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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A. S. Dresser

A. S. DRESSER, who has been located in Labette county, Kansas, since 1873. is a prominent farmer of Howard township. He was born in Ohio, in 1842, and is a son of Alanson and R. (Sawyer) Dresser.

Alanson Dresser was born in New York State and followed the trade of a millwright. He married Miss R. Sawyer, also a native of New York, and they reared three children, as follows: A. S.; Lucia; and Adelia.

A. S. Dresser lived in Illinois until he was nine years old. He was then taken by his parents back to Ohio, where he lived until he reached the age of sixteen years. He spent the following three years at Flint, Michigan, after which he moved to Iowa. Returning to Michigan, in 1865, he spent three years there, and then went to the oil fields of Pennsylvania. He came to Kansas in 1870, and lived one year at Lawrence. He was afterward located, until 1871, at Parsons and Coffeyville, the latter town having at that time but two or three houses. He came to Labette county in the spring of 1873, and settled on his present farm in Howard township, which has since been his home. His farm was wholly unimproved, no ground having been broken, and he moved the first house on the premises, from Parker, a distance of 10 miles. He made many improvements on the farm, and engaged in general farming and stock raising with marked success. He is an enterprising and progressive citizen, and has hosts of friends throughout this part of the county.

Mr. Dresser was united in marriage with Miss A. Dye, a daughter of R. and P. (Rice) Dye. Her father followed the occupation of a farmer all his life. Mrs. Dresser was born in Genesee county, Michigan, in 1849, and was one of 10 children, as follows: George; William; Charles; Minerva; Edward; Oliver; Almeda; Alfred; Sarah; and Hattie. Mr. and Mrs. Dresser have 10 children, namely: Guy; R. Dallas; Lucia R.; Frank T.; Herbert W.; Lillian M.; Hattie A.; Edith G.; Rennie B.; and Bayard. Mr. Dresser is an earnest advocate of the principles of the Republican party.