From A Biographical History of Central
Kansas, Vol. II, p. 250
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
F. E. Fuller
F E Fuller, who is engaged in general merchandising in Geneseo, and is one of the successful merchants of the town, was born in Colebrook, Ashtabula county, Ohio, December 9, 1862, a son of William O and Laura (Cotton) Fuller. The father was a well known citizen of Ashtabula county, Ohio, and his death occurred at Colebrook at the age of forty-three years. The mother died at the age of forty-two years.
F A Fuller, the subject of this review, was reared in the county of his nativity, where he received a good common school education. He afterward entered the New Lyme Academy, where he was graduated in 1885, and he is also a graduate of the Spencerian Business College and of Rusk’s School of Oratory. Being thus well fitted for life’s practical duties by a thorough education, he entered upon his business career in his native state. He was engaged in the memorial business at New Lyme for two years and also followed the same occupation at Ulrichsville, Tuscarawas county, Ohio. He was next engaged in milling in Trumbull county, that state, for a time. The year 1899 witnessed his arrival in Rice county, Kansas, and since the spring of 1893 he has been an important factor in the business circles in Geneseo. In that year he embarked in general merchandising in this city, and he now carries a large and well appointed stock, his being one of the leading stores in his line in this locality. He carries a general line of dry goods, boots, shoes, groceries and notions and also handles furniture and hardware, and his trade is steadily increasing. His store room is fifty by seventy feet. By his close attention to business and honorable methods he has acquired the confidence and good will of the citizens of Geneseo and the surrounding country.
In the year 1886, in New Lyme, Ohio, occurred the marriage of Mr. Fuller and Miss Bernice E Hyde, who was reared and educated in Ohio and is a daughter of Perry G Hyde. Three children have come to bless this union – Frances, Obediah and Temperance. Mr. Fuller is a leader in the ranks of the Democratic party, believing firmly in its principles and doing everything in his power to promote its advancement. He has served his fellow townsmen as township treasurer, and for three years was a member of the school board. His social relations connect him with the Knights of Pythias fraternity and with the Modern Woodmen of America. He had been the architect of his own fortunes and has builded wisely and well, placing his confidence in those reliable qualities of energy, industry and honesty, which in the end never fail to bring the merited reward.