Alexander B. Campbell is a native son of Kansas, born at Marysville June 7, 1872. He is a son of Alexander and Belle (McDonald) Campbell, both natives of Scotland. The father came to America at about the age of fourteen, first locating in Canada, and a few years later removed to Chillicothe, Ohio, where he obtained employment in a soap factory. In a short time he formed a partnership and engaged in the manufacturing of soap on an independent basis. He and his partner met with a heavy loss during the panic of 1856-57, when they determined to leave Ohio and go west, and they came to Leavenworth, driving the entire distance. In 1858 he removed to Marysville, where he established a general store and also served as postmaster several years. These were the days of the pony express. He also conducted a general store and soap factory at Hanover, remaining in the general mercantile business until 1878, when he retired from that business, and later engaged in the grocery business in Marysville and Oketo. He was elected clerk of the District Court of Marshall county in 1862, serving several years in that office. In those days the duties of the office were light and could easily be attended to without interference with his regular business. His last term in this office ended in 1890.
Alexander Campbell, the father of the subject of this sketch, was twice married, first in Ohio to Miss Anna McLeod. She died shortly after coming to Kansas, and his second wife was Belle McDonald. To the latter union were born thirteen children, six girls and seven boys, Alexander B. being fifth in the order of birth. The father died in 1899 at Marysville, Kan., and the wife and mother departed this life in 1898, having preceded him in death but a few months.
Alexander B. Campbell, of this review, was reared in Marysville, where he attended the public schools, finishing the high school course in 1889. He then worked in the law office of John A. Broughton about six months, when he entered the employ of Kohn & Seltz, clothiers, where he remained about a year. He then went with John Smith, an exclusive clothier of Marysville, and later accepted a position with J. T. Schloss, of Marysville, and was connected with this clothing house ten years, acting in the capacity of manager most of the time. He resigned this position to open a clothing department for August Hohn & Sons, general merchants, and for five years was manager of this department. In 1907 Mr. Campbell, in partnership with Mr. Neibrecht, engaged in the exclusive clothing business under the firm name of Campbell & Neibrecht, and conducted this business until 1910, when he was elected clerk of the District Court of Marshall county, and reëlected to this office in 1912, on both occasions without opposition. He has served one term as city assessor of Marysville and was a member of the city council from 1902 to 1906, and was elected again to that office in 1912, and is now serving as a member of that body. Mr. Campbell has been a consistent supporter of the principles and policies of the Republican party for many years and has been active and influential in the work of that organization in Marshall county and has attended several State conventions of his party as a delegate.
Mr. Campbell was married, on February 4, 1903, to Miss Etna, daughter of George Neibrecht, of Burlington, Kan. George Neibrecht came to Kansas in 1880, locating at Burlington, where he was engaged in the mercantile business and also extensively interested in farming. In 1907 he came to Marysville as a member of the firm of Campbell & Neibrecht, and in 1910, at the dissolution of this firm, returned to Coffey county, where he engaged in the manufacture of vinegar and also interested in his farm operations. Mrs. Campbell was born at Lima, Ohio, and received her education in the public schools of Burlington, Kan., graduating in the high school, class of 1899. To Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have been born two children: Alexander Bryon and Marybelle Naomi.
Mr. Campbell has attained the Knight Templar degree in Masonry and is a member of Corinthian Commandery No. 40. Mrs. Campbell is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. The family are members of the Presbyterian church.Pages 475-476 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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