The enterprising firm of M.F. Duby & Company is composed of M.F. and George Duby. They are dealers in gentlemen's furnishing goods, boots and shoes, and represent the Royal Tailors of Chicago, one of the largest tailoring establishments in the world. Beside the above named stock they carry a full line of optical goods, are both registered opticians and are building up an excellent reputation and lucrative business in this line. They established their present business August 1, 1901, by buying the stock of J.W. Hare & Son. Their capital stock is about six thousand dollars, and they own the building they occupy - a two story stone structure, 28x80 feet in dimensions.
M.F. Duby, the senior member of the firm, is a native of Missouri, born in East St. Louis. His father, Charles Duby, was a school teacher, expert accountant and bookkeeper. He was employed in the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad Company's office three years. He served three years in the Civil war with an Illinois regiment. While in the service he was transferred from the army of the West to the South; mails were very uncertain at this period and not hearing from him for more than a year, and supposing him dead, the mother with her little family emigrated to Nebraska, arriving in Omaha, April 14, 1865, the day President Lincoln was assassinated. Assuming that she was the head of the family, she took up a homestead on an island in the Platte river. They were the first settlers on this island and it took their name and still remains known as "Duby's Island." It consists of one thousand five hundred acres. After the war the father returned to Missouri, where he had left his family, and learning they had settled in Nebraska, he repaired to that country, luckily appealed to a man who knew the family, and found the mother with her four sons and one daughter settled on their homestead. This was during the early settlement of that state, when the Indians were numerous, and game and furbearing animals plentiful, but, the Indians were pretty well civilized and gave the settlers but little trouble. Mr. Duby's grandparents emigrated from France to Canada, where Charles Duby was born. Mr. Duby's mother's people were of Ohio birth; her ancestors were of Scotch origin.
M.F. Duby was reared on a farm and received his education in the common schools of Nebraska, where his father taught several terms. In 1883 he moved to western Nebraska and from there to Alabama, where he became a cotton planter. Two and a half years later he emigrated west, locating in Washington, where he operated a logging camp very successfully, employing from eighteen to twenty men. After selling his interests there he traveled extensively in search of a suitable location and in 1901, he with his brother, and their families, came to Glasco and embarked in their present business.
Mr. Duby was married in 1877 to Clara E. Long, of Pennsylvania birth, who came with her parents to Nebraska in 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Duby's family consists of six children, three daughters and three sons, viz: Everard Forest, aged twenty-four, is an attorney located in Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of the State University at Seattle and a member of the law firm of Steiner, French & Duby. Charles Ferdinand, twenty-one years of age, is proprietor of a restaurant and lunch counter in Glasco. May Agnes, aged nineteen; Jesse James, aged seventeen; Pearl Maud, aged ten, and Eva Elsie, a little girl of three years. The two last named were born in the state of Washington.
Politically Mr. Duby is a populist. They occupy one of the best residence properties in Glasco - an imposing two-story nine-room modern house.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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