IDENTIFICATION ON PHOTO: "Mr & Mrs Geo W. Strickler, Girard KS"
PHOTO TAKEN: Bell's Studio, Girard Kans, June, 1893
ACQUIRED: Among a group of photographs given to me by Carol Kleppinger (so I can find homes for them) - these are friends, schoolmates and acquaintances of her grandmother Florence Ream.
This is George Willard Strickler, a well-known figure in Girard Kansas at the turn of the century, and his wife Elizabeth (Cornwell) Strickler. They are respectively 50 years old and 44 years old in this photo.
George was born in Indiana (Shelby County) on 22 June 1843 to parents John Strickler (1804-1865) and Susan Willard (1811-1876). Elizabeth was born in Indiana (probably Shelby County) in August 1849 to parents John Cornwell (1809-1896) and Ann Mariah Tucker (1815-1876).
1880 Census for Sheridan Kansas finds George (age 36) and Elizabeth (age 30), with no children. George is the Post Master for the community.
1900 Census for Girard Kansas find the couple residing here. George is a "Dealer of General Merchandise". They report that they have been married 31 years, and have had no children.
1910 Census, Girard Kansas, shows that George is a Real Estate Agent.
The following obits contain better info than I could likely find and report on my own.
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