EDWARD A EGE
Edward A. Ege owns and superintends a farm of one hundred and sixty-two acres in Wayne township, Doniphan county, the place being pleasantly located about four and a half miles from Brenner and nine miles from Atchison. Markets are thus of easy access and it is therefore not difficult to obtain all the conveniences and privileges of town life. The farm is one of the best properties in the locality, its fields being under a high state of cultivation, while modern accessories and improvements indicate the careful supervision and progressive spirit of the owner, who is regarded as one of the successful farmers of his community.
Mr. Ege is a native of Carroll county, Maryland, where his birth occurred on the 5th of April, 1840. His father, Colonel Andrew G. Ege, was a soldier and officer in the Mexican war, and the grandfather, Michael Ege, was also a soldier in the service of his country. The Colonel was born and reared in Pennsylvania, and married Miss Margaret Ann McKaleb, a lady of Scotch-Irish descent and a daughter of Major McKaleb, of Maryland, an officer in the war of 1812. In 1854 Colonel Ege brought his family to the west, journeying by steamboat and stage to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he entered into partnership in the real estate business with General Jefferson Thompson, of Confederate fame. He became very successful in that line of business and was at one time the owner of over eight thousand acres of land and other valuable property. When the war came on the land depreciated greatly in value and taxes were very high and this led him to dispose of much of his property. He was a genial and jovial gentleman of the old school, interested in outdoor sports, and he always kept his riding horses and hounds ready for the hunt. The circle of his friends was very extensive and his home was celebrated for its hospitality. His death occurred in Highland, Doniphan county, Kansas, when seventy-seven years of age and his wife passed away when only thirty-eight years of age. In politics he was a supporter of the Democracy and both he and his wife were consistent members of the Presbyterian church. In their family were five children, three of whom are now living: John M., a resident of Oklahoma Territory; Andrew G., who went to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1858, as a printer, and is now residing on a ranch in the Lone Star state; Ed, of this review; Mrs. Mary Jane Rodgers, who died in Maryland; and William, who was killed by accident November 1, 1884, leaving a widow and three children.
E. A. Ege was a lad of fifteen years when his father came to the west. He obtained a good education in the schools of Maryland and in St. Joseph, Missouri, and during his youth assisted his father in business. In 1859 he went west with an ox team. remaining from home two years. During the war he was in the Confederate service, under General Price, for eight months, and was for some time employed as the government teamster at Fort Bridger, on the North Platte river. Since his marriage, however, he has devoted his time and energies to farming and is to-day the owner of one of the most valuable tracts of land in this locality.
In 1867 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Ege and Miss Mary A. Muldoon, who was born and reared in New York, a daughter of E. Muldoon, of Atchison, an ex-county commissioner. Mr. and Mrs. Ege became the parents of seven children, namely: Charles A., of Chickasha, Indian Territory; Mary A., the wife of Charles Swinford, of Doniphan county; Etta G., who is in Atchison; John J., at home; and three children who died in infancy. After the death of his brother William, he took his brother's two younger children -- Chloe and Thommy -- to raise and educate and they are still in his family. Mrs. Ege was called to her final rest on the 18th of September, 1889, at forty-one years of age. She was a member of the Catholic church and a most estimable lady, whose many excellent qualities gained her the regard of her friends. In business Mr. Ege is noted for his industry and careful management, in social life for his genial and courteous manner and as a citizen for his loyalty to and support of all measures which he believes will prove a public benefit. He well deserves mention among the representative men of Doniphan county, where he has resided for almost a half-century.
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