Pages 151-152, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




LEWIS L. NORTHRUP is a native of Iola, having been born June 23, 1864, in the old Northrup home now owned and occupied by Dr. A. J. Fulton. His family history has been already given in the sketch of his father, Levi L. Northrup. After concluding the course of study in the Iola city schools he spent two years in the Poughkeepsie Business


College, where he received a thorough technical business education. Returning home he joined with his brothers, F. A. and D. P., in the proprietorship of the dry-goods house which is still conducted under the firm name of Northrup Brothers. From the first, however, he gave but little attention to the dry-goods business his assistance being needed by his father in his bank and in looking after his numerous other outside interests. It thus naturally came about that upon the death of his father Lewis L., assumed the active management of the bank and of the general affairs of the estate, although the responsibility of these affairs is shared by his mother and his brothers.

Mr. Northrup not only succeeded to the work his father had done in the management of the large estate of the family, but he inherited also his father's aptitude and liking for business, his public spirit and his pride in Iola. The Northrup business is as large and dominating a factor in the city of Iola as it was in the village of Iola. The Northrup support of any public enterprise is as much relied upon, and is as generous and ready as it ever was. It has given to Iola the finest business building yet erected here, and it has contributed with a lavish hand to every enterprise planned and carried out for the good of the public.

It nearly always happens that the possessor of large wealth, particularly in a small town, is personally unpopular, but that rule does not hold good with "Lute" Northrup. His public spirit, his generosity, his unselfish willingness to serve his friends and the public, his absolute honesty, are so well established that it is not too much to say that he holds not only the good will but the regard of the entire community. This is sufficiently attested by the fact that he has repeatedly been elected*#151;often over his protest and never at his own suggestion—to various city offices, being at the present time the representative of his ward in the city council.

Mr. Northrup was married October 25, 1894, to Miss Lettie Bruner. Three children have been born to them, of whom Roswell Bruner Northrup and Laverne Lee Northrup are now living.

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