Sedgwick County KSGenWeb

Portrait And Biographical Album of Sedgwick County, Kan.

Chapman Brothers 1888

Page 403

 ADAM HUFBAUER, senior member of the enterprising firm of Hufbauer & Whitney, dealers in grain, hay, fruit and general farm produce, on Main street, Mulvane, is a genuine pioneer of Sedgwick County, coming here from Tazewell County, Ill., in 1869.  On arriving in Kansas, he at first settled in Salina, Saline County, where he engaged in farming for the ensuing two years. Thinking Sedgwick County a more favorable place for pursuing his vocation, he came to Rockford Township, and pre-empted a tract of eighty acres on section 19.  He at once commenced the improvement of his land, and met with such success in his agricultural labors that he subsequently purchased 200 acres more of land, and now has a large farm in a good state of cultivation.

      The subject of this sketch was born in Tazewell County, Ill., March 12, 1848, and is the son of Peter and Margaret Hufbauer, both natives of Holland.  His mother died in the latter part of 1849, Adam, the youngest child, being but a year and a half old.  His father married again in 1854, taking for a wife McLean Herwig.  He lived ten years after this marriage, and his second wife survived him until 1872.

      Adam Hufbauer was reared in his native county, where he received a good common-school education, and early began to make his own way in the world.  Being an energetic and industrious young man, free from bad habits, he had in a few years saved enough of his earnings to justify his establishing a home of his own.  Accordingly, in 1868 he was married, in Washington, Ill., to Kate Kline, who was born in Ohio in 1850, being a daughter of Phillip and Mary (Myerlie) Kline, natives of Germany, who emigrated to America and settled in Ohio before their marriage.

      After marriage, Mr. And Mrs. Hufbauer remained a year in Illinois, and then decided to try their fortunes in this section of Kansas, which was being much talked of as the farmer's Eldorado.  Our subject became a pioneer of this county, and has been a valuable factor in establishing it as one of the most prosperous in the State.  Not only has the county received substantial aid from him in the development of its resources but Rockford Township has received equal benefit from his citizenship.  His well-improved and well-stocked farm is a testimonial to his industry and perseverance, and a credit to this part of the State.  Mr. Hufbauer has retired from active farm life, and now lives in the city of Mulvane, where his varied mercantile interests demand his attention.

          To him and his good wife have been born five children, namely; Laura May, John Frank, Grace Edna, Jessie Ray and Mary Hazel.  The eldest child, who was born in Illinois, died in infancy.  Mr. Hufbauer takes an active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the city, township or county, and ably supports all schemes conducive to their advancement.  In politics he is a strong Democrat, and does all that he can to advance the interests of that party.

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