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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William G. Cruzan

WILLIAM G. CRUZAN, of the firm of Graham & Cruzan, dealers in general merchandise, in Mound Valley, has been a resident of Labette county since 1883. He is a native of Hamilton county, Indiana, and was born in 1859. He is a son of Alfred and Elizabeth (Good) Cruzan.

Alfred Cruzan lived in Indiana a number of years, and from there moved to Cherokee, Kansas. In 1869, he moved to the old town of Parker, Kansas, where he carried on farming. After his death, the mother having died some years before, the children returned to Indiana, where those surviving now live, with the exception of W. G. Their names are: Mary A. (Sowers), who is a widow; William G.; Alfred J. and, Serena Beatrice, deceased; and David D.

William G. Cruzan was but thirteen years old when his father died. After that he was obliged to earn his own living, and this he has continued to do ever since. He attended the common schools in Indiana, and in 1883 worked out as a farm hand for one year. During the grain and corn season, he bought grain for F. P. Dicus & Company, and also worked in their lumber yard at different times. In 1888, he began clerking for Wise Brothers, and remained with them until 1897. In March, 1897, Mr. Cruzan, in partnership with Rev. E. A. Graham, entered the dry goods business, under the firm name of Graham & Cruzan. They bought out the business of E. A. Steele. The building which they occupy is 24 by 80 feet in dimensions, and was originally used for the hardware store of Moore & Bushnell. The firm carries a large stock of goods, and the store is well patronized. Mr. Cruzan is a thorough business man, is enterprising and progressive, and is regarded as a merchant of firm principles and integrity.

Mr. Cruzan was united in marriage with Eva Sheller, who is a native of Indiana, but who was reared in Kansas. They are the parents of three children, whose names are: Ruth E.; Merle W.; and Esther E. In politics, Mr. Cruzan is a Democrat. Fraternally he is a member of the M. W. of A. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cruzan are members of the Methodist church. Mr. Cruzan is highly respected in Mound Valley, where he takes an active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the community.