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. 639-640 transcribed by Ryan Kemp, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on 10/23/00.

George A. Peters

GEORGE A. PETERS. - For the past three years George A. Peters has been a conspicuous factor in the development of the industrial prosperity of Bonner Springs, and now holds a position of prominence among its leading business men, being proprietor of the Bonner Bottling Works. A son of Henry C. and Sophia (Vordenholtz) Peters, he was born August 12, 1870, in Liberty, Union county, Indiana.

After his graduation from the Liberty High School, George A. Peters entered the employ of the Deering and International Harvester Company as an office boy. Acquitting himself so ably and faithfully in that capacity, he received well merited promotions, being first made cashier and later becoming assistant general agent. He remained with the company eighteen years, from 1891 until 1908, when he resigned his position and started in business on his own account. Coming to Bonner Springs in March, 1908, Mr. Peters established his present bottling and manufacturing plant, putting in new and up-to-date equipments, and has since built up an extensive and profitable business. His plant has a capacity of from three hundred to five hundred cases, or from seven thousand to twelve thousand bottles per day. He manufacturers soft carbonated drinks of all kinds, keeping five men besides himself busy in filling orders, and employing two teams of horses and a large auto truck which he has had built for delivery purposes. Mr. Peters is located at the corner of Front and Cedar streets, where he has erected a modernly constructed brick building, two stories in height, in connection with which he has a brick stable, twenty-five feet by ninety-eight feet, giving him ample barn room. He is a stock holder and a director of the First National Bank of Bonner Springs, and served two years in the City Council.

In May, 1910, Mr. Peters, with characteristic enterprise, formed a partnership with Mr. George Hafner and embarked in the poultry business on an extensive scale, erecting a large brick building for the purpose. He and his partner handle poultry, eggs and butter, and have built up a substantial trade, handling from three hundred to four hundred dollars worth a week, and using a truck for the delivery of their products in Kansas City.

Mr. Peters married, October 22, 1895, Justine M. Hafner, a daughter of Melcher Hafner, and they have one child, Vertna, born November 3, 1900. Mr. Peters is a Master Mason, having joined Bonner Springs Lodge, No. 366, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons.

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