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Royal E. Bray.

The largest store in the town of Syracuse is conducted under the name R. E. Bray. That is only one of the many distinctions of its owner and proprietor. Mr. Bray came into Hamilton County over thirty years ago, had a part as a pioneer in developing this section of the state, has been interested in practical farming, irrigation, and varied business enterprises, and in later years has become well known over the state at large through his valued services in the Legislature...

Royal E. Bray married in Hamilton County, Kansas, April 22, 1891, Miss Martha C. Inge. She is a sister of George T. Inge a prominent banker and old time business man of Garden City, mentioned on other pages of this publication. Her father, George B. Inge, was an early Kansan settling on an Indian Reservation near Neosho Falls, where he followed farming and stock raising until he came to Hamilton County in 1888. Before coming to Kansas he lived in Indiana, and served as sheriff of his county during the Civil war and was an intimate friend of Governor Morton. He kept the governor advised of political conditions in his county during war times. During the '70s he was president of the Neosho Falls Fair Association when President Hayes and General Sherman were guests of the Association. George B. Inge was a member of the Kansas Legislature and always an active and influential republican. He married Sophie Slavens. Their children were: Reuben C. of LaJunta, Colorado; George T., of Garden City; William, an extensive oil operator, living at Independence, Kansas; Lycurgus L., of Syracuse; and Mrs. Bray, who was born near Rockport, Indiana, March 28, 1858. Mr. and Mrs. Bray have three children, Georgina T., William Melville and Royal Elan.

A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, by William E. Connelley. Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1918.