Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 989 transcribed on July 19, 2001.

William Frederick Debus

WILLIAM FREDERICK DEBUS. - Among that fine body of agriculturists who have contributed in fullest measure to the prosperity enjoyed by Wyandotte county is William Frederick Debus, who has particular cause for loyalty to this section in that he is a native son. He was born in Wyandotte township June 1, 1868, the son of George Debus and his wife, whose maiden name was Gertrude Reinhardt, they both being natives of Germany. Mr. Debus received his education in the schools of his native township and resided upon his father's farm until he became eighteen years of age. Like a great many young men, he had an ambition to abandon country life and become a factor in the world of affairs. Accordingly he obtained a position with the Armour Packing Company, and remained for twenty-three years in the employ of this great concern. He was in the packing department for six years and boned beef for sixteen years. In 1910, he determined to adopt the wholesome, independent occupation of his youth, farming, consequently he rented a farm at Brenner Heights, from Mrs. Emma Bates, and began the agricultural endeavors which have already proved highly successful.

Mr. Debus established an independent household when on November 11, 1890, he was united in marriage to Martha E. Broomhall, daughter of Cyrus M. Broomhall. She was born in Keokuk, Lee county, Iowa, September 30, 1870. Beneath the pleasant roof tree are growing towards manhood and womanhood, seven children, as follows: George, Gertrude, Wilda, Philip, Henry, Elmer and Willard. One son, William, died November 2, 1902, aged two years, and is buried in Quindaro cemetery.

Mr. Debus finds a great deal of pleasure in his lodge relations. He is a very popular member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America in which latter he has held all the offices. For a time he was a Red Man.

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