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.

Edgar Charles Parmer

EDGAR CHARLES PARMER. While Edgar Charles Parmer is not a native of Kansas, his people were among the very earliest settlers of Osborne County, where his own active career has been spent. He is manager of the Solomon Valley Milling Company of Woodston.

Through the paternal line Mr. Parmer is of Danish and Irish descent. His grandfather, a Pennsylvania German, was born in Alexander, Pennsylvania, on January 1, 1841, and died in Osborne County, Kansas, July 19, 1914. He grew up in Pittsburgh, was married at Crystal Springs, Ohio, and came to Kansas in 1879, becoming one of the very earliest settlers in Osborne County, where he homesteaded a quarter section. Charles Edgar Parmer, father of Edgar Charles, was born in Osborne County when all of Northern Kansas was a wilderness, and as a youth he farmed with his father. After his marriage he continued to live in Osborne County, where all his children were born except Edgar C. He went to Butte, Montana, in 1892, was engaged in mining there, and in 1894 went to Ohio and was in the dray business at Crystal Springs four years. In 1898, though past middle age, he enlisted in Company G of an Ohio regiment and went to the Philippines. He was in the foreign service two years, and during the Philippine insurrection was in a continuous battle for thirteen days, until wounded. After being discharged from the hospital he was invalided home. Returning to the United States he located at Stockton, Kansas, but now lives at Bonny, Colorado, where he bought a relinquishment on 320 acres in 1916. He is a republican, a member of the Christian Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, both degrees, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Sons and Daughters of Justice. Charles E. Parmer married Melinda Kurtz, also a native of Osborne County, Kansas. Their children are: Nellie, wife of A. D. Henderson, a farmer at Bonny, Colorado; Frank, also a farmer at Bonny; Mrs. Elsie AIbIe, wife of a farmer at Boring, Oregon; and Edgar C.

Edgar Charles Parmer was born at Butte, Montana, January 19, 1893, but came to school age in Kansas and attended the public schools of Russell County. He graduated from the Russell High School in 1910, and then for four years worked as a farm hand in that county. In 1914 he removed to Woodston, and has since been manager of the Solomon Valley Milling Company, the mill and elevator being located on the Missouri Pacific Railway in Woodston. Mr. Parmer is also a stockholder, director and vice president of the Woodston Light and Power Company. He is a republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, is Noble Grand of Woodston Lodge of Odd Fellows, a member of the Encampment of that order and of Woodston Camp of Modern Woodmen of America.

He and his family live in a comfortable home on Penn Street. April 16, 1913, at Russell, Kansas, Mr. Parmer married Miss Louise Dockendorff, who was born in Russell. They have two children, Opal Louise, born at Natoma, Kansas, March 4, 1914, and Mary Katherine, born at Woodston August 13, 1916.

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