Boyhood Home of
Frederick Funston, five feet four and slightly built,
went from this farm to a life of amazing adventure.
Youthful exploring expeditions in this country were
followed by two years in the Arctic from which he
returned down the Yukon river 1,500 miles by canoe.
After ventures in Latin America, he served 18 months
with Cuban Insurgents, fighting in 22 engagements and
reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Invalided
home shortly before the Spanish-American War, Funston
was made colonel of the 20th Kansas infantry. In 1901
he planned and executed the capture of Aguinaldo, commander
of the Filipino army. He receivied a Congressional
Medal of Honor and at 35 was made a brigadier
general in the reqular army. In 1914, during intervention
in Mexico, he commanded Vera Cruz as military governor
and was that year made a major general. He died
in 1917. This was the home of his father, Edward H.
Funston, a member of Congress, 1884-1894.
Historical marker at 12 S. Washington
in downtown Iola
These buildings and sign orginally located four miles north of Iola
October 31, 2000 /
Bob Walter /
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