Lee E. Moore.The industrial interests of Richfield, Kan., are well represented by the mercantile establishment of Lee E. Moore, who owns one of the paying and growing enterprises of the city, which contributes to the general prosperity of Morton county as well as the individual success of the owner. Mr. Moore has a very wide acquaintance in southwestern Kansas, having been reared there. He was born in Brown county, Ohio, August 6, 1888, the son of William E. and Cora F. Dunbar Moore. The father was born in the same county and State in 1852, his parents being natives of Pennsylvania who located west of the mountains at an early day. William Moore came to Kansas in 1885, locating at Wellington, but two years later he removed to Morton county, taking up government land six miles southeast of Richfield. This land he stocked as a cattle ranch, but he now lives on another place seven miles south of Richfield, holding in all about 6,000 acres of land and feeding on an average of 1,000 cattle each year. Mr. Moore, by industry and business ability, has made a great success of ranching and is one of the prosperous farmers in his section. He is a Democrat in politics and belongs to the Masonic order. For a number of terms he has served as county commissioner. Mr. Moore was married at Ripley, Ohio, in 1880, to Cora Parker, whose parents died while she was an infant, and Mrs. Moore was adopted by the Dunbar family, who reared her.
There were two children in the Moore family: Effie, born February 6, 1881, married Ed G. Martin in 1900, and lives at Garden City. She has two children: Everett R., born at Liberal, Kan., August 5, 1905, and Dale, born at Ponca, Okla., November 20, 1909. Lee E. Moore, the second child, received his education in the public schools of Richfield, and when only eighteen years of age began to work as a cowboy on his father's ranch. While still a lad of twelve he bought cattle and established a brand of his own. His herd increased rapidly and soon became of considerable value. On coming of age Mr. Moore located on government land and still owns the original homestead. In August, 1911, he embarked in the mercantile business at Richfield and now has the leading retail establishment of the town, where he is making money and gaining well deserved success. In business circles Mr. Moore is popular and has those sterling traits of character which win friendship and regard everywhere. July 3, 1907, he married Ersula Louise, the daughter of Samuel and Osa Minnick Fox. Mrs. Moore was born at Belle Plaine, Kan., July 29, 1884, her parents having come to Kansas from Missouri in 1884. Mr. Fox was a veteran of the Civil war, having served in the Twenty-fifth Missouri infantry. He now lives at La Harpe. Before her marriage Mrs. Moore taught school in Morton county. She now has one interesting son, William Wendall, born February 2, 1909.Pages 596-597 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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