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Milo H. Gunsenhouser. The man who settled in Cordell, Oklahoma, as early as 1902 is rightfully regarded today as a pioneer o4 the community. Milo H. Gunsenhouser was one of these. He took over the management of the Herald-Sentinel in Cordell, of which he is the editor and owner.
The Gunsenhousers are of Swiss origin, and the paternal grandsire of the subject, as well as the first of the family to seek America, was John Jacob Gunsenhouser. He left his home in Switzerland when a lad of twelve years and settled in Ohio, where he found others of his own blood. Later he went to Indiana, settled on a farm of 160 acres located two miles east of Butler, and there he spent practically the remainder of his life. He sold the farm a short time before his death, which took place in Butler in 1873 when he was ninety-four years old. This pioneer married Betsy Stroll, a native of the State of Pennsylvania, and she died near Butler. Their son, John, father of the subject, was born in Ohio in 1830. He was still quite young when the family moved into Indiana, and there he was reared, and later married. He was a carpenter and passed his life in that work. A member of the United Brethren Church, he was an itinerant preacher of his day, and it is probable that he would have been ordained and entered the service as a full-fledged minister but that he lost his life in battle during the Civil war. He enlisted in the Forty-fourth Indiana Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, and was killed in action at Chickamauga. He married Lucinda Williams, who was born in Ohio in 1833, and she died at Grand Ledge in March, 1893. Four children were born to them. Frank M. is living in Webb City, Missouri. Milo H. was the second child. Rachel married Fred Dayton, a newspaper man of Chicago, who is now deceased, and she makes her home in that city. Ida married J. J. Tankersly, a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, now deceased, and she has her home with her widowed sister, Mrs. Dayton.
Growing up on the home farm, Milo H. Gunsenhouser attended the district schools of DeKalb County and began work on his own responsibility at the early age of fourteen years. In 1868 his widowed mother moved to Sigourney, Iowa, and there he worked on the farm on which they settled until 1875, when he entered the printing office of the Sigourney News. He spent five years in the general work of the office, and when he left was considered an all around printer. He went to Chicago and for six months worked at the trade there, after which he went to Auburn, Indiana, and took a position in the office of the Auburn Republican, where he continued for eighteen months. For the next seven years he was with the Hillsdale Leader, in Hillsdale, Michigan.
In 1889 Mr. Gunsenhouser felt himself well enough advanced in the printing business to do something on his own responsibility, and he established the Waldron Echo, at Waldron, Michigan. After six months of ownership the town was wiped out by a fire. Mr. Gunsenhouser decided not to rebuild there, but went to Grand Ledge, Michigan, bought the organ of the socialist party there and converted it into the Grand Ledge Republican, which he edited until 1902, when he sold it and came to Cordell, Oklahoma.
Mr. Gunsenhouser bought the Herald-Sentinel and under his management it is a staunch republican paper, and circulates in Washita and neighboring counties, with a foreign circulation of considerable scope. The plant and offices are in the Bunghardt Building on Main Street.
Mr. Gunsenhouser was married in 1880, at Sigourney, Iowa, to Miss Ida Ames, daughter of J. W. Ames, a farmer of that place. He died in 1913 at the age of eighty-seven years.
To Mr. and Mrs. Gunsenhouser have been born three children. Fred, the first born, died in Cordell, when he was eighteen years old. Ruth married A. R. Pribble, assistant cashier of the Cordell National Bank, and they live in Cordell. Rhea lives with her parents. She is a capable young woman and has a position as stenographer in a local office.