George T. Boon, postmaster at Chetopa, is a son of the late Dr. George D. Boon, who was born at Fredericksburg, Ohio, and who was a veteran of the Union army in the Civil war, a member of the Fourth Iowa battery. Dr. George D. Boon completed his literary education at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill., and then took up the study of medicine in the medical department of the University of Michigan, in which he graduated in 1868. In the fall of 1870 he located at Chetopa, Kan., then a new town. There he spent the rest of his days in the practice of medicine and surgery. He rose to high rank in his profession and was for many years a member of the United States board of pension examiners and surgeon for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. He was a prominent leader in the Republican party and in the Grand Army of the Republic. As a citizen he was public spirited, progressive, and universally respected. He died at Chetopa, in 1906, at the age of fifty-nine years, and on the day of his funeral all business houses and public offices were closed out of respect to his memory. His funeral was largely attended, and in loving remembrance long will be held his kindly deeds, his tender care and skill as a family physician, and his well performed duty to neighbor, friend, patient, family and country.
When a student at Monmouth College he met and formed acquaintance with Miss Martha J. Danley, a student in the same college. She afterward became his wife, and as a young married couple they came to Chetopa to establish a home, and he, then but recently a graduate in medicine, to enter upon what in after years proved to be a successful professional career. His wife survives him and resides in Chetopa, where she is held in the highest esteem. She is a prominent member of the United Presbyterian church and active in the missionary societies. She was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, and was educated in Monmouth College, at Monmouth, Ill., afterward teaching school for several years. She is a direct descendant of Thomas Brownlee of Torfoot, Scotland. Her son, George T. Boon, was reared in Chetopa, his native town, where he was born, Feb. 15, 1875. He was graduated in the Chetopa High School and, in 1896, graduated in the Chicago Dental College. He practiced dentistry in Chetopa up to 1902, when he was appointed postmaster at Chetopa. He has continued in this office to the present day, rendering a service which has been pleasing to both the public and the postoffice department, which fact is evidenced by his retention in office for a period of more than nine years.
From early manhood George T. Boon has been an active worker in the Republican party and was a delegate to the national convention at Chicago when Roosevelt was nominated for president. For more than ten years he has served as a member of the Congressional Republican central committee, and he has been a member of the Republican state central committee, and was on the resolutions committee at the last state convention. Fraternally he is prominent in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Parsons, Kan., and as a citizen he is held in highest esteem. In personal deportment he is unassuming, genial and considerate, because of which his friends are numerous.
In 1898 Mr. Boon married Miss Mattie C. Bedell, daughter of the late E. W. Bedell, who was a prominent and successful hardware and implement merchant at Chetopa, of which city he was at one time mayor.Pages 472-473 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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