Charles W. Landis, cashier of the First National Bank of Osborne, is an active factor in the material progress of the central part of the State. He is a Pennsylvanian, having been born at Mechanicsburg, that State, October 21, 1867. His parents, Philip and Christiana E. (Shelly) Landis, were also natives of the Keystone State. The father was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, July 10, 1836. In 1880 the family came to Kansas, locating in Osborne county, where the father farmed until 1896. He then removed to Osborne and engaged in business until 1905, when he went to Mountain View, Cal., where he is now living retired. Charles W. Landis is one of a family of four sons and two daughters, as follows: Florence S., born November 25, 1862, died March 21, 1912; John Milton, born February 18, 1864, merchant, San Francisco, Cal.; Austin Grant, born August 20, 1866, died November 20, 1886; Charles W., of this record; Daniel Marvin, died in infancy, and Martha Elizabeth, born May 15, 1879, resides with her parents at Mountain View, Cal.
Charles W. Landis was educated in the public schools of Osborne and on September 3, 1883, he entered the office of the Osborne County "Farmer" to learn the printing business. In July, 1887, he became one of the editors and owners of that publication, and in January, 1896, he became the sole owner and proprietor of the publication, which he retained until April 12, 1901, when he sold the plant to Mr. B. P. Walker, the present editor and owner. After disposing of his newspaper interests Mr. Landis entered the employ of the First National Bank of Osborne as assistant cashier, and in 1902 became its cashier, which position he still holds. He was united in marriage July 12, 1892, to Miss Eva May Patterson, of Stockton, Kan. She was born in Jackson, Mich., July 12, 1868, and came to Rooks county, Kansas, with her parents in 1874, where her father farmed until his death in 1878. The mother resides with Mrs. Landis. Mr. Landis is a director in the Bank Savings National Life Insurance Company of Topeka; director of the First State Bank of Harlan, Kan., president of the Osborne Commercial Club, and politically he is a Republican. He was supervisor of the twelfth national census for the district of Kansas, and in 1908 he was a delegate to the National Republican convention at Chicago from the Sixth Congressional District of Kansas.Pages 348-349 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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