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Dr. Charles Solomon Huffman (b. Oct 08, 1865, d. May 06, 1960)Charles Solomon Huffman (son of William Purcell Huffman and Mary Williamson) was born Oct 08, 1865 in Vincennes, Indiana, and died May 06, 1960 in Columbus, KS.He married Minnie Graham Cowley on May 03, 1893 in Columbus, KS, daughter of William Rufus Cowley and Florence Jerusha Oviat Smith.
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CHARLES S. HUFFMAN, M. D.
It is unusual for a medical man to become so widely and prominently identified with state affairs as Dr. Charles S. Huffman, of Columbus. Doctor Huffman is also a state senator, having represented his district in the State Senate for twelve years. On account of his long and arduous participation in the state militia, beginning with service in the famous Kansas Regiment during the Spanish-American war, he has attained the rank of brigade commander, and is one of the most active figures in the National Guard of the state. He made his mark in the world as a physician first, and has been for more than a quarter of a century actively identified with the profession at Columbus.
He was born in the historic Vincennes, Indiana, October 8, 1865. In his ancestry both in maternal and paternal lines can be found Revolutionary soldiers, and thus he inherits his interest in military affairs. Doctor Huffman served as assistant surgeon, with the rank of captain, in the Twentieth Kansas Regiment during the Spanish-American and Philippine wars, having enlisted in April, 1898. He was a member of Colonel Funston's staff. He spent eighteen months in the service, and was mustered out at San Francisco, October 28, 1899. Since then he has never lost a keen interest in the National Guard, and has passed through all the grades of service and is now a brigade commander.
His early youth was spent in the vicinity of old Vincennes, and he attended the public schools there, graduating from high school in 1883. Doctor Huffman is one of the early settlers in Cherokee County, having come to this state soon after leaving high school and locating near Columbus, on his father's farm. While several succeeding summers were spent in assisting his father on the farm, he taught school during the winter months for four seasons, all his teaching being done in Cherokee County. Ambitious for a larger life fitted to his talents, he entered in 1887 the medical department of the State University of Missouri, and was graduated in 1890. Doctor Huffman despite his many other interests, has been a keen and alert student of medical science and is without question one of the foremost representatives of his profession in the state today.
During the years 1895-1896 he took post-graduate work in the Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York City. Beginning practice at Columbus, in 1890, he has since been busy with looking after a large general and surgical practice, and is now the second oldest physician in point of continuous residence in that city. Doctor Huffman is a member of the Cherokee County Medical Society, has served as secretary of the Kansas State Medical Society since 1903, also belongs to the Southeast Kansas Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Over the state at large he is doubtless best known for his active participation in public affairs. For years he has been one of the leading republicans in this section of the state. He was first elected to the State Senate from the Tenth Kansas District in 1904 and has been re-elected in 1908, 1912 and 1916. He has in many ways wielded a strong influence in behalf of worthy legislation, and has been the means of furthering some of the laws which have given Kansas an enviable distinction among the states of the Union. For four years he was chairman of the important Ways and Means Committee in the Senate. During the last session he was chairman of the committee on military affairs, where his membership was in the nature of a fitting tribute to his long and active interest in the National Guard. It was he who introduced and secured the passage in 1907 of the Pure Food and Drug Act which is now on the statute books of the state. This was a piece of advanced legislation which placed Kansas among the forefront of the states that were safeguarding the health of the people by securing the purity of foods and drugs. Doctor Huffman has introduced and has been instrumental in the passage of a number of laws relating to the protection and safety of miners engaged in the mining industries of the state. This has been a subject of long continued study for him, and he has been equally zealous in behalf of the maintenance of the educational institutions at a high standard. He was one who lead the movement for the reorganization of the old board of regents, formerly composed of six members for each institution, into the board of administration for the educational institutions, comprising three members and concentrating all power and responsibility in their hands, a change that resulted in great benefit and improvement in the administration of the educational institutions of Kansas.
Those who are in a position to know say that Doctor Huffman deserves as much credit as any other member of the State Government for the construction of the splendid Memorial Building which adorns the capital city and stands a tribute not only to those brave soldiers of the Union, but also to the modern progressive tendencies of the state. Doctor Huffman was chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the Senate when the appropriation for that building was made. He concerned himself with every phase of its construction from the time the original appropriation was passed until the hall was opened for the public use. The feature of the building which more than any other makes it unique among the public structures of Topeka, is the beautiful white marble employed on a generous scale both inside and out.
Some reference has already been made to the military activities of Doctor Huffman's ancestors. The Huffmans originated in Germany, but members of the family came to Pennsylvania in colonial times. Doctor Huffman's grandmother's ancestors were from England. His grandfather, Solomon Huffman, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1800, and was one of the early settlers in the old French Town of Vincennes, Indiana. He came in the early days before the improved methods of transportation were in vogue, and made the trip down the Ohio River in a flat boat, and then voyaged up the Wabash until he arrived at his destination. He was a cabinetmaker by trade, a vocation he followed in his younger days, but most of his active life was spent in farming near Vincennes, where he died in 1877. In politics he was first a whig and later a republican, and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Solomon Huffman married Fannie Purcell, who was born at Vincennes, in 1810, and died there in 1873. She was of a Virginia family.
William P. Huffman, father of Senator and Doctor Huffman; was born at Vincennes, Indiana, on April 4, 1834, was reared and married there, and became a farmer. In 1882 he moved to Hallowell, Kansas, and continued farming until he retired. He died at Hallowell, April 19, 1914. He was a republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church. William P. Huffman married Mary Williamson, who was born at old Vincennes, June 11, 1841, and died at. Hallowell, in Cherokee County, Kansas, July 24, 1907. The children of this worthy couple were: Dr. Charles S., Alvin, who was born October 1, 1867, and is now a resident of Nevada, Missouri, being supervisor of bridges and the building department for the Missouri Pacific Railway; William P.; who was born September 26, 1869, and is a stockman at Ordway Colorado; Minnie L.; who was born February 9, 1872, and died in Cherokee County, Kansas, July 20, 1901, had resided until a short time before her death in Cheyenne, Wyoming, being the wife of Ray Cook, now a resident of California; Lulu M., who was born September 13, 1879, and is now living at Oswego, Kansas, the widow of Thad Rodenberger, a farmer.
Doctor Huffman was married at Columbus, Kansas, in 1893, to Miss Minnie Cowley, a daughter of W. R. and Florence (Smith) Cowley, both of whom are now deceased. Her father, though a resident of Columbus, Kansas, was general attorney for the Long-Bell Lumber Company, of Kansas City, Missouri. Doctor and Mrs. Huffman have one daughter: Mona Clare, who was born November 21, 1895, is now a senior in the University of Kansas, at Lawrence, is an active member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and is president of the Woman's Governing Association of the University.
Senator Huffman has one of the attractive homes at Columbus, at 634 East Maple Street, and a farm of 240 acres in the southwest part of Cherokee County. He is a director in the Columbus State Bank, and for five years served as president of that institution. He has many associations with the social and business life of his home city, is active in the Columbus Commercial Club, is a prominent Mason, belonging to Prudence Lodge No. 100, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, at Columbus; Columbus Chapter No. 223, Royal Arch Masons; to Columbus Lodge No. 12, Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias; the Modern Woodman of America; and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He and his family are members of the Christian Church.
A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed November 11, 1998.
BG CHARLES S. HUFFMAN
Kansas' 24th Adjutant General
October 1, 1917 - January 27, 1919
Brig. Gen. Charles S. Huffman was born October 5, 1865 at Vincennes, Indiana. Huffman was a graduate of the University of Missouri in medicine. In 1890, he established a practice in Columbus, Kansas and on May 13, 1898, he was mustered in the 20th Kansas Volunteer Regiment. He served as the assistant surgeon, at the rank of captain, with the 20th in the Philippines. He was mustered out of service with the 20th on October 28, 1899.
He was appointed Adjutant General on October 1, 1917 as served in that position until January 27, 1919. He retired from the Guard on January 23, 1920.
Huffman civilian career included his service as a state senator, chairman of the board of administration and as the state's lieutenant governor.
He died May 6, 1960 in Colombus, Kansas.
Served in the Spanish-American War as Captain and Assistant Surgeon -
A short history from Correspondence Relating to the War With Spain (vol 1 p.593), Adjutant-General's Office:
Twentieth Regiment. -- Organized at Topeka, Kansas City, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, Leroy, Fort Scott, Independence, Lawrence, Osawatomie, Abilene, and Saline, Kans., April 27 to May 5, 1898, and mustered into the service of the United States at Topeka May 9 to 13, with 46 officers and 964 enlisted men. Left Topeka May 16; arrived at San Francisco May 20; assigned to Second Independent Brigade, Eighth Army Corps. Headquarters and Companies C, D, E, G, H, I, K, and M, sailed from San Francisco on transport Indiana October 27, arriving at Manila, P.I., November 30. Companies A, B, F, and L sailed on transport Newport November 8, arriving at Manila December 7. Regiment assigned to First Brigade, Second Division, Eighth Army Corps, December 9. Participated in engagements around Manila February 4, 5, and 6; uprising in Manila, February 23; engagement at Caloocan, February 10, and defense of Caloocan, February 11 to March 24; engagements at Tuliajan River, March 25; Polo, March 26; Marilao, March 27; Bocaue and Guiguinto, March 29; advance on Malolos, March 30 and 31; engagement at Bagbag River, April 25; Rio Grande, April 26 and 27; Santo Tomas, May 4; Bacolor, May 24; defense of San Fernando, May 6 to June 25, and engagements near San Fernando, May 25 and June 16; reconnaissances to Santa Rita, May 25; to Bulacan, April 1, and Paranaque, August 2. The regiment was relieved from duty in the field and returned to Manila June 24. Sailed from Manila on transport Tarter September 3; arrived at San Francisco October 10. Mustered out of the service of the United States at San Francisco October 28, 1899, with 46 officers and 720 enlisted men. Casualties while in service: Officers -- killed in action, 3; wounded, 20. Enlisted men -- killed in action, 19; wounded, 120; died of wounds, 11; died of disease, 35; deserted, 4.
This short history has been graciously submitted to KSGenWeb for use on this web page by Walter Gentala, grandson of Pvt. John Jay Humbert, Co. A, 20th KS.
Letter from Tom Ward - Cherokee County Historical Society
I met Dr HUFFMAN when I was younger.He was a friend of my family.My
parents business was printing and we carried office supplies too.After he
had retired and didn't get out much, I can recall going with Mom to deliver
a typewriter ribbon.I'll never forget seeing the old fashioned umbrella
stand that sat just inside the door with his hat, coat and medical bag all
covered with dust, just as he had left them when he declared retirement.
I'll copy/paste below an article that appeared in the Joplin Globe
newspaper this year.I thought perhaps you'd like to have this.Also I
might tell you that the Kansas State Library has been collecting
biographies on all of the legislators.I forwarded this to one of my
friends who is one of the state librarians and one of our Coordinators for
the KSGenWeb Project hosted on the State Library server for inclusion in
the information he was helping to compile.
Here's the article I found on Dr Charles S. HUFFMAN
Joplin Globe pg 2BWednesday, January 6, 1999
Columbus physician wins Kansas honor.
Editor's Note:This column deals with news fished from The Joplin Globe
archives of a half century ago.
By Charles GIBBONS Columnist
A lontime physician at Columbus, Kan., was named the top Kansas doctor of
1948, according to an announcement in January half a century ago.In a
story about the honor, The Globe stated:
"Kansas Doctor of 1948' has been added to the many laurels of Dr. Charles
S. Huffman, 83-year-old Columbus physician, the Kansas Medical Society has
"The former Kansas lieutenant governor, adjutant general, state senator,
and president and secretary of the Kansas Medical Society will be specially
honored at the society's annual banquet May 11 in Topeka.
"The Columbus physician, although approaching his eighty-fourth birthday,
continues to carry on his practice and is considered by his home community
as its most eminent citizen.
"A native of Vincennes, Ind., Dr Huffman has been a resident of Cherokee
County since 1874 and has practiced his profession there since 1890.
"Dr Huffman's parents and the four children left their home in Vincennes in
the fall of 1869 in a covered wagon, bound for Kansas, but at Mt. Vernon,
Mo., one of the horses died.To replace the loss, the father worked for
near-by farmers and helped build a school house.It was here that Charles
received his first schooling.
"In 1874, the family was able to move on into Cherokee County, Kansas,
where they homesteaded a few miles west of Columbus"
Name: Charles Solomon Huffman
Born: October 8, 1865, in Vincennes, Indiana.
Chamber: Senate 1905, 1907, SS1908, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1917
Notes: Came to Kansas in 1883. Spanish American War veteran: captain and assistant surgeon of the 20th Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry. During World War I he held the title of Adjutant General of Kansas. Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 1919-1923. Married May 3, 1893, to Minnie Cowley.
HANDBOOK OF THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE, 1905. Topeka, Kan. : Geo Crane & Co., 1905.
Charles S. Huffman, distinguished legislator, physician, and banker, was born at Vincennes, Knox county, Indiana, Oct. 8, 1865. His father, William P. Huffman, was born at Bruceville, Knox county, Indiana, and his paternal grandparents were Solomon and Fanny (Purcell) Huffman. The grandfather was a native of Pennsylvania, son of John Huffman, also a Pennsylvanian, who removed with his family from his native state in a very early day, settling in southwestern Indiana. The Huffmans are of Dutch origin, and the paternal grandmother, Fanny (Purcell) Huffman, was a native of Virginia, and of English lineage. The mother of Charles S. Huffman bore the maiden name of Mary Williamson, and was born at Vincennes, Ind. Her father was a soldier in the Mexican war, in which conflict he was killed. William P. Huffman removed from Indiana to Kansas in 1882, and settled at Hallowell, Cherokee county, where he has since resided, being now seventy-seven years of age. Farming has been his life pursuit.
Charles S. Huff man was reared in Indiana, on a farm, and his early scholastic training was received in the district schools of his native state. He then attended the high school at Bruceville, Ind., and at the same place supplemented a fair common school education with several terms in a normal school. He came to Kansas in 1883, joining his parents in Cherokee county, where they had settled the previous year. There he taught school until he entered the medical department of the University of Missouri, at St. Louis, in which he graduated in 1890. He began the practice of medicine at Columbus, Kan., where he has continued to reside since entering upon his professional career. He rose rapidly in his profession, taking rank among the leading physicians and surgeons of Kansas, and in 1895 took a post-graduate course at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York City. He holds membership in the Cherokee County Medical Society, in the Kansas State Medical Society, and in the American Medical Association. Since 1904 he has been secretary of the Kansas State Medical Society.
From an early period in life Dr. Huffman has been an active Republican in politics. In 1895 he was elected county coroner of his county, and in 1904 was elected state senator from Cherokee county. In 1908 he was reëlected to the state senate to succeed himself, and in that position has rendered service that has met the most sanguine hopes of his friends and constituents. With distinction and honor he has served on the Ways and Means Committee of the state senate, of which committee he was chairman during the last two sessions of the legislature. Senator Huffman is the author of several important bills that were enacted into law, among them being the 1907 pure food law, laws effecting mines and miners, and labor and labor organizations, and the present workmen's compensation act.
When the Spanish-American war came on Dr. Huffman became assistant surgeon in the Twentieth Kansas United States volunteers. He served on the staff of General Funston, in the Philippines, and when he was mustered out of the service he was a staff officer, with the rank of captain. In March, 1911, he was appointed and commissioned brigadier-general of the Kansas National Guards, a rank he now holds.
For several years Senator Huffman has been connected with and interested in, as a stockholder and director, the Columbus State Bank, and in July, 1909, was chosen president of this institution, which position he now holds, to discharge the duties of which, as well as that of state senator, he has practically retired from the practice of medicine.
In 1893 Dr. Huffman was united in marriage with Miss Minnie Cowley, and unto this union a daughter was born—Mona Clara, by name. Fraternally Dr. Huffman is a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of the Knights of Pythias, and in religious faith he is a member of the Christian church.
Pages 351-352 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
Columbus, Kansas, The Daily Advocate, Friday, May 6, 1960
-- Death Claims Dr. Chas. S. Huffman --
Dr. Charles S. Huffman, 94, one of Columbus' oldest and most beloved citizens, died at 9:07 this morning in the Maude Norton Memorial City Hospital, after a lengthy illness.
During his long and illustrious career, Dr. Huffman brought considerable recognition to his hometown of Columbus while serving as a physician, statesman, politician, banker, soldier, teacher and farmer.
Born Oct. 8, 1865, in Vincennes, Ind., Dr. Huffman accompanied his parents, Wiliam P. and Mary Williamson Huffman, and their three other children, to Kansas, in 1874 making the trip in a covered wagon. The family settled on a homestead south of Sherwin. Dr. Huffman returned to Indiana to obtain a high school education and then rejoined his parents on the family farm when he was 17. He taught school in Cherokee county three years before entering medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Upon graduation, the young doctor returned to Columbus and began his practice of medicine in 1890, a profession that he followed throughout the remainder of his life. He was the recipient of hte "Kansas Doctor of the Year" award in 1948.
Dr. Huffman served as medical officer in the famous 20th Kansas Regiment of United States Volunteers, with the rank of captain, during the Spanish-American War, seeing service in the Philippine Islands. He served as a Brigadier General of the Kansas National Guard from 1910 until 1914. During World War I, he was designated Adjutant General of Kansas on the governor's staff.
-- Lieutenant-Governor --
Elected State Senator from Cherokee County in 1904, he served 16 years before being elected Lieutenant-Governor of the state, serving in that post from 1918 until 1922.
Always prominent in the state medical profession, the doctor served as an officer in the Kansas Medical Society and on the State Board of Health many years and was the first chairman of the State Board of Administration set up to study requests for funds from numerous public institutions. He was instrumental in helping to organize public health in Kansas and to establish the first Kansas School of Medicine.
Dr. Huffman became a director of the Columbus State Bank in 1897, was elected president in 1915 and served in that capacity until this year when he was designated President Emeritus. He was a member of Columbus Christian Church, and Prudence Lodge No. 100, AF and AM, receiving his 50-year membership pin in the Masonic Lodge in 1955.
Dr. Huffman and Miss Minnie Cowley were married May 3, 1893, at the home of her parents in Columbus. She died in February, 1936.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Will J. Miller of Topeka, one grandson, Will J. Miller Jr., of Topeka, three great grand children and one nephew.
Funeral services will be conduded at 11 o'clock Monday morning in the First Christian Church. Interment will be in Park cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Jorden Funeral Home until 10 a.m. Monday. The casket will not be opened at the church. Friends may call at the funeral home.
The Columbus State Bank will be closed all day Monday.
-- NOTICE --
The first National Bank will be closed from 10:45 a.m. to 12 o'clock noon Monday for the funeral of Dr. Charles S. Huffman.
More About Charles Solomon Huffman and Minnie Graham Cowley:
Marriage: May 03, 1893, Columbus, KS.
Children of Charles Solomon Huffman and Minnie Graham Cowley are:
- +Mona Clare Huffman, b. Nov 21, 1894, Columbus, Kansas, d. Aug 25, 1979, Topeka, Kansas.