Lewis L. Northrup, a prominent factor in the industrial development of Southeastern Kansas, is a native of the Sunflower State. He was born at Iola, June 23, 1864, and is a son of Levi Lee Northrup, a personal sketch of whom appears in this volume. Lewis L. Northrup was reared in Iola, and educated in the public schools and the Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He then engaged in the lumber business at Iola, and later the mercantile business, and has been active in the industrial life of that section of the State. He was one of the organizers of The Iola Gas Company, and was active and influential in locating the Lanyon Smelter at Iola. He was one of the organizers of The Portland Gas & Pipe Line Company and became treasurer of that corporation at its organization, and when the Iola Portland Cement Co., was organized, he became one of the directors and vice-president of that company. Later he became interested in the Kansas Portland Cement Co., and was one of its heavy stockholders. He was treasurer of that company and later became its president. He was one of the organizers of the Kansas Southern Electric Railway, and served as a director in that company. He was president of the Northrup National Bank from 1903 to 1912, but on account of his various other interests, which occupied his time, resigned that position and accepted the office of vice-president of the bank, a position which he now holds. He is also interested in the management of the Northrup estate, the interests of which are various and far reaching. He is treasurer of the Iola Brick Company, of which the Northrup estate owns a one-half interest. He is also a director in the Depositors' Guarantee and Surety Company. In addition to his vast private interests, which would seem to occupy all his time, Mr Northrup takes an active interest in public affairs, affecting his town and county. He has served two terms as a member of the Iola City council, of which he has been president, and also acted as mayor, and has also been a member of the school board. He is a Thirty-second Degree Knights Templar Mason, a member of the Mystic Shrine and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Northrup was united in marriage October 25, 1894, to Lettie A. Bruner, daughter of Elias and Drucilla (Davis) Bruner, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Iowa. Elias Bruner came to Kansas in 1866, and located at Erie, and in the early days was engaged in freighting between Kansas City and Leavenworth, and later was engaged in the milling business in Iola. He is now retired and resides at Iola. Mrs. Northrup was born in Iola and educated in the public schools. To Mr. and Mrs. Northrup have been born two children: Roswell B. and LaVerne L., both attending the Iola schools.Pages 163-164 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 LM467. It is a single volume 3.
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