Emmet D. George, Mankato, Kan., a native Kansan who for several years was prominent in educational work in the State. Mr. George was born at Holton, May 3, 1873, and is a son of Hiram and Margaret (Wilson) George, both natives of Indiana. They lived for a time in Iowa and in 1869 came to Kansas, locating at Holton, where they took a homestead and farmed. The George family consisted of nine children who lived to maturity. The parents are both deceased, the mother departing this life in 1909.
Emmet D. George was educated in the public schools of Smith and Jewell counties and later attended the Salina Normal School, where he was graduated in the class of 1893. He then taught in country schools and in 1894 was the nominee of his party for county superintendent of schools. The next year found him enrolled in Campbell College, Holton, where he remained a year. After a year or so more of teaching he entered the State Normal School at Emporia, graduating in 1898. He began his career as a teacher in 1890 in the district schools of Jewell county, and in 1899 was elected principal of the Mankato High School. At the expiration of that year he was elected superintendent of the Mankato schools. After serving in that capacity for two years he was elected superintendent of the city schools of Paola, Miami county, Kansas. He filled this responsible position to the entire satisfaction of all concerned for a period of five years, when he resigned to engage in the newspaper work. During the later years of his school work he spent the summer months in institute work, and was well and favorably known throughout the State in that line of work. During the year 1905 he was president of the Southeastern Kansas Teachers' Association. He was also active in the State Teachers' Association and served one term as its vice-president, also chairman of the auditing committee. In 1907 Mr. George purchased the Jewell County "Monitor," a weekly paper published at Mankato. This newspaper was founded in 1873 and Byron Thompson was its first editor. It has the largest circulation of any paper in the Sixth Congressional district, and its political policy has always been Republican. Under the editorial management of Mr. George the "Monitor" maintains a high standard among the well conducted newspapers of western Kansas. In February, 1911, Mr. George was appointed postmaster of Mankato, which position he now holds. August 6, 1900, he was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Walker, of Burlington, Kan. They have two children, Dorothy May and Byron Lyle. Mr. and Mrs. George are members of the Christian church. He is affiliated with the Masonic order, Modern Woodmen of America, Red Men, Royal Neighbors, Eastern Star and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.Pages 36-37 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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