Stubbs, Walter Roscoe
- Sondra Van Meter McCoy
Stubbs, Walter Roscoe (07 November 1858–25 March 1929), contractor and governor of Kansas, was born near Richmond, Indiana, the son of John T. Stubbs and Esther Bailey, farmers. He moved with his family to Lee County, Iowa, in 1861, and then, because of his mother’s Quaker background, to the Quaker community of Hesper in Douglas County, Kansas, in 1869. In Kansas he attended local rural schools and enrolled in the preparatory department of the University of Kansas, but he did not graduate from the university. In 1881 Stubbs began contracting to build railroad grades. Next he developed a commissary system to supply railroad construction crews. In 1887 he married Stella Hostettler; they had four children. By the late 1890s, his success in building and railroad construction in Kansas and the surrounding region resulted in his becoming a millionaire contractor and sometimes supervising as many as 5,000 workers....