Frederick William Parrott, editor and publisher, for three years deputy collector of internal revenue for the Northern district of Kansas, and chairman of the board of auditors of the Modern Woodmen of America, is a native of England, born at Wyke, county of Surrey, Feb. 13, 1865, son of Joseph and Emma (Belgrove) Parrott. Joseph Parrott was a native of England, born in 1833, and by occupation was a farmer. He married at Hurdlesgrove, England, in 1857, Miss Emma Belgrove, born in England in 1835. Joseph Parrott brought his family to America in the year 1885 and located at Wakefield, Clay county, Kansas, and engaged in farming. His death occured in 1904, at Clay Center. His widow, now a resident of Lawrence, Kan., and the following children survive him: Frances E., born in 1861, is the wife of Richard A. Thrale, a retired capitalist of Croydon, England; Agnes Mary, born in 1863, is the wife of William Duffield, a ranch owner of Escondido, Cal.; Frederick William is the next in order of birth; Jessie Isabella, born in 1866, is the wife of A. H. Griesa, a horticulturist of Lawrence, Kan.; Philip E., born in 1868, is treasurer of the Battreall Shoe Company, of St. Joseph, Mo.; Florence E., born in 1870, married M. A. Barber, of Lawrence, Kan.; and died in 1900; John Percy, born in 1874, is director of the entomological department of the New York State Experiment Station, Geneva, N. Y.; Edith May, born in 1876, is the wife of Jesse Olds, a merchant of Delphos, Kan.; Alfred H., born in 1878, is registrar of the North Dakota State Agricultural College, Fargo, N. D., and Margaret, born in 1880.
Frederick William Parott acquired his education in the schools of his native country and came to America in April, 1885, preceding his family, who followed in October of that year. He first secured employment as a farm hand and, in the fall of 1885, secured a position with the firm of Harkness & Godard, attorneys and abstracters, of Clay Center, Kan., and in this capacity compiled Clay county's first set of abstract books. In 1886 he formed a partnership with E. J. Bonham, under the firm style of Bonham & Parrott, and they purchased the abstract business of his former employers. This partnership was dissolved, and the business was sold in 1888, Mr. Parrott then entering the real estate field, in which he was successful. In 1902 he was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt deputy collector of internal revenue for the Northern district of Kansas and served in that capacity until 1905, when he resigned to reënter the real estate business. In 1907 he promoted the organization of the Republican Publishing Company, of which he is president, and established the "Clay Center Daily Republican," of which he is the editor and managing executive. This publication is one of the most progressive news dailies in Kansas, a member of the Associated Press, has a most satisfactory circulation, and as a party organ has a potential and extended influence. Its continuous and healthy growth has been due to the able and energetic efforts of its editor, who is recognized by members of the craft as among the leaders in Kansas journalism. In political matters, Mr. Parrott has been for many years an active and influential factor. He has served as secretary of the Clay County Republican central committee during several campaigns and has an extended acquaintance throughout the state. He has for many years been active in the affairs of the Modern Woodmen of America. While delegate to the Head Camp in 1897 he was elected a member of the board of auditors and at this writing (1911) is serving his second term as chairman of that body. He is recognized by the citizens of Clay county as one of the most influential men of their section, one who has, by his own well directed efforts, achieved a substantial success, by methods clean, capable, and honest. Mr. Parrott is unmarried.Pages 955-956 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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