Page 111, 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.




ELMER C. REMSBERG.—Among the enterprising merchants and progressive and reliable citizens of Iola is Elmer C. Remsberg, who is now conducting an implement store. He was born near Middletown, Maryland, June 7, 1862?, and his father, J. P. Remsberg, a native of the same locality, was born April 10, 1836. John Remsberg, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Maryland in 1796, the family homestead being situated about five miles from the battle-field of South Mountain, where occurred one of the sanguinary engagements of the Civil war. J. P. Remsberg was reared upon that place and there followed agricultural pursuits until 1876, when he came with his family to Kansas, locating in Elm township Allen county, where he made his home until the spring of 1900. He then removed to Iola, where he now resides. On the 14th of February, 1861, he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa A. C. Coblentz, who was born in Maryland June 7, 1838. She was a daughter of David Coblentz, also of Maryland, who was a first cousin of George A. Bowlus of the Bank of Allen County, at Iola. Mrs. Remsberg died in Allen county July 19, 1890, leaving five children. Elmer C., Mary C., John D., Aaron T. and Simon, all of whom are living in this county.

Elmer C. Remsberg spent the first fourteen years of his life in Maryland and was then brought by his parents to Kansas, where he was reared. After completing his education he began teaching in the LaHarpe district in 1882, and followed that profession continuously until 1892, when he secured a position with C. H. DeClute, for whom he acted as clerk, remaining in that establishment until April, 1899. In February of the following year he purchased of A. W. Beck the implement store and stock and has since carried on business along that line, meeting with good success. His business methods are commendable and therefore increase his patronage, and he is now enjoying a large and constantly growing trade.

On the 16th of May, 1894, Mr. Remsberg wedded Miss Effie Lemasters who was born July 10, 1871, in Johnson county, Indiana, and is a daughter of I. H. Lemasters, a native of Indiana. To them have been born two children: Mary L. and Everett L. Mr. Remsberg is a member of the Reformed Church. In politics he is a Republican, takes a very active interest in the growth and success of his party, and has several times served as a member of the central committee. For one term he was a member of the city council, and is now clerk of the board of education, which position he has held for three years. He has been called to office by those who recognize his ability and in the discharge of his duties he has shown that the trust reposed in him is well merited.

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