George Washington Titus is a native of New Jersey. He was born at Marksboro, September 3, 1857, and is a son of Asa and Sarah (Butts) Titus. The father was also a native of New Jersey, and of English descent. When a boy he learned the miller's trade, and worked at it for thirty years in the east. He came to Kansas in 1878, and took up government land in Grant township, Harper county. He was one of the early settlers in this section, and these were real pioneer days in that part of the State, which was well on the frontier of the "wild west." The Titus family consisted of the parents and ten children when they came here. They were poor, and the prospects in a new country were not encouraging. They endured many privations, common to early life on the wild and unbroken plains. But Asa Titus and his family were made of the kind of metal of which the West was built, and they bravely fought the battle with poverty and finally won. The father took a prominent part in local politics, and for three years was a member of the board of county commissioners, and for one year was chairman. George Washington Titus was one of a family of sixteen children, five of whom died in infancy, and one, David, was killed by a train at the age of nineteen, while crossing a bridge near Delaware, N. J., in 1873. Ten of the children are now living, as follows: William O.; George W.; the subject of this sketch; James A.; E. E.; Charles B.; Andrew J.; Mary; Ralph; Ney and Warren.
George W. Titus was educated in the public schools of New Jersey, and came to Kansas in 1878 with his parents. He was then twenty-one years old, and took up government land five and one-half miles northwest of the town of Harper, where he has since resided. He has added to his original homestead, until he now owns 640 acres, all well improved. He is a successful farmer and stockman, making a specialty of short horn cattle. He was married June 23, 1894, at Harper, Kans., to Miss Nora Stroup, a daughter of William and Mary Stroup. She is a native of Illinois, born November 19, 1870, and came to Kansas with her parents, both of whom are now deceased, in 1882. To Mr. and Mrs. Titus have been born five children: George, born November 22, 1895; John, born November 5, 1897; Andrew, born December 4, 1900; Ruby, born October 4, 1902, and Mary, born December 14, 1904. Mr. Titus is a supporter of the principles and policies of the Republican party, but has never aspired to hold political office. He is a prominent lodge man, being a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and on three occasions has represented the latter lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and served one term as Grand Patriarch of Kansas. He is an enthusiastic Kansan and a staunch supporter of her institutions, and a firm believer in the great possibilities of the State.Pages 226-227 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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