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.
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.
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
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.