Albert Henry Winter, supervisor of manual training in the Topeka schools, was born in Chicago, Ill., May 24, 1878. There he was reared and educated, not only in the city's graded schools but also in private schools, his work in the latter schools being along special lines and in lieu of a high school course. Early in life he acquired a fondness for mechanical work and decided to master the machinist's trade. He therefore secured a position with a large manufacturing concern, in which he worked more in the capacity of an apprentice than as an employee, after four years of close application, three of which were spent with Roth Brothers & Company of Chicago, one of the largest electrical machinery supply firms in the West, he not only possessed thorough knowledge as a machinist but was also equipped with a practical experience in handling machinery. During a part of his last three years with the above company he attended a night school, in which he took a course in mechanical drawing and draughting. In 1900 he matriculated in the Lewis Institute, a technical school of Chicago, in which he took a course in mechanical engineering, graduating from that excellent institution in 1905. During the last few months of his course in the Lewis Institute he was an assistant instructor in the wood working and machine departments. He had just completed his course and was still connected with the institute when he was tendered and accepted the position of instructor in the wood working and mechanical drawing departments of the manual training schools of Topeka. He entered upon his duties in the fall of 1905 and steadily advanced through merited promotion to his present responsible position, that of supervisor of manual training, which he attained in 1910. There are eighteen schools under his supervision, in each of which is a room fully equipped for manual training instruction and in charge of a teacher especially qualified for the work. Under his able management this phase of the pupil's schooling is becoming popular in Topeka and will constantly grow in favor with both patron and pupil. Prof. Winter comes of stanch German ancestry on both the paternal and maternal sides, his great-grandfather having fought under Blucher at the battle of Waterloo and having been honored with a medal for his valor and bravery. His parents, Henry and Elizabeth (Simon) Winter, are old and respected residents of Chicago, Ill., where the former has filled for years the position of an expert on titles to realty. He is also a native of Chicago, while the mother of Prof. Winter is a native of Bay City, Mich. They became the parents of two children: Albert Henry Winter, the subject of this review, and Adelia Irene, who resides with her parents in Chicago. Prof. Winter is a Thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the "Dedalions," a college fraternity. While he is a member of the German Lutheran church and was reared in that faith, he attends and affiliates with the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Topeka.Pages 1407-1408 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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