Page 576-577, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.

H. M. Logan
Mrs. H. M. Logan
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Logan, El Dorado, Kansas


H. M. Logan, a pioneer merchant of El Dorado, who still conducts one of the leading mercantile establishments of that city, is a native of Ohio. He was born at Columbus Grove, Putnam county, in 1850, and is a son of J. M. and Elizabeth (Hixon) Logan, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Ohio. They were the parents of eight children, three of whom are living, as follows: Joseph, Champaign, Ill.; Martha, married Tyne Arnett, and resides at Wayne City, Ill.; and H. M., the subject of this sketch.

H. M. Logan was reared and educated at Gosport, Ind. His mother died when he was twelve years of age, and in 1867, when he was about sixteen years old, he came to Kansas with his two brothers. They first located at Humboldt, and soon after arriving there, H. M. obtained a position as a clerk in G. Y. Smith's dry goods store, remaining there four years. In 1871, he came to El Dorado, and after clerking a few years, engaged in the mercantile business for himself, and still continues in the mercantile business.

Mr. Logan was married in 1879 to Miss Flora Morgan, of El Dorado, Kans. Her father came to Kansas in 1865, and opened the first store in Lyon county, where Hartford is now located. He conducted his store there until 1873, when he came to Butler county, locating at Douglass, where he died. After the father's death, the Morgan family removed to El Dorado, where Mrs. Logan completed her education. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Logan, as follows: Olive, married Eldon Jarnagin, and they reside at Miami, Texas; Basil H., married Florence Wellwood, and resides in Wichita, Kans.: and Bruce, is associated with his father in the store at El Dorado.

Mr. Logan is of a literary turn of mind, and notwithstanding his busy mercantile career, he has found time to write some very clever articles, some of which, in matters of merit, are far above the average. In 1912, Mr. Logan visited his old home at Gosport, Ind., and was requested to write the story of his trip, and in this article he gives his


impressions of the old home in such a masterful way that this little story is, of itself, a classic. He has published a little volume of his writings, which contain the following articles, all of which are very ably written, and it's a great treat to read this little pamphlet from cover to cover: "A Call on the Phone"; "Joy Ride Through the Big Wheat"; "Boosters' Trip for the Kansas Commercial Club"; "My First Trip to Arkansas"; "A Visit To the Old Home"; and "First Night in El Dorado." The last named article will be found reproduced, elsewhere in this work, by permission of Mr. Logan. The little volume, containing Mr. Logan's writings can be found in the El Dorado public library.

Mr. Logan is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and his fraternal affiliations are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is treasurer of the local lodge, and the Anti-Horse Thief Association, of which he is president. Mr. Logan has taken a keen interest in the welfare and progress of El Dorado, where his home and interests have been for forty-five years. While a member of the city council, Mr. Logan was active in behalf of establishing the library here, and has always liberally supported every enterprise that has had for its object the betterment or upbuilding of his community. Mr. Logan is a Republican, but has never aspired to political honors, although he has been active in political affairs, and frequently been a delegate to county and State conventions. He has served on the local school board for a number of years and has been a member of the city council, as above stated.

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