift, a native Kansan, spent his active years in educational work. He is now city superintendent of the public schools of Manhattan, and has been a teacher or a student in higher educational institutions continuously for the past twenty years. He was born on a farm in Smith County, Kansas, April 28, 1874, a son of John and Rachel Ann (Akers) Gift. His parents came to Kansas from Iowa in 1873, settling on a farm. His father was a native of Pennsylvania of German lineage, while his mother was born in Ohio of Scotch and English ancestry. Their respective parents were early settlers in Jefferson County, Iowa, and John and Rachel were married in that state. The only son in a family of eight children Elmer B. Gift spent the years of childhood and youth on a farm. He was educated in the rural schools, and in 1895 graduated from the high school of Mankato, Kansas. His enviable place in educational circles and his thorough scholarship is the result of many years of alternate teaching and study. What he earned in one season of teaching was extended in a following course of study, and since leaving high school he has paid his own way. After graduating from high school in 1895 he spent two years in a country school. Entering the Kansas State Normal at Emporia, he completed the full course in science and graduated in 1900. The fall of that year found him as superintendent of the city schools of Conway Springs. In 1902 he completed the teachers’ course at Emporia, and for four years was...

Biography of Willis G. Weaver

Willis G. Weaver, former clerk of the District Court of Wabaunsee County, had for many years been engaged in the abstract, real estate, loan and insurance business at Alma. He is one of the most widely known men in the county. Mr. Weaver was born at New London, Connecticut, January 7, 1864, but had lived in this part of Kansas since he was a small child. The Weaver family were identified with New England from the earliest period of settlement. It is said that they came out of England and settled in Massachusetts in 1636. Mr. Weaver’s father was the late Dr. Lathrop P. Weaver, the first physician to locate and carry on a regular practice at the Town of Wabaunsee. He was born at Enfield, Connecticut, in 1823, grew up and married there, entered his profession as a physician and surgeon, and during the war he offered his services to Governor Buckingham of Connecticut as a surgeon but was never called out for duty. In April, 1868, he came to Wabaunsee, Kansas, and handled a large practice there until his death in 1874. He also filled the office of postmaster and was a justice of the peace. In politics he was a republican and was an active supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Doctor Weaver married Amy A. Kinne, who was born at Voluntown, Connecticut, in 1827, and died at Wabaunsee, Kansas, March 3, 1872. W. G. Weaver was the fourth of five children. Ellen F. the oldest, died at Manhattan, Kansas, in October, 1913. She was first married in 1870 to A. C. Cutler, a farmer, and...

Biography of I. A. Robertson

I. A. Robertson has been an increasing factor in mercantile affairs at Alma for a number of years, and was recently honored by the citizens of that town in election to the office of mayor. The Robertsons were pioneers in Jewell County, Kansas, where I. A. Robertson was born in Holmwood Township July 29, 1872. He is of Scotch ancestry, his forefathers having originally lived at Glasgow. They came to New York City and from there to Butler County, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Thomas Robertson, brought this branch of the family to America. He was a pattern maker by trade and had worked in several large gun foundries at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Wheeling, West Virginia, during the Civil war. His death occurred at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. John A. Robertson, father of the Alma mayor, was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1842, and grew up in that city and at Pittsburg. While in Pittsburg he was employed as a bookkeeper for a large saddlery and hardware house. In 1861, at the age of nineteen, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-fourth New York Infantry, and was part of the famous Sickles Brigade. He performed all his duties as a soldier until the second battle of Bull Run, where he was wounded and incapacitated for further duty. In 1869 John A. Robertson came to Kansas, locating in Pottawatomie County, but in 1870 homesteaded 160 acres and pre-empted another quarter section in Holmwood Township of Jewell County. He still owned these tracts of land, which he had since converted into a valuable and productive farm. The land is situated six miles north of...

Biography of Louis Bodwell Burt

Louis Bodwell Burt, county clerk of Wabaunsee County, and also president of the State County Clerks’ Association, had for many years been an active figure in this county’s educational and civic affairs. He is a hard worker, is faithful and attentive to his official duties and a man whose ability and service command universal respect. Mr. Burt is of English ancestry. His people were early settlers in the State of Kansas. Mr. Burt was born at Wabaunsee in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, January 7, 1882, son of George S. Burt. His father’s people were early settlers in the State of Wisconsin. His grandfather, James Wrex Burt, was born near Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1810 and died at Mackford, Wisconsin, in 1864. The grandmother, Diantha Stephens Burt, was born at Madison, Connecticut, in 1812 and died at Mackford, Wisconsin, in 1844. They came to Milwaukee in 1835 from Cleveland, Ohio, traveling by a sailing vessel around the Great Lakes and being two weeks on the way. Both of the great-grandfathers on the Burt side were in the Revolutionary war. George Sharp Burt was born in Walworth County, Wisconsin, September 6, 1837. He came to Kansas in 1859, two years before its admission as a state, and joined a colony of homesteaders in Wabaunsee County. The 160 acres in the homestead is now occupied by his son Sherman and adjoins the townsite of Wabaunsee on the east. George S. Burt followed farming all his active career and retired in 1914. A republican in politics, he had filled various township offices and as a resident of Kansas during the trouble arising over the early...

Biography of Orville L. Cully

Orville L. Cully, cashier of the Saxman State Bank, is a banker of thorough training and long experience, having entered the banking institution immediately after he left school. Mr. Cully was born in Sedgwick County, Kansas, February 20, 1882. In the paternal line he is of Scotch ancestry, his great-grandfather having come from Scotland and established a family in Indiana in pioneer times. Mr. Cully’s father was Henry Cully, who was born in Union County, Indiana, in 1858. He grew up and married in his native County, was a farm boy, and in 1874 came to Kansas and located in Sedgwick County. There he identified himself with the range stock industry and fed and grazed his cattle over the district south of Wichita. In 1903 he engaged in the banking business in Southern Kansas, and in the spring of 1907 he and his son Orville organized the Citizens State Bank of Claflin. He was its president, while Orville was cashier. In 1911 he bought the Farmers State Bank at Larned, and continued as president of this institution until his death. He controlled both these banks and also the First State Bank of Millikin, Colorado. Henry Cully died at Larned in 1912. He was a democrat in politics and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife, Alice Stevens, who was born in Union County, Indiana, in 1854, is now living at Greeley, Colorado. Orville L. Cully, only child of his parents, was educated in the public schools of Kiowa, Kansas, finished the junior year of the Alma Normal School at Alma, Kansas, and also had a course in...

Biography of Harry W. Bouck

Harry W. Bouck. The proprietor and editor of the Crawford County Enterprise, at Girard, Kansas, is a worthy representative of the younger journalistic element of Crawford County. To a very considerable extent, it is this element in any community, especially outside of the larger cities, which infuses spirit and zest into the activities of the place. It is this element whose entrance upon the arena of active life dates not farther back than a decade and a half of years which monopolizes most of the vigor, zeal and pushing energy which keeps the nerves of the newspaper world ramifying through all the lesser towns of the country strung to the full tension of strenuous endeavor. A pronounced type of the class of tireless workers thus described, Mr. Bouck has been identified with the newspaper business since his thirteenth year, and, in spite of his youth, his experience has been broad and his training comprehensive. Harry W. Bouck was born at Greeley, Anderson County, Kansas, May 10, 1892, and is a son of William and Zua (Wilcox) Bouck. The family originated either in Germany or Holland, and it is probable that the great-great-grandfather of Harry W. Bouck was the original emigrant to New York. His great-grandfather was Aaron Bouck, a carpenter and builder of the Empire state, who died at Albany, in 1879. Christopher Bouck, the grandfather of Harry W., was born in 1842, in Broome County, New York, and was there educated, reared and married. In 1861, he was among the first to answer President Lincoln’s call for volunteers, and, enlisting in a New York regiment, went to the...

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