Page 747-748, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Miss May Gaskill, the present efficient postmistress of Potwin, Kans., is a representative of that type of twentieth century women who are contributing their share to the efficiency of the business world. Miss Gaskill is a native of Pike county, Illinois, and a daughter of Samuel and Alice (Byram) Gaskill, both natives of Illinois. Samuel Gaskill was a son of John and Susanna Gaskill. He came to Kansas in


the spring of 1887, and first located in Hamilton county, where he homesteaded land. Two years later, the family removed to Butler county, and settled in Spring township, where they remained about two years, when they located near Potwin, in Plum Grove township. Here they lived on a farm about eight years. The mother died in 1900. The father later removed to Augusta, and is now living retired in El Dorado.

Miss Gaskill is one of a family of four children, as follows: Harvey A., resides at Amber, OkIa; Maggie, married R. E. Joseph, El Dorado, Kans.; Nettie, married E. E. McDowell, Verden, Okla., and May, the subject of this sketch. Miss Gaskill was educated in the public schools and worked at the printer's trade in the office of the "Augusta Journal," and later she worked in the office of the "El Dorado Advocate." In 1908 she returned to Potwin and engaged in the millinery business, and, in the meantime, had served as assistant in the postoffice at different times, when C. V. Cain was postmaster. In 1913 she passed the civil service examination, and, on April 4 of that year, was appointed postmistress, and has conducted the affairs of that office in a manner that reflects great credit upon herself, and to the unqualified satisfaction of the many patrons of the Potwin postoffice. Miss Gaskill is a Democrat, and belongs to the Rebekah lodge, of which she is noble grand. She is one of Butler county's representative women.

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