George B. Dugan, cashier of the National Bank of Commerce at Dodge City, Ran., was born at Antrim, Ohio, on Oct. 14, 1876, and in 1885 accompanied his parents to Kansas, in which state, therefore, the most of his career has been spent, and to which he is very loyal. William C. Dugan, his father, also was a native of Ohio, where he was born June 20, 1839, in Washington county, to Adam and Mary Dugan. He had little more than attained his majority when the Civil war broke out and with patriotic ardor he promptly enlisted, in 1861, in defense of the Union, serving until 1865. At the battle of Resaca, Ga., he was struck by a gun shot in the right knee, shattering the bone so that the leg had to be amputated. On May 10, 1865, he married Mary Julina Cline of Union county, Ohio. Twenty years later, or in 1885, they removed to Kansas, locating on government land in Clark county and being among the first settlers of that county. He was for four years deputy county treasurer of Clark county; was county treasurer eight years; was mayor of Ashland, the county seat, ten years and built the first two-story house in that town. Politically he was a Republican and took an active part in his party's affairs, having been chairman of the Clark county Republican central committee for a number of years. He united with the Presbyterian church at Mercer, Pa., and for twelve years was an elder of that denomination at Antrim, Ohio, and was also elder in the Presbyterian church at Ashland ten years, and was active in the Sunday school work as teacher and superintendent. In April, 1901, he removed to Colorado Springs, Col., where he died on Jan. 30, 1911, in his seventy-second year. A paper of that city in summing up his life, said of him: "William C. Dugan was a man of the most rigid integrity. As an officer his integrity was never questioned. His life was honest. His religious profession he lived. No love of money ever changed his course. He spoke of his part in the great rebellion with no bitterness and referred to the opposition with no sarcasm. The empty pantaloon leg was testimony of the awfulness of the internecine strife, a protest of war; yet his heart was evidently not embittered. Taps have sounded and a loyal American soldier has answered."
The mother of our subject, Mary Julina (Cline) Dugan, was born on a farm in Union county, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1841. Her father, a native of Ohio but of German descent, was a farmer by occupation and died in his native state in 1850. His widow remarried, her second union being to Charles Brooks, a retired farmer of North Lewisburg, Ohio. Mr. Brooks died at Lincoln, Neb., in 1908, and Mrs. Brooks died at Lincoln, Neb., in 1908. Mary Julia (Cline) Dugan now resides in Colorado Springs, Col. To the parents of our subject were born six children: Ida May, William T., Ira C., George B., Charles R., and Ethel I., all of whom are now living (1911).
George B. Dugan was educated in the public schools of Ashland, Kan., and Colorado Springs, Col. He also took a course at the Gem City Business College, Quincy, Ill. After completing his schooling he was deputy county treasurer of Clark county, Kan., from 1894 to 1897, under his father, and following that was for four years an abstracter and stenographer at Ashland. He then became a land and bonds purchasing agent for George Theis, Jr., a Wichita capitalist, with whom he remained two years. In 1904 he became an auditor and relief officer for C. L. Chandler of Wichita, in which capacity he had to do with the banking interests of Mr. Chandler. Mr. Dugan held that responsible position until 1906, when he became cashier of the National Bank of Commerce of Dodge City, which office he now holds. He is a young man of rare business discernment, large financial experience and executive ability of a high order and most capably and successfully conducts the business now in his charge. He prominently affiliates with the Masonic order as a Knight Templar and as a Noble of the Mystic Shrine and is one of the most worthy and respected young men of Dodge City.Pages 1501-1502 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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