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GEORGE M BUNKER

George M. Bunker is a retired merchant of Sabetha and is now serving as the president of the school board. In that capacity he has labored earnestly and effectively to uphold the standard of education, and his work is manifest in the high grade of the schools of this town. A native of Illinois, Mr. Bunker was born in Lena, Stephenson county, the 10th of June, 1856, and is a son of T. H. and Cecilia (Berry) Bunker. His paternal grandfather was Samuel Bunker, who removed to Illinois in his later years, spending his last days in the state. The father of our subject was born in New Hampshire, in 1828, and in early life removed to Illinois, where he met and married Miss Berry. They took up their abode in Stephenson county, where Mrs. Bunker died in 1864. Her husband still survives her, and is in his seventy-second year.

George M. Bunker, whose name introduces this review, spent his boyhood clays in his native town and was a student in the public schools there until he had acquired a fair knowledge of the English branches of learning. In his youth he also worked on a farm for a time and afterward learned the tinner's and plumber's trades at Lena, Illinois. In 1885 he removed to Liberty, Nebraska, and in January, 1887, became a resident of Sabetha, Kansas, where he purchased the tinshop of Mr. Adams and conducted a well-equipped hardware store, carrying a large line of shelf and heavy hardware, pumps and windmills. He continued his active connection with the mercantile interests of the town until October 15, 1899, when he sold his stock to C. G. Steward and retired to private life.

In 1877 Mr. Bunker was united in marriage to Miss Emma Kemper, of Lena, Illinois, a daughter of Isaac and Margaret Kemper. They have two children, Elta and George Ralph, the former now a teacher in the public schools of Sabetha. Mr. Bunker served for two terms as a member of the city council and is now the president of the school board. As a public official he has labored conscientiously for the welfare of those whom he represents, and his efforts have been attended with excellent results. Socially he is a member of Sabetha Lodge, No. 162, A. F. & A. M., Sabetha Lodge, No. 25, I. O. O. F., and the Modern Woodmen of America. His life has been quietly passed in the conduct of honorable business interests, and as a result of his straightforward dealing, his diligence and resolution he has gained a comfortable competence that now enables him to rest from the more arduous duties of an active commercial career.