Richard Pierre Chevraux, who has faithfully and efficiently discharged the duties as Clerk of Harper county for the past nine years, is a native of Starke county, Ohio. He was born January 15, 1876, and is a son of Louis and Fanny (Breeson) Chevraux. The father was a native of France, and came to America with his parents in 1853. They located in Starke county, Ohio, on a farm adjoining the town of Louisville. Here the parents spent their lives. The father died in 1894, aged eighty-one, and the mother passed away in 1913, at the age of ninety-nine years and nine months. They were the parents of seven children. Louis Chevraux farmed in Starke county, Ohio, until 1887, when he came to Kansas, settling in Harper county. He bought land in Odell township, where he was successfully engaged in farming and stock raising, until his death, November 17, 1897. He was a Democrat and a member of the Catholic church. His wife, Fanny Breeson, was born in Wayne county, Ohio, November 2, 1849. She was a daughter of Peter and Malinda Breeson, natives of France. She died at Danville, Kans., January 15, 1905. Louis and Fanny (Breeson) Chevraux were the parents of a large family, six of whom are living as follows: Joseph C. L., born April 21, 1873, now a farmer in Canada; Mary A., born December 23, 1870, now the wife of H. S. McDaniel, a farmer in Harper county; Richard P., the subject of this sketch; John J., born February 19, 1881, farmer in Odell township, Harper county; Lucy I., born December 8, 1883, married Albert Drouhard, a farmer in Odell township, Harper county, and Edith, born January 25, 1884, married Michael Hemberger, a farmer in Odell township, Harper county. Richard P. Chevraux was about eleven years old when his parents came to Kansas and here he attended the public schools and was engaged on the farm. He has always been a Republican, and takes an active part in local politics, and in 1904, received the nomination for county clerk, and was elected that fall, and is now serving his fifth successive term. Mr. Chevraux has suffered the handicap of being crippled since he was eleven years old, a condition which developed from a severe case of the measles, and since that time he has been unable to walk without the aid of a crutch. He was married November 24, 1912, to Miss Anna L. Gilbert, a native of Harper county, Kansas, born July 31, 1885. She is a daughter of Byron N. and Jessie T. (Pennock) Gilbert, the former a native of New York and the latter of Kansas. Mr. Chevraux has won many friends by his courteous manner, during his career in public life, and is ever ready to give the public the best possible service, which is appreciated by the citizens of Harper county as evinced by his repeated election to the office of county clerk.Page 299 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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