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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J. C. Olson

PROF. J. C. OLSON, one of the best known educators of the state of Kansas, is president of the Parsons Business College, of Parsons. This institution not only takes rank as the best commercial college in the Southwest, but is also one of the foremost in the United States.

Established in 1892, the Parsons Business College was a success from its very inception. Prof. J. C. Olson, the president of the college, is master of his art. He is a thorough educator, his methods of business are upright and just, and his reputation for honesty and just dealing with students and with the public generally is such that the citizens of Parsons, in every vocation, from banker to laborer, vouch for his good stewardship. The growth of the college has been phenomenal, about 200 pupils having been enrolled during the past year, many of whom are from other states. Hundreds of successful stenographers and bookkeepers attest the efficiency of the Parsons Business College. The work done is of a high grade. Every branch of business education is handled by practical and capable instructors, bearing diplomas from the best educational institutions in the country. The members of the faculty are as follows: J. C. Olson, M. A., president, instructor in bookkeeping and penmanship; Carolyn A. Brehm, B. A., shorthand and typewriting; Mrs. G. C. Townsend, vocal music; A. A. Osgood, B. S., commercial law; W. L. Newell, mathematics and English; A. J. Harris, assistant in the business department; and Edna Shoup, assistant in shorthand and typewriting. There are also numerous lecturers, of prominence in the community, whose connection with the school adds greatly to its standing. As the Parsons Business College has flourished in the past, there is a good prospect that under the efficient management of Prof. Olson it will continue to do so in the future.