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.

L. A. Winsor

L. A. WINSOR, a well known Kansas educator, is now the active head of the Thomas County High School. It is a coincidence that his present field of work is in the same county where his grandfather settled as a pioneer homesteader more than forty years ago. This grandfather was born in England in 1837, and after coming to America lived first in Canada, then in the State of Iowa and, in 1874, settled in Thomas County, Kansas. A year later he went back to Iowa and subsequently moved to the Hood River country of Oregon. He was a dairy farmer, also a teacher, and was a Union soldier during the Civil war. He died at Hood River, Oregon, in 1902. The maiden name of his wife was Catherine Walker, who died at Walker, Iowa.

J. L. Winsor, father of L. A. Winsor, was born at Walker, Iowa, in 1861, and was thirteen years of age when his parents first came to Kansas. He grew to manhood at his birthplace in Iowa, and soon afterwards settled at Barnes, Kansas, where he married and followed the trade of carpenter. In 1895 he settled at Washington, Kansas, and for over twenty years has been one of the successful contractors and builders in that section. He is a democrat, a Presbyterian, a Mason and member of the Eastern Star and of the Odd Fellows. He married Hattie E. Hardin. She was born in Atchison County, Missouri, in 1863, and died at Washington, Kansas, in 1908. Their four children were: Nellie, wife of R. S. McCullough, a Methodist Episcopal minister; L. A., the subject of this notice; Nettie, who died in infancy; and Alice, who lives with her father.

L. A. Winsor was born while his father and mother were at Barnes, Kansas, September 10, 1886. Most of his early life was spent in Washington County. He graduated from the Washington High School in 1906. He came here and took up his work as a teacher in the rural schools of that county, and from 1907 to 1910 was superintendent of the Haddam schools. The next two years he spent alternately between farming and rural school teaching. During 1912-13 he was a student in the University of Kansas and took his A. B. degree in 1915 and at the same time received a state teacher's certificate. Following this he was superintendent of schools at Kensington, Kansas, and in 1917-18 was superintendent at Irving, in Marshall County. In 1918 he came to his present post with the Thomas County High School.

He is a member of the County and State Teachers Association, is affiliated with Washington Lodge No. 104, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Haddam Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Kensington Camp of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a democrat and a member of the Methodist Church. June 1, 1910, at Palmer, Kansas, Mr. Winsor married Miss Catherine E. Denman, daughter of J. N. and Ella (Kline) Denman, Mr. Denman is a farmer and lives at Palmer. Mr. and Mrs. Winsor have two children: Louise, born October 27, 1914, and William Denman, born March 2, 1917.

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