Page 458, 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.




GUS ENGELHARDT, one of the well known and popular farmers of Elsmore township, Allen county, was born in LaGrange, Cook county, Illinois, and is of German lineage. His lather, Charles Engelhardt, was a native of Germany, and when a young man crossed the briny deep to the new world in 1856, settling upon a farm near Chicago. He was married to Miss Marie Harnish, who was also a native of Germany. An agriculturist by occupation, he engaged in the tilling of the soil in Cook county, Illinois, from 1856 until 1878, and during that time made considerable money. He then determined to remove to the west, where he could buy land at a lower price, and in 1878 came to Kansas, where he purchased a farm of one thousand and eighty acres on Big Creek, in Elsmore township—one of the richest tracts in Allen county. He there resided until his death, which was caused by the accidental discharge of a gun. He was a man whom to know was to respect and honor for he lived an industrious life, true to all noble and manly principles. His wife still survives him at the age of sixty-five years, and is now living wiih[sic] her sons in Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Engelhardt had nine children, namely: Alfred, Robert, Gus, Frank, Fred, Ed. and Mrs. Flora Consell. The last named is a resident of Wyoming, Illinois.

Gus Engelhardt was reared in Illinois until sixteen years of age, when he came to Kansas with his parents, remaining with them on the homestead farm until he attained his majority when he crossed the plains to California and for one year worked at the carpenter's trade on the Pacific coast. Since that time he has engaged in the operation of the farm in Allen county, which belonged to his father. He took charge of the place upon his father's death and has since successfully operated it, raising and feeding cattle and hogs in addition to the cultivation of the fields. He has excellent grades of stock upont he[sic] place and is a progressive agriculturalist, all appointments being modern, while the farm machinery is of the latest improved kind. He possesses good business qualifications and his capable management of the property has made it yield a good return.

Mr. Engelhardt was married April 7, 1897, to Miss Mary Teel, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Teel. She was born in Linn county, Iowa, and with her parents came to Kansas in 1877. By her marriage she has become the mother of an interesting little daughter, Mona Marie, born August 25, 1899. In his fraternal relations Mr. Engelhardt is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He votes with the Republican party, and assists his friends in obtaining office but has never desired official preferment for himself.

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