NYPL RESEARCH LIBRARIES 3 3433 08178543 2 VA y HISTORY OF WYANDOTTE COUNTY KANSAS AND ITS PEOPLE EDITED AND COMPILED BY PERL W. II THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY CHICAGO 191 1 THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 709036 ASTOH, LENOX AND TILDt N FOUNDATIONS R 1915 L Vincent J. — Not alone does this venerable eitizen of Kansas City, Kansas, merit consideration in this work by reason of the fact that he is one of the honored pioneers of Wyandotte county, which has repre- sented his home for more than half a century, but he also has been a most prominent and influential factor in the civic and material develop- ment and upbuilding of this favored section of the state, where his in- terests have been wide and varied. dean of the newspaper profession in Kansas, as he has figured as editor and publisher of one paper for a longer period than has any other man in the state.Though venerable in years, he retains his mental faculties unimpaired and is still actively in the harness in connection with the editorial supervision of the Wyandotte Herald, which he founded and which is published by the Lane Printing Company.
He arrived in 1868 and located first in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he re- sided for about twelve years. 1\ coming to Kansas and locating in Wyandotte county.
lie made his livelihood at first by acting as coachman for various wealthy families and in a short time became familiar with the language and the customs of the country of which he had become a citizen. He was favor- ably impressed with Quindaro township, where he purchased some forty- two acres of land.
At the time he took up his residence here, there was a little old house upon the place, but Mr. She like- wise was a German in nationality and came to America alone when a young woman about twenty-six years of age. Possessed of many natural abilities, he has made such good use of each one that today he is one of the most prominent men in Wyandotte county, where he has resided for more than three decades. He later went to Topeka and during the six months of his residence there he helped to erect the big rolling mill in that city.
Stockhoff removed this and built his present residence upon the site. He next went to Lexington, Missouri, farmed there for a period of seven years and then came to Rosedale.
No citizen of Wyandotte county is better known than Mr.
Lane and none hold more secure vantage ground in popular confidence and esteem. Lane claims the fine old Keystone state of the Union as the place of his nativity and he is a scion of one of its sterling pioneer fami- lies.He has made such additions and now is the pos- sessor of one of the finest homes in the county, but not only is his house beautiful in design and perfect in appointment, but he has put up out- buildings that harmonize with it. Prom- holtz devotes most of his land to the cultivation of grapes and fruits of all kinds, to which his farm is particularly adapted. Promholtz enjoys has a right to con- gratulate himself, but when we realize that everything he has and is, is the result of his own diligent efforts, we feel that he lias every reason to be proud of his achievements.His cow barns and dairy sheds are as attractive, as such, as is the more pretentious residence. His fellow citizens showed their appreciation of his sterling character and proved abilities by electing him to the office, he is filling in the most satisfactory manner. Fromholtz's advent into the county, he married Miss Amelia Bngles, daughter of William and Wilhelmina Engles. Louis, the eldest son, is assist- ing his father with the work of the farm.This investment represented a capital of two thou- sand dollars, and. Stockhoff are consistent members of the German Lutheran church and they play an active part in the advancement of its good causes and are useful and popular citizens. Stockhoff 's energies are devoted entirely to farming. 1856, is of German birth and parentage, as his nativity occurred in Alsace-Loraine, of which province his father and mother, George and Christine Fromholtz. Adam Fromholtz was educated in the public schools of Germany hut at the age of seventeen, left his home and his native land and took passage for America, where he had neither relative nor friend.in eloquent evidence of the rapid and amazing rise in the price of land, this same property of course now much improved — is now worth four hundred dollars an acre, or nearly seventeen thou- sand dollars. Adam Fromholtz, clerk of Shawnee township, is proud to consider himself a farmer, and it is such men as lie that elevate the agricultural and fruit growing industries. fie was, however, possessed of indomitable courage, and when he landed in New York it was with the confident expectation that he would win out. Kansas, where he gained employment as a farm laborer, as farming was the only HISTORY OF WYANDOTTE COUNTY 523 kind of work of which he then had any knowledge.Six children were born to the union, Willi elmina Louis. The family is Catholic in religion, prominent in church as well as social life in Rosedale.