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with the l:ank at Burlington. Colorado, for one year, and then came to the bank
at Summerfield in the year 1902. In addition to his duties as assistant cashier
of the State Bank of Summerfield, he is associated with F. G. Bergen in the
real-e-tate and insurance business. He has two hundred and forty acres of
splendid land in Texas and is the owner of a beautiful home in the city of
Summerfield. At the time of a contest in their home city in 191 5, Air. and
Airs. Hamler were awarded a silver cup for having the finest home in the
place. They take the greatest interest in the upkeep of the place, not for the
sake of winning prizes, but because they enjoy the pleasures of a beautiful
and well-kept home. The house is a six-room structure, finished in white,
with hard-wood floors and bath, and has cAery modern convenience, including
both hard and soft water in all parts of the house. The place was built with
the idea of beauty and comfort, and is an evidence of the best thought and
attention. Aluch beauty has been added to the place in the well-kept lawn, in
which many varieties of flowers and shrubbery are grown and surrounded
with the finest trees.

-On October^26< 1914. James Arthur Hamler was married to Efifie Beavers,
who was born in Alarshall county and is the daughter of D. H. Beavers,
who is a w ell-known and successful grain buyer of Home City, Kansas. Airs.
Hamler received her education in tlie public schools of Alarshall county, and
later studied music at the Hiawatha Academy of Alusic, after which she
completed the course in music at the University of Kansas. Air. and Airs.
Hamler have long been prominent in the social and the religious life of the
community, and Airs. Hamler is active in the musical circles of the home city.
Politically, James Arthur Hamler is indentified with the Republican
party and has ever taken an active in.terest in all local affairs, and being a
man of ability, and a representative citizen of the city, he has had much to
do with the civic life of the town. Since 1906 he has served as city treasurer
and his administration has l)een one of continued success. He has always
given the aft'airs of the office the same care and attention that he gives to
his own business, and by his management of the city's financial affairs, he has
won the confidence and approval of the people. Fraternally, Air. Hamler is


a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons at Summerfield, He has
attained the Scottish-Rite degrees, holding liis membership at Kansas Citv,
Kansas. He is also a prominent member of the Knights of Pythias at Sum-
merfield. He takes much interest in his lodge work, and is recognized as
one of the working members of the orders to which he belongs.

Although a young man, Mr. Hamler has by his active life accomplished
much in the social and financial life of the community in which he lives and
where he is recognized as one of the prominent and substantial men of the
county. His conservative and careful attention to business, has won for
him the confidence of the people with whom he is associated. His interests
are with the people of Marshall county and his every effort is for the better-
ment of the district in which he lives.


Guy L. Rice, vrell-known undertaker and furniture dealer at Marys-
ville and long recognized as one of the most active and progressive of the
younger business men of that city, is a native son of Marshall county and has
lived here all his life. He was born on a fanii in Center township on Octo-
ber 1 6, 1883, son of Charles ^^^ and Marguerite Inez (Crane) Rice, the
former a native of England and the latter of the state of Illinois, whose
last days were spent in tliis county.

Charles \V. Rice was born in the city of Coventry, England, October
16, 1856, and was about eight years of age when his parents, William and
Ellen (Watson) Rice, emigrated with their family from England to Canada
in 1864. Three years later, in 1867, they left Canada and moved to Indi-
ana, settling on a farm near Bluffton, that state, where William Rice died
in i86q, leaving his widow and four children, two sons and two daughters.
In 1877 Charles W. Rice left his mother and his brother and two sisters
in Indiana and came to Kansas, riding through on horseback to Alarshall
county. He began working as a farm hand in the vicinity of Winifred and
for two years "batched it" there in a little log cabin. He then, in 1879,
married and established a home on a rented farm in that vicinity, on which
he lived for three years, at the end of which time he bought a farm two miles
south and one mile east of the village of Home, where he lived until 1889,
in which year he engaged in the grocery business and was thus engaged
until 1891, when he engaged in general carpentering. In February, 1896,


Charles W. Rice nidvcd to M;ir\s\illc and was iIktc eni^aoed in tlic general
store of iM-ank G. I'dwcll until in October. 1S99. wlicn he bought the furni-
ture store and niulertaking establishment of H. B. Walker at that place and
continued to operate the same the rest of his life, his death occurring on
December 20, igii. Mis mother, who had joined him in this county many
vears before, had died in the ])revious February.

Jn i.^^jo, in this county, Charles W. Rice was united in marriage to
Marguerite Inez Crane, who was horn at Milford, Illinois, November 15,
1862, daughter of Robert and Sarali Ann (Deeds) Crane, natives of Penn-
svlvania, the former Ijorn in 1830 and the latter in 1834, who became pioneers
and homesteaders in Marshall county, where Robert Crane spent his last
davs, his widow now makine' her home in Marvsville. Mrs. Charles W.
Rice died on August 6, 1890, leaving three children, those besides the sub-
ject of this sketch, who was the second in order of birth, being Prof. Clarence
T. Rice, of the Argentine school of Kansas City, Kansas, public schools,
and Sarah Ellen, who married F. Hutton and is now deceased.

Guy L. Rice was reared on the home farm in Center township and in
the village of Home, receiving his elementary schooling in the district school
in that neighborhood, then went to Mary Forter and completed the same in
the public schools at Marysville, from which he and his brother and sister
were graduated. Until he was twenty-one years of age, Guy L. Rice worked
on the farm during the summer months and he then became engaged with
his father in the furniture store at Alarysville. He had previously, under
the direction of his father, learned the details of the undertaking business
and had become a skilled embalmer. In 1909, at Topeka, he passed the
examination of the Kansas state board of embalmers and has ever since been
engaged in the undertaking business at Marysville, conducting the same in
connection with his- extensive furniture business, having been proprfetor of
the store since his father's death in 191 1. Mr. Rice is a progressive and
active Imsiness man and his lousiness is conducted in strict accordance with
modern methods. He not only carries a full and complete line of furniture,
but has a well-equipped and up-to-date undertaking establishment and was
the first undertaker in nortliern Kansas to add to his equipment an auto
hearse. In addition to his extensive connections at Marysville, Mr. Rice is
the owner of a half section of land in Sheridan county, this state, and is
regarded as one of Marysville's substantial citizens.

On February 6, 1907, Guy L. Rice was united in marriage to Myrtle
Ford, who was born at Axtell, this county, March 16, 1886, daughter of
Joseph H. and Sarah F. (Dean) Fovd, natives of England and of the state


of Kentucky, respectively, who are now living at Abilene, this state. Joseph
H. Ford was one of the early settlers of Marshall county, a blacksmith at
Marysville and a farmer in the neighborhood of Axtell, and was for years
one of the best-known residents of the county. To Mr. and Mrs. Rice two
children have been born, sons both, Merlin L. and Dean W. Mr. Rice is
"independent" in his political views. He is a member of the local Masonic
lodge and he and his wife are members of the Eastern Star and of the
Methodist churcli. in the various beneficences of which they take a warm
interest. Thev ha\e a pleasant home at Marysville and take a proper inter-
est in the general social activities of their home town, helpful in promoting
all proper causes designed to advance the common welfare.


George E. Fenwick. proprietor of the Independent auto garage at Marys-
ville and sales agent for cars and Bull tractors at that place, is a native son
of Marshall county and has been a resident of this county all his life with
the exception of the time spent in school at Manhattan and at Ouincy, Illi-
nois. He was Iwrn on a pioneer farm in the neighborhood of Bigelow, June
12, 1881, son of William and Melissa (Boyd) Fenwick, early settlers in that
part of the countv, the former of whom was born in Bath county, Kentucky,
in 1840, and who were the parents of four children, those besides the subject
of this sketch being as follow : Martha, deceased ; Eva, who married Greely
\A'arders and is now deceased, and Nettie, who married W. J. Williams, who
died about six months after marriage, and fifteen years later she married
Cliarles Jones and is now living on the old home place in the neighborhood
of Bigelow.

George L. Fenwick was reared on the paternal farm in this county and
received his elementary schooling in the district schools of that neighborhood.
At the age of nineteen years he started attending school at Manhattan and in
1902 entered the business college at Ouincy, Illinois, from which he was
graduated in 1904, after which he traveled with a band, as a musician, for
one year, at the end of which time he returned to the home farm, which he
rented from his father, and there made his home until 191 1, in which year
he moved to Marysville and for awhile thereafter was connected with one of
the local garages. He then determined to engage in the automobile business
on his own account and built his present commodious and well-ecjuipped


o-araee, a structure fort\-f(,ur bv one hundred and thirt\'-t\vo feet, in which
he has since very successfully carried on a general business in automobiles
a:xl accessories and has established a high reputation as the proprietor of
one of the best service stations in this part of the state. Mr. Fenwnck is the
local sales manager for Bull gasoline tractors and has built u]) (|uite a busi-
ness in these lines, carrying on his lousiness in accordance with strictly up-to-
date methods.

On May 2^, 1904, George L. Fenwick was united in marriage to Louise
M. Jansen, who was born at Ouincy, Illinois, December 2, 1881, a daughter
of Theo. and Louise (Ruff) Jansen, natives of Illinois, and the former of
whom was a druggist at Ouincy. Mrs. Fenwick is a graduate of the l)usi-
ness college at Ouincy and is a valuable aid to her husband in his business,
taking the part of bookkeeper in the garage and sales establishment. Mr.
and Airs. Fen\\"ick are attendants at the Christian church and take a proper
part in the general social activities of their home town. Mr. Fenwick is
"independent" in his political views and has ever given his thoughtful atten-
tion to local civic affairs.


One of the highly respected and greatly admired women of Irving,
Marshall county, is Mrs. Catherine L. Steward, who was born on October
25, 1843, 3t Marshall. Michigan, and is the daughter of Godw^in and Delia
s\. Dolan.

Godwin Dolan w'as born in the city of New York and was the son of
John T. Dolan, a native of Ireland. His wife was of Irish-English descent,
and her people were prominent in their home community. Godwin Dolan
and his wife grew up in New York and were there married. He became
prosperous and was a man of influence. He and his wife later located in
the state of Michigan and there their daughter, Catherine L., was born at
Marshall. They resided in that state for nine years and returned to New
York, remaining there till 1869, when they came to Kansas, where they
located in Atchison county. In 1872 they came to Marshall county and
•established their home at Irving, where they died some years ago. Thev
were held in the higheit regard and esteem and they had much to do with
the general development of the district in which they lived.

Catherine L. Dolan received her education in the schools of New York
state, and there grew to womanhood and came with her parents to Atchison,

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Kansas, where she was united in marriage in 1870, to Herbert Hawk, w^ho
was born in 1837 and died in 1878. To this union the following children
were born : DeHa, Emily and Alfred. Delia is the wife of Frederick Luedke,
a resident of Irving; Emily is the wife of J. Morris Layton, a highly-respected
resident of Irving, and Alfred is also a resident of Irving, and is married to
Zelda Blodgett, and to them have been torn two children, Chauncey and
Ella. Herbert Hawk was a native of the state of New York, and there
received his education in the public schools and grew to manhood and came
to Kansas in the year 1857, and located in Atchison county, where he home-
steaded a farm. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he offered his services
in the defense of the llag of the Union, and enlisted in Tenth Regiment,
Kansas Volunteer Infantry, under Colonel Quigg. He served throughout
the war and saw much active service. At the close of the war he returned
to Kansas, and later established his home near Irving, where he engaged in
general farming and stock raising until the time of his death. He took
much interest in the local affairs of the community, and was most happy in
the environment of his home. The latter years of his life were devoted to
the interests of his family, and his greatest desires were for their comfort
and happiness. His untimely death was mourned by the people of the com-
munity, for they knew that a good and honest man had gone from them.

Some years after the death of Herbert Hawk, Mrs. Hawk was united
in marriage to Silas Steward, and to this union one son was born, Harry,
who now lives with the mother. Her daughter, Emily, who is the wife of
J. Morris Layton. is the mother of three children. Mary, Alice and Ida. The
daughter. Mary, who is the wife of George Williams, is a resident of Spring-
side, and Alice is the wife of Dr. Adelljert Ferguson, to whom she was mar-
ried in September, 19 16, and they are now living in Michigan.

Mrs. Steward has long been active in the social and the religious life
of the community, where she is held in high regard and esteem. She is a
member of the Episcopal church and of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her
two sons are members of the Masonic lodge, of the Eastern Star and of the
Knights of Pythias and Pythian Sisters.

The father of Mrs. Steward, who came to Kansas from his home in the
state of New York, owing to the severe climate of the former state, was a
man of pleasing characteristics and of much force of character. He owned
considerable property in his native state, where Mrs. Steward now has large
property interests. She has a beautiful home in Irving, where she lives w'ith
her daughter.

4(j8 i^rARSTiAij, corxrv, kaxsas.


Samuel Francis Paul, a native son of the state of Illinois, and today one
of the most progressive and snhstantial farmers and stockmen of Marshall
connty. and the representative of the Thirty-ninth district to the state Legis-
lature, was born at Rock Island (^n January 28. 1856, the son of William and
Eliza A. (\\'alker) Eaul. whf) were natives of Belfast. Ireland, and Madison
county, Illinois, respectively.

\\'illiam Paul was born on ?>bruary 16. 1830, and died on August 12,
1889. He received liis education in the schools of liis native land and tliere
oTcw to manhood. He continued to live his life in the land where he was
born, until 1847, ^vhen lie decided that he would seek his fortune in America.
He landed at Quebec, where he remained for a time, after which he took up
his residence at Watertown, New A^ork, where he was engaged in the blast
furnaces for a time. He then decided to locate further West, and in a short
time was established at Geneva Lake, Wisconsin, and after a residence of
some time in that place, he located at Rock Island, Illinois, where he engaged
in general farming. There he was married on June 30, 1853, ^o Eliza A.
Walker, who was born on January 26, 1836, being the daughter of Samuel
A. Walker and wife, who were natives of Virginia, their early home being on
the banks of the James river, and where her father was born in 1785. He
was one of the early settlers of Madison county, Illinois, and was a well-
known Methodist minister of that section. After having spent many years
in the work in the county, Mr. \\'alker moved to Rock Island and in 1858
moved to Marshall county, and later died in Nebraska City, Nebraska. His
life was one of usefulness, and his influence on the moral and the social life
of the community, was for the general good. The life of a minister was a
hard one in those days, yet Mr. Walker accepted his responsibilities with a
determination tliat brought success to his work. He was held in the highest
regard by all with whom he came in contact, and his influence for the better
life was keenly felt throughout the district in which he worked. He was a
man of the highest ideals and of pleasing qualities. To him the people of
Madison county were greatly indebted for the high standard of morality that
he set in that early pioneer settlement.

To William and Eliza Paul were born the following children : Martha
A., Samuel Francis, S.adie L., Clara P. and William F. Martha A. Johnson
is a resident of Sheridan, Arkansas; Sadie L. Wanamaker resides at Blue
Rapids, Kansas; Clara P. Miller lives at Clepsen Beach, Washington, and
William F. lives at Edna, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Paul continued to live at


Rock Island. Illinois, until 1S58, when they located in the state of Kansas
with their family in that year. Here Mr. Paul pre-empted land three miles
north of Blue Rapids, in Blue Rapids township, Marshall county, where he
obtained one hundred and twenty acres at one dollar and twenty-five cents
per acre. The journey from their hoiue in Illinois to their new home in
Kansas, was made within a covered wagon, drawn by horses and they were
three weeks on the way. The journey was a hard one, over an unknown
tract, with no roads but the winding trail over the prairie. But they were a
determined people and were willing to endure the hardships, supported by
the thought that in time a better home was in store for them. On their
arrival at their new home, logs were cut and a cabin erected in which the
familv li\ed for some years. It was not long after the family established
their home in the new country, that the father enlisted under the flag of his
country, with a determination to assist in preserving the Union. As he
marched away with Company E, Thirteenth Regiment, Kansas Volunteer
Infantrv. he left at home a devoted wife who wished him Godspeed. For
three years he served his country, and saw much active service in the South
and West. After his honorable discharge he returned to his home and the
devoted wife, who had experienced in many ways the hardships of the war as
much as the soldiers on the field of battle. Those three years were filled with
many privations in the care of the five children of the family. By the will
of God, Mr. Paul survived his campaigns at Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, Ft.
Smith and the chase after General Price, through Missouri and Arkansas.
On his return to his home in Kansas, Mr. Paul settled on a farm two miles
east of Blue Rapids, Marshall county, where he became a successful farmer
and stockman, and there lived until his death. He was a man of much prom-
inence in the community in which he lived and where he was held in the high-
est regard by all who knew him.

Samuel Francis Paul received his education in the common schools of
Kansas, the Wetmore Institute and the Agricultural College of Kansas.
After completing his education he engaged in teaching and was for nine years
one of the successful teachers of Marshall county. He later engaged in farm-
ing and in 1884 he engaged in the work for himself, on a farm three miles
east of Blue Rapids. There he made his home until 1898, when he moved
to Blue Rapids, where he has a beautiful home, one of the finest residences
in the town. As a farmer and stockman, Mr. Paul met with much success.
He was a firm believer in the intensive farming and the keeping of the best
of stock and his farm has always been one of the finest in the county. He
has always taken the greatest pride in the upkeep of his fine estate and the


care (if his stcx'k. His farms consist of eighty acres of splendid bottom land
east of Blue Rapids ; one hundred and sixty acres of land two miles east of
Blue Rapids and a splendid farm of eighty acres of bottom land north of
Irving. The life of Mr. Paul has been a most active one and he is still
recognized as one of the progressive men of the county. He has met with
much success and has used his influence and best efforts for the advancement
of the community in which he has lived for so many years and where he is
held in the highest regard by all who know him.

On March 3. 1885, Samuel Francis Paul was united in marriage to Clara
Dunlap, who was born in Red Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on October
26, 1859. the daughter of James and Mary A. Dunlap, who were natives of
Virginia, where they received their education in the public schools and there
grew up and were later married. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Dun-
lap continued to reside in Virginia until March 18, 1880, when they came to
Kansas. Mr. Dunlap had spent his life in agricultural pursuits, and when
he arrived in Kansas he established his home on a farm near Axtell, Murray
township, Marshall county. He was a man of sterling worth and possessed
of much ability and he became one of the successful farmers and stockmen
of the county, w-here he and his wife were prominent in the social and the
moral life of the community, and were held in the highest esteem by all. He
made the county his home until the time of his death, and is buried in the
cemetery at Axtell.

To Samuel Francis and Clara Paul have been born the following chil-
dren: William Clarence, Frances. Ruth, Hubert and Marian. William
Clarence received his education in the schools of Marshall county and grew
to manhood on the home farm, where he assisted his father with the farm
work. After reaching manhood he was united in marriage to Marie Jenn-
rick, and to them has been born one child, William Clarence, Jr., wdiose
birth occurred on April 17, 1916. Mr. and Mrs. William Clarence Paul
now reside at Elko, Nevada, where Mr. Paul is an employee of the Western
Pacific Railroad. They are among the prominent residents of that place.
Frances is the w^ife of E. M. Bartholow, who holds a responsible position
with the government of the United States at Washington, D. C. Ruth is
the wife of H. W. Cornell, who also holds a responsible position with the
government at Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Cornell have an interesting
young son, Paul. Hubert has completed his education in the local schools
and is now a student in the University of Kansas at Lawrence, and Marian
is at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul are active members of the Presbyterian church and


are among the prominent workers of tliat denomination, Mr. Paul being an
elder of the local church. Their best efforts have ever been given to the good
work of the church, and to them much of the success of the local society is
due. All departments of the church work appeal to them and receives their
active and financial support. Few people of the community are held in
higher regard, than are Mr. and Mrs. Paul. They are a most hospitable
people and by their kindly disposition, they have won for themselves many
friends in the locality.

Fraternally, Mr. Paul is a member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America, in which orders he takes
keen interest. Politically, he is identified with the Republican party and has
always taken much interest in all local affairs. For many years he was town-
ship trustee and during his term of office he gave valuable service to the

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