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Location: Edna Kansas

Biography of A. J. Lugeanbeal

A. J. Lugeanbeal has for many years been a successful merchant at Angols, and at the same time has participated actively in Labette County politics and in civic affairs. Born at Gridley, Illinois, January 12, 1872, Mr. Lugeanbeal has spent most of his life in Kansas. His grandfather, Alexander Lugeanbeal, was born in Germany, came to America and followed farming in Ohio and died at Black Run in that state. A. J. Lugeanbeal, Sr., was born at Marion, Ohio, in 1841, and died at Fredonia, Kansas, in 1902. He was reared and married in Ohio followed farming there, and then moved to Gridley, Illinois, soon after his marriage. While in Illinois he saw active service in an Illinois regiment during the Civil war. He enlisted in 1861 and went through the entire struggle. From Illinois he moved to Fredonia, Kansas, in 1882, and was actively identified with farming there until his death. He was a democrat in politics, a member and deacon in the Christian Church, and was an active Mason, having taken his first degrees in that order while at Camp Butler, Illinois, during the Civil war. A. J. Lugeanbeal, Sr., married Elizabeth A. Kearfoot, who was born at Delaware, Ohio, in 1845, and is now living at Fredonis, Kansas. They had a large family of children, noted briefly as follows: Mary, wife of D. O. Ponsor, a...

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Biography of Robert A. Watt

Robert A. Watt has been closely identified with the business life of Edna for a number of years and is now serving as postmaster of the town. He is widely known throughout Labette County, and had lived there about forty-five years. He is of Scotch descent and his grandfather, Thomas Watt, was probably the immigrant ancestor. Thomas Watt became a farmer in Belmont County, Ohio, where he died. It was in Belmont County, Ohio, that Robert A. Watt was born August 7, 1866. His father, John T. Watt was born in the State of Ohio March 10, 1844. Reared in Ohio, he married in Belmont County, and after farming in that state for some years moved out to Kansas and located at Edna in 1879. There as an early settler he acquired 160 acres, farmed it for a number of years, but finally sold out. In January, 1905, the death of this prominent early citizen occurred at Edna. He was a democrat, had served on the school board, and for many years was an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He married Amanda Worley, who was born in Ohio May 25, 1845, and is still living at Edna. Her children were: Robert A.; Martin, who died at Edna when a youth; Luella, who first married Barney Armstrong, who was an Oklahoma farmer and her present husband is Mr. Taylor, and...

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