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Biography of John J. Fowles

John J. Fowles has been a Kansas educator since 1908 and is now superintendent of the city schools of Summerfield. Largely through his own earnest efforts he acquired a liberal education. He was born in Eldora, Iowa, January 3, 1884. He is of a Colonial American family. This branch of the Fowlers came out of England and settled in New York in pioneer times His grandfather. Thomas Charles Fowler, was born in Kentucky and died at Eldora, Iowa, before John J. Fowler was born. He was one of the pioneers around Eldora and became well known as a stockman and farmer and a raiser of blooded horses. He married Miss Winterstein, a native of Iowa, who also died at Eldora Four of their children are still living: Henry A., connected with the engineering department of Vermillion University at Vermillion, South Dakota; Stephen and Nieholas, also residents of South Dakota; Blanche, wife of George Diedrich, a retired farmer living in Iowa. T. S. Fowler, father of Superintendent Fowler, was born in 1851 and went as a child to Iowa with his parents. He grew up and married there and became a successful farmer and livestock man at Eldora, where he died in 1896. He was a democrat and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He married Mary Patterson, who was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1852 and died at Edora, Iowa, in February, 1897. Her father came to this country in 1856, locating in Hardin County, Iowa. T. S. Fowler and wife had four children; Helen, now living in the State of Washington; John J.; Gail S., wife...

Biography of Wilbur F. George

Wilbur F. George. With the exception of a short time spent in travel, Wilbur F. George had been a resident of Kansas since 1870, and during this time had been commensurately rewarded by the results which inevitably follow in the wake of industry, energy and careful management. Like many of his fellow agriculturists who have won success, he entered upon his career an a poor man, and whatever of success had come to him–and it is not inconsiderable–has beon attained solely through the medium of his own strength of purpose and hard labor. Mr. George, who is now a resident of Menoken Township, where he owned a fincly cultivated farm in section 12, township 14, range 11, was born on a farm near Decatur, Illinois, October 8, 1860, one of eleven children born to John W. and Mary Ann (Wilson) George, both natives of Illinois. Little is known of the family of Mrs. George, as she died when her son Wilbur F. was a small child. His father, with two sons, Miles W. and Waits M. George, fought as soldiers of the Union during the Civil war, being attached to Illinois volunteer regiments, and John W. George was captured in battle and confined in Andersonville Prison. When he was finally released from that awful atockade and allowed to return to his home, he was a veritable skeleton, weighing but sixty pounds, whereas, when he had entered the service, he was a man of sound if not rebust build. In Illinois he had been a farmer, and, with the desire of securing farms for his sone, as well as the...

Biography of John Duffy Robertson

John Duffy Robertson. Of the men who have attained commercial prominence, based upon character as well as ability, and made their influence felt not only in one locality but throughout the State of Kansas, there is every reason to give permanent record to the career of the late John Duffy Robertson. Mr. Robertson was one of the pioneer merchants of Jewell. He helped found and build up that town. In a few years his success was more than local as he possessed the rare faculty of being able to handle many diverse interests, and these interests became rapidly extended until his reputation as a banker and financier was more than state wide. While he was an officer in many banks, perhaps he was best known, especially in the latter years of his life, as president of the Interstate National Bank of Kansas City, Kansas–now in Missouri in the Live Stock Exchange Building. John D. Robertson was reared in a home of substantial comforts and with every encouragement to make the best of his ability, yet he may be said to have begun life at the very bottom of the ladder. He made a steady and sturdy climb to success. He was born on a farm near Mount Union, Pennsylvania, September 25, 1846. He was the youngest of five children born to John and Mary Ann (Parks) Robertson and survived them. Two of his brothers saw active service in the Civil war as Union soldiers. David was sent home on account of injuries received in battle and died in Pennsylvania. Lemuel, it is thought, was lost in the Battle of...

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