W.A. Huff, editor and proprietor of the Clyde Republican, is one of the rising young newspaper men of Cloud county. He has been practically reared in a printing office; began setting type as a printer's "devil" when eleven years of age in the office of H.J. Hulaniski, the well known journalist, at that time of Glen Elder, now editor of the Ouray Plaindealer of Ouray, Colorado. Since that time Mr. Huff has been continuously associated with newspaper work and has been interested in different enterprises along this line, leasing offices, etc. Mr. Huff has recently put in a one and one-half horse-power gasoline engine and removed the plant from his small frame building, near the foot of Washington street, to the second floor of a substantial brick structure in the business part of the city. The Clyde Republican is a well printed four-page sheet, with a large circulation. Mr. Huff is a Republican, not aggressive in his opinions, yet has the moral courage and fearlessness to express his views through the columns of his paper. Beside newspaper work all kinds of job work is done. Beginning with 1890 Mr. Huff edited the Huron World of Huron, Atchison county, Kansas, for five years.
Mr. Huff was born, in Eddyville, Wapello county, Iowa, in 1874, and came to Kansas with his parents in 1880. After living in Concordia three years, they removed to Glen Elder, where they resided ten years and where Mr. Huff attended the high school, and later received an academic education in the Goelette Academy, of Mitchell county, Kansas. Mr. Huff's maternal grandparents were instrumental in establishing this school, which is a Quaker institution. Mr. Huff's parents are M.A. and Ruth (Hadley) Huff, both descendants of old Quaker families. Our subject's grandfather, who was at one time at the head of the Quaker church in Mitchell county, is now living with his daughter in Iowa and is ninety-seven years old. His father, M.A. Huff, now lives in Jackson county, Kansas. The Huffs originally came from Germany. His grandfather came to America and settled in Indiana, where M.A. Huff was born. The Hadleys came from England and were of the William Penn sect of Quakers.
Mr. Huff was married in 1896 to Cora Godown, of Beloit, a daughter of A.L. Godown. She is a graduate of the Beloit high school and a refined gentle woman. Her mother was a Dixson and in her father's family is a deed for one hundred and sixty acres of land where a part of the city of London is located, written some two hundred years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Huff are the parents of two bright little boys, Gerald and Harold, aged four and two years, respectively. Mr. Huff has been for more than two years a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and is master workman of the Clyde lodge. He is a member of the Sons and Daughters of Justice and several fraternal orders. He is also interested in the Beaumont Lawton Oil Company, of Lawton, Oklahoma, he being assistant manager of the corporation.
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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