Near Palermo, Kansas, resides one of the early settlers of Doniphan county, -- Lawrence Kuebler, an enterprising farmer, whose success in the practical affairs of life is due to his well-directed efforts. Thirty-five years ago he came to this locality and has therefore witnessed almost its entire growth and development, for during the period prior to the civil war Kansas was the scene of conflict between the sectional parties and material advancement was almost an unknown element. Since the close of the civil strife, however, great progress has been made, and he has felt keen interest in this work of improvement, lending his aid and co-operation to all movements for the public good.
Mr. Kuebler is a native of the Fatherland, his birth having occurred in the principality of Baden, Germany, in 1827. His parents, Lawrence and Mary (Walker) Kuebler, were farming people, and both died in Germany. Upon his father's farm the subject of this review was reared, and from an early age he assisted in the work of the fields. The educational privileges afforded him were those of the common schools, and after putting aside his text-books he served in the German war of 1848-9. When twenty-five years of age he crossed the briny deep to the new world, landing at New York city after a voyage of twenty-seven days. He did not tarry in the eastern metropolis, however, but made his way at once to Louisville, Kentucky, where he remained for one year. On the expiration of that period he went to Nebraska City, Nebraska, where he continued for eighteen months, at the end of which time be secured an ox team and outfit and started on the overland journey to Pike's Peak. He walked the greater part of the distance and spent some time in the mountains of Colorado, after which he again turned his face eastward and became a resident of Iowa, where he conducted a sawmill until the outbreak of the civil war. He then responded to the call of his adopted country for aid, and became one of the boys in blue of Company D, First Nebraska Volunteers. The regiment was stationed at Fort Donelson, and under command of Captain Gerradeur Mr. Kuebler participated in the battle of Shiloh. He later took part in a number of hard-fought engagements and skirmishes, and was honorably discharged at Omaha, Nebraska, on the 2d of August, 1865, after the war had been terminated and peace restored. He joined the ranks as a private but was serving as a corporal when mustered out.
On the 12th of January, 1870, Mr. Kuebler was united in marriage to Miss Efrsence Brebee, who was born in Prussia, Germany. Three children graced their union, but the daughter, Mary, is now deceased. The sons are Sam and George. The mother died July 11, 1879, and on the 22d of February, 1888, Mr. Kuebler was united in marriage to Mrs. Abbdena Litz, who was born in Prussia, and at the time of her marriage to Mr. Kuebler was a widow with three children. One of her daughters married George Kuebler, a son of our subject. In his political affiliations Mr. Kuebler is a Republican, unswerving in his support of the principles of the party. He and his family are members of the Baptist church and enjoy the respect of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Their home is one of the good farms of Marion township, comprising sixty-five acres, which is under a high state of cultivation. Progressive methods of farming are followed in the care of the property, and the well-tilled fields and excellent improvements upon the place indicate the careful supervision of the owner. He came to America with the hope of bettering his financial condition, and the result that has followed his efforts has exceeded his expectation. He has gained here a comfortable competence, and has also established himself in a pleasant home in the midst of a large circle of warm friends.