Page 797, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


G. H. Ryan, a successful farmer of El Dorado township, is a native of Indiana. He was born in LaFayette, Ind., in March, 1861, a son of W. A. B. and Malinda (Williams) Ryan. G. H. Ryan received a good education in the public schools of Indiana, and in 1883, came to Kansas, locating in Butler county, where he has since been successfully engaged in farming and stock raising.

In 1906, he bought 300 acres of land in El Dorado township, five miles southwest of El Dorado. Nearly all his farm is composed of rich, productive bottom land, and is one of the valuable farms of Butler county. Mr. Ryan is one of the extensive alfalfa growers of Butler county, and has been very successful in the production of that crop, and now has about 100 acres devoted to alfalfa, and he also raises about 100 acres of corn annually, and has gone quite extensively into the production of sweet clover.

Mr. Ryan was married in 1884 to Miss Nina Mendenhall, a daughter of W. J. Mendenhall, of Butler county. To Mr. and Mrs. Ryan six children have been born, as follows; I. W., Columbus, Kans.; Bertha, Philip W., Helen, Marian and Grace, all residing at home. The Ryan family is well known in Butler county and prominent in the community where they reside. Mr. Ryan is one of Butler county's substantial citizens who has made a success of his undertaking, and is justly entitled to recognition among the leading men of this county.

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