Miner essay in KS 'Movers and Shakers' book

2:19:32 PM CDT - Friday, February 03, 2006

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

An essay by Craig Miner, a much-respected Kansas historian and the Willard Garvey Professor of Business History at WSU, is part of a  recently released book, "John Brown to Bob Dole: Movers and Shakers in Kansas History."

The book, edited by Virgil Dean of the Kansas State Historical Society, was to be released this week  by the University Press of Kansas. The book is a collection of 26 brief biographical essays on some of the most interesting Kansans in the state's history.

Miner's essay is on R.H. Garvey, (Jan. 2, 1893-June 20, 1959), an attorney from western Kansas who turned his interests in real estate and large-scale wheat farming into entrepreneurial endeavors in the petroleum, construction and grain storage industries.

Miner, a native Wichitan who earned his bachelor's degree from WSU, has been a faculty member since 1969. He has spent nearly four decades researching, teaching and writing about various aspects of Kansas history, including histories of Kansas businesses and organizations.

He has written approximately 30 books, including a recently published history of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, "Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000," and "Uncloistered Halls," a history of WSU.

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