Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Emory H. Breidenthal

EMORY H. BREIDENTHAL. This gentleman has been one of the public spirited farmers of Labette county, Kansas, since 1878. He resides on the north half of the southeast quarter of section 33, township 34, range 19, in Elm Grove township. He was born in Sibley county, Minnesota, in 1860, and is a son of M. Breidenthal.

M. Breidenthal was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, in 1819. At the age of twenty-one years he engaged in the foundry business, and in 1847 entered the transfer business at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. At one time he had over 100 head of horses in use. In 1878, he located in Elm Grove township, Labette county, Kansas, where he resided until his death, which occurred April 7, 1884. In politics, he was formerly a Republican, and afterward a Greenbacker. He married Henrietta Young, who was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. They reared: Henrietta, Anna, Ella, John W., Emory H., and Charles.

Emory H. Breidenthal received his early mental training in the common schools of his native county, and at the age of eight years moved with his parents to Indiana, where he completed a common school education. In March, 1878, he located in section 23, township 34, range 19, in Elm Grove township, Labette county, Kansas, where he lived until 1890, when he located on his present farm, on the north half of the southeast quarter of section 33. He carries on general farming and stock raising. Mr. Breidenthal is well liked in his vicinity, and his assistance is always sought in any enterprise which tends to benefit the community in which he resides.

Mr. Breidenthal married Ella Bickham, who was born in Fairmount, Ohio, in 1862. She is a daughter of Rev. T. D. and Anna (Masters) Bickham. Rev. Mr. Bickham was born in Pennsylvania, and for many years conducted a nursery business in Ohio. He located in Kansas, in 1869, and resided here until his death. His widow is now the wife of S. M. Stansbury. Mr. and Mrs. Breidenthal had the following children: Otto and Mary A., deceased; Oren; Hazel; and Leslie.

Mr. Breidenthal is a member of the People's party. He has served as clerk of his township, for one term, and has been a member of the school board for three years. Religiously, he and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

John W. Breidenthal, his brother, was state bank inspector from 1893 to 1901, and was nominated by the People's party and the Democratic party for governor of the state of Kansas, but was defeated by a comparatively small majority.