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Biography of George Harrison Hower

George Harrison Hower. That the public schools are a very important interest to the majority of the people of Kansas needs no other proof than the evident educational acquirements of her young men and women, and in the laudable ambition to progress that is cherished by many of the counties, Lincoln County takes no second place. Furthormore, in her determined search for the best educators, and even for county superintendent, she had had to look no farther than her own sons, for to this class practically belongs County Superintendent George Harrison Hower. He was brought to the county when less than a year old, and had passed the greater part of his life here, where his main interests are yet centered. George Harrison Hower was born at Catassuqua, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, October 23, 1885, and is a son of Milton and Ida Matilda (Harte) Hower, and a grandson of Harrison George and Maria Elisabeth (Kleppinger) Hower. The venerable grandfather resided with his son George Hower at Rosette, Kansas. He was born in 1829, at Howertown, Pennsylvania, a village named for his father, and until 1885 was mainly engaged in farming and breeding fast horses. He owned a livery stable and also a number of speedy roadsters at one time. When he came to Kansas in 1885 he bought a farm, which he still owned. He married Maria Elizabeth Kleppinger, who was born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, in 1835 and died at Rosette, Kansas, about 1900. Of their four children John and Mary are deceased. Milton and George survive, the former being a resident of Sylvan Grove and the latter...

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