A. B. C. DAGUE. - Conspicuously identified with the highest and best interests of his community, A. B. C. Dague, mayor of Bonner Springs, is a man of strong individuality, possessing a hearty, cordial and upright nature that has made him widely honored and esteemed in the city in which he is best known. A son of John Dague, Jr., he was born January 11, 1874, in Washington county, Pennsylvania, and there grew to man's estate.
John Dague, Jr., was a well educated man, and in early life was a school teacher. He subsequently engaged in agricultural pursuits, and died in 1901, aged sixty-two years. He was a Republican in politics, but was ever in sympathy with the Prohibition party. He married Jane McCarthy, who was also a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, where he spent his entire life, and where she is now living. Ten children were born of their union, as follows: Ida, Frank, Annie, Sara J., A. B. C., Lizzie M., Otto F., Henry E., John W. and Metta N.
Brought up on the farm, A. B. C. Dague attended first the district schools, and was subsequently graduated from Duff's Business College in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Beginning life on his own account, he was engaged in the oil and gas business for fourteen years in both Ohio and West Virginia. Desiring a broader field of action, Mr. Dague came to Kansas in 1903, locating at Bonner Springs, and he organized a company to develop natural gas and later installed a plant, of which he was manager for several years. He also embarked in mercantile pursuits, as a dealer in hardware and gas fixtures, building up a large and lucrative business. Mr. Dague has made judicious investments in land, being owner of a fine farm near the city, which he is devoting to stock raising.
In 1909 Mr. Dague was elected mayor of Bonner Springs, and served so ably in that capacity that he was persuaded to become a candidate for re-election in the spring of 1911. Fraternally he is a thirty-second degree Mason, and was made a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in West Virginia.
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