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.611 transcribed by Christopher Shockley, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on October 23, 2000.

John J. Strohmyer

JOHN J. STROHMYER, the blacksmith in Vance, Kansas, has gained the good will and the respect of all who know him. He is a young man who has had his own way to make in the world and he has accomplished much.

He was born in Leadville, Colorado, August 3, 1884, being the son of George Strohmyer. In 1884 Mr. Strohmyer came to Kansas and located in Russell county, where he worked as a "smithy". In 1889 he came to Wyandotte county, where he died in 1897. Mrs. Strohmyer is now married to W. R. Malott.

John has no remembrance of his birth place in Colorado, for he came to Kansas with his father when he was six months old. They located in Russell county, where John's first years were spent, but when he was five years old the family moved again, coming to Wyandotte county. John attended the district school very soon after they arrived in the county and when he was thirteen years of age his father died. It was then necessary for him to go to work and earn some money. He learned the blacksmithing trade and also that of a wagon maker. He learned quickly and proved to be very capable. In 1905 he started out in business for himself, at the place where he is now, and he has bought a new outfit that is entirely modern.

On November 6, 1907, John Strohmyer married Lillian Riley, the daughter of George W. and Hattie (Wolf) Riley. Mrs. Strohmyer was born in Quindaro township June 11, 1890, having been educated in the district school and she has spent her entire life here.

Mr. Strohmyer is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and has held membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a man who does his work well and the people are always sure of getting the best treatment at his shop. He has many friends, who agree in calling him a fine fellow.

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