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. 735-736 transcribed by students from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on January 19, 2001.

Karl Gonser

KARL GONSER is a young man who has already shown the mettle that is in him. He has already won the esteem and the good will of all who are brought in contact with him in a social or business way.

Karl Gonser was born January 18, 1887, at Cameron, Missouri. His father, Jacob Gonser, was born in Germany, where he married Anna Baumann, also a native German. Together they came to this country in 1884 and located in Missouri, where they bought a farm. He now owns one hundred and twenty acres of land and raises cattle and hogs. Mr. and Mrs. Gonser have had four children, all boys. The eldest, Fred, died when very young; Martin, the second in age is now a professor in Trinidad College of Business; Karl is the third in order of age; Nick, the youngest is living at home with his father on the farm in Missouri and together they manage the place.

Karl was brought up on his father's farm and when he was old enough he attended the district school and then the high school, also working on the farm. He did not care for farm life and at the age of nineteen he went to Leavenworth, Kansas, and worked in a grocery store. In 1910 he came to Wallula, where he engaged in the general store business for himself and is also postmaster of this little city. In politics he is a Democrat and has many opportunities to air his own views and hear the views of others as they meet in his store. His business is growing rapidly as everything in his store is up-to-date and he is well liked by all the farmers in this locality. He is unmarried.

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