Guy L. Hursh, a prominent attorney of Jackson county, is a native of the Keystone State. He was born at Lewisburg, Union county, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1877, and is a son of Benjamin F. and Katherine (Wilson) Hursh, natives of Pennsylvania where the father was engaged in the mercantile business. In 1881 the family came to Kansas, locating at Lancaster, Atchison county, where the father engaged in farming and stockraising. Guy L. Hursh attended the public schools at Lancaster and later the Atchison County High School, Effingham, where he completed the course. He then entered Midland College, where he was graduated in the class of 1897, with the Degree of Bachelor of Science. While a student at Midland College, he determined upon the law as his life's work, and during his last two years at college, he also read law in the office of Solomon & Bland at Atchison. He also assisted his father on the farm, during vacation, and did private tutoring during the school year, and in this way assisted in defraying his college expense. In 1898 he entered the law department of Campbell University, with advanced standing, and graduated in the class of 1899, with the degree of Bachelor of Law. He was admitted to the bar the same year, and went to Blackwell, Oklahoma, where he was successfully engaged in the practice until January 1901, when he came to Holton, and engaged in the practice with Mr. Keller, and later Mr. Walton was admitted to the firm, the firm name being Keller, Hursh & Walton. In the fall of 1901, Mr. Hursh became a member of the law faculty of Campbell University, and during the years of 1903-1904 was Dean of the law department. This, however, did not interfere with his practice. From 1903 until 1911, Mr. Hursh was engaged in the practice alone, and during the latter year, formed a partnership with E. R. Sloan, and the firm name is now Hursh & Sloan. Mr. Hursh is a Republican, and has taken an active part in the political affairs of his town and county, and has frequently represented his party in county and State conventions. In 1903, he was appointed city attorney. of Holton, serving two terms and in 1910, was elected county attorney of Jackson county, and re-elected in 1912. In his practice he has taken part in some of the most important litigation in northern Kansas, and is considered one of the able lawyers of the state. He is now president of The Campbell University Company. Mr. Hursh was married October 11, 1899 to Miss Edna Poling, a native of Ohio. She is a daughter of J. D. and Mary A. (Seiver) Poling, natives of West Virginia, who removed from that State to Ohio and later came to Kansas, locating in Jackson county where Mrs. Hursh was reared and educated. She is a graduate of the Holton High School and also Campbell University. To Mr. and Mrs. Hursh have been born two children, Doris Poling and Galen Noll, both students in the Holton schools. Mr. Hursh is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. The family are members of the Presbyterian Church and Mrs. Hursh holds membership in the Eastern Star and is Worthy Matron of the Holton Lodge.Pages 117-118 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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