Transcribed from volume I 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 May 2002 by Carolyn Ward.


Giles, Fry W., one of the founders of Topeka, was born at Littleton, N. H., in 1819, a descendant of John Giles, who came from England and settled in Massachusetts in 1634. In the fall of 1854 Fry W. Giles left New England for Kansas, and on Dec. 4 of that year arrived at the place where Topeka now stands. He was secretary of the association that laid out the city, and it is said was the man who gave the name to the new town. In March, 1855, he was appointed postmaster, the first to serve in that capacity in Topeka. During the early settlement of the county he kept a private record of real estate transfers, which was later made the legal records of Shawnee county by act of the legislature. In 1857 he was elected county recorder and clerk, and in 1864 he opened the first bank in Topeka. Two years later he took a partner and the business was conducted for some time under the firm name of F. W. Giles & Co. When the Topeka National bank was founded he became the first president of that institution. Mr. Giles was the author of a work entitled "Thirty Years in Topeka," which was published in 1886. In this work he relates many interesting incidents that occurred during that period—incidents that otherwise might have been forgotten. He died on June 9, 1898.

Page 749 from volume I 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 May 2002 by Carolyn Ward.

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