Emory T. Fraker, editor of the "Republican-Register," and member of the real estate firm of J. C. Lehmkuhl & Co., of Washington, Kan., was born at Bloomfield, Mo., March 30, 1870, a son of Robert M. and Susan M. (Tyson) Fraker. Robert M. Fraker was also a native of Missouri and a son of Michael Fraker. He was an expert accountant, served for four terms as city recorder of Sedalia, Mo., and was later in charge of the accounting department of the R. T. Davis Milling Company, of St. Joseph, Mo. His death occurred in 1903. He married, when a young man, Miss Sarah M. Tyson, the daughter of Dr. Jacob S. and Sarah (Sharp) Tyson, of Indiana.
Emory T. Fraker spent the early years of his life in Sedalia and received his preliminary educational training in the schools of that city. On the removal of his parents to St. Joseph he completed his common school studies, which were supplemented by a course in a business college at Sedalia. When a boy of ten years of age he began carrying papers for the Sedalia "Democrat," and later was employed in the office of this journal, employing his wages in paying for his education. Inclination led him to learn the printer's art and he became a journeyman printer while in the employ of the "Democrat." In 1887 he initiated his first independent venture as an editor and publisher when he established in Bird City, Cheyenne county, Kansas, the Bird City "News," which he published until 1893, when he disposed of it and returned to St. Joseph, where he was engaged in newspaper work until 1895. In the last named year he became the editor of the Tarkio "World" at Tarkio, Mo., filling the editorial chair of this journal until 1897, when he accepted a similar position on the "Jeffersonian" at Mound City, Mo. In 1899 he became a resident of Kansas City and was employed on the Kansas City "Journal" and the Kansas City "Star" for a period of five years. He next established himself in the real estate business, and continued in this field of enterprise until January, 1910, when he was offered and accepted the position of managing editor of the "Republican-Register" at Washington, Kan. In May, 1912, he, with J. C. Lehmkuhl, purchased the paper and plant, under the firm style of the Register Publishing Company, and have made a success of the publication. As a newspaper man Mr. Fraker is well and favorably known over eastern Kansas as well as his native State of Missouri. He is a vigorous writer, has a wealth of energy, his editorials are worth while, and his paper has been conducted in an able and clean manner. From its first issue, under his editorship, it has been his aim to make it alive with interest and with real practical usefulness, to the end that it might be welcomed as a personal friend in the homes of Washington county. With J. C. Lehmkuhl, his associate in the Register Publishing Company, he also formed the firm of J. C. Lehmkuhl & Co., and they have built up a satisfactory business in real estate. Since becoming a resident of the county seat of Washington county he has been actively identified with political affairs, his paper being the official organ of the Republican party, of whose principles and policies he is a consistent supporter. He is also an honest worker for a bigger, better Washington, and as secretary of the Washington Commercial Club, an office he is filling acceptably, has been of material value in the advancement of his home city. His fraternal affiliations are with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Mr. Fraker married, on December 15, 1893, Miss Maude C. Hindes, daughter of Francis and Eliza Hindes, both of whom are deceased. They are the parents of three children.: Goldie, Bertha and Emory T., Jr. Mrs. Fraker is a member of the Episcopal church.Pages 381-382 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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