Edward E. Bundy. Among the fine farms and homesteads that are found in Mission Township of Shawnee County, one is owned and occupied by Edward E. Bundy, who had been a progressive resident of Kansas for thirty years. His venerable father, Jesse Bundy, had lived in Mission Township of Shawnee County for many years, and reached the remarkable age of ninety-four in 1916. Like hundreds of others of the state’s best people, he is a man who had worked hard, taken an equal part with his neighbors in the support of all worthy causes for the general good, and in the evening of life had the satisfaction of knowing that he had been a worthy citizen, and that his part in life’s struggle had been well acted, and that he had gained the respect of his fellow men.
It was in 1887 that Jesse Bundy came to Kansas from Belmont County, Ohio. He was born and reared in that eastern section of the Buckeye State, not far from the Ohio River. During the Civil war he went out with a hundred days regiment. He was married in Ohio to Mrs. Jemima (Mitchell) Cooper, who had four children by her first marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bundy were the parents of three sons and one daughter. Jesse Bundy had been a farmer all his life. On coming to Kansas he located in the southern part of Mission Township of Shawnse County, beginning as a renter and afterwards buying land which he still occupies as a home. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
The second in his father’s family of children, Edward E. Bundy was born January 1, 1862, in Ohio, and grew up in that state. He came to Shawnee County, Kansas, with his parents, and for the last thirty years had been actively identified with farming and stock raising. Of late he had paid a great deal of attemtion to thoroughbred red polled cattle. Mr. Bundy at the age of twenty-four left home and started farming as a renter. In 1893 he made his first purchase of forty acres, the nucleus of his present homestead, and had added to it until his farm now comprises two hundred forty fertile acres.
On March 7, 1892, he married Miss Alice Brobst, daughter of Nathan Brobst, one of the pioneers of Shawnee County, whose career is sketched on other pages. It is largely to the influence of his good wife that Mr. Bundy sttributes the success that had come to him. They have worked hard, have shared the joys and sorrows of many years, have saved and accumulated, and have made ample provision for their own future and for the rearing and training of their children. To their marriage were born seven children: Hugh N.; Elsie J., Mrs. Peter Price; Ethel M., Mrs. Alvin Price; Ida M., Mrs. John Koci; Elmer V.; Porter C. and Melvin Edward.