Page 807, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Bruce Alexander, a substantial farmer and stockman and one of the representative citizens of Walnut township, is a native of Tennessee, although he came here with his parents when he was two years of age, and therefore comes within two years of being a native of Butler county. He was born in Macon, Tenn., in 1873, and is a son of Dr. E. H. and Matilda E. (Haynes) Alexander. They were the parents of seven children, six of whom are living, as follows: Mrs. Nettie VanArsdall, Stillwater, Okla.; Mrs. Luella DeMoss, Stillwater, Okla.; Bruce, the subject of this sketch; W. F., Ira and Grace, all residing at home in Walnut township. Dr. E. H. Alexander came to Kansas in 1875 and located in Walnut township, Butler county, where he bought 200 acres of land, which is now the home place. He was a successful physician and practiced his profession after coming here and at the same time was interested in the development of his farm and stock raising. He died while yet a young man in 1883. His widow, who still survives him, is seventy-two years of age, and is unusually active, both mentally and physically, for a person of her age.

When the Alexander family moved here the county was wild and unsettled; there were no railroads in this section, and Bruce Alexander, the subject of this sketch, recalls many early day conditions, which made indelible impressions on his mind, when he was a boy. The old stage line from El Dorado to Winfield passed the Alexander home, and he recalls one time when a band of over 500 Indians from the reservation passed over the old stage line.

Bruce Alexander was reared on the home farm and educated in the public schools of Walnut township, and he also attended the high school at Augusta for three years. He is one of the substantial men of the community, and has an extensive acquaintance throughout Butler county. He takes a commendable interest in local political affairs, and has served as trustee of Walnut township one term. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Augusta, having been identified with that organization for the past six years.

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