H. A. LaRue

H. A. LARUE, cashier of the First National Bank of Columbus, the oldest financial institution in Cherokee County, was born in 1868 in Benton County, Iowa, and is a son of T. P. LaRue, the well known capitalist of this section.

Mr. LaRue was a pupil in the public schools of Iowa, and was 18 years of age when he came to Cherokee County, Kansas. Two years later he entered the banking institution of which his father was president, and in 1891 was made cashier. This bank was founded in 1882 by Dwight & Schott; it passed into the hands of Jarvis, Conklin & Company and was then bought by T. A. LaRue in the fall of 1887. The change in name was accomplished in 1902. Its capitalization is $50,000, and its undivided profits are about $5,000. Its officers are: T. P. LaRue, president; Isaac Wright, vice-president; H. A. LaRue, cashier; and A. M. Albin, assistant cashier. Mr. LaRue's time is devoted to the business of the bank, and to looking after his extensive real estate investments.

Mr. LaRue married Ella H. Hughes, who came to Kansas in 1880 with her parents. Her father is deceased, but her mother resides in Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. LaRue have one son, Robert H., who was born in Columbus. Mrs. LaRue is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Politically, Mr. LaRue is identified with the Republican party. At present he is serving as treasurer of the Columbns[sic] Board of Education. His fraternal associations include the Masonic Blue Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter at Columbus; and the Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, all of Columbus.

History of Cherokee County Kansas and its representative citizens, ed. & comp. by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904, transcribed by Natalie Tunnell, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, 1-10-97

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