Jacob M. Molz, cashier of the Hardtner State Bank, Hardtner, Kans., is a native of the Sunflower State. He was born in a pioneer home in Stafford county, May 30, 1888, and is a son of Charles and Elizabeth (Achenbach) Molz. The father was born November 22, 1862, in Germany, and came to America with his mother in 1872, his father having died in 1868. The family which consisted of the mother, and five boys and three girls, located in Christian county, Illinois, where Charles Molz followed farming until 1886, when he came to Kansas. He located on government land near Hudson, Stafford county. He became one of the successful farmers and stock raisers of that section, and in 1893, sold his Stafford county land and removed to Barber county, where he now owns 1,000 acres of well improved land, five miles from Hardtner. Since coming to Barber county, he has been very successful in his farming operations and is one of the substantial farmers of the county. In 1913 he embarked in the general mercantile business in Hardtner, and has built up a large trade in the town and in that vicinity. Elizabeth Achenbach, the wife of Charles Molz, is also a native of Germany. She is a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Wolfe) Achenback. Mrs. Molz was born August 28, 1867, and immigrated to America in 1879 with her brother, Jacob Achenbach, who located in Christian county, Illinois. Charles and Elizabeth (Achenbach) Molz are the parents of seven children, six of whom are living: Jacob M., the subject of this sketch; August W.; Katherine H.; Harry K.; Paul J., and Amelia E. Jacob M. Molz was educated in the public schools of Woods county, Oklahoma, and later took a commercial course in a business college at Guthrie, Okla. He then engaged in farming until 1910 when he became assistant cashier of the Hardtner State Bank, and in July, 1911, became cashier and has since occupied that position. The Hardtner State Bank is one of the substantial institutions of Southern Kansas, and in his official capacity in connection with the bank, Mr. Molz has won the confidence of the business public. He was united in marriage November 29, 1913, at Alva, Okla., to Miss Mary M. Mercer, a daughter of Stephen W. Mercer, a prominent farmer of Woods county, Oklahoma. Mrs. Molz is also a native of Kansas, born in McPherson county, March 10, 1889. Her parents came from Iowa to this State in 1878, and at the opening of the Cherokee strip in Oklahoma they removed there. Mrs. Molz was educated in the public schools of Oklahoma and the Northwestern Normal School at Alva, Okla., and was a teacher in Oklahoma for eight years prior to her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Molz are well and favorably known in Barber county, and have many friends.Pages 194-195 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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