Frank A. Dinsmoor, a successful and prominent lawyer of Caldwell, Kan., is a Canadian by birth, having been born in Cowansvllle, Missisquoi county, Province of Quebec, Sept. 13, 1846. His father, William A. Dinsmoor, who was born in Windsor, Vt., made farming his avocation and died in Linn county, Missouri, in 1873. The mother of Mr. Dinsmoor was a Miss Sarah W. Kathan prior to her marriage to William A. Dinsmoor, and was a native of the Province of Quebec, Canada. Her death also occurred in Linn county, Missouri, passing away in 1870. Their union was blessed with two children. Laurestine was born at Sorel, Province of Quebec, Dec. 15, 1840, and married Judge R. A. DeBolt at Bucklin, Mo., in 1870. Judge DeBolt rose to the rank of major in the Union army during the Civil war, and served one term in Congress from the old Tenth Missouri district, having previously served eighteen years as a district judge in Missouri before going to Congress. He was a very prominent man in his state and achieved much distinction in law. He died at Trenton, Mo., in 1891, survived by his widow and seven children, the former now making her home with her children in Los Angeles, Cal.
Frank A. Dinsmoor, the only son, was educated at Lombard University, Galesburg, Ill. In 1868 he went to Linn county, Missouri, where until 1873 he was alternately employed at farm work and in teaching school. He had entered an eighty-acre homestead in the meantime, however, and this he sold in 1873 for $200. He then entered a law office at Trenton, Mo., and there prepared for his admission to the bar, which occurred in 1874. In that same year he purchased the "Grundy County Times" (Mo.), which he published six years, and following its sale he was for six years engaged in newspaper work at different points in Missouri. In 1886, after a short period in Omaha, Neb., where he worked as a printer, he came to Abilene, Kan., and resumed work as a printer, being thus employed at Abilene, Junction City, and Topeka. Going to Wellington in 1890, he was there foreman of a newspaper for a short time, but subsequently located at South Haven, where he edited a paper and practiced law. At the opening of the Cherokee strip in Oklahoma in 1893 he made the "run" and secured a claim near Blackwell, relinquishing it, however, for $350. In 1896 he opened a law office at Caldwell where he has since given his exclusive attention to law and has won a distinctive place in the legal profession in Sumner county. He has been city attorney of Caldwell for four years and is the present incumbent of that office. Fraternally, he affiliates with the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.Pages 1466-1467 from volume III, part 2 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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