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Below is a family biography included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  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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William S. Bergundthal, mayor of the city of Topeka and one of her most distinguished citizens, is the largest real estate dealer in this section of the State. Here he has resided since 1884 and during this period has always identified himself with the best interests of the city and its people.

Mr. Bergundthal was one of four children born to Benedict and Sarah (Powell) Bergundthal, and was born in Ohio on June 24, 1855. Some years after his birth the family moved to Indiana, and he was educated in that State at Columbus. He came West to Topeka, Kansas, in November, 1884, and embarked in the lumber business as chief clerk for Jonathan Thomas, with whom he remained for nearly 16 years. In the year 1900 he succeeded to the real estate and loan business conducted by Mr. Thomas. His activity and enterprise at once placed him in the front rank of real estate men in Eastern Kansas and there he remains at the present time. He was elected mayor of Topeka on the Republican ticket in April, 1903, and has given the city an honest business-like administration, the progress made during his term being most notable. Prior to his election to that office, he served a term of two years in the Common Council.

Mr. Bergundthal was married to Leonora Neely, a daughter of Moses Neely, by whom he has two children: David C. and Mary W. He and his family reside in a handsome home at No. 1134 Jackson street and move in the best social circles. Fraternally our subject is a prominent Mason.

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This family biography is one of 206 biographies included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  For the complete description, click here: Shawnee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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