Adolph L. Hybsha, president of the State Bank of Bluff City, Kans., and a leading factor in the affairs in Harper county, is a native of Wisconsin. He was born in Kewaunee county, February 22, 1860, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Lunacek) Hybsha. The father was born in Bohemia, September 20, 1834, and immigrated to America in 1857, making the voyage in an old style sailing vessel, and was over two months on the ocean. On coming to this country, he located in Wisconsin, where he remained until 1878, when the family came to Kansas, driving the entire distance, and located on government land in Harper county, near where the town of Bluff City is now located. This was eight years before Bluff City was founded. In 1884, John Hybsha sold his homestead and built a hotel at Freeport, Kans., then a new town. He conducted a hotel there three years, and when Bluff City was founded he went there and erected one of the first business houses on the town site, and here conducted a restaurant for a few years. In 1889 he went to Oklahoma and secured a homestead when that section was first opened to settlers. He remained there about a year, and retired from active business in 1895. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being a charter member of Bluff City Lodge No. 335. He died at Bluff City, March 26, 1914. His wife died at Bluff City, July 6, 1887. They were members of the Lutheran church. Adolph L. Hybsha is one of a family of three sons: Joseph, born May 20, 1858, married Mary Keegal, and they have three children: Edward, Fred and Lydia; Adolph L., the subject of this sketch, and John, born May 20, 1869. Adolph L. Hybsha received his education in the public schools of Dodge county, Wisconsin, and came to Kansas with his parents in 1878. They were among the very first settlers of Harper county. Upon coming here, he located on government land in Stohrville township, on land adjoining the town of Bluff City. Here he engaged in farming and stock raising and prospered. He bought additional land from time to time, until he became one of the large land owners of Harper county. He handled stock extensively, and in 1904 retired from active farm life and engaged in the general mercantile business in Bluff City, under the firm name of A. L. Hybsha & Sons, and was successfully engaged in this business until 1909, when the firm was dissolved, and Mr. Hybsha bought a controlling interest in the State Bank of Bluff City, and shortly after was elected president of that institution, which has since occupied his attention. This bank was organized in 1886, and is one of the substantial institutions of Southern Kansas. Since becoming president, Mr. Hybsha has given the affairs of the bank his close attention, and personally directed the policy of the institution. He is a capable financier, and well qualified for the position which he holds. The bank has a large patronage and some of the most substantial business men of Harper county are represented on its board of directors. Mr. Hybsha was married, August 25, 1883, to Miss Anna Leboda, a daughter of John Leboda, a prosperous farmer of Sumner county, Kansas, and a native of Bohemia. To Mr. and Mrs. Hybsha have been born four children: John Hybsha, cashier of State Bank of Bluff City, born August 20, 1888, married Mary Kucera, of Caldwell, Kans, and they have one child, Emily, born August 20, 1889, married Frank Misak, and they have three children, Fred, Alice and Agnes; Mary Hybsha, born May 20, 1894, married E. L. Misak and Stella Hybsha, born June 1, 1899. Mr. Hybsha has taken an active and prominent part in local affairs, and has been a life-long Democrat. He served seven years as trustee of Stohrville township and was mayor of Bluff City four years. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and one of the influential business men of Harper county.Pages 206-207 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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