Albert W. Logan, the leading miller of Quenemo, was born in Osage county, Kansas, on an Indian reservation near the Sac and Fox agency, about a mile north of the town of Quenemo, in 1869. He is the seventh child of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Logan, who came from Illinois, where the family were close friends of President Lincoln. They drove an ox team all the way from Illinois to Kansas, in 1858, and were the first settlers on the reservation. Mr. Logan built a log cabin, the only one for miles around, and Albert W. was the first white child born near the agency. These early settlers were the first to break the virgin sod in this section, as Mr. Logan turned the first clod of what is now the "Usher Farm," near Pomona. Mrs. Logan was one of the brave pioneer women who did so much toward making Kansas the great state it is. She spent her life in Osage county, where she died, June 12, 1904.
Albert W. Logan grew to manhood near Quenemo, obtained a good common school education, notwithstanding all the hardships incident to the early days in a new country, and manfully struggled, year after year, to fit himself for the struggle of life. He became a salesman for a broom factory owned by S. S. Moore, and while on the road met a man who was selling flour for the Arkansas City Milling Company. This man had not been successful, and Mr. Logan offered to sell flour for him at the next town, if the flour salesman would sell his brooms. Although the other man didn't sell a broom Mr. Logan sold a carload of flour, and he at once applied to the milling company for a position, soon becoming the best salesman the company had. Three years later he accepted an offer from the Ottawa Milling Company and went to the Forest Park Mills of Ottawa, where he built up a fine business. The Abilene Milling Company heard of his success and engaged him at a great increase of salary. It was during his connection with these three large milling concerns that Mr. Logan became ambitious to own and operate a mill of his own. He formed a partnership with Edwin Fuller, his cousin and an excellent business man, and in Quenemo they built a flour mill which is up-to-date in every particular. For years no other flour was sold in the city but that of home manufacture. Mr. Fuller carried on the business until his death in a railroad wreck. Mr. Logan then organized a company and, in November, 1907, bought the mill, which was placed on a sound financial basis and has been operated ever since. The mill building is a fine four-story structure, equipped with the most modern machinery, its capacity being 150 barrels of flour and fifty barrels of corn meal a day. Mr. Logan is general manager and also acts as salesman. He has built up a most satisfactory trade and is one of the foremost millers in the eastern part of the state. Although such a busy man Mr. Logan has always been a prominent figure in the upbuilding of the town. He served as mayor, being elected on the Republican ticket, and during his administration did everything in his power for the improvement of the municipality. He is a Thirty-second degree Mason and belongs to the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Logan is the "son of Quenemo," being the first white child born there, and if he would accept could have any office the city can offer. In June, 1894, he married Maude Williams of Quenemo, and to this union have been born two childrenLouise and Albert.Pages 628-629 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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