Fred Guipre is a stockman and farmer of Summit township. He is a native Kansan, born on the original Guipre homestead in 1871. He is a son of Andrew and Gabriella (DeMauer) Guipre. His father was a native of France, born near the cities of Genoa and Lyon, which are situated near the Switzerland line. He was born in the year 1824.
His parents having died when he was an infant, he was placed in an orphan asylum and later found a home with a family of farmers in that country. When twenty-six years of age he came to America, crossing the continent of South America and the Isthmus of Panama. He spent two years in Tennessee and assisted as a laborer in building the capitol in the city of Nashville. He spent five years in California, returning to France, married Gabriella DeMauer and with his wife came back to America and settled on a farm in Ohio near Cincinnati. Mrs. Guipre was also in an orphan asylum.
After having lived in Ohio four years they emigrated to Nebraska and settled in Nemaha county, near Nebraska City. In the spring of 1871 he came with his family to Cloud county, and located the homestead where he now lives with his son, Fred, the subject of this sketch.
Fred Guipre is the youngest of five children, viz: Joseph, Lewis and John, all farmers of Summit township. The Guipres located in Kansas with very limited capital, but have acquired a large tract of land and made desirable homes. Fred lives on the homestead that his father located when there was not a house between his claim and Concordia. They have a bomb shell they found on the old government trail and among other relics an Indian tomahawk and spear.
Mr. Guipre was married in 1896 to Emily A. Rushton, one of the accomplished daughters of Enos Rushton (see sketch). They are the parents of one child, a little son, Fred Rexford, aged nineteen months. In 1875, Mr. Gulpre's father erected a small stone residence and later enlarged and made it a comfortable home, situated in a beautiful and shady retreat on the banks of Lost creek.
This is a desirable farm in a high state of cultivation, with a large apple and peach orchard, which yields abundantly. The farm is well stocked with hogs, horses and a fine herd of Shorthorn cattle. Mr. Guipre and sons own a total of nineteen hundred and twenty acres of land which is all located in Summit township except one hundred and sixty acres, in Solomon township. On this ranch they keep from one hundred and fifty to two hundred head of cattle.
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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