BERT CHRONISTER. - Rosedale, Kansas, includes among its leading business men and social favorites Bert Chronister, cashier of the Rosedale State Bank.
Mr. Chronister is a native of Kansas. He was born at Abilene, Dickinson county, in 1875, son of John S. and Maria K. (Elliott) Chronister, the former a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1837, the latter of Ohio, born in 1844. John S. Chronister served as a Union soldier during the Civil war, and a few years after the close of the war, in 1871, came west to Kansas and purchased a farm in Dickinson county, where he prospered and was well known as an influential and highly respected citizen. Here for over thirty years he made his home, until his death, which occurred in 1902. Politically he was a Republican, and his religious faith was that of the United Brethren church, of which he was a worthy member. His widow is still living, residing with Bert Chronister in Rosedale, Kansas. Elmer E. Chronister, the older brother, married Miss Carrie E. Kugler and resides on the home place. Herbert D. Chronister, a younger brother, married Mabel La Force and now lives on a farm near Harrisonville, Missouri.
On his father's farm Bert Chronister was born and reared. After attending district school a few years, he was sent to the Dickinson High School, where he pursued a full course and graduated in 1896. Then he returned to the farm and remained there a brief time, but his inclination was for a business life and he sought it first at Chapman, Kansas, where, as bookkeeper, he began his banking career. Soon he was promoted to the position of cashier, which place he filled there for four years. Then he came to Kansas City, Kansas, and helped to organize the Home State Bank of Kansas City. In 1903 he organized the Rosedale State Bank, of which he is now cashier.
Like his father before him, Mr. Chronister votes the Republican ticket. He is not, however, active politically. In the social and fraternal life of the town he has been a prominent factor since he took up his residence here, maintaining membership in various organizations, including the Masons, the Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Fraternal Aid.
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