Harry Spurrier, postmaster of Kiowa, Kans., is a native of the Sunflower State, born at Elm Mills, an extinct town, Barber county. He is a son of James Byron and Victoria C. (Coffman) Spurrier. James B. Spurrier was a native of Maryland, born October 17, 1854, of English descent. His wife was born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, May 27, 1863. She was a daughter of Benjamin F. and Mary (Fultz) Coffman, natives of Virginia, of German ancestry. James Byron Spurrier and Victoria C. Coffman were married November 8, 1881, and to this union four children were born: Robert Clinton, born August 16, 1882, married Anna Jackson in 1904, and they have two children, Harvey Claude and Clinton; Isaac Stanley, born August 8, 1885, married Ethel Sloan in 1907, and they have one child, Wanda Irene; Mayme and Harry, twins, born May 3, 1889. Mayme is a graduate of the Oklahoma State Northwestern Normal School of Alva Okla., a member of the class of 1914, and Harry, the subject of this sketch. The Spurrier family came to Barber county in 1887, and located at Elm Mills, where the father, James B. Spurrier, conducted a general store, and was postmaster for three years. In 1894, he removed to Oklahoma at the opening of the Cherokee strip, and engaged in the mercantile business, and was also appointed postmaster at a town, called Byron, in honor of his middle name. In 1907, he returned to Kansas and located at Kiowa, where he is now local agent for the Standard Oil Company. Harry Spurrier, whose name introduces this sketch, was educated in the public schools and the Oklahoma Northwestern Normal school at Alva, Okla. In 1911, he engaged in the grocery business at Kiowa, Kans., and on March 10, 1914, was appointed postmaster of Kiowa by President Wilson, and is now serving in that capacity. Mr. Spurrier was married February 28, 1912, at Cherokee, Okla., to Miss Anna P. Gray, of Cherokee. She was born in Barber county, Kans., January 30, 1890, and is a daughter of John H. Gray, a native of Kentucky, who came to Kansas in 1885. Mrs. Spurrier was educated in the public schools and in Northwestern Normal, of Alva, Okla. Mr. Spurrier is one of the progressive young men of Barber county, and deserves a great deal of credit for the progress that he has made. He possesses a genial disposition and courteous manner, and is well qualified for the public services in which he is engaged.Pages 196-197 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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