Page 553-554, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


H. E. Cease, a successful farmer and stockman of Walnut township, is a native son of Butler county. He was born near Augusta in 1874, and is a son of V. A. and Emma (Bowlden) Cease. The mother was a native of England. The parents came to Butler county in 1872, where the father homesteaded a quarter section of land, three-fourths of a mile north of where Gordon is now located. Here he engaged in


farming and stock raising until his death, in 1880. His wife survived him a number of years and passed away in 1910. Their remains now rest in the old cemetery at Augusta. They were the parents of two children: Mrs. Birdie Purcell, who died in 1896, and H. E., the subject of this sketch.

H. E. Cease was reared on the home farm and educated in the public schools of Butler county, and afterwards took a business course in the Wichita University. He then engaged in farming on the home place, and since the death of his father, has added eighty acres to the original farm and now has 240 acres, and is engaged in general farming and stock raising, having been unusually successful in raising hogs, never having lost one. The Cease farm is located in the heart of the oil and gas belt of Augusta.

Mr. Cease was married January 13, 1895, to Miss Anna Adams, of Augusta, Kans. She is a daughter of Oliver Adams, who came to Augusta in 1883, and he has been in the employ of the Santa Fe Railway Company as foreman for the past thirty-three years. To Mr. and Mrs. Cease have been born two daughters: Vernon, a graduate of the Augusta High School, class of 1915, and bears the distinction of having been the youngest member of her class; and Thelma, in school at Gordon. The Cease residence is modern in every particular, and one of the ideal farm homes of Butler county.

Mr. Cease takes a keen interest in local political affairs and has served as township treasurer for two terms, and is now serving his second term as township trustee. In 1915 he was appointed gas inspector of Butler county, and the large gas production of this county makes of this an important office with considerable work. Mr. Cease is prominent in Masonic circles, being a member of the Augusta Lodge and the Wichita Consistory. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America at Augusta.

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