Pages 836-837, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WILLIAM FRAZER AGNEW is one of the native sons of Kansas, his birth having occurred in Anderson County, on the 8th of December, 1862. His father, William Agnew, Sr., now deceased, was one of the pioneer settlers of Woodson County, whither he came in 1873. identifying his interests with those of the agricultural community of this portion of the state.

Our subject spent the first eleven years of his life in the county of his nativity and then accompanied his parents to Woodson County, where he was reared, the family residing upon the middle branch of Owl creek. The district school afforded him his educational privileges, and he acquired a good knowledge of the common English branches of learning which prepare one for the practical duties of life. He has always followed farming and stock-raising and is now classed among the prosperous representatives of that class of people. His farm is located on Section 31, Eminence township, where he owns and operates two hundred and forty acres of rich land, which yields abundant harvests. Nature is usually bountiful in her gifts, restoring many hundred fold the seeds planted in the ground, and the labors of Mr. Agnew are crowned with a rich reward.

On the 20th of November, 1895, Mr. Agnew was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie Funston, a daughter of John Funston, of Yates Center. She is a native of Illinois, born in 1866, and by her marriage she has become the mother of three interesting little children, namely: William Maynard, Boyd Funston and Annabel. Mr. Agnew takes a deep interest in political affairs, as every true American citizen should do, and gives his support to


the Republican party. Having long resided in Woodson County he is widely and favorably known, and that those who have known him from boyhood are numbered among his warmest friends is an indication that his life-history has been an honorable and upright one.

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