Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm. Scanned from a copy held by the State Library of Kansas.
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Mrs. Catherine Hubbard, widow of the late Thomas Storm Hubbard, who was one of Glasco's most eminent citizens, is a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, born in 1818. She is the daughter of Charles Kessler, a native of Germany, who came to America in about 1800, and settled in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he edited one of the first papers circulated in that city, The Reading Eagle, which is still published by descendants of the Hubbard family.

When Mrs. Hubbard was eighteen years of age she came with a younger sister to Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1837, just after the Black Hawk war, to Dixon county, Illinois, then on the frontier. Here she met and married Mr. Hubbard, who was born in the city of New York in 1815, and lived there until about twenty-five years of age. In 1837, he emigrated to Dixon county, Illinois, where he took up government land. In 1840, he emigrated further west, beyond the frontier into the wilderness of Iowa, among the Indians and buffalo.

In 1879, they came to Cloud county, and bought the Whitebread homestead, where they built one of the best homes in the community. Mr. Hubbard, who died in February, 1899, in his eighty-fifth year, was a very remarkably well preserved man, retaining all his faculties. He was a man thoroughly posted on politics, took an ardent interest in all political affairs and was public spirited and enterprising.

To Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard four children have been born, two sons and two daughters; Catherine, who lives at home with her mother, was editress of the Glasco Sun from 1888 until 1893; she had previously worked in the office; in her earlier life she was a school teacher. Victor operates the farm; Florence, wife of John Lawrence, a farmer near Dixon, Illinois; Charles, whose wife was Margaret Sutton, a sister of Mrs. Lon Ainsworth. Their residence is Denver, Colorado.

Mrs. Hubbard's farm consists of one hundred and twenty acres. In connection with their residence is a handsome lawn with many beautiful flowers and shrubs, surrounded by a fine avenue of cedars, which they have set out and witnessed the growth of. They have planted and distributed more flowers perhaps than any one in the vicinity of Glasco.