Page 595-596, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


George B. Hanstine, cashier of the Peoples State Bank of Whitewater, is one of Butler county's successful financiers. He is a native of Indiana, born in Bartholomew county, November 7, 1864. He is a son of Adam and Margaret (Zollinger) Hanstine, the former a native of Germany, and the latter of Maryland. The parents were married


in Pennsylvania, and for a number of years, resided in that State, and later moved to Indiana, where the father worked at his trade, which was that of a wagon maker. In 1876, the family came to Kansas, locating in Butler county, near Whitewater, and here George B. Hanstine was reared on a farm, educated in the public schools, and grew to manhood. In early life he followed farming and stock raising extensively, and the first twenty-eight years of his life were devoted to that business. He then removed to Whitewater, and engaged more extensively in cattle feeding, frequently feeding as many as five hundred head at one time. After being successfully engaged in that business about six years, he accepted the cashiership of the Peoples State Bank at Whitewater.

This bank is one of the substantial financial institutions of Butler county, and was organized July 16, 1908, with a paid up stock of $15,000. As cashier, Mr Hanstine is the executive head of the bank. Mr. Hanstine has not only been active in the commercial side of the life of Whitewater, but has taken a keen interest in its public and social affairs as well, and especially in its schools. He was a member of the Harvey county board of education for several years, and has served as clerk of the Whitewater school board. He was elected a member of the Whitewater board of education on the issue of erecting a new school building, and did most effective work in the campaign to secure the issuing of bonds for its erection. It was built at a cost of $25,000, and stands as a monument to the tireless efforts of those who saw its need and made it possible.

Mr. Hanstine was married May 8, 1890, to Miss Elizabeth Alice Hawks, a daughter of Emanuel H. Hawks of Whitewater. To Mr. and Mrs. Hanstine have been born two children: Pearl Evelyn, married Robert Norris, Vassar, Kans., and Paul, manager of the People's Lumber Company, Whitewater, Kans. Mr. Hanstine is a Democrat, and a member of the Lutheran church, and has been treasurer of the church at Whitewater, and for twenty-five years has been superintendent of the Sunday school. He is president of the Whitewater Commercial Club, and favors any movement for the betterment or upbuilding of the community. Mr. and Mrs. Hanstine take a prominent part in the educational and social life of Whitewater, and are numbered among its most valued and esteemed citizens.

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