Pages 721-722, 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.




Carlisle has said, "Biography is by nature the most universally profitable, universally pleasant of all things," and in the life record of such men as Mr. Hogueland there is certainly a lesson of value. To the subject of this review there has come the attainment of a distinguished position in connection with the substantial upbuilding of Woodson County, and his efforts have been so discerningly directed along well defined lines that he seems to have reached at any one point of progress the full measure of his possibilities for accomplishment at that point. A man of distinctive and forceful individuality and most mature judgment, he has left and is leaving his impress upon the county of his home, contributing in very large measure to its improvement and progress. Within the last five years perhaps no other one citizen has aided more largely in the growth and development of this portion of the state. He is now acting as immigration agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad company and is one of the leading real estate men of southeastern Kansas.

Mr. Hogueland was born in Belmont County, Ohio, April 10, 1850, and is a son of William B. Hogueland a resident of Yates Center. In early life our subject accompanied his parents on their removal to Brown County, Indiana, where he was reared. He acquired a collegiate education, completing the work of the junior year, but laid aside his text books when about nineteen years of age, at which time he came to Kansas, the family removing to the Sunflower state. Here he entered upon his business career, learning the harness-maker's trade with G. W. Fender, of Neosho Falls, where he was engaged in this business for fifteen years. He then embarked in the real estate business, beginning operations along that line in Neosho Falls, but transferring his headquarters to Yates Center in 1873. Here he has conducted many important transactions and for the past four years he has been identified with the Missouri Pacific Railway and with the Chicago & Alton Railroad company as immigration agent. His business in this line has assumed immense proportions and Mr. Hogueland has been intrumental[sic] in a large measure in promoting the recent rapid settlement and development of the county. Hundreds of eastern people have been induced by him to visit Kansas and a large percentage of them have made investments in Kansas real estate. Land in the vicinity of Yates Center has arisen in value five dollars per acre because of his modern methods of handling the immigration business. All through Iowa and Illinois he has also established offices and placed men of business ability in them as representatives of his work, Mr. Hogueland is a gentleman of keen discrimination, splendid executive force and capable management. He readily grasps the situation, recognizes the points of business that contribute to success and is determined in the execution of his well formulated plans, and moreover while his labors have proven of individual profit they have also contributed in large measure to the general prosperity of the communities


with which he is identified. He is one of the leading business men in Yates Center in the development of the gas fields of this locality, and has been one of the heaviest contributors to the fund secured in order to sink wells and determine upon the gas supply in this region.

Mr. Hogueland was united in marriage in Neosho Falls, in April, 1875, to Miss Frances Biddison, a daughter of Samuel Biddison. Unto them have been born the following children: Ernest H., who is reading law in Topeka with the firm of Rossington, Smith & Histed, is a graduate of the schools of Yates Center and for three years was a student in Washburn College so that he has a broad general knowledge to serve as a foundation upon which to rear the superstructure of his professional learning. Cora, the daughter, is a graduate of the schools of Yates Center and is now filling a position as stenographer and typewriter. She is also a bonded abstract agent of Woodson county. The family is one of prominence in the community, its representatives occupying high positions in the social circles. In his political affiliations Mr. Hogueland is a stalwart Republican and has supported each year the candidates of the party since casting his first vote for General U. S. Grant. Socially he is connected with the Masonic, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias orders, has been a delegate to the Masonic grand lodge and has filled all of the offices in the local Masonic and Odd Fellows societies.

Mr. Hogueland makes his home in Yates Center, but the boundaries of the town are too limited for the capabilities of such a man. He is a man of the state—a typical representative of the American spirit which within the past century has achieved a work that at once arouses the admiration and astonishment of the world. Woodson Countsy is fortunate that he has allied his interests with hers. The marvelous development of the West is due to such men, whose indomitable energy, and progressive spirit have overcome all obstacles and reached the goal of success. He is not so abnormally developed as to be called a genius, but he is one of the strongest because one of the best balanced, most even and self-masterful of men, and he has acted his part so well in both public and private life that Yates Center has been enriched by his example, his character and his labor.

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