Owen A. Brice, editor and owner of "The People's Sentinel," Glen Elder, Kan., was born August 23, 1886, on a farm two and one-half miles east of Glen Elder. He is a son of John T. and Margaret A. (Adams) Brice. John T. Brice is a native of Ohio and was born in Crawford county, that State, September 25, 1847, and his parents were William Harvey and Jane (Kelly) Brice. The father was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1819, and died in Marion county, Iowa, September 21, 1895. He was a cooper in early life and later a farmer. His wife was born in Wayne county, Ohio, February 12, 1821, and died in Marion county, Iowa, May 3, 1873. They were married in Crawford county, Ohio, August 24, 1843, and to this union were born seven sons, six of whom grew to manhood, as follows: William C., born February 21, 1845, now a farmer near Glen Elder, Kan.; John T., father of the subject of this review; Thomas K., born October 10, 1849, now a farmer at Geary, Okla.; Samuel M., born March 8, 1852, resides at Siloam Springs, Ark.; Hiram W., born January 21, 1854, now a bridge contractor at St. Johns, Ore.; Charles M., born February 8, 1858, died October 6, 1862, and Jay, born July 6, 1860, now resides at Pleasantville, Iowa. John T. Brice, the father of our subject, was educated in the high school of Knoxville, Iowa, and when a young man engaged in building and contracting, which he followed until 1873, when he became a farmer in Marion county, Iowa. He remained there until September 29, 1878, when he removed to Kansas and located in the western part of Mitchell county, near the station of Glen Elder. This was a wild and unbroken country at that time and Mr. Brice has witnessed all the great development of this section of the State. At one time he went to Phillips county and filed on Government land, but was forced to relinquish on account of severe drought, when he returned to Mitchell county, which he has since made his permanent home. He bought an improved farm and resided on it until 1898, when he removed to Glen Elder, where he is now living retired. He is a member of the Masonic order, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a member of the Methodist church. Politically he is a Republican, but has never sought office and never held any except township offices. He was married in Marion county, Iowa, September 17, 1871, to Miss Margaret A. Adams. She is a daughter of Edwin and Jane (Seber) Adams, the father a native of New York, born in Wayne county, March 17, 1828, and died in Cass county, Iowa, June 11, 1884, and the mother was born in Herkimer county, New York, October 23, 1825. She died November 21, 1858, at Utica, N. Y. John T. and Margaret A. (Adams) Brice are the parents of four children: Charles M., born December 15, 1873, now a prosperous farmer in Boone county, Nebraska; Hudson S., born November 4, 1880, and died February 21, 1882; Owen A., subject, and William H., born December 21, 1888, a graduate of the Glen Elder High School and the University of Kansas, now a pharmacist.
Owen A. Brice was educated in the public schools of Glen Elder and was graduated in the high school in the class of 1905. He began learning the printer's trade when eleven years old and worked at it in Kansas City, Mo., and various other places throughout Kansas. He purchased the "People's Sentinel" August 1, 1909. This is one of the pioneer papers of Mitchell county and is a live, up-to-date weekly, and the plant is modern in every particular, equipped with a type setting machine, etc. Mr. Brice is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Methodist church and politically is a Republican. He was married September 5, 1912, to Mabel C. Barrett, a daughter of Henry Barrett, of Glen Elder.Pages 352-353 from a supplemental volume 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 October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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