Henry Kennedy, cashier of the Citizens Bank, Frankfort, Kan., is a native of the Sunflower State. He was born in Marshall county September 10, 1865, and is a son of William and Catherine (Kelley) Kennedy, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of the State of New York. When William Kennedy first came to America he remained in Massachusetts for a time and came to Kansas in 1857. These were pioneer days of Kansas, and a time when the border warfare was at its height. The Kelley family came to Kansas in 1856 and both families located in Marshall county, and here William Kennedy and Catherine Kelley were married in 1859. They took a homestead in what is now Cleveland township, where the father continued farming and stock raising until his death, which occurred in 1897. His wife died in 1906. Before her marriage she taught the first school in Marshall county, the school house was built of logs and she was employed to teach the school and at first had four pupils. She was paid by subscription of the parents of the pupils and taught three months each year. Henry Kennedy was reared on the home farm in Cleveland township and received his early educational discipline in the district schools. He assisted his father on the farm when a youth, and in 1892 came to Frankfort, where he engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, and continued in this line for fifteen years. He then disposed of that business and devoted himself to looking after his farm property and other interests. He owns a farm east of Frankfort, which is one of the oldest in the county. It was purchased from the Government on a land warrant by the party from whom Mr. Kennedy bought it, and an old log house that was built in 1860 is still standing on the place. The abstract of this property is a very brief document. There was not a transfer or an encumbrance against this farm from the time the deed was given by the Government until it was transferred to Mr. Kennedy. On November 1, 1910, he became cashier of the Citizens Bank, of Frankfort, and has occupied that position to the present time. Mr. Kennedy is a careful and capable man at the head of a financial institution and the bank has prospered under his administration.
He was united in marriage, April 28, 1894, to Miss Anna Gorbutt, a daughter of Joseph and Sallie (Dougherty) Gorbutt, both natives of Kentucky, and Mrs. Kennedy was also born at Frankfort, Ky. The Gorbutt family came to Kansas in 1870, where the father engaged in farming and stockraising, in which line of endeavor he was very successful, and is now living retired at Frankfort, Kan. Mrs. Kennedy received her education in the public schools of Kansas and the Campbell University at Holton, Kan., where she graduated, after which she engaged in teaching and taught in the city schools of Holton for seven years prior to her marriage. To Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy has been born one child, Kelma E., now attending high school at Frankfort. Mr. Kennedy has served on the city council of Frankfort and for four years was the mayor of that city. He is a member of the Catholic church and his wife is a Presbyterian.Pages 462-463 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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