Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

Edward L. Moffett

EDWARD L. MOFFETT is a banker by profession and has been connected with the Woodruff State Bank at Woodruff as cashier almost from its founding. Mr. Moffett is well known throughout Phillips and adjoining counties.

He was born at Osborne, Kansas, May 15, 1885. His mother and father moved from Osborne to Bloomington, Nebraska, in 1888, where his father, C. E. Moffett, established a harness shop, which business he conducted personally until his health compelled him to retire from active business in 1914. C. E. Moffett was president of the Commercial State Bank of Republican City, Nebraska, and also of the Woodruff State Bank, of Woodruff, Kansas, from 1915 until his death, which occurred on January 8, 1919, at Bloomington, Nebraska.

Edward L. Moffett graduated from the Bloomington High School, at Bloomington, Nebraska, in 1902. He worked in his father's harness shop until 1904, when he began acquiring the fundamentals of the banking business in the Bloomington State Bank. Mr. J. B. McGrew was the president of the Bloomington State Bank at that time, and Mr. Moffett remained in the employ of Mr. McGrew from that time until Mr. McGrew's death in 1915, working in the Bloomington State Bank for six months, then in the Naponee State Bank, Naponee, Nebraska, for six months, then in the Commercial State Bank of Republican City, Nebraska, until July 16, 1906, when he took charge of the Woodruff State Bank, of Woodruff, Kansas, and was cashier of the Woodruff Bank from 1906 until his father's death January 9, 1919, when he was elected president. The Woodruff State Bank is located in Phillips County, in the Prairie Dog Creek Valley. The bank has a fine record, is capitalized at $10,000, with a surplus of $5,000, and is a member of the Kansas Bankers' Association and the Kansas State Bankers' Association.

Mr. Moffett is also a director in and vice president of the Commercial State Bank of Republican City, Nebraska. He is a republican and is affiliated with Long Island Lodge of Masons, Long Island, Kansas, and Woodruff Camp of Modern Woodmen of America, at Woodruff, Kansas.

He was married September 2, 1906, at Lincoln, Nebraska, to Miss Edith Hess, who was a graduate of the Nebraska State University, and together they looked after the affairs of the Woodruff State Bank. Mrs. Moffett and their baby died in August, 1912, and were buried in Wyuka Cemetery at Lincoln, Nebraska. In May, 1918, Mr. Moffett married Mrs. Grace (Bush) Lewis, of Alma, Nebraska. They were married at Salina, Kansas.

The board of directors of the Woodruff State Bank elected the following officers for the year 1919: E. L. Moffett, president; H. A. Bickett, vice president; Grace Moffett, cashier; and Frank Jackson, assistant cashier. The Woodruff State Bank was represented in the late war by two young men. Mr. Charles H. Moffett, formerly assistant cashier and director, was in the field artillery service at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, having enlisted during the summer of 1918. Mr. Frank Jackson, assistant cashier, waived exemption in the draft and served in the One Hundred and Sixty-Fourth Depot Brigade at Camp Funston in 1918.

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