George Groenmiller & Son, registered stock breeders located near Centropolis, own and breed the finest strain of Percheron horses and Red Polled cattle to be found in eastern Kansas. George Groenmiller, the founder of this great breeding farm, is a native of Bavaria, Germany, where he was born in 1841. He accompanied his parents to America, locating on a farm in Allegany county, Maryland. There he grew to manhood and as the family was poor he was compelled to work out, securing two dollars for his first month's work. He worked hard and saved his money so that about the time he arrived at his majority he decided to get married and chose Miss Margaret Kaub, a native of AIlegany county, Maryland, to be his wife. In 1864 he came with her and one child, George L., to Kansas and located on the very site where his present fine residence now stands. He engaged in farming and stock raising, which he has successfully followed ever since. He continued to add to his first purchase until the homestead now comprises 800 acres of fine farm and grazing land. He and his wife became the parents of four children: George L., deceased; Catharine, wife of E. B. Little, a Franklin county farmer; Mahlon, associated with his father in business; and Sadie, the wife of A. J. Burger, of Franklin county.
As Mr. Groenmiller owned a farm well adapted to the raising of fine stock, as his only living son, Mahlon, grew to manhood and could become his partner in the business, he decided to turn his attention to handling a fine strain of Red Polled cattle and today they own one of the finest breeding herds in the state. Their first herd bull of note was "Champion" No. 3833, which won many championship premiums. His greatest son, "Protection" No. 12095, won second prize at the St. Louis world's fair and first prize at the state fairs of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. Their other noted herd bulls were "Admiral Dewey" No. 5968, "Young Arch" No. 99081, "St. Patrick of Coburn" No. 12219, and their present fine herd bull, "Dewey" No. 18760. The herd numbers about eighty head, of various ages, and also contains some very fine cows. In 1903 they decided to include the breeding of Percheron horses and their first sire was "Victor Second" No. 29452, imported by Ellwood & Elkins, of De Kalb, Ill., and now owned by W. G. Scott, of Centerville. Their present sire is "Milo" No. 54772, three years old and weighing 2,150 pounds. He won the reserve championship premium at the American Royal Live Stock Show at Kansas City in 1909, and has won first wherever shown at local fairs. He is the son of "Prince Dictator" No. 23573, a famous sire, and his dam was "Mina" No. 31721, that won the championship prize at the St. Louis World's Fair. Their breeding barn at present contains forty fine brood mares and many fine colts. It is a treat for all lovers of fine horses and cattle to visit the finely equipped stock farm of George Groenmiller & Son, who have made a success of the breeding of fine stock. Their mail reaches them daily via Pomona, Rural Route No. 1, and being supplied with the telephone and other modern conveniences, life on their thoroughly modern farm today is not what it was when George Groenmiller and his good wife settled there forty-six years ago.Pages 465=466 from volume III, part 1 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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