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. 981-982 transcribed on July 19, 2001.

Louis L. Ely

LOUIS L. ELY has been engaged in the dairy business all his life and his father before him was a dairyman and himself taught the young man what he knew of the business. Mr. Ely, Jr., is the proprietor of the New Ely Dairy, located at Mill and Turkey avenue, where he conducts a prosperous business. Wyandotte county feels that it has a proprietary interest in Mr. Ely, who has spent practically his entire life in its limits. The people in his community have watched his development and that of his business; they have seen him grow from being his father's son to a man who has made a name for himself, not content to live upon the reputation of his father, however good that might be.

Mr. Ely's birth occurred in 1876 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he is the son of Samuel and Sarah (Cadwallader) Ely, both natives of Pennsylvania, the father born in Bucks county and the mother in Philadelphia county. The couple first came to Wyandotte county forty-three years ago, and Mr. Ely, Sr., engaged in the fruit business and also taught school in the county. Five years later he became interested in the dairy business, the occupation he followed till his death in 1897. Mr. Ely and wife belonged to old families of Pennsylvania Quakers, and he himself observed many of the old customs as long as he lived. His political sympathies were entirely with the Republican party. He was survived by his wife and two children, Louis L., with whom the widow maintains her home, and Charles C., an electrician.

Although born in Pennsylvania, Louis L., has no recollection of his native town, as he came to Wyandotte county with his parents when he was a baby; was educated in the public schools where his father had formerly taught several years, and on concluding his school life he learned the dairy business with his father. He is now the owner of sixty cows, operates two wagons and employs five men in order to supply the needs of his customers. His knowledge of the dairy business is thorough, his equipments up-to-date and his methods of dealing with customers are marked by their uprightness and rectitude. He, his mother and his adopted sister, Ruth, live in their comfortable home in Rosedale, content with their present success and looking forward with confident expectation to the future.

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