Floyd Fugate, of Kiowa, a native Kansan and an energetic representative of the younger generation of the state, was reared in the atmosphere of printer's ink and has devoted his active career thus far to newspaper work, being at the present time associated with F. E. Hagenbuch in the publication of the "Kiowa Journal." He was born at Newton, Kan., March 27, 1884. His father is Joseph B. Fugate, of Lawrence, Kan., and his mother prior to her marriage was Miss Sadie Redenbaugh. Joseph B. Fugate, the father, was born Aug. 15, 1853, on a farm near Queen City, Mo. In 1864 he accompanied his parents to Ottumwa, Iowa, where he received his high school education. Later he attended Iowa University and business college and became principal of a commercial school at the age of twenty-one. In the spring of 1877 he removed to Great Bend, Kan., and there established the "Democrat," which was a successful publication, but which he sold in 1881. In 1878 he was the Democratic candidate for Congress, Hon. Thomas Ryan and Judge Frank Doster being the opposing candidates. In 1882 he became editor of the "Morning Democrat," at his old home in Ottumwa, Iowa, and there, on Jan. 1, 1883, he was united in marriage with Miss Sadie E. Redenbaugh. Immediately after their marriage they came to Kansas, where Mrs. Fugate died in February, 1887, leaving one son, Floyd Fugate, whose name introduces this sketch. In February, 1883, Joseph B. Fugate established the "Newton Journal," which he successfully conducted for more than twenty years. He was appointed postmaster at Newton in 1885, served five years, and in 1894 President Cleveland again appointed him as postmaster. In 1880 he was a delegate to the Democratic national convention at Cincinnati, which nominated Gen. Winfield S. Hancock for president, and in 1884 and again in 1896 was an elector-at-large on the Democratic state ticket. In June, 1896, he married as his second wife, Miss Jessie Keller Howell, of Lawrence, Kan., whose father, Justis H. Howell, is a prominent farmer of Douglas county. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, which has conferred on her both the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. In 1895 Mr. Fugate established the "Daily Journal" at Cherryvale, which paper he later sold and in 1908 established the "Daily Morning Democrat," at Lawrence, where he still resides. In 1910 he was a candidate for railroad commissioner on the Democratic state ticket. He is at present engaged in the real estate, loan and insurance business in Lawrence.
Floyd Fugate was educated in the public schools of Newton, Kan., where he was graduated in the high school with the class of 1900. Through his father's connection with the newspaper work he early mastered thoroughly all the details of the business and became a practical printer. In 1908 he located at Kiowa, Kan., where he became associated with H. E. Glenn as an editor and publisher of the "Kiowa Journal," a weekly newspaper, Republican in its politics and influential in public affairs.
On Jan. 6, 1909, Mr. Fugate was married at Cherryvale, Kan., to Miss Clara H. Dods, a daughter of the late John Charles Dods, who was superintendent of the Edgar Zinc Smelteries at Cherryvale for a number of years. Mr. Dods was born in 1846, at Spalding, Lincolnshire, England, where the Dods family had lived for hundreds of years, and died at Cherryvale, Kan., Sept. 1, 1911. Of his family only a brother and sister survive. The sister is Lady Groves, widow of Sir John Groves, a famous surgeon who was one of the nine men knighted by Queen Victoria during her reign. The brother, Thomas Edward Dods, lives in New England. Mr. Dods came to America in 1870 as an engineer for an English firm, with headquarters in Boston. He erected gas furnaces in steel and iron works all over the country, and while on a business trip to Springfield, Ill., met Miss Clara Huntington. They were married, July 2, 1873, and Mrs. Fugate is the youngest of their three children. Mr. Dods held positions in Pennsylvania cities and in Chicago before going to St. Louis, where he was draftsman and engineer for the La Clede Fire Brick Company fourteen years. He came to Cherryvale to plan and build the smelters and finally, in 1904, to accept the superintendency, which position he held until his death. He was a devout communicant of the Episcopal church and was senior warden and lay reader of St. Stephen's mission. He was a close friend of the Right Rev. Frank Millspaugh, of Topeka, Bishop of Kansas. He was one of the most esteemed citizens of Cherryvale. Mr. and Mrs. Fugate have one child, John Huntington Fugate, born July 16, 1911.Pages 1579-1580 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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