George J. Pfister, a prominent agriculturist, stock raiser and business man residing at Coffeyville, Kan., is a native of the Hoosier State, having been born in Posey county, Indiana, May 17, 1866, a son of Frank L. Pfister and wife, whose maiden name was Catharine Woolhiter. Both his father and mother were born in Germany, and accompanied their parents to the United States when young, making the journey together, but were married in this country. When their son, George was one year of age, they moved to Iowa, but two years later, or in the fall of 1869, they came to Kansas and settled on a farm in Labette county, where George J. Pfister was reared and where he received his education in the common schools of the community. He assisted his father in the usual farm duties and learned thoroughly all that pertained to agriculture. At the age of twenty years Mr. Pfister began life for himself as a farmer and live stock raiser and dealer, which pursuit he has followed continuously to the present time with most gratifying success. His landed possessions now aggregate 1,200 acres of fine farm land, besides which he has valuable realty holdings in the city of Coffeyville, all of which property he has accumulated by his unaided exertions, as he started with limited capital, but possessed those concomitants which insure success, ability, industry and determination. Mr. Pfister is one of the most practical and experienced cattlemen in the state and is thoroughly informed in every detail of the stock business. He is one of the largest breeders and raisers of standard bred Hereford cattle in the state. Mr. Pfister has resided in Coffeyville since 1899 and is numbered among the city's leading and prominent citizens, being at the present time (1911) president of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce. He was a leading spirit in the organization of the Montgomery County Fair Association and served two years as president of the association, declining further election to the position. In politics he is an independent voter, and while active in public affairs he is in no sense a partisan.
Mr. Pfister was united in marriage with Miss Rhoda E. Jones, in 1888, and to them have been born four children: Hazel, Stella, Stafford, and Raymond. Mr. Pfister and his family are communicants of the Roman Catholic church, and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus.Pages 846-847 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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