Harry E. Glenn, postmaster at Kiowa and a well known newspaper man of southwestern Kansas, has been a resident thirty years and by his useful activities has won a place among the State's most worthy and representative citizens. He is a native of Eddyville, Iowa, born Feb. 27, 1866, a son of Samuel H. and Arabelle (Cheever) Glenn. Samuel H. Glenn was born Aug. 1, 1840, and was educated for the ministry at Hillsboro, Ohio. After his graduation, however, he concluded to become a pharmacist, and thereafter made the business of pharmacy his life work. He first located at Bloomfield, Iowa, but, in 1884, removed to Kansas and located at Harper, where he conducted a drug store until 1894. He then removed to Kiowa, where he remained until appointed pharmacist of the Kansas State Hospital for the Insane, at Topeka, in 1899. He died June 28, 1902, while in office. He was an enthusiastic member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and at one time was editor of the "Odd Fellows' Banner," at Bloomfield, Iowa. He attained a very high standing in the ranks of that order, serving as Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Iowa and later as Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Kansas. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted as a musician in the Third Iowa cavalry. Later he reënlisted as a private in the Forty-fifth Iowa infantry, with which he served until the close of the war. On Dec. 25, 1864, at Bloomfield, Iowa, Samuel H. Glenn wedded Miss Arabelle Cheever, who was born at Lima, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1845, daughter of James Cheever. Mr. Cheever was a soap manufacturer at Lima, but later removed to Kansas and died at Harper, in 1878. The mother of Harry E. Glenn was a woman of more than ordinary education and culture and was devoutly religious. She was a teacher for a number of years, and died at Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 19, 1878. To her and her husband were born two sons and two daughters, of whom only Harry E., the eldest, survives. Herbert Lyle, born Jan. 31, 1868, died in 1876; Helen Percuis, born June 20, 1873, became the wife of Harry H. Rouse, of Harper, Kan., and the mother of two sons and one daughter, and died April 20, 1911; and Fannie Agnes, born Sept. 20, 1875, died in August, 1879.
Harry E. Glenn was educated in the public schools at Bloomfield, Iowa, and at Lincoln, Neb. He also took a special course at Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan., in 1886. He then entered a newspaper office at Harper, Kan., where he had located on coming to the State, in 1882, and worked upon the "Harper Daily Graphic" two years. In 1888 he was appointed chief clerk in the United States land office, at Beaver, Okla. Later he returned to Kansas and, in 1893, bought the "Kiowa Journal," at Kiowa, Kan., which paper he still owns. Mr. Glenn is a Republican in his political views and has made his paper a strong influence in behalf of his party. In 1906 he was appointed postmaster of Kiowa, to which office he was reappointed in 1910. Courtesy and efficiency have marked his service as a public official and he justly deserves the popular esteem in which he is held in his community. In 1902 he was nominated on the Republican ticket for clerk of the district court of Barber county, but failed of election by twenty-four votes.
On April 26, 1893, Mr. Glenn was united in marriage to Miss Jennie B. Hague, of Harper, Kan. Mrs. Glenn is the daughter of Jefferson A. Hague, a farmer of Harper county, Kan., who died Aug. 31, 1905. She was born July 17, 1868, at Liberty, Iowa, and is a student and a teacher of art. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn has been blessed with two childrena daughter and a son: Louise Meriam, born Aug. 9, 1895, and Donald Ervin, born July 10, 1910.Pages 990-991 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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