Pages 862-863, 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. H. STICHER, who is engaged in the practice of law at Yates Center, has been a resident of Woodson County since August, 1871. He was born in Brunswick, Germany, on the 27th. of November, 1846. His father was a mnufacturer[sic] of barometers and thermometers and his trade extended over the greater part of the German empire. He had four sons and four daughters, of whom the subject of this review is the eldest. The one living brother is Frederick, who resides at Cairo, Illinois. One sister, Mrs. Dora Kassebaum, is living in Clay County, Kansas.

During his boyhood Mr. Sticher of this review acquired a good education in Germany. He was a student in the high school when he was induced to come to the United States in 1863. Making preparations to leave friends and native land, he sailed across the broad Atlantic and arrived at New York city on the 1st. of March of that year, making his way thence to Cairo, Illinois, where he learned the baker's and confectioner's trade. He was in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1865 and the year 1867 was spent in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1868 he became a resident of Leavenworth, Kansas, where he resided for two years following his chosen occupation. From that place he came to Woodson County and took up his abode in Neosho Falls, where for ten years he conducted a grocery and confectionery business. He was associated with C. B. Graves and H. D. Dickson in a social way at Neosho Falls. Through their influence he was induced to take up the study of law. He began his reading under the direction of Mr. Dickson and when he had mastered many of the principles of jurisprudence he was admitted to the bar in Burlington. Kansas, in the fall of 1880, before Judge Payton. Soon afterward he embarked in practice and his first case involved the ownership of a calf and settled a disputed point concerning property. In the fall of 1888 he was elected county attorney in which capacity he served for two years. He was then nominated for re-election on the Republican ticket, but owing to the political revolution movement he was defeated. By appointment, he has served as city attorney and city clerk of Yates Center for four years and is now serving his second term as justice of the peace. He has a large practice of a representative character and his mental qualities, natural and acquired ability, have made him a leading member of the Woodson County bar.

On the 11th. of September, 1871, Mr. Sticher was united in marriage to Miss Katie Dulinsky, whose father was a Polish Prussian and was killed


in Quantrell's raid at Lawrence, Kansas, in 1863. Unto our subject and his wife have been born the following named: Charles H., who is with the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company as telegraph operator, and married Gertrude Weckely; Henry C., a printer, and Dora. Mr. Sticher is a Royal Arch Mason. For thirty years he has been a member of the fraternity and has occupied nearly all of the official positions in the lodge and chapter. He is well informed on the tenets of the order and his record is that he is one of the most proficient Masons in southern Kansas.

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