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Hon. S. C. Wheeler
S. C. Wheeler, who ably represented the counties of Republic and Cloud
in the senate during the Alliance movement, is one of the best-known
politicians as well as one of the most prosperous and energetic men of
Cloud county. Mr. Wheeler was born in Greenfield township, Huron county,
Ohio, in 1846, and lived in the home of his parents until he responded to
the call for more troops and enlisted in Company G, One-hundred and
Ninety-first Ohio, Volunteer Infantry, in February, 1865. He was
discharged the following June for disability, while in a hospital at
After regaining his health he emigrated to Iowa, where he purchased a
small farm and engaged in agriculture for three years. After three years
of western life Mr. Wheeler removed to Berrien county, Michigan, where he
became a tiller of the soil, remaining three years. He then located in the
town of Pentwater, Michigan, which is situated in the timber region of
that state, and worked in a lumber camp. Three years later he was
appointed superintendent of the Berrien county farm for the poor.
Accepting the position, he returned to his former home and superintended
that institution four years. But his vigorous nature longed for broader
fields and the boundless prairies' of Kansas, where his ambitions could
soar unrestrained and where he could build a home for himself and family.
He came to Kansas during the era of emigration in 1819, and on the 7th day
of March landed in Buffalo township, where he bought one hundred and sixty
acres of what is now his present farm. He has since added another quarter,
making a half section of land second to none in the county in point of
fertility and productiveness.
Politically Mr. Wheeler is a Populist. He joined the Alliance movement in
1889 and was elected state senator for Cloud and Republic counties at a
special election held for the purpose of filling the vacancy caused by the
death of E. E. Swearengin. He was the only Populist senator at that
session. In 1897 Governor Leedy appointed Mr. Wheeler member of the state
board of charities for Kansas, which position he filled with satisfaction
to the state and commendable credit to himself for two years and two
months, or until his term expired and the office succeeded to by a
Republican. At the last city election, held in April, 1903, Mr. Wheeler
was chosen mayor of Concordia.
||On March 23, 1867, he was united
in matrimony with Miss Delora Ashley, of Adamsville, Michigan. Mrs.
Wheeler is a sister of John H. Ashley. Although Mr. Wheeler has
gained prominence as a public character he is what might be
considered a home man and has always spent his leisure hours
enjoying the domestic felicity of his family, which consists of two
sons and a daughter. Their children are all married. Mr. and Mrs.
Wheeler have retired from the farm and occupy a beautiful cottage
home in Concordia, where they expect to spend the remainder of their
days at ease. They also have a large circle of friends who enjoy
their genuine hospitality. Mr. Wheeler is a man of public spirit,
always doing his part toward promoting any enterprise which is
calculated to benefit mankind.
Source: Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas:
biographies of representative citizens; published 1903, 915 pgs.
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