Page 413-414, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Chas. W. Steiger, the present capable county attorney of Butler county, is a native of Kansas. He was born at Hollenberg, Washington county, Kansas, October 14, 1884. He is a son of J. W. and Thursia (Hazlett), the father a native of Germany, and the mother of Iowa. J. W. Steiger, the father, located in Washington county, Kansas, when he was a young man, and in 1890, he came to Butler county with his family, and located at Whitewater, where he is engaged in the drug business and is now a leading druggist of that town.

Chas. W. Steiger attended the public schools and the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia, and was graduated from the Newton High School in the class of 1902. He then entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich., and was graduated from that institution in the class of 1905. He then engaged in the practice of law at Topeka, where he was associated with R. B. Welch, and later Galen Nichols. He practiced his profession for four years in Topeka, when he located at Whitewater, and was successfully engaged in practice there until January, 1915, when he came to El Dorado to assume the duties of the office of county attorney, having been elected in November, 1914.

The industrial development of Butler county within the last year has materially added to the duties of the county attorney, and today,


Mr. Steiger finds himself confronted by the task of prosecuting malefactors in a great industrial county of the State, where hundreds of men of all character and conditions are employed, instead of the peaceful agricultural community that Butler county was when Mr. Steiger took the office. However, he is equal to the occasion, and has ably coped with the new conditions. He is a close student of the science of his profession, and an able lawyer, and as a public prosecutor, he is fair and fearless, and plays no favorites in his policy of law enforcement.

Mr. Steiger was married at Newton, Kans., June 2, 1910, to Miss Lulu Walt, a native of Walton, Kans., and at that time, a resident of Newton. Mrs. Steiger is a daughter of H. M. Walt, who now resides at Kansas City, Mo. To Mr. and Mrs. Steiger has been born one child, Walt A. Mr. Steiger is a thirty-second degree Mason. He belongs to the A. F. and A. M., Brainard Lodge, No. 280, Whitewater, Kans.; Wichita Consistory, No. 2, and he is also a member of the Mystic Shrine, Midian Temple, Wichita, and he also belongs to the Knights of Pythias, at El Dorado, Kans. Mr. Steiger is a Republican, and has always supported the policies and principles of that party, and he and Mrs. Steiger belong to the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Steiger is a conscientious public official, and since he has held the office of county attorney, the public business falling within the scope of his official duties, have been given prompt and careful attention, and he is a lawyer well qualified to represent the State of Kansas in court in a way that not only reflects credit upon himself, but upon the people of Butler county.

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