Edward B. Purcell
Edward Benton Purcell began to work in his father’s store in Pennsylvania at the age of 15 and became a partner at 18. He came to Manhattan in 1866 after the death of his father, and engaged in general merchandising, Milling, and trading. He established the Manhattan Bank in 1870, was president of the E.B. Purcell Elevator, Loan and Trust Company and head of the Rocky Ford Mill Company, which used power from the dam at rocky Ford to grind grain and saw lumber. By 1878 he had three buildings along the south side of Poyntz starting at 3rd Street.
The remainder of Lowell Jack's book, "Neighbors of the Past: A Sesquicentennial Project of the Manhattan Mercury," can be purchased at the Riley County Historical Musuem or found at the Manhattan Public Library.