Page 502, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Cora Norris, of Augusta, Kans., is a notable example of a successful Kansas business woman. Miss Norris was born in Walworth county, Wisconsin, and is a daughter of William W. and Sophia (White) Norris, the former a native of Connecticut, and the latter of Maine. They were the parents of three children, as follows: Mrs. Mary J. Ryan, Augusta; Mrs. Frances E. Sluss, lives three and one-half miles south of El Dorado and Cora, the subject of this sketch. The Norris family were pioneers of Butler county, coming here from Illinois in 1872. The father took a claim of school land in Spring township, where the family resided for more than twenty years. The father was a successful farmer and a highly respected citizen. He is now deceased, and his wife lives in Augusta with her daughter of whom this sketch is written.

Miss Norris was educated in the public schools of Butler county and the Augusta High School, and in addition to her school work, she received much private instruction from her mother, who, prior to her marriage, was a teacher, and in early life, was well equipped with a good education. Miss Narris taught school for a few years when she was appointed first assistant to Postmaster N. A. Yaeger at Augusta, and served in that capacity with two successive postmasters, P. W. Burdick and A. J. Ryan, and in all, held that responsible position for ten years. While employed in the postoffice, Miss Norris, being of a studious turn of mind, occupied her spare time in the study of shorthand, and later attended the Wichita Commercial College. She then accepted a position with G. M. Stratton at Clay Center, Kans., and later returned to Augusta where she is now engaged in stenographic work and the insurance business, principally fire insurance, representing seven of the leading fire insurance underwriters, and has a very satisfactory and constantly increasing business. Her office is in the postoffice building. She is a charter member of the Triple Tie, and belongs to the Fraternal Aid Union; the Occidental Association; Fraternal Citizens and Order of the Eastern Star.

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