Harry M. Brodrick, one of the leading newspaper men of northern Kansas, and editor of the "Advocate-Democrat," of Marysville, is a native of Indiana, born December 31, 1869, at Goshen, Elkhart county. He is a son of John H. Brodrick. Harry M. Brodrick was ten years old when the family came to Kansas and settled at Osborne in 1878. After two years the father returned to Indiana, but Harry M. remained in Osborne, where he attended school for a time and, in 1881, began his journalistic career on the Osborne "Daily News," which was the first daily newspaper published in the Sixth Congressional district. In 1883 young Brodrick worked on the Osborne County "Farmer" for a short time, when he went to Chicago, Ill., where he attended the public schools for a time, and later completed a course in the Metropolitan Business College. He then returned to Osborne, Kan., and was engaged as a drug clerk for a time, and later worked in a bank there as clerk one year. In 1888 he went to Marcelline, Mo., which was then a new town, and worked on the Marcelline "Mirror," which was established by his brother-in-law, S. E. Ruede. After working on this paper about a year he bought a half interest, and in 1890 bought out his partner, and continued to publish the paper until February, 1893, when he sold it, returning to Kansas. He then became cashier of the Alton City Bank at Alton, Kan., and in February, 1895, returned to Marcelline and again purchased the "Mirror," which he conducted one year and sold it, returning to Elkhart, Ind., where he was employed on the "Daily Review" as financial manager. After two years he resigned and accepted a position as assistant manager and general credit man for the National Paper and Supply Company, of Elkhart, Ind., but on account of his wife's failing health he returned to Kansas, and located at Marysville. Here he bought a half interest in the "Advocate-Democrat" in partnershipu[sic] with his brother-in-law, S. E. Ruede, and, eighteen months later, bought out Mr. Ruede and has since conducted this newspaper. In February, 1913, his son, Lynn R., became a partner in the business and the firm is known as H. M. & L. R. Brodrick.
Mr. Brodrick was married, December 25, 1890, to Miss Emma L., daughter of William L. and Anna (Cheney) Rosegrant, both natives or[sic] Ohio, and who came to Kansas in 1879 and located at Alton, where he engaged in the banking business until 1911. Mrs. Brodrick was educated in the public schools and the Central Female College at Lexington, Mo., where she graduated in the class of 1889. To Mr. and Mrs. Brodrick have been born two children: Lynn R., born at Marcelline, Mo., February 18, 1892, graduated from the Marysville High School in the class of 1909, and has been connected with the "Advocate-Democrat" since that time, and is now a partner with his father in the business; and Van C., born at Marcelline, Mo., December 14, 1895, is a student in the Marysville High School. Mr. Brodrick is a Knight Templar Mason and a Democrat. Mrs. Brodrick belongs to the Presbyterian church and is a member of the Eastern Star.Pages 472-473 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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