Pages 484-485, 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.




LEWIS HENRY WISHARD, principal of the 4th ward school of Iola, and one of the prominent and capable educators of Kansas, is essentially a Kansan. He has passed all but ten years of his life in the State and all that he is and has is credited to his adopted State.

Mr. Wishard was born in Vermillion county, Indiana, February 3, 1866, and is a son of a farmer and stock man of Butler county, Kansas, J. H. Wishard, who was born in the same county in 1830. The latter is a son of James L. Wishard, a veteran of the War of 1812, who went into Indiana about 1829 and settled in Vermillion county. He enlisted in the army from Kentucky, in Colonel Johnson's regiment, and participated in the battle of the Thames. He was a son of an Irishman who settled in Kentucky about the beginning of the 19th century and whose brother settled near Philadelphia. Some of the posterity of these early Wishards spell the name with a "t", but wherever they are and however the spelling of the name they descended from the same Celtic ancestors.

James L. Wishard married a Lytle and reared seven children, two of whom left families: William, of Renssalaer, Indiana, and Archibald Wishard, whose family resides in Los Angeles, California.

J. H. Wishard married Elizabeth Fassett, a daughter of David Fassett, of West Virginia, near Winchester. The children of this union are: James E. Wishard. of Burlington, Arkansas; Frank M. Wishard, of Spencer, Iowa; Attie Wright, of Augusta, Kansas and Lewis H. Wishard, our subject.

L. H. Wishard attended the country schools of Butler county, Kansas, in his early youth and graduated in the Augusta city schools in 1884. He


taught school a year and clerked in an Augusta store a year and taught still another year. In 1887 he entered the Kansas State Normal School and finished the Elementary course in that institution in 1889. He became principal of the high school at Solomon City, Kansas, and occupied the position two years when he was elected to the principalship of the city schools. He remained with the schools six years in that capacity and withdrew from school work, then, to perform his duties as Secretary of the Iola Manufacturing company. In 1898 he entered the Iola schools as principal of the 1st ward building and has concluded three years of successful school work in the city. He has instructed in County Institutes in Dickinson county and in Allen county; in the latter six years consecutively.

December 24, 1891, Mr. Wishard was married in Iola to Anna M., a daughter of the late Moses Pickell. Mrs. Wishard was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, February 8, 1868, was educated in Iola, and was one of the capable teachers of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Wishard's daughter. Mary E., was born March 19, 1899.

Mr. Wishard is a member of the State Teachers' Association and is an able and useful member of the Allen County Teachers' Association.

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