Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. II, p. 1511
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
William Shuler, who follows agricultural pursuits on section 11, Center township, Rice county, was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, in 1843, the same year in which occurred the birth of President McKinley. His father, Casper Shuler, was a native of Germany and spent his youth in the fatherland, pursuing his education in its public schools. When a young man he crossed the briny deep to the new world. His wife, Minnie Catherine Shuler, was also a native of Germany and came to the United States when eleven years of age. After their marriage the parents of our subject located in Allen county, Indiana, near Fort Wayne. The father died during the early boyhood of his son William, while the motherís death later occurred in Allen county, Indiana. She left five children, namely: John, who was a soldier in the Eleventh Indiana Battery and is now a resident of Allen county, Indiana; Lorenzo, who was a member of the same battery and resides in Allen county; William, who is the subject of this sketch; Joseph, who was a soldier in the Civil war and died in Michigan City, Indiana; and Jacob, who enlisted in the army but was not old enough to go to the front, and who is now living in Paulding county, Ohio.
William Shuler was reared to farm life and in his youth also became connected with railroad work. When twenty-four years of age he was married, in Indiana, to Miss Lucinda Crow, a native of that state and a daughter of Joseph and Luncinda Crow, who were likewise born there. She has two brothers, Joseph and John, who were soldiers in the Civil war. The former is now living in Fitzgerald, Georgia, and the latter is a resident of Minnesota. Unto Mr and Mrs Shuler have been born ten children, three sons and seven daughters, namely: John, who is married and resides in Oklahoma; Charles, who is also living in that territory; Edward, at home; and Alice, Minnie, Bertha, Flora, Ferney, Lizzie and Sadie.
Mr and Mrs Shuler began their domestic life in Indiana, where they resided until 1878, when they came to Kansas, locating in Rice county. For a time he was employed by the railroad, but in 1879 he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. Today he is the owner of four hundred acres, constituting one of the best farms in the county. His residence is commodious and built in modern style of architecture, and the barns and outbuildings are substantial structures. The farm is well improved in every particular and indicates the careful supervision of one whose energies and labors are directed by sound judgment and keen discrimination.
In 1900 Mr Shuler was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who passed away on the 28th of March, respected and loved by all who knew her. She was very devoted to her family, was a kind and accommodating neighbor and a woman whose genuine worth of character gained to her warm esteem. Mr Shuler is a Republican in his political views and socially he is identified with the Grand Army of the Republic and with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.