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America. A portion of his vacation each year is spent in the West, where
he has many friends and acquaintances and where he always finds a hearty
welcome with the ranchmen and is accepted as one of them on their rides
and hunts.

Doctor Stephens" life has been a most active one, it being his good for-
tune to take a broad view of life and to find genuine delight in everytliing
which goes to make living worth while, whether it be a delicate problem in
science or art, or a rough one of the big out-doors.



JOHN P. TOEDTER.



John P. Toedter, one of Marshall county's substantial retired farmers,
the owner of a fine farm of eight hundred and thirteen acres in Balderson and
Franklin townships, who now lives in the village of Home, where he and his
wife are very well situated to enjoy the rewards of the toil they endured in
pioneer days, is a native of Germany, but has been a resident of this country
since he was eighteen years of age. He was born in the province of Hanover,
November 2, 185 1, son of Christ and Elizabeth (Dearsan) Toedter, natives
of that same province, who wer€ the parents of two children, the subject of
this sketch having a sister, Mrs. Mary Wedeman, who continues to make her
home in her native land.

Upon completing his schooling in his native land, John P. Toedter came
to this country, leaving port on May i, 1869, and on his arrival here located at
Peru, Illinois, in the neighborhood of which place he became engaged at farm
labor and was thus engaged there for nine years. He left home with but
twenty dollars in money and thus had nothing to give him a start over here
save his strong hands and his willing heart, but his energy and thrift presently
set him on the way to a competence, and at the time of his marriage in 1877
he had quite a comfortable little bank roll. In 1878, the year following his
marriage, he and his wife came to Kansas and he bought a tract of eighty
acres of partly-improved land in section 18 of Franklin township, this county,
paying for the same the sum of one thousand dollars. On that place he built



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a small house and barn and established his home. From the beginning of
his operations his affairs prospered and in 1881 he bought a quarter of a
section of land adjoining, the tract on which the school house in district No.
57 later was erected. To these holdings Mr. Toedter later added until he
became the owner of eight hundred and thirteen acres of well-improved land
in Balderson and Franklin townships. In addition to his general farming,
Mr. Toedter always gaA'e considerable attention to the raising of live stock
and did very well, it not having been long after his location in Franklin town-
ship that he began to be recognized as one of the most progressive and sub-
stantial farmers and stockmen in that part of the county. There he lived
until IQ09, in which year he retired from the active labors of the farm and
moved to the village of Home, where he has a comfortable brick house and
where he and his wife are very pleasantly situated.

In 1877, while living at Peru, Illinois, John P. Toedter was united in
marriage to Mary Branch, who was born at that place on August i8, i860,
daughter of Henry and Henrietta (Diederick) Branch, natives of the
province of Hanover, Germany, who came to this county from Illinois in
1878, at the same time Mr. Toedter and his wife came and settled on a farm
here. Henry Branch was killed in a runaway accident in 1880, he then
being fifty-three years of age, and was the second person buried in the ceme-
tery at Marysville. His widow died in August, 1893, in the sixty-fourth
year of her age. They were the parents of nine children, of whom Mrs.
Toedter was the sixth in order of birth.

To John P. and Mary (Branch) Toedter seven children have been born,
namely : Henry, now managing the old home place, who married Lizzie
Ruette and has four children, one son and three daughters ; Louise, who mar-
ried Charles Nollar, living three and one-half miles north of Home, and has
two children, a son and a daughter; Rosa, who married Emil Weber, of
Balderson township and has two sons; John W., living on one of his father's
farms in Franklin township, who married Nellie Warren and has two chil-
dren, a son and a daughter; Henriette, who married Luie Reinhardt, of
Franklin township, and has one son; August, also farming in Franklin town-
ship, who married Emma Schwartz and has one son, and Louis, who is
working for his father. The family are members of the German Lutheran
church and have ever taken an active interest in the affairs of the same, Mr.
Toedter having been treasurer of the local congregation for a number of
years. He is a Republican and has ever given a good citizen's attention to
local political affairs, but has not been included in the office-seeking class.



596 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

WILLIAM JOHN STl^.WART, Al. JJ.

W illiani juhii Stewart, one of the must suceessful and preeminent physi-
cians of Summerfiekl, Marsliall county, Kansas, was h(jrn on a farm in Lake
county, Indiana, on July 7, 1869, the son of John and MeHssa (Young)
Stewart.

John and Aiehssa Stewart were natives of Ireland and the state of Ohio,
respectively, the former ha\ing been born in 1842 and the latter in 1844.
At the age of two years, John Stew^art came with his parents to America in
1844. William Stewart, the father, located in the city of Philadelphia, where
they lived for a time, and later established their home in Lake county, Lidi-
ana. There Mr. Stewart homesteaded land and engaged in general farm-
ing, and was knowm as one of the substantial and influential men of the
county. There the son, John, w^as reared on the home farm and educated in
the public schools. Later he was united in marriage to Melissa Young and
their children were born and reared on the old homestead. Mr. and Mrs.
Stewart were the parents of the following children : W^illiam John, Clayton,
Alice, Frank, Ross, Nellie, Agnes May, Elizabeth and Harry. Clayton is
on a large ranch in Texas; Alice Vickers is a resident of Sioux City, Iowa;
Frank is a well-known physician of Eskridge, Kansas; Ross is a resident
of Indiana; Nellie Gibbs also resides in the state of Indiana, as do Agnes May
Simpson and Elizabeth Simpson and Harry is on the old home place. The
parents were prominent in the social and the religious life of the community
in which they lived and where they w^ere held in the highest regard and
esteem by all wdio knew them. Being early settlers in the locality in wdiich
they lived in Indiana, they had much to do with the development and growth
of their home township and county. In August, 1862, John Stew^art enlisted
in the Ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry and served until the close of the
Civil War.

William John Stewart received his education in the common schools of
Indiana and at the university at Bloomington and at Valparaiso, having taken
a preparatory course as well as a business and teacher's course in the uni-
versities. For one year he taught school and won much praise as a success-
ful instructor. He then came to Kansas and for seven years engaged in
general farming, near Eskridge. He then decided to complete his education,
and entered the Washburn medical school of the University of Kansas and
was graduated from that institution in 1909. He also received his diploma
from the university of Kansas in 1914. Soon after his graduation from the



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medical school, he engaged in general practice at Topeka, Kansas, but later
established himself at Summerheld, where he now has a good practice. Doc-
tor Stewart practically worked his way through school, and during his career
in college he operated a store in Topeka.

In 1896 Doctor Stewart was united in marriage to Mary A. Baird, of
Crown Point, Indiana, and to this union two children have been born, Ger-
trude, who is a student in the Tarkio College at Tarkio, Missouri, and
Martha, who is in the schools at Summerfield. Doctor and Mrs. Stewart
are active members of the United Presbyterian church and have long been
prominent in the social life of their home city, where they are held in the
highest regard. They take much interest in the betterment of the moral
and social conditions of the district, and are active in all that tends to the
betterment of their beautiful little city. Doctor Stewart, being a man of
much ability and a strong personality, has much influence in all enterprises
that has a tendency toward the growth and development of the district. Mrs.
Stewart is a woman of education and refinement and with her husband is
interested in the betterment of the schools, as well as the moral and social
conditions of Summerfield. To such people, as Doctor and Mrs. Stewart,
is due the excellent condition of the city today; the excellent schools, beautiful
homes, well-kept streets and churches, that are doing much to make the city
of Summerfield an ideal residence place. Doctor Stewart is one of the
directors and stockholders of the First National Bank of Summerfield, which
is being started at this writing.



C. E. CUMMINGS.



Among the successful business men and bankers of Marshall county, is
C. E. Cummings, the efficient cashier of the Citizens State Bank of Blue
Rapids, who was born on June 13, 1873, ^^ Centralia, Kansas, the son of
C. S. and Mary K. (Smith) Cummings, natives of New Jersey and Illinois,
respectively.

C. S. Cummings was reared in Michigan, near Pontiac, where his par-
ents were among the early settlers in that section. There he grew to man-
hood on the farm and early in life followed agricultural pursuits. He was
educated in the country schools and became one of the sturdy young men
of that section. On reaching manhood he came to Illinois, where he engaged
in general farming and later was married. Shortly after his marriage he



598 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

and his wife iii()\-eil to Lcax ciiwcirtli, Kansas, wliere ihey lived for two years,
when tliey nio\ed to Cenlraha and there Mr. Cummings engaged in the hard-
ware bnsines.s. After .many years of active life as a successful merchant, he
retired and on December 24, 1908, he died, at tlie age of seventy-three years.
He was an acti\e l\ei)nblican and represented liis district in the Legislature
for two terms, during which time he made an envial)le record and won the
respect of tlie entire county. Mrs. Cummings died in October, 19 13, at the
age of sevent^•-three years. They were the parents of two children, Oscar
S., who formerly engaged in banking and is now a resident of Houston,
Texas, and C. E. Cummings.

C. E. Cummings was educated in the common schools of Centralia and
had two years of work in the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and attended
the business college at Ouincy, Illinois. After completing his education he
entered the Citizens State Bank at Centralia, where he remained for two
years, after which he went to Alvin, Texas, as assistant cashier of the Alvin
Exchange Bank. He remained at Alvin for five years and then returned to
Kansas, and in 1900 and organized the itizens State Bank at Netawaka, and
operated that institution for two years, after which he sold the business and
in 1904 came to Blue Rapids and organized the Citizens State Bank. A new
stone building was erected and the bank was furnished with modern and sub-
stantial furniture, safe and vault and was opened for business on February
8, 1905. The bank has done a successful business and is today recognized
as one of the strong institutions of this section of the state.

On January 16, 1894, Mr. Cummings was united in marriage to Grace
Birchfield, of Centralia, the daughter -of -Ar -J-; Birchfield. Mr. Birchfield,
now deceased, was one of the prominent and successful merchants of Cen-
tralia, and a man of much force and character. To Mr. and Mrs. Cummings
one child has been born, Claude Edmund, who attended school at Kansas
City and is now an employe of the Santa Fe railroad at Chicago, Illinois, and
also attending school. He was born on January 20, 1897, and is preparing
himself for a life of usefulness.

Mr. Cummings is identified with the Republican party and has always
taken a keen interest in local affairs. Being a man of much force and pro-
gressive ideas, his ad\'ice has had much to do with the progressive spirit
of his home town. Since residing in Blue Rapids he has served the city for
one term as mayor, and his administration was considered one of the best
in the histon,' of the city. His interest was ever with the future growth of
the place and his constant endeavor was to make the community one of high



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ideals. Much was done at that time to advance the future interest of the
financial, educational and social conditions of the community.

Fraternally, Mr. Cummings is affiliated with the Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Knights
of Pythias, in all of which his influence is keenly felt for the good of the
orders. He is a man of pleasing qualities and has made many friends in the
social, business and financial world, and as a banker he has the confidence and
respect of the entire district.



CHARLES L. GARRISON.

Of the business enterprises of Blue Rapids, Marshall county, Kansas,
it is well to mention the United States Gypsum Company, one of the sub-
stantial and progressive industries of the county. Much of the success of
this large business is due to the ability and untiring effort of the superin-
tendent, Charles L. Garrison, who devotes his best efforts to the interests
of the mill. He was born in New York on March 25, 1866, and is the son
of Edwin A. and Mary (Phillips) Garrison.

Edwin A. and Mary (Phillips) Garrison were also natives of the
state of New York, where they were educated in the public schools, grew
up and were later married. They were of Dutch descent; their forefathers
came to America before the Revolutionary War and took an important part
in the struggle for independence. As a young man Edwin A. Garrison
learned the carpenter trade, at which he worked in his native state until
1888, w4ien he came to Blue Rapids, where he continued at his trade until
the time of his death in 1902, and his widow died at her home in Blue
Rapids in 1913. To them were born children as follow: George, Susan
and Charles L. George is now a resident of Gray county, Kansas, and
Susan Whitman is living in the state of New York.

Charles L. Garrison received his education in the schools of his native
state and there he grew to manhood. In February, 1887, he came to Kan-
sas and located at Blue Rapids, where he worked as a farm hand for six
years. He then entered the employ of the company with which he is still
engaged. He learned every department of the large business. He devoted
his best efforts for the success of the business, and seven years ago he was
appointed to his present position as superintendent. For a year he was



600 ^MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

superintendent of the mill in Oklahoma, but returned to the mill at Blue
Rapids in 191 1.

Mr. Garrison was married in 1906 to Susan M. Gilbert, of Colorado
Springs, Colorado, and to this union two sons have been lx)rn, Gilbert, aged
nine years, and Ellis, aged six years. Mrs. Garrison is an excellent woman
and she and her husband are attendants at the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Garrison is not identified with any political party, but he is an
independent, yet takes much interest in the affairs of his home district. He
is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and has attained
the Scottish Rite degrees. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen
of America. Mr. Garrison has attained his high place in life through his
own efforts. Starting as a laborer, he is now a trusted employee, high in
authority in a large business.



HARRY M. BRODRICK.



Harry M. Brodrick, editor of the Advocate-Democrat at Marysville
and postmaster of that city, is a native of the old Hoosier state, but has
been a resident of Kansas practically all the time since he was ten years of
age. He was born in the city of Goshen, Indiana, December 31, 1869, son
of John H. Brodrick and wife, who came to Kansas in 1879 and settled at
Osborne, where, in 1881, he then being but twelve years of age, Harry M.
Brodrick entered upon his journalistic career, working for the Osborne
Daily News.

Upon completing the course in the public schools at Osborne, Harry
M. Brodrick continued working for the Daily News awhile and then went
to Chicago, where he took a course in the Metropolitan Business College,
upon completing which he returned to Osborne and began working there
as a drug clerk, presently transferring his services to a bank in that city,
with which institution he was engaged for a year as a clerk. He then, in
1888, went to Marceline, Missouri, where his brother-in-law, S. E. Ruede,
had started a newspaper, and began working on that newspaper, in 1890
buying a half interest in the same and in that same year becoming the sole
owner of the paper. In 1893 Mr. Brodrick sold his newspaper and went to
Alton, Kansas, becoming connected with the Alton City Bank at that place
and served as cashier of that bank until 1895, when he returned to Marceline
and bought his old printing plant there, which he sold a year later and then




HARRY M. BRODRICK.



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returned to his native state, accepting there a position as business manager
of the Daily Rcineiv at Elkhart. In 1898 he resigned that position to be-
come the assistant manager and general credit man for the National Paper
and Supply Company at Elkhart, but presently, on account of the failing
health of his wife, resigned that position and returned to Kansas, locating
at Marysville, where he bought a half interest, with his brother-in-law, S. E.
Ruede, in the Advocate-Democrat and resumed his old calling at the "tri-
pod." Eighteen months later, Mr. Brodrick bought Mr. Ruede's interest
in the paper and has since been the owner and editor of the same, giving
his son, Lynn Brodrick, a partnership in the business in February, 191 3.
On March i, 1914, Harry M. Brodrick received his commission as post-
master at Marysville and has since been serving in that important public
capacity.

On December 25. 1890, while living at Alton, this state, Harry M.
Brodrick was united in marriage to Emma L. Rosegrant, a daughter of
William L. and Anna (Cheney) Rosegrant. natives of Ohio, who came to
Kansas in 1879 and located at Alton, where Mr. Rosegrant was engaged
in the banking business until 191 1. Mrs. Brodrick's schooling was com-
pleted in the Central Female College at Lexington, Missouri, from which
institution she was graduated with the class of 1889. To Mr. and Mrs.
Brodrick two sons have been born, Lynn, a partner with his father in the
publication of the Advocate-Democrat and a biographical sketch of whom
is presented elsewhere in this volume, and Van C, who was born at Mar-
celine, Missouri, December 14, 1895, ^^''^^ ^^''o is a graduate of the Marys-
ville high school. Mr. Brodrick is a Democrat and the columns of his
paper ever have reflected the earnestness of his faith in the principles of
that party, the Advocate-Democrat long having been regarded as one of
the most influential party papers in this part of the state. Li his fraternal
affiliations he is connected with the Masonic fraternity and with the Knights
of Pythias.



ANDREW D. HUTCHISON.

Andrew D. Hutchison, a well-known and prominent retired farmer of
Summerfield, Marshall county, was born in Ohio county. West Virginia, on
September 11, 1850, the son of Joseph and Nancy (Dennison) Hutchison,
both cf whom were natives of that state.



602 MARSHALL COUNTY. KANSAS.

Joseph Hutchison was I)uni on X(>\enibcr -'9. iS-'3, and Xancy IX-iniison
Hutchison was Ijorn on July 7. uSi/. 11iey received their education in the
pubHc schools of their native state and there j;re\v to manhood and woman-
hood and were married, h'or some years after their marriage, they con-
tinued to live in the state of their nativity, when in 1855 they emigrated to
Illinois, where tlic>- established their home on a farm in Warren coimty.
Here Air. Hutchison engaged in general farming and stock raising for many
vears. On August 15, 1880. Xancy Hutchison died and five years later Mr.
Hutchison came to Kansas and made his home with his son, Andrew^ D.
His death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joanna Millen, on
Januarv i, 1894. He and Mrs. Hutchison were the parents of three chil-
dren as follow: W. \V., of Greenfield, California; Mrs. Joanna IMillen of
Pawnee county, Xebi'aska, and Andrew D.

Andrew^ D. Hutchison received his education in the schools of Illinois
and there grew to manhood and engaged in farming until 1883, when he
came to Kansas and settled on a farm of eighty acres, just south of Summer-
field, in section 12, Richland towaiship, Marshall county. For this prairie
land he paid fifteen dollars per acre. In 1888 he purchased another eighty
acres that adjoined his original purchase. On this last tract there was a
house and some other improvements. The place has been greatly improved
since that time. The house is nicely located on well-kept grounds and the
barn is one of the best in the township. Mr. Hutchison engaged in general
farming and stock raising and was soon recognized as one of the substan-
tial and successful men of tlie county. In 191 3 he retired from the more
active duties of life and moved to Summerfield, where he now lives in his
beautiful home in that city.

Andrew D. Hutchison was united in marriage on February 16, 1876, to
Sarah E. Brown, who was born in ^^/arren county, Illinois, on April 16,
1850, the daughter of Thomas and Phoebe (Giles) Brown. Her parents
Avere natives of Ohio, where the father was born in 1819 and the mother
on January 12. 1822. The Brown family were among the early settlers of
Illinois, having emigrated from their home in Ohio, and the Giles family
settled in the state in 1S34. Thomas Brown went to Iowa, but later returned
afoot to Warren countv, Illinois, where he purchased land, was married and
there established his home. He engaged in farming until 1883, "^vhen he
came to Kansas with Andrew^ D. Hutchison, and settled on a farm in Rich-
land towmship, Marshall county, just south of Summeiiield. It was here
that Thomas and Phoebe Brown made their home until the time of their
deaths, she having died on January 24, 1902, and he on April 22, 1908.



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They were among the prominent and highly respected people of the township
and were held in high esteem. They took much interest in the moral and
educational development of the community and were active in the early social
life. They were the parents of the following children: John L., farmer
and a resident of Summerfield ; W. R., a resident of Summerfield, engaged
in teaching and farming, and Sarah E., the wife of Andrew D. Hutchinson.

To Andrew D. and Sarah E. Hutchison have been born the following
children : Hattie, Charles, Belle, and Arthur L. Hattie was born on Janu-
ary 7, 1878, and is the wife of W. H. Fulwider, a clothing merchant of Sum-
merfield ; Charles was born on June 17. 1880. and is engaged in general farm-
ing on h.is farm of eighty acres, two miles south of Summerfield; Belle was
born on February 11, 1882, and is the wife of H. B. Finlayson, of Wynne-
wood, Oklahoma, and Arthur L., who was born on May 21, 1891, is operat-
ing the old home place. Mr. and Mrs. Hutchison are active members of the
United Presbyterian church, of which Mr. Hutchison is an elder and attends
the sessions of the presbytery in his district. Mr. and Mrs. Hutchison take
much interest in the social and religious life of the community and are among
the prominent workers for the moral development of the district in which they
lived for so many years and where they are held in high regard. Mr. Hutch-
ison is identified with the Republican party and has always taken an active
interest in local affairs, but he has never been an office seeker.

Arthur L. Hutchison, second son of Andrew D. and Sarah E. Hutchison.
He received his education in the district schools and at the Summerfield high
school and later took a course of study at the Manhattan College. After
completing his education he returned to the farm with the intention of taking
up agriculture. He rents two hundred and thirteen acres, one hundred and
sixty of which is his lather's old home farm. He is engaged in general
farming, and stock raising, making a specialty of high-grade stock. He has



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