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. 786-787 transcribed by Derick Lewis & Cody Garvin, students from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on March 12, 2001.

Edward J. Grubel

EDWARD J. GRUBEL, who was formerly engaged in the hotel business at Kansas City, Kansas, and who is now interested in the real estate and the show business, is a representative citizen and a man who not only has achieved his individual success but one who has also public spiritedly devoted himself to the general welfare of his fellow men. He has been a potent influence in advancing all enterprises and improvements projected for the good of the city, county and state and he is recognized as a man of mark in all the relations of life.

In Kansas City, Kansas, on the 25th of February, 1870, occurred the birth of Edward J. Grubel, who is a son of George and Mary Grubel. The parents were both born in the great Empire of Germany, whence they immigrated to the United States. For a number of years George Grubel was engaged in the grocery business in Kansas City, Kansas, but during the latter part of his life he was proprietor of a hotel located on Minnesota avenue, between Third and Minnesota streets, in the old Garno House. He was also the owner of the Fifth Street Hotel at the time of his demise, which occurred in 1903, at the age of sixty-two years. His cherished and devoted wife, who still survives him, is in her seventy-second year and she maintains her home at 437 State street. Of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Grubel, Edward J., of this review, was the second in order of birth, George Grubel ever manifested a deep and sincere interest in community affairs and at one time he served with the utmost efficiency as a member of the board of aldermen of Kansas City. He was a member of the German Society and in his political allegiance he was formerly a Republican but a stanch Democrat prior to his death.

Mr. Grubel, whose name forms the caption for this review, early availed himself of the advantages afforded in the public schools of Kansas City. He also attended the Palmer Academy and as a young man became associated with his father in the hotel business. In 1907, he turned his attention to the show business, conducting what is known as the Electric Theatre, on Minnesota avenue. He also runs a theatre in each of the following places: Sedalia, Missouri; Joplin, Missouri, and Pittsburg, Kansas. In addition to the latter line of enterprise he is interested in real estate operations, being the owner of considerable valuable property in various sections of the southwest. In politics he is aligned as a stanch supporter of the principles and policies of the Democratic party, and while he has never manifested aught of ambition for the honors of political office of any description he is ever on the qui vive to do all in his power to advance the general welfare of this city and of the state at large. In a fraternal way he is affiliated with Wyandotte Lodge, No. 440, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Grubel is unmarried.

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