WALLACE C ALEXANDER
The phenomenal development of Kansas in all lines of industry brought within its borders a class of shrewd and substantial business men who have well upheld its honor and advanced its material interests. Of this class the gentleman whose name is above is a prominent and favorably known representative. Wallace C. Alexander, of Everest, Washington township, Brown county, Kansas, has been more or less intimately identified with the counties of Atchison and Brown for the past twenty-nine years. For a dozen years or more he has been connected with the lumber trade of Brown and Doniphan counties and he has thus been brought into personal contact with the leaders in business and politics and public men generally.
Born at Waukesha, Wisconsin, August 30, 1851, Wallace C. Alexander secured the public-school training there and remained at his parental home until he was nineteen years old. He attended Carroll College two years, and upon leaving school came to Kansas. He stopped a short time at Topeka and Washington and finally located at Muscotah, and at all the places named he worked at the carpenter's trade. He later found employment in the express business as a messenger for the Adams Express Company in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico, and later was agent for the Pacific Express Company in Texas. Retiring from the express service he went to Scandia, Kansas, and entered the lumber trade as an employee of Howell Brothers and was later at Blue Hill, Nebraska, in the same business for Howell Brothers. From Blue Hill Mr. Alexander went to Everest, Kansas, reaching that place July 21, 1886. In 1888 he acquired an interest in the lumber yard at Everest with Mr. Noll, the firm of Alexander & Noll doing business until 1891, when Mr. Alexander became the sole proprietor. He has established branch yards at Leonardville and Purcell and his commercial influence extends over a large section of the "garden spot" of Kansas.
Mr. Alexander is a son of Charles Alexander, who was born in Ramburg, Wiltshire, England, November 4, 1824, and came to Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1845. He came to the United States fully equipped to make a living as a saddler of the old school. He married Mary A. Harrison, whose father, Abram Harrison, came to the United States from Liverpool, England. Charles Alexander died in 1865. His children were Priscilla, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the wife of F. C. Maynard; Wallace C.; Melissa, who married Martin Winsor and is dead; Chalnissa, widow of Benjamin Bonnell, who resides in Frankfort, Kansas; Irene, Mrs. W. C. Allison, of Muscotah, Kansas; Luella, the wife of Orlo Olden, of Muscotah; Julia, who married the late Rev. L. N. Rogers and lives in Muscotah. The widow of Charles Alexander married H. B. Dana and is a second time a widow. A son, Giles C. Dana, of Frisco, New Mexico, was born of this union. Mrs. Dana lives at Muscotah, Kansas.
Wallace C. Alexander was married, in Everest, in 1888, to Mrs. Ellen L. Way. Mrs. Alexander's father was a Mr. Dewey, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose ancestors were from Massachusetts. They are of the same stock and possess the same ancestral history as the family recently made famous by the achievements of the great admiral. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander are the parents of a son, George W. Alexander, born in 1890.
Since identifying himself with Everest Mr. Alexander has rendered himself one of its useful men. His whole make-up forbids his following in the wake of any movement of progress and he fights in the lead either for or against. He is a man of marked intelligence, good judgment and farsightedness and this combination has for a basis the strictest honesty. He has served five terms on the township board as treasurer, and though a partisan Republican in politics he is for the best interests of his town and his township, regardless of political consequences. He is a Christian gentleman, a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and one of its strongest supporters and maintainers. His work as the superintendent of the Sabbath school is well known and is not less enthusiastic than his church work.