Robert G. Mueller, superintendent of the Seneca (Kan.) city schools, is making an enviable record as one of the state's most efficient and progressive educators. He took charge of the Seneca schools in 1906, succeeding Prof. Starr, now superintendent of the Topeka schools, and during his five years of management he has developed a marked degree of efficiency in all of the grades, especially in the high school. Prof. Mueller is a native of Salamanca, N. Y., where he was born in 1863, and is descended from sturdy German ancestors. His earlier education was obtained in the Salamanca city schools, but in 1878 he came to Atchison, Kan., and completed his high school training in the Monroe Institute. He then began his pedagogic career by teaching in the district schools of Atchison county, all the while having in mind a collegiate course as soon as he could save the means to carry him through. After eleven years of successful teaching in the district and graded schools he entered the University of Kansas, where he was graduated in 1901 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Prof. Mueller was now doubly equipped to follow his chosen vocation, for to his years of experience in the capacity of a teacher was added his college training, and he was at once chosen principal of the Sheridan County High School at Hoxie, Kan. There he remained five years, or until he succeeded to the superintendency of the Seneca schools in 1906. Since his graduating at the University of Kansas he has taken post-graduate work in the University of Chicago, and he endeavors to keep thoroughly informed and in close touch with the most advanced thought of the day on every phase of education that may aid him in his career as an educator. He possesses a fine reference library and holds membership in the county, state and Northeast Kansas Teachers' Association.
While Prof. Mueller believes that every man should exercise his right of suffrage still he is not a partisan, but might be classed as a Progressive Republican. Fraternally he is a Mason and an Odd Fellow, having been a member of the latter order since 1885, when he was initiated in Lodge No. 26, at Cummings, Kan.
In 1896 Prof. Mueller married Miss Lily Reynolds of Cummings, Kan., and they have one child, Eunice, a student in the Seneca schools. Mrs. Mueller is the daughter of William T. Reynolds, an old pioneer of Atchison county, who is still residing near Cummings. His brother, Charles Reynolds, was one of General Custer's trusted scouts and lost his life with Custer in the noted massacre on the Little Big Horn. Prof. Mueller is meeting with deserved success at Seneca and is ably supported in his work by a specially selected corps of competent teachers and a progressive, wide-awake school board, fully in sympathy with his plans to make the Seneca schools second to none in thoroughness of work, as well as in equipment to do good work.Pages 1487-1488 from volume III, part 2 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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