Rollin Buell

ROLLIN BUELL. Since his education was finished Rollin Buell has applied himself chiefly to banking in Kansas, and is now cashier of the Farmers State Bank at Potter in Atchison County.

Almost since pioneer times the Buell family was identified with Macoupin County, Illinois, where Rollin Buell was born September 15, 1883, and his father, Charles Buell, in 1856. The grandfather John Buell, was born in England, and after coming to America located on a farm in Macoupin County, Illinois, where he died in 1865. John Buell married Miss Mitchell. Her father was a remarkably successful Illinois farmer. He reared a family of twenty-one children, and out of the abundance of his means was able to give each one a quarter section of land.

Mr. Charles Buell, who is now living at Lenora, Western Kansas, was reared and married in Macoupin County, Illinois, and in 1884 started West, and after six months at Lincoln, Nebraska, moved during the same year into Scott County, Kansas. He was one of the pioneer farmers of that region for three years, and in 1887 he went still further West to Norton County. His home was on his original claim in that county until March 1, 1917, when he removed to the vicinity of Lenora in the same county. He is an active democrat and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Charles Buell married Dorn Belle Hayden, also a native of Macoupin County, Illinois, where she was born in 1861. Her children are: Stella, wife of F. F. Payden, a farmer at Lenora; Rollin; Ola, wife of John J. Whipple, a farmer owning a half section of land in Eastern Colorado; Ethel, wife of Ray Swartz, a farmer at Lenora; Floyd E., also a Lenora farmer; Millard T. living at home; and Alma, who resides with her brother Rollin and is attending the high school.

Rollin Buell was educated in the country schools near Lenora in Western Kansas. He completed the work of the junior year in the Norton High School and after that his education was continued in the State Agricultural College at Manhattan one year, one year in the College at Emporia, and one year in the Emporia Business College.

In August, 1910, Mr. Buell entered the Farmers State Bank at Lenora as bookkeeper and assistant cashier. Two years later, in July 1912, he came to the Atchison Savings Bank as teller, and was with that institution in that capacity until February 1, 1917, when he resigned to become cashier of the Farmers State Bank at Potter.

Mr. Buell is a republican in politics, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with Washington Lodge No. 5, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, at Atchison. He was married in September, 1913, at Weston, Pennsylvania, to Miss Floy M. Gifford. Her parents, T. I. and Hattie (Wells) Gifford, are now at Portis, Kansas, where her father is principal of the public schools, but they have a residence at Logan. Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Buell have one daughter, Mildred L., born September 23, 1916.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.
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