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Biography of Lewis E. Schuler

Lewis E. Shuler has been identified with Jewell County around the community of Lovewell the greater part of his active life. At one time he was a Lovewell merchant. His ehief interests and activities are as an agriculturist and he owned some of the best farms in that section of the state. Mr. Shuler was born in Ogle County, Illinois, Octobor 10, 1866. In the remote ancestry he is of German stock, the Shulers having come from Germany to Pennsylvania a number of generations ago. His grandfather, William Shuler, spent many years as a farmer in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, but late in life retired and moved out to Illinois, dying in Stephenson County. Mr. Shuler’s father was Thomas Shuler, one of the pioneers of Northern Kansas. He was born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1828, was reared and married in his native county and became a blacksmith. In 1850 he moved out to Ogle County, Illinois, followed his trade there, and in 1861 enlisted in the Fifteenth Illinois Infantry. He was a gallant and faithful soldier of the Union and was in active service until the close of the war. Among the many engagements in which he participated were the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg and the campign of Sherman from Atlanta to the sea. In March, 1871, Thomas Shuler brought his family to Kansas, locating first at White Rock in Republic County and in 1872 going to Jewell County, where he homesteaded 160 acres three miles north and a mile east of Lovewell. He proved up on that place and lived there two years, when he sold and...

Biographical Sketch of Wesley Virgil Griffitts

Wesley Virgil Griffitts is proprietor of the leading general mercantile business at Lovewell. His business experience began early in life, and the resources at his command have been the energy of his own character and such capital as he had acquired by thrifty management and hard work. Mr. Griffitts was born in Gentry County, Missouri, near Albany, April 13, 1879, and still had the promise of the best years of his life ahead of him. He is of Welsh and English descent and his family were early settlers in Kentucky. His father, Aaron Griffitts, was born in Hancock County, Illinois, at Plymouth, in 1840. He grew up and married there and spent his active life as a farmer. In the spring of 1879 he removed to Gentry County, Missouri, and a few years later established a home in Allen County, Kansas. He died fourteen miles southeast of Humboldt in 1913. He was a democrat, and always a consistent Christian and after 1885 a strong supporter of the United Brethren Church. He married Marcella Jane Thompson, who was born at Hillton, West Virginia, in 1847, and is still living on the home farm in Allen County, Kansas. When she was thirteen years of age her parents moved to Illinois, making the entire journey by wagon or steamboat. Aaron Griffitts and wife had three children: A. P., a farmer at Rockyford, Colorado; J. C., a farmer in Allen County, Kansas; and Wesley V. Wesley V. Griffitts secured a rural school education in Allen County, Kansas, and spent the first twenty-four years of his life on his father’s farm. He then went...

Biography of Fred S. Watt

Fred S. Watt, cashier of the Lovewell State Bank, is a man of exceptlonal ability and widely known in Jewell County, and besides his banking duties is also pastor of the United Brethren Church at Lovewell. Mr. Watt was born in Webster County, Nebraska, July 30, 1879. He is of English ancestry but the family located in Pennsylvania in colonial times. His grandfather, John Watt, was born in Indiana in 1810 and in 1871 became one of the piommer settlers in Webster County, Nebraska, where he homesteaded 160 acres near Guide Rock. He was a practical farmer, and spent his last years in comfortable retirement at Gulde Rock, where he died in 1891. He married Elizabeth Adams, who was born in Ohio in 1815 and died at Guide Rock, Nebraska, in 1899. Five of their children are still living: James, a retired farmer at Guide Rock; Fred, who follows the trade of butcher at Guide Rock; L. L., a retired hotel man at Guide Rock; Frank Watt; and Addle, who is living at Guide Rock, widow of Charles Ely, who was a farmer. Frank Watt, father of Fred S., was born in Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1857, and was fourteen years of age when his parents removed to the frontier of Nebraska. He grew up there, and on reaching his majority homesteaded eighty acres of land and had developed some important interests as a farmer. He is still living on his old homestead in Webster County. In matters of politics he is an independent and is active in the United Brethren Church. Frank Watt married Sarah C. Bayles, who...

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