Curtis Lynn Daughters, editor and owner of the "Council Grove Republican," is a native Kansan, born on "Kansas Day," Jan. 29, 1886, at Lincoln. He is a descendant of Colonial ancestry, the Daughters family in America having been established by William Daughters, who immigrated to this country from the North of Ireland about the year 1700, and settled in what is now the State of Delaware. Rev. Gill Daughters, of the fifth generation descended from the emigrat William, was a Baptist minister and emigrated from Sussex county, Delaware, in 1825, spending the remainder of his life in missionary work in Ohio and Indiana. His eldest son, Calvin, also devoted his life to the Baptist ministry. Rev. Calvin Daughters married Lucretia Stevens and removed to New Boston, Lee county, Iowa, where their son, Curtis Benjamin Daughters, the father of Curtis Lynn Daughters, was born, March 20, 1848. He began his schooling at Charleston at the age of five, but as his father shortly afterward removed to Van Buren county, where no schools were organized, he did not enter school again until thirteen years of age. His winter evenings in the meantime, however, were spent in study, and with such diligence and intelligence, that when he reëntered school he was given advanced standing and was acknowledged the champion speller. The removal of the family to Scotland county, Missouri, in 1863, brought the youth to the field of some of the most stirring events of the civil warfare in Missouri during the rebellion, and though but fifteen years of age at that time, he was often employed to carry messages from one militia camp to another. In November, 1865, he entered a private academy at Troy, Iowa, where he remained a student nearly three years. After teaching a few years he enterd[sic] the State Normal School at Kirksville, Mo., and there completed a four-years course in three years, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts in June, 1873, and the degree of Master of Arts two years later. After receiving his Bachelor's degree he served two years as principal of the schools at Hiawatha, Kan., and after receiving his Master's degree and upon examination he was granted a life certificate to teach in Missouri. In September, 1875, he became a student in the law and liberal arts departments of the University of Michigan and in 1877 resumed the profession of teaching as the principal of the Troy, Kan., schools. There he was admitted to the bar and after his marriage in July of that year to Carrie M. Herbert, of Hiawatha, he at once removed to Eldorado to practice his profession. In 1885 he removed to Lincoln, Kan., where he established the "Lincoln Republican," which he conducted two years. He then resumed the practice of law at Lincoln and in subsequent years has become eminently successful in that profession. He is a large land owner and stock raiser and since 1892 has been connected with the banking business, first as president of the First National Bank of Lincoln, later as president of the Lincoln State Bank, and at the present time is a director of the Manhattan State Bank. He took up his residence in the city of Manhattan in 1902 and is now city attorney there. Politically he is a Republican and an ardent worker in behalf of his party. He was a delegate from Butler county in 1882 to the Congressional and state conventions, has represented Lincoln county in the state conventions a number of times, and has been a member of the state executive committee of the Republican party. He was appointed a regent of the Kansas State Agricultural College in 1895 by Governor Morrill and was appointed its treasurer the following year. His has been a useful and successful career and he well deserves the high esteem in which he is held by all who know him.
Curtis Lynn Daughters is the only son of Curtis Benjamin and Carrie M. (Herbert) Daughters, and has followed the precedent of his paternal ancestors for three generations in taking up professional work as his life's endeavor. His mother's people, the Herberts, have also been well represented in the professions, especially in that of journalism. In this connection the following paragraph from the "Kansas City Journal" will be of interest:
"There is one bunch of relatives in Kansas that sure has the newspaper habit. Drew McLaughlin runs the 'Sabetha Herald'; his uncle, Ewing Herbert, runs the 'Hiawatha World'; his brother-in-law, Will Back, runs the 'Holton Recorder'; Charles H. Browne, a cousin, runs the 'Horton Headlight'; and another cousin, Curtis Lynn Daughters, has just bought the 'Council Grove Republican.' And the remarkable thing is that this particular bunch of editors get out some of the best papers in the state."
Mr. Daughters, after completing the usual common and high school courses at Lincoln, Kan., entered the Kansas State Agricultural College at Manhattan and was graduated from that well known school in 1909. While a student there he also learned the printer's trade in the college printing office. After his graduation he was city editor of the "Daily Mercury" at Manhattan one year and then accepted a position on the editorial staff of "The Packer," at Kansas City, Mo. On Sept. 1, 1911, he bought the "Council Grove Republican," which was established in 1872 and is the pioneer newspaper of Morris county. Mr. Daughters has already begun to prove his merits and will no doubt soon take rank among the strongest newspaper men of the state. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and of the Tau Omega Sigma college fraternity, and is a member of the board of directors of the Morris County Fair Association.Pages 473-475 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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