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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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M. H. GARDNER, editor and publisher of the Baxter Springs News, was born in Northern Illinois, March 15, 1856. He came to Kansas at the age of twelve, and at fifteen began the printing business, being at Eureka seven months, and afterward on the Emporia News fifteen months. He was then at Wichita in the Eagle office eight months; then he returned to Emporia and worked on the Ledger. In May, 1877, he engaged with McDowell & Lea at Galena on The Miner, remaining three years and in 1880 went to Emporia and took Republican at Galena. In February 1882, he came to Baxter Springs and took a position as foreman on the Baxter Springs News. He was married to Miss Flora La Porte, of Columbus, Kan., in 1879. They have two children— Edna P. and Lizzie Mabel.

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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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