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One of the representative citizens of Effingham, Atchison county, A. D. Cirtwell is justly entitled to a place in the annals of this county, in which he has so long made his home. In times of peace and of war he has been intensely patriotic, doing everything within his power to uphold and strengthen his state and country. He has the distinction of being one of the youngest, if, indeed, not the youngest, soldier of the Civil war now living in Kansas, as he was only fourteen years of age at the time of his enlistment.

The only son of his parents, R. N. and Susan (Burns) Cirtwell, our subject was born in Jefferson county, New York, October 7, 1850. The mother, who was a most estimable lady, and an earnest member of the Christian church. died in 1885. The father departed this life in 1896. He was a sterling citizen, an able business man, and was active in the ranks of the Republican party.

The education of A. D. Cirtwell was obtained in the public schools of his native state, but his studies were interrupted materially by the great Civil war and the grave issues at stake. Though he was but fourteen and a half years old when the war closed, his father had much difficulty for some time in restraining the youth from volunteering his services on behalf of the Union, and finally, in 1864, the young patriot enlisted in Company I, Eighty-sixth New York Infantry, his commanding officer being Colonel Winslow. While in the service he was wounded and was honorably discharged December 18, 1865.

When he was twenty years of age A. D. Cirtwell came to the west, following the advice of Horace Greeley, of his own great state. Ever since that year, 1870, he has made his home in Kansas, and has suffered, with her, the vicissitudes which destiny has had in store during the past three decades. He has lived in Effingham for eighteen years, and is engaged in the buying and selling of horses, always keeping a number of high-bred roadsters and saddle animals on hand. Integrity and justice mark all of his transactions and his word is considered as good as his bond. Of a genial, friendly disposition he readily wins the regard and genuine esteem of all with whom he comes in contact and few of our citizens are more widely known or more popular.

The marriage of Mr. Cirtwell and Katherine Shorey was solemnized in New York, in 1871. She is a daughter of George Shorey and Katherine Shorey, both deceased. Mrs. Cirtwell, who is a lady of excellent educational and social attainments, has become the mother of three children: Susan Charlotte, wife of Arthur F. Wallace, of Muscotah, Atchison county, Kansas; Charles Hubert, who married Stella Stepp, a daughter of W. W. Stepp, and now resides in Effingham, Atchison county, Kansas; and Fred, a graduate of the Topeka (Kansas) Business College, and now private secretary to the principal in the Atchison county high school.

As might be expected Mr. Cirtwell has a warm place in his heart for the comrades who fought for the stars and stripes, and has long been an honored member of Effingham Post, No. 276, G. A. R. He also belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Politically he is a stalwart Republican, taking an active interest in its success. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.