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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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G. W. HARPER, superintendent of the Sawyer lease and of Cooper’s Crushing and Separating business, was born in Lewis County, Mo., in 1856, and was reared to the teaching profession. He received his rudimentary education in the public schools of his native county, and his literary education in Monticello Seminary, Lewis County, from which he graduated in 1874. He afterward took up a professional course in the Kirksville State Normal Institution. After having taught for two years, he accepted the Principalship of the Empire City Schools, which he ably conducted for two years. After this, he filled the position of Assistant Principal in the Galena Public Schools for two years, in the mean time taking part in mining operations here, with which he has been actively connected since. He is now paying his attention to the study of law, which he proposes to make his future business in life. The mining enterprise with which he is connected raise about 400 tons of ore per month and give employment to fifty workmen. The quality of the ore raised is extra good.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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