From A Biographical History of Central Kansas,
Vol. II, p. 1156
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
Gustave Guldner, who resides on section 17, Eureka township, Rice County, was born during the progress of the great Civil war, his birth occurring in Davenport, Iowa, on the 4th of November, 1862. He is the sixth son of John Guldner and needs no special introduction to the readers of this volume, for no family in the county is more widely known than that to which he belongs. He was a student in the public schools of his native city and through reading and discussion has kept in touch with the advanced thought of the day and with the progress of the world, being a representative of the intelligent class of farmers who form the strength of the nation. He was seventeen years of age when the family came to central Kansas, his home being in Green Garden township, Ellsworth county, where his parents located on a farm. All was new and wild, and the most farsighted could not have dreamed of the rapid development which would make the country blossom as the rose. Here amid the surrounds of frontier life he spent the remainder of his minority and was trained to habits of industry, economy and honesty. Thus he came to realize the value of earnest and honorable labor, and throughout his life these characteristics have colored his business career. He worked in the fields upon his fatherís farm and also assisted in the operation of the gristmill until he was twenty-one years of age, when he began farming upon his own account, taking possession of a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of raw land, upon which hardly a furrow had been turned or an improvement made. Here he has erected a good residence and barn, planted an orchard and made all the modern improvements. His fertile fields now yield good harvests and he annually harvests large wheat crops. He also raises cattle and horses of good grades, and his stock when placed upon the market commands good prices.
Mr. Guldner has been twice married. He first wedded Lillie May Van Nest, but she died six months later of lung trouble. On Christmas day of the year 1900 he was again married, his second union being with Miss Josie Hosley, a daughter of Richard Hosley, of Bayard, Allen county, Kansas. She was reared and educated in the Sunflower state, and in her new home she has made many warm friends. Mr. Guldner is widely known, having resided here for more than two decades. His life has at all time been consistent with manly principles and honorable dealing and as an industrious farmer he is a credit to the agricultural community of central Kansas.