Page 333, 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.




EDWARD D. CURTIS—A native of the Empire State, Edward D. Curtis, was born on the 2nd of September, 1860, the eldest in a family of ten children. He spent the first ten years of his life in New York, and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Kansas, the family locating in Allen County. He remained at home until twenty-six years of age and in the meantime learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for a number of years, eventually abandoning it for farming.

Mr. Curtis was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Estep, a daughter of A. J. Estep. Her mother, Mrs. Charlotte Estep, died in 1870, at the age of thirty-four years. She has a brother and sister, George and Charlotte, the latter the wife of J. H. Hobb, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he is engaged in the Stock Brokerage business. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Curtis have been born three children, May, Ivan and Madge.

After his marriage in 1886, Mr. Curtis moved to Wichita, Kansas, and there engaged in the implement business for five years. On the expiration of that period he sold his store and returned to Allen County, where he engaged in farming until 1897. He then resumed work at the carpenter's trade in Iola, following that pursuit until he met with an accident, falling from a building. Subsequently he conducted a feed store in Iola, but in 1899, disposed of that business and removed to his farm in Geneva township, where he has since engaged in raising grain and stock. Thirty-one years have passed since he came to the county and throughout the period he has been held in high regard for his many excellent qualities and sterling worth.

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