George O. Abbott

George Oliver Abbott was born April 6, 1867, in West Branch, Iowa. He was the oldest of eight children and came with his parents to Finney County in 1882. After growing to manhood on his father's homestead SE 28-23-33 George went to Dodge City where he secured employment with the Santa Fe Railway. He was married in 1891 to Hattie Ridenour, who died two years later. In 1894 he went to Texas to work for C. J. (Buffalo) Jones who had started to build the "Populist" railroad. After seventy-four miles of the road was completed, financial difficulties caused the project to be abandoned. Mr. Abbott returned to Garden City in 1898 where he worked in the light plant of D. R. Menke. He later became operating engineer at the sugar company power house. Here he worked until illness caused his death Feb. 28, 1938.

George O. Abbott was married the second time to Virginia May Kimmons in Alvin, Texas, Mar. 31, 1898. There are two sons: Earl G. and Roger L. Mrs. Abbott still keeps house at the old home place, 313 N. 12th Street, Garden City.


from History of Finney County, Kansas, Vol II, 1954