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. 762-763 transcribed by Bleu Spencer, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on January 19, 2001

Oscar Hyoort

OSCAR HYOORT. - It is always most gratifying to the biographer and student of human nature to come in close touch with the history of a man who, in the face of almost insurmountable difficulties, has plodded persistently on and eventually, through his determination and energy, made of success not an accident but a logical result. Oscar Hyoort, who maintains his home at Bonner Springs, Wyandotte county, Kansas, is strictly a "self-made" man, and as such a perusal of his career offers both lesson and incentive. He has been eminently successful as a business man and land speculator since his arrival in Kansas, in 1889, and he has ever manifested a deep and sincere interest in all matters pertaining to the good of the general welfare.

Oscar Hyoort was born in Sweden, on the 15th of March, 1865, and is a son of Peter and Andrega (Gulen) Hyoort, both of whom were likewise natives of Sweden, where both were born in 1836. During the major portion of his active career Peter Hyoort was identified with the blacksmith line of enterprise and he is now residing with his sons in Bonner Springs. Mr. and Mrs. Hyoort became the parents of two children, - Oscar, the immediate subject of this review; and Carl, who is now engaged in railroad work at Bonner Springs. Oscar and Carl Hyoort were reared to adult age in their native place, to whose public schools they are indebted for a good elementary education. They, together with their father, immigrated from Sweden to America in the year 1888, proceeding immediately to Kansas and locating at Bonner Springs, in Wyandotte county, where their turned their attention to the blacksmith's trade. They were eminently successful in their work and with the passage of time succeeded in accumulating some valuable property in this section of the state. Oscar Hyoort was one of the most zealous boomers of Bonner Springs and he is now the owner of property in Kansas City, Kansas, and in Bonner Springs amounting to some twenty-five thousand dollars. He is a businessman of unusual ability and shrewdness and never fails to make the most of every opportunity for advancement that comes his way.

In his political convictions Mr. Hyoort is a stanch advocate of the principles and policies for which the Republican party stands sponsor, and while he has never manifested aught of ambition for the honors or emoluments of public office of any description he is ever on the alert to do all in his power to advance the best interests of the community which represents his home. His father and brother are also aligned as stalwarts in the ranks of the Republican party. In a fraternal way Mr. Hyoort is affiliated with the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias and religiously he is a consistent member of the Swedish Lutheran church, in the different departments of which he is an active and zealous worker.

At Kansas City, Missouri, on May 15, 1899, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Hyoort to Miss Clara Sheen, who was born in Bonner Springs and reared in Denver, Colorado, and who is a daughter of Edward Sheen. To this union has been born one son, George Hyoort, whose birth occurred on the 26th of March, 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Hyoort are popular and prominent in connection with the best social activities of Bonner Springs, where their spacious and attractive home is recognized as a center of most gracious hospitality.

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