Note: BIOGRAPHY: BIOGRAPHY: WERHAN FAMILY by Dr. Chas. E. Werhan
BIOGRAPHY: BIOGRAPHY: William Julian (Jule) Werhan: Hanover, Westphalia, Germany. Born 4/20/1845. Died in Bennington, Kansas 6/30/39. Upon reaching America with his three brothers and one sister, he served in the Civil War as a drummer boy 1862-1866. He married 2/11/l866 in Forest Mills, Iowa, to Ann Adele Gilson of Wisconsin. To this marriage were born 5 sons, 4 daughters. He and his four brothers together constructed and operated a small flour mill on the banks of a small stream in Dekora, Iowa. From there he traveled south to participate in the Oklahoma Land Rush. He farmed for a short while but then migrated to Nebraska. There he was elected to and served in the Nebraska State Legislature. He, his wife and two sons then moved to Bennington, Kansas, where he lived until his death. The two sons accompanying their father to Bennington, were McKensie Peter (Mack) and Marion (Maine). The family was involved in a General Store located at the northeast corner of the business district for many years until Jule's retirement. The two sons were unable to continue the store and graduated into farming and building trades.
BIOGRAPHY: BIOGRAPHY: Marion Werhan married Alta Adams. Four sons were born to this marriage and were reared in Bennington. The oldest, Floyd, was an electrical engineer and spent his life working for a power company in Hays, Kansas. He married a local Bennington girl, Eunice, daughter of Grant Dalrymple. They had two children: son, Don, and a daughter, Nadine. The second son, Chester, entered the building trade with his father. He married Hila Lee McClain. They lived in Bennington their entire life. Later during World War II became a superintendent for a construction company in Salina. They had one son, Chas. E., who became a physician and practiced in Bennington, for a period of 33 years. Dr. Werhan married Lauretta Hederstedt. Two children were born to this union: Dr. Bruce, an active anesthesologist in Columbus, Ohio, and Sue Ellen. The third son, Everett, was in the oil and building business. During this time he married Delphene. To this marriage a son, Kenneth Rae, a career navy jet pilot, and daughter, Madelyn, were born. Everett later moved to Colorado. His wife died there. He later remarried. While he was able, Everett made regular return visits to his hometown of Bennington. The fourth son, Glenn, married Jeanne White. They were married just out of high school and prior to their deaths celebrated 62 years of marriage. To this union a son, Larry, a teacher and estate planner, and daughter, Colleen, were born. Glenn farmed near Bennington for many years and later entered the building trade, becoming a superintendent for a Salina construction company.
BIOGRAPHY: BIOGRAPHY: Stories by citizens of Bennington during the days of the Old Gentleman, William Julian Werhan, actions can well be remembered by the automobile that he drove. This was a Studebaker, open, with all the flaps flying in the wind, as he drove to the local beer parlor for his usually daily schooner of beer and a cigar. Jules would park in front of the George Kubach pool hall. Upon leaving he would walk to the rear of his Studebaker, look up and down the street, then enter his car and back out from the curb. In those days the main Highway 81 ran through the center of town leaving his actions very dangerous and open to accidents. On one occasion, when Jules had reached home he entered his Studebaker into his garage only forgetting to stop and, hence, proceeded to drive completely through the other end. His son, Marion, and grandson, Chester, reviewed the damage and concluded for the gentleman that perhaps it would be best to place a door on each end of his garage. The old German did not take the suggestion well and stormed off into his house. To those who can remember, Jules Werhan was the first to have a completely "pink" house in the city of Bennington. For some reason he had his house painted this color and it remained that color for many years, resulting in various "off street" discussions as to why the "extreme". Jules only stated his reason as "that he enjoyed roses".
BIOGRAPHY: BIOGRAPHY: Jules' family, being quite large, frequently entertained family reunions in Bennington and would attract family members from the central United States -Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. These events were well known to the community and when they occurred the people of Bennington were quick to respond to help feed the families attending. Marion's wife, Alta, was a center post of the Methodist church, thus attracted help from church members in this situation.
BIOGRAPHY: BIOGRAPHY: Jules as very picturesque in his '90s. No longer able to drive, he frequently walked the four blocks to the Kubach pool hall for his beer, supporting himself on two canes, his legs severely bowed (due to Pagets disease of bone, a Werhan malady that still exists today) wearing a black suit, string-type tie, black hat and a smile
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