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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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W. H. FALLIS, of the firm of Boice & Fallis, was born in Trimble County, Ky., in 1838, and was reared in Buchanan County, Mo. At the age of thirteen he engaged in the mercantile business as clerk, and after attaining the age of majority, carried it on as principal till 1870. He then retired from it and engaged in the hotel business, but after a few years he accepted a position in the wholesale mercantile business as traveling salesman, with which he was reputably connected till 1882, when he joined the present partnership which he ably represents. He married, in 1859, Miss Jennie R. Hodge, a native of Missouri. They have a family of two daughters- Cora and Blanche. He is an active member of the Knights of Pythias Society. The enterprise of Boice & Fallis gives employment to fifteen skilled workmen, and turn out about thirty -five tons of ore a day. In connection with their own work they do considerable custom work. Their crusher, separator and pump are run by steam, with a capacity of twenty-four-horse power.

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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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