Victor H. Meneley, of Scott, Kan., is a native Kansan and an energetic and enterprising young man, who entered upon his active and independent business career at the age of nineteen, and three years later became identified with the "Scott Republican" as editor. He was born Jan. 8, 1888, at Quenemo, Kan., a son of S. H. and Adeline (Watts) Meneley, the former a native of Illinois. S. H. Meneley is a machinist by trade and has resided in Kansas since seventeen years of age, having come to this state with his parents, who settled on government land in Osage county, he removed to Rush county, in 1900, and now resides at La Crosse, Rush county. In 1880, he wedded Miss Adeline, daughter of John Watts, a pioneer farmer of Osage county and one of its most prominent citizens. Mr. Watts was a lieutenant in the Kansas National Guards during the Civil war and assisted in the defense of Lawrence during Quantrill's celebrated raid and massacre, at Lawrence, in August, 1863. He died in 1897. S. H. and Adeline (Watts) Meneley became the parents of six childrenfive sons and one daughter: Charles A., born March 21, 1881, married Fannie V. Merchant and died March 2, 1910; Elijah C., born Feb. 28, 1883, is a machinist at LaCrosse, Kan.; Robert E., born March 11, 1885, married Miss Ethel E. Young and is a plumber at Larned, Kan.; Victor H., is the next in order of birth; Samuel Homer, born March 31, 1896; and Marjorie, born Feb. 26, 1903. Victor H. Meneley received his education in the public schools of Quenemo and LaCrosse and at the age of ten began to learn the printer's trade at Quenemo. He continued to be employed at his trade during the summer months and attended school during the winters, until 1907. On Feb. 23, 1911, Mr. Meneley bought a half interest in the "Scott Republican," of which he assumed the duties of editor and in the publication of which he is associated with James B. Morris (see sketch). It is the only Republican paper in Scott county, is a well edited news sheet, and ably supports the interests of the Republican party. Mr Meneley is an active and prominent worker in the ranks of his party. Fraternally he is a Knight of Pythias. On Dec. 3, 1910, Mr. Meneley was married to Miss Isabel Newell, a daughter of James H. and Ellen Newell, formerly pioneer farmer residents of Ness county, but who now reside in Bolivar, Mo. Mrs. Meneley, like her husband, is a native Kansan, having been born in Rooks county, Oct. 3, 1888, and is also a practical printer and an associate editor of the "Scott Republican."Pages 95-96 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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