Charles Sherman Elliott, secretary of the Capitol Building & Loan Association, Topeka, was born in Winterset, Iowa, Jan. 12, 1862, a son of George Nesbit Elliott, a lawyer who practiced his profession at Warrensburg, Mo., twelve years, after which he came to Topeka, where he practiced law until his death, Dec. 31, 1898. George Nesbit Elliott was born in Ohio and was of Irish parentage. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Emma David, was born at Cardiff, Wales, from whence she came with her parents to America. She died in Topeka, March 11, 1909.
Charles Sherman Elliott was reared in Warrensburg, Mo., and in Topeka, and received his education in the public schools of the latter city, graduating from the high school in 1880. In the fall of that year he entered the employ of the Santa Fe railroad as an office boy in the freight auditor's department and remained in that department six years; then for the following seven years he held a position in the office of the State Board of Railroad Commissioners, three years of which employment he served as a clerk, and four years as secretary of the board. In 1893 he organized the Capitol Building & Loan Association of Topeka, which was incorporated in January, 1894. Mr. Elliott has been secretary of the company ever since its organization, and as he is the only officer who devotes his entire time to its affairs, the entire management and success of the association has practically devolved upon him, a responsibility to which he has given untiring energy and devotion, so that to him is principally due the credit for its rank among the best known and most reliable financial institutions of Topeka. The Capitol Building & Loan Association is now the largest local institution of its kind in the State of Kansas, and its offices, which have more the appearance of a well appointed banking institution than of a building and loan association, are located on the corner of Sixth and Kansas avenues.
Mr. Elliott was married May 3, 1905, to Mrs. Carrie B. Prescott (nee Bartholemew) of Topeka. She, too, is a native of Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott have one son, Charles S., Jr., born April 7, 1907. John B. Prescott, the son of Mrs. Elliott by her former husband, was born Sept. 13, 1896.
The Republican party has always had in Mr. Elliott a stanch advocate and friend, and as the representative of that party, he has held different positions of public trust. He has held the office of city treasurer two terms, or from 1896 to 1900; he served on the staffs of both Governor Morrill and Governor Stanley, serving throughout the full term of Governor Morrill and the two full terms of Governor Stanley. He was chairman of the Republican central committee of Shawnee county four years. He is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Topeka and a member of its official board.Pages 667-668 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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