Pages 559-560, 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 W. HUFFMIRE was born in Fountain county, Indiana, August 5, 1859, and is of German lineage. His grandfather was a native of Germany, became a sailor and spent many years upon the ocean. His death occurred in Indiana. Samuel Huffmire, father of our subject, was a native of New Jersey and during his boyhood emigrated to Indiana with his parents. Upon a farm, amid the wild scenes of the frontier, he was reared, and after he had arrived at years of maturity he married Melissa Myers. When the country became involved in Civil war he joined the Union army and died while in the service. His widow afterward became the wife of John Lawson, and they had two children, Manson and Nettie, the latter the wife of William Redenbaugh. Mrs. Lawson died in 1897, at the age of fifty-eight years.

Early in life William W. Huffmire was left without a father's care, and since he was thirteen years of age he has made his own way in the world. He went to live with John Bonebrake, a German farmer, who treated him most kindly, and Mr. Huffmire remembers him with gratitude. He was allowed the privilege of attending the common schools, and he also pursued a commercial course, becoming an excellent penman. In 1879, when twenty years of age he arrived in Kansas, locating first in Wilson county, where he was married to Miss Ella Sowers of the county in which Mr. Huffmire was born. Her father is now living in Allen county. The young couple began their domestic life upon a rented farm in Woodson county, and after a year came to Allen county, where he purchased eighty acres of land, on which he has since erected a good residence and barn,


adding all the other improvements of a model farm. The home has been blessed by the presence of five children, who are living, namely: Charles S., Edna M., Alonzo E., Minnie G. and Telcy C. Allen C. died April 8, 1898, at the age of four years.

Mr. Huffmire has for one year served as township clerk, discharging his duties with promptness and fidelity, and in the fall of 1900 was nominated on the Republican ticket for trustee. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, serving as clerk in Leanna Camp. He certainly deserves much credit for what he has accomplished for he started out in life without capital save a pair of willing hands and a determination to succeed. His success is attributable to his own efforts, and his accomplishment is a matter worthy of congratulation.

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