Edward Horace Bunnell, of Topeka, auditor of disbursements of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company, was born in Trinidad, Colo., Feb. 17, 1882, a son of Thomas Luther and Lucile (Smith) Bunnell, both of whom are residing in Trinidad, whence they removed from Texas in 1872. Edward H. was reared and educated in his native city and graduated from the Trinidad Business College at the age of eighteen. Meanwhile, he had begun work when thirteen years old as a boy helper and clerk in a book and stationery store at Trinidad, and remained there until 1900. Upon graduating at the business college he entered the employ of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railway as a car clerk in the mechanical department of the Santa Fe shops at La Junta, Colo., and has been in the employ of that great railway system since that time. He began at what might be termed the bottom of the ladder, and through perseverance and industry has worked his way up, step by step, to his present responsible position. He was promoted first from car clerk to timekeeper, in the same department, and later was transferred to the transportation department, where he served as timekeeper one year; then returned to the mechanical department as distribution and personal record clerk. From September, 1900, to March 1, 1901, he was car clerk in the mechanical department; then to June 9, 1901, he was a timekeeper in the mechanical department; from June 9, 1901, to May 9, 1902, he was an engineer's and fireman's timekeeper in the transportation department; May 9, 1902, to March 1, 1903, he was statement and distrbution clerk in the superintendent's office of the mechanical department; March 1, 1903, to July 1, 1904, he was statement and distribution clerk in the motive power accountant's office, which was his first position with the railroad company in Topeka. From July 1, 1904, to May 16, 1907, he was chief clerk in the motive power accountant's office; May 16, 1907, to April 1, 1908, he was special clerk in the office of the auditor of disbursements; April 1, 1908, to Dec. 1, 1908, he was assistant chief clerk in the same office; Dec. 1, 1908, to May 1, 1910, he was chief clerk in the same office; from May 1, 1910, to Nov. 1, 1910, he was acting auditor of disbursements; and from Nov. 1, 1910, to the present time he has held the office of auditor of disbursements.
On Dec. 23, 1904, Mr. Bunnell married Miss Myrtle Lynn, of LaJunta, Colo., and a native of Newton, Kan. They have one child, Ruth Geraldine, born July 28, 1906. Fraternally, Mr. Bunnell is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.Page 648 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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