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gas will be found under Marshall and adjoining counties. He does not
encourage co-operative business for selfish motives, nor to injure legitimate
private business, but solely as self-defense of the producers and consumers,
who are now too often left to the mercy of heartless and unprincipled

Mr. Ellenbecker has rarely sought public office, but was for one term
superintendent of public instruction of his county, being appointed by the
board of county commissioners to fill an interim. This service, besides the
work in his private normal school, comprise his educational labors, and there
is much evidence to show that his good-will and efforts for the betterment
of schools have borne good fruits. He has always been independent in his
voting, although classed as a Democrat. He has always been a stanch friend
of good, clean government, and knowingly no candidate ever received his
support who has spent carelessly the public funds. He still believes that the
burden of taxation could be much reduced without impairing the service, if
public officials and men doing public work were more conscientious. Mr.
Ellenbecker is an able public speaker and debater, and is frequently called
upon to employ this gift on public occasion. His education enables him to
clearlv grasp the most intricate public questions, and his fellow-citizens have
ever recognized in him a fearless champion of right and justice.

-Mr. Ellenbecker and his familv are members of the Catholic church at
Marysville. They are likewise friends and liberal supporters of the other
churches. They find vast enjoyment in the many periodicals that they receive
as well as in the large library in their farm home. Mr. Ellenbecker has but
little time to dcA'Ote to literary work, but he has during odd hours written
a volume of essays and poems, and just recently has completed what appears



to be a very extensive and comprehensive work on English grammar, all of
which hooks he intends some time to have published.

In all his public and private career he has 1>een ably assisted by his
faithful wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellenbecker are splendid examples to show
to what social, educational and civic heights any boy or girl from the farm,
with few advantages and humlile surroundings, may attain. Here we see
again the truth of that old adage : "The pathway of toil leads to character
and strength," and mav ever}- l)oy and girl who reads this, place in their lives
a high aim and with renewed zeal strive to attain it.


The late Joseph M. Shumate, an honored veteran of the Civil War, for
many years justice of the peace at Frankfort and a well-established insurance
agent and real-estate dealer in that city, was a native of the state of IlHnois,
but had lived in Kansas since pioneer days and had therefore been a witness
to and a participant in the development of this county almost from the time
of the organization. of the county. He was born on a farm in the vicinity
of Carlinville, in central Illinois, January 2"/, 1840, a son of Hiram and Eliza
Shumate, natives, respectively, of Virginia and Kentucky, and was living there
when the Civil War broke out. He responded to the call for volunteers in
1 861 and upon the completion of his original hundred-days service re-enli'sted
and went to the front as a member of Company B, Thirtieth Regiment, Illi-
nois Volunteer Infantry, and w-as with that command when he was veteranized
two years later. He re-enlisted and during a skirmish about a month after
the battle of Atlanta, in which he had participated, was badly wounded in the
hip. On account of this wound he went on furlough, but upon his recovery
he hastened to New York to sail down the coast to rejoin Sherman's army,
but the war terminating then he met his old commander at Raleigh in North
Carolina and with his old command participated in the Grand Review at
Washington, D. C.

Upon the completion of his military service Joseph AI. Shumate returned
to his home in Illinois and on September 12, 1865, was there united in mar-
riage to Alida Osborn, who was born in Knox county, that state, July 4,
1845, ^ daughter of Robert and Betsy (Roundtree) Osborn, natives, respec-
tively, of Illinois and of Kentucky, the former of whom was a son of Stephen
Osborn, an Illinois pioneer. During that same year, in the summer of 1865,


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Alida Osborn had been visiting" in this section of Kansas and during her stay
here had taught a three-months term of school, the first school taught in the
Brophy district in this county, the school house having been a floorless log
cabin, sixteen by eighteen feet in dimension, with unglazed windows, a clap-
board door, slal^s for benches and a goods Iwx for a teacher's desk. In
1866, the year after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Shumate and the Osborn
family moved over to Kansas from Illinois, bringing necessary household
goods and some live stock with them, and settled about a mile north of the
Barrett settlement in this county ; both Joseph M. Shumate and Robert Osborn
bought land in that section. A''lr. and Mrs. Shumate began housekeeping-
there in a log cabin and after a few years of such residence moved on down
into Texas, but after six months of experience there returned to Kansas and
located at Frankfort, which by that time was beginning to be somewhat of a
village, and there Mr. Shumate began clerking in a store, later engaging in
the real-estate and insurance business and was thus engaged the remainder
of his life, early becoming recognized as one of the leading business men of
that city. For thirty-five years he served as justice of the peace in Frankfort
and in other ways contributed of his services and his energy to the public
service. He was one of the organizers of the Frankfort post of the Grand
Army of the Republic and ever took an active part in the affairs of that
patriotic organization. He also was a member of the Modern Woodmen
of America and of the Knights and Ladies of Security and was an active
member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Joseph M. Schumate died on
March 13, 19 13, and his widow is still living at Frankfort, where she owns
a very pleasant home. She is a member of the Woman's Relief Corps, a
member of the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and a. member
of the Knights and Ladies of Security, in the affairs of which several organi-
zations she takes a warm interest.

To Joseph M. and Alida (Osborn) Shumate four children were born,
namely: Mrs. Lulu McConkey, who lives four miles southwest of Frankfort;
Mrs. Carrie E. Symonds, whose husband is a druggist at Wooster, Texas ;
W. R. Shumate, who is engaged in the drug business at Kansas City, and
Herbert Shumate, who is at home with his mother. Mrs. Shumate is one
of the eight children born to her parents, the others being as follow : S. S.
Osbcirn, who is living at Washington; Mrs. G. N. Morris, of Frankfort, this
county ; John Osborn, who is engaged in the grocery business at Cottonwood
Falls, this state ; Mrs. William D. Warnica, deceased ; Mrs. Calvin Warnica,
of Wells township, this county; Walter Osborn, who is a member of the


Denver i)olice idrce. and 1). \i. Osboni, a well-kiidw n resident of Frankfort.
Robert Osborn. tbc fatber of tbese cbiklren. (bed al bis bc^nie in tbis county
in Aui^usl. iS()J, at tbe aj^e of sexenly years, and bis- \vi(k)\v is now bving,
at tbe aoe of ninetv-one years, wilb ber son, 1). \i. Osborn, at b>ankfort.
Mrs. Sbnniate lias a pictnre ^bowin^- six geneartions of her family, five
generations of wbom are still represented, all tbc subjects of tbat remark-
able picture being- alive save tbe elde.st, Airs. 1 )osia Roundtree, Mrs. Sbu-
mate's maternal grandnioibcr, wbo died at tbe great age of ninety-four years,
tbe otbers being as follow: Mrs. Betsy Osborn, now ninety-one years of age;
Mrs. I. M. Sbnniate, seventy-one: Mrs. Lulu McConkey, forty-nine: Mrs.
Agnes Davis, tbirtv, and WilliauL Wilbur and Willard Davis, aged, respec-
tivelv, ten. eigbt and five years. Airs. Sbumate bas seven grandcbildren and
four great-grandcbildren, Mrs. McConkey ba\'ing two cbiklren, Mrs. Agnes
Davis and b'^cpb : Mrs. Symonds, four children, Mrs. Alida Hill (wbo bas one
child. Annellan ) , Randall, Esther and Waldo, and W. R. Shumate, one son,
Clarence, born in 1902. Mrs. Shumate has been a resident of this community
since pioneer days. She is physically \igorous and able and retains vivid
and distinct recollections of conditions here when she first came to Marshall
county, back in tbe days of the beginning of a proper social order hereabout.


Frank Yaussi. one of Alarysville's best-known and most progressive
merchants, tbe proprietor of a well-stocked clothing and men's furnishing
store there and wbo also bas extensive banking interests, is a native of the
Republic of Switzerland, but bas been a resident of Kansas since be was
twelve years of age. He was Ijorn in tbe city of Berne, Switzerland, March
21, 1856, son of Christian and Elizabeth ( Begert) Yaussi, the former of
whom died in bis native land and tbe latter of whom spent her last days in
Alarysville, tbis county.

Christian A'aussi, also a native of Switzerland, w^as born in 1825 and
was early trained to tbe liutcber trade, a vocation be followed all his life. He
died in Canton Berne in 1863 and five years later, in 1868. his widow and ber
six children came to tbis country and settled on a farm in Brown county, tbis
state, tbe family remaining there farming the place and holding together for
about ten years and thus getting a good start in tbe country of their adoption.
Airs. Yaussi later moved to Alarysville, where she spent ber last days, an


honored pioneer, her death (occurring in 1907, she then heing in the seventy-
fifth year of her age. She was the mother of seven children, of wliom the
subject of tliis sketch v.as tlie sixth in order of birth, the others being as
follow: Rosa, who married John Detwdler and is now deceased; Fred J.,
deceased ; Elizabeth, who married Gottlieb Bnhler and died in Switzerland ;
Rudolph, who is a well-known and substantial farmer of this county ; Gott-
lieb, a farmer of Brown county, this state, and Mary, who married John
Aegerte, a farmer, of Garber, Oklahoma.

Frank Yaussi was about twelve years of age when his family came to
this country and he grew to manhood on the home farm in Brown county,
presently beginning farming on his ow-n account. In 1884, about three years
after his marriage in Brown county, he came over into Marshall county and
bought a quarter of a section of land west of Marysville, where he established
his home, later buying an adjoining tract of one hundred and twenty acres, ^
and there made his home, farming and raising stock, for sixteen or eighteen
years, at the end of which time he sold his place and moved to Marysville.
He bought the bottling works that had ])een established in that city and for
six years or more was engaged in the manufactru'e of soda "pop" and carl)on-
ated drinks. He then, in 1904, formed a partnership with George Love in
the general merchandise business, ^\•ith a store at the west end of Broadway
in Marysville, and was thus engaged until 1908, wdien the partnership was
dissolved and Mr. Yaussi entered upon his present successful line of men's
furnishings and clothing, in which he has done very w-ell, long having been
regarded as one of the most substantial merchants in the city. He carries a
full and complete line of clothing and men's furnishings and his store is well
stocked and equipped in up-to-date fashion. In addition to his mercantile
interests, Mr. Yaussi possesses considerable banking interests and is a mem-
ber of the board of directors of two banks, the Citizens State Bank at Marys-
ville and the bank at Winifred. Mr. Yaussi owns a valuable tract of ten
acres of land adjoining the city of Marysville and also owns land in southern
Kansas. He is a Republican and has performed public service as a member
of the Marysville city council.

On September 9, i88t, at Hiawatha, Kansas, Frank Yaussi was united
in marriage to Mary Feller, who was born on a farm in the vicinity of Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, in February, 1869, a daughter of David and Mary (Siegrest)
Feller, natives of Switzerland and earl}^ settlers in Iowa, who later came to
this state and spent their last days in Brown county. To Mr. and Mrs.
Yaussi nine children have been born, namely : Alma, wdio married F.
Schmidtt and is now deceased ; Ida, who married John Mohr, a farmer living

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west of Marysvillc : Dnra. who married Otto BrieflUlt and is livin,sj: at Avis-
ton. Illinois: Albert, who is enoa.e^ed in the banking business at Winifred, this
couniv: b'lorence. who is at home and is engaged in the teaching of music;
Esther, also at home, who is a stenographer for W. W. Redmond; Ellen,
who is a member of Marsliall county's teaching corps; Charles, who died
when three months of age, and Blanche, who is at home. The Yaussis have
a pleasant Ikuuc at Marysville and take a proper part in the social activities
of their liome town. They are members of the Lutheran Reformed church
and have ever given their earnest attention to the various beneficences of
the same.


Edward J. AIcKee, one of the best-known merchants at Marysville
and the proprietor of a well-equipped hardware store at that place, is a
native son of Marshall county and has lived here all his life. He was born
on a pioneer farm in Center township, this county, May 22, 1872. son of
Robert F. and Sarah ( Crawford ) McKee. the former a native of the Domin-
ion of Canada and the latter of the state of New Jersey, who became pion-
eers of ]\Iarshall county and later moved to Idaho, where Robert F. McKee
died. His widow is now making her home at Portland, Oregon.

Robert F. McKee was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, in
Xcvember, 1836, son of William and Mary (Finley) McKee, natives of
Scotland or of the north of Ireland, who emigrated to Canada and settled
on a farm in the province of Ontario. There Robert F. McKee grew to
manh(;(;d. He married -Sarah Crawford, who was born in the city of New-
ark, New Jersey, May 10, 1844, daughter of Joseph and Anna Crawford,
and in 1869 he and his wife came to Kansas and settled in Marshall county.
Upon coming to this county, Robert F. McKee homesteaded a tract of one
hundred and sixty acres in Center township and there established his home.
He built a small house and started in to improve the farm, eventually meet-
ing with much success, and presently had one of the most highly improved
and best-developed places in that neighborhood. There he made his home
until 1883, when he went t(j the Western coast, but returned to Marshall
county in 1889 and bought a farm in Marysville township, again establish-
ing his home in this county. In 1900 he sold that farm and bought a farm
in Elm Creek township, where he li\ed until his retirement from the active
labors of the farm in 1905, in which year he moved to Twin Falls, Idaho,


where he died in 1909. His widow is now making h.er home with her
daughter, Mrs. Mary Walker, at Portland, Oregon. Robert F. McKee
and wife were the parents of eleven children, of whom the subject of this
sketch was the fifth in order of birth and all of whom are still living save

Edward J. McKee was reared on the farm on which he was born in
Center township, and attended the district school in that neighborhood, the
school at that time having been under the direction of IVlrs. Forter. Reared
to the life of the farm, he early engaged in farming on his own account,
and in ic;oi, the year following his marriage, bought a farm of two hundred
and eighty acres near Blue Rapids, where he established his home and
where he engaged quite extensively in stock-raising, his Hereford stock com-
ing to be recognized as among the best in the county, his stock being ex-
hibited to advantage at local fairs- and stock shows. Al)Out three years
after taking over that farm Mr. McKee sold the same and became engaged
in the real-estate business, being thus engaged at Marysville and Axtell
until 1910, when, in partnership with Wilard Dexter, he bought a hardware
store at Marysville and has ever since been engaged in that business. In
191 1 Mr. McKee bought Mr. Dexter's interest in the store and has since
been conducting the business alone and has been quite successful. He car-
ries a complete stock of general hardware and his store is equipped in
up-to-date fashion. Mr. McKee is a progressi\e and wide-awake merchant
and has long been recognized as one of the forceful factors in the commer-
cial life of Marysville and of the county at large. He is a Republican, an
ardent supporter of the progressive wing of that party in the memorable
campaign of 191 2, and has ever taken an earnest interest in the civic affairs
of the county and state, but has not been included in the office-seeking class.

In 1900 Edward J. McKee was united in marriage to Anna Randolph,
wdio also was born in Marshall county. She was born on November 8,
1883, daughter of Thomas and Martha (Tar\'in) Randolph, natives of
Pennsylvania and Kentucky, respectively, who came to Marshall countv
from Pennsylvania in an early da\^ in the settlement of this countv and set-
tled in Balderson township. To Mr. and Mrs. McKee four children ha\e
been born, Jesse, Cecil, Merland and Vesta E. Mr. and Mrs. McKee are
members of the Baptist church and take a proper interest in the various
beneficences of the same. They have a very pleasant home at Marysville
and take an active part in the general social activities of their home city,
helpful in promoting all worthy movements having to do with the advance-
ment of the common welfare.




Ca])t. Willi.-ini Lofmck. a well-kiKuvn and siil)stantial retired merchant
of ^larysville. an lionorcd \cleran of tlie Civil War, former treasurer of
Marshall coiinly and former meml)er of the city council of Marysville, is
a native of the state of Illinois, but has been a resident of Marysville ever
since i87r, with the excepti(^n of a few years spent in business in Colorado.
He was horn in tbe town of Waterloo, county seat of Monroe county, Illi-
nois, December 29. 1843, '^'^'^ '^^ John and Katherine (Lotz) Lofinck, na-
tives of Germanv. whose last days were spent in Illinois.

John Lohnck was born in the city of ^Vorms, on the Rhine, in Hesse,
Germanv, March 6, 1808, and was trained to the trade of a carpenter.
There he married and in F842 he and his wife came to the United States,
the sailing" vessel on which they took passage being six weeks in making
the voyage. Thev settled at Waterloo, Illinois, wdiere John Lofinck worked
at his trade for a number of years and then engaged in the hotel business
there and was thus engaged until his retirement a few' years before his
death, his death occurring in 1867. His widow, who was born on Novem-
ber 30. 1809, survived until 1873. They were members of the German
Lutheran church and their children were reared in that faith. There were
five of these ciiildren, of whom the subject of this sketch was the third in
order of birth, the others being as follow : Henry, deceased ; Bernhard,
deceased ; Katherine, who lives at St. Louis, the wddow of C. Ruppert,- a
veteran of the Civil War, and Mary, who is still living at Waterloo, Illinois,
the widow of W. Bode.

William Lofinck recei\'ed his early schooling at W-^aterloo, Illinois, and
at the age of fourteen w-ent to Belleville, that state, and w-as there eng-aged
as a clerk in a grocery store for eighteen months, at the end of wdiich time
he returned co Waterloo, remaining there, a valued assistant to his father
in the operation, of the hotel, until i860, when he went to St. Louis and
took a position as a clerk in a store and remained there until September i,
1861, on which day he returned home and enlisted in Company A. Forty-
ninth Regiment, IHinois Volunteer Infantry, for service during the Civil
War. He was detailed as one of the company fifers and presently was made
chief fifer of his regiment. With this command he saw service at the battle
of Shiloh. Later securing a discharge from this command he helped to
organize a company of colored troops and on April 13, 1865, w-as made first
lieutenant of Company D, Sixty-first Regiment. Illinois Volunteer Infantry,


and presently was made captain of Company F of that regiment. Captain
Lofinck saw mnch active service in the Sonth and upon the cessation of
hcstihties was stationed for guard duty at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where
lie was mustered out on December 30, 1865.

Upon the completion of his military service. Captain Lofinck returned
to his home at Waterloo, Illinois, and resumed the hotel business in which
he had recei\ed careful training from his father in the davs of his vouth.
^e married in 1867 and in 1871 came to Kansas, locating at Marysville,
where he engaged in the mercantile business and was thus engaged until
his election to the office of count)^ treasurer. He entered upon the duties
of that office in October, 1882, having been elected in the election of Novem-
ber, 1881, and in the fall election of 1883 was re-elected, thus serving two
terms as treasurer of the county. In t886, upon the completion of his
term of public service, Captain Lofinck went to Trinidad, Colorado, where
he established a grocery store and was thus engaged in l)usiness at that
place until 1890, when he returned to Marysville, where he has since con-
tinued to make his home and where he has been occupied in looking after
his numerc.us investments. Captain Lofinck has a good deal of property
in Marshall county, has an interest in a gold mine in Santa Fe county, New
Mexico, an.d is accounted among the substantial and well-to-do citizens of
Marysville. He is a life-long Repul)lican and has ever given his earnest
attention to local ci\ic affairs. Besides his long service as county treasurer,
he also has rendered valuable public ser\ice as a member of the Marysville
city council and has ever been on the side of progress and public improve-

On January 29, 1867, at Waterloo, Illinois, Capt. William Lofinck
was united in marriage to Agnes E. H. Goelitz, who was born in the village
of Osterode, in the Hartz mountains of Germany, September 26. 1846, and
who was l)ut six weeks old w^hen her parents, George and Christina
(Tahlbusth) Goelitz, came to this country and settled at St. Louis. Mis-
souri. Later, George Goelitz and his family moved to Monroe county,
Illinois, where he bought a farm, which he later sold and then moved to
Waterloo, where his wife and daughter Agnes engaged in the millinery
business and the latter was thus engaged at the time of her marriage to
Captain Lofinck. George Goelitz was a veteran of the Civil War. When
Captain Lofinck came to Kansas he and his wife accompanied the Captain
and his wife and the two men became engaged in business together at
Marysville, where Mr. and Mrs. Goelitz spent their last days. To Captain
and Mrs. Lofinck have been born four children, namely: Amanda, who

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niarriccl Georg-e P. Sch;ni(!t. tlic well-known banker at i\Iarvs^"ille : George,
deceased : Emma, deceased, and Olga, who niaiTJed James T. Spellman and
lives at St. Joseph, Missonri.

Captain Lofinck for man\' years has been one (jf the most active mem-
bers of tlie local post of the Grand .\rniy of the Republic at Marysville and
is now the seni( r \ice-commander of the post. He also is a Mason and in
the affairs of the local lodge of that ancient order takes a warm interest.


Asher F. Reed, now deceased, who w-as for many years one of the well-
known farmers and highly respecteci citizens of Marysville township, Mar-
shall county, was born at Champlain. Illinois, on April 30, 1871, being the
son of Andrew Jackson and Marv A. (Aliller) Reed.

Andrew Jackson Reed was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, on
August 4, 1824, and was reared on the farm and received an excellent edu-
cation in the public schools. He remained a resident of the state of his
nativity until he was twenty-eight years of age, wdien he located in Illinois.
He and his family later came to Kansas and established their home on a
farm of three hundred and twenty acres of excellent land in Marshall county,

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