Page 446, 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.




J. A. RUNDQUIST, who is a representative of the commercial interests in Elsmore, was born in Sweden on the first day of November, 1858, and there resided until eleven years of age, during which time he began his education in the public schools. When a youth of eleven summers, however, he crossed the Atlantic to America with his parents in 1869, the family locating at Fort Scott, Kansas. The subject of this review attended the public schools in that locality and learned to read, and speak the English language. In 1875 the family removed to Neosho county, locating on a farm, and to its development and improvement he devoted his time and attention throughout the summer months, while in the winter season he completed his education in the public schools.

In 1869 Mr. Rundquist came to Elsmore and entered the employ of W. D. Cox, as a salesman in his general merchandise store, remaining in his service for three years, when he accepted a clerkship with J. P. Decker with whom he also remained for three years. He afterward engaged its clerking for Lardner & Love Brothers for two years, and when they sold their store to the firm of Smith & Sons Mr. Rundquist remained. with their successors by whom he is still employed/ He is known as one of the most reliable and capable salesmen in the town, his honesty being above question, while his fidelity to his employers' interests has won him their unqualified confidence, and his genial manner and obliging disposition have made him popular with the public.

Mr. Rundquist was united in marriage to Miss Emma Linquist, a daughter of J. A. Linquist and a native of Sweden. Their marriage has been blessed with six children, but only three are now living, namely; Albena, Abner and Agnes. The family occupy a pleasant home in Elsmore, which is the property of Mr. Rundquist, and he also owns other real estate in the town, having thus made judicious investments of his capital.

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