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Biography of Edwin Grant Betz

Edwin Grant Betz. The Arkansas City Business College is an institution in which the people of that community take special pride. Technical training for business is now a recognized necessity, and among the schools of Kansas that supply such technical training the Arkansas City Business College had in many respects a record of unexcelled competence and thoroughness. The proprietor of this school is Edwin Grant Betz, who had had a varied business experience but had given his chief time through his active life to commercial education. He comes of an old Dickinson County family, while Mrs. Betz, his wife, is of another prominent pioneer family in that section of Kansas. Mr. E. G. Betz was born at Chambersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, August 19, 1869. His paternal ancestors were Germans and his great-grandfather came from Germany and was an early settler in Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Henry Betz, was born in Pennsylvania in 1795, spent his life as a farmer and died at St. Thomas in Franklin County in 1876. W. H. H. Betz, father of E. G. Betz, was born near St. Thomas in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in 1843 and is now living at Chapman in Dickinson County, Kansas. He grew up and married in Pennsylvania, became a farmer, and on March 15, 1877, arrived at Chapman, Kansas. He was one of the early settlers there, and bought a farm three miles south and two miles east of Chapman and is still owner of 360 acres in that county and considerable city property. He is a republican and had long been closely identified with the Evangelical Lutheran Church, in...

Biography of Hollis Herbert Allen

Hollis Herbert Allen found his life work in the grocery business. He came to Arkansas City twenty-eight years ago, then a young man, and learned the grocery trade by work in every capacity, at first for others and afterwards for himself. Any one who had had experience in the grocery trade knows that hardly any other business is subject to the operation of more circumstances and influences affecting its prosperity, and anyone who had been successful in that line fully deserves all he had won. Mr. Allen now had one of the finest retail grocery houses in the State of Kansas. He was born at Montpelier, Ohio, March 1, 1873. In the paternal line he is of German ancestry. His great-grandfather came from Germany and located in Pennsylvania. The grandfather was born in Pennsylvania in 1819, and was an early settler at Montpelier, Ohio, where he died in 1899 at the age of eighty years. On going to Ohio he worked for a time on the Erie Canal, also was a merchant, subsequently a farmer, and besides farming he conducted an undertaking shop. Through his mother H. H. Allen is of Yankee stock, the Potters having come from England in colonial times. John Allen, father of H. H. Allen, was well known in Arkansas City and was a resident of that town during his last years, though his death occurred in Enid, Oklahoma, in 1912. He was born in Williams County, Ohio, in 1847, grew up and married in his native state, and gave his energies chiefly to the grocery business. He came to Kansas in 1889, locating in...

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