Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

Alice Bieber

MISS ALICE BIEBER. Several times the people of Thomas County have passed upon the qualifications of Alice Bieber as an educator. She is county superintendent of schools and has done much to raise the general standard of school work throughout the entire county during the last seven or eight years.

Miss Bieber has lived in Western Kansas since childhood. She was born in McDonough County, Illinois, and comes of old Pennsylvania ancestry. Her grandfather, George A. Bieber, was born in that state in 1829. He went west through several states, living for some years in Ohio, Illinois and finally becoming a farmer and miller in North Dakota. He died at Linton, North Dakota, in 1914. A. H. Bieber, father of the county superintendent of schools, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, in 1854, and was a small boy when his parents moved to McDonough County, Illinois. He grew up on a farm there, married, and lived two years on a farm in Iowa before coming to Kansas in the spring of 1885. He homesteaded 160 acres in Thomas County, also took up a timber claim of 160 acres, and these constitute his well proportioned and valuable farm of 320 acres, now devoted to diversified farming. His home is three miles west of Colby. Mr. Bieber is a democrat and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He married Martha Lantz, who was born in McDonough County, Illinois. They have six children: Etta, wife of John Cheshire, owner of an alfalfa farm and a stock raiser at Sharon Springs, Kansas; Miss Alice; Rena, wife of Lou Rimmer, a farmer at Corning, Iowa; Martha, wife of John Parrott, a merchant at Colby; Ida, wife of Arch Ball, who has a farm southwest of Colby; and William, an employe of the Union Pacific Railway Company, living at Ogden, Utah.

Miss Alice Bieber received her early education in the public schools of Thomas County, graduating from the Thomas County High School in 1898. In January, 1904, she completed her work in the Emporia State Normal School, and in spring of the same year began teaching. For one year she was an instructor in the Atwood High School, and then remained on the farm for a time. She did one year of post-graduate work at Emporia, and in 1911 was elected county superintendent of schools of Thomas County. Her first term of service was from 1911 to 1913, inclusive. She was not a candidate for re-election, but in October, 1917, was appionted[sic] county superintendent to fill an unexpired term, and is now a candidate for election in 1918.

Miss Bieber is not only very competent in administrative phases of her work, but has always been a close student of educational problems. She is active in the Methodist Church, a teacher in the Sunday school, and one of the leaders in the local Red Cross. Politically she is identified with the democratic party.

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