Page 150, 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.




PERRY STOTLER, a leading and influential farmer of Iola township, Allen County, owns the old Bartels homestead in section eighteen, township twenty-five, range eighteen, upon which he has resided since 1880. He came to Kansas from Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where he was born in August, 1853, and took up his residence in Allen County.

Mr. Stotler is a son of Emanuel Stotler, born in the same locality with his son, and a descendant of Pennsylvania German ancestry who came to that locality from over the mountains from the east. He was one of the first settlers of Penn township, Allegheny County, and was a soldier in our second war with Great Britain. He was several times married and reared a large family. Emanuel Stotler passed the greater part of his life in the country about Allegheny and Pittsburg and cleared up a farm in Penn township. Wagon making was also a part of his business. He was married to Barbara Stoner who occupies the old family home.

Emanuel Stotler's children are: Sylvester Stotler, a prominent educator in his native county; Nancy Stotler; Elizabeth, deceased wife of David Shepherd; Fannie and Lillie, twins. The former married E. Gillooly, of Humboldt, Kansas, and the latter resides in the Pennsylvania home; F. P. Stotler, Rudolph, deceased, and John Stotler, of California.

F. P. Stotler has passed his forty-seven years of life upon the farm. His first trip to Kansas was in the year 1879 and that year he passed with the family of E. Snively, one of his near neighbors. His busy life in this State has been passed as a farmer and raiser of stock. Of late years he has been engaged in blooded stock breeding and his Jersey cattle and his Durock hogs are the pride of the Onion Creek valley. In this venture he had demonstrated that the breeding of graded stock, when intelligently followed, is a profitable business, even in Kansas.

Mr. Stotler was married March 23, 1887, to Lena Van Sickle, a daughter of B. D. Van Sickle, a former New Yorker but now of Hudson, Indian Territory. Mrs. Van Sickle was formerly Miss Merinda Latier. Mr. and Mrs. Stotler's children are: Frank E., Benjamin H., William Van and Lillie Verl.

In politics the early Stotlers were Whigs but when the Republican party was formed they entered its ranks and those after them have yielded allegiance to the same political faith. Perry Stotler has been one of the active Republicans of Iola township. Although his township has a majority adverse to his party he has been twice elected treasurer of it and is an efficient public official. (Since this sketch was written the subject of it has passed sway, his death occurring March 2, 1901.)

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