Pages 732-733, 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 E. Hogueland


Few, if any residents of Yates Center are more widely, and certainly none are more honorably known than William E. Hogueland, the present postmaster, whose worth as a man, as a citizen and as a public official have gained for him the confidence and good will of all with whom he has been brought in contact. His reputation in the line of his profession—the law—is not of restricted order and he has won many notable forensic combats at the bar where his opponents have been men of acknowledged skill and ability.

It is therefore a matter of gratification to the biographer to touch upon the more salient features in the life history of Mr. Hogueland, who was born in Nashville, Indiana, on the 3d of October, 1859. He is a grandson of John Hogueland, whose ancestors came from Holland to America and settled in the old Dutch colony of New York. William B. Hogueland, the father of our subject, was born in Philadelphia on the site of the present campus of Girard college, in the year 1823 and after arriving at years of maturity he married Cordelia Barnes, who was born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1832. They are still living and their children are: Samuel H.; Mary, who is the widow of W. A. Atchison and is in the Indian school servicee[sic] at Flandru, South Dakota; Flora, wife of M. C. Bidwell, of Norborne, Missouri, and William Edward, of this review.

When a lad of ten years William E. Hogueland accompanied his parents on their removal to Kansas, the family locating in Neosho Falls, where he continued his education, being graduated in the high school. When only sixteen years of age he began reading law, and at the age of nineteen he was admitted to the bar before Judge Talcott. Throughout the years of his practice he has resided in Woodson County. In January, 1888, he formed a law partnership with the Hon. G. R. Stephenson at Yates Center, Kansas, which relationship was maintained until January,


1897. The connection was then dissolved by mutual consent and Mr. Hogueland entered into partnership with Hon. G. H. Lamb. Since his admission to the bar he has been actively engaged in practice and has been retained either as counsel for the plaintiff or defendant in every important case tried in the courts of the county. His practice extends throughout Southeastern Kansas and is of a distinctively representative character. He has especially prepared himself as a counselor and has the reputation of being one of the best informed and safest counselors in the district. He has much natural ability but is withal a hard student and is never contented until he has mastered every detail of his cases. He believes in the maxim "there is no excellence without labor," and follows it closely. He is never surprised by some unexpected discovery by an opposing lawyer, for in his mind he weighs every point and fortifies himself as well for the defense as for the attack. He is not an orator to the extent of swaying juries by his eloquence, and for this reason he has been accorded more fame as a counselor than as an advocate, and yet there are few lawyers who win a larger percentage of their cases before either judge or jury than does Mr. Hogueland.

On the 22d of July, 1887, Mr. Hogueland was united in marriage to Miss Mattie R. Foster, of Slater, Missouri, and unto them two children have been born, Frank F., and Alice B. Her father was a native of England and became an early harness and trunk manufacturer of Racine, Wisconsin.

When only twenty-one years of age Mr. Hogueland was elected clerk of the district court of Woodson County, in the year 1880, and served in that capacity for eight years, which was the only political office he had filled up to the time of the election of President McKinley, when he asked and received the appointment of postmaster of Yates Center, Kansas, in which capacity he is now acceptably serving. He has always been an advocate of Republican principles, devoting his time and money for the success of the party in whose principles he so firmly believes. He has served for a number of years on the various county committees and is now chairman of the fourteenth senatorial district committee. Mr. Hogueland's life has certainly been a successful one and for this he deserves great credit. By determined purpose, and in the face of grave difficulties he has worked his way steadily upward to a position of prominence and honor among his fellow townsmen and enjoys the well-earned distinction of being what the public calls "a self-made man."

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