Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

EDWARD STEIN. The business opportunities in this country are great, and are open to all, whether native or foreign born, and all a young man needs to do is to determine what his natural gifts, taste and capacity will enable him to successfully grasp and prepare himself for, and when this is determined, to industriously persevere in his vocation, observing honorable methods in all relations. If this is done, success, the aim and object of all, will be the reward. Such a narrative of success is afforded in the life of Edward Stein, and is a lesson from which others can profit. In Lehigh County, of the Keystone State, was born April 29, 1842, a boy who grew up to sturdy manhood ambitious to excel in the pursuit of his choice. His father, John Stein, died about the year 1846, and his mother, who was known in her maidenhood as Mary Klingamon, died in 1851. Early in life Edward was thrown on his own resources, and as his parents had moved to Pickaway County, Ohio, when he was but three years old, he had been reared to the life of a farmer, consequently receiving very little schooling. After his parents both died, he farmed until he was twenty years of age. At that time the Civil War broke out, and, with a patriotic desire to serve his country, he enlisted in Company F, Forty-third Ohio Infantry, in 1861. During his three years of service he was a drummer, and was in the battles of Island No. 10, Corinth and Iuka, and was also with General Sherman in his Atlanta Campaign. He was mustered out of service in 1864, at Savannah, Ga.

After his war experiences, Mr. Stein returned home to Pickaway County, and again engaged in farming for two years, and then removed to Anderson County in the fall of 1868. He settled in Lincoln Township, on the section where he now resides,and at once began clearing and cultivating the land. Since that time he has so skillfully managed as to increase his estate both in dimensions and value, and is now the possessor of a quarter-section of fine farming land. Gentle and unobtrusive, Mr. Stein accords to every man the light to his opinions, and his dealings with his fellow-citizens have always been of an honest and upright character.

Our subject's marriage united him with Miss Kate F. Morgan, who is a native of Pickaway County, where she was born July 31, 1844. Their marriage occurred in that county, October 12, 1865, and has resulted in the birth of seven living children, as follows: George E., who married Miss Maud Ridgeway; Harley, Edmund S., Rosa M., Charles M., Ray A. and Hattie B. William is deceased. Mrs. Stein's parents, Samuel D. and Electa (Sabine) Morgan, came to Anderson County in the latter part of the '70s, where the former died November 1, 1890, and the latter passed to her final rest April 8, 1888. Both were highly respected in the neighborhood in which they resided, and were sadly missed when death called them from this life to the one beyond.

Mr. Stein has always taken an active interest in the public issues of the day, and he has held some township offices, having been elected Trustee for two terms, and at one time was a candidate for County Treasurer, but was defeated by seventeen votes. Politically he is a Democrat. He is a member of Kilpatrick Post No. 180, and is highly connected with the Grand Army of the Republic and the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Stein is a public-spirited man, and is ever ready to do all that lies within his power toward the advancement of his community.

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