Page 419-420, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


C. W. Harvey, who is successfully engaged in the real estate and loan business, specializing in oil properties, has spent most of his life in Butler county. Mr. Harvey was born in Appanoose county, Iowa, in 1868, and is a son of Elijah E. and Malla (Flynn) Harvey, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Indiana. A sketch of the father, Elijah E. Harvey, appears in this volume. The Harvey family came to Butler county in 1872 when C. W. was four years old. They settled in Logan township where the father homesteaded a claim. C. W. Harvey was one of a family of seven children, five of whom are now living. He was educated in the public schools of Butler county and Garfield University of Wichita.

After leaving college Mr. Harvey was engaged in the drug business at Deighton, Lane county, Kansas, for five years. He then entered the employ of Charles Selig at El Dorado where he remained one year, and after that was in the employ of W. Y. Miller for six years. In the spring of 1900, he engaged in the drug business for himself in El Dorado and three years later sold out, and again engaged in the drug business in 1913, and in the spring of 1916 he disposed of the drug business and engaged in the real estate and loan business. The real estate business is not a new venture for Mr. Harvey, as he has been more or less identified with that line of work for years. He makes a specialty of handling oil properties, and in this respect is on the ground floor of the great oil and gas development of Butler county, and has handled some important deals in that line.

Mr. Harvey was united in marriage in June, 1897, to Miss Cora Taylor, of El Dorado. Mrs. Harvey was one of Butler county's successful teachers prior to her marriage. To Mr. and Mrs. Harvey have been born two children: Charles Wallace, Jr., aged eighteen, and Alice Carolyn, aged eight years.

Mr. Harvey is a Republican and takes an active part in the political affairs of Butler county, and has been chairman of the Republican County Central Committee, which position he resigned in 1912


to become chairman of the Progressive party in Butler county, and still holds that position. He is a member of the Knights and Ladies of Security and the Fraternal Aid, and he and Mrs. Harvey are members of the Christian church, and he has been identified with that denomination since he was nineteen years of age. Mr. Harvey is one of the progressive business men of El Dorado and one of Butler county's substantial citizens.


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