Pages 633-634, 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.




Thirty-one years covers the period of Mr. Stoll's residence in Kansas, the date of his arrival in the state being 1870. While the republic of Switzerland has furnished a comparatively small number of citizens to the New World they have been men of worth, diligent, enterprising and trustworthy. Among the number is Mr. Stoll, who was born in the land of the Alps, his birth having occurred in Canton Schaffhausen, Switzerland, January 3, 1848. His father, Daniel Stoll, was a farmer of that country and there married Elizabeth Werner. In the year 1853 they came to the United States, located in Clark county, Indiana, where they spent their remaining days. They were the parents of five children, namely: John, now deceased: Magdalena, deceased wife of Conrad Bollinger; Daniel, of Clark county, Indiana; Barbara, wife of William Dietrich, also of the same county, and George, of this review.


The last named was a little lad of five years when brought by his parents to the United States and in Clark county he was reared and educated, enjoying the advantages afforded by the common schools. He left home at the age of twenty-one years and at Louisville, Kentucky, enlisted in the regular army as a member of the Second United States Infantry, with which he served for a few months, when he was discharged by order of the war department.

Mr. Stoll came from Clark county, Indiana, to Kansas, locating first in Humboldt, where he resided for two years, being employed by the month. On his arrival in Woodson county in 1872 he purchased a new and unimproved farm near Buffalo creek and was engaged in its cultivation for two years, moving thence to the northwest quarter of section twenty-six, township twenty-six, range sixteen, upon which he has resided the greater part of the time since. His labors have wrought great changes in the appearance of the place, transforming the raw tract into fields of grain, giving indication of coming bounteous harvests; buildings of commodious size and substantial structure adorn the farm and everything indicates the careful supervision of a thrifty owner. Twice he has made trips to Colorado, looking over the country. but each time has returned well satisfied with his Kansas home. He had but limited financial resources at the time of his arrival here but has found that fortune vouchsafes a sure and good return for honorable and continuous labor, when directed by sound business judgment.

Mr Stoll was married in Humboldt in 1871, to Charlotte N. Thomas, a daughter of George Thomas, originally from Indiana. Twelve children graced their union, but they lost the first born, Georgie, who died at the age of seventeen years. The others are: John, of Wilson county, Kansas; Albert, Clyde, Guy, Daisy, Leo, Carl, Ray, Emil, Glenn and Beryl all yet under the parental roof. The family have a pleasant home upon the farm, which comprises two hundred and forty acres of rich land and yields to parents and children an income supplying them with all the necessities and many of the luxuries of life. In his political views Mr. Stoll is a Republican, being in hearty sympathy with the policy and platform of the party.

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