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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H. W. Todd

PROF. H. W. TODD,* the efficient superintendent of the Oswego schools, is regarded as one of the most intellectual men in the county. He holds a very responsible position, which he fills with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the community in which he resides. Prof. Todd was born in Cook county, Illinois, in 1869, and is a son of Edward P. Todd.

Prof. Todd's grandfather on the paternal side was Silas Todd. He was a native of Connecticut. Edward P. Todd was born near New York City. He was reared and schooled in Galena, Illinois, to which city his parents moved when he was a child. During his active career he followed farming, and lived at various places, principally in Illinois. In 1874 he settled permanently in Montgomery county, Kansas, in the town of Independence, and there he now resides. He married Jane Lemon, who was a native of Niagara, Canada. They reared the following children: Frank, a farmer in Montgomery county, Kansas; Howard, deceased; H. W., the subject of this sketch; and Elsie. Mr. Todd is a Republican, in politics, and has served in various local offices.

H. W. Todd, the subject of this biography, received his primary education in Independence, Kansas, and during the years 1888, 1889 and 1890, attended the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia. He graduated from the Valparaiso Normal College, of Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1892. He began teaching in Montgomery county, Kansas, although he had taught somewhat before his graduation. He taught three and a half years at Coffeyville, and was principal of the schools in Edna, Kansas, for two years. In 1897 Prof. Todd became principal of the Oswego schools, and in 1899 was made superintendent of the city schools, and is serving in that capacity at the present date.

Prof. Todd was united in marriage with Gertrude Hilman, in 1890. Mrs. Todd was born in Edna, Kansas. They have one child, - Hubert. Prof. Todd is a member of the Kansas State Teachers' Association. Fraternally, he belongs to the Woodmen of the World. Politically, he is a Republican.