Page 414-415, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Hector Sinclair, of El Dorado, is a native of Stamford, Delaware county, New York. He was born April 23, 1846, and is a son of Hector and Anna (More) Sinclair, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Delaware county, New York. Anna More, the mother, was a granddaughter of John More, who was the first settler in the vicinity of Grand Gorge, N. Y. He kept a tavern at that point for a number of years, and the place was known as Moresville for a century. Hector Sinclair's father died when Hector was five weeks old, and shortly afterwards the mother with her five small children went to Walton, N. Y., where they made their home with Mrs. Sinclair's father, David More, for sixteen years.

When sixteen years of age, Hector Sinclair became an apprentice to S. H. White to learn the marble cutter's trade and served three and one-half years. He received a good common school education in the village schools and was graduated from Walton Academy. He worked at his trade in many of the principal cities of New York State, and in 1883 went to Iowa, locating at Corroll, where he remained one year. He then went to Appleton City, Mo., and remained there three years. In 1887 he came to Kansas and located at El Dorado where he has since been engaged in the marble and monument business, and is the only dealer in granite and marble monuments in El Dorado. He has


an extensive business which extends over a large territory.

Mr. Sinclair was married at Nunda, N. Y., in 1875, to Miss Carrie M. Page. Two sons and one daughter have been born to this union, as follows: Page, resides at Walton, N. Y.; Hector, Jr., Oklahoma City; and Mabel, married George J. Benson, El Dorado, Kans.

Mr. Sinclair is a member of the Masonic lodge and prominent in fraternity circles. He joined the Walton, N. Y. Lodge, No. 559, in 1867 and took the capitular degree in Steuben Chapter, No. 101, at Hornell, N. Y., and also the order of knighthood at the same place in De Molay commandery No. 22 and the Scottish Rite degree was conferred upon him in the Corning Consistory in 1874. He joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Dansville, N. Y., in 1872 and the Knights of Pythias at El Dorado. Mr. Sinclair is a progressive citizen and one of the substantial business men of El Dorado.

Previous | Main Page | Biography Index | Next

Pages 414-415,