Irvin J. Stanton, the popular postmaster at Fowler, Kan., and publisher of the "Fowler Gazette," is a young man of exceptional energy and ability who is well qualified in his educational attainments for the profession he has chosen and has proved equally capable as a public official. He is a son of William S. and Edith (Bowles) Stanton and was born on a farm near Bridgeport, Ind., on Aug. 17, 1880. The father was a native of Indiana, in which state he was born Sept. 6, 1852. He married Edith Bowles Aug. 6, 1874, and in 1885 brought his family to Kansas, locating on a farm in Jewell county. He died at Northbranch, Kan., on Dec. 28, 1893. He was a birthright member of the Friends' Society as were his parents, James Stanton and wife, both of whom were natives of Ohio, where the former was born on Aug. 22, 1820, and the latter on Aug. 18, 1828. James Stanton died on Oct. 20, 1897, and had been preceded in death by his wife some twenty-five years, she having passed away on April 24, 1872. The mother of our subject was born on May 23, 1854, to parents that also were Friends and natives of Indiana. She now is the wife of W. W. Worth, a retired farmer of Wichita, Kan. To William S. and Edith Stanton were born four sons, as follows: Alva D., born Sept. 11, 1876, who is now a fruit grower at Boise, Idaho; Irvin J., the subject of this review, who was second in order of birth; Edwin M., born Dec. 7, 1884, who is now a poultry raiser at Pasadena, Cal.; and William Lester, born May 3, 1888, who is now a student.
Irvin J. Stanton was educated in the public schools of Northbranch, Kan., in the Friends' Academy at that place and also at the Friends' Academy at Cherokee, Okla., and was a student for three years at the Friends' University, Wichita, Kan. While yet a student he began to learn the printing trade by having installed for that purpose at his own expense a printing office in Friends' University at Wichita. In April, 1907, he removed to Fowler, Meade county, Kansas, taking with him this printing plant. There he bought the "Fowler Hustler," adding to it his college plant and changing the name of the paper to the "Fowler Gazette." That paper is now one of the neatest, most ably edited and most modern county weekly papers published in the western part of Kansas. In 1911 Mr. Stanton installed a typesetting machine, a power press and all modern equipment and withal has enjoyed a very prosperous business. Besides his printing plant he owns other property in Fowler. Mr. Stanton is a Republican in political affairs. In April, 1910, he was appointed postmaster at Fowler and has proved an official both efficient and courteous. As a citizen he is public spirited and progressive, lending his influence to all movements for the upbuilding of the community he has chosen as his home and business field.
On Nov. 24, 1909, Mr. Stanton was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Sullins, a daughter of William E. and Nannie Sullins, to whom she was born March 30, 1889, at Bates City, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Sullins were both natives of Missouri and took up their residence in Kansas in 1909. Mrs. Stanton was a music teacher and a school teacher prior to her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Stanton are members of the Baptist church.Pages 1442-1443 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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